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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 8 2017.
IN OUR 22nd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA announces the Australian Amateur Radio Callbook 2018. -
WIA has Vacancy in an Inwards QSL Bureau. -
WIA Committee Revitalisation Project.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2017 AND FOR WEEK OF OCT 08
WIA Committee Revitalisation Project
The WIA Committee system review is almost complete, with WIA Vice President
David Ford VK4MZ taking the lead but all directors are showing great interest
The committees perform functions and activities, however a few may be loosely
organised, or volunteers on them overstretched at times.
Mainly the leaders were last month asked simple questions to enable the
WIA board to learn more about the committees.
The aims are for them to report regularly to the WIA board, advertise vacancies,
and make greater use of the WIA mediums including the website and the VK1WIA
broadcast. So far there have been responses from the Historical Archive
Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, Education Committee, and the newly
appointed QSL Bureau Committee, plus the coordinators of Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS), and Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF).
Inquiries have also been received including those involved with awards and
The WIA seeks to complete its revitalisation of the committee restructure, and
where identified, beef up the volunteer resources on them.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Vacancy in the Inwards VK8 QSL Bureau
The latest WIA volunteer advertisement is for the vacant Northern Territory
(VK8) Inwards QSL Manager position. The job description includes being
responsible for the sorting of incoming QSL cards, dispatching of cards to
Northern Territory radio amateurs and clubs, and do so under the WIA QSL
Applications will be advertised for this vacancy - check out seek.com the
WIA website and Facebook.
The Australian Amateur Radio Callbook 2018
Work is continuing on the annual WIA publication under Editor Peter Freeman
The Callbook is produced with the agreement of the Australian Communications
and Media Authority.
The WIA board has approved the printing of it that is expected before the end
of the year.
The good news is that there will no cover price increase, and it aims to be
under 500 grams in weight to qualify for that postage rate.
WIA President Justin Giles-Clarke VK7TW, in his editorial, reflects on Amateur
Radio now, and in the future. He is amazed by the diversity and speed at which
this hobby changes, what is happening, the potential, and likely regulatory
With a microwave exponent and dish antenna on the front page, the A4 format
callbook of 170-odd pages has listings of radio amateur callsigns names and
addresses, and is a ready reference on many topics for the active radio shack.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Renewing Amateur Radio Licences - A Reminder
Occasionally a radio amateur has failed to renew their licence. On asking the
ACMA, they are told that a WIA callsign recommendation is needed, and then make
a new licence application.
The Radiocommunications Act does not impose on ACMA an obligation to issue a
renewal notice. The ACMA does so, but failure to receive it is not an excuse.
It is the licensee's responsibility to ensure that the licence is current.
Do you know your licence expiry date, and are your address details correct?
A callsign is only a condition of a licence, and if the licence is not renewed,
after 60 days the callsign will be put on the WIA Public List on its website.
After 7 days the WIA will issue a Callsign Recommendation to whoever wants it,
with ballot provisions applying to 2-letter callsign in some states.
Full information of the process and forms needed can be read at
'All about Callsigns' and 'New licence or expired licence, or
reclaiming a former callsign' - on the WIA website at www.wia.org.au
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.
North Korea 'aggressively' jamming BBC's new Korean-language service
The BBC's new Korean-language service is being 'aggressively targeted' by
North Korean jamming of its broadcasts.
The service was launched on Monday and delivers a mixture of global news,
sport and radio features to the whole of the Korean Peninsula for a three-hour
window that starts at midnight local time.
Broadcasts are going out on two shortwave frequencies, from Taiwan and Tashkent,
while the hour-long segment from 1am is relayed on medium wave from Mongolia,
according to a report on the 38 North web site, operated by the US-Korea
Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
"As listening to foreign radio is illegal, the government makes a great effort
to prevent people from doing so", the report states. "At the most basic level,
it modifies radios so they cannot be tuned to anything but state-run channels,
although that can be later reverse engineered.
Medium wave (MW) Frequency: 1431KHz
Shortwave (SW) Frequencies: 5810 kHz & 9940 kHz (from launch to 28 Oct 2017)
then; 5810 kHz & 5830 kHz (from 29 Oct to 24 March 2018)
The BBC News Korean website will be available at BBC.com/Korean
Read the full story:
IARU Watching Wireless Charging Technology
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) continues to consider the issue
of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) as it prepares for the ITU
World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019 (WRC-19).
Agenda item 9.1.6 is about Wireless Power Transmission for electric vehicles.
