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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING MAR 02 2014.
OUR 19TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA expresses thanks to ARRL on its Centenary VK2ASD
WIA merit awards VK6POP
WIA John Moyle Field Day manager VK4AE
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING MARCH 2 2014.
TRENDING ON VK1WIA TWITTER ACCOUNT
#WIAnews of Rotary and their POLIO stations
#WIAfee Rise and Member Survey
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The VK3FI Mildura beacon on 630 metres creates interest
The CW beacon that is on 473 kHz nightly has now been heard in VK1, VK2,
VK3, VK5 and VK7. These reports are very welcome, including from those who
have heard it more than once.
In Canberra, Dale Hughes VK1DSH reports having received the beacon and suggests
trying it on the weak signal digital modes for a two-way QSO.
Matt Hetherington VK2DAG, at Ourimbah on the Central Coast of New South Wales
north of Sydney, heard the beacon on his IC706 transceiver and a Beverage
Antenna with a varying S2 to S7 signal. Paul Hadlow VK2PNH at Balranald in
the Riverina found it detectable.
In Victoria the latest is Dale Barrow VK3DB in Moe noise-free on his Spectrum
Lab screen grab, Mark Campbell VK3UA, Donvale, with an 80-metre dipole at
RST 409, and Craig Meddings VK3CRG, Lara, a G5RV and IC7600 who has also
supplied a MP3 recording.
From South Australia it has been received by Les Virgo VK5KLV in Port Augusta,
using a 40-metre off-centre dipole into an IC725 transceiver. He was been
joined by Andrew Russell VK5CV near Adelaide at S8, above a local noise of
1 to 2 S-points.
In Tasmania Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW, South of Hobart, reports detecting
the beacon on a High Performance Software Defined Radio with an Earth dipole,
at minus-91 dBm.
The Mildura beacon on 473 kHz has been running daily 1100 to 2200 UTC when
Noel Ferguson VK3FI is at home. He welcomes reception reports on firstname.lastname@example.org
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
LAP THE MAP AT YOUNG
The licensees of Young's commercial radio broadcasting services, call signs
2LF and 2LFF have proposed that the ACMA vary the Young Radio Licence Area
Their aim is to make additional FM in-fill transmitters available in
Cootamundra, Cowra, Grenfell and Temora for 2LF and at Grenfell and Temora
At the same time, the licensee of the Temora community broadcasting service
call sign TEM FM has proposed that the ACMA consider a change to the station's
technical specifications to improve coverage in the Temora area.
The ACMA has considered these proposals and its preliminary view that the
changes would improve coverage and reception in their licence areas. As a
result, the ACMA is looking for public comment on the proposed LAP variation.
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD email@example.com
Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary David Williams VK3RU email@example.com
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ firstname.lastname@example.org
WIA expresses thanks to ARRL on its Centenary
It is with great pleasure that the Wireless Institute of Australia acknowledges
the 100 year milestone reached this year 2014 by the American Radio Relay
The consistent leadership shown by the ARRL is well known and admired. However,
now is opportune to reflect and record some of the occasions that WIA has
benefitted from having a close relationship with ARRL.
These include the Trans-Pacific Tests of the mid-1920s proving that shortwave
radio was viable, the introduction of television in 1956, the later roll-out
of cable TV, and the trial use of Broadband Over Powerlines (BPL).
Your partnership on these, and in many other areas, has been invaluable,
writes the WIA President Phil Wait VK2ASD in a letter.
The ability of the WIA to have its own popular DX Century Club (DXCC) Award
program is appreciated, and it continues to be a mirror of the DXCC that
was introduced by the ARRL.
The Australian Novice grade of licence drew on its existence in the USA.
Although the WIA had asked for that stepping-stone licence years earlier,
its eventual introduction was partly due to the ARRL experience.
The ARRL works with all at global forums including International Amateur
Radio Union meetings, and the Word Radiocommunications Conferences by the
International Telecommunications Union.
A range of publications from the ARRL, stocked by the WIA Bookshop, continue
to be a source of knowledge and experience.
There are many things to be learned from the ARRL in the way it approaches
issues. For example, it has shown a recent growth in the number of radio
amateurs that is counter to the worldwide trend.
The WIA notes that the ARRL has announced an exciting program of celebratory
events and activities to mark its 100th year. At the same time the League
is looking to the future and how to engage the next generation.
