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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING March 29 2015.
IN OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

WIA ANZAC 100 events getting ready

WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH on the WIAAGM

WIA Coordinator Denis VK4AE on last weekends John Moyle Memorial Field Day

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF March 29.,.



ANZAC 100 events getting ready

With four weeks to go, ANZAC Day weekend has many events throughout Australia,
New Zealand, Turkey and elsewhere ready to commemorate the 1915 landing of
Australian and New Zealand soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) journal, Amateur Radio magazine, has
dedicated its April edition cover to ANZAC 100 and has program activity
inside.

There will be a commemorative VK100ANZAC broadcast from Canberra with notable
Australian.

The States and the Northern Territory will activate their ANZAC callsigns.

These are:

VI2ANZAC - Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club starting at the Glenbrook RSL
Bowling Club including military radio equipment as an exhibit,
an EchoLink contact with Turkey, and other activities.

VI3ANZAC - Flying Boat Museum in Lake Boga in Victoria, involving Amateur
Radio Victoria and the Sunraysia Radio Group, with two active
stations.

VI4ANZAC - A portable station at the Biloela RSL ANZAC Park in Queensland.

VI5ANZAC - Two clubs involved - the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group and the
Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club.

VI6ANZAC - Scout Member Amateur Radio Team near the State War Memorial,
including a broadcast by the Governor General of Western Australia.

VI7ANZAC - From West Moonah Hobart includes ANZAC veteran audio files as well
as contacts around the world.

VI8ANZAC - Will be on air from a private QTH on Saturday. The main event on
Sunday 26th April is from the Darwin North RSL. It will show
Amateur Radio to the local community with media representatives
invited. All radio amateurs are invited to join the operation
roster for Sunday, or during the week. More details on VI8ANZAC
are in the text edition of this broadcast.

For full details of all ANZAC Weekend events and the ANZAC Century Award,
please see the WIA website www.wia.org.au

VI8ANZAC - ANZAC WEEKEND 2015 - 100 YEARS

All radio amateurs are invited to the Darwin North RSL on Sunday 26 April for
a commemorative event held by Simon VK8ZJZ, Bob, VK8BOB and organised by
Stuie VK8NSB.

The event commemorates "ANZAC Day'' 2015, 100 Years since the landing on the
shores of Gallipoli. This will make a great opportunity for Amateur Radio to
be shown to the Darwin Community with local news media invited.


In the last week new applications have been processed taking to about 30
commemorative events that will use the WIA allocated ANZAC-suffixed
callsigns, under its ANZAC 100 program.

The WIA needs all outstanding applications to be received and approved by
March 31. So whether you're a club or individual with an appropriate
event, please be quick. An application form is on the WIA website.


eQSL get ANZAC 100 cards

Electronic QSL cards for ANZAC callsigns in the WIA ANZAC 100 program are
ready. The first log is from the successful Darwin Amateur Radio Club
VI8ANZAC commemoration of the Albert Chalmers Borella VC journey re-enactment.

Each QSO with an ANZAC-suffixed callsign in 2015 will be acknowledged by eQSL,
with logs also to appear on Logbook of The World. There are eight eQSL cards,
each with a different callsign. No inward QSL cards are encouraged.

All ANZAC-suffixed stations will mention these requirements on air.

For more information, and online registration to receive electronic cards,
visit the website eqsl.cc/


Are you going to Gallipoli?

The Turkish Amateur Radio Society (TRAC) wants to know the names and callsigns
of any Australian and New Zealand radio amateurs who will be on the Gallipoli
Peninsula for ANZAC Day this year.

TRAC would like to meet with the VK and ZL radio amateurs and show them a
little hospitality and international friendship.

If you are going to be there for the occasion, then immediately contact the
WIA Director and ANZAC 100 Coordinator, Fred Swainston VK3DAC by email on
vk3dac@wia.org.au to pass on your details.





