Welcome to the website of the Tyneside Amateur Radio Society!
This radio club has its roots amongst the earliest amateur radio organisations in the United Kingdom. The Newcastle Wireless Society was founded in 1913 (The Radio Society of Great Britain was founded in 1912) and met regularly at Ridley Place in the centre of Newcastle. This was in the earliest days when spark transmitters were still around! Not much record remains of those days, but it is known that it moved to more spacious quarters in Jesmond Road, a little way out of the city centre, where it remained until the outbreak of World War II. All amateur activity ceased for the duration of the war, but the Society recommenced operations a few years after hostilities ceased and became a very successsful organisation. For many years, it operated out of the Community Centre at Wallsend, but eventually had to find a new home when re-development of the site took place. During subsequent years the Society operated out of various locations until it settled in its present home in Heaton.
Here we have a comfortable meeting room together with a shack for operation and an adjacent work-room which is equipped with some minimal test gear and items to assist members to maintain their equipment or perhaps even do some light construction.
During weekly meetings, there are usually members present who are able to advise or help others (particularly beginners), with all aspects of their amateur radio activity. Support for those wishing to become radioamateurs is readily available, and free tuition can be arranged for anyone wishing to learn or improve their morse proficiency. The Society has equipment for operation on a wide range of bands ranging from HF to UHF; this is available to any member who holds an appropriate licence and of course, when supervised by a qualified member, anyone can get on the air!
If you’d like to learn more or get involved, just come along to one of our weekly meetings where you can talk to other members and see for yourself. While we have an annual membership contribution and a small weekly charge, attendance has been and always will befree for visitors!