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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING Feb 08 2015.
IN OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
Wireless Institute of Australia Annual Conference date announced.
CHANGES TO DXCC AND VHF/UHF CONTESTING RULES.
John Moyle Memorial Field Day 21st-22nd March.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF February 8th.
Latest VK Pico balloons end their flights
Launched from Melbourne on Australia Day, January 26 the small party-type
balloon PS-32 made steady southern route progress to be tracked to South
America, but after several days of silence it now seems lost.
Early hopes that the small solar-powered flight at high altitude may be the
victim of darkness and poor propagation, have been dashed.
Andy Nguyen VK3YT who launched the balloon said: "It appears that PS-32 has
gone down somewhere between South America and South Africa."
That was not the best of news, but Andy VK3YT who has learnt a terrible lot
in his series so far, thanked the many radio amateurs who tracked its path.
Another balloon PS-33 launched from Melbourne early on Sunday February 1,
on a tricky Australian inland route, was lost early due to a hardware failure.
The longest distance travelled the Southern Hemisphere was PS-30 that lifted
off from Melbourne in late December, lasted 20 days before poor weather brought
it down near Madagascar.
Further Pico balloons in the series are expected, with a team in international
trackers ready to follow the telemetry data emitted that enables measurement
of flight movement, altitude and speed.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
ANZAC Day 2015 portable at Ballarat
The Victorian Ballarat Showgrounds will again be a focal point for radio
amateurs to commemorate ANZAC Day, which this year is the 100th anniversary
of the Gallipoli landing.
Organiser Johnno Karr VK3FMPB wants to hear from volunteers with portable
stations to operate on the afternoon of Saturday, April the 25th.
The event, now in its second year, will honour our heroes through a show
of mateship and enjoyment.
To volunteer or for more details please contact VK3FMPB on air or email to
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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
Wireless Institute of Australia Annual Conference.
According to the IARU Region 3 newsletter just out, the next annual Conference
of the WIA will be held in Canberra on May 9-10, 2015.
The theme will be based on celebrating 10 years since the introduction of the
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Albert VK3BQO tells us that the Gippsland gate Radio & Electronics Club
Hamfest @ Cranbourne takes place at 10am 18th July.
The NEXT NERG meeting is Thursday 12 February 8PM.
Guest Speaker is John Griffin (VK3CU) who will present an Overview of
Broadband Satellite in Australia, covering some background on satellite
technology in general, the evolution of broadband satellite in Australia
and a look into the future with the development of NBN broadband satellite.
Visitors are always welcome.
NERG meet at Briar Hill Community Hall, 126 Mountain View Road
Briar Hill, Melway 21-C3.
(Sourced to Mark VK3BYY)
Licence training and assessments
Amateur Radio Victoria will hold its next Foundation Licence session on the
weekend of February the 14th and 15th.
A well-equipped experienced trainer as the theoretical and regulatory knowledge
need is explained in plain language. Plus there's a hands-on demonstration
for the practical assessment.
To enrol please contact Barry Robinson VK3PV email@example.com
or on 0428 516 001.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
What use is an F-call?
Over the past few months I've had the opportunity to operate several special
event calls commemorating or celebrating several different activities, from
anniversaries to special one-off events, all with the aim to get on air and
make some contacts.
Making contacts is a pretty straight forward affair. It's exactly the same as
making contacts with your own callsign with one notable difference, logging or
the making a record of the time, band and mode of a contact.
As everything in Amateur Radio, there is a multitude of solutions to be had,
from logging on paper, to logging in special books, to logging on a computer
using a variety of software, through to automatic logging. Each has their
benefits and hindrances.
Logging is an activity that is used for a range of activities, so some
solutions are catered specifically to those activities, from making casual
contacts through to keeping track of which countries you've worked, operating
in a competition or operating a DXpedition. This means that you need to
consider and balance a number of different things, like learning curve,
functionality for your intended purpose and in the case of a special event
station, the ability to export the logs into different formats.
