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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING March 15 2015.
IN OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
ANZAC Centenary callsign applications closing
VI4ANZAC with Biloela RSL in Central Queensland.
AX4MS from Herbert River RSL for AM and CW on ANZAC Day.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF March 15th.,.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed that
wireless broadband subscriptions in Australia has fallen 3 percent despite
an increase in usage.
The number of mobile phone subscribers remained flat over 2013-14, increasing
by less than 1 percent during the year.
We Australians downloaded significantly more data during the year across all
platforms, with fixed-line broadband accounting for 93 percent of all data
The TIO also received 3,982 new complaints about National Broadband Network
(NBN)-related matters, over issues such as connection delays, faults, and
The NSW Office of Fair Trading has BANNED the very popular 'lunchbox' style
butane gas stoves due to safety concerns, including overheating.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe recommends that consumers "do not buy
portable cookers of this type" and goes so far as to urge consumers to
dispose of any currently in use.
This type of cooker, powered by disposable butane aerosol type gas cartridges,
has seen a massive growth in popularity over the past 10 years or so due
mainly to their low cost and convenience.
It's fair to say there would be hundreds of thousands of them in use across
Australia, so leave them out of your kit for next weekend's national John Moyle
Dick Smith VK2DIK planning flying trip.
Dick plans to go aeronautical mobile in early May over the Nullarbor region
of South and Western Australia (VK6) to check out possible landing sites for
a later expedition.
During the May operation Dick will operate, when practical, on a fixed channel
on 20 metres on 14.146 MHz.
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
ANZAC Centenary callsign applications closing
So far 24 separate events are to be held by clubs and indivuduals using the
WIA granted commemorative ANZAC suffixed callsigns.
There are two types - VK100ANZAC the national callsign, and VI prefix state
or territory callsigns that have a state numeral and the ANZAC suffix.
The WIA will use VK100ANZAC in Canberra for special broadcasts on ANZAC Day
and December 20, the date in 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army
Corp left Gallipoli.
The WIA has been conditionally allowed to use the protected word 'ANZAC'.
Applications for those commemorative callsigns them close about the end of
An online application form on the WIA website is available, along with the
eQSO, logging and other requirements for all ANZAC stations.
On ANZAC Day one will be VI4ANZAC at ANZAC Park, associated with the Biloela
RSL in central Queensland.
The activation has been organised by David McLean VK4EE, who although a proud
member of that RSL, has been called away to the Inverell New South Wales
RSL on that day.
However, Jim Grimes VK4OK has stepped in with the portable station assisted
by Kevin Blanch VK4MKB, Brandon Gordan VK4FABB, and Ian Wells VK4FNAA.
Do listen for VI4ANZAC on ANZAC Day that will be joined on air by many others.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
A reminder that the next Trash & Treasure will be at the end of the month
on Sunday the 29th of March.
The next scheduled ARNSW field day is set down for Sunday the 28th of June.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Arduino Day 2015
The Geelong Amateur Radio Club is participating in Arduino Day on
Saturday the 28th of March 2015.
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use
hardware and software. It's intended for anyone making interactive projects.
Arduino Day is a worldwide celebration of Arduino's birthday.
It's a 24 hour event organized directly by the community, or by the
Arduino team where people interested in Arduino get together, share
their experiences, and learn more.
The Geelong Amateur Radio Club will be open on Saturday the 28th of
March from 10:00am until 04:00pm.
With Arduino projects on display, hands on activities and talks aimed
at demonstrating just how easy it is to get started, there will be
something to interest everyone.
Want to know more?
Just run an Internet search for Geelong Amateur Radio Club or go to
their web page at http://vk3atl.org
Only 2 weeks until Melbourne biggest and best HamFest in March.
The Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club Hamfest 2015 is rapidly
approaching - Sunday March 29th at the Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont.
We have a hall full of old and new equipment a wide variety of goodies for
Commercial traders confirmed include RF Solutions Queensland, Radio Books
Cobram, NBS Antennas & Masts , PK's Loop Antennas, Bushcomm Antennas,
Rippletech Antennas, South Eastern Communications and many others.
