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MØMTJ & M6ORS Amateur Radio Pages


Hi, My name is Mike, I hold the callsign MØMTJ while my XYL, Jules, holds the callsign M6ORS. Welcome along to our amateur radio pages and many thanks for visiting!

I also have a page on QRZ.com here; http://www.qrz.com/db/M0MTJ  and I am registered with eQSL here; www.eQSL.cc/Member.cfm?M0MTJ

April 2016 Update : I ran the pages of of my 'mini amateur radio website' from 2008 to 2016, but the demands on my time became rather too much so, with regret, I decided to retire the web pages in 2016.  I will leave them in place for the time being in this new archived location as, I am told, the pages carry a lot of useful information.  However, it's unlikely that I will make any updates to the pages.

The amateur radio hobby itself, also seemed to gradually take over most of my free time and, perhaps more significantly, space!!  I therefore decided to have a huge clear up and clear out in April 2016. I began scaling back the shack to free up some space in there. I also needed to tidy out the loft, the shed, and other cupboards of all sorts of radio related equipment, accessories, radios, hardware and aerials etc. It's a huge task, but I'm looking forward to a much more compact operation in the future.

As you might imagine, after all this clear-out, much of the information on this page, and on the Operating Conditions page will now be out of date. However, I hope you can still enjoy the pages and find something interesting and useful.

73, Mike. April 2016
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What is Amateur Radio?
- In 1910 the HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century. Today, Amateur Radio continues to be a hobby for learning and self development for anyone who has an interest in the amazing technical discoveries of the early scientists and radio pioneers; Heinrich Hertz, Augusto Righi, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Nikola Tesla, David Hughes, Sir Oliver Lodge, Alexanda Popov and, of course, Guglielmo Marconi [more here].

The individual interests may range from radio wave propagation - how far will my signal travel and how did it get there -, to experiments with electronic circuit design and construction - e.g. building radio receivers, station accessories, transmitters & amplifiers -, to antenna design, antenna building and experimentation, to satellite communication, digital modes, Morse Code and much, much more. [ Read some comments about Amateur Radio home-brew topics by Colin F5VHZ ]

Once you have your amateur radio station established, there is great satisfaction to be able to communicate around the world, wirelessly, without having to rely on public telephone and internet networks - instead using Marconi's great discovery; almost magical radio waves that are reflected, refracted and propagated by the Earth's ionosphere or, as the early radio pioneers called it - The Ether!  See my Weak Signal Propagation Reporting page here (WSPR)

The radio spectrum is scarce and very precious, so to attain the great privilege of being able to transmit, we must first obtain an Amateur Radio Transmitting Licence which is issued by Ofcom, the UK's radio spectrum regulator: The necessary learning and examinations are overseen by the Radio Society Of Great Britain - RSGB. "Amateur Radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications".
Find out more here: http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/getting-started-introduction/

I am more than happy to help, assist and provide information and guidance to anyone who has a genuine interest in the immensely fascinating technical subject of radio communication. You can contact me here

RADIO is quite different to communicating through cabled public telephone systems and although the Internet has many parts to play in Amateur Radio (websites offering useful information, electronic QSL's, QRZ database and DX Cluster to name a few), there is no skill or expertise required, no challenge and certainly no 'magic' in communication through internet chat rooms. There certainly is a magical wonder of being able to talk wirelessly, radio to radio, aerial to aerial, radio enthusiast to radio enthusiast - especially when it is via the earth's rather amazing ionosphere - and particularly if you have made your own antenna!
"Amateur Radio - The Greatest Of All Scientific Hobbies".

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From Listener & Experimenter to Licensed Radio Amateur

I have been interested in radio since I was about eight years of age. I was keen on listening to our local BBC radio station, Radio Birmingham at the time. I went on to take great interest in the subsequent launch of the first commercial radio stations in my area; BRMB Radio in February 1974 and Mercia Sound in May 1980 which were, then, superb examples of local radio with a real community spirit.

I think my fascination with radio resulted, in part, from my Grandad's interest in the subject. He was a keen radio listener and had many different radio receivers. Additionally an aunt gave me the Ladybird book "Making A Transistor Radio" written by Rev George Dobbs G3RJV. This introduced me to building radios and electronic circuits and, as a youngster, I built many crystal sets and TRF radios including one based on the ZN414 i.c. that was published in the magazine 'Everyday Electronics'.


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                                      AntennaAs a youngster one of my favourite LP records was an episode of the radio play Hancock's Half Hour called The Radio Ham. I remember listening to this vinyl record repeatedly. The Radio Ham was brilliantly performed by Tony Hancock and expertly written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. This also helped to fuel my interest in radio and very likely sowed the seed of interest to become a licensed radio amateur - one day!

