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THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 05 2013.
New 24 GHz EME World Record
Rex VK 7 MO has completed a 16383 km QSO with OK 1 KIR in the Czech Republic
to claim the World record on 24 GHz.
Rex used just a 1.14 metre dish and 10 watts which he has designed for
portable operation, while OK 1 KIR used a 4.5 metre dish and 22 watts.
This has been a 12 month project for Rex, which has involved working
with Joe, K 1 JT to produce improved decoders that can cope with the very
wide spreading of signals on 24 GHz EME. Rex and Joe will be publishing
this work in the next edition of DUBUS magazine which is devoted to VHF
and Microwave Amateur radio.
The ACMA is conducting the Contemporary community safeguards inquiry into
the core principles that should guide the content of contemporary
broadcasting codes of practice. To help inform this inquiry, they're hosting
a series of Citizen conversations and welcome your perspective on some or all
of these topics.
All events will be held at ACMA's Sydney office in Pyrmont.
More details will be available shortly acma.gov.au
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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Some breaking news from The Sherbrooke Community Radio Club Inc.,
"VK3KID" "8.9db gain on 80 metres"
Club members will be on very active on air from the 5th till the 12th May,
working from Kurth Kiln, Gembrook.
Each year the club builds an 80 metre-antenna system for the VK/Trans-Tasman
Contest. Details of this year's new high performance array, that their members
will be running in the next Trans Tasman contest on 11 may, will be submitted
to the WIA AR Magazine after the contest, in anticipation of hopefully
sharing their developing knowledge with other fellow amateurs, in a future
The complete construction cost to members, of this Top Fed, Linear Loaded,
three quarter wave length, dual polarity, high gain array, with unheard off
8.9db gain on 80 metres, and only cost less than $60:00 to make.
You are most welcome to drop in any time before the contest to have a look
and chat about the antenna system; they hope to hear you on 80 metres.
If you need directions have a look on the club web site www.vk3kid.org
MDRC Hamfest 2013
The Moorabbin and District Amateur Radio club are pleased to announce the
2013 Hamfest will be on Saturday 11th May, with doors opening at 10am.
at Southern Community Centre, Rupert Drive, Mulgrave.
Raising the Public Profile of Amateur Radio.
The Midland Amateur Radio Club, in their ongoing efforts to raise the public
profile of amateur radio, will be staging an event with a difference May 25.
Kevin Crockett, VK3CKC, will take to the Axedale end of the O'Keefe Rail
Trail which forms part of the old Heathcote Junction to Bendigo rail line.
A radio-equipped, recumbent tadpole trike has been purpose-built for the
The Club, callsign VK 3 CMZ, will also have an operating amateur station set
up at the Axedale Market next to the hall where the public can listen in on
40m HF contacts around 7.090MHz being made. They will be able to directly
communicate with the trike itself on 2m via the local VK3RCV repeater as the
trike makes its way towards the town accompanied by children from the Axedale
Automatic Packet Reporting System, or APRS, will be used to display progress
on a laptop computer at a display stand at the Market. Those who can't attend
should be able to follow the trike via www.aprs.fi/. An offer for Internet
streaming communications audio via www.vk3cmz.com has also been received.
The City of Greater Bendigo is currently extending the Rail Trail to
Heathcote and this event is something of a shakedown for a larger event later
in the year that will cover from Bendigo to Axedale or even beyond if any of
the extension is ready by then. It may even be repeated for the WIA National
Field Day next year.
The event has attracted proud support from the City of Greater Bendigo
Eppalock Ward Councillors, Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail,
Axedale Primary School, Axedale Our Town Our Future Committee and
Axedale Public Hall Committee.
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Clairview Gathering this weekend
As the news goes to air the Clairview Gathering has been happening
at a spot on the coast between Rockhampton and Mackay.
