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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING FEBRUARY 17 2013.
VI4POLIO CALLING 'CQ POLIO'
WORLD RADIO DAY WEDNESDAY A SUCCESS
VIRTUAL TOUR AVAILABLE OF NEW BBC STUDIOS
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEB 17 2013.
Geoff Emery VK4ZPP dropped myself and WIA Office some distubing news through
the week, that we Australian Radio Amateurs May Lose the 2300 - 2302 MHz Band.
Now from WIA President Phil Wait - VK2ASD who wrote on WIA Front Page News.
The ACMA has informed the WIA of proposed changes to spectrum usage in the
2300 - 2302 MHz band, which will result in Advanced Licensees losing access to
The ACMA proposes to acquire the spectrum for LTE radio purposes. LTE, or
long-term evolution, (marketed as 4G LTE), is a wireless standard for
high-speed data over mobile phones and data terminals.
The change will give LTE services the full 100MHz segment from 2300 - 2400MHz,
or twenty 5MHz LTE channels, and naturally the government revenue from any
resulting spectrum auction would be very significant.
Losing any spectrum is always a great concern to radio amateurs, and this
secondary allocation spectrum is the only viable option for Earth-Moon-Earth
(EME) contacts to Region II (where the EME activity is on 2304 MHz) or
Region I (which uses 2320 MHz). Australian radio amateur EME activity would
then be confined to 2400 MHz and above, where ISM and Wi-Fi equipment is likely
to cause interference to local EME stations.
The ACMA plans to recommend the change to the Minister for Broadband,
Communications and the Digital Economy, and make the changes under section 153B
of the Radiocommunications Act 1992. If the Minister approves the change radio
amateurs will probably lose access to the spectrum in 2015.
Before making such a recommendation to the Minister the ACMA is required to
undertake extensive consultation with stakeholders, and has prepared the
consultation paper with the draft recommendation at Attachment A. The ACMA will
also be writing to all Advanced Amateur Radio Operators (who are affected by
this proposal) to provide them with a copy of the notice and inviting their
Radio amateurs are encouraged to forward their comments to the ACMA by
Wednesday 27th March 2013, to the address in the paper.
More is at wia.org.au
(text edtions only)
World Radio Day marks the day when the United Nations Radio was launched in
1946. Since its establishment, UN Radio has used its multilingual programmes
carried by media outlets around the globe to tell the story of the
international community's efforts to meet the challenges of building a better
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) celebrated
World Radio Day on 13 February with the publication of online profiles
of two of Australia's female radio pioneers, Lynn Foster & Dorothy Crawford.
These women were pioneers in the development of Australian radio and were
integral to the shaping of our national cultural identity. By the mid-to-late
1930s, women working in radio production gained prominence as producers,
directors, writers and performers. This was at a time when most women were
encouraged to stay at home as housewives and mothers many of these radio
pioneers were themselves mothers with their own households to manage.
Lynn Foster (1914-1985) was the first woman in Australia to direct a major
radio serial on a national network, as well as the first to write and direct
one. She also played a major part in the advancement of the status of writers
in the radio industry.
Dorothy Crawford (1911-1988) excelled as a radio drama producer, and was
also a pioneer in the production of Australian television drama.
Postage stamps were also issued to celebrate World Radio Day 13 February 2013.
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued a series of stamps
depicting scenes from the history of the United Nations Radio.
WIA BOARD TALK
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
Venue - 17 February 2013, 0'37"
Have you prepared for the last weekend in May; the 2013 WIA AGM and
The Tradewinds Hotel overlooks the Swan River in Fremantle.
The well-appointed rooms have a kitchenette and are grouped around the
central facilities of the hotel. You'll make your own reservation and make
sure you tell them it's for the WIA Conference, so you get the special room
rate of $180 per night.
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 site,
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
Have you ever considered why the number 7 is lucky?
There are 7 cosmic stages, seven heavens and seven hells, 7 pillars of wisdom,
seven rainbow colours. In Chinese there are 7 fairies, and the Bible mentions 7
circuits of Jericho. The Egyptians knew 7 daughters of Ra. The Greek Pan had
But what is the real reason 7 is lucky?
Because it's just 7 days until Wyong Field Day - 24th February 2013 - Just
7 days until Amateur Radio's Big Day Out.
