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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING June 12 2011.

RANDOM HACKS OF KINDNESS.

RD Contest Time unchanged for 2011

Another new broadcaster of this news joins the team.

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 12 2011.





RANDOM HACKS OF KINDNESS.

In Silicon Valley USA where the latest geek type innovations are celebrated,
a group of hackers is creating new purposes for old technology.

Random Hacks of Kindness, has, like many smart things born in the region,
quickly spread around the globe. The idea sprang from a community of hackers
working on code for the good of humanity.

Last Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of engineers gathered around the world to
code for good.

In Silicon Valley, the event was held at Google's Mountain View campus.
Similar gatherings occurred at 17 other locations, from Toronto to Bangalore.

It's not about reinventing the wheel, but using the wheel for new purposes,
said Chris Messina, a Google employee whose title is open web advocate and who
participated in the third official RHoK held this past weekend.

"When the Internet goes down or when you lose the resources you depend on, we
need to create new solutions," he said.

Maybe figuring out ways to use ham radio systems during disasters.

"You wouldn't think of the ham radio as bleeding-edge technology," he said.
"But it will work when other technology won't when infrastructures go down.
It's sort of like Twitter for truckers.

Using it for disasters' that's the hack. It's very cheap and can be massively
deployed if necessary."

(press release)





800 MHz

Nine news through the week reported on the Australian Communications and Media
Authority's review of radio frequency spectrum in the 800 MHz band

It noted fresh emergency radio frequencies could be set aside for emergency
services in the wake of a summer of cyclones, storms and floods.

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has released the terms of reference
for a committee which is looking to equip police, fire, ambulance and
counter-terrorism agencies with what he describes as "reliable and robust
mobile broadband capability".

"The government is determined to make this technology available to our
agencies" Mr McClelland said. "This presents the opportunity to build a new
dedicated mobile broadband capability for emergency response organisations".

Currently they access that capability through commercial carriers.





WIA
President Michael Owen VK3KI president@wia.org.au
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD vk2asd@wia.org.au
Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD secretary@wia.org.au
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ vk3pz@wia.org.au


Peter VK4OD as the RD Contest Manager has had to make the decision that
this year's Contest, the start time will remain as shown in the 2010 Rules,
as posted on the WIA Website. It seems he had no reply from the WIA
Directors as to exactly what the new time was to be and software writers
for the major contest loggers need that info "quick smart".




In further news dealing with the WIA Clive VK4ACC was just one of close on
100 hams at the Darwin Meeting of the WIA at their AGM weekend.

(audio intensive, no text available).





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 Parkes Film Society is embarking on a fundraiser to raise money to purchase
a projector to greatly improve the clarity and brightness of films screened at
the M&D Little Theatre. This projector will allow for High Definition
screenings.

"One of the other advantages of a proper venue projector is the ability to do
outdoor screenings," Conrad Mill, Parkes Film Society president said.

"The idea is that people would bring their car and kids and we would use an
inflatable screen and low-powered FM transmitter to allow people to view the
movie and listen to it on their radios





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

Are you interested in working long distances on the VHF, UHF and
microwave bands? Then consider attending the annual Gippsland Technical
Conference - GippsTech - held at Churchill each July. Learn about the
latest developments in techniques and equipment and discuss any issues
that you have with the many knowledgeable amateurs present.

Presentations this year range from how to cheaply recycle coaxial crimp
connectors through to the setting up of a complete solar powered remote
radio station - one amateur's solution for his local QRM. Hear all about
the latest developments in an amateur chirp radar system and how it
allows you to determine how propagation is working. All this and more,
over two days of information and fellowship.

GippsTech 2011 will be held over the weekend of July 9 and 10.

Registrations for this popular event close on July 1.

Further details can be found at the Club website:
www.vk3bez.org

(Peter VK3PF, President of the Eastern Zone Amateur Radio
Club in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria.)





'VK3GT and VK3SN will be leading a team of intrepid friends on a back country
adventure as they ski across the Bogong High Plains. The group will be up in
the Victorian Alps above 1800 m in what is expected to be some of the best
Winter snow for many years.

They will once again be using rugged ultra light solar powered gear with
homebrew antennas to work 20 & 40m each afternoon and 80m every night.

They will move across the white snowy wilderness by day, setting up camp at
night in remote huts, snow caves and even igloos. Listen out for them from
15-19 August calling CQ from the roof of Victoria.'





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.

