Saturday, July 30, 2005


Assalammualaikum, and hello.
It was resolve during the recent meeting that "MCMC may at its discretion decide on case to case basis, which education, promotional, and experimental event ‘about amateur radio hobby’ should be funded or sponsored. MCMC is to decide based on merits of request made for such sponsorship".
Well, nothing to comment on that, but I believe MARTS as a community should do more promotions on this hobby. Grab opportunities, exhibitions, fairs, what so ever. Target where the people are. Invite and get invited. Put up banners, send brochure, make more demonstrations, call the press. I know a lot of us has the energy to do that. Ugh, maybe not the money.
Well, I was at a week-long USM Pesta Buku dan Multimedia yesterday where MCMC Penang is one of the organisers. MCMC has a booth, and the offer information (brochures), including of the amateur radio. But sad, none of the amateur radio societies was invited to put up a little show. Argh, It will be lovely if the fair has one, like I said, there are opportunities, but wasnt grabbed.
I wont blame the lady in charge for not being expressive enough to tell me more about amateur radio (yeah, I pretended that I dont know a thing, and said .. "I know the hobby from TV") she doesnt have the amount of excitement like the ham operators themselves (in this case, "we").
I just wish we have more room to spread the good news of this hobby. Tu je.
Thanks and 73 d 9W2JAR

KL/SEL Regional Liaison Officer Appointment

Latest news! MARTS, the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter's Society, Malaysia's Premium Radio Amateur Society, has made a positive step in appointing Regional Representative(s) around the country. (although not the official website of Marts) learnt of this appointment from its loyal MARTS members. A three page appointment letter with sub clauses, was issued to the newly appointed representative, 9W2XL- Bear, as the Central Region Liaison Officer, and this is seen as a positive step to reactivate Marts to it's 'Glory Days'. The appointment also provides for Repeater Management and implementation as well as Liaison with the Authority, MCMC, Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission.
This move comes in wake of numerous request, by active members to the Council (current term 2005-2006), and in response to various negative reaction from the recent developments.

The current practice of promotion of all MARTS related events, shall also be a focus of this appointment. wishes 73's to Bear, and his team, for all efforts and future endeavours to render the society active again. So, hands up all those who can contribute in any way, KL now has a voice!

Friday, July 29, 2005

HAPPY...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 9W2LRR Raymond Celebrates!

Ah that Single candle means only 1 callsign in your family mah.....

Aiyoooo....I forgot to pick up my XYL.....
Never mind, amber fluid aplenty....
worry later....

Jolly good, 25 July 2005, marks another Milestone for Raymond-9W2LRR from Johor Bharu.
A keen Hash Man, with itchy fingers (So he took up Amateur Radio, the rumour goes), Raymond is seen here taking time off with 9M2YYY-Cheng , 9W2PAT-Patrick , 9W2JAC - Jackie, 9W2SKW- Wong , 9W2JON - Jon?..Hi not listed in register yet, 9W2JAS- Jason, 9W2TSK - Kumar, and 2person just pass thier RAE(no callsign yet).

MARTSNEWS.BLOGSPOT, wishes Raymond a Happy one, and evidently it was happy!
We counted 35 many do you see?? ...Also, Photos are not in sequence, due to the effect of Alcohol in the bloodstream of the publisher, caused by 'viewing effect' of these photos!! SORRY!!

P.S note that 9W2LRR / 9W2PAT is keey to connecting Johor to the new MARTS VoIP/RF connection to be announced at a later date. Currently undergoing application status

Monday, July 25, 2005


Calling all Paintball enthusiasts...

The Little Birdie flying in the caves of Ali Baba, has once again sung!
The Youth & Sports Ministry(Kementerian Belia & Sukan) has announced the following;

Paintball Competition
Date : 20 & 21 August 2005
Venue: Taman Botani, Putrajaya
Closing Date: 15 August 2005
Price: 1st Placing RM 1,500.00
2nd Placing RM 1,000.00
3rd Placing RM 500.00
Entrance fee: RM 250 per team

For your own action; please contact the KB&S office directly, or if you are interested in forming a team, please comment in this blog, and I am sure that someone, will contact you......

good luck, to those trigger happy Thieves....

