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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 12 2015.
IN OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
ANZAC 100 focuses on the Kokoda Track
The WIA Board sets its key strategies for 2015-16
VK100ANZAC participating in the IARU HF Championships contest.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 12
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Radio to plan digital extension to regional Australia
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released a report which
recommends establishing a Digital Radio Planning Committee for regional
Australia, chaired by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
A key thrust of the report is for the Government to remove obstacles and
facilitate industry planning and implementation. There are incentives to
focus prompt action in regional areas, such as the removal of who can
provide digital radio if regional services are not on-air by mid 2018.
The report also recommends removing the current restrictions on new digital
only licensees, both in metropolitan and regional areas.
Australian radio listeners have demonstrated strong support for DAB+ digital
broadcast radio. Since the launch of DAB+ digital radio in metropolitan
Australia in late 2009, DAB+ digital radio listening continues to outperform
expectations, with 3.2 million people or nearly 25% now listening to radio
each week using a DAB+ digital radio in the five metropolitan capitals.
Twenty six vehicle manufacturers in Australia now include DAB+ digital radio
and more than 190,000 vehicles with the technology have been sold.
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ANZAC 100 focuses on the Kokoda Track
During WWII along a narrow 96 kilometre track over the rugged Owen Stanley
Range in Papua New Guinea, 625 Australians were killed and over 1,000
The Battle of Kokoda Track lasted four-months following the enemy landing
in July 1942, and was one the most significant battles fought by the
Australian Military Forces.
As we reported last week, it will be commemorated twice in the
WIA ANZAC 100 program.
The Eastern Mountain District Radio Club has the callsign VI3ANZAC, for a
week from July 20.
The Kokoda Memorial Track in the Dandenong Ranges National Park at
Ferntree Gully in Melbourne's outer-east is to be part of the VI3ANZAC
commemoration, with other EMDRC activity from its club rooms in Burwood.
Vincent Henderson VK7VH will also be air as VK100WIA in Hobart on July 21,
the day in 1942 when the enemy landed at Gona on the Papua north coast.
Australians and Papuans stopped the invaders reaching Port Moresby. The
extraordinary event was on hot and humid days, with cold nights, torrential
rainfall and tropical diseases.
The enemy was within 40 kilometres of Port Moresby, vital to Australia's
defence. However they were pushed back and abandoned their plan. Now it's
part of our history linking Australian soldiers and the Papuans, who we call
the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, because of their supportive actions and frizzy hair.
All of the ANZAC 100 events are on the WIA website.
Additional ANZAC-suffixed callsign events are invited to join. For more
information on this please contact the WIA Director Fred Swainston VK3DAC.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD email@example.com
V President Fred Swainston VK3DAC firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary David Williams VK3RU email@example.com
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ firstname.lastname@example.org
The WIA Board sets its key strategies for 2015-16
The WIA Directors at a recent meeting reviewed the spreadsheet on its
strategies, deleting a few that have already been completed, and setting
Now ahead of it to seek goals and objectives are a range of key priorities
A review of the current committee structure
The website and online presence to steadily build on its existing
Communications in all forms to help members be better informed
The LCD re-make timing with its ultimate revision of our regulations
Recognising that do-it-yourself hobby maker groups exist, how best to
engage that activity for the benefit of Amateur Radio.
Spectrum planning involving Government, IARU and ITU developments.
The strategies spreadsheet is visited regularly by the WIA Board as part of
its meeting agenda.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
MONTHLY MEETING 22 July
A presentation on High Altitude Balloons by Ravi Rood will take place.
Included in the presentation will be information on the radio techniques
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
'Amateur Radio and Party Balloons'.
Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites the public to
'Amateur Radio and Party Balloons'. A presentation by Peter Berrett, VK3PB,
from Amateur Logic TV.
Amateur Radio enthusiasts are always at the forefront of the latest
technologies - and now it's 'Pico Balloons', small balloons with a payload
consisting of a GPS receiver, computer, transmitter and antenna.
