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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 19 2012.
Are You Ready to Fly to Azores for Free by Making Nine QSOs?
Transmitter thieves strike in North Queensland
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 19 2012.
Azores 9 Islands Hunt
Are You Ready to Fly to Azores for Free by Making Nine QSOs?
Yes indeed, those of you willing to spend 24 hours or less on the radio are
eligible to participate in an Azores lottery for two all-paid packages to the
beautiful Azores Islands in the Atlantic, completely free of charge.
The project is organized by the Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium in
partnership with the Amateur Radio Associations of the Azores Islands and
supported by the Azores Promotion Agency (ATA) and Azorean Airlines (SATA).
Just look at www.visitazores.com and make up your mind.
While these islands count for a single DXCC entity, they offer three (3) IOTA
With this unique AZORES 9 ISLANDS HUNT, an invited international group of
amateur radio operators together with resident Azores amateurs will be
activating the nine islands, offering an opportunity to the world to contact
these islands all at once over one weekend.
Saturday, September 29, 1200 UTC to September 30, 1200 UTC (24 hours).
These stations will be active starting Friday, September 28 as soon as they
CW: 7000-7015, 18080-18090 and 14050-14065 kHz
SSB: 7175-7195, 18120-18135 and 14250-14275 kHz
Those making a QSO with at least 5 different islands will have a
corresponding number of tickets placed into a lottery for a free trip to the
Azores (e.g. if you have QSOs with 7 islands, you will get 7 lottery tickets).
Additionally, the first 25 operators making QSOs with all 9 islands will be
eligible for a second lottery.
The free trips are from the closest airport served by SATA; including flight,
accommodation and transfers..
Happy Birthday, Ham Radio
The Ham Radio Now show celebrates the 100th anniversary of Amateur Radio.
Bake a big cake - it's got to hold 100 candles, and feed about 700,000 people
(and hams can eat). Ham Radio turns 100 this year (today, more or less).
Yes I hear you say are they behind the times?
It actually in the USA the 100th Birthday of the A.R.R.L. NOT HAM RADIO!
Ham Radio Now = http://hamradionow.tv/
With a bit of poking around on wia.org.au we found material, now several years
old of OUR 100th Celebrations, when the Wireless Institute of Australia
turned 100 back in 2010.
The best (Dare I say it) site is on wiaq.com.au where you will see and hear
material from both our 100th AND 80th birthday bashes!
Transmitter thieves strike in North Queensland
North Queensland stations Hot FM and 4RFM both had their transmitters stolen
Southern Cross Austereo had its 91.3 HOT FM transmitter stolen from Carborough
It is a repeater (pictured on the southgate amateur radio site) of the
network's Emerald HOT FM service that covers the Moranbah township and nearby
The local community station 4RFM also had its transmitter stolen at the same
time from a nearby site.
The SCA transmitter taken consisted of a Crown Broadcast FM30 Exciter,
PA1000 Power Amplifier, and PS1000 Power Supply.
Speaking through the Broadcast Professionals news site radioinfo.com.au
Southern Cross Austereo Engineer Matt Paton asked everyone to keep a look out
for the stolen equipment.
"As the market for broadcast transmitters isn't massive in Australia, if
anybody gets offered a 'black market' deal, could they please let me know
via email, or call the Moranbah Police on 07 4941 6200."
Community station 4RFM's transmitter was also stolen, while 2 way radio
equipment was untouched, so the thieves seemed to know exactly what they
The SCA service remains off air awaiting repairs.
Story courtesy of www.radioinfo.com.au
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Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
Retaining New and Young Amateurs
Many clubs and individuals do a wonderful job of training and assisting new
or young amateurs to achieve their first amateur radio qualification, this is
mostly at the Foundation level.
As one of the WIA's assessment team, I often wonder if we are supporting our
new and younger amateurs well enough after they walk out the door and into
the wider world of amateur radio?
If the new operator does not have a member of the family or a mentor to
assist with getting the gear together for the first station, I wonder if
many will ever get or stay on air? This is where the support of a caring ar
club can greatly assist the new or young operator.
