What we do
Amateur Radio

1921 - 2024? and still going strong

Gloucester Amateur Radio and Electronics Society (GARES) can justly claim to be one of the oldest societies in Gloucester, if not the oldest.

We believe that there was a wireless club in Gloucester from shortly after the first world war, or maybe even earlier.

Records dated from 1921 show that the Wireless Society of Gloucester and the Glevum Radio and Scientific Society were signatories to a petition to the then Postmaster general (the Rt. Hon. F. G. Kellaway, M.P.) requesting facilities for radio telegraphists. These societies had their origins before World War I, were in abeyance during the war, and were reformed in 1919.

As a result of a joint meeting on 21st March 1926, the two societies amalgamated under the name "Gloucester Wireless Club." This title continued until the 1950s when the club became affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the title "Gloucester Amateur Radio Society" was adopted.

On 13th January 1997, at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society, the current name was adopted. The new name reflected an underlying objective to broaden the Society's perspecive to cater for those interested in electronics and construction in addition to those purely interested in amateur radio.

Throughout a history spanning a century that has seen greater technological change than any other, the Society has provided a forum for radio and electronics enthusiasts to share in this fascinating and rewarding hobby.

What we do now!

Why not join us for:


We are currently meeting every two weeks at Down Hatherley Village Hall.


The current subscription rates for new members are:

  • Member £20
  • Family £25
  • Junior £1

If you wish to visit us and see whether GARES is the club for you, please come along to a meeting. We won’t expect you to become a member of your first visit.


The current (2023/2024) committee is:

Chairman: Dave(G4BCA)
Vice Chair: Gary(M0XAC)
Secretary: Rita(M6RYL)
Treasurer: James(G8YYH)
Ordinary committee members: Mike


In order to keep this web pages to a reasonable length, we have put the constitution on a separate page.


Gloucester Amateur Radio and Electronics Society are affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)


You can contact the club by emailing garesg4aym@aol.co.uk

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