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WIANEWS for week commencing June 21 2009
- $41:00 gets you a low band vk licence.
- WIA 100 HAMFEST.
_ how small can a chip get?
- JAMES LINTON SPY TRANSMISSIONS TO TUNE.
- anne renton memorial net.
- XTREME CONTEST CAT.
- vk3 digital repeaters, voice and picure.
All up and coming in this edition of
WIANEWS for week commencing June 21
This is Michael Owen, VK3KI
It is a funny thing, but something always happens that I want to report just
after Graham has recorded the broadcast.
This is one of them.
After an exchange of letters, last week ACMA has advised the WIA that any
amateur holding an Advanced licence may now apply to ACMA for a variation of
their licence to allow operation on a secondary basis in the band
135.7 - 137.8 kHz, the LF band allocated to the amateur service at the
ITU's WRC in 2007.
Amateur operation in that band is subject to a maximum radiated power of
1 Watt (e.i.r.p.).
Application for a variation of licence to allow use on the new LF band should
be made on ACMA form R057 (downloadable from the ACMA website) to ACMA at
PO Box 78, Belconnen, ACT 2616 accompanied by the ACMA fee of $41.
ACMA amended the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan in January to allow
amateur operation on this LF band, but has not yet amended the Amateur LCD or
the Visiting Amateurs Class Licence to allow operation due, it says, to a lack
of resources, and does not see itself being able to further progress the
matter before the end of the current year.
The WIA suggested that as each Advanced amateur licence became due for renewal
the necessary additional condition could be included in the licence as it was
renewed, which would avoid the fee of $41 for a licence variation, but again
ACMA has advised that this would involve additional resources better applied
in other directions.
However, ACMA will include the necessary conditions as a variation to each
Advanced licensee who applies for a variation of his or her licence to allow
operation on this band.
So, I know some people have already applied for the right to use this band,
but were waiting to hear back from ACMA.
I hope many amateurs will try this very new band.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VKC Roundup http://www.police
It's coming back, bigger and better than ever
The major amateur radio event in Victoria returns to the Kyneton
Racecourse, only an hour from Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo on
Sunday the 14th of February.
The WIA 100 Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 3 will build of the major
success of its predecessor events held in 2007 and 2008 that they're
still talking about.
And it's the very first activity to be proudly branded in support of
the Wireless Institute of Australia's centenary celebrations.
More information will be posted in coming months on the website
included in Amateur Radio magazine
and heard on this broadcast.
GGREC would like to remind all they we will be hosting annual Hamfest
on the 18th July 2009, at the Cranbourne Public Hall.
Anyone wanting a table should contact the club immediately.
(Chris Chapman VK3QB 0429187593 Hamfest Co-ordinator)
web service local news:- www.wiaq.com/qnews/upload/qnewsbcast.htm
local news email firstname.lastname@example.org
VKR Roundup http://www.police.qld.gov.au/News+and+Alerts/Media+Releases/
TOWERS AVAILABLE TO GOOD HOMES !
Wayne VK4WDM is moving QTH and has two steel wind up towers to GIVE AWAY !
One is a two section about 54ft long, heavy, square with winch.
Will need heavy 4WD, truck etc to get it down and out.
The other one is a three section about 56ft long, medium weight,
triangular. Has some minor damage but is already on the ground.
Contact Wayne on 47888781 or email
Fighting Spam in VK & ZL
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has joined forces with the
New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs in the fight against Spam by
signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish channels of
communication that will allow both agencies to move quickly in response to the
challenges and demands of the ever-changing Spam environment.
`Spam is a global problem that requires coordinated global action,' said
Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman. `Over 99 per cent of the Spam that reaches
Australians comes from overseas. Fighting Spam nationally is vital, but long
term gains can only be made through cooperation with other countries and
`This MOU allows each agency to promote and foster the assistance and exchange
of information relevant to our regulatory functions. It also reflects the
historically strong working relationship and economic ties between the two
DISCUSSION POINT - GEOFF VK4ZPP
As the June edition of AR magazine hits the news stands and arrives in
letter boxes, perhaps it is timely to look back to the WIA Comment from
Michael Owen, VK3KI in last month's issue.
