Tuesday, December 20, 2011

IOMARS Constitution


Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Ham radio licenses hit an all-time high


Sunday, December 04, 2011

UK TETRA failed again!

When all your eggs are in one basket what can you expect!!
I think there are things to learn from this article.



FT450d and FT736 for sale.

For Sale:
FT450D only two months old with ten months warranty outstanding; Boxed.
Open to reasonable offers.

FT736 2m/70cm multimode. Open to reasonable offers.

Please contact:
Mike Webb gd6icr@manx.net or 499146 mobile.

Monday, November 21, 2011

An antenna for mobile use!

This would fit the mobile shack.


Or maybe this!


Friday, November 04, 2011

The Star of India 148th Birthday

The Star of India is the oldest active sailing ship in the World and it was launched from Ramsey Shipyard in November 1863.
The ship is now in San Diego, California and on 12th and 13th November it will be sailing with an Amateur Radio station on board using the callsign NS6OI.
The radio station will operate from 16:00z to 23:00z as follows:
SSB 14.275mhz and 28.350mhz
CW (every 2 hours) 14.035mhz and 28.025mhz

NS6OI QSL cards will be sent to stations which provide their QSL card and a SASE.
The mailing address for QSL cards is:
Star of India Amateur Radio Club/NS6OI
1492 Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
The IOMARS are planning to set up a special event station from Ramsey Coast Guard Station.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

? more toys may be required in the future!!

Success in Europe

During the meeting of the CEPT WRC-12 Conference Preparatory Group held in Bucharest between November 1st-4th 2011 an European Common Proposal was agreed.

This ECP represents the block vote of 48 administrations and was passed without dissent. It proposes an allocation to the amateur service between 472-480 kHz on a secondary basis with a maximum power limit of 5W eirp.

This ECP will now be forwarded to the ITU as a contribution from CEPT.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who participated in the work of the working group that led to the adoption of this proposal. Also thanks are due to those European Member Societies who helped to influence their national administrations in this matter.

Now for WRC-12.

Colin, G3PSM

CEPT Co-ordinator for Agenda Item 1.23

From: International Amateur Radio Union Region 1

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Amateur Radio 1979 - ? have things changed?


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Region one suffer a lot of illegal RF

This report may be of interest to Amateurs as it shows that a great deal of illegal transmitting takes place on the bands.


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

When TETRA fails to do the job!

The IOM Government relies on one radio communications system (TETRA) for all it's first responder services, this is a digital uhf system which is not always suitable for the job in hand. Backup to this system depends on mobile phones, again unsuited to many emergency communication needs!

A woman suffered suspected spinal injuries and was airlifted to hospital

after falling at Glen Rushen Mines on Sunday afternoon.

She fell around five metres while on a family walk, landing in a stream

and was complaining of back pain whist slipping in and out of


Firefighters and paramedics worked together to rescue the woman and,

although they had to leave their vehicles a quarter of a mile from the

incident and proceed on foot, emergency crews were met by off-road

motorcyclists who quickly guided them to the casualty.

They were also helped by the Laxey Mines Research Group, who were

working on a project in the area, and a local farmer.

Communications via radio were often hampered by the steep sides of the

glen blocking the radio signal.

The Fire and Rescue Service is thanking all those involved”.

(Manx Radio 04-10-11)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

T32C DXpedition to Kiritimati

Keep an eye on their website for the latest news:
Bob MD0CCE will be on this trip and he advises that the group will be on the lookout for UK callsigns GDs, MDs, 2D, will be well received.

Get your antenna sorted out for 28th September to 26th October.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Bicycle Mobile Radio

Fresh air, radio and fun!!


Saturday, September 03, 2011

Latest news sheet from the IOMARS

Here we have the latest information from the Society



Saturday, August 20, 2011


ComReg grants EI amateurs up to 1500 watts in contests

A few months ago the Irish Radio Transmitters Society announced that, after some two years of negotiations, Irish regulator ComReg had agreed that EI licensees would be allowed to run high power in specified contests. Everything then went quiet for a couple of months, but ComReg has now published a document on their web site implementing the change. Consequently, suitably equipped Irish contesters are now able to run 1500 watts in major HF contests and 1000 watts in VHF/UHF contests. The list of permitted events is similar to the one in which UK stations may use short contest callsigns, although more contests could be added to the list in due course. Interestingly, the increased power limit applies to 4m and the whole of the 160m band, but, curiously, not the 10m band.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

RSGB Members are usually 50-60yrs old & 98% male

The RSGB 2011 annual survey makes interesting reading;


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CB changes

European Union gets 27 MHz SSB CB

The ECC Decision (11)03 of June 24, 2011 paves the way for the use of 27 MHz SSB CB across the British Isles and Europe.

It permits the use of SSB equipment running 12 watts PEP output in the frequency band 26.960 - 27.410 MHz.

The ECC Decision came into force on June 24, 2011 and the preferred date for implementation of this ECC Decision by national administrations is October 1, 2011.

