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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 20 2010.

WIA Centenary Update

Riverina Field Day 2010 - 25th July

GippsTech 2010

QNEWS

VK's Weather Channel's world record attempt

DX OPERATION CANCELLED AFTER BURGLARY

NAME THE CUBESAT PROJEC

ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF
AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 20 2010

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WIA Centenary Update

The Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club decided to make its 35th Annual Field
Day weekend on the 12th and 13th June the focus of its efforts to promote
amateur radio in its community.

The club made full use of the Media Kit provided by the WIA for affiliated
clubs, preparing its own Media release based on the generic release provided
in the kit, and following the advice in the kit as to how and when to approach
the local media outlets.

Club spokesman Alan Nutt VK2GD was interviewed on the ABC Mid North Coast
breakfast program, talking about amateur radio generally and the Club?s Field
Day.

In the afternoon Michael Owen was a guest for 20 minutes on Fiona Wyllie?s
ABC State Wide program, originating from the ABC studios in Port Macquarie.

A sound bite of an early experimental station acting as a broadcasting station
from the WIAs Sounds of Amateur Radio CD provided an interesting introduction
to the interview.

On the same day, the Port Macquarie News featured a photograph of Oxley
Club President Henry Lundell VK2ZHE and Vice President Jim Neil VK2VIV and
an article based on the clubs media release.

In a further radio spot, Henry VK2ZHE and Michael VK3KI was interviewed on
the Super radio network across the country.

On Monday a brief but prominent item about the Field Day was included in
the NBN TV 6 o?clock news. Prime TV have also arranged with Henry to shoot
footage for an item 'Amateur Radio 100'.

The Club will be conducting a training/assessment weekend in the near future,
and as a result of the publicity it is expected that the participants will
include several people who otherwise would not have made contact with the club.





And the Centenary of Organised Amateur Radio in Australia publicity blitz
continues.

First in Canberra during the WIA Centenary Convention, then radio clubs at
Wagga, Mt Gambier, and Port Macquarie all score excellent promotion using
the WIA Media Kit.

This is being recorded on the WIA website Centenary section under a new page
called VK100WIA Club & Media Feedback, as clubs report their successes in
getting media coverage & provide newspaper clippings, reports & other material.

Its far too detailed for us to cover it in a single broadcast, but well
done to all concerned.


Today however we'll hear part of an interview that occurred on ABC 774 in
Melbourne last Tuesday, the first voice is the presenter Red Symonds and
he's talking with Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club President Chris
Chapman VK3QB.


(Play recording, outcue is Red saying Chris Chapman).

The re-enactment and plaque unveiling occurred last Friday at Koo-Wee-Rup
southeast of Melbourne.





Mark Stephenson VK3PI of Western and Northern Suburbs Amateur Radio Club in
Victoria says they have a VK100WIA Special event field operation June 21.

Mount Cooper Field Operations (Highest point in metropolitan Melbourne) for
Day 3 of WANSARC VK100WIA operations, WANSARC members will operate in the field
at Mount Cooper, north of Reservoir and south of Bundoora.

HF, VHF and UHF operations will be conducted, together with D-Star and Digital
Amateur Television. This is another excellent opportunity for the public to see
and hear amateur radio in action as part of the WIA Centenary celebrations.





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

VK1
vk1 local news email broadcast@vk1.wia.ampr.org and ask for subscription.

Saturday the 12th saw a group of us head up to Mt Ginini to undertake some
maintenance of the equipment following a failure of the 2 metre repeater
earlier in the week. (Over worked during the AGM weekend)?

The group comprised of Peter VK1NPW, Glenn 1NUT, Bruce VK2MIB, Matt 1MA,
Adam VK1FADD (and girlfriend Kara) and Phil VK1PL (accompanied by daughter
Erica).

When we arrived after a reasonable trip up the road encountering thin patches
of snow between Bulls Head and the Mt Ginini peak we opened up the hut and made
ready to get into it. The tower and antenna's were caked with snow & ice and
so we thought that could be a bit dangerous so we sent in Bruce as the
sacrificial lamb to bang the tower a couple of times so the bulk of the ice
would fall in a controlled manner, it was impressive to see the clumps fall and
break-up on the way down.

As the snow was up around the concrete base of the tower, and on reading the
instructions on the can of waterproofing paint we decided there was no point
in proceeding with the brush back and repainting as the instructions stated
you should only do so when the temperature is above 10 degrees, something I
don't think will occur until late October at the earliest.

