G4RFR - Radio Flight Refuelling - Contest Call G4R -Special Event CallsGB2FRA GB4KL
G4RFR is the callsign of the Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society (FRARS)
a radio club located in the county of Dorset on the south coast of the U.K.
Membership is open to all in the surrounding area with an interest in
radio communication. The club is affiliated to the RSGB.
So why the name Flight Refuelling ?
FRARS was founded in 1982 by employees of Flight Refuelling Ltd. The name
was adopted by founder members of the society. When the company's name
changed from Flight Refuelling Ltd. to Cobham plc some years later, members
decided to retain the original name as it was well known to U.K. radio amateurs.
The club's 30th anniversary was celebrated in 2012 with the special call GB2FRA
(Flight Refuelling Anniversary.)
The society is affiliated to the Cobham Sports and Social club at Merley near
Wimborne. Our headqurters are in the Social Club grounds.
See www.frars.org.uk for club activities, news and events.
So what does the club do ?
Members enjoy separate HF and VHF shacks, workshop facilities and
a fully equipped meeting room. The club is active on all bands from 1.8 MHz to 24 GHz,
and takes part in many contests ranging from HF
The club's TH6DX HF antenna
Microwave Field Day at Bell Hill
Field days are held on the surrounding Dorset hills, amongst glorious 'Hardy's
Wessex' countryside. We even manage to win some of the contests we
enter. Contest certificates awarded to FRARS are on display in our main club room.
We occasionally team up with others for field day contests, such as
our friends from the Bracknell club, to maximise resources and avoid QRM !
VHF NFD (with the Bracknell club) Cerne Abbas Dorset
In association with the South Coast Repeater and Beacon Group (http://www.scrbg.org/ )
we help to run and support local microwave beacons. The beacons hold several distance records.
We hold regular Foundation and Intermediate training courses during the year
and a very popular Hamfest rally every August.
Car Boot Sale at Hamfest
So if you have read this far, many thanks for taking an interest and 73 from us all at the club.
As a bonus, especiallyif you are interested in communication and aviation history, why not
take a look at Cobham plc's 75th year anniversary website which tells the story of Sir Alan
Cobham, the origins of company he founded, and the technological innovations developed along the way.
follow the link to www.cobham75.com
Update John G4POF 13.2.2012
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