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WIANEWS for week commencing July 05 2009

Readers this week:

Peter VK1PE


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Production by the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Cub (CRARC)
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WIANEWS for week commencing July 05


Ted Thrift VK2ARA WIA Clubs Co-ordinator is still negotiating for issue of a
special commemorative call sign. To demonstrate the level of interest, he
want's to know if your club would be interested in having use of the
commemorative call sign for a period of say 3 to 5 days, commencing mid March
2010 through to 31 December 2010

It obviously would be a great help to Ted if you nominated a preferred date.

2009 Club Grant Scheme targets new projects

Geoff Atkinson VK3AFA WIA Secretary reports on the Club Grants.

A reminder that applications by WIA affiliated clubs for a Club Grant this
year must be lodged by 31 July.

The Board has set aside up to A$6000.00 for this years scheme.

As indicated previously, this year special emphasis will be placed on
WIA membership ratios of clubs applying for grants.

The committee will be reviewing applications which focus on projects and
activities (to be conducted before 1 April 2010) to attract new amateurs.
Also projects supporting emergency communications and preparedness for
emergency communications.

Details of the Club Grant Scheme can be downloaded from the WIA website,
located under WIA Club Affiliation.

The applications will be reviewed by a Grants Committee of 3, who will make
recommendations to the WIA Board.

Applications will close on the 31 July 2009 and successful applicants
will be announced by the end of August.

The WIA Board looks forward to active participation by affiliated clubs in
this years Club Grant Scheme.


The ABC says its going to equip itself to assist in rescue radio operations.

This by making itself ready to do local updates when and where they are needed
during an emergency.

New technology will help the Australian Broadcasting Corporation bring
local emergency news coverage directly to communities affected by natural
disasters like floods and cyclones. Three fly-in transmitters have been
purchased by the company to allow local ABC affiliated stations to set up
shop anywhere in Australia.

The units were originally designed for the United States military to use in
the Iraq war. They are designed to be set up within an hour and can be
powered by a small generator or AC mains power.

Mark Spurway is the head of transmission services with the ABC. He says
that these transmitters will insure that affected communities will be kept

At airtime its not known how soon these new Australian Broadcasting Company
fly-in radio service will be available.

Interesting to note that Mark Spurway was at one time the Program Manager
of Brisbane Radio station 4KQ when one of their news readers, Peter
Jones VK4YAC headed up the local Queensland Ham Radio News Service.

(Amateur Radio Newsline USA)

NASA re-acquires original Moon landing footage

A report on says that NASA has seemingly confirmed that the
original taped recordings of the first Moon landing have turned up in
Australia - almost three years after the agency admitted it had mislaid them.

The report which you can read on Southgate AR Clubs pages says:

"The Parkes Observatory in Australia captured the 1969 live images straight
from the lunar surface to magnetic tape. What the US public saw, though was a
compressed feed "downsized" to local TV resolutions, while NASA itself grabbed
a 16mm copy from a TV monitor.

The Parkes Observatory tapes were apparently shipped to the Goddard Space
Flight Centre in Maryland a year after the landing, but in 2006 NASA confirmed
that despite an extensive search, their whereabouts was unknown.

However, the Sunday Express now claims the footage was actually gathering dust
in a storage facility in Perth among other tapes containing Moon dust data

A NASA spokesman confirmed the Apollo 11 landing recordings are the real deal,
and said: 'We're talking about the same tapes'.'"

Now before we get into a debate similar to that of Marconi being the inventor
of radio we are talking here of tapes from Parkes, NOTHING at all to do with
any material from Honey Suckle Creek!!

Still "In Space", New Potential Amateur Radio Operators

The 2009 NASA astronaut candidate class has been picked, and of course they
are also potential Amateur Radio operators to use AR equipment in the
International Space Station or elsewhere in space.

The nine include: two women and seven men; an intelligence officer,
a biomedical researcher, two flight surgeons, and three test pilots,
ranging in age from 30 to 43.

