Southport and District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC)

Southport and District Amateur Radio Club

What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.

Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.

As a radio amateur, you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.

Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:

  • Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships
  • Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an operator
  • Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
  • Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)
  • Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep the capability to do so.

There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.

A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century.

The above text is copied from the RSGB website.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is the overall body representing Amature Radio interests in the UK since 1913.

The Southport and District Amateur Radio Club has:


Sunday on our 2m net at 19.30, initially on the calling frequency (145.500) and the QSY to a free channel.


Usually held on the third Monday evening in the month.
The hall at the rear of Scarisbrick St Mark’s Church of England Primary School
432 Southport Rd, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk L40 9RE


Contesting can be great fun; several club members take part in various contests during the year to earn points for the club in various RSGB contests. Why not join in!


Special event stations promote Amateur Radio to the public and celebrate various local and national events; they’re also a great opportunity to get to know fellow members better.


We offer, jointly with another club, training for the radio exams. If you are interested in getting licensed please contact us.

Formby Calling

Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages,

Visit to Western Approaches

One of the nice things about clubs is the social activity that extends beyond the club's amateur radio remit. On Saturday, the 4th of March a group of club members took the train to Liverpool to visit the Western Approaches museum. The Western Approaches Museum in...

SADARC Field Day Event18/7/2022

An interesting time at the SADARC Field Day event on Monday, 18th July. Amongst the activities was a demonstration of a working station of FT8, displays included a small morse code decoder and members operated an HF station using the Club Call Sign, G2OA.

Simple 2m Antennas

Simple 2m Antennas

4m to 2m receive upconverter

4m to 2m Receive Upconverter Michael Rathbone G3ZII is a member and former Secretary of the Southport and District Amateur Radio Club. Here is the article that was submitted and published In the August edition of RADCOM. In recent times there has been an upsurge of...


Every Sunday at 19.30 we meet on air on 2m, Starting on the calling frequency of 145.500 and then QSY to a free channel.