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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 03 2012.
We'll compress 3 days of Amateur radio into 8 minutes and give you a feel
for what you missed out on at the 2012 WIA AGM and Conference in Mildura.
THIS STORY AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 3 2012.
SA GETS LION SHARE OF SKA.
After nine years of sweat and tears by the South African and Australian SKA
site bid teams, the independent SKA Site Advisory Committee, identified by
consensus Africa as the preferred site but their recommendation was
overturned by the SKA Organization after complaints by we Australians,
It appears the SKA organization had difficulty coming to a final decision and
according to one of the members of the committee the atmosphere at the
meeting was heated and at times the group had to take a recess. The ultimate
outcome was that for the sake of inclusivity they agreed to consider
constructing one of the three SKA receiver components in Australia.
Two will be constructed in Africa.
Community broadcasting service for South Australia's Goolwa community
The Goolwa community in South Australia will have a new long-term community
radio service after the Australian Communications and Media Authority
decided to allocate the licence to Radio Alexandrina Community Broadcasters
Association Inc. (Alex FM).
Alex FM was one of two applicants for the Goolwa licence. The other was
Fleurieu Christian Broadcasters Inc. (Spirit FM). The licence is initially
for a period of five years, when the licensee must then apply for it to be
Alex FM proposes to represent the general community interest while Spirit FM
had proposed to represent the Religious - Christian community interest.
The ACMA considered that Alex FM better demonstrated its capacity to provide
the proposed service which would be more capable of meeting the existing
and perceived future needs of the community.
President Michael Owen VK3KI firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD email@example.com
Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
we'll compress 3 days of Amateur radio into 8 minutes and give you a feel
for what you missed out on at the 2012 WIA AGM and Conference in Mildura.
For many arrivals in Mildura the first taste of hospitality was the airport
arrival lounge where local amateurs were waiting to provide personal
transport to accommodation. After check-in, registration was one stop in a
whirlwind of meeting amateurs left, right and centre. Mal Brooks was handing
out the registration packs together with a locally grown mandarin and maps to
aid navigation through Mildura.
The Friday afternoon was topped off with a visit to the local boutique
brewery pub where we sampled some local ales. A brisk walk around the corner
and we were on the way to Settlers where the amateurs outnumbered the locals
three to one, but they took it in their stride and dinner was on the way in
the blink of an eye.
The buffet style meal was punctuated by local Balloon Pilot and all-round
Scotsman, Alan Cameron who regaled several tall tales, some of which may have
had a little help from the local brew.
Dinner was accompanied by local musicians who kept up a lively flow of song
Breakfast the next morning was a social affair with amateurs making their way
to the central dining hall where all manner of great food was available, and
as food goes, Mildura kept up its end of the deal with great food the whole
way through the weekend.
Afterwards a quick registration for the AGM - every current WIA member was
presented with a blue voting card - not that we needed to vote on anything
in the end, but being prepared is always par for the course.
VK3KI, WIA President Michael Owen, ran a tight ship and after opening the AGM
celebrating 102 years of the Wireless Institute of Australia at 09:07 and the
acceptance of apologies we stood for a minute silence to acknowledge the
silent keys who passed in the last year. 65 WIA members and 55 further
Amateurs, two Life Members among them.
The minutes of last year's AGM were accepted and the financial report was
passed without comment.
New Directors were introduced and at 09:13 the AGM was all done and dusted.
Next item on the agenda was the annual awards and President's Commendations.
Neil Husk VK6BDO
In recognition of his contribution to amateur radio and the Wireless
Institute of Australia over many years, including supporting the WA Repeater
Group and the WIA news broadcasts, but most particularly his ongoing support
of the education of potential amateurs including his role in the foundation
of HAM college and his role training and assessing since then.
