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so when you are listening to this news IF your material is NOT
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big 'google' rubbish bin it would appear.

You'll recall some 12-18 months back we made mention of a WIA committee
charged with updating our service and switching to google docs, well
some changes this week did take place, but it resulted in a
'dead letter' office.. nothing came to national news and it wasn't
discovered until Felix, who provides our operational news each week
dropped me a personal FaceBook message. We then had Robert Broomhead
on the case and he organised to have the 'changes group' roll back
the system, BUT , unfortunately the damage was done...hence we MAY
end up with a super short news.

We have no news from the President and or Directors this week and the
following story I'll read although we were expecting audio in from
Chris, vk3fy.


The VE Exams Australia Session held for the first time in Osborne
Park, Perth this month was a success.

As there is a requirement for three Volunteer Examiners to be in
attendance at any exam session the following ARRL Volunteer Examiners
Chris VK3FY / W3YM, Nik VK3FE / K3FV and Di VK4DI /AG5JI had flown in
to run to the session.

Four local candidates had registered to take their exams.

The final outcome of the exam session, was that one new technician,
one new general and two new extra class licences will be issued to
the candidates.

All candidates were already licenced VK6 amateurs.

These candidates have all expressed an interest in becoming Volunteers
Examiners, and lengthy discussions took place after the exam session
on this very topic by all the candidates.

Additional discussions relating to the integrity of exam sessions
(having three VE present), the uncomplicated exam process, and the
fact the results are known immediately concluding each exam element.

VE Exams Australia will be conducting another session in VK6 in the
near the future.

Interested in sitting a US licence exam and in VK3?

Next Victoria Exam Session will be held at Eastern & Mountain
District Radio Club on AUGUST 10

This has been Chris VK3FY/W3YM for the VK1WIA National News Broadcast


GippsTech 2019 was held the 12th to the 14th of July and was attended
by a record number of VK7s. Those attending were Rex VK7MO, Justin
VK7TW, Richard VK7ZBX, Murray VK7ZMS, Larry VK7WLH and Hayden VK7HH.

The weekend was cold and wet but the presentations were inspiring as
usual starting with David VK5KK, Iain VK5ZD and Tim VK5ZT and their
5800km Epic Microwave DXPedition. This was a humorous presentation of
the trip up through Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia
over 12 days. They took every microwave band up to 122GHz and made
many contacts with the locals in the area and set a few records along
the way.

Then the Doug McArthur VK3UM (SK) award for last year's best
presentation went to Jim VK1AT and Alan VK3XPD.

Microwave Enthusiasts Award went to Stefan VK4CSD.

Coffee break and some nice goodies from Brian VK3YNG - thanks Brian.

David Smith VK3HZ then gave us a presentation on his experiments on
an Azimuth finder. This uses the Real Time Kinematics (RTK) Carrier
Phase tracking feature, available in some GPS modules, and
communicates between the modules using the 900MHz ISM band. It uses
the NEO-M8P - C94-M8P02 evaluation kits and with a 3 to 4 metre
baseline it gives 0.2 degrees accuracy and better than 0.1m with a
baseline greater than 5 metres. This was used in ZL by Rex VK7MO for
extending the 10GHz EME world record.

Mark Spooner VK5AVQ gave a wonderful presentation on Non-Ionising /
RF Radiation Safety. Mark's presentation simplified the elements of
the ARPANSA RPS3 standards and how to interpret and apply these
standards in amateur radio scenarios. The comment was that this would
normally be a 5 day course that was condensed into 45 minutes! Great
work Mark.

Peter Schrader, VK4EA, a first time presenter, gave a fascinating
talk on the way that VK4RBB derives its frequencies for all the
microwave beacons up to 10GHz, by some interesting mixing of base GPS
locked frequencies and mixing them all the way up to 10GHz.

We then enjoyed a yummy lunch.

The first presentation after lunch was Dale Hughes VK1DSH with an
automatic satellite ground station for satellite telemetry reception.
Dale has been experimenting with the Fox and FUNcube satellites and
how to use their respective data capture, logging and upload
applications. Dale has also built a nifty azimuth controller for his
yagi which is fixed at 45 degrees. This system uses an Arduino,
magnetometer and some control circuitry. Dale has also built a nice
user interface using NatSemi's LabView development environment.

Justin VK7TW then presented the next instalment of his 10GHz
Microwave adventure covering the updating of the White Box
transverter to a GPS Locked ZLPLL, low noise preamp and 3watt Power

Peter Pokorny VK2EMR then gave a most humorous outline of how we end
up with the Leap Second and the Status of UTC. This started as a very
serious expose' of what leap seconds were and why they are needed and
then a bureaucratic nightmare of Utopian size developed with more and
more organisations becoming involved. Peter then referred to his book
of acronyms to decode and display some of the key relationships from
the spaghetti diagram. A most entertaining presentation.

