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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 20 2009.

australia introduces web filters

WIA AND FESTIVE SEASON

commemorative station for australia's worst ever natural disaster

BUNYA MOUNTAINS AND DISTRICT AMCOM

centenary dinner to be held at the wyong bowling club

MARCH 20-21 JOHN MOYLE FIELD DAY

500kHz 1mW qrp uk to norway

WESTOZDX - IOTA OC 211 ACTIVATION

ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF
AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 20 2009

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VOLUNTEER GRANTS.

Summerland have found out that their grant, which we mentioned last week,
actually is exactly $4889.00, which is what the club put in for in their
application.

The mail advice and deposit to Summerland's account has not been received
yet, however, all good things come to those who wait, so it's said.


Watch this space......





Australia introduces web filters

Some internet users are deeply opposed to web "censorship"

Australia intends to introduce filters which will ban access to websites
containing criminal content.

The banned sites will be selected by an independent classification body
guided by complaints from the public, said Communications Minister
Stephen Conroy.

A seven month trial in conjunction with internet service providers found
the technology behind the filter to be 100% effective.

However, there has been opposition from some internet users.

Mr Conroy said the filters included optional extras.

The filter laws will be introduced in parliament in August 2010 and will
take a year to implement.

Although a noble attempt at cleaning up the web, lets hope this does
not lead to the old ham radio "packet police" days where even this
news would be stopped or held up on various sites/routes around VK.





A commemorative station for Australia's worst ever natural disaster

On the anniversary of Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires, the Yarra
Valley Amateur Radio Group will be setting up a field station VI3KIAH at
Kinglake, one of the worst affected areas in the bushfires.

Jim Linton VK3 picks up the story.

"This commemorative callsign has the suffix KIAH, an Aboriginal word
meaning 'beautiful place' or 'from a beautiful place'.

The purpose of the amateur radio activity is to acknowledge the efforts of
all who fought and were involved the Black Saturday fires on the 7th of
February this year, and the services provided by radio amateurs.

VI3KIAH will be at the Frank Thompson Reserve Kinglake 2pm to 8pm local
time on Sunday the 7th of February.

It's first 173 contacts will qualify for a "From the Black" QSL card - the
significance of 173 is that number of people died in the disaster.

On the day VI3KIAH will be operating both VHF and HF from the club's new
emergency communications caravan that has replaced the vehicle destroyed
by fire at Healesville.

The Yarra Valley Amateur Group invites those who were involved in the
Black Saturday disaster and others to visit the station at Kinglake and to
look for it on air.

Well done to the group for its planning of this respectful commemorative
activity to occur on a day when all Victorians are asked to pause for a
minute's silence for the first anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfire
disaster.

I'm Jim Linton VK3PC and you're listening to VK1WIA.





WIA AND FESTIVE SEASON

This is Michael Owen, VK3KI and this is the last broadcast before Christmas.

First, let me tell you of the arrangements this year for the WIA office.

The WIA office will close on Wednesday 23 December 2009 and reopen on Monday
18 January 2010.

During that time no examinations will be processed or nor book orders
dispatched.

Book orders placed after Monday 21 December are unlikely to be dispatched
before the office reopens in January.

Orders for exam packs received before 23 December will be dispatched before
Christmas.

Any urgent matters should be raised in the first instance by email to
secretary@wia.org.au.

Next, as we look back on 2009 it has been a very busy year, and the Board
would like to thank all those who did so much for amateur radio during the
year, with our examination system, all the trainers and all the Assessors
and Learning Facilitators, those who contributed to the broadcasts, the
Publications Committee and those who contribute for the magazine Amateur
Radio and the Call Book, those who conducted the contests and awards, to
the many who have responded to our requests for opinions, those who handle
the QSLs, to so many who contribute to our interest in so many ways, to our
staff at the office and the volunteers who help them, we say a sincere
thank you.

As this year ends, we look forward to a very special year in 2010, the
centenary of organised amateur radio in Australia and the centenary of the
WIA.

And to all of you who have supported the WIA by your membership, we say
thank you and I wish you all the best for the festive season and the
New Year.

