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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING Feb 10 2019
IN OUR 24th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA HANDS OVER EXAMS TO UTAS/AMC, A Great Opportunity. -
WIA DIRECTOR VK5WTF. -
THESE STORIES & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
AND FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 10 2019
Continuing WIA National News and last week we learnt how our WIA
had congratulated the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime
College (AMC) in being selected by the ACMA as the preferred
provider for the delivery of amateur radio examination,
callsign management and associated services.
In a Memnet advisory and now published for all on
we see the WIA board views this as a watershed moment in the history
of amateur radio in Australia. The expedient delivery of these
services by a skilled team backed by a sandstone university promises
to deliver a robust, cost-effective and efficient qualification
service for the Australian amateur community.
It is the view of the WIA board and the WIA Education Group that
anything other than a smooth transition to the AMC will damage
the already fragile amateur radio community. For this reason,
the WIA and ACMA met in October last year to begin planning for this
potential eventuality. " We are committed to ensuring that the
WIA does not cause any obstruction to this process." said the release.
The WIA National Office is in the process of transferring all
callsign applications, assessments and other activities that were in
progress on Friday the 1st of February, 2019 to the ACMA.
The WIA sincerely thanks all WIA volunteers, assessors and learning
facilitators that have been involved in the previous examination
systems over the past 20+ years for their incredible contribution
to the hobby of amateur radio.
There will be changes and uncertainty in the near term.
To ensure a smooth transition and continuity of services for this
great hobby the WIA will work collaboratively with the AMC and
trust you will as well.
We'll hear more shortly from WIA Director VK5WTF Marcus
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Hello, this is vk5wtf!
A week and 25 years ago, I sat in the club rooms of the Sheppaton
and District Amateur Radio club and passed my full theory exam,
as a teenager. My exam was handled by the WIA Exam Service, exam
Little did I know at the time, that the WIA had only being conducting
exams on behalf of the regulator for a couple of years.
Volunteers have conducted 10's of 1,000's of exams in Australia,
for people to get into the great hobby of vibrating electromagnetic
fields that can be heard not only around the world, but also far
into space. Those volunteers opened up a gateway to all of us to
join the community, and if you see one around, thank them.
Talking about volunteers, the Education group is looking for
volunteers to help put together a more modern syllabus. If this
sounds like you, send an email to email@example.com with your
And finally, anyone with an outstanding repeater licence application,
you should soon receive a request from us asking that you provide us
with permission to use a private assigner to complete your
If you do not receive this email, please email
73 this is vk5wtf, going clear and listening.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
South Africa's regulator ICASA has informed the SARL that the amateur
radio licence fee will be increased by 4.7% on 1 April 2019.
The new fees for one year will be R 148.00;
This equates to just some $15 Australian Dollars!
ICASA started the invoicing process for the 2019/2020 period from
4 February and a reminder that even in South Africa radio amateurs
are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their licence
is up to date.
WPT report now available from CEPT
One area where the IARU and RSGB volunteers have been active is
regarding concerns from Wireless Power Transmission, or WPT. The
latest development is the recent approval and publication of CEPT
ECC Report-289 on high power WPT for electric vehicles, EV.
Following a major effort and numerous contributions to CEPT
meetings, this has significant content regarding amateur radio and
concerns on spurious emissions. Comments by IARU Region 1, RSGB
and Ofcom were included during the final consultation stage.
The report is a key element in ongoing work for WRC-19 Agenda Item
9.1.6 on WPT-EV. It can be downloaded, along with many other CEPT
documents, from www.ecodocdb.dk/document/category/ECC_Reports
Black Arrow: UK space rocket returns home from Australia
The UK's only rocket to successfully launch a satellite into orbit
is to be unveiled in Scotland after a 10,000-mile journey back home.
The Black Arrow projectile had lain at its crash landing site in the
South Australian outback for 48 years. Over time it was damaged by
extreme weather and vandalism before space technology firm Skyrora
The historic rocket is set to go on display near Edinburgh later
Daniel Smith, director at Skyrora, said: "This is quite feasibly the
most important artefact linked to the UK's space history.
