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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 01 2012.
WRC 12 ACMA DEBRIEF
RAOTC ON AIR MONDAY
Titanic - GB100MGY will be on 502 kHz
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 1 2012.
WRC 12 ACMA DEBRIEF
The Australian Communications and Media Authority are holding an Industry
Debrief on the outcomes of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012
Monday April 23.
Over 3000 participants, representing 165 out of ITU's 193 Member States
attended the four-week Conference.
The ACMA led a delegation of 41 representatives from government and industry
at WRC-12. The ACMA has managed a four year preparatory process leading to
the WRC where Australia developed positions relevant to all WRC-12 Agenda
The ACMA Industry Debrief on WRC-12 is open to all interested persons and
will provide a comprehensive overview from the delegation representatives
of the outcomes of all Agenda items. A dominant feature of this conference
was the Agenda for the next to be held in 2015. There was a strong sentiment
to ensure the next WRC is not delayed and includes numerous issues of
significance, perhaps none more so than Agenda item 1.1 to consider new
candidate frequency bands for IMT and mobile broadband applications.
The Industry Debrief will be held on Monday 23 April at the National Library
Theatre Canberra from 10 am to 4 pm.
To register to attend the Industry Debrief please contact
Mention you heard about it on WIA National News, oh and all registrations
must be received by 13 April for catering purposes.
If you are interested in how your signal is being received elsewhere,
Grant, VK2GEL, would like to publicise the availability of remote controlled
receivers located both within Australia and worldwide.
Please go to globaltuners.com for free sign up
Hello everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with a reminder that tomorrow
Monday April 2nd the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's
monthly News and Information Bulletin will be broadcast on a number
of HF and VHF frequencies.
The principal HF transmissions will be on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz upper side
band at 0100 UTC beamed north from Melbourne for the eastern states and at
0200 UTC beamed westward for Western Australia.
Numerous local relays will take place on both VHF and lower HF frequencies.
To find the times and frequencies for your area please visit the RAOTC
website at www.raotc.org.au
Everyone, RAOTC Members and non-members alike, is invited to listen to this
interesting half-hour of Old Timer news, information and anecdotes and to
participate in the call backs afterwards.
Once again, the RAOTC monthly bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
The CRARC Committee has been offered the opportunity to have a
familiarisation visit to the studio complex of Radio 1RPH
the Radio Print Handicapped Network station on 1125AM in Canberra.
This is open to CRARC members, and family/friends on a first-come basis.
The event is being organised by Peter Ellis VK1PE who is a volunteer at
Please book via email to Committee@crarc.ampr.org
An early response will very helpful in planning the groups and timings so
please respond quickly.
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Get along to the Urunga Radio Convention, it's on again this Easter weekend
that is Sat 7th and Sun 8th April at the Senior Citizens Hall Urunga.
The longest running Fox Hunt Field day in Australia with 2 days of
Fox Hunting, quizzes, raffles, and preloved gear, displays, Inquiries
welcome. Free tea and Coffee available for those registering,
(Numbers required for optional meal on Saturday night , (notify Committee)
The old cups from the early days are on display at the convention, and other
times at Ocean View Hotel where some of the early conventions were held.
An adjoining lounge for those that want to get away from the activities.
"Urunga" is a quiet village ideally suited to "Fox hunting" It's a very
relaxing Environment on the Kalang River, and has old style charm, ideal
Close by is Coffs Harbour and Bellingen, or perhaps a drive on "Waterfall
Way" to Dorrigo and the National Park Skywalk, picnic areas and lookouts,
Visit the Golf or Bowling clubs, or walk to the Ocean on the meandering
Footbridge for a spot of "surf fishing"
check "Urunga Radio Convention" web page.
( Ken Golden VK2DGT for URC. firstname.lastname@example.org )
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Police Roundup http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/
ANZAC day activation.
Leading the day in Victoria will be Mick VK3CH and tagging along will be
Johnno VK3FMPB and John VK3FEZZ. They will be situated at the old
Army Apprentices' school at Balcombe in Mount Martha, using Mace Oval
and the car park next to the oval.
These are about 200-300 metres south of Uralla rd., the Peninsula pistol
club, (the old Army 25m rifle range) and adjacent to Tal Tals Cr.