To those of you who are not members of the WIA, or have allowed your
membership to lapse, please consider joining or rejoining the WIA and
supporting the amateur's voice in Australia.

To everyone may I on behalf of the Directors, the Secretary and the
Treasurer and for myself, wish you a very happy Christmas.





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.


VK2
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news

SARC BBQ SUNDAY.
On the last Sunday before Christmas, Summerland Amateur Radio Club will have
a BBQ.

No particular reason, just for the sake of it.

At the Clubrooms.

Lunchtime onwards, bring some other stuff if you wish.

So get along, make it a good wrap for 2009.





A "Centenary Dinner" will be held at the Wyong Bowling Club, Saturday
27 February 2010 commencing at 1800 hrs.

This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends on the evening
before Wyong's big Centenary Field Day.

A two course buffet dinner is being provided at $25.00. Bookings essential
to Brian VK2WBK.

Ph 0418 659 043.

Central Coast Amateur Radio Club will be conducting the Centenary Field Day
at Wyong Race Course on Sunday 28 Feb commencing at 0900 hrs. Most major
retailers and wholesalers will be present with the usual flea market and
other events occurring.

Plenty of things to interest the amateur radio enthusiast and their family.

Call 02 4340 2500 for information.





VK3
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VKC Roundup http://www.police

Update on the Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 3

All of the elements that make up the biggest amateur radio event in
Victoria are coming together nicely.

The following traders are confirmed: Strictly Ham, Vertex Standard
Australia, G&C Communications, PK Loops, TTS Systems, Hamak Electrical
Industries and NBS Antennas & Masts.

The popular Club Corner precinct has the centenary celebrating WIA, and
eager to be part of it too is Australia's newest radio group, the Macedon
Ranges Amateur Radio Club.

Also there will be the CW Operators' QRP Club, Historical Radio Society of
Australia, the Royal Australian Corp of Signals Museum and the Bendigo
District Astronomical Society. More space is available for clubs wanting
to mount a display or use it as an opportunity to recruit new members.

The mini-lecture program has presentations on Amateur Radio heritage
focussing on VK3, The end of Amateur Radio in the digital consumer age,
the VK9NA VHF/UHF/Microwave DXpedition, and Amateur Radio goes to school.

For more details including information about second hand table and
car-boot sales bookings check out the website,
radiofest.amateurradio.com.au

A team of Amateur Radio Victoria and Central Goldfields Amateur Radio Club
volunteers are ready to make it happen!

See you at the Centre Victoria RadioFest, Kyneton Racecourse, Sunday the
14th of February.

I'm Bruce Lees VK3FFF and you're listening to VK1WIA.





VK4
web service local news:- www.wiaq.com/qnews/upload/qnewsbcast.htm
local news email qnews-vk-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
VKR Roundup http://www.police.qld.gov.au/News+and+Alerts/Media+Releases/

BUNYA MOUNTAINS AND DISTRICT AMCOM

Hi to all, I'm Neil VK4NF representing the Bunya Mts & District Amcom Inc.
formally Dalby & District ARC.

We have a date claimer, Saturday the 30th January 2010.

We are holding a Ham & wine HamFest in the Maclagan hall in down town
Maclagan from 0900 to 1600hrs on this day. So we invite you to come to a
HamFest towards the west and join in the fun. Table bookings are just
$10 each and stall holders will be allowed in after 0700hrs to set up.

For more info, or to receive a flyer with the details, please send an Email
to myself at holmzie@bigpond.com or Ricky VK4NRL at
Ricklammas@optusnet.com.au

Be there or be square we would love to see you there.

The proceeds from the day will be put towards the badly needed upgrade of
our repeater site on the Bunya Mts.

So put the date in your diaries, Saturday the 30th January 2010

Remember it is towards the west, and not way out west, being about a
50 minute drive north west of Toowoomba.

Regards to all and as Graham would say, walk softly.





VK6

Hills Amateur Radio Group 27/02/10 2pm

The venue is the HARG club rooms on the corner of Sanderson and Brady Rds
Lesmurdie. Sellers set up from 12pm buyers admitted from 2pm.

