Midland Amateur Radio Society

G3MAR • RSGB Affiliated Amateur Radio Group • Birmingham, UK

Jamboree on the Air

JOTA 2018This Saturday 20th October is international Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) where Scout groups across the world will all be setting up radio stations to mark the occasion. To this end, MARS will be operating a special event station with callsign GB8SFL at the 293rd St. Faith and St. Laurence Scout group all day Saturday to help the Scouts make contact with as many other Scout groups as possible! Listen out for us on the bands and give us a call if you hear us.

2018 AGM

The 2018 MARS AGM will be held this coming Wednesday, 17th October at 19:30 at our usual location. All members are encouraged to attend and nominations for committee members are open.

As always, we also welcome visitors, licensed or new to the hobby.

Wythall Hamfest 2018

With less than a month to go until the 33rd Annual Wythall Hamfest, MARS is excited to announce that we shall be offering a quantity of surplus equipment from our stall in the Archery Hut. Amongst the offerings will be several radios and power supplies as well as general surplus bits & pieces and even a Mac Mini G4 all at realistic prices.

The Wythall Hamfest is, in our opinion, without doubt the best radio rally in the region, so why not make the Archery Hut your first hall to visit, say hello to the MARS team and pick up a bargain at our stall.

Party Like It’s 2017!

Unfortunately, the MARS 2017 Christmas Party was cancelled due to the inclement weather of the time, but now that the snow has gone (for now!) it’s time to have our belated Christmas Party. With the festive season firmly behind us, we’re well into the January blues so what better time to have our celebration than Wednesday 31st January?

As always, all are welcome – members past and present – as well as anyone who is interested in joining the club, whether you are already licensed or looking to embark on your amateur radio training. There is always a great turn out for the party, so it would be great to see as many people there as possible.

The traditional ‘grand buffet’ will be of course be laid on, and all we ask is that everyone brings a selection of party food to add to it. Please note, however, that alcohol is not permitted on the premises.

The party starts at our usual club meeting time of 19:00 at the usual location.

Happy New Year

2018Happy new year to all!

MARS begins its 2018 meetings at 19:00 hrs on Wednesday 3rd January at the club’s usual place. All members are encouraged to bring along and show off any new ‘toys’ they may have acquired over Christmas, whether they were gifts or just a festive treat.

If you aren’t already a member of MARS, why not come along and join us in our 87th year as an amateur radio club. You can always be sure of a warm welcome.

CANCELLED: Christmas Party

Due to the recent inclement weather conditions, we have had to take the difficult decision of cancelling this year’s Christmas Party.

Rather than nothing at all though, we are going to have a club net on or around 145.425 MHz FM instead so why not join in if you can.

There will be no Wednesday meetings on 20th or 27th December as the Society does not meet over the festive period but normal service will resume on 3rd January 2018.

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