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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING NOVEMBER 4 2012.
pt0s - DXpedition to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks 10 - 22 November.
cLUBS - by WIA Director Bob Bristow VK6POP
HURRICANE SANDY - The fictional Sandy 1997
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING NOV 04 2012.
Ready for the IARU Region 3 conference
Delegates are prepared for the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3
conference being held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The WIA delegate is Geoff Atkinson VK3TL, with Peter Young VK3MV.
Robert Broomhead caught up with Geoff who is getting ready to Head to 'Nam.
The 15th triennial conference, hosted by the Vietnam Amateur Radio Club,
is themed 'emergency communications' and reflects the frequent disasters
that involve amateur radio. Several papers on that theme are to be discussed.
In seeking to standardise privileges and licensing, the Directors have asked
that consideration be given to one of their papers, which explores issues
facing societies in working with their administration in the 21st century.
There are reports from the IARU Region 1 and 2, member societies, Amateur
Radio Direction Finding, Monitoring Service, Beacons, Satellites, the Award
and STARS or Support of The Amateur Radio Service in Region 3 program.
The delegates will also talk about regional finances and the constitution.
The IARU Region 3 conference is in the Kimdo-Royal Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
from November 5 to 9.
(Jim Linton VK3PC, audio Robert Broomhead VK3DN)
Queensland's Treasurer and Minister for Trade, the Honourable Tim Nicholls
has called for expressions of interest from parties wanting to participate
in the Government Wireless Network project, which will enhance digital
Mr Nicholls said this new Qld Government Wireless Network would improve
safety & security at major events such as the G20 summit in Brisbane and the
2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast by allowing for greater
coordination between agencies.
(Projects Queensland website via VK4BAT)
The federal government will allocate only half the radio spectrum sought by
emergency services, a move state premiers say puts lives in danger.
Under the preliminary plan announced Monday last by Attorney-General
Nicola Roxon & and theACMA, emergency services
will be given 10 megahertz of total spectrum for their exclusive use - less
than half the minimum police and fire services were demanding.
The spectrum will be offered in the same 800 megahertz band used by Telstra
and Vodafone for its 3G networks.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
The battle over NSW planning restrictions on amateur radio antenna masts
As I reminded listeners on last week's broadcast, the NSW Government is
undertaking comprehensive reform to its planning laws - the first review
in more than 30 years.
But the State's department of Planning and Infrastructure has told the
Sydney Morning Herald that they're not planning any changes to amateur radio
A spokesman told journalist Nicole Hasham from the Sydney Morning Herald
that ''allowing higher aerials without a detailed development application
process could cause unacceptable streetscape and neighbourhood safety
This is in a story published in the Sydney Morning Herald on page 5 of the
Wednesday 31st October issue. You'll find a link on the WIA website. Or go
to the SMH website and enter Amateur Radio into the search panel.
The story is headlined: "Amateur radio buffs battle to get messages through
council red tape".
Amateurs of NSW, you need to tell the planning reform bureaucrats that this
attitude makes you mad as hell and you're not going to take it anymore !
Many of you made submissions when the whole process opened up a year ago.
If you sent a submission last year, you need to do it again. And get all
your mates to write and send a submission.
It isn't hard. Full details of how to do it are on the WIA website under
"Antenna Masts in NSW - More Submissions Required".
It's time to express your disappointment at being left out of the planning
reforms. You have until close of business on Friday 9th November - that's
this coming Friday.
In the meantime, the WIA has lodged a submission to the Local Government
Regulation Review, which is now on the WIA website news under "Antenna Masts
in NSW". The submission has been published on the Independent Pricing and
Regulatory Tribunal website.
Amateurs of NSW - the battle has only just begun. Get cracking !
There'll be more to do once you've sent this lot of submissions. I will
reveal more in the weeks to come.
