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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 15 2012.

MAYDAY WONNANGATTA

PROJECT HORUS FLYS SUNDAY

WIA NATIONAL FIELD DAY THIS WEEKEND

SKA RESULT UP IN AIR

5 YEAR OLD PASSES LICENCE EXAMINATION

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 15 2012.





At around 0930hrs 9 April 2012 a mayday call was made on 7090khz by VK3MAC
who was in the Wonnangatta Valley region in the highlands of Victoria.

A person in the camping party had some seizures and was in a bad way
medically. VK3MAC with the operator, Adam, made its way up to a hill in a
4WD with HF fitted and put the call out.

Jack, VK3AJK was the first to respond and took control of the frequency and
the situation. He ascertained the location, situation etc. and contacted
emergency services.

VK3AJK then became the relay person between the emergency services and the
camping party as the precise GPS coordinates were given out as was the
specific medical condition. The decision was made that a medivac would occur
via a rescue chopper.

Both parties were being received by Tony Lathouras, VK7VKT 5-9.

VK3MAC then indicated that he was going to return to the valley floor where
the rest of the camping party, and the patient was with the final
instruction from Jack, VK3AJK, that the rescue chopper asked that all
vehicles in the camping party form a 50 metre circle in a clearing with
hazard lights flashing.

The weather had started to close in by this time.

Upon reaching the valley floor VK3MAC put a call out which had dropped to
5-7 but perfectly readable into VK7 and VK3AJK had a perfect copy on
him still.

Several calls were made to establish that contact was still available
between the two and indicating that the patient was stable. Vk3MAC then
indicated that all vehicles were in position.

Shortly after, he called back to say that the helicopter with a medical team
had landed, and thanked Jack for his assistance.

It was asked several times with the same reply, that there was no mobile
phone service in that area.

Hoping that patient has a speedy recovery and full points to Jack and Adam
who worked calmly during this event.

(TONEMAN Tony Lathouras, VK7VKT)





Oceania DX Group activates Vanuatu

Do you need Vanuatu YJ0 for your DX Award?

The Oceania DX Group will be active on all HF bands from Vanuatu from 21st
April until the 5th May.

A group of six VK operators will be operating three stations with special
focus on the WARC bands as well as 80 and 160 metres. Operation on the lower
bands will depend on conditions, but the team expects to have 160 metres
operating through their local sunrise and sunset as a minimum.

The team will also make a special effort to keep one station active on
digital modes. So listen out for YJ0VK

For more information visit yj0vk.odxg.org

(73 and good DX Chris VK3QB)





Closer to home Friday 20 April four Victorian amateurs will head toward the
most southern point on mainland Australia. South Point is a rocky outcrop
located at the southern end of the Wilsons Promontory National Park and is
accessible only on foot. Peter VK3ZPF, Wayne VK3WAM, Kevin VK3KAB and
Trevor VK3ATB will be running QRP from 0000z on Saturday 21 April on
80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m using both CW and SSB.

Contacts from South Point, or with the team on their return trip, can be used
toward the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award sponsored by
Amateur Radio Victoria.





Project Horus High Altitude Balloon Launch

The Project Horus high altitude balloon group, based in Adelaide, is planning
a balloon launch this Sunday 15th April, shortly after the WIA Broadcast
(planning to be in the air around 10-11am ACST).

This will be an amateur radio oriented balloon launch, with three payloads of
interest to amateurs, intended to coincide with the WIA field days. The
launch designation is Horus 23.

The group is planning on flying the FM voice repeater again. The repeater
will operate with a 70cm uplink and a 2m downlink.

New frequencies will be used and they are;

Uplink: 438.900 MHz FM with a CTCSS Tone of 123Hz

Downlink: 144.650 MHz FM (in the 2m experimental segment) with a CTCSS tone
of 123Hz.

Based on previous flights, it should be possible to access the repeater from
up to 800km away at apogee, with about 30-50W. A beam will help overcome the
inevitable FM capture effect problems. The downlink is easily audible on any
reasonable Omni directional antenna, although if you are under the balloon's
flight path you may see over 20dB fades. The tracking and recovery teams use
cross dipoles on the roofs of the chase vehicles to help with the link budget
and fading.

The Amateur Radio Experimenter's Group will be running net control on the
voice repeater as VK5ARG from launch control in the Adelaide Hills.

