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Plan to revive 1970s UK satellite on 137.560 MHz

40 years ago, the United Kingdom's first satellite, launched on a UK-built
rocket, went into space. Now a team from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory
in Surrey are attempting to revive it.

The Prospero spacecraft was launched by a Black Arrow rocket on October 28,
'71 from Woomera here in VK carrying a series of experiments to investigate
the effects of the space environment. The satellite operated successfully
until 1973 and was contacted annually until 1996. Its beacon on 137.560 MHz
was last heard by Amateurs in 2006.

BBC Prospero story and pics at

Prospero real-time orbital tracking page

Audio recordings of the 0.3 watt phase modulated signal with PCM at
2048 bit/s from Prospero on 137.560 MHz can be heard on the Sounds from Space
website of Matthias Bopp DD1US

Check out Amateur Radio magazine for many great articles including details on
what may very well be the bet WIA AGM ever being held at Mildura. Already
prices and activities are announced!

The DX page by VK4OQ is a great companion to keep in the shack rather than
myriads of OS dx newsletters.

Arguably the best written article in Octobers AR magazine is penned by the
new Ipswich AR Club President VK4MIA Derek who DEFINITELY DID NOT miss anyone
in action with that clubs activation of VI4FI Sandy Cape light on Frazer

President Michael Owen VK3KI
Vice President Phil Wait VK2ASD
Secretary Sarah Thompson VK3AUD
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ

Code of Conduct

Many organizations have a code of conduct. As far as I can tell the Wireless
Institute of Australia doesn't have one as such. We do have a Corporate
Ethics document, which is more about how the organisation will behave when
engaged in business with another organisation.

We do not appear, however, to have one of those one-page instruments with a
list of behaviours or qualities that mark a good Amateur Radio Operators.

There are a few versions of an Amateur Radio Code of Conduct floating around
the Internet, however the ones that I have seen are a bit too wordy to
discuss here in detail.

Perhaps the Board could develop such a document, time will tell.

In the meantime, what would such a Code of Conduct require of us?
I can readily think of three main headings. There may be more, however I
will discuss three.

Firstly, we must show respect to one another, for all the meanings of respect
that we can think of - we must show respect for individual's background,
disabilities, religion, political and sexual orientation etc etc - there are
many aspects of respect that we ought to consider. We ought especially to
show respect when we communicate, be it on air, online, by email or on the

We must keep the good name of Amateur Radio intact. Our behaviour on air both
in how we express ourselves and how we relate to others is very much on show
everyone is listening, and judgements will be made depending on what is

We must act lawfully in line with the Legislation and regulations that we are
subject to, both under our licenses and as citizens.

So with only three headings we have it covered - we should be acting
respectfully toward each other, we have the good name of our hobby to uphold,
and we have legal obligations to be good boys and girls when using our toys.

That's it really. I can't conclude, however, without saying that the vast
majority of people that I have interacted with or heard on air are doing
those things. We all, however, need to be aware of what a Code of Conduct
requires of us, and we need to remind ourselves to take it on board.

I'm Bob VK6POP, Director of the Wireless Institute of Australia Board.


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The Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club is celebrating its 40th birthday with an
Anniversary Lunch at the Port Macquarie Golf Club at 12 noon on Sunday the
2nd of October. Visitors and their families are welcome. All amateur radio
operators who attend will receive an attractive commemorative certificate.

For more details please visit the club's website

Or VK2ZHE on mobile phone number 0427 947 921.

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

When we come to choosing those who will manage our club affairs, it is
necessary to find people we can trust.

It was May last I mentioned this...and it's not surprising others have been
addressing these issues. Writing in
WorldRadio Online, last May,

Dave Hayes, VE3JX, looks over these qualities, as
viewed by the QCWA - that's the US Quarter Century association not the local
ladies in VK4.

Knowledge of the area, such as finances for the treasurer, common sense and
humility are some of the qualities which are examined. This is a practical
set of criteria used by a large body with local to national structures.
At the local level, clubs are often faced with the struggle to maintain
membership and can really be challenged at finding active members who
volunteer for club positions.

None the less, I believe it is important that we all think over these ideas.

We may not be available to fill a role for our club but we may have a say in
electing some-one who will. If we are clear in our own minds of the qualities
we value, it will be that much easier to make our vote count.

