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The Radio Society of Great Britain Link to the Radio Society of Great Britain web site

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is the national membership organisation for Amateur Radio enthusiasts in the UK. The society was first founded in 1913 and incorporated in 1926.

The RSGB looks after the interests of the UK's 55,000 licensed Radio Amateurs and is a not-for-profit organization that:

  • Promotes the general advancement of the science and practice of Radio Communication or other relevant subjects.
  • Facilitates the exchange of information and ideas on these subjects among its members.
  • Aims to obtain the maximum liberty of action consistent with safeguarding the interests of all concerned.

RSGB membership is open to all who have an interest in Radio Communications. Membership gives you a voice in how amateur radio is governed in the UK and the opportunity to influence the direction and policy of the RSGB. The RSGB is a membership-focused organisation. The national governing body (The Board) is elected nationally. The regional governing body (The Regional Council) is elected on a regional basis. The day-to-day management of the society is under the control of a small team of full time employees who are based at the society's head office in Bedford.

The RSGB publishes the monthly magazine Radio Communication (RadCom) but membership to the RSGB means much more than receiving RadCom each month.

As well as its representative role the RSGB offers a full range of membership services

The Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society Link to the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society web site

The RNARS was formed in 1960 to promote amateur radio as an aid to technical education within the Service. In 1964 the Society was considered to be sufficiently established to invite the Captain of HMS Mercury to become its first President, a practice which continues to this day. The Society headquarters are in HMS Collingwood.

They are represented in many parts of the world with local groups and branches. Some of the groups have established amateur radio stations aboard historic ships and vessels. Presently the list includes HMS Belfast, HMS Plymouth, HMS Onyx and HMAS Castlemaine.

Other "SADARCs" around the world

Southport And District Amateur Radio Club (Lancashire, UK) Link to the Southport And District Amateur Radio Club web site

The Southport & District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) has its roots set way back in time and is an amalgam of several different clubs that existed in south west Lancashire.

We are now well established as an active club, running several special event stations each year and taking Amateur Radio in to local schools and Scout groups. In 2003 we made history by running a maritime mobile special event station which we hope to repeat again in 2005.

The interests of our members vary widely and we have specialists in everything from simple 2m phone (voice) operations, through CW (Morse code), digital communications, IRLP (internet linking over radio) and outdoor operations to the likes of slow scan television and computing.

Shepparton And District Amateur Radio Club (Victoria, Australia) Link to the Shepparton And District Amateur Radio Club web site

The Shepparton & District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) was formed in June 1979, although it had its early beginnings back in the 60s when radio amateurs in the Goulburn Valley, north central Victoria, had their net on 80 meters. The hook-up continued for many years before interest waned and it lapsed.

The club started a local repeater (VK3RGV) on Mt Wombat, near Euroa, which started operation in 1982. The early members were wise enough to leave space for expansion, and the hut they built now accommodates 70cm and packet repeaters as well as other services.

GB3PL 2m & GB3GC 6m Repeaters


The local 2m Repeater is GB3PL, and 6m Repeater is GB3GC, both located at Hingston Down, near Callington.

GB3CH 70cm & GB3JL 2m Repeaters


The local 70cm Repeater is GB3CH, and 2m Repeater is GB3JL, both located at Caradon Hill, near Liskeard.