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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JAN 10 2010.
wia supported centenary activities.
DIGITAL DIVIDEND GREEN PAPER.
bay radio club ready to ham it up.
WIA EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION TRAINING.
police officers sue force over radio injuries.
EXPLORER KNUT HAUGLAND LA3KY, SK.
remembering the unit men, volta.
ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF
AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JAN 10 2010
WIA Supported Centenary Activities
The Wireless Institute of Australia has urged its affiliated clubs to
develop and implement activities to promote amateur radio in their
community, either in association with their rostered use of the VK100WIA
callsign, or activities not involving the commemorative callsign.
There are, of course, a whole range of other activities that may be
undertaken that may promote amateur radio to particular groups, or simply
amount to an activity that enhances amateur radio for radio amateurs.
The WIA welcomes the association of such activities with the Centenary year
program. This gives those running such activities the ability to use the
WIA Centenary Logo in publicity material.
The WIA will support appropriate activities on the basis that it occurs
between 1 January and 31 December this year, is one that in the view of the
Centenary Committee either promotes amateur radio, is of general interest
to radio amateurs or is otherwise worthy of support.
Full details of this arrangement can be found in the WIA Centenary section
of the WIA website.
Two events already have been approved so far to be WIA Supported Centenary
Activities, they are:
The VK9NA VK Microwave Group VHF/UHF/Microwave DXpedition to Norfolk Island
3rd to the 14th January
And, the Centre Victoria RadioFest at Kyneton on the 14th of February
Any club, group or individual seeking the WIA's support for an activity to
be associated with the Centenary Celebrations should contact the Centenary
Committee Chairman, David Wardlaw VK3ADW.
Either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you want to discuss a
proposal on the phone at 03 9857 8346.
Bay radio club ready to ham it up!
That was the headline written by Jennifer Chapman in Monday 4th January's
Fraser Coast Chronicle.
Sue Stephenson, a long-time member of the Hervey Bay Radio Club who's photo
"at the mic." in the Chronicle said she enjoys the company of her fellow
The Hervey Bay Amateur Radio Club has been given the chance to have a
special call-sign for the celebration of the Wireless Institute of
Australia's 100th anniversary.
Three days have been allocated to select radio clubs across the country
during a three to four-month period starting in March.
Because the call-sign, VK100WIA, marks a special occasion it means more
radio enthusiasts from around the world will be tuning in to Australia.
Hervey Bay Amateur Radio Club publicity officer Reg Wheller said the
anniversary provides a great opportunity to promote the Fraser Coast to a
larger-than-usual overseas audience.
In an attempt to attract more people and to celebrate the worlds oldest
ham radio society, the society that keeps the ham wheels turning,
the Bay Radio Club will hold a sausage sizzle at its Pialba headquarters
in January or February.
All members, ex-members and anybody else interested in amateur radio will
be welcome and can call 4124 6253.
VK100WIA It's a special call-sign; there will never be another one,"
Mr Wheller said.
Special callsign roster nearly full
To date 45 clubs throughout Australia have accepted the WIA's invitation
to take up a three-day roster slot of the commemorative callsign VK100WIA.
The callsign will be on air from May through to October. Currently only six
time-slots for the use of VK100WIA remain vacant.
There are two in August and one each in July and September. Clubs who are
not yet on the roster and want to be, are encouraged to register online via
the WIA website. The rostering must be completed by March.
DIGITAL DIVIDEND GREEN PAPER
The Rudd Government has released a Government green paper seeking public
comment on the benefits and costs of maximising Australia's digital dividend.
The 'digital dividend' is the term used to describe the radio-frequency
spectrum made available up as a result of the switchover to digital-only
television. The transition to digital-only television will free up spectrum
that is currently used to deliver analogue television services.
The Government is committed to achieving a maximised digital dividend while
maintaining Australians' existing access to free-to-air digital television
Emergency Communications Training - VK4ERM
Last year the WIA Board considered training of amateurs for activities
associated with emergency communications preparedness. In the July and
September 2009 issues of Amateur Radio magazine, the WIA Comment focused
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 on the WIA website.