73's..MARTSNEWS.BLOGSPOT....oh yeah...the little birdie wishes not to be idetified....

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Gateway testing in progress

From L-R Front :- 9M2CJ, 9W2GU,9W2SSJ
Back :- 9W2ALX & 9W2ZZE

9W2XI working on the AP

From L-R :- 9W2XL (Bear) briefing 9W2ICE (Bob) about SWR & Installation of antenna. Also seen with 9W2XK and 9W2XYZ's XYL

From Left - Right Front :- 9M2GU (Hamid), 9W2ALX (Alex) & 9W2SSJ (Shuchart) working on E-QSO

New SWL faces seen hanging at Alibaba

Latest pictures taken as Dr. Tech working hard with the QC testing and configuration. We are hoping to sent out these interface boxes ASAP.


Thursday, July 21, 2005

2mNet Johor-KL..UPDATE

Sincere Apologies to our loyal bloggers of this site!
Our intentions to have the KL-Johor 2mNet was to suffer a setback, not due to the London bombings though, but because of late receipt of approval from Marts. This is not the fault of the Marts Council though, but perhaps, not enough time was given, both for the approval, as well as the application of the relevant Licenses from MCMC.

So, please hold your horses, and we will get all in order before, proceeding with another announcement. Due to this development, the 29th July 2mNet is also postponed.

Our sincere thanks to 9W2PAT (Patrick, Johor), SWL Lee (Besut, Trengganu), 9M2NCL (Andre, Penang) for having the patience with us.

Keep on DXing.....and Blogging too....


(Top to Bottom)
Top Left - The MAL-BAD Combi playing now......

Middle Left - BAD on his Solo run
Below Left- Pak Dollah jamming, a change from pressing the PTT!

It cannot be said that HAMS are good for nothing...coz, evidently, HAM JAMs!
Pictured, are Pak Dollah resurrecting his music career, or at least attempting to...
and Bad, Mal, among other regular jammers.

Ali B is not just Radio talk.....Jam for free, but at least, buy a drink lah...make Mubaraq happy.....or even surf on the net, but please bring your own lap top...

See ya there...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Eyeball, eyeball till eyes pop out!

Sitting (Rear:l to r) 9W2AXN-Adlind, 9W2XYZ-Alan, 9W2XL-Bear, 9w2AC-Zol
Sitting (Front:l to r) 9W2THS-Andrew,with back to camera, 9M2SQ-Suresh , 9M2CJ-Thiam, 9W2SAI-Saiful, 9M2DH-Kow

Alas, more old friends dropping in for an eyeball. A few jokes exchanged, a few drinks (not on the house though), a few cigarettes, come to think of it, many cigarettes........perhaps too many, Hi Hi....
Sincere welcome to 9M2SQ, 9W2AC, 9M2DH for their 'contact perdana' at Ali B !

So come on over, those who have not dropped in yet.....


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

9W2WOW - Walter Ow QSP from FRANCE

Good Day to all visitors of this site especially those who are Licensed Call Sign holders.

Not so long ago, a bulletin went out on 9M2RKK-Bukit Lanjan MARTS repeater via 147.980mhz about a stolen vehicle, a Satria GTI, belonging to a Club GTI member.
This message was broadcasted by different Stations, and at one point, our main GTI contact Station, Saiful-9W2SAI, was mentioned, to the effect that his car was stolen!
It was indeed a good deed to QSP important messages, but having other stations looking out for a car that is not stolen, is no lauging matter. Imagine, if the cops was informed that Saiful's car was reported stolen and he was stopped !!

