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VK6RK New Awards Manager
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI announced on Saturday 18
December 2010 at a meeting of WA clubs that the WIA Board
had appointed Keith Bainbridge VK6RK a member of the WIA
Awards Committee.

WIA Commences Emergency Communications Operator Training
At long last, and following extensive consultation with
clubs and interested amateurs, the first WIA training
courses for Emergency Communications Operators are to commence.

WA Club Meeting
The first meeting since the restructure of the WIA of its
affiliated clubs in Western Australia was held on Saturday
18 December 2010.

WIA Jim Rumble WA Amateur of the Year Award Presented
The Wireless Institute of Australia Western Australia
Division created the Amateur of the Year Award in back in
1977. It was renamed the Jim Rumble Amateur of the Year
Award in 2000.



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

Amateur LCD Amended

ACMA has amended the Amateur LCD) and the Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia
Class Licence.

WRC -07 allocated the band 135.7 - 137.8 kHz to amateurs on a secondary basis,
but to date Advanced licensees have been able to operate on this band only if
they had obtained a variation of their licence conditions.

Now all Advanced amateurs may operate on that band subject to conditions
including the condition that g a radiated power of more than 1 watt EIRP
cannot be used.

A worry for D-Star users and other digital modes was the requirement to use
either a tone burst system that has a frequency of 1750 Hz, or a continuous
tone coded squelch system or a dual tone multi frequency system if the output
of the repeater was on a frequency different from the input frequency.

Now any other readily available code or signal is equally acceptable.

Many visiting amateurs were bemused by the requirement that if visiting
Australia they had to give their callsign followed by the suffix VK, the
opposite of the order used everywhere else.

Now the class licence has been varied and an amateur visiting Australia now
must use his callsign preceded by the letters VK.

These changes were first requested by the WIA in December 2008.

There a number of other changes, mainly reflecting current drafting practises
and also requiring amateurs not to communicate with amateurs in a
foreign country if that would be inconsistent with the Australian spectrum plan.
That rather obscure provision is really substituting the spectrum plan, which
is always accessible on the ACMA website for a notice in the Commonwealth

The WIA welcomes the changes.

The first meeting since the restructure of the WIA of its affiliated clubs in
Western Australia was held on Saturday 18 December 2010. Representatives of
the WA Repeater Group, Hills Amateur Radio Group, the West Australian
VHF Group, the Scout Communications Team, Ham College, WICEN West Australia
and Northern Corridor Radio Group met with members of the WIA Western
Australia Advisory Committee, WIA Director Bob Bristow VK6POP and
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI.

The WIA President outlined the current matters engaging the WIA, including the
changes to the production of the magazine Amateur Radio, the success of the
Centenary year, the need for ongoing publicity promoting amateur radio, the
National Field day and the advocacy/representational role of the WIA both with
the Australian regulator and as a participant in the processes of the
International Telecommunications Union.

Each group then reported on its current activities and concerns, responding to
some of the issues raised. In a constructive discussion, a number of concerns
and suggestions were advanced. Concern was expressed about delays in repeater
licensing. Part of the problem was a failure to communicate and the
WIA President told the group that as a result of these concerns, expressed in
a number of recent meetings, new procedures had been adopted in the WIA office
to ensure better communication and follow up.

The President also undertook to investigate the possibility of combining
practical assessments with Standard Theory and Advanced Theory assessments
as is done with the Foundation qualification.

Michael Owen said that the meeting had been very constructive and useful, and
that he hoped it would become a regular event, as it had become in
South Australia and Queensland.

WICEN has been involved in the Murray Marathon for a great many years and this
year is looking for additional volunteers.

You do not need to be a member of WICEN to be involved playing radio in the
bush and enjoying the company of other amateur radio operators.

The Murray Marathon is a canoe race that starts in Yarrawonga Tomorrow
December 27th and finishes in Swan Hill 5 days later on New Years eve.

WICEN provides the communication for the event primarily on 80 and 2 metres.

WICEN particularly need more 2 metre operators to provide communications for
the Doctors, First Aid vehicles and boats that form check points down the
river. Camping is easy as YMCA is providing meals. Transport can be arranged
from Melbourne to the event if that is necessary.

If any one is interested in joining the team for a fun week along the river
please call Graham Mason VK3KMG

(03) 59811238.