These balloons are tracked by radio and the internet, and can reach altitudes
of thousands of metres, travelling thousands of kilometres.
Peter will discuss how to assemble a Pico Balloon project and the types of
equipment that can be used.
The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday July 17th, at the First Bendigo
Scout Hall in Vine St.
A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available.
For more information, contact Kevin Crockett on 5439 7434.
(Graeme Knight VK3GRK)
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July 18 Caboolture HamFest. Finaly what looks like the true date and for
this we thank John and the crew at Lismore's Summerland Amateur
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If you are reading or listening to this VK1WIA national news program before
1200 UTC Sunday 12th July, the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group in VK5 have
two special Event Stations on air now!
The 1st is the official WIA National Headquarters Station using the callsign
VK100ANZAC and are participating in the IARU HF Championships contest.
The IARU HF Championships encourage amateurs to contact as many other
amateurs, especially IARU member society HQ stations, around the world as
possible using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. Operation will
begin at 1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday (July 11-12, 2015).
Look for VK100ANZAC / WIA today and give us a call! Better still, why not
give the IARU Championships a go yourself. Details are available on the
Further to this, from Saturday 11th and today Sunday 12th of July, the
Amateur Radio Experimenters Group are also activating the Special Event
call sign VI5MCP at the Morialta Conservation Park. This will be the opening
of two weeks of activation of VI5MCP, from the 11th through to the 26th of
The Aim of this special event station is to celebrate the 100th anniversary
and to further promote awareness of portable operations and awards. The
Special event is in celebration of the 100 years of Proclamation of the
Morialta Falls Pleasure Resort, which we now know as Morialta Conservation
Park. The 100th anniversary of the park is on Wednesday the 15th of July
So there you have it folks, two special event operations are on air now!
Get out there, either in your shacks or portable in the field, make some
contacts and give the special event activations a call.
Further details may be found on the AREG web site at www.areg.org.au
I'm Ben VK5BB for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.
What use is an f-call?
As you might know or recall, I don't have HF at my QTH.
So far my DX activities have been using other people's equipment and using
my 12m squid-pole when I'm either camping or set-up at some waterside
location. This seriously curtails my activities and I'm keen to do something
Over the past few weeks I've been looking at different options, it's a
process that everyone goes through, and sometimes you come out of it having
gained some experience. I'm not shy in asking questions, but the replies
are sometimes a little more difficult. I've heard the "try it and see"
reply many times, and while that's fine if you have a money tree in the back
yard, that's not really going to work for me.
I've also been advised to home-brew a solution. While I'm all for that,
I've built a few minor things; if I add up the money I've spent on
home-brewing antennas, I'm not doing so well. It's $5 here, $2.50 there, a
roll of wire, a pole or two, sockets, plugs, rope, you name it, it's in my
shack. I reckon I've spent more than enough money for the moment on building
things that don't quite work as advertised. Of course I'll be the first to
admit that I've learnt heaps from doing it, but at the moment, all I really
want is to get on air and make some contacts.
I hit on the idea of getting a heavy-duty boot-lip mount and using the same
mount for HF and VHF/UHF. I realise that I won't be able to use the same
antenna, or that any antenna that claims to work all bands is likely to be
pretty inefficient, so I'm getting geared up for having several mono-band
whips and exchange them as I need to.
I'm not expecting to operate while I'm on the move, but I would like to be
able to turn my engine on and drive away once I've had enough. My squid-pole
prevents that, since packing up a 12m fibreglass pole with ground wires is
not a trivial affair.
I looked at screw-driver antennas, contraptions that physically move bits
around to tune the antenna. The only one that everyone agrees works is a
hulking big Codan antenna. If I have a truck or a 4WD, that would work great,
but my little Holden Cruze is not suited to such a monster.
The Yaesu ATAS120 antennas seem to be pretty fragile and I'm guessing the
dust on a dirt road would seriously affect it. I saw several others, but so
far none of these stick out.
