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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 21 2012.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCT 21 2012.
President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP email@example.com
Secretary David Williams VK3RU firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
JOTA THIS WEEKEND (1:30)
As reported in recent weeks, the 2012 WIA Clubs Grant Scheme closed for
entries on August 20th. 10 arrived in time, with one 9-days after the cut
The Grants Committee consisting of Reg VK7KK, Peter VK3KCD and Bill VK4ZD had
expected to announce the results tomorrow, Monday 22nd October. The timeline
for this process has been extended. We will bring you updates and result as
soon as they are available.
Good luck to all submissions and here's a gentle prod for everybody else next
"The WIA Club Grants Scheme promotes the advancement of amateur radio through
WIA Affiliated Clubs by financially supporting useful and/or innovative
projects undertaken or to be undertaken by Clubs."
30 Meter Multi Mode Weekend
The 30 Meter Multi Mode Weekend is taking place on the weekend of October
27th and 28th 2012 on the 10 MHz - 30 Meter Band (10.100 - 10.150). The
objective is to promote experimenting and using different digital modes on
the unique 30 Meter Band. For a more detailed listing of this event see the
News Page at www.30mdg.net
The 30 Meter Digital Group (30MDG) is celebrating.5 year Anniversary,
6,000 members (120DXCC), and its 30MDG Award Program issuing over 31,000
Award Certificates. 30MDG is FREE to join, FREE Awards program with FREE
Award software - Ultimate 30 or U30).
Good Luck and as always this is NOT a contest - no start or stop times, no
exchanges, no logs to send to anyone, no winners or trophy - this IS to
PROMOTE AWARENESS of the 30 METER BAND and the only winners are those that
participate and have fun!
(Don KB9UMT 30MDG #0001-Founder)
(aside: worldwide management/committee, including Laurie VK3AMA as Awards
Manager, Database Programmer and manages the 30m Digital Spot page on the
website. Yahoo Group "30MDG" typically sees 50~60 messages a month)
(wia broadcast feedback page)
The VK7 "Mil-ena" Hamfest is actually in "My-eena". Somehow an extra 'ell'
got in there in the middle of our newscopy.
Doing a quick map search on the internet you'll see that the closest "Milena,
is a [municipality] in the Province of Caltanissetta in [...] Sicily,
located about 80 km southeast of Palermo and about 30 km west of
This is clearly a little too far to visit by car on the weekend, so our
unreserved apologies for misspelling, and mispronouncing Miena (My-eena).
Thanks to VK7 Regional News & Broadcast Coordinator, Justin VK7TW for
bringing it to our attention this week.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
WICEN Call for Assistance - Fitz's Challenge Bike Ride - Sunday 28th October
The Community Service Arm of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club,
is seeking people to assist with two events in coming weeks:
Firstly, the Annual "Pedal Power Fitz's Challenge Bicycle Ride" taking place
on Sunday 28th October.
Information of the event itself can be found at http://www.fitzs.com.au/.
For this, WICEN operation will be on VHF using the Portable Repeater VK1RWP
to be installed on Mt Tennent, with VK1RBH on Bulls Head used for the latter
parts of the afternoon.
Second event is the "NSW Carriage Driving Championships" which is
taking place on Sunday 4th November at "Witwood" between Bungendore and
The WICEN operation will be on VHF and UHF simplex frequencies with the
majority of operators being able to use handheld radio's.
It is normal to meet onsite at around 8:00 AM for the now standard Egg &
Bacon Rolls for breakfast before a day of keeping track of the 1, 2 & maybe
4 horse power vehicles undertake their "marathon" & "obstacle" runs. This is
a great one to take the family to, especially if you have horse lovers in
the family. Finish time is normally early afternoon.
If you can assist for either event, please notify Matt VK1MA and Phil VK1PL
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Phil Longworth VK1PL)
(Deputy State Coordinator, WICEN ACT)
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
YARRA VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO GROUP HAMFEST, SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER
From 10:00am - 2pm
The Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest is on again.
This year the event will be held in Yarra Glen at the Gary
Cooper Pavilion 16 Anzac Avenue Yarra Glen. Melway 274 K1.
Over 20 tables of goodies at bargain prices. Call in on
the VK3RYV repeater 146.725MHz FM.
If you would like to book a table for this event please call
Steve on 0418103487, email yvarg yvarg.org.au .
The club will put on a BBQ. Tea and coffee will be available free.
Yarra Valley Hamfest 2012 Don't miss out on the bargains.
SOUTHERN PENINSULA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (SPARC), ROSEBUD HAMFEST
SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
This hamfest will be held at the Eastbourne Primary School
auditorium, Allambi Avenue, Rosebud, Victoria, on Sunday
November 25th 2012.
