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WIANEWS for week commencing Sep 13 2009
Yes it IS news for the 13th NOT the sixth as I actually read aloud
when presenting this weeks news.. apologies on that one!!
VK3KID Open for JOTA
WHEN TRIPLE OH IS A GREAT BIG NO!
Mobile phone activates kitchen oven.
Great Squidpole Squabble
Australian Fonetic Radio Alphabet
Beat the intruders with CW says IARU
It IS news for the 13th NOT the sixth as I actually read aloud
when presenting this weeks news..
SOO.. IT'S all up and coming in this edition of
WIANEWS for week commencing Sept 13
Mobile phone activates kitchen oven.
The New York Times are reporting on an EMC case involving an oven that turns
itself on in the presence on a low level RF field from a Cell (Mobile) Phone.
Many people will have run across the beep-beep-beeping noise that you can get
if a cell-phone is nearby to a poorly designed amplified speaker system.
BUT in this case, when the oven detected an RF field it switched on and set
itself to high - creating a significant safety hazard.
The New York Times report, which contains a video, can be seen at
WHEN TRIPLE OH IS A GREAT BIG NO!
ACMA in a recent press release noted that although previously referred to as
Triple O it is now to be called TRIPLE ZERO. This previous term is no longer
used due to a concern that it may cause confusion for users of alphanumeric
keypads who may dial the letter 'O' rather than zero.
Handset blocking for repeated non-genuine calls to Triple Zero
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has welcomed a recently
introduced industry initiative to address the incidence of non-genuine calls
to the Triple Zero (000) emergency call service.
The industry initiative will progressively limit calls from mobile handsets
being used to make repeated non-genuine calls to the Triple Zero emergency
Telstra, given its experience as the Emergency Call Person, has advised that
handling of genuine calls is being increasingly compromised by the need to
deal with non-genuine calls or calls that do not relate to time critical or
life threatening emergencies.
Under the industry initiative, developed in consultation with the ACMA, mobile
handsets from which repeated non-genuine calls are made to Triple Zero
operators may be blocked across all mobile networks from being able to make
calls. Progressive steps will be taken to formally warn the owner of the
mobile handset before the handset is blocked, in addition to the caller
details being provided to police as appropriate.
(ACMA Media contact: Donald Robertson, Media Manager on (02) 9334 7980).
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
Dennis mentioned this last week, now further on the "Great Squidpole Squabble".
Following the phenomenal response to Westlakes Project of the month, simply
called The Squid Pole Antenna, controversy has reigned supreme at the club
between those who continually seek new, and possible better means of getting
the ultimate signal to air and the die hard sceptics, set in their ways with
already tried and proven means of communication as to the which works best
in a portable situation.
A means of settling the debate once and for all will be undertaken at
Westlakes Teralba site Saturday October 3rd. 2 pm, using 7.100 MHz.
Both combatants will broadcast alternately using their portable antenna
of choice, then will stand by to receive a hopefully accurate signal
reports accompanied by a location from you the listener.
Tune in and give a report!
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VKC Roundup http://www.police
VK3KID Open for JOTA
VK3KID will be holding an open weekend for OTA Saturday 17 and Sunday 18th
October, there will be a BYO BBQ with free tea and coffee provided.
The Location is Sherbrooke Community School Mt Dandenong Tourist Road
Sassafras , The station will be active on as many bands and modes as possible.
So come up on air for a pleasant hour or two and say hello.
web service local news:- www.wiaq.com/qnews/upload/qnewsbcast.htm
local news email email@example.com
VKR Roundup http://www.police.qld.gov.au/News+and+Alerts/Media+Releases/
The Caboolture Radio Club's AGM will be held Saturday October 10 at 11am
and visitors are welcome!
Caboolture Radio Club is trialling a new repeater at Ocean View 146.625.
Preliminary reports indicate coverage south to Boonah, West to Yarraman
and North to Nambour with most of Bribie Island a formality.
local area news :- http://reast.asn.au/news.php
vk7 local news, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The next meeting of the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club has been scheduled
for 1:30 pm on the 26th of September at the Penguin lions Club rooms.
(David Cleland, VK7DC, CCARC Secretary)
Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club
NTARC will be holding the October monthly meeting at Alanvale campus of
Tasmanian Skills Institute and have arranged a fascinating presentation from
the Bureau of Meteorology, with particular emphasis on that feared phenomena
of all amateurs who have towers & antennae: Lightning!
