VMARS

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society Website

VMARS

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society Website

VMARS

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society Website

VMARS

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society

VMARS

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society

VMARS

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society Website

VMARS

The Vintage & Military Amateur Radio Society Website






VMARS Special Nets
Winter 2018/19
Amplitude Modulation 3615Khz

Stations taking part in the AM nets are commonly unable to move frequency because they are crystal controlled to 3615Khz, which is the most regularly used frequency for AM in the UK. It would be gratefully appreciated if stations not working the net would please keep clear of the frequency when the net is in operation. VMARS sends all amateur radio stations our sincere thanks for your co-operation with this request.

Notice to net stations: In order to take full advantage of early morning propagation, these nets begin at 07:30 local time UK on 3615Khz and finish at 08:30. Participating stations are requested to keep overs reasonably brief and to avoid providing lists of detailed signal reports. It's much more interesting for our many short wave listeners when your information is confined to technical and historical details of the equipment in use on the net.  

    Equipment Type                                    Date                             Net Controller
WS19/WS62 etc.    
Saturday 17th November 2018
  Tony G3YYH     
Heathkit equipment
Saturday 8th December 2018
Paul M1PVC
QRP equipment (10 Watts or less)
Saturday 22nd December 2018
Thursday 31st January 2019
Airborne equipment
Saturday 19th January 2019
Ian F4VSC
Heavy Metal (112 lbs,50Kg or more)
Saturday 2nd February 2019
ART-13
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Marine equipment
Saturday 16th March 2019
Amateur and civilian equipment 
Saturday 30th March 2019

 
VMARS Saturday morning prenet & net 6th October 2018

          

Prenet recording: Click on the AR-88 receiver
Features ON/M0MGA and ON/G3YYH operating portable from the WW1 battlefied site located at Polygon Wood in Belgium   



                 
Net Part 1                                                                                             Net Part 2
The net recording is in two parts of approximately 45 minutes each: Click on the DX100U transmitters to listen.

Today's net was run by Bronek Wedzicha, M0DAF from York.

The recording has been edited to remove stations which were unreadable at the recording location in Brittany, NW France.
Recording was ended a few minutes before the close of the net due to deteriorating propagation

 
                                                           
VMARS Saturday morning net on 22nd September 2018

The net controller is Tony Barron, G3YYH portable using an ex- British Army
Clansman VRC-321 transceiver from the back of his Landrover, located
in a Gloucestershire field.

 
      
    VMARS net first round                          VMARS net second round
 
Click on the pictures of the Clansman VRC-321 to listen
Recorded in Brittany, North West France by F4VSC



 
VMARS members activate the 1944 Gold Beach
Click on the picture below to view a 2 minute video compilation


June 2018. A two minute photo/video compilation. The earlier scenes are from the American sector beaches, the hotel at Saint Vaast and the nearby beach where the station was first set up for a few days. After relocating to Arromanches, VMARS members Tony G3YYH, Martin M0MGA and Ian F4VSC, activate the British Gold beach, King Red sector, with the wartime 1943 Bendix TA12-C transmitter for communications with other VMARS members in Britain and the Netherlands. A.M. communications in excess of 400Km were also achieved using the wireless set No. 46 running just 600mW.




VMARS1950's-1960's Classic equipment net Saturday 10th March 2018 between 07:30 & 08:30 GMT

Net Controller Tony Barron G3YYH Cheltenham Click on the DX100U below to hear the Classic Equipment Net

Net recorded in Brittany, North West France by F4VSC

VMARS Marine Equipment Special Net Saturday 10th February 2018 between 07:30 - 08:30
Net Controller Bronek Wedzicha M0DAF in York

Click on the RA17 pictured below to hear the Marine Equipment Net

Net recorded in Brittany, North West France by F4VSC

VMARS AM Net
08:30 - 10:30 Saturday 10th February 2018 0n 3615KHz AM

Net Controller Martin Smyth M0MGA located in Whitehill, East Hampshire

Net Controller Martin Smyth M0MGA located in Whitehill, East Hampshire

AM Net Part 1
AM Net Part 2

Net recorded in Brittany, North West France by F4VSC
The recording has been edited to remove overs from stations which could not be heard at the receiving location as conditions changed towards the end of the net

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


 

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.

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.

View Keith's interesting radio website here

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 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 - The shack of John Sommerville, MW0XHO regular VMARS Net Controller located in Conwy, North Wales.

John's extensive collection of equipment includes some heavy metal transmitters and receivers which include a Collins KWS-1 tx and 75A-4 rx "Gold Dust Twins" station, a Diplomatic Wireless Service Mk210 transmitter and his 1948 Marconi T1509 RAF ground transmitter pictured below. Receivers at John's QTH include an RCA AR88D and a Collins 390A.


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 include National HRO 5T, Racal RA17, RCA CR-91 and Collins 75A-4. .


 

Below - Martin Smyth, M0MGA, regular VMARS Net Controller located in Whitehill near Bordon in East Hampshire.

Martin uses a Heathkit DX100U transmitter and an R107 receiver for his turns as Net Controller. At other times he can also frequently be heard using his very distinctive Wireless Set No 12 transmitter.


 
Below - Martin Owen, G4JSX, regular VMARS Net Controller located near Rugby in Warwickshire.

Martin has a fine collection of Naval equipmemt dating from the 1940's into the 1970's, which can be regularly heard on air on the weekday SSB nets as well as on the weekly Saturday Morning AM net.

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 NETS & RECOMMENDED FREQUENCIES

All times are UK local
3615 KHzSaturday AM net 08:30 – 10:30
3615 KHzWednesday USB net for military equipment 20:00 – 21:00
3615 KHzFriday 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 (Not currently in operation)
5317 KHz    Regular AM QSO’s, usually late afternoon. (Advanced licence required. 6Khz max bandwidth)
7143 KHz     VMARS AM operating frequency
51.700 MHzVMARS FM operating frequency, also used at rallies and events
70.425 MHzVMARS FM operating frequency, also used at rallies and events

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

last amended 20th September 2018

Download rota Dec 2017 - Mar 2019

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

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