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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 14 2019
IN OUR 24th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020. -
WIA BOARD COMMENT WITH AIDAN VK4APM
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2019
AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 14 2019
Members from the Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club in VK5 are once again
promoting Amateur Radio at The "SCIENCE ALIVE" event at the Wayville
Showgrounds for three days Friday 2nd August to Sunday the 4th.
The inter-active displays cover a wide range of Amateur Radio
activities from UHF/VHF to HF, ATV and Slow Scan TV, Transmissions
over Light Beams and Microwave as well as CW.
There will be bumper numbers for the STEM Day Out for high school
students on the Friday (60 schools and 4,000+ students so far.)
As well as strong ticket sales for the following 3rd & 4th August
weekend general public days.
The Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club has been promoting AMATEUR RADIO
in SA (VK5) Through this annual evento for more than ten years under
the leadership of John Ross VK5NI.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with a quick story on fast radio bursts
This weekend, I am attending the Gippsland Technical Conference,
otherwise known as GippsTech. This annual event comprises
presentations by amateurs for amateurs, with an emphasis on
VHF-UHF and microwave technology and techniques, especially for
However, my news is about really - really weak signals - radio
There has been a lot of effort by the global radio astronomy
community in studying fast radio bursts since they were discovered
in 2007. Fast radio bursts last less than a millisecond, making it
difficult to accurately locate just where they have come from.
Not only are they weak signals, they don't last long !
Most are single, one-off bursts, but some are known to repeat.
Well - finally, an Australian-led international team of astronomers
has determined the precise location of a powerful one-off burst of
cosmic radio waves. The phenomenal discovery was made with the
C S I R O's new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio
telescope in Western Australia, generally known as ASKAP.
The galaxy from which the burst originated was then imaged by three
of the world's largest optical telescopes and the results published
online on 27 June.
Want to know the full story?
Google "Astronomers make history in a split second".
Why am I interested in this?
Well, I once wrote a series of articles on "Radio Astronomy for
Amateurs", published in Electronics Today International - or,
E T I to the cognoscenti.
What will the clickeratti make of this ?
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News
WIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020
Call for Presentations
At the WIA Annual Conference in Sydney it was announced that the 2020
WIA Annual Conference will be held in Hobart on the 8-10 May 2020.
The theme is Antarctic Gateway and so the tours and visits during the
weekend all revolve around Antarctica and Radio.
This is a request for anyone who would be prepared to give a
presentation on the Saturday afternoon on any aspect of amateur radio,
Antarctica, radio, electronics, experimentation or all of the above.
The presentations slots are 30 to 40 minutes in length with 5 to 10
minutes of questions at the end or throughout the presentation.
If you have a topic and or presentation or just an idea for one then
please contact Justin on firstname.lastname@example.org
It is Aidan here with this weeks board comment.
At the recent WIA Open Forum, held during AGM weekend, it was made
abundantly clear by the members that "something needed to be done"
to ensure the survival of the hobby.
The WIA Board committed to drive a program of change that is intended
to return our hobby, which some would call "the original electronics
experimenters club" to its rightful position within our community.
For roughly 100 years, (beginning in October, 1933), AR Magazine has
been a staple for radio and electronic enthusiasts around Australia.
The results of the 2017 board's survey into Amatuer Radio clearly
demonstrated that, of those who responded, the publication of a
stimulating and relevant journal was of utmost importance.
When speaking to members regarding AR Magazine during the recent
AGM one of the matters that was repeatedly raised was the slow shift
of the journal from being a journal of technical excellence that
educates others and demonstrates our contribution to society to one
that was becoming more of a social journal. One member observed that
this is not restricted merely to our Journal, and argued that it is
representative of the hobby migration from one of technical discovery
to that of a social activity. It should be noted that this view was
not held by all involved in the discussion with others citing the
progressive activities of their clubs to educate and cultivate
It is the view of your Board that the WIA and it's Journal should
lead, not lag the community and with a vision of delivering, once
again, Australia's premier radio and electronics journal. I am here
to ask, on behalf of the Board, and Harry, our recently appointed
"Editor in Chief", for your assistance.
