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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 16 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA PRESIDENT JUSTIN VK7TW WITH IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR WIA. -
WIA CONTEST THE HARRY ANGEL 2017 RESULTS WITH KEVIN VK4UH. -
WHY VKers cannot get ONE THOUSAND WATTS.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 16
Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites the public to their
July 21 meeting.
BAREC member, Col Herbert, VK3LED, will provide an interesting presentation
on an aircraft tracking system called ADS-B, a system in which electronic
equipment on board an aircraft, automatically broadcasts its precise location
and other information via a digital data link.
It enables aircraft to be accurately tracked by air traffic controllers and
other pilots, without the need for conventional radar.
Now it just happens, and we have made mention of this several times in
WIA National News YOU can help out with ADS-B.
The organisation that provides the planefinder.net website and the planefinder
app. are looking for more volunteers in numerous areas of Australia that would
be interested in setting up a free ADS-B receiver at their location to improve
the coverage in Australia.
Volunteers in areas that additional coverage is needed will be provided with a
free ADS-B receiver, cable and external aerial to setup and operate.
The high priority areas are
Geraldton, Broome, Port Hedland.
Melbourne Airport (line of sight)
in fact most coastal/outback areas.
People interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the planefinder service in action by typing planefinder.net
net in your browser and locating the map to your part of the world.
Now, particularly if you are within range of Bendigo July 21, VK3LED will
demonstrate how he receives this data directly from aircraft, and feeds
it into an international database, along with thousands of other feeds from
around the globe, which can also be viewed on the internet.
The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday July 21st at the BAREC club room,
20 Longlea Lane, Longlea. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available.
(Mark Plowman, VK2MP / Graeme Knight VK3GRK)
Historic flight reaches New Zealand
The around the world Project Earhart flight has left Sydney to cross the
Tasman Sea to New Zealand.
Pilot and radio amateur Brian Lloyd WB6RQN, 62 of Texas, is marking the
flight by Amelia Earhart 80 years ago.
Brian in his small aircraft, flying by visual flight rules, had a minor
transgression by nudging restricted air space, but after correction landed
without incident at Warnervale about 95 km north of Sydney at nightfall.
After a rest and feed he stopped at the local radio station for an interview
before preparing for the flight to Sydney International Airport.
A problem with an antenna tuning unit also meant little Amateur Radio activity
was possible until it was fixed.
As Brian WB6RQN explains, as soon as he got to altitude he radioed Sydney.
That caused some confusion at first, but soon the penny dropped that he was
on his way.
He said: "Sydney is a big airport with nothing but airliners. I doubt they
have seen anything as small as Spirit in ages."
"I landed and they even sent out a follow-me truck to guide me where I was to
meet the customs and immigration people. Sure, I could have navigated there
by myself but the truck gets me there without any possibility for error."
Brian WB6RQN continued: "The guys from customs and immigration were excited
to see me and said I was a celebrity in Australia. First I'd heard of it.
Anyway, they signed and stamped all the paperwork so I could be on my way."
He took off for New Zealand into beautiful clear-blue sky, about an hour late.
But a 45 knot tailwind soon had his groundspeed up over 200 kts so the
projected arrival time came back to its original schedule.
Then Brian encountered thunder snow but used a Stormscope to navigate a path.
At a lower altitude he had warmer air, no snow, no lightning and no icing.
He landed at Hamilton Airport on the North Island of New Zealand. There he was
greeted by officials and showed them he had the correct spray cans to kill off
any 'imported' insects.
Here he was to stay for the week, hoping to fix the ATU and do some maintenance
on the single-engine 1979 Mooney 231 aircraft before the big flight across the
At time of going to air Brian should be almost above the most promising
position the late Aviatrix Emaila Earhardt was estimated at before
going missing and will drop a wreath on the reef.
The flight began on June 1 in Miami Florida taking him across the Atlantic
Ocean to South America, through Africa, India, South-East Asia, Australia
and New Zealand.
( Author - Jim Linton VK3PC and https://www.facebook.com/AmeliaEarhart80/ )
After the VKLogger forum group was disbanded, and who could blame them in
this age of litigation, a group called OzLogger was started.
Now THAT has changed.
