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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING DEC 15 2013.
WIA BOOKSHOP SPECIALS
WIA DO WE MARKET AMATEUR RADIO CORRECTLY?
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 15 2013.
THIS NEWS IS HAPPENING NOW
ZS 9 MADIBA - Nelson Mandela - Special Call Sign
The SARL will be operating special event stations from around South Africa
using the call sign ZS 9 MADIBA. QSLing is via the bureau or by sending your
QSL to SARL, P O Box 1721, Strubensvallei 1735, South Africa.
You may also use Logbook of the World.
To receive the special QSL card by mail, include $1 for postage.
ZS9MADIBA is the South African Radio League Special Event Station
commemorating the life and recent passing of Nelson Mandela, elder statesman
and first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa.
Affectionately referred to as "Madiba", he became one of the most recognised
leaders in the world and was instrumental in the peaceful transition of
South Africa from minority rule to a constitutional democracy.
South Africans join the people of the world in mourning his passing and
celebrating his legacy.
A new Natural User Interface (NUI) research facility within the University of
Melbourne has been established through the partnership of the tertiary
institute, Microsoft, and the Victorian Government.
The AU$8 million collaborative project focuses on the social aspect of NUI,
using voice, gestures, eye gaze, body-movement and touch as a user interface.
None of the three parties have disclosed the funding arrangement behind the
(published press releases)
Digital-only TV in Australia
The final analogue television transmitters in Australia were turned off
Tuesday December 10 with the closure of five channels on Melbourne's
They were ABV2, HSV7, GTV9, ATV10 and SBS UHF 28. Only HSV7 used the last
minutes of analogue transmission to flash highlights including the many
personalities and shows of the past.
The others decided to forego a truly historical occasion that can be replayed
during events of the year 2013, or just to record a momentous time.
The commercial stations closed on time at 9am, but the ABV2 and SBS which
share the same site, left their old channels nearly two minutes late.
A special tribute Amateur Radio Victoria telecast telling the history of
TV in Australia, is due to be shown after Christmas on the digitised VK3RTV
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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
Hi I'm Mal
For the month of December, WIA members can benefit from a massive 30%
reduction on the price of selected titles from the bookshop. Visit the
online store for details. Supplies of these books are strictly limited and
once they are gone, so is the special price.
Orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so act quickly to
WIA will be sending out deliveries until the office closes at 4pm, Friday
Do we market Amateur Radio?
The answer is clearly no, or not enough, if the product of Amateur Radio
is not widely known and understood in our society.
We have a major product to sell. It should get attention. Marketing can help
to get noticed among all of the messages that bombard our society.
Carefully look at various audiences to see how they are receiving message.
Categorise them into groups - the general public, potential radio amateur,
and those already in the hobby.
They have the same product but different messages are needed. The public
can learn about the modern Amateur Radio, class and assessments, and
existing radio amateurs need information relevant to them.
In deciding on the right messages, then communicate them. The website can
be a powerful marketing tool. Is it tired, static or dated, does the web-space
really work for you?
The Wireless Institute of Australia through the clubs and individuals is
holding its PR4AmateurRadio Expo on April the 13th to the 15th.
For details on the exciting event visit the 'What's On' column of the WIA
And from latest NERG Newsletter, a new video slideshow promoting Amateur Radio
has been released by the United Nations - see it at:
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
Hi, and here's this week's update on the Wyong Field day.
As we approach the holiday season, it's easy to forget that February will be
rushing up on us after the New Year which is one reason I keep reminding
everyone to make their arrangements early. Whether you are looking at staying
in the area and need accommodation or if you are travelling in from interstate
now is the time to make those bookings if you haven't already done so. The
Wyong Field day on Sunday the 23rd. of February will be on RAIN OR SHINE, so
we'll be there - will you?
I hope so as this year we are proud to have the Summits on the Air group with
us and not only is the VK2 association manager, Andrew VK2UH, giving a
presentation in our seminar program, he and a group of other supporters of SOTA
are manning an information stand in the exhibitors area. But not only will
there be a SOTA lecture and a SOTA stand, Saturday night will also see a
SOTA meet-up for a meal and a good old fashioned "chin-wag". So if you are
involved with SOTA or don't even know what it is and want to find out, there's
only one place to be next February and that's the CCARC Field day at Wyong!
