The Appledore and District Amateur Radio Club, which was founded in 1985 is a small but active club with a membership of about 45. It serves a wide area of North Devon and it welcomes all who are interested in amateur radio be they SWL, Foundation, Intermediate or fully certificated. It is affiliated to the RSGB and is also a certified exam centre.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month when talks are given and members can get together and chat over a cup of coffee/tea. Membership, beginning every April, costs £13.00 per year.
The Appledore Football Club has kindly allowed meetings to be held in their club house which is well fitted out for holding social occasions, has a car park and is on the main road to Appledore.
Unless otherwise stated, Meetings are held at the Appledore Football Social Club, on the third Monday of the month starting at 7.30pm for 8.00pm.
Visitors are always welcome.
The weather was kind to us for our special event station at the Bideford Heritage day in Victoria park. The day started with a team building exercise...well definitely a marquee building exercise! The club's Windom antenna was raised on the mast and we were up and running by 10.45am. Noise levels were very bad at +20db so we struggled to hear stations even though they could hear us just fine. We made around 50 contacts which although disappointing didn't ruin the day. Thanks to all the usual suspects for all the hard work on the day, and good to see other ADARC members either popping down in person or calling into either the HF station or the 2m repeater, GB3DN. we had a lot of interest from the public, some of whom were lapsed license holders and I hope we have re kindled their interest in radio.
We have been invited by the mayor of Bideford to put on a special event station at the Bideford Heritage Day on Saturday July the 2nd. We hope to be up and running at 10am. Hopefully band conditions will be a little kinder to us this time!
Unfortunately, band conditions undermined all the effort involved in putting on the club station at the South Molton Old English Fayre. Very few contacts were made, but not through lack of trying. The new club radio at least was a success. Thanks anyway to Helen (G0EOB) and Fred (G0EOA) for getting the wheels in motion and for supplying a generator at the last minute! Thanks to John (G3JKL) for organising the club station, Terry (G4CHD) for help getting fuel for the generator, and Graham (G1ZTJ) Jean (G6XYL), Keith (G0AYM) for their help. Thanks also to the ADARC members who popped in to show support.
We will be running a club station at the South Molton Olde English Fayre on June the 11th (using our club call of GX2FKO), 10am start. Please call in for a chat!
The Appledore club's turn to run the RSGB100 special event station was a great success and enjoyed by all who took part. We contacted 586 stations on SSB, 133 on CW, 105 on PSK31, 93 SSB mobile and 24 2m FM.
We will be running the G100RSGB centenary special event station on the 10th and 11th of April 2013. Information on the event can be found here