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

VK3
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/

VK3 homebrewers meet during Easter

The next meeting of the Homebrew Construction Group will be on Saturday,
April the 4th at 2pm. The venue for the Easter Saturday gathering is the
Amateur Radio Victoria rooms at 40g Victory Boulevard, Ashburton. All are
welcome.

David Cureton VK3DCU will deliver a presentation entitled "G N U Radio".
The talk will illustrate his experiences with this powerful and open
source software suite that can be used to custom build Software Defined
Radio applications.

The latest newsletter compiled by Ian Downie VK3LA, will be e-mailed to
subscribers. Inquiries and comments can be sent to
homebrew@amateurradio.com.au

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





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 (vk3gl@bigpond.com) or by phoning mobile 0418 171601.

A Must see, must come event!!





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Cardwell Gathering October Long Weekend

The Cardwell Gathering will be taking place Friday afternoon October 2nd till
Monday morning October 5th at the Cardwell Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park.

This is a call to all Hams and support crews and anyone interested in taking
up the hobby of Amateur Radio to spend a long weekend in paradise meeting up
with friends

More details from theTARCinc.





MOON ACROSS VK

AUSTRALIANS will have less than five minutes to see a total lunar eclipse on
Easter Saturday, or face a wait of nearly three years for the next one.

THE moon is due to pass through the edge of the earth's shadow late on April 4
and turn a shade of red, orange or brown.

The Sydney Observatory say totality will begin at 10.58pm (AEDT) and finish
at 11.03pm, making it the briefest this century.





WIA BOARD TALK

President Phil Wait VK2ASD vk2asd@wia.org.au
Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP vk5cp@wia.org.au
Secretary David Williams VK3RU vk3ru@wia.org.au
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ vk3pz@wia.org.au

This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH

As listeners will no doubt have heard already, the 2015 WIA Annual Conference
is this year in Canberra over the 8th, 9th and tenth of May.

Canberra - the nation's capital.

As listeners may also know - apart from family, my top four interests in life
are - art, science, technology and tomfoolery. And Canberra has it all !

There's the National Gallery; the nearby deep space facilities; the Australian
War Museum and, of course, Old Parliament House - for a start.

So, there's plenty to see and do outside the WIA AGM and Annual Conference.

The WIA Board has quite a few things of interest for you at the Saturday
Conference, too.

Don't delay - place your booking via the WIA website, or by calling the
National Office.

See you there !

This has been a shameless plug for the 2015 WIA Annual Conference by
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.





DISCUSSION POINT

What use is an F-call?

Having a call sign is a personal identity. For some, much thought has gone
into the combination of letters, for others, like myself, it was assigned
randomly.

The letters that make up your call sign conform to specific requirements. The
first part of the call, the prefix is the country and state identifier. In my
case, VK6 means Western Australia.

The rest of the call, the suffix, follows rules as well.

The foundation license has four letters and starts with the letter F, followed
by three letters, making up what is often referred to as the F-call.

If you have a standard license, the suffix is three letters, of which the
first letter is a H, L, M, N, P or V. The letter R is reserved for Beacons
and Repeaters.

The advanced license has either two or three letters and uses the remaining
letters.

So with that information you can figure out what license class a station can
operate under when you hear a call sign on air.

If you're a holder of an advanced license, you can choose to start your
suffix with the letter F, and in doing so, you'll become a member of the
F-call club.

A select group of fine fiery individuals fascinated with Amateur Radio, the
fun of the hobby, the furthering of their education, and proud to be an
Amateur - hi hi!

So, If your prefix starts with the letter F, welcome to the club!

I mused what my callsign might be when I upgrade.

I think I'll move to New South Wales and have a chat with Fred. He's VK2FSP,
that sounds like a nice callsign to have. VK2, F-call Special Person. I'm
sure he'll share.

On the other hand, that would require that I move to VK2. Perhaps there are
other alternatives!

Your call, wear it with pride - F or otherwise!

