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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCT 04 2015.
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THIS STORYS AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 4
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ANZAC 100 active in October
The Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society now has the VI5ANZAC commemorative
callsign on air from the Belair National Park War Memorial. It pays tribute to
the Australian and American Forces who served in World War II and Korea, with
an avenue of giant Sequoias redwood trees planted in 1962.
Organised by Paul VK5PAS, look for it today from around 0001 UTC to 0900 UTC -
try 7.130 MHz and 14.250 MHz.
Later this month VK100ANZAC commemorates William Henry Kibby of Adelaide, was
awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.
This is followed by the Waverley Amateur Radio Society, which had Lance
Corporal Daniel Williams, an ANZAC signaller, as one of its club members.
More details on all the ANZAC 100 events are on the WIA website.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
V President Fred Swainston VK3DAC email@example.com
Secretary David Williams VK3RU firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
Wireless Institute of Australia has online answers
The WIA web-based resources with 2,500 pages make for plenty of good
informative reading. Modern organisations use this technology to serve
their members, prospective members and other stakeholders.
The WIA is no different, relying heavily on providing services and carrying
out its role through the webspace and online. To further help, it now is a
Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have a question, then it may be
answered by reading this, and the other website material.
Check out the WIA website
and remember: the search box is your friend.
WIA ON BALI
WIA at the IARU Region 3 meeting in Bali, Indonesia
Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) representatives will be at the
International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 triennial conference in Bali on
October 12 to 16.
Members of all national societies, like the WIA, pay a component for
international representation through their subscriptions. Peter Young VK3MV is
the WIA Delegate, and Phil Wait VK2ASD the Observer.
Normally there are three concurrent working groups to handle the busy
The text edition of this broadcast has the URL for the agenda and reports.
WIA ON NORFOLK
Since last week's broadcast even further bookings have been received for the
Wireless Institute of Australia annual general meeting and open forum weekend
On Norfolk Island, May 27, 28, & 29, it will be memorable.
Flights, accommodation, venues and an event plan have been released.
With many historical attractions some may stay longer to soak up the local
Details and a booking form can be found on the WIA website.
This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
The WIA Board has become aware of a campaign, circulated by email, to lobby
the new Minister for Communications to "review the pricing of amateur radio
licences, to bring them into line with other countries".
The other countries cited are the United States, where "amateurs are issued a
licence for 10 years, requiring revalidation after expiry, with no fee"; the
United Kingdom, where "amateurs are issued a licence for life requiring
revalidation five-yearly, with no fee"; and "in New Zealand, amateurs are
licensed under a General Users Licence, with no fee".
The proponents of this lobbying campaign are asking the Minister to direct
the ACMA to drop Australian amateur licence fees to zero.
They suggest writing a personal letter to the Minister in your own words,
arguing that amateur radio's past and possible role in disaster communications
deserves to be valued, as it is in "many countries of the world", then citing
the three examples I just set out along with the argument that a large number
of Australian amateurs are pensioners, for whom "the annual licence fee has
seen some simply abandon their hobby due to the cost, and to the detriment of
At first blush, the proponents of this lobbying campaign seem to have the
interests of Australian radio amateurs at heart, particularly those living on
So, when Senator the Honourable Mitch Fifield, the Minister for Communications,
receives a letter along the lines advocated, an advisor in his office will
likely ask one of the Departmental Liaison Officers what it's all about.
The D-L-O will be able to tell the Minister's advisor that the ACMA already
reduced the amateur licence annual renewal fee in April this year, from $75
In case you missed that, it was on WIA News back in April. Check the WIA
website (under News and Events > News releases > April).
The Minister's advisor might also be told that amateur radio isn't exactly a
low-cost hobby, like stamp collecting, when even second-hand amateur
transceivers sell for prices between $250 to $2000, and many new transceivers
are priced from $2000 to over $10,000.
While well-meaning, a lobbying campaign along the lines being advocated is
unlikely to make much of an impression within the Minister's office, let alone
with the Minister. And not for the two reasons I just highlighted.
At this point, let me explain that my day job for the past 15 years has
involved dealing with correspondence to ministers . . . composing, editing and
coordinating responses to letters from the public, other politicians,
companies and all sorts of stakeholders.
Each letter for the minister to sign in response is accompanied by a briefing
note, setting out the background to whatever issue or issues an author has
written about, and justifying the content of the letter the minister might
Writing to government ministers is a HUGE industry in voter land. Government
departments have special units that compose responses for their ministers to
sign; sometimes a minister's office will ask the department to respond instead
of the minister.