The Wireless Institute of Australia Western Australia Division created the
Amateur of the Year Award in 1977. In 2000 the Award was renamed the
Jim Rumble Amateur of the Year Award, in honour of VK6RU, a former President
of the then Division and the VK6 QSL Manager for an incredible 61 years.

With the restructure of the WIA in 2004 the national WIA took over the Award,
to continue to recognise the Western Australian amateur making an outstanding
contribution to amateur radio.

WIA Director Bob Bristow VK6POP, encouraged by Christine Bastin VK6ZLZ
resurrected the award. On Sunday 19 December 2010 at an informal barbeque in
Perth, the Jim Rumble Award was presented by WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI
to Heath Walder VK6TWO and Monique Faulkner VK6FMON.

The Award is a perpetual trophy, with an attractive certificate for each

Heath and Monique organised the collaboration of the various amateur radio
groups to conduct the very successful Super Springtime promotion of amateur
radio to the public in September and October.


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Today VK2WI News will only have a morning transmission at 10 am
- opening as usual with VK1WIA News - and followed at 10.30 with VK2WI
local news.

These is to be no transmission this evening.

This is the annual summer format and will exist until January the 16th when
the evening transmission resumes.

There is also a break in the Thursday slow morse session from VK2BWI conducted
by Ross VK2ER from Orange. His session will resume on the 3 rd February.

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VKR Roundup

Welcome to QNews from VK4WIA. I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP and I've been thinking.

For AR in the land down under, 2010 was a significant year with the
Wireless Institute celebrating the centenary of organised amateur radio
in Australia. With a special call sign and a special award and QSL card
and the inaugural National Field Day, the progress of VK100WIA around the
country was a big event both at home and abroad.

This year also saw the Presidents Lunch hosted in regional Queensland, in the
City of Rockhampton. If memory serves me rightly, this year's event recorded
the biggest attendance ever.

The publicity that the hobby, generally, and many clubs, in particular,
received as a result of the media kits developed by the WIA would be valued
in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not the millions, if the same
level of coverage were purchased in newspapers, radio and television.

In the broadcast media, the digital modes of television and DAB+ radio have
become realities for more and more people, this year passing. The first
switch off of analogue broadcast services featured in the news.

Well the wrapping papers have been cleared and new toys explored. In a
few days, it will be time to make the resolutions to propel our intentions
for 2011. What shows on your calendar? What activities can we undertake to
build on the centenary year? Have you dusted off the media kits and put your
thoughts together to tell people about amateur radio in the coming year?

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


Maleny VK4RSC 146.850 and 438.075 VK4RSN 53.7
Noosa Heads VK4RSL 146.825 and 438.175

This is Gordon VK4VP with news from the Sunshine Coast


First things first, apparently I made a mistake in the news last week, however
I did cover my rear end. I made mention of SCARC achieving an unofficial
score of 33,105 points in the recent VHF/UHF Summer Field day. Well it was
quite unofficial to the tune of 30,000 points. I have been advised the score
was 3,105 points, a much more believable number, still unofficial.

Bjelke Peterson Dam Camp

Quite a few club members camped out at the Bjelke Peterson Dam a few weeks
back. From all accounts it was an enjoyable time. When I say camp out, most
camp out in luxurious 2.5 tonne monsters with showers, a toilet and air
conditioning so if it wasn't enjoyable they must be hard to please. Saturday
evening saw a BBQ and raffles with a sufficient quantity of liquid
refreshment. Just to keep things radio oriented one of the raffle prizes was
a pair of binoculars with a built in radio.

Sunday morning saw the obligatory boot sale but there was not much on offer
due to the main boot collector, Harvey VK4AHW, being unable to attend.

Well Christmas has been and gone so its New Year to get through now and start
the whole process over again. Thanks to Graham VK4BB and the news team for
their efforts during the year, it is very much appreciated.

This has been Gordon, VK4VP on behalf of the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club.


Expressions of Interest sought for Public Safety Communications Training

Fred Swainston VK3DAC is seeking nominal dates for Public Safety
Training early next year.

Roger VK4CD has proposed that if enough interest is shown then a
course could be conducted in Townsville on the weekends of 29-30 January
and 26-27 February.

6 to 10 registrations are required in order for the course to proceed,
taking in candidates from Rockhampton to Cairns.

