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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING FEBRUARY 19 2012.
top hat mast of 3WV
Field day BBQ cookbook published
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEBRUARY 12 2012.
WIA PRESIDENT VK3KI REPORTS
The ITU's 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) is now winding
to a conclusion in a cold Geneva on Friday night, last Friday night by the
time this is broadcast.
The WIA has nominated and supported Dale Hughes VK1DSH as a member of the
Australian delegation to WRC-12, and Dale has been reporting on a daily basis
to the Board.
The item of particular interest to amateurs has been agenda item 1.23,
a proposal to allocate a small band around 500 kHz to the amateur service on
a secondary basis.
The process of a WRC is tortuous and confusing. A proposal to satisfy an
agenda item is dealt with by a committee with working groups and sub working
groups, and becomes part of the treaty after it is read a second time and
approved at Plenary meetings.
Dale has reported that the Plenary meeting of WRC-12 has now approved the
allocation of the band 472-479 kHz across all three ITU regions to the
amateur service on a secondary basis.
The primary service in the band is maritime mobile, with aeronautical
radionavigation also a secondary service, though in some countries, including
Australia, it is a primary service.
The allocation is subject to a 1 watt e.i.r.p. power limit, though
administrations with territory more than 800 kilometres from the borders of
certain named countries may allow the higher power of 5 watts e.i.r.p in that
There is also an "opt-out" footnote for countries not wishing to allow
amateurs to operate in this band.
Obviously, how this will be implemented for Australia will be a matter for
the Australian administration.
Given the opposition of some countries, in particular Iran, the result has
been a great result for the amateur service.
There may be other matters of importance to the amateur service decided
before the WRC concludes, including agenda items for future conferences.
Dale, who was also the spokesman for the Asia Pacific Telecomunity, the APT,
(the regional telecommunications organisation of countries in Region 3) on
the amateur agenda item, has attended two of the APT preparatory meetings for
WRC 12 as well as an ITU Study Group Meeting all at the expenses of the WIA.
A number of people participating in WRC-12 have paid tribute to Dale's
The IARU and a number of national amateur societies have contributed
particularly to the successful representation of the amateur service at
The WIA is proud to have been one of them.
And guess what?
Agenda for next WRC now includes an amateur allocation around 5 MHz
At 4.20 in the morning of 16 February 2012 the Plenary of WRC12, which had
been sitting for 9 hours without a break, passed a Resolution entitled
"Possible allocation to the amateur service on a secondary basis at around
5 300 kHz."
The Resolution arose from a proposal submitted by Cuba, and noted that
amateur stations are regularly used for emergency communications, and also
says that "an allocation of an appropriate amount of spectrum, not
necessarily contiguous, to the amateur service at around 5 300 kHz would be
adequate to better satisfy its needs associated with use for providing
communications in disaster situations and during relief operations".
The effect of the Resolution is to invite studies, including sharing studies,
before WRC-15 and to put on the agenda for WRC 15 an item to consider, based
on the results of the ITU R studies, the possibility of making an allocation
of an appropriate amount of spectrum, not necessarily contiguous, to the
amateur service on a secondary basis within the band 5 250-5 450 kHz.
The WIA has had a continuing interest in this part of spectrum for many years
particularly in support of emergency communications. So much so, that the
WIA has taken out several land mobile system licences to enable the use of
Accordingly, the WIA is delighted that the issue has become an agenda item
Still gracing the airwaves at age 101
WIA Front Page News (wia.org.au) reports on Darcy Hancock VK5RJ who last December
had been a licensed radio amateur for 84 years.
The report says:
VK5RJ Darcy Hancock has lived through the birth of television and several
wars but despite the innovation of modern communication, 84 years on from
receiving his transmitter's licence, his voice can still be heard over the
ABC releases video on 'top hat' mast of 3WV Dooen
When it comes to beaming radio waves across vast distances, the Dooen
transmitter in VK3 is world class. Standing 201 metres tall with a
19 metre wide capacitive 'top hat', the 3WV mast in western Victoria stands
out in the vast flat landscape that stretches below it.
