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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCT 2 2016.
IN OUR 21st YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA members will decide on organisation review or not. -
WIA'S Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee with
news concerning the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan. -
WIA's Oceania DX Contest Phone October 1 - 2. -
WIA and the October's Amateur Radio magazine has RD results!. -
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2016 AND FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 02
The 'worst storm in decades' blacks out VK5 so just incase, let's get
our news "up on site" quick smart! hihi.
The entire state of South Australia was plunged into darkness with a major
power outage and damage last Wednesday and Thursday.
Caught up was the WIA website hosted in Adelaide, to be put out of action
along with many others.
The storm was an intense low-pressure super-cell with gale-force winds, hail,
heavy rain and flooding. A check with WICEN South Australia was made and its
services were not involved.
Bad weather has also affected Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
This past week saw an unthinkable event occur in South Australia;
an extreme weather event, a damn big storm, caused the loss of
electricity to the whole State. There seems to have been no redundancy
in the system that was impacted and the lights went out all over VK5.
If you know a bit about Greek mythology, the name of, the blighted
prophet Cassandra will be familiar to you. In a way, I have sounded
a little like this lady of yore. In trying to awaken the amateur community
to the projected increase in extreme weather, it has seemed that no one
has been listening.
It was reassuring that in the early hours of the blackout, some amateurs
were reporting on social media and this meant that there was at least
partial internet available. Time will tell how the facilities that maintain
health, wellbeing, transport and personal security survived and were
restored to South Australia.
With life being so dependent upon energy supplies, and especially electricity,
it is essential to maintain access and to be able to quickly rectify problems.
In the interim, it is for those with backup facilities to assist their community.
This has been part of the amateur radio ethos.
As we learn from the experiences in VK5, it is time to learn the lessons that
this experience can give. It is time to check how our locale would survive
and not only survive but rise to the challenge of a major event. Could you
provide help, if it was needed?
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
VI1BLT50 was in the Australian Capital Territory
Tex Ihasz VK1TX who was in the Denvermen a rock group 1961-65 backing Digger
Revell and he put the commemorative station VI1BLT50 on air.
This station commemorated The Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 1966, and saw
108 ANZACS win against an enemy force estimated between 1,500 and 2,500.
Tex was honoured to be able to play a role in the anniversary, and had a
special personal memory of that era.
The Battle of Long commemorative station was one of four arranged by the
Wireless Institute of Australia and it had a total of 511 QSOs, worked 52
countries, spanning six continents.
The log submitted concluded with the words: Let We Forget.
(|Jim Linton VK3PC)
The WIA members to decide on organisation review
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has flagged a general meeting of its
members to decide whether a review of the organisation is needed.
On Friday evening, 23 September, at a WIA Board meeting, two directors proposed
a motion calling for a financial audit and review of operations of the
Institute by a registered auditor for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. That
proposed motion was amended during the meeting to require at least two fixed
quotations that would identify the significant costs involved and that the
motion be put to members.
The amended motion was passed unanimously, and a general meeting of members
will be called to vote on whether the proposed review and audit should proceed.
The formal notice of meeting will be issued shortly.
The Albury Wodonga amateur radio club October meeting Is shaping up to be
a great one with a show and tell night.
All the members have been invited to bring along items they have built ,
found dug out out of the shack show them to us and explain what they are.
It will be a terrific night so why not pop along on Tuesday the 4th of October
at 730pm At the 1st Lavington scout hall in Mutsch st Lavington
(frank vk2bfc for the Albury Wodonga amateur radio club text news)
Repeater site works for north-central Victoria
The Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club Communications Day HamFest held
recently had Amateur Radio Victoria represented by its Secretary Ross Pittard
VK3CE He took the opportunity to speak with radio amateurs from around the
area that attended the successful event.
As part of the repeater upgrade program that ARV is arranging, in conjunction
with Southern Cross Austereo, is the replacement of the Mt Wombat VK3RGV
repeater tower and building upgrade.
ARV is supplying new racks for the hut and new radios for the two principal
repeaters on 2 metres and 70 centimetres. Ross VK3CE at the event presented
the replacement 2 metre repeater, a Tait 50 watt base station, to the Club
Secretary Andy Ashley VK3AJA. The Shepparton club will now integrate a
controller to the repeater and then as part of the upgrade replace the existing
30 year old base station.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee with
news concerning the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan.
On the 22nd of September, the Australian Communications and Media Authority
(ACMA) opened consultation on its proposed update of the Australian
Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan.