I'm leaning towards a 10, a 15, a 40 and an 80m whip, four in all, centre
loaded, 2.2m long each. I don't yet know how they pack away, if I have to
re-tune them every time I put them together, or even if they are built to be
dismantled. They're made by Diamond, but the jury is still out on whether
this is an actual usable, useful solution.
The journey continues.
What experience do you have in your adventures?
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Nepal earthquake comms wind down
Emergency communications on 20m arising from the Nepal earthquake
have now been cut back.
Main communication systems in the area are now generally working
normally and although there may still be emergency-related traffic
on other frequencies, 14,215kHz is essentially now clear.
Partly as a result of the amateur radio response, the Indian
government is planning a number of amateur radio-equipped
emergency operation centres.
More information on the plans can be found at tinyurl.com/me29fpn
In its latest industry update, New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management (RSM)
has detailed new capabilities for detecting "unlicensed radio communication
signals anywhere and anytime in New Zealand".
The authority has commissioned a new mass signal detection and analysis
system, which enables its radio inspectors to scan multiple bands and
return a table of active frequencies.
RSM said the upgrade better equips the inspectors to detect unlicensed
signals in a crowded spectrum, and improve frequency compliance audits
and interference investigations.
The mass signal detection and analysis system can be activated either
locally or remotely via internet control.
At a recent FIFA soccer event, RSM inspectors trialled the additional
capability based on a geolocation technique. The result quickly returned
a geographic depiction of where a transmission of interest was located.
RSM said it plans to progressively increase its capability to improve the
probability of intercepting unlicensed and/or interfering radio signals
and thus protect and add value to radio communications in New Zealand.
INDEXA Officers and Board of Directors have announced their intent to
encourage DXpeditions to provide humanitarian aid and services benefiting
individuals and communities they visit on DXpeditions
Additional funding is available when a DXpedition submits a plan to provide
humanitarian aid, the plan is approved by INDEXA, and the plan is
successfully completed and documented.
This incentive can be as much as an additional 15% added to the financial
support offered the DXpedition.
The UK's Daily Mail newspaper reports that a judge's wife is attempting to
block planning permission for an amateur radio antenna
Martin G8OFA, former Emeritus Professor of Molecular Vaccinology at
St George's University of London, was first licensed in 1977 and is
understood to be a keen VHF, UHF and Microwave operator.
When Martin applied for retrospective planning permission, Judith Cutler
objected apparently complaining about alleged interference to her
Internet and TV.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015
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.
Just a reminder that the 2015 International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
HF World Championship is this weekend between July 11th at 1200 UTC
and July 12th 1200 UTC.
The object of the contest is to contact other amateurs around the world,
especially IARU officials and member-society HQ stations in as many
ITU zones as possible.
The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group in VK5 have the official WIA National
Headquarters Station using the callsign VK100ANZAC and are participating in
the IARU HF Championships contest.
Also the South African Radio League (SARL) will be taking part in the
IARU Championships 11 - 12 July contest with the callsign ZS9HQ.
Just another one to listen for and work.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
VK7RCH 6 metre repeater
Over the past few weeks upgrades have been undertaken at the VK7RCH repeater
site at Grey Mountain near Cygnet.
All credit has to go to Michael 7MRS for his tireless efforts and a job
6 metre repeater has a 1/2 wave flowerpot vertical
Coverage seems to be quite favourable now, however
the ops of VK7RCH are looking for additional signal reports.
Frequencies are as follows:
No CTCSS tone is required to access the repeater, however for those that
wish to use tone decode on their radios the repeater has a 91.5Hz on
The repeater may even encourage some activity from "across the ditch" from
some ZL stations when openings occur.
(Sourced to Hayden, VK7HH)
Lu W4LT will be operating from Montserrat now till 17th July.
He will use the callsign VP2MLU.
QSLs go via the home call.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.
Special event station UE 40 SA is QRV until July 20 to commemorate the
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project 40 years ago.
