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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 10 2016.
IN OUR 21st YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
VK100ANZAC on the air again. -
April 18 World Amateur Radio Day. -
Important message for all WIA assessors and candidates. -
WIA Annual Conference Dinner keynote speaker is The Honourable Gary Hardgrave,
Administrator of Norfolk Island. -
Our alternative AX prefix available on ANZAC Day.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2016 AND FOR WEEK OF APR 10
VK100ANZAC to be on air again
The Wireless Institute of Australia has proudly assigned VK100ANZAC to the
Geelong Amateur Radio Club on July 19-21, the 100th anniversary of the
Battle of Fromelles.
Australia sustained 5,500 casualties in that battle, the worst 24 hours in our
Geelong Amateur Radio Club spokesman Barry Abley VK3SY says the event is in
recognition of a tragic period which caused loss and grief to countless people
Supported by the WIA, invitations are extended to other International Amateur
Radio Union member societies to consider how to join the event.
At Geelong the venue will be historical Osborne House, Australia's first Naval
College and in a number of uses was a WWI military hospital.
Some details of the commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles on Western Front
are still being finalised, but will be announced as this anniversary approaches.
This is part of the Federal Government ANZAC Community Grant program that
included VI3ANZAC in August 2014 to commemorate the "First Shot of the Great
War" fired by Australia. From Fort Queenscliff the order was given to fire
across the bow of the fleeing German merchant ship Pfalz, to prevent it from
leaving Port Phillip Bay.
The First Shot campaign commemorated Australia's first action in the war, and
taking part was the Geelong Amateur Radio Club.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration
of World Amateur Radio Day.
It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was
formed in Paris.
This year the Albury Wodonga Amateur Radio Club will be holding a 4 day
exhibition and special event station to celebrate World Amateur radio day 2016.
The exhibition will be at the Albury city Library/Museum on the Cnr Kiewa
and Swift Streets, Albury, From Friday 15th to Monday 18th April between
10am and 4pm.
The exhibition will have a variety of items related to amateur radio operations
and include some older equipment and QSL cards.
The special event station VK2EWC will be workable on
and on the VK2RAY repeater on 147.525Mhz.
A commemorative QSL card and eQSL will be available for all contacts. For more
information on the special event station and exhibition check out the AWARC
Website at awarc.org
I'm Frank VK2BFC
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
WIA and ACMA to canvas possible changes to amateur radio in Australia
The WIA and the ACMA are meeting in Melbourne on Tuesday 12th April to discuss
future opportunities for Amateur Radio arising from the recent Department
of Communications? Spectrum Review, and to also progress previous issues
that have effectively been on-hold during the Spectrum Review process.
The meeting will explore a variety of issues, including:
? options for greater self-determination for the amateur service;
? changes to the Business Rules between the ACMA and the WIA for the provision
of services on behalf of the Commonwealth;
? increased power for all licence grades;
? additional frequency bands;
? and the WIA?s suggestions for updating the licence conditions for all licence
grades in order to ensure amateur radio remains relevant in the digitally
More detailed information will be made available following the meeting in
Important message for all WIA assessors and candidates
The processes after a candidate is found competent and completely qualifies
for an amateur station licence, is not always fully explained at the assessment
session. Candidates go through a number of steps including preparation,
training and assessment before requesting a callsign, but the time between the
assessment, and getting on air, is not fully appreciated.
Candidates are prematurely contacting the WIA Exam Service to ask when their
licence will be issued, further delaying the process for everyone.
The assessor sends all material to the WIA Exam Service for checking and
processing, which takes less than 15 days. The WIA then issues a certificate
of proficiency, verifies the callsign recommendation, and sends relevant
candidate information to the ACMA.
It is the ACMA that generates an invoice to the candidate for the licence fee.
This must be paid before the licence can be recorded on the public database,
and confirmation sent to the candidate. Both assessors and candidates need to
know that the total time between an assessment and the ACMA licence is usually
The WIA AGM program on Norfolk Island
Those booked to be part of WIA program on Norfolk Island this year were sent
a website link for registration details and payment for the various events.
