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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 16 2011.
Hello I'm Bob Vk6POP the JOTA JOTI Coordinator for Scouts Australia.
This JOTA JOTI edition of the news comes to you from the Peter Hughes
Scout Communication Centre in Perth.
The team this week is myself VK6POP Bob, Onno VK6FLAB, Miles VK6MAB,
Davis VK6FAME, Barb VK6FPAX, Jeff Barb's OM, and Flynn VK6FFFF and if
that doesn't fox you, nothing will.
This week we'll hear about zombies in a Scout camp, pirates in Australia,
crystal sets in the Illawarra, and the Governor General's going to talk to
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 16 2011.
Ian VK1BG writes.. "I have today been advised by his wife, Lesley, that
Keith Malcolm, VK1KM, passed away suddenly at his home
Thursday Oct 13th.
This news came as a dreadful shock, and I am sure that
we will all be saddened by it.
Over many years, Keith has been a major advocate for the
WIA and Amateur Radio in both national and international
forums, and became very well known for his efforts.
He will be sorely missed by his many friends.
Keith is survived by his wife and three adult children."
Saturday October 15 at 1pm Local time Australia's Governor-General,
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC addressed the Guides and Scouts of
Australia in her opening address for JOTA 2011
In the welcome to this, the 54th Jamboree On the Air and 15th Jamboree On The
Internet Her Excellency mentioned how we've had our share of natural disasters
in Australia recently with bushfires, floods, cyclones and other storms.
And globally, we've come together following the devastating earthquakes and
tsunami in Japan and the awful series of earthquakes and aftershocks in
Christchurch, New Zealand.
She went on to say
"In some countries, Scouts and Guides contribute directly to the relief
effort after a disaster strikes, working in first aid posts, helping with
cooking and serving food, or providing accommodation in tents that they
Often these are poorer countries with fewer resources to call on, so people
in organizations such as Guides and Scouts are called on to help those in
In this the JOTA weekend we hope you make new friends and catch up with some
Pirate Radio Station Stomped On By VK Authorities
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has stomped on a pirate
radio station that was operating from Chadstone, Melbourne operating on
1485kHz AM could be heard for up to 10km, and had been broadcasting for
about a week, mainly in the evenings, music from MyMP, an outfit which
broadcasts mainly middle-of-the-road music via DAB+ digital radio.
"Following a complaint," ACMA reports gravely, "inspectors from ACMA's Field
Operations Section used advanced direction-finding equipment to pinpoint the
exact location of the transmitter"- and closed it down.
Zombie attack during Scouting Radio Jamboree
Coral Gables Florida USA has one of the oldest Boy Scout troops in that nation.
This weekend Troop 7 are working with First Responders, public safety
communications professionals and amateur radio operators to earn their
radio merit badges as part of scouting's world-wide Jamboree on the Air.
"If there are Zombies around, we definitely think that the police and fire
departments should be involved," said Dan Deveson, an assistant scoutmaster
with the troop. "We wanted to find a way that the boys could learn how the
pros use their radios, and few things are so important to a 12-year-old as
thwarting Zombie attacks."
The troop are broadcasting Zombie Action Reports around the world using
amateur radio equipment provided by licensed radio operator volunteers.
"In case of hurricanes, or Zombies, amateur radio operators often work with
public safety professionals to provide community support. That's exactly the
sort of activity that modern scouting is all about," said Deveson.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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The CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (CCARC) is once again supporting the
Gosford District Scouts and Guides JOTA action and are active as VK2EH/P
from the East Gosford Scout Hall in Wattle Street, East Gosford this weekend.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
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Jean Fisher VK3VIP writing in the ALARA Newsletter told of an RFI problem
with a difference.
August saw her in Bass Strait on board the yacht Coomera sailing from
Melbourne, down Port Phillip Bay and round to Hastings in Westernport Bay.
Some radio action on VHF whilst under way but operations on HF did cause
a few problems when the hi-tech toilet system flushed each time the
transmitter was fired up!
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Ken Fuller VK4KF has requested to retire from his position on the
Queensland Advisory Committee.
The WIA Board has appointed Alan Shannon VK4SN for the balance of Ken's term.
Once again, amateur radio is indebted to Ken for his commitment to the
Institute and its activities.
Welcome to QNews from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
Long established on the amateur radio calendar is the Jamboree of the Air, now
run in conjunction with the Jamboree on the Internet. This activity brings
youth together via the capability of technology to share experience locally and
Whether it is one amateur or a club contribution, there are the necessary
preparations to undertake. Site, activities to be supported and equipment
readiness all have to be addressed. This is the age of the touch screen and
instant messaging and as interesting as CW and SSTV can be to the aficionados
we need to be both practical and up to date.
To this end, a discussion with the Scout Leaders who will be attending and a
look at the various badge requirements may give some insight into appropriate
presentations of the amateur radio activity.