So, we confirmed the issue with the repeaters was once again the repeater
controller not working following a "brown-out" and so we shut everything down,
got out the tools and started work on the 70cm and then 2 metre Transmitters to
change the CTCSS tones over to the 91.5Hz standard. This was done, and
everything put back in place.

We too the opportunity whilst there to remove some pieces of metal work still
remaining from the old triangular tower with Bruce attacking a number of bolts
still sticking out of the ground with his angle grinder.

After that we all had lunch, packed up and headed home.

So, the Mt Ginini site is now transmitting a Sub Tone of 91.5 Hz on both
147.950 & 438.050 MHz, and you need a sub-tone of 91.5 Hz to access the
70cm Repeater (2 metres is still open squelch).





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

Riverina Field Day 2010 - 25th July

The Albury Wodonga Amateur Radio Club (AWARC - Formerly the Twin Cites Radio
& Electronics Club) are hosting their Hamfest on the 25th July, and will be
conducted this year at the 1st Lavington Scout Hall in Mutsch Street
commencing at 10am.

A.T.R.C. from Sydney selling Yaesu, Icom, Kenwood, and much more. Yaesu is
also attending with a new range of products, there are a number of other
suppliers distributing connectors, cable and large antenna supports as well as
second hand equipment.

There will be hot food available and FREE tea and coffee across the day.

Tables are $10 each and the entry is $5 per person.

(Stafford Simpson VK2AST 02-6040-6987)





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

GippsTech 2010

It is almost that time again: GippsTech 2010 will be happening on the weekend
of 10 and 11 July, at Monash University Gippsland Campus in Churchill, about
170 km east of Melbourne.

GippsTech has a well-recognised reputation as a premier amateur radio technical
conference, with its focus primarily on techniques applicable in the VHF, UHF
and microwave bands, especially for weak-signal contacts.

A Partner's Tour will be conducted, together with an informal social gathering
for dinner on Friday and a Conference Dinner on Saturday.

Details of the presentations offered to date, together with maps, an outline of
accommodation options and a downloadable registration form are available from
the Eastern Zone Amateur Radio Club website:

vk3bez.org/

If you are planning to attend, PLEASE REGISTER by Friday July 2.

(Peter VK3PF)





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 thinking.

How great are the forces of nature.

One force that sustains the planet is inertia. This is the force that prevents
a body flying off under the attack of a butterfly's wings or stops the mountains
from walking across the landscape. Yes inertia is a real force to be reckoned
with and maybe we can harness it to keeping our hobby in check.

Just think if people were really enthusiastic, they might stimulate activity.
Just think if people introduced novel ideas, they might walk paths that we
haven't trod.
Just think if people had a sense of adventure, they might even go far enough
to fall off the edge of the known world.
Just think if people became so enthused they might even try and recruit
new members.

We must protect the traditions that have made the Ancient Order of Smoke
Signallers and Mirror Flashers what it is today. Give inertia the respect it
deserves.

I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think.....how about you?


CLUBBING -


TOWNSVILLE
vk4wit@wia.org.au
4773 1196 or 0408 001142
po box 333 Garbutt East, QLD 4814
www.tarc.org.au

GREETINGS ! THIS IS GAVIN VK4ZZ, WITH NEWS FROM
CENTRAL, NORTH AND FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND !
MATMAN AND ROSLYN ARE TAKING A WELL EARNED BREAK, SPENDING
THIS WEEKEND WITH FAMILY ON THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS.
SO, THIS WEEK THE NEWS IS BEAMING TO YOU NOT FROM
THE MATCAVE BUT FROM THE BORG CUBE.

FIRSTLY, SOME IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT A TRAINING OPPORTUNITY YOU
DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON !

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN RELEASED BY ROGER CORDUKES VK4CD,
WIA NOMINATED ASSESSOR NA001

FRED SWAINSTON VK3DAC HAS PLANNED A PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINER
TRAINING WEEKEND FOR THE 30TH AND 31ST JULY AND 1ST AUGUST
TO BE HELD IN TOWNSVILLE AT THE SES HEADQUARTERS, GREEN
STREET WEST END.

FRED WOULD LIKE ALL THOSE AMATEURS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN
DOING THIS COURSE TO REGISTER ON THE WIA WEBSITE AND CONTACT
ROGER ASAP!

