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Hear from WIA Director VK3JNI Phillip Adams

What Good Is An F Call? Onno vk6flab discusses.

Col VK3LED with Rrrrewind.


A newly commissioned 3G mobile phone cell on Thursday Island was suffering
interference traced to foreign equipment operating on the wrong frequency
and not in accord with the Australian allocations.

Australian Communications and Media Authority Field Staff traced the interference
source to Hammond Island to the immediate north of Thursday Island.

A company there providing maritime services, with engineering support in the
Torres Strait, was using radio links that operated on Hammond Island and other
islands. These radio links had the capability of operation outside the correct
frequency range for the Australian Spectrum and it had developed a
communications error.

A warning notice was issued and the company rectified their radiocommunications
equipment resulting in the radio links operating in the correct frequency range
and the Optus interference to their 3G cell been resolved.

The issue of interference by radiocommunications equipment designed for other
countries but operated within Australia continues to be a challenge for
Field Operations and the ACMA.

It has in the past found long distance telephones operating on amateur and
aeronautical frequencies and issues a warning to those buying as tourist overseas
and online to make sure their purchase complies in Australia.


The ACMA proposes changes to radio services in Oberon and Ravenshoe

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking public comment on
proposed changes to radio services in Oberon, New South Wales, and Ravenshoe,

The ACMA is proposing to make available:

FM frequency 101.5 MHz, with a maximum power level of 100 watts, for an in-fill
transmitter for the 2BS commercial radio broadcasting service at Oberon

FM frequency 91.3 MHz, with a maximum ERP of 250 watts (W), for an in-fill
transmitter for the 4AM commercial radio broadcasting service at Ravenshoe.

The ACMA also proposes to vary the frequency allotment plan to reflect the
addition of those proposed in-fill transmitters.

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

Good morning broadcast listeners;

I am pleased to announce that Bob, VK6POP has agreed to join the WIA National
Field Day committee. Bob brings both a wealth of experience and the VK6
perspective to the national high profile publicity event.

The next WIA National Field Day is the weekend of 14 and 15 of April 2012.

Many new operators start out with a minimum of equipment and try their hand at
the VHF or UHF Bands. One of the challenges that new operator to our bands face
is that of geography. With low radiated power, the hills just always seem to be
in the way.

The team lead by Peter VK3AJ, from the Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit
in Victoria have been quietly developing a UHF repeater network across the
Dandenong Ranges that not only fills in many of the black spots in the hills,
it also provides linked coverage to many of the growth areas of outer
Eastern Melbourne. Known as the VK3 ScoutNET, the repeaters of VK3RAJ, VK3RSA
and VK3RSB are permanently linked.

Plans are now underway to further extend this linking to provide a reliable
network for both new and established operators who may wish to use the network.
The network could also be utilized in times of an emergency in the coverage area

The team from the SRESU should be proud of this initiative.

I wish you Seasons Greetings and a Safe New Year.
This has been Philip VK3JNI for the WIA News.

This is Mal VK3FDSL

I wish to advise that the National Office of the WIA will close for the Christmas
break at 4pm Melbourne time on Friday 23rd December. We will re-open at 10am
Melbourne time on Monday 16th January 2012.

During that time no examinations or callsign recommendation applications will be
processed nor book orders dispatched. Book orders placed after Monday 19 December
are unlikely to be dispatched before the office reopens in January. Orders for
exam packs received before 21 December will be dispatched before Christmas.

The Wireless Institute Of Australia extends to all radio amateurs very best
wishes for the festive season


Every now and then members let us know they receive spam emails claiming to be
from the WIA and wanting to obtain personal information, this sort of email
activity is called PHISHING (pronounced fishing).

Phishing is a way that the bad people on the internet attempt to acquire
information from us such as usernames, passwords and credit card details
by claiming to be from a trustworthy entity (in our case the WIA). Customers
of Banks and other financial institutions are typically the major targets of
Phishing scams however they seem to have a go at people from any organisation
including organizations like ours. So remember, should our WIA office staff
ever need to verify your membership or personal details, they will contact you
directly by telephone, never by unsolicited email.


web service:-
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Email Address :

Summary of coming events.


