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ircDDB DStar-net Wednesdays 19:30 AEST on DCS014B

WIA RD Contest latest


Hello, I'm Peter Ellis VK1PE, host for the opening speeches of the annual
Remembrance Day Contest next weekend. I have again asked a senior serving
Defence officer to give the opening keynote speech.

His biography reads like a world map. He is a civil engineer, who has:

Seen military service in Bosnia, Timor Leste, Tonga, PNG and Afghanistan;
Had United Nations service as a civilian in Niger (West Africa); and
He has commanded the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment based in Townsville.
and... in January 2013 he takes over as the Defence Attach in the
Australian Embassy in Paris, France.

Here is a snippet from the speech.

I wish to acknowledge the five Australian soldiers who have been killed in
Afghanistan since the last RD Contest:

Private Matthew Lambert (2RAR),
Captain Bryce Duffy (4Rgt, RAA),
Corporal Ashley Birt (6 Eng Spt Rgt),
Lance Corporal Luke Gavin (2RAR), and
Sergeant Blaine Diddams (SASR).

So, please listen for the opening speech in the 20 minutes before the RD
Contest opens at 0300 UTC, Saturday 11 August 2012.

Over to you.



You will find it on the WIA RD Page along with the rules for 2012.

Also on the WIA Home page from Wednesday Evening in association with any
last minute updates/news about the 2012 RD.

The start time of the RD is earlier this year, hence you will need to play
this special program at exactly 0240 UTC Saturday 11 August 2012

"Good Luck In The Contest!"


Hello, this is Alan, VK4SN, RD Contest Manager.

Remember to keep August 11th and 12th free for the RD contest.
This year, a new start and finish time of 0300z applies.
That's 1PM eastern Australian Time.

Trophy donors have come forth to sponsor some sections of the contest.
These include

1. South Pacific Contest club - Multi-multi section
2. CW Operators QRP Club - Highest scoring QRP station
3. VK Classifieds - Highest scoring individual
4. VKham - Highest Scoring rookie.
5. Contest Director, Trent VK4TS - Highest scoring team.

Thank you for supporting Australia's Premier contest.

Sincere thanks to participating software writers, Mike VK3AVV for his VKCL
Logger, and John Drew VK5DJ for his RD logger, and Deane VK3TX for his
Cabrillo log checker. All have liaised closely with me regarding the new rules
and Cabrillo template, to help bring smarter logging and log checking in to
our modern times.

If you wish to form a team, remember to email the contest manager with your
selected team members . All info can be found in the rules.

Hoping to make contact with you in the contest. Good luck to everyone.

73 This is Alan, VK4SN

"Hi, this is Lesley, VK5LOL, the Alara Contest Manager. The 32nd Alara
Contest is on the last weekend of this month, Saturday 25th and Sunday
26th from 0400 UTC to 1359 UTC each day; that is 0400 UTC to 1359 UTC
each day. Details are on the ALARA website. This is where OMs can talk
to lots of YLs. Don't disappoint them girls! Look forward to hearing you
all on air, Lesley VK5LOL."

Again the RD date is August 11-12, ALARA August 25-26


When people think of DXpeditions, they think of operators under palm trees
on exotic islands with the world of amateur radio enthusiasts trying to talk
to them.

While this is where every DXpedition tries to get to, there is a LOT of work
that has to happen before this is possible!

ED VK2ARE, Australian Publicity Officer for ZL9HR gives us a great insight
in this report.

"Months or even years before, the event planning starts and permits are
requested, equipment assembled and transport both of equipment and operators

Accommodation organised and all red-tape worked through. All of this requires
a lot of work from the organisers and also requires finance in the form of
contributions from those taking part in the event and from sponsors. Without
sponsors no DXpedition can take place and the ZL9HR DXpedition to
Campbell Island on November 28 to December 9 this year is no exception.

This DXpedition is rightly being billed as one of the most important
DXpeditions in 2012 and the HARAOA is very happy to announce that many of
the sponsors that supported earlier DXpeditions are helping again with ZL9HR.
It is hoped that there will be additional sponsors "signing up" over the next
few weeks, but we would like to thank those who have already committed to
support the DXpedition.