Just as the initial introduction to ar is greatly enhanced by a welcoming
peer, who can relate to and understands the perspective operator. After the
assessment process, the need for ongoing friendly support is possibly even
more important to ensure that the new or young operator feels welcome and
develops their skill in the hobby.
If the interests are found to lie in the digital world, the Foundation
Operator can find a lot of fun in receiving and decoding digital signals
with a PC (or Mac) and the most elementary connections to the receiver.
Who will introduce then to this exciting simple connection?
Seeing the received text or fuzzy images appear on the screen may be just
enough to encourage the new operator to want to improve the antenna or
excite then enough to start to study for an upgrade of license. With help
and encouragement many more may continue in the hobby well beyond the
initial rush of excitement.
This has been Philip - VK3JNI.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
CRARC run regular Foundation Licence courses and upgrade assessments every
two months at Mt Mugga Scout Hall. Next Foundation course is scheduled for
the 8th, 9th September.
It is still possible to complete individual Upgrade Assessments with prior
arrangement if you are unable to attend these scheduled times.
If you know anyone that might be interested contact
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AUG 26 VK2 Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club WinterFest CANCELLED.
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As part of the Ipswich and District Radio Club's 50th year celebrations, the club has secured a special call-sign - VI4WIP50 - Victor India 4 Whiskey India Papa 50.
Club members are currently putting together a roster to work the bands for the licence period from August 25 until September 8.
While the club won't be on air 24/7 during the two weeks approved by ACMA, there will be plenty of opportunities to work this very special call-sign.
At this stage weekends and some week-nights the club house will be open as members attempt to work as many stations as possible.
Listen up for VI4WIP50, from August 25.
What use is an f-call?
(Past editions of What use is an f-call can be found online at harg.org.au
When you've been on air for many years it's easy to forget what it's like for
new comers to the hobby. Take for example the simple QSL card. It's been
around for a hundred years and its use is simple to the initiated, but to a
newbie like me terms like QSL via the bureau or QSL direct are mysterious
phrases with little meaning.
I had the opportunity to listen to VK6 QSL manager, Steve VK6IR, who spent an
enjoyable half hour walking through the notions of what a QSL card means,
how it works and how you participate.
Now I should preface this with any mistakes in this are mine alone. I'm hard
of hearing, have a gamy leg and my memory is fading, or some such disclaimer
So, in less than two minutes. A QSL card is like a post-card. It is sent
between stations to acknowledge a contact. It generally contains your and
their call-sign, the time, mode and frequency on which you spoke and a signal
report. It's used as "proof" of a contact.
You can send it to the other
station direct by way of ordinary mail, look-up their call-sign in any number
of online databases and include a self-addressed envelope and two US Dollars
to pay for postage for a return card. If all goes well, you should receive a
reply, that's the direct method.
Via the bureau is a coordinated effort between countries to group QSL cards
together in batches. You send your cards in a box to your bureau which
receives similar boxes from around the country. The boxes are split up and
grouped by country and when a box-full is collected, it's forwarded to that
country. At the other end QSL cards are sorted per call area and call-sign
and forwarded on. It may take several months or even years for your cards to
Electronic QSL services are becoming popular, but some DX competitions don't
accept electronic QSL cards, so check before you make 1000 contacts for a
particular award only to find that your contacts don't count.
There's more to learn, where to get your cards, what they might look like,
rare contacts and special routing, but that's a brief overview of the QSL
One mystery down, a million more to go.
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.
ITU ASSIGNS NEW PREFIX FOR NIUE: E6A-E6Z
On August 3, the ITU updated its Table of International Call Sign Series
to reflect a call sign change for Niue. The island will now have the entire
E6 prefix block.
Niue, an island located approximately 1700 miles northeast of New Zealand
is a self-governing island nation that has been in free association with
New Zealand since 1974.
Prior to the change, the island used ZK2.
New Zealand Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook 2012-2016
The Ministry has released a draft Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook for
stakeholder feedback and comment.
The Outlook assesses the drivers for change in the sector over the next five
years, and how these changes might affect the management of the radio
spectrum over this period. It also outlines some of the priority work items
for the Ministry resulting from these changes.
