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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JAN 20 2019
IN OUR 24th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Board Comment this week features WIA President Justin VK7TW
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
AND FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 20 2019
A pretty eventful and violent week at the WIA News Desk this week!
It's not everyday we get to report on (thankfully) a collision in
the asteroid belt.
Not that far beyond the orbit of Mars, asteroid 6478 Gault appears
to have been struck by another asteroid. The resulting stream of
debris stretches more than 400,000 km, which is greater than the
distance between Earth and the Moon.
Astronomers around the world are now monitoring this formerly
unremarkable asteroid to see what happens next.
Get the full story on Spaceweather.com
We've heard recently from the WIA board of the desire to start up
YOTA for the under 25's here in VK.
WIA President Justin will again bring some details of this in this
weeks WIA National News, and I'd suggest if you have any interest
to read on the IARU Region 1 website the December YOTA Month 2018
Final Report by Gergana LZ1ZYL.
Read her report on
What do you do while preparing for the largest gathering of
Amateurs in the Southern Hemisphere?
Well run a Build-A-thon of course!
At least that what's the Central Coast ARC did last weekend.
In order to get members and their families building, Tom VK2VC
organised and ran a Build-A-Thon at the club rooms near Gosford
on Saturday the 12th. of January. Graham VK2GRA gave a short
soldering course and 5 kits were sold. Three were built during the
meeting. The other two being taken home by Brad VK2NMZ so that he
could build his alongside his daughter building hers with some
guidance from him.
From the pictures it seems all had fun and there was a culture of
helping each other with the builds.
Well done to Karen VK2AKB and Col VK2ZCO on building the component
testers (although Karen commented that it would have been good to
have the tester to test the tiny components in the tester - what?),
Karen also built an SMD soldering practice board kit.
Todd VK2NMZ said his daughter was amazed and pleased that her
first build worked first time!
Clubbing the "old fashioned way" one could say. Now that's over,
it's back to the important preparations for the Wyong Field day on
February 24th, which all are on schedule with a good array of
commercial sellers, exhibitors and presentations lined up.
What! you haven't got the Wyong Field day in your diary yet?
Write it in and get there by 8:30am to be first in to grab the
bargains and meet friends old and new. More about the event in the
next few weeks on VK1WIA National News and on the club's website on
This is Ed Durrant DD5LP on behalf of the CCARC.
WIA Board Comment
Happy New Year from Justin VK7TW
Last weekend was the Summer VHF/UHF Field Day competition and I
managed to operate a home station for a few hours to support those
intrepid operators who ventured onto hilltops and prayed to the
portable operations gods to be kind to them...HIHI. This contest
aims to encourage more more activity on VHF and microwave bands,
encourage people to work greater distances than usual by operating
portable, and activate or work into new grid squares. It is all about
having fun too!
As anyone who has tried portable operation knows the it provides
many challenges that enables amateur operators to hone their
integration and operating skills along with dealing with special
challenges like weather, wind, pointing in the right direction and
making your equipment easy to operate in challenging outdoor
situations. Microwave equipment adds that complexity of needing
IF rigs with correct power levels, frequencies and modes, add in
digital weak signal modes on higher bands and there is GPS locking
to worry about along with a myriad of application settings. I think
you are probably getting a picture here. I congratulate all the
stations that went portable and operated in the field day.
Director Marcus VK5WTF a few Board comments ago outlined the
Youth on the Air or YOTA program that has received attention at
IARU level. There was a report that was submitted at the IARU Region
3 conference late last year about the program in the United Kingdom
and the success factors. The primary success factor for YOTA is that
it is actually run by young people - that is under 25 year olds
running the program. As soon as young people took over the program,
the numbers and activities rose and the program took off. Too often
we old farts think we know better and can heap all these years of
experience on the younger generation. Sometimes this helps but in
the case of YOTA it was not a success factor. So, if there are young
people (under 25 year olds) out there listening who would like to
get involved in in establishing a YOTA program within Australia for
other young people with the support of the WIA then please make
yourself known by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or emailing "young"
Director Marcus at email@example.com
A reminder of the complimentary reward memberships of the WIA for
amateurs who are newly qualified. If you received an AOCP
(Foundation, Standard or Advanced) at any time since the first of
January, 2018 and are not a member of the WIA you are eligible for a
complimentary 1 year WIA membership.
