About Us

About the Aberdare & District Amateur Radio Society

Some of the members before the 2019 Christmas bash

Aberdare and District Amateur Radio Society (AADARS) is a small and friendly amateur radio club based at the Hirwaun Y.M.C.A.  The Club was founded in the March of 2009 after a group of local Amateurs felt there was a need for such a club in the Cynon Valley.

The Club callsigns are GC3ASW / MC0TTR and the station can be heard operating on most club nights from 6:30pm onwards. Feel free to give us a call if you hear us on the air.

We meet on a bi-weekly basis on Friday evenings between 6.00 and 9pm. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds including both PMR and CB, and discussions covering many different subjects will be heard on the average club night.

One of our members working on a microcontroller based project.

We run training courses at all 3 exam levels, and hold a number of regular club activities including construction projects, demonstrations, field days, SOTA activations and let’s not forget our club BBQs.

If you would like to learn more about our fascinating hobby, please take a look at our “Contact us” page and drop us a line.

We look forward to meeting you.

About Amateur Radio

Amateur radio is all about the skill and fascination of communicating using radio in its many forms. Open to all, young or old, amateur radio captivates the interest of millions of people around the world. Amateur radio operators encompass a huge range of activities, from communicating with someone locally, right up to those talking to astronauts on the International Space Station.

Radio amateurs are at the forefront of developing technologies years in advance of when they are rolled out to the public. FM radio, television, and even mobile phones were all used by amateur radio operators many years ahead of the general public.

Peter and Maldwyn setting up the station to work with the FT8 digital mode

Radio amateurs are also well known in many parts of the world for providing communications after disasters and during emergencies. Many radio amateurs also use the same skills to provide reliable communications for fun runs, carnivals, village fetes and air shows. There are fun amateur radio competitions and awards and much, much more. If you want to do something challenging, fascinating and worthwhile, become a radio amateur!

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