Peter VK7PL has arranged this for NTARC.
(Jason VK7ZJA, NTARC Secretary via vk7news)
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
The weekend of 5th - 6th of September saw ARK's Academy swing into
action again with yet another foundation course. a nice and sunny
weekend saw Seven candidates study for their foundation course.
The results a 100% pass rate !"
Instructors Ivy VK3IVY and Lino VK3BAD were delighted with the result
and both candidates and instructors celebrated with tim tams and donuts
after the exam session.
Many thanks to Assessors Keith VK3FT , Peter VK3AVE, Lionel VK3NM , Lino
VK3BAD , and John VK3ARK for giving their time over the last few months
conducting various assessments.
So please welcome John, David, Jason, Peter, Adam, Jacqui and Angus
to the amateur radio fraternity when they pop up with their new call
signs in a few days time
ARK's Academy will be offering more foundation courses early in the new
year and will again be offering our weekend regulations course followed
by our standard/ advanced upgrade course, all courses are free of charge
and next year will be conducted in a brand new facility being
constructed , a forty seat pit style lecture theatre, with an extensive
outside deck which will be a great location for lunch.
If your in the Melbourne area and want to either get your foundation
license or upgrade to Standard or Advanced please contact ARK's
Academy e-mail John email@example.com
Website can be found at http://www.carnagevisors.net/arks-academy/"
(John Fisher VK3ARK / VK3DQ / M0GJF)
Ham College VK6
Ham collage in perth are looking for candidates for their next foundation
course to be held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of this month.
The course is two days with the exams held the following weekend. If you're
travelling from a remote area for your course, arrangements can be made for
you to sit your exam on the first weekend.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.
to register your interest, log on to hamcollege.com.au or google ham college.
Septembers AR Magazine, and yes, Tom Potter says it's in newsagents now
has begun a series of occasional articles especially suited to the interests
of Foundation Licensees.
Turn to page 18 and read Ross Pittard VK3CE on the design and construction of
a simple but effective antenna for 2 metres (or 70 cm).
This is the well-known J-Pole concept which uses ordinary TV ribbon
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
The Sean Kelly Tour took place August 30th, 2700 hardy cyclists taking to the
road on Saturday evening. The Irish version of VK's WICEN assisted
Civil Defence in maintaining an accurate location of as many as possible,
allowing them to more cleverly deploy their own medical resources around the
Great use was made of the APRS digipeater network, and it definitely proved
it's usefulness on the day. It allowed the members in Net Control to keep
both the Civil Defence and event organisers updated as to the locations of
various vehicles almost in real-time.
Manufacturer of Texas Bug Catcher Antenna to Cease Operations:
ARRL News are reporting after October 31, 2009, GLA Systems, manufacturer
of the Texas Bug Catcher antennas will cease taking orders for new antennas;
No reason was given for the closure, but on GLA's Web site, owner Henry Allen,
K5BUG, said. "It has been a fun 30 years, but it is time to hang it up. I
would like to thank everyone who has made this experience possible."
Den Connors, KD2S (SK):
The first president of Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) Den Connors, KD2S
passed away September 3. He was 58.
Connors, an ARRL Life Member, conducted the first amateur packet radio
contact with all-American hardware and software, using the Tucson
Amateur Packet Radio Terminal Node Controller (TNC) with Lyle Johnson,
WA7GXD (now KK7P), at 9:12 PM (PST) on June 25, 1982. The tests were
conducted at 146.55 MHz, with both stations sending plain-text ASCII
messages. "Den was instrumental in the early PACSAT work, and as TAPR's
first president, led that organization from a local club he co-founded
into an international organization," Johnson said in an e-mail. "His was
a very cheerful, positive, can-do influence."
FCC CITES CALIFORNIA RESIDENT OVER DEFECTIVE INDOOR TV ANTENNA
You may find this one hard to believe, but the FCC has issued a Citation
to California resident Irma Frausto for using a defective amplified
indoor television antenna. She could not POSSIBLY know it played havoc with
a nearby cellular telephone site.
Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, has more:
On August 13th agents from the Los Angeles FCC Office investigated a
complaint that something was interfering with the operation of a Verizon
cellular site. The agents T-hunted the interference to the Frausto's
residence. Further investigation revealed that the source of the
interfering signal was a Philips model MANT 300 amplified television
antenna installed on top of a television set in the Fausto home. .
Apparently the antennas internal amplifier had broken into
self-oscillation on 840.356 MHz. The spur was strong enough to
interfere with the input to a Verizon local cell site. And you would
think that's where it would all end. Disconnect the faulty antenna
and problem solved. But that's not where this story ends.
On August 20th the FCC issued a Citation to Irma Fausto naming her as
the responsible party. Why the FCC chose to issue a Citation rather
than the usual warning letter or any letter at all is not explained.
And if we may editorialize a moment, even stranger is the demand by the
FCC that Ms. Fausto respond to the Citation and specify what actions
have been taken to correct the violation when its likely all she would
do is return it to where she bought it or throw the thing in the nearest
garbage can. At least that's what we would do.
We also wonder if the FCC intends to follow up with Philips to make
certain that no other MANT 300 amplified indoor antenna is causing
similar problems elsewhere in the United States. One would think that
Phillips is the responsible party in this scenario since it was the one
who manufactured the defective amplified antenna in the first place.
Lastly we must ask why so much emphasis is being put on reprimanding a
citizen for something beyond her control when there are far more
important matters to contend. This definitely includes cleaning up the
now almost two decade old rats nest of jamming, filthy language, illegal
broadcasting and other violations found on 14.275 MHz in the 20 meter
band. Violations that the FCC seems to be turning a blind eye to no
matter how much the ham radio community complains.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, reporting and
editorializing from Los Angeles.
Oh yes. Those of you interested in a good lesson in government
bureaucratese can read the entire text of the Citation issued to Irma
Fausto at http://www.fcc.gov/eb/FieldNotices/2003/DOC-292933A1.html
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
Australian Radio Alphabet
The Americans have forced their radio alphabet on the rest of the world
but we prefer this Aussie radio alphabet, it comes courtesy of ALEX vk2fpol;
A - AUSSIE
B - BARBIE
C - CARTON
D - DUNNY
E - ESKY
F - FOOTBALL
G - GROGSHOP
H - HOTEL
I - IDIOT
J - JACKAROO
K - "K"
L - LONGNECK
M - MEAT PIE
N - NUMBSKULL
O - OCKER
P - PINCH
Q - QUID
R - RIGHT OH
S - SICKY
T - TROOPY
U - U-TURN
V - VEG OUT
W - WEEKEND
X - XXXX
Y - YABBIE
Z - ZILLIONS
I'm John V VEGOUT
OPERATIONAL NEWS -
RD CONTEST MANAGER PETER VK4OD:-
"As you listen to this newscast, today Sunday the 13th Sept, well, you have
just 48 hours to get your Log for this years RD Contest, to me, albeit Snail
Mail or Electronically sent.
Tuesday 15th Sept at 17:00, any logs that arrive after that will be returned
unopened, and will miss out for this years Contest.
The checking and double checking is proceeding quite well, and those logs that
needed correcting I have advised the sender why the correction was made.
Once all the data entry is completed, the FULL results will appear in AR, at
the earliest possible publication. We will announce the winning State, along
with the FIRST Place positions.
As soon as possible the Certificates will be issued to the FIRST Place winners
for each of the categories, or should it happen to the EQUAL FIRST place
ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2009
SEPT 12- 13 Work All Europe SSB
SEPT 19 WESTLAKES CUP
OCT 3 - 4 OCEANIA CONTESTS - SSB
OCT 10 - 11 OCEANIA CONTESTS - CW
OCT 24 - 25 CQ WORLD WIDE SSB
NOV 1 ZL STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT
NOV 28 - 29 VK SPRING VHF-UHF FIELD DAY
NOV 28 - 29 CQ WORLD WIDE CW
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
March 21-22 John Moyle Field Day
4U1VIC TO OPERATE WORKED ALL EUROPE DX CONTEST
On the air, word that the Vienna International Centre Amateur Radio Club
station 4U1VIC will be on the air during the Worked All Europe DX
Contest on September 12th and 13th. This will be a SSB only operation
with the station is located in the secured United Nation campus in
Vienna, Austria. Due to access restrictions, the operators will not be
able to be on the air continuously for the full 48 hours, however they
will be on the air as much as possible. QSL this operation via the
A new video about the 4U1VIC is available at www.vimeo.com/6301009
SPECIAL EVENT CALLS, BEACON DX AND NET ADVICE
hf nets ON the net, www.timroberts-vk4yeh.id.au/
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
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
A station signing C31LJ slash M heard on August 27th is reported to be a
pirate operation. VE3EXY the real C3ILJ is currently in Canada.