On behalf of WIA members, a warm thank you for the role undertaken by the
ARRL, best wishes for the celebration and the century ahead.
Making what we do relevant
Because we have had Amateur Radio for 100 years does it mean that it should
That is a question being asked, particularly as spectrum hungry users continue
In defence of Amateur Radio are arguments that it has evolved into a modern
technological hobby, is easily assessable and enjoyed by people of all walks
of life around the world.
The Wireless Institute of Australia is concerned that missing from the equation
is the relevance of Amateur Radio, or even an awareness that it does exist
in this technological age.
This is why the WIA has initiated the PR4AmateurRadio Expo in April, to
showcase through the clubs or groups of like-minded radio amateurs, to show
what we do, how to understand and perhaps join us.
With the right image Amateur Radio can be attractive to more people - but
first they need to learn what it offers them and its modern-day relevance.
The PR4AmateurRadio Expo is held during April the 11th and 13th. For more
information or to enrol, check out the What's On section of the WIA website.
VK6POP POPS IN
A couple of weeks ago I announced the call for nominations for W.I.A. merit
awards. I recognise that we aren't in the hobby for the purpose of gaining
awards, however there are people who have made a difference, developed
something clever, or maybe have provided leadership with a club over a period
Any or all of the above, and perhaps more, are worthy of recognition.
There is information in the March issue of the Amateur Radio Magazine and
you can also find information and a link to the nomination form on the WIA
website, right there on the front page, in the Latest news from the W.I.A.
Nominations close in less than a month, so please make the effort and make
one or more nominations. The website again is wia.org.au
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
On the evening of 25 February, Alan Hawes VK1WX and Gilbert Hughes VK1GH
carried out an Advanced upgrade assessment for Mark Cairns VK1MDC.
They are pleased to announce that Mark was successful, and has now applied
for a two-letter Advanced Licence callsign.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
ARNSW has recently introduced a Development Fund which may be of
interest to radio clubs within the VK2 call area.
It you have a project in mind which may benefit from some funding you may be
eligible for some assistance.
If you would like to obtain the guidelines and an application form please
contact the ARNSW office by email - email@example.com - by mail to P. O.
Box 6044 Dural Delivery Centre NSW 2158 - or telephone 9651 1490 and
leave contact details on the message bank.
You will have two months to consider this offer.
The close off for this project is Friday the 11th of April 2014.
You will need to obtain the guidelines to see if you qualify for
consideration. Apply now, the offer is only open for the next two months.
NEW CLUB FOR ARMIDALE
Armidale in VK2 have held their initial Meet and Eat of the new club.
2 members, Les, VK2LES and Ken, ex VK4JR one time members from the
VK4 Club Redcliffe must have the power of persuasion as Redcliffe club has
loaned, on a long term basis, the new club in Armidale VK2 both 2 metre and
70 centimetre repeaters and cavities.
VK4EA and VK4KI provided much of the technical support in the installation
of the repeaters.
The club is located in the Rural Fire Brigade building in Armidale and has
some 22 members currently.
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It's that time again!
This is Stuart, VK4MSL with news from the Brisbane Amateur Radio Club.
BARCfest will be here in a few months' time, on the 10th of May, 2014, at a
completely new venue:
The Salvation Army Hall, corner of Beaudesert Road and Kameruka Street,
Doors open at 9:30 AM.
Ample parking is available at the venue and we are now taking bookings for
people wishing to book tables. Hope to see you all there.
This has been Stuart, VK4MSL on behalf of the Brisbane Amateur Radio Club.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Radio hams help track patient
The Register-Guard reports amateur radio enthusiasts helped authorities
track down a man with dementia after he had wandered away from his home
They say Ham radio specialists used locating equipment to find the
78-year-old man who was wearing an electronic transmitter bracelet.
The sheriff's office provides its volunteer team of amateur radio specialists
with the tracking equipment used to find the man.
Read the full story at
2014 World Amateur Radio Day
This day is celebrated each year on April 18 in recognition of the
anniversary of the founding of the IARU in Paris in 1925.
The primary purpose of WARD, as stated in IARU Resolution 94-3, is the need
for an annual focus on Amateur Radio and the benefits countries and
communities derive from the service.
