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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 11 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA President Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW for the spectrum strategy committee. -
WIA Director Greg VK2GPK: What is the WIA? -
WIA and Roger Harrison VK2ZRH on the radiocommunications bill 2017.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF JUNE 11
Braving the southern winter chills Sunday 11th are a couple of hardy souls
taking calls for the WWFF (World Wide Fauna and Flora) Ham Radio awards
Site VKFF-1043 by VK5KDK 03:00 - 07:00 (UTC)
VKFF-1043 is the Kulliparu Conservation Park
Although band hopping try 7.155 SSB Approx. 0500UTC.
This is the 1st time this park activated.
Also listen for VK3XV this time 7.144 SSB
VKFF-0752 Sun 11th Jun 20:00 - Mon 12th 01:00 (UTC)
VKFF-0752 is the Broken-Boosey State Park again on 7.144 SSB
( http://wwff.co/agenda/ )
WIA BOARD COMMENT
This is Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW for the spectrum strategy committee.
We have entered phase two of our spectrum reform consultation which is all
about future licence conditions.
Phase two is all about proposed changes to each licence grade and the
consultation period opened on 5 June 2017 and will close on the 25 June 2017.
You can find a link to provide your responses on the email and internet
editions of this broadcast and on a comprehensive outline of phase two provided
by Roger Harrison VK2ZRH of the Spectrum Strategy Committee.
To provide your responses to Phase 2, click on this
The WIA has advocated and promoted reform of the Amateur licence conditions
since it was invited by the ACMA to provide a submission on the subject in
2014. The Board and Spectrum Strategy Committee made extensive efforts since
then to "prepare the ground" with the ACMA on the proposed changes to Amateur
licence conditions and the principles underlying the proposals.
In April 2016, an updated submission was provided to the ACMA, again, at it's
request, which consolidated what had transpired over the period since the first
submission, along with Amateur community and member feedback, periodic
discussions with the ACMA, and the federal government's Spectrum Review.
That submission can be downloaded from this :
In summary, the underlying purpose is to enable greater self-determination for
the amateur service, along with proposing updates to the licence conditions for
all licence grades in order to ensure amateur radio remains relevant in the
Key proposals include:
enabling use of digital modes for Foundation licensees
access to more bands for Foundation and Standard licensees
relaxing permitted bandwidths for all license grades
removing mode restrictions
enabling DIY construction for Foundation licensees
review of Foundation callsigns to provide 3-letter suffixes
increased maximum power for all licensees.
The key principle is that future licence conditions should not unnecessarily
limit the breadth and depth of experimentation amateurs can explore and the
technologies capable amateurs may wish to adapt and exploit.
This consultation exercise is to provide the ACMA with formal evidential
support for the proposed changes to the Amateur licence conditions from the
Submissions are open to WIA members and non-members and responses have equal
weight - we want to hear from as many of you as possible.
Please note that we are currently in Phase 1 consultation on general principles
and it has been extended to the 20 June 2017.If you haven't already done so,
you can provide your responses to Phase 1 ASAP and you can find how to at the
link on the email edition of this broadcast.
A click on this
To finish off a reminder that there is one more consultation phase to go and
phase 3 will cover the outstanding issues and this phase opens on 17 June and
closes on 30 June.
We look forward to hearing from you.
This has been Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW for the Spectrum Strategy Committee.
This is Greg VK2GPK, one of the new directors of the WIA, with this week's
edition of the WIA comment.
The new board is still very much in the transition phase from the previous
board, at the time of composing this comment it is only just over two weeks
since the 2017 - 2018 board was constituted at the conclusion of the AGM.
We have had lots of input on what we need to do from various members, which is
appreciated, as well as offers of help. Be assured that any new volunteer roles,
or roles backfilling vacant positions, will be advertised on the WIA website
for interested members to apply - but please be patient as we have much to do
during this transition time.
Which leads me to pose the question: What is the WIA?
