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Burglary at the Domain


Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia



Aggravated Burglary at the Domain

Domain club rooms in Hobart which belong to REAST were entered by unknown
persons causing substantial damage to locks. The locks that were in place
were more than adequate which goes to show how tooled up the average crooks
are these days.

Although the repeater and ATV shed were entered they were fortunate that
nothing was stolen or damaged.

Security has been beefed up which will hopefully slow up or stop any future
attempts to gain entry.

This serves as a timely reminder to consider the security we have in place
in our own shacks. Why not take a look around your own shack after the
broadcast and see if there is a loose link in the chain and fix it before
it's too late.

FISTS Club Down Under are reporting how Brisbane (VK4) will be active in the
event to remember the Titanic from Queensland's Maritime Museum, Southbank
and look forward to contacting CW operators from everywhere.
This will be during a FISTS contest, April 15.

Wicen VK3 writing on ARVictoria web site have a timely reminder!

With summer well and truly here radio amateurs are increasingly giving
thought as to how to keep their station on air in severe weather conditions
that could result in power shortages, storms or fires.

This will enable them to continue to enjoy amateur radio should the
power fail, but also it may assist them in learning more about summer
bushfires in their area.

Last summer "self-help" groups of radio amateurs regularly got on their
local repeater to keep in touch and share information.

To do this of course it is essential to have an independent power source.
A diesel or petrol generator can be used to not only keep your radio on air
but also give energy for lighting or other household uses.

Many seem to have a back-up 12v battery to keep their rigs on air. These are
relatively affordable if bought new or even cheap second-hand. Emergency
service authorities also recommend having spare batteries on hand for torches
and a battery or wind-up powered broadcast receiver to keep up with the news.

Solar power may also be available.

So this summer have a think about how to stay on air.

Amateur Radio Victoria encourages the use of the major 2m repeaters to keep
in touch, particularly on days of total fire ban or Code Red.

Should WICEN (Vic) or anyone else need any repeater to pass emergency
messages please give them priority, or follow the guidance of any emergency
net control station on a repeater.

On the HF bands there are a number of designated Emergency Centre of Activity
(CoA) frequencies. Within the Asia/Pacific Region these are

Globally the CoA include 14.3MHz, 18.160MHz and 21.360MHz.

During emergency training exercises and disasters please keep them clear.




CRARC would like to have a small stash of 2012 WIA Call Books on hand
available for members at the upcoming AGM on 25th February.

As they are ordered by the box (25 in a box, and to keep the cost down,
CRARC will pay for the shipping) and if you would like one put aside, email
the committee ( ).

(sourced to Glenn vk1nut)


G'day Everyone, I'm Rod, VK2FVRJ, from the CCARC.

Educating the Coast

On Saturday 18th February, the CCARClub will be running a Foundation Licence
course at the club rooms in Dandaloo Street, Kariong

The foundation course starts at 8:30am, followed by the exam the same day.

Higher levels of AR accreditation (Standard and Advanced) will also be
conducted on the day, by appointment with the CCARC club's education officer,
Chris, VK2YY.

For those interested in taking the courses please email Chris,

It is highly recommended that those sitting for the Foundation Licence read
the excellent manual ("Your Entry into Amateur Radio") prior to attending
the course. Copies of the manual can be purchased from the CCARC, from
ARNSW or from the WIA.

That's all from the CCARC - See you at the Field Day!

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The biggest of its type in Victoria and the only one that has been supported
by all the major commercial traders. They would not miss it and neither
should you.

The Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 5 offers three different ways people can
sell second-hand radio equipment and accessories, non-commercial lots, bits
and pieces.

There traditional table sales, car-boot sales or trailer and van loads. It's
your choice!

Add to this interesting program of mini-lectures and this is truly a major
event and great social occasion for anyone with an interest in radio.
The Centre Victoria RadioFest, Kyneton Racecourse on Sunday the 12th of
February which is mostly under-cover, free tea and coffee, fully catered, or
bring your own picnic.