Announced on its website, without fanfare, the Authority has issued a
discussion paper and related documents, referring directly to the changes it
proposes, and invites submissions before 24 October 2016.
The Spectrum Plan includes a table of frequency allocations from 8.3 kilohertz
through to 420 terahertz that divides-up the spectrum to show the general
purpose of each band, to which services they are allocated, and associated
footnotes relevant to particular allocations.
It was last reviewed in 2013.
When updated, the Spectrum Plan will reflect Australia's treaty obligations
following the International Telecommunications Union's World
Radiocommunications Conference in late 2015.
The updated Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan is expected to begin on the
1st of January 2017.
The ACMA acknowledges that Australia was a signatory to the decisions of the
2015 ITU conference. While it was working with affected stakeholders in
Australia, the ACMA advises that all foreshadowed changes may not occur by the
end of 2016.
Also expected to be reflected in the remake of the Spectrum Plan is the Federal
Government's proposed new radiocommunications legislation that removes the
current prescriptive licensing and allocation processes to replace them with a
simpler, more flexible licensing system.
Once the Spectrum Plan is amended, subordinate legislation, such as licence
conditions, will also be amended subsequently, as necessary.
As the peak representative body for the Australian radio amateur community, the
WIA is preparing a submission.
Any individual or group with an interest in radiofrequency spectrum allocations
and use can make a submission to the ACMA. That mean individual amateurs who
may be so inclined can send in their own submissions.
If you do make your own submission on the Spectrum Plan, the WIA would
appreciate getting a copy from you. You can email it to our National Office
address, or send hard copy to the WIA at PO Box 2042, Bayswater, Victoria 3153.
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
The ACMA's announcement on its website, here:
Former RSGB President SK
Sad news to begin this week's broadcast. Former RSGB President Terry
Barnes, GI3USS has recently become a Silent Key.
Terry served as RSGB President in 1992. He was the first GI callsign to
hold the position for around 25 years. Terry had been a volunteer for the
Society for some years before his election to President, and put this
experience to good use during his term of office. He was also the
President of the Radio Amateur Old Timers' Association (RAOTA) from 1994
Our thoughts are with his family and many friends around the world.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS CONTINUES With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
World largest telescope switched on
The FAST (Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope) is now live with a
lot of pomp and ceremony shown by the Chinese Government.
Located in a quiet forest at Guizhou province in that country's southwest it
has begun looking for signals from distant stars and galaxies.
This is the latest venture in China's space exploration. The new radio
telescope with a 500m-diameter, is now ahead of the Arecibo Observatory in
Puerto Rico. Nicknamed Tianyan, or the Eye of Heaven, it has double the
sensitivity of its rival and five to 10 times the surveying speed.
The telescope cost about $230 million, took five years to build, and had input
from Australia's top scientific body the CSIRO.
From measuring outa - space with the biggest.. to using your HAND
YES Measuring Sky Angles With Your Hand
Have you ever worked portable and wondered just how close you were
holding your antenna in reference to the necessary altitude and azimuth
to be on target with your satellite?
You can use your hands to measure degrees of the sky.
There is a method common in astronomy for measuring sky angles. Here's how
they describe it on One Minute Astronomer:
"Your hands and fingers are a remarkably accurate (and convenient) measuring
tool. When you hold your hand at arm's length, you can estimate angles like
Stretch your thumb and little finger as far from each other as you
can. The span from tip to tip is about 25 degrees
Do the same with your index finger and little finger.
The span is 15 degrees
Clench your fist at arm's length, and hold it with the back of your hand
facing you. The width is 10 degrees
Hold your three middle fingers together; they span about 5 degrees
The width of your little finger at arm's length is 1 degree."
The Geomagnetic Blitz of September 1941
Seventy-five years and 2 weeks ago, on 18-19 September 1941, the Earth
experienced a great magnetic storm, one of the most intense ever recorded.
It arrived at a poignant moment in history, when radio and electrical
technology was emerging as a central part of daily life and when much of the
world was embroiled in World War II
The illuminated night sky exposed an Allied convoy to German attack.
Auroras danced across the night sky as voltage surged in power grid lines.
A radio blackout interrupted fans enjoyment of a baseball game in the USA,
while another radio program was interrupted by private phone conversations.
Citizens, already on edge, wondered if neon lights were some sort of
antiaircraft signal. And far away in the North Atlantic, the illuminated night
sky exposed an Allied convoy to German attack.
These effects raised awareness within the scientific community and among the
public of the societal significance of the effects that the Sun and outer space
can have on the Earthwhat we now call space weather.
