Recommended Books, Webinars and Articles

Here are some books, webinars and long-form articles that our members have found useful. They are in no particular order at present but perhaps if they list grows we can brings some sense to it. All suggestions welcome to 9V1SA @

Recommended ItemRecommenderComments
Andrew D. Barron ZL3DW (2018) Amsats and Hamsats: Amateur Radio and Other Small Satellites9V1YPAnyone interested in amateur radio satellite, this is a great book to read.
Robert R. Brown NM7M (1992) Long-Path Propagation: A Study of Long-Path Propagation in Solar Cycle 229V1SAI was intrigued to understand why the paths change from Singapore through the year
Robert R. Brown NM7M (2002) On Ion Chemistry and Propagation9V1SAWhat is actually going on up there to make our signals heard worldwide
Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA (2014) A Long Overdue Review of Gray Line Propagation on the Low Bands9V1YCK9LA is a world-renowned expert on ionospheric propagation, and he knows the physics behind it.  His webinar is really the best I’ve seen on how to describe low-band “gray line” propagation.

SARTS entry to IOTA Contest 2024

This year’s IOTA Contest takes place on Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th July 2024 from 1200 – 1200 UTC. Haoyuan 9V1HY is coordinating the Singapore entry, which will likely happen from Pulau Ubin or St John’s Island, likely travelling out on the Saturday morning, getting set up ready to start our time afternoon, then operating through the night before wrapping up on Sunday morning.

Anyone interested contact 9V1HY via telegram. For background on the contest, check the RSGB as it coordinates the event. There is more information about IOTA’s long term year round role and activities on that organization’s website.

Getting Started with Meshtastic

At the May 2024 SARTS quarterly meeting, Andrew Young kindly shared the wealth of information he has collated for SARTS members and a wider community of local people interested in building a vibrant LoRa based Meshtastic network in Singapore. This document is updated regularly as Meshtastic is evolving fast, so anyone interested is invited to join the 9V1 Meshtastic telegram group, which holds regular meetups and is coordinated through the LPWAN & IOT Interest Group Singapore, a community aligned with but independent to SARTS.

SARTS and Singapore Scouts

For decades SARTS and Singapore Scouts have run successful JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) and, more recently, also JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) events. Samuel Lau 9V1BX, working with 9V1FH, 9V1ST and others, set out to explore if there could be a way to deepen the relationship by empowering scout leaders to build Amateur Radio related activities into what the scouts already do. At the May 2024 SARTS Quarterly meeting Sam shared this presentation he used to introduce a series of activities at a joint activity session held on 11 May 2024.

Tour of former BBC Far Eastern Relay Station

On 15 September 2023 members of Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitting Society were given a tour of the facilities built for the BBC World Service in Singapore which closed in July 2023. Thank you to our hosts at Encompass, who now run the site, to James 9V1YC for organizing the tour, and to Kevin 9V1KT for the video. Hugh 9V1SA posted many of the photos taken by our members in a Wikipedia article about the site.