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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING Mar 24 2019
IN OUR 24th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA MERIT AWARDS. -
WIA AGM PROXIES. -
WIA Director and President Justin VK7TW.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2019
AND FOR WEEK OF MARCH 24 2019
The WIA has already received a number of nominations for WIA MERIT
The Board of the WIA are calling for final submissions for
WIA AWARDS to be considered for the 2019 AGM
Details of the WIA AWARDS are available on the wia.org.au web site.
(details in text version)
The nomination form is also available on the Awards site.
Nominations for WIA Awards for this year's AGM close at the end of
Just another reminder re the AGM to be held on the last weekend
In accordance with Section 11 of the WIA CONSTITUTION, members who
are unable to attend are invited to be represented by a proxy.
One proxy only per member.
Proxy forms are available on the WIA web site and must be received
by the WIA National Office not less than 24 hours prior to the
Annual General Meeting.
Proxy forms may be submitted by email, post or hand delivered to the
National Office in Bayswater, Victoria.
Proxy forms cannot be accepted on the day of the Annual General
Peter Clee VK8ZZ
Hello this is Justin VK7TW WIA Director and President.
I start off by congratulating all those amateurs who participated in
the John Moyle Memorial Field day. I saw some very impressive club
stations on social media who were making contacts throughout the
weekend. Remember - get your logs into the contest manager
Denis VK4AE - paper logs date stamped or postmarked no later than
12th April and electronic logs no later than midnight 21st April 2019.
It was great to hear from our new WIA Director Harry Edgar VK6YBZ in
last week's Board comment. It is fantastic to have a VK6 on the Board
and one who comes very well qualified for the role. Harry has thrown
himself into the role and is aiming to visit VK6 clubs as a
representative of the WIA and understand what amateurs really want
from their national representative body. On ya Harry!
A reminder if your club is wanting a representative from the
WIA Board to come along and present what is going on in the WIA then
please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This may be in person or can be virtually via a skype session if your
club has a broadband connection.
The WIA Bookshop has undergone a makeover thanks to Marc VK3OHM and
the bookshop is now truly online. If you browse the already huge
range of books in the book store you will now find that there are
links to four large online chains offering new, second-hand and
e-books at reasonable prices and sometimes free shipping. The WIA
very quickly realised that the bookshop could not compete with the
multi-national giants. So, the business model of the bookshop has
The bookshop is now a "curated list" of recommended books. At the
bottom of each page there are links to allow you to purchase these
books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository & Booktopia. These
are referral links, so if a purchase results from someone following
these links, the WIA will receive a small consideration. There is no
additional cost to you.
You will need to create an account at these sellers should you wish
to purchase, but that is a small price to pay for wide choice,
low cost and speedy delivery. It also means the end of differential
pricing for members and non-members - everybody gets the cheap price!
We are no longer constrained by having to carry physical stock.
The current list of books on offer is now being reviewed to ensure
that it has the best of the current offerings. If you like, it will
become the recommended reading list. If you have any suggestions as
to what should be offered in the bookshop, please let Marc know at
There are a couple of criteria.
1) It must have an ISBN.
2) Any suggested book must be normally carried by at least 3 of the
4 currently offered vendors.
3) We are not trying to build a list of every AR book on the planet.
We are trying to build a list of "best of breed", i.e. those
seminal books that 'everyone should have'.
4) The book must be good value for money.
Again a huge thank you to Marc for all the work he has put into the
update to the WIA Bookshop and we look forward to your suggestions..
This has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT - FELIX VK4FUQ
All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
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
International Marconi Day 2019
IMD will take place this year on 27th of April when amateur radio
stations will operate from various locations around the world with
historical connections to Marconi.
EI 0 MAR will be QRV as an award station once again this year from
the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth. This is a
twenty-four hour event and EI 0 MAR will be QRV from about
0700 Zulu that day.
The Marconi Company conducted wireless telegraphy tests at the
Martello Tower in 1905.