In the meantime, I'd like to thank those who helped get the Sydney Morning
Herald story together: the St George, Manly-Waringah and Waverley Amateur
Radio Societies, plus Mark Chapman VK2MP, Compton Allen VK2HRX and
Jim Linton VK3PC.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
Radio Hams battle to get messages through council red tape
The Brisbane Times reports on the battle by radio amateurs against Council
regulations that restricts the type of antenna they can put up
Far from simply a backyard hobby, amateur radio can be critical during
natural disasters yet the council currently insists permission must be
sought to erect aerials more than 1.8 metres above roof level, which can
require an onerous development application.
Read the full story at
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP email@example.com
Secretary David Williams VK3RU firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
Clubs are the backbone of organised Amateur Radio in any given location.
Although it's entirely possible to live a full and busy Amateur Radio life
outside of a club, there are many reasons why joining and participating in
a club are beneficial to you.
There is evidence that a person who has social capital will fare better in
terms of their enjoyment of life and in their mental health.
What is social capital? It's pretty easy - you've probably worked it out
already. It's the things you do together with other people, the clubs and
groups that you participate in, and the friends and family that you engage
So even before we look at the benefits to Amateur Radio, especially your
Amateur Radio career, having social capital puts you in a good position to
enjoy a socially healthy life.
Now let's look at clubs. By participating in a club, you get to share your
own experiences and knowledge, and at the same time benefit from others
sharing the same things.
A group of people working together in a club setting can bring about some
great results that individuals would find it hard to achieve.
In these days of increasing restrictions on what we as Amateurs can do in
our own backyards, we can look to Clubs to provide a shack and have a decent
crop of antennas. Where your Amateur Radio activities may be restricted at
home, in the club setting you're back in the good old days.
So there are lots of perfectly acceptable self-centred reasons for being a
member of an Amateur Radio Club and a load of other reasons to be part of
a sharing community.
So if you've not considered joining a club, or you've fallen away from club
membership and wondering why your Amateur Radio life has dulled down, stop
awhile and consider or reconsider your local clubs.
The Wireless Institute of Australia supports Amateur Radio Clubs by
advertising them on its website, making affordable club insurance available,
giving space in the Amateur Radio Magazine for club reports and activities,
and the Club Grant Scheme.
I'm Bob VK6POP
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
C.R.A.R.C. will shortly hold their Bi Monthly Foundation weekend course,
this on the 10th and 11th November, also running concurrently, any upgrades
that are required on the Saturday of the Foundation Course.
This will be CRARC's last course for this year, next scheduled Foundation
course with Upgrade assessments will be 9th and 10th March 2013, BUT if you
need an assessment before March, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your requirements.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
A proposed new homebrew construction group will meet on Saturday, November
the 10th from 2pm, with Rob Whitmore VK3MQ is the chair, at
40G Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.
Also at the venue on the following Tuesday, November the 13th, starting at
8pm, is the next quarterly speaker night meeting with the topic 'Demystify
SWR' presented by Peter Cossins VK3BFG.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Sunday 25th November, the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARC)
will be holding its inaugural RadioFest at Rosebud on the beautiful
Mornington Peninsula, less than an hour's drive from the southern and eastern
suburbs of Melbourne.
The event will be held at the Eastbourne Primary School auditorium at
Allambi Avenue, Rosebud, where off street parking is available.
Ticket sales and outdoor "Show and Tell" activities will commence at 8 am and
the Auditorium will open to the public at 9.30 am with an entry fee of $5.
Catering for the event is being handled by the school's Parent and Friends
Association and a large menu will be available at very reasonable costs.
Bring your partner and make a day of it on the Mornington Peninsula on the
For further information including table bookings visit
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
Hurricane Sandy knocked out a small number of 911 call centres, forcing the
emergency service to be re-routed, the Federal Communications Commission's
top official said on Tuesday.
Some of the rerouted calls came in without location information that police
or fire-fighters need to find the caller, FCC Chairman told a news conference.
25 per cent of cell phone towers and other cell sites in the states hit by
Sandy were knocked out of service while still more were running on backup
The FCC had three "roll call" teams ready with specialized equipment that
can analyse which frequencies are still carrying signals and which
frequencies have gone dark. The information helps FEMA and state officials
restore communications services.
