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We report on a major development that has occurred to the VK100WIA Super
Springtime in Perth stay tuned for that one!

The centenary publicity blitz rolls on

Summerland A.R.C. "Dawn Patrol" 30th Anniversary

Sunraysia Radio Group agm at Mildura Workingman's Club see's keynote speaker
Jim Linton VK3PC

Tex wants to buy a tower for Lyn



The centenary publicity blitz rolls on

A key feature of the Centenary of Organised Amateur Radio in Australia has
been the wonderful, and unprecedented level of media publicity being
achieved by participating WIA affiliated clubs.

This began in May with the WIA Centenary Convention in Canberra resulting
in interviews and reports on all of the national capital's radio stations,
and a photograph plus story in the Canberra Times newspaper.

Since then the media coverage has continued with further stories and
interviews on television, radio and newspapers.

This week we have not one, but two segments that appeared on ABC radio.

The first is from Northern Tasmania. Let's have a listen to the Cradle
Coast Amateur Radio Club President, David Spicer VK7EX, the interviewer is
Elaine Harris.

(Play VK7EX_ABC_Radio - ends: Very happy 100th birthday)

It was quite a lengthy interview in which David VK7EX also gave a plug for
the Foundation Licence, discussed home building of amateur radio
equipment, and provided club contact details.

Now we tune into 612 ABC Brisbane with announcer Warren Boland talking to
Lockyer Valley Radio and Electronics Club spokesman, Alan Shannon VK4SN.

(Play VK4SN_ABC_Radio - ends: Thank you kindly)

And of course, that was only part of a segment that went for 11 minutes.

It covered many aspects of amateur radio and left listeners with Alan's
contact telephone number and scored a listing on the ABC radio website.

Well done to both the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club, and the Lockyer
Valley Radio and Electronics Club.

G'day this is Dale VK4DMC for the Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club, TREC,
in Far North Queensland.

What a great weekend last weekend operating the WIA Centenary Commemorative
Call-sign VK100WIA.

12 TREC members set up the station at Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands
and were on air at 0001 z on Saturday. We made our first contact within the
first few minutes of calling CQ VK100WIA.

We made a total of 354 contacts into every VK state and territory and also many
into international stations. Given the rather ordinary band conditions we were
very pleased with our efforts and it was a great pleasure to make VK100WIA
available to the ham community.

Well done guys, more in QNEWS later..

Centenary celebration award activity

Just over 100 WIA Centenary Award Certificates have been issued.

VK3 radio amateurs account for 40% of them and that is more than twice those
so far claimed by their VK2 counterparts.

The other call areas are VK5 (13), VK4 (12), VK6 (5) VK7 (4), VK8 (2) and
VK1 (1).

It is expected that the Western Australia figure will be boosted by VK100WIA
being operated in Perth for nine days this month.

Quite clearly this limited time award has become the first for many Foundation
Licensees with 12 having claimed it so far.

For details on the award rules check out

WIA National Field Day
Tune Into the World - Amateur Radio Gets People Talking

Are you interested in putting something back into amateur radio? Want to
do something positive to promote it to the general public?

If you answered yes to both those questions then why not join together with
two of your radio amateur friends and take part of the inaugural event to
outreach to the public and show amateur radio in action.

All it needs is a minimum of three people, a portable amateur radio station
set up in a public space such as a shopping area, park or wherever, the use
of the WIA available posters, and take part in the ?Tune Into the World -
Amateur Radio Gets People Talking?.

Individuals and groups are invited to register for the event that happens
across the nation on Saturday the 23rd of October. Only five week's to go.

The Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society will be setting up at the Eden Hills
Primary School, Victoria's Scout Radio and Electronics Service Unit has chosen
the Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower in Melbourne's north-east, while Amateur
Radio Victoria will be at the Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park,
Western Australia's Peel Amateur Radio Group has identified the Rotunda on
Mandurah Foreshore, as its spot to go portable.

