07:30 to 08:30 on Saturday 21st October 2017
Special net for wartime airborne equipment



Bendix TA12c used by the net control station. Click on the picture to hear a recording of the net


For Information and Signal Reports click here


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Bonaparte Beach Expedition
F/GB0OB joins the net on 2nd September 2017
to celebrate a fascinating wartime story of bravery and daring.


Early morning start for a VMARS expedition to a secluded beach with story of bravery and daring

Click on the picture to link to a video of station F/GB0OB working into the VMARS Saturday morning net

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07:30 to 08:30 on Saturday 13th May 2017
Special net for Heathkit equipment
Eight stations joined this special net; six were using DX100U sets; one station used a DX60 (with amplification); one (Pete, G7DXV) used the extremely rare combination of Comanche and Cheyenne. Here's a recording of the net and a picture of Pete's set-up. The recording was made by Ian F4VSC in Brittany; recording quality has been reduced to enable the file to be uploaded to the website.


Recording of the Heathkit special net







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Steve, M0MOG joined the Saturday morning AM net 29th October 2016 from his Unimog fitted with Siemens
equipment; here's some pictures of his set-up:








That tent looks cosy....


The impressive interior of Steve's Unimog

Click the link below to hear a recording made by Steve  there's also a video recording of the interior of his Unimog

Recording from RX in M0MOG's Unimog






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08:30 - 10:30 Saturday 29th October 2016 o 3615 KHz AM
VMARS AM Net Controller Bronek Wedzicha M0DAF located near York
Recording made by Ian Underwood F4VSC located in Brittany

This was a remarkable net because of its broadly excellent conditions and the wide spread of the 28 stations that took
part. If this net is an indicator of how conditions are improving for the 08:30 start, then this winter looks very promising.


Click on the RA17 below to listen





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08:30 - 10:00 Saturday 21st May 2016 0n 3615KHz AM
VMARS AM Net Controller Keith Yates, G3XGW located near Evesham, Worcestershire


Of particular interest today is F/G1RAF, the station operated by VMARS member Derf Mockford, G8ZGK, from the sea wall
on the D-Day Gold Beach at Arrowmanches in Normandy using a Racal Syncal 30 TRA931 in AM with an output of just 4 watts.
The best reception from Derf can be heard a few minutes into Part One of the recording.
Derf was part of a team from the Royal Air Force Halton Amateur Radio Club who are visiting the invasion beaches.

This net was recorded in West Sussex

AM net 21st May 2016

Click on the Racal RA17 receivers below to listen



40 minutes of pre-net
  
Net Part One about 50 minutes          Net Part Two about 50 minutes
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AM activity in the UK can be found almost every day on frequencies such as 3615KHz and 5317KHz.

VMARS hold a regular AM net on Saturday mornings on 3615 KHz starting at 08:30 local time and ending by no later than 10:30. There is usually an informal net on the frequency from around 07:30, which is then handed over to the designated Net Controller just before the controlled net is due to begin.  Anyone is welcome to call in,  there is no requirement to be a member of the Society or to be using vintage equipment; all that is required is a genuine interest in using AM .

Net Controllers ask participants not to tune up on the frequency when the net is in operation, even if you cannot hear anyone at the time.  The  Controllers will make a "tuning and netting"  period available at the start of the net and will allow gaps for stations to call in. Joining stations will be added to the bottom of the list of stations already logged and waiting their turn.


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Below - M0TCM - The VMARS AM Net Control station operated from Thorpe Camp Museum, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, by Colin Guy, G4DDI. CURRENTLY OFF AIR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The station consists of a T1509 transmitter and a choice of AR88, HRO-5T or R1475 receivers.  A fully functional 19 set is also available for emergency use. Also visible in the picture is  a Pye FM10D Cambridge used to keep in touch with the locals on GB3FR, and a Heathkit modulation monitor to keep an eye on the T1509!


 
Below - G4GEN - Alan Morriss, regular VMARS AM Net Controller located
near Nutley, East Sussex


When running the VMARS AM net, Alan uses a Wireless Set No 53 which reputedly arrived on the D-Day landing beaches on D+3, an RCA AR88 or his much loved WWII Telefunken E52 receiver


 
Below - Bronek Wedzicha, M0DAF, regular VMARS AM Net Controller located near York and seen here using his WWII Collins TCS12 transmitter/receiver at the 2014 National Hamfest held at Newark

Bronek enjoys operating the net with a home built transmitter using a pair of TT21's in the final and a National HRO for receiving
 


 
Below - Mike Duce, G4BQF, regular VMARS AM Net Controller located on
Canvey Island, Essex

When Mike runs the Saturday net he uses his 1950's Minimitter transmitter and a
Racal RA17 receiver, seen here in his fine collection
of Racal equipment.

