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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING DECEMBER 04 2011.


MORE POWER TO YOU! -

WIA OFFICE MANAGER MAL BROOKS ON OFFICE CLOSURE AND WIA AGM. -


RSGB Commonwealth Century Club Jubilee Award 2012. -


THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING DECEMBER 4 2011.





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


MORE POWER TO YOU!

We start this WIA bulletin by listening to NZART President, Roy Symon, ZL2KH,
in their November Official Broadcast.

"NZART is pleased to advise members that Radio Spectrum Management has agreed to
our request that the general power limit for Amateur bands be increased. From
30 November 2011, power limit for most bands will rise from 500 to 1000 watts
peak envelope power (pX), as defined in ITU Radio Regulation 1.157.

The only exception to this increase is for those bands (130 to 190 kHz,
505 to 515 kHz, 26.95 to 27.30 MHz and 921.00 to 928.00 MHz) which currently
have lower limits and, in these cases, the current limits will continue to
apply.

This is a very satisfactory conclusion to the HBARC Remit to the
2011 NZART Conference and will assist NZ Amateurs to:

participate in weak signal work including EME, meteor scatter, DXing etc;

remain competitive, despite our remoteness, when participating in contests.

For further information on licence conditions, please see the updated Amateur
General User Radio Licence (GURL) on the RSM website."

(Don Wallace, ZL2TLL, NZART Administration Liaison Officer)


As soon as it became available, the WIA provided the ACMA with a copy of the
amended New Zealand amateur General User Radio Licence, pointing out that many
Australian amateurs would seek to rely on the New Zealand decision and also again
expressing concern at the long delay that had occurred in the consideration of
our own submission.

On 15 October 2010 the WIA had lodged a submission with the Australian regulator,
the ACMA, seeking a power increase for Advanced licensees on the amateur primary
allocations on a case by case basis.

The WIA argument and proposal was fully set out in the Comment in the
November 2010 issue of Amateur Radio magazine.

After that, at the request of the ACMA, the WIA provided further information.
Representatives of the WIA met with ACMA staff from the Licensing Development
Section of the Infrastructure Regulation Branch on the 16th May 2011 to clarify
certain aspects of the submission and the additional information that had been
provided.

As soon as it became available, the WIA provided the ACMA with a copy of the
amended New Zealand amateur General User Radio Licence, pointing out that many
Australian amateurs would seek to rely on the New Zealand decision and also
again expressing concern at the long delay that had occurred in the consideration
of its submission.

The ACMA has told the WIA that the delay is regretted, but that it was committed
to resolving the issue, taking into account the New Zealand decision, within the
next three weeks.







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

Let me start by referring you to www.wia.org.au home page. In the news last week
an item from Michael, VK3KI, explaining the logic behind the ACMA discussion
paper on proposed price rises for different services. You will see that President
Michael explains that these rises only apply to services delivered by ACMA not
the contracted examination service conducted by the Institute.

I received a forwarded email containing the ACMA documents from one of my radio
club members and reading the covering email and the explanatory document sent
shivers down my spine. And rightly so as it would suggest that to complete a
Foundation assessment wouldn't have left much change out of $400. This seemed
like the death knell of all our efforts in growing the hobby.

After forwarding this information to the club, the Queensland Advisory Committee
via Mike VK4QS and our worthy News Editor, VK4BB, I was rewarded by a reply
from Graham, the next day, directing me to Michael's explanation.

So for all the other amateurs who were spooked like me it is gratifying to find
a simple explanation that allows the blood pressure to drop. However 2 things
strike me, namely that the discussion paper was released on the 6th November and
the forwarded email was dated 21st November; secondly the Australian Government
publishes a writing style guide to help the public service draft documents which
are clear, concise and unambiguous so why were we amateurs looking as if we were
being shafted?

I'm Geoff, VK4ZPP and that's what I think......how about you?

(qnews dec 4)





ACMA proposes changes to Melbourne commercial radio service 3MP

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking public comment on
a proposal to amend the operating conditions of Melbourne commercial radio
broadcasting service 3MP.

3MP is also known by its on-air ID's 3MTR and MTR1377.

