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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING April 12 2015.
OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS


Tests may lead to Australia joining the space race

A group of enthusiasts plan to launch a 100 per cent locally built balloon
carried glider in outback Queensland as a possible forerunner to getting the
country back in space.

Australia once had space launches from Woomera in South Australia, and over
the years there's been talk of other launch sites, but nothing appears to
have happened.

However Project ThunderStruck, headed by father and son Robert Brand VK2URB
and Jason VK2FJAB, has an ambitious venture that promises to see a glider
lifted by a balloon to an altitude of 45km from Longreach in September.

>From there the glider will free-fall reaching supersonic speed for a short
time. The Phase 1 balloon and glider flights are to be recorded by telemetry
and cameras.

Robert VK2URB admits he's too busy to play Amateur Radio, leaving an option
of someone else to use the balloon's 2kg capacity that's big enough for a
small repeater or similar package.

A suitable ham package for each phase of the ThunderStruck project is now
being sought.

In six or seven years the knowledge gained through ThunderStruck may lead
to the launch of CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio to the planet Mars.

More can be read on the website www.projectthunderstruck.org

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





Still 'in space, or near to it:-

Another pico balloon flight splashes down

The latest helium filled pico party-type foil balloon to be launched from
Melbourne stayed afloat six days before descending into the Pacific Ocean
short of South America.

Andy Nguyen VK3YT put up the solar powered party balloon PS-40 transmitting
25mW on HF WSPR and JT9, with it being tracked by VK and ZL stations.

The balloon that went up on Sunday March the 29th travelled well with a path
taking it north of New Zealand and continuing east, before splashing down
on Good Friday.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





To commemorate ANZAC 100 a series of articles is to appear in Amateur Radio
magazine.

Michael Charteris VK4QS looks at a radio amateur who served in WW1, who was
perhaps our first known emergency communicator, and used his engineering
skills in the WWII effort.

The article says Andrew Couper was born in July 1893, at Mareeba in North
Queensland. His parents owned the local Vulcan Foundry.

He was involved with wireless experimenting at the age of 16 while a shift
electrician at the Chillagoe Smelters in 1910.

It would be four years before Andy officially received an Amateur Radio
Experimental Licence on January the 31st 1914, and by April he had the
callsign XQM. In August that year, the government ended Amateur Radio with
the declaration of war.

Andy Couper tried to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in 1914, but
turned down due to initial very rigid medical grounds.

With slightly lower standards he enlisted in October 1916, aged 23, and in
January 1917, after training headed for the war.

In July 1917, the 45th Battalion AIF arrived around Ypres in Belgium, just
in time for the Battle of Passchendaele with its heavy loss of life.

Being seriously injured he had surgery and needed recuperation.

After the war he returned home to Mareeba, married, and engaged in church
and hospital work.

In the early 1920s Amateur Radio was restored and the ardent ham became 4BW
in 1925.

Later in February 1927 when a cyclone struck North Queensland cutting all
communications, he used his Amateur Radio station with Leighton Gibson 4BN
in Brisbane, first for press traffic then private messages.

During WWII his engineering skills were in demand by troops. For example
a sensitive hospital thermometer was wanted. At no charge Andy made one with
accuracy of half of a degree Fahrenheit.

Later he took over the family foundry with his brother Charlie. His skills
also saw him become a hospital radiographer. In the early 1950s he was badly
burned by an x-ray machine.

His great scientific understanding foresaw the earth encircled by
communicating satellites - at the time Sputnik 1 had been launched by the
Soviet Union.

We lost Andy Couper on July 7th 1958, just short of his 65th birthday. He
was a wireless pioneer, gave distinctive war service, and was a Wireless
Institute of Australia Life Member.





Gallipoli signallers provide battle links

As soon as the Anzac's landed at Gallipoli on April the 25th 1915, signallers
well-trained and proficient in Morse code, signalling on flag, lamp and
heliograph, as well as in map reading, immediately began laying telephone
lines.

Writing in the FIST Down Under newsletter for April, Alan Gibbs VK6PG said
the signallers identified by a right arm patch, by midnight that day were
at headquarters with working telephones and message-forms.

