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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING MARCH 24 2013.
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with more on the Australian Communications & Media
Authority's proposed withdraw of the 2300 to 2302 MHz band
THIS STORY AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAR 24 2013.
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
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority - the A C M A - proposes
to withdraw the 2300 to 2302 MHz segment of the 13 cm Amateur band from
July 2015 so that it can be re-allocated for Spectrum Licensing nationally.
All Advanced Amateur licensees will be affected.
The ACMA has already advised all Advanced licensees by letter and invited
comment on the proposal.
The driver behind the ACMA's proposed move is to create a tidy 100 MHz-wide
band from 2300 to 2400 MHz for the purpose of Spectrum Licensing by auction.
It is understood that the likely technology to be deployed under Spectrum
Licensing in the 2300-2400 MHz band will be that known as Long Term Evolution
- L T E.
The 13 cm Amateur band has only a secondary service status at 2300 to 2450 MHz.
Primary user status goes to the fixed, mobile and radiolocation services.
2400 to 2450 MHz is widely used by Class Licensed Wi-Fi wireless computer
networks and radio amateurs have to share the use of this sector of 13 cm,
with the inevitable rise in the noise floor and interference issues.
The 2300 to 2302 MHz segment has been used for narrowband, weak-signal
working and this is reflected in the WIA band plan for 13 cm.
In the face of the ACMA's proposal, the WIA intends to fight back.
The WIA is preparing a submission that strongly argues for the retention of a
150 kHz-wide allocation at 2300 MHz on at least a co-primary basis.
A 150 kHz-wide "line in the sand", you might say.
Some have suggested that the Institute should bargain the loss of 2 MHz in
the 13 cm band for more spectrum elsewhere - like the 80 metre DX window, or
securing exclusive access to 50 to 52 MHz, for example. However, the
WIA Board has adopted the stance that this is no time to roll over and die on
the 13 cm issue, to use the loss of 2 MHz as a bargaining chip when it comes
to issues affecting other bands - OR, for that matter, bargaining for a new
band elsewhere in the radiofrequency spectrum.
Each issue really has to be addressed on its own merits.
The Institute will continue to seek from the ACMA more favourable
consideration in other amateur bands under threat or other disadvantage,
along with new allocations.
Back to the fate of 2300 MHz.
LTE employs complex modulation technology to provide very high capacity and
data speed in new cellular mobile networks.
The spectrum used by LTE may be configured in channels of various widths,
ranging from 1.4 MHz up to 20 MHz wide. Hence, many channels will fit within
the proposed 100 MHz band at 2300 to 2400 MHz.
The good news for us is that the whole of a channel's bandwidth is not used.
There is some unoccupied spectrum at the edge of each channel, regardless of
what channel bandwidth might be deployed.
For the minimal channel bandwidth of 1.4 MHz, the unoccupied spectrum at each
edge - or "white space", if you like - amounts to 160 kHz. For a 10 MHz
channel, it's 500 kHz at each edge.
So - there will always be some unoccupied and otherwise unused spectrum right
at 2300 MHz.
Hence, the WIA submission proposes that a 150 kHz-wide allocation, from
2300 to 2300.15 MHz, is retained for Amateur use on at least a co-primary
In addition, the 10 MHz immediately below 2300 MHz, from 2290 to 2300 MHz, is
allocated in Australia for weak-signal space research, fixed and mobile
services. Australian Defence systems in that band are protected against
It is envisaged that Spectrum Licensees using the 2300 to 2400 MHz band will
be required to reduce out-of-band emissions below 2300 MHz to meet a
specified standard, tailoring-off the transmission power and bandwidth usage
so as to protect licensed users of the 2290 to 2300 MHz band from
This, too, works in our favour in arguing to retain a segment of the 13 cm
band for narrowband, weak-signal working, be it terrestrial point-to-point DX,
rain scatter propagation or moon bounce.
The WIA submission notes the significant loss of segments of Amateur
allocations in the 70 cm, 23 cm and 9 cm bands.
It also emphasises the long history of leading edge weak-signal terrestrial,
space (EME and satellite) and ATV work carried out on the 13 cm band over
more than 60 years, since the band was allocated following WW II.
