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WIANEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEB 20 2011.- presnted from the Central Coast
Amatur Radio Club the hosts of Wyong Hamfest by:-



Karen VK2AKB

Ian VK2HK and




Just 1 week to go until Amateur Radio's Big Day out!

The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Field day at Wyong will be
held on Sunday the 27th of February 2011 at Wyong Race course.
Gates will open at 6.30 am to allow entry and setup for Traders /
Exhibitors and Flea Marketeers.

The Trader/ Exhibitor areas will open to the public at 9am.
Admission is $12 for Adults with free admission for those under 17.

Amateur radio examinations will be conducted on the day by Brian
Kelly who can be contacted on 0418659043 for further information.

For help on the day, there will directions and information on the
local VHF repeater, 146.725MHz, with a 91.5 sub tone.

For further information and regular updates, please go to the Field
Day website, or email Central Coast Amateur
Radio Club -

So don't miss out! Come along and grab a bargain!

SDR Expert touring Australia

Software-Defined Radio (SDR) expert, Kjell Karlsen LA2NI, arrived in Sydney
last week for a holiday tour around Australia. Kjell is a major contributor to
the Hermes project, a high performance SDR transceiver, and is also the project
leader on Apollo, a power amplifier and filter for Hermes.

For information on these projects, just Google the words
"H e r m e s" and "h p s d r", then click on the first result.

Kjell has been an Amateur since 1962. His primary amateur interest is in
constructing VHF and HF equipment, and he built his first digital synthesiser
in 1968. In 1995, he built a small 25 W HF transceiver that was used by
Norwegian adventurer Brge Ousland during a solo Antarctic crossing.

Now, Kjell's passion is Software-Defined Radio. He has already given a lecture
on SDR to the Manly-Warringah Radio Society in Sydney.

Kjell will be on APRS, so you'll be able to follow him as he travels around
Australia. He plans visit to Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Perth. Keep an eye and
ear out for his callsign, LA2NI



Tait Radio Communications, has opened a new facility in Clayton Victoria to
service its expanded Victorian business. A new workshop and project planning
centre will manage the rollout of radio equipment, ongoing maintenance and
upgrades for the emergency services sector.

Tait is currently working with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) on its
Radio Replacement Project, which will create up to 12 new jobs during the
next year. As part of the deal, it is rolling out 13,000 digital trunked radios,
which is expected to be completed mid-2012.

The new facility will also house existing Melbourne staff.


Computers handling ambulances in NSW are back online a major virus forced
staff to shut them down for more than 24 hours on Saturday, prompting staff
to coordinate paramedics by telephone and handwritten notes.

General Manager Mike Willis said the time it took to fix the problem was
"regrettable , but I wouldn't allow the system to be turned back on until
our technicians cleaned every workstation."

The cause and source of the virus was still not known, he said.


web service:-
VKG Roundup

Morning broadcast for Wyong Field Day.

As is the New South Wales custom there will be no VK2WI news on the morning
of our Central Coast Hamfest - Sunday the 27th of February.
In its place there is a transmission on Saturday evening at 7.30 pm with the
normal morning format.
Sunday evening, after the field day, will be as normal at 7.30 pm.

Loki is the name of the edge of space balloon experiment that Tamworth Radio
Club members & Tamworth Oxley Scout members will be launching in the coming

As airspace is heavily regulated regarding its use negotiations are well in
hand with Australia's airspace regulator the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, or
CASA and air traffic controllers regarding a host of regulations that need to be
complied with regarding the flight of the balloon through controlled airspace.

Non compliance with all the necessary regulations have large and hefty fines
along with a optional holiday in gaol. Controlled airspace starts at various
altitudes above ground depending on where you are, up to 60,000 feet. Most jet
passenger aircraft cruise at an altitude between 25,000 and 40,000 feet. How
would anyone get to see the photos if the little baby craft gets swallowed and
shredded by a big nasty jet engine.

Up to date information can be found on Tamworth Radio Club's web site, then follow the links to projects.

VK2BOZ is publicity officer and VK2YGV project director.

