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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MARCH 26 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA ARDF Coordinator Jack Braham VK3WWW 'orders' Mongolian. -
WIA AGM and have you made your registration? -
WIA CONVENTION MC is Matthew Cook VK5ZM. -
WIA financial audit continues. -
WIA AMATEUR RADIO MAGAZINE and Barry Robinson VK3PV flicks thru the pages.-
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF MAR 26
The Central Coast thanks the visitors to its successful Wyong Field Day
last month. For those who couldn't make it, the team have been able to put up
the slides of some of the very interesting lectures that took place, on the
A link to the available lecture materials in PDF form is on the home page.
While there please don't forget to help the club plan next year's event by
giving your comments through the survey.
Always good to get feedback on how events panned out, and another who followed
through after WIA News made mention of its activity was the team at VI3FB75.
Flying Boat Museum visitors saw Amateur Radio in action when the Lake Boga
communications bunker had commemorative station VI 3 FB 75 on air last
Saturday, much to the delight of those at the RAAF No. 1 Flying Boat Repair
and Service Depot 75th anniversary.
Thomas VK3EO and Noel VK3FI were proud to be part of the anniversary at
Swan Hill, who with other radio amateurs made some 150 contacts.
Within a few days after the event the first QSL card had been received from
Geoff VK3TL for the commemorative QSL card designed for the anniversary.
When the VI 3 FB 75 operation had ended, those involved had an informal meal
at the Swan Hill Club to talk about the day and enjoy the company. Well done!
Oh and this WIA News Service still went out as per usual on VK3RMA. With
Noel VK3FI playing 'flying boats' Brad VK3BRB ably covered the home base.
(Jim Linton VK3PC - VK4BB)
STILL IN VK3
EMDRC HamFest, its on - on Sunday, doors open at 10am, and you still have
time to head down and grab a bargain, or just a sausage in bread and
catch up with your mates
(Andrew Scott - VK3BQ)
AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2017
The traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and
the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the
air for the 7th year.
This is not a contest.
It honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier wars.
The event idea came from a telephone conversation between VK4MIK and a former
World War II Coastwatcher in Papua New Guinea, Lionel Veale. He set up his
ATR4A HF radio and orientated the antenna from behind enemy lines. Lionel was
one of those brave Coastwatchers who sent back vital information.
The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group basically asks us to
consider changing modes on ANZAC Day nets, as an honour and Amateur Radio
salute to those who served or are serving.
The annual event involves ex-military sites and related museums.
It includes the Gnarly Net on 3600kc with CW from 1930Z and AM from 2030Z
and the Friendly Afternoon Net on 7120kc from 0600Z in Northern Queensland.
VK7 BBQ at Lilydale Falls.
As most Amateurs in the North of Tassie will be aware, it is traditional to
have a BBQ in early Autumn at Lilydale Falls.
This year it will be held on Friday the 31st of March.
All interested Amateurs, radio enthusiasts, their families and friends are
invited to attend.
In recent years this has become a non-club event with attendees coming from
all corners of the state and the occasional Main-lander. The event is timed
to start about 4.00PM and cooking generally gets underway by 5.00.
Please BYO everything including chairs etc., and bring some warm clothing as
it can cool off rather quickly as the sun sets.
Lilydale Falls Park is situated about 2 km north of the town on the Lilydale
main road " B 81 ".
Bring a few nibbles to share, a bottle of wine and enjoy the evening.
(Peter VK7PL via vk7news)
WIA BOARD TALK
Amateur Radio Direction Finding at a regional event
The Wireless Institute of Australia will be represented at the 11th IARU
Region 3 ARDF Championships.
WIA ARDF Coordinator Jack Braham VK3WWW has advised the Mongolian Radio
Sport Federation of the intent that a WIA team will compete.
A letter of intent is the first step for the week-long ARDF championship to
be held in Mongolia August 20-25, and will be later followed with names and
Have you made your registration for the WIA AGM?
The WIA Board meeting last Tuesday received a report on the level of
registrations received for the Annual General Meeting weekend at Hahndorf in
So far there were 93 for the Saturday morning AGM and members forum, followed
by 106 for the Technical Talks in the afternoon.
