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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 06 2009.
ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 6 2009
Errors and "Emissions"
This note in from our LA studio and Bill Pasternak Editor in Chief of
Amateur Radio News Line
"After rading the story on the IC-706's demise I decieded to check the info
with Ray Novak at Icom. He says its not quite accurate. To quote Ray,
"I guess I was not clear when I said: "'It seems they have decided to
discontinue the product. At this time, it will continue in the ICOM
America product line'." What I meant was in reference to ICOM Australia,
not the production in Japan.
So it seems that its more a local marketing decision by Icom Australia
rather than a global product availability situation. Ill add that I got a
bit suspicious of the item because the IC -706 MK 2 G is still the worlds
biggest selling ham transceiver and I just could not see Icom killing the
goose that lays the proverbial golden radio egg. At least not yet.
Oh and overeas readers.. note that the 5 year warranty seems to be an
ICOM Australia only project as no other ICOM distributor is offering
the 5 year warranty.
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF
During 2009 our Wireless Institute of Australia has been considering training
of amateurs for activities associated with emergency communications
preparedness. In the July and September issues of Amateur Radio magazine, the
WIA Comment focussed on issues surrounding amateur operator emergency
communications, training and general preparedness.
From the feedback received, the Board considered that a national accredited
training system was an essential element in the broad range of issues
associated with emergency communications provided by amateur operators.
In association with the WIA' s Recognised Training Organisation (RTO),
TrainSafe, a nationally recognised training package has now been developed.
The WIA Board has prepared a statement on "where it is at" in the development
of the training package and a summary of feedback and issues. The statement
and attachments can be found when you visit wia.org.au
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
PRELIMINARY WORK ON THE EVANS REPEATER.
Satisfactory investigation and work has been started at Mt. Moonimba.
This is about 9 Kms SW of Woodburn at an existing tower site.
It is hoped to cover the Pacific Hwy gap, Ballina to Maclean.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VKC Roundup http://www.police
Here is one to put into your new Diary you get for Christmas!
Yarra Valley Hamfest Sale, Sunday 28th February 2010, 10am to 2pm,
Healesville Memorial Hall Healesville.
Free Tea & Coffe, Ample parking, $5 entry.
For table booking And further information contact, Gavin VK3GH
or email email@example.com
web service local news:- www.wiaq.com/qnews/upload/qnewsbcast.htm
local news email firstname.lastname@example.org
VKR Roundup http://www.police.qld.gov.au/News+and+Alerts/Media+Releases/
Art VK4GO/JA1OGS as we reported some months ago has finished his APRS work in
Japan with Kenwood/Yaesu Japan and has settled down in Cairns
From Cairns he is running an APRS Digipeater, VK4GO-3.
At the latst Cairns Radio Club meeting he told how by replacing an old BBS
system a club APRS will soon be "on the airwaves".
With the latest Radioclub meeting seeing 10 members turn up, they got a very
good discussion going on how to creat more club activity in the Cairns region.
The next Radio Club meeting in Cairns will be 8 December.
(73 all the best Art VK4GO/JA1OGS)
Down the road a piece from Cairns is the garrison city, Townsville and
Townsville Amateur Radio Club held its 2009 AGM Sunday November 22rd at
The election of the 2010 TARC Management Committee was
conducted by Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ and confirmed the Honorary Membership of
Professor (Emeritus) Jim Ward
Professor Mal Heron
Hon. Peter Lindsay VK4TO
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To our Very good buddies in Tassie..
If you were thinking of saying 'Thank you' to your XYL for letting you play
radio, how better to do it than by taking her out to lunch.
You can do this in the safe company of other amateurs all doing the same
thing, or just plain celebrating, at the RIVERVIEW INN at Lower Sandy Bay on
Saturday on the 12th. of December 12:00
Harmonics are welcome, as are non-licensed radio enthusiasts.
RSVP to any WICEN South members, or Rod VK7TRF.
Of all places we learn the RSGB has details on a local chap who is off to
They also point out that you can QSL via the WIA on this one or the Bureau.
Seems Dave Burton, VK4ABD will be operating from the Willis Island Bureau
of Meteorology site in the Australian Coral Sea Territories from
early December 2009 until July 2010 as VK9WBM. Due to shift work
commitments there will be no fixed schedule or pre-arranged contacts.
