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Towers and Planning Review

November is busy in VK3.

ITU Needs Girls



You would probably be aware of the campaign created to get amateur towers,
masts and antennas listed at exempt or complying development in the
NSW Planning Review currently under way.

Roger Harrison VK2ZHR has been contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald
Urban Affairs journalist, Nicole Hasham, and did a telephone interview.

The phone discussion (recorded by her) lasted about 50 minutes and was
quite positive. She wanted to know what amateurs did, what motivated people
to become amateurs and what the issues were with the Planning laws.

Hopefully the story will be out very soon if not already.

Roger will be here on VK1WIA in a few minutes with more on this issue and
later in the broadcast today Jason VK2LAW sheds some light on a story dealing
with towers in South Africa.


web service:-

November is a busy month of activity in VK3.

Saturday the 10th at 2pm, the inaugural meeting to form a local homebrew
construction group will be held, with Rob Whitmore VK3MQ in the chair.

The following Tuesday, November the 13th, is the speaker night. The topic
at 8pm is 'Demystify SWR' by Peter Cossins VK3BFG.

The next Foundation Licence training and assessment weekend in on November
the 17th and 18th.

The home-brew meeting, speaker night and classes are all at the
Amateur Radio Victoria office, 40G Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.

And November the 16th to the 18th is a special activation period for the
Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award - check out the website under
Awards for the latest Master List.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

vk7 local news, email

Miena Hamfest

As heard last week, Saturday the first of December 2012 is when the big
biennial VK7 HamFest happens in the Central Highlands of Tasmania thanks
to the Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club of Tasmania.

They even have David Long from the ACMA making the trip up to Miena and
demonstrating what the ACMA is all about.

If any club or individual would like a display table could they please
contact Dave VK7OB on 0429123080.

(Dave, VK7OB)

North West Tasmanian Amateur TV Group (NWT-ATVG)

Amateur Radio Assessments and training

Persons in the N/West Area of VK7 interested in Training and Assessments
for all classes of Amateur Radio Licenses are advised that the Club can
provide these requirements and much more.

(Tony 7ax)

Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club

November General Meeting

Block B, Skills Institute, Alanvale Campus on the evening of November 14.
This one will be a little different though, as it will likely take the form
of a working tea, during which there will be a brief club business session.

That will be followed by a guest speaker, David Murray from Centerlink, who
will bring all up to speed on current changes to benefits and the like.

Are you and your partner already Centerlink clients but wondering what all
the carbon tax compensation really meant? Maybe you are about to retire,
become redundant or, heaven forbid, undergo some other life changing event?
If so, or even if just idly curious, why not go along and have all your
questions answered.

Even if the answers prove less favourable than you hope, you will at least go
home well fed!


The WIA gives Australian radio amateurs and electronics enthusiasts access
to an extensive range of locally and internationally sourced publications
including those from the ARRL and the RSGB.

Our bookshop is designed to provide you with a simple and secure way to
purchase the latest amateur radio books and publications online. We use a
secure commercial e-commerce gateway for all credit card transactions and
delivery to your door is provided by Australia Post.

Purchasing the latest in amateur radio publications is both secure and easy.

We hold a wide range of the most popular publications suitable for those
starting out in the hobby as well as books popular with the more experienced

If there is a particular publication that you are trying to locate that is
not listed in our online catalogue, then we would be more than happy to help
you. Please send an email with the details of the book you are looking for to

Both WIA members and non-members are able to purchase from the WIA online
bookshop, however the bookshop provides significant discounts to members of
the Wireless Institute of Australia.

From time to time we do run specials on some publications, so keep an eye on
your Amateur Radio magazine each month for details.

This is Mal VK3FDSL for the WIA Bookshop


This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.

New South Wales amateurs will recall that, since October last year, the
New South Wales Government has been conducting comprehensive reform to the
planning laws.

As this is the first review of the State's planning laws for more than
30 years, a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY was presented to get some consideration
for Amateur Radio antenna masts.

You will remember that we called for NSW amateurs to make submissions
to the planning review last year.

The NSW amateur fraternity responded magnificently with a barrage of
submissions, wanting Amateur Radio antenna masts to be included in the laws
as exempt or complying development.

In fact, so many amateurs made submissions that the NSW planning department
commented about it on their website in November last year.

Draft legislation has recently been posted on the NSW Planning website and
the department has invited all interested parties to comment.

Disappointingly, Amateur antenna masts have not been included in the draft.

