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Banbury Amateur Radio Society | Official Homepage

Banbury Amateur Radio Society


Sun 29th May 2016    
Welcome to Banbury Amateur Radio Society (B.A.R.S.)

Banbury Amateur Radio Society exists to foster interest in Amateur Radio and provide opportunities for anyone interested in the hobby to develop their interest further. More information about its aims can be found by clicking the 'Constitution' Link on the left.

BARS was founded in 1970 and currently has a membership of around thirty drawn from Banbury and the surrounding area. Members ages range from below 18 to over 80 - with interests just as diverse. There is a wide range of experience in that membership to help anyone with a legitimate interest in almost any aspect of the hobby from basic electronics to full colour television, morse code, data transmission, analogue and digital voice etc. From short-wave listening to internet linking - whatever your interest may be someone at BARS will be experimenting with it or will have some experience of it. We actively encourage members to participate, to get involved in some of the ongoing projects, or to suggest something new if there's nothing that takes your fancy at the moment.

Perhaps your interest is in CB or PMR446? Don't be put off by the different names - its all radio and we are all amateur users! Many of our members started their radio hobby with CB so we do know something about it! We'll be very happy to see you at the club sometime and we can see just how much we have in common - even more with the latest changes to CB of course.

The club runs classes for the Radio Amateurs Examination to help members get licenced and on the air so you will be able to learn all about radio, what it is and how it works. You might be surprised at the similarities with your cellphone or wifi equipment. It all works by radio....

So if you live in, or near to, North Oxfordshire and would like to 'have a look at' amateur radio, then feel free to pop along to a Wednesday night meeting and say hello. Regular club meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting date is shown below and you can find more information on forthcoming meetings by clicking the 'Events Programme' link on the left.

If you hear us on the air using the Society's callsign G0BRA why not give us a call!
Our regular club 'chat' frequency is 144.515 MHz FM (if your radio is 'channelised' 144.5125 will be OK)

Contact us: For a full list of Officer's contact details click the Constitution link on the left or email the Hon. Sec.

Website or email questions? - email the Secretary:


Up-to-the-minute News:

Have you tried the new BARS Website and Forum yet?
Its at

Next Club Meeting
Wednesday 1st June at 19:00

final preparations for Brackley Community Carnival

Saturday June 11th

Brackley Community Carnival
Details on banburyars - see Members Area

18th April
This may be worth watching....located in Derby....
Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain
here's a link to more info.....

22nd March
Today's Site
The information previously appearing via the Today's Site link has now been transferred to where it appears under the Interesting Information topic. I hope you have found it interesting and will continue to read it on the new site.
73, John G8OZH

5th February
RSGB Members can access, and download, RADCOM PLUS
This is an 'occasional' extra e-magazine on the RSGB website with lots of interesting content. Well worth a look...

21st December
Adrian's DXCC Award
100 Countries on 6 continents - and all at 5 Watts or less....!
Adrian qualified for this award on October 30th this year after 5 years hard work and has now received his certificate - see BARS NOTICES

2 December
BARS New Website is now up and running at // so please visit and try it out. If you have any comments there is a contact form on the site for any feedback you might want to offer.
This site will run in parallel with the new site until we are sure everything is working properly and will then be closed down.
73, John G8OZH

General BARS Information (also see BARS Notices)
Don't forget the club call-in frequency - 144.5150 MHz F.M.
144.5125 MHz will work for those with channelised radios.

Something been removed from here that you still need?
Give me a call as I do have some of the old content archived.
73, John G8OZH

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