Celebrating 75 years of service it must've been a big undertaking in 1936
to build it because cranes and things that are about today weren't even
heard of," says long time Horsham resident James Heard.
In fact 594 AM has even been heard as far as Canada, Japan and South Africa.
The staggering reach is aided by the distinctive 'top hat' and the low
frequency on the AM band. While obviously a success, the antenna was the
first of its kind in Australia and acted as a prototype for other services.
"It was also the first solid-state 50 kW broadcast transmitter installed
for the ABC and it was the test bed for the installations across the rest
of the country," says Tim Hughes, Transmission Coordinator for ABC Victoria.
Watch a 3 minute video about the 3WV mast Google it on your ABC site.
Bringing together the resouces of the WA State Records office, the WA Museum
and the City of Perth, Amateur Radio is making a name for itself in
Western Australia and across the globe.
Here's Onno VK6FLAB with an update for the ARISS contact tomorrow.
Monday February 20 at 0900 UTC the City of Perth will be celebrating
the 50th Anniversary of the Orbit of John Glenn which he made on the
20th of February 1962. During the celebrations the International Space
Station will be live on stage with students from across Western Australia
asking questions to an astronaut in space.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the ARISS team, NASA and the
Hills Amateur Radio Group, the general public will be introduced to
Amateur Radio and its role in providing Earth contacts between the crew
of the International Space Station and schools, amateurs and others.
There will be trackers from Muchea and Carnarvon, Amateurs from around the
state, and a host of dignitaries on hand to make this an event worthy of
John Glenn's achievement. John Glenn will be part of the celebrations with
a message for the people of Perth and Rockingham.
If you're unable to make it to Northbridge in Western Australia, you can
listen in using IRLP, Echolink and a web-stream. Details are available on
the WA Museum City of Light web-site
and the Hills Amateur Radio Group web-site
The cast to pull this off is enormous and we'll be adding a list of credits
to the HARG site in coming days. Next week we'll have a report on how it all
went down, needless to say it's getting very exciting, T-1 day and counting.
The WIA National Field Day Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of April
is where Amateur Clubs and radio enthusiasts across Australia activate
public relations demonstration stations in prominent locations.
This will raise public awareness and showcase the hobby.
This WIA National Field Day activity, now in its third year, will be a good
opportunity to break out your field day equipment, demonstrate emergency
preparedness, but most importantly engage the public.
(wia front page news wia.org.au)
Despite Channel 0 analogue TV transmitters being progressively taken off air
as part of the VK digital switchover, the ACMA reminds all Advanced Licence
holders of the existing Licence Condition Determinations LCDs.
Work to amend the LCD will start after the switchover is completed at the
end of the year. If affects Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria
The LCD prohibit operation in the band at a place that is less than 120kms
from a main Channel 0 station or 60kms from a translator using this channel.
The main Channel 0 transmitter and several translators located in southern
Queensland (VK4) were switched off last December. Both the north and south
of New South Wales will close this year.
For full details refer to the LCD or visit the ACMA at
Have you registered to attend to the WIA Annual Conference
being held in Mildura over the weekend 25th - 27th May?
This action packed weekend of activities kicks off Friday
evening with a meal at the at the Mildura Settlers Club. The
Settlers Club has to be one of Mildura's best known historic
icons, with a history dating back to its formation 1893,
were its members were typically professionals, and the more
successful property owners of the area. Yet after nearly a
decade of operation, in the early 1990's the club ran into
financial difficulties and was forced to close. Down but not
out, with one extreme makeover and some genuine TLC it has
again become one of Mildura's most successful function
centres renowned for its quality meals and relaxed
atmosphere, yes that very same relaxed atmosphere it offered
back in the 1800s. After the evening meal, Alan Cameron one
of Mildura's well known successful businessman, a balloon
pilot and a marriage celebrant will provide an entertaining
and informative talk entitled "Sunraysia - Past, Present and
The following morning, Saturday the 26th, the WIA will
conduct its Annual General Meeting and open forum in the
ballroom of Mildura's Grand Hotel. The AGM will commence at
9:00am sharp and will be followed by the presentation of a
range of awards. The Open Forum will commence with reports
of the various WIA activities that took place over the last
year being presented. The open forum is an ideal opportunity
for those present to offer comment or raise any issue desired.
