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WIANEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 29 2012.
Are You coming the WIA Annual Conference in Mildura ?
With only one month remaining on the calendar till
this years WIA Annual Conference registrations have
been filling quickly particularly since the announcement
of our special guests and details of the weekend Technical
program. In previous weeks we have talked to Peter Cossins
about his Digital ATV Presentation, Andrew Martin VK3OE
about the developments with his chirp radar system
and we have interviewed Jan King W3GEY a founding member
of AMSAT and we spoke with Jan about his much anticipated
presentation of the AMSATsatellite program. A major feature
of the technical program is the presentation by the Adelaide
based Project Horus team who will be both presenting in the
Saturday afternoon technical Symposium AND launching a real
Horus balloon, Horus 25 on Sunday morning from the old
aero ovals a publicly accessible councilproperty in Mildura.
So this morning it's my pleasure to introduce to you Terry
Baum VK5VZI who one of the lead members of the Horus team
Good morning Terry...
Good morning Robert
First up Terry thanks to you and your team for being part of
the WIA Annual Conference in Mildura. Now I'm sure that many
will have heard of and be familiar with the Horus program,
but for those listeners who are not, could you tell us a
little of the background behind the program.
No problems Robert and a very good morning to all the
listeners here on this WIA news broadcast. Project Horus is
a amateur high altitude balloon project. Our aim is to
build and fly low cost weather balloon payloads into
the stratosphere, capturing photographs, recording
sensor data and providing a reliable launch platform
for high altitude experiments. Our typical launches
attain altitudes in excess of 35,000m (115,000ft),
passing through regions of extremely low pressure and
temperature - temperatures frequently reach as low as -55
degrees Celcius. Payloads are tracked by GPS and radio
communications - once the balloon has burst, the payload
descends to Earth and is retrieved. We had our first launch
in 2010 and since then we have launced 23 balloons, Mildura
will be our 25th launch and so it has the designation Horus 25
So the plan is to launch Horus 25 on a public oval on
Sunday Morning at 8:00am and everyone attending the WIA
conference and the general public is invited to come along
and watch the launch. What happens after the balloon is
Well as part of the payload on the balloon, we will have a
rtty stream of telemetry on 70cm, with the aid of some
software that people can install on their laptop, using
the laptop sound card hooked to their 70cm radio they
will be able to decode telemetry data. We will also be
sending this same information to our Project Horus website
in real time so people with internet access including
interested Midura residents will be able to track the
balloons progress via the internet. Horus 25 will also
have and amateur voice repeater on board with input on
70 cm and output on 2m. We expect the balloon will
remain in the air for about two and a half hours before
it bursts and the payload parachutes back down to the ground.
I guess your balloon launches would normally attract a lot
of public interest.
Yes they do and quite often we get inquiries from people if
they can come and watch a launch, in many cases this may not
be practical for a number of reasons, sometimes they are on
private property, sometimes access is a problem etc, so for
all the people out there who have been hanging out to see a
launch, come to Mildura and see us launch Horus 25
And there is a prize for the person who tracks and recovers
Yes I have been informed a Yaseu FT 1900r has been
generously donated as a prize for the person who locates and
recovers the balloon payload, mind you it's much easier
these days with the balloons onboard GPS than it was in days
gone by when you had to DF the payload, I doubt it will land
on the Paddleboat Mundoo so if you plan to follow and track
the payload that will be separate exercise to the Mundoo
lunch and afternoon boat trip. I understand the boat boards
at 11:00 an departs at 11:30
Well thanks again Terry for you and your team, we are
looking forward not only to your talk during the Saturday
technical Symposium but also the Sunday morning balloon launch.
Thanks again Robert and our team are very excited about
coming to Mildura
Join us at the WIA Annual Conference in Mildura and be part
of history in the making with the launch of Horus 25.
Register online today, simply visit the WIA website
www.wia.org.au and click the link to the Annual Conference
Olympic Games 3D TV trials
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has agreed to issue
licences to Nine Network Australia, provided certain conditions are met,
to conduct trials of 3D TV featuring daily highlights of the 2012 Olympic
Games, ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman has confirmed.
