WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEB 21 2010.
The news today comes from members of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club, at the
Kariong club house. Ian VK2HK, Pete VK2TPT, Col VK2ZCO, and Fred VK2FSP.
Next Sunday, 28th February, is the Wyong Field Day, at the Wyong Race Course,
For those travelling to Wyong on Sunday 28th February, and requiring directions,
contact the Central Coast 2 meter repeater, VK2RAG, 146.725 MHz, using 91.5 Hz Tone
We look forward to seeing you there"
ALL UP AND COMING IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF
AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEB 21 2010
President Michael Owen VK3KI firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Ewan McLeod VK4ERM email@example.com
Secretary Geoff Atkinson VK3AFA firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
One of the services provided to affiliated clubs, is the WIA/QBE joint
Liability Insurance policy.
There are 100 clubs currently participating in this policy. It will be due for
renewal April 1 and all participating clubs will receive renewal information
Any affiliated clubs that do not have Liability cover, or wish to change from
their existing cover, to the joint policy are welcome to do so.
To find out details of the joint policy, please go to the WIA website, under
member services you will find affiliated clubs information.
If your club does wish to join the policy, contact Ted Thrift
Ron Bertrand VK2DQ, who has been a director of the WIA since May 2008, had
indicated his intention not to seek re-election this year, and notices
calling for nominations were published in the December issue of Amateur
Ron subsequently indicated that for health reasons he wished to retire
earlier, and accordingly the Board has accepted his resignation as a
director with effect from 1 February 2010.
In doing so the Board expressed its regret and acknowledged the great
contribution that Ron has made to both amateur radio and the WIA,
particularly in the examination field, having worked extensively on
behalf of the WIA with ACMA in the formulation of the syllabi for the
various levels of amateur qualification, and after that as a Nominated
Assessor, conducting many special assessments.
The WIA Returning Officer, Chris Chapman VK3QB, has advised the Board that
only one new nomination for Director of the WIA was received, namely
Christopher Platt VK5CP and accordingly and in accordance with the Election
Regulations, he had declared Phil Wait VK2ASD, Bob Bristow
VK6POP and Chris Platt VK5CP elected unopposed as Directors of the WIA.
Chris Platt was first licensed as VK3NCP in 1983, and then as VK3KCP
in 1994. He moved to South Australia in 1988, and is member of the Adelaide
Radio Experimenters Group. He is also a WIA Assessor.
He works as a member of the management team of a mining industry employer
organisation, and holds degrees in Law and Arts. He brings to the WIA
significant experience in business, law and lobbying.
His term as a Director commences at the conclusion of the WIA's Annual
General Meeting, this year on Saturday 29th May 2010
The VK100WIA roster is full!
Next week we will hear how it will be put to air from more than 50 locations
in all states, the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
All in all, the WIA Centenary Committee believes there's a great mix of
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
The annual Antarctic Activity Week takes place between 22 and 28 February.
The organisers say that this year's event could be better than previous years
with many more stations participating.
More information on this event is online
vk1 local news email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for subscription.
Do NOT forget the annual general meeting of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio
Club Incorporated is at Mount Mugga Scout Hall, Red Hill, Wednesday
24 February at 8.00PM.
(Trevor Jenner VK1FJET Secretary)
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
VKG Roundup http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news
The Next meeting of the Illawarra Amateur Radio Society will be held at
Industry World, Off Springhill Road Coniston on Tuesday the 9th of March
Max VK2ARZ will give a talk "Audio Quality and your signal"
Get along and have a coffee, a bickie and a good ragchew after the meeting.
All visitors are most welcome.
For information on the Illawarra Amateur Radio Society please see
The Illawarra Amateur Radio Society, the Progressive Amateur Radio Club.
NEW SYDNEY RADIO CLUB
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
"Macquarie University Amateur Radio Club is seeking students, staff and
members of the Macquarie University community with an interest in electronics
or amateur radio to join us in establishing this exciting new club.
Macquarie is a centre of excellence in Wireless Engineering and we wish to
bring the world of amateur radio and all it offers to students and researchers
so if you, or if you know of anybody who is interested, particularly students,
please contact Adam - VK2JSI@MUARC.ORG or visit www.muarc.org."
Contact Adam VK2JSI by email. VK2JSI@MUARC.ORG or call 0415371990.
