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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JULY 7 2013.
Geoff Atkinson VK3TL Director IARU Region 3 about IARU HF Contest
Bob Bristow VK6POP WIA Director on "Why join a radio club."
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 07 2013.
Happy Birthday WWVB
Every day, electronic gear across the world locks on to a radio signal
beamed from the base of the Rocky Mountains in the USA. The signal contains
a message that keeps the devices on time, helping to make sure their owners
keep to their schedules and aren't late for work the next day.
The broadcast comes from WWVB, a station run by the National Institute for
Standards and Technology. WWVB marked half a century as the nation's official
time broadcaster on July 5. Together with its sister station, WWV, which is
about to hit 90 years in service, the radio has been an invisible piece of
American infrastructure that has advanced industries from entertainment to
(WWV's broadcast includes a wider range of information, including maritime
weather warnings and solar storm alerts).
Most people aren't even aware that these stations exist, but they have a
rich and fascinating history. Their future is uncertain, however, as newer
technologies threaten to make them obsolete.
Happy Birthday WWVB
IRON ORE MINING IN PERTH CBD.
Over 1000 kilometres from BHP's iron ore mines in the Pilbara thanks to
the rise of technology, much of the logistics and mining work on BHP's
seven Pilbara mines are now be conducted by the 70 staff at its
''Integrated Remote Operations Centre'' in Perth.
The centre, which operate 24/7 was officially launched on Tuesday by
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett.
This new centre allows a complete view of things such as train scheduling and
mine fleet management.
Read more on line at the Sydney Morning Herald.
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
The 2013 IARU HF World Championship Contest takes place annually on the second
full weekend of July, beginning at 1200 UTC on Saturday and ending at 1200 UTC
Sunday (13-14 July 2013).
Both single and multi operator stations may operate for the entire 24 hour
period. All licensed amateurs worldwide are eligible to participate in this
contest. The objective is to contact as many other amateurs, and especially IARU
member society HQ stations, around the world.
The 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands may be used. Multipliers are the total
number of ITU Zones plus IARU member society HQ stations worked on each band (not
Region 3 has 29 potential society stations. Last year 9 societies participated in
the contest from Region 3. IARU officials represent a maximum of four multipliers
per band (AC, R1, R2 and R3) Regional EC members who are not AC members must use
the designator "R3".
The complete rules of the championship can be found at the following Link
This year there is an added incentive for an amateur from Region 3 as it will be
the first time the Michael Owen VK3KI award is issued for the Region 3 amateur
who receives the highest number of points during the championship.
(Geoff Atkinson VK3TL Director IARU Region 3)
Why join an Amateur Radio club?
Clubs are the backbone of organised Amateur Radio in any given location.
Although it's entirely possible to live a full and busy Amateur Radio life
outside of a club, there are many reasons why joining and participating in a
club is a good thing.
There is evidence that a person who has social capital will fare better in
terms of their enjoyment of life and in their mental health.
What is social capital? It's pretty easy - you've probably worked it out
already. It's the things you do together with other people, the clubs and
groups that you participate in, and the friends and family that you engage
So even before we look at the benefits to Amateur Radio, especially your
Amateur Radio career, having social capital puts you in a good position to
enjoy a socially healthy life.
Now let's look at clubs. By participating in a club, you get to share your
own experiences and knowledge, and at the same time benefit from others
sharing the same things.
You've probably heard the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its
parts". This little piece of wisdom from Aristotle is as true today as it
was back then.
A group of people working together in a club setting can bring about some
great results that individuals would find it hard to achieve.
In these days of increasing restrictions on what we as Amateurs can do in our
own backyards, we can look to Clubs to provide a shack and have a decent
crop of antennas.
Where your Amateur Radio activities may be restricted at home, in the club
setting you're back in the good old days.
There are lots of perfectly acceptable self-centred reasons for being a
member of an Amateur Radio Club and a load of other reasons to be part of a
So if you've previously not considered joining a club, or you've fallen away
from club membership and wondering why your Amateur Radio life has dulled
down, stop awhile and consider or reconsider your local clubs.