In uptown Manhattan, data centres hosted in a "telecom hotel" that houses
Google's New York headquarters were reporting outages as well, apparently
because backup power failed when commercial power was cut Monday evening.
Renesys Corp., which monitors the pathways of the Internet, said New York
is a major transit point for international telecommunications traffic, and
the firm said carriers were scrambling to route traffic around it.
Amazingly, way back in 1997 Radio Hams prepared a Hurricane Sandy Drill
This a drill for Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast 15 years ago, in
The Simulated Emergency Test was carried out by members of the American Radio
Relay League in Westchester County, New York. They envisaged that a fictional
Hurricane called Sandy would take a path that brought it through northern
New Jersey and New York State.
The 1997 Hurricane Sandy Drill was based on a real hurricane that occurred
The original web pages from the Hurricane Sandy drill are still available
online at http://www.weca.org/SET/ as well as in the Internet Archive at
Read the New York Observer story "The First Hurricane Sandy":-
AS THE REAL HURRICANE SANDY WREAKS HAVOC ON EAST COAST, HAMS HEEDED
THE CALL TO HELP
Even though Hurricane Sandy was declared a post-tropical cyclone by
the time it made its final landfall -- just 5 miles southwest of
Atlantic City, New Jersey at about 8 PM EDT on Monday, October 29 --
the storm still had winds in excess of 80 miles per hour. Hams across
the region, from the Carolinas to Maine, responded to requests for
assistance and activated local nets, supported the Hurricane Watch
Net's and the VoIP Hurricane Net's operations, assisted their local and
state Emergency Operations Centers and provided assistance at shelters
and wherever needed.
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1838 for November 2 2012 has an excellent
report:- Yes as Hurricane Sandy made her way across the Caribbean and then
up along the U.S. East Coast ham radio operators had been tracking the storms
When she made landfall on the New Jersey shore they were ready to respond.
Mark Abramowicz, NT3V reports with whats known so far on
Germany's national amateur radio society, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club,
or DARC, will be asking the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic &
Information Technologies to oppose a new pan-European draft Power Line
During its October 22nd meeting, the DARC Board discussed the pros and cons
of the proposed draft standard. While it said that it recognizes the new
draft provided for some non-binding commitments for notching out of certain
frequencies in the amateur bands, it also noted that it fears the future
ambitions of the manufacturers of other PLC products in the direction of
higher limits for the emission of harmful electromagnetic or EMC interference.
This could lead to a weakening of the previous limits in other European EMC
This new standard concerns the devices that people install in their homes to
run data over their house wiring. It has nothing to do with PLC or BPL that is
carried over the company power networks.
A group of students in Gujarat will reach out to the stars.
For the first time in India, about 500 students will have a live chat with
Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, the Indian-origin astronaut aboard the International Space
Station, through Ham radio set-up at Science City in Ahmedabad.
"We have got a go-ahead from National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(Nasa) to organise the talk and are trying to hold the event on November 14,
celebrated as Children's Day in India.
It is a great opportunity for the students as they would be talking to KD5PLB
Sunita Williams in space. As she has roots in Gujarat, it is all the more
special for us," said Ravi Saxena, additional chief secretary, department of
science and technology.
The scientific community from the state contacted Nasa soon after Williams
set off for her record-breaking journey in July this year.
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
CLOSURE OF TV CHANNEL 1 AND ZL ACCESS TO 6 METERS UPDATE
Changes will be coming to the 6 meter band
down-under, but not as quickly as some hams in
New Zealand had hoped for. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, reports:
Amateurs across New Zealand may have to wait a
bit longer to get full access to the 6 meter
band. As previously reported, 50 to 51 MHz
down-under is to be returned to amateur radio
once all Channel 1 television has ceased using
the spectrum and the current management right for this band expires.
What may not be known by some hams is that the
last New Zealand channel 1 television transmitter
is not due to close down until November
2013. After that, the management right under
which it operates does not expire until August 2015.
