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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 31 2016.
IN OUR 21st YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
What is immediately facing the WIA?
THIS STORY AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2016 AND FOR WEEK OF JUL 31
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
CRARC committee members had a dinner meeting with WIA President Phil Waite
VK2ASD prior to their general meeting this week.
At that meeting Phil VK2ASD made a presentation to Dale Hughes VK1DSH for his
service to the WIA and to Gil Hughes for his service as an assessor.
Following the Awards Phil gave a presentation about the WIA.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
If you're an amateur planning to operate from a remote snowbound location in
Victoria, what could be more important than having a good dipole?
Try a good ski pole!
A group of adventurous amateur radio outdoorsmen, led by Gerard VK3GT and
Stephen VK3SN, have been ready for this kind of winter action for some time.
For four days, beginning Friday the 29th of July, the team is embarking on
their annual cross-country ski trip that will not only cover the remote
Bogong High Plains but also cover the bands -- 160m all the way to 70cm.
They'll be operating QRP using lightweight solar-powered rigs and homebrew
In some spots, the trip promises to be a slippery slope indeed. Actually, it is
expected there will be several slippery slopes: team members will ascend at
some points to more than 1800 meters above sea level.
If you're hoping to contact them, be listening on 40m in the afternoons,
and on 80m in the evenings, and even on local repeaters.
The team is hoping to "break the ice," so to speak, with other radio operators
while calling CQ.
( KD2GUT Caryn Eve Murray)
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TARC WIA Exams Information
Exam sessions in the North Queensland region are held on demand with
WIA Assessors and assessment packs available for all 3 levels of licensing.
Contact theTARCinc Assessment Co-ordinator Roger/VK4CD on email
Further information also available at theTARCinc website and as with all
WIA affiliated clubs just go to the club link when you stop off at
( http://www.tarc.org.au )
Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club and "SCIENCE ALIVE EVENT".
Good morning this is Allan VK5MAK for the Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club.
EARC is again hosting Amateur Radio for the "Science Alive Event" at the
Wayville Showgrounds for the 5th to 7th August.
There will be 54 exhibitors including Amateur Radio.
This will be the 6th year that we have presented Amateur Radio (not just this
club) to approximately 26,000 visitors over the three day period.
Friday 5th August approximately 8000 school students from years 7 to 11 and
others are expected to attend for careers week.
Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th are the public viewing days.
Frequencies in use will be 7.100 MHz, and 14.200MHz, +/- our noise floor.
In Previous years the event has been attended by "The World Wide Science
We would like to see or Hear from you.
This is a great event to showcase Amateur Radio.
The SES Communications Support Unit is holding an open night on Wednesday 3rd
August 2016 at 6:30PM. 91 Leake Street, Belmont.
We are an active volunteer SES unit that fall under the Department of Fire and
Emergency Services. Much of the work we do involves fires and searches so
unlike other SES units, we are generally most active over the fire season
assisting the fire crews on the ground with reliable and efficient
communications equipment and temporary repeater installations as well as
providing subject matter experts to give communications advice during times of
We deal with a wide range of radios including Vertex, Philips, Motorola, Tait,
Codan, Q-Mac and more. We setup cross band repeaters as well as Spectra VHF
repeaters, Clark Masts (PU12 is the most common), Yagi antennas, Folded dipoles,
C-linears, Inverted V's and many other type of antenna arrangements.
Please call or SMS 0429 113 834 or email email@example.com to RSVP
for our open night on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 at 6:30PM
Ante Kapuralic (Q34)
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REAST Members are advised that a Special General Meeting has been called to
modify the Rules of the Association on Saturday 6th August at 1.00pm.
If you did not receive a DIRECT email about this, please contact
Also, following on from the recent successful visit to the Moonraker factory
by members of R EAST, an offer has been presented for a limited time to
members for purchasing Moonraker antennas.
(Sean REAST Secretary & Public Officer)
WIA BOARD TALK
What is immediately facing the WIA?
The 'Current WIA Hot Issues' section on its website spells out the major issues
it has on its busy agenda, as part of the service it provides to Amateur Radio.
A few of the items need further action or submissions. Some invite input from
members. Others are longer away or have an indefinite time-frame. These are
identified and watched by the WIA board.
To be informed and aware, check out the 'Current WIA Hot Issues' section of
the website www.wia.org.au
AMSAT NA ALL AT SEA
Full marks to AMSAT NA for thinking outside the square and coming up
with something special for their Space Symposium and Annual Meeting (AGM).