Oxley Region gathering on the 16th.
Waverley Christmas dinner on the 21st.
First of the Summer format morning only broadcasts from VK2WI on the 25th.


Oxley Region meeting on the 7th.
First foundation training day for 2012 at VK2WI on the 22nd.
Trash & Treasure, Homebrew & exams at VK2WI on the 29th.

web service:-
Police Roundup

The Centre Victoria RadioFest, Kyneton Racecourse on Sunday the 12th of February.

The major commercial traders have given it their endorsement.

Second-hand sellers like the event too because it is strategic location and
low cost.

Perhaps you have unwanted equipment and bits of pieces now taking up space in
your garage or a room at home? Then make a sales table or car-boot space booking

A warm invitation is also extended to all clubs and groups to be part of the
popular Club Corner Precinct.

For more information do check out the home page of the Amateur Radio Victoria

The Centre Victoria RadioFest, Kyneton Racecourse on Sunday the 12th of February.

Points are contact are:

Commercial Traders Liaison, Barry Robinson VK3PV 0428 516 001

Second hand tables are space, Ross Pittard VK3CE 0408 533 107

Club Corner Precinct, Tony Hambling VK3VTH 0423 635 152

(Bruce Lees VK3FFF)

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

Way back when milk was delivered unpasteurised, radio broadcasters largely
depended on the telephone service for program relay to affiliated stations
and from OB's. Then along came Sputnik and the amateur radio Oscars.
Moving along, Australia got on board by launching its own commercial satellites.
In the meantime amateur operators were pointing antennas at the sky and working
the world using vhf through to microwave frequencies.

It was like magic when television footage circled the world in hours with the
aid of satellite networks. Now actuality coverage of events is the norm rather
than waiting for the aeroplane having to deliver cine film to illuminate
previous radio and press reports.

In the mix of things, it was thought a good idea to relay broadcast material
through satellites. It certainly provided benefits but as experience has shown,
these extra-terrestrial relays are subject to fades from meteor showers and
moisture attenuation.

The reliability of the old system was sacrificed, and as I understand it many
of the networks have abandoned satellite relay for fibre-optic services.

I find it frustrating to lose programs on radio and/or TV because of rain
falling on some remote ground station. Funnily the pay TV and the satellite
internet services can be unaffected whilst I am hearing "we apologise for this
break in service" messages. It demonstrates a lot of principles of signal
propagation that we touched on when studying for our amateur tickets. Even the
big boys don't get it right, at times.

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

TARC Project Night this Tuesday

This Tuesday December 13th the TARC Project Night will be happening at the
Townsville Club Rooms atop SES HQ Green Street West End from 7-30pm.

This the last Project Night for the year and the last time you will be able to
let the magic smoke out under controlled conditions in 2011.

All welcome !



What use is an f-call?

Participation is a Promise made. Now what do I mean by that?

A little while ago I was listening to a conversation on HF, I cannot recall the
exact band, but the conversation took in amateurs across much of the country.
It had been going for about 20 minutes and a new participant, an f-call, asked
for a transmission report from the assembled group.

The f-call, likely a new participant apologised for butting in and also
commented that he was broadcasting outside his band - which at the time I
checked and as far as I could tell, he wasn't. The group ignored the out-of-band
comment and several dutifully and helpfully responded with their various signal
reports but after about 5 minutes, the tone of the conversation changed and
statements about power levels and abuse were being made. This turned into
accusations about using excess power, about using 100 Watts to get across the
country, about how an f-call was abusing the airwaves, mind you most of it was
innuendo, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

After about 15 minutes of increasing discussion a new station was heard, who
commented that he had some 14,000 contacts on his books and that when his license
was still drying he too had been accused of exceeding his legal 28 Watt limit.

Unbeknownst to him, several amateurs descended on his shack at the time, measured
his output and found it to be 27 Watts. He pointed out that while there were
going to be cases where people exceeded their privileges, it shouldn't be the
first thing that came to mind when a particular contact was made. The station
also complemented the f-call on their setup and wished them well with their

His comments lasted for some 5 minutes and the group subdued almost immediately.

At the time I wondered if those who'd previously been accusing the f-call had
forgotten what QRP, broadcasting with 10 Watts or less SSB, is all about and
I wondered if there might be value in encouraging participation in QRP contests.
In case you're wondering, an f-call is really a QRP station.

