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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 30 2018.
IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
No 'board' report this week, unless you classify a note by Marcus
VK5WTF highlighting some aspects of his last board comment, as one.
Robert Broomhead stops by with Jason VK2LAW to bring some news
on the PARA HERO
If you're hearing a lot of 'noise' on the bands this weekend
Felix VK4FUQ will reveal it's probably contestants in the
2018 CQ WORLD WIDE RTTY DX CONTEST ON NOW.
CLIVE VK6CSW WITH HIS MONTHLY Reminder on the RAOTC broadcast
And VK3GTV suggestes we 'get our parks on'
THESE STORIES & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30
Wireless message centenary Report
In a suburban street of Wahroonga, a northern suburb of Sydney, some
two hundred people are assembled in front of a small, yet significant
monument . Addressing the crowd is the City of Sydney Town Crier;
TOWN CRIER: "be it known that I hereby welcome you all to the
celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first
direct wireless message from the United kingdom to
Australia. Upon this day, one hundred years ago,
the 22nd day of September, in the year nineteen hundred
and eighteen, the first wireless message sent by
Guglielmo Marconi, for the Australian Prime Minister,
Billy Hughes in Wales, was received by Ernest Fisk at
his home, Lucania, outside of which we stand today.
It was received at 1.15pm precisely.
Then, right on time, a message, in morse code
The text of the morse code message was transcribed by John Patterson
VK2ATT, and read to the audience by Federal Minister for Bradfield,
the Honourable Paul Fletcher.
Activities continued at St Andrew's church hall, nearby. Special event
station VK 100 MARCONI was operating for the day and the event was
covered in national media and on local community radio. Event
Organiser, Jo Harris OAM, formerly VK2KAA, spoke about the day;
JO HARRIS: Today we have Grandchildren of Ernest Fisk, Daughter,
Daughters-in-law, we have so many people who are so
interested in what's happening. I thank everyone that's
displaying today, it's really been a worthwhile effort
(ARNSW News / Reporter; Mathew VK2YAP)
Hi Everyone, My name is Casey Castro and I am the chair of the
new marketing group for the WIA.
As I said last week, we are currently looking for volunteers to
head up our digital marketing and media group.
So anyone with some digital marketing, media, SEO experience, please
contact us at email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you.
73 Casey VK2FACE
vk5wtf with a follow up to last week's board comment.
Well, I certainly tripped up on the broadcast around the IARU Region 3
conference. The WIA representative was Greg Kelly, VK2GPK.
Peter Young was attending as an IARU Region 3 director, and
Dale Hughes, VK1DSH received the IARU Diamond Award for services
rendered to the worldwide amateur radio community.
On behalf of members and the amateur community the WIA Board
congratulates Dale on receiving this prestigious award.
More information can be found on the WIA website.
On another note, a small correction and reminder, the VI2GB callsign
is available for use for digital modes to commemorate the first
contact from the United Kingdom to Australia. A link is available in
the text edition.
VI2GB Application: https://goo.gl/wngEX2
73, vk5wtf going clear.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
THE 2018 CQ WORLD WIDE RTTY DX CONTEST THIS WEEKEND
The 2018 CQ WW RTTY Contest starts at 00:00 UTC on 29 September and
ends at 23:59 UTC on 30 September with activity on 80, 40, 20, 15 and
The observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.
The objective is for amateurs around the world to contact as many
other amateurs in as many CQ zones, countries, US states and Canadian
provinces as possible.
The contest exchange is an RST report plus CQ zone number of the
station location. Stations in the continental USA and Canada also
Find the rules on www.cqwwrtty.com/rules.htm
Oct 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest
Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not so much a contest but an exercise.
Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/
THROUGH THE DX WINDOW
Active in this weekend's CQWW RTTY contest is Chris operating as
VO 2 VC, which is in CQ Zone 2, Labrador.
He will be operating in the low power, single op, on 20m only
Outside of the contest he will be active until the 4th of October
on 80 to 6m SSB, RTTY and FT8.
QSL to his home call VE 6 CMV
Also on active service from Guantanamo Bay for the WW CQ RTTY is
Stu, KG 4 SS from Guantanamo Bay.
RTTY in the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest, FT8 in Fox & Hound mode and CW.
QSL via Logbook of The World or direct to K4MIL.
