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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 17 2012.
Centenary of organized Amateur Radio in Queensland is off to a great start.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 17 2012.
We thank the Radio Amateurs of Canada who host the web page ariss.org for
news that a Sydney School has used the ARISS program to let their students
speak with the crew of the International Space Station.
St Anne's Primary School in Strathfield back last Wednesday used the
telephone system connected to LU8YY for the Children to pose
such questions as
Can you text in space? How do you communicate with your family?
How do toilets work in space?
What do you do to keep entertained?
NERG member Ethan VK3ETC and friend Ross VK4WRC will be operating portable
from VK2, VK4 and VK5 while organising the 2012 Patrol4x4.com National Forum
Meet up to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
They'll be operating from the 4th-10th July around 7:30-10:00pm AEST on HF
when parked up.
The convoy will run through Corner Country (Tiboorburra, Cameron's Corner,
Innamincka, Birdsville) on:
80m 3.550 MHz,
40m 7.140 MHz, and
20m 14.130 MHz +/- QRN/M.
TRIPLE M ROX
A radio staff member at Triple M Adelaide has been taken to hospital with
head injuries after being attacked with a claw hammer. The attack occurred
about 3pm on June 12, on the steps of the radio station on Greenhill Rd at
Unley. The staff member was treated for minor head injuries at the
Royal Adelaide Hospital.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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National FunFlight Day - November 4, 2012
National FunFlight Day is an event staged by Australian flying clubs to
provide joy flights for children and families touched by adversity. It also
helps pilots maintain their flying hours.
The Bendigo, Victoria-based Midland Amateur Radio Club, VK3CMZ, was invited
to participate in the National FunFlight Day by the Bendigo Flying Club in
November 2011. The Club didn't pass up this opportunity for some public
exposure and mounted an operating HF and UHF/VHF station. A handheld in a
plane also provided communication back to children on the ground.
The day was a success and another invitation has been received for the event
being held on November 4th this year. However, as the event is a national
event, the Midland Committee saw it as a worthwhile national amateur radio
publicity event and approached the FunFlight manager regarding other amateur
clubs' participation. Response was very positive and contact information has
now been provided to participating flying clubs so that they can contact
their nearest amateur radio club.
So, there you have it. If you are looking for another opportunity to showcase
amateur radio, your local flying club might be contacting you. If they don't,
maybe you contacting them might bring about the same result
More event information may be found at http://www.funflight.org/.
Midland Amateur Radio Club
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Central Highlands to Gladstone link on test
Steve VK4SMW, President of the Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club
says during the weekend of 9th and 10th of June work was completed
on the radio link from the Central Highlands repeater network in to
The system is on trial at the moment, with the Gladstone portal frequency
of 439.800MHz with access CTCSS tone of 91.5 Hz.
Mike VK4QS says :-
Well it seems the Centenary of organized Amateur Radio in Queensland is off
to a great start. The opening six days of June saw the Queensland Advisory
Committee, Don VK4BY, Alan VK4SN, and Mike VK4QS along with two volunteer
operators, Ray VK4NH, and Ken VK4QH, fill the airways with VK100WIQ.
Operations both locally and of a DX nature were warmly received, with many
stations intrigued with what the call sign was in fact celebrating.
Conditions were indeed very poor with a recent Mass Coronal Emission from the
sun playing havoc with propagation on the HF Bands
By June 7th, Clem and members of the Southside Amateur Radio Society took up
the mantle working hard to log many contacts over the following three days
with VK100WIQ. By Sunday June 10th the call sign went north to be operated by
a keen group of Amateurs from the Central Queensland Amateur Radio
From their field base at Weasel Park near Rockhampton this group undertook
three days of full on amateur radio activity with VK100WIQ. In fact they were
keen enough to film their time at Weasel Park for all of us to see. This can
be viewed on the QAC Website at, www.wiaq.org.au where there is also a You
This is something that other clubs in the up and coming weeks may consider
when undertaking their three days to promote the Centenary on air. Once you
have made a film or even taken photos of the time spent on air then consider
sending it to Mr Alan Shannon VK4SN, of the Queensland Advisory Committee.