If you are already a WIA member (now, or when you receive your
qualification in the future) you are eligible to receive a 1 year
membership extension or a $100 discount off a 5 year membership.
If this is you, or someone you know all that is needed is a
completed WIA membership form and a copy of the relevant AOCP
qualification showing the date of qualification being later than the
1 January 2018 and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, the date for the WIA AGM has been set as Saturday 25 May
2019 and there is a huge weekend of activities in the final program.
These will be available on the WIA website for bookings in the very
This has been WIA Director Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports an Over The Horizon (OTH)
radar located on the island of Cyprus has been active on 21.170 MHz
The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia is a
British Overseas Territory on the island of Cyprus.
On December 11 a radar on the island was reported as using
FMCW, 50 sweeps/sec, 20 kHz wide on 21170 kHz inside the
The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS)
Region 1 December 2018 newsletter can be read at
Aborted 3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition Offers Donation Refund Options:-
Leaders of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition, which was abruptly
aborted in February 2018 before the team was able to land on the
island, are offering several options for partial refunds to those
who contributed to their venture.
The turn of events was a huge disappointment for the DX community,
as well as for the DXpedition team.
The team is able to offer a 48% refund of your original contribution
to 3Y0Z. All supporters of the ill-fated DXpedition are offered the
same percentage regardless of whether they are a DX foundation,
DX club, individual DXer, or DXpedition team member.
The deadline to request a refund or to select a specific beneficiary
under the options is March 15, 2019.
RAC Amateur of the Year Award 2018 presented to Gabor Horvath, VE7JH
Through the Amateur of the Year Award, Radio Amateurs of Canada
recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Canadian Amateurs.
The RAC Board of Directors takes great pleasure in selecting
Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, as the recipient of the RAC Amateur of the
Year Award for 2018.
In his President's Message in the January-February 2019 issue of
The Canadian Amateur magazine, RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA,
"Gabor has demonstrated an intense commitment to diverse
aspects of Amateur Radio and in 2010 he was recognized
as the Pacific Northwest VHF'er of the Year for consistently
promoting and encouraging VHF/UHF/microwave activity in the
He was the only Canadian to compete in the 14th IARU High Speed
Telegraphy World Championship in 2017 and was one of only four
Canadians competing in the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship
In addition, he was a key volunteer in developing the RAC Canada 150
Award in 2017
Born in Hungary and introduced to Amateur Radio in elementary school
as HA2KMR, Gabor Horvath has held VE3GBA, VE7DXG and VE7JH
Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected
BBC News report astronomers have revealed details of mysterious
signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope
The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is
Among the 13 fast radio bursts, known as FRBs, was a very unusual
repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion
light years away. Such an event has only been reported once before,
by a different telescope.
"Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more
out there," said Ingrid Stairs, an astrophysicist from the
University of British Columbia. "And with more repeaters and more
sources available for study, we may be able to understand these
cosmic puzzles - where they're from and what causes them."
The CHIME observatory, located in British Columbia, consists of
four 100-metre-long, semi-cylindrical antennas, which scan the
entire northern sky each day.
The telescope only got up and running last year, detecting 13
of the radio bursts almost immediately, including the repeater.
Read the full BBC News article
Postage going up for U.S. and Canada
The U.S. Postal Service announced new prices for 2019 and they come
into effect Jan. 27.