Thank you to those 4 clubs for making an early commitment to the event.

Check out the National Field Day rules, learn about the available resources
to make your participation look professional, and to register online, visit
the WIA website and its WIA Centenary section

The Super Springtime in VK6 is now even bigger

Tomorrow, Monday the 20th of September the special callsign for the Centenary
of Organised Amateur Radio in Australia VK100WIA goes on air from the Royal
Perth Showgrounds.

As previously announced, seven Western Australian amateur radio groups have
collaborated to pool their resources and give the centenary celebration a
real kick long both at the Perth Show and from Wireless Hill.

WICEN Western Australia has it from the 20th to the 22nd of September, then
to follow was the Western Australian Repeater Group, and the West Australian
VHF Group operates from the Wireless Hill Museum on Wednesday the 29th, Thursday
the 30th and Friday the 1st of October.

But here's a big new development. Just hours ago the Super Springtime was
expanded, it won't be nine days but a whopping 12 days straight.

The Scout Communication and Technology Team, which was already an enthusiastic
part of the Super Springtime, now joins the VK100WIA roster for the 23rd
to the 25th of September.

The strong collaborative spirit being shown in the West is likely to see
2,500 contacts added to the VK100WIA online log over 12 days.

Whether it is via amateur satellite, D-Star, HF, VHF and UHF, the world will
indeed be listening for VK100WIA from Perth and its surrounds. Do give the
now Super, Super Springtime support by making a contact

President Michael Owen VK3KI
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD
Secretary Geoff Atkinson VK3AFA
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ

This is Michael Owen VK3KI, with two items from the WIA Board meeting of 4 and 5

Vice President Ewan Mcleod VK4ERM requested to be relieved of his duties as
Vice-President because of the pressure of other commitments.

The Board accepted Ewan's resignation as Vice-President with regret, thanking him
for his contribution. The directors were pleased he was able to continue as a

The Board appointed Phil Wait VK2ASD as Vice-President.

Phil has been a director since the restructure of the WIA in May 2004, and is
well known as a joint author of the Foundation Licence Manual and for his
valuable work for the WIA, particularly in relation to BPL and standards.

The other item is that the Board considered the date and venue for the next AGM

Suggestions for a venue had been invited and a number of the State Advisory
Committees had been consulted.

From many comments at different times, and particularly at the Canberra Centenary
weekend, it seems obvious that many people prefer the location to be at least
interesting in itself, and not a capital city.

It is also clear that many people appreciate early advice as to date and venue,
so that they can plan a break around the WIA weekend

In fixing a date, the Board took into account the notice requirements in respect
of the AGM as well as the dates of other activities, such as the Dayton

The weekend chosen was the 27-29 May 2011.

The venue chosen was Darwin.

The directors were much influenced by the proposal submitted by Peter Blackadder
VK8HPB on behalf of the Darwin Amateur Radio Club. The club has made its name
around Region 3 as a result of the very well remembered IARU Region 3 Conference
held in Darwin in 2000 and the legendary hospitality of the club and the Darwin

This is very much an early advance notice, and further details will be released
as soon as possible. In the meantime, just to give us an idea of the interest
in this very different suggestion, if you are thinking of coming, do let our
secretary Geoff Atkinson know, without any commitment.


Changes to the RFDS HF network in WA taking affect 1st October.

web service:-
VKG Roundup

Next Sunday will be the September Trash and Treasure event at the
VK2WI Dural site.

Major items on offer are to be found on the Amateur Radio NSW web site on the Disposal page.

The event starts 10 am.

Also available during the morning are all grades of exam assessments. Please
register your interest by a phone call to the ARNSW office
02 9651 1490 or the Secretary's mobile 0400 445 829.

The usual sausage sizzle will be available for lunch. ...

In the afternoon the Radio Home Brew and Experimenters Group have their

The next meeting of the ARNSW Radio homebrew and
Experimenters Group will be Sunday the 26th of September.
The venue is the usual location - at the ARNSW broadcast site,
63 Quarry Road Dural. The time, about 1pm, after the Trash and Treasure has
packed up.