For Expressions of Interest please contact Roger VK4CD

4774 0221.

Deadline for decisions is Thursday 30th December.

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

Christmas comes early for amateur radio society.

The bad weather currently being experienced in the UK has meant an
earlier-than-planned Christmas closure for the country's national amateur
radio society HQ.

The RSGB has posted the following statement on its website:

Adverse weather conditions cause early closure of RSGB HQ

Heavy snow and ice have severely disrupted transport in the Bedfordshire area.
Because of this the decision has been made to bring forward the holiday
closure of RSGB HQ.

RSGB HQ will now close for the Christmas and New Year holidays on
Monday, 20 December 2010 at 14.00, and will re-open one day earlier than
scheduled on Tuesday, 4 January 2011.


The United Kingdom's government is looking 500MHz spectrum
and this could spell problems ahead for hams in that nation.

The British newspaper the Register recently carried a story
on government plans to reallocate as much as 500 MHz of
spectrum for broadband Internet. The article points out
that if large chunks of Ministry of Defence spectrum are
sold off, the new owners are unlikely to be willing to share it with others.

The problem for UK hams comes from the fact that all Amateur
Radio UHF and Microwave bands are shared with either the
Ministry of Defence or the U-K Civil Aviation Authority. If
some of the spectrum that gets reallocated happens be shared
with radio amateurs, its quite likely that the hams will be
forced off those bands.

Those interested can read the entire Register article at

New Amelia Earhart documentary

In the USA a "Betty Brown" captured the world's attention in 2006 when a
National Geographic documentary featured her claims that she had heard
some of Amelia Earhart's last known words while tuning in to shortwave radio
broadcasts in 1937.

Last week, a new Discovery Channel documentary retold her story while
expounding on recent evidence, including what might be a finger bone and a
glass moisturizer bottle found on the island where an aviation investigation
group thinks Earhart died.

Betty Brown watched the new film with her daughter,

"I was real pleased with it," Betty said this week. "The part of mine was
handled good."

The film includes a film interview researchers did with Brown in Illinois
in 2000 and a dramatized scene about her experience listening to Earhart's
voice on her family's shortwave radio, which was attached to a 60-foot-tall
antenna, when Brown was 15.

Though many people over the years paid no attention to Brown's family's
claims of hearing Earhart's voice, the contact she appears to have
heard included intimate details only Earhart would have known.

No word as to when Australian Discovery will air the program.

Read more:
Patterson Irrigator - Local woman featured in new Amelia Earhart documentary

SO-67 FM Amateur Radio transponder suspended

Johann Lochner, ZR1CBC, reports that the FM Amateur Radio transponder on SO-67
is being temporarily suspended due to a probable radiation event.

On the AMSAT bulletin board he writes:

Last week the flash boot memory of a CAN controller on Sumbandila was
corrupted by a probable radiation event. It does not affect satellite health
but prevents activation of the amateur radio repeater, as the particular
script detects an anomaly and aborts.

The same problem also occurred in October of 2009 and was corrected. However,
the fix requires time consuming effort, which cannot be exerted immediately.

SO-67 repeater activations are therefore suspended. We apologise for any
disappointment and hope to return to normal operations somewhere in January.




Ham radio operators have volunteered their time and
technical expertise to improve communications for the Wood
County Sheriff's Office just south of Toledo, Ohio. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, has the rest of the story:


After years of incomplete police radio coverage, the Wood
County Sheriff's Office has made some significant
communications upgrades.

In many remote areas of the county, deputies' police radios
wouldn't work once they got out of their car. That caused
them t0 loose contact with dispatchers and other officers.
But with a little ingenuity, and some help from ham radio
operators, the problem is solved.

"It was scary for me to know that there were times when my
deputies went there on a call we had no communication with
them, said Wood County Sheriff Mark "That caused a lot of
sleepless nights."

Estimates for communications upgrades ran in to the
millions. Wood County did not have that kind of money. So
the Sheriff turned to amateur radio operators from around the county.

"They looked at our system and came up with a relatively
inexpensive fix which was to move antenna situation around
the county to much high locations," said Wasylyshyn.

Wood County was able to update the system for just $160,000.
Tower space at eight locations around Wood County was
donated, from radio towers to water towers. And to make sure
deputies could stay in contact anywhere outside, as well as
inside buildings, they are putting mobile repeaters in the
trunks of cruisers.