Just 7 days until the gates open at 6.30.am for the flea market and 9am for the
7 days until the raffle, lucky gate prizes, lectures and let's not forget the
free shuttle bus from Wyong station
Admission $15 - under 17 free
Wyong Field Day, proudly brought to you by Central Coast Amateur Radio Club
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Do you live in Metropolitan Melbourne and looking for a great social day out?
Sunday March 24th the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club is holding its
annual White Elephant Sale, one of the major hamfests in the Melbourne metro
Once you have snapped up all the for sale bargains form the many local and
country traders you will be able to purchase a sausage from the BBQ and enjoy
free tea or coffee from the kitchen and socialising with the many other hams
So put it in your diary, it's on Sunday March 24th at the Great Ryrie Primary
School Great Ryrie Street Heathmont Victoria.
For more information and table booking details visit club website
What use is an f-call?
I've just had a browse through the latest Amateur Radio magazine, read a few
stories, looked at a couple of photos and it struck me that there are two
types of activities that Amateurs get up to.
There's the social activities,
where several amateurs, even groups or hordes - hmm is that the word, a
horde of amateurs - get together and have a party. They build a station,
either on the back of a trailer, a ute, a tent, a mountain, a boat, you name
it. They erect, generally more than one, antenna structure, some go over the
top and set-up about 15 different antennas - but the passion that underlies
all that is held together by the social glue that makes up this hobby.
Generally a station built like that has some or other purpose, be it to
activate some long lost atoll, or a special event call-sign, a particular day,
or event, to memorialise some past history. Any number of different reasons
to get together, build stuff and get on-air.
The other type of activity is much more insular. Sitting at home, surrounded
by equipment, soldering iron, computer, circuit diagram, plans, descriptions,
maps and the like. It's one where you might sit for hours listening, or
calling CQ for a contest, or building a new piece of magic. It's one where
you sit alone, with a song in your heart digging through a problem, learning
and figuring out how something works, or as the case may be, doesn't work.
This kind of activity is one that nourishes the soul and brings little gems
to your door-step, unexpected, un-remarked, and just as wonderful.
As amateurs we often remark on the social aspect of our hobby, but I think
it's just as important to acknowledge the singular activity.
If you're in your shack listening to this, building something, or if you've
just come out to see if there is still some daylight left, I'd like to
encourage you to share your experience with another amateur. They might be
on the other end of the radio, or they might be reading an article in
Amateur Radio magazine.
Share your personal triumphs as much as your group ones.
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.
IARU Region 1 Vienna 2013 - Papers now available
The papers to be submitted to the IARU Region 1 2013 Interim Meeting in
Vienna April 20-21 have been released.
Among the HF papers are:
Amendment to the 28MHz Band plan in relation to the Amateur Satellite Service
Alignment of the 30m Digital Modes Band plan
The future of the 30m (10 MHz) band
Assign frequencies for unmanned beacons in all of the HF-bands
Band plan for the 630m band
Operating Practices for the DXpeditioner
Operation at 5MHz and WRC15
Shortwave links for Digital Communications and Voice
The PDF's for these can be downloaded from
The page text is in German but the papers are all in English.
TETHERCELL BLUETOOTH REMOTE CONTROL
Looking for a new way to remotely control things?
Tethercell may be the answer to your needs.
Tethercell is a plastic case the size of an AA
battery, embedded with Bluetooth 4.0 transponder,
which is powered by an AAA battery that fits
inside. The Bluetooth-enabled battery is then
synced with an app on your smart phone that
allows you to turn the device on and off, set a
timer and even monitor the amount of power remaining.
According to its inventors this first version of Tethercell
is a test bed for future applications. It's also
an opportunity to get the technology in the hands of the public.
More including a demonstration video is on-line at
RadioToday have a link to a virtual
TOUR OF BBC BROADCASTING HOUSE
BUT If you are planning a vacation in the United Kingdom and are interested
in radio, then you will be happy to know that the British Broadcasting
Company's new facility 'in person' tour launches in April.
While on the tour some of the things you're
likely to see include a camera's eye view into
some of the studios broadcasting such programs as
the Six O'clock News and Radio 1.