The ACMA is proposing to increase 3MP's transmitter power and change the
directionality of its radiation pattern to improve reception in northern and
western Melbourne.

(sourced to acma)





Personalised learning the new way forward for Australian students

According to Susi Steigler-Peters, author of Personalised Learning and
Telstra General Manager for Education, today's student is transforming
how education is delivered and how new technologies can provide an enhanced
learning experience.

"Today's students are growing up in an environment saturated with technology
and, as a result, the old broadcast method of teaching doesn't fit anymore.


"Students are looking for a robust learning ecosystem that is 'learner centric',
taking into account the needs, interests, and learning style of the student and
leveraging technology in a meaningful and engaging way," Ms Steigler-Peters
said.

Schools could make use of services such as video conferencing, unified
communications, SMS, MMS and mobile devices.

The research also highlights the opportunity that smartphones and tablets provide
teachers in the classroom, such as schedules, assignments and room changes sent
straight to students' phones.

While on the go, students can post learning content and comments to class wikis
or blogs and use instant messaging to collaborate.

The Personalised Learning whitepaper was launched at the
Connectivity: Creating Learning Futures Conference in Melbourne.

A full copy of the white paper can be found online at
www.telstra.com/education





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

CTCSS TONE ON THE PADDINGTON 2 METRE REPEATER - VK2ROT on 147.025 MHz

Listeners should note that the CTCSS access tone on this repeater has been
changed to 91.5 Hz to help combat interference and also to be in common with
most other Australian repeaters.

The Paddington 70 cm repeater tone remains unchanged for the time being.

(vk2wi)





VK3
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Police Roundup http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/


Announcing the Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 5, the date is Sunday the 12th of
February. It is the major event in Victoria and will be held at the Kyneton
Racecourse.

The Organising Committee from Amateur Radio Victoria is now busy developing the
program - keep a watch on the website for more details.

Mini-lecture program coordinator Peter Cossins VK3BFG is reporting that he has
secured Australia's first showing of home-brew digital television.

Also part of the program is a look behind the scenes at the ACMA, Digital Slow
Scan TV and the Super DX station ZL6QU at Quartz Hill by its Chair of its
Committee 1997-2011 and avid contester, Brian Miller VK3MI ZL1AZE.

The Centre Victoria RadioFest is on Sunday the 12th of February, put it in your
diary right now.

Points are contact are:
Commercial Traders Liaison, Barry Robinson VK3PV 0428 516 001
Second hand tables are space, Ross Pittard VK3CE 0408 533 107
Club Corner Precinct, Tony Hambling VK3VTH 0423 635 152

(Bruce Lees VK3FFF)





A birthday not to be forgotten easily

The introduction of the limited edition Amateur Radio Victoria Centenary
Award has certainly proven to be the success story of the year.

Although logs for the month-long special callsign VK100ARV are still being
tallied, many thousands of QSOs were logged as radio amateurs around Australia
and overseas were anxious to make contact.

It began on the Melbourne Cup weekend and ended last Tuesday with the duo
of Terry Murphy VK3UP and Tony Hambling VK3VTH giving their all.

Thank you to the Scout Radio Electronics Unit, Western & Northern Suburbs
Amateur Radio Club, The Digital Slow Scan TV Group, The VK3RTV Gang and the
Sunraysia Radio Group.

Individual operators included Luke Steele VK3HJ, Peter Freeman VK3PF, Joe
Walsh VK3XN, Michele Grant VK3FEAT and Keith Proctor VK3FT. All of their
contributions toward the Centenary are now within the VK100ARV roster online

(vk3pc)




VK4 - QNEWS
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get local audio news www.wiaq.com/ftp/vk4_qnews_64.mp3
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theTARCinc 2011 Christmas Party and Monster Auction happens on Sunday afternoon
December 11th from 2-00pm at the VK4TJS Satellite Dish City.

During the afternoon the Mystery XMAS Pressie auction will take place so make
sure you bring a suitably wrapped pressie for this fun event.

Bring your eskys full of drink (no glass please), your comfy camp chairs
or picnic blankets for the BBQ, your cozzies if you want to go for a swim,
some treasure for the Monster Auction, lots of small change for
your Monster Auction and Pressie Auction purchases and your appetites -

A call for catering numbers is now underway. Make sure you get your
numbers in to Gavin VK4ZZ otherwise you will go hungry

December 11th from 2-00pm.




