Archive for November 2018

N-phobia   1 comment

I recently had the need to purchase a new 2/70 colinear antenna. The previous one had lasted 28 years, and survived being erected at three different properties.

I ordered one from a very well-known emporium (no advertising, I’m not on commission). I spoke to a very helpful person in the sales department. She took my order, and said she would include an N-type to SO239 adapter for free. She was quite taken aback when I said I would not need one as I would be fitting an N-type plug to the coax.

She said every antenna left the store with an adapter as using a PL259 on the coax was almost universal.

Is this the case? Is there something difficult about fitting the N-type plug? Please let me know what I am missing.

Stuart, GD0OUD

P.S. I was still sent an adapter. This is of such poor quality I would insult the bin if I threw it away. If I remember, I’ll bring it down to the shack so everyone can go “OOOOOOOH” at it.


Posted November 22, 2018 by Stuart GD0OUD in Uncategorized

RSGB Clubs Newsletter – December 2018   Leave a comment

Posted November 14, 2018 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized

QSL Sub-manager details for GD-MD-2D. Important information.   Leave a comment

Martyn Parnell is not the QSL sub-manager for the Isle of Man, despite what the RSGB website says.

A new manager has been put in post. Full details will be circulated as soon as possible.



Edit 19th November 2018.


Please follow this link for the QSL contact details.. ..




Posted November 13, 2018 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized

IOMARS please to announce new Foundation Course in December   Leave a comment

IOMARS are running a foundation course based at the Shack in Ballasalla on Wednesday nights. The theory course will be on the 8/9 the of December at the shack with the exam at 14:00 on Sunday the 9th December 2018. The cost will be £27.50 for members and £37.50 for non members. We can’t do the practical on air until you are registered and need to give at least 2 weeks notice to the RSGB for the exam. I would ask you to fill in the attached application form ASAP and get it to the IOMARS along with payment either via the shack on Wednesday or any committee member. We will not be able to take any applications after November the 24th. It will be in time for Christmas so you can tell your relatives you want that new rig for Christmas.Any queries please email

Posted November 11, 2018 by nb1302 in Uncategorized

Members Notice. AGM.   Leave a comment

The 2018 IOMARS AGM is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 11th December 2018, 19:30 hours at the sea cadet building Tromode.

The agenda so far…..

1. Chairmans report.
2. Treasurers report.
3. Election of committee for the following year.
4. Other business.

If you want anything adding to the agenda or wish to volunteer yourself or nominate a member for a role within the IOMARS then please email or speak to a committee member.

Thanks see you all there.

Posted November 3, 2018 by Andy GD1MIP in Uncategorized