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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 8 2018.
IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA QSL Bureau with John Seamons, VK3JLS, National and Inwards Manager. -
WIA Contest Committee appoints Alan VK4SN as a manager. -
WIA Merit Awards last chance to nominate a fellow ham. -
WIA DIRECTOR Marcus vk5wtf with this week's board talk.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF APRIL 08
A PowerPoint presentation of the WIA QSL Bureaus has been prepared and
distributed to all State and Territory QSL Bureau Managers. It is expected
that the presentation can be used at Radio Clubs to give a general outline
of QSLing for new amateurs, as well as describing how the WIA Bureaus operate,
and outlining the recent policy changes introduced into our Bureaus.
John Seamons, VK3JLS, National and Inwards QSL Bureau Manager says this
presentation is available from your Inwards QSL Bureau Manager.
The best link would be to the one on the WIA website, under
"For Members/WIA QSL Services" whereby all QSL Manager email addresses
HI , This is Alan VK4SN on behalf of the WIA Contest Committee.
The March 2018 meeting of the WIA Board has just been finalised. At that
meeting the board accepted this committee's recommendations to conduct the
Trans-Tasman Contest and the VK Shires contests under the banner of the WIA.
This change has immediate effect.
Accordingly, I will move from assistant manager to manager of the VK
Trans-Tasman contest, now that Trent VK4TS has stood down.
The VK Shires contest desperately needs an individual or preferably club to
manage it. Management of this contest involves keeping up to date shire
records as well as ongoing liaison with software writers.
IF any individual or club is interested in managing the VK Shires contest,
please send your expression of interest along with any relevant experience
in this area, to email@example.com
Remember to check the contest pages for the latest updates and rules.
The January - March period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for
2018 has now closed and entries are open until 14 April. 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 DX'er. If you've worked
any DX during January - March, 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 few minutes. The website again... vk2au.org
(Peter VK2PR on behalf of the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club)
WIA Merit Awards
The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises outstanding achievement
in the field of Amateur Radio that furthers the science of radio, and/or
service to the WIA.
The Awards play an important role in promoting excellence with nominations
made by WIA members and then decided by the WIA Board.
Nominations are now being called for the 2018 awards.
The WIA Merit Awards include:
GA Taylor Medal
WIA Honorary Life Membership
Chris Jones Award
Ron Wilkinson Achievement Award
WIA Technical Excellence Award
WIA Foundation Licence Award
A full list of the origin of each award and the previous recipients is
available on the WIA web site.
The list of the current award recipients and their achievements will be
published in Amateur Radio magazine and on this WIA Sunday broadcast.
Nominations should be in the approved format utilising the form which is on
the WIA web site. Details in the text version of this broadcast.
The specific award is not part of the nomination process. That decision is
made by the WIA Board of Directors, and all WIA Merit Awards are not
necessarily awarded each and every year.
If a nomination is successful, these are usually announced at the WIA Annual
General Meeting, and where possible presented at that gathering of members.
Nominations close on 15th April 2018.
In addition there are also awards issued by the Publications Committee and
the WIA DX Awards Committee
(Peter Clee VK8ZZ, Secretary WIA)
Hello, this is vk5wtf with this week's board talk
Once upon-a-time, there was no internet, and Amateur Radio was the premiere
hobby if you wanted to communicate beyond the telephone or CB Radio. Then the
internet came along and communicating and coordinating seamlessly over vast
distances was democratised.
In the past decade or so, many of us in the hobby have decided to go with the
flow and embrace the internet, and with the solar cycle bottoming out, it's
sometimes the only way to keep up with others.
In my last talk, I mentioned SSDV, with its ability to leverage the ubiquity
of the internet to assemble live images from many receivers out in the field.
