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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING June 26 2011.

"Peace, Environment and Natural Disasters".

e-QSO for the CB Service in VK denied

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 26 2011.





TIM THE TRACKER MAN

VK4TIM has been at it again and has successfully tracked down further
interference on VHF in Brisbane. He had had contact with ACMA advising him
that they had located a radiating personal computer at an address.

VK4TIM was unaware that it was a PC, but suspected that it was interference
caused by an unintentional radiator.

The PC was radiating over an area of Morningside, and was enough to interfere
with VK4RBN while driving past. The owners of the PC have been told to get
their PC repaired and not to operate it until it has been.

Our friends at theACMA offices are on our side and will assist us when we have
interference issues, although it is our duty to remain vigilant and pay
attention when we hear unusual things that aren't right, locate it and report
it.

(Tim VK4TIM)





PIRACY ON THE HIGH SEAS

mysailing.com has a worthwhile article for all our maritime mobile hams who
are lucky enough to be roaming the high seas.

They seriously recommend avoiding countries and regions where piracy is rife
(your insurance will generally exclude coverage there) and be cautious and
educate yourself about areas with lower, but existing risks.

Areas of risk in our neck of the woods include Indonesia, PNG, Port Moresby.

They offer suggestions such as having a second wallet with small amount of
cash, expired credit card and perhaps a cheap watch to give aggressive
intruders.

Always lock hatches and ports when leaving the vessel and leave lights and
music on if going ashore in the evening.

In questionable areas, it may be prudent to turn off your A.I.S. transmitter
while underway.

Be modest in your appearance at all times, on deck and ashore.

Don't even consider purchasing firearms, but do purchase pepper spray.





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

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


SARFEST - Sunday 7 August, ALL WELCOME, BE THERE.

All traders, sellers, buyers, gawkers, walkers, talkers, just come for the
hell of it.

Set up is Saturday afternoon, 6 Aug.

Sunday 7 Aug, open for traders 0700K, others 0800K.

TRADERS INTENDING TO ATTEND ARE ASKED TO CONFIRM TO vk2src@sarc.org.au

All and any traders a are cordially invited to attend and sell your goods.

SARC will have a disposals table, plenty on it if you have things to sell
but not enough for a table, sell them on the SARC table at 10% to SARC.





The Blue Mountains amateur radio club holds a HF NET ON 3.543 kHz on Tuesday
night at 8pm, it also holds a 2 metre net on the club repeater
147.050 / 147.650, the repeater superimposes a 67Hz CTCSS subtone on Transmit
for those who wish to use this feature.

A 123Hz CTCSS Subtone is required to access this repeater.

The Blue Mountains amateur radio club is holding its annual WINTERFEST on
Sunday August 28th entry is $5 more details can be found by contacting the
club.

(Danny Clark VK2FDCA)





Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club's annual Field Day.

Despite the wet and windy weather the event was a great success with 80
registrations and a full program of activities. Congratulations to Ashley
VK2XSO of Tamworth on winning the coveted title of Foxhunt Champion.

The Tacking Point Surf Club Hall was an excellent venue.

The club's special event callsign VI40BOR which celebrates the club's 40th
anniversary was activated during the Field Day weekend, and will be activated
periodically until the anniversary on the 2nd of October 2011.

(vk2wi)





VK4 QNEWS

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

Way back when milk was delivered un pasteurised, radio broadcasters largely
depended on the telephone service for program relay to affiliated stations
and from OB's. Then along came Sputnik and the amateur radio Oscars.
Moving along, Australia got on board by launching its own commercial satellites.
In the mean time amateur operators were pointing antennas at the sky and working
the world using vhf through to microwave frequencies.

It was like magic when television footage circled the world in hours with the
aid of satellite networks. Now actuality coverage of events is the norm rather
than waiting for the aeroplane having to deliver cine film to illuminate
previous radio and press reports.

In the mix of things, it was thought a good idea to relay broadcast material
through satellites. It certainly provided benefits but as experience has shown,
these extra-terrestrial relays are subject to fades from meteor showers and
moisture attenuation.

The reliability of the old system was sacrificed, and as I understand it many
of the networks have abandoned satellite relay for fibre-optic services.