This month the audience is in for a treat. Bob Mutton VK2ZRM will
be giving a talk and demonstrating his homebrewed HF amplifier -
600 Watts - fully solid state. No tetrodes or triodes here, just 4
large, but not very expensive FETs and a 60V power supply.
So if you want to homebrew a big amplifier for yourself, but have
been scared of high voltages, then this could be the project for you.

There will also be some information about some smaller and less
ambitious solid state amplifiers, so anyone attending is
encouraged to bring along a USB memory stick for information.

As well as the talk on the big amplifier, the meeting will also start
with the usual "show and tell" segment, where members of the
audience demonstrate their latest piece of equipment that they
have been working on.

All interested amateurs and short wave listeners are invited to
come along and join in. Sunday the 26th of September at the Dural
Transmitter site.

web service:-
VKC Roundup http://www.police

Oct 10 in VK3 will see the Sunraysia Radio Group's agm at Mildura Workingman's
Club. Keynote speaker will be Jim Linton VK3PC, member of the WIA Centenary
Committee and Amateur Radio Victoria President.

BARG Hamvention 2010

Sunday 24th October, at Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club, corner of Rubicon and
Sutton Streets.

Doors open at 10:00 am, Entry is $6.00 and cost of hiring a table $15 each.

See web site for location maps, table bookings, and home brew competition

(thanks to nerg)

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VKR Roundup

Tex wants to buy a tower for Lyn

On OC-227 Sweers Island, they certainly have their priorities in order .

Lyn VK4SWE has been promised a 12 to 15 metre high tilt over tower with
mounting plate for rotator and suitable to take the Hygain TH3 Junior
Tribander as a birthday pressie by hubby Tex.

Only problem is, Tex has not been able to source the tower at an affordable
price, taking into account the cost of freight to Karumba then shipping across
the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria to Sweers Island!

If you know the whereabouts of a tower suitable for Lyns birthday pressie, get
in touch with Tex on email

I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP and I've been thinking - about getting the job done.

The amateur radio calendar is rather full in this part of the world and our
club resources are being suitably stretched. In other words, we are having to
find the balance of activity that suits our individual members and their needs
and interests as well as provide the combined activity that makes club life

The Amateur's Creed stresses that the radio amateur enjoys a balanced life; the
radio amateur is available to serve the community but should never forget the
responsibilities of home and family.

Like any other organisation, whether work or play, it does mean that up to a
third of people may be unavailable at any one time due to health, holidays and
other commitments.

When we plan our club activities we have to accept this reality and utilise our
manpower resources accordingly. Far better to gently push the boundaries
with a willing core of people than over plan and have to cancel activities on
the day because of non-attendance. Our radio club should be a place of
satisfaction and enjoyment not an source of stress and frustration.

I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I about you?


G'day this is Dale VK4DMC for the Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club, TREC,
in Far North Queensland.

What a great weekend last weekend operating the WIA Centenary Commemorative
Call-sign VK100WIA.

The station consisted of an Icom 706 Mk2 G fed into a 3 element tri-band yagi
mounted on the TREC mobile tower at 10 metres. Above this we had a 12 element
2 metre yagi.
Station was powered by a battery bank charged by solar panels.
Operators were recharged by hot coffee, cold fizzy drinks and great company.

We made a total of 354 contacts into every VK state and territory and also many
into international stations. Thanks to all those who sometimes had to
persevere with the inevitable dog-piles from time to time. Unfortunately we
could not access the Cairns repeater to allow operation on IRLP. We were aware
that some stations were trying to get us there. It was really encouraging to
hear so many foundation licensees taking part. Again, well done guys.