It will consider the effect this will have on radiocommunication services, and
through harmonised frequency ranges seeks to minimise any impact on existing
services. WPT is promoted as being able to recharge the batteries of electric
vehicles that are stationary, or in motion, without a direct electrical
connection. Energy being transferred using a wireless link.
WPT systems are likely to use high power levels, so they have the possibility
of causing harmful interference to radiocommunication.
Work has been under way at the ITU for some time and a report on it is
available. Just Google ITU report SM.2392-0 "Applications of wireless power
transmission via radio frequency beam".
This report provides a lot of information on WPT systems and it is currently
being revised to include material directly relevant to WRC-19.
FCC chief tells Apple to turn on iPhone's FM radio chip
Following the devastation from recent hurricanes, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says
Apple should 'step up to the plate' and put Americans' safety first.
In the wake of three major hurricanes that have wiped out communications for
millions of people over the past month, Pai has issued a statement urging Apple,
one of the largest makers of cellphones in the US, to "reconsider its position,
given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria."
FM radios that are already included in every phone could be used to access
"life-saving information" during disasters, he said.
Read the full article
The home of the good guys
The Colombian Ham Radio Association LCRA has recently alleged that a book it
has on offer had been plagiarised and appeared on another website.
Following representation the LCRA has received an apology, and the offending
book replaced by the original.
It recognises the hasty response from the Club de Radioaficionados de Guatemala
to make things right on its website, for the goodwill of Amateur Radio.
AMSAT Pioneer Patrick J. A. Gowen, G3IOR, Silent Key
Pat Gowen, G3IOR, of Norwich, Norfolk, passed away on August 17, after
a long illness. He was 85.
The amateur-satellite world has lost one of its true pioneers. Pat was
a co-founder of AMSAT-UK, and elected to the board of directors of AMSAT-NA
in 1974. He was also long time satellite columnist of Practical Wireless,
as well as a frequent contributor to The AMSAT Journal and Oscar News.
He was the first to work 100 DXCC entities via satellite (all LEOs),
and received Satellite DXCC No. 4 when his QSL cards arrived. Fluent
in Russian, Pat enjoyed conversing with the cosmonauts aboard MIR and
More recently, Pat was the first to discover the "re-birth" of AMSAT-OSCAR 7
when its battery returned to life in sunlight.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
Tuning in a radio station is a dying art
The BBC's David Sillito asked people to tune a radio set to BBC Radio 1, but
does anyone know how to tune a radio these days?
While people growing up in the last century would have been familiar with using
a radio set and tuning in a station, it's not something that's done much in the
For the new generation born in this century, music is streamed via the internet
to one of their devices. They have no need for radio sets and Ofcom UK
statistics confirm a slump in radio set ownership among young people.
These days radio amateurs talking to the general public about "tuning in a
station" may well get blank faces as people will have no idea what they are
It is quite possible the only radio set young people will have encountered in
their lifetime will be the one embedded as part of the entertainment console
in their mother's car, never to be touched. The radio will have already been
pre-set by the car dealer and is unlikely to ever be reset.
Watch the BBC video - Radio 1 at 50, but where is it?
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.
OCEANIA DX CONTEST SSB Oct 7-8 CW Oct 14-15
FISTS CW Contest October 28 'Key to Success'
November CQ WW DX / CW CONTEST November 26-27.
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.
The 21st International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is on
August 18 to 19, 2018
IN NEW ZEALAND, FRIENDLY COMPETITION
In New Zealand, hams are getting ready for two weekends of Pacific Islands
DXing, as Jim Meachen ZL2BHF told our good friends at Amateur Radio Newsline.
Hams in New Zealand consider the Oceania DX Contest one of the easiest and
most friendly competitions around. It's also one of the longest-running ham
radio contests. In fact, this event seems to deliver everything but the on-air
The competition heats up during the first two weekends in October, over
two 24-hour periods, and all that's needed is 50 QSOs to qualify for a
The weekend of October 7th and 8th will be reserved for phone;
CW operators will get chance October 14th and 15th.
It's a tradition of Pacific Island contesting that dates back to the
1930s and organizers are encouraging New Zealand hams in particular to
make this their first contest if they have yet to jump into the fray.
There are new island activations in the contest this year - both VK9XI
and VK9CI will be on Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Island
respectively. There will also be a memorial plaque awarded for the first
time this year in honour of Australian amateur Ken Jewell VK3AKK who
became a Silent Key in May.
According to the website, organizers in New Zealand and Australia have
counted just fewer than 1,200 logs from last year's event - an increase
of 70 percent over the previous year - so hope is high for this year's
For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
FISTS CW Contest for October
The 'Key to Success' contest organised by FISTS Downunder is on Saturday the
28th October, and is open to an radio amateurs and shortwave listeners.