If you get as far south as the Balcombe Grammar school you are too far
A variety of bands including 40m hopefully 80m and VHF just for the fun of it
including any other Mick (3CH) can come up with on the day.
If anybody could give them a call or even go down and say hi it will be
More on AM for ANZAC Day later with Felix, VK4FUQ.
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Welcome to QNews from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP and I've been thinking.
I prepared this item back on the last day of the John Moyle Contest with the
rain pouring down outside. The monsoon covering much of the north of the
continent whilst a cyclone is wetting down the Pilbara. Current weather
forecasts indicate more inclement weather to come.
Whilst contests provide a group activity for many clubs, I wonder how
effective and how much participation is going to be available if the
meteorologists are correct in that we should expect more dramatic weather
Is there a solution to what could be a continuing disruption to contesting?
I'm not sure that we can find an answer to what must remain a conundrum.
Maybe all we can do is take things as they come and just accept that
participation may continue to fall.
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think......how about you?
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Hi, I'm Norm VK4NP, President of the Hervey Bay Amateur Radio Club and I'm
inviting all presidents and executives to mark your calendars for a weekend
to remember, as the Hervey Bay radio club presents the WIA presidents lunch
to be held on the 21st of July 2012 in Hervey bay. Come and meet WIA
president Michael Owen and other members. Also, president and executive
members of the QLD advisory committee. Now that takes care of Saturday the
21st, now for Sunday the 22nd , come meet and greet at a free barby at the
club house of the Hervey bay radio club, where we will be on air for the wia
Queensland , 100th anniversary .
So mark your calendars guys, see you there.
This is Norm VK4NP
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2012 ROSS MEET THEVOICE BBQ REPORT
A beautiful Autumn Sunday perfected a wonderful day of fellowship at
Ross a couple of Sunday's ago for those 70 Amateur Radio enthusiasts
who signed the registration book with their family and friends bringing
the total in attendance to an estimated 135.
Next year 2013, why not join them for the day or the week end, Ross has some
very affordable accommodation available, cottages, Caravan Park, Motel,
Hotel, but be aware there is a Town Market day on the Sunday that seems to
attract the YL's!
Enquiries for 2013 may be addressed to Cedric VK7CL.
What use is an f-call?
(Past editions of What use is an f-call can be found online at harg.org.au
Recently I had the opportunity to see some amateurs operating a special event
station. Among the operators were a few young faces who had come into the
hobby via the Scouts. Chatting away without a worry in the world I thought
about an incident that I experienced a few months ago.
At the time I was set-up with my kit, parked, sitting in my car with my
squid-pole making a 12 meter tall beacon for all manner of interested people
to come past and ask me what I was catching with my fishing rod - which
generally resulted in a good natured ribbing and a conversation about
Amateur Radio, talking across the world, not unlike CB radio, building stuff
and having fun.
Contrast this with a man and his two young charges who wide eyed approached
and shuffled about wanting to ask questions. The man was not nearly as
interested, in fact his whole demeanour was negative from the start. "What is
that?" the young ones asked. "Well it's a big radio antenna that I use to
talk to people across the world."
His response was: "I don't need that, I
have a mobile phone." "Well, yes, but this will work in places and at times
that a mobile won't." "Well, I don't need that." And with that the man
stalked off towing his charges with him.
The thing that struck me in this interaction was that his charges were all
but crestfallen. I wondered what their life might look like if the people
around them had a sense of wonder and curiosity.
It occurs to me that the Amateurs I've met all appear to have that spark of
curiosity and I wondered how many of them had noticed it.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
Titanic - GB100MGY will be on 502 kHz
GB100MGY will be operating on 502 kHz from the Fort Perch Rock marine
radio museum in the Wirral, UK during the Titanic commemoration.
Their website says:
"We have "special permission" from OFCOM to use the 501 to 504 kHz band from
12th to 18th April at FPR using GB100MGY. Please listen out on around
502 kHz CW. We will be on air on this frequency most evenings and overnight
on 14th/15th April, the anniversary of the Titanic's sad demise.