We also see our WSPR reports delivered back to us via the internet, you can
look on a spectrum chart thousands of kilometres away to see if your
milliwatt powered QRSS signal came through. And if you want to see what bands
are open, you can jump on websites like pskreporter.info and see who can hear
One of the other things you can do on the internet is create spontaneous
online communities, all you need is a common interest. It could be a chat
group to coordinate a few people making EME contacts in the middle of May, or
a site like Contest Radar where everyone can post publicly where they will be,
and then contest software automatically downloads that database while you are
connected and out portable.
Do the communities around you not work for you? Seek out other communities on
the internet, Reddit for example, has a great Amateur Radio community, and the
opt-in democratic voting system helps keep useful content up the top of the
list. Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook among others have great
communities as well. There are also still a lot of very active IRC channels
out there, as well as Messenger, Discord and others. And the number of narrow
topic groups.io mail lists (and the older Google and Yahoo groups) out there
is astonishing. I also seem to remember seeing 25+ year old Amateur Radio
UseNet groups that are still active as well.
Many of the online communities I am a member of, I have never had an on-air
QSO with a single member, but when it comes to showing off what you have
built (from taping a handheld to the dash to a contest battle station) or a
great technical achievement, you'll probably see me there with a like, an
upvote, a +1 or a share, or even a constructive comment.
The point is, don't ever feel isolated. The internet is a very powerful
communications tool; embrace it to improve the hobby, but don't ignore its
power to bring people together. And if you have an awesome online community,
make sure you spread the word, and don't wait for people to find you.
73, this is vk5wtf, going clear
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND
To save $9.5 million in 2019, the U.S. government's Arabic language
broadcaster Radio Sawa plans to restrict its FM and AM transmissions to Iraq.
This will mean the end of Radio Sawa's radio service, AM and FM, to the rest
of the Middle East.
In addition, Radio Sawa's country-centric feeds for Egypt, the Gulf, Jordan,
Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Sudan will be terminated, both on air and
online at www.radiosawa.com.
Cuts to Radio Sawa are part of a bigger reduction for the Broadcasting Board
of Governors in proposed federal budgets.
Billing itself as "America's civilian international media agency," the BBG
oversees the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL),
Radio Free Asia (RFA), Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa (under Middle East
Broadcasting Networks MBN), and Radio and TV Mart.
IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ looks at the threat to the RF
Spectrum posed by pollution from Wireless Power Transfer for Electric
WPT (EV) is the technology that will allow cars to be charged without the
need for connecting leads. At present it seems that there is a real prospect
that these devices - destined to be installed in home garages - will obscure
radio communications in the home environment.
Read Don's post at
South African Radio League News report there are 10 major meteor showers with
visible trails of 15 per hour or more starting in April and ending at the
beginning of January next year.
The major meteor showers with their peak dates and maximum visible trails are
Lyrids: 22 April (20 trails)
Eta Aquarids: 6 May (50 trails)
Daytime Arietids: 7 June (50 trails)
Southern Delta Aquarids: 28 July (25 trails)
Perseids: 12 August (120 trails)
Draconids: 8 October (daylight, rarely visible - provided a 3-minute 3-way FM
contact on 50 MHz)
Orionids: 21 October (15 trails)
Leonids: 17 November (15 trails - every 33 years can produce almost continuous
trails during its peak period)
Geminids: 14 December (120 trails)
Quadrantids: 3 January (120 trails)
Many major meteor showers become visible weeks before their peak periods and
then decline over the next few weeks, whereas some only appear a day or so
before and after their peak periods. Minor meter showers are around daily,
but peak in the early mornings making possible digital contacts on 50, 70 and
There are currently 95 meteor showers, major and minor, present throughout
The ARRL reports the US communications regulator FCC seized transmission
equipment from two pirate radio stations in Boston on March 26
According to court documents, the seizures involved an illegal broadcaster
that identified as "Big City" on various FM channels from Dorchester,
Massachusetts (with a studio in Roxbury) and pirate "B87.7 FM," which
operated on 87.7 FM from Dorchester.