We have tables from the WIA, ALARA and a local Hackerspace Community.
The Raffle has items donated by our commercial traders and will be drawn at
The world famous barbecue powered by Jack will once again be cooking up a
storm out the front with breakfast and Snags, and of course - lots of onions.
Complementary Tea and Coffee is available with soft drinks for purchase.
Lots of space to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
Entry is only $6 with one free raffle ticket, and doors open at 10 AM.
Check out the clubs web site www.emdrc.com.au for more details.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Cheers from the committee of the EMDRC
Moorabbin & District Radio Club Hamfest 2015
The Moorabbin and District Amateur Radio club is pleased to announce the
2015 Hamfest will be on Saturday 9th May with doors opening at 10am.
This year's event will be at Southern Community Centre, Rupert Drive,
Mulgrave (Melways map ref 80 F4).
The Moorabbin Radio Club's annual Hamfest is proud to be Victoria's biggest
with displays and sales of new and preloved equipment. A must come must see
event for anyone interested in Radio Communications and Electronics.
Major door prizes, free tea and coffee, light refreshments and a sausage
sizzle will also be on offer.
Trader table bookings and general enquires can be made by emailing
Graeme Lewis VK3GL (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phoning mobile 0418 171601.
A Must see, must come event!!
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Ingham North Queensland
Shorty/VK4FABT is co-ordinator for operations of AX4MS from the Herbert River
RSL Club for AM and CW on ANZAC Day.
The operation is planned to happen on 25th April from dawn to dusk on
80, 40 and possibly 20 metres using Amplitude Modulation for most of the day
and possibly some CW during proceedings.
The local press is said to already be onboard with some of the operators
involved with a photo opportunity for the Herbert River Express to publicise
What use is an F-call?
Recently there was a contest that looked interesting. I participate in
contests as a way to speak to many stations, to add countries to my DX
list and to learn about how other people run their station.
It's a great opportunity to have access to a large number of stations
in a short period of time.
As part of my preparation for this particular contest, I spent some time
reading the rules, so that when I got on air, I'd know what to expect as
the exchange, what the other station would say and what they expected in
return, to learn what the point scoring system was and what I could expect
during the contest.
The points were allocated in such a way that contacts were only scored
between me and the country that originated the contest, in this case, if I
made a contact with a station in Canada or the United States, there'd be a
point to be made, but if I made a contact with Venezuela, or with Kenya, or
the United Arab Emirates, there'd be no points.
Just so I'm not mistaken, this is not about me making points, it's about the
desirability of people making contact with me. If there is no incentive for
a station outside Canada or the USA to make contact with me, because there's
no points to be had, there would be no chance of me talking to anyone other
than Canada and the United States.
So far, I've made two contacts with the USA, one several years ago, 10 Watts -
Squid Pole at the ocean to Portland Oregon. One more recently with Austin
Texas, with 5 Watts on a tri-element beam. Both those contacts were
completely out of the blue, the latter hard work - especially on the part of
the other station.
The short of it is that as a result, I didn't actually turn on my radio to try
to make contacts.
To bring home the error of my ways, I was presented with a video made by
Peter, VK3YE who used a delta-loop and his 817 to make many contacts with
the USA. Of course, he's in VK3 and I'm in VK6, he was on the ocean and I'm
at a lake, but even those differences wouldn't have prevented me from making
Inexperienced as I am, I chose not to operate. What a mistake, propagation
was great, activity level was high, contacts were there for the taking.
Lesson learnt, if you don't try, you're guaranteed to fail.
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.
IARU REGION 1 VHF NEWSLETTER CHARTS THE FUTURE
Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union has released its latest
VHF-UHF-Microwave Newsletter that covers the International Telecommunications
Union's 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference. The newsletter says agenda
items at WRC 2015 includes topics that could affect amateurs in the 5 MHz,
5 GHz, 10 GHz, 24 GHz and 77 GHz bands.
The newsletter notes that WRC 2015 also decides the agenda items for the next
conference that's slated for 2019. IARU Region 1 has proposals in with the
European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations or CEPT
concerning potential agenda items for a 50 MHz Amateur Satellite Service
allocation and also harmonization of spectrum at 3.4 GHz.
