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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 26 2010.


Queensland (VK4) Police warn of fake Microsoft scam


OPERATIONAL NEWS


NEWS FROM YOUR WIA


NEWS FROM ACROSS VK


NEWS FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS



WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS


SOCIAL SCENE



ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF
AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 26 2010


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Queensland (VK4) Police warn of fake Microsoft scam

Police from the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group are issuing a warning to the
public following a dramatic increase in reports of a fake Microsoft scam
currently targeting Queensland victims.

The scam involves a victim receiving a phone call from a person purporting to
represent well known computer company (most commonly Microsoft or a company
contracted by Microsoft) telling the person they have a problem with their
computer. The caller outlines the victim's computer is infected with a virus
that has been brought to the company's attention - often via the Microsoft
fault reporting process.

The caller then offers to assist the victim and will "fix the problem" by
directing them to a website where the caller remotely takes over the victim's
computer. The representative then shows the victim the "issues" with their
computer and suggests they pay a fee to have the problem fixed or need to
purchase software to prevent this from happening in the future.

"This is all just a scam. Microsoft has confirmed they are not cold-calling
members of the community regarding viruses, computer problems or any other
issue.

Quite simply, these offenders are just looking to trick you into giving them
money," Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Queensland Crime Operations
Command's Fraud and Corporate Crime Group said.

"Giving someone you don't know remote access to your computer is basically the
same as handing your credit card details over to them. With this access, an
offender can easily search your computer for banking or personal details or
quite easily load Malware or Trojan software onto your computer.
You may as well give them the key to your front door while you're there.





OPERATIONAL NEWS -

Hi this is Lesley, VK5LOL, the ALARA Contest Manager, with a reminder to all
those who participated in the recent ALARA Contest. Your logs need to be in
my post box or emailed by the end of this month the 30th September.
Thank you.
(Lesley VK5LOL ALARA Contest Manager)





September 2-metre band SSB South-East Scramble

Its on again folks, Today Sunday 26 September 1030-1045UTC, for 15 minutes of
fast and furious action.

This event has a strong loyal following in the South-East of mainland
Australia, and they extend a warm invitation for others to give it go.

All are welcome but please do listen on 144.150MHz before starting time.

Want more information and the rules of the scramble? read rules and a link
for more in this weeks text edition, best read at wia.org.au


(http://www.amateurradio.com.au/vk3mq)





USA TO HOST 2014 WORLD RADIOSPORT TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

In 1986, Ted Turner -- in reaction to the political troubles
surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s -- created an international
sports competition that he called the Goodwill Games. The first Games
were held in Moscow with more than 3000 athletes from 79 countries
competing. Four years later, the Games moved to Seattle, Washington and
it was at those Games that the first-ever World Radiosport Team
Championship (WRTC) took place.

Besides athletics, the Goodwill Games focused on areas of cultural
exchange, arts and other unique subjects, one of these being Amateur
Radio -- and WRTC was born. Radio amateurs from around the world
gathered in Seattle for an Olympic-style event, joining in competition
and camaraderie. In 1996, WRTC moved to San Francisco, then Slovenia in
2000, Finland in 2002, Brazil in 2006 and Russia in 2010. Now 18 years
later, WRTC returns to the USA.

Read more here
www.arrl.org/news/usa-to-host-2014-world-radiosport-team-championship





The results are in for the 2010 Waitakere Sprints series.

Phone CW
VK4ZD 1st VK ZL1ALZ 1st ZL1
VK4QS 2nd VK VK4SN 1st VK

VK4QS who scored 2nd in the ZL contest appears to have topped the VK
Jack Files Contest in 2010, un official reports suggest Michael won the
VK4 Single Operator SSB section.





Trent VK4TI suggests we spread the word that a new issue of PileUP! can be
downloaded thru the website mentioned in the text version of this news,
best read on wia.org.au

www.helsinki.fi/~korpela/PU/PU.html

It's 68+5 pages, a lot of fun reading by 28 contributing hams.





WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

SPACE News

Solar Sail Project

On a "light theme" the following was sent through by Tom VK7TL and is a
fascinating look at a project where light is being used to move very small
satellites through space.

