Archive for August 2014

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Posted August 23, 2014 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized

GB4JDF Special Event Station – Sunday 24 August

GB4JDF Special Event Station will be on air on Sunday 24 August 09:00hrs – 17:00hrs in memory of Joey Dunlop MBE, and in support of the Joey Dunlop Foundation(website


Once again the station will be manned by members of the Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society.

A very limited edition QSL card is available for all stations who work us.

If you would like to help operating please contact Stuart Hill GD0OUD or David Cain 2D0YLX.

Dave Cain 2D0YLX
Chairman, IOMARS

Posted August 19, 2014 by David Cain in Uncategorized

Thank You! GT1IOM/p ~ Island at War ~

On behalf of the Royal British Legion and the committee of IOMARS I would like to thank everyone that took part in the special station at Port Erin tis weekend.

There was a large number of visitors to the mobile shack – on it’s first public outing since completion, and to the table inside with “show and tell” morse demonstations. We had visitors of all ages, and many local and visiting amateurs also popped in to say hello.

Operators and Helpers:

Dave 2D0YLX, Steve GD7DUZ, Dave MD6TSW, Suzanne (our Land Army Gal) SWL, Stuart GD0OUD, Arthur GD3TNS, Barry MD6KBW, John GD4RAG, Matty MD0MAN, Alan GD0MWL, Mike GD0HYM, John GD0TFG (the Bank Manager!) and not forgetting the shack guard – Bonnie the Jack Russell.

We have already been asked to do the same again next year, so plans commence now for a biger and better display of radio memorabilia and relics from the wars. Thanks especially to Arthur for the loan of his display case and copies of various wartime artifacts.

Dave 2D0YLX

Chairman IOMARS

Posted August 18, 2014 by David Cain in Uncategorized

Ham radio goes around the Moon …… Not just to it.

Towards the end of the year, radio amateurs will have the opportunity to receive what must be the ultimate DX from a ham radio payload transmitting the data mode JT65B as it flies around the Moon 

Beijing plans to send a lunar orbiter around the Moon carrying a 14 kg battery powered payload known as 4M-LXS which was developed at LuxSpace. The amateur radio payload will transmit a JT65B signal on 145.990 MHz which can be decoded by radio amateurs using the free WJST software. 

The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing’s new lunar probe Chang’e-5, which will be tasked with landing on the moon, collecting samples and returning to Earth. The launch, planned for 4th qtr 2014, is aimed at testing the technologies that are vital for the success of Chang’e-5. The orbiter will be launched into Lunar Transfer Orbit (LTO) then will perform a flyby around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere after 9 days.

The orbiter arrived in Xichang, Sichuan on Sunday, August 10 and was then transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

Beijing to test recoverable moon orbiter

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Pages

Free WSJT Software

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Posted August 14, 2014 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized

Club Night – Tuesday 12th August

The next club meeting at Tromode will be a talk and demonstration by John Dowling GD0TFG on the use of oscilliscopes for Amateur Radio.

Please arrive promptly for a 7.30pm start – once John starts there will be no stopping him 🙂 He will bring several examples of ‘scopes, both traditional and electronic. There will be a practical session at the end of the evening where members will be given the chance of “playing” with a scope.

Dave Cain 2D0YLX

Chairman IOMARS


Posted August 7, 2014 by David Cain in Uncategorized

For Sale (on IoM)


Vector Network Analyser
Covers 1KHz to 1 GHZ
Powered by USB. Measures S11, S21 and VSWA in one sweep.
Basic Spectrum Analyser up to 100MHz.
Distance to Fault measurement.
Comes with all leads, instructions, and standard calibrations attachments.

Kenwood MC60 desk mic New never used £65

Phone Godfrey GD4EIP 413036

Posted August 2, 2014 by David Cain in Uncategorized