Welcome to West Kent Amateur Radio Society

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

Next Meeting: at Bidborough Village Hall commencing at 8pm.
11 July ’22: “Rig power, Noise, Interference and EMP”, A practical talk by Chris G6HTH on a cleaner RF life in the Shack with examples & tips on finding & minimising noise in power supplies, ADSL and the internet, lighting and EMP.

Next Event:
18-19 June’22: RSGB 50 MHz Contest The Club will be participating in this Contest, which runs for 24hrs from 3pm BST on Saturday, from Crundalls by courtesy of Richard G8CCD. Please contact Keith, G4JED, asap for details of how you can help.

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 May & June 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.