A coffee break with more raffle tickets and goodies!

Rex Moncur VK7MO then presented how he and the ZL team extended the
10 GHz EME World Record from ZL to the United Kingdom. The talk
covered how Rex managed to get a 1.13m dish from Australia to ZL in

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH took the audience through an interesting
presentation on the mechanisms of sunspots and the conveyor belt that
powers the sun and creates and presents sunspots. The important
question was pondered, namely "Are We There, Yet?" with a bottomed
out sunspot cycle and the scientists are still unsure and much of the
current thinking was presented.

We wrapped up the day and retired to a nice dinner at the Morwell

On Sunday the first presentation was given by another first timer at
GippsTech, George McLucas, VK4AMG, entitled "GPS Disciplined
Frequency Reference, traps for Young and Not So Young Players".
George took the audience through some thought provoking aspects of
building a GPS Disciplined Oscillator and many of the things you
need to take into account. This included the errors when generating
a frequency, overcoming those errors and some other factors that need
to be addressed. George then took the audience through his
development of his frequency generators for a range of rigs and how
they can be GPS Disciplined.

Our last coffee break and last chance for raffle tickets, goodies
and books from Pages of Cobram, thanks to Peter VK3FPSR.

Tim VK5ZT then gave a quick talk on the 3.4GHz panel documentation
that he has created which runs to over 60 pages about the panels and
their modification and this is available on the website.

Glen English VK1XX then presented the issues with the ICOM IC-9700
and stability and showed his work on developing an oscillator that
can be GPS Disciplined for the IC-9700 to improve the stability of
the rig for narrow band weak signal work on the microwave bands.

Another GippsTech first timer presenter, Wayne Pearson, VK5APN, gave
an entertaining presentation on Grid squares which then lead into his
experiments with an independent location finder that gives a range of
data including Maidenhead to 10 digits.

Justin VK7TW finished up the presentations with a K3NG based AZ/EL
GPS rotator for 10 GHz EME. This showed the applications and the
equipment along with the ease of configuring. Pictures showed the
Arduino based controller including GPS module that can be used to
determine your location and the CCTV AZ/EL based mount to track the
sun and moon.

We then retired to the common room for the raffle draw before
enjoying pizza and heading in many different directions following,
another enjoyable GippsTech.



INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
the WIA.


48 students and two teachers at the Telangana State Model School
have passed their amateur radio exams

Debunking the myth that amateur radio operation is confined to cities,
two teachers and 48 students in Gundlapally village, near Dindi
reservoir, cleared the Amateur Station Operator Certificate (ASOC)
restricted grade examination recently.

Gundlapally is a village whose nearest city is Hyderabad in India

The Central government is expected to issue the licences to them in a
week or so. Once the licences are received by them, they plan to
approach the District Collector for financial support for setting up
a HAM radio club in their school.

Read the full story at


Netherlands communications regulator, Agentschap Telecom (AT), has
given a rather disappointing response to the call by Dutch radio
amateurs for the 144-146 MHz band to be protected

France has submitted a proposal to CEPT for the ITU WRC-23 conference
which could see the key amateur band being allocated to the
Aeronautical Mobile Service.

The Netherland's national society VERON reports:
"In a first response to the letter, Agentschap Telecom indicates that
France's proposal fits in with Dutch frequency policy. The basic
principle here is that joint use and shared use of frequency space
is encouraged."

"The National Preparation Committee still needs to meet on this to
decide on the proposal from France. Agentschap Telecom indicates
that it is necessary to take a good look at the actual use and to
have insight into the compatibility."

The VERON report can be read in Google English at


Bletchley Park and the NRC

If you are heading to the UK shortly, where can you take youngsters
that's fun, educational and free?

Bletchley Park, the former top-secret home of Britain's Codebreakers,
is now a vibrant museum and has a packed calendar of interactive
exhibitions and events that tell the story of this historic site.

Engineering challenges, codebreaking games and immersive displays
are just some of the fun summer activities on offer.

For a full list of What's On visit the Bletchley Park website

Don't forget RSGB Members can download a free entry voucher and
you can always visit the RSGB National Radio Centre whilst you are
there. Bring your licence and you can operate the permanent
special event station GB3RS.


IARU Region 2 reports new Amateur Radio regulations have come into
effect in Peru. Novices are no longer forced to upgrade within
3 years but can stay in that category until they make the decision
to upgrade.

Another important point is the allocation of bands for the Novice
category. In these new regulations, radio amateurs can use the entire
2-meter and 70-cm bands, which promotes experimentation and
satellite communications.

