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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JULY 15 2012.
WIA ACCOUNTS HIT BY SPAM
WIA AFFILIATED CLUB REPEATER HIT BY UNLICENSED OPERATOR
WIA TRASH N TREASURE TO BE FOUND IN VK2
WIA AFFILIATED CLUB HAMFEST IN VK4 THIS WEEKEND
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 15 2012.
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Last Monday night, several Redcliffe (VK4) club members were addressed by
a pirate station on their local Redcliffe repeater. The station was using
the call sign, VK4NFL.
If you hear this station or any other pirate station or man-made noise on
the Redcliffe repeater, could you record as many of the exchanges as possible
either on paper or using a smart phone or MP3 recording software on a PC and
send the information to either VK4YJV or VK4EA via the Redcliffe club's web
site, so they can provide further information to the ACMA.
If the pirate station who was on the air last Monday night is listening to
this broadcast, be aware Redcliffe club members are already know the suburb
you live in and will soon will know your address!
That information has already been passed to the ACMA.
It just goes to prove that the club's regular foxhunts can not only find the
fox but in this case are close to finding a pirate!
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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Bi-monthly Trash & Treasure at VK2WI / Assessments.
The regular Trash & Treasure event will be held at VK2WI, 63 Quarry Rd.
Dural Sunday 29 th July starting around 0930. Major items on offer on
ARNSW web site under Disposals.
Also this day assessments for all license levels.
Candidates bring passport photo and identification.
Arrive by 1000 hours.
SARCFEST 12 August, LISMORE CLUBROOM.
All are invited to attend and make their preparation for SARCFEST, 12 August.
To be held at the Clubroom grounds, 414 Richmond Hill Rd, Richmond Hill,
from 8.00 am.
Parking off Livotto Drive.
Goods for sale, purchase or exchange. Radios, Computers, Electronics.
Radio, Telegraph & Other Displays. Canteen / BBQ food and refreshments.
Prizes to be won !! Traders / Dealers / Swappers Welcome.
Tables / Sites - NO FEE - Donation Requested.
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TARC Social Meeting this Tuesday
This Tuesday July 17th the TARC Social Evening will be happening
at the Club Rooms atop SES HQ Green Street West End from
Get along and lend a helping hand to put the magazine of renown,
Back-scatter together and socialise with fellow hams.
There will be a special visit by John Barrett, President of the Townsville
Open Water Swim Association. JB will be bringing all up to speed about this
years Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim. All are welcome !
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REAST Training, Education & Assessment
There will be an examination session on Tuesday 17 July at 7 pm at the
REAST Clubrooms. Anyone who wishes to join in are welcome. Contact learning
organiser Reg VK7KK on 0417 391 607.
or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
(73, Reg VK7KK, REAST Education Officer and Assessor)
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 witnessed something quite amazing. I was at an Amateur Radio club
relaxing and chatting with other amateurs. We were scattered throughout the
clubhouse, several little groups of interest scattered around. People moving
between groups as their interest changed and a whole dynamic ecology of
knowledge was being distributed. There were radios set-up all over the place,
an Oscilloscope was plugged into a kit to check its operation while the local
club shop was open for business with connectors and adapters. It was a real
hive of activity, BBQ going in the background and all.
While all this was happening, a few amateurs gathered around a set and
stopped talking. The radio was tuned to a station that was directing a
pile-up. If you're unfamiliar, a pile-up is what happens when one station
calls CQ and several stations respond. Then others hear the commotion and
they join in, then more hear it and before you know it, there are 20 or 30
stations all on the same frequency, scattered all over the globe chiming in
and exchanging signal reports.
Now I've heard a few pile-ups like that. I had the joy of being the source of
one of them during the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend when
the station I was operating seemed to be getting calls from all over the
place for a solid 80 minutes or so.
Back to the pile-up I was describing earlier, the one at the clubhouse.
The thing that set this pile-up apart for me was that it was all done in
Morse or in the vernacular, CW. It was the first time I'd heard Morse
clustered like that. Until then I've heard the local repeater beep out its
call, I've contributed my own in the form of pre-recorded audio at the top
of What use is an F-call?, but this was quite something. You could hear
differences in tonality, speed, how someone tapped their key, their
difference in signal strength. Each signal had their own personal
characteristic, unlike a voice pile-up where you can make out the odd
call-sign, this seemed to be a whole lot more crisp affair.
