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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 22 2012.
Don't forget the AX prefix can replace VK prefix for 26 January
Kids in VK6 win chance to speak to ISS
TV FIRST TRANSMISION IN VK IN 1800'S
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 22 2012.
The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) is being held in
Geneva, Switzerland from 23 January to 17 February 2012.
The Australian delegation, led by the ACMA, will include ACMA Chairman,
Chris Chapman, for the first week of the conference and Maureen Cahill,
General Manager Communications Infrastructure, operational Head of the
Dale Hughes VK1DSH is representing the WIA and the amateur service.
There are 35 agenda items for WRC-12, including agenda Item 1.23
"to consider an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415-526.5 kHz
to the amateur service on a secondary basis, taking into account the need to
protect existing services".
Dale will be reporting regularly to the WIA Board.
(Sourced from WIA Front Page News)
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI writing on WIA Front Page News (wia.org.au)
says a 63 year old man from Melbourne's Western suburbs pleaded guilty in the
Werribee Magistrates Court January 11 to several offences under the
The offences, unlicensed operation of a radiocommunications device, unlawful
possession of a radiocommunications device and causing interference to
radiocommunicationsócarry penalties of up to two years' imprisonment.
The prosecution followed an extensive investigation into alleged breaches of
the Radiocommunications Act.
The court was told that, until August 2009, the defendant had been a licensed
amateur radio operator but was investigated by the ACMA following extensive
complaints about interference. As a result of the investigation by its
Compliance Operations, Field Operations and Interference Management and
Monitoring Sections, the ACMA cancelled the defendant's amateur licence.
It was alleged that the defendant continued to regularly use his amateur
transmitter from his home, contrary to the Radiocommunications Act,
deliberately causing interference to licensed radio amateurs.
After further complaints, the ACMA traced the interference back to the
defendant's home a number of times. However, despite warnings from the ACMA,
the complaints continued. The execution of a search warrant by the ACMA in
September 2011 confirmed that the defendant had a large amount of
radiocommunications equipment, contrary to the Act.
Tests confirmed that the equipment was set to the radio frequencies that had
been interfered with.
The court placed the defendant on a 12-month good behaviour bond, ordered
him to dispose of all of the seized equipment within four months and to
prove to the ACMA in writing that he had disposed of the equipment.
Western Australia marks 50th Anniversary of Perth as the 'City of Light'
On February 20, this year, WA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of a very
significant event. On that day in 1962, John Glenn became the first American
to orbit the Earth in the Friendship 7 spacecraft.
On this mission, John flew over Perth and the people of Perth turned on their
lights to acknowledge his mission. John observed that the city was clearly
visible from space and Perth became known worldwide as the 'City of Light'.
This early space exploration mission set the stage for the Gemini and Apollo
programs which culminated in NASA landing men on the moon.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's orbit, on Monday Feb 20
an outdoor public event will be staged in the Northbridge Piazza, featuring
a live audio and video link to the International Space Station as it orbits
This free public event is being organised by the State Records Office of
Western Australia and the WA Museum working with the City of Perth.
State Archivist Cathrin Cassarchis said the highlight of the event will be
an opportunity for young people to speak with and ask questions of the
astronauts on the International Space Station.
10 young people will be selected through an online competition in which they
are asked to come up with their original questions for the astronauts.
The school aged children will ask their questions to the astronauts on the
ISS as they are streamed live on the big screen at the Northbridge Piazza,"
said Ms Cassarchis.
The world wide ARISS network will be setting up the link between the Space
Station and Perth and assisted by the Hills Amateur Radio Club
City of Perth Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi said the City was pleased to be
involved in hosting a free public event that engaged the community and
recalled a very significant event in Perth's history.
School aged children in WA ONLY!! are encouraged to enter the competition by
submitting their questions to the astronauts on the International Space
Station at the Western Australian Museum website
Entries close on 29 January 2012 and winners will be contacted by the State
Records Office by 2 February 2012.
This has been Tony, VK5ZAI the Australian National coordinator for ARISS
Decision time for leap seconds
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service has decided to
add a leap second to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) at the end of June 2012.
The most recent leap was added on December 31, 2008. They have been necessary
because of the Earth's unpredictable rotation.
