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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING NOVEMBER 24 2019
IN OUR 24th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
AND FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24 2019
Great result for our Region One Brethren, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN,
Radio Amateurs of Canada Special Advisor at World Radiocommunication
Conferences says Thursday November 21, 2019 WRC-19 being held in
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, a new allocation to the Amateur Radio Service
for Region 1 was approved.
The allocation, as it will appear in the International Table of Frequency
Allocations, will be for a two-megahertz secondary allocation in 50 to 52 MHz.
Through footnotes there will be explicit references to protecting analogue
television broadcasters, wind-profiler radar systems and fixed and mobile
systems in 50 to 54 MHz.
PREFIX HUNTERS - THIS ONES FOR YOU
B1Z, B4T and B7P active for CQWW CW
CRAC says the temporary amateur radio callsigns B1Z, B4T and B7P
are be on the air this weekend during the CQWW CW event, November 23-24.
After the event is over, these 'busy 'B's' temporary call signs will be
AA Radio Services, Zetron to provide Antarctic consoles
Zetron’s ACOM Command & Control system has been selected to provide
communications solutions to and between Australia’s research stations
The contract for integrated radio console systems, equipment and
support services was awarded to AA Radio Services, a Melbourne-based
Zetron partner and reseller, following a competitive bid process.
Australia operates three stations on the Antarctic continent as well
as a station on Macquarie Island, with responsibility for managing
more than 3300 assets.
The contract entails a 12-position ACOM Command & Control system,
with consoles at the three Antarctic locations, the station on
Macquarie Island and the head office base in VK7.
In addition, Zetron and AA Radio will provide implementation,
configuration, training and ongoing support services to ensure
the system is maintained, upgraded and scaled as needed to meet
current and future needs.
Directors heard usually as follows
Greg VK2GPK (President), Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary),
Mike VK8MA, Aidan VK4APN, John VK4JJW
Good Morning everyone,
he World Radio Conference WRC-19 is currently being held in
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This weekend marks the end of its fourth
and final week. Weekly updates have been provided on the WIA news
web page and on this broadcast.
The previous World Radio Conference was held in November 2015 in
Switzerland. One of the outcomes from WRC-15 was an agreement on
a secondary allocation of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz for the Amateur Service.
Regional power limits agreed were for 15 watts to 25 Watts measured
in effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP). That outcome proposed
to give the amateur service its first new HF allocation since 1979.
The WRC-79 allocated three HF bands worldwide for use by Radio
Amateurs, the so-called WARC bands on 10, 18 and 24Mhz.
It is most unfortunate that the Australian Communications and Media
Authority (ACMA) are yet to implement the 5Mhz amateur allocation
here in Australia.
So what is or was the WRC-19?
Australia is a member state of the International Telecommunication
Union (ITU), the specialised United Nations agency responsible for
international cooperation in the use of telecommunications and the
radiofrequency spectrum. Australian organisations, including
government, military, commercial and private, participate in many of
the specialist ITU meetings.
The ITU Radio Regulations is an international treaty which determines
the use of the radiofrequency spectrum, including the regional and
global harmonisation of spectrum. Harmonising spectrum promotes the
worldwide efficient use of that radio spectrum. Every three to four
years, a World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) meets to consider
and resolve any changes to the ITU Radio Regulations.
WRC is the penultimate decision maker in relation to spectrum use
around the world. Not only for the amateur service, but also for
telecommunications providers, military, space and commercial users.
The WRC-19 conference, like most previous conferences, includes a
delegation from Australia. The Australian delegation is led by the
Department of Communications and Arts and also includes
representatives from the telecommunications providers, related
industry, space and the military. The WIA was invited by the
Australian Government to be part of the delegation, as the peak body
for Amateur Radio in Australia. The WIA sent 2 delegates to WRC-19.
WRC-19 included several important issues for the Amateur service
including issues relating to 50Mhz, space communications and
Wireless Power Transfer.
The International Amateur Radio Union, the peak body for Amateur
Radio in the World, was also represented at WRC-19. The WIA is a
member of the IARU and is recognised by that body as the peak
representative body for Radio Amateurs in Australia.
The full agenda and weekly update details of the items included in
WRC-19 are detailed on the ITU web site1. Items of particular
interest to the amateur service are details in an October 24th news
item on the WIA web page2.
WRC-23 is next planned event and may include discussions on the
144-146 MHz allocation as well as the 23cm band. The agenda for
WRC-23 will be determined in the last few days of WRC-19.