While I know how easy it is to change the power setting on my radio, and how easy
it might be to get away with doing that, it doesn't mean that because you can,
you will. Under the instruction of an advanced licensee I've changed the power
setting on my radio as well, only to find that the extra power made little or
no difference whatsoever.

I've played with antennas and noticed that it's not how much power you have, but
what you do with it that determines the outcome of the contact. As I've said in
the past, I've talked to the USA on 10 Watts in amazed reply to their 450 Watts.

I'm sure that there are times that extra power will get you where you need to go,
but I think we should also remember that each of us, regardless of our license,
has the ability to borrow, buy or build a massive amplifier and hook that up to
our radio. Just because we can, doesn't mean we do.

Ultimately, you're in
control of your own radio and your own responsibilities and license conditions.
You are ultimately the one who knows if you did the right thing or not.

Of course if you abuse your privileges, consequences will result.

I started with Participation is a Promise made. When you get your license and
your kit and start broadcasting, you are participating in the Amateur Radio
community. Your license stipulates that you shall only broadcast on certain
frequencies, with a certain mode and power level. As a licensee, that's what you
promise to do.

Let's give people the benefit of doubt and encourage their legal participation,
rather than accusing them on-air about their perceived misdeeds.

I'm Onno, vk6flab


The next Foundation course at VK2WI will be January the 22nd.

The assessments will then be held during the Trash and Treasure morning which is
Sunday the 29th of January.

Details are to be found on the ARNSW web site under exams.
Inquiries to or the office telephone 02 9651 1490
and leave contact details.

Next year there will be a total of six one day Foundation courses conducted at
VK2WI - in the odd numbered months. There is expected to be a Standard and
Advanced upgrade course during the year.

ARNSW Assessors will again be conducting all grades of license exams at the
Central Coast Field Day at Wyong in February.

REAST Training, Education & Assessment

Four students from New Town High School have now gained their qualifications for
their Foundation Licence. They are Jacob Nichols, Aleksandis Price,
Matthew Iles and Brendan Coulson.

Congratulations and we look forward to hearing you on the air.

If you are interested in participating in this examination session in future
then please contact learning organiser Reg VK7KK on 0417 391 607, immediately
or email on

(73, Reg VK7KK, REAST Education Officer and Assessor)

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

Ham radio licenses hit an all-time high

The Sun Journal reports that aside from the latest smartphone, ham radio has
become the newest trend in communication, reaching an all-time high of more than
700,000 licenses in the United States.

They say "For nearly 100 years, ham radios have been a reliable form of
communication, allowing people to connect with others all around the world.
They have come in especially handy in times of an emergency."

A Ham Radio Population Map by N0HR shows the countries of the world resized
relative to the number of amateur radio licenses and is worthy of a quick peek.

More on this growth trend shortly in VK1WIA National News.

See the Ham Population map at




Fox News reports on the boom in Amateur Radio licenses in the United States.

According to Fox, in October the FCC logged 700,314 licenses, with nearly 40,000
new ones issued in the last five years.

In her report Michelle Macaluso interviews John Pritchett W6JWK. She also shows
an Amateur Radio Direction Finding competition. Her story is titled Radio Days
Are Back: Ham Radio Licenses at an All-Time High.

You will find it on-line at


'The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio' is a new 8 and one half minute video from the
American Radio Relay League to be released on Tuesday, December 27th. Its target
audience is the world-wide maker and hacker community. Amateur Radio Newsline's
Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, has more:

According to the ARRL, the show is directed
toward the D-I-Y or Do It Yourself
movement. This is a fairly new leisure time
interest that is inspiring a whole new generation
of techno hobbyists. It also could be a pool of
future technologists who might want to become
hams if they knew more about our hobby and
that's the reason the new video was created.

To do this, Executive Producer Allen Pitts, W1AGP
and Producer Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF brought
together an all-star team consisting of several
well known film makers along with some newcomers to ham radio movie making.

Directed by Hollywood's Dave Bell, W6AQ, the
video which is titled "The Do It Yourself Magic
of Amateur Radio" was recorded on location in
Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, California, Utah and
on-orbit aboard the International Space Station.