The event is now on Facebook under the name of "Rosebud
RadioFest". Check in to stay tuned about our progress, leave
a message, ask questions or just say "Hi".
The Rosebud Hamfest contact is:
Mark Bruechert (VK3PDG)
markybradio at gmail.com & phone 0407844063
WICEN Vic: Australian 4 Day Enduro Event: 24 - 26 October
The Australian 4 Day Enduro motorbike event is scheduled for
this Wednesday to Friday inclusive.
WICEN Vic is a couple of operators short, so if you could assist,
it would be greatly appreciated.
The event is being run in the area east and north of Warragul, with
the event HQ at Buln Buln (just north of Warragul) and the event
itself in the area south and west of Noojee. Access to checkpoints
is over good gravel roads; 4WD is not required.
The communications will be 2m voice with 40m HF as backup.
If you can assist, please contact John Morrissey VK3ZRX on
0419 872 772 or email@example.com. Alternatively,
you can contact Chris Morley VK3CJK on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Amateur TV - In South East Queensland. Hello, this is Peter, VK4EA.
The Brisbane Digital Amateur TV Group have moved the VK4RKC 70cm output to
446.5MHz in line with Amateurs losing the 420 to 430MHz spectrum. ACMA
issued the same output frequency to VK4RKC as VK4RMG (South East Queensland
ATV Group) after much negotiation between BDATV, the WIA and the ACMA. What
this means is now one 70cm ATV frequency has to be shared by two groups
with similar interests. We are hopeful a gentlemens agreement will be
reached between the two Groups soon to ensure all ATV enthusists can
utilise this valuable resource without interference.
To receive VK4RKC you need a settop box capable of manual tuning and an
antenna pointed toward Oceanview. Appropriate settop boxes are available
for less than $50 from various retailers. To transmit to VK4RKC you can
use either 1250 MHz DVB-S, 1250 MHz FM or a very economical solution for
sub $100 via 2.415GHz. VK4RKC will continue to maintain the 1250MHz FM
input so your existing investment in ATV is not forgone.
Repeater id beacon has been reduced to 30 seconds as per the WIA
conditions, put out a call on 147.400 MHz (simplex) if need a signal to
help with setting up your receiver.
Every Monday evening the Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club broadcast's
their meetings live to air from about 7.30pm, and also keep an eye out
for regular programming from VK4BTV screening HamNation and other Amateur
Radio related programs at the same 7.30 pm time slot. This is a great
example of ATV usage, we welcome any local Amateur Radio related content
at any time of the day, please get in touch if you are interested.
The email and website addresses are in the text edition of this broadcast
(email@example.com - http://members.optusnet.com.au/~cardenrj/), or you
can just Google "VK4RKC".
Liasion is via the WIA band plan specificed ATV liasion simplex
frequency - 147.400MHz.
This has been Peter, VK4EA, on behalf of the BADTV Group
HISTORY OF JOTA (2:00)
Ray Naughton VK3ATN
Ray passed away on the 15th of September. Ray was 83.
Ray had a wealth of radio knowledge but was best known for his moon bounce
work in the early sixties. In fact Ray Naughton was the first in the
southern hemisphere to work stations in the northern hemisphere by
Quite a feat in the early sixties when most amateur equipment used valves
and was largely home made. And off course without the aid of computers as we
know them today.
Through that work Ray was presented with an ARRL award and also received a
trip to America where he traveled thousands of miles visiting leading moon
bouncers and many other radio installations.
Ray operated ATN Antennas at Birchip over a period of some 40 years.
Noel VK3FI reports that he last spoke to Ray several months ago, and although
he had been in and out of hospital after a series of strokes - he was
still saying "when I get back to the factory etc". Ray certainly had a
determined outlook right to the end.
Ray Naughton will be remembered within the Sunraysia Radio Group through the
ongoing "VK3ATN Technical Merit Award"
The aim of that award is to encourage Sunraysia Radio Group members to become
more involved with technical projects. The VK3ATN Technical Merit Award is
presented annually after being decided by nomination and members votes.
A heavily edited version of Ray VK3ATN presentation at the 2009 Sunraysia
Radio Group AGM, may be viewed by going to You Tube and searching VK3ATN.
Ray leaves xyl Margaret, Sons Trevor, Peter, David and daughter Jennifer.
Vale - Ray Naughton VK3ATN
(Many articles from QST 1960's editions found online)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, AR Victoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
Multiple changes proposed to US Amateur Service Rules
The FCC has released a 'Notice of Proposed Rule Making' which includes a
number of changes that could redefine large swathes of the United States
Amateur Radio service.
While not effecting Australian Amateurs they are interesting as points of
discussion and comparison to our own regulatory arrangements.