See also the Facebook page of the Macquarie University Amateur Radio Club,
24 Members attended and enjoyed the AGM last Sunday and saw new Office
bearers elected including Ross Dowse VK2LRD as President and VP Rob Gallagher
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
VKC Roundup http://www.police
Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest at Healesville on February the 28th,
opens at 10am and runs until 2pm. Entry fee is still $5 and the booking fees
are the same as the last 10 years at $15 for an 8 foot table.
Bring the family and you can perhaps visit the Healesville Sanctuary or go to
Marysville for afternoon tea and check out how the regeneration of the town
and bush is proceeding. Full details are on the Yarra Valley Amateur Radio
Group web site http://www.yarravalley.ar.org.au
Next months regular N.E.R.G. meeting is on Thursday 11th March, starting
7:45pm at the Briar Hill Community Hall, 126 Mountain View Rd.
The Centre Victoria RadioFest held on Sunday the 14th of February was an
Almost 600 people attended, including first time visitors from New Zealand
and Japan, plus a number from VK2, VK5 and VK7.
This WIA Supported Centenary Event was mounted by Amateur Radio Victoria
with the support of 20 enthusiastic volunteers from the Central Goldfields
Amateur Radio Club led ably by its President, Peter Rafferty VK3CC.
The Kyneton Country Fire Authority brigade through its event catering
raised $2,000 that will buy much needed fire truck equipment and pay for
Amateur Radio Victoria President Jim Linton VK3PC said that the state-wide
membership organisation is proud to be able to assist the Central
Goldfields Club and the CFA volunteers with their major fundraising
efforts of the year, and to also run the third RadioFest for the amateur
Thank you to the event Treasurer and Trader Liaison, Ross Pittard VK3CE,
Terry Murphy VK3UP, Peter Mill VK3APO, Barry Robinson VK3PV and their
wives and partners.
While fearing to miss someone, Jim VK3PC thanked the Melbourne ATV group
for its digital amateur television display, Scout Radio and Electronics
Service Unit that ran foxhunting sniffer hunts, Tony Hambling VK3VTH the
mini-lecture facilitator and the presenters at these well attended
Well done to the Bendigo District Astronomical Society and all others in
the Club Corner Precinct with a record 14 clubs and organisations putting
Again it was eagerly supported by all the major commercial traders,
specialist traders, and plenty of private second-hand equipment sellers.
And finally, I enjoyed myself immensely as event announcer and meeting so
many people. Hope to see you at the Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 4 - I'm
Bruce Lees VK3FFF.
"Sounds it was a lot of fun, Bruce, of course, here at Wyong, ours is next weekend,
Sunday 28th February. The gates will be opened at 0630, though the Trader / Exhibitor
area will be closed to the public until 0900.
Check our website, www.ccarc.org.au and click on 'Field Day' for regularly
For those travelling to Wyong on Sunday 28th February, and requiring directions, we
can be contacted on the Central Coast 2 meter repeater, VK2RAG, 146.725 MHz, using
91.5 Hz Tone access, for assistance."
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 I have been thinking about the Amateurs Code and our
responsibilities within clubs.
We join a hobby to find fulfilment and satisfaction in the pursuit that
is both a learning experience and a recreation. To enhance our enjoyment
we find it helps to share our interests with others who share our
passion. Just because we happen to be able use a microphone, key or
keyboard doesn't necessarily bring that personal involvement. Throughout
our communities there are associations, groups and clubs and we may
belong to none or several of them already. Most clubs like to have a
succinct expression of belief, practice and reason for belonging.
Individually we can describe ourselves as amateurs or hams and agree to
follow the Amateurs Code. When we come together in a club setting we can
apply the same standards within our group structure. If our radio club is
incorporated, part of it's capacity to act is to do things that are
lawful which means that the club must not do anything which is illegal.
One of the benefits of WIA affiliation is that clubs get basic insurance
cover at a very competitive premium.
We tend to think of our responsibility and the purpose of insurance as
in preventing physical injury and compensating some-one should they be
hurt. How many club members consider the requirements of the
anti-discrimination laws? Remember that your club executive and even
members may become legally liable for acts that are unconstitutional
and/or unlawful and it will also void insurance cover.
