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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 29 2012.
50th Anniversary Perth City of Light, John Glenn, TODAY you will hear
audio from John Glenn in space over Perth back in '62.
T-minus 18 and counting .. God Speed John Glenn .. 10, 9 ..
Stay tuned, more later... IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS
INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 29 2012.
G'day everyone! And welcome from the members of the CCARC, I'm Rod VK2FVRJ.
Who's 55 years old and showing no sign of retiring?
The CCARC Field Day at Wyong, that's who!
The 26th of February, 2012, marks the 55th year of Australia's largest
gathering of ham radio enthusiasts.
And every year just gets better and better!
From the flea market, to the major suppliers of Amateur Radio equipment, the
various AR clubs and exhibitors, the Field day is packed with plenty to
interest the Amateur Radio fraternity
And what would the Field day be without our usual lecture program, which
promises yet again, to be a highlight of the day's activities.
This year's topics span the years, starting with Vintage Radio Repair, Radar
before the Magnetron , right up to the new National Broadband Network. For our
final lecture, we are very pleased to have a presentation from Hellenic
Amateur Radio Assoc. Of Australia on the 2011 DXpedition to Lord Howe Island
which included a member of our own CCARC.
Please check the fieldday.org.au website for more information regarding the
lecture program and times.
So grab your calendar, mark the date and we'll see you at CCARC Field Day at
Wyong - 26th February, 2012
P.S. Don't forget the raffle!
Christopher Lampe VK2FVKG let us know of an event that whilst not ham radio
based is a family fun filled event and it's known as the Hastings American
Date : March 2nd-4th 2012 ( Fri- Sun )
Hastings Motocross Complex
Burrawan Forest Drive ( off Pacific Hwy South of Port Macquarie )
* Live Bands
* Market Stalls
* Motocross & Unicycle Racing and much more
* Camping Sites Available
* Showers and Toilets
Contact : Charlie 04 04 07 9835
Patch Clubs By Invitation for more information please contact
Cricket - 0447199443 or Stormy - 0439846442
Hi again Folks, Neil VK4NF back again with a final reminder that the
Ham & Wine fest at Maclagan is on this coming Saturday the 4th February
commencing at 9am.
BBQ breakfast & Lunch available, 1940s & 50s radio display, new and preloved
gear for sale, Multi draw raffle. Lucky door prize. And don't forget the
And the monster Auction.
Look forward to seeing you there and good morning to all
The Centre Victoria RadioFest at the Kyneton Racecourse, an hour from
Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo on Sunday the 12th of February.
All the major commercial traders would not miss it and neither should you.
Looking for bargains, components, bits and pieces, connectors, cable, sealed
lead acid batteries or antennas? Then come and check out the second-hand
market or car-boot sales alley.
Want to make a sales table or car-boot space booking? Then be quick and
obtain an application form from the Amateur Radio Victoria website.
Other attractions are digital amateur television, emergency communications,
mini-lectures, historical displays and lots, lots more.
Free tea and coffee. The venue is mostly under cover, fully catered for or
bring your own picnic.
The Centre Victoria RadioFest at Kyneton on Sunday the 12th of February.
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)
Melbourne Maker Faire a success
22 January's VK1WIA reported on a new Maker column in CQ magazine, intended
to strengthen ties between radio amateurs and the maker community.
Closer to home, Melbourne's Connected Community Hackerspace held Australia's
first Mini Maker Faire on Saturday January 14.
The event, held at Swinburne University, attracted an estimated 400
visitors. Think of it like a Hamfest but with practical stands replacing
Popular exhibits included 3 dimensional printing, electronic music and
Arduino open source microcontrollers. There were also learn to solder
workshops, Lego poetry and numerous demonstrations. These included a remote
controlled blimp, traditional handicrafts and a self-righting electronic
Segway scooter (developed by Malcolm Faed VK2TMF).
Key themes of Maker Faire included pulling apart, recycling, repairing and
making. Computing, cheap components and easy to program microcontrollers is
encouraging creative people to juxtapose art and electronics.
A number of VK3s attended and enjoyed the event. For those who wished they
had gone several comprehensive videos of the event can be viewed on
YouTube - just search for 'Melbourne Mini Maker Faire'
More info: http://makerfairemelbourne.wordpress.com/ &
The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) opened in Geneva,
Switzerland on Monday, January 23. Attendees will review and revise the
Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio
frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
One of the items to be considered at WRC-12 is Agenda Item 1.23:
To consider an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415-526.5 kHz
to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis, taking into account the need to
protect existing services.