(sourced to RSGB)
G 4 EDG is active as ZD 9 CW from Tristan da Cunha, AF-029, to the
22nd of October, CW and RTTY with some SSB on the 15 to 40m bands
and possibly 80m.
QSL via Logbook of The World or via LZ 1 JZ.
Madagascar trip looking for ops!
Alex, K 2 BB, announced this past week that he and his friend Paul,
UU 0 JR, will be active as 5 R 8 R from Nosy Be Island (IOTA AF-057),
Madagascar, between November 19-29th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
They will participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as
a Multi-Single or possibly as Multi-2 entry (if they have enough ops.)
Alex states, "We will have 2 stations, and are renting a private villa
which can accommodate 4 people - huge garden, swimming pool, kitchen,
you name it... Sounds like fun? Then join us!
But make up your mind quickly.
If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(sourced to SouthGate)
Celebrating this year's WW1 Armistice Day Centenary, on air
November 3 to 15 will be VI6PAX
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
HAMS CHALLENGED TO AID PHILIPPINES DURING TYPHOON MANGKHUT
With Typhoon Mangkhut threatening, the Philippine Amateur Radio
Association (PARA) activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO)
at a Code Yellow level on September 12, per a declaration from PARA
Chief Operating Officer Roberto Vicencio, DU 1 VHY.
At Code Yellow, stations are advised to ensure that all equipment is
operational, check backup power sources, and take any necessary
For the first time ever, the Philippines National Telecommunications
Commission (NTC) had authorized PARA/HERO volunteers to communicate
directly with NTC's regional offices during the pending emergency,
rather than through the NTC headquarters.
Typhoon Mangkhut was the strongest typhoon to strike Luzon Island
since Typhoon Megi in 2010, and the strongest typhoon to make
landfall in the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.
A Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, Mangkhut was packing
nearly 150 MPH winds, with gusts of more than 180 MPH as it approached
a predicted September 14 landfall on extreme northern Luzon Island.
The storm inflicted widespread destruction, with heavy damage to
structures and caused landslides.
More than 80 people lost their lives as a result of the storm.
Evacuations were ordered in several regions. The storm went on to
wreak heavy damage in Hong Kong.
This deadly weather systems proved a challenge for hams as they kept
communications open in the storm-wrecked Philippines.
Robert Broomhead, VK3DN tells us more.
"Locally, many affiliated groups established VHF radio communications
at the Emergency Operations Centre in Clark Freeport.
Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, one of the hardest-hit
province towns, reported that dozens were believed killed in a
landslide and that rescuers would likely not find survivors. Having
destroyed homes and taken lives, the typhoon next made its way to
The typhoon had made its approach just as a radio communications
summit on disasters was convening in Cotabato City. It was attended
by 500 members of ham radio clubs and civic groups and was
considered an unprecedented gathering of its kind for the region.
Lectures on emergency communications were being given by PARA
which quickly began coordinating with Humanitarian Emergency Action
and Response Team as the typhoon hit.
I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN."
Before the storm moved on, 32,000 families were believed to have
been affected in central Luzon.
The Hindu has interviewed radio amateur Gurudatta Panda VU3GDP about
the ExseedSat CubeSat built by an eight-person team at Hyderabad-based
Exseed Space Private Limited co-founded by Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE
ExseedSat carries an amateur radio FM transponder and APRS digipeater
and is expected to be launched by SpaceX towards the end of 2018.
"This satellite will serve the ham radio community. As a result, it
will be of great help during natural calamities, when conventional
communication services get disrupted," Gurudatta VU3GDP said.
After the launch, this artificial satellite will be on a polar orbit
with two passes over India every day. The public will be able to
receive this artificial satellite's beacon on 145.900 MHz FM using a
TV tuner and USB dongle, Mr. Panda added.
He said the eight-member team involved in construction of the small
private satellite involved four technocrats and four managerial staff
He and Exseed Space co-founder Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE were the
communication engineers who played a key role in building the
Read the full story at
Sweden's Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run
More than 200 W
We have more on our recent story from Sweden, effective November 1,
radio amateurs in Sweden who want to run more than 200 W PEP in
certain Amateur Radio allocations will have to apply for a transmitter
license to do so and pay a yearly fee.
Sweden's telecoms agency PTS has announced a modified listing of
license-free transmitters that spells out the changes for Amateur
Radio and other services.