This idea could certainly be pursued by the good folk at our WIA who
have had many interesting and novel destinations for our own AGM's
AMSAT NA are boarding the Carnival Liberty on November 10, 2016 in
Galveston, Texas for 4 Night cruising the western Caribbean. And costs
start at just an amazing $400.
What use is an F-call?
Recently I spoke about digital voice communications. I made mention of the
CODEC2 project developed by Dave Rowe, VK5DGR. I also made reference of the
kinds of things that digital voice improves, battery life, channel separation
One of the things I didn't mention, mainly because I still had to learn what it
meant, is that CODEC2 has an estimated 13dB gain over Analogue FM.
To explain what that actually means, you might recall that an S-point is 6dB,
that means that if you use CODEC2, you gain more than two S-points, that's a
little like turning up the transmitter power from 10 Watts to 200 Watts.
If you look at it another way, if you have a Yagi and you install the same Yagi
next to it, and connect it up properly, you've doubled the power and gained 3dB.
If you do that again, you have 4 antennas and 6dB, if you do it again, you have
8 antennas and 9dB, again, 16 antennas or 12dB gain.
So, the performance that we're talking about is something that you can either
visualise as turning up the power from 10 Watts to 200 Watts, or using an
antenna array with 16 antennas.
So what is this magic thing called CODEC2?
Well, as I said previously, a CODEC is a piece of software that encodes and
An example that you might be more familiar with is an MP3 file. You open your
sound file, and save it as an MP3. The new file is much smaller but it retains
most of the fidelity of the original when you play it back. The same is true
for other things in use. Your mobile phone uses a GSM CODEC to make your voice
travel across the airwaves as bits, rather than raw audio, like the old
analogue phones we used to have.
The aim of all of this is to reduce data use, to increase availability of
channels and to deal with error correction.
CODEC2 does all that, for us, here, in Amateur Radio Land, and of course, it
can also be used in the rest of the world, for example for mobile phone
communications, making it possible to use less power to transmit the same
signal and thus use less battery, making your phone last longer.
I'm looking forward to a CODEC2 mode on my radio to go with the AM, FM and SSB
modes already there.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Turkey crisis: State of emergency announced
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared a state of emergency for
Conflicting reports in almost daily as to Ham Band Status.
A post put on a Yaesu FT817 site says the Supreme Council of Radio and
Television of Turkey (RTUK) has cancelled the licenses of over 20 radio and
television broadcasters as well as ham radio operators.
Then it was reported that restrictions against radio and TV operations had not
yet affected that nation's amateur licensees.
Tevfik, TA1HZ, reported to RSGB in an email on the 21st that, as of then,
there was no curfew imposed on amateur radio in Turkey.
The country is now under extraordinary circumstances law but the
Communications Authority has not released any announcement about amateur
"There is no ham radio license revoked in Turkey, and ham radio operators are
operating normally," said Aziz Sasa, TA1E, the president of Turkey's
International Amateur Radio Union member society TRAC.
ARRL news say 3 stations in Turkey were reported heard on 10 meters during an
opening to Central Europe on July 21 TA1BM, TA1PB, and YM7TEN/B.
TRAC the IARU member society has not been closed, nor has its website been
blocked or shut down.
Post about Turkish amateur radio licenses
First Thai Advanced Ham Radio exam
125 candidates passed Thailand's first Advanced Class amateur radio examination
supervised by RAST and conducted at the NBTC Secretariat Office
The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) reports on June 18, 125 candidates
passed the two-hour exam, out of the total of 151 Intermediate Class operators
who participated and they will be able to upgrade their amateur radio licenses
to Advanced Class which, among other things, allows output power on the
HF bands to be up to 1 kW.
( Source RAST http://www.qsl.net/rast/ )
Although the Advanced license class has been provided for in the regulations
since 1987 it had until now never been available to the public, it has not been
possible to sit an Advanced exam.
The King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej HS1A was issued with
an Advanced license in 1987.
In their submission to the 15th IARU R3 conference the RAST reported that in
May 2012 Thailand had close on 250,000 radio amateurs holding the Basic entry
level license yet just 717 Intermediate and Reciprocal HF license holders.
Region 3 Director gives IARU Presentation to HARTS Annual Dinner
Director Peter Young, VK3MV, at the invitation from HARTS (Hong Kong)
gave a presentation on the International Governance Arrangements and the
Role of the IARU at the HARTS Annual dinner held this year.
In his presentation VK3MV covered how the ITU addresses the arrangements for
upcoming World Radio Conference (2019) and how the IARU organizes its response
through participation in various Study Groups and conferences.
Peter went on to provide an overview of what the Regional Directors are
currently engaged in since the last R3 Conference in Bali.
