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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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Club Meetings in November

We have two talks planned for our meetings in November.....

Monday 5th November; Trials and Tribulations of Building a Voice Keyer and Sequencer For Older Rigs' by Phil G4FVZ

Monday 19th November 'Cooking with Antenna – the dessert course' by Will G1YYU

Our meetings will be at TS Invincible, Bletchley Park starting at 19.30. 

Intermediate Course now full

The Intermediate course that is about to start is now full.

The next course will be next September when the New Intermediate syllabus will apply

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.

RSGB Contesting

Why not have a go at one of the RSGB contests?

There are regular contests on the VHF/UHF bands.You dont need high power and big antennas, there are FM and SSB contests and it's a very polite and civilised activity.  Registering your results is easy and will gain the club some points, and a good way to test your setup. Contest dates are posted in the club diary on the left. If you want some guidance come and talk to Me (Tim G6GEI) or Malcolm (M0GXZ) one club night.

RSGB contest schedule here  Guide on submitting your contest log here

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Straight Key Night

New Zealand Straight Key Night - normally held on the first Sunday in November - will be held this year on the first Sunday in December, from 9pm to 10pm on 80 metres

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Bouvet Island DXpedition news

The only thing to report this week is that the members of the 3Y0I team continued to assemble in Cape Town, South Africa, for their anticipated Bouvet Island DXpedition

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Irish Digital Voice Net

Following the installation of the the Galway DMR Repeater and Multimode Digital Gateway it was decided to run a net on Monday evenings in the Galway area at 8:30 pm for test purposes

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