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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 20 2013.
CB harassment proven
Crackdown on illegal repeaters and jammers.
WIA joins the conversation on 2UE Sydney
Centre Victoria RadioFest Kyneton Feb 10,
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JAN 20 2013.
CB harassment proven
A man who broadcast a woman's address and phone number over CB radio as a
place of ill-repute, has been ordered by the Queensland's Civil and Administrative
Tribunal to pay her compensation.
After the man's antics on a CB repeater, truck drivers began arriving at
the Queensland property or called the woman aged her sixties.
The Queensland Tribunal found that that the sexually harassment and racial
vilification over CB radio had occurred since 2008.
It ordered the defendant to pay the woman $10,000 in compensation.
The man also put pictures on YouTube. In an earlier court case he was ordered
to remove the offending YouTube material, keep the peace towards the woman
and put on a good behaviour bond.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Crackdown on illegal repeaters and jammers.
Australia's communications regulator is pushing ahead with a major overhaul
of the infrastructure it uses to keep tabs on spectrum usage and to identify
sources of interference.
Tender documents released this week sought technology to significantly
overhaul infrastructure used by the Australian Communications and
Media Authority's Interference Management and Monitoring Section at fixed
and roving locations.
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JOINS THE CONVERSATION
What does WIA President Phil Waite, Robert Broomhead from our news service,
ATV Guru Ralph Parkhurst VK3LL and unnamed VK7 Ham and yours truly VK4BB
have in common?
Well Wednesday night Phil was a guest for an hour on Radio 2UE with
host Murray Wilton and we joined him both in the studio and by phone
from across Australia.
Currently we are awaiting legal permission to rebroadcast the show via
WIA front page news, wia.org.au and bring you a little more here on
WIA National News.
This was late notice but we did manage to get it out on the VK1WIA TWITTER A/C
And some shared it on the FaceBook platform.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
It's just 5 weeks to the Mini Contest University at Wyong. That means you
have less than 2 weeks to register if you want to be in the prize draw for
the DX book.
Registrations are filling fast so please register soon to avoid
The program is now complete with the latest presentation being on RTTY
contesting, so we have a full and interesting program to fill Saturday.
For all details on the Mini Contest University and the Wyong Field Day,
please go to www.fieldday.org.au on the web.
73 & "see you at Wyong" this is Ed VK2JI
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Help grow amateur radio
Become a radio amateur, learn something new. Or perhaps you know someone
who could join the exciting communications hobby through the Foundation
Amateur Radio Victoria at its centrally located and well equipped Ashburton
office has weekend quality training classes and assessments.
For inquiries and enrolments for February the 23rd and 24th please contact
Barry Robinson VK3PV on 0428 516 001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre Victoria RadioFest
Only weeks left to the Centre Victoria RadioFest No 6, at the Kyneton
Racecourse on Sunday February 10, only an hour from Melbourne, Ballarat
This year includes a Homebrew Competition that is open to all. Bring along
your home-built product for display and be judged by Drew Diamond VK3XU.
The Mini-lectures program of presenters will talk about the milli--metre
bands, summits of the air, things in orbit, and home brewing.
Want to have a trading spot at this major event? Then please be quick to join
in the action at the Kyneton Racecourse, on Sunday February the 10th.
To secure a table visit the convenient and easy online shop via the main
Amateur Radio Victoria website.
For general inquiries call Ross Pittard VK3CE on 0408 533 107, and for Club
Corner displays Tony Hambling VK3VTH on 0423 635 152.
The Club Corner is open to all clubs and organisations to mount a display.
A free table is on offer.
Commercial sellers are flocking to gain exposure in the Traders Hall, the
Second-hand Market to sell pre-loved gear and components, and a variety of
displays at the Club Corner.
The ever popular Mini-lecture Program has four different and interesting
topics. There's also a full demonstration of Elecraft gear.
See you at the Centre Victoria RadioFest, on Sunday February the 10th.
For more details including how get second-hand sellers book a space, and
the timing of talks, check out the website
I'm Barry Robinson VK3PV and you are listening to VK1WIA.
( sourced to both vk3pc and Amateur Radio Victoria www.amateurradio.com.au )
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News from Central Queensland
The Clairview Gathering is a yearly event where Radio Amateurs meet
at a spot on the coast between Rockhampton and Mackay to relax, talk
radio, re-establish acquaintances and participate in the world renown
Saturday Night Mega-Auction. There might even be some fox-hunting and
there will definitely be RAFFLES ! There is a rumour going about that
George/VK4HAN might be getting a hair-cut again.