It is a volunteer organization with a history going back to the early
twentieth century, as the interface to the various government
instrumentalities to protect the hobby and facilitate access to the
It has a strong community focus, especially in times of emergency, for
It has fostered the growth of the hobby and maintaining its relevance
to the community in areas of technological research in radio
It is truly a DIY organisation, and I don't mean in terms of "home brew"
equipment. It is volunteer based and could not function without a core
group of around 100 members.
Its most import role is protect access to the available spectrum for
licensed amateurs and grow the spectrum wherever possible. It does this
for all amateurs not just WIA members.
The long-term future of the WIA is not assured; we have a declining membership
base and many fixed costs that don't decrease with declining membership. Our
largest cost by far is the AR magazine, and there is a strong attachment to
the printed copy, which I fully understand.
We need more members from the current licensed amateurs, where only
approximately 30% are members - another 500 to 1000 members would place the WIA
back in a strong fiscal position. So put out the word to help the WIA continue
to protect the hobby by getting more members.
To plagiarise a US President, don't ask what the WIA can do for you, ask what
you can do for the WIA and the future of the hobby!
I would like to also add my thanks and congratulations to the 2017 Hahndorf
AGM and Convention organising team for their energy and enthusiasm so evident
in the various technology displays and events. The involvement of so many
school children, and consequently their parents, was especially heartening
to see on the Sunday technology events at the oval, especially the balloon
launch. Getting such young people enthused and having obvious fun with
technology was truly inspiring and hopefully will lead to them gaining a
lifelong interest in science and technology.
This is also the way to revitalize and future proof our technology hobby,
which currently has an aging and male dominated cohort - of course, this is no
surprise to anyone involved with amateur radio.
My own experience as a young teenager was with Rex Black's Youth Radio Club
Scheme at Westlake's ARC under the guidance of the late Keith Howard. I didn't
wake up one day and think I really want to be a radio amateur, but I had an
interest in all things electronic and also Short Wave listening to the BBC
and VOA from around age 9 or 10 - so a scheme that had a focus on mentoring
electronics and basics like soldering skills was very compelling, as well as
the chance to meet others high school students with similar interests.
I did eventually sit the AOCP exam at the end of high school, but I saw it as
an extension of my interest in electronics and communications, not as an end
Today, there are many avenues for young (and the not so young) to pursue an
interest in technology, electronics and communications. These range from the
explosion in interest of cheap Single Board Computers such as the Raspberry Pi
to Camera equipped drones, affordable 3D printers, Hackerspaces and Maker groups
These avenues appeal to the same people that historically would have been
attracted to the electronics and communications experimentation that is such a
major part of the amateur radio hobby.
I believe the WIA, its members and affiliated clubs need to embrace these
alternative technology paths without the prejudice of seeing them as competing
hobbies or of lesser value to the "pure" amateur hobby - but as the very people
we need to re-invigorate the hobby.
Greg VK2GPK on behalf of the WIA board.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with a few things to think about.
It never rains, but it pours. And I'm not talking about the weather.
The WIA has a number of consultations happening right now. One on future
licence conditions and another on the government's radiocommunications bill
which will become the act a bit further down the track.
Others are covering the consultation on future licence conditions, so right now,
I'll talk about the radiocommunications bill 2017, on which we're seeking your
input so that the Institute can develop a submission to the Department of
Communications and lodge it by or before the 30th of June.
Just recently, out of the blue, I received an email about this from another
amateur whom I've known for quite a long time.
Let's call him Bob. Not his real name, but it will do for this occasion.
Having read the package of papers released by the Department of Communications
and the ACMA accompanying the draft legislation, Bob asked some pertinent
His first questions was this - AND I QUOTE - "Would you agree that amateur
radio is likely to end up being a 'poor cousin' to the big commercial processes
that abound in the telecommunications field? There seemed to me to be
significant room for arbitrary bureaucratic decision-making that could easily
disadvantage 'our' sector....unless I have missed something." END QUOTE.
I answered Bob like this:
I don't agree that amateur radio is likely to end up a 'poor cousin' to
commercial processes or to the telecommunications sector - unless the WIA and
the amateur radio community drop the ball.
There is provision in the draft legislation, indeed in the policies driving the
legislative reform, to recognise and provide for community and public interest
in, and use of, the radiofrequency spectrum.
