FURNESS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY
Representing Amateur Radio in Furness and South Cumbria for over 105 years!
We offer a warm welcome to the website of Furness Amateur Radio Society (FARS) and thanks for stopping by. We are a small but active bunch of amateurs and listeners who predominantly live on the Furness peninsula of Cumbria, in Northern England.
We also have members elsewhere in this country who wish to maintain involvement with the club. We are an affiliated club to the RSGB and a member of Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association. 2018 celebrates 105 years since the formation of the Barrow in Furness Wireless Association - the forefather for the modern day Furness Amateur Radio Society, one of the oldest radio clubs in the UK.
Recent FARS News
In June, some hardy members of Furness Amateur Radio Society braved the light rain to take part in an 80m ARDF event in the 58 acre Seawood on Birkrigg Common, near Ulverston. A course was set with 5 club-built 80m beacons, and with 3.5km of pathways running through the woods, the course proved challenging (and fun) in the wet conditions. Using handheld PJ-80 80m receivers (again built by club members from kits) the beacons were found within 35 minutes to an hour. There were some new members who had not taken part in ARDF before and they enjoyed their first experience at 80m direction finding. Retrieving the beacons at the end proved to be an 'event' itself when the wx took a turn for the worse and the heavy rain and darkening sky made the retrieval hunt even more difficult.
About Furness Amateur Radio Society
In 2013 we celebrated 100 years of Amateur Radio on the Furness area using the call GB100RXY. We have a regular weekly skeds on the air on HF usually 80m followed by 2m but we also have meetings alternating between the Farmers Arms, Newton-in-Furness and Hawcoat Park Sports Club in Barrow-in-Furness. The club will also meet on occasions at Gleaston Water Mill which remains a club venue and is owned by a club member. Our club call is GX4ARF and this is put on the air from various venues through the year. We participate in several Special Events each year such as SOS Radio weeks, Railways on the Air, Mills on the Air, Lighthouses on the Air, JOTA and raise money for our local lifeboat station. We have taken part in SSB Field Days and have for several years taken part in the 80m Club Contest fielding SSB, CW and Data stations, averaging position 8 for the last few years.
If you are holidaying, working or just visiting the Furness area and wish to meet some local amateurs, then you will be assured of a friendly informal welcome. Details of our meetings can be found here
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