Every year the IARU Administrative Council has attempted to select a theme
both consistent with the role and purpose of amateur radio and at the same
time representing a meritorious activity which, if promoted, could bring
favourable credit to IARU and amateur radio generally.
At the IARU Administrative Council meeting in September 2013, various topics
were discussed and possible themes massaged. The theme "Amateur Radio: Your
Gateway to Wireless Communication" was put forward and after discussion was
adopted by the Council for the forthcoming World Amateur Radio Day, April
This is an opportunity for clubs and groups to promote our hobby
President ARSI and Chairman IARU Region 3
DARC queries PLT measurements
The German national amateur radio society, DARC are questioning the
measurement protocol used by the Federal Network Agency for PLT testing.
It appears measurements on PLT devices are carried out partly in stand-by
mode, with no data being exchanged. This may give the misleading impression
the equipment meets the emission standards.
Thilo Kootz DL9KCE says "A disabled mower also does not violate the
Noise Ordinance. Such a measurement method would be a carte blanche for
thousands of other devices that are not allowed to come to our market."
UK HAM LOCATES SIGNAL FROM CHINA'S LUNAR ROVER
China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover is not dead after all. This
after its signal was heard and confirmed by a United Kingdom
radio amateur. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom
with the latest:
The Jade Rabbit rover was launched as a part of China's
Chang 3 mission to the Moon last December 1st . On
December 14th the Chang 3 landed on the Moon with the first
signals copied at UHF-Satcom around 17:18 UTC on that same
day. The Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover was then deployed with
its transmitter activated and signals detected on
8462.080MHz running in a low rate BPSK mode.
The rover functioned well until the lunar night-time set in.
The missions Command Control centre was expecting the rover
to contact Earth on February 12th after it had it endured
its second lunar night. Since it did not transmit any
signals, the rover was officially declared permanently
But on that same day a signal from the Jade Rabbit was heard
by a ham radio operator in the United Kingdom. Paul Marsh,
G7EYT, who also holds the call M0EYT reported detecting the
missing rover on 8462.078 MHz. This has brought new hope to
the China's Command Control personnel that the overall
mission might be saved.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the Newsroom in Los Angeles
Needless to say that is quite an accomplishment for ham radio. Especially
after those in command of the project seemed to think that all might be lost.
The complete story of how the Jade Rabbit was found along with spectral
pictures of the Chang mission is at www.uhf-satcom.com/amateurdsn/chang-e-3/
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2014
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.
Amateur Radios International Air-ambulance Week, 9 days from Sep 28.
Using Amateur Radio portable during a popular contest
With milder weather starting to return as we move from summer to autumn now
is an opportune time to join the John Moyle Memorial Field Day, to be held
across the third weekend of March.
Manager of the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award, Tony Hambling VK3VTH
says the field day is great opportunity to 'test' portable stations in a
friendly contest environment.
While the big guns and clubs have chosen to be in the contest, Tony VK3VTH
says please also consider as an individual operating in a national park.
Contacts can qualify for the KRMNPA, VK5 Parks Award and VKFF Award. The
contest six hour section is ideal for individuals in a portable environment,
wherever you may be in Australia.
Headed for the first ever KRMNPA Plaque by having activated all 45 Victorian
National Parks and worked 45, is Peter Fraser VK3ZPF.
Already with the award certificate, he needs to work only six more to qualify
for a plaque.
This is a huge effort with the aim of achieving the ultimate goal. This exponent
of portable operation has helped many others along the way.
In most areas this month it remains wise to keep a watch on the weather and
fire conditions, on the contest of March 15th and 16th.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
This Denis VK4AE, WIA coordinator for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day 2014.
This year the contest will occur over the weekend of Saturday the 15th to
Sunday 16th March, the duration of the contest will be from UTC 0100 Saturday
to 0059 on the Sunday.
The aim of the field day contest is to encourage and provide familiarisation
with portable operation and to provide training for operations in emergency
During the contest the field (portable) stations appreciate the support from
home stations. However, in order to make the whole event a lot fairer, those
field (portable) stations actually take part in effectively a separate event
to home stations. In this way home stations are not given an unfair
advantage, when compared the portable stations that do not have the
advantages of a permanent antenna installation, mains power and the comfort
of operating from their own home QTH.
