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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING Feb 28 2016.
IN OUR 21st YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA President to talk in Sydney & Perth. -
WIA and ANZAC 100 logs prove commemoration popular. -
WIA news & information services. -
WIA John Moyle Field Day 19-20 March 2016. -
WIA Award for working Norfolk Island. -
WIA Amateur Radio magazine March review.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2016 AND FOR WEEK OF FEB 28
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
WIA President to talk in Sydney & Perth
The Waverley Amateur Radio Society will at its March meeting have a talk by
the Wireless Institute of Australia President, Phil Wait VK2ASD.
This follows his presentation in January to the Westlake's Amateur Radio Club
at Newcastle, on the structure and challenges ahead, in a busy agenda faced
by the Institute. Now, Australia's oldest continuous club the Waverley
Amateur Radio Society, will learn more and those gathered get to ask some
The title of Phil's talk is: "The WIA and where I think we are all
The Waverley Amateur Radio Society clubrooms at Vickery Avenue, Rose Bay,
will have the WIA talk on March 16. All are welcome.
Meantime, the WIA President will also be among the speakers at PerthTech 2016
to be held April 30. The one-day seminar with presentations from experts in
the field requires a pre-booking, and it IS limited to 50 attendees. Venue?
at suburban Perth's Bayswater Hotel.
PerthTech Speakers also will include Phil Harman VK6PH and David VK5DGR.
They'll be covering topics including critically coupled antennas, Codec2,
DMR, Allstar networks, working satellites and more.
See vk6.net for booking information
WIA news & information
The Wireless Institute of Australia website continues to be well-read.
Remember, if you can't immediately find the material wanted, try the
frequently asked questions section, or use the search facility.
The WIA posts news releases to the website home page, wia.org.au and
periodically these are also summarised and emailed to those members who
have obtained a free, your email@example.com address.
The WIA also continues to deliver its news via the weekly VK1WIA broadcast
on air and its text edition, These means consistently clock up around the
2300 number with some 800 or so actually checking in on RF. The highest
usage VHF repeater carrying the news is VK5RAD with 77 last week and the
highest HF outlet still the VK6 40 meter station at 8am local where Phil VK6GX
took some 32 callbacks last Sunday.
Our premier outlet for WIA news & information is still our time honoured
journal, Amateur Radio magazine and Barry Robinson will review the new issue
a little later today right here, so "don't touch that dial."
ANZAC 100 logs prove commemoration popular
With all known electronic logs now loaded up Australia's state, territory
and national ANZAC-suffixed callsigns were much sought after, particularly
by DXers and card chasers.
There were about 50 separate events in the Century of ANZAC program by the WIA
over eight months, from April 25 to December 20, 2015.
Thank you to the clubs, organisations and individuals who took part, making
nearly 8,600 contacts.
All logs are on the eQSL system and registered users can claim an electronic
VI9ANZAC, the last virgin callsign prefix in the program, will be used during
the WIA annual general meeting on Norfolk Island in May and Felix VK4FUQ
will bring us up to date on this "rarity" when he joins the news desk again
a little later today.
HIGH UP AT ACMA
The Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) Deputy Chairman,
Richard Bean, will take on the role of Acting Chairman, effective Saturday
27 February, while Full-time Authority Member James Cameron will become
Acting Deputy Chair.
In an article appearing in "radioinfo.com.au) they said the changes, confirmed
by the Minister for Communications Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, follow the
retirement of Chris Chapman at the conclusion of his 10-year tenure at the
ACMA (consisting of two five-year appointments).
Read more on:
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VK3 Homebrew Construction Group - March meeting
Continuing to have interesting speakers each month is the Homebrew
Construction Group that next meets on March the 5th, and will have
a presentation on a Vector Analyser.
David Giddy VK3IL, will talk on the topic 'My N2PK Vector Network Analyser
Build', charting the territory beyond the realm of the humble antenna
The latest newsletter by Ian VK3LA will be emailed to subscribers this week.
The Homebrew Construction Group is on Saturday March the 5th at the
Amateur Radio Victoria rooms, 40g Victory Boulevard, Ashburton at 2pm.
All are welcome.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
What are you planning on doing Sunday 28th?
If you are in Melbourne, why not head to VK3's friendliest Hamfest - the
Eastern & Mountain District Radio Clubs hamfest - at the Great Ryrie
Primary School, Heathmont in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
Jacks world famous BBQ will be running hot out the front for breakfast and
the doors open at 10am!
