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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 18 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Director VK5WTF Marcus What a crazy few weeks ... and months it has been. -
WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee's VK2ZRH Roger. -
WIA Contest Champion Results 2016 with VK4FUQ Felix.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF JUNE 18
Amateur radio to the rescue of satellite
I-Inspire-2 is a 20 x 10 x 10cm CubeSat built by the University of Sydney in
collaboration with the Australian National University and the University of
New South Wales (Sydney). On board the tiny spacecraft is an experiment, part
of the European QB50 project, designed to "explore the lower thermosphere,
for re-entry research and in-orbit demonstration of technologies and
miniaturised sensors", as reported in earlier editions of the WIA broadcast.
Its operational frequency was coordinated by IARU to be in the satellite
segment of the 70cm amateur band.
It was placed in orbit from the International Space Station in late May. The
deployment was successful; however there were no signs of life when the ground
stations started looking for it. The engineering group quickly tested various
scenarios on the engineering model only to come to the conclusion that, due to
the extended delay in the deployment, the satellite's battery was likely to be
depleted and the satellite was trapped in an endless loop, trying to deploy its
The engineering group suggested that the satellite is still listening albeit
with its antennas in the stowed position. This meant that the satellite command
receiver might have difficulty receiving any signals from ground control
stations. A set of commands were devised which, if received, would instruct the
satellite to wait until the battery is charged before attempting to deploy its
antenna. Both UNSW and ANU ground stations transmitted the recovery command to
the satellite; however after a week or so of no success it was decided that
more transmitter power was required to overcome the lack of receiver sensitivity
caused by the still stowed antenna. A request for assistance was passed to EME
operators around the world and many responses were received.
The greatest hope for a successful recovery was thought to be PI 9 CAM using
high power and a 25 m dish, normally used for radio astronomy but also EME.
They were scheduled to transmit on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of June.
On Sunday the 11th of June, during the morning pass, Rob VK1KW reported a
strong signal every 30 seconds on I-Inspire-2's frequency. Dimitris VK1SV who
is part of the ANU team, verified reception from home around midnight. The
following morning Dimitris drove to the ANU ground station and was able to send
commands to the satellite for the first time since it was deployed. Many other
radio amateurs around the world also reported reception of the beacon. The
satellite had come back to life!
This is a wonderful example of successful collaboration between radio amateurs
and the academic community. If a frequency outside the radio amateur band had
been used, it is doubtful that the satellite would have been brought back to
The crew of I-Inspire-2 wishes to thank all radio amateurs involved and is
looking forward to a successful collection of data for the scientific
I-Inspire-2 official web site:
( Dimitris Tsifakis VK1SV/VK2COW )
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WIA BOARD COMMENT
Hello everyone, this is Marcus, vk5wtf from the WIA board!
What a crazy few weeks... and months it has been.
Firstly, I would like to thank you all out there who voted. It was an amazing
turn out, and we, the board, are already working hard to do our best for you,
but we should also remember that there will be pain and not everything will go
perfect for every individual, but overall, we are working together for the
improvement of Amateur Radio in Australia.
As you keep hearing, the WIA is already in the thick of it with the new radio
communications act, and, I believe, we already have over 200 submissions. This
is an amazing response from the community!
This is a taste of the open engagement we want to have with the wider community,
continuing the online engagement started by the previous board through the
An important ingredient in all of this is trust. As a board we have started the
first steps toward this, by putting the committees at arms length, and
entrusting them with the tasks and the scope within those committees.
As a board we are also investigating other avenues to communicate and engage
with members and the wider community. We have already heard many suggestions
from members and the wider community, and you have been heard.
What we all want, is a strong WIA that can effectively advocate for Amateur
Radio in Australia for the benefit of everyone in this hobby.
What about me, well...
I am one of those few Amateurs that got my licence as a teenager. It was the
mid 90's and I had been listening to shortwave radio for a few years, and I
managed to use a second radio as a BFO so I could hear people talking on 80,
40 and 20 meters. Not long before getting my licence I actually participated
in the Remembrance Day contest as an SWL in 1993, and if you look up the
results, you'll see me there, missing out on a certificate.
For a short time my love of computers and the internet intersected with Amateur
Radio in the form of APRS, but soon enough, life came along and Amateur Radio
took a back seat to University and my love of programming and the internet. The
current world or digital modes, SDRs, as well as one of my other hobbies,
climbing mountains dragged me back.
