WIANEWS for week commencing Aug 02 2009
News this week is presented by members of South East Queensland club,
Redcliffe. - JOHN VK4WX - sam vk4mas - SCOTTY VK4FLAE - phil vk4fil -
WIA NEWS for week commencing August 2nd.
Change of Tone!
Because 123 Hz was prone to interference such as music on the channel, FTAC
has decided to revise such & has now set 91.5 Hz as the general use tone
The WIA Band Plan has been Updated to reflect this and other changes, the
new Band plans are dated July 24 2009.
MEOW - THE CATS WHISKERS!
Australia's defences against future bushfire threats received a significant
boost this week with Telstra's launch of their $200,000 Mobile Exchange on
Wheels, or, M.E.O.W.
MEOW is a simple and highly portable, fully functional telephone exchange,
specifically designed to provide communications to disaster areas and was
developed by Telstra engineers after the devastating bushfires Black Saturday.
At an official event in Marysville, Telstra Consumer Group Managing Director,
David Moffatt, said the launch of the MEOW was an example of Telstra's ability
to use technology in response to natural disasters.
Telstra's Mobile Exchange on Wheels weighs just three tonnes, light-enough to
be towed behind a 4WD or light truck, and can be deployed within just
Once on-site two technicians can activate the device which can then provide
450 telephone services and over 300 ADSL2+ services at speeds of up to 20Mbps.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, The Queensland Police "fraud squad" is
crowing about being the first police force in the world to drive around
scanning for open Wi-Fi hotspots, warning owners that they need to tighten up
Detective Superintendent Hay told the Herald that "it was illegal to use
someone else's network bandwidth without their permission," though in most
countries the laws are unclear on the subject.
Trying to bring down the world's largest free ISP (linksys) is probably an
uphill battle, though Hay tells the paper the effort will "save mum, grandma
and grandpa from losing their life savings, having their identity stolen or
losing their kids' inheritance."
Wardriving is going mobile with a notebook and directional antenna looking for
open wireless links around the "burbs".
And hot on this item, word that a UK man is "allergic" to wi-fi waves.
For Steve Miller a trip to his local High Street is a living hell that makes
him sick, dizzy and confused.
Pubs make him feel the same and he can't use trains, airports or hotels
without experiencing head-banging agony.
But Steve doesn't suffer from some strange phobia. He is allergic to wi-fi.
"If I fancy a pint I have to travel three miles to the only pub in my area
that doesn't have it. I can't just go to the shops because huge parts of the
High Street affect me.
Being extra-sensitive to this "electro-smog" has made moving house a nightmare
for Steve, as stray signals from neighbouring buildings could make him ill.
It has also cost the top DJ thousands of pounds in lost income.
Read the full story in The Sun newspaper, link on SouthGate AR club page.
(VK7News and SouthGate/m0hok)
A reminder to ensure you pay your license renewal on or before time. ACMA
provide a 60 day grace period before the callsign is listed on the web for
other amateurs to acquire.
Generally they will send out a letter advising that your license has expired
as a reminder to renew it. You may have waited a long time to get a particular
callsign and it can be gone all too quickly.
Put a note on the calendar or in your computer to remind you of the date for
renewal and if you hear nothing by that time a check of the website or a phone
call to ACMA may prevent losing that cherished callsign.
This is Gordon VK4VP for WIA News
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
Westlakes club have arranged to have Jeff Johnson VK4XJJ present a talk on
his trek across Australia Saturday August 29th in the club Library
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VKC Roundup http://www.police
Midland Amateur Radio Club are holding a DATV presentation by Peter Cossins
Friday October 16 at 7:30pm.
This in their Radio Club rooms, the Scout Hall in Vine street Bendigo.
The presentation will consist of a practical demonstration with a power point
& video session.
web service local news:- www.wiaq.com/qnews/upload/qnewsbcast.htm
local news email email@example.com
VKR Roundup http://www.police.qld.gov.au/News+and+Alerts/Media+Releases/
Alan Shannon VK4SN has advised the WIA that the Lockyer Valley Radio &
Electronics Club will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Mary St Community
Centre, Laidley on August Nine at 2pm.
TARC Management Meeting this Tuesday
The Management Meeting of the Townsville Amateur Radio Club happens Tuesday
4th of August from 7-30pm at the Club Rooms SES HQ Green Street West End.
