FURNESS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY
Representing Amateur Radio in Furness and South Cumbria for over 105 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. 2021 celebrates 108 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 August members of Furness Amateur Radio Society were invite to Duddon Inshore Rescue in Askam in Furness, Cumbria, for a tour of the facilities and a talk on the history and operations of the centre by Station Officer Ian and Crew Member Nick, G0HIK. Members were given the chance to have a detailed look over the £65,000 D-class lifeboat and launch tractor, as well as the other emergency vehicles including 4x4 pick up truck and Quad Bikes. The radio and navigation equipment was of particular interest to members, as was the chance to visit the control tower which offers spectacular views of the Duddon Estuary and surrounding area.
Following the tour, club members enjoyed tea and biscuits and a lively Amateur Radio themed quiz by Chris M0KPW. The winner taking home a donated box of biscuits. A very enjoyable evening was had by all those who attended. Furness Amateur Radio Society and those attending made donations in support of Duddon inshore Rescue and look forward to visiting again in the future.
For more information on Duddon Inshore Rescue, you can visit their website at duddon-inshore-rescue.com
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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