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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 30 2011.


WIA National Field Day 2012 with WIA Director Philip Adams, VK3JNI

The Centenary Award and VK 100 ARV

VK4RCA REPEATERS permanently removed from Mt Yarrabah.


THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 30 2011.




The Australian Communications and Media Authority have issued new draft
guidelines for retransmission of digital television services, including
retransmission of services provided by the new Viewer Access Satellite
Television (VAST) satellite service.

In small or isolated population centres where terrestrial television reception
is poor or non-existent, local organisations such as councils and mining
companies frequently provide television services on a self-help basis.
These 'self-help providers' retransmit the commercial and national television
broadcasting services using their own infrastructure.

VAST will offer all Australians who do not receive adequate terrestrial
television coverage the same number and quality of digital television services
as in the major cities, including all digital multichannels and HDTV.

Self-help providers will be expected to provide all available terrestrial
television services using MPEG-2 video coding along with service information
such as electronic program guides, channel numbers and captioning.

The ACMA encourages submissions from all interested parties by Friday December
Two 2011.

www.digitalready.gov.au
or call the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 20 10 13.





Whilst on ACMA matters, I'm sure they'll find of interest an article in an
Australian on line publication "Lifehacker" which suggests ways to create
RFI to your neighbours who play their music too loud!

"Evil genius and electrical guru junkyardmessiah over at Reddit came up with
this DIY solution which includes a Cheap CB radio, A linear amp, and a bottom
loaded CB antenna, get your antenna close as you can to it and fire up!
Amplifier sections are not shielded in these plastic ready-made toys and the
resulting AM signal will impact it. In my case I ran a continuous 6khz tone
from a signal generator which was more than enough to blow it up good. ENJOY!"





Regional radio censured over lack of local content

the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found regional
Queensland radio station 4MIC, which operates out of Mt Isa as Hot FM,
failed to broadcast the designated minimum of local content required
under its licence.

The rebuke from the media watchdog was the result of an audit of regional
radio stations across Australia.

ACMA has agreed on measures to be undertaken by Hot FM Mt Isa.

These include the implementation of enhanced monitoring processes and
procedures to ensure the station provides the mandated 30 minutes of
local content per business day.





Banyule and Nillumbik Weekly reporter Meagan Weymes has an article well worth
a read this week, entitled CFA aims to widen radio coverage.

RADIO coverage that failed during the Black Saturday bushfires could be
improved with new CFA radio towers.

CFA has identified 52 locations where radio reception is poor or non-existent.

Several of these so-called black spots are in Whittlesea and Nillumbik
including areas around Warrandyte North, Eltham and St Andrews.

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission found one of the major problems
on Black Saturday was the shortcomings of CFA radio communication.

The CFA announced last week 12 to 15 new fixed radio repeaters would be built
across the state to improve signals.

Kinglake West CFA captain Karyn Norbury said about 25 per cent of the
station's area was considered a radio black spot





More than 3500 touch-screen computers will be installed at bedsides in
South Australian public hospitals to improve patient care and safety.

The bedside computers will enable clinicians to show the patient relevant
health information, X-rays and test results on-screen at their bedside.

Also the computers will offer patients access to all digital TV and radio
stations, a range of pay television channels, movies, a phone line and the
internet.





XYL BECOMES YL WITH RADIO FREQUENCY TREATMENT.

RF is the latest technique being incorporated into anti-ageing skin treatments.

Dermal Matrix Therapy Radio Frequency is said to help tighten skin on the face
and body through the use of heat which penetrates deep into dermis layer and
stimulates the production of collagen.

The radio frequency is generated through a machine with various metal
attachments. For the face, there are two different sized pads which are
massaged over the skin during the 40 minute treatment.

The procedure feels warm on the skin but should be comfortable at all times.
After RF the skin can look slightly red but makeup can be applied straight
advocates of this procedure say.

Unconfirmed suggestions are that the power of up to 8 watts and a frequency
around 13.500 MHz is often used.





Midland On Air.

A COMMUNITY radio station for Midland could be up and running within 12 months.

The station would unite the community and promote local artists, businesses
and produce broadcasting to Midland, the Swan Valley and Hills.

Other cities have got their own station, like Joondalup, Rockingham, Mandurah
and Gosnells, so why not Midlands asked the committee.

The committee is also looking for a suitable building in Midland from which
to broadcast.

No word in yet as to AMAS response and if frequencies exist.