Alan can see about up loading the links, your story and the photos on the
WIAQ site for the world to see. It then becomes part of the collective
Centenary archive for the future.
To all clubs participating in the Centenary celebrations with VK100WIQ, it is
requested that you upload your Log as per the email sent by Al Shannon VK4SN,
by way of the Centenary Logbook. This can be found on the WIA Website under
the heading News and Events. This will drop down to show VK4 Centenary, and
access, as per your password to the Logbook etc.
Enjoy your time promoting Centenary with VK100WIQ, and work as many clubs
and operators that fire it up on air between now and July 31st 2012.
AUG 5 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST Cyril Jackson Rec Centre, FGisher st, Ashfield WA.
9am, 7-30 for traders. Admission $5 for everyone including traders, no
charge for tables. FGisher st, Ashfield WA.
What use is an f-call? (20120115)
(Past editions of What use is an f-call can be found online at harg.org.au
Tolerance has many definitions, one is: a fair, objective, and permissive
attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality,
etc., differ from one's own. It's not a new concept, it's been around since
the end of the Middle Ages.
For some reason this week I had a wide spectrum of contacts within Amateur
Radio, some great, some disappointing. I had a debate on the merits or
otherwise of the NBN, an email from a 14 year old F-call who is being ignored
on air, a few posts from an Amateur friend in the transgender community and
an email vociferating refugee payments.
I find it curious that we as a community have a medium that ignores lines on
a map, stronger still, encourages us to share experiences with amateurs
around the world while having members act in an intolerant way toward
others. I think that debate is good and required, but in such a debate it
might be smart to use the same tenant's we use on air. Listen more than you
Now you might ask yourself what on earth does this have to do with having an
As we attract more people into the hobby we need to work to keep our
community healthy and happy. I think we should encourage those around us to
learn from the long history that Amateur Radio represents and perhaps
encourage tolerance, as it is clear to me, has been the backbone of Amateur
Radio since day one.
Why does it matter?
For one, your Amateur Radio signal goes outside the boundaries of this
country. Sometimes it's heard across the planet, even into space. Sometimes
your utterances will make it into the ears of people who have laws and
customs completely different from yours.
As you know, having an Amateur License is a privilege which works because
there is global cooperation on the matter, but if we abuse our privilege,
we'll soon learn how fragile cooperation becomes.
The melting pot that Amateur Radio represents is a wonderful community. It
has people from all walks of life with differing opinions, life-styles and
experiences. What attracted me to Amateur Radio was that those differences
don't matter, we all have one thing in common, being Amateurs.
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.
Germany gains 1331 callsigns in 2011
The German telecommunications regulator the Federal Network Agency have
released their report for 2011 part of which covers amateur radio.
The report says there were 62 Amateur Radio Exams, 731 amateur radio
certificates and 1331 ham radio call sign issued
THE TEN MILLION DOLLAR HAMVENTION.
It's said that Dayton this year resulted in an estimated $10,000,000
impact for the region!
HAMVENTION 2012 OFFICIAL FIGURE SAYS OVER 24000 ATTENDED!
This good news was announced by 2012 Hamvention General Chairman Mike Kalter,
W8CI and according to Mike, this was an increase over last year. He
attributed it in part to the excellent weather during Hamvention weekend.
W8CI also noted that many vendors reported excellent sales during the three
days of Hamvention and many restaurants, hotels and motels also reported
AMATURE RADIO WEEK
The Michigan House of Representatives in the USA has issued a resolution
recognizing the public service contributions of Michigan's Amateur Radio
The State house passed House Resolution No. 287, A resolution to declare
June 17-23, 2012, as Amateur Radio Week in the state of Michigan.