The Wireless Institute of Australia is the peak body who speaks with our
regulator, ACMA and represents all amateurs in VKland. With this in mind
and having the Institute ask for suggestions on how to better promote the
hobby and allow us, the amateurs to promote the hobby locally - have you
read Michael's request? Have you or your club started getting ideas recorded
because it is where the feet met the pavement that the WIA is looking to....
that means you and me.
Michael suggests some areas that we can all consider but it is the local
person and club member who is familiar with what equipment is available
locally and what skills or skills that need upgrading that are available
in your area. This is our job to answer the call and I hope that the
Committee that has been formed gets plenty of ideas and feedback to
consider. The clubs of which I am a member are responding, is yours?
Where to send your ideas......either by email or letter to the Secretary of
the Wireless Institute of Australia.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
The RSGB, in conjunction with the Lincoln Short-wave Club, announces a
brand new national amateur radio show for the UK.
The National Hamfest has the full support of the major amateur radio
traders and manufacturers and will take place on 2nd and 3rd October
2009. The venue for the National Hamfest is the George Stephenson
hall at the Newark and Nottingham showground.
If you are visiting the very north of Scotland or the Orkneys
between 6th and 16th July and your GPS guidance system goes brain
dead, it might be jammed - and the jamming is legal.
The Ministry of Defence will be conducting a Global Positioning
System jamming exercise.
The Ministry of Defence conducts occasional tests on military systems
that may result in some loss of service to civilian users of the
Global Positioning System. This includes such equipment as in-car
navigation devices and other networks which rely on GPS signals.
From June 2nd to 5th, there was a CITEL PCC.II meeting held in Ottawa.
Well over 100 delegates from countries of the Americas gathered for a meeting
preparatory to the next World Radio Conference that is to be held in Geneva
Almost every item on the WRC Agenda was discussed with a goal to find common
ground that would be supported by the CITEL countries.
Amateurs were represented by Daniel VE2KA, and Dario, HP1DJ for the IARU
Region 2. Jon Siverling, WB3ERA was on the USA delegation and Ken
Pulfer, VE3PU, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN and Jim Dean, VE3IQ
were on the Canadian delegation.
Some subjects of interest to Amateur Radio were discussed.
On BPL, a drafting group was formed, headed by Canada and
tasked to present BPL standards for adoption at the next
PCC.II meeting in November at Washington, USA. Canada and
the USA presented Preliminary Views on Agenda Item 1.23.
A common paper was produced and adopted by the plenary that
most probably will be the basis of a joint Region 2 proposal
at an upcoming meeting.
(Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA VP International Affairs - RAC)
WEIRD N WONDERFUL
BEER WASTEWATER CONVERTED TO ELECTRICITY
From the Newsline science page word than an innovative joint project
between Australia's University of Queensland and Foster's Brewing to turn
beer wastewater into electricity has won a $140,000 grant. This, from the
Queensland Government's Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund.
A research fellow explained that the new technology worked by creating a
microbial fuel cell, which feeds continuously on the organic materials
found in the brewery wastewater, turning it into electrical power. The
process also produces clean water and renewable non-polluting carbon dioxide.
The team from the University of Queensland Advanced Wastewater Management
Centre was one of six presented with the funding by Lindy Nelson-Carr who
is the Minister for Environment. The presentation took place at Foster's
One last thought. If successful. this project may eventually bring new
meaning to the words going out for an 807.
OPERATIONAL NEWS -
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2009
JUN 20 - 21 MUSEUMS WEEKEND PART a
JUN 27 - 28 MUSEUMS WEEKEND PART b
JUL 04 NZART MEMORIAL CONTEST 80M
AUG 15 - 16 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
AUG 15 - 16 ILLW
Running till Dec 31 2009 is the 4th CQ DX Marathon
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
March 21-22 John Moyle Field Day
CQWW adds new 'Xtreme' Category
A new 'Xtreme' category is being added to the CQ World Wide DX Contest to
encourage the development of new technologies in amateur radio communications
in general and contesting in particular.
According to CQ WW Contest Director Bob Cox, K3EST, this new category has
been established to allow amateurs to participate in the CQ WW contest while
experimenting creatively with Internet-linked stations and other new
"Contesters are often early adopters of new technologies," said Cox, "and we
want to encourage this as a continuation of ham radio's pioneering spirit.