The ACMA has considered Nine's applications to use unassigned TV channels
for 3D TV trials in Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and
'Viewers with a 3D television should be able to view the trial if they are
within the coverage area of the trial services,' Mr Chapman said.
To ensure that viewers understand the month-long transmission will only be
available in certain areas, the Nine Network has agreed to implement a range
of consumer protection measures.
The ACMA developed the measures in consultation with the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission following misleading statements from a
number of electronics retailers during previous 3D TV trials.
'Viewers need to be aware these broadcasts are temporary trials of the
3D TV format and that the long term technology is still developing,'
Mr Chapman said.
Detailed information about the coverage areas and other aspects of the trials
will be available from the Nine Network before the services are due to
commence on 16 July.
President Michael Owen VK3KI email@example.com
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD email@example.com
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent times a number of amateurs have asked questions about the WIA
I expect that the release published in the last few days will answer those
Shortly after becoming the WIA Director for Awards Chris Platt VK5CP found
that he had very little time for the task because of increasingly intense
WIA Director Trent Sampson VK4TS has been appointed Acting Director for
Awards until Chris is able to devote the necessary time to the role.
Steve Chamberlain VK6IR was appointed Awards Manager last February but found
that he was unable to use the time he had set aside for establishing the role
and so felt it better to allow someone else the opportunity to deal with this
important area of WIA interest.
Bob Robinson VK3SX has been appointed Awards Manager.
In addition, Allan Meredith VK2CA has rejoined the Awards Committee and
Laurie Davison VK7ZE has joined the Committee. Laurie is expected to become
the first VK ARRL card checker in the very near future.
Last March Dale McCarthy VK4DMC retired from the Awards Committee as he felt
that he was no longer able to devote the necessary time to that role.
The routine management of the Awards process will continue to be through the
WIA office, and WIA Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ, currently overseas, has
reorganised much of the basic current data to provide a basis for the work
being undertaken by Trent, Bob and the Awards team.
The Awards pages on the WIA website have been updated, work is continuing to
update the DXCC standings and the delay in issuing WIA Award certificates is
expected to be largely overcome in the next 6 weeks.
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their efforts to
overcome the difficulties we ran into and their ongoing work to improve the
program, and in particular Trent Sampson, Bob Robinson and John Longayroux
working as ever in the background.
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Its all happening at the Summerland Amateur Radio Club this Sunday the 29th.
Starting at 10 am today, there will be a big tidy-up, and with many tasks to
be done they need all hands on deck.
Things to be done include weeding, sorting out the magazine collection,
tidying the workroom and storeroom, and also sorting out surplus sales stuff,
ready for the Spring Hamfest.
There will be a BBQ lunch, then at 2pm will be the AGM of Northern Rivers
WICEN. All members are asked to be there if possible, and all interested
persons are welcome to attend.
That's this Sunday, at the clubrooms:
a map is available on the Summerland Club website.
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Centenary of organized Amateur Radio in Queensland
Special Event Callsign and Operations
VK100WIQ will be available to Clubs during July and August and a special
QSL card is being designed and printed for the operation.
Clubs interested in using the special call for a 3 day bracket (or more if
you are keen) need to contact Michael VK4QS.
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 41 222 927
(sourced to thetarcinc)
For the last year the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society has held the call
VK5MGY. MGY being the radio call sign of the Titanic.
Doc VK5BUG and Shaun VK5ASC have used the call at Titanic displays. Doc, who
operates exclusivly on CW has made over 300 contacts worldwide to over
30 countries. QSL's have been printed and distributed from a winning
competition entry of James Zinkler.
Thanks to Doc and Shaun for their efforts.
Across Australia from VK1WIA you're tuned to the WIA National News Service.
In Adelaide it can be heard on VK5RAD at 9am local time. I'm David VK5KC.
What use is an f-call?