APRS will fly on this flight on 145.175 MHz The expected callsign is
VK5ARG-11. We will be also able to look at the new http://aprs.fi/ horizon ring prediction service on this flight. Telemetry format packets are now also broadcast on APRS.

The ever reliable primary 300 baud RTTY telemetry beacon will also fly - at
this stage it will be on 434.075 MHz (note update) (+/- 5kHz thermal drift).
This signal is used as part of the group's "distributed listener" telemetry
network where any amateur receiving the data can upload what they are hearing
over the internet.

The data, which is sent to the http://spacenear.us/tracker website,
contributes to the landing zone predictions used by the chase teams. The
chase-tracker teams have 3G Internet in their vehicles and are actively
looking at that data, so it is one way amateurs can have a behind the scenes
involvement in the flight's success. NOTE: this beacon only runs 25mW,
however we have had people from the horizon and at times beyond still be
able to decode and contribute, so why not give it a go!

If you would like more information about the software setup required to
participate in telemetry recovery take a look at our tracking page:
http://projecthorus.org/?page_id=336

Confirmation that the flight is a go can only be given ultimately on the
morning of the 15th. We are very much subject to the weather and have
various constraints on where we are permitted to fly, so the potential for
the mission to be scrubbed exists up until the last minute. We will endeavour
to update the forum once we get closer, and will post notices on the DX
Cluster once it is in the air. Flight time should be around 2 & 3/4 Hrs.

If you would like to find out more about Project Horus, please visit our
website www.projecthorus.org/

or for some short films of our past activities, the Vimeo channel at
http://www.vimeo.com/channels/projecthorus/

I am Ben, VK5BB for Project Horus and the Amateur Radio Experimenter's
Group





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

TARC Does the WIA National Field Day this Weekend

The WIA National Field Day will be happening this Saturday and Sunday April
14th and 15th and theTARCinc ran displays about the different
aspects of Amateur Radio at the front door of Jaycar Electronics Townsville
store in Ingham Road West End Saturday from around 7-30am.

Checking the WIA website at the time this dispatch was released -

just the following people or groups had registered to participate this year.

Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club, Port Macquarie Town Green.

Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club Shire Office Reserve Rosebud VIC.

Waverley Amateur Radio Society Outside Bondi Beach Pavilion.

Midland Amateur Radio Club Prince of Wales Showgrounds Bendigo.

Eastern & Mountain District Radio Club Jaycar Electronics Springvale.

WICEN (Vic) Mornington Peninsula region JAYCAR Electronics Frankston West.

Orana Region Amateur Radio Club Elston Park, Dubbo Dubbo NSW.

Alice Springs Amateur Radio Club Flynn Church Lawns, Alice Springs NT.

Radio and Electronics Assoc of Sth Tas (REAST) Jaycar Derwent Park.





WIA - Promoting Our Hobby

Greetings Everyone.

The first time you may be hearing this broadcast is while you are
participating in the WIA National Field Day. This event is aimed at promoting
our hobby and the diversity of interests Amateur Radio encompasses.

Everyone who has been involved in promotional events of any kind will have
retained a mental record of how successful or unsuccessful the activity has
been and the reasons for the outcome. The promotion of Amateur Radio is no
different and from your or your Club's experience you will know what has been
most successful in your community.

The Easter period is past and many Radio Amateurs will have visited friends
and families or travelled to a holiday destination where there was an
opportunity to operate our station in a portable role. Reflect on how we
operated and how it would be viewed by a passer-by.

Was our operation covert or overt? That is, did we project a 'Go away! Don't
disturb me!" aura or one which conveyed 'I'm enjoying this and I'm happy to
welcome you and answer your questions.'

Unfortunately it is all too easy for us to project the former and loose the
opportunity to foster interest in our hobby by those intrigued by what we
are doing and enjoying but apprehensive about asking. By changing our
attitude to be more overt and engaging about our hobby we can carry the
message of the WIA National Field Day throughout the year to those
non-amateurs who did not have the opportunity to pass or visit a WIA National
Field Day station.

Thank you to all those individuals, groups and clubs participating in the
WIA National Field Day activities.

This has been Ewan VK4ERM for the WIA Board asking 'Who have you introduced
to Amateur Radio to-day?'