"While our engineers have been working on our own launches, our STEM
ambassadors have been arranging all of this in the background."
Mr Smith said: "With the UK government aiming to make us a launch
nation again, it seemed like the perfect time to bring Black Arrow
Developed and tested on the Isle of Wight, the Black Arrow programme
completed four rockets between 1969 and 1971. The third flight was
the first and only successful UK-led orbital launch, but the
programme was then cancelled. This is said to have given the rocket
"cult status" among the space community.
ARRL Board Creates Permanent ARISS Committee
The ARRL Board of Directors convened for its annual meeting
January 18 - 19 in Connecticut.
Among other items, the Board created a permanent Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) Committee "to develop an
interactive relationship" with ARISS, which sponsors voice contacts
between ISS crew members and school groups and gatherings on Earth,
"bringing together STEM program objectives and local Amateur Radio
groups." The Board motion said ARISS "has demonstrated very positive
public relations benefits to the ARRL, and that it's ARRL's best
interests to support ARISS."
Amendment Aims to Promote CITEL/CEPT Amateur Radio Operating
Chile recently became the third country to sign the Amendment of
the Inter-American Convention on the use of an International Amateur
Radio Permit (IARP). Once the Amendment is in effect, Chile and other
Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) signatories may
offer reciprocal Amateur Radio privileges to Amateur Radio licensees
from European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications
Administrations (CEPT) member-countries that have implemented CEPT
Recommendation T/R 61-01 (the CEPT Radio Amateur License).
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.
CQ WPX RTTY Contest this weekend on the 9th and 10th (rsgb)
FIST CLUB'S CW CONTEST 16th February (vk2gaz)
Amateur Radio Ferry Contest - Sunday March 10th (VK2GZ)
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
Hi, This is Alan VK4SN, Contest committee leader.
I'm here to notify you that the rules for Contest champion have been
The contest committee agreed on the fairer system of scoring on the
20 July 2018 and voted to commence the changes from 2019.
In the previous system an operator could enter a category where only
one or two operators may submit a log and score 100 points for only
a couple of contacts. It was suggested that this was an unfair score
for little effort and no competition in the category, thereby leading
to the new scoring system.
Scoring is now based on the number of contestant entries per category
for single operators, and for multi-op stations scoring is based on
the number of stations entering a category.
SINGLE OPERATORS = 5 Contestants
First place in category - 100 Points
Second place in category - 80 Points
Third place in category - 60 points
Fourth place in category - 40 points
Fifth place in category - 20 points
First place in category - 80 Points
Second place in category - 60 points
Third place in category - 40 points
Fourth place in category - 20 points
First place in category - 60 Points
Second place in category - 40 points
Third place in category - 20 points
First place in category - 40 Points
Second place in category- 20 points
First place in category - 20 Points
MULTI OPERATOR = 3 Stations
First place in category - 60 Points
Second place in category - 48 points
Third place in category - 36 points
Fourth place in category - 24 points
Fifth place in category - 12 points
First place in category - 48 Points
Second place in category - 36 points
First place in category - 36 Points
You will be pleased to know that all categories of the John Moyle
Contest now qualify for scoring. Please remember that the categories
listed for valid champion points are the categories that are
recognised in the relevant contest rules. If for example, QRP
sections are not listed then QRP is not recognised in the contest
and does not qualify for champion points.
All the rule changes can be viewed on the WIA Contest web pages.
Best 73 and good luck in your contest endeavours.
This is Alan VK4SN for the contest committee.
P J 4 / WW 4 LL and P J 4 /NN 9 DD are active from Bonaire,
IOTA reference SA-006, now till 10th of February.
They are operating FT8, RTTY and SSB on all bands, and will
participate in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest this weekend as PJ 4 Z.
QSLs via Logbook of The World or K 4 BAI.
Nils SM 3 UQK is employed as a helicopter pilot with Air Greenland.
He will be based in western Greenland from 9th - 21st February when
he hopes to be active as OX / SE 3 A.
His Grid Locator for this trip is GP 49 kf.
He plans to be on 20 and 40m.
