Meetings and Contests

WKARS Club Meetings – Updated 17 May 2022
After months of meetings being held using Zoom throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our Monthly Meetings have resumed face to face at Bidborough from May 2022.

West Kent ARS Monthly Meetings are normally held at Bidborough Village Hall
(map on About page) on the second Monday at 8pm.

Next Club Meeting: 13 June: Pre loved Equipment Sale. Run by Dave, G4OTV, this is your chance to get some money for all those bits and pieces that you no longer use. 10% to club funds. Tell Dave G4OTV of any expensive items & any reserve price.

Future Meetings & Events

11 July: “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.
8 August: Natter Night No events planned due to holidays; enjoy a pleasant evening at the village hall, discussing what could have been done if we only had the time to do it!
12 September: “The KW story” Steve G3ZPS returns to tell us about the rise and fall of the “KW Company” from Dartford, whose equipment is still much sought after many years down the line.

Recent Meetings

9 May ’22 : Steve Venner G0TAN (ML&S) “Life on the other side”. An insight into the issues & problems faced in their workshop from customers & suppliers worldwide.
7 – 8th May ’22: GB2NW Mills-on-the-Air at Nutley Windmill on the Ashdown Forest, with 4 stations; 2m FM, 40m SSB, CW QRP & FT8.
11 Apr’22: Annual General Meeting:
(Switched from face-to-face at Bidborough to Zoom to ensure quorum of 15 was met)
14 Mar’22: Steve G3ZPS talk (on Zoom) “Old Ham Radio Gear, why the hell do we bother”


In the meantime, Members and others interested may like to note that there remain local nets being run:

. each morning, Monday to Saturday, starting at 09:00 local time on 145.575 MHz FM

. on Monday evenings starting at 20:00 local time on 145.375 MHz FM and

. on Sunday mornings starting at 11:00 local time on 28.730 MHz SSB.

Any radio amateur is welcome to join any of these nets.