I am about the closest thing to a digital native, and I see an array of amazing
things that Amateur Radio can do in the modern digital world, and it's not all
about working DXCC with JT65.
Thank you for listening, this is vk5wtf, signing off.
WIA Secretary, Jim Linton, VK3PC, says the Wireless Institute of Australia had
representatives at recent consultation sessions in Sydney and Melbourne, held
by the Department of Communications and the Arts to further explain to
stakeholders important aspects of the new Radiocommunications Bill.
The sessions have helped WIA's Spectrum Strategy Committee to analyse the
Bill information package in advance of preparing a comprehensive response.
The Department of Communications and the Arts' Spectrum Reform Team used a
slide show to present its information on the Bill and related material.
The Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, advises that the
Government will later present a further Exposure Draft of the Bill to
stakeholders for comment before finalising the legislation for introduction to
The new Exposure Draft will be informed by stakeholder feedback from the
initial consultation currently under way, to conclude on 30 June.
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee joins us now
with a few things to consider about the consultations currently under way.
"There's a lot going on, as many of you have noticed.
Firstly, let me clear up a few misconceptions.
The Commonwealth Department of Communications has published what is called an
"exposure draft" of the Radiocommunications Bill, and it is seeking comment
from anyone with an interest in radiocommunications.
It is NOT a Telecommunications Bill ! There is NO draft telecommunications legislation out there for comment. Clear now ?
Now, let me reinforce that the Radiocommunications Bill consultation is being
conducted by the Department of Communications - NOT the ACMA.
The WIA is preparing a response to the Radiocommunications Bill, which has to be
submitted to the Department of Communications by the 30th of June.
To help our efforts, we are seeking YOUR concerns and views about the
Radiocommunications Bill, which will in time become the new legislation.
This is QUITE DIFFERENT to Amateur licence conditions. The Bill sets out the
high level principles about the use of radiocommunications in Australia.
In this regard, there is proposed a deal of rule-making concerning equipment.
The new Bill proposes that the SUPPLY of equipment to the radiocommunications
market is separated from its USE, with strengthened rules related to
importation, possession and supply. That is, there will be a regime of
type-approval, rather stronger than applies currently.
Under the current arrangement with the existing Radiocommunications Act,
Amateur equipment is NOT REQUIRED to be type-approved as such, and we
understand that THIS WILL NOT CHANGE.
The ITU definition of the Amateur service comes to our aid, here.
Experimentation and self-learning are central to Amateur radio - which means
the building or modifying of equipment.
New equipment rules would only apply perhaps a year or so AFTER the Bill is
passed into law, which may happen sometime next year. EVEN THEN, it is
anticipated there would be public consultation phases conducted by the
Department of Communications.
If you wish to share your views on the Radiocommunications Bill with the WIA,
you will find our consultation page on the website.
NOW, I turn to the WIA's current consultations on future licence conditions,
which we will be advocating to the ACMA in due course.
Phase 1 on general principles closes next Tuesday, the 20th of June.
Your responses to date have been terrific.
If you haven't done it yet, DON'T DELAY.
Phase 2 consultation on future licence conditions -
on proposed changes to the three licence grades -
will close on the 25th.
Phase 3 on outstanding issues to current licence conditions -
opened yesterday, the 17th, and also closes on the 25th.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA National News."
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
A while back, I made mention of the risks of putting comments out
on internet platforms if they are defamatory. This week, a publication
for the Australian medical profession carried the front page story of
a GP who has been awarded $480,000 as a result of suing a former patient
who posted material on social media.
I am aware of material that appears from time to time concerning members
of the amateur community that you would describe as being less than
complementary. Should the targets of these posts decide to pursue legal
action, it would be considerably more costly than being caught for bad
on air behaviour, going by the penalties I have seen posted by the ACMA.
After the onslaught of criticism that preceded the board elections, I feel
that we can expect to see the new WIA board becoming more pro-active
and if the contributions to the broadcast news is an example they are
off and running. There still seem to be detractors when the Wireless
Institute is mentioned and sadly this seems to be a pattern of stolid
behaviour rather than any genuine response to reality. We could say
that the conspiracy theorists are living amongst us.
For the many amateurs who are concerned about the future of our hobby,
there are many ways of being involved in supporting and promoting it.