For more info, call Secretary Kathy Johns 040-939-8853
Channel 14 UHF CB call "CQ MERG"

With the RACQ Technology Challenge over, the Maryborough Electronics and Radio
Group are finishing the paperwork for that event and this week getting on with
getting the word out on the Wide Bay Mini Hamfest on Saturday 9th October, next.

In conjunction with hosting the operations of VK100WIA, over that weekend, MERG
will be utilising the club station VK4MB equipment to publicly demonstrate the
hobby from the Scout Hall, Ariadne Street, Maryborough.

A roster of stations operating VK100WIA is being compiled for the hours outside
the hamfest and MERG hopes to activate as many bands as possible.

As was said prior to the Gootchie Mini Hamfest, "got to hurry - so much to do
and so little time to do it".

For MERG, I'm Geoff, VK4ZPP.

Redcliffe and District Radio Club

I'm Ray VK4CF with news from the Redcliffe AR Club.

The club conducts Tech Talks on the third Monday of each month and upcoming talks
include in September Kevin VK4UH - Expedition to Norfolk Island, October Peter
VK4EA Codan NGT radio and modem and in November Peter VK4XPJ, Test instruments
in radio repairs.

Club Nets
The club conducts its nets as follows, Sunday 7pm - 2m repeater 146.926,
Sunday 7.45pm HF - 3.618 +/- QRM, Wednesday 7.30pm Trivia 438.325, (91.5 CTCSS)

It was a special night last Monday when club president, David, VK4DC presented
Charles, VK4BTC with the club's highest award, the Peter Garrison shield for his
work over the last 12 months in helping the club in building including the
caravan modifications and equipment repairs.

In reply, Charles reported that some additional material has been received so the
caravan is ready for additional installations and repairs. He also said that
BOAT HARBOUR MARINE has donated VHF antenna, hatched stainless bolts resins &
paint. The caravan will have a plaque acknowledging the support of this & other
businesses that have helped with the setup of the caravan.

VK4FKEN reported to the meeting that David,VK4ICE, had donated a DSP speaker to
the club to help with the floor noise that was experienced during the recent
VK100WIA competition. David has been a strong and regular supporter of our Club
with antennas & other gear to the value of many hundreds of dollars and club
members were asked to support David in return.

VK100WIA - 100 years of amateur radio. The club made 372 contacts during this
event & is proud of its contribution to this great initiative. To date over
15,000 contacts have been made around Australia. A special thanks to VK4DJH,
VK4FKEN, VK4YJV, VK4FLAE & others, who spent many numbers of hours making these
contacts for this event.

JOTA. 16/17 October. Peter VK4TAA reported that Glen VK4FZ & Andy VK4KY now
have all the kits ready & we are now looking to confirm the members attending
over the weekend to assign to the different activities. The club needs the
assistance of other amateurs in the Brisbane area to help out this special day.
Whether you can attend for the whole weekend, a day or perhaps only a few hours
contact Peter VK4TAA for further information.

So until next time, for the Redcliffe club, I'm Ray VK4CF.

local area news :-
vk7 local news, email

Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club (CCARC)
Members are advised that the next meeting of the Cradle Coast Amateur Radio
Club will be held on Saturday, September 25th, 1.30pm at the Penguin Lions
club rooms, 19 Ironcliff road, Penguin.

Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club has a new WIA assessor.
Keith Winkler VK7KW has upgraded his status from Learning Facilitator to
WIA Assessor. He will still be the club Learning Organiser and a point of
contact for licensing needs.

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

Beijing clamps down on radio hams

The Government backed English-language daily the Global Times reports on a
crackdown on users of unlicensed radio transmitters.

The article, inappropriately titled "Bureau cracks down on radio hams", labels
both commercial and hobby users as "Radio Amateurs".

It appears that users of radio transmitters with a power output of half a watt
or greater will have to register. In the case of commercial users registration
is with the Beijing Radio Administration Bureau and for what are described as
non-commercial users with the "Beijing Wireless Sports Association" where it
says the simple registration procedure will involve taking an Amateur Radio

It is suspected that the article got the name of the association wrong and was
referring to the Chinese Radio Sports Association.