Whether it's seeking that bargain from the flea market, buying that discounted
new equipment from the traders stands, educating yourself at the seminars and
exhibitors stalls or even taking that licence upgrade assessment. The place
to be February twenty three is undoubtedly - The CCARC Field Day at Wyong!
73 'til next week, this is Ed VK2JI, Publicity Officer of the Central Coast
Amateur Radio Club.
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VK4RAT UHF Repeater Frequency Change - your help needed
If you live in the Townsville area and have the capability to receive
UHF frequencies then theTARCinc wants you !
As part of a planned change of frequency assignment for the
VK4RAT UHF Voice Repeater at Mount Stuart, reception monitoring needs
to take place on the recommended frequencies to ensure that they
are relatively free from interference from other services in the area.
theTARCinc have voted to change the current frequency assignment of
output 438.225MHz input 433.225MHz to move the repeater away from
the UHF Low Interference Potential Devices band.
Recommended frequencies to monitor
mainly during weekdays when interference activity seems to be greatest ...
Repeater Input frequencies 434.800 434.825 434.875 434.950MHz
Repeater Output frequencies 439.800 439.825 439.875 439.950MHz
Send your reports to theTARCinc Secretary on email
What use is an F-call?
Amateur Radio is a hobby that's been around for over a century. In that time
we've seen evolution in electronics, in communications, in science and in
society. Our hobby has also evolved with those changes. Every time a new
Ham comes along they bring with them their perspective on the world.
The rich tapestry that Amateur Radio represents is particularly dense with
historic, sometimes even ancient references that need context to understand.
In the early days of Amateur Radio, communication was achieved using
Morse Code, in itself a fascinating approach to codifying language and for
the record, not the only or the first. Today CW is still in use, but other
forms of communication have augmented the hobby and the wider communications
field as well.
Today, when you listen to Amateurs talking, you'll hear them say 73, or QSO,
or QTH, or XYL, or any number of weird acronyms that make little or mainly
no sense at all.
Let me start with saying that sentence again, but now using English words
Today, when you listen to Amateurs talking, you'll hear them say
"best regards", or "contact", or "home station", or "wife", or any number of
weird acronyms that make little or mainly no sense at all.
These acronyms have a history of their own. They come from the world of Morse,
because every letter counts and if you can get a meaning across with less
letters, you can get a message through faster. If you keep having to key
"home station", it's simpler to say "QTH". I should point out that for
example, "QTH" changes meaning in itself. Officially it means "What is your
position in latitude and longitude?", but the more likely use is something
like: "My QTH is Perth", that in essence means, "I'm transmitting from Perth."
These acronyms don't actually come from Amateur Radio, but from the British
government who prepared a list of abbreviations for use on ships and coastal
stations. The codes starting with the letter "Q", are called Q-codes. They
too have evolved to include Aviation, Military and others.
73 is a code that comes from the world of Telegraph, it too has changed
meaning from "My love to you", to "Best regards". Today "Love and Kisses" is
signified by 88.
Other acronyms like CQ and DX have a history all their own.
Next time you hear an acronym, ask the user for its meaning and start using
them yourself. Before long you'll get to the point where you'll want to use
it in general day to day use.
Before I go. 73 means "Best regards", so don't be tempted to add an "S", as
in 73s. That would mean Best regards'" and that's just silly.
DE Onno VK6FLAB
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With Jason VK2LAW:-
Nice words from around the world last weekend, kicked off by the President
and Board of The South African Radio League, its council and members joined
the world in mourning the loss of South Africa's greatest statesman,
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Let us continue to remember and be encouraged by the so many positive things
for which he stood. While we mourn his passing, we celebrate his life and
the lessons he taught us and the world.
HAMS IN SOUTH AFRICA 'ALL ATUNED.'