Just thirty days from the announcement of the WIA's Emergency Communications
Training package sixty three people had registered their interest by
completing the online application form. Now, over one hundred have
registered their interest and commented on their experience. The WIA, in
association with its Recognised Training Organisation (RTO), TrainSafe
Australia, announced on the 2nd of December 2009 that a nationally
recognised training package had been developed. The announcement with
details of the training program may be read on the WIA website
If you are interested in registering for the WIA's Emergency Communications
Operator Training, further information and the online registration form can
be found on the WIA website in the Emergency Communications section located
under the "Members Area" drop down menu.
AUDIO INTENSIVE REPORT
Again this week in our audio section ONLY you will hear further on this
emergency education scheme by Fred Swainston.
Apologies for no written report.
GraHam VK4BB Editor.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
EVANS REPEATER VK2REH.
The 2REH gear is on test at the QTH of Darren VK2AUX.
About 10 Km SW of Woodburn, not on high ground.
Freqs 147.250 MHz, no tone.
Over the road apiece in Summerlands HQ,
17 Jan - SARC Committee Meeting, Clubrooms.
14 Feb - SARC AGM Clubrooms, 1400 LOCAL.
VK4 - QNEWS
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/
Welcome to QNEWS from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP and here's a
thought for the New Year.
When you ride your bicycle on the road, do you automatically make way
for a person on a motor scooter? Should motor cycle riders give way to
ute's and sedans? Sounds crazy doesn't it? As a public resource, the
road is used by all kinds of vehicles with all sorts of cargoes and many
passengers. The reason that the roads are not chaotic is that every user
is obliged to adhere to common road rules. Breaking those rules may
result in injury and death.
To join the users of the radio spectrum we can use a mobile/cell phone,
a LIPD or CB and so on. If we get smitten with the bug known as Amateur
Radio and wish to transmit, we all have to pass a licence which ensures
basic compliance with common rules. Breaking these rules may result in
annoyance to others and even injury and death.
The ether, as it was known, the radio frequency spectrum is shared and
used in a common way around the world of amateur radio. Titles and
honorific's, status and position matter not to the radio amateur. The
callsign is special in that it applies to the person and not the
equipment or craft that carries it.
There was a time in Australia that we only had what is now the Advanced
licence. For the "dummies" that couldn't or didn't want to learn Morse
Code, the Limited licence was introduced at the same technical level but
minus the CW. Now we have other grades of licence and they all permit
the holder to enjoy use of the same radio spectrum.
In our coming centenary year, can we ensure the traditions of the
hobby don't die out. When we key the transmitter, we are communicating
with another amateur with a callsign and a name. There is no superiority
in the ranks of the hobby except in the individual's own mind.
For QNews, I'm Geoff, VK4ZPP and that's what I think.
BUNYA MOUNTAINS AND DISTRICT AMCOM
Hi again to all, I'm Neil VK4NF from Bunya Mts & District Amcom Inc.
Just a reminder that the Ham & Wine fest at Maclagan is coming up fast,
Remember the date, Saturday 30th January, The deadline for table bookings is
Friday the 15th January, so be quick, bookings are rolling in.
If you wish to stay the weekend, Accommodation and or camping & caravan sites
are available at Rangemore estate and Winery near Maclagan, for more info
contact Ricky VK4NRL at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you at the fest.
Redcliffe and District Radio Club
I'm Ray VK4CF back with news from the Redcliffe AR Club".
Planning for John Moyle has already started and as next Monday night is the
club's meeting night this will be the main area of discussion. With the
majority of the club's executive away, the second eleven will be in charge of
the organization of event.
The new shelters will be available for the event and again the club will be
located at Murrumbong Scout camp about 15 minutes drive from Petrie. Again
CW will play a big part of the field day activities and there is a general
invitation to all amateurs and interested others to make a visit to the scout
camp to meet and greet members of the Redcliffe Club.
For the information of all intending visitors to the club here are a run down
of club Monday Night General Activities for 2010. The location of the club
House is at MacFarlane Park Klingner Rd Kippa Ring (UBD Map 91 Ref G 1) ,
and meeting time is from 7.30 - 10 pm-ish with the club usually open by about
discussion social and technical, first Monday of the month.
Business meeting second Monday of month.
A number of special demonstrations, technical talks take place on the year on
third Monday of the month.