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 I should repeat the story
I had in VK1 National News a couple of weeks ago this time for VK4 QNEWS Locals.

On the link given in the text edition of the news is a reminder of the
World Radio Conference being held in Geneva, Switzerland until February 17.

Readers of "Amateur Radio" magazine will have previously seen Michael Owen's
VK3KI, WIA President, explanation of how this conference fits into the
structure of administration of radio but with particular reference to the
amateur service.

Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, will be attending as a member of the Australian
contingent and representing the Wireless Institute of Australia.

Some people ask why the Institute spends its resources in attending these

For the Advanced Licencees they have a decision of a past conference for
access to 10MHz, 17MHz and 24MHz collectively referred to as the WARC bands.
At that time the meeting was called the World Administrative Radio Conference
thus we get the acronym of WARC.

It was one of the first acts of this conference in the 21st century to
recommend the removal of the Morse Code requirement which gave "Limited"
licensees access to the HF spectrum below 29MHz.

In participating at the highest international levels of administration
relevant to our hobby the Institute can take credit for maintaining and
improving local licence conditions for all the amateur fraternity.

It may seem very remote to the individual but joining the WIA is a real way
of supporting the hobby both in VK and around the world.

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

North Queensland Radio Amateurs will be involved with the AM for ANZAC DAY
event on the 25th of April from 0300UTC,

The Townsville Amateur Radio Club will be operating Club Station AX 4 WIT on
AM and CW in the Club Rooms at West End - situated in a fortified World War
2 RAAF Communications Centre.

TARCinc, led by Mal VK4MSS, will activate a number of World War 2
fortifications in Charters Towers, primarily on Towers Hill.

Participants in the Friendly Afternoon Net on 7115kHz from 0600UTC
will be using Amplitude Modulation, with net control for
the Friendly Afternoon Net from Towers Hill.

During the Friendly Afternoon Net, a message will be released
from Townsville, relayed by participants as accurately as possible
through to Charters Towers and then to the Atherton Tablelands.
This activity to simulate message handling on AM, including the
noise, distortion and fading experienced by message handlers of old.

vk7 local news, email

The annual general meeting for NTARC will take place on 8 February at
Skills Institute Alanvale 7.30pm. The agenda has been published in
the NTATC Yahoo group.

Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania let us know that
Callbooks & Foundation Licence Manuals are available from the Caltex Service
Station on Main Road MOONAH.
You can also arrange copies by contacting the


What use is an f-call?

(Past editions of What use is an f-call can be found online at
under F-troop.)

When I came out of the examination room where I'd just passed my Foundation
License, after the obligatory congratulations and back slaps, I walked out
into the sun and wondered:

"Now what?"

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

Amateur Radio Exams in DR Congo

On January 27 the first Amateur Radio Exams took place in the A.R.A.C.
clubhouse in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pascal 9Q1PM did an excellent job preparing the candidates for the test.

All 21 candidates passed!

The exam was supervised by Mr Mpatamana of the Ministre des Postes
Nouvelles Technologies de Communication.

The club has great plans to be on the air with their club station 9Q0AR
on a regular basis.

Of Martian Lines

A new novel featuring Morse code and radio signals is on the internet.

"Of Martian Lines", is written by Andy Thomas G0SFJ,

It is set on the Mars of two generations in the future, and in modern
Russia and Ukraine, this blend of cosmology, radio, space technology and
Russian literature - the second novel in the "Dmitri" series - explores the
first Russian colony on Mars, and the lies and tensions the first Cosmonaut
colonists bring from Earth.

Fiji signals it may switch Radio Australia back on

Andy Sennit reports on the Media Network that Radio Australia may broadcast
again from Fiji.

Fiji's coup-installed military government has signalled it is looking at
allowing Radio Australia to broadcast inside the country again.

Power to the two transmitters, one in Nadi and the other in Suva, was
switched off by the interim government in 2009.

Fiji's permanent secretary of information, Sharon Smith Johns told Pacific
Beat's Geraldine Coutts that she is looking at reversing the policy.