Cyclone Sunday today, Sunday 30.

It is coming up to the time of year in the North when all should be thinking
about preparations for the cyclone season.

As the news goes to air the Townsville City Council is holding the annual
Cyclone Sunday Emergency Expo and you are invited to head along, regardless
if you are new to town, driving through or have lived in the north for many
years, to get informed about what needs to be done to successfully 'weather'
curly winds, horizontal rain, sudden flooding, panic buying, loss of electrons
and extended shop closing hours.

Cyclone Sunday happens in Strand Park from 9am until noon today Sunday
October 30th and entry is free.

(tarc)





WIA
President Michael Owen VK3KI president@wia.org.au
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD vk2asd@wia.org.au
Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD secretary@wia.org.au
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ vk3pz@wia.org.au


WIA National Field Day 2012

Philip Adams - VK3JNI

The date of the next WIA National Field Day is the weekend of the 14th and
15th of April 2012. Providing two days of possible operation will support
club requests for some flexibility to suit their local community with
operation on either the Saturday or Sunday.

This is not suggesting that the clubs would need to operate their displays
over the two days unless they wanted to.

Advertising material will require a little customising by local clubs to match
the times and date of the local activity. Acknowledging valuable feedback from
clubs, some changes to the rules and guidelines of the 2012 event will be
advised to support the two days of operation of this event as it is certainly
not a traditional AR contest. The rewarding or recognition of clubs who take
pride in their preparation and presentation will still be encouraged.

The objective of the WIA National Field Day is to positively place the hobby
of amateur radio in front of the general public, to provide various clubs with
an opportunity to promote their activities and increase the awareness of
amateur radio training opportunities, either via the local clubs or the
amateur radio fraternity as a whole.

Expressions of Interest - WIA NFD Committee

The event will continue to be coordinated and managed by a small committee.

In September, interested parties where invited to express their interest in
joining this committee. Please forward your expression of interest via your
state WIA Advisory Committee members TODAY!

The chair of each Advisory Committee is asked to forward these nominations
during the first week of November to the WIA office. Former committee members
are welcome to nominate if they wish to continue in this role.





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

VK2
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
Email Address : r_demkiw@yahoo.com.au

E-waste clean-up day.

Amateurs in the inner-west of Sydney are informed that there will be an
e-waste clean-up day on Saturday the 12th of November at the rear of the
Canterbury Council chambers, Campsie.

This is a good opportunity to dispose of your old CRT monitors and TVs as well
as computers, mobile phones and other electronic equipment.





VK3

WIA Annual Conference Mildura

May 25th, 26th and 27th 2012

Details for the WIA 2012 Annual Conference being held in Mildura are on
wia.org.au

Host club is Sunraysia Radio Group, led by Garry Briant VK3KYF and
Noel Ferguson VK3FI.

WIA Members who register for the event will be able to participate in a
range of fascinating and memorable activities.





The Centenary Award and VK 100 ARV

The special callsign VK100ARV begins this Tuesday. The Scout Radio &
Electronics Unit fires up from Gilwell Park, on HF and Slow Scan TV.

On Wednesday night it will be on the digital ATV repeater VK3RTV, and also
the DX bands.

Thursday and Friday will see action from Luke Steele VK3HJ, Terry Murphy
VK3UP and Tony Hambling VK3VTH.

Then for five days, the, Western & Northern Suburbs Amateur Radio Club
takes its turn.

Every valid contact with VK100ARV earns ten bonus points towards the
Amateur Radio Victoria Centenary Award. See www.amateurradio.com.au for
more details.

'though each day is allocated there remains some limited flexibility. If
you're keen to enjoy the once in a life opportunity it offer contact
without the Award Manager Tony Hambling VK3VTH vk3vth@amateurradio.com.au