The HARTS annual dinner is very well attended by some 300 members of the
Society as well as invited guests and technical presenters.
Belarus radio hams get 50 watts on 5 MHz
The Dutch National Society VERON is reporting that Belarus now has the new
5 MHz amateur radio allocation agreed at WRC-15
60 meter band (5 MHz) as follows:
5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz (continuous band)
CW, SSB, Digital
Are you lucky enough to be off to JA in August?
The JARL Ham Fair 2016 will be held at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo
on August 20th (Saturday) and 21st (Sunday).
Last year, they had about 36,000 participants for the two days.
JARL looks forward to the 2016 visitors, manufacturers, retailers, clubs and
volunteers at HAM Fair 2016!
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2016
The annual Islands On The Air contest is taking place this weekend, for
24 hours from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 30th July. This is one of the most
popular international contests.
Among the announced operations for this year's contest, the Papa Lima DX Group
have indicated that they will be operating from Little Saltee Island, off the
Wexford coast, using the call sign EJ 1 Y (echo-juliet-one-yankee).
For IOTA chasers, this contest provides a great opportunity to work some new
IOTA references, with the added attraction that credit for QSOs that are
matched in uploaded IOTA Contest logs can be claimed without the need for
(sourced to IRTS)
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 6 - 7
Remembrance or RD Contest August 13-14
The 19th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Aug 20-21
36th ALARA Contest is on the last full weekend in August, Aug 27-28.
September 23-25 D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party.
The global event will take place between September 23rd at 0.01 and September
25th at 23.59 UTC.
The format of the party will be the same as in previous years with the goal of
encouraging D-STAR operators to communicate with as many other operators across
the world via D-STAR repeaters.
For more information visit the D-STAR QSO PARTY 2016 website:
(sourced to SouthGate)
Nine Canadian amateurs are operating from CQ Zone 2 to 1st August.
They have the special callsign VC 2 Q and on all bands CW, SSB and RTTY.
XR 1 T
The Chilean DXpedition Team, XR1T from Santa Maria Island, SA-069, is on
air now till 1st August, this weekend's IOTA Contest included.
XR 1 T will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on all bands.
QSL via CE3OP, direct or bureau using O QRS.
9 A 8 CV
Krk Island, IOTA EU-136, till August 3.
This includes an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest.
QSL via 9 A 8 CV's instructions.
JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island for a couple of months while there to service
the weather station.
Activity on 20, 15, 10 and 6 metres using CW and RTTY.
QSL to JA 8 CJY.
The Japan Amateur Radio Development Association (JARD) was established in
1991，and are celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.
To commemorate the event, station JD 1 YBV will be on the air.
JD1YBV from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between August 23th and August 28th.
Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via the Bureau
Back to the Contest Zone and VK4KG will be operating in the RD Contest
Wayne/VK4WDM wants it be known that the RAAF Museum Memorial Station VK4KG
would be operating for the 2016 Remembrance Day Contest.
Due to Base Security restrictions the Station will be operating on Saturday
13th Aug from 1pm to 6pm and then on Sunday 14th Aug from 9am to 1pm.
'Hurry up and wait' for RD station VK4KG.
No waiting no delay--- RESULTS ARE IN FOR OUR
Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint Contest 2016....
for thse it's to Kevin, I'm Felix VK4FUQ in Ingham
Phone Section (29)
VK2SR 61 *1 Chris CARROLL
VK4YZ 56 *2 Charlie STRONG
VK4NM 54 *3 Andrew MUNSON
MIXED Section (9)
VK4SN 89 *1 Alan SHANNON
VK3VT 86 *2 Greg WILLIAMS
VK4BZ/P2 69 *3 John SAUNDERS
CW Section (7)
VK7CW 50 *1 Steve SALVIA
VK2KJJ 44 *2 Knud Joergen Olesen-Jensen
VK3AUQ 38 *3J Kevin Phillips
SWL section (4)
Marcus BERGLUND 34 *1
John RAMSEY 33 *2
Alexandra HEATHCOTE 10 *3
Full listing of all entries will shortly be available from WIA Contest Page
on the WIA website
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
INDIA CULTIVATES A CROP OF FUTURE YLs
In India, a group of undergraduate women recently got an introduction to
ham radio that included a history lesson as well as a look to the future.
Nearly 4 dozen students from St. Francis College for Women in Hyderabad, India,
accompanied their lecturers on a visit to the National Institute of Amateur
Radio in Hyderabad, to learn more about ham radio and to tour the Amateur Radio
Museum there. They were given a live demonstration of operating on the
VHF bands, and got to watch videos as well as a Power Point presentation about
other aspects of the hobby.