But that's just the start, the beginning of a very special
weekend of activities, and there is much more in store that
we will be sharing with you in upcoming broadcasts. Oh! and
do keep an eye out in the next AR magazine for our full
colour conference brochure and don't forget the registration
page on the WIA Website.
Up up and away, see you in Mildura
this has been Robert VK3DN
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The Annual General Meeting of the Wireless Institute of Australia New South
Wales Division (trading as Amateur Radio New South Wales), will be held on
Saturday the 21st of April 2012.
At the AGM a new council is to be appointed.
Nominations are now open for those members who wish to be on the council for
the year 2012 and 2013. Nomination forms are now available from the
divisional office also available for download from the website
Nominations close at midday on Saturday the 10th of March 2012.
(Advised by Peter O'Connell VK2EMU Divisional Returning Officer)
What am I?
The number of notes in the traditional Western Major Scale
The original diameter (in inches), of the 45rpm gramophone record.
The number of cervical vertebrae in almost all mammals
The atomic number of nitrogen
The latest release of the Windows series of operating systems.
What am I?
I am the number of days to go until the Central Coast ARC Field Day at Wyong
- 26th February 2012
Seven days until Amateur Radio's Big Day Out.
Flea market from 6.30am
Traders and Exhibitors from 9am
Entry $12 - Under 17 free
Talk in on the Club repeater 146.725
Remember - No exit from the car park until after 10am - if you need to leave
before 10am, please park outside
For more information, please got to www.fielddday.org.au
I'm Rod, VK2FVRJ from the CCARC - see you at the Field Day
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
Next Sunday being the annual Central Coast field day at Wyong racecourse
will see ARNSW assessors providing all grades of assessments. These will
commence at 8.30 am under the grandstand. Candidates are reminded to bring
with them a passport size photo and identification.
These exams are ideal for those in regions of the country where there are
few - if any assessors. Inquiries can be emailed to email@example.com
Next weekend VK2WI News will provide a Saturday evening transmission at
7.30 pm in place of the usual Sunday morning session - all the broadcast
team operators will be at the field day.
5 th March ARNSW will commence its Standard and Advanced upgrade course
each Monday evening at the Dural property
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
WRC-12: NOBEL LAUREATE JOE TAYLOR, K1JT, ADDRESSES PLENARY
SESSION AT WRC-12, RECEIVES ITU GOLD MEDAL
Delegates and attendees at the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference had
the pleasure of listening as Joe Taylor, K1JT, shared his vision of the
future of radiocommunication.
Taylor, an ARRL Member won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1993 for the
discovery of a binary pulsar, a discovery which has opened up new
possibilities for the study of gravitation. After the speech, the
International Telecommunication Union Secretary General, HB9EHT, presented
Taylor with the ITU Gold Medal in recognition of Taylor's outstanding
contribution to the research in the field of radiocommunication.
In the introduction to Taylor a the Plenary the audience was that Amateur
Radio led to Taylor's career as a radio astronomer, and ultimately to his
winning the Nobel Prize.
Taylor began his speech by thanking the WRC-12 delegates for the job
they were doing at the Conference. "I understand that you have come to
Geneva from more than 150 of the ITU's Member States," he said. "You
are here to do an important job, an essential one, for nearly all of
humanity in today's world. You are charged to do your upmost to
accommodate the wide variety of competing interests of all users of the
radio frequency spectrum and its available orbits for Earth satellites.
