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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING April 5 2015.
IN OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA ANZAC commemorations - latest news
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF APRIL O5
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.
BALLOON ACROSS VK
Aussie balloon sets new height
A high altitude balloon flight from Deniliquin in southern New South Wales
has set an unofficial Australian record height before bursting and sending
its payload back to earth.
The latex balloon PS-37 launched by Andy Nguyen VK3YT reached an altitude
of 40,903 metres.
The flight sent aloft on Sunday the third of March was 328-metres higher
than the record set in 2011 by Project HORUS of South Australia.
The flight was tracked on APRS on 145.175MHz and RTTY using 434.650MHz, under
the callsign VK3YT-11.
Enthusiasts around the world study aerospace science, often with Amateur
Radio High Altitude Ballooning.
Many take part in the Global Space Balloon Challenge
that runs from Friday April 10th until Monday April the 27th.
So far it has 249 teams in 45 countries including Europe, Africa, South-East
Asia, the Americas, six from Australia and one in New Zealand.
In the world's largest high altitude ballooning event teams in various locations
launch into the stratosphere simultaneously.
On next week's VK1WIA broadcast is an article on an ambitious Australian
space adventure that invites the local Amateur Radio community to be involved.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WIA BOARD TALK
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Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP email@example.com
Secretary David Williams VK3RU firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
ANZAC commemorations - latest news
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) and the New Zealand Association
of Radio Transmitters (NZART) will be active with ANZAC-suffixed callsigns
from ANZAC Day April 25.
The two IARU member societies remember not only the original Australian and
New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) that served at Gallipoli and the Western Front,
but commemorates all servicemen and women.
In Australia on ANZAC Day there will be eight callsigns. These are from
Canberra (VK100ANZAC), Glenbrook (VI2ANZAC), Lake Boga (VI3ANZAC),
Biloela (VI4ANZAC), Adelaide (VI5ANZAC), Perth (VI6ANZAC), Moonah (VI7ANZAC)
and Darwin (VI8ANZAC).
The WIA website www.wia.org.au has details of about 35 events.
These include some battles, incidents, recorded voices of ANZACs, museums,
memorials, Victoria Cross recipients, and all pay honour to those who served
Across the Tasman the NZART will have ZL100ANZAC on air for a month.
A team of 20 DXers will operate the station ZL100ANZAC from ANZAC Day on
all HF bands using CW, SSB and data modes. Also joining the commemorative
activity are stations in Turkey and elsewhere.
While ZL100ANZAC is on air for one calendar month, the WIA program continues
until 20 December. On that day in 1915, Colonel John Paton was in charge
of the 'rear-guard' as the ANZACs, after suffering heavy losses, quietly
evacuated Gallipoli by ship.
ANZAC 100 STATIONS IN A LIL MORE DETAIL
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
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.
Again full details of all ANZAC Weekend events and the ANZAC Century Award,
please see the WIA website www.wia.org.au
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
EXPO at the Old Kingston Bus depot
Last week Murray VK1MDP, Amanda VK1WX and Bob McKinney manned a
demonstration/display table at this Canberra expo. They were one of 140
A great variety exhibitors including, Unicyclist, Flamenco dancing,
Model aircraft and boats, craft of many descriptions, Opera, brass bands,
choirs, even a mandolin orchestra.
In short a great opportunity to 'sruke our hobby."
CRARC had many enquiries about Amateur Radio even from 4 former Amateurs who
have let their licenses lapse and wanted to get back into Amateurs radio and
sort advice on how to go about it.
They handed out information sheets with club membership forms to around ten
to fifteen enquiries that ranged from amateurs wanting to rejoin the club
and those interested in participating in the hobby. In fact the 3 were kept
quite busy providing information.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
LISMORE REPEATER VK2SRC etc GO SOLAR.
The Lismore repeater shack is now on stand-alone solar power.
Installation of panels and control systems has been completed, mains power
will soon be disconnected, saving about $900 a year, 80% of which was being
paid just for the connection.
A new 2m repeater has been installed and has noticeably improved transmission
of the uplink audio. There is the same 3 minute time out, plus morse code
identification, slower than the previous one. At present, there is no DTMF
control, which means the timer cannot be remotely controlled, so for the time
being there will be no WIA news broadcast on Sunday mornings.
(Summerland News Letter)
What use is an F-call?