I'm Onno VK6FLAB





SILENT KEY
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/about/
Silent Keys are best sent to AR Magazine and your local state or club news
rather than this WIA National News Service.





INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.

Two million packets from FUNcube

The FUNcube team are pleased to announce that the Data Warehouse
has received two million packets of telemetry data from ground
stations around the world.

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) was launched on 21st November 2013 and since then
radio amateurs and schools have been receiving the telemetry
packets transmitted by the satellite and passing them to the
AMSAT-UK Data Warehouse for analysis and storage.





Building on early support from Australia, Asia and Latin America, the push
for near-universal adoption of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity 'APT 700 MHz
band' is gaining momentum around the globe.

42 countries are now allocating, committed to or recommending the use of the
band for advanced wireless broadband services.

This year has also seen the number of APT 700 MHz capable devices increase
from 55 to 76 in a matter of months. In addition, it appears likely that
Europe will at least partially harmonise with the APT 700 MHz plan, further
increasing the benefits that come from international harmonisation.





Falcons stop phone mast upgrade

In the UK, the Register newspaper reports nesting falcons have interrupted
200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

Five pairs of nesting falcons have disrupted Vodafone customers' mobile phone
signals in London and the south east - because the birds have set up shop on
the carrier's masts.

Read the article at
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/20/falcons_invade_vodafone_cell_sites/





Southampton Eclipse Balloon

The Southampton University Spaceflight Society have posted a well-illustrated
report on their solar eclipse balloon flight on March 20

The balloon carried two payloads, Olaf and Majora. Olaf transmitted images
throughout the flight on 70 CMS using the Slow Scan Digital Video mode but
there was a fault on the Majora payload which stopped transmitting data on
434.211 MHz after about 80 minutes.

The payloads are thought to have come down in the sea just north of Cherbourg,
Normandy and the team hope they will wash up on a beach or a boat spots it
and sends it back. This will allowing them to determine what went wrong with
Majora, and get the unprocessed images off of the micro SD cards.

Southampton University Spaceflight
https://twitter.com/SUSpaceflight





Ofcom Licence emails

UK Regulator Ofcom have now started the process of sending the new UK amateur
radio licence by email.

Where there is no email address Ofcom will write to the postal address held
on file.

The emails are being sent to the address that people have been registered at
Ofcom so let's hope UK licensees have not changed their email 'Addy's'.

That's actually a good segue into a reminder all WIA members in VK can get'
a free wia email address, so if you DO change your isp etc. etc., all you need
do is have the WIA change the parameters on their data base, no more trying
to recall all you have provided an email to .

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ARNEWSLINE

ADDING VHF AND UHF VOICE AND DATA COMMUNICATION CAPABILITY TO SMARTPHONES

You have all heard of Bluetooth and some of you may be familiar with goTenna.
Now add a new communications device called Beartooth that adds VHF and UHF
voice and data communications capability to smartphones.

We get more from George Thomas W5JDX:

--

According to its experimental license grant WH2XLW, the Beartooth can operate
anywhere in the 137 to 174 MHz and 400 to 470 MHz bands with an Effective
Radiated power of two watts. According to Comsearch's FCC emission designation
decoder the license appears to cover amplitude modulation and phase
modulation transmitting voice, data and telegraphy for automatic reception.

The Beartooth unit is described as a software-defined radio receiver and
transmitter that interfaces with supported devices and includes a battery
to double smartphone battery life. Uses include personal communications,
industrial communications services, and public safety.

Since the device is an SDR with a wide frequency range, it not only supports
the same type of personal communications provided by the recently
introduced goTenna, but also adds the ability to communicate with any analogue
radios operating on Family Radio Service, General Mobile Radio Service or
Multi-Use Radio Service spectrum. The device is also said to be usable on the
amateur 2 meter and 70 centimetre bands.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm George Thomas, W5JDX, in Jackson,
Mississippi.