Before I was recruited into this world of ministerial correspondence, from
time to time since the 1970s, I was involved with various lobbying groups
attempting to influence the policies or decisions of ministers and governments.
Not always successfully.
Hence, I've worked "both sides of the fence" so to speak.
One of the prime lessons I have learned is "do you homework" - know as much as
possible about government and political processes, the how and why of things.
Let me outline, then, some homework about why we pay amateur licence fees in
Australia and why the arguments being advocated by the current lobbyists are
not likely to succeed.
In Australia, it is government policy that ALL spectrum users pay a tax for
the use of spectrum - even defence; that is, the armed forces.
Spectrum is a resource. The resource is a public good. It isn't consumed when
used, as minerals are, for example. There is a cost for "looking after" the
public interest in the use of spectrum. Use of it is allocated and regulated
by a complex set of arrangements, arising from both local and international
As you would be aware, the ACMA has a large role here.
However, the ACMA does not set the fees. This is done by a combination of the
Department of Communications, the Department of Finance and the ACMA.
The ACMA is responsible for the administrative component of the fees that
funds spectrum planning and monitoring, regulatory investigations and the like,
along with ITU and World Radio Conference activities, plus the costs
associated with management of the licensing data and issuing of licences. The
Amateur Service pays its way, along with everyone else.
To introduce a no-fee amateur licence risks a much lower - or no - service
from the ACMA.
Arguing to drop amateur licence fees based on amateur radio's role in
emergency communications - "when all else fails" - no longer has traction in
the halls of government.
Amateur involvement in community service may get some recognition, given the
significant number of sporting-type activities that rely on amateur radio for
safety communications. But not enough to justify a no-fee licence on the basis
of volunteer activities.
Citing the licence fee situation in other countries will not hold water as the
argument does not compare like with like in terms of political and government
policy, processes and spectrum regulation regimes.
So three countries have no amateur licence fees - what about the other 150-odd
countries that allow amateur radio operation and charge licence fees?
Someone in the Minister's office is likely to ask that question. What answer
is there to that?
The NZART has told the WIA that they and many amateurs in New Zealand regret
the introduction of the no-fee licence there.
Here, amateur radio gets a seat at the table when it comes to negotiating
changes in legislation and regulations - locally and internationally. Over
the years, the Australian radio amateur community has benefitted as a result.
Do you want to give that up for the sake of a fee-free licence?
This is WIA Director VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
Website maintenance - Saturday October 10
The WIA website will have maintenance work, and be off-line during the time
window 4.30pm - Midnight, October 10.
So make sure rebroadcasters that you download the news for Sunday 11th
well before 4pm on that Saturday Tenth.
The WIA regrets any interruption this may cause, but will keep it to a
The number of VK licences issued falls
Data from the ACMA has shown a fall in the number of current Amateur Radio
licences in the past year.
It seems that the biggest single impact has been attrition caused by cancelled
callsigns and silent keys among those returning from military service in
World War II.
According to ACMA files for the 2016 callbook, due out late this year, VK7 has
gained 17 to be the best performing, VK8 has two more, while the remaining
call areas lost licences.
The most populous states are New South Wales and Victoria, with VK2 at 4070
down 138, and VK3 having 4007, a loss of 120.
Overall in 2014 there were 15,141 licences, now at 14,748 or down by 393.
The falling numbers are a concern, but many people are now joining through the
Foundation Licence that is attracting new people.
Classes are also still finding a few who have previously failed under the
old Novice licence system. Family involvement is another aspect.
Lapsed radio amateurs are also being revived by the scope of modern Amateur
Radio and the opportunities it offers.
Jim Linton VK3PC from the WIA says recruitment should always be high on the
agenda of clubs, WIA assessors, trainers and all of today's radio amateurs,
our future deserves it.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
WICEN involved in aircraft search
Looking for the ill-fated VH-MDX Cessna 210 aircraft in the Barrington Tops
wilderness in the Hunter Valley continues on the weekend of October 17 and 18,
with WICEN New South Wales again taking part.
On Sunday 9, August 1981, VH-MDX disappeared with five people on board.
In previous searches, WICEN provided VHF & UHF communications for search teams
from a Command Post, and managed and logged all radio communications.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Prospective radio amateur class - in VK3
Do you know someone who could become a good radio amateur with a little
Enrolments close soon for the quality Foundation Licence class and assessments
on October 10 and 11, run by Amateur Radio Victoria at 40g Victory Boulevard,
The study and operational practice guide book is available on mail order for
$26 from the Amateur Radio Victoria on-line shop.