Both unlicensed stations had been issued multiple warnings but continued to
Pursuant to federal forfeiture statutes, authorities seized equipment
operated by each radio station. The forfeiture actions came in the wake of
complaints to the FCC including one from a licensed broadcaster about
interference, the FCC said
A global gathering of friends is in the works for April 18.
N5PRE had the details for Amateur Radio Newsline about April 18 World Amateur
Radio Day marking that day when the International Amateur Radio Union was
formed in Paris in 1925.
There was, of course, no IRLP or EchoLink back then, but there's a group
of relative newcomers operating on the Western Reflector feeling just as
festive over marking the occasion.
The World Friendship Net will operate nonstop for 12 hours starting on
1600 UTC April 18 and for the first year will be using a special event call
W 2 W.
Those who participate will get a commemorative special event QSL.
Node 9251 is located on the World Conference Server and part of the
Nevada Amateur Radio Repeater network.
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.
May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air
June 17 - IARU R3 - 2018 QRP Day Region 3
August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest
Now in-depth, what's on "da rig" in April:-
April 18 - WW - World Amateur Radio Day - IARU
April 21 - WW - INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY
April 25 - VK/ZL AM CW for ANZAC DAY
April 28-29 - VK - AMRO Weekend
International Marconi Day 2018
International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part the Father of Radio,
Guglielmo Marconi played in the development of wireless.
IMD is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the
birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874. In 2018 it will be held on 21st April
from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC
The purpose of the day is for amateur radio enthusiasts around the world to
make contact with Historic Marconi Sites using communication techniques
similar to those used by Marconi himself.
This is not a contest but awards are made to stations contacting a requisite
number of registered Award Stations. For a list of Award stations go to
The Howth Martello Radio Group will be activating EI0MAR again this year.
News from the ANZAC front - Radio Amateurs remember
AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2018
The traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and
the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air
for the 8th year.
This is not a contest.
It honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier wars.
The event idea came from a telephone conversation between Mike and World War 2
Coastwatcher in Papua New Guinea, Lionel Veale. Lionel set up his ATR4A HF
radio and orientated the antenna from behind enemy lines. Lionel was one of
those brave Coastwatchers who sent back vital information.
The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group in Far North Queensland
basically asks us to consider changing modes on ANZAC Day nets, as an honour
and Amateur Radio salute to those who served or are serving.
Now comes word to "keep those filaments glowing' as at one minute past
Midnight with the dawning of Saturday April 28th through to Midnight Sunday
April 29th you are invited to be part of an inaugural event, being the
Australian Military Radio Operators weekend.
Tune in and work VK Stations using Ex Military, Naval and Air Force Radio
Equipment from World War Two through to Vietnam. You will hear them calling
CQ Military Radio Weekend, and CW Stations will uniquely be calling CQ MRW
de station call, so keep an ear out.
"AMRO" will be looking to share the unique histories of their equipment and
its service across the decades during times of both conflict and peace.
If you own some of this wonderful valve equipment then seek out the AMRO
stations and give them a shout.
Some AMRO Stations will be mobile or set up in the field, whilst others may
be home based.
For those of you, who own and enjoy Military Communications Receivers, please
feel free to be part of the weekend using such equipment as a "V.I", a
Volunteer Interceptor. You can look up the role of the "WW2 Volunteer
Interceptor" on the interweb if you missed our story on last week's WIA
Your RVI role will be the intercepting/logging of as many of the AMRO
Stations as possible.
Mikes VK4QS is your point man you can email him
Good Morning, this is Denis VK4AE Contest Manager for the John Moyle Memorial
Logs have been arriving steadily and 140 logs have already been received
which is many more than the number received at this point after the contest
The logs do not seem to have met difficulties like last year and the direct
e-mail address seems to be working well.
It is still highly recommended that once you have submitted your log you
should check a bit later that your call sign has been added to the list of
A couple of logs have submitted as a PDF which is just a picture and contains
no more useful information to the contest than a picture of a flower as the
data is not accessible electronically and hence usable to me.