They are listening out for VK6RIO A BEACON ON 144,950 MHz
Trans-Indian ocean two-way contacts on 144 MHz via Tropo Ducting is still the
most challenging terrestrial frontier on VHF.
A team comprising Andre ZS2ACP, Jim ZS2JF and Mike ZS2FM, in Port Elizabeth
are running CW tests with Bill Hosie, VK6ACY/ZS6CCY at Perth, but to date
are not receiving any signals at all.
Now the Northern Corridor Radio Group at Perth are trying break this hoodoo
by using the latest chirp modulation techniques on their VK6RIO beacon,
and bridge Australia and South Africa on 144 MHz
Keith Bainbridge, VK6RK a spokesman for the Australian group says:
"If we can get someone in the right location over there then perhaps we can
help with some of the equipment". This project is real amateur radio science!
A national emergency broadcast centre has opened in China as the country
speeds up the construction of a nationwide radio network that will spread
rescue and relief information in disaster-hit regions.
Under the China National Radio (CNR), the China National Emergency
Broadcasting Centre is responsible for setting up an emergency broadcast
system and building a radio network that links central authorities to
The plan, which will be an important measure for coping with disasters, was
inspired by a similar but smaller-scale radio network set up after a fatal
7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan in southwest China's Sichuan Province
The radio service, jointly initiated by CNR 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
The centre's official website started operation, releasing latest data on
disasters across the country and providing online rescue and relief guidance.
Embroidered antenna is flexible and water resistant
A prototype garment incorporating an embroidered antenna has been produced by
researchers from Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University.
Search and rescue teams could benefit from the newly designed antenna, which
is fully flexible, lightweight and water resistant.
In a bid to transform how wearable radio communications are sent and received,
the two universities and several industry partners have developed the
technology to design an efficient antenna that can be applied directly onto
clothing using a mass production process.
Amateur Radio Newsline
TOKYOS FAMED “THE RADIO STORE” CLOSES AFTER 64 YEARS
One of the landmarks that helped to create Tokyo Japans famed Akihabara
electronics district has closed its doors for good. Amateur Radio Newslines
Heather Embee, KB3TZD, is here with the details:
On Saturday evening, November 30th local time the business known as The Radio
Store ceased operations after 64 years.
The Radio Store building opened on March 8, 1950. It was the first of Tokyo's
electronics superstores, built by ten of the prominent vendors at the time.
The building originally housed only those first ten stores but it lead to the
creation of business area that eventually became home to hundreds of other
electronics retailers and gained recognition world-wide. It's said that The
Radio Store was responsible for giving this area of Tokyo its Electric Town
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick,
Pennsylvania, here in the USA.
FEMA AND NPR TEAM FOR ALERTING DEAF TO EMERGENCIES
The Department of Homeland Security has announced a pilot
project in cooperation with NPR Labs, to demonstrate the
delivery of the first-ever, real-time emergency alert
messages to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in five Gulf states.
Twenty-five NPR affiliates in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,
Mississippi and Texas have agreed to participate in the
venture to transmit emergency alert messages, such as
weather alerts, to 475 individuals who are deaf or hard-of-
hearing in the stations' listening areas. This to determine
how effectively the messages are being sent and received.
The public radio stations participating in the project will
receive emergency alert messages from FEMA's Integrated
Public Alert and Warning System. The stations will then
broadcast the emergency alerts to specially designed FM
Radio Data System receivers that alert the participants with
a flashing indicator.
The receivers can also show the content of the alert through
the receiver's digital display. Participants can connect a
strobe light or bed-shaker alerting device to the receiver
to help ensure alerts are noticed both day and night.
NAMES OF FOUR PRE-TEENS NOW ON-ORBIT
The names of four pre-teens from the town of North Pole, Alaska, have been
sent into space, and it's all thanks to ham radio.
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with the story of how it came about
North Pole, Alaska is just outside of the city of Fairbanks and its where
Daniel Perry, age 10, Derik Perry, 9, Riley Perry, 9, and Kailey Perry, 5
all live. But these four youngsters now have something very special in their
lives because their names are orbiting some 400 miles above the Earth on a
microsat and it's all because of friendship between to ham radio operators.
