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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 16 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA suggest AX prefix for ANZAC Day deserves a special QSL card. -
WIA Deed with the ACMA. -
WIA AGM & Convention will have a section on DATV by David VK5DMC.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF APR 16
RESTORING RADIO AUSTRALIA'S SHORTWAVE
Radio Australia's shortwave service may have gone off air in January but
shortwave radio proponents say it's not dead yet.
In fact SWLing.com say based in the sleepy little town of Innisfail in
North Queensland a NEW SHORTWAVE SERVICE IS BEING DEVELOPED:
In May 2017 Radio 4KZ Innisfail is said to commence transmission on 5055 kHz
between 4pm and about 9am seven days a week running 1.5kw into an inverted V
antenna and will be a full simulcast of commercial outlet 4KZ AM/FM
It expected that the service will provide satisfactory coverage to
remote areas of the Cape where there are no AM or FM services available.
Al Kirton General manager NQ Radio, known as VK4FFKZ on the Ham Bands is the
'genius' behind this plan to bring Radio again to the North of Australia.
VLUE OF SPECTRUM
criticalcomms.com.au are reporting that TPG has paid an astonishing
$1.26 billion for 2 x 10 MHz slices of 700 MHz spectrum in the ACMAs
final auction of the band.
In an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange, TPG said it will use
the spectrum to build a mobile network in Australia with 80% population
All up, the network will cost approximately $1.9 billion, comprising the
$1.26 billion paid for the spectrum plus $600 million for network rollout
capital expenditure over a three-year period.
Tuning in the sky with the Square Kilometre Array'.
Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites the public to 'Tuning in
the sky with the Square Kilometre Array', a presentation by Mike Lyons, VK3XFX.
While we have been hearing about the Square Kilometre Array for over a decade
now, it still remains a daunting technical challenge to build and operate a
radio telescope of such scale. The SKA is head quartered at the famous
Jodrell Bank radio observatory in the UK, and the actual receivers will be
constructed in remote regions of Western Australia and Karoo in South Africa.
This truly international effort will produce unprecedented views of the sky
and probe the very beginnings of our Universe.
While the planned size is enormous, the actual components are surprisingly
simple. This talk will explore the inner workings of one of the SKA
demonstrator telescopes, how its simple construction produces a vast amount
of data, and how this will yield possible discoveries that we haven't yet
The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday April 21st at the BAREC club room,
20 Longlea Lane, Longlea. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available.
For more information, contact Ian Gillard, VK3ZZG on 0417 015 735.
WIA BOARD TALK
AX prefix for ANZAC Day
The ACMA automatically allows all radio amateurs to substitute their normal
VK callsign prefix with the letters AX, on ANZAC Day, April 25.
The AX prefix is popular among prefix hunters and others, with the use of a
special QSL card encouraged by the Wireless Institute of Australia.
Also the WIA office at Bayswater will be closed Tuesday April 25 for the
The WIA Deed with the ACMA
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in January 2009
delegated to the WIA certain statutory functions under the Radiocommunications
The delegations were to issue amateur certificates of proficiency, provide
amateur examinations, and the management of callsigns.
The WIA has extensive reporting obligations and must charge for the delegated
services under the Commonwealth's cost recovery guidelines.
The initial term of the "Deed" was five years with an option for a further five
years, that was exercised in 2014.
The WIA Directors have indicated to the ACMA their willingness to renew the
Deed, which expires in 2019, under similar commercial terms.
This is Grant VK5GR, with some more news about the WIA AGM & Convention coming
up in Hahndorf, South Australia on the 19th to the 21st of May.
There is going to be lots to see and do at this year's convention! Based on the
theme of advancing amateur radio, the radio clubs of South Australia have
brought together a program showcasing the magic of Radio, and in the case of
today's guest, Television as well!
"Hello, my name is David VK5DMC, and I am here today to talk to you about
Digital Amateur Television. Here in Port Pirie, we have had digital amateur
television for about 3 or 4 years. A lot of people have contributed to the
project. In the first instance when we kicked off with the project I asked the
question "would anybody be interested in digital ATV."
Some of the responses were "What would you do that for" while others were
"yeah sure be happy to help" and happy to help a lot of people were"
David, through his presentation will then explain the work that went into
creating the VK5RDC ATV repeater through the TRAX FM Radio and Electronics club
in the district, as well as talk about what do you need to do yourselves to get
involved in this fascinating aspect of the hobby!
