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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APR 18 2010. - International Marconi Day. - Clubs
supporting the Centenary. - HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA. - Save Analogue Radio
campaign. - Low-energy light bulbs that take control of your TV. - Brisbane
Digital ATV club. - ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING APR 18 2010
International Marconi Day
Next Saturday 24 April, Hornsby and District AR Club will be one of the
select few world clubs officially celebrating a VERY significant event!
Over the sea to Ireland and the Howth Martello Radio Group and the
North Dublin Radio Club will join in.
All these stations plus others will be celebrating International Marconi Day.
The IMD award station from the Martello Tower in Howth will use the
call-sign EI0MAR. The Martello tower houses the vintage radio museum.
The Cornish Radio Amateur Club organises this annual event and details of the
awards and a list of award stations is available on their web site.
GB4MBP and GB0MD will be on the air on 22nd April as part of International
Marconi Day activities. The first will be on the air from the Lizard in
Cornwall and the second station from Kent.
But to VK, thanks to Hornsby's Julian Shortland Paul Latter VK2CPL joins WIA
"Next Saturday, 24th April is International Marconi Day. Members of the
Hornsby & Districts Amateur Radio Club will be operating VK2IMD on a
range of HF bands. Operation commences at 10:00 am eastern time, this
being the beginning of the UTC day, and continues for 24 hours. HADARC
takes part due to their proximity to the Fisk House in Wahroonga where
the first direct radio message from Britain was received. It was sent by
Marconi from his station near Caernarfon [then spelled using the
anglicised "Carnarvon"] in north-west Wales, on behalf of Australian
Prime Minister Billy Hughes. Further information is available on the
For VK1WIA News this is Paul Latter VK2CPL.
GB4IMD Homepage: http://www.gb4imd.org.uk/
List of station: http://www.gb4imd.org.uk/awardstns2010.htm
HADARC homepage: http://www.hadarc.org.au/
QSL to: PO Box 362, HORNSBY NSW 1630
(Julian, VK2YJS and others.)
Clubs supporting the Centenary
The WIA Centenary Committee has inducted three more events which are now
officially WIA Supported Centenary Activities.
The Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club south-east of Melbourne in
association with the Koo-Wee-Rup Historical Society, will from the 16-18 June
re-enact the first wireless press messages between the United Kingdom and
Australia in 1921.
GGREC President Chris Chapman VK3QB tells us this event will also recognise
the contribution that the local community made to these early days of
pioneering and advancement of our country delivered by wireless telegraphy.
Another event is the 35th annual Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club Field Day
at Port Macquarie New South Wales 12-13 June.
Club President Henry Lundell VK2ZHE has also advised that this year it?s
the club?s 40th anniversary year.
The third event is the RadioActive Amateur Radio Award for Scouts in July.
Scouts Australia JOTA-JOTI Coordinator Bob Bristow VK6POP said it's
recognised that the WIA played a key enabling role to deliver the new era of
amateur radio including the Foundation Licence ? which has resulted in a
substantial increase in the number of amateur radio scouts.
In appreciation the scouts will actively support the WIA Centenary with the
RadioActive Amateur Radio Award.
The aim is to make contact with other scouts and also to seek out contacts
with the special centenary callsign VK100WIA.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA AND ONE HAM WHO HAS "WALKED" ACROSS AUSTRALIA IS
Jeff Johnson VK4XJJ who walked across Australia from south to north,
Gulf to Gulf
VK4BAT Trevor Tage has more on Jeff Johnson.
"He had a daily sked with Roger VK4BNQ on 40m and made several sat-phone
radio interviews with ABC radio and our own WIA news producer Graham VK4BB.
Well Jeff has another little walk planned but this time it is from east to
west! right across Australia!!
The Royal Flying Doctor Service has approached Jeff to complete this huge
fund-raising walk on their behalf. They will be providing support along
the way and the Gympie Communications & Electronics Group will be Jeff's
official East Coast Amateur Radio contact station.
