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Melton Mowbray Amateur Radio Society (MMARS) has been at the forefront of Amateur Radio in the area for over 50 years. Amateur Radio Enthusiasts were experimenting in the town as early as the 1920's and following a renewed surge in the hobby after the Second World War, local amateurs began to increase and in the Summer of 1958, a few of these local amateurs, together with a close association at the Technical College Annex, Kings Street, Melton Mowbray, got together and MMARS came into being.

The Founding Fathers of MMARS were: Sydney Clark (G8CZ), Douglas Wyndham Lilley (G3FDF), Harold Hunt (G2FUM), Lawrence J. Fisher (G4MK), John Leslie Bowley (G3FXP) & Richard "Dick" Winters (G3NVK). Sadly, all have now joined the ranks of "Silent Keys", but to many of those who knew them, they were Pioneers of the hobby in the area and the legacy they leave behind is MMARS.

In 1969, the hitherto unwritten Constitution was promulgated and the society (MMARS) became affiliated to the National Society, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

Since its formation, MMARS has held its meetings on the third Friday of the Month, with the exception of July & August when likely attendee's are fewer on account of annual holidays, and its AGM is held at the September Meeting.

MMARS are the holders of the Callsign's (G4FOX & G7FOX), significant in that Melton Mowbray was the renowned centre of Fox Hunting in England, the late Doug Lilley (G3FDF) one of the founders of MMARS, was equally proud of his own Callsign, Phonetically, "FOX - DOG - FOX" for the same reason.

The society has benefited from having a very dedicated group of Contest Minded Members and has a fully equipped modern mobile station. Support is also given to (RAYNET), originally known as "The Radio Amateur Emergency Network" (RAEN) and an Amateur Radio Club at the Melton Mowbray Upper School, formerly, King Edward VII Grammar School, Callsign (M0MKE), was born from an idea arising within the society, with the aim of encouraging pupils to develop their interest in Radio Communication even further.

For its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2008, MMARS was allocated the special Callsign (GB5FOX).

Amateur Radio has its roots in the 19th Century, developed along with radio communications in the 20th Century and is now a vibrant and exciting hobby for the 21st Century. What other hobby can link you with other like-minded individuals around the world and even enable you to make contact with the Astronauts on the International Space Station

Amateur Radio encompasses all methods of Radio Communication from working through satellites, bouncing signals off the moon, microwave links, television to simple voice contacts and Morse code is still very much alive in Amateur Radio. You can take part in contests, radio orienteering, remote Island contacts and Countries all around the World.

Amateur Radio has something for anyone who has the slightest interest in communication and has even provided a platform to an interesting and exciting career, so aptly put by the RSGB, the National Society for the Hobby and taking that first step towards getting on the air as a Licensed Amateur is not as difficult or costly as one might expect. Entry for all newcomers to the hobby is via the Foundation Licence, from here you can if you wish to, move on to the Intermediate Licence and then to your Full Licence. Each level has to be achieved before the next can be taken and each level gives you a different level of privileges.

The Foundation Licence Training Course is an integral part of obtaining your Foundation Licence. Most of the training is practical with a small amount of Radio and Electronics Theory, but nothing to be worried about, even if you are a complete novice. It’s mostly to get you to appreciate things like using the right fuse in your equipment and how to build an antenna to get the most out of your station.

The courses are run throughout the year at various venues all over the country, they are run in a friendly, informal atmosphere and full details can be found on the RSGB website. For details of our training program, visit our "Training" page.

Next Event
Next MMARS Meeting
Friday 21st April 2017 at 19:30
Howard (G6KQP) - Basic Radar & Microwaves
Weekly Net
MMARS Weekly Radio Net
Day Frequency Time
Monday 145.225 MHz 20:00
Wednesday 28.400 MHz 20:00
LATEST NEWS FEED FROM MMARS

There will be very few additions to the new site over the next few months, I will still be working on updating things from time to time, but there will be no further additions for the time being.

As some of you are aware, I plan to take my final exam for my Full Amateur Licence this year and need to get down to studying for it, I still have a lot to get through, so my full attention will be required for it.

Thanks to all those who have supported me and helped me throughout the last 2 years.

Webmaster Maverick.

Ofcom experiencing a High Volume of Calls

Ofcom Spectrum Licensing is currently experiencing a high volume of calls about licensing issues.

Email enquiries can take up to four weeks and telephone answering can also be delayed at peak times.

90th RSGB AGM in Cardiff

The 90th RSGB AGM will be held at the Angel Hotel, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1SZ on Saturday, 22 April 2017, commencing at 12 noon.

Details of those standing for elections, the accounts and the Minutes of the 2016 AGM appear in the April RadCom.

Arrangements have been made for Members who are unable to attend the AGM to cast their votes by proxy.

Details of this are at rsgb.org/AGM2017.

Whilst the RSGB encourages Members to vote electronically via the ERS website, if you require a postal vote please call HQ on 01234 832 702.

Votes must be received by the ERS before 12 noon on Thursday, 20 April 2017.

Lunch will be provided at the AGM for Members who notify their attendance in advance.

Yasme Foundation Supports YOTA 2017

The RSGB is delighted to announce the Yasme Foundation have become a Super Supporter of the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park in August.

The Yasme Foundation makes supporting grants to individuals and organisations providing or creating useful services for the amateur radio community.

Regardless of originality or novelty, Yasme supports these programmes in order to further the development of amateur radio around the world.

If you would like find out more about the YOTA 2017, go to rsgb.org/yota.

Bangladesh DXpedition Call Sign

The DXpedition to Bangladesh will use two different callsigns during its 12 day operation.

S21ZED will be used until the 22 March, with S21ZEE used for the last five days—the 23rd to the 27th.

This is to comply with Bangladeshi regulations.

The DXpedition team asks that stations not work the second call sign on the same bands or modes, if they already have worked the first.

NVIS Research Paper Download Available

A Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) research paper is available for download.

NVIS can be used for radio communication in a large area, around 200km radius, without any intermediate human-made infrastructure.

It is therefore especially suited for disaster relief communication, communication in developing regions and applications where independence of local infrastructure is desired, such as military applications.

It uses frequencies between around 3 and 10MHz.

Entitled Radio Communication via Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation: An Overview, it was written by Rosa Ma Alsina-Pagès and Ben A. Witvliet.

New Video Blog Uploaded

The RSGB has just launched its first video blog, or vlog, to share what is happening behind the scenes in preparation for YOTA 2017, the amateur radio youth event planned for the summer.

It features the Youth Committee Chair, Mike Jones, 2E0MLJ.

Look out for more vlogs in the coming weeks, where you will hear from other people involved in making this international event a reality.

These, and other RSGB videos, can be found at youtube.com/theRSGB.