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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 01 2014.
HEADING TOWARDS OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA AND IARU HAMS TO MEET IN BRISBANE
WIA - VK Shires contest over Queen's Birthday long weekend
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUN 1 2014.
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News Release the VK1WIA National News Broadcast
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity World Radiocommunication Conference Preparatory
Group Meeting in Brisbane 9 -13 June 2014 Dale Hughes VK1DSH.
As part of preparations for the next World Radiocommunication Conference which
is scheduled for November 2015, many of the Asia-Pacific nations that make up
ITU region 3 are meeting in Brisbane between June 9 and 13.
The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Conference Preparatory Group (usually
abbreviated to APG) will discuss many of the WRC-15 agenda items, including
issues that will affect amateur operators.
The meeting in Brisbane is the third in a series of five meetings that are
being held in the Asia-pacific region and this meeting is sponsored by the
Australian Communications and Media Authority with the assistance of the
Australian Department of Communications. Several hundred delegates
representing all areas of the radio communications industry and many national
administrations will attend the meeting.
There are two main issues that are of interest to Australian amateurs: these
being a proposed new secondary allocation for the amateur service around
5300 kHz and a proposed new primary allocation in the 77.5 to 78 GHz frequency
band for the radiolocation service that may affect the existing primary
amateur service allocation in that band.
Both of these issues are being extensively studied at ITU working party
meetings in Geneva and the APG meeting will consider the regional aspects of
these issues and formulate a regional view that will be presented at the
World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015.
There are also a number of other WRC agenda items that may affect the amateur
service, even though they are not specifically amateur issues. Information
about all the agenda items can be found on the ITU website.
A number of delegates at the APG meeting are representing the interests of
the amateur service, either as a member of their national delegation or as
representatives of the International Amateur Radio Union. The amateur
representatives take part in the agenda item discussions and will present
information on the needs and purpose of the amateur service with respect to
relevant WRC agenda items. This input also serves to maintain the profile of
the amateur service in the regional communications administrations.
It is vitally important that the amateur service continues to be seen as a
valuable resource for the wider community and deserving of the radio spectrum
we are permitted to use. Attendance at APG and ITU meetings is one aspect of
showing the ongoing commitment of the amateur service to the maintenance and
expansion of our operating privileges.
As the meeting is in Brisbane there is opportunity for a limited number of
interested local amateurs to meet the APG representatives and a dinner is
planned for the evening of Wednesday 11 June in central Brisbane.
Please contact Dale Hughes email@example.com if you are interested in
Relevant links for the print edition of this news release:
Dale Hughes VK1DSH email address: VK1DSH@WIA.ORG.AU
APG website http://www.aptsec.org/APTAPG
ONE TWO - ONE TWO - TESTING
The countdown is on for users of wireless microphones, with only seven months
to go until new arrangements take effect on 1 January 2015. From this date,
it will be illegal to use spectrum in the 694-820 MHz frequency range.
ACMA have a handy info graphic which explains what you need to do to get ready
and still be heard.
So if you or an organisation you belong to use a wireless microphone, be warned.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
The BWRS will be conducting the Navshield at a location within 3 hour's
travel from Sydney on the 5th and 6th of July, with set-up on the 4th.
The base and at least one checkpoint can be reached by 2 Wheel Drive
WICEN provides safety and event management communications. There is also
the option for members to join the WICEN team competing in the event.
Then August, September and October sees Alzheimer's Australia Memory Walk
and Jog events in Port Macquarie, the Hunter, Inner Western Sydney and
North Wollongong. These are fairly short events, which would make great
first events for newer members.
WICEN New South Wales website is at: www.nsw.wicen.org.au
Armidale & District A R C.
The club advises that it will be holding its Annual General Meeting on
Saturday the 7th of June 2014 at 11 am. The meeting venue 18 Mann St. Armidale.
For catering you need to R S V P to the club.
The Rotary International Convention is under way in Sydney June 1 to 4 and
will use special event callsign VI 2 R.
The Rotarians of Amateur Radio began using VI 2 R from May 31.
Up on the Central Coast, CCARC will be assisting with a Remote Controlled
station which is set up in their club rooms at Kariong.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Portable operation is easy, once you know how
A part of modern Amateur Radio is being able to easily take it with you on
a business trip, a holiday, or just while out somewhere.
