Oct 21 2018 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
HELLO I'M PAUL VK2GX
WITH THE SCOUTS
ET heard calling CQ
MANY Special callsign commemorating the end of World War 1 to
be on air, including ZS 100 WW I and our own VK 100 PEACE
THESE STORIES & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
AND FOR WEEK OF October 21,
THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK
WIA Director and Company Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
The WIA Assessor Rules are currently being reviewed and updated by the
WIA Board. The Board has permitted special consideration and
relaxation of the requirement for Assessors to have held a licence for
three years under special circumstances. There will be more changes to
the WIA Assessor Rules coming in the next few weeks.
WIA Learning Facilitators will shortly receive service awards along
similar lines to those issued to WIA Assessors. Full details will be
published over the next few weeks.
The WIA intend to submit a tender for the new Australian
Communications and Media Authority - Qualifications Framework.
The Request for Tender is still being drafted by ACMA and has not yet
been released. Although with the WIA Deed due to expire in
January 2019, the Request for Tender is expected to be released any
To work through and draft a tender submission, the Board has decided
to establish an EDUCATION GROUP to consider the tender and to prepare
the tender document.
The Board are therefore actively looking for interested parties to be
part of this education group. The group will comprise members with
experience and time to assist in the process as well as members of the
We are seeking individuals to be part of this group especially those
with a background in :-
Education (including Teachers),
Finance and Accounting,
Vocational Education and Training,
Commercial and Contract Law
Online training and assessment
Other Individuals who have something to contribute.
Applications are now open and details of the experience you will bring
to the group should be sent to SECRETARY@wia.org.au
Whilst on the subject of WIA Committees the WIA Standards,
Interference & EMR Sub-committee has recently had one of its long term
members retire. This committee do valuable work and liaise closely
with outside organisations like Standards Australia. The WIA Board are
very keen to fill this vacancy as soon as possible and invites
expressions of interest from members who have an interest in this
field. Enquiries to the WIA Secretary.
This Board report was submitted by WIA Director and Secretary,
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Ed Durant and the team at Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART &
the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Rocket carrying radio ham KG5TMV to ISS fails
A Soyuz rocket booster failed during the launch of a capsule carrying
radio amateur Nick Hague KG5TMV and Alexey Ovchinin to the
International Space Station
A Soyuz rocket booster failed during the launch of a capsule carrying
NASA astronaut Nick Hague [KG5TMV] and Russian cosmonaut Alexey
Ovchinin, forcing officials to abort their mission. The capsule made a
"ballistic landing" and rescue teams recovered the pair, who are
reportedly in "good condition," NASA says.
Hague and Ovchinin launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
heading to join the crew of the International Space Station. But more
about a minute after launch, their Soyuz MS-10's booster failed.
Search and recovery teams had been predeployed to areas beneath the
possible flight path. Helicopters were able to reach Hague and
Ovchinin fairly quickly and extract them from the capsule. They then
started the process of flying back to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Russia is reported to have suspended any further crewed flights, and
an investigation into what went wrong had begun.
Read the full NPR story at
A village of amateur radio
The tourist office of Saint-Malo in Brittany are promoting a
'village of amateur radio'
A Google translation of the page reads:
A radio museum open to all, history and evolution of radio receivers.
Radio amateurs from the Emerald Coast will present visitors with radio
receiver exposure from their origins to the latest technology with
galena, tube, transistor, and the latest digital technologies.
A slide show will illustrate, in a didactic way, the different
evolutions and technological changes over the period 1900-2018.
The material presented will consist of so-called "mass-audience" radio
sets and some examples of professional equipment used in the navy and
the 1939-1945 war era.
29 & 30 October
If your lucky enough to be in the area you'll be treated to such things
as - Search for a beacon (Practical exercise of a plane crash
simulation); - Morse Code learning (Practical work); - Discovery of
amateur radio traffic with contacts worldwide in voice, Morse, and
digital modes (Real conditions).
Wireless electricity transmissions in Texas
KWTX Channel Ten TV in central Texas report scientists are studying
wireless electricity transmission - Voltage without wires.
