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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCT 10 2010.

THIS IS AMATEUR RADIO, THE ORIGINAL SOCIAL NETWOK

DX Code of Conduct

SILENT KEY VK6NE

robots could save you after a disaster

SOCIAL SCENE

New web-based HF SDR receiver

ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF
AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 10 2010




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WIA NEWS - THIS IS AMATEUR RADIO, THE ORIGINAL SOCIAL NETWOK


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

Oct 24 VK3 Ballarat Hamvention at Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club

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


NOV 14 VK4 Presidents Lunch at Rockhampton
vk4by@wia.org.au





WIA Centenary

Only two more weeks till the WIA National Field Day
Tune-In to the world - Amateur Radio Gets people talking.

Now with over 20 clubs registered and more in the pipeline this is going to be
one fantastic event publicly promoting the hobby of amateur radio. Are you
passionate to see the hobby grow, getting "new blood" in as people so often
say? Well this is the golden opportunity it's one day set aside each year with
the specific aim and a focus on promoting the hobby of amateur radio to people,
yes real living walking talking people who have yet to discover the worlds best
hobby.

Now if you have not already done so, consider getting your radio club or a
group of your friends together, come up with a great idea for a public event
or a place for a public display of amateur radio, jump online on the WIA
website and register your event.

It's going to be one very special day. Catch you on the air during the
WIA National Field Day - Tune-In to the world - Amateur Radio Gets people
talking.












HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.


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

Sunday 24th October is the date for the Annual Ballarat Hamvention. It is
held at the Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club in Rubicon st, Redan with doors
opening at 10:00AM. Pre sale of entry admission and door prize tickets will
occur before that time.

Traders will be admitted from 0800 till 0945.

Costs of a table is $15 (1.8M) same as last year and includes ONE entry person.
All others admissions cost $6.00 [same asl last year also] Children under
15yrs will be admitted free. Light lunch meals will be available from the
in-house catering bar. Tea & coffee from 0800 all day.

To book a table[s] ring Bill Wells VK3PAL on 03 5352 3662 or Email to
wilton@netconnect.com.au or using snail mail P.O. Box 1261 Mail Centre
Ballarat Vic 3354

Please allow for delay using the PO box though. See insert to October AR
magazine.

Also the BARG is conducting its annual HOMEBREW CONSTRUCTION COMPETITION.
Look up the BARG website for details and prizes. www.barg.org.au

The club also has a set of coloured graphics [cartoon style] limited numbers
for sale from its Club Sales table . These were drawn by a club member now SK
and are very collectable. Make sure you have a look and purchase a set.

Cheers

Craig VK3CMC
BARG President.





'Arena of Wonder' Wires to Wireless

The Melbourne based Prahran Mechanics Institute 'Throughout History Week'
is an annual event held at the groups Prahran offices. The 2010 display
will take place over the week of the 25th to the 30th of October and features
a WIA Centenary display prepared by well known WIA historian Peter Wolfenden
VK3RV.

The display titled 'Arena of Wonder' from Wires to Wireless is advertised as
an extraordinary collection of wireless equipment and memorabilia marking
the 100th anniversary of the Wireless Institute of Australia. Many of the
items included in the display are to be from Peter Wolfenden's own personal
collection. You are encouraged to visit and view this most fascinating display.

The display will be open to the public Monday through Friday 9.30am
till 4.30pm and on Saturday 9.30am 1.00pm. There is no charge for entry.

The Prahran Mechanics Institute is located at 140 High Street, Prahran
(Melway reference 2L H12 and 58 D6)and located close to the Prahran
Station (Sandringham line), Chapel Street trams (Nos. 78, 79) High
Street tram (No. 6) If coming by car, there is 1 hour parking on High
Street, and 3 hour parking on Thomas Street.





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.

For nearly 3 months I have been attempting to get some information regarding
a program which was announced over a year ago. News of this program's
implementation had been passed onto members in the usual manner until about
6 months ago. Then the final phase of this scheme was announced as being put
in place within a couple of months.