Such, a few stations came out with the idea of a mock up QSP message that went like this:

"Kindly QSP this message received via EQSO to Walter Ow, 9W2WOW, that his ex- YL, Maurice, was looking for him. He can email her at They were ex university mates at Ohio University, and that since she was getting married on the 31st June, she needed to know if he could come to the wedding. BTW, she also sent him a parcel to his old address, and needed to know if he got it"

This, though a mock up message, was to gauge;
1.How far the message went?
2.What was the final message that you may have recvd?
3.Who QSP the message to you?
4.Who did you QSP the message to?
(If you noted carefully, you may see that June 31st does not exist, BTW, 9W2WOW, does not exist as at June)
You may say that this is waste of time, but imagine, you may have to QSP a very important message, which could be live saving. So please input in the comments return from this posting, and hopefully, there will be a handful of you who can properly QSP messages, especially important ones.


Saturday, July 16, 2005

Do you want to loose your rights to 70cm (UHF)?

We need to hear from you... How do you feel about having a UHF link hooked to Echolink or E-QSO? If it is favourable to us , we can then keep the 70cm band. We need your response urgently.


Thursday, July 14, 2005


CQ CQ CQ.....following are some news in point form for benefit of all MARTS members.

1.MARTS council has acknowledge that those members (whose monies were misappropriated for term 2004) have had their membership renewed, and is valid thru to 2005.
So for those involved, please contact direct with Treasurer 9W2KB-Khoo, number available on this blog. (9W2XYZ- this is a QSP from 9M2CL)
2.Actions are currently in place to make good the offer from Motorola on its supply of repeaters.
It is premature to say when these will be up, but suffice to say, due to legality, this is still not possible as yet. In the meantime, the Council, wa made aware of the intentions by some members to utilise the already tested VOIP-RF interface, as evident in the (many) gateways currently available. In due time, an announcement will be made officially to streamine these connections, and possibly, aid this stations with their efforts. is still being put together by 2 stations. Due to work constraints, the site is still yet to go live. In this aspect, any volunteers to help out is keenly advised to contact the secretary.

Many thanks to 9M2CL-Bob, 9M2LAW-Law, 9W2KB-Khoo, 9W2LTS-Loo, 9M2NCL-Andre, and 9W2LLT-Lawrence who took time off to meet with our voice from KL.
Any comments or ideas/sugestions to be directed to MARTS council, may for now be posted in this blog, until the official website is up. THIS IS BY NO MEANS, to suggest that this martsnews.blogspot is an unofficial website, but merely, a comment collection centre , for now.

73s de MartsNews

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

9M2 extends help

UITM Ham Operator 9W2AMP who operates in MY & UK

HAM operator 9W2BPO from UITM

HAM operator 9W2BPO from UITM

Yet another Ham Operator 9W2GE who operates in MY & UK

9W2MAA doing his thing
Cheers! to the 8 Ham Operators who drop by last night

L-R - 9M2DS Pak Dollah, 9M2FF Pak Yusof & a SWL station

9M2CJ Chiam about to induldge in his drink

L-R - SWL Polar, another SWL station, 9W2AXN,
9W2HY & another SWL station

L-R - SWL station, 9W2ADR, SWL Mat Belon, 9W2MRR and SWL station

A 'double 5/8' installed on SWL Mat Belon's tin can

Yesterday 2 9M station - 9M2DS Pak Dollah & 9M2FF Pak Yusof took time off from thier normal routine and were at ALi Baba to extend their help to 'would be' with new Ham operator with their application forms. There was a steady stream of SWLs and 9Ws guys dropping by for a cuppa and mingled till late night.

We also had a surprise visit from a group of eight (8) Ham operators from UITM from Shah Alam. When confronted with "Why we seldom hear you on air?" Some, quick to point out that they are not equip and a couple of faint voices heard saying "Kurang la brother ... shy la".
There were so many station to meet and I just couldn't put the name to their face, hoping the next time, i could. So guys, my sincere apology for not publishing your handle.

