A brief history of SKARS
The South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society (SKARS) is based in Grantham, Lincolnshire but is active throughout the surrounding region. The club was formed in 2011 with the first meetings taking place in the back room at the Beehive public house in Grantham.
SKARS has an enthusiastic membership eager to embrace and experiment with emerging technology as well as traditional radio communication. As well as normal amateur radio activities, SKARS has a wide collection of members with interests ranging from Tesla Coils through to High Altitude Balloons.
SKARS has a club licence and the call sign M0SKR which we use at club meetings and other events.
As required, a regional secondary locator identifier is added to the call sign so most times we will be operating as MX0SKR
Please say HELLO if you hear us on the air. We hope to work you on the bands.
SKARS and The RSGB
SKARS is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain. The RSGB is the national organisation for amateur radio enthusiasts. In 2018 the Club came 1st in the RSGB small club of the year after coming 2nd and 3rd in previous years.
Like all societies affiliated to the RSGB SKARS is dedicated to the development of the science and practice of amateur radio. We endeavour to increase awareness and understanding of amateur radio and to make the hobby accessible to everyone.
RSGB membership is not a requirement of being a member of SKARS but is open to all who have an interest in radio communications. Membership gives you a voice in how amateur radio is governed in the UK and the opportunity to influence the direction and policy of the RSGB. The RSGB is a membership-focused organisation.
The RSGB is organised on a Regional basis and there is a small team of volunteers in each Region called Regional and Deputy Regional Managers. SKARS is a member of Region 13 which overs the East Midlands area of central England, from Derbyshire in the north, to the southern portion of Lincolnshire, down to Northamptonshire.
SKARS 2021 Committee Members
The current committee members (as voted at the AGM on 15 Jan 2021) are:
Chair: Stewart Mason, M0SDM
Club Secretary: Alan Morris, G4ENS
Club Treasurer: Stewart Mason, M0SDM
Event and Contest Coordinator: Andrew Kiddle, G4HVC
Member Representative: John Uttley, G6CQD
SKARS Meetings and Club Nets
SKARS would normally meet on the first and third Friday each month at the 9th Grantham (St Annes) Scout Hut, Harrowby Road in Grantham, but due to the Covid-19 restrictions we have been unable to have any face to face meetings.
When the lockdown restrictions are lifted you will be able to come along to our friendly meetings and take part in our activities, including special event stations, talks, demonstrations, competitions and quiz nights.
In the meantime SKARS hold a series of Club Nets every 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday of every month via the GB3GR repeater.
In order for members to try different bands, the net will commence at 1930 hours on a band to be notified before hand. Following this at 2000 hours, the net will reconvene on GB3GR.
Everyone is welcome to check-in and participate or even just to monitor. You don’t need to be a member of SKARS to join in!
The GB3GR repeater is on 70CM (RU68)
Repeater Output frequency: 430.8500 MHz
Repeater Input Frequency: 438.4500 MHz (Please note the 7.6MHz split)
CTCSS Tone: 71.9 Hz
Our thanks go to G0OJF, the repeater keeper, who has kindly given permission for the repeater to be used for the SKARS nets.
Please check the SKARS club calendar for details of any future meetings and event times and information.