The WIA is looking for contributors for the WIA Magazine. If you
have a technical article (whether previously submitted to AR magazine
or not), a construction project, or you or your employer are involved
in the design, construction, manufacture or delivery of technology or
technology based products that you believe would be of interest to
the radio and electronics experimenters in Australia we would love to
hear from you.
If you can assist, or know someone who can assist, please email
The WIA commits to ensuring that submissions are processed promptly
if they are received in a publishable format, and to advise you
should anything else be required.
With your help we can once again publish Australia's premier journal
for radio and electronics enthusiasts.
Thats all from me, this is Aidan, VK4APM
IEEE article: Is Ham Radio a Hobby, a Utilityor Both?
Some think automated radio emails are mucking up the spectrum
reserved for amateur radio, while others say these new offerings
provide a useful service.
Julianne Pepitone writes in the IEEE Spectrum magazine:
Like many amateur radio fans his age, Ron Kolarik [K0IDT], 71,
still recalls the "pure magic" of his first ham experience
nearly 60 years ago. Lately, though, encrypted messages
have begun to infiltrate the amateur bands in ways that he says
are antithetical to the spirit of this beloved hobby.
So Kolarik filed a petition, RM-11831 [PDF], to the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission proposing a rule change to
"Reduce Interference and Add Transparency to Digital Data
Communications." As the proposal makes its way through the FCC's
process, it has stirred up heated debate that goes straight to the
heart of what ham radio is, and ought to be.
The core questions:
Should amateur radioand its precious spectrumbe protected purely as
a hobby, or is it a utility that delivers data traffic?
Or is it both? And who gets to decide?
Read her article at
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
Two Metres: Re-Allocation?
There is concern - understandably - in the amateur community over
a French proposal to re-allocate 144 - 146 MHz to the aeronautical
navigation service to accommodate the growing number of aircraft
employing new navigation tracking and communication aids.
Here is a brief summary of what and where this proposal is
The French administration have proposed a new primary allocation to
the aeronautical mobile service in 144 to 146 MHz which is the
entirety of the amateur two-metre band in ITU Region 1 (Europe,
the Mid-East and Africa).
Their proposal was most recently considered at a meeting in Prague of
a subcommittee of the Conseil Europeen des Postes et
Radiocommunication (CEPT). The CEPT comprises 48 European states.
What is under consideration specifically is that an agenda item to
this effect be included for the World Radiocommunication Conference
tentatively planned for 2023. The WRC-23 agenda will be decided at
the conclusion of the next WRC which begins October 28th in Egypt.
The International Amateur Radio Union was present as an observer at
the Prague meeting and energetically opposed the French proposal.
In the event, ONLY Germany among the delegates opposed the French
The issue will now be taken up at a higher level CEPT meeting in
August. Belgium has apparently joined Germany in opposition.
Should the number of administrations opposing the French proposal
reach eight the proposal will fail to move forward.
The IARU and European amateurs are now actively seeking the support
of other administrations to oppose this French proposal.
Formally, the proposal is not on the agenda of any other regional
groups preparing for WRC-19.
Over in Canada, their RAC has made known to the regulator that they
support IARU's opposition to the French proposal and its actions to
defend amateur radio's worldwide primary allocation and that they
would oppose any similar proposal for re-allocation in Region 2
The Comisin Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL) of the
Organization of American States will meet in Ottawa mid-August.
The IARU will again be an observer and RAC will be represented in the
Bryan Rawlings VE3QN told RAC members 'This issue is a clear
illustration of the importance of amateurs and their national
associations being vigilant and taking part in the regional and
international regulatory conferences which can determine the fate of
our most-cherished amateur bands.
Microwave Manager addresses Spectrum Summit
IARU expert and RSGB Microwave Manager Barry Lewis, G 4 SJH presented
a key address to a panel session on 'Keeping the Spectrum Clean' at
the 24th Annual Spectrum Summit in Germany that attracted 200
delegates from 34 countries.
He said, "The amateur radio community struggles with an ever-growing
level of electro-magnetic pollution that is crowding in across the
radio spectrum from the lowest frequencies up into the VHF bands.