(sourced to vk2sky)

The Orange club in VK2 now meets at the Orange SES advises Ross VK2ER.


Finishing off the ceiling plastering is being done at the Summerland clubrooms
in Northern NSW.

The "Good Guy" involved with this project is Steve Price, Plasterer,
Goonellabah, who has DONATED his time to the Amateur Radio Club!

"On Yah Steve".

ARNSW will be starting an Amateur Radio training course at Dural on
Monday the 7th of March.

It will be in the evening from 1900 to 2130 hours advises Terry VK2UX who will
be the instructor.

It will run every Monday evening and is free for members or $5 per night for
non members. Non members can join on the night if they wish.

More details are available on the ARNSW web site,
under training and exams.

Bookings are not required, although expressions of interest would be welcome
to the office phone 9651 1490 and leave a message and contact details.

web service local audio news:-
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VKR Roundup

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

Way back when Model T Fords and Austin 8 motor cars were sought after prizes of
the new industrial age, the radio experimenter was adapting available
paraphernalia to the hobby. By the time Australia could claim its own motor car,
the surplus of war time electronics were being used to grow many a ham station.

By the time the first 8-bit computers were appearing, surplus boards from
obsolete mainframe computers were supplying active and passive components to
the hobbiest. A few projects featured in "Amateur Radio" magazine. The
commercial land mobile industry has bequeathed many rigs to the amateur cause
with varying amounts of success.

The one thing that marks these practices has been the personal desire to learn.
learn by doing. When we look over recent times there has been an exponential
growth in the semiconductor industry to feed the communication/IT markets.
The upshot of this is that mass produced components with performance that would
have classed them as laboratory grade standard in years gone-by are now being
used by the home constructor.

The major demand for home brewing is stronger eyes as surface mount components
get smaller.

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


I'm Mike Charteris VK4QS, the new chairman of the Queensland Advisory Committee
for the Wireless Institute of Australia.

My fellow QAC members include Mr Don Wilschefski VK4BY from Rockhampton,
Mr Ken Fuller VK4KF from Brisbane, and Dr Kevin Johnson VK4UH also of Brisbane.
We look forward to serving you as best we can over the next three years and
and can be contacted by way of email as per the WIA website, or as previously
broadcast on QNews.

Don Wilschefski VK4BY
Northern Region QAC

Ken Fuller,VK4KF
QAC Brisbane Area Etc
PH: 07) 3393 6423

Mr. Kevin Johnson VK4UH
QAC Brisbane Area Etc

So all the best for now my friends. I look forward to hearing from you and
meeting you in this great act of radio fellowship we know as amateur radio.


Bunya Mts & District AmCom

Good morning/evening to all. I'm Neil VK4NF

It is that time of the year again when the Bunya Mts & District AmCom and the
Sunchine coast Amateur radio club host our annual camp out at Kirkleigh
Somerset Dam. This year the dates are the 2nd & third of April.

This is a good opportunity to get together with friends that have similar
interests, make new friends, exchange some good ideas and get away from the
normal routine of life for a couple of days.

We have secured a discount on camping fees from $14.50 down to $10 per person
per night, but we must have a minmium of 20 bookings per night and we need to
have your booking confirmed with payment by Wednesday the 23rd of march, more
details later. So mark your diaries now, the weekend of April 2nd & 3rd.

For more details please contact.

Neil VK4NF 07 4662 4950 Mobile, 0488 687 649 Email
Ricky VK4NRL 0429 726 833 Email
Noel VK4NL 0413 958 216 Email


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

Well the clean-up is still ongoing after TC Yasi. Fortunately here on the
Atherton Tablelands we experienced far less damage than those unfortunate folks
in the areas south of the Mission Beach/Tully region. Some of those areas are
still without power and telephone.

TREC held our first social get-together for the year followed by a Management
Committee meeting on Saturday. Howard Small, VK4BS, president of the Cairns
Amateur Radio Club was a guest speaker and he outlined some of the activities
that the Cairns Club have planned for the year and hopefully some of these
events will be joint ventures with TREC.