I find it frustrating to lose programs on radio and/or TV because of rain
falling on some remote ground station. Funnily the pay TV and the satellite
internet services can be unaffected whilst I am hearing "we apologise for this
break in service" messages. It demonstrates a lot of principles of signal
propagation that we touched on when studying for our amateur tickets. Even the
big boys don't get it right, at times.

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





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MARYBOROUGH RADIO AND ELECTRONICS CLUB
For more info, call Secretary Kathy Johns 040-939-8853
Email: kathy.johns@bigpond.com
Channel 14 UHF CB call "CQ MERG"


Hi, this is VK4TPT, Ray Stockdale from MERG, the Maryborough Electronics &
Radio Group in Queensland, and I've been thinking. (Oops! Sorry Geoff! That's
your line!)

How many out there have, like me, a pile of radios, antennas, parts thereof
and other assorted bits and pieces that you always planned to do something
with but never got around to?

You know what I'm talking about. All that stuff in boxes under the bench, on
top of the cupboard, under the house and just about everywhere else.

Here's an idea. Gather it together and come along to the Wide Bay Hamfest on
Saturday the 16th of July at the West Scout Hall in Ariadne St. Maryborough.

Places are still available, either indoors or in the car-boot area.

Doors open at 07:00 for exhibitors, or 09:00 for general entry.

$5 will secure a place and include two persons.

You don't have anything excess to requirements? Maybe there is something you've
been looking for years.

In which case, or, if you just like to look around, perhaps have a coffee and
meet up with those Amateurs you have spoken to on air, come along.

Public entry is $5 per person.

Looking forward to meeting you there.





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

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

As reported a couple of weeks ago Gary VK4FD and Jeff VK4BOF, alias Snoopy and
Charlie Brown, activated Etheridge shire using the TREC call-sign VK4WAT for the
VK-Shires contest.

The intrepid duo setup at Mount Surprise and were on air in time for the start
of the contest.

The bands were in good shape and provided many contacts into a large number of
VK shires. They also managed to work 31 CQ zones which is a very good
achievement considering there are only 40 CQ zones worldwide available to work.

The next TREC meeting will be held on Saturday the 25th of June at our
clubrooms. If you are reading this early and are in the area please feel free
to call by and say G'Day. A map showing the location of the TREC clubrooms is
available on the WIA website in the radio clubs menu.

TREC members are gearing up for a five day communications support effort for
the Far North Horse Endurance Riders. With early starts and temperatures
hovering around 4 to 5 degrees it should prove to be lots of fun albeit a
little chilly.

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 the WIA news. Travel Well!





ACMA NEWS

Historic changes to CB radio

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (AMCA) has announced
further amendments to the Citizen Band Service.

UHF CB Australia Director, Ray Oaff said the developments are the result
of two year's work and includes more channels being available for the
benefit of more than one million people in Australia each day.

His was one of 17 who made a submission. Most agreed with additional
channels by reducing their width down to 12.5 kHz, relaxation of the
telemetry and telecommand duty cycle, and allowing transmission of station
identification and position information.

While a new equipment standard (AS/NZA 4365:2010) was released on 27
January, in defining a new 80 channel standard, the AMCA has now set 2017
as the end of the phase-in of narrowband.

Similar changes will occur in New Zealand. A few wanted legitimisation of
e-QSO for the CB Service, but this has been denied.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





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

Youngsters On The Air

The VERON website reports that in July-August youth teams will be going to
Romania for a European Commission supported project called
'Youngsters On The Air'.

This Dutch team is led by Lisa Leenders PA2LS, other participating national
teams are from Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia
and Romania.


It's good to see many of the world's leading Amateur Bodies and societies
really getting to the grass roots level and encouraging kids, after all they
are our bloodline!

South Africa also pays tribute to "da kids" as Jason Daniels reports in a
moment during the international news... Maybe time our WIA looked at this
oft neglected area!

Schedule for Youngsters On The Air
http://www.veron.nl/actueel/download/Programma_Youngsters_On_the_Air.pdf

VERON in Google English
http://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsVERON





SILENT KEY

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Bob Barnes VK2FRCS.

