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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JULY 22 2012.
INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND UPDATE
TRAX-FM 105.1 CARRIES VK1WIA NATIONAL NEWS
IARU WITHDRAWS MEMBERSHIP OF 2 SOCIETIES
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 22 2012.
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
Improved reception for Brisbane's 4KQ
After a thorough trial, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has
decided to make permanent 'day/night switching' arrangements to improve
coverage of Brisbane's 4KQ.
Since 2007, 4KQ, which operates on AM frequency 693 kHz, has conducted
day/night transmitter power switching trials in Brisbane. These trials
have seen a significant improvement in the coverage of the 4KQ service into
the Brisbane licence area.
The ACMA conducted public consultation on the proposal, released in January
2012, to vary the Licence Area Plan - Brisbane Radio - December 2000
(the Brisbane LAP). There was no evidence of problems with the day/night
Day/night switching involves increasing the power of an AM transmitter during
the day-time only. This takes advantage of the different ways that AM radio
signals travel over distance, depending on whether it is day or night.
All 36 of CSIRO's Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP)
antennas have been assembled at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory
in VK6, Western Australia.
The antennas have been constructed by their manufacturer, the 54th Research
Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation with the
assistance of CSIRO and local contractors.
After passing factory acceptance tests, the antennas were then disassembled
and transported to the MRO, about 350 km northeast of Geraldton where they
were then reassembled on site.
The assembly of all 36 antennas is an important milestone in the construction
of ASKAP," said Ant Schinckel, CSIRO's ASKAP project director.
While all antennas have now been assembled at the MRO, finalisation of site
acceptance testing for all the antennas is still due to take place over
Work to develop ASKAP's innovative phased array feed receivers or `radio
cameras', and complex signal processing and computing systems, has also
Essential infrastructure at the MRO, such as high-bandwidth optical fibre
cable linking all the antennas to a new control building, is almost complete.
ASKAP will be operational in 2013.
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Don't forget the International Lighthouse Weekend is fast approaching.
C.C.A.R.C. will again be operating from the Table Cape Light at Wynyard
and also Mersey Bluff Light, Devonport, so if you intend to be part of
this year's event don't leave it until the last minute to get your gear
together only to find something does not work!
18-19 of August 2012 is your date claimer and more later on ILLW in this
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
East Gippsland Amateur Radio Club would like to remind members of the up
and coming AGM, the AGM will be held today, the 22nd of July at 1330 hrs.
at the Bainsdale RSL Club crn of Princes hwy and forge creek road, Meals
may be held from 1200 hrs., more information may be found at the club web
site vk3egc.org , I'm Michael , Clubs Publicity Officer VK3HAU.
Hello this is Spud VK8ZWM from the Darwin Amateur Radio club.
Firstly our weekly gatherings on a Thursday morning between 10 and 12 at the
clubrooms in sport's house waratah crescent Fannie Bay continue with a steady
stream of members and visitors to the top end. Recently we saw the final
alignment and testing of our 4 square array for 40 meters out on the oval
opposite our clubrooms. Despite the local AM noise from the nearby transmit
site the array lined up ok and tested ok much to terry and Gary's delight.
We plan to use it in the RD soon, someone was heard talking about a steerable
20-meter array next mmmmm.
The next gathering of the Darwin Amateur Radio Club will be on the first of
August at 7pm. The evening will start with a Special General Meeting to
approve the constitutional amendments that the committee have pored over for
several months and not put to the vote. We need at least 20 members there or
by signed proxy vote for the amendments to pass.
Following will be a discussion about the clubs entry into the RD contest and
the International Lighthouse weekend. Also up for discussion is the Swap Meet
being held on the holiday Monday the 6th of August. Sellers arrive around
8am Doors open at 9am, tables $5.00 each BBQ lunch, The after lunch activity
will be an auction of donated items. For further information or to book a
table, contact Alan VK8AB.