They were in contact with troop brigades. However, at times movement was
so quick that the phone network lines could not keep up.

Alan VK6PG said many signallers were killed or injured when repairing lines,
and forced to show themselves as they relayed messages manually.

Where it was not possible to lay landlines, visual signalling was used,
sometimes flags or sun-light by day, and Lucas Lamps at night.

It was always extremely dangerous to transmit towards the front of the
battlefield, as this would attract enemy rifle fire.

In many cases, both Turkish and ANZAC phone wires were in the same trench,
along with many dead and wounded soldiers from both sides.

Amidst the enormous chaos of warfare, the signallers did a massive job in
keeping communications operational both in the field and with supporting
war ships nearby.





ANZAC 100 is much anticipated

The commemoration of the battle at Gallipoli 100 years ago will be on the bands
thanks to the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the New Zealand Association
of Radio Transmitters (NZART), and the Telsizve Radyo Amatrleri Cemiyeti of
Turkey (TRAC).

They remember the heavy losses in war, and pay honour to all war veterans. The
major focus begins on ANZAC Day April the 25th (ANZAC stands for the Australian
and New Zealand Army Corp).

On that day the three IARU member societies remember the original Anzac's and
the Ottoman Empire soldiers who did battle at Gallipoli in Turkey.

Many radio amateurs played a key role in war-time communications. To show
respect, Amateur Radio has a range of events that include the use of
commemorative callsigns.

In Australia on ANZAC Day alone there will be eight ANZAC-suffixed callsigns -
with the WIA website www.wia.org.au listing nearly 40 events along with other
details.

These include some battles, incidents, recorded voices of Anzac's, museums,
memorials, Victoria Cross recipients, and all pay honour to those who served
their country.

The NZART will have ZL100ANZAC on air for a month with a team ready to operate.

Turkey is very active with TC100-prefixed stations including A, B, E, K, GLB,
GP, GS, KT and VKZL.

The world will be listening for ANZAC 100 activity - Lest We Forget.





ANZAC Day annual on air event

The ANZAC Day AM & CW event asks us to consider changing mode on Amateur
Radio bands nets, as an honour and Amateur Radio salute to those who served
or are serving.

The idea was conceived by Mike 'Banjo' Patterson VK4MIK, ex-Royal Australian
Navy, and organised by the Tablelands Radio Group.

It started with a thought by WWII Coastwatcher Lionel Veale who used in Papua
New Guinea the Australian Designed and Built ATR4A to report intelligence
using QRP.

Organisers ask if possible to set up at a former defence site. Listen for
HMAS Diamantina VK4RAN in the afternoon on CW on 7020 or 7025 and 14038 or
14052 plus or minus QRM.

Another special opportunity is Maurie Camps VK2DCD at Coleambally in the
Riverina, with a WWII SOE 'suit case radio' on CW on 7025 to 7040. They only
put out a couple of watts, but have recently had some good contacts.

Johhno Karr VK3FMPB at the Ballarat showgrounds, a former Army staging point.

The Tableland Radio Group VK4GHL is to be near the WWII AGH Igloo at Rocky
Creek War Memorial Park, restored by the local council and the Rotary Club.

The Townsville Amateur Radio Club AX4WIT at Jezzine Barracks will have a
parade with visiting guests from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

The Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum in Victoria will be on air thanks to Amateur
Radio Victoria and the Sunraysia Radio Group.

Alan Waye AX5PBZ at Tumby Bay RSL using 7040 CW, 7290 AM, 14060 CW, 14286
AM.

Among the expanding list is the Ingham RSL in North Queensland, under the
callsign of AX4MS - this is the first joint activity by the local radio
amateurs.

The AM Narly Net is on 3600 at 0630 local and then the same mode appears
at 7115 4pm local.

This is all good publicity. The RSL is very appreciative. It's a simple fact
that radio played a major part in the defence operations. Many radio amateurs
went on to serve and joined Amateur Radio in post-military service.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

VK2
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Wednesday 15 April is lecture night at the Manly-Warringah Radio Society, and
this month's lecture promised to be a real treat for RF hackers. Not many
people in the world can say they rescued a lost NASA space probe, but this
month's speaker, Balint Seeber, is one of the few who can.