One intent of the draft legislation is to 'move out' operational decision-making
to users, rather than leave it to a stretched bureaucracy. The amateur radio
community should remain vigilant about 'our' sector.
Bob observed that many of the documents accompanying the draft new legislation
seemed to be focused on facilitating and/or freeing up the business scene,
where the aim is to make profits from trading in the market place.
To this, I commented - one intent behind the draft legislation is to delegate
functions and operations to users (such as industry groups); the allocation of
frequency bands under the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan will still be
a bureaucratic process requiring public consultation.
What happens within the allocated bands will be wholly or partly delegated to
users or user-group organisations licensed to use a band or bands. Trading and
the application of market forces will apply within those frequency allocations,
rather than across allocations, as I understand it.
That doesn't mean to say that there'll not be pressure from commercial
radiocommunications users to seek more bands across the spectrum. That will
remain and amateur radio needs to work constantly to look after its own
interests, just as we have down for decades.
It's interesting that all this is happening, Bob observed.
Then he asked about who is after 'our' bits of spectrum. He means those 25 bands
we have throughout the RF spectrum.
Bob commented that he's not optimistic about our ability to hang onto areas of
spectrum other than 'junk' bits that no-one wants.
He related that he operated on some HF bands for a weekend early this year and
quickly came to the conclusion that man-made noise has already killed the fun
that he used to have there, adding that his seems to be an example of the
inability of the forces of government to effectively deal with the tendency of
business forces to reduce standards in this area so profits are maximised.
I replied to him by saying that I think we have reached an era where there are
no 'junk' bits of spectrum.
My reading of the paper with the draft Bill seem to say that the issue of
EMI/RFI will get rather more attention in future, albeit through related
Over the past one to two decades, lax bureaucratic attention has seen the
impact of EMI/RFI grow to a point where there's a market backlash developing
as communications problems imposed by its rising impact on equipment design and
operation tends to drive up manufacturing and operating costs.
The economists point out that this sort of thing is called a dis-benefit of the
Tragedy of the Commons. Look that up on Wikipedia.
Perhaps we might call the rise in EMI/RFI "RF Climate Change".
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
An issue that was raised on one of the Facebook amateur radio groups
during the week received many comments. It was past WIA President
Phil Waite who posted a story from his family which raised issues about
people joining the hobby or not. In this case it was someone who sat and
passed their assessment and then failed to follow through to obtaining
the call sign to go on air.
This may not be common but there seems to be a high attrition rate in
people who investigate the hobby and even sign up to do a course then
just drop off. The discussion that followed pointed to a number of issues
that Phil describes correctly as access...that is being able to make entry
into our wonderful world of electronics.
I know that our assessment system depends on volunteers apart from
the final part of the process which is handled by the WIA National Office.
What is clear is that many people are not following up on approaches by
prospective amateurs. Courses and assessments may be not easily
suited to people's work routines and there is really little provision for
people who are not club members because of remoteness. You may
be able to add many other factors which inhibit people getting into
Now the thing is that many people are anxious to see the whole licencing
framework modernised and you will hear from WIA National News about
the detailed improvements that the WIA is negotiating with the ACMA.
What I reckon we need, is a string of positive developments from all parts
of the hobby that the Consultative Committee can propose to the regulator
knowing they have major support.
Whether you are an Institute member or not, now is the time to lodge your
practical and reasoned thoughts before the final guidelines are set in stone.
As the whole radio spectrum licencing regime is to be overhauled with a
new Act of Parliament it is time to us to think about what we want our
hobby guidelines to be. If you haven't already completed the surveys on
the WIA web site, please go and have a look at the draft proposals and then
either do the on line surveys, there are two running, or put in your own
submission to the ACMA consultation paper.
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.
IARU Region 2 together with the ARRL will be giving, for the second time,
the Amateur Radio Administration Course in Mexico City from August 7-9
This course is aimed at the people in charge of administering the amateur
and amateur satellite services in the ministries of communications or
regulatory agencies in the region.
Imagine if you like it's the WIA inviting ACMA to tell what we in Region 3 do.