I'd already decided that I was going to spend some effort learning Morse, but
this just made my day.
If you get the chance to hear a CW pile-up, have a listen. You might not yet
speak the lingo, but you'll hear more than you thought you would.
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.
AO, AM, AN: Spain celebrates Euro2012
You will be hearing these prefixes on the bands until July 31st, because the
Spanish PTT has authorized all radio amateurs in Spain to use them, to
celebrate their Soccer Win, at the request of EA Digital Federation.
We hope you enjoy the contacts in the same way you enjoyed the soccer show
Ham radio from the Eiffel Tower
Operators Philippe/F5SKW, Dimitri/F5SWB, Freddy/F5IRO/J28RO, David/F8CRS,
Yves-Michel/F5PRU, and possibly some other hams and French Servicemen
are active as TM70TRS or TM70TE from the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower,
approximately 300 meters above the ground, until today Sunday July 15.
Activity is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the French Army Signal
Corps and activity is on CW, SSB and RTTY, and on the HF and VHF (JN18du)
bands 24 hours each day.
QSL via the REF QSL Bureau.
North Korea 'CW Only' and IOTA AS-197 Project
Rick, K6VVA, states: This is a 'Work-In-Progress and warns it is not
a money grabbing DX scheme at all contrary to many ill-informed blogs.
This P5 'CW ONLY' & IOTA AS-197 PROJECT is being planned, does seem to be
gaining momentum towards a positive outcome and we suggest you visit
Rick K6VVA 's web page and make your own mind up.
Amateur radio features in the European Communications Office annual report.
The report says:
The ECO has taken the lead role in the activities of the regulatory affairs
working group (WG RA PT2) on amateur radio issues. We are working closely
with the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1.
We also work with non-CEPT countries which have inconsistent entries in CEPT
deliverables on amateur radio and those non-CEPT members who have expressed
an interest in joining the CEPT regulatory framework.
Following the closure of WG RA PT2 in the second part of 2011, the Office is
now leading this activity and reporting directly to WG FM.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
NEW BROADCAST CENTRE PROPOSED FOR ONE WORLD TRADE CENTRE
The new spire built to replace the fallen twin towers of the World Trade
Centre in New York City will also become an antenna site. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD, has the details on this emerging story:
The Durst Organization that controls New York City's One World Trade Centre
in a partnership with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to
add an installation for FM radio and television transmission antennas in the
building's 408-foot spire. One that will ultimately bring the new building's
height to 1,776 feet and make it the tallest building in North America.
The Empire State Building, 1,250 feet tall with its 204 foot antenna tower is
currently the home to 19 FM stations and most of the city's digital
television transmitters. Many radio and television broadcasters migrated to
the Empire site after terrorist attacks of 911 caused the collapse of the
World Trade Centre's twin towers in lower Manhattan.
Yet to be determined is whether any of the city's FM broadcasters will leave
their current primary sites at Empire State Building for the new location at
One World Trade Centre or if they will treat the new building spire primarily
as a backup site.
I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.
One thing that's pretty obvious is that at the prices being quoted for site
rental income by Durst, it's unlikely that any ham radio repeaters will find
a home at the new broadcast antenna site. Then again, once should never
doubt the resourcefulness of New York City area hams.
SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST THE FCC IN WARDROBE MALFUNCTION CASE
The so-called Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" indecency case which led
to increased profanity delay equipment installations for both TV and radio
stations has come to the end of the legal road. This after the United States
Supreme Court says that it will not review a lower court's ruling that
overturned the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS Corporation for televising a
fleeting view of Janet Jackson's breast during the live 2004 Super Bowl half
A federal appeals court had ruled the fine was arbitrary and capricious
because it was much larger than indecency fines had been previously, before
the commission began issuing large fines for so-called fleeting indecent
Chief Justice John Roberts agreed with the other justices not to hear the
FCC's appeal. In a concurring opinion, he noted the FCC had changed its
indecency policy to include fleeting utterances, supporting the arbitrary and
capricious arguments, but he also warned that any future wardrobe
malfunctions will not be protected going forward.