To encourage an even greater level of portable operation, particularly among
Foundation Licensees, an opportunity to hear from the experts is being held
in July by Amateur Radio Victoria.
The 'Master Class - Portable' will have mini-lectures on transceivers,
batteries and antennas, locations, etiquette in operating, DXing, QSL'ing,
logging, contesting, and of course, award chasing.
It is aimed primarily at Foundation Licence holders and others genuinely
wanting to operate portable.
This free session is on Saturday July the 19th at Ashburton. Attendance is
limited. It requires an RSVP.
To book a place or for further information contact Tony Hambling VK3VTH.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
AMATEUR RADIO LICENCE TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT WEEKEND
A few places are still available for several Foundation courses and exams
to be held on the 2nd weekend of June, 14/15th.
At NERG exams for Standard and Advanced can also be taken on Sunday and
Foundation candidates can do the two day training and evaluation including
the exams, or just sit for the exam/assessment on Sunday.
Contact Greg Williams 9432 0563 to book in.
In Ashburton enrolments are closing soon for the Amateur Radio Victoria
Foundation Course on that weekend, June 14th and 15th.
A Standard Bridging Course, for those already with a Foundation Licence,
will be held every Wednesday at 6.30pm, from July the 2nd to August the 6th.
Standard assessments are on the Sunday August the 10th.
More information about both the Foundation Training and the Bridging Course
is available at the 'Get a licence' tab on the Amateur Radio Victoria website.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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June REAST Presentation - Maritime Radio Operations
Roger Latham VK7ER and Tom Macha VK7TL will be presenting their experiences
as professional Maritime Radio Officers.
Both Roger and Tom have travelled the world in ships and have a wealth of
knowledge and experience relating to radio operation at sea (and on land).
Roger was 2nd radio officer responsible for maintenance on the iconic liner
Queen Elizabeth 2 joining her in the shipyard Glasgow before she was completed
and then on all the trials and maiden voyages.
In 1968 QE2 was equipped with the latest technology including the military
version of GPS, a prototype track whilst scanning radar, digital receivers,
British embassy PICALO receiver and early version of Sitor to receive daily
the Daily Telegraph newspaper for direct printing.
After arrival in Australia Roger was RTO with DCA (now Air Services Australia),
shift supervisor Quoin Ridge monitoring station and then Australian Antarctic
Division as STO Radio recruiting and supervising the communications staff in
This should be a fascinating presentation.
Sunday 15 June 2014 starting 11am
Queens Domain clubrooms.
What use is an F-call?
Since I started in Amateur Radio, in November 2010, barely a minute and a
half ago when compared with the history of this hobby, I've been involved
in many different activities. Last week I had the opportunity to sit down
and have a think about what that entailed for me.
I've been doing lots of things, partly because I'm likely to jump in head
first into any new adventure, and partly because I want to get a feel for
what Amateur Radio can be.
I'm going to list some of the things I've done, not to brag about them, but
to attempt to share what you might do to expand your personal involvement
with this fantastic hobby.
I purchased a radio after finding out about online sites like eham and QRZ
where other amateurs congregate to share their opinion.
I participated in about five or so contests, ranging from smaller to large
on my own and as a member of a team, with low power, or high power, portable
and in well-appointed shacks.
I attended two WIA conferences, organised one of them, was the President of
a club for a year, produced the weekly news for two years, recorded this
segment for two years, hosted a weekly net for two years and visited new
students whilst they were learning about becoming an Amateur.
I helped with an ARISS contact in the Northbridge Piazza, maintain several
Amateur Radio websites, answer questions from hams around the country and
participated in two or was it three Jamborees On The Air.
I was part of several field days, camped out with friends and set-up portable
stations, have a weekly amateur radio lunch, built antennas and testing
equipment, wrote articles, went to swap meets, attended many club meetings,
started learning Morse, made several QRP DXCC contacts, won awards and
received accolades and still I cannot quench the thirst for this hobby.
You might be listening to this list and get exhausted. Even saying this out
loud is pretty insane to me, but the intent is to highlight what is possible
within this magical adventure that's called Amateur Radio.