Many state/territory and national distance records have been established and
re-established over the decades and are recognized around the globe.
In addition, there are currently at least two Australian suppliers of high
performance transverter kits for the 13 cm band. Use of the band is
relatively popular among stations deploying microwave equipment on field days.
The submission argues that loss of 2300 to 2302 MHz would, at best, severely
hamper - or at worst - eradicate weak-signal terrestrial and moon bounce work
by Australian radio amateurs. This is about preserving a future for leading
edge weak-signal Australian amateur radio work in this region of the
The Institute encourages all interested licensees to respond to the ACMA's
invitation to comment.
You might develop your own detailed submission, and / or you might care to
write to the ACMA and support the WIA's submission.
It is in the interests of the future of amateur radio in Australia.
The deadline for comment is close of business on Wednesday 27 March.
If you can't find your letter, the ACMA's consultation paper is available on
the ACMA website under "Issues for comment".
Information is also available on the WIA website. Look for "Looming loss of
2300 to 2302 MHz - WIA fights back !"
Get cracking !
Thank you for bearing with me.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
Learn - 24 March 2013, 0'37"
Have you prepared for the last weekend in May;
the 2013 WIA AGM and Conference?
With access to Amateurs from all levels of experience, you'll participate
in sessions about and related to Amateur Radio. With so much expertise in
one place we offer a platform to tap into the assembled knowledge and
experience and give you front row access to it all.
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.
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The wait is over, it's on today !
The big friendly HamFest the EMDRC White Elephant Sale Doors Open at 10am
Come down to the Great Ryrie Primary School, Great Ryrie Road Heathmont Vic.
Pick up a bargain, stay for BBQ lunch and socialise with friends.
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North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention in jeopardy
News in this week that the main venue for this years North Queensland
Amateur Radio Convention - the Charters Towers RSL - has had to close
its doors due to poor local patronage and mounting debts!
Moves are afoot to find a single or combination of venues in Charters
Towers to house the Convention - stay tuned for further info !
BOB THE BUILDERS TO THE RESCUE
The old 6DL regional transmitter was trucked to Wubin in the WA wheat belt
and reassembled in the Wubin Wheat Bin Museum, in the Shire of Dalwallinu
by local and imported enthusiasts.
Bob, VK6KW had spent a week at the Wireless Hill Museum pulling it apart.
Bob, plus the 'other' Bob, VK6CG, Trevor Kelly who had worked on this AWA
transmitter when he was technician at 6WF/6WN along with Gina Capes and
Kaylene Poon (they look after the Wireless Hill and other museums for the
City of Melville) and some very capable Wubin locals, they all put 6DL back
This beautiful 10KW Art Deco AWA broadcasting transmitter was "Type J50961"
and was in use at 6WN, Wanneroo, before its redeployment to Dalwallinu as 6DL.
It is 6m long, 2m high, 1m thick and weighs tons, a forklift, adeptly driven
by a local farmer, made light of the heavy lifting.
The transmitter is probably the most complete of this type left in Australia
though the power and modulation transformers and filter capacitors are
missing. They were located behind the main cabinet and access to them was
through a door at the right of the transmitter.
A complete 500W standby transmitter was earlier found stored behind this
door. Its provenance is unknown but is also Art Deco in style so probably
also made just pre-World War II.
(Bob Crowe VK6CG)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
DID YOU KNOW THAT AMATEUR RADIO PLAYED A ROLE IN ENDING THE CIVIL WAR IN
To stem the flow of weapons from Mozambique into KwaZulu- Natal, a two-man
special operations team was inserted into Mozambique for this mission. One of
those two persons was Anthony Turton, selected in part because of his skills
as a radio operator, which was deemed to be a necessary element for the
success of this high risk but strategically important mission.
Anthony used these skills, honed to a high level of technical competence as
an active radio amateur, to gain strategic access to the rebel group RENAMO.
Anthony has authored a book "Shaking Hands with Billy' which tells this
story for the first time.
AM Radio on the way out in the UK
UK Government reports indicate an intention to abandon AM broadcast radio
for emergency communications and to phase-out AM broadcasting from 2016.
