Wednesday, July 26, 2006

call for volunteers. . . 3rd Asia Pacific Air Internet Jamboree

The Asia Pacific Region of WOSM (World Scouts Movement) is pleased to announce the hosting of the 3rd Asia Pacific Air-Internet Jamboree by the Scout Association of Japan. Having had successful Jamborees both in 2004 & 2005, The Air Internet Jamboree this year will take place between 0001 hrs (5th August 2006) to 2359 hrs (6th August 2006). Participants are encouraged to take part anytime within this period to access the many other Amateur Stations operating with Scout movements throughout the Asia Pacific Region. (More information can be obtained from (click on Air Internet Jamoree logo) Better still , if you want a summarised information on this event, and particularly so for Malaysia, simply place your email, and contact at the comment section of this posting, and we will forward you the files in Adobe.pdf format. In conjunction with Amateur Clubs in Malaysia, we hope to do our part in making this an unforgetful event for the scouts movement in this country. (The invitation by Persatuan Pengakap Malaysia has also been forwarded to other Amateur clubs, such as MARTS, MARES, ASTRA, NESRAC, JASRA, and PERAMAH, and is coordinated by the Krew Kelana Komunikasi (Persatuan Pengakap Malaysia). So be on the lookout for the 9M2PPM call and help our scouts on to the airwaves. This blogspot is appealing to Amateur Radio Enthusiast with some time to spare during this weekend, to help, setup, man, and assist these scouts to venture into the unlimited world of Amateur Radio, as well as internet! Echolink is also part of this borderless communication. Without volunteers, this project will not be able to run as smooth as it should. The primary objective, is to encourage scouts, to first identify these Amateur Stations, and subsequently make contact with other scouts on certain frequencies. So lets take the first step and place your call sign and handle with your relevant contact details, and take it from there. . . . We look forward to seeing more and more stations stepping up to the plate.. . . . . . . .73s de moderator This msg is summarised from the circular of invitation by Persatuan Pengakap Malaysia, QSP from 9M2CJ and 9W2ZN

Monday, July 24, 2006

Sebatik Island on the Amateur Radio Map

Twelve members of the Borneo Amateur Radio Club travelled to Pulau Sebatik (Sebatik Island) on Friday (14th July 2006) for a four day Amateur Radio DXpedition (from the 14th to 17th July 2006). The DXpedition was mounted following The Radio Society of Great Britain's (RSGB) – Island on the Air (RGSB -IOTA) Committee’s recent announcement that Sebatik Island, which has a split Sovereignty (9M6 Malaysia, YB7 Indonesia) would count as a new IOTA group (OC-295). By this addition, Sebatik has been classed separately from Sabah’s other offshore islands, and uniquely , it now shares sovereignty with Indonesia.

Amateur Radio Stations are licensed to use short-wave frequencies that can travel all around the world, as well as VHF band, which allows Sabah’s radio enthusiasts to talk to each other via the club’s repeater station atop Mount Kinabalu. Amateur Radio is a technical hobby governed by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) , an agency of the United Nations which function as an intergovernmental organization established to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications through which public and private organizations develop telecommunications.

The Sebatik Island DXpedition used the call sign 9M4SEB, a special call sign which was issued by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission especially for the DXpedition. “We certainly hope to make several thousand contacts with amateur Radio Stations in Asia, Europe and America, and really put Sebatik and Sabah on the Map” said 9M6DXX (ex G4JVG) Steve Telenius Lowe, 51 who until August 2005, was the Editor for the RGSB Magazine in UK . The other Briton in the group is 9M6XRO (ex G3OOK) John Plenderleith, 62 while the rest were from Kota Kinabalu and Tawau.