Bob was better known as the owner of RCS Pty. Ltd., a provider of printed
circuit boards to amateur radio operators and the general electronic community
as a whole, from the professional to the hobbyist.

A funeral service was held Friday 24th at Sefton.





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

Ham killer jailed

The BBC is reporting that a John Cooper has been convicted for the 1989 murder
of Radio Amateur Peter Dixon and his wife Gwenda.

Read the full report by BBC news at the url in today's text edition of your
WIA National News.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-13538545





WHAT DO YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS THINK ABOUT AMATEUR RADIO?

In an interview with 5 young radio amateurs between the ages of 11 and 17, they
shared their views about amateur radio. It was transmitted in a special youth
day broadcast which was on the air just before the Youth Day Sprint on 16 June.

You can listen to it on www.hamradio.org.za, the new website the SARL is
developing with the focus on young people.





Limerick 2m repeater vandalised

The Limerick Radio Club's 2m repeater is off the air until further notice due to
vandalism.

The services affected are the voice repeater function, IRLP and Echolink.

Club members are doing their utmost to restore the repeater as soon as possible.

Significant damage has been done which will incur additional unplanned expense
on the club funds.







caught red-handed at a Florida radio station

Police in Brevard County, Florida had some help when it came down to tracking
a copper thief: They had help from Clear Channel Radio.

Cocoa Beach, Florida's WMMV-AM (1350) was knocked off the air over the weekend
when someone broke in and stole copper and other items from the transmitter.

What the burglar did not know was that Clear Channel had placed surveillance
cameras at the site and they caught a number of images of the thief in action,
including facial shots and some with the man carrying tools used in the
break-in.

The tapes were handed to police, who also did not have to look far to find the
copper thief, who lived two doors away from the transmitter site!

All of the stolen property was recovered and returned to Clear Channel Radio

(RADIO.INFO)





Millions of folk have implantable medical devices, from pacemakers and
defibrillators to brain stimulators and drug pumps; worldwide, 300,000 more
people receive them every year.

Most such devices have wireless connections, so that doctors can monitor
patients' vital signs or revise treatment programs.

But recent research has shown that this leaves the devices vulnerable to attack:
In the worst-case scenario, an attacker could kill a victim by instructing an
implantable device to deliver lethal doses of medication or electricity.

At the Association for Computing Machinery's upcoming Sigcomm conference,
researchers from M.I.T. and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass)
will present a new system for preventing such attacks.

The system uses a second transmitter to jam unauthorized signals in an
implant's operating frequency, permitting only authorized users to communicate
with it. Because the jamming transmitter, rather than the implant, would
handle encryption and authentication, the system would work even with existing
implants.

The researchers envision that the jamming transmitter - which they call a
shield - would be small enough to wear as a necklace or a watch.

(TODAYS MEDICAL DEVELOPEMENTS)





2011 DAYTON HAMVENTION: CHECK OUT THE NEW PRODUCTS THAT DEBUTED AT DAYTON

One of the most exciting things at the Dayton Hamvention each year
is the introduction of new products. This year was no exception. From
HF transceivers to receivers to test equipment to station equipment,
there was a plethora of new products just about everywhere you turned.

Read more and as we always say, the address is best read at wia.org.au
in this weeks National News.

http://www.arrl.org/news/new-products-at-dayton-2011




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NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA

SCIENTISTS SAY SOLAR CYCLE HEADED INTO LIMBO

For years, astronomers and space scientists have
been predicting the Sun would move into solar
maximum by around 2012. During this period there
would be many intense flares and lots of sunspot
activity. Now they are thinking that the
opposite may be happening and Amateur Radio
Newsline's Michael Grebert, KJ4ZZV, has the details:


According to three studies released in the United
States on Tuesday, June 14th, experts believe the
familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and
heading toward a pattern of inactivity unseen since the 17th century.

According to experts from the National Solar
Observatory and Air Force Research Laboratory,
the signs of this include a missing jet stream,
quickly fading spots, and slower activity near the poles.