The objective is to bring these people closer to our activity.
The course includes, among many other topics, the legal Amateur Radio framework
at the International Telecommunication Union, Amateur Radio spectrum,
reciprocal licensing, electromagnetic compatibility, emergency communications,
IARU and its member societies, etc.
It also includes topics that explain how Amateurs operate:
digital communications, telegraphy, phone, contests, etc.
This event ends with a visit to an Amateur Radio station where participants
can better understand the material presented and where they have the
opportunity to make some on-the-air contacts.
The course is offered at no cost for regulators.
Testing and planning for roads with built-in wireless charging infrastructure
continues, with news this month of a successful test in France, and grander
plans in Israel.
The French test road includes a 100m track with underlying wireless charging
technology. It's claimed the infrastructure can supply a charge of up to 20kW
for vehicles travelling up to and in excess of 100km/h.
During the demonstration test, electric cars/vans successfully received charge
when running in either direction along the test track.
Israeli startup company Electroad has secured a grant from the Israeli
government, and permission to build a test installation on about a kilometre
of public road in Tel Aviv.
This stretch of road is due to open in 2018, and will test out the durability
of the Electroad's technology under real world conditions.
If everything pans out well, the company will be given permission and funds
to build out its technology along an 18km long busway between Eilat and Ramon
Claims are buses on roads equipped with wireless electric charging will require
smaller battery packs, which will be used primarily to help with acceleration
and travelling on patches of road without built-in charging infrastructure.
Additionally these batteries will last much longer, potentially up to 25 years.
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
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
John Moyle Memorial Field Day will be held over the weekend of the 17th-18th
March 2018 and will run from UTC 0100 on the Saturday until 0059 on the Sunday.
IARU HF Championship event on 15 and 16 July 2018.
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
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.
Pretty close to the middle of nowhere..to Timbuktu is the country of Mali
Fredo, TZ 4 PR is active from Mali until October 2017 again that's TZ 4 PR.
He is working on HF Bands using Yaesu FT - 857 transceiver
and 9m long wire antenna.
20 experienced Radio Amateurs, from 8 countries, members of MDXC are planning
a DX Expedition to Burundi and will be active 6 - 17 November 2017 as 9 U 4 M.
They will operate on HF Bands.
QSL via IK2VUC.
They remind that have planned to operate 24/24 hours with 5 stations with a
particular focus to low bands, WARC and Digi modes
The Sun's 11-year magnetic cycle appears to be ending, but that won't happen
anytime soon. In a paper submitted on May 26 to the journal Solar Physics,
two solar scientists are reinterpreting earlier evidence to hypothesize that
the Sun's rotation rate and magnetic field are in a transitional phase that
could lead to lengthening solar cycles, with the cycle ultimately disappearing
altogether between 800 million and 2.4 billion years from now.
Travis Metcalfe and Jennifer van Saders propose the scenario in a paper
"Magnetic Evolution and the Disappearance of Sun-like Activity Cycles."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE
While ham radio offers a social opportunity for some, it provides therapeutic
relief for others.
The Dayton VA grabbed this notion by the horns, opening an on-campus station,
W 8 DVA in late 2016 to assist US veterans living with PTSD.
Xenia "ham" Jim Simpson WB 8 QZZ played a major role in getting the station
up and running. Much of the operation was funded by the Dayton Amateur Radio
Association, which also sponsors Hamvention.
"It's intended to assist those with PTSD to focus and get their minds off the
bad things that have happened in their life," WB8QZZ said. "Amateur radio is
an extraordinary thing for focusing people and it's enjoyable to be able to
communicate around the world with hams."
Station guests are greeted by QSL cards, logs, of interactions hanging on the
walls, in addition to a 'CLASSIC' radio that was used by military members
contacting home during the Vietnam War.