On the 4th Monday of every month is a fox hunt starting at 7.30pm everyone is
The club has also 2 unique awards for all amateurs. The Redcliffe City Award,
that requires at least 5 contacts with Redcliffe club members.
The second is the TOBAR Award. This award is a tour around Australia by
Amateur Radio and requires contacts starting and finishing in Redcliffe, and
contacting other amateurs in the major cities and towns around this fine land.
For details of these awards please contact our secretary Peter, VK4TAA or
James, VK4TJF, the club's QSL manager via the club web site or read for
yourself at http://www.redclifferadioclub.org.au/
So until next week, for Redcliffe club I'm Ray VK4CF 4QNEWS from VK4WIA.
4773 1196 or 0408 001142
po box 333 Garbutt East, QLD 4814
GREETINGS AND SALUATIONS ! THIS IS DON VK4FNQA, WITH NEWS FROM
THE FIRST COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT EVENT THIS YEAR FOR TARC IS HAPPENING
NEXT WEEKEND WITH THE TERAHA ENDURANCE RIDE CLINIC AT THE NORTH QUEENSLAND
EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, BLUEWATER PARK.
THERE IS A 20KM AND A 5KM HORSE RIDE HAPPENING ON SUNDAY JANUARY 17 WITH
OPERATORS NEEDING TO BE AT RIDE BASE BY 7-30AM. OPERATORS CAN ALSO
CAMP OUT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT RIDE BASE. PLEASE CONTACT GAVIN VK4ZZ
ON MOBILE 0427 182469 OR VIA THE CLUBS REPEATERS OR EVEN SEND HIM A
MESSAGE IF YOU CAN HELP OUT WITH THIS COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT EVENT.
WIA NEWS REPORTS THIS WEEK THAT 100+ PEOPLE FROM AROUND AUSTRALIA HAVE
REGISTERED THEIR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WIA
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING FRAMEWORK. NOT A BAD TURNOUT OVER THE
HOLIDAY BREAK BUT MORE PEOPLE NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE TRAINING TO OBTAIN
NATIONALLY RECOGNISED ACCREDITATION FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNCATIONS OPERATIONS.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW AND STOP PUTTING IT OFF !
SURF TO wia.org.au OUR WEBSITE, SELECT THE MEMBERS TAB, THEN THE EMERGENCY
COMMUNICATIONS LINK, THEN THE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST LINK. FILL IN THE
ONLINE FORM AS COMPLETE AS YOU CAN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE !
WELL, THATS ALL WE HAVE TO REPORT ON THIS WEEK FROM TROPICAL PARADISE., SO
ITS CHEERIO FROM DON VK4FNQA ON BEHALF OF THE TOWNSVILLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
INC, AND YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO QNEWS FROM VK4WIA.
local area news :- http://reast.asn.au/news.php
vk7 local news, email email@example.com
North West Tasmania Amateur Television Group
Club Meetings Coming up
The next two Meetings of the NWT-ATV Group are scheduled for Saturday 13th.
The first of these will be the Annual General Meeting of the Club and as per
the rules all 5 executive positions of the Club will be declared vacant at
Any financial members of the Club are entitled to nominate for any of the
positions. Nomination forms & notice of same will be communicated to all
members shortly. If any member feels he/she would like to have a go at
holding an executive position within the Club, here is your chance.
So please give it some thought.
The second meeting will be the General Meeting of the Club and will take
place immediately at the conclusion of the AGM. Meeting venue will be the
QTH of Ivan VK7XL at Gawler.
AMSAT-VK Net Tuesday Night
The Monthly National Satellite Net of AMSAT-VK will again take place this
Tuesday 12th.January. The Net commences at 8.30 PM concluding around 9.30PM,
with check-ins from approx. 8.20PM.
Operators may join the net via Echolink by connecting to either the *Amsat*
or *VK3JED* conferences. Past experience has shown that the VK3JED
conference offers clearer audio. The net is also available via IRLP
reflector number 9558.
In addition to the EchoLink conferences, the net will also be available via
RF in the North West of VK7 via the Club's VK7RTV Repeaters on 53.775 and
146.775. MHz. and their associated IRLP Nodes.
All Amateurs and SWL's within range of these repeaters, are welcome and
invited to join in. You do not have to be active in working the satellites
to be involved with the Net. It is a good way of learning how to become
involved with communicating in AR via the "Birds".