Well this time passed and the news of the program was lost in seemingly
eternal silence. That's when I tried to find out what was happening and
finally, this week, some news. It seems that the project was dependant
on a funding source that didn't eventuate. Well these things happen and
being able to resource projects in an alternative way should always be
part of the contingency "plan B".

The frustration is that many people have been waiting on news of something
happening and nothing did. Surely this is the proverbial public
relations disaster. For the sake of explaining how the scheme was to be
implemented and keeping the membership apprised of developments, this could
have been avoided.

However, this is an object lesson in project management amongst any
volunteer body, even our own radio club. The moral is we need to let
people know.

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





New aerospace research centre takes flight

Flying will be a lot safer and more efficient thanks to breakthrough collision
avoidance, emergency landing and separation management technologies being
developed at a new joint Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO
aerospace research centre.

The technologies could also allow unmanned aircraft to perform beneficial
operations such as search and rescue, bush fire fighting and monitoring
ash clouds from volcanoes as well as power line inspection and crop monitoring.

The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) in the
Da Vinci Precinct at Brisbane Airport houses more than 35 aviation research
scientists and support staff. It was opened by Queensland Treasurer
Andrew Fraser as another step in the consolidation of Queensland as a
global aviation and aerospace hub.

ARCAA researcher and QUT lecturer Dr Luis Mejias said the new ARCAA facility
provided researchers with the tools for leading edge research.

"We are focussing on aviation technologies which will save lives and improve
the efficiency of the aviation industry," Dr Mejias said. "For example,
mid-air collisions between light planes over Australia have caused the death
of eight people in the past five years. ARCAA is developing a Dynamic
Sense-and-Act (DSA) system which could provide a cost-effective early warning
solution to this problem.





IOTA OC-137, VK4, QLD State South Group:

Ray,K9LUK/VK4, is active until Oct 16 from North Stradbroke Island.
Who ever would have thought "Straddy" was a rare one!





ACMA NEWS

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will host a one-day tune-up
in Sydney on 3 November 2010 as part of its digital dividend consultation
process.

The Digital Dividend Spectrum Tune-Up will be an opportunity for industry and
government to discuss the issues related to reassigning the digital dividend
spectrum (694-820 MHz) freed up from the switchover of analogue to digital TV
broadcasting technology.

For further information, or to register for the event, contact:
Nicole Lawler on (02) 6219 5136 or rls@acma.gov.au





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

Licence Examinations

A class for aspiring Standard Licence candidates has been scheduled to start
on Friday evening 29th October. It will run for 4 weeks and cost expected
to be $50.

If you are interested contact Reg Emmett VK7KK on 0417 391 607
or regemm at ozemail.com.au

(Reg VK7KK, REAST Education Officer and Assessor)





SILENT KEY VK6NE

Keith Bainbridge VK6RK President of the Northern Corridor Radio Group
offered the eulogy at VK6NE's Neil Penfold's funeral Saturday Oct 2.

There was a good turnout of hams attending and the N.C.R.G. club formed a
guard of honour as the casket was brought into the chapel.


I'm at a bit of a loss where to start this tribute to a dear friend and one of
Amateur Radio's true personalities.

I suppose some background to his amateur radio career would be a good place to
begin.

First licensed in 1962, Neil soon found an interest in the administration of
the hobby of Amateur Radio. From 1965 onwards he had spells as VK6 Divisional
Secretary, Councillor, Vice President, President and Federal Councillor, before
moving on to the national positions of Federal Director and Federal President,
roles he held for many years.

His leadership skills and powers of persuasion are legendary. He was made a
Life member of the WIA VK6 division in 1976 and was a winner of the
GA Taylor medal.

It wasn't only administration side of Amateur radio that interested him, he was
a dedicated DX'er and achieved some of the highest operating awards available
in Amateur radio. I think it was his interest in DX'ing that led to his passion
for QSL cards and QSLing.

I remember accompanying him to the late Jim Rumble VK6RU's house to take over
the running of the VK6 QSL bureau, and the assistance, given reluctantly I
might add, by my then two young daughters in sorting out the cards for Neil
over several months. The QSL bureau gave him the opportunity to study the
amount of dx worked by local amateurs and enabled him to encourage others to
get on the bands and work more overseas stations. As a result of his qsl
activities he was approached by many amateurs to be their qsl manager, and I
believe he was in fact manager for over 33 callsigns and of course the
VK9/ VK0 bureau manager.