Take a hypothetical example - a member who has a medical condition that
causes them to freak out if put under pressure, receives telephone and
email contact on behalf of the club. When the person tries to say they
cannot deal with this type of confrontation, they find themselves
effectively ignored and the terseness of the communications increase
until such time as the member resigns and has to undergo continuing
treatment because of the incident. The club president follows the
resignation with a message that says "I hope you will be happy, now you
have left the club." You may think this could not happen but I know we
have many ex-servicemen, veterans who suffer a condition known as post
traumatic stress. I know some of my amateur colleagues are war veterans.
There are many men and women who have suffered trauma which causes them
to suffer residual effects.
There are many instances of actions which would be classed as
discrimination and this is an important point to consider.
When we read the Amateurs Code we see that "the Radio Amateur is
considerate and never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the
pleasure of others....(and)...is friendly...kindly assistance,
cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the
hallmarks of the amateur spirit."
If we apply these principles in our club life as well as personally we
can be pretty sure that we can never fall foul of anti-discrimination
laws or breach our duties as committee members.
Does your club have a policy in place to ensure members follow the
Amateurs code? Does this policy give you the steps to follow should an
unfortunate event occur?
Remember that we joined AR because we enjoyed it - let's keep the
amateur spirit and keep the enjoyment growing in our centenary year.
I'm Geoff Emery VK4ZPP and That's What I think... how about you.............?
Maleny VK4RSC 146.850 and 438.075 VK4RSN 53.7
Noosa Heads VK4RSL 146.825 and 438.175
March General Meeting
This months meeting is on the 2nd of March and its the AGM. Nominations are rolling
in for the committee positions so make sure you are at the meeting to vote for who
you want to represent the club for the next 12 months. Also there will be voting
for the Col McCamley award which is awarded to the member in the previous year that
has gone beyond the call of duty being involved and helping with club activities.
Summer VHF/UHF Field Day
The club again used the Howells Knob site for the Summer VHF UHF Field day and from
all accounts it was a great time. Caterer Mike VK4YFL showed us how good he is in the
kitchen, I wonder if his wife knows that, however one of the participants had a nasty
headache the next day. Might have been something he drank.
Just before Christmas last year an exam was held to upgrade Tobi VK4FTTR from his
Foundation licence. A little bit of persuasion got him to sit for the Advanced
licence and now he is VK4TRA. Congratulations Tobi.
Until next time, this is Gordon VK4VP.
4773 1196 or 0408 001142
po box 333 Garbutt East, QLD 4814
GOOD MORNING AND GREETINGS ! HERE IS DON VK4FNQA FROM NORTH QUEENSLAND, WITH ALL OF
THE GOOD NEWS AND FUTURE HAPPENINGS.
THIS MORNING, I PASS ON THANKS FROM KEN VK4HAI AND KRISTYL-LEE FOR ALL THE GOOD WISHES
AND CONGRATULATION MESSAGES SENT TO THEM ON THEIR WEDDING DAY SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14TH.
THEY SAY THEY WILL CHERISH ALL CONGRATS AND MESSAGES FOR EVER MORE.
NOW I MUST TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OF THE FRIENDLIEST RADIO NETS IN THE LAND THAT IS
HAPPENING AGAIN THIS TUESDAY EVENING FROM 7-30PM ON THE TOWNSVILLE VHF REPEATER -
THE ANN RENTON MEMORIAL LADIES NET ! THE NET IS OPEN TO YOUNG AND OLD, YL OR OM AND IS
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS PRACTICE ON-AIR TO GO ONTO THE NET AS SECOND
OPERATOR. SO, JOIN THIS TUESDAY EVENINGS NET AND SEE IF THE YLS CAN OUTNUMBER THE OMS.
WATCH OUT BLUEWATER HERE COMES TARC! TARCADIANS AND SUPPORT CREWS WILL BE OPERATING
IN THE 2010 JOHN MOYLE FIELD DAY CONTEST WITH A STATION LOCATED AT BLUEWATER SCOUT
DEN, JUST A SHORT 20 MINUTES DRIVE NORTH ALONG THE BRUCE HIGHWAY FROM THE THURINGOWA
CBD. COME ALONG FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND OR FOR A DAY OR AN EVENING AND EXPERIENCE FIELD
OPERATIONS RUNNING ON EMERGENCY POWER UNDER THE BIG SHELTERED HALL. CAMP OUT OVER THE
WEEKEND OR TRUNDLE ALONG IN YOUR MOBILE SHACK CHARIOT OR MANSION WITH WHEELS OR EVEN
PITCH THE SWAG OR MATTRESS IN THE HALL.