The Gathering is one of the main revenue raisers for the
Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club Inc. and
Mackay Amateur Radio Association.
It happens in 2013 during the first weekend in May from
Friday evening 3rd to Sunday morn 5th May.
Those who are keen to chill out completely in one of the most relaxing
and laid back venues in the cosmos arrive earlier and stay later.
The Clairview Gathering is so popular that on-site accommodation is
close to being booked out already, so if you want to go you will have to
very quick. Otherwise there are nice camp,
caravan or motor-home sites available too.
For further details contact RADAR Club Secretary Clive VK4ACC
on home phone 07 49271216 or mobile 0429632815
To book your camping spot contact the Clairview Beach Holiday Park
on 07 49560190
What use is an f-call?
Over time I've spoken with lots of different people with varying levels of
experience and confidence. Some of those people see everything as an
opportunity where others are hesitant because they fear that what they're
about to attempt might fail.
Obviously in real-life outside amateur radio these same kinds of differences
appear, but what I find fascinating in my experience is that this is not true
for the same people.
Someone who is confident in amateur radio might not be outside the hobby
and vice versa.
The thing that struck me about amateur radio early on is
that it's all about people. Sure the level of technical competence is on
average higher among amateurs than it is in the general population, but among
my peers in this hobby are people from all walks of life, both young and old,
unskilled and highly experienced, fun and serious.
The more I meet people in this hobby, the more I find to learn and enjoy.
If you're listening to this and you've got a project in mind, but you're not
sure what to do about it, I'd like to encourage you to contact another
amateur. You'll find that the more you talk about your project, the better
you'll be able to explain it, the easier it will be to talk about it, the
higher the chance of finding another amateur, or even a whole group of them,
who share your particular interest.
If you're looking for inspiration, search YouTube for the ARRL video,
"Join the DIY Magic of Amateur Radio".
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.
OFCOM THANKS RSGB FOR OLYMPIC HELP
The Radio Society of Great Britain has received a
thank-you letter from U-K telecommunications
regulator Ofcom. This in appreciation for the
national societies assistance in the area of
communications during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In the note, Ofcom's Peter Bury says that the
games have come to an end he wanted to express
his warm thanks and appreciation for the
contribution that the RSGB made to the
outstanding success of wireless communications during the event.
According to Bury, one of the critical challenges
for Britain was to find enough people with the
right skills in radio engineering and
interference management to support the needs of
the Games. He says that Ofcom could not have
found enough people from its own resources and we
therefore sought help from you and other agencies
to help us find expert staff.
The Fuel Cell Energy Corporation has announced a
project using a stationary fuel-cell power plant
to support Microsoft's latest data-centre
research project. The power plant will use
renewable biogas generated by a
wastewater-treatment facility as the fuel source
to generate ultra-clean and carbon-neutral
electricity to power Microsoft's Data-Plant
project in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This sub-megawatt
power-plant project will enable Microsoft to
evaluate the effectiveness of using Fuel Cell
Energy power plants to efficiently power future
sustainable data centres.
The sub-megawatt Direct Fuel Cell power plant
will be installed at the Dry Creek Water
Reclamation Facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming by the
spring 2013. The fuel cell plant will provide
200 kilowatts of power
Reason To Be Fearful
Andy Thomas G0SFJ has published his third novel in which 'ham' radio plays
Called "Reason To Be Fearful", this terse, bleak, gritty novel of lies and
layers of deception centres on a young trafficked woman from Transnistria.
Anastasia, 'Nastya' to her friends, holds the balance of power in the British
Secret Intelligence Service between Bea, the Chinese expert and art historian,
and 'Ammer, the radio ham who is Head of Russia.
In action from Tiraspol to Tallinn, from a brothel in Berlin to a bar in
Bangalore, on board the International Space Station and the Chinese Station
Tiangong, Nastya brings the "Dima" trilogy to its startling conclusion.
The book will be on sale from Amazon.
In the event that a giant asteroid is headed
toward Earth, you'd better hope that it's
blindingly white. Why you ask? This is because
one researcher believes that such a pale colored
asteroid would reflect sunlight. So by bouncing
a lot of photons off its surface could create
enough of a force to push the asteroid into a different direction.