He was actively involved in assisting two Heard Island Dxpeditions and made
many friends around the world whilst doing so.

He also managed several contests over the years.

When the NCRG was forced out of Carine college and went looking for new
premises, Neil suggested we look at Whiteman Park and went off to investigate.
He managed to secure a sub-lease and things started to take shape. This became
his passion, the "Manager "was born. Neil took it on himself to lay out the
floor plan, co ordinate the construction and to generally manage the
construction project. It allowed him to exercise his formidable leadership
skills and gave us a leader with time and vision to push the project forward.

We were given regular email updates, affectionately known as Pastoral Letters
or Plonky's Ponderings , highlighting the achievements of the past week and
urging us on to better things.

We also coined a new nickname for him as the project came close to finishing.
As Neil took it upon himself to keep the place tidy, he became "Sadie the
cleaning lady " Woe betide anyone who trampled sand onto his clean floors.

The WIA centenary celebrations were held in March this year and the club
decided it would be an appropriate time to have an official opening day for
our virtually complete Whiteman Park premises.

We also decided that Ham Heaven, whilst accurate, was not really the most
appropriate name for it, and the idea for the "Neil Penfold State Amateur
Radio Centre" was born. So on the 14th March 2010 almost 100 years to the day
after the Wireless Institute of Australia was founded, we chose to honour
Neil and his efforts by naming the club premises after our beloved Plonky!
And it certainly made his day - he said he had never been more proud of any of
his other achievements in Amateur Radio - and even shed a tear or two as he
cut the ribbon!

We also decided to treat him to a little present, so several members got
together and purchased the number plate " VK6NE" for his car. It must have had
an effect because he actually put a 2 metre radio in there and used it!

Neil took it on himself to organise the mezzanine floor at the club into a
Museum of Vintage radios and he spent countless hours almost every day on his
own out there building shelves and display units to house this comprehensive
collection. It's still a work in progress but Neil, honestly, we promise it
will be finished soon!.

Another silent key and an old friend of Neil's was Dave Couch VK6WT. Dave's
collection of morse keys and associated equipment was legendary and Neil
suggested to me personally to track it all down and put it on display at the
club premises. This has now become a reality and I owe it all to Neil's
encouragement.

I didn't get to visit Neil in hospital as I was full of the flu and didn't want
to risk passing it on but Wayne tells me that he was frustrated being there,
stuck in hospital on a Sunday morning and wondering who was cooking the
snaggers and were there enough onions!

We are going to miss you old fella, the place just won't be the same on a
Sunday morning and I will finish with a comment from a friend of his for
many years:

Neil Penfold.... A man of few words who would always take the time to consider
what he had to say then deliver it with a minimum of fuss.

73 old man, now exclusive QSL Manager to Marconi and St Peter, all others via
the bureau.





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

Seminar on Future Wireless Technologies - 4 November 2010

The NZ Ministry of Economic Development is convening a seminar on Future
Wireless Technologies, including Cognitive Radio, Software Defined Radio
and Future Mobile and Broadcast Technologies to be held Thursday 4 November.

A similar event was held in September last year which highlighted the
importance of sharing information on the progress of such initiatives and
developments in this area.

This year's seminar will be held in the Waitemata Ballroom at the Langham Hotel
in Auckland and is expected to run from 10 am - 5 pm, immediately following
the 16th Asia Pacific Communications Conference (APCC'10) being held at the
same venue from 30 October to 3 November 2010.

The purpose of the seminar is to share knowledge among wireless equipment
manufacturers, research institutions, service providers and government about
emerging developments and identifying the areas on which to focus
future technical and regulatory work.

They welcome your participation and invite you to make a presentation at this
seminar. If interested, please email radiospectrum@med.govt.nz
with "Future Wireless Seminar" in the subject heading.

The programme, once developed, will be published in the next few weeks on the
Radio Spectrum Management website.