Sweden eliminated Amateur Radio licenses in 2004, and Amateur Radio in
Sweden is "permission free," but prospective radio amateurs still must
pass an examination. A certificate and a call sign, valid for life,
are issued without any future fees. Up until now, the maximum
permitted power on most HF bands has been 1 kW with no additional
"It will be interesting to see how many active [Swedish] operators
will apply for high-power permits," said Henryk Kotowski, SM 0 JHF,
who alerted ARRL to the release of the official PTS order.
"I will not." There is a general trend to use less power and smarter,
efficient modes." He said.
Under the amended regulations, radio amateurs would have to apply for
permission to run more than 200 W on 160 (1,810 - 1,850 kHz only),
80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and 2 meters, as well as 70 centimetres,
and the 1.2, 5.6, 10, 24, 47 GHz, and higher Amateur Radio allocations.
Emergency Preparedness Takes Centre Stage for 2018 Simulated
The 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is just ahead. The
primary ARRL-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to
assess the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency
Service volunteers as well as those affiliated with other
organizations involved with emergency and disaster response.
Although the main SET weekend this year is October 6 - 7, local and
Section-wide exercises may take place throughout THE USA during
Those who already take part in public service and emergency
activities are getting ready for the annual SET, a dress rehearsal,
next month. But, the 2018 ARRL SET is an open casting call for all
radio amateurs interested in expanding their emergency preparedness
knowledge and skill.
The annual SET encourages maximum participation by all Amateur Radio
operators, partner organizations, and national, state, and local
officials who typically engage in emergency or disaster response in
In addition to ARES volunteers, radio amateurs active in the
National Traffic System, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
SKYWARN, Community Emergency Response Team, Salvation Army Team
Emergency Radio Network, and a variety of other allied groups and
public service-oriented radio amateurs are needed to fulfil important
roles in this nationwide exercise
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
Measure Twice cut Once.
Construction is alive and kicking in the Netherlands
The Dutch national society VERON promotes the active involvement of
radio amateurs in innovation, home-construction and experimentation.
A Google translation of VERON's recent post says:
Nowadays the cost of commercial equipment is very low. A new VHF/UHF
5 watt FM handheld can cost just 25 euro. That is why people wonder
whether the stimulus to experiment and self-construction is still
present. But the enormous variety, the low cost of equipment and the
arrival of SDR has created unprecedented possibilities. Because of
this one is inclined to investigate, to build and to innovate.
On our bands we now see the rise of digital modes, software and
advanced equipment. In recent times, revolutionary developments have
taken place in digital modes. Think of propagation beacon technology.
And also the increase of SDR radios. Research and innovation by radio
amateurs is far from over.
It is not the case that self-construction, experimentation and
innovation were taken away by radio amateurs. But traditional
self-construction is making more and more room for the new techniques
as shown by the series in the VERON Electron magazine on getting
started with Arduino.
Radio amateurs make more and more use of the Arduino and is more and
more often found in the "shack" of the radio amateur. But there are
more series about new developments in self-construction. For example,
VERON are working on a series about the Raspberry PI for publication
in the Electron. As a result, this technical development will also be
used by more radio amateurs.
For months now the article "Make your computer or tablet an SDR radio
receiver" has been in the top five of the pages visited on the VERON
The soldering iron makes way for the keyboard - Home-construction,
Experiments and innovation are in a transition from old to new
Home-construction is alive and kicking.
VERON site https://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsVE
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
Ten new BATC videos
Ten videos of interest to amateur television and satellite enthusiasts
have been uploaded to the British Amateur Television Club's YouTube
The talks were recorded at the BATC CAT18 event held at the Midlands
Air Museum and cover everything from the latest on the Es'hailsat
geostationary satellite to recent developments on the popular BATC
Each video is very informative and a reference source for this
state-of-the-art area of the hobby.
The videos can be found here:
For more information about the BATC please visit
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)
Japanese robots land on near-Earth asteroid
Last Saturday, the Japanese space agency made history by landing a
pair of robots on diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu.
The tiny explorers are now hopping across the space rock's rugged
surface and sending unprecedented pictures back to Earth.
Ryugu is a near-Earth asteroid that can approach our planet closer
than Moon, so exploring it is important.
Learn more on Spaceweather.com
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is
the first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia's October bulletin to go to air.
This month we have reports on the Club's recent AGM and On Air QSO
Party, plus talks entitled Florence Nightingale and the Coffee Break.