The Supreme Court last month tossed out FCC indecency fines against Fox and
ABC on narrow procedural grounds. At that time it told the regulatory agency
that it is free to update its broadcast indecency guidelines. For their part
broadcasters have insisted for years that the FCC's indecency guidelines are
vague and chill free speech.
G3PSM AWARDED THE DARC GOLDEN BADGE OF HONOUR
UK radio amateur Colin Thomas, G3PSM, has been awarded Germany's Deutscher
Amateur Radio Club Golden Badge of Honour. This, for his work in achieving an
amateur radio allocation at 472 kHz.
According to the German national amateur radio society, G3PSM was involved in
the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations or
CEPT preparatory process meetings and at the WRC-12 conference itself. As a
result of his skilful lobbying at many meetings, the CEPT proposal for an
amateur radio allocation near 600 meters was fully supported and eventually
G3SPM received his award from the DARC Chairman Steffen Schoppe, DL7ATE, at
a recent society hosted dinner.
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2012
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80+160metres July 21
VK Remembrance Day Contest August 11-12
WW International Lighthouse Lightship Wknd August 18-19
WW ALARA August 25-26
WW Oceania Dx Contest SSB October 6
ww Oceania Dx Contest CW oceaniadxcontest.com Oct 13
VK Spring VHF / UHF Field Day November 24-25
Trans-Tasman 80m phone results
Results for the Trans-Tasman 80m phone contest held in May. Congratulations
to Ron, ZL4R, for achieving First ZL. Bill, QRP as ZL3VZ, achieved second ZL,
and Alastair and Quentin operating ZL3YOK, achieved third ZL.
Congratulations to Ash VK3SSB, from Horsham Victoria, who took out the
overall First place. The full results have now been published on the
WIA website. Follow the link from the NZART web site "Rules" page.
The next Trans-Tasman contest Saturday, the 21st of July, from 8pm.
This is the new Multi-Mode contest which includes separate categories for
160m phone, as well as CW and Digital modes on both 80m, and 160m.
There's also an overall "multi-mode" category for any combination of these
modes or bands. The "multi-mode" category is well suited to multiple
operators, clubs, and anyone wanting more activity than any one mode can
This is the first year that this contest has been fully managed in ZL, and
the contest manager, Rob, ZL3AKM, wishes to thank everyone who participated.
(Sourced from the NZART News via vk7news)
ALARA CONTEST 25th and 26th August 2012
All licensed operators throughout the world are invited to participate.
Also open to SWLs.
YL works everyone, OMs & Clubs work YLs only.
One contest (combined phone and CW) run over 20 hours.
Saturday 25th August 2012 ………… 0400 hours UTC to 1359 hours UTC
Sunday 26th August 2012…………… 0400 hours UTC to 1359 hours UTC
Bands to be used are 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz only.
The following are suggested frequencies for easier location of contacts:
28.38 to 28.41
21.17 to 21.2 and 21.38 to 21.41
14.25 to 14.28
7.07 to 7.1
3.56 to 3.59
(Jean Fisher VK3VIP President & State rep ( VK3) for A.L.A.R.A.)
[IARU-R2-News 205] IARU HF World Championships 2012-07-NOW
The IARU HF World Championships, http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship
This is the list of HQ and IARU official's stations from Region 2 that will
be active during the contest.
8P - 8P6AW - ARSB
9Y - 9Y4HQ -TTARS
9Y - 9Y4X ? R2
CE - XR3HQ - RCC
CX - CX1AA - RCU
HC - HC2GRC - GRC
HK - HK3LR -LCRA
HR - HR2RCH - RCH
K - K0QB - R2
K - NU1AW/9 - IARU
K - W1AW/7 - ARRL
LU - LR5F - RCA
OA - OA4O - RCP
PY - PT2ADM - R2
PY - ZZ7HQ - LABRE
TG - TG0AA - CRAG
TG - TG9AGD ? R2
TI - TI0RC - RCCR
VE - VE6SH - AC
VE - VY2RAC - RAC
XE - 6D0LM - FMRE
XE - XE1KK - AC
YS - YS1YS - CRAS
YV - YV5AM - R2
ZF - ZF1A - CARS
Joaquín Solana, XE1R News Editor - IARU R2 email@example.com
(There was still no news at going to press of a WIA HQ station operating R3)
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
VK 100 WIQ - Celebrating 100 Years of Organised Amateur Radio in Queensland
to July 30th 2012, various clubs about Queensland in 3 day blocks are still
Moroccan stations are permitted to use the prefix 5 C 13 instead of their
usual CN prefix until 27 July. This is to celebrate the 13th anniversary
of the crowning of King Mohammed VI.
LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD NOW SUPPORTS CQ'S WPX AWARD
After weeks of beta testing, the ARRL has launched the integration of
Logbook of The World (LoTW), its electronic confirmation system, with
CQ Magazine's Worked All Prefixes (WPX) Award.
The WPX Award is the first of the CQ-sponsored awards that LoTW will support.
More than 51,000 radio amateurs worldwide use Logbook of The World, and there
are currently almost 432 million QSOs in the LoTW system.
LY 54 SOP
On air until July 31st, to celebrate the 54th anniversary of SOP
(Sea of Peace), Baltic Sea.
Every year in July the local radio amateurs of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
district accomplish special activities supporting the application of the SOP.
The SOP is awarded for contacts with different countries/areas bordering
the Baltic Sea and Norway each year during the month of July.
The team at the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia are pleased
to announce that the landing permit for the ZL9HR DXpedition to Campbell
Island has been issued by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.
The DXpedition will take place between the 28 November and December 9.
An international team is being assembled for this event on the sub-Antarctic
This will be the biggest DXpedition by an Australian club in 25 years
and the biggest one in 2012 worldwide.
For all information please go to the DXpedition website at ZL9HR.com
73 From ED VK2ARE, Australian Publicity Officer for ZL9HR and member of
the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
LiPo is the abbreviation for Lithium Polymer, one of the more recent
rechargeable battery technologies. These rechargeable batteries are gaining
popularity as prices fall and capacities improve.
NERG news suggest a great plain English introduction to these batteries can
be found at the RC Helicopters web site.
See the "Understanding RC LiPo Batteries" page at:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
STUDENTS DESIGN SUPERCAPICITOR BATTERY FOR ARISSAT
Students at Penn State university have designed and built a state-of-the-art
super-capacitor type battery for the next amateur radio ARISSat satellite.
The battery was built to handle 16 charge cycles in a given 24-hour period.
That will power the satellite in dark orbits, when the solar panels are not
Dakshina Murthy Bellur, is an assistant professor of electrical and computer
engineering at Penn State. According to Bellhur, the unit is a simple design.
They flip a switch, and they throw it out into space.
Bellhur supervised the battery work, which counted as the students' senior
More can be found in cyberspace at live.psu.edu/story/60125
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
A D I F 2 K M L is an application that plots your ham radio QSOs as pins on
You can see where your QSOs or QSLs came from as the Earth spins slowly on
your PC screen.
Hams that use digi-modes like PSK usually record the Maidenhead Grid of the
stations they work. ADIF2KML uses those grids to calculate LAT and LON, then
creates a KML file. The data shown includes notes like the ham's name,
callsign, QSL received etc.
This is version 2 of this program. The new version eliminates the need for
Excel and does the whole conversion in Visual Basic. But you still have the
option of creating a .csv file so that you can run your own analysis of your
log in a spread sheet.
Download free from
(sourced to southgate)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Still some time off but JOTA co-ordinator in VK7 Peter VK7KPC advises that
the plan to run the NTARC JOTA effort at the Carnacoo camp site at
Paper Beach, as part of a Northern Districts camp, remains current.
Operation will be from marquees with mains power available.
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
ITU interview with Hans Zimmermann HB9AQS
The International Telecommunication Union have released an interview with
Hans, IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications
The opinions expressed in ITU interviews are those of the interviewees and
do not necessarily represent those of the ITU.
Watch ITU INTERVIEWS @ TDAG:
Hans Zimmermann, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
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
JULY 29 VK2/3 Albury Wodonga ARC HamFest @ Lavington Scout Hall
AUG 5 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST Cyril Jackson Rec Centre Ashfield.
AUG 12 VK2 SARCFEST at Summerland ARC Clubrooms, Lismore.
SEP 28-30 VK4 Central Highlands ARC AGM at Camp Fairbairn, Emerald.
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
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