The new domain name is AHRDF.NET
Australian Ham Radio Discussion Forum.
The previous content is still available under AHRDF.NET, the current user
details including logins have transferred, so in reality it will be very much
the same as before. You will need to update any bookmarks to this new domain
name however the old domain name, Ozlogger.net, will automatically direct you
to the new forum - at least for a while - to simplify access to the new Forum
Doug VK4ADC says for those wishing to use Tapatalk to access the Forum via
phone or tablet, you will need to find the AHRDF access link on Tapatalk as
the old Ozlogger one is no longer valid.
Please note that you cannot register for the Forum via Tapatalk.
If you can't remember the domain name, simply Google 'Ozlogger'
or 'Australian Ham Radio Discussion Forum'
G'day this is Justin VK7TW.
There is a fair bit going on at the moment to improve your WIA.
As heard last week three directors spent time at the WIA office in Bayswater
with Bruce and Petra and a number of other members. We were very impressed
with the dedication and hard work that Bruce and Petra put into their roles
to support the organisation and membership. I hear nothing but praise for their
To further support Bruce and Petra we encourage members and amateurs who need
to contact the office to first consult the Frequently Asked Questions on the
WIA website and if you cannot find an answer then email the office.
If you do not have email facilities then please try ringing the office between
11:00am and 4:00pm AEST/AEDST. This provides an expanded window for VK5, 6 & 8
to contact the office by phone and enables Bruce and Petra to focus
uninterrupted on work outside these hours.
The Spectrum Strategy committee is also hard at work drafting the WIA responses
to the various phases of the Spectrum Reform and 3.6GHz Spectrum consultation.
Directors and Peter Young - WIA Regulatory Counsel have also held their regular
meetings with the ACMA in the last few weeks and these have confirmed our
constructive and beneficial relationship.
I attended the annual Gippstech - VHF and above Microwave and Weak Signal
Conference held at Churchill in Gippsland a couple of weeks ago. This is my
annual microwave inspiration weekend and one of the presentations was by
Peter Young VK3MV titled "The International Governance of Amateur Radio - The
Role of the IARU". Peter is a Region3 Director of the International Amateur
Radio Union (IARU). He emphasised the international heritage that Amateur Radio
enjoys with linkage all the way back to 1925 when the IARU was formed and the
WIA was a Founding Member Society.
What does the IARU do? It advocates internationally and regionally to protect
existing spectrum and seek new allocations, it submits technical and
information papers, coordinates the work of member societies, enhances the
role of the amateur service and it trains regulators in emerging countries
through the Support To the Amateur Radio Service (STARS) program and Vietnam is
a recent success story. The IARU is funded through national radio societies
with members societies paying dues to the Regions who contribute to the central
body. The WIA's contribution is about $1 per member per year. For international
advocacy that's cheap!
The IARU is a sector member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
who set the international Radio Regulations (RR). The Regulations are an
international Treaty between member states of the ITU and Australia is a member.
Australia attends the World Radio Conference (WRC) every 4-5 years where the
regulations can be modified. These Regulations are critical to the amateur
Peter demonstrated this criticality by listing achievements at recent WRCs:
WRC-1979 - WARC bands (10, 18 & 24MHz)
WRC-2003 - Eliminating morse code requirements and setting minimum standards
and qualifications for the amateur services
WRC-2007 & 2012 - New secondary allocations for 2200 and 630 metres
WRC-2015 - New allocation on 60m and 77GHz with co-primary allocation due to
the amateur service demonstrating they are responsible users through
The WIA has a special linkage with member Dale Hughes VK1DSH being the chair of
Working Group 1 of ITU-R Working Party 5A which is the ITU 'home' of amateur
issues and where any technical discussion on relevant WRC agenda items take
place. Having a highly qualified and well respected amateur as the chair of
this important working group does enormously support our cause.
I thank Peter Young VK3MV and Dale Hughes VK1DSH for their time and continued
involvement in this incredibly important aspect of our hobby.
I leave you with a heads up for the next few weeks - the board is about to ask
for Expressions of Interest to fill a number of important roles that include:
Strategy Committee members
Audit and Risk Committee members
Radio Activities Committee chair
Privacy Officer and
Inward QSL Manager
So if you are wanting to become involved in the running of your national
representative body and believe you have the right skill set then please
seriously consider these vacancies.