I'm unsure how the latter items connect to the RAOTC but no doubt
Ian will enlighten us!.
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune
in and to join in the call backs afterwards.
The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the
VK3REC 2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.
At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit the
program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz.
Also tomorrow at 0100 UTC, we have a trial broadcast from VK6JI on
80 metres on 3620 kHz.
At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted
simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.
At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on
80 metres on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC
networks plus a TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian
From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at
www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.
Tune in tomorrow for the October RAOTC bulletin.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
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.
Earth Science Week 2018 is almost upon us!
October 14-20 it engages young people and others with learning
resources and activities exploring the relationship between the
arts and the Earth systems.
This year's theme of "Earth as Inspiration" promotes public
understanding and stewardship of the planet. Of special interest to
the Amateur Radio community and their families is an
"Inspired by Earth" photo contest and an essay contest for students
in grades 6 to 9.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O'Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
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
Jamboree On The Air - October 2018
With just a month to go before JOTA 2018 planning should be well
underway for your Jamboree On The Air radio station. As Australia will
be one of the first countries to start the JOTA weekend, making
contacts with other JOTA radio stations within Australia would give
guide and scout youth members a great start to their JOTA weekend
To assist radio operators in making contact with other JOTA Radio
stations The St George Amateur Radio Society has setup a database
where you can register details of your JOTA radio station such as
callsign, location, bands and frequencies, operating times and
contact details. The information collected on the database will only
be shared with other users.
Please consider registering your JOTA station at www.jota.sgars.org
and follow the menu link.
For more information email email@example.com
(Paul VK2GX, JOTA coordinator for The St George Amateur Radio Society)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
It's a date. November 4, this is THE day set aside for the
VK1 SOTA 6m, 2m & 70cm VHF-UHF Summit to Summit Party
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - WORLD WIDE FLOA AND FAUNA (parks) PROGRAM
GET YOUR PARK ON OPERATING EVENT SET FOR OCTOBER
What is hoped will be the first annual "Get Your Park ON" operating
event will take place from 14 to 20 October in celebration of
Earth Science Week.
The event is open to Amateur Radio operators around the world and is
sponsored by the national affiliates of World Wide Flora and Fauna
(WWFF), which encourages radio amateurs to operate outdoors in
protected nature parks.
During this on-the-air celebration, amateurs can participate in one of
You can opt to be an Activator, setting up and operating in national
and provincial parks or you may decide to be a Hunter, operating from
home and searching out and contacting the Activators.
The week-long special event is reminiscent of the ARRL's popular
National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event in 2016.
"Get Your Park ON" begins at 00:00 UTC on Sunday 14 October and
continues to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 20 October.
Search 'get your parks on' at FaceBook.
(sourced to SARL)
From the 28th September to the 6th October the Enigma Reloaded event
will be taking place this year.
The main goal of the enigma event is to promote as much amateur radio
activity as possible all over the world, celebrating the history of
the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in the outcome of
World War II, and spreading the knowledge of those key people who
contributed to its decryption.
The "Enigma Reloaded" event will take place in two steps :
28th September to 5th October, Italian and foreign Amateur radio
stations registered as "Activator stations" will ensure the activation
of their radio stations in order to allow the participants to get
their scores for the "Enigma Award" Contest.
6th October, the final event's day, the Activator Stations will
exchange predefined CW messages previously enciphered by a real or
emulated Enigma machine.
All details and rules are available on the official website
Mt Barrow BBQ "Welcoming the return of Daylight Savings."
Please mark your calendars for Thursday the 25th October.
Yes, that is next month.
A friendly BBQ get-together is scheduled to take place at the
Mt Barrow Discovery Trail Visitor Centre. People usually start
arriving from 3:00 PM.
All amateur radio operators and their families are invited to attend.
This is a Northern VK7 tradition and has taken place in one guise or
another for many years now.
It will be a B.Y.O. everything BBQ, including a couple of logs for
the fire if possible. It can still get pretty cold up there at this
time of the year.
The Visitor Centre is in a glass enclosed area, out of the rain, wind
and elements. A log fireplace and toilets mean they will be quite
Social Scene 2018
Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)
Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)
2019 Social Scene
March 23-24 VK7 - Meet the Voice event at Ross (vk7news)
May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)
September 2019- Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
2020 Social Scene
ALARAMEET Bendigo (vk5yl)
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