NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING April 26 2015.
News Story from Radio Today on the retirement of Graham Kemp VK4BB
The Centenary of Gallipoli
The tribute by Amateur Radio is underway to honour the ANZAC spirit, service
and sacrifice. ANZAC-suffixed callsigns can be heard from Australia and
Overseas is the commemorative callsign ZL100ANZAC in New Zealand.
Many TC100 prefixed stations in Turkey including those by the Trkiye Radyo
Amatrleri Cemiyeti (TRAC).
The Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union (UBA) has its OP0PPY station at Dreve,
next to the Polygon Wood Memorial of WWI.
A large number of VK radio amateurs, some of them also at their local Returned
Services League, are using the alternative callsign prefix of AX.
The Gallipoli campaign was one of the greatest Ottoman victories during WWI,
and a major allied failure. Both the Turks, then under the Ottoman Empire, and
allied forces suffered heavy losses in that conflict.
It became a defining moment in Turkey's history.
The Turkish War of Independence raged soon after WWI with freedom from the
crumbling Ottoman Empire, and formation of the Republic of Turkey.
The Gallipoli campaign is in the Australian and New Zealand psyche. It has left
us with a powerful legacy. ANZAC Day was held for the first time in 1916 with
ceremonies and services in Australia, a London march, and a sports day at the
Australian camp in Egypt.
The landing of ANZACs at 4:28am on April the 25th, 1915, is commemorated
annually on ANZAC Day, our most significant commemoration of military
casualties and returned men and women.
From Australia's national capital of Canberra there was a commemorative dawn
broadcast on Amateur Radio. We will listen to it now.
ANZAC Day Opening Address- President Wireless Institute of Australia, Phil Wait
From every corner of our Nation, ordinary men and women signed up to serve in
World War I. Their deeds helped define our National identity.
Eager for adventure they came from country towns, farms, suburbs and cities
driven by a sense of patriotic duty. Some of these volunteers were radio
From a population of less than 5 million, 417,000 men and women enlisted.
By the end of World War I more than 60,000 Australians had been killed, and
156,000 wounded, gassed or taken prisoner.
Among these who answered the call were Indigenous Australians and we now know
about 1300 served in the first world war. Our women supported the troops in many
ways and nursing was the most direct way to contribute. More than 3000 women
volunteered for military service abroad.
April 25, 1915 thousands of brave young men went ashore on a foreign beach in
a distant land. Soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp faced
formidable task to seize the Gallipoli Peninsula and suppress the Ottoman
defences guarding the Dardanelles.
The ANZAC's went ashore under the cover of darkness at about 4.20am Turkish
time. As morning dawned they faced an entrenched enemy in a rugged and
unforgiving terrain. Heavy casualties were sustained on both sides and a
stalemate developed. The campaign lasted 8 months and the last of the ANZAC's
were evacuated from Gallipoli on December 20, 1915.
After Gallipoli the ANZAC's went on to serve on the Western Front and the
By the end of this war in 1918 a young nation's identity was emerging. This a
milestone year the century of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli is significant
beyond measure in our nation's history.
The WIA and Amateur Radio in Australia acknowledge those who have served in all
conflicts and peace keeping activities.
We commemorate those who have and continue to serve.
In addition that broadcast had a message from the Australian Governor-General,
Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on the occasion of the ANZAC Centenary,
25 April 2015.
Also there was to be an Echo link contact on ANZAC Day to include the Wireless
Institute of Australia, New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters, and the
Trkiye Radyo Amatrleri Cemiyeti. Their nations are now warm friends, with
mutual respect of their traditions.
All information about the ANZAC 100 program, including its events, activities,
and operating awards, up until its end in December, plus overseas callsign
activity, is on the WIA website at www.wia.org.au
Message from Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) - Governor-General of Australia
One hundred years ago, on the 25th of April, a group of ordinary Australians charged onto a foreign
shore in the service of our nation. What they couldn't have known as they battled fiercely and
heroically on the Gallipoli Peninsula, was that their actions, on that fateful day, would inspire and
help describe our nation for all the years to follow.