More information on APCC'10 can be found at: http://apcc2010.aut.ac.nz/





An army of swarming robots could save you after a disaster.

E.P.F.L. in Switzerland has developed SMAVNET, a swarm of small flying machines
that can establish a wireless communication network to help rescue workers
communicate.

The micro aerial vehicles look remarkably like remote control planes, but are
programmed to fly autonomously. Researchers at EPFL wanted the MAVs to be able
to quickly spread out and establish a network even if they didn't have GPS
data, so SMAVNET was taught a trick used by army ants.

MAVs paint each other with 'virtual pheromones' and use these markers to let
them know where they should explore - similar to how ants locate food and
direct others to it.

From a software perspective, controllers allow flying robots to work together.
For swarming, robots react to wireless communication with neighbouring robots
or rescuers.

(http://lis.epfl.ch/)

(published reports from epfl)





The Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union held its
annual meeting on 1-2 October in El Salvador.

Among the discussions and actions.

It was noted that the Papua New Guinea Amateur Radio Society (P.N.G.A.R.S.)
and Burma Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (BARTS) are deemed to
"no longer exist."

The theme "Amateur Radio: The first technology-based social network"
has been adopted for the next World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2011.

The DX Code of Conduct Project, a group of amateur radio operators who have
taken the initiative to improve on-the-air operating practices and
The Arcala Project which has developed an innovative program to reach
young people were thanked for their efforts and encouraged to continue their
work.

So, just what is this "DX Code of Conduct"?

I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.

I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.

I will not trust the cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign
before calling.

I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never
tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.

I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.

I will always send my full call sign.

I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval.

I will not call continuously.

I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.

I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.

I will not transmit when the DX station calls other geographic areas than mine.

When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think
he has copied it incorrectly. I will be thankful if and when I do make a
contact.

I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.


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NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE

HAM RADIO COORDINATES ARIZONA SCOUT RESCUE

Authorities say a Phoenix Arizona Boy Scout troop had been rescued near
the city of Prescott. This after radioing for help via amateur radio.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says one troop became stranded in
the Pine Mountain Wilderness. The scouts were reportedly close to
running out of drinking water and one scout had fallen ill when they
radioed for help.

According to a newspaper account, one troop leader was able to relay
G-P-S coordinates to a Prescott resident received the troop's call for
assistance on his ham radio station. He in turn notified county
authorities. The scouts were rescued by a state Department of Public
Safety helicopter on Saturday night, September 25th. Authorities say
the scouts and the their leaders were all in good condition and did not
require medical attention.

The scouting troop included two adults and six children under the age of
15. They were in the mountains with other scout teams, learning to use
signal mirrors in case of an emergency and climb different peaks to
signal one another. But in the end it was ham radio rather than mirrors
that lead to their rescue.

Due to the ages of those involved, no names or call signs were included
in news stories on this Arizona mountain rescue.





FCC APPROVES USE OF WHITE SPACES FOR LONG RANGE WIFI

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the use of unlicensed
broadcast spectrum known as "white spaces" that the agency hopes will
amount to longer-range Wi-Fi-like connections for mobile devices. In a
unanimous vote on Thursday, September 23rd, the five-member FCC said the
unused spectrum between TV stations will be used for such mobile
broadband services in the hope of providing improved service to
consumers on the go.

Technology companies including Google and Microsoft had advocated the
concept while it was generally opposed by broadcasters and entertainment
venues. The latter had had hoped for the same spectrum for wireless
microphones displaced from other bands. Instead, the Commission
reserved two vacant UHF channels for wireless microphones and other low
power auxiliary service devices in all areas of the country.





K3LR NAMED TO RECEIVE RCA 2010 BARRY GOLDWATER AMATEUR RADIO AWARD

The Radio Club of America has announced that Tim Duffy, K3LR, will be the
recipient of its Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award.

The Goldwater Award is given to an RCA member in recognition of a long record
of service to the public through the use of Amateur Radio. Duffy joins
Richard G. Somers, W6NSV, who has been named to receive the Radio Club of
America's Special Recognition Award.

