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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING Feb 17 2019
IN OUR 24th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Board Comment from Justin VK7TW WIA Director and President. -
WIA Conference oganising committee asks for submission of abstracts
for papers. -
WIA Secretary reminds clubs declarations for Public Liability
Insurance are due now.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2019
AND FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17 2019
With just a week to go - we have something NEW happening at the
Wyong Field Day!
There will be three roving cameras live streaming video on the day,
by Bill and Rod from CB domain and another Bill and Tony from the
"Fire up the Wire" Facebook group. We believe this is a first for an
Australian HamFest. Along with that all of the lectures (and more
about those later) will also be recorded and made available after
So while there will never be anything like ACTUALLY being at the
field day, if you can't be there in person, at least you can watch
via the Internet.
Unfortunately unless you are at Wyong you won't be able to buy tickets
for the raffle with three major prizes of an ICOM IC-7300
transceiver as the first prize, an ICOM IC-2300H transceiver as
second prize and not forgetting the GME GX-400 as third prize.
On to those lectures - so many are planned in fact that we now have
two lecture rooms running in parallel to cope with the quantity.
An explosion of information! Plan ahead so you make it to your
Lecture Stream 1 has:
A presentation on the Australian Touring HF Club by Ray Palmer,
including use of HF digital.
A talk on the Historic Radio "RAVEN" frequency hopping system by
Ray Robinson VK2NO.
Brian Clarke will enlighten you on "How Science Works" you might
think you know why and how things work, but do you really?
A talk on Space Weather and how it affects aviation will be given by
by Vickal Kumar from the Australian BOMs Space weather services
David Rowe will update us on the latest improvements in the
FreeDV HF digital voice mode software.
Lecture Stream 2 has:
Lindsay Harvey talking about the new MMDVM digital mode interface
including how easy it is to cross the various digital voice system
Cameron McKay will cover all you need to know about satellite
telemetry and CubeSats.
As another special this year Greg VK2GX will be running a Scouts
Conference at the Field day.
As well as a good line-up of commercial traders, there has been lots
of interest shown in taking part in the car boot sales, so we're
looking forward to seeing lots of good deals on the day. Just
remember as Joe the Gadget man used to say "Bring yar money with ya."
With the handover of licence examinations from the WIA to the AMC,
the CCARC regret to announce that they will be unauthorised to
perform either training or examination tests at Wyong this year.
It is hoped that these services will be back in 2020.
For full details about the Field day please refer to the clubs
web page at ccarc.org.au and the facebook page ccarcwyongfieldday.
From the other side of the globe, this is CCARC member Ed DD5LP
wishing everyone who attends the Wyong Field Day a great experience
and for the volunteers from the Central Coast ARC, my hearty thanks
for putting this on for the sixty first time. Who knows I might even
make number sixty two. 73.
Julian VK2YJS dropped us a note through the week to say, and I quote
" There are a range of reasons to obtain a US Amateur Licence,
including for travel, as while there are reciprocal arrangements,
these do not cater to all users or needs; the challenge, or for
the CV; and to yourself become a Volunteer Examiner in the US system.
I, Julian VK2YJS and AG6LE advise that the Oz VE group will be
running exams to obtain such a licence at the Wyong Field Day
The fee is US$15, or around A$22. This allows one attempt at each
of the three papers, Technician, General, and Extra. Relevant
regulations are integrated into each paper, and all must be passed
to get the Extra.
A range of training resources are available including:-
More information can be found on the website:-
Hello from Justin VK7TW WIA Director and President.
Since the announcement that UTAS/AMC are the preferred providers,
the WIA has begun the process of transitioning-out. This process has
been documented by the WIA and ACMA and involves the transfer of
Commonwealth Intellectual Property back to the ACMA as per the
previous Deed and Transition-Out Plan. This material was sent to the
ACMA last Friday.
The Board has been receiving many questions from clubs and Assessors.