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

Congratulations go out to Myron Allen, who has just attained callsign VK4FHAA
following successful completion of the Foundation Assessment in Townsville
during August.

Watch out for Myron on the HF Bands as he experiments with various
NVIS setups.

Hello again from Doug Friend VK4OE from the Brisbane VHF Group.

Concerning the forthcoming two microwave activity events being organised
by the Group, here are some more details of the "test and tune" day that's
TODAY Sunday the 25th of September at Rob Bathgate VK4ZDX's place, 53 Arrol
Street, Camp Hill.

Commencement time should be around 10:00 a.m. and we are willing to continue
through to approximately 4:00 p.m. depending on demand.

Services available are:

Power measurement (nW to +++Watts) to 50 GHz

Return loss measurements to 26 GHz

Signal generators to 18 GHz

Spectrum analysis to 50 GHz

Minimum discernable received signal level assessment to 18 GHz

Automatic noise figure and gain measurement to 1.9 GHz, and possibly

And all this in the presence of interested and helpful amateurs willing
to try and solve 'challenges that may emerge'!

All microwave-interested amateurs and friends are welcome to be present and,
weather wise, the event will happen "rain, hail or shine". Regarding food,
it is not the Group's intention to provide meals but simple drinks will be

The BVHFG looks forward to meeting whoever will come. If you've not done so
already and in order for the Group to plan appropriately, please contact me
by e-mail (QRZ correct) or by phone to say that you'll be coming and
approximately when.

This has been Doug Friend, VK4OE, from the Brisbane VHF Group.


Good morning this is David VK5KC with notes from the Adelaide Hills amateur
Radio Society.

September has been a big month for the Club. Saturday September 3rd was the
official opening of the club Shack. This is a fully renovated building on the
property of the Blackwood Guide Hall.

The following Weekend 9 people attended a training course held at the Shack.
All were successful, with 7 new Foundation licences and 2 Standard.
Congratulations all and thanks to Sasi, Barry, Paul and Kevin for their work.

Thursday the 15th at the regular meeting, Barry VK5BW demonstrated his
Vector Analyser Unit. Barry made it from a kit and demonstrated SWR,
Filter properties and the sharpness of a loop antenna.

Saturday 17th a joint gathering with the North East Radio Club saw surplus
computer power supplies modified to 13.5 volts high current operation.
Yesterday many members joined in for a breakfast at the Shack, this will
become a regular event on the last Saturday of the month.

Finally a reminder of the Annual Buy and Sell on Sunday November 20th, see


What use is an f-call?

Over the past few weeks I've been encouraging you to listen to the news,
to get on-air and participate. It's easy enough for me to say, but I can
understand that it might not be so simple for you to actually achieve.

Imagine for a moment that you have at least got the pre-requisites, that is,
you have a license, you have a radio, antenna, power-supply, it's all plugged
in and when you move the dial, you can hear stations. I realise that this
assumes a whole lot of things which might not yet be true, but bear with me,
I'm trying to make a point.

Imagine if you will, that you have your microphone
in your hand - or on your desk, and your finger is hovering over the magic
Push To Talk button.

Now what?

What do you say?

Whom do you say it to?

How will you know it worked?

The simplest way to start is to jump in and get your feet wet, but I know
that might be a little daunting for you, so instead, why not tune to a
station and see what's happening?

Last week I was introduced to the 7130 dx net by another
amateur. At the time we were sitting on the ocean with our respective radios
tuning to see what was around and he suggested tuning to 7.130 MHz There was
a whole group of people talking and at first it was quite confusing.

After a little while some structure started appearing and I could begin to
understand what was happening - in short, people from around the globe all
tuned to the same frequency at the same time with the single purpose of
talking to each other.
You might want to have a look at their website which explains in great
detail what it is and how it works. The web-address is
and the net runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 0930UTC on 7.130 MHz.

Why am I telling you about this? What's the point?

It's simple, you need to understand the lingo to be able to speak the lingo.
Just like speaking Italian in a room full of Japanese is not a good way to
communicate, speaking without knowing the words on an Amateur Radio band
is a challenge.

Finally a tip, learn your phonetic alphabet! Use it to read out number plates
in the car, read out street signs, recite the alphabet, use it, that is,
Uniform Sierra Echo India Tango!

