Special Events

Special events occur throughout the year with members of BVARS involved in or participating which are additional to club nights. These are usually well attended and give members the opportunity to participate in radio outside their normal shack activity. All members are encouraged to participate.

Mills Weekend

This takes place in May at the Sturminster Newton water mill and lasts all day Saturday and Sunday including a Friday afternoon session to erect the antenna and station. The objective is to contact as many Mills and radio operators over two day period, in previous years we have managed to make contact with many mills and it can get quite hectic at times. Our special call sign for the event is GB0SNM.

Wimborne Radio Rally (FRARS)

Taking place at the Flight Refuelling Radio Club sports ground in August, the Radio Rally is an excellent time to buy or sell radios, bits and pieces of radio related parts, meet old friends and generally see what other radio amateurs are doing. The stands are from clubs and some commercial retailers and incorporates a large ‘radio’ related boot sale. Well worth a visit, if only there for the bacon sandwiches.

Open Day

BVARS has been holding Open Days for some years, they have proved to be highly successful and the intention is to continue. The last one was in 2014.

The objective is to set up an active and participative display of the many attributes of Amateur Radio to which we invite members from other radio clubs, the general public -especially school children – and anyone who has a interest in Amateur Radio.

Sherborne QRP Rally

This event is held at the Digby Hall, Sherborne usually in April and run by the Yeovil Club. The event has a number of stalls selling radio bits and pieces, there are also lectures on a variety of radio related subjects. Many members of BVARS attend.


Although not a club activity as such, some members of BVARS are active members.

RAYNET, the Radio Amateur’s Emergency Network, is a national voluntary organisation that provides voluntary communications services for the emergency services and other charitable organisations’ events. Further information can be found at – www.raynet-uk.net

Members attend a variety of events, usually Sundays, supplying communications cover for Endurance Horse Rides, Triathlons, Marathons, Husky Dog Trials and similar throughout the county of Dorset and local areas. They are also on ‘stand by’ to assist the emergency services should there be a requirement.

Dorset RAYNET is held in high regard by all the Resilient groups of Dorset.