I'm Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, reporting from Lima, Ohio.


To even further strengthen Wood County's communication
system, it has now installed two new propane powered
generators for the radio system. That means the county can
maintain radio contact with its officers in the field in
case of a power outage that could last several days. Up
until the generators the battery back-up system would only
keep the county's communication's network going four hours.


The FCC has granted eight railroads temporary waivers of the
power limit for telemetry operations in the 450 to 470 MHz
band. Specifically, the waivers to permit the operation of
end-of-train ot E-O-T devices with eight watts transmitter
output power, pending the resolution of a related rulemaking
proceeding. Also granted in the December 3rd decision was a
waiver to permit the equipment authorization of E-O-T
devices with a transmitter output power of up to eight watts.

For those not aware, end-of-train devices operate on
frequency pair 452 and 457.9375 MHz. They transmit
information regarding the brake pipe pressure on the rear
car to the lead locomotive for display to the locomotive
engineer. This in turn allows the engineer to apply the
rear train brakes in an emergency.


The newly formed South African National Space Agency has
announced its intention to champion the amateur radio in
space. In response to a question at the agency's launch
ceremony press briefing from the South African Radio League,
the new space agency's representative stated that the
organization will support the amateur radio satellite
program and that radio amateurs are part of the plans.

Naledi Pandor is the South African Minister of Science and
Technology. She officially launched the South African
National Space Agency at a gala event on Thursday December
9th. At that time she said that the new agency will be that
nations primary but not its only leader to direct
Government's investment in space sciences and technology.
Just how the South African National Space Agency will
support amateur radio space efforts was not spelled out at the briefing.


A directory of amateur repeaters in Greece is now available
for iPhone, iPod and IPad users developed by SW1NJX is now
available from the iTunes on-line store. This is a free app
designed to assist hams living in or travelling through
Greece to find the closest VHF or UHF to their current location.



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Jan 1 AMSAT 2011 Straight Key Night (SKN)

Jan 15/16 WIA Summer VHF-UHF Field Day
Includes "Microwave Challenge", with special certificates to
be awarded to the participants on microwave bands.
John Martin VK3KM

Mar 19-20 WIA John Moyle Field Day weekend

hf nets ON the net,

JE1RXJ, will be on the air as T88RX from Palau between
January 21st and the 26th. Activity will be holiday style on
160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. His emphasis will be on
the lower band and CW. QSL via JE1RXJ, direct or by the JA Bureau.

JA2EZD will be active from Laos as XWPA from the Vientiane DX Club
for another year. His operation will be on the HF bands only.
QSL to Hiroo Yonezuka, Box DD153,
Huang Sathai,
Vientiane, Laos.

And that callsign is not a mistake. It is XWPA.

FROM OPDX Bulletin

3 STEVE'S TO BE ACTIVE AGAIN! Yes, it is that time again. The 3 Steve's
(Steve/KF2TI, Steve/N2IFA, Steve/KB2ENF and Kurt/W2MW [aka Steve]), along
with those two laughing young men, Andrew/N2IFB and Eric/K2EMZ will be
guest op'ing at the ARRL station, W1AW, Wednesday, December 29th, between
1700-2045z. This is their 20th annual WAS (Worked All Steve's) DXpedition
to Newington, and they will be operating on the following bands:

30M CW (Kurt aka Steve)
15, 20 and 40m SSB (Steve, Steve and Steve)
10 and 17m (possibly 80m) (Andrew/N2IFB and Eric/K2EMZ will also be
operating as "Steves")

Steve (KF2TI) states, "Hopefully condx will improve and we will try to
listen for outside the US. Packet spots will be posted. If you work any
3 operators, we will send you a beautiful, full colour WAS (Worked All
Steve's) certificate (suitable for framing). No QSL is needed, as we
will have copies of the log and send out a certificate to all those who
qualify. QSL cards to us are not necessary for the WAS. If you want a
W1AW QSL Card, please send to them direct or via the Bureau. The logs
will be posted (hopefully) after January 1st on our website:

This is not an officially sanctioned ARRL event. It is run for fun by
the 3 Steves Amateur Radio Association (TSARC) - WK3SS (all rights
reserved) and we are responsible for the printing and sending of the
Worked All Steve's certificate (suitable for framing). We would like
to thank the ARRL for allowing us to play with their great toys and
putting up with us each year. Hope to work you then."


WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI announced on Saturday 18 December 2010 at a
meeting of WA clubs that the WIA Board had appointed Keith Bainbridge VK6RK
a member of the WIA Awards Committee. The Board had acted on the advice of
Chris Platt VK5CP, the WIA Director responsible for Awards.

The current WIA Awards Manager Eddie de Young VK4AN has advised the Board that
he would not seek reappointment, and the Board has also appointed Keith as WIA
Awards Manager, leaving it to Eddie and Keith to arrange the formal changeover
at a time that best achieves an orderly transition.

In accepting the resignation of Eddie, the WIA Board formally recorded its
gratitude for his contribution to the WIA.



The FCC's Sam Francisco Field Office has issued a Notice of
Unlicensed Operation to an operator on 27 MHz who was
transmitting sound effects, language that might be classified as profane,
indecent or obscene, and music.

If he fails to abide by the FCC, he could be re-investigated during
FCC enforcement efforts.

He could face severe penalties, including a substantial monetary forfeiture,
seizure of his radio equipment and criminal sanctions including

(sourced to

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

3 items of news today in our special interest group arena, ROAR, RESCUE RADIO


Tina VK5TMC advises the YL International Meeting in Adelaide in 2012 has
gotten bigger!

Now commencing May 3 it will run 15 days, and starting in Adelaide and
finishing in Darwin.

This is the event where YL's meet from around the world with their OM's.

Tours of Adelaide, Hahndorf, Cleland National Park, Port Adelaide,
a progressive lunch through the Barossa then join the Ghan for a 9 day

For more detail see

Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz

Phil Wait - VK2ASD says at long last following extensive consultation with
clubs and interested amateurs, the first WIA training courses for
Emergency Communications Operators are to commence.

Organised and delivered by the WIA's Registered Training Organisation
each training program will be held over four days.

Victoria at the EMDRC club rooms Burwood.

Queensland in Bundaberg

Western Australia Perth 26 and 27th February and 2nd and 3rd April

North Queensland only if sufficient interest.

New South Wales Training will be held at a time and place to be advised.

The aim is to develop in participants the skills and knowledge required to
become Emergency Communications Operators. Emergency Communications Operators
are persons who provide services to a variety of Emergency Services
Organisations by operating a range of communication equipment.

The Emergency Services training program is composed of six core modules plus
one elective.

How to Apply?

Simply fill out the on-line application form, which you will easily
see in the "Members Area" from

Peter Lowe, VK3KCD ANZO VP
0600z - 0630z Anzo Net on 7115

Rotary's radio prize fight

THE Rotary Club of Somerville Tyabb is holding a monster raffle to raise funds
for new headquarters for community radio station 3RPP.

Peninsula Rotary clubs have joined forces to build radio and recording studios
and offices at the former Mornington High School site on Wilsons Road
following the end of 3RPP's lease at the Coolstores in Moorooduc.

Mt Eliza ward councillor Leigh Eustace, who is on the committee overseeing the
refurbishment, has asked Mornington Peninsula Shire to make a $100,000
interest-free loan to the group to enable works to continue until the raffle
funds are available in April.

Up for grabs are two cars, a cruise holiday package and plasma TV.

Rotary members will hawk tickets at community events over the holiday period,
with the raffle to be drawn on April 25 so if you are listening in the area
get a book of tickets there and then.

To obtain a book of tickets, call Cr Eustace on 03 9787 0415.



Jan 30 vk2 Mid North Coast Radio Expo 2011 at St Johns Church Hall
McLean Street, Coffs Harbour at 8:30am,

Feb 13 VK3 Centre Victoria RadioFest No.4 Kyneton Racecourse
( )

Feb 27 vk2 Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Field Day at Wyong
Start Time : Gates open 6.30 am

Feb 27 vk3 YARRA VALLEY HAMFEST at Gary Cooper Pavilion 16 Anzac Av
Yarra Glen. Opens 10am-2pm.
( www//

Apr 9 vk6 Hills Amateur Radio Group Swapmeet at club rooms Lesmurdie.

Apr 18 WW "Amateur Radio: The first technology-based social network"
World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2011.

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 3-18 2012 VK5
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