This has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA Board
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
This week, I'm going to discuss our emissions. As in the RF emissions that we
radiate from our antennas.
The signals we send out are also known as electromagnetic radiation, or
electromagnetic emissions, as the "official' term has it.
The A C M A uses the term electromagnetic emissions - abbreviated E M E - but
the acronym E M R is also widely used for the same thing.
There's a question I get asked at amateur radio meetings, and at hamfests;
which I also hear on the air, and read on social media - which goes like this:
"when the ZLs can have a kilowatt, why can't we?"
Sometimes added is the fact that amateurs in many other countries have been
able to run a kilowatt or more for decades.
Many amateurs ask the question: why is it that we just can't have it, like
amateurs in so many other countries - New Zealand, America, Canada, Japan,
South America and so on?
The central issue comes down to that of compliance with electromagnetic
radiation standards in Australia.
As licensed radio amateurs, we have an obligation to comply with our licence
conditions, the LCD. Part and parcel of that is complying with a condition
attached to ALL apparatus licences applying to transmitting installations -
broadcast stations, cellphone towers, TV stations and etc, which refers to
I understand that this obligation will still apply under the coming regime of
parameters-based licensing, when the new radiocommunications act comes into
HOWEVER - Australia is unique in the world when it comes to radiocommunications
regulation, embodied in licence conditions, and compliance with electromagnetic
radiation standards. Here, the two things are linked - but nowhere else in the
In sunny Australia, our radiocommunications regulator - the A C M A - has the
responsibility to ensure compliance. It's an issue of public risk.
Complaining that New Zealand, America, Canada, Japan and other jurisdictions
allow "high power" in their amateur licence conditions doesn't cut it - you're
not comparing like with like.
The A C M A has a responsibility to the public, to ensure that electromagnetic
emissions from ALL radio transmitting systems do not present a harmful
situation to the general public. In fulfilling that responsibility, the A C M A
needs to know where possibly harmful transmitter systems are located and that
such locations are recorded on a licence.
So. Is there any hope for change?
In the recent WIA consultation on licence conditions, Question 3 in Phase 1
canvassed responses on a sensible, pragmatic review of permitted powers for all
licence grades. More than 77 per cent of respondents indicated that they were
totally in favour, while over 13 per cent were in favour of limited change.
We're working on it.
Advocacy. Education. Support. That's what we do.
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News
AND STILL FOLK LOSE THEIR CALLSIGNS
After some chatter on social media, all licence holders need to make sure their
licence details up to date with the ACMA ensuring that their address and email
are kept up to date.
And clubs should do this as well, making sure the callsign is in the correct
name and that it is assigned as a club licence under the licence conditions
Locally in VK4 QNEWS is the home of Amateur Raadio Club news.
We look in today on
GOLD COAST AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY
IRLP Node 6702
Ipswich & District Radio Club
Web - www.vk4wip.org.au
Email - email@example.com
Main 2 meter repeater - 146.900, linked to 438.375 and 439.300
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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.
Contester to be honoured, non-amateur satellites, and WRC-19 preparations
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Directors are to meet soon
This will be just before the JARL Hamfair in September, where the IARU Region 3
highest scoring single IARU HF Championship operator for 2016,
Hajime Hazuki JR2GRX, will be presented with the Michael Owen Plaque.
Chairman Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN writing in the latest IARU Region 3 newsletter,
reports that there had been a proliferation of small educational satellites
without any amateur radio payloads, but using amateur frequencies.
A few weeks ago yet another such satellite was launched.
The IARU wants frequency coordination be a pre-condition for accepting
satellite launches. Gopal VU2GMN says the IARU will also approach the
respective administrations through its member society to stop the misuse of
Work continues on the agenda items of interest to the amateur service and
amateur satellite service at the ITU World Radiocommunications Conference
Two IARU Region 3 Directors - Shizuo Endo JE1MUI and Wisnu Widjaja YB0AZ - with
the Australian delegation member Dale Hughes VK1DSH, will be at the APT
Conference Preparatory Group (APG) later this month in Bali, Indonesia.