Other events kicking off with Friday event at Haus Caf with 127, on
Saturday the Partners Tours has 34, Birdwood Motor Museum 73, and the
Sunday BBQ attracts 122 registrations.
For what is on offer see the details on the WIA website that includes an
online book form AND check out the weekly reports being filed by VK5GR
The MC for the WIA Convention is Matthew Cook VK5ZM who now joins us.
" I'd like to invite you all to come to the convention after the AGM which
will be different from those in previous years. This year at the convention
there are two major events being run by the Amateur Clubs of South Australia.
The program has been devised and run with the theme "Radio is Magic".
It seems poignant in this day and age we as Amateurs showcase the cutting
edge developments and achievements within our hobby and bring this to the
This year there will also be a come and try day at a local oval in Hahndorf
on Sunday morning. This will follow on from the Saturday afternoon talks
with practical live demonstrations on the oval that visitors can come and
experience. Now this will be a full spectrum event, so for those interested
in UHF/SHF we have Microwave point to point demonstrations and a 10GHz EME
station, going lower back into VHF and UHF we have High Altitude Balloon
Experiments, ARDF and ATV, continuing down the bands back into HF we have
FreeDV, Digital HF, 40m two turns loops. Oh and to really mix it up we'll
have a number of people out in different parks and peaks wanting to make a
So there we have it folks, the activity program for the WIA AGM 2017 in
Hahndorf SA is an event not to be missed. We'd like to see you come and
experience the true Magic of Radio see you in Hahndorf on the 19th to the
21st of May, this is Matthew VK5ZM."
WIA financial audit continues
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) had closed its office in Bayswater
for a time last week to enable work to start on the 2016 financial audit.
With help mainly from staff and the book-keepers, the registered Company
Auditor Kidmans Partners gathered material they need for their independent
The WIA Board of Directors had decided last year to audit the financial
accounts, although an optional lower cost review process was permitted by
the Australian Security Investments Commission.
The audit process is a more time consuming thorough process that analyses
the financial accounts, income, banking, assets and liabilities.
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
What to do in this time of year? It should be autumn but the daylight
skips away earlier but the temperature stays much the same. The rains
are trying to dampen away the drought and brushing the ground with
The records are showing that the sun has cleared itself of blemishes
and the magic sun spot number has bottomed once again. What also
seems apparent is that QRP and digital operators are having lots of
fun with signals getting to where they are not expected under these
Not only is there a mood of expectancy about the bands but we can
celebrate Australia re-joining the experiments in space with three
CubeSats being launched this weekend. Although these are university
projects, it is an indication that leading edge experimentation is
still very much part of the Australian ethos.
And just to mark a milestone, voting for the whole WIA board is now
complete and we await the results being posted over the next couple
of weeks. With the Annual General Meeting being held on 20th May,
the new board takes over from there and hopefully they will be off to
a flying start. There are many issues which have to be continued and
others to be finished and to the people who have put their hands up
we must offer our sincere thanks. Voluntary positions that claim many
hours a week and largely out of sight and often out of mind are ones
that keep organisations running by dealing with the many nuts and
Let us move into the new WIA year with a spirit of optimism,
consideration and respect. I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....
how about you?
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, WIA Local News Service VK7, VK3PC and the WW
sources of the WIA.
Conference 2017 - June in Rotorua
The Rotorua Branch (33) of NZART Invites NZART Members and their partners
to join them for a weekend in Rotorua, said to be 'New Zealand Coolest
The venue for this year's conference is the Sudima Hotel in Rotorua City
Still with AGM and Conference notes, the 90th RSGB AGM will be held at the
Angel Hotel, Cardiff Saturday the 22nd of April at noon.
Details of those standing for elections, the accounts and the Minutes of
the 2016 AGM appear in their April RadCom.
Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many
Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by Provincial
governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time.
Radio Amateurs of Canada has prepared a list of links to current regulations
in all provinces that have established them.