The Planetary Society is building a spacecraft that will sail on sunlight
alone by the end of 2010. The new solar sail project, boosted by a
one-million-dollar anonymous donation, is the beginning of an innovative
program that will launch three separate spacecraft over the course of several
years.

The program starts with LightSail-1, which will demonstrate that sunlight can
propel a spacecraft in Earth orbit. LightSail 2 and 3, more ambitious and
aim to reach farther into space.

Sailing on light pressure (from lasers rather than sunlight) is the only
known technology that might carry out practical interstellar flight, helping
pave our way to the stars. The project also has many practical applications
that include

Monitoring the Sun for solar storms, providing stable Earth observation
platforms, and exploring our solar system without carrying heavy propellants.

The solar sail propulsion is simple in concept. Light photons bounce onto a
mirror-like aluminised Mylar sail. As each photon hits, its momentum is
transmitted to the spacecraft.

Photons have no mass but lots of energy, so a solar sail space probe requires
no onboard fuel. The force acts continuously, meaning a solar sail can
eventually reach speeds five to ten times greater than any chemical rocket.

For more information on this fascinating project take a look at the link on
the email and internet editions of this broadcast.

http://planetary.org/programs/projects/solar_sailing/

(Sourced from the Planetary Society website via Tom VK7TL)





Working DX, great fun

There's old adage that if you can hear them, then work them.

With propagation improving in the higher HF bands more DX is being worked,
and fingers crossed, this should steadily improve in the months and years
ahead.

Ever wondered just how many DXCC entities or countries are on air at any
one time?

Well, according to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network last week there were
211 countries active out of the 338-odd DX entities listed.

Propagation will not instantly favour all of them from your QTH, but if they
were easy DX would not present a challenge.

With regular chasing of DX, it should be within the reach of most to achieve
the DX Centenary Club Award that requires confirmed contacts with 100 DX
entities.

A number of Australian and British Foundation Licensees are actively chasing
DX with some success.

The big promise for them comes at the peak of the sunspot cycle when the
10-metre band opens up regularly and DX can be worked on 5-watts with a reason
antenna.

In the meantime there are lots of opportunities. The Oceania DX phone contest
being next Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3rd of October is ideal to score
new countries while improving your operating skill.

If you're new to contesting, then read the rules to get a sense of it.

Why not set yourself a personal challenge of getting on air and seeing how
many DX contacts you can log? Do enjoy DXing!

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





The Super Springtime in VK6 is now even bigger

Last Monday the 20th of September, the special callsign for the Centenary of
Organised Amateur Radio in Australia, VK100WIA, went to air from the
Royal Perth Showgrounds.

Western Australian amateur radio groups have collaborated to pool their
resources and give the centenary celebration a real kick long both at the
Perth Show and from Wireless Hill.

WICEN Western Australia had it from the 20th to the 22nd of September, then
following the Western Australian Repeater Group, and the West Australian
VHF Group operates from the Wireless Hill Museum next Wednesday the 29th,
Thursday the 30th and Friday the 1st of October.

Super Springtime is a whopping 12 days straight.

The Scout Communication and Technology Team, which was already an
enthusiastic part of the Super Springtime, joined the VK100WIA roster for
the 23rd to the 25th of September.

The strong collaborative spirit being shown in the West is likely to see
2,500 contacts added to the VK100WIA online log over 12 days.

Whether it is via amateur satellite, D-Star, HF, VHF and UHF, the world will
indeed be listening for VK100WIA from Perth and its surrounds.

Do give the now Super, Super Springtime support by making a contact
ith us now, and speaking of now, Heath and I (Bob Bristow) continue
this mornings WIA NEWS FROM THE SHOW GROUNDS!





WIA 100 YEARS AND STILL GROWING STRONG!

Great time had by the Port Stephens Amateur Radio Club

The club's VK100WIA rostered slot is reported in words and photographs in
its Dolphin Tales newsletter.

The venue was the Coast Guard Rooms and strong winds outside played havoc
with the wired antennas. The one antenna that worked particularly well was
an 80m loop.

Over the three days a total of 682 contacts were entered into the online
logbook.

One of the highlights was the arrival of a visitor, an ships radio operator
who spotted the Morse code key and asked if he could have a go.