We will be using Marine radio equipment from Marconi, JRC, Nera with a
long wire between fort and lighthouse and a 6oo foot loop aerial around the
For those of you without 500kHz we will be doing cross band QSO's on
3566 kHz or 7066 kHz. We also have a Kenwood TS570 100 watts transceiver
which will be used on a vertical aerial for QSO's on all other amateur bands
both CW and SSB.
Peter Ellis VK1PE brings us a story of very complicated digital
communications from the scientific world.
The scientists and engineers at Fermilab near Chicago were having a little
fun when they did this experiment. They used their neutrino beam to
Neutrinos are smaller than a millionth of that of an electron, the next
lightest particle. About 50 billion natural neutrinos pass through your
body every second, without affecting you.
Fermilab's neutrino beam is one of the most intense high energy neutrino
beams in existence. A particle accelerator directs pulses of 120 GeV
(billion electron volt energy) protons onto a carbon target every 2.2 seconds
in pulses of about 8 microseconds long, and the collision produces huge
quantities of highly energetic mesons that decay into muon neutrinos and
other particles. The particle beam is then passed through 240 meters of
rock, which absorbs all particles except the neutrinos. The average energy
of the neutrinos is about 3 GeV. The MINERvA (Main INjector ExpeRiment for
v-A) detector sees the neutrinos, and is designed to measure more than
16 million neutrino events during four years of beam time, or about one event
every 8 seconds. During the neutrino communications experiment, the
accelerator beam was being run at half intensity for the two hours of the
experiment, in preparation for scheduled downtime, so one would expect a
detection rate of about one every 16 seconds.
Dr Dan Stancil of North Carolina State University designed the experiment,
after a former PhD student suggested the technique. He used on-off keying to
send the word "neutrino" in a 5-bit subset of conventional ASCII code. This
message of 40 bits was encoded using the NASA/ESA Planetary Standard, and
then combined with a 64-bit pseudo-noise synchronization sequence, forming a
156 bit transmission which was transmitted by the neutrino beam for over
3,000 cycles. The data showed 15 frames to clearly be correctly
synchronised, and the results from those frames were combined for the
purpose of extracting the message. If any events were detected during a
particular 8 microsecond pulse, it was counted as a 1, and otherwise as a
Information theoretic analysis showed considerable robustness of the message
transmission. After using the embedded error-correcting code, the effective
information transmission rate was about 0.37 bits/pulse. Sending the message
only three times would produce an accurate copy at the receiving end, but
even two cycles gave 99 percent accuracy. When corrected for the message
containing only 40 bits of information, the experimental data rate was
estimated as roughly 0.1 bits per second.
Fermilab has shown that long-distance communication using neutrinos is
possible, but only just, with current technology.
This is Peter Ellis VK1PE.
Important SOUTH AFRICAN licence information
Approximately 1,700 South African amateur radio callsigns have been marked
by ICASA as 'lapsed'. This is as a result of the substantial clean-up that
ICASA undertook during the last year.
This is a significant number of lapsed callsigns and many SA Amateurs have
sometimes unwittingly allowed their licences to lapse. Those tuned in in
ZS land right now may well be affected. As an example there are 43 paid up
members of the SARL who no longer have valid licences.
For more information, you are urged to visit
www.sarl.org.za where you will find more information and what to do.
BBC TV - Wireless Power
The BBC TV show Click has examined how wireless charging could boost the
Imagine driving an electric car that recharges its batteries as it's being
driven along the road. It may seem a distant dream but as Dan Simmons reports
the technology that allows electric toothbrushes to charge without wires is
being developed to provide power for a whole range of devices.
Nikola Tesla pioneered the idea of wireless power over a century ago.
Watch the BBC video at
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
CREATING THE HAM RADIO TRIATHLON CONTEST
A new radio sporting event will begin in 2013. And it has its roots in
sports history. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, is here with
It all started back in August of 2011. That was about when it occurred to
Mike Balaskas, SV5BYR of Dodcanese, Greece, that a big Greek sponsored
radio sport event was missing from international ham radio contest calendar.
By the end of that September Balaskas' idea had matured and so the Ham Radio
Triathlon Contest was born.
For those of you who do not follow the world of sports, a triathlon involves
completion of three continuous and sequential endurance events. And as you
have already guessed, it is a Greek word.
