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
Members from Furness Amateur Radio Society attended the NARSA radio rally at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool at the end of April. The rally was well attended, with many visitors popping by the FARS stand. Members sold surplus kit, and there were plenty of bargains to be had from the stalls at the rally. Everyone who attended had a very enjoyable day. May was a busy month with club members attending a portable evening on Birkrigg Common (IO-84-KE) at the beginning of the month, where portable stations on HF and 2m FM operated, plus 23cm and 13cm SSB contacts were made.
The middle of May saw the annual Mills on the Air event, and a team from Furness ARS operated GB2GW from Gleaston Water Mill as usual. Band conditions were pretty poor on both 40m and 80m, but sheer determination helped bring in the QSOs, which include 10 other UK mills and 1 Dutch mill. The late May meeting was a 2m DF Fox Hunt, with a number of teams heading out into the SD27 to hunt the elusive ‘fox’ - photo shows FARS members who took part on the SD27 DF fox hunt.
The last 2 weekends of May saw members participate in the annual SOS event from Barrow Lifeboat station – where again conditions were difficult on HF, but more perseverance helped bring the QSO count up.
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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