FRS application for IARU membership
The Federation of Radio sport of Republic of Azerbaijan (FRS), founded
30 December 2001, has applied for IARU (International Amateur Radio Union)
IARU Region 1 report that the application was found to be in order and a
proposal that FRS be elected as IARU member has been put out to vote.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
HAM RADIO HELPS LOCATE AND CONVICT PERSON WHO STOLE FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES
J. David Goldin ,WB1EZA, is being hailed as a hero by the
United States National Archives. This after helping to
solve exposed what authorities have called one of the most
egregious instances of theft of historic materials from
where the government preserves its historic documents,
photographs and recordings. Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl
Lasek, K9BIK, has the details:
According to news reports when J. David Goldin, WB1EZA, saw
a recorded interview of baseball great Babe Ruth for sale on
eBay he knew something was wrong. That's because there was
only one original record of that 1937 interview of Ruth on a
hunting trip, and Goldin had donated it to a government
archive more than 30 years ago.
So Goldin, who is described as an avid record collector,
launched his own investigation that led directly to
uncovering the person now believed responsible for stealing
close to 1000 artefacts from the National Archives.
Goldin began his sleuthing by purchasing a different
recording from the same on-line seller. When the deal was
complete he recognized the name of the seller as being the
same National Archives employee who had received the Babe
Ruth and other historic recording that Goldin had donated
thirty years earlier.
Goldin then took his findings to federal investigators.
They in turn obtained a search warrant and raided the home
of retired National Archives employee Leslie Waffen. There
authorities carted away two truckloads of materials. Now,
after pleading guilty, a judge in Maryland has sentenced
Waffen, to an 18 month prison term and fined him $10,000.
Before retiring, Waffen had worked at the National Archives
for 40 years.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
United Stares Inspector General, Paul Brachfeld, whose
office investigated the theft, says that he plans to honour
Goldin. He told the press that there are some people who
give tips who are just passive. He said that J. David
Golden wasn't like that. He called Goldin a sentinel.
THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN REPORTING EMERGENCIES TO THE PUBLIC
"Emergency Management Without Social Media.Fail" is the
title of a very interesting op-ed article by author Tim
Burrows posted across several social media websites. In it,
Burrows looks at both the positive and negative effects on
the public that social media can have in attempting to
disseminate and update information of a disaster, accident
or other event that the public needs to know.
Whether you agree or disagree with Burrows assessment of the
role of social media in regard to the accuracy of the
information being made public, his article is a very
interesting evaluation for anyone involved in the world of
emergency communications. You can read the entire story on-line
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
PrintSat - An Amateur Radio 3D Printer CubeSat
Students at Montana State University (MSU) are planning to build their new
amateur radio satellite PrintSat with nano-carbon-impregnated plastic using
a 3D printer!
David Klumpar KD7MFJ of MSU said 3D printing "will further lower the costs
and speed the development of very small satellites, enabling future
scientific missions comprised of dozens of satellites flying in formation."
Jim White WD0E, president of Colorado Satellite Services, explained that
3-D printing has evolved in the past few years to be a very inexpensive and
fast way to make mechanical parts. With PrintSat, the entire structure of
the small satellite will be printed.
As the first use of additive manufacturing for a satellite, they plan to
show they can make parts that cannot be made in traditional ways."
Montana State University Space Science and Engineering Laboratory
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
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
The team who were so "bad" at Cape Liptrap last August have decided to be bad
VK3BAD that is.
At the end of August a 20 strong team will travel into the Otway Ranges
homing in on The King Parrot Cottage complex near the Village of Pennyroyal
for a party. The Pennyroyal Propagation Party , a long weekend of Radio,
Delicious Food and Drink and Great Company.
Styled "Wireless Weekends" this inaugural operation follows on from highly
popular activations at Cape Liptrap over the past two years, And so great was
the demand that the trip was sold out just 3 days after being announced.