Potentially, one or more will be the first to land again on the Moon, or the
first to Mars.

more information at

TheRegister - NASA reacquires original Moon landing footage

Sunday Express - NASA finds missing moon landing tapes


vk1 local news email and ask for subscription.

A bad month in the ACT, the Black Hill repeater 146.900 is awaiting the
restoration of power, following the failure of the mains supply pole mounted
transformer on the site. As it is not an off the shelf item is could be
several months before power is restored.

The UHF repeater on Mt Majura has also failed. It is currently on the bench
while spares are being sourced. Because of the age of the repeater spares may
not be obtainable. We are also investigating its replacement with a new
commercial UHF repeater.

While on the subject of repeaters the committe is assessing our repeater
services with a view to rationlising the services provided by the Canberra
Region Amateur radio club

web service:-
VKG Roundup

Westlakes next major event is the Light house weekend 15/16th August. Seems
there is still Single bed accommodation available at Norah Head for those
wishing to stop over on the 14/15th August.
Contact Contest Manager Allan VK2JED for prices.

Frank VK2FJL President of Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Inc advises their
Field Day happens November One this year.
Gates open 9am, Entry is free, BootSales, Commercial traders, Auction and
sales tables for those long sought after bargains. Plus the famous WARC BBQ.

Weekends and Mondays have seen tower and antenna work continuing.
About six members have been cutting, welding, rebuilding the tower.
also work on the antennas planned to be mounted on it.
Radio room is being rearranged to have grouped operating cubicles
If you can help, listen on 2m for the happenings.

web service:-
VKC Roundup http://www.police

Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club (GGREC) would like to remind all clubs
that our annual Hamfest will be held on Saturday 18 July at Cranbourne Public
Hall 10am.

40 tables of new and used gear
Jaycar will be there with 3 tables of clearance and other items
Other commercial sellers including G&C Comms, Yaesu, Strictly Ham &
PK Loop Antennas
WIA in attendance
Kitchen with hot & cold food, soft drinks nibbles FREE tea and coffee

Door Prize at 1.30pm:

1st. Weather Station with Computer software - value $199
2nd. Multi-meter - value $59
3rd. Bunning's voucher - value $50

(Chris VK3QB GGREC Hamfest Co-ordinator)

Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group, White Elephant Sale will be held Sunday 2nd
August, Healesville Memorial Hall, Maroondah Hwy, Healesville at 10am.

$5 entry, free tea & coffee, light refreshments available and ample parking.

As this event had to be cancelled in February due to the bushfire, all table
bookings taken in February will still be honoured. Call in on the recently
upgraded Yarra Valley repeater VK3RYV 146.725 MHz.

For further information please contact Gavin VK3GH on 03 5968 8482 or
Steve VK3TSR on 0418 103 487.

Make a day of it and support the fire affected businesses of the Beautiful
Yarra Valley.

Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club advise they are holding their
annual communications and display day (Hamfest) on Sunday 11th October at the
St Augustine's Hall Orr Street Shepparton Vic Roads directory Map 273 Ref M8.
Get along and see the new and used radios and associated equipment displays
and sales.

Food and Drinks will be catered for, with the lucky door Prize drawn
during the afternoon.

TRADING Tables are $10.00 each can be booked by E-mailing


Doors open at 8am for Traders, 10am for the Public.

For directions on day, call in on local 2 metre Repeater VK3RGV with a
123Hertz CTCSS.

Entry is only $5.00
For further details contact LES VK3TEX on 0407 829 098

Barnett Winton VK3XBW is President EGARC and his club is now broadcasting
The WIA National News on VK3REB Mt Nowa Nowa on 146.900 Sunday mornings
1000 hrs and again Wednesday evenings at 2000hrs.
Barnett says " We are going to include VK3REM - Mallacoota soon".

web service local news:-
local news email
VKR Roundup

There's that old saying, "that fools rush in where angels fear to tread" which
is getting balanced by another old saying that " if you want something done,
give it to a busy person." In the Wide Bay region, the club members of Gympie
and Maryborough are too busy to look out for angels and thankfully haven't
read the instruction manual that says it can't be done.