Why not take a listen, you may become interested in yet another mode of
The nightly AR News broadcast "Linux in The Ham Shack" for this night, will
be moved forward to commence at 7.30PM. to allow for the AMSAT Net starting
73's until next time Tony VK7AX News Officer NWT-ATV Gp.
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
In VK6, ham college will be looking for candidates for their next
foundation course due to commence on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of
January. The course runs for two days with basic amenities provided.
Ham college are also looking for candidates for their next standard licence
course due to commence on 9th of February, one night a week for 6 months.
If your interested in getting your standard licence, act now or you will be
facing another years wait. I learnt the hard way with my advance licence.
There's also going to be an all exam day on the 30th of January.
For details go to www.hamcollege.com.au and register your interest now
Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club
Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club remind all in their area of Tassie that
be you a non amateur or a short wave listener and would like to become a
licensed amateur radio operator, then go along to a meeting and find out
about this interesting hobby.
If you cannot make the meeting but would like to find out more about the
hobby then contact the learning facilitator, Keith Winkler VK7KW, or any of
the committee members.
Full contact details are available on their website which like all "good
clubs" can be easily found by looking up clubs when you log into wia.org.au
Oh and next meeting? January 30.
(David, VK7DC, Secretary, CCARC)
Stephanie is youngest radio amateur in the UK
Stephanie Gregory is all EARS - and she couldn't be happier she's making
The bubbly seven-year-old is the youngest licensed radio amateur in the
And it's all down to the help and support she's been given as a member of
the Elderslie Amateur Radio Society (EARS).
Stephanie passed her amateur radio exams which means she no longer has to
operate from their radio club under supervision.
She told the Paisley Daily Express: ""It looked like good fun so I asked if
I could have a go. I thought it was brilliant. I've now been doing it since
August and I thought it would be good if I could become a member of the
same club as Daddy."
Read the full story by Jeff Holmes of the Paisley Daily Express
Dover boy is quite the ham
Andrew Copeland has a bright future in electronics, and he has the paperwork
to prove it.
The 11-year-old resident of Port Dover in Canada recently took a gruelling
25-page test on the finer points of ham radio operation. It took him nearly
two hours to answer 100 multiple-choice questions, but he passed with flying
colours with a score of 85%.
By virtue of that performance, Andrew became one of the youngest people in
Canada to earn an amateur radio licence.
"I wanted to accomplish something," Andrew said. "And when I learned I could
be the youngest (licence holder) in Canada, I said OK. I looked at the guys
at that meeting and said I wanted to be one of them."
Again read the full article by the Simcoe Reformer's Monte Sonnenberg
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
TV in Norway 50 years
In 2010 it is 50 years since TV broadcasts began in Norway.
Celebrate world wide by listening and working two group stations.
Used throughout the anniversary year 2010 primarily on 20 meters.
Also from Norway and the Norsk Radio Relay League comes praise indeed to
one of "our own".
A former director and "tireless wireless" worker for Intruder Watch which
under his guidance was a world leader, none other than Glenn Dunstan VK4DU.
IARU monitoring service (IARUMS) succeeds again!
An Australian OTH (over-the-horizon) radar which has disturbed the 30 meter
band has changed frequency due entirely to complaints from radio amateurs.
Tis is the La Trobe University's Tiger Radar project in Tasmania, (VK7)
After complaints from VK4DU Glenn and DJ9KR Uli to La Trobe University
the uni decided to change their frequencies.
In the future, no amateur bands to be disturbed by the ionosphere based
Thank you to Glenn and Uli for their efforts!
You may recall back in October we brought you the chilling recording of the
999 call made in relation to the deaths of amateurs erecting an antenna
in the "middle of the night" in Florida.
Now Peter VK1PE has a salutary story for us all and it relates to that
Darwin Awards - 2009
Unfortunately for Amateur Radio, a tragedy related to a ham radio operator
has been a featured finalist in the annual Darwin Awards. Named in honour
of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate
those who "improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it." By dying.
The story goes that, in the evening of Monday 12 October 2009, in Palm Bay,
Florida, some 40km south of Cape Canaveral, an Amateur Radio operator
enlisted the assistance of her middle-aged son and daughter-in-law,
and 15 year old grandson to put up a 50 foot vertical antenna. They raised
the aerial pole in the dark, with the aid of a family friend on the roof.
