We are a group of Amateur Radio enthusiasts based in the Medway Towns who are serious about having a good time and lots of fun. Most amateurs know of the BRATS due to the rally which we hold once a year, normally during the 1st quarter. Our rally brings together the amateur masses primarily from Kent and the bordering counties. It gives these folk a hands on opportunity to buy the new and established products on offer. It also gives us a chance to meet face to face!
A little bit of history
The Society was first formed in February 1982, under the name of the Bredhurst Breakers Club (BBC). The club was best described as an up market CB Radio Club, due mainly to its interest in the technical side of radio (CB) and the lectures. Within a short time the limitations of CB were realised by many of the members, and a steady progression into amateur radio and short wave listening took place. To reflect this wider interest the club changed its name to the Bredhurst Receiving and Transmitting Society (the BRATS) The society is in the unique position of being able to offer the hardened Radio Ham, the CBer and the SWL a common meeting ground where all facets of the hobby of radio communication can be seen.
What do we do?
The BRATS are very active all year round, but during the summer months we like to get outside and enjoy our hobby in the field. This includes DF hunts, field events and contest work. There is normally something going on most weekends. Outdoor events normally take place in Bredhurst nr Gillingham but we also support other amateur clubs and organisations. The BRATS also enjoy lectures, quiz nights and fun nights at our Parkwood venue.
Where do we meet?
The BRATS meet on a Thursday night from 8:30pm normally at the Parkwood Community Centre at the address below.
The Parkwood Community Centre
Long Catlis Road
Refreshments are available on tap or from a bottle!
On The Air.
Some of us meet on air each Tuesday from 8:00pm to 9:00pm on 1.962Mhz A.M. as the "Brats Home Constructors Net", all welcome to join in, many taking part use the Club's Ozbox Tx/Rx. There is a "Club Net" open to all on 2m band on Wednesdays at 20:00 local time on 145.400 + or - a channel depending on band conditions.
We are also on TWITTER - Twitter handle: @the_brats_uk
We are also on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/251185764985888/How do I join or enquire?