The honour comes courtesy of their grandfather, Mike Perry, AL7F, who became
caretaker to some satellite-monitoring equipment about a year and a half ago.
This happened after he became close friends with Mark Kanawati, N4TPY of
Space Quest Ltd, which is a technology company based in Fairfax, Virginia.
AL7F says it all came about because of a note to the local ham radio club:
AL7F: “The way this all got started was that Mark, the owner of Space Quest,
being a ham radio operator got in touch with the Arctic Amateur Radio Club
here in Fairbanks and had a letter posted to our membership site looking for
someone who had some property or knew of somebody who had some property that
would be a good location for him to install a satellite tracking station. I
own some property right off the side of the highway that's sub-divided into
lots and I offered to let him put his tracking station on one of the lots.
This lead to a close friendship developing between AL7F and N4TPY and in
turn to Kanawati offering to fly the names of Perrys grandkids on a satellite
that was to be launched this past November.
According to AL7F, the youngsters don't quite realize how rare it is to be
part of an orbiting satellite. But he adds that will likely appreciate it a
lot more as they get older.
CES FIVE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH
And finally this week a look into this future.
This as the Consumer Electronics Association
releases the 2014 edition of "Five Technology
Trends to Watch." This is an annual publication
that examines five prominent technology movements
that will influence the consumer electronics
industry in the years ahead.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP,
takes a look at what lies ahead:
According to a press release, this year's "Five
Technology Trends to Watch" examines key
developments from the Internet to things like
driverless cars, digital health care, robotics to
the future of video distribution and consumption.
Geared toward industry professionals, the
publication provides in-depth analysis and
outlines related issues and market forecasts for
the coming year. Each section also explores
consumer perspectives, partnerships, key players
and public policy issues. For example, a chapter
titled "A Hundred Billion Nodes" looks at how the
Internet is using the Web to "learn" consumer habits and needs.
The Consumer Electronics Association Senior
Manager of Business Intelligence is Jack
Cutts. He looks at where the major auto makers
are in testing and refining their driverless
vehicles. He also expounds on the legal and
social implications of ceding the open road to
science in "On the Road to Driverless Cars."
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley,
KI7UP, watching emerging technology from Scottsdale, Arizona.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2014
AMSAT STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT JANUARY ONE
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
DXCC 2013 DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31
In DX up-front, Bill Moore, NC1L, who is the ARRL Awards Branch Manager wants
to remind to all DXCC program participants that the deadline for the
2013 calendar year ends on Tuesday December 31st.
Moore says that in order to appear in the Annual Listing published in the
electronic version of the DXCC Yearbook, you must have your submission
postmarked no later than that date.
Since the DXCC workload usually peaks around this time each year, Moore
recommends that applicants not wait until the last minute to get their
Complete details are posted on the web at arrl.org/dxcc-blog
ARRL granted use of W 1 AW for League's centennial.
The FCC has authorized the Maxim Memorial Station W 1 AW to also use the
call sign W 1 AW during 2014, the ARRL's centennial year.
LCL QSO Party
The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) invites you to participate in
their annual 'Lighthouse Christmas Lights 2013 QSO Party' which is held
between 0001z, December 21st and 2359z, January 1st, 2014.
Rules, operating guidelines, logging requirements, and prizes can be found at:
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
VK2 CCARC news ccarc.org.au/wp/2012/09/ccarc-news-12-31/
Calling in on Barry VK6BW's broadcast of this news was VA7MLW Glenn who is
Maritime Mobile out of Vancouver and is well along on his non-stop solo around
the world voyage.
VA7MLW had hit the Indian Ocean heading for Falklands via ZS on his
westerly circumnavigation from Victoria, British Columbia which is expected to
take 10 months before returning to home port.
His 40-foot sloop named "Kim Chow" has had extensive modifications for the
Glenn has an ICOM 802 SSB marine radio.