More than 3000 participants are expected to attend the four-week conference.
IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH has been using Twitter to keep interested
radio amateurs apprised of what is happening at WRC-12.
According to his tweets, the African Telecommunications Union (ATU),
the East African Community (EAC), the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
and the South African Development Community (SADC) also support an
MF secondary allocation to the Amateur Service.
To find out what is happening on a regular sometimes hourly basis you
can check out the RSGB and ARRL web sites and follow Ellam on Twitter
50th Anniversary Perth City of Light, John Glenn, ARISS contact
On the 20th of February 1962 a Mercury-Atlas 6 space craft called
"Friendship 7" was launched. In the hot-seat was Astronaut, John Glenn.
The objective was to place a man into earth orbit, observe his reactions
to the space environment and safely return him to earth to a point where
he could be readily found.
During the first orbit of 3, the spacecraft came into radio range of the
Muchea Tracking Station where the first Australian Space Radio contact was
made by Gerry O'Connor who spoke with John Glenn as he passed overhead.
Muchea contact audio
John Glenn reported that he saw the City of Perth and a very bright light as
he overflew Perth and the Kwinana refinery which flared for the occasion.
Perth bright light
The event gave Perth the moniker, the City of Light.
Next month, 50 years after those 3 orbits, the WA State Records Office, the
WA Museum, the City of Perth, ARISS, the Hills Amateur Radio Group and of
course NASA are going to celebrate with a public event in the Northbridge
Piazza in Perth where around 10 lucky primary and secondary school students
will make a public ARISS contact together with web-streaming and other
activities, such as a radio telescope, optical telescopes, museum exhibitions
a presentation by the WA Chief Scientist and some others we're working on.
I have to say, it helps when there is an amateur at the State Records Office,
hi Meg, VK6LUX.
From a technical perspective, we'll be using a tele-bridge because we don't
actually have an overhead orbit to the International Space Station, but Dick,
AH6NM, the ARISS amateur in Honolulu will be wide awake at midnight to make
the contact possible. In Perth, members of the Hills Amateur Radio Group
will provide the amateur link between the technology and the students so they
can talk to an Astronaut. Behind the scenes there is feverish activity by
Tony VK5ZAI, who is the ARISS mentor in Australia - and I recommend you take
a moment to have a look at some of the photo's he's published online,
you'll see a NASA style console in his shack and a tracking antenna to make
This once in a life-time experience is going to introduce a whole new
generation of kids into space and amateur radio.
If you have or know school
going children, primary or secondary, in Western Australia, get them to
fill in the competition form on the WA Museum Web-site,
If you're able to make it to Perth on February 20th, we'd love to see you at
the Northbridge Piazza where we'll be setting up for the contact. Festivities
start from 5pm.
So, get your kids to fill in the form, at
museum.wa.gov.au/city-lights and watch this space!
NA1SS contact with WH6PN (lead in to Italy ARISS contact)
VK4 HOSTS "EARTH FIRE and RAIN".
Prevention, preparedness, response & recovery will be the focus of the
Australian & New Zealand National Disaster and Emergency Management
Conference to be held in Brisbane from April 16 - April 18 this year.
The conference will include keynote addresses, concurrent sessions and
workshops covering human and social issues, economic and environmental
challenges, infrastructure, community and communication topics.
It is a joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services,
the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc. and the
Association for Sustainability in Business Inc. Each association is a
Non-Government, Not for Profit, Member Based organisation.
The "Provisional Conference Program" is now available on the website.
So how did WIA National News come by this story? No not from RAVERN or WICEN
but from VU land and the firstname.lastname@example.org web service.
Tracey Toovey is a member of the Joint Association Committee for EFR and
could be a contact point for any ham radio rescue group who would want to
Newcastle amateur finally gets tower approval.
Charles Hunt VK2CLH, after a delay of some 12 months finally has tower back
in the air.
George used to live at Stockton but moved to Wallsend, he brought his tower
from Stockton and when he applied to re-erect it at Wallsend - the local
council - the same for both locations - said NO.
With help from the Hunter Group and others approval was finally achieved.
George who is 86 can now resume his 20 metre skeds with his stateside buddies
you might find him on 14.332 at 11 pm local VK2 times
It is with regret that we have to advise of the passing January 14 of
Pierce Healy VK2APQ.