 

 
Below - Keith Yates, G3XGW,  regular VMARS AM Net Controller located
near Evesham, Worcestershire

 
Keith usually operates the VMARS net with a Labgear LG300 transmitter and a
National HRO receiver but he has been known to come up on a Heathkit DX100U

transmitter with an RCA AR88 receiver
.Keith is pictured here in front of his 1940's
Marconi T1145/R1155  RAF aircraft station famously used on board Lancaster Bombers.


 
Below - Stuart McKinnon, G0TBI, regular VMARS AM Net Controller
located in Kinver, Staffordshire

 
Stuart's main station for use on the net is an RCA ET4336 Tx and an AR88 D
receiver. However, he will frequently be heard using some of his other sets, such
as his Marconi T1509, a DX100U or KW Vanguard transmitters from his large collection of vintage and miltary equipment.



 
Below - Paul Craven, M1PVC, regular VMARS AM Net Controller located
near to the  village of Hartfield in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex.

 
Paul operates the VMARS net with a Heathkit DX100U or Labgear LG300  transmitter in combination with a National HRO 500 receiver

 
Below - The impressive shack belonging to regular VMARS AM
Net
Controller Mervyn Terry, GW8TBG, at his QTH located near Swansea,
West Glamorgan


 
Below - the temporary shack of  Tony Barron, G3YYH, located in the Cotswold Hills about 5 miles south east of Cheltenham.

Tony generally uses an HRO receiver from 1946 and a DX100U transmitter,
with SDR on stand-by to resolve difficult signals.


Below - Ian Underwood, F4VSC, occasional VMARS Net Controller located near the town of Rostrenen in central Brittany, North West France.

Ian, who also holds the UK licence M0YMK, operates a Collins KWS-1 or a Heathkit DX100U for net control. Other transmitters regularly used by Ian on VMARS nets are Bendix TA12c, Wireless Set No.19, Larkspur C11/R210. Receivers are National HRO 5T and Racal RA17.


Additional regular VMARS Net Controllers:-
Tony Hibberd, G8AQN,
whose station is located near Rugby, Warwickshire.
John Sommerville, MW0XHO located in Conway, North Wales 
Martin Smythe, M0MGA located near Bordon, North East Hampshire
SSB nets
The society also runs SSB nets. A USB net takes place each Wednesday at 20:00hrs local time on 3615KHz +/-QRM to provide an opportunity for those
who wish to use their unmodified military sets which operate in USB only. There
is an LSB net on Friday evenings to  encourage members to keep in touch
on-air. This takes place at 19.30 and uses LSB on 3615KHz +/- QRM.


Special on-air events
From time to time, the Society runs special events, generally on the 40m,
60m and 80m bands, which specialise in use of vintage equipment or to commemorate some historic event with "wireless" connections. These are
advertised to members in the News Sheet, and also on the Society’s website.

The VMARS call-sign is M0VMW



The SRS Nets
The Dutch Surplus Radio Society run AM and SSB nets for vintage
enthusiasts, full details are on their website
here.


Other AM Activity Frequencies
AM activity is increasingly found on a number of other bands, in particular:
5317KHz,  7143KHz, 14286KHz, 21425KHz and 29000 - 29150KHz.
There are several local AM nets in the UK on topband.

FM Frequencies
For mobiles working into VMARS events, 2m calling in on 145.500MHz (S20)
is usual, before QSY to a working frequency. At event locations where military equipment is in use, suggested FM "Centres of Activity" on VHF are 51.700Mhz, 70.425MHz (70.450MHz calling).

