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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SWP 4 2016.
IN OUR 21st YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Special Purpose Grants
WIA takes steps to reduce its postage costs
WIA Young Australian's and Amateur Radio
WIA's licence conditions submission to the A C M A.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2016 AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 04
WIA BOARD TALK
WIA Special Purpose Grants
Geelong Amateur Radio Club has received a Special Purpose Grant of $770 from
the Wireless Institute of Australia to fund stage-2 of a mast at the
Queenscliff Maritime Museum.
The installation will be used for club activities and as an additional public
and educational attraction for the Museum.
The grants scheme provides funding assistance to worthwhile projects of
benefit to the Amateur Radio community and consistent with the aims and
objectives of the WIA Constitution. Project proposals are vetted by an
independent assessment committee who make recommendations to the WIA Board.
Committee members have a diverse range of backgrounds, skills and perspectives.
A presentation to the club is being planned and the 2017 round of WIA Special
Purpose Grants will be announced soon.
WIA takes steps to reduce its postage costs
The hike in postage rates by Australia Post late last year has resulted in a
review of how organisations communicate with customers and members.
Banks and many other service providers are now encouraging their customers to
receive notifications and accounts electronically. The ACMA, and all of
government, prefer to use electronic methods including website logins,
SMS messages and email.
The WIA is no different, and recently we have conducted a review of our postage
expenditure, as flagged at the annual general meeting on Norfolk Island. Of
course some things must, for the time being at least, be sent through the
postal system. However, the WIA has already taken steps to reducing postage
The WIA Exam Service has been using the now very expensive yellow Express Post
satchels to send out exam packs. This is changing to the red ordinary post
satchels which are a little slower delivery but still have tracking. This
action will have a minimal impact on Assessors as the majority hold sufficient
exam packs, and are ordering them well in advance of assessment dates.
The WIA is also introducing a paper magazine opt-out system for members that
only wish to receive the digital copy of AR magazine, not the paper copy in
the post. That will further ease the pressure on the postage costs. Members who
don't want to receive the magazine in the post, should use the tick-box in
MEMNET Member Self-Service Portal, or the Contact Form on the WIA website - the
URL and some added information is in the text edition of this broadcast.
Remember, this is an Opt-out system - those members who still value their
paper copy of AR Magazine delivered in the post will not be affected, and do
not have to do anything.
On the Contact Form select 'National Office' and request the 'AR Opt Out'.
Please include your member number to verify the name on the web form, that is
the log of all requests.
(Phil Wait VK2ASD)
Young Australian's and Amateur Radio
The WIA Board at its August meeting received a report outlining a proposed
Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics or STEAM symposium, to be
held in Canberra in November.
This WIA initiative is not aimed at the recruitment of young people into
Amateur Radio, but to tap into the resources of those few radio amateurs who
are interested or already have involvement in youth education.
It is hoped that by sharing ideas the WIA can develop some workable ideas
for Amateur Radio involvement in the STEAM program in schools.
The next step will be setting the framework of the event program and calling
for expressions of interest.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee with
further words on the WIA's licence conditions submission to the A C M A.
You may recall that, last week I spoke about allocation of the 60 metre band
being Priority 1 in the submission.
As advised last week, the ACMA updates the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum
Plan following every World Radiocommunication Conference.
You will recall that the latest W R C concluded in November last year. Hence,
the ACMA is preparing to update the Spectrum Plan incorporating outcomes from
the W R C that are relevant to Australia.
One of those outcomes - you guessed it - is the allocation of a 15 kHz slice
at 5.3 MHz for the Amateur Service.
In the WIA's licence conditions submission to the ACMA, it was proposed that
access to this band could be provided under Article 4.4 of the Radio
Regulations of the International Telecommunications Union - the I T U.
This provides that operations do not cause harmful interference to the radio
services or communications of other ITU Members that operate in accordance
with the provisions of the Regulations, and that the possibility of harmful
interference from such services and communications is accepted.
In other words, amateurs would have to avoid interfering with existing licensed
users allocated frequencies on a band, while accepting possible interference
from operations of the existing users.
We already have an example of this.
In the current Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan, the top 200 kHz of the
40 metre amateur band, from 7100 to 7300 kHz is allocated for amateur use under
the I T U's Article 4.4 regulation.
Exactly whether this would be possible in the case of the 60 metre band at
5.3 MHz, remains to be seen from the ACMA's consultation process for updating
the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan, through which ALL stakeholders
will get to have a say. And that includes users of the band in neighbouring
We live in interesting times!