So, in your club do not rely on Mr. Somebody to get the log done, get in
touch and give him a hand to get it finished and submitted. It is timely to
remind you all that while there is still a bit of time left to submit the log
it will pass quickly and the final data is the 25th April 2018.
Following this date all of the logs are processed and the results prepared
and made available soon after.
So check that your call is on the list, resend the log if it isn't. It might
also be a good idea to submit your log now as you never know what can happen
to delay you in the next few days.
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
AHOY ME LOVERLIES.
Francois Botha, ZS4X, has notified the SARLs that his old call sign, ZS6BUU,
is being pirated using the FT8 mode. The South African regulator, ICASA, has
confirmed that ZS6BUU has not been re-issued. Southgate News are also
suggesting you don't waste your time working JX 2018 A which is a PIRATE
station just like years before (JX 2016 A and JX 2017 A).
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
The Amateur Radio Slow-Scan Television system on the International Space
Station is expected to be active Mid-April on 145.800 MHz (FM).
The SSTV system, which uses the call sign RS0ISS, is expected to be active
April 11 - 14 worldwide to mark Cosmonautics Day in Russia on April 12.
Specific transmission times are not yet available.
Images on all dates will be related to the Soviet Union's Interkosmos
cooperative space ventures project.
SSTV images will be transmitted in PD-120 format on 145.800 MHz (FM) using the
Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Russian Service Module.
This event is dependent on other activities, schedules, and crew
responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change. Check for updates
on the ARISS SSTV blog and picture gallery
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org
Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
ON SAMUEL MORSE'S FRONT PORCH
Some big birthday plans in New York's Hudson Valley don't involve candles
and cake, but you can expect perhaps a straight key or two, as we learn in
this item from Amateur Radio Newsline.
Mike Askins KE5CXP says: Samuel Morse is turning 227 years of age this year!
Well, OK, he was born on April 27 in 1791 so he's long gone but anyone who's
ever known the thrill of CW knows his legacy is a big part of amateur
radio life. The QSY Society in Poughkeepsie (PO-KIPPSY) New York will
mark his birthday by visiting the estate in their community that had
been his home and will be giving a CW demonstration - with real QSOs
taking place - for four hours.
Scott Dunlavey W2NTV told Amateur Radio Newsline [quote]: "We try to put
on a good show. It is really fun to see the joy on one's face who has
been away from the hobby for a while." [endquote]
If you can't get to New York, work the special event station. Be listening
for the call sign W2M -- in CW of course.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
EQUiSat is a 1U (one unit) CubeSat under construction by an undergraduate
student group at Brown University's School of Engineering Rhode Island USA.
Since its conception nearly seven years ago, a continuously revolving group
of University undergraduates has been diligently working to send a satellite
into space. Now, as May 9 draws closer, the group of over 200 past and
current students and faculty are getting excited the EQUiSat will finally
launch into orbit.
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The RTL-SDR dongle features the Realtek RTL2832U chip, which can be used to
acquire and sample RF signals transmitted in the frequency range 25MHz to
A FREE eBook that teaches users how to receive and analyse
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Key features of this free eBook include:
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+ Showing how to use RTL-SDR in conjunction with SDR transmitters
to develop a complete communication system
+ Providing an extensive set of DSP-enabled SDR examples to help
you get started
Details can be found on the text edition of this broadcast.
This news provided by http://www.nooelec.com/store/
[Thanks to NooElec.com and mathworks.com for the above information]
News from the Science Technology Engineering and Math or STEM Academy
to be held at Goodwill Commons, Illinois where they will learn about space
and radio communications June 18-22 .
The students will build Raspberry Pi computers that stream live video from
Students will also participate in a high-altitude balloon launch by building
the payload with student experiments and then, use radio telemetry to track
the balloon to near-space.
