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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APR 25 2010.

This ANZAC day WIA broadcast comes from the sunny Hobart studios of the Radio and
Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania and we have a whole bunch of club
people involved:

VK7TW
VK7MJ
VK7OO
VK7PAH
VK7FEET
VK7DY
VK7ZGK
VK7FRRT
VK2FPJB
Peter Lee
http://reast.asn.au/

ALL THESE AND OTHER HAMS UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING APR 25 2010




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ABC ARS supports International Marconi Day

The Amateur Radio Section of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications and QSL Collection
will operate OE10M during this weekend 23rd to 25th April.

OE10M is an official International Marconi Day station and contacts
made on Saturday, 24th April are valid for the IMD Award. QSL via da
OE - Bureau or direct to OE1WHC. Cards without an SAE & new IRC or 1 US
dollar to cover postage will be processed via Bureau.





AM CW ANZAC

ANZAC Day sees many stations working AM and CW in remembrance of our
Military Hams who have gone before us.

And good news is that you can work CW through amateur radio satellite HO-68.

The linear transponder, used for CW working, has a bandwidth of 50 kHz which
allows about 10-15 simultaneous contacts to take place and can sound like the
20 metre band.

Due to Doppler shift the CW beacon can appear to be up to 9 kHz from its
nominal frequency of 435.790 MHz and you need to tune your receiver to follow
it during the pass.

The beacon has been received on simple antennas such as a ¼ wave ground plane
but for best results try a small Yagi with about 8 elements.

CW
145.925 - 145.975
435.765 - 435.715

09:50...Turn On--CW
Oceania, Asia, Europe
10:35...Turn Off


Amateurs in North Queensland, lead by Mike VK4MIK, are encouraging all
amateurs who can, to operate on AM and CW modes during the afternoon and
evening of ANZAC Day as a mark of remembrance to the servicemen and women
who served our countries during time of conflict.

AM and CW were modes used during WW2 and in Korea, Malaysian and early
Viet Nam so by using those modes it shows that we Radio Amateurs are
remembering them in our own special manner. Hopefully our New Zealand
cousins will join in the activity as the ANZAC spirit is an integral part of
both our countries.

Ex-navy ships Whyalla (in Whyalla), Castlemaine (in Melbourne) and
Diamantina (in Brisbane) plus the WAR-BIRDS in Mareeba will be activating
their World War 2 radio equipment plus other museums looking at linking in
with Amateur Radio Clubs and Groups.

The North Queensland net on ANZAC Day will be on 7.093MHz at 0600 hours UTC
using AM and the Townsville North Queensland net will also be AM on 3605.4kHz
at 0930 hours UTC. Other radio clubs and groups in Southern Queensland are
also planning to run their nets on AM plus getting on air to make contact
during the afternoon on AM and CW.

The suggested frequencies for use are:

CW
7.020MHz 15kHz
3.530MHz 20kHz
14.050MHz 20kHz

AM
3.590MHz 20kHz
7.070MHz 25kHz
14.160MHz 30kHz

Turkish Amateurs are operating from the 22 - 25 April overlooking ANZAC Cove.

It is purely social and not a contest.

This is Ewan VK4ERM for:
Mike ‘banjo’ Patterson VK4MIK


LINKS

www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2010/20100406-1/index.php

www.qrz.com/db/TC57A

www.warbirdadventures.com.au





WIA CENTENARY

VK100WIA Online Logbook

The online logbook may be used either as a real time logger with contacts
entered into the web form as they are made or it may be completed after the
event, allowing the club to choose to record contacts on paper logs.

Paper logs can be keyed in at any time, including any time after the clubs
3 day operational window.

Contacts in the logbook are listed chronologically irrespective on when the
contact has been entered into the online logbook.

Each club has registered for use of the VK100WIA callsign based on UTC time,
the logging is also based on UTC time zone it includes a UTC time clock for
reference purposes.

The online logging page will not allow any club to log a contact for a time
and date that is outside the allocated 3 day window. (again UTC time)

A set of simple instructions on how to use the logging page and the logging
page URL will be sent to the contact nominated in the online registration
form two weeks before the clubs use of the callsign.

All clubs will need to recall the password they nominated when completing
their registration for the VK100WIA callsign, lost or forgotten passwords
can be reset allowing the club to choose a new password.

