THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK
WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING NOV 01 2009.
Clubs get on the VK100WIA callsign roster
ARRISS CONTACT IN AUSTRALIA
New mobile phones rules - beware of the changes
CANADA'S HAM COMMUNITY TO COMMEMORATE THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS
ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING NOV 01 2009
Geoff VK6NX died last Saturday, Funeral was Thursday. Geoff was OM of
our previous Education Reporter Kylea VK6XYL... our condolences from all
the WIA National News Team Kylea.
Clubs get on the VK100WIA callsign roster
In the first two weeks of online bookings for the special callsign VK100WIA
to celebrate the Centenary of Organised Amateur Radio in Australia next year,
some 20 clubs have registered for a rostered three day slot.
Their registration details can be seen under the Centenary section of the
WIA website and demonstrate how they are to get right behind the Centenary
celebrations and promote amateur radio to the public.
Some are to have a public open day at their club rooms, others are setting
up in a local community facility and outdoors, and a few will be using the
callsign during a traditional amateur radio activity.
The special issue call sign will be used by the WIA itself in May and shared
amongst the WIA's affiliated radio clubs until the end of October.
Clubs have been sent information on how to register and are encouraged to
consider combining the callsign in conjunction with other activities.
As a result, the VK100WIA roster is now 40% booked by clubs in all states.
Indications are that others are about to finalise their involvement in the
Centenary celebration. Bookings for the callsign roster must close in March.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
New mobile phones rules - beware of the changes
VicRoads, the road traffic authority in Victoria is to adopt a modified
new rule in relation to using iPhones or other GPS-enabled phones for
navigation purposes, and the audio/music function of phones.
Initially it announced that its new rules, to begin on the 9th of
November, would make the use of those phones illegal whilst driving. That
is in line with the intent of new nationally agreed rules.
Victoria was to be the first state or territory to say it will be applying
the new rules, but VicRoads has more recently announced it will allow GPS
phones and music playing phones to be used in cars provided they are in a
commercially made cradle.
Learner and P1 plate drivers are totally banned from using a mobile phone
at all whilst driving.
You do not have to be talking on a mobile phone to be using it! Simply
having it in your hand or sitting on your lap can get you a fine for
illegally using a mobile phone while driving.
The rules on mobile phone use do not apply to press-to-talk two-way radio
For the full story visit the VicRoads website - the direct URL can be
found in the edition of this broadcast.
I'm Barry Robinson VK3PV and you're listening to VK1WIA
ARRISS CONTACT IN AUSTRALIA
A School east of Melbourne is the latest to have an amateur radio contact
with a crew member on the International Space Station (ISS)
and in doing so achieved a notable first for this activity.
A total of 11 students from Sherbrooke Community School put questions to
Astronaut Robert Thirsk, but in a spirit of friendship shared their
experience with two other schools.
The ARISS contact on Wednesday 28 October also included questions from
Sherbrooke's sister schools - the Jiaolun Middle School in China
and the Early Learning Centre at Thimphu in Bhutan.
More on the web wia.org.au including audio.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club held its first meeting at the new premises
Last Wednesday night the 28th October.
The club has moved from Farrer to the Mt Mugga scout hall Astrolobe St Redhill.
It was a packed night; with a presentation by Ian VK1IAN, going mobile HF and
APRS in the bush, subtitled what not to do, the second presentation was by
Waldis VK1WJ who introduced members to new digital audio techniques for HF.
Chris VK1DO was coopted to act as auctioneer for the auction of equipment
no longer required by the club. The auction raised $1,647 which will used to
build a new console and equip a new radio room in the hall.
There was a record attendance of 49 members, who expressed satisfaction
with the new premises.
MT GININI 2M repeater
It is believed that the 2M receiver has failed. The repeater can be used for
the broadcast via the broadcast link receiver, however we are unable to do
call backs. A new receiver will be tuned up and installed in the next
couple of weeks.
Most of the repeater team and club members are right now while you listen to
this broadcast are involved in a WICEN exercise supporting the Fitz's Challenge
bicycle endurance ride
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
Something different from the Port Stephens A.R.C.
A fund raising idea and it doesn't include radios or antennas.
This club wishes to present a cook book to members/listeners who fancy
themselves as cooks. The cook book has reciepies from members and friends
and is 60 pages. Also included are a few non - alcoholic drinks.
This book is available for $10.00 plus postage and anyone wishing one can
contact the club secretary email@example.com.