Having been an amateur for a number of years and having participated in many
outings, camp-outs, field days, public events and private portable operations,
you'd think that the art of packing is something that I have down to a tee.
If only it were so.
Personal adventures included forgetting the little connection cable that
joins the head of my radio with the body, forgetting to pack an N-type to
PL259 adapter, forgetting to pack an antenna for DX operation, forgetting a
log book, forgetting the power cable and I'm sure there are more things that
You might take away from this that I'm a forgetful person. I'm not sure that
I am. I think what happens is that I become complacent. I've been mobile so
many times and I've had to pack my gear for each outing, that I think that
I've got it all.
This complacency sneaks into other aspects of the hobby also.
I participate in a weekly net from my home, also known as my QTH, where I use
the same radio, plugged into the same aerial, the same power supply on the
same shelf next to my desk.
You'd think that with all that sameness, nothing would change.
If only it were so.
Connectors wander around, because they get disconnected after each net, so
there is no fixed installation. The coax is subject to the weather, the power
supply is sometimes used for other outings.
So, what do you do with all of this?
The gear we use is pretty costly, pretty fragile and subject to letting out
the white smoke if you were to cross the polarities of power, or short out
So, treat each activation as a separate event. Go through the whole kit in
your mind before you drive off and if you're setting up your radio, make sure
that each aspect of your radio operation is as expected.
Complacency can be an expensive mistake.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
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.
An Air Canada Airbus A320 landed in an antenna array 1,100 feet short of a
runway in Nova Scotia last week shearing off its landing gear, accident
None of the 130 people on board were seriously injured, the Transportation
Safety Board of Canada said, as the plane, which also clipped an electrical
wire, skidded on its belly across a snowy field and then down a runway for
about 2,200 feet.
I'd say they're pretty lucky, and that Antenna sure picked up more than
it bargained for!
Kigali short wave relay to close
Deutsche Welle is shutting down its relay station at Kigali in Rwanda.
Established in 1965 it is the broadcaster's last short wave relay.
When the relay station first started transmitting in 1965, it was about 15 km
from the city center. Kigali has grown in the meantime and the station now
finds itself in the suburbs. The plot of land on which the station stands has
skyrocketed in value. But the price of real estate was just one issue
Guido Baumhauer, Deutsche Welle's director of distribution, was forced to face
when negotiating with the Rwandan government.
"Even if we wanted to stay, we couldn't because our contract with the
Rwandan government is expiring and they do not wish to renew it," he said.
Read the full Deutsche Welle story at
World Amateur Radio Day, 18 April 2015. Every 18th of April, radio amateurs
worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day.
It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was
formed in Paris.
Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the
frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened
administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to
experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout
the radio spectrum. From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the
IARU has grown to include over 160 member-societies in the three regions.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognised the IARU as
representing the interests of Amateur Radio.
World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our
capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs
worldwide. 18 April is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell
the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can
provide and the fun we have. We hope you will join in the fun and education
that is World Amateur Radio Day!
Captive Radio Audience
Southgate News have a rather interesting article about prisoners who make
their own two-way radios to communicate.
Read the article 'How some inmates hack, rewire, and retool their radios
to create walkie-talkies.'
The link we like for this is on the text edtion
G3TXF wins Cass Award for ZD9XF
The Cass Award encourages DXpedition operating excellence and the 2014
Single-Operator Cass Award has been won by Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF.
It was awarded for his DXpedition to the island of Tristan da Cunha as
ZD9XF in September 2014 where he worked 9314 unique stations during the
first 14 days of his one-man DXpedition. The award states that it
demonstrated an outstanding effort to log as many DXers as possible and
set a new Single-Operator Cass Award record.
UK Community broadcast radio station Cambridge 105 is a voluntary organisation
with over ten radio amateurs involved.
On Good Friday, 3rd April, they are going back to the days of pirate
radio and setting up a completely analogue studio on the Riverboat
Georgina, moored on the River Cam. The day's music will cover the whole
pirate radio era, from the 60s to early 90s when the last ship, Ross
Revenge, ceased transmission.
They have also teamed up with the DARC team who took over Deutsche
Welle's short wave licence on 6,070kHz and, for the duration of the
broadcast, Cambridge 105 will be relayed across Europe on their 10kW
transmitter in southern Germany, near Munich.