Pierce had celebrated his 100th Birthday last August.
Pierce was a Life Member of both ARNSW and the WIA.
Among many activities he wrote the Amateur Band notes in Radio & Hobbies
from in the 1960's until they ended in the 1980's.
I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
On the link given in the text edition of the news is a reminder of the
World Radio Conference being held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23rd January
to 17th February this year.
Readers of "Amateur Radio" magazine will have previously seen Michael Owen's
VK3KI, WIA President, explanation of how this conference fits into the
structure of administration of radio but with particular reference to the
Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, will be attending as a member of the Australian
contingent and representing the Wireless Institute of Australia.
Some people ask why the Institute spends its resources in attending these
For the Advanced Licensees they have a decision of a past conference for
access to 10MHz, 17MHz and 24MHz collectively referred to as the WARC bands.
At that time the meeting was called the World Administrative Radio Conference
thus we get the acronym of WARC.
It was one of the first acts of this conference in the 21st century to
recommend the removal of the Morse Code requirement which gave "Limited"
licensees access to the HF spectrum below 29MHz.
In participating at the highest international levels of administration
relevant to our hobby the Institute can take credit for maintaining and
improving local licence conditions for all the amateur fraternity.
It may seem very remote to the individual but joining the WIA is a real way
of supporting the hobby both in VK and around the world.
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
Global radio experts float new mobile phone standard
Global radio experts have approved radio standards that are to usher in a
new mobile phone operating system to replace third generation or 3G
The newly-adopted 'IMT Advanced Spectrum' would result in faster and better
quality mobile services, said the director of the ITU's Radiocommunication
bureau at the organisation's Radiocommunication Assembly in Geneva.
Some phone providers have dubbed the new standard "4G".
"The term 4G remains undefined, but it is being applied by operators to the
forerunners of IMT-Advanced technologies" and to others evolving from
3G systems, the ITU said in a statement.
The World Meteorological Organization warned however that increased pressure
on the use of radio spectrum could hamper its observation work.
"Weather forecasts, disaster warnings and climate monitoring are all
critically dependent on radio frequency bands which are used around the
clock by meteorological services," the WMO said in a statement.
"Increasing pressure on the use of radio spectrum from wireless technology
and other applications could hamper earth observations and efforts to
understand and predict climate change."
As previously reported today, ITU officials are expecting 150 countries and
3,300 delegates at the WRC, which runs to February 17.
The demand for wireless technologies will more than double in London during
the seven weeks of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The event includes the assignment up to 20,000 wireless frequencies.
Demand is due to the increasing use of wireless technologies such as
wireless cameras and wireless microphones, for close-up action to a global
audience of over 4 billion viewers.
The extensive use of walkie-talkies by the organisers, talkback systems for
broadcasters, timing and scoring systems and sports commentary systems for
the audience, will also be essential for the organisation of the Games.
Spectrum is already being used at full capacity. The extra demand includes
borrowing spectrum on a short-term basis from public sector bodies, such as
the Ministry of Defence and parts of the amateur service secondary
allocation on 70cm.
Ofcom will be using a large team of radio engineers to track down and deal
with any cases of interference.
Read the full Ofcom announcement at
BBC News - London 2012: Olympics to create 'record' wireless spectrum demand
Long awaited modified rules mean that more than 2,000 CL prefix stations
in Cuba will be able to use parts of the 80m and 40m for the first time!
Until now the Third Class code-less licence has been confined to segments
on the 160m and 2m bands using 10w on CW and Phone.
Their new expanded allocation means CL holders will be heard also on
7100 to 7125 kHz and 3500 to 3750 kHz.
A bid lead by France and the USA to stop leap seconds has failed at the
ITU Radio Assembly.
A revision of Standard-frequency and time-signal emissions failed to reach
consensus at the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication
Since 1972 a leap second has been used to synchronise Coordinated Universal
Time (UTC) with solar time.
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service has decided
to add a leap second at the end of June 2012.
While a leap second can be added and taken from any month, it has
only occurred at the end of December and June. The most recent
leap was added on December 31st, 2008.
A leap second is necessary because of the Earth's unpredictable
rotation. GMT is based on atomic clocks, but has been kept more or
less synchronised with mean solar time by way of leap seconds, in
addition to the normal Leap Day on February 29th.
