Current Foundation Course

We are half way through the current Foundation Course and all seems to be going well.

I hope our students will be reading their books over and over this week.

Plenty of time for revision and questions this Friday and practice exam papers on Saturday morning before the real exam.

Hopefully 5 new licensed radio amateurs after Saturday !

Foundation level course September 2018

Registration for this course takes place on Friday 7th September at 7.30pm at Greystone Community centre, Antrim.

Bring photo ID to register.

Cost is between £65 and £75 depending on the number of people who come along and register for the course.

Course dates are:-

Fri 21st September 7pm until 10pm

Saturday 22nd September 10am until 4pm

Friday 28th September 7pm until 10pm

Saturday 29th September 10am until 4pm (Exam day)

Club Night Friday 13th July

Monthly club meeting at Greystone Community Centre in Antrim this Friday 7.30 pm. 

Discussion on amateur radio satellites with a seasoned practitioner and a bit of pre planning for the lough shore field day in August.


Come on down and have a cuppa.


GB0GLS – Gilnahirk Listening Station – 2019

The annual activation will be held on the site of the listening station on Saturday 4 May 2019 from 10am to 6pm.  Details on QRZ.COM using GB0GLS.

Annual Lough Shore Field Day – 2019

Saturday 29 June 2019 from 10am: TBC.

Foundation course

We are accepting applications for those wanting to register for the Foundation Course.

This will be the last opportunity to enter under the current syllabus before the new changes are introduced.

No dates have yet been established, but we hold study sessions on Friday evening and all day Saturday, over a two week period prior to the exam.


Contact us if you are interested in getting your first amateur radio license.


Intermediate Course Completed

ADARS is pleased to announce that the four candidates who completed the Intermediate Course have, by indicative marks, passed with flying colours.

Congratulations and we look forward to hearing your new callsigns on air.


Looking for a new challenge?

The joy and simplicity of CW!

In pursuing amateur radio as a hobby we sometimes need a challenge to keep the hobby fresh. In my own experience this has been true. Sometimes new challenges need to be demanding if they are going to be fulfilling, otherwise they are not worth doing. My new challenge was learning CW.

Why CW? Well there is the romantic notion of getting back to basics, the traditional mode associated with the wireless. I grew up near to Gilnahirk Listening Station and had always had a fascination about the place, I was mesmerised by the thought of operators listening to CW day in day out. Since I progressed through the three licensing exams I was looking for something new and I found myself taking up CW.

All ARCs should try to promote CW and in Antrim and District ARC I found help from MI0GDO; we exchanged practice sessions on 2 metres. Progress is slow and it was not until I found CW Academy on the CW Ops web site that I became more serious about taking up this challenge.

For those interested in CW I would recommend googling CW Academy, they run three levels of courses, each running for 8 weeks and they offer each of these courses three times over the course of a year. Since January I have completed level 1 and level 2 and I commenced level 3 in January 2019, and now nearing completion.

These courses provide a structure and a discipline which I find necessary to keep me on track. They begin gently and pick up the pace over the duration of the course. More importantly the course ensures that you don’t pick up bad habits, or if you have already will offer correction. You are assigned to an advisor who will guide you through the programme.

One of the best things about their study techniques is that you do see progress being made, provided you practice. So what’s involved? There are two Skype sessions per week with your advisor. You are allocated tasks to complete and your progress is assessed. In addition you are encouraged to go on frequency and make QSOs.

The skill taught is to recognise letters by sound, rather than my counting the dits and dahs, which is discouraged. Of course when speeds go beyond 20 wpm you can’t count dits and dahs! You also learn the sound of words and even short phrases, such as “Tnx fer call” or “My name is” etc. The purpose is to build up your vocabulary.

It is surprising driving the car and playing a CD of simulated QSOs what you pick up, despite concentrating on your driving. It’s a bit like listening to the car radio. You don’t concentrate on every word said, but you still get the meaning of what was said.

A word of caution!! Learning CW is hard work, it’s not done quickly but you do notice slow but steady progress. You need to practice practice and yet more practice and for this you need discipline and determination. So are you up for a real challenge? There is something quite rewarding about listening to CW and in this solar minimum you don’t need high power to make DX, a good reason to consider learning this mode.

If you are interested in knowing more about learning CW we would love to hear from you.