Media Network

Radio Australia

FCC sets date for medical devices on 70 cm

The ARRL report that the FCC has permitted medical devices to use
426-432 MHz and 438-444 MHz from February 27.

This utilization of new implanted medical devices that operate on
413-457 MHz will be used on a secondary basis as part of the Medical Device
Radiocommunication (MedRadio) Service in Part 95 of the FCC rules.

The new rules expand the existing MedRadio Service rules to permit the use
of new wideband medical implant devices that employ neuromuscular
micro stimulation techniques to restore sensation, mobility, and other
functions to paralysed limbs and organs.

The rules will allow these new types of MedRadio devices to access
24 megahertz of spectrum in the 413-419 MHz, 426-432 MHz, 438-444 MHz,
and 451-457 MHz bands currently in the US on a secondary basis.

4U1ITU -- the Amateur Radio station at the ITU -- is now signing as 4U1WRC
during the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12).

The station will revert to 4U1ITU just in time for the ARRL International
DX CW Contest scheduled for February 18-19.




Interest in DX is growing. So says the ARRL as we hear from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD:

The ARRL reports that it appears as if more
amateurs are working DX these days. This in turn
means the ARRL's Membership and Volunteer
Programs Department, especially the DXCC Desk and
the ARRL Incoming and Outgoing QSL Bureaus, are
working very hard in processing applications and
sending out cards via the different QSL Bureaus.

In 2010, the DXCC Desk processed 7134
applications for initial awards and
endorsements. These 2010 applications included
853,462 QSOs. In 2011, the DXCC Desk processed
11,175 applications, representing 1,250,864 QSOs.

Sharon Taratula is the Membership and Volunteer
Programs Administrative Manager. She explained
that comparing 2010 to 2011 represents a 47
percent increase in the number of QSOs and a 57
percent increase in the number of applications received.

And that's quite an impressive increase in any area of ham radio.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather
Butera-Howell, near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about this increase in DX, go to


The Mesilla Valley Radio Club of Las Cruces, New
Mexico will be operating special events station
K5B on March 25th. This, in conjunction with the
23rd annual Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon
to be held at the near-by White Sands Missile Range.

K5B will operate from 1000 to 2300 UTC on or near
21.337, 14.330, 7.225, and 3.893 megahertz. A
commemorative card will be available by
request. If you make contact please QSL with a
self-addressed stamped business sized envelope to
Special Events Station K5B, in care of the
Mesilla Valley Radio Club, P. O. Box 1443 Las
Cruces, NM 88004-1443. All QSL requests must be
received by Friday, April 20th. More information
is on-line at


D-Star should be in space before the end of
2012. Students at the University of Liege in
Belgium are hoping their D-Star based ham radio
satellite OUFTI-1 will be launched towards the
end of this year if at all possible.

Plans originally called for it to be carried to
orbit on the maiden flight of the European Space
Agency's Vega launch vehicle. That now appears
to be out of the question. However team leaders
say that other opportunities have been identified
and discussions are ongoing with at least one launch provider.

If and when OUFTI-1 makes it to orbit it could
mean a lot of those on the fence about purchasing
D-Star based gear might just tape the
plunge. This in turn would likely result in a
major world-wide sales boost for Icom which to
date is the only supplier of D-Star based ham radio gear.

An update on the satellite and plans to get it
into space have been published in the January
2012 issue of the OUFTI-1 Newsletter. That issue
focuses on the current status and near-future of
D-Star based bird. You can read it on-line at


The first science fiction film shot in space
could be coming to viewers here on Earth. This
after NASA confirms it's almost ready to give approval for the project.

Titled Apogee of Fear, the film was shot by space
tourist Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, during his 2008
trip to the International Space Station. Garriott
shot the basic footage for the film, using
astronauts as his cast. He then added scenes and
visual effects after his return to Earth.

