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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 18 2016.
IN OUR 21st YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA SPECIAL EVENT "LONG TAN" wraps up. -
WIA Treasurer being sought. -
WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee with another instalment on the WIA's
licence conditions submission to the ACMA. -
WIA ARDF Coordinator Jack VK3WWW on what's been happening with Amateur Radio
Direction Finding. -
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2016 AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18
The Battle of Long Tan commemoration
The four callsigns marking the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan
during the Vietnam War have made contacts, even though propagation has not
often been favourable.
The Battle on August 18, 1966, had 108 ANZACs greatly outnumbered, with heavy
losses on both sides, and them eventually winning against a large enemy force.
A high degree of interest existed whenever V I 4 B L T 50 in Queensland,
V I 6 B L T 50 in West Australia, V I 1 B L T 50 Canberra, and in the last week
V I 8 B L T 50 in Darwin, were on the air.
The DX contacts particularly had lots of questions about the activity and this
also resulted in 7,000 hits on the qrz.com information.
The WIA arranged callsigns with the ACMA granting licences 30 days which ended
Organisers are now creating a report on the event that is expected to be in the
November edition of the WIA journal, Amateur Radio magazine.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Central Highlands ARC AGM Weekend
The famous and popular Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend will be
happening at Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, approx. 25km southwest of Emerald,
from 2pm Friday 23rd to 10am Sunday 25th September 2016.
Some hams and support crews will be staying a bit earlier or later at the
lakeside venue renown for a great climate, friendly management and buckets
of redclaw for the catching.
The venue is just down the road from the impressive Fairbairn Dam and the local
model aircraft flight centre.
There will be great chances to catch up with hams and support crews from all
over the country who attend to get involved with the only fundraising activity
CHARC has to finance the licencing, maintenance and expansion of the Central
Highlands Linked Repeater System, analogue, digital and APRS.
No matter where you are from if you find yourself even remotely in the area
Experience the raffles, gastronomic feed ups (with dessert) and the
Mega-Auction held in the huge camp kitchen shelter.
Get cracking and get your accommodation booking in now.
Visit www.lakemaraboonholidayvillage.com.au on the interweb or phone the
friendly reception people on 07 49823677 and make sure you let CHARC Secretary
Helen know you are attending on email email@example.com
or by sms on 0412038033
(tarc yellow newsletter)
Fifty years ago there was no satellite TV across the Pacific.
Then came Cooby Creek Satellite Tracking Station.
They used experimental techinques to track, position and stabilise
geostationary satellites. With what was then leading edge technology
(liquid Helium cooled MASER and parametric amplifiers) they showed the
benefit of multiple satellite cloud images for weather forecasting.
They also sent and received the first live TV across the Pacific Ocean on
6 Gigahertz. More info is on theThe Cooby Creek website.
Over 100 people were employed on the Australian end of the project. Now they
are having their 50 year reunion at the old Cooby Creek site north of Toowoomba
To help commemorate the 50 years and perhaps let some of the oldtimers talk to
their counterparts again in Rosman, Mojave and Tokyo, the Darling Downs Radio
Club has obtained the special event callsign VI 50 CC for the month of October.
We will be setup in the Cooby Creek site with a camp re-enactment of Cooby
Creekers over their reunion weekend, 19 to 23 October.
More information next week take a look at our website www.ddrci.org.au
or look at our Facebook page for more information.
This is Bill VK4ZD for the Darling Downs Radio Club
WIA's front page news has more on the September 23-24 WORLD DIGITAL ATV/DATV
It's on again starting at 1000 UTC on Friday 23rd September. Friday night in
Melbourne will be VK only with contacts to VK2, VK3, VK4 VK5 and VK7. VK3RTV
will again be streamed in SD on U Tube courtesy of Ralph Parkhurst, VK3LL.
Ralph will advise the link before the event.
Outside the coverage of VK3RTV, this will be by far the best way to view the
activities. We will also continue to stream VK3RTV on the BATC website which
will give even more coverage.