Remember that glint in the eye when enthusiasm bursts through. We can all have
it but it is good to share our enthusiasm with others. Members of the scouting
movement are especially welcome during JOTA.
If you hear a voice in your mind saying "do your best" then remember the
correct response is still to "do our best".
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
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Howard VK4BS President
07 4242 4711
Meets at Brothers Rugby League Club Cairns.
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Ipswich & District Radio Club
P.O. Box 250
Ipswich Qld 4305
This is Allan VK4FABR with a round-up of news from the Ipswich and District
While this first item is a few weeks old, we wanted to let you know that back
in August the club's Sandy Cape DX'pediton was a great success. The only
serious lesson learnt from the weekend was that sleep is over-rated and
entirely optional when there are many stations to be worked. The club would
also like to thank the sponsors for their terrific support - Ipswich City
Council and VK4ICE Communications.
The design of the VI4FI QSL card is now complete and can be viewed at the
official website www.sandycape2011.com
An easy to remember schedule for club meetings has been introduced.
Business meetings are now on the fourth Monday each month, and social meetings
the second Monday of each month. Both start at 7.30pm at the club's
headquarters - 10 Deebing Street on Denmark Hill.
The club social meetings always uncover a few yarns and war stories over a
cuppa, and often see the renewal of old friendships. Members, guests and
visitors are very welcome.
Thoughts will be turning to Christmas soon and once again the IDRC will be
holding its annual Christmas gathering at Banjo's Bar & Function Centre in
Reserve this date now -Saturday November 5, 2011.
Start time is 11am with a 2 course meal and finishing up around 2:30pm.
Cost is $20 per person, payable by October 31st.
Please confirm your attendance, number of persons plus payment to either
Derek VK4MIA or Paul VK4FPDW prior to the 31st.
Reporting from Ipswich, I'm Allan, VK4FABR.
This JOTA weekend some of you may be interested in a building competition
taking place and you do NOT need yet be a fully qualified Ham Operator.
Jeff VK4ZPP is here with the details.
The Illawarra Amateur Radio Society currently has a construction competition
running that is open to amateur radio operators within VK.
There are prizes to be allocated in two categories.
Entry is easy, just build a crystal set.
Judging will be based on some simple rules:-
The crystal set must work i.e. receive a transmitted signal.
The crystal set can receive either commercial, broadcast or amateur signals.
No external power other than the received signal can be used.
Additional points will be gained by utilizing recycled parts, or home made
Additional points will be gained for Innovative design, and unique concepts.
The finished article does not need to be aesthetically pleasing.
Testing will be carried out at Industry World Centre, Wollongong 8/11/2011
(Between 19:30 - 22:00 Hrs).
The judge's decision will be final.
The judging of the contest will be at the IARS November meeting.
The Crystal set will need to be bought to the meeting on this evening,
alternatively they can be posted to the Secretary Illawarra amateur radio
society, by the meeting date which is 8th November 2011. Correct postage and
packaging cost must be included if you require the project to be returned
after the competition. Note that this project is a receive only
construction, so it is therefore open to all license classes in VK.
Why not put together a club entry?
Old hands, why not take a newer member of the hobby under your wing and show
them how construction was done when you first discovered radio.
Results and awards will be presented at the December 2011 meeting.
The two entry categories are:-
Category 1:- Financial members of the IARS
First Prize :- 2 metre Handheld radio
Second Prize:- Quality Screwdriver Set
Third Prize:- Lightweight Headphone Set
Numerous consolation prizes such as mouse mats, baseball caps
Category 2:- All other VK Hams
First Prize:- 2 metre Handheld Radio
Second Prize:- Quality Screwdriver Set
Third Prize:- Lightweight Headphone Set
Details are available on the Illawarra amateur Radio Society's web site
http://www.iars.org.au or email the secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
Northern NSW and want to become a licensed Ham Operator?
The next Foundation weekend course in the area is planned for 29 & 30 October
so contact Duncan VK2DLR to book a place on the course.
Phone 6628 1337
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2011
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
NZART Straight Key Night
Polish and lubricate that old morse key and enjoy an evening of old time
radio fun. An activity night in which everyone can be a winner with a
certificate to prove it.
When? first Sunday in November 2000-2200 NZST in two one-hour periods
Band? 3.5 MHz only
Mode? CW sent with STRAIGHT KEY ie characters formed manually, no system of
automatic dots, dashes or spacing permitted.
Check out the nzart website for details.
Send logs by mail by 30 November to:
Ken McCormack, ZL1AIH
181 Ararimu Valley Road
or email email@example.com
All (including DX stations) who send a log will receive a certificate.
Congratulations to those who did well in the Alara Contest!