To reserve a $5 table call Marty Martin
0447 382 963 or
marty.martin@bigpond.com





HOME OF THE GOOD GUYS

SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR TWO AMATEURS

SARL Councillor Francois Botha, ZS6BUU, has presented Alastair Campbell,
ZS5MU, with a framed certificate recognizing the support he and his wife
Davina have been giving the yachting fraternity for the past 30 years.

The citation reads:

"SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO ALASTAIR CAMPBELL ZS5MU who, supported by Davina
ZS5GC ,has operated the South African Maritime Mobile Net serving the
yachting community at sea for 30 years".



Croft Taylor VE3CT Appointed to Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has
appointed VE3CT of Ontario, to the Hall of Fame for 2009. Croft will receive
his award at a presentation to be held in Ottawa later in the spring at
which time a summary of his contributions will be published.

Details will also be included in the RAC website.

Appointments to the CANADIAN Hall of Fame are made to recognize a radio
amateur for outstanding achievement for sustained service to amateur radio
in Canada or amateur radio at large.





EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
www.hamcollege.com.au


LISMORE REGION STANDARD LICENSE & REGS COURSE & EXAM.

Proposed dates for the next Standard License Course are -

27-28 Feb - Theory weekend.
6- 7 March - Theory & Exam.
13-14 March - Regs & Exam.

Contact Duncan VK2DLR.
02 6628 1337
draymont@nrg.com.au





VK3 EDUCATION.

Melbourne's Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club are running their
special Christmas Foundation training course held during the holidays
between Christmas and New Year. The course is on Tuesday the 29th of
December in the newly renovated EMDRC clubrooms in Burwood.

So if you, or someone you know, would like to join in then contact
Robert Broomhead VK3DN by email vk3dn@wia.org.au or by phoning him on
0403 066 686.





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 WIA Exams Regional Co-ordinator Roger/VK4CD
on mobile 0417 638 366 to have a mutually suitable date and WIA Assessors
assigned to your assessment.

Further information also available at theTARCinc website ...

www.tarc.org.au





Foundation Licence Assessment Results

Congratulations to Ursula Roos, Graham Anderson, both of Burnie and
Andrew Kirkpatrick of Devonport for accomplishing passes at the
Theory, Regulations and Practical Assessments held at Ulverstone

Short Wave Listeners and Scanner Fanatics in the N/West area of VK7
interested in becoming an amateur or require more information about
the Hobby or training sessions, please google the
'North West Tasmania Amateur Television Group'





ZL3 Radio Buildathon

The 3rd ZL3 Radio Buildathon will be held on Saturday January 30th in
Christchurch and hams will build a ZL3 Pixie Twins kit.

Youngsters and budding hams 8 - 80 are most welcome.
There's a kit for them too!

After building your fun 80m QRP CW transceiver you can enter two
competitions.

One is for the best DX CW contact within NZ using a ZL3 Pixie Twin.

The other is for the funniest housed unit.

Let your imagination run wild!

A superb 40 m QRP CW kit transceiver from smallwonderlabs.com USA will be
awarded to each of the winners.

Register your interest now WITH David zl3dws


Email David at ZL3DWS@nzart.org.nz

http://sites.google.com/site/zl3buildathon/





INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.

Students and teachers invited to 'fly a file' on ARISsat-1

Next year an Amateur Radio satellite will once again be hand launched from
the International Space Station. It will be called ARISSat-1.

ARISSat-1 will again transmit messages recorded by students.

Moreover, teachers and students are invited to fly a file aboard this
amateur radio satellite.

The ARISSat-1 Team wishes to include on their new satellite a memory stick
of files prepared by students. This should be a jpg or pdf of things the
student has prepared such as a paper or a study done on a science,
technology, engineering or math topic, a drawing of space craft or a
schematic, a photo of the class doing a hands-on activity -- that type of
thing.

Having the student's work be a part of ARISSat-1 means the student is a
part of the satellite project and along for the spacewalk and deployment
of ARISSat-1.

Details google ARISSat-1

(sourced to Gaston Bertels - ON4WF ARISS Chairman).





Radio amateurs in Bahrain gain new frequencies

Reports on Southgate say 'The Daily DX' is reporting that radio amateurs in
Bahrain can now operate on 6 meters (50.0-50.5 MHz on a primary and
exclusive basis, and 50.05-52.00 MHz on a secondary basis).