Commercial sponsors:
RF Solutions

Club & Organisations;
British Colombia & Northwest Washington - ORCA DX & Contest club
Danish DX Group
German DX Foundation.
Lone Star DX Association.
Long Island DX Association.
Mediterraneo DX Club.
Northern Illinois DX Association.

There are also currently 24 individuals who are sponsoring the event.

For the complete up-to-date list please refer to

The survey on the website is also getting a good response with keen DX-ers
who are looking to get ZL9 on a particular band and mode to move towards a
DXCC or other award voting for their preferences. Please don't miss out if
you haven't already placed your vote please do so.

73 From ED VK2ARE, Australian Publicity Officer for ZL9HR and member of the
Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia."

For those that missed the recent 9 M 0 L DXpedition to Spratly Island there
is another opportunity coming up to work this quite rare DXCC entity.
From 7 - 13 August 2 operators will be active from Spratly using the callsign
9M4SLL. They will be on 80 - 10m using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL manager is M0URX.

A group of operators from Switzerland known as the Radio 7 Team will be
active from Rodrigues Island as 3 B 9 SP from between October 16 and 23.
Most operation will be on CW and SSB with some RTTY and PSK 31.

As part of the 50th Anniversary of Independence celebrations in Algeria
several special stations are active until the end of 2012.
Prefix hunters will have the opportunity to work 7U50I, 7V50I, 7W50I and

E I 25 D B Dublin Bus celebrates its 25th Birthday.
To celebrate the event a Special Event Station EI25DB will be aired
between 1st July 2012 and 30th June 2013.
QSL to EI 9 HQ or LOTW

The team who were so "bad" at Cape Liptrap last August have decided to be bad
again! VK3BAD that is. At the end of August a 20 strong team will travel
into the Otway Ranges. The Station will operate on most HF frequencies 160 - 10mtrs
and on 6 and 2 metres and 70cm with contact to the Melbourne Area via the
Geelong 2 mtr repeater.

So please listen out for VK3BAD on 31st August through until September 3rd.

Further details on under VK3BAD

Prefix hunters, remember Croatia is marking their 20th Anniversary of the
allocation of the 9A prefix. Operators there are now permitted to insert the
figures '20' into their callsigns.

For example 9A2AA will become 9A202AA, 9A1MM becomes 9A201MM etc.

These prefixes are available throughout 2012.


Temotu Province H 40 FN between December 22nd and January 7th of 2013.
QSL H 40 FN via HA8DD.

Morocco CN 2 YZ through years end from the city of Tangier especially on the
weekends. The Mediterraneo DX Club is supporting his activities and is also
providing a Web site with a log-check.
It's in cyberspace at

GB 0 TLR Railways on the Air
Southgate Amateur Radio Club will be operating a Special Event station for
the Railways on the Air event on 22nd and 23rd of September.

Some special event call signs will be activated to celebrate the
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games:
2O12L from London, England and 2O12W from Barry, Wales.
Both stations will be on-the-air for the duration of the Games

PT0S - DXpedition to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks
The DXpedition will take place in late November to mid-December.
The actual dates will depend on weather conditions.

There had been an official ban on Amateur Radio activities from PY 0 S.
Although the ban, which was created for environmental and safety reasons,
remains in place, a special permit by Brazil's S.E.C.I.R.M.
the Brazilian Navy, Ministry of Environment and LABRE to conduct a two week
long operation.



Chris Carroll, VK1GG has been appointed as a QSL Card Checker for the
VK1, VK2 Region in the WIA Awards Programme.

Chris can be contacted at

You will need to fill out and then print the Awards Application form from then send your cards and completed form to Chris to be checked
who will then sign your Application Form and forward it on to the WIA Awards
Committee so that your Certificate can be processed and sent to you.