THRU THE DX WINDOW
The following was posted on the 3Y0I Web page, dated March 14th:
"3Y0I INITIAL PLANS EXTENDED -- A short but essential update this
time. An important decision to our DXpedition plans has been taken
today, which will reflect in extending the initial 3Y0I plans.
"We decided to take more provisions than initially planned. So did
we regarding the fuel. More than 90,000 diesel litres has been
fuelled up, paid from our private money.
That's all because if weather permits, we plan to stay up to
3-4 weeks at the island itself (excluding sailing and landing time),
giving much more chances for all over the world.
We have already installed and tested our maritime station from our
We'll be signing as E 51 DOM/mm on way to and from the island on
As these preparations are bringing to a close, we will announce our
departure and estimated on-the-air dates very soon.
That as I said from a post March 14.
South Orkney Islands DXpedition
After their successful VP 6 D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition, the
Perseverance DX Group is pleased to announce their intention to
activate South Orkney Islands, currently ClubLog #16 most wanted.
Planning has begun for an expedition in Feb/Mar, 2020.
A team of experienced DX and Contest operators will operate from
Signy Island for up to 15 days. The process of obtaining landing
permission is underway. The callsign will be announced at a later
The team will sail from Punta Arenas, Chile, aboard RV Braveheart.
Seven operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters,
Please direct your questions to: email@example.com
Masa, JA 0 RQV, is once again be active as A 35 JP from Tonga.
This time is activating Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between until
The QTH is Nuku'alofa, from a seaside cottage, in the capital of
Kingdom of Tonga.
Activity is on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, or LoTW.
Alex, 5 B 4 ALX is active as E 6 ET from Niue, OC-040 to the 2nd of
He os on SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8, 160, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 10
and 6 metres.
FT8 using a multi answer protocol with a focus on 20m during his day
and 40/60m during his night, 0700 to 1700UTC.
QSLvia IZ 4 AMS, either direct or via the bureau.
Dagmar, DM 7 PQ and Rainer, DL 1 AUZ will be active as E5 1 NPQ and
E 51 AUZ respectively holiday style from Manihiki, OC-014, North
Cooks until the 25th of March, and from Aitutaki, OC-083, South
Cooks between the 27th and 31st of March. They will operate CW
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
the WIA. VK2LAW JASON REPORTS.
Springtime cracks are opening in Earth's magnetic field
Studies show that March is the most geomagnetic ally active month of
Northern Hemispheres springtime.
Researchers have long known that around the time of the vernal
equinox "cracks" tend to form in Earth's magnetic field. Solar wind
pours in to energize magnetic unrest. Such a crack opened last
weekend, sparking spectacular Northern Lights.
Read Spaceweather.com to learn more about the phenomenon
Greece latest newcomer to 60m advises Paul Gaskell G4MWO the
Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter.
A ministerial decision dated 26th February 2019 now published in the
government gazette of March 2019 introduced a new Frequency
Allocation Table, which authorizes amateur radio use of
5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz, on a secondary basis at 15W EIRP under the
ITU 60m amateur allocation decision of WRC-15.
IARU monitoring newsletter reports radar issue
From the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter come reports
that Russian over-the-horizon radar has caused severe problems on
Sometimes three signals were active at the same time, each system
with 14kHz bandwidth and many splatters. The transmitter is
located north of Penza in Western Russia.
The German PTT filed an official complaint and the Dutch PTT has
Hans Zimmermann, HB9AQS/F5VKP, Receives IARU Diamond Award
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Administrative Council
has recognized Hans Zimmermann, HB9AQS/F5VKP, for his success over
many years in raising the visibility at international forums for
Amateur Radio's role in providing disaster-relief communication.
A presentation took place on February 20 in Geneva.
While at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs, Zimmerman was instrumental in organizing the
1998 Intergovernmental Conference on Emergency Telecommunications in
Tampere, Finland, which resulted in an international treaty
facilitating the transport of amateur and other radio communication
equipment across borders during disaster relief operations.