Redcliffe and District Radio Club
www.redclifferadioclub.org.au/

I'm Ray, VK4CF with news from Redcliffe & Districts Radio club.

Last Saturday there was a good roll-up to the club's Christmas function which was
held at 4 Mile creek hotel, Strathpine. It was good for many of the partners of
members to also meet each other as well. Unfortunately Santa was not able to
make the function but he did say that he would be coming later in the month.

The calendar of events for the rest of a really busy month is as follows:

Mon 5 December, a normal Social Meeting
Sat 10 December, 9.00am start, the Working bee. This has been shifted a number
of times but we have no room left for another shift this year.
The priority tasks for the morning are:

1. Replace the guttering on the roadside of the club house and recover whatever
may be reusable as spares for failure on the opposite side. If you have
ladders and tools for spouting-guttering type work could you bring them
to the club.

2. Install Brackets and wiring for the 6 metre Yagi. The wiring is available
at the club and will comprise 3 core cabling for the rotator and coaxial
for the antenna feed. Again tools, ladders and cabling tools are needed
as well as hammers, power drills etc for wiring installation, and finally,

3. Move the Kitchen Bench. This requires removal of screws fixing cabinet to
base. Again power tools, screwdrivers, chisels, drills etc are needed. The
base is to be left as is only the top is to be shifted. Roger, VK4ZLQ,
estimates that it will take about 30 minutes to move the cupboard contents
out, 20 minutes to shift and refix the bench, 30 minutes to restore the
contents.

Monday 12 December, a General Meeting night and the last one for 2011.

Monday 19 December, it is the 3rd Monday is normally Technical Talk but
nothing has been scheduled as yet.

Monday 26 December, the club will not be open,

Tuesday 27 December, Boxing Day, it is the Bunnings' Sausage Sizzle. There is
an early morning start at 7.30am. Even if you cannot
complete a full morning or afternoon your attendance for
some part of the day would be greatly appreciated by all.
Please reply back to the club secretary, Roger, VK4ZLQ,
whether you can or cannot assist.

Monday 2 Jan 2012, the club is not anticipated to be open on this evening.

Well that's what is happening for the next month.
So it's 73 until next time from Ray, VK4CF, from the Redcliffe club.




I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP and I've been thinking.
Going back to February, this year, the Council of Australian Governments, COAG ,
adopted a report on emergency preparedness. This is available on the Attorney
General's website under Emergency Management Australia.

By now you will have seen the TV adds and probably received the "Get Ready"
brochure in the mail. You will notice that every household is requested to have
an emergency kit which will provide support for 3 days.

I have previously issued reminders at the approach of the summer storm season
for amateurs to prepare their station and have a go kit.

A recent program of the ABC Radio National "Future Tense" addressed the issues
of emergency and disaster communications with particular emphasis on the worth
of social media. The Qld Police Facebook postings were mentioned as a successful
implementation of this technology. However we all know that the capacity of the
mobile phone system is soon overloaded during crises and internet connections
usually require mains power. One fallen tree over the power lines can take this
away. I believe that hobby radio amateur, CB and 4WD club land mobile can all
make a big difference when the frailty of new technology deserts us.

That's what I think... how about you?

For QNews, this is Geoff VK4ZPP.







EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
www.hamcollege.com.au

USA Amateur Radio exams at Hamfest India-2011

An interesting one this, USA Amateur radio exams are scheduled to be conducted
during the Indian (VU) Hamfest-2011 on 10th Dec 2011 at 5.30 PM.

Anyone who is interested can avail this opportunity and get their license before
Christmas and New year celebrations!.

Even though walk-ins are allowed (subjected to VE team decision on the spot),
it's strongly recommended to register!

http://sites.google.com/site/ab9usvu2ipl/





Speaking of US EXAMS, news that the USA a report that a six year old has gained
her ticket.

Priscilla Harder KD0PLJ of Newton, Kansas earned her Technician class licence
during a session held at the Kansas State Convention.