The leap second is recognisable by the Greenwich Time signal
having seven pips, an additional pip being inserted before the final beep.
Substantial UK Band Plan changes
The latest edition of RadCom features the 2012 RSGB Band Plans and
a background article on the substantial changes that have occurred.
This information is now also available to all amateurs online at
www.rsgb.org/operating/bandplans. In particular, please note that
there have been major changes in the 40m, 10m, 6m, 4m and 23cm
bands, so please ensure that any older editions are discarded.
RADIO LAW: QRZ.COM JOINS THE FIGHT TO STOP SOPA AND PIPA
The giant QRZ.com ham radio website has joined
the fight to stop passage of SOPA, the Stop
Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, a similar bill
working its way through the U-S Senate. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Robert Sudock, WB6FDF, reports
on why QRZ.com and its owner Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ
is taking this hard-line stand.
Why should ham radio care about these two
bills? According to publisher Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ,
the measures are sponsored by Hollywood
entertainment corporations and the recording
industry. They threaten to destroy the internet
as we know it. And in his front page posting on
the QRZ.com, he lists what he terms "the facts about the bills."
According to AA7BQ, websites will be required to
police their own content for copyright violations
of all kinds. Any website found in violation of
the intellectual property of another party must
be shut down -- it's internet access blocked by
its Internet Service Provider, DNS de-listing,
and all banking transactions via online payment providers
would be stopped.
Lloyd notes that there is no burden of proof required to shut down a website.
Any claim of copyright infringement could result in a court ordered shutdown.
Website owners will be responsible for policing
content uploaded by their users. A violation
could be ridiculously minor to qualify such as
uploading a trademarked image, a photo of a
celebrity, a clipping from a newspaper, an audio
clip from movie, or the like. Also, uploading a
copyrighted song or video would become a felony under the US Code.
And it is not just domestic websites that would
be impacted. The law would apply to foreign
websites as well, requiring United States based
Internet Service Providers to block access to those sites.
Lloyd then notes that this law could also kill
his site, QRZ.com, as users know it. He notes
that the site currently has some 300,000
photographs on its server, all of which would
have to be taken down and manually verified to be
in compliance. The same thing would hold true
for each biography page where a photograph or other image exists.
Lloyd says that in his case, there's no way he
could do it. If burdened with this sort of
responsibility, QRZ would simply be found in
violation and forcibly shut down by the federal
government, all in an to protest both bills many
websites went dark on Wednesday, January 18
effort to please what he terms as Hollywood and
the music industries.
To protest both bills, many websites went dark on
Wednesday, January 18. The Amateur Radio
Newsline provides a short video insert in the
TWiT network's Ham Nation podcast each Tuesday
evening. That network did not go dark, but
devoted its live programming to the SOPA and PIPA
topics. As we go to air the programs should be
rendered and posted for download in both audio
and video formats. Go to www.twit.tv and look
for "Security Now," "This Week in Google," "Tech
News Today," and "Triangulation" for a more
detailed and web centric discussion.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline,
I'm Robert Sudock, WB6FDF, in Los Angeles.
AA7BQ ends his posting by asking those who use
his website to contact their Congressmen and
Senators to voice your opposition to both of
these measures, especially SOPA. He says that
it's not just QRZ.com that depends on their
action. Rather he says, it's the entire internet
as they know it today.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
VK Ross Hull Memorial VHF UHF Contest CLOSES TUESDAY January 31
VK JOHN MOYLE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY March 17-18
VK/ZL AM/CW on ANZAC DAY April 25
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80metres SSB May 5
VK Shires Contest June 9-10
VK/ZL Trans-Tasman Contest 160metres SSB June 25
ZL NZART Memorial Contest July First full weekend
VK Remembrance Day Contest August 11-12
WW International Lighthouse Lightship Wknd August 18-19
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Special callsigns for UK radio amateurs during 2012
The Radio Society of Great Britain and Ofcom have reached agreement on the
optional use of special callsigns for two significant events during 2012.
For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, all UK amateur stations will have the
option of applying for a variation to their licence if they wish, to use
a special prefix for a five week period. This will add or substitute the
letter "Q" in the place of the Regional identifier in the callsign.
Period: 00.00 BST 5th May 2012 to 23.59 BST 10th June 2012.
For the period of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, a similar facility
will exist for a seven week period, using the letter "O".