A full report on WRC-19 will be posted to the WIA web site as soon
as it is finalised.
Member surveys conducted over the past few years have indicated that
our members overwhelmingly believe that both National and
International representation by the WIA is the institutes highest
priority. This intern provides both short term and long term security
for the amateur radio service here in Australia.
The WIA has been very pleased to receive a number of donations
towards the very high cost of attending WRC-19. Donations can be
made to the WRC-19 costs by contacting the national office3.
This has been WIA Director Peter VK8ZZ
The WIA Annual Conference is only six months away and it will be held in
Hobart Tasmania over the 8th to 10th May 2020.
The Conference Theme is Antarctic Gateway and the weekend is setup to
showcase the Antarctic past, present and future for those attending the
We have been able to secure a fantastic deal from the Spirit of Tasmania
with discounted fares and accommodation on the ship for the two weeks
before and after the conference weekend. So, if you are thinking of making
a holiday of it and seeing the holiday isle, this is your chance. Bring the
car, caravan, motorhome or motorbike. To take advantage of the special
Spirit of Tasmania deal book early to ensure they have a space for your
vehicle and caravan! Follow the link on the WIA website page to the
Spirit of Tasmania booking site.
If the name (WIA Annual Conference 2020) is not included in the fare
type name, this indicates you may have left the Exclusive Members Page
booking platform and may need to re-check before proceeding.
We have also negotiated a great deal from the Conference venue " Best
Western Hobart with $149 per night rooms. To book all you need to do is
call the hotel on (03) 623 262 43 or email them on
email@example.com and quote WIA to receive the $149
discounted room rate.
For more details about the activities, presenter’s and a bunch of other
information go to the WIA website and click on the Annual Conference link
on the home page.
The conference booking site will be available within the week.
For WIA National News this is Justin VK7TW on behalf of the conference
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
ICASA responds to SARL request on type approval relief
SARL News reports the CEO of ICASA, their communications regulator,
has responded to the SARL's request for relief on the type approval
requirements for commercial amateur radio equipment.
BUT in the letter SARL received the CEO states, "Unfortunately the
authority is bound by the prescripts of the Electronic Communications
Act and cannot operate beyond these legislative and regulatory
prescripts until such time as the prescripts are amended."
He also said the Authority is cognisant of the significant work
that the SARL does and it is important to note the appreciation
that the Authority has of the new and advanced technology which the
SARL wants to introduce.
60m band a step closer
French regulator ARCEP has issued a decision that will lead to
radio amateurs getting secondary access to the 60m band
5351.50-5366.50 kHz as agreed at during WRC-15
This decision must now be sent to the minister for approval and
publication in the Official Journal. It is only then that the band
will be open to traffic, under the conditions provided by the text
of the ARCEP.
Source REF in English at
EXCLUSIVE HAM CLUB SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
Licensed amateur radio operators who belong to American Mensa or
any other national Mensa organization have a club to call their own:
It's the Mensa Ham Radio Special Interest Group, or HAMSIG.
It's believed that perhaps as many as 30,000 hams in the
United States alone would qualify for Mensa membership, meaning
they test at or above the 98th percentile on any number of approved
Mensa is said to be waiving its customary exam fee through December 31
for applicants who use the voucher code BigSky19 - and the code
can be used at us.mensa.org/join
Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, now a University of Scranton physics
and electrical engineering professor, has won a $1.3 million
National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study weather effects
in the ionosphere by leveraging a network of amateur radio stations.
Frissell is perhaps best known within our amateur radio community
as the founder of HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation
The Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments (DASI) project will be
implemented over 3 years. As principal investigator, Frissell " a
space physicist " will head a collaborative team that will develop
ground-based space science observation instruments and software. His
research effort will recruit multiple universities and radio amateurs
to operate a network of personal space weather stations.
Mike Baxter Kay Ay Zero Ex Tee Tee (KA0XTT) returns to US living
room screens in January as the American TV sitcom "Last Man Standing"
with Season 8.
Until then, however, how have TV fans in the U.S. been getting their
ham radio fix? They've turned to Netflix and the popular sci-fi
horror web TV series "Stranger Things" which made its debut in 2016.
For hams, the show's real stars haven't been the teenage characters
growing up in the American Midwest but the vintage radios like the
Realistic TRC-214 and Heathkit DX-60.