In some frequency ranges, efficient and useful radio communication is
becoming compromised. Aftermarket regulation and slowly evolving
standards are struggling to be effective in keeping the spectrum
clean for all users."
TO THE MOON AND BACK
First Ever Contact via Moon Orbiting Transponder on LO-94 links
Germany to China.
Daniel, EA4GPZ, has reported on the details of the first contact via
a lunar orbiting repeater that was accomplished via China's
DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite.
In parallel with solar eclipse testing, the GMSK to JT4G repeater
onboard DSLWP-B was used to make a QSO between BY2HIT, and
Reinhard Kuehn DK5LA. This is the first ever Amateur radio QSO made
through a lunar orbiting repeater.
Using the GMSK to JT4G repeater is not easy, in terms of the signal
power needed for the uplink.
Congratulations to the people at both sides of the QSO, who achieved
it a month before DSLWP-B crashes against the lunar surface.
"The GMSK to JT4G repeater works by sending commands to the satellite
which embed a 13 character message, using the same frequency and a
similar protocol to the one used to command the camera and other sat-
ellite functions. The precise definition of this mode is a 7.8125 baud
FSK modulation with a shift of 394.53125Hz. Each FSK tone is "spread"
with a 250 baud GMSK 32 bit syncword. The CCSDS 32 bit syncword is used
to mark the beginning of a packet, and a Reed-Solomon (64,32) code is
used for FEC, together with CCSDS scrambling. Such a message takes a
bit longer than one minute to transmit. The uplink is in the 2m Amateur
"The repeater downlink is the usual JT4G downlink of DSLWP-B in the
70cm Amateur satellite band. The 13 character messages sent in the
uplink command replace the usual JT4G telemetry, being repeated as
a free-form JT4G message. In the case of this QSO, the B1 radio at
436.400MHz was used. This radio was also used to transmit the images
using GMSK SSDV."
Access EA4GPZ's full report at:
IARU attends WPT meeting in Copenhagen
A further meeting on Wireless Power Transmission was held in
Copenhagen in week beginning July 1, 2019
IARU Region 1 reports that this was a sub-group of CEPT Committee
SE24 charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices.
Don Beattie, G3BJ, representing IARU, made input on its projections
of harmful emissions from WPT systems, both generic and WPT-EV,
operating at the existing harmonic emission limits defined by CISPR
and ITU/CEPT. IARU also reported on tests carried out on small WPT
devices, (with the full report to be consdered at the next meeting in
IARU continues to argue for tighter emission limits on harmonics and
other spurious emissions from WPT systems, which have the potential
to cause sustained harmful interference to incumbent radio services.
IARU Region 1 http://iaru-r1.org/
Award for Professor Cathryn Mitchell M0IBG
Professor Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, academic director of the
University of Bath Doctoral College and Trustee of the Radio
Communications Foundation, has received the 2019 Edward Appleton
Medal and Prize for her pioneering research in tomography and data
This revealed a completely new perspective on the ionosphere in
response to extreme space weather.
Read the full story at the link in our text edtions, best read at
ARISS International Delegates Meet in Montreal
ARISS has held it's 2019 ARISS International Face-to Face
Meeting of international delegates in Montreal, Canada. During the
sessions, Kenwood software manager, Shin Aota presented two Kenwood
TM-D710GA transceivers to ARISS Russia delegate Sergey Samburov. A
TM-D710GA will be used to replace aging amateur radio equipment on
board the International Space Station.
USA - WEST COAST
California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast
British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an
Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California and multiple
aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast.
Schwarz, who maintains the "RF Seismograph" and has drawn a
correlation between earthquake activity and HF band conditions, said
the radio disruption began at around 1600 UTC on July 4, and
continued into July 5. He said that on July 4, the blackout was total
except for 20 meters, where conditions were "severely attenuated,"
The RF Seismograph also detected the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on
July 6 in the same vicinity.
Over the US holiday weekend, Schwarz had reported "a massive
short-wave radio blackout" on the west coast. "It is not caused by
the sun (the sun is quiet), but the field lines of the 'quakes
themselves," he said.