Keith Bainbridge VK6XH, VK6EME, VK6RK
In recognition of his contribution to the Wireless Institute of Australia and
amateur radio over many years including serving as a member of the Council of
the Wireless Institute of Australia Western Australia Division and thereafter
as a member and Chairman of the WA Advisory Committee, his different roles in
the Northern Corridor Radio Group, his compilation of notes for Amateur Radio
magazine, his support of the WIA Awards program and his untiring support and
promotion of the Wireless Institute of Australia.
Onno Benschop VK6FLAB
In recognition of his active participation in various aspects of amateur
radio during his first year as a licenced radio amateur.
David McAulay VK3EW
For his valuable ongoing contribution to the WIA's Awards Committee.
Alek Petkovic VK6APK
For his valuable ongoing contribution to the WIA's Awards Committee.
President's Commendations to Nominated Assessors
Roger Cordukes VK4CD
Peter Willmott VK3TQ
Terence Ryeland VK2UX
Peter Watts VK5ZFW
Ronald Bertrand VK2DQ
Larry Lindsay VK2CLL
Peter Dowde VK7PD
Colin Pomroy VK3BLE
Craig Cook VK3CMC
Trevor Quick VK5ATQ
Lyle Dobbs VK4LM
Trevor Connell VK8CO
Laurie Pritchard VK4BLE
Dale McCarthy VK4DMC
Tony LaMacchia VK2BTL
Eric Van De Weyer VK2VE
Ian Ellings VK7QF
Philip Adams VK3JNI
Paul Hoffmann VK5PH
Owen Clarke VK3BC
Steven Tregear VK3TSR
Scott Habgood VK2UBQ
Kathi Suminer VK6KTS
Gail Lidden-Sandford VK4ION
In recognition of their valuable contribution to amateur radio and the
Wireless Institute of Australia as a Nominated Assessor - a role requiring
specific qualifications and central to the effective operation of the
WIA Exam Service.
David Clegg VK5KC
In recognition of his contribution to amateur radio and the Wireless
Institute of Australia including his support of the North East Radio Club
and as a very active Secretary and now President of the Adelaide Hills
Amateur Radio Society and as a member of the South Australian Advisory
Committee and his untiring support of the Wireless Institute of Australia.
Amateur Radio Technical Award:
James (Jim) Tregellas VK5JST for his articles 'An introduction to stepper
motors' and 'Building an 80 metre magnetic loop antenna for your attic',
published in the May, July and August 2011 issues of Amateur Radio.
Al Shawsmith Award for journalism:
Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW for his article 'Modern communications technologies
- a quick Centenary review and the future', published in the December 2011
issues of Amateur Radio.
The Chris Jones Award;
Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ
(commendation not provided here)
The Ron Wilkinson Award:
Dale Hughes VK1DSH for his contribution to amateur radio in representing the
amateur service in the preparation for WRC-12 and as a member of the
Australian delegation to the APG and the WRC and his long history of
technically excellent articles published in Amateur Radio magazine.
G. A. Taylor Medal:
Peter Young VK3MV
(commendation not provided here)
After the awards, we started the Open Forum Discussion.
Discussions were productive and engaging about many issues close to the
heart of Amateur Radio, including several proposals to promote our hobby to
new audiences and the future of the club grant scheme.
There was discussion about how successful the club grant scheme had been,
whether it was too confining in its requirements - one example from the floor
was that it should be possible for the club-grant scheme to be used to buy
tins of paint because it might well be that this would be the most important
thing for a club to spend money on and one member stood to ask for exactly
that - having just moved into a hall that needed more than some TLC. During
morning tea - which included several nice pastries - several discussions
continued on and the topic of promotion of the hobby was discussed.
After lunch we had several great presentations, details will be available on
We saw a demonstration of Amateur TV, saw satellites launched into space,
heard about how audio chirps help determine propagation and saw amazing
footage and inventiveness with project Horus.
Pre-dinner drinks were enjoyed by some, but yours truly was putting together
the announcement for the conference next year in VK6 and you'll hear more
about that in the news next week.
Dinner was accompanied by classical music and a classic speaker who had a
lifetime in media and commercial broadcast radio and had many tales to tell
about radio in Mildura.