Go forth and charlie oscar mike mike uniform november india charlie alpha
tango echo, I say again, charlie oscar mike mike uniform november india
charlie alpha tango echo.

I'm Onno, vk6flab


George Sturgess VK4WQ awarded Honorary Ambulance Officer of the Year

This is awarded to an Honorary Ambulance Officer who has made a significant
contribution to QAS and has worked cooperatively to support Paramedics.

George Sturgess VK4WQ has been a Volunteer Driver with Jandowae QAS
since 2008.

George's volunteer driving contribution allows the Jandowae QAS officers to
spend quality time with their patients and provide timely transport
to medical facilities.

George always shows professionalism and is respectful of patient
confidentiality when assisting the Jandowae Officers.

George's knowledge of local areas has enabled him to construct detailed
mapping of the Jandowae QAS catchment area.

George's willingness to go the extra distance to serve patients and the QAS
is the reason he has been nominated and awarded the Honorary Ambulance
Officer of the Year Award for 2011 for the South Western Region.



Last Monday Bob Bristow VK6POP attended a memorial service for Peter Hughes,
VK6HU. Peter passed away several days earlier after a long illness. He was
almost 83 years old.

Peter joined Scouts at the age of 11, and remained a member until his death.
He achieved the Kings Scout award, and several other service and good conduct
awards as an adult.

Peter held several positions in Scouting, and attended National and
International events.

Life changed for Peter when he was appointed JOTA organizer for Western
Australia in 1969. Some two years later, having realized that he really
should take a look at Amateur Radio, Peter, after a year of study, got his
license and gained the callsign VK6HU.

Peter filled the role of JOTA Organiser for Western Australia for 16 years.
From the beginning of 1985, Peter was appointed JOTA organizer for Scouts
Australia. He held this role for eleven years.

During his time as State and National JOTA organizer, Peter coordinated or
participated in the Amateur Radio and Electronics activities at Jamborees and
other major Scout events.

In 1980, Peter was named W.A. Amateur of the year by the WIA VK6 Division.

During JOTA 2007, the Radio Scouting headquarters in Perth was named
"The Peter Hughes Scout Communication Centre" in recognition of his
considerable contribution to Amateur Radio in Scouting, Peter told me
that he was deeply honoured by this recognition by his peers.

The funeral service was a joyous celebration of a life filled with
achievements, giving of himself to his community, and a loving husband and
father. Peter, being the super organized person he was, orchestrated a good
part of his funeral service, and as his two sons and daughter read Peter's
script of his life, we laughed and reflected on this man who we loved and

73 Peter Hughes, VK6HU, silent key.

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

HF Band Plan

A revised IARU Region 1 HF Band Plan has been published.

The changes are minor, and affect 40 metres and 10 metres only.

On 40 metres, the CW contest-preferred segment of 7000 to 7025 kHz has been
withdrawn; this means in practice that CW contests on 40 metres are no longer
confined to the first 25 kHz segment. There have also been changes to the
FM part of 10 metres, with adjustments to the simplex channels and the
addition of four new repeater channels.

See for a copy of the new Band Plan, which includes
notes detailing the changes.




A California ham has been cited for operating
mobile using a 2 meter radio installed in his car
and this could become a test case to find out
whether the restrictive anti-cell phone law can be
used against other two-way radio users.

According to a note from Dick McKay, K6VGP, a
member of the Disaster Amateur Radio Network
identified as Irving Osser, KE6YR, received a
ticket for using his amateur 2 meter radio in his
car. According to McKay, the Los Angeles
motorcycle officer stated that he saw Osser on
his cell phone. KE6YR tried to show the officer
the two meter radio with the coil cord microphone
and said he was talking to another amateur on the
radio. He also tried to show the officer the
hands free system he uses on his Blackberry and
finally tried to show him the cell phone log that
indicated no calls were made or received.

But the officer was not interested in hearing
about any of it and it has now became a tell it
to the judge matter. And here is where the
possibly becoming a test case for the California
law. This is because Osser is an attorney by
profession and plans to represent himself in
court with the proper knowledge about how to address the subject.