To enrol please contact Barry Robinson VK3PV firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0428 516 001.
Amateur Radio Club Riding to Fight Kids' Cancer
The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club's, (BAREC) Pedal Radio Group is
taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge this October to fight kids' cancer!
Their goal is to ride 700 km throughout the month and they will be pedalling
as hard as they can to reach their target.
Why are they doing this? Because cancer is the largest killer of children
from disease in Australia - 3 children die of cancer every week and so the
BAREC Pedal Radio Group are taking on this challenge to raise $1,000 to give
these kids the brighter futures they deserve.
But to achieve their goal, they need your help.
Please sponsor them and support their 700 km challenge to end childhood cancer
and help these kids. To make a donation, simply go to
and search for BAREC.
All funds raised will support the Children's Medical Research Institute to
continue their work to develop treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.
Just another Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club event - proudly
supporting the community!
(email@example.com Graeme Knight)
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ABC listeners in VK4 hear about Amateur Radio
And VK1WIA listeners hear about this ABC broadcast NOT from VK4
but from VK3 and Jim Linton.
ABC Radio Capricornia 873 kHz in Queensland has broadcast an interview
with Clive Sait VK4ACC, Secretary of the Rockhampton and District Amateur
The interviewer Lisa Clarke in her regular segment 'Portraits: In the club'
named this particular session 'On the same wavelength'.
In a five minute talk Clive told of the scope and potential of Amateur Radio,
and what attracted him to the hobby. On getting his licence decades ago, he
immediately sought to contact 100 different countries.
He described how with a bit of experience, the worldwide pursuit allows the
use of home built equipment, although commercially made gear dominates the
activity these days.
The ABC program listeners also heard Clive talk about direct contacts with
space travellers, and portable operation, such as at the Old Sea Hill
structure during the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August.
Listen to the ABC recording at
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Radio Amateur-deputy sheriff shot and killed in Florida
The ARRL reports a Florida deputy sheriff, William J. 'Bill' Myers, KK 4 KF,
died of gunshot wounds after serving a domestic violence restraining order at
an attorney's office in Shalimar, where he lived
NorthEscambia.com reported "Deputy Myers was walking outside when he was shot
multiple times in the back, including a gunshot wound to the rear of his head."
An Associated Press account said the shooter, identified as a 33 yr. old,
was supposed to be turning over any firearms in his possession, but apparently
shot Myers with "a concealed weapon."
A ham since 1986, Bill, KK4KF was a US Air Force retiree and former air
traffic controller who enjoyed operating CW and was a member of FISTS CW Club.
The amateur radio community is grieving the loss of another member - one
Mark McCloud, K 6 YCV, of Mokelumne Hill, California.
Mark was confirmed as being among the latest death toll in the wildfires that
have been sweeping the West Coast state since Sept. 9.
His body was found outside his house on Sept. 16, one of two fatalities
in the Butte fire raging east of Sacramento.
The Indonesian amateur radio society ORARI report that on Monday, September 28,
the LAPAN-A2/ORARI satellite was launched from India.
Deployment took place 23 minutes later.
LAPAN-A2 is in a 650 km orbit, the inclination is believed to be 8-10 degrees.
It takes about 110 minutes to orbit the Earth and should pass over Indonesia
and other near equatorial locations 14 times a day.
The low inclination equatorial orbit means it will be receivable from about
30 degrees North to 30 degrees South. About a third of the world's population,
over 2.4 billion people, live within the coverage area of the satellite.
The IARU has coordinated these frequencies for LAPA-A2/ORARI:
437.425 MHz telemetry beacon
435.880 MHz FM voice uplink
145.880 MHz FM voice downlink (5 watts)
145.825 APRS digipeater (5 watts)
Please send reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to a recording of the 437.425 MHz telemetry signal at
In technology news we learn that transparent coating keeps solar cells cool
and efficient throughout the day.
Stanford engineers have developed a transparent silicon overlay that can
increase the efficiency of solar cells by keeping them cool. The cover
collects and then radiates heat directly into space, without interfering with
incoming photons. If mass-produced, the development could be used to cool down
any device in the open air - for instance, to complement air conditioning in
It's believed the technology could apply to any instance where an outdoors
system needs effective heat dispersal.
The advance is described in the current issue of the journal "Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences."
