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The "Cray Valley Radio Transmitting Club" was founded in the autumn of 1946 by eight radio amateurs - G2DS, G2HY, G2ZI, G2CXO, G3FC, G3MZ, G3ANK and G8PT - with the aim of setting up a local organisation that would extend the friendships established over the air. Membership was selective and there was a waiting list. Only transmitting amateurs were elegible to join the Club. It was agreed that free and informal discussion would be encouraged; that occasional lectures would be arranged for members; that there should be at least one social function annually at which the mention of 'Radio' was forbidden and that the Club should hold 'surplus' sales! The Club's first meeting was in Sidcup on the 1st November 1946 and by 1947 it had 34 members.
The Club has become the "Cray Valley Radio Society" and has just celebrated its 60th year in existence. The Society is active in contesting, national and international, HF to UHF. In recent years it has achieved results at the top of the tables under its call signs: M8C and G3RCV.
The Society holds incentive licence classes for its members to 'climb the ladder' towards the Full Amateur Radio Licence. Lectures, ARDF hunts, informal meetings, technical demonstrations - all help to keep the Society thriving. It has a membership base across a large part of the UK, and beyond!
The Society has recently organised some prestigious special call sign stations to celebrate landmark events: M2000A, GB50, GB75F, GB4RES, GB3FB, GB2SJS, GB8ST and most recently assisted with GB150VC and GB200T.
The Cray Valley Radio Society meets at 7.30pm for an 8pm start on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. Refreshments are available, the meeting site is a "No Smoking" venue.
Disabled parking and access are available.
For more details or to get an electronic membership application form please e-mail our Secretary at secretary[at]cvrs[dot]org
1st Royal Eltham Scouts HQ, Rear of 61 - 71 Southend Crescent, Eltham, London, SE9 2SD.
[Access is via a short path adjacent to the BT phone box at the bottom of Southend Crescent by the mini roundabout]