Zimmerman served as IARU Disaster Communications Adviser and later
became IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications.
He was a major contributor to the Global Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications (GAREC) conferences held from 2005 until 2014.
"Radio amateurs owe a debt of gratitude to Hans Zimmermann for
2 decades of effective work in increasing the visibility of
Amateur Radio's emergency communications capabilities among the
leaders of the international telecommunications community,"
said IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH.
Back in June, 2018, Martin Brub of Quebec initiated a petition
involving a radio station that was "generating interference on
purpose". The petition attracted 1,135 signatures and was presented
to the House of Commons on January 30, 2019.
The Government of Canada tabled the following response on March 18,
"Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) was
informed of the individual's conduct in December 2015 by a group of
Amateur Radio operators from Quebec. The individual was operating
an Amateur Radio station without proper authorization and was known
to insult, threaten and impersonate other Amateur operators.
As the individual disregarded ISED's written and verbal warnings,
the department took action to enforce the Act. Due to repeated
offences, ISED carried out three searches of the individual's
residences and issued seven notices of violation totalling $2,500
On October 17, 2018, the individual was found guilty of these seven
violations the Radiocommunication Act, by Justice of the Peace
Annie Vanasse at the Trois-Rivires Courthouse.
ISED also called upon a federal prosecutor to obtain an injunction
against the individual. This injunction is currently at the
interlocutory stage. ISED understands that the individual has not
been heard on Amateur Radio since August 8, 2018.
ISED is closely following this case."
The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL's 2018 Petition for
Rule Making, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for
Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on
75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on
80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.
Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide Technician licensees - both
present and future - with:
Phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and
21.350 to 21.450 MHz.
RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on
80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.
The ARRL petition points out the explosion in popularity of various
digital modes over the past 2 decades.
Under the ARRL plan, the maximum HF power level for Technician
operators would remain at 200 W PEP. The few remaining Novice
licensees would gain no new privileges under ARRL's proposal.
Dayton Hamvention committee announce awards
The Dayton Hamvention committee has announced their awards for 2019.
Of particular interest is Pietro Begali, I2RTF, the 2019 recipient
of Hamvention's Technical Achievement Award. He is best known for
designing and producing high-quality Morse keys and paddles.
Chris Janssen, DL1MGB/KO2WW, is the winner of Hamvention's 2019
Special Achievement Award. He served as president of World
Radiosport Team Championship 2018, guiding more than 300
volunteers who put on the successful competition in Germany.
You're listening to Quantum Radio
Researchers at Delft University of Technology have created a
detector that enables the detection of a single photon's worth of
radio frequency energy.
The chip is only 10 mm square and the team plans to use it to
explore the relationship of mass and gravity to quantum theory.
The chip has immediate applications in MRI and radio astronomy.
Traditionally, detecting a single photon at radio frequencies is
difficult due to the significance of thermal fluctuations. At lower
frequencies, cryogenic cooling can reduce the issue, but as frequency
increases the fluctuations are harder to tame.
Hackaday said the trick requires a qubit that samples the radio
While the radio source is at 173 MHz, the qubit is at 1 GHz,
allowing a fine time resolution. Coupling of the two is via an
LC circuit that uses a Josephson junction which requires very cold
REWIND - JOHN KNOX VK4FJRK
'Theatre of the Mind: Sound Effects During Radio's Golden Age'
set for Voice of America's Museum April 9
A horse clip-clops down a cobblestoned street. Muffled shouts of
street vendors calling out their wares rise up, then fade out.
A long time ago, before the age of the internetand even before the
age of television-- radio comedies and dramas entertained the masses
by creating stories and situations that relied on the listener's
The tools used to help paint those audio landscapes were called
If you are lucky enough to be in the "US of A" you are invited to
join Cincinnati radio historian, WMKV producer and sound effects
artist Mike Martini, president of the National Voice of America's
Museum of Broadcasting's Media Heritage Collection, at "Theatre of
the Mind: Sound Effects During Radio's Golden Age" on April 9.