November 1 - 0000-1300 VK3SGC Scout Radio & Electronics Unit.
November 2 - Keith Proctor VK3FT, Peter Cossins VK3BFG through VK3RTV.
November 3 - Luke Steele VK3HJ.
November 4 - Terry Murphy VK3UP assisted by Tony Hambling VK3VTH.
November 5 until 9 - Western & Northern Amateur Radio Club.
November 10, 11 & 12 - Terry Murphy VK3UP assisted by Tony Hambling VK3VTH.
November 13 - Luke Steele VK3HJ.
November 14 - Keith Proctor VK3FT, Digital SSTV Group (VK3RML 1000z-1300z).
November 15 & 16 - Keith Proctor VK3FT.
November 17 - Luke Steele VK3HJ.
November 18 - Peter Freeman VK3PF.
November 19 & 20 - Terry Murphy VK3UP (Brisbane Ranges National Park).
November 21 - Keith Proctor VK3FT, Digital SSTV Group (VK3RML 1000z-1300z).
November 22 - Luke Steele VK3HJ.
November 23 & 24 - Joe Walsh VK3XH
November 25, 26 & 27 - Sunraysia Radio Group.
November 28 - Keith Proctor VK3FT, Digital SSTV Group (VK3RML 1000z-1300z).
November 29 & 30 - Terry Murphy VK3UP assisted by Tony Hambling VK3VTH.


(Jim Linton VK3PC)





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REPEATERS

Both VK4RCA systems have been permanently removed from Mt Yarrabah and will be
resited at VK4RIK - Mt Haren.

IRLP NODE 6163
146.550 DTMF 123Hz





I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.

From time to time there are issues which come up in our families, our
workplaces and our clubs. These can start out as seemingly simple ideas but
they can spark a gut reaction which raises the heat above normal.

Part of the process of moving along our club activities is getting people to
follow common goals. This can be running a club station in a contest, having a
project to build or even arranging a get together for members and their
families. There are so many opportunities for group activities in amateur radio.

Part of the trick is to choose activities that will keep the bulk of members
involved and excited. The other part of the trick is not to be limited by the
will of one or a small group in the club. For club life to work, just as for
our personal life to work, we must be prepared to compromise and accept
compromise.

When we make our choices is the time for clear heads and cool thoughts and like
in fox hunting, it is when we can properly get redfaced and excited in
completing the project.

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





VK5

Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Inc Hamfest 20 November.

Commercial vendors and second hand sellers in attendance. Displays and
demonstrations. Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St 0930.
Tea, coffee, snacks and BBQ available.
Visit www.ahars.com.au for contact details.





DISCUSSION POINT


What use is an f-call?



Nothing, nothing at all.



Well, that is, unless you practice.



You're sure to have heard the expression, practice makes perfect. In any
environment, learning about the task at hand is only a very small part of
the process. The learning part for an f-call for me was spent listening to
a very entertaining lecture over a weekend.

There was a practical component to be sure - I keyed the microphone a couple
of times, adjusted a radio, used a multi-meter and connected a PL259 to it's
SO239.

The vast majority of time was spent reading, listening and looking at diagrams.

Another weekend and a few exams and I had a foundation license.

My official practical "air-time" could be counted in minutes on the fingers of
one hand.

So, why do I sound so confident on air today, if all of my practical
time was so short? Well, I've had experience and practice in another area.
I've conducted some 1500 radio interviews, lasting from 5 to 30 minutes each,
so my "air-time" is a little higher than five minutes. I also have an aviation
radio license which forced me to learn my phonetic alphabet. This means that I
will sound confident on air, but it doesn't mean that I have lots of practical
experience in all of the Amateur Radio field.

I know that this is an issue, so I set out to practice lots. In different
situations and environments, different radios, different locations, different
people around, different power, antenna, etc. I try to go out of my way
learning about the impacts of settings, connectors, etc. I read the user
manual of my radio. I read articles on-line, the IARU Ethics and Operating
Procedures for the Radio Amateur, you name it, I'll have a go at reading it.

I was loaned a copy of the Department of Civil Aviation Technical Training
Section on Transmission Lines and Wave Guides and for light reading I plan to
at least get the gist of what is being discussed.

While I realise that I'm possibly a little eccentric in my thirst for
information, you might want to start your own path towards this.

I started with "Practice makes Perfect" and in a technical hobby such as
Amateur Radio, that is the best advice I can give you.

Key your mike, terminate a patch-lead, make an antenna, mount a mast, do it
all.

If you're not handy, that's you're not really sure of how to crimp a
connector, or how to cut a cable, ask another amateur or join an amateur
radio club and ask there during practical sessions.

It's easy to sound confident, to look confident, to be confident if you
practice.

A teenage friend of mine commented recently that they were not sure if they
made the right decision. I pointed out that learning is all about making
decisions, both good ones and bad ones.

One final comment. While this is Amateur Radio, that doesn't mean that you
cannot be professional in your approach. What I mean is that, the Amateur
component of Amateur Radio refers to Commercial Use, not the professionalism
of the participants.

