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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 2 2011.
THIS WEEKS NEWS THANKS TO AMATEUR RADIO NSW AND
JOHN VK2JPM AND TIM VK2ZTM AND IS PRODUCED BY MATHEW MAGEE
THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
IS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 02 2011.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS IS HERE (OR THERE).
The annual curtain fading season has hit in the southern eastern states
and will end on the first Sunday in April 2012.
VK2WI maintains the local times of 10 am and 7.30 pm for these services.
For those using UTC there is a one hour shift.
This time change is a good occasion to renew batteries in all those clocks and
(SOURCED TO VK2WI NEWS)
Antenna Masts - A Golden Opportunity for NSW Amateurs
Antenna Height Regulations- NSW Planning Review
We Radio amateurs view our antenna structures as things of beauty, but not
everyone shares those sentiments. Everyone would agree large antennas should be
subject to the development approval process, but what about antennas lower than
say 10 metres?
Some councils say that no permit is required for a free-standing mast of 6m, or
if attached to a bulding no higher than 3m above the peak roof height. This
height is really too low for an effective HF antenna.
The difficulty here is that there are no uniform rules across the Nation, let
alone the State, or even across a city. So, an antenna that does not require
development approval in one local government area may be out of the question
alltogether in another.
Some councils simply don't know, or put radio amateur antennas in the same
catagory as commercial communications facilities, with the same restrictions.
Amateur radio towers and antenna heights are regulated through local
environment plans (LEPs). In NSW, the Dpt of Planning is looking to change to
the way LEPs are made and to make them more flexible. To this end a planning
review team is holding a series of public meetings around NSW and is
accepting written submissions.
There MAY be an opportunity here to improve the situation for radio amateurs in
NSW - the most populous state for hams - if as many NSW radio amateurs as
possible make written submissions to the review. We believe written submission
would be more effective that attending the public meetings - but time is short.
Background information and directions on how to make an effective written
submission will be placed on the WIA website at www.wia.org.au
(Phil Wait VK2ASD)
EMERGENCY service crews could not find the downed Angel Flight that killed
three people until hours after the crash because the aircraft's locator
transmitter did not activate.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation found the crash site was
not located until two hours after the crash.
The ATSB found witnesses raised the alarm immediately but the plane's
emergency locator transmitter did not activate, complicating the rescue
DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET.
COOLOOLA Coast (VK4) TV reception is on the improve following adjustments to
the new digital transmitters at the three sites.
A Digital Switchover Taskforce spokesman said following reports of reception
difficulties in Cooloola Cove, Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach, the Taskforce
found a number of issues that required further investigation by broadcasters
an engineering team from Regional Broadcasting Australia made adjustments to
the three new digital transmitters.
Last weekend an intermittent transmitter fault was identified. Broadcasters
expect that they will be able to permanently resolve the fault with assistance
from the transmitter manufacturer within a few days.
(Gympie Times OnLine)
President Michael Owen VK3KI firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD email@example.com
Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
The Summertime of Amateur Radio
Greetings from the WIA, this is Ewan VK4ERM, considering the Summertime of
With the warmer months upon us and those lazy, hazy days of summer so close,
many of us will be taking the opportunity to escape into the solitude of the
bush for weekends or longer periods to enjoy portable operation in locations
away from manmade noise and interference. While there we may well enjoy the
company of family, friends, wildlife, on air contacts and fire.
Did I say fire?
Unfortunately, I am not referring to the well prepared campfire where people
stare into the dancing flames and glowing embers solving the problems of the
world but those uninvited fires that can arrive with terrifying rage and
Equally it can be your campfire blazing beyond practical need spiralling embers
downwind to trigger spot fires in your area. Sadly, raging bush fires have
caused human tragedy and property loss in most parts of Australia for hundreds
of years. Many of us are experienced in assessing operating and camp sites for
fire and other hazards but we cannot always assume that those with us
understand the requirements nor our mental planning so it is very much the
responsibility of the experienced person, whoever that may be, to ensure fire
safety in the field is understood and applied by all present.
Just as we have load lists for our radio gear and tools, our camp and feeding
needs so to should we have a load list and plan for fire prevention and
management around our site.
