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JOTA

This year, the 2013 worldwide Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) was held from the 19th to the 20th of October. JOTA is the largest event held by the Scouts and Guides annually. Every year, thousands of Scouts and Guides share program ideas, greetings and experiences on the airwaves with their counterparts hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of miles away.

Many new friendships are forged this way using radio-waves to communicate with the many Amateur Radio stations setup across the world for this huge gathering. 

In North Malaysia, one of the JOTA was at the SJK (C) Sin Ya at Bukit Mertajam in Penang State led by Scout District Commissioner of Bukit Mertajam Mr. Tan Sow Sung, 9W2SCO. It was the largest JOTA gathering in the country, with a total of 700 Scouts and Guides participating, including some 30 Scouts from neighboring Thailand and one of their Directors of Education.

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Powerful Cyclone Hits India

Powerful Cyclone Hits India

As Cyclone Phailin hit the Bay of Bengal in India on Saturday (October 12) it flooded thousands of homes, killed at least five people and forced 800,000 others to evacuate.

In anticipation, amateur radio operators were ready to provide emergency communications and help spread up-to-date information on the storms damage and path.

Many mud homes and farms were destroyed, and uprooted trees blocked roads. The windy and wet  Cyclone had deluged some areas causing one of the largest evacuations in India's history.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he had directed the central government extend all needed assistance to state officials.

The National Institute of Amateur Radio reports that it has several ham radio operators involved. The cyclone did weaken when it reached the coast, but its impact is still severe.

Jose Jacob VU2JOS and VU2MCW Mukesh Kumar Gola VU2MCW are to reach Odisha and begin operating.

During the Paradwip Cyclone in 1999, the Chief Minister's house was without power and telecommunications. It was then ham radio operators who provided a link to rescuers and the outside world.

In the current disaster the army, air force and navy are helping in rescue and relief operations. However more details are not immediately known due to the large population involved and the normal slowness of official data.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee).

 

 

Radio Amateur Examination - Series No. 9 - 2013

Please visiti:  https://sems.skmm.gov.my/sems/exams/examinfo

EMCOMM EXERCISE IN MALAYSIA

EMCOMM EXERCISE IN MALAYSIA

The recent 'battery only' power training exercise in Malaysia, aimed at passing messages and testing day-time propagation paths, involved around 30 radio amateurs who were assisted by five shortwave listeners.

IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee's Johnny Tan 9M8DB noted that some drove 800km from Kuching to Miri for the exercise that tested paths between west to east Malaysia, and most certainly prepared everyone involved for disaster communications.

The emcomm message handling exercise on voice was a success. Due to some missing connectors lost in transportation the use of PSK31 had to be postponed to a later date.

 

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MARTS-ARCS EMCOM EXERCISE – 14 SEPTEMBER 2013, LOCATION: MIRI, SARAWAK.... latest

MARTS-ARCS EMCOM EXERCISE – 14 SEPTEMBER 2013, LOCATION: MIRI, SARAWAK

Emcom stations taking part in the above exercise shall be on 2m and the CoAs as according to the IARU R 3 bandplan adopted at the 15th IARU Region 3 Conference held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam in 2012.

CoA frequencies are as below :

Emergency CoA frequency 3.600 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 7.110 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 14.300 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 18.160 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 21.360 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

 

For more details please visit: http://www.iaru.org/region-3.html & http://iaru-r3.org/documents/

MARTS-ARCS EMCOM EXERCISE – SEPTEMBER 2013, LOCATION: MIRI, SARAWAK

MARTS-ARCS EMCOM EXERCISE – SEPTEMBER 2013, LOCATION: MIRI, SARAWAK

MARTS-ARCS (Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society and Amateur Radio Club Sarawak) will jointly run an emcom exercise in Miri, Sarawak on 14/15 September 2013.

EmCom stations will be transmitting on telephony and digital. They will be on 2m/75cm and the CoA frequencies.

Those who are interested to take part or would like to have an insight of what is EmCom and its procedures, please contact :

Sarawak (ARCS)     : 9W8CH Liew = This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9M8WAT Aldrin = This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Peninsula (MARTS) : 9M2DA Den = This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

ALL ARE WELCOME (INCLUDES NON-HAMS)

 

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IARU-R1 release new VHF Handbook

IARU-R1 release new VHF Handbook

IARU Region 1 have released edition 6.12 of the free amateur radio VHF Managers Handbook

The handbook has chapters on Band Planning, Contests, Propagation research, Operating Procedures and Satellites. It even defines a standard for the use of circular polarization defining which way helical beam antennas should be threaded.

Download the handbook from

 http://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/vhf_handbook_v6_12.pdf

Silent Key – 9M2KK CHAN FOOK CHOY

Silent Key – 9M2KK CHAN FOOK CHOY

 

It is with deep regret and sorrow that we have to announce that 9M2KK Chan Fook Choy (former Hon. Secretary of MARTS) has gone silent key.

He is one of the many victims that died in the recent bus crash in Genting Highland.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/08/22/Genting-bus-search-called-off.aspx

Those who wish to pay their last respects can do so at the wake to be held at NIRVANA Wisma NV Multi, No. 1 Jalan 1/116A off Jalan Sungai Besi, KL (16 Lotus, FL1) from today.

(GPS 3.08866N 101.696201E)

Please call MARTS’ Hon. Secretary for further information.

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