There is no one-solution-fits-all, despite the protestations from ardent fans
of their particular chosen solution, so try a few and see what works best
Once you've worked the special event call, the real work begins, exporting
the data, designing QSL cards, printing out the contacts, or exporting them
to online logs, or both, and sending the cards off to their destination.
Any licensed amateur can operate a special event station. I'd encourage you to
use the opportunity if it presents itself, there is lots to learn and a lot of
fun to be had.
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.
New Zealand Guidelines for remotely piloted aircraft systems or drones
Are you a ZL who maybe received a drone for Christmas?
Well your Radio Spectrum Management has released guidelines for permitted
radio frequencies for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS or 'drones').
Some equipment may not comply with New Zealand's radio frequency rules, and
may cause interference when operating on unpermitted frequencies.
Check out now the rsm website rsm.gov.nz
The ARTSAT2:DESPATCH team have sent a 3D printed QSL card to Michał Zawada
SQ 5 KTM and the Polish team to confirm their reception of the amateur radio
signal from the FO-81 spacecraft at a distance of 2,715,228 km from Earth
The last signals received by them from ARTSAT 2:DESPATCH were very weak, but
clearly stood out on the waterfall diagram of the monitoring program.
The data reported were analysed, compared with the model and successfully
authenticated - now a 3D card has been received "confirmation with thanks."
Ham radio spacecraft launched into deep space
ROSWELL CALLS THE SPACE MEN ABOVE!
New Mexico Military Institute, situated in that fascinating science "fiction?"
town of Roswell, New Mexico are in the next wave of USA educational facilities
to be able to make ARISS contacts to those aboard the International Space
Station. Should be some interesting questions to be posed!
Inside the USA National Radio Quiet Zone
A National Geographic video reports on the U.S. town with no cell phones or
Wi-Fi and no amateur radio.
Pocahontas County in West Virginia falls within the National Radio Quiet Zone.
It's home to quiet country living, friendly people, and one of the most
impressive engineering marvels in the world - the Green Bank Telescope.
The GBT measures radio waves from throughout the universe, but due to the
telescope's extreme sensitivity, any operating wireless device can have a
negative effect on its observations. But to the people who live in the NRQZ,
the restrictions and the quiet, peaceful life that comes with them are
Watch The U.S. Town With No Cell Phones or Wi-Fi
IARU Region 3 meeting in Indonesia
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 has sent formal invitations
to Member Societies to be represented at its 16th Triennial Conference.
The conference on Monday the 12th to Friday 16th of October will be in the
Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, in Bali, Indonesia. Hosts are to be the
Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia (ORARI).
An agenda is expected to contain matters and developments of interest to
Amateur Radio, reports from directors, societies and coordinators.
World Amateur Radio Day .
The theme for this year's World Amateur Radio Day to be held on April 18 is
"ITU & IARU Celebrating 150 Years of Advancing the Telecommunication Art.
Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. On
that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded.
World Amateur Radio Day activities and special events are an opportunity to
spread the word about what radio amateurs are doing in the 21st century.
Several IARU member-societies and associated clubs are expected to sponsor
special event stations on the weekend to mark the occasion.
Fixed service review
RSM is reviewing New Zealand's Fixed Service bands.
Fixed Services provide vital backhaul solutions for a large variety of radio,
broadcasting and telecommunications services. This review is to ensure that
these bands remain fit for purpose and continue to be the backbone of the
RSM are consulting on a number of changes to improve the efficiency, reduce
congestion and optimise the band plans for the Fixed Services bands. RSM is
seeking views from industry
Check out now the rsm website rsm.gov.nz
CHANGES TO ARRL DXCC AND VHF/UHF CONTESTING RULES
The ARRL Board of Directors has slightly modified the DX Century Club rules
to clarify and expand their recognition of remotely-controlled station
technology. It also has added a rule that puts greater ethical responsibility
on operators with respect to remotely controlled operation.
The DXCC Rules changes affect Section I, subsections 8 and 9. They explain
and extend how contacts with remotely-controlled stations now may be applied
toward the DXCC award. The modified rules make clear that contacts with
legally licensed, land-based, remotely-controlled stations count for DXCC,
but the control point of the operator's location of a remotely-controlled
station no longer has to be land-based. In other words, the operator can
literally be anywhere.