What am I talking about? The Wide Bay Mini Ham Fest, of course.

Why the rush? Well this was just an idea 5 weeks before the event date. Must
be off, so much to do and so little time to do it.........see you at the Wide
Bay Mini Ham Fest, Saturday 25th July at the Gootchie QCWA Hall,
Gootchie Road, Gootchie. Circle the date on your calendar.

The Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio club will be holding their Annual Sunfest on
Saturday the 12th of September to be held at (the same place as last year )
Woombye School of Arts Blackall Street Woombye.

For a table please contact Harry VK4TK on 0409488025 or at
There will be 25 tables of new and preloved goodies a door prize and raffles
throughout the day. Tables are $15.00 and this includes 2 entry tickets.
Admission price is $5.00 a head.

The "Kitchen" will be running as usual with hot and cold food and drink as

local area news :-
vk7 local news, email

VK7RMD of a Tuesday at 9.00PM run this WIA news and now for a test period
Winston is also putting the news from that repeater out on 3575 at the same



Canberra region Amateur radio club is holding a foundation licence weekend
on 18 & 19th July at the Farrer Scout Hall.
For further information check the Canberra Region web page look up 'clubs'
on for CRARC.


Next Summerland Courses and Exams determined to be -
Foundation - weekend 15-16 August.
Advanced - weekends 22-23 and 29-30 August.
Standard and Regs to be decided depending on demand.

Thirty-two candidates entered for their theory examination will last Tuesday
at their regulators (ComReg) Offices in Dublin. We at the WIA News Room wish
the candidates all the very best in the exam.

Fun with Amateur Radio

Darrell VO1MDS is making available a new series of 'Fun with Amateur Radio'
videos on YouTube.

The YouTube description reads, and I quote:

"This is a brand new series that I will be putting together for you, solely
for the purpose of Amateur radio operations.

This issue shows you that life on 10meters 28-29.670mhz is starting to come
back to life after a very long period for well over 8 years, it has been a
very long time, and as such I will dedicate this video to all you that have
waited so very long for 10meters to finally wake up from its long sleep.



It was just another day, helping out at another event. It was the third
year in a row that 16 year old Cody Anderson, KI4FUV, of Harriman,
Tennessee, had volunteered to help out the Roane County Amateur Radio
Club (RARC) with the Run for the Child event. But it was the first time
that he would help save a life.

Twenty minutes into the run, KI4FUV saw one of the runners fall down.

Unlike other runners who fall down on a course, this man did not get up.

He used his handheld transceiver to notify fellow club members "Runner down."

RARC Vice President Cliff Segar, KD4GT, said that they all heard
Anderson racing toward the runner, "but we just assumed someone just
simply tripped and fell." But after hearing Anderson say "Roll EMS" over
the radio, he knew it was much more serious.

Then the fallen runner stopped breathing.

In February, Anderson took a CPR class that another RARC club member --
Phil Newman, KE4LSH -- had organized. It was the skills he learned at
that class that came into play on May 30. He started giving the man
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; the other runner started chest

"We did about three sets of CPR before the Roane County
Rescue guys got to us, just a second or two later" Anderson told the ARRL.

Anderson will begin his senior year at Rockwood High School this fall.
When he was 11, he sat for his Technician exam and passed; he is now a
General. He likes to help out with the Boy Scouts and give back to the
community through his SKYWARN and ARES(r) activities:

He is modest about the events of May 30. "I took my first training class
for CPR and AED in February 2009, thinking I would never have to use
it," he told the ARRL. "On May 30, 2009 -- I used it. It worked!"

INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.