Howard also asked if TREC can install and run an APRS node in Atherton to be
linked into the Cairns system. A suitable transceiver is being sourced.
Art VK4GO has offered to provide some hardware and expertise.

Visit the TREC website at for club information and you can
also download the latest monthly news in TREC-NEWS.

This has been Dale VK4DMC. Travel Well

Redcliffe and District Radio Club

I'm Ray, VK4CF with news from Redcliffe Amateur Radio club.

Next Monday night the club is holding one its very popular technical talks.

This coming Monday will be David, VK4DC with his talk about his experiences of
scratch building and making electronics kits entitled, "the Good, bad & the ugly

David has finished a large number of projects and will enthral you with how the
finished projects turned out.

Just a reminder that there will not be any technical talk in March due to the
John Moyle and the next talk in April, will be a beauty and it will be by
Kevin VK4UH - Lord Howe Island DX expedition January 2011.

Allen VK4KZ, the Club's education manager announced at the club monthly meeting,
that there are some 22 students starting Foundation, standard & advanced
courses at the club. The cost of the course fees were set at $45 for club
members and $55 for non-club members. If you wish to join any of the courses
please contact the Club Secretary, Peter, VK4TAA via the club web site for more

The meeting was very appreciative of the work done by Stuart, VK4TSB for the
Car Park lightning. This will improve the security of vehicles and visitors
to the club during meeting nights.

The club is planning to celebrate the National field day in April this year
with a display within one of the larger shopping centres in the Redcliffe area.
The exact location is still being planned and will be announced in the next few

Planning is almost complete for the John Moyle Field Day in March. Again the
club will be setting camp up on Friday 18th March at the Murrenbong Scout Camp
at Petrie. Peter VK4EA is leading this year's event. Please contact Peter if
you are able to assist with either the Friday setting up of clean-up on Sunday

The club will have operators on all bands 10m to 160m. The club will be
operating again mostly on battery power with the Club's Genset to top up the
batteries as we go. This year the club hopes that all operators will be able
to use the VC logger program on laptops to capture logs. Any amateur in the
Greater Brisbane area is also invited to join in and if you plan for just a day
visit or to stay for the whole weekend please contact Peter, VK4EA via the club
website. We will be pleased to see you.

Chris VK4ANI advises that the latest edition of the club's magazine QRM is
available on the club's website & on the web.

And before I go, it was pleasing to hear that club members Stanthorpe Kelly
gang (Gary, Anita & family) have moved into the new house. Over the coming
weeks, they hope to finalise their antennas and get a big signal up and running
again. Thanks for that news Scott, VK4FLAE.

So now it's 73 from Ray, VK4CF.

Help wanted.

The Logan West Amateur Radio club is seeking help in supplying Communications
in the Maryvale area of Qld, on the weekend, 9th and 10th April.

VHF and UHF operators and some one to do data entry at the ride base.

Fuel vouchers will be issued to assist in their travel cost.

Please contact Peter Harding,

News from North Queensland and the TARCinc.

Reading the early edition in the Townsville footprint?

Here is a chance to get a sneek preview of the venue that theTARCinc will be
going to for this years John Moyle Field Day and help out with a worthy cause.

A Community Working Bee will be taking place at the Bluewater Girl Guides
Training Centre Toolakea Beach Road from 9am this Saturday February 19th.

Chainsaw operators, storm debris helpers, trailers utes and tippers are all
required to help bring the grounds back to their pristine beauty following the
passage of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

Be sure to wear stout clothing, boots, hat and bring along plenty of drinking

Hopefully, with many hands making light of the work, the place will be back in
tip top condition after a day of toil. Be There !


Good morning.

This is Deano, VK5HOG.

Secretary of the Port Adelaide Radio Club.

I wish to advise listeners, that the club is still in existence.

Our club rooms are situated at St Patrick reserve, Melbourne Place, Alberton.
We meet every Wednesday, and the club rooms are opened from 4pm to 8pm.
All visitors are welcome.

Enquires may be made on 82774397, I repeat - 82774397. Thank you.

South Coast Amateur Radio Club - Subsidised Members Dinner 20 th March 2011

The South Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc. will be holding its 2011 Subsidised
Members Dinner on Sunday 20th March 2011 at Fresh Choice Family Restraunt in
Sturt South Australia.