Entry is only $6, with bottomless tea and coffee - Snags, Hamburgers, cold
drinks and more. There is plenty of room to sit and catch up with mates
new and old.
Every entry ticket receives a free raffle entry with extra tickets sold on
the day. The prizes are Items donated from our traders/commercial sellers
and these will be raffled
Will you win a prize? It's drawn at midday, and you have to be there to
win! We have some pretty cool stuff to raffle off.
Icom Australia will be in attendance, and they plan to display the new
IC7300 SDR HF radio, the first public display in Australia! Peter will
have all his radio books, Tony will have his Baluns, Nick will have so
many connectors you won't know which end is what, and you can bet we have
miles of coax. . plus many, many more tables of exciting new, old and
curious equipment to spark your interest, you never know what special
widget you might find, so bring your trailer..!
The ATV station will going as well. You might even end up famous on
Melbourne's VK3RTV repeater.
For more information, or directions head to the EMDRC club website or
search VK3ER on facebook!! Or put out a call on the club's repeater
147.175 and someone will point you in the right direction.
See you at the EMDRC Hamfest TODAY SUNDAY.
What use is an F-call?
I've now been an amateur since December 2010. In the time that I've been part
of this hobby I've come to understand that a large part of the experience is
We tinker with radios, batteries, antennas, coax, connectors, mobile set-ups
and software. We fiddle with circuits, with antenna designs, with locations,
with anything and everything.
Of course the fiddling is all about improvement, or sometimes, it's just about
getting on-air. The more you fiddle, the more you learn and the more
experience you gain. So there is good to be had from doing these things.
Yesterday I was at a fellow amateurs where he had his radio scanning 15m.
It was just sitting in the background and as we finished lunch and went
into the afternoon, we could hear signals picking up. Eventually the signals
became strong enough to work.
I managed to add another DX country to my list with his gear and it reminded
me that fiddling is only one part of the hobby that I love.
I've been so busy getting my station to work and getting more and more
frustrated by my inability to get it going that I lost track of the other
side of the fence, the actual operating of the radio.
So, tinker and fiddle all you like, but remember, sometimes you need to lift
your head up from the soldering iron and actually get on air.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
NZART Past President Silent Key
ZL2WP Bruce Douglas passed away Saturday 13 February, Bruce was first
licensed on the 1st April 1992. Bruce's history within NZART has been
considerable, he was co-opted onto the Headquarters Management Team
in June 1999 to assist with the financial running of the Association.
As a well-respected Trust lawyer, Bruce's vast knowledge of Trust Deeds
and all workings of Family and Business Trust rules and regulations was
invaluable to NZART, helping them set up the Radio Science and Education
Trust document that is still in place today.
Bruce, ZL2WP, was elected as President of NZART in 2005, a position he
held until June 2009 at which time he retired from Council and all
committees associated with his position due to ill health.
Bruce continued to remain a supportive and loyal member of NZART
until his passing Saturday 13th.
(NZART info line)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Most of us have heard of the WSJT software suite that spawned the popularity
of JT65, JT9, and other "weak-signal" modes developed by Joe Taylor K1JT.
At World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, Joe Taylor received the
International Telecommunication Union gold medal - introduced as a radio
astronomer who got there through Amateur Radio.
BUT did you know K1JT is a Nobel laureate?
Doctor Joe Taylor K1JT along with Dr. Russell Hulse won the Nobel Prize
in Physics in 1993 'for the discovery of a new type of pulsar, a discovery
that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation.'
Read the full New York Times story on
More than 18,300 people applied to join NASA's 2017 astronaut class, almost
three times the number of applications received in 2012 for the most recent
astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.
But that is just the beginning of an 18-month process that will end with the
selection of 8-14 individuals for the opportunity to become astronaut
candidates. NASA does not expect to announce its selections until mid-2017.
Retiring ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, gave the keynote address at the ARRL
National Convention banquet in Orlando, Florida on February 13, and we brought
highlights of that to you last week here on VK1WIA National News.
Now it's available in full on YouTube.
In this 33-minute speech, K1ZZ reviews not only his career at ARRL, he also
uses the opportunity to express his lifelong passion for Amateur Radio and
his hopes for its future.
Electric cars shun AM radio
As an unintended consequence, two popular energy efficient cars from BMW
and Tesla are dumping AM radio, due to the vehicles interfering with
passenger reception on that band.
