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ODARS takes part in the VHF Field Day, 2018

Due to the current situation with coronavirus we will not be holding formal meetings at The Gladiators Club until further notice. However, if you do want to call in for a drink and a chat please contact the club first on 01865 247727 to check if they are open.

Oxford & District Amateur Radio Society (ODARS) is a group of amateur radio enthusiasts, we meet twice monthly at a private social club about one and a half miles from Oxford City centre, If you are a visiting amateur or short wave listener, or just have an interest in learning more about this interesting hobby, you will be made most welcome at our meetings.  Our society was formed in 1923 with the first officers being the President Mr W.F. Beesley, Hon Treasurer Mr J. Piggot G2WA, and Hon Secretary Mr V. T. Terner.

The majority of our members are licensed amateurs, meetings provide the opportunity to interact socially and to exchange ideas and information over a drink in a pleasant environment.   Usually we try to arrange a special evening where a club member or visitor will give a talk/presentation on a topic of interest to members.

During the year we organise social events, and twice a year we take part in competitions that require us to operate a radio station for 24 hours, in the field, under canvas.

ODARS 6m net: 13.30hrs local time weekdays on 50.257MHz upper side band.

Latest News and Events

ODARS and International Marconi Day, 24 April 2021

On Saturday 24th April 2021 we are participating in International Marconi Day, celebrating Marconi’s birthday.
 
Many of the other special event stations on the air will be transmitting from locations around the world which had some significance to Marconi, so what has Oxford got to do with him? Well, he did receive an honorary degree from the University in 1904, but it was 100 years later that the large Marconi collection was presented to the Museum of the History of Science, as it was called then, and to the Bodleian Library. A selection of his most significant early apparatus is on display in the museum and can be viewed when it reopens in May. ODARS was invited to the original opening of the collection in 2005 and have put on a station at the museum most years since.
 
This year, of course, we have the pandemic and so we have asked OFCOM if we could use the special event callsign from our home stations, and this has been approved. So we are Working DX from Home, or at least trying to. The museum asked me to look into ways the public could be involved, as they could when we operated from the physical museum, and here is what we came up with.
 
Anyone may visit a web site called dxsummit.dx and put the special call sign GB4MHS into the search box. The most recent entry will have our current operating frequency. If you happen to have a shortwave receiver that can handle single sideband you should then be able to find us.
 
However, if you don’t have a receiver you can use an Internet one. Just visit http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ and enter the frequency. You may have to select USB or LSB depending on the wave band in use. Good luck and let us know if you hear us!
 

Club Meetings

Due to the current situation with coronavirus we will not be holding formal meetings at The Gladiators Club until further notice. However, if you do want to call in for a drink and a chat please contact the club first on 01865 247727 to check if they are open.

We meet at 7.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at the

Gladiator Club
263 Iffley Road,
Oxford,
OX4 1SJ

Getting to the Gladiator Club

By Car. There are a few parking places at the club itself, and there are a number of on-street spaces in Percy St., Daubeny Road and on Iffley Road. There is no charge for parking in the evening.

Bus. The number 3 bus from the city centre stops nearby.

Bicycle: There is no dedicate bicycle parking at the Gladiator Club but a few Sheffield bicycle stands at various points along Iffley Road.       

ODARS Member Peter 2E0SQL at RSGB Convention, October 2016.

ODARS Member Peter 2E0SQL at RSGB Convention, October 2016.
ODARS Member Peter 2E0SQL at RSGB Convention, October 2016.