UTC is based on highly accurate atomic clocks, but has been kept more or
less synchronised with mean solar time by way of leap seconds.
A revision of Standard-frequency and time-signal emissions will be voted
by the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Assembly
meeting, immediately before the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012.
If approved it will eliminates them by 2018. Leap seconds were introduced
Meantime with this being a so called leap year, February will have a total
of 29 days instead of the usual 28, to make up for our rotation around the
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
YL International Meet 03-09 May 2012 Update
ALARA President Tina VK5TMC has 47 YLs registered!
If you are going to join the meet then time to register is running out fast.
Registrations will need to close by the end of February for the Ghan and
early March for the Adelaide Meet.
Unfortunately there has been a change the Ghan trip at what organisers
consider the last minute. The Meet travel agent has been advised by
Great Southern Rail (the Ghan train operator) that all Wednesday trains
have been cancelled including the scheduled Meet trip from Adelaide to
The Meet travel agent tried very hard to get the operator to reconsider
(considering planning for the event has been going on for four years now)
however the operator was adamant, no trains on Wednesday.
Organisers say that an alternative plan will be put in place!
(sourced to theTARCinc)
I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
Regular listeners will be aware that the WIA news team has reciprocal
arrangements with other amateur radio news services. These services may
pick your club news item and place it on their own web site with credit to
the WIA as the news source. However you can find that that same item is read
and spread around the world from that secondary source.
This is why you can expand your club's presence in the world of amateur radio
by submitting news items for broadcast. A good club web site is a great tool
for your members but please remember our broadcast team gives their own time
to compile and distribute the news. Just like you they don't have time to
search the internet for your news "gem".
Remember if an item is good enough for your web site, it is good enough for
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
An example or two, this story was sent to us from the Summerland Club this
WHEN WAS THE FIRST TV TRANSMISSION MADE IN AUSTRALIA?
It was the 3rd of November, 1885.
Seems the '85 Melbourne Cup was transmitted to Ballarat, Victoria.
AND was Reported to be very satisfactory.
Henry Sutton via telegraph line used Nipkow disc equipment he built himself.
Henry was known as "Australia's Edison".
Alexander Graham Bell even went to Ballarat to see him and his inventions
and it's said he was 'very impressed'.
Sutton should be better recognised, unfortunately he was on the wrong side
of the World.
Resource urls' include
The other example of club news making national and world wide news when sent
to the National News Services comes from Tim Goodrich, N5ASH, known locally
to radio listeners as Skeeter Nash:-
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND JOHNNY CASH
Members of my club, the Northeast Arkansas Radio
Club will be sponsoring the first ever Johnny
Cash Birthday Celebration Special Event
Station. This, on what would have been the late
Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame members 80th birthday.
The Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration Special
Event Station will take to the air on Sunday,
February 26th using the special call sign
N5C. You can listen out for it beginning at
18:00 hours UTC which is noon Central U-S
time. We plan to operate for a six hour period
ending around 6 p.m. Central US time. .
N5C will have stations operating SSB on the 80,
40 20 and 10 meter bands. At least one of these
will be located in Dyess Colony, not far from the
house where the Cash family once lived.
Johnny Cash never forgot his roots here in
northeast Arkansas, and we in the amateur radio
community are looking forward to having the
opportunity to honour one of the most recognizable
figures in music history. Those making contact
with N5C will receive a commemorative certificate.
From Jonesboro, Arkansas, I'm Tim Goodrich,
N5ASH, a-k-a Skeeter Nash of the Northeast
Arkansas Radio Club reporting for the Amateur Radio Newsline.
More information on this celebration can be found
at the Northeast Arkansas Radio Club
website. It's located in cyberspace at
nea-rc.org. The club also maintains a Facebook
page at www.facebook.com/nearadioclub
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
Email Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
CCARC Field Day 2012
Didn't get that special present this Christmas?
Were you on Santa's naughty list?
Don't worry; It's only 34 days until the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club
Field Day at Wyong - 26th of February 2012.
Amateur Radio's Big Day out is coming up fast!
So get your wish list together, check it twice and grab that special bargain
at the largest Amateur Radio gathering in the Southern Hemisphere.
Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Field Day at Wyong
As a new, free, service for 2012 the CCARC are offering to arrange "meet-ups"
for Australian clubs and groups attending the field day.