Sung Wook Paek is a graduate student in MIT's
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He
says that if timed just right, pellets full of
paint powder, launched in two rounds from a
spacecraft at relatively close distance, would
cover the front and back of an asteroid.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
FCC PROPOSES 3.5 GHZ CITIZENS BROADBAND SERVICE
First there was the old Class A and Class B Citizens radio of the 1940's.
Then came 11 Meter Class D Citizens Radio Service in 1958.
Next was the Family Radio Service authorized in the United States since 1996.
That was followed in 2000 by MURS or the Multi Use Radio Service.
Now in 2013, the FCC is proposing to create a new Citizens Broadband Service
and it's like nothing else the regulatory agency has ever attempted before.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the details:
Just before years end on Wednesday December 26th the FCC announced a proposal
to make available 100 MHz of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band using small
cell and database technologies. The FCC calls the new service in the 3550 to
3650 MHz band the "Citizens Broadband Service" or C-B-S and proposes three
tiers of service.
These will be known as Incumbent Access; Priority Access and General
Incumbent Access would consist solely of authorized federal and grandfathered
licensed Fixed Satellite Service 3.5 GHz band users. They would be protected
from the other tiers by regulation and technical means. This would include
the use of exclusion zones where other C-B-S uses would not be permitted.
Priority Access level would be given to small cell use by certain critical
quality-of-service dependent users at specific target locations. This might
include hospitals, utilities, state and local governments. It might also
include users with a distinct need for reliable, prioritized access to
broadband spectrum at specific, localized facilities.
Lastly, the General Authorized Access or G-A-A level would allow
opportunistic use of the spectrum for a variety of residential, business and
enterprise purposes. These users would have to protect Level 1 Incumbent
Access and Level 2 Priority Access users through technologies including
geolocation. Also as the lowest level users they would not have any
expectation of protection from harmful interference to this user base.
PHONESAT LAUNCH NOW RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY
The PhoneSat CubeSat, originally planned for a December 2012
launch, now looks like it will fly aboard a new commercial
rocket from Orbital Sciences Corporation in February.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, reports:
The PhoneSat series of micro sat flights is a technology
demonstration mission ultimately consisting of three 1 Unit
CubeSats to be placed on-orbit in succession. The flights
are intended to prove that a smartphone can be used to
perform many of the functions required of a spacecraft bus.
The first satellite is built around the Nexus smartphone
which will be running the Android operating system and will
be enclosed in a standard 1 Unit CubeSat structure. The
main function of the phone is to act as the On-board
Computer, but the mission will also utilize the phone's
Secure Digital card for data storage.
The bird will also have a 5 Megapixel camera for Earth
Observation, and 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis
magnetometer for attitude determination.
Ham radio wise, PhoneSat 1 carries an amateur radio payload
that will downlink on 437.425 MHz It must be noted that
this overall design was chosen as one of the winners in the
Aerospace category of Popular Science magazine "Best of
What's New in 2012" awards. It's also quite a lot of flight
hardware for such a tiny bird.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in
Also planned for this launch is the commercial DOVE-1
satellite for a technology demonstration Nano satellite
based on the triple CubeSat form factor. Dove-1 plans to
transmit its telemetry and image data to the ground 145.825
MHz in the amateur radio band although this is a commercial mission.
SALE OF NON CERTIFIED DEVICES BRINGS $14000 FINE
The FCC has affirmed a $14,000 Forfeiture Order to LawMate Technology Co.,
Ltd. This for its alleged marketing of unauthorized radio frequency devices
for more than two years. Amateur Radio Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has
On July 15, 2009, the Enforcement Bureau's Spectrum Enforcement Division
released the $14,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture after it
found that that LawMate manufactured and marketed two models of wireless
video transmitters in the United States before obtaining FCC certifications
for the models. The finding was based on LawMate's own admission in response
to a letter of inquiry.
LawMate responded on November 14, 2009. At that time LawMate declared that
that it was willing to pay a penalty for its violations but requested
cancellation or reduction of the proposed forfeiture amount based on certain
remedial efforts that LawMate stated it intended to implement. It also
claimed financial hardship, and asserted that it had a past history of
compliance with the FCC rules.
Now in affirming the NAL, the FCC says that it carefully considered LawMate's
and find no basis for reduction or cancellation of the proposed forfeiture.
It noted that LawMate's contention that it planned to undertake certain
remedial measures to ensure future compliance with the rules was not a valid
reason for a downward reduction of the fine. It also noted that LawMate
claim that payment of the forfeiture would place undue stress on the
company's financial situation was not accompanied by proper documentation.
