The Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society (FRARS) was founded in 1982 by employees of Flight Refuelling (Now Cobham PLC). The Society is an affiliated member of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

FRARS is a large and very active club, based just five miles north of Poole in Dorset. Our club has state of the art equipment for most of the radio bands available to amateur radio operators in the United Kingdom, from HF through to microwave.

Separate HF and VHF/UHF shacks enable operators to use different bands without interference. With three permanent antenna masts we have beam antennas up all year round for multiple bands up to 23cms.

Our in house microwave group are actively developing and improving our EME (moon-bounce) capabilities, for which we hold several records. A small workshop gives room for both mechanical and electronics construction facilities as well as specialist test equipment. The club members have a diverse range of interests within the amateur radio sphere, from general HF, VHF and UHF operating to contesting using both voice and Morse, amateur television, EME, electronics construction and more.

We also run regular training courses in our spacious meeting room for those looking to obtain an amateur radio license, or to progress to the next level.

Meeting room desks

The social aspect is not overlooked here either, with a tea bar that’s always open on club nights and a friendly welcome assured.

FRARS tea bar

As we are affiliated with the Cobham group, members also have access to the excellent sports and social club where you will find quality food and a well-stocked bar.

We meet every Wednesday and Sunday evening in the club house at 19:00 until 21:00. The club facilities are available every club night for members to use but anyone who is interested in becoming a member or who just wants to know “Hey! What’s this all about?” is more than welcome on either of the two nights where they will receive a warm welcome.

Special Sundays :-

  • The third Sunday of the month is ‘talk night’ where we have guest speakers who offer talks on everything and anything. Home brew radios to home brew beer!

Our committee meetings are held on the first Sunday or Wednesday of the month as below

January – Sunday
February – Wednesday
March – Sunday
April – Wednesday
May – Sunday
June – Wednesday
July – Sunday
August – Wednesday (but generally no meeting is held because of Hamfest preparations)
September – Sunday
October – Wednesday
November – Sunday
December – Wednesday

Our AGM is usually the last Sunday in November.

We operate callsigns G4RFR, G4R, G6SFR, G0FRR and you can find us on QRZ.com

FRARS – Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society
Merley Park Road, Broadstone, Wimborne BH21 3DA