The walk is being planned to commence early April 2011. With anticipated
radio and TV coverage, 'Jeff's Walk' will once again raise money and
awareness for a good cause and help to promote and demonstrate Amateur Radio.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
Port Stephens Amateur Radio Club members will be operating a portable station
under the club call VK2AOJ at Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Anzac Day 25 April,
between 12.30pm and 3.30pm local VK2 Time.
Fort Scratchley has a long and rich history. It was reopened to the public in
2008 after being restored to its former glory, and now attracts thousands of
visitors each year. A team of dedicated volunteers maintain the site's many
exhibits and provide guided tours of the fort.
The fort has guarded the entrance to Newcastle Harbour for nearly 200 years
and is famous for becoming the only coastal fortification to fire on an enemy
On the night of 7-8 June 1942 the Battery's 6-inch guns fired two salvos at a
Japanese submarine that bombarded Newcastle with about two dozen shells.
The Port Stephens Amateur Radio Club group will be taking the opportunity to
promote amateur radio and the fort to the visiting public.
THEY have produced a QSL card for the occasion and this will be exchanged
with all contacts, well probably more than 1 card so they don't keep
exchanging the same card hihi.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VKC Roundup http://www.police
Moorabbin and District Amateur Radio club's Hamfest will be held at Brentwood
Secondary College, Glen Waverley Saturday 8th May and doors open at 10am.
The Moorabbin Radio Club's annual Hamfest is said to be Victoria's biggest
and this year will be no exception with displays and sales of new AND
preloved equipment. A must come must see event for EVERYONE interested in
Radio Communications and Electronics.
Major door prizes, free tea and coffee, light refreshments and a sausage
sizzle also be on offer.
Trader table bookings and general enquires can be made by emailing Graeme
or 0418 171601.
Chris Chapman VK3QB President of Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club
reminds one and all 2010 Hamfest is 17 July at 10:00am. To book a table or
find out more check out their web site.
VK4 - QNEWS
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/
Brisbane Amateur Radio Club will hold "Barcfest" on Saturday 8th May at the
Mt Gravatt show grounds 9,30am. Les Parker VK4SO IS Barcfest organiser
The 40 Metre relay from South Australia will shift from 7.140 to 7.135
KiloHertz Lower Sideband. The VK5 40 metre relay commences at 9.00 am
Central Standard Time, which is 9.30 Eastern Standard Time on Sunday morning
on 7.135 Lower Sideband.
This is Trevor VK5ATQ for One WIA.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Save Analogue Radio campaign
A UK National Campaign to maintain traditional analogue broadcast radio for
everyday listening and for use in times of national emergencies is trying to
The pressure is on to replace traditional analogue radio broadcasting with
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio.
Indeed, the UK Government has provisionally set 2015 as the date when the
world wide standard frequency modulation (f.m.) services are to disappear
from 87.5 to 108MHz (v.h.f. f.m. band), to be replaced with DAB radio
Eventually, the analogue services on long waves (198kHz) and medium waves
(500kHz to 1.6MHz) will also be replaced by digital transmissions.
But one would wonder at this backward step to save thin sounding FM and at
worse crackly 4khz AM.
NEXT SOME ONE WILL COME UP WITH WANTING TO USE cw OR EVEN THE USE OF 500KC
But if you DO want to know more you can contact Rob G3XFD, oh and Rob is
actually DOCTOR Rob B Mannion the Editor of Practical Wireless magazine.
IRTS 78th AGM
The 78th AGM of Irish Radio Transmitters Society will be hosted by the Dundalk
Amateur Radio Society, over the weekend of the 24 /25th April.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting the "Emerald Isle" the venue will be
Fairways Hotel Dundalk Co Louth.
USA - BPL
Once touted as "the most successful BPL deployment in the nation,"
the City of Manassas has decided to get out of the BPL business, once
and for all. At a Special Meeting on Monday, April 5, the Manassas City
Council -- acting on a recommendation from the Manassas Utilities
Commission -- unanimously voted to discontinue Broadband over Powerline
Internet service as of July 1, 2010 to the approximately 520 residents
and businesses who subscribe to the service; these customers were told that
they have three months to find a new Internet service provider.