A part of a radio amateur family, her dad is Kent N0XOS and mother is
Dana KB0RAT. Their youngest child is Phebe who hopefully will get her call sign
in a couple of years.

Being within a radio amateur family is of great benefit as far as interest and
learning is concerned.

The Australian Foundation Licence has proven to be popular and its recommended
for individuals with a reading and concept ability at least a 10-year old.

(sourced to arv)





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


AMATEUR RADIO AND THE ROCK N ROLL WORLD.

Joe Walsh WB6ACU celebrates

The Eagles reach their 40th anniversary by touring in 2012. In an interview with
Rolling Stone Magazine, Joe WB6ACU said the band will pull out all the stops to
create a new set up well worth the price of admission.

He revealed that he and his mates on the classic rock group will take to the
road for about five months.

Joe WB6ACU said a lot of material had been archived from the Eagles early days,
including concert footage, interviews and the like.

( ultimateclassicrock.com/the-eagles-tour-next-year/)





"Crocodile Rock" Amateur Group will be operating the special event
callsign GB2PG on 3/4th Dec and 10/11th Dec 2011 from Ardrossan, Scotland.

This event is to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first shortwave
transatlantic radio signals being received in Ardrossan by the American
Paul Godley in December 1921.

The station will be active mostly on 80 - 10 metres SSB with some CW.

QSL QTHR via Buro or GM0DEQ.

For live blog updates please visit
http://gb2pg.blogspot.com/





A reminder that if you have been putting off working through the ARISSat-1
repeater, receiving SSTV pictures, or submitting telemetry, the next few weeks
will be your last opportunity to be a part of this satellite's history.

Since deployment in August, ARISSat-1 has descended about 60 km, and is
currently losing more than 1.5 km per day. The rapid rate is partially the
result of the recent solar activity on the atmosphere, significantly increasing
the drag.

The predictions by several individuals and groups are all converging toward a
re-entry in January or February, 2012.

The orbit period changes about 30 seconds per day, and that will increase
steadily. Be certain to update your tracking program Keps from Space-Track or
CelesTrak before each pass.

They issue revised versions 3-5 times daily.

As the descent continues, this will become even more critical to copying the
telemetry beacon.


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NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA

HAMS ASKED TO HELP IN ISS PLASMA EXPERIMENT

The Central Research Institute of Machine Building in Russia has proposed a test
using the worldwide ham radio community to receive a VHF packet downlink on
145.825 MHz This from a new plasma space experiment on the International Space
Station.

The Central Research Institute is conducting a series of space plasma
experiments in order to evaluate the shape of previously observed "dead" zone,
or shadowing due to the firing of an on-board arc jet plasma source.
Radio Amateurs are invited to participate in this space plasma experiment known
as Shadow. One matter of interest is that highly ionized exhaust plumes
may scatter RF signals producing large communications free zone.

More on this experiment and how to participate is on-line at
tinyurl.com/plasma-in-space





RATS DAMAGE RADIO NETHERLANDS TRANSMITTER ON BONAIRE

Radio Netherlands is kind of saying "Oh rats!" This with word that the
international shortwave broadcaster has encountered serious damage to one of its
Thomson transmitters on the island of Bonaire due to an invasion of the pesky
critters.

According to Media Network, the vermin have destroyed part of the transmitters
high voltage power supply and the station is awaiting the arrival of spare
parts have from Switzerland. Radio Netherlands hopes to have the damage
repaired by the time this newscast goes to air.


=============================================================================



WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

Now here is something to ponder in the Weird and Wonderful File.
Submitted by Kevin, VK4KEV, recently returned from Macquarie Is.

Why do we say 73 at the end of a QSO?

It's not, as some think, the legacy of an archaic code; rather it is a very,
very special number and needs to be celebrated regularly.

Why is 73 so special?

Spell it out and you'll find it has 12 letters in its name.

Indeed this is the smallest integer to do so.

Read on and see why this is significant.

The mirror of 73 is 37 and this is the 12th prime number,
73 is the 21st prime number and guess what multiplies to make 21?
Yep, 7 & 3!

To make 73 even more interesting it is a palindrome in binary - 1001001 which
is the same backwards or forwards.