North Korean embassy using amateur radio band

The IARU Region 1 reports that the North Korean embassy in Tripoli is again
using 14.328430MHz for traffic with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
You may hear an ARQ burst system "DPRK-FSK600" at 600 Baud, 600Hz shift,
operating on two different frequencies at about 1630UTC daily. One frequency
is in the amateur radio band, the other one out of it.

Slightly better news now as the Codar HF Radar from Naples on the 24MHz band
disappeared after a complaint from IK8OZZ. A few days later another Codar
system was found on 24.850 to 24.950kHz. Bearings taken by the German PTT
indicated the source was on Pag Island, Croatia. The German PTT filed an
official complaint to the Croatian PTT

But the best news is that no notice of any intruders has been made to the WIA
news desk for almost 12 months, the last being 2 mtrs in VK4.

BACAR (Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio) TO FLY ON 25 JULY

South Africa's long awaited BACAR flight will take place on Saturday 25 July
and a preparatory meeting will be held 11 July to test the complete payload,
review launch venues and expected wind conditions as well as on the air
reporting and activities at the N.A.R.C. on 25 July and recovery operations.

More details on



In our Weird n Wonderful it's to ARNewsLine and a story penned by their
Editor bill Pasternack, a story of Andrew Cheatle and his mobilephone
which the June issue of Popular Communications says may be
the most reliable in the world.

In a recent interview with a United Kingdom newspaper, Cheatle explained
that he was messing playing with his dog near the seashore when his
cellphone phone must have fallen and got swept away. Cheatle said that
he kept calling it in hope someone may have found it. Nobody answered
so he gave up after a couple of days.

Fast forward a week. Cheatle is out with his girlfriend shopping for a new
cellphone when her phone rang. She told him that his mobile number was
calling hers. The person on the other end identified himself as Glen Kerley.
Kerley, a fisherman by trade told Cheatle that he was gutting a large codfish
that morning and found Cheatle' s Nokia 1600 phone inside.

Kerley tried using the phone, but it didn't work. So he removed its
SIM card, put it in his own handset, and started calling numbers from
the SIM' s phonebook to find the owner.

At first Cheatle didn't believe the story but went to meet him.
What he found was his phone that was a bit smelly and battered. Now
Here's the best part. By the time he got to Kerley's place the phone had
dried out and incredibly it came back to life.

Kerley says that Cod are greedy fishthey'll eat anything. He's
found plastic cups, stones, teaspoons, batteries, and everything else
under the sun in them. He says that he's even heard of someone finding
false teeth in one.

You can read more fun communications stories like this one on page 6 of
the June issue of Popular Communications magazine.

And one last word on this story: Its rumoured that Cheatle, who runs an
online retail company, apparently still uses the fishy phone. Word is
that there's a long line of hungry looking cats following him wherever
he goes.

Well not really, but it's sure a fun sentence with which to end this
weeks newscast.




AUG 15 - 16 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
AUG 15 - 16 ILLW

Running till Dec 31 2009 is the 4th CQ DX Marathon


March 21-22 John Moyle Field Day

Look for LXHQ to be active again from the Headquarters of the Luxembourg
Amateur Radio Society during the IARU Contest July 14-15th.

They will have nine stations with 20 operators active and a live webcam
will be available during the contest from the LX7I QTH on

Please try to work LXHQ on as many bands and modes as possible during this
2009 IARU World HF Championship 2009.

QSL via LX2A - New QSL Manager!.



Hams can continue to give any signal reports that they please. This as the
FCC denies a petition filed by a Texas ham that sought to regulate the way
signal reports are given in the Amateur service, especially during
contests. Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, from Amateur Radio Newsline says the
FCC has acted very quickly on a petition filed this past May 6, by Jack
Najork, W5FG, concerning signal reports transmitted by amateur stations that
are participating in contests.

Specifically, Najork had request that the Commission sanction the American
Radio Relay League for not taking any action to prohibit or discourage what
he termed as "false 5-9 blanket reporting."