QSL via GM 0 WRR.
Thorpe Camp Museum ARG is holding a Military Radio Week from 11th
to 19th July. They will be using GB4TCM and MX0TCM for the event.
Clubs and individuals are invited to use military radios to make
contact with the stations if possible. For information contact
Anthony, M0HAZ on 07956 654481.
Stan EI 6 DX will operate from the Seychelles as S 79 OWZ from 16th to 30th
July. He will be on the northern side of Mahe Island with a clear take-off
QSL Manager is RX 3 RC.
New AGM trophy gallery on website
The RSGB presents a variety of awards and trophies every year with
the presentations taking place at the AGM and the RSGB Convention.
A gallery of the AGM trophies is now available to Members on the
RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/agm-trophies and further galleries,
including contest awards, are under preparation, a great innititive
from our good friends in the UK.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
A message of Amateur Radio to the DIY makers
Amateur Radio builders and tinkerers have a lot in common with the modern
do-it-yourself makers of things.
In the US Make magazine, Ward Silver N0AX explains how he had been a ham
since 1972, leading to an electrical engineer career, and for the last
15 years as a teacher and writer.
He explained that radio amateurs can build home-made equipment, or modify
existing gear, giving them great flexibility and allowing experimentation.
As a Maker, said Ward N0AX, you are probably most interested in the
electronics, but you never know where this might lead through Amateur Radio,
that is really 1,000 hobbies in one.
The access to frequency ranges from shortwave to microwaves, enable radio
amateurs to communicate by voice, text, picture and data.
The WIA noticed Maker Faire-like events in Australia last year, at which
radio clubs set up stands run by selected members to show and tell related
Amateur Radio activities. While the radio clubs ran their own stands, the WIA
offered promotional help that included the important tools of posters,
brochures and media release guidelines.
If you want to read the full Make magazine article, a URL is contained in
the text edition of this VK1WIA broadcast.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack email@example.com
10th IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships held in JA, 6th till 12th of September.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV
Crowds flock to BATC at Friedrichshafen
More than 200 radio amateurs visited the British Amateur
Television Club (BATC) stand at the International Amateur Radio
Exhibition at Friedrichshafen.
BATC chairman Noel Matthews, G8GTZ described it as a "very busy
and worthwhile" three day event promoting both amateur television
and the BATC. Enthusiasts from across Europe, and beyond, were
shown demonstrations of the latest reduced bandwidth digital
television projects. Many commented on how impressed they were
with the MPEG-4 picture quality using just 500kHz bandwidth.
The BATC membership is now more than 950.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fistsdownunder.org
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org
From the FISTS Down Under Newsletter for July we learn that an article on
the 'Home of the Catalina' in north-west Victoria, has won First Prize in
the Editor's Awards.
The Editor, Chris VK1CT, has announced the First Prize goes to Thomas VK3EO
of Swan Hill, for his article 'Morse code, flying boats and underground
bunkers', published in September 2014.
The flying boat museum was also VI3ANZAC on the ANZAC Day weekend and
reported in the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine.
The FISTS Down Under Editor's Awards Second Prize went to Ian ZL2AIM, who
wrote about constructing the 'HF packer amp', published in March 2015.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Jim, Phil and Matt, will be QRV as F/G6AY/p from Cezembre Island,
one of the rarest European IOTA groups, EU-157, on 26th-28th August.
They will operate CW only on 30-10 metres with two 100-watt stations
and vertical antennas.
Activity will be during their daylight hours only, as it is not permitted
to stay on the island overnight. QSL via G3SWH.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Youngsters On The Air, YOTA http://www.ham-yota.eu/
International Youth Meeting
HAM Radio Friedrichshafen
On Saturday, June 27 the International Youth Meeting was held during
HAM Radio Friedrichshafen. This event was hosted by German Youth Coordinator
Annette, DL6SAK, and IARU Region 1 Youth WG Chair Lisa, PA2LS
An interesting discussion took place, which was started by Kay DO7KAY,
pointing out differences between German and US radio amateurs.