Along with the usual things that happen at the meeting there will also
be some late breaking info about the Cardwell Classic Rally and TARCs
activity during the Lighthouse Weekend.
On this day, National Tree Day, members of the Maryborough Electronics & Radio
Group, "MERGE", will be operating their "Living Tree Antenna" from 1200 hrs
AEST. Listen out for their "TREE POWERED TRANSMISSIONS" on or around 3615,
7060 or 14.190.
"MERGE" invites others to look up "Tree Antenna" on the web and attempt to do
the same, but will welcome contacts from all.
local area news :- http://reast.asn.au/news.php
vk7 local news, email firstname.lastname@example.org
North West Tasmania Amateur Television Group's Foundation Assessment Success.
Congratulations to Mark Grewar for successfully completing his assessment for
the Foundation Licence.
Mark passed with flying colours and has requested a call sign of VK7FZZZ.
He is anxiously waiting for same and expects to be operational on 2M and HF
as soon as he receives same.
If you hear Mark on air shortly, please give him a call, as he would
appreciate some contacts.
Again, congrats on attaining your Foundation Licence, Mark.
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
Are you a Foundation Licence holder wanting to upgrade?
Amateur Radio Victoria announces its latest Standard Licence Bridging
Courses. These are designed to help Foundation Licensees bridge the
knowledge gap between the Foundation and Standard Licence syllabuses.
The course will be run over five Wednesday nights in September plus a
weekend at the Amateur Radio Victoria offices in Ashburton.
Places are limited and filling quickly. For more information contact Barry
Phone 0428 516 001
Live on the Gold Coast Strip?
Have you heard of the F-Troop net?
Well here's your chance to join in. The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society
holds a casual net every Tuesday 7pm, on 146.700 to encourage foundation
operators to get involved in controlling nets.
Gold Coast also invite all amateurs to join in and take part in technical
discussions and other topics that cover the hobby we all enjoy.
Every Tuesday 7pm, on 146.700
TARC WIA Exams Information
Exam sessions in the North Queensland region are held on demand with WIA
Assessors and assessment packs available for all 3 levels of licensing.
Contact theTARCinc Acting WIA Exams Regional Co-ordinator Ray VK4NET on mobile
0419 637 637 to have a mutually suitable date and WIA Assessor assigned to
Further information also available at
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Invitation to a seminar on Future Wireless Technologies
The New Zealand Ministry invites participation at a seminar on Future Wireless
Technologies - including Cognitive Radio, Software Defined Radio and
Future Mobile and Broadcast Technologies on August 24.
The purpose of this event is to share knowledge amongst participants about
emerging developments and to commence identifying the areas on which to focus
future technical and regulatory work.
I.C.A.S.A. TO HOLD HEARING ON TABLE OF FREQUENCIES
ICASA the regulatory body in South Africa will be holding public hearings on
proposed revisions to the table of frequency allocations in South Africa from
The S.A.R.L. will be presenting the case for Amateur Radio.
Last year SARL made proposals that new amateur allocations be considered
around 500 kHz and 5 MHz, the extension of 160 metres to the full 1.8-2.0 kHz
and allocations 2300 - 2450 MHz and 3300 - 3500 MHz.
SARL is currently preparing its case in greater detail motivating the reasons
why these allocations will be beneficial to amateur radio and its contribution
to propagation and other studies.
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE
It's once more into the breach for the Federal Communications Commission's
efforts to authorize Broadband Over Power Line technology.
The USA agency has unfortunately issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,
asking for feedback on the power levels Access BPL systems should operate at
so that they don't interfere with other services.
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) stopped this process dead in its tracks
(as rightfully they should have) last year, having raised concerns about the
transparency of the proceeding and BPL's potential for messing with ham radio
signals and other bands.
But the Commission is sticking to its guns, arguing that the technical
standards it has already set may still be sufficientat least, with a
modification or two.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2009
AUG 15 - 16 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
AUG 15 - 16 ILLW
AUG 29 - 30 ALARA CONTEST (29th)
OCT 3 - 4 OCEANIA CONTESTS - SSB
OCT 10 - 11 OCEANIA CONTESTS - CW
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
March 21-22 John Moyle Field Day
Hello listeners I am peter Harding VK4OD with greetings from the desk of the
RD Contest Manager.