These range from when will the new arrangements come into place, how
do you book for an assessment and what will be the new assessment
process. The WIA cannot answer any of these questions as at the time
of writing this Board Comment a new Deed had not yet been signed
between the ACMA and UTAS.
Enquiries should now be directed to the ACMA who administer exams,
certification and all matters relating to callsigns. The email
address for enquiries is firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst on transitions, last week members would have received an
email about the WIA movement to Google for our email processing
system. If you have an email redirect in place from your
@wia.org.au email to your personal email address then this will
remain in place and will be going via google mail system.
With these new arrangements comes some great member benefits.
Members will be able to access the full G-Suite range of products
and services as part of your membership. There will be further
information available on how you access G-Suite in the near future
once the email transition has been completed.
This has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.
In other WIA news which you can read on the wia.org.au web site
is a request written by WIA Secretary Peter Clee, VK8ZZ.
With the WIA holding our annual conference and annual general
meeting over the weekend of 24th and 25th May 2019 and following
the AGM there will be two or three technical sessions held at the
conference venue on the afternoon of the 25th May after lunch.
The organising committee of the conference is asking for the
submission of abstracts for papers to be presented during these
At this early stage WIA intends two sessions comprising the
presentation of 4 papers each. Additionally, it is intended
that an additional two papers will be presented during the
Amateur Radio New South Wales field day on Sunday the 26th of May.
Now I hear a couple of would be new presentors asking "what is an
An Abstract is a short document that is intended to capture the
interest of a potential reader of your paper. Thus in a sense it is
a marketing document for your full paper. If the Abstract is poorly
written or if it is boring then it will not encourage a potential
reader to spend the time reading your work.
Thus the first rule of Abstract writing is that it should engage
the reader by telling him or her what your paper is about and why
they should read it.
Read the text edition for a link which has a great explanation of how
to go about writing 'such a beast.'
The Secretary in an additional item on the wia.org.au page also has
issued a reminder that clubs will have received an email requesting
declarations in relation to the Public Liability Insurance for the
Declarations are due now.
Payments for Public Liability Insurance must be made by 1 March 2019
to ensure that clubs are covered
So 'hop' to it!
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
World Radio Day message from UN Secretary General
On the occasion of the eighth World Radio Day on February 13 - an
annual celebration of radio as a medium hosted by UNESCO -
UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres shared this message.
"Even in today's world of digital communications, radio reaches
more people than any other media platform. It conveys vital
information and raises awareness on important issues. And it is a
personal, interactive platform where people can air their views,
concerns, and grievances. Radio can create a community.
For the United Nations, especially our peacekeeping operations,
radio is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people
affected by war.
On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to
promote dialogue, tolerance and peace."
Read more at: https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/world-radio-day-message-un-secretary-general Radioinfo.com.au
Ham radio fines
Romania has adopted a new law defining sanction measures relating to
radiocommunication, including amateur radio
The law was published in the December 27, 2018 edition of the
Official Gazette. The level of fines stipulated ranges from
around 700 Australian dollars to 2.5 thousand
depending on the contravention.
Translation of Official Gazette Law No. 356/27.12.2018
Mandatory ham radio ERP declaration
In France radio amateurs have to declare to the regulator, ANFR,
their Effective Radiated Power (ERP) if it is higher than 5 watts
The decree relative to the conditions of implantation of certain
installations and radio stations obliges hams in its article 9 to
declare effective power radiated if higher than 5 watts.
".. the radio installations of radio amateurs established pursuant
to Article L. 33-3 (1 ) of the above-mentioned code, whose
effective radiated power (ERP) is greater than 5 watts, are declared
by the operator to the National Frequency Agency within two months
from the date of their installation. The information declared is the
"WGS 84" geographical coordinates of the radio installation, the
maximum effective radiated power (ERP) in HF, VHF, UHF and SHF. "
AMSAT-Francophone Satellite Design and Operation Survey
AMSAT-F has launched an on-line survey to ask how current satellite
users operate and what would they expect from satellite designers.