FOR THOSE WITH CERTIFICATE FOUR TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT, IT WILL BE AN
EXCELLENT COURSE THAT WILL GIVE QUALIFICATIONS IN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
( WICEN AND SES ).
FOR THOSE WITHOUT CERTIFICATE FOUR BUT WITH WICEN INTEREST AND
EXPERIENCE, YOU CAN STILL BECOME INVOLVED AND DO THE COURSE.
FRED CAN TAKE A TOTAL OF FIFTEEN PARTICIPANTS.

FRED WILL CONDUCT THE COURSE ON FRIDAY EVENING, FOLLOWED BY
SATURDAY FROM 8AM TO 4PM, THEN SUNDAY FROM 8AM TO 4PM.
HE WILL DELIVER THE TRAINER TRAINING IN ABOUT HALF THE HOURS THAT IS
REQUIRED FOR ORDINARY PARTICIPANTS SO IT IS A VERY FULL WEEKEND AND
WELL WORTH THE EFFORT !
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CENTRAL, NORTH AND FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
AMATEURS, SO DO NOT MISS IT !

ROGER HAS SUBMITTED SOME NAMES TO FRED AS INTERESTED.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE REGISTERED ON THE WIA WEBSITE FOR
WIA EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING.

FINALLY, ROGER ASKS CAN YOU PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO THE
CLUBS IN YOUR AREA. FURTHER DETAILS TO FOLLOW TO INTERESTED
AMATEURS.

CONTACT ROGER CORDUKES VK4CD ON
TELEPHONE 07 47740221, MOBILE 0417638366
OR ON EMAIL VK4CD AT WIA DOT ORG DOT AU





NOW, TO TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT FNNQARG !

The 27th Far North and North Queensland Amateur Radio Gathering
happened during the June Long Weekend at Cardwell Beachcomber
Motel and Tourist Park with hams travelling from Charters Towers, Townsville,
Burdekin, Cairns, Garradunga and Atherton Tableland regions.
The normal ham population of just 1 in Cardwell (that's Brad VK4CDL) increased
greatly with 18 hams and 5xyls on site during the gathering and 9
hams and 1xyl visiting.
The traditional Cricket Match was won by Far North Queensland with a
score of 76 to 48.
The Trek Trivia Challenge was won by the team of Brad VK4CDL, Art VK4GO,
Joan VK4FTVL and Colin VK4UCM.
The lucky door prize was won by John VK4FNQ.
The group vote on Sunday resulted in 15 for King Reef Resort at
Kurrimine Beach
and 11 for Cardwell Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park, so the 28th FNNQARG
will be near the monster fish paradise of Kurrimine Beach, shoreside
from Silkwood.
If you want a spot at the 2011 FNNQARG from Friday arvo June 10th
to Monday morn June 13th you need to get cracking with your booking right now.
Choice spots have already been booked and you might miss out !
contact King Reef Resort on 07-40656144
or email info@kingreef.com.au





SPEAKING OF GATHERINGS - LISTEN TO THIS !

The date for the famous and popular Central Highlands Amateur Radio
Club AGM at Camp Fairbairn near Emerald has been announced.

CHARC Secretary Gordon VK4KAL has advised that the AGM will be on
from 4pm Friday 17th to Midday Sunday 19th September 2010.

Find out more by contacting Gordon on vk4kal@wia.org.au





LADIES !

One of the friendliest radio nets in the land happens
this Tuesday evening from 7-30pm on the Townsville
VHF Repeater ... the Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net !
The net is open to young and old, YL or OM and is a
golden opportunity for anyone who needs practice
on-air to go onto the net as 2nd operator.
So join in to this Tuesday evenings net and
lets see if the YLs can outnumber the OMs !





YUM YUM, GASTRONOMIC HAM TIME !

Breakfast with the President, this month hosted by the TARC Vice President,
will be happening from 7am this Saturday 26th June.
Bring yer brekkie items down to the BBQs located either side of the entry
to the Strand Jetty, make bake and cook all the while whilst
socialising in one of North Queenslands award winning settings.





NEXT ITEM IS A WAKE UP CALL FOR ALL TARCADIANS !

A timely reminder that your member subs need to be
paid by the end of this month, Wednesday 30th June 2010.
Get on it right away and contact Treasurer Joan VK4FTVL if you are having any
problems paying.
Joan can be contacted on telephone 07-47515261 or email coljoan@bigpond.com

SO, WHILE YOU ARE ON THE PHONE TO JOAN OR ROGER GETTING MORE
DETAILS ABOUT THINGS I WILL BRING THIS EDITION OF QNEWS FOR
THIS SUNDAY TWENTIETH OF JUNE TO A CLOSE.