In other news, the VK5WOW special event call sign has already been on air,
creating quite a stir on 80 and 160m thanks to Steve VK5SFA who has been
operating his loop antenna using the call sign. Shortly, other activations
will take place in various VK5 conservation parks thanks to Paul VK5PAS and
others, while yours truly, Grant VK5GR, has been running the call sign of an
evening on various digital modes across the HF spectrum. Activity with the call
will continue to build as the event draws closer, culminating in an attempted
10GHz EME contact as VI5WOW portable from Hahndorf Oval as part of the come and
try amateur radio event on Sunday May 22nd.
This Sunday event is open to everyone and will run officially from 1-5pm.
Currently up to 9 different amateur radio activities are planned to be on
display with either demonstrations or live activations! Everything from 122GHz
to 1.8MHz will have someone there representing it, and activities on display
will cover even more than the talks planned for the Saturday showcase. So book
the 22nd of May in your diary, particularly if you are a VK5 local, and make
your way up to the Hahndorf Football Club oval on the Echunga road just south
Full program details will be released shortly complete with activity times and
73 this week from Grant, VK5GR for the WIA AGM & Convention Weekend VK5
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
Recently I spoke about the noise that can upset understanding of
the message that we are communicating, when the receiver gets
part of the message or it is distorted because of the noise which
accompanies the transmission. As radio amateurs, we can
appreciate the analogy which is used in explaining person to
person communication in the classroom.
Of course there are many other reasons that clear communication
fails in getting the message across. One that you may have heard
of is called "confirmation bias". We all have the tendency to identify
with some-one whose generally perceived view of the world is the
same as our own. That's part of human nature and it is used in
building a sense of belonging or a sense of common purpose.
However, when information has to be analysed and put to good
use, it is this very way of thinking that has to be put aside. We have
to try and be the rational, honest person that we want to believe
others should be. Here is the rub that unconsciously we can believe
that what we are told is the right thing just because it agrees with
our own personal opinion. There are times in life that we have to
try and become the honest and rational person in making the right
choice for our self, our family or a body we belong to.
Confirmation bias can stifle the growth of a club or organisation by
attracting a group or a clique that become dominant and cut the
other members out of the action. It is something that we have to
guard against to do the best for everyone. It can be lonely sticking
to your guns by yourself but doing it for the right reason is what
we call integrity.
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.
World Amateur Radio Day
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration
of World Amateur Radio Day.
It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union or IARU
was formed in Paris by pioneers to support Amateur Radio worldwide.
Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference,
Amateur Radio gained the harmonically related allocations of the
160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, and 10m bands.
Today there is well over 3-million radio amateurs worldwide.
"Hello, This is Jason VK3FNQS. Next Tuesday, April 18 is World Amateur Radio Day
and to celebrate this day the World Conference Server on EchoLink which is
also connected to IRLP Reflector node 9251 is hosting a 10 hour long net
comprising 5 different Net Controllers which they each do a 2 hour stint.
Due to Time Zones here in Australia, This start of the 10 hour long net is
16:00 UTC or 2am AEST Wednesday morning and finish at Midday AEST. They are
encouraging Amateurs from around the world to check-in at any node as they had
300 plus check-ins and want to grow that number from last year.
So if you are in Range of IRLP node or Echo link Node Next Wednesday Morning,
Dial in node 9251 on IRLP or Connect to the World Conference Server EchoLink
Node 479886 on and enjoy the 10 hour long net to celebrate World Amateur Radio
This is VK3FNQS for WIA News."
April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the
world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide
and the fun we have.
Speaking of the IARU, the IARU are keeping a watchful eye on what looks like
a looming spectrum crisis.
Pressure on the spectrum is mounting with the Internet of Things set to be
greatly expanded giving regulators a worry how to manage the national resource.
Already most Wi-Fi use is the band at 2.4 GHz with 5 GHz being opened up for the
Australian invention that is growing in application.
Consumer goods increasingly fitted with Wi-Fi internet connectivity that gives
additional and remote functions, but the game is to reduce inference while
coping with spectrum capacity demands.