On July 6 the RF Seismograph showed an increase in noise on 80 meters
some 13 hours beforehand, as well as some propagation changes on 40
and 30 meters low before the quake and increasing in its wake.
Increases in noise on 15 and 10 meters were detected some 10 hours
before the earthquake, diminishing about 3 hours afterward.
In addition, noise level and propagation changes on 20 meters some
3 hours before the earthquake
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.
HI This is Alan, VK4SN, Manager for the Trans Tasman Contest.
This contest is to encourage Low Band Activity on 160, 80, or 40m
in Australia and New Zealand.
This years Trans Tasman falls on Saturday night, the 20th of July,
That's just less than a week away. At 0800z you can start calling
There are 3 x two hour blocks for you to chase contacts using
SSB, CW, and RTTY or PSK.
Choose from Single operator with high, low, or QRP power.
For Multi operator stations chose from Single Transmitter
or Multi Transmitter.
Logging software used can be VKCL logger, or N1MM using UDC's from
Both these loggers produce the cabrillo format accepted by the
VK Log checker website, where the logs are uploaded to.
Good luck in the contest and hope to work many of you.
THIS weekend hears the IARU HF World Championship 13-14 July.
RSGB IOTA Contest July 27-28th
Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20
VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18
To mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon
several commemorative stations will be on the amateur bands including
VI 3 MOON and VI 50 ML here in Australia, AO 50 MOON (Spain),
XN 1 M (Canada), GB 5 EHL (England), and TM 1 MOON (France).
It is expected that many others will be in the air this month.
To celebrate the holding of the 2019 International Island Games in
Gibraltar the special event station ZB 2 IG 19 will be on the air
until 30th July.
QSL direct to P.O. Box 292, Gibraltar.
Happy Birthday Mr President
Hiram Percy Maxim's 150th Birthday Celebration
The ARRL is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL's
first president and co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim), W 1 AW, born on
September 2nd, 1869.
The ARRL will hold an operating event to celebrate his legacy from
August 31st, and continue until September 8th.
It IS open to all radio amateurs.
W1AW and all ARRL members will append "/150" to their callsigns
during this event and even operators who are ARRL members but reside
outside of the USA may operate as <call sign>/150, IF permitted by
their country of license.
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.
Scouting's Gilwell Park is being honoured through 2019 with GB 100 GP.
In the World of DX, amateurs in Turkey are using the special call
sign TC 10 GITRAD to mark the 10th anniversary of the radio group
They are on the air all year through the 31st of December.
No cards are required. However, if you need a paper QSL card please
mail yours directly to TA 7 AZC and include a stamped self-addressed
envelope and money for postage.
Gibraltar Special Event
Members of the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will activate
ZB 2 IG 19 between July 1-31st.
Activation is to celebrate the 18th International Island Games
which is being held in Gibraltar between July 6-12th.
Activity will be on various HF bands, 6 meters, and using CW, SSB,
FT8, and FM on the satellites.
Reversed Polarity Sunspot
A reversed-polarity sunspot has broken through the surface of the
sun, the second time this month this has happened.
This latest "backwards sunspot" could mark the official beginning of
new Solar Cycle 25.
Visit the July 8 edition of Spaceweather.com to learn more about
sunspot AR2744 and the transition between solar cycles.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
JAISAT-1 telemetry beacon downlink on 435.325 MHz FM 4k8 GMSK
JAISAT-1 was launched on July 5 along with a total of 33 satellites
from 12 countries.
The JAISAT-1 telemetry beacon is at 435.325 MHz.
The telemetry signal format is 4k8 GMSK Mobitex that is the same as
Dstar one Sparro and iSAT CMX990 Mobitex Format, this in accordance
with the details from the IARU satellite co-ordinator site:
The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand will have a SWL card to confirm
All amateur radio operators capable of receiving signals from the
JAISAT-1 satellite are invited to send the data by email to
the address shown in this weeks WIA National News Text:
This is keplerian element from simulated orbit the following as
1 77777U 19001a 19186.41724769 .00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 00015
2 77777 098.5564 148.1307 0015651 161.6334 118.6706 15.15099188000017
CAS-7B launch expected July 22
Alan BA1DU reports the Amateur Radio satellite CAS-7B (BP-1B) is
expected to launch at 05:00 GMT on July 22.