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

VK4 - QNEWS
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Welcome to QNews from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been
thinking.

Hopefully the weather has been kind to the participants in the WIA National
Field Day. As a recruiting and advertising method, the first 2 National
Field Days certainly got the message out via the mass media. Here's hoping
number 3 is as successful.

Just to keep the momentum going is the fast approaching ANZAC Day. Not only
is this a day of solemn remembrance but also an opportunity to celebrate all
those whose service life depended on radio. As we have heard, there are
groups of amateurs who will be running CW and AM, the main modes of the
Second World War. Spark was the primary mode of the First World War but was
banned by the time of the Great Depression.

Here is an opportunity for all amateurs to participate. For the F-calls,
remember that many of the radios used during WWII operated at QRP levels so
taking part on Anzac Day is following a 70 year old tradition. Check the net
frequencies in "Amateur Radio" or the web.

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





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

This weekend members of the Redcliffe Radio Club will be operating the
special event station, VI4MGY, from the docks of the Queensland Maritime
Museum, Southbank in Brisbane from 1000 hrs. Sunday until 1000 hrs. Monday.

At the end of today's news, or just before we end, in REWIND I'll pop back
with much more detail on this TITANIC event, stay tuned!

The Wednesday group had some 40 members at the club house last Wednesday
packing equipment for the weekend activity. One welcomed visitor was Ray,
VK4UG and his XYL. Club President David, VK4DC, said that the car parking
at the club was a nightmare but it was fantastic to see the club full of
members all enjoying the Morning.

Next Monday night is the Technical talk By Kevin, VK4UH, it is a good one on
meteor scatter.

Well this is about all at the moment and so it's 73 until next time from
Ray, VK4CF, from the Redcliffe club.





DISCUSSION POINT

What use is an f-call?



(Past editions of What use is an f-call can be found online at harg.org.au
under F-troop.)


Recently I heard an f-call ask on-air about the performance of their HF
antenna. It reminded me that in order for any learning to occur, there needs
to be two elements that come together. While it's simple to ask questions
among your friends, it takes a leap of faith to ask a stranger.



So, one of the elements you need is a Leap of Faith, "I have a problem and I
wonder if anyone might be able to help."



For this leap of faith to pay off, you also need to gain access to the
knowledge required to solve your problem. It can come in many guises, from
"read the manual", through "I have done that and I solved it like this." to
"Let me come over and give you a hand."



The second element that is needed is Generosity.

The interesting part for me
is how the discussion opens up many possibilities when experienced people
enter the conversation. It's one thing to acknowledge the original Leap but
two inexperienced people talking to each other about a problem when neither
of them have more than rudimentary understanding is less than satisfying,
both for the two people and for any listeners on frequency.



I'm glad to say that in this particular case some personal skill and
knowledge was added to the discussion by some experienced hams, but I've also
heard discussions where the blind were leading the blind.

While it is
possible that a question is asked by a novice f-call and answered by an
experienced advanced-call, that is not always the case. In fact to me it
seems, more often than not, the level of license bears little relation to a
person's level of experience.

Amateur Radio is like an aural history, made of story tellers and listeners.
If you don't tell your stories pretty soon you'll run out of listeners and
the history dies.

So, no matter your place, taking a Leap of Faith, or
providing Generosity, remember that in order for the hobby to endure we need
to keep talking.



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.

5 year-old passes Foundation exam

The Humber Fortress DX Amateur Radio Club in the UK is proud to announce
and congratulate its youngest new member Kayleigh Huntley on passing her
Foundation exam at age 5 years.

While Kayleigh may well be the youngest to have passed her foundation test
in the UK (Samuel Lewis KB9RYP and Sarah Bruno KB9SEG were just 4 years old
when they got their amateur radio licenses in 1998), even though she holds
a license to operate alone, this will not happen.

Kayleigh's only access to radio is via her Granddad Andy G7LRR, or at the
Radio Club under supervision and very closely monitored.

Kayleigh has been involved in radio for over 3 years now, having been
allowed to say hello on her granddad's radio to radio friends all over
the world.





No Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site decision

We will have to wait till at least mid-May before it may be decided whether
South Africa or Australia will be the country to host the SKA.