For the courage, determination, mateship, sacrifice and fortitude they displayed in the most horrific
and arduous of trials was so powerful and resounding, that their fighting spirit-later known as
ANZAC spirit- would echo down the ages to become an intrinsic part of our national character and
identity. Their legacy was to provide part of an enduring ethos to which all Australians aspire. They
abhorred conflict as much as we do today, but they established firmly in us that peace cannot come 'at
I am immensely proud that the ANZAC spirit lives on in the hearts, minds and actions of Australians
today. I have seen it in communities all across our country. It is evidenced through the stamina,
courage and good humour of Australians when the 'chips are down'; their determination to ensure a
'fair go' for all; and their sense of community and selflessness when they see others in need. This is
something for which I am grateful every day.
ANZAC Day though, is a day we particularly honour the servicemen and women who have followed
the lead of our original ANZACs and dedicated themselves to the safekeeping of Australia, our values
and way of life. Throughout the remainder of the First World War, the Second World War, the
Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan-and nearly 70 years
of security, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world-around 1.5 million
Australians have served our nation. Of these, 100,000 gave their lives, 200,000 were wounded, tens of
thousands were taken as prisoners of war, and countless others would be forever affected by their
service. Such a span of generations, a depth of experience, and the enormity of this commitment and
sacrifice certainly combine to make this centennial ANZAC Day a momentous national event of
humility, respect and gratitude.
My fellow Australians, in marking ANZAC Day 2015, let us all remember our original ANZACs,
those servicemen and women who have served since, and those currently wearing our military
uniform. As a nation, we must dedicate ourselves to always upholding the values and keeping the
peace for which they all fought and sacrificed.
TRAC welcomes VK/ ZL ANZAC ceremony guests
The radio amateurs visiting Gallipoli on ANZAC Day ceremonies from Australia and
New Zealand are being met by members of the TrkiyeRadyoAmatrleriCemiyeti
An email from TRAC said the meeting point with the guests was the first
check-point as the buses disembark there, and at Akbas Cemetery. TRAC will
have a visible contact post and will listen to 145.550 MHz and 433.550 MHz simplex.
The guests should call Aziz TA1E on those frequencies, and stay tuned all day.
A small welcoming gift has been prepared by TRAC which it would like to
Some TRAC members also are in the ceremony area as part of their
emergency communications duty. If the flow of the events permits, TRAC would
like the visitors at its HF-locations, but despite best efforts that may be not
The Echo link System TA3EC now covering ANZAC Cove will also be on 432.850 MHz
with CTCSS 88.5 Hz on receiver and transmit. Alternative QRG is 432.825 MHz
with same CTCSS. APRS will be YM3KCN on 144.800 MHz
During the ceremonies TRAC will be on the frequencies forwarded by Belgium +/-
QRM. Most probably 10 MHz CW or PSK will be possible at that time of the day.
TRAC will also have stations on 40m and 20m simultaneously with the third
station on 30m.
Calling Frequencies for 2015 ANZAC Commemoration are in the TEXT edition and
on the wia.org.au site.
Band Digital CW SSB
160m 1805kHz 1825kHz 1850kHz
80m 3.630MHz 3.530MHz 3.585MHz
40m 7.040 MHz 7.010 MHz 7.095 MHz
30m 10.145 MHz 10.110 MHz 10.120 MHz
20m 14.095 MHz 14.010 MHz 14.250 MHz
17m 18.095 MHz 18.105 MHz 18.115 MHz
15m 21.095 MHz 21.105 MHz 21.250 MHz
12m 24.925 MHz 24.895 MHz 24.935 MHz
10m 28.055 MHz 28.025 MHz 28.450 MHz
6m 50.225 MHz 50.500 MHz 51.150 MHz
2m 145.000 MHz 144.050 MHz 144.150 MHz
The Echo link System covering Anzac-Cove will be TA3EC on 432.850 MHz with CTCSS
88.5 Hz on Rx and TX. Alternative QRG is 432.825 MHz with same CTCSS.
APRS will be YM3KCN (144.800 MHz).
