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Structure of the organization of amateur radio in Malaysia

[FROM THE PRESIDENT DESK]

 

We are pleased to share the latest decision of SKMM regarding the proposal of Working Group on the amateur radio certification review.

In the new structure, there will be three classes of radio amateur category, namely Class A, Class B and the new Class C. The Morse Code will be removed as the proficiency skill needed for Class A. Minimum age to obtain certification for Class A, Class B and Class C will be 15, 14 and 12 respectively.

The privileges for each class has been upgraded for class A, expanded for class B. Class C will be the entry level whereby they will allow to use frequency in 2 meter & 6 meter (VHF) and 70 cm (UHF) only. Operator of Class B will be allowed to use the band in VHF and UHF, and almost all amateur radio HF band with maximum power of 50W PEP. Operator of Class A is allowed to use up to 1 KW in all of the HF band except if otherwise indicated.

 

The Working Group is tasked to continue of the pending job before end of second quarter 2016. The said work comprises of:

(a)NEW “Guideline of Amateur Radio Services in Malaysia”

(b)Operation manual for all three class categories;

(c)Question banks.

Detail and consequential changes will be shared when it is available later.

 

2016 the way forward.

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65 members attended the AGM this year. We are indeed excited to witness an increase in attendance at this meeting, including clubs from Penang, the Japan Amateur Club and individual who have come all the way from Germany.

The secretary (and assistant secretary), reported at length the considerable amount of activities that were undertaken in 2015, covering area activities by affiliated members and clubs. National fox hunt and go-box, contest, field days, lighthouse weekend, JOTA, IOTA and Global SET (simulated emergency test) to name a few. MARTS will endeavour to organise more effective events at national and local level, and is seeking greater contribution from clubs to organize events at local level, to satisfy the needs of local ham and improve outreach to members.

He also touched on initiative to work together with other ham and also with SKMM to restructure the certification of amateur radio competencies. We may create another level of competencies of radio amateur below the present level of Class B.  To achieve a higher grade will be through an examination using a dynamically new syllabus.

Members have urged Council Member to revise the record of assets of MARTS, to fully depreciate equipment in use, to write off assets that are practically not usable, and these assets to be completely reviewed before the next AGM. Members also took note of the Council Members presenting a deficit budget for 2016 as to implement the objective of MARTS in accordance with its present Vision and Missions.

All members and all ham are encouraged not to use dialect when in QSO, especially when doing QSO with fellow ham from a different state. Members are also encouraged to communicate in English to improve their fluency in the language so as to ease communication with fellow ham overseas when the need arises.

Report of the 16th IARU Conference and general IARU matters

Report of the 16th IARU Conference and general IARU matters

1. The 16th

 IARU Region 3 conference was held in Bali, Indonesia from 12‐16 

October 2015

2. MARTS was represented by president Tn. Hj. Aris, 9M2IR and assistant 

secretary, Sion Chow, 9M2CQC.

3. Treasurer, Rabin, 9W2PD and Dr. Chow, 9M2CCO also joined in as observers.

4. MARTS presented its society report at this conference for the first time since 

at least year 2004.  We are not able to check if earlier representatives did 

submit any reports due to lack of archival information on the IARU website.

5. All submitted reports, working documents and full report of the conference 

can be downloaded and viewed at http://iaru‐r3.org/16th‐triennial‐

conference‐of‐the‐iaru‐r3‐documents/

6. MARTS supported Taiwan’s proposal under sub‐working group 2 for the 

harmonization of worldwide 2M APRS frequency.  This would be beneficial as 

it could aid propagation studies, establish a one common APRS frequency 

that will be beneficial for visiting amateurs and etc.  MARTS is pleased to 

inform that IARU directors has started work on this proposal in Region 1.

7. MARTS under sub‐working group 2 also re‐iterated the need to maintain the 

emergency CoA frequency especially on lower NVIS bands such as 80m and 

40m that are packed with activities most of the time.

8. A new worldwide amateur allocation on a secondary basis from 5351.5‐

5366.5 kHz (60m) was announced during WRC‐15 with a power restriction 

of 15 Watts EIRP.  