Both Duffy and Sommers will receive their honours at the organizations 101st
annual Awards Banquet to be held November 19th in New York City.

Duffy will also be inducted as an RCA Fellow this year.





DX

In DX, K8ND and W9VA will be the first team to arrive at Signal Point
Station on Curacao between October 10th and 18th, just before the
October 10th date of dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles to operate
stroke PJ2. The callsign PJ2T will be used after 0400 UTC on October
10th, when Curacao becomes an autonomous country within the Kingdom of
the Netherlands. QSL via reach operators home callsign.




KM0O will be operational stroke 9M6 from East Malaysia between November
26th and the 30th. His main activity will be the CQWW DX CW Contest on
November 27th and 28th as a Single-Operator All Band entry. QSL to KM0O
via his information on QRZ.com or electronically using Logbook of the world.




DG5MMW will be active as stroke 3B8 from Mauritius Island between November 1st
and the 6th. His operation will likely be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL
to his home call direct or via the bureau. For those of you who have been
asking for a definition of the term holiday style, it means the operator is
likely on vacation and will not plan any specific hour of the day or day of
the week to take to the air.





COMMUNICATIONS WITH DANCE

We are all familiar with the use of RF to communicate with one another using
two-way radios, but have you ever thought that it can also play a part in the
creative process in developing dance? Well Sonia Cillari, who is an artist in
residence at the Steim Studio for Electro Instrumental Music in Amsterdam, has.

Working with a team of engineers and software programmers, Cillari is using
electronics, radio frequency energy and computer control to develop a new
performance based on her own thoughts, feelings and ideas, coupled with the
latest in radio technology:

Sonia Cillari: "I use technology because it permits me to create the illusion.
So usually I do not start from technology investigating
technology. That is the contrary. So usually I make my own
technical devices because they are for the aim of reaching
that specific research."

Sonia Cillari is only one of a growing number of dancers and other
artists around the world who are integrating the world of electronics
and communications into what they create.

And less we forget, our sincere thanks to Marlon Barrios Solano and
Dance-Tech Net for making the sound clip of Sonia Cillari available to
us. For those interested in the arts, more on Dance-Tech Net can be
found on-line at www.dance-tech.net





OPERATIONAL NEWS -


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


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

Oct 23 WIA WIA National Field Day
nfd@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/

Due to the passing of my friend & QSL Manager Neil VK6NE who will be sadly
missed I now have a new QSL Manager who is Tim M0URX.
Stuart
VK8NSB





BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS
http://spench.net/drupal/software/rfmap )AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHICAL RF MAP)
http://www.scanaustralia.bigpondhosting.com
http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/
HTTP://www.ei7dar.com/hf.html
www.tinyurl.com/BITS-026 (A receiver located in NY USA)
http://wb4mak.com/ (Atlanta 80/40/20 Web SDR Receiver)


New web-based HF SDR receiver

Atlanta radio ham Mack WB4MAK has made available a web-based 3-band
(80, 40 and 20) SDR receiver, it comes in handy to check how strong
your signal is being heard in the States.

So if you are curious as to how you sound in Atlanta, give it a try.

The link is http://wb4mak.com/





INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE

Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe intruders@wia.org.au

INTRUDER NETS
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.


Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
intruder.

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


Amateur Radio Band Intruders

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System newsletter
reports that the Ofcom monitoring station in Hertfordshire, has been assisting
with the problem of an Italian Codar HF Radar on 24950 kHz.

Among the intruders are:

Radio Uganda on 7195 kHz

Codar HF Radar on 24950 kHz from Venice

Spanish fishery on Amateur Radio Bands - latest results

Spanish OTH Radar tests on 14 MHz

Read the IARUMS Region 1 August 2010 Newsletter at
www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2010/news1008.pdf





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

QST ARTICLE SPARKS NEW UNIVERSITY PROGRAM

It all started with the June 2009 issue of QST. Larry Barr, K5WLF --
Planetarium Manager at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas
-- was reading QST when he came across an article about exploring the
basics of radio astronomy through a homebrew, easy-to-construct radio
telescope.