(Past editions of What use is an f-call can be found online at harg.org.au
Recently I had the opportunity to see a group of amateurs show and tell lots
of little inventions, from antennas through measuring equipment, hand-made
and historic. The atmosphere was electric, HAMs showing off their technical
achievements. It was exciting to see the glint in the eye of each
demonstrator, proudly sharing their accomplishments.
I realized that in many places in life there is competition, even in Amateur
Radio there are contests, but this was something else. This was an experience
that highlighted to me what Amateur Radio is all about, figuring out how to
achieve something and sharing it with others.
I understand that you could
think that this too could turn into a competition, but the web-sites I've
seen in the past year contradict that notion. Everywhere I look there are
people trying to share their knowledge, trying to make Amateur Radio a great
place to be, telling stories, inventing things, making and building.
All this is a run-up to something, a run-up to one question:
"What have you shared lately?"
If you received your license recently, you may think that you have nothing to
share. Ironically that is absolutely untrue. You bring with you a new
curiosity, a fresh set of inquisitiveness that you can share with fellow
amateurs. You bring an excitement to the hobby that might assist experienced
HAMs with a thrill of their own.
So, don't be shy, young HAM or old hand, share and share alike.
I'm Onno vk6flab
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
Amateur Radio Posters for Download
The RSGB has made available a collection of amateur radio promotional
posters that can be used when demonstrating the hobby to the public.
The posters can be downloaded from
Meteoroid the size of a mini-van explodes over California
An explosion over California that rattled homes across at least two states
has been analyzed by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office: It was a natural
meteoroid the size of a mini-van.
Analysts say the space rock exploded in the atmosphere with an energy equal
to nearly 4 kilotons of TNT and might have sprayed the Sierra Nevada
mountains with meteorites.
Visit http://spaceweather.com for more information
Rassie Erasmus, ZS1YT new SARL President
Rassie Erasmus, ZS1YT, was elected as the South African Radio League (SARL)
In his address at the annual dinner he said that his objective for his year
of office is "Together we will achieve more for amateur radio."
He said "I believe that clubs should become more active in the SARL and its
national activities and on the flip side, the SARL must be more engaged with
clubs. The old cliché of "unity is strength" could not be more true today
than ever before.
While we achieve successes at international level, we need to work harder at
successes at national level. We need to work better together, communicate
more with each other. Clubs and the SARL need to support each other to grow
and expand. The IARU's international voice is only strengthened by national
members and societies.
"I urge each club to affiliate with the SARL and appoint a liaison officer to
strengthen the communications channel. Communications must be two way and
that is the important role of a liaison officer at every club. Communicate to
the SARL what is happening at club level and how the SARL can add more value.
It should also be the task of the liaison officer to ensure that the SARL
communication channels reach club members by including information in local
bulletins, at club meetings and at club committee meetings."
RADIO SCOUTING: NEW DEDICATED IRLP TOPIC CHANNEL FOR SCOUTS
Radio Scouting and the Jamboree on the Air now have a common
meeting place for Internet Radio Linking Project contacts or
IRLP. As one of the new Topic Channels, scouts need only
connect to IRLP Node 9091 to make contact with one another.
The Radio Scouting and Jamboree on the Air Topic Channel is
available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A
recommended time for calling has initially been established
for 1800 UTC for weekend activities, such as Radio Merit
Badge events, as well as contacts during Summer Camp.
Another suggested time is 0100 UTC to accommodate most
scouts during the evening hours.
For detailed information on available IRLP repeaters in your
area, how IRLP works and operating guidelines, visit
www.irlp.net on the World-Wide-Web. For more information
about this and other IRLP Topic Channels take your web
browser to www.irlptopics.net
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
NEW OTH RADAR REPORT RELEASED BY DK20M
A new paper released by a ham in Germany may shed some light
on sources of interference on the ham bands caused by radar
systems world-wide. Jim Davis, W2JKD, has more:
Wolfgang Hadel DK2OM has made available a report documenting
High Frequency Over The Horizon radar systems used around
the world. Also included are Ionosphere and Troposhere
Diagnostic Radars as well as well as Ocean Wave and Coastal
Radars. All of these can interfere with amateur radio and
The report is an exceedingly thorough look at these various
Radar systems and their uses. It also includes explanations
of how some of these systems work and include photographs,
maps and graphs of some of the operations.
