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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 13 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA BOARD COMMENT - Director Peter VK8ZZ
WIA RD CONTEST ON THIS WEEKEND
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF AUG 13
As this news is going to air we VK Radio Amateurs are remembering not only
those hams who paid the Supreme Sacrifice doing World War Two but all who
have and do serve in the defence of this great country.
Peter Ellis again this year handled the opening address for the RD contest
where we heard from Brigadier Tim Bayliss AM:
Brigadier Tim Bayliss is Program Manager for both the US Force Posture
Initiatives (USFPI) and Australia - Singapore Military Training Initiative
For USFPI he is responsible for the control and coordination of
activities associated with the Australian component of the US rebalance to
For ASMTI he is responsible for the coordination of activities related to
access and joint development of training areas and facilities in Australia
which will enhance Singapore military training.
He has served on exchange with the British Army both on operations and in
His operational experience includes deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan and
short tours to Kenya, Iraq, Cyprus and Lebanon.
For his services to Army in the fields of career management and force
modernisation he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015.
During this, the 2017 opening address for our RD or Remembrance Day Contest
the Brigadier paid special mention of our recent loss of 3 US Marines in
the tragic accident during joint training off the VK4 Coast.
( http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/ )
On this the weekend we Radio Amateurs of Australia SHOULD be honouring those
Hams who fell, and served in WW2 and also all theatres of war and conflicts
we take a quick look at how the Wireless Reserve became part of the Royal
Australian Air Force.
The important role of radio amateurs in the WWII effort has been highlighted
by the Royal Australian Airforce when it recorded the formation anniversary
of the Wireless Reserve.
The RAAF Air Power Development Centre reports the Wireless Reserve was formed
in August, 1933. As a civilian body it had been with the RAAF since 1929
through the WIA, to serve the Air Board in peace and war by providing
equipment, knowledge and training.
WIA Historian Peter Wolfenden VK3RV says WWI Fighter Pilot H.K. Love, who was
also the WIA President, was leading the idea.
The RAAF newsletter also reports that by 1935 the Wireless Reserve had 100
members and granted an official badge.
Amateur Radio magazine in its January 1939 editorial, said that so highly has
the Reserve been thought of, that it has been duplicated, in modified form to
suit local conditions in New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and England.
The war began in September of that year.
A further story on the Wireless Reserve can be read in the Wireless Men and
Women at War book produced by the WIA.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
The Australian Travellers Net
To provide safety for radio amateurs travelling long distances often in remote
areas, or being marine mobile, is the Travellers Net on air 365 days of the
Anyone can also send a telephone message to the travellers or inquire about
A team of operators run the Travellers Net on 14.116 MHz with a check-in at
0200 UTC, and for 21.185MHz it is 0400 UTC. Priority is always given to urgent
Sometimes the use of relay stations is necessary for those not heard by a net
Each controller was recognised by a WIA Presidents Commendation at the WIA AGM
Hahndorf in May in 2017.
The full net information URL is in the text edition of this broadcast.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
The ACMA to look at its handling of interference
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a
discussion paper on its Interference Management Principles.
The investigation of interference complaints to radiocommunications services is
based on consultation with user groups in 2004, but technology and regulatory
practice has changed significantly since then.
The ACMA proposes to review its policies and processes to manage and resolve
Its discussion paper invites responses by September 22, the link is in the text
edition of the broadcast.
Christmas Island VK9VKL on air
This remote Australian Territory Indian Ocean location has a new radio amateur
Cliff Tindall VK9VKL who in a short time has qualified for the DX Century Club
Running a modern transceiver into a G5RV antenna and also a tuned 1/4 wave
vertical on 20 metres he has been heard on air working DX.
QSL cards are on the way.
Cliff VK9VKL was restricted at first due to a neighbour's TVI problem, but it
was resolved with a new TV antenna and removing a signal booster.
A good friend of QNEWS in VK4 and this the WIA National News is 'Captn Dan'
from North Queensland who sent us a story to do with the risk of cyber attacks
on ships' satellite navigation systems which is turning the tide back to
the roots of World War Two radio technology.
Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely
on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts say are
vulnerable to jamming by hackers. Unlike aircraft, ships lack a back-up
The alternative system uses an earth-based navigation technology known as
Developers of eLoran - the descendant of the loran (long-range navigation)
system created during World War II - say it is difficult to jam as the average
signal is an estimated 1.3 million times stronger than a GPS signal.
To do so would require a powerful transmitter, large antenna and lots of power,
which would be easy to detect, they add.
Read the full story on gcaptain.com
How a suspected heart attack turned into a murder mystery
Around 1991 Brian Underwood VK5 November Mike Sierra went silent key under
extremely suspicious circumstances.
Detectives of the Major Crime Investigation Branch, said the autopsy results
revealed Mr Underwood, 46, had died from a lethal dose of potassium cyanide.
"The symptoms for ischaemic heart disease and this type of poisoning are the
same. At the time of the autopsy they were not looking for a poisoning,''
"He would have been a grandfather to two by now had not circumstance and
26 years intervened." Detectives now reveal the case is subject to fresh
A $200,000 reward is available for anyone with information about Mr Underwood,
VK5NMS'ss murder. Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A link to a full story in the Advertiser is in out text edition, Oh and
it would seem his call has not been re-released.
WIA BOARD COMMENT - Director Peter VK8ZZ
Hi, this is Peter VK8ZZ
When I was first licenced as a Novice Amateur Operator in the mid 1970's I
was very active on all of my permitted bands. That is all 3 of them (80, 15
and 10 metres).
I listened in awe on my equipment to the folk who were permitted to operate
on the bands to which I was not allowed at the time. This inspired me to study
harder and even learn Morse Code in order to advance my licence and enable me
to utilise the additional bands. Study did not come easy to me as I did not
work in any technical vocation.
I was a bank clerk.
I started in CB radio and moved through the entry level as a Novice. When,
after 3 tries at the exam, I did get my higher privileges, I felt rewarded
for my hard work and perseverance and of course, gave these new bands a
This is not so different from current times.
The Foundation licence is meant to be an introduction to the hobby.
The original Novice operator had limited power and only 3 HF bands. Whereas the
Foundation Licences now have 80, 40, 15 and 10 as well as 2 metres and 70cm and
privileges including IRLP and EchoLink. Some are content to stay as Foundation
licensees and I respect their position.
Those who aspire to more modes, frequencies and privileges must make an effort
to earn those privileges they are not a right. Indeed, as an Advanced Licensee
I have encouraged several CB users or electronic enthusiasts to take the
foundation exam and I am pleased to report that all have passed.
Some of my foundation mentors have gone on to successfully undertake the
Standard and Advanced exams. One such successful candidate is currently
serving a rotation in VK0.
I also worked overseas for a short while in P29 and very much enjoyed working
DX because of the beneficial sunspot cycle at the time. I was well on my way
to getting DXCC.
In later years other matters took my attention away from AR and I went into
a period of hiatus. It was just in the last few years that a rekindled interest
saw me become more active on all bands
However, my use of HF has been most disappointing.
There is so little activity on HF.
Yes, I am aware that we are not in a good part of the regular sunspot cycle,
but this does not explain why there is so little domestic activity on HF. Dianne
VK4DI from ALARA hit the nail on the head when she said recently to me that
"people are just listening and not bothering to call CQ". Early results from
the current WIA survey show that this habit is not uncommon with approximately
50% of respondents so far saying that they generally are listening or
occasionally answer a CQ, but only occasionally put out a call.
So, the message here is clear, hop on to your favourite band or even a new band
and put out a CQ to see who is listening. Maybe you will find an old friend on
air, or make a new one. As a great scholar reminds us every week, AR is a
In closing I would just like to thank all the new members who are joining the
WIA. A number of members are also re-joining the WIA and I would like to
welcome back Ian VK3ST after a 41 year absence, welcome home Ian.