There was a mishap and the pole fell, striking a power line.
Inside the house, the couple's daughter, Melissa, and the man's mother,
Barbara Tenn, KJ4KFF, and were uninjured. Neither was the
17 year old friend who had been on the roof of the house helping to erect
55-year-old Melville Braham, 49-year-old Anna and 15-year-old Anthony,
remind us not to let an antenna pole fall onto a 13,000 volt power line
-- well, any power line!
http://www.wia.org.au (2009 news archive Oct 25 text and audio)
G4TUT SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB NEWS DESK
Police officers sue force over 'radio injuries'
Police officers are preparing to sue their own force over a series of
illnesses they claim were caused by the radio system they use while out on
patrol, the 'Telegraph' reports.
The Telegraph says that the Lancashire Constabulary was the first in Britain
to try out the Airwave network, designed specifically to have longer range
and more capacity to the emergency services and the military.
Nine years after its introduction scores of officers are claiming that
radiation emissions from the system have caused them to suffer such ailments
as nausea, headaches, stomach pains and skin rashes.
The local branch of the Police Federation has logged 176 individual
complaints, and now senior officials at the police authority are seeking
legal advice on how to deal with them.
They have already made budget changes to allow for "a contingent liability
in respect of Airwave liability claims".
Read the full Telegraph article by Nigel Bunyan at:
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE
THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD: EXPLORER KNUT HAUGLAND LA3KY - SK
The changing of the guard in Amateur Radio continues. This, with the sad news
that Knut M. Haugland, LA3KY, the last surviving member of the crew that
crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947 on board the balsa wood raft the Kon Tiki
has died at age 92.
Knut Haugland was a former Norwegian resistance fighter and explorer who was
honoured with Norway's Norway's highest decoration for military gallantry, the
War Cross with sword, for helping prevent the German nuclear program from
acquiring heavy water to make weapons during World War 2. Similar honours
were also bestowed upon him by Great Britain and France.
After the war ended he joined the Kon Tiki ocean going raft expedition of
Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, as one of its radio operators. The
Kon-Tiki eventually sailed 4,900 miles from Peru to Polynesia in 101 days to
prove Heyerdahl's theory that ancient mariners may have migrated across ocean
According to Wikipedia, during the Kon Tiki Pacific crossing Haugland and
fellow crew member Torstein Raaby were in frequent radio contact with American
amateur operators. Much of the communications consisted of sending
meteorological and hydrographic data to be passed on to the Meteorological
Institute in Washington, DC.. Despite the tiny radio which had an output of
only 6 watts they managed to contact radio operators in Norway, even sending
a telegram to congratulate King Haakon VII on his 75th birthday. Haugland
also played himself in the 1950 documentary film about the Kon-Tiki voyage.
The passing of LA3KY was announced by the director of the Kon-Tiki Museum who
said that Haughland died in an Oslo hospital on Friday, December 25th.
OPERATIONAL NEWS -
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
Ross Hull Contest.
Yes although with no fanfare and no publicity as such, it is on again this
This contest honours the late Ross Hull, a pioneer of VHF equipment
techniques. Ross was born in Melbourne in 1902 but travelled to the
United States and became the Associate Editor of QST in 1931, a position
which he occupied until his untimely death in 1938.
He is best known for his discovery of tropospheric propagation on the
The contest now running right through January was first held over the
summer of 1950 - 1951.
SPECIAL EVENT CALLS, BEACON DX AND NET ADVICE
hf nets ON the net, www.timroberts-vk4yeh.id.au/
New Zealand DX Hall of Fame
A New Zealand DX Hall of Fame was set up a few years ago to honour those
outstanding ZL DXers who have excelled in our radio sport hobby over many
The current panel of judges includes ZL1AIH, ZL3JT and ZL3NB.
The judges were unanimous in their selection for 2010.
Now Dot VK2DB in an ALARA note has asked "I hope you can all send a
congratulatory email to Dave and Aola! firstname.lastname@example.org
This email received will explain it all to you.
Hope you and the family had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break.
Just to let you know that Ma and Pa have been inducted into the NZ DX
Hall Of Fame (members 4 & 5) at the Papakura Radio Club last Wednesday
Night 6th January.
