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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that former SADARC President John Painter M3YLQ passed away at the end of July after a long period of ill health. We wish to send our condolences to John's family and friends.

SADARC Meetings Resumed at BCC

SADARC will resume meetings at the Burraton Community Centre from Thursday 4th November 2021 after a break due to Covid. Please contact Mark M0WMB for details.

Snippets from the 2019 A.G.M.

  • At the November A.G.M., it was agreed to return Adult Subscription Fees for S.A.D.A.R.C. for 2020 back to £10-00 after 2 years of reduced subscriptions.
  • To reduce costs, there will be a reduction of the number of meetings held at the Burraton Community Centre, with intermediate meetings held at other venues.


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. 

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)

SADARC holds two callsigns, G4GXK and G8SAL, and is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society (RNARS).

SADARC has been a member of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) for over 55 years!