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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 5 2014.
HEADING TOWARDS OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
VI6ANZAC Special Event Callsign for Albany ANZAC 100 year commemorations.
WIA lodges strong submission to Department of Communications re 9cm band.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 05 2014.
A Melbourne man who admitted that he deliberately disrupted a taxi company's
radio communications system has been fined $3,500 and ordered to pay court
This after pleading guilty to three offences under the
Australian Radiocommunications Act of 1992.
The September 24th court finding follows an investigation by
the Australian Communications and Media Authority into
allegations of radio interference to the West Gippsland
Taxis proprietary company. Inspectors from the regulatory
body found the unnamed defendant using a transmitter that he
had modified to disrupt taxi service operations.
The defendant plead guilty to operating a radio
communications device without a license, to causing a radio
emission to be made by a transmitter knowing that it was a
non-standard piece of gear and causing substantial
disruption or disturbance of radio communications. No
explanation was give as to why the defendant committed the
This prosecution follows recent enforcement action taken
against two security companies found operating
radiocommunications devices without a license to do so.
(ACMA, WIANews XTRA, VK4BB FaceBook, ARNewsLine, VK1WIA National News Text Only)
Telstra's planned Wi-Fi network is one step closer to fruition with 1000
hotspots set to go live before Christmas.
Consumers are set to get their first taste of the network in November when
Telstra fires up the Wi-Fi at some of Australia's busiest locations,
Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Brisbane's Queen Street Mall and Bondi Beach
The initial Wi-Fi trials will be located at payphone sites and Telstra said
that hotspots will eventually be set up in other sites, including Telstra
retail outlets and exchange buildings.
Access to Wi-Fi will be free in the trial sites UNTIL the network officially
launches early 2015.
UP IN THE iCloud.
Apple's iCloud service dropped Tuesday as the company dealt with reports
that its "reset all settings" option in iOS 8 deletes iCloud Drive documents.
All iCloud services - went offline for "some users", according to the
company's own service status site.
The service issues came just hours after the discovery of a bug in Apple's
new iOS 8 mobile operating system, which deletes all of a user's iWork
documents stored in Apple's iCloud Drive when the 'reset all settings'
option is selected from an iPad or iPhone.
X MARKS THE SPOT
Sydney's Kings Cross is about to get a massive shot in the arm (ok bad pun
Anyway, it's one of Sydney's unique entertainment spots and a new
entertainment hub is about to open.
The world's hottest celebrities and artists will have a new home at The
X Studio in the heart of Sydney. It will be the place where the biggest names
in show business will perform, celebrate with a cocktail, or simply kick back
and relax, all while having the latest technology at their fingertips to
connect with their fans, create spur-of-the-moment content, or even record
The X Studio will have 6 unique sections in the facility including a radio
and TV broadcast studio, luxury VIP greenrooms, recording studio,
film screening space and bar and a 500 person concert venue.
See more at:
(sourced to radiotoday.com.au)
VI6ANZAC Special Event Callsign Activation for Albany ANZAC 100 year
A number of commemorative events will be taking place in Albany VK6 from the
31 October to 2 November 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the departure
of the first convoy of ships carrying ANZAC troops and the significant role
Albany has played in Australia's ANZAC history.
Southern Electronics Group will use special event call sign VI 6 ANZAC
on Saturday 1 November 2014 to mark these Albany commemorative events.
ANZAC Day has been celebrated in Australia since October 1915
(in South Australia VK5) then nationally on 25 April from 1916.
It has been a public holiday across the country since the mid-1920s.
ANZAC Day is always commemorated on April 25. The day is a public holiday,
however no replacement holiday is given if Anzac Day falls on a weekend
(except in VK6 Western Australia).
( Rob email@example.com and Ed.)
To commemorate ANZAC 100 a series of articles is to appear in Amateur Radio
magazine by the WIA Historian, Peter Wolfenden VK3RV. Here's a summary of
one of them.
A column in Radio and Hobbies magazine was the start in a search for
information on Bill Moore VK2HZ that revealed he was a writer, WIA President
and a prisoner of war morale booster.
