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WIANEWS for week commencing Aug 16 2009


north queensland amateur radio convention.


weird and wonderful, piddle power.


All up and coming in this edition of
WIANEWS for week commencing Aug 16


SouthGate Amater Radio Club News are reporting that an ARES team are safe
after tyhoon disaster scare!

Welfare concerns about a Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League emergency comms
group have been allayed, with the report that the team has made it to safe,
dry ground.

Ted Yu BV2OO, Solo Chen BM5ABU and K.L. Wu BM6AHR and two doctors and four
nurses flew by helicopter, amid rough turbulent weather, to reach Chin-Ho
surrounded by the worst floods in Taiwan in 50 years.

Quickly setting up the ham radio station equipment the ARES team began using
the 40m band, with their situation report communications helping the rescue
and recovery operation.

The team had to flee for their own safety when a lake broke its banks and
threatened to inundate where they had set up. They made it to a cabbage field
where they slept before resuming their emergency communications efforts to
tell everyone they were 'alive and kicking'.

ARES was last known to be using 7.080MHz.

We,ve come a long way since the days this weekend in VK commemorates, the
end of the hostilities of World War Two.

From Morse to Digital Radio and all stops in between!

In the United Kingdom a very VERY special event station was on air last
weekend, and again NEXT weekend, call sign GB 1 SSB

This has been set up celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first British
amateur radio station to use SSB.

GB1SSB next on air 22-23 August in honour of G2NX the first UK SSB Operator.

TELSTRA scoops two world records for technology trials with Nortel.

Telstra and Nortel successfully completed world-first trials of next
generation 100 Gbps and 40 Gbps transmission over the longest distances ever

A continuous 2038 kilometre fibre optic link between Adelaide and Sydney was
used for the 100 Gbps trial, while the 40 Gbps trial took place over 3370
kilometres on a looped-back section of the Sydney to Adelaide route.

Both trials used Nortel optical technology on existing Telstra fibre.

Both trials successfully used Nortel's Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing
(DWDM). DWDM is a technology used to increase the capacity and efficiency of
fibre-based optical networks.

Telstra has deployed DWDM extensively throughout its inter-capital and
regional networks but these world-first trials have demonstrated Nortel DWDM
equipment on existing Telstra fibre infrastructure.

(Telstra Media Contact: David Luff: Reference Number: 215/2009)

MFJ Enterprises have announced they have purchased the Cushcraft Amateur Radio
antennas product line. According to MFJ, Cushcraft -- makers of HF/VHF/UHF
vertical, beam and Yagi antennas for the Amateur Radio community will continue
to be manufactured in New Hampshire. "We are excited to have the Cushcraft
Amateur Radio Antennas product line alongside our other five companies,"
said Martin F. Jue, President and founder of MFJ Enterprises, Inc.

(vk4im adam)

Westlakes club have arranged to have Jeff Johnson VK4XJJ present a talk on
his trek across Australia Now listed for Saturday August 22nd in the
Westlakes club Library due to a double booking by Jeff for the 29th.
Also Westlakes in conjunction with Port Stephens ARC have registered and are
operating Norah Head Lighthouse today,as VK2ATZ portable.

Bunya Mts & District Amcom Inc. held its AGM on Sunday 9th August. The venue
chosen for this year was the Maidenwell Pub. After an hour's friendly chat
and a well presented and delicious meal members settled down to the main
reason for the visit to this scenic area.

The club executive elected for the ensuing year are
President Neil Holmes VK4NF
Vice President Reg Kerslake VK4AQU
Secretary/Treasurer Rick Lammas VK4NRL

The 2009 North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention
will be happening in the garrison city of Townsville from
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September.

Daytime events will be happening at James Cook University

Douglas Campus with night time events centred on one
of the better bistros and convention rooms in the city.

Visits, lectures and displays are already firming up in the planning.

The registration deadline for Convention services is Friday August 28th.

For an electronic copy of the Venue and Events notes and a
Registration Form either surf to the TARC website
or send a message to the TARC email address

Wally, VK6YS in organizing an IOTA expedition to Robertson Island (OC-211)
between 29 December and 4 January.

Wally and Nigel VK6NI are looking for another two operators!

Wally can be contacted via email

SCARC 2009 Annual General Meeting (AGM) 25/11/2009

The South Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc. (SCARC) is holding it's AGM at SCARC
Clubrooms - 16 Roberts Road, Hackham West.

