Formed in 1983, Felixstowe & District ARS provides a varied programme of talks, visits and events roughly fortnightly throughout the year. Annual special events include GB2WTM from Woodbridge Tide Mill for National Mills Weekend, Airfields and Museums on the air from our own site and GB2FX from the Landguard Fort site, which also houses the Felixstowe Museum, for Darrell Day; the commemoration of Captain Nathaniel Darrell, who repelled the Dutch invasion in July 1667. The Society also co-hosts the annual East Suffolk Wireless Rally - the Ipswich Rally, which is usually held in June at Kirton Recreation Ground. Link above or http://www.eswr.org.uk/
Several members are very keen on contesting and are always looking for new operators. Members also indulge in monthly breakfasts as part of the Codgers.
The main thrust of the Society, however, has always been radio training. Since the amateur radio training programme began within the Felixstowe & District ARS in 1989, over 450 people have been successfully trained for the various Morse, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced licence exams. Over 250 people were successful in the former City & Guilds RAE and Novice RAE exams, and latterly over 250 people have successfully tackled the RSGB/RCF examinations.
We are affiliated to the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain).
Where to find us:
We currently hold meetings on the First, Third and Fifth Mondays of the month.
We also hold a weekly evening net every Wednesday at 19:30 on GB3IH.
Offset: +1.6 MHz
Uplink Tone: 110.9
We use two locations for our regular meetings:
The Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group Museum site where we use the grounds for antenna work and temporary stations, and where we have a shack. The museum itself is open Sundays, Easter to the end of October and hosts regular events such as car meets. We have access every day throughout the year to suit our meetings.
Broadway House in Felixstowe where we hold indoor gatherings for talks and informal natters during the winter months.