According to Manassas City Clerk Andrea Madden, there was no discussion on
the resolution to discontinue service and the motion was passed
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE
HAM HAPPENINGS: NPR SAYS HAM RADIO IS GROWING
National Public Radio says that ham radio is alive and well, and its even
produced a segment of its All Things Considered program to prove
it. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has more:
Ham radio is far from the dying hobby that the nay sayers claim it to
be. One that only a few years ago was being touted by techno blogs
alongside 35 mm film and home videotape as technologies slated to quickly
Well, National Public Radio says that the bloggers were wrong
because there are now nearly 700,000 U-S citizens who have ham radio
licenses. NPR says that number is up by some 60 percent since 1981. And
Says NPR, that number is growing.
The NPR story quotes Allen Weiner. He is an analyst at the technology
research firm Gartner and Associates. Weiner says that while ham radio
will never have the sex appeal of the iPhone, it does have a certain level
of what he terms as nerd appeal.
Weiner also explains growth in our specialized communications interest in
this way. He says that if it creates its own experience, that's really
what's key here. Conversely, if it just emulates an experience that you
can get online, it's not going to grow.
The report concludes by noting that even the most die-hard hams admit that
amateur radio will never be a mainstream hobby. But says National Public
Radio, people are still discovering the joy of communicating with the
technology of amateur radio. A technology that has existed for nearly a
Still enjoying ham radio from Scottsdale Arizona, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP,
reporting for the Amateur Radio Newsline.
You can hear the NPR story on ham radios growth at the URL found
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
Low-energy light bulbs that take control of your TV
Some feared it must have been a problem with their remote. Others suspected
But when TV viewers complained their sets were changing channel by
themselves, few could have guessed the real culprit - their light bulbs.
Low-energy bulbs can make your television turn over the station at random,
according to customers.
Among the first to spot the problem were UK cable customers Alistair and Emma
They rang their supplier, Virgin Media, and were told the problem could be
because of the Philips low-energy light bulb fitted nearby.
But while changing it helped, the couple say the channel still flips from
time to time even though the nearest low- energy bulb is now in another room.
Experts say infra-red light from modern fluorescent bulbs can be 'mistaken'
by electrical equipment for commands from its remote.
They warn that while moving or changing the offending device usually solves
the problem, the proliferation of gadgets in homes increases the likelihood
of such interference.
Traditional bulbs produce infra-red too, but because they don't 'flicker'
like some fluorescent bulbs there is no danger of interference with
This weird and wonderful occurence is akin to a problem my next door
neighbour had soon after he had a pace maker installed. Every time I changed
TV stations he would do cartwheels in his lounge!
OPERATIONAL NEWS -
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
Apr 24 Harry Angel Memorial Sprint
APR 30 - MAY 6 Westlakes CQ Repeater contest
May 8 WIA VK Trans Tasman 80m Phone
Bruce Renn firstname.lastname@example.org
May 15-16 NZART Sangster Shield
Jun 12 WIA VK Trans Tasman 160m Phone
Bruce Renn email@example.com
Jun 12-13 WIA Worked All VK Shires
Jun 19-20 WIA WINTER VHF-UHF Field Day
John Martin VK3KM firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 3- 4 NZART MEMORIAL CONTEST
Jul 10tbc WIA Jack Files Contest
John Spooner email@example.com
Aug 14-15 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
Peter Harding firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 21-22 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
register on website illw.net
Oct 2- 3 WIA Oceania DX Contest Phone
Tony Burt email@example.com
Oct 9-10 WIA Oceania DX Contest CW
Tony Burt firstname.lastname@example.org
NOV 20-21 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day
John Martin VK3KM email@example.com
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, REPEATER BEACON DX AND NET ADVICE
hf nets ON the net, www.timroberts-vk4yeh.id.au/
CELEBRATING MEXICO'S INDEPENDENCE
Word that the Mexican Federal Telecommunications has authorized the use of
the special 4 B prefix for Mexican stations throughout the year 2010.
The use of this prefix is to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexico's
independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.
(sourced to arnewsline)
As part of the Women on the Air 2010 activities, Anneke, PB7XYL,
will activate special callsign PB88XYL until 30th April.