This now new member of the Port Stephens Amateur Radio Club made a number
of contacts into Japan and New Zealand.

The look of delight on his face with a broad smile in recognition that he
still had the code skill after so many years.





WIA Centenary Award going strong

Another 60 award certificates have just been issued while other claims are
arriving steadily.

The first award going to India has been claimed by the Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN.

He's a director of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 and was
most impressed at seeing VK100WIA in action as part of the WIA Centenary
Convention in Canberra.

Gopal VU2GMN has since qualified for the WIA Centenary Award. Hopefully he
won't be the last from VU-land.

Of the 170 awards issued so far 20 have been claimed by Foundation Licensees.


The VK100WIA online logbook clearly indicates that there are many who have
the required contacts to claim the award, but have not yet done so.

Full details of the award requirements can be found in the Centenary section
of the WIA website.





A look ahead at the VK100WIA roster

This week we review what will be the final month of operation for the special
callsign VK100WIA by the WIA and its affiliated clubs around the nation.

Saturday the 2nd of October is the first of the three days for the City of
Brisbane Radio Society that will be activating the callsign. The public will
be invited to attend and learn more about the wonderful activity of amateur
radio.

The St George Amateur Radio Society rostered from the 5th to the 7th of
October, operating from the Scout Hall in Kurrajong Street, Sutherland, aiming
to be on air 10am to 10pm.

Maryborough Electronics and Radio Group in Queensland is featuring VK100WIA
and the Centenary at its Radio & Communications Expo & Hamfest.

The complete the month of October, VK100WIA will be in Victoria at Yarra
Glen, Geelong, and Churchill plus another Scout location for JOTA, also Marble
Hill South Australia, Plumpton New South Wales, and tail-end Charlie will
be the Westlakes Amateur Radio Club.

For more details check out the VK100WIA roster on the WIA website.





Tune Into the World - Amateur Radio Gets People Talking

The WIA National Field Day on Saturday the 23rd of October will involve radio
clubs and groups of individuals operating portable stations and having displays
in a public place, park, shopping centre, hall, markets or festivals.

The WIA is providing its strong support to them by making available the WIA's
Centenary poster, Calling CQ posters and Calling CQ brochures.

Check out the full details on the WIA website which has now downloadable
files to enable clubs to print affordable banners, A-frame displays or durable
large posters.

A range of branded clothing, Hoodies, T-shirts and Polos are also available.
All adding to the neat and professional look to any display.

The WIA National Field Day, Saturday the 23rd of October is also the cover
story of next month's edition of Amateur Radio magazine.

The clubs registered so far are:

The Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society, Victoria's Scout Radio and
Electronics Service Unit, The Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club,
The Peel Amateur Radio Group and Amateur Radio Victoria.

And supporting them will be home stations too!





WIA
President Michael Owen VK3KI president@wia.org.au
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD vk2asd@wia.org.au
Secretary Geoff Atkinson VK3AFA secretary@wia.org.au
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ vk3pz@wia.org.au

Progress with 600-metre band activities in VK

During June 2010, the ACMA issued a number of scientific licences to the WIA to
enable trials aimed at gathering data to support the WIA's preparation for the
next World Radiocommunications Conference - known as WRC-12.

WRC-12 has an agenda item to consider the making of a new allocation to the
amateur service in the vicinity of 500 kHz.

Your WIA has been working with a number of amateur operators to establish
transmissions in the band 505 to 515 kHz. The first VK station to operate on
this band was Drew Diamond VK3XU operating with the call-sign AX2VKW on
507 kHz.

Since then, stations have been established by Nick Hacko VK2DX operating as
AX2VKX on 510 kHz, Dimitris Tsifakis VK1SV operating as AX2VKY on 512.5 kHz
and Berndt Wulf VK5ABN operating as AX2VLB on 509 kHz.

Transmissions are mainly QRSS-3 slow morse and normal speed morse beacons with
transmission times being variable depending on operator availability.

Transmission time information is promulgated via the 600-metre band email
reflector group at

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/600m/

This group also provides a forum for discussion and reception reports.
To add to the interest, there are also a number of ZL stations active,
especially on a Thursday evening and operating on about 508 kHz.
The participants are actively seeking reception reports and wish to encourage
more amateurs to listen for the transmissions - after all, the more reports
that are received, the better will be the data to support the proposal for
the new amateur band.