NASA RELEASES SOUNDS OF SPACE RINGTONES

NASA has released a set of sound files suitable for use as ringtones or
computer notifications. One of them is one of the Morse code "HI" messages
picked up from the Juno instrument during the earth flyby in 2013.

Other tones include NASA sounds from historic spaceflights and current
missions including the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong's
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" every time you get a
phone call.

The tones are available in both MP3 as well as M4R format for iPhone users.

The MP3's are at tinyurl.com/space-ringtones
The M4R files must be downloaded and imported via iTunes.





This is VK1WIA from Canberra.

Extracts of this program are now broadcast across Europe using the 10 kilowatt
output 49 metre broadcast transmitter owned and run by radio amateurs.

Channel292 on 6070 KHz.

Please check the broadcast schedule at channel292.de for times of the English
amateur radio news program. Reception reports are very welcome.

73 this is Ed DD5LP / VK2JI from near Munich in Germany.

Who and Where are our other broadcast stations?
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/where/





OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015

This is Denis VK4AE, WIA Coordinator for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day
2015.

So far the number of logs that have been submitted is more than for the same
period last year. This is a welcome change when compared to previous years.

However, you must remember, that even though you have taken part in the
contest and given out a few numbers to help along a couple of stations, you
really are obliged to actually submit your log. It is only in this way that
these contacts can be verified.

The rule change that required every station who works the same station more
than 5 times has been a two edged sword. While the number of logs submitted
has increased, stories abound of some stations refusing to work a portable
station as they have already worked and if they worked again the station
would have to submit a log.

When in fact submitting a log is actually quite a straight forward task to
enter the details from your station log using a program like VKCL and then
submit your log to me.

The contest appears to have gone quite well, despite the sometimes fierce
storms that plagued parts of South Eastern Queensland and the overall
activity seems to be comparable to last year. The southern states and in the
west they seemed to have enjoyed fine weather.

So do not forget to submit your log before the closing date of the 19th April.

Thanks for your time.


OPERATIONAL NEWS continues with Felix VK4FUQ

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.



2016
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 6 - 7


2017
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 5 - 6


2018
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 4 - 5





SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE

ZS 90 SARL has so far made about 6 220 contacts with 2 191 confirmations
according to LoTW. All the logs have not yet been received. If you have not
worked ZS90SARL yet, you have until the 19th April 2015 to do so.





VI4ANZAC happening in the Townsville Region

The special event commemorative callsign VI4ANZAC will be active from the
garrison city of Townsville from Saturday May 2nd to Saturday May 9th
in memory of all who served our nations in a time of great need.

During the weekends of the activation in Townsville, radio operations
of VI4ANZAC will take place from the clubrooms of The Townsville Amateur Radio
Club Inc. - which in World War 2 were the Pacific theatre communications
headquarters for the Royal Australian Air Force.





Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club have been awarded the use of the
special VK100ANZAC callsign over the period 31 May to 2 June inclusive.

It will be used at the club station in Rocherlea over those days, in an event
to be called simply "Our local ANZACS". The commencement date of 31 May was
selected because it marks the centenary of the date on which one local ANZAC,
then Private Harry Murray, completed a 3 week period of continuous action on
Gallipoli, for which he was awarded his first bravery decoration, the
Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Coincidently, the 2nd June marks the 98th anniversary of the day he received
the Victoria Cross and Distinguished Service Order and Bar from the king,
in an investiture in Hyde Park, London. He would go on to be awarded the
Cross of St Michael and St George and the French Croix de Guerre.

Harry was both the most decorated Australian and Empire Soldier of the war
and indeed today remains the most decorated soldier in Australian military
history.

(vk7wi news)





AWARDS

This weekend sees the 2nd anniversary activation weekend for the VK5 National
and Conservation Parks Award.

