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.

Read more: Malaysian SET faces propagation, storms and antenna issues




The MARTS provides a service for its members to exchange QSL cards at a fraction of the cost of sending them direct.

Most national radio societies operate bureaus, some making an extra charge for this service.

The MARTS provides the bureau as part of its membership services, so only members may send cards to the bureau for distribution.

It should be borne in mind that this is a volunteer service and is not necessarily the quickest way of sending and receiving cards.

Although the sending of QSL cards through the QSL bureau is a members only benefit, MARTS offers a card receive facility for non-members, allowing them to collect incoming cards but not send, a free service as a contribution to the community.

A list of Call signs of non-members' QSL cards received by the bureau will be posted on MARTS' Website and the owners of these call signs are kindly requested to contact MARTS' QSL manager to collect them.

All QSL cards from MARTS members destined for distribution for amateurs in all parts of the world are sent to the MARTS QSL Bureau at this address.


Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society
PO Box 10777, 50724 Kuala Lumpur

QSL Manager:
9M2CJ Thiam

EU praises Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Conference in Bulgaria has heard the Amateur Radio given during emergencies described as ?radio messengers in times of trouble and hope.

The message came from Dr Kristalina Georgieva, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

The speech acknowledged that the timing for the gathering could not be more indicative for the world we live in and the challenges faced today.

Dr Georgieva said the world has never been better connected and wired, in a way that was only dreamed about in novels.

“Never before, we had this privilege to transmit or exchange information with such accuracy, speed and scope of distribution.

“And never before so many people from all corners of the world and all layers of the society had access to this information, she said in a speech read by Encho Gospodinov of the EU Commission.

However, there are moments when a good, stable, reliable and independent information tool is the only one we can use to save lives. And this is the one we call simply the radio.”

Read more: EU praises Amateur Radio Emergency Communications


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.


Malaysia National Day DX 2014

National list 9m57 2014

DX groups from all over Malaysia will be use the following special callsigns to commemorate the 57th Anniversary of Malaysia independence. DX calls will begin from 0001hrs 30 August 2014 to 2359hrs August 2014. QSL via Bureau... thanks and good luck



+ MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint 2300Z, Sep 1 to 0300Z, Sep 2
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Sep 2
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 3 and
    1900Z-2000Z, Sep 3 and
    0300Z-0400Z, Sep 4
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Sep 4 (CW) and
    1800Z-1900Z, Sep 4 (SSB) and
    1900Z-2000Z, Sep 4 (FM) and
    2000Z-2100Z, Sep 4 (Dig)
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Sep 5
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 5
+ G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest 2300Z, Sep 5 to 2300Z, Sep 7
+ Russian RTTY WW Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 6
+ All Asian DX Contest, Phone 0000Z, Sep 6 to 2400Z, Sep 7
+ CWOps CW Open 0000Z-0359Z, Sep 6 and
    1200Z-1559Z, Sep 6 and
    2000Z-2359Z, Sep 6
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0629Z, Sep 6 and
    0630Z-0659Z, Sep 6 and
    0700Z-0729Z, Sep 6 and
    0730Z-0800Z, Sep 6
+ IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB 1300Z, Sep 6 to 1259Z, Sep 7
+ AGCW Straight Key Party 1300Z-1600Z, Sep 6
+ RSGB SSB Field Day 1300Z, Sep 6 to 1300Z, Sep 7
+ Ohio State Parks on the Air 1600Z-2400Z, Sep 6
+ PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80m Sprint 2000 local, Sep 6 to 0200 local, Sep 7
+ North American Sprint, CW 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 7
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Sep 7
+ Tennessee QSO Party 1800Z, Sep 7 to 0300Z, Sep 8
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 10 and
    1900Z-2000Z, Sep 10 and
    0300Z-0400Z, Sep 11
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, SSB 1900Z-2000Z, Sep 10
+ QRP Fox Hunt 0100Z-0230Z, Sep 12
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 12
+ WAE DX Contest, SSB 0000Z, Sep 13 to 2359Z, Sep 14
+ FOC QSO Party 0000Z-2359Z, Sep 13
+ SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest 1000Z, Sep 13 to 1000Z, Sep 14
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Sep 13 to 2400Z, Sep 14
+ Arkansas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 13 to 0200Z, Sep 14
+ ARRL September VHF Contest 1800Z, Sep 13 to 0300Z, Sep 15
+ North American Sprint, SSB 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 14
+ Swiss HTC QRP Sprint 1300Z-1900Z, Sep 14
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 17 and
    1900Z-2000Z, Sep 17 and
    0300Z-0400Z, Sep 18
+ NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Sep 18
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 19
+ ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest 0600 local, Sep 20 to 2400 local, Sep 21
+ Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW 1200Z, Sep 20 to 1200Z, Sep 21
+ SRT HF Contest SSB 1300Z, Sep 20 to 1300Z, Sep 21
+ QRP Afield 1500Z, Sep 20 to 0300Z, Sep 21
+ Washington State Salmon Run 1600Z, Sep 20 to 2400Z, Sep 21
+ BARTG Sprint 75 1700Z-2100Z, Sep 21
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Sep 22
+ 144 MHz Fall Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 22
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Sep 24 and
    1900Z-2000Z, Sep 24 and
    0300Z-0400Z, Sep 25
+ RSGB 80m Club Sprint, CW 1900Z-2000Z, Sep 25
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder 0145Z-0215Z, Sep 26
+ CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY 0000Z, Sep 27 to 2400Z, Sep 28
+ Texas QSO Party 1400Z, Sep 27 to 0200Z, Sep 28 and
    1400Z-2000Z, Sep 28
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Sep 27 (144) and
    1700Z-1800Z, Sep 27 (432)
+ 222 MHz Fall Sprint 1900 local - 2300 local, Sep 30



Read more: AUGUST 2014 CONTESTS

Local radio ham operators can help in emergencies

MALACCA: Malaysia has 11,626 amateur radio ham operators who can offer help during emergencies or natural disasters.

Head of the Malaysian Commu­nications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) southern region Roszeta Kassim, said of the total, peninsula Malaysia had 9,919 operators.

Sabah had 1,487 and Sarawak had 220, she said. Amateur radio is a scientific hobby that involves construction, study and communication through means of radio waves that brings together fellow enthusiasts who use a set of pre-determined and allowed radio frequencies.

Roszeta said amateur radio operators played an important role in helping the authorities during emergencies and disasters.

“For example, when Johor was hit by the big floods in 2007, a group of amateur radio operators offered assistance as the cellular network was disrupted,” she said.

She said Malaysians aged 14 and above were eligible to become amateur radio operators after passing a MCMC-conducted test.

“Each operator will then be assigned a ‘call sign’ as a unique identity in the amateur radio frequency bands.

“They are allowed to communicate on any subject except politics, religion, commercial dealings and pornography. The operators must self-regulate.

“If other operators were to bring up the issues concerned, they must reprimand them. If the issues are serious, it must be reported to MCMC for further action,” she said. — Bernama