One of those areas which has a certain mystique in our hobby is "home brew".
Whether we are tinkerers of full blown constructors, amateur radio has evolved
as a sharing hobby where what is learned is proudly shared with one's
colleagues.

With the development of the w-w-w, sharing projects and experiments has taken
a whole new direction for many amateurs. A notable example of this phenomenon
is the story of Frank, K0IYE. I have often followed links to Frank's book
"Crystal Sets to Sideband" which is a free internet book and it was with
pleasure that I was able to read Frank's story in the May, 2011, issue of
World Radio Online.

http://www.worldradiomagazine.com/

There is a further article in this issue showing the construction of one of
Frank's projects. Anyone familiar with Drew Diamond's use of "ugly
construction" will feel at home with the use of the "Manhattan" technique
used in this audio amplifier.

Even in this age of the ready made, for the hobbyist there is a place for
rolling one's own. Part of this is the self imposed challenge of succeeding at
something different and part of it is using equipment you have made. Another
part is being able to share what we have picked up along the way with other
amateurs. For his efforts in explaining, developing and sharing his journey,
a big thank you to Frank, K0IYE.

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



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CENTRAL QUEENSLAND AR CLUB
Rockhampton
cqar.com.au

4 months in and the Central Queensland Amateur Radio Association Inc is firing
on all cylinders.

Thanks to Jason - VK4FJGS and Ray VK4HOT we are the 200th entry for the
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. We will be located at Seahill
Lighthouse and transportation details are still being finalised.

Jack - VK4JRC recently organised a bulk buy of Tigertronics SLUSB interfaces.
Since these interfaces arrived there has been a lot of activity locally across
the bands with members experimenting with SSTV, Digital SSTV, PSK and Packet.
Ray VK4HOT has been extremely proud of the QSO cards he has received from
locations as remote as Portugal. Jack - VK4JRC is organising a Digital Modes
workshop with a Barbeque to assist with the learning curve of Digital Modes.
This weekend will be aimed at assisting with the Tigertronics interfaces but
other interface methods can be included. Dates and location are to be advised.

Frank - VK4FLR is currently in the process of looking at cost effective ways
that members can get in on microwave activity after Frank - VK4FLR and Graham
- VK4NFZ have been active on 23cm making the trip 48.8klm over some rough
country from Bouldercombe to Zilzie. Other operators have been listening in on
receivers for their signals.

A Fox Hunt will be organised in the near future thanks to Jason - VK4FJGS.
Jason is also busily providing links to some great Fox Hunting resources which
will be placed on our website. We think a Fox Hunt will really inspire young
potential Amateur Radio Operators to take the first step.

We currently have a raffle for a Yaesu FT-1802M VHF FM radio. Tickets are
$1.00 each. Contact our President Andrea - VK4FROG at president@cqara.org.au
if you are interested in purchasing tickets. More details and Andrea's email
address is available on our website www.cqara.org.au

For more information and news please visit our website, again www.cqara.org.au

I'm Adam - VK4MTJ on behalf of the Central Queensland Amateur Radio Association
Inc.





SUNSHINE COAST
Maleny VK4RSC 146.850 and 438.075 VK4RSN 53.7
Noosa Heads VK4RSL 146.825 and 438.175


USM Events Noosa Century Bike Ride

Well SCARC has been at it again. Only a week after the International Rally of
Qld, SCARC members assisted by Caboolture and Gympie club members have
provided safety and strategic comms for the Noosa Century bike ride. The ride
consisted of 2 stages, a 100km ride for the fit people and a 160km ride for
the ultra fit.
Many checkpoints across the course required amateurs to assist in the
reporting of progress and any accidents or breakdowns. The SAG wagon came
through at the end of the riders to sweep up and collect any unfortunates that
had failed through physical or mechanical means.
As there were amateurs in the two lead vehicles and the sag wagon these were
fitted out with APRS which allowed the display of these 3 vehicles on a
computer at the event headquarters at Noosa Lions Park. Thanks to a
strategically placed digipeater there were no black spots for APRS coverage
throughout the entire course. The event organisers were very impressed with
the support given to them for this ride.

Scarc would like to thank all SCARC members and the members of the various
clubs that helped out for this event.