The film was privately shown at Dragon*Con last
year, but has been in legal limbo since
then. This is because it wasn't included in
Garriott's deal with NASA. Now the space agency
confirms that it is working with W5KWQ to
facilitate the video's release. The complete
story is on-line at


VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 80 metres SSB May 5
VK Shires Contest June 9-10
VK/ZL Trans Tasman Contest 160 metres SSB June 25
ZL NZART Memorial Contest July First full weekend
VK Remembrance Day Contest August 11-12
WW International Lighthouse Lightship Wknd August 18-19

FISTS have sponsored a Titanic 24 Hour Sprint on Sunday the 15th April 2012.
(0001 to 2359 UTC).

All licensed Amateur Bands except the WARC Bands.

Recognising the 100th anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic on the 15th
April 1912. This event is to be a standard exchange, between stations.

Scoring: -
10 Points for any Titanic special events station
5 Points for a FISTS HQ Station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF,
3 Points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
2 Points for a FISTS Member
1 Point for a Non Member

Logs: - To include Date/Time/Call/Name/QTH/QRG/FISTS No/or Non Member Points.
by e-mail to
in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible.

To be received no later than 30th April 2012.

RD Contest Manager Steps Down

Peter Harding VK4OD has advised the WIA Board that he wishes to stand down as
Contest Manager for the WIA Remembrance Day Contest.

WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI acknowledged Peter's contribution as the RD
Contest Manger for many years.

Peter asked that his reason for retiring be made public, he needs to undergo
treatment for prostate cancer and he wants to remind all men over 50 to make
sure that they are checked for this disease."

The WIA Board will be meeting in Melbourne on 18/19 February and will be
appointing a new RD Contest Manager then.

Anyone who would like to be considered for that position make sure that they
give the WIA Manager Mal Brooks at the WIA office as much information as
possible at least a week before the meeting.


Antarctic Activity Week thanks to FISTS downunder

The first teams and individuals are already lining up to be active in the
9th Antarctic Activity Week that will take place February 20-26th.

This is an all band, all mode, world-wide amateur radio event celebrating
the international scientific work in Antarctica.

Certificates may be obtained from the World Antarctic Program using the
QSLs from the WAP Reference Numbered stations worked.

For more details see:

DF7ZS will be active from Aruba Island March 21st to the 27th signing P40S.
QSL direct to DF7ZS as his address on

F8APV active from Reunion Island until February 10th signing portable FR.
QSL as directed on the air.

G3SWH and G3OLU will be active from the Hawane Resort in western Swaziland
between February 21st to the 29th. Propagation permitting, they plan to have
two stations on the air for as many hours every day as is possible.
Operation will be on CW only on 80 through 10 meters.

GB80PW Practical Wireless 80th year

In the UK Ofcom have issued the special callsign GB 80 PW to Practical
Wireless magazine. This special callsign is to celebrate the publication's
80th year in print.

Practical Wireless Magazine

ITU HQ Special Activity

The International Amateur Radio Club, 4U1ITU, is operating with the special
callsign 4U1WRC until February 17th.

Activity will take place during the ITU World Radio Conference 2012 from
Geneva, Switzerland.

Operations will be from 160-6 meters, eventually higher, all modes.

All QSOs will be confirmed with a special QSL available via 4U1ITU.

Short updates of the operation will be posted on twitter at:

More detailed information is available on the Web site at:

JS6RRR will be operational stroke KH2 from Guam between February 10 and 14.
Activity 160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and PSK31.

JA6CNH will be active as XV2CNH from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam between
Feb 10 and 15. Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. QSL via JA6CNH, direct only.

Philippine Amateur Radio League 50th anniversary special event

Look for special event station 4G0LD to be active during 2012.

Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Philippine Amateur Radio
League (PARL).

QSL via the Bureau.

Also, the P.A.R.L. is sponsoring a commemorative Diploma for amateur radio
stations that have established two-way communications with at least 12 QSOs
with PARL members.

Look for more details at:


Another station from Afghanistan is Jose CT1FKN who is signing T6JM.
He is there until mid-June and is mainly QRV on 20m SSB and BPSK31.
QSL T6JM to CT1FKN his home call.