Apart from being one of the main revenue raisers for the
Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club Inc. and
Mackay Amateur Radio Club, it has also been a great time to catch
up with fellow radio amateurs, swap a few yarns and see what a few
people have been up to with the latest advances in the hobby.
The Saturday evening events went of very well with many a QUALITY item
snaffled by distinguishing hams and onlookers during the Famous Mega Auction.
The Raffles were very popular, including the wheelbarrow sized
Massive First Prize donated by Liz/VK4FLIZ and Tony/VK4HOG.
VK4's Gympie Times has a story this week of 2nd World War veteran Allan Booth
who has a box full of friends right at his fingertips.
VK4EAB, 90, is an avid member of the Gympie Amateur Radio Group and has the
complete set-up in his room at Gympie's St Patrick's Villa Nursing Home.
Mr Booth, who is blind, may be vision impaired, but his fingertips tiptoe
around his radio equipment with complete ease.
The amateur radio hobbyist specialises in morse code in addition to using the
hand-held microphone during his transmissions.
Morse code has a special place in VK4EAB's heart as he used this method of
communication during WW2 as a member of the Royal Australian Air Force.
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Training and License Assessments,
Persons in the N/West Area of VK7 interested in Training and Assessments
for all classes of Amateur Radio Licenses can contact Tony VK7AX.
Technology Behind the NBN Presentation
REAST have had confirmed that an engineer (and amateur ZL1VBI) from
the NBN rollout team will be going along to their June meeting and giving a
presentation on the technology being used in the National Broadband Network.
June 5th, 2013 at 7:30pm.
Look out for VK9NT on Norfolk Island, until 13th of May.
A team of eleven, including one operator from America, will be active on
all HF bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY.
VK9NT will also be active in the Trans-Tasman 80 m contest on Saturday
evening, 11th of May.
To work as many stations as possible
Build skills and experience in radio operation and dxpeditioning
Have some fun and enjoy a bit of a break on a beautiful Pacific Island!
For more information, see the Oceania DX Group's website www.odxg.org
What use is an f-call?
In the last few minutes I've spoken with an Amateur in Kansas, a couple in
Port Pirie and a few in Perth, all within the same conversation. That sums up
Amateur Radio for me in a nutshell.
Where else can you speak, real-time, with people across the planet, hear
their voice, listen to their story and react as it occurs to you?
Amateur Radio is many things for different people. It is that way because
there is no barrier to entry. If you can pass your test, you can become an
Amateur. It means that people come at this hobby with different experiences,
different expectations, different skills and different languages.
If you've had your license for a little while, you might have gotten to a
stage where you wonder, "What Next?" - is this hobby really for me, or is it
just another one that I started all excitedly and then got bored with?
I cannot stop your boredom, but I can encourage you to have a look around in
the vast expanse that represents Amateur Radio. From making contacts across
the planet, to building radios and inventing stuff, from going camping, to
socialising over a cup of coffee, from having lunch to participating in a
contest, there is such a range of things to do that it boggles the mind.
If you're stuck in a rut, I recommend that you try something else associated
with Amateur Radio. If you've never done a contest, "because it's just not
you", then I'd like to encourage you to try it anyway. If you know a couple
of Amateurs, have lunch, or dinner, or coffee, or drinks, whatever. Talk
about Amateur Radio.
Find the spark that represents what Amateur Radio means for you. I can
guarantee that there is something here for everyone.
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.
Live broadcast of Hamvention
It's time again for the W5KUB.com world wide broadcast of Hamvention.
The live broadcast begins on Wed May 15th broadcasting the 550 Mile drive
by the TV crew from Memphis to Dayton.
The broadcast Thursday shows various vendors setting up.
Friday to Sunday w5kub.com will be giving out thousands of dollars of ham
prizes to viewers.
Last year some 47,300 viewers follow this trip.
Communicating between a cave and the surface is a
formidable challenge, yet it's a common requirement for
underground explorers and it plays a vital role in
coordinating cave rescues.
