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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING DEC 01 2013.
WIA - PR4AmateurRadio - Speakers for the club
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 1 2013.
Infant airlifted after swallowing "button" battery
Parents are being warned of the dangers of button batteries ahead of
Christmas after RACQ CareFlight Rescue airlifted a baby boy who swallowed
one on the Sunshine Coast recently.
It's prompted a warning on the dangers of the tiny toxic objects.
"Button batteries can lodge in the oesophagus of infants and cause serious
injury or even death if they go undetected," CareFlight's Chief Medical
Officer Doctor Allan MacKillop said.
A four year old Sunshine Coast girl died in July after swallowing one of the
small batteries which are used in toys, games and many household items such
as torches, car keys, TV remotes, watches and calculators.
"If they become stuck in the oesophagus they can immediately begin to burn,
doing serious damage," Dr MacKillop said.
Each week four children are taken to emergency departments across Australia
after swallowing the tiny batteries.
The elderly are also urged not to store the batteries in pill containers as
the small objects can easily be mistaken for medication.
(Please attribute photos and/or video: Courtesy RACQ CareFlight Rescue)
Vandalism at Radio Club.
Around the weekend of November 17 considerable damage was done to the
club rooms of the Summerland A R C at Lismore.
Club President Ross Dowse on VK2WI News reported much equipment was stolen
and a major inspection and clean-up has been held during the past days.
Club activities were put on hold until the next general meeting planned for
today, Sunday the 1st of December.
You should be on the lookout for strange offers or possible unusual activity
with the radio equipment. You should inform the Summerland club executives or
the authorities of any information you may become aware of.
It is only a few weeks since Summerland club member John VK2JWA was attacked
by intruders in his home which they subsequently set on fire causing
AUSTRALIA TO SAVE WINAMP?
The fate of the veteran media player app Winamp remain in limbo after AOL's
announcement last week that it would shut down Nullsoft and end support of
these products called winamp AND shoutcast.
Although there have been reports that Microsoft is in talks to buy both
Winamp and Shoutcast, neither company has commented publicly.
So a Melbourne, VK3 based web developer and the owner of a web hosting company
Peter Zawacki, has started a Change.org petition urging AOL to either keep
Winamp alive or release its code as open source.
Zawacki and a group of like-minded developers have created a website to simply
explain their cause, writing,
"The history of digital music started with Winamp. Winamp is still one of the
best music players out there. It's SIMPLE TO USE And lots of people still use
Wi-Fi or not Wi-Fi
Australia's peak science body CSIRO says its Wi-Fi patents, and therefore its
rivers of gold, have expired.
The Australian reported the 19 patents CSIRO registered relating to Wi-Fi in
1992 expired on 24 November this year.
CSIRO earned a grand total of $430 million between 2009 and 2012.
In 1992 a team of CSIRO scientists used radio-astronomy to solve the problem
of radio waves bouncing off surfaces indoors, causing an echo that distorts
the signal. The scientists built a fast chip that could transmit a signal
while reducing the echo, a technology now used all over the world in Wi-Fi.
(published reports including the Australian)
comuterworld.com.au say the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
has unveiled a smartphone and tablet app called MobileSiteSafety for use by
technicians when they are accessing buildings that have mobile base station
The app reports on radio frequency electromagnetic energy levels and
base station compliance records.
It also contains safe work tips for technicians and maintenance staff.
Members of the public can use the app to access information about EME levels
at base stations that are near public areas.
WIA BOARD TALK
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Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary David Williams VK3RU email@example.com
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers for the club
Unfortunately not everyone has the all-round interpersonal ability to be
part of a core promotion team for amateur radio - but with a little training
and the right messages more people could be involved.
Most WIA clubs use their President or Secretary to speak on behalf of the
club, ensuring a knowledgeable representative.
However, when selecting a team for the PR4AmateurRadio Expo in April think
about who else can be effective on the day.
Keep in mind that visitors to a display are of differing ages, some young,
middle-aged or retired, male and female and of varying ability. Make them
all very welcome.
Consider having a variety of people on the team to meet and greet the public.
Suitable people could include WIA assessors, YLs and Foundation Licence holders.
They should be able to share the public relations responsibility. Although
the Expo is five months away, start planning for it now.