Here I do not intend, nor do I have time, to cover all aspects of fire
prevention and management but simply to prompt your thoughts and action on what
you should attend to in your circumstances before heading out bush and when you
Perhaps the first thing for your consideration is the weather forecast for the
region you intend to go to and that comes down to risk assessment. If there is
a high fire danger and hot dry winds forecast is it really worthwhile taking
the risk of going?
Is there an alternate route out of the site you have chosen should it need to
be taken to escape any fire threat?
Do other people, family or friends, know exactly where you will be and when you
are expected to return? Just make sure you go to where you say you will and
don't wander off elsewhere and return when you say you will if you are unable
to notify them otherwise.
At your campsite have you established a fire point with extinguisher, beater,
metal rake and sprayer? Seems a lot but gold when you need them.
Have you briefed everyone on where it is and assigned tasks to each of them in
the event of a campsite fire or approaching fire?
Is your generator and fuel sited down hill from the rest of the camp? Does
everyone who needs to know understand how to refuel and conduct generator
How do you know?
Are all vehicles facing the exit route? It may seem trivial but if a major
blaze is about to engulf you then every split second counts.
A wealth of further information is available from government internet sites in
all states of Australia. I encourage you to gather the information and develop
your fire prevention and management plans for your Summertime of Amateur Radio
in the great Australian bush.
This has been Ewan VK4ERM for the WIA Board.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
Last weekend (24th,25th September) CRARC conducted yet another Foundation
Course Weekend making a total of four assessment weekends since July this year.
They are pleased to report that the four candidates were all successful.
So keep an ear out for Clint Felmingham, Jason Smith, Mark Sweet and last but
not least Kerry Sanders.
(sourced to Alan VK1WX WIA Assessor 1-001)
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LISMORE REGION FOUNDATION COURSE 29-30 October 2011.
Yes the next Foundation weekend course is planned for 29 & 30 October so
please contact Duncan VK2DLR to book a place on the course.
OXLEY REGION 40TH BIRTHDAY LUNCH TODAY SUNDAY.
The Oxley Region Club was formed October 2nd 1971 to develope a
2 meter repeater in the region. Their lunch is at the Port today.
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Welcome to QNews from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
One thing that identifies a community is the shared identity and commitment of
its members. I like to think of the world wide hobby of amateur radio as a
community. But like the motto of recent years, it is very much a case of
thinking globally and acting locally.
Our local radio club, or any club, is a community, a community of interest. How
that community governs itself often defines whether it grows, remains static or
drops off the radar. If there is a sharing of experience and knowledge and a
willingness to include all people in the club activities, then perhaps we have
made a start in growing our club.
It is well recorded how the formation of self interest groups within
organisations tend to undermine the homogeneity, the unity and purpose of the
organisation. From organisational psychology, group dynamics, business studies
and on and on the literature is overwhelming that cliques can spell the death
of a group.
It may not be even an obvious self indulgence within the clique but a lack of
enthusiasm, a been there done that and it didn't work dogmatism that can do the
damage. The alpha male who refuses to relinquish control can be equally
damaging and we all know the saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
We all want to enjoy our club activities and it is for each of us to make our
club a success.
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
Several radio amateurs have expressed the thought that a 'weekend away' to a
mutually convenient place would be a good idea for amateurs in the North
Such an event is, at the moment, not seen as a particular Club event, rather as
a gathering of like-minded people.
If your have suggestions, ideas or simply wish to make your interest known
please contact Mal Seal VK4MSS EMAIL email@example.com
(SOURCED TO TARC)
MARYBOROUGH RADIO AND ELECTRONICS CLUB
For more info, call Secretary Kathy Johns 040-939-8853
Channel 14 UHF CB call "CQ MERG"
It's the time of year that radio clubs seem to find the busiest. Hello,
I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP from Maryborough Radio and Electronics Group, Inc.
MERG managed to fit into the last Sunday of September, its Annual General
Meeting and its regular monthly meeting. In the election of office bearers for
the coming year, the members confidently voted in the persons who had been
currently filling the vacant positions. The old team goes forward for a new year
but this time with some extra inspiration.