ANOTHER NEW SOURCE OF LIGHT ANNOUNCED
A new and more efficient way to light your way is on the horizon. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, reports:
Scientists at the Wake Forest University have created a new type of light
bulb that promises to be just as efficient as LED equivalents, but without
any of the drawbacks.
The new field-induced polymer electroluminescent bulbs or FIPEL for short,
produce light when an electric current is passed through its Nano-engineered
plastic layers. The team says that the new type of bulbs are malleable,
allowing them to take any shape like compact fluorescent lamps. They also
won't shatter like traditional bulbs, nor will they generate the same hum or
The inventor of FIPEL is Dr. David Carroll. He believes that his new
solution is superior to LED bulbs because there is a limit to how much
brightness you can get out of them. If you run too much current through an
LED they can short out and melt. Not only that, the light generated by
FIPEL bulbs is closer to natural sunlight, unlike the bluish tint generated
Any worries about longevity are also put to rest by Dr. Carroll. He claims
to have had a field-induced polymer electroluminescent prototype lamp working
in his laboratory for almost a decade.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.
As for when the technology will make the jump to a commercial product? The
research team says that a corporate partner is interested in producing the
new bulbs at scale, with the first run expected in 2013.
(CGC, earthsignals.com, TheVerge.com)
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2013
VK ROSS HULL MEMORIAL VHF-UHF ALL JANUARY
ZL Jock White Memorial Field Day Contest Sat and Sun Feb 23 and 24.
WW International Museums Weekends June 15/16 and 22/23
Many radio clubs took part in the International Museums Weekend in 2012.
In 2013, this event will take place on the double weekends of 15 & 16 and
22 & 23 June. Radio amateurs are encouraged to participate by setting up
stations in their local museums.
Organiser Harry, M1BYT asks that all those intending to take part in the
event should register their museum via the web form on the website
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Z 81 Z is currently on the air from South Sudan on the HF bands, mostly
Please QSL via 4 Z W his home callsign or electronically using
Logbook of the World.
Operational as 9X0PY from Rwanda until 31st January.
Activity will be holiday style, on all bands, using mainly CW and listening
up 25kHz. QSL via his home callsign sm 6 cpy , either direct or via the
Logbook of The World speeds up
The Logbook of The World queue has been shrinking steadily
since 7th January, when the system was brought back online
after the installation of a new database server equipped
with solid state drives.
Since then, the delay between a file being uploaded and
processed is about 8 days and is dropping by one day
approximately every 10 hours.
2012 DX Sound Bites
Tom, K8CX, has provided DXers with 135 memorable DX sound clips from 2012.
Visit Tom's "HAM GALLERY" Web at:
While there also check out some of his other features on his Web page,
such as: 15 years of "Rare DX Sound Clips" of the past (as well as some
clips from the 1960's and 1970's), QSL Card Museum, Dayton Photo Galleries
and Tribute to Silent Key Ham Operators.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
A stronger ATV signal from VK3RTV
The digital amateur television repeater VK3RTV that serves Melbourne and
Geelong now has a stronger signal making its reception a lot easier.
Repeater custodian Peter Cossins VK3BFG reports that the VK3RTV output has
been increased, with a new power amplifier and supply.
The latest upgrade, which will fill in some marginal reception areas and
expand the Mt Dandenong repeater general coverage, has been funded by the
Peter VK3BFG imported the PA in kit-form to build it up, provided the heat sinking,
worked on the input and output arrangements, and homebrewed its control system.
He explained that the PA consists of a dual FET push-pull amplifier has built-in
over voltage, temperature and VSWR protection, and a high current FET switch.
The system is sequenced so the fans come on first, then the DC supply and
followed by the RF drive.
Peter VK3BFG found on installation it had to be throttled back to boost the
signal only by an 8 dB gain, as there was a high return loss on the transmit
New antennas are already spare on the tower and once transferred over, a
further 3 or 4 dB is possible, but reports already show the increase is very
Signal reports will be welcome on the 2-metre 147.400 MHz ATV liaison frequency.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
A group has been formed on Facebook for amateurs wishing to organise skeds
with other amateurs. So if you need a particular contact for an award,
or just a chat, then go to:-
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW heading toward a record
The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend continued to grow from
its first event held in August 1998 that attracted 158 stations in
Many of the amateur stations in the original activations at the historic
maritime structures have been with the fun event since, and joined over the
years by many hundreds more.