Further details can be seen on the WIA website 'For Members' section under
"Promoting Our Hobby'.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
Preparations for the 2014 Wyong Field Day are going smoothly and I'm happy to
update you on another confirmed trader that will be at the event -
Radio Supply of Bellingen NSW will be attending with a large, interesting
stand - (this is one trader I look forward to checking out).
For those flying in from interstate you may want to consider flying into
Newcastle airport rather than Sydney. Wyong is on the main Newcastle to Sydney
railway line and it's only a few minutes' walk from the railway station to the
event. As motels and hotels are filling quickly in the Wyong area, Newcastle
can also offer a larger choice of accommodation as well as being an interesting
city to visit after its transformation from an industrial city some years ago.
For full details about the field day, please go to the clubs website at
Whether it's seeking that bargain from the flea market, grabbing that
discounted new item from the traders stands, educating yourself at the
seminars and exhibitors stalls or even taking that licence upgrade assessment.
The place to be on February twenty three is undoubtedly - The CCARC Field Day
73 'til next week, this is Ed VK2JI, Publicity Officer of the Central Coast
Amateur Radio Club.
Over the weekend of the 23/24th November Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club ran its
last foundation course and assessments for 2013.
We are pleased to report that all seven candidates were successful.
Eli from Queanbeyan, William and Luke from Goulburn, Andrew from Murrumbateman
and Harrison, Darren and Charles from the ACT.
We look forward to catching up with them on air in the near future.
Thanks to the education team and assessors for giving up their weekend for the event.
The next CRARC foundation course and assessment weekend is scheduled for March
next year. However if wish to do a licence upgrade before then contact Alan VK1WX
(Alan VK1WX WIA assessor 1-001)
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Homebrewers Construction Group end of year
After one year the popularity of the Homebrew Construction Group in VK3
continues to grow.
On display were many projects either completed or well advanced, serving
to motivate the newcomer and seasoned homebrewer alike.
The final meeting of the year is this Saturday, December the 7th at 2pm,
in the Amateur Radio Victoria rooms at 40g Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.
All are welcome.
The group's e-newsletter will be sent soon with inquiries and comments to
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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Today December One at midday Cairns Amateur Radio Club will hold a BYO BBQ at the
saltwater lake, Centenary Park, Greenslopes street, Cairns.
If that site is occupied then it's a short walk to the Freshwater lake
with similar amenities, and excellent walking tracks to take in native Melaleuca scrub.
Shade & playground is available, and bring chair & favourite nibbles.
There will be a call-in on 146.500 & 439.850 MHz.
What use is an F-call?
From DC to Daylight is a term that until I became an Amateur, I'd never heard
of and since becoming licensed I've bumped into it more than a couple of times.
Once you sit and think about it, the notion, from DC to Daylight makes perfect
sense, but what does it mean?
I'll start off with that I'm not talking about Cheap Therapy for your Inner
Problem Child - the Rock band based in San Jose, California.
So, DC, or Direct Current, as opposed to AC, or Alternating Current does not
change frequency, that is, the positive and negative poles never swap over,
so the frequency that they switch at is 0Hz or zero times per second. If you
reverse the poles, the frequency at which you do that, say flick a switch
once every second, the frequency is 1Hz. AC does it 50 or 60 times per second,
or 50 or 60 Hz.
As you keep increasing the frequency, you'll come past 160m, just below 2MHz,
80m around 7MHz, etc., onto 2m around 145MHz, 70cm and up to Wi-Fi at 2.4GHz,
then 5.8GHz, eventually, you'll get to a frequency of around 400 THz, where
you'll bump into visible light where the wavelength is 750nm.
So, DC is 0Hz, Daylight is 400 THz, so from DC to Daylight means from 0 Hz to
400 THz. Said in another way, DC to Daylight means "all frequencies".
Of course, you could point out that there are frequencies above daylight,
indeed there are. It's really a short hand term and as amateur radio terms go,
it's one of the more explanatory ones.
Now all you need is a DC to Daylight radio, and you'll be able to listen to
everything that goes on anywhere - provided you have an appropriately tuned
antenna - Hi Hi.