It seems that the rechargeable battery vehicles have an electric motor with
a frequency converter that disrupts AM broadcasts, which can be prone to that
kind of interference.
However all is not lost, with AM stations that are streamed on the Internet
able to be heard via the net in cars.
Meantime a team of engineers, on the side of loyal listeners, is trying to
find a technical solution that may include cable shielding and insulating
It's no secret that sometimes being a ham brings out the
very best in a person. We hear now about an amateur from Spain who's
being recognized for being the very best that he can be - as a ham and a
humanitarian. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH:
"In the eyes of the ARRL, Antonio Gonzalez, EA5RM, isn't just a noted
DXer but a very notable humanitarian. So when it was time for the ARRL
Programs & Services Committee to recommend someone for the league's 2015
International Humanitarian Award, there was no question the panel would
put Senor Gonzalez's name in for consideration before the board of
directors. Senor Gonzalez was originally nominated by Paul Ewing, N6PSE,
president of the Intrepid-DX Group. Ewing wrote this about Senor
Gonzalez: QUOTE "He is a devoted family man and public servant in Spain.
He is a keen DXer, and he regularly organizes DXpeditions to remote and
rare places. Antonio pays for all of this travel from Spain to Bolivia."
Senor Gonzalez, who has been a volunteer with Radio Amateurs Without
Borders, helping them build, test and maintain solar-powered HF amateur
radio equipment in the remotest spots in Bolivia since 2007. He has also
visited the Bolivian Amazon six times supporting the introduction of
medical assistance and sanitation facilities. The well-known DXer has
served as chief pilot station for the VP8STI/VP8SGI DXpedition to South
Sandwich and South Georgia.
The award is considered a recognition of a radio amateur's effort to
help the welfare of others.
Upon learning he would receive the award, Gonzalez was quoted as simply
saying "What a surprise!"
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in Nottingham, the UK"
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
(Following contains audio from Apollo 10 and Planet Jupiter)
Apollo 10 astronauts who orbited the moon two months before Neil Armstrong's
famous 1969 landing heard mysterious and explainable 'music' on its dark side.
Because the module(s) were on the far side of the moon they were out of the
range of Earthly radio transmissions and the 'spooky sound' has been dubbed
'alien moon music'.
Recently unearthed recordings made by Nasa of the journey show the astronauts
reacting with surprise and confusion to an unearthly howling noise in their
Is this the stuff of X-Files scripts? Of Movies like Frequency or even
John Grant Fullers non-fiction work titled "The Ghost of 29 Megacycles"?
I'd hazord a guess the radios used between the lunar module and command module
were using fairly high frequencies but YOU can go lower down the dial even to
hearing "whistling noises" a kind of VLF 'musical' radio reception using a
very high gain audio amplifier as a VLF receiver!
Our own National News Reporter, Felix Scerri, VK4FUQ has actually heard the
ultimate swl dx....listening to the Jovian Decametric Emissions from the
planet Jupiter and this around 22 MHz.
Felix wrote of this back in the September 2003 issue of ESR (Electonics
Science and Radio ) magazine and it's also on the web in old postings, try
typing the words "jovian decametric noise" in your favorite search engine.
So what did Astronauts Stafford, Young and Ceman hear on the dark side of the
Certainly not Pink Floyd or David Bowie!
Despite the conspiracy theories, the sound was likely nothing more than
interference between the radios on the two different modules.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2016
"All aboard" the Sydney Ferries. VHF/UHF 'contest' Sunday March 13.
WIA John Moyle Field Day 19-20 March 2016
The next major WIA contest, the John Moyle Field Day aims to encourage portable
operation and tests emergency communication preparedness. There are a number of
categories and even those for home stations.
The WIA affiliated club with highest score wins the President's Cup.
To check out more including the rules visit the WIA website.
Harry Angel 80 mtr sprint (WIA) Saturday 7th May.
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 6 - 7
Remembrance or RD Contest August 13-14
36th ALARA Contest is on the last full weekend in August, Aug 27-28.
Special WIA Award for Norfolk Island
To further encourage radio use on the DX entity Norfolk Island during the
Wireless Institute of Australia annual general meeting and events in May 2016,
a limited edition operating award is available.
Called the Norfolk Island Award, it requires contact with stations that are on
the Island to attend that event over a two week period.
In what is believed to be the biggest Amateur Radio DXpedition of its kind,
more than 75 radio amateurs will be part of the WIA AGM events and enjoy the
hospitality and tourist attractions on offer. Further participants for the
AGM are welcome.