The Wireless Institute of Australia gives direct support to Amateur Radio
Clubs by advertising them on its website, ( www.wia.org.au ) making
affordable club insurance available, giving space in the Amateur Radio
Magazine for club reports and activities, and the Club Grant Scheme.
I'm Bob VK6POP
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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Richard Philp VK4RY has told the WIA that his Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio
Club will hold SUNFEST 2013 on September 14 9am at Woombye.
The SUNFEST is a HAMFEST for Amateur Radio Operators, CB Radio users, Radio
and Electronics enthusiasts and a top place to find Computer bits and pieces.
What use is an f-call?
You gotta love this hobby. A fellow amateur mentioned the notion of a
Magnetic Loop antenna and now, several enjoyable hours later, I've been
hunting and reading, learning and imagining what you might do with one of
If you're unfamiliar with the concept, imagine an antenna that is small,
efficient, simple to make and easy to lug around. Something that is especially
interesting to me, since I'm getting a little worn out with putting up my
12m squid-pole for short outings. It's fine for a setup that's going to be
there for a day, but I'm beginning to wonder if I couldn't improve on the
antenna solution I've used to date.
The build concept is pretty simple, a 1/10th wave-length circle with a
smaller inner circle loop. Physically, there's lots of funky stuff happening,
Magnetism, Capacitance and Resistance, all combining to make an amazing
antenna - the full explanation is beyond a quick discussion, but excellent
information is available.
If you spend 20 minutes online with your favourite search engine, you'll come
across many and varied versions of this and each design shows a little about
the builder, from 40m to 10m, even 2m and 70cm versions of this exist and are
simple to make.
I can imagine putting one of these in my boot, or sticking it in the roof of
my house, or putting it on a simple tri-pod during a field day outing,
everything you'd like in an antenna.
What makes me excited about all this is that the skill level involved in
making a magnetic loop antenna is not beyond my two left hands - although I'll
admit that I still have to actually build one, it's something that any
amateur can construct, whether you're new at this, or not.
Magnetic Loops, look into it.
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.
China is constructing a special emergency radio broadcasting system to
spread rescue and relief information in disaster-affected areas.
The plan, which experts have called an important measure for coping with
disasters, was inspired by a similar but smaller-scale radio network
established after a fatal 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan in southwest
China April 20.
That radio service, jointly initiated by China National Radio and local radio
and TV stations, broadcast government relief measures and secondary disaster
warnings to disaster-affected people via loudspeakers, AM radio frequencies
and satellite facilities between April 22 and May 23.
Beam them in Scotty.
When riding on the train or bus be aware, VERY aware.
BBDO Dsseldorf has developed technology that can transmit sounds into
commuters' skulls when they rest their heads on train windows.
Tired commuters often rest their heads against windows, but now you may hear
messages that no one else can hear.
Wouldn't this make the average person run screaming for help!!
Ominously, the technology is called bone conduction.
Project Loon won't blind radio telescopes
I made mention of the Google Balloon project here on WIA National News several
Project Loon is an ambitious plan to attach 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios to
meteorological-style balloons, lifting the transceivers above air traffic
lanes and using high-altitude air currents for steering.
The radios should be recoverable when the balloons return to the ground to
help keep the project costs down.
However, some of the frequencies of interest to Google are also of interest
to the kinds of people who are trying to find the earliest proto-galaxies,
the source of all life.
With a little collaboration, Google will be able to identify locations where
Loon balloons might interfere with radio astronomy, and shut the radios down
until they're out of range.
Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/02/project_loon_wont_bl
The Radio Survivor news group are saying that Ambulances can retransmit
over Car Radios To Let Drivers Know They're Coming.
Everyone knows they should pull to the side of the road when an ambulance
with its blaring siren approaches. But what if you've got the windows rolled
up, the radio blaring, and can't hear it coming?
That's not a problem in Ecuador, where to decrease emergency response times,
the ambulances actually hijack nearby AM and FM signals to let drivers know
The clever approach isn't illegal, either.
