About Us

Estd 1959

Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (BARC) – is among the oldest Amateur Radio Clubs in India BARC was founded in 1959 by a handful of like-minded HAM Radio Operators and Shortwave Listeners. For 6 decades now, it’s been the most “radio-active” club in the country.

200+ Life Members

The strength of the club is derived from the valuable members who are always available at the drop of a hat for any kind of activity. With more than 200 life members, there no dearth of enthusiasm to keep the club’s flag flying high always.

VU2ARC CALL SIGN

BARC has a Club Callsign – VU2ARC. It’s among the privileged few clubs to have its own sign. Club sign was awarded in April 1961 and since then its been active in various events and contests.

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

In its days, 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.

Times when packet radio using Commodore computer. 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.

Leadership Team

Vijay’s leadership is what sets the tone for the club’s activities. He is a technical wizard and an ardent HF band and a contests lover. He works for an engineering division in the corporate sector.

Kiran Kumar – VU3PKE
Hon. Secretary

The love of Homebrewing for Amateur Radio is what got him hooked on to this hobby. He manages the administrative functions of the club. Kiran is an engineer and a businessman by profession.

Keeping the club flush with funds and minding every penny and bringing in the transparency to club financials with finesse is what Ramesh does with zeal. He is an excellent PCB designer by profession