The Bayside District Amateur Radio Society (BDARS) is centered in the bayside area of Brisbane. We welcome those interested in amateur radio, short wave listening and related electronic communications. The interests of our members are diverse – covering HF, VHF, satellites, homebrewing, digital techniques and even good old ragchewing.
The wonderful hobby of amateur radio encompasses about three million people worldwide and is a truly international pastime.
The aim of our Society is to progress amateur radio locally through training courses and accreditation examinations for those interested in joining the hobby. We like to attract young and old alike and develop technical skills across a wide range of activities by holding regular meetings and events.
We assist our members with our Member’s Shop (bulk purchase of items like coax and connectors). In addition, we have a small collection of high quality test gear available for member’s use.
You are very welcome to come and meet our members or contact us via the internet or by telephone. The membership application form is here on our website. You can email the form to the secretary or send via Australia Post to our PO Box 411 Capalaba Qld 4157.
In 1991, the Society installed a VHF repeater VK4RBS transmitting on 146.875MHz at Alexandra Hills to extend the local area amateur coverage. A UHF repeater also with callsign VK4RBS, transmitting on 439.725MHz was donated and installed by club member, Russell Walker VK4DCM in 2009. Echolink (on the UHF repeater) and IRLP (Node 6633) operates on the VHF repeater. Your mobile phone can access Echolink via an app.
The inaugural meeting of the Bayside District Amateur Radio Society was held at Alexandra Hills State High School on Friday 20th October 1989. There were 32 members and the first president was Don Thompson, callsign VK4YI (silent key) at that time.