Isle of Man nets

On Sundays at 1600 hrs (4pm) a rota of volunteers relay the RSGB Bulletin over the Manx repeater 70 cm network GB3IM (Douglas 430.8250/438.4250/110.9) (Ramsey 430.8250/438.4250/71.9) and GB7BR (Ramsey 430.9250/438.5250/CC3).

Tune in, catch up on the latest developments in the radio world and chat with other Island amateurs. All are welcome.

RNLI200 SOS Week 2024

It would be good to celebrate this as many other clubs throughout the British Isles will be doing; we have investigated having a station at a Lifeboat station but for various reasons it has proved unfeasible. A station can be operated by an individual or a group, and any location may be used, including home. Individuals and clubs are invited to register and follow events online. There is a certificate for participation.

Details are on Page 11 of the March Radcom, and it runs for the whole of May.

Another option would be participating in a Lifeboat Day, when the stations will be open and there would be public attending.

Comments would be welcomed.

Construction project

Interest has been shown in a project that would be useful to club members and also give useful experience to those members who have not done much in this area or would like to refresh their skills.

Initial thoughts are for some kind of QRP transceiver which could actually be used; there are some kits around from Pixie CW and sundry variants from £6 upwards with or without an enclosure to a 6-band SSB kit at around £60 that comes with a lot of surface-mount components but looks like a useable radio.

Any other suggestions are obviously welcomed, jus speak to a committee member or at Club night.

Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society 2024

Welcome to 2024; some hardy members attended the first meeting of the year in Ballasalla despite the cold with much convivial chat. I

This year there will be an event, talk or demonstration at the shack on the last Wednesday in the month. We already have a provisional program in place, but if any member would like to share expertise or have a particular aspect of Amateur Radio they would like aired then by all means get in touch with a committee member. If there is demand we may well schedule extra events.

This month on the 31st the indefatigable Richard GD8EXI will bring his analytical equipment along to the shack for a testing evening so bring along anything that might do with a check.


The Committee

Postponement of Brian King talk

It is with regret that Brian King’s talk on the Mary Rose next week 12th September has been postponed due to unexpected events beyond our control. We will advise when the talk will be re-scheduled. It is not certain that there will be a meeting at all at Tromode.

The Committee

RSGB Clarifies Candidates use of Radio under supervision

With the practicals being dropped recently just wanted to clarify the position on allowing foundation candidates to use an Advanced license call sign and equipment. This statement has been released by the RSGB to clarify Supervised operation of Foundation candidatesCommunications Manager | October 29, 2021We wish to retain the possibility for Foundation candidates to receive practical on-air training, under supervision, to illustrate the operating and licensing parts of the syllabus, although there is now no necessity to formally assess this.Before any Foundation student is allowed to operate a station under supervision, in accordance with Licence clause 3(3)(a), they must be registered on a recognised Foundation Licence Training Course, with a planned exam date.Licence clause 17 (dd) defines what a recognised Foundation course is i.e.“Recognised Foundation Training Course” means a training course which, if successfully completed, will lead to the person attending the course being issued with a Radio Amateurs’ Examination Pass Certificate which confirms that that person has achieved the level of competence required by Ofcom to be issued with a Foundation Licence;”Ofcom’s “Amateur Radio Licence – guidance” document in clause 2.50 further states:“If the Licence is an Amateur Radio (Full) or a Full (Club) Licence, a person on a Recognised Foundation Training Course as defined in clause 17(dd) of the licence, may use the station. This relates to the period of formal instruction. It is not intended to cover a licensee who decides to allow an unqualified person to use the station at any other time that they may choose.”It will be the responsibility each licensee (club or individual) to satisfy themselves that the supervised operation complies with the terms and conditions of the licence. Examples of how they might do this are to see evidence of a confirmed exam booking or evidence (e.g. an email from the course organiser) that the candidate is registered on a recognised training course as defined above.Tony Kent, G8PBHChair, Examination Standards CommitteeBasically nothing has changed and if a candidate is on a registered course with an exam date set then he/she can operate a radio under supervision.

RSGB Announcements on changes to Exams

The RSGB has announced the abolishment of the requirement of Practical Exams for the Foundation Exam this will now be a exam based license only. For further information please follow the link below.
In the same press release they also announced that the resumption of Face to Face exams . The Society also stated that it expected to phase out paper based exams in favour of Online based exams either at home or at clubs. For more information on this please follow the link below