The report also adds that they can now operate on additional frequencies on
136 kHz, 1.8 MHz, 7 MHz, 430 MHz and higher bands.

However, they cannot operate on these newly allocated frequencies until
their licenses are amended.





Pegasus High Altitude Balloon Project

Monday December 14 saw the launch of Pegasus High Altitude Balloon (HAB)
from Cambridge in the UK.

Because of restrictions imposed by the UK Amateur Radio licence it was not
possible to use an Amateur transmitter on the balloon, so instead a
GSM cell-phone was fitted along with a Licence Exempt 434.075 MHz
10 mW transmitter running 50-baud RTTY.

The GSM phone doesn't work above about 3000 feet, however, it is extremely
reliable once the payload has landed while the Licence Exempt transmitter
allows the payload to be tracked throughout the flight.


Further information on the project is at
www.pegasushabproject.org.uk/


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NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE

IARU SAYS TO GET READY FOR WRC-12

The next World Radiocommunications Conference takes place in January of
2012 and ham radio is making ready to face any challenges that it might
bring to the service.

The International Amateur Radio Union's Secretary is Rod Stafford,
W6ROD. He says that every IARU member society capable of doing so, should
take the initiative to be in contact with their own telecommunications
administration and let the it know what the Union's position is on those
agenda items that influence the amateur radio service.

The most significant of these so far are the implementation of the
radiolocation service in the range 30 to 300 MHz; the possible allocations
in the range 3 to 50 MHz to the radiolocation service for oceanographic
radar applications and the effect of emissions from short-range devices.

Also likely to be discussed is a ham radio allocation of about 15 kHz in
parts of the band from 415 to 526.5 kHz. This, on a secondary basis and
taking into account the need to protect existing services.





INDIA GRANTS HAMS 30 METERS

Hams in India have received government permission to permanently operate on
30 meters on a secondary basis, though not all details of the new
allocation are yet known.

India's hams had previously been granted experimental access to 30 meters
for a one-month period between August 31st and September 30th
of 2007. At that time, A1A and J3E modes with 100 watts maximum were
allowed between 10.100 and 10.150 MHz.

VU2GMN has been in contact with the authorities in Delhi. He says that he
is trying to clarify if SSB will be included with the permanent
allocation. Australia is believed to be the only other major country
allowing SSB on 10 MHz for amateur radio use in ITU Region 3.





VIBROPLEX CHANGING OWNERSHIP

A famed Morse key manufacturer is changing hands. Our CW man, Frank Haas,
KB4T, has the details:

Vibroplex will have a new owner effective December 21st, 2009. Scott
Robbins, W4PA, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has agreed to buy Amateur Radio's
oldest manufacturer from present owner Mitch Mitchell of Mobile, Alabama
who recently decided to retire. In a report detailed at arrl.org, Robbins
says he will leave his post as Amateur Radio Product Manager at TenTec in
Mid-December to take over and relocate Vibroplex.

The 800 number, web site and email contacts will remain the same. For the
Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Frank Haas KB4T in Florida.

The bottom line: Frank says that the change of ownership means that the
Vibroplex side-swiper should be with us for a long time to come.





OPERATIONAL NEWS -


SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010


Feb 27-28 JOCK WHITE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY CONTEST
nzart.org.nz/contests


Mar 13-14 RSBG COMMONWEALTH CONTEST (BERU)
hfcc.org/hfcc/rule/2009/beru.shtml

Mar 20-21 John Moyle Field Day
vk4ae@hotmail.com





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


VK4RTL 6metre Beacon testing on new frequency

theTARCinc is currently testing the VK4RTL Mount Stuart 6 metre Beacon out
on its new proposed frequency of 50.282MHz to ensure electromagnetic
compatibility with all other services at the very crowded Mount Stuart site.

Project Leader Dr. Lloyd VK4FP is also after reception reports.

lloyd.baker@internode.on.net





WESTOZDX - IOTA OC 211 Activation

G'Day, I'm Wally, VK6YS and this is a short note from the WestOzDx Group
to advise any IOTA island chasers, and any other interested parties of
course, know that the group will be activating OC-211 from Pigeon Island
in the Wallabi group of Houtmans Abrolhos off Geraldton, over the New
Year weekend.