This time round 9W2XYZ had a camera at hand and the above are some shots taken - pics by Alan Tan

Monday, July 11, 2005

Net Poll Results - Would you volunteer?

Would you volunteer to be the next 2M Net Controller?
2 Votes 22.22%
Yes! where do i sign up? 7 Votes 77.78%

Total votes : 9

Guys!! you have spoken ... next thing to do is put it in action. So please contact post your contact
here in this slot and you will certainly hear from us.


Active Ham members from Down Under - JB

One for the 40Thieves Album
LtoR(sitting);9W2JAS-Jason;9W2TSK-Kumar;9W2LRR-Raymond;9W2PAT-Patrick; 9W2JAC-Jackie
(Standing)9W2MCT-Tony;SWL BOB

Lets make sure, after all KL-Ali Baba is 385kms away......

9W2TSK-Kumar, you know ah.....I have been supporting MARTS since.....
.and this one ah....even money cannot buy woh.... (find out more in our next update)

One More for the 40Thieves Album

(Standing)9W2MCT-Tony;SWL BOB

8th June 2005 - 40Thieves Makes Eyeball contact with JHB

An unforgettable, but most definitely enjoyable eyeball!! On my way to attend to some saltmine matters with SWL Bob (would be 9W2), we got back from V1 land, giving 9W2LRR some 4 hours to gather the posse for an Eyeball in Permas Jaya, Johor Bharu.

As we were ‘naked’(Riglesslah….kereta tidak ada RIG), we couldn’t communicate via RF, but help came in the form of the mobile phone. Meeting up with Raymond-9W2LRR was no problem, he led us to the drinking hole, from our RV point at Jusco Permas Jaya.
Not knowing anyone else, (haven’t eyeballed many stations from Johor Bharu), we quickly stated our intentions, and gave the usual ‘2 only’ warning!
Before long, 9W2PAT-Patrick (ex 9W2XJ), and 9W2JAC-Jackie(ex9W2JX) arrived and formalities were exchanged. A few words, exchanged, and then 9W2JAS-Jason, and friend (would be SWL- hopefully) Meng popped in. Syabas to JASON for scoring some 10 months ago…..sudah ada harmonics…..
The evening carried on and before long, it was already running past 1 am, and well past the ‘2 only story’.

The eyeball was certainly a milestone, as we agreed in part, to help eachother connect through Echolink, and set up a ‘would e National Connection – Central, South, North, East, and East-East….Sabah & Sarawak lah…’

But what was most interesting was meeting up with the last station that showed, up, exactly 8minutes 46 seconds, after receiving an Eyeball invitation from Raymond, yes, stand up, 9W2TSK-Kumar, he popped in all ready. This is a story of . . . . .a longtime MARTS supporter…..We intend to tell the story, but lets keep this here for now. We will post up his story, and hopefully, those who can relate to it will be able to blog it.

73’s for now, and if you do recognize this guys (photo’s enclosed), do check in as we are targeting a Central – South hook up on the 22nd Jul , 2130Hrs for the South Region 2mNet.

QSP 73s from 9W2PAT&9W2JAC to the following – 9M2SQ-Suresh, 9M2DS-Pak Dollah, 9W2XI-Wilson, 9W2AA-Jit and all those who know them.


Sunday, July 10, 2005

Wall Of Shame .. or is it?

Two of our Licensed call sign holders, to add to our Wall Of Shame, as 9W2XYZ puts it.
Seen here are 9M2RT-Razif and 9W2AC-Zol leaving their mark.

40Thieves apologises to those who have had added their mark but do not have their photos posted. Sorrryla bro, someimes, cameraman ada, tapi camera tak ada.........sometimes Camera ada, cameraman ada, tapi, battery tak ada....Hi Hi.

We encourage all visitors to leave their mark.
If in place and no one around, simply ask for staff assistance, your marking is most welcomed.

