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Why become a member of Andover Radio Amateur Club?

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Becoming a member of ARAC has a number of benefits. As a member, for just £15 per year, you will be part of an enthusiastic community of Radio Amateurs with vast amounts of knowledge to help you along the way to becoming a competent radio enthusiast.

There is a large range of events throughout the year, some of which are subsidized for current members. Take a look at the events page where you will find the fortnightly meeting dates and the annual events that our members take part in.

We run regular training sessions throughout the year to help our members in passing the various examinations to obtain operator licenses. These courses are on a demand basis only and run by some of our members, request can be made via our committee. In past years we have had a 100% pass rate from all our trainees.

Every existing member needs to complete a Membership Application Form once a year, this is normally tied in to the AGM. If you are not currently a member but would like to join the Andover Radio Amateur Club, please download the PDF form and pass the completed application to either the Secretary or the Treasurer. Please click the link to download the Membership Application Form which will open in a new window as a PDF.

Why Become a Radio Amateur?
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Amateur Radio is the original high technology “social network”.

People who become radio amateurs at an early stage usually retain a lifelong interest in radio and some build on early experiences to go on and take up a career involving radio. Whatever your interest in radio communications, you will find others sharing that interest — from “geeky” experimenters to those just interested in communicating by radio. So as a radio amateur, you simply do not know who you might talk to “over the air”. Using call signs as identifiers, there is no status on the air, and you talk, equal to equal, to everyone you contact.

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Local radio clubs, like Andover Radio Amateurs Club, can help you grow and develop. Amateur Radio, offers enjoyment for you and your family and a wide variety of activities that are both educational and enjoyable.

What does it take to become a “Radio Ham”?

You need to study and pass some examinations to obtain a license and a call sign. The examinations or licenses are split into three as follows: -


To have complete operator freedom, albeit in line with the rules and regulations set out in your license details, you would need pass all three examinations over time. You can operate a radio or transceiver successfully with the Foundation License. Andover Radio Amateur Club members have the knowledge and expertise to train and educate members so that they can pass these examinations and become confident radio operators.

Life Members

Some members that have been long standing and have been outstanding assets to the club are elected to receive an honoury life membership.

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Ron Collins G2AQJ is pictured here at his 100th birthday celebration lunch with ARAC members.

Outstanding Achievements

Outstanding Achievements are presented to members periodically for exeptional work and support to the club. Members can be presented with an award for a wide variety of reasons, some examples are presented below

At the AGM in December 2015, the Committee was very pleased to present an Outstanding Achievement Award to Andy, M0FZX for his unstinting work training members for exams and also in recognition of advice and help to members new and old. The member of the year for 2017 was awarded to Mal, G8FHI for his outstanding contribution to the VHF field day and training intermediate members for examination. In 2018 Paul G4KZY received his award for his outstanding contributions to events, competitions and long standing support as club secretary.

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