The report Impact of a Radio Switchover on the Government's Emergency
Communications Policy says:
The coverage of AM services are near universal across the UK, delivered by a
small number of transmitters which could more easily be restored in the
event of a national disaster.
However, while AM services are universally available, the number of
households which both have access to and choose to access such services is
on the decline.
The declining value of the AM platform is best displayed in the case of the
National Attack Warning System (NAWS).
The use of the BBC Radio4 LW frequency to broadcast emergency information
nationally in the case of a nuclear attack or similar disaster was formalised
through the NAWS arrangements between the BBC and the Cabinet Office.
However, as a result of the limitations of this system in the present day,
from the falling numbers of LW receivers in homes, to the delay incurred
from having to restore transmitters following an attack, the Cabinet Office
has since cancelled their NAWS arrangements with the BBC.
Neighbours at war over aerial
New Zealand's Nelson Mail reports that a Nelson couple, dismayed by the
erection of a large ham radio aerial in the middle of their expansive view
from Princes Dr, have taken their fight to city councillors.
Dallas Woods made a presentation to the council's public forum, asking
councillors to change the rules so that amateur radio aerials were no longer
a permitted activity in residential zones or the "landscape overlay" which
covers city ridgelines.
The landscape overlay prevented the putting up of cell phone towers,
power poles and light standards as of right, but the plan did not prohibit
other structures such as radio aerials.
Read the full Nelson Mail article, with pictures, at
Amateur Radiocommunication service - it is not only a hobby
On March 12, 2013, a conference titled 'Amateur Radiocommunication service
it is not only a hobby' took place in the Lower Chamber of the Parliament of
the Republic of Poland.
It was organized by the Committee on Culture and Media together with the
Foundation of the Nation-wide Agreement of Amateur Radio Organizations
(FOPOR), and in cooperation with the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK).
The conference was attended by representatives of the governmental
administration, amateur radio organizations, guide and scouts, and young
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
HAMVENTION ANNOUNCES 2013 AWARD WINNERS
I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, with word that the Dayton Hamvention has
announced this years winners of its famed Hamvention Awards.
The news was made public on the March 13th edition of Ham Nation by past
Hamvention General Chairman Michael Kalter, W8CI, with a well-known ham from
Germany garnering the top spot:
W8CI: Our Amateur of the Year is Mustapha Landoulsi, DL1BDF. He was
actually born in Tunisia and has set up six amateur radio stations in Tunisia
and has brought them into the IARU. He's worked tirelessly to help
Middle-Eastern countries and African counties in amateur radio. He also
sped up and organized the delivery of emergency medical equipment and
medicine to African and other third world countries, and he is so well known
throughout the world that his work actually embodies what amateur radio is
about. He tries to bring peoples together from different countries and his
heart is one hundred per cent into amateur radio.
Recognized as this years Special Achievement Award recipient
was George Thomas, W5JDX, of Ridgeland, Mississippi. For
those few of you not aware, George the producer of the
Internet TV show known as amateurlogic.tv. He also co-hosts
Ham Nation with Bob Heil K9EID and Gordon West WB6NOA on
TWiT TV. And he took the opportunity to thank those who
have been working with him over the past few years:
W5JDX: "You know I couldn't do this without my partners
Tommy, Jimmy and Peter and of course Bob and Gordo."
LES-1 satellite heard again
Phil Williams, G3YPQ, an amateur radio astronomer in North
Cornwall, reports picking up a signal from the LES-1
satellite, launched in 1965.
The satellite failed to reach its intended orbit owing to a
wiring error and has been drifting out of control ever since.
Phil ran across it while monitoring near 237MHz when he
noticed a signal with a peculiar signal drift caused by the
bird tumbling end over end every four seconds as the solar
panels became shadowed by the satellite's engine.
He said that gives the signal a particularly ghostly sound
as the voltage from the solar panels fluctuates.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
Pirate Radio Station In Florida Jams Automotive Electronics
Peter Ellis VK1PE has dug up another humorous radio-related story.
"In December there were reports that, for months, dozens of people could not
use their keyless entry systems to unlock or start their cars when parked in
the vicinity of the eight-story Regents bank building in Hollywood, FL.