For those wishing to take advantage of the meet-up feature, please register as
soon as possible via the form under meet-ups tab on the right hand side of the
fieldday.org.au web page. Get in quick as the list will close at shortly.
As usual most major suppliers of amateur radio equipment will be at the
Field Day along with the Flea Market, Exhibitors and various amateur radio
clubs, for more information, please go to the fieldday.org.au website
Of course, the Field Day raffle is on again this year and the CCARC would
like to acknowledge Amateur Transceiver Radio Centre for their donation of a
Yaesu VX170 to be included in this year's prize list.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Police Roundup http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/
The countdown continues to the Centre Victoria RadioFest with its family
friendly and interesting program.
The commercial traders have loads of stock to sell at competitive prices,
all in the dedicated Traders Hall.
There will be plenty on offer too at the second-hand market tables and
car-boot space alley.
What sets this event apart from others is that it includes a mini-lecture
program and activities. The organisers thank the guest presenters in the
There will be Australia's first showing of home-brew digital television,
a look behind the scenes at the ACMA and the Super DX station ZL6QU at
Put it in your diary now.
The Centre Victoria RadioFest at the Kyneton Racecourse on Sunday 12 February.
Points are contact are:
Commercial Traders Liaison, Barry Robinson VK3PV 0428 516 001
Second hand tables are space, Ross Pittard VK3CE 0408 533 107
Club Corner Precinct, Tony Hambling VK3VTH 0423 635 152
(Bruce Lees VK3FFF)
VK4 SILENT KEYS @ 2011 - 2012 QAC YEAR
VK4MUJ Jean Bowden passed away 2nd January 2012 advised by VK4ZZ
VK4BAY Roy Mahoney January 2012 advised by VK4BSH
Welcome to QNEWS from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
During the TV silly season when programmes may be worth watching or not, I
did manage to watch a couple of shows that were based on recent history.
Well recent enough for me to have familiarity with the technology,
particularly the electronics.
I am no specialist in this area but magazines, news-reels and cinema brought
the insides of radio stations, TV studios and the ancillary equipment to the
attention of people. What struck me was that great effort had been taken to
use the correct props for the different scenes. Motor vehicles were age
appropriate, as were the coiffure and clothes; furnishings and decor as well
as cutlery all fitted the periods portrayed. However it was the early film
editing suites, the velocity microphones and the TV cameras which really
shone for me.
As I understand, very few production houses now maintain large repositories
of props and the properties are sourced from current owners. Now this would
seem that the boat anchor brigade has a real opportunity to be part of the
TV/stage production and film industries in sourcing and supplying real props
as well as getting some money to help fund the collection and restoration of
items like these.
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think.....how about you?
Submitting news items
If you would like to submit news items for inclusion in the
QNEWS broadcasts, please email your item in text to email@example.com
Submit audio, read "how to submit items" on the weekly WIA news page.
Remember the sooner you submit material the more the likelihood of it being
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Redcliffe and District Radio Club
I'm Ray, VK4CF with news from Redcliffe & Districts Radio club.
Last Monday's technical talk was given by Scott, VK4CZ on the topic of
6 metre DXing, an operator's experience. For Scott, his main interest in
Amateur radio was in DXing and for him this meant talking to other countries.
Scott's ambition is to achieve a DXCC award for 6 metres.
In Australia this is something of a challenge as all counties are typically
more than 1000km distant from Australia and Scott believes that it will take
possibly 2 sunspot cycles to achieve this. When asked, why 6 metres? His
reply was because it is different to other bands but also at the same time,
similar. As it challenges operators on both technical and capability levels
and it attracts some of the best DXers from around the world.
Scott said that the band had a number myths associated with it like:
You can work the world on a piece of wet string!!;
It's either open or closed;
You have to call CQ to find out if the band is open;
It is only ever open in summer and
You can work DXCC in less than 12 months (in Europe).
Scott went on to outline what he believed are the best strategies for an
Australian amateur to be successful on 6 metres. He said that there are
both tips for operation and tools that should be used. These include:
Use propagation predictors;
Listen for Out of Band Indicators that is Remote TV stations below the band;
Beacons in Band;
Good operating practices and using the internet to use tools such as
ionisation indicators and MUF maps found at
Regrettably some of the Out of Band indicators are being shut down in the 49
and 50 MHz bands essentially the analogue TV stations and these will probably
have disappeared by 2014.