BRING YOUR BATTERIES, GENERATORS, RADIOS AND FIELD ANTENNAE FOR A GREAT WEEKEND OUT IN
THE BUSH SOCIALISING, SWIMMING IN NEARBY BLUEWATER CREEK, CHECKING THE POTS FOR
REDCLAW AND, OH - OH - OH YES, DOING SOME RADIO OPERATING DURING THE CONTEST.
VK4WIT WILL BE ON AIR AT THE HALL FROM FRIDAY EVENING MARCH 19TH UNTIL SUNDAY
LUNCHTIME MARCH 21ST.
CONTACT TARC CONTEST MANAGER RICHARD VK4FRJG ON MOBILE 0400339543, THAT NUMBER AGAIN,
0400339543 FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR LET HIM KNOW YOU ARE GOING ALONG.
FINALLY, IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR TO THINK ABOUT HAVING A FRIENDLY RELAXING TIME IN
IDYLIC SURROUNDINGS WITH HAM FRIENDS AND SUPPORT CREWS. THAT'S RIGHT, ITS TIME TO BOOK
YOUR SPOT AT FNNQARG ! , THE FAR NORTH AND NORTH QUEENSLAND AMATEUR RADIO GATHERING
HAPPENING FROM 11TH TO 14TH JUNE OVER THE LONG WEEKEND AT CARDWELL VILLAGE BEACHCOMBER
MOTEL AND TOURIST PARK. IT IS THE YEARLY GATHERING FOR THOSE FROM CAIRNS, ATHERTON
TABLELANDS AND TOWNSVILLE REGIONS PLUS LOTS OF PLACES IN BETWEEN AND FAR AWAY.
IT IS ADVISABLE TO RING RECEPTION AT THE PARK ON 1800 005633 TO BOOK YOUR
ACCOMMODATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS THE LONG WEEKEND IN JUNE IS A VERY POPULAR TIME.
A WIDE MIX OF ACCOMMODATION FROM MOTEL TO VILLA TO CAMPING IS AVAILABLE.
WELL THATS ALL FOR THIS WEEK FROM TROPICAL PARADISE. THIS HAS DON VK4FNQA FOR THE
TOWNSVILLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB INC, AND YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO; AND ENJOYING
QNEWS FROM VK4WIA.
Northern Corridor Group Hamfest is Sunday August 1st at Cyril Jackson Sports
Phil, G3SWH and Jim, G3RTE are active from Christmas Island, IOTA OC-002,
until February 27.
Both will use the callsign VK9X/G6AY with activity on CW only using all
bands between 80 and 10 metres.
QSL via G3SWH.
EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO
The next Foundation Licence training and assessment weekend by Amateur
Radio Victoria will be held on the 20th and 21st of March, at Ashburton.
For inquiries or to enrol in a quality training experience please contact
Barry Robinson VK3PV on 0428 516 001 or email
Gordon VK4VP from the Sunshine coast of VK4 has told us Tobi VK4FTTR
with a little bit of persuasion, sat for the Advanced licence and now
is proud owner of callsign VK4TRA, congratulations Tobi.
If you are a non amateur or a short wave listener living in the North West,
or West coast of Tasmania, and would like to become a licensed amateur radio
operator, then get along to a meeting and find out about this interesting
If you cannot make the meeting but would like to find out more then contact
Keith Winkler VK7KW, or any of the committee members.
Full contact details are available on their club site, as with all official
clubs visit wia.org.au and do a search ob the club page.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to RSGB, Southgate AR Club, the ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the World Wide sources of the WIA.
IARU Region 3 adopts Japanese Yen as unit of currency for accounting
At the last IARU Region 3 Conference, it was voted that all accounts
of the Region would now be maintained only in Japanese Yen and not in the two
currency system of US Dollars and Japanese Yen as has been done for many years.
All subscriptions to Region 3 from member societies will also now be
calculated in Japanese Yen only.
The reasoning was that all accounts are maintained in Tokyo and the old system
involved a double currency conversion in many cases before it was credited to
the IARU Region 3 banks, resulting in losses.
THE GREAT DESERT OF THE WORLD
Djelfa Ham club (7X2VFK)
Under patronage of the governor of the state of Djelfa and the Director of
Youth and Sports, "the great Desert of the World" Djelfa radio club (7X2VFK)
will organize an international HAM Meeting from 17 to 22 may 2010 with a
special call for the event (all modes...), and a diploma instead of a QSL card.