That recent report from the International Amateur Radio Union has put radio
amateurs on alert to some new and persistent sources of interference on
An increasing amount of Russian military traffic has turned up at 40 meters
and 20 meters, according to the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System.
As well as the interference I reported on recently, the noise sourced to the
Russian over-the-horizon radar on 14.192 MHz. other monitors based in Germany,
reported Chinese over-the-horizon radars operating on other bands, including
75 meters and an interfering transmission from a beacon in Kazakhstan on
7027.5 kHz, sent as a continuous letter "V."
Region 3 of the International Amateur Radio Union will hold its
triennial conference on Oct. 12 in Bali, hosted by the Indonesian radio
The special event station, YB16IARU will be operating at the conference
venue, through the gathering's conclusion on Oct. 16.
This is the second time Indonesia has hosted the event.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015
Oceania DX contest Voice this weekend (October 3-4)
Oceania DX contest Continuous Wave next weekend October 10-11
WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day the weekend of 14th and 15th November.
Harry Angel 80 mtr sprint (WIA) provisional date Saturday 7th May.
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 6 - 7
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 5 - 6
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 4 - 5
Old news now, but the WIA News has just been informed by VK7WI news that
2015 RD Results are out and the single operator phone section first place goes
to VK7OO, second place VK7VH and third place to VK7LTD in the VK7 section.
The top rookie was VK5FABG with 288 points and the top foundation licensee
was VK5FDEC with 311 in the QRP Phone section.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
North West Tasmania Club have a new repeater up.
UHF Repeater VK7RDR at the Dazzler Range.
7 amateurs travelled to the site located approx. midway along the Dazzler Range
(next to the Fire Lookout Tower), with the repeater which was then duly
installed & placed on air.
Callsign: VK7RDR 434.775 Mhz. / 439.775 Mhz.
CTCSS on BOTH RX & TX is 186.2Hz.
The License is held by the N/West Tas. ATV Group
The repeater will be periodically linked to the VK Link Network - VK7 Hub
Audio feeds of all Broadcasts including this Sunday Morning WIA Broadcast
are now available on this repeater.
(sourced to vk7wi news)
Vietnam Veteran Mal VK6LC, will, from 16th to 23rd October will operate as
3 W 2 HCM in Ho Chi Minh City.
His preference is for CW with some SSB.
Ivan is active as SU 9 IG from Cairo until the 15 June 2016!
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL to home call, OM 3 CGN
A Sicilian station, II 9 IARU, is 'on the wireless' now until the
31st December celebrating the 90th anniversary of the International
Amateur Radio Union. Again your call to listen for will be II 9 IARU
International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 triennial conference in
Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel Bali, with special event station YB16IARU.
The WIA program ANZAC 100 ends timed with the departure of ANZAC troops at
Gallipoli in 1915.
To commemorate the occasion will be at least VK100ANZAC, VI3ANZAC & VI6ANZAC.
VK 5 MAV, will be active as VK5MAV/8 from Croker Island between November 1-6.
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mostly CW and Vertical Dipole Arrays
on each of the HF bands.
QSL via his home callsign, VK5MAV by the Bureau.
PY70FEB is this year's 10th Special Event Station celebrating 70 years since
the end of World War II and a tribute to the Brazilian Expeditionary Force
(FEB) in Italy campaign.
Each month in 2015 they have been activating a different callsign and also
sending different QSLs.
CW, Digital and SSB
PS7AB: SSB (sorry I live in downtown of my city, and my DX reception is very bad.)
PP1CZ: CW & Digital
QSL Manager: PS7AB
More information: https://www.qrz.com/db/py70feb
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with the usual reminder that tomorrow,
October 5th is the first Monday of the month and time for the Radio Amateurs
Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly News and Information bulletin to go to
This month we feature a report on the Club's AGM held in Melbourne September 24
plus short talks on two subjects, the electrode and the transistor in a
There are several ways to hear the bulletin:
The principal HF transmission will be on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz upper side
band at 0100 UTC beamed north from Melbourne for the eastern states. An hour
later at 0200 UTC there will be a 40 metre transmission from Perth on 7088 kHz
lower sideband plus a simultaneous transmission via all linked NewsWest VHF
and UHF repeaters.
Please note the new 40 metre frequency of 7088 not, repeat not 7060 as
In addition, numerous local relays will take place. To find the times and
frequencies for your area please visit the RAOTC website at www.raotc.org.au
Once again that's www.raotc.org.au
Also as from Tuesday you can download the audio file from that website.