The 36 page report is free to anyone who wants a copy. You
can download it in Adobe .pdf format at
I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
JAPAN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY PLANS SPACE ELEVATOR
And finally this week, while it might the stuff of science
fiction dreams are made ofr, a Japanese construction company
has announced that it will have built a working space
elevator by 2050. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Butera-
Howell, KB3TZD, is here with this glimpse into the future:
Imagine putting a microsat under your arm, taking it on an
elevator ride to a geostationary on-orbit outpost and
eventually hsving it tossed into space. Such might be the
case in about 40 to 50 years if the plans of a Japan-based
construction company come to pass,
According to the The Daily Yomiuri newspaper, the company
known as Obayashi Corporation has announced it will build a
kind of space elevator by the year 2050. One that will be
capable of shuttling passengers and supplies 36,000
kilometers above the Earth.
The company plans to use carbon nanontubes, which are said
to be 20 times stronger than steel, to produce the cables
required for the elevator. Those cables will be stretched to
a counterweight 96,000 kilometers above our planet. Thats
about one-fourth of the distance between the Earth and the moon.
An Obayashi official told the newspaper that the terminal
station to be located 36,000 kilometers above Earth, will be
reached by cars that can carry 30 people and travel at 200
kilometers per hour.
He adds that at this moment, the company cannot estimate the
cost for the project. However, they will try to make steady
progress so that it won't end just up as simply a dream.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heather Butera-Howell KB3TZD,
looking at the future from near Burwick, Pennsylvania.
The Obayashi spokesperson could not estimate the cost the
cost of the project but did admit that it will be high. And
whether this project can actually become a reality is up for
discussion for at least the time being.
Greetings Everyone - this is Trent VK4TS- Coming up shortly is the WIA AGM
and its time to reflect over the past 12 months in contesting - my area of
2012 has seen the formation of the WIA Contest Committee and the introduction
of general rules for WIA contests - Contrary to some misconceptions these are
not an attempt to make all contests the same but rather to use the same terms
for all our sponsored contests.
Sadly we saw the resignation due to ill health of our long time RD Contest
manager Peter VK4OD - however Peter recommended Alan VK4SN as his replacement
and Alan has taken on the role with gutso - Interestingly he has proposed a
couple of changes to the rules and these are in the May issue of AR or on the
The Oceania Dx Contest has another record in logs received (over 1200 logs)
an amazing turnaround by a contest that only 15 years ago was almost extinct
Well done Brian VK3MI and team.
The Field Day contests have continued to increase activity with the
John Moyle capably managed by Denis VK4AE leading the way however more
interest is also being shown in the VHF/UHF only events under the stewardship
of John VK3KM.
With the changes to the RD Contest there has been a proposal put forward for
individual sponsored trophies, Chris VK3FY has already volunteered the South
Pacific Contest Club to donate a shield for the highest scoring Multi
Operator and I look forward to hearing from any others groups interested in
this has been Trent VK4TS
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80metres Phone May 12
VK Shires Contest June 9-10
VK Winter VHF-UHF Field Day June 23-24
ZL NZART Memorial Contest July First full weekend
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80+160metres July 21
VK Remembrance Day Contest August 11-12
WW International Lighthouse Lightship Wknd August 18-19
VK Spring VHF / UHF Field Day November 24-25
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
N6G TO CELEBRATE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AT AGE 75
A Healdsburg, California ham has announced a special event
operation to celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of the states
most usefull landmarks.