(Richard VK2FRKO President)
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COMBINED 70Cm NET WITH SUMMERLAND ' GOLD COAST ARS's.
Well it s finally happened, a net on 70 Cm with a difference on Sunday nights.
Both clubs, Summerland & Gold Coast at 8.00pm (VK2) on 438.675 Lismore and
7.00pm (VK4) 438.600 Gold Coast.
There will be an echolink connection, it is a casual net so come along, be
Talk to whoever is there from both clubs it will be a lot of fun.
A good way to let each club link their activities and catch up with friends or
make new ones
News from Central Queensland
Townsville AR Club tell us that RADAR's Annual Dinner is happening soon!
Friday 20th November.
Cost $25 each for buffet dinner at the Rockhampton Leagues Club.
Its the weekend after the Presidents lunch!
web service http://www.vk6.net/newswest-index.html
AN eight-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after he hot-wired a two-way
radio to call for help as his dad lay trapped in the wreckage of a truck
Michael, who had been sitting in the sleeper cab, crawled out of the wreck
through the windscreen and tried to free his dad with a tyre lever.
When that didn't work, he rummaged for the radio.
``It was pretty bunged up,'' Mr Bowron said. ``It couldn't work because it
wasn't connected to the truck anymore.
``I told Michael he could get it going with the spare battery.'' .
Michael would be nominated for a bravery award.
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NTARC's November meeting will see a very special presentation by Rex VK7MO
and Justin VK7TW talking about the latest generation of optical light
communications equipment and techniques. The development of communications by
visible light started out with experiments by Mike VK7MJ and Chris VK3AML and
given a digital flavour by Rex and Justin.
A trans-Bass Strait optical link seems likely to succeed, especially if the
air is clear!
(Jason VK7ZJA NTARC Secretary)
VK7EX says all Northern, Northwest and West Coast Amateurs and club members
the bookings for the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Clubs Inaugural Christmas
Dinner/ Social evening at the Best Western Bass & Flinders Convention Room,
Eastland's Drive East Ulverstone is underway for Saturday the 5th of December
with a roll up time of 6.00 and a sit down at 7.00 pm.
Now, this Social gathering is open to all members of the club and anyone
that would like to go along and enjoy an evening with people interested in
Radio and Electronics and that welcome goes for any Short-wave listener or
CB operator that is thinking that they might like to give Amateur Radio a try.
(David, VK7EX, President, CCARC)
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
CONGRATS CATHY VK2FCRW, PASSED REGS.
Cathy VK2FCRW has passed her Regulations exam. Congratulations Cathy.
Now she's turning her focus onto passing the Standard Theory exam.
ARK's Academy will conduct an upgrade course early in the new year, the
course will be in two parts Regulations and Theory
Regulations Course Sat 27th March and Sunday 28th March
Standard / Advanced theory upgrade course over five Sundays April 25th
May 2nd May 9th May 16th With Exams May 23rd
All ARK's Academy courses are free of charge and these will be conducted
at our Nunnawading classroom
So when you have finished your Christmas Celebrations why not consider
and upgrade to your License
Please contact John VK3ARK@wia.org.au
ARK's Academy also conducts regular Foundation license courses with the
first course for 2010 to be held over the weekend Feb 27th / Feb 28th
ARK's Academy will also conduct courses at your club location on request
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
(John Fisher VK3DQ / VK3ARK)
Fox hunting and other amateur related activities wooed the kids at the HMO
Science Advancement days in South Africa recently. John and Lynn Willescroft
organized various activities.
John reports that the 450 MHz licence free foxhunt receivers and transmitters
worked very well with no reflection problems and the receivers were very good
in demonstrating the principle of the Yagi antenna.
John told SARL News "We first assembled the folded dipole and showed the
pattern against a transmitter, we then added each element in turn and
demonstrated how the antenna pattern changed. It made clear and precise
patterns for each element added and the kids commented that they had never
seen it work before.
In a letter the Managing Director of the HMO, Dr Sandile Malinga, wrote
"On behalf of the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory (HMO) and the National
Research Foundation (NRF), I would like to express our sincere gratitude and
heartfelt appreciation to you for visiting the HMO and running the fox hunting
The event was enjoyed by all and went a long way in showing the young ones
that science can be fun. My daughter enjoyed it greatly; she was still talking
about how enjoyable the hunt was at home at night.
It is things like these that make a lasting and positive impression in these
young minds and advance science for our future."