Operation will be on the 40m band and above. As the RSGB reports, QSL via
Bureau or WIA
Late news in is that Dale VK4DMC is on top of this dxpedition and will keep
WIA National News abreast of our "Weather Man".
HOME OF THE GOOD GUYS
The team of five GB2RS newsreaders in NW England have been given transceivers
for 2m, 4m and 6m for use in transmitting the news. The radios have come
from Graham, G1PYA, a regular listener to GB2RS. The five newsreaders,
G4GSY, G0MRL, G0NAJ, M1NTO and M0HDE would like to record their very great
thanks to Graham for this valuable gift, which is so clearly in the
traditional spirit of amateur radio.
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
An e-mail from France a few weeks ago resulted in ARK's Academy's first
international student registration and today Ted M6EAW (An English
Foundation call holder) attended a special short course and then sat
and passed his VK foundation license.
Ted arrived in Australia a couple of days ago and braved a rather rainy
Melbourne Sunday morning waiting to greet Ted were Lino VK3BAD and
John VK3DQ after a brief coffee and one of Jean VK3VIPs home made
chocolate muffins it was down to study and a special four hour
foundation revision course was done , a lunch of ham and salad rolls
went down very well and just after lunch Lionel VK3NM arrived to help
with the assessments but not before having his share of the timtams.
After the course of instruction Lino had to leave for a family function
so Lionel and John Put Ted through is exams, the result a pass with
Ted has requested the callsign VK3FEAW , Ted will return to France in a
few days time but hopes to return home to Melbourne in a years time ,
when he would like to study to upgrade his licence , well done Ted !"
(Best 73 John Fisher VK3DQ / VK3ARK Lgrimas De Saudade)
CUBA TO PROVIDE PARTS TO HAMS AND WILL MANUFACTURE 160 METER RADIO
According the Cuban news service CAN, that nations Ministry of Informatics
and Communications will soon start providing ham radio operators with the
components and parts for their equipment. This, from stock that had been
left idle for some time.
Pedro Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Amateur Radio Federation told the
press that the first 600 units are ready for delivery. He says that by
using them his nations ham radio community will be able to assemble new
stations or update those they already have.
But that's not all. During the recently concluded 8th Cuban Ham Radio
Federation Congress, a prototype of a domestically designed transceiver was
shown. With the brand name "Caiguaran," the gear was designed by several
specialists and will be manufactured at one of the Ministry of Informatics
Jos Tanquero is one of the hams that worked on the creation of the
radio. He told the news service that it
Runs 20 watts out on 160 meters which it's the legal for Cuban Third
Category ham radio license holders. By adding modules both 80 and 40 meters
can be covered as well.
The Cuban Amateur Radio Federation has over 5500 members many of whom are
involved in both severe weather watch and emergency communications
Tragic death of 1996 Young Amateur of the Year runner-up
The RSGB news website carries a report of the death of a runner-up in the
1996 Young Amateur of the Year award.
The GB2RS article says:
The Society is saddened to report the death of Ben Clarkson, G7WHO, at the
tragically young age of 27.
Runner-up 1996 Young Amateur of the Year, Ben gained his licence on his
An enthusiastic member of the Reading and District Radio Club and a
Scout Leader, Ben will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
NZ Radio Spectrum 08-09 Review and 09-12 Outlook
The New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development (MED) has published the
Radio Spectrum 2008-2009 Review and 2009-2012 Outlook.
This new look interactive annual report and business plan reviews the policy,
planning and operational achievements from the past year, and focuses on
business development for the next three years.
Key outcomes planned in 2009-2010 are:
Strengthen spectrum planning and forecasting capability.
Implement a risk-based compliance framework.
Enhance our business systems to encourage industry self-help.
On Wednesday, November 25, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule
Making seeking to amend the Commission's Amateur Radio Service rules
to clarify certain rules and codify existing procedures governing the
vanity call sign system, as well as revise certain rules applicable to
According to the FCC, almost 80,000 licensees have replaced their
sequentially issued Amateur Radio call signs with a vanity call sign
since the program began in 1996.