I spoke to a policy officer in the department and asked - what do
radio amateurs have to do to get some consideration on this issue?

The answer - make (more) submissions !

It's time to express your disappointment and send submissions again.

You have until close of business on Friday 9th November.

You can email your submissions to

You can find the draft legislation on the NSW planning website, at:

click on the "Development" tab and select "On exhibition", and then select
"Draft Policies and Plans".

Information on putting together a submission is on the WIA website.

The advice we gave last year can be found by typing "antenna masts" into the
search field on the WIA website.

While you're in a mood to make submissions, check out the NSW Government's
HAVE YOUR SAY website at:
Select "Reduce local government red tape" and you can make a submission on
Local Approvals Policies - BUT -


The battle isn't over. Amateurs of NSW - get cracking !

What use is an f-call? (20120325)

With coax going between radios, amplifiers, tuners, SWR meters and antennas
there is no shortage on connectors. You can buy pre-made connecting cables,
but after a while you'll likely realise that you're spending a fortune on
such luxuries and you'll likely come to the conclusion that the pre-made
solution is never quite the right length, either too long or too short.
So you take like a duck to water and you start making your own cables,
patch leads, etc.

Leaving aside what kind of connector to select, where to buy it or which of
the bewildering array of coax to acquire from a bevy of suppliers, you have a
fundamental choice between crimping and soldering.

If you spend a little time online you'll find that there is solid evidence
either way and adherents to either school. Just like Holden versus Ford or
Mac versus PC, each "side" vehemently defends their turf.

Until recently I was exclusively a crimper. I crimped each connector that I
could and I was happy. Well, mostly happy that is. I had this really annoying
tool that for some reason would not crimp RG58 BNC connectors without leaving
a little wing on the ferrule. Turns out that my dear supplier had snuck some
RG59 connectors into the mix and they look really similar until you hold them
side by side - and if you're wondering, the RG59 ferrule fits around the RG58
one, so no wonder it bulged like that.

Anyway, that started the conversation about crimping versus soldering.

Now, I'm not going to tell you what to choose. I suspect there are solid
arguments that I'm avoiding here, but food for thought is this:

A crimp has no undo. That is, once you've mashed your lug, it's all over.

If you stuffed it up, you cut off your connector, throw it out and start
again. Of course if you practice enough, stuffing it up hardly ever happens.
Better crimping tools help you achieve your aim.

However, if you solder, then if you stuff it up, you have the opportunity to
heat it all up again, remove the offending poor connection and try again.
I've just acquired a gas soldering iron - I never even knew such a thing
existed, I'd never have bought the 12V travel iron for my trip if I'd known,
and now I have the option to solder in the field.

So, why does this matter? What should you choose?

You have no need to be exclusive one way or the other. Just like one antenna
doesn't do all jobs, and one screwdriver is never enough, crimping and
soldering are two options in your arsenal. They complement each other.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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

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

Now Jason VK2LAW joins us again with his take on the INTERNATIONAL NEWS With
thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline,
NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.

Jason I hear that An amateur radio balloon project launched in May finally
ended this month with the recovery of the payload.

Yes GraHam, an amateur radio balloon project launched in May finally ended
this month with the recovery of the payload.

Argentinean amateurs, members of AMSAT-LU, launched a high altitude balloon
May 19 from La Pampa, Argentina. The payload included a 70cm to 2m 4W FM
repeater, live SSTV, an HF beacon and two video cameras. During the 4 hour
flight, over 200 stations made contacts through the repeater.

The balloon came down in an isolated and flooded area. It was finally
recovered from the mud by a 4x4 adventure group on 6th October. The flight
data was retrieved, including over 6 hours of video from the two cameras.

Details can be found at


The city of Doha will host the Qatar's first International Festival for
Amateur Radio in December. This according to the Chairman of the
Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and the vice-chairman of
the US Amateur Radio Society.

The festival will include a contest between amateur radio operators from all
over the world. About 100 hams from across the globe will be invited to the
festival to take part in the competition.

The festival is being dubbed as the first of its kind in the Middle East and
will take place in conjunction with the Qatar National Day celebrations.

ITU launches Tech Needs Girls Prize to spark creativity

Seeking the unique voices and talents of girls to invent our future

To mark the first ever International Day of the Girl Child, ITU members and
partners are joining forces to launch the Tech Needs Girls Prize, a new
global technology competition designed to inspire more girls to embrace
technology and invent the future.