Most people now expect to get reliable free Wi-Fi in their accommodation, from
retailers and in some public areas. A major concern is that there should not be
interference from any new service in adjacent spectrum. This is a pointed
reference to a company that wants to use the 2.4 GHz spectrum for a satellite
downlink, with fears that it could block out Wi-Fi.
In the 5 GHz band the pressure is on too and could also threaten Wi-Fi.
In Europe it has had some use for automatic vehicle communications, tolling and
The IARU is closely watching developments to avoid interference with the
amateur service and amateur satellite service.
A foot in the door!
Ofcom, the UK regulator, has published a consultation setting out plans for
permitting the licence-exempt use of certain types of mobile phone repeaters,
intended for in-home and in-vehicle use
Their use by consumers is currently unlawful, as the type of wideband repeater
that we come across today can cause interference or other adverse effects to
mobile services for other nearby customers.
The effect of OFCOMs proposals would be that repeaters which meet requirements
would be available for consumers to buy and install lawfully themselves. This
relates specifically to static repeaters, intended for in-home use; and
'low gain' repeaters, intended for use in cars.
GERMAN MESSAGE FROM ENIGMA MACHINE DECODED APRIL 2017
40m Enigma Message decrypted at Bletchley Park
On Friday, April 7 the amateur radio station DL HNF transmitted an Enigma
encrypted message on 7036 kHz to Bletchley Park in the UK.
DL HNF is the club station at the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Germany.
The encrypted telegraphy message they transmitted was received at the
home of the World War Two UK Codebreakers in Bletchley Park. There the
message was fed into a replica of the Turing Bombe which enabled the
encryption to be cracked.
The message read: "Paderborn greets the Codebreakers at Bletchley Park"
Read the report and pictures of the event down the page at
The recipients of the 2016 ARRL International Humanitarian Award Richard
Darling, AH 7 G, and Barbara Darling, NH 7 FY have been honoured in Hawaii.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim designated the month of April as "Roger and
Barbara Darling Month" and personally presented a certificate to the couple
at a recent gathering in Hilo.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige also sent each a Special Recognition certificate,
congratulating the Darlings on their hard work and service.
The International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio's unique role
in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly provide
to people in need.
In January, the ARRL Board of Directors cited the Darlings' work on behalf of
past International Humanitarian Award winner John Bush, KH6DLK/V63JB, and their
"significant material support" to his efforts of assistance to the
Federated States of Micronesia.
Same-Band "Duelling CQs" Now Prohibited in All ARRL Contests
ARRL has clarified its rules for all contests to clearly prohibit the practice
of interleaved CQs -- also known as "duelling CQs" -- on two or more frequencies
in the same band. The clarification is an extension of existing rules that
permit only "one transmitted signal," and it formalizes what had been a
"ARRL reviewed it, concurred that this is technically occupying two channels,
and in consultation with several members of the Board of Directors -- who had
been contacted by concerned parties -- and the Programs and Services Committee,
it was concluded we needed to 'clarify' our existing rules," ARRL Contest Branch
Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said.
The issue arose when a multioperator team successfully employed in-band
interleaved CQs in the last ARRL International DX SSB event, substantially
boosting their score.
We'll have more contest news in just a moment here on VK1WIA National News
with Felix, VK4FUQ.
ARRL say Radio Amateurs Supported Colombia Landslide Disaster Relief and
the disastrous landslide in Colombia left more than 260 dead and devastated
the town of Mocoa. Many others were injured or are missing, and search crews
are still trying to find survivors in the rubble.
An emergency Amateur Radio network was activated on 40 meters,
7.093-7.095 MHz, to support the relief and recovery effort.
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 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
VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party takes place August 6th 2017 9:00 am till 11:30 am.
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
TED POWELL MEMORIAL DX CHALLENGE
The first 3 month period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for 2017
has now closed and entries are open until 14 April.
The objective of the challenge is to work the most wanted DXCC entities
based on their ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list, which is published
on the contest website. All Australian amateurs are eligible to enter and
entering is easy. You don't need to be a serious DXer. If you've worked
any DX during January - March, head over to vk2au.org and submit an entry.
The website is tidy and easy to understand.
Scroll down to the "Entry Submission" section where you will find a number
of simple ways to submit your entry.
This is a fun and relaxed challenge where you work DX in your own time over
a 3 month period. It's easy, and submitting an entry only takes a few minutes.