The location is high in the mountains with lots of wildlife in the area and
great views. The Station will operate on most HF frequencies 160 - 10mtrs
and on 6 and 2 metres and 70cm with contact to the Melbourne Area via the
Geelong 2 mtr repeater. They'll also attempt a live link up on 1250mhz to
VK3RTV repeater from a nearby high point which according to plotting software
will give a line of sight path of 147km. Also they hope to have a number of
live crosses using Skype to access VK3RTV during the weekend so you can see
all the action.
So please listen out for VK3BAD on 31st August through until September 3rd.
Further details on QRZ.com under VK3BAD
Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Thirty years have passed since 1A made its way onto the DXCC list.
An activation by an International team looks to celebrate the uniqueness of
this event. So, from the 1st to the 4th July, we will listen for them on the
air as 1A0C from Santa Maria del Priorato, home of the Sovereign Military
Order of Malta.
The callsign that will be used belongs to 'The Order of Malta's Italian
Relief Corps (CISOM)" an organization specialized in bringing assistance and
relief during emergencies.
BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS
NERG news report that the internet forum known as AURFSCAN.COM started out
as a popular place to hold discussions and swap exchange information with
radio scanner enthusiasts but has since grown to include amateur radio
activities, with quite a few VK amateurs contributing to this busy forum.
In addition to the usual forum posts, there is wiki, files, and personal blog
pages however some of these require you to join at a small annual fee.
Check out the forum at:
Radio Netherlands English service closes down
Following the closure of the Dutch service in May, Radio Netherlands has
announced that the English service will end on June 29.
And, since RNW's English web stream will end on 29 June, there will be no more
The measures are a result of steep budget cuts imposed by the Dutch
On 29 June they will broadcast a radio show looking back at the past decades
of Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
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
Reporting Harmful Interference to ACMA
We Radio Amateurs often deal with signals down in the noise, so interference
is something we are very sensitive to.
We often experience interference from a number of devices sold on the market
today, such as lighting systems, inverters, solar systems (especially
roof-top solar systems), and all manner of switch-mode power supplies.
The ACMA has the responsibility of enforcing the EMC regulations, but the
ACMA is now very much a complaint's driven and evidence based organization
and will but it's resources where they are most needed. That's why it is very
important if that if you suffer long-term harmful interference to you
communications from any device you should let the ACMA know about it.
The ACMA has an interference reporting form in the Radio Communications
section of their website. There is no fee for making an interference report
to the ACMA but it's very important that only valid interference to YOUR
communications over a long period of time is reported.
So please, take a look at the interference reporting form on the Radio
communications section of the AMCA website and if you suffer harmful
interference from any device, make a report and let the ACMA know about it
it will only help you and your fellow radio amateurs.
This is Phil Wait VK2ASD for the WIA.
The on-line R066 form is at:
A sample of a completed interference reporting form is at:
Again the ACMA form number is R066 and that a copy of this news item is also
on wia.org.au with the links included.
IARU Monitoring System Newsletter
The May issue of the IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports on a
'Clansman' transmission in the amateur radio 28 MHz band, possibly from the
The newsletter says:
"Clansman" is the name of a F1B system, used by the British military.
Parameters: 300 Bd and 850 shift.
The system was daily transmitting on 28181.5 kHz and well audible in Germany
every late noon. Our bearings were showing South America. DK2OM thinks the
emissions are coming from the Falkland Islands.
There is also a report on the CODAR radar system in North East India,
Bay of Bengal, that is operating on 14070-14125 kHz.
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
Ham Song - Solid State Rage
Solid State Rage is written and performed by Dan Taverne KE5UTN
Watch Ham Song - Solid State Rage version 2 on YouTube now.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route is being tracked on the APRS.fi web site.
To see it go to http://aprs.fi/ and enter Torch2012 in the Track Callsign
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
SumbandilaSat recovery work continues
SA AMSAT posted a report on their website that there is still a recovery
opportunity for SumbandilaSat.
