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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 9 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
ACMA re-sets US General Licence equivalency.-
WIA Office visit by 3 WIA directors.-
WIA Director Brian Clarke VK2GCE.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 09
Historic flight in Australia
The around the world solo flight by Brian Lloyd WB6RQN had finally made
it into Darwin after reporting seeing it on Friday night and landing.
He began on June 1 in Miami Florida using a single-engine 1979 Mooney
231 aircraft, fitted with Amateur Radio, to mark the 1937 flight of
The plane was delayed in Singapore waiting a replacement magneto, then a
permit to fly to Indonesia, while a further hold-up was caused by a
This was before his plane had the magneto fixed, engine timing set and
the oil changed ready for the rest of the trip.
Then he took off planning to spend a night in Bandung Indonesia. There
he reports being overwhelmed by being greeted by the local aero club,
radio hams, commemorative t-shirts and had to face a press conference.
Now this in from Stuie VK8NSB
"Brian's arrival was to be Thursday 29th Jun, but due to delays did not arrive
in Darwin until 2130h (local) Friday 30 Jun 17, I had been in contact with
Brian on 20m and on his Iridium phone while he was in the air on the way here
from Bandung Indonesia.
On arrival I collected Brian from the airport and brought him home, after a
10h day of flying he was starving , so I fed him and he had a nice hot shower
and slept just after midnight.
Saturday morning I cooked up big brekky, bacon, eggs, full spread, and we
headed to Casuarina shopping centre to obtain a Australian phone card for
his phone. He was planning to leave at lunch time, so took him to the airport
and helped him push his plan onto the taxiway, wrote a welcome to Australia
message and signed the wing of the plane, and oh helped him stick the flag
(sticker) of Australia on the plane, each country he goes to he puts the
sticker on, in order.
This was very cool to be part of that with Brian.
His aircraft had been parked in the 'bone yard' due to a high number of
aircraft in Darwin this week because of Territory day being 1 Jul (Saturday).
After sorting out fuel I left Brian at the airport and said my farewells.
I returned home and about 2 hrs later noticed on Brian's internet live tracking
page he still was in Darwin, and had not taken off, then, and yes it was right
at the time I was looking at Brian's live tracking page the phone rang and it
was Brian, and he asked if he could stay another night, because he was unable
to sort a flight plan out for his Darwin to Ayres Rock flight. Of course he
could stay another night and as such I collect him from the airport.
With Brian now part of the family, we headed to the Territory Day fireworks at
East Point Darwin, we had dinner at East Point and watched the fireworks for
about 2 hrs , returning home about 830pm local. Brain then spent a couple of
hours answering emails, updating his Face book and other internet requirements.
Sunday morning Brian was awake early, and we had another cooked brekky, and we
started preparing for him to leave, before this he checked into the WIA news
call backs on 2m in Darwin, and was welcomed by the locals.
At 11am local, I took Brian to the airport where we said our farewells for the
second time. On returning home, I loaded his flight tracking on the net and saw
that he had left Darwin and was heading south for Ayres Rock.
During the flight down to Ayres Rock, I heard many VK's, working Brian on
20m phone, and the FB chatter was very busy with news that he was on air.
Now that's about it for what he did .. Now a couple of questions that I asked
Where do you think Amelia Earhart disappear ---
Answer : Brian believes that both Amelia and Fred Noonan landed safely
on the beach on Gardner island (a.k.a Nikumaroro) and attempted
to radio for help but ran out of fuel and ended up dying on the
remote island. He also believes that the rescue planes flew over
and saw that the island was populated (Amelia and George) and did
not report it.
What's been the best part of the trip ----
Answer : The people that have been part of this amazing journey.
What part of the trip has been the most interesting so far ---
Answer : Africa, amazing place, things are done allot differently there.
Brian and I spent most our time together talking radio, flying and telling
my 2 kids (boy 14, Girl 11) of his adventures so far, Actually my daughter
asked him where do you go to the toilet on the plane ... Leave that one
with you, Yes we did answer her ..