The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:
Product Current Proposed
-------- -------- ----------
Letters (1 oz.) 50 cents 55 cents
Letters additional ounces 21 cents 15 cents
Letters (metered 1 oz.) 47 cents 50 cents
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.15
Domestic Postcards 35 cents 35 cents
For more info, see:
The Canadian Postal went up January 14th.
The postage rate for domestic Letter mail items weighing 30 grams or
less when purchased in a booklet, coil or pane would increase to
$0.90 from the current rate of $0.85.
The price of a single domestic stamp would increase to $1.05
(Canadian) from the current rate of $1.00.
US government shutdown affects radio licence applications
In America, the FCC is not processing any US amateur radio
applications as the partial government shutdown approaches its
For radio amateurs, the shutdown means that while the Universal
Licensing System continues to accept applications for all valid
purposes, the FCC will not review or act upon them until the
funding stalemate is resolved.
Newcomers who have passed the required examinations will have to
wait until the shutdown concludes to receive a callsign and
authorisation to operate. License upgrades are also on hold.
Schooner Top Up
The historic Schooner that Carried Ham Radio on Arctic Expeditions
is Undergoing Additional Restoration.
The nearly century-old schooner Bowdoin, built in 1921 and
relaunched nearly 3 years ago, after some extensive renovation
and refitting, is once again in dry dock to restore its hull.
During explorer Donald B. MacMillan's Arctic Expedition of 1923
and on the MacMillan-McDonald-Byrd Expedition of 1925, the sailing
vessel relied on Amateur Radio operators for communication.
Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the Bowdoin made more than two dozen
visits to the Arctic under MacMillan's command. It was named after
MacMillan's alma mater, Bowdoin College, and has become the official
vessel of the state of Maine, a national historic landmark, and the
flagship of the Maine Maritime Academy Vessel Operations and
Work on the vessel is currently under way at Boothbay Harbor.
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.
Summer VHF /UHF Field Day. Saturday 12 Sunday 13 January
W.I.A. John Moyle Memorial Field Day 16-17 March 2019 (vk4ae)
20th Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 4
Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20
VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18
RTTY and FT8 Successfully Coexist in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup
Based on informal exit polling and log-submission trends, it appears
that RTTY and FT8 successfully shared spectrum during the
ARRL RTTY Roundup over the January 5 - 6 weekend.
The event is seeing a dramatic uptick from last year in the
number of logs submitted, with more than 2,400 and counting
received by midweek, as opposed to 1,622 in the 2018 running.
Registration has opened for the 70th meeting of the International DX
The gathering will take place April 12 - 14 at the Visalia
Convention Centre and will include Contest Academy training,
seminars, keynote presentations, contest and DX forums, and dinners.
DXCC QSL card checking will be available.
Some three dozen exhibitors will attend.
More than 700 avid DXers and contesters looking to improve their
skills and reconnect with their peers are expected to attend from
across our DX world.
THE QSL CARD IS IN THE MAIL - EVENTUALLY
Can a QSL card be a member of the quarter-century club?
Mike Askins KE5CXP says it pays to send those QSL cards, even if it
takes a while. Even if it takes 24 years - the time that elapsed
between the New Year's Day QSO in 1995 between Doug Grant K1DG and
John Fulton N9NJX on 20 meters - and the New Year's arrival this year
of Doug's card.
John had worked Doug's station during a 50-year anniversary
celebration for CQ Magazine. As the author of a now-out-of-print
almanac for CQ, Doug had been part of the coveted group of
"CQ Family" operators being chased and he had been using the
call sign K1DG/50."
Doug said that the event was [quote] "fun with some nice pileups."
[endquote] Not long after the event, however, another pileup
appeared -- the QSL cards that went unanswered after the
special event ended and Doug ran out of cards. N9NJX's card went
into a shoebox with others earmarked as "cards to be answered"
That "someday never came," despite his practice of always answering
cards as an active contester, paying special attention to envelopes
that are self-addressed and with postage. The shoebox eventually
surfaced after Doug and his wife moved.
