We now stand on the cusp of a new year. Much has been done by our society for the advancement of the amateur radio in Malaysia.

Our submission to SKMM via the MARPC working group has been accepted and we will see changes being made to the regulations regulating our hobby in the short future. Thanks also to the efforts of past council members and current council members which has enabled the 9W members access to more bandwidth, the opening of the 60m (5 mhz) band amongst others. Internationally the horizons for communication with the world has been opened for the radio stations.

Internally, we have managed to link Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Kuching, Sarawak and soon we will approach the first anniversary of such linking.

Additionally four Yaesu Fusion Digital repeaters have been installed running dual mode at 9M2RKL (Bukit Lanjan), 9M2RUK (Gunung Ulu Kali), 9M4RHE & 9M4RMU (Hotel Equatorial, Melaka). Our 9M2RKL & 9M4RMU is linked to Yaesu Wires-X Internet Repeater Linking Network.

We were invited to participate in the Japan Amateur Radio Fair 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

The future needs to be addressed and we had an outreach program with the Scouts in which participation in their events opened their eyes and minds of the possibility of communication locally and internationally through the usage of amateur radio.

We eagerly look forward to the new year. Planning together for the betterment and advancement of the amateur radio operators.

We will come up with a master plan which will be in line with our motto, TO SERVE TO LEAD.

This I cannot do alone, I will need your undivided support to make it happen.

MARTS will:

1. Continue to provide input to IARU R3 conference 2018 from the regulatory, band plan and spectrum protection.

2. MARTS will plan to install DMR repeaters as there is a demand for it from the members.

3. Upgrade our software so that our membership management system will be improved.

These plans can only be achieved by working together as one.

Last but not least, on behalf of the Council and myself, I wish you a Happy New Year. God Bless.


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