The contest run from 0800 to 1030 UTC, meaning it starts at 7pm Australian
Eastern Daylight Time.
For contest rules and other information visit the FIST Downunder website
Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge
The July to September period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for
2017 has now closed and entries are open until 14 October.
The objective of the challenge is to work the most wanted DXCC entities
based on their ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list, which is
published on the contest website. All Australian amateurs are eligible
to enter and entering is easy. You don't need to be a serious DXer. If
you've worked any DX during July to September, head over to vk2au.org
and submit an entry. The website is tidy and easy to understand. Scroll
down to the "Entry Submission" section where you will find a number of
simple ways to submit your entry.
This is a fun and relaxed challenge where you work DX in your own time
over a 3 month period. It's easy, and submitting an entry only takes a
The website again... vk2au.org
(Peter VK2PR of the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club)
Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania Inc. DMR Back On Air
Clayton let VK7WI News know last weekend that the DMR repeater VK7RCR in
Hobart is back on air on 438.525MHz with a -5MHz offset and it is located
at Lenah Valley.
International Beacon Project Upgrade
All five Northern California DX Foundation/IARU HF propagation beacons in
IARU Region 3 covering the Asia-Pacific are being upgraded.
The main part of the upgrade is the NCDXF 2.0 beacon controller, based on the
Arduino platform making it easier to support and open for future enhancements.
Already completing the upgrade are VK6RMB West Australia, and 4S7B Sri Lanka.
Both now welcome reception reports.
Walt Wilson N6XG of the NCDXF said VR2ZRE Hong Kong was also on air with a new
antenna and meeting beacon performance expectations. HARTS was to install the
In other progress, the JARL International Section Manager, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP
said permission has been gained for the upgrade JA2IGY, and planning was under
The ZL6B beacon is run by the NZART, with Beacon Coordinator Robert Lambert
ZL2BFY reporting it had been running for the past two years, with known faults,
but expected the replacement to be installed this year.
All beacons transmit CW on 14.100, 18.110, 21,150, 24.930, and 28.200.
There are another 13 around the world in IARU Region 1 and Region 2.
More information is at:
iaru.org/beacon-project.html and ncdxf.org/pages/beacons.html
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
FINALY THIS WEEK:-
To commemorate Sputnik 1, special callsign R60SAT is on air until Sunday
8. Further information including awards available, qrz.com
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
HAM-TV ground stations ready downunder
The International Space Station HAM-TV facility has again been used, this time
by Astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ Zero JPA who sent his greetings and
congratulations for the European Researchers Night.
Gaston Bertels ON4WF of ARISS-Europe says the transmission was done with the
HamVideo transmitter in the frame of video QSO's originated by Paolo.
HAM-TV usually needs a longer time with a series or chain of ground stations
whose vision can be seamlessly stitched together.
Gaston ON4WF has advised that both Europe and Australia will be part of a
future HAM-TV transmission.
Quietly watching events have been the Australian operational HAM-TV ground
stations of Martin VK6MJ, Tony VK5ZAI, Joe VK5EI, and Shane VK4KHZ. These four
have been able to give HAM-TV signal reports, leading to them now being
ARISS Australian Coordinator, Shane Lynd VK4KHZ says this is extremely
encouraging news as Australian ground stations continue to experiment with
different dish sizes, feeds and rotator systems.
All it needs now is a decision and a suitable pass of the International Space
Station for Australia to be part of a HAM-TV transmission.
The video recording of this event is available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qLNXsT5jao audio starts at 3m 20s.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
YOTA Video shown at IARU
A video created by the RSGB was used by Don Beattie, President of
IARU Region 1, at the IARU Conference in Landshut to spark
discussion about the future of amateur radio.
Filmed at YOTA 2017, five young radio amateurs from different
countries explain what they think the future of amateur radio
should look like. They are optimistic, enthusiastic and
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O'Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator.
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Hello, I am Paul VK2GX and in this short news item I would like to offer a few
hints and tips, to help in achieving a successful JOTA experience for everyone.
Tip 1 - setting up and operating a JOTA station can be a big commitment
for one person. Considering seeking assistance from other local
operators or radio club.
Tip 2 - Jamboree On The Air should be a joint venture between guides, scouts
and amateur radio. The leader's role is to organise the JOTA activity
and supervise the youth members. The radio operator's role is to set up
and operate an amateur radio station, establish and maintain contacts
with other JOTA stations.