That's it from me Spud VK8ZWM for now, remember keep an ear out for VK8DA in
the RD especially on 40
VK5 AND MEDIA WATCH
The WIA News Broadcast can now be heard in the upper Spencer Gulf Region of
South Australia on Community Radio, The Trax FM Mid North Radio and
Electronics Group is part of the Trax FM Community Radio Station and they
have worked with station management to organise the broadcasting of the WIA
News on Tuesday nights at 7 o'clock central standard time. The broadcast can
be heard across a wide area of South Australia including the regional centres
of Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla, and all points in-between.
If you're in the area tune in to Trax FM 105.1. on Tuesday nights at 7pm.
I am David VK5DMC for the Trax FM Mid North Radio and Electronics Group Port
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
Olympics to impact BBC Radio ?
An unconfirmed report indicates that the BBC will be suspending online radio
listening for listeners abroad from July 27 until September 9.
It appears this may be to do with the online bandwidth the BBC will need to
use for their coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
If true, the suspension could impact millions of people around the world
who listen to BBC radio via the web.
DID YOU WORK THE 'MINE'?
9 A 22 MINE.
This was a Croatian WFF activation by members of Radio Clubs 'Karlovac'
'Duga Resa' and 'Croatian Flora Fauna' who activated the Special Forest
Reserve (9AFF-061), on July 14th, located within a mined area of a mountain
within the forest. (Pljeevica mountain.)
9A22MINE, remembered that some areas in Croatia have remained affected by
landmines for 22 years.
QSL via 9A1MB.
A central Christchurch building will be demolished by implosion next month.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has approved the implosion of
the 14-storey Radio Network House building in Worcester St, which was once
the home of NewsTalkzb.
The building was deemed unsafe after the February 2011 earthquake.
This will be the first demolition by implosion in the city since the quake
demolitions began. It will take place on Sunday, August 5.
Radio Academy solves audio editing challenge for visually impaired
Wits Radio Academy director Franz Krger said being able to edit audio
is very difficult when one cannot see the sound wave in the editing
"Oddly, the one thing that's quite hard to do when you're blind is edit
audio," he said. Before digital audio editing software, people would
physically cut the tape with razors, and stick the correct sequence
together with special splicing tape.
"You don't really need to see to do that because you use your ears and you
feel the place on the recorder," Krger explains. "But digital audio editing
relies very heavily on the fact that you can see the wave form on the
In his search for a solution, Krger posted questions on the dilemma on an
international radio studies list, and got in touch with blind people
overseas who do sound editing. He was advised that Ferreira would be able
to use digital audio editing software as everybody else does, when these
programmes were linked with a programme called JAWS. JAWS, or Job Access
With Speech, reads out whatever is on the computer screen for visually
Krger said that although this is not a common problem in South Africa, the
Wits Radio Academy will be able to assist aspiring sound engineers
with visual problems. "We'll certainly make it known that we have some kind
of solution to this, and if it's something we can offer to anybody or share
with anybody, we're happy to do that."
SPREADING THE LOAD
The Portuguese National Communications Authority (ANACOM) has been invited
by the UK regulator OFCOM, to monitor the actions of the radio spectrum
during the London Olympics games.
More information in Portuguese:
IARU voting on two potential members
The Federation of Radio Sport of Azerbaijan FRSA and St Vincent and the
Grenadine Amateur Radio Club SVGARC are proposed for International Amateur
Radio Union membership.
The FRSA based in Baku has 50 members and SVGARC with 21 members, have made
their proposals through IARU Region 2.
In the IARU Calendar, Secretary Rod Stafford W6ROD reports the pair declare
they can satisfy the requirements of the IARU Constitution and Bylaws.
They have been put to the vote by all IARU member societies who have until
November 1 to cast a ballot.
Jim Linton, VK3PC says "despite a request, no proof has been provided that
the former PNGARS of Papua New Guinea and BARTS in Burma or Myanmar still
exist and have been withdrawn from membership."
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
THE GREAT INTERNET BLACKOUT A WHIMPER
The over-hyped Great Internet Blackout of 2012
came and went with little more than a whimper on
Monday, July 9th. This, as the so-called
"Doomsday" deadline passed with few reports of service outages.
