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PERAK HAM RADIO FAIR 2017

MARTS would like to extend our appreciations and congratulations to Perak Ham Radio Fair 2017 organizing committee which was held at RTC Gopeng Perak on 1 and 2 April 2017.

Many thanks to the Perak State Government through Dato’ Nolee Radzi as a Chairman for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Perak along with Tourism Perak, RTC Gopeng, FAMA PERAK , PWD, and all government agencies and non-governmental organizations for their supports and cooperation given.

It’s clearly illustrated the solidarity when the program received full cooperation from active association of amateur radio nationwide.

Not forgetting all the sponsors who have contributed in the form of money or goods.

The program also recognizes the contribution of Elmers (9M2RR, 9W2NB and 9M2CW) in the development of amateur radio Perak.

In addition, two meetings were held during the event to discuss on further collaboration between the MARTS, REAKSI, AMSAT-MY and USM in amateur radio satellite program and collaboration with Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur for exhibition in Japan Ham Fair 2017 this year.

Hopefully this program can be implemented each year and provide positive impact on society and the country in particular.

Thanks to all who attended and gave support.

 

What’s Next After RAE (WNAR) 2016

MARTS AND KLDX has organized ‘WHAT’S NEXT AFTER RAE 2016’ program at International Youth Center, Cheras on 1st October 2016.

This program led by MARTS Education Council Mr Azlan Aziz (9M2AGC) and fully assisted by most progressive DX Team called as KLDX.

Participants were exposed to most basic operation in amateur radio, logging system, basic soldering and many more exciting activities.

Source from KLDX Facebook @kldxteam.

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MARTS AGM 2015

Congratulations to our new (and returning) Council members.

 

Results from the election for the 2015-2017 term are:

PRESIDENT           9M2IR

VICE PRESIDENT   9W2SBS

SECRETARY          9M2PRO

ASST. SECRETARY 9M2CQC

TREASURER          9W2PD

ASST. TREASURER 9W2PRH

COUNCIL 1           9W2WWW

COUNCIL 2           9W2ZF

COUNCIL 3           9M2AGC

Malaysian SET faces propagation, storms and antenna issues

Despite poor weather and bad propagation prevailing in Malaysia, there were lessons learned during the recent simulated exercise on September 27, centred on Sarawak in East Malaysia 9M8, which tested Amateur Radio’s preparations for a real disaster.

The exercise, with a scenario of massive power failure triggered by an abnormal solar flare that also knocked out all telephones, was asked for by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Poor propagation hampered the effective use of 7.110 MHz using near vertical incidence skywave propagation (NVIS), emphasising the PSK31 digital mode.

The exercise was to test the effectiveness of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS) and Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS) in setting up local, and east to west Malaysia communications.


It was designed to show the value of 40 metres for QRP emergency communications, but the results this time were less than ideal.

Coordinator Johnny Tan 9M8DB said all Sarawak stations adhered strictly to the 5W output limit. The exercise further proved that, especially for PSK31, and in spite of QRN, that was more than sufficient.

Johnny 9M8DB said, the robustness of PSK31 under difficult conditions is undeniable. Through practice, many more will be thoroughly conversant in this digital text mode, especially when volunteering for emcomm duties.

He said some stations needed to re-think their antennas, make their portable stations safe during lightning and rain, but remain at the ready for the next exercise or disaster.

Propagation was very poor between East and West Malaysia. Johnny Tan 9M8DB said, “While the test failed to some West Malaysian stations, we did hear 9M4CMN quite well and also 9M4MIA but obviously, reception was not equally good in both directions.

“We also tried 40m, 20m, 15m but failed to a major extent or, signals were well into the noise to be able to have any reliable copy.”

In the past 40 metres has been found suitable for state wide coverage in Sarawak, but poor propagation at the time is suspected to be due to storms causing high atmospheric noise.

The worth of the possible future 5 MHz allocation on the 60 metre band was discussed, and it was agreed it should more useable for NVIS propagation.

