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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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Meetings in October

For our meetings for October we have an outside speaker and also our AGM.

Monday 1st October; 'The Trials and Tribulations of Community Radio Broadcasting', Mick Bannister, OPs Director, Secklow Sounds Ltd.  

Monday 22nd October; Club AGM. nomination forms are available via the members area of the Forum, and will also be mailed out by our Membership Secretary, Malcolm M0GXZ. Please have your nominations completed and returned in good time for the meeting.

All meetings will be at TS Invincible, Bletchley Park at 19.30. After all meetings or presentations, the Club shack will be open and available with the call GB2BP.

2018 Construction Competition

Thanks to all for an excellent turn out, and a sizable number of entries for the club construction competition this week. We had a wide range of entries - everything from valve-based power supplies, to antenna switch units and ATU’s, to revamped kit-based station accessories, to QRP/digital transceivers and 23cm mast head amplifiers/pre-amplifiers and sequencing switching units. 

The winning entry on the night was from Phil, G4FVZ, with his 80-10m 10W SSB/CW transceiver, with digital VOX for FT8 based on a uBITX board.

All contestants will present a little more on background to their projects later in the year.

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.

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Tony's 10m Band Report

Another good week although Thursday and Friday were pretty poor. I managed St. Helena, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and loads of Eu. (I even squeezed in the Dominican Republic but that was on 17m.)

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FT8 to be permitted in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that participants in the 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup will be permitted to use the new FT8 protocol, which is part of the WSJT-X software suite

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Impact of VDSL interference on Amateur Radio Service

The RSGB has released an interim report - Determination of impact of VDSL interference on the Amateur Radio Service

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