Members are required to register numbers, as bookings are essential for this
event. If you are planning on attending, please contact Secretary by email at

It would be great to see as many members and partners as possible in attendance,
to allow members to socially meet outside the Clubrooms environment.
Registration can also be done through the eventlist function on the SCARC

Look forward to seeing you there. Enjoying the hospitality of fellow members of
the club.

Stef Daniels VK5HSX
South Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc.

local area news :-
vk7 local news, email

Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club will be holding its AGM on Saturday, 26th of
February at the Penguin Lion's club rooms, 19 Ironcliff road.

Start time will be 1.30pm.

Business will be the election of office bearers, so now is your chance to be on
the committee. Nomination forms are available on the club website.

Please note, nominations must be delivered to the secretary at least 5 days
prior to the election, and members must be financial for the current year 2011
to stand for a committee position or vote in any election.

A general meeting will be held after the AGM finishes.

(David, VK7DC, Secretary, CCARC)

(Views of authors not the WIA)

The IPocalypse is upon us. This is Stuart, VK4MSL and I'm talking about
the Internet Protocol, specifically version 4, which has come to dominate all
aspects of computer networking. So popular is this protocol, that on the 4th
of February, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority "ran out" of addresses.

At a recently held conference in Brisbane, Google Vice President
Dr Vinton Cerf and APNIC Chief Scientist Geoff Huston both gave keynote speeches
covering this issue. These keynotes are viewable online, and are well worth
watching. (-- Keynote: Dr. Vinton Cerf ) (-- Keynote: Geoff Huston )

The upshot is that with the increase in Internet users in the next few years,
we can expect rough times ahead as ISPs are forced to take radical steps to
conserve address space. Any software or device that relies on direct
peer-to-peer contact such as Skype and EchoLink will suffer at the very least,
significant performance degradation over time.

On top of this, will be a substantially worsened spam and malware problem, as
the culprits become harder to trace.

IPv4 has a successor, IPv6 which was designed to solve this problem, among
others. The catch is, not enough people are taking it up, and time is running

If you write software for a living or as a hobby that talks to the Internet, we
need you to ensure your software is able to communicate over this protocol. If
you are a consumer, we need you to contact your ISPs, device manufacturers and
software companies and ask them what they are doing to address this issue.

Let's work together, to ensure that the Internet as we know it today, remains as
open as possible for all into the future. This has been Stuart, VK4MSL
reporting from Brisbane for WIA Front Page News.

We asked an IT expert for her comments, and were told

"The reality is that IP6 is totally incompatible with IP4"

It's like saying digital and analogue radio, it uses the same airwaves bit
the two technologies are completely different. And it's because of the
these incompatibilities that pretty much nobody has taken it up.

What makes it worse is there is (at this point in time) no way to make a IP4 to
IP6 gateway"

So ... my take ... and it is my personal view ...

Is that IP6 will never take off, ever, and that someone will think of
something better as the next generation networking layer, and this will be
driven by the ability to interconnect with what we currently have.

Is the world really running out of address space ?

It's running out of address space that has been allocated for use by the

So is there any address space that has been allocated to other
organisations that is not being utilised ? - Yes ! and there is
bucket loads of it.

Some VERY large address blocks (Class A blocks) were allocated in the
beginning to Universities and companies like IBM and these address blocks
are not being utilised.

So there is a administrative solution to this that could see us good with
enough address space for the next 5-10 years so I am told".


Potential candidates are reminded that exams can be conducted across
the north west coast of Tassie at a mutually agreed time and place by the
Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club examiners.

For further details on gaining a licence or upgrading, contact Cradle Coast
Amateur Radio Club learning organiser, Keith Winkler, VK7KW.

Contact details are available on the club website, best found when you visit and look up vk7 clubs.

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

Len ZL3IE SK at 100

Veteran New Zealand Radio Amateur Len Hopkinson ZL3IE has passed away at the
age of 100.