I'm very fortunate. I'm self-employed, don't have kids and have a very, very
understanding XYL. Some of the activities I did with much help from the
community and other amateurs who showed the way or helped me out.
I'd never tell you to get off your Alpha Romeo Sierra Echo, instead, next
time you're bored, next time you're unsure what to do, go out and participate,
be part of the community, get going, build stuff, meet people, get on air.
No-one is stopping you.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko KX9X has added new
30-second radio/audio public service announcements to promote Amateur Radio.
The spot named "Amateur" talks about the meaning of the word amateur and how
the Amateur Radio Emergency Service helps during disasters. It includes an
8-second "sting" at the end for local clubs to provide contact information.
"Careers" tells how Amateur Radio skills can lead to a career path, and it
references the ARRL website.
"What Is Ham Radio" is a generic spot to promote how much fun Amateur Radio
offers. It includes an 8-second sting at the end for a local club billboard.
Download the amateur radio public service announcements from
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
VE6SH AND LA2RR RE-ELECTED TO LEAD IARU
International Amateur Radio Union member-societies have
completed voting on proposals to re-elect Timothy Ellam,
VE6SH and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR as the organizations
President and Vice President, respectively. This for a
second five-year term that began on May 9th..
VE6SH served as IARU Vice President from 2004 until 2009.
He was then elected as IARU President on May 9th of that
year. LA2RR was first elected as IARU Vice President at
the same time VE6SH became President.
According to IARU rules, there were a minimum 51 affirmative
votes required for adoption but both VE6SH and LA2RR
received a resounding 67.
Absolute Radio in the UK has introduced a revolutionary new music concept to
their Breakfast Show.
Listeners now have a choice between seven (7) different music formats while
listening to the same on air talent, news, sport weather, traffic and, of
Dubbed "Project Banana' in its secretive planning stage, it was the brainchild
of Clive Dickens, who has for the past year been SCA's Director of Digital
and Innovation right here in Australia.
Over 40% of Absolute Radio Breakfast Audience now enjoy the station within
one of the 'other' six music formats available online and on Digital Radio.
The system took months of development work .
Read more at:
2 INDUCTED INTO ASTRONAUT HALL OF FAME
The accomplishments of two astronauts who helped inspire another generation
of space explorers have been honoured for their achievements on-orbit.
Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross, the former N5SCW, of the space
shuttle era were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of
Fame during a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex.
Shannon Lucid flew aboard the Atlantis three times and is
the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Mir
space station from where she operated the R0MIR radio gear.
Jerry Ross was the first person to complete seven space
shuttle missions. Five of those were aboard Atlantis. He
spent more than 1,393 hours in space and 58 hours, 18
minutes on nine spacewalks.
YOUNGER RADIO HAMS DISAPPEARING IN THE UK
The Radio Society of Great Britain has released the figure
for the number of members aged under 25 and the news is not
very good. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB:-
According to the Southgate ham radio news service,
membership in the Radio Society of Great Britain is
completely free for United Kingdom radio amateurs aged 25
and under who are full time students. As such, you think
that almost every younger person involved in the hobby to be
a member of the Society. This in turn would provide a good
estimate for United Kingdom amateurs in that age group.
But a recently released figure says otherwise. Numbers are
falling with only 295 UK hams who are aged 25 or younger hams.
Take almost any UK radio club and you will find many members
who have been licensed for 40, 50 or 60 years, having first
taken up the hobby in their teens or early twenties. The
latest figure suggests a declining demographic which could
conceivably see amateur radio in the United Kingdom all but
disappear in 20 years' time.
But says Southgate, all is not doom and gloom. For
instance, this year the Radio Society of Great Britain has
decided to take part for the first time in the annual
International Amateur Radio Union Region One Youngsters On
The Air event. The RSGB also intends to run a separate
event for youngsters called YOTA UK on July 19th and the
20th. All this in the hope of reversing the current
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
Southgate ends by noting that many United Kingdom amateurs
at grassroots level are now becoming involved in attracting
younger-blood into the hobby. It singles out at least two
major groups it says have been doing a great job in
promoting amateur radio to a new generation.
