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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. 

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

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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 8th April Antenna Construction using Simulation Software – Tim Cowell G6GEI  (Irish Centre).

Monday 15th April – Bring & Buy Table Top Sale (Irish Centre) - brought forward from 22nd April

Monday 22nd April - No meeting - Easter

Monday 13th May - 'Whats on my Workbench' - Phil G4FVZ to lead

Monday 20th May - Shack Night, GB2BP Shack, Bletchley Park with Dave, G0GQP

27th May - No Meeting - Bank Holiday

Upcoming Fast Track Foundation Course Date Set

This year Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society [MKARS] is launching a new fast track Amateur Radio Foundation Course. 

The course is an exciting introduction to the world of amateur radio and provides you with the minimum acceptable level of skill and experience to get your Foundation License. 

Based out of our training centre at Caldecotte Lake Business Park, Milton Keynes, the course runs over two weekends, with support throughout. It includes classroom learning, an opportunityto get on the air, antenna tuning experience, morse appreciation as well as online support and pop quizzes throughout.

At the end of the course you will be given the opportunityto sit the Foundation License exam and obtain your amateur radio license. The exam is multiple choice, requiring a pass mark of 19/26. 

The course and training support is free. You will need your own copy of the course text book Foundation License Now!, by Alan Betts - priced £4.99 at most retailers. You will need to join MKARS club (currently £12.50 for the remaining 6 months of this club year) and finally those wishing to sit the exam and hopefully obtain their license will need to pay £27.50 to RSGB/Ofcom dircetly for the exam - details will be provided.

The next course starts the weekend of 25th/26th May, if you have any questions or wish to sign up, please email Francis - training@mkars.org.uk

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