BARC President and expedition leader 9M6TW James Gaditis thanked the Sabah Tourism Board, The Radio Expedition Foundation, ( IREF Inc. -USA) and other contributors and club members for the financial support given for the DXpedition. He said that the DXpedition members would also be conducting community projects, and radio workshop for the Sebatik Islanders.
9M4SEB was active from approximately 1100 UTC on the 14th July until 0300UTC on 17 July 2006. Activities recorded were on thr 10 – 80 meters Band, CW and
SSB using up to three stations simultaneously. IOTA and DXCC hunters from all over the globe were pointing their beam antennas towards Sebatik!

For more information, visit - KELAB RADIO AMATOR BORNEO, SABAH [BARC] - click on the link

Martsnews.blogpsot would like to apologise for the late publishing. We look forward for 'any' news contribution. This posting was reedited due to the timeline involved.

de moderator

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Operating Procedure - conducted by an Ole Ham

Calling all new license holder / SWLs or any form of Ham enthusiast.

You are cordially invited to attend a session on Operating Procedure lead by 9M2DS - aka Pak Dol & other 9Ms station.

The aim to help us understand the basic / proper operating procedure and to keep the brotherhood of Ham alive & well.

Date : 28th July 2006
Time : 2100 hrs
Venue : Restaurant Ali Baba , Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Treat this as an invitation, so come in drove ..


de moderator

Hot News - 24 hrs QSO Challenge

9w2RNJ 's charter (aka - man Belon ) is to do us, Amatuer Radio Operator, proud by his attempt to list us in the books of Malaysia Books of Records (MBC) for a 24 hrs non-stop QSO.

His QSO plan is finally approved by MBC after a 2 month agonising waiting out period, much to the joy of man Belon.

We will feature a schedule of his intended QSO plan soon.

Date : 30th August 2006
Time : 0800 hrs
Freq : Most repeaters

So, stay tuned and we will get an insight from the man himself.


de moderator

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

MARTS 2m National Link NEW FREQUENCY wef 20 July 2006

This is a QSP message from 9W2EY, Edward Yeoh,who is a part of the National Link Repeater team. He has informed that due to severe QRM effecting Southern Transmission, the Ulu Kali Repeater (National Link Repeater) will now be changed to 146.925mhz with the same MARTS tone and shift settings, with effect from 20th JULY 2006, midday onwards.
The repeater team will be in Genting Highlands on the 19th of July evening, and will commence work on this change in the morning of 20th July 2006. wishes to acknowledge the time and effort put in by all the team members particularly those who travelled from Penang for this task.
SYABAS, and best 73s. Keep up the good work !

Frequency edited by 9W2SSJ to prevent confusion

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Facts from most recent RAE Results.....

As compiled from MCMC Results . . .Our most recent RAE Candidates
1. The RAE was conducted in six states . . SABAH, SARAWAK, SELANGOR, TRENGGANU. PENANG and MALACCA
2. Most Number of candidates - 350 from Trengganu
3. Least number of candidates - 2 from Sarawak
4. Most percentage of passes - 57.01% Penang
5. Most percentage of failures - 50% Sarawak
6. Most percentage of absentees - 17.07% Malacca
7. Total number of candidates - 1224 (combined from all states)
8. Passes 619 candidates, Failures 428 candidates, Absentees 177 candidates
9. No of candidates in the Military/Police service - 17 Candidates
10. 100% attendance - Sarawak 100%

I guess from here, it is evident that we all need to do more to increase the awareness of
Amateru Radio in Malaysia....don't you?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Borneo Expedition

Sebatik Island activation

Location of Sebatik Island

Foto of the same Sebatik Island taken
from the Space shuttle

Members of the Borneo Amateur Radio Club are mounting a DXpedition to activate the island of Sebatik in Borneo for the first time.

Steve, 9M6DXX, and John, 9M6XRO, aim to operate as 9M4SEB from around 1100UTC on 14 July until about 0300UTC on 17 July 2006.

Activity will be on 10 to 80m, CW and SSB, using up to three stations simultaneously. One station will use a beam antenna and two will use 400W amplifiers.
The RSGB IOTA Committee recently announced that Sebatik Island would count as a new IOTA group.

Source: GB2RS News - Courtesy of the RSGB