This is a relatively new contest, run by the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club,
and they'd love to get an entry from you.
The website again... vk2au.org
(Peter VK2PR - Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club)
New call handles VK1WIA National News.
In South Australia, National News Bens relay station on 10 meters (VK5BB) went
under the call sign of VK 5 WOW as part of the promotion towards the WIA AGM
All those who reported in on the call back, have been recorded and a log
has been submitted to email@example.com
On 40 meters Trevor Quick VK5ATQ also used VK5WOW also for their callbacks.
160 Meters saw VK5WOW operated by Steve Adler VK5SFA
VK5WOW.. putting the WOW back into Amateur Radio along with the Sister call
VI5WOW is an initiative of the VK5 organising committee of the 2017 WIA AGM
As Grant VK5GR told us a few weeks back special event callsigns will be active
in the lead up to the Convention weekend. VK5WOW will be heard on various bands,
channels and modes starting from the 1st of April through to the 12th of May.
Then, from the 12th of May through until the end of the AGM, the special
callsign VI 5 WOW will be on air.
April 22nd is Marconi Day
Dozens of official award stations have registered to take part in the 2017
International Marconi Day event, this year being held on 22nd April.
All contacts counting toward the Marconi Award must be made on HF with
registered stations, but other participating stations do not need to be
registered to claim awards.
The event is not a contest, but an opportunity for amateurs around the
world to make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites, using HF
communication techniques descended from those used by Marconi, and to earn
an attractive award certificate for working or hearing a number of Marconi
stations. All you need is a log extract - you don't need QSL cards.
The Kerry Amateur Radio Group based in County Kerry Ireland will participate
as an Award Station in this year's International Marconi Day event 22nd April
set up on the site of the former Marconi Station at Ballybunnion.
Two HF SSB stations are planned for this year on the site as well as a HF data
The special event callsign EI 6 YXQ will be used to commemorate the original
callsign of YXQ used by the Marconi Station in Ballybunnion which made world
history by achieving the first transatlantic voice radio transmission in
1919 to the Marconi Station located in Newfoundland in the East to West
This is the 30th year the International Marconi Day event will mark the
birth of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi.
A couple of other 'IMD' stations include GB 4 IMD from Cornwall run by the
Cornish Amateur Radio Club which also organises the IMD event and one by the
Hornsby And Districts Amateur Radio Club VK 2 IMD to mark the Wahroonga site
that received the first message from England to Australia in 1918.
VI 100 TRF
Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR) in Australia have hit the HF bands for
3 months from 26 February to May 26, with the special event callsign VI 100 TRF.
This to highlight the Rotary Foundation's work over the past 100 years.
VI4ALARA July 1 to September 30 to gain recognition for the ALARAMeet in
Cairns, VK4 from September 8 to 12
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
On board Columbus, the HamVideo transmitter is fully operational and provides
permanent DATV signals, allowing ground stations to fine tune their receiving
equipment. When possible, ARISS school contacts are enhanced by crew operated
Jean-Pierre Courjaud F6DZP developed an up-to-date receiver and wrote special
software for HamTV. He dubbed the receiver TuTiouner and the software Tutioune
(phonetic French transcript for "You tune").
Components for the TuTioune receiver are for sale at the BATC shop
(British Amateur Television Club). The software is available for free on
Full details, including schematics, are provided on the HamTV home page:
Here in Australia ground stations now exist with VK4KHZ Queensland,
VK5ZAI South Australia and VK6MJ Western Australia - that are also
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station telebridge stations.
Full details, including schematics, are provided on the HamTV home page:
(Gaston Bertels - on4wf + Jim VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
New PSK31 software for blind amateurs
A free, new Windows programme called Accessible Digipan has been released
which allows blind hams to operate PSK31.
The download includes the application, audio tutorials, detailed written
guides, and additional helpful resources, plus DigiPan PSK31 and PSK63
software. ARRL member Richard, KK6MRH, and Jim, WA0PSS, both blind,
developed the programme, which app will work with many different kinds of
rigs, interfaces, and Windows versions.
Full details are at http://accessibledigipan.org/ which is especially
designed to be kind to electronic screen readers.
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)
90th anniversary of G6YL
The late Barbara Dunn G6YL recalled that she first heard Morse code at the
age of 10
In 1906 a talk and demonstration of wireless was given at her school and she
eagerly volunteered to take part in the demonstration. She remembered sending
S O S in Morse and said she was thrilled.