At 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time the FBI shut
down temporary servers it had set up to handle
Web traffic for thousands of computers infected
with a virus spread by a ring of cyber criminals
that the bureau busted last year. Those using
the estimated 200,000 computers still infected
with the virus were expected to lose their
Internet connectivity after the servers were taken off line.
But like the Y-2-K fears some 12 years ago, this
latest loss of service simply failed to
materialize. According to the FBI, 41,800 of the
211,000 worldwide computers infected with the
virus were in the United States, but U.S.
Internet providers reported far fewer victims.
INVENTOR LEONARD KAHN EX- WB2SSP - S.K.
Communications inventor Leonard R. Kahn, the
former WB2SSP, passed away on June 3rd in Florida.
Kahn is likely best remembered for his
development of the Kahn-Hazeltine AM Stereo
system that used independently modulated upper
and lower sidebands. He was also the inventor of
the CAM-D AM digital system. Kahn's AM stereo
design was later revamped for monaural use and
used in the Power-Side system, in which a
decreased signal in one sideband is used to
improve coverage and loudness. Power-Side became
the basis for CAM-D, Compatible AM Digital, a
digital system that is still used on several AM stations.
Leonard Kahn worked for RCA Labs for many years
and turned out over 80 domestic and 100 foreign
patents. As such, he is considered one of the
five "fathers of the wireless industry."
KJ6CEY ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY POINTING LASER AT FIRE ENGINE
Thirty-one year old Irene Levy, KJ6CEY, of San
Jacinto, California, is in trouble with the law
once again. This time after allegedly pointing a
laser at a fire-fighter behind the wheel of a fire engine.
At around 3:45 a.m. on June 30th, officers from
the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a
call to assist CalFire. When officers arrived,
the fire personnel claimed that Levy had shined a
laser light at the driver of their engine while
they were driving on East Main Street. Also that
she had shined the laser at their driver several
times earlier in the evening as well.
Levy was taken into custody and booked into the
Larry Smith Correctional Facility charged with
pointing a laser at a moving vehicle and
violating the terms of her probation. At last
report she was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
You may recall back in May of 2010 when Levy used
an amateur radio station to interfere with an
emergency response dispatcher. In that case Levy
was found guilty of jamming emergency radio
frequencies by broadcasting threats. As part of
her probation, she was ordered to complete a
mental health program and stay out of trouble.
Optical Morse code in space
The amateur radio CubeSat FITSAT-1 will carry an optical
communications experiment that aims to write Morse Code
across the night sky using high intensity LEDs.
It launches to the ISS on 21st July, from where it will be
deployed in September. For more information see
Minister opens National Radio Centre
On Wednesday 11th July, Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture,
Communications and the Creative Industries, officially
opened the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes.
After a tour of the new building and unveiling a plaque in the
entrance, Mr Vaizey said, "The National Radio Centre will do an
enormous amount to spread the knowledge about the history of radio
and its continuing importance in the 21st century."
Joining the RSGB to celebrate the opening of the NRC were
many high profile visitors, including Ole Garpestad, LA2RR,
Vice-President of the IARU and Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, CEO &
Secretary of the ARRL. Many of the NRC's valued sponsors
were represented, as were those who work hard to
demonstrate and showcase the NRC to the public.
The National Radio Centre is open Thursdays, Saturdays and
Sundays from 11.00 to 16.30. More details, and photographs
of the event, can be found on the website,
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
I'd say that the July N.T.A.R.C. meeting in VK7 falls into this category.
Jason VK7ZJA presented the club with a presentation on Radio Direction
Jason is a senior field technician with Optus.
His talk covered his activity in recent years in locating and overcoming
interference to the Optus mobile phone network in VK7. Jason's
interference locating RDF activity takes him all over that State but it
appears Hobart provides the lion's share of his challenges.
His account of a particularly difficult hunt, eventually tracked to a
little used RF device in the ABC TV studios, had the club enthralled and
finally in stitches when he explained the reason for its odd pattern of
appearing late morning weekdays and with a tendency to show up more
prominently Wednesday mornings.
It seems the device was located in a cupboard at the ABC and the
interfering signal was temperature sensitive, which explained its
appearance weekday mornings, once the central heating had kicked in.