Radio Amateurs of Canada representatives in regions often work to clarify
regulations where Amateurs may be caught up in them or when the regulations
are being created or modified. A Subcommittee has been formed to monitor the
legislation and work with government officials on a province by province basis
to look after the interests of Canadian Amateurs.
International Crystal Manufacturing, once one of the suppliers of crystals for
Collins Radio, will be closing its doors by the end of May.
The Oklahoma City company manufactured precision crystals, quartz crystals,
oscillators, filters and other products and had been in business since 1950.
In addition to being a Collins supplier, ICM also provided materials to
Radio Shack which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for a second time and
announced that many of its 5,900 employees and 1500 remaining stores would be
Neutrons on a plane
Researchers have long known that air travellers are exposed to cosmic rays on
board commercial aircraft. Indeed, pilots are classified as 'occupational
A few days ago, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus
took a pair of bubble chambers on board a flight from Sweden to the USA and
detected a significant number of neutrons in the passenger compartment.
This confirms that neutrons are an important form of aviation radiation.
Read more about in Spaceweather.com.
NVIS research paper available
A Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Research Paper available for download.
NVIS can be used for radio communication in a large area, around 200km
radius, without any intermediate human-made infrastructure. It is
therefore especially suited for disaster relief communication,
communication in developing regions and applications where independence of
local infrastructure is desired, such as military applications.
It uses frequencies between around 3 and 10MHz. Entitled Radio
communication via Near Vertical Incidence Skywave propagation: an
overview, it has been written by Rosa Ma Alsina-Pags and Ben A. Witvliet.
Ed Durant has been keeping we Aussies informed and abreast of SOTA or
SUMMITS ON THE AIR
Now from Portugal comes word that ALL radio amateurs are invited to
participate in Portugal's National SOTA Day, April 1st, an event that is
meant to both highlight and encourage participation on the Summits on The Air
The 'party-on-the-air' is also meant to celebrate SOTA - Portugal's sixth
year in activity, started precisely on this day, in 2011.
Diplomas (electronically sent) will be available to activators, chasers and
SWL registered on SOTAs Database and after the upload of their days logs.
No other rules apply other than the Summits on The Air own set of procedures.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
Amateur Radio magazine contents for April
On the Amateur Radio magazine cover is the antenna farm used by 'Contester
of the Month', Tim Duffy K 3 LR of Pennsylvania.
WIA President Phil VK 2 ASD comments that the next Board will guide the WIA
in interesting times. He also reflects on the changing nature of radio
amateurs, drawing on reports by Fred VK 3 DAC and Mark VK 3 OHM.
There has been consultation on digital modes and the HF bands - the latest is
in the T A C Notes.
Other articles include; the Automatic Identification System for shipping,
Kite lifted antennas, and a simple 40 metre receiver from available parts.
There's also a microcontroller Slow Scan TV generator, and a review of the
new Ron Bertram VK2DQ Radio Theory Handbook.
The Ross Hull Memorial Contest overall winner is Ted VK2ARA - see the full
Contests, DX news, SOTA & Parks, and regular columns are also in Amateur
Radio magazine - a monthly WIA membership service.
I'm Barry Robinson VK3PV and you are listening to VK1WIA.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
Jan 1 - Dec 31 The Victorian Local Government Award 2017 Challenge
WIA's John Moyle Memorial Field Day 18th-19th March 2017 ON NOW
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
Aug 19-20 ILLW the 3rd full weekend in August since 1998
Aug 26 ALARA Contest Start Time 1600 this is a 24 hour Contest for YL's
IARU High Speed Telegraphy world championships are 8th to 12th September.
October CQ WW DX / SSB CONTEST (always Octobers Last full weekend)
Running ALL year 'til Dec 31 Victorian Local Government Award 2017 Challenge
Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, has announced that on April 1st 2017, from 00:00 UTC
to 23:59 UTC, the next international ham radio RaDAR Challenge will take
place. This challenge is different to any other in the world.
RADAR is Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio Challenge.
Choose a 4 hour window in the 24 hours to make as many contacts as you can.