Once the cars were towed to the dealership for repair, the problem went away.
The problem resolved itself when police found equipment on the bank's roof
that was broadcasting a bootleg radio station. A detective and an FCC agent
found the equipment hidden underneath an air conditioning chiller.
The man who set up the station has not been found, but he faces felony
charges and fines of at least $10,000 if he is caught.
The radio station was broadcasting Caribbean music around the clock on
Hi! this is Ed VK2JI, contests manager for the Central Coast Amateur
Do you know it's only three weeks to the National Field day?
These are the two days of the year that we should especially try to
get out in public and explain our great hobby to all interested and see
if we can welcome new people into the hobby and into our clubs.
So why not get out to a public place and put on a small station -
The Central Coast ARC are doing just that. We will have several stations
across the region, having fun and meeting people.
From the WIA website when I'm recording this, it seems the CCARC are
leading the registrations, perhaps the other states are lagging a little
In any case, here's hoping lots more stations will be on in public
places on the 13th. and 14th. of April!
This is Denis Johnstone Contest Manager for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day.
So far I have received about 70 logs and there has been plenty of contesting
done during the weekend. The weather has been a little kinder than many years
in the past..
Of course having taken part in the contest, which in most cases requires you
to plan your site, pack and transport your accommodation, food and equipment.
Then to set up your station as well as operate your station for up to 24 hrs.
Then pack up your station and return to your home QTH. It would be such a
shame, if you were not to complete the process by filling out your log and
getting it to me.
You can use Electronic or snail mail.
For details of course you can check the details on
Your log is very important to you, but it is also important to others as it
in this way I am able verify the logs submitted by other stations.
So make sure that you complete you log and get it to me before the closing
date of 19th April 2013.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2013
WW International Museums Weekends June 15/16 and 22/23
HOLYLAND CONTEST 2013 - APRIL 19 - 20
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
VI 100 ACT - Centenary of Canberra, capital of Australia.
Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club members are activating special event
call until 31 Dec LF through to VHF using multiple modes.
PA KING is the special call on the 30th April 2013, the Coronation of
Dutch new King, "Willem Alexander".
Queen Beatrix's decision to hand over the throne to her eldest son may have
historical significance, but the actual process and ceremony is very simple.
On April 30, she will sign a document - the act of abdication - and
Willem-Alexander automatically becomes king, although he still has to be
inaugurated. His oldest daughter, Catharina-Amalia, will automatically become
first in line to succeed him.
Willem-Alexander will be sworn in in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, but it
will be a secular rather than a religious ceremony.
The inauguration takes the form of a meeting of the upper and lower houses of
parliament - as set down in the constitution. This means all members of the
lower and upper houses of parliament will be there as will a limited number
of other guests.
The new king will then swear to be faithful to the constitution and to fulfil
his role properly.
For more please go to: www.pi4kar.net
IMD - International Marconi Day 20 Apr
celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi (25 Apr 1874)
Special Worldwide event organised by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club.
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
VK2 CCARC news ccarc.org.au/wp/2012/09/ccarc-news-12-31/
Zen and The Art Of Radiotelegraphy
The book "Zen and The Art Of Radiotelegraphy" by Carlos Consoli IK 0 YGJ is
now available for the Kindle
This book is the result of several years of experience in amateur
radiotelegraphy. It suggests, for the first time, a learning methodology
based on an integrated and multidisciplinary approach designed to accompany
the apprentice from the first steps in ham radio all the way to a world-class
proficiency in telegraphy.
The book introduces, ad-hoc tailored to amateur radio, techniques used
successfully by competitive athletes, including extreme sports such as
free diving, adapted to the difficult process of learning telegraphy.
The Kindle book is on Amazon at
Ham Radio EME 'Go Work Yourself'
In this latest episode of HamRadioNow Gary Pearce KN 4 AQ talks to
Pete Rimmel N 8 PR about Earth-Moon-Earth communications.
With new software and techniques, you don't need that monster station
anymore. But you'll need more than an HT. Somewhere in between....