Dr. John Mathis WA 5 FAC, a doctor in charge of radiology at the Dayton VA,
said just the sight of the "vintage" equipment is yet another avenue of
(Xenia Daily Gazzete (W Vickers))
STAYING ON A MEDICAL THEME THIS WEEK BRYAN VK3GR LOOKS AT THE
MEDICAL AMATEUR RADIO COUNCIL
In the Fall of 1965, in New York City, Dr. William L. Sprague, (WA6CRN),
held a meeting of physicians and dentists interested in exploring the
formation of a medically oriented amateur radio operators organization.
A group of 95 members was organized.
The organization was formalized at a meeting in 1966.
The purpose of MARCO is to promote good will and fellowship among amateur
radio operators worldwide, who are professionals in the healing arts, or,
who have an interest in the various medical, dental and allied fields which
constitute the healing arts.
On-the-air network operation is considered an integral part of MARCO activity,
and is conducted for the purpose of discussing and exchanging medical and
technical information, and, wherever possible, to be of public service by
assisting medical emergencies and other priority traffic.
So if you are a PRACTISING Medico, drop them a note to find out sked times.
But one net is actually their Grand Rounds.
MARCO Grand Rounds is a discussion of medical topics of interest to
professionals, paraprofessionals, and patients.
14.342 MHz Sunday 1600 UTC (Winter in the USA Months) Sunday 1500 UTC
This Grand Rounds session is often live streamed
Medical Amateur Radio Council www.marco-ltd.org/
IHS = www.groups.Yahoo.com/group/IHSradio/
IHS = www.IHSOFMN.org
PHARMACISTS = www.malpensa.it/iphg
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
Jordan's first CubeSat JY1SAT will be launched next February.
The spacecraft's name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan's late
JY1SAT will carry a FUNcube 435/145 MHz SSB/CW Amateur Radio inverting
transponder and a Slow-Scan Digital Video (SSDV) system to transmit stored
JY1SAT applied to the IARU last month (May) to coordinate a telemetry downlink
on 145.840 MHz and transponder downlink passband of 145.855-145.875 MHz with
an inverting uplink on 435.100-435.120 MHz.
A SpaceX flight will carry JY1SAT into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in
Australian Air League in ARISS hook-up
An International Space Station (ARISS) contact was held with 19 questions
asked of an astronaut by cadets at the Australian Air League (AAL) South
Australia Wing, Elizabeth, South Australia.
The AAL founded in 1934 for young people aims to encourage interest in
aviation as a career, or as a hobby.
Gathered for the event were 100 including Air Force personnel. All observed
a minute's silence in respect of one of their staff, an experienced pilot
killed with two others the day before when their Cessna Conquest crashed
shortly after take-off from Renmark airport.
Then the ARISS contact on May 31 began, despite initial difficulties with the
new phone system that were overcome by Australian ARISS Coordinator Shane Lynd
There was great audio Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG a French aerospace engineer, pilot,
and European Space Agency astronaut, who used the callsign NA1SS via the Santa
Rosa Junior College Amateur Radio Club W6SRJ telebridge.
Among questions asked by the cadets was the space junk hazard, the experiments
conducted, the training required to be involved, how a 3D printer element acted
in zero gravity space, through to more personal matters like food and having a
haircut in space.
Thomas KG5FYG also talked about the views he had from space, achievements being
made, his spare time activity and the return to earth.
Also the next day television station Channel 9 Adelaide at least twice reported
on the event it attended.
Thank you to Bill Hillendahl KH6GJV and Don Dalby KE6UAY who were at the
W6SRJ telebridge from 2am local time, and Shane VK4KHZ who moderated the
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROAR
ROTARIANS OF AMATEUR RADIO
0645z - 0730z Anzo Net 7.118 (varies due to propagation)
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293 (varies due to propagation)
The Call Sign for the ROAR Special event station at the RI Convention in Atlanta
is W 4 R ( Watch 4 Rotary )
( Bill VK4ZD )
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
June 10-11 VK2 Oxley Region ARC 42nd Annual Field Day, Port Macquarie (vk2ztm)
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 July (vk4swe vk3pc)
Sep 10 Shepparton HamFest St Augustine's Hall, Orr St. Shepparton. (vk3fnqs)
Sep29-Oct2 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (tarc)
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)
May 4 -7 VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton and Mackay ) (TARC)
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