MARTS claimed the exercise further reinforced its request that 40 metre access be given to the country’s Class B licences to greatly increase the human radio amateur resources for emergency communications.

It was expected to discuss the issue with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission, which was to monitor the exercise.

On the whole, the exercise showed what worked well, and where some further improvement is needed.

Johnny 9M8DB will send a detailed report to those involved as they prepare
for the next simulated emergency test.

 

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

EMCOMM EXERCISE IN SARAWAK 9M8

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have asked for an amateur radio emergency communications exercise on September 27, 2014 centred on Sarawak in East Malaysia.

The IARU member society, the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS) and the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), will jointly run the exercise.

It will use the centre of activity emergency frequency 7.110 MHz, near vertical incidence skywave propagation and emphasise the PSK31 digital mode.

The scenario is the failure on the Sarawak electricity grid triggered by an abnormal solar flare which also knocks out all telephones. The exercise is to test the effectiveness of MARTS and ARCS in setting up local and east to west Malaysia communications.

To give authorities a better understanding of the message handling capabilities with accuracy and urgency being important, the IARU message format will be used, as it would should a real life event occur.

MCMC Chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi from Kuala Lumpur has been invited to witness and take part in this exercise. MARTS asks that the frequency of 7.110 MHz be kept clear for the exercise on Saturday, September 27 2014.

Note:

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 )

THE SAGA OF DUTY EXEMPTION ON AMATEUR RADIO EQUIPMENT

THE SAGA OF DUTY EXEMPTION ON AMATEUR EQUIPMENT

By Sangat Singh, 9M2SS

This is the story of the duty exemption on amateur equipment, and how it was obtained in response to a thread started on the MARTS Blog on 16th September, 2006 onwards.

There were 3 attempts made to obtain the duty exemption. The first one was initiated soon after the MARTS AGM of 1984. The following were the principal officials:


President Colin Richards, 9M2CR
Vice President D. D. Devan, 9M2DD
Hon. Secy. Sangat Singh, 9M2SS

It was decided to explore the possibility of duty exemption on Amateur equipment. During that period we had a good example of Amateur Radio Society of India having just obtained duty exemption vide Gazette of India Notification dated 9th March, 1984. This was the background that gave us the incentive. I was charged with the duty to set the ball rolling.

The first letter dated 9th March, 1984 was written by the President, Colin Richards, 9M2CR and addressed to the Hon. Minister of Finance, Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah. This letter was neither acknowledged nor replied. We sent a reminder on 9th May, 1984 even that was ignored. From then on, I took upon myself to pursue this matter vigorously.


On 1st October, 1984 I sent another letter to the Finance Minister, enclosing all previous correspondence for ease of reference. This time we received an acknowledgement on 5th November, 1984 that the matter would receive attention.

On 30th November, 1984 we received a letter from Customs Headquarter granting an interview, and asked me to present them with the Customs Tariff Codes for items that we wished duty to be waived. I met Director Ramlah Binti Ibrahim and spent the whole morning explaining what we needed. I submitted a few pages of Schedule of Amateur Radio equipments to be admitted duty-free to holders of valid amateur radio licence holders. Unfortunately this surfeit of information was beyond her. She kept on asking for the Customs Tariff Code, even to the extent of asking the name of Manufacturer, Model, and serial number. I did not make much headway as it was not just one piece that we needed to import. On a subsequent visit I asked D. D. Devan, 9M2DD to accompany me in case he was able to drill some sense. We were required to file in a fresh memorandum and included whatever further information was needed.

On 22nd February, 1985 I enlisted the help of Enc. Zakari Che Noo, Director of JTM, to provide a recommendation. This was not acknowledged nor replied. On 12th March. 1985 I got Enc. Zakaria Che Noor to send a reminder to Puan Ramlah. Again there was no response.

On 12th June, 1985 I sent another letter once again enclosing copies of all old correspondence in case they could not trace the file.