Frank Hill is the Associate Director of the
National Solar Observatory 's Solar Synoptic
Network. At a meeting of the American
Astronomical Society's Solar Physics Division in
Las Cruces, New Mexico Hill said that the fact
that three completely different views of the Sun
point in the same direction is a powerful
indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation.

As every ham knows, solar activity tends to rise
and fall in 11 year cycles. The solar maximum
and solar minimum each mark about half the
interval of the magnetic pole reversal on the
Sun, which happens every 22 years.

According to Hill, the current cycle, number 24,
may be the last normal one for some time but the
next one, cycle 25, may not happen for some
time. He adds that this is important because the
solar cycle causes space weather which affects
modern technology and may contribute to climate change.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Michael
Grebert, KJ4ZZV, reporting from Music City, Nashville, Tennessee.

Experts are now probing whether this period of
inactivity could be a second Maunder
Minimum. This was a 70-year period from 1645 to
1715 when hardly any sunspots were observed. For
ham radio such a prolonged solar minimum would
mean very little in the way of High Frequency DX
for a very long time. The complete article
titled Scientists Predict Rare Hibernation of
Sunspots can be found using the shortcut of
tinyurl.com/slowsun





NORWEGIAN HAMS PROVIDE FLOOD COMMUNICATIONS

Norway's national amateur radio society, the
NRRL, reports that radio amateurs have been
providing communications assistance following recent flooding in that nation.

The NRRL says that as a result of the flooding
and landslides in Oppland and Hedmark, the
telecoms company Telenor has had substantial
problems with its mobile phone network. Because
of the outages the Main Rescue Coordination
Centre for Southern Norway has requested assistance from NRRL.

Communications were set up between southern
Norway and Lillehammer. Repeaters around Oslo
have also been used. More about the situation in
Google translated English is on the web at tinyurl.com/NorwayNRRL





HAM RADIO PUBLIC RELATIONS: PROMOTING ARRL FIELD DAY 2011

The ARRL has released a new press kit along with
a set of two new Public Service Announcements to
publicize Field Day, 2011. The press kit
contains just about everything a club needs to
publicize Field Day and its own operations. But
it's the Public Service Announcements that will
likely get the most attention if you are willing
to download them, burn them to C-D's and drop off
copies at your local radio stations.

What do they sound like? Here's one of them. Take a listen:


Actual PSA


Yes that's Don Carlson, KQ6FM, whose voice you
regularly here on Amateur Radio Newsline. But
this week Don is in another role as spokesman for
the upcoming ARRL Field Day event. To get a copy
of the new Field Day promotional spots that Don
has created please take your web browser to
tinyurl.com/fielddaypsa and download the audio
file marked Field Day 2011. The complete ARRL
Field Day press kit itself is at tinyurl.com/fielddaypress







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



June 25 WIA VK/ZL Trans Tasman 160 mtr SSB

July 9 WIA 160m CW & Digital Trans-Tasman contest

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

Oct 22 WIA Jack Files Contest




2012

January VK Ross Hull Memorial VHF UHF Contest

March 17-18 VK JOHN MOYLE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY

June Long Weekend (vk4 time) VK Shires Contest.




SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE

SIX Meter Repeater VK3RDD

The Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club are currently overhauling their
6 m repeater VK3RDD located at Cockatoo. Albert VK3BQO and Geoff VK3ZGW have
spent considerable time and effort designing a new repeater controller to
replace the existing one..

The new controller can be adapted to fit into any new or existing repeater
installation regardless of frequency.

This will be a major rebuild of VK3RDD which has been operating for many years
of reliable service until recent times.

Upgraded TX/Rx equipment will also be included.

They expect their repeater to be back in operation in approx. 3 weeks and
apologize to regular users for this essential outage.

Please direct any enquiries / comments to secretary@ggrec.org.au





On the air, keep an ear open for EF8M operating from the Canary Islands during
the RSGB Islands on the Air Contest on July 30th and the 31st as a
Multi-Operator, All-Band, High-Power entry.

Operators mentioned are RD3A, EA8CAC and UA5C.

QSL via UA3DX.





BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS

The US National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters

The NASB will team with Dallas-based transmitter maker Continental Electronics
will host the first U.S. meeting of a High-Frequency Coordination
Conference and Arab States Broadcasting Union conference, Sept. 12-16, in
Dallas.