Our future is being shaped by technology and, with over 95% of all jobs now
having a digital component, the information and communication technology
sector is an exciting place to be. Yet, as a global shortage of ICT
professionals looms and the uptake of girls and women into ICT-related study
declines, research reveals that technology has an image problem.

Put simply, too many talented young girls mistakenly consider an ICT career
to be boring, geeky, uncreative or a career path that lacks the
world-changing component many aspire to.

Working in partnership with lead players in the ICT, education and media
industries, ITUs new annual Tech Needs Girls Prize aims to dramatically
shift perceptions. The prize targets girls between the ages of 9 to 18 at the
very time when they start forming opinions about their place in the world and
their choice of career path.

In 2010, ITU membership established Girls in ICT Day, celebrated on the
fourth Thursday in April every year and designed to raise visibility on the
many exciting opportunities offered by an ICT career. For Girls in ICT Day
2012, over 1,320 events were held in nearly 90 countries, providing an
estimated 30,000 young women with a better understanding of the opportunities
offered by the ICT sector.

SARL President, Rassie Erasmus, ZS1Y,T and the SARL Legal advisor Johan
Marais, ZS1JM, met with a delegation of the Cape Town Metro to intervene
in a notice received by a SARL member stating that he requires approval in
terms of the Environmental Act & City of Cape Town Zoning regulations for his
antenna which is less than 15 metres in height.

It transpired that they had received a complaint from a neighbour, which is
most probably RF related, but elected to notify the home owner that his
antenna has not been approved and that they intend taking steps to either
have him remove the tower or that he has to apply for the necessary approval.

The SARL delegation pointed out that antennas under 15 metres of radio
amateurs are exempt from the provisions of the National Environmental
Management Act, 107 of 1998.

It was agreed that the process will be suspended pending the Council
consulting with their legal advisors.




How would you feel if there was a law that kept you from selling or even
giving away a piece of ham gear or anything else you think you own without
first getting permission from the original manufacturer?

Sound crazy?

Well this is a legal precedent that the United States Supreme Court has been
asked to rule on as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramowitz,

Imagine, if you possibly can, the Dayton Hamvention, the Orlando Hamcation or
the Huntsville Hamfest with no flea market.

Or, what about ham gear disappearing altogether from eBay or Craigslist.

Some fear this could be a real possibility, depending on how the U.S. Supreme
Court rules in a case that could impact a nearly 104-year-old doctrine
recognized by the high court that allows us to resell items without fear of a
copyright holder coming after us.

The doctrine essentially says the copyright holder had control only over the
first sale.

But a case decided last year in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Second
Circuit in New York has the potential to re-set that doctrine.

The case involves a man from Thailand who came to the United States in 1997
to enrol in Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

The student found that the same textbooks they were asking him to buy in the
book store could be had for much less in Thailand.

The man asked his relatives there to help him buy the books and send them
back overseas to him in New York.

Later, the man got some entrepreneurial spirit and court documents in the
case show he decided to start selling textbooks on eBay. There's some dispute
as to how much the man made on the sales.

So, the publisher of the books objects and brings a suit against him.

The publisher admits it was charging less for books sold overseas, but it
claims the man was guilty of copyright infringement. But the man counters his
sales are covered by that first-sale practice.

The federal appeals court in New York upheld a lower court decision saying,
no, that doctrine only applies to stuff produced in the United States and not
to anything made overseas.

That court's ruling, in the view of some constitutional scholars, could now
throw into jeopardy the whole idea of what you buy at flea markets, or yard
sales and on-line sales of used goods.

Polk Wagner, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
here in Philadelphia, isn't ready to push the panic just yet with that

Wagner says in this case, it's about copyrights...

"So the question here that the Supreme Court has got to wrestle with is to
try and figure out how these two provisions of the copyright act - one that
says that you can't import anything that's copyrighted without the permission
of the copyright owner and also one that says lawful owners of books are
allowed to do what they want with the copies of the books that they purchase,"
Wagner says.

He says there's a bit of conflict here...

"So, the legal question is how those two provisions of the Copyright Act work
together or don't as the case may be," Wagner says. "Courts have wrestled
with this for the last 5 or 10 years and have not reached any satisfactory
conclusions. So, hence, the Supreme Court is going to take it up."

eBay has filed a brief on the issue warning that the Second Circuit's ruling
would have significant consequences for trade and ecommerce. And, in a
broader reach, the company says it could hurt small businesses and consumers
and cost jobs in the U.S.