For early risers the next morning, there was the opportunity to witness two
Horus launches, weather balloons with electronic payloads. One of the
launches had a repeater as a pay-load and many amateurs used it to check-in
Meanwhile, the festivities continued on the Paddle Ship Mundoo - where among
the food and fun we had a live shack operating the call-sign VK102WIA - try
saying that in a hurry. Many amateurs took the opportunity to operate the
station and QSO's were had with New Zealand, VK6 and Russia. At several times
signal reports were quite strong but some detective work determined that a
few hams decided to make call-backs from the boat - anything for a QSL card.
After lunch and a group photo we made our way to the QTH of Noel Ferguson
VK3FI who opened up his home and his shack for all of us to be inspired by.
A life-time of building is visible in Noel's shack and his attention to
detail comes with a dry wit which saw the local bag-pipers come by to annoy
the President of the Sunraysia Radio Group. The BBQ was of the same high
standard that Mildura offered throughout and it was topped off with a
masterfully called raffle, under the auspices of Ray VK3HSR.
And that's how it ended, laughing into the distance. What an experience!
Next year we'll have to put on a great show to top this one.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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The Caboolture Radio Club, call sign VK4QD, will be celebrating 100 Years of
the WIA in Queensland from Saturday to Monday, 16th to 18th June using the
special event call sign VK100WIQ. The operation will be from the clubhouse
located at 169 Smiths Road, Caboolture.
We will be also be holding a "Grand" re-opening on Saturday 16th June from
11am to 3pm to celebrate our recently renovated clubhouse. This is a great
opportunity to check out our upgraded facilities and the cool new custom-made
consoles while the VK100WIQ operation is in full swing.
Hope to see you!
73, Peter VK4QC, Secretary
Calling all merry makers. You are cordially invited to RES Reunion of
facilitators, students, past students and friends and partners.
Saturday 9th June 2012
10 AM onwards or until we drop.
You will need to bring all food, and beverages BBQ's and restrooms are
Please bring out door chairs if you wish to be more comfortable.
Directions will be available of 146.7 MHz (Gold Coast Repeater) and 146.5
Simplex from 9.00 AM onwards.
Please RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you RSVP then we will be able to
advise you of any changes such as postponements due to bad weather.
FREE - Boot Sale - fill your boot - sell your junk to others - and buy some
Fox Hunt - $5 entry - monetary prize for winner AND prizes for 2nd and 3rd.
Go to web site www.ron.so
South East Radio Group Convention
This is John VK5DJ for the South East Radio Group.
The South East Radio Group's 48th Annual Convention will be held next
Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th June at Mount Gambier.
That's next weekend.
Last year the hall was open for just one day although the Australian Fox
Hunting Championship was run over its usual two days. Many comments were
received about wanting the 2 day convention back and we are pleased that
we have been able go back to the 2 day format. The program is on the website
now. Just type "SERG Convention" into Google.
The first event is the Sniffer Hunt at 11.00AM on Saturday. Of course the
famous night fox hunt will be held that evening and again the organisers
will do their best to trick the foxes. A special challenge is promised and
competitors will need to be on their toes. If you've never seen fox hunting
in action here's your big chance to see how experts and beginners do it and
have huge fun in the process.
The venue for the Home Brew Competition and the Trading tables is the
headquarters of the 1st Mount Gambier Scout Group in Margaret Street,
Mount Gambier. Entry Fee for the two days is only $5.00. The hall opens at
midday on Saturday and 9:00AM on Sunday, there are hourly door prizes.
Our Chef from last year has been convinced to return, so catering will be
available at the venue.
Presentations will be at the SERG Club Rooms in the Reidy Park Centre
followed by the post-convention BBQ at the SERG clubrooms.
The Home brew competition is a highlight with prizes provided by a generous
anonymous amateur, so bring along that project you've been working on. The
project can be simple or complicated. There are several sections that cater
for the beginner and the expert.
