Who are we ?

The Bristol RSGB Group started life as far back as 1913 when it was called the Bristol Wireless Association. Over the years it has provided a focus for Amateur Radio in Bristol and surrounding areas. For many years the Group ran a very popular rally at Longleat House, attracting enthusiasts from far and wide. These days the Group holds meetings on a monthly basis as well as providing support for local amateur radio projects.

Our monthly meetings have proved very popular over the years covering various aspects of Amateur Radio, electronics and technology. Click on Past Events in the MAIN MENU to see the wide variety speakers and topics that have been covered.


We hope to restart monthly meetings as soon as our meeting venue becomes available following Covid restrictions.


We occassionally organise group outings. For example in 2009 we visited Bletchley Park to see and hear about Britain's World War Two Codebreakers and their incredible achievements.

Bletchley Park Outing An Enigma Machine


Within our group we have a very active and successful group of radio contest enthusiasts called the Bristol Contest Group. Access their website from MAIN MENU on the left to see photos, and results from their operations over the last 25 years.

Other clubs & local events

Many of our members belong to other local radio clubs as well as the Bristol RSGB Group. Some of these are listed below.

Bath and District ARC http://badarc.webs.com/

Chepstow & District ARC http://www.gw4lwz.co.uk/

Mid Somerset Radio Club http://www.midsarc.org.uk/

North Bristol ARC http://www.nbarc.org.uk/

Shirehampton ARC http://www.shirehampton-arc.org.uk/

South Bristol ARC http://www.sbarc.co.uk/

Thornbury & South Gloucs ARC http://tsgarc.ham-radio-op.net/

Trowbridge and District ARC https://sites.google.com/view/tdarc/home

Weston Super Mare RS https://e-voice.org.uk/weston-super-mare-radio-society/


Bath Based Distance Learning

The Bath Training Team started running distance learning classes in parallel with their RSGB Bristol sponsored classroom sessions a few years ago. This initiative has grown to the point where the team now has twelve tutors across the country and nearly two hundred students have been enrolled, many passing the exam first time.

                                            presents Kenwood Trophy to
                                            the Distance Learning Team

An article about the Distance Learning courses was featured in February 2012 edition of RadCom.

At this year's RSGB AGM the team were awarded the Kenwood Trophy for 'outstanding contribution to amateur radio training'. Picture shows e-tutors Steve Hartley, G0FUW, Phil Parkman, G3MGQ, Dan Trudgian, M0TGN, Lewis Thomas, G4YTN and Keith Williams,GW4OKT, recieving the trophy from RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW. All tutors that were involved in 2011 received certificates. Picture courtesy of RSGB.

73, Steve, G0FUW


Meeting Venue from 2017

BAWA building

The Bristol RSGB Group meets at BAWA in Filton. The site has LOTS of parking, the room is bright and there is a bar next door !

BAWA Location


A Short History of the Bristol RSGB Group:

Bristol NFD Team 1954The present Group dates back to 1931, but its predecessor goes back to 1913 when it was called the Bristol Wireless Association. Apart from brief interruptions for war, it has remained in being until the present day. It has met at various venues the Half Moon in Stoke's Croft, Carwardine's restaurant, the Royal Fort and the Small Lecture Theatre at the University of Bristol, and the Lawn Tennis Club in Redland - to name but a few Currently meetings are held at BAWA in Filton.

The fortunes of the Group have waxed and waned, as is the case with all organisations - the most memorable happenings being the winning of NFD three times in a row in the early Fifties and the still talked about National Convention, which was held here in Bristol.

GB500JC QSL CardHowever, probably the most enduring event for which the Bristol RSGB Group is known is the Longleat Rally. For 45 years the Group organised and ran this very popular rally at Longleat House. In 1997 the Group helped in a small way with special event station GB5JC celebrating John Cabot and the Matthew. As a spin-off from this it provided some of the equipment used for the historic first amateur radio transmission by HM the Queen in 1997.

To help encourage new blood into the hobby the Group continues to fund amateur radio licence courses currently held in Bath under the expert guidance of Steve Hartley, G0FUW.