The clubs rostered to use the special callsign VK100WIA in June have received
a comprehensive package of material to help them promote amateur radio,
their club and the WIA Centenary.

The material is ideal for any club that wants to promote an event or activity
and gain positive media publicity for amateur radio. While clubs on the
VK100WIA roster will automatically receive this material eight weeks prior
to their three-day rostered slot, any other WIA affiliated club can request
a copy from the WIA National Office.

In a covering letter the WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI explains that the
resources being provided include media liaison advice, a template media
release, background sheets and guides. Clubs using this package will easily
be able to create a 'Media Kit' to send to their local news media.

www.wia.org.au/newsevents/centenary/mediaresources/

www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2010/20100414-1/index.php

Oh and WIA members and clubs may include the WIA Centenary logo on their
QSL cards and websites.

Digital files of the logo, both colour and black & white versions, plus user
guidelines and requirements are available in the WIA Centenary section of
the WIA website

(www.wia.org.au/newsevents/centenary/logo).





WIA
President Michael Owen VK3KI president@wia.org.au
Vice President Ewan McLeod VK4ERM vk4erm@wia.org.au
Secretary Geoff Atkinson VK3AFA secretary@wia.org.au
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ vk3pz@wia.org.au


Friday 30th July is the closing date for applications for the WIA Club Grants
Scheme for 2010. Full details of the 2010 rules for the scheme can be
obtained from the WIA Web site, together with a template setting out the
suggested application headings for an executive summary, identifying how the
club seeks to meet the objectives of the scheme and guidance regarding
supporting documentation.

The object of the scheme is to promote and advance amateur radio, the WIA and
its Affiliated Clubs by supporting useful and/or innovative projects
undertaken or to be undertaken by Affiliated Clubs.

President Michael said that the committee would recommend to the Board the
projects that should be supported and the amount to be allocated to each
supported project. "I urge affiliated clubs to participate in this
opportunity" Michael said; "however, it is most important that clubs read
the rules very carefully





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

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

The famous Bill Shakespeare Auction is returning to Sydney on Wednesday
5th May.

The St George Amateur Radio Society has available a huge range of electronic
components including resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, integrated
circuits, etc., plus lots of radio equipment on offer from other sellers.

Time to clean out the shack this weekend and bring along you pre-loved radio
equipment to sell at the auction, to be held at the club rooms, Donnelly Park,
Kyle Parade, Kyle Bay, commencing at 7.00 PM

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available on the night.

Pre-registration and further details are available on the club’s web site
sgars.org

Keep that date in mind Wednesday evening 5th May. Look forward to seeing you
there.

Across Australia from VK1WIA you're tuned to the WIA National News Service.
In Bathurst, it can be heard on VK2RDX 146.650 MHz at 10.00 AM local time.
I'm Paul VK2GX





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

10 July 2010 for 2 days is the GippsTech2010 Technical Conference

GippsTech has a well-recognised reputation as the premier technical conference
in VK, with its focus primarily on techniques applicable in the VHF, UHF and
microwave bands, especially for weak-signal contacts. In addition to the
Conference, a Partner’s Tour will be conducted, together with an informal
social gathering for dinner on Friday and a Conference Dinner on Saturday.

Further details can be found at the Eastern Zone Amateur Radio Club web site,
as with all clubs just visit wia.org.au and click on the club link.

(or http://www.vk3bez.org/)





VK4 - QNEWS
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/


Welcome to QNews from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP and I've been
reflecting....

In the time when we measured in feet and inches and valued in shillings and
pence, I was receiving my first lessons in club organisation. This was with
a national youth organisation with a long history, even then.

It was probably before the terms such as teen peer pressure had entered the
pages of news reporting but one issue was very important to avoid. This was
and is the growth of cliques in an organisation. The self grouping of a
segment of members to assume effective control of the body to benefit that
self appointed group has long been a poison to the cohesiveness and growth
of all kinds of clubs.

Our hobby of amateur radio with its lofty ideals as set out in the Amateurs
Code is certainly not immune to this problem.

Practically we need to tread the line of accommodating the wide interests of
all our club members and providing activities, within our resources, which
involve all our club members. Ignoring members, inviting a selected few to
undertake special activities ( pre-qualifying) and allowing things to run as
a dictatorship is hardly in the spirit of the Amateurs Code.