(Jim Linton VK3PC / Fred Swainston VK3DAC)
This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
Hands up those who'd like to pay less for their amateur licence?
Well, from the 5th of April, Amateur licence fees are $51 for a 12-month renewal.
I can hear the cheering from here !
However . . . the fee for the initial issue of a new licence is $75, up by one
dollar on the fee that prevailed over the previous year.
Well, that one didn't get any cheers. I believe it was Mick Jagger who sang
"you can't always get what you want".
The Australian Communications and Media Authority - the ACMA - quietly updated
its Apparatus licence fee schedule on its website on the 7th of April.
All WIA Assessors have been notified that candidates who pass their assessment
now need to pay $75 for their initial licence.
The last time that licence fee renewals were at $51 was 20 years ago!
The WIA was forewarned earlier in the year that there would be a reduction in
licence fees, but the ACMA could not give us a date at that time.
There was speculation on social media that the commencement date was 7th April,
but the legislative instruments that give effect to the change all quote a
commencement date of April 5th. The 7th of April was the date the ACMA
published the new Apparatus licence fee schedule on its website.
The ACMA said: "If anyone has the problem of being charged the old fee of $75,
they can have the licence period extended, or they can contact ACMA and request
the new fee be applied and receive a refund."
We understand that that applies to licence renewal dates that fell AFTER the
5th of April.
The cost of a 5-year renewal, and the fee for a change to a licence, are yet
to be confirmed with the ACMA.
Check the WIA website home page for news on this exciting development and
Thanks to Fred Swainston VK3DAC, Jim Linton VK3PC and President Phil Wait
VK2ASD for help in obtaining the facts and compiling this news item.
This has been WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
Saturday May 2 - ARNSW AGM at the VK2WI site - 10 am.
VK3 homebrew group meet
The next meeting of the Homebrew Construction Group is on Saturday, May the
2nd, at 2pm. The venue is the Amateur Radio Victoria rooms at 40g Victory
Boulevard, Ashburton. All are welcome.
This May meeting will have Alan Devlin, VK3XPD, delivers a presentation entitled
"Recent activity on 78 GHz in VK3".
Alan VK3XPD is an experienced microwave practitioner with achievements including
moon-bounce on 24 GHz.
The latest newsletter compiled by Ian Downie VK3LA, will be emailed to ARV
subscribers in the week before the meeting.
Inquiries and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
(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 (email@example.com) or by phoning mobile 0418 171601.
A Must see, must come event!!
Once again the members of GGREC are organising their annual Hamfest.
The GGREC Hamfest is held on the 18th of July at the Cranbourne Public hall
which is located at the corner of Claredon St and High St, Melways reference
is 133 K4. The Hamfest features 41 tables of new and used ham radio equipment
For more details or to book a table see: http://ggrec.org.au/hamfest.html
(Albert Hubbard VK3BQO)
2014 05 11 USE APRIL 26
What use is an F-call?
Technologies come and go, some more quickly than others. Valves have been around
since the 19th century, the first diode valve was developed in 1904, by John
Ambrose Fleming. Despite ongoing urgings to kill them off in favour of solid
state technology, they survive, much like shellac records vs mp3 files, fond
tools that do their job in their own inimitable way.
Some technologies become obsolete, sometimes really quickly, audio-cassettes,
DAT tape and VHS are things of the past, no doubt an mp3 of the future will
look nothing like what we use today.
New technology happens all the time. Software Defined Radios are bringing a
whole new dimension to Amateur Radio, the ability to see a whole band in
real-time makes for an exciting place to make contacts and monitor a band,
seeing activity, rather than just waiting to hear something on the frequency
that you happen to be tuned to.
In Amateur Radio this development happens because people get excited about
something and run with it. Sometimes nothing comes of it, other times it's a
whole new ballgame.
The thing I like most about Amateur Radio is that the new and old happen
simultaneously. A modern radio combined with a 1900's antenna, a Morse key
attached to an SDR, using the Internet and combining it with Radio, inventing
new digital modes and playing with propagation tools.
All of this is within your own grasp. Your license isn't the limiting factor
in any of this, it's your imagination that makes it happen.
