Marconi Amateur Radio Circle
Marconi Amateur Radio Circle is an association created for the pleasures and benefits of persons commonly interested in amateur radio, short wave listeners and electronics. Its intension is to exchange information and cooperation between members, to promote and encourage technical advancement, excellence and experimentation by its members, to assist members and prospective amateurs in achieving fraternalism and high standards of conduct, to conduct the Circle programs and activities in such a manner as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community and support the public safety when called upon to do so.
Some of the main activities that the Circle organizes from time to time during the year are:
By participating in Special Events.
Form part of fund raising in connection with other organizations such as Scouts
Participate in annual Scouts’ Jamborees by spreading its members in various localities with the Scouts making it possible to unite separate scout activities around the world into one. This activity gives a chance to the scouts to communicate via radio with other scouts around the world. It also promotes Amateur radio among young people.
Participating in events organized by the Local Councils such as Military Mtarfa Day. Long wires where drawn from the watch tower and tuned as antennas to which transceivers were connected and contacts were established.
Organization of field days during which Drills for Emergency services are practiced by using High Frequency Radio Equipment using automobile batteries as the power source. Such Batteries can be easily charged by means of a solar panel which makes it the ideal power source in case of a national disaster when even the authority’s power supply can be interrupted.
Organize limited transmissions with special call signs and QSL Cards to commemorate centenary and anniversary events such as the 60th anniversary of the George cross, Centenary of St. Paul, and in line the event of Valletta City of Culture. A record of more than 5000 contacts was made on each occasion around the globe.
Socialize with other radio amateurs locally and abroad, promoting the Maltese islands with foreign countries and hospitalize foreign radio amateurs when visiting our country.
During the last year Marconi Amateur Radio Circle has been in connection with the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society. The RNARS donated a transceiver to Marconi Amateur Radio Circle as a sign of relationship between both parties.
Marconi Amateur Radio Circle is a full member also of RNARS.
Marconi Amateur Radio Circle ( M.A.R.C.)
TRANSMITTING FRIENDSHIP THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE
Importance of amateur Radio in Society
In times of crisis and natural disasters, amateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when wire line, cell phones and other conventional means of communications fail.
Unlike commercial systems, Amateur radio is not as dependent on terrestrial facilities that can fail. It is dispersed throughout a community without “choke points” such as cellular telephone sites that can be overloaded.
Amateur radio operators are experienced in improvising antennas and power sources and most equipment today can be powered by an automobile battery. Annual “Field Days” are held in many countries to practice these emergency improvisational skills. Amateur radio operators can use hundreds of frequencies and can quickly establish networks tying disparate agencies together to enhance interoperability.
Recent examples include the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan, the 2003 North America blackout and Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, where amateur radio was used to coordinate disaster relief activities when other systems failed.
On September 2, 2004, ham radio was used to inform weather forecasters with information on Hurricane Frances live from the Bahamas. On December 26, 2004, an earthquake and resulting tsunami across the Indian Ocean wiped out all communications with the Andaman Islands, except for a DX-PEDITION that provided a means to coordinate relief efforts. Recently, Amateur Radio operators in the People’s Republic of China provided emergency communications after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and US hams did similar work following Hurricane Ike.
The largest disaster response by U.S. amateur radio operators was during Hurricane Katrina which first made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane went through Miami, Florida on August 25, 2005, eventually strengthening to Category 5. More than a thousand ham operators from all over the U.S. converged on the Gulf Coast in an effort to provide emergency communications assistance. Subsequent Congressional hearings highlighted the Amateur Radio response as one of the few examples of what went right in the disaster relief effort.