Officially the conference gathering of shortwave broadcast professionals is
expected to pull approximately 100 delegates from 40 countries.

The NASB is encouraging US shortwave professionals to attend to make a good
showing.

'This will be an excellent opportunity to meet with the world's shortwave
broadcasters, and to discuss some of the new platforms of delivery for
such as the Internet, satellites, podcasts, etc.

Topics dealing with programming, audience research and others are also being
planned for the agenda.

(IRTS)





Danish public-service broadcaster Denmark's Radio (DR) has shifted some of its
programming from medium wave to long wave.

On June 16, a new 50 kW transmitter on 243 kHz was activated at their
Kalundborg transmission site in Denmark's West.

DR will simulcast programming on the long wave channel until June 27, when it
will end its medium-wave broadcasts from the site on 1062 kHz.

The existing medium-wave broadcasts uses a 250 kW transmitter.

Previously, DR used a 300 kW long wave transmitter at Kalundborg until
February 2007. The channel has been entirely vacant in Europe since 2008
when Turkey ended long wave broadcasts.





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


WORLDBEAT INTRUDER WATCH: ONE NEW AND ONE GONE ON 15 METERS

The May issue of the IARU Monitoring System newsletter reports that our
Australian Over-The Horizon Radar has been heard in the 15 meter amateur band.

On a more positive note the same issue of the newsletter reports that the
Russian Yakhta vocoder system has disappeared from its self ascribed home on
21.0015 MHz.

The complete newsletter can be read on-line in PDF format
tinyurl.com/may2011iarums

(arnewsline)





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


Inside Amateur Radio magazine for July

On last week's broadcast we covered the topics of the annual convention held
this time in Darwin, the posthumous review of QSLing by Neil Penfold VK6NE,
now a silent key, and the cover story review ICOMs IC-9100 transceiver.

The reviewers reach the conclusion that the long-awaited IC-9100 contains must
interest whether you are a lowbander, a HFer, a VHF/UHF FM operator, or
microwaver, this radio will cover your needs.

This week we draw attention to the extensive writings of WIA President Michael
Owen who details what the WIA Board of Directors has been doing for us all.

Well worth a read.

In DX news, we learn how David McAulay VK3EW regained the top spot on the
Australian DXCC by getting QSL's from the four new DX entities with the changes
to the former Netherland Antilles.

And continuing the DX theme is good news that the sunspot cycle is likely to
peak by 2014, a run-down on the upcoming DXpeditions, plus lots more.

The VHF, UHF and Microwaves are well covered. There's timely reminder on the
running of Gippsland Technical Conference, GippTech 2011.

AMSAT, ALARA and Shortwave Listening interests are included. Amateur Radio
magazine, a WIA membership service is also available through selected news
agents.

I'm Barry Robinson VK3PV and you are listening to VK1WIA.






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

Get ready for ARRISat-1 SSTV reception.

The ARISSat-1 FM downlink on 145.950 MHz includes live SSTV images as part of
the cycling voice ID, select spoken telemetry values, and the international
greeting messages.


One fun feature is that there are four SSTV cameras mounted on the spacecraft.
On photos of ARISSat-1 you may have noticed black brackets on the outside of
the spacecraft. These hold the mirrors that reflect the light onto the lens of
the cameras. The software-defined-transponder will use the image data from the
cameras to generate the SSTV downlink.

ARISSat's software will sequentially select a new or stored image from one the
four cameras. There are two pre-recorded images as part of the sequence. The
camera that took the picture can be identified by the colour of the call
sign in the upper left of the SSTV image. The SSTV image will be sent down as
FM audio SSTV in Robot 36 format on 145.950 MHz about every 140 seconds.

Here are some pointers to help you get your station ready to receive and display
the SSTV pictures transmitted by ARISSat-1.

The RF downlink power on the 145.950 MHz FM downlink will be 250mW which is
predicted to provide a link margin around 6 dB on an HT with a 'big whip' when
the satellite is at 15 degrees elevation. This should be sufficient to receive
SSTV pictures although you may need to orient the whip to line up the antenna
polarization.

ARISSat-1 is not stabilized so the antenna orientation is unpredictable and a
certain amount of fading will happen. The receiving link margin may be improved
with a handheld beam.

http://www.wa5vjb.com/references/Cheap%20Antennas-LEOs.pdf










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


UNIVERSITY SEEKS HAM RADIO ASSISTANCE IN SATURN MISSION PREPARATIONS

Ham radio has been invited to take part in the preparations for the upcoming
exploration of the planet Saturn by remote satellites. This if a group of
tiny Cornell University-developed satellites travel to the ringed planet
sometime within the next decade.

The exploration will be done using tiny micro-sized chip satellites called
Sprites.

As they flutter down through Saturn's atmosphere, they will collect data about
chemistry, radiation and particle impacts while transmitting as beacons with
10 milliwatts of RF power.

Tests of the Sprites is ongoing. Three prototypes of these chip satellites
were mounted on the International Space Station after the space shuttle
Endeavour delivered them on its final flight.

During testing of these micro sized birds, the help of radio amateurs is
required. If you would like to serve as one of those trying detecting this
signal from one of the Sprites, please follow up by e-mail to
zrm3.cornell.edu

More information is on-line at
tinyurl.com/3fs5ks7 and www.spacecraftresearch.com/blog









WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
TWITTER http://twitter.com/VK1WIA
www.HamRadioNation.com

Internet body throws open domain names

good.food, learnto.salsa, wiameans.help - people companies and organisations
will be able to set up a website with almost any address by the end of 2012
IF they have a legitimate claim to the domain name and can pay a hefty fee.

The Internet body that oversees domain names has voted to end restricting
them to suffixes like .com or .gov and will receive applications for new names
from January 12 2012

"It's the biggest change I think we have seen on the Internet," Peter Dengate
Thrush, chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN), told reporters. "We have provided a platform for the next generation
of creativity and inspiration."

"It's the next expansion of the Internet, it's the future of the Internet,"
said Kieren McCarthy, the CEO of .Nxt,Inc, a San Francisco-based company which
covers Internet policy and governance issues. "I think our kids will think
that we were crazy to always talk about .coms"





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



JOTA 2011 theme announced

The theme of the Jamboree on the Air to be held on the 15-16 October is "Peace,
Environment and Natural Disasters".

IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications, Hans Zimmermann
F5VKP/ F/HB9AQS, said "This year's JOTA theme is an excellent opportunity
to raise the awareness for the role of the Amateur Radio Service in disaster
situations."

Hans believes we should all support this initiative by direct contact between
the respective emergency communications groups and JOTA organisers.

World JOTA organiser of the World Scout Bureau, Richard Middlecoop PA3BAR,
has asked for help to establish contacts between national JOTA organisers
and emergency communications groups.

Information about JOTA/JOTI can be found at:
http://scout.org/en/information_events/events/jota/the_54th_jota_2011

Richard Middelkoop can be reached at RMiddelkoop@scout.org

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman, IARU Region 3, Disaster Communications Committee)





Nighthawk happening now !

As the WIA news goes to air this morning some VK4 radio amateurs are wrapping up
an overnight activity to provide vital communications support for Scouting youth
members doing the hard slog through crocodile and taipan infested land.

The Kennedy Region Scouts 2011 Operation Nighthawk started on Saturday evening
and only just finished a little while ago, today Sunday 26 with a course that
traversed suburban Pallarenda and the rugged trails of the Townsville Town
Common.

Over 90 youth members trekked through 5 radio checkpoints manned by
Townsville Amateur Radio club members utilising VHF voice and data channels
plus also using UHF to VHF cross-band repeating from vehicles to enhance
operator portability and endurance.

Planning is already advanced for Kennedy Region Nighthawk 2012, if you reside
Townsville way have a think about helping out with that event !











SOCIAL SCENE


2011

Jul 9 VK2e Waverley A R S annual auction at Rose Bay club rooms

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

Aug 28 VK2 Blue Mountains amateur radio club's annual WINTERFEST



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


FEB 26 VK2 CCARC WYONG FIELD DAY

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





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