The award states,
To Dave and Aola Johnston,
It is my very great pleasure to inform you that you both have been inducted
into the New Zealand DX Hall of Fame.
Dave A. Johnston ZL1AMN
The election of Dave as the 4th inductee recognizes ZL1AMN's extraordinary
and unselfish contribution to the sport of Amateur Radio DXing in
His DXpedition exploits around the Pacific over many decades as ZL1AA/K,
ZK2DJ, A35DJ, 5W1CA are legendary and he has enabled a generation of amateur
radio operators worldwide to obtain that elusive new country.
His personal achievement in the ARRL DXCC program with Honour Roll on Phone
with 350 entities is outstanding. Dave's contribution to DXing
internationally has been immense by way of the ANZA Net anchor man for many
years. Dave is the NZ co-coordinator for ITHE, the International Tour Host
Exchange organisation which assists amateurs with accommodation when
travelling around the World.
We wish Dave well in the future and hope that he will enjoy having the
award plaque on his wall.
Aola B. Johnston ZL1ALE
The election of Aola Johnson ZL1ALE as the 5th inductee to the NZ DX Hall
of Fame recognizes Aola's extraordinary and unselfish contribution to the
sport of Amateur Radio DXing in New Zealand.
Aola's DXpedition exploits around the Pacific with her husband Dave over
many decades has enabled a generation of amateur radio operators worldwide
to obtain that elusive new country with a YL operator.
Aola has operated as A35YL, ZK2YL, 5W1BY and others. Her personal
achievement in the ARRL DXCC program is outstanding with 349 entities
credited. She is the only lady in New Zealand on the ARRL DXCC Honour Roll.
She is a member of WARO, CLARA, YLRL, ALARA, BYLARA, and YLISB.
We wish Aola well in the future and hope that she will enjoy having the
award plaque on her shack wall.
Congratulations and 73!
Lee Jennings, ZL2AL
New Zealand DX Hall of Fame
(tnx Margaret VK4AOE)
2010 Olympic Winter Games - special Canadian prefixes
These prefixes will be available for use in Canada from
February 1st to March 31st, to commemorate the
2010 Olympic Winter Games in British Columbia.
Canadian stations with a VA can use VG
VY can use XK
VO can use XJ
VE can use VX.
Known announced activities are:
VX9NC - VE9NC will operate during that time using primarily digital modes
on all HF bands.
VG7W - VE7OM will be operating as VG7W until January 31.
BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS
www.tinyurl.com/BITS-026 (A receiver located in NY USA)
Radio Free Asia has announced it's 31st QSL card
this is scheduled for all confirmed reception reports dated
January 1 - March 31, 2010.
This QSL card commemorates the 2010 Winter Olympiad in Vancouver, Canada
which will be held February 12-28 2010.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) is a private, non-profit corporation that broadcasts
news and information to listeners in Asian.
Current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at
RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at
(follow the QSL REPORTS link)
COURTESY OF http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/
Radio Netherlands Madagascar relay back on the air
Following on from last weeks report here on the WIA National News Service of
fires in the broadcast facilities based on Madagascar, word that RNW now have
three transmitters back on the air.
The fourth transmitter, a 250 kW ABB rig, has suffered some heat damage and
must be repaired, which will take up to a week. Head of Distribution
Jan Willem Drexhage says that the Dutch word for the damaged components is
"hoogspanningsschakelaarbeveiligingselectronica" which he suggests would be
a good word for Scrabble, at least if you're playing it in Dutch :-)
(Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands/HCDX)
Groups presenting this WIA National News Service
Jan 2010 vk4 24 Sunny Coast
FEB 2010 VK3 7 ARV (promoting Centre Vic Hamfest)
FEB 2010 vk2 21 CCARC (Promoting Wyong Field Day)
APR 2010 VK7 25 REAST (ANZAC Weekend)
Remembering the unit men - Volta
Hello I'm Jim Linton VK3PC with another in a series of brief looks at
those who made discoveries and have their names as units of measurement.
Alessandro Volta, born in Como Italy in 1745 was absorbed in the study of
electricity during his school years.
At the age of 20 he wrote to many leading scientists and those letters
showed a high level knowledge of the topic.