Reception reports can also be sent direct to the WIA's project coordinator,
Keith Malcolm by email vk1km@wia.org.au





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 Mid North Coast Radio Expo 2011 will be held on Sunday 30th January 2011
at the St Johns Church Hall in McLean Street, Coffs Harbour.

Doors open at 8:30am, admission $5.

See their website, for more info www.mncarg.com

There's still space for more traders or surplus equipment sales.
Exhibitors free entry.
Contact Jack vk2cjc@wia.org.au
02 6652 8989




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

Oct 10 VK3 Sunraysia Radio Group agm at Mildura Workingman's Club.
Keynote speaker is Jim Linton VK3PC, member of the WIA
Centenary Committee and Amateur Radio Victoria President.


Feb 13 VK3 Centre Victoria RadioFest No.4 Kyneton Racecourse
(http://amateurradio.com.au/node/865/)





VK4 - QNEWS
web service local audio news:- www.wiaq.com/ftp/vk4_qnews_64.mp3
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.

I look out over the property and see that the creek has burst it's banks. A
pleasant reminder that the long drought is passing but a reminder that the
seasonal cycle continues. As the temperature rises, the suburban chorus of lawn
mowers will fill the air.

However, this is the time for us to do maintenance and ensure the amateur
station is ready for the summer storm season. From the top of the antenna to
the protective earth strap, from the emergency lights and back up power system,
this is spring clean time.

Spring cleaning is not simply blowing the dust off but also checking that
necessary items are conveniently stored and in working condition. Fuel,
batteries, leads and tape...whatever you find necessary for a strong wind, a
blackout or an electrical storm and not to mention the possible cyclone, should
be checked and replaced if necessary. Make sure you don't forget to check the
pantry as food that can be kept and prepared when normal services are disrupted
is as important at home as it is to the field day exercise.

The summer storm season is coming, ready or not. I'm Geoff Emery and that's
what I think...how about you?



CLUBBING -



ROCKHAMPTON
IRLP NODE 6973 ;
e-mail vk4acc@wia.org.au
Secretary Clive 4928 1173
http://www.radarc.cjb.net/

Greetings from Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club, the Radar Club.

This is Les VK4VIL reporting.

Several weeks ago I mentioned that 85 year old Radar Club member, Bill VK4FGN
was preparing to participate in a 570km mass cycle ride from Rockhampton to
Bundaberg via western towns.

The Club is now proud to announce that Bill, the oldest of more than 1000
entrants completed the trip, arriving in the sugar city in good shape. Poor
weather conditions for some of the journey, combined with Bill's selection of
his daughter's 30 year old school bike above several pretty schmick lightweight
racers which were offered, makes this feat more incredible. It was interesting
to listen to his accounts of some short, 60 km rides- a good indication of
magnitude of the daily stages.

We may not know what is ahead of us in life but Bill gives us something to aim
for. Hearty congratulations, mate.

And now for something a little less strenuous.

Brian VK4LH conducts the RADAR Club 80m net on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm local
time on 3.613Megahertz as conditions allow. As well as the usual call in from
club members, stations from all other centres are made welcome. The net, run
under club callsign VK4WIR, with varied topics discussed, normally lasts about
45 minutes.

Time and frequency again -- 7.30pm, Tuesday nights, on 3.613 Megahertz.

Check out our VK4WIR callsign on QRZ.com.

I'm Les VK4VIL on behalf of the Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio
Club.





TABLELANDS RADIO AND ELECTRONICS CLUB
vk4wat@wia.org.au
www.treclub.org.au

G'day this is Dale VK4DMC for the Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club, TREC,
in Far North Queensland.

As reported last week TREC members activated the VK100WIA Centenary call-sign
from Far North Queensland with great success.

Whilst we were at Lake Tinaroo we also held the Annual General meeting for the
club.

The new committee for the 2010/2011 year is:

President Stu Dunk VK4SDD
1st Vice President John Roberts VK4TL
2nd Vice President Chris Gill VK4YCG
Secretary Dale McCarthy VK4DMC
Treasurer Ron Goodhew VK4EMF

Committee Members.
Dave West VK4DK
Bryan Cunnington VK4NMC

We are looking forward to a new and challenging year for TREC members with many
radio related activities already planned.