Be prepared, practice and most of all, have fun - this is a hobby after all.

I'm Onno, vk6flab





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


Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Television has started airing its first free to
air programmes this week.

Programmes going to air are just test programmes for the greater Suva and
Nausori area and not the final programme of FBC TV.

Education, entertainment, information programmes and viewers in Fiji
will be able to watch programmes for free from the same programmes that
appear on pay service currently.

The official launching of FBC TV is expected November.





Ex-radio centre will be preserved

A former naval radio communications facility in Nagasaki Prefecture and five
other historic sites are expected to be designated soon by the government as
important cultural assets.

The facility in Sasebo is believed to have transmitted the fateful coded
signal "Niitakayama nobore" ("Climb Mount Niitaka") ordering the Imperial
Japanese Navy to attack Pearl Harbour in December 1941 and thus triggered the
Pacific War.

The naval structure was built in southern Sasebo in 1922 and is noted for its
three 136-meter-tall concrete radio transmitter shafts and for being the only
low-frequency radio telecommunications centre in Japan.

It was taken out of service in 1997.

The Japanese Navy was the first navy in the world to use wireless telegraphy
in combat, at the 1905 Battle of Tsushima.





Radio Frequency modules made in the United States ended up in the detonation
systems of roadside bombs targeting coalition forces in Iraq, according to
the US Justice Department.

The department said it is seeking the extradition of four men who were
arrested Monday in Singapore. The department said the men, all citizens of
Singapore, falsely told the Minnesota-based firm, Digi International, that
made the modules that the parts were for a telecommunications project in
Singapore.

The modules, ordinarily used in wireless local area networks, have an
encryption capability and can transmit data wirelessly up to 40 miles when
configured with certain antennae.

The indictment also charges three of the Singaporean men with a separate
fraud conspiracy involving an attempt to acquire two types of military
antennae from the United States.





California Adds Sales Tax to Amazon.com

The Governor of California has signed a bill that will allow that state to
collect sales tax on all merchandise sold from Amazon.com

Amazon, have until September 15, 2012 to implement state tax on all purchases
made within the jurisdiction. Supporters of the new legislation are claiming
that this will help small businesses compete with e-commerce companies that
need fewer people to fill orders.

Amazon claims that a sales tax will take away their "competitive edge" from
their online "bargain" prices.





SoundHound music application for identifying songs.

SoundHound, whose music app can identify songs playing on the radio or hummed
by its users, reports that it is processing about 4 million name-that-tune
requests a day.

The statistic is interesting because it gives a glimpse of how popular music
"searches" have become in the age of computers that can recognize both voice
and sound.

Apple iPhone 4S users may be enthralled with the device's Siri application,
whose cheeky answers have become a viral staple on about 77,500 videos on
YouTube. But the technology behind Siri is something that SoundHound has been
developing for the last five years.

What are SoundHound's users clicking on?

All sorts of things: song lyrics, artist biographies, photos and greatest
hits lists.

Some even click over to iTunes or Amazon.com's MP3 store to buy the songs.

In an age where there are tens of millions of songs online, finding the tune
that your grandmother hummed to you as a child may be like searching for a
needle in a digital haystack.

SoundHound is aiming to find that 'needle' for you!





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



Nov 26-27 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day


2012

January VK Ross Hull Memorial VHF UHF Contest

March 17-18 VK JOHN MOYLE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY

June Long Weekend (vk4 time) VK Shires Contest.

July First full weekend NZART Memorial Contest



IARU Region 3 Operating Award

The award is available to licensed amateurs and SWLs.

Contacts made after April 5, 1982 are eligible.

QSL cards NOT required. Send certified list of eligible contacts from Log Book.

Cost is US $4.00.

Eligible countries are those in ITU Region 3 whose amateur societies are
members of IARU Region 3.

These are:
Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, China (PRC), Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Fiji,
French Polynesia (FO8 only), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau,
Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines,
Pitcain Islands, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand,
Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

PLUS -
ONE Country credit from US Territories in the Pacific from Guam, Northern
Marianas, American Samoa, Wake Island, Baker Howland Group, as represented by
ARRL.

or

ONE Country credit from Chago Archipelago (VQ9), represented by RSGB.

Current total of available 'countries' is 34.

Requirements for Award as from January 1, 1986:
Basic, 7 areas;
Silver Endorsement, 15 areas;
Gold Endorsement, 20 areas.

