Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society

The Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society aims to support students in exploring all aspects of electronics, amateur radio, and even space technologies. We do this via our Makerspace, Radio Shack, Satellite Ground Station.

We run courses on coding, 3D Printing, Amateur Radio, and many more, as well as hosting many competitive robot building competitions throughout the year. We welcome all students, regardless of their university course! If you have any interest at all in electronics, we’d be delighted to have you.

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Our society was established in 1958, making us older than the University of Surrey itself.
We have 3 main spaces on campus: Tillingbourne Satellite Ground Station, Radio Shack, Makerspace.
EARS teaches students the use of 3D Printing, radio licensing, arduino coding & electronics skills.
Our makerspace is open 24/7 for members to work on their personal, university, or group projects.

The Makerspace is our 24/7 multidisciplinary lab and workshop available to our members for creation and development in all different areas of STEM that they may not cover within their degree programme.

It is outfitted with the equipment to allow for industrial design & 3D printing, electronics, programming and is also a great space for individuals and groups of students to study and socialise. 

Recent Projects

Tillingbourne Satellite Ground Station

We are currently building our very own satellite ground station at the university. There are multiple small satellite dishes which we hope to use in the future to downlink our very own weather images from geostationary satellites. There is also a large rotatable S band dish to downlink telemetry and image data.

Another project at our ground station is the resurrection of our colossal moonbounce array which will allow us to transmit voice and imagery to and from the moon. The final step in setting up our ground station to make it fully operational will be to set up a remote link microwave network to operate our ground station remotely from our radioshack.


University of Surrey EARS - ScraphEEp Robot Building Competition 2024

ScraphEEp 2024

On the 7th February the University of Surrey’s Electronics & Amateur Radio Society (EARS) hosted its 2024 ScraphEEp Challenge robot building competition.

This year, teams of contestants ranging from first year students all the way up to postgraduates and staff, had just three hours to design and build functioning robots using only materials from our large scrap pile in order to complete the obstacle course.

During the event it was great to see the ingenuity of the teams coming up with ideas that we never would’ve thought of. 

Committee 24/25
  • President: Caspar Pierce
  • Vice-President: Douglas Potter
  • Treasurer: Sam Brown
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