Most group operators working through the Norfolk Island Tourist Centre require
final numbers about 60 days prior to arrival. This is to enable all
arrangements to be made including having adequate catering supplies on hand.
The WIA website www.wia.org.au has additional information for some activities
over the two weeks from May 24 to June 2, including the speakers for the
Saturday afternoon and the AGM Dinner.
WIA Annual Conference Dinner keynote speaker is The Honourable Gary Hardgrave,
Administrator of Norfolk Island, and guest speaker Doug McVeigh VK0DMV who
twice used VI0ANZAC during the WIA ANZAC 100 program.
The local newspaper, The Norfolk Islander, will be sent a media release
explaining the WIA AGM program and its associated events.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
Club Focus Why Join an Amateur Radio club?
Clubs are the backbone of organised Amateur Radio in any given location.
Although it's entirely possible to live a full and busy Amateur Radio life
outside of a club, there are many reasons why joining and participating in a
club is a good thing.
There is evidence that a person who has social capital will fare better
in terms of their enjoyment of life and in their mental health.
What is social capital? It's pretty easy you've probably worked it out
already. It's the things you do together with other people, the clubs and
groups that you participate in, and the friends and family that you engage
So even before we look at the benefits to Amateur Radio, especially your
Amateur Radio career, having social capital puts you in a good position to
enjoy a socially healthy life.
Now let's look at clubs. By participating in a club, you get to share your own
experiences and knowledge, and at the same time benefit from others sharing
the same things.
You've probably heard the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of
its parts". This little piece of wisdom from Aristotle is as true today as it
was back then.
A group of people working together in a club setting can bring about some
great results that individuals would find it hard to achieve.
In these days of increasing restrictions on what we as Amateurs can do in our
own backyards, we can look to Clubs to provide a shack and have a decent crop
Where your Amateur Radio activities may be restricted at home, in the club
setting you're back in the good old days.
There are lots of perfectly acceptable self centred reasons for being a
member of an Amateur Radio Club and a load of other reasons to be part of a
So if you've previously not considered joining a club, or you've fallen
away from club membership and wondering why your Amateur Radio life has dulled
down, stop awhile and consider or reconsider your local clubs.
The Wireless Institute of Australia gives direct support to Amateur
Radio Clubs by advertising them on its website, providing this National News
Broadcast, making affordable club insurance available, and giving space in the
Amateur Radio Magazine for club reports and activities.
I'm Bob VK6POP
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
WIA presentation well received
The St George Amateur Radio Society in Sydney last Wednesday had a
presentation on the past, present and future of Amateur Radio, from
the Wireless Institute of Australia.
Regular members of the club were joined by about four others who came along
to specifically to hear the presentation given by WIA Director Roger Harrison
VK2ZRH. All listened intently during the presentation and had a long question
and answer session following it. They asked many questions across the issues
raised and what the future might hold.
In his forthright style Roger VK2ZRH pulled no punches, with the audience
expressing its appreciation for the frank exchange of information, and the
work of the WIA.
What use is an F-call?
As you've heard me talk about making contacts with other countries on many
occasions, I thought I'd spend a little time describing what I do when I've
actually made the contact.
At the moment I'm logging my contact on CQRLOG, it's a Linux based programme
that manages each contact, tracks to show if I've uploaded it to Logbook of
the World, eQSL and Clublog. I chose those three services based on their
functionality and their availability.
I won't go into each of them, but combined they allow me to confirm the
contacts I've made.
Once I've done that I also log into the WIA members section of the Awards
system where I upload my contacts. The awards system confirms my contacts
with those same three services, Logbook of the World, eQSL and Clublog, to
confirm that I have in fact made the contact.
There is a ranking system, and if you're into league tables, there is ample
opportunity to rank yourself against others. There is even a special section
for Foundation Licensees, so you can compare your contact prowess against
that of others.