Christophe Mercier, AMSAT-F President, wrote,
"Satellite/nanosatellite project managers often wish to use
amateur radio frequencies for educational and outreach purposes.
The amateur radio community thus offers them a tremendous
potential for monitoring their fragile conception.
They often ask what kind of amateur radio experience would be
interesting on board a CubeSat or what services they could
provide with their communications systems. The answer can be
simple: a transponder, but these designers would like to bring
novelty and innovation."
Access the AMSAT-F survey at:
The results will be presented at the second AMSAT-F meeting,
9 and 10 March 2019 in France.
The AMSAT-F web site can be accessed at:
(Google translate may be helpful)
ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational
opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs.
The Lifelong Learning Initiative will seek to provide a series of
learning tracks that will serve the needs of the various interest
groups within the Amateur Radio community.
While designed for everyone with an interest in learning more about
Amateur Radio, the Lifelong Learning Initiative will initially focus
on creating online learning opportunities for new and newer hams, a
segment of the Amateur Radio community desperately searching for
educational and instructional and resources.
The ARRL Board of Directors set the Lifelong Learning Initiative
in motion, endorsing and funding the program and approving the
hiring of advertising agency Mintz + Hoke to work with ARRL
in building this learning environment.
Mintz + Hoke will conduct the research necessary to identify the
different educational needs within the broader Amateur Radio
World magnetic model updated
National Centres for Environmental Information scientists have
updated the world magnetic model mid-cycle, as Earth's northern
magnetic pole has begun shifting quickly away from the Canadian
Arctic and toward Siberia, an NCEI report has said.
The new model more accurately represents the change of the
magnetic field since 2015. The alteration could have an impact on
government, industry and consumer electronics.
To read the full report, go to tinyurl.com/y8abnjag .
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
The RSGB Commonwealth Contest 2019
The RSGB's Commonwealth Contest is one of the oldest radio contests
in existence, having been first run back in 1931 when it was known
as "British Empire Radio Week" and lasted for six days!
All those countries that were part of the British Empire - including
Australia, of course - were invited to participate. While the sun
set several decades ago on the empire, strong ties still exist
between the countries that once were part of it and the contest
still exists, but in a much shorter format.
British Empire Radio Week metamorphosed into the 24-hour British
Empire Radio Union or BERU (pronounced berroo) contest in 1935,
with the objective of linking all those having an interest in the
amateur radio within the empire.
Then in 1976, BERU morphed into the Commonwealth Contest.
This year the contest is 82 years old and takes place on
9th - 10th March 2019, from 10:00 to 10:00 UTC. All operation is on
CW and you can find the rules at the RSGB HF contest site
As some will be aware, these days the Commonwealth Contest has a
team section - and Australia is the current commonwealth champion,
with our two five-person teams finishing first and third respectively
The team contest started in 2007, where the teams taking part
reflecting those that took part in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
The stations that form the two Australian teams taking place in 2019
are: Kevin VK6LW, John VK4CT, Barry VK2BJ, Steve VK6VZ, Allan VK2GR,
Alan VK7BO, Alan VK4SN, Patrick VK2PN, Steve VK3JA and Brian VK3MI.
In addition we should have six Wireless Institute Australia
headquarters stations supporting us, consisting of VK2WIA, VK3WIA,
VK4WIA, VK5WIA, VK6WIA and VK7WIA. Many thanks to Tommy VK2IR,
Keith VK4TT, Grant VK5GR, Peter VK6RZ and Martin VK7GN who have
volunteered to help by operating the HQ stations for as long as
In order to make the best possible score it is important for each
member of the Australian squad to work as many "bonus stations" as
possible. Each Australian state counts as a separate call area on
each band, and the first three contacts made with each Australian
state other than their own on each band each earns a vital twenty
bonus points, so please join in and work the Ausssie Team!