Scott had found the following operating practices provided greatest success.
Follow the band plan;
Utilise Indicators and Tools;
Practice the DX Code of Conduct;
Be prepared to listen to lots of white noise;
Listen carefully (contacts are likely to be 5x1);
Tune to Out of Band and In Band key indicators;
Listen (again!!) and
Tune the beacons.
For Scott, this summer has been very successful so far, as he had made
contact with 15 countries so far. Despite the heavy rain which limited the
numbers attending, all club members thought it was a most interesting talk
and certainly gave them some avenues to follow for more successful operation.
Well this is about all at the moment and so it's 73 until next time from
Ray, VK4CF, from the Redcliffe club.
Ipswich & District Radio Club
P.O. Box 250
Ipswich Qld 4305
Web - www.vk4wip.com
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Main 2 meter repeater - 146.900, linked to 438.375 and 439.300
Now a roundup of news from the Ipswich and District Radio Club.
With the recently upgraded 2 meter repeater on 146.900 at The Knobby near
Glamorganvale here's a reminder that the club conducts a daily morning net
at 8am and a Tuesday night 'feather duster' net at 7.30pm local time.
The main Ipswich repeater is linked to 438.375 Ipswich city. It is also
linked 439.300 on Spring Mountain - providing a linked repeater system
through three transmitter which offers improved coverage to most of
Brisbane's Southside, eastern suburbs of Ipswich and Logan areas.
Whether you are portable, mobile or home station VK4RAI Ipswich and
VK4RSM Spring Mountain offers extended coverage of the region. Both 70cm
repeaters require a 91.5hz tone for access.
Every Tuesday the club's weekly 80 metre net is on 3.585 MHz Each week we
are keen to hear from first timers to the club's net, so why not turn off
the TV and join us for a couple of overs on Tuesday night.
The club meets twice a month at 7:30pm on the second and fourth Mondays,
with the second Monday a social meeting and the fourth the business meeting.
The first business meeting for the year is tomorrow night at the clubhouse,
Deebing Street, Denmark Hill.
Don't forget you can also keep up to date on news and events at the club
website - vk4wip.com
Reporting from Ipswich, this is Allan VK4FABR.
What use is an f-call?
(Past editions of What use is an f-call can be found online at
harg.org.au under F-troop.)
When I came out of the examination room where I'd just passed my Foundation
License, after the obligatory congratulations and back slaps, I walked out
into the sun and wondered:
At the time I knew two Amateurs and had met the people in my classroom. Since
then I've become an active participant in Amateur Radio.
Recently I was having lunch with some other Amateurs and we were talking
about how their journey evolved from graduation to their current level of
The key was "Information".
I've talked here about how I went
about selecting a radio, an antenna and the like, but there was a step before
that, one that each new Amateur needs to make and that is finding the
Ironically, while you're listening to this, you've already found us, you
already have a link to other Amateurs, but you might have graduated with
other people who are not so fortunate, so firstly I'd like to encourage
you to contact those people and link up with them.
Of course listening to me talking is not really interaction and I'm not the
fountain of knowledge. Instead I'd encourage you to seek out other sources
of information. The obvious ones are clubs and the Internet, but less
obvious ones exist in the form of Amateurs who've been around the block more
than a few times.
Having lunch with Amateurs who have had their license as long as you've been
alive is an interesting pass-time, especially when the guy on the other side
pipes up and confesses that he has had his license longer than your parents
have been alive.
This Amateur Radio caper is a hobby, it's fun, it's a diversion from your
day-to-day life and an opportunity to learn new things from new people. Keep
your eyes and ears open and soon you too will start finding other like
In the meantime, listen to the Amateur Radio news,
participate in online fora, visit local clubs and remember that this hobby
touches all walks of life across the globe.
I'm Onno - VK6FLAB
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
Army MARS resumes use of WinLink 2000
It appears the Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has reversed its
decision to phase out WinLink 2000.
