Saturday, December 29, 2012

Go Box project for your portable radios

The European Radio Amateurs' Organisation has an interesting video about a "Go Box" project:


Radio Amateur breaks the news of the Falklands Invasion

Without Amateur Radio the UK Government would not have been aware at an early stage of the Falklands Invasion.
See the BBC report on this event:
BBC News

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Raspberry Pi and Amateur Radio

ICQ Amateur Radio Podcast talks about using the Raspberry Pi for Amateur radio projects.
This podcast is made in the UK and is interesting and well produced, listen to the pre-Christmas edition at:
ICQ Podcast

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Try an Irish 80m contest on 1st January!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Christmas to all Radio Amateur's

  May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A new callsign database

While this may seem old news to some amateurs, I have only just been made aware of an Amateur Radio callsign database which has been established this year after acquiring callsign information (without permission) from
Because the information for "" was obtained without permission, much of the data is displayed inaccurately (as was my own information). Why not check to see if your callsign is available on the database; should you wish you can edit the data or request that it be removed.
I asked for my information to be removed and received a prompt response from the owners who complied with my request.
(John GD0NFN)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Become a doomsday radio station!

The end of the World is forecast to be Friday 21-12-12. There will be lots of stations on the air for their last QSO; why not join in and register your station on:
The end of the World
and call CQ Doomsday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

In the shack on Christmas Eve

What would you like for Christmas?

Just play the video!

472 KHz Amateur Band

Notice of variation:

472 KHz

(RSGB News)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AGM - Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society

The Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society held it’s 64 AGM on Tuesday 11th December 2012.

The following was noted from the meeting:
About 20 people attended the meeting.
The Secretary read the minutes of the last AGM.
The Chairman reported as follows:
A repeater update was made available from the repeater keeper and this regretted no progress with GB3GD and GB3IM antenna situation (Snaefell), see
A brief comment was made about the “State of the Society”.
It was noted that the mobile shack is almost completed and is now located with Mike Webb, it is expected to be used during 2013 at some events.
Two new radio’s (FT897’s) have been purchased for the Society use, after the sale of older equipment the Society funded £15 towards the purchase cost.
Note was made of some events which had taken place during 2012.
The Foxdale shack has been re-organised and improved.
The Society held one training course during the year and two candidates achieved Foundation status.
The Society will celebrate it’s 65 year by holding a special event station, previous Society members will be welcomed to this event.
The Chairman's award was presented to the Secretary - Andy Morgan.
Mike Webb (co-opted on to the committee) stated that he had made his contact details available so that he could raise concerns about the Society with the committee, he stated that he had received no emails or phone calls and that he was aware of a small group of individuals who were unhappy about certain matters.
Treasures report stated that there were 32 registered member during the year and the Society was in a strong financial state with some £4,286 available.
The Secretary reported that as there were no nominations received for Committee membership and therefore the current committee should continue to be in office, this was proposed by Rose Caine and seconded by Mike Webb.
It was proposed by Andy Morgan and seconded by Steve Kelly that Mike Webb previously co-opted on to the Committee should now become a full committee member this was accepted by the meeting.
AOB proposed changes to the Society constitution as follows:
The statement that the repeater keeper will be appointed was amended.
The statement about members subscriptions was amended.
The statement about responsibilities of the QSL manager was amended.
Written details of these changes are to be made available.
Please be aware that the above details represent an attenders view of the meeting and are not to be considered as an official record; formal minutes of the meeting are expected to become available to members of the Society.