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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 28 2018.
IN OUR 23nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
In this week's news bulletin we have..
WIA Director Comment from Justin VK7TW
Broadcast team update
WIA Merit awards now open
Suspect Spy Numbers Stations Remain
ARRL Directors agree to review their Code of Conduct
Special Event station
Whispering in Antarctica
And international Emcom news with an VK flavour!
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF JAN 28
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I have been thinking about a great opportunity for you.
Last week, the President of the Wireless Institute of Australia, Justin Giles-Clark, VK7TW,
made a call for people to join the WIA News team to support this weekly broadcast.
Now I know this was a plea for volunteers but I also know this can be a great opportunity
for people looking for a career in the media. There are people whom we all recognise who
started their professional training as volunteers within community broadcasting, both radio
and TV. Maybe you would be happier if we called them interns rather than volunteers.
When we look at the selection criteria and the procedures adopted by the WIA, you can see
that selection to fill roles in the news department are those which you will find in a commercial
job selection process. The benefits to the appointees are experience in basic newsroom practices.
That is not to say you will be chasing law enforcement but you will be sourcing news which
is compiled and presented for a niche audience.
You already have the interest in radio and electronics and it's appeal to the recreational sector.
You get to practice and develop skills in collecting and selecting items which are then put into
written copy for the on air presenters to record.
These are work ready skills which employers in the broadcast and internet sectors find important.
So if you are interested in progressing your career and getting better involved in your hobby, then
the WIA has a great opportunity for you.
Go to the WIA web site News and Events page or follow the links in the text edition of today's news.
For WIA national News, this is Geoff Emery.
Hello from Justin VK7TW
Your Board comment Director this week.
Last week we had our second Board meeting for January 2018. We managed to get through a huge agenda of items. My comment today is a summary of just some of the important items and Director David VK4MZ will summarise more of what we covered in next week's broadcast.
The Board has been working on and approved a template Volunteer Agreement and Workplace Health and Safety Induction document for our volunteers. These are important documents that specify what the WIA expects of its volunteers and what volunteers can expect of the WIA and takes volunteer workplace health and safety seriously.
The Board has created, workshopped and approved a package of documents that defines the Broadcast Team with Terms of Reference, Role Descriptions and an update to the Contentious Content policy to include broadcasts, publications and a range of other mediums.
In between Board meetings the Board held a workshop with the Spectrum Strategy committee to finalise the Five Year Spectrum Outlook and work on the Licence Conditions Determination submissions for the ACMA.
These submissions take the fantastic input from the amateur community through the four surveys run last year. You can read more about these submissions in the Board Comment in AR Magazine for Jan/Feb 2018. In relation to the AR magazine Board Comment about licence power levels there has been an update in the submissions following discussions and further research of what other countries power levels are.
The WIA will actually be recommending to the ACMA that Foundation Licencees have 50W, Standard Licencees have 200W and Advanced Licencees have 1500W. The LCD submission will be going out for last comments to members and the amateur community very soon before it goes to the ACMA.
I finish with two notable events.
The first was highlighted in the membership report that the Board gets every month. It was bought to our attention that John Hodkinson VK2BHO had renewed and was in his 60th year of membership of the WIA. Congratulations John, I'm not sure you'll get a letter from the Queen but the Board really appreciates 60 year of membership of the Wireless Institute.
The second is a huge thank you to Jim Linton VK3PC who has been the WIA Company Secretary for the last two years. Jim has decided to step down as Company Secretary from the AGM in May due to ill-health. I thank him for his dedication and the huge amounts of time he spends on this role for the Board and members. We wish him all a rapid recovery and the best for the future.
Quick reminder that the WIA is looking for a VK8 QSL Manager and for further details take a look at the link on the internet edition of this broadcast.
VK8 QSL manager - https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2018/20180118-1/index.php
This has been Justin VK7TW on behalf of the WIA Board.
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WIA Merit Awards Now Open -
The Wireless Institute of Australia makes awards to radio amateurs to recognise their worthy contribution to Amateur Radio.
The awards are at the discretion of the WIA Board and announced at the Annual General Meeting in May.
The criteria plus a Nomination Form are on the WIA awards page on the WIA website.
When completing a nomination form, you are not required to suggest which award should be made.
Each nomination is assessed to see if deserves an award and then which type of award.
To help, please use as much information as you can. Try to keep it in chronological order.
Include any information about other awards the nominee may have received.
Nominations close on March 31, announced and where possible will be presented at the WIA's AGM on the Gold Coast on May 19.
January 2018 AR Digital Edition Now
On the cover is the Central Goldfields Amateur Radio Group operating in the Mills on
the Air event.
It was the first VK entrant in the annual activity last May.
This is an ideal activity for any club or individual and more are welcome.