Trained guides will also present a rich history of the building and the BBC.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1849 - January 18 2013
NPR LABS HOPES TO DEVELOP EMERGENCY ALERT RADIO FOR THE DEAF
A new way to alert the deaf and hard of hearing
to oncoming disaster situations may soon be on
it's way. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee,
KB3TZD, is here with the details:
The trade newsletter Radio World reports that NPR
Labs personnel hope to begin a project that
demonstrates an emergency alerting system for the
deaf and hard-of-hearing population in the United
States. This, using broadcast radio as the transmission medium.
The end goal of this research is to develop a
deaf-accessible radio receiver with a large text
display and bright flashing lights. This in turn
could alert the user of a potential threat to life and property.
Rich Rarey is the NPR Labs Manager of Strategic
Technology Applications. He told Radio World
that there are currently some AM radios with
aural warnings and FM H-D receivers that have
very small text displays but without accessible
warning mechanisms. He says that the aim of NPR
Labs is to create a receiver that is useful for
deaf and hard-of-hearing people, which will also
be helpful for alerting the general public as well.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather
Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick, Pennsylvania.
You can read the entire report of this
potentially lifesaving project on-line at
PODCAST IS A PATENTED TERM OWNED BY PERSONAL AUDIO LLC
If you are a podcaster or thinking of becoming a
podcaster, even on a very small scale, then its
worth your time to read an article on who owns
the rights to the term podcasting that appeared
in a recent issue of the chron dot com business report.
In a nutshell, it appears as if the term podcast
is not generic as most people might
think. Rather it is a patented system owned by a
company called Personal Audio LLC that developed
it and other internet streaming back in
1996. And now Personal Audio LLC has decided to
assert its rights by going after both podcast
content creators as well as podcast distributors.
So far it has won every case that has gone to
trial. Even Apple has lost to them. In that case
a jury awarded Personal Audio LLC an $8 million
judgment plus $4 million in interest for
infringing on the company's The Playlist Patent.
So if you run a podcast or are thinking of
creating one, you might want to take a few
moments to read the story at
tinyurl.com/podcast-patent and then talk to a
knowledgeable patent attorney before proceeding
or continuing your podcasting journey. It could
theoretically save you every penny that you have
ever will make or have saved.
MAN WHO POINTED LASER AT AIRCRAFT ARRESTED
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that an
unnamed Oakland resident has been arrested for
allegedly shining a laser at two aircraft
hovering over the scene of a shooting on Monday, January 21st.
The 40-year-old man is alleged to have aimed a
red laser several times at a KGO television
helicopter as it flew about 1,000 feet over the
scene of the incident in which an undercover
Oakland officer was shot in the arm. The man is
also alleged to have shined the laser at a
California Highway Patrol fixed wing aircraft
that was circling at about 3,500
feet. Thankfully no one aboard either aircraft was injured.
Under Title 18 Sub-part 39A, whoever knowingly
aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft
in the jurisdiction of the United States, or at
the flight path of such an aircraft, shall be
fined or imprisoned for up to 5 years, or both.
US CONGRESS REMOVES EXPORT PROHIBITION ON SATELLITES
The National Defence Authorization Act for Fiscal
Year 2013, passed by Congress in late December
and now signed by President Obama has removed a
restriction that has essentially shut down
international cooperation for building amateur satellites in the past decade.
Under the old law, satellites and their component
parts were considered to be "munitions" and their
export to other countries was severely limited.
This made it impossible for amateur satellite
organizations in different countries to work
together on major projects. For example, the
last big amateur satellite, Phase 3D. It was
built jointly by AMSAT groups in the U.S.,
Germany and other countries, but that was before
the international cooperation measure was put in place.
The new law restricts satellite exports only to
China, North Korea and countries identified as
state sponsors of terrorism, as well as those
under trade embargoes. A recommendation from the
Departments of State and Defence said the old law
impeded the ability of American satellite
builders to work with international partners
while providing no noticeable benefit to national security.
MEDIA SURVEY: KPMG SAYS TELEVIEWERS ARE MULTITASKERS
A new study by the research firm KPMG has
concluded that 60% of American television viewers
are also devoted multitaskers who watch
television while accessing the Internet at the same time.