But unlike the world of athletics, those planning the Ham Radio Triathlon
DX Contest had to change things a bit to make this activity become reality.
In trying to simulate the original Triathlon athletic event, planners chose
three major ham radio modes for the competition. For the initial outing
these will be SSB, CW and RTTY.
The Ham Radio Triathlon will be a 24 hour non-stop event that will take place
the first full weekend of February. It will debut next year on Saturday,
February 2nd of 2013. And from what we have read of the proposed rules
winning this one won't be easy but it sure looks like a lot of fun.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, on this side of the
Atlantic and the Western part of the United States reporting from Scottsdale,
SV5BYR says that there is still a lot of work to be done and more details to
be announced. We suggest that you keep an eye on
triathlon-dx-contest.blogspot.com in the coming months to learn more.
ICE GOAT 1 APRS BUOY GOES TO SEA OFF ALASKA COAST
A group of Oceanography and Aeronautical engineering students from the
U-S Naval Academy have deployed a radio equipped ocean buoy rigged to
monitor weather in the harsh conditions of the arctic.
Named Ice Goat 1, the buoy was placed off of the coast of Point Barrow,
Alaska. Once the winter ice melts the buoy will begin its sea voyage.
In addition to its scientific monitoring gear, Ice Goat 1 carries an
APRS beacon operating on 145.825 MHz. The position packets can be relayed
via the International Space Station digipeater. However, as the ISS only
rises 1.5 degrees above the horizon at arctic latitudes reports of direct
reception of the 145.825 MHz beacon are being sought from any Alaskan, and
eventually Pacific Northwest amateur radio stations that may be in range of
Ice Goat 1. Reception reports go by e-mail to email@example.com
Hermes SDR project
The Hermes SDR project that was detailed in RadCom in May 2010 by
Phil Harman, VK6APH and Steve Ireland, VK6VZ is one step closer to
fruition. There is now an interest list so that the number of
boards to be manufactured can be determined.
Hermes is a Direct-Down Conversion receiver, a
Direct-Up-Conversion 500mW transmitter and a gigabit Ethernet
interface all on one board. Also on board is an RF-quiet
switch-mode power supply, which allows Hermes to run from a single
13.8V DC source. You can register your interest at www.hansdr.com
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
WW FISTS TITANIC SPRINT April 15
VK/ZL AM/CW on ANZAC DAY April 25
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80metres Phone May 12
VK Shires Contest June 9-10
ZL NZART Memorial Contest July First full weekend
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80+160metres July 21
VK Remembrance Day Contest August 11-12
WW International Lighthouse Lightship Wknd August 18-19
FISTS have sponsored a Titanic 24 Hour Sprint on Sunday the 15th April 2012.
(0001 to 2359 U.T.C).
All licensed Amateur Bands except the WARC Bands.
Recognising the 100th anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic on the 15th
April 1912. This event is to be a standard exchange, between stations.
10 Points for any Titanic special events station
5 Points for a FISTS HQ Station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF,
3 Points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
2 Points for a FISTS Member
1 Point for a Non Member
Logs: - To include Date/Time/Call/Name/QTH/QRG/FISTS No/or Non Member Points.
by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible.
To be received no later than 30th April 2012.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
The DX Century Club (DXCC) is the premier Amateur Radio operating
Available to hams around the world, tens of thousands of awards
have been issued since 1945 under the modern award program.
In 2012 the DXCC program is not only still thriving, but it is growing,
both in participation and in numbers of award options. The addition of
Logbook of the World and soon, the addition of an Online DXCC Application
utility, will continue to help the program grow.
Some special event call signs will be activated to celebrate the
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games:
2O12L from London, England and 2O12W from Barry, Wales.
The London 2012 Inspire program has granted the Radio Society of
Great Britain (RSGB) -- Great Britain's IARU Member-Society -- use of the
"Inspire mark" for these stations.
Both stations will be on-the-air for the duration of the Games,
July 27-August 12.
Museum Warships preparing for AM and CW on ANZAC Day -
Terry VK3UP has advised HMAS Castlemaine Museum Ship will be operational
again this year for AM and CW on ANZAC Day.