This is surely not an easy task. Most people give very little thought
to the complicated issues that you face. Why should they, since for
most of us, most of the time, the technologies that depend on these
limited resources just seem to work. But I know, and each one of you
knows, that much background work and many long negotiations are often
necessary in order to make everything fit together and work in harmony.
Future technologies will surely make even better uses of wireless
communication than we do today. I foresee plenty of scope for
contributions for new technologies. Information and communication
technologies have much to offer for the betterment of the human
condition everywhere, and perhaps especially so in the developing
world. It is extremely important to continue seeking the best
efficiencies in the use of the spectrum. I wish you every success in
your task of creating wise and fair guidelines for regulators and
policy makers who must allocate the limited resources in the very best
interest of all mankind."
You can view Taylor's speech on YouTube
(sourced to arrl)
13cm threat in Sweden
The 2300-2450 MHz band in Sweden is under threat.
As part of the consultation process the Swedish national society, SSA, has
submitted its response to the regulator, the PTS.
SSA argues that the amateur service should remain in the 2.3 GHz band.
Wideband digital systems are becoming less sensitive to narrowband signals,
which improves the possibilities for band-sharing.
SSA believes that communication with amateur satellites in the band
2400-2450 MHz should continue to be permitted. SSA is requesting to meet the
PTS to discuss the technological basis for continuing the amateur service in
Read the full response in Google English at
SSA in Google English
Bedford researchers use Medium Waves for power
The BBC report that researchers in Bedford, UK, have created a system to use
medium wave frequencies to replace batteries in small everyday gadgets like
clocks or remote controls.
Prof Ben Allen and his team at the University of Bedfordshire Centre for
Wireless Research, believe it to be a world first that could eventually
eliminate the need for conventional batteries.
The new technique uses the "waste" energy of radio waves and has been
developed as part of the university's research into "power harvesting".
Read the full BBC story at
University of Bedfordshire - Centre for Wireless Research
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
VK JOHN MOYLE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY March 17-18
WW FISTS TITANIC SPRINT April 15
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
VK4WIT at the John Moyle Field Day 2012
theTARCinc will be active during this years John Moyle Field Day
alongside the mighty Burdekin River at Bivouac Junction near Macrossan.
Friday March 16 to Sunday March 18.
It's easy to get to Bivouac Junction, just take to the Flinders Highway
between Townsville and Charters Towers and take the right hand turn off
just before heading across the Burdekin River.
Head upstream for about 2km and you are there!
The site is only 20km away from Charters Towers for any shopping trips.
Irish Radio Transmitters Society 80th Anniversary
IRTS will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this year 2012.
Details of a worldwide contest - CQIR - to take place on Saint Patrick's Day,
Saturday 17th March 2012 have been announced and full rules and information
are available on the irts website.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Heard Island DXpedition cancelled
The DX Community is advised that the trip to VK0/H Heard Island has been
put on hold until further notice.
The co-organisers, Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY and Steve Chamberlain VK6IR,
said the decision came in part due to the current global financial situation,
the extremely high financial cost and it would take an estimated USD$500,000
for such an expedition.
Both Chris VK3FY and Steve VK6IR both wish to proceed to Heard Island about
4100 kms south west of Perth in Western Australia, but the financial risks
are far too great at this time.
Earlier it was announced that planning was underway for a DXpedition in
February 2013 involving two weeks, on what was number five of the most
wanted DX Entities worldwide.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS
New HF shortwave radio station sign
It is not very often that you can hear a new HF shortwave radio station sign
on the air. WTWW, a new International Shortwave Radio facility just outside
of Nashville, TN has launched a new transmitter with a broadcast called
'This Is Only A Test'.
WTWW is a 100,000 watt transmitter running into a full size rhombic antenna.
There are more than 1.5 billion shortwave receivers in use worldwide, the
BBC estimates that at any given moment, over 200 million sets are tuned to
More details from QSO Radio Show
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
Felix VK4FUQ has contacted the IARUMS about an automated tone burst on exactly
14.150 MHz USB hours on end at good strength 8 in Ingham
(0124 UTC Monday 130212).