There may be a need to raise the option of a new allocation such as
1300 to 1310 MHz in order to mitigate restrictions that are appearing
in the existing 23 cm band.
The complete newsletter can be found on the web at
The ARRL High Frequency Band Planning Committee is recommending band by band
changes to the overall High Frequency band plan and wants input from ARRL
members before April 19th.
The proposed changes differentiate among Automatically Controlled Digital
Stations known as ACDS, narrow RTTY and data modes having a bandwidth no
greater than 500 Hz, and wider data modes having a bandwidth up to 2700 Hz.
Singer Sarah Brightman is now training 16 hours a day as part of her mission
to fly in space, a gruelling regime, which includes four hours a day of
Russian language lessons, at Star City, the space training facility in Moscow
Failure is not an option for Brightman, who is tested once a week by
Star City's top brass in a verbal exam.
Sarah Brightman's fellow astronaut, a Dane, Andreas Mogensen completed his
amateur radio license class on February 23 and has callsign KG 5 GCZ
Brightman is expected to take part in a tourist flight to the International
Space Station later in 2015.
The US Amateur Radio population continues to soar.
At the end of 2014, the total number of US Amateurs in the FCC's Universal
Licensing System database reached an all-time high of 726,275 and the trend
has continued in the first 2 months of 2015, which saw the total rise to
slightly more than 727,000.
The figures exclude expired licenses that are within the 2-year grace period,
and club station licenses.
Growth in the Amateur Radio Service in 2014 was steady, according to figures
compiled by Joe Speroni, AH 0 A, on his FCC Amateur Radio Statistics
Over the past decade, the number of Amateur Radio licenses in the ULS
database grew by some 8.1 percent.
For the first time in the ARRL VEC program's history, they have conducted
more than 7200 Amateur Radio exam sessions in a year!
Free DV in the form of a plug in to your radio encoder microphone is coming,
but it won't be 'free.'
Codec2 digital voice developer David Rowe, VK5DGR, has announced that the
first batch of model SM1000 units are being built in China right now and
shipping may start later this month.
In an item on eHam it seems the SM1000 is an a embedded hardware product
that allows you to run the FreeDV system without a Personal Computer.
Just plug it into your SSB or FM radio, and you will have Digital Voice
The unit is based on a STM32F4 micro-controller, has a built in microphone,
speaker amplifier, and transformer isolated interfaces to your radio.
EXPEDITION LEADER GOES DOWN UNDER TO COORDINATE VK0EK HEARD ISLAND PROJECT
VK0EK Heard Island Expedition Organizer and Leader, Dr. Robert Schmieder,
KK6EK, is completing a 2-week multi stop trip to New Zealand, Tasmania,
and Australia. This to coordinate plans, permits, and logistics for the
expedition. We get more on the story from Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF:
Schmieder was hosted for several days by team member Jacky Calvo, ZL3CW in
Waihi Beach. They were able to meet with other radio amateurs who will
provide support for the expedition including ZL2IFB, ZL2DX, and ZL2AL.
The latter will serve as a radio pilot for the DXpedition.
In Christchurch, KK6EK met with Rodney Russ of Heritage Expeditions which
is providing the vessel. Heritage Expeditions indicated they can help with
certain facilities and logistics that will save the expedition some expenses.
In Tasmania KK6EK met with staff at the Australian Antarctic Division which
will issue the permits. The Division indicated that the expedition can expect
to receive permission to visit areas of the island normally off-limits to
visitors, and to make collections of organisms and return with them for
laboratory analysis. These activities are critical to the expedition's goal
of "Discovering Life in the Extremes," so this step gives assurance that the
major objectives of the expedition can be met.
Schmieder reports that these meetings went very well, and there is every
expectation that the expedition can go forward as planned. In particular,
the contract for the vessel is in hand.
According to Schmeider, it is clear that this trip was an essential step to
solidify the formal structure of the expedition and the coordination of the
team. The next steps are to assemble the cargo, suit up the crew, and
prepare for take- off in November.
