Diversity is the strength of this club
Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (BARC) – is among the oldest Amateur Radio Clubs in India BARC was founded in the year 1959 by a handful of like-minded HAM Radio Operators and Shortwave Listeners. Since its Inception, BARC has strived to promote Amateur Radio as a Hobby to the General Public.
The club was formed by 6S. Yes, all the founders’ names started with “S”. The club had a very humble beginning with no venue to sit and members used to assemble at Cubbon Park. It started as a group and eventually became Bangalore Amateur Radio Club. It’s a club that gave birth to many other clubs. The Bangalore Amateur Radio club has many firsts to its credit.
- First Amateur Radio club to have started in 1959
- First to have started a magazine for Amateur Radio in South Asia
- First to do Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)
- First to do as many field days as possible.
- First DX expedition to Lavadives
- First to host a Hamfest in 1979
- First monthly newsletter
- First to import 2m rigs by BARC members
- First to conduct Quiz on the Air
- First to start the Charminar net from Bangalore
- First in India to have a repeater through Repeater Society of Bangalore
- First to organise antenna workshop
Over the years, field days were held at Kanva Reservoir, Chamundi Hills, Barbers Rock, Nandi Hills, Ghati, Doddaballapur, Savandurga, Devarayana Durga to bring people together and share the equipment.
BARC members have started the packet radio activity using Commodore-64. Hill topping was a major activity. From Nandi Hills to Mumbai 2m direct contact was possible without any relay.
BARC has been instrumental in supporting Radio and Electronics Enthusiasts in Home-Brewing, DX-ing, Rally Communications, Disaster Management and a host of activities which surrounds the ambit of Amateur Radio.