Belgian Maritime Amateur Radio Society

Were you in the Royal Navy, Marines, Merchant Navy, Fishery Fleets, Marine-cadets or have been employed in Maritime shore-based service?

The Belgian Maritime Amateur Radio Society whose call-sign is ON4BRN.

OR0OST is associated with BMARS. The address of both stations is
industriezone 't Walletje 50 in Knokke.

The International Submarine–event (from the Russian Foxtrot Submarine in Zeebrugge), the Lighthouse and Light-ship (from the lightship Westhinder also in Zeebrugge), the lighthouse “Lange Nelle” are some of the yearly Special Event Stations that we operate. We have been granted special permission to use those locations.

During the Belgian Navy Days and the Special Event “Oostende voor Anker" we also operate from there and are QRV on all bands together with our sister societies (see links on our into page).

We participate in the yearly International Naval Contests in CW and SSB.

Further more our members join in all different Naval Nets promoting World-wide Maritime friendship.

As a matter of fact it is not easy, not to say impossible to become a member of those societies if one has no Naval connections and the admission rules are strict.

BMARS, however feels that many radio-amateurs who do not have a naval background but who are extremely interested in maritime matters would be eager to belong to such a Society and be able to operate as a full member of a maritime society at one of those special events.

At our Annual General Meeting in November 2000, the BMARS –members have changed their rules so that Radio-amateurs who can prove their dedication to the maritime world can now become member.

If one can show three maritime awards or can proof (log-book) that they have logged in on a regular basis in one of the maritime nets (at least 40 times in a period of two years) they can apply to join.

Radio-amateurs who are not (as yet) permitted to work the diametric bands can also apply for they can work those awards as SWL. The same rules apply for SWL,s .

Naturally that those radio-amateurs with naval backgrounds do not have to fullfill those rules.

Where can you hear Naval Nets?

Daily Monday to Friday 11:30-13:30 UTC 3740/7055Mhz SSB
Tuesday 19:00 UTC ( log-in 18u30) 3528 CW.
Thursday: 19:00 UTC 3547 3528 CW

Every Monday 13:00 (local time) 7060Mhz SSB
Saturday 08:00 (local time) 3565 Mhz C W.
Sunday 08:00 9local time ) 3625 Mhz SSB

If you wish to become a member of BMARS, or desire more information please contact the Secretary