Brian has suggested to me that he would like to return and visit Australia
again, I told him that if he does decide to come back, he is more than welcome
to stay with me when he does, he said he looks forward to it.
Well, I had a great time with Brian, he is a really nice guy and I would have
him back at my QTH in a heartbeat ... I will continue to monitor his movements
and I feel that I have a new mate for life .."
After leaving Darwin he has advised that he will make mostly 'whistle
stops' at Ayers Rock, Coober Pedy, Birdsville, Longreach, Whitsunday
Island, Bundaberg, Gunnedah, Warnervale, and then Sydney.
Brian said he has picked places that are 'good to fly into and have real
local charm and exhibit the true flavour of Oz.'
Talking of local 'flavour' at Ayers Rock he had Roo (Kangaroo) burger,
lunch was Curried Camel Pie at Birdsville and dinner? maybe
trying Snake stew with bugs.
His radio has been playing up Monday and he has not been able to make any QSO's
but Brian has organised a new tuner for the radio and it was to be fitted
Then it's off to Auckland, Suva, a fly-over of Howland Island which has
no runway, then to Hawaii, California, ending in the two month flight.
Brian WB6RQN has had contacts (14.210, 14.346, 18.117 or 7.130) using a
125 watt transmitter on SSB.
(Jim VK3PC / Stuie VK8NSB)
Yes, it's on again.
The Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club annual HamFest Saturday
July 22nd at the Cranbourne Community Hall corner of Clarendon and High St,
Melway reference 133 K4.
There'll be door prizes, tea, coffee and a sausage sizzle and it's all under
cover with 41 tables of goodies so there should be something for everyone.
Entry is $6, Doors open at 10.00am, be there.
Oh, and don't forget to bring a friend.
FROM THE WIA THIS IS VK1WIA
ACMA re-sets US General Licence equivalency
Following a public review the Australian Communications and Media Authority
(ACMA) has re-set the US General Class Licence as equivalent to Australia's
middle grade Standard Licence.
This change has been made to the ACMA 'Tables of Equivalent Qualifications and
Licences' which lists Australian equivalents to overseas amateur qualifications.
Visiting radio amateurs and those from overseas who are residents in Australia,
are granted an Australian licence based on their overseas qualification
identified on the ACMA website.
In another review, the ACMA in September last year re-set the US Technician
Licence to be equivalent to the entry level Foundation Licence. It had ruled
that the qualification equivalency of the US Technician Licence granted after
22 September 2016, be that of the entry level Australian Foundation Licence.
Previously it had been granted the top class Advanced Licence.
Among those agreeing with the ACMA re-set was the American Radio Relay League
that stated that the US Technician Class Licence was very close to the
Foundation Licence, but not higher. (It was downgraded in 1999). Existing
licensees who obtained their Advanced Licence based on the US Technician
Licence were grandfathered and the ACMA would allow them to continue to operate
at the Advanced Level.
The ACMA, in the just completed review, said: "These changes are due to changes
to the US licence structure which resulted in a misalignment between Australian
and USA equivalent qualifications."
The review received two submissions. One was from the WIA who was made aware
of the issue by a US Volunteer Examiner (VE) and others that there was concern
the US General Licence was inappropriate to Australian Amateur Licence
examination standards. This view was supported by the WIA Board.
The WIA believed that the standard of some of the foreign country exams had
changed in recent years, and no longer reflected equivalence to Australian
Amateur Radio qualifications.
The WIA Board had analysed the US General Licence question bank in relation to
where each question would fit into the Australian Amateur Radio Syllabus.
Basically, the WIA found it had a single theory and regulations paper of
30 questions (21 needed for a pass), compared to Australia's Standard Licence
50 question theory paper (35), 30 question regulations paper (21), and a
20 question practical test with a 100% pass mark.