In other articles, Jim VK3PC takes a rear-view look at Amateur Radio magazine which
began in October 1933.
The Sydney Harbour Ferry Contest by
Laurie VK2GZ and its presentations to winners by the Waverley Amateur Radio Society.
The QSL national inwards bureau manager John VK3JLS asks whether we should close the
In technical articles there is a 2m homebrew duplexer by Bert VK3TU, a new digital
mode for LF/MF from Murray ZL1BPU, and an
antenna elevator with Dale VK4NBX.
I am Barry Robinson VK3PV and you are listening to VK1WIA.
Social media has become a large part of some peoples lives and that includes members of our hobby.
Facebook is good resource for amateurs and there are many groups catering for different aspects of our hobby.
However, there is a dark side to social media that is more prevalent in a primarily technical hobby. A recent event which started as a simple request, erupted as group members fed on a frenzy of negative sentiment. This was unhelpful, hurtful and left the discussion is a bad place. It was an example of the negative side of human nature.
My point of view here is that the amateur asked a simple question, most tried to assist but a small hard core of keyboard warriors decided to go on the attack to defend a small but significant portion of the hobby that is homebrew, without regard to an understanding that some participants in amateur radio are unable to do much in the way of such practical tasks for a variety of reasons, not the least of which might be a disability.
I was very upset by this turn of events, that was so clearly in breach of various codes of ethics relating to our hobby. A key message from this exercise is empathy with the person asking the question and putting your brain into gear, before the keyboard!
It's a new year and a time for resolutions: let's all endeavour to engage brain before opening mouth or pressing return on that keyboard. Let's walk a mile in someone else shoes before judging them, let's develop some empathy and respect for our fellows. Let's be positive and helpful and not negative and destructive in all our activities in 2018 and beyond.
This is Andrew VK6AS
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.
Suspect Spy Numbers Stations Remain
Mysterious radio broadcasts continue to transmit coded messages for spies across the HF spectrum.
Often a mechanical-sounding voice (male or female) methodically announce groups of single-digit numbers for minutes on end.
According to Radio World magazine the spy agency's numbers station transmit coded instructions worldwide.
In an article it says one of the best-known numbers stations was "The Lincolnshire Poacher," however radio amateurs using direction-finding equipment found the station, suspected to be linked with Cyprus.
ARRL Directors agree to review their Code of Conduct -
The ARRL Board of Directors took action on a number of items at its Annual Meeting, January 19-20, in Windsor, Connecticut, including adopting a motion to a review the entire code of conduct for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors.
ARRL Officers, Directors, and Vice Directors will review the code of conduct and complete a final draft version 60 days ahead of the Board's July 2018 meeting.
In the same motion, the Board deleted a confidentiality requirement that precludes Board members from disclosing anything about the body's deliberations or from discussing or disclosing the votes of the Board or individual members including their own unless the Board had previously made the votes public.
This comes in after the ARRL Board of Directors being the subject of an organised misinformation campaign that was reported last week.
Full details can be found on the ARRL website that can sourced in the text edition of this broadcast.
Special Event - Anniversary of Captain Cook's 1st Voyage
It has been likened to the 18th century's equivalent of NASA's Apollo missions. However, Cook's voyage was going into the unknown, with no possible hope of help if disaster struck.
Event organiser Nigel Ferguson GBPK reminds us Cook had risen through the Navy ranks from a humble background.
He learnt surveying techniques, made an accurate survey of the St. Lawrence River and reported astronomical observations, which brought him to the Admiralty's attention.
The Royal Society approached the Admiralty for a ship to sail to Tahiti to view the Transit of Venus in 1769.
The Admiralty insisted that Captain James Cook be chosen, but also had secret orders for him to voyage further.
With other specialists in the field it was the start on the first scientific voyage.
To mark the occasion listen for GB20CC being put on air from August. All details will be on QRZ.com
Wyong Field day 2018 WIA NEWS
Why does the Wyong Field day take place each year?
After 60 years of running the largest gathering of amateurs in the Southern Hemisphere, the Central Coast ARC could have got tired of all the work but...
The Wyong Field day is part of Australia amateur radio's annual program. It's a chance for amateurs to meet up face to face one time in the year. The field day provides the opportunity to learn about what's new in the hobby and also its history.
One of the roles of the field day has always been to publicise groups, whether government radio, private radio , commercial radio , TV and electronics or amateur radio related. This year we'll have a board available where you can put up a picture of your group, with it's description and contact information.
Of course the field day brings in money to the club. Without that money the club would not be able to provide their repeaters free to all amateurs whether living on the Central Coast, holidaying there or passing through on the way north. The repeaters also carry the weekly NSW and national WIA news and form a link between amateurs on the coast.
So let's hope for many more years of the Wyong Field day - to that end, please support the field day and the club by attending on Sunday 25th. February.