Of the 7 digits used to represent 73 in binary, 3 are ones.

So you think it's coincidence that we wind up our QSO's with 73?

No - let's celebrate that unique number -

73 for now!

I'm Geoff, VK4ZPP





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

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

August VK Remembrance Day Contest

August 18-19 WW International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.






SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE

Phil is in Chad and active as TT8PK until 23rd December.
Activity is limited to his spare time.
QSL TT8PK via F4EGS.





Mark, 6W/AA1AC on the air from 4th to 11th December from Senegal.
He plans to be on 80 through 10m.
QSL via the bureau or direct to his home call.





Special prefixes for Canadian radio amateurs

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of CBC/Radio Canada, 1st of December to the
31st of December 2011, Canadian Amateurs may use the following prefix,

VG for VA,

VX for VE,

XJ for VO,

XK for VY.





Peri, HB9IQB, will be in Palestine in December and has a licence as E4/HB9IQB.
Mostly on CW on 12, 17 and 30.
www.hb9iqb.ch/palestine.html





Morse celebrations

Members of the Japan A1 Club will activate the following special
call sign until December 31st:

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:
http://8j1morse.a1tokai.net





Just a reminder for the prefix hunters that the station LM9L40Y
will be on the air until the end of December.

This call is operated by members of the LA9L radio club in Norway and is
to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club.





AWARDS

RSGB Commonwealth Century Club Jubilee Award 2012

2012 is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and mindful that the Queen is the head of
the Commonwealth of Nations we are pleased to announce a new operating award
for 2012.

To qualify for an attractive certificate all you need to do is to work as many
different countries and call areas on the Commonwealth Century Club list
during 2012.

Certificates will be awarded for working 60 and 100 different call areas.

Use any mode or bands you like and QSL cards are not required.

Score sheets and full details can be downloaded from
www.beru.org.uk/CCCaward/CCCindex.html

G3PJT@btinternet.com





To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the FISTS Club founding a new award has
been established.

Announced in the latest edition of the FISTS Downunder magazine, it marks the
founder as the late Geo Longden G3ZQS and comes in three versions.

The FISTS Club was founded in 1987 after recognising a need for a club in which
veteran operators would help newcomers and less-experienced operators learn and
improve CW or Morse code proficiency.

FISTS Downunder is the chapter in Australia and New Zealand.

In summary

Version 1 is a basic open ended award for working 25 unique prefixes
Version 2 is the same but with a time limit
Version 3 is confined to working FIST members.

With increased propagation on HF the new and established FISTS awards are
expected to be popular indeed.

Full details are headed Prefix Awards at
http://www.fistsdownunder.org/awards.htm

(sourced to fists and arv)





WIRELESS WEATHER

CME impact on November 28

Auroras are dancing around the Arctic Circle following a CME impact during the
late hours of November 28th.

High-latitude sky watchers and readers of this VK1WIA news service,
especially in Scandinavia, Canada, and Alaska, should be alert for
Northern Lights.

Check http://spaceweather.com for more information and images.





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

BROADCAST TEAM MEMBERS ENTER ILLAWARRA CRYSTAL SET COMPETITION.

The recent Illawarra A R S crystal set building competition attracted entries
from two of the VK2WI Broadcast Team. They were in the non-club section.

The winner was Peter VK2BEU who based his design on constructing his set from
Meccano parts!

Runner up was Al VK2VEC who constructed his set along the more conventional
layout.

(sourced to Tim VK2ZTM)





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

Technology Show Gives Thumbs Up For Amateur Radio

Tech Talk Radio is a weekly IT and technology show with a listening audience
of thousands of technology enthusiasts and professionals, it is aired across
a network of 25 broadcast stations.

This week's show featured an interview with Robert Broomhead VK3DN talking
about amateur radio.

Various aspects of amateur radio were covered in a concise fashion through
the lengthy interview. Robert VK3DN told how he had visited schools where
students chatted with orbiting astronauts, and drew on his experience at
this year's IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships held at Maldon.

more details on WIA FRONT PAGE NEWS ( wia.org.au )





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

Free SSTV Online Book

Martin OK2MNM has made his new book "Image Communication on Short Waves"
available free on the web.