Dom, M0BLF will be managing QSL cards for any SWLs who hear them on 49m
on the day. Anyone wanting to listen can do so on 105MHz VHF, online at
http://cambridge105.fm or, between 10.00 and 22.00 on Good Friday, on
FULL-DUPLEX RADIO INTEGRATED CIRCUITS DEMONSTRATED.
Some new technology holds the promise of two-way radio in the literal sense.
Heather Embee KB3TZD has that story
A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology that's
called full-duplex radio integrated circuits. These are I-C's that can be
implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and
reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio.
Up to now, this has been thought to be impossible. It's always been assumed
that transmitters and receivers either work at different times or at the same
time but at different frequencies. The Columbia team, led by Electrical
Engineering Associate Professor Harish Krishnaswamy is the first to
demonstrate an Integrated Circuit that can accomplish this technology.
The researchers presented their work at the International Solid-State Circuits
Conference in San Francisco.
More is at tinyurl.com/two-way-chip.
CW GEEKS GUIDE TO HAVING FUN WITH MORSE CODE
Passing a CW test is no longer required to get an amateur radio license, but
there's still a mystique about Morse Code, and many hams are interested in
acquiring this skill and getting on the air. That being the case,
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, has announced the publication of his new book titled
"The "CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code."
KB6NU is the author of the "No-Nonsense" license study guides and one of
amateur radio's leading bloggers at KB6NU.com
His new "CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code" is all about helping
hams learn Morse, assisting in finding a key that's right for them, and
showing them how to get on the air. It also teaches hams how to use
abbreviations, Q-signals and prosigns properly.
The "CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code" is available in several
different formats. These include a PDF, Nook, or Kindle e-book versions
directly from KB6NU.com
Paperback copies can be purchased through amazon.com
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
A story has surfaced from Business Insider Australia about a scientist at the
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, who doesn't want to
send just one message: He wants to broadcast billions of messages by
transmitting the entire internet into space.
"Such a large corpus with its text, pictures, videos and sounds would
allow clever extraterrestrials to decipher much about our society, and even
formulate questions that could be answered with the material in hand,"
Seth Shostak wrote on March 27 in the opinion section of The New York Times.
"Sending the web on its way would take months if a radio transmitter were
used," Shostak writes in his article, but "A powerful laser, conveying bits
much like an optical fibre, could launch these data in a few days."
And at least judging by posts on the internets FaceBook ET sure would know
what we had for dinner and of our likes!
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
NEWS TALK AND RADIO SPORT
This is Denis (VK4AE), WIA Coordinator for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day.
Firstly, I would like to thank all of those people who have taken the time to
prepare and submit their log as entry to this years contest. So far there has
been a significant increase in the number of logs submitted, when compared
with last year. However, it has been observed that quite a number of club
stations who took part in the contest have not yet made the effort to submit
a log on behalf of their club station. A timely reminder is necessary as
time is running out.
The weather has clearly made a significant influence this year in South
Eastern Queensland and northern NSW with many stations reporting thunderstorms
strong winds and heavy rain. Operating in storm conditions at any time is
risky at any time, but in a portable situation it could be downright dangerous
This is a real pity about field day operations, your planning can cope with
most things, but you have to take whatever it is that nature throws at you.
So do not forget that the closing date for entries this year is the 19th April
so you really must put in the effort in the next few days to get your logs to
me in good time.
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015
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.
DC0KK will active as 4S7KKG from Sri Lanka through until April 10th.
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.
Ivan is active as SU 9 IG from Cairo until June 15, 2016!
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL to home call, OM 3 CGN
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.
J 38 NN and J 38 MM
W6NN and KE1B will be operating as J38NN and J38MM, respectively, from Grenada
between May 23rd and the 31st using a single station with 100w watts and a
Buddipole antenna system on 40 through 10 including 30, 17 and 12 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSLs can go via their home callsigns (W6NN and KE1B) by the bureau.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT's Director of Field Operations, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK says the
FieldOps team is working to make how-to-operate-satellites information
readily available on the web.
Based on a hamfest handout designed and written by Patrick, "Getting Started
with the FM Satellites", is available for download.
Patrick shows the basic equipment and techniques to learn successful operating
on the satellites. This guide also gives specific information on how to
operate via SO-50, the only currently available FM satellite at the moment.
Patrick's guide is posted at:
http://www.amsat.org --> Satellite Info --> Station and Operating Hints.