With this years RD Contest just around the corner here on Active service from
East Timor is Lieutenant Chris Megaw VK4FR with some little known information
Hello Listeners I am Lieutenant Chris Megaw, Currently on active Service in
East Timor, with the Remembrance Day Contest just around the corner I have a
short story in regards to the Biscuit Bombers in WWII
Attached to one of the Australian Helicopter units here in East Timor, One of
my roles here is to resupply by Air, as they did in WWII.
At that time they did have very limited success with the delivery of supplies
by air, abandoning it favour of resupply by sea.
On the night of April 19th 1942 all radios in the northern Australian port of
Darwin were silent, the reason for this was that on the previous night,
a weak signal, using a three month old coast watcher code, from a coast
watcher who had not been heard from for some time, had been picked up at the
radio listening station at HQ Northern Territory Force in Darwin. All
commercial and military radios had been told to stay off the air. About one
month had passed since the last of the Allied Pacific bases had fallen and at
the time the Japanese were believed have uncontested control of their new
empire, apart from some guerrilla resistance in the Philippines. That night
the signal was received again. This time more clearly but the listeners in
Darwin were sceptical, suspecting a Japanese ruse. They demanded proof of
identity from the signallers, a transcript of the message follows./
/Darwin : "Do you know George Parker (the coast watcher)?"
Signaller: "Yes, he is with us."
Darwin : "What rank is he?"
Darwin : "Is he there? Bring him to the transmitter. What is your wife's
Parker : "Joan."
Darwin : "What is the street number of your house?"
Parker : "94." /
/ A coast watcher officer in Darwin, knew from set procedures that this was
Parker and that he was not a prisoner. Darwin HQ was satisfied and asked for
a report. *The response was completely unexpected and secured a place in
Australian military history.*/
/ "The Timor force is intact and still fighting. Badly need boots, quinine,
money and ammunition."/
I look forward to when we next meet just before the RD commences.
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
With just two weeks to go this annual event is set to be a huge success
with 320 lighthouses registered so far and another more than 100 expected
in coming days.
Australia remains in the lead with 45 registrations ahead of Germany on 41.
The Lighthouse Weekend is on the 15th and 16th of August. To check out
those already registered or to make a registration just visit the website
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SPECIAL EVENT CALLS, 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
OZ 1658 ROS 350th anniversary of the Treaty of Roskilde Till Dec 31
VARIOUS SM STATIONS USING 1658 (Treaty of Roskilde) Till Dec 31
VI 2 SRC 50 Summerland Clubs 50th Anniversary (VK2) Till Aug 31
VP 9 400 /home call 400th Anniversary of Bermuda Till Dec 31
VR 2009 EAG The 5th East Asian Games Hong Kong Till Dec 31
YL 90 AIR 90yrs of Latvian Air Force Till Dec 31
CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF THE LATVIAN AIRFORCE
The Latvian callsign YL90AIR stands for 90 years air force in that
nation. The commemorative operation will remain on the air through
years end. QSL via bureau or eQSL.
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!
Talk about the cold of space. On July 2nd the flight detectors of
Planck' spacecraft's High Frequency Instrument reached the amazingly low
operating temperature of -273C and did it by radio.
Amateur Radio Newsline's says the cool-down took place as the spacecraft has
just entered its final orbit around the second LaGrange point of the Sun-Earth
Planck is equipped with a passive cooling system that brings its temperature
down to about -230C by radiating heat into space. Three active coolers were
ordered to take over from there to bring the temperature down further to an
amazing low of -273.05C.
That's only 0.1C above absolute zero which is the coldest temperature
theoretically possible in our universe.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
(Measure twice - Cut once!)
Smart clothes could take photos.
Clothes could one day take snaps of everything happening around whoever is
US researchers have made smart fabric that can detect the wavelength and
direction of light falling on it.
The research team has found a way to accurately place sensors in each fibre
and co-ordinate the electrical signals they send when light falls on them.
The results were a step towards "ambient light imaging fabrics" said the
Led by Dr Yoel Fink from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the
researchers have extended earlier work that placed sensors in relatively
large polymer fibres.
Dr Fink and colleagues found a way to stretch the 25mm strands of polymer into
much thinner fibres while maintaining the relative positions of the sensors.