Amateur Radio, the magic between your ears.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
Most of Australia would have heard and/or seen the news story over last
weekend and Monday of a search for a missing plane north of Gympie in
The pilot turned out to be Robert Jon Pavan VK4FUE
He was a former member of the Townsville AR Club.
Rob lost his life on Saturday April 18th when the Jabiru aircraft he was
piloting crashed in mountainous terrain near the town of Woolooga, approx. 39 km
northwest of Gympie QLD.
Rob was a very experienced pilot and had recently completed a flight trip around
Australia. He had taken off from Gympie for a destination near Gladstone for a
friends birthday party, however his status was set to overdue by mid
afternoon Saturday and a search was conducted along his planned flight path.
Wreckage of his plane was not found until Monday afternoon April 20th.
North Queensland Hams will remember fondly Rob's operations 'tractor mobile'
during the 1990s while he was doing jobs about the cane paddocks of the
It is certain that the Radio amateur community is saddened by Rob's passing and
pass on sincere condolences to Rob's family and relatives.
AVE Robert Jon Pavan VK4FUE, Silent Key.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
HOW SAVE IS YOUR CAR?
News reports are abounding with stories on how thieves are using "power
amplifiers" / RF Amplifiers to gain entry to mobiles.
It's been explained thus:-
"In a normal scenario, when you walk up to a car with a keyless remote entry
and try the door handle, the car wirelessly calls out for your key so you don't
have to press any buttons to get inside. If the key calls back, the door
unlocks. But the keyless system is capable of searching for a key only
within a couple of feet."
BUT using this "device" gaining popularity with thieves it amplifies the
distance that the car can search, which then allowed one car on test to talk
to a key which happened to be sitting about 50 feet away, on the kitchen
counter. And just like that, open sesame.
One car companies way to solve the problem, is to "put your keys in the freezer,
which acts as a Faraday cage, and won't allow a signal to get in or out."
Morse code inches toward heritage status
The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) has joined the international campaign
to have United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) list Morse code as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
An initial proposal was adopted at the International Amateur Radio Union
(IARU) Region 1 conference in Sun City, South Africa 2011, and has been since
sent to the IARU Region 2 & Region 3.The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, an
IARU member society, has done the necessary work completing the UNESCO application
forms, and sent 10 pictures to give some visual context.
Morse code was used worldwide from the mid-1830s, first with landlines and
later joined by radio. Despite Germany making the UNESCO submission in March
2014, it was not chosen for consideration at this time as an Intangible Cultural
Under the UNESCO regulation, it takes the support several different countries
to be given a priority, and now at least DARC and JARL are on board.
The JARL took it up and its board has decided that Morse code is so important
to past and the future communications, that it be part of the plans to celebrate
its 90th anniversary this year, being founded in June 1926.
In the morsEAsia newsletter for April, Atsu Taniguchi JE1TRV of the A1 Club
community of CW lovers, reports that the JARL Board has decided to promote
the UNESCO recognition campaign as one of the 90th JARL 90th celebrations.
The initiative is expected to see Morse code feature in contesting,
rag-chewing, DXing or be part of all activities, whether a straight key or
Among the many heritage activities already listed by UNESCO in Need of
Urgent Safeguarding are a traditional horse-riding game, Chinese abacus
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
ON YAH BIKE!
The Mon County Amateur Radio Club in the US gave back to an area family who
recently lost everything in a fire. The club presented the family with
The presentation took place at St. Mary's Church in Star City during the
radio club's HamFest on Saturday. "They didn't know what they were getting.
They asked their Dad yesterday, why are we going to church on Saturday
instead of Sunday. So, they had no idea they were getting the bikes. It was
just a nice gesture that we thought we would give back to the community,"
said Allen Harris, President of Mon County Amateur Radio Club.
UBA 'Brothers in Arms Memorial Project'
To honour the ANZAC spirit, service and sacrifice, a group of Belgium radio
amateurs will be on air this Saturday, ANZAC Day, April 25.
The Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union (UBA) is setting up its OP0PPY station
next to the Polygon Wood Memorial of WWI.
