Derby and District Amateur Radio Society formed around 1948. The society also includes Derby Wireless Club with dual membership. Joining DADARS also means joining DWC. Derby wireless club was formed in 1911 and is probably one of the oldest continuously running local radio clubs. Of course, 2011 was the centenary year for DWC and we created a dedicated web site to help celebrate the event.
Over the years we have met at various sites within Derby. Currently we meet in the church hall at the rear of the United Reform Church, which is a bright and cheerful room with ample space for club functions and has a reasonable sized on-site car park.
The club meets every Tuesday from around 7.30pm to approximately 9.30pm - a list of scheduled activities can be found in the club programme. Club membership is £5.00 per year, which is a real bargain!
Once a month we hold a night on the air and activate the club station from the hall using an FT897, with a multiband VHF vertical or a multiband HF dipole.
Why have we lasted 100 years? What is our secret? I am not sure: we are obviously doing something correct! I think it is because the club is there for the members and we do what the members want to do. Above all, we do it for fun!