These to be reviewed as considered necessary by the custodian who would
recommend appropriately to the Secretariat.

Awards may be endorsed for any mode or band.

Application to NZART Awards Manager.
Alan Chapman ZL3GX
PO Box 1733
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand
awards @ nzart.org.nz





SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE

Five operators are active from Bhutan until 1 November.

During the CQ WW SSB Contest this weekend (29-30 October) look for A52IR
on 80m, A52PC on 40m, A52PP on 20m, A25AB on 15m and A51B on 10m.

Outside the contest times they will work other bands and modes.





Gerard de Jong is now active from Antarctica as ZS7KX.
He is stationed at SANAE 4 Base, Vesleskarvet, Queen Maude Land, Antarctica.

He can be heard on 14,175 MHz from 14:00 UTC, weather permitting.
He will give a call every half hour until 15:30 UTC. Gerard will be at
SANAE 4 until February 2012.





IRLP Ghost Net

The first, and possibly-annual, IRLP Ghost Net will be meeting next week.

The net will meet at 0:00 UTC on Monday, October 31 (5 pm Sunday Pacific time).
It will meet on IRLP reflector 9204.

All are welcome to check in, and kids are encouraged to join in the spooky fun.

Sutter, KI6ZON





U.S. haunted lighthouse op

Look for Dan, KD3CQ, to activate the special event station W3H (Whiskey 3
Haunted) on October 31st, from Maryland's Lighthouses -- Point Lookout
(ARLHS USA-628), listed as one of the USA haunted lighthouses, along with
Point Lookout Light (ARLHS USA-1409), and possibly Solomon's Lump
(ARLHS USA-767), if visible.

Point Lookout was a "Union Prisoner of War Camp" set up to hold Confederate
prisoners after the "1863 Battle of Gettysburg"; the lighthouse was used as
the Infirmary.

Activation will start at 1300z and end at 1345z, on 7270 kHz +/-,
then 14270 kHz +/- and possibly 18150 kHz +/-.





THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.

Development of HAMCALC to cease

Long-standing software developer George Murphy, VE3ERP, has hung up his
keyboard and is retiring from further development on HAMCALC.

For those unfamiliar with the software, HAMCALC is a collection of useful
calculators for amateur radio use, widely used throughout the amateur
community.

The latest version of HAMCALC can be downloaded at
www.cq-amateur-radio.com

(RSGB)





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

A further look at Amateur Radio magazine

On this broadcast last week we had the IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships, the
New South Wales Department of Planning making radio mast laws more flexible,
and what is happening on the bands.

Now we look its technical articles - Porta-Loop MF reception by Peter Parker
VK3YE, a Sensitive Field Strength Meter from Tony La Macchia VK2BTL, A Simple
Microwave Beeper by Lou Blasco VK3ALB and an Audio Compressor from Dale Hughes
VK1DSH.

There's also a switched mode power supply repair from Erich Heinzle VK5HSE and
a simple balanced line protector by Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW.

In history the Amateur Operators Certificate and the Morse code requirement is
looked at by Lloyd Butler VK5BR and there's a walk through the early days from
Alan Elliott VK3AL.

Amateur Radio magazine is part of WIA membership and also at selected
newsagents.

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





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


Vintage Film - The World of Amateur Radio

Dick Van Dyke, Barry Goldwater K7UGA, Arthur Godfrey K4LIB and many others
extol the virtues of amateur radio in this vintage film from the 1970's.

On YouTube Tim Verthein KC0JEZ writes:

"I converted this old and somewhat damaged 16mm film to video tape many many
years ago when the technology to do that was rather archaic. I have now
converted those old video reels to digital movies. Not the best quality but
still quite amusing.

Watch Hams Wide World-Amateur Radio Vintage Film

Google on youtubes Tim KC0JEZ's website

http://www.edselmotors.com/





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER

One of the leading contributors to our understanding of the universe sits in
our rural backyard, says ABC Rural in a great story on the CSIRO's Parkes
radio telescope, also known as the Dish, which is located in central west VK2.


The Dish turns 50 Monday October 31, but due to recent upgrades making it
10,000 times stonger than in 1961 it's still ranked among the top ten radio
telescopes in the world.

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2011/s3349555.htm





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

On November 9, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, televisions and radios across the
USA will broadcast a series of beeps followed by the message,
"This is a test."

