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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUG 30 2015.
IN OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

WIA Calls for Special Purpose Grant Proposals.

WIA ANZAC 100 commemoration program for September.

WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH and ACMA Spectrum Review.

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 30


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Aussie balloon ends in ocean

After floating off the coast of Chile pico balloon PS-49 from VK3 has been
lost due to poor weather.

It was brought down near South America after a week of tracking. The last
signal report came from Bob ZL1RS at his well-equipped station.

Meantime the earlier balloon PS-48 launched on August 8, reached Brazil, but
a suspected antenna fault has since made tracking virtually impossible.

The balloons launched by Andy VK3YT have Amateur Radio sending HF data on JT9
and WSPR via a solar powered 25 mW transmitter.

The latest, PS-50, put up on Sunday August 23, headed well south of
New Zealand, across the International Dateline and at last report was likely
to head for South America.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





To commemorate ANZAC 100, a series of articles appear in the WIA journal
Amateur Radio magazine.

In one, Jim Linton VK3PC writes about 'The ANZAC Hostel Receiver'.

Many radio amateurs contributed their skills directly during WWI and WWII,
but here we can see that members of the Wireless Institute of Australia
applied their knowledge and time to help others less fortunate than
themselves.

At a time when radio broadcasting was relatively new, ANZAC casualties
recovering in a nursing hostel were given a new state-of-the-art wireless
set, so they could listen in and enjoy.

The supply and installation of this multi-point wireless listening network
was no mean feat in 1925!

The WIA Victorian Division, with money raised from its various sections,
donated a broadcast receiver to the ANZAC Hostel at Brighton in bayside
Melbourne. The fundraising was a card night attracting more than 350 players,
and a wireless equipped car that attended concerts, picture nights, and
various radio demonstrations.

The Repatriation Department opened a mansion as the ANZAC Hostel in July 1919,
with seven nurses and an occupational therapy centre to care for severely
incapacitated soldiers.

The Radio Broadcast magazine reported that the 6-valve receiver was the best
possible, plus the installation included an aerial, wiring and headphones to
28 points in the building.





A look at what is expected in the WIA ANZAC 100 commemoration program

Due on air this weekend August 29-30 is the postponed commemoration by
VI0ANZAC. Operator Doug VK0DMV is proud to be able to use VI0ANZAC from
a very cold Casey Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory. This event
will go ahead provided the Antarctic weather permits.

A commemorative program of ANZAC-suffixed callsigns by the Wireless Institute
of Australia is marking the 100th anniversary of the Australian and
New Zealand Army Corps, or the ANZAC battle at Gallopili, Turkey, in WW1.

During this week it has been windy at Casey and a webcam had the temperature
at minus 22 degrees, expected in this polar climate. Hopefully weather won't
get in the way again, having already postponed the event.

WIA Vice President and ANZAC 100 Coordinator, Fred Swanston VK3DAC, reports
that brief tests of equipment and propagation have been made recently in
preparation for VI0ANZAC.

The tests between Australia and Antarctica proved both the gear and
propagation are working well. Suggest you make a late check of expected times
and frequencies, with these on the website wia.org.au

Looking ahead in the ANZAC 100 program, there's worldwide expectation
building around that on September 11-12, the Amateur Radio Experimenters
Group of Adelaide will use VK100ANZAC, on the digital voice mode FreeDV.

Among them will be David Rowe VK5DGR, an architect of FreeDV who was awarded
the WIA Technical Innovation Award for the achievement.

A digital voice VK100ANZAC commemorates the 26th Infantry Battalion arrival
at Gallipoli and its deployment to Taylor's Hollow. See more details of the
FreeDV QSO Party Weekend on the AREG website

Also in September - we have Operation Jaywick that sunk seven enemy ships
in Singapore 1943, the 11th Light Horse Regiment WWI Battle of Samakh in
Palestine, the Victoria Cross medal that ended up in the Adelaide City
Council Chamber, and HMAS Stirling facility in Perth on the air.