QSL via bureau or direct.
GB0BMT will be on the air on 17th April between 10.00 and 15.00 from
the Birkenhead Masonic Temple as part of their open day.
GB2AGM will be on the air from the RSGB AGM in Bedford on 17th April.
GB0GAF will be on the air from Warwickshire for the Great Alne Festival
Vietnam DXpedition - very rare IOTA
An international group of operators are now active as 3W6C from Con Co Island
(AS-185) until April 18th
PROPAGATION: SOLAR WINDSTORM HITS EARTH
In propagation news, what's described as a sharp gust of solar wind hit
Earth's magnetosphere on Monday, April 5th, at approximately 0800 UTC. It
also sparked the strongest geomagnetic storm of the year.
According to Spaceweather dot com, the event registered 7 on the 0-to-9 K
index scale of magnetic disturbances. Although the storm was subsiding by
Wednesday morning, April 7th, it was not over and high-latitude sky
watchers were told to remain alert for the possibility of aurora
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.
Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
Amateur HF 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
The RSGB say "German cable operators have been encouraged to improve systems."
The Cologne Administrative Court has rejected an action brought by a
German cable company against the auction of 800MHz for wireless
networks, saying that if the cable operator was afraid of
interference they could take action to improve their cable system.
The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club views the ruling positively since it
will encourage cable operators to upgrade leaky cable systems. As
well as stopping the pickup of any 800MHz transmissions it should
also reduce the interference that leaky cable systems cause to radio amateurs.
Groups presenting this WIA National News Service
APR VK3 11 VK3DN
APR VK7 25 REAST (ANZAC Weekend)
MAY VK1 23 CRARC (promoting CRARC and WIA AGM)
MAY VK100WIA 30 WIA DIRECTORS JOIN A LIVE OB FROM CANBERRA
From Maryborough in Queensland to Victoria and the Arctic, WIA news is
disseminated through the non-licence EQSO / PMR system, relayed from
transmission on Channel 14 UHF CB.
Ray VK4TPT, Van VK4VAN and Bob VK4FNBL of Maryborough Electronics and Radio
Group Inc have put their heads together over a quick sketch by Ray with
soldering irons in hand, creating a number of homebrew interfaces (which also
can be used to provide service on EchoLink).
A cross section of call-ins achieved over the past 12 months demonstrates the
wide spread popularity of the service and includes RF links in Nova Scotia,
Ottawa, Osaka, Patris in Greece, Bunbury WA, London, Mudgee NSW, Bendigo &
the Latrobe Valley in Victoria; with listeners on their PCs in locations
including Spitzbergen in the Arctic, New York, Germany and Ireland.
If you are interested yourself or know anyone becoming interested in Amateur
Radio who would like to hear the WIA news follow these easy steps.
Enter AU6PER into the favoured search engine and download client software.
Those handy with a soldering iron might then go on to make a PC/Radio
interface for use with the gateway software also available on this site.
MERG has Ray, Van and Bob working toward an article containing information on
the interface in use for publication in AR magazine.
From the Maryborough Electronics and Radio Group this is Kathy VK4KJ,
back to the news room.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
Brisbane Digital ATV club.
ATV repeater VK4RKC at Ocean View is now transmitting Digital ATV on 428.5MHz.
Input is both 1250 FM and DATV.
It's in a beacon mode while the system is being completed, however 1250 FM
and DATV can pass through on a valid input signal. No DTMF tones are required.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Bletchley Park Trust has received a grant of 250,000 from the Department of
Culture, Media and Sport.
The money will be used to fund repairs to this world war two code breaking
site including work on dilapidated roofs. The grant is said to help renovate
the buildings and ensure that future visitors enjoy a really high quality
experience when they visit this world wide known site.
(sourced to rsgb)
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
Not only the WIA is in 100 year celebration mode, Bob Bristow tells us that
Boy Scouts of America in celebrating 100 years
In 1910 the United States Congress officially chartered the Boy Scouts
The San Francisco Bay Area Council of B.S.A. is hosting a centennial
anniversary celebration jamboree at the Alameda County Fairgrounds
April 16-18 and part of the celebration includes two "Jamboree on the Air"
stations where amateur radio will be demonstrated to youth and adults Scouts.