This has been Dale VK4DMC and you are listening to the WIA news.





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

Open Invitation to All VK7 Amateurs

Grote Reber Museum and 3D Virtual Reality Cinema

The REAST Club invites all amateurs and their families to tour the Grote Reber
Museum at the Mt Pleasant Radio Observatory at Cambridge.

The museum has many wonderful artefacts and information about amateur radio
operator Grote Reber (SK) and his experiments mapping the Milky Way using
HF from his square kilometre array at Bothwell along with radio astronomy
displays and a 3D Virtual Reality Cinema where you can fly in 3D to the planets
in the Solar System.

Members from the Astronomical Society of Tasmania with their Solar Telescopes
looking at the sun and seeing those elusive sun spots will be in attendance!

Saturday the 16th October 2010 starting at 1:00pm

$5 per person.

As they say in the advertising - "But wait there's more!!"
The Astronomical Society of Tasmania and the University of Tasmania are holding
and open night at the Mt Canopus Optical Astronomy Observatory on the night of
the 16th of October and has invited VK7 Hams along.

They will even have images from the 1 metre optical telescope being displayed
along with many other types of telescopes looking at stars, planets and all
sorts of astronomical features.

Contact if you think you may attend, to,
VK7TW@wia.org.au
0439 016 622.

www.groterebermuseum.com.au

(Justin, VK7TW)





ACMA NEWS

New UHF Citizen Band radio equipment standard

The ACMA is seeking public comment on a draft UHF Citizen Band (CB) equipment
performance standard Radiocommunications Standard 2010. It is intended that
the existing standard will be revoked and replaced with the proposed standard
on 1 January 2011.

From April 2008 to April 2010, the ACMA reviewed the arrangements for the
radiofrequency spectrum in the 400 MHz band, which incorporates the
UHF CB band.
As a result of the review the ACMA decided to restructure the UHF CB band into
eighty 12.5 kHz wide channels from the existing forty 25 kHz wide channels.

The proposed standard provides performance limits and test methods for 12.5 kHz
channel operation in the UHF CB band, which will transition to 12.5 kHz channel
operation over the period 1 January 2011 to 1 January 2016.

To assist with the transition to 12.5 kHz channelling the new standard is
proposed to provide grandfathering arrangements for current 25 kHz channel
equipment.

Submissions should be provided by close of business on 12 October 2010.

For a copy of the revised standard and information about making a submission
take a look at the link on the email and internet editions of this broadcast.

http://acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_312273

(Sourced to vk7news from the ACMA Website)





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

The C.C.A.R.C. would like congratulate Adam Brown on passing his foundation
licence exam at Forth in VK7 Sunday last week. He has applied to get the
callsign VK7FAWB and we look forward to hearing Adam when he receives his new
callsign. If you hear Adam then please make him welcome to the bands.





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

ARRL INTRODUCES FIRST CHALLENGE COIN

To help commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Amateur Radio Emergency
Service, or ARES the ARRL has introduced an anniversary Challenge Coin.
This die-struck, 1.5 inch brass coin depicts the ARES 75th anniversary
logo in gold with red, white and blue colour fill, while the reverse
shows the ARRL diamond logo against a hemisphere of the world.

The ARRL's Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager is Mike Corey,
W5MPC. He says that the Challenge Coin honours the service of ARES
volunteers and all amateur radio operators who respond to the call of
public service. Corey adds that the ARRL hopes that ARES volunteers will
enjoy the honour of having the first Challenge Coin issued by the ARRL.

More about the Challenge Coin is on-line at tinyurl.com/2bmbr4y





HH2JR receives Golden Antenna Award

Jean-Robert Gaillard, HH2JR, has been presented with the Golden Antenna award
for his work in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

He was presented with his award by Christel Somberg, Deputy Mayor of
Bad Bentheim, for his efforts as the "voice of Haiti".. When in January 2010 an
earthquake destroyed large parts of his homeland Haiti and claimed many lives
HH2JR used his amateur radio station to tell the world about the disaster.