The club will provide transportation from Algiers airport to Djelfa and
Djelfa to Algiers airport.
Please contact the president of Djelfa radio club at email
The RSGB Convention is moving to a bigger venue for 2010. If you are planning
on a trip to the Mother Country later in the year try to take in the RSGB
Convention taking place between 8th and 10th October, at Horwood House,
near Milton Keynes.
This new venue provides the RSGB Convention with new purpose-built
meeting rooms, comfortable lounges and bars, delightful country
surroundings and 182 en-suite bedrooms. All bedrooms are within the
complex and have easy access to the lecture rooms that we will be
using. It is just a short distance from Bletchley and Milton Keynes
stations and easily accessible from the M1 motorway.
PETITION FILED FOR CREATION OF U.S. 4 METER BAND
QRZ.com lead moderator Glen Zook, K9STH, of Richardson, Texas has filed a
Petition for Rulemaking to the FCC. One aimed at creating a 70.000 MHz to
70.500 MHz amateur radio band in the United States.
According to Zook, the recent migration of broadcast television stations to
primarily the UHF frequencies has basically eliminated any probable
interference to television channels 4 or 5 which otherwise might have
occurred. This is because the 4-meter band is located on frequencies that
were allocated to television channel 4. Since the 4-meter amateur radio
band does not fall in the 72.0 MHz to 76.0 MHz segment which is allocated
to Operational Fixed and various mobile services there would be no
potential co-channel or adjacent channel interference.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
WiFi Suit: Neighbour Sues Neighbour For Using Electronics
The Santa Fe reporter newspaper reports that a Santa Fe man who alleges he
suffers from "electromagnetic allergies" is suing his neighbour because she
refuses to turn off her "gadgets".
According to the Santa Fe Reporter, Arthur Firstenberg, the plaintiff, has
been sleeping at friends' homes or in his car to avoid the electromagnetic
waves created by his neighbour's cell phone, wireless network, computer,
compact fluorescent light bulbs and dimmer switches.
When the "new neighbour" moved in next door, she refused to keep her phone,
computer and wireless network turned off when not in use.
When asked if she could use a landline instead of her iPhone, Firstenberg says
the neighbour "flatly refused without explanation."
The battle against WiFi isn't one Firstenberg is fighting alone. He's part of
a group of Santa Fe residents who are pursuing legal means to remove all
WiFi hotspots from public locations because they claim the wireless internet
waves aggravate their "electromagnetic allergies."
OPERATIONAL NEWS -
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ON AIR CONTEST COLUMN - D A T E L I N E 2010
Feb 27-28 NZART JOCK WHITE MEMORIAL FIELD DAY CONTEST
details on nzart.org.nz/contests
Mar 13-14 RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST (BERU)
details on hfcc.org/hfcc/rule/2009/beru.shtml
Mar 20-21 WIA John Moyle Field Day
details from firstname.lastname@example.org
APR 30 - MAY 6 Westlakes CQ Repeater contest
May 8 WIA VK Trans Tasman 80m Phone
Bruce Renn email@example.com
Jun 12 WIA VK Trans Tasman 160m Phone
Bruce Renn firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 12-13 WIA Worked All VK Shires
Jun 19-20 WIA WINTER VHF-UHF Field Day
John Martin VK3KM email@example.com
Jul 10tbc WIA Jack Files Contest
John Spooner firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 14-15 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
Peter Harding email@example.com
Oct 2- 3 WIA Oceania DX Contest Phone
Tony Burt firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 9-10 WIA Oceania DX Contest CW
Tony Burt email@example.com
NOV 20-21 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day
John Martin VK3KM firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan Chandler ZL2SKY of the Kiwi Digital Modes Group reminds all about the
KDMG VK/ZL RTTY Sprint 17th & 24th April.
This contest is open to all licensed amateurs residing in the VK-ZL
There are three categories of which only 1 can be entered into, 80M only,
40M only or 80/40 combined take your pick, but stick to just the one!
One night operation will be on 80M the other night will be 40M.