The Board further adopted a new rule, now Subsection 11 that acknowledges the
reality of the technology enabling remote operation. It also puts greater
responsibility on individuals when it comes to applying that technology
ethically and responsibly.
Finally, the directors also voted to adopted amendments to the General Rules
for ARRL Contests Above 50 MHz to encourage greater participation and band
utilization. The changes become effective with the 2015 June ARRL VHF Contest.
The revisions stem from recommendations offered by the Board's Programs and
Services Committee's ad-hoc VHF and Above Revitalization subcommittee This is
a group made up of active VHF/UHF contesters which reports receiving strong
support from the VHF and UHF community.
Don Wilbanks AE5DW in New Orleans.
HAM RADIO HELPS BRING RESTORED RADIO TELESCOPE FIRST LIGHT
Ham radio has been part of a team effort to bring new life to an older radio
telescope system. Amateur Radio Newsline's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB has more.
The TIROS Restoration Team reports word of reception of 'first light' at
21cm for the TLM-18 antenna system at approximately 17:00 UTC on January 19th.
The TLM-18 is a 60-foot prime-focus parabolic antenna located in
Wall Township, New Jersey. It was first used to support TIROS I and TIROS II
weather satellites and subsequently, the MINITRACK program. It was
decommissioned in the mid 1970's and later de-militarized by the US Army
prior to transfer of the property to InfoAge. The TIROS Restoration Team is
composed of volunteers from the Information Age Learning Centre, The
Ocean-Monmouth Amateur Radio Club, and Princeton University.
Ralph Squillace KK6ITB, Amateur Radio Newsline, La Quinta, California.
In astronomy, 'first light' is the first use of any form of telescope or
new instrument to take an astronomical image after it has been constructed;
or in this case, reconstructed.
Thinking Day on the Air
Thinking Day on the Air takes place on 21st and 22nd February when
Guides around the world will get on the air to contact one another
as well as amateur stations worldwide.
Liz Gaskell, G0RJX, may hold the honour of the longest continuous
UK Thinking Day operation. Liz, a Girlguiding leader in Oxford,
has been responsible for operating many different callsigns for
Thinking Day and this year will be her 25th year. We would be very
interested to hear from other 'veteran' operators. Contact
Ron Huntsman, G3KBR from Cambridge is one of the last surviving members of
the production team who televised the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of
the Nazi architects of the Holocaust. Ron set up hidden TV cameras in the
court room and fed the cables across the street suspended by a catenary wire
to a rather rapidly-built TV recording studio in a nearby building. The trial
and G3KBR's technical role were featured in the 90-minute drama,
'The Eichmann Show', screened recently on BBC 2.
It can be seen on BBC iPlayer with an accompanying 30-minute Learning Zone
documentary until 19 February. More details are on the RSGB Facebook page.
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015
Jock White Field Day 2015 Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1st.
John Moyle Memorial Field Day 21st-22nd March from UTC 0100 Sat to 0059 Sun.
Tablelands Radio Group will again hold AM and CW on ANZAC Day 25 April
Harry Angel sprint conducted on 80 metres May 2.
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 1 - 2
Remembrance Day Contest August 15 and 16
10th IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships held in JA, 6th till 12th of September.
Oceania DX contest Voice First full weekend in October
Oceania DX contest Continuous Wave Second full weekend in October.
John Moyle Memorial Field Day.
The next Field Day will be held over the weekend of the 21st-22nd March 2015
and will run from UTC 0100 on the Saturday to 0059 on the Sunday.
Aim Of The Contest is to encourage and provide familiarisation with portable
and field operation, and provide training for emergency situations. The rules
are therefore specifically designed and focussed to encourage field operations
With more, Contest Manager Denis
This Denis VK4AE, WIA coordinator for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day 2015.
This year as Felix said the contest will occur over the weekend of Saturday
the 21st to Sunday 22nd 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
situations. 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 21st April 2015.
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.