Google Episode 67: EME "Go Work Yourself"
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
MODERN AMATEUR RADIO FROM CANADA
Modern Amateur Radio is the title of a new, bi-lingual video produced in
Canada by Donald Boucher, VE2XT. Boucher put the show together in full
wide screen High Definition and it includes some truly breathtaking aerial
footage of the Canadian countryside.
VE2XT owns a video production company in Montreal and he shot the video last
year in his spare time. Posting of the video to YouTube was done by
CQ Propagation Editor Thomas Hood, NW7US.
What makes Modern Amateur Radio unique is its international flavour.
While the narration is in English most of the natural sound background
conversations are in French. But you do not have to understand the French
language to truly enjoy this Canadian look at our great hobby.
You can see it for yourself at tinyurl.com/modern-amateur-radio
SPECIAL EVENT STATION 2 O 12 L VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE
The organizers of 2 O 12 L, the amateur radio special event station
celebrating the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Summer of
2012 have now released a 45 minute DVD of the event. Produced by Fred Curtis
G3SVK, the DVD goes behind the scenes of the event, telling the story of how
those 69,644 QSOs were made possible.
Details can be found at www.2o12l.com under the 'News' link.
(Southgate via ARNewsLine)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
USAF APPROVES AMSAT REQUEST FOR REDISTRIBUTION OF KEPS
The Keps will keep on coming.
So says AMSAT North America after a deal was reached between the Amateur
Radio Space Agency and the Air Force Space Command that will permit AMSAT to
continue to re-distribute Keplerian elements from the latter's SpaceTrack
Keplerian elements. sometimes called by the acronym Keps are the basis for
all satellite tracking. According to AMSAT's Orbital Data Manager Ray Hoad,
WA5QGD, the re-distribution agreement was approved for the period
April 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014.
The largest-ever array of radio telescopes, ALMA, has gone online today in
Chile, seeking to unravel mysteries of the Universe.
The ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre Array), located in the South American
country, is the culmination of an international effort that had been going on
for nearly a decade and promised to outdo all previous ground-based telescopes
and even outdo the mighty Hubble Telescope, producing images almost ten times
Costing $1.4 billion, the 66 radio telescope array is the product of an
international collaboration between Europe, the United States, Canada,
East Asia and Chile, and according to ALMA scientists, will herald a new age
The telescopes have been placed 5,000 meters above sea level, affording
astronomers unique conditions. As the array of telescopes is placed at such
an altitude and in a desert, dry condition, good observation of the universe
is ensured almost year round.
What is even more unique about the telescope array is the manner in which it
observes the heavens, picking radio waves instead of light to make its images
of the universe - a method that basically "unclutters" the telescopes' views,
piercing through any celestial haze.
66 telescopes in the array cover an area of some 70,000 square feet and are
individually capable of capturing the stars.
The data generated by the array will then be fed into a supercomputer, which
will then collate the information, producing images never seen before
Read more at allvoices.com
SOCIAL SCENE 2013
MAR 24 VK3 EMDRC White Elephant Sale: Great Ryrie Primary School
MAR 24 VK7 "Meet the Voice" barbecue at Ross.
APR 18 WW IARU World Amateur Radio day
MAY 3- 5 VK4 Clairview AR Weekend details 04 296 32815
MAY 11 VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club Hamfest
MAY 11 VK4 BARCfest Mt Gravatt Showgrounds 9:30am
MAY 11 VK6 Hills Amateur Radio Group - HARGfest - 1pm.
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
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
One of Australia's well known hams, Barry Wilson VK3MBW, is currently in
intensive care at Burnie Hospital, Tasmania, with pneumonia.
Barry and his wife Sandra had flown to Tasmania from Victoria last week,
intending to join in at the annual "Sewing Circle" BBQ at Ross this Sunday
Barry is an avid DXer and a co-founder of the Friday Night "Bottle Shop" Net
for Valve Radio Operators which has run for 166 editions so far.
He is also president of the Geelong Radio and Electronic Society.
Barry is still medically "asleep" for now, but he seems to be responding slowly
Our thoughts and prayers are with Barry, Sandra and their family.
(Keiran VK3BTV and the Bottle Shop Net.)
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