The other submission received believed the US General Licence was close to the
Advanced examination, and the US Technician Licence (re-set to Foundation
Licence equivalent in 2016) should result in the granting of a Standard
The ACMA assessed both submissions in its US General Licence review, and the
one it held last year on the US Technician Licence, on the relative levels of
each qualification, and the outcomes related to the level of knowledge that was
the best fit for each class of licence. While the ACMA held its recent review,
it froze all US General Licence applications and advised the WIA to not accept
callsign recommendations after 26 April 2017 on that qualification.
Now that the ACMA review is complete, those people with a US General Licence
submitted to the WIA after that date (26 April 2017) will be eligible for the
The issue of equivalency was first raised by the WIA with the ACMA in late 2015,
and has resulted in the two reviews involving a public consultation process.
The ACMA consultation on the US General Licence may be read at:
Three WIA directors spent time last week at the WIA Office in Bayswater Victoria.
Justin VK7TW, Greg VK2GPK and Marcus VK5WTF used the time to discover where
improvements can be made to support WIA staff - Bruce and Petra and facilitate
the delivery of more effective and efficient service for members.
One change that comes into effect from Monday 10 July 2017 relates to the hours
that Bruce and Petra will be answering phone calls.
The phone hours will become 11:00am to 4:00pm AEST each business day. This will
allow the actioning of requests for two hours in the morning and the last hour in
This will also provide an extended phone contact window for Western and South
Australian members to contact the office.
Of course you can contact the National Office anytime using email and the email
address can be found on the internet edition of this broadcast. Please note that
email is the preferred method of contact and phone messages left outside these
hours will not be actioned.
Before making an inquiry of the WIA please take a moment to see if your
question has already been answered on the WIA website.
To make it easier for everyone the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section along
with their answers are on the WIA website.
Any questions, ideas, or things you suggest for inclusion on the website are
communicated easily online.
Click on the 'Contact the WIA' form Link to send your query.
There may be a reason why things are not included or easily found, but always
feel free to contact us about the website. And remember that the website
'Search' facility is your friend and can help find information.
Hello, Brian Clarke, VK2GCE here, the seventh member of your new WIA Board.
Some of you may recall me as the author of technical articles for AR or giving
technical presentations at various amateur radio venues. You may have been one
of my students in electro technology courses at TAFE. Some of you may have read
my technical inputs to Internet technical groups in test equipment, electronics
components and military radios. Some of you may recall me as your radio club's
past President or Secretary, or your journal's editor. And I've been a trainer
and assessor for amateur radio licence candidates since 2004.
Looking back, it was probably short wave listening on my Mum and Dad's Columbus
mantle radio that got me started in radio. When I was about 13, I purchased my
first Command receiver, a BC-454-B. On that I listened to the local Air Force
base QNH in Morse code on 3.2 MHz. That receiver stood me in good stead for my
Boy Scouts Signaller's badge. At my high school, Jack Woolloxall our physics
master had an amateur licence we used as 'second operators'. We had an RAF
R-1155 receiver for spotting and a ZC1-MkII HF transceiver feeding a half-quad
between school buildings. Aged about 15, I got an 80 m Command transmitter,
linked it to my BC-454-B, thus upgrading our station about 10 dB to contact
Australian amateurs. Thank you Jack.
I did an electrical and electronics engineering degree at Auckland University,
under Prof Gordon Bogle. He had been a boffin in WWII, designing RADAR sets and
antennae. Guess what one of the final year exam questions was? Calculate the
impedance of a 1/10th λ ground-plane antenna using Finite Element Analysis - by
In London, I became a design consultant to a major recording house for the film
industry- De Lane Lea; we rubbed shoulders with Rank, Gaumont-Kallee and MGM.
My highlight was to design and supervise the building of the recording studio
and the electronics for the London parts of Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'.