Some listeners will, no doubt, recall that the WIA's recent submission to the
ACMA seeking access to a small band at 70 MHz also suggests providing initial
access to the band from 70 to 70.5 MHz under the I T U's Article 4.4 regulation
We all look forward to the forthcoming ACMA consultation process for updating
the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan.
Well, that's it for this week. Next time, I'll highlight other frequency bands
where the WIA is seeking access for amateurs - at 1.8 MHz to extend the
160 metre band, at 3.5 MHz to extend the 80 metre band, and a new band at
900 MHz, for example.
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
HAMFEST, SARCFEST, WAS HELD AT CLUBROOMS LAST WEEK
John VK2JWA who edits the clubs weekly newsletter said "We enjoyed a perfect,
fine, comfortable day for a most successful SARCFEST enjoyed by all.
Attended by a guestimated 80 members, family and friends from near and far.
Much gear on sale from the Club and those attending kept all occupied.
Special thanks to mostly the ladies who kept everyone well fed.
Thanks to all those members and visitors who brought stuff and kept the sales
Thanks to all those who attended to make it a great day.
We look forward to next year."
And that from VK2JWA.
And speaking of Amateur Radio ham fests and Field Days- It's on again -
"Central Coast Amateur Radio Club celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017.
Join us at Wyong Field Day, 26th February 2017 at Wyong Racecourse.
New opening times - general public at 8:30am with a special entry fee of just
$10 per head, that's right, gates open @ 8:30, entry fee just $10 per head
Don't forget to put it in your diary and we'll see you at Wyong in 2017.
This is Dave VK2DLS. From the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club."
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Melbourne QRP by the Bay
It's a twice yearly gathering of homebrewers and QRPers at Melbourne's
Chelsea beach. Bring along a project, antenna or portable station.
Saturday November 5, 2016. 3 to 6pm.then a stop at a local restaurant after.
Where is "Melbourne QRP by the Bay" held? Victory Park, Chelsea.
Further info you can contact Peter VK3YE or go to the 'Melbourne QRP by the
Bay' event page on Facebook.
Solar power at a new height
A proposed 60-level tower in Melbourne's Southbank will have its glass exterior
wrapped in solar cells and combined with batteries, to give its residents
It will be Australia's first skyscraper with solar cells in its curved
structure to capture the sun's movement from east to west throughout the day.
And in deference to our VK3 pals, we won't make mention that they will need
sunshine to make this work!
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with the usual reminder that tomorrow,
Monday September 5th the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's
monthly bulletin goes to air.
This month as well as all the usual RAOTC news, we have Part 2 of the story of
the development of the overland telegraph in Australia and also Ian VK3JS has
a yarn about the knotty problems associated with knitted circuit boards. A bit
woolly on this, perhaps? Then tune in tomorrow and learn about this new
The principal HF transmission will be on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz upper side
band starting at 0100 UTC, beamed north from Melbourne for the eastern states.
An hour later at 0200 UTC there will be a 40 metre transmission from Perth on
7088 kHz lower sideband with a simultaneous transmission via all linked
NewsWest VHF and UHF repeaters.
As well, numerous local relays will take place. Details for your local area
transmissions can be found at the RAOTC website, www.raotc.org.au
Again that's www.raotc.org.au and remember as from Tuesday you can download
the audio file from this website.
Everyone, RAOTC Members and non-members alike, is invited to tune in tomorrow
to this interesting half hour program and to join the call backs afterwards,
and we hope to hear your call sign amongst them.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
What use is an F-call? - WELL it's the FOUNDATIONS of Amateur Radio
If you're new to Amateur Radio like I am, it's easy to turn on your radio,
set it up to key your local repeater and call CQ. After the first time it's
a trivial matter that you might take for granted. The repeater just sits
there on frequency, making communication possible between you and the rest
of the Amateur Community.
In many ways it's like turning on your mobile phone and dialling a number and
talking to someone.
When people ask me what the difference is between Amateur Radio and Community
Radio, I often jest that in Community Radio you come into the studio, sit
behind the microphone, press the red button and talk. Amateur Radio is
exactly the same, but you also need to bring the red button.
Repeaters are like that. Unless you've been personally involved, it's just a
case of pressing the button. Of course that's not actually what happens.
