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Welcome to Fareham & District Amateur Radio Club

Fareham and District Amateur Radio Club was founded about 1970, to pursue the technical exploration and development of amateur radio by a sharing of knowledge among its members.
We always welcome new members, and anyone who has an interest in amateur radio, short wave listening or just keen on the hobby.

Haslar Marina Gosport -  Lightship Activation

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Sat 19th August 2017

FDARC will be activating the Mary Mouse 2 an Automated light vessel moored in Portsmouth Harbour as part of the Lighthouses on the Air weekend. We will be using the special event call sigh of gb1gl (Gosport Light ) and Plan to be active from around 9:00 to 18:30 on the Saturday only. We will have 2 stations active one on VHF and the other on HF 10-160m.

"The Lightship" as it is known locally, is permanently mored in Halsar Marina. It was purchased by Dean & Reddyhoff and converted into a Bar, restaurant and bathing/washing facilities for visitors to this busily and friendly marina. 


Lighthouses and lightships ( or lightvessels ) have been used to warn vessels  of the impending danger of coasts and shallow water since Roman times. In the case of lightships the early ones would have nothing more than a fire beacon places on the deck of a ship.

Lightships were used where it was impractical to construct a lighthouse e.g .where the water was too deep, the underwater ground conditions were unsuitable to take the weight of a lighthouse or there were shifting sands which meant that the position of a permanent lighthouse would soon be out of date.

The first modern lightship dates from 1734 and was positioned at the Nore sandbank at the mouth of the River Thames. As the lightships were static for most of their lives their hulls were especially designed to reduce the pounding and rocking motion of the waves.

The crew comprised of 6-8 men who kept a 24 hour watch. Their main duty was to ensure that the lamp was operational during the hours of darkness but they also had to record the ships that passed ( so that "light dues" could be claimed, submit weather reports and to sound the fog warning bell. During daylight hours a "daymark" flag would be positioned at the top of the main mast.

Mary Mouse 2 was built in 1947 by Philip and Sons in Dartmouth and was positioned at many locations around England. She was decommissioned in 1993 and sold to Dean and Reddyhoff Ltd as part of their Haslar project in Gosport. Its colour was changed from red to green and was re-named Mary Mouse 2 after the names of the directirs wives-Mary Reddyhoft and Joanna ( Mouse ) Dean.

Our thanks to both Haslar Marina and Trinities at the Lightship for kindly letting the club use the Light vessel for the activation. 

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The club meets every Wednesday evening from 19:30 at the Fareham Sailing and Motor Boat Club.

Map and address of our meeting place.

Meetings Include

star Junk Sales
star Guest Speakers
star Inter-Club Quiz Competition
star Annual Club Project
star Film Evenings
star Annual Socials and BBQ
star Club natter nights where members bring along interesting items.

Club Radio Nets

star1 On 2 metres (normally 145.475 MHz) Tuesday's from 19:00 hrs.
star1 On HF around 1967 kHz every Thursday from 19:00 local time.
star1 On HF around 3.750 =+/- QRM every Wednesday from 10.00 hrs.
star1 Gosport local chat channel is FM 145.3125 .

The club is affiliated to the RSGB and holds the call sign G3VEF.  
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