Martini will talk about the history of radio sound effects and
demonstrate how some of the more popular effects were made. Audience
members will have a chance to try their hands at creating the
The VOA museum will host its fourth annual fundraiser,
"75 Years of Rockin' the Radio," Sept. 21.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - COL VK3GTV
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
On-line tweets indicate that the Philippine Diwata-2
satellite carrying an amateur radio FM transponder and
APRS digipeater may be activated around March 29.
The IARU has coordinated an FM downlink for voice, APRS
and telemetry on 145.900 MHz and an FM voice uplink on
Additional Diwata-2 information is posted at:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Marcel, PD5MVH, is once again be active as PD5MVH/p from Ameland
Island until March 30th.
Activity on 40/20/10 meters using CW, SSB and JT65.
He also plans to be in the UK/EI DX CW Contest (This weekend
March 23-24th) using the callsign PD 3 8EU. QSL for both callsigns
via PD 5 MVH, direct or by the Bureau.
Check out QRZ.com for more details.
Christian, F5OHH, is active til this weekend as F5OHH/p from
Various locations (3 lighthouses, 4 WWFF references and 2 castles) on
80/40/20/15 meters. QSL via F 5 OHH, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
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.
"LAST MAN STANDING" HAS ONE MORE HAM
Speaking of youngsters on the air, congratulations to Jet
Jurgensmeyer of the American TV sitcom "Last Man Standing"
who recently passed his license exam.
The teenager plays the grandson of the show's lead character
Mike Baxter who has the imaginary call sign KA 0 XTT.
Actor Tim Allen, who plays Mike, has the real-life call sign KK 6 OTD.
Jet is awaiting word of his.
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
RADIO SCOUTS ON AIR FOR ADVENTURE WEEKEND
This week in Radio Scouting we have one activation of the K 2 BSA
callsign, one scout camp on the air, and, another glass ceiling is
Ralph, KB 3 IPT, will be activating K2BSA/3 at Towanda VOTEC in
Towanda, PA on Saturday March 30th. This will be part of an
Adventure Weekend for the scouts there, and this activation will go
along with a Radio Merit Badge class that Ralph will be teaching.
Justin, KF 5 IVJ, let us know on the scota.us site that their crew
will be on the air as KB 5 WAX from Camp Wisdom on Saturday
March 23rd USA date.
We received notice via ARNewsLine that awarded the first Radio Merit
Badge ever earned by a young woman in Scouts BSA has been made.
Congratulations to Lilly Miller of BSA Troop 1175 in Illinois.
For more information on this and radio scouting
website at k2bsa.net
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
How would your local shire cope with a complete loss of the power
grid? Now, extend this scenario to include a regional loss of the
mobile phone network and all internet services.
Chris VK3CJK, Gippsland Coordinator for WICEN reports:-
"WICEN Gippsland recently designed and ran an exercise using this
very scenario, and invited two local neighbouring shires - Latrobe
City and Baw Baw - to participate. They were both keen to see
WICEN's capabilities and to expose their own emergency management
teams to this type of scenario.
The exercise objectives included setting up comms links between and
within the shires.
An HF Pactor / EmComWin data link was established for the backbone
comms link between the shires. This system was originally developed
by a group of Victorian amateurs to provide secure and reliable
communications for Red Cross, and over a period of 14 years it was
used for over 140 activations throughout Australia and abroad.
The HF data system was chosen for its proven reliability and security
even when signals are poor.
The exercise also made use of a battery-backed UHF repeater and a
VHF voice link. Messages were successfully passed between shires
and to each of the Relief Centres.
Both WICEN members and the shire emergency management teams welcomed
the opportunity to work with each other, and everyone provided
valuable feedback after the exercise. WICEN members encountered an
unusually high number of technical issues on the day, but these were
either solved on the spot or circumvented.
You can read a full exercise report on the WIA website - just look
for Exercise Magpie.
Chris VK3CJK, Gippsland Coordinator for WICEN."