While California does not provide any exceptions
for ham radio operators, CB'ers and other
non-emergency two-way radio users, by definition,
two-way radio gear is not a hand held cellular
telephone. None-the-less, KE6YR will still have
the burden to prove in court that what he was
doing was legal and that he was in fact not using
a wireless telephone as defined by law.


The FCC has issued Rapidwave, LLC of Saratoga
Springs, Utah, a $25,000 Notice of Apparent
Liability for Forfeiture order. This, for
operating a 5 Gigahertz unlicensed Part 15 system
in a manner inconsistent with rules, and for
allegedly causing interference to an FAA Terminal
Doppler Weather Radar system serving the Salt
Lake City International Airport. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD, has the details:

According to the FCC, on Oct. 27, 2010, an
enforcement agent from the Denver office, along
with FAA personnel, located emissions at 5600 MHz
coming from a Ubiquiti Xtreme Range 5 transceiver
located at the Lake Mountain communications site
in Saratoga Springs, Utah. The site in question
was identified as being operated by Rapidwave
LLC. Over the next 24 hours the FCC and FAA
personnel established that this system at the
Lake Mountain site was the source of the interference.

According to the FCC, all 5 GHz unlicensed
national information infrastructure devices
operating in the 5.25 to 5.35 GHz and 5.475 to
5.725 GHz bands must contain circuitry known
Dynamic Frequency Selection. This is a radar
detection capability which allows them to detect
the presence of radar systems and avoid
co-channel interference. During the Lake
Mountain site inspection it was determined that
as it was operating, the transceiver did not have
Dynamic Frequency Selection
functionality. Rapidwave changed the operating
frequency to stop the interference to the Salt
Lake City Terminal Doppler Weather Radar.

The inspection also revealed that Rapidwave had
added a high gain parabolic antenna to the
system. Calculations performed by the FCC agent
indicated the Effective Radiated Power for this
system may have exceeded the maximum permitted by
the FCC Rules for operation on the frequency used
by Rapidwave. You can read the entire text of
this FCC enforcement action at

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.

Rapidwave was given the customary 30 days to pay
the fine or to file an appeal.


Hi this is Lesley, VK5LOL, that is VK5 lima oscar lima, the Alara Contest
Manager. I just want to remind you that I need to receive your ALARA CONTEST
logs by Friday the 30th September either by mail or email. Thank you"

Oct 1- 2 OC Oceania DX Contest Phone

Oct 8- 9 OC Oceania DX Contest CW


Oct 22 WIA Jack Files Contest

Nov 26-27 WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day


January VK Ross Hull Memorial VHF UHF Contest


June Long Weekend (vk4 time) VK Shires Contest.

July First full weekend NZART Memorial Contest

The 2011 Oceania DX contest is now only days away, with the Phone SSB
the first weekend in October and the CW section the second weekend.

This is a great opportunity to work a lot of DX stations in our Oceania area.

The aim of the contest is to promote HF contacts with stations in the Oceania
region. Oceania stations can work other Oceania and non-Oceania stations.
Non-Oceania stations can only work Oceania stations.

PHONE: 08:00 UTC Saturday 1 to 08:00 UTC Sunday 2 October
CW: 08:00 UTC Saturday 8 to 08:00 UTC Sunday 9 October

The WA VHF Group Spring Scramble is happening on Sunday 16 October
between 0230 - 0430 UTC

The object is to contact as many different stations as possible, on as
many bands, 50 MHz and above, as possible. All licensed modes may be
used and extra points can be earned for working portable & country stations.

(Rob VK6LD)

Oceania Ladder Sprints

Is there any one keen / interested in a Ladder competition over 3 modes over
3 bands, 30 minute sessions in each mode over 11 months best of 10 score,
with the lowest score dropped , 1 night a month but not in December.

The 3 modes are CW, ( A Digital mode) , SSB the 3 bands are 80, 40, 20 (
the digital mode will be either RTTY , PSK ) the modes and times will

You can enter 1 mode, 2 modes, or all of them it is 3 separate
competitions lumped into one on 1 night ..

After the 11 events the 1st 3 placing's get certificates and the winner of
each mode will take away a trophy each.

This will be a self-funding event the whole competition for the 11 events
will cost you $ 5-00 total which is payable before you post your first log..

The self-funding is to get certificates printed and the 3 small trophies
each year.