If there are any questions regarding any aspect of the WIA Awards Programme
please contact Chris,

(sourced to crarc news letter)


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

Hefty fine for hoax mayday caller

A Tasmanian (VK7) man who made hoax mayday calls has been ordered to pay the
Australian Maritime Safety Authority $30,000 for sparking a major air and sea

In April 2011, Damien Goodluck made two hoax calls on marine radio indicating
a fisherman was in trouble off Bruny Island.

The Magistrate's Court heard the 30-year-old was under stress at the time,
suffering from the breakdown of his relationship with his mother and the loss
of his father.

The court also heard that he suffered from limited intellectual capabilities.

Magistrate Olivia McTaggart ordered Goodluck to do 140 hours of community
service and set a good behaviour period of 18 months.

Randolph Wierenga from the Police Association of Tasmania says the sentence
should serve as a deterrent.

"You're talking about police officers, you're talking about significant
physical resources to go out and respond to calls like this and they have
to be treated seriously and when people needlessly make these calls then
the full penalty of the law should apply," he said.

(Sourced from the ABC News Website)

Spam-not in our backyard

Sophos's international spam-relay rankings indicate that Australia's ranking
has markedly improved from 25th in September 2011 to 52nd in the most recent
quarter, with Australia accounting for only 0.26 per cent of spam globally.

Spam is a global problem, said ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman. 'But you can't
deny the success we have had in Australia. With the ACMA's record in
penalising scammers and getting businesses to avoid spamming, as well as
world class Australian Internet Security Initiative, we are streets ahead of
many other parts of the world.

'In 2011-12, the ACMA saw a sixfold increase in spam reports,' Mr Chapman
added. 'This massive increase tells us that our awareness activities have
worked. Australians know to "Ignore it; Report it; and Delete it" as our
consumer slogan says. Every scam email and SMS reported to us is a message
that doesn't potentially catch out an Australian.'

In the last financial year, the ACMA gave 4,200 informal warnings to
businesses about potential breaches of Australia's spam laws.


"Hello out there, I'm here to let you know that D-Star in Australia has
entered a new level in its development, one that opens the way for it
to become a more vibrant and reliable network inside Australia, and

This has been made possible with the introduction of the ircDDB network.

The ircDDB network is an open and responsive network that promotes the use
of both Icom and non-Icom repeaters, and other hardware.

A new D-Star DCS Reflector has been commissioned in Australia. Located in
Sydney, and administered from the Gold Coast, this reflector will cover not
only Australia, but most likely Oceania. With its 26 modules and other
technical advances, it is a vast improvement on the existing reflectors, and
it will be actively maintained in order to provide a dependable and
responsive foundation on which to base D-Star communications.

We hope many of you out there will dust off your Icom D-Star transceivers
and dongles, and meet us on the ircDDB DStar-net on Wednesdays 19:30 AEST
on DCS014B.

If your local repeater is not ircDDB enabled, we urge you to contact your
repeater administrator and discuss options for expanding access to the
D-Star network.

Any queries join the Yahoo group called DCS014, which is an uncensored and
unmoderated forum.

I'm John VK4BJT President of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society,
C U on DStar."


Next Meeting is August General Meeting, Wednesday 22nd 7.30 PM.
Ash Clark, VK3SSB will be Presenting: Remoting your Radio with RemoteRig.

web service:-
VKG Roundup
Email Address :

Come along, have your say, SARCFEST preparations.
Find out how you can assist make it a great day.
A demo of 'Old Sparky' and Hertz's experiment.
1300K Sunday is it, before the Committee Meeting.
It took him three years, you'll get it in one hour. A little of it anyway.

web service:-

Interesting speaker meetings

In response to the interest shown to the Council of Amateur Radio Victoria,
it has introduced quarterly meetings where members can come along and listen
to expert speakers on various topics.

The first meeting is on Tuesday August the 14th with popular presenter Mark
Tell, from the ACMA.

Support the speaker meeting by turning up at 8pm on the night at 40g Victory
Boulevard, Ashburton.

Other speaker nights will be in November, during next year's Centre Victoria
RadioFest, and at the Annual General Meeting in May.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

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TARC Member Subs time

To all TARCadians, a timely reminder that your member subs for 2012/2013
needed to be paid by the 30th June 2012.