Everyone, RAOTC Members and non-members alike, is invited to listen to this
interesting half hour of Old Timer news, information and anecdotes and to
participate in the call backs afterwards.
Once again, the RAOTC monthly bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
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
JOTA in the Melbourne Region
A main Jamboree On The Air event on October 17 to 18 in Melbourne will be at
the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall in Ricourt Avenue, in south-east suburban
Cub Scout Commissioner for the Melbourne Region, Murray Taylor VK3MJT, says
an early start of 6am on both days is a good chance to talk to European Scouts,
as they go into their sunset.
Scouts and Girl Guides in 157 countries look forward to JOTA, and some later
become radio amateurs themselves.
There will be plenty to occupy young minds when the 9th Caulfield Scout Hall
becomes the base for JOTA activities from 6am to 4pm. Individual involvement
takes about two hours.
In a 'Lost and Found' exercise, Scouts search out hidden transmitters and
recover secret coded messages - using supplied Radio Direction Finding
equipment and training from the Scout Radio and Electronics Service Unit
(SRESU). Another activity called 'Emergency Communications' - asks Scouts what
they would do if there is no power, no phones, no Internet including social
media .. Oh My God, or OMG in online lingo.
The answer to this dilemma is simple. Construct an antenna, hook-up a battery
and or solar power, a radio and communicate.
Murray VK3MJT is in need of two or three more radio amateurs to support the
planned operations. Offers may be made at the email address in the text
edition of this broadcast.
please put JOTA in the subject line or phone 0417 319 256.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
JOTA Now for the Future in Cowboy Territory
Scout and Guide Groups in NQ region are now contacting their regular Radio
Amateur Operator to line up sites and personnel to participate in this years
world-wide event happening on the weekend of 17th and 18th October.
Already known in North Queensland -
Phil VK4HSV, Kerry VK4TUB, Lyndall VK4ZM, Gavin VK4ZZ with Kirwan and
Alice River Scouts at Camp Gedling.
Wayne VK4YWG and Iain VK4IGM with Flinders Region Guides at District Guide
If you can help out with any groups then please contact NQ's JOTA Co-ordinator
Richard VK4FRJG on 0400 339 543 and he will match you up to a group.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR
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/
Youth to grow Amateur Radio
A potential growth area for Amateur Radio is involving younger people as a
wonderful 'for them' and 'hands-on' communications activity.
A report to the IARU Region 3 Conference in Bali Indonesia (October 12-16)
comes from the Region 3 Directors, that describes as an underlining theme,
where the next generation of radio amateurs comes from, so that what is
enjoyed today, can continue to provide benefits to the community.
The Directors note that there are other effective ways of making Amateur Radio
grow, including reviving lapsed radio amateurs, broadening its appeal in a
crowded marketplace that has many other activities, and tapping into the
like-minded followers of the DIY Maker Fairs.
However, the report suggests a focus on Youth may be lacking by some Member
Societies in our region.
The PARA Kids Day event has a distinctive logo of a kid with the microphone
and a tuned circuit, the WIA through its Foundation Licence is finding it
attracts some younger new hams, and activities for younger people is the
JARL Ham Fair - there may be some other examples too.
However the Youth theme is heavily promoted in the IARU Region 1, with the
concept now also being taken up outside Europe. For example, YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air).
The IARU Region 2 has the ARRL showing a lead with its Kids Day to promote
Amateur Radio to Youth.
The Directors suggests to the conference delegates that embracing Youth be
considered now by all Member Societies, and that it be the theme with reports
for the next and 17th IARU Region 3 Conference.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2015
Oct 2-5 VK4 Cardwell Gathering, Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park
Oct 22-25 VK4 NOEL'S NUTTY CAMPERS POONA PALMS CARAVAN PK 0413958216 (vk4nl)
Oct 25 VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention Greyhound Track
Nov 14 VK4 Gold Coast HamFest Broadbeach (vk4py)
Nov 14 VK3 QRP By the Bay details from VK3YE held 2nd Saturday (vk3ye)
NOV 29 VK3 ROSEBUD RADIOFEST 9am in Allambi Avenue Rosebud (vk3pdg)
Jan 22-26 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
Girl Guides Campsite, Bluewater (vk4zz)
Feb 13 VK3 MERC HamFest 10am at Werribee Masonic Centre
Feb 28 VK2 Central Coast Field Day (vk2ztm)
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 (email@example.com)
Sep 23-25 VK4 Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend at
Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, near Emerald. (theTARCinc)
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