"I felt guilty about having not answered them so I worked my way
through the pile." The 20 or 25 hams he determined were still active
today got updated postage and updated cards and a hand-written note
of explanation. Two hams emailed him directly, surprised and happy.
John, who recently returned to ham radio after taking a break,
posted his New Year's treasure on Facebook saying its arrival
initially baffled him because he hasn't yet put an antenna back up.
Doug, says: "My conscience is clear."
His schedule unfortunately is not:
Doug's next project is following up on QSLs for DXCC band-entities,
including for QSOs from the 90s or before.
Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany
Look for special event stations DM 70 GER and DL 70 BRD now active
until December 31st, 2019 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the
Federal Republic of Germany which was established on May 23rd, 1949.
Operations will be on CW and SSB.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Sweden's National Society for
the Active Visually Impaired will be active as SF 50 CG throughout
2019. QSL via SM 0 BYD.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack email@example.com
ARDF competition part of BARC 60th anniversary
The Times of India reports Bengaluru's amateur radio operators are
to set out on 3-hour hunt to locate a hidden transmitter.
The newspaper says:
Armed with directional antennas and receivers, amateur radio operators
and enthusiasts will set out on a three-hour hunt for a hidden
transmitter within a 30km radius of Palace Road, Bengaluru, in the
The competition, is being organised as part of 60th Anniversary
celebrations of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club.
Read the full story at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
It's the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association AGM in May.
In the ALARA newsletter you will find nomination forms for your
new committee to be elected at the AGM on May 6 2019.
As Shirley VK5YL says 'Our constitution dictates that I, as President,
can only stand for three years and that period will be finished in
May this year. We have a very good working committee and hopefully
most of them will be able to be re-elected. But that doesn't stop
anyone for nominating for any position on the committee.
So, please get those nomination forms back to Jean VK5TSX as soon as
possible so that she can arrange further signatures if required."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially
known) was formed March 3, 1969 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)
educational organization chartered in the District of Columbia.
Since its founding, AMSAT has designed, constructed, and, with the
added assistance of international government and commercial agencies,
successfully launched, 20 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit.
To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT
is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one
of these special awards:
+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award
+ AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award
Fox-1 CubeSat Model Kits Available
Through the dedicated work of John Kludt, K4SQC, and Stefan Wagener,
VE4NSA, AMSAT can again offer a 1:1 scale cardboard model of the
Fox-1 CubeSat. It is life size, and based on the latest Fox-1
engineering drawings for highest fidelity in design and appearance.
The model is printed in colour on heavy stock paper, includes all
components, and the instructions are carefully prepared to allow for
easy assembly requiring scissors, glue etc.
Depending on experience, assembly will take approximately 10+ hours.
The complete model will be a perfect addition to any satellite
operator's shack, and a chance to show visitors what is being done by
All proceeds will go to supporting AMSAT's satellite projects.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]
VI25AJ astronaut contact a success
The special event Amateur Radio station VI25AJ was active on the
amateur satellites during the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree and
on January 12 they had a contact with a former ISS astronaut
Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI reports it was a very successful contact with
Astronaut Mike Fossum KF5AQG from the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree
Audio Intensive, WIA News for Jan 20, listen on
Mike took around half an hour to speak with the 15 scouts and give
very detailed answers he then addressed the whole Jamboree before
closing. The stage where the event was held was linked via audio
and video to another stage several hundred metres away to cater for
This truly was an amazing event!
Oh and Tony, VK5ZAI will doing a telebridge linkup between the ISS
and Ashbury College in Ottawa, Canada on Wed, 23 Jan at 19:47 UTC.
The down link will be able to be heard over the southern part of
Australia on 145.800mHz. You are all invited to listen in.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.
ON FACEBOOK, HAM RADIO TAKES A PAGE FROM...KINDERGARTEN?
If you've got amateur radio pride and you love to boast about
your shack, your rig or any other installation, this story
is for you.