At 0000 UTC on Saturday 24th of September we will start through the DATV
repeater WR8ATV in Columbus Ohio. After a short break we will pick up the W6ATN
network in Southern California. Of note there is the system has some new
uplinks on DVB-T so it will be interesting to see those stations using this
function. Unfortunately our friends in the UK will be busy with the BATC
Convention so it is unlikely that contacts to the UK will be made this year.
Any station in the US or AUS who would like to Skype in please send a request
to Skype name ' datvqsoparty' and I will call you in when a time slot is
appropriate. Please do not call this Skype name as it creates problems for me
I hope to catch up some time over the activity period.
I'm Peter VK3BFG
(text only )
WIA Treasurer being sought
The Wireless Institute of Australia is seeking a Treasurer to oversee the
financial affairs of the Institute. The voluntary role includes yearly budgets,
WIA board teleconference attendance, overseeing the auditing, insurance and
ACMA deed of agreement matters.
A lot of the requirements will be familiar to members who are also Certified
Further details and how to apply for the vacant Treasurer position can be found
on the WIA website http://www.wia.org.au
The Internet of Things downunder
Broadband Internet is more widely available, devices are being created with
Wi-Fi capabilities and in-built sensors, and smartphone applications are
For example refrigerators that can order groceries and other data from everyday
devices that can boost their efficiency are promised by the Internet of Things.
The technology promises to make the home, industry, farming, transportation and
other places smarter.
Now an Internet of Things network is serving Barangaroo on Sydney's western
harbour. This free network at 915 MHz can support 1,000 devices fitted with
Meantime, the Wireless Institute of Australia has submitted to the ACMA that it
wants a new 33-centimetre band of 918 to 926 MHz, which overlaps similar radio
amateur access elsewhere.
The new band being sought would be on a secondary basis, shared with other
users of that spectrum.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
The 60 metre band not yet available in VK
The International Telecommunications Union, at the World Radiocommunication
Conference (WRC-15) in November 2015, approved the allocation of 5351.5 to
5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis.
A number of nations have been able to change their domestic allocations to
include the Amateur Service already, even though the ITU ruling comes into
effect only from January 1st, 2017.
Prior to WRC-15, a few individual administrations had 5 MHz Amateur allocations
in accordance with ITU Article 4.4, which requires non-interference with other
The situation in Australia and some other countries is that the 60 metre band
allocation has existing primary service licensees from other radio services,
and they need to be consulted or maybe moved to make way for the Amateur
The Wireless Institute of Australia is advocating the 15 kHz slice at
5.3 MHz for the Amateur Service in VK.
The WIA's future licence conditions submission to the ACMA, sent last April,
proposed access to the band could be provided under ITU Article 4.4 - and the
possibility of harmful interference from existing incumbents be accepted, and
the interference to existing incumbents be avoided.
Until access is authorised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority,
which may take some time, the band is off-limits to radio amateurs in
Australia for the time being.
HOWEVER.. you CAN hear this VK1WIA news on 60 Meters; 5.425 from a station
signing VKE580, this is part of the VK2WI Sunday morning 10am Broadcast.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee with
another instalment on the WIA's licence conditions submission to the A C M A.
You will recall that, last week, I promised to highlight what the Institute is
seeking for Foundation licensees.
In setting out the proposed priority changes to licence conditions, the WIA
Board agreed that the Institute sought the permitted powers for all licence
grades reviewed in a sensible, pragmatic approach to enable licensees to pursue
their interests commensurate with their established Knowledge - as demonstrated
in licence assessment - and within reasonable bounds of public and personal
That said, the submission acknowledged that the WIA is aware of differing views
on the issue and notes the disparity in current permitted powers of all three
Australian licence grades compared to the similar licence grades in other
Proposed changes to Foundation licence conditions were set down as Priority 2
in the submission.
Six key issues are addressed in the submission. These are:
Use of digital modes
Access to more bands
Relaxation of the restriction to commercially made rigs
More permitted bandwidths, and
A review of the Foundation callsign
Top of the list is permitting use of digital modes. The WIA seeks the inclusion
in Foundation licence conditions of a range of digitally-produced data modes -
and not limited to the well-known digital voice modes.
