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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 30 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA President Phil Wait VK2ASD on "ACMA Reviews Licence Equivalency Table."
WIA AGM VK5 organising Committee with Grant VK5GR and presenter VK5PAS Paul
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF APR 30
Last week we told of how Tony VK7VKT had taken possession of a complimentary
FlightAware Raspberry Pi ADS-B decoder supplied by Flightaware.
Richard VK2SKY contacted 'news central' to wanrn us we had left an A out of
the given url.
" I think the URL is missing a letter - probably should be
Thanks Richard for correcting us on that one!
Regional Australians may eventually get a taste of gigabit broadband as
NBN pushes Fixed Wireless to the limit.
NBN recently announced plans to offer 100/40 Mbps Fixed Wireless plans next year
doubling the current top speed tier to put regional Australia on par with metro
fixed line speeds. The speed boost comes thanks to new carrier aggregation
technology which bonds multiple wireless channels to create a single high-speed
The Sydney Morning Herald, in reorting this said " It's an impressive jump
considering that Fixed Wireless was only offering 12/1 Mbps plans when it
launched in 2011, but there's still room for improvement.
NBN opened up the throttle at a recent media demonstration in the Victorian
regional city of Ballarat, clocking download speeds of 1077 Mbps and 165 Mbps up
while sitting 1 km away from the nearest Fixed Wireless tower.
Your smart meter could be hacked, your energy held to ransom, its usage
monitored to determine the best time to rob your house, or even used by
advertisers to determine your favourite TV show.
Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra
Nigel Phair has warned Australian consumers aren't aware of the risks associated
with their smart meters.
There are two types of smart meters, 'one-way' or 'two-way' meters:
one way meters simply transmit data back to utility companies.
Two-way meters can be updated to inform savvy consumers on fee changes
or allow power companies to cut services at a moment's notice.
Mr Phair said two-way meters had less secure data connections, allowing
would-be criminals to hack in.
ActewAGL said there were 3225 two-way smart meters in the ACT, and also that
there were no Australian or global standards on security and privacy regarding
smart meters and called for more stringent digital security standards.
(Sourced to Canberra Times)
The Radiocommunications Act that has served Australia for 25 years is to be
replaced by a modern approach to spectrum control and licensing.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Acting Chairman Richard
Bean has given a little insight on what is ahead, during a CommsDay Summit 2017
speech in Sydney.
Mr Bean said the radiofrequency spectrum can only increase in importance for
economic and social activity, and a source of competitive commercial advantage.
His speech (April 11) told of the ACMA's approach to the important reforms
to better respond to pressures already building and developing approaches
robust enough to support future innovation and growth. Mr Bean confirmed that a
new legislative and policy framework is being developed by the government to
open up significant reform opportunities, and the ACMA has been preparing for
the journey ahead. Already known is that the Radiocommunications Act will be
replaced to make Australia's spectrum framework simpler, more efficient and
flexible to use.
While the new Act will be the work of the Department of Communications and the
government, implementation of it will fall to the ACMA. First to come will be an
Exposure Draft by the Department with the ACMA asked to contribute material to
reflect some preliminary observations about how key aspects of the Bill may
operate. Mr Bean assured that a staged transition will ensure the rights of
existing licence-holders are not diminished. The ACMA will consult with
spectrum user groups on the proposed changes and their timing. More information
on this is expected at the RadComms conference on November 1-2 this year. It
will also announce consultation with interested parties in coming months.
The ACMA's next Five-year spectrum outlook later this year will be an early
opportunity to consult with industry on how best to build spectrum review
implementation into its work program.
While a lot of his speech was of particular interest to other spectrum users,
the new Act will have an impact of the Amateur Service and is being watched by
the Wireless Institute of Australia who looks after our interests.
You'll recall, or better yet have participated in "World Amateur Radio Day".,>
" Hello I'm Jason VK3FNQS.
