In the captivating pages of the MARTS Newsletter from May-June 1964, expertly curated by Prof. Emeritus John Jan Jellema (9M2JJ, now K1ND), the spotlight falls on an iconic piece of amateur radio equipment—the G5RV antenna.

During his tenure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaya from 1962 to 1964, Prof. Jellema taught at the Secondary Trades School in Ipoh, Perak. His dedication to education and his passion for amateur radio are evident in this issue of the newsletter.

The G5RV antenna, renowned for its versatility and efficiency, takes center stage in this edition. Prof. Jellema delves into the intricacies of its design, sharing valuable insights and practical tips for optimal performance. From its origins to its successful implementation, the newsletter offers a comprehensive exploration of this popular antenna.

Moreover, the MARTS Newsletter highlights Prof. Jellema’s contributions to the amateur radio community, leading to his well-deserved recognition. At the AGM in January 1965, held in Singapore, he was honored with a Life Membership in MARTS. This prestigious award serves as a testament to his dedication and invaluable service.


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

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