Recently returned to the city where he grew up, Queensland Advisory
Committee Chairman, Mike Charteris, VK4QS, attended the meeting and
conducted the elections. Mike also shared with MERG a few thumbnails of his
time in the Ipswich and District Radio Club and the strategies that had helped
that club grow in the community. Mike advised the meeting that he wishes to
support all radio clubs in the Wide Bay/Fraser Coast regions to grow.
This is indeed good news for amateur radio in this part of VK4 that we have a
dedicated advocate, an experienced amateur who can draw on external success
to promote the work of the Wireless Institute of Australia, the affiliated Clubs and
the individual amateur.
From Maryborough, Queensland, this has been Geoff, VK4ZPP.
jeff johnson arrives
He will be making final calls on 20 and 40 meters during the early afternoon
(12 noon to 2 pm vk6time ) on 7.045 and 14.090.
After walking 162 days (in the same pair of shoes) VK4XJJ Jeff will arive
at Steep Point the most westerly tip of VK today Sunday.
HOME OF THE GOOD GUYS
Our 'Good Guy' this week is Gerry, VK7GK, who has made an extraordinarily
generous donation to R.E.A.S.T. which includes a fantastic tower and rotator.
Sincere thanks to Gerry for thinking of the club!
(Tony VK7VKT Secretary REAST)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
REGION ONE QRP CENTER OF ACTIVITY COULD CHANGE
The IARU Region 1 High Frequency Committee meeting minutes caused some alarm
and confusion over the future of 7030 kHz as the Region 1 QRP center of
activity. This relates to the discussion about moving the frequency, and
possible further discussion at the Region 1 Interim Meeting in 2013.
It is important to note that these discussion points did not feature in the
minutes of the final General Conference Plenary. The question as to whether
7030 kHz is the best frequency for the QRP center of activity was actually
raised in the context of discussing a proposal from Germany's Deutscher
Amateur Radio Club to change the 40 meter Contest Preferred Segment.
The High Frequency Committee decided that this change couldn't be done without
first seeking the views of the Region 1 QRP community. Further discussion
across IARU Region 1 is expected over the coming months and years. It's
important to remember that any change in the Region 1 plan for any spectrum
will in some way eventually impact on Q-R-P operations in Regions 2 and 3 as
Did you know?
Did you know that a real life radio amateur was involved in the famous
1961 recording of Tony Hancock's The Radio Ham?
His name was Alan Florence. He was just 18 years of age and was working as a
recently appointed sound engineer at Star Sound Studios off Baker Street in
London. These days he is also known on the bands as G7CDK and although he
wasn't licensed back in 1961, Alan claims that the experience did have some
influence on him taking the RAE in later years.
Last year RSGB member and BBC presenter Jim Lee, G4AEH, brought Alan, G7CDK
together with the show's iconic writers Galton and Simpson, to remember the
events of the 1 October 1961.
The 5MHz Newsletter
A Newsletter has been launched to support the growing number of 5MHz operating
The 5MHz Newsletter is edited by Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, one of the original RSGB
5MHz team. It aims to be both an accurate information source of news about
5MHz and a platform for exchange of ideas, be they theoretical, operational,
constructional or just general comments about the band.
You can freely access the 5MHz Newsletter from Google Documents at
Although originating in the UK, the 5MHz Newsletter invites world-wide
interest, both in readers and contributors.
Woman becomes radio ham to stay in touch with husband
Ham radio is the only link Donna Sweeney VA7DSW has to her seafaring husband
David Vincent VA7DGV as he sails across the Pacific.
Canada.com reports that "David Vincent [VA7DGV] left Nanaimo more than a year
ago to island-hop across the South Pacific.
He is living his dream - and Donna [VA7DSW] is keeping track of every detail
through her home radio. She searches frequencies each morning for news he's OK.
Sailing the open sea can be dangerous when you're travelling it alone, but
Amateur Radio is a boon!
The ARRL has published an interesting new book entitled "Small antennas for
tHE sarl SAYS It is a valuable resource for amateurs who live in flats, units
or town-houses on small lots.
