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                                FRARS Headquarters in Wimborne Dorset                           1980's QSL card


G4RFR -    Radio Flight Refuelling      (QSL OK via Bureau or direct,  eQSLs received will be confirmed)

G4R      -     Contest Call                (No Bureau.  eQSL or direct only)

Locator information  GRID IO90AS   WAB SZ09  Dorset

G4RFR is the main 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.   

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.

Note: The story and achievements of Sir Alan Cobham, founder of Flight Refuelling Ltd,

now Cobham plc, are detailed on QRZ.com under the call GB80COB.

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 Optibeam OB 11-5 ( Installed May 2017 )


To microwave....


Microwave Field Day at Bell Hill, Dorset


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.



Recent Contest Wins 

The above pictures show just a few of our winning certificates over the last 30 years. 

Recent category wins and placings with our club callsigns include: 

 *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *

VHF Contests 

RSGB 50MHz Trophy SF entry 1st place 2012,2013,2014,2015, 2nd place 2016

YO7VS Memorial 50MHz 1st place 2014

RSGB 1st 70MHz 2nd place (Two years running, 2010, 2012)

RSGB 70MHz cumulatives 1st place (Two years running 2010, 2011)

RSGB 70MHz CW 1st place 2010

RSGB VHF NFD (With Bracknell club) 4th 2010, 5th 2011, 5th 2013, 7th 2014. 5th 2017 

HF Contests

CQ WW WPX CW 1st or 2nd in category England 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 

CQ WW WPX SSB 4th/1st in category England 2014/2015  

CQ WW DX CW  5th/6th place in category England 2013/2014

CQ WW DX SSB  2nd/1st place in category England 2014/2015

Russian DX Contest 1st place UK 2013, 2014 2016

All Asian DX SSB 2013 1st place UK

IARU HF Championship 1st place England  2012,2013,2016

RSGB 21/28 MHz 1st place UK 2013 

RSGB IOTA Contest (Placings for EU005 ) 8th 2011, 9th 2012, 3rd 2014, 2nd 2015, 3rd 2016

ARRL 10 Meter Contest 1st place UK 2014,  2015

 *      *     *     *     *     *     *     *    *    *    *    *    

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.

We also hold a very popular Hamfest rally and car boot sale every August.

Looking for bargains at FRARS Hamfest Rally

So if you have read this far, many thanks for taking an interest and 73 from us all at the club.

If you like aviation history, 

take a look at the Cobham flying circus videos  

On YouTube which show  Sir Alan

Cobham  and his famous aerobatic events of the 1920s.

He went on to found Cobham pl,c, then known as Flight Refuelling ltd.





ate John G4POF 13.2.2012


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