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 September members of Furness Amateur Radio Society operated GB2TDF for the annual Tour de Furness charity cycle event. This is a 50 mile route from Barrow in Furness, through to Coniston in the lakes and back. As well as running a special events station, members also assisted with some minor communications for the event.
September also saw GB2LHR operated from Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway for ROTA weekend. The railway is located the picturesque Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere; and is a historic branch line (originally opened in the 1870s) which has been a popular tourist attraction since the 1970’s. Using the clubs caravan as a shack in the station car park, a doublet and TS570 working was mostly on 80m with occasional dips to 40m - 167 QSOs were had over the weekend of which 19 were other ROTA stations. A club member set up a Fusion hotspot and he separately worked 10 stations of which 4 were ROTA stations. A great weekend was had by all, with great weather on the Saturday, but rain on the Sunday.
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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