The launch vehicle Hyperbola-1 will run for some 14 minutes
( 862.0206 seconds ) and then CAS-7B satellite will deploy.
CAS-7B is a spheriform spacecraft of 500 mm diameter with a mass of
CW Telemetry Beacon: 435.715MHz 20dBm
V/U FM Transponder Downlink: 435.690MHz 20dBm, 16kHz bandwidth
V/U FM Transponder Uplink: 145.900MHz 16kHz bandwidth
Provisional TLE for tracking:
1 99999U 19203.21831019 -.00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 00008
2 99999 042.7339 005.2478 0013606 285.8754 218.2911 15.94575752000011
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.
IARU REGION 2 INTRODUCES YOUTH ON THE AIR
Region 2 of the IARU is the second of our 3 IARU regions which has
launched an array of activities for ham radio's youngest contesters,
scholars and Scouts.
Neil Rapp WB9VPG told ARNewsline, and I quote " You've heard of
Youngsters on the Air in IARU Region 1?
Well Youth on the Air has arrived in IARU Region 2.
If you're looking for information for young people in amateur radio,
be sure to stop by YOTAregion2.org
The new web site has links to all youth activities including the
YARC Youth Contesting Program, Radio Scouting, Youth DX Adventure,
Scholarships, Newsline's Young Ham of the Year Award, and more.
The group also has accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and
YouTube to promote youth activity and announce upcoming events
from a variety of hosts."
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
2 meter propagation experiment
Over in Europe, VERON is organising a 2 meter propagation experiment
on July 209 from 17:00 utc to 19:00 utc.
All radio amateurs from ALL over the world are invited to participate
in this experiment.
Make QSO's on the 2 meter band in the mode you like.
Supply the log to clublog.org befor august 1.
It is not a contest, just have fun and give realistic reports.
John PA3JEM from Veron suggests you check the VERON website
for more information
Now as I leave you this week, you CAN make "light" of our last story
A New property of light has been discovered
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in
Spain and the U.S. has announced that they have discovered a
new property of light -- self-torque.
Their findings have been published in the journal Science.Phys.Org
Their technique may be used to modulate the orbital angular momentum
of light in ways very similar to modulating frequencies in
communications equipment, leading to the development of novel devices
that make use of manipulating extremely tiny materials.
Their findings have been published in the journal Science.Phys.Org
2019 Social Scene
VK3 - GippsTech 2019 13'14 July (vk3pf)
VK3 - Melbourne QRP by the Bay - Saturday 13 July at 3pm. (vk3ye)
VK3 - GIPPSLAND GATE HAMFEST JULY 20 (vk3brs)
Cranbourne Public Hall the corner of Clarendon and
High Streets Cranbourne 10am.
Doors will open to sellers at 8.30am and buyers at 10am.
Entry price for buyers is $7.00 which includes one ticket
into the draw for the door prizes.
There will be a BBQ at the front of the hall, for all of the
early and also not so early arrivals and a bottomless
tea and coffee inside the hall at the kitchen servery.
It's Cranbourne on the 20th and find a bargain, or just pop in
for a friendly chat and a cuppa, everyone's welcome.
VK5 - "SCIENCE ALIVE" at Wayville Showgrounds aUGUST 2-3-4 (vk5mak)
VK4 - Sunshine Coast Amateur Radios Sun-Fest 9AM, Saturday Sept 14
@ Woombye School of Arts. (vk4an)
VK4 - Townsville Amateur Radio Club's Cardwell Gathering 4 days
commencing October 4 (vk4zz)
VK3 - Yarra Valley Amateur Group HamFest, 13th October (vk3cnw)
WW - JOTA 2019 Friday 18th, Sat 19 & Sunday 20 October (vk2gx)
VK3 - Ballarat Amateur Radio Group, BARG Hamvention Oct 27 (vk3kqt)
VK3 - ROSEBUD RADIOFEST November 17 (wia)
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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