On 9th July, 1985 we received a reply by one Enc. Mohd. Amen Bin Cutoff that gave a glimmer of hope, and again asked for the Tariff Codes. This I provided .

On 1st August, 1985 we received Tariff Code and duty thereon. I was shocked as that quoted just the normal duty ranging from 30 – 50 percent + 10 percent on most items.

Only on ICOM IC 751, 745, 730 she quoted inadvertently a duty of 5% + 10%. This was actually a slip.

On 8th August, 1985 I wrote a letter to D. D. Devan, 9M2DD who was then the President of MARTS, quote.

“I am enclosing the missive from Customs. You can see what a mess they have made. I tried to speak to Ramlah but she refused to talk. Clearly this work was beyond her capacity…..”

On 13th January, 1986 we received a letter from Customs that “…dukacita dimaklumkan bahawa permohonan tersebut tidak dapat diluluskan” Thus the first attempt failed.

We did not give up and started the second assault. This was the second attempt. This time I enlisted the help of Y. B Datuk Amar Stephen Yong, Minister of Sains Dan Alma Skitter as I knew him personally and he had visited us when I was the Manager of Ampar Tenang Estate, Dengkil. I got a recommendation letter from him. Added to this I had fresh recommendations from the Director of JTM. Once again we started on the merry go round. Light at the end of tunnel was still not visible.

At this point I enlisted the help of H. L. Cham, 9M2YB. This was on 20th June, 1989. By this time Lee Fook Seng, 9M2LF had become the President of MARTS. According to Cham our application could not be found at the Ministry of Finance. Following his contacts he felt that we stood a good chance. So I started once again to present our case. To quote Cham “The informal reactions I have got to date appear to be encouraging and I will be more than happy to follow through once you have prepared the proposed new letter”. This was our second attempt. I resubmitted our application to the Ministry of Finance.

But this time, something sinister was being hatched. The very people who now claim credit were the ones who were responsible for the failure of the second attempt. It will be opening a can of worms if I were to write about that painful episode. Suffice to say that in 1990 I had relinquished my post as a Secretary of MARTS. Zainal, 9M2ZA became the secretary. I gave him a few pages of handing over report and in it I had specifically mentioned among other things that our application for Duty exemption was in the final stage and required an urgent follow up. No action was taken at all. Thus failed the second attempt.

That was the most chaotic period in the history of MARTS. Zainal, 9M2ZA lasted less then 3 months as the Secretary. Then Yusoff, 9M2FF was roped in but due to his personal problems he too did not last. At last Thiam 9M2CJ was pressed in and again some years later he too was unconstitutionally asked to resign. In a shameful manner, while MARTS talked pontifically about the constitution as being sacred, had a council member who was not even a member of MARTS.

We now come to the 3rd round.

This was I think during the 1996 MARTS AGM at UKM Bangi that the question of duty exemption once again raised its head. It was I think, Ken, 9M2KN who proposed my name and the whole membership raised their hands and vociferously seconded my name. I was tired from previous two attempts and had regressed peacefully as an ordinary member. I was most reluctant to undertake once again the cudgels to combat the authorities. But they wouldn’t listen. I took up the challenge once again. At that time Rashid, 9M2RS became the President and Thaim, 9M2CJ was the Hon. Secretary. I was appointed the Chairman and asked to nominate my own committee. My reply was that the committee should consist of only 2 members of which one should be absent. But I don’t think the staid amanuensis minuted that witticism. At the end it was decided that I would be a one man committee to tackle this question.

Once again, I started that lone and arduous journey and enlisted help of people who mattered. I have their letters of support on my file and am grateful for their generous help. In the meantime, I had made a good contact with the Director of Customs who was sympathetic. I don’t want to list the umpteen letters and meetings I had with them. Then came the day we were waiting for. On 24th October, 1996 I saw the Director concerned and he gave me a privileged packet with a red slip posted on it that read:

EMBARGO
Tidak Boleh Disiarkan Sebelum JAM 1600 Hari Jumaat, 25th Ocotber, 1996.