I went on to become a keen Short Wave Listener, at first using my home built short wave regenerative receiver and later various other commercially bought short wave receivers and a scanner. I was also interested in citizens band radio (CB) and for some years would regularly burn the midnight oil - falling asleep over the microphone in the early hours! All of this has given me a good grounding in radio, - if you'll excuse the pun.

In all honesty I should have become involved in amateur radio long ago, but I will admit that I was put off by the requirement to take the Morse Code (CW) test. Even when the "Novice" licence was introduced in the 1990's I should have taken the test then but did not!

Some years later the amateur licence requirements were changed again to the form that they exist in today, that is Foundation (M3 & M6); Intermediate (2EØ) and Advanced (MØ).

In 2007, after years of interest in radio, short wave listening (swl) and occasional forays into CB, I realized that I wanted more - I needed to become a properly licensed amateur radio operator, so I joined a local amateur radio club to learn more!





The Path To A Full Amateur Radio Licence

British Amateur Radio Station M0MTJ
In January 2008 I decided to join my local amateur radio club, perhaps with a little trepidation at first.

I took the first exam for the Foundation Licence in March 2008 and was really pleased to obtain my M3 licence and callsign M3WNQ.

I was so keen that even before sitting the Foundation exam, I was also studying for the Intermediate Licence by intensively reading the the RSGB book "Intermediate Licence - Building On The Foundation" AND attending the Advanced Licence evening course on Tuesday nights!

Immediately after I passed the Foundation Exam I applied to do the Intermediate Exam. Naturally there was more detail involved in the Intermediate course and a number of practical exercises to complete, but as I enjoy the practical side of electronics, construction and building projects I enjoyed the work and the challenge.

Onwards to 6th April 2008 when the time came to sit the Intermediate exam. I was overjoyed that all my hard work had paid off when I passed the exam and received my new Intermediate Licence and call sign 2EØMDS.

Between January and May I was also attending the weekly Advanced course at the club with our ever patient tutor Dave Gourley, G0MJY. Since I had joined this evening course about a month late it was initially extremely hard work because I had a great deal of catching up to do. I spent an hour or so every day plus many hours every weekend reading the book "Advance! The Full Licence Manual" and closely following the BRATS course.  I am extremely grateful to Jules for being so patient with me while my head was firmly placed between the pages while regularly tapping away on the calculator! I completed the advanced course in May 2008.

The BRATS training pages have been moved to a new website address here: http://www.brats-qth.org/training/indexx.htm

I sat the Advanced exam on 22nd June 2008.  On 26th June 2008 I was extremely pleased and very relieved to learn that I had passed the exam and received my Full Licence and shiny new call sign from Ofcom - MØMTJ

I achieved my advanced licence in around six months, which is fairly rapid progression and proves that you could do it too!  This was with great help and encouragement from local radio amateurs and, of course, with vast amounts of intense personal study. I am eternally grateful to Dave Gourley, G0MJY for all the training, support and encouragement offered during my intense training - Thanks Dave!

All that hard work, 'blood sweat and tears' paid off in the end, but now I have got to catch up with all the household chores that I had to completely neglect during my non-stop study period. But it was all worth it and I hope my story will encourage you to send off the the RSGB book "Foundation Licence Now" from the RSGB or Practical Wireless magazine and get on the amateur bands too!


XYL Passes Amateur Radio Exam!


After weeks of dedicated study, reading the RSGB book 'Foundation Licence Now', taking many online mock 'HamTests' followed by a weekend of additional expert revision tuition from the wonderful Mike Street, G3JKX, of the Telford & District Amateur Radio Society, I am proud to announce that Jules passed her Foundation examination with flying colours on 14th October 2012. Well done!

Jules now holds the call sign M6ORS, has a QRZ page here: http://www.qrz.com/db/M6ORS and can be contacted by email via the M6ORS Contact Page here.


Amateur Radio Inspiration  -  Foundation  to  Intermediate  to  Full

The Wonder of Radio ! – As the Radio Communications Foundation (RCF) states; You cannot see it, touch it, or smell it but it is all around us. It provides the basis for mobile phone systems, broadcasting, local area networks, satellite navigation, alarms, environmental monitoring and so much more that we now take for granted in our everyday world. Radio is the vital enabling technology that provides the backbone for today’s digital Britain. You can learn and experience so much more by becoming a licensed Radio Amateur and experimenter.

So, if you are not already a licensed radio amateur I hope that these pages may encourage you to take the test and initially gain your Foundation Licence and get your M6 call sign. If you have an interest in radio, short wave listening or Citizens Band radio, you will probably know much of what you need to pass the Foundation exam already and a small amount of further reading may be all that's required - but do also move on to the Intermediate and then to the Full licence.