The ARRL reports:
According to Pudge Forrester, AA9GL, government liaison for Army MARS,
Lieutenant General Susan Lawrence has reversed the decision to phase out
the use of the WinLink 2000 global radio e-mail system by Army MARS members.
Ms Lawrence stated that the Army, after reviewing its capabilities, had
decided that the continued use of WinLink 2000 was a valuable asset to
Army MARS members and agencies that were using the service.
She issued a statement to that effect on December 21, 2011.
On January 5, 2012, the Chief of Army MARS officially notified his membership
that the phase out notice had been rescinded.
Army MARS members and agencies who had been using the service hailed the
decision by Ms Lawrence and resumed use of WinLink 2000.
FCC GREEN LIGHTS STA FOR TEXAS HAM TO RUN HF SPREAD SPECTRUM
The FCC has granted Philip J. Williams, KA1GMN,
of Euless, Texas, a Special Temporary Authority
or STA to conduct Spread Spectrum experiments on 160 through 2 meters.
The 6 month authorization takes effect February
1st and expires on July 31st. It limits Williams
to a maximum 2.5 kHz of signal bandwidths at 100
watts effective radiated power. Williams was
directed by the FCC to use the Experimental
Station call letters WF9XJD during his
investigational Spread Spectrum transmissions.
Previous experiments with Spread Spectrum
technology have been conducted on the ham radio
bands at 222 MHz and above where this mode of
transmission is already legal. The Special
Temporary Authority granted to Williams is the
first permitting Spread Spectrum experimentation
on the High Frequency and lower VHF bands.
Bomb threat shuts Cyprus radio & TV for three hours
Staff were evacuated from the premises of the Cyprus Broadcasting
Corporation Monday last after a bomb threat was phoned into the station.
According to an informed source a threat was phoned in twice to the main
switchboard, firstly at 1020 UTC, then again just after 1100 UTC.
Few details are known about the actual threat, but dozens of police officers,
fire and explosives experts cordoned off the sprawling complex, with TV and
radio services forced off air. The studios were evacuated and after a search
lasting three hours, police gave the all clear.
CyBC is Cyprus's public broadcasting service, transmitting island-wide on
four radio and two television channels.
ITU receives Emmy Award
This for new audio broadcast standard Recommendation which aims to
standardise loudness metering on TV.
The annual Technology and Engineering Emmy recognizes the ground-breaking
work on the worldwide standardization of loudness metering for use in
broadcast audio, which the Academy considered as outstanding and showing
excellence in engineering creativity.
ITU-R Recommendation BS.1770 on "Algorithms to measure audio programme
loudness and true-peak audio level" was elaborated over a decade as a result
of the dedication of many specialists including Craig Todd of Dolby
Laboratories, USA; Gilbert Soulodre of Communications Research Centre,
Canada; and Spencer Lieng of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The standard was finalized during the last study period within ITU-R Working
Party 6C under the Chairmanship of David Wood of the European Broadcasting
Union. The pertinent algorithm and the agreed parameters are now contained
in the ITU-R Recommendation approved by ITU Member States, giving worldwide
guidance on loudness metering.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
DIY RADIO NEWS: CQ TO INTRODUCE MAKER COLUMN
CQ magazine will introduce a quarterly "Maker"
column, to be written by Matt Stultz, KB3TAN,
that will appear in the March, June, September
and December issues of the magazine.
KB3TAN is the founder of "HackPittsburgh. This
is a community workshop for makers in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. He has been a ham since 2009 and
has integrated amateur radio into many of HackPittsburgh's activities.
As already reported, the hacker and maker
movement is a worldwide do-it-yourself phenomenon
among mostly younger, tech-savvy individuals who
enjoy hands-on tinkering and experimenting with
electronics, crafts and similar projects. Many
"makers" are not familiar with amateur radio,
even though hams have been "makers" since the
dawn of radio. CQ says that the goal of this
column to help build and strengthen bridges
between the amateur radio and the maker communities.
MULTIPLE LANGUAGE VERSIONS OF THE DIY MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO
And speaking of the maker and hacker communities,
while it's not even been out a month, there
appear to be several groups that have either
asked permission to translate the ARRL's new the
DIY Magic of Amateur Radio video into other
languages or are already undertaking such a project.