There are several stations on HF, VHF and UHF looking to include many contacts
with not only we here in Australia, but Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Among the array of equipment for OP0PPY is a Hex Beam for the HF bands.
Also on display from WWI is a private collection of communication apparatus
The "Brothers in Arms Memorial Project" is part of the world commemoration of
WW1 and the Centenary of Gallipoli which led the ANZAC troops to the western
front in Europe, including Belgium.
GAREC 2015 Cancelled
The organisers of the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) 2015
have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year's conference.
The projected attendance for the conference which was to have been held in
Tampere, Finland between June 23-24 was below last year's and so was not
adequate to justify the participation of external speakers and presented a
financial risk to the organisers.
Cancellation of the conference is a loss to the Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications community and thoughts are now turning to how to continue with
what was started 10 years ago and maintain the good working relationships which
have been developed, as well as providing a place for those positive
achievements to be promoted.
WRTC 2014 DOCUMENTARY RELEASED
James Brooks, 9V1YC, has made available a video about the amateur radio
World Radiosport Team Championship 2014.
The World Radiosport Team Championship better known as WRTC is a competition
between two-person teams of amateur radio operators testing their skills to
make contacts with other Amateur Radio operators around the world over a
24 hour period. Unlike most on-the-air competitions, all stations are
required to use identical antennas from the same geographic region,
eliminating all variables except operating ability.
The show, produced in high definition, runs an hour. It's on line at
UK REGULATOR OFCOM ACT ON RADIO HAM'S UWB RESPONSE
Following the response to the United Kingdom telecommunications regulator
Ofcom Ultra Wide Band or U-W-B consultation by Essex radio amateur John
Gilliver, G6JPG several changes have been made. Jeremy Boot G4NJH explains
As the consultation notes, U-W-B Devices use very large bandwidth so they are
able to transmit high data rates over short distances but transmit at very
low power so not to interfere with other devices. The new
regulationincluding Gilliver's suggestionsimplement the European Commission
Decision on these devices so as to harmonize the technical parameters for
equipment across all member states.
The new Ultra Wide Band regulations went into force on March 25th. In its
U-W-B statement Ofcom thanked G6JPG for the issues he highlighted.
BENCHER PRODUCT LINE SOLD TO VIBROPLEX
The Bencher amateur radio product lines have been sold to Vibroplex, LLC of
Knoxville, Tennessee. This includes the Bencher BY series of Iambic Paddles,
the ST series of single lever paddles, the Bencher Hex Paddle, the N2DAN
Mercury Paddle, and the Bencher RJ series Hand Keys. Also included in the
sale are the HK-1 Universal Hook-up kit and the YA-1 Low Pass Filter.
Vibroplex says that it will continue to offer the Bencher products through
existing marketing channels. It has also agreed to honour the manufacturer's
warranties of all covered products, and to offer parts and support for these
products as well.
Vibroplex may be contacted at www.vibroplex.com
ON AIR - A HISTORY OF BBC TRANSMISSION
A book titled On Air - A History of BBC Transmission is now available for
free download from the BBC Engineering website.
On Air celebrates a lifetime of achievement in the world of broadcast
transmission engineering and includes many anecdotes from the lives of people
involved. The idea for On Air came about back in 1997 when BBC Transmission
was privatized. Prior to that happening BBC Transmission delivered programs
to listeners and viewers for 75 years using a vast network of engineering
On Air - A History of BBC Transmission is both the human and technical story
of how these shows reached the BBC audience. It was also the end of an era
and a natural point for reflection on past achievements. As such it resulted
in a book of some 80,000 words, edited by Norman Shacklady and Martin Ellen
that is available in pdf format at tinyurl.com/the-bbc-book
U.S. PROPOSES MAKING RADIO MARTI INDEPENDENT
The White House has proposed turning Radio Marti, the U.S. government-controlled
broadcaster created in part to undermine communist rule in Cuba, into a
separate entity. This, as Washington seeks as new direction in its dealings
Under the plan, the Miami based broadcaster, which is part of the Broadcasting
Board of Governors would become a separate entity along with unspecified parts
of Voice of America's Spanish-language service. In essence, Radio Marti would
cease to be part of the U.S. government and would turn into a "grantee"
receiving federal funding. The proposal does not specify how it would be
structured beyond that it would a private, nonprofit organization.
