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26-04-2004, 11:32 PM
For those who are keen to legally own, possess and use sophisticated radio-wireless set, advanced walkie talkies... and talk to ham-buddies within Klang Valley, the whole of Malaysia or even worldwide, please check out this website the website of Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (www.marts.org.my) or contact yours truly vide email. Neighbourhood watch will not be the same again :)

You can carry your handy sets, installed them in your car (and chat all the way to Perlis or JB), or have a home-base unit installed.

The least known mother-of-all-hobbies with 1300 elite members in Malaysia and 3.5 million around the globe.

GL ES GB BT HPE CUAGN SN BT 73 ES 88 VA (morse).

16-05-2004, 07:05 PM
Hi Shali,
Passed the RAE last Aug03..
Have sent in my Licence application..waiting for my Callsign..
After that I will keep in touch Ham style..!

17-05-2004, 11:38 AM
Actually at one time I was interested buy was put off at having to study Morse code for the test. Does anyone actually use that any more?

18-05-2004, 05:33 PM
Morse code or "CW" as we know it in the ham world is still very much in use. Hundreds of morse code traffic (as opposed to few voice chat) are heard on the radio at night, waiting to be picked up by any competent ham. I do claim to be one of the fastest morse code operator in town and I vouch the use of CW is very wide spread. Passing the 3 hour exam is more difficult to some people, not the morse test, which takes 6 minutes. Email me for more info.

Here is the ultimate reason for the use of morse code by hams- by one South African Ham:

The principle argument will run along the following lines: CW is a useful and popular mode of operation; the education and examination syllabus should include the basic abilities needed to use useful and popular modes; the ability to send and receive Morse code is necessary to operate CW; and therefore the education and examination syllabus should include the ability to send and receive Morse code.

CW is a Useful Mode - I do not claim that it is the "best" or "most useful" mode (whatever that might mean), or that it is more useful than other modes like SSB or the various digital modes. Indeed, I believe that all these modes have their rightful place in amateur radio. I think those who doubt whether CW is useful do so because they fail to look at CW in terms of our objectives as amateurs. Some of the opponents of Morse code testing note that most commercial and some military services no longer use CW, and provide that as "evidence" that the mode is no longer useful, or at least not "best of class." However commercial and military requirements and constraints are very different from those facing amateurs. For these services, traffic volume is often the most important consideration; there are rarely any power or equipment limitations; bandwidth limitations are less severe than in the amateur bands; good signals can often be assured by the use of very high power transmitters or satellite communications; and skilled operators are considered an unnecessary expense. However the requirements and constraints facing amateurs are very different, which means that the optimum mode of communication is also different, and in many cases it is CW. Well for the DXer, DX-pedition operator and contester, the primary consideration is rate - that is, the number of QSOs per hour. For the DXer rate matters because the greater the rate, the greater their chance of making a QSO and getting into the DX station's log. For the DX-pedition operator rate matters because the success of an expedition is often judged by the number of QSOs. And for the contester rate is (almost) everything. When it comes to QSO rate, CW and phone are about equally matched. For example in last year's IARU HF World Championships, where the phone and CW contests take place during the same 24 hour period and under the same propagation conditions, the top single-operator phone station was KH6ND with 2,451 QSOs, while the top single-operator CW station was P3F with 2,816 cw QSOs. One of the areas where CW is clearly superior to most other modes is bandwidth efficiency. CW can achieve a similar QSO rate to phone while accepting a channel spacing of 250 Hz or less, compared with the 2 500 Hz minimum required by phone. This means that the QSO rate per Hertz of bandwidth occupied is at least ten times greater for CW than it is for phone. The only other mode that can compete with this remarkable efficiency is PSK-31. Bandwidth efficiency is especially important in the amateur service given our limited amateur allocations. When it comes to weak-signal performance, CW is a clear leader on the HF bands. Listening tests have shown that SSB operator-to-operator grade service with 90% intelligibility of related words by trained operators requires a signal to noise ratio of 48 dB-Hz for a bandwidth of 3 KHz. For CW signals in a 250 Hz bandwidth the advantage over SSB is about 13 dB. In other words, to achieve the same intelligibility under poor conditions as a 100 W CW signal you would require a 2 KW SSB signal! CW transceivers also often have significantly lower power drain than multi-mode designs. This makes CW transceivers ideal for battery-powered "adventure radio" operations, for example for emergency operations. CW is an extremely Popular Mode - It may surprise you to discover just how popular a mode CW is. A recent multiple-choice survey on the ARRL web site, which was open to all amateurs (not just ARRL members), asked the question "what percentage of your operating time is spent using CW?". The results showed that [if] the survey was accurate then it would appear that 44% of amateurs spend more time on CW than on all other modes put together. Again, I am not arguing that CW is the most popular mode. Only that it is one of several popular modes.

20-05-2004, 08:49 PM

Got a call frm MCMC this afternoon..

My licence is in process of being issued..call sign

9W2-SSJ....(satish from subang jaya!)

ps..this lady called frm MCMC shah alam..I asked her if they have moved frm KL..she said yes..but their website still says Menara Dato Onn, which is still their HQ.