The ambulances are outfitted with low-power broadcast transmitters that
override all AM and FM stations within a one kilometre radius of the vehicle.
So anyone within the vicinity of the ambulance would be alerted it was coming
well in advance, reducing the time it had to slow down for traffic ahead to
ARNewsLine from various news sources
CALIFORNIA CITY EMPHASIZES HAM RADIO INVOLVEMENT IN TORNADO DRILL
Officials in the city of Roseville, California,
are so aware of the importance of amateur radio
for emergency communications that the ham
community was invited to be a part of a recent emergency preparedness drill.
According to news reports a dozen agencies
gathered in Placer County on Tuesday, June 11th
for a mock tornado drill. The exercise
emphasized skilled and reliable communication and
because of this the city brought in a group of
local hams from the Placer County Amateur Radio Services to assist.
It was noted that amateur radio was a tool used
during and after the recent tornadoes in
Oklahoma. Roseville city officials say an F-3
tornado hit the Sacramento Valley in the last 50
years, so the potential for a large natural
disaster of that sort remains. More is on-line
THE GRASSY KNOLL - KVTK AM LOOSES TOWER IN MOWING ACCIDENT
Listeners to KVTK-AM of Yankton, South Dakota,
were recently without the station for a few
days. This is because an accident caused the
stations broadcast tower to fall to the ground.
The tower, which was 309 feet tall, was situated
in the middle of what was described as a small,
grassy field located about five miles west of the
town of Vermillion. Reportedly, a man cutting
the grass Monday afternoon June 10th clipped one
of the tower's guy-wires, causing it to collapse
shortly after 4 p.m. local time.
Engineers and other staffers of Five Star
Communications, which also owns KVHT-FM,
reportedly worked quickly to find the best way to
begin broadcasting again after their tower
collapsed. According to press reports the
station was back in operation from a temporary site on Friday, June 14th.
A small building located a short distance from
the tower's base was not damaged, as the
collapsing metal snaked its way around the
structure without striking it. Thankfully, no
one was injured in the mishap.
THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD: ARNEWSLINE ANCHOR DON CARLSON, KQ6FM - S.K.
It is with deep sorrow that we report the passing
of Amateur Radio Newsline anchor and reporter Don
Carlson, KQ6FM on Friday morning, June 21st from
complications to Pancreatic Cancer.
A lifelong broadcaster by profession, during his
career Don, at times using the stage name Don
Murray, worked at numerous radio stations
throughout California and Nevada. His favourite
jobs were hosting oldies Rock and Roll or jazz shows.
Don also owned a voice talent company called The
Voice Shop. From there he provided commercials
and other announcements for numerous radio and
television stations across the United States.
This included several national spots about ham
radio that he produced for the ARRL.
THAT FINAL ITEM: WILL WE SURVIVE IF A SUPER CME HITS THE EARTH
And finally this week, a kind of rhetorical
scientific question. Can our home planet survive
a super Coronal Mass Ejection from our home star
if it was hurled directly at us. While opinions
among researchers are divided, at least some in
South Africa believe it would not be good news.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
takes a close look at what these scientists believe might happen:
Our Sun is a yellow star that consists of a giant
ball of superheated plasma. It's magnetic field
oscillates and acts as a dynamo that creates the
sunspots, solar flares and strong magnetic storms
in the solar system. When a Coronal Mass Ejection
or C-M-E is spewed from corona of the Sun and
travels to the Earth the magnetic field of our
planet generally deflects it, and in the process
creates auroras around the magnetic poles.
But a report published by the South African Radio
League notes that some scientists claim that if a
super C-M-E should hit Earth then this level of a
magnetic storm could penetrate the planets
magnetic field and cause devastation. First of
all the satellites on-orbit would be
destroyed. This would mean that all satellite
telecommunications and Direct Satellite T-V would go off the air.