Students from Ghana, Mauritius, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Zambia attended
the United States Telecommunications Training Institute Amateur Radio
Administration Course at ARRL Headquarters October 12-16.
ARRL Technical Relations Manager Brennan Price, N4QX, coordinated the sessions
and led the course. "The curriculum covered a wide variety of Amateur Radio
topics and concerns, including licensing, spectrum requirements, disaster
communications and antenna requirements," Price said.
The curriculum also covered the ITU and its regulations, as well as the
process leading to the next World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12).
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
CANADA'S HAM COMMUNITY TO COMMEMORATE THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS
Ham radio will be a part of the 2010 Olympics. Amateur Radio Newsline's
Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, has more:
The upcoming Olympic games in Canada will be celebrated on the ham
bands. This with word that members of the Vancouver Olympics Amateur Radio
Group will be activating three special event stations to promote and
commemorate the Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in
February and March of 2010.
The special activity is already under way and will continue through March
2010. Operations will be on all bands and modes with the first station
VG7V on the air from October 1st through November 30th. Then comes VG7W
from December 1st of this year through January 31st of 2010. The final
call will be VG7G taking to the airwaves on February 1st and continuing
through March 31st 2010.
The Vancouver Olympics Amateur Radio Group says that it will be
consolidating all contacts and intends to post them electronically to the
ARRL's Logbook to the World. In addition, commemorative paper QSL cards
for those who want them will be available at the conclusion of the events
in April 2010. Cards received via the QSL Bureau will be returned the same
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in Los Angeles.
In addition to the commemorative operation radio amateurs will also be
handling many of the logistics for the games. Word is that most of this
will be short range communications on the 1.3 meter or 220 MHz band using
FM and numerous local repeaters.
NEW 23 CM DISCUSSON GROUP FORMED
A new Internet based reflector group has been created to discuss the use of
D-STAR Digital Voice and High-Speed Data on the 1.2 GHz band . Called
D-STAR_23cm, the group discussions center around the use of the Icom ID-1
mobile, IC-9100 transceiver, RP-1V and RP-2V digital voice repeaters and
all aspects of 23 centimeter data and voice communications using D-Star
technology. The group can be joined groups dot yahoo dot com slash
IRAN MAY PUT SATELLITE IN THE HAM SATELLITE BANDS
Turning to ham radio space relayed news, there is a possibility that Iran's
Mesbah-2 satellite, slated for launch early 2010, could operate on
frequencies allocated to the Amateur Satellite Service.
An on-line report at astronautix.com says that the original Mesbah
satellite, lost in a 2005 launch failure, was to have operated on Amateur
Satellite Service frequencies. Now its being reported that Iran's Minister
of Communications and Information Technology, Reza Taqipour, has said that
the replacement Mesbah satellite has successfully completed pre-launch
tests and is now ready for liftoff early next year.
Most observers think that there will be little difference between the
transponder set-up between the lost Mesbah satellite on the new replacement
bird. More is at www.astronautix.com/craft/mesbah2.htm
SWEDENS SAQ ON THE AR OCTOBER AND DECEMBER
The historic Alexanderson alternator transmitter located at Grimton,
Sweden, will next take to the airwaves on October 24th at 09:00 UTC and
again on December 24th at 08:00 UTC.
This museum station is operated by volunteers on special days throughout
the year. It transmits CW on the frequency of 17.2kHz signing the call
SAQ. If nothing else, the station is well worth listening out for because
its C-W is a musical sound and is very unique.
No reports required and no QSL cards are given for the October transmission
but QSLs are available for the Christmas Eve transmission. For more
information check out www.alexander.n.se
RADIO ST HELENA DAY - NOVEMBER 14th
If you like to listen out for rare shortwave stations then this is for you.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD:
Radio St. Helena Day will be on Saturday 14th of November 2009. This rare
station is located on the Island of St Helena which lies in the South
Atlantic off the coast of Angola.
The station normally provides a local radio service to the island and has a
range of about 100 km. But once a year it broadcasts internationally on
Shortwave at 11.092.5 MHz on upper sideband with its famed Party On-The-Air
This years operation will begin at 20:00 UTC and conclude at 01:00 UTC with
the last 90 minutes beaming toward North America, Central America and the
Caribbean. A special QSL card will be available to confirm reception reports.
To get a QSL from Radio St. Helena, you must send a written and verifiable
reception report by Air Mail and include sufficient return postage to
Radio St. Helena, P.O. Box 93, Jamestown, St. Helena, STHL 1ZZ, South
Atlantic Ocean. Mark your envelope via Air Mail via United Kingdom & Ascension
For those not aware, Saint Helena was named after St Helena of
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.