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2016
Oct 1 - 2 WIA's Oceania DX Contest Phone
Oct 6 SARL 80 m QSO Party 1700 to 2030 UTC
Octob 8 Radio Amateurs Old Timers QSO Party
Octob 8 -9 WIA Oceania DX Contest CW
October 15-16 it's the New York QSO Party with logs due Oct 31
October 29-30 CQ WW DX / SSB CONTEST (always Oct Last full weekend)
November 11-14 The Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award Activation
November 26-27 WIA VHF/UHF Spring Field Day
Nov 26-27 CQ WW DX / CW Contest Always the last full weekend in November)
Dec 1 - 31 Annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA)
January it's the WIA's Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest
Jan 1 AMSAT CW Activity Day 24 hours. All forms of CW are welcome.
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
May 13-15 Mills On The Air
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
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.
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 on the Isle of Man
A German group is active as MD/homecall from the Isle of Man
(EU-116) until October 4 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.
VP 6 AH
Active from Pitcairn Island is VP6AH until 25th November.
SSB and Digital. QSL to the home call which is DL 2 AH
Lions Clubs International Belgian Amateur Radio operators are QRV as OR 100 LCI
until March 2017 to mark its 100th anniversary.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via ON 8 ZL.
Marconi Award given for duplexing
A solution to duplexing, sending and receiving at the same time on one
frequency, has been given this year's 'Marconi Society Paul Bran Young Scholar'
A 28-year old electrical engineer Dinesh Bharadia, a Massachusetts Institute of
Technology scientist, has come up with full duplex radio he calls
self-interference cancellation technology.
The award named after Guglielmo Marconi, will be presented at the Computer
History Museum California in November.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
On the front cover of October's Amateur Radio magazine are school students
which lead to an inside story on School Amateur Radio Club activity during
National Science Week. Also on that theme is the Festival of Bright Ideas
event in Hobart by Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW.
The Murray-Sunset National Park in far north-west Victoria was visited by
radio amateurs primarily to install solar lighting - among them was
John Williams VK2AWJ.
An interesting article 'Digital Transmission Done Properly' from Stephen
Ireland VK3VM, is well worth reading - along with the history of why we use
50 Ohm coax, by Gary Gibson VK8BN.
The Geelong Amateur Radio Club covers the VI 100 ANZAC Western Front
commemoration, while the IARU Liaison Report discusses the Region 3 Directors
meeting, the Michael J Owen plaque presentation, and the RF noise floor
Among other articles are the Men's Shed Lightning Ridge Radio Club in New South
Wales, and International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
In the President's Comment is a report on what occurred at the WIA Board
meeting on August 16, and the No Confidence motion proposed by two Directors.
Phil Wait VK2ASD allowed the motion to be heard, although it cannot be used in
corporation law to dismiss a Board of Directors. Included in the President's
Comment is case law showing that such a motion is not valid, and how it was not
accepted by the meeting.
Also on the WIA administration theme are two contributions to the Over To You
section - one from a person new to Amateur Radio, and the other by the
Contester of the Month. Enzo Reyes VK3FRAD talks about the state of the WIA,
while Martin Luther VK7GN gives sage advice as a former Director that the WIA
is not a big corporation, he opposes expensive training, and finds the WIA does
a good job as a small voluntary organisation.
There are also DX awards and news, Contests, SOTA & Parks activity, VHF / UHF
activity, the WIA Remembrance Day Contest results, and other columns galore.
Amateur Radio magazine, the monthly WIA journal, should be available soon.
I'm Barry Robinson VK3PV and you're listening to VK1WIA.
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)
GB 16 IYL will be on the air from 3rd to 10th October for the BYLARA
International YL Convention taking place in Milton Keynes.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Award for Dave Deane EI9FBB
Congratulations to Dave Deane EI9FBB who was recently presented with the
prestigious Clipperton award of Distinction.
This was awarded for exceptional services to the hobby after organising 3 Brand
New IOTA activations along with several other rarer IOTA groups. The award was
presented during Clipperton's 38th convention in Brest, Brittany last weekend
where Dave was also one of the guest speakers.
He was nominated for this award after giving a remarkable IOTA presentation
during the Ham Radio fair in Friedrichshafen earlier this year.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW . This week the Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia offers you two events, the October bulletin tomorrow and an
On Air Party on Saturday. Everyone is cordially invited to both.
Tomorrow's bulletin includes two historical items; A loft Antenna and another
entitled Deliberate Interference. A third short item outlines how barcodes work.
