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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 14 2011.
All go for television hook-up
VK6APH receives Award
Only days left to register for the ILLW
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 14 2011.
Remembrance Day 2011
Author VK4OD Peter Harding WIA Contest Manager
Each year since the conclusion of World War Two the WIA pays homage to those
Australian Radio Amateurs who paid the Supreme Sacrifice during those
We do that in the form of the Remembrance Day Contest, This year August 13-14.
Prior to the commencement of the RD contest at 0800UTC Saturday (6pm AEST)
An opening address is given by Australian Dignitaries and the WIA.
This address , 2011, runs for some 39 minutes prior to the 6pm contest start.
It is heard on the vast WIA News Network, check out the weekly news link on
this wia.org.au site under "where to hear us".
Right now the RD Contest Opening Speech file is available for download from
It is also on the WIAQ backup site:
The whole file runs for 39Min 26Secs
PLEASE be sure to start running the whole file at EXACTLY 07:20.34 UTC, in
order to finish at 08:00 precisely.
73 and "Good Luck In The Contest", Peter.
THE sun has unleashed the largest solar flare in five years, this as it
burst forth on the far side of the sun so little impact to satellites
and communication systems. However the USA's Space Weather Prediction Centre
says there were reports of brief short-wave radio disruptions in our part of
the world, mainly Asia.
Scientists estimate there will be more such solar eruptions over the next
3 to 5 years.
All go for television hook-up
The world's first DATV QSO Party will be on Melbourne's VK3RTV repeater
later this month.
The QSO Party has been organised by Peter Cossins VK3BFG as control
station and will include the Amateur Television Network of California and
the British Amateur Television Club (BATC).
Peter VK3BFG said that 8pm (AEST) Friday the 26th is quite good timing to
kick off the two-day event as part of the Amateur Radio Victoria
celebration of its centenary.
Current arrangement includes VK7TW (Hobart), VK7EM (Penguin), VK3CE
(Bendigo) and VK4XRL (Brisbane). Their video will come via Skype which
will then be put on DVB-S to VK3RTV2.
Melbourne stations will respond via VK3RTV1. VK3BCU is in Thailand and
expects also to be Skype-linked.
On Saturday the 27th of August at 1pm (AEST) there be a link up with Don
Hill KE6BXT in California and also connected with the W6ATN ATV Repeater.
As on Friday, VK3BFG will take the Skype feed through to VK3RTV2.
Anyone anywhere in the world can watch the proceedings via the BATC
streaming website (AEST is plus 10 hours UTC).
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Only days left to register for the ILLW
On Wednesday came the 400th entry in the International Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend from Bill Tinnion M0DXT at the Maryport old lighthouse,
in Cumbria to the northwest of England.
Octagonal cast iron shape makes it the first of that construction type in
England and possibly the world's oldest using the technique.
As far as totals go the USA has taken the lead on 65, followed by
Australia on 63. The pair is followed by Germany, England and the
Netherlands. Then Sweden, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, Finland,
Portugal, and New Zealand. In all up to 50 countries have entered.
Among the Australian entries is Evans Head Light by Graeme Battistuzzi,
who does so in the memory of former operator Bob Peterson VK2AAG a recent
The Oxley Region Radio Club VI40BOR celebrates its 40 years at Tacking
Point Lighthouse. Ipswich and District Radio Club signs VI4FI from Sandy
Cape on Fraser Island, and VK3WI Amateur Radio Victoria Centenary bonus
point station is at Williamstown.
If you're looking for first time activated lighthouses in Australia, try
for VK4 and Point Cartwright, Bustard Head and Lady Elliot Island, to VK5
there's Corny Point and VK6 we have Casurina.
In VK2 or shall we say "off the coast of", the Hellenic Amateur Radio
Association of Australia, will operate from 19-22nd of August from Montague
Island OC-223 for the Light house weekend with 15 members operating from
3 stations using the club call of VK2CL
Catherine Stokes, VK2FEME, Secretary - Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of
Australia Inc. says the team expects all the equipment to arrive back in Sydney
this weekend from Lord Howe Island after their major DX'Pedition where HARAOA
made some 17000 qso and 140000 hits to their website www.vk9hr.com
Tommy VK2IR club president & team leader reports all went to plan and HARAOA
again continues to set the standard with its world wide DX'Peditions. The logs
for VK9HR were uploaded daily as were the LOTW onto their amazing website full
of stats and they are printing 8 sided full colour qsl cards.
Check out at the website illw.net which includes an online entry form and
the guidelines for this fun 48-hour event being held next weekend.
(Jim Linton VK3PC/Catherine Stokes VK2FEME)
President Michael Owen VK3KI email@example.com
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD email@example.com
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ firstname.lastname@example.org
VK6APH receives Award
Bob Bristow - VK6POP Reports.
On Sunday the 7th of August at the NCRG Hamfest, Bob Bristow presented to
Phil Harman VK6APH the Ron Wilkinson Award certificate.
The award was announced at the recent WIA AGM in Darwin. Phil agreed to be
presented with the award at Hamfest. Phil received the award in recognition of
his contribution to Amateur radio, especially in digital techniques and for
his contributions to Amateur radio literature.
Phil said he was honoured to receive the award.
The presentation of the certificate was done live, on-air, during the NewsWest
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
Liverpool & District ARC are holding a Club Auction next Saturday August 20
at 10.00am. A large variety of equipment on offer including
Swan 500 Transceiver Swan VHF150 2m linear, transmitter valves and
Montague Island Lighthouse Activation
H.A.R.A.O.A. will activate Montague Island Lighthouse for The International
Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend NEXT weekend August 20-21.
AUS0071 (IOTA Island OC-223.
Operating as VK2CL Portable. (cHECK OUT THE ITEM AT TOP OF THIS BULLETIN).
For all information check website
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Police Roundup http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/
Weekend Foundation Licence course
Want some quality training for the Foundation Licence, or know someone who
may be interested, then tell them about the next class on offer from
Amateur Radio Victoria which is September the 10th and 11th.
Inquiries most welcomed by Barry Robinson VK3PV on 0428 516 001 or email
VK4 - QNEWS
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Welcome to QNews from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been
The Remembrance Day Contest is the quintessential amateur radio activity
honouring all those who served and those who died in the service of our
We celebrate ANZAC Day as well as Remembrance Day, in November but it is the
special recognition of those whose interest in peace and occupation in war was
radio and electronics.
At times we lose sight of the those other people who fought in different ways.
I met one amateur who joined the merchant navy and was rescued 3 times from
sunken ships. We had the great army of civilians designing, refining and
building equipment for the military forces - much of this to become radio
surplus in the early years of peace time.
We have heard the story of Florence Mackenzie, Mrs Mackenzie as she was known
to her students learning Morse Code to aid the war effort. But there were
hundreds of civilians who passed through similar doors to wear a uniform in
aiding the fighting forces. The efforts of the YL sorority was shown on a new
program on ABC TV just before ANZAC Day. "Girl's Own War Stories" recognises
the efforts of the women who became nurses, auxiliaries to the armed forces,
populated the land army and maintained Red Cross services as well as all war
In remembering let us include not only the military but the broad range of our
community who gave in times of peril so that we can enjoy today.
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think.....how about you?
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Ipswich & District Radio Club
P.O. Box 250
Ipswich Qld 4305
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This is Allan VK4FABR with news from the Ipswich and District Radio Club.
Sandy Cape Lighthouse will be home to four club members for the International
Lighthouse and Lightship weekend, next weekend August 20 and 21.
The 4WD permit for travel on Fraser Island has now been obtained, and also the
special callsign VI4FI.
A TH3 Junior Tribander will be used for 10, 15 and 20 on a 10m Clark Mast and
the Butternut HF6V for the lower bands in addition to a Multi-band dipole in an
Inverted V configuration.
The main radio will be a Yaesu FTDX-5000 with back up rigs consisting of an
Icom IC-7600 & a Kenwood TS-480HX.
Power will be supplied 24 hours a day via a RAPS Solar System so on air time
will be around the clock as much as possible.
A special QSL Card to celebrate this activation will be designed by UX5UO
QSL Print Services.
The DXpedition to Fraser Island is supported by club sponsors Ipswich City
Council and VK4ICE Communications.
All updates via the website at www.sandycape2011.com and LIVE status updates
via Twitter @VI4FI which links directly with the VK4WIP Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/vk4wip as the Twitter updates are posted
The Ipswich Sandy Cape team of Paul VK4FPDW, Derek VK4MIA, Mike VK4QS and
Graham VK4FGCC are looking forward to working you on the bands.
I'm Allan VK4FABR.
Redcliffe and District Radio Club
I'm Ray, VK4CF with news from Redcliffe & Districts Radio club.
The club's portable station, VK4IZ/p, in the recent VHF/UHF Winter Field-day
was awarded 2nd place in the Multi-operator 8-hour section of the contest
having scored 2000 points. Kevin VK4UH said that it was a big effort but
well worth the effort. David, VK4DC and Peter, VK4EA have been busy building
uhf transceivers to be ready for the next field day contest and possible
moon bounce activities.
The club has its regular technical talks on the third Monday night of the month
however this month there are 2 talks. Next Monday night James, VK4TJF will
give a presentation on RFI and the following week, Kerry, VK4FKGG will give a
presentation on fibre optics. This will occur as the equipment for the fibre
optics presentation was not available.
The planned working bee to do the gutter replacement to the clubhouse has now
been deferred to the month of October due to other activities.
As this weekend is the Remembrance Day Contest, VK4IZ will be active from the
clubhouse this weekend. So if you hear our club's competition callsign, give
us a call for those very important points.
A number of club members have expressed a desire to undertake a morse code
course. Whilst the format and times of the course have not yet been determined
as yet, further details will be forth coming. Stewart, VK4TSB has been
practising by himself and wants other with limited morse speed, up to 10 words
a minute, to assist him in his learning.
A big reminder that Jota is coming up in October and that about 30 members will
be required to assist during the weekend. This is a major function of the
club and showcases our hobby to the scouting movement. Club members will be
assisting with kit assembly and other radio related activities during the
Mark VK4DGG has found a website that will produce a azimuth map from any place
on Earth using a couple of different location methods. The site is
It will construct a map in about in about 20 seconds.
So now it's 73 until next time from Ray, VK4CF, from the Redcliffe club.
IRLP NODE 6973
Secretary Jim 04 2948 4734
Greetings from The Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club, The RADAR CLUB.
With the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend being held next
weekend, two boat loads of keen radio operators - and fishermen--- will leave
Yeppoon on Friday for Cape Capricorn Lighthouse on the north east corner of
Curtis Island to activate the site under the club's callsign, VK4WIR.
This is the third year the club has participated and past experience has
operators concentrating on quality rather than quantity of gear due to carrying
capacity. Importance this year focuses on filters and antennas, with some
decent long wires and a three element yagi on the gear list.
Operations are expected to be mainly on 20, 40 and 80 metres.
If you wish to arrange a contact you may also contact us during the weekend
via the RADAR club's repeater on 146.700MHZ offset, IRLP, node 6973.
For further details and easy access, check out VK4WIR on QRZ.com
I'm Les VK4VIL on behalf of the Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club
TABLELANDS RADIO AND ELECTRONICS CLUB
G'Day again from the Atherton Tablelands this is Dale VK4DMC for the Tablelands
Radio and Electronics Club, TREC, in Far North Queensland.
Once again TREC members are out and about on the Atherton Tablelands providing
check point manning and communications for the Far North Equestrian Riders.
This event is an overnight one to coincide with the full moon. John, VK4TL,
who normally coordinates things between TREC and the horsy mob is unavailable
due to illness but TREC President Stu, VK4SDD, has stepped up and has got
things running smoothly. The weather is being kind with temperatures slightly
warmer than the 0 degree experienced on the last ride.
The next TREC meeting will be on Saturday 20th August at the clubrooms in
Atherton. Visitors are always welcome so if you're in the area please call in
and say G'Day. Location of the clubrooms is on the WIA website under clubs.
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!
Central Highlands ARC AGM Weekend - Friday 30 Sept to Sun 2 Oct
The famous and popular Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend at
Camp Fairbairn near Emerald will be on from 3-30pm Friday 30th September to
Midday Sunday 2nd October 2011.
Thanks to Gavin and the Townsville Amateur Radio Club we learn the basic costs
are the same as last year, ie $13.20 per person per night or $6.60 for day
Caravaners please book into Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, as soon as possible.
CHARC Secretary Gordon VK4KAL needs to know from you if you are attending, so
can plan catering for the acclaimed Saturday Night Gastronomic Feed Up, arrange
the troops to get enough chairs and treasure together for the coveted AGM
Monster Auction, divvy up the available beds available in the on site dormitory
and ensure there is enough grub for the Sunday Recovery Breakfast.
All you need to do is lift a digit or two and let Gordon know before the
booking deadline of 25th September of your intentions to attend.
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ILLW - NW Microwave Activation
On the weekend of 21 and 22 August Rex VK7MO will be joining Eric VK7NFI
and Wayne VK7NET for the International Lighthouse Weekend operating from
Table Cape Lighthouse in QE29 North West Tasmania.
The top of the lighthouse gives an excellent take-off all across Bass Strait.
Rex will operate on 144, 432, 1296 and 10368 both SSB and digital on
XXX.225. Rex will also try meteor scatter during the normal activity
sessions on 144.230.
With this fast approaching weekend for the International Lighthouse and
Lightship brigade teams are planning to activate several lighthouses
across VK7, Devonport, Winston VK7EM, and Scott VK7NWT, are preparing to
activate Mersey Bluff lighthouse.
Eric VK7NFI, and Wayne VK7NET, are doing the usual at Wynyard with the
Table Cape lighthouse. After last years event, the Wynyard council
offered to make available the lighthouse structure which is now open for
inspection tours. There will be much opportunity to improve the antenna
locations as the lighthouse is in the order of 20 m high.
Dion VK7DB will be doing a first time activation of the Sandy Cape
lighthouse on the rugged west coast. Getting to this remote location
will be an adventure in itself as the only access is via about 20km of
beach and tracks heading south from Temma.
The event will be run on the 20th and 21st of August. Please drop in and
give some support to these operators doing their bit to promote Amateur
Radio and keeping the airwaves active. They will look forward to both
personal visits and on air contacts.
What use is an f-call?
When I was learning to fly an aeroplane my instructor at the time told me that
every pilot has to do something called "Going Solo", that's flying on your own
for the first time. It's not the end of instruction, it's one in the path
towards becoming a pilot. He also told me that this was true for pilots flying
Cessna's, Boeing 747's and Space-Shuttles.
The same is true for your f-call. The time you've spent learning how Amateur
Radio works, where things are written down, basic etiquette and procedure are
all designed to prepare you for the wider world of Amateur Radio. Your f-call
license is the first step in the process of mastering this technical hobby.
Think of your f-call as the keys to the front door. It's what allows you to
participate at what ever level you'd like to. You can of course go on to get
extra licenses, just like in flying, going solo is only step one on the way to
the moon. The joy is in the process of discovering your niche in the path along
So, your f-call is but one aspect of your hobby.
On the air last week, an amateur had purchased a radio which turned out to be
not such a great bargain. Through trial and error you learn what this hobby is
all about. Talking to like-minded people will help you find out what the tips
and traps are.
I realise that there are more than a few listeners who either haven't got their
kit ready, or if they do, are afraid to talk and use it. Over the coming months
a few of us are going to get together to come up with a way that you can
participate on the air without being afraid to make mistakes.
And I should also say that you should find ways of participating in events as
they happen. The people turning up at those events come from all different
walks of life, but they all have in common that they have an interest in this
hobby of amateur radio.
I'm Onno Benschop - vk6flab
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
911 Special Event Station
Look for special event station N3U/Flt93 (N3U/United Flight 93) to be activated
once again between September 8-15th, to remind 'Amateur Radio operators
world-wide' of the tragic events that happened near 'Shanksville,
New York City and Washington DC on September 11, 2001.'
This year's activity will take place during the 10th anniversary and the
Memorial Dedication for the victims of United Flight 93.
QSL N3U/Flt 93 via W3PN, by the Bureau or direct (Please include SASE and
enough return postage. If additional postage is needed... your QSL will be
returned via the BUREAU).
For more details, QRZ.com
Another call will be KC2RA, New York City's Kings County Repeater Association
who have announced they will be a part of the 911 events commemorative events
to be held at the historic Conference House on Staten Island.
The group will operate under the clubs KC2RA call sign to honour those who lost
their lives on September 11th, 2001.
From Nine Eleven to Nine One One
The California Highway Patrol says that while there was never any emergency,
that didn't stop a Sacramento woman from allegedly making 2,457 calls to the
states 911 emergency response number since June.
According to one CHP Officer, she was arrested after allegedly placing more
than 130 non-emergency calls to 911 dispatchers on one Wednesday morning alone.
She actually used three different cell phones to make the 911 calls.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
REMEMBERING THE FIRST DECADE SINCE 911
This coming September 11th will be the 10th anniversary of the al-Queda backed
terrorist attacks of September 11th of 2001. These attacks felled the two
World Trade Centre tower buildings in New York City and damaged the Pentagon
when radical Islamic extremists high-jacked four United States flag carrier
jetliners and crashed them into the two structures. Over 3000 American
citizens were killed as well as a number of foreign nationals who worked
in the twin towers buildings.
Over the years there have been several ham radio operations in remembrance
of those whose lives were lost in this senseless and wanton carnage.
With this being the first decade anniversary of the September 11th, 2001
tragedy, we here at the Amateur Radio Newsline are trying to compile a list
of radio clubs and individual hams who are planning any form of amateur
radio memorial operation to honour those whose lives were lost that day.
If you have plans to commemorate 911, please drop us an e-mail to Newsline
at ARNewsline dot org and let us know all of the details. We in turn will
list as many as we can on our website at www.arnewsline.org.
Those whose lives were lost on 911 deserve to be remembered. We will do our
part by providing web-space to list ham radio commemorative activities.
It's up to you to do the rest.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF ELECTRONICS
1. Beware of the lighting that lurks in an undischarged capacitor lest it
cause three to be bounced upon thy backside in a most ungentle manly manner.
2. Cause thou the switch that supplies large quantities juice to be opened
and thus tagged, so thy days may be long in the world.
3. Prove to thy self that all circuits that radiateth, and upon which thou
worketh, are grounded lest they lift thee to high frequency potential
and cause thee to radiate.
4. Take care thou useth the proper method when thou taketh the measure
of high voltage circuits so that thou doth not incinerate both thee and
the meter, for verily, though hast no account number and can be easily
replaced, the meter doth have one and as a consequence bringeth much
woe upon the supply department.
5. Tarry not amongst those who engage in intentional shocks, for the yare
surely non-believers and not long for this world.
6. Take care thou tampereth not with interlocks and safety devices, for
this will incur the wrath of thy seniors and bring the fury of the safety
officer down upon thy head and shoulder.
7. Work not upon energised equipment, for if thou doeth, thy buddies
will surely be buying beer without thee, and the space at the bar will
be filled by another.
8. Verily I say unto thee, NEVER service high voltage equipment alone,
for electric cooking is a slothful process, and thou might sizzle for
hours on end before thy maker sees fit to end thy misery and drag thee
into his fold.
9. Trifle not with radioactive equipment les thou commence to glow in
the dark like unto a lightning bug.
10. Commit thee to memory the words of the prophets, which are written
in instruction books, which giveth thou the straight dope, and which
consoleth thee, and thou canst not make mistakes.
Courtesy of Historical Radio Society of Australia Inc. - SA Group
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2011
Aug 13-14 WIA Remembrance Day Contest This weekend.
Aug 20-21 WW I.L.L.W. Next weekend.
Aug 27-28 ALARA YL CONTEST
Oct 22 WIA Jack Files Contest
Nov 26-27 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day
31st ALARA Contest.
YLs can work everyone. OMs and Clubs can join in but only by working YLs.
The Contest will run over 20 hours combined Phone and CW.
The dates and times are
Saturday 27th August 2011 0400 hours UTC to 1359 hours UTC
Sunday 28th August 2011 0400 hours UTC to 1359 hours UTC
Bands to be used are 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz only.
For actual frequencies and rules of operation see the website
WRTC2014 RELEASES NEW PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
A new promotional video for the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship games
has been released by the events planners. Produced by noted film maker
James Brooks 9V1YC, the video showcases the aspect of radiosports along with
showing the planning that goes into preparing to host an event of this
You can see this new promotional video on-line at
More information on the planning of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship
2is on-line at wrtc2014.org
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Historic RAAF Station active for RD Contest this weekend.
RAAF Commemorative Station VK4KG will be operating portable for this years
RD Contest August 13th to 14th somewhere in North Queensland at a
significant historic military site and would appreciate any support on-air.
EA 3 PT will be active /EA6 on Menorca Island until August 21.
This operation will be holiday style meaning that he will be on the air as he
feels the need or as time permits.
Bands announced are 40 through 10 using SSB only.
QSL via Logbook of the World or by paper QSL to his home callsign EA 8 PT.
KF 8 UN will be in Peru until August 16th. He will be active /OA4
and says that he plans to work 20 meters. He too is operating holiday style.
QSL via his home callsign KF 8 UN.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
(Measure twice - Cut once!)
IEEE 802.22 to use VHF and UHF TV frequencies
The IEEE has recently released the new 802.22 standard for Wireless Regional
Area Network (WRAN) using white spaces in the TV frequency spectrum.
The IEEE 802.22 standard is designed to provide Rural Broadband Wireless Access
using Cognitive Radio Technology.
It uses VHF and UHF TV channels between 54 and 862 MHz and is claimed to have
a theoretical range of up to 33 km. It is envisaged that subscribers would use
directional antennas on the roof.
IEEE 802.22 can deliver a data rate of up to 19 Mbps in a 6 MHz wide USA
TV channel. Channel Bonding, using more than one channel for Tx / Rx, can
provide greater bandwidth. A single channel might be able to support 12
simultaneous users in the coverage area.
Read The Register article - Rural white space wireless standard signed off
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.
Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
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
A Radio Amateur in Northern California, inadvertently pushed a keyboard up to
his keyer, which produced a stream of dots at 25 WPM for well over a week.
NZART InfoLine says an international effort from Region 3 bringing in Region 1
via the Intruder watch and various posts to DX Clusters and Yahoo groups
eventually resulted in the Radio Amateur being contacted via the ARRL in the
Signal reports were received from Europe, USA, Africa and Australia and
New Zealand (who heard it first and raised the alarm).
The resultant HF DF hunt resulted in a solid triangulation on the USA states
from Radio Amateurs from all over the world.
Finally, we can only imagine a slightly embarrassed Radio Amateur within the
US was contacted and the stream nicknamed "Dotty" ceased yesterday.
Excellent collaboration throughout the Intruder watch organisations across
Europe, USA and New Zealand, which could only have occurred with the support
of the Radio Amateurs who participated in the hunt, providing signal and
reports. For a week the 18085.5 signal was an excellent HF beacon for
Another exciting tale from the NZART Monitoring Service - who says monitoring
(John ZL1GWE nzart info line)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack email@example.com
Sep 23-28 R3 Region 3 ARDF Championship Bendigo VK3
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
BATC OFFERS FREE STREAMING SERVICE TO HAM RADIO EVENTS
If you want to webcast a ham radio happening to the world, the British Amateur
Television Club is ready and eager to supply the assistance that you might
Amateur Radio Newsline say "According to an e-mail from Ian Abel, G3ZHI, the
club has a high capacity streaming server available to any individual radio
amateur or ham radio group that would like to use it for webcasting a ham radio
Nor is live netcasting the only aspect of this free video streaming operation.
The BATC site is also a video repository for those who want to have their video
material made available on-line:
It seems very easy to webcast and only requires the Adobe video encoder which
is a free download and that use of the British Amateur Television Club
streaming service is also free.
If you are interested in making use of this service please contact Ian
More information and the video archive is on-line at www dot batc dot tv
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
Hello, I'm Tina VK5TMC organiser of the 2012 YL International Meet in Adelaide,
Australia, from 3rd May to 9th May 2012 with an optional 9 day Ghan luxury
train and bus adventure.
We currently have 50 YLs and OMs registered and at least another 25 who have
expressed interest in attending our Meet. Countries represented so far besides
Australia, are Norway, Germany, UK, Japan, New Zealand, USA, and Canada.
The web page has itineraries, a list of those hoping to attend, and lots of
information including final prices. You can check out everything at
Or just search for YL International 2012.
We are trying regular skeds on Echolink at the conference station ALARA on the
second Tuesday of the month at 0500UTC, 1100UTC and 2200UTC which hopefully
will allow most people to check in at a convenient time. Join us for a chat or
to get your questions answered. We would be happy just to meet you.
If no one is there after 10 minutes we probably won't be there by a quarter
past the hour. You contact me directly at VK5TMC@bigpond.com (all in lower
Registration is now open waiting for your name to be added.
I hope you are all working on your plans for the meet and looking forward to it
as much as I am
This is VK5TMC, Tina, Adelaide, Australia
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IARU REGION 3
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WICEN HAVE A NEW POSTAL ADDRESS AND ARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS.
Yes WICEN in New South Wales is seeking volunteers for the Hawkesbury Canoe
Classic to be held on the 22nd and 23rd of October, plus for bump-in and
bump-out tasks surrounding the event.
The race runs from Windsor to Mooney Mooney, and is a major fund-raising event
for the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation.
To assist please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh and WICEN's new postal address can be found on the group's website,
along with membership forms and other information.
The URL is:
HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO DXING RADIO PARODY RE-RELEASED
And finally this week, it's been thirty years since former Radio Netherlands
Media Network host Jonathan Marks, G8WGN, wrote a parody on international
radio broadcasting. One based on his favourite radio series at the time, the
Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. He called it the Hitchhikers Guide To
DX'ing and it was an overwhelming hit when it first aired back in 1980.
As Marks writes in his on-line blog, there seemed to be so much to make fun
of at the time because of the boring propaganda at the height of the Cold War.
According to Marks, several segments of this classic series are now available
for download from the Media Network Vintage Vault at jonathanmarks.libsyn.com.
The rest says G8WGN, will follow shortly.
Jonathan also invites everyone to browse through other material stored at the
Media Network Vintage Vault and he encourages you to share your stories as
Aug 28 VK2 Blue Mountains amateur radio club's annual WINTERFEST
Sep 10 VK4 Sunshine Coast Hamfest SUNFEST at Woombye School of Arts 9am.
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
Sep 30-Oct 2 VK4 Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM at Camp Fairbairn
CONTACT Secretary Gordon, (email@example.com)
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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