In 1969 a public meeting was held to see if there was any interest locally in amateur radio. This proved very successful and the Thornton Cleveleys Amateur Radio Society (TCARS) was formed.
Over the years the meeting venue has changed because the room was too big/too small/too expensive or, as in the case of a scout hut, because the building was to be demolished.
The callsign G4ATH was first used on 1st December 1971 from Rossall School where the licence holder Robin Bellerby G3ZYE was a teacher and it can still be heard in contests and on the club’s top band net every Sunday morning.
Many local events have been celebrated with special event stations, the opening of Blackpool zoo in 1972, the centenary of the tramway in 1985 and the 20th anniversary of TCARS in 1989 when the club held an open day attended by the Mayor of Wyre and his family.
Modern Amateur Radio is very different to that in 1969 but TCARS is still going strong, attracting new members, supporting licensed amateurs and short wave listeners and training the radio amateurs of the future.
Long may it continue.........