All ANZAC 100 commemorations issue eQSLing and are listed on the WIA website.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





WIA BOARD TALK

President Phil Wait VK2ASD vk2asd@wia.org.au
V President Fred Swainston VK3DAC vk3dac@wia.org.au
Secretary David Williams VK3RU vk3ru@wia.org.au
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ vk3pz@wia.org.au

This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH

The Australian Government has announced its response to the Spectrum Review.

Return to your seats folks, and buckle your seat belts, we anticipate
turbulence ahead !

The Government will implement all the recommendations of the Spectrum Review
conducted over 2014 and 2015 by the Department of Communications together
with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Announced on Tuesday last, the 25th of August, a tight program of changes to
legislation and regulations will be carried out over the next two years,
commencing in October and running through to mid-2017, when the new regime
is intended to start.

As expected - a single licensing system - is the principal feature of what
the Government is calling the new spectrum framework.

The current apparatus, class and spectrum licensing regimes will disappear,
to be replaced with licences that set out the conditions of use for spectrum
access detailed in a set of key parameters.

Known as parameters-based licences, the core conditions to be included in a
licence will be set out in the proposed new radiocommunications act, with
the detail on these parameters to be developed by the ACMA in consultation
with users and set out in subordinate instruments - a suite of regulations.

The Spectrum Review recommended that likely core parameters might include
frequencies, geographical details, rights to renewal, and terms for variation
or revocation, together with price and payment methods.

Broadcasters, commercial, defence and other government users, scientific,
aeronautical, maritime, private, amateur and other not-for-profit users, as
well as type-approved wireless devices, will all be affected by the new
spectrum framework.

The Department of Communications has advised that a review of pricing for
spectrum access is to commence immediately and continue until mid-2016.

New pricing arrangements are scheduled to commence in mid-2017, along with
the start of the new licensing system.

We are assured that the regulatory burden of the new spectrum framework will
be simpler and faster.

I might remind you that the next federal election may be held sometime over
late-2016 to early-2017.

On the WIA website, you can find out what the Minister for Communications,
the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, had to say about it in his media release,
along with the timetable for implementation put out by the Department of
Communications.

Visit wia.org.au

This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.





What is immediately facing the WIA?

The 'Current WIA Hot Issues' section on its website spells out the major
issues it has on its busy agenda, as part of the service it provides to
Amateur Radio.

A few of the items need further action or submissions.
Some invite input from members.
Others are longer away or have an indefinite time-frame.
These are identified and watched by the WIA board.

To be informed and aware, check out the 'Current WIA Hot Issues' section
of the website www.wia.org.au





WIA Calls for Special Purpose Grant Proposals

The WIA Board has allocated up to $6,000 for the next round of WIA
Special-Purpose Grants.

Special-Purpose Grants are available to affiliated clubs and individual
members. They are also open to non-members and non-affiliated organisations,
so long as the project is for the benefit of amateur radio and the non-member
or non-affiliated organisation contributes at least 50% of their own funds.

We are looking for projects which are push the boundaries, and which are new,
realistic, achievable within 12 months from the date of the grant or partly
achievable through a staged process, and should broadly benefit amateur radio
in Australia. Complex projects with developmental risk can be staged over
several years with ongoing funding dependant on meeting staged targets.

Each project will be vetted by an independent committee comprising Peter
Freeman (Committee Leader and your AR Editor) VK3PF, Scott Watson VK4CZ,
Gary Beech VK2KYP, Drew Diamond VK3XU and Peter Hartfield VK3PH, bringing a
diverse range of skills and perspectives.

The committee will evaluate proposals based on criteria set by the Board,
and accordance with the strategic direction set by the WIA Board. This year's
strategic direction is:

The advancement of amateur radio in Australia through innovation,
experimentation and education.

More detailed information on the WIAs Special Purpose Grants and the
evaluation procedure has been placed on the WIA website. The closing date
for receiving proposals is the 18th December 2015.