Period: 00.00 BST 21st July 2012 to 23.59 BST 9th September 2012
Read the full details at
ITU HQ Special Activity
The International Amateur Radio Club, 4U1ITU, is operating with the special
callsign 4U1WRC until February 17th.
Activity will take place during the ITU World Radio Conference 2012 from
Operations will be from 160-6 meters, eventually higher, all modes.
All QSOs will be confirmed with a special QSL available via 4U1ITU.
Short updates of the operation will be posted on twitter at:
More detailed information is available on the Web site at:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
David Rowe VK5DGR gave a presentation on the amateur radio digital voice
Codec2 to the linux.conf.au 2012 in Ballarat, Jan 16-20, and was voted
best paper of the conference.
Codec2 is that open source low bit rate speech codec designed for
communications quality speech at around 2400 bit/s.
Operating at 2000 bit/s it can send 32 phone calls using the bandwidth
required for one 64 Kbit/s uncompressed phone call.
Watch Codec 2 - Open Source Speech Coding at 2400 bit/s and Below
David Rowe by googling on YouTube.
Also at that conference a presentation on a High Altitude Balloon project
using amateur radio by Terry Baume VK5VZI, Foundation license holder
Mark Jessop VK5FDRK, along with embedded hardware and software hacker
Joel Stanley was give.
The presentation titled 'Tux in (near) space!' was given to hackers at the
linux.conf.au 2012. The Project Horus group have flown several amateur
radio repeaters as well as APRS and video payloads.
PSK2K - a new meteor scatter mode by DJ5HG
PSK2K is a meteor scatter mode that enables multiple contacts to take place
on a single frequency.
PSK2k is high speed meteor scatter software written by Klaus DJ5HG
(Prof. of Computer Science at University Hamburg). It allows 2 way
MS QSO's to be conducted with any suitable transceiver/PC/soundcard
Download PSK2K from
PSK2K Yahoo Group
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
Winners in the ARISSat-1/KEDR Chicken Little Contest
The Chicken Little Contest received 77 entries from 17 different countries,
and all continents except Antarctica.
Based on comments sent along with the submissions, a wide variety of
techniques were used. These ranged from detailed calculations, to
comparisons with past satellites, to guesses based on birthdays.
The winners came from USA, UK and Switzerland.
All three winners have received an appropriate Chicken Little Certificate,
and the congratulations of the ARISSat-1/KEDR Team who thank all who entered.
Winners of the ARISSat-1/KEDR Grab the Last Telemetry Contest.
Thanks to the dedication of stations around the world, a nearly steady
stream of digital telemetry reports were received in the final days from
31 Dec -- 1125
01 Jan -- 1537
02 Jan -- 1541
03 Jan -- 1048
04 Jan -- 107
The final digital data received was copied by both JA8TCH, and JA0CAW.
It was received at 06:02:14, 4 January, 2012, less than an hour before the
estimated point of loss in the South Atlantic.
Their data, combined with the submissions of many others, constitutes the
most comprehensive coverage of the re-entry of any amateur satellite.
JA8TCH and JA0CAW will receive a certificate for their achievement.
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
World Radio Conference Geneva until 17th February
FEB 4 VK4 Bunya Mts & District AmCom Inc. Ham & Wine Fest 2012.
FEB 12 VK3 CentreVictoria Hamfest, Kyneton Racecourse
FEB 26 VK2 CCARC WYONG FIELD DAY
MAR 18 VK7 Sewing Circle Nets "Meet the Voice BBQ" at Ross.
APR 14-15 VK WIA National Field Day.
MAY 3-18 VK5 YL International 2012 Australia (email@example.com)
MAY 5- 6 VK4 RADAR and MARC Clairview Gathering
MAY 25-27 VK3 WIA Annual Conference Mildura
JUN 8-11 VK4 FNNQARG! QLD Cassowary Coast
JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall
JULY 21 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne
NOV 12 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST (ROSEBUD BY THE BAY)
Next meeting of the NWT-ATV Group will be 4th February at the QTH of
This will be the AGM followed by a General Meeting.
If members are interested in a position on the executive committee, then
please contact the Club for a Nomination form.
If you are not a member of the Club, and would like to join, then please
advise the Club to accommodate your request.
Contact information can be found on the WIA Website under Clubs.
Oh and a 12Volt / 12Amp Regulated Power supply has been donated as the
WIA Annual Conference Mildura
May 25th, 26th and 27th 2012
Details for the WIA 2012 Annual Conference being held in Mildura are on
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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