Finally, it is important to point out that these new regulations
don't limit the use of the different transmission modes by category,
as it was before. On the contrary, they indicate that radio amateurs
can use all current or FUTURE transmission modes, regardless of their
license category.


ARRL has announced the release of its 2018 Annual Report to members.

The 2018 Annual Report was created by the ARRL editorial staff
under the direction of QST Managing Editor, Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY.
In his message to members, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said
"new generation" hams engage with Amateur Radio in a very different
way than hams of his generation.

"Through extensive research, we've learned that they come to
Amateur Radio hoping to learn how to use it in aid of their
communities and for enhancing the fun they're already having
while camping, hiking, or doing other outdoor activities,"
President Roderick said. "We've also learned that they've been
discouraged by the difficulty of finding information and help
that would allow them to get involved."

He said ARRL has turned its attention toward those hams over the
past year, and he directed readers to read about ARRL's new
Lifelong Learning Department, which, he said, "will create learning
materials for Amateur Radio enthusiasts at all levels of knowledge
but especially for the beginners."

In our final story this week, the roles became reversed for one
ham club in Tennessee as the public stepped up to help the group
recover their stolen communications trailer.

Jim Damron N8TMW from Amateur Radio Newsline tells us more.

JIM: Usually, it's the amateur radio communications trailer that
saves the day in its public service role, passing critical
information during power failures, tumultuous weather and even during
major outdoor events and Field Day. Recently, however, it was the
public who helped save the day for one such trailer. Members of the
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club in Tennessee told police their trailer
had been stolen either the night of July 4th or in the early hours of
July 5th. It had been parked outside a club member's business in a
securely fenced-in area.

Club president Gary Ownsby AK4ZX told Newsline that local media,
social media, other clubs and the public quickly put word out and a
police report was made. Gary said he was bowled over when the
response came in from hams across many states. WRCB-TV aired a story,
asking viewers to help.

On July 7th, the trailer was found - one mile away - with its tires
deflated. The hams and the sharp-eyed community are now looking for
its missing equipment: two HF radios, a D-STAR radio, two generators
and other gear. Anyone who thinks they've seen any of it being sold
is asked to telephone the club at 423-308-3477.

Gary said: {quote} "Looking at the "lemonade" side of this whole
situation, the goodwill our club has received from our local
community and media, social media, ham clubs, and individual hams
has been spectacular and heart-warming." {endquote}

We wish them luck in their recovery efforts.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron N8TMW.



All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.


RSGB IOTA Contest July 27-28th

VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18


A team of American operators will activate St Paul Island off the
coast of Nova Scotia, Canada from 31st July - 8th August.
St Paul Island is a separate entity for the DXCC Award and the
callsign to be used is CY 9 C.

Activity will be on all bands CW, SSB and FT8.


Geoff ZL3GA is wirelessing as YJ 0 GA from Vanuatu till 3rd August.
He hopes to be on all bands CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via the home call, ZL3GA


SP 3 PS is QRV from his holiday home in the Gambia till 5th August.
His Gambian callsign is C 5 SP and he operates 20 - 6m on SSB and FT8.
QSL via the home call, SP3PS


Sven HB 9 DXB will be in Vietnam signing XV 9 DXB until at least
early August. Look for him on 7019 and 14019 CW.
QSL manager is EB 7 DX.


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




Radiation doubles around the Moon

A NASA radiation sensor in orbit around the Moon has detected a
doubling of cosmic rays, making 2019 one of the worst years of the
Space Age for astronauts to travel into deep space.

What's going on up there? The solar cycle is to blame.

Visit the July 18 edition of for the full story.


THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
Measure Twice cut Once.

Ian G3YWX, the editor of Electronics Notes
( ) has written of some facts
behind Sporadic E, one on the most interesting forms of propagation

As the name indicates it occurs sporadically and many of the
mechanisms behind it are not well understood.

Sporadic E arises when clouds of intense ionisation occur in the
E region of the ionosphere. Initially these will affect the lower
frequency bands, and it can produce openings on 10 metres and as the
frequency rises, 6 metres, 4 metres and occasionally 2 metres may be

When 2 metres is affected, openings are often quite short - an hour
or two is long, but openings of a few minutes only are known.

During the course of an opening the direction of the propagation can
change significantly as the ionisation clouds are blown about by the
winds in the upper atmosphere.

Find out more about this mysterious form of radio propagation that
can be used to good effect on many of the HF and VHF amateur bands:




WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

Watch for ISS, SSTV Activity

ARISS SSTV activity is planned for various times during the week of
July 29 through Aug 4.

As more specific dates and times are determined, they will be made
available at the ARISS website ( ) and at the official
ARISS FaceBook page at Amateur Radio On The International Space


FISTS Club - East Asia
FISTS Club - Australasia
FISTS Club - UK & Europe
FISTS Club - Americas

Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908

MP uses Morse code to wish happy birthday to GCHQ

The Irish News report morse code sounded in the Commons as an MP
wished happy birthday to a British intelligence agency.