However, many of these technologies are not currently permitted in any
existing CQ WW categories.
The Xtreme category will allow these stations to compete, but only with
other stations using new technologies."
BEACON DX AND NET ADVICE
hf nets ON the net, www.timroberts-vk4yeh.id.au/
GB 40 WAB 40th anniversary of the WAB Till Dec 31
HG 160 FNY Commemorates 1848 attack on Hungary
that prompted their independence. until July 31
International Museums Weekend(s) 20 and 21 plus 27 and June 28
OZ 1658 ROS 350th anniversary of the Treaty of Roskilde Till Dec 31
VARIOUS SM STATIONS USING 1658 (Treaty of Roskilde) Till Dec 31
VP 9 400 /home call 400th Anniversary of Bermuda Till Dec 31
Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net this Tuesday
One of the friendliest radio nets in the land happens
this Tuesday evening from 7-30pm on the Townsville
VHF Repeater ... the Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net !
The net is open to young and old, YL or OM and is a
golden opportunity for anyone who needs practice
on-air to go onto the net as 2nd operator.
So if you live in or are travelling thru the area
join in to this Tuesday evenings net and lets see if the
YLs can outnumber the OMs !
The 8th annual International Museums Weekend
Around 60 museums of all types are taking part including Australian museums
on air today:
World War II mine-sweeper and escort ship HMAS Castlemaine, moored at Gem
Pier Williamstown, with Amateur Radio Victoria VK3RAN.
The Geelong Amateur Radio Club, assisted by members of the Geelong Radio
and Electronics Society has two stations, VK3DJ at the Geelong Regional
Museum and VK3ATL the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum.
And the Furneaux Historical Research Museum on Flinders Island IOTA OC195,
is activated by Gavin Barnes VK7VTX signing VK7FLI.
The 5th Aussie station is VK3APC operating from the Moorabbin District
Radio Club's own radio museum at the combined club rooms, Turner Road,
Highett, on Sunday the 21st of June from 8am to 4pm on HF and VHF -
visitors are welcome.
(VK3PC + VK3AFW)
At an event in Tamworth this weekend ham wireless ops will attempt to reach
much of Australia and out into outer-space.
Radio amateurs will be setting up their equipment at Tamworth Saturday and
Sunday as part of the International Museums Weekend.
"Amateur radio enthusiasts have a very low profile in this country. The event
is a way of introducing it to the public," said Bob Williams, Tamworth Amateur
Radio Society secretary.
Tamworth Amateur Radio Society meets every Thursday at St Francis' Church,
For details contact secretary Bob Williams.
(Tamworth Herald, June 18, 2009, edition)
Alleged spies, Morse code and short-wave radio
The most enduring mystery on the short-wave bands is the hundreds of numbers
stations - you may have heard them, voices reading numbers or Morse code
transmissions sending digits without a callsign or other identification.
No governments admit being responsible but these transmissions are from
the dark world of espionage and spy intelligence communications.
An interesting recent development in the United States is the case of a
retired government official with a top secret security clearance and his
wife being charged with spying for the past 30 years.
The FBI in its indictment of charges reveals it has taken possession of an
operable short-wave radio, and one of those facing prosecution knows
It is alleged that the pair were illegal agents of Cuba and had met former
dictator Fidel Castro.
What has been shown in the charges is that clandestine communications known
as 'numbers stations' are used by the Cuban Intelligence Service to keep
in contact with its agents.
So next time you tune into a numbers station you are eavesdropping on a
spy-related phenomena, encoded messages to agents.
More information on the US arrests for spying can be read at:
I'm James, James Linton VK3PC and you're listening to VK1WIA.
(were the pair released on a 'bond'?)
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator B.L.Manohar (Arasu) VU2UR
IARU Monitoring System International Coordinator:-
Robert E. Knowles, ZL1BAD.
Len Martinson, ZL1BYA, is Monitoring Service co-ordinator for the NZART.
VK National Coordinator = Karl Hennig VK6XW email@example.com
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
VK Coordinators for I.A.R.U.M.S.
VK3TZE Jimmy email@example.com
VK7BBW Paul firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.
Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
Exclusive amateur only spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700
FCC T-HUNTS DOWN SHOPPING MALL RADIO SYSTEM JAMMER
Every once in a while, the FCC hits a home run with outstanding direction
finding work leading to an important find. The case of Kevin Bondy, the
licensee of station WQGX752 who now faces a $24,000 fine is one of
those. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, said that according
to the CGC communicator, the case involves a dedicated and industrious jammed
causing wilful and repeated interference to the radio channels licensed to
The Oaks Shopping Centre in Thousand Oaks, California.
Its also the story of an even more dedicated FCC agent determined to get
his man and the FCC release has the full story.
The security manager also told the agent that the rather brazen jammer had
told shopping centre to stop using 461.375MHz which is the security repeater
On March 5th the Los Angeles agent T-hunted down the source of pulsating
signals to a repeater located within a secured radio communications
facility on Oat Mountain. That's a 3000 foot hilltop in the Santa Susana
Mountains that's very popular with two-way radio users.
While atop Oat Mountain the agent observed radio equipment which he found
was the source of the pulsating signals and a beam antenna connected to it
pointed in the direction of Thousand Oaks. There seemed no doubt that this
set-up was intended to interfere with normal transmissions on the shopping
Fast forward to March 6th.
Personnel from the shopping centre engaged unknown operator into a QSO.
The agent was hard at work T-Hunting and at approximately 7:30
p.m., he hit pay-dirt. This, when he found the originating source of the
transmissions to be a vehicle located in the National Park Service parking
structure across the street from the shopping centre.
At this point the Ventura County Sheriff's Department secured the area and
identified the subject as Kevin W. Bondy.
And now it has literally become time for Bondy to pay the proverbial
piper. In its May 14th Notice of Apparent Liability issued to Bondy, the
FCC says that his violations of the Communications Act warrant his being
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
(Measure twice - Cut once!)
Hope shrinks for the humble chip.
For more than 40 years the silicon industry has delivered ever faster,
The advances have underpinned everything from the rise of mobile phones to
digital photography and portable music players. Chip-makers have been able
to deliver many of these advances by shrinking the components on a chip.
By making these building blocks, such as transistors, smaller they have
become faster and firms have been able to pack more of them into the same
But according to many industry insiders this miniaturisation cannot continue
"The consensus in the industry is that we can do that shrinking for about
another ten years and then after that we have to figure out new ways to
bring higher capability to our chips," said Professor Stanley Williams of
Even Gordon Moore, the founder of Intel and the man that gave his name to
the law that dictates the industry's progression, admits that it can only go
on for a few more years.
"Moore's Law should continue for at least another decade," he recently told
the BBC News. "That's about as far as I can see."
(audio filed by westlakes)
I am sort of settled in at Paradise Point on the Gold Coast living aboard a
29ft Roberts sloop at anchor.
I was interviewed on the ABC on Richard Fidler's "Conversations"
program. Richard was crook so Steve Austin took the interview. There is an
audio version (MP3) on my web site www.jeffswalk.com and I would appreciate
it if you could mention it on the news for me. My book is getting out into
general stores like Angus and Robertson and is selling slowly but well. I
have committed 50% of book sales profits to the DeafBlind Association.
The second part of a talk with Jeff vk4xjj who made it walking all the
way south to north will be talking of his experiences on the GOLD COAST's
F Troop net at 7.30pm Tuesday 146.700Mhz.
He has a very interesting website which I am sure after you have
listened to him you will
want to see what is there.
HELPING THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT
"Helping Those Who Really Need It" is the title of an interesting article
in the June issue of CQ Magazine dealing with the changing landscape of
amateur radio emergency communications. Authored by former police and fire
chief Jerry Boyd. N7WR, the article explains the way in which non
government organizations such as hospitals, bus systems, schools and
independent municipal agencies may be the new clients that will be looking
to ham radio for assistance in coming days. Boyd points to the
California-based Hospital Disaster Support Communications Service as an
excellent example of a ham radio support group that serves a specific
need. You can read the entire article beginning on page 52 of the June
issue of CQ Magazine.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack email@example.com
Radio Direction Finding Fun happening soon
If you are in the vicinity of the Townsville Region on Saturday
July 4th and want to get involved in a Foxhunt which includes
a really neat prize for first place then Tony VK4TJS wants to hear from you.
You have until 30 June to get your attendance numbers in for the
TARC Far-ranging Foxhunt, starting from Anderson Gardens Pimlico from 2pm
July 4th and finishing at a secret location.