ZL3PN writes:

"ZL3IE HAPPY DAYS......Was the sign-off saying of Len for 75 years after every
contact. Len was visited by scores of Russian Seamen from ships loading meat
from Timaru right thru the decades.....Sunspots low or high his cubical Quad
got into the Russian hams."

Len has been described as "a true home brew gear ham from the 1930s".

The Reqium Mass for Len was celebrated at St Josephs Catholic Church,
Temuka February 15.

(SouthGate News)


When the original request was made to ICASA to issue ZS9 calls, the proposal by
a group of zs radio amateurs who had formed a contest group, was based
there-on that ZS9 call signs would only be allocated to a club for contesting

Of late individual radio amateurs are applying for ZS9 call signs for their own
general use.

ICASA (The South African version of our ACMA) is now looking at setting
guidelines that will determine the conditions under which ZS9 call signs will
be issued.

The item is on the Agenda of the ICASA/SARL liaison meeting to be held February




Feb 26-27 ZL Jock White Field Day

Mar 19-20 WIA John Moyle Field Day weekend

Apr 23 ZL/VK 2011 VK/ZL RTTY SPRINT 80 metres ( )

Apr 30 WW Marconi Day 2011 ( )

Apr 30 ZL/VK 2011 VK/ZL RTTY SPRINT 40 metres ( )



VK8NSB, VK8FNCY, 9M6DXX, 9M6XRO and MW0JRX will be operating from
Timor-Leste (East Timor) between 16 and 26 September 2011. The
location will be Atauro Island, OC-232, 30km north of the capital, Dili.

The group is working closely with the Timor-Leste licensing authority
and the DXpedition callsign will be announced soon.

There will be three stations, two using full licensed power linear
amplifiers, and a third running 100W. Antennas will mainly be
quarter-wave verticals and vertical dipoles, all located within a few
metres of the ocean. For 160m an inverted-L will be used.

Activity will be on all bands 10 - 160m using CW, SSB and RTTY.

Atauro Island was chosen in order to provide a quiet location, well
away from the electrical noise of down-town Dili. The beach-front site
will also allow the group to put up vertical antennas right by the
ocean, providing additional low-angle gain. In addition, the island
counts as OC-232 and is part of a very rare IOTA group, having being
confirmed by only 18% of active IOTA participants.

Accommodation on Atauro Island is very basic and will be in beach huts
with no mains electricity or running water. All power for the
DXpedition will be provided using generators.

QSL via M0URX, direct, via the bureau, or LoTW.

Alternatively, QSL's may be requested using M0URX's OQRS form at

The Orange and District A R C turns 50 this year and part of the
celebrations will be a special event callsign from the start of March
until the end of June. The call is V I 5 0 A O A .

Sig, NV7E is active as 5Z4EE for the next four years.

He is active on 160 to 10 meters. This includes entries in all the major

QSL to home call NV7E

HTTP:// (A receiver located in NY USA) (Atlanta 80/40/20 Web SDR Receiver)

Norway to end national analogue FM

The Norwegian Government has announced plans that would see the national public
and commercial radio services ceasing FM broadcasts in 2017.

A report on RWonline quotes a Government press release as saying
"The radio industry wants a liquidation of FM and the government now takes
active steps to facilitate a transition to digital radio and to take care
of listeners' interests."


The British Broadcasting Corporation has confirmed plans to cease five of its
32 World Service language transmissions. According to the GB2RS News, the
Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian services will be the first axed, as will
English for the Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa.

The World Service will also eliminate short wave transmission of six more
language services in March.


Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe

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

Voice of Russia moved from 7200 to 7265 kHz

On the IARU Region 1 website, DJ9KR reports that the Voice of Russia has moved
from the exclusive Amateur Radio frequency 7200 kHz.

The report says:

DF5SX informed St. Petersburg TX center.

Immediately a "Letter of Complaint" was sent and asked for a frequency shift
off the exclusive amateur radio frequency 7200 kHz.

Februay 8 a short email from Mr. Alexey Vesnin from "The General Radio
Frequency Centre" in Moscow informing:

"I moved 7200 to 7265. For me it is easy :-) Are you happy?