While local and state components of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) are
tested on a weekly and monthly basis, respectively, this will mark the first
time that the federal government conducts a nationwide, "top-to-bottom" test.

EAS serves as the USA's public warning system.

The test will last for approximately three minutes on all over-the-air
broadcasts, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite
digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers and direct broadcast satellite
(DBS) providers.

While state and local authorities typically utilize EAS for weather-related
emergencies and public notices, such as Amber child abduction alerts, it also
serves as the primary means for the President to relay critical information to
citizens during an emergency.

"Early warnings save lives," explained FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security
Bureau Chief James A. Barnett, Jr. in a recent release. "This was demonstrated
recently and dramatically during the major earthquake and tsunami that
devastated eastern Japan. Except for Japan's early warning systems, loss of
life would have been much higher."





HISTORIC CAR RALLY - EAST GIPPSLAND

Amateur Radio Operators will be visiting East Gippsland during the weekend of
the 26th and 27th of November to provide support for the Historic Rally
Association of Victoria during their conduct of one of the biggest car rallies
in Australia, with vehicles coming from all around Australia and New Zealand.

This exercise will operate over two days and one night and will be in the
forest area on "back roads" off the Princes Highway between Lakes Entrance and
the township of Cann River

An Amateur Radio communication system to provide vital safety reporting of car
positions will operate through several 2m repeaters previously established by
the East Gippsland Amateur Radio Club, providing communications along the
Highway The reporting of vehicle positions will be to one central control
point to ensure the safety of all competitors.

If you would like to be an operator at one of these control positions, have a
close up view of the event and spend a day in the Gippsland forest, please
contact Col Pomroy Email at colinpomroy@bigpond.com or Mobile 0417 305 702
I'm Michael, Clubs publicity officer vk3hau.





Turkey earthquake - avoid 7.092 MHz USB

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Van region of Eastern Turkey causing
great loss of life and hundreds of casualties. Radio Amateurs from the
Turkish national amateur radio society TRAC are responding to assist with
communications in the area.

There are some frequencies in use on HF, currently used to link with
Government resources and this is meaning that some frequencies outside
the amateur bandplan and normal usage are being used until more equipment
gets to the region. When this happens, more traffic should move to the normal
Emergency Communications Centre of Activity frequencies.

Please avoid causing QRM to emergency traffic on 7.092 MHz USB. USB is being
used to allow communications with a government station.





REWIND

Radio players to thrill and make audience laugh at Katoomba

FANS of radio plays in Western Sydney will be treated to a thriller and a
comedy at Katoomba by the Blue Mountains Radio Players this weekend.

The first play to be performed at Mountain Heritage Hotel and Spa is
'The Voice On The Wire' and the second is 'Fibber Has A Happy Face'
from 2.30pm.

The Voice On The Wire is from the Inner Sanctum Mysteries Series first
broadcast on November 29, 1944.

The second play from the Fibber McGee & Molly Series was written by
Don Quinn Phil Leslie and was first aired on June 8, 1943.

It is based on the theory that the way you feel is reflected in the way you
look hence, look happy and you will feel happy.

The two radio plays are performed before a live audience at Mountain Heritage
Hotel & Spa, corner of Apex and Lovel Streets.

Phone 47822 155 for 'nformation times etc..





SOCIAL SCENE


2011


Nov 20 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest
Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St Goodwood at 0930.
Visit www.ahars.com.au for contact details




2012

15TH IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE hosted by V.A.R.C. in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam.



JAN 23-FEB 17 YEAR 2012
World Radio Conference WRC-11 Geneva 23rd January TO 17th February 2012

FEB 12 VK3 CentreVictoria Hamfest, Kyneton Racecourse

FEB 26 VK2 CCARC WYONG FIELD DAY

APR 14-15 VK WIA National Field Day.

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

JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall

Nov 12 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST (ROSEBUD BY THE BAY)




WIA Annual Conference Mildura

May 25th, 26th and 27th 2012

Details for the WIA 2012 Annual Conference being held in Mildura are on
wia.org.au

Host club is Sunraysia Radio Group, led by Garry Briant VK3KYF and
Noel Ferguson VK3FI.

WIA Members who register for the event will be able to participate in a
range of fascinating and memorable activities.






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to submit audio read "how to submit items" in the weekly news page on
wia.org.au

Remember the sooner you submit material the more the likelihood of it being
broadcast in the very next edition of WIA National News.


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