He wrote a regular column called The Ham Bands. Taking over the column
was Pierce Healy VK2APQ, who in his tribute to Bill in April 1963, described
his time in Institute affairs including being a WIA Life Member, New South
Wales State President, Federal President, and on a number of committees.
Further inquiries led to some of his many further contributions including
an earlier column in Wireless Weekly. Born in 1911, William McInnes Moore
was first licenced in 1931. He was the Publicity Officer of the Association
of Radio Amateurs in New South Wales, established 1932.
The ARA was a then a de-facto New South Wales Division of the Institute.
The WIA lost control of a group who had formed the Institution of Radio
Thankfully the situation finally resolved itself thus allowing the WIA to
again represent the radio amateurs of that State and be part of the national
That aside, Bill must have been already interested in national amateur radio
affairs, because in December 1934, he was appointed as NSW delegate to the
WIA Federal Convention in Hobart during January 1935.
At some point Bill joined the RAAF. A report on Bill appears in A Saga of
Achievement by Group Captain E.R. Hall, both POWs at a camp at Batavia.
Bill was the camp's optician, allowed a set of tools including a soldering
iron, pliers and other small tools used for repairing glasses.
According to Hall, the first receiver used by Moore had a radio frequency
amplifier, a detector and an audio amplifier all operating from
By means of this, both Bill Moore and Eric Hall monitored various shortwave
stations for those important news broadcasts, and gave hope to so many of
the POWs on the Burma-Thailand Railway.
When batteries became scarce, a small mains transformer was made, and the
re-built two-valve receiver and power supply were housed in water bottles,
for another 18 months.
Flying Officer W.M. Moore was officially recognised and Mentioned in
Despatches. Before the war, he was WIA Federal President from 1935 to 1938.
Bill was undoubtedly a notable achiever and contributor to the WIA and
Amateur Radio generally.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
CareFlight doctor issues warning on 'button batteries'
Parents are being warned of the dangers of button batteries after RACQ
CareFlight Rescue airlifted a Coolum Beach (VK4) toddler who reportedly
swallowed one Monday.
Shortly after 1pm, he was airlifted from Nambour General Hospital to the
Royal Children's Hospital by RACQ CareFlight Rescue to undergo further
It is the second time in less than a year CareFlight has airlifted a child
suspected to have swallowed a battery and has prompted a warning on the
dangers of the tiny toxic objects.
"Button batteries can lodge in the oesophagus of infants and toddlers 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 last year 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.
"Even if you only suspect the child has swallowed the battery, you should
immediately take them to your GP or a hospital emergency ward.
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.
( Attributed to RACQ CareFlight Rescue - www.careflight.org.au )
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As the news goes to air this morning many hams and support crews have
been having fun in paradise at the Cardwell Gathering. Having had
a great amount of extreme loafing and listening into the local WIANews
transmission the group are about to engage in a game of friendly cricket,
followed by the traditional group photo then following a refreshing lunch
participate in the famous Monster Auction.
If you are passing by Cardwell then be sure to drop into the Cardwell
Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park at the north end of town and join in
Good Morning, WIA National News and good morning listeners.
My name is Simon Hill, VK4FSIH.
This year the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society will be having their Annual
Hamfest on Saturday 25th October.
Door sales start at 7:30am and doors open at 08:30am there will be hot and
cold refreshments available and the location will be the Albert Waterways
Community Hall, Corner Hooker and Sunshine Boulevard.
For more information please view the club's web page www.gcars.com.au
Hope to see yous all there Saturday 25th October at 08:30. in the morning.
Look forward to seeing you there.
(Bryn Taylor VK4GF 042 2276830 secretary Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society)
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
Battle to Save the 9 cm Band
The WIA has lodged a strong submission to the Department of Communications
to save loss of access to two segments of our 9 cm band - a 25 MHz block at
3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz.
In summary, the Institute's submission put the case as follows:
1. The WIA seeks preservation of Amateur Service use of 3400-3410 MHz
Australia-wide, consistent with international allocations and CEPT
footnote EU17 in Region 1, and suggests that a 25 MHz block for the
NBN could be found elsewhere in the 3400-3600 MHz band.