A remote controlled mission to the red planet has been a long time priority for
NASA. Now the space agency has revealed that they will start working on an
asteroid relocation mission first.
[Heather] NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot says that the Asteroid
Redirect Mission or A-R-M will provide an initial demonstration of several
spaceflight capabilities that will be needed to send astronauts deeper into
space, and eventually to Mars.
As the agency tries to find select the best asteroid for the mission, it will
study the candidate asteroids regarding their size, rotation, shape and precise
orbit. The main candidates so far are asteroids Itokawa, Bennu and 2008 EV5.
The agency expects to have a selected asteroid by 2019 and then place it into a
stable orbit around the moon they study it. To move the asteroid into moon's
orbit, NASA plans to use new trajectory and navigation methods. NASA said it
will be picking up a small asteroid that will burn in space if it attempts to
get into Earth's atmosphere before reaching us.
According to NASA, the A-R-M robotic spacecraft will test several capabilities
that will be needed for a long term human mission. For example, it will test
the advanced Solar Electric Propulsion or S-E-P technology. S-E-P will
basically be used to harness sunlight power and converts it to electrical power
using solar arrays that will be used to propel spacecraft engine. And that's
only one of the research projects that will be an integral part of the Asteroid
NASA plans to launch the Asteroid Redirect Mission in 2020. It says that it is
expected to take six years before it can place an asteroid into lunar orbit
using radio remote control.
60m changes in Czech Republic
Following last year's 5MHz amateur operation in the Czech Republic
and elsewhere in Europe, the Czech telecommunications regulator,
together with the Czech Ministry of Defence, have agreed to
changes in 5MHz permits for Czech radio amateurs.
The number of 5MHz channels available under the new 2015 permit
has been increased from 6 to 12 and a substantial number of these
have been aligned internationally, primarily with the UK and also
the US allocations.
Museums and Air Ambulance events
The websites for International Museums Weekends and International
Air Ambulance Week are open for registration.
Dates for the diary are 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th June for the
Museums event and 19th to 27th September for Air Ambulance.
More details about the events can be found at www.radio-amateur-
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
One of the WIA's roles is to put together voluntary band plans so that our
diverse modes and interests can coexist without interference.
They're published at wia.org.au and in the callbook and are intended to apply
for Australia. However their influence appears to go much further - in the most
unlikely of places.
Peter Parker has been checking out "this and that" on the web and stumbled
on this weird n wonderful bit of trivia.
Did you know that the 144 - 146 MHz band plan in Iraq is based on the WIA band
plan? It has everything - even down to WICEN frequencies and the guard band
for New Zealand beacons.
Check it out at http://www.iraqi-ars.org/band.htm
AMSAT Awards Update
There is an award for making your first satellite QSO.
To see all the awards visit
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
The Goncasuyu Project
The historical legendary wireless station Goncasuyu played a significant role
at the anakkale Sea Warfare, followed the radio telegraph messages of enemy
naval forces and informed the Turkish bastions.
After 100 years, Goncasuyu has been re-engaged by TRAC (Amateur Radio Society
of Turkey) to share our peace messages with the world. Goncasuyu salutes the
world with "73!" meaning "Best regards!"
The project has been planned by TRAC in the memory of Mehmetcik (a poetic term
for Turkish soldier) and his epic battle. The story of Goncasuyu will be shared
with the visitors at the field and with the radio amateurs of the world on the
9 amateur radio callsigns will be used among the Project and are on air until
April 26th, then again August 6-10th:
TC100GS, TC100GP, TC100KT, TC10VKZL, TC100A, TC100E, TC100TC, TC100B, TC100K
Ten locations are planned for operations. Five stations at the Gallipoli
Peninsula are: Goncasuyu (Rumeli Bastion), Kilitbahir, Abide (Monument),
Kocaimentepe and Anzac Cove (Bay). The other five stations at the anakkale
(Anatolia side) are Canakkale University 18 March University area (fortress in
the land war), Esenler District, Lapseki, ardak and Canakkale Downtown).