The article -- written by ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator
Mark Spencer, WA8SME -- showed how to turn an everyday satellite TV dish
into an instrument that can be used to not only broaden horizons and expand
the understanding of our universe, but to marry the magic of Amateur Radio
and astronomy.

Barr quickly got to thinking. He showed the article to his supervisor,
Dr Shaukat Goderya, the Director of the Astronomy Education and
Research Program at TSU. Barr and Goderya began brainstorming on how
they could do something like that in the department. And thus began the
latest research program in radio astronomy for the Tarleton Observatory.

www.arrl.org/news/em-qst-em-article-sparks-new-university-program





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER

AMSAT-VK UNOFFICIAL HF Net.
2nd Sunday each month.
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz

OSCAR-11 has now achieved 26 years in orbit. It was designed, built and
launched within a period of six months, using commercially available
'off the shelf' components.

Clive Wallis G3CWV provides an excellent web page on the Amateur Radio
satellite Oscar 11, well worth a surf.

Excellent signals have been reported from stations located around the world,
and good copy obtained from decoded telemetry frames.

OSCAR 11 appears to be operating for ten days on, followed by ten days off,
so it should start transmitting again today, around 09 October.

The Beacon frequencies are -

VHF 145.826 MHz. AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry

UHF 435.025 MHz. OFF

S-band 2401.5 MHz. OFF

(g3cwv@amsat.org)





Amateur radio satellite resumes operation

After a software crash on September 26 aboard AO-51 which took it off the air,
Ground Station Mark Hammond, N8MH has reported 'The reloading of AO-51 is
essentially complete; the bird is in good order.'

The AO-51 Command Team configured the satellite for simultaneous operation of
both the S-band and U-band transmitters. The trade-off is that U-band will be
low in power-around 250 mW or so. Also, please notice the use of the
145.880 MHz uplink!

Check the Command Team and Operations Group AO-51 News web page for the latest

www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/CTNews.php





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
http://rsgbiota.org

OC-137, VK4, QLD State South Group:

Ray,K9LUK/VK4, is active until Oct 16 from North Stradbroke Island.
Who ever would have thought "Straddy" was a rare one!
QSL direct





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

North Queensland (VK4) are getting right behind JOTA this year!


Phil VK4HSV and Blue VK4FBLU -
with Alice River Scouts at Black River Rodeo Grounds,

Gavin VK4ZZ and Lyndall VK4ZM -
with Kirwan, Pimlico/Mundingburra, Bluewater and Belgian Gardens Scouts
at Camp Tarmaroo Bluewater,

Kooka VK4FRJG and Chris VK4FR -
with Loam Island Scouts at The Station,

Ken VK4QZ and Paul VK4DJ
with Ross Guides at Herveys Range,

Don VK4MC, Joan VK4FTVL and Colin VK4UCM
with Townsville and Charters Towers Guides at District Guide Centre
Bluewater,

Mal VK4MSS plus Two other operators -
with Charters Towers, Wulguru and Woodlands Scouts at Bivouac Junction,

If you can help out with a group that needs operators then please contact
JOTA Co-ordinator Richard VK4FRJG 04 00 33 95 43





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO

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


WICEN NSW reminds us that the Bush Walkers Rescue Service is running a
4 day Comprehensive Remote Area First Aid course over the weekends
of the 9th & 10th AND the 23rd & 24th of October.

It is VETAB accredited, so can be used in the workplace, as well as WICEN
and rescue situations.

Details can be found at: www.bwrs.org.au





LOWDOWN

With access to the new VLF spectrum of 135,7 - 137,8 kHz imminent, in ZS,
Hannes Coetzee of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust invites
radio amateurs to participate in a VLF project.

If you have ideas and are interested send your details to saardt@intekom.co.za
Mark the subject line VLF.
Your name will be added to a database of interested persons and once the
regulations are published, you will be provided with the details of the
project.





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

Oct 24 VK3 Ballarat Hamvention at Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club

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


NOV 14 VK4 Presidents Lunch at Rockhampton
vk4by@wia.org.au



2011

Jan 30 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/)


Apr 18 WW "Amateur Radio: The first technology-based social network"
World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2011.




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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