There will be activities for all family members to participate in during
the Foxhunt and things will end up with a cheerio feast provided by
To cater for the event Tony needs to know your attendance numbers and you
need to quiz Tony further regarding details about the Foxhunt.
Who do you have to call ?
Tony VK4TJS 47740582
(Gavin VK4ZZ - TARCinc)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story)
Want someone to give an interesting talk at a club meeting?
Melbourne ATV guru Peter Cossins VK3BFG is available to talk at club
meetings about the new digital amateur television set-up that is being
built for VK3RTV Mt Dandenong.
The DATV repeater will have its 2nd on air test on Saturday 21st of June
from 1.30pm, on a frequency of 446.5MHz.
While the major components of the digital repeater are not yet permanently
installed Peter VK3BFG is available for demonstrations at radio club
He will be doing a show 'n tell on Friday 20 June at the coffee shop
meeting, EMDRC club rooms, Milpara Scout Hall, 13A McCubbin St. Burwood
starting at 8pm.
Any other club who would like a similar presentation may contact Peter
VK3BFG at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Amateur Radio Victoria www.amateurradio.com.au)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
Australian Coordinator for TCPIP domains is Indy email@example.com
The Mt Macedon VK3RMM facility north-west of Melbourne is now servicing a
phenomenal, but not unexpected wide coverage area.
This following the full commissioning of its 2-metre, Digital Smart
Technologies for Amateur Radio repeater.
The VK3RMM 70 centimetre D-STAR repeater that first went on air in February
continues to get good reports.
The project began with repeater modules donated by ICOM Australia, a few
individual donations, volunteer support, with the rest of the considerable
expense being borne by Amateur Radio Victoria.
More recently the 2-metre D-STAR repeater has been turned on with good quality
signals throughout the greater Melbourne area, to Berwick in the east, Geelong
in the west, Bendigo, Shepparton and Echuca on the New South Wales border.
The internet gateway is now being initialised and tested for the next phase
of this project.
(Barry Robinson VK3PV)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FAITH.
Boys Brigade Founding Weekend On the Air
Over the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October 2009 it is hoped that
Boys Brigade members will be given the opportunity to link up with others
from around the word via Amateur radio.
So far, stations from the UK and Bermuda are taking part, but more are always
So, if you are an ex-BB member or a club looking for a way to help youngsters
please visit www.andy-glassman.me.uk/fwoa.htm for links to Battalions who,
if you contact them, maybe more than appreciative of your help.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK UNOFFICIAL HF Net.
2nd Sunday each month.
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz
RS-15 beacon on 10 metres
The 10 metre beacon on the RS-15 Amateur Radio satellite is still going
strong over 14 and a half years since it was launched.
RS-15 was launched on 26th December 1994. Its 145 to 29 MHz linear
transponder has ceased operation, however, from time to time the 10 metre
beacon can still be heard.
Most commercial low earth orbit satellites cease operating after a few years
and it is a reflection on the very high standard of amateur satellite design
and construction that amateur satellites such as RS-15 can last so long.
Henk PA3GUO has posted a 12 second MP3 of the beacon on 29.350 MHz at
N2YO Real-Time Satellite Tracking website
AMSAT Bulletin Board AMSAT-BB
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Some scout activity with 3DA0 SS near Manzini - from 31st July until 11th
August no EchoLink but operating around the scout frequencies so look out
for them. The operation will be 100w to wire antennas or a multiband
vertical. There will also be operation from Hawane using a variety of
(73 David GI4FUM/EI4DJ/3DA0DJ)
International Telecommunication Union's Telecom World 2009.
July 11 - 12 VK3
GippsTech 2009, the technical conference with a VHF, UHF & microwave focus.
July 18 VK3
Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest 10.00 am
Cranbourne Public Hall
August 2 vk6
Northern Corridor Radio Group's WA Hamfest. Cyril Jackson Rec Centre
Fisher st Ashfield, WA email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest 9:30am.
Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St Goodwood.
SEP 25 - 27 VK4
The Central Highland Amateur Radio Club Annual General Meeting at
Camp Fairbairn near Emerald. For further information contact Secretary
Gordon Loveday VK4KAL on telephone 07 49854168
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