Often a group gets together, spit-balling ideas, coming up with a plan,
finding money, equipment, support and the like. Then there is the logistics
of obtaining a mast or using an existing one, finding bricks, concrete,
roofing, batteries, solar panels, radios, antennas, cavities, coax, connectors
a license, perhaps an internet connection, getting all this to site, having
helpers and resources to build the repeater hut, cranes, bob-cats, concrete
mixers, terminating the coax, erecting the mast, installing guy wires,
running coax up the mast, attaching antennas, tuning the thing, testing it,
programming the controller, programming the radio, etc. etc.
The list just gets longer and longer the more you think about.
And, this is done by people like you.
People who gave of their free time, who saw a need and using their collective
skills and effort made it possible for you to key up your local repeater.
Of course, then there's the linking of repeaters, internet connectivity,
news relays, time-outs, DTMF controllers, lightning strikes, insect
infestations, thieves and vandals. It never ends.
So, when you next key up your repeater, think about that. And when there's a
working-bee in your local area, consider sharing some of your resources.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB.
What use is an F-call? - WELL it's the FOUNDATIONS of Amateur Radio
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.
How could we NOT start international news this week without looking at HD164595.
Reports from around the planet including this one attributed to CNN say that
astronomers engaged in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence or SETI are
training their instruments on a star around 94 light years from Earth after a
very strong signal was detected by a Russian telescope.
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its
star, HD 164595 -- described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone
and others as a "strong candidate for SETI" -- in the hope s of determining its
"The signal is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like
star, and if it's artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly
made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind," astronomer
Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, which searches for life beyond
Wi-Fi gets even cleverer
In future smart connected devices may sense who is in a room at home and what
A research team at California's Northwestern Polytechnic University are
developing a tracking system that can recognise a person by the way they
interact with Wi-Fi signals.
Called FreeSense, the technology could automatically turn lights on and off
in a home, adjust heating preferences and control multimedia. FreeSense
identifies individuals in a room based on their body shape and motion patterns.
Not sure what happens if a person arrives home a little worse from wear after
a night at the local club! Motion pattern...what pattern.
Three Companies Agree to Plead Guilty for Fixing Prices of Electrolytic
The US Department of Justice announced last week that three companies have
agreed to plead guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to fix prices for
electrolytic capacitors sold to customers in the US and elsewhere.
"The Antitrust Division has now charged five companies and one individual for
their participation in this international price-fixing conspiracy," Deputy
Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Justice Department's Antitrust
Division, said in an August 23 Justice Department news release. "The
electrolytic capacitors conspiracy affected millions of American consumers
who use electronic devices containing capacitors every day."
60m and 630m for Latvia
Latvian amateurs have two new bands following the introduction of their
new amateur radio licence on 9th August.
Access has been allowed to the new WRC15 60m, or 5MHz, allocation from
5351.5 to 5366.5kHz with a power of 15W EIRP. 472 to 479kHz in the 630m
band has also become available with a power of 1W EIRP.
Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, and Matt Youngblood, KD5FGE of FlexRadio visited
the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park recently.
They delivered a generous donation to the GB3RS station - a FlexRadio
FLEX-6500 and a FLEX Maestro. The FlexRadio group were met by RSGB President,
Nick Henwood, G3RWF and RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB, as well as
several of the National Radio Centre's regular volunteers.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - CONTESTS WITH VK4FUQ
Well after our little mention last week of not always receiving audio and
or dates from, in the main, our WIA contests, this week, thanks to Peter and
Bruce our 2017 dance card now has 90% of our major contest dates along with
a bevy of QSO party's taking place through the remainder of the year..
So pencils at the ready..here we go:-
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2016
September 23-25 D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party.
September 23-24 WORLD DIGITAL ATV/DATV QSO Party
October 8th is the Radio Amateurs Old Timers QSO Party
October first two full weekends it's the WIA's Oceania DX Contest
Phone Oct 1 and 2
CW 8th and 9th of October.
November 26-27 WIA VHF/UHF Spring Field Day
January it's the WIA's Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest
Ham Radio On The Ferries 12th of March
WIA's John Moyle Memorial Field Day 18th-19th March 2017
WIA's Harry Angel Memorial 80 meter sprint Saturday May 6 10:00 -11:46 UTC
VK SHIRES June 10 and 11.
Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest 160/80/40 Saturday night July 15 and Start Time
is 08:00 UTC and finish time is 14:00 UTC
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 5 - 6
WIA's Flagship contest the Remembrance Day Contest 12th & 13th August
Special Event ON 44 WAR
Members of the Radio Club Binche (ON 7 RY) will activate the special event
station ON44WAR on September 3rd and 4th.
Activity is to commemorate the sacrifice of the Belgian Resistance (WWII)
and especially those of the Refuge B 40 in Waudrez (Belgium).