HS8JYX, is planning to be in the CQWW DX SSB from Thailand.
That Radio sport event takes place October 24th to the 25th and he will enter
as Single-Op / Single-Band 20 meter entry.
QSL via HS8JYX.
FIRST EVER EME DXPEDITION TO MONGOLIA
JT 1 UN and JT 1 UN/5 will be the call signs of the first ever E-M-E
DXpedition to Mongolia by W7EME, and K7YO.
The operation will begin on October 10th and continue through the 14th.
W7EME will operate JT65B on 144 MHz with K7YO on 432 MHz.
Equipment on 2 meters will be a single M2 yagi and 450 watts output.
The70 centimetre station will run 250 watts to a pair of long beams.
More details are at www.mmmonvhf.de/latest.php?id=2849
Just received news that F5OGL has received the necessary permit to
operate from Grande Glorieuse..
5 to 8 operators will activate this rare island thanks to the authorisation
of the armed forces under the high authority of general Dominique LEFEUVRE,
Commander of the French Signals and Graduate Studies School of Rennes and
the HQ of the Southern Indian Ocean Forces.
Host on the islands will be the Foreign Legion;
"There is no doubt this will be another exciting expedition."
said Didier F5OGL.
The FT5GA team departs from France, September 11th to head to Glorioso Island.
[The Glorieuses or Glorioso Islands are a group of French islands and rocks
totalling 5 square kilometres in the northern Mozambique channel, about 160
kilometres northwest of Madagascar.]
BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS
www.tinyurl.com/BITS-026 (A receiver located in NY USA)
Pay freeze tipped as Radio NZ slashes costs
Radio New Zealand staff were expected to agree to a freeze on salaries as
the public broadcaster identifies $1.5 million of savings to make ends meet.
Radio NZ is facing another round of cost cuts after the Government ignored
warnings of chronic under funding and staff shortages.
Cutbacks are common in the media sector, which has been ravaged by an
advertising slump. Commercial radio stations have also been laying off staff,
and Television New Zealand has cut staff and programming.
Radio NZ does not rely on advertising and all government departments face cuts.
(shortwave central blog)
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator B.L.Manohar (Arasu) VU2UR
Do you enjoy Amateur Radio or are you a keen Shortwave Listener?
Are you willing to contribute to the global amateur radio community?
By simply doing what you enjoy best - listening and reporting intruders,
whilst you listen or communicate via the HF bands or even suspect a pirate
on the VHF and UHF bands.
All you need to do is simply file a report on any potential intruders you
* Frequency (in kHz) - Bandwidth
* Time (UTC)
* Day of the Month,
* Country if you know
* Bearing (if available)
* Remarks (calls if known, language, locations, names, sked times)
* An audio sample, if possible
How do YOU report an intruder?
Well the NZART are advising ZL'ers to simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or even join the Australasian ham band intruder watch via
John Martin ZL1GWE says "If we are successful within the IARU Region 3 in
confirming, detecting and evicting intruders from the HF bands, we will share
this success with you all. We need to ensure the Amateur Radio bands are
available for your enjoyment and especially during an emergency situation".
That address again is http://groups.google.com/group/IntruderWatch
(John Martin Monitoring Service Coordinator - NZART de ZL1GWE grid:RF73MF)
Beat the intruders with CW says IARU
The RSGB are reporting that the IARU is encouraging amateurs to get on the air
and use CW on the 7MHz band.
7000.4 kHz in particular.
This is because Portuguese fishermen are abusing 7,000.4kHz using USB every
morning between 07.00 and 09.00 UTC and later. These fishermen are located off
the North of Portugal.
Use this frequency for CW traffic, says the IARU.
Back to ZL land and New Zealand's M.E.D. With the co-operation of the ACMA
direction finding service in Australia, were chasing for a licensee an
interfering signal around 7 megs.
