The Fort Purbrook ARC welcomes both amateur radio enthusiasts and short wave listeners (SWLs). We meet on the last Friday of each month at Fort Purbrook, off Portsdown Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hants. PO6 1BJ.
Fort Purbrook is managed by Peter Ashley Activity Centres, who provide a variety of activities for all ages, including air rifle shooting, archery and climbing.
Adult membership costs £25 p.a. There is no joining fee. Concessions for young people. Both club members and guests are requested to contribute £1 on the door towards club funds. Hot refreshments are normally available, and at no extra charge.
Besides the usual social get-together, we have occasional presentations on subjects of interest, together with working radios for use with members own call signs, or using M0GZN or G3CNO, our club call signs.
With kind permission of the Fort management, we are allowed to have both HF and VHF/UHF discreet antennas on the top of the Fort above our meeting room. From an RF perspective, the Fort roof, some 330ft ASL is a superb location, with a visual line of sight panoramically from Chichester Cathedral in the East to Fawley oil refinery in the West. This high location benefits our 2m/70cm Collinear Vertical Antenna.
QSL Cards received from activating M0GZN.
In the summer months there are opportunities to set up the club marquee on the Fort ramparts and have club activity days operating field-day style. Using this external set-up, and with temporary antennas, we can get involved in Contesting; Castles And Stately Homes On The Air (CASHOTA - our Ref. G394), or just putting our club calls M0GZN and/or G3CNO on the air.
We also operate the call GB1PF - a Palmerston Forts Special Event Station, representing the many Palmerston Forts that surround the City of Portsmouth, of which Fort Purbrook is the most Easterly.
The location at Fort Purbrook has superb potential from an amateur radio perspective. We are an enthusiastic club and try to be as active as possible.
For additional information, please navigate through our website, and if you are interested in becoming a club member, please see our Join the Club page.
Alternatively, please contact one of the Club Officers.
Fort Purbrook ARC