KPMG's findings were based on a global online
survey of 9,000 people in nine countries,
including the United States that was conducted
last October. The survey also concluded that
even though multiple devices vie for consumers'
attention, that most people still prefer to watch
television shows, movies and other video on the
TV. Only 14% of those surveyed prefer to watch
video on their smartphones or tablets.
According to KPMG, these results suggest that the
next big disruption in living room viewing may
come from so called "Smart TVs." These are
Internet-connected sets that afford the viewer
access to traditional TV broadcasts as well as
online services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon.com.
KPMG is one of the world's largest professional
services companies and one of the so-called Big
Four auditors with global headquarters located in
the Netherlands. Its findings hold implications
for network programmers and advertisers, which
can no longer be sure which screen is drawing the
It's only a week until Wyong!
Next Saturday sees the first ever contest university being held in Australia
followed by the CCARC Field Day at Wyong on the Sunday.
All of those who have registered will be receiving the latest details of the
Mini Contest University by email this weekend but full details are available
also at www.fieldday.org.au/contest_university
For those who still haven't heard about the Mini Contest University, its aim
is to give an introduction to the contesting side of our great hobby and we can
still fit a few more in. If you are interested in attending this free event,
please go to the web site to see how to register.
For those who are travelling to Wyong on Saturday for the Field Day on Sunday,
you are very welcome to join us at Panarotti's in Tuggerah on Saturday evening
where we will be having a combined MCU/Wyong Field day meal (and good natter).
Details of the venue are on the front page of the fieldday.org.au website.
As always those web references are in the show notes on wia.org.au
So with everything organised here's hoping for some nice weather to make the
weekend extra special !
This is Ed VK2JI See you at Wyong!
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2013
ZL Jock White Memorial Field Day Contest Sat and Sun Feb 23 and 24.
WW International Museums Weekends June 15/16 and 22/23
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
The Irish Hour Net takes place on Sundays at 1700 UTC on 21.317 Mhz.
Brian, W7DFO, chairs the weekly Net from his QTH in the Pacific North West.
It has become what he refers to as a "challenge" gathering ex-pats from around
the globe. Many of the call-ins to the net are from licensed Irish-Americans.
TC 16 BURSA will be active until 19th March in Bursa, Turkey.
It is operated by members of local branch of the Turkish Radio Amateur Club.
QSL as directed on the air.
Prefix hunters will be interested in the special event station PF 100 ZOO.
This will be active until the end of the month to celebrate 100 years of the
Burgers Zoo in Arnhem.
The operator and QSL Manager is PA 0 FAW.
NEW INTERNATIONAL REPLY COUPON INTRODUCED
The ARRL say that the Universal Postal Union has introduced the newest model
of the International Reply Coupon (IRC):
The Doha model -- so named for the 25th Universal Postal Congress that took
place in Doha, Qatar in October 2012 -- will replace the current model, known
as the Nairobi model.
Although the US Postal Service no longer sells IRCs, they are
still available in other countries and post offices in the US are
mandated to redeem them. The Doha model IRC will be available for
purchase on July 1, 2013. It is valid for exchange until the end of
The Nairobi model remains valid until December 31, 2013.
K 0 YAK will operate as ST 2 SF from the Sudan until mid-April.
He hopes to be on 40 through 10 meters. QSL to his home call.
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.
Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700
IARU Monitoring System Newsletter
The IARU Region 1 Monitoring Service reports on a mysterious Over The Horizon
radar causing interference in the 28 MHz amateur radio band.
Read the International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region 1
January 2013 newsletter at the address in the text edition best read on
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - Measure Twice cut Once.
SDR Touch turns tablet/phone into SDR
Ham Radio Science reports on SDR Touch that allows you to use your Android
tablet/mobile-phone and a cheap RTL2832U as a Software Defined Radio.
You can plug in a RTL2832U stick into your Android 4.0 devices' USB port and
SDR Touch allows you to tune and decode the audio from the RTL2832U stick.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
Ham Radio in Kraft Velveeta TV ads
An ARRL PR Remailer tells us that Kraft foods USA has produced a new set of
television commercials called the Velveeta-Eat-Like-That-You-Know campaign,
and one of the 15 second spots features ham radio in a very positive light.