This interfering signal was identified as a time signal station which had
recently come on to the frequency from Ottawa, Canada.
Negotiations are being held between administrations as to how to overcome
the interference issue.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
(Measure twice - Cut once!)
Peter Ellis VK1PE has an idea for a novel club project: a really good
heat transfer compound.
Some weeks ago I saw a story about a computer geek who made up a thermal
transfer compound using diamond dust. Then, this week I came across a story
from an American university that is developing a process to fuse diamonds into
a copper matrix for use in super high power transmitters.
There's a theme here.
It turns out that diamond is the natural material with the highest rate of
heat transfer, around 2,000 Watts per metre Kelvin, which is around five to
six times better than silver and copper.
Diamond dust can be bought fairly cheaply on eBay or locally. Look for 60,000
mesh diamond powder used for cutting and polishing. A suitable 'grease' is
available at chemical supply companies and hobby suppliers. Look for
polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and polytetraflouroethylene (PTFE), which have to
be mixed. Don't get anything containing zinc oxide, because that is a thermal
insulator compared to diamond.
So, for about $30-40 you could make up a syringe of seriously good thermal
compound for use with radio projects, computers, or other electronics. Just be
careful, and follow the instructions at "inventgeek.com".
This could be a club project, and you pay per millimetre squirted from the
For radio news, I'm Peter Ellis VK1PE
DIY Diamond Thermal Compound (InventGeek)
"Heat-Transfer Material Could Allow More Powerful Radar Electronics"
(Georgia Tech university
Amateur Radio Previews
Amateur Radio magazine for September is now in your newsagents. And it is well
worth picking up a copy. Why not reserve one every month to make sure they are
not sold out on you. You will see a couple of intrepid amateurs on the front
cover, well rugged up, because they are operating from the Mount Kosciusko
summit - portable, of course.
If you are a Foundation Licensee, turn straight to page 40 for a full report
on the 5-day Scout Camp that focused on amateur radio. Arthur Greaves
VK3FBEE had a wizard time, and so did all his interstate mates, with training
sessions, radio construction projects, HF and VHF contacts across the region,
and operating mobile from Puffing Billy in the Dandenong Ranges. The whole
thing was aided and abetted by Robert Broomhead VK3DN and Bob Bristow VK6POP
from the WIA Board. A couple of good photos, too.
Yes, back to Mount Kosciusko, and a detailed account on page 27 by Compton
Allen VK2HRX about his Easter adventures on the top of Australia. He reports
that he had his pick of all the 2-metre repeaters in the south-east. Then he
tried HF and worked dozens of stations. With a noise-free site at an elevation
of 2,229 metres, how could he go wrong? Compton also provides some first-hand
descriptions of this high mountain terrain, illustrated with a couple of
October Amateur Radio will be published on time, as always.
(Compiled by: Tom Potter VK3UBS)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
DAYTON 2009 VIDEOS FROM ARVN
Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, spent his days at the 2009 Dayton Hamvention with camera
in hand. Now after three months of editing in his North Carolina studio,
Gary and his Amateur Radio Video News organization has released what he called
the 2009 Dayton Collection.
This years set includes the FCC forum where you get to know the new ham radio
rules enforcer Laura Smith.
Also included are the ARRL, TAPR and Software Defined Radio sessions along
with a tour of all the goodies to be seen at this years Hamvention.
For details take your web browser to www.arvideonews.com
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Word in from Bob Cooke VE3BDB the President of "Radio Amateurs of Canada".
The Army Cadet League of Ontario is investigating the establishment of a
Royal Canadian Army Cadet radio network based on Amateur Radio technology.
Dubbed 'ACORN', for 'Army Cadet Ontario Radio Network', the aim is to
support optional training and certification of Army Cadets as licensed
Amateur Radio operators throughout Ontario.
Radio Amateurs of Canada has been asked to facilitate this project.
Hams who have the interest, time and qualifications to mentor and provide
instruction to young would-be hams, as well as to assist in setting up and
managing Amateur Radio stations.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Redcliffe (VK4) Club secretary Peter VK4TAA has advised that the JOTA weekend
is approaching fast and Redcliffe will operate a portable field station at
Scout camp Murrenbong near Petrie. Any amateur who is in the region and would
like to assist Redcliffe with the anticipated 400 scouts, cub, guides and
rovers who will visit the site, should contact Peter, VK4TAA via the
Redcliffe's club website, you'll find that page when you check out clubs at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES ALL REGIONS
21.360 - 18.160 - 14.300 - 7.060 - 3.760 MHz.