The highlight of the academy will be when students communicate directly with
astronauts on the International Space Station.
[ANS thanks Fritz Bock, WD9FMB for the above information]
The thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft have done what we thought was
After 37 years of inactivity, NASA just received response from the
spacecraft 20 billion kilometres away.
Voyager 1 is NASA's farthest and fastest spacecraft. It was launched on 5
September 1977. Having operated for 40 years, 6 months and 14 days as of
March 2018, the spacecraft relies on small devices called thrusters to
orient itself, so it can communicate with Earth.
Now, the Voyager team can use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980.
The guys at NASA say they "dug up decades-old data and examined the
software that was coded in an outdated assembler language, to make sure they
could safely test the thrusters."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
A girl that really needs no introduction this week, particularly to long
time listeners and readers of this WIA news service, to QNEWS, and to local
ABC Radio Queensland.
For our "newbies' it's to VK2KMI.
YL'S AROUND THE WORLD.
We're a little closer to home this week- Introducing VK4SWE.
You might say Lyn Battle has radio in her blood. She was born in Ireland, on
the site of Malin Head Wireless Station EJM (her father was a wireless
operator). She now lives on Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria where
she has been since 1987 with her husband Tex, where they operate a small
Sweers Island is the most south-easterly of the South Wellesley Group in the
Gulf of Carpentaria IOTA OC-227, it measures about 7km by 2km and is
otherwise uninhabited. The island is classified Dry Tropics, with nice winter
temperatures about 25C, and hot humid summers about 35C!
It is also prone to cyclone activity, so antennas are sometimes lowered
around Christmas. Lyn interested in CW and often participates in the annual
She is also interested in DX and Islands On The Air.
Lyn's QTH recently became part of Mornington Shire so she likes to participate
in the Shires Award as well. Lyn's interests apart from ham radio include
scuba diving, photography, travel, writing and cooking! You may well find her
on the World Wide Recipe Swapping Net on 20m, 14.183MHz,
0630 UTC Mondays
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Mike CT 1 IUA is active as D 4 IA from the Cape Verde Islands until 9th April.
Activity will be mainly on CW and QSL to his home call, again CT 1 TUA.
IOTA reference is AF-086.
It is over 20 years since IOTA reference OC-265 has been activated.
The good news is that Andy VK5MAV will be QRV from Cato Reef signing
VK5MAV/9 from 9th - 18th April.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - LOWDOWN
India to employ long wave radio technology
Two towers, about three times the height of the Wrest Point Casino in Hobart
yet only half the size of Australia's tallest man-made structure, the Omega
tower which once stood in Gippsland, are likely to be erected at
as-yet-undecided locations in the country for disseminating Indian Standard
In an effort to keep Indian time accurate, these towers, some 220 meters tall,
will transmit to microchips embedded into everything, from wall-clocks to
Long range radiowaves from the towers can be reliably transmitted even during
No more excuses for that late for everything member of the household now!
Other than time, information such as a tsunami warning or weather warnings
can also be sent
Social Scene 2018
April 7-8 - VK3 - Antennapalooza 2018 - EMDRC, GGREC, MDRC & FAMPARC
April 8 - VK - Opening of NEVA Radio Clubs new clubrooms 25 Silva
drive West Wodonga. (vk2bfc)
April 14 - VK1 - QRP By The Lake (vk1ct)
April 22 - VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swap meet 10-2PM
April 22 - VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Buy, Swap and
May 4-7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
May 12 - VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest (VK3GL)
May 18 to 20 - VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast
June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
Australian Fox Hunting Championship - Mt Gambier
June 9 & 10 - VK2 - Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend - Oxley Radio ARC
July 7 & 8 - VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
August 4 VK3 - Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)
Bruno from the Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club
tells us their HamFest, which is shashaying off at 10am
August 4 is their annual HamFest featuring the sale of
new & used radio & electronic equipment & parts to the
Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
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