NNC

What does NNC stand for you may ask. Its the acronym for a group of amateurs
that like camping at various locations across South East Queensland, and the
next event is July 8-10 at the Borumba Dam just out from Imbil. There has been
over 40 people at these events in the past and certain people have been known
to upgrade from tents to caravans just for this event, especially when your
bed is longer than the tent and your feet hang out the end. So what is this
NNC? Well I will give you a clue, the middle N stands for Nutty and that
certainly helps. Yes its Noel's Nutty Campers coming to a campground near you.
A combination of camping, amateur radio, campfire cooking, car boot sales and
plenty of tall stories means this is a memorable event not to be missed. If you
would like to come along contact the Nutmaster himself, Noel VK4NL through the
various means and he will be only too happy to get you onboard for a fun
weekend.

This has been Gordon VK4VP





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

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

As this news goes to air TREC members Gary VK4FD and Jeff VK4BOF
(locally known as Snoopy and Charlie Brown) are on air and looking
for contacts for the VK Shires contest.

They are using the TREC call-sign VK4WAT/p from the township of
Mount Surprise which is in the Etheridge Shire (ET4) in
Far North Queensland on or near the following frequencies:

3.615MHz
7.135Mhz
14.190MHz
21.245MHz
28.450MHz
+/- QRM of course.

The next meeting of TREC will be held on Saturday the 25th of June at our
clubrooms.

Well that's your lot for this week.

Visit the TREC website at www.treclub.org.au for club information and you
can also download the latest monthly club news in TREC-NEWS. Past issues
are also available on the site.

This has been Dale VK4DMC and you are listening to QNEWS. Travel Well!





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


July Reast Presentation

The 3 "Rs" - Resonance, Reactance and Resistance

Mike VK7MJ on July 6 at 7:30pm in the Queen's Domain clubrooms will present in
a very practical way some basic AC theory which is aimed at the foundation and
standard licensees who are looking to upgrade or as an entertaining refresher
for all other amateurs.

Mike will take us through what happens when a capacitor, inductor and resistor
are connected into an AC circuit.

This presentation will be a scary mathematics free zone....HIHI. So, don't
worry come along and learn and refresh your AC theory knowledge.

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

(Justin, VK7TW)





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

REAST Scholarship

Secretary Tony, VK7VKT, is working with New Town High ready to start
progressing 5 students through the steps needed to acquire their Foundation
licence.

This comes as part of the WIA grant that REAST were fortunate enough to secure.

There is no doubt that with the electronics curriculum that these lads are
already working through that they will complete the course with flying colours.

Now of course we don't want them to simply get their licence and leave them
floundering. So, if you are in VK7 Would you like to be a mentor?

REAST are looking for 5 amateurs who would like to keep in touch with these
lads through email for the first few months after they get their licence, just
to help them with the many questions we all had that were too afraid to ask in
person.

Interested? Let Tony, VK7VKT know through the email of
Secretary@REAST.asn.au.

(73's, Tony VK7VKT





This year in New Zealand, from a Nelson branch initiative and sponsorship, a
new award was introduced, to recognise a 100% pass mark (that's 60/60 result)
in their examination, in the year preceding conference, for amateurs not
otherwise eligible in the Best Examination/Youth Achievement Award.

There were three recipients of this award for 2010, Suzette James ZL2SGC,
Jonathan MacKenzie ZL3JDM and Murray Smith ZL2MJS.

Well done to you all.





The Best Examination Result

The Best Examination result went to Thomas Fellows ZL3PSG aged 16 for a pass of
55/60.





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

New Zealand's very worthy recipient of the Amateur of the year Award, was
David Searle ZL3DWS for the tremendous results he achieved in his Buildathon
projects. David has recently moved from Christchurch for obvious reasons to
Bondi VK2 in Australia.

Speaking from Australia's 2nd favourite beach, David said "I was greatly
surprised, yet proud, to learn that I had become NZART Amateur of the Year.

Proud, because it acknowledges the success achieved by so many Canterbury radio
amateurs and beyond, with the ZL3 Radio Buildathon project.

Hundreds of Canterbury kids now know what amateur radio is, and which end of a
hot soldering iron to grab to build a simple radio!

So does mum and dad, school friends and all the others who would listen to a
kid so proud that his or her first radio really works!

If we each share our enthusiasm for a great hobby with just one young person,
their interest in radio, communicating and electronics could last a life time.

David ZL3DWS / VK2DWS"





URGENT NOTICE TO ALL SOUTH AFRICAN AMATEUR LICENSEES

Over in South Africa their body ICASA cancelled over 34,000 radio licenses that
have remained unpaid for the past 365 days.

This includes all amateur radio licenses that are unpaid for the past year.