In 1978, NASA launched the International Sun/Earth Explorer, ISEE-3 ["EYE SEE
THREE"] space probe, which later became the first spacecraft to visit a comet
in 1985. The probe was active until its formal mission ended in 1997, though
NASA made occasional status checks on the probe until 2008.

In April last year, the ISEE-3 Reboot Project announced its intention to
reactivate the probe. With the help of crowd-funding and some NASA advisors,
the group accessed old NASA project documentation and were able simulate the
probe's modulator / demodulator hardware using software-defined radio (SDR)
technology. In May, they successfully reactivated the probe.

Balint Seeber will tell more about his involvement in this landmark project,
and talk about many more innovative uses of SDR technology to explore the
invisible "wireless world" around us.

The Manly-Warringah Radio Society usually meets every Wednesday evening at the
1st Terrey Hills Guides Hall, Beltana Avenue, Terrey Hills. Doors open at 7.30
for an 8 p.m. start, and visitors are always welcome. If you need directions,
call in on the club's two metre repeater on 146.875 MHz, or visit the club's
web site at www.mwrs.org.au for more information.

(Richard VK2SKY, MWRS Publicity Officer)





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Hi everyone, this is Ann VK4FAHF with news from the Brisbane Amateur Radio
Club.

Well, BARCfest 2015 is almost upon us.

The venue will be the same as last year, the Salvation Army Church Hall,
corner of Beaudesert Road and Kameruka Street, Calamvale. Start time is
9.30am Saturday the 9th of May finishing at 3pm.

Entry fee is $7 which includes a ticket in the lucky door prize.

There will be the usual mix of Commercial, Club and Private tables on offer,
VK4-ICE Communications will be there!

We also have the famous Caf de BARC serving delicious delicacies to tempt
the hungry visitor.

Hope to see you there on the 9th May.

This is Ann VK4FAHF from the Brisbane Amateur Radio Club reporting.





The Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club is holding the Theresa Creek
Campout near Clermont QLD from Friday afternoon June 5th to Monday afternoon
June 8th at the Theresa Creek Dam Camping and Water Sports Facility.

The camping facilities are 22km by road southwest of the Clermont CBD





VK8

VI8ANZAC and day after ANZAC day is from the Darwin North RSL.
It will show Amateur Radio to the local community with media representatives
invited.

This commemorative event will be for 7 DAYS from the 25th.

Plenty of activity on the HF bands from the Top End by serving Defence members
who are very honoured by access to VI8ANZAC.

Bob VK4DA / VK8BOB / Dale VK4DMC also involved in this
VI8ANZAC activity





DISCUSSION POINT

What use is an F-call?

As you gain more experience as an Amateur I've found that I spend more time

listening and less time talking. I set my radio up in my car, get comfortable

with a clipboard and headphones and tune up and down the dial listening for

stations. I do this regularly. I've listened to the bands enough to know that

each band has its own "feel", the crackle and hiss of each one slightly but

distinctly different.

On occasion I've had the fortune to be able to spend more than a few hours

listening, scanning and attempting to add to my QRP or low power contact list.

On these rare but rewarding outings I've observed something that you can only

really get by experiencing it. Quite suddenly, within the space of 15 seconds
or so, the band changes. The closest analogy I can come up with is to think of
an out of focus camera that suddenly shows the picture in full and clear detail.

It's not the same as what happens on air, but it's the best way I can describe

it.

When you listen to a band, you'll hear stations as you tune past. The phenomenon

is not like tuning in a station, it's not like being slightly off frequency and

all of a sudden getting it just right, it's more of a contrast experience, to

use the light analogy.

When you hear this, it's quite breath taking, sometimes it lasts for an hour,

sometimes only for a few minutes, but in order to hear it, you need to actually

be there.

I really like how Amateur Radio can continue to surprise me.