The ham radio spot is titled "That Guy with the Ham Radio" and appears to be
one of five new commercials for Kraft's Velvita Shells and Cheese lunch and
All are fast paced and fun to watch. You can see them on-line.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
ARISS switches to Ericsson radio after experiencing problems with the Kenwood
After experiencing issues with the Kenwood D700 on two consecutive school
contacts, ARISS will use the Ericsson radio on the Columbus module for
ARISS contacts until problems with the D700 are resolved.
According to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT's Vice President for Human Spaceflight
Programs, "...for some reason, our signals from the Service Module Kenwood
D700 radio are much diminished. Low audio levels, with good signals only
7th grader Lauren reaches space
ABC TV news report on 13 year-old 7th grader Lauren Rojas who developed a
payload, sent it to the edge of space and successfully recovered it
Lauren Rojas's high altitude balloon reached the edge of space at 90,000 feet
and recorded some stunning video.
Watch Hello Kitty in Space
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
Rain tracked with wireless cellular network
The BBC report on a way to measure rainfall across a country by using mobile
phone network signals
Rain absorbs and scatters mobile phone signals in a way that can be analysed
to yield an overall rainfall picture.
The rise and fall of signal strength in each "link" - the path from one mast
to another - provides an average measure of how much rain there is between them.
As these links criss-cross one another across a region, these simple measures
can be mathematically picked apart to yield a map of the rainfall at a given
BBC News story
Read the paper Country-wide rainfall maps from cellular communication networks
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROAR
ROTARIANS OF AMATEUR RADIO
International President 2012 -2015: Bill Main VK4ZD
secretary: Dr Elwood Anderson, AE5EA
ANZO VP: Peter Lowe, VK3KCD
0645z - 0730z Anzo Net 7.118 (varies due to propagation)
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293 (varies due to propagation)
February 23 and 24 VI4POLIO will be activated by members of
"Rotarians Of Amateur Radio."
This activity celebrates Rotary International's 108th birthday and their
commitment to eliminate Polio worldwide - only 3 countries are now endemic
with polio - Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Stations around the world including Spain, the UK, France and the USA
(W8P and others) will also be participating in this event.
The VI 4 POLIO QSL card will depict a spectacular photograph of the
'END POLIO NOW 'laser light displayed on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
ROAR world president, Bill, VK4ZD wife Diane VK4HH and Daughter Alizah Pomery
VK4FOXE, also a dedicated Rotarian will operate VI4POLIO from South East
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
Mountain Goat award for Welsh radio amateur
SOTA (Summits on the Air) is pleased to report another long-time participant
reaching the coveted Mountain Goat award.
Richard Price GW0VMW from Colwyn Bay, North Wales has been enjoying amateur
radio from the hill and mountains since April 2004, and achieved Mountain
Goat status from the summit of Moel Siabod GW/NW-010, 872m ASL.
There are new awards to work towards for the most active SOTA participants.
The Summit-to-Summit Award recognises those QSOs that take place between
activators, simultaneously on different summits.
The "SOTA Complete" award rewards those individuals who have managed to both
activate, and chase the same summit.
See the SOTA websites for more information.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE
A QUEST FOR HIGHER POWER ON VHF
Last year in South Africa there was a lot of excitement about the request for
an increase of RF power from 400 Watt to 1 500 Watt, as already in use by
radio amateurs in several other countries.
This matter is currently being discussed between the SARL and ICASA.
Higher power would be most beneficial for operation on the VHF bands, such as
50 and 144 MHz.
Weak Troppo Scatter signals with QSB are often observed across the country
throughout the day and night on these bands. Tests conducted between
Cape Town station ZS1NAZ and Port Elizabeth station ZS2FM on 50 MHz have
shown that a 100 Watt signal is just above the noise level, but became very
readable when the power was increased to 400 Watt. Just imagine how the Troppo
scatter signals will improve with another increase of four times, resulting
in country-wide communications most of the time; other propagation modes
should perform even better.
SOCIAL SCENE 2013
FEB 23 VK Wyong Mini Contest University Wyong racecourse
FEB 24 VK WYONG FIELD DAY Wyong Racecourse
MAR 10 VK3 SPARC joins in The 2013 Rosebud KiteFest
MAR 24 VK3 EMDRC White Elephant Sale: Great Ryrie Primary School
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
JUL 20 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest
AUG 11 VK2 SARCFEST 414 Richmond Hill Rd near Lismore http://v.gd/df4oMM
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
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