My interest in amateur radio is more on the technology design and construction
side. This started when I was at primary school; my mentor was Bob Townsend,
ZL1DC (SK), an ex-RADAR technician. His mentoring led to my lifelong career in
electronics, working for such firms as Boeing, Cochlear, ResMed, Rockwell and
Siemens Plessey. Some of Boeing's Seattle engineers were surprised at my poking
holes in their antenna signal-strength polar plots by my going back to the
basic RADAR equation - they had left out the log of distance and inverted the
I am a strong believer in learning about people's expectations - comes from my
Through the WIA's new Strategy Advisory Committee, we will seek your views
about what you would like to see as the Vision and Mission Statements for the
Here's my starter Vision - for the WIA to become the world's best amateur radio
One Mission Statement could be that we build the best nurturing system for
radio amateurs in the world, where we mentor newcomers and then convert them
into mentors. Already, Australian radio amateurs are seeking licences in other
jurisdictions - let's reverse the flow.
Another Mission Statement might be that we lubricate the pathways for radio
amateurs to turn their hobbies into vocations and vice versa.
(Recall Dr Andy Thomas?)
To get there, we need to help young people excel at STEM, and then convert them
into radio amateurs; then we need to convert them and would be radio amateurs
into WIA members.
I look forward to serving you as a Director this year, using my scientific,
technological, engineering and management consulting skills and experience.
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.
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNBROKEN LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP
The President, Council and Members of the South African Radio League have just
congratulated Dennis Wells, ZS1AU, and Artie Perold, ZS1HL, on 70 years of
unbroken League membership, as at 1 July 2017.
This is quite an achievement, well done Dennis and Artie! , now I wonder what
the Aussie Record for WIA membership is?
Ofcom's approach to enforcement
The UK regulator, Ofcom, has published a statement summarising updates and
revisions to its Enforcement Guidelines
These guidelines explain the procedures Ofcom will follow when conducting most
types of regulatory enforcement action relating to telecoms and postal services,
consumer protection legislation, competition law, and certain
competition-related conditions in broadcast licences.
Alongside that statement, they have published a number of documents, setting
out our new procedures including advice for complainants and whistle-blowers.
Updated Table of Radio Spectrum Usage in New Zealand
Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) has published a new issue of
'Table of Radio Spectrum Usage in New Zealand.
RSM's updated spectrum usage chart, which is a visible representation of
spectrum usage in New Zealand, can be downloaded as a PDF from the link shown
in today's VK1WIA National News Service text edition.
It's the season for ham gatherings - from Dayton Hamvention in the U.S. to
Westlake's ARC car boot sale, the Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club
HamFest, Caboolture HamFest, Germany's Ham Radio Friedrichshafen -- and now
hams in Indonesia are preparing for their own big annual radio fair in Jakarta.
The two-day event is set for next weekend 15th and 16th of July - the same
weekend as Ham Radio Friedrichshafen - but Indonesia's is taking place in
North Jakarta's Ancol Beach City.
The activities will include mobile and walking direction-finding exercises,
a Code receiving contest, a logging contest, a QSL card challenge and everyone's
favourite activity of all - shopping for the latest equipment.
The Jakarta Amateur Radio Fair will also host a special event station - be
listening for the call sign YB 0 JARF
One USA club has had a 'gem' of an idea, jewellery, ham-radio style and it
could just be a great HamFest money spinner for you.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Damron N8TMW says when you're a ham looking to get
the message out in flawless CW, would could be better than having a good fist?
How about........a good wrist?
Anderson Radio Club in South Carolina's great idea is the Morse Code bracelet.
Out there amid the radios and the generators was a table beneath a tent offering
an assortment of coloured beads, string and clasps.
Visitors were encouraged to learn a little Code first and then spell their names
out with beads representing dots, dashes and spaces between.
From there, they made the bracelets. Best of all no amateur license necessary.
Of course, there turned out to be a bit of hidden message behind all that
It said: "Become a licensed ham and all this can be yours next time."
So perhaps next year some of the guests will indeed be back - and this time,
as Jim said " they'll be wearing a headset instead."
Who and Where are our WIA News rebroadcast 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
On now is the IARU HF Championship event, 8 and 9 July.
Trans-Tasman Low Bands Challenge 3RD FULL WEEKEND OF JULY (15-16)
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.
The IARU HF Championships takes place over the second full weekend of July,
beginning at 12:00 UTC on the Saturday and ending at 12:00 UTC on the Sunday.