Get on it right away and contact Treasurer Bob VK4AAH if you are having any
problems paying.

Bob can be contacted on telephone 07-47880939 a/h

Now from the Sunshine Coast VK4VP

Sunfest - Its on again for 2012

Its getting close to Sunfest time again, this year the date is September 8
and it's in the usual spot as the past few years at the Woombye School of Arts
building in the main street of Woombye starting from 09:00.

The usual tables of equipment will be there along with great food and

Tables are $20 each and that gets you two entry tickets and general entry is
a low $5 each. There will be signage and a call in on the linked repeaters of
146.825 and 146.850.

For more information or to book a table contact the Sunfest Coordinator
Glenn VK4FSCC on 07 5437 2183, 0415 662 577 or email

We hope to see you there

F-Troop is a weekly net that has been running since June 2011. During that
time we've had over 350 contacts with amateurs across VK6. F-troop is
intended for new and returning hams and it's a place to get your feet wet in
a place where other amateurs are happy to help newly licensed amateurs get
on-air and participate. F-troop is run as a "spoke and hub" net, which means
that you only need to remember two callsigns, yours and that of the host,
which at the moment is mostly me, though over the past year several others
have kindly hosted the net in my absence and I expect that to continue, to
the point where anyone who wants to have a go at hosting a net can do so, the
more the merrier.

F-troop runs for about an hour every Saturday morning at 08:00 WST, or
midnight UTC and as of two weeks ago you don't need to be in range of the
VK6RAP repeater in Roleystone in Western Australia to participate. Thanks to
the work of Ronald VK6XS and the conference run by Tony VK3JED, we now can
announce that F-troop is also available via EchoLink and IRLP.

To participate, you need to either connect your local repeater to the
9558 IRLP node, or connect to the VK3JED EchoLink conference. If you're
unsure how to do that, the details can be found online at the club website
of the Hills Amateur Radio Group

So, next week you'll be able to check-in and say hi to other amateurs. I
should point out that this is not a net exclusively for Foundation calls,
anyone who is interested in welcoming new and returning hams is encouraged to

Those details again, it's the 9558 IRLP node or the VK3JED EchoLink
conference. F-troop runs for about an hour every Saturday morning at
08:00 WST, or midnight UTC.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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


Heathkit employed more than 1800 people in its heyday after World War II.

When it finally closed, its workforce totalled fewer than six people.

This is the second time since 1992 that Heathkit Educational Services has
shuttered its doors. In August 2011, Heathkit announced it was returning
to the kit building business, and in September, that it would once again
be manufacturing Amateur Radio kits.

But it was not to be!

Read more here


The Department of Communications is planning to create another body next to
ICASA to take over spectrum management. One of the many changes proposed in
the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, 2012 is the establishment of a
Spectrum Management Agency within the portfolio of the Minister of
Communications with the overall responsibility for the country's spectrum as
contemplated in the White paper on Broadcasting Policy, 1998.

The explanatory document addendum to the bill states that the Minister of
Communications acts as the custodian of the spectrum on behalf of the people
of South Africa. It further states that the Minister represents South Africa
in the ITU. This includes allocation of the radio frequency spectrum to
various radio communication services, like amateur radio.

Android phones hijacked via 13.560 MHz radio

The BBC report that a skilled hacker has shown how to hijack a smartphone
via a short-range radio technology known as Near Field Communication (NFC).

NFC operates in the short wave band using a frequency of 13.560 MHz

Read the BBC report at the web address shown in today's text edition

Olympic Flagship stations on air

Both of the Two Oscar Olympic Flagship Special Event Stations are now up and

You can follow the progress of Two Oscar Twelve L in London on Twitter,
with tweets showing new countries worked and the number of stations in the

Two Oscar Twelve W in Wales also has a Twitter feed.

Details can be found on their websites, just search for the callsigns
2 Oscar 12L and 2 Oscar 12W.

A number of other special event stations are celebrating the Olympics.