2012 is a special year for the club as it's also the South East Radio Group's
fiftieth birthday so come along next weekend and help us celebrate.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
More Italian Earthquakes
Two additional earthquakes have struck the Emilia Romagna region of Italy
with heavy losses in the Parmesan cheese industry and 16 deaths have been
Hundreds were injured when the 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook northern Italy
on Tuesday, forced thousands of people from their homes, and came nine days
after the 6.0 magnitude quake killed seven.
Among the ongoing rescue and recovery workers are radio amateurs from the
Raggruppamento Nazionale Radiocomunicazioni Emergenza, and RNRE, using both
HF and VHF.
Tuesday's quake was followed by dozens of aftershocks with one recorded at
5.6 magnitude in the industrial and densely populated area.
Some historical buildings including churches have been further damaged by
the latest shakes, particularly in the San Felice sul Panaro and Mirandola
IARU Region 1 Emergency Coordinator Greg Mossop G0DUB reports that RNRE have
a mobile unit with five radio amateurs in the area and two more units are
ready to go when requested.
This follows a request from the Italian Civil Protection Department. The
HF frequency 7060kHz is in use by IQ1HQ at the RNRE Headquarters and IQ0TK
from the Civil Protection Department in Rome. VHF links are on 145.200MHz.
Please keep the frequency of 7060kHz clear. RNRE can also be found in Google
English on http://tinyurl.com/RNRE-Italy
(Jim Linton VK3PC. Chairman IARU Region 3, Disaster Communications Committee,
acknowledging the input from Greg Mossop G0DUB IARU Region 1 Emergency
Radio transmitter causes bomb scare
The BBC report that a suspicious device triggered a bomb alert in Surrey.
BBC News say:
The device was found after reports of suspicious activity near the Maultway,
Camberley at about 10:00 BST on Monday.
The Maultway and roads near the Cheylesmore Park estate were closed for about
Following examination by army bomb disposal experts Surrey police said "The
unit is now described as being a transmitter or repeater for a citizen or
pirate band radio station."
[Presumably by pirate band they are referring to 88-108 MHz?]
Read the full story at
Special centenary callsign for WIA
2012 is the Centenary of the Wireless Institute of Australia
being established in the State of Queensland.
A special Centenary callsign, VK100WIQ, will be activated
from 1st June through to 31st July by way of the WIA
affiliated radio clubs in Queensland. There is also a
Centenary QSL card and a Centenary award available.
Details of the QSL card and award can be found at
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
VK Shires Contest June 9-10
VK Winter VHF-UHF Field Day June 23-24
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
WW Oceania Dx Contest SSB October 6
ww Oceania Dx Contest CW oceaniadxcontest.com Oct 13
VK Spring VHF / UHF Field Day November 24-25
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
From the TARC Inc. in Townsville we learn of an activation of VI4XQA at
Mareeba, a special event station at the Mareeba Heritage Centre Saturday
9th June. The event station will be using either special call VI4XQA, or
VK4XQA and will be operating adjacent to the heritage display of the
first Amateur Radio station in Queensland, the Marcus Brimms XQA Spark
(Townsville and VK4ZZ newsletter of TARC)
Coventry Amateur Radio Society have GB 50 CCC on the air until 19th June for
the Coventry Cathedral Celebration.
GB 0 TLR Railways on the Air
Southgate Amateur Radio Club will be operating a Special Event station for
the Railways on the Air event on 22nd and 23rd of September.
This is being run in conjunction with the North London Model Engineering
Society at the Tyttenhanger Light Railway site near London Colney,
Hertfordshire using call sign GB0TLR, the same callsign as used last year
and operating on 20, 40 and 80 metres.
That station from Afghanistan CT1FKN who is signing T6JM is about to depart
mid-June. T6JM is mainly QRV on 20m SSB and BPSK31.
QSL T6JM to CT1KFN his home call.
Members of the Jersey Contest Group will be active as GJ 2 A from the
Isle of Jersey during the Radio Society of Great Britain's'
Islands on the Air Contest.