Members are requested to attend, with visitors and guests more than welcome.

Apologies and or questions to Club Secretary

More info at


A bright and sunny Sunday in Melbourne last weekend saw lots of smiles as
Ark's Academy students sat their exams following the standard license course
which was held over the last five weeks.

The Results were Six Students passed their Advanced License, Eleven their
Standard and two Students passed regulations.

Congratulations to all students from the Arks Academy team, Instructors
Lino, Ivy , Hannah ,Jim and John and Of course from the Assessor Team
of Keith, Lionel , Peter and the "Examinator" John..

Well done everyone and we look forward to hearing all those new
callsigns on the air before too much longer."

(John Fisher VK3ARK / VK3DQ / M0GJF )

On Saturday the 1st of August, the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc held
it's inaugural Examination assessments, this was held at the home of Keith
Winkler VK7KW the clubs learning facilitator, also in attendance was the
clubs newly indorsed examination assessor Vernon French VK7VF.

Two candidates sat for their Foundation Licence and passed with flying colours
the candidates are Steven Lloyd who has applied for the callsign of VK7FXXX,
and Hamish Carnegie who has applied for the callsign of VK7FHAM.

Both Steven and Hamish expressed how professional and relaxing the exams were
conducted and thank the team for providing the service.

We look forward to hearing the new callsigns on air in the very near future
and when you do please make contact and welcome them to this wonderful hobby
of ours.

To all radio and electronic enthusiasts out there who listen to our bands and
have thought you would like to become an Amateur Radio Operator then the
Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club can offer learning and examination facilities
to anyone who wishes to have a go, you do not have to be a member of the club
to use these facilities and all contacts and exam information is available on
their web page but if you would like to become a member of this progressive
active and open club you would be made most welcome, the membership
application form and club rules are available to anyone from that web site.

To find that page google Cradle Mountain Amateur Radio Club or visit and check out the VK7 club pages.

(David, VK7EX, President, CCARC)


AMSAT-UK has announced a new amateur satellite project called FUNcube.
This is an educational single cubesat project with the goal of educating
young people about radio, space, physics and electronics.

FUNcube will support the educational science, technology, engineering,
and math curricula and at the same time provide an additional resource
for the Radio Society of Great Britain's GB4FUN Mobile Communications

The target audience consists of primary and secondary school pupils and
FUNcube will have a high power 145 MHz telemetry beacon that will
provide a strong signal for the pupils to easily receive. It will also
carry a UHF to VHF linear transponder that will have up to 1 watt and
which can be used by radio amateurs worldwide for SSB and CW communications.



Amateur Radio Previews
August 2009

Nip down to your newsagent and get the August issue of Amateur Radio.

Look for the dramatic photo of a huge 26 metre dish on the front cover.

Lloyd Butler VK5BR is a regular contributor to Amateur Radio. He is back on
page 5 with a simple little test meter to check if the currents in the
two legs of a transmission line are in balance. Not only does Lloyd describe
how to build and operate the meter, but he delivers a good bit of thoughtful
theory about the ifs and buts surrrounding the performance of an
RF transmission line.

WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI is using his wide-angle lens this month,
taking an analytical look at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). (See page 3) The very
existence of amateur radio relies on these two bodies, and the WIA has a
vital role to play in the complex fabric of regional organizations that link
back to them. Michael's grasp of how this all works, and could work better,
is second to none. It is certainly complex, but it is required reading if
you value the future of amateur radio.

The WIA turns 100 next year and a Centenary Committee is already planning a
series of articles to record and celebrate the history of amateur radio.
Peter Wolfenden VK3RV is appealing for articles, clippings and/or photos
to be published in this series. Can you help?? Get all the details on page 4.

We always mention the regular columns which are presented every month in
Amateur Radio. They are all written by experts in their fields and keep
you up-to-date on your special interest. And there are also reports from
all States on club activities - pages of them!

(Tom Potter VK3UBS)

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


The age of the desktop PC appears to be over. This as its more portable
cousins, the laptop and notebook surge ahead with consumers clamouring
for light-weight computers in funky designs for use at home, in cafes
and on the heir to work.

Not a single desktop model figured on online shopping portal's top 10 selling PC and hardware list the weekend before
Christmas 2008. However seven laptop models made the list.

Those who watch trends in the computer industry say that this is yet
another sign that the former dominance of desktop PCs is fading. The
reason being that advances in wireless technology and lower prices make
laptops and notebooks the preferred option for millions of PC users
around the world.