This is where a preliminary regional view will be discussed for each WRC-19
Increased release of 5 MHz to radio amateurs - but not VK
The latest radio amateurs to use 5 MHz or 60m band as a secondary allocation
are in Belize, Cyprus, Philippines and Jamaica.
The ITU World Radiocommunications Conference in November 2015 gave the Amateur
Service a Secondary allocation of 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, with a maximum power of
15W EIRP (effective isotropic radiated power) up to 25W EIRP, dependent on
The new arrivals on the band announced by Paul Gaskell G4MWO Editor of The
5 MHz Newsletter, who said they follow similar allocations in many countries.
A number also permit use on a couple of channels or for emergency use.
However, in some areas incumbents on those frequencies are delaying its release.
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has it firmly on its agenda with the
Australian Communications and Media Authority, along with a spot frequency at
Comprehensive coverage of what countries already have the 5 MHz/60m band can be
found on the Wikipedia 60 Metre Band page.
THE MOST POWERFUL RADIO SIGNALS IN THE WORLD ARE ON SHF
Rory Norton, ZS2BL, at Port Elizabeth drew our attention on the forum to the
powerful transmitters that are used on the VLF and ELF bands with output powers
ranging up to 14 Megawatts, and very large antenna systems. But all these
stations are eclipsed by the extremely high-power klystron transmitters that
are currently in use in the field of radio astronomy.
Carl Sagan and Frank Drake used this type of transmitter at Arecibo,
Puerto Rico, to send the most powerful radio signal ever from Earth into space.
The radiated power was 20 Terawatts generated by a 20 Megawatt klystron for
a period of five minutes and carried a digital message. The signal was
travelling in the direction of the constellation of Hercules, which happened
to be overhead at the time.
Stanford University has designed klystrons with an output up to 150 Megawatts
operating on 500 kilovolts.
Tests have already produced 1 Gigawatt of power when using micro-second pulses
and higher powers are being planned.
Continuous radar signals are used in radio astronomy to map obscure surfaces
such as the planet Venus, or pulsed radar to measure distances in the Solar
When the SKA comes on stream in 2024 then radio astronomy can also boast the
largest antenna system in the world.
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
Trans-Tasman Low Bands Challenge THIS WEEKEND 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
Results from 2 contests arrived on my desk this week, The Harry Angel Memorial
Sprint and the VK SHIRES.
In a moment Kevin VK4UH with the Harry Angel results but first to the 'Shires'
where that contest has been and gone again and the logs all came in - This year
Trent VK4TS says "we have new champions in all categories including:-"
Single Op All Band:-
John VK5PO managed to scrap up an amazing 300+ QSOs for a corrected score of
61,800 this was way ahead of second place getter Shaun VK3VH with a creditable
15,900 and third place getter Lawrie VK5LJ finishing off the top three with
VK4FMAX was the top dog Foundation this year and VK4FMAX WON'T be doing a
repeat next year as he'ss upgraded to Advanced - well done on both counts Mark
Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint Contest 2107 Results
From Kevin Johnston VK4UH and Charlie Strong VK4YZ (Contest Managers) on
behalf of the Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club and the WIA.
The Harry Angel Sprint is an annual 80m contest event, first established in
1999, to commemorate the life of Harry Angel VK4HA who at the time of his
becoming a Silent Key was the oldest licensed amateur in Australia.
The duration of the contest is 106 minutes, one minute for each year of Harry's
life. The 2017 HA Contest was run on May 6th this year.
The contest is run across four sections:-
Phone, CW, Mixed and Short wave Listener.
This year there were 54 entries received across all sections including
participants from all VK call areas except VK8 and also from ZL.
There were four entries from F-call stations.
Position holders in each category are awarded a commemorative certificate by
the Redcliffe Group and points gained in the HA can be used towards an entry
in the annual Peter Brown WIA Contest Champion Trophy competition.
Place winners in this year's HA will be posted on the WIA website, under
CONTESTS and also in the AR Magazine.
Participation in the 2017 contest was higher than ever guaranteeing the
continuation of this event in future years.