Our WIA is encouraging us to recruit. Old hobbyists’ and the newly interested,
we invite you all.... and as the CB craze brought us many recruits, computing
and other electronic interests should be a source of new members now.

Have you told anyone about amateur radio, this week?

For QNews, I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think.....what about you?





Bayside and District Amateur Radio Society rebroadcasting the WIA weekly
news Tuesday nights at 7pm from their 146.875MHz repeater.
The IRLP node number has changed Bryn VK4GF has linked node 6919 to the
BDARS repeater





An Amateur Radio Salute to the Anzac’s, taken from TRGs "The TRG Tattler".
THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE TABLELANDS RADIO GROUP"ATHERTON

This was an idea I had to give an Amateur Radio salute to the Anzacs as well
as all ex and serving men and women of our Defence Forces by utilizing radio
modes that were in use during World War II, Korea, Malaysia and early Vietnam
days . These days, Amateur Radio uses the more stable and reliable Single
Side Band and Digital modes of radio communication as opposed to the more
interference prone Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Morse Code (CW) modes as
were used in the era of those war years. During these years of difficult
times, the lower power of the transmitters and sensitivity of receivers of
the day made operating conditions much more arduous than they are today and
this will be an ideal opportunity, especially for the younger generation of
radio enthusiasts, to see AM and Morse Code being used once again and how it
“used to be”. It would be a trip down Memory Lane for the more elderly
operators in our great hobby.

This project has gained much support nationally and internationally as the
Tableland Radio Group (TRG), based in Atherton, gets the project up and
running. Amateur Radio operators (or Hams as they are often called) from
around Australia, New Zealand the United Kingdom and Turkey have expressed
interest in joining us on April 25.

In Australia we will have a radio station at the Mareeba Airport, as it was a
major base in WW II, and the Townsville Radio Club will be operating from a
WW II Command Bunker set into Castle Hill. We also will have three ex Royal
Australian Navy Ships involved " HMAS Diamintina, in Brisbane,
HMAS Castlemaine, in Melbourne, and HMAS Whyalla, in Whyalla. There are
numerous Hams who have rallied and will be on air on the afternoon of
ANZAC DAY 2010.

Many Radio Amateurs have served in the Australian and New Zealand Defence
Forces and it is hoped this event will have special significance for them.

Mike “Banjo” Patterson VK4MIK
Chief Petty Officer R.A.N. (Ret)
Malanda Qld





GREETINGS TO ALL LISTENERS ON THIS VERY SPECIAL AND SIGNIFICANT DAY ANZAC DAY 2010
- THIS IS DON VK4FNQA FROM 'NORTH QUEENSLAND'...

HAVE YOU... OR WILL YOU BE PARTICIPATING IN CONTACTING LOTS OF STATIONS ON AIR TODAY
BY USING CW TO MAKE CONTACT WITH VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANZAC DAY
REMEMBRANCE?

TARC INC MEMBERS AND SUPPORT CREWS 'SALUTE THE DEFENCE FORCE SERVICES BY;
REMEMBERING OUR ANZACS'.


"THEY WENT WITH SONGS TO BATTLE,
THEY WERE YOUNG, STRAIGHT OF LIMB, TRUE OF EYE,
STEADY AND AGLOW,

THEY WERE STAUNCH TO THE END AGAINST ODDS ENCOUNTERED,
THEY FELL WITH THEIR FACES TO THE FOE.

THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD.
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING,
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.

LEST WE FORGET"







Licensing and display of firearms at RSL premises

The Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson and Returned & Services
League of Australia (Queensland Branch) President Doug Formby, will
establish a joint RSL/QPS process to deal with the licensing of display
firearms at RSL premises.

All regional Assistant Commissioners have been advised of possible issues
with licensing and the display of decommissioned firearms at RSL premises.

“The RSL holds a special place in Queensland society, and I am confident we
can work through the issues to ensure legal compliance while preserving the
history and traditions associated with the RSL,” Commissioner Atkinson said.

(Media and Public Affairs Branch)





VK7
local area news :- http://reast.asn.au/news.php
vk7 local news, email vk7regionalnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania

May Presentation

VK0IR Heard Island DXpedition Presentation

Our May presentation will be a professional video presentation created by
James Brookes, 9V1YC of the 1997 DXpedition to Heard Island.