RADIOGRAM NOT INSTAGRAM
If you just happen to have access to an older analogue shortwave broadcast
transmitter and are wondering what to do with it, just ask the Voice of
America. That's because it's found a novel use of one of its own and created
a program for it as we hear from Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB:
[KIM:] "VOA Radiogram has broadcast its 100th program. VOA Radiogram is an
experimental Voice of America program on which digital text modes
familiar to amateur radio are transmitted on a 50-year-old analogue
AM shortwave broadcast transmitter in North Carolina. The half-hour
show is on the air four times each weekend.
The idea is that shortwave radio can be used to communicate text and images
when the Internet is disrupted by dictators, disasters, or other factors.
In the early weeks of VOA Radiogram, digital modes were tested side by side,
including the various flavours of BPSK, QPSK, MT63, Olivia, and Thor. Reports
have been received in the USA from shortwave listeners and radio amateurs
throughout Europe and North America, as well as Latin America and Asia, and
even from New Zealand, 14000 kilometers from the transmitter.
Ultimately, it was MFSK that worked best on the shortwave broadcast
transmitter. Specifically, MFSK32 so far provides the best combination
of speed, 120 words per minute, and performance under typical shortwave
reception conditions. Furthermore, MFSK can be used to transmit images as well
Digital text works on any existing shortwave transmitter, with no
modifications necessary. And it can be received on any radio, including cheap
portables with no sideband capability.
The results show that digital text via analogue shortwave transmitter often
results in 100 percent copy even in conditions where voice broadcasts are
difficult to understand. Digital text via analogue shortwave has even been
effective against jamming.
For more information about the program, including transmission schedule, visit
the website voaradiogram.net
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB, in Arlington,
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015
John Moyle Memorial Field Day 21st-22nd March from UTC 0100 Sat to 0059 Sun."
More contesting news, who can forget that it's Tablelands Radio Group's
AM and CW on ANZAC Day 25 April
Harry Angel sprint 80 metres May 2.
Trans-Tasman contest 18th July from 0800utc
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 1 - 2
Remembrance Day Contest August 15 and 16
Oceania DX contest Voice First full weekend in October
Oceania DX contest Continuous Wave Second full weekend in October.
The Oceania DX contest is Oceania's only international style contest where
contacts with stations all over the globe are able to participate.
The Oceania DX Contest is one of the oldest running DX contests in the
amateur radio calendar. This contest was previously known as the VK/ZL
Contest until the contest was renamed in 2000 to reflect a desire to increase
participation and focus on the entire Oceania Region.
As far as can be gathered the first VK DX Contest was held in the mid-1920s
and the contest has existed in one form or another since this time. Up until
2000, the VK/ZL contest was managed in alternate years by the WIA and the
NZART with some rule changes and log submittal address changes each year.
Once management was associated with a single committee made up of both VK and
ZL contesters, the rules and structure of the contest have permitted a steady
and consistent growth in participation from both international and Oceania
New DX contest attracting attention
The Africa All Mode International DX Contest is new on the contesting calendar
but is attracting the attention of the DX community.
The 24 hour contest runs 12:00 UTC on Saturday and ends at 12:00 UTC
Sunday 15 March.
CW, phone and/or RTTY on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres and the exchange
is a RS or RST report followed by an incremental serial number commencing
You may work any DX entity, but note that QSOs with African entities count
10 points and all other QSOs count 1 point.
This is an ideal opportunity to work entities for the All Africa Award and
there probably still is time to gather a few numbers today!
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS ADVICE
HB 125 FMS is active this month to celebrate the 125th jubilee of the
Monte San Salvatore Funicular.
QSL via HB 9O CR.
Active is Ivan SU 9 IG from Cairo until June 15. 2016.
Yes NEXT year 2016.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY
QSL to Ivan's home call, OM 3 CGN.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
Ever wanted to operate a camera aboard an interplanetary spacecraft?
Well in May, the 'webcam' on board Mars Express will be available for
public imaging requests. The European Space Agency is inviting schools,
science clubs and youth groups to submit proposals for one of eight
opportunities to image another planet.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
OUT OF THIS WORLD, AGAIN.