QSL to his home call, SM3UQK
Panama special event
Look for special event callsign H 31 A to be active until August 15
to commemorate 500th anniversary of the foundation of Panama City.
Activity will be on most HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes
(RTTY, PSK31 and FT8).
QSL manager is HP 1 AVS
FEBRUARY onwards continued
In South Sudan, Diya, YI 1 DZ, is active for the next six months as
Z 8 1D. He will be on 80 through 10 meters using SSB and some
Digital modes. QSL via OM 3 JW. He will also use ClubLog and LoTW.
DF13, German special event
Look for special event stations with Prefix's DF13 to be active
until June 30th, 2019.
This to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the maiden flight of the
Junkers F-13, The first all-metal built airplane, was introduced
to civil aviation and is the mother of all commercial aircraft.
All QSOs will be automatically confirmed after July 15th, 2019, with
a QSL card via Bureau. If you do not need a QSL card, let them know.
Send direct QSLs via DM2TO -- shipping starting after August 1st,
For more details and info on awards, see QRZ.com
Alexei RD 1 AV is now QRV as RI 1 ANV from Vostok Research Station
in the Antarctic. This callsign replaces RI 1 ANC which expired
last December. QSL manager is RN 1 ON.
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 is active as SF 50 CG throughout 2019.
QSL via SM 0 BYD.
Special call EI 19 RE active for 2019
The special call sign EI 19 RE will be active for the duration of
2019 to commemorate the establishment of the first Irish parliament.
It first met in January of 1919 following a landslide victory for
Irish nationalists in December 1918.
ARRL reaching out to newcomers
The ARRL is launching a new Podcast that aims to answer questions
and provide support and encouragement for newcomers to get the most
out of the hobby
For those just getting started on their Amateur Radio journey,
ARRL is launching a new podcast aimed at answering your questions,
providing support and encouragement for newcomers to get the
most out of the hobby. The podcast "So Now What?" will launch on
Thursday, March 7, and new episodes will be posted every other
Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the "ARRL The Doctor is
Co-hosting "So Now What?" will be ARRL Communications Content
Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Station Manager
Joe Carcia, NJ1Q. Presented as a lively conversation, with Patnode
representing newer hams and Carcia the veteran operators, the
podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the
issues that keep participants from staying active in the hobby.
Some episodes will feature guests to answer questions on specific
"No other podcast is really aimed at this segment of the
Amateur Radio community that is being underserved, that is not
getting the answers to the many questions they have," said ARRL.
Fifty years of news reading
Victor "Ivan" Gracey, GI3WEM is stepping down as one of the GB2RS
newsreaders for Northern Ireland after around 50 years of news
The RSGB has thanked Ivan for his service to his fellow amateurs
and wished him well in his retirement
Unlike the USA, South Africa and Australia the UK's news from the
RSGB is read by many individuals, taking into account location and
(sourced to rsgb)
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television
Transmissions were scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 8 at 14:00 UTC
and run through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 18:30 UTC.
SSTV operations is a process by which images are sent from the
International Space Station via ham radio and received by ham
operators, shortwave listeners and other radio enthusiasts on Earth,
similar to pictures shared on cell phones using twitter or Instagram.
When this event becomes active, SSTV images will be transmitted from
the ISS at the frequency of 145.80 MHz using the SSTV mode of PD 120
and can be received using ham radio equipment as simple as a
2 meter handheld radio or a common shortwave or scanner receiver the
covers the 2 meter ham band. After connecting the audio output of
the radio receiver to the audio input of a computer running free
software such as MMSSTV, the SSTV images can be displayed.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
Kevin VK2CE runs a great web page for the International Lighthouse
The weekend is the 3rd Full Weekend in August
On VK2CE's page we see that for some reason or other August seems to
have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all
over the world have become involved in one or another of lighthouse
Some years ago the United States Congress declared August 7th as
their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August
amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at
lighthouses and endeavour to make contact with each other. This
event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week.
In Britain the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, ALK, conducts
International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend on the 3rd full weekend
in August. Their objective is to encourage Lighthouse managers,
keepers and owners to open their lighthouse or lightstation and
related visitors centres to the public with a view to raising the
profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids,
and preserving their maritime heritage.