2. In addition, the WIA seeks preservation of Amateur Service use of
3492.5-3542.5 MHz (and the repositioned 25 MHz NBN block) outside
those geographic areas where NBN fixed wireless services are deployed,
such that any likely interference to the NBN service is obviated and
subject to the existing provisions of secondary services.
(wia front page news)
What use is an f-call?
One of the many projects I'm dealing with as a result of attempting to
achieve contacting 100 different countries using only 5 Watts, also known
as a QRP DXCC, is to log my contacts and upload them to a place where others
might confirm those contacts.
Traditionally, the process of confirming a QSO involves sending a QSL card
between stations. Think of it as a post-card that has details about the
contact you made. The other station in turn sends their card to you,
that way, both of you have a confirmed contact.
With the advent of the Internet this has begun to change. There are several
websites that provide a QSL service. Each with differing options, costs and
In theory the process is simple. Create a log of all your contacts, upload it
to the website of choice and wait for other stations to do the same, thus
confirming your contact.
Of course in practice there is a bit more to it than those simple words
Starting at the log file end, there are many different ways of creating such
a file. There are two basic formats, an ADIF and a CABRILLO format. There are
hundreds of other formats too, each with their own quirks and limitations.
Your logging programme will determine what the native format is for your
station. To make life a little bit more interesting, not all log formats
support all fields, that is, most support a callsign, an RST code, a name
field and perhaps a comment, but some store just the band, not the actual
frequency, others have the ability to store power, station, antenna, radio,
awards, and many more details.
One word of warning. A QSO is logged in UTC, that is, not in your local
time-zone. What that means is that if you upload your file with contacts
writing in your local time-zone, they'll be out by several hours, in the
case of a contact logged between VK6 and VK2 during summer, that will be
11 hours difference, which means that the contact will not be valid until
you update the time to reflect UTC.
If you're in a part of the world where there is daylight saving, your UTC
offset will change throughout the year - not to mention fade the curtains
and put chickens off the lay.
Actually uploading the file requires that you have an account with the web
service. For some of the sites, that means, create an account and you're
done. For more reputable services that's not really helpful, since online
no-one knows you're a dog. So, many require extra steps, from sending a
scanned copy of your license, through to sending a letter with an actual
photocopy and some other form of ID.
There's much more to say on this topic, but that's a start.
Check your logs, play with different logging software and choose the one
that works for you.
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.
Radio ham receives ISRO Mars Orbiter
The Indian space agency ISRO has successfully put their MOM spacecraft into
Mars orbit, the first country to have achieved this on the initial attempt.
Radio amateur Paul Marsh G7EYT/M0EYT received the signal from the Mars Orbiter
Mission spacecraft and tweeted:
"S-Band downlink from MOM spacecraft now on orbit @ Mars! Great signal with
Doppler; congrats to ISRO - good job".
Tim Allen gets his ham licence
Tim Allen, the famous American actor comedian who has appeared in many
popular films, has just passed his ham licence and now boasts callsign KK6OTD.
Tim stars in the weekly Last Man Standing show which is watched by 8 million
The show features ham radio and on the show Tim uses the fake callsign
Ian g3zhi tells us that over the weekend he was on the air on many bands
including a live video webcast on BATC and w5kub from the Last Man Standing
set on stage 9 at CBS TV centre in Hollywood
ROSETTA MISSION ANNOUNCES PHILLAE LANDING SITE
Europe's Rosetta mission team, which intends to land a probe
on the 4km-wide comet 67 P later this year, has identified
what they think is the safest place to land the small robot craft.
Now, researchers and controllers from the European Space Agency have
chosen what appears to be a relatively smooth region on the smaller of
the comet's two lobes as the spot to send the lander named Phillae.
Comet 67P is currently some 273 million miles from Earth. The plan is still
to make the Phillae landing attempt November 11th. The area where ESA hopes
the Phillae probe will successfully set down is designated as landing site J.
The Administrative Council of the International Amateur Radio Union held its
annual meeting on 27 & 28 September in Bulgaria.
Attendees at the meeting included IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA;
Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD along with regional representatives
Dennis Green, ZS4BS and Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN.
The next scheduled in-person meeting of the AC will be held in Indonesia, in
October, 2015 in conjunction with the IARU Region 3 Conference.
