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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July Club Nights

The club social and barbeque  in mid-June was well attended, despite clashing with World Cub football, and the weather was thankfully kind to us. Thanks to Tim and Will for preparing and cooking the food.

July Club nights with be on the Monday 9th and Monday 16th July.

On the Monday 9th we welcome Steve Thomas M1ACB, the General Manager of the RSGB. Steve will talk on the Society, its role, how it is organised and how it is developing.

Monday 16th July sees us have a short talk by Phil G4FVZ on the recent Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Show. We will also have an open discussion session on Ham Radio web sites. Please be ready to discuss your favourite ones!

For new members, or visitors from other clubs, wishing to attend these sessions, the meeting is at 19.30 at the Clubhouse, HMS Invincible, Bletchley Park.


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

Our Club meeting nights are Monday 6thAugust with a discussion and planning for the Club entering SSB Field Day in the 1W of September. 

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

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.

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.

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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Kenwood ham radio transceiver in Die Hard movie

ARRL have made available an article on the vintage movie Die Hard that featured an amateur radio transceiver believed to be the Kenwood TH-41BT 144/220/440 MHz HT


BIRDS-2 constellation CubeSats transported to ISS for August deployment

The second generation of CubeSats in the BIRDS constellation now is on board the International Space Station (ISS) and set for deployment in early August using the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) module’s remote manipulator arm


Opening times at Bergen Broadcaster

Close to the city of Bergen in western Norway, the old MW broadcasting transmitter and building from 1938 forms the basis of a museum at Erdal, on Askøy


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