One of the main topics was the difficulty of obtaining an amateur radio
license. This seems to be a problem in several countries. Depending on fees,
minimum age, location of examination, level of exam questions and learning
Slides have been released of the presentations:
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
VK1 is planning a simultaneous 2 to 3 hour activation of VK1 and nearby VK2
SOTA summits on Sunday morning 2 August 2015, (2300 UTC, 1 August 2015)
SOTA/VKFF stations will be operating on:
HF SSB: 7 and 14 MHz, other HF frequencies may include 10, 21 and 24 MHz.
HF CW: 7 and 14 MHz
SOTA 6 and 10m challenge: 50.150 USB, 52.2 USB, 28.460 to 28.490 USB.
VHF/UHF: 144.200 SSB & 146.500 FM, 432.200 SSB & 439.00 FM
The list of activators will be updated over the next three weeks.
All activations are subject to weather and change.
Check SOTAWatch for timing and frequency details.
(73, Andrew VK1NAM VIA VK7NEWS)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - LOW DOWN
Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:- https://groups.yahoo.com/group/sub9khz/
In the USA, the Federal Communications Commission is inviting
comments on its recent proposals to permit a Secondary amateur
radio operation on 137kHz and 479kHz.
Amateurs would share some of the frequencies with other users such
as unlicensed power line carrier systems. Comments are due in by
31st August; depending on the results, the bands may become
available some time after that.
REWIND a look back at history
CSIRAC: The world's first computer to play music
It filled a room the size of a double garage and had only a fraction of the
brainpower of the cheapest electronic organiser, but it could play...
Australia's first computer, the fourth in the world, was a supercomputer for its
time (1949) revolutionising everything from weather forecasting to banking, and
playing the first ever computer music. It is believed to be the world's only
surviving first-generation computer.
Before CSIRAC, if you wanted to do mathematical calculations in Australia, you
hired a person, usually a woman, who used a calculating machine either
mechanical or hand-cranked. He or she could do about one operation a second,
whereas CSIRAC could do 1000 operations a second. Even if you only used CSIRAC
for an hour at a time you could do the amount of work that would otherwise have
taken 20 people a week.
The new-found computational power was initially used by scientists researching
everything from the thermal properties of buildings to the mysteries of the
cosmos. It had a hand in the design of several early Australian skyscrapers and
was instrumental in performing the river flow analysis needed to build the Snowy
Mountains hydro-electric scheme. And it substantially increased the reliability
of weather forecasting.
Later there were commercial applications, such as loan repayment calculations,
the kind of thing a bank can do for you now as you stand at the counter but
which in those days was considered quite remarkable.
But it was CSIRAC's ability to play music that has helped ensure its place in
computing history. It seems the first tunes were played between 1951 and 1953,
and these are now believed to be the earliest played anywhere in the world.
This video was first broadcast on ABC-TV's Quantum program in 1999.
(Sourced from the ABC Science Website via VK7News May 2015)
SOCIAL SCENE 2015
Jul 11-12 VK3 GippsTech 2015
Jul 18 VK4 CABOOLTURE HAMFEST (Summerland vk2 newsletter)
Jul 18 VK3 Gippsland gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest @ Cranbourne
Jul 25 VK3 ALARA 40th Bday Lunch Novotel Glen Waverley firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 12 VK4 SUNFEST Woombye
Sep 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
Oct 25 VK4 Gold Coast HamFest Broadbeach
Nov VK3 QRP By the Bay details from VK3YE held 2nd Saturday
Feb 13 VK3 MERC Hamfest 10am at Werribee Masonic Centre
Feb 28 VK3 EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont.
Ap-May 29- 2 VK4 Clairview Gathering check Mackay ARS website. (theTARCinc)
June 11-13 VK5 VK Foxhunting Championship & SERG convention Mt Gambier (VK5HCF)
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