With the growth of interest in low frequency radio in
recent years, radio amateurs and electronics enthusiasts
are well placed to make a contribution in this area. If
you'd like to get involved in this unusual yet fascinating
realm of radio, and perhaps make a contribution to the
state of the art, the Journal of the Cave Radio and
Electronics Group , published by the British Cave
Research Association is essential reading.
FCC ADOPTS RULES TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY INFO TO THE BLIND
The FCC has adopted rules requiring that emergency information provided in
video programming be made accessible to individuals who are blind or visually
impaired. It's also mandating that that certain apparatus be capable of
delivering video description and emergency information these citizens.
Specifically, the rules clarify that the new emergency information
requirements apply to video programming provided by entities that are already
covered in Commission rules along with any other distributor of video
programming for residential reception that delivers such programming
directly to the home and is subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.
Last week John VK2JJW brought us that tongue in cheek look at the DXpedition
where the SP found the "Genie in the lamp."
This week a story is emerging of an SP who really has his sights set high.
Tomasz Brol SP 9 UOB plans to launch three High Altitude Balloons to
near-space which will carry amateur radio payloads on 437.600, 437.595 and
At maximum altitude the 10 mW signal from these balloons could have a
potential range of up to 700 km.
A bit far for we VK's to pick up but our many European listeners will
have their eyes and ears glued!
The IARU Region 1 site carries a full report on this May balloon launch:
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
GOOGLE EXEC PREDICTS EVERYONE IN THE WORLD ON-LINE BY 2020
And finally this week, do you believe what Google
Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that
everyone in the world will be on-line by the end
of the decade? Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl
Lasek, K9BIK, has the rest of this rather interesting prediction.
On Saturday April 13th Google Executive Chairman
Eric Schmidt stated on his Google Plus blog that
for every person online, there are two who are
not. He went on to add that by the end of the
decade, he predicted that everyone on Earth will
be connected by 2020. A day later, Schmidt added
- and we quote: "Think about how great the
internet is now with 2 billion users. Now think
about how amazing it will be when 5 billion come online in a decade."
But can Schmid's prediction come true? As
pointed out in one news article, Google itself
supports a project called Geeks Without
Frontiers. This is described as a non-profit
group that donates computers and related wireless
access technology to poor areas around the
world. The organization's current focus is to
bring such wireless access to parts of Mexico,
Central America and Africa. These are regions
without any traditional form of wired Internet access.
Also, back in 2011 Geeks Without Frontiers
announced that it had developed its own low cost
open source Wi-Fi software. At that time it said
that by driving down the cost of metropolitan and
village scale Wi-Fi networks, millions more
people will be able to reap the economic and
social benefits of significantly lower cost Internet access
The rise of the mobile access expected to play a
role. In parts of Africa it's reported that more
people have access to a mobile phones than have
electricity. Google itself notes that in South
Africa 25% of its searches during the week are
made via mobile devices and that rises to 65% on the weekends.
So will every man, woman and child be on-line by
2020? There's no way to be certain but Google
leaders rarely make predictions that they know
won't come true. So the bottom line is, don't
rule this one out. And if it does happen it will
likely be thanks to Wi-Fi which is in itself
nothing more than a form of digital two-way radio.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK,
in Zion, Illinois.
According to the International Telecommunication
Union, at this time approximately 38% of the
world's population is currently using the
Internet in some way. That's up from about 35%
who were on-line in 2012. But with poor and
developing nations around the world isolated by
non-existent Internet infrastructures, and others
hindered by government censorship, some wonder if
Eric Schmidt's vision might be a bit overly
optimistic. Then again as time has proven, Google is rarely wrong.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2013
We'll start with news of the John Moyle.
Yes results of the 2103 John Moyle National Field Day have been published and
are now on the contest page of the WIA website, wia.org.au
This year's entries came from all Australian mainland call areas, as well as
from Tasmania and New Zealand. The total number of logs submitted was 111.