Keep on Marking....73s
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GOOD NEWS ! 9W2LRR / 9w2PAT has confirmed that JOHOR BHARU hams will connect via echolink between 9M2RGP and 9M2RUK repeaters come July 22nd - 2130hrs. REMEMBER TO LOG IN if you wanna chat with our Ham friends down south. It is their regular 2mNet, and they have generously volunteered their time to run the net., it is common also to have Singapore and Indonesian stations checking in time to time. We will assist from KL, and will try to run his regularly. Do check this blog for details time to time.

Best 73s

Thursday, July 07, 2005

2mNet Forum and Repeater Linking

Amateur Radio 2mNet and Repeater Linking

CQ.CQ.CQ - All interested parties, do take note that a 2mNet is planned on 29th July 2005.
We are calling for all parties, intending to link to a designated repeater (to be determined) to comment on this post (please leave your call sign). This is so that we can QSY an interface box to you for interfacing to EQSO/ECHOLINK, whichever voip provider you prefer. This box, belongs to MARTSNEWS.BLOGSPOT forum, and is to be returned to us after use. Prolonged use can be negotiated, if you have broadband facilities. Dialup alternatives can be considered but will not be prioritised.

The objective of this net is to connect as far, nationwide as possible with the intentions of permanent connection. So , please come out of the shadows, and we will make it happen!

Lastly, a date has been set, but no volunteers yet, so if you want to volunteer your time, do leave us a comment. Otherwise, one of the 40 Thieves (from AliBaba & 40 Thieves) will proceed to take the lead......

Cheerio! 73's....keep on DXing......

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Interactive Martnews Forum

This link is a 'LIVE' website where you can post YOUR ideas and start YOUR own thread / discussion. This is to foster 'YOUR VOICE' and to make YOUR ideas a reality- if possible.

This website will only be a permenant only if we can raise the hardware donated by generous contributor, so like 9W2XYZ mentioned earlier - go dig up your garage and give away your old PC to us.

Currently, this website will only run from time to time as I do not have the necessary hardware.

We need to see participation and hear what the HAM community is saying, make your 'VOICE' heard. You may post in any langguage that you are comfortable in ( we, have langguage experts... ha ha ha) and you don't need to be a writer to pen down your ideas. Just plain old 'suara pasar' will do

We are not here to judge you, WE just want to hear from YOU.


Monday, July 04, 2005

UHF Repeater 9M2RKL - on air

UHF repeater up on Bukit Lanjan is UP and Running.

Our professional riggers - 9W2MTS Halim and SWL - Mohd Dan from Penang at work on top of the tower. For more pictures , click on the highlighted Title above

Special thanks to 9W2MTS, SWL - Mohd Dan , 9W2XYZ, 9W2 AXN, 9W2CBO, 9W2ACE, 9W2XL & 9W2MCT for your unselfish time sacrifice.


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Friday, July 01, 2005

PREVIOUS POSTING of MCMC Open Discussion on Amateur Radio Services


We would like to announce a breach of this blogspot security, as an unauthorised posting
using the callsign of 9W2MCT was posted yesterday between the time of 2330hrs and
this morning at 1130hrs.

Investigation reveals that the IPAddress was not off an auhorised one. We are taking steps
to improve our control of this site and have changed all settings to this context.

The posting have sinced been removed, and all comments in nature to that posting deleted.
The administrators of this blog, martsnews.blogspot, reserves the right to persecute
the guilty parties at any time deemed appropriate.

We continue to advocate the neutrality of this site and continue to encourage bloggers
to share their viewpoints, critical or not.

Catch HAM activities on TV

There will be a short documentary screening on HAM activities & their equipment on TV1 at 10.30 pm tonite. Don't forget to tune in tonite...

Channel : TV1
Time : 10.30pm
Slot : Panorama

Hope to see you joining us in the near future, as valid HAM operators