For me, it's a place to log what I've done and to keep track of where I'm at.
While it's a thrill to be ranked against others, for me it's about my
personal achievement. I get the thrill when I make the contact and another
one when I see it confirmed.
I special mention should go to Marc VK3OHM who spent many emails making sure
that the upload actually worked as expected. He helped me figure out that my
previous logging software had the grid locator in the wrong field and helped
me work out that I needed a later version of CQRLOG to upload to the
WIA Awards System, because there was a bug in the one I was using.
So, however you keep track of your own progress toward world DX coverage, be
it on a piece of paper in a binder, in a notebook or online, I recommend you
check out the WIA Awards System.
So, where was I, 39 countries towards my QRP DXCC, 5 Watts SSB. More to go.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
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.
The surprise visit to North Korea by Dom 3 Z 9 DX last December where he gave
a demonstration of amateur radio to local officials has been given approval
for DXCC credit.
The callsign used was P5/3Z9DX.
He made in the region of 785 QSOs and it is still hoped that further visits
may be possible in the future.
300m microwave masts for Kent
Kent may get two magnificent 300+ metre masts which will carry Microwave Radio
to link Europe to London and help speed up financial transactions
The Guardian newspaper reports two competing companies New Line Networks
and Vigilant Global, high-frequency trading firms that depend on high-speed
communications, want to build masts within a few miles of each other in Kent.
The use of Microwave radio links rather than cable is expected to knock many
milliseconds off the time it takes information to get to the City of London
which could provide considerable financial benefits.
Vigilant and NLN say the masts will also improve local internet and mobile
BUT WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN
AND WITH A BANG!
A series of implosions is all it took to bring down 48 radio towers that have
been a part of U.S. history for over 50 years.
It happened Monday morning at the old Voice of America Site A in Beaufort
County. Not used since 2006, the VOA site was sold to Beaufort County as
surplus U.S. property.
Environmental Holdings Group of Morrisville teamed up with Controlled
Demolition Incorporated to implode and haul off the 48 towers which tool less
than a minute for it all to come crumbling down.
Voice of America still broadcasts from Site B to Latin America, Cuba,
the Caribbean, and Africa.
Watch the video!
Youngsters on the Air 2017
Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, Youth Working Group Chair for IARU Region 1, has confirmed
that the Youngsters On The Air 2017 summer camp will be held in the UK and
organised by the RSGB.
The Society looks forward to welcoming teams of young amateurs from some
15 countries in Region 1 to the UK in August 2017.
The RSGB Youth Committee and RSGB HQ will be working hard over the coming months
to deliver a great YOTA event.
More Youth Net news during our Special Interest Group section.
Oh GB2WS, GB2WS, wherefore art thou GB2WS?
Shakespeare 400 Special Event Station from Stratford-upon-Avon
On the 23rd April 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon & District Radio Society will be
This is part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of the
world famous playwright and poet.
Operation will on the main HF bands from a town centre location overlooking
the route of the events parade.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2016
Our alternative AX prefix available on ANZAC Day
For ANZAC Day Monday April 25, all VK radio amateurs may use the alternative
AX callsign prefix. The WIA recommends that those using the AX prefix issue
a special QSL card particularly for prefix and card chasers.
The annual QRP Hours contest will run on 9th April on 80m.
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.
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 5 - 6
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 4 - 5
TED POWELL MEMORIAL DX CHALLENGE
The first 3 month period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for 2016 is
now closed and entries are open until 14 April.
The objective of the challenge is to work the most wanted DXCC entities based
on their ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list, which is published on the
contest website. All Australian amateurs are eligible to enter and entering
is easy. You don't need to be a serious DXer. If you've worked any DX during
January - March, head over to vk2au.org and submit an entry. The website is
tidy and easy to understand. Scroll down to the "Entry Submission" section
where you will find a number of simple ways to submit your entry.