Filled with practical advice, this book guides you to finding the right antenna
design to fit whatever space you have available. In the book you'll find ideas
and projects that will get you on the air regardless of where you live!
Ask at our WIA Bookshop to see if this copy is in yet, visit wia.org.au
(sourced to sarl)
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2011
Oct 1- 2 OC Oceana DX Contest Phone
Oct 8- 9 OC Oceana DX Contest CW
Oct 16 VK6 WEST AUST VHF GROUP'S SPRING SCRAMBLE
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
The Centenary rolls on
Valid contacts with VK3WI during the Oceania DX Phone Contest this weekend
and the Oceania DX CW Contest next weekend, both qualify for bonus points
towards the Amateur Radio Victoria Centenary Award.
Stay tuned in November for the VK100ARV special callsign which is also
part of the 100th birthday celebration. Roster inquiries to Award Manager
Tony Hambling VK3VTH firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Award full rules and more information check out the website
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
NEED A QSL ROUTE?
Here are some great free sites for you and your friends - visit them when
you pick up the web addresses from this weeks wianationalnews, best read
K2TQC, Bill Gibbons, reports tracking down a QSO, and eventually QSL, for
JZ0PH from an August 1961 QSO with Netherlands New Guinea, which was deleted
from the DXCC list April 30, 1963.
The operator Joop Hesp is now ZS6C.
This was country No. 383 for K2TQC.
Special Event Station VA3IF - October 5-11, 2011
Once again special event station at the birthplace of
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae House in Guelph Ontario will be 'on-air.'
John McCrae was the author of the poem "In Flanders Fields".
The special event station, in honour of peace and remembrance, will operate
from the McCrae House Museum from November 5 to November 11 with call sign
VA3IF on 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m and 80 m, as well as IRLP, node 2260.
(Terry Maurice VE3XTM)
Please note that the address of JARL QSL Bureau will change in 12 months on
JARL QSL Bureau
1324-3 Kanba, Hikawa-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane 699-0588 JAPAN
Active is A22EW from September 29 to October 18.
QSL to VA3QY the home call.
A71CM has been active on 20 meters using CW around 0130z.
QSL via NI5DX.
Members of the Japan A1 Club will activate the following special callsign until
8J1MORSE, 8J1MORSE/2, 8J1MORSE/3 etc,
according to the district from which they are active from. Activity is to
celebrate 220th anniversary of Samuel Morse's birthday.
Operations will be mainly CW, with some SSB (to explain the novices how to
join the CW community). Some special awards are also available too.
QSL by the Bureau
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW as well.
For more details, the English rules and information are available at:
Rugby enthusiasts, look out for ZL4RUGBY operated by ZL4PW until 31st October.
This is to celebrate the 2011 Rugby World Cup being played in New Zealand.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
Ultrasonic beam = wireless charging
The day when we don't have to plug in our consumer electronics is getting
closer, claim a new startup firm named uBeam that has developed a safe way
of beaming power to your devices.
Rather than using inductive charging, which has a very short effective range
and usually requires that the charger and device be in close proximity to each
other, uBeam uses an ultrasonic transducer to convert power from your wall
socket into inaudible sound energy. On the device side, there's a battery
adapter that converts the sound energy back into power to charge your
batteries. The ultrasonic frequency used is well above the range that can be
heard by humans or dogs.
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)
YL'S AND XYL'S ON THE GO
Heather, ZS6YE, started a YL Group.
She sends a monthly mail with interesting news to YL'S.
A new Ham YL's Facebook profile has also been created.
All YL's are invited to join the group; there are already several international
YL's who are also friends of the group.
Please contact Heather at email@example.com
Anette firstname.lastname@example.org if you want your name also on the mailing list.
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
UARS is gone, but you can still enter the ARISSat-1 Chicken Little Contest!
Now that everybody has climbed out from under their beds, it might be a good
time to think about entering the ARISSat-1 Chicken Little Contest.
They are still looking for calculations/guesses/darts-in-the-calendar
submissions for when ARRISSat-1 makes its final orbit. So far a fair number
of submissions from all over the world from adults, but very few from students.
