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The earliest records that we have suggest that the society was formed around August 1967. It was known at that time as The Bishop’s Stortford and District Amateur Radio Society. We do have a list of the ten founder members. Unfortunately none of these are members now but at least two still live locally.

 Until 2007, the society always met at the Royal British Legion in Windhill, Bishop's Stortford.

The president in those early days was Sir Roger P. Hawkey B.A.R.T., G5ZG, born 25/6/1905 and died on 11/11/1975. When Sir Roger passed away, one of the members, Bernard Salt, G4ITL, managed to acquire the G5ZG callsign for the society. This was around 1983 and we have been proud to use this distinctive two-letter callsign during contests, operating evenings, and special events ever since.

Several years ago the society was renamed The Bishop's Stortford Amateur Radio Society.

From 2000 to 2008 the club used to operate, during the summer months, from the Hop Poles pub in Great Hallingbury.

From 2008 to 2012 this was also our meeting place for the rest of the year.

Since 2012, the club has been meeting at Farnham Village Hall.

 This information is based on the records that we have to hand. However we apologise if any of the  above is inaccurate. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who can provide any further details regarding the history of the society to  enable us to expand on the above or correct any inaccuracies.