Read the ECC Decision ECC/DEC/(11)03 - The harmonised use of frequencies for Citizens’ Band (CB) radio equipment

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gb4mnh special event station

Gb4mnh will not be on the air this weekend as a result of unavailable Society members.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

RSGB Headlines

Sunday 5th June 2011
The news headlines:
• South Coast Olympic comms tests on 70cm this week
• New ARISS contact record
• Luso Tower sold
As previously announced, the RSGB has been approached by Ofcom to determine sections of the 70cm band that could be released for a limited period around the Olympic Games. The RSGB has has now received an update that the first communications tests for the Olympics affecting 70cm will take place in the Weymouth and Portland area between Friday 3 June and Wednesday 8 June. These will take the form of spot frequency telemetry transmissions in the range 431 to 432MHz plus some more limited activity around 436MHz. All amateurs are requested to respect these tests and not interfere with them. We understand that OFCOM have advised the Olympics organising committee that this spectrum should not be used for this purpose during the actual Games, although further tests may take place later this year.

After spending 157 days aboard the International Space Station, ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA answered questions of students from 45 different schools, setting a new ARISS record for a single astronaut. Expedition 26/27 established a new ARISS record, working 77 schools in 68 radio contacts during the mission.

The RSGB is pleased to report a great deal of interest in the Luso tower described in this month’s RadCom. Several members have expressed an interest in the 36m tower and we can report that it has been sold at the price originally paid for it.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region 1 newsletter is now available online on the IARUMS website, www.iarums-r1.org. You can see detailed reports from the national coordinators within Region 1.

The RSGB CW National Field Day finishes at 1500UTC today, 5 June, and stations will be looking to collect as many points as possible. QSOs on 160 and 10m count as double points and so expect the 10m band to be particularly popular. Results will appear in due course on the RSGB Contest Committee website.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

GB3GD Repeater back in use

Our 2mtr repeater on Snaefell is now active once again... on a temporary basis for now, but at least "GB3GD" is just about workable. It has been given a temporary home on the west leg at a height of 6m, much lower than planned. Myles Ellis completed the install this morning and hopefully when the weather (wind) is acceptable they will complete full installation. Dave GD4HOZ will be testing the PC and logic control in the next few weeks to make sure all is well on top.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Birthday Present?

Thinking of new toys for the shack have a look at the latest Amateur Radio Equipment available for your enjoyment!

Radio Equipment

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


The special event callsign GB4MNH will once again be active on the 25th and 26th of June from the Old Grammar School in Castletown.
This is a IOMARS event to participate in "International Museums Weekend 2011"

To make this a successful event for the Society we need support from our local Amateur community. Please put the dates in your diary and turn up to help with this event.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

RSGB General Manager

RSGB General Manager Peter Kirby, RSGB General Manager, has left the Society’s employment after the discovery of financial irregularities on his part.
For the time being, RSGB Director Don Beattie, G3BJ, will act as General Manager.
At this difficult time for the Society can I ask that everyone supports Don in his role.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who is looking at the Blog this month?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sea Water Antenna

When you go to play on the beach take your radio and a sea water antenna!!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Japanese Earthquake

following information received from Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP of JARL 
these frequencies are known to be in use for the response to the 
Japanese earthquake.

7043 kHz SSB controled by JR3QHQ the Osaka branch manager of JARL He is 
gathering incident information on radio and forwarding this information 
onto the internet.

7075 kHz SSB is operated by JL3YSP in Wakayama occasionally.

7030 kHz which is the JARL emergency communication frequency in their 
bandplan is in use by JA7RL (JARL regional HQ station).

The last frequency is particularly QRP relevant. There are obviously 
propagation factors which would limit their range but would all amateurs 
please make every effort to avoid interfering with emergency 
communications on these frequencies.

Thanks & 73,
Greg, G0DUB
IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Allstar Network

Following the excellent presentation last night (8th March) by GD0HOZ (Dave) on the topic of the Isle of Man 70cm repeater network, we were asked to put on the Blog internet links for the Allstar system.

http://stats.allstarlink.org/ will give you a view of all the live nodes with their node numbers; this link will also allow you access to a live graphic presentation of node activity.

https://allstarlink.org/ allows licenced amateurs to login into Allstar and activate the web based terminal so that you can link to the system on line at any time.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Repeater News

News and update regarding the Snaefell repeaters going back to full power.

Since my last missive there has not been a great deal to report regarding the site – bad weather has really hampered any progress to the amateur repeaters by engineers, and really only emergency repairs and maintenance have been carried out on essential emergency service’s equipment.

Snaefell is a very hostile place in winter, and especially so after the winter we have just had, and no one wishes the safety of engineers to be jeopardised.
However, I have kept a regular communications channel open with the site owners being the Isle of Man government, and I am assured now that our work is “priority one” with them. At present the government are undergoing mast checks on all sites around the island, and I am assured that when this is completed we will be given priority.

I am aware that the work has taken longer than usual to get to this state but we are being subsidised to the value of approximately 8,000.00 pounds sterling by the government to have the facility on Snaefell, so would beg your patients for a little while longer.

W Morgan Griffiths MD0DXW