The Brisbane Amateur Radio Club was formed to promote the hobby of Amateur Radio and Electronics. Our members come from all walks of life but share a common interest in the scientific development of radiocommunications and associated electronics.

The Club's official Amateur Station call-sign is VK4BA.

A proud member of the Wireless Institute of Australia, BARC was formed in August 1977 and has a rich history of achievement, providing for people involved in Amateur Radio and associated electronics a centre where they may receive or give instruction and advice on all matters pertaining to Amateur Radio.

Currently BARC is enjoying a strong and growing membership, including Amateurs, Short Wave Listeners, CB'ers and 4WD'ers alike

Our annual BARCfest which is held in May/June each year is the place to buy and sell radio and electronics equipment and has displays of vintage, QRP, military and other transmitting equipment, It is a great place to meet old friends enjoying our famous Cafe de BARC or outdoor sausage sizzles.

Subscriptions for membership fall due on the last day of August. Current standard membership fee is $20.00. Our membership application form is available here. 

Altered 2 December, 2015

Where do we meet?

The club meets twice per month, on the 2nd Friday of the month and the 4th Friday of the month at the Rochedale Scouts Den, located at 21 Rochedale Road, Rochedale

The entrance is at the Northern end of Rochedale road.

Coming from Mt Gravatt Capabala Road Turn right into Grieve Road You will notice that the road splits into two The Right hand road becomes Rochedale Road


The first meeting for the month is a social meeting starting around 7.30pm. The second meeting is our Project Saturday and we enjoy the time looking at personal and contributing to Club projects.  We also have a Quarterlybusiness meeting starting at 7.30pm, the business usually takes no more than 30 minutes. At either meeting we try to have a talk by a club member or invited guest.

See the meeting dates page for all upcoming meeting dates.

What do we offer?

The club has a technical library and also subscribes to several radio magazines which are available on loan to members. We also have test equipment which is able to be borrowed by members for a short period.

The club also owns its own radio transceiver etc.

We are willing to help anyone who wishes to become an Amateur. We can provide technical assistance to help obtaining the necessary licence. The club now has two assessors who are able to arrange exams for those wishing to obtain their licence.


The objects for which BARC has been established are generally to promote interest and fraternal goodwill among those interested in the science of electronics and amateur radio, but more particularly: -

  • To foster good relations with the general public and bring the hobby of amateur radio to the fore;
  • To encourage people to pursue the hobby of electronics;
  • To assist interested parties in gaining a certificate of proficiency of their choice by way of theory, regulatory and morse code classes;
  • To help and advise members in the correct operation of amateur stations;
  • To hold regular club activities, for example, project nights to help get the novice on air, with the emphasis being on items that enhance the operation of a station such as antenna tuners, antennas, filters, amplifiers etc.;
  • To conduct experiments in Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony for the advancement of amateur radio;
  • To operate the club stations during times of natural disturbance or community need...
  • To subscribe to and/or purchase publications to improve the technical and operational standards of members;
  • To hold meetings and lectures to pursue the above mentioned objects.
  • To produce a newsletter issued to all members so that they can be kept up-to-date with club activities and interesting technical aspects of our hobby;
  • But most importantly to have fun.


There are two nets each week. See Our Nets. You may also want to check out our repeater.



Current fees are $35.00 per year due by business meeting in August. Membership renewals after this date incurs a $5.00 charge making fee $40.00


How to contact us

See Contacting Us .