The MDXC on “The Brunei Times”

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

GEMILANG Radio Club under the Gemilang Association Tutong from Brunei Darussalam and MediterraneoDX Club (MDX Club) from Italy launched the Amateur Radio DXing activity (DXpedition) yesterday morning. 

Yang Berhormat Hj Ramli Hj Lahit (R), Legislative Council member and penghulu of Mukim Telisai was present as the guest of honour at the ceremony which took place at Pantai Seri Kenangan, Tutong. The activity will carry on until November 23, 2012.

The 24-hour operation gathered nine countries such as France, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland, Indonesia and Austria including Italy and Brunei through amatuer radio hobby.

Twenty-five amatuer radio operators will take turns by shift of six teams.

There will be two concurrent operations where the radio station will be set up, one at Pantai SeriKenangan and another one at Halim Plaza Hotel, Tutong.

The operation had been sanctioned by The Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry (AITI) and was issued with a special call sign V84SMD.

The team targeted to make 60, 000 radio contacts during the 12-day operation which will cover all Amateur Radio Frenquencies six to 160 Metreband including the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) bands of 12, 17 and 30 Metreband.

It will utilise the mode of phone (voice), Morse Code (continuous wave) and radio teletype (Digital) to establish contacts with other Radio Amateur Stations from all over the world.

MDX club chose Brunei as their destination because the Sultanate, according to them, is a mix of historical, cultural, tourism and friendship land that they dream to visit and discover.

It is also an opportunity to meet the locals and learn their tradition apart from meeting new friends.

The American operators are still hunting for a precious QSL cards (for two way radio contact) from Brunei to WARC and Low Bands (40, 80 and 150 Metreband) and also the digital mode contact.

This operation will give those operators a chance to make rare contact with Brunei-operated Amateur Radio.

In conjunction with the event and as part of their contributions to promote the hobby, an ‘Open Day’ will be held for the public to visit on Sunday, November 18, 2012 starting at 9am until 5pm.

Anyone who is interested to get a closer look at the operation may contact the Chairman of GemilangRadio to arrange a special visit.

Gemilang Association Tutong was registered to the Registrar of Society, the Royal Brunei Police Force on November 4, 2004 (Ref: BPD 25/1160).

Its aim is to facilitate and promote the development of leadership, management skill and individual’s potential by running interest-based activities in support of our nation’s objective in shaping Brunei’s youth into excellence.

The association’s core activities are Amateur Radio (Gemilang Radio); four wheel drive (Gemilang 4×4); Photography (Gemilang Photo) and Agriculture (Gemilang Tani). Other activities include religious, social, economic, sport, cultural, traditional and a lot more.

As one of the core activities, Gemilang Radio or Gemilang Amateur Radio Club was formed in line with the aspiration of the association.

With a humble start of a few members of the association itself, shaping the club direction and strategy since 2004, Gemilang Radio has now been established as of the main player of Amateur Radio in Brunei.

Meanwhile, the MDX Club was formed to promote and support DX operations in countries and islands having limited or no amateur radio activity.

Now MDX is the oldest Italian active Club with over 700 members and more than 150 supported DXpeditions.The Brunei Times

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