Most recently in an episode called "Suzie Do You Copy?" there's been
a sort of homebrew but very advanced handheld radio created by one of
the young characters. The teenager built it - and named it Cerebro -
to talk to a girl he met summer camp. As that episode winds down
however he begins to notice he's copying signals coming from Russia.
Not bad DX for a handheld.
Just remember however that in our own time period of low sunspots
this is less science and a lot more fiction.
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.
Spring has sprung and so too has our WIA VHF/UHF/Microwave Spring
Spring Field Day is now 23/11 01:00 UTC " 24/11 01:00 UTC.
Frequencies are not set in stone but a good start:-
6M 50.150 USB or 52.525 FM,
2M 144.150 USB or 146.500 FM,
70cm 432.150 USB or 439.000 FM,
23cm 1296.150 USB or FM,
13cm 2403.150 USB,
9cm 3398.150 USB,
3cm 10,368.150 USB
VHF-UHF Spring Aim Of The Contest
The overriding aim is to get away for the weekend and have fun!
But next after that, the aims are:
to encourage more activity on VHF and microwave bands;
to encourage people to work greater distances than usual by
operating portable, and
to provide opportunities for people to activate or work into
new grid squares.
Stations may elect to enter either a 24-hour section or an 8-hour
section, but not both. Those stations entering the 8-hour sections
may operate for more than eight hours, and nominate which 8-hour
period they wish to claim for scoring purposes, but the 8-hour,
or lesser period submitted, has to be contiguous.
More than 1 Million Contacts Logged during ARRL Field Day 2019
ARRL Contest Program Manager, N1SFE, reports that nearly
1.1 million contacts were made during the 2019 ARRL Field Day " the
most popular operating event in North America.
Of the nearly 1.1 million contacts, approximately 46% were made on
phone, and 456,000 (42%) of contacts were made on CW.
The remaining 138,000+ (12%) of the contacts were made on digital
modes, such as FT8 and RTTY.
The biggest contest this month is CQWW DX CW, which runs for 48
hours over this weekend 23rd to the 24th.
Starting at 0000UTC on Saturday and ending at 2359 on Sunday,
this CW-only event uses all the contest bands from 1.8 to 28MHz.
The exchange is signal report and Zone,
NZ SKN Summer Edition
Summer Straight Key Night will be held on Sunday 1 December,
9-10pm New Zealand time, on 80 metres.
No electronic keyers
Just good old-fashioned straight keys.
You don't have to be fast - accuracy is the key (pardon the pun)
to success. But, most of all, aim to have fun.
Exchange is RST / Location / Name / Key / Transmitter / Power
You must correctly log the entire exchange shown above in order
for a contact to be valid, except for contacts with non-ZL stations,
where exchange is RST / Location / Name.
We recommend calling “CQ SKN” (or just “SKN”) rather than “CQ TEST”
for clarity and to help promote the event.
We recommend exchanging meaningful RST, not automatic “599”.
For details, please visit maritimeradio.org/skn
(Neil Sanderson ZL1NZ New Zealand Straight Key Night via infoline)
In the World of DX, listen for special event station 3E1FP through
to November 30th. Operators are celebrating the 116th anniversary
of the Republic of Panama.
Be listening on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15/10 meters where they will
be using CW, SSB and possibly other modes. QSL to HP1DAV.
Hiro JF1OCQ and Kuni JA8VE will be on the air as 5R8VX and 5R8KU,
respectively, from Nosy Be Island until tomorrow 25 of November.
Listen on various HF bands where they will be using CW, SSB, FT4
Be listening for Roly, ZL1BQD using the call sign 8Q7XR from the
Maldives until the 30th of December. He will be on 80-10 meters using
CW, SSB and FT8. Send QSLs to his home callsign.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report "
Measure Twice cut Once.
Keep an eye on the neighbourhood with this passive radar!
If your neighbourhood is anything like ours, walking across the
street is like taking your life in your own hands.
Drivers are increasingly unconcerned by such trivialities as speed
limits or staying under control, and anything goes when they need to
connect Point A to Point B in the least amount of time possible.
Monitoring traffic with this passive radar will not do a thing to
slow drivers down, but it’s a pretty cool hack that will at least
yield some insights into traffic patterns.
The principle behind active radar " the kind police use to catch
speeders in every neighbourhood but yours " is simple:
Send a microwave signal towards a moving object,
measure the frequency shift in the reflected signal,
and do a little math to calculate the relative velocity.
BUT a passive radar, like the one described in the RTL-SDR.com
article is quite different.