The Outlook is intended to:
Allow the Ministry to focus on its longer term goals and the challenges
to be faced in managing the radio spectrum;
Increase transparency about the Ministry's thinking and about how spectrum
users' licence fees are being expended;
And improve stakeholder buy-in into their future work programme.
It has been produced as a general, non-technical document in order to better
facilitate engagement with the full range of ZL stakeholders.
Interested stakeholders will until 20 September 2012, to submit their
feedback. Any comment on the information in the document, as well as
information on issues that may not have been considered in the draft
document, would be appreciated. The intention is that the final document
will represent a shared understanding of the Ministry's priorities and work
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
EUROPEAN UNION ACCEPTS EMC DIRECTIVE THAT PROTECTS HAMS
It appears as if ham radio operators in the
European Union are safe from being treated as
sources of massive radio frequency
interference. On July 10th the Internal Market
and Consumer Protection Committee of the
European Parliament voted on a the new version of
the an Electromagnetic Compatibility directive
containing an amendment fostered by Germany's
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club and the Political
Relations Committee of the International Amateur
Radio Union to protect the rights of radio
amateurs. The original draft amendment to the
definition of an "electromagnetic disturbance"
could in the worst case have led to the signal of
an amateur station being treated as an annoyance or intrusion.
THE KH6HME BEACONS ARE WELCOME TO STAY ON MONA LOA
The late Paul Lieb, KH6HME's beacon system
located at the 8200 foot of Hawaii's Mona Loa
Volcano in Hawaii is welcome by the site manager
to continue to operate from that location.
According to Don Mussell, the KH6HME beacons are
located in the building that was formerly under
the control of KGMB-TV. Over the past few years
that site was taken over by Hawaii Public Radio,
and put under Mussell's supervision.
Mussell says that Hawaii Public Radio is happy to
have the beacons located at the site and will
leave the operation and maintenance to a ham
radio club that also operates equipment inside the building.
It will be up to them to decide if the beacon
operation will continue.
NANO COAX CABLES AND THEIR USES
Nano technology is in the news once again. This time as a way to store
energy. Amateur Radio Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has more:
With all the research on nano-technology, perhaps
we shouldn't be surprised that one of the latest
involves coaxial cables on a nano-scale.
The main interest in the nano-coaxial cable is as
an energy storage device due to the very high
capacitance between the inner and outer
conductor. A study conducted at Rice University
found that the capacitance of the nano-cable is
at least 10 times greater than would be predicted
with classical electrostatics. The capacitance
of the new nano-cable is up to 143 microfarads per centimetre-squared.
Study co-author Jun Lou notes that for energy
storage, he can envision a large scale energy
storage device consisting of millions of tiny
nano-cables side by side in large areas. Lou
also says that this cable might also be used as a
transmission line for radio frequency signals at
the nano scale. This could be useful as a
fundamental building block in micro and nano
sized electromechanical systems like lab-on-a-chip devices.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.
It appears as if nano technology has come a long way since we began reporting
on it only a few short years ago.
RSGB criticises PLT growth
The RSGB has issued a statement expressing grave concern at the
continuing headlong rush to legitimise high levels of emission
from PLT devices, in contravention of the Essential Requirements
of the EMC Directive.
You can read the full statement on the RSGB website www.rsgb.org,
click on Update on draft PLT standard prEN50561-1.
IRTS NEWS DESK
IRTS Young Operators/SWLs
An IRTS team of young operators/SWLs will represent Ireland at the
Youngsters on the Air event to be held over this week 19 - 26 August
in Eeklo, Belgium.
Radio related events will be held during the week, including,
kit construction, ARDF, DXpeditions, use of data modes. contesting etc.
Each country will also give presentations on youth in amateur radio in
their respective countries. 9 teams from different European member
associations of IARU R1 will be participating.
The following countries are participating: Romania, Slovenia, Sweden,
Finland, Estonia, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.
ON4YOTA will be callsign used for the week.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
Printable 13.560 MHz transmitters that cost a penny
The BBC have reported on radio transmitters for 13.560 MHz that cost just
a penny and can be PRINTED using electronic inks.