Information is available from www.100thanniversaryjamboree.org
The station will be demonstrating HF voice and code operations, VHF/UHF
voice repeater operations, satellite communication, radio direction
finding, and, CW practice stations.
The station (WZ6BSA) will be on the air
W6CX IRLP: 3057
N6LDJ IRLP: 7712
No matter where in the world you are, if you can't make it to the
fair grounds, please get on the air and talk to these Scouts for their
REWIND - A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY
Sixty-two Years of The Transistor
"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and
weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have 1,000 vacuum tubes and
perhaps weigh 1.5 tons."
So said Popular Mechanics, March 1949.
But we all know don't we that just 2 years prior to that article in 1947,
John Bardeen and Walter Brattain at AT&T's Bell Labs in the United States
noted that the output power was larger than the input power when electrical
contacts were applied to a crystal of germanium.
Another worker at the AT&T's Bell Labs, William Shockley, saw the "potential" in this
and developed the transistor.
In an item in this weeks "on line" from the NZART, they remind us that the
term 'transistor', was coined by John R. Pierce from the words 'transfer'
The first silicon transistor was produced by Texas Instruments in 1954. This
was the work of Gordon Teal, an expert in growing crystals of high purity,
who had previously worked at Bell Labs. The first MOS transistor actually
built was by Kahng and Atalla also at Bell Labs, but Fast forward to 1960.
The transistor is the key active component in practically all modern
Although several companies each produce over a billion individually-packaged
(known as discrete) transistors every year, the vast majority of transistors
now produced are in integrated circuits (IC). Complete electronic circuits
are made by combining integrated circuits with diodes, resistors, capacitors
and other electronic components.
In 2010, a microprocessor, the heart of your home computer, could have up to
820 million transistors with a speed of over 3 GHz.
Do you remember the XT or '286' computer? That computer, from 1982, had a
microprocessor that had 134 000 transistors in it and a speed of 6 MHz!
About 60 million transistors were built in 2002 for each man, woman, and
child on Earth.
The transistor's low cost, flexibility, and reliability have made it a
universal device. Transistorised mechatronic circuits have replaced
electromechanical devices in controlling appliances and machinery. It is
often easier and cheaper to use a standard microcontroller (a microprocessor
with input and output circuits), and write a computer program to carry out a
control function than to design an equivalent mechanical device.
Rewind a look back at our history through the serialised written history
by WIA Centenary Committee member Peter Wolfenden VK3RV with assistance of
others, that is being published in the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine.
Interference threatens experimenters
By the end of 1921 there were sufficient stations using regenerative
receivers, that interference was being experienced by all users of the
spectrum in some parts of the country.
An improperly adjusted receiver actually transmitted a signal. The earlier
fears of the South Australian Division that this would occur had become a
Newspaper reports in July 1922 proclaimed that experimenter?s licences were
Again the co-operation of all state WIA bodies was obtained to protect the
rights of experimenters. At this time a reduction in high licence fees was
also on the agenda.
The delay in making transmitting licences readily available generated a deal
of impatience from experimenters and those wishing to open up the commercial
possibilities of wireless.
Basically the only stations that could be received at the time were the
coastal stations, ships at sea, a few land stations including those operated
by the WIA, and the occasional official telephony experiment.
A number of experimenters keyed their oscillating valve receiver operating
it as a low powered transmitter - all highly illegal!
MAY 8 VK3
10am Moorabbin @ District Amateur Radio club Hamfest at Brentwood Secondary College.
MAY 8 VK4
Brisbane Amateur Radio Club's "Barcfest", Mt Gravatt show grounds 9,30am.
JUNE 12 VK2
Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club's 35th Annual Field Day.
JULY 17 VK3
GGREC Hamfest Start Time : 10:00
AUGUST 1 VK6
Northern Corridor Group Hamfest Cyril Jackson Sports Centre Ashfield
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
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