In 1923 her father purchased a wireless set to listen to the new British
Broadcasting Company transmissions from 2LO in London on 350 metres (857 kHz).
In early February 1923 while listening to 2LO she noticed a rasping kind of
interference on the transmission. She was unable to tune the interference out
so decided to try and find out the cause.
In those days most of the smaller ships operating in the Thames still used
spark transmissions which spread over a wide frequency range and it was these
spark Morse signals on 600 metres (500 kHz) that Barbara had been picking up.
Fascinated by the signals she decided to teach herself Morse code by copying
down the dots and dashes as fast as she could.
She recalled that in 1927 she was "bullied" by the "Old Timers" G2LZ and
Gerald Marcuse G2NM into taking her Morse test. G2NM said if she passed he
would send her an old Split Hartley transmitter which she could keep if she
managed to get it to work again.
At the Morse test the examiner gave her a column from The Times newspaper to
send but the examiner had to stop her sending because she sent all the
brackets, colons and semicolons in the article. Only the plain text had been
She received her transmitting licence G6YL on April 13, 1927.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT's request to re-distribute AFSPC Keplerian elements from SpaceTrack has
been approved for the period April 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018.
AMSATS Orbital Data Request to distribute the KEPs was approved on April 4,
Thanks to AFSPC, Perry Klein, W3PK and Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P for their
help in this process.
So, AMSAT Keps updates are "good to go" for another year.
[ ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager
for the above information ]
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Franz Josef Land
Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) are planning their next Arctic
Look for RI 1 F to be active from Victoria Island (EU-190) sometime late
September (26th or 27th was mentioned). This island group has never been
Activity will be on various HF bands. They plan to have up to 12 operators.
QSL via the Bureau.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
Andrew Moseley VK1AD ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) from the VK1 SOTA Group says the
VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party takes place August 6th 2017 9:00 am till 11:30 am.
VK1 SOTA Winter QSO Party on Sunday 6 August is where activators will freeze
their butts off on Canberra's local peaks to showcase our hobby amateur radio
to Canberra residents.
( wia )
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
Scout leader and amateur radio operator Leslie Mitchell G3BHK came up with
the idea of using amateur radio to bring scouts together, without the tyranny
of travelling long distances. In 1957 the first Jamboree On The Air was
This year will be the 60th Jamboree On The Air, held in over 150 countries
Hello, I'm Paul VK2GX and I've been involved in Jamboree On The Air since
first licenced in the 1970s.
Amateur radio has seen many changes in the past 60 years, with new digital
technologies having much to offer the tech hungry youth members of today.
Jamboree On The Air is a great opportunity for amateur radio operators to share
our evolving hobby with guides and scouts everywhere.
Ah I hear you say "The third full weekend in October is months away, why are
you telling me about Jamboree On The Air now?
Well guide and scout leaders prepare youth activity schedules weeks and months
in advance, so now is a great time to start planning for Jamboree On The Air.
Talk to other amateur radio operators in your local area or radio club, to find
others who are also interested.
In future presentations I will give you suggestions on how to approach guide
and scout leaders, how to plan for a successful Jamboree On The Air weekend,
and additional activities to enhance the experience of youth members, with
links to useful resources.
Across Australia from VK1WIA you're tuned to the WIA National News Service.
In the NSW Central West, it can be heard on the VK2RDX repeater on 146.650 MHz
at 10.00 AM local time each Sunday morning. I'm Paul VK2GX.
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
Apr 15/16 VK2 Urunga Radio Convention on now!
Apr 22 VK4 RedFest and Q-Tech St Michael's College Bribie I Caboolture (VK4UH)
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)
May 19 VK WIA AGM Hahndorf some 25km from Adelaide (vk5kc)
Jun 2-4 VK4 Theresa Creek Camp-out-day (CHARC) (tarc)
June 10-11 VK5 SERG Annual Convention / VK Foxhunting Champs. (vk5dj)
July 1 VK3 GippsTech 2017 technical conference in Churchill. (wia events)
July 22 VK3 Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest. July 22
Cranbourne Community Hall Clarendon & High St, Cranbourne.
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)
March 25 VK3 EMDRC HamFest - Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont. (VK3BQ)
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