RESCUE RADIO THIS TIME IN THE USA
DMR WEATHER NET ASSISTS IN COLORADO 'BOMB CYCLONE'
Northern Colorado DMR group regularly uses Brandmeister TalkGroup
31083 whenever hazardous weather threatens the region, but the
hams' severe weather net was put to the ultimate test on the 13th of
March when a bomb cyclone blizzard struck.
According to Matt K0LWC, nearly 50 amateurs checked in between
9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from QTHs throughout Colorado as well as Wyoming,
Nebraska, and Kansas.
They passed on road conditions and closures, power outages and
weather conditions. The net also submitted weather reports to the
National Weather Service in Boulder and gave Colorado State Patrol
reports of stranded motorists.
He said even with 200,000 people having lost power, the DMR
technology remained operational and resilient. Said Matt: [quote]
"That's a good sign for the stability of DMR and its use in the
future for EMCOMM." [endquote]
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SOFTWARE DEVELOPEMENT
GNU licensed KLog Logbook software v.0.9.7 released
Jaime, EA4TV, released KLog v.0.9.7, a multiplatform free hamradio
logging program which is able to run in Linux, Windows and macOS.
The latest release allows the user to add, remove or edit satellites
to the KLog DB allowing import or export of satellites data.
KLog supports ADIF as a default file format.
Additional features of KLog include QSO management, QSL management,
a DX-Cluster client, DXCC management, ClubLog integration, WSJT-X,
and DX-Marathon support. Several languages are supported including
Catalan, Croatian, Danish, English, Finish, Italian, Japanese and
Additional information and access to downloads can be found at:
Build Your Own Space Weather Dashboard
NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Centre (SWPC) has started adding a
Notation (JSON) format, and the SWPC site provides a root directory
for format data.
charts and maps for dynamic data display.
A free amCharts license is available in exchange for including a
product mention. Jan van den Berg, PA2P, suggests combining NOAA's
data with amCharts. Other providers of free charts include
Google Charts and Chart.js.
Van den Berg offers more information and examples on his website.
Contact him for additional information.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
FCC moves to open 95 GHz to 3 THz
In the USA their FCC is creating a new category of experimental
licenses for use of frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz
The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to encourage
the development of new communications technologies and expedite the
deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz. This
spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the
usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology
have made these bands especially ripe for new development.
There are substantial opportunities for innovation in these
frequencies, especially for data intensive high-bandwidth applications
as well as imaging and sensing operations. Prior to this decision,
the Commission had no rules for authorizing communications above
95 GHz, other than by amateur operators or through experiments of
limited duration and scope.
To enable innovators and entrepreneurs to most readily access this
spectrum, the Spectrum Horizons First Report and Order creates a new
category of experimental licenses for use of frequencies between
95 GHz and 3 THz. These licenses will give innovators the flexibility
to conduct experiments lasting up to 10 years, and to more easily
market equipment during the experimental period.
The item also makes a total of 21.2 gigahertz of spectrum available
for use by unlicensed devices.
The Commission selected bands with propagation characteristics that
will permit large numbers of unlicensed devices to use the spectrum,
while limiting the potential for interference to existing
governmental and scientific operations in the above-95 GHz bands,
such as space research and atmospheric sensing.
2019 Social Scene
VK7 - Meet the Voice event at Ross March 23-24 (vk7news)
VK5 - BRL Radio Group Annual Gathering, Overland Corner, S.A
April 6 (vk5la)
VK4 - Redfest 2019 April 13 (vk4tfn)
VK6 - HARGfest April 14 (vk6zms)
VK3 - Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest 2019 Saturday 11th May.
2019 WIA Annual Conference Sydney weekend 24-26 of May. (wia)
VK5 - South East Radio Group 2019 Annual Convention and Australian
Fox Hunting Championships 8-9 June (vk5hcf)
VK3 - GippsTech 2019 13'14 July (vk3pf)
VK3 - Yarra Valley Amateur Group HamFest, 13th October (vk3cnw)
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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