This earlier work has led to the creation of very long and flexible light and
temperature sensors that may find a role in smart fabrics for soldiers or
those working in hostile environments.
In their latest work, described in a paper in Nano Letters, these thinner
strands were woven into a 0.1m square section of fabric. The careful creation
of the fibres and positioning of the light-sensitive elements meant that the
team knew which signals were being sent by which sensors.
This enabled the team to reconstruct, albeit crudely, an image projected onto
the small square of fabric. The researchers said their work was an
"important step" towards finding ways to get many nanoscale devices working
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2009/07/10 09:48:59 GMT
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
CubeSat Linear Transponder at Tokyo Ham Fair
PE1RAH, will be demonstrating his CubeSat linear transponder at the JARL
Tokyo Ham Fair this month, August.
PE1RAH was responsible for one of the 435/145 transponders used on the
Amateur Satellite VUSAT (VO-52) and last year he developed a 300mW PEP linear
CW/SSB transponder that would run from a 3.6 volt battery and was small enough
to fit into a CubeSat .
EX-KE4IQB TO HEAD NASA
Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., the former KE4IQB, has been confirmed by the US
Senate as the twelfth administrator of the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration. Bolden commanded Shuttle missions STS-45 and
STS-60 and was an active participant in the Space Amateur Radio
Experiment or SAREX program.
LUNAR ORBITER PHOTOGRAPHS APOLLO LANDING DITES
NASA has released new photos recently taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter showing the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures, radioed
back to Earth, show the Apollo missions lunar module descent stages
sitting on the moon's surface This, as long shadows from a low sun
angle make the modules descent locations very evident.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera was able to image five of the
six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be
photographed in the coming weeks.
You can see the pictures at:
(NASA via ARNewsLine)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
NASA test new 'space internet' protocols.
The University of Colorado at Boulder is working with NASA to develop a new
communications technology now being tested which will extend Earth's Internet
into outer space and across the solar system.
Called Disruption Tolerant Networking, or DTN, the new technology will enable
NASA and other space agencies around the world to better communicate with
international fleets of spacecraft that will be used to explore the Moon and
Mars in the future
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Members and friends of the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club Australia are
reminded that the next news and information broadcast will take place on the
first Monday of the Month.
using the RAOTC callsign of VK3OTN.
10.00 am Victorian time on 7.060 and 3.650 MHz plus 1.843 MHz AM, and
On 14.150 MHz at 01.00 UTC beaming north and 02:00 UTC west from Melbourne
For those not yet retired, 8.30 PM Victorian time tune 80 metres 3.650 MHz
and in Tasmania, but at Victorian time, 8:30 on the Mount Duncan repeater
With the objective to maintain interest and good fellowship among those who
qualify for membership, full membership of the RAOTC is available to any
person who has held, or has been qualified to hold, an Amateur Licence for
a minimum of 25 years.
Associate membership is available to any person who has held, or has been
qualified to hold, an Amateur Licence for a minimum of 10 years.
Associate members are entitled to all the privileges of Full Membership
except the right to vote or to hold office.
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club
P.O. Box 107
Mentone Vic 3194
Phone : 03 9579 5600
The RAOTC News Broadcast can be heard in north west Tasmania on the
Mount Duncan repeater 146.62 5Mhz 8.30PM monday, the same time as the
VK3 3650 Khz Broadcasts.
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
DP9S German National Jamboree Station
Special event station DP9S will be active from July 29 until August 8 at the
German National Scout Jamboree in Buhlenberg
The station will be operating using the callsign DP9S on HF and VHF around the
Radio Scouting frequencies.
Further details are on the DP9S website at
GB4WINGS is QRV from WINGS 2009 until August 8 at Windsor Great Park.
On HF (SSB/Data with some CW) and 2m (SSB) most of the day and some evenings.
This is part of a communications activity for 5000+ Guides and Scouts from
around the world. QSL via the bureau
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES ALL REGIONS
21.360 - 18.160 - 14.300 - 7.060 - 3.760 MHz.
REGION 2 TRY ALSO 3.985 - 7.240 - 7.290
Looking for a healthy add on to your amateur radio interests?
A day out with your radio on a farm property, or in the bush?
Want to take the YL or XYL and the kids?
Want to help others and their families engage in healthy outdoor activity?