I am looking for 2 more trustees to help administer this and do a final
rules draft so if you are interested please email me direct !
I don't care if you are at either end of the Islands or in VK ..

At this stage it's a feeler I do have some rules drawn up, I have been in
touch with others around the world and they have given me some ideas and
pointers. I have been working on this now for a number of months.

Oceania is lacking in quick fire events maybe this will stir some interest
other that Nets every night of the week !

ARRL , RSGB and others run these Ladder sprints and are very well supported

This is for you it's up to you to respond with your thoughts ..

I am not looking for a rewrite of what is on the table I am after your
thoughts and I would appreciate constructive input and not a 4 word single
line time wasting comment !!

Please email the ZLDXC yahoo group or me direct

73 Phillip


The 8th Region 3 ARDF Championships are being held as we speak at Maldon
Victoria here in Australia.

These games are hosted by the Wireless Institute of Australia, and are
being run by the Victorian ARDF Group Inc.

The program for the 2011 Region 3 ARDF Championships is as follows:

Friday 23rd September: That was Arrival Day
Saturday 24th September: Equipment Check & Opening Ceremony
Today Sunday 25th September: 2m ARDF Competition
Monday 26th September: Tour Day
Tuesday 27th September: 80m ARDF Competition & Closing Banquet/Prizes
Wednesday 28th September: Departure Day


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

Amateur Radio CubeSat FITSAT-1 plans to transmit 115.2 kbps digital data in
the Amateur Satellite Service 5.8 GHz band and will also carry an Optical
Communications experiment.

FITSAT-1 should be be deployed from the International Space Station by robot
arm in late 2012. It will generate about 2W RF output using a 16W DC input.

The main mission will be to demonstrate high speed data transfer from a
satellite, it can transmit a VGA-size (640x480 pixel) JPEG photograph in only
5 to 6 seconds.


You may remember that a Belgian team attempted a landing on Rockall in
May 2009.

This was unsuccessful due to the weather conditions at the time.
They are now planning to try again with the projected date being around
27/28 September.

Rockall is the rarest of the European IOTA islands with only one activation a
few years ago when just over 200 QSOs were made.

The IOTA reference is EU-189.


With 11 months to go to the third weekend in August 2012, some 70 have
already registered, almost instantly after the International Lighthouse
& Lightship weekend opened.

There was a record number of 470 this year from 55 countries. The next event
has entrants from Argentina, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany,
Honduras, Italy, Netherland, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, USA and

The fun weekend continues to grow and it's no surprise that those already
listed make an early commitment to show their strong support.

It will be held on August 18 and 19, 2012.

The website is well worth a visit to read the reports of activations
held this year, there is also a Facebook page with more than 1,000 fans, plus
online registration.

Jim Linton VK3PC

A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.


The ARRL wants to learn more about getting youngsters into ham radio and has
formed a special committee to find out how.

According to an Internet posting credited to K0CA, ARRL Board of have
approved a motion authorizing the appointment of a Youth in the Second
Century Committee.

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has since appointed the committee, which is
chaired by Rocky Mountain Division Director and former Amateur Radio Newsline
Young Ham of the Year Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT.

The purpose and goals of this committee are to enhance the League's outreach
to potential radio amateurs among America's youth.

It will make recommendations to the Staff and will report to the Board of
Directors beginning in January 2012.


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

Jota Cluster now has web interface

After last year's success with 883 unique stations visiting the Jota Cluster,
now there is a web interface for those stations that cannot run a cluster
client program.

Hopefully this enables even more stations to post Jota spots on the cluster.

The Jota cluster can be found on the text edition of this newscast. port 7300 for cluster users



The ARRL Board has established a committee to update the suggested band
plans on 33, 23, 13 and 9cm.


Sep 23-28 R3 Region 3 ARDF Championship Bendigo VK3

Sep 30-Oct 2 VK4 Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM at Camp Fairbairn
CONTACT Secretary Gordon, (

Oct 23 VK3 Hamvention Ballarat Sunday.

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,

JAN 23-FEB 17 YEAR 2012
World Radio Conference WRC-11 Geneva 23rd January TO 17th February 2012

FEB 12 VK3 CentreVictoria Hamfest, Kyneton Racecourse


MAY 3-18 VK5 YL International 2012 Australia (

JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall


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