Members of the SKA Organisation met in Amsterdam on 4 April for their first
general meeting. They noted the SKA site selection advisory committee's
report and associated commentary that had been passed to them by the
SKA Organisation's board, which met last month in the UK.

The members wished to move ahead with the site selection process and
recognised that it is desirable to maintain an inclusive approach to the SKA.
They noted that it is important to maximise the value from the investment
made by both candidate regions. A small scientific working group was set up
to explore possible implementation options that would achieve this.

The working group will report back in mid-May.


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NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA

ELECTRONIC HERITAGE - SCHNECTADY MUSEUM GETS ALL GE VIDEO

And finally this week a story about the work of a
museum doing all it can to preserve some of
electronics past. Here's Jeff Clark, K8JAC:

The Schenectady Museum is using the YouTube dot
com website to rebroadcast more than 1,000 of its
General Electric films, which date back to
1915. According to the museum curator Chris
Hunter, the archive was previously available only
on 16 millimetre film and was viewed infrequently
because of its physical condition and the
cumbersome process to watch the films using an optical projector.

Hunter said that the museum had long wanted to
digitize the collection in order to preserve it
but until recently it had been cost prohibitive
to do so. Now, thanks to grants from the
Institute for Museum and Library Services and the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Life Members' Foundation, the museum was able to
purchase a high-definition film transfer unit and hire and operator for it.

Among the film artefacts now existing in the
digital domain are advertisements, raw footage of
equipment tests, company picnics and promotional
clips. Also transferred is the famed early
television series titled the General Electric
Theatre. It was hosted by former President Ronald Reagan.

The museum hopes to finish uploading all of its
film transferred videos to YouTube in the next
year. It will then begin digitizing its 1,200
video tape based archives. A direct link to what
has already been uploaded and available for
viewing is at tinyurl.com/ge-on-youtube

Again that U-R-L to screen all of those historic
General Electric films is tinyurl.com/ge-on-youtube





CANADA BEGINS ISSUING 60 METER EXPERIMENTAL LICENSES

Canada has begun issuing experimental licenses
for the 60 meter band. Regulator Industry Canada
issued the first such developmental license on
April 2nd to Russ Hemphill, VE3FI, to use the call sign VX9GHD at 5 MHz

Canadian radio amateurs have been waiting three
years for an opportunity to join the USA, Britain
and other nations in making use of the 60 meter
spectrum. When a true Canadian amateur radio
allocation on 5 MHz meters might be approved is at this time unknown.





RADIO NETHERLANDS TO DROP DUTCH SHORTWAVE LANGUAGE BROADCASTS IN MAY

Radio Netherlands is in the news again with word
that the international broadcaster will terminate
Dutch language transmissions world-wide on May
11th. And to say farewell to Dutch speaking
listeners around the world the station plans to
hold a 24-hour marathon broadcast from 2000 UTC
on May 10th until 2000 UTC on May
11th. Frequencies and a listing of program
content should be posted soon to the Radio Netherlands Dutch
language website.


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IRTS NEWS DESK

Gi2012MGY

A special event station located in Belfast from on board the SS Nomadic,
Titanic's 'Little Sister'.

To mark the Centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, City of Belfast
Radio Amateur Society ( CoBRAS ) will be QRV on most HF bands, CW and SSB,
from on board 'the Nomadic' from 12th - 18th April.

The SS Nomadic is the only remaining historic link to the Titanic left
afloat, and she is also the last surviving White Star Line vessel in the
world. Like Titanic herself she was built at the shipyards of Harland and
Wolff in Belfast, and served as a tender to the Olympic and Titanic.

She is currently undergoing restoration work in the docks where she was built,
adjacent to the new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.

International interest in all things 'MGY' is reaching extraordinary levels
and the extremely rare Gi2012 prefix is sure to add extra interest from
WPX hunters. CoBRAS members look forward to working many EI stations during
the week of activity from on board this unique ship.

Further information and QSL details can be found under Gi2012MGY at QRZ.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





SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE

W1AW CLAIMS 5BDXCC

Nearly four decades after the introduction of the Five Band DXCC Award
W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station has achieved this milestone.

"As with most stations, we found that 80 meters was our stumbling block,"
W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, explained.

W1AW's 5BDXCC plaque will hang in a place of honour at the station.