No matter how you plan to take part in the contest, after the activity is all
over and the radio equipment has been packed away, there is one task that
must be completed by all stations. They must submit their log for the
contest. There is sufficient time allowed after the contest to actually
complete and submit their log to the WIA, as electronic logs and paper logs
will be accepted right up until midnight 19th April 2014. So there are not
many excuses today for not sending in your as it can be kept electronically
while the contest is under way using one of the many logging programs such as
VK Contest Log by our own Mike VK3AVV. Then you simply have to submit the
print file from this program to me via one of the e-mail addresses shown on
the contest page on the WIA website.
Last year there was a significant reduction in the number of logs that were
submitted and this means that many contacts claimed by stations could not be
verified by the log of the other stations and so there were very many queries
from my log checking program which were no possible to resolve.
So this year to make it fair to all stations it has been decided that if you
work the same station more than 5 times, on any band or any mode, during the
field day, you must submit your log for those contacts to be eligible for a
score. If the matching log entry is not submitted you may have those
contacts changed to non-scoring. This applies to all stations either
portable or home stations that take part in the field day - if you take part
you should enter your log just to make sure the effort you have put in
actually provides a score to the stations you worked. Of course by submitting
your log you automatically enter the contest and you never know you might even
get a certificate?
Now is the time to carry on with your planning for the field day as there are
only two weeks to go before the event. There is still time to make sure that
everything is in order and operating and all of the little bits and pieces
that are needed to put your station onto the airwaves are all in the desired
place. Nothing worse than to arrive at your chosen spot only to find you have
forgotten to pack the piece of cable that is installed between the set and
some other piece of gear.
Make sure that the location you have chosen is still accessible after the
summer onslaught from flood and bushfire and the roads into the place have
not been closed - in the interests of public safety - and that the trees that
were so useful for string aerials and tent ropes in the past are still in good
condition and safe to be around. So it might be a good idea to make a short
visit you your selected site and ensure the all will be well on the day.
Best of luck to all in the field day and I look forward to working a few of
you on the day and most of all receiving your log entry after the event.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
Western Victorian repeater VK3RBA back on air
The Ballarat repeater VK3RBA on Mt Buninyong is in service after more than
two years of negotiations and about $8000 of site work to bring it up to
full commercial standard.
That repeater was removed originally as a result of a reshuffle by the site
management, which posed a doubt over whether VK3RBA should in fact continue
to be an occupant. A lot of voluntary work by a few and diplomacy eventually
won the day.
It was not a matter that could be fixed overnight, yet the VK3RBA site played
an important role being strategically located and serving Ballarat in Western
With the manpower of a few local radio amateurs, WICEN (Victoria) and Amateur
Radio Victoria, the repeater has been restored.
The next step in the short-term is to link VK3RBA with VK3RWZ Mt William
giving it a wide coverage area.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Russian special event R 0000 O
R (4 zero's) and letter O symbolising the Olympic rings is on the air in the
context of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and 2014 Paralympic Games.
QRV until March 31.
QSL via UA1OJL, LoTW, eQSL.
CELEBRATING COSMONAUT YURI GAGARIN'S 80th BIRTHDAY
On the air, keep an ear open during the entire
month of March for Russian special event station UE 80 HS.
This operation is being held to celebrate the 80th anniversary
of Russia's first astronaut Yuri Gagarin who was born on March 9th 1934.
Gagarin was the first human to journey into space when his Vostok
spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12th, 1961.
If you work UE 80 HS, please QSL via RW 6 HS.
Westlake's celebrate their 50th birthday.
In recognition they have been granted the special call sign, VI 2 ATZ 50,
which they will be using next month during april.
(sourced to vk2wi news)
Rotary special event a hit
Waiting in anticipation last weekend for Rotary's 'CQ Polio' special event
stations were thousands of radio amateurs throughout the world.
The stations were operated by members of the Rotarians On Amateur Radio or
the ROAR group, in conjunction with the Rotary's birthday.
In Australia at least 5 special event stations (VI2POLIO, VI3POLIO, VI4POLIO
VI6POLIO and VI7POLIO) logged well over 2,000 contacts and 10,000 hits were
recorded for more information on Rotary's End Polio Now website.
ROAR World President VK4ZD Bill and his personal Rotary Family, Wife Diane
and Daughter Alizah were kept busy at the VI4POLIO world station based
in South East Queenslands Lockyer Valley.
