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Bracknell Methodist Church
Bracknell Methodist Church

Bracknell Amateur Radio Club (BARC) meets at Bracknell Methodist Church, Shepherds Lane, Bracknell at 8pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Click here for a map.

To find Bracknell Methodist Church take the Binfield Road B3018 from Bracknell town centre. Shortly past the Total garage turn right into Shepherds Lane at the crossroads. The church is located several hundred yards down on the left, just past the Prince of Wales public house. The car park is at the rear off Agar Crescent.

The Club aims to meet the needs of all interested in amateur radio, and has a varied programme of guest speakers, surplus sales, members' interests evenings, and social evenings.

For details of other amateur radio clubs in the area please visit the RSGB Region 9 website.

This site is managed by club member Dave Sergeant G3YMC. Comments, news items and general items relevant to the club should be sent to the .

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Forthcoming Events

Wednesday September 10th - Thames Valley Repeater Group

Wednesday October 8th - CQWW Contests - Dave G3YMC
Wednesday November 12th - Aspects of the BBC - Tony G0OVO
Wednesday December 10th - Christmas Social

Club Net: 145.375MHz FM Wednesdays 8pm (except club nights)

Last Month

For our August meeting we had a most enjoyable barbecue at the QTH of John G3NCN. As well as the excellent food, cooked by our secretary, we discussed various things to do with radio and towards the end followed the space station as it made its nightly pass.

RSGB Centenary Station G100RSGB

Bracknell ARC was on air on Monday 24th June 2013 as part of the RSGB Centenary celebrations while it toured Region 9. We operated from the scout hut in Freeborn Way throughout the day on the HF and VHF bands. See g4bra.org.uk/g100rsgb.htm for a summary of what we did on what was a quite successful day.

Foundation Course candidates
Successful candidates at a recent course

Foundation Courses at Bracknell ARC

The club is now able to offer courses for the amateur radio examinations. The first of these was a Foundation Licence course held on Saturdays September 8th and 15th 2007 at our club meeting place, Bracknell Methodist Church. Several more courses have been held since and a high pass rate has been achieved at all our courses.

If you are interested in future courses please contact .

Further information on Amateur Radio licences and the Foundation course can be found on the RSGB site.

Field Day station
One of the 2011 VHF NFD stations
More photos in our photo album

Club Activities

In addition to our monthly meetings, the Club participates in amateur radio contests organised by the RSGB. See our contest pages.

Other activities in our calendar include a barbecue, bring and show evening, and participation in local rallies.

The Dave Sugden Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the committee to the member considered contributing the most to club or amateur radio activities.

Want to know what the club was like in 1977?  Look here for some real nostalgia...
And some even earlier photos from 1973.

And a flavour of what contest activity was like in 1978, kindly supplied by former member Chris Byard.

The club participated in VHF NFD over the weekend of July 6th and 7th, being a joint operation with Flight Refuelling ARS. A good score was achieved, although there was very little sporadic E on 6m.

Older items of news and what the club has been doing over the years can be found here.

Committee 2014/15

The following have been elected to serve on the G4BRA Committee for the current year:

Chairman: 
Secretary: 
Treasurer: 

Coopted members:

Stuart Bambury M6CBB
Steve Pettit 2E0TVD

Subscription rates for 2014/15 are £15 for full membership and £7.50 for senior, junior and country members.For more information on the Bracknell Club and how to join please e-mail either the Secretary  or the Treasurer 

The Club Constitution is available for viewing on this website.

Keep in touch with Club Activities

An email reflector has been set up for the use of members.  To subscribe to this send a blank email to g4bra-subscribe@yahoogroups.com  and confirm by replying to the email you will receive. Alternately visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/g4bra/ and join from there (you will need to set up an account at Yahoogroups).

A club net takes place each Wednesday evening (except club nights) on 145.375MHz FM.