QATAR ES'HAILSAT TO INCLUDE GEOSTATIONARY PHASE 4 TRANSPONDERS
Once again, ham radio in space leads off this week's
newscast. This with word that a ham radio payload is
expected to be in geosynchronous orbit around the Earth by
the end of 2016. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee,
KB3TZD picks up the story from here:
Qatar's Es'hailSat Satellite Company has signed a contract
with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation to build a
geostationary communications satellite for it. Once on-
orbit, Es'hail 2 will be positioned at the 26� East for
television broadcasting in that part of the world using both
KU and KA band transponders. It will also provide the first
ham radio geostationary communication capability linking
Brazil and India using a pair of Phase 4 amateur radio
transponders that it will carry with it into space.
The ham payload will consist of a 250 kilohertz wide linear
transponder for conventional analogue operations in addition
to a second transponder which will have an 8 MHz bandwidth.
The latter is intended for experimental digital modulation
systems and DVB format amateur television.
As of now, uplinks will be in the 2.400 to 2.450 GHz range
with downlinks in the 10.450 to 10.500 GHz amateur satellite
Both transponders will have broad beam antennas to provide
full coverage over about third of the Earth's surface.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.
The Qatar Amateur Radio Society and Qatar Satellite Company
are cooperating on the project. Technical support is
coming from Germany's AMSAT-DL. This is not the first time
ham radio has been offered space for geostationary
transponders. Back in 1980, a company called Cablesat
proposed orbiting a pair of broadcast and communications
satellites at either end of the continental geostationary
arc each with a ham radio payload on board. The plans for
those two birds were later abandoned.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2014
Air Ambulance week is on until the 12th and VK stations involved are:-
Entry A004 VK2HFS Westpac Rescue helicopter service operating October 1 and 2
then 8 and 9 from Albury QF33LW on HF VHF PSK SSTV
A007 VK2CE Snowy Hydro South Care 1st until the 8th from Merimbula NSW
QF43WA on HF
A020 VK6FADF Royal Flying Doctor Service 1st and 2nd then 8 and 9 October
from Fremantle OF77VW on VHF and EchoLink by the VHF Group
ALSO ANOTHER 'BIGGIE' , THE OCEANIA DX Contest Phone
0800 UTC Sat 4th Oct to 0800 UTC Sun Oct. 5
THEN NEXT WEEKEND
OCEANIA DX Contest CW 0800 UTC Sat 11th Oct to 0800 UTC Sun Oct. 12
AND A COUPLE FOR 2015
Tablelands Radio Group will again hold AM and CW on ANZA Day 25 April
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 1 - 2
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
Pelikan Key, a small island off the coast of St. Maarten in the Caribbean,
will be activated for the first time between 6 - 10 October.
Operators who will be part of the DXpedition Team:- Jeremy EI5GM, Dave EI9FBB,
Dom 3Z9DX, Frans J69DS and Col MM0NDX and they plan to sign PJ 7 PK on all
bands 40 - 10m CW and SSB.
The new IOTA reference number is NA-247.
QSL Manager is 3Z9DX.
EA 7 FTR is airing until October 10th as D 44 KS from Boa Vista which is the
Eastern most island of Cape Verde. Hours of operation will be limited
to his spare time. Listen on 40 through 6 meters using SSB and RTTY and
QSL via EB 7 DX.
Rolls-Royce Special Event
On the 11th and 12th of October for forty eight hours, the Hucknall
Rolls-Royce Amateur Radio Club are running a special event station GB 1 RR,
celebrating the centenary of the Eagle aero engine.
SSB/PSK31 on HF from 160 metres to 10 metres
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
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.
Special event station E 72 NATO is active until the end of 2014 to
commemorate the cooperation of NATO and Bosnia-Herzegovina that was
established in 2006.
QSL via E 73 Y.
HS 50 RAST Special Event Callsign
Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) have been issued with the special
callsign HS 50 RAST which celebrates the 50th anniversary of RAST and can
be used until the end of 2014.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- STAMP COLLECTING AMATEURS
Postage stamp features ham radio satellites
A new Lithuanian postage stamp features the amateur radio satellites
LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1.
The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station on
January 9, 2014 and deployed from the ISS on February 28.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
50 Years of IOTA
The RSGB's Islands on the Air programme celebrated its 50th
anniversary in July 2014.