THIS HAS BEEN GAVIN VK4ZZ IN TROPICAL PARADISE FOR
THE TOWNSVILLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB INC.





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

Tasmanian radio engineer Barry McCann vk7tbm has received an OAM in the
Queens Birthday honours for his contribution to maritime communications.

Barry was the co founder of what has become Australia's largest marine radio
network, Coast Radio, a radio communications network manned by volunteers,
providing radio services to commercial fishers and recreational boaters.

The network covers a large stretch of water from the South Australian Victorian
border, 300 nautical miles south of Tasmania, and up to the New South Wales
Victorian border.

The idea for the marine radio network came about after Barry spent an unplanned
night at sea in the mid 1970's, after the engine in his boat failed.

Congratulations VK7TBM, Barry McCann OAM.





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

On Saturday 22 May, John VK3XD and Ewen VK3OW conducted Foundation assessments
for four candidates who had been preparing under the guidance of Stephen VK3SN.

Claire, Madeleine, Michael and Bronwen worked hard to be ready and were
rewarded with successful completion of all requirements.

All have now been issued with callsigns and have had their first QSO:

Claire VK3FCEW
Madeleine VK3FMCW
Michael VK3FMAW
Bronwen VK3FIRH

Listen out and say hello to these new Foundation amateurs!





Persons in the N/West Area of VK7 interested in Training and Assessments for
all classes of Amateur Radio are advised that the atvgroup can provide all
these requirements and in addition provision of Facilitators via the Radio and
Electronics School if candidates so desire.

For more information regarding these facilities, please contact the Club's
Learning Organizer Tony VK7AX, or the Club.

Contact details can be found on the Club Web Site or the WIA site under
VK7 Clubs.

http://www2.vk7ax.id.au/atvgroup/





VK's Weather Channel's world record attempt

The Weather Channel is calling on schools across Australia to help it break
the Guinness World Record for the world's largest interactive weather report
as part of National Science Week.

For the record to be broken, over 261 schools will need to measure the
temperature in their playground at midday EST on August 18 and send it
through to The Weather Channel. This information will become part of
The Big Report, which will be broadcast on The Weather Channel at 6pm EST
that night.

The current record of 261 schools was set by the BBC in March this year.

To take part, schools need to register online at
www.weatherchannel.com.au/bigreport
between June 1 and July 21





Congratulations to South Africans Jannie Minny, ZS4JR, and his triplets Janita,
Hannelie and Emelia and his wife, Johannatjie, who all passed the recent RAE.
It is just more than possible that it is the first time triplets wrote and
passed the RAE together. Congratulations to all of you.





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

POSSIBLE CHANGES IN EU DIRECTIVE ON INTERFERENCE COULD IMPACT HAM RADIO

DL9KCE reports via the IARU Region One website that a review of a possible
revision of a European Union Directive on interference to and from
telecommunications devices might impact on Amateur Radio.

In Article 3 the Directive contains a number of essential requirements to
protect health and safety, ensure electromagnetic compatibility and to
avoid harmful interference. The way in which these essential requirements
are defined in the Directive is generally considered appropriate by
stakeholders. However, the concept of 'intended use' of the equipment
seems to create some confusion between the essential requirements of the
Directive and other public interests, such as public security or freedom of
communication, which are beyond its scope but which might affect the
Amateur Radio Service in the future.

There has also been some evidence suggesting that harmonized standards may
sometimes be too stringent. Market surveillance campaigns have shown that a
proportion of unlicensed low power devices appear to be non conformant with
the harmonized standards. However, the recorded level of harmful
interference does not seem to have been affected by this.

In the end, the report on the Directive says that the scope of the Directive
needs to be reviewed. For instance, the radio and TV receivers which are not
able to transmit by radio or cable do not fall within the scope of the
Directive, while those which are able to transmit signals do. And for ham radio
it means that any changes to the Directive will have to be carefully watched.


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WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

Wonder pits - another story from the Weird 'N Wonderful file, hello I'm
Jim Linton VK3PC.

At the end of World War II, with peace declared, huge quantities of
equipment were simply dumped.

