Welcome to the Bayside District Amateur Radio Society Inc (BDARS), one of the most active amateur radio clubs in south-east Queensland.
To make a fulfilling and engaging experience for the wide variety of our members interests within Radio and Electronics.
Centred in Brisbane’s beautiful bayside area, our meeting venue is the Redland Museum in Cleveland. Members are from all over south-east Queensland with several based interstate and some overseas. In 2023, membership was numbering in the 80’s.
The aim of our Society is to progress the hobbies of amateur radio, electronics and technology locally both through training courses and accreditation radio examinations, and social and technical meet-ups to encourage and share our experiences.
Our Special Interest Groups (SIG’s)
The club has great facilities (2 metre and 70cm repeaters, remote HF and VHF/UHF stations) and several regular monthly activities. Members are kept well informed with regular emails, WhatsApp and Discord groups – plus of course Facebook. Members are active in contesting, and there is a Makers/Electronics group.
The society is in a strong financial position, with a good asset base. Annual operations are funded through membership fees, fundraising (Hardware Store sausage sizzle) and from time to time, donations. Major capital projects have been funded by grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and from the Redland City Council.
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 (now a silent key).
In 1991, the Society installed a VHF repeater VK4RBS transmitting at Alexandra Hills to extend the local area amateur coverage. This was supplemented in 2009 by a UHF repeater, donated and installed by club member VK4DCM. In 2018 the society began an exciting project to commission three new repeaters located on Mount Cotton.