Tip 3 - Try to establish the numbers of youth members that will be attending
during JOTA, as this will determine the resources you will need for the
For more suggestions and tips please visit the JOTA Australia website
73 from Paul VK2GX
And next time Paul VK2GX joins us is when he brings together his group of Scouts
and guides for their WIA News Presentation, on the JOTA weekend, again that's
just 2 weeks away, Friday Oct 20 through Sunday October 22
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
WHEN HAMS MAKE CONNECTIONS FROM THE HEART
DON WILBANKS FROM AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE JOINS US:-
Finally, it's been a turbulent season of storms in some parts of the world
and you've heard our reports about natural disasters and ravaged communities.
You've also heard how ham radio has consistently met those challenges.
We offer you now a bit of reflection:
One of the many, MANY amateurs to step in with communications assistance
this season was Stan Harts KK4WCW, a member of North Carolina's
Hampstead Hams club. Stan joined the vast team of hams around his state
connecting Puerto Rico's storm victims with worried relatives here in
the U.S. Overcome with emotion after completing a successful contact on
Sept. 23, Stan decided to share his feelings on social media - and now,
we've asked him to share that with you. Here's Stan:
For the past 5 years I have been into amateur radio. People sort of look
at me like I am I crazy and ask me why I don't just use a cell phone.
Puerto Rico is devastated by Hurricane Maria and there is no cellular
phone system in operation. The Salvation Army is running what is known
as a welfare net, where persons in Puerto Rico can get a brief message
from a family locally (on paper) and relay it to an amateur radio
operator on the U.S. mainland. Depending on a variety of conditions,
some people hear certain signals better than others. Today I took a
message from the net for a family with a 910 area code. I called to tell
the person here that the family and their home was OK. Other than a
slight language barrier and the bit of confusion as to how I got the
message, the man started to cry with joy. About 15 minutes later, his
wife called me back and asked for better details of how I got the
message. It seems her husband forgets some of his English when he is
crying. Well we were all crying. So for those who ask what my hobby is
all about, this is it!!! The IPhone X won't reach Puerto Rico right now
but a 1990 amateur radio on a 12V battery and a 100 foot wire strung
between two trees in the back yard will.
DON/ANCHOR: Thank you Stan and thanks to every amateur who joined in
these efforts everywhere. Stan's words speak for every radio operator
doing this priceless work: Ham radio is all about connections -- and in
these trying circumstances those connections also happen to be lifelines.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
Working SSB simplex VHF
Propagation is showing seasonal improvement signs on the bottom end of the
2-metre bands in Victoria.
Each Wednesday morning from around 7.50am local time there are contacts on
144.1 MHz, and when things get a bit busy the gang may move to 144.120 MHz.
On Wednesday evenings at 8.30pm, Rob VK3MQ in the Dandenong Ranges runs a
VHF net on 144.150 MHz.
With summer approaching so should be the return of DX beyond Victoria and
Mt Gambier South Australia.
Rewind, a look back on our history
Sputnik the first satellite
Sputnik 1 was launched by the then Soviet Union 60 years ago creating an
historical milestone and opening up space exploration.
The Russian language Radio magazine published the proposed telemetry system
and the intended downlink frequencies.
The United States also revealed its intent to launch a satellite during the
International Geophysical Year - but the USSR was first.
When launched on October 4, 1957, four external antennas transmitted on 20.005
and 40.002 MHz at about 1 watt, heard throughout the world including those in
Sputnik, a 58 centimetre diameter polished metal sphere, was seen from Earth as
moving like a moving star as it travelled 29,000 km/h taking 96.2 minutes for
each orbit. It had no stabilisation system. There were two aluminium casings
that bolted together using a seal to create an air tight housing for two
transmitters plus a simple temperature and pressure sensing system.
Scientists were able to garner information like the density of the upper
atmosphere from its drag on the orbit, and signal propagation that helped
better understand the ionosphere.
The signals lasted 21 days until silver-zinc batteries, two for the
transmitters and the other for ventilation, ended on 26 October. Due to orbit
decay it burnt up in the atmosphere on 4 January 1958.
It's estimated that there are about 1,100 active satellites, and more than
twice that number that no longer work.
Since Sputnik a staggering 24,500 satellites have deorbited, and the rest are
space junk still in orbit.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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SOCIAL SCENE 2017
Oct 29 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HAMFEST 10:00am at the
Gary Cooper Pavilion, Yarra Glen.
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)
Feb 25 VK2 Wyong Field Day (VK2AOR)
March 25 VK3 EMDRC HamFest - Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont. (VK3BQ)
May 4 -7 VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton and Mackay ) (TARC)
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