Rest is the history. I never talked or told anybody, nor made any claims. There was not a single cent claimed for anything from MARTS. I just felt pleased that the job was done. My last duty was to write letters of thanks and to the press to thank YB Minister of Finance. These letters did appear in the press.

It was only after this announcement, I felt that the Director of Customs must be thanked. The two appropriate persons were the President Rashid, 9M2RS and Thiam 9M2CJ to thank him for his help. This was the only occasion they ever went to the Customs Headquarters. I am sure they cannot even remember the name of that friendly Director.

This was the sum total of their help. I am not sure who were the others who helped. They should be identified and suitably honoured with a place in the Hall of Fame.

In the following AGM there was just one liner minuted to say thank you Sangat.

Sangat Singh, 9M2SS

extract from:

http://martsnews.blogspot.com/2006_10_01_archive.html

MyGAREC 2012

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my great pleasure to cordially invite your society to participate in MyGAREC 2012, the 8th GAREC conference, which will be held on 12 to 14th November, 2012 in Port Dickson, Malaysia.

This international conference, an informal forum by radio amateurs from societies worldwide, especially from those societies who are very active in the rapid provision of support communications to all the emergency and disaster-relief services in their countries in times of any emergencies or disaster, is hosted by MARTS (Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society) with the following aims: 1. To promote more awareness between government ministries, departments, agencies and regulatory authorities especially in those countries in Region III where the resources that can be provided by amateur radio volunteers have up till now remained almost-unused

2. To foster more information exchanges leading towards better utilization and coordination of amateur radio resources for emergencies and disaster relief communications, gaining a closer rapport between all of the above parties and eventually developing a high level of trust and reliance on the radio amateurs for the provision of such communications services.

3. To help the relevant departments or ministries in Malaysia look more positively towards eventually becoming a signatory in the Tampere Convention and its ratification in due course.

This conference is therefore an ideal forum for for all amateur radio societies whether they already have an organized emergency communications response team with ideas to share , in search of more solutions, or are in the process of setting one up and need more information and advice or simply want to learn more about the functions and roles of such teams in the amateur radio service. Some delegates from countries which have experienced recent disasters will be giving their presentations on what their society did and also share all the lessons learned from their services.

Please feel free to fill in the attached registration form and return it to us as per instructions on our forms. It will be our pleasure to see you at the conference and share all our experiences and ideas.

http://www.mygarec2012.com/garec/

Yours sincerely,

Johnny Tan

Chairman,

MyGAREC 2012 Organising Committee.

MARTS celebrates 40th Anniversary on 31st August 1997

-Article in year 1997-

MARTS: YESTERYEAR AND TOMORROW

As the nation celebrates its 40th anniversary on 31st August, 1997, the MARTS which is now 45 years old, based on the unofficial year of its establishment in the middle of 1952, for the society now has its own role to play in the next millennium particularly with the formation of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and the Cyber city.

MARTS together with amateurs clubs and associations worldwide join hands to thrive and strive for progress despite the presence of the fast expanding information superhighway including sophisticated multimedia and the internet.

MARTS as an established and responsible society with its facet of multiracial memberships is joining the bandwagon with others to salute the nation for this auspicious occasion.

The society born five years before the country was freed from the colonial yoke was founded by over zealous amateur enthusiasts among whom were VS2BS (Eu Khua Kew),VS2DB (S.A. Faulkner) J.C. Pearhouse (VS2DG) and VS2 DV (Charles Sulton). They could be described as midwives who were responsible for the birth of the society.

According to the surviving founder member 9M2BS (EU), who is now in his late seventies, that sometimes in the middle of 1952 together with few British radio enthusiasts who were influenced by the RSGB activities, residing in Penang had an Eye-Ball QSO at VS2DVs QTH to discuss on establishing radio amateur club in the island. The club is to run on the same model of RSGB. The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) was founded in 1913 and incorporated in 1926.The decision was reached at the Eye-Ball QSO that the radio amateur club was to be formed. The arrangement was made to register the club as Malayan Amateur Radio Transmitters Society at the Posts and Telegraph Department in the Straits

Settlement of Penang Island. The call-sign given was VS2 to the qualified members.