All details can be found on the web at FIELDDAY.ORG.AU.
For the central coast ARC this has been Ed DD5LP.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
Satellite mission control centre for Adelaide
Adelaide-based nanosatellite company Fleet Space Technologies has secured a Future Jobs Fund grant to construct a new mission control centre in the South Australian capital.
The 'Mission Control South Australia' project will create 17 ongoing jobs in IT and advanced manufacturing, more than doubling Fleet Space's current staff numbers.
The Future Jobs Fund grant will be matched by an investment in the facility from Fleet Space Technologies, with new positions created to include mission operators, network operations specialists and technical support staff.
Fleet Space Technologies is currently engaged in multiple projects across the globe. The first of Fleet's planned constellation of 100 nanosatellites is set to be launched this year.
PicSat requests Ham Radio assistance to capture/ upload telemetry
The Cubesat PicSat was launched on the same flight from India that delivered AO-92 to orbit
PicSat is a nano-satellite aimed at observing the transit of the young exoplanet Beta Pictoris b in front of its bright and equally young star Beta Pictoris, and at demonstrating an innovative technological concept to use optical fibres for astronomical observations from Space.
The CubeSat contains an embedded FM transponder. It will be available when possible during the mission.
Last week the PicSat team requested amateur radio assistance to capture and upload telemetry packets from the satellite. Beacons received from all over the world are especially useful to monitor the status of satellite along its orbit.
PicSat shares a similar orbit with AO-92 since they were both deployed at approximately the same time.
Uplink FM 145.910 MHz 1750 Hz tone when in amateur mode
Downlink FM 435.525 MHz 9k6 BPSK AX25 Data and FM voice when in amateur mode
A description of the telemetry and related information are available on
For more information take a look at the link on the text edition of the broadcast.
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)
Reminder that in the January ALARA Newsletter there was notification of the ALARA AGM.
There was notification of the AGM and elections, with nomination and proxy forms included in the newsletter highlights. There is the recent festive and family events of the members, and reminds readers of the ALARA DX Membership Sponsor program.
This was mentioned on last week's news and is worth another plug. The sponsorship exchange arrangement is where you and your new (or old) DX friend each pay for the other's membership in your respective national YL Organisation. This strengthening and shares news, views and friendships with foreign radio associations.
Thanks to Kaye VK3FKDW for that news from ALARA.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Craig VK5CE lets us know of his IOTA DXPedition to three islands in VK6 - Woody Island OC-170, Lewis Island OC-199 and Direction Island OC-140.
This Dxpedition is taking place in June 2018
Craig gave a very entertaining dinner presentation at the WIA AGM in Hahndorf in May 2017.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP and WEAK SIGNAL COMMUNICATION
DPGVN WSPR Beacon in Antarctica is operational
On January 15 in the afternoon hours, the multiband red-pitaya based receiver of the new permanent WSPR beacon DPGVN in Antarctica was put into operation. It is active from the German research station "Neumayer III" of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC).
The beacon is still under test and will be shut down occasionally for more configuration and optimization of antennae and software before it can be mounted to the final installation site in a few weeks. Currently, there are three radio specialists at the research station, all being HAM operators and DARC members (Felix DL5XL, Matthias DH5CW, and Daniel, DL1SU).
The Red-Pitaya simultaneously monitors up to eight HAM bands from 160m to 6m and feed several hundred receive reports per hour into the WSPR-Net. There is an accompanying 5 Watt multiband transmitter that has also been commissioned.
DPGVN has received several thousand beacons spots already. This is due to an extremely quiet location, far from any human civilization and man-made noise sources.
The DARC is closely involved in the project, as the worldwide community of radio amateurs allows a "swarm project" in order to generate the database for systematic scientific evaluation of the propagation paths in polar regions. The devices for this scientific project were built by a group of volunteer German radio amateurs.
(Sourced from the SouthGate AR News)
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
HF radio deployed by Barrett in mudslide rescue mission
The VK6 Communications Company Barrett Communications was informed of the use of their High Frequency radios during an emergency response to a mudslide at the town of Villa Santa Lucia in coastal Patagonia.
Chile's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) deployed two vehicles equipped with Barrett High Frequency (HF) radio communications are part of the rescue team.
The mudslide has left one-third of the town destroyed and under mud, and the search continues for missing people.
"We know as these vehicles go into the disaster zone to provide medical support to those in Villa Santa Lucia they will have reliable communications via HF radio back to other unaffected towns," said Jos San Martn from Skytel who Barrett agents in Chile.
"We have also provided two additional Barrett HF mobile stations for the medical service to further support communications as part of the relief effort in the disaster area," said San Martn.