On Saturday the 28th and Sunday 29th March, 2015, the bands will be alive
with amateurs operating portable from South Australia's National and
Conservation Parks. Why? Well, it is the 2nd anniversary of the VK5 National
and Conservation Parks Award. And that weekend, amateurs will be celebrating
the occasion by venturing out into the outdoors to activate parks for a
special VK5 Parks Anniversary activation weekend.
The aim of the VK5 Parks program is to encourage portable operation by amateur
radio operators in South Australia's 21 National Parks and 269 Conservation
If you have ever considered going portable, why not give it a go on the
28th and 29th March. It's easy and a lot of fun. You just need a transceiver
obviously, a power source, perhaps a SLAB battery or LiFePO, and a portable
antenna, maybe a linked dipole or something similar.
If you do intend to activate a park that weekend, please send an email to
Paul VK5PAS, firstname.lastname@example.org so that your details can be added to the
activation spread sheet. The spreadsheet, which can be found in the files
section of the VK5 Parks Yahoo group, displays all intended activations for
that weekend. It will prevent double up activations, and will also act as a
one stop shop for park hunters.
If you choose to stay at home and work the activators, then this weekend will
present an excellent opportunity for you to fill up your logbook with some
South Australian parks.
For more information please see the VK5 Parks website at
Again, the special activation weekend is Saturday the 28 and Sunday 29 March.
Thanks for listening. I'm Paul, VK5PAS on behalf of the Adelaide Hills
Amateur Radio Society.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
DF3FS and DL9OLI will be operating stroke 5Z4 from Diani Beach, Kenya, between
February 16th and March 8th.
80 through 10 meters CW and SSB.
QSL via their home callsigns via the bureau.
GB1BST - British Summer Time 2015
Woody's Top Youth Hostel in Lincolnshire will be the venue for the
2015 GB 1 BST Special Event Station, celebrating the start of British
Summer Time, on March 27-29
Situated on the Greenwich Meridian between Louth and Horncastle,
Woody's Top is a rather remote and quiet location in the southern part
of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Radio operations are scheduled to start late on 27th March with test
transmissions on the 40m, 20m, 17m and 2m bands which will be used during
the weekend event.
DC0KK will active as 4S7KKG from Sri Lanka through until April 10.
He operates mainly using CW and the digital modes.
QSL via DC0KK via the bureau.
To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the South African
Radio League, ZS90SARL is 'in the ether' until the end of April.
Special event station TC 100 GLB is QRV until April 30 to commemorate
"Gallipoli" 100 years ago. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB, RTTY
and PSK. QSL via TA 1 CM.
Lusitania Radio Club
The Lusitania Radio Club will be running a Special Event Station with the
callsign EI 100 MFA to mark the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the
Lusitania on the 7th May 1915.
The station will operate from 6th to 10th May from a site near the
Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse Co, Cork or from the Lighthouse itself.
4 U 20 B.
This station is located in Brindisi, Italy and commemorates the
20th anniversary of the UN Logistics Base there.
4 U 20 B will be used until next July and the QSL manager is 9 A 2 AA.
HE200GE commemorates the 200th anniversary of Geneva's entrance
into the Swiss Confederation. The beginnings of modern Switzerland
go back to the year 1291, when the three German language Alpine
forest areas signed the Federal Charter. Over the centuries more
cantons allied themselves to the original three and among the last
was the Republic of Geneva on 19th May 1815. HE200GE will be
active on all amateur bands throughout 2015 and contacts will be
valid for the Diploma of Genve. QSL via HB9AOF.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
HACKADAY online praise
The much read HACKADAY has an article on February 2, asking its readers to
get serious with Amateur Radio, by designing and building a Single-Sideband
transceiver from scratch.
Written by Greg Charvat N8ZRY, it states that Amateur Radio is the only hobby
that offers the chance to legally design, build, and operate high power radio
in reality due low-cost equipment, only a very small group of die-hards actually
design and build - and he's proudly one of them.
As an author and presenter sought after in the media over the years, he has
developed many sensor, radio and audio devices.
Greg N8ZRY says the only way to really learn is to start doing it. Every
aspect of design will be better after each radio is built.