This event taking place July 28 and 29.
QSL direct to GJ 3 DVC.
European Football Championship 2012 on the AIR
EFC 2012 is an on-the-air activity which promises to be a great deal of fun,
organized by Polish and Ukrainian amateurs affiliated with PZK and UARL.
From June 1st to July 5th 2012, there are numerous special event stations
active on the air. They are operating concurrently with the 2012 European
Football Championship, which this year is organized jointly by Poland and
There are two awards which can be earned during this period, as well as many
interesting QSL cards and prizes.
More detailed information be found on website http://efc2012.pzk.org.pl
DK9FN will once again return to Temotu Province
be active as H40FN between this December 22nd and January 7th of 2013.
QSL H40FN via HA8DD.
F4CYZ iS operational from Morocco as CN2YZ through years end. His activity will be
from the city of Tangier especially on the weekends. The Mediterraneo DX Club is
supporting his activities and is also providing a Web site with a log-check.
Its in cyberspace at www.mdxc.org/cn2yz
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
South East Queensland ATV group tell us Martin VK4JVC has been working away
on the SEQATV group Digital Television transmitter, if you are in the
Deception Bay area close to Martin's QTH you may be able to pick up the low
power test transmissions using standard digital TVs or desk top boxes able to
tune manually tune 436 MHz
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
Cuba's Radio Hams get new Digimodes
With great pleasure I inform to the world community of amateur radio that
after a national debate and then follow the legal avenues has been approved
by the department authorized by the government the use of new digital modes
for all Cuban hams.
The last legislation only allowed us to work in PSK31, QPSK31, AMTOR, PACKET
We can now work in Domino Contestia, Olivia, MFSK, JT65, almost all variants
of PSK (BPSK, QPSK, PSK-R) among others.
And more importantly, it has set up a mechanism to apply for new digimodes by
any hams, I have asked already some who were not authorized, including WSPR,
JT6M, HSMM, PACTOR II and III, FSK441, among others.
Another important step is that they have authorized access to the FRC's
internal network using packet radio nodes, and have authorized the use of
packet gateways in cross bands (HF / VHF, etc.)
Cuban radio amateurs are pleased with this approval that puts us on a par
with colleagues anywhere in the world.
3 from CO7WT
CU on HF on Digimodes !!!
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
The anniversary ILLW grabs imagination
The 15th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August
has inspired many to register early with 32 countries and nearly 250
Although this is just over half of the countries normally attracted by the
event it is slightly ahead of expectations with ten weeks to go.
The weekend increases the public awareness of lighthouses and lightships
and their need for them to be preserved, promotes amateur radio and fosters
The event was started mainly by late Mike Dalrymple GM4SUC and the Ayr
Amateur Radio Group in 1995 as the Northern Lighthouse Activity Weekend with
stations at Scottish lighthouses. It quickly went international.
The third weekend in August coincides with the worldwide lighthouse open
day organised by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers that sees public
access to many of the featured lighthouses.
During the weekend a group or individual sets up an amateur station at or
adjacent to a lighthouse, lightship or marine beacon that is listed.
To register, complete a short online form, read the event rules and have
lots of fun. You will see complete statistics on past events, reports from
previous years and ILLW are on Facebook too.
Visit the website at illw.net for the International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend held on August the 18th and 19th.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- NAVAL
NEW JERSEY CLUB TO ACTIVATE SUBMARINE RADIO STATION
The Nutley Amateur Radio Society, of Nutley New Jersey, has activated the
radio room of World War II Submarine USS Ling. This as part of the
world-wide Museum Ships Weekend THIS weekend, June 2nd and 3rd.
The Ling is a Balao class fleet submarine, measuring 312 feet and is a
permanent museum ship, berthed on the Hackensack River New Jersey.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with a reminder that tomorrow Monday
June 4th the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly News and
Information Bulletin will be broadcast on a number of HF and VHF
The principal HF transmissions will be on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz USB 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
Once again, that's 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.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
BSA TO OFFER MORSE CODE INTERPRETER STRIP
For many years, Boy Scouts and Scouters of America have been able to earn an
interpreter strip to wear on their uniforms.