Catherine, VK 4 GH, is the top overall winner. As Lesley VK5LOL rightly points
out a "sterling effort."
Mavis, VK3KS, the top CW certificate she has been contesting since the earliest
days of the contest.
Gerald, VK2HBG, is the top VK OM.
Some other ALARA results
Catherine VK4GH Top overall, Top Phone, Top VK4 Alara member
Leonie VK2FHRK Top Foundation Licensee, Top VK2 Alara member
Jenny VK3WQ Top VK3 Alara member
Shirley VK5YL Top VK5 Alara member
Mavis VK3KS Top VK YL CW
News from Central Queensland
New 6metre Repeater VK4RSA
Mackay ARC President Roy VK4RM has announced that the VK4RSA 6 metre Repeater
is on the air. Final work during a working bee on Sunday 2nd October has
completed the project and Roy is interested in reception and performance
reports. Try out the new repeater - 53.800MHz output, 52.800MHz input.
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
Jamming of GPS in Scotland suspended
The BBC report that jamming of global positioning signals (GPS) during
Europe's largest military exercise has been suspended, following complaints
The Royal Navy issued warnings in September and October that GPS in parts of
Scotland would be disrupted during Exercise Joint Warrior.
But Western Isles fishermen said the first they knew was when their equipment
went offline last Friday week.
Read the full BBC report at
To celebrate the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting taking place in
Perth later this month, the Scout Members Amateur Radio Team are operating
for 72 hours with the special call sign, VI6CHOGM.
We'll be operating on most bands using voice, slow scan TV and psk31 during
this time, and we have designed a special QSL card for the occasion. As well
as camping on site for the duration of the event, we are also selling soft
drink and food to the hungry onlookers who will be dropping by.
We're calling on VK6 amateurs to help us with manning the station, and all
other stations in making contact with us. We look forward to hearing you
answer our call.
It all takes place from shortly after midnight on Friday 29th October,
to just before midnight on Sunday 30th October local time.
More information about the activity, including our online logbook, can be
found at www.vi6chogm.com
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
At the workbench and ICNIRPcalc Field Strength Software available.
Often Radio Amateurs suffer expensive restrictions on their antennas.
So, ICNIRPcalc was written to assist in assessments.
The program performs RF-Exposure calculations for amateur radio stations
based on information from the International Commission on Non-Ionizing
In the IARU EMC WG meeting in 2007 the author of a program that
German Society DARC USED, QuickWatt, was asked to circulate it -
if possible - in the English language.
Since nowhere else in the world has limits for pacemakers QuickWatt was
modified for ICNIRP limits only and translated into English. This
international version is now called IcnirpCalc.
Download ICNIRPcalc V1.01 from the IARU Region 1 website
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
DAWN PATROL NET - 30 YEARS OF OPERATING BY LEITH MARTIN VK2EA
Leith has been NCS of the early morning 0630 Dawn Patrol Net on 3605 KHz,
Monday - Friday.
He has had occasional assistance by others when he has been ill or absent but
Congratulations and thanks Leith for your dedicated service to keep the
frequencies active, a great turn up at 0630L, Wednesday 19 Oct is wanted
to give Leith a 30 year thank you.
Why not use your portable station experience next month to activate a
Victorian National Park?
There are 40 within easy reach by car from all regional centres.
Amateur Radio Victoria welcomes all to take part in the November 18-20 focus
on them under the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award.
The extended weekend is part of the 100th birthday celebration by the
state-wide organisation. Full rules can be found under Awards on their
In Melbourne are those at Organ Pipes, Kinglake, Dandenong Ranges,
Yarra Ranges and Churchill.
Parks can be visited from Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Horsham,
Mildura, North East, North Central, Latrobe Valley and EastGippsland.
All inquiries to the Award Manager, Tony Hambling VK3VTH via email
7P8EME DX-PEDITION A GREAT SUCCESS
The team managed to make in total 320 QSO's.
274 QSO's on 2 metres EME,
23 QSO's on 70 cm EME,
18 QSO's on 23 cm EME
5 QSO's on 6 metres EME, all using JT65.
Many of you will have worked Bodo DL3OCH when he was active during 2009
as 5N0OCH from Nigeria.
The good news is that not only has he received a new German callsign, DF8DX
but he is back in Nigeria until mid-October with the new call 5N7Q. He is
there to carry out maintenance on a local broadcast station and will have the
opportunity to make use of the antennas there for his amateur transmissions.
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
WIA DIRECTORS SPOTs NEXT WEEK PHIL WAITE VK2DKN,
VK5CP CHRIS PLATT VK5CP
If you are a Scout or Guide, or an already qualified Ham Radio operator
looking for a vast range of electronic books look no further!
Mal VK3FDSL from the WIA Bookshop has the information!