There are the public arms such as Amateur Radio magazine and the
social media, internet and broadcast activities. There is training and
assessment and there is being a club member. Clubs provide so many
opportunities for people to share the many qualities they each have.
I would like to see a concerted effort, a program to advance this pursuit
amateur radio and gain proper recognition in the community. We, as a
practical grouping of enthusiasts, have much to give. We can't allow
pettiness and disagreement get in the way of regaining recognition
and growing our membership.
Perhaps now is the time for us all to think about where we are in supporting
our hobby. Maybe several of us will see a way back to supporting our
national body, the Wireless Institute of Australia and perhaps many will
find their way to joining a club in their area.
I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
INTERNATIONAL NEWS 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.
FCC strictly enforces RF equipment rules
Reports coming in suggests the FCC is quietly imposing brutal penalties on
suppliers that don't comply with its equipment authorization and marketing
In a recent release, the FCC took the unprecedented action of threatening to
prohibit non-compliant RF equipment suppliers, including IoT suppliers,
from marketing their devices in the U.S.
Read the full story at
An intense winter storm and severe drought experienced in the Western Cape
South Africa resulted in devastating fires ravaging parts of the Southern Cape
Area with Knysna being the worst affected.
Some fires are still burning in this part of the world it's claimed.
The call for assistance for radio amateurs to assist came on the 8 June when
mobile phone, Internet and landline telephones went down in many areas.
The disaster aftermath continues with 7 deaths, 439 houses destroyed and
thousands of displaced survivors. Disaster Relief continue unabated.
Amateur Radio once again showed that when all else fails amateur radio will
It is reported Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Institute has approved a
new rule that requires all smartphone manufacturers to enable the technology
that allows the device to pick up FM radio signals
The report appears in emarketer who say:
"The move came after months of pressure from the National Chamber of
Radio and Television Industry and makes Mexico the first country
in the world to enact such legislation. "
Most smartphones are already designed with a built-in FM radio receiver. Yet in
order for smartphone users to get radio signals on their devices, the receivers
must be activated by manufacturers.
European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas, KG5FYG, returned to Earth on the
2nd of June after a 6-month duty tour on the International Space Station.
RSGB News say it took more than 3 hours to descend to Earth in a Soyuz MS-03
transporter. During his time on the ISS he participated in several Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station school contacts.
Now that he's home again, two radio amateurs are celebrating the achievements
of their fellow ham with a special event station.
Here are the details from Amateur Radio Newsline's Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT.
CARYN : "French astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG has helped turn
two French amateurs into Space Station enthusiasts.
Thomas ended his six-month mission and returned to Earth on Friday
Now he's orbiting earth via another means - a special event station
set up by Adrien F4GVE and Nicolas F4HTN. The two hams are celebrating
the achievement of the 39-year-old pilot, who has become became
France's 10th astronaut in space. Every weekend through July 19th, the
two are operating special event station TM1ISS in his honour. They're
making contacts on single sideband, digital modes and a little CW.
Adrien says the station was born out of pride in France but also in
appreciation for Thomas for kindling the imagination of young people
through his experiments, his school contacts and his talented use of
video and social media."
Want to ride along on a ship that's making its way through Canada's Northwest
Passage? Be listening on the air for the ship's on-board WSPR beacon - and give
a listen, meanwhile, to this report thanks to Amateur Radio Newsline and
the NZART's Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
JIM: What a journey it has been for Canada's C3 Vessel, which
departed from Toronto, Ontario on June 1 for 150 days of travel to
Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage. The ship bears the
special mission of marking Canada's Sesquicentennial - but it's also
carrying an important passenger of sorts: CG3EXP, an Amateur Radio WSPR
beacon that is part of an on-board science experiment.
Radio Amateurs of Canada reports that the mission's organizers have
worked with Barrie Crampton VE3BSB to make the beacon operational to
enable others to track its sailing voyage along the world's largest
coastline. The live tracking link, which generates a dot for each
Maidenhead grid square of the journey, is being hosted by Jeff Milne
VE3EFF. One of the experiment's goals is to produce a map, at the end of
the journey, showing the course the vessel took, displaying the number
of listeners who logged the beacon and where they were located.
To see the live tracking link, visit QRP hyphen labs dot com forward
slash cee three (qrp-labs.com/c3)
Canada C3 has an ambitious schedule of daily stops so there's plenty of
opportunity for tracking. Its agenda includes 13 national parks, 20
migratory bird sanctuaries and 50 coastal communities.
