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.
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.
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
Members of FARS have been building 5.6GHz ATV systems and have taken the 'record' for 2 way contacts over a distance at 159km in June 2018.
And the first 2 way 5.6GHz ATV contact between G and GI.
We participate in several Special Events each yearsuch as Railways on the Air, Mills on the Air, Lighthouses on the Air, JOTA and raise money for our local lifeboat station. We also take part in the annual the SOS Radio weeks, using GB5LBC and with the Workington club and stations GB1, GB2 and GB4LBC at the other lifeboat stations at St Bees, Workington and Silloth. 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.
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