Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society – Club Profile

CARS LogoOn this page, you’ll find information on the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS), one of the amateur radio clubs in Essex.

The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society is the oldest amateur radio society in the county, with roots going back to the 1930s. CARS typically has a membership of around 80, many of whom have strong links to Marconi and Chelmsford, the birthplace of radio.

CARS meets once a month for their main club night at the Oaklands Museum in Chelmsford. Until recently, they ran occasional activations from the historic Sandford Mill museum, which houses many Marconi exhibits. The society runs a weekly net on HF and using local repeaters.

CARS offers classroom-based training at all three levels at  Danbury Village Hall.

Club Profile

Launched: 1936
Location: Chelmsford
Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month at Oaklands Museum
Club Net: Weekly, Tuesday evening (bands vary) – Details
Training: Foundation, Intermediate, Full, CW – weekday evenings
AGM: October
Membership Fee: £15 per year
Information last updated: November 2019 – Out of date? Let us know

More About CARS

Club Nights: CARS meets once a month at the Oaklands Museum in Chelmsford for its social evening.

Field days: In 2017, CARS ran two events at Chelmsford’s historic Sandford Mill Museum.

Training: CARS has been involved with training for many years, and offer classroom-based Foundation and Intermediate training and exams, plus sessions for the Full exam. The training team is responsible for running over 35 Foundation training courses as of 2017.

Nets: The club also runs weekly nets on different bands and runs excellent CW training courses. 

Membership: At the CARS AGM in 2017, the society reported a membership of 81.

Other activities: The training team used to host an event called the Essex Skills Nights at  Danbury Village Hall. These were monthly sessions aimed at helping amateurs to improve their knowledge and share their skills with others. The Essex Skills Night concept was originally developed and implemented by Essex Ham’s Pete M0PSX.


Club Venues

Oaklands Museum (Monthly Club Meetings)

Danbury Village Hall (Training)

 More: Danbury Village Hall Info

Upcoming CARS Events

The following list is taken from our Events Calendar. This list may not reflect any recent changes, so check with the CARS Events Page for the latest information:

Clubs Nights & Field Events
Training & Skills

Club Images

CARS at Sandford Mill 2011
CARS at Sandford Mill 2011
The audience at the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society's July meeting
Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society’s July 2014 Club Meeting
CARS Skills Workshop - Group Photo Jan 2104
CARS Skills Workshop – Group Photo Jan 2014


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