The museum, which houses artefacts that tell the history of wireless from the
earliest inventions, regularly presents these kinds of awareness programs to
schools and other organizations who want to know more about the technology
behind all modes of modern ham radio.
So while the 43 undergraduates who attended the program may be studying to
earn their B.Sc degree, it's likely some of them may also end up getting their
"YL" calls too.
(Amateur Radio Newsline)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Yes right in our own 'backyard' so to speak we find Tony, VK3VTH, who will once
again be active as VK3VTH/7 from King Island, Bass Strait, Tasmania,
between August 18-22nd.
Activity will be on 40/20 meters using SSB.
QSL via the Bureau
Oh and as Felix said earlier in this bulletin of news from YOUR WIA,
"The annual Islands On The Air contest is taking place this weekend, for
24 hours from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 30th July. This is one of the most
popular international contests.'
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
"Starlight to Vampire Base."
Dale McCarthy VK4DMC has you covered!
Atherton Tablelands Region, the Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club and
Co-ordinator Dale McCarthy VK4DMC has lots of community support happening.
Sat 13 to Sun 14 Aug - FNERA Gemstone Moonlight Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Sat 24 to Sun 25 Sept - FNERA Cordillera Trail Endurance Rides Tepon
Sat 15 to Sun 16 Oct - FNERA Brooklyn Horse Endurance Rides Tepon
That's all up on the Tablelands.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROTA
ROTA Recipes On The Air
The World Wide Recipe Swapping Net 20m, 14.183MHz, 0630 UTC Mondays.
Fun on the air swapping information about recipes or favourite ingredients .
Listen for the gastronomic cue from Lyn/VK4SWE.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- WIRELESS WEATHER
Strongest flare of 2016
The Space Weather site reports sunspot complex AR2565-AR2567 erupted July 23,
twice, producing two strong solar flares in quick succession
The first at 0211 UT registered M5 on the Richter Scale of Flares.
The second at 0516 UT registered M7.6, making it the strongest flare of 2016
Pulses of radiation from the two flares ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere,
causing a blackout of shortwave radio transmissions over the Pacific side of
Earth. People who might have noticed the fading signals include ham radio
operators, mariners and aviators.
The explosions hurled an impressive CME into space.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with the usual reminder that tomorrow,
Monday August 1st the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly
News and Information bulletin goes to air.
This month as well as all the usual Club news, we feature Part 1 of a 2-part
talk on the development of the Overland Telegraph in Australia. Part 2 will
follow in September.
Everyone, RAOTC members and non- members alike, is most welcome to listen to
the program and join in the call backs afterwards.
There are several ways to hear this broadcast.
At 0100 UTC Bill VK3BR will beam the program northwards from Melbourne on
20 metres on 14.150 upper sideband for eastern states listeners.
An hour later at 0200 UTC there will be a 40 metre transmission from Perth
on 7088 kHz lower sideband with a simultaneous transmission via all linked
Additionally, local relays also place. Please visit our website at
www.raotc.org.au and click on VK3OTN Broadcasts for details.
As from Tuesday you can download the audio file our website.
Once again, the RAOTC monthly bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday
August 1st and we look forward to hearing your call sign during the call backs.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
Rewind, a look back on our history
BBC's detailed plans for nuclear war
The BBC's Nuclear War plan included broadcasts from Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear
Bunker in Essex which is now home to the D-Star repeater GB 7 KH and
special event station GB 0 SNB
For the first time, the BBC has given detailed access to the plans it drew up
in the Cold War for a Wartime Broadcasting System to operate in the event of
nuclear war. Paul Reynolds, a former BBC diplomatic and foreign correspondent,
has been studying the secrets of what was known as the "War Book".
Read the BBC story at
Visit the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
SOCIAL SCENE 2016
Aug 7 VK6 NCRG HamFest 9am Cyril Jackson Community Hall Ashfield (vk6rk)
Aug 28 VK2 Summerland (Lismore) HamFest at Clubrooms. (vk2src)
Sep 18 VK2 Westlake's AR Club field day Teralba (J Green)
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)
Nov 26 VK3 Rosebud RadioFest 9:30 am till 2pm (vk3pdg)
Nov 26 VK7 Miena HamFest Saturday 26th. (vk7wi txt)
March 26 VK3 EMDRC HamFest, Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont (VK3BQ)
May 19 VK WIA AGM Hahndorf some 25km from Adelaide (vk5kc)
Aug/Sep date to be advised - ALARAMEET 2017 in Cairns (vk4swe)
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