This strip, worn on the uniform denotes proficiency in a foreign language or
Each language has its own strip (with the name of the language embroidered in
that language), and some Scouts and Scouters wear more than one strip.
Now those hams involved with the Boy Scouts can show their proficiency in
Morse code with a Morse code interpreter strip (with M-O-R-S-E spelled out
in Morse code)
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
Emergency Agencies should work with Radio Amateurs
The Straits Times newspaper reports that the use of amateur radio in rescues
should be promoted.
They say amateur radios could be the key to communicate with people in
distress and, therefore, collaboration between government agencies and
amateur radio users should be intensified.
They quote Malaysian Information Department director-general Ibrahim Abd
Rahman as saying that integration between the two should be encouraged as
it helped the agencies to build good rapport and teamwork spirit. He said
agencies like the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department
(JPA3), police, Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS), hospitals,
Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Department of Civil Aviation should work
together with amateur radio users.
Read the full story at
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
GW8TGS carry's Olympic torch
27th May, William Williams, GW8TGS was an Olympic Torchbearer as part of the
team carrying the Flame through Aberystwyth from around 18.14 BST, arriving
at Vicarage Fields half an hour later.
Having taken part in several charity runs and raising over 15,000 for
charity, William, GW8TGS was nominated by the Rotary Club of Aberystwyth for
his fund raising and his voluntary work. William says he felt honoured to be
a part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
SOTA has now been operating in VK3 for 4 months, and awareness of the
program continues to grow. Peter VK3PF joined the fray, activating Mt
Ida VK3/VU-009 on the way up, along with Mt William VK3/VS-001 on his
way back from the WIA AGM.
May has also seen a varied range of summits activated from One Tree Hill
VK3/VS-036 near Ararat, Mt Beckworth VK3/VC-024 near Ballarat,
Mt Cole VK3/VS-009 and Mt Buangor VK3/VS-003 which are in between Ararat and
There have been a few false starts in the month as well, but SOTA may end up
with more than 10 activators before too long.
Most activations have been HF SSB, but a reasonable portion have been 2m
FM. This is bringing out those who remember the days when there was more
activity on 2m simplex frequencies, such as the national calling
frequency 146.5 FM. DX in the month was mostly restricted to CW, but
there was a W/VK contact on 40m, as well as a 20m SSB contact into G.
All activations in the month were QRP with operators using FT817s, but
it is known that there are some kit builders out there. It is also known
that some LiPos are being put together to power FT857s and IC706MkIIs so
some higher power activations might be on the horizon for those eagerly
chasing from Europe.
Wayne, VK3WAM, presented SOTA at the EMDRC, which was warmly received.
The presentation was captured on video, and is available on Youtube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmdMMBNiUJA There was to be an additional
presentation at FAMPARC yesterday morning Saturday June the 2nd.
SOTA Chasers were heard from VK7 and VK5, chasing contacts on VK3
summits, but some also made contacts into Europe and asked activators
there for SOTA codes. A few VK1ers are looking on awaiting the day when
their association will go live, but that is likely to still be a few
months away. Perhaps VK5 will only be a few months behind that.
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
JUN 8-11 VK4 cancelled ! FNNQARG! QLD Cassowary Coast CANCELLED!!!!!!!!!
JUN 9-10 VK2 Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club field day Port Macquarie.
JUN 9-10 VK5 South East Radio Group Convention, Mt Gambier.
JUL 7- 8 VK3 GippsTech 2012, Monash University Gippsland Campus Churchill.
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
JULY 29 VK2/3 Albury Wodonga ARC HamFest @ Lavington Scout Hall
NOV 4 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HAMFEST @ Goodwood
NOV 11 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest
NOV 25 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST AT ROSEBUD
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