It seems there is a new Facebook group devoted to ham radio and it
brings back fond memories of a favourite Kindergarten activity -
show and tell. In fact, the group is called Ham Radio Show And Tell.
As you can imagine, it's a place for you to show off your shack,
mobile installation or anything ham radio that you're proud of.
The group's founder is Kevin Duplantis, W4KEV. He told our good
friends at Amateur Radio Newsline he noticed a plethora of
Facebook groups devoted to Citizens Band show and tell, but he
couldn't find anything like that for ham radio. CBers seem
particularly proud of their rigs and installations, so why don't we
find the same for hams?
Since the Facebook group went online on December 26th there are
nearly 300 members showing off everything from their shack setups,
mobile installations, antenna projects, HamFest pics and lots more.
Clifton, KM4ZJL posted a video of his 4 year old foster son getting
on 3916 for a little chat with Santa.
We agree... the Ham Radio Show And Tell Facebook group is an idea
that was way overdue. You're invited to join in the fun too.
It's easy to find... Just search Ham Radio Show And Tell on Facebook.
Then get to showing and telling!
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
In Bengal the State Disaster Management Department unites with
amateur radio operators to break language barriers
The Millennium post report the state Disaster Management department
has joined hands with the West Bengal Radio Club to effectively
address the issue of language barrier when it comes to offering
treatment to pilgrims of other states, if they fall sick or tracing
them in case they get estranged from their family members at
"This is for the first time we will work as an integrated team with
the state Disaster Management unit at the fair. Two young HAMs from
Hyderabad-based National Institute of Amateur Radio and one senior
ham from Indian Institute of HAMs, Bengaluru, will be a part of our
team. These hams are expert in interpreting various languages spoken
in other states and have the experience of working worldwide in
disaster management," said Ambarish Nag Biswas, founding secretary
According to him, many pilgrims fall sick during the fair and a good
number of them also get estranged from their families. "There have
been several instances when the medical team has been in difficulty
in providing proper treatment as they are unable to understand the
language of the patient.
The HAM radio operators have been able to unite more than 1,700
pilgrims who had gone missing at the 2018 Mela.
2019 Social Scene
VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp Jan 24-28 (tarc)
VK3 Melbourne QRP by the Bay (Chelsea Beach) Feb 2 at 3pm. (P Parker)
VK2 - Wyong Field Day Feb 24 (vk2kfu)
VK7 - Meet the Voice event at Ross March 23-24 (vk7news)
VK4 - Redfest 2019 April 13 (vk4tfn)
Robert Thomson VK4TFN here.
An important update on REDFEST 2019, to be held at The
St. Michael's College on the Bribie Island Road, Saturday 13
At 10:30AM we'll draw the raffle for a UHF Digital Mobile
Radio transceiver. TYT model MD-380 value $130.00
Of course: To win it, you must be in it. To be in it, you
must be at REDFEST 2019 on Saturday the 13th April.
Also, we'll have a demonstration of the ingenuity and
activities of club members. Come along, have a look. We might
be able to excite your imagination.
After the raffle, there'll be a fox hunt.
For more details please go to:
You can also find us on Facebook.
Bye and 73
VK5 - BRL Radio Group Annual Gathering, Overland Corner, S.A
April 6 (vk5la)
VK5 - South East Radio Group 2019 Annual Convention and Australian
Fox Hunting Championships 8-9 June (vk5hcf)
Trader tables including Strictly Ham.
Buy swap and sell. catering. Sunday dinner.
Australian Fox Hunting Championships.
Full catering both days.
Sit down three course dinner on Sunday Night. Bookings essential.
VK3 - Ballarat Amateur Radio Group, BARG Hamvention Oct 27 (vk3kqt)
2020 Social Scene
ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo (vk5yl)
October 2020 in Bendigo Victoria.
Heidi VK3FHID and Jenny VK3WQ are leading the team who are planning
an eventful weekend. This team is meeting regularly and are looking
forward to seeing you in Bendigo.
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