The WIA also advocates inclusion of digital text transmission modes and image
In researching background for the submission, it emerged that entry-level
licence conditions in a number of other countries have included digital modes
and image transmissions since inception, and no evidence arose that this gave
rise to reports of negative issues or serious incidents.
The submission points out that entry-level licences in Argentina, Canada,
Japan, UK and the USA are cases in point.
And now we come to the bands permitted for Foundation licensees.
When comparing the entry-level licences of other countries, the number and
variety of bands permitted for Australian Foundation licensees is paltry - just
5 bands - almost to the point of being mean-spirited!
The UK Foundation licence, on which the Australian qualification was modelled,
provides three times the number of bands permitted to Australian Foundation
operators. Both Argentina and Japan provide four times the number of bands.
The underlying principal is this: Enabling access to more bands provides a
wider range of opportunities for Foundation licensees to learn and gain
experience in communications across the radiofrequency spectrum.
And now we come to the vexed question of permitted maximum power.
The WIA submission notes that the permitted power for entry level
licences varies widely around the world - from 10 watts in the UK
through 50 watts in Europe and South America, to 200 watts in some countries.
While contacts are certainly achievable using 10 watts, it is noted that, for
stations in urban areas, Foundation operators frequently struggle making
contacts battling against the prevailing RF noise levels experienced both
locally and overseas.
The submission advocates raising the permitted maximum power to 50 watts and
points out that this does not present any particular electromagnetic emission
safety issues and the experience in other countries supports that.
And now to rigs.
The WIA seeks relaxation of the restriction on the use of commercially
manufactured transceivers for Foundation operators.
The objective here is to enable Foundation licensees to broaden their range of
learning experiences and for their conditions to more closely match those for
similar entry-level licences overseas, in particular, the UK.
Experimentation with the technology is at the heart of amateur radio, and has
been since it began, over 100 years ago.
The WIA submission goes into the main details and notes that no evidence has
emerged of compliance issues requiring regulatory action or management with
entry-level licensees in other countries.
Why should future Foundation operators be stuck with the basic legacy modes ?
The WIA advocates that permitted bandwidths be reviewed so as to reduce
limiting specifications, where practicable. This is in keeping with the
principle of enabling licensees to explore the use of more transmission modes.
So now we come to the sticky business of Foundation callsigns.
The four-character suffix of the Australian Foundation licence callsign format
is unique in the world for ordinary station callsigns.
Despite a decade's use, along with widespread promotion and education about
the callsign format, recognition of it is low among the worldwide radio amateur
In addition, a majority of the available range of computer-mediated digital
transmission modes cannot accommodate callsigns with a four-character suffix.
If our future Foundation licensees are permitted use of digital transmission
modes, the current callsigns would preclude using them.
In addressing future Amateur Licence conditions, the WIA wishes to reiterate
the desire to reduce the regulatory burden for both licensees and the ACMA,
and to establish amateur licensing so as to accommodate emerging innovation
in radiocommunications technologies and applications,
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
The WIA's submission on licence conditions can be downloaded from:
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Asteroid buzzes Earth, then flies by the Moon
On Sept. 7th, a newly discovered asteroid about the size of a large grey whale
flew over the south pole of Earth only 25,000 miles away.
For scale, that's only a few thousand miles above the orbits of typical
After the Earth flyby, the space rock turned and headed in the general direction
of the Moon, executing a wider flyby of 179,000 miles on Sept. 8th.
Where will this asteroid go next?
Maybe if we had a RADAR on the moon?
Well a MANNED radar on the Moon is in the early stages on consideration to
monitor Earth in more detail. China wants to build it by 2020, for scientific
research and defence monitoring that could also produce more powerful and
The South China Morning Post reports that scientists are now studying the
feasibility that would have a radar installation needing a lot of power.
Wonder if one of those stationed on the Moon will also be a radio amateur?
Rare DX indeed.
NAVAJO CODE TALKER DIES
The world suffered another big loss. Joe Hosteen Kellwood, a World War Two
Navajo Code Talker who received the Congressional Silver Medal
for his service with the Marine Corps, has died at the age of 95.
His death was announced in Phoenix, Arizona by Navajo Nation officials.