And less we forget, E mail reports will be not be verified and off air
recordings cannot not be returned. At least that's what the press release
RF Technology/SCAM News
How to Lock Your Car and Why - Not a Joke! - IS THIS A NEW URBAN MYTH?
"While travelling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the
bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone
had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer,
GPS navigator, briefcase.....you name it.
He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken
into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic
Seems there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code
when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device.
"Baddies" sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you
are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have
a few minutes to steal and run.
The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock
button inside the car -- that way if there is someone sitting in a parking
lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you.
When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the
security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain,
it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen.
Why do we believe this is probably a myth?
Purely because of the next line, a FAVOURITE with the "Lets pass on a virus
"Be wisely aware of what you just read and please PASS THIS NOTE ON".
(Supplied by Dale VK7NDH to the vk7wi news desk)
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
DID YOU KNOW? THE WOUFF HONG
Every amateur should know and tremble at the history and origins of
this fearsome instrument for the punishment of amateurs who cultivate
bad operating habits and who nourish and culture their meaner instincts
on the air.
The Wouff Hong <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/history.html#hong> was invented
-- or at any rate, discovered -- by "The Old Man" himself, just as amateurs
were getting back on the air after World War I. The Old Man (who later turned
out to be Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, co-founder and first President of ARRL)
first heard the Wouff Hong described amid the howls and garble of interference
as he tuned across a band filled with signals that exemplified all the rotten
operating practices then available to amateurs (considering the state of the
art as they knew it).
As The Old Man heard it, the Wouff Hong was being used on some hapless
offender so effectively that he investigated. After further effort, "T.O.M."
was able to locate and identify a Wouff Hong. The Old Man never prescribed the
exact manner in which the Wouff Hong was to be used, but amateurs need only a
little imagination to surmise how painful punishments were inflicted on those
who stoop to liddish behavior on the air.
The Original Wouff Hong is on display at ARRL Headquarters.
OPERATIONAL NEWS -
ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2009
NOV 1 ZL STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT
NOV 28 - 29 VK SPRING VHF-UHF FIELD DAY
NOV 28 - 29 CQ WORLD WIDE CW
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
March 21-22 John Moyle Field Day
Following the success of the first CQIR contest held during the IRTS 75th
Anniversary celebrations in 2007, the Irish Society's Committee at their
last meeting discussed requests from at home and abroad for a repeat event.
You may recall that this HF event celebrated the Irish diaspora overseas and
gave an opportunity for those with green blood in their veins to enjoy a
Worldwide Irish Contest.
The committee decided to consider running the event every five years on a
weekend close to St. Patrick's Day which would mean that the next event would
be in March 2012 to coincide with the IRTS 80th Anniversary celebrations.
The Committee will consider revising the rules based on lessons learnt during
the first event. If you have any suggestions or comments please forward them
to the Contest Manager, Thos EI2JD.
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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
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
WSPR beacon on air from Africa
On Friday 16th October, the WSPR beacon V53ARC went online.
RSGB News says the beacon is working well and transmitting on the 80, 40, 30,
20, 17, 15 and 10m bands with 5W and on 6m with 2W. It has been spotted
already around the globe including VK, KH8, J, S and many other countries.
It can be heard on each band every 16 minutes on the WSPR frequencies. More
information can be found at www.oe1ifm.at
Listen for W1ACB/US on 7,045 and 14,045kHz and operating CW. It is a
permanent station for the US Army Signal Corps and the British Royal
Naval Signals of WWII. Go to QRZ.com to view their WWII tower. They
also operate on other bands from Top Band to 10m and can usually be
heard on frequencies ending in 45.
On 31st October, GB0BME will be on the air for Bancroft Mill Engine
1st November sees two stations going on the air. GB4RN is the Royal
Naval Amateur Radio Society station in Waterlooville and GB0AD is for
Armistice Day and is stationed in Aberdare.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports approved for DXCC credit
K4M - Midway Island; 2009 Operation
T6AB - Afghanistan; 2008 and 2009 Operation
T6AF - Afghanistan; Current Operation
TX3A - Chesterfield Island; 2009 Operation
The sun is showing signs of life. Sunspot 1029 emerged over last weekend and
it is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. The active region's
magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24. If its
growth continues apace, sunspot 1029 could soon become the biggest sunspot of
http://spaceweather.com for animations and updates.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
End of an era for early websites
A service that gave many people their first taste of building and owning a
web page is set to close.