It's script was written by Henry Feinberg, K2SSQ,
of West Orange New Jersey. Feinberg is a former
producer of the award-winning Watch Mr. Wizard
science television series. A winner of several
Cine Golden Eagle awards, K2SSQ is also the ham
radio operator who created the umbrella space
communicator seen in the Steven Spielberg motion
picture "ET the Extra-terrestrial."

The show is hosted by famed New York City based
maker community leader and fashion designer Diana
Eng, KC2UHB. Mark Abramovich, NT3V, serves as the show narrator.

Original music was provided by Andrew-John
Huddleston, Oh-Zed-5-E, and his Denmark-based group "The Ham Band."

Dave Booth, KC6WFS, of Santa Clarita, California
was the shows principal videographer.

According to the ARRL, the new video will be
simultaneously released on its Facebook, Twitter
and YouTube pages, and will be also be available
at DVD copies for showing to large
audiences in high definition 16 by 9 wide screen
and standard 4 by 3 definitions will be available at a later date.

For the Amateur radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek,
K9BIK, reporting from Zion, Illinois

Again that's Tuesday, December 27th at about 10
a.m. Eastern U.S. time for the release of the new
ARRL video titled The Do It Yourself Magic of
Amateur Radio. It's a magic carpet ride into a
pair of techno-hobby worlds that compliment one
another very well. (ARRL, DIY Production Team)


The world's largest ever built extra-terrestrial
explorer is on its way to Mars. The six-wheeled,
one-armed robotic rover named Curiosity known
officially as the Mars Science Laboratory blasted
off from Cape Canaveral at 10:02 a.m. Eastern
time on Saturday, November 26th. It was carried
into space on board an Atlas Five launch

The journey to Mars will take 8 months and cover 354 million miles.

Meantime a group of radio amateurs have received
signals from the Mars Science Laboratory using an
AMSAT DL amateur radio facility in
Germany. Barely 7 hours after launch, the X-band
telemetry signal from the lab was received using
the ham radio station at the German AMSAT group's resource at Bochum.

This is believed to be the first reception of the
Mars Science Laboratory outside of the NASA Deep
Space Network. The signal, received by the ham
operators was with the probe at a distance of
112,000 km from Earth. Telemetry said the
enroute lab had a spin-modulation of +/- 3.5 Hz
at 2 revolutions per minute.

The Mars Science Laboratory is expected to arrive
at the red planet in August 2012 after a 9 month flight.


January 1-31 VK Ross Hull Memorial VHF UHF Contest

January 14-15 VK Summer VHF-UHF Field Day


May 5 VK/trans Tasman Contest 80 metres SSB

June 9-10 VK Shires Contest.

June 25 VK/trans Tasman Contest 160 metres SSB

July First full weekend NZART Memorial Contest

August 11-12 VK Remembrance Day Contest

August 18-19 WW International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.


Notice to all 6 metre users.

Owing to an as yet unresolved interference issue at the repeater site,
the GGREC 6 metre repeater VK3RDD has now had CTCSS access enabled. The
frequency is 91.5Hz. Although most 6 metre users have radios with CTCSS
capability, GGREC apologise to those who will no longer have access to the
repeater without installing a tone encoder to their radios.

If they track down and eliminate the interference in the future, the access tone
may be disabled but as it is common these days to have tone access on repeaters,
it may be left on.

Comments to Albert

Ethiopian amateur radio club on the air from Addis Ababa until December 13th.

Activity will be from the ET3AA club station.

A team are installing antennas at the Addis Ababa University, administer VE Ham
Radio Examinations and the creation of the "University of Addis Ababa -
Technology Incubation Program (TIP)".

For the complete details, see:


SPECIAL call sign LY1 ?? SP until Christmas Day 2011.
QRV on the HF bands using mainly CW. QSL to home call which is LY3BY.
This is celebrating the fact that in 2011 it is 100 years since Roald Amundsen
became the first man on the South Pole.

Reference number WAP-206. Again QSL via LY3BY.

WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video

South East Queensland ATV group general meeting December 2011 saw the
Technical committee of the group propose the club builds a digital ATV
transmitter for the clubs ATV repeater VK4RMG at its current site using the
existing licenced allocation.