This year the contest takes place THIS weekend, 8 and 9 July.
Both Single and Multi-operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period.
The aim of the contest is to contact as many other amateurs, especially
IARU member society HQ stations, around the world as possible using phone or CW
on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.
Find all the rules at www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship
The WIA station is VK5WIA/HQ
IARU officials also represent a maximum of four multipliers per band with the
designators of AC, R1, R2 and R3.
As well as being a contest for individuals around the world there is a team
element, with teams representing national societies.
As an example, the UK have for the past few years the RSGB HQ team, GR2HQ
and it will be on the air again this year. GR2HQ stations will be spread across
the UK, at some of the best equipped contesters' QTHs.
Most GR2HQ stations concentrate on one band and mode, but some of the bigger
stations will be active on more than one band and mode. They are all linked
live via the internet, so if you want to know what frequency any of them is on
you can ask any of the others.
So why might you want to do this? To make as many band and mode QSOs as you can,
to qualify for one of the free awards. There are several available.
Another fast approaching is of course our own WIA Rembembrance Day Contest
"HI, this is Alan VK4SN, the RD contest manager.
This year the 2017 RD contest falls on the 2nd weekend of August.
The contest kicks off at 0300z on August 12th and finishes 0300z August 13th.
Categories include Single Operator, Multi Operator Single Transmitter and
Multi Operator Multi transmitter.
Phone, CW & RTTY modes are allowed.
The exchange given is the signal report followed by the number of years you
have been licenced.
For clubs the exchange is the signal report followed by the number of licenced
years of the longest licenced ham present at the start of the contest.
Repeat contacts can be made 3 hours after the previous contact with that
If you wish to create a team please notify me, VK4SN, prior to the contest.
And above all, remember to send in your log within the fortnight after.
All information is available for download from the WIA contest web pages.
Good luck and hope to work you during the contest.
73, this is Alan, VK4SN, RD contest manager."
The second period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for 2017 is now
closed and entries are open until the 14th of July.
If you have worked any DX over the past 3 months, head over to www.vk2au.org
and submit an entry. There are several easy ways to enter.
See the website for more details.
( Submitted by Peter VK2PR on behalf of the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club )
Indian Ocean 6M EME DXpeditions
Lance, W7GJ, will be active from the Indian Ocean to focus on 6 meters EME QSOs.
West Island/Cocos Island as VK9CGJ between September 12-28th.
Christmas Island as VK9XGJ between October 2-18th.
Franz Josef Land
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.
Hong Kong celebrates with VR 20 prefix
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China,
Hong Kong licensed radio amateurs are being allowed to use the special prefix
VR 20 on a voluntary basis from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018.
Her Majesty's Royal Mint on the air
In what is to be the world's first special event station operating in a
Royal Mint occurs in Wales under the callsign of G B 4 Royal Mint Experience.
The Barry Amateur Radio Society will set up the station on CW, SSB, Satellite,
RTTY and JT64 looking for QSOs throughout the world.
The event from July 31 to August 3 will engage school children and the general
public spotting QSOs with pins in a large map.
For more information about the event is under GB 4 RME on qrz.com
World Radio and Television Handbook's A17 Broadcasting Schedules Update file
is now available for free download from www.wrth.com
The PDF file contains the changes to the transmission schedules of
International, Clandestine and point to point broadcasters.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING
Real-time balloon track
high altitude balloon links
Those WIA members who joined us in VK5 for the AGM weekend marvelled as
Australia's "Ballooning Club" AREG, flew that high altitude balloon flight
"Horus 45" marking the event.
Well from Adelaide to Poland and USA a story now on an epic flight from
SP 9 UOB-P30 Pico Balloon reaches USA
A solar powered 'around the world' amateur radio APRS balloon launched from
Poland June 15, has crossed the Pacific and is flying at just over
14,000 metres across the USA
APRS on 144.390 1200/9600 every minute
Contestia 32/1000 on 144.251 MHz USB every minute
CW every 5 minutes and "HI" between telemetry transmissions on 144.251 MHz USB.