On Tuesday, April 18, to Celebrate World Amateur Radio Day John W2JLD and
Mike KM4OOC on behalf of World Friendship Net on World Conference Server
on EchoLink and IRLP node 9251 organised a 10 hour net with 5 different
operators doing 2 hour shifts. Due to time zones this made it Wednesday
Morning in Australia.
This net was so popular that is was extended another 2 hours because of
so many check-in flooding in.
A total of 426 checked in over the 12 hour period which equates to just
over 35 check-ins per hour.
23 countries contributed to the net with places like South Africa, Nepal
and Guatemala joining into the net. John and Mike would like to thank all
the Australian Ham operators who checked into the net and would like to see
more check-ins from Australia Next year.
From What I have heard from Fellow VK's listening they enjoyed it too.
Just a reminder to all those VK's that are listening, if you do use EchoLink
or IRLP, there is a group of fellow ham operators on the Aussie Conference
Server on EchoLink which is IRLP Reflector Node 9559.
We encourage more people and nodes to connect up and say G'day.
This is Jason VK3FNQS."
WIA BOARD TALK
ACMA Reviews Licence Equivalency Table
Date : 27 / 04 / 2017
Author : Phil Wait - VK2ASD
Visiting Amateurs, and overseas Amateurs who are residents in Australia,
are granted an Australian licence based on their overseas qualification
in accordance with the "Table of Equivalent Qualifications and Licences",
which is published on the ACMA website.
Previously, a holder of a US General Class operator licence was generally
granted an Australian Advanced Licence.
The ACMA has advised the WIA that the equivalency of a US General Class
operator licence to an Australian Advanced amateur licence is now under review.
Applications for Advanced amateur licences, or for transfers of such licences,
received by the ACMA after 26 April 2017, and applications for amateur
certificates of proficiency or callsign recommendations received by the WIA
after 26 April 2017, made on the basis of the equivalence of a US General Class
operator licence to an Australian Advanced amateur licence, may be affected
by the outcomes of this review.
Any person considering making such an application is invited to make
submissions to the ACMA on whether a US General Class operator licence
ought to continue to be treated as equivalent to an Australian Advanced
The amended table is available at the following Link
(Sourced from the WIA website)
This is Grant VK5GR for the WIA AGM VK5 organising Committee!
The count down to the AGM & Convention weekend continues with many pre-event
activities already underway on air. Have you worked VK5WOW, the special event
callsign associated with this year's convention award? We are already
approaching 1000 contacts since the award was launched using a wide variety of
modes, from HF to UHF, via balloons, on voice and digital modes. One sure fire
way of making contact is to call in to the VK5 WIA broadcast relay, 40m, 7135kHz
after the 9:00am Central Sunday broadcast.
The callsign has also been heard from multiple conservation parks, including in
one case a park activation by Steve VK5SFA using his magnetic loop antenna.
Operating portable from parks is the topic that Paul VK5PAS will be present at
the Amateur Radio Showcase on the Saturday of the AGM. Here he is to tell us
"Hi, I'm Paul VK5PAS, the Awards Manager for the VK5 National & Conservation
Parks Award, the International Chairperson for the World Wide Flora & Fauna
(WWFF) program, and the National co-ordinator here in Australia for WWFF.
Do you enjoy the great outdoors and travelling to exciting places around
Australia, whilst enjoying the hobby of amateur radio? Do you suffer from
noise at home, the result of plasma televisions and various other interference
sources? Do you enjoy bushwalking? Photography? Camping? 4WDing? Do you
enjoy experimentation with antennas and home brew transceivers? Do you enjoy
working pile ups, both locally and DX?
If you answered yes, to any or all of the above, then operating portable from
a park might be for you. Not to mention the wallpaper. There are plenty of
award certificates on offer.
There are a number of park programs in Australia including the VK5 National &
Conservation Parks Award and WWFF. I will be discussing these at the AGM and
hopefully inspiring a few of you to try operating portable from a park for the
very first time. I'll also tell you all about what gear is required for
operating portable in the field.