SPECIAL EVENT CALLS, BEACON DX AND NET ADVICE
hf nets ON the net, www.timroberts-vk4yeh.id.au/
EI2GBW, Ireland to Great Britain Ferry Celebrations ends March 31 2010
GB2EI, Great Britain to Ireland Ferry Celebrations ends March 31 2010
VI3KIAH acknowledging Black Saturday Bush Fires 2pm to 8pm local Feb 7 2010
Felix VK4FUQ who has put years into this WIA and QNEWS services as the Operational
News Reader most weeks reminds all of that friendly afternoon 40 m net held on
7.098 mhz at 0600 hrs utc or 4 pm local vk4 time.
This years Geopark Communication weekend takes place over the weekend of
22 May - 23 May.
Radio stations from around the world will be exchanging greetings over the
airwaves with Radio Operators operating special event stations from Geoparks
of which there are 53 Parks of this status worldwide.
BROADCAST MONITORING SWL AND SCANNER NEWS
www.tinyurl.com/BITS-026 (A receiver located in NY USA)
EI7DAR Online Receiver
Dundalk Amateur Radio Society have now added a web controlled Icom IC 75
HF receiver to their website.
This enable full control of the receiver and allows the advantage of listening
remotely from a different location. It is also useful for checking your own
station's transmit audio and signal strength.
Full details can be found at www.ei7dar.com and clicking on the
"Control - HF Radio"
User feedback is welcome via email to email@example.com.
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
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
I'll go to jail before I pay up, says Chris Wright
That's a quote from Chris attributed to the Port Macquarie News that is
reporting on what began as a hobby has evolved into a nightmare for
amateur radio operator Chris Wright.
Wright said the council had forced him to disassemble the antennas after
receiving a complaint from a neighbour, who said the antennas were
interfering with his radio and he was also slapped with a standard fine for
erecting the antennas without approval.
Mr Wright has vowed not to pay the fine.
Mr Wright and his wife Karen, also an amateur radio enthusiast, have
written to Port Macquarie MP Peter Besseling.
Early listeners to this WIA National News, under the mast head of QNEWS may
remember Chris and Karen often filed stories from the NSW Mid Coast for us.
Back of the throttle!
Participants in a recent SARL President's Net have voiced concern that they
feel an abuse of power by ZU license holders is taking place.
ZU licensees who do not adhere to the 20 Watt power limit as specified for
their class of license can face fines or even cancellation of their license
if they do not adhere to the condition laid down in the regulations.
This and the earlier reported use of bad language will be discussed when the
South African Radio League (SARL) Council meets next.
Intruder Watch - a few highlights from recent observation reports
Based on bearings it appears that an Israeli Navy PSK Hybrid Modem System
is intruding on to the 40-metre band with a centre frequency of 7001.8
Operating continuously it has been reported by the International Amateur
Radio Union Region 1 as an intruder to the German Post and Telekom which
is making further inquiries.
A Turkish military system is also suspected for another PSK signal on
On 40-meters a weak fax signal has been heard on 7090 and it may be a
third harmonic. If that's confirmed though further monitoring then a
complaint will be lodged.
On the 20-meter band an over-the-horizon radar signal with a bandwidth of
about 83-kiloHertz has been reported from New Zealand. This appeared on
14.124 Megahertz and more reports on this one are needed.
The WIA Intruder Watch Coordinator is WIA Intruder Watch Coordinator is
Karl Hennig VK6XW who can be contacted by email on email@example.com
Groups presenting this WIA National News Service
FEB today vk2 21 CCARC (Promoting Wyong Field Day)
MAR VK2 7 ARNSW (Promoting WIA CENTENARY)
MAR VK6 14 NEWSWEST
MAR VK3 28 VK3DN
APR VK3 4 VK3DN
APR VK3 11 VK3DN
APR VK7 25 REAST (ANZAC Weekend)
MAY VK1 9 CRARC (promoting CRARC and WIA AGM) (TBC)
MAY VK100WIA 30 WIA DIRECTORS JOIN A LIVE OB FROM CANBERRA (TBC)
VK3REC 9:30AM IN MELBOURNE 1000th checkin this WIA year was VK3UKR
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fistsdownunder.org
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org
VK2BWI Slow Morse broadcast.
The VK2BWI slow morse practice broadcasts have resumed.
Are you interested in rising to the challenge of becoming a proficient morse
code operator? Or perhaps just refreshing those rusty skills?
If so then listen in on Thursday evenings on 3550 KHz, at 2000 hours local
It starts off at 4 words per minute, increasing in easy increments to about
18 words per minute.
Practice is given in plain text, figure groups, call signs and often a
simulated QSO is included.
Call backs follow the broadcast, so give it a go.