The presentation will be projected on to the big screen along with Dolby
Digital audio.

This presentation has many references and some great archival film of the
original ANARE expeditions to Heard Island in the 1940 and 50s.

The presentation also covers the history of Heard Island and some great film
of the wildlife found on Heard Island.

Called "Outpost at the Edge" it covers the start from the Reunion Islands the
transporting, setup of the operating tents, the operating and then the
tear-down.

With over 80,000 contacts logged in the three weeks it is a great
presentation about a famous DXpedition.

It is professionally filmed and edited by 9V1YC and is 50 minutes long.

See you there.

http://reast.asn.au/events.php#HeardIsland

(REAST Committee)





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

Ham Radio Growing In The Age Of Twitter

Last week National News brought you a story on how the USA National Public
Radio published a report that Amateur Radio in the United States was growing
in the age of twitter.

Here, it raises the question is if the same trend is true in Australia?

Is our amateur population growing in numbers or declining?

Former WIA Director Robert Broomhead VK3DN says that 12 months ago the ACMA
database reported 15,515 current issued callsigns.

Today April 2010, there are 15,675 current issued callsigns,
a very encouraging increase of 160 in the last twelve months.

In Australia the turnaround from decline to growth was first noted after the
introduction of the foundation licence in 2005, a trend that has been
consistent year on year since.

Across the Tasman the national society of New Zealand, NZART, may poll its
branches to find out if they want an Entry Level Amateur Radio licence.

The voting does not give council a mandate re entry level licence.

If passed it merely instructs Council to seek a mandate:

By polling all branches at the NZART AGM - and counting how many votes they
record which way - the matter of an entry level licence should be settled.





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


Icelandic volcano disrupts IARU meeting

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has disrupted an International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) Region 1 Executive Committee meeting.

The IARU Region 1 website reports that participants of the yearly IARU Region
1 Executive Committee meeting struggled to reach Sofia from various parts of
the World due the Iceland Eyjafjallajokull's volcanic ashes.

From flight cancellations, to airport closures and participants stranded in
airports, only a few people made it to Sofia - the rest are either stranded
at the transit airport or on the way back home by any possible means of
transportation.

IARU Region 1
http://www.iaru-r1.org/





FIRST SOLAR ONLY POWERED D-STAR SYSTEM ON THE AIR

What's believed to be the worlds first and only D-Star solar powered
repeater has come on the air from Belgium. According to the Royal Union of
Belgian Radio Amateurs the ON0CPS system was recently put into operation by
ON4BK and is designed to operate entirely on solar energy.

The new D-Star repeater operates with an input channel of 431.9625 MHz with
its output on 439.5625 MHz. According to the society, during the day there
is usually enough sunlight to keep the machine in operation while
simultaneously charging its two 120 Amp Hour batteries which power it at
night. So far the repeater has been running over a month on this solar
power alone with no failures or complaints.

More is at the ON4BK website located at http://tinyurl.com/yyajoxx





RAC FILES FOR 60 METER CANADIAN ALLOCATION

Radio Amateurs of Canada has filed a request with telecommunications
regulator Industry Canada for some 60 meter spot frequency
assignments. The formal request was sent to the Director, Spectrum and
Radio Policy, for consideration in authorizing for the Canadian Amateur
Service the same five 5 MHz frequencies that are now authorized in the
United States. In addition, two spot frequencies are also requested for
exclusive Canadian amateur use.

The ground work for this was established at previous meetings of the
Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board Radio Amateurs of Canada anticipates
this request will go through a lengthy due process of analysis and review
at Industry Canada before being published as a Canada Gazette Notice for
public comment. If all goes well, Canadian hams could see an authorization
to this spectrum within a year.


