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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JAN 10 2016.



WIA BOARD NOTES - DIRECTOR ROGER HARRISON VK2ZRH


WIA supports move on NBN interference complaints


Wireless Institute of Australia Merit Awards


THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2016 AND FOR WEEK OF JAN 10





It's a strange strange world we live in Master Jack..
particularly when it comes to RF mis adventures,

#1

(Audio time pips)

At the third tone it will be...

Most accurate clock - well only if your live in Germany

A radio-controlled clock made an ideal Christmas gift in Britain and labelled
as one of the most accurate in the world. However Britons were puzzled that
despite the time being set, it reverted to be an hour to fast.

Then it was found that the clock only worked on German time.

It uses a radio time pulse transmitted from Frankfurt, and while accurate, the
product was only supposed to be used in Germany. Its distributor based in
Germany has now apologised for the mistake and recalled the clock.



#2

About three parking spaces fall into a black spot area at the Bunnings Hardware
store Cannon Hill Brisbane where 'phase interference' renders electronic carkeys
almost useless.


You can sort of guess it's "one of those slow news weeks" when we kick of
with a story where Mike Ando, a former Beauty And The Geek contestant, went to
investigate the issue with his radio frequency equipment.

He says the black spot is believed to be caused by metal flashing on three
surrounding buildings in what Mr Ando describes as a quirk of building design

I use this thing called software defined radio he said plus a multi element
yagi. I checked out everything out.

You never know what it could be until you get out there with equipment.

'I couldn't find anything causing interference. I only got a signal when I
locked my car. I looked online with the satellite gear. I was in the middle
of three buildings - they happened to have big metal flashing that it was
causing the interference.

So as they say 'in the good book,' Buyer Beware.

Also if your caught, dare we suggest aisle 13 in the swimming pool area you can
get for about $30 1 kg of Black Spot remover.





Internet connection slow - well you're not alone

More than 15.7 million Australians now have a home broadband connection, but
periodic slowness is often a complaint.

The latest survey found that the typical Aussie home has just over nine
connected devices. This is predicted to rise to a staggering 29 within
five years, with more devices coming on line as we adopt smart home technology.

However, sluggishness can delay home-based businesses, students having
difficulty with school assignments, difficulty using virtual classrooms
or watching online lectures or webinars, and streaming services are disrupted
by buffering or lags.

The ACMA advises that a cause of wireless router interference may be from
microwave ovens, baby monitors, lamps or even Christmas light displays.

The causes of slow Internet can vary, but may be due to demand on your wireless
router, not having it optimised, or even being on the wrong plan.

If you are really worried about slowness, then do some research on the causes
and cures, or talk to your provider to find a solution.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





A MYSTERIOUS light over Australia's capital has captured the imaginations of
social media users, with many declaring the baffling flare as evidence of a UFO.

Maybe one of Andy's 4 Pico Balloons he has up currently?

Since the video was uploaded to YouTube on January 3, it has been viewed over
137,000 times, with users speculating its origin.

Alien enthusiasts believe this is a sign of life on other planets.

Many astronomers have discredited the idea that it was a UFO, explaining that
it is much more likely to be a rare weather phenomenon known as a 'ball of
lightning'.

Australian National University astronomer Brad Tucker told ABC that he doesn't
think it's aliens or Photoshop.

"Normally lightning strikes up and down hitting the ground, but ball lightning
is a weird thing where it appears as a ball explosion, sometimes it can even
move around in the sky," Mr Tucke said.

"It's always hard to discredit aliens, but I think they would probably visit
somewhere more active than Canberra."





Three maybe Four pico balloons at once

The small Australian balloon PS-57 is over the Indian Ocean and heading for
home.

On this VK1WIA broadcast last week we reported how this balloon crossed the
equator to go around the northern end of South America. Most interested in its
movement has been numerous trackers in the USA and Canada.

Andy VK3YT also has at least two other balloons currently floating.

All lift-off with a solar powered payload of a 25mW transmitter on WSPR and JT9.