On the ground, such a C-M-E could also generate
extremely high voltages in the power lines and
destroy most if not all of the transformers in
the substations. This would likely cause
complete blackouts in cities and towns. Since
water pumps won't function, municipalities
world-wide dependant on pumped-in delivery might quickly dry up.
According to the report, scientists are currently
keeping a very close eye on the Sun with a
dedicated satellite known as the Solar and
Heliospheric Observatory. At the same time they
are trying to develop some form of shielding that
could protect electrical transformers and other
electronics during such an event.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather
Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick, Pennsylvania.
A massive solar storm that hit Earth in March of
1989 caused blackouts in the entire province of
Quebec, Canada. That power disruption also
closed schools and businesses, kept the Montreal
Metro shut during the morning rush hour, and
closed Dorval Airport. You can read more about
it, courtesy of NASA at tinyurl.com/giant-1989-cme
Ahead of Felix and his look at Operational News, a further update, #4
has arrived for the Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition the last week
This DXpedition is dedicated to preserving the memory of civilian contractors
who lost their lives on Wake Island October 7, 1943 during World War II.
Several good options are being considered for two operating sites which will
be announced soon. Please note! There are a few other DXpeditions which will
be on air during the Wake Operation. WAKES band plan, established in early
March and documented on their website, wake2013.org will be used during the
To avoid the dreaded "Not in the Log", please be sure which DXpedition you
(K9W Wake Atoll Management Team)
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE
13-14 July - IARU HF Championships
160M PHONE & 80/160M CW & DIGITAL TRANS-TASMAN CONTEST: 20 JULY, 8PM-2AM
VK Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 3.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
British Railways Amateur Radio Society GX 4 LMR over the rest of the year
will be marking the 45th anniversary of the end of steam on the British
railways network. This will be taking place thanks to BRARS member
Mark Procter who will be transmitting from his home QTH near Preston,
which was the very last bastion of steam in August 1968.
Obviously a VERY Special QSL card has been produced for this event.
Two radio amateurs are part of the over-wintering team and will be active
on Marion Island now to April 2014.
ZS 8 C - Carson, (ZR6CWI), and ZS 8 Z - David, (ZS1BCE).
Modes will mainly be SSB and digital modes and their QSL Manager is ZS 1 HF.
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.
DL 100 OUI CELEBRATES 100 YEARS SINCE FIRST DL - US RADIO CONTACT
Keep an ear open for the German special event callsign DL 100 OUI
which will be on the air throughout 2013.
This in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio
contact between that nation and the United States from Hannover.
O U I were the call letters of the German station at that time.
The US station was located in New Jersey.
F 5 SWB is on the air as TU 5 DF from the Ivory Coast through to October.
Activity on all of the High Frequency bands.
QSL via F 5 SWB.
Japanese amateur radio operators celebrate the successful transition from
analogue to digital terrestrial TV with the call 8 N 1 TW.
Activity continues till the 28th of July, QSL via bureau.
TN 5 MS
4 operators will be on air as TN 5 MS from the Congo September 28 thru Oct 11.
They will be active on H-F Bands.
QSL via PA 3 AWW, either direct, or Logbook of the World.
The Caboolture Radio Club (VK4) has just launched the ultimate award -
The CCXD Award.
Here is an award for the Globe-trotting DXpeditioner. For those who have
helped so many to achieve DXCC, there is now the opportunity to achieve
the ultimate accolade, membership of the most prestigious and exclusive
club in Amateur Radio - CCXD - The Century Club of eXtreme Difficulty.
It is no coincidence that CCXD is DXCC in reverse. To achieve DXCC you need
to work 100 countries from your home country. To achieve CCXD you need to
work your home country from 100 DX countries.
At the time of writing, no applications have been received. Certificate
number 1 is awaiting presentation. Will you be the first to receive this
For more information visit our website www.vk4qd.net
this is Peter VK4QC for WIA National News.
That's going to be one bit of wall paper to go straight to the pool room
if you achieve CCXD! Thanks Pete for informing the Ham Community.
