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  The NADARS Christmas Dinner 2021. Wednesday, 8th December 2021 19:00. Email Mark, M0CUK for details  

School for Deaf Children Talked to an Astronaut on the International Space Station in a World First Radio Communication

On Tuesday 12th October 2021 at 12:12 BST / 11:12 UTC, Lloyd Farrington from the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS) called the International Space Station using Amateur Radio equipment and callsign GB4MHN to enable ten deaf children to speak to NASA Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei.

The children at the Mary Hare School for deaf children in Newbury spoke to the Astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbited above them at over 17,000 miles per hour.

The Society, who celebrate their 100th Anniversary in 2022, applied to make the contact on behalf of the school in 2020. An original date of April 2021 for the contact was sadly postponed due to Covid-19 but was then rescheduled for this month.

This was a world first, when a group of deaf children each asked a question to the astronaut who then answered the question. The reply was also interpreted in to subtitles for the children to 'hear'.

The event was made possible by the world-wide organisation ARISS (Amateur Radio International Space Station) that heads up the radio contacts for space agencies NASA and ESA.

The ISS has an Amateur Radio station on board and the Astronauts are also licensed Radio Amateurs. The ISS signal can be received on the 2 metre Amateur band and could be heard live all over the UK when the contact was underway using amateur radios or scanners.

Radio Amateur and contact co-ordinator Lloyd Farrington from NADARS states: "This is a truly exciting event for both the school and NADARS. It's a great privilege to be able to speak to an orbiting Astronaut and we had NASA and ESA watching and listening to us due to it being the first contact of this kind in the World!"

The contact can be viewed at

Newbury Radio Rally

Sunday 26th June 2022

After the previous postponements (due to COVID restrictions) we are pleased to announce that the Newbury Radio Rally will return in 2022, when we all hope to be reinvigorated and even more excited to provide you with what has become one of the most loved and popular rallies of its kind in the UK.

Put a note in your diary and reserve the date for Sunday 26th June 2022


Click here for more details


The Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS) has been in existence for 99 years. The Call Sign of the Society is G5XV. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 19:30 at Acland Hall, Hermitage Rd, Cold Ash, RG18 9JF (Map). Sometimes we meet at other locations, and even via Zoom, so please check the calendar for latest information

There is usually an informal lecture relating to radio at the meeting

We hold many other social and radio related events. These include courses to enable members of the public to become radio amateurs. We hold two day 'Foundation Licence' courses which train a person how to operate an amateur radio station safely. After the course we hold a basic examination. To date we have a 98% success rate with this course

We also hold The Newbury Radio Rally in June at the Newbury Showground, where many radio and computing bargains may be found, as well as club and society stands, and live demonstration stations. This attracts visitors from all over the country. For further information contact Phill, G6EES.

Interested in Contesting?

NADARS enters many contests each year including IOTA and NFD.

We are always pleased to hear from newcomers. Click here for more info.

Sunday 28th November, 2021

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