What surprises has this hobby given you of late?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB





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

Radio amateurs in much of the UK and Crown Dependencies will have access to an
extra 1 MHz of VHF spectrum from 70.5 to 71.5 MHz for digital experimentation
by special permit. RSGB say further details of the application process will be
published in due course. Permission will be subject to geographical restriction
and Scotland is precluded.

Read the RSGB announcement at
http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/headlines/2015/04/02/new-spectrum-digital-

experimentation/




Limitations of short range device licences

Recent work by New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management has shown a need for good
radio frequency engineering practices to be employed at ports following an
investigation of interference on container-loader driver's radio systems.

RSM traced the interference to newly-installed high-power transmitters that were

causing front-end overload of the port's radio equipment. The movement of
containers is critical for efficient and safe port operations.

Some ports use a wireless location system for containers using Short Range
Devices authorised by a General User Radio Licence. In making the choice to
use such a system, operators must take into account the shared nature of the
licence and that no regulatory protection is given from the interfering effects
of other radio services.





We have received news from two radio amateurs planning various special
operations over the next couple of weeks:

Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, at Rosh Pinah has informed us that he and Marcos Turbo,
PY1MHZ, in Rio de Janeiro are planning scatter tests from the International
Space Station (ISS) on 144 MHz. The distance of this scatter path is 5000 km
and midway distance to ISS is 2500 km. He says his 2 kilowatt amplifiers have
arrived, but his normal co-axial cable will have to be replaced with a thicker
co-axial cable to handle the higher power. Pieter will conduct his initial
tests with a 10 element Yagi until Pine ZS6OB has completed a new antenna
system for him.





Training and exam search on RSGB website

The RSGB has announced the launch of a new service on its website.

The UK Course and Exam Finder allows you to search for specific courses, or for
exam centres, in your area. UK hams in particular just enter your Town or
post code. (ZIP)

www.rsgb.org/find-courses




WEIRD? no but still wonderful

Almost making it into our weird and wonderful files this week is an article
first appearing in "The Times of India."

While you make faces and shut your ears at the loud ear-splitting horns blown
by trains, did you ever give it a thought that they might have their own
rhythm, a beat or a pattern? Not many would. But Indian Railways use 32 kinds
of horns to communicate with workers along the track, who are responsible for
operating scores of trains safely.

These horns can be heard at a distance of up to three kilometers in densely
populated areas, while in open fields the sound ripples across to cover a few
more kilometers.

For instance, when a chain is pulled to stop a running train, the loco pilot
of the train gives two short horns and a long horn, similarly in cases of
emergency or danger, the pilot continuously gives four short horns and THEY
are just 2 of the 32 signals in use.






OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015

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

I would like to thank all of those people who have continued to take the time
to prepare and submit their log as entry to this year's contest.

There has been a significant increase in the number of logs submitted, when
compared with last year. Unfortunately there were hardly any logs submitted
over Easter so I had an unexpected slow period.

It has been observed that quite a number of club stations who actually 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 other problem this year is that the Snail Mail system is even slower than
previous years and letters are slower to be received from Melbourne than a
letter from the U.K. So do not wait until the last minute as you could miss
out getting it here on time.

So do not forget that the closing date for entries this year is the 19th April,
and you really must put in the effort in the next few days to get your logs to
me in time.



CONTESTS CONTINUED

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




RSGB President to conduct contest review

Following disquiet about the adjudication of a recent RSGB
Contest, the Board has asked RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL, to
conduct a broad review of the key aspects of contest management.

In addition the Board has asked the Contest Committee to suspend
and then revisit the disputed results after the review has
concluded. The Board has considerable confidence in the Contest
Committee, and is sure that together with representatives of the
contest community they will rise to the challenge of ensuring that
RSGB Contests continue to be well respected and attract top
contesters as well as new entrants.

RSGB President John would like to draw together a review team of up to
20 people with a range of interests within the UK contesting community.

g3wkl@rsgb.org.uk







SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE


Four Japanese operators are active from Samoa until April 15.
Calls to look for are 5W0KJ, 5W0JY, 5W0VE and 5W0MA.
160 - 10m on SSB, CW and RTTY.





Chatham Island by three New Zealanders using the callsign ZL7E until 15th April.
40 - 10m on SSB, CW and RTTY.





