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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. 

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Getting ready for our varied and exciting programme in 2019

The Club has relocated to more suitable premises, and from January 2019 most of our meetings will be upstairs at the Irish Centre (Manor Fields, Watling Street, Bletchley, MK2 2HX).

Our club meetings from January 2019 will be on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month and all meeting will now start at 19.30. All our meeting details are loaded on to the diary page (see left menu column). Please note that we have one club meeting at the NRC at Bletchley in February. 

Please note that our monthly shack night for the foreseeable future will be held on the 3rdMonday of each month at our Bletchley Park shack, GB2BP, in T.S Invincible, Bld 55. 

At Shack nights we would like our newer members to come along & operate our station, using the call sign GB2BP. Partake in some logging, discuss operating technique, and generally get the feel for operating, ask questions about CW, HF, Digital Modes & any other radio related subjects. It would also be nice to see the new Intermediate licence holders to make an appearance, you will be able to operate (under supervision) GB2BP with 100 Watts! 

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Our continuing programme for 2019 is as follows:

Monday 11thMarch – Update on Club Contesting – Tim Cowell G6GEI, Chris G4CRF and Phil Gould G4FVZ (Irish Centre).

Monday 18thMarch – Shack Night at Bletchley Park shack – getting into HF for new operators

Monday 25thMarch – 'Ask The Panel' (Irish Centre)

Ask The Panel - Monday 25th March at 19.30

The Club meeting at the Irish Centre tomorrow night, 25th March is 'Ask The Panel'. The meeting starts at 19.30 sharp. 

This session will run in two halves - the first being geared to new operators or licensees - 'Now What'. This session is all about helping Foundation/Intermediate licensee working out what they do next once they have their license, such as setting a station up a home, how to move on from a VHF handie talkie to mobile or portable operation, how to set up antennas etc, and how to develop further your interest and understanding of our fantastic hobby. 

After a coffee break, the final session will be on more direct technical queries, questions on pointers for 'home brew', new antenna design etc, or areas for comment.

 

New Club Callsign M5EI

We are now the proud owners of a new Callsign for our Club, M5EI. 

We are now ready to use this from the new Irish Centre Shack, hopefully later in the year. We of course can use this call in addition to our existing call, G8MKC, and our Bletchley Park Shack Call GB2BP.

The new callsign, M5EI, as well as being used from our forthcoming new shack, will be particular useful in contest(/P) working, being distinctive and short.

Club Meeting March 11th - Contesting

On Monday 11th March we have a club meeting on the subject of Radio Contesting. Our meeting will be, as usual, in the top floor meeting room of the Irish Centre at Manor Fields, Bletchley at 19.30 sharp.

Come and hear Phil, G4FVZ, Tim, G6GEI and Chris, G4CRF talk about our approach to contesting on behalf of the Club, an update on technique and contest logging, and how best to improve your station.

Also covered will be the Club's activities in contesting in the monthly UKAC's, our plans for VHF and HF SSB Field day for 2019, and an introduction to the AFS Contests.

I look forward to seeing you all there,

Phil Gould G4FVZ

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