In the end the Commission said that it does not regulate amateur
contests. Rather, they are self-administered by the amateur
community. Based on this, the FCC has dismissed Najork petition and has
told him that his concerns should be directed to the various contest

And before you ask, this is not some sort of belated April Fool's
joke. The petition had been assigned as Docket number DA No. 09-1378 by
the FCC. You can read the entire dismissal order for yourself at

hf nets ON the net,

GB 40 WAB 40th anniversary of the WAB Till Dec 31

HG 160 FNY Commemorates 1848 attack on Hungary
that prompted their independence. until July 31

OZ 1658 ROS 350th anniversary of the Treaty of Roskilde Till Dec 31

VARIOUS SM STATIONS USING 1658 (Treaty of Roskilde) Till Dec 31

VP 9 400 /home call 400th Anniversary of Bermuda Till Dec 31

TARCadian with rare DX Call on Tropical Isle

Chris VK4FR is currently working at a rare DX Tropical Isle and has secured
a callsign and permission to operate when he has spare time.

Look out for Chris signing as 4W6FR, Four Whiskey Six Foxtrot Romeo,
from Timor-Leste for the next few months from time to time on HF bands
that propagation conditions allow.

Chris has already been heard using BPSK and SSB on the 20metre band.


SQ8X and SV2KBS will activate Easter Island from October 31st through
November 15th. A few more operators are being sought for this
DXpedition. If you are interested to join please contact


For the Sunspot conspiracy theorists amongst us, Kitski VK2LL has sent an
interesting read from last Mondays SMH:

It seems a JACK EDDY was a solar astronomer best known for his demonstration
that irregular variations in solar surface activity were associated with major
shifts in the Earth's climate.

He made his name in 1976 with the publication in the American journal Science
of his 12-page paper, The Maunder Minimum, which argued that the 11-year
sunspot cycle, which had been observed since the invention of telescopes
some 400 years ago, was subject to important variations.

He noted that between 1645 and 1715, sunspots had almost entirely disappeared.
There were contemporary references to this phenomenon, and among those who
later drew attention to it were the German astronomer Gustav Spoerer and the
English astronomer Edward Maunder.

Eddy reinvestigated sunspots in the light of Spoerer's and Maunder's work, and
concluded that every two centuries or so there was an interruption to the
11-year cycle. He christened the period 1645-1715 the "Maunder Minimum".

Eddy realised that by looking at radiocarbon dating and its variations it was
possible to identify comparable episodes going back thousands of years. He
also believed there was a link between solar activity and the Earth's climate.


2nd Sunday each month.
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz

In the next week or 3 we will here from Pete VK2YPW about BLUEsat, that's
the acronym of Basic Low-Earth-orbit University of NSW Experimental satellite,
is a digital amateur radio satellite being designed and built solely by
students at the University of NSW.

BLUEsat is primarily an educational satellite, designed to give students at
UNSW space experience which they could not obtain elsewhere. Therefore its
mission has been chosen to offer low cost and minimum complexity, whilst at
the same time offering enough of a challenge to inspire and enthuse the
students who work on it.

So thanks to Westlakes club, stay tuned in weeks to come.



Get ready for some interesting ham radio in space related tweets.

This with the announcement that the Amateur Satellite organization AMSAT
is now posting on the Twitter social networking website.

According to Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, writing on the AMSAT Bulletin Board,
the ham radio space agency new Twitter account is He
says that the initial tweets will deal mostly with AO-51 and AO-7, but
those with interest in other ham radio satellites are welcome to follow.

Glasbrenner, who is AMSAT North America's Vice President for Operations
says that the short postings or tweets will deal with items that are
deemed as small for publication by the AMSAT News Service or to be sent by
e-mail, but of interest to the general ham radio space community.



Members and friends of the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club Australia are
reminded that the next news and information broadcast will take place on the
first Monday of the Month.

using the RAOTC callsign of VK3OTN.