AM nets mark D-Day landings
On Friday 6th June, to mark the 70th anniversary of the
Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, the Vintage & Military
Amateur Radio Society are organising amplitude modulation
radio nets on 80m, 60m and 40m for operators of vintage
military wireless sets that would have been in use at that time.
The AM nets will be open to all amateurs and joining
stations are encouraged to undertake a little research
beforehand, in order to provide a description of how their
equipment type was used in Operation Overlord, and other
information such as naming any known military, naval and
air force units that operated the sets, their role in
Overlord, or anecdotes about the hectic life of the operators.
The schedule is 07.00 GMT on 3,615kHz, 11.00 on 7,143kHz
and 15.00 5,317kHz for 5MHz NoV holders.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2014
Don't forget that the VK Shires contest is on over the Queen's Birthday long
weekend starting at 0600 UTC on the Saturday and running for 24 hours.
VK Shires Contest Manager is Richard Neilsen VK2BO who also is President of
the Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club. (email@example.com)
ALL HF Bands available to Standard licencees -
Modes are SSB and CW and stations can be worked once on each mode.
ROVER stations as well as portable entries make up part of the character of
the VK Shires as well as the timing to take place over an East Coast
Long Weekend. (Queens Birthday)
The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to contact
as many VK shires as possible in the contest period.
VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of the world
can only work VK.
This would be a great opportunity to get out and activate a shire.
All the information can be found at
or under the contest page in the members section of the WIA website.
Hope to work you in the contest.
73 Richard. VK2BO
June 21-22 - Winter VHF-UHF Field Day weekend (thanks to NERG in VK3)
SGARS 80 METRE TROPHY CONTEST July 26
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.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
JAPAN TO CELEBRATE QRP DAY
Japan's QRP day special event station 8 J 2 VLP will be active with 5 watts
through June 30th. The QSLs will be sent automatically via the JARL Bureau.
Three other stations with the call signs 8 J 4 VLP, 8 J 6 VLP, and 8 J 9 VLP
will also be on the air for this event.
TM 70 BBC
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landing of Allied Forces in
This special event station will be active from 3rd June to 13th June.
See QRZ.com for more details and QSL info.
UNTIL JUNE 16 CELEBRATE THE HAMANAKO FLOWER EXPO
On the air, keep an ear open for special event station 8 N 2 HHH active on
all bands and modes until June 16th.
This in celebration of Japan's Hamanako Flower Expo on the island of Honshu.
When you make contact, please QSL as directed on the air.
(JJ1WTL/AC6IM via ARNewsLine)
Joe, W 5 FJG, has been assigned to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
and will be operating from KC 4 AAA, the amateur radio station there.
He will operate SSB only on weekdays and some weekends, through the winter
season until November 2014.
Almost all activity is currently on 20 metres on or near 14,243kHz.
QSL to Larry Skilton, K 1 IED.
LI for LA and LJ for LB
Celebrates 200 years of the Norwegian Constitution during 2014.
In addition, special event station LM1814 will be active as part of the
JULY OPERATION FROM THE ISLAND OF JERSEY
A group of hams from the Czech Republic will be active as MJ 0 ICD from the
Island of Jersey between July 21st and the 27th on 160 through 10 meters
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL MJ 0 ICD via OK 1 BIL
NAURU SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 19
LZ 1 GC is planning to be operational as C 21 GC from the Republic of Nauru
between September 29th and October 19th on 160 through10 meters using CW,
SSB and some RTTY.
Panama Canal Special Event
This year, Panama is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.
On August 15th, the Panamanians will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
inaugural transit through the Panama Canal. This activity is organized by
amateurs of the Republic of Panama.
A special event station is operating as HO 100 CANAL until August 15.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY.
The QSL Manager for the operation is HP 1 AVS.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV
CQ-DATV 11 MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE
The May issue of the free Amateur TV magazine CQ-DATV is now
available for download. Among other items, this months
issue contains articles on measurement and display software,
understanding DVBS protocol, a review of the MAX 7456 OSD
generator modules and much more.
Look for it at www.vk5tm.com/ebooks.php
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
The ILLW on track for a good year
The growing International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend list has recently
been joined by the Faroe Islands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland.