Rather than painting a target with an RF signal, it relies on signals
from other transmitters, such as terrestrial TV or radio outlets in
Two different receivers are used, both with directional antennas.
One points to the area to be monitored, while the other points
directly to the transmitter.
By comparing signals reflected off moving objects received by the
former against the reference signal from the latter, information
about the distance and velocity of objects in the target area can be
Building a passive radar might not save the neighbourhood, but it
could be a lot of fun to try.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org
Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
CWops is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations
for this prestigious award for the year 2020.
The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, groups, or
organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward
advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code.
Candidates for the award may be one or more of the following:
· Authors of publications related to CW
· CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches and instructors
· Public advocates of CW
· Organizers of CW activities
· Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW
· Other contributors to the art or practice of CW
for more info I’d suggest an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and a plaque will be presented at the Dayton Hamvention.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
Hams like free stuff! So here's a free PDF download of issue #87 of
the MagPi magazine
Available at the link we like when you read the text edition
of this news on wia.org.au
( https://magpi.raspberrypi.org/issues/87 )
Instead of searching many manufacturer sites or calling on companies
to find and compare designs, now you can search for designs based on
the circuit's performance, - using, Digi-Key's Reference Design
New designs are being added weekly and improvements made based on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
ALARA offers a limited number of grants to any female applying
for a Foundation Licence or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced
Amateur Radio Licence.
The grant is equal to approximately half the cost of the fees for
assessment, licence and callsign. In addition, we would provide a
complimentary membership to ALARA for one year.
For more details please go to
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MILITARY
OL 75 CARBON is on air until the end of November from the
The station celebrates the 75th anniversary of WWII Operation Carbon,
which dropped British-trained Czech paratroopers in the
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Station details and a wealth of fascinating detail on Operation Carbon
can be found on the QRZ.com page for OL75CARBON.
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
KEEPING COMMUNICATIONS OPEN DURING INDIA'S CYCLONE
With bushfires still ravishing VK, amateurs in India have mobilised
to help emergency operations as a cyclone overran the coast.
As parts of Bangladesh and the eastern Indian states of Odisha and
West Bengal were slammed by Cyclone Bulbul, a team of amateurs from
the West Bengal Radio Club set up emergency operations in the largest,
most populated district of West Bengal.
From there they connected with police, the state disaster management
team and the National Disaster Response Force.
Outside, people throughout the region were evacuated under the threat
of the deadly storm's winds of as much as 120 kilometres per hour
Authorities credited lower death tolls to the presence of additional
coastal shelters and more efficient evacuations.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Taking a cue from IARU Region 1’s Youngsters On The Air annual
summer camp, the Youth on the Air committee in IARU Region 2
has announced the first camp for young radio amateurs in the
Americas next June
This inaugural IARU Region 2 summer camp will take place
June 21 " 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting
WC 8 VOA will host the event. Operating the camp will be Electronic
Applications Radio Service, a charitable organization dedicated to
wireless technologies and activities.
According to the announcement, the camp will focus on building peer
and mentor relationships and taking amateur radio “to the next level.”
Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple STEM-related
subjects, such as radio contesting, electronic kit building, D-Star,
APRS, satellite communication, antenna building, and radio direction
finding and orienteering.
REWIND - I'M JOHN KNOW VK4FJRK
When the world got its news from shortwave radio
Article on the golden age of shortwave broadcaster Swiss Radio
From the mid-1930s to 2004, Switzerland’s international service was
Swiss Radio International (SRI). The first few decades of SRI’s
existence were the heyday of shortwave " it was often the only way
of getting news directly from other countries.
What began as the Swiss Short Wave Service in 1935, would grow from
broadcasting programmes in German, French, Italian and English to
include other European languages and Arabic, and eventually change
its name to Swiss Radio International.
The international service was considered a voice of neutrality
during times of war, first during World War II, followed by the
decades of the Cold War and up to and including the first war in the
Gulf in the early 1990s.
WITH REWIND - I'M JOHN KNOW VK4FJRK
Read the full story at
2020 Social Scene
VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY 23rd February 2020 (dd5lp)
VK4 - SEQ Amateur Radio Field Day March 10, 10am at
Landsborough Sports Complex 15 Tunnel Ridge Rd. (vk4an)
VK4 - REDFEST 2020 18th April. St. Michael's College
Old Toorbul Point Rd from 8am (vk4tfn)
VK - WIA Annual Conference, Hobart 8-10 May. (vk7tw)
ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo October 2 - 5 (vk5yl)
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