The direct link is
where you'll find the link "Operating FM Satellites"
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP and WEAK SIGNAL COMMUNICATION
G3RJV wins prestigious technical award
RadCom author and famous QRPer George Dobbs, G3RJV has been
awarded the Dayton Hamvention Technical Excellence Award for a
lifetime of work for QRP.
He has helped many amateur radio operators build their own
equipment as well as writing columns in both Practical Wireless
and RadCom and books on the subject.
Other winners are Tim Duffy, K3LR who was awarded Amateur of the
Year and Thomas Medlin, W5KUB who received the Special Achievement Award.
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 ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to Vanuatu
following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 tropical
storm that hit the archipelago on 13th March.
They dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 broadband global area network
terminals and 35 solar panels to the island nation to support relief
Vanuatu radio amateur Rod Newell, YJ8RN, reported that his home survived the
recent devastation from Cyclone Pam with only minor damage, although he still
has no electrical power. A bank of solar panels and a small gasoline
generator are permitting him to live off the grid at least for a little while.
"I have had light and ice cream all the way through," the Australian expat
told The Daily DX.com
He ran his two-stroke 800 W generator 15 hours a day for 10 days to keep his
refrigerator and water pump running. He has estimated that commercial power
will be out for another 10 days or so.
He noted that Vanuatu connected to a fiber optic cable in early 2014, which
made it possible for scenes of destruction to be shared with the rest of the
world. Newell said the northern part of the island archipelago caught just the
edge of the storm and suffered little damage. The southern island of Tanna,
with some 30,000 inhabitants, and Erromango, just north of Tanna and with
barely 2000 residents, were the worst hit.
One radio amateur has put his Twin engined Otter aircraft to use as part of
the relief efforts.
Newell said he spent 3 days on Tanna setting up HF radios for the local
airline, the Red Cross, and the police, and he just returned from doing the
same on Santo to the north.
The YJ0XG operation by Haru Uchida, JA1XGI, is still on schedule for
April 13-19. The resort he booked suffered only minimal damage from the
cyclone, although ac power is still being worked out.
The ZL3X group that operated from Vanuatu last October as YJ0X has donated
$1000 to the Red Cross appeal.
(from RSGB and a story on eHam sourced to http://www.dailydx.com/
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo Everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW.
On behalf of the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia I wish everyone
a happy and safe Easter and also remind you that tomorrow, Easter Monday,
the April RAOTC monthly bulletin goes to air.
This month, as well as all the usual Club news and business, we have an item
on the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope which was held over from last
month, plus a tribute to Barry VK6WF who has done much for the RAOTC in VK6
but who is now leaving WA for pastures new in NSW.
The primary HF transmission starts at 0100 UTC tomorrow on 20 metres on
14.150 MHz upper sideband, beamed north from Melbourne for eastern states
listeners. An hour later, at 0200 UTC, we have transmissions for WA on
40 metres on 7060 kHz as well as via all linked NewsWest repeaters.
Additionally, throughout the day there are a number of local news relays on
HF, VHF and UHF. Details for your local area can be found on the RAOTC website
Membership. Full membership is available to those who have held an amateur
licence or equivalent for at least 25 years, or 10 years for
Associate membership. Later this year, the first Foundation
licencees become eligible for Associate membership and may wish
to consider joining us.
Once again, the April RAOTC bulletin goes to air tomorrow and we look forward
to your call back afterwards.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
REWIND a look back at history
Of the 10,000-plus staff at the UK Government's Code and Cypher School during
World War II, two-thirds were female.
Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was like as part of the
code-breaking operation during World War II. "I was given one sentence,
'We are breaking German codes, end of story'." It was Ruth Bourne's first job
out of college, when, like thousands of other young British women during
World War II, she was recruited to aid the Allied cipher-breaking efforts at
Today, the mansion in the heart of the southeast English countryside is
famous for being where the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing cracked the
Nazi's Enigma code. Because Turing's individual achievements were so momentous
it's sometimes forgotten that more than 10,000 other people worked at the
Government Code and Cypher School, of whom more than two-thirds were female.
These servicewomen played a pivotal role in an operation that decrypted
millions of German messages and which is credited with significantly
shortening the war.
A post script to this story sourced to eHam is that the 2015 reunion of the
Radio Security Service will take place at Bletchley Park on 10th May.
The venue for the meeting will be in the Teleprinter Hall.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information if you wish to
(RSGB and eHam)
SOCIAL SCENE 2015
April 5 VK2 Urunga Radio Convention ( email@example.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
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
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