His discovery of electrical current generation by placing two dissimilar
metals in brine was the start of battery technology.
The best metals for the purpose at the time were zinc and silver, and
Volta created a number of cells to find that when connected in series it
was possible to receive an electric shock.
His work made him famous and wealthy, and his name was adopted in 1881 as
the unit of electromotive force.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK UNOFFICIAL HF Nets.
2nd Sunday each month.
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz
The Monthly National Satellite Net of AMSAT-VK also on
EchoLink either *Amsat* or *VK3JED* conferences.
IRLP reflector number 9558.
SUMBANDILASAT SO67 POWER REDUCED
In order to conserve power for other operations on SumbandilaSat, the
ground control team have reduced the power of the transponder carrying
amateur radio to 2.5 WATTS.
First reports from stations here in Australia indicate that the reduction
is hardly noticeable and that the signals remain stronger than most other
amateur radio satellites.
Availability of the ZS0SUM payload will be during daylight hours when the
satellite is in full sunlight. The actual schedule is published on
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
JAN 4 - 14 VK2
AUSTRALIAN SCOUT JAMBOREE Cataract Scout Park south of Sydney. VI2AJ2010.
Last Monday nights 22nd Australian Scout Jamboree's opening ceremony was
streamed live to the net.
More than 13,000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers from all around Australia
and 26 other countries including the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Vanuatu,
New Caledonia and New Zealand were joined by Her Excellency NSW Governor
Marie Bashir when she officially opened the Jamboree.
For the first time in Scouting Jamboree history the opening ceremony was
streamed LIVE to parents, friends and the scouting world.
The 13,000 strong contingent is made up of more than 10,000 Scouts,
2282 leaders, 580 volunteers.
Cataract Scout Park is made up of 1,500 six person tents, 10 internet kiosks
and 325 temporary structures, including two stages. It is complete with its
own shops, hospital, Westpac Bank branch and ATMs, television and radio
station, police station and fire service.
For those readers and listeners aiming at visiting this weekend, particularly
for Saturday's "Future Scout Day" the NSW RTA and local police wish to alert
all vehicles travelling near Cataract Scout Park in Appin of heavy traffic
and a reduced speed zone.
The NSW Police and RTA have reduced the speed zone on Appin Road passing
the Cataract Scout Park in Appin to 60 km. These changes are in affect until
Thursday 15 January. The changes have been put in place as a safety
There will be more than 10,000 EXTRA people travelling towards the Cataract
Scout Park on Saturday, swelling the Jamboree numbers to around 24,000 for
Saturday 9 January only.
There will be at least 50 private coaches arriving between 8:00 - 10:00 am
and organisers expect a dramatic increase in private vehicles travelling on
the Appin Road.
All traffic information is available from the RTA website
rta.nsw.gov.au or from the Transport Infoline 131 500
Interviews are available with Camp Chief Grant De Fries by contacting the
An Australian Jamboree media information pack can be downloaded at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES IARU REGION 3
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
MRCS launches Malaysia's first disaster radio service
The Malaysia Red Crescent Society (MRCS), Johor branch has launched the
first disaster radio service in that country which will focus on swift
communication to help disaster victims.
State MRCS chairman Md Jais Sarday who launched the service called
'Disaster Communication Amateur Radio' said that it was a way to prepare
for quick action during natural disasters.
Jais, who is also the state Youth and Sports committee chairman, explained
that during the floods, there was a major breakdown in communication
between relief teams as most of them relied on their handphones.
"This new radio service however, uses a satellite system which will
eradicate that problem," he told a press conference at the state MRCS
headquarters in Tampoi.
"Communication is very important for relief teams during natural disasters
and we have experienced this first hand during the major floods in the
state in 2006."
Jais also said that 10 MRCS members were already qualified to use the radio
service while 56 Northern Region Malay Amateur Radio Association members
have signed up to become MRCS members.
Members will be placed in each district and will relay information to the
headquarters who will inform relevant agencies for further action, he said.
SOCIAL SCENE 2010
JAN 4 - 14 VK2
AUSTRALIAN SCOUT JAMBOREE Cataract Scout Park south of Sydney. VI2AJ2010.
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.
FEBRUARY 27 VK6
Hills Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet 2pm Sanderson and Brady Rds Lesmurdie.
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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