Tracker is solar powered only.
Real-time balloon track
Useful high altitude balloon links
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org
Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908 28.058
II 2 FIST ( DOUBLE EYE TWO FIST ) is active until the end of the year, CW only,
to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FIST Club, the International Morse
QSL via the bureau use IZ 2 FME.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW event in prestigious publication
The Quarter Century Wireless Association E-journal QCWA of July has a cover
of various QSL cards issued during the International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend, held on the third weekend of August. This club for those who have been
a radio amateur for 25 years also has a story on the annual fun-event written
by Don Tucker W7WLL of Oregon.
W7WLL has activated many US lighthouses and believes it has become so popular
because it's a relaxing, fun weekend.
Not only does the event expose Amateur Radio to the public, it also encourages
the worldwide preservation of our lighthouses and lightships.
The event participants even send QSL cards showing the station location in
reply to shortwave listener reception reports.
E-journal QCWA has invited its members who take part in the event to send their
photos and reports so they can be published.
To see those already registered for the International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend on August 19 and 20 please visit the website illw.net
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
The Brisbane VHF Group is holding a Microwavers get-together on Sunday 16 July
at the club rooms of the Redcliffe and District Amateur Radio Club on Klingner
Rd, Kippa Ring at 10 AM and a BBQ lunch will be available.
Here is Geoff VK4KJJ
"A 10 GHz test range is going to be set up so bring along your
10 GHz transverters and check them out.
A limited amount of test equipment will also be available if
you want something tested. Please let us know if you have a
We will also have on show some equipment for the 47 GHz amateur band.
You can also bring along your latest microwave project to show others
what you have been working on."
Further details can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
Clouds of frosted meteor smoke now rippling over Europe
Nightfall is supposed to bring darkness. This week in parts of Europe,
nightfall has brought something different: an electric-blue glow caused by
clouds of water-frosted meteor smoke rippling over the continent.
These summertime "noctilucent clouds" (NLCs) have been much brighter than usual
and even seem to be causing strange radio echoes above the Arctic Circle.
The sudden intensification of NLCs could herald more widespread sightings in
Europe and North America in the nights ahead.
Visit Spaceweather.com for observing tips and more information.
NASA prepares for total solar eclipse
For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the
entire continental United States, and NASA is preparing to share this
experience of a lifetime on Aug. 21.
Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before,
during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft,
more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the
International Space Station - each offering a unique vantage point for the
Coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina, 14 states will - over a span of
almost two hours - experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle
of the day.
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
July 15 VK2 Westlake's ARC car boot sale 9am
July 22 VK3 Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest. July 22
Cranbourne Community Hall Clarendon & High St, Cranbourne.
July 22 VK4 Caboolture HamFest on their sprawling clubhouse grounds.
HamFest are an opportunity to connect with many technically
minded people in a very short timeframe. Luckily tables are
still available so if you, your club, or other groups or clubs
that you are involved in would like to share or sell something
to the Amateur Radio community then organise your table soon.
The Caboolture Radio Club will be happy to hear from you.
Caboolture is committed to putting the ham into HamFest and
will have its famous bacon and egg rolls along with sausages
and light refreshments available on the day.
Make sure you head out to Caboolture and see the home of this
years John Moyle Memorial field day multi-operator, HF Phone
Aug 27 VK2 SACRCfest SHOW, TELL & SELL day. (vk2zdr)
Sep 9 VK4 SunFest held at the Woombye School of Arts building 09:00.(vk4vp)
Sep 9-10 VK4 ALARAMEET Cairns. Listen for VI4ALARA from July (vk4swe vk3pc)
Sep 10 VK3 Shepparton HamFest St Augustine's Hall, Orr St. (vk3fnqs)
Sep29-Oct2 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (tarc)
Oct 29 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HAMFEST 10:00am at the
Gary Cooper Pavilion, Yarra Glen. Maybe visit a winery or two
after the HamFest : email@example.com
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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