The Saltash and District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) was formed in 1964 after some informal meetings of Radio Amateurs and Short Wave Listeners at the QTH of Bob Ellis, G3SN. We have recently commemorated our 40th year of existence with a celebratory dinner, which many members, past and present, attended.
In the past, we have run very successful mobile rallies, and in August 1996, SADARC activated a special event station, GB0HJC, to commemorate the centenary of Captain Sir Henry Jackson's historic radio experiments from HMS Defiance, a torpedo training school moored in the River Lynher at Saltash. He began experimenting in December 1895 and by autumn of 1896 with his transmitter mounted on another vessel, Jackson was receiving signals at a range of 300 yards, making him the first Briton to use radio waves for practical communication. Click here for pictures of Jackson, his radio equipment and HMS Defiance. Despite being in direct competition, Jackson later became a great friend of Guglielmo Marconi.
In 2006, SADARC operated GB200IKB, a special event station to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, within sight of one of his most famous engineering feats - the Royal Albert Railway Bridge, Saltash
After over 40 years of meeting at the Toc H Hall, Saltash, we have needed to move, so SADARC now meets at the Burraton Community Centre (upstairs at rear), Grenfell Avenue, Saltash, at 7.30 p.m. normally on the first and third Thursdays of each month. (See map for location)