The sponsors, the Ayr Amateur Radio Group Scotland, thanks all entrants for
their loyalty, and looks for another record year as we move towards the magic
The event is always held on the 3rd full weekend in August, aiming to promote
public awareness of the former navigation structures and give amateur radio
some good publicity.
To register or find out more about the next event on August the 18th and
19th visit the website www.illw.net
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
AMATEUR RADIO ENTERING ITS SECOND CENTURY OF DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS IS
THEME OF WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2013
Each year on April 18th, radio amateurs around
the world celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. In
1913, the first recorded instance of amateur
radio being used to provide communications in a
natural disaster took place during severe
flooding in the Midwest of the United
States. This in part led to the formation of the
International Amateur Radio Union in 1925.
Now, event planners say that activities
surrounding World Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a
great opportunity to spread the word about what
amateurs are doing in the field of disaster
communications in the 21st Century.
More is on-line at www.iaru-r2.org/world-amateur-radio-day-2013
(IARU via arnewsline)
A BELATED HAPPY 65 TO THE TRANSISTOR
And finally this week, a belated happy birthday to an electronic device whose
invention revolutionized telecommunications and made possible the technology
that we have today. Of course we are talking about the transistor as we hear
from Amateur Radio Newslines Bruce Tennant, K6PZW:
On December 16, 1947, Bell Labs researchers William Shockley, John Bardeen
and Walter Brattain created an amplifier from a germanium crystal that
boosted the level of an input signal by 100 times. Various researchers had
tried to develop a solid-state alternative to the vacuum tubes during World
War II but none had succeeded. The Bell Labs Trio demonstrated it for lab
officials a week later on December 23 where Shockley deemed it a magnificent
Bell Labs announced the invention of the transistor six months later. The
device went on to become one of the signature scientific achievements of the
20th century, ranking up with splitting the atom, manned flight, and the
discovery of DNA. One could argue, in fact, that the transistor was the
most important breakthrough of the 20th century because subsequent advances
in those other fields relied on the computing power made possible through
integrated circuits and semiconductors. In essence, information has become
a science itself.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in Los Angeles.
As a result of their achievement Electronics Magazine put a photo the three
men on its cover. The three went on to share the Nobel Prize for physics in
1956. John Bardeen became a laureate a second time in 1972 for his work on
superconductivity. And very apropos the entire story is on-line at
(Readwrite, others via arnewsline)
SOCIAL SCENE 2013
JAN 27 VK3 MEET THE YLs OF AMATEUR RADIO Bundoora Park Rotunda #6
JAN 26 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Weekend Family Radio Camp
26th to 28th at Girl Guides Campsite Bluewater.
FEB 2 VK3 HOMEBREW & CONSTRUCTORS MEET 2PM 40G VICTORY BVD, ASHBURTON.
FEB 10 VK3 CENTRE VICTORIA RADIOFEST AT KYNETON.
FEB 23 VK Wyong Mini Contest University Wyong racecourse
FEB 24 VK WYONG FIELD DAY Wyong Racecourse
MAR 24 VK7 "Meet the Voice" barbecue at Ross.
MAY 3- 5 VK4 Clairview AR Weekend details 04 296 32815
MAY 24-26 VK6 WIA AGM AND CONFERENCE IN PERTH
Have you prepared for the last weekend in May; the 2013
WIA AGM and Conference?
Amateur Radio successes are celebrated with awards,
certificates and commendations. Offering you the opportunity
to come face to face with those individuals who have
distinguished themselves and marking their achievement with a
The 2013 WIA AGM and Conference, it's all about Engaging,
Learning, Appreciating, Socializing and Discovering.
You'll find all the information online at the VK6 conference
AUG 17-18 WW ILLW
Oct 3- 7 VK4 North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention Charters Towers
NOV 2 VK4 Gold Coast ARS HamFest at Albert Waterways Hall.
NOV 3 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Goodwood.
NOV 15-17 VK3 Victorian National Parks Weekend
Nov 24 VK3 Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club: Rosebud RadioFest
Future EMC events:
International Exhibition and Workshops on Electromagnetic Compatibility
5-7 March 2013
Asia-Pacific International Symposium and Exhibition on EMC
20-23 May 2013
IEEE International Symposium on EMC
Denver, Colorado, USA
5-9 August 2013
EMC Europe 2013
2-6 September 2013
More information and links at http://www.iec.ch/emc/emc_news/
(73! Flavio PY2ZX)
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