Kurt KE7KUS has been active as T6KK since 19 January.
He is based at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan till mid-February.
QSL info for T6KK is via ke7kus his home call and Logbook of the World.

Malpelo Island DXpedition log problems

Bob, N2OO, QSL Manager for HK0NA reports:

"Be advised that Op A logs from the top of the mountain arrive late and
some QSOs therefore may not be in the current online log until the next
upload. Overall, logs are uploaded about once a day.

If you have any missing QSOs from before January 27, he suggest that you
try to work them again. The HK0NA team apologizes for the inconvenience.

(sourced to southgate)

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

You can receive DATV signals in Hobart.

The Digital TV frequency of 446.5MHz is a standard DVB-T broadcast which
means that many standard and high definition set-top boxes and Digital TVs
may be able to tune into the broadcast.

A directional antenna pointed toward the VK7 domain, with a reasonable
amount of gain and a set-top box or TV that can tune 446.5MHz is all you

(Justin, VK7TW)


Provisional results of the 2011 Islands On The Air contest have now been
published. Despite low sun-spots levels, the contest organisers received
over 2,300 logs - the highest number yet - covering 632,000 QSOs and
sufficient to enable them to adjudicate 75% of all QSOs.

The highest scoring station in the contest was the Bristol Contest Group
GJ6YB who operated from Jersey and achieved a score of just under
15 million points from over 3,300 QSOs.


VK leads the way for ILLW

Among the latest to join the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
in August is South Africa, with entries at Great Fish Point and Doring Bays

Australia on 31 is in the forefront with VK3 and VK4 ahead of VK2, VK7, VK5
and VK6.

Germany has a worthy 20 entries putting it ahead of the USA on 15, followed
by England with nine.

Among the others are Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Honduras,
Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Scotland, Sweden and Wales.

With only 22 countries and 115 entries so far there was a long way to go
to last year's record of 55 countries and entries reaching 470.

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend a 48 hour fun event. For
guidelines, an entry form and other information about August the 18th and
19th this year visit


54th JOTA report online

The report of the 54th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) held October 15-16, 2011
is now available.

Read the report at


This is Clive VK6CSW with a reminder that the next Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia's news and information bulletin will take place tomorrow
at the usual times and on the usual frequencies. Everyone is cordially
invited to listen and to call back afterwards.

To check times and frequencies for your area, visit the RAOTC website

( Clive VK6CSW )


15TH IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE hosted by V.A.R.C. in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam.

World Radio Conference Geneva until 17th February

FEB 4 VK4 Bunya Mts & District AmCom Inc. Ham & Wine Fest 2012.

FEB 12 VK3 CentreVictoria Hamfest, Kyneton Racecourse


MAR 18 VK7 Sewing Circle Nets "Meet the Voice BBQ" at Ross.

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

JULY 21 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne


G'day Everyone, I'm Rod, VK2FVRJ, from the CCARC and here's some trivia
for you,

The following events all have something in common

1935 - Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration which leads directly
to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom.

1977 - First flight of the Space Shuttle takes place.

2011 - The space shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space
Station for the last time.

So what do these events have to do with Amateur Radio?

They all happen on the 26th February, the same day as Amateur Radio's Big
Day Out, the CCARC Field Day at Wyong.

So remember, the southern Hemisphere's largest AR event is just three weeks
away, and there's nothing trivial about that!

Finally, here's one last piece of trivia for you, Australia's first "King"
was born on the 26th February 1945. Our very own "King of the Mountain" -
Peter Brock

That's all from the CCARC - See you at the Field Day!

WIA Annual Conference Mildura

May 25th, 26th and 27th 2012

Details for the WIA 2012 Annual Conference being held in Mildura are on

Host club is Sunraysia Radio Group, led by Garry Briant VK3KYF and
Noel Ferguson VK3FI.

WIA Members who register for the event will be able to participate in a
range of fascinating and memorable activities.

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