Yahoo-owned GeoCities once boasted millions of users and was the third most
popular destination on the web.
The free site has since fallen out of fashion with users, who have switched
to social networks.
Sites became unaccessible October 26.
However, many of the pages have been archived and will still be available to
view via the nonprofit Internet Archive project.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES IARU REGION 3
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
Tassies North West and South Team Up for the Horses
WICEN Tasmania (South) has developed a reputation for client focussed
excellence, and promoted the capabilities of Amateur Radio generally, through
it's involvement with Equine Endurance riding.
Providing communications, checkpoints and tracking, initially for the Southern
Tasmanian Endurance Riders, and more recently also for Portland Endurance
Riders in the St Helens area, WICEN has gradually been able to be rid of the
title of `the CB'ers' and be referred to in the endurance riding community as
`the Amateur Radio guys'.
The fame is spreading - state-wide.
WICEN has now been asked to provide services for the Country Club State
Championship to be held near Latrobe in late November. Two rides, one of
160km and another of 93km, starting at midnight 5:30 am respectively will be
Given the location and scope in terms of time span and distance, the capacity
of WICEN would have been overstretched. More resourced were needed.
Coincidentally, the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club have been talking about
getting into some WICEN type activities, so it was fortuitous that Roger
VK7ARN, the WICEN Secretary, contacted David VK7DC, Secretary of CCARC, to
enquire if they were interested in joining forces with WICEN South for the
event. David responded within 24 hours, after consulting with the CCARC
committee, with an affirmative.
Hams prepare for emergencies
IARU member societies and amateur radio emergency communications groups
around the world are getting ready for next month's Global Simulated
It will be on Saturday the 14th of November between 1800 and 2300 UTC, on
or near the emergency centre of activity frequencies on the 80, 40, 20, 17
and 15 metre bands.
These frequencies are now listed in band plans around the world.
GlobalSET is not a contest but a training exercise in the handling of
emergency communications and testing of equipment.
It puts a world-wide focus on the training that regularly occurs in some
countries in preparation for the time when amateur radio plays its role in
providing communications in times of an emergency.
For more details check out the IARU Region 1 website (www.iaru-r1.org)
under the Emergency Communications Working Group section.
(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman, IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee)
International Telecommunication Union's Telecom World 2009.
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".
NOV 15 VK4
QUEENSLAND CLUBS "PRESIDENTS LUNCH" GEEBUNG RSL
NOV 29 VK2
Final Trash & Treasure at VK2WI for the year.
JAN 24 VK2
Mid North Coast Amateur Radio Group's Radio Expo 2010 8.30am St Johns Church
Hall, Mc Lean Street Coffs Harbour.
JAN 30 VK4
Bunya Mts & Dist AmCom host "HAM AND WINE FEST 2010" at Maclagan.
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.
JULY 17 VK3
GGREC Hamfest Start Time : 10:00
Oct 29 - 31
VK1OOWIA Westlakes ARC during our WIA centenary celebrations.
NOV 7 VK5
2010 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest Rosa St Goodwood
15TH IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE hosted by V.A.R.C. in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam.
JAN 23-FEB 17 YEAR 2012
World Radio Conference WRC-11 Geneva 23rd January TO 17th February 2012
MAY 4-7 2012 VK5
YL International 2012 Australia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
REWIND - A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY
(Will McGhie VK6UU is WIA National Historian)
DID YOU KNOW? WWV AND WWVH
Today, most amateurs know that radio stations WWV and WWVH broadcast
time and frequency information 24 hours a day, seven days a week to
millions of listeners worldwide.
The ARRL Letter says that the stations are administered by the National
Institute of Standards and Technology, WWV is located in Fort Collins,
Colorado, about 60 miles north of Denver; WWVH is located on the Island
of Kauai, Hawaii on a 30 acre site near Kekaha at Kokole Point. Both
stations broadcast information that includes time announcements,
standard time intervals, standard frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a
BCD time code, geophysical alerts, marine storm warnings and Global
Positioning System (GPS) status reports.
Most hams today think of WWV and WWVH as "time stations." According to
QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, that's only half-true: they are really
time and frequency stations.
"The time signals that you hear are regulated by an atomic clock that uses
the oscillations of Cesium atoms as its standard;
9,162,361,770 oscillations equal 1 second," wrote Ford in the June 1994
issue of QST.
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