Major changes are taking place in amateur radio in Tonga. This, according
to Paul Kidd, A-35-R-K, who tells the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that he
recently had a meeting with that nations radio Licensing Officer and the
Technical Officer in the newly formed Department of Communications.

Amateur Radio Newsline's Don Carlson, KQ6FM, says that in the past, amateur
radio licenses in Tonga have been managed and issued by a variety of different
government agencies. That's now changed with the creation of the Department
of Communications which is already building a website and plans to make
license application forms available online.

For newcomers, a 'Novice' or some other type of entry level license may be
created to encourage more activity. The formation of a club station and
licensing classes, possibly through the Tonga Maritime Training Institute,
was also discussed.

Licensing procedures for visiting operators and yachts in transit will be
simplified, especially for those entering the country somewhere other than
the capital. The new agency may make it possible for visitors to apply
on-line, however, they will still want to see an applicant in person before
issuing a license.

As to call signs, A35 single letter suffix calls may soon be issued to
resident Advanced Class licensees, and possibly to special event and
contest operations as well.

Maybe most important of all, A35RK says that Tonga now has a government
Emergency Response Plan, and amateur radio participation in it is
authorized. This, in conjunction with the Tonga Defense Force, the Tonga
Meteorological Service, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Tonga Red
Cross. In all some very positive steps forward for ham radio in that nation.


A McLean, Virginia ham operating the 2008 CW weekend of the CQ World Wide
DX Contest has perhaps become the only person ever to win single-op world
championships in all six major ham radio DX contests
John Scott Redd, K0DQ, on the air from Aruba as P40Q racked up over a
million more points than his closest competitor in the Single-Operator Low
Power Class

Redd got his first taste of contest victory back in 1966 as a Navy officer
posted to Uruguay and operating CX2CO in the phone weekend of the CQ World
Wide DX Contest. Redd worked his way up through the Navy ranks to Vice
Admiral and became Commander of the Fifth Fleet. He then served as a
civilian in the Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority and as Director of the
National Counterterrorism Center before retiring in late 2007.

But ham radio and contesting were never far away, and operating from Mexico
as XE1IIJ in the early 1970s, Redd won single-op world championships in
the CQWW Phone Contest, the ARRL DX Phone and CW Contests and the CQ WPX
Phone Contest. Thirty years later, when his professional life permitted a
little more hamming time, he added the WPX CW crown as P41P, operating
from P43P's station in Aruba, in 2002. The only prize that eluded him was
the CQWW CW. That is until now.


Piddle Power

Urine-powered cars, homes and personal electronic devices could be available
in six months with new technology developed by scientists from Ohio University.

Using a nickel-based electrode, the scientists can create large amounts of
cheap hydrogen from urine that could be burned or used in fuel cells.

"One cow can provide enough energy to supply hot water for 19 houses," said
Gerardine Botte, a professor at Ohio University developing the technology.
"Soldiers in the field could carry their own fuel."

Chemically binding hydrogen to other elements, like oxygen to create water,
makes it easier to store and transport, but releasing the hydrogen when it's
needed usually requires financially prohibitive amounts of electricity.

By attaching hydrogen to another element, nitrogen, Botte and her colleagues
realized that they can store hydrogen without the exotic environmental
conditions, and then release it with less electricity, 0.037 Volts instead of
the 1.23 Volts needed for water.

One molecule of urea, a major component of urine, contains four atoms of
hydrogen bonded to two atoms of nitrogen. Stick a special nickel electrode
into a pool of urine, apply an electrical current, and hydrogen gas is

A fuel cell, urine-powered vehicle could theoretically travel 90 miles per

"The waste products from say a chicken farm could be used to produce the
energy needed to run the farm," for livestock farmers who are required by law
to pool their animals' waste, large scale prototypes could turn that urine
into power within six months.

Smaller versions likely won't be available until after that, so the average
consumer probably shouldn't start saving their pee just yet.

(Frank VK2FJL)



AUG 15 - 16 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
AUG 15 - 16 ILLW
AUG 29 - 30 ALARA CONTEST (29th)



March 21-22 John Moyle Field Day

The close off for log entries to the VK Shires is just days away.

Log entries must be submitted by September 1, to be eligible for awards.

Submit your electronic log in the Cabrillo format created by all major logging
programs. Send via e-mail attachment to

Subject line: Callsign used in the contest.