Sitting back in a deck chair, taking in the sights, whilst working your
friends or DX on air is truly a very enjoyable pastime. And in most instances
zero noise floor. Yes, it's true, you can hear a pin drop. I have worked so
many stations out in the field that I would simply have had no chance of
working from home.
On Sunday I will be part of a team taking people out into the field to
activate parks in the Adelaide Hills. Hopefully a few of those who come along
will be activating their very first park.
I look forward to seeing you at the 2017 WIA AGM & Convention in Hahndorf, and
I hope to inspire a few of you to try operating portable from a park in the
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.
South Africa cancels 2,100 ham radio licences
South Africa's ICASA has cancelled 2,100 Amateur Radio licenses, believed to be
more than 1/3rd of the total, for non-payment of licence fees
SARL News reports:
At the quarterly SARL/ICASA Liaison meeting, ICASA confirmed that
2 100 amateur radio licenses were cancelled for non-payment of licence fees.
Over the past few months, the League had reminded radio amateurs in
news bulletins, newsflashes and on the web to ensure that their
license payment are up to date. In December, last year the League
sent e-mails to members who were in arrears and whose licenses were about
to be cancelled. last week another 143 members were e-mailed again.
ICASA sends invoices at the beginning of each year but many do not reach
their destination, often caused by licensees not updating their addresses.
The regulations are clear that the responsibility to pay the annual fee
is on the licensee and that ICASA is under no obligation to take responsibility
for non-delivery of invoices.
Source SARL News
823 licences were cancelled in 2013
Caister Marconi radio station contacts nearly 200 amateurs in 35 countries
Radio hams at the Caister Lifeboat Visitor Centre in Norfolk managed to contact
193 other radio amateurs in 35 different countries on Saturday 22 nd April when
they took part in the annual International Marconi Day to mark the inventor's
Using the call GB 0 CMS and a mixture of Morse code, telephony and PSK teletype,
contacts were made with other radio amateurs across the UK, Europe, Australia
and the USA.
Notable contacts were with other special Marconi stations in the UK, Italy, and
Sweden and Norway in ham radio magazine exchange
The Swedish national society SSA says members can now download the PDF of
the Norwegian NRRL magazine 'Amateur Radio' from the SSA site
A Google English translation of the SSA announcement says:
"The benefit is included in an electronic exchange of newspapers between NRRL
and SSA as we test during this year. Members of NRRL are given the opportunity
to read our magazine 'QTC Amatrradio' after logging in on their website.
Both newspapers, in this way, are a real addition to readers and we can learn
a lot from each other."
The Norwegian PDF magazine can be found at ssa.se together with QTC.
Spratly Islands DXpedition Postponed
An international Amateur Radio team has postponed its DXpedition to the
Spratly Islands, planned for December 2017.
The DXpedition, which will take place from Layang Layang Island (Swallow Reef
AS-051) under Malaysian call sign 9 M 0W, will be on the air March 10-20, 2018.
Operation will be on 160 through 6 meters, CW, SSB, and digital modes.
The team, headed by Hrane Milosevic, YT 1 AD, had to change its plans because
the resort on Layang Layang Island is closed from December until February.
The team will include participants from Kota Konibalu (9 M 6).
Layang Island is approximately 15 acres, which includes "reclaimed" land.
While the Royal Malaysian Navy maintains a presence on the reef, ownership as
with all of the Spratlys is disputed. It is also claimed by the
People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
This story from Aol.com
"If UFO hunters are to be believed, Mars is one of our solar system's most
bustling ecosystems, full of wildlife and ancient history.
And a recent "discovery" made by a well-known alien enthusiast appears
to support that theory.
Paranormal Crucible shared a YouTube video on April 20 showing what appears
to be a tall, textured object in a Martian landscape.