The time-table of the activities will be as follows:
Saturday 3rd from 09:00 AM up to 06:00 PM (UTC + 2)
On Sunday 4th from 09:00 AM up to 03:00 PM (UTC + 2)
At the hour up to the hour and a half, CW transmissions with a Whaddon
MK VII (Paraset) on the 7 MHz band (notably 7025 kHz).
At the hour and a half up to the next hour, SSB transmissions on the
7 MHz band.
QSL information via ON7RY by the Bureau.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.
Special event station DR777RI is QRV until the end of 2016 to mark the
777th anniversary of the town of Rinteln.
QSL via DL 8 OBQ.
German team head for the Isle of Man
A German group will be active as MD/homecall from the Isle of Man
(EU-116) between September 23rd and October 4th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via their home callsigns.
The Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea, approximately halfway between
NW England and N Ireland.
Again that one to listen for will be MD/and a German home call.
(OPDX via SouthGate)
Pista will operate as 7P8AO from Lesotho between October 15-29th.
The primary purpose of the trip is to deliver humanitarian aid and support
to an orphanage. At his own expense Pista is supplying clothing, shoes and
school supplies to the children. This will be his third visit to Lesotho to
work with the children.
When not at the orphanage, Pista will be operating mainly CW, on 80-6 meters.
QSL to homecall HA 5 AO.
I'll finish up operational news with a look at the VI...BLT exercise on air now
This is the special call which has been making plenty of QSOs to commemorate
battle of Long Tan Anniversary
3 stations are commemorating the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966 during
the Vietnam War, in which 108 ANZACs were greatly outnumbered, with heavy
losses on both sides, and eventually won against a large enemy force.
In the west is VI6BLT50.
Queensland has VI4BLT50.
Canberra is VI1BLT50 as the 50th anniversary of the Battle continues.
Leading the VI6BLT50 team of three is Mal VK6LC, who served in the Royal
Australian Signals in Vietnam, whose antenna array usually puts Zone 29
on air chasing DX and during contests. Mal VK6LC says a prize QSO in RTTY
was with Bruce 3W3B, a veteran himself in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, on one
of his frequent visits to Da Nang in Vietnam.
There has been plenty of other DX for VI6BLT50 that has recently increased
its log by contacting Brazil, Colombia, Chile, North America, Cuba, Mexico,
Puerto Rica and Alaska.
VI6BLT50 operates on SSB, CW and RTTY with around 1,500 contacts already being
made the website qrz.com having nearly 4,100 hits.
The VI4BLT50 operation in Queensland is led by Dale VK4DMC, who was mainly in
the 1st Australian Field Hospital as an Operating Theatre Technician and
Intensive Care Medic. From up here in Far North Queensland VI4BLT50 has worked
all VK and ZL call areas, as well as recent QSOs into Japan, Canada,
North America and Russia.
VI1BLT50 has logged almost 1000 contacts. Tex VK1TX reports that most activity
has been on 20 metres and 40 metres.
Jim Linton VK3PC says the WIA has licences available for the other states
which are most welcome to join the 30 day commemoration.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
A prolific winter for VK authors
VK amateurs have had a range of new, locally-written books to read over winter.
Three books have been released in winter months - two printed and one
First cab off the rank was Doc VK5BUG Wescombe-Down who wrote 'MF Down Under',
for low frequency enthusiasts.
Next there was the 'Radio Theory Handbook' by Ron Bertrand VK2DQ. This large
and already popular book takes you from beginner to advanced.
The most recent is 'Hand-carried QRP antennas' by Peter Parker VK3YE. This is
an eBook about simple to build antennas for portable and pedestrian mobile
MF Down Under was a limited print book available to those who pre-ordered.
The other two are available via Amazon - just search their titles.
There are also websites and YouTube videos about them.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
Worldwide Digital The World Digital ATV QSO Party
The 6th annual event on September 23-24 starts with an "around VK Friday night"
(AEST) to be followed with contacts in the USA and United Kingdom.
Peter Cossins VK3BFG who is the prime organiser invites everyone involved in
amateur television to be involved.
Last year there was participation from Australasia, Europe, Asia and North and
South America with A 655 viewers making it truly a global event.
David VK5DMC will also anchor the event from the Port Pirie South Australia
repeater VK5RMC, and hopefully others will take charge in Tasmania,
New South Wales and Queensland. Art Towslee WA8RMC one of the DATV Express
Designers, will anchor from Columbus Ohio while Don Hill KE6BXT anchors from
Mission Vieja California.