This is a fun and relaxed challenge where you work DX in your own time over a
3 month period, unlike serious DX contests where you have to sit at your radio
for hours giving out serial numbers. It's too easy, and submitting an entry
only takes a few minutes.
This is a relatively new contest, run by the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club,
and they'd love to get an entry from you. The website again... vk2au.org
This weekend, Saturday the 9th UTC date, the International Sprint CW contest
runs from 17.00 to 21.00 UTC using 3.5 to 14MHz bands the exchange is both
callsigns, serial number and name.
Good Morning, this is Denis Johnstone (VK4AE) Contest Manager for the John
Moyle Memorial Field Day.
Logs are being submitted for the JMMFD, but at a much reduced number than the
same time for the last few years. Around 30 logs fewer than this point in the
contest than in 2015. Of course the activity during the contest could have
been lower this year, but that does not seem to be the only reason.
There is also a possibility that some logs might have been lost around Easter
as the WIA mail forwarding system delivered none for 5 days, then delivered
one block of 15 in a 10-minute period and none since.
The direct e-mail address as suggested on the WIA John Moyle website has
continued to receive logs, although at a slow rate, so there is nothing wrong
on its ISP, as suggested as being the reason for the non-delivery.
It is strongly recommended, that if you sent your log to email@example.com
you should confirm that it has been received and processed by checking on the
log received list on the John Moyle web page. If your callsign is not on that
list, then your log has not been received. All logs as they are receipted are
quickly added to this site.
Now it is timely to remind everyone, that time is running away and there are
only 2 weeks left to submit your log. Entries close at Midnight 19th April
2016 and in the following few days all of the logs will be processed and
results made available as soon as possible after that date.
So check if your log is on the list then resend it and if you haven't yet
submitted your log, then it might be a very good idea to submit it in good time
and then to check to make sure it has been received.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
IRTS say 8 R 1 A will be on the air from Guyana from 11th to 24th April.
80m to 10m mainly on CW.
QSL to the home call which is W 1 CDC
Koh Rong Sanloem Island in Cambodia from 12th to 18th will be XU 7 AKC and the
IOTA reference is AS-133.
Operator is SP 5 APW
The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group, in VK5, is pleased to announce that it
has finalised the new arrangements for the WIA VK5 inwards QSL bureau. Chris,
VK5CP, has volunteered within the AREG to lead the coordination of this service.
The club will be following the existing WIA QSL policy and will continue to
encourage all amateurs that use the QSL Bureau to join the WIA.
AREG is very pleased to be able to offer this service to the South Australian
Amateur Radio community and wishes to thank Stephan, VK5RZ, for his previous
work in managing the VK5 QSL Bureau.
All outgoing WIA member QSL cards are to be sent to the national outgoing QSL
address (the AREG will not be handling outbound cards):
WIA Outwards QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 66
Incoming cards for VK5 WIA members are to be sent to the national incoming QSL
address (not the AREG PO Box as previously advised):
National Inwards QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 2040
Delivery of cards to WIA members will still occur once a year by post, or more
frequently if a member advises that they wish to collect their cards via their
affiliated local radio club. Cards may also by arrangement, be made available
for collection at the monthly AREG club meetings and at major Adelaide based
amateur radio events.
If there are any questions about the VK5 QSL bureau, please email
Further details may be found on the AREG web pages at www.areg.org.au and on
the WIA web pages.
I'm Ben VK5BB for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
New radio antenna avoids unwanted signals
Physicsworld report that a new, simpler, cheaper and potentially more effective
way to prevent radio antennas from picking up unwanted signals has been created
by researchers in the US of A.
With further development, the technique could also be used to help prevent
thermophotovoltaic cells from re-emitting radiation they absorb - according
to the team.
The laws of electromagnetism work exactly the same way if you run time in the
opposite direction. One logical consequence of this is that an antenna designed
to broadcast at a certain radio frequency will also be very good at absorbing
radiation at that frequency. This is problematic for broadcast radio antennas,
which will absorb radiation that has bounced back from surrounding objects,
something that can have a negative impact on their operation. While there are
ways of minimizing the effect of these echoes, they can be expensive and reduce
the performance of the antenna.