As usual, the main transmission from Melbourne on 14.150 MHz starts at 0100 UTC.
An hour later at 0200 UTC the program will be repeated on 40 metres from Perth
on 7088 kHz, with a simultaneous transmission via all linked NewsWest
repeaters. Local HF and VHF transmissions also take place, details as per the
Next Saturday, October 8th, the RAOTC invites everyone to join in our annual
on-air QSO Party. This is not a contest, just a two-hour on-air meeting of
RAOTC members and fellow radio amateurs to which everyone is invited with the
aim to make as many contacts as possible. If the rig you use is over 25 years
old you get an extra 25 points to boost your score.
There are two sessions.
The first is on 40 metres from 05 to 06 UTC and the second
20 metres from 06 to 07 UTC.
Full details on times, calling frequencies, scoring and logging details can be
found at our website www.raotc.org.au
Recapping, the October bulletin is tomorrow, the QSO Party is next Saturday.
Everyone is very welcome.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
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.
From Thursday 1 December to Saturday 31 December 2016, the annual
Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event takes place and YOTA stations will attempt
to make many contacts worldwide with each other. This is an excellent
opportunity to get young amateurs in their teens and early 20s to talk with
their counterparts on the air.
Remember that this is not a formal contest, but a way to get youngsters on the
air and to let them realize that there are hundreds of other youngsters around
the world that feel just the same as they do about the hobby. The main aim is to
get our youngsters on the air and for them to make contact with youngsters all
over the world. This is an excellent opportunity for clubs to run a
demonstration at a local school or church or to gather together with our
amateur friends at the club and display this great hobby to our youth!
Over in South Africa, their society, SARL, will once again register as a
Region 1 Member Society participant and obtain the special call sign ZS 9 YOTA
that will be registered as an educational call sign for use by clubs and
individuals during December.
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
We would , with JOTA bearing down on us, remind you to check the official
frequencies for use in this year's JOTA on the JOTA web or in this weeks
text edition of the news you can trust.. VK1WIA National News.
Now for the Future !
Scout and Guide Groups are now contacting their regular Radio Amateur Operator
to line up sites and personnel to participate in this year's world-wide event,
the largest event on the Scout, Guide and Amateur Radio Calendar.
Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet is happening
on the weekend of 15th and 16th October.
Already known in VK4, North Queensland -
Kerry VK4TUB, Lyndall VK4ZM, Gavin VK4ZZ with Kirwan Scouts at Kirwan Scout Den
on Sunday 16th from 9am to 3pm
PLUS Snow VK4ME has his radio shack ready for any visitation groups.
NOW TO THE FINAL FINAL
A timely and generous donation
Down VK7 way they seemed to be having difficulties with the CB Repeater LNC-2,
which is operated by NTARC Inc. from the Mt Arthur repeater site, including
the very strong possibility that it might need soon to be replaced to restore
reliability. This threatened to bring forward replacement action which would
have been necessary within the next year or so anyway, with the ACMA mandating
the use of only narrowband transmitters on the CB Repeater Service from that
As NTARC were gearing up to face that expenditure came news that Shane VK7ABB
had donated an RP3800 UHF repeater and a spare replacement PA stage, to ensure
ongoing reliability. That will provide them with a relatively immediate fix
to the CB repeater issue.
Well done Shane -- one of the 'Good Guys.'
Rewind, a look back on our history
How the phonetic alphabet emerged
It was 60 years ago that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
finalised the phonetic alphabet - sometimes also called the NATO or North
Atlantic Treaty Organisation alphabet.
Why do we have one?
It seems that sound-a-like letters such as M and N, D and B and others, can be
confusing. The idea of a phonetic alphabet is not new, and earlier versions had
For a time the Able, Baker alphabet, derived from WWII when the US air force
entered the war, hung around in aviation for years afterwards. However civil
aviation begun to suffer confusion in South America where English words were
not fully recognised. This is when NATO also had another problem, with
different phonetics used by each of the army, navy and air force.
NATO had joint service exercises and different phonetics made it harder to
communicate between the services. As an agency of the United Nations, everyone
swung behind ICAO to create a standardised alphabet.
Its aim was to use English words common to all languages and pronounced easily.
Professor Jean-Paul Vinay, of linguistics expert at the University of Montreal,
was given the job which he finished in 1951.
It then faced resistance from some pilots who reverted to use the old phonetics.
However, after further work involving five minor changes and testing by ICAO
member countries, the final phonetic alphabetic we use today began in 1956.
This is Victor Kilo Won-un Whiskey India Alpha
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2016
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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