Nigel, VK6NI, Bruce, KD6WW, and myself VK6YS, will be operating from
Thursday 31st around 0400 UTC through to Monday 4th January around 0200
UTC, with up to three stations on air, propagation permitting of course,
and we will be active from 40 through to 10 metres, and also listening
on 6 just in case.

This is our eighth Western Australian IOTA activation and details of
this and others we have activated can be seen on our web page,
www.westozdx.net, and which we should be able to update with pics and
information live this time from the Abrolhos, because we should have
wireless coverage with an external gain antenna.

Looking forward to working lots of VK's. Cheers from the West





Last week I made mention of "log book of the world" which drew a query from
a new member of our community as to what LOTW was.

Well the LoTW system is a repository of log records submitted by amateurs
from around the world. When both participants in a QSO submit matching
QSO records to LoTW, the result is a QSL that can be used for ARRL
award credit. While US amateurs do not need to be members of the ARRL
to use LoTW, only members can use LoTW to apply for ARRL awards, such
as DXCC and Worked All States (WAS). Some awards, like the Triple Play
Award, only use LoTW credits instead of traditional QSL cards (foreign
amateurs do not need to be ARRL members to apply for ARRL awards).





61st International DX Convention

The 61st annual International DX Convention sponsored by the
Southern California DX Club will be held in April next year and
pre-registration began December 1st.

The International DX Convention is the world's foremost DX convention.

If you are a DXer or interested in any aspect of ham radio, you need to be
at Visalia. Top DX operators from around the world will be there.
Meet the big guns from the US, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. Meet the
people on the other side of the mike or key. Shake hands with the person you
have had that sked with for the past 10 years. Renew friendships.


Visit the manufacturers' midway where you can talk to the people who design
and use the latest and best equipment.

Stop by their Web site for more details at:

dxconvention.org





AWARDS

NEW HF LEARNING AWARD FROM QCWA CHAPTER 119

In an effort to encourage newer amateur radio operators to enter into the
mainstream of HF amateur radio the Chapter 119 of the Quarter Century
Wireless Association has introduced the Worked All 10 U.S. Call Areas
Award. According to the announcement this award provides an achievement
goal for the new operator, or any operator beginning to explore the HF bands.

Because new hams with entry level licenses have limited access to the
amateur radio bands on 160 through 10 meters, the award is unique in that
it contains provisions to permit HF operation under the guidance of a
mentor, or Elmer, who can, if necessary, act as a control operator. The
sponsors say that becoming involved in HF operations will assist the new
amateur operator to gain operating skills and to earn higher classes of
license with his or her own increased operating privileges.

Full details and a sample of the award can be found on-line at the Chapter
119 web page.


Its in cyberspace at qcwa-ch119.org





MEDIA WATCH
www.wiaq.com/admin/uploads/weeklytally.rtf
www.cq-amateur-radio.com/WorldRadio.html

Just a reminder that news doesn't sleep and this WIA National News WILL
continue to be produced each and every week over the Festive Season.

Some re-broadcasters may take time off so if it the news does NOT appear
on your favourite spot on the dial have a scan around or pick up the
mp3 audio from wia.org.au


In VK2, VK2WI will be there with morning only sessions for the next
three weeks at 10 am. The broadcast will start - as usual - with this
VK1WIA National news followed at 10.30 with their local VK2WI News.

During this holiday period the local VK2WI news will include additional
segments usually only heard in their evening sessions - being the full
IPS report and DX news together with some technical stories from the files
of the Kurrajong Radio Museum.

VK2WI transmits from 160 Metres to 20 Metres, then 10 Metres through to
23 centimetres so you should find a frequency that covers your area.

In addition - there are relays made through many repeaters in VK2.

The VK2WI evening session resumes on January the 17 th.

Seasons Greetings from the VK2WI News Team ......





Had a note in through the week from Winston in VK7 when he sent in
his number of checkins to VK7RMD.
"VK7RMD Tuesday 9.00PM, good tropo opening across Bass Strait, 16 stations
instead of usual 10 or 11".