We look forward to some interesting projects in the years ahead.

Please send your project proposals to:
Special-Projects Grants Committee
Wireless Institute of Australia
Unit 20, 11-13 Havelock Road
Bayswater, Vic 3153

Or Email your proposal to:
nationaloffice@wia.org.au

This is Phil Wait, VK2ASD for the WIA.





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.

VK1

The next foundation course in the ACT is scheduled for the 19/20th of
September.

If you know of anyone that may be interested in participating please let them
know and encourage them to apply for the course no later than 13th September.





VK2
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm

Lismore area has their Summerland Amateur Radio Club and September looks
a busy month in their logbook.

2 Sep - Morning tea at the Rous Hotel, that's from 1000L this Wednesday.
Corner Zadoc and Keen Streets, Lismore (opposite the cinema).
There is off street parking and ramp access.

12-13 Sep -'Paddle for Life' down Richmond River, WICEN comms tasked here
to assist.

14-18 Sep - Standard Amateur Radio License Course planned to run, contact
Duncan VK2DLR draymont@bigpond.com





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

Homebrewers in VK3 look at the Arduino computer

A special workshop 'Getting started with Arduino for Amateur Radio' will be
held Saturday 5th September by the VK3 Homebrew Construction Group.

Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP will present the topic that will show how easy
it can be to use the Arduino computer.

The workshop will include how to select Arduino hardware, installing
software, writing and debugging your first Arduino program, and the
applications and ideas for Amateur Radio.

The popular Arduino is an inexpensive way for hobbyists to apply digital
techniques to their projects. Arduino boards are either preassembled, or
as do-it-yourself kits.

The session will have a hands-on show of Arduino and is sure to generate
plenty of questions and answers.

There will be four new Arduino Pro Micros (ATmega32U4 5V 16MHz) to give away
as prizes - all open-source software is provided.

Don't miss this Arduino presentation, at the Homebrew Construction Group
meeting, 2pm on Saturday September 5, at Amateur Radio Victoria,
40G Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





DISCUSSION POINT

What use is an F-call?

When I started recording this weekly segment, there were lots of things I
didn't know. I was apprehensive about how my contribution to Amateur Radio
might be received, about what I should talk about, how long it should last,
what tone I should set, how technical I should be and all manner of other
considerations.

When I started in Amateur Radio itself, not long before I started this
segment, I had similar concerns and considerations, things I was worried
about and skills I was unsure about.

Today that is still the case, but of course in time, the what's and the how's
have evolved. I still question the things I know to be true, just to make
sure that I understood what I was being told, or that I had completed the
procedure correctly.

I speak to new Amateurs almost every week. I also speak to senior members of
our community regularly. One thing is clear is that human frailty is
universal.

There is one thing that sets the experienced members aside from the new
members, that is how they react to this uncertainty. New members almost
universally defer to their seniors, to the point of being silent when a
senior member speaks out and says or does something wrong.

In an aeroplane, such circumstances can lead to planes crashing, in
Amateur Radio, the consequences are less likely to be quite that catastrophic.

Nonetheless, if you're a new Amateur, it doesn't mean that you're wrong or
what you might know is something that the other person didn't know, or, might
have forgotten.

So, don't let your newness to the hobby prevent you from speaking up and
asking questions. There's nothing wrong with asking someone to explain
something, perhaps you'll learn something or perhaps they'll learn something
from you.

Communities like ours can only thrive if all members participate, so, new or
old, go out, get on air, play during field days and participate in contests.

Have fun!

I'm Onno VK6FLAB





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





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

Innovative Transceiver launched at Tokyo Ham Fair 2015

Icom Inc. had a huge amount of interest on its stand at the just held Tokyo
Ham Fair with the unveiling of the IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver.

The launch, which caught most people by surprise, saw the manufacturer
introduce a new base station transceiver incorporating the latest RF direct
sampling system, a first for an Amateur radio transceiver*.