Wagner, the University of Pennsylvania law professor, says there's another
area and it may involve patents.

For example, he says in cases involving ham gear, it's legal to buy overseas
and import the gear. And, there's nothing under the patent laws that prevents
you from reselling the gear.

However, Wagner says there's another matter and it has to do with software
that may be included or needed to operate the gear.

And, while most companies or software developers will sell you a license to
use their software, it's not the same thing as selling you a book. And, while
Wagner says that's not at issue here it eventually it could be sorted out by
the courts in the future.

Stay tuned.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, in Philadelphia.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the case tomorrow
October 29th.

If it does rule with the appellate court, it's likely that the matter would
be brought to Congress to force a change in law. However that could take
months if not years or even decades. Until then, consumers, including ham
radio operators would be stuck between a rock and a hard place when trying to
resell their belongings without breaking the law.



Pico 434 MHz balloon lands in Sweden

PicoAtlas VII, a single foil balloon launched by James Coxon M6JCX on
Saturday, October 20, 2012 from Suffolk travelled to Sweden.

It carried GPS and a miniature radio transmitter sending RTTY (ascii-8)
on 434.301 MHz USB running 10 mW output.

During the 19 hour flight it crossed the North Sea before landing in central

This side of the world an increasing number of radio amateurs are
experimenting with ultra-light balloon payloads, typically weighing less
than 100 grams.

Balloons such as these do not go to high altitudes instead they float between
3,500 and 6,000 metres for an extended period.

In an attempt to understand the concepts of foil balloons and super-pressure
a collection of statistics from pico balloon flights have been compiled at
the web address shown in the text edition of this, the WIA
National News Service , I'm G4TUT Richard and this is VK1WIA.


VK Spring VHF / UHF Field Day November 24-25


Hi This is Ed VK2ARE Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR DXpedition to
Campbell Island.

All going to plan! - Campbell Island DXpedition activation is just a
month away and all is on schedule. All the equipment has arrived at the
storage facility in Invercargill New Zealand. Some of the team are already
in New Zealand, others will arrive over the next few weeks. There will be a
quarantine inspection of all of the gear and then it will be loaded onto
the boat that will take the equipment and team down to Campbell Island.

It's not too late to vote for which bands and modes you will like to work
ZL9HR on - go to to vote and to find out all the details of
this major DXpedition.

The Campbell Island team is looking forward to working you,

Best 73, good DX.

Morocco CN 2 YZ through years end. His activity will be from the
city of Tangier especially on the weekends.

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

Temotu Province H 40 FN between this December 22nd and January 7th of 2013.
QSL H 40 FN via HA 8 DD.



CQ has announced the availability of a special plaque for those who have
achieved contact to all 40 CQ zones on 160 meters. This is considered the
most difficult of all amateur radio awards to earn and because of this the
Worked All Zones 160 Meter Plaque recognizes that receiving it as one of the
elite Top Band DXers. If you believe you qualify, please contact W-A-Z Award
Manager Floyd Gerald, N5FG, by e-mail to

(CQ via Facebook and ARNewsLine)


Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe

Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.

Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an

Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700

Jamming interrupts Western broadcasters

Programming from the Deutsche Welle and other foreign broadcasters has been
jammed in parts of the Middle East. DW Director General Erik Betterman called
the interruption an attack on freedom of the press.

Western radio and television broadcasts to parts of the Middle East have
apparently been cut off because of a targeted jamming attack.

In addition to programming by Deutsche Welle, the BBC and Voice of America
have also been affected.

European satellite operator Eutelsat said earlier this week that the
"deliberate and intermittent interference" originated in Syria.

Deutsche Welle programming was last interrupted on Thursday morning
(18.10.2012). DW Director General Erik Bettermann protested against the
renewed attack on freedom of expression. In cooperation with other foreign
broadcasters, the Deutsche Welle was preparing a resolution against the
jamming, Bettermann said.

Experts suspected that Iran was behind the current interruptions. According
to media reports, the country has jammed reception of a variety of
broadcasters in recent years.

The most recent episode, experts said, could be connected to a Eutelsat
decision to stop carrying 19 Iranian channels. The satellite operator
stopped broadcasting television and radio stations operated by Iran's state
media organization, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Effective
immediately, the programming offered by these channels, including the
international news channel "Press TV," is no longer available outside of

Read the full story

(Source Deutsche Welle via SouthGate ARC)



Information is surfacing regarding NAB Radio
Technology Committee plans to test all-digital AM
H-D Radio technology on an existing full carrier AM radio station.