Because of this, the New Zealand national amateur
radio society, NZART, is working with the
nations Radio Spectrum Management on arrangements
for the period between when all the Channel 1
transmitters are turned off and their management
right expires. In the meantime any New Zealand
amateur in an area where TV channel 1 is no
longer operating can apply for a permit to operate on the band.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen,
ZL2BHF, down-under in Nelson, New Zealand
IRTS NEWS DESK
IRTS Technical Panel
We at the IRTS are planning to launch a new service for our membership.
In our ongoing endeavours to engage more fully with our membership we have
identified an area we feel could be of significant benefit to them.
The IRTS Technical Panel is a group of volunteers who have expertise in,
or experience of, different aspects of amateur radio.
A single point of contact for communicating with the Panel and the aim is
to help radio amateurs with technical or operational problems.
The query will be distributed to all the members of the Technical Panel
and the resolution to the query e-mailed back to the member.
This another first from the IRTS.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2012
WW JIDX Contest November 10-11
WW WAE RTTY November 10-11
WW CQ WW DX Contest CW November 24-25
VK Spring VHF / UHF Field Day November 24-25
WW ARRL 160 MTR CONTEST November 30
WW RTTY Melee December 1
WW ARRL 10 m Contest December 8- 9
November 24-25 is the SPRING VHF-UHF Field Day
The VHF-UHF Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to
"head for the hills" and see how far they can work.
The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator
stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also
8 hour sections for operators who may not be able to camp overnight.
Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours.
The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there
is also a separate Home Station section.
The scoring is based on grid locator squares. Each new square worked gives
quite a boost to the score, and this encourages the entrants to operate from
locations in grid squares that normally don't have a great amount of amateur
There are no mode restrictions, except that all contacts must be simplex
so contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed.
It is possible to do very well with only modest antennas if you pick a good
hilltop. Another option, if your station is easily transportable, is to
operate from more than one grid square during the contest period.
The overriding aim is to get away for the weekend and have fun!
But next after that, the aims are:
to encourage more activity on VHF and microwave bands;
to encourage people to work greater distances than usual by operating portable
and to provide opportunities for people to activate or work into new
2012 Remembrance Day Contest Results and Report
Alan VK4SN, the WIA RD Contest Manager, has posted to the WIA website
a full 18 page PDF RD report that includes the AR blurb and many
more statistics and soapbox comments.
Alan advises that there is also a PDF file of state winner certificates
available for downloading so you can print off your own certificate if you
were lucky enough to come 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in your state/territory/P2 or ZL.
VK4SN also adds that all major place getters will be receiving a mailed
certificate from the WIA National Office.
Finally, Alan wishes everyone best 73 and thanks you for your logs and
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
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
Details of a special award in connection with this event can be found on
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. The station will be operated
by current and former employees of Dublin Bus led by Declan EI9HQ and
QSLs to Declan EI9HQ or on LOTW or HamLog.eu
PT0S - DXpedition to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks
10 - 22 November.
QSL Manager is HA7RY.
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
F4CYZ is operational from Morocco as CN2YZ through years end. His activity will be
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 www.mdxc.org/cn2yz
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
100 MHz to 6 GHz Transceiver for $300 ?
Forbes reports on Michael Ossmann's latest project, an Open Source
transceiver covering 100 MHz to 6 GHz.
Although not stated in the article, it is presumed the RF output from the
transceiver may only be a few milliwatts.
Read the Forbes article at
Surprisingly this proposed Open Source transceiver does not use an FPGA and
has a low resolution, however, it points to a future of flexible software
defined transceivers at a low price point.
The National Instruments company Ettus Research, founded by a radio amateur
Matt Ettus N2MJI, produces the popular USRP family of SDR products which are
aimed at the high performance segment of the market. Further information at
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
VK2 CCARC news ccarc.org.au/wp/2012/09/ccarc-news-12-31/
Don't forget Wednesday's story in the SMH on radio amateurs' battle with red
tape affecting antennas and masts. Online here:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
Lily Hogan has been visiting Sweers Island with her family since she was
7 years old. She has always shown an interest in VK4SWE's "SOS machine!"
and she taught herself enough CW to make supervised QSOs with stations
in VK and overseas.