There's nothing like the satisfaction of making a long distance contact on
a transceiver you built yourself.
The article has detailed information and resource references that may inspire
makers to try Amateur Radio and create their own.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
I'm Jono, VK6DF
Whenever ham radio is mentioned, most people outside of the hobby will say
something to the effect of "does that still exist?" or "is that the old guy
listening to Morse code?"
We have been lucky enough to get some exposure for the hobby through film and
TV, usually portraying how in an emergency situation be it natural disaster or
alien invasion we can "get the message through". Some of these movies have
been blockbusters and the TV shows very popular with millions of views. Now I
think any publicity is good publicity especially with an audience of this
Some of you might instantly think of the movie Frequency with the callsign
W2QYV or the 1997 film Contact with W9GFO.
Over the years there have been some other big name films with ham radio cameo
appearance like the 1996 film Independence Day with Will Smith, 2008's
The Bank Job, and 1983's Testament with the callsign W6DN. Also Terminator 3,
Wrong Turn and even Bob the Builder.
There was a lot of talk within the Hobby when it was announced that the
TV Series "Last man standing" was going to feature Ham Radio with Tim Alan as
Mike Baxter - KA0XTT. What has been great for the hobby with this is that a
lot of the cast and crew have actually obtained their Amateur radio license.
But this was not the first time Ham Radio has been featured on a TV series
either, shows like M*A*S*H, ALF, The Munsters using the callsign W2XRL and
even the longest running scripted cartoon show The Simpsons with various
characters making mention of it. Most notably is the Elementary school
principle and war veteran character Seymour Skinner using the Callsign WA3QIZ
which at the time belonged to the Executive Producer David Mirkin.
It was recently brought to my attention by Val YO6DDF that there has been a
new movie released which makes mention of Ham Radio that he had just watched.
A local movie, made in Perth. It's an apocalyptic thriller called These Final
Hours. About the last day on earth, twelve hours before a cataclysmic event
will end life as we know it. The main character, James makes his way across a
lawless and chaotic city to the party to end all parties. Along the way, he
somewhat reluctantly saves the life of a little girl who is desperately
searching for her father. Stuck with the unexpected burden of responsibility,
he is forced to come to terms with what really matters in life as the final
hours tick away.
Throughout the movie there is a radio transmission heard, a radio operator
trying to keep people informed about other parts of the world which have
already gone and passing on words of wisdom to somewhat calm the inevitable
What I think makes this ham radio cameo special is the callsign used. VK6DF
Val YO6DDF emailed me and asked if I knew of the movie at all, he (like most
of us probably do) heard the callsign used and looked it up to see who it
really belonged to. I told him that no I was not aware of it and would have
to check it out.
I quickly did a research to first see what it was about and was pleasantly
surprised to see it was a local film created by a local Director. After
watching the movie I was very interested in asking the director Zak Hildich
how he came about the radio operator's callsign. I managed to get in touch
with him just the other day to ask why they chose that particular callsign
and how much research did they do on the hobby.
His reply was that they did some research into what the local ham radio
callsign should be which is VK6 to try and make it as accurate as possible,
the DF part was paying tribute to the voice of the "radio man", Actor
David Field and they came up with VK6DF.
So simple. My callsign immortalised in film.
I don't think this is the last time we will see Ham Radio in Film or on TV.
I think the hobby has left a big impression on society even if some days we
don't think so. When all other technology fails for Hollywood know that they
will find some guy to dust off an old Heathkit to save the world from
I'm Jono - The REAL VK6DF
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack email@example.com
10th IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships.
The 10th IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships is to be held in Gunma, Japan,
6 - 12 September according to a brief mention in this issue of Region 3's
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
ISS SSTV has been operational
The Russian ARISS team on the International Space Station started the
Slow Scan TV (SSTV) experiment on 145.800 MHz FM at 1000 UT last Saturday,
Initially there was an issue with the transmissions. Paulo PV8DX in Brazil
reported that the 1030 UT pass had a strong carrier but there was no SSTV
audio. As expected there was the 3 min interval in transmission.