Col VK4CU has confirmed that the Queensland Maritime Museum Association
museum ship HMAS Diamantina VK4RAN will yet again be operational during
AM and CW on ANZAC Day - mainly on CW on 7020 and 14051kHz.
Look out too for the special event station VI4MGY operational during
Sunday 15th April, the 100 anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
It's also hoping that Museum Ships HMAS Whyalla,
HMAS Vampire and many other museum ships and military museums get up on
air for AM and CW on ANZAC Day.
Philippine Amateur Radio League 50th anniversary special event
Look for special event station 4G0LD to be active during 2012.
Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Amateur Radio
QSL via the Bureau.
Also, the P.A.R.L. is sponsoring a commemorative Diploma for amateur radio
stations that have established two-way communications with at least 12 QSOs
with PARL members.
Look for more details at:
GB80PW Practical Wireless 80th year
In the UK Ofcom have issued the special callsign GB 80 PW to Practical
Wireless magazine. This special callsign is to celebrate the publication's
80th year in print.
Practical Wireless Magazine
Denmark has the Presidency of European Union from 1st January to
30th June 2012 and the callsign 5P12EU will be activated during
this period. QSL cards will be available and there is an award
scheme for working or hearing this callsign. For all details on
QSLing, the award scheme and logs, check out www.5p12eu.dk.
From Malta 9H3PP May 26th and 27th during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest.
Activity outside of the contest will be on 6 and 12 meters, possibly 17 meters.
qSL via HA5PP.
ZS4U will be operational portable 9Q6 from the Republic of the Congo until
April 5th. Activity will be limited, probably mainly on the weekends and
some days during the week.
Listen out for him between 1200 and 1600 UTC on 40 through 6 meters using CW, SSB
and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign zs4u.
The special call sign EI100T has been issued for the year 2012 to commemorate the
100th sinking of the Titanic and Cork Radio Club members will operate EI 100 T
throughout the year.
The main Titanic event will happen over the weekend of April 13/14th.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
Christchurch ATV Station
Peter Robinson ZL3TJH runs an Amateur TV station in New Zealand's 615 MHz
(Channel 39) amateur radio band. You Tube has a video telling how that
allocation is threatened by the sell-off of TV frequencies.
ZL3TJH operates ATV from a corner of a bedroom at his Cashmere home.
This amateur TV station is unique in New Zealand, but it needs community
support if it is to survive the changeover from analogue to digital
transition in 2013.
Those in the Casmere Zone can view the station on 615.25 MHz or on channel
Google ATV - the Christchurch amateur TV station
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
Mon Mar 26 marked the 99th anniversary of the first reported use of
Amateur Radio in Emergency Communications.
Herbert Akerberg a 15 year old High School student was reported to use his
radio in Columbus, Ohio during a flood. Akerberg went on to serve in the Army
during WW I and worked at W.P.A.L. Radio in Columbus.
In 1942 the WPAL station building became the first location used by
Universal Radio. Akerberg moved from WPAL to become V.P. of affiliate
relations for CBS Radio and later the same office for CBS T.V.
MyGAREC 2012 is announced
The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC), now coined as 'MyGAREC
2012', will be held at the Thistle Port Dickson Resort, Negeri Sembilan,
from November 12 to 14. It attracts participants from around the world.
The first GAREC was in 2005 and is the premier annual event attended by those
with an interest in amateur radio providing emergency communications during
training exercises or in response to disasters.
MyGAREC 2012 has been timed to immediately follow the IARU Region 3 Conference
in Vietnam (November 5 to 9) which has as its theme disaster relief communications.
General information including information on the venue, registration fees
and the tentative agenda and the registration forms will be posted on the
website www.mygarec2012.com by the end of this month.
This website will be updated frequently to keep all updated with the latest
news and program changes.
Among the draft topics to be discussed are the HF Emergency Operating Procedure,
the Future of GAREC, presentations from the three regions of the IARU and
also some presentations from societies with recent disaster relief communications
For more information you may also email email@example.com
(MyGarec 2012 Team)
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
15TH IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE hosted by V.A.R.C. in Ho-Chi-Minh City,
Vietnam early November.
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
JUN 9-10 VK5 South East Radio Group Convention, Mt Gambier.
JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall
JULY 21 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne
NOV 25 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST AT ROSEBUD
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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