ZS hams have been advised by the SARL " If your amateur license was cancelled
call now and ICASA will re-instate it if you can prove payment. If you have
not paid, do so now using the information and account number on your last
license.





New ARISS contact record

After spending 157 days aboard the International Space Station, ESA
Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA answered questions of students from
45 different schools, setting a new ARISS record for a single astronaut.
(AND PROBABLY FOR A MARRIED ONE AS WELL )

Expedition 26/27 established a new ARISS record, working 77 schools
in 68 radio contacts during the mission





NEXT MARS ROVER BEING MADE READY FOR LAUNCH

NASA engineers are putting the finishing touches on the next rover to Mars
before shipping it off to Florida for launch later this year. What's being
described as a small army of technicians dressed in protective suits have been
working almost non-stop inside of a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, California, assembling the new rover named Curiosity and testing
its science instruments.

NASA says that it will begin shipping spacecraft parts to Cape Canaveral
beginning next month. The size of a small SUV, Curiosity will drive around
Mars and study whether the planet ever had the right environment to support
primitive life.

The $2.5 billion project is scheduled to launch in late November.

(NASA)


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NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA

COUNCIL OF EUROPE ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS RF FREE ZONES

The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly Committee on the Environment
released a report titled The Potential Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields and
Their Effect on the Environment. The paper, made public on May 6th carries
recommendations that, if adopted, could have major implications for wireless
carriers and, to a lesser extent, broadcasters and any RF emitter in the
European Union.

In regard to standards or threshold values for emissions of electromagnetic
fields of all types and frequencies, the Assembly that prepared the report
recommends that the "as low as reasonably achievable" principle be applied.
This, covering both the so-called thermal effects as well as the biological
effects of electromagnetic emissions or radiation.

The report also is among the first to give credibility to a phenomena that
most scientists and researchers have long been sceptical of. Paragraph 8.1.4
of the report recommends member states of the Council of Europe pay particular
attention to the needs of what it calls electro-sensitive persons. These are
people who claim that they suffer from a syndrome of intolerance to
electromagnetic fields. The report suggests the introduction of special
measures to protect these people. This includes the creation of wave-free
areas not covered by a wireless network. What effect acceptance and
implementation of the recommendations would have on ham radio operations in
Europe remain to be determined.





JAPAN SCRAPS FINAL MORSE TESTING

The country that started the no-code licensing
revolution some six decades ago has finally
dropped the Morse testing requirement for all of
that nations ham radio licensees. This with word
that the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs
has decided to scrap Morse testing for the
Amateur Radio Class 1 and 2 licenses with an
effective date of this coming October 1st.

What amounts to Japan's version of a Notice of
Proposed Rule Making on the Morse test was held
earlier in the year. There were 39 people who
responded. Following a discussion of the
information the responses provided, the Ministry
announced that Morse telegraphy testing would be discontinued.

Japan pioneered the High Frequency No-Code
Amateur Radio or Class 4 license in the 1950's
although they still required Morse for the higher
license classes. The written exam for the Class 4
is roughly equivalent to the Foundation exam in
the United Kingdom and Australia and the discontinued USA Novice.

The Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs
announcement on the abolishment of Morse testing
is on line in Google translated English at tinyurl.com/3s4bljx





CQ ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

And CQ magazine has announced its 2011 Hall of
Fame inductees, welcoming 12 new members into the
CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Topping this years list alphabetically is TV and
Film producer Dave Bell, W6AQ, who was chosen for
this honour based on his deep involvement in
producing multiple amateur radio promotional
videos over the past several decades.

Also from Southern California is Nate Brightman,
K6OSC. He is credited with being the "spark"
behind W6RO, the ham station aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

Rounding out the California contingent is
Cardinal Roger Mahony, W6QYI, the Archbishop
Emeritus of Los Angeles. He was recognized for
his leadership as an advocate for immigration reform.

Others recognized include Ron Moorefield, W8ILC
of Kettering, Ohio. Since its inception,
Moorefield has been one of the guiding lights of
the Dayton Hamvention. He was also recognized
for his work as a coordinator of the cross-country 1984 Olympic Torch Relay.

