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. 2020 celebrates 107 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
At the end of November FARS members attended a lecture at the Forum in Barrow-in-Furness on metal 3D printing - unfortunately the lecturer was held up due to problems with the trains at Preston so the planned lecture did not go ahead, but club members we treated to an alternative lecture on the 'Origins of the Universe' which proved to be very entertaining and interesting.
In December Nick G0HIK gave an interesting talk and demo on testing SWR meters and dummy loads. Club members were encouraged to bring along their own SWR meters and dummy loads for testing, a wide variety of kit was brought in, both home brew and bought and it was interesting to see how some of the meters and loads were more accurate than others.
The last meeting of the year was the annual Dave G3VUS Christmas Quiz held at the Farmers Arms in Newton. The quiz is one of the most anticipated in the clubs calendar and the event was very well attended, there were some tricky questions but all teams fared well, with the winners receiving the coveted box of Roses chocolates. The club thanks Dave G3VUS, as always, for a great evening.
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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