IC-7300 uses a technology normally seen in Software Defined Radios.
RF signals are mostly processed through the Field-Programmable Gate Array,
rather than by physical devices, enabling high performance real-time spectrum
scope in a compact body.





2015 IARU Region 3 Conference, October 12-16.

STARS report decline in requests

Support to the Amateur Radio Service (STARS) have reported to IARU Region 3
(Our own Asia/Pacific zone) that only Nepal has requested assistance in the
past 3 years

The work of STARS is specifically directed to those areas of the Region where
amateur radio activity is low or non-existent.

The STARS paper submitted for the 2015 IARU Region 3 Conference says that
only the Nepal Amateur Radio League responded to a 2013 STARS Questionnaire
sent to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iran, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar and Nepal.
They had a requirement for handheld radios, but it was not realized due to
the high import custom duty of 43%.




In their report for the conference the ARRL says regarding 5 MHz, at
WRC-15 'the best we can hope for in the U.S. position is a 25 kHz secondary
allocation'

The ARRL say:

While the United States is generally supportive of the amateur and
amateur-satellite services at WRCs and in other ITU venues it has been
difficult to gain support from the federal government side for agenda item
1.4, the 5 MHz allocation. The best we can hope for in the U.S. position
is a 25 kHz secondary allocation, and only then if this becomes the CITEL
Inter-American Proposal (IAP) which is currently for a 175 kHz secondary
allocation.

Regarding Membership they say:

While the trends in both licensing and ARRL membership in the U.S.
territories in Region 3 are downward, overall ARRL membership is growing
slowly but steadily.

Membership increased each year from 2006 to 2014 and continues to increase
during 2015.

The main factors contributing to growth are:

A similar rate of growth in the number of licensed radio amateurs,
mainly because of continuing interest in emergency, disaster, and
public service communications;

Improvements in membership services and no increase in the basic dues rate
of $39 per year since 2001. (A dues increase is likely in 2016.)




A different story in Korea.

The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) has submitted their report to the
16th IARU Region 3 conference which will take place October 12-16

They say the total number of amateur radio stations has fallen from 2009 to
2015, a massive drop of 22%.

However, In 2013, a new 4th Class Amateur Radio License was introduced to
promote the hobby in Korea. To obtain this licence it is necessary to
participate in eight hours of lectures designed to introduce amateur radio
to beginners. Holders are permitted to use 10 watts output on the VHF/UHF
bands. In the two years since its introduction 5669 people have taken the
new licence.

The KARL also describes how the introduction of a mountain-top 144 MHz
repeater with a 500 km range has boosted amateur radio in the country.

IARU Region 3 conference documents
iaru-r3.org/16th-triennial-conference-of-the-iaru-r3-documents/





For our Kiwi friends, YOUR Next NZART Official Broadcast will be made on
Sunday 30 August.

The broadcast is made on 3900 kHz, and on the National System and local VHF
repeaters.

The broadcast is made at 2000 hours (8:00 pm), with a repeat at 2100 hours
(9:00 pm).





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





OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015


ALARA YL CONTEST
Saturday 29th August 0400 UTC - 1359 UTC
Sunday 30th August 0400 UTC - 1359 UTC


Oceania DX contest Voice First full weekend in October


Oceania DX contest Continuous Wave Second full weekend in October.





2016

Harry Angel 80 mtr sprint (WIA) provisional date Saturday 7th May.

10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 6 - 7

WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day the weekend of 14th and 15th November.





Microwave exponent at a look-out

Another example of portable operation, this time using microwaves, comes
from Peter Westgarth VK3APW who set up on a look-out at Cape Horn Loch in
Victoria's South Gippsland.

In the WIA VHF-UHF Winter Field Day in June he contacted other operators on
the 2.4GHz, 3.4GHz, 5.7GHz and 10GHz bands in Section 2, for single operator
portable stations, winning with 2516 points.

He told the Loch Express, bi-monthly newsletter, that he believes this
elevated location is one of Victoria's best kept secrets.