10.00 am Victorian time on 7.060 and 3.650 MHz plus 1.843 MHz AM, and

On 14.150 MHz at 01.00 UTC beaming north and 02:00 UTC west from Melbourne

For those not yet retired, 8.30 PM Victorian time tune 80 metres 3.650 MHz
and in Tasmania, but at Victorian time, 8:30 on the Mount Duncan repeater

With the objective to maintain interest and good fellowship among those who
qualify for membership, full membership of the RAOTC is available to any
person who has held, or has been qualified to hold, an Amateur Licence for
a minimum of 25 years.

Associate membership is available to any person who has held, or has been
qualified to hold, an Amateur Licence for a minimum of 10 years.

Associate members are entitled to all the privileges of Full Membership
except the right to vote or to hold office.

Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club
P.O. Box 107
Mentone Vic 3194

Phone : 03 9579 5600


21.360 - 18.160 - 14.300 - 7.060 - 3.760 MHz.
REGION 2 TRY ALSO 3.985 - 7.240 - 7.290

Regional Communications Support Co-ordinator
Blue VK4FBLU has put out the call for support for other events happening
in the not too distant future. Here's a list !

Sat 18 July - Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim - Cleveland Bay
A chance to get out on the bay for free and be part of one of the
premier long distance international swim events. Operators
needed for both maritime portable and beach portable positions.
Operators signed on so far -
VK4s UCM/FTVL, WJ, HSV, ZZ, ZXX, FBLU, PVH plus helper

Sun 19 July - King of the Hill Hill climb Heat Three - Mt Stuart
Mix a day out playing with radios to the sound of squealing tyres
and the smell of burning rubber. Operators needed to man Start
and Flying Finish for Time Control and Safety comms.
Operators signed on so far -

If you are available for any of these events or if we have
left you off the list then please contact Blue VK4FBLU
on telephone 47754184 soonest with an offer for support .



International Telecommunication Union's Telecom World 2009.

July 11 - 12 VK3
GippsTech 2009, the technical conference with a VHF, UHF & microwave focus.

July 18 VK3
Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest 10.00 am
Cranbourne Public Hall

Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group White Elephant Sale Healesville Memorial Hall.

August 2 vk6
Northern Corridor Radio Group's WA Hamfest. Cyril Jackson Rec Centre
Fisher st Ashfield.

August 8 VK2
Summerland's 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held Saturday evening, 8th August.
Goonellabah Tavern to start 1800K.

August 9
SARCFEST from 0800K at the Clubrooms, Richmond Hill.

Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio club Sunfest, The Woombye School of Arts
Blackall Street Woombye.

SEP 13 VK5
Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest 9:30am.
Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St Goodwood.

SEP 18-20 VK4
North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention, James Cook University,
Douglas Campus. Surf to theTARCinc website
for event and registration information

SEP 25 - 27 VK4
The Central Highland Amateur Radio Club Annual General Meeting at
Camp Fairbairn near Emerald.

OCT 11 VK3
Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club'S communications and display day
(Hamfest), St Augustine's Hall Orr Street Shepparton.

OCT 12 - 16 ZL
14th IARU R3 Conference Christchurch 12 ? 16 October 2009.
Details at
The Region 3 Web Site:

Oct 31 - Nov 1

Qld Sunshine Coast's October Camp Catch-up Maidenwell Observatory
Brisbane valley west of Yarraman.

Westlakes Amateur Radio Club's "Westlakes Field Day".


JAN 24 VK2
Mid North Coast Amateur Radio Group's Radio Expo 2010 8.30am St Johns Church
Hall, Mc Lean Street Coffs Harbour.

WIA 100 Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 3.

Wyong Field Day, Wyong Race Course.

Midland Amateur Radio Club's Radio, Electronic & Astronomy Expo.
Venue to be advised.


JAN 23-FEB 17 YEAR 2012
World Radio Conference WRC-11 Geneva 23rd January TO 17th February 2012

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