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
Field day BBQ cookbook published
We all love ham radio that's why we're part of this site, a lot of us also
take part in field days and other events that require us to set up radio
stations in various places be it a field for a contest over a weekend or at
a church fete to promote the hobby etc.
We all also need to eat, so M0MVB has combined a love of doing field days
and food by writing a BBQ cook book aimed at the ham radio operator.
It has over 100 recipes as well as covering what's the best bbq to take on
field days and loads of other help.
The book A Dot of Butter and a Dash of Spice can be previewed and ordered at
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
CQ SAYS MORSE IS ALIVE AND WELL
Five years after the USA dropped the Morse code requirement, CQ Magazine
Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, has published a very pointed editorial where-in
he notes that both amateur radio and use of the Morse code are alive, well
This despite the naysayers who predicted the abandoning of Morse testing
would bring a sudden end to the hobby.
In his editorial titled "No-Code Plus Five Years: An Assessment", W2VU,
states that amateur radio is still here. CW is still here and despite the
fears of many CW supporters the universe did not implode on February 23, 2007
Rather his article was prepared based on research that checked on signs of
the state use of Morse by today's amateur radio community. It did this by
asking manufacturer of keys and paddles about sales, talking to the FISTS
Morse preservation group, looking at CW contest results and overall United
States licensing statistics.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
At Wyong, ALARA, the Australian Ladies' Amateur Radio Association, will be
found on the middle level of the air-conditioned grand-stand building.
They will be sharing space with the Hornsby and Districts Amateur Radio Club.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROAR
ROTARIANS OF AMATEUR RADIO
email@example.com VK2IWT Secretary
Peter Lowe, VK3KCD ANZO VP
0645z - 0730z Anzo Net 7.118
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293
EA7GSU, Pertti is the President of ROAR, Rotarians Of Amateur Radio.
Pertti's Rotary District Governor has asked him to be on the air on
Thursday the 23rd of February.
This is the day of the birth of Rotary and the purpose is to remind the
world of Rotary's campaign to 'Stop Polio Now'.
Please note that EA7GSU will be QRV the whole day on:-
3994kHz, 7118kHz and 14293kHz +/- qrm.
He will be calling "cq polio" and telling about the project.
Pertti would welcome everybody to contact him.
A special QSL card will be printed.
As a result of his commitment to highlight Rotary's campaign to 'Stop
Polio Now' other ROAR members around the world have also committed to
In Australia VK2IWT, Noel and VK4ZD, Bill hope to be on air at least
part of the day.
Vega launch success - satellite signals heard
The first Vega, flight VV01, lifted off at 1000 UT February 13 from the
ESA Spaceport in the Caribbean carrying eight student built amateur radio
satellites and the LARES Laser Relativity Satellite into orbit.
At 1153 UT, shortly after the satellites had been deployed, Drew Glasbrenner
KO4MA reported hearing signals as they went past Florida.
Signals were first heard in the United Kingdom at around 1207 UT.
In Germany Mike Repprecht DK3WN copied the satellites at an elevation of
just 3 degress at 1209 UT.
In Sudan Nader ST2NH received signals from AlmaSat-1 and Masat-1.
All the Vega amateur radio satellite project teams used the IARU amateur
satellite frequency coordination panel service. The great benefit of IARU
coordination was that all the different UHF satellite signals could be
simultaneously captured within the typical 192 kHz bandwidth of modern
Software Defined Radios.
PW-Sat is the only satellite with a downlink in the 145 MHz band.
Its 1200bps BPSK signal on 145.900 MHz is receiveable with an SSB radio
and an omni-directional antenna. When PW-Sat has finished its primary
scientific mission it will be reconfigured as a 435/145 MHz FM to DSB
transponder for general amateur radio communications. The FM to Double
Sideband transponder was first pioneered by amateurs on satellite AO-16.
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
15TH IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE hosted by V.A.R.C. in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam.
World Radio Conference Geneva until 17th February
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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)
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