Two years ago she made several DX contacts on the ANZA DX Net, and went home
with a practice morse key and membership of ALARA, sponsored by Margaret
Now aged 13, she recently experienced her first 'pileup' and worked over
50 stations from Europe, Japan and the US. She competently logged callsigns,
gave RST reports, looked calls up on qrz.com and exchanged information if
she had been to that country or it was on her wish list.
She also had a lot of fun!
Here she is working Clem, president of Southside Amateur Radio Society"
"Now she is having fun with lots of QSL cards coming in from all over the
world - the coolest geography lesson ever! Lily is very busy with school
and sports but she hopes to study for her Foundation License at some point
in the future.
This is Lyn VK4SWE from Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Every three years, the Scouting movement has conducted a national Jamboree.
The next one, known as AJ2013, is being held on the Fraser Coast at the
Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park beginning 2nd January, next.
For about a fortnight this over 200 hectare site will be home to some 10,500
scouts and a total population exceeding 14,000 with leaders and contractors.
As has been announced on the Jamboree Facebook page, amateur radio will
be one of the onsite activities and participation will help in gaining the
special Jamboree Award.
(Follow the link from www.aj2013.scouts.com.au/)
For the amateurs, a special event call sign has been applied for and the word
is going out amongst the locals that we would like amateurs to man the
station. Previous recent experience with JOTA would help, as in Queensland
and to meet Scouting Australia's requirements, volunteers must hold suitable
working with children accreditation.
Keep tuned to WIA National News for further information.
For Maryborough Electronics and Radio Group, Inc. I'm Geoff, VK4ZPP
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with a reminder that tomorrow, Monday
November 5th the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly
news and information bulletin will be broadcast on a number of HF and VHF
The principal HF transmissions will be 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 www.raotc.org.au (repeat).
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
November 5th, and we look forward to hearing from you during the call backs.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
WICEN - the Community Service Arm of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club,
is seeking people to assist with the "Shannon's Safari Rally" being run by
the Light Car Club of Canberra (LCCC) on Saturday 17th November.
For this event CRARC have been asked to support 4 Competitive Car Rally
stages with each being run twice (making a total of 8 stages in the rally).
This year's event will be very similar to last year's Safari Rally with the
running of "Pearces East" and "Tidbinbilla" Stages out along Paddy's River
Road, "Blue Range" out at Uriarra and the close to town "Bluetts" near
11 field stations, Plus 4 or so people in HQ.
If you can assist, could you please notify Matt VK1MA and Phil VK1PL the
Deputy State Coordinator, WICEN ACT
Mobile weather for emergencies
A free session on the Mobile Emergency Weather Station is available
to those who will be attending the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference
It inventor Gregory Lee HS0ZHM, of the Rural Training Centre in Thailand,
will cover the Weather Observation Log form, then the device set-up
and its handbook.
Meaningful weather reports help the decisions by relief authorities and to
improve helicopter flight operations.
The device enables hams to quickly gather weather data in a reliable manner
for them to be reported by radio.
The session will be on November 11 at 10am in the Melaka House, Port Dickson.
For more information contact Choy 9W2PCK email@example.com
MYGAREC, from November 11 to 14, aims to involve those in amateur radio
It is their only annual meeting that delivers training, discusses what has
occurred and includes new ideas of how to do things better in future.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2012
NOV 4 VK5 Today is Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society's HAMFEST
Nov 10 VK2 Westlake's ARC BBQ & car boot sale York St Teralba 12 midday.
NOV 11 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest
NOV 25 VK3 SPARC HAMFEST AT ROSEBUD
DEC 1 VK7 Miena Hamfest
SOCIAL SCENE 2013
AUG 17-18 WW ILLW
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