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WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

Top 10 Worst Passwords
Source: pcworld.com via NZART

1. 123456
2. 12345
3. 123456789
4. Password
5. iloveyou
6. princess
7. rockyou
8. 1234567
9. 12345678
10. abc123





OPERATIONAL NEWS -


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




APR 30 - MAY 6 Westlakes CQ Repeater contest
contestmanager@westlakesarc.org.au

May 8 WIA VK Trans Tasman 80m Phone
Bruce Renn vk3jwz@wia.org.au

May 15-16 NZART Sangster Shield
http://www.nzart.org.nz/contests/index.html

Jun 12 WIA VK Trans Tasman 160m Phone
Bruce Renn vk3jwz@wia.org.au

Jun 12-13 WIA Worked All VK Shires
contest@vkshires.info

Jun 19-20 WIA WINTER VHF-UHF Field Day
John Martin VK3KM tac@wia.org.au

Jul 3- 4 NZART MEMORIAL CONTEST
http://www.nzart.org.nz/contests/index.html

Jul 10tbc WIA Jack Files Contest
John Spooner vk4ajs@wia.org.au

Aug 14-15 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
Peter Harding vk4od@wia.org.au

Aug 21-22 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
register on website illw.net

Oct 2- 3 WIA Oceania DX Contest Phone
Tony Burt vk3tz@wia.org.au

Oct 9-10 WIA Oceania DX Contest CW
Tony Burt vk3tz@wia.org.au

NOV 20-21 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day
John Martin VK3KM tac@wia.org.au





SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, REPEATER BEACON DX AND NET ADVICE
hf nets ON the net, www.timroberts-vk4yeh.id.au/

Taiwan 100th Anniversary Special Call Sign Used in Pirate Operation

It is spreading in the world of amateur radio that a special events station
with the new style call sign 3T07W 3H100TW 3T100TW has been registered for
the 100th anniversary of the ROC (Taiwan).

Although the call sign is within Taiwan's call sign structure, the National
Communications Commission (NCC) of Taiwan has never issued this call sign to
any operator, and as such the station should be considered a pirate station.

(BorLong Lin, M.D. bv5af@ctarl.org.tw)





HARTS Trial Operation of 70 MHz Beacon

This in from IARU Region 3 Beacon Project Coordinator Peter Norden, ZL2SJ.

HARTS 70MHz Beacon Temporary Amateur Station License was received from
Radio authority OFTA.

Call-sign VR2FOUR.

A trial period of up to 6 months duration.

Freq Call locator Contact Watt Antenna Notes
71.575 VR2FOUR OL72AL HARTS 3 Omni vert Permit until 31/8





Sri Lanka - 4S7B - Calling

Request for beacon reports

A quick reminder that Shante who is 4S7WP is trying to enlist VK amateurs to
listen for the 4S7B repeater near Colombo in Sri Lanka. The beacon callsign
is 4S7B, and is located about 110 km south of Colombo, Sri Lanka and has
operating frequencies on: 14.100 MHz, 18.110 MHz, 21.150 MHz, 24.930 MHz and
28.200 MHz.

Of particular interest is reception reports from the 21.150 MHz beacon.

emailed ohms73@hotmail.com







SECOND AFRICAN WSPR BEACON TAKES TOM THE AIR

The second beacon using the new WSPR mode has gone on the air in
Africa. Using the callsign 5X7JD the system is located in Masaka, Uganda
and outputs 1 watt while cycling through 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10
meters. This gives an overall cycle between WSPR transmissions returning
every 16 minutes to a given band.

The beacon is composed of an embedded system based on a PIC microprocessor,
a Direct Digital Synthesis chip and a MOSFET Power Amplifier with
selectable filters all feeding a HyGain Av 18VS multi-band vertical
antenna. Time and location information are derived from an attached GPS
receiver.

You can read more about the station at www.hamradiosafari.com

(GB2RS)





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

From 2nd May, Phil VK6GX of VK6 160 meter fame will shift this WIA broadcast
from 0700 to 0800 for the winter period as local sunrise is rapidly
approaching 0700 and will be 0715 around the winter solstice.





NEW DX BOOK AVAILABLE BY W9KNI

'A Year of DX' is a new book by noted author Bob Locher, W9KNI that follows
him as he makes an all out effort to win the 2008 running of CQ Magazine's
DX Marathon. The Marathon is a year long operating event during which a
contestant works as many countries and CQ zones as possible, any band or
any mode.

While the book chronicles Bob's efforts in the pileups and through the
lonely watches of the night, it also contains other discussions of what
DXing is all about. These include the possibilities of DXing in low sun
spot periods contributed by Jim Henderson, KF7E, a chapter on optimizing
your SSB transmit audio by Hall of Fame'r Chip Margelli, K7JA, a discussion
of what is the ideal linear amplifier, and much more.