However, the major event which takes place in August is the
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW, which came into
being in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the
Ayr Amateur Radio Group.
The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year
and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries.
It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in
existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not
the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes
for contacting large numbers of other stations. There is little
doubt that the month of August has become "Lighthouse Month"
due largely to the popularity and growth of the ILLW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME
National Weather Service Dropping High Seas and Storm Warnings on
WWV / WWVH
The warnings transmitted via National Institute of Science and
Technology (NIST) WWV/WWVH time and frequency-standard HF
transmissions, ceased January 31 at 1800 UTC.
The NWS warnings are aimed at the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and
"This service is being terminated because weather information in the
current broadcast format does not support frequent-enough updates
for changes in marine weather and cannot provide enough detail in
the allotted window required by mariners to avoid hazardous weather,"
NWS said in announcing the discontinuation.
"Additionally, alternative technologies and numerous media outlets
that provide weather information in various formats have overtaken
the need for providing weather information through the NIST
The NWS said other sources of marine weather information, high seas
alerts, and detailed forecasts are available over satellite,
telephone, the internet, marine fax, radio fax, and VHF radio.
The NWS, US Coast Guard, and US Navy provide multiple dissemination
methods for storm positioning, high sea areas, observations,
forecasts, outlooks, and warnings for both coastal and oceanic
marine zones near the US, all through a variety of technologies,
including NAVTEX and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.
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.
European Astro Pi Challenge 2018/19: Mission Zero
Mission Zero offers students and young people the chance to have
their computer programs run in space on the ISS!
Teams write a simple program to display a message to the astronauts
on-board. You don't need special equipment or coding skills, and all
participants that follow the rules are guaranteed to have their
programs run in space.
You will also receive a special certificate showing where exactly
the ISS was when your program ran!
The deadline to submit entries for the Astro Pi Mission Zero
challenge is 20 March, 2019, and their web page has 19 different
language renditions so many more can take part.
More information at: https://astro-pi.org/missions/
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
GB 100 GP Gilwell Park
Gilwell Park, close to London, is considered by many to be the
spiritual centre of Scouting and Guiding. The property was
purchased by the Scout Association in the early part of the 20th
Century to provide space for scouts from London's East End to go
In addition to camp sites, Lord Baden Powell based his successful
leader training programme there.
Gilwell Park is still used for leader training, camping, events,
even weddings and conferences.
2019 marks the centenary of the Scouts acquiring Gilwell Park.
In commemoration of this, OFCOM have granted the use of a special
callsign at Gilwell Park - GB100GP - for the whole of 2019.
It is intended that this callsign will be activated at all the major
Scouting events in the UK this year - Fun Days, Gilwell 24,
JOTA-JOTI and Scarefest. The call may also be used for
demonstrations during Gilwell Reunion.
In addition to the above, there will be a special 4 day activation
of the callsign, from July 25th to July 28th, to cover the actual
anniversary of the day that Gilwell Park was officially opened
as a Scouts site, 26th July.
I wonder who will be the first in Australia to work this special
It's GB100GP and I reckon it will be on air quite a bit as the
Scouting Amateur Radio crew in the UK are quite active.
2019 Social Scene
VK2 - Wyong Field Day Feb 24 (vk2kfu)
14 days and counting - The Wyong Field day is "all systems go"
for February 24th in Wyong from 8:30am. Even the hard workers behind
the event are getting excited as our roaming reporter Glenn VK2GEM
found out. Over to you Glenn,
[Audio interview clips]
Lectures, exhibitors, car boot sales, and that lovely "Coldie"
all waiting for you at Wyong. So why not "Get along to Wyong"
this year - you won't regret it.
All the details you could need are found on the club's website at
WWW (dot) CCARC (dot) ORG (dot) AU.
For the Central Coast ARC, this was Ed DD5LP and Glenn VK2GEM.
VK6 - PerthTech March Two (vk6pop)
VK7 - Meet the Voice event at Ross March 23-24 (vk7news)
VK4 - Redfest 2019 April 13 (vk4tfn)
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)
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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