Monday, April 21, 2008

Simon Brown - Ham Radio Deluxe

This Wednesday (23-Apr-08) Simon famous for the Ham Radio Deluxe and Digimaster 780 software will be visiting the Foxdale shack; if you have any questions about HRD why not pop along and have a chat and a cup of tea with Simon.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Manx Emergency Communications (MEC)

Following the meeting about emergency communications held at the shack this week, it is our intension that all MEC members should have appropriate insurance and undertake suitable training for their role within the group. This involves the group and its members joining the "Radio Amateurs Emergency Network (RAYNET)". All members need to pay the insurance/membership fee of £7.20 a year. There are many other advantages to joining this group and this can be seen from "".

Application forms and agreement forms can be obtained from " application form.pdf" and
" agreement form.pdf"
and should be completed and sent by email to "" or posted to RAYNET, 15 Church Close, Lonan, IM4 7JY; or just bring them along to the shack. Membership payment should be made to 2D0HEB our treasurer (money puts a smile on his face!).
Any questions can be sent to the above email address.


Secretary MEC

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

GB0AOA from the IOM

GB0AOA was on the air on 1st April from Ronaldsway (Manx Aviation Club premises at the Derbyhaven end) to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918. Special Event stations throughout Britain operated from airfields which, at some time, had operated on a military basis (the Isle of Man has three such airfields, ie. Ronaldsway, both RAF and RN [still operational as the current IOM Airport]; Andreas and Jurby, both RAF but now only used in a private capacity).

GB0AOA was arranged and set up by Mike GD0HYM. An 80m dipole was erected on the previous day by Mike and Jack MD3WZU, during excellent weather conditions. During the night and for most of the operating day a gale or strong winds were experienced; fortunately the dipole survived unscathed! Forty-nine contacts were made on 80m with the IOM station putting out a strong signal throughout Britain. In addition to Mike, RAFARS and IOMARS members Arthur GD3TNS, Wilf GD0IFU and Alan GD0MWL were present on the day. The assistance given and interest shown by Jack MD3WZU was very much appreciated and welcomed. Mike has GB0AOA for the rest of the year and plans to operate with the same call sign from Andreas and Jurby and possibly once again from Ronaldsway.

Manx Emergency Communications Meeting

Please remember that this Wednesday 16-April-08 @ 19:30hrs the second meeting of “Manx Emergency Communications” will take place at the Foxdale shack.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Permitted Developments on the Isle of Man

The following extract comes from the IOM Government Permitted Developments Document
this is posted on the Government Web Site. It may be of interest to local Amateurs as it talks about the erection of antennas and satellite dishes.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

RSGB Circular about RAYNET groups

The attached circular has been sent by the RSGB to Society/Club secretaries and it talks about changes underway to amalgamate all the different emergency communications groups.
Interestingly our committee was discussing these issues at the last meeting.


Thursday, April 03, 2008

Full Licence Examination

There will be a Full Licence Examination on Thursday 22nd May @ 18:30hrs. If you have not made it known to the Society that you would like to sit this examination please do so ASAP. An e-mail to will be fine.

Mobile Shack!

Recent discussions have taken place about the possibility of having a mobile shack on the Island to use for field events, promoting Amateur Radio etc.
I attach details of one member’s suggestion.

mobile shack