About West Kent Amateur Radio Society

West Kent ARS has been established for over 70 years


We held our inaugural meeting on the 7th April 1948, and we still hold monthly meetings involving some aspect of amateur radio, general electronics or computing.

In addition to the more structured monthly meetings, members now also meet on the first and third Friday evenings for practical sessions, where the focus is on doing something, whether that be building something, learning Morse or programming etc.

Further to the scheduled meetings, the club also has members who participate in a number of HF, VHF/UHF contests through the year, and as a club, West Kent ARS actively takes part in the major RSGB field day and other contests.

Club Nets

West Kent ARS has established weekly HF and VHF nets. Whilst these are primarily for club members, non-members are most welcome to call in and get to know us.

The nets are held on:
                                Sunday 11am, 28.730MHz
                                Monday  8pm, 145.375MHz

Club Membership

Membership is open to all with an interest in the hobby, whether licensed or not, and runs from the 1st of January till the 31st December annually, part years are pro-rated. Further details regarding joining West Kent ARS and a membership application form can be found here.

Training for the Amateur Radio License

West Kent ARS works hard to try and bring new members in and a key part of this is to provide training to help potential new radio amateurs to gain or upgrade their licence. The Home page provides more details of this or contact us with your specific enquiry by emailing the club at: training@wkars.org.uk .

Club emails

The club distributes periodic email reminders about meetings to members and many others in and around the West Kent area. You may enlist yourself to receive these club emails using the details given on Committee and Contacts page.

Club meeting location

Bidborough Village Hall
Bidborough Ridge, near Tonbridge
In the map shown below, the hall is at the same location as Bidborough Village Nursery School.