"The VK5 Parks award encourages portable operation from South Australia's
21 National Parks and 269 Conservation Parks, and has been running since
April 2013. In that 2 year period, a total 169 certificates have been issued
to amateurs in Australia and overseas.

At this stage a total of 54 unique Conservation Parks and National Parks will
be on air throughout South Australia. This includes parks in the Adelaide
Hills, Kangaroo Island, the South East, the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Yorke
Peninsula, the Eyre Peninsula, the Mid North, the Murray Mallee, the Barossa,
the Far North, and the Adelaide metropolitan area.

Most activity will be on the 40m band on SSB, but there will also be some CW
operators out and about during the weekend. Many of the activators will also
try some of the DX bands such as 20m, as park activity is very popular
particularly in Europe.

Happy activating & best 73 from Paul VK5PAS."





MEDIA WATCH

There were 9 on Sundays VK5 160 meter B/Cast Call backs....

One caller was calling back while his KITE (Mobile) carried his antenna
aloft. Using 3 YES 3 Watts and most heard him on 5X9 +10 to 20db.

Another caller has called back for the first time ever, he has been licenced
for many years.

Cheers all the best 73 Mervyn VK5MX





MTN Global's latest brand commercial tells the story of a little boy who
discovers, via MTN's world class internet, that it is very simple to build
a homemade radio that will allow him to actually speak to an astronaut in
space.

He tries and fails and tries again, using the New World of MTN to embark on
a journey of discovery that takes a rather unexpected turn. Because that's
the thing about discovery, there's always more to discover

Well worth a YouTube look

MTN 'Space' -- Ham Radio on YouTube Commercial:
Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxU1ZhINaHk





THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.

REAST April Presentation & Workshop

On Wednesday April first Justin VK7TW will be taking the audience through
the theory, construction and use of a Linked Dipole for up to eight
frequencies of your choice.

He will also outline the use of these dipoles for SOTA, portable and home
operation.

These dipoles are ideal for first antenna builders and foundation licensees
as they require no Antenna Tuning Unit, they can be setup for any number of
bands, it's really easy to change bands, they are light for SOTA operation
at less than a kilogram, they pack into a small self-contained bag and most
importantly they are dirt cheap!





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack vk3www@wia.org.au
http://users.mackay.net.au/~ron/
http://www.homingin.com
http://www.ardf.org.au

10th IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships held in JA, 6th till 12th of September.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
arvideonews.com
hamradiotube.com
youtube.com
qdg.org.au


SSTV AND PACKET RADIO VIA SUWS WEBSDR

Martin, G8JNJ, reports excellent Slow Scan Television and Packet Radio signal
reception from the International Space Station using the online Southampton
University Wireless Society or SUWS WebSDR receiving station.

The omni-direction helix antennas at the WebSDR were designed with high
elevation satellites in mind. Comparisons with other WebSDRs show the SUWS
antennas provide a 6 to 10dB better signal to noise ratio on similar passes.

You can use the free online Southampton University Wireless Society Web
Software Defined Radio from your PC or Laptop to receive the ISS and the
many amateur radio satellites transmitting in the 144 to 146 MHz or
435 10 438 MHz bands. It also provides reception of High Altitude Balloons
in the 434 MHz band and coverage of the microwave 10368 to 10370 MHz spectrum
as well.

The Southampton University Wireless Society WebSDR can be tuned by a visit to
http://websdr.suws.org.uk

(AMSAT-UK)











WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER


First Greek CubeSat transmitting

Lambda-Sat, the first Greek CubeSat, was released from the
International Space Station on 4th March and its developers have
invited radio amateurs around the world to listen for its signal
and to file reports.

The 1U CubeSat transmits AX.25-protocol UI packets at 1200bps AFSK
on 437.462MHz. The 1W transmitter identifies as KK6DFZ.

Lambda-Sat was constructed entirely by young volunteers from
Greece, who travelled to Silicon Valley to participate in this
project. More details are at www.cyhams.org .










WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
http://rsgbiota.org


DINO ISLAND NO LONGER VALID FOR IOTA CREDIT

The United Kingdom-based Islands on the Air Committee has deleted Dino Island
from its list of eligible entities. The actual decision came about this past
January 1st after it was found that Dino no longer meets the requirements
laid down for IOTA qualification.

Over the years the distance separating the island from the mainland
has reduced as the beach area gradually encroached into the channel
and is now significantly less than the required 200 meters.

When it made its announcement, the Islands on the Air Committee says that
credit will continue to be given for contacts with Dino made before
January 1st of 2015,but not for any made after that date.

(ARNEWSLINE)




OC-136.

After his December Lord Howe Island VK2IAY/9 operation look for
Steve (G0UIH/VK2IAY/3D2FI) to be staying for 4 days on Phillip Island
(OC-136) between December 29th and January 1st (2016), and being active as
VK2IAY/3.

Activity will be SSB only on 20m around 14260 kHz.

A 4 colour special double QSL card will be available.

QSL is via G0UIH, direct or by the Bureau.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
http://www.scouts.com.au
http://www.scout.org/jota
http://www.international.scouts.com.au


CALLING FREQUENCIES
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
14.070

REAST it seems had standing room only in the clubrooms for a recent Tuesday
night session when they had 16 cub scouts, 6 parents and leaders.

Several REAST members took the group through what radio and amateur radio was
all about and what happens on top of the Queens Domain Wireless Station.
This included videos, questions & answers, scavenger hunt, presentation on
SOTA, DATV, morse code, the ISS and a fascination with that squid pole!!

(73, Reg, VK7KK, REAST Education Officer and Assessor)





SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
www.sotawatch.org
www.sota.org.uk

Andrew VK1DA is planning to activate a VK1 summit next Wednesday 1st April
and qualify the summit on the AM mode. Possibly Black Mt.

I am thinking the best band for this in vk1 would probably be 2m, 144.25
followed perhaps by 10m, 28.6, both bands being available to all licence
classes. The ft817 does Rx and Rx on AM.

40m is likely to be noisy in the evening but that is always a possibility too.
Interstate interest has been shown so a 40m frequency is also likely to be
used. Discussion on SOTA list, vk1-reflect.

(Amanda VK1WX President text edition only.)





REWIND a look back at history

Radio ham established WW1 listening post

The Telegraph newspaper in the UK reports on Hippisley Hut, named after
Richard John Bayntun Hippisley, an amateur radio enthusiast with the callsign
HLX

He worked with others to persuade the Admiralty to establish a radio station
here at the start of the Great War. They argued that they were picking up more
intelligence than the Marconi stations were.

Read The holiday home that won the First World War
telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11482593/The-holiday-home-that-won-the-First-World-War-and-other-amazing-conversions.html

The University of East Anglia, East Anglian Film Archives have a documentary
featuring R.J.B. Hippisley (HLX)

http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/5108

"Illustrated with archival film and photographs, as well as interviews with
those involved, the documentary traces the evolution of civilian involvement
in radio-based intelligence during that War.





SOCIAL SCENE 2015

March 28 WW Was Arduino Day, celebrate in VK3 with Geelong AR Club
March 29 VK3 EMDRC Hamfest

April 5 VK2 Urunga Radio Convention ( krgolden46@hotmail.com )
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
Foxhunting Championship

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 VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention Greyhound Track Redan.
Oct 25 VK4 Gold Coast Hamfest Broadbeach

Nov VK3 QRP By the Bay details from VK3YE held 2nd Saturday





FINAL FINAL

Australian Daylight Saving Time ends

While not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western
Australia, the rest of Australia does have Daylight Saving Time.

It ends on the first Sunday, April the 5th, which is also Easter Sunday,
when clocks set to Daylight saving time are turned back an hour.

Good to see those states realising the errors of their way and getting instep
with we in VK4 again! HiHi.











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