Thursday evenings at 2000 hours local, on 3550 KHz, depending on QRN.
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
Satellites to be built in the UK
Surrey Satellite Technology, which is headed up by Martin Sweeting,
G3YJO, has been awarded a contract to build 14 spacecraft for the
Galileo Satellite Navigation project.
Plans are to have the satellites coming off the production line in
the second half of 2012. Arianespace will use Russian-built Soyuz
rockets to launch these global positioning spacecraft in batches of two.
An electric propulsion technology for miniature satellites aims to give them
more mobility and may eventually allow them to take on deep-space missions.
CubeSats are relatively cheap to deploy: While launching a rocket may cost
between $50 million and $300 million, a CubeSat can "piggyback" onto a large
rocket platform at an additional cost of as little as $40,000. But their
small size also means they lack on-board propulsion systems, which is why they
generally remain locked to a particular Low Earth Orbit.
Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could lead to the
development of a tiny propulsion system that would enable CubeSats to
travel to far higher orbits which for Radio Amateurs would enable contacts
over far greater longer distances.
The propulsion system takes electricity from the CubeSat batteries or a
solar panel and applies it to a tiny structure roughly the size of a
postage stamp. This thin panel is made of about 1,000 porous metal structures
that resemble needles and have several grams of the ionic liquid on them.
By applying voltage to the needles, an electric field is created that extracts
the ions from the liquid, accelerates them at very high speeds and forces
them to fly away.
This process creates an ionic force strong enough to produce thrust.
Read the MIT article Powering cube satellites at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- Internet Linking of Repeaters
Random Node Call on IRLP Nodes.
A facility known as "Random Node Call" has been reactivated on the North
West Tasmanian ATV Group's IRLP Nodes.
By dialling a special DTMF code (in this case 4 x hashes ####) free and idle
nodes anywhere in the world can be called by a random selection process.
This required an update in the nodes scripting as the central server had
changed it's status page script to a compressed file in lieu of a standard
text file to conserve download overheads on the server.
The facility is now again working as normal.
All amateurs are welcome to use the Nodes. Why not give it a try.
The dtmf code again, is 4 hashes.
(73's until next time Tony VK7AX News Officer NWT-ATV Gp).
REWIND - A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY
ITU DIGITIZES HISTORICAL ARCHIVES
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced February 11 that
they have launched the History of ITU portal.
This project - the digitising of the ITU's archive of historical documents -
aims to improve access to information on the ITU and chart its evolution since
its establishment in 1865, while ensuring the long-term preservation of
historic documents. The archives will be freely accessible.
It provides background information, key data and links to the documents and
other materials for conference's.
The digitisation programme will continue to make available documents of
historic significance, including those related to Radio communication
Conferences since 1903.
SOCIAL SCENE 2010
FEBRUARY 27 VK6
Hills Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet 2pm Sanderson and Brady Rds Lesmurdie.
FEBRUARY 28 VK2
Wyong Field Day, Wyong Race Course.
FEBRUARY 28 VK3
Yarra Valley Hamfest http://www.yarravalley.ar.org.au/
MARCH 14 VK3
Eastern And Mountain District Radio Club White Elephant Sale
MARCH 14 VK6
100 years of the WIA+Ham Heaven Official opening. (NCRG club premises)
Contact Keith firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH 21 VK7
MEET THE VOICE BBQ at Ross in VK7
APRIL 2 VK3
Midland Amateur Radio Club's Radio, Electronic & Astronomy Expo.
Venue to be advised.
JUNE 12 VK2
Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club's 35th Annual Field Day.
JULY 17 VK3
GGREC Hamfest Start Time : 10:00
AUGUST 1 VK6
Northern Corridor Group Hamfest Cyril Jackson Sports Centre Ashfield
Oct 29 - 31
VK1OOWIA Westlakes ARC during our WIA centenary celebrations.
NOV 7 VK5
2010 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest Rosa St Goodwood
We have had no word as to if a VK4 HamFest or two will be held this
year so VK4 area hams, stay glued for QNEWS!
The news today, has been presented by the Central Coast Amateur RadioClub, at the
Kariong club house, by Ian VK2HK, Pete VK2TPT, Col VK2ZCO, and myself, Fred VK2FSP.
Next Sunday, 28th February, is the Field Day, at the Wyong Race Course, Wyong NSW.
We look forward to seeing you there.
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