Thursday, July 31, 2008

EVENT: Asia Pacific Region (APR) Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

The Scouts are having their Asia Pacific Region (APR) Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) & Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) on :-
Date: 2 & 3 August 2008Day: Saturday and SundayTime : 0900-1800Venue : Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Raja, Kg Baru. Kuala Lumpur. All are invited to help on the communication front and to make the meet more enjoyable. Further information please call 9W2MOD or 9M2CJ Thiam.

Also at Sungai Besar :-

CallsignStation 9M1CSB
Location : Sg Besar, Selangor
Pegawai Perhubungan--9W2VVH Hussairy

Monday, July 21, 2008


Thanks to the organisers MARTS central region for a job well done! This is the first fox hunt event in the region. A thank you also to those participants / teams who came from near and far around the country to participate in this event. A special thanks to 9M2LC TEAM who came from Penang to plan the fox hunt .
The fox hunt on sunday 20th July 2008 turn out to be lots of fun! Do check out the photos below and links. There were many prizes to be won.
Below picture of 1 st prize winners of the 2008 Selangor fox hunt.




The results were verified by Marshall 9M2LC

Slide show of the event click here

We look forward to Fox hunt 2009 next year


Friday, July 18, 2008


Friday's eyeball will be held at Maulana's. Pass the word around to otherS, in case they don't know. Location is not that far from AP2. Click map to enlarge image. Refer to map below on how to get there. Set you GPS to 3°9'11"N 101°37'19"E.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Selangor Open Fox Hunt 2008 -20th July by MARTS State Council

KUALA LUMPUR June 26, 2008 - MARTS KL State Council will organize a Fox Hunt (Amateur Radio Direction Finding)
on July 20, 2008.
Date: July 20, 2008
Time: 09:30 hrs - 13:00 hrs
Venue: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa (Titiwangsa Lake Park) An ARDF antenna making workshop will be held at MARES clubhouse on July 19, 2008.
- To create awareness on Ham Radio amongst the general public (school students, interested government agencies,
academicians, etc.), through explanation on technology used, ethics and licensing matters via seminar, exhibition and
- To create an avenue for the current and prospective Class A/B license holder to participate in the Fox Hunting
competition, testing skills and knowledge on ham radio technology;
- To inform on importance of Ham Radio as the main tool for disaster communication channel and assistance through
demonstration; and
- To create an avenue for Ham Radio enthusiast to share ability in building own antenna and receiver, to which only
homebrew equipments will qualify for the competition.Terms and conditions:
- All fields of the registration must be completed. Incomplete application will be rejected.
- One registration will comprise of three (03) to four (04) members. Participants will bear all fuel costs and provide their
own transportation.
- A registration fee of RM80 per team will be charged. All payments shall be made in cash. Payments may be made by
sending a bank draft or cheque to 9W2SBS at the address below or during registration at the registration booth at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa until 1 hour before the event starts.
- Registration can be done via sending registration on or before the July 10, 2008 via:
- Fax to 9W2SBS at +60 (3) 6279-8061
- e-Mail to 9W2SBS at All successful applications will be notified one (01) hour after receipt of
the forms, and one (1) hour before the start of the fox hunt on the July 20, 2008.
- Mail to:Aiznin Sairi bin Sulaiman
c/o Land & General Berhad
Corporate Affairs Division
L3 Block D Sri Damansara Business Park
Persiaran Industri
Bandar Sri Damansara
52200 Kuala Lumpur
- Registration is open to all (Malaysian or non-Malaysian).
- All accommodation and transportation costs are at participant’s own expense.
- Prizes will be awarded for the top three (03) places.
- ALL winners and results announced by the judges are final.
- Winners will be judged on the following criteria:
- Creativity;
- Neatness; and
- Overall presentation.
- All rules of the competition must be read and fully understood.
- Registration will be open from Friday, 28 June 2008 and will be closed one (01) hour before the competition starts.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

When 9M2 writes: The use of “standby” and “standing by” - 9M2ZC

The two phrases above are probably the most common phrases used in any QSO. One old radio friend of mine asked me whether something could be done to get people to apply it correctly. Well, since I share the same aspirations, to fulfill his wishes here is my piece.

When I say “This is 9M2ZC standing by.....” there are two elements in the statement. One is the person, that is me, and the verb “standing by’ which is the action happening at present and continuously. When there is an “am”, “is”, and “are” in the sentence and followed by “-ing” this constitutes to being a “present progressive tense” or in the old times called the “present continuous” or the “continuous present” tense.

The “am”, “is”, and “are” are the helping verbs and the “standing by” is the main verb. Some examples of present progressive tense are “I am driving right now”, “Muthu is teaching morse code to his students….”, “Hassan and Minah are having lunch …”

So coming back to our issue above, when I say “9M2ZC standby…” not only this is an incomplete statement, it does not fall under the category above although the action is, hence it is grammatically incorrect. On the other hand, it can also be construed as telling oneself (me) to standby!! No one in the right frame of mind should be telling himself what to do in spoken words. One’s own action should be based on voluntary and involuntary reaction.

If I say “9M2ZC standing by….” although the “is” is missing, it can be accepted as a correct sentence because it is taken as a short form of the sentence “This is 9M2ZC standing by…”, and is more appropriate to be used instead of the former. It fits in the category of a present progressive tense quite perfectly.

On a much wider perspective, if used in the context of Bahasa Melayu, eg. “….kembali kepada anda 9W2BBS, disini 9M2ZC standby….”, then it can be accepted as correct, if and only if, the word standby can be adopted as a Malay word. The golden rule is, if a sentence is constructed in Bahasa, then Bahasa must be used throughout, if the sentence is constructed in English, then English must be used throughout, the two languages MUST never be mixed in the same sentence.

I hope I have made myself clear and in summary whichever way the “standby” and “standing by” is used it will not cause your licence to be revoked, hi! Just exercise more caution in your QSO so that we become more ‘professional’ amateurs… and the above represent my personal views, I have no malicious intentions to anybody living or otherwise.

73, All the best, this is 9M2ZC signing off and clear….