The last fifty years has seen the programme grow to 2,500 active
island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants.
Those close to it have been anxious to ensure the sustainability
of the IOTA programme and have spent some time reviewing the
challenges and opportunities it faces. As a result, a small
international group of IOTA enthusiasts will be invited to bring
forward proposals to ensure the future of the programme for the
next 50 years and beyond.
This approach has the full support of the IOTA team and has been
welcomed by the wider IOTA community both at home and abroad.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Register your JOTA station
Jamboree on the Air is now just a couple of weeks away, and stations are
beginning to prepare for the biggest annual event in the Scouts calendar.
Over the weekend of 18/19 October more than 500,000 Scouts around the world
will make contact with each other through amateur radio.
Many local radio clubs assist the Scouts in their town by setting up
stations especially for the weekend.
If you are involved with JOTA, whether as an individual, or with a club
taking part, please register your station!
JOTA can be found at the Australian web sites
AND World JOTA website:
Are you involved with JOTA or maybe would just like to make contact with a
JOTA station on the weekend of 18th & 19th of October?
WICEN South in VK7 will again be assisting the Huonville Scout group.
This year will see the JOTA station being moved from the usual land based
camp, to a maritime camp aboard the vessel Cartela, currently moored in
Franklin just south of Huonville.
The MV Cartela is the country's oldest continuously licensed passenger ferry
and the only vessel still afloat that was called into service in World War I.
She was 100 years old in 2012. The Cartela has a very long & colourful
history in Tasmania. However, we're not aware of it ever being used for a
JOTA station. Hence the plan.
We will be operating maritime from 1200hrs Saturday till 1200hrs Sunday on
the 80, 40 & 20 metre bands as well as via IRLP & EchoLink.
Five of our Scouts are currently undergoing their "F-call" course and will
no-doubt be eager to make contact with you or your JOTA station.
We would encourage everyone to "Jump on board" Hi Hi, and make contact with
VK7WCN Maritime as well as all other JOTA stations around the bands.
Your participation will be greatly appreciated by all.
Look forward to making the contact.
Further information can be obtain via email
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with the usual reminder that tomorrow
is the first Monday of the month and it's time once again for the October
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's bulletin to go to air.
There are several different ways to hear the bulletin. The main HF
transmissions are from Melbourne on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz USB,
the first at 0100 UTC beamed north for listeners in the eastern states,
while an hour later at 0200 UTC the transmission is beamed westward for our
WA audience. Also at 0200, Barry VK6WF, will be transmitting on 40 metres on
7060 kHz from his Kellerberrin QTH some 200 km east of Perth.
In addition, there are a number of other local HF, VHF and UHF transmissions
throughout the day. To find one for your particular area please visit the
RAOTC website at www.raotc.org.au.
From next Tuesday onwards you can download the bulletin at your leisure from
the RAOTC website.
As well as the usual Club news, this month's feature tells of the adventure's
of Ian Paterson VK3MW, now 93 years old, re-establishing radio station
2PK Parkes, NSW, after it was burnt to the ground. It's an interesting tale.
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to listen in
and to join in the call backs afterwards.
Once again, the October RAOTC bulletin goes to air tomorrow morning, and we
look forward to hearing your call sign among the call backs.
73 from Clive, VK6CSW.
SOCIAL SCENE 2014
Oct 3 VK4 Townsville Amateur Radio Club's Cardwell Gathering 4 day event.
Oct 11 VK4 REDFEST
Oct 17-19 WW JOTA
Oct 23 VK5 Adelaide RAOTC Luncheon Marion Hotel, Mitchell Park.
Oct 25 VK4 HAMFEST on the Gold Coast. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Nov 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society
Nov 9 VK3 Yarra Valley AR Group Hamfest 10am Gary Cooper Pavilion.
Nov 9 vk3 VHF / UHF and Microwave experimenters
Nov 15 VK7 Miena Hamfest
Nov 30 VK3 SPARC HamFest at Rosebud ( email@example.com )
June, Queens Birthday weekend 40th annual Oxley Region Field Day
July 11-12 VK3 GippsTech 2015
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