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
Follow their success with 5.6GHz ATV in 2018, Chris M0KPW and Nick G0HIK from Furness Amateur Radio Society had been busy at the end of the year building new portable 5.6GHz ATV stations suited to being packed into a rack sack and taken out portable and for SOTAs. On the 2nd of January both Chris and Nick braved the cold and headed up separate SOTAs (G/LD030 and G/LD049) to try for a summit to summit QSO. Both summits are in good line of slight and only 12km apart, so successful 2 ways ATV contacts were achieved with P5 signals each way. If anyone is interested in working a SOTA on ATV please get in touch!
The early January meeting of Furness Amateur Radio Society was a video of a talk done many years previously by Ivan G3IZD on the topic of working a DXpedition. This was recap for those who watched it ‘live’ many years earlier and was seen fresh by those who did not watch it first time round. Ivan explained the best chances for getting a rare DXpedition station in the log such as working split, choosing the best ‘time’ to work them (if you’ve got 100w and a dipole, there’s little to be gained trying to fight your way through the ‘big guns’ with linears and beams in the first week) and the best antennas.
Later in the month there was a show and tell event, where club member brought along kit they had built, recently bought or been delivered by Father Christmas. Items included 23cm and 13cm transverters and antennas, kit for receiving satellites, HF and VHF Clansman sets, construction project to be used for an intermediate exam, oscilloscope kits and a whole lot more. The show and tell event generated a great amount of discussion and interest.
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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