Well done to all who took part.
It was good to see some ZL stations take part again this year, and 3 stations
submitted their log.
Based upon submitted logs, there were some 18,047 contacts, accumulating some
61,213 points claimed. This was good contesting for an Australian field day
contest. More than 1,000 Australian individual call signs were logged during
Unfortunately, the numbers of stations who went to the considerable trouble
of going out and setting up as a portable station and then not bothering to
submit a log as an entry, is a great disappointment. Some multiple operator
stations got very big scores this and perhaps that simply reflects the great
and varied planning and implementation efforts required to assemble and
operate a multi operator station.
(wia front page news)
VK Trans Tasman Contest May 11
The Day of the YL's will be held 18 and 19 May.
VK SHIRES June long weekend 0600 UTC Sat June 8, ends 0600 UTC June 9.
WW International Museums Weekends June 15/16 and 22/23
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Special event station VI 3 BEZ 75 will be active during May, to
celebrate the formation as the Eastern Zone of WIA Victoria in 1938.
DUTCH NATIONAL WINDMILL AND WATER PUMP STATION WEEKEND
The special event call PD 13 MILL will be on the air May 10th to the 12th in
honour of the Dutch Windmill and Water pump weekend. Operators will be PD 5 JFK
PD 0 ME and PD 7 BZ and they will have three Stations active at the same time
on 40, 20 and 10 meters using SSB and the digital modes.
A 2 meter station for local contacts will be operational as well.
QSL via PD 7 BZ, direct, via the bureau or electronically on Logbook of the
World or eQSL. Information about Mills on the Air is on the web at
To promote Amateur Radio and the WIA Onno and the WIA AGM tea, have licensed
VI 103 WIA.
If you'd like to operate the VI 103 WIA call sign which is active during the
2013 WIA AGM and conference you can do so from your QTH or your club station.
We welcome operators from around VK, any time of the day or night. You do not
need to have a full-call to operate the call sign, though you are required to
operate within your own license.
The call sign is intended to promote Amateur Radio and the WIA. Each QSO must
be logged electronically and submitted so a QSL card can be sent to the
remote station. You're not required to be a member of the WIA to operate the
call sign, but we welcome your membership application.
Robert VK3DN is designing the QSL card as we speak, so warm up your radios
and have a go.
If you'd like to claim a spot, visit the VK6 conference site,
conference.vk6.net and register now.
The call sign is licensed for use on 23 - 27 May 2013.
Finally, if you're an F-call, you too can operate this call sign, so don't be
shy, register today.
That web address again: conference.vk6.net.
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
In the US a resident has been issued an Official Citation for operating
an incidental radiator and causing harmful interference.
The radiator was of all things a well pump that was putting out a signal at
1800 Kilohertz and interfering with ham radio operations.
In response to complaints of interference to Amateur Radio Service reception
of medium and high frequency radio signals, the Enforcement Bureau
instructed him to resolve any interference, and suggesting he install new
AC line filters for his well pump.
Now, in its April Citation the FCC has instructed Lopez to take immediate
steps to come into compliance by repairing or replacing his incidental
radiator and eliminating all harmful interference. If he fails to do so, the
FCC says that he could be subject to substantial monetary penalties,
seizure of the offending equipment, and criminal sanctions.
(The entire text of the Citation is on-line as a PDF file at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
NASA mission to study what disrupts radio waves
A NASA-funded sounding rocket mission will launch from an atoll in the
Pacific in the next few weeks to help scientists better understand and
predict the electrical storms in Earth's upper atmosphere.
These storms can interfere with satellite communication and global
The mission, called EVEX, for the Equatorial Vortex Experiment, will launch
two rockets for a twelve-minute journey through the equatorial ionosphere
above the South Pacific.