PS-58 which has already circumnavigated the southern hemisphere, on its second
leg went to Vanuatu, then performed a wide loop westerly over the South Pacific.

The most recent launch PS-59, has travelled south of New Zealand with VK and ZL
trackers following it.

Trackers are also listening intently for the earlier PS-56 balloon that has
twice circumnavigated the Southern Hemisphere, despite a catastrophic failure
of its GPS tracking. Only a default beacon signal giving a Morse code message
is heard. Will it be traced making a record breaking third time around the
globe?

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





WIA BOARD TALK

This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with news on what's happening at
Board level.

The WIA Board rang-in some changes over the Christmas-New year Period.

Rowan Dollar VK8RD resigned on 27 December 2015.

At a Board meeting on 5 January 2016, the Board appointed Paul Simmonds VK5PAS
as a director, replacing Chris Platt VK5CP, who resigned on 1 December 2015 as
he became a Commissioner on the Fair Work Commission.

Paul VK5PAS is well-known for his work in promoting and supporting the popular
portable amateur activities such as the VK5 Parks Award, World Wide Flora and
Fauna (promoting conservation via amateur radio) and Summits on the Air (SOTA).

Paul is a Detective in the South Australian Police Force. He will continue as a
Director through to the end of the AGM in May, in accordance with the provisions
of the WIA Constitution.

A new Treasurer was appointed at the Board's 5 January meeting. He is Chris
Chapman VK3QB, who is well known in the DX world as Team Leader of recent
DXpeditions VK9NT to Norfolk Island, and YJ0VK to Vanuatu, organised by the
Oceania DX Group.

Chris has also served in various roles with the Gippsland Gate Radio and
Electronics Club, including two years as President. Chris and his wife own and
run a business in Foster.

The Board welcomes Paul and Chris, and looks forward to their contributions to
the important work of the Board and the Institute. They will participate in the
Board's scheduled January teleconference meeting on 19 January.

The Board has resolved to continue with six directors until the end of the AGM
in May.

In other news, the Board has arranged for the Institute's 2015 financial year
audit to occur over January. Results will be published on the WIA website when
they become available, and in the Annual Report inserted in Amateur Radio
magazine in the normal course of events.

This has been Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.





WIA supports move on NBN interference complaints

A technical solution to fix spurious emissions that sometimes come from the
National Broadband Network or NBN fixed wireless network has been found.

Steen Jensen VK7AP has raised the issue of severe interference to high
frequencies, medium wave broadcasts and fire alerts in rural areas of Tasmania.

Chris Holliday VK7JU in Deep Bay Tasmania also reports the same problems, and
it may occur elsewhere with a particular brand of fixed wireless network device.

Steen VK7AP thanked the WIA for its representations including statements to the
ACMA backed up by Standard Australia compliance, and VK7WI broadcast publicity
by Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW.

The wireless network on 2300 MHz is acknowledged as being not supposed to
result in interference.

Following inquiries and WIA representations, a manufacturer has proposed
elimination of the problem caused by an Ethernet controller, through better
isolation and the use of higher specification cabling
.
A close watch is being kept on developments by the WIA and the ACMA, as the
NBN continues to roll out its wireless network access fast broadband service.





Wireless Institute of Australia Merit Awards

The WIA Board at its discretion makes awards to members for their contribution
to Amateur Radio.

These are announced at WIA's Annual Conference, to be held in May on
Norfolk Island.

The merit awards are important recognition of the work done within the hobby.

A nomination form with guidelines is available on the WIA website.

When completing the form, you are not required to suggest which award should
be made. The Board will assess each nomination, and decide which awards,
if any, it will make.

To help, please include as much information as you can. Try to keep it in some
sort of chronological order. Include any information about other awards the
nominee may have received.

Nominations close on March 31.

These will be announced and where possible presented, at the WIA's AGM and
Conference on Norfolk Island, May 27-29.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)





HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.


