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Welcome to MKARS the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society.

The club has nearly 60 years of history and an enthusiastic membership with very diverse interests. The club is particularly proud of the association with Bletchley Park and our successful training, for which we have introduced hundreds of members to the hobby.

Please feel free to visit us on our club nights or at any of the events in our diary.

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MEETINGS IN AUGUST - PREP FOR FIELD DAY & MKARS RALLY

Despite it being holiday season, August is a busy month for us.

Please remember that our meetings in August will NOT be at TS invincible, Bletchley Park, but in the upstairs room at the Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, Bletchley, MK2 2HX.

This is a time when the club really needs your help.

Our Club meeting nights are Monday 6thAugust with a discussion and planning for the Club entering SSB HF Field Day on the 1st and 2nd of September. We need help with set up, close down and of course operators!

UPDATE : we have revisited our field site, and now have a checklist of what we need to bring to our field weekend (See MKARS Forum Member Area); 'SSB Field Day'). Please review it and sign up for the items that you will bring.

Monday 20th sees us meet to discuss final preparations for our Rally which is on Sunday 26thAugust.

It's that time of year when we need volunteers to help run the Rally.

Even if you can't do the whole day, we need people to assist with all aspects on the day, from car park marshalling, taking entrance fees, manning the club stall etc.

If you can assist then please contact our rally manager, Francis, M0UKF (formerly 2E0FMK) on 07508 188 258 or come along on club night and make yourself known.

Club Construction Competition Sept 17th

Don't forget also that the MKARS Club Construction Competion, with prizes, is set for Monday September 17th. Rules for the construction competition, and how things will work, are now in a document on our library page. We will have two levels to the competition; one for those newly licensed with the hobby, and another for those more experienced.

This competition is intended to encourage home construction for our Club Members. To qualify for entry the entrant must be a member of the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society, and the entry must have an amateur radio context.

It could cover home construction, kit building, and amateur radio software, but not antennas which are included as a separate club competition.

Projects can be built from kits, which can be complete, or projects using kit modules or commercial PCBs for more major projects. Obviously, you get more marks if you have to do a lot of the project yourself.


Foundation Course passes

We are pleased to announce that all of the 9 Foundation course students who took the exam this evening have passed. We welcome them to Amateur radio and look forward to hearing them all on the air.

Those who passed are:-

Wally Byers

Keith Charlton

Steven Donovan

Fedinando Esposito

Dirk Fair

Dave Gunter

Gary Kattenhorn

Bilal Mohd

Edward Sartin

The Training team

Frank Jackson M0JSZ

Rupert Campbell-Black  2E0YLP

Andy Roberts M0GYK

Graham Parry G7OSR

Weekly Club Net on GB3MK - Sundays 8pm

There is a weekly net on the clubs 70cm repeater GB3MK. All members and prospective members are welcome.

Cooking with Antennas - video of Wills Presentation

For those who missed it the video recording of Wills (G1YYU) club night presentation on 20th Nov is now available for viewing online.

https://youtu.be/eUKeMSsvKAY

This is a guide on making loop antennas to a budget. The measurements needed to have a go yourself are shown at the end of the video. Have some fun over the Christmas period and see what you can do, there is a competition on 15th Jan clubnight, £5 per antenna to enter, £25 prize for the winner, which should cover most or all of the cost to make one or pay for your membership if not already a member.

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