Peter VK3BFG says there will be a break for some contacts via the repeater
GB3HV, and other countries are welcome to join.
The annual event began with the 2011 centenary of Amateur Radio Victoria. It is
a combination of televised segments on repeaters either by direct contact or
via Skype. Those wishing to Skype can now send a request to 'datvqsoparty', or
make inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Most pre-record a brief segment to show activity to contribute to the event,
which is then televised in many countries.
More details of the World Digital ATV QSO Party will be sent closer to the
event,again it happens September 23-24..
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
International EME Conference Presentation Videos
Videos of the presentations given at the 17th International EME conference,
held in Venice August 19-21, 2016 are now available.
They include talks by Sam G4DDK @DXING, Dave G4HUP, Charlie G3WDG, Alex ZS6EME
and Joe Taylor K1JT. Watch the videos on the YouTube channel of Giulio Pico
IW3HVB on the URL in this week's text edition of WIA news.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFct56EA6F9lkqMBmydh5hw EME 2016
The schedule of the EME presentations is posted at:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING
The latest Australian pico balloon from Melbourne lifted off early Saturday
August 27 to around Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales coast, before
New Zealand, then headed for South America.
Andy VK3YT launched the party-type helium balloon PS-68 as the latest in his
series inviting it to be tracked by enthusiastic followers.
The balloon has a solar powered 10 milliwatt transmitter on two-metres
Automatic Packet Reporting System, and Olivia Reed-Solomon Identification
or RSID on 70 centimetres. It sends data on the location, speed, direction,
altitude, temperature, and battery condition.
Regular trackers in VK3, VK2, VK1 and ZL have so far been reporting on it.
Tony VK2QW followed the balloon up the Australian coast and then off to
New Zealand where it was picked up by Bob ZL1RS, an avid tracker of the
high-altitude balloons. Bob noted it dip about 6,000 metres in altitude
while off New Zealand on Monday, presumably during adverse weather, but then
regained height as it turned to float in a southerly direction.
That path was then observed by a few who decoded the data as it tracked
between the North and South Island of New Zealand, and then abruptly turning
north coming over land at Herbertville.
Then it turned back on its path and headed east over the South Pacific on
Tuesday, albeit now out of range is believed to be still floating towards
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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)
International YL Convention
This year's International YL Convention takes place between 3rd and the
10th October at the Novotel Hotel, Milton Keynes MK13 7RA.
Ladies from USA, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and India are already
booked, some with their partners. A full programme of events will take place.
Details can be found on www.bylara.org.uk
or from Carol, 2E1RBH via email to email@example.com
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
IOTA 3rd to 6th September 2016
A team led by Dave EI9FBB have activated Europe's 2nd Most Wanted IOTA
from 3rd to 6th September. The team will be QRV on Lunga Island EU-108
from 80m through 6m and will have 4 stations, CW & SSB.
Signing MS 0 UKI.
(sourced to IRTS)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Sam VK6KSA is National Jota Coordinator.
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
JOTA is on next month
The 59th Jamboree on the Air is the third weekend of October.
The theme this year is 'Discover Our World', putting Scouts and Girl Guides
calling CQ Jamboree on air on October 14, 15 and 16.
It is the world's largest Scouting event with over one million taking part
in about 150 countries.
Sam VK6KSA is National Jota Coordinator.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - LOW DOWN
Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:- https://groups.yahoo.com/group/sub9khz/
Propagation tests on the lower frequencies
The FISTS Down under will activate 630 metres or 472.5 kHz and 160m on 1808 kHz
QRP with manual CW.
A member, Doc VK5BUG, is putting the club callsign VK2FDU stroke 5 on air at
Grey Line times of sunset and sunrise, which give enhanced propagation.
This will continue until September 10 and those who only receive the VK2FDU/5
callsign may email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The FIST Dowunder club is for Morse code enthusiasts and welcomes membership.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2016
Sep 10 VK4 SUNFEST 9am Woombye School of Arts (ARMAG)
Sep 11 VK3 Shepparton HamFest at St Augustine's Hall 10am (ARMAG)
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)
Oct 16 VK3 BARG HamFest Ballarat (ARMAG)
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)
Feb 26th Central Coast Field Day, WYONG enter at 8:30am (vk2dls)
March 26 VK3 EMDRC HamFest, Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont (VK3BQ)
Ap 28- May 1 VK4 Clairview Gathering between Rockhampton and Mackay (TARC)
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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