A radio engineer around Australia, Peter VK3APW of Sommerville on the
Mornington Peninsula enjoys Loch, a thriving historical village with
craft markets, cafes, antiques and galleries.

Peter VK3APW will be back again at the vantage spot for the VHF-UHF Spring
Field Day on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November - and is certain to have
challengers seeking those VHF-UHF Field Day certificates and Grid Squares.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





If you are hearing a little more than usual CW this weekend, maybe it's due
to the fact that the South African Radio League HF CW Contest will take to
the air on Sunday afternoon 30 August from 13:00 to 16:30 UTC with activity
taking place on 80, 40 and 20 metres.





SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE

Optimism for North Korea DXpedition

Persistent optimism continues to prop up the hopes of several individual
radio amateurs and groups to mount a DXpedition to the most-wanted and
elusive DXCC entity on the globe - the Democratic People's Republic of
North Korea, P5.


The RSGB report EA 5 RM and EA 7 AJR met with North Korean officials earlier
in August and are hopeful that permission will be granted.
The process has, so far, taken two years.

Other groups and individuals are also due to meet officials looking for
permission to operate from North Korea.





Jim, W 2 JHP is operating as V 31 TA from the Turneffe Atoll in Belize,
Central America to the 4th of September. This island counts as NA-123 for
the Islands on the Air Award.





A reminder that a group of UK operators will be activating Niue island,
OC-040 as E 6 GG from the 16th to the 29th of September. They will be on
160-10 metres.





The Bolivian Amazon Jungle is a rare location to hear on the air.

Antonio as CP 1 XRM will be there from 29th August to 15th September. He is
working on an NGO project installing solar powered HF radios for medical
purposes in isolated small villages. During his spare time he will operate
as CP 1 XRM. BUT QSL to Antonio's home call, EA 5 RM.





A Sicilian station, II 9 IARU, will be on the air from 1st September to
31st December to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the International
Amateur Radio Union.





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

The 2015 DATV QSO Party

The 2015 annual DATV QSO Party sponsored by Amateur Radio Victoria and the
Melbourne ATV Group was a huge success with a record number of ATV stations
participating and viewers watching direct from ATV Repeaters, on the British
Amateur TV Club streamer and on the high definition U tube stream provided by
courtesy of Ralph VK3LL which was a spectacular success.

Over the period of the 25 hour event Ralph reports that we had a total of 655 people
on the U Tube stream with a peak number of concurrent users at 39. We had
viewers from Antigua, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland,
Chile, China, France, Great Britain, Ireland, South Korea, New Zealand, Peru,
Sweden, Slovenia, Turkey, and the United States. It truly was a worldwide event.

We had some technical troubles with Skype and may look to other means next year.
What is required is a system that is easy to use and universally available. We may
try some of the other options to see if they provide a better service.
Friday night saw most of the current Melbourne ATV Group participate through
VK3RTV and with contacts through the Sydney ATV Repeaters VK2RTS and
VK2RTV, and the Brisbane ATV Repeater VK4RMG. A short video was played
provided by Winston, VK7EM showing a trek to a disused mine in northern
Tasmania

Contacts were made to VK5 and VK7 by Skype as well. In all cases, Skype was
routed by net controller VK3BFG by 23 cms DATV to VK3RTV. The source for the U
Tube streamer was a Set Top Box tuned to VK3RTV at the QTH of Ralph, VK3LL.
Saturday saw contacts to WR8ATV, the DATV Repeater in Columbus Ohio and also
through the W6ATN Network in California. A feature of the cross to W6ATN was a
tour of the commercial TV Station on Mount Wilson conducted by W6SVT.
Saturday night saw contacts in the UK vis GB3HV in the Home Counties, an ATV
Repeater with direct Skype access.

Peter would like to thank Peter VK4EA for acting as net controller in Brisbane, Gary
VK2CRJ as net controller in Sydney and to David VK5DMC for his efforts to get the
Port Pirie repeater VK5RMC up and running.