VK7
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vk7regionalnews/

NTARC Inc. has coffee sessions every Monday and Friday at their club rooms in
Rocherlea Scout Hall, Archer Street, Rocherlea 10.00 am to about noon
or longer depending on members that may wish to linger on and talk.

Rocherlea is a suburb of Launceston for the grey nomads doing their 'Sabbatical.'

NTARC website (go to wia.org.au and check out vk7 clubs) has a map showing the
club rooms and the surrounding area. Plenty of free car parking right outside
the door.

NTARC welcome all amateur radio operators or prospective hams whether they be
local, from the mainland or even further afield to join them at these sessions.

(Yvonne, VK7FYMX Secretary NTARC Inc.)





DISCUSSION POINT

What use is an F-call?

Recently I was part of a discussion about emergency preparedness. The idea
being that as radio amateurs we're ideally suited to being communication hubs
and conduits to pass messages along. Of course as part of that we need to have
skills and equipment to make those things possible.

I've often said that doing contests are a great way to improve your radio
skills. It's an adverse environment in which sending and receiving messages
is related to your score and as a bonus, it's a great way to pick up some DX
stations that are not yet in your log.

There are other things that you can do as an amateur to improve your level of
preparedness. I recently conducted an informal survey among a group of amateurs
to see which repeaters they had programmed into their radios and which ones
they'd actually used.

Turns out, in our little group, two repeaters were being used, the rest, around
15 were sometimes programmed into radios, but hardly ever used.

As part of improving our skills we want to make sure that we actually know
which repeaters we can use, have the ability to actually use them and while
we're at it, take the opportunity to pass along some message traffic, just for
the fun of trying and the fun of practicing.

This is really part of a much larger conversation. For example, you might have
a radio and batteries, but do your batteries work with the radio of your mate?
Do you have conversion cables to deal with this, are their polarities the same,
is there a standard that you might follow?

If you're getting into SOTA, Summits On The Air, that is, climbing up mountains
and setting up a radio and making contacts, you're well and truly on your way
to being prepared for an emergency, with a pack, food, shelter, power and a
portable radio. If you have all that and you don't have the skills to pass on
messages, then what do you need to do to get those skills?

There are formal processes, some of them encompassed by associations like
WICEN, the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network, the local SES and
other first responders.

What is your level of preparedness, not only your radio, but your skills?

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.


The RSGB reports Graham Coomber, G0NBI, announced his retirement as
General Manager of the Radio Society of Great Britain Monday, January 4.
Graham took up the appointment in May 2012 following his return to the UK
from Greece where he had held the call sign SV0XBA.
Graham has agreed to delay his departure until a suitable successor is in place.





SPECTRUM SHORTCHANGED IN THE UK?

The Radio Society of Great Britain believes the growth of amateur radio
in the UK is at risk as a result of insufficient primary allocations on
the spectrum. Speaking in the UK Spectrum Usage & Demand Second Report
released December 18, the RSGB noted that without primary ham radio
allocations between 400 MHz and 24 GHz in the UK, confidence, investment
and growth of ham radio is severely restricted.

According to the RSGB, this creates a particularly difficult situation
for earth-moon-earth, narrowband terrestrial systems and satellite
transponders. The Society recommended adding to the spectrum to enable
experimentation along with an expansion of digital voice. The Society
would also like to see space for an extension of digital TV, new data
modes and higher data speed technologies.

The forum is a sounding board on long-term spectrum issues for the
government in the UK, and for Ofcom.





In Wisconsin, a bit of hospital equipment has just become ham equipment
too. Recognizing the important role amateur radio signals can play in
local disasters, Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital has given space
on its tower to a local club repeater.


Mark Dascalos, a spokesman for the hospital, told local National Public
Radio member station WXPR recently that bringing the ham radio club onto
the tower was a decision that made good sense. Dascalos said: QUOTE
"...here in the Northwoods we have difficulty with cell signals and
probably equal-wise with radio signals....It was an opportunity to use
our tall antenna at the hospital to install a repeater."ENDQUOTE

Club members will make use of the expanded signal to provide
communication support for community events as well as community disasters.