There was also one each member inducted into the
CQ DX Hall of Fame and the CQ Contest Hall of
Fame. The 2011 inductee to the CQ DX Hall of
Fame is Michael J. McGirr, K9AJ. McGirr has been
a leading DXpeditioner who has operated literally
from the ends of the Earth over nearly 30
years. The 2011 inductee to the CQ Contest Hall
of Fame is John Sluymer, VE3EJ, who has been an
active contester and DXer since 1973. He is a
founding member and current president of Contest Club Ontario.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honours those
individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who
have made significant contributions to amateur
radio; and those amateurs who have made
significant contributions either to amateur
radio, to their professional careers or to some
other aspect of life on our planet. The CQ
Contest and DX Halls of Fame honour those amateurs
who not only excel in personal performance in
these major areas of amateur radio but who also
"give back" to the hobby in outstanding
ways. Formal inductions to the CQ Contest and DX
Halls of Fame took place at last weeks Dayton
Hamvention. A complete list of this years
inductees is on-line at www.cq-amateur-radio.com.





SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2011

Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club, TREC, in up here in Far
North Queensland has members Gary VK4FD and Jeff VK4BOF on air looking
for contacts for the VK Shires contest.


They are using the TREC call-sign VK4WAT/p from the township of
Mount Surprise which is in the Etheridge Shire (ET4) in
Far North Queensland on or near the following frequencies:

3.615MHz
7.135Mhz
14.190MHz
21.245MHz
28.450MHz
+/- QRM





Winter UHF/VHF Field Day

Although the WIA contest manager has not supplied us yet with dates, we
understand that the Winter UHF / VHF Field day is around the corner,
possibly on June 19th.

In VK2, CCARC better known for their running of Australia's longest, biggest
running hamfest at Gosford/Wyong will enter 2 teams in the UHF/VHF
Field, VK2EH/P and VK2WFD/P.

VK2WFD (or if you like, VK2 Wholly Foundation Driven) will be
operated only by Foundation licensed operators (with Advanced
license holders in attendance for supervisory duties only) to give
some of the newer members of our hobby a taste of the fun of
contesting and its procedures.

VK2WFD will be competing in the 8 hour section from 12 noon Saturday
19th of June.

So, when you hear VK2WFD during the contest, give them a call and
welcome them to the world of contesting in this great hobby of ours.

(sourced to arnsw)



Aug 20-21 WW I.L.L.W.





2012

March 17-18 VK JOHN MOYLE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY





SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE

HF BEACON CALL SIGN CHANGE

The HF beacon ZS4BOT transmitting on 7,027 MHz is changing to ZS0BOT.

ICASA contacted ZS4JAN and explained that the original callsign was issued
incorrectly.

ICASA explained that the call signs of all beacons will be changed to start
with ZS0 prefixes.





POPE BENEDICT XVI CROATION VISIT COMMEMORATED BY HAM RADIO

Ham radio was a part of the celebration as Pope Benedict the 16th visited the
Republic of Croatia for the first time, this was between June 4th and 5th.

The city of Zagreb was the host town during his stay in Croatia. The visit of
Pope Benedict also inspired the members of the Croatian Flora Fauna Radio Club
to activate the special callsign 9A16PB.

The PB in the callsign is in honour of Pope Benedict.

Hams in Croatia will keep 9A16PB on the air through June 13th, tomorrow.

QSL this very special operation via 9A2MF.





In DX, K0YAK is currently based at the US Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal and is
active as 9N7AK during his spare time. He is expected that he will be there
until early July using SSB and PSK31 on 20 through 10 meters.
QSL's should go via his home callsign K0YAK.





PA4JJ will be active portable 9A from Porec on the Croatian mainland between
June 6th and 24th. He will operate holiday style using RTTY and PSK31 most of
the time, again QSL via his home callsign PA4JJ.





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)

Short-wave broadcasts suspended pending review

Portuguese broadcaster R.D.P. has temporarily suspended its short-wave
transmissions as of 1 June because of the low number of listeners and
as a means of cutting costs.

RDP said it would be reviewing the service to see whether it would
go back on air at a later date. Listeners around the world can still
follow their favourite programmes via satellite, cable and Internet.

The Portuguese broadcaster said it was "just one of many global
broadcasters who are reducing or closing their SW transmissions".

(pnol)





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

SatNav jamming in UK during September and October

Ofcom has announced that multiple jammers will be disrupting the SatNav GPS
system around Stanford, East Anglia, in September and October.

Between 19 and 23 September 2011 and between 03 and 07 October 2011 inclusive.

Times: 0900 - 1730 BST.

Location of MULTIPLE jammers: Land based within 5km of
N52 31.0' E000 45.0'.

Frequency: A 24 MHz band centred around 1575.42MHz (GPS L1).

Total Power: Up to 10 Watts EIRP.

It is stressed that, as in previous exercises, Safety of Life operations will
at all times take precedence over exercise activities.