The VI9ANZAC station will commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp
(ANZAC) at Gallipoli Turkey in 1915. There will be a DX station with multiple
operators and transceivers VK9NT, QRP activity, SOTA visits, and individual
callsigns taking advantage of being on the DX entity.
To qualify, those on Norfolk Island need to contact 20 VK9 Norfolk Island
stations, while everyone else has to log 10 such stations.
Each qualifying station may be worked once only on a frequency band, but if
contacted on another band will also qualify.
Rules for the Norfolk Island Award for contacts over the two weeks of late May
and early June 2016, are on wia.org.au
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
Future of the UK 5 MHz Beacons
A consultation has opened on the future of the three UK 5 MHz beacons,
GB3RAL, GB3WES and GB3ORK
Back in August 2002, UK amateurs could apply to conduct experiments on
specific channels at 5MHz. From this was born the RSGB 5MHz Experiment
and as part of this activity the RSGB organised the commissioning of
three beacons on 5.290kHz
However in recent years these have become more difficult to support
due to sub-assembly obsolescence and other difficulties.
The primary purpose of providing propagation data over a sunspot cycle has
been completed and over 1.5 million records are stored in the Experiment's
RSGB recognise there might be some interest in continuing with this beacon
activity, not least for operators to view the combination of current beacon
reception with ionosonde and X-ray data.
The beacon licences will come up for renewal in 2017 and for clarity
RSGB would support ongoing use of 5.290 kHz and not the recently agreed
ITU 5,351.5-5,366.5kHz band.
(sourced to SouthGate)
New VK5 Inwards QSL Bureau
Following the resignation of Stephan Forka VK5RZ as the VK5 QSL Inwards Bureau,
the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) of Adelaide has volunteered to
take on the role.
Stephan VK5RZ, who has stepped down for personal reasons, has done so after
doing a good job for about five years sorting and distributing cards.
His knowledge and the WIA aims for the Inward QSL Bureau, have been passed on
to AREG President, Mat VK5ZM, who is leading the Amateur Radio Experimenters
Group that has now adopted it as a club project.
Inquiries about the new VK5 Bureau can be sent to the email address of
or by mail to
VK5 QSL Bureau at AREG
PO Box 921
Anyone can read all about the WIA QSL Bureau system on the WIA website.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Prefix hunters may be interested in the special event station ZV 451 RIO
which will be on the air until March 6th.
This station celebrates the 451st anniversary of the foundation of
Rio de Janeiro.
QSLs go via PY 1 AA
No not that 'heritage AM'er' from the Melbourne 70's scene but a Ham station.
The Italian DXpedition Team is operating as 3 XY 1 T from Los Island off the
coast of Guinea in West Africa until March 4. They are on all bands 160m to 6m
on SSB, CW and RTTY.
Amateur Radio magazine - March edition to WIA members soon
On the cover is the Mt William VK6RMW repeater after the recent wild fires
a story in the VK6 notes tells how it fared, with pictures by Mac McDonald
In technical articles Erich Heinzle VK5HSE has a Simple VFO Project, while
Peter McAdam VK2EVB has an easier way to Build VK3YE's Knobless Wonder.
The final of a two-part series 'From BACAR to Pico Ballooning', concentrates
on the exploits of Andy VK3YT and his pico space balloons.
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH reviews GippsTech 2015.
An inaugural IARU Report column looks at how the WIA meets, and funds, its
international work - from which we all benefit.
Our history is not forgotten, with Don Marshall VK4AMA about early battery
experiments, and Deane Blackman VK3TX on his uncle Herbert (Bert) Howberry
XOE and later VK3HA.
An editorial by Peter VK3PF responds with details that the Norfolk Island WIA
AGM is no dearer that Perth or Darwin, while the WIA President Phil Wait
VK2ASD talks about schools, STEAM and innovation.
Band plan changes, SOTA reports and lots more makes good reading.
However not only what is in this edition will be of interest.
The WIA Board election candidate statements, and a ballot paper are enclosed.
I'm Barry Robinson VK3PV and you are listening to VK1WIA.
ABC Catalyst criticised over 'Wi-fried?'
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Catalyst program on the dangers of
radiation from mobile phones and Wi-Fi, has faced criticism.
Last week on QNEWS, the VK4 area local Ham News in a long running segment
... well... let's rewind to last week ....