The extensive collection of historic radio exhibits at the Sandford Mill
Museum in Chelmsford will be open to the public on Saturday, April 25
to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi who was born on that date in
1874.

The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be operating a demonstration
station, call sign GX0MWT, in the historic Marconi 2MT Writtle broadcast hut
which is now housed inside the museum.





3 A 90 IARU is the special callsign for the Association of Radio Amateur of
Monaco to use until 30th June in celebration of the 90th anniversary of IARU.
QSL via 3 A 2 ARM.





AWARDS

The 2nd anniversary of the VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award has been
and gone. On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th March 2015, a special
activation weekend was held to celebrate this special event. And what a
weekend it was.

There were a total of 111 park activations, and of those, 81 were unique parks
in other words, different parks.

A total of 43 activators headed out all across South Australia to activate
parks. South Australia was certainly well represented with activations taking
place in the Far North, the South East, the Riverland, the Adelaide Hills,
Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide metropolitan area, and the Yorke Peninsula.

All up, the activators made over 3,000 QSOs.

Special thanks to Tony VK3VTH and Tim VK3MTB who travelled across the border
to conduct multiple activations here in South Australia

Many of these parks also qualified for the World Wide Flora and Fauna award
with a number of activators taking advantage of the good conditions and
working DX on 20m.

If you would like more information on the VK5 Parks award, please visit our
website www.vk5parks.com

Looking forward to next year.

Best 73 and thanks for listening.

I'm Paul, VK5PAS on behalf of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society.





AX-prefixed QSL carded stations now have an ANZAC award

If you intend to use the alternative prefix of 'AX' in your callsign on April
25th and 26th, then consider registering now on the WIA website to let others
know, and possibly qualify for an operating award.

To register, use your AX callsign, its location and an email address - it's
that simple.

Award rules are easy. Log a symbolic 100 points for the Gallipoli Century,
each ordinary VK callsign is worth 1 point, ANZAC-suffixed callsigns including
ZL100ANZAC or any WWI commemorative station which includes the TC100-prefix
stations Turkey, the OP0PPY station in Belgium and at overseas war memorials
and cemeteries, are worth 10 points each.

All award claims are done electronically and must include an image of the
claimants AX callsign QSL card.

The registration, rules and how to claim are all on the WIA website.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER

HAM RADIO CREW EXPANDS ON ISS

The number of ham radio operators on-board the International Space Station is
now at three. This following the March 28th arrival of Russian cosmonauts
Mikhail Kornienko, RN3BF, and Gennady Padalka, RN3DT, along with NASA astronaut
Scott Kelly.

European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, will return to
Earth in May, after Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS; Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX, and Kimiya
Yui arrive at the ISS as part of a scheduled crew rotation. Cristoforetti has
conducted several Amateur Radio school contacts during her time on board the
ISS.
(ARRL, NASA)





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

The current IOTA 'Honour Roll' and 'Annual Listings' are updated on the IOTA
website. 168 participants have more than 1000 IOTA references confirmed,
another 484 more than 750.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

ILLW USA entry number 200

The prestigious 200th entry in the International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend in August goes to the Point Fermin lighthouse, built in 1874 of lumber
from California redwoods.

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will put it on air as W6A. The square cylindrical
wood tower rising from a 2-storey wood Italianate Victorian keeper's house
has a very interesting history.

In 1941 it was extinguished due to the Pearl Harbor bombing, amid fears that
the light would serve as a beacon for enemy planes and ships.

In 2002, at a cost $2.6 million it was restored, is on the National Register
of Historic Places and open to the public.

Point Fermin takes the number of US entries in the ILLW to 23. There are
more than 200 from 23 countries with four months to the fun-event on August
the 15th and 16th.

A dedicated website with an online registration form and past reports is
at: www.illw.net

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME

Maritime Radio Day

This annual event is held this year on April the 14th and 15th to remember
the years of wireless and seafarers.

Wireless was used on ships from the early days of the 1900s and ended in
1998, to be replaced by automatic communications and positioning technology.