For further in formation contact InfoGPS.Notices@ofcom.org.uk





MEDIA WATCH
www.cq-amateur-radio.com/WorldRadio.html
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/


Another new broadcaster of this news joins the team.

Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia's VK3 Repeater
at Noble Park.

SUNDAY 9:30am 439.425 VK3RSV Noble Park - EchoLink Node 9698

(John Chalkiarakis - VK3YP HARAOA Treasurer).





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack vk3www@wia.org.au
http://users.mackay.net.au/~ron/
http://www.homingin.com
http://www.ardf.org.au

Sep 23-28 R3 Region 3 ARDF Championship Bendigo VK3
http://r3.ardf.org.au/





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

Kiwisat Update

Over 45 members attended the Kiwisat forum at the recent NZART conference.

Very little news has come from what is expected to be a great feather in the
ZL cap! Ian ZL1AOX ran a presentation which included a short video by
Fred Kennedy ZL1BYP on the clean room at Massey University in Albany showing
the almost complete Kiwisat.

Ian then introduced via Skype, Clayton Gumbrell VK1TKA in Canberra Australia,
who described the software development - a first at an NZART conference.

Terry Osborne ZL2BAC completed the presentation showing his progress with the
Ground Station Telemetry decoding software.





ARISSat-1 Reception Challenge

ARISSat-1 is scheduled for deployment from the ISS in July.

It has a composite VHF downlink that will easily fit into the FUNcube Dongle
receive spectrum. The telemetry is 1000 bps BPSK and can, of course, also be
received with a normal SSB 2 metre wireless receiver.

The expected signal levels from ARISSat should be similar to those we expect
from FUNcube itself (and also eventually from UKube) and the team are keen to
discover what will be the minimum and best type of antennas for schools to use
with a FCD. Therefore user experience with the ARISSat signals will be very
valuable in making this determination.

To encourage everyone to receive ARISSat signals we are offering a FUN reward
for listeners!

There are a number of categories for this challenge -they include:

1+ The first FCD user, from each continent, who can post a spectrum recording
of the received signal together with evidence of decoding the data using
the ARISSat software and of sending it to the ARISSat data warehouse .

2+ The first non-FCD user, from each continent, who can provide evidence of
having decoded the signals and of sending it to the ARISSat data warehouse.

3+ The listener, using a FCD or not, who can demonstrate satisfactory reception
of the telemetry in the same ways as described above, using the "smallest"
possible receive antenna. The actual closing date for this part of the
challenge will be announced later.

4+ All other entrants who can demonstrate that they have been having FUN!

Please submit your "entries", including your location, station details
(including FCD serial number where applicable), postal address and reports to
g0auk<at>amsat.org

Good luck,

ARISSat-1
http://www.arissat1.org/





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY

Commando Solo heard on new shortwave frequency

Commando Solo, the US airborne radio station operating above Libya on
behalf of NATO, has been heard using a new shortwave frequency, 10125 kHz,
USB mode, transmitting messages intended for Gaddafi's forces.

This frequency is in the 30 metre amateur band, but is also used by the
Libyan army.

Commando Solo has previously used 6877 kHz and 10404 kHz. The change in
frequency is probably due to the jamming by the Libyan Army.

(SOUTHGATE)





SOCIAL SCENE


2011


Jun 11 - 12 VK2 Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club annual Field Day




Jul 16 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest
Cranbourne Community Hall 10am ( secretary@ggrec.org.au )


Jul 16 VK4 Maryborough Electronics and Radio Group "Wide Bay Hamfest"
West Scout Hall, Ariadne St, Maryborough 8:30am.
secretary@merg.org.au

Jul 31 VK2/3 Riverina Field Day 10am at Lavington Scout Group Hall.



Aug 7 VK2 Lismore region - SARCFEST



Sep 11 VK3 SADARC Comms Day at St Augustine's Hall Shepparton 10am.

Sep 16-18 VK4 NQ Amateur Radio Convention Date Set Townsville

Sep 23-28 R3 Region 3 ARDF Championship Bendigo VK3
http://r3.ardf.org.au/

Sep 30-Oct 2 VK4 Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM at Camp Fairbairn
CONTACT Secretary Gordon, (vk4kal@wia.org.au)



Nov 20 vk5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest
Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St Goodwood at 0930.
Visit www.ahars.com.au for contact details


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 3-18 2012 VK5
YL International 2012 Australia (vk5tmc@bigpond.com)





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