9. Last year, a few cubesats and microsatellites were launched with its uplink 

and downlink frequencies falling outside the satellite sub‐band in particular 

on 2m.  MARTS is pleased to note that IARU re‐iterated that it would only 

coordinate amateur satellite frequencies that are within the satellite sub‐

band.

10.MARTS also held discussions with representative of a few countries about 

reciprocal licensing and we are working towards making this a success.

11. Below is MARTS’ society report presented to IARU that we will go through 

briefly.

Thank you.

Submitted by:

Sion Chow, 9M2CQC

MARTS AGM 27th

 February 2016

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NOTICE : 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Dear member,

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Annual General Meeting year 2016 of Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) will be held at Kompleks Sukan MSN Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur on 27th February 2016 at 10am.

The council members was nominated for a 3 years term at the 2015 AGM. Thus, there will be no election for the councils member until 2017.

AGENDA

1. To receive and adopt the minutes of 2015 Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 30th May 2015 at Setiawangsa MSN Sports Complex (Download Minutes AGM 2015)

2. To discuss matter arising from the minutes of 2015 Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 30th May 2015 at Setiawangsa MSN Sports Complex.

3. To receive and adopt the Honorary Secretary's Report for year 2015

4. To receive and adopt the Honorary Treasurer's Report for year 2015

    a. Audited financial statement for the year end 31st December 2015

4. To discuss on resolution/amendment to the Constitutions.

5. Any other matters with permission of the chair.

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Malaysian Amateur Radio Proficiency Certification Meeting

[ Update : Malaysian Amateur Radio Proficiency Certification Meeting ]

Based on recent meeting with MCMC held on 28th January 2016 at Cyberjaya.

The meeting discuss about certification of radio amateur.

We propose three categories, with follow up proposal regarding the necessary consequential changes to Regulations, Guideline, SOP and operating manual.

2016 NEW YEAR GREETING FROM MARTS

 

 

2016 NEW YEAR GREETING FROM MARTS

On behalf of Council Member of Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS), I would like to wish all radio operators and listeners and readers a very Happy New Year.

2015 has been a challenging year for all of us, this is the first year for the new council member, since for the first time council member has a three year terms, in accordance with our new Constitution.

Please look at our new Vision and Mission of MARTS for the years to come, and weekly schedule of activities. The weekly activities will cover activities related to “on the air” activities, “licensing, education and training”; “membership”; “regulatory and advocacy”; “technology”; and “public service”. This is to ensure that activities will be implemented all the year around, with those who already committed to help implementing the activities remain alert and prepared. Some activities are ad-hoc, while some others require month of planning and coordination.

We demand support from members of MARTS and member of radio amateur communities, donor and sponsor to complete the eco-system. 2016 should be better year than 2015. We continue to improve activities that have been implemented in the past, and we plan to have new activities added in the year 2016.

Recognizing that relation between member and member, member and council member and member and public is essential to let amateur radio remain relevant, let us narrow the gap between all categories of amateur radio. Hopefully SKMM will accept our proposal to streamline and restructure the certification of radio amateur to be based on knowledge and experience, hence break the barrier to those who want to join radio amateur and those who want to upgrade to higher categories.

As the national society of radio amateur in Malaysia, we remain committed to our mission, which we (council member and members) will do it together. We act, we study and research and we protect radio amateur.

All the best to all radio amateur, and hope to have a very good 2016.

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Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society 2015

VISION

In line with the objective of MARTS, we aim to be one of the most progressive, enthusiastic and friendly amateur radio society in Malaysia, supporting every ham radio all the time

MISSION

Reaching out to member
1 To increase more ham radio operators.
2 To create more awareness of amateur radio
3 To increase on-the-air activity
4 To provide backup communications when needed during time of emergency and disaster.
5 To maintain adequate number of volunteers at every state to provide radio communication service when needed, to train each and every one of them periodically.
6 To streamline and strengthen activities with affiliated members.

Technical

7 To increase technical expertise and maintain a pool of technical information online.
8 To enhance amateur radio state-of-arts.
9 To foster ham radio innovation.
10 To provide a linking repeater nationwide.

Spectrum Protection and Radio Frequency Interference

11 MARTS will engage with the relevant stakeholders in ensuring that the spectrum allocation for amateur radio remains whilst working for additional spectrum allocation.

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PRESIDENT MARTS
IR MOHD ARIS BERNAWI
9M2IR

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