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Welcome to MKARS the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society.

With over 50 years of history and 100 members MKARS is one of the largest amateur radio clubs in Britain. Please feel free to visit us on our club nights or at any of the events in our diary.

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New Meeting Place !

Our first meeting at our new venue will be on ......................................

Monday the 5th of May.....

Monday May the 5th....

The 5th of May, Which is a Monday....

19:00 - 21:30 / 7pm - 9:30pm.

At T.S. Invincible Bletchley Park.

Yes, We are aware that it is a Bank Holiday.

Club Meetings Will From Now On, Be Held On The 1st & 3rd Monday Of The Month....

We look forward to seeing you all...

Foundation Course passes

This evening we had the exam for the current Foundation Course and all the students passed. We welcome Adam Castell, Chris Keszei, Graham Whatmough, Jack Jackson, Jonatahan Moloney, Mark Impey, Paul Garraway, Trevor Stokes and Yuk Fan into Amateur radio and congratulate them on passing the exam.

It was the first time that the Foundation course had been run by the new team of Andy, Graham and myself, the first time that we had used the new style optically marked papers and the first time we had used the premises of Will G1YYU for the training.... Thank you Will (and the better half) 

Frank Jackson

M0JSZ 

Upgrading from Windows XP to Linux

Many of you may have read in the news that Windows XP reaches end of life on the 8th of April this year. Its very important that after this date any XP machines you have are not connected to the Internet because the security problems with XP will no longer get fixed. This means your machine and data will be vulnerable to attackers and your computer may end up being controlled by criminal organisations and used to perform various nefarious tasks (such as sending phishing/spam emails, attacking government websites, etc).

So what can you do?

Tux - The Linux LogoWell, one option is you could buy a new computer but this can be expensive and Windows 8 is not to everyones taste. Another option is you could install Linux for free on your existing machine. This option will be explored by Daniel (2E0VZK) and Mike (M0RBD) in a talk on the 29th April where we will explain the pro's and cons of chosing Linux whilst performing a real life installation and demo of Linux on an old XP machine.

We will also be taking questions on Windows and Linux security including an explanation of the XP end of life date, exactly what the problem is and why antivirus wont be able to help you.

Depending on the time available we would also like to demonstrate some of the radio software available; however its likely this wont fit in so keep your eyes peeled for part 2 of our talk!

MKARS 2014 Rally

The MKARS Annual Radio Rally, Sunday, 24th August 2014 (Bank Holiday)

Longuive_Hall.jpgLongueville Hall
HammondPark
Whaddon Road
Newton Longville
Milton Keynes MK17 0AT

 

 

Following on from our success last year, this superb modern venue, just gets better! With Bletchley Park being close by, you could also combine a visit to our rally with BP and visit the National Radio Centre (NRC) as well.

Just look at some of the main features!!!

  • FREE ON-SITE PARKING

  • LARGE INDOOR SPACE

  • DOGS ALLOWED

  • INSIDE CATERING (with sensible prices!)

  • PUBLIC BAR

  • LARGE CAR BOOT AREA

  • LARGE OUTDOOR TRADERS SPACE (over 3x acres)

  • CLEAN/MODERN TOILET

  • Gates Open At 10:00 AM

  • Talk In Station

 

Please click on the 'Rally Info' icon on the left-hand side of this webpage for more information.

Paypal payments now live!

We are pleased to announce that we should now be able to take Paypal payments again.

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Ofcom updates on VHF spectrum release

The UK telecom regulator Ofcom has issued a summary of responses to an earlier Call for Input (CFI) regarding the release of VHF spectrum. Taking these responses into account, it has set out proposals on how it would plan and release around 6 MHz of spectrum in the 143 to 169 MHz band, returned to civil use by the Emergency Services

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Media hits attributed to VK CQ Expo

Some of the aims of last weekend's PR4Amateur Radio Expo held throughout Australia, were community interaction and media coverage for Amateur Radio, with many successful examples occurring

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The STELAR Project 2014

The education and science charity STELAR has been active in promoting radiocommunications in schools and colleges for over 20 years, as part of curriculum enrichment and personal and professional development for teachers

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