Anyone who read and enjoyed Bob's 'Compete DX'er' is sure to find this book
equally worthwhile. Its publication date is scheduled for May 1st. More
information is on-line at www.idiompress.com/yearofdx.php





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


The Brisbane Digital ATV club, South East Queensland ATV club, and Queensland
Digital Group are working together to improve Amateur Television reception
in the greater Brisbane area.

ATV repeater VK4RKC at Ocean View is now transmitting Digital ATV on
428.5MHz.

The repeater is receiving on 1250 FM and DATV (Satellite standard).

No DTMF tones are required.

If you are in the area please call up on 145.200 MHz FM simplex for more
information or visit the ATV pages at www.qdg.org.au

(Alan VK4NA)





The Secret War - Battle of the Beams

The Alexandra Palace Television Society has made available on YouTube the
TV programme, The Secret War - Battle of the Beams, originally transmitted
BBC TV on January 5, 1977.

This tells the story of how the UK jammed high frequency radio beams used to
direct German bombers to their targets during night raids in World War Two.

The Alexandra Palace transmitter was used to jam the Y-Gerat system which
operated in the 40-50 MHz range. The earlier Knickebein system operated in
the 30-31 MHz range.

A BBC London report on the use of Alexandra Palace during World War Two is at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/london/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8231000/8231874.stm





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


WIA Centenary ARISS contact

Students from the Trinity Christian School in Canberra are to talk to the
astronauts on the International Space Station during a planned ISS contact
to take place during the WIA Centenary dinner in Canberra next month.

School principal Carl Palmer VK1TP/VK2TP is very pleased that ten students
will be given such an honour to attend the WIA Centenary dinner and talk with
an astronaut on the International Space Station.

Australian ARISS Coordinator Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI is finalising arrangements
for the contact between NA1SS, and the WIA special callsign VK100WIA, on the
evening (Australian time) of Saturday the 29th of May during the WIA
Centenary dinner.

(VK3PC)





ESTONIA TO LAUNCH HAM RADIO CUBE-SAT

The University of Tartu, in Estonia, has submitted a frequency coordination
application to the IARU for an Amateur Radio CubeSat. Called ESTCube-1,
the tiny bird would be a Low Earth Orbit satellite with UHF downlinks and a
VHF telecommand uplink. It would also carry a camera to acquire images of
Estonia for and will deploy a 10 meter conductive tether as a part of the
development work of an electric solar wind sail. The projected launch for
ESTCube-1 would be in 2012 although no launch opportunity has yet been
confirmed.

More on this Estonian ham radio in space project is on-line at
http://tinyurl.com/yk66s2o





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO

EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES IARU REGION 3
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz


Global Simulated Emergency Tests 2010

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Emergency Communications Group
has announced that the two Global Simulated Emergency Tests this year will
be on the 15th of May and the 13th of November.

GlobalSET is an opportunity to demonstrate how communications can occur
across national borders, test use the emergency centre of activity
frequencies on the 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 metre bands, and create practices
for international emergency communications.

Registrations are now being taken for IARU member societies and emergency
communications groups to participate in next month's GlobalSET.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU R3 Disaster Communications Committee).





REWIND - A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY


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.

Women in wireless

The resumption of wireless experimentation post-World War I included the
emergence of lady operators who did not immediately gain equality.

A Miss Rogers inquired about joining the South Australian Division, which
responded that the ?This Institute at present is unable to admit
lady members.

Florence Wallace, (later McKenzie) is the first known radio amateur in
Australia, qualified in electrical work she operated a wireless/electrical
shop in the heart of Sydney from 1921.

A very active operator, who was involved with establishing Wireless Weekly
magazine in August 1922.

Florence, or ?Mrs Mac?, established the Women’s Emergency Signal Corps which
provided a Morse code training facility. From this, grew the Women’s Royal
Australian Navy Service. ?Mrs Mac? trained many!

From this time on, the number of lady operators grew; but their gender was
not evident on air - wireless telegraphy being the only mode available.

Today, Australia has many female radio amateurs. They are supported by their
organisation ALARA - Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association - formed
in 1975.





SOCIAL SCENE

2010

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



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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