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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


Furness Amateur Radio Society held their final 2m fox hunt for the year in early September. The winners were Nick G0HIK and Dave G3VUS in less than 15 minutes. They only needed to take 3 bearings before finding the fox hiding under the railway bridge. There were 6 teams out, which is the highest number for a long time and it was good to see some new 'faces' take part. With the dark nights now upon us there will be no chances for any more fox hunts until the spring.

Furness ARS was represented in this years RSGB SSB National Field Day by Ivan G3IZD and Stewart G3RXQ. The event, which took place at the beginning of September, used the call sign G3RXQ to enter in the Fixed Station category. The contest results have yet to be published. However, a position at or very near the top is expected.

Furness ARS took part in the annual Railways on the Air weekend in September from Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway in Cumbria. Using GB2LHR the team operated across both Saturday and Sunday from the club caravan using a doublet antenna and a Kenwood TS570DG. Band conditions were not the best, but perseverance resulted in 65 QSO's in total in 15 countries as well as 7 other ROTA stations.

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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