Will Pattullo, AE6YB, tells Newsline that he will be hosting
special event N6G an May 26 and the 27th. This to celebrate the
75th anniversary of the opening of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
AE6YB says he will definitely be on 7.265, 14.265 and 21.265
MHz during the two-day operation. He will also try to get
on 80 and 10 meters if time permits. Domestic U-S stations
should QSL N6G via AE6YB with a self addressed stamped
envelope direct via his callbook address. DX stations are
asked to include a US dollar to cover return postage.
Details on www.sfarc.org
F4CYZ iS operational from Morocco as CN2YZ through years end. His activity
will be from Tangier especially on the weekends. The Mediterraneo DX Club
is supporting his activities and is also providing a Web site with a
log-check. Its in cyberspace at
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
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WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
16 Japanese educational satellites to be launched
Sixteen educational satellites are under construction in Japan. The first
should be launched in May followed by the others over the next two years.
The first to launch is the amateur radio satellite HORYU-2 built by students
at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT). The launch is on a Japanese
H-IIA rocket planned for May 17 at 1639-1642 UT.
The mission aims to take pictures of the Earth using a small CMOS camera
SCAMP (Surrey Camera Payload) developed by the University of Surrey, a sister
university of KIT. SCAMP takes a 640×480 pixel picture in a JPEG format. From
700 km altitude, one pixel corresponds to 1.6 km.
HORYU-2 will be followed in July by the launch of the HTV3 to the
International Space Station (ISS). This will deliver the JEM-Small Satellite
Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) along with the Japanese CubeSats WE-WISH, FITSAT-1
and RAIKO. These CubeSats should be deployed from the ISS in September using
the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) robot arm.
FITSAT-1, also known as NIWAKA, will use a neodymium magnet for attitude
control. It has multiple downlinks, CW on 437.250 MHz, AX.25 on 437.445 MHz
and a 4 watt high speed data transmitter on 5840 MHz capable of sending a
640 by 480 VGA JPEG image in 6 seconds.
In addition it carries high power LEDs that will be driven with 100W pulses
to produce extremely bright flashes. These, it is hoped, will be observable
by the unaided eye or with small binoculars. Both the 5840 MHz and optical
downlinks have a high power consumption so it may be that they are only
activated over Japan.
In December TSUBAME is planned to be launched on a H-IIA. It aims to have a
CW beacon on 437.250 MHz and AX.25 1200/9600bps telemetry on 437.505 MHz.
Further information on all the satellites can be found on the AMSAT-UK
website at http://www.uk.amsat.org/6691
AMSAT-UK publishes a colour A4 newsletter, OSCAR News, which is full of
Amateur Satellite information.
Free sample issue at http://www.uk.amsat.org/on_193_final.pdf
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WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
WITH QCWA BECOME A MEMBER OR PAY DUES ON-LINE
The Quarter Century Wireless Association has announced that those
eligible can now join the organization or renew membership on-line.
The link to the applications are at www.qcwa.org/how-to-join.php
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be taken to PayPal to complete the transaction.
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Eligibility to join QCWA requires a continuous 25 years as a
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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
Saturday May 5th 2012
East Gippsland Stages
Contact: Colin Pomroy VK3BLE phone: 03 5149 7228
Sunday May 6th 2012
Kenda Nav Rally
Contact: Peter Weeks VK3YZP phone: 03 5772 1454
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SOCIAL SCENE 2012
APR 28 VK6 HARGfest (Hills ARG)
MAY 3-18 VK5 YL International 2012 Australia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MAY 5- 6 VK4 RADAR and MARC Clairview Gathering
MAY 25-27 VK3 WIA Annual Conference Mildura
MAY 26 VK4 BARCFEST (a hamfest) Mt Gravatt Showgrounds 9am.
JUN 8-11 VK4 FNNQARG! QLD Cassowary Coast
JUN 9-10 VK5 South East Radio Group Convention, Mt Gambier.
JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall
JULY 21 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne
JULY 21 VK4 WIA VK4 CLUB PRESIDENTS LUNCH Hervey Bay AR Club
NOV 4 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HAMFEST @ Goodwood
NOV 11 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest
NOV 25 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST AT ROSEBUD
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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