Follow the daily reports of the intrepid adventurer as he files daily
Winlink 2000 position reports that can be seen with this link:
RSS feed: http://www.winlink.org/dotnet/maps/RSSPositionReports.aspx?callsign=VA7M...
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
Digital Amateur Television Success in the upper Spencer Gulf South Australia
David VK5DMC has been busy over the past 18 months building equipment and
experimenting with the transmission of DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast -
A Digital modulator kit was purchased from Germany and duly assembled
producing a whopping 1mw of output power, further pre-amps were constructed
producing a modest 12 watts of output this increased transmitter range from
a few feet to across town, however, this would not suffice, so a 600w UHF
Linear amplifier Kit was purchased from America and after much work, this was
pressed into service resulting in an output power of about 120 watts and with
some antenna tricks an ERP of about 360 Watts was achieved.
Recently a signal was successfully sent across Spencer Gulf from VK5DMC's home
location in the centre of Port Pirie, to a portable station on Mount Laura
just north west of Whyalla operated by Alex VK5ALX, distance covered, around
50km with a strong signal received.
The future for ATV in the upper Spencer Gulf area;
Permission has been obtained to locate the Translator at the TRAX FM site on
the top of the Flinders Ranges at about 2400 feet in elevation and 14km to the
east of Port Pirie, this location should provide reliable coverage of
Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla in the north and west, and
Kadina / Wallaroo to the south, this location is just up the track from the
commercial television stations transmitters this means that most television
receivers will already have their antenna pointed in the right direction and
with the correct polarity, this should make reception very easy for those who
are interested in viewing the signal.
A licence has been applied for and work has commenced on the control equipment
necessary for remote operation. Inputs will be on 1275.00Mhz analogue, and
1290 DVB-S (Digital Video Broadcast- Satellite) with the output on
All interested in the project or wanting to help in any way can contact
David VK5DMC at firstname.lastname@example.org
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
APCO P25 Digital repeaters linked via the Internet.
P25 was originally a public safety grade commercial digital voice mode that
has recently gained popularity within the Amateur radio community.
Now equipment has become cheaper and more readily available on the used market
interest in this mode has started to increase. As reported a few months back
here on WIA National News several repeaters are located around the Sydney
area that support P25, in particular the VK2RCG P25 repeater located on
Governor Phillip Tower in the Sydney CBD.
Matt Robert, VK2LK, and John ZL4JY have set up an experimental link between
this repeater in Sydney and another P25 repeater located in Waikaie,
New Zealand. The linking is particularly interesting as traditionally, P25
repeaters have been difficult to link and have required expensive Telco grade
equipment or specialised microwave links to connect them together.
The linking solution between these two repeaters was implemented in true HAM
radio fashion and uses very cheap and commonly available second hand
networking equipment that costs well under $100 each and also provides an
extremely solid and reliable commercial grade link.
After much testing and experimentation, the link has been made available for
public use. Among those using the repeater we see
John, ZL4JY Matt, VK2LK Mark, VK2ZB Robin, VK2VRB Tanu, VK2MHZ Greg, VK2GK
Greg, VK2VGM and Hugh, VK2XHP, not a bad roll up!
More countries and extra repeaters will be added to this network as time,
money and interest permits. All appropriately licensed operators with P25
equipment are more than welcome to hop on anytime and put out a call,
let's see even more activity on this excellent system.
Finally, Matt, VK2LK would like to express thanks and gratitude to
Justin, VK2CU, and Keith from Metwide Communications for their generous
contributions towards 70cm HAM radio in Sydney.
(73's Matt VK2LK)
SOCIAL SCENE 2014
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
Nov 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society
I wish Mr Mitchell luck. (MARCONI TX IN LAST WEEKS NEWS)
I was a volunteer at Qld museum and found it was interested in social history
mainly, and not technological items. In addition, the water-cooled transmitter
from Bald Hills Qld is lying in the open at the Caboolture Historical Village.
I asked around and was advised that there is likely no interest in its being
added to a collection anywhere. It requires a long-tray truck or car-carrying
trailer to move it, for a start. Is it the only surviving water-cooled
transmitter in Australia?
Peter Hadgraft VK4APD
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