Read the Global Times article Bureau cracks down on radio hams

It is time again in South Africa for their annual SARL "take your hand-held to
work day" Friday 1 October 2010. This is where they show work colleagues what
amateur radio is all about.

Industry Canada advised both RAC and RAQI on Friday, Sept 10, 2010
that their Montreal office had authorized a number of 430 to 450 MHz
frequencies and a single VHF frequency on 145.555 MHz.

According to IC, frequencies were chosen to avoid known amateur repeater

These frequencies in the 70 cm and 2m amateur bands were temporarily authorized
to support communications for many European entrants of a cycling event
held on Quebec City and Montreal last weekend, the weekend after RAC received

This type of authorized intrusion by Industry Canada of non-amateur
communications in amateur spectrum is highly unusual and is a matter of great
concern to Radio Amateurs of Canada.

RAC will be taking the matter up with Industry Canada officials.

(Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC Vice President, Industrial Liaison RAC)


The Oceania Dx Contest, Australia's Premier international contest, is coming up
on the first two weekends of October- the SSB first and then CW.

This year slight changes to the rules mean its a very interesting contest for
teams to enter-

The category of Multiple operators One transmitter means that anyone with a
staion and an ESKY can enter with some only one tranmitter
is allowed there is no need for flash filters just get on air and have fun..

The other new category is 2 transmitter - again this is an easy category to
set-up, but you will need to check-out band and antenna placement
to have maximum effect -

Remember to have fun in the contest

(Trent VK4TI)

hf nets ON the net,

Summerland A.R.C. "Dawn Patrol" 30th Anniversary

Are you a HF Early Bird?
If so try listening at 6;30am eastern standard time on 3.600 MHz.
Listen for VK2SRC "Dawn Patrol" particularly this 30th anniversary
during the week 20 to 24 September.

The Japan Amateur Radio League now provides the member search site
There, you can search Japanese station call sign(s) and find out whether
you can send your QSL to the searched station(s) via JARL QSL bureau or not.

The Westcumb ARC in Nova Scotia has been granted the callsign V C 1 J
for the special event station of 65th Anniversary of the
United Nations and UNESCO.
Station will be working from the Joggins Fossil Cliffs which became a UNESCO
site last year, on the air Sunday October 24th on many different modes.

A special event QSL card will be available.

(Jim Langille VE1JBL President: Westcumb Amateur Radio Club)

Special Event Station CG3MUG

Thunder Bay M.C.T.S. Centre ( A Canadian Coast Guard Radio Station) proudly
celebrates 100 years of radio service. Built by the Canadian Marconi Company,
in the fall of 1910.

This (then) new "wireless" station, MUG Port Arthur, was the first and only
Canadian Great Lakes Marconi station ever built.

In 1912, following the success of MUG, the Canadian government built a chain
of marine radio stations from Port Arthur down to Kingston, Ontario.

In 1913, the Marconi station was rebuilt and assigned its current government
callsign of "VBA".
The "V" denotes a Canadian station, "B" is for the Great Lakes, and the "A"
was given for its historic position as the first.

During the month of November 2010, the Centre's Hams will be operating special
event station C G 3 M U G to celebrate their 100th birthday.

The regular Amateur Radio callsign is VE3VBA.

The email address for this special event station is:

(Robert VA3ROM, Lori VE3VAI)


Oct 23 WIA WIA National Field Day

Oct 2- 3 WIA Oceania DX Contest Phone
Tony Burt

Oct 9-10 WIA Oceania DX Contest CW
Tony Burt

NOV 20-21 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day
John Martin VK3KM

Aug 21-22 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
did you register on website ?

Net is held each Mondays on 3.580 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)


6 international YLs are on on the HF from Kangerlussuaq on West
Greenland until 20th September.

We are on CW and SSB. The call being OX6YL.

