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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

AUGUST 2018 :

Furness ARS held their second (and last of 2018) 80m ARDF event at the beginning if August, again in Seawood near Ulverston.  A friend of a club member was co erst into setting the beacons out - and after half an hour he returned (some what warn out from running through the woods) and the course was set. Club members set out with their 80m receivers and the 5 beacons were found within 35 to 55 minutes - some were hidden 'well off the beaten track' and took some finding. The last August meeting was a portable meet on Birkrigg common (IO-84-KD) where club members set up a range of antennas and radio kit.  These included portable trapped dipoles, vhf yagi's, 6m whips and hf whips. Members worked stations in Europe on 6m SSB, Europe, Oman and the USA on 20m SSB, and local 2m FM. There was even some 23cm digital and FM ATV reception tests carried out. An enjoyable evening was had by all, and the perfect way to end the years 'outdoor' meetings before the darker nights force club members back indoors for the winter series of talks, demos and presentations.

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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