Now, Andrea Al and colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin have
developed a new way of dealing with echoes. Their design is based on a
traditional leaky-wave antenna, in which electromagnetic waves of certain
frequencies couple to the space around the antenna and "leak out" as they
travel along it
Read the full Physicsworld article
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
New ESA Tim Peake video
A new video has been released by the European Space Agency showing a
summary of astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission so far.
It can be viewed on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE
GX3EFX at 1940's Family Experience Weekend
This weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of April, the Radio Society of
Harrow will be running GX 3 EFX mainly on 40m 80 will use also 20,15 10
and WARC Bands propagation dependant .
They will be displaying military and domestic Radio equipment from the 1940's
at the 1940's Family Experience Weekend.
The current Bushey Hall, dating from 1865, was requisitioned in 1942 for
RAF Fighter Command, shortly afterwards it became the HQ of VIII Air Force,
Fighter Command, under control of the US Air Force (aka USAAF station 341).
Nowadays this educational and tourist attraction houses the 1940's House
including the History of Bushey Hall, a Militaria Collection, the Dig for
Victory Garden, Evacuee's Schoolroom in the Village Hall and NAAFI Caf
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
To the Moon and back
To celebrate the 84th IRTS AGM the IRTS logo has been bounced off our nearest
neighbour in space through the good offices of Andreas DJ 5 AR.
The logo was transmitted by HB 9 Q as SSTV using 1000W into a 10m solid dish.
The receiving station was PI 9 CAM with the 25m Radio telescope.
See www.irts.ie/agm for more details.
UK's Bury Times reports The Derby High School wireless station, GB 1 DHS will
be one of two schools in the North West to hold an amateur radio contact with
UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS
The call from The Derby High School to the International Space Station will
take place on the week commencing April 25, but because the link is dependent
on the exact orbit of the ISS and the crew schedules, the exact dates and times
for possible calls will not be known until around 10 days before the link up
The Derby was selected to host a call after applying to take part in the
Amateur Radio competition, a collaboration between the UK Space Agency,
the Radio Society of Great Britain and the European Space Agency.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
The first WebSDR in the Indian subcontinent has been established by the
South India Amateur Radio Society at Chennai.
This 40m band WebSDR server can be accessed at websdr.in
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
A UK first? even maybe a WORLD first.
On Thursday 24th March, Laurie G2BUP and Fred G6YUY joined the RAOTA 40m net.
They both reached their 100 yrs. recently.
Can anyone lay earlier claim to a net having two Centenarians present?
Could it even be a world first?
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.
40 leaners from schools around Pretoria, South Africa have attended a
workshop about amateur radio and satellites.
The workshop was part of the Innovation Hub holiday programme during which
grade 10 and 11 leaners are exposed to various work and science situations.
During practical demonstrations the young timers were shown how a transponder
works, how satellites orbit around the world and how antennas are used to
track satellites including using smartphone applications.
ARRL establishes 'Youth Nets' web page
The new 'Youth Nets' page on the ARRL website is designed to serve as a
clearing house for information about Amateur Radio nets aimed at youth
During those dry spells between bigger operating events such as School Club
Roundup, Kids Day, and Field Day, regular participation in a net helps to
develop operating skills and confidence, and it builds connections within the
community of young hams.
A few nets are already listed, but ARRL invites any nets aimed at young radio
amateurs to post and share their information on the ARRL "Youth Nets" web page.
SOCIAL SCENE 2016
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 vk6 PerthTech (wia)
Ap-May 29-2 VK4 Clairview Gathering check Mackay ARS website. (theTARCinc)
May 7 VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest, Mulgrave. (VK3GL)
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)
Aug 7 VK6 NCRG HamFest 9am Cyril Jackson Community Hall Ashfield (vk6rk)
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)
March 26 VK3 EMDRC HamFest, Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont (VK3BQ)
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