The launch window for the mission from the Kwajalein Atoll in the
Marshall Islands is until May 10, 2013.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
RADIO FOXTROT 100 INTERNET STATION FOR HAM RADIO
Tony Bond, EI 9 GMB, says he is again operating Radio Foxtrot 100.
Foxtrot 100 is an internet radio station dedicated to ham radio and
short wave listeners that has topics related to ham radio in addition
to its music programming.
More is on the web at foxtrot100.weebly.com
(EI9GMB via arnewsline)
WEB SDR NOW AVAILABLE ON RSGB SITE
A web-based Software Defined Radio for the 5, 7 and 14 MHz bands is now
available on the new Radio Society of Great Britain website.
The "Web SDR receiver" link can be found under the "My RSGB" drop-down menu.
Also on the new site are "Live DX Cluster" and "Live solar data" pages under
the "News" drop-down menu.
Go to www.rsgb.org
(Southgate VIA ARNEWSLINE)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
A team of Egyptian IOTA enthusiasts are operating from Nelson's Island in the
Nile Delta and Sinai Region. The callsign, SU 8 N.
This will be the first operation from this island, and the Islands on the Air
reference number is AF-109.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW.
Tomorrow is the first Monday of May and that means it's time once again for
the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly bulletin of news,
information, stories and anecdotes.
This month's feature is entitled Wireless Telegraphy Distress Signals and is
by Herman Willemsen VK2IXV. Herman is a retired merchant navy radio operator
so the story comes straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak!
The bulletin is transmitted on a number of different VHF and HF frequencies
throughout the day, but the principal HF transmissions are on 20 metres on
14.150 MHz, firstly at 0100 UTC beamed north from Melbourne for Eastern
states listeners and then again at 0200 UTC beamed westward for WA listeners.
To find a time and frequency for the more local VHF and HF transmissions in
your area, please visit the RAOTC website at www.raotc.org.au
Barry VK6WF will be transmitting the bulletin from his QTH about 150 km east
of Perth at 0200 UTC on 40 metres on 7060 kHz LSB. This transmission is aimed
mainly at WA country listeners but could well be heard in South Australia,
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is cordially invited to listen
to this bulletin and to call back afterwards.
So once again, the May RAOTC bulletin can be heard tomorrow, Monday May 6th.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
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
In VK7, members of CCARC and NTARC combined forces to provide safety
communications for the Tasmanian State Championship Committee 160km
fundraiser ride at Sassafrass.
A total of 7 amateurs and a few partners attended to make this ride
communications happen. The whole event was conducted using 2m simplex.
Saturday May 4th 2013
East Gippsland Stages
Contact: Christopher Morley VK3CJK phone: 03 5127 5656
Sunday May 5th 2013
Eildon Nav Rally
Contact: Peter Weeks VK3YZP phone: 03 5772 1454
Saturday May 11th 2013
Global Frontline Challenge
Contact: Mark Dods VK3ZR phone: 03 9849 0501
WICEN SA at Australian Car Rally in South Australia
For the 'Australian Car Rally championship' event in South Australia,
WICEN SA have been asked to handle the scoring of traffic between each stage
and Rally HQ.
This will involve voice links at each stage as well as computer links to send
the scores to Rally HQ.
Further details can be found at
Saturday June 8th 2013
Contact: Paul Elvey VK3YYF phone: 03 9753 2184
WEBINAR RECORDING FIRST TRANS ATLANTIC SHORTWAVE MESSAGE NOW ON LINE
A Webinar archive presentation surrounding the story of the
first trans-Atlantic short wave message which involved
several Radio Club of America members and station 1BCG is
now available for viewing on-line.
To access the recording, take your web browser to
and click on the title The First Top Band DX Contest - the
1921 Transatlantic Test by Frank Donovan W3LPL. This
Webinar recording is being hosted at the website of the
World Wide Radio Operators Foundation.
(RCA via arnewsline)
SOCIAL SCENE 2013
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
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