SINGLE OP stations may submit a paper log, only if they make less than
100 qsos.

VK entrants are reminded to be sure their log indicates their VK shire
location. If you wented portable or mobile the log must clearly define where
you changed location.

Click on the "VK SHIRES Web Form" link on the contest website at

(Trent VK4TI)

hf nets ON the net,

GB 40 WAB 40th anniversary of the WAB Till Dec 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

VI 2 SRC 50 Summerland Clubs 50th Anniversary (VK2) Till Aug 31

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

VR 2009 EAG The 5th East Asian Games Hong Kong Till Dec 31

YL 90 AIR 90yrs of Latvian Air Force Till Dec 31

Phillip, ZL2TZE, who back in the days of packet radio put this news out from
ZL for us, has taken over the now deleted KiwiDX Group which out of the blue
closed last Sunday week.

The new group is ZLDXC ZL DX Club and their net, the ZLDXC Net is at
0800 UTC 3777 LSB +/- QSB Tuesday and Friday nights

Oh and Philip till has his Packet BBS working away but has slowly moved away
from that and now supports APRS and DX.

Post message:
List owner:

(73 Phillip ZL2TZE)

SEANET - Conference - Korea 2009

The 37th annual SEANET Convention will be hosted for the first time in Korea.

The convention is truly a worthwhile endeavor as it provides the opportunity
to meet face to face and strengthen the bonds of friendship and learn from
each other through sharing and discussion of mutual interests.

The opportunity to attend and participate has given the organisers greater
understanding of various peoples and cultures that they may not otherwise have

Some travelers may have concerns when visiting Korea with the current
political climate as well as its proximity to other nations who have had
SARS outbreaks in the past. However, everyone who travels to Korea comes to
see it is a safe, warm, and welcoming city where tourists can comfortably
enjoy sightseeing and walking throughout its cities, says HL1KDW Chae Do Sook
Organizing Chairperson.

2009 SEANET Convention in Seoul, Korea

Today 16 August a Special Event Station with the call sign TC17EQ
will participate in the Memorial Event for the tragic earthquake,
which occurred in the town and region of Izmit (Turkey) on 17 August

The event will be attended by representatives of the countries
that provided international assistance following this disaster 10
years ago. In recognition of their key role in emergency
communications, the Turkish IARU Member Society, TRAC, has been
invited to be part of the official program with a Special Event
Station and with two of their emergency communication vehicles.

TC17EQ is expected to be qrv on 20m and 40m, primarily in SSB, mostly
near the respective Center of Activity Frequencies for Emergency
Communications, and on 30m in CW and PSK. For more details or for
skeds with HQS stations please contact TA1E, Aziz Sasa, <>.

(Hans, F5VKP / HB9AQS, IARU International Coordinator for Emergency



The publisher of Passport to World Band Radio has told readers that the
future of the famed SWL guide is in "limbo." Acknowledging on the
Passport's Web site that "solid content" is essential to the success of
a publication, publisher Larry Magne cited what he termed as other
considerations as the reason behind the decision to possibly cease publication.

(Sourced to ARRL)


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


The Fifth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference
will be held on 24 - 25 August, in connection with the JARL Tokyo Ham Fair.

The Theme of GAREC-2009 will be "Emergency Communications across Borders".

The program will include presentations about operations during disasters that
occurred since last year's conference and discussions about new developments
in technology and their application in emergency communications.

The fifth GAREC continues the work of its four forerunners held in Finland
Germany and the USA.

Please visit


The US Department of Homeland Security has picked 14 groups from across
the USA to pilot an ambitious Multi-Band Radio project. This in an
attempt to permit all responding units to talk with one another and with
incident command no matter what frequency or mode of communication they
use. Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeff Clark, K8JAC, says having a fully
interoperable portable that is comparable to today's single band sets was the
reason that the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology
Directorate in 2008 awarded a $6.2 million contract to Thales Communications.

Its job was to develop and demonstrate the first-ever portable radio
prototype that lets emergency responders, police, fire-fighters, emergency
medical personnel and others communicate with partner agencies, regardless of
the radio band they operate on.

The result of that investment by the government is the Thales Liberty
software defined multiband mobile radio which received FCC certification
in April. The prototype is capable of operating in the primary public
safety bands between 136-174 MHz, 380-520 MHz as well as in the 700 MHz
and 800 MHz bands. And because it is software defined it can be
reconfigured to operate in emerging spectrum that will be dedicated to
emergency communications as well.

