The Scout Association of Malaysia recognized MARTS contribution

[16th December 2016 | Olympic Sports Hotel Kuala Lumpur ]

The Scout Association of Malaysia has officially recognized Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS) for actively involved in making a significant contribution to scout with a memorable and valuable amateur radio experience. The cooperation between Scouts and MARTS has introduced the science, technology, fun and excitement of amateur radio to the youth. The development in amateur radio Malaysia has greatly increased since 1952.

MARTS appreciates The Scouts Association of Malaysia for the special award received during ceremony held at Olympic Sports Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 16th September 2016. President of MARTS Haji Mohd Aris Bernawi received the award witnessed by MARTS Ex Treasurer 9W2SQ and 9W2ZF council member.

Congratulation to 9M6MZ Datuk Dr Awang Zaini Haji Suntim (President of Sabah Scout Amateur Radio Society) for also received the best personality award.

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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Structure of the Organization of Amateur Radio in Malaysia

[FROM THE PRESIDENT DESK]

We are pleased to share the latest decision of MCMC 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.

 

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 MCMC 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

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 )

Media Release: MARTS played Role in Mysterious Missing Airliner MH370 Response

The disappearance of a Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 jetliner with 239 passengers on board is a mystery that nine nations are trying to solve.   But during its early hours ham radio was called in to help with the human aspect of the situation and MARTS responded to the calls immediately.

—– Quoted by Disaster Communication Committee of International Amateur Radio Union —–

Following the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian Airline Boeing 777-200ER jetliner with 239 passengers aboard, the airline’s Emergency Management Centre (EMC) at Kuala Lumpur Airport provided hotel accommodations for next of kin. The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS) President, Mohd Aris Bernawi, 9M2IR, said his organization was asked to provide a link between the airport and the hotel.

MARTS quickly set up a station, led by Zanirul Akhmal Zanirun, 9M2PRO, with Azizi Samsuri, 9W2ZZE, as the airline’s team leader. The Negeri Sembilan Amateur Radio Club (NESRAC) provided volunteers for the station at the EMC. MARTS set up a cross-band VHF/UHF link to avoid any unnecessary interference to and from public service communications, and an HF link was added later. During the callout 11 Amateur Radio volunteers were at the EMC and 23 volunteers at the hotel.

9M2IR, who oversaw the entire process, said MARTS — an IARU member-society — was pleased to be able provide the communication link as the search for flight MH370 continues. — Thanks to Jim Linton, VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee

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Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitting Society and its affiliated members club are actively involved in communication aids since 9th March 2014 over the flight missing incident that covers the international headlines.

Some of NESRAC’s Team who arrive at KLIA Airport Since 9th March 2014 for communications aids.

 

Initial setup at KLIA, for monitoring Aircraft and Marine Frequencies at Gulf of Thailand’s SAR

About flight MH370 Flight Make/ Model: Boeing 777-200

Malaysian Callsign: 9M-MRO Years in Service : Since 2002

Route: Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 on Saturday March 8th 2014(16:41 GMT Friday), and was due to arrive in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT)

Last Contact with Civilian Radar: 1:21am March 8th 2014

Last Detection By Military Radar: 2:15am March 8th 2014

Emergency Locators for a typical Civil Aviation Flights:

As a license holder and amateur radio operators we are under the oath of “Secrecy of Wireless Communication” by Statutory Declaration of 1960 before Justice of the Peace, Magistrate or a Commissioner of Oath. Therefore the progress of the Search and Rescue and any relevant info on the ongoing mission will not be revealed by MARTS. The members are currently providing technical and communication aid as a support for the agencies as such we are bound to not releasing any further info on the ongoing SAR activities. For official release of news please refer to Malaysian Airline Systems MH370 Flight Incident Statements: http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/dark-site.html

Despite continues progress and varieties of speculation, we as the Amateur Radio Community of Malaysia still crossing our fingers in great hope that somehow…somewhere a whereabouts of the missing flight MH370 will come to visible sight. May the greatest scientific hobby be utilized to maximum efforts in gaining the clues for the discoveries. We unite and stay focused with the prayers for passengers, crew and the flight of MH370 with the hope of the world will join us too.

Compiled by Jayakanthan, 9W2BUG 16/03/2014

Reference : http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-played-role-in-missing-airliner-response