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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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Construction Competition and Dates For Your Diary

The MKARS Club Construction Competion, with prizes, is set for Monday September 17th. More to come in the next few weeks.

Dates for the diary -

Martyn Baker, G0GMB, the NRC Co-ordinator, will be giving the Club a talk on Monday 21st May on how the NRC is developing, its future plans, at our Club House and then we'll make a visit to the NRC to look around, see the Demonstration Radio Station (GB3RS), which we can then operate (Please bring a copy of your license).

We have a presentation from Steve Thomas, the General Manager of the RSGB, is set for our Club night on Monday 9th July. Steve will talk about the Society, its role and how it is organised and how it is developing. We shall also be inviting members for other local clubs.

Having a Go at RSGB VHF/UHF Contests

We are now into the RSGB  Contest Season!

On Monday 23rd April Tim, G6GEI will give a talk on having a go at RSGB VHF/UHF Contesting, why do it, the process, how to submit logs, how it can be fun, without the high pressure.

For new members, or visitors from other clubs, wishing to attend the talk it is at 19.30 in the Clubhouse, HMS Invincible, Bletchley Park.

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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King's High School ARISS contact on BBC TV

On April 19 student Eleanor Griffin led the live question and answer session between King's High School (GB4KHS) and astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU on the International Space Station (OR4ISS)

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Radio ham makes contacts in all 29 bands

The ARRL reports Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, in Virginia, has completed contacts on all 29 US amateur radio bands

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Network Radio channel on Zello

Ian Abel G3ZHI reports there is now a channel dedicated to Network Radio on the Zello walkie talkie smartphone App as well as a dedicated Facebook Group

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