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 a February meeting of Furness Amateur Radio Society Chris M0KPW gave a talk, with Nick G0HIK, entitled ‘Working FM Satellites for Dummies’. This talk was intended as an introduction to operating FM satellite AO91 and AO92 using a very simple shack set up of a dual band VHF/UHF rig and a colinear aerial. Although a colinear aerial is not ideal, it does work and is a good introduction to satellite operations. The presentation covered all aspects of satellite operating, from the history and deployment of the satellites, pass prediction options, what to expect from a satellite QSO, good operating practice and a whole lot more.
Chris M0KPW even showed a full size model of a ‘CubeSat’ so members could appreciate the size of the satellites in question. Although it wasn’t possible to work one of the satellites due to no suitable passes being available at the time of the talk, a video was shown of Chris M0KPW working some passes from his home QTH.
Later in February Stewart, G3RXQ, gave an interesting talk entitled 'A toe in the water' which covered a whole host of amateur radio topics, including a detailed look at his homebrew construction of a 80m ARDF receiver. FARS looks forward to more talks by Stewart later in the year.
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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