About Us

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 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 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 for Social and Business meetings and the 4th Saturday of the month for projects and working bees at the Rochedale Scouts Den, located at 21 Rochedale Road Rochdale, all other meetings will be posted as they come to hand and notified by email to members

The entrance is at the Nothern 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

Map of Rochedale Road, showing entrance

Map of BARC Club rooms

If the first meeting for the month is a social meeting it will start around 7.30pm. If the meeting is a business meeting (which is held four time per year) it will start 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 tranceiver 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: -


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


Current fees are $20.00 per year due by business meeting in August. Membership renewals after this date incurs a $5.00 charge making fee $25.00

How to contact us

See Contacting Us.