9M2MT served as a club station for the esteemed Malaysian Signals Regiment during the late 1970s. Situated within the confines of the Sungai Besi camp in Kuala Lumpur, this station played a pivotal role in fostering amateur radio engagement among the Malaysian Signals personnel. It also served as a platform for conducting exploratory and experimental endeavors related to radio frequencies. The accompanying visuals showcased in this article have been curated from the distinguished 9M2HQ collection.

 

During a visit to Singapore, my friend Jaya (callsign 9W2BUG) stumbled upon a remarkable discovery—an old QSL card. The card in question was sent from the renowned 9M2MT club station to 9V1OD, dated 21st March 1976. The QSL card revealed fascinating details about the individuals involved. One notable figure was Nicholas, who worked alongside Tan, a resident of Singapore. Nicholas operated a KWM-2A transceiver and utilized a 2-element quad antenna.

In the 1990s, the Signals School underwent a transformation and became known as the Army’s Communications and Electronics Institute. Consequently, the club station’s callsign also changed to 9M2IEC. However, with the rise of cellular communication and its widespread popularity, the existence of this once vibrant club station unfortunately came to an end, leaving behind a rich history for enthusiasts to cherish.

History of Royal Signals Regiment,

The Royal Signals Regiment has its roots with the formation of a “Communications Troop” at the Training Depot of the Malay Regiment in Port Dickson in 1949. The Communications Troop was formed by centralising the radiomen of the signals Platoon of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of Royal Malay Regiment (Rejimen Askar Melayu).

With the expansion of size and roles given and undertaken by the Communications Troop, the unit was renamed the Federation Signals Squadron. The squadron was tasked with the responsibility of meeting all communications requirements of all operational units of the Malay Regiment.

With the formation of the Federation Army Brigade in 1952, the Federation Brigade Signals Squadron was formed. It was later known as Malaysian Signals Regiment. The date of the formation of the Federation Brigade Signals Squadron is the official date of the formation of the Royal Signals Regiment.

For its services rendered to King and country, the Malaysian Signals Regiment was bestowed the title “Royal” on 6 June 1992 and was henceforth known as Rejimen Semboyan Diraja (Royal Signals Regiment)

All recruits do their basic military training at an Army Training Centre in Port Dickson. Special-to-arm training is carried out at the Signals School (Sekolah Semboyan) at Sungai Besi Camp. The school is now known as Institut Komunikasi dan Elektronik Tentera Darat (IKED).

Allow me to share some intriguing insights into the callsign history of the Royal Signals amateur radio clubs, compiled from the esteemed Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters Society (MARTS) callbook, with gratitude to Aziz (callsign 9M2AU). This information encompasses the period spanning from the 1980s to the 1990s, shedding light on the evolution and development of these clubs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By 9M2PJU

An amateur radio operator, Royal Signals veteran, jack of all trades and master of none.

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