The event is open to all radio amateurs, and special stations at coastal
stations, naval establishments and maritime museums are encouraged.

More details are available at www.trafficlist.net

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





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

South Australia's Southern Districts Car Club have approached WICEN SA for
radio assistance after a recent presentation by WICEN SA to the Rally SA Panel.

The ASP Southern Rally will be held on Sunday 3rd May in the Second Valley
Forests.

WICEN SA and SCARC have been requested to supply minimum of twelve (12)
volunteers from 0700 on Sunday 3rd May, until approximately 1700.

Commercial UHF frequencies with WICEN SA supplied radios means anyone can
volunteer to experience two way radio portable operations and a dirt road car
rally.

(Andrew VK5FMAC Secretary, WICEN SA)





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

Global SOTA News

One Millionth SOTA QSO logged was a VK Contact!

SOTA Watch Reflector has it that the one millionth SSB QSO logged was between
Bernard VK2IB/3 and Peter VK3PF on summit VK3/VE-064 on 40m on the 28 March.

(sourced to vk7 news)





SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - LOW DOWN
Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:- https://groups.yahoo.com/group/sub9khz/

It may have been a WSPR but what a contact!

630m VK to JA

The 474.2 kHz contact was transmitted by Phillip Dwyer VK3ELV in Mt Bruno
and was received by Tetsuya Hirose, JN1MSO in Tokyo over a distance of 8031km.

Phillip was using just 100W and was received with a -27 signal level with 3dB
to spare on the WSPR scale.

(Sourced to VK7WI)





SOCIAL SCENE 2015

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 )

ANZAC 100 weekend sees States @ Northern Territory activate their ANZAC calls.



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.

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


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 5- 7 VK4 Central Highlands ARC & Theresa Creek Campout, Clermont.
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












Submitting news items


A reminder when supplying HamFest info we obviously can't plug commercial
traders "on air", but we at the WIA will put your supporters in this text
edition "no worries."

If you would like to submit news items for inclusion in the
VK1WIA broadcasts, please email your item in text to nationalnews@wia.org.au
and don't JUST send url's links but take the time to pen YOUR contribution.

To submit audio read "how to submit items" in the weekly news page on
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/contribute/

Remember the sooner you submit material the more the likelihood of it being
broadcast in the very next edition of WIA National News. Each item will only
be broadcast once, if you want a couple of mentions, please submit different
slants to keep your event 'fresh 'and always if the news room is to read your
item write in the 3rd person.

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Societies and Club News Letter Editors can EXCHANGE a feed prior to
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Call-backs follow the RF editions, but also for text readers you may
lodge a quick reply to let us know you read it, who knows, you might
even get a "cheerio call".

Thanks to our dedicated band of broadcast volunteers who utilize their time
and equipment in bringing you this weekly broadcast.
Who and where are they? http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/where/

The purpose of "WIANews" is to rapidly provide news of interest to
active amateurs residing in Australia and the globe.

We strongly encourage membership in the Wireless Institute of Australia
and participation in the activities of local clubs. Opinions expressed in
"WIANews" are those of the writers who submit material and do not necessarily
reflect those of the rebroadcasters, nor the National WIA, but are broadcast
in the spirit in which they were submitted."

Material may be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form, a credit to
WIANews wouldn't go astray...

Who listens to radio? A weekly 'tally sheet' is sent to all rebroadcasters
and interested listeners, to get your free copy send a blank email to:-
wiabroadcasters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.au
Put the word subscribe in the title or subject field

How do I join this National News List? (subscribe for an automatic weekly feed.)
Email to vk1wia-news-join@lists.wia.org.au
from the email account that you wish the emails to go to.


How do I leave this National News List? (unsubscribe your weekly feed)
Open mail program which sends mail from the address you want to unsubscribe.
Send mail to the list unsubscribe address vk1wia-news-leave@lists.wia.org.au
You will be sent a confirmation mail and must follow the instructions given
in that mail to complete the unsubscription.

Once your unsubscription has been processed, you will probably
receive another message confirming your unsubscription from the list,
and at that point you should stop receiving messages.

National News compiled by VK4BB on behalf of the National WIA.


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