The tower space is being provided free to the club.





"Push the shift to overdrive
Send a signal that she's hanging
All her hopes on the stars..

To the Moon and Back."

One time neighbours of our news editor Graham VK4BB penned the song
"To The Moon and Back", yes Savage Garden.

Well to the moon and back began some 70 years ago TODAY.

You see the United States Army was the first to bounce a radio signal off the
Moon, and the site where it took place on earth is now part of the
Information Age Science History Museum and Learning Centre.

The historic transmission on January 10 1946 from an Army tracking dish, is
the starting point for all moon bounce experiments.


Project Diana, named for the Roman Moon goddess Diana, was an experimental
project at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey to bounce radar signals off the Moon
and receive the reflected signals. It played a part in the space race, and
even those weak signals reflected from the lunar surface are reported to have
had experimental applications in spying activities.

Those lucky enough to receive the reflected signal received a QSL card.

Moon Bounce communication was abandoned by the military to be replaced by
communication satellites in the early 1960s. However it found a use in Amateur
Radio in the 1960s and with weak signal techniques of today is still being
explored throughout the world.

The large dish antenna at Fort Monmouth is available to Moon Bounce for
radio amateurs and Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club intends to put a 23cm
signal on the dish and celebrate the birth of EME.

EME is still going strong and the 17th International Earth-Moon-Earth
Conference is going to be held in Venice from August 19-21, 2016

One EME Pioneer passed just a few weeks ago, Ken Street GM3ENJ aged 91

GM3ENJ of Dunfermline, was part of the first moon bounce group in the '60's
in Scotland on 432 MHz, they built a dish and 432 Mc/s transmitter and receiver
for EME.

But back to Monmouth, and from Amateur Radio Newsline here is
Heather Embee, KB3TZD,


[HEATHER'S REPORT]

That site is now part of the InfoAge Science History Museum where, on
January 10, the EME, or "earth-moon-earth" bounce, will be recreated,
marking the date when the historic transmission both left its mark and
its signal, in 1946.

In fact, the radio amateurs intend to use that same dish, which has long
since been demilitarized and refurbished. The TLM-18 received those
first historic signals during its time of active service on that site as
a ground station for the TIROS 1 and 2 weather satellites and for
Project Vanguard.

The commemorative transmission will occur on 23 centimetres from the
station of the Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club, N2MO, sent by members
of that club as well as hams from Princeton University and the science
museum. The dish's primary role, as used by Daniel Marlow, K2QM, is to
help observe radio pulsars as well as radiation from the Milky Way.
Marlow teaches physics at Princeton University and serves on the board
of InfoAge.

The TLM-18 is being made available for the amateurs' moon bounce on a
secondary basis. Nevertheless, promising this group the moon - and then
delivering - is going to be just as historic an event as it had been
back in 1946.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick,
Pennsylvania.






OPERATIONAL NEWS 2016


Jan Fri 1st to Sun 31st WIA Ross Hull Memorial VHF-UHF Contest


Jan Sat 9th and Sun 10th WIA VHF/UHF Summer Field Day


"All aboard" the Sydney Ferries. VHF/UHF 'contest' Sunday March 13.


WIA John Moyle Field Day 19-20 March 2016


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


10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 6 - 7


Remberance or RD Contest August 13-14


36th ALARA Contest is on the last full weekend in August, Aug 27-28.





SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE

British scientists commemorated on Ham Radio in 2016

Throughout 2016 the lives and achievements of over 20 British Scientists will
be commemorated on amateur radio with short, on-air events on anniversary days
and sometimes from related locations

The programme started on 8th January by commemorating the birthday of
Prof. Stephen Hawking, culminating on Christmas Day 2016 with
Sir Isaac Newton.

Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards will be available for 5, 10 or 15 contacts made
with the Commemorative Stations. Various clubs callsigns will be used for the
events, and several will use a UK Special Event ('GB') Callsign.