The 9M2BS (EU) was the only Asian who became the member of the society which was dominated by the Whites, many of them were officers serving under the British Colonial Service. Also, many European managers from the rubber estates and tin mines in Kedah, Perak and Northern Selangor joined the society.

Later, several European business executives with technical background from commercial sector got involved in the hobby.

Earlier, a group of keen amateurs also initiated the setting up of radio amateur clubs in Selangor and Perak respectively. Both clubs were established in early 1947. According to a report by SA Faulkner 9M2DB (EX-VS2 DB) that the Selangor Radio Club was established in 1947 due to the hard work and untiring efforts of Jim Macintosh (VS2AA), Law Joo Ghin(VS2AO), N.L.Narayan(VS2CN) and two SWLs Au-Yong Siew Thong and Rodgers Rowe.

The Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitters Society was founded in 1949. It also followed the RSGB module. Among those who attended the inaugural meeting were Ted Yates (VS1AD), Reg Hollis -Bee (VS1AG), Mike deCruz (VS1DU), Ken de Souza (VS1CZ) and John Osborne(VS1 BO).

Majority members of radio clubs in Selangor and Perak were European managers from rubber estates and tin mines. Many of them on the termination of their contracts with tin mines and estates returned home. This was one of the factors that caused the membership of the clubs dwindled and its closure.

However, the Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitters Society continued with the Support from many of the British civil servants and business community. Besides, Singapore during the post-war days was the hub of financial and business activities for the British colony.

The 40-metre band was the most popular and it was fully utilised by HAMS in Singapore and Peninsular. It was only after Malaya became independent on 31st August, 1957, that the call-signs VS2 were changed to 9M2 till today.

According to a research report in a book entitled “Broadcasting in the Malay World’ by Prof. Drew 0. Me Daniel of Ohio University in the US, that radio broadcast in early colonial days of Malaya was initiated by radio amateur stations. In fact, in early 1930’s, amateur radio club pioneered the experimental broadcast in the country.

Based on the development of Broadcasting in Malaya, it was evidenced that during the experimental stage of radio broadcasting, the whole administrative system and communication activities were placed under the authority of the colonial Posts and Tetegraph Department.

The Kuala Lumpur Amateur Wireless Society (KLARS) was formed in November 1929. The KLARS for example was allowed to use the Posts and Telegraph transmitter located on Petaling Hill. Among those responsible for the KLARS were W.J.A. Mallon of Cumberbatch & Company, A.N. Farqhson of Hallam& Company and Dr Byrqn of the Institute Medical Research and James Macintosh (VS2AA).

However, no report was recorded of any experimental broadcast by radio amateur stations in the British North Borneo states in the pre-war days. For Sabah was placed under the rule of North Borneo Company and Sarawak headed by the “White Raja”, Vyner Brooke.

The KLARS station only broadcast local and social news besides the music for European community in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from the KLARS, The Penang Amateur Wireless Society was also set up in 1932 to provide news and music to the British community in Penang. The Penang Amateur Wireless Station operated with the station call-sign ZHJ.

The formal and professional broadcasting in the British colony of Malaya only began in March 1937, after the British government set up the British Malaya

Broadcasting Corporation (BMBC) with its station at Caldecott Hill in Singapore which later became the forerunner of Radio Malaya. The BMBC emulated the BBC system in its medium wave broadcast.

The BMBC also employed several BBC technical and engineering staff to run the
Station. The BMBC was part of radio network of the British Empire.

With the formation and the impact of BMBC, the KLARS and Penang Wireless

Station ceased their operations.

