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Representing Amateur Radio in Furness and South Cumbria for over 109 years!

CLUB MEMBERS : all weekly actives are detailed via the members Groups.IO communications.

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.  2022 celebrates 109 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

During the June Jubilee weekend members of Furness Amateur Radio Society operated GQ4ARF from the Gleaston Jubilee Village Fete.

With glorious weather and a brilliant setting, it was great to be able to operate in a community setting where club members felt totally at ease and able to showcase what amateur radio is all about. The general public attending the fete were very accommodating and were asking plenty of questions about who we were making contact with, and how it worked. Although band conditions were not great, a very enjoyable weekend was had operating into Europe and the UK (HF and VHF). There were a total of 73 contacts in the log (CW 40, FM 13, SSB 20)

 In other news, Chris M0KPW, enjoyed a very very windy Sunday out portable for the 2nd Backpackers content in June from SOTA G/LD049 (Kirkby Moor), thanks all those who came back to the calls.

After several years of trying and lots of research by Dave G3VUS and Chris M0KPW, Furness ARS managed to secure the call sign G2DT as a club call. ‘2DT’ was originally issued to Barrow and District Wireless Association (A forerunner of Furness ARS) in 1923, it has been a long held dream to be able to secure the ‘2DT’ call for the club and finally all the stars aligned to enable Martyn, M0TEB, to work with Ofcom in securing it for the club. Members looking forward to activating the call at various events in the future.

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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