All UK clubs can participate, most especially if they have a local connection
to one of the scientists being commemorated.

https://sites.google.com/site/phoenixaradiouk/british_scientists_award

(Southgate)





GW 4 DVB is active as V 25 GB from Antigua, NA-100 to January 14
with 100 watts into a vertical and a multiband dipole. He plans to operate
SSB only on the 40 to 6m bands. QSL to his home call sign GW 4 DVB.
V 25 LK also from Antigua till today 10th January on 20m to 10m with emphasis
on CW.
QSL to the home call OM 3 AG.

(rsgb)





As part of the Scotsman in Steam event, Bury ARS will be operating GB 0 ELR
from Rawtenstall Station on the 9, 10, 16 and 17 January. The two weekends
will be the first opportunity for the general public to preview the Flying
Scotsman engine in its wartime black livery following its restoration.





IOTA AS-202.
Members of Bahrain Amateur Radio Group (BARG) will be active as A 91 HI
from Hawar Island between April 28th and May 1st.
QSL via A 9 2AA.





F 6 ITD, will be active as FG/F 6 ITD from Guadeloupe and two of its islands
between January 20th and March 28th.

These include main island, between January 20th and February 2nd and
La Desirade Island (between March 3-8th). He will work all HF bands, both on
SSB and in digital modes. Listen for the callsign TO 6 D.
QSL via his home callsign, F 6 ITD.





BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS
websdr.org

Radio France: Extinguishing Medium Wave

December 31, 2015 was the last day of transmissions from Medium Wave AM
stations broadcasting the Radio France programs.

Radio France say the number of listeners to medium wave is now marginal.

In addition to existing FM transmissions, Radio France is also investing
in the distribution of all its channels and programs to all connected devices
such as smartphones, tablets, PC's etc. and offers new services such as
Internet radio and mobile applications.

(SouthGate)





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

Townsville AR Club does the 2016 Defence Welcome and Information Expo

theTARCinc will be involved with the 2016 Defence Welcome and Information Expo
run by the Townsville office of Defence Community Organisation North Queensland
Saturday 6th February at RSL Stadium Murray Complex from 10am to 1pm.

TARCadians will be drawing on expertise gained from participation in other
Expos at the complex to show Defence members and their families currently
residing or new to the region some of the aspects of the wonderful world of
Amateur Radio.

The club will demonstrate the hobby through a mixture of static, dynamic and
interactive displays, with members experienced in many facets of the hobby
able to provide meaningful answers and guidance for those attending the Expo.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
http://alara.org.au
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)

ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION

ALARA's mission is to encourage women's interest and active participation
in amateur radio. ALARA was formed in 1975 by a small group of Australian
ladies interested in amateur radio. Membership is over 200, with many
Australian members sponsoring overseas YLs into ALARA.

The term "YL" stands for "young lady" - regardless of age.

New Members are always welcome - visit- alara.org.au

And a reminder the 36th ALARA Contest is on the last full weekend in August '16.





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/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair


SEVEN SCHOOLS CHOSEN FOR ARRL GRANTS

Giving a boost to student and teacher literacy in wireless technology,
the ARRL has selected seven schools to receive grants from its Education
and Technology Program for the academic year 2015-2016,

The grants encourage the use of amateur radio to explore radio science
and electronics and focus on lessons in math, science, engineering, and
technology through hands-on activities. So far, 579 schools have
received support from the ARRL program, which comes in the form of
resource grants or equipment.

(ARRL via ARNewsLine)





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


We've told you several times the past 3 or 4 months of the Fisher's Ghost
Amateur Radio Club who now are running the amateur radio activity for the
2016 Australian Scout Jamboree at Cataract Scout Park, it ends 13th January.

They are active on most bands from 80m to 70cm using the callsign VI 2 AJ 2016.

Hours of operation will be between 2300 - 0600 UTC, each day.

