FURNESS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY
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
The club meeting of the 23rd February clashed with an invitation to the club from the local Rotary for an awards evening. The Rotary have been running the annual “Tour de Furness” cycle event since the 1990’s and have raised almost £500,000 in that time.
Furness ARS have run the radio communications for the event for several years as there are mobile phone black spots between Barrow-in-Furness and Coniston. We usually have a control station at the race HQ in Barrow, with other stations based at Gleaston Water Mill, Birkrigg common near Ulverstion, Coniston village, on a fellside high above Coniston, and we also put a station with the mobile mechanic. All club members enjoyed the evening, especially the buffet and few drinks afterwards. We have been invited to provide communications again this year, and members look forward to assisting in September.
The early March meeting had to have a change of date and location due to a water leak at the usual venue. Fortunately Nick, G0HIK, was able to offer the meeting room at Duddon Inshore Rescue at short notice, and club members attended to discuss and plan the club stand for the NARSA Blackpool rally in April. It was a productive evening with members coming up with plenty of suggestions and ideas for this years rally.
Later in March, Chris, M0KPW, gave a presentation entitled ‘2021… my actives on VHF and above’ which covered topics such as SOTA, 144MHz Backpackers contests and the 2m, 70cm and 23cm UKAC’s which Chris had taken part in. This was a light hearted and lively presentation, with the ‘good’, ‘the bad’ and ‘the ugly, of taking part in such activities.
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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