If you know of one who might be interested, encourage them to enter.
The details are in the web edition, best read when you read this weeks
text news on wia.org.au
While it is not going to receive the coverage of UARS, the closest submissions
in each category will be recognized. Right now, the deadline is the 15th of
October, though since ARISSat-1 is "floating like a butterfly" that MIGHT get
What use is an f-call?
This week I'd like to share with you an experience I had on air a couple of
I was tuned to 7.093 and I called CQ DX at about 4pm in the afternoon. I'd
been listening on all bands for most of the afternoon and finally was
beginning to hear some movement on 40 meters. There had been contests
happening on all manner of frequencies, near and far, but for some reason or
another, I wasn't getting through.
There were a couple of hams having a chin wag a little further up the dial
but they seemed too engrossed to have a chat with someone else, so I dialled
up the VK calling frequency and called for CQ DX.
The call I got back was: "What are you doing calling CQ DX on this frequency
at this time of the day?" - at first I was confused, it sounded like I'd trod
on someone's toes, so I asked, "Sorry, is this frequency in use?" - I got an
unclear answer and then: "What were you expecting in the way of DX?" to which
I replied: "Something outside of Perth would be a great start."
I didn't really get a response, or I didn't understand the response, either
way, I felt like I'd done something wrong, but was unable to determine what it
was that I might have done to receive the ire of the other station.
Now don't get me wrong, the station wasn't abusive, didn't swear or tell me off
exactly, but I didn't really feel welcome and soon after packed up and went
At the time, there were four other amateurs with me and I asked them
what had happened that might have caused this kind of response. They explained
that it might have been a little early to get good propagation on 40 meters
but that I shouldn't worry too much, because there were always a few people on
air with a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
Further discussion revealed that at least one amateur who was with me on that
day had been the recipient of a similar treatment early in their amateur
involvement and that the effect had not been forgotten. Since that experience,
I've heard a few other mutterings about f-calls and their short-comings.
You'll notice that I've not mentioned any call signs during this story, it's
because I'm not trying to pick on a particular amateur who, in my opinion,
could do with a hug, but because my experience with the rest of Amateur Radio
has been so very different. It seems that every where I've been, I get
welcomed almost as a long lost friend, even though the ink on my license is
So, in closing, all I really want to say, is thank you for welcoming me into
this hobby. Thank you for encouraging me and if you as an f-call are ever on
the end of this kind of experience, I encourage you to remember that there are
some 3 million or so amateurs around, "mostly harmless" as Douglas Adams might
have put it.
I'm Onno, vk6flab
INTEREST GROUPS --- MILITARY
Learn about the early RADAR system of WW2 called CHAIN HOME SYSTEM.
VK2's St. George Amateur Radio Society will be meeting on Wednesday night,
that's THIS 5th of October in the 1st Kyle Bay Scout Hall, Donelly Park,
Connells Point at 7:30pm.
At the meeting there will be a video presentation and discussion on
"Radar Before the Magnetron"
The CHAIN system otherwise known as AMES Type 1 (Air Ministry Experimental
Station) consisted of radar fixed on top of a radio tower mast, called a
'station' to provide long-range detection of aircraft.
Most stations were also able to measure the angle of elevation of the
aircrafts flight formation which, together with the range, gave the height.
(sourced to vk2wi)
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
JOTA takes on emergency communications
Within this year's Jamboree On The Air an emergency communications exercise
will take place on Saturday, 15 October in the afternoon (European time zone).
Details of this simulated emergency test are now published and will include
the Headquarters station, HB9S, of the World Organization of the Scout Movement,
which is be operated by hams from five different countries.
This year's JOTA theme offers an excellent opportunity to raise the awareness
for the role of the Amateur Radio Service in disaster situations.
IARU International Coordinator for emergencies, Hans Zimmerland F5VKP/ F/HB9AQS
suggests that this this information be widely known.
For more information contact World JOTA organiser, Richard Middelkoop at
(IARU Region 3, Chairman Disaster Communication Committee Chairman, Jim Linton
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)
JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall
Nov 12 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST (ROSEBUD BY THE BAY)
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