The team at SunSpace are still incrementally reading back the program code
from the nine power modules in an effort to determine the extent of the
corruption. With SumbandilaSat going through eclipses, the satellite is not
as much available as the team would like.
SumbandilaSat's batteries failed which means that the satellite is only
active when the solar panels are illuminated.
"We need the information to confirm that the changes we made to stop repeated
corruption were effective." Johann Lochner ZR6CBC who spends considerable of
his free time on recovery of SumbandilaSat said.
"It is our aim to ultimately reprogram one of the power modules to
automatically switch the amateur radio transponder on and off."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - LOWDOWN
2012 Topband Most Wanted survey
This annual survey of 160 Meter DX needs is taken by Garry/NI6T and
Larry/K8UT and is now available online at:
Please submit your needs list between now and August 31, 2012. Modifications
submitted after August 31, 2012, will be used for the following year's survey.
The results for 2012-2013 will be available in September 2012.
A link to the 2011 Topband Most Wanted Survey results is available at:
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
Townsville region in VK4
Sat 23 and Sun 24 June - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity
Your chance to make a real difference and show the youth of today how useful
Amateur Radio can be. Team tracking and a chance to set up portable at a
spot in the Kelso area you would not normally go to.
If you are in that area, give a shout-out on VK4RAT after this news and find
out how you can help by arriving at Nighthawk Base, Ross Park around 3pm on
Saturday, then go to your checkpoint and meet up with Scout Leaders who will
be doing all the youth wrangling then operate through the night.
LENORE JENSEN, W6NAZ, PHONE PATCHING TO VIETNAM VIA MARS
And finally this week, a piece of ham radio history that you
can enjoy and share with friends. While perusing the latest
ham radio videos posted to YouTube, our producer Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, came across one featuring the late radio,
television and film actress Lenore Jensen, W6NAZ, running
phone patches to Vietnam.
These phone patches were done through the Military Affiliate
Radio System which often used frequencies just outside the
regular High Frequency ham bands. Overseas telephone calls
were difficult to make decades ago and sometimes impossible
depending on location, so for U.S. service men stationed
around the world, ham radio filled the void. This was an
all with volunteer effort and Lenore Jensen, W6NAZ, was at
the forefront of the activity.
Audio bite from film
The film is titled "A Visit to Mars" and was part of the
United States Army produced series "The Big Picture." Bill
dates the documentary to the late 60s and notes that the
phone patch was obviously simulated for filming. He asks:
Did you ever hear noise-free audio on High Frequency DX, or
the public always remembering to say "over?"
These details aside, the film appears to be accurate
overall. It depicts the way things were done about 50 years
ago and is a trip back in time. You can see it yourself on-
line at tinyurl.com/LenorePatchingToVietnam. And
LenorePatchingToVietnam is spelled as one word.
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
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
AUG 5 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST Cyril Jackson Rec Centre Ashfield.
AUG 12 VK2 SARCFEST at Summerland ARC Clubrooms, Lismore.
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
AUSTRALIA'S MOST WANTED
Request for Information!
Do you know anything about the Althorpe Island Light House wireless
Lighthouses of Australia a volunteer group whose aim is the preservation of
Australian Lighthouses is looking for information on this famous Australian
A reliable means of communication with the lighthouse was the driving force
behind the establishment of a wireless telegraphy system in the late 1890s.
It appears this means of communications was all too hard to set up and a
cable was finally laid in about July 1911.
This created it's own problems of not being able to send messages after
6 o'clock because the telegraph operator on the mainland had gone home.
It seems that during the Second World War the lighthouse was equipped with
a pedal wireless set that enabled them to communicate with Cape Borda
Lighthouse and from there, messages were relayed to the mainland -- this was
in use into the 1950s.
If anyone can elaborate on what has already been researched or know what type
of radio systems were employed, please send it to Ross VK2VVV.
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