"Intriguing object found by the curiosity rover, this time a possible
tree stump," the caption read. "This object definitely looks out of place
and in my opinion could be the petrified remnants of a Martian tree."
"The object is around 3 feet in height, and with numerous discoveries of
plant and animal life on mars, it would be logical to assume, that a variety
of tree either existed, or still exists on this enigmatic planet," the
Maybe the tree was part of the garden of the Martian king, whose "remains"
were spotted by the same UFO hunter last year.
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
I have been mentioning the VK Shires for sometime and now I'm pleased to say
AR Magazine CONTEST Editor Trent Sampson starts up on the Audio News
regularly, with the nuts and bolts of the VK SHIRES.
Over to you Trent.
Well it is time to do some real operating and get chasing those elusive
The 2017 Version of the VK Shires QSO Party is held on the weekend of the
10th and 11th of June and promises to be a big one.
The low bands are really firing with conditions coming off on the high bands
- typically in Lower Sunspots 40M comes into its own and 80M opens up well.
The VK Shires QSO Party is limited to the frequencies of the Australian
Standard Call and so there is no 160M but otherwise all traditional bands
80 through 10 are used.
Being an SSB and CW contest gives added interest as you are not locked to
Warm up the linear, break out the Voice keyers, load up the software and get
ready to enjoy the VK Shires QSO Party 2017
This has been Trent VK4TS."
The Treaty of the Danish West Indies
A special event throughout 2017 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the
United States Virgin Islands.
The EDR HAM Radio Club of Skanderborg will use the callsign OZ100DVI
from January 1 until December 31.
In marks the centenary the Treaty of the Danish West Indies, sold to the
USA and renamed the Virgin Islands.
OZ100DVI will be on all bands and include SOTA activity from Saint
Thomas Island on the Lake Skanderborg.
Further information is on the website qrz.com
Just as VK passes ANZAC Day word in on satellite operation planned for
Armed Forces Day - W 2 GSB
The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will operate special event station
W 2 GSB / APM at the American Airpower Museum, Farmingdale, NY, May 20-21, 2017.
This event commemorates Armed Forces weekend to honour our service men and women
of the armed forces who have given so much.
+ SSB - 14.280 and 7.280
+ CW - 14.055 and 7.055
+ Satellite operation on available passes
QSL - Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 1356
West Babylon, NY 11704
Web page: http://www.gsbarc.org/events.htm
JP 7 MBO will activate XV 9 G from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam until the 9th
Operation will be mainly 40 and 20m with a possibility of 15m.
Alexander RX 0 QM is now stationed at the Russian Bellingshausen Base on
King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. He is using the callsign
RI 1 ANB. The South Shetlands count as AN-010 for the Islands on the Air Award.
QSLs go via EW 4 DX.
Antarctic operator Alex RN 1 ANC is on the Russian Vostok Station
Antarctica where he will be until February 2018.
His callsign again, RI1ANC, and during his spare time he will be active on
CW, SSB and Digital.
QSL Manager is RN 1 ON.
Gab HB 9 TSW will operate from Slatina Air Base in Pristina, Kosovo
from 4th to 23rd May. He will use CW on 40m to 10m and sign Z 68 BG.
QSOs with Kosovo do not count for the DXCC Award at the present time.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
BATC chairman wins award
Well done to BATC Chairman Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, for winning the RSGB 1962
Committee Cup, presented at its AGM in Cardiff on Saturday
The award is made by the society to recognise "outstanding amateur development
The committee's citation read...
"This is for championing reduced bandwidth digital amateur television
RB-DATV including at 146MHz."
"This has been a great example of delivering innovation and has been
accompanied by PR and outreach to a wider amateur audience and to Ofcom,"
General Manager, Steve Thomas, said.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
ISS Commander Peggy Whitson, ex-KC5ZTD, Sets New US Record for Time in Space.
Current International Space Station (ISS) Commander Peggy Whitson, aged 57,
ex-KC5ZTD, this week broke the record for cumulative time spent in space by
a US astronaut.