IARU SAYS WRC-12 PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY
WRC-12 will commence in January 2012. The year 2012 seems far away, but it is
only slightly more than two years from now. Preparations within national
telecomsadministrations have been under way for some time. Regional telecoms
organisations have been meeting to discuss the WRC agenda items and to arrive
at regional positions on each issue.
IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, said that every IARU member society
capable of doing so, should take the initiative to liaise with their own
administration and let the administration know what the IARU's position is
on those WRC agenda items that influence the amateur radio service.
The most significant WRC agenda items are:
Implementation of the radiolocation service in the range 30 to 300 MHz;
Possible allocations in the range 3 to 50 MHz to the radiolocation service for
oceanographic radar applications;
Software-defined radio systems;
The effect of emissions from short-range devices;
To consider an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415 - 526,5 kHz
to the amateur service on a secondary basis.
OPERATIONAL NEWS -
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
2010 JOCK WHITE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY CONTEST
Saturday, 27th February 2010 and Sunday 28th February 2010
Saturday 1500 NZDT until 2400 NZDT and
Sunday 0600 NZDT until 1500 NZDT
Updated Contest Rules and Other Operating Information will be available from
the NZART Website.
2010 RSBG COMMONWEALTH CONTEST (BERU)
13 & 14 March 2010
1000 UTC (Sat.) until 1000 UTC (Sun.)
Considered to be one of the more gentlemany contests that has been in
existence since the mid-1930's. Apart from the individual performances there
is a Team event, based on individual nation's participation.
No word in from our contest director of any WIA involvement next year.
March 21-22 John Moyle Field Day
Denis Johnstone firstname.lastname@example.org reminds National WIA listeners and readers
the National Field day for all bands HF, VHF, UHF, and above emphasising
portable operation is only a few months away!
Now Peter Harding VK4OD Rd Contest Manager with his final report for this
years Remembrance Day Contest.
"Now that the contest is over and all the logs are in, and having checked them
all I'm able to present the winners with their Certificates. I will not go
through all the individual results as that would take up the entire broadcast,
details for all of their availability will be covered towards the end of my
I received a total of 310 Logs compared to 314 Last Year, with the overall
Points totalling to 42356 points compared to last year total of 3634. Last
year we received 21 logs from the Foundation calls this year it dropped to 16.
This year we received 3 logs from ZL and 1 log for the receiving only section
This year saw for the first time several stations operating WWII original
It is no surprise that VK6 once again will get their name engraved on the
RD Trophy as the Winning State for 2009.
This year I have issued a Certificate to the First 3 place getters.
By now they should have received their Documents.
By the time this goes to air, I anticipate that a comprehensive listing will
be in the December/January edition of AR Magazine, or you can simply log onto
http://www.wia.org.au and click on the contest link, followed by the
Remembrance Day link this will take you to the RD page, and at the BOTTOM of
the page all will be revealed.
Until next we meet next year in the RD this is Peter Harding VK4OD RD Contest
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
The VK7RSC 10 metre beacon has recently been relocated and is on the air
from Alanvale campus of the Tasmanian Skills Institute. Launching its
10 watts CW signal into the air is a half wave dipole, and reports are
that it's been heard in VK2 & VK6 already. Listen out on 28.267 MHz for
In DX, word that F6AUS will operate portable FG from Les Saintes Guadaloupe
until March 2010. Look for him to possibly be on 160 and 80 meters. QSL
via hf6aus his home callsign.
Kish Lighthouse activation
Daniel, EI9FHB should be active from the Kish lighthouse until Wednesday 9th
The Kish lighthouse is located about 10 miles east of Dun Laoghaire and marks
a sandbank on the route to Wales.
The lighthouse was built in 1965 and is undergoing a major overhaul of power
systems and navigational aids.
Daniel will be operating mainly on Sundays and after 7pm other days.
Great Tower of Breda - Special Event Station
Look for special event station PB500GT to be active until December 13th.
Activity is to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the 'Great Tower of Breda'
Operators will operate at a height of 65m from the Great Toren. This Great
Tower is located in the middle of the city.
Operations will be on 80/40/20/2 meters using SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL Manager is Willem, PA1WLB.
A DXpedition with a Difference
Leaving in February 2011, John Edwards, M0JAX, is looking for 22
people with a full licence to join a DXpedition to Bahrain.