FISTS Club - East Asia
FISTS Club - Australasia
FISTS Club - UK & Europe
FISTS Club - Americas

FISTS at the Ham Fair

The JARL Ham Fair will be again at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo on August
25 and 26.

Last year it involved about 32,000 over the two days with many visitors,
manufacturers, retailers, clubs and volunteers.

Among the many there will be FISTS volunteers at the exhibit on the FIST
East Asia booth.

For all FISTS members there will be space to display your name, call sign,
message and photo on a booth wall.

Please send a short message and face photo by August 18 0900 UTC to Sugi
JK7UST, who is FISTS #7178.

His email address is

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


New Russian Satellite RS-40

Was built by students and research staff of the Siberian State, Aerospace
University and launched on July 28 and it's understood signals from RS-40
are on 435.365 MHz.

Appointment of KA 3 HDO as VP-Human Spaceflight Programs.

AMSAT-NA President Barry Baines has announced effective August 1,
Frank Bauer, KA 3 HDO, will be returning as AMSAT's Vice President
for Human Spaceflight Programs.

This role will include AMSAT's leadership on the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) Program and amateur radio pursuits
on other Human Spaceflight vehicles proposed by NASA,
International Space Agencies and domestic and international commercial
spaceflight organizations.


International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend

ILLW, IOTA and Tasman Island

Mike VK7FB lets us know that as far as he knows, there has been no amateur HF
activity on Tasman Island since 1969 when Anne, then VK7LY, and Mike, VK7FB,
lived in the number 3 quarters.

From the 18th until the 25th of August, Anne, now VK7BYL, and Mike will be
out there again as part of the "Friends of Tasman Island" maintenance visit,
coinciding with the ILLW.

Power will be provided by a portable generator.

Mike and Anne will be accommodated in the same house, number 3, and will
probably have the gear in the same room as before!

For those who collect numbers, the locator is QE46AS, the ILLW number is
AU0101 and the IOTA number is OC-233.

(73, Mike, VK7FB)


ILLW continues toward another record year

With around 370 registrations for the 15th annual International Lighthouse
and Lightship Weekend, there will be plenty of on air activity for this 48
hour fun event.

North, Central and South America have 80 stations registered. In the USA
alone there are more than 55 stations.

For the United Kingdom a total of 45 registrations have been received and
in Europe many more are to be worked.

Nearly 70 have been received from Australia and New Zealand. There are
stations in Asia, Russia, South Africa and lots more locations.

No matter where you are there will be plenty to work. Most issue special
QSL cards.

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is on August the 18th
and 19th. Visit the website ILLW.NET for an online registration and explore
it for more details.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


The Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society in the UK has organised a social event
in Coventry. It will take place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16

A special event callsign GB 0 CGT has been issued

For details see the Society web site:


The Russian QRP Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and
is using the callsign R 10 QRP during August.

Listen out for R 10 QRP from the RU QRP Rally which started last Thursday
and runs till today, Sunday 5th August.

The rally is a 4 day camp on the banks of the River Ugra, around 200 miles
SE of Moscow

( )



Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW. Tomorrow Monday August 6th is the first
Monday of the month and that means it's time once again for the RAOTC

The principal HF transmissions can be heard on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz USB at
0100 UTC beamed north from Melbourne for Eastern states listeners, and again
at 0200 beamed West for Western Australia.

During tomorrow numerous local relays will also take place on various VHF and
lower HF frequencies. To find a frequency and time for your area, please
visit the RAOTC website at

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is invited to listen to this
interesting half hour of Old Timer news, stories and anecdotes and to
participate in the call backs afterwards.

Once again, the RAOTC monthly bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday
August 6th.

73 from Clive VK6CSW


AUG 5 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST Cyril Jackson Rec Centre Ashfield on today.

AUG 12 VK2 SARCFEST at Summerland ARC Clubrooms, Lismore.


AUG 26 VK2 Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club WinterFest.

SEP 28-30 VK4 Central Highlands ARC AGM at Camp Fairbairn, Emerald.

NOV 4 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HAMFEST @ Goodwood

NOV 11 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest


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