No doubt about it one of Ham Radio's greatest methods of achieving recognition
in main stream press is with ARISS or Amateur Radio aboard the International
Space Station contacts.
Radio noise. buzz and crackle filled the auditorium at Council Rock South
High School as everyone sat on the edge of their seats in this small US
Then, suddenly, a voice broke through the noise sending a collective gasp
through the room filled with more than 300 students, teachers and
administrators gathered there to experience the once-in-a-lifetime moment.
"This is November Alpha 1SS how do you read me? Over," came the voice of
European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, her voice filling
the auditorium via the ham radio set up.
For seven amazing minutes, as the International Space Station travelled from
Georgia to Nova Scotia at a speed of 17,500 mph and at an altitude of more
than 200 miles above the Earth, Samantha fielded questions from students
about life and work aboard the station.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will be active as 9 K 2 F
from Failaka Island until March 16 on the HF bands.
QSL via 9 K 2 HN.
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 Sunraysia 600 Off-road event is the first round of the Australian and
Victorian Off Road Championships.
WICEN Victoria is looking for operators for Saturday 11 and Sunday 12th
of April, which is the weekend after Easter.
The location is Keera Station, 10 kilometres on the Mildura side of Lake
Culluleraine, with camping at the Start/Finish point or another checkpoint.
Operators will use 2 metre voice and 70cm for the TRAK packet system.
For more details contact Peter Norris, VK3JUG via email:
Earlier in this newscast we heard of happenings in CQ and ANZAC day in 'Billoh'.
Up that way Ian Wells VK4FNAA survived Cyclone Marcia and has told Jacquie
Mackay the Breakfast Presenter, ABC Capricornia, that if everyone in the area
had have had CB/2Way Radios they could possibly been even better prepared than
The Channel 7 / 5 repeaters at Biloela cove an area Rockhampton Biloela and
most of Central Queensland.
A U D I O
Ian, VK4FNAA also is a National News rebroadcaster, Saturdays at 2300hrs UTC
7190 on the 40 meter band and on 2 meters 147.000
A little further north we arrive in Townsville where the King Of The Hill
Hillclimb happens on Mount Stuart.
This is a chance to get out in the field and mix your radio with high speed
Operators will be manning the Start and Flying Finish positions on the
Mount Stuart Road.
7-30am start finish by 3-30pm on Sunday 29th March
Finally in Rescue Radio a great US initiative.
HAM radio course offered free through Office of Disaster Preparedness.
West Seneca Office of Disaster Preparedness Southtowns Amateur Radio Society
and EMPact America host HAM radio classes at the West Seneca Emergency
Operations Centre each Tuesday.
Classes will run for seven to eight consecutive weeks. The final class will
be the test for technician, general or extra licenses.
Best of all, there is no cost for the class.
SOCIAL SCENE 2015
March 15 VK7 Meet the Voice barbecue at Ross.( http://meetthevoice.org/ )
March 21 VK3 Dstar Users Group 9am Woodend RSL Anslow St. email@example.com
March 28 WW Arduino Day, celebrate in VK3 with Geelong AR Club 10am
March 29 VK3 EMDRC Hamfest
April 5 VK2 Urunga Radio Convention ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
April 11 VK4 REDFest (Redcliffe Radio Club Event)
April 12 VK6 HARG swap meet 10am Lesmurdie Hall 96 Gladys Road.
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 VK3 Moorabbin & Dist. Hamfest Southern Community Centre Mulgrave
May 9 VK4 BARCFEST Salvation Army Hall Calamvale
May 9-10 VK WIA AGM Canberra
June 6-7 VK2 Queens Birthday 40th annual Oxley Region Field Day
June 6-7 VK5 51st South East Radio Group Convention / Australian
July 1 VK4 Caboolture Hamfest
July 11-12 VK3 GippsTech 2015
July 18 VK3 Gippsland gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne
July 25 VK3 ALARA's 40th Birthday Lunch, Novotel Glen Waverley.
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
Nov VK3 QRP By the Bay details from VK3YE held 2nd Saturday
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