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
arvideonews.com
hamradiotube.com
youtube.com


Mysteries - SWR Exposed

A new video explaining the mysteries of SWR is now available on YouTube.

The YouTube description says:

An explanation of SWR used in Amateur (Ham) radio, very important for
antenna systems and getting the best performance from your station.





Another YouTube video shows the setting up of an antenna for 144 MHz
moon bounce.

This YouTube description says:

HAM Radio EME ANT 144 MHz. (Earth - Moon - Earth)

Position of the antenna took a total of 10 minutes with one person at the
first attempt.

Watch the videos.





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


OSCAR-11 makes another appearance

Clive G3CWV provided an update on the 25 year old Amateur Radio satellite
OSCAR-11 (UO-11) to Southgate through the week.

He asks people to listen out for it on 145.826 MHz FM over the period
December 22 - January 1

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board he writes:

Please send reception reports to xoxox@amsat.org (replace xoxox by g3cwv)





AMSAT-China say XW-1 has been launched

China's 1st-ever amateur radio satellite XW-1 is in space now!

AMSAT China reports it was launched at about around 0230 UTC on December 15,
2009. The beacon was received in Sanya after launch.

XW-1 was a secondary payload aboard a CZ-4C rocket launched into a
sun-synchronous orbit about 1200 kilometres high.
The primary payload of this launch is the Yaogen-8 Remote Sensing Satellite.


Frequency Information

Mode V/U (J) FM Voice Repeater (30 dbm (1 w)):
Uplink: 145.8250 MHz FM, PL 67.0 Hz.
Downlink: 435.6750 MHz FM

Mode V/U (J) Linear Transponder (Inverting) (30 dbm (1 w)):
Uplink:145.9250 - 145.9750 MHz SSB/CW
Downlink:435.7650 - 435.7150 MHz SSB/CW

Mode V/U (J) PacSat BBS (30 dbm (1 w)):
Uplink:145.8250 MHz AFSK 1200 BPS
Downlink: 435.6750 MHz AFSK 1200 BPS

Mode Beacon (23 dbm (200mw)):
Downlink:435.7900 MHz CW

You can get XW-1 Telemetry Format at
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/documents/XW-1_Telemetry_Format.pdf





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP

500kHz 1mW QRP gets to Norway

Roger G3XBM in Cambridge runs just 1 milliwatt ERP on 500 kHz using WSPR
and his signal has now been received in Norway by LA9BEA, 836 km away.

On his blog Roger writes:

"Friday Night Dec 11 a couple of LA stations were listening on 500kHz WSPR.
Neither had heard my 1mW QRP signal by 2300z, so I left the station running
through the night.

At 0418z (Saturday Dec 12) LA9BEA heard my signal at -28dB S/N in JO29
square some 836kms to the north east of me. This is now my 8th country, and
49th station, to log me on the band".

On the GQRP list he comments:

I can't begin to explain how much fun this ultra-simple approach to 500kHz
has been: simple, small, antenna + tiny ferrite rod ATU + a small and simple
transverter.

If anyone's interested, there's a photo of the latest version of his
QRP 500kHz transverter, with the schematic, on his website.

See http://sites.google.com/site/g3xbmqrp/Home/500k

Roger's QRP Website
http://www.g3xbm.co.uk/





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
http://www.scouts.com.au
http://www.scout.org/jota
http://www.international.scouts.com.au


CALLING FREQUENCIES
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
14.070


TUNISIA SPECIAL EVENT

The Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts station 3V8ST will commemorate
their 10th anniversary by activating special event station 3V10A from the
headquarters of Tunisian Scouts in Tunis Mahrajens. This operation will
last until December 31st. QSL to the Amateur Radio Club of Tunis.

P.O. Box 339, 1082, Tunisia.
(Radio Club of Tunisia)





SOCIAL SCENE

2010


JAN 4 - 14 VK2
AUSTRALIAN SCOUT JAMBOREE Cataract Scout Park south of Sydney.


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.

FEBRUARY 27 VK6
Hills Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet 2pm Sanderson and Brady Rds Lesmurdie.

FEBRUARY 28
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



2012

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 (vk5tmc@bigpond.com)








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