Since its release last December 27th, word is
that versions with either sub titles or
over-dubbed audio are being prepared by
individuals or groups around the globe in the
Spanish, Portuguese and possibly even Russian
languages. And these are the ones that are known about.
Also, Tom Medlin who hosted the December 27th
release of the video on his W5KUB website has
made available some statistics. These show that
the new video had viewers in Canada, Venezuela,
Mexico, Argentina, France, Cayman Islands, Puerto
Rico and New Zealand as well as across the United States.
Those who have not yet seen the new video can do
so on-line on YouTube in English at
tinyurl.com/arrl-diy-movie. You can also watch
it or download it at www.arrl.org/DIY.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
Don't forget the AX prefix can replace VK prefix for 26 January
VK Ross Hull Memorial VHF UHF Contest CLOSES January 31
VK JOHN MOYLE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY March 17-18
VK/ZL AM/CW on ANZAC DAY April 25
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80 metres SSB May 5
VK Shires Contest June 9-10
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 160 metres SSB June 25
ZL NZART Memorial Contest July First full weekend
VK Remembrance Day Contest August 11-12
WW International Lighthouse Lightship Wknd August 18-19
On ANZAC Day, 25th of April 2012, a group of Amateurs in North Queensland,
Tableland Radio Group, are encouraging amateurs to operate on AM and CW
modes during the afternoon and evening of ANZAC Day as a mark of remembrance
to the servicemen and women who served our countries during time of conflict.
AM and CW were modes used by radio operators and signallers during WW2 and
in Korea, Malaysian and early in Viet Nam so, by using those modes, it shows
that we Radio Amateurs are remembering them in our own special manner.
Hopefully our New Zealand cousins will join in the activity as the ANZAC
spirit is an integral part of both our countries.
This is NOT a contest and we simply ask Amateurs to switch to AM and CW to
experience the attributes of those old modes.
As regards frequencies its simply staying on the usual net frequencies BUT
change the mode.
If it's possible we ask that ex-Navy Ships, Military Museums, fortifications,
Warbirds,Radio museums etc etc be used to operate from.
On conclusion please send an article to Amateur Radio Magazine to show
others what you have done.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Amateur Radio station celebrating Chinese New Year
Neoh, 9M2CLN, station master for the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter
Society (MARTS), announced that the special event callsign, 9M4CNY, will be
active to celebrate the 'Chinese New Year Cultural And Heritage Celebration
2012' from Penang Island (AS-015) on January 29th, between 0700-1600z.
Suggested frequency are 14288 kHz and 7088 kHz, SSB only.
QSL only direct to address on QRZ.com
VK5CP HOLIDAY STYLE
"I will be operating in 'holiday mode' from LORD HOWE ISLAND as VK5CP/9 from
19 January 2012 to 24 January 2012.
I will be using a IC7000, LDG Z2Pro Tuner and a Buddistick vertical
antenna. I will be focusing on 30M (data), 20M and 6M depending on
conditions. I have a signalink USB interface and Mix W software. Key data
modes will be PSK31 and RTTY. I will try 30M first as I understand this is
a much wanted mode/band. I dont expect that I will be loud but hopefully
the data modes will make things easier for those that need LHI.
I will post QSOs via LOTW and EQSL upon my return to VK5. Please QSL via
VK5CP (and be patient as I will have to print some cards).
73 de Chris VK5CP
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
Lost Islands of Central Arctic
Tomas NW7US has made available on YouTube a 58-minute movie of an amateur
radio DX-pedition to the 'Lost Islands of Central Arctic'.
In April 2001, a team of amateur radio operators and support team members
embarked on a journey to the "Lost Islands of Central Arctic", an area
above Russia, just shy of the permanently-frozen arctic circle.
These Islands were at one time never marked on any map, as they were
strategic military 'assets' of the USSR. Now, they are documented and in
this Diary, you get to journey with the expeditionary team. Narration is in
They went from Island to Island, spending time at each, to 'activate' the
island on the amateur radio bands. This is a fantastic documentary of this
Islands included in the near hour long movie:
+ RI0B (AS-156) USHAKOVA Isl. (IOTA New one)
+ RU0B (AS-057) UYEDINENIYA Isl.
+ RS0B/P(AS-057) ISACHENKO Isl.