Read more: http://www.criticalcomms.com.au/content/radio-systems/news/hf-radio-deployed-by-barrett-in-mudslide-rescue-mission-640383077
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
Highest Peak in VK7 Conquered
As heard on a recent WIA National news - WIA Director Marcus Berglund VK3TST/VK5WTF walked the famous Overland track just before Christmas for the second time.
He activated Mt Ossa (VK7/CH-001) for the first time making nine 40m contacts and giving himself a dose of hypothermia as well!
The activation was on Wednesday 20 December 2017 somewhere between 1000-1400 local and Marcus used an Elecraft KX2.
Fantastic effort Marcus.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
It has been found that Hot, sunny days could slow 5G
Tests at 60 GHz show 5G could see losses of more than 15% on sunny days, but a university engineer says research will guide solutions.
At Saudi Arabia's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University they have been undertaking comprehensive analysis of solar radio emissions on land-based wireless communications systems on the 60 GHz bands.
The conclusion? Future 5G cellular systems using 60 GHz bands might work better at night, as solar radio emissions seem to degrade such transmissions.
"This suggests there could be more dropped calls and lost data transmission, and the data rate could be lower during the day compared to night-time," said Associate Professor Ahmed Sulyman.
He added, however, that effective communication links at 60 GHz are possible at distances up to 134 m indoors and up to 110 m outdoors, even in hilly, dense urban areas particularly if antennas are aimed toward each other.
"Once we understand the exact nature of solar radio interference on 5G networks, we can plan for it by optimising links for daytime and night-time operations." Sulyman said.
He noted that satellite televisions work well during the day and at night because planners offset any transmission degradation so seamlessly that consumers never know the difference.
For more information take a look at the links in the text edition of this broadcast.
The study has been published in a special edition of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (Volume 65, Issue 12, Dec 2017, pp 6624-6635).
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
Harry Angel Memorial Sprint:- Saturday May 5th 10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC
VHF UHF WIA FIELD DAY CONTEST DATE For WINTER
23-24 June 2018
The VK SHIRES Contest is always held on the June long weekend, which is the
weekend prior to the second Monday of June each year so make a note June 9/10
Starts: 06.00 UTC Saturday 9, Ends: 06.00 UTC Sunday 10.
IARU HF Championship event on 15 and 16 July.
TRANS-TASMAN LOW BAND CONTEST
The contest is held on the Saturday night of the third full weekend of July,
making it July 21st, Start Time is 08:00 UTC and finish time is 14:00 UTC
11-12 August is WIA Remembrance Day (the RD) Contest.
The 21st International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is on
August 18 to 19, 2018
PH - First full weekend in October, ( 6/ 7th) 0800 UTC Sat to 0800 UTC Sunday
CW - Second full weekend in October, (13/14th) 0800 UTC Sat to 0800 UTC Sunday
VHF UHF WIA FIELD DAY CONTEST DATES For Spring 2018
Spring 24-25 November
MORE VHF UHF WIA FIELD DAY CONTEST DATES For Summer/Winter/Spring
2019 Summer 12-13 Jan Winter 22-23 Jun Spring 23-24 Nov
2020 Summer 18-19 Jan Winter 20-21 Jun Spring 28-29 Nov
2021 Summer 14-15 Jan Winter 26-27 Jun Spring 26-27 Nov
FEB 3 VK3 3pm Melbourne QRP by the Bay, Chelsea (VK3YE)
FEB 18 VK3 9am WANDARC HamFest Italian Sports Club, Werribee (VK3VKT)
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/Mackay ) (TARC)
July 7 GippsTech 2018 (VK3PF)
The 21st annual Gippsland Technical Conference. Focus is
primarily on weak signal VHF, UHF and microwave communications,
plus any other relevant topics. Commences with a social dinner
on Friday evening, presentations all day Saturday with Conference
Dinner in the evening and Sunday morning presentations.
Sep 28 - Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (dates set thru 2021) (TARC)
Nov 11 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest (VK5KC)
Weird and wonderful
'It's like Frankenstein's lab':
Massive 78-year-old transmitter up for sale.
This piece of radio history could be yours for just $5,000.
A1940RCA 50kW shortwave transmitter, located at the decommissioned Radio Canada International site in Sackville, is up for sale.
The transmitter is a small room,about fivemetres long by two-and-a-half metres wide, and it's filled with levers, buttons, glass tubes and wires.
The property was bought in February 2017 by one of the Canadian Indian First Nations.
Jesse John Simon, the group's executive director, said workers are still taking electronic components apart and removing old equipment that won't be needed now that property is no longer a broadcast site. The transmitter was decommissioned back in the 1970s.
"It took three men to operate this radio," he said.
"We're trying to find a home for it."
For more info and pictures take a look at the links on the email edition of this broadcast and thanks to SouthGate AR News for that story.
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