Don't expect the beacon to have an easy time of it on this cruise. The
RAC notes that a number of the locations on the itinerary are in
marginal areas for radio, subject to aurora disturbances and "arctic
For CG3EXP, it looks like this scenic trip is going to be a working holiday.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
Jan 1 - Dec 31 The Victorian Local Government Award 2017 Challenge
June 24 - 25 Winter VHF UHF Field Days 2017 (Next Weekend)
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 5 - 6
VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party takes place August 6th 2017 9:00 am till 11:30 am.
WIA's Flagship contest the Remembrance Day Contest 12th & 13th August
Aug 19-20 ILLW the 3rd full weekend in August since 1998
Aug 26 ALARA Contest Start Time 1600 this is a 24 hour Contest for YL's
IARU High Speed Telegraphy world championships are 8th to 12th September.
October CQ WW DX / SSB CONTEST (always Octobers Last full weekend)
Running ALL year 'til Dec 31 Victorian Local Government Award 2017 Challenge
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 Sunday.
IARU HF Championship event on 15 and 16 July 2018.
WIA Contest Champion Results 2016
Avid contester Alan Shannon VK4SN had the best combined effort in three out of
seven Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) sponsored contests for 2016, and
was declared the WIA Contest Champion.
Announced by the WIA Contest Champion Scorer, Peter Richardson VK2PR, he
congratulated Alan VK4SN on the win, he also won the title in the years
2012 and 2014.
Alan VK4SN was first on 380 points, second place with 280 points went to
Barry Simpson VK2BJ, and in third place Gerard Hill VK2IO having 220 points.
Peter VK2PR said:
" Congratulations to the winner, and special mention goes to
Barry VK2BJ who increased his tally in 2016 compared to the
previous year by 200 points; that included winning his categories
in both the Oceania DX Phone and Oceania DX CW contests."
The Trophy, named in honour of WIA stalwart Peter Brown VK4PJ (sk), encourages
log entries in at least three WIA contests. VK4PJ, Peter, died in 2013 aged 100
and had been the Contest Manager in the 1970s and 1980s, and after an absence
of 25 years, the Trophy he had initiated was reintroduced as a fitting tribute.
The Peter Brown VK4PJ Trophy goes to highest scoring WIA member who has
participated in at least three WIA contests and submitted log entries.
The full championship rules can be read at:
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Four operators are active as DL/OO6P and DL/ON4IPA from Fehmarn Island, IOTA
reference EU-128, from the 17th to the 23rd of June. They will operate SSB,
RTTY, PSK31 and PSK63 with two stations. QSL via ON6ZV, direct or bureau.
JA 0 JHQ will be active as AH0C/KL7 from near Anchorage, Alaska from the 17th
to 19th of June. Main activity will be on 160, 80, 40 and 20 metres during the
All Asian DX CW Contest this weekend. QSL via JA 0 JHQ.
Azerbaijan hosts the Formula One Grand Prix in the capital city Baku over the
weekend 23rd to 25th June. Several special event stations are active until
25th June. Look for 4J F1 EU, 4J F1 BAKU, 4KF0NE and 4KF1BAKU.
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMITTING a report? go to
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.
Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700
IARUMS: Iran radar back on 28960 kHz
The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports an Iranian radar is again on
28960 kHz and 50 kHz wide. The German PTT BNetzA in Konstanz has been informed
They also report a mysterious beacon "D" from Far East Russia was audible on
CW in the evening hours on 7039.3 kHz.
Spurious transmissions were logged on 7078.6, 7117.9 and 7157.2 kHz and also
out of the band.
The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1
May 2017 newsletter can be read at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW reaches its 200th registration
It took 20 years for the callsign PA6LH in Holland to score the prestigious
200th registration in the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
Doing some research on the North Sea lighthouse, WIA's Jim Linton VK3PC
discovered its foundation is shaped like a tomb and is the official memorial to
Jan van Speyk, hero to the Dutch people.
A red coloured light warned of the dangerous shallows near Egmond aan Zee
The group, who has been PA6LH each year since 1998, will be sent a certificate
for being this year's 200th entry.
Registrations in the fun event so far include Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania
and the Americas.