+ RS0B/P(AS-068) MONA Isl.
+ RA0BM - Victor
+ UA9OBA - Yuri
+ R3CA - Vladimir
+ RW3GW - Valery
+ RZ9OO - Alexender
+ RV0AR - Pavel
+ UA0BA - Andrey
+ RX9ULT/9 - Andrey
There were also other supporting team members, like Evgeniy and Boris, plus
the helicopter crew, including Igor, Leonid, the Mi8 Helicopter crew with
Please subscribe to my channel. I am on Twitter: @NW7US http://NW7US.us/
Watch Lost Islands - An Amateur Radio Polar Diary 2001
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
School looking for worldwide D-Star contacts
A school in the village of Gresham, UK, will be running an amateur radio
special event station using the DSTAR digital network.
The date of the event is not until 23rd May and the callsign will be GB2GVS
(Gresham Village School). The children are aged 6 to 11.
Andy, 2E0AIV says they have arranged link-ups with schools in Northern
Ireland, USA and England, but we are looking for more countries and schools
to participate particularly anyone up at that time 'down under'.
The Children of today are the future generation of Electronic experts and
Amateur Radio Operators, and we feel that this is an opportunity to engage
with youngsters to the benefit of all."
(sourced to southgate)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK UNOFFICIAL HF Net.
2nd Sunday each month.
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz
QRP to the ISS
Doug Cook KD5PDN's article about contacting the International Space Station
with a few watts and a shoestring budget antenna is now available.
The article "QRP to the ISS" appeared in the February issue of QST magazine
and with permission from the ARRL, can now be downloaded from Clint Bradford
Doug walks the reader through building a simple tape measure beam, and how
to successfully work the ISS with it and a handheld radio.
Read the article at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
The half-way point for ILLW
The 100th entry in the 15th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend is the Moritzburg Lighthouse, Germany.
It was built in 1770 next to a lake and miniature harbour for the King to
Saxony for entertaining imitation naval battles.
Contest style station DM2C at a lighthouse expects to work CW, SSB and PSK31.
Each contact will receive a QSL card through the bureau.
With seven months to go Australia is in the lead accounting for a third of
all entries so far, with Germany on 16, the USA 12 followed by England having
Among the other early representatives are Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Denmark,
France, Honduras, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland,
Romania, Scotland, Sweden and Wales.
Only a quarter of regular countries have joined at this stage and hundreds
of entries are yet to be received.
It was a record last year with 470 entries including 19 Lightships and 55
countries involved. The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, a
48 hour fun event, is always on the third full weekend of August.
The founder of the annual event was Mike Dalrymple GM4SUC, who passed away
in December 2005 and operated from Turnberry Lighthouse with the Ayr Amateur
Check out the availability of a lighthouse or lightship now and register
it. For guidelines, an entry form and other full information about August
the 18th and 19th this year visit the website illw.net
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
15TH IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE hosted by V.A.R.C. in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam.
JAN 23-FEB 17 YEAR 2012
World Radio Conference Geneva 23rd January TO 17th February 2012
Don't forget the AX prefix can replace VK prefix for 26 January
FEB 4 VK4 Bunya Mts & District AmCom Inc. Ham & Wine Fest 2012.
FEB 12 VK3 CentreVictoria Hamfest, Kyneton Racecourse
FEB 26 VK2 CCARC WYONG FIELD DAY
MAR 18 VK7 Sewing Circle Nets "Meet the Voice BBQ" at Ross.
APR 14-15 VK WIA National Field Day.
MAY 3-18 VK5 YL International 2012 Australia (email@example.com)
MAY 5- 6 VK4 RADAR and MARC Clairview Gathering
MAY 25-27 VK3 WIA Annual Conference Mildura
JUN 8-11 VK4 FNNQARG! QLD Cassowary Coast
JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall
JULY 21 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne
NOV 12 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST (ROSEBUD BY THE BAY)
WIA Annual Conference Mildura
May 25th, 26th and 27th 2012
Details for the WIA 2012 Annual Conference being held in Mildura are on
Host club is Sunraysia Radio Group, led by Garry Briant VK3KYF and
Noel Ferguson VK3FI.
WIA Members who register for the event will be able to participate in a
range of fascinating and memorable activities.
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