Among those joining the activity were people who had contracted Polio, adding
their support for Rotary's target of ending the disease by 2018. It remains
in small pockets of Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Also picked up on air were a number of Rotary members who had not heard of
ROAR, and may now join its fellowship.
As Rotary prepares for its next birthday on February the 23rd 2015, the
organisation is ready for another CQ Polio weekend.
(Jim Linton VK3PC and VK4BB)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
Listening to D-STAR with DSD 1.7
The RTL-SDR.com site has posted that D-STAR digital voice can now be decoded
using DSD 1.7 software
The post says: Up until recently it was possible to decode D-STAR headers
using either DSD 1.6 or dstar.exe and an RTL-SDR, but it was
not possible to decode voice. Now amateur radio hobbyist
PU2VLW has brought to our attention that the latest DSD
development version 1.7 is capable of decoding D-STAR audio.
Read the RTL-SDR post at
Read the PU2VLW webpage in Google English at
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
WICEN has been asked to provide communications support for the Bushwalker's
Wilderness Rescue Squad's Operational Exercise, or OPEX, at Winburndale
Nature Reserve, 35kms north-east of Bathurst, on the weekend of the 22nd and
23rd of March.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
Project Space Balloon Talk at EMDRC.
This Friday night, March 7, the Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club will
have a presentation and demonstration from Andy, VK3YT, and the team at
"Project Space Balloon". This is a group of amateurs that have been developing
and flying small high altitude balloons in south eastern Australia loaded
with radio transceivers.
The club meeting is held at the Willis Rooms at the Nunawading civic centre
commencing at 8 PM. More details are available on the clubs web site at
www.emdrc.com.au Both members and visitors are welcome.
The club Hamfest and White Elephant Sale for 2014 is also rapidly approaching
on Sunday March 23 at the Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont. We have now
just about booked out all tables for traders, both commercial and private and
expect a wide variety of goodies for all to purchase. ICOM Australia has
confirmed attendance along with a number of regulars such as NBS Antennas &
Masts , PK's Loop Antennas and Radio Books Cobram, just to name a few.
The famous barbecue will once again be cooking up a storm out the front, and
of course - lots of onions. Complementary Tea and Coffee are also available
with soft drinks for purchase.
Entry is only $6, and doors open at 10 AM. Once again, check out the clubs
web site for more details.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Cheers from the committee of the EMDRC
Andrew Scott - VK3BQ
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW.
Yet another month has flown by and tomorrow is the first Monday in March.
That means that it's time again for the RAOTC's News and Information bulletin
to go to air.
Tomorrow's RAOTC Bulletin can be heard on a variety of HF,VHF and UHF
frequencies but the two main HF 20 mtr broadcasts are at 0100 and 0200 UTC.
AT 0100 UTC the bulletin is beamed northwards from Melbourne on 14.150 MHz USB
for Eastern states listeners, while an hour later at 0200 UTC the transmission
is beamed towards Western Australia, again on 14.150 MHz.
Also at 0200 UTC there will be a transmission from Perth on 40 mtrs on
7060 kHz LSB, and also via all linked NewsWest repeaters.
In addition to these broadcasts, throughout the day local operators transmit
the bulletin on a number of HF, VHF and UHF frequencies. To find a frequency
and time for your local area please visit the RAOTC website
Tomorrow we have an interesting piece from Ron VK3AFW on some unusual battery
technology, and also how ambient RF signals are being used to power small
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is cordially invited to listen
to the bulletin and to participate in the call backs afterwards.
Once again, the March RAOTC Bulletin can be heard tomorrow, Monday March 3rd.
73 from Clive VK6CSW - and now back to your announcer.
SOCIAL SCENE 2014
Mar 23 VK3 EMDRC White Elephant Sale 10am ( 03 9005 9251 )
Mar 28-30 VK4 Bunya Mts&District AmCom camp Somerset dam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com)
May 2- 4 VK4 Clairview Gathering ( 0429 632 815 )
May 10 VK4 BARCFEST: Salvation Army Hall Calamvale.
May 16-18 VK4 WIA Conference presented by SCARC ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Nov 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society
Nov 30 VK3 SPARC HamFest at Rosebud ( email@example.com )
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