VMARS RECOMMENDED FREQUENCIES

3615 KHz          Saturday AM net 08:30 – 10:30

3615 KHz          Wednesday USB net for military equipment 20:00 – 21:00

3615 KHz          Friday LSB net 19:30 – 20:30

3615 KHz         Regular informal net from around 07:30 - 08:30 and throughout
the day

3577 KHz          Regular Sunday CW net 09:00

5317 KHz          Regular AM QSO’s, usually late afternoon. NoV required

7073 KHz          Wednesday LSB 13:30 VMARS Collins 618T special interest
group

7143 KHz          VMARS AM operating frequency

51.700 MHz       VMARS FM operating frequency, also used at rallies and events

70.425 MHz       VMARS FM operating frequency, also used at rallies and events
 

 
VMARS Net Controller Rota for 2017/18
3615Khz 08:30 UK time

last amended December 2017

Download rota Dec 2017 - Mar 2019

Date 1st operator 2nd
operator
3rd operator
2nd Dec
2017
MW0XHO G4GEN G4BQF
9th Dec
2017
G4GEN G4BQF GW8TBG
16th Dec
2017
G4BQF GW8TBG G3YYH
23rd Dec
2017
GW8TBG G3YYH G8AQN
25th Dec
2017
G3YYH
09:00
Christmas Day Net
30th Dec
2017
G0TBI G8AQN M1PVC
1st Jan 2018 M0DAF
09:00
New Years Day Net
6th Jan 2018 G8AQN M1PVC F4VSC
13th Jan 2018 M1PVC F4VSC G0TBI
20th Jan 2018 F4VSC G0TBI G3XGW
27th Jan 2018 G0TBI G3XGW M0MGA
3rd Feb 2018 G3XGW M0MGA M0DAF
10th Feb 2018 M0MGA M0DAF MW0XHO
17th Feb 2018 M0DAF MW0XHO G4GEN
24th Feb 2018 MW0XHO G4GEN G4BQF
3rd Mar 2018 G4GEN G4BQF GW8TBG
10th
Mar 2018
G4BQF GW8TBG G3YYH
17th
Mar 2018
GW8TBG G3YYH G8AQN
24th
Mar 2018
G3YYH G8AQN M1PVC
31st
Mar 2018
G8AQN M1PVC F4VSC
7th
Apr 2018
M1PVC F4VSC G0TBI
14th
Apr 2018
F4VSC G0TBI G3XGW
21st
Apr 2018
G0TBI G3XGW M0MGA
28th
Apr 2018
G3XGW M0MGA M0DAF
5th
May 2018
M0MGA M0DAF MW0XHO
12th
May
2018
M0DAF MW0XHO G4GEN
19th
May 2018
MW0XHO G4GEN G4BQF
26th May 2018 G4GEN G4BQF GW8TBG
2nd June
2018
G4BQF GW8TBG G3YYH
9th
June
2018
GW8TBG G3YYH G8AQN
16th
June
2018
G3YYH G8AQN M1PVC
23rd
June
2018
G8AQN M1PVC GUEST
30th
June
2018
M1PVC GUEST G0TBI
7th
July
2018
GUEST G0TBI G3XGW
14th July
2018
G0TBI G3XGW M0MGA
21st July
2018
G3XGW M0MGA M0DAF
28th July
2018
M0MGA M0DAF MW0XHO
4th August
2018
M0DAF MW0XHO G4GEN
11th August
2018
MW0XHO G4GEN G4BQF
18th August
2018
G4GEN G4BQF GW8TBG
25th August
2018
G4BQF GW8TBG G3YYH
1st
Sep
2018
GW8TBG G3YYH G8AQN
8th
Sep
2018
G3YYH G8AQN M1PVC
15th
Sep
2018
G8AQN M1PVC GUEST
22nd
Sep
2018
M1PVC GUEST G0TBI
29th
Sep
2018
GUEST G0TBI G3XGW
6th
Oct
2018
G0TBI G3XGW M0MGA
13th
Oct
2018
G3XGW M0MGA M0DAF
20th
Oct
2018
M0MGA M0DAF MW0XHO
27th
Oct
2018
M0DAF MW0XHO G4GEN
3rd
Nov
2018
MW0XHO G4GEN G4BQF
10th
Nov
2018
G4GEN G4BQF GW8TBG
17th
Nov
2018
G4BQF GW8TBG G3YYH
24th
Nov
2018
GW8TBG G3YYH G8AQN
1st
Dec
2018
G3YYH G8AQN M1PVC
8th
Dec
2018
G8AQN M1PVC F4VSC
15th
Dec
2018
M1PVC F4VSC G0TBI
22nd
Dec
2018
F4VSC G0TBI G3XGW
29th
Dec
2018
G0TBI G3XGW M0MGA
5th
Jan
2019
G3XGW M0MGA M0DAF
12th
Jan
2019
M0MGA M0DAF MW0XHO
19th Jan
2019
M0DAF MW0XHO G4GEN
26th
Jan
2019
MW0XHO G4GEN G4BQF
2nd
Feb
2019
G4GEN G4BQF GW8TBG
9th
Feb
2019
G4BQF GW8TBG G3YYH
16th
Feb
2019
GW8TBG G3YYH G8AQN
23rd
Feb
2019
G3YYH G8AQN M1PVC
2nd
March
2019

 
G8AQN M1PVC F4VSC
VMARS Members at play over the
summer with some of their prized
vintage equipment
























 
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