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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.  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 early December Furness Amateur Radio Society held a 'CW Taster Evening' for one of their club nights. Club members were encouraged to bring in their Morse keys, paddles and other kit. One piece of kit which attracted a lot of attention was the 'Morserino-32' which is a multifunctional Morse Code device (Keyer, Trainer, Decoder and Transceiver) ideal for learning and practicing Morse Code. Everyone agreed, it would make a good addition to most shacks.

Two club members, Nick G0HIK and Dave G6HEF, travelled to the Microwave Group round table at Eaton Manor on the 5th December. Both said that they enjoyed the event which offered technical talks, equipment available to test your projects for noise figure etc and a Bring and buy. It was good to put a few faces to the call signs that had only been worked before.

Due to changes in Covid restrictions and an increase in cases both locally and nationally, it was decided to postpone the annual FARS Christmas quiz which was due to take place in mid December. This is one of the highlights of the Furness ARS calendar, and it is hoped it can take place in the New 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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