REGION 2 TRY ALSO 3.985 - 7.240 - 7.290
Saving lives through Emergency Communications
The fifth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference, GAREC-2009,
hosted by the Japan Amateur Radio League and held in conjunction with Ham Fair
2009 in Tokyo, Japan, with participation by representatives of IARU and all
three of its regional organizations, National IARU Member Societies and
specialized Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Groups from all three
the statements of GAREC-05 (Tampere, Finland), 06 (Tampere, Finland),
07 (Huntsville, Alabama, USA), and 08 (Friedrichshafen, Germany), the progress
made on the implementation of the recommendations expressed therein, and
recent experiences from exercises and actual emergency operations;
1.the relationships between the amateur service and organizations engaged in
public protection and disaster relief, and in particular the formal
agreements and understandings that exist between the IARU and the
United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),
2.the reports on recent emergency communications operations presented at
GAREC-09, in particular the earthquake disaster relief operations in Japan
(1995), China (2008) and Italy (2009) and the Australian bushfire
communications (2009), as well as
3.the reports on experiences to date with GlobalSETs, Center of Activity
Frequencies, ALE, emergency communications across borders, and other
important topics presented at GAREC-09;
the radio amateurs who performed so well in meeting emergency communications
1. the conference participants and others who prepared these reports and
2. the IARU for completing the emergency communications brochure previously
recommended by GAREC;
requests the ITU
1.to continue to support the activities of IARU in facilitating the role of
the Amateur Radio Service in emergency communications by fully implementing
the provisions of Radio Regulations (RR) Article 25 as revised by the World
Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03, Geneva 2003) through the appropriate
mechanisms of its Telecommunication Development Bureau and to support
national Administrations in such implementation, and
2.to continue to study the possibilities for the introduction of an
International Amateur Radio License facilitating the work of Amateur Radio
Service in international assistance and related training activities;
calls upon all National IARU Member Societies and all specialized Amateur
Radio Emergency Communications Groups
1.to establish close working relationships between the National IARU Member
Society and independent specialized Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Groups in the respective countries as well as to cooperate internationally,
2.to request their national regulatory authorities implement the modifications
to Article 25 of the Radio Regulations adopted by the World
Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03), in particular the regulations
governing third-party traffic during emergencies and during training for
3. to provide training in emergency communications to as many amateurs as
possible in their respective countries with particular emphasis on:
a.personal and logistical preparedness, the psychological aspects of entering
a disaster area, and familiarity with the civil protection system in their
b.specific communications techniques of particular value in emergencies, and
c.remembering that the skills developed in the amateur service can be of
great benefit to disaster relief organizations in maintaining and operating
their own telecommunications networks,
4. whenever emergency communications are being conducted on frequencies that
propagate internationally, to use any available real-time communications
channels, including but not limited to e-mail bulletins, web-sites, social
networking and DX-clusters to draw the attention of the largest possible
number of Amateur Radio operators to on-going emergency communications, in
order to avoid interference with emergency traffic,
5. to use their contacts with national regulatory authorities to encourage the
accession to and implementation of the Tampere Convention on the Provision
of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief
6. to support the work of the IARU on an international Emergency
Communications Handbook and to provide copies of existing agreements with
institutional partners in emergency response as well as copies of emergency
communication guidelines, manuals, and checklists developed for national
or local use as inputs to this work,
7. to work towards the implementation of the Memoranda of Understanding
established between the IARU and ITU, IFRC, and the United Nations by
seeking cooperation with the respective national institutions and
organizations in their country,
8. to continuously improve their awareness of the mission, vision, and values
of served agencies, and
9. to represent themselves as a human and technical resource able and willing
to investigate the communication requirements of served agencies, offer
recommendations when asked, and facilitate emergency communications when
requests the IARU
1. to encourage its National IARU Member Societies to actively support the
mission of Amateur Radio as an emergency communications resource, including
but not limited to the actions listed above,
2. to support the IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications
in the work with the ITU (BDT) on the implementation of the Article 25 of
the Radio Regulations (WRC-03) and to support the ongoing work towards an
International Amateur Radio License, and
3. to actively support the work on the IARU Emergency Communications Handbook
in respect to the publication of the handbook;
calls upon governments and telecommunication administrations
to facilitate the role of the Amateur Radio Service in emergency
communications by fully implementing the provisions of Radio Regulations (RR)
Article 25 as revised by the World Radiocommunication Conference
(WRC-03, Geneva 2003) and by encouraging joint training activities and
exercises of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Groups and institutional
providers of emergency response; and
that GAREC conferences should continue to be held in locations throughout the
world to the extent possible and should maintain the character of GAREC as an
informal meeting among representatives of IARU member societies and of
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Groups within or outside of the
respective National IARU Member Society, serving as a forum for the exchange
of experience and as an advisory body for the work on emergency communications
of the IARU.
