ABOUT US - HISTORY OF THE CLUB
The Andover club started life in 1978 when Martin Bushnell and Peter Wright G8GYS decided to winkle out other like minded electronics enthusiasts in the Andover area. Peter was running fast scan TV at the time and others were able to use ordinary TV sets to monitor his transmissions. In fact the firm of Link Electronics in Andover was a breeding ground for members housing as it did G8ADM Dave Mann and G8AER John Tanner. After the club started to meet regularly the membership snowballed and other licensed amateurs joined in preferring the local club to the well established but somewhat distant club at Salisbury. ARAC has always been happy to accept members with widely differing backgrounds and it absorbed many from the CB fraternity alongside experienced signalers from the Services and engineers from the radio and TV trade.
We recently received this video from Peter Wright, G8GYS. Looking back through some old VHS home video footage, shot in the early 80's perhaps, there was footage of ARAC's attempts to install a HF aerial at the Wolversdene Club in Andover. This was our venue at the time for club meetings. As VHS tapes don't have a date and time stamp (how primitive!), the year of the footage is unknown. This has now been digitised and made into a short video, which might be either nostalgic, or a window into a world before health and safety, depending on your age! The pictures aren't great due to the technology of the time, but it's the content that's interesting. Enjoy! Please click on the link to view or download the video: AERIAL VIDEO
The club’s venue has moved about over the years in an attempt to find that perfect location i.e. plenty of room for antennas and cars. So at the present time we are located in the village of Wildhern (now becoming well known for the Spring and Autumn Car Boot sales that we hold there). The club operates from the Village hall as it is well elevated for VHF operation and is remote enough from the village houses to cause no interference to TVs and the like. As a club with a wide ranging membership in terms of age and experience, we consider the personal protection of our members and their data important.
The following links provide details of our policies regarding Safeguarding, GDPR and the ARAC Constitution (from January 2018). They will open as a PDF in a new page.
The club provides Foundation and Intermediate courses on a demand basis under the control of Andy G6JRS and Andy M0ZFX and has had a 100% pass rate to date.
Committee and Annual General Meetings
The committee meet several times per year to plan the events and calendar items so that the members have opportnities to learn more about the hobby, keep up with the latest changes that are happening globally or take part in activities that are fun.
Andover Radio Amateur Club Annual General Meetings are run annually in June. There is usually a good turnout of members at this event where new ideas are put forward, committee members are elected or re-elected and members have their say in aspects of the running of the club for the year ahead.
This years Annual General Meeting our long standing Chairman David Perry stood down. Some new committee members have been elected to fill in the gaps and take their place in the organisational aspects of the club for the forthcoming year.
Sadly our two car boot sales had to be cancelled for 2023, circumstances beyond our control, but the new committee are planning to resume this event again (or something similar) for 2024. See our events page for details of all ARAC events for the coming year.
The committee members for this year are in the table below.