You can either read it online or download the chapters in PDF format.

Image Communication on Short Waves can be found at
http://www.sstv-handbook.com/

You can join the MMSSTV Yahoo Group at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MM-SSTV/





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fistsdownunder.org
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org

FISTS Club Down Under say the 2011 Christmas Key is a miniature camelback key
made by GHDTelegraph Key in Sendai City Japan, incorporating traditional
Japanese craftsmanship with GHD's impeccable engineering and finish.

In keeping with GHD's larger keys, the Morse Express 2011 Christmas Key is fully
adjustable, with precision pin bearings at the trunnion, miniature binding posts,
comfortable knob, and perfect balance. The contacts are hard-silver and the
finish is satin chrome plate.

The distinctive base is beautifully grained mahogany, and the knob is
hand-turned.

GHD's Toshihiko Ujiie uses both modern and traditional techniques to produce a
miniature key that will be equally at home in the radio shack, in the field, or
decorating a Christmas tree.

According to Marshall Emm N1FN "The Christmas keys have always been a labour of
love for me and my first priority has always been usability. GHD has brought
considerable expertise to the precision manufacture of the Christmas keys, and
the 2011 is about as small as you can make a key and still have good
functionality.

The 2011 key measures 5.08 cm by 2.86 cm at the base and it weighs less than
57 gm. The 2011 Christmas Key is a LIMITED EDITION of 180 keys priced at $89.95,
plus shipping and handling. Each key has a label with Christmas2011 and a unique
serial number.

www.MorseX.com





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


AMSAT-NA VP Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA reported today,
"It is with a heavy heart I report that AO-51 has ceased transmission
and is not responding to commands."

Drew wrote, "The last telemetry data indicated that the third of six batteries
was approaching failure to short, and observations indicate the voltage from
three cells is insufficient to power the UHF transmitters.

We have tried leaving the satellite in an expected state where if voltages climb
high enough, the 435.150 transmitter may possibly be heard."

The command team will regularly attempt communications with the satellite over
the coming months (and years). There is always the possibility that a cell will
open and we could once again talk to our friend while illuminated.

AO-51. It's 7 year mission has been extraordinary.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
http://rsgbiota.org

AN-016, Antarctica:

Starting in December 2011 Felix, DL5XL, and Lars, DL1LLL, will be QRV as
DP0GVN from the German Neumayer III Station (IOTA AN-016).

Felix is going back to Germany in February 2012 and Lars is preparing for
the overwintering until Feb 2013.

QSL via DL5EBE (bureau/direct).





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
http://www.raotc.org.au

December RAOTC Bulletin.

Members and friends of the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia are
reminded that the December RAOTC Bulletin can be heard tomorrow, Monday December
5th on the following frequencies:

In Victoria at 10 a.m. local time on 145.700 MHz FM, plus 1843 kHz AM, and
3650 and 7060 kHz SSB.

Throughout the Eastern states the Bulletin can be heard on 20 metres on 14150 kHz
beamed north from Melbourne at Mid-day Eastern Daylight Saving Time or 11 a.m.
in Queensland.

In Western Australia the Bulletin can be heard at 10 a.m. local time via all
linked NewsWest repeaters and also on 7060 kHz from Bunbury or 14150 kHz beamed
direct from Melbourne.

We look forward to hearing from all listeners during call-backs after the
bulletin.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.









SOCIAL SCENE


2011



Dec 4 VK7 REAST Christmas Car Boot Sale and end of year festive day:







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)

MAY 25-27 VK3 WIA Annual Conference Mildura

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.



FINAL FINAL

This is Mal VK3FDSL

I wish to advise that the National Office of the WIA will close for the Christmas
break at 4pm Melbourne time on Friday 23rd December. We will re-open at 10am
Melbourne time on Monday 16th January 2012.

During that time no examinations or callsign recommendation applications will be
processed nor book orders dispatched. Book orders placed after Monday 19 December
are unlikely to be dispatched before the office reopens in January. Orders for
exam packs received before 21 December will be dispatched before Christmas.

The Wireless Institute Of Australia extends to all radio amateurs very best
wishes for the festive season





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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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