President Donald Trump with daughter Ivanka Trump and astronaut Kate Rubins,
KG 5 FYJ, joining him in the Oval Office called Whitson on April 24 to
congratulate her on her accomplishment.
With Whitson for the call on board the ISS was astronaut Jack Fischer KG 5 FYH,
who arrived on April 20 for his first mission aboard ISS.
"Peggy is a phenomenal role model for young women, and all Americans,
who are exploring or participating in STEM education programs and careers,"
President Trump said. "When I signed the INSPIRE Women Act in February,
I did so to ensure more women have access to STEM education and careers,
and to ensure America continues to benefit from the contributions of
trailblazers like Peggy."
Whitson tweeted back, "Thank you, Mr. President, for the great opportunity
to highlight the research we are doing up here aboard the space station
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
VK2YCJ in Newcastle has logged Phil VK6GX our WIA 160 meter rebroadcaster !
BUT by use of a Software Designed Radio on the web.
Jamie, in an email to Phil said " The SDR or software defined radio I used to
listen to your broadcast this morning was a remote receiver located at
Collie WA and operated by Matt VK 6 QS.
It's a KiwiSDR radio and there are more than a hundred installed around
the world and listed on this website, sdr.hu
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW.
Tomorrow, May Day, is the first Monday of the month, the day the Radio Amateurs
Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly News and Information bulletin goes to air
As well as all the usual RAOTC news, tomorrow we feature Part 3 of the History
of Australian Broadcasting.
The principal HF transmission will be on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz upper sideband
starting at 0100 UTC, transmitted from Adelaide by Hans VK5YX. Call backs to
Hans would be most welcome so that he can assess how well his transmissions
are being heard, especially in the eastern states.
An hour later at 0200 UTC Chris VK6JI will repeat the program, transmitting
from Perth on 40 metres on 7088 kHz lower side band, simultaneously with a
transmission via all linked NewsWest repeaters.
Additionally, local relays also take place. Details can be found at the RAOTC
website, www.raotc.org.au and as from Tuesday you can download the audio file
from this website, together with other details about the club.
Everyone, RAOTC Members and non-members alike, is invited to listen to this
interesting half hour of Old Timer news and information and we hope to hear
your call sign amongst the call backs afterwards.
Once again, the RAOTC monthly bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow Monday May 1st.
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
Puerto Rico Radio Amateurs Take Part in 2017 Caribbean Tsunami Exercise
As they have done in past years, radio amateurs in Puerto Rico took part
in the Caribe Wave tsunami exercise on March 21. Tsunami Preparedness Week
was March 19-25 for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Caribe Wave is the
annual tsunami exercise of the UNESCO Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards
Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions.
Its major objective is for countries, emergency managers, and communities
at risk to test, validate, and update their tsunami response plans.
Amateur Radio's role was to gather reports on how residents heard or learned
of the EAS Alert and if any heard the sirens. A report summary was delivered
to PREMA officials during a post-exercise meeting.
The primary repeater system used to communicate the reports was the
island-wide 13 VHF and UHF repeaters.
The exercise net was managed by the Patriot Amateur Emergency Radio Club
WP 4 PQK, an ARRL-affiliated Club.
Section Traffic Manager KP3PI, ran the net on 7.188 MHz, the frequency of
the daily Friendly Net, a popular meeting place for Caribbean radio amateurs.
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
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)
June 2- 4 VK4 Theresa Creek Camp-out-day (CHARC) (tarc)
June 3 VK3 Melbourne WINTER QRP by the bay 3pm (vk3ye)
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)
Sep 10 Shepparton Hamfest St Augustines Hall, Orr St. Shepparton. (vk3fnqs)
Nov 5 VK3 BARG Hamvention greyhound racing track, Ballarat. (wia events)
Nov 12 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am (vk5kc)
Nov 12 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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