An oddly shaped, but prominent, roadside construction project along
Interstate 35-East is actually a high-tech study into the feasibility
of transmitting electricity from place to place without wires.
It has a large circular base, a smaller round structure jutting from
the top, and on top of the pole sits a large, round, metal-looking
It's part of an experiment to study the feasibility of transmission
of electric energy from source to user without using wires.
It's being undertaken by a company named Viziv Technologies and it
uses a technology they call a surface wave system.
Read the full story at
Scouting's Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) Looking Forward to Successful
Some 450 sites in the USA are among nearly 3,000 locations around the
world that are hosting Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the
Internet (JOTI) stations over this weekend, October 19 - 21.
The United States JOTA Coordinator, Jim Wilson, K5ND, said.
"One site that will be activated for JOTA is the Voice of America
(VOA) Museum in Ohio, which hosts the West Chester Amateur Radio
Association's club station WC 8 VOA.
Member Jocelyn Brault, KD 8 VRX, grew up in Canada, where, as a
12-year-old, he took part in a JOTA event, making a friend in France
and becoming pen pals.
Years later, he became a Scout leader and a radio amateur."
The ham station in the VOA station has been hosting JOTA for the past
5 years and allows anyone in Scouting to participate from the museum.
Wilson urged JOTA station coordinators to review the best practices
and to try taking some video of JOTA-JOTI activity.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
1 DUSTED 2 TO GO
ITS THE EARTH - MOON - EARTH CONTEST
The Object is two-way communications via the earth-moon-earth path
on any authorized amateur frequency above 50 MHz over three
full weekend 48-hour periods
Still in play is October 27-28 on both 50-1296 MHz
and November 24-25 also 50-1296 MHz
160 METER CW CONTEST
Amateurs worldwide exchange information with W/VE amateurs on
Stations located in overseas and non-contiguous U.S. Territories
may be worked by DX stations. This includes Alaska KL7,
the Caribbean US possessions KP1-KP5, and all of the Pacific Ocean
territories KH0-KH9, including Hawaii KH6.
These stations can work BOTH domestic stations (US and VE) as well as
DX stations around the world.
Starts 2200 UTC Friday, ends 1600 UTC Sunday
(November 30 / December 2, 2018).
This is a forty-two hour period with no time limitation.
Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/
THROUGH THE DX WINDOW
Members of the Radio Club de Panama and GREMPA, an emergency group,
are QRV with scout station 3 E 1 JT until October 31.
This includes being active in Jamboree On The Air.
Activity is on all bands using SSB, with some CW and on various
QSL via HP1ALX.
'ET' calls 'CQ.'
Ofcom issue M5 + two letter callsign
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has now issued what is believed
to be the very first M5 + 2 letter callsign - M 5 ET
John Gascoigne recently passed his Advanced exam in the United Kingdom
and he now has the distinctive callsign M5ET.
Special callsign to commemorate the end of World War 1
At approximately 05:00 on Monday 11 November 1918, the Armistice was
signed in a railway carriage of Marshall Foch's special train located
in the forest at Rethondes in France on the western front.
At 11:00 on that Monday, 11 November 1918, the roar of guns ceased,
peace and silence finally descended on the western front ending the
First World War.
It is estimated that close to 9.5 million soldiers, sailors and airmen
of all sides died in the Great War.
South African Radio League News report that in South Africa, the
special call ZS 100 WW I will be active from 1 to 30 November 2018
in remembrance of the South Africans who were involved in the
'War to end all Wars.'
In Net News this week
Tech On The Air Net
Tuesday, 30th October, is the fifth Tuesday of the month and that
means only one thing in Townsville -
The Tech On The Air Net will be happening from 7-30pm on the
Townsville VHF Repeater, VK4RAT.
Peter VK4PQ will be Net Control and apart from the transmission of
the most recent and most interesting installment of ARNewsline
there will also be a tech talk forum.
Can't make it to the regular Project Nights ? Well here is your
chance to either raise or solve conundrums.
Join the Tech On The Air Net and have fun on the air and learn
something new from the crew on "The RAT."