They are priced at priced at a hefty $4,000 to $6,000, each.



The U.S. Marine Corps has banned MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and several
other social media sites from its networks. The ban which is effective
immediately was instituted in response to a late July warning from U.S.
Strategic Command.

According to news reports the Strategic Command told the rest of the
military it was considering a Defense Department-wide ban on the Web 2.0
sites. This, due to what the government says are network security concerns.

The Marine Corps says it will issue waivers to the Web 2.0 blockade if a
"mission critical need" can be proven. They will continue to allow access
to the military's internal "SNS-like services." But for most members of the
Corps, access to the real, public social networks is now shut off for at
least the next 12 months.

(Amateur Radio NewsLine)

Being our RD weekend and comming on on the heels of the past 2 weeks stories
here on National News of "Winnie The War Winner", an ingenious radio built
from cocoa tins, toothbrushes and an ashtray by a British engineer held in a
German prison camp during World War Two is among exhibits at a major
exhibition looking at the experiences of prisoners of war.

The story of how Captain Ernest Shackleton made the radio from odds and ends
he scavenged while in captivity is told in 'Captured: The Extraordinary Life
of Prisoners of War', which has just opened at the Imperial War Museum North
in Manchester.

Shackleton was able to use a valve and some capacitors from a broken film
projector and to make a regenerative receiver covering several wavebands with
interchangeable coils made from toilet roll tubes.

Variable capacitor plates were made from Rowntree's cocoa tins rolled flat
with a beer bottle and cut with scissors. The spindles were made from clinical
thermometer cases.

Two toothbrush handles formed the insulation supports. The rectifier valve
holder for the power supply was made from a Bakelite ash tray cut and drilled
with a penknife.

The completed set, which ran on mains electricity taken from the lighting, was
concealed under the floor and operated by knitting needles poked through
cracks between the boards.

Used to listen to BBC and American broadcasts, it gave PoWs a link to the
outside world to the point where they were often better informed than their
guards about the progress of the war.

Of course not all communication during the war years was by radio, enter
-- Aldis Lamps.

The following story is sourced to VK7WI A news and is a fascinating
war-time story featuring Aldis lamps or blinkers those signalling lamps
used to "blink" out code messages at short range usually at sea.

In 1944, Jack Cambell and Stephanie Batstone struck up a
relationship using an unusual method of communication. They never
met. Then Jack vanished. Fifty seven years later at the Imperial War
Museum, with BBC reporter Sara Parker, they met face to face for the
first time.

During Word War II, Jack Campbell was a signalman in the US Navy.
For thirty days his ship was anchored off the Scottish coast in the
Firth of Lorne near Oban. Life got a bit lonely on board, so Jack
started up a conversation with the shore station - by Aldis lamp. An
Aldis lamp was also known as a 'blinker' and was used to flash
messages from ship to shore.

Stephanie Batstone, a trainee Wren, got 'talking' to Jack by Aldis
lamp after he'd helped her out by passing messages onto another
ship. Whilst Jack and Stephanie never saw each other, they struck up
a relationship across the night waters. "You could say anything to a
man on a ship, several miles off! You knew you'd probably never meet
them!" remembers Stephanie, ""We were like two people on separate
desert islands."

Then one morning, invasion in the air, Stephanie looked out across
the sea, "The anchorage was completely empty. There were no ships at
all. We asked around to find out where they'd gone." It was D-Day,
and Allied naval forces were landing on the Northern Coast of
France. "I felt he hadn't survived. We heard later that the ships
were sunk. The invasion had started from Oban - and that's the big
romance of it all."

Jack had written to Stephanie, and she had tried to contact him, but
wartime has little respect for relationships or the postal service.
Fifty years on Jack describes their exchanges as, "just a

Fifty seven years later, Jack and Stephanie met for the first time.
Stephanie had never married. Jack had, and it was his daughter
Nicky, at Jack's request, who made contact with Stephanie on a visit
to Britain.

"I told this story many times," says Jack, "imagine sitting five
miles from somebody and carry on a conversation by light and never
meeting them. It's thrilling after fifty-seven years to meet
somebody I've never talked to."



International Telecommunication Union's Telecom World 2009.

August 22 vk2
Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club's Winterfest 18 Simeon Road, Orchard Hills.

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.

Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club's 35th Annual Field Day.

2010 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest Rosa St Goodwood


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

MAY 4-7 2012 VK5
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