IARU Aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions

30 June 2017
For immediate release 

IARU Aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions

As the global federation of national associations of radio amateurs in more than 150 countries, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for many years has provided frequency coordination services for amateur satellites free of charge. Often these satellites are constructed by students at universities and other institutions as a part of their educational experience. In general, they have been licensed to operate in the amateur-satellite service, which is defined by the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as having the "...purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest."

Some administrations have issued experimental licenses for such satellites operating in amateur-satellite frequency bands. The IARU has coordinated these satellites as well, to reduce the possibility of harmful interference that might result from uncoordinated operation. Since 1 July 2014 it has not been possible to coordinate experimental satellites in the 144-146 MHz band because of the high probability of harmful interference in this heavily used band.

Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch opportunities have increased. In 2012 the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference took note of the proliferation of what in Resolution 757 (WRC-12) it called "nanosatellites and picosatellites" and invited WRC-18 (now scheduled for 2019) to consider steps to facilitate their deployment and operation. Two Reports, ITU-R SA.2312 (09/2014) and ITU-R SA.2348 (05/2015), are instructive regarding the characteristics, definitions, spectrum requirements, and notification procedures of and for such satellites, which generally must use spectrum below 1 GHz for operational reasons.

At the following WRC in 2015, in place of Resolution 757 the Member States of the ITU adopted Resolution 659 (WRC-15) in which it was noted that the use of 144-146 MHz and 435-438 MHz by non-amateur satellites is not in accordance with the definition of the amateur-satellite service in the Radio Regulations. Resolution 659 cites the two reports mentioned above and makes it clear that the spectrum needs of what are now called "non-geostationary satellites with short duration missions" should be met either within the service in which the space station is operating or within the space operation service. Further, if new or upgraded allocations to the space operation service are required, studies should be limited to the frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.

Accordingly, effective 1 August 2017 the IARU will be following revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination.

The strong preference is for all satellites using spectrum allocated to the amateur and amateur-satellite services to operate under amateur licenses and within the definition of the amateur-satellite service and the service-specific Article 25 of the Radio Regulations. The IARU believes the definition is sufficiently broad to encompass nearly all educational satellite projects that include giving students hands-on experience with radiocommunication and are conducted under an amateur license.

The IARU will only coordinate a non-amateur satellite if an administration directs in writing that it be operated in an amateur-satellite band under an experimental or other non-amateur license.

Satellites with combined amateur and non-amateur missions will continue to be coordinated.


Dear Members,

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society will be held as follows :- 


20th May 2017 @Saturday


10 a.m until 1 p.m


MCMC Cyberjaya (Old MCMC Building),




2.921547, 101.663731


1.  Welcome speech by the President.

2. To receive and adopt the minutes of year 2015 Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, 27th February 2016 at Setiawangsa MSN Sports Complex.

3.  To receive and adopt the Honorary Secretary's Report for year 2016

4.  To receive and adopt the Honorary Treasurer's Report for year 2016 and audited financial statement for the year end 31st December 2016

5.  To discuss matter arising from the minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting.

6.  To discuss on proposals.

7.  Any other matters.


PLEASE R.S.V.P ANY RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION SHALL BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING BEFORE MAY 15, 2017 BY E-MAIL TO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Membership Renewal Notice

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ü  Or enclose a check/postal order/money order made payable to Malaysian Amateur Radio  Transmitters' Society.

ü  Or Bank in to Maybank Account No. 5-14093-22069-6 (MSIAN AMATEUR RADIO) 

ü  You also may renew at registration counter before the AGM starts.






[Official Results for Mobile Fox Hunt & EMCOMM Go Kit Competition 2017] 

Mobile Fox Hunt 

1) Pradas Fox's - 2 hrs 58 minutes (5 beacons found)
2) KRASB 1 - 4 hrs 56 minutes ( 3 beacons found) 


Portable Category
1st - REMCOMM 2
2nd - GESS
3rd -KRASB2

Base Category
1st - REMCOMM 1

Mobile Category
1st - KLDX
2nd - REMCOMM 3





MARTS would like to extend our appreciations and congratulations to Perak Ham Radio Fair 2017 organizing committee which was held at RTC Gopeng Perak on 1 and 2 April 2017.

Many thanks to the Perak State Government through Dato' Nolee Radzi as a Chairman for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Perak along with Tourism Perak, RTC Gopeng, FAMA PERAK , PWD, and all government agencies and non-governmental organizations for their supports and cooperation given.

It’s clearly illustrated the solidarity when the program received full cooperation from active association of amateur radio nationwide.

Not forgetting all the sponsors who have contributed in the form of money or goods.

The program also recognizes the contribution of Elmers (9M2RR, 9W2NB and 9M2CW) in the development of amateur radio Perak.

In addition, two meetings were held during the event to discuss on further collaboration between the MARTS, REAKSI, AMSAT-MY and USM in amateur radio satellite program and collaboration with Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur for exhibition in Japan Ham Fair 2017 this year.

Hopefully this program can be implemented each year and provide positive impact on society and the country in particular.

Thanks to all who attended and gave support.



Welcoming amateur radio members from Indonesia

Welcoming amateur radio members from Indonesia OM YB0NSI and YB0NDN.

It was pleasure attending the eyeball, we had very fruitful discussions.


Credit photos 9m2vdx


The Scout Association of Malaysia recognize MARTS

[16th December 2016 | Olympic Sports Hotel Kuala Lumpur ]

The Scout Association of Malaysia has officially recognized Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) for actively involved in making a significant contribution to scout with a memorable and valuable amateur radio experience. The cooperation between Scouts and MARTS has introduced the science, technology, fun and excitement of amateur radio to the youth. The development in amateur radio Malaysia has greatly increased since 1952. 

MARTS appreciates The Scouts Association of Malaysia for the special award received during ceremony held at Olympic Sports Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 16th September 2016. President of MARTS Haji Mohd Aris Bernawi received the award witnessed by MARTS Ex Treasurer 9W2SQ and 9W2ZF council member. 

Congratulation to 9M6MZ Datuk Dr Awang Zaini Haji Suntim (President of Sabah Scout Amateur Radio Society) for also received the best personality award.




















Notice : Frequency updates for 9M4RLG

Dear Members,

Due to unexpected interference received at Link Repeater 9M4RLG, we decided to swap the frequency used by 9M2RUK to be programmed into 9M4RLG repeater. Therefore, 9M2RUK repeater has been temporary shut down until further notice.

Members may no need to change the frequency on you transceiver as you may use the existing 9M2RUK frequency as usual. 




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