My Licence shud be ready mayb by tomm..she will call me back..

I am surprised at their efficiency..and calling my h/fone..
Previously..the gov staff never call u back..let alone h/fone..as its more costly than regular fone..

The new PM's machinery must be moving after all..!


20-05-2004, 10:57 PM
hmm, any requirement for this? expensive?

21-05-2004, 07:50 AM
No Romi-O,
Requirement is for you to pass an objective test..called the Radio Amateur Examination, conducted by MCMC held approx once a year. AFter passing this test, you will have to apply to MCMC for a Licence. Wz dz Licence, you can start transmiting on the Amateur allocated radio frequency band of 145 Megahertz.
MARTS..they have a repeater sets installed at a few places, so that even wz a small walkie talkie set..u can talk to another HAM guy say in Penang! Imagine the Handfone call savings.
After I get the Licence proper frm MCMC, I can go out shopping for a Walkie..Even at the top of Gunong Tahan.. Walkies will work while other Telcos signals are absent.
Shali is an expert..He can give some more inputs for you.

21-05-2004, 11:25 AM
satish, expert, :D

U wrote that u need a license to buy the walkie but is the normal motorola walkie now being sold the same as this walkie that u're going to buy?

All the while I thot that u need a few things like amp, etc to be a radio ham, unless tech is so advance nowadays that a walkie, just like a handphone, is sufficient... :p

My bro-in-law bought a walkie set & it worked wonders in shopping centres - can this be used on 145MH?

21-05-2004, 01:32 PM
I don't know what device this is but most probably a very high frequency radio. Can you believe me if I were to tell you I know this person (I was with him) who would sit in the playgorund at night and tune in to the plane frequency and hear every damned conversation happening in the cockpit whenever the plane fly by. Most probably he was the first person to hear about the case of the MAS steward rendezvous with the air stewardess now made famous by the release of the VCD. I shall stop at that as this is considered a taboo subject at this forum.

21-05-2004, 02:44 PM
ya, like the 1st time handphones were introduced in m'sia, there was this device that can listen to h'phone conversations as h'phone signals then were analogue.

22-05-2004, 12:35 AM
I'm afraid those are but some of the privileges of ham radio operators. Few years ago, they were vetted by Bukit aman before they could get their licenses and call-signs. Nowadays, as before, you need to sign the Official Secrets/Secrecy declaration.

Please do not confuse the Motorola walkie talkie sets that you see security guards and mamasan use. They are nothing but a UHF set with 2-3 channels. Hams like me have access to literally hundreds of frequencies, and that carries the right to monitor radio traffic for our experimentation with propagation, antennas and so on. Scanning for AM aviation frequency is nothing to shout about. We monitor war and merchant shipping traffic!

The activities of hams are monitored by the police and other agencies. I have no worries, and neither the 1550 members. Come and join this mother of all hobbies. The only hobby that requires you to be licensed by the authority (apart from keeping live crocs at home). Speak like a pro on the walkie talkie set and know how to operate advance radio communication sets at home, in your vehicle, on boats, travelling etc - forget the toys. Start by checking with other hams which road is jam with traffic and which to avoid and what alternative routes you can use. This is part of the real benefit of being a ham -- keeping in touch at the mere press of a button and its FREE.

I have on the air contact with Japan and Germany tonite. Will be contacting UK and France too. Care to join? ;)

23-05-2004, 10:47 AM
How do I become a Amateur Radio operator ?

Only certified Amateur Radio operators can operate Amateur Radio equipment. In order to get a Certificate, you should be above 14 years old, a Malaysian CItizen any of the following:
- Radio theory snd understanding of Radio Regulations for Class B Certficate; or
- Radio theory, understanding of Radio Regulations and Morse Code test for Class A Certificate

Are there any fees payable ?

Yes, you have to pay an annual fee for the Certificate. The fee for the Class A certficate is RM36/year, while for Class B Certifiacte is RM24/year excluding a processing fee of RM60 every time an application is made to MCMC. One can apply for a Certificate to be valid for a max of 5 years.

Now every one can be a HAM !

18-06-2004, 10:26 AM
Hai, I'm new this group and would like to say hello to everyone. I'm very interested in this hobby. In actual fact I did registered myself as a member of MARTS somewhere end of last year. However, as at todate not much of information that I received regarding classes and examination.

Will there be any examination conduct by MCMC for this year (2004)? If yes, when will it be and how to register for the exam. How about the syllabus and classes?

Thanks in advance.

26-02-2005, 11:18 AM
I am new here, do I missed something? I also just got my callsign.

all hamster here can migrate to http://www.9w2qc.net/forum/index.php to discuss more on amateur radio. Most of us there are newbies. But Otai also sometime log-in

03-03-2005, 01:47 PM
knock-knock... any hams here??

09-03-2005, 01:51 PM
hi hamsters,

i am a new ticket holder. QTH in usj.


09-03-2005, 05:34 PM
Wah! Invasion of hamster!!!!

samarui runs away.......