Responding to the news, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey remarked that more than
400 of the bilingual code talkers used the Navajo language to keep
communications secure from the Japanese following the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Kellwood, who served the 1st Marine Division, had trained at Navajo Code
Talker's School at Camp Elliott in San Diego, California.
Simulated emergency communication tests around the world
A trend among groups of radio amateurs involved in emergency communications is
the use of disaster scenarios to test equipment and learn lessons from what
went right during an exercise, and what could be improved.
Recently a number of such tests have occurred in the Philippines, North America,
Europe and elsewhere.
Every year emergency communication groups engage in GlobalSET, or a simulated
emergency test, with each IARU region having been involved since 2006. The
GlobalSETs have tested the capabilities through message handling, and in 2015
a preparedness or call-out exercise was held to measure the immediate, short
and medium term availability by radio amateurs should an emergency occur.
When authorities and responding agencies test disaster preparedness, many
groups involved benefit greatly from the training provided and by working
together. The latest, around October 8, will be a North America-wide exercise,
with emergency communications administered by the American Radio Relay League
(ARRL) and Radio Amateurs Canada (RAC). The aims are to find the strengths and
weaknesses of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the National Traffic
System (NTS) and other groups providing emergency communications.
Participating radio amateurs will gain experience using standard procedures and
a variety of transmission modes under simulated-emergency conditions. It will
also provide a public demonstration to served agencies such as Red Cross, and,
through the news media of the value to the public that Amateur Radio brings,
particularly in time of need.
Adding some external perspective is the involvement of some stations in Europe
who join in through the National Traffic System.
A number of agencies are working to develop emergency scenarios. Plans may be
for a simulated flood, serious fire, severe ice storm, a missing person, a
major transportation accident, broken gas line, or any other imaginable
Jim Linton VK3PC, IARU Region 3 Chairman, Disaster Communications Committee says
the International Amateur Radio Union will read the outcome of this and other
SETs, as it continues to advocate for the amateur service, and the role served
by having available volunteers, equipment, spectrum and training.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
Improving chocolate taste by electricity
Liquid chocolate, when subjected to an electric field, apparently changes shape
and adds to its flavour.
This means less viscosity and improvement to the taste with the cocoa solids in
it standing out.
The US National Academy of Sciences reports that two patents are now sought for
the new electric-field technology manufacturing process.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
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.
Oct 15-16 it's the New Yourk QSO Party with logs due Oct 31
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
All Africa DX Contest
The second year of the All Africa DX Contest is this weekend, 17 18th sept.
It promises to be a fun event!
For full rules, please visit:
In DX , we read in DXNEWS.com that Grant, VK5GR will be active from Kangaroo
Island, IOTA OC - 139, 10 - 16 October 2016 as VK5GR/P.
He will operate on 80 - 10m RTTY, PSK, MFSK, Feld Helschreiber, SSB, SSTV.
You can QSL via buro.
DX made easy.
Working DX via a "DX Net" is a great way to kick start your dx chasing.
Writing in a blog Paul VK5PAS tells about the 7.130 DX Net
"The 7.130 DX Net is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, commencing
at 0930 UTC.
The Net control duties are shared by Roy VK7ROY & Mal VK5MJ.
As far as is known, the 7.130 DX net is the only 40 meter Australian DX net.
Net control manages two lists.
After you 'check in' you have 'licence' to add yourself to the 'work DX' list.
Then you will be offered priority to make a DX call from the short list.
Net control will make several 'check in' calls during the net.
A number of North American stations regularly checkin to this Net, along with
stations from the Pacific, and often other DX.
Many Australian Foundation licence holders check into the net and get a great
opportunity to work DX with their QRP 5 watts.
And talking of NETS, one we have to check out is the VK Comedy Net.
This 40 meter net on 7.087 is at 2040UTC every day...
No further details but it was the NAME that got us !
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
Pratham student satellite, built by students at the Indian Institute of
Technology Bombay, is expected to launch on the Indian PSLV-C35 currently
planned for September 26
Pratham, a 300x300x300mm satellite with a mass of 10 kg, aims to measure
total electron count in a 800 km altitude Sun Synchronous Orbit.