A story published in Signal, the magazine of the Vintage Military &
Amateur Radio Society, concerns reports of Royal Air Force radio gear
being tipped down dis-used coal mine shafts in Staffordshire.

A local farmer Thomas Weston retrieved thousands of these units and
through an associate George Eyre sold them on the open market to make a
tidy profit.

Everything was going well until the farmer's local member raised a
question in the British Parliament about this disgraceful waste of
resources occurring at a time the nation was undergoing tough post-war
financial restraint.

That caused a political storm and the farmer was threatened with legal
action by the Coal Commission on the grounds that he was trespassing when
entering the mines.

But in the following year 1947 the farmer got under their guard by buying
land containing two old mine shafts and without restriction restarted his
enterprise.

It seems that other things were dumped after the war too. Rumours include
items ranging from old mess hall cutlery through to boxed unassembled
aircraft.

(Additional follows from from Ed. VK4BB)

Here in South East Queensland at Archerfield, just opposite the airfield in
those huge water filled quarries and surrounds are said to be several
Lancaster Bombers, buried after 1952 and the Woomera Tests. At Drayton
on the Darling Downs it's said that brand new Mustang Fighters still crated
are buried... just awaiting the 'un earthing'.

And Jim is correct on that 'cutlery, during my stint in the Army, I was
involved in burying goodies no longer required on the military land of
Bulimba! Nothing exotic, but if you are after well worn cutlery!! HiHi.





OPERATIONAL NEWS -


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


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

Octtbc 23 WIA WIA National Field Day
nfd@wia.org.au

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




International Museum Weekend

This weekend five Australian museums, all in Victoria, are being activated
by radio clubs.

Amateur Radio Victoria VK3RAN will be operating from the HMAS Castlemaine
museum ship docked at Gem Pier Williamstown today.

Other stations are:

Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Society VK3BJA at the Koo-Wee-Rup
Swamp History Society Museum

Geelong Amateur Radio Club VK3ATL at Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

Moorabbin & District Radio Club VK3APC at its own radio museum

And Geelong Radio & Electronics Society VK3ANR old Geelong Jail.

In total there are 50 museums in Australia, England, Greece, Norway and
Scotland.

http://www.ukradioamateur.co.uk/imw/

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





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

DX OPERATION CANCELLED AFTER BURGLARY

W6ZL, has cancelled his current A35KL operation from Tonga. David decided to
leave Tonga on June 2nd and return to California after his guesthouse room was
burglarized. He says that he may be back in Tonga for the CQWW contest, later
this year.





HELLO FROM GREECE.

SV2FPU WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU ABOUT FORTHCOMING ACTIVITY FROM SKOPELOS ISLAND
ON LIGHTHOUSE 'GURUNI'

IOTA EU-072.

SPECIAL HELLENIC CALL : J48S

PERIOD: 19-26 JUNE 2010

MORE IS ON www.qrz.com





THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
(Measure twice - Cut once!)

Designer and electronics enthusiast Diana Eng, KC2UHB, has developed a
collapsible fabric Yagi for portable amateur radio satellite operation.
In her column in MAKE Magazine she writes that one of her favourite ham
radio activities is making contacts on satellites. She says that it is
really fun to know that you're controlling something that's receiving
and sending communications from space.

Eng notes that communicating with satellites means carrying a big Yagi
antenna around. So she decided to use her fashion sewing skills to
make a collapsible fabric Yagi antenna that's much easier to transport.

Eng notes that the actual antenna design is based on the work of
engineer and writer Kent Britain, WA5VJB. The difference is the
materials used in the final assembly. Thin brass tubing is used for
the antenna elements while rolled up cloth doubles as both the boom and
as a carrying case for the finished antenna. This makes it easily
transportable as well as quick to set up in the field or for classroom
satellite demonstrations.

Full instructions on how to build one is on line at
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/05/collapsible_fabric_yagi_antenna.html





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

1949 Royal Signals Corps recruitment video

A 1949 recruitment video for the Royal Corps of Signals aimed at
Radio Amateurs is available on the British Pathe website.

Watch '(RADIO SIGNALS TRAILER) video newsreel film' at

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=27252





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

NAME THE CUBESAT PROJECT

SA-AMSAT is inviting ZS radio amateurs to propose a name for its CubeSat
project.

The project was announced at the recently held Space Symposium and will involve
the design and construction of a CubeSat. A CubeSat is a 10 cm cube with a mass
of up to 1 kg. The project name should be a single word in any of
South Africa's official languages and reflect the spirit of the project.