The operators are the following YLs :


33, 73 es 88 de


2nd Sunday each month.
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz

A successful ARISS contact between students in West Australia and the
ISS took place last Tuesday evening 14 Sept.

The linkup was done from the grounds of Curtain University in Perth
with the University of Western Australia assisting as well.

The event was unique as astronaut Andy Thomas was present at the university
while his wife astronaut Shannon Walker on the ISS answered the 16 questions
that the students put to her.

Andy even got a chance to have a brief word to his wife.

The linkup was telebridged through the ARISS telebridge station in
Argentina operated by Luis LU8YY and Daniel LU5YBR. Martin VK6MJ along
with Pete Wheeler assisted with setting up in Perth with Tony VK5ZAI
setting up and moderating the linkup. The event was also fed to both
Echolink and IRLP by John AG9D in Montgomery IL. USA.

The next Australian school scheduled for an ARISS contact will be Carine
Primary School , also in Western Australia. The school is busy
preparing at present for this event which is scheduled to take place October

(J.A.(Tony) Hutchison. VK5ZAI)


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

Ham Scout Head in VK, Bob Bristow, advises of the passing of George Gormley,
VK5GG, just a few weeks short of his 94th birthday.

Until quite recently, George was active in Amateur Radio, spending most of his
time on Slow Scan TV on 20 metres.

In his youth, George was a King's Scout and took great pride in his

George, VK5GG, SK

C91MS Mozambique Scouts QRV for JOTA

David GI4FUM reports that Mozambique Scouts will be active during Jamboree On
The Air (JOTA) on October 16/17 using the Amateur Radio callsign C91MS.

QRV in Bilene, Mozambique for JOTA this year GI4FUM should be QRV by the
evening of 15th.

The callsign C91MS will be used for JOTA.



3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz

Clean up continues after New Zealand's big earthquake

The massive recovery operation continues after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake
that hit Christchurch at 4.36am on Saturday 4 September, leaving a damage
bill of NZ$4billion and injured a few people.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) members have played a role
and continue to do so.

AREC Assistant National Director, Geoff Chapman ZL3PX said the Christchurch
AREC Communications Bus ZK9EAC, and Comms Vehicle ZK9EAD went into action.

They were deployed for three days in the initial recovery phase of the disaster
in conjunction with the military.

AREC also provided communications for the volunteer clean-up teams.
The Christchurch City Civil Defence permanent radio communication systems
were unaffected but AREC stepped in to provide operators.

The AREC North Canterbury Section provided operators from day one for the
Civil Defence Emergency Managment Communications at various locations.

This included emergency operation and welfare centres. This support provided
by radio amateurs is continuing with over 235 duty hours so far involving
about a dozen operators.

A major part of the recovery and welfare effort is the provision of
psychological services for many traumatised people, affected not due to the
big quake but also the un-nerving hundreds of after-shocks.

(IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee Chairman, Jim Linton VK3PC
with support from AREC Assistant National Director Geoff Chapman ZL3PX and

The 2010 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference
(GAREC) -- supported by the ARRL, the IARU and all three IARU Regions
is scheduled for October 11-12 in Curacao.

With its theme of Learning through Practicing, this year's conference is an
opportunity for emergency communicators to discuss recent events, discover
technical solutions to problems and how to cooperate with professional
partners. One of the highlights of the 2010 conference will be an
actual EmComm exercise during the conference, exploring how information
sharing across borders can be improved.


Oct 9 VK4 Wide Bay Mini Hamfest 9.00a.m.
Scout Hall, Ariadne Street, Maryborough.

Oct 10 VK3 Sunraysia Radio Group agm at Mildura Workingman's Club.
Keynote speaker is Jim Linton VK3PC, member of the WIA
Centenary Committee and Amateur Radio Victoria President.

Oct 23 WIA WIA National Field Day

NOV 7 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest Rosa St Goodwood


May 27-29 WIA AGM Weekend in Darwin


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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