I'm sure there are terms you've come across that make no sense. Have a look
around, or better still, contact another Amateur and work it out together.
The only silly question is the one you didn't ask.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Super typhoon clean-up continues
Ham Emergency Radio Operation (HERO) stations are still working providing
help and communications after deadly Typhoon Haiyan wreaked its
destruction in the central Philippines.
The official death toll of 5,200 puts the Category-5 storm that landed on
November the 8th as the worst typhoon in the archipelago, with its 314-km/h
winds generating storm surges in coastal villages and devastating main cities.
Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee
has told WIA News that the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA)
activated its HERO network again, having already had many storms this year
and an earthquake in October.
PARA Vice Chief Operating Officer, Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ says that some cases
mobile services are now available, but they are patchy and unreliable. The
same is experienced with power.
HERO stations have worked with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council (NDRRMC), the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), communities
and non-government organisations.
The frequency of 7095 kHz and others are still in use and PARA thanks that
the world for keeping them clear for emergency traffic.
Ramon DU1UGZ knew that amateur radio emergency communications were effective,
and the results saw many tearful moments when local people got their message
PARA is working closely with authorities and hopefully increased recognition
of the HERO network, its training and equipment will result. A very good
job was done so far by them indeed.
Sixty years ago, the east coast of England was struck by a devastating flood
which took the lives of 307 people.
In addition to the lives lost, The East Coast Flood of 1953 caused
1.2 billion British Pounds in damaged, covered more than 160,000 acres and
forced more than 32,000 people to evacuate.
At the time the UK had no volunteer emergency communications groups.
Today the 2,000 licensed amateur radio operators of RAYNET serve as the UK's
premier volunteer communications group. In an effort to advance emergency
communications, as well as amateur radio, RAYNET and the Radio Society of
Great Britain (RSGB) have entered into a formal agreement to work together.
Like their counterparts around the world RAYNET not only provides vital
communications for emergency responders when existing communications networks
fail or become overloaded, but also assist with public service events such as
parades, marathons, and festivals.
QCWA BOARD APPROVES 14 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR 2014
The Quarter Century Wireless Association's Board
of Directors has announced the approval of 14
scholarship awards in the amount of $20,000 to be
issued in 2014. The QCWA Scholarship Program is
administered by Foundation for Amateur Radio, and
all applications for scholarship awards must be
sent to them at FAR Scholarships, P. O. Box 911, Columbia, Maryland, 21044.
Since 1978, some 397 recipients have received
over $396,850 in scholarship awards through the
QCWA Scholarship Award Program. More information
can be found on the Foundation for Amateur Radio
website at www.farweb.org/2013-scholarship-application
Amateur Radio Newsline
FCC SAYS FLUORESCENT LIGHTING JAMMING CELLPHONE SITE
The FCC has issued a violation notice to a Texas business because it's new
lighting is interfering with a cellular telephone site.
Skeeter Nash is near Houston with more:
"It doesn't happen very often but the FCC has
issued an official Citation and Order for
violation of Section 15.5(b) of the Commission's
regulations governing what are called Incidental
Radiators. In this case the recipient is Ronald
Bethany doing business as Perfect Cuts Salon in
San Antonio, Texas, who is being cited for
operating incidental radiators and causing
harmful interference to a cellular telephone system.
This past July 24th the FCC's Houston Office used
direction finding techniques to locate the source
of an unknown transmissions on 705 MHz to the
Perfect Cuts Salon. The agent confirmed that the
interfering signal was coming from the overhead
fluorescent lighting in the salon.
The agent then interviewed Bethany who is the
owner of the salon. He reportedly stated that
representatives of AT&T had conducted on and off
testing of the lighting in the salon and
confirmed that the interior fluorescent fixtures
were the source of interference to a cell site
located next door. Bethany further stated that he
had unsuccessfully asked General Electric, the
manufacturer of the fluorescent lighting, to replace the lighting.
The FCC says that Bethany would not cooperate, so
the agent from the Houston Office was unable to
conduct his own on/off testing of the lighting in
the salon. The agent verbally warned Bethany that
he must repair or replace the lighting fixtures to resolve the interference.