The WIA is the only organisation that represents Amateurs both domestically
and Internationally and the WIA needs members in order to remain strong. There
is only strength in numbers.
This is Peter Clee VK8ZZ from the Northern Territory. I thank you for listening.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS WITH JASON VK2LAW
Oklahoma Radio Hams in FEMA exercise
The ARRL reports Emergency Management officials participated in the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI exercise "Vigilant Guard" on
Amateur Radio channels 3-6 of August.
"Using Amateur Radio channels, this exercise demonstrated the capability for
reaching back to our state and federal partners," said Altus, Oklahoma,
Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston, KC5FM,
"This would be important during a regional cataclysmic event, such as an
ice storm or large earthquake."
Colston, who also has National Communications System, privileges said the
exercise utilized 60-meter channels.
ARRL release new Ham Radio promotional posters
The ARRL has made available for download a series of six posters that promote
Amateur Radio to the general public
These were originally designed by ARRL for the 2017 National Scouting Jamboree,
but may be used for any outreach effort. Each poster is 11" x 17".
The six posters are based around the theme, "Ham Radio Is..."
Those themes are:
Adventure (Portable operating of all kinds)
Friendship (Community and Mentoring)
Out Of This World (Space Communications/Satellites)
Ready (Public Service)
The Game (Contesting and Awards)
The posters can be download via
The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has announced a contribution of
$100,000 to the 3 Y 0 Z Bouvet Island DXpedition planned for January 2018.
Bouvet is #2 on the ClubLog Most Wanted DXCC List.
The contribution is the largest in the history of the NCDXF.
"The Three Y Zero Zulu DXpedition to Bouvet Island early next year is likely
to be one of the most expensive DXpeditions ever attempted estimated at over
In addition, the 3Y0Z DXpedition will require a considerable amount of radial
wire for its vertical antennas. would you believe some 24,000 feet.
The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run
The BBC report on the mysterious Russian radio station 'MDZhB' that transmits
on a frequency of 4625 kHz
In the middle of a Russian swampland, not far from the city of St Petersburg,
is a rectangular iron gate. Beyond its rusted bars is a collection of radio
towers, abandoned buildings and power lines bordered by a dry-stone wall.
This sinister location is the focus of a mystery which stretches back to the
height of the Cold War.
It is thought to be the headquarters of radio station, "MDZhB", that no-one has
ever claimed to run. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the last
three-and-a-half decades, it's been broadcasting a dull, monotonous tone.
Every few seconds it's joined by a second sound, like some ghostly ship
sounding its foghorn. Then the drone continues.
Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian,
such as "dinghy" or "farming specialist". And that's it.
Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to the
frequency 4625 kHz.
Read the full BBC story at
WERD AND WONDERFUL
Some millennials are discovering TV antennas
The Wall Street Journal reports that millennials have unearthed an amazing hack
to get free TV: the Antenna - But is it Legal? it seems 29% aren't sure
Dan Sisco has discovered a technology that allows him to access half a dozen
major TV channels, completely free.
"I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists," says
Mr. Sisco, 28 years old. "It's been awesome. It doesn't log out and it
Let's hear a round of applause for TV antennas, often called "rabbit ears,"
a technology invented roughly seven decades ago, long before there was even
a cord to be cut, which had been consigned to the technology trash can along
with cassette tapes and VCRs.
Almost a third of Americans (29%) are unaware local TV is available free,
according to a June survey by the National Association of Broadcasters,
an industry trade group.
Read the Wall Street Journal story at
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 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
Aug 26 FISTS CW Contest 1000 - 1159 UTC
IARU High Speed Telegraphy world championships are 8th to 12th September.
October CQ WW DX / SSB CONTEST (always Octobers Last full weekend)
November CQ WW DX / CW CONTEST (always Novembers Last full weekend)
The SSB weekend is October 29-30. The CW weekend is November 26-27.
Running ALL year 'til Dec 31 Victorian Local Government Award 2017 Challenge
DATV QSO PARTY - IT'S HERE AGAIN AND SO IS PETER, VK3BFG.