Adopted by consensus in the final session of GAREC-2009 on 25 August 2009.
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WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- STAMP COLLECTING OPERATORS
Norway releases new radio stamp
Part of the Norwegian Year of Cultural Heritage, is this summers release of
the Kur radio stamp.
A new icon saw the light of day in 1950 when Radionette launched its Kurr
radio. The Kurr was the company's greatest success, and the red transistor
model in imitation alligator skin was the undisputed winner. Radionette's
history started in 1927 with 24-year old Jan Wessel, in a small rented room
in Oslo. "Good, reasonably priced radios for everyone" was the motto of the
company's self-taught founder, and with the Kurr he struck a gold mine.
The radios sold like hot cakes, not only in Norway, but all over the world.
They were exported to 60 countries and Radionette became a household name.
Factories were set up in Iran, South Africa and Turkey.
After the golden 50s, Radionette found itself in difficulties. Sales fell at
the end of the 60s and in 1972 the company was merged with Tandberg
Radiofabrikk. In 1978 Tandberg closed Radionette down and went into
liquidation itself later the same year. A major electrical retailer acquired
the trade mark and the Radionette name still exists today.
The radios are manufactured in Asia.
(Norway Post via Shortwave Central blog)
International Telecommunication Union's Telecom World 2009.
SEPT 12 VK4
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 http://www.tarc.org.au
for event and registration information
SEP 25 - 27 VK4
The Central Highland Amateur Radio Club Annual General Meeting at
Camp Fairbairn near Emerald.
VK4kal Gordon reminds those planning on attending the CHARC AGM in
Emerald the deadline of 20th Sept for accommodation is fast approaching.
Accommodation is dormitory, 12 separate rooms and those coming must bring
their own bedding + pillow, however a mattress will be supplied!
Day visitors $ 6.60
O/niters $ 13.20 per person per nite.
Oh and you will also need your own cutlery!
Also remember for those arriving from 4pm on 25th you have to bring your
own meals as there are no supplies at the Camp.
Those intending to come, let vk4kal know. Details are on the text editions.
Note the l is lower case L
(VK4kal Gordon ,hon Secretary.)
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 www.christchurch.org.nz/
The Region 3 Web Site: www.jarl.or.jp/iaru-r3/
OCT 25 VK3
Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Annual Hamvention, new location of Ballarat
Greyhound Racing Track, off Rubicon Street.
All the usual traders of new gear will be in attendance as well as the very
popular pre-loved displays.
Food and drinks will be available on the premises
Doors open for trading at 10.00am, and entry fee is still $6.00.
The new location has huge off street parking.
For more information and table bookings contact
Oct 31 - Nov 1
Qld Sunshine Coast's October Camp Catch-up Maidenwell Observatory
Brisbane valley west of Yarraman.
NOV 1 VK2
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club's "Westlakes Field Day".
NOV 15 VK4
QUEENSLAND CLUBS "PRESIDENTS LUNCH" GEEBUNG RSL
JAN 24 VK2
Mid North Coast Amateur Radio Group's Radio Expo 2010 8.30am St Johns Church
Hall, Mc Lean Street Coffs Harbour.
FEBRUARY 14 VK3
WIA 100 Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 3.
Wyong Field Day, Wyong Race Course.
APRIL 2 VK3
Midland Amateur Radio Club's Radio, Electronic & Astronomy Expo.
Venue to be advised.
JUNE 5 VK2
Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club's 35th Annual Field Day.
NOV 7 VK5
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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