A BRIEF HISTORY OF NEWPORT AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY. by Ross GW3NWS
The original Newport Radio Society was probably founded in 1913. This society met at Stelvio on Basaleg Road Newport, the then home of Captain C H Bailey who held the very early call sign BHX.
Documenetry evidence of this can be found in Wireless World Volume II. No 13. April 1914.
This fact probably makes the Newport Wireless Society the oldest in Wales if not the UK! Since then Stelvio has had a very chequered history indeed and as a grade 2 listed building it was illegally demolished by a property developer.
In 1975 I received a phone call from Leason Goucott (GW3YTJ) asking me if I would be interested in reforming the Newport Amateur Radio Society (NARS) and, as a result of that telephone call the Newport Amateur radio society was reborn and in late 1975 the club took up residence at Brynglas House. Brynglas house proved to be a most excellent QTH and the club flourished, eventually installing a 60 ft tower with 4 element beam and various wire aerials on the roof.
In 2013 the club was given the devastating news that, due to government cutbacks, Brynglas was to close. 35 years in this wonderful old house with it’s great facilities had come to an end.
During our time at Brynglas the club was very active and it organised many mini dxpeditions to Welsh and Scottish islands, entered many contests from there and through its comprehensive programme of Amateur Radio courses helped many, many budding amateurs to obtain a transmitting license. For many years the Newport Amateur Radio society was present at many public events where it demonstrated Amateur radio to thousands of onlookers. The club adopted the principle of primarily teaching radio theory in greater depth than was necessary to just pass the radio amateurs exam. These exams were in great demand and at it’s peak the club had more than 120 members.
In October 2013 the club moved to our present QTH at the St Julians community library, Newport where we meet on Friday evenings from 7pm.