In brief, a change to rules to no longer require retesting of hams who have
let their licence expire. The argument in favour of the change cites that
many amateurs maintain their payments while not actively engaged in the hobby
and are not required to reassert their competency. They are looking for
acknowledgement of past examinations in the same way we do here, in VK.
In the area of training, the FCC seeks a change from the requirement of 3
examiners to two and to allow for modern alternatives for remote testing
stations like those already employed widely in the enterprise and
What is of more interest to VK amateurs is the possibility of more emmission
types entering the amateur service.
Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, introducing comments
by CQ Magazine's editor:
Rich Moseson, W2VU, is editor of CQ Magazine, and Amateur Radio Newsline
called upon him for his take on the proposals.
Moseson says he's encouraged by the proposal looking at the modes for amateur
radio transmissions. He says there are too many restrictions and limitations
on hams which can stifle rather than encourage experimentation.
He says the FCC is wise to look at the issue, especially considering the
area of TDMA or Time Division Multiple Access technology for amateur radio.
"I think that the more that we can do with them as hams, in addition to what
the commercial world is doing, the better off we'll all be because that
competition is a fact of life," Moseson says. "You know, you look at our
microwave bands which are really where a lot of the future is going to be
- 2.4 Ghz, 5.8 Ghz - these bands are already shared.
"And if we can make better use of that sharing so that we can do what we want
to do without bothering the other people and without having them bother us
then that's great we can all get by very well."
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V in Philadelphia.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2012
WW JOTA/JOTI October 21
VK3 Melbourne Cup Day 160m Net November 6
VK Spring VHF / UHF Field Day November 24-25
HOW TO TALK TO A SCOUT ON JOTA (2:00)
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
The Morning Coffee Break Net
A long established tradition in VK3 is a net on 1843 kHz in the AM mode
running from 11am to noon Monday to Saturday.
Regularly participants of this Australian net seek advice on their equipment
or antenna problems, restoration of old gear and where to get bits and parts.
It seems that there's always someone who can come up with the answers and
good advice including experienced people who have worked in the broadcasting
For those unable to get on air at 11am, the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday
in VK3 is one of a few opportunities to get involved, and typically seen as
an opportunity to get portable.
So, with a couple of weeks left, and for many of you a long weekend before
hand, there's still time to get a 160m antenna arranged and work topband!
You can find a number of youtube videos by Peter VK3YE with recordings
of previous efforts, and some explaining the toploaded verticals and loop
antenna designs on his website.
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
INTRUDER REPORT: CHINESE OTH RADAR GAIN HARASSING 40 METERS
The IARU Monitoring System newsletter reports that Radio Hargeisa is
operating on 7.120 MHz and that Chinese surveillance radar in the amateur
radio 40 meter band is now stronger than ever before
According to the report, the pesky Chinese Over the Horizon Radar had left
the 40 meter band for few weeks. But now its reported back with a very
strong burst system. One that is at least 10 kHz wide and has an almost S9
signal, world-wide. IARU Regions 1 and 3 are reported to be severely
affected by it.
More about both of these situations is on-line at
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY: ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION TV SYSTEM
EXPECTS ITU APPROVAL
The next generation of super high definition television may
soon be on its way as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's
Jim Damron, N8TMW:
Ultra High Definition Television also known under the
acronym Super Hi-Vision, will likely be approved by the
International Telecommunication Union as the next generation
universal global television standard.
Developed by public broadcaster NHK at its Science and
Technical Research Laboratories, Ultra High Definition
Television is a system that delivers 16 times the resolution
of current high definition images. The new format can
deliver images with 33 million pixels through 7,680
horizontal lines and 4,320 vertical lines. It also boasts a
video refresh rate of 120 frames per second, as well as 22.2
channel multi-dimensional sound.
The system is collaboration between NHK along with
electronics manufacturers Panasonic and Sharp.
From Charleston West Virginia, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW,
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
VK2 CCARC news ccarc.org.au/wp/2012/09/ccarc-news-12-31/
THE ARRL OFFERS FIVE NEW BOOKS
The ARRL has just released five new books that you are going to want
to have in your shack. Two favorites have been re-released
and are chock-full of new information: hardcover and softcover editions
of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications (90th edition), The ARRL
Operating Manual (10th edition). In addition, the ARRL is proud to
offer three new titles: The Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook, The
Care and Feeding of Transmission Lines by QST Technical Editor Joel
Hallas, W1ZR, and Antenna Modeling for Beginners by H. Ward Silver,
N0AX. Read more at www.arrl.org
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
SCOUTS AND AMATEUR RADIO (2:00)
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
OCT 21 VK3 BALLARAT HAMVENTION
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
DEC 1 VK7 Miena Hamfest (CORRECTION: "My-eena", not Mil-ena)
AUG 17-18 WW ILLW
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