He's planning a two week trip based at the InterContinental hotel
with eight stations on the air 24 hours a day. Operators will be
working in three shifts to keep the station on the air for the two
weeks. John is making all the various arrangements including travel
and accommodation but would be interested in hearing from radio
amateurs who have an interest in making the trip.
A preliminary trip is being organised for February 2010 to check
suitability for antennas and the stations, including drawing up a
list of the necessary equipment. If you are interested, send your
details and why you think you would be an asset to this DXpedition to
the RadCom offices and your letters will be passed on to M0JAX.
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe email@example.com
VK Coordinators for I.A.R.U.M.S. ?
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.
Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700
India blocks millions of mobiles
Millions of Indian mobile phones with no valid unique identification code
have been blocked for security reasons.
The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is a 15-digit code
which appears on the operator's network whenever a call is made.
The absence of this number makes it impossible to trace either the caller or
the phone or to access call details.
Indian intelligence agencies say phones without the code have been used in
attacks by militant groups.
Mobile phones without the code were blocked - operators were asked to
bar calls to them "in the wake of increased threat perception from militants".
India has the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, with more
than 488 million subscribers.
Every month millions of new subscribers are added to the list.
With that many users maybe they will soon need to utilise a couple of
"Aussie" call centers!
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
(Measure twice - Cut once!)
MIDLAND 70-066 Conversion to 6 Metres project.
Canberra Club is looking at undertaking a course to "convert to 6 metres" of
some Midland 70-066 transceivers (Midland version of the AWA RT-85).
The Midland 70-066 / AWA RT-85 are a lot easier to convert than the Philips
FM92 that many of us started WITH a few years ago.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
IRTS Radio News via ATV
The IRTS radio news which is normally broadcast by South Eastern Amateur
Radio Group at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday nights via the Southern Ireland Repeater
Network is now available live each Tuesday night at www.ei8ffb.com
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK UNOFFICIAL HF Net.
2nd Sunday each month.
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz
Special Event Station BT3WX for launch of XW-1
The Amateur Radio satellite XW-1 is scheduled for launch on December 20 and a
special event station BT3WX will be run to celebrate the launch.
The XW-1 will be the first Amateur Radio satellite to be launched by Beijing
and it will carry a 145 to 435 MHz linear transponder for CW/SSB as well as
a FM 145/435 transponder.
To celebrate the launch of XW-1 China'S first amateur satellite and inspire
radio amateurs and young people leaning to amateur satellite communication
technology and space knowledge, enthusiasm, popular amateur satellite
communications activities in China, AMSAT-China will set UP special event
station BT3WX, QRV on all of HF amateur bands from 10 to 160 meters
and on VHF/UHF amateur satellite bands, including FM, SSB, CW, RTTY and PACSAT
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
The FCC has said yes to the concept of Internet Neutrality. This as the
regulatory agency take an important step toward prohibiting broadband
providers from favoring or discriminating against certain kinds of Internet
Despite the concerns of many telecommunications companies who believe that
they have the right to regulate connection speed and capacity. The
broadband providers insist they need flexibility, free from government
intervention, to keep their networks running smoothly
But telecommunications regulators disagree. Now the Federal Communications
Commission has voted to begin writing so-called "network neutrality"
regulations with a vote on whether to adopt them expected to come by next
Proponents say the rules would prevent phone and cable companies from
abusing their control over the market for broadband access. FCC Chairman
Julius Genachowski said regulations are needed to ensure that broadband
subscribers can access all legal Web sites and services, including Internet
calling applications and video sites that compete with the broadband
companies' core businesses.
JAN 4 - 14 VK2
AUSTRALIAN SCOUT JAMBOREE Cataract Scout Park south of Sydney.
JAN 24 VK2
Mid North Coast Amateur Radio Group's Radio Expo 2010 8.30am St Johns Church
Hall, Mc Lean Street Coffs Harbour.
JAN 30 VK4
Bunya Mts & Dist AmCom host "HAM AND WINE FEST 2010" at Maclagan.
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.
JULY 17 VK3
GGREC Hamfest Start Time : 10:00
Oct 29 - 31
VK1OOWIA Westlakes ARC during our WIA centenary celebrations.
NOV 7 VK5
2010 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest Rosa St Goodwood
15TH IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE hosted by V.A.R.C. in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam.
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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