The Midland Amateur Radio Society – better known as MARS – was founded in Birmingham city centre on 9th June 1931 to “hold meetings for discussion and furtherance of interest in radio in the Midlands” with Mr F. W. Miles, G5ML elected as the society’s first president. The first meetings took place at the Hope & Anchor Public House, located on the site of the old Birmingham Central Library and over the years, MARS has called many places home including the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Aston University as well as buildings on Broad Street and Henstead Street to name but a few.
MARS currently calls Selly Park Baptist Church home and we are lucky to be able to have a permanent shack installation in the church’s community centre, along with a number of radios and aerials for HF and VHF use. Well attended meetings take place every Wednesday evening, more details of which can be found here.
The Club holds the G1MAR and G3MAR callsigns, which we often use with the regional identifier for clubs in England, ‘X’ – i.e. GX1MAR and GX3MAR.
MARS has always been a friendly, approachable club and still strives to maintain this atmosphere today. A very warm welcome is extended to new members, and if you are local to the Club, please consider coming along to one of our weekly meetings.
Why not get involved in the MARS Facebook page now at facebook.com/MidlandARS which is open to all amateurs, members and non-members alike.