Conservative MP Alex Chalk held his phone up to a microphone in the
chamber to allow the long and short beeps spelling out the message
to be heard.

It was aimed at GCHQ, which is based in his Cheltenham constituency,
as it marks its 100th anniversary.

The Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, is an
intelligence and security organisation responsible for providing
signals intelligence and information assurance to the government
and armed forces of the United Kingdom.

Based in "The Doughnut" in the suburbs of Cheltenham, GCHQ was
originally established after the First World War as the
Government Code and Cypher School and was known under that name
until 1946.

During the Second World War it was located at Bletchley Park,
where it was responsible for breaking of the German Enigma codes.

Concluding his speech, Mr Chalk said: "GCHQ's centenary just
so happens to coincide with the 175th anniversary of the first use of
Morse code to send a message between cities. So it's therefore
perhaps fitting I should conclude with a message to GCHQ in the form
of Morse code."

Read the full story and watch the video at:

(SouthGate and vk4bb)



A South African station this commemorate this special moon walk
anniversary but it's using various satellites.

(Oscar 100, AO-91, AO-92, SO-50 and possibly more) as ZS 50 MOON.

Check out their twitter feed for updates on when the station will be
active and on what bird,

Speaking of the Moon, recently WIA Immediate Past President VK7TW
Justin was interviewed for ABC Radio Horsham Victoria about the
Ray Norton VK3ATN moon bounce on 2m back in 1966.



Cuban FT8 user CO8LY records more than 60 000 contacts

Cuban radio amateur Eduardo, CO 8 LY has made more than 60 000, yes,
sixty thousand FT8 contacts, and requested applications for many
awards and diplomas using the log of his FT8 contacts..

This may be a Guinness Record of a single radio amateur receiving
more than 220 awards and diplomas, and more are coming,


Arctic IOTA Activity Gets Under Way

As temperatures rise to 26 C, Martti Laine, OH2BH, reports that
activity from some Arctic Circle islands has begun. This includes
OJ 9 A from Kataja/Inakari (EU-192) and OH 9 A from Lapland Islands
(Selka-Sarvi EU-126). The two islands, located in the Tornio River
delta, will be active July 24 - 29, including during the Islands on
the Air (IOTA) Contest this weekend.

Only two islands are split between Finland and Sweden:
Market Reef (EU-053) and Kataja/Inakari (EU-192), which enjoy unique
statuses in the DXCC and IOTA programs.

Contacts with OJ 9 A will also count toward the Market Reef Jubilee

In parallel with OJ9A and OH9A, Market Reef (OJ 0 DX) will be
activated by a team of German, Swedish, and Finnish radio amateurs.

This weekend sees the RSGB's IOTA Contest and many 'rarer' ones have
'hit the beaches.'

PX8R from the Island of Curuca ( WW Loc. GI69ck ) July 26-28th.

Island Code SA-060 will be active and it's the first time this
particular island has been activated and the Team looks forward to
seeing you in their logs during the RSGB IOTA Contest.

Again, the call to call is P X 8 R

9M8RC OC-165.

This is active from Satang Besar Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry.
QSL via 9 W 8 KIF direct.

SA-029 active with ZZ 1 R from Ilha dos Ratos (Rats Island) during
the Contest and QSL via PY2AE, by the Bureau.

(sourced to SouthGate)


ILLW nears 300 entrants

Entries for the 2019 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
are nearing the 300 mark with recent rarer entries from Serbia,
Malaysia, Cuba, Hawaii, Market Reef and Mexico.

SouthGate Amateur Radio news in the UK say one lighthouse having
its first activation in the event is in Bass Strait, Australia
and is situated on Deal Island. This body of water is between the
mainland and Tasmania and is notoriously dangerous for shipping.

The lighthouse was built in 1848 but has been inactive since 1992.

This historic light was built by the joint efforts of New South Wales,
Victoria, and Tasmania to help ships through the dangerous
Kent Group, a scattering of small islands and rocks at the eastern
end of Bass Strait.

The call to listen for is VK3ILH

A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.

High school students in Brazil are building a ground station for the
amateur radio transponder on the QO-100 geostationary satellite as
part of a STEM education project

A group of eight students So Paulo, are participating in all steps
of the project with the help of teachers and amateur radio volunteers

The station consists of a 1.2m offset dish antenna,
an Amiko L-104 LNBF, a home-made bias-t, a RTL-SDR receiver and
SDRsharp software running on a dedicated computer. During the project
students were exposed to several STEM topics related to radio
communications, antennas, software defined radios, geostationary
orbits as well as hand-on activities during the station assembly and



2019 Social Scene

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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