FARNHAM VHF GROUP
|The nearly totally
accurate story of the Farnham VHF Group....
The problem with history is that more of it keeps coming along.... The group has been going since about 1980 when a few enthusiasts decided that it was about time that the Farnham-Aldershot-Farnborough-Camberley-Frimley area needed some UHF repeater coverage where there was none before. Following some serious pub discussions, a late night drive around a few hilltops found the site, at the time unloved and unwanted, and ripe for development (like pumping out several years' water, sludge and other unmentionable substances). A deal was struck to rent it, and the repeater group was born.
Many things change over the years, including the personnel... The then chief rabble rouser G8UVF seems to have faded from the scene (but we'd still like your subs, Terry...) but the original treasurer G8VWH is still with us, which shows either excess devotion to the club, or maybe we never managed to get hold of enough money to make that new life in Rio worthwhile. The current chairman G4EPX is a relatively new boy, who only joined in 1982....
GB3FN was caught in the UHF Phase 6 licencing delay process, which took about 2 years. The licence finally arrived in February 1983 - so naturally we put the repeater on the air in same evening despite the snow (yes, there really was snow on the ground, and we all had to thaw out in front of a log fire in the pub down the road). Over the years, FN was gradually upgraded to higher power (the original only had about 7W ERP) with better antennas, battery backup (necessary as we used to suffer frequent power cuts, which in turn caused condensation to form and dead equipment), high stability oscillators and so on. Being keen we also built the 23cm box, which went live in 1988, and later the 6m box (live in 1997).
The group has swelled and contracted over the years as people have come and gone. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of Ursula G0SJI, we have a healthy membership at present - however the repeaters do cost a significant amount to run each year, and so we always welcome new members, or donations from users to keep us going. To see more of the details, please see this.
Updated May 2014
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