A good example is the name given to the Around-the-world-balloon project which
is called "lalela", the Zulu word for "listen".

The winning entry will receive a satellite handbook.

Entries should be sent by e-mail to saamsat@intekom.co.za

closing date is 15 July.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN

VK7AX eQSO Chat Room

A reminder that the atvgroup now has a chat room available on eQSO courtesy
VK7AX.

The Server and chat rooms can be found on eQSO under the Call sign of VK7AX.

Two Rooms are available at the moment, "101English" and "ATV & SSTV" Chat.

An eQSO RF gateway with a link to the VK7RTV 2M Repeater is permanently
connected to the 101ENGLISH Room, which effectively means all 2M VK7RTV
repeater traffic is available when connected to the 101ENGLISH Chat room of
VK7AX.

It is suggested that NON RF type traffic use the "ATV & SSTV" Chat Room where
it is more private and clients need not worry about being connected to a
repeater network.

Amateurs interested in eQSO can download the software which is free and
available at eqso.org





This year, the ARRL will be using Twitter <http://twitter.com/ARRL_FD>
to promote their Field Day events.

According to ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, more
and more people, both young and old, are using social networking sites such as
Twitter and Facebook to keep their friends up-to-date with their latest
activities.

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users
to send and read messages known as tweets, text-based posts of up to
140 characters.

Social networking is new to a lot of us, but it is really not hard at all to
learn and do. The more people on, the more tweeting we do, we have the
wonderful opportunity to expose Amateur Radio to a new audience.





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


One of the most iconic UK special event callsigns, GB2GP, Gilwell
Park, the headquarters of the Scout Association, UK, is on air
this weekend, 19, 20 June.

A team of nine UK Radio Scouters from all over the south of England
will be running not only the station but also lots of different radio
activities.

These include Radio Orienteering for the Beaver and Cub's.

Over 5,000 Beavers and Cubs aged five to 10 1/2 from all over the UK are
at the event.

All the usual HF and VHF frequencies as well as EchoLink.
They should be found at or around the World Scout frequencies, the most
common of which are 7.090 and 14.290 MHz.

(SOURCED TO RSGB)





In keeping with Boy Scouts of America's centennial theme, Celebrating the
Adventure, Continuing the Journey, four retired badges have been brought back
for the USA group's 100th anniversary.

Effective date for earning these new merit badges,

Carpentry (1911-1952), Tracking (formerly Stalking, 1911-1952),
Pathfinding (1911-1952) and Signaling (formerly Signaler, 1910-1992)
is April 1,2010, requirements must be completed no later than December 31, 2010.

The contemporary merit badges closely resemble the original designs of
their counterparts, but with a gold border, immediately identifying it
as a 2010 historic merit badge.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO

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

WICEN events on the horizon

The next WICEN event is the LCCC "Mini Cora" Rally being held on Saturday
July 25th.

This rally will have 8 stages consisting of 4 stages each run twice and will
be run with 2 stages near town (Zoo / Pipeline & Bluetts) and 2 out near
Uriarra (Sherwood & Tidbinbilla).

CRARC need to support 12 field stations with a suitable number of people in HQ.





Roger Cordukes VK4CD, WIA Nominated Assessor NA001 advises Fred Swainston has
planned a Public Safety Trainer Training weekend for Townsville for
30 - 31 July, 1 August at SES HQ Townsville

Fred would like all those amateurs who are interested in doing this course to
register on wia.org.au and also contact Roger ASAP.

For those with Cert IV (Training and Assessment), it will be an excellent course
that will give qualifications in Emergency Communications (WICEN and SES).
For those without Cert IV but WICEN interest and experience, you can still
become involved and do the course. Fred can take a total of 15 participants.

Fred will conduct the course on Friday evening followed by Saturday 8am to 4pm
and Sunday 8 to 4, so it is a very full weekend, and well worth the effort.

This is a great opportunity NQ amateurs, so do not miss it!

(VK4CD 0417638366)





SOCIAL SCENE

2010


JULY 10-11 VK3
GippsTech 2010

JULY 17 VK3
GGREC Hamfest Start Time : 10:00



AUGUST 1 VK6
Northern Corridor Group Hamfest Cyril Jackson Sports Centre Ashfield



Oct 23 WIA WIA National Field Day
nfd@wia.org.au

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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