The Wednesday preference apparently arose from the fact that a weekly
meeting of 'Aunties' management took place in the room immediately
behind the cupboard.
With all the hot air generated by their discussions it apparently
increased the ambient temperature and triggered the device!
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
Hello, this is Alan, VK4SN, RD Contest Manager.
Remember to keep August 11th and 12th free for the RD contest.
This year, a new start and finish time of 0300z applies. That's
Everything you need can be found on the WIA RD Contest page.
Downloadable information includes full rules, a one page quick reference
guide to the rules, an Excel log book, printable paper logs, and other
Links to popular logging software is included.
Some notable changes to the rules are:
1. earlier start time
2. working your own state or territory is allowed
3. Introduction of a single op QRP section
4. Amalgamation of all bands
5 A static exchange instead of a sequential number exchange has been
If you wish to form a team, remember to email the contest manager with your
selected team members . All info can be found in the rules.
Over the next couple of weeks I will discuss some of the changes
to the rules and talk about frequently asked questions.
Till next time, this is Alan, VK4SN
More on the RD, and Hunter Radio Group Contest team will be participating in
the upcoming RD contest at Luskintyre Airport, 252 Pywells Road Luskintyre,
Saturday the 11th August, starting at 1 .00 PM Eastern Standard Time.
The team ask that all members and friends of the group please come along
and help us make sure that the Hunter Region make a large impact on the
There will be bunk house accommodation on a first come basis at reasonable
cost and we will have the normal Luskintyre Airport sausage sizzles over
There will also be tours of the Tiger Moth Museum which has been of great
interest to participants in past years.
We will need operators, log keepers, Chefs for the BBQ and anyone who wants
to take advantage of the camaraderie of this type of weekend and our
Please let us know, as soon as possible, if you are going to attend this
For further information please contact Jamie Campbell, VK2YCJ or
Grahame O'Brien, VK2FA on 0418686397.
(Submitted by Grahame O'Brien, VK2FA, for the Hunter Radio Contest Group)
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 ALARA August 25-26
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
A group of operators from Switzerland known as
the Radio 7 Team will be active from Rodrigues
Island as 3B9SP from between October 16th and 23.
Most operation will be on CW and SSB with some RTTY
and PSK 31.
Bands mentioned are all the HF frequencies plus 6 meters.
Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World but, within 6
months after the operation concludes. QSL via HB9ACA.
TWO OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT
ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, reports that two operations --
the 9X0PY (Rwanda) operation (December 24, 2011-January 7, 2012) and
the S21YD (Bangladesh) operation (1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999) -- have
been approved for DXCC credit.
"If you have had these operations rejected in a recent application,
please send an e-mail email@example.com to the ARRL DXCC Desk," Moore said.
"When responding, include the reference number on your credit slip
(found in the upper right hand portion) to help expedite retrieval.
Please note that due to heavy e-mail volume, you may not receive a reply.
Once updated, results will appear in Logbook of The World, as well as
online in the daily listings.
As part of the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations in Algeria
several special stations are active until the end of 2012.
Prefix hunters will have the opportunity to work 7U50I, 7V50I, 7W50I and
Details of a special award in connection with this event can be found on
E I 25 D B Dublin Bus celebrates its 25th Birthday.
To celebrate the event a Special Event Station EI25DB will be aired
until 30th June 2013.
The station will be operated by current and former employees of Dublin Bus
led by Declan EI9HQ and Pete EI4GZB.
QSLs to Declan EI9HQ or on LOTW or HamLog.eu
Things are moving quickly on preparations for the Hellenic Amateur Radio
Association of Australia's ZL9HR DXpedition to Campbell Island
(650 km or 400 miles south of New Zealand in the Southern Ocean).
For those who hate all the hype of the Olympics, Campbell Island is the
furthest point on earth that you can stand on away from London, England!
The complete crew of 10 operators is now set (with some reserves in the
waiting list should a member have to cancel).
The operators are:
& Tom KE4KY.
A list of equipment that will be taken is already on the web site and the
first of the Yamaha generators is due to arrive in Sydney in the next few
days. This along with some of the other equipment will be put to the test
in this weekends "Trans-Tasman" 160m SSB contest that the HARAOA won last year
and are eager to win again. Heavy workloads on the equipment will also occur
in the 80m RTTY section of the same contest.