How about an activity where motive force is restricted to one horse power, and
where you can talk to the drivers as they pass?
Where the fuel used is grown in the paddock and a minimum of greenhouse gas is
produced - naturally.
Here's your chance, particularly if you are in VK7.
WICEN Tasmania (South) regularly provides safety checkpoints for the Southern
Tasmania Endurance Riders.
Their next ride on the 15th of August is close to Hobart, on the Clifton Vale
property between Dysart and Elderslie.
So, if you want to get out of the shack, get some fresh air, help others
involved in a great family activity and use your radio for something useful
and enjoyable, mark your calendar now for the 14th and 15th August and give
Chris VK7FCDW or Roger VK7ARN a call to let em know you'll be there.
(sourced to vk7news and Roger, VK7ARN, Secretary WICEN Tasmania (South))
HAM RADIO HELPS AVOID RAILWAY ACCIDENT
Ham radio may have helped to avoid a railway accident. One involving a
group of Illinois youngsters who decided to try to joy ride on a
Paul Streeter, AB9PS, had been attending a meeting of the National
Railway Historical Society.
As his train home departed the station, his son David, N9JFE, and two
other club members who had waited with him noticed that a couple kids
had jumped onto the engine. Sensing the urgency in the situation, N9JFE
used the emergency provision of the FCC's Amateur Service rules. He
tuned his HT to the railroad's frequency to notify the engineer that he
had some unwanted kids clinging to the locomotive.
The engineer brought the train to an emergency stop. As soon as the
train came to a halt, the crew jumped out when it chased the kids away.
Now here's the kicker. Apparently the kids took refuge right in front
of the Downers Grove Police Department after they jumped off the
engine. In fact, they were seen sitting on the agency's steps. The
engineer then asked the dispatcher to notify the police of what had
transpired and of the youngsters where-abouts.
AB9PS says that in his opinion that the situation was definitely
life-threatening. He says that the train could have reached 60 mph even
though it was a local. At that speed the kids would not have been able
to hang on.
SOCIAL SCENE 2009
International Telecommunication Union's Telecom World 2009.
AUG 2 VK3
Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group White Elephant Sale Healesville Memorial Hall.
August 2 vk6
Northern Corridor Radio Group's WA Hamfest. Cyril Jackson Rec Centre
Fisher st Ashfield.
August 8 VK2
Summerland's 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held Saturday evening, 8th August.
Goonellabah Tavern to start 1800K.
SARCFEST from 0800K at the Clubrooms, Richmond Hill.
August 22 vk2
Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club's Winterfest 18 Simeon Road, Orchard Hills.
SEPT 12 VK4
Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio club Sunfest, The Woombye School of Arts
Blackall Street Woombye.
SEP 13 VK5
Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest 9:30am.
Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St Goodwood.
SEP 18-20 VK4
North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention, James Cook University,
Douglas Campus. Surf to theTARCinc website http://www.tarc.org.au
for event and registration information
SEP 25 - 27 VK4
The Central Highland Amateur Radio Club Annual General Meeting at
Camp Fairbairn near Emerald.
OCT 11 VK3
Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club's communications and display day
(Hamfest), St Augustine's Hall Orr Street Shepparton.
OCT 12 - 16 ZL
14th IARU R3 Conference Christchurch 12 ? 16 October 2009.
Details at www.christchurch.org.nz/
The Region 3 Web Site: www.jarl.or.jp/iaru-r3/
Oct 31 - Nov 1
Qld Sunshine Coast's October Camp Catch-up Maidenwell Observatory
Brisbane valley west of Yarraman.
NOV 1 VK2
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club's "Westlakes Field Day".
JAN 24 VK2
Mid North Coast Amateur Radio Group's Radio Expo 2010 8.30am St Johns Church
Hall, Mc Lean Street Coffs Harbour.
FEBRUARY 14 VK3
WIA 100 Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 3.
Wyong Field Day, Wyong Race Course.
APRIL 2 VK3
Midland Amateur Radio Club's Radio, Electronic & Astronomy Expo.
Venue to be advised.
JUNE 5 VK2
Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club's 35th Annual Field Day.
JAN 23-FEB 17 YEAR 2012
World Radio Conference WRC-11 Geneva 23rd January TO 17th February 2012
MAY 4-7 2012 VK5
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