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Welcome to DADARS (2015)


Welcome to the Derby and District Amateur Radio Society (DADARS) website. The Club also incorporates ‘Derby Wireless Club’ that was established in 1911 and is one of the oldest radio clubs in the world.

Jim G3NAJ instructs A1706 on a repair of the Cheshire home transceiver at the “ 50 Years of Radio” exhibition in Derby Museum in 1961 using GB3ERD to celebrate 50 years of the Club.

DADARS operated from Duffield station - part of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

May 2014

Martin G3SZJ Presenting a talk on Colditz Castle

15th January 2013

2012 DADARS trade stand before play at Newark

It all looked neat and tidy before the public came

2011 DADARS centenary exhibition at Newark

Jenny G4EYM, Dave G1VAB and Chris G4AKE

2009 DADARS international museum weekend from the Silk Mill Derby

Dave G7GJI and Clive

2008 DADARS railways on the air from the West Shed near Derby

Operator Clive 2E1HVZ

DADARS Glebe farm Littleover, National field day station 1951

Gil G2OU operating his home made 10 watt transmitter

DADARS exhibition in 1951 at the Model engineers exhibition, Mechanics Institute

Jock G3EMJ operating

DADARS (Derby Wireless Club) station from 1921

Demonstrating a new radio.

DADARS (Derby Wireless Club) station from 1913

A night on the air

Membership of DADARS means automatic membership of ‘Derby Wireless Club'.

We meet every Tuesday night at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Carlton Road, Derby, (DE23 6HE) and welcome all visitors who may like an introduction to our hobby or wish to re-enter the hobby after a break.

The Club runs a formal and organised programme that includes monthly Junk sales, lectures, night on the air, video shows, technical topics and discussion evenings - we usually end the evening having a good chin-wag. The club operates HF and VHF stations on special event weekends and support a number of Amateu Radio activities such as Railways on the Air, Churches on the Air, National Mills weekend, Scout events and anything else that takes our fancy. Our aim is to further the interests of the membership and promote the hobby wherever possible. So, if you’re in the Derby area on a Tuesday evenings, you are welcome to pop in and say hello. No doubt the kettle will be on for either a tea or coffee. As the expression goes, ‘a stranger is a friend you’ve not met yet’, so come along and make new friends!

Dave, G1VAB (Chairman)


Special Events this year


August 29/30/31 (Sat/Sun/Mon) – GB2SLC (Stenson Lock Cottage) operating a station for the British Inland Waterway on the Air (BIWotA).  Station to be located on the lawn of the Stenson Lock Cafe.  40m SSB and 2m FM.


September 12 (Sat) GB1SOC (St Osmunds Church) located in the Church on that day only. Part of CHotA (Churched and cHapels on the Air) by the World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs and Listeners)  40m SSB.  No VHF.


September 2627 (Sat/Sun) GB2WS (West Shed) – celebrating anniversary of first steam-powered passenger train on 27/Sept/1875.  Located at West Shed, Swanwick Junction of Midland Railway.  40m SSB and HOEFULLY 2m FM

Anyone wishing to come and operate, log, setting-up, etc., please contact Dave G1VAB.

Club Activities 2015



August
4th.     Junk Sale
11th.   Committee Meeting
18th.    'Police Aviation the early years' - illustrated talk by Eric Hills.
25th.    Night on the Air

September
1st.      Junk Sale
8th.     Committee Meeting
15th.    Video Show.
22nd.  Memories of flying Lancasters in World War 2 -  a talk by Ted Peck.
29th.     Night on the air.

October
6th.       Junk Sale
13th.    Committee Meeting

Meetings start on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm