SEPTEMBER 4 2011. VK and WW STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 04 2011.
The VK5 team advises they are planning a day of several amateur high altitude
balloon launches, looking towards October the 16th (a Sunday).
Also they are hoping to launch a talk through repeater to be used by the
amateur community as part of JOTA, as well as several experiments and other
in-house payloads with at least one APRS equipped payload.
The repeater is likely to be launched early in the day, airborne for as long as
At this point they have not decided on exact input/output frequencies, but
will publish this information soon.
As usual, launches are very weather dependant.
Please direct any queries regarding plans to the contact form on the website:
(Adrian VK5ZSN & Terry VK5VZI)
SOMEDAYS ARE DIAMONDS!
And it would seem so are planets! Well at least one recently discovered by
CSIRO Astronomers using 'The Dish' - CSIRO's radio telescope near Parkes, VK2.
Yes they believe they've found a small planet made of diamond, orbiting an
The discovery was made by an international research team, headed by
Professor Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
The journal, "Science," say ""Although bizarre, this planet is evidence that
we've got the right understanding of how these binary systems evolve."
An ISS linkup which came "out of the blue", occurred in Australia last Monday
night according to the UK Southgate Amateur Radio Club and was deemed
a great success.
Twelve students got to ask one question each before the ISS passed below the
Again I ask clubs and hams that are associated with any of these "talks to
spacemen", please let the WIA know in advance, we do not get advised by Ariss
be it here in Australia or overseas, maybe they are concerned someone might
'fire up' on the spacecrafts input frequency?
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
This is Alan Victor Kilo One Whiskey X-ray, Education officer of the, Canberra
Region Amateur Radio Club and WIA assessor.
Because of the amount of recent interest in obtaining an Amateur Radio Licence
CRARC have run foundation licence course weekends in July and August. CRARC's
next Scheduled foundation course is next weekend 10/11th of September which is
Where possible upgrade assessments are run as part of the foundation course
weekend, however we can run upgrades at other times by arrangement.
For each course weekend CRARC has have been at or near capacity of six to eight
candidates. The number of candidates is limited by the number of WIA assessors
and learning Facilitators available for the courses.
Now for the plug if you are at all interested in becoming a course presenter and
or WIA Assessor or Learning facilitator in the ACT Region please contact the
Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club education officer Alan VK1WX on
CRARC have already taken and are taking bookings for the 12/13th November course
Foundation courses generally run every two months if the number of WIA
assessors/Learning Facilitators increased, CRARC could increase the number of
candidates for each course, thereby increase the number of participants in our
great hobby of Amateur Radio
73 Alan VK1WX
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Police Roundup http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/
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
Mark VK3PDG of the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club tells us the
Rosebud Hamfest is on Sunday 13th November 2012 NOTE 12! at 10am.
This is a new Hamfest to promote Amateur Radio on the Mornington Peninsula
The SPARC Hamfest is a new, exciting event showcasing all things Radio &
Electronic. Displays, forums & traders are just the start. Cutting edge
technology will feature alongside traditional favourites, & our kids corner will
educate & delight children as well as the young at heart.
Come to Rosebud by the Bay on November 13th 2012.
VK4 - QNEWS
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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.
Way back when Model T Fords and Austin 8 motor cars were sought after prizes of
the new industrial age, the radio experimenter was adapting available
paraphernalia to the hobby. By the time Australia could claim its own motor car,
the surplus of war time electronics were being used to grow many a ham station.
By the time the first 8-bit computers were appearing, surplus boards from
obsolete mainframe computers were supplying active and passive components to
the hobbyist. A few projects featured in "Amateur Radio" magazine. The
commercial land mobile industry has bequeathed many rigs to the amateur cause
with varying amounts of success.
The one thing that marks these practices has been the personal desire to learn.
learn by doing. When we look over recent times there has been an exponential
growth in the semiconductor industry to feed the communication/IT markets.
The upshot of this is that mass produced components with performance that would
have classed them as laboratory grade standard in years gone-by are now being
used by the home constructor.
The major demand for home brewing is stronger eyes as surface mount components
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
4773 1196 or 0408 001142
po box 333 Garbutt East, QLD 4814
The North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention will be happening a couple of
weeks time in Charters Towers, from Friday afternoon 16th to Sunday afternoon
The registration deadline is this Tuesday 6th September.
The primary venue for Convention happenings will be the Charters Towers RSL
Club. Be registered to partake in tours, the Convention Banquet and the famous
For more information head to the Townsville Amateur Radio Club website at
This is Gavin VK4ZZ for the best Amateur Radio News Service in the cosmos !
vk7 local news, email firstname.lastname@example.org
NTARC meets informally for coffee each Monday and Friday at Friends Cafe, in
Jimmy's shopping complex off Charles Street, Launceston between 11.00am and
A reminder too that on the last Monday of each month, the coffee venue switches
to Lilydale, with David VK7YUM and Norma VK7FOOD at their cafe in the main
street between 11.00am and noon.
(73, Yvonne, NTARC Inc. Secretary)
What use is an f-call? (#3)
I have previously discussed the idea that having an f-call is like having a key
to the front-door, or like the first step towards gaining a pilot license.
You may think while you're listening to me talk that I've been in Amateur Radio
for years and that I have all the HAM experience in the world. The opposite is
While I have a long history in broadcast radio, that is, I'm not afraid to open
my mouth in front of a microphone and I'm not afraid to participate in public
fora, I am as fresh as a newborn in the Amateur Radio field.
You might think that your skills, the ones you have as prior experience before
you got your license are not sufficient to be able to actually contribute to
this hobby. You may have the belief that there are others more qualified than
you who may scoff at your technique or knowledge.
As I have said, learning to fly, going solo, is something that every pilot from
Cessna to Space Shuttle needs to do. Every Amateur you hear on the radio has
been through those steps, some last week, some 50 years ago. There is no way to
learn to swim, other than getting wet.
If you're listening to this online, perhaps next week, you'll turn on your
radio, or find a friend who has a radio to listen to this broadcast over the
If you're listening to this over the air, then I encourage you to stick around
at the end of the broadcast call in. You might be worried about "doing it
right". Perhaps some background will help. A call-back is structured so that
everyone can hear everyone else. Call backs can be as simple as keying the
microphone and saying your call-sign. Wait until you have some silence, key
the mike and talk. We don't bite! Also, if you end up keying the microphone at
the same time as someone else, the person running the call-back might ask you
to try again, or they might not say your call-sign, so they may not have heard
you at all. So call again!
As a final encouragement, I've been broadcasting on radio for nearly 20 years.
I've conducted some 1500 radio interviews and spoken to many people. Every time
I key the microphone, my stomach flutters and clenches. The trick is to carry
I'm Onno Benschop, Victor Kilo Six Foxtrot Lima Alpha Bravo.
Be brave, you can do it!
HOME OF THE GOOD GUYS
As part of the Lincoln Short Wave Club's 90th birthday activities, the club has
donated a brand new FT450AT to the radio station at the University of
Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
The shack is housed in the Department of Electrical Engineering and is the HQ
of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society.
Listen for E T 3 A A often around 14.180 and 21.180.
(sourced to southgate)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Public Consultation on Allocation of the Digital Dividend in New Zealand.
The NZ Ministry of Economic Development has released for public consultation a
discussion document on the allocation of "digital dividend" radio spectrum,
specifically the 700 MHz band.
The digital dividend is the radio spectrum freed up by the switchover to digital
television. The discussion document canvasses technical and policy
considerations for the allocation of the 700 MHz band.
A workshop will be held on Thursday 8 September in Auckland, to provide an
opportunity for interested parties to clarify any of the analysis or proposals
presented in the document.
FCC dispatches four "roll call" teams to look for silent signals.
Roll-Call teams", use specially equipped SUVs, to "take a snapshot" of police,
fire, government, radio/TV and other users of spectrum.
In about two hours, the two-person team can perform a "fast scan" of the entire
spectrum. Scan an area about to be hit by the likes of Hurricane Irene they then
return to those areas once the storm passes, to detect changes.
One thing the FCC is especially watching for:
Broadcasters or wireless sites that may be running on emergency battery power,
and which might need assistance.
The FCC has opened its emergency 24 hour operations centre, "to protect
peoples' ability to communicate" and to support licensees such as radio and TV.
Harris Corporation has been awarded a $16 million follow-on contract by
Lockheed Martin to supply more than 100 Harris High band Networking Radio
systems for the U.S. Army's Warfighter Information Network Tactical (WIN-T)
Increment 2 program.
The contract represents the largest-quantity radio order to date, and brings
the total value of WIN-T contracts to Harris to more than $200M since 2002.
High band Networking Radio (HNR) features the first-ever use of directive beam
technology to achieve higher throughput over longer distances. A directive beam
also permits simultaneous use of the same frequency between nodes not in each
other's RF path
After a Russian supply ship recently exploded, there are worries that there will
be no way to get new astronauts to the station. By late November, the station
may have to operate without a crew.
The Russian supply ship was destroyed during lift-off and is a similar ship to
what's used to launch astronauts.
Three of the six space station astronauts, meanwhile, will remain in orbit for
at least an extra week.
Currently there are two Soyuz spacecrafts docked at the ISS. One is scheduled
to bring back three astronauts in September and another is scheduled to bring
the other three back in November.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
A big day in the life of 11 year olf Kaitlyn Cole KS3P.
At the 2011 Huntsville Hamfest, Kaitlyn was presented with this years
Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award.
Reading from a prepared statement, Kaitlyn had quite a story to tell about
her involvement in the tornadoes that ravaged her home state and her decision
to try to help those in need:
KS3P: "When the tornado struck on April 27th, I was very scared. We had no
power and the phone was dead. I did not know how lucky we were until my parents
took us out driving around our community.
"Some of my neighbours had lost everything or had their lives cut short by the
tornadoes that struck. It was not some far off event on the news. This was
personal to me.
"I didn't think a young ham like myself could do much, especially an 11 year old
elementary student. My dad took me down to a command post in a Huntsville
church. We signed some release forms and were given wrist bands. We then met
up with Charlie, W1CST. Charlie gave me a chance to operate and provided
guidance. It was really overwhelming at first because I was completely new to
doing net control in a real emergency.
"At the time, I knew I was helping out but didn't think much about it because
there were so many hams working. For me it was a way to cope with the
devastation and to give something back to my community."
All in all it was a great afternoon to honour a very giving young woman who even
though she is only age 11 has proven that hams of any age are ready and willing
to serve their community in times of need. As such, we join with our corporate
underwriters and with the Huntsville Hamfest in congratulating Kaitlyn S. Cole,
KS3P, for her dedication to the hobby, to the community and really to all of
A LOOK BACK AT THE SHUTTLE AMATEUR RADIO EXPERIMENT
Amateur radio has been an active participant on Space Shuttle flights since
STS-9 Now that the shuttle program is at an end, Newsline Producer
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, takes a quick look back at how the shuttle took
manned ham radio into space:
Audio of W5LFL first CQ approaching the US Pacific coast.
That's what it sounded like on my Icom IC-2AT in the courtyard of the old
Metromedia Square building in Hollywood, California that winter evening in
1983 as Astronaut and Mission Specialist Owen Garriott, W5LFL, streaked across
the night-time sky at close to 135 nautical miles above me in the space ship
Dr. Garriott was fulfilling a dream that he'd had since before his first
trip to orbit aboard Spacelab several years earlier. That was to take a
ham radio station with him into space. Now, thanks to some assistance
from the late NBC Newsman Roy Neal, K6DUE, the blessings of then NASA
Administrator Jess Moore, and an amazing flying machine called the Space
Shuttle, it had come to pass.
His first CQ from orbit brought thousands of responses, but the one that he
heard best and who became the first United States ham to contact W5LFL was
Lance Collister, then WA1JXN, now W7GJ, of Frenchtown Montana. The QSO between
the two hams lasted only a few seconds during which ham radio history was made:
First QSO between W5LFL/space mobile and WA1JXN in Montana.
To get on the air from Columbia Dr. Garriott used a commercial handy talkie
that had been modified and programmed for operation on several ham radio
frequencies. To get signals out of and back into the orbiting spaceship
W5LFL used a specially-designed cavity antenna engineered to fit a specific
shuttle window and was held in place with Velcro binders. The antenna,
designed by members of the Johnson Space Centre Amateur Radio Club was
roughly 24 inches in diameter and looked somewhat like a large aluminium cake
pan with a piece of coaxial cable running from it to connect it to the
Knowing the number of QSO's would be fast and furious a small cassette
recorder was attached to the system to log anyone he heard and anyone he
Random QSO space to ground audio.
In addition to the random QSO's , Garriott also had some interesting
pre-arranged contacts. Among others W5LFL was able to speak with the
amateur radio club in his hometown of Enid, Oklahoma and with the
Johnson Space Centre Amateur Radio Club in Houston Texas whose members
had helped develop his flight ham station hardware. He also held QSO's
with the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater Goldwater and with Jordan's
late King Hussein, JY1.
Contact between W5LFL and JY1:
Dr. Garriott's ham radio adventure on STS-9 ushered in a host of outstanding
outreach activities that in following years that put ham radio onto almost
every shuttle mission. It also lead to the creation of the Shuttle Amateur
Radio Experiment or SAREX program. This was the ground breaking alliance
between the ARRL, AMSAT and NASA that over the years enabled astronauts
on-orbit to make contact with thousands of school kids as well as to their
own families back on Earth. And not only using FM voice. Soon both slow
scan Amateur television and packet messaging were a part of SAREX as well.
Eventually SAREX went from the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment to be renamed
the Space Amateur Radio Experiment and then to ARISS - Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station. Today, Earth to space station contacts are
almost routine. More modern equipment and external antennas in the
International Space Station make signals both ways a lot stronger than they
were back in 1983 when Dr. Owen Garriott, W5LFL, called that first CQ from
the space ship Columbia and ushered in the era of manned ham radio in space.
Looking back over the years of ham radio operations from the United States
Space Shuttle, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the Newsroom in the City of
In all there were five videos made chronicling ham radio on board the United
States space shuttles. They live on as a lasting reminder of manned amateur
radios first steps into space.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2011
Oct 22 WIA Jack Files Contest
Nov 26-27 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day
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.
July First full weekend NZART Memorial Contest
Please make a note that there is only ONE email address to send your
completed RD log to and that is the one shown on the WIA contest page.
If you send it to ANY other email address it WILL end up in cyber-space!
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
WB 6 OJB will be on the air as 7P8JK from Lesotho between September
15th to the 22nd. While other information was given, during his
last Lesotho operation he was on the High Frequency bands from
40 to 10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW.
QSL direct to his home callsign WB 6 OJB.
4 W 6 A will be QRV from Atauro Island (IOTA OC-232), Timor-Leste (East Timor),
from 16 to 26 September 2011. 10 to 160 metres CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL manager is M 0 URX, direct via the bureau, or LoTW.
PB 2 JJ will be active as 9H3JN from Malta between September 2nd and the 14th.
Operations will be on 80 through 10 meters mostly CW but with the possibility
of some SSB. QSL this operation via his home callsign PB 2 JJ.
For rugby enthusiasts, look out for ZL4RUGBY operated by ZL4PW until 31st
October. This is to celebrate the 2011 Rugby World Cup being played in
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
I'm Col. VK3LED
It's a parent's worst nightmare.
A Child dying after being left in a hot car!
But it's a tragedy that can always be prevented.
A USA Man, Russ Rusakov says he has the solution. That's why he invented
"The Safety Seat Alarm System", with his company, Suddenly Safe 'N' Secure
A weight-sensitive pad slips under the car seat, and is connected by a tiny
transmitter. If you walk just 2 meters away from the car, an alarm that's
connected to a key chain starts to go off.
Rusakov described, "It immediately alerts with an 80 decibel sound, and it
vibrates," He says it's very much like a smoke alarm in your house.
You hope it never goes off, but can be a life-saver, if it does.
Since it went on the market in March, they've sold literally hundreds!
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
FO-29 reaches 15th birthday
Japan's FO-29 amateur radio satellite passed its 15th birthday on August 17th.
Thanks to the careful power system management by the operating team the
analogue repeater continues to function well.
Recent telemetry received from FO-29 operational continuous analogue bus voltage
as 15 - 16.5V and Transmit Power: 500 - 900mW.
The linear transponder can be accessed on these frequencies:
Uplink: 146.000 - 145.900 MHz
Downlink: 435.800 - 435.900 MHz
Beacon: 435.795 MHz
The FO-29 Blog is on-line at http://blog.goo.ne.jp/fo-29
A google english translation of the blog can be found at http://tinyurl.com/FO29Blog
Moon Mission Final Preparations.
NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to study the
moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled Thursday Sept. 8 launch
from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
GRAIL's twin spacecraft are tasked for a nine-month mission to explore Earth's
nearest neighbour in unprecedented detail.
They will determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core and
advance our understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon.
Astronomers Find Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water
Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir
of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to
140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a huge,
feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
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
SCOUTMASTER ARTHUR ANDERSON, W9WPH, STABBED TO DEATH ON HIKING TRIP
W9WPH, of Kokomo, Indiana, 76, bled to death after being stabbed in what
authorities are calling "a senseless act."
W9WPH together with another man was leading two Boy Scouts, ages 11 and 12,
on a required five mile nature hike on Bunker Hill, 60 miles north of
He was a scouting volunteer of some 50 years and was an Assistant Scoutmaster
of a troop based at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kokomo.
Read more here
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
Southern Peninsular ARC are conducting an interesting exercise with the
Peninsula Group of Fire Brigades on October 23 this year, attempting to link
all stations back to the Rosebud Fire Station Divisional Command Centre by
purely portable/self-contained means and outside of normal emergency service
This will be a chance for SPARC members not involved in formal teams such as
WICEN etc to test their skills as a "last resort" option by emergency services.
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)
Oct 23 VK3 Hamvention Ballarat Sunday.
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 12 VK3 CentreVictoria Hamfest, Kyneton Racecourse
FEB 26 VK2 CCARC WYONG FIELD DAY
MAY 3-18 VK5 YL International 2012 Australia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nov 12 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST (ROSEBUD BY THE BAY)
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