The transmitters use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and are seen
as a replacement for Quick Response codes that consists of black modules
(square dots) arranged in a square pattern on a white background.
Read the BBC story "Tiny transmitters that cost a penny to print unveiled"
Wiki on 13.560MHz NFC - "Most of the RF energy is concentrated in the allowed
14 kHz bandwidth range, but the full spectral envelope may be as wide as
1.8 MHz when using ASK modulation."
RFID in Electronic Communications Committee Newsletter
OPERATIONAL NEWS COUPLED WITH A LIL NOSTALGIA THIS WEEK, I'M FELIX VK4FUQ
This weekend see's the International Lighthouse Lightship event
ALARA next weekend, August 25-26
then the WW Oceania Dx Contest SSB October 6
Oceania Dx Contest CW oceaniadxcontest.com Oct 13
VK's Spring VHF / UHF Field Day November 24-25
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Let's check in with Ed VK2ARE for the latest from Campbell Island
Preparations for the HARAOA ZL9HR DXpedition to Campbell Island in the
Great Southern Ocean (IOTA OC-037) are on schedule for the activation
dates of November 28th. to December 9th. this year.
The team are delighted to announce a new sponsor in the Northern
California DX foundation, this is in addition to the other sponsors with
Spiderbeam sponsoring ZL9HR and supplying spiderbeam antennas and masts,
21 worldwide DX groups and the prestigious ARRL Colvin foundation award.
Of course we should not forget the 36 individuals who are also
sponsoring the DXpedition. Thanks to all of these.
The containers to carry all required equipment are currently being
prepared and loaded, ready to be shipped out of Sydney around the 15th.
Please refer to the web site ZL9HR.COM for the full, up to date,
information about this major DXpedition.
73 from Ed VK2ARE Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR.
So keep tuned as we bring you news as the Campbell's "are a coming".
New comers to the wonderful world of amateur radio are often surprised at all
the contests and awards the WIA administers on our behalf.
Let's check in today with Bob VK3SX the WIA awards manager.
I took up the position in April 2012 .
I was first licensed in 1979 as a Novice operator and upgraded to Full call in 1981 .
Over the past 33 years I have been chasing DX , and going from the Novice bands to the
Full call HF bands opened the DXing world to me , it was an exciting time during the 80's'.
Quickly I had confirmed 250 DXCC countries with a new one regularly in the log book , the 300 tally came along
but after that the new one got tougher. At present I have worked and confirmed all current 340 DXCC countries, in short
I have worked and confirmed them all.
2012 Has seen changes to the awards programme with it being run from our national headquarters,
all enquiries should be directed there at email@example.com . A restructure of the awards committee has
seen an important step forward as their collective experience in the DXing and Contesting fields are
world class , it's my privilege to have such people to rely on for decisions relating to our world class
awards programme . Congratulations also to Laurie VK7ZE being appointed the official ARRL cards checker
here in VK .
2013 Will see changes to the structure of the awards programme making it easier for record keeping
and applicants both new and existing to apply and upgrade their current awards.
Also introducing for the DXCC awards , Wall Plaques for working and confirming 331 countries Honour Roll, and
340 countries Excellence Status ,and a 200 countries DX Certificate and Wall Plaque will be available for DXers who can
work and confirm 200 DXCC countries in a 12 month period as set by the awards committee.
A simple Worked all States VK will be introduced to encourage activity locally in VK amongst Fcall
and first time award chasers.
73's and Good DXing
Thanks Bob and we will be listening out from more from the WIA Awards team
in upcoming broadcasts.
Now our Nostalgia piece, or as we like to call it " REWIND "
From 6WF Wesfarmers to the ABC
A scrapbook kept by 6WF founding engineer, radio amateur Wally Coxon VK6AG
(XYK in 1914), was the basis for this video best found via abc.net
ABC celebrates 80 years on-air
Perth science-teacher-turned-history-author and founder of the Light and
Sound Discovery Centre, Richard Rennie, tells the story of how Perth's radio
station 6WF became the ABC's first broadcasting outlet in Western Australia.