The issue was resolved late afternoon and radio amateurs around the world
were treated to the SSTV pictures. The transmissions continued until 2130
UT last Sunday, February 1.
See pictures that have been received at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
Successful CubeSat launch
Last Saturday, January 31 the CubeSats FIREBIRD-2, GRIFEX and ExoCube
carrying amateur radio payloads were successfully launched on a Delta 2
rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base
The GEO-CAPE ROIC In-Flight Performance Experiment (GRIFEX) is a 3U CubeSat
that will perform engineering assessment of a JPL-developed all digital
in-pixel high frame rate Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC).
The GRIFEX team at the University of Michigan received the first reception
report of the spacecraft's 437.485 MHz 9600 bps AX.25 GMSK signal from
PE 0 SAT in the Netherlands.
FIREBIRD (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron Burst Intensity,
Range, and Dynamics) is a CubeSat dual satellite mission examining the
spatial scale and spatial temporal ambiguity of magnetospheric microbursts.
Among the radio amateurs involved were Steve KR 1 C and David KD 7 MFJ.
DK3WN received the 19.2k bps GMSK AX.25 signals on 437.405 and 437.230 MHz
from the two FIREBIRD-2 1.5U CubeSats.
ExoCube (CP-10) should transmit on 437.270MHz using 9600 bps AX.25 FSK with
"X03" sent in Morse code every 45 seconds.
Firebird-II FU3 437.405 MHz 19k2 FSK
Firebird-II FU4 437.230 MHz 19k2 FSK
GRIFEX 437.485 MHz 9k6 FSK
Exocube (CP-10) 437.270 MHz 9k6 FSK
(source DK3WN http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=54555)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROAR
ROTARIANS OF AMATEUR RADIO
International President 2012 -2015: Bill Main VK4ZD
secretary: Dr Elwood Anderson, AE5EA
ANZO VP: Peter Lowe, VK3KCD
0645z - 0730z Anzo Net 7.118 (varies due to propagation)
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293 (varies due to propagation)
Guglielmo Marconi Father of wireless, was an Honorary member of the
club 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.
OZ, Kingdom of Denmark
An international crew with the Club station "Radio Friends of Paul P. Harris"
will be on the air as OU 0 POLIO. The activity has already started from
January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2016. On all band and all modulations.
The crew activates the call in celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Rotary
International - with Paul P. Harris and others as the early founders of
Rotary International, in the year 1905 in Chicago, USA. With this radio
activity, the team likes further to set the signal to the eradication of
POLIO in the world.
The activities will be from various QTH's (IOTA's, OZ Flora Fauna, etc.) and
in various contests.
QSL and other info's, see qrz.com
See also Rotarians of Amateur Radio - a fellowship for Rotarians and HAM radio
SOCIAL SCENE 2015
Feb 7 VK3 Homebrew Construction Group 2pm ARVic 40g Victory Bld Ashburton
Feb 14 VK3 Melbourne QRP by the bay Chelsea Beach 3pm.
Feb 22 VK2 Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Wyong Field Day.
March 21 VK3 Dstar Users Group 9am Woodend RSL Anslow St. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 29 VK3 EMDRC Hamfest
April 18 VK4 REDFest (Redcliffe Radio Club Event)
18 WW World Amateur Radio Day
April 25 VK3 ANZAC Day Radio Afternoon Ballarat Showgrounds (vk3fmpb)
May 1-3 VK4 Clairview Gathering contact RADAR's VK4ACC 04 2963 2815
May 9 VK4 BARCFEST Brisbane
June 6-7 VK2 Queens Birthday 40th annual Oxley Region Field Day
July 1 VK4 Caboolture Hamfest
July 11-12 VK3 GippsTech 2015
July 18 VK3 Gippsland gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne
Sept 12 VK4 SUNFEST Woombye
Sept 25-27 VK4 CHARC AGM Weekend Camp Fairbairn near Emerald
Oct 2-5 VK4 Cardwell Gathering, Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park
Oct 25 VK4 Gold Coast Hamfest Broadbeach
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