Following the fall of Singapore and the Japanese occupation in early December

1941, the BMBC ceased its operation, but it resumed after the return of the British Military Administration (BMA) command in Aug. 1945. While in Penang, after the return of BMA and later during the British Civilian Government, a handful of British colonial civil servants, few of them were telecom engineers together with other radio amateur enthusiasts decided to look into the defunct Penang Wireless Club which ceased its broadcast following the presence of BMBC.

Also with the ready availability of Second World War surplus of the communication facilities, that led a group of radio enthusiasts to meet at VS2DV’s house. The outcome of the Eye-ball QSO resulted in the formation of the Malayan Radio Transmitters Society in 1952 Veteran and established.

HAM OM 9M2FK (Eshee) ex-VS2 who was licensed in 1956 reminisced that MARTS in its early embryonic stage was dominated and controlled by European members. Among the notable veteran HAMS who joined the society during the colonial days were VS2DW now 9M2DW (Datuk Tan) and the late OMVS2AZ (Harbak Singh-9M2AZ). Datuk Tan (9M2DW), the Grand Old Man, now in his late eighties, is still enjoying his electronic hobby despite the advanced age and poor health. It was a rare sight to see Asian HAMS at the MARTS meetings during the colonial days. in spite of this, there was no colour bar practised by the “White Sahibs” of the MARTS. Such was the fraternity and the spirit that have been inherited till today by the HAMS. For the legacy of HAMS’s universal spirit and brotherhood transcends the tx)rder, race, colour and creed.

OM 9M2GJ (ex-VS2) Lockman Radin Salleh, was one of the first HAMS to have obtained the call-sign 9M2 in early 1959 said in those days Sungai Road in Singapore junkshops were regularly frequented by HAMS to salvage the components and parts for the transceiver. Often old wireless sets of the Second World War spoils were cannibalised.

Another ex-VS OM 9M2 EF (Serin Singh), who was licensed in 1953, said many of the HAMS operators possessed the 2nd WW military surplus rigs such as American made BC-60 (Helicrafter) and HRO receiver besides the British made Eddystones. The rigs were modified to suit for the amateur use. All worked well with suitable antennas.

Eshee said, many of the rigs were home brewed and salvaged from the second world war military surplus. In fact, the D.I.Y. was put in real total practice by the innovative and technical minded members.

In some cases, the hefty odd bits and kinks embedded in the soiled junkyards were sought and dug up by the amateurs in the early days solely for the interest of the Hobby OM 9M2FK (Eshee) fully endorsed 9M2BS’s statement that the actual birth place of the MARTS is in Penang. For this, Penang must be recognised and endorsed MARTS.

The chronology of Amateur Radio in Malaysia/Singapore as an scientific hobby.

1947: Selangor and Perak organised their respective radio amateur clubs. On the initiative of British planters of the British owned estates and the tin minesmanagers/mining engineers. The clubs served as a means of easy communication among ftiemselves. Both clubs and their activities were short-lived due the transfers and termination of work contracts.

1949: The Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitter Society was founded by British
civil servants (engineers/radio enthusiasts and business community. It followed the RSGB Module 1952: The Malayan Amateur Radio Transmitters Society (MARTS) was founded in the Straits Settlement of Penang headed by a handful of the British senior officials/business community and radio enthusiasts.

The MARTS was registered at the Post and Telecoms Department five years before the country became independent.

1957: The call-signs VS2 changed to 9M2 after the independent.

It was only after Merdeka in 1957, many Malaysians joined the society. The society launched with a humble beginning with less than ten members many went on silent key had now matured and increased its membership to more than 400 members including SWLs. However, the membership is still small over the spread of 45 years compared currently to the country with more than 20 millions population. As the country steps into the 21st century era, hopefully the MARTS with its future mission and vision will be able to progress positively in this shrinking wired global village in the interest of the hobby.

However, for this the task ahead is entrusted to all members besides the responsibility rests on our very shoulders.

For success or failure are with us. – By 9M2 JX (Jamal)

Credit to 9W2AA