Keen DX-ers who may be looking to get ZL9 on a particular band and mode to
move towards a DXCC or other award, should go to the survey on the website
at ZL9HR.com and vote for which bands and modes they would like to hear
ZL9HR operating on!
Please keep monitoring ZL9HR.com for all updates as the preparations keep
progressing. The first of the sponsors are coming in but more of that in my
next news update so ..
73 From ED VK2ARE, Australian Publicity Officer for ZL9HR and member of the
Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia
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
Sun 29 July - TOWSA Maggie Island Swim
A great day out on the water (with the only position available
on land already taken) playing with radios to the sound of Migaloo
the Whale and a hundred marathon swimmers thrashing across Cleveland Bay.
Townsville club will handle comms on VHF, with some UHF comms with clubbies
7am start to match up with ship crews with swimming starting 11am.
It is also highly recommended that operators attend the Race Briefing
at the Castle Hill PCYC - corner Hugh and Harold Streets West End
on Saturday 28 July starting 1pm.
Contact theTARCinc. on "the RAT" repeater after QNEWS.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
Ecuador, heading into space
A DNEPR rocket currently slated to launch from Yasny in November should carry
17 Amateur Radio satellites plus an innovative educational satellite
NEE-01 Pegasus from Ecuador.
The NEE-01 Pegasus engineering team was led by Cmdr. Ronnie Nader, Ecuador's
first astronaut. The tiny 1U CubeSat (10cm cube) has a large fold-out solar
array, a world first, and carries a 902 MHz 720p HD TV transmitter, another
world first, that will send video of the Earth to school students in Ecuador.
Among the 17 amateur radio satellites planned for the same launch will be
three carrying linear transponders for SSB/CW communications, they are
FUNcube-1, Delfi-n3Xt and TURKSAT-3USAT.
Read the El Murcurio newspaper article in Google English
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Move over Raspberry Pi, give kids a Radio Ham Pi
UK Government Minister Ed Vaizey MP is reported in The Register as calling
for schoolchildren to be given simple radio kits to build so they can learn
Speaking at the opening of the Radio Society of Great Britain's National
Radio Centre Ed Vaizey said "It would be great to get amateur radio kits in
schools like we have with the Raspberry Pi."
Read the Register article at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
Australia is the ILLW front-runner
In the lead on 50 registrations for next month's International Lighthouse
and Lightship Weekend is Australia, followed closely by the USA on 48 and
Germany with 44.
The Saint Tudwal?s Lighthouse in North Wales is the 300th entry. A group
from the Strumble Head Contest Group GC0OBS will activate the lighthouse
on a small archipelago lying south of Abersoch.
The white light and shorter range red flash navigation device was built in
1877 of stone after the island group was bought by Trinity House, the main
lighthouse authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.
The registrations so far are come from more than 30 countries made by clubs,
groups and individuals.
The main objective of the fun weekend on August 18 and 19 is to promote public
awareness of lighthouses and lightships, their need for preservation and
restoration, and to give amateur radio some publicity.
To enter a lighthouse or lightship for the weekend visit the website illw.net
that includes this year's registrations, guidelines, statistics and a lot
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
A group from the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society will be travelling to
Cape Willoughby at the eastern end of Kangaroo Island, to operate over the
Lighthouse and Lightship weekend, August 18th and 19th.
A special call VI5CW has been allocated. Operation will be on 80, 40 and 20
metres phone, as well as 2metres and 70cm. A special QSL card has been
produced for the weekend.
Operators are Paul VK5PAS, Hans VK5YX, Lesley VK5LOL, Mark VK5VW, Sasi VK5SN
and Aysha VK5FASH and David VK5KC, with support from Spouses.
Google VI5CW for more information.
We look forward to a contact with you.
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
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.
AUG 25 VK4 50 YEARS OF IPSWICH AR CLUB DINNER ITC
SEP 28-30 VK4 Central Highlands ARC AGM at Camp Fairbairn, Emerald.
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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