For the simple guidelines or to register in the International Lighthouse
and Lightship Weekend held on August 19 and 20, visit the website on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
ARRL member may be oldest Active Radio Amateur
ARRL report 105-year-old Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina,
is claiming the title of "World's Oldest Operating Ham."
No official record of such milestones exists, but ARRL is not aware of any
radio amateurs senior to Kayhart, and he is now quite likely the oldest active
ham at least in the US.
Early this year, Charlie Hellman, W2RP, died at 106; he also may have been the
longest licensed. Hellman outlived the former "oldest US ham," Harry Wolf,
W6NKT, by 8 days. Wolf was a couple of weeks shy of turning 108. Kayhart now
lives at The Heritage at Lowman Home.
"I have had to get help getting set up after moving here from Tennessee," he
said in his QRZ.com profile. "Two local clubs, Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group
and Columbia Amateur Radio Club, have been there to help. It has been slow
going. They tell me I may be the oldest operating ham." Kayhart is active on
80 meters as well as possibly other bands.
Born in 1911, Kayhart was first licensed in 1937 as W2LFE in New Jersey. He
then was W9GNQ before becoming W4KKP.
Read the full ARRL story at
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROTA
ROTA Recipes On The Air
This World Wide Recipe Swapping Net is on 20m, 14.183MHz, 0630 UTC Mondays
(or slightly later depending on how long the ANZA Net runs for)
Fun on the air swapping information about recipes or favourite ingredients .
Listen for the gastronomic cue to call from Lyn/VK4SWE.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
Just last week saw Graham ZS 6 GL becoming the fourth member of the
high-kilometre club when his beacon was spotted in Hawaii by AH 6 GT
in grid square BK 29 ap.
With 250mW output on 14.097MHz The distance was 19,193km
ZS6GL says he waited nearly six months but his patience eventually paid off
Closer to home, GippsTech 2017 is coming in early July.
This premier technical conference focusses primarily on techniques in the VHF,
UHF and microwave bands, especially for weak-signal working.
The annual event will be at the Federation University Australia Gippsland
Campus in Churchill, about 170 kilometres east of Melbourne, on July 1 and 2.
Those wanting to present at GippsTech 2017 need to contact chairman
Peter Freeman VK3PF without delay.
Registrations close on June 25, with more details on the Eastern Zone Amateur
Radio Club website vk3bez.org
SOCIAL SCENE 2017
July 1 VK3 GippsTech 2017 technical conference in Churchill. (wia events)
July 15 VK2 Westakes ARC in lakeside Teralba New South Wales, is once
again holding a car boot sale. This will be held at the Club
grounds on July 15th, these car boot sale days were introduced
to bring locals together and are for the sale of any items, not
just radio related gear. Always interesting to see what is on
offer, setup is free, grounds are free, tea and coffee on site
is free, camaraderie and goodwill are free! Generally start
time is around 9am but some buyers/sellers may be early! Any
enquiries please contact the Club Secretary via
July 22 VK3 Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest. July 22
Cranbourne Community Hall Clarendon & High St, Cranbourne.
Aug 27 VK2 SACRCfest with a difference.
In the age of the Internet and on-line shopping a HamFest is a
lot of work for not much fund-raising. The really important
part of a HamFest is that it's a great social occasion. With
that in mind it's decided that SARC will run a SHOW, TELL & SELL
day. So with that in mind, Sunday August 27 Summerland Amateur
Radio Club will open their clubrooms for a SHOW, TELL & SELL
day. SARC, the Lismore area Ham Club Will provide the usual
Tea, Coffee, Cake catering along with an all-day BBQ. Bring
along things you've built or assembled and show how you do
stuff. Members of the Monday night Diginet will have digital,
image and file transfer stations operating. Stuff to sell?
Bring it along - car boot style. (vk2zdr)
Sep 9-10 ALARAMEET 2017 Cairns. Listen for VI4ALARA from July (vk4swe vk3pc)
Sep 10 Shepparton HamFest St Augustine's Hall, Orr St. Shepparton. (vk3fnqs)
Sep29-Oct2 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (tarc)
Nov 5 VK3 BARG Hamvention greyhound racing track, Ballarat. (wia events)
Nov 12 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am (vk5kc)
Nov 12 VK3 Rosebud's annual celebration of all things Amateur Radio (wia)
March 25 VK3 EMDRC HamFest - Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont. (VK3BQ)
May 4 -7 VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton and Mackay ) (TARC)
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