A Brief History of LEFARS

By | 24 December 2020


A Brief History of LADARS / LEFARS
Loughton & District Radio Society was formed in 1962 with the inaugural meeting on 27th April, at 75 Roundmead Avenue, QTH of the now late, world-renowned DXer, John Kay G3AAE.  John gave a talk at this meeting entitled “Working Those Difficult Stations”, and according to a 1986 letter from him, others present at this first meeting were: Cliff Waterman G3NKX, Bill Sheppard G3JBS, Jack Atkinson G3OPA, John Butcher G3LAS, Wilf Dunnell G3BYW and Bill Patten G3PAT. The second meeting took place on 20th July 1962, with a talk given by Tom Withers G3HGE, proprietor of T. Withers (Electronics) of Enfield, entitled “VHF Equipment”.  Shortly after these first few meetings, a room was acquired at Loughton Hall, Rectory Lane, where regular Friday fortnightly gatherings occurred up until 1996 when the management of Loughton Hall passed from Debden Community Association to Loughton College.  At this point, the Society was given notice that Loughton Hall would no longer be available as a meeting place for local groups, so a new venue had to be found.  After a few meetings in a classroom at the college, our current meeting place, All Saints House was found. In September or October 1978 the name was changed adding the word “Amateur” to the title.  Again in 1999, the Society changed its name, now to the Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society.


The Present Day
Today, the Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society continues to meet fortnightly at All Saints House, where we offer a comprehensive programme of activities and events.  These include lectures on a variety of amateur radio and associated subjects, as well as regular “on-air” operating sessions, and practical demonstrations. Throughout the year we also stage a series of amateur radio “Special Event Stations” from various public events and venues, such as the Abridge Village Fete, the Epping Forest Festival, and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge. And for those wishing to obtain a UK amateur radio licence, we provide tuition twice-a-year with weekend-long Foundation Licence courses in Epping, Essex. We also offer licence upgrade facilities for existing Foundation Licence holders, with ad-hoc Intermediate Licence assessments, and as an accredited RSGB Examination Centre, offer exam facilities at all three current licensing levels.


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