I have written these pages in the hope that they may be of inspiration, even of help, to newcomers and beginners. I hope that you will find them interesting and encouraging.

Now that I have my amateur radio licence and done a little Morse in the Foundation exam, maybe I'll try to learn Morse Code properly some day. But that's for another time. I prefer 'phone', so....

Maybe we'll talk on the bands one day.

73
Mike
MØMTJ

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Good Amateur Radio
                                       Operating Practices

Showing Consideration For Others
• Remember that radio contacts are not private — the amateur radio community is a public place.
• Use language that is clear and will not offend.
• Leave music to the broadcast stations.
• Keep a copy of the band plans to hand and follow them.
• Use amateur codes and abbreviations on amateur bands when they are appropriate -
RSGB Good Operating Practices
(e.g. Two Echo Zero, QSY. 73. 588) and avoid codes or jargon from other radio users (e.g. CB, PMR, military, marine)

Phonetic Alphabet

• Keep overs short as you would in a conversation — new friends might want to join in or conditions might change such that your signals fade away.
• lf you find another station on ‘your' frequency politely ask them to move, or move your QSO to a clear frequency - propagation may have changed and they may have been there all the time.
• Find a clear frequency to tune up on and keep a note of your ATU settings for quick retuning next time you use the band.
• Answer CQ calls once then listen; only call again if no other station has been identified - be patient.
•  lf the station you are calling is not working anyone near you wait a while and try again later - be patient.
• Try calling CQ on bands that sound dead - others may be waiting for a call.
•  Remember, there is no need for ‘CQ’ on a repeater just ‘M6XYZ listening through GB3UB’ is enough.

Helping Others
• Keep the hobby growing and help newcomers to get started.
Good operating practices
• Offer friendly advice to help others mprove their skills.
• If you can hear someone calling CQ and no one is answering, give them a call, even if it is just to let them know their signals are getting out.
• Always give accurate signal reports – if you need 3 repeats, they cannot be 5&9.
• Inspire others to be good operators by being one yourself.
• If someone needs help (e.g. with putting up an antenna) lend a hand - you may need help next time!
Good operating practices

Being Active
• Use the bands without abusing the privileges that your Licence gives you.
• Join in club activities (local, national or both) – they provide an excellent opportunity to help others and to learn more about the hobby.
• Reduce power to minimum whilst
tuning - it's safer for your radio and less interference to others.

Calling Other Stations
• Listen carefully to the CQ call — is it a general call to all or a specific call to one continent or country?
• Only call if the CQ is general or for your area (e.g. ‘CQ UK’ or 'CQ Europe') or your callsign group (e.g.‘calls with zero only') your turn will come - be patient.
• Always give your callsign in full and remember to send the other station’s call first (e.g. 'Delta Six Eight Charlie from Golf Echo Alpha Bravo Charlie)

Learning More
• Familiarise yourself with your own radio equipment (e.g. Know how to work ‘split’)

• Read through the whole of your Licence - the training doesn’t cover all of it but you must comply with the parts that apply to you.

• Read up on topics of interest (the RSGB operating manual is a mine of information).

• Try new ways of operating e.g. back- packing, data modes, satellites, gaining awards, taking part in contests.
• Experiment with different antennas  bands, modes – learn by doing.

• If you don’t know something, try to find the answer, search the web, read some books or ask for help.

• Set yourself some goals e.g. To upgrade your licence by the end of the year, to work 100 countries in a year / month / weekend, to learn Morse and get a proficiency certificate.


Download this RSGB Leaflet here:     http://www.rsgb.org/tutors/pdf/good_operating_practices.pdf

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Operating Procedures and Amateur Radio Ethics (IARU / RSGB pdf download)

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  Contact MØMTJ   |   Contact M6ORS   |  Useful Information   |   Links to Amateur Radio Sites

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Index  To  The  Antenna  Pages :
Antennas 1 : Antennas used by M0MTJ
Antennas 2 : Including ideas for compact antennas for Top Band /160 metres
Antennas 3 : Felix Scerri VK4FUQ discusses Loop Antennas, baluns, masts & other antenna related topics
Antennas 4 : Many antenna ideas from various sources particularly for multi-band operation & also gives information about
antenna trimming,   knots for wire antennas and useful antenna rigging accessory ideas.
Antennas 5 : Half Wave End Fed antennas for 144 MHz VHF / 430 MHz UHF and 50 MHz 6 Metre band  & J-Pole Antennas
Antennas 6 : Simple and effective H.F. Antenna ideas - Ground Plane  and  All Band Doublet
Antennas 7 : (Almost) Omni-Directional - Circularly (Mixed) Polarized Antenna for VHF / 2 Meters.

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