The Wake Island Commemorate K9W DXpeditition in September and the British
Railways Amateur Radio Society GX4LMR now marking the 45th anniversary of
the end of steam railway, are fine examples of amateur radio being part of
The Centenary of the RSGB is being well celebrated, and so will the ARRL
mark its 100 years in 2014.
Those and other events make you think. Does our hobby miss many appropriate
occasions when milestones are reached and celebrated?
With the ready portability of amateur radio equipment more can be done with
amateur radio, special event callsigns, QSL cards and even operating awards.
This does vary for time to time, and while some countries do well at it,
unfortunately others are rarely involved.
It begs the question of how many publicity and community engagement exercises
go unattended, simple due to a lack of interest and forward planning by radio
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
15-year-old develops body heat powered flashlight
The Daily Mail reports that a 15-year-old Canadian girl used her knowledge of
electronics to develop an innovative flashlight
The newspaper says Ann Makosinski realized that Peltier tiles, which produce
electricity when one side of the tile is heated and the other is cooled,
could use body-heat to create energy for a flashlight.
The voltage created by the tiles was not enough to power an LED light so she
developed an electrical circuit to increase the voltage.
In September she will be one of fifteen finalists presenting their project
at the Google Science Fair in California.
Read the full story and watch the video at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
YOUR VIDEO ABOUT AMATEUR RADIO CAN WIN BIG
The South African Amateur Radio Development Trust has invited amateur
videographers to take part in a video competition and compete for some
Shoot a short video of an exciting Amateur Radio activity in South Africa
and you could win a 5watt CW MFJ 40 metre transceiver kit.
The length of the video should be between 3 and 5 minutes. The subject can be
anything that illustrates the joy and excitement of amateur radio.
CQ-DATV is free eBook publication focused on ATV, but also with lots of
constructional projects have Amateur Radio applications
CQ-DATV 4 is now available for download from www.cq-datv.mobi
Electronic Antenna compass
Sony handset IR reader
Parallax propeller Introduction
DATV from the ISS
Multi camera video shoot
There is no membership, logins, or email required, just click and down load
the eBook file.
Obviously you need an eBook reader to view these magazines on a PC.
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
VK1 WICEN Dates for Rest of 2013
Sat 5th & Sun 6th October - Brookvale Horse Endurance Ride. This year's event
will include a 120KM ride as well as the
80 & 40 KM rides.
Sat 12th October - LCCC Car Rally
Sun 20th October - Battle of the Beasts Mountain Bike Race
Namadgi National Park
Sun 27th October - Fitz's Challenge Bike Ride
Sat 2nd November - BMSC Tumut Rally - Bondo State Forest
Annual General Meeting of WICEN SA. will be held on Friday 19th July 2013
which will include a presentation from Simon Goodwin from ALERT SA.
The meeting is being held at Reedbeds Community Centre (19 Fitch Road, Fulham)
WICEN SA will be joining AREG for the speakers presentation before members
split for separate meetings. Then re-join together after the meetings to chat.
RSVP to Andrew Macmichael, VK5FMAC Secretary WICEN SA by Monday 15th July
via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0403 791488.
ENCRYPTION OF SENSITIVE HAM RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
The FCC is inviting public comments on a proposal from a Massachusetts ham to
amend their Part 97 Amateur Service rules. This to permit the encryption of
certain amateur communications during emergency operations or related training
JUL 12-14 VK3 GippsTech will be held at Churchill. Information vk3bez.org
JUL 20 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest
JUL 20 VK4 Caboolture Hamfest 9am
JUL 28 VK2 Albury Wodonga Amateur Radio Club Hamfest 10AM
AUG 4 VK6 Northern Corridor Radio Group Hamfest Cyril Jackson Rec Centre
Fisher st Ashfield Bassendean 9am.
AUG 11 VK2 SARCFEST 414 Richmond Hill Rd near Lismore
AUG 17-18 WW ILLW
SEP 14 VK4 Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio's SUNFEST 9am.
Oct 3- 7 VK4 North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention Charters Towers
Oct 5 vk4 REDFest by Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club St Michael's
College, Caboolture, 9am
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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