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
A half hour TV program that can cause a lot of thought has
returned to the air on ABC. Catalyst is a long running series
bringing science and especially new findings in science to the
Catalyst employs a number of post graduates and we would
think that, although entertaining, there would be an intense
and critical scrutiny of items going to air.
Well promoted was the episode last week which purported to
address the issue of whether Wi-Fi could cause cancer. The
fact that a physicist from ANSTO discussed the methods and
research seemed to give credibility to the whole presentation.
However, this "special" seemed pitched at maybe early high
school students and thus many of the explanations were poorly
given and confusing. I am sure that if you didn't know what ionising
radiation was you would not have understood by the end of the
I would recommend that if you missed the screening of this program,
that you download or view it online from the ABC web site. This is
a matter of education as the scientific advisor to the ACMA is
ANSTO. Part of our learning to hold an amateur licence covers the
issues of field strength and safety. You should be able to make
your own judgement about the program and it might get you to
refresh your own understanding.
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
Well now that programs reporter has defended the program content.
The ABC Media Watch TV program said that Dr Rodney Croft, a world expert from
the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research, did not appear.
He claimed Catalyst called him and did not like his answers.
Media Watch says six people told how mobile phones and Wi-Fi may be dangerous,
and only one, the regulator, advised that the evidence is they're safe.
Rather than take sides in the scientific argument, you may like to start with
the Media Watch TV transcript.
Check out the URL in the text edition of this broadcast.
(Geoff Emory VK4ZZP and Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
That's the IOTA number for the Western Australia State (South Coast)
Andy VK5MAV and Craig VK5CE have announced via their blog and the IOTA news
from Germany of an activation of Breaksea Island, which was last activated
They will be on air Feb. 29 to March 3. QRV as VK5MAV/6 (CW) and VK5CE/6 (SSB)
40, 20, 15, and 10m.
To get there and back a bit of driving is involved!
It will take 5 days of driving! then the trip out to the island herself.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW on track in VK
The 24 Australian registrations so far show a level of enthusiasm about the
same as in previous years, that has up to 70 in VK joining this annual
For VK3 lighthouses there are nine registrations, followed by VK7 with six
including King Island, VK4 and VK5 have three each, VK6 with two, and the
Westlake's Amateur Radio Club VK2ATZ will be at Norah Head Lighthouse on the
It is early days for the 19th annual event with globally 150 lights listed
from 25 countries but in the weeks before the prime event on August 20-21,
the number swells to more than 500 from 50 countries.
For more details check out the dedicated website illw.net
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP and WEAK SIGNAL COMMUNICATION
Lo-Key magazine looks at the war years
The March issue of Lo-Key, the journal of the VK QRP Club and CW Operators'
QRP Club, contains an interesting article on 'Amateur Radio activity during
The re-printed article retraces the restrictions imposed during that global
conflict, and the secret role of some radio amateurs.
It was a time when Amateur Radio could be involved in espionage, and also the
skills of radio amateurs played a vital part in both defence and development.
The original illustrated article appeared in the WIA journal Amateur Radio
for August 2015, as part of the ANZAC 100 program.
The A5-sized publication Lo-Key is sent to all members of the VK QRP Club,
and contains gear you can build, some notes about operating experiences and
hints - and covers all modes.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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/
Schools Amateur Radio Club - a website of resources and ideas
The lunch-time activity for a few students who prefer tinkering with
electronic gadgets and exploring the air waves, is proving to be a success.
After trialling the activity that has proven to be a success, others are now
invited to set up their own School Amateur Radio Club.
This is a neat way to introduce science and technology topics, and also
exercise on-air conversational skills.
Schools principals, teachers, parents, students and Amateur Radio enthusiasts
are invited to visit a website that provides inspiration, ideas, articles,
news and activities.
The website is run by Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP.
The URL is
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2016
Feb 28 VK2 Central Coast Field Day (vk2ztm)
Feb 28 VK3 EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont. (wia)
Mar 5 VK6 PARG swap meet 8am till noon Mandurah. (parg sec.)
Mar 19-20 VK7 Meet The Voice weekend at Ross. (vk7wi)
April 10 VK3 Darebin Park for the ARDF Day (vk3www)
April 17 VK6 HARGfest 96 Gladys Road Lesmurdie open to public 10am (vk6zms)
April 30 vk5 PerthTech (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 9-10 VK3 GippsTech 2016 Churchill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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