But what is different here and what you need to take into account, is you need
to MOVE your station after every 5 contacts for a particular distance
depending on how you move. This applies to RaDAR moving stations only.
You may want to take part as a fixed RaDAR station or field station.
Don't forget you need to think of hydration and food for energy, especially
for the "on foot" operators.
The 2017 South African Radio League's contest manual spells out the challenge
Thaire W2APF will be on Nevis Island in the Caribbean until 1st April.
He will be using the callsign V 47 JR and will be active on 80m to 6m
CW and SSB and QSLs go via the home call, W2APF.
Richard G3RWL will be reactivating his 8 P 6 DR callsign from Barbados
to 20th April. He will be on CW and RTTY on 80m to 10m.
Three members of the PA 6 B contest team will be QRV as ZA/PA 2 LS from
Albania until 29th March.
Jim ND 9 M is back at Diego Garcia in the Chagos Archipelago and is signing
VQ 96 JC. He is active on the HF bands using CW. He is hoping to get
permission to change his call to VQ917JC. QSLs go via the home call, nd9m.
In Uganda, Anton, ON 6 NL, is once again active as 5 X 8 C from Entebbe.
Listen for him on various HF bands.
QSL by the Bureau or LoTW
The Amateur Radio Section of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and the
Documentary Archive Radio Communications/QSL Collection will operate, for
72 hours only, a special event station with the callsign OE 17 M Friday,
April 21st thru to Sunday, April 23rd (00:00-24:00 UTC).
OE 17 M is an official "International Marconi Day" station.
Contacts made on Saturday, April 22nd, are valid for the IMD Award.
QSL info available at: http://www.qrz.com/db/oe17m
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)
Newsline's Paul Braun WD9GCO says to those hams who thought learning
Morse Code was hard - possibly even harder than a brick - meet artist
Jackie Ferrara whose works feature Morse Code numbers and letters that
actually ARE bricks.
The colourful objects, set into walkways and walls, spell out words in
Morse Code in at least two public spaces Jackie redesigned and
redefined: a walkway at the University of Rochester in upstate New York
and a memorial rooftop garden at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
In Rochester, her patterned walkways outside the Memorial Art Gallery
spell out the gallery's name and the name of the school in red and dark
brick dots and dashes. At Tufts University, Code was used to spell out
the name of a young man who killed himself in 2003 during his sophomore
year. The library rooftop garden is now dressed in planters, decorative
mosaic brick, a sundial - as well as the student's name spelled out in
It's not clear whether Jackie Ferrara has actually memorized - or can
even copy - Code, or has ever used a bug or even a straight key. But her
career has been long and it has also been successful, so clearly she's
getting her message across somehow, one brick at a time.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
ARISS Closer to Launching New Radio System
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team was
praised by NASA after a breadboard Multi-voltage Power Supply easily passed
its flight preparation tests.
Lou McFadin W5DID and Kerry Banke N6IZW went to the NASA Johnson Space Centre
in Houston, Texas in mid-February.
There, engineers and EMC lab personnel tested it, noting that the ARISS
breadboard power supply was the first hardware to have passed all tests.
ARISS can now purchase expensive space-certified parts for the power supply
final prototype for a new radio transceiver, and are confident when the final
and even more rigorous tests are done, it will pass with flying colours.
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.
Yasme Foundation supports YOTA
The RSGB is delighted to announce that the Yasme Foundation have become a
Super Supporter of the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park in August.
The Yasme Foundation makes supporting grants to individuals and
organisations providing or creating useful services for the amateur radio
community. Regardless of originality or novelty, Yasme supports these
programs in order to further the development of amateur radio around the
world. If you would like find out more about the YOTA 2017 event, go to
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Sam VK6KSA is National Jota Coordinator.
Boy Scouts Announce 2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme
Scouting's World Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI)
Team has announced the theme for this fall's JOTA-JOTI event:
"60 Years Connecting Scouts."
The 2017 theme recognizes the event's beginnings in 1957 and commemorates
its growth in participation and in the expanding communication channels activated this coming October. In addition to Amateur Radio, those channels include internet-based channels and other internet-based options, including social media, ScoutLink, IRC chat services, Skype, and more.