On July 31, the agent spoke by telephone with
Bethany, who stated that the lighting was not
causing him any problems and that he saw no
reason to repair or replace them unless he was
paid to do so. The agent reiterated to Bethany
that he must resolve the interference or be in
violation of the FCC's rules. As of the October
25th release date of the Citation AT&T continues
to report receiving interference at its cell site
next door to Mr. Bethany's salon.
Now, based on the evidence it has on hand the FCC
has found that Ronald Bethany is in violation Of
Section 15.5(b) of its Rules by operating
incidental radiators and causing harmful
interference. It has directed him to cease
operation of the incidental radiators
immediately. Or in simpler terms, it basically
told him to turn off the lights until the interference can be resolved.
From near Houston Texas, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.
Bethany and Perfect Cuts were given the normal
time to respond and take corrective measures or
face further enforcement action.
WORKSHOP HELD IN THE SOUTH SUDAN
An IARU Region 1 sponsored Radio Spectrum and
Regulatory Workshop held with the South Sudan
administration on November 15th. Its purpose is
to assist the administration with the
implementation of amateur radio in that nation.
The workshop took place on the compound of the
European Union in Juba the capital of South
Sudan. Most of the 21 participants work for the
South Sudanese Radio Communications Agency, while
others represented the Ministry of the Interior.
The objectives of this workshop were, among other
things, to educate regulators on the creation of
their own amateur and amateur-satellite services;
to assist the administration on creation of
amateur-radio regulations and the related
national frequency allocation table and to
discuss the amateur radio's benefits for the nations society.
South Sudan became an independent country in
2011. Currently amateur radio is allowed only on
a provisional basis. There are two resident
foreign amateurs who received full amateur
privileges. Since 2011 only one DXpedition was active from South Sudan.
The workshop was part of a goodwill project in
cooperation with Radio Arcala, DX University, the
YASME Foundation, Rock City Investments Co, Yaesu
Musen Co. Ltd of Japan and the European DX
Foundation. You can read more at
ZS operations approved for DX Century Club
The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved the current 2013 through to
May 2014 operations of ZS8C and ZS8Z, which is Prince
Edward and Marion Islands, for DX Century Club credit.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2014
WIA Summer VHF-UHF Field Day 11/12 January
WIA John Moyle Field Day weekend March 15-16
WIA VK Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 3
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 2 - 3
WIA REMEMBRANCE DAY (THE RD) CONTEST Aug 16 - 17
Manly-Warringah Radio Society's Flagpole contest September.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
P29NO Nao/JA2VQP East Sepic Province Papua New Guinea
on air to January 2015 whilst a volunteer
teacher at Divine Word University Wewak.
5 P 14 EHC
Danish Special Event callsign 5P14EHC between January 1-31st, 2014.
This activity is to celebrate Denmark hosting the
"European Handball Championship for Men" event in January.
EA 4 GBA, is operational as C 91 GBA from Mozambique until December 15th.
Activity will be on all H F bands using SSB with 100 watts into a dipole.
QSL direct via EA 4 GBA.
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.
VI6WA100 a special event callsign is on air to celebrate the centenary of
organised Amateur Radio in Western Australia. In October 1913, the Perth Radio
Club (then changed to WIA VK6 Division a few years later) held their first
The call VI 6 WA 100 will be on air till years end.
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.
RI 1 ANR from Novo Runway until March 2014.
Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on the low bands.
QSL via RK 1 PWA.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fistsdownunder.org
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org
Morse code is not a lost skill
Recently ABC Perth Australia 720 ran on its afternoon radio show an interview
a radio amateur Alan Gibbs VK6PG, who explained that Morse code is used
throughout the world.
The program initially contacted the FISTS Down Under CW Club Newsletter,
saying it was doing some items on lost skills and thought Morse code would
be a good subject.
An interview resulted in Alan VK6PG talking to presenter Gillian O'Shawanasy,
who suggested that Morse code was obsolete.
Not so, she was told that it remained popular with radio amateurs, albeit
a bit slower than normal speech but the use of abbreviated words meant the
meaning of messages was quite fast.
Alan VK6PG described how it was used to chat generally about the hobby, talking
with DXpeditions offering unique opportunities to contact new countries,
and to keep in touch with friends all over the world.
