Welcome to West Kent Amateur Radio Society

After months of meetings being held using Zoom throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our Monthly Meetings have now resumed face to face at Bidborough.

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Next Meeting:
August 8th: Natter Night at Bidborough Village Hall commencing at 8pm.
No specific event/talk planned as members on holiday, so talk amongst yourselves, and enjoy a pleasant evening at the village hall with the usual mug of tea/coffee & biscuits, discussing what could have been done had we only had the time to do it!

Recent Events:
11 July’22: “Rig power, Noise, Interference and EMP”. Chris G6HTH gave us some useful tips on keeping RF out of the Shack, amply illustrated with hardware examples for minimising noise from mains & DC power supplies, modern economical lighting and those now indispensable accessories in the shack; Computers and the Internet & ADSL Included was a spectacular demonstration of the hazards of under-sized DC power cables. With the recent upsurge in Covid cases, attendance was down despite all the precautions in place, so he may well be asked back again next year.

2-3 July’22: The Club took part in the 24hr RSGB VHF National Field Day from Crundalls again thanks to Richard G8CDD. Although some regulars were away that weekend, we were QRV with one station on 6m & 4m and a second on 2m. Scores await adjudication but we made 20 QSOs in 4 countries (ODX PA4VHF at 458km) on 6m and 18 on 4m (2 countries, ODX EI9E at 516km). The 2m station made 88 QSOs into 9 countries (ODX DR2B at 820km).
Many thanks to those who helped setting up on Friday evening and taking down on Sunday afternoon, particularly those who had been unable to join us to operate.

Please revisit this page at regular intervals for additional details on this and our other activities on the Meetings page. A downloadable year planner (as a PDF download) has now been added on a sub menu under the Meetings page.

Read our Month on the Air for July & August 2022

We are a local radio society of over 40 members who, in normal non-COVID times, meets monthly in Bidborough.  Our membership comes mainly from licenced radio amateurs and those who are working towards being amateurs.  Our current Members tend to live in and around Tonbridge, Crowborough, Paddock Wood, Hildenborough and Tunbridge Wells but prospective members from further afield are always very welcome to join us.

In addition to our monthly meetings which frequently have a speaker, some members also meet twice a month for practical sessions which involve an activity such as: building equipment; learning Morse; or software programming.

We organise evening and weekend activities which often includes contest working, generally from fixed stations in the winter months but including some portable operating in the summer months using the Society’s own equipment, tents, aerials and generator.

We hold periodic social events and set up demonstration/special event stations to introduce others to the world of amateur radio.

Joining the Society
Membership is open to all with an interest in the hobby, whether licensed or not.  Further details regarding joining West Kent ARS and a membership application form can be found here. 

You are welcome to come to a few of the society’s formal meetings before you decide whether to join. We offer family membership and a discounted rate is available for those still in full time education.