"The 2017 DATV QSO Party is scheduled for Friday the 26th August and Saturday
27th August. Friday night will start at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time and
Saturday at 10 AM. Friday night will run until we have run out of overs and
Saturday should complete by about 1 PM.
Interstate stations who are able to participate should contact me by return
email for my planning purposes.
We will again use Skype with a user name of 'datvqsoparty'.
If you are able to work through a local ATV Repeater and then send its received
output through to me, that will be the preferred option. Direct personal
appearances will also be welcomed.
We will again make contact with our friends in Columbus Ohio with Art, WA8RMC
co-ordinating stations through the WR8ATV DATV Repeater . Later in the morning
and early afternoon through the W6ATN network in Southern California with
co-ordination by Don KE6BXT. (Components of this network are now digital using
DVB-T. ) The timing of these contacts will mean that they will occur on Friday
evening at about 8 PM in the USA.
This QSO Party will be most likely be the last before VK3RTV is de-commissioned
at its current site in Olinda, so it would be great to have a good participation
this year. The BATC stream will be maintained for interstate liaison purposes."
Roly, is active as 5 W 0 RR from Samoa, IOTA reference OC-097 until 15th August.
He will operate mainly JT65 and possibly the new FT8 mode. QSL via ZL 1 BQD.
The KRMNPA activity period
All activators in the Keith Roget Memorial National Park weekend 2016 should
now have received a participation certificate in recognition of their work
and for being on air for the hunters.
The 2017 activation period will be from Friday November 10 to Monday November 13
Currently 11 of the 45 VK3 National Parks are registered.
This is a great opportunity to be involved and gain those valuable points
towards Merit plaques.
More details can be found in the Award section of this website and at the
Yahoo group https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/krmnpa/info
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Sydney VHF repeater goes online:-
From Sydney's Northern Beaches, the Manly-Warringah Radio Society is now
streaming to the net, audio of its two metre band voice repeater.
So if you can't get near a radio, or you're far from Sydney, you can still
keep tabs on what's happening on two metres as Richard VK2SKY explains.
"VK2RMB can now be heard on the audio streaming service, Broadcastify.com
using either your web browser or a free mobile app such as Scanner Radio,
which is available on the iOS App Store and on Google Play.
Once the app or the web page is loaded, simply search for the repeater callsign,
VK2RMB and hit the Play button.
VK2RMB is only the third Australian repeater to get streamed to the net, the
other two being in Victoria and South Australia. It would be nice to hear a few
more! All you need is a Raspberry Pi, a radio, and an internet connection.
Also, a reminder that the Society operates a four band H F web SDR, so you can
explore the shortwaves too. Just go to the Manly-Warringah Radio Society web
site at www.mwrs.org.au and click the WebSDR link on the main menu. The webSDR
project was generously sponsored by Amateur Radio New South Wales.
So, no radio? No excuse! Get listening!
73 Richard VK2SKY for the Manly-Warringah Radio Society."
Broadcastify audio feed: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/26259
Scanner Radio app on Google Play:
Scanner Radio Deluxe on the iOS App Store:
MWRS WebSDR: http://websdr.mwrs.org.au:8901/
Manly-Warringah Radio Society: http://www.mwrs.org.au
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV
Return of Experimenter's Wednesday to AO-85
With the recent popularity of Slow Scan Television (SSTV) from the ISS,
AMSAT Operations is bringing back Experimenter's Wednesday to AO- 85
On a trial basis, users exchange pictures using Robot 36 SSTV mode via the
FM repeater on AO-85 during UTC Wednesdays.
Please identify prior to beginning transmissions, and only send when the uplink
Stations are requested to only uplink if they have a reasonable expectation of
maintaining a full-quieting signal for the duration of the image transmission.
Smaller stations are encouraged to focus on receiving the images.
Feedback is encouraged, and comments may be directed via email to
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
Satellite has deployable VHF crossed Yagi antenna
Radio amateurs Sean VA3SHV and Jeff VA3NGJ worked on the design for a
deployable VHF crossed Yagi antenna on the recently launched NORsat-2
The very high frequency (VHF) antenna was designed to unfold from the
CubeSat after receiving a command from the Norwegian Space Centre to
deploy once in orbit.
