History of the Formation of British Railways Amateur Radio Society.
British Railways Amateur Radio Society had their inaugural meeting on the 29th October in 1966 at British Railways Board Headquarters after the work of acting Secretary S.W.L Gray.
One of the founder members of BRARS who attended that meeting was S.W.L. John Chappell who is now G4ZTQ.
In 1967 Ronald Hooper G3SCW attended a meeting in Sweden which led to the formation of FIRAC the “International Federation of Railway Radio Amateurs”. France Germany and Switzerland initially formed FIRAC and the organisation has a membership exceeding 2000 worldwide. I have been the President of BRARS since 1979 and our first Congress meeting was held in1982 in Lowestoft Suffolk.
Membership is open to railway and non railway members.
The society will be running the special event call GB0LMR which is also the suffix of the club call.
The station will be operated by BRARS member Mark G1PIE from Preston in Lancashire.
Bands of operation will be 40M to 10M in SSB and PSK-31 and PSK-63 and VHF/UHF.
WAB SD52, Loc IO83QR.
Qsl cards are via the RSGB bureau or direct with sae to Mark G1PIE.
Further information is on qrz.com and the society website http://www.brars.info