Valve / Tubes wanted

I am looking to buy some spare valves for my ageing amp.

If you have some spare 572B’s or (I believe their equivalent T160L’s) I would be interested in buying them.

call Andy  GD1MIP(at) or   telephone 412 711


572B  T160L

Many of you know we have a gem in a local operator who is the keeper of the amateur radio repeaters on the Isle of Man, namely Dave GD4HOZ. The society tries to support him in all things ‘repeater’ but remember the society does not own the repeaters.

Dave has also provided us with a web page to view namely

Two pages listed below may well answer any questions people have been asking.  and



I have just worked Ken, VE3VC on 20mtrs CW. He is ex – GD3IBQ, does anyone remember him? Or is it down to the font of all Knowledge, Arthur? The trouble is, he doesn’t read these forums, so I’ll have to ask him on the early morning IM net.


Stuart, GD0OUD

Foundation course results for 13/10/2012

A course was concluded and an exam held today for three candidates.
We had two passes, and sadly one candidate who just missed out.
We hope the ‘third man’ will give it another shot ASAP.
In the meantime congratulations Mark and Neil, watch out for two new MD6 calls soon.
The society wishes to thank the Civil defence for their hospitality and the following members for giving their time to help.
GD3TNS Arthur, GD7DUZ Steve, 2D0JEA Jeanie, GD0OUD Stuart, GD6ICR Mike, 2D0YLX Dave and GD1MIP Me. And of course Peter MD6IOM, AKA the tea lad.

New club equipment

At the Tromode meeting this evening (09/10/2012) the society unveiled its latest equipment.

Two new Yaesu FT897D HF / VHF / UHF transceivers purchased from LAM communications. We hope to put them to good use.

Five new satellites ‘launched’ from the back of the International Space station – can be picked up with 1/4 wave whip and basic receiver – FunCube Dongle will be ideal!!!

Five new satellites ‘launched’ from the back of the International Space station – can be picked up with 1/4 wave whip and basic receiver – FunCube Dongle will be ideal!!!

Some images here:-

On October 4, 2012 five CubeSats were successfully deployed from the International Space Station (ISS). The first pod containing RAIKO and WE-WISH was deployed at 1437 UT while the second pod containing FITSAT-1, F-1 and TechEdSat deployed at 1544 UT.

Howard Long, G6LVB (designer of the satellite tracking interface I use), as well as the FunCube Dongle Pro and Pro + has a video here, picking up one of these satellites with the new version of the dongle, and a simple 1/4 wave antenna on a baking tray sat on his balcony 🙂

FITSAT-1 has an array of ultra bright LED’s, and under good viewing conditions will be visible to the naked eye – so can send CW as it moves in an arc across the sky!!

There will soon be kepler elements listed, so we can work out pass times for these satellites, until then – if we use the position info for ISS, we shouldn’t be too far out.



Mobile shack has first outing

Stuart Hill and Andy Morgan are pleased to announce that the mobile shack survived a 6 mile test run around the north of the island.

We even included it’s fist radio contact with MT0GLK. Castle Rushen High School radio club and Matty MD0MAN.

We now look forward to the final electrical installation and it can then be used for /P operating (oh and a tin of paint).