Best regards, Alexey "

VK Club Bulletins


A new book from a couple of New York Times bestselling authors who are also
nationally-syndicated broadcast personalities will offer readers unprecedented
exposure to the hobby of amateur radio.

"We Be Big" from Thomas Nelson Publishers is the autobiography of Rick Burgess
and Bill "Bubba" Busses, whose morning radio show is heard in over fifty cities
across America as well as on XM satellite radio. The team has previously
published several books that landed near the top on the New York Times
bestseller list. Their highly successful Rick and Bubba Show feature their
down-home view on life in a spirited and fun presentation.

The amateur radio connection comes from several angles. First, Bill "Bubba"
Bussey is a long-time active ham radio operator. He holds an Advanced class
license and the call sign KJ4JJ. He cites amateur radio as one influence that
led to a career in broadcast engineering, ownership, and on-the-air success.
Bussey talks in the book about how he came to the hobby at an early age and has
been active ever since. He also often discusses the amateur radio on the show.

Additionally, "We Be Big" was co-written with the help of national-bestselling
author Don Keith, who also happens to be an active amateur radio enthusiast.
Keith holds an Amateur Extra class license and his call sign is N4KC, and has
been licensed for almost fifty years.

Keith has over twenty books in print, both fiction and non-fiction, and writes
on subjects such as college athletics, broadcasting, submarines and World War II
history. N4KC was also a long-time broadcaster, twice named Billboard Magazine's
"Broadcast Personality of the Year."

Publication date for "We Be Big" is scheduled for March 22nd. Pre-orders are
being accepted by many booksellers across the USA.



MAF Discovery day.

We have only just been advised that the Missionary Aviation Fellowship has
an open day Saturday the 19th at Camden Airport from 10 am.

So if you are lucky enough to be in the area and have read the early script
edition of this news, we hope you were/are able to get along.

MAF flys in remote regions worldwide, including Northern Australia and PNG.

Open Days typically include affordable joyflights with highly experienced
sky- pilots.


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

ARISSat-1 was NOT deployed last Wednesday, subsequently, RSC-Energia informed
NASA that deployment of ARISSat-1 will be added to RSC EVA 29 currently NOT
scheduled until July 2011.

However the Russian Federal Space Agency reports that ARISSat-1 will be
activated April 12 on 145.950MHz FM to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
first human space flight.

ARISSat-1 is also known as Kedr, the callsign of Cosmonaut Yury Gagarin on his
historic flight.

The satellite is currently inside the International Space Station (ISS) and
will be connected to an Amateur Radio antenna mounted on the ISS for the
commemorative transmission.

It is still planned to deploy the satellite during a space walk in July.


What's being termed as an innovative new radio telescope array is now under
construction in central New Mexico. One that will eventually harness the power
of more than 13,000 antennas and provide a fresh eye to the sky.

This antenna farm will form what is being called the Long Wavelength Array.
This is a radio telescope designed to survey the sky from horizon to horizon
over a range of frequencies in the High Frequency spectrum from 20 to 80 MHz.

The first station in the Long Wavelength Array, with 256 antennas, is scheduled
to start surveying the sky by this summer. When complete, the entire system
will consist of 53 station locations, with a total of 13,000 antennas
strategically placed in an area nearly 248 miles in diameter.

The overall receiving system is expected to provide sensitive, high-resolution
images of a region of the sky hundreds of times larger than that of a full moon.
Investigators believe that these images could reveal radio signals coming from
planets outside our solar system, and thus would turn out to be a new way to
detect these worlds. In addition to planets, the telescope will hopefully
reveal a host of other cosmic phenomena.

The University of New Mexico is the lead researcher in this project,. NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is providing the advanced
digital electronic systems, which represent a major component of the observatory


In an 18 month mission to study the effects of a mission to Mars, 3 of 6
volunteers "touched down" on Sunday last before moving out of their lander
for their first "space walk" on the Martian surface - all without leaving a
Moscow research centre.

The landing marks the approximate halfway point for the experiment in which
the participants must spend 520 days in isolation from the world to test how
humans would respond to the pressures of the long voyage to Mars.

