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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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May 2018 Club Nights

The Club Nights for May have changed slightly from the dates previously advertised. Please note there is no meeting on Monday 7th May (as had appeared in Radcom), as this is a bank holiday.

On Monday May 14th we have the 'New Operators/technical Question Time. This is a panel put together to allow new licencees to put their questions to the panel about how best to put your station together, get on the air, and iron out the technical and operational difficulties you might have. Please have your questions ready to put to the panel at 19.30 sharp so that we organise the evening.

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 - eg an image of the front page of your licence on your phone would be acceptable).

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

Construction Competition and Dates For Your Diary

 

Dates for the diary -

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.

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

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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South Africa gets 100 kHz at 5 MHz (60m)

On Friday, May 25, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60 metre band as well as channel 5290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project

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ARRL Field Day

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 40,000 Radio Amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations

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A raspberry pi-powered HF radio in an ammo can go box

Topic of the day is the Raspberry Pi 3B+, and how I'm using it for amateur field communications. During May 18-21, I spent some days near the Arctic Circle, trying to answer a few important questions

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