The town of Bad Bentheim in Germany makes an award every year to the amateur or
amateur group who has made exceptional effort following accidents or natural
disasters

(www.dnat.de/)





The RSGB is delighted to announce that the ARRL will be attending their
National Hamfest at the Newark and Nottingham Show Ground on 1 and 2 October.

This is the first time that the ARRL have made the trip to a UK event for many
years.

You can find more information on their website
www.nationalhamfest.org.uk





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
Australian Coordinator for TCPIP domains is Indy vk2xb@wia.org.au

WSJT BETA VER 9.0 NOW AVAILABLE

A beta release of WSJT 9.0 is available for free download on the WSJT
Home Page.
The new version by author Joe Taylor, K1JT, has more than a half dozen new or
improved features that include enhanced performance for FSK441, calculation of
EME Doppler spread caused by lunar librations and simplification and
clarification of the user interface.

K1JT asks that after gaining some experience with the beta release of WSJT 9.0,
please share your views and opinions about it. Of course, bug reports are also
welcome

More details on this new version can be found in the on-line
WSJT 9.0 Supplement to User's Guide.

tinyurl.com/wsjt9





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


Video showing Boy Scouts at the Centennial Expo in St. George, Utah using
Amateur Radio to talk to the International Space Station is now available.
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/september2010/boy_scouts_talk_to_iss.htm





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO

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

WICEN Tasmania (South)

Radio saves WICEN Operator from possible fatality and an Amateur's toolkit
came to the rescue.

An incident a few weeks back, at a horse endurance ride, clearly highlighted
how Amateur Radio can assist in desperate situations.

It's thought that children playing with firebrands, sticks poked into an open
fire until they burn, then running around with them, spooked two horses held
in temporary pens. The horses crashed through the fencing and spooked more
horses until about fifteen were galloping through the camp site and places
beyond, in some cases dragging their rugs and other tackle behind them.

The last of the runaways was recovered at two in the morning fifteen kilometres
away.

Gary VK7JGD had his tent pitched between his vehicle and a fence. One of the
runaways galloped through the narrow gap between the tent and the fence placing
a flashing hoof on the tent right where Garry's pillow was, and head would have
been had he not been seated in his vehicle on a late HF listening watch.

A second horse tried to go through the same gap but became entrapped with two
hooves through one square of the heavy fence mesh and lay on its side thrashing
about only a centimetre from Garry's now collapsed tent.

Fortunately, Roger VK7ARN had his side cutters to hand and was able to test
the German made cutters by cutting through the heavy gauge fence wires and
releasing the frantic horse, which galloped off into the night.

WICEN Tasmania (South) will be conducting a risk minimisation study to
safeguard members from any future horse stampedes.

(Roger VK7ARN, WICEN Secretary)





SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE

Records News

New VK Microwave Records, 24GHz and 47GHz VK records, had been recently set.

Doug Friend VK4OE and Wayne Shaw VK4WS have set a new VK4 state record for the
24 GHz band (170.1 km, 3 Sept 2010).

Dan Joyce VK2GG and Peter Hopkins VK2YGM have extended their 47 GHz VK2 state
record to 58.1 km (31 August 2010).

A full list of current records, and a list of all Australian VHF-UHF records
since 1947, can be found on wia.org.au

www.wia.org.au/members/records/data/

(vk7news)





SOCIAL SCENE

Oct 9 VK4 Wide Bay Mini Hamfest 9.00a.m.
Scout Hall, Ariadne Street, Maryborough.

Oct 10 VK3 Sunraysia Radio Group agm at Mildura Workingman's Club.
Keynote speaker is Jim Linton VK3PC, member of the WIA
Centenary Committee and Amateur Radio Victoria President.

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



NOV 7 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest Rosa St Goodwood





2011

Jan 31 vk2 Mid North Coast Radio Expo 2011 at St Johns Church Hall
McLean Street, Coffs Harbour at 8:30am, vk2cjc@wia.org.au



Feb 13 VK3 Centre Victoria RadioFest No.4 Kyneton Racecourse
(http://amateurradio.com.au/node/865/)



May 27-29 WIA AGM Weekend in Darwin
secretary@wia.org.au



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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