The proposal was passed and donations accepted towards the transmitter

It was noted that the SEQATV group would welcome input from other interested
radio clubs and that the Brisbane Digital ATV group is presently helping by
providing a 1283 MHz input to their Digital ATV repeater VK4RKC.

( Alan VK4NA for the SEQATV group )

Just in time for the Holidays, Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, has created a video version
of Clement Clark Moore's poem A Visit from St Nicholas -- more commonly known as
The Night Before Christmas -- but Gary's version has a decidedly Amateur Radio

With a guitar accompaniment by Don Mercz, WA3AYR, A Ham's Night Before Christmas
features QST magazine covers, Gil cartoons and Christmas-themed QST
advertisements from days gone by.

Google YouTube and KN4AQ or the ARRL's YouTube Channel.

ARRL YouTube channel.

Also on YouTube look out for An Amateur Radio Christmas 2011 a video by Phillip
Hamilton W4KTL presents a look back through the years at amateur radio and


AN-016, Antarctica:

Starting in December 2011 Felix, DL5XL, and Lars, DL1LLL, will be QRV as
DP0GVN from the German Neumayer III Station (IOTA AN-016).

Felix is going back to Germany in February 2012 and Lars is preparing for
the overwintering until Feb 2013.

QSL via DL5EBE (bureau/direct).

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

Guglielmo Marconi Father of wireless, was an Honorary member of the
club from 1933 to 1937 and it continues the tradition and honouring Marconi
to this very day.
Now a' days among its honorary members is Marconi's Daughter,
Princess Elettra Marconi.

4EB -- VK4EB Ted Gold the founder of the first commercial radio station in
Queensland was Vice President of Toowoomba Rotary Club.

THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.

Scientists boost battery strength with small holes.

Batteries for phones and laptops could soon recharge ten times faster and hold
a charge ten times larger than current technology allows.

Scientists at Northwestern University in the US have changed the materials in
lithium-ion batteries to boost their abilities.

One change involves poking millions of minuscule holes in the battery.

Batteries built using the novel technique could be in the shops within five years
estimate the scientists.



The First Municipal Electric Street Lighting in Australia Commenced in
New South Wales in November of 1888.

Tamworth was the first town in Australia to be lit by electricity just 9 years
after the invention of the incandescent electric light bulb.

The first lamps were Vacuum Carbon. In 1907 Electric lighting was made
available to homes and shops supplied during the day from a battery charged
overnight when the dynamos were run for the street lights.

The Tamworth PowerStation Museum was opened on 9th November, 1988, the
centenary of the installation of electric lighting in Tamworth. It was the
first Australian all electric museum and is housed in Tamworth's restored
Municipal Electric Showroom building (built as the Tamworth Municipal
Electricity Works in 1907) and a modern reconstruction of the original
engine house for the Tamworth power station on its original site.

The "History and development of Electricity" is a unique feature of the
Tamworth PowerStation Museum.

This includes a special pictorial display of the pioneers of electricity and
their discoveries, leading to the modern electrical world we live in.

The Museum has special working displays including a generator that demonstrates
the principle of Faraday's first dynamo, and a working installation of the
electric telegraph - the first practical use of electricity.

The Museum has several exhibition areas displaying early electrical appliances
used for washing, cleaning, heating, cooking, cooling and entertainment.

Sourced to vk2wi and Brian Kelly VK2WBK


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

FEB 12 VK3 CentreVictoria Hamfest, Kyneton Racecourse


APR 14-15 VK WIA National Field Day.

MAY 3-18 VK5 YL International 2012 Australia (

MAY 5- 6 VK4 RADAR and MARC Clairview Gathering

MAY 25-27 VK3 WIA Annual Conference Mildura

JUN 8-11 VK4 FNNQARG! QLD Cassowary Coast

JULY 14 VK4 Wide Bay Hamfest. West Maryborough Scout Hall




Yan, XV4Y, in Mekong delta southern Vietnam, says that "conditions on 80m have
greatly improved and in the last days good DX results showed my setup is not that

Yan states, "During my spare time I will focus on 80m CW mainly to Japan, Pacific
and North America around 1400z."

People who want to try work XV on 80m could follow twitter account XV4Y where
he announces his DX schedule.

Yan's Twitter and Web page can be found at:!/XV4Y/followers

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