Special event stations SN100, with suffix's IP, JH, JP, PS and PW
are QRV until November 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland's
QSL via bureau.
Celebrating this year's WW1 Armistice Day Centenary, on air
November 3 to 15 will be VI6PAX
A large team of operators including Vasily R7AL, and Mohammad EP2LMA
will be active as EP 6 RRC from Shif Island, Iran, between November 17
Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.
For IOTA chasers its QTH is AS-189
QSL Manager is R 7 AL.
GB1NHS permanent special event call sign
"Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.
This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after
on behalf of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP
Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both
amateur radio within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.
(Sourced to SouthGate)
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 looms large
One million young people from around the world are expected to take
part in this year's Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet.
These take place from the 19th to the 21st of October and are the
world's biggest Scouting event. Some 20,000 licensed amateur radio
operators put 12,000 radio stations on the air. This offers an
excellent opportunity for radio amateurs both young and old, to
inspire Scouts with the charms of radio techniques. During JOTA-
JOTI, Scouts and Guides will encounter numerous different
languages and cultures in a worldwide learning experience that
lasts all day and well into the night.
From Far North Queensland, JOTA with the Tablelands Radio Group
planning is well underway.
Mike/VK4MIK (Yes the same Mike that for years has brought to the world
the AM - CW for ANZAC Day event) well Mike and the Tablelands Radio
Group will be operating for Jamboree on the Air from the Northern
Beaches Scout Den in Cairns using VK 4 GHL callsign.
Mike hopes that they are able to contact lots of other JOTA Groups
during the weekend of October 20 and 21.
Other Scouters at the top end of Australia are on air right now,
theTARCinc with Flinders Guides
VK4AAH or VK4YWG at Bluewater Training Centre
theTARCinc with Loam Island, Alice River and Kirwan Scouts
VK4SPP at Alice River Scout Den
VK2SBP 1st Chinderah Scout Group will be 'on air.'
Their Scout Hall is located at Chinderah, just before Tweed Heads.
They are lucky in that they've ALL the Amateur Radio equipment,
including antennas already permanently set up and apart from the usual
HF bands, attending radio operators have access to the 147.225 and
438.100 repeaters on the Gold Coast, and the 438.675 repeater at
Mount Nardi. They will also have world-wide access to IRLP and
EchoLink Nodes via a local 2m RF Node. Operators also have access to
local and international DMR Talk Groups.
The Sandringham Scout Group, ZS 6 SSG will be among the 24 stations
registered from South Africa to take part in this JOTA.
3rd Limerick Scout Troop on-the-air for 61st Jamboree-On-The-Air
Excitement is here asn the 3rd Limerick Scout Group from IO 52 NO, in
which the Curraghchase Scout Centre in County Limerick, Ireland is
located, are 'wireless' camping in this woodland location.
The Expeditionary Radio Team from the Kerry Amateur Radio Group
are again assisting the Scout Group.
The group are registered on the JOTA website as participating so will
be easy to 'track down.'
The callsign E I 1K will be used for the Jamboree.
The 3rd Limerick Scout Group are looking forward to meeting both
fellow Scouts and amateur radio operators from around the world.
A short promotional you tube video on the 3 rd Limerick Scout Troop
participation can be found at the link in the text edtion of this
WIA news on
(SouthGate, RSGB & theTARCinc)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
Scouts to swap a badge by radio - JOTA with SSTV, from GB2GP
Jamboree on the Air is here and United Kindom Jamboree station GB 2 GP
is swapping badges - by radio!
By sending SlowScan TV (SSTV) photos of their Scouts with their badges,
they'll swap badges with other Scouts. SSTV is fairly easy to do with
a PC or even with an iOS or Android phone!
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE
TARC does the 2019 Defence Welcome and Information Expo
theTARCinc will be involved with the 2019 Defence Welcome and
Information Expo run by the Townsville office of Defence Community
Organisation North Queensland on Saturday 23rd February at the
RSL Stadium Murray Complex from 10am to 1pm.
TARCadians will be drawing on expertise gained from participation in
other Expos at the complex to show Defence members and their families
currently residing or new to the region some of the aspects of the
wonderful world of Amateur Radio.