More than 12,000 scouts are at this Jamboree so it's a huge 11 days event.

There will be many kids hoping to get YOU in the log, so keep an ear out for
VI 2 AJ 2016 and when you hear them, give them a call.

QSL via Bureau or see a VI2AJ2016 QRZ page for full QSL and other information.

(sourced to VK2PR)





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


GlobalSET 2015 a great success - lessons to be learnt

The Simulated Emergency Test to measure the disaster readiness of Amateur
Radio involved 38 countries and four others who recognised its importance
but could not take part this time.

IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator Greg Mossop G0DUB, has
reported on the event, held in December, and Bryan VK3GR reported to you
on it back on December 27, now a lil more but in detail from VK3PC who tells us
whilst earlier events were on message handling and field stations, a better and
simpler exercise was needed to demonstrate the strength of Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications throughout the world.

IARU Emergency Communications Co-ordinators decided that the best way to
achieve this would be to have an availability or 'call-out' exercise. It asked
all countries with Emergency Communications Groups to contact their members
and ask them how quickly they could get on air if required.

Using a simple web form to overcome any language barriers with the use of
online translation tools, made it easier to fill in by national coordinators,
who were able table to measure the response capability.

Some members could immediately respond, others needed to obtain supplies, and
a third wave hsf commitments that needed to be cleared, resulting in a truly
structured response.

This exercise occurred on a normal business day in many countries, an
availability rate of 20-30% of stations is very good and does seem reasonable
as a planning assumption for future exercises.

An interesting finding was the need to revise or improve member alerting
procedures.

A quarter of countries relied on a single communications method.

Some used email as part of the alerting method. From previous exercises it has
been shown that email is not a 100% reliable. One group's email callout method
in this exercise failed.

Where possible a mixture of methods should be used for alerting members with
automatic feedback of message delivery or the response.

Probably ten times more radio amateurs took part this time, with a few groups
returning after a few years absence.

Finally, success at International Telecommunications World Radiocommunications
Conference WRC-15, and the International Amateur Radio Union advocacy work
that includes references to the emergency communications, can be backed up
with further proof.

What GlobalSET 2015 did was to produce good data to support the IARU claims on
spectrum and shows that we are trained and ready to respond when needed.

A full report will be sent to the IARU regional coordinators, who will
distribute it further.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.)





REWIND a look back at history

15 years ago and a little bit, December 21, 2000, students at Burbank School
in Burbank Illinois, U.S.A. lined up and readied themselves for a very
historic event, the first school contact with the crew on the International
Space Station.

ARISS mentor and radio operator Charlie Sufana, AJ9N and his team had aptly
prepared the students, teachers and the public in attendance for their
historic contact.

As AOS approached, Charlie began calling NA1SS.

Soon, Expedition 1 Commander Bill "Shep" Shepherd, KD5CDL answered back and
the students immediately began asking Shep their questions.

The rest, as they say, is history.

ARISS have made nearly 1000 ARISS contacts successfully since Burbank,
15 years ago. This original contact was crucial in achieving the goals
of ARISS.

(sourced to AMSAT-NA)





SOCIAL SCENE 2016



2016

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 (wia)
Feb 28 VK2 Central Coast Field Day (vk2ztm)
Feb 28 VK3 EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont. (wia)

Ap-May 29-2 VK4 Clairview Gathering check Mackay ARS website. (theTARCinc)

May 27-29 VK9 WIA AGM this year on Norfolk Island (wia.org)

June 3- 5 VK4 Central Highlands Social Gathering Theresa Creek dam (wia)
June 4 VK4 BARCfest Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. (vk4atc)
June 11-13 VK5 VK Foxhunting Championship & SERG convention Mt Gambier(VK5HCF)

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

Sep 23-25 VK4 Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend
Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, near Emerald. (theTARCinc)
Sep-Oct 30-3 VK4 Cardwell Gathering Long Weekend, Beachcomber Motel(theTARCinc)

Nov 6 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am! (VK5KC)






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