For those who would like to enter, free software logging program
called SD, written by Paul EI5DI can be used.
This runs under Windows and can be downloaded from:
Hope to see you in Commonwealth Contest 2019.
(Steve Ireland VK6VZ Australian team coordinator.)
All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
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)
CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest over the March 30 - 31 weekend.
20th Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 4
Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20
VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18
+ Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce its support of the
Canadian National Parks on the Air (CNPOTA) event which will be
held all of 2019.
Radio Amateurs worldwide will have an opportunity to operate
portably from any of Canada's 48 National Parks and 171
National Historic Sites (these are 'activators').
Amateurs around the world will be able to chase these adventurous
operators in an effort to confirm the most QSOs (these are
Activity for activators and chasers will be tracked on a dedicated
website and real-time leader board and other statistics will be
available throughout the year.
Activators and chasers will be able to compete for and collect
online awards and certificates created specifically for the event.
Why not join the fun and plan to visit one of Canada's beautiful
Parks and Historic sites!
For more information about the event please visit the
Canadian National Parks on the Air website on:
Austria World Radio Day
Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC)
[4 U 1 A] are active with special callsign 4 U 0 R from the
Vienna International Centre, Austria, for 'World Radio Day'
(February 13th) until February 28th.
Activity on various HF bands using CW and SSB.
QSL via the Bureau
For more details, see: http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/4u0r
(sourced to SouthGate)
LISTEN UP - USING AN SDR
Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live
The BATC and AMSAT-UK 10 GHz Narrowband WebSDR and Wideband Spectrum
Viewer for the amateur transponders on the Es'hail-2 geostationary
satellite are now available on line
Qatar OSCAR-100 is the first geostationary amateur radio transponder,
a joint project between the Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat),
the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS), and AMSAT Deutschland
(AMSAT-DL) which provided the technical lead.
OSCAR-100 is hosted on Es'hail-2, a Broadcast Transponder Satellite
now in geostationary orbit at 25.9 E.
In co-operation with AMSAT-UK, the British Amateur Television Club
will be operating a WebSDR for the narrowband segment, and a
Spectrum Viewer for the wideband (DATV) segment.
Goonhilly Earth Station is supporting the project, providing hosting
for the Ground Station facility at their world-famous site in
SPECIAL CALL SIGNS IN THE RSGB CRICKET WORLD CUP RADIO MARATHON
The Radio Society of Great Britain is organising an International
Amateur Radio Marathon on the HF bands to celebrate the
International Cricket Council, Cricket World Cup which is being held
in England and Wales between 30 May and 14 July 2019.
From the UK they will activate 31 special call signs including
eleven for the famous Cricket Grounds that will be used in England
and Wales and ten for the teams that are participating.
The UK callsigns will all have the prefix GB19 with a two or three
Full details of the marathon will be published at
THRU THE DX WINDOW
HS 55 RAST is active until the 31st of March in celebration of the
55th anniversary of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand.
QSL via H S5 NMF.
ZW 85 LABRE will be active until the 31st of March to celebrate the
85th anniversary of Brazil's IARU member society.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
KG 4 AKV's SpaceComms YouTube Channel - Building a Groundstation
John Brier, KG4AKV, has updated his SpaceComms YouTube channel with
three videos showing how he built his amateur satellite ground
The videos, originally presented as a livestream, take viewers
through his process to build a satellite ground station with a
Yaesu G-5500 az/el rotor, M2 LEO pack antenna, and an Icom IC-910H.
+ Video 1 - Satellite ground station build - background!
+ Video 2 - Satellite ground station build - buying stuff and more!
+ Video 3 - Satellite ground station build - surveying ro install
You can subscribe to the John's SpaceComms YouTube channel to
receive notices when new videos are posted: Just read the text edition
of this news on wia.org.au
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AO-85 Turned Off Due to Return of Eclipses and Poor Battery
February 6, 2019, AO-85 was commanded OFF until further notice,
due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition as noted by
Mark Hammond, N8MH, control operator.