The club is hoping to demonstrate the hobby through a mixture of
static, dynamic and interactive displays, with members experienced
in many facets of the hobby able to provide meaningful answers and
guidance for those attending the Expo.
If any of you reading or listening to this broadcast are involved with
Australian Defence / Amateur Radio activity don't 'camoflage yourselves
under a bushel' but let us know and we'll share it with the rest of
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DMR
The Irish digital radio community continues to grow with more stations
registering for DMR numbers every month. New digital repeaters and
gateways have been established around Ireland to allow various users
talk to each other.
One of the latest improvements to be made to the DMR network has been
the establishment of a link to the Echolink network by. Anyone
connecting to MI0AAZ-L under LINKS on the Echolink network will now
connect to Talk Group 2724 on the Irish DMR network.
More info at...
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)
Radio Amateurs of Canada President Glenn MacDonell, VE 3 XRA, has been
in Washington, DC attending meetings this past week for the Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.
On October 15 and 16, the meetings are devoted to an ARISS-US
Education Summit during which individuals share their experiences
using ARISS contacts to stimulate an interest in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among students.
Many of the participants at the meetings were teachers and they were
joined by ARISS-US officials and the delegates to the ARISS
International meeting that took place a couple of days back.
Glenn represented Radio Amateurs of Canada and another Canadian
delegate Chet, VE3CFK, representing the Radio Amateur Satellite
For more information please visit:
For more information on ARISS please visit:
(Alan Griffin RAC MarCom Director)
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
IARU Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz
IARU Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz
Fitz's Challenge and Witwood horse Carriage events
Canberra have the final WICEN events for the year coming up on
Sunday 28 October.
2 events on the same day will stretch current personnel resources
from the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club members.
If your in the vicinity of the National Capital they would like YOUR
WICEN events are:-
The Fitz Challenge:-
A long distance cycling event, up to 255km, where they provide safety
monitoring checkpoints at various locations along the course.
The course will be through Namadgi National Park and Paddys River Rd
Tidbinbillawith checkpoints at Tharwa, Rendezvous Creek,
Orroral Valley, Fitz Hill, Honeysuckle Creek, Corin Forest,
Kangaroo Creek and Uriarra plus a headquarters station at Stromlo
Cycle Park .
The Witwood carriage driving event:-
A horse event where the participants drive small carriages behind
horses (often barely bigger than the drivers) around a variety of
It takes place out on the Witwood property which is halfway between
Bungendore and Braidwood.
This year CRARC have moved to using google forms to collect & collate
responses rather than relying on emailed responses.
If you can help, email email@example.com
(sourced to vk1-News)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROTA
ROTA Recipes On The Air
ROTA is the one and only World Wide Recipe Swapping Net.
To start cooking, tune your radio to the Twenty Meter Band and
14.183 MHz, 0630 UTC Mondays straight after the ANZA Net.
Fun on the air swapping information about recipes or favourite
ingredients, listen for the gastronomic cue from Lyn VK4SWE.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
Two events to mention today, the first is an International Event
coinciding with our own International JOTA, October 20 is the
International Summit to Summit Event, the S2S QSO Party
(more info -
The second event takes place November Four and is known as the
VK1 SOTA 6m, 2m & 70cm VHF-UHF S2S Party.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
New VK National 122 GHz record
David Minchin VK5KK and Iain Crawford VK5ZD have extended their
122 GHz national record to Eight Kilometers.
The full lists of current and past VHF-UHF records are available at
(John VK3KM via vk7tw)
Social Scene 2018
Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
Nov 3 VK2 - QRP by the HARBOUR (vk2emu)
Nov 3 VK3 - Melbourne QRP by the Bay (vk3ye)
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)
I would like to get a mention in WIA news of the GoFundMe
campaign I have created to assist Doug VK4AMC in his time of need.
He recently lost almost all his possessions in a fire and it would be
great if the broader amateur radio community could support him. If
people go to the GoFundMe web site and search for his callsign VK4AMC
to find the campaign.
The web link is as below:
Your support would mean a lot to Doug's. Thank you so much!
Above received for WIA news of October 21 2018.
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