The committee has been meeting since last
November to discuss technical options for the
revitalization of AM. Testing would quantify both
indoor and outdoor coverage. In general, the goal
is to verify whether the station coverage and
robustness are improved with an all-digital
signal in both day and night transmission. Also
to quantify any change. There's little technical
data in the public arena for all-digital AM operation.

Glynn Walden is CBS Radio Senior Vice President
of Engineering. He said during the fall NAB
Radio Show that a test station has been chosen
with testing likely to begin right after the
presidential elections. Walden and other
committee members declined to identify the
facility but some believe it will be a CBS
station in an area that could be characterized as
a medium sized market.

You can read more about this AM broadcast digital experiment on-line at

(CGC, RW via ARNewsLine)



Israel is planning to launch a student built ham
radio microsat. The Space Duchifat-1 is an
experimental and educational CubeSat being
developed and built by students at the Space
Laboratory of the Herzliya Science Centre.

The CubeSat will carry an APRS digipeater
operating on 145.825 MHz and a UHF/VHF 1200 bps
B-P-S-K transceiver that can provide a CW beacon
and an FM to DSB transponder.

The main mission of the satellite is to transmit
real-time information via packet radio from a Low
Earth Orbit using the Automatic Position
Reporting System protocol. The satellite will
allow remote traveller's to access the bird for
worldwide position, status reporting and
messaging. This using simple handheld or mobile
radios with omni-directional whip antennas.

The project is directed by Dr. Ana Heller with
support from the Herzliya city municipality and
the Israeli Amateur Radio Club. At this moment
no launch date or orbit details are available.


Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz

Saturday October 27th 2012
Message Handler Training
Contact: Peter Weeks VK3YZP phone:
03 5772 1454 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 03 5772 1454

Sunday November 11th 2012
Coordinators and Commanders Meeting and AGM
9th Box Hill Scout Hall,Rotary Crt, Box Hill South
Contact: John Kerr VK3BAF phone: 03 8502 8627
begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 03 8502 8627

Rally Victoria is again being held in the forest area north of Warragul
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November.

Rally Victoria is an Australian Rally Championship and Victorian Rally
Championship event.

On Friday, there will be 2 bush stages and on the Saturday, 5 stages.
Each stage will be run twice.

As previously, Rally HQ will be at Lardner Park. Event commander is
Chris VK3CJK. Communications will be required for logistics, safety, and
scoring, with scoring and car tracking via 2m packet and other functions
via 2m voice.

If you can assist with the event, could you please phone 51 955 247
in the evenings.

(John VK3ZRX)

Wednesday December 26th 2012
YMCA Murray Marathon
Yarrawonga to Swan Hill

It is now time to register your interest as radio operators for the five day
Murray Marathon itself.
The WICEN Murray Marathon Training Exercise is conducted in conjunction with
the YMCA who are the event organizers.

The Marathon is a canoe race on the Murray River that starts at Yarrawonga
on 27th December and finishes in Swan Hill on 31st December.

Each year hundreds of canoes paddle their way down the river. They are
supported by their own support teams, and along with all the officials,
volunteers and spectators there are a few thousand people moving down the
river with the event.

WICEN has a team of 25 members and other amateurs who provide communication
and logistical support for the event by establishing six check point
stations each day operating on HF and VHF. Another six to eight mobile
stations in boats and vehicles move with the canoes to supervise their safety.

YMCA provides free campsites and good food at very cheap prices and this
makes the event easy as far as camping and catering are concerned.

If you are interested in joining the team for the 2012 event please drop an
Email to: Gerard Werner VK3GER at or
03 9773 6313 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
03 9773 6313 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Graham Mason VK3KMG at or
03 5972 0704 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
03 5972 0704 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Or if you have not been involved before give Gerard or Graham a call and
have a chat about the requirements and the fun to be had.

(Graham Mason VK3KMG)


NOV 4 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HAMFEST @ Goodwood

NOV 11 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest


DEC 1 VK7 Miena Hamfest




I Have really enjoyed the two temp news readers that have been reading the
news for the past few weeks and i think they should be on the national news
more often, so good work guys you deserve a pat on the back and even a nice
coldy. Also i have really enjoyed the little bit of humour that they have been
putting into the news as they read it, it makes it that bit less dull and
something to have a bit of a laugh at on a Sunday morning

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