( Kevin VK4UH )
Now many of us go chasing "wallpaper", be it contesting, DXing or Special Event
Stations, some of which truly are "Special" and cause us to ' Thankfully
One Aussie event took place over several nights in July 1942, 3 Jap air raids
on Townsville, and a 4th on Mossman, inland from Port Douglas
Mossman must have had some special significance to the Japanese as earlier in
1942 Taylors Bay, in Mosman NSW still to this day bares testimony to the
Japanese Midget Submarine attack on Sydney with a home heritage-listed
because it has a crack in the balcony from the ensuing explosions.
But back to this stories main thread, VK4KG
VK4KG, the Amateur Radio Station based at the RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage
Centre, is planning a number of operations over the next few months remembering
the Bombing of Townsville on this the 75th Anniversary.
Mon 24th July - portable operation from the Breakwater near the
Entertainment Centre close to where the first bomb fell
Tue 25th July - portable operation from Pallarenda close to where
the second bomb fell
Wed 26th July - portable operation from Oonoonba close to where the third bomb
St Kitts V47JA. SSB on 160m to 6m from 12th July until 5th August.
Look for him particularly during the IOTA contest at the end of July.
Until the end of September, VK4's Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club is
operating Special Event Call sign, VI 4 SC 50 to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the official naming of the Sunshine Coast on 1st August 1967,
and is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council with a grant
of $1250 to go towards expenses such as QSL's and certificates etc.
More info is available on QRZ.com
(VK4KX Bernard SCARC President)
On behalf of the West Australian Repeater Group (WARG) Anthony VK6AXB provides
an update on the international HF beacon, VK6RBP:
You may know that VK6RBP is part of the International Beacon project, run by
the Northern California DX Foundation. There are 18 beacons located around the
globe, each transmitting in separate 10-second blocks across five bands,
synchronised to repeat every three minutes.
The beacon network was first established in 1995, and is a very useful
propagation tool, but it was becoming increasingly unreliable, mainly due to
the aging equipment. These problems also affected VK6RBP, with extended time
off air in the last year or two.
Now however NCDXF are rolling out Beacon Version 2.0, and WARG are pleased to
report the new radio and controller arrived safely in VK6, and were installed
at the site on Sunday, July 9th. We would be very grateful for any signal
If you need a reminder, the beacons transmit CW on the following frequencies:
14.100, 18.110, 21,150, 24.930, and 28.200. The CW ident and the first 'dash'
are sent at 100W, with three dashes following at 10W, 1W and 100 mW respectively.
More information about the Beacons is at NCDXF.ORG
Please listen out for VK6RBP, and let us know if you hear it!
Signal reports can be emailed to Secretary@WARG.0RG.AU
Those in VK6 can provide a signal report directly by calling in to WARG's
technical and general net, every Sunday, at 02:30 Zulu / 10:30 local on
repeater VK6RLM, 146.750; which also has Echolink & AllStar. Or come to
WARG's next meeting, 7:30pm on Monday 7th August at the 1st Pelican Point
Sea Scouts clubrooms, 12 Australia II Drive, Crawley.
I'd like to thank those who assisted with the beacon installation and on-air
testing: Bob VK6ZGN, Trevor VK6MS, Graham VK6RO and especially Walt, N6XG and
all at the NCDXF.
WARG also thanks Graham and the News teams for their efforts in putting this
73 from Anthony VK6AXB
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
SSTV for ARISS 20th anniversary
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) international
team is to transmit a set of 12 pre-selected SSTV images that capture the
accomplishments of ARISS over the past 20 years.
Shane VK4KHZ the Australian ARISS Coordinator says the event will start
on Thursday, July 20 around 2125 UTC.
The images gathered worldwide are expected to depict school based events,
ARISS equipment, ground station operators and astronauts or cosmonauts.
For anyone interesting in receiving the SSTV images the equipment required is
relatively basic. The most popular SSTV software seems to be MMSSTV, and the
mode will be PD120 (PD180 may be a second option) on 145.800 FM using the high
powered Kenwood transceiver.
For those wanting to inspire young people the two-day event affords the capture
of images directly from space to home computers.
It should cover most of the world with the signal expected to be very strong
and easy to receive, even with modest antennas such as an omnidirectional
vertical or dipole antenna.
SSTV images received can posted on a BlogSpot for the public to view, with the
URLs for that and the latest information in the text of this broadcast.
AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, the ARISS facebook
and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status
Please note that any ARISS event depends on ISS crew availability and are
subject to change.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING
Real-time balloon track
high altitude balloon links
Sisters planning solar eclipse balloon
Geek Wire via SouthGate News report Seattle sisters Rebecca 12 and Kimberly 10
are planning to launch a new High Altitude Balloon mission with APRS tracking
(KI 7 CSK-11) for the solar eclipse over the USA August 21
The Seattle sisters, daughters of radio amateur Winston Yeung KI 7 CSK, are
behind a series of missions which launch Lego toys into the stratosphere on
APRS high-altitude balloons.
This time, they're teaming up with the pros at NASA for a flight tied to the
Aug. 21 total solar eclipse
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
MORSE CODE IN A NEW DIMENSION
Amateur Radio Newsline in a recent edition looked at a bit of modern innovation.
A Morse Code Key that is made from a 3-D printer.
Although that's where the key originates, its real roots are in the imagination
of the 14-year-old son of the Texas radio amateur, Joe Delgado KC5ILR, who
developed the key to make his son happy.
Joe says his son wanted something "cool" and "colourful" for Morse Code and the
3-D printing of the key made him happy -- plus it sends code!
Now if someone can find a way to print a 3-D noise filter to clean up the bands,
we've got it made.
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)
ALARAMeet 2017 registrations close at the end of July and if you haven't
registered yet please go to the website and download the registration form.
This event only happens every 3 years and the VK4 organisers have a great
program planned. The provisional program is on the website as well
(www.alara.org.au). You don't have to be an ALARA member to attend.
A special accommodation rate for attendees has been negotiated with The
Cairns Colonial Club
We have a mix of YL's from almost every state as well as DX YL's.
This Meet in Cairns has a wide variety of activities including tours to the
great tourist attractions in and around Cairns, Breakout sessions on computer
logging and Contesting and much more. All this culminates in the Gala Pirate
Themed Dinner on Sunday night September 10th.
There will be prizes for those who want to come along in costume.
The Special Event Station VI4ALARA is being activated by VK4 YL's as publicity
for the Meet and Diane VK4DI is activating it on the Monday ANZA net most weeks.
Any VK4 YL's who wants to activate the call can contact Diane via email
firstname.lastname@example.org, to book days and times.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
So far 36 Aussies are in next month's International Lighthouse and Lightship
The annual fun-event now in its 20th year has 10 registered in VK3, then VK2 on
eight, VK5, VK6 and VK7 five each, with VK4 having three.
These are traditional Fresnel lighthouses, plus the Williamstown Timeball Tower
VK3WI that gave accurate time to Hobson's Bay ships.
Two are particularly mentioned here because it takes tremendous effort to reach
them. At King Island Glenn VK3CAM flies in to be VK3ILH / 7 at the Cape Wickham
Lighthouse, and there will be fishing too.
Peter VK4HOY a former head lighthouse keeper will be off the South Queensland
Coast on the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island Lighthouse as VK4LLE.
The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend with more than 275
registrations from 36 countries is on August 19 and 20.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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
JOTA to mark its 60th anniversary
The Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held for the 60th time in October.
The theme this year is "60 Years Connecting Scouts".
Starting out with Amateur Radio to link up Scouts in 1957, this year's theme
reflects on the growth in participation and the increased communication
channels. Amateur Radio has been joined by Internet-based means such as social
media, Skype, and others. The aim has been to allow conversations to discover
geographic and cultural differences, or similarities, plus exposure to
technology that makes all this possible.
JOTA-JOTI or the Jamboree on the Internet held on October 20 to 22, has over
one million Scouts and Girl Guides from more than 150 countries taking part.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club has set the date for next year's annual
Wyong Field Day as the last Sunday of the month of February 28th 2018.
Bob Hudson VK2AOR tells us the club is planning a better selection of food
to be served in the Bistro on the second floor.
July 22 VK3 Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest. July 22
Cranbourne Community Hall Clarendon & High St, Cranbourne.
July 22 VK4 Caboolture HamFest
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.
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)
Feb 28 VK2 Wyong Field Day (VK2AOR)
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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