Nearly 270 in 32 countries will be in this annual fun-event held on the third
full weekend in August, aimed at the preservation of marine beacons and promoting
Australia has 45 entries and this is creating plenty of interest. Activating
for the first time the Griffith Island Lighthouse at Port Fairy is Peter
King Island in Bass Strait has two activations - Tony Hambling VK3VTH at
the Currie Lighthouse, and Glenn Alford VK3ILH from the Cape Wickham light.
With special permission, the false lighthouse at Alice Springs will again
be part of event, courtesy Greg Mair VK8GM and the team at the Henley-on-the-Todd
Lighthouses, lightships and a time-ball tower will be on air right around
the Australian coast.
To register or learn more about the International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend on August the 16th and 17th, visit the website illw.net
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW.
Another month has flown and tomorrow is the first Monday in June, time once
again for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly bulletin
of news and information to go to air.
This month's RAOTC bulletin contains a feature on RF connectors as well as the
usual Club news.
The bulletin can be heard on a number of HF, VHF and UHF frequencies, the time
and frequency depending upon your particular location.
However, the main 20 metre broadcast takes place on 14.150 MHz USB, beamed
northwards from Melbourne for eastern states listeners at 0100 UTC, and an
hour later at 0200 UTC the program is beamed westward for WA listeners.
Also at 0200 UTC there are two broadcasts from Perth, one on 40m on 7060 kHz
and a simultaneous broadcast via the West Australian linked repeater network.
In addition, there are a number of local relays throughout the day on other
frequencies in the HF, VHF and UHF bands. To find one for your particular area
please visit the RAOTC website at www.raotc.org.au
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is cordially invited to tune in
and to participate in the call backs afterwards. Once again, the June RAOTC
bulletin goes to air tomorrow, Monday June 2nd.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
The second edition of the ARSI National Field Day & Emergency Preparedness
Test is scheduled for the weekend of June 7-8.
It is a great opportunity for VU Hams to head outdoors, setup stations and
make contacts, and in the process test their emergency response skills,
learn about antennas and provide newcomers a chance to get their feet wet.
WICEN SA have been asked to create a radio safety and tracking net for the
State level Horse Endurance event from 0001 Saturday 13th July to 2359
Saturday 13th July 2014.
It is suggested that some people arrive on Friday so the checkpoints can be
established during daylight hours.
WICEN - SA are requesting groups of operators to man three checkpoints and
the base location in the Monarto area. This will enable rotations of operators.
Everyone is welcome to assist even for a few hours or the whole time period.
The radio net will use amateur 2m simplex or the Murray Bridge repeater.
The WICEN SA Commercial frequency UHF repeater will be deployed and the
associated radios will be used by clerk of the course, base and the horse
recovery unit vehicles.
Radio equipment can be supplied, so do not let this restrict you.
( Andrew Macmichael VK5FMAC firstname.lastname@example.org 0403 791488 )
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROAR -- ROTARIANS OF AMATEUR RADIO
We pay a very warm welcome to the Rotarians from around the globe here in
Australia for their world conference.
If you are a Rotarian and wish to find out more about this Friendship activity
the official website is www.ifroar.org
You can search FaceBook as well, under groups:-
The International President 2012 -2015: Bill Main VK4ZD
World secretary is Dr Elwood Anderson, AE 5 EA
and in our region, ANZO VP is Peter Lowe, VK3KCD
Sunday nets are:-
0645z - 0730z Anzo Net 7.118
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293
It is said that Guglielmo Marconi "Father of wireless," was an Honorary member
of the Rotary Club of Bologna, Italy from 1933 to 1937 and it continues the
tradition and honouring Marconi to this very day.
Now a' days among its honorary members is Marconi's Daughter,
Princess Elettra Marconi.
4EB -- VK4EB Ted Gold the founder of the first commercial radio station in
Queensland was Vice President of Toowoomba Rotary Club.
SOCIAL SCENE 2014
Jun 7- 9 VK2 Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club field day Port Macquarie
Jun 7- 9 VK5 South East Radio Groups' (SERG) 50th annual Convention and
Australian Foxhunting Championship.
Nov 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society
Nov 15 VK7 Hamfest (Venue to be advised)
Nov 30 VK3 SPARC HamFest at Rosebud ( email@example.com )
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