Much of this is based on the scrapbook kept by the esteemed radio pioneer and
6WF founding engineer, Wally Coxon VK6AG (first licensed as XYK in 1914).
This talk coincided with the 80th anniversary of the ABC, and the Wireless
Hill Centenary Celebrations in 2012.
Richard's presentation featured antique receivers from The Vintage Wireless
and Gramophone Club, to illustrate the equipment available during the
pioneering era of radio in WA. The talk was given 18th July, 2012 at the
monthly meeting of the Australian Museum of Moving Pictures and Television
(AMMPT). The same presentation was made at a variety of venues, as part of
Richard's role as an educator, particularly using his skills to inspire young
people and young teachers alike.
VK6 Historical Photographs
ABC celebrates 80 years on-air
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
Contact a lighthouse this weekend
This is the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend when hundreds
of radio amateurs go portable for the 15th running of this annual fun event.
In Australia alone there are more than 50 stations registered along with
those in 45 other countries.
Most of them issue special QSL cards for the occasion which seeks to promote
the ancient structures to the general public as well as give publicity to
amateur radio as a modern recreation.
Check out the website ILLW.NET for more details.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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 2 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.
Saturday October 20th 2012
Mini Canoe Marathon
Contact: Gerard Werner VK3GER phone: 03 9773 6313
Sunday October 21st 2012
Contact: Ian Morris VK3IFM phone: 03 9763 0565
Rally Victoria is again being held in the forest area north of Warragul
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November.
Rally Victoria is an Australian Rally Championship and Victorian Rally
On Friday, there will be 2 bush stages and on the Saturday, 5 stages.
Each stage will be run twice.
As previously, Rally HQ will be at Lardner Park. Event commander is
Chris VK3CJK. Communications will be required for logistics, safety, and
scoring, with scoring and car tracking via 2m packet and other functions
via 2m voice.
If you can assist with the event, could you please phone 51 955 247
in the evenings.
Disaster hits Manila ? radio hams help
The Philippine Amateur Radio Association activated the Ham Emergency Radio
Operations (HERO) with it passing essential traffic during the recent
widespread flooding which saw 80 per cent of Manila under water.
Claiming 66 lives earlier this month, it was triggered by monsoon rains on
the main island of Luzon. The downpour peaked with a 48-hour deluge that
battered Manila and surrounding regions.
Eddie Valdez DU1EV, Chief Operating Officer of PARA said that HERO was on
air from Monday night the 6th through to Tuesday August the 7th.
It included one of the ham emergency radio operators who found himself
affected by the flood waters and fleeing his home after two days of
Eddie DU1EV said the rain stopped the floods receded, with garbage littering
the roads, parks and drains in Manila and surrounding provinces.
A big clean-up is under way. In the worst affected areas like Marikina City,
the Metro Manila Development Authority would need a month to clean and clear
the drainage canals.
(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee
and Eddie Valdez DU1EV, Chief Operating Officer of PARA)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
2 E 0 EYP and M 1 EYP complete England!
Father and son team Tom M 1 EYP and Jimmy Read 2 E 0 EYP have
'completed England' in Summits on the Air.
Tom and Jimmy can now claim to have activated each of the 176 summits
currently in the English (G) SOTA Association, and six more that were
Tom, who had been activating in SOTA since 2002, needed to revisit many
of the completed hills after his son Jimmy became licensed in 2005 and
expressed his ambition to activate all the same hills as his dad!
Since then, the duo have visited all hilly and mountainous areas of England,
and completed all the SOTA regions:
Tom and Jimmy have also activated a further 104 summits in Wales, Scotland
and Northern Ireland over the last seven years, and retain ambitions to visit
many more, including those in the Isle of Man.
For more information about the Summits on the Air programme, please visit
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
AUG 25 VK4 50 YEARS OF IPSWICH AR CLUB DINNER ITC
AUG 26 VK2 Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club WinterFest CANCELLED.
SEP 8 VK4 SARCFEST WOOMBYE. (Sunshine Coast).
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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