TRAC Branches and radio amateurs from Australia and New Zealand have been
invited to the field studies. HAM related visitors will be hosted by TRAC and
operations will be organized and performed with the participants.
All information and calendar are at: http://www.goncasuyu.org/?lang=en
CQ WW SSB 2014 Disqualifications and Warnings
The CQ World Wide Contest Committee has published a list of those amateurs who
were disqualified or received warnings for CQ WW SSB 2014
The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world with over
The CQWW site says:
The CQ WW Contest Committee takes its job as referee for the contest very
seriously. Each year a group of dedicated members spends many hours pouring
over logs, listening to SDR recordings, and following up on input from the
contest community. We do not always have perfect information and it is
difficult when each entrant is operating from their own station without any
outside observer. Even so, the logs and recordings often tell us a clear story.
It is our job as referees to call them as we see them.
The overwhelming majority of those listed are European.
NCDXF ANNOUNCES MAJOR GRANT TO THE VK0EK HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION
The Northern California DX Foundation has announced announce a grant of
$50,000 to the VK 0 EK Heard Island DXpedition planned for this coming
November. In its press release the NCDXF noted that Heard Island has moved up
to the number 5 position on the ClubLog Most Wanted List, after the recent
Navassa operation was completed.
Within the last year the Northern California DX Foundation has given $175,000
in grants to operations in Iran, the Andaman, Navassa, Eritrea,
South Sandwich, South Georgia, Chesterfield islands and now Heard Island.
It will also be lending its support to a yet unannounced DXpedition which will
be in or near the Top Ten Most Wanted.
The Northern California DX Foundation has been doing this for the past
42 years. It adds that the credit for these large grants goes to contributors
individuals and clubs who believe in supporting it.
More is on the web at www.ncdxf.org
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
Two events on the WICEN SA calendar.
Sunday, 3rd May Southern Car Rally. You do not need to be licensed to use the
radios. Thus family, friends, etc can assist.
Friday, 29th May - Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm local Tranmere Sea Scout
Hall, corner of Milton and Moore Streets. Bob Stevenson from SA Emergency
Management will be the speaker. At the AGM, the Secretary position will be
vacant and Treasurer would like some assistance.
(Andrew Macmichael Secretary, WICEN SA VK5FMAC)
A pair of good Samaritan sail vessels located a sailboat in distress with
two Canadian crewmembers aboard nearly 2,000 miles west southwest of the
Watch standers at the 11th Coast Guard District Command Centre received
notification from a ham radio operator that the 42-foot sail vessel
Nirvana Now was disabled and became unstable. The 11th District sent a safety
net message to all vessels in the area to render assistance.
After receiving the safety net message, the sailboat Athos of London transited
toward the Nirvana Now. The Nirvana Now reportedly had a registered emergency
position-indicating radio beacon and a four-man life raft on-board.
(sourced to eHam)
A shipment of ham radio equipment, tools, and supplies are heading from Hawaii
to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) with John Bush, KH6DLK/V63JB.
The radio gear will support communication for relief efforts as the FSM
recover from Tropical Cyclone Maysak, which ravaged many of the nation's
islands in late March and early April, wreaking major damage and causing
"While many agencies and nations are responding, it's just not enough," said
ARRL Hawaii Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J. The Ham Aid gear had been
shipped to Hawaii last fall, as the massive Puna volcanic lava flow threatened
some communities on the Big Island of Hawaii. It includes both HF and VHF gear
Two FSM hams, William Radolfetheg, V63YWR -- an elementary school principal
on Federai Island, part of Ulithi Atoll -- and Albert, V63YAG, were off the
air since before the typhoon hit and had not been heard from until April 6,
when V63YWR came on the air using a depleted battery and at very low power.
V63JB said. "If everything goes well, we should be on 14.335 at 0700 UTC
and possibly on 21.335 at 2100 UTC each day."
(sourced to eHam)
SOCIAL SCENE 2015
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
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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