The five minute interview was an excellent promotion of Morse code and Amateur
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
The first ZL-VK contact via FUNcube-1 (AO-73) took place on November 23
The satellite's SSB/CW linear transponder was switched into Autonomous Mode
during orbit 32 at 1113 UT on Saturday, November 23. In this mode the
transponder will automatically switch on when the spacecraft enters darkness,
and switch off again when it enters sunlight.
Alan ZL2BX reported: Transponder switched to eclipse mode OK about mid pass
over ZL. Good signals from the transponder and had a brief contact with VK2MAL
Malcolm VK2MAL reported: Good signals from AO-73 over VK tonight. Stations
heard through the transponder were ZL2BX Alan and VK4CBW Wal.
The FUNcube Team encourage stations to download the Dashboard software to
receive the telemetry and upload it to the Data Warehouse.
FUNcube website http://www.funcube.org.uk/
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW reaches 100 on its list
The honour of being the 100th registration in the annual International
Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend goes to South Australia's Point Lowly
Lighthouse, to be activated by the Whyalla Amateur Radio Club VK5BWR.
Club President Alex Glinski VK5ALX says the activation will be in the heritage
listed caretaker's cottage.
Previously club members put VK5BWR on air from an emergency generator room,
and some spent the night rugged up in sleeping bags or on the back seat of
Alex VK5ALX claims that with the more comfortable overnight accommodation
available for members it will be the best weekend ever.
Whyalla's annual show which attracts 20,000 people is also on the same weekend.
Some of its visitors will also come to the Point Lowly Peninsula and lighthouse.
This means that VK5BWR set-up in a courtyard has a great opportunity to promote
Amateur Radio activity and a bit of lighthouse history.
Built in 1883 the lighthouse is Whyalla's oldest structure standing 15 metres
tall, made of local sandstone, and on a point jutting into the northern end
of the Spencer Gulf.
Powered these days by electricity and a powerful tungsten halogen lamp, it
started with a wick burner fuelled by mineral oil and then a kerosene vaporising
Made redundant by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in 1993, it was
bought by the Whyalla City Council in 1995 with help of the South Australian
Under local control the light was reactivated after it and two keepers' cottages
had been beautifully restored.
If you want join 22 countries which have already registered a lighthouse,
lightship or marine beacon, or to see the event guidelines for August the
16th and 17th, visit the website www.illw.net
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW.
What was the common factor that enabled the first round-the-world flight,
the first solo crossing of the Atlantic by Charles Lindbergh
and the first crossing by air of the Pacific by Smithy in the Southern Cross?
Don't know? -well, you can find out by listening to tomorrow's Radio Amateurs
Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly bulletin.
The RAOTC monthly bulletin of news and information, stories and anecdotes, will be
broadcast tomorrow morning, Monday December 2nd, on a number of different
frequencies at various times.
The principal HF transmissions take place on 20m on 14.150 MHz USB. The first, at
0100 UTC, is beamed north from Melbourne for eastern states listeners, while the second
an hour later at 0200 UTC, is beamed westward for West Australian listeners.
Also at 0200 UTC, Barry VK6WF, will be transmitting on 40m on 7060 kHz LSB. Although
this transmission is intended mainly for country VK6 listeners, it may well be heard in
South Australia, too.
As well, throughout the day numerous local relays take place on HF, VHF and UHF
frequencies. To find a frequency and time for your area, please visit the RAOTC website
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is cordially invited to listen to this
interesting half-hour and to participate in the call backs afterwards.
Once again, the December RAOTC bulletin can be heard tomorrow, Monday December 2nd.
RAOTC bulletins resume in February next year, so may I take this opportunity to wish
everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and safe New Year. 73 from Clive,
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
Jan 24-27 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Weekend Family Radio Camp
at Girl Guides Campsite Bluewater. (email@example.com)
Feb 23 VK2 Wyong Field Day and it is on come rain hail or shine.
Apr 13-15 VK PR4AmateurRadio Expo.
Apr 18 WW Amateur Radio Day: Your Gateway to Wireless Communications.
Apr 25 vk3 ANZAC Day event Ballarat Showgrounds firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2- 4 VK4 Clairview Gathering Clive VK4ACC 0429 632 815
Sunday Nov 2nd 2014 NOV 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society
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