Prior to achieving 5BDXCC, W1AW held DXCC on 40 thru 10 meters for many
years, but was always searching for the last few remaining entities on 80.

"Now that W1AW has 5BDXCC, we are gunning for DXCC Honour Roll," Carcia
said. "Like with 5BDXCC, there are just a few more entities to go
before W1AW can claim that award."

(sourced to arrl letter)





To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the
Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland will be transmitting a special
bulletin near 500 kHz, the distress frequency used by the radio
officers of the Titanic to send their CQD call to Cape, Race
Newfoundland. Please listen on 507.77 kHz CW for VX9MRC between 0001
and 0400 UTC on 15 April 2012. Please note this corresponds to
Saturday night, 14 April, for listeners in the western hemisphere. For
further information, please see the MRCN web page by searching for
VO1MRC on the internet.

(Charles Marsh, VO1VZ NL Section manager - Radio Amateurs of Canada.)





North Cork Radio Group on the air for Marconi weekend

The North Cork Radio Group will be activating Mizen Head Visitors Centre
for Marconi weekend.

The callsign, EI 0 IMD, will be on the air from 20th April - 22nd April
inclusive.

Marconi Day is on 21st April this year.





This is Julian Sortland, currently MW/VK2YJS in North-West Wales.

The other day I went to Caernarfon, where Marconi had a number of
transmission stations in the early 1900s, including the experimental
station used to send the first official radio message from Britain to
Australia, back in 1918.

It was sent on behalf of Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes, who was
in Britain at the time, and who had just visited the troops in France. That
message was received by Ernest Fisk, at his home in Wahroonga, in the north
of Sydney.

This link allows the Hornsby and Districts Amateur Radio Club can participate
in International Marconi Day, in which stations around the world celebrate
Marconi's birthday, which falls on 25th April. As the event is on the
nearest Saturday, this year it will be the 21st, and being an international
event, this is the UTC day. Therefore, VK2IMD will be operating next
Saturday from 10:00am Sydney time, through to 10:00am on Sunday, on various
HF bands, and possibly 160m - mostly using SSB, depending on the operators.

It is also the 25th year for the global event, so the lead station, GB4IMD
has a licence variation to use GB 25 IMD. Further information about the
event search for "GB4IMD".





BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS

HF WebSDR in Sweden

An online Software Defined Radio (SDR) located in Sweden for the amateur
radio 3, 5, 7 and 14 MHz bands is now available.

Located in Mora, Sweden, it is operated by SM4JLX e-mail sm4jlx@ssa.se and
comprises 3 x Soft66lite receivers and band-pass filter.

You need both Java and JavaScript enabled for the WebSDR to work properly.
If you don't hear anything, probably Java is disabled or its version is too
old (i.e., pre-1.4.2).. .

Listen to the 3 band HF radio at
http://sk4ko-websdr.no-ip.org:8901/

Soft66lite
http://zao.jp/radio/66lite/





Radio Canada International announces end of its shortwave broadcasting

Spending cuts announced in Canada's latest federal budget have reached Radio
Canada International.

Speaking to employees at RCI's headquarters in Montreal, RCI director
Helene Parent declared that two out of three RCI employees---about 40 people,
will lose their jobs by the end of July.

RCI's Russian and Portuguese sections will be closed along with the English
and French-language newsrooms. All shortwave broadcasts will cease as well.

RCI will continue to exist solely on the Internet in five languages

English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Mandarin.

http://www.rcinet.ca/english/news/15_56_27_2012-04-04-rci-slashed/





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

Japanese Earth-Moon-Earth - Project Big Dish

A 2007 Japan-Broadcasting Corporation TV report about amateur radio
Moon bounce (EME) operation has just been made available on YouTube.

KDDI, one of the Japanese telecommunication services companies, had assigned
to make experimental cooperation with the Project BIG-DISH, composed of some
forty Japanese moon bouncers, and JARL.

The operation took place late February and early March, in 2007.

Watch 8N1EME-NHK-NEWS(NHK(Japan-Broadcasting Corp.))





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
http://alara.org.au
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
geencee@picknowl.com.au

After 20 years, Dot VK2DB has written her last ALARA newsletter.
Many thanks Dot for a fine job and keeping our listeners "in the loop"
ALARA wise.