"Our bookshop is designed to provide you with a simple and secure way to
purchase the latest amateur radio books and publications online. We use a
secure commercial e-commerce gateway for all credit card transactions and
delivery to your door is provided by Australia Post.
Purchasing the latest in amateur radio publications is both secure and easy.
We hold a wide range of the most popular publications suitable for those
starting out in the hobby as well as books popular with the more experienced
If there is a particular publication that you are trying to locate that is
not listed in our online catalogue, then we would be more than happy to help
Please send an email with the details of the book you are looking for to
Both WIA members and non-members are able to purchase from the WIA online
bookshop, however the bookshop provides significant discounts to members of
the Wireless Institute of Australia.
This is Mal VK3FDSL for the WIA Bookshop."
OCTOBER 2011 RAE CANDIDATE EXAM NUMBERS RELEASED
The South African Radio League has released the Candidate Examination Numbers
for the October Radio Amateur Examination, some 174 Candidates have entered
for the examination including one visually handicapped person for whom
special arrangements have been made. This is the largest number of candidates
recorded in recent years the SARL are proud to announce.
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
Astronaut to join in Jamboree on the Air
This weekend's Jamboree On The Air, NA1SS, which is the International Space
Station, is going to be on the air throughout JOTA.
Astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG, who is also a Scoutmaster, is going to
be on the air during breaks from his work schedule. He should be
available on most of the passes around the world. The uplink is
145.200MHz and the downlink is 145.800MHz, both plus and minus
Doppler shift as the ISS passes overhead.
(sourced to rsgb)
KickSat - a personal spacecraft of your own in space
The website KickSat.org has been launched to give hundreds of people the
opportunity to sponsor a small spacecraft they can call their own that
will be launched into space.
KickSat.org is a spare time project run by Zac Manchester, an aerospace
engineering graduate student at Cornell University, to launch a
CubeSat filled with hundreds of "Sprite ChipSat proof of concept
spacecraft" that he has developed into low earth orbit to demonstrate
Donors who donate $300 or more will be able to call one of the Sprite
spacecraft their own, name it and specify a short message that it will
Groups and clubs can sponsor small fleets of Sprites.
The transmissions of the small spacecraft will be able to be received by
amateur radio operators around the world with the appropriate equipment.
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 PSK31
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
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
Thailand's NBTC donates Amateur Radio repeater for flood communications
Bangkok Post reports that Thailand's NBTC has donated an amateur radio
repeater for use in flood relief communications.
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) met and
on the agenda was how to help with flood crisis relief.
Speaking before the first meeting of the commission since the royal command
was issued endorsing the appointment of its 11 members, the NBTC chairman
said it was urgent that telecommunications be improved in flood-hit areas.
He said the NBTC gave a repeater to the Amateur Radio Operators Group of
Ayutthaya to help strengthen its radio signal to cover a wider area.
Amateur radio operators can be of much help when the country is in crisis, he
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 (email@example.com)
JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall
Nov 12 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST (ROSEBUD BY THE BAY)
Education in Sydney Region:-
A Foundation course is to be held at VK2WI Dural in late November.
It will be across two Sundays. The first is the training day and this will be
on Sunday the 20th of November. The following Sunday, the 27th, will be
To make inquiries or bookings :-
telephone to 0400 445 829
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
WHATS BEHIND THE GREEN ZONE?
Certainly NOT "Freedom Radio" any longer.
After some 8 years of broadcasting from Baghdad "Porky Pig" uttered those
immortal words "that's all folks" and the Coalitions radio station in Iraq went
With the troops leaving that land replacing VOF will be European Satellite
shows on the local radio.
BBC Radio 4 long wave, which transmits on the 198 kilohertz frequency, relies
on ageing transmitter equipment that uses a pair of valves - no longer
manufactured - to function.
The valves, at Droitwitch in Worcestershire, are so rare that engineers say
there are fewer than 10 in the world, and the BBC has been forced to buy up
the entire global supply. Each lasts anywhere between one and 10 years and
when one of the last two blows the service will go quiet.
Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC, has signalled the beginning
of the end for the 198 long-wave service, which is still used by 90,000
homes in Britain to receive Radio 4 in areas where short-range FM does
That just about wraps us up for this week. By the time you're hearing this
news some 500,000 Scouts and Guides worldwide will have, or will be about to,
participate in Jamboree On The Air and Jamboree On The Internet.
It is through the generosity of Amateurs, and their passion for their hobby,
that JOTA is possible. On behalf of all 500,000 of us, just a minute while
I read the names out, I heartily thank everyone who has supported JOTA and
JOTI this weekend.
I certainly hope the Scouts and Guides kept the coffee flowing, and fed you
The event closes at midnight local time today (Sunday) however for the eager
ones among you, there will be Scouts and Guides on air until the Americas go
73 and a big thank you from Scouts and Guides everywhere
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