As usual Art WA8RMC in Columbus Ohio and Don KE6BXT in Mission Vieja in
Southern California were the international net controllers.

Over the period of the event a total of approximately 700 people participated, as net
controllers, ATV stations and viewers, an outstanding success.

A very special thanks to the guys from the Melbourne ATV Group who always
provide me great support. ..

best 73 Peter VK3BFG.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER

Send your name to Mars

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA's journey to Mars
by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard
NASA's InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year.

"Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the
surface," said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters
in Washington. "By participating in this opportunity to send your name aboard
InSight to the Red Planet, you're showing that you're part of that journey
and the future of space exploration."

Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 8.

To send your name to Mars aboard InSight, go to:
http://go.usa.gov/3Aj3G





Launch Date for AMSAT Fox-1A

Jeru Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President of Engineering advises that AMSAT
has been informed that the launch of Fox-1A is now scheduled for October 8.

No other details are available at this time.





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


CALLING FREQUENCIES
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160

World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160

World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160


Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227

Calling Frequencies for PSK31
14.070


JOTA early plan announced for a Melbourne Scout Region

A plan that if supported could see scouts in the Melbourne suburban
municipalities of Boroondara, Yarra, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Bayside,
Port Philip and Melbourne involved in Jamboree on the Air in October.

The Cub Scout Commissioner for Melbourne, Murray Taylor VK3MJT, wants help
from radio amateurs to run possible activity bases for communication planned
exercises.

The proposal includes scouts involved in a simulated disaster scenario, ARDF
direction finding, map reading, a museum look at telephone communications
development, and an historical display of radio equipment.

Murray VK3MJT does not have sufficient support yet, but remains hopeful the
multi-site event on the JOTA weekend October 17 and 18 will occur.

Can you assist?

email to cubs.comm.melbourne@vicscouts.asn.au

please put JOTA somewhere in the subject line or 0417 319 256

(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

Shoreham plane crash and RAYNET

The South Sussex RAYNET group, assisted by members of South Kent RAYNET,
provided communications support for the organisers and the User Services
at the Shoreham Air show on Saturday, August 22

At about 1:20pm a Hawker Hunter aircraft crashed into vehicles on the A27
during a flying display. Later that afternoon the following was posted to the
South Sussex RAYNET Facebook page:

"South Sussex RAYNET group are currently assisting the emergency services,
other voluntary agencies and RAFA with a major incident. All of our team are
safe and will continue to help with the recovery late into the evening."

On Monday, August 24 the South Sussex RAYNET group posted:

"South Sussex will again today have a team on site at Shoreham Airport. For
us this tragic event is drawing to a close and is now more about recovering
hired and our own equipment from the site. Today's team will be much smaller,
most having returned to their day jobs this morning.

The group's committee of management will be working with national and other
agencies to support its members as they come to terms with the details of
the weekend's events."

South Sussex RAYNET
https://twitter.com/G1SSR
https://www.facebook.com/Sussex.RAYNET

(via SouthGate)





WICEN ACTIVITY

With the usual upswing in WICEN supported activities shortly VK1 are planning
a WICEN equipment maintenance and information session on Saturday 12 September.

The primary intent of the event is to test the equipment in their pool of
gear to make sure it is all in good working order before they try and put it
into service, but will also have some programming and testing equipment
present to assist with programming of radios for WICEN events.

The rough plan for the WICEN(ACT) day is to test/fix existing and construct
a number of additional feed lines, test/reprogramme WICEN radios (and members
personal radio equipment if desired), check repeaters, filters, antennas
masts and bolts/ fasteners as well as taking a stock of additional
equipment/consumable items needed.

Matt VK1MA and Phil VK1PL from WICEN ACT also tell us the next scheduled
WICEN Field activity is on the 27th September, The Brookvale Horse Enduro.

(vk1 email news)





SOCIAL SCENE 2015


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


2016

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)

July 19 VK3 GippsTech 2016 Churchill vk3pf@wia.org.au












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
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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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