Read more:

Medical Amateur Radio Council


Allan, VK2GR and Josette, VK2FXGR are active as P29CW from the North and Middle
Fly River areas of the remote area of Kiunga, IOTA OC-034, until early September
while working for the organization "Australian Doctors International".

Activity on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY in their spare time.

QSL via VK2IR.


Radio Luxembourg used by Allied Forces in WW2

A video showing Radio Luxembourg being operated by the Allied Forces'
Psychological Warfare Division in 1944 is now available.

On the Monitoring Monthly Yahoo Group Mike Barraclough writes:

Alan Bailey on Digital Spy has posted a link to a fascinating short video
showing Radio Luxembourg operated by the Allied Forces' Psychological Warfare
Division to break down German morale and induce Nazi troops to surrender during
World War II:

Check out these fascinating shots by following the links, best read on the
script edition of this news at

An article on this was published by Life Magazine March 5 1945 which can now be
read online via Google books at:


The news is that in South-East Queensland, local interest is growing in having
gear available for the microwave amateur radio bands - 1296 MHz and the many
bands above.

The Brisbane VHF Group recognises this and is organising a time when local
microwaving amateurs will be out at public places using their gear.

Weather permitting, this will be on Sunday the 6th of March, just three weeks

Liaison on the day will be on the Group's Mt Glorious 2 metre repeater on
147 MHz.

Sunday the 6th of March 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., starting just after the
morning National and QNEWS broadcast.

One central location on the southside will be Mount Gravatt.

Contact club president Doug, VK4OE

on 3391 5526 or at

All amateurs and other interested folk in the area or travelling through are
invited to come along and see microwave amateur radio in action!


There were many major events of 1971, among them, the first ever one day
cricket match between England and Australia.

Idi Amim became President of Uganda.

Apollos 14 and 15 land on the moon and return safely to earth.

Bangladesh becomes an independent nation and West German President Willy Brandt
wins the Nobel Peace prize.

Arguably the most notable event however was the founding of the St. George
Amateur Radio Society.

The society will be 40 years old in May and to commemorate, a dinner is being
held Wednesday May 4 at the South Hurstville RSL Club.

Check out the club's website




Feb 27 vk2 Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Ham Fest 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//

Mar 13 vk3 EMDRC White Elephant Sale Heathmont.

Mar 20 vk7 MEET THE VOICE BBQ "Ross Caravan Park".

Apr 2 - 3 vk4 Bunya Mts & District AmCom and SCARC Somerset Dam Camp Out.
( 0488 687 649 )

Apr 9 vk6 Hills Amateur Radio Group HARGFEST at club rooms Lesmurdie.
(HARGFEST. ie, hamfest run by HARG)

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

May 27-29 WIA AGM Weekend in Darwin

Jun 10-12 VK4 Far North and North Queensland Amateur Radio Gathering at
King Reef Resort Kurrimine Beach.

Jul 16 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest
Cranbourne Community Hall 10am ( )

Jul 31 VK2/3 Riverina Field Day 10am at Lavington Scout Group Hall.

Aug 7 VK2 Lismore region - SARCFEST

Sep 23-28 R3 Region 3 ARDF Championship Bendigo VK3

Nov 20 vk5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Hamfest
Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St Goodwood at 0930.
Visit for contact details


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
YL International 2012 Australia (


AGAIN we remind you only 1 week to go until Amateur Radio's Big Day out!

The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Field day at Wyong will be
held on Sunday the 27th of February 2011 at Wyong Race course.
Gates will open at 6.30 am to allow entry and setup for Traders /
Exhibitors and Flea Marketeers.

The Trader/ Exhibitor areas will open to the public at 9am.
Admission is $12 for Adults with free admission for those under 17.

Amateur radio examinations will be conducted on the day by Brian
Kelly who can be contacted on 0418659043 for further information.

For help on the day, there will directions and information on the
local VHF repeater, 146.725MHz, with a 91.5 sub tone.

For further information and regular updates, please go to the Field
Day website, or email Central Coast Amateur
Radio Club -

So don't miss out! Come along and grab a bargain!

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