"This antenna is a completely new type of deployable antenna it unfolds
to be more than three times as large as the satellite that took it into
On July 20, cameras on board the CubeSat confirmed the successful deployment
of the antenna.
Read the full story at
ARISS passes NASA test for new radio system
Nothing is simple and easy when it comes to designing new Amateur Radio
hardware for the International Space Station, and it's done by volunteers
with donated funding.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chair
Frank Bauer KA3HDO has announced with pride that the Interoperable Radio System
Hardware Team has just passed the NASA Final Detailed Design Review.
The challenges still ahead are procurement, fabrication, testing, and
certification by the US, European and Russian space agencies.
Frank KA3HDO says in the end phenomenal new capabilities including a radio
system and multi-voltage power supply will be launched and deployed on the
International Space Station.
The donation ARISS page is http://www.ariss.org/donate.html)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Ashmore Reef DXpedition
All is set for a three man team to activate Ashmore Reef VK9AR in the Indian
Ocean off Australia's North-West Shelf in November.
Ashmore Reef, a Commonwealth Marine Reserve, is needed by 97% of IOTA chasers
and the 5th most wanted IOTA in the world.
Craig Edwards VK5CE gave an interesting presentation at the WIA AGM in Hahndorf
on his Islands of the Air DXing from remote locations.
He will now be joined on Ashmore Reef by Mike AB5EB and Mike AD5A.
More details on VK9AR Ashmore Reef are expected later.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
A week to go to the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
The 20th premier fun event has about 50 Australian registrations from West
Australia to Queensland, and south to Tasmania.
So far there are 400 portable activations in 40 countries spread right around
In Australia they include Cape Inscription VK6XL on Dirk Hartog Island, and
the South East Radio Group VK5SR at five South Australian lighthouses,
Jaffa, Northumberland, Banks, Martin and Robe.
All are wished the best for their activations and please listen out for them
on August the 19th and 20th.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Rob Noakes, VE3PCP, an RAC member, will be operating the VA 3 RAC station on
International Youth Day this Saturday, August 12 as part of the RAC Canada 150
He will be operating from Station Beach, Ontario at the Kincardine Area
Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC) Beach Bash.
International Youth Day is commemorated every year on August 12.
The theme of International Youth Day 2017 is "Youth Building Peace".
Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is
growing recognition that as agents of change, young people are critical actors
in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 is
dedicated to celebrating young people's contributions to conflict prevention
and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.
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
On the 21st to 23rd of July WICEN NSW was involved in the continuing
search for missing aircraft VH-MDX. This aircraft disappeared over the
Barrington Tops with 5 people on board in August 1981. The search has
become the focus of training for multi-agency search and rescue in
difficult terrain and this year there will be 3 exercises in the area.
Last weekend was the second of the 3 planned visits for this year.
Personnel from Bush Search and Rescue NSW (BSAR NSW), the NSW State
Emergency Service (NSW SES), NSW Ambulance, and WICEN NSW teamed up to
practise skills, strategies, and techniques for searching very
challenging terrain. To add to the usual Australian dangers the
Barrington area can add the Gympie-Gympie stinging tree which can cause
months of pain, very steep terrain, lawyer vine, and various terrain
features that don't appear on topographic maps.
WICEN members set up linked DMR repeaters on commercial frequencies to
maintain contact with the search teams, along with an amateur admin and
relay channel, and commercial HF as a fall back. Some messages were
relayed via an HF station listening from Sydney. There was plenty of
practise with injury simulations and other imaginative scenarios which
should keep us in good stead for the main event in September.
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
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 25 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)
Looking ahead to next week's broadcast
We will have news on digital modes and entry level licensing,
the 400th registration for the ILLW with the 20th fun event,
and both Foundation Licence training and a Standard Licence Bridging Course
in greater Melbourne.
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