"It also recognizes the goal of the event -- connecting Scouts so that they
can engage in conversations with other Scouts across town and around the
world," said USA JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND. "This allows them to
discover geographic and cultural differences and similarities. Plus, they are
exposed to the technology that makes all this happen."
The JOTA-JOTI logo contest is about to start. Plans for 2017 include a
simplified registration system. According to the World JOTA-JOTI Report 2016,
more than 1 million Scouters in 156 countries and at 33,000+ locations took
part in JOTA-JOTI last.
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
Early March saw the Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society in South Africa and
Hamnet Eastern Cape in action again.
This time providing radio communications to the organizers of the Addo
Elephant Trail Run - an event that included a gruelling 160 km route through
the remote and most picturesque parts of the park. Runners had to deal with
everything from river crossings to steep inclines and windy mountaintops,
running through the night and the heat of the day. Luckily or maybe not? no
Radio amateurs provided communications between the Park Rangers, medics,
checkpoint personnel and the race organizers.
A network consisting of two full repeaters and a number of cross band radios
was set up to cover the harsh terrain. Radio amateurs and other volunteers
went into the reserve on Friday and camped until the finish on Sunday.
This led to a number of happy campers - literally!
Rewind, a look back on our history
Bletchley Park - upgraded
Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains
highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of
British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology.
It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which
had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.
Over the past twenty years Bletchley Park has become an internationally
renowned site, visited by people from around the world, which acknowledges
the successes from the War and the people responsible for them. It celebrates
their values: broad-minded patriotism; commitment; discipline; technological
excellence. By presenting and explaining these achievements and these values,
in the very place where they occurred, Bletchley Park brings together the
dramatic history of the twentieth century with the challenges we face in the
twenty first in our rapidly changing and technologically complex society.
Public interest in Bletchley Park has grown enormously over the past few years
and the number of visitors to Bletchley Park in 2016 was over 250,000.
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
March 26 VK3 EMDRC HamFest, Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont (VK3BQ)
its on - on Sunday, doors open at 10am, and you still have
time to head down and grab a bargain, or just a sausage in
bread and catch up with your mates
April 9 VK6 HARGfest The Lesmurdie Hall at 96 Gladys Rd (Martin Stretton)
Ap28-May1 VK4 Clairview Gathering between Rockhampton and Mackay (TARC)
May 13 VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest 10am at the
Southern Community Centre Mulgrave. (vk3gl)
Moorabbin and District Amateur Radio club is pleased to announce
the 2017 HamFest will be on Saturday 13th May, 2017 with doors
opening at 10am.
This year's event will be at the Southern Community Centre,
Rupert Drive, Mulgrave (Melways map ref 80 F4).
The Moorabbin Radio Club's annual HamFest is proud to be
Victoria's biggest with displays and sales of new and preloved
equipment. A must come must see event for anyone interested in
Radio Communications and Electronics.
Major door prizes, free tea and coffee, light refreshments and
a sausage sizzle will also be on offer.
Trader table bookings and general enquires can be made by
emailing Graeme Lewis email@example.com
or by phoning mobile 0418 171601.
A Must see, must come event!!
May 19 VK WIA AGM Hahndorf some 25km from Adelaide (vk5kc)
Jun 2-4 VK4 Theresa Creek Camp-out-day (CHARC) (tarc)
Theresa Creek Dam is located 22 km southwest of Clermont
in Central Queensland, with bitumen access all the way
to the boat ramp plus 2 boat ramps to choose from.
If you are able to get along for a great weekend, let Helen
VK4FHEL know by email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARC Facebook Page
June 10-11 VK5 SERG Annual Convention / VK Foxhunting Champs. (vk5dj)
July 1 VK3 GippsTech 2017 technical conference in Churchill. (wia events)
Sep 9-10 ALARAMEET 2017 Cairns. Listen for VI4ALARA from Jly (vk4swe vk3pc)
Nov 12 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am (vk5kc)
VK3 Rosebud's annual celebration of all things Amateur Radio (wia)
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