35 WPM CW Beacon on 145.980 MHz
1200 bps FSK Beacon on 437.455 MHz (To be switched on over France and India
The RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launch date has been moved, and is now scheduled
for March 16, 2017.
RadFxSat will ride as one of the ELaNa XIV secondary payloads aboard the
NASA JPSS-1 launch on a ULA Delta II rocket.
The launch will be at Vandenberg AFB, California. It is one of only two
remaining Delta II planned to be launched.
The telemetry can be decoded and displayed with the AMSAT FoxTelem software.
AMSAT-NA plan 5 GHz to 10 GHz transponders on a satellite expected to launch
into a Lunar orbit in 2 years' time, Sept 2018
Heimdallr is a 3 axis stabilized 6U CubeSat with a mass of approximately 8 kg.
It will have a Cold Gas Thruster for inertia dump and a star tracker for
navigation. Deployable, gimbaled solar panels will produce up to 100 watts of DC
and electric propulsion will be used to achieve lunar orbit.
Proposing these downlinks:
Omni transponder: 10.451 GHz +/- 0.5 MHz
Directional transponder: 10.4575 GHz. +/- 3.5 MHz
Analog transponder: 10.4665 GHz. +/- 2.0 MHz
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.
Encouraging young people to consider space and communications
Thousands of young people have been inspired by being involved in the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station or ARISS program, putting
them in touch with astronauts.
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has produced a nine minute YouTube
video to celebrate the recent school contacts made by British Astronaut
Tim Peake GB1SS. The video captures the exhilaration of the launch into space,
competition by schools to host the ARISS contacts, and showcases the variety
of science, technology, engineering, maths and arts activities that helped
pupils to understand more about space and Amateur Radio.
The contacts themselves has often led to young people going on to get the
Foundation Licence, and consider their future in the STE(A)M generation.
The UK's Space Agency's Astronaut Flight Education Program Support Manager,
Susan Buckle, will speak at the RSGB Convention on October 8. In her
presentation will be the ten UK ARISS school contacts with astronaut
Tim Peake GB1SS.
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is to run a symposium in November
for those mainly already involved in STE(A)M-like activities to see what is
possible and can be achieved.
RSGB Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByEf1xlWZyE
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack firstname.lastname@example.org
Good morning, this is Jack VK3WWW WIA ARDF Coordinator with an update on what's
been happening with ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding)
In late August Ewen VK3OW and XYL Jenelle VK3FJTE headed off to Europe for a
short holiday before arriving in Albena Bulgaria to represent WIA at the
18th World ARDF Championships. This event was held from the 3rd through to the
9th of September 2016. And, including team managers plus team officials a
total of 462 competitors from 39 countries attended.
This event was hosted by the BFRA. (Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs) As
this is a World Championship Event, of course competition was very tough in all
Moving on, I am waiting on news regarding the location of the 2017 Region 3
ARDF Championships. Currently with no hosting society named it looks like the
2017 region 3 Championships may be cancelled.
For us in VK our next major interenational event will be the region 3
Championships but, we may have to wait until 2018 for the 19th World ARDF
Championships to be hosted by the KARL (Korean Amateur Radio League) in
For a more local International event WIA may be asked by the Region 3 ARDF
Committee to host the 2019 Region 3 Championships. So, if you are interested in
representing WIA you have a few years to practice your skills hi hi!
If you want any more information regarding ARDF head over to the Victorian ARDF
Group webpage www.ardf.org.au
Until next time good hunting
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
AMATEUR RADIO SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
A rumour seems to be spreading that community support by Australian
amateur radio operators is on the decline. To counter this rumour I
offer a few notes from my report to the WICEN NSW AGM on 10 September:
During the year ended 30 June 2016 WICEN NSW members contributed 816
hours to missing person searches. Amateur radio operators who are WICEN
members continue to provide communications support for searchers from
the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association and other agencies involved in
large scale multi agency operations.
Steven Heimann VK2BOS says "also, in the WICEN NSW books for that year over
5000 hours was categorised as "exercises" the majority of which is providing
communications support for community events."
All up 9425 total operational hours from approximately 170 members.
If you would like to give something back to your community check out the
link to your local state WICEN - www.wicen.org.au
SOCIAL SCENE 2016
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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