The next full illumination periods without eclipses for AO-85 will be
June 7-19 and early September, 2019.
ISS Packet Operations Resume on 145.825 MHz
ARISS reports that the replacement packet module was installed
by the ISS crew during their off duty time. APRS and UI message
digipeating have been reported on the usual 145.825 MHz frequency.
The packet log and user activity map can be found at:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.
New Campaign Exploiting Linux Servers to Insert Backdoor "SpeakUp"
A new backdoor Linux-based operating system Trojan dubbed "SpeakUp"
is on the loose, although so far it does not appear to have
propagated to North America or Europe. Research team Check Point
Research recently reported the discovery and said SpeakUp exploits
known vulnerabilities in six separate Linux distributions and is
able to evade all security vendors.
Some radio amateurs use various forms of Linux, including the
popular Ubuntu software, which includes ham radio apps.
"The attack is gaining momentum and targeting servers in East Asia
and Latin America, including AWS [Amazon Web Services]-hosted
machines," the Check Point Research article said.
"SpeakUp acts to propagate internally within the infected subnet,
and beyond to new IP ranges, exploiting remote code execution
vulnerabilities. In addition, SpeakUp presented ability to infect
Mac devices with the undetected backdoor."
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.
Student from Saint Paul's School Rajkot receives ISS SSTV
14-year-old Snehal Vagadia VU3WHO successfully received his first
Slow Scan TV image from the International Space Station February 10
VU3WHO (14), an 8th grade student of Saint Paul's School, Rajkot,
India, received the SSTV image at 5:33 AM UTC
It was good ISS pass with 56 deg elevation, strong signals were
received using a 3 element Yagi and VHF HT tuned to 145.800 MHz.
SSTV audio was recorded on a smartphone and later decoded with
Oh and he got amateur radio licence at the age of 13 years!
(sourced to SouthGate)
Young Amateurs Radio Club Wants to Pair Youthful Contesters with
"Big Gun" Stations
The Young Amateurs Radio Club (YARC) Youth Contesting Program (YCP)
wants to match groups of enthusiastic young contesters with
"big gun" stations to gain operating experience during the
CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest over the March 30 - 31 weekend.
The YCP is a weekend initiative for groups of young Amateur Radio
contesters in the US and Canada.
"It will hopefully enable a new dimension of the hobby [for] young
hams who have contested a little before, and set a new precedent
for the welcoming of a new generation of Radiosport aficionados,"
explained YARC Board Member Sterling Mann, N0SSC, a 27-year-old
electrical engineer, who helps manage YARC programs and outreach.
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
Thinking Day on the Air
Thinking Day on the Air takes place this weekend, the 16th and
17th of February.
A list of known stations is displayed on the Station List page of
the website guides-on-the-air.co.uk
Currently, as well as UK stations, Guides and Scouts are taking
part from Canada, USA, and the Netherlands.
If you hear these stations on the air, please give the young
people taking part plenty of good contacts.
2019 Social Scene
VK2 - Wyong Field Day Feb 24 (vk2kfu)
VK6 - PerthTech March Two (vk6pop)
VK7 - Meet the Voice event at Ross March 23-24 (vk7news)
VK4 - Redfest 2019 April 13 (vk4tfn)
Robert Thomson VK4TFN here.
Announcing an important update to REDFEST 2019, to be held at
The St. Michael's College, Bribie Island Road, Saturday 13th April.
The date for booking tables has been brought forward.
Vendors can book theirs tables starting now.
Don't forget the raffle, we'll sell tickets at the gate on the day.
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. And To be in it, you must be at REDFEST 2019
Saturday the13th April.
For more details please go to:
www.redcliffe radio club.org.au
You can also find us on Facebook. (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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