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About Us


Harwell Amateur Radio Society was founded in 1958 to bring together people who share a passion for Amateur Radio. The Society has evolved over the years and nowadays strives to provide a combination of training, regular meetings, social events and technical challenges (be they radio contests or construction competitions) to attract the widest membership possible. Please check out our events page to see what's going on. We are always happy to welcome new members to the Society. Please drop in to one of our meetings and say 'hello' - we'd love to meet you!


Become a member

Please contact us for information about membership which is open to everyone.

Normally our monthly meetings are held on the second THURSDAY of each month at 7.45 pm in Chilton Village Hall, Church Hill, Chilton, OX11 0SH. Most meetings consist of a talk by an expert in the field, on some aspect of Amateur Radio. We also enjoy natter-nights, 'show and tell' evenings, quiz nights and direction finding hunts.

THESE MEETINGS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID19




Since April 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID19 outbreak, Harwell Amateur Radio Society has taken many steps to try and support members through these difficult times. These have included starting a weekly news sheet QAVExtra (which complements our monthly magazine 'QAV'). We have also increased our HF skeds to 2 per week and have introduced Virtual Coffee Meetings three times a week via Zoom where members can chat, exchange ideas and seek advice. We have further set up a forum for members to use to communicate with one another and have further encouraged afternoon Zoom Workshops devoted to specific topics.

Our History

The Society was formed 1958 by a small group of Radio Amateurs who were employed at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE) at Harwell. By the mid-1980s the Society had grown to over 100 members from all around the region, who met regularly at the Harwell Social Club (until its closure in 2000).

After meeting in several different locations in the area, our 80 members now meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except July and August) at Chilton Village Hall where you can be assured of a warm welcome.