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

AS-109. CANCELLED

The RT9K/P DXpedition was cancelled because the temperature in Nadym was
climbing to over 0 deg C and the snow is melting.

The next few week's forecast also predicts higher temperatures which will
weaken the ice for the snowmobile and tricky for a boat to navigate.

The team has returned home to find a different method of transportation.

(sourced to kb8nw)





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

WICEN Victoria are involved in 5 events during the next quarter.
If you are available to participate in any of these events, please
get in touch with the contact listed for the event.

Friday April 20th 2012
Oxfam Trailwalker
Jells Park to Warburton
Contact: Ian Morris VK3IFM phone: 03 9763 0565
Email: ifm@live.com.au

Sunday April 22nd 2012
Wombat 100 Bike Ride
Woodend
Contact: John Weir VK3XD phone: 03 9431 0667
Email: zzrvelec@bigpond.net.au

Sunday April 29th 2012
Coordinators and Commanders Meeting
Box Hill
Contact: Mark Dods VK3ZR phone: 03 9849 0501
Email: madods@optusnet.com.au

Saturday May 5th 2012
East Gippsland Stages
Bairnsdale
Contact: Colin Pomroy VK3BLE phone: 03 5149 7228
Email: colinpomroy@bigpond.com

Sunday May 6th 2012
Kenda Nav Rally
Rubicon
Contact: Peter Weeks VK3YZP phone: 03 5772 1454
Email: weeksradio@virtual.net.au

Regards,
WICEN Secretary, secretary@vic.wicen.org.au





REWIND

Hereford Times - Titanic Messages

Richard Langford G4FAD has been helping to recreate the chilling messages
sent from the Titanic just hours before it sank in the Atlantic with the
loss of 1,517 lives.

Richard, a member of the Hereford Amateur Radio Society, was one of three
radio enthusiasts invited to Liverpool to record the exact Morse code SOS
calls sent from the doomed ship on April 14, 1912.

Read the Hereford Times newspaper story at
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/9340562.Wellington_farmer_
helps_recreate_chilling_messages_from_the_Titanic

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

This weekend members of the Redcliffe Radio Club will be operating the
special event station, VI4MGY, from the docks of the Queensland Maritime
Museum, Southbank in Brisbane from 1000 hrs. Sunday until 1000 hrs. Monday.

Bevan, VK4BCM, who is coordinating the Brisbane activities, said that
currently there are some 39 stations participating worldwide.

Associated with the Titanic Day, is a worldwide contest CW contest to
celebrate the two wireless operators who let the world know of the tragedy.
One operator was rescued and the other lost his life whilst transmitting
when the ship went down. The surviving operator after his rescue started to
send out lists of survivors from the rescue ship until he reached the
United States.

The contest is therefore a CW contest only.

In the contest, QSO with a dedicated Titanic station merits 10 points.
A "FISTS HQ" Station 5 points
FISTS Affiliated station 3 points
FISTS member station 2 points and
1 for non-members.

Logs should include date/call/ name/qth/time/fist number or non member
points. Logs can be emailed to m0bpt@yahoo.co.uk or posted to R.D.Walker,
FISTS, P.O.Box 6743, Tipton, DY4 4AU England.

The Redcliffe Club with association with the FISTS group have designed a
beautiful QSL card and there is only one way to get one and that is to give
the local guys a call either on 20, 40, and 80 metres in the CW segment of
the band. If you want further information use the following computer link,

http://www.m0bpt.org.uk/Titanic%20SES/titanic.htm

ABC local radio 612, interviewed Bevan on Friday Afternoon Drive program
and there is also a cross by Macca on his Sunday radio Program also on the
local ABC radio.

Well this is about all at the moment and so it's 73 until you hear from me
in QNEWS in the Queensland Zone. I'm Ray, VK4CF, from the Redcliffe club.





SOCIAL SCENE 2012

APR 14-15 VK WIA National Field Day on now!

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

MAY 5- 6 VK4 RADAR and MARC Clairview Gathering

MAY 25-27 VK3 WIA Annual Conference Mildura

MAY 26 VK4 BARCFEST (a hamfest) Mt Gravatt Showgrounds 9am.

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

JULY 21 VK4 WIA VK4 CLUB PRESIDENTS LUNCH Hervey Bay AR Club

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
wia.org.au

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

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







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