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Morse Code Practice Net on 3540 at 1830 hrs. nightly

GB 4 WLR on air today the 11th November as part of Remembrance Sunday

DX Club to close down



The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) held its Annual Meeting November 2-4 in Ho Chi Minh City,

The AC -- which consists of the three IARU International Officers
and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations
is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and according to
IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, the meeting was a somber occasion due
to the passing of IARU Region 3 Chairman Michael J. Owen, VK3KI.

VK3KI had been a member of the Administrative Council for most of its
existence, and had been a longtime contributor to the efforts of IARU
to promote and preserve Amateur Radio.

In memory of Michael, the IARU Administrative Council announced that the new
"Michael J. Owen VK3KI Award" had been established to recognize an
individual or individuals that best exemplify the dedication and hard work
of IARU volunteers.

Thanks to the ARRL and WIA you read more here

(txt versions only)

This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH

The battle over NSW planning restrictions on amateur radio antenna masts

The deadline for making submissions to the latest phase of the NSW planning
review closed on Friday last, 9 November.

Thank you to all those who made the effort to file a submission to the
department of Planning and Infrastructure.

I note that a number of you also filed submissions to the Local Government
Regulation Review being conducted by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory
Tribunal. Thanks to you, too, and well done.

Now, our battle has to enter a new phase. The political campaign phase.

Yes, just as you immediately thought, this means taking our cause to your
local member of the NSW Parliament. But - rein-in your enthusiasm for a
moment - this phase needs to proceed in a considered way or our efforts will
be lost amongst the clutter of other issues.

This coming week, I want you to do some homework. If you know who your local
member is, gather his or her contact details and keep them to hand. The
address and phone numbers of their electoral office, their postal address
and their contact email address. If you don't know which state electorate you
live in, I'll have instructions on how to find out posted in the WIA website.

Preparing a letter to your local member requires a different approach to
writing a submission to a government department. I'll have guidelines on how
to approach it posted to soon, so look out for it.

Last week, I told you about what a spokesman from the NSW department of
Planning and Infrastructure told the Sydney Morning Herald and quoted in
an article on NSW amateurs' troubles with red tape over antenna masts.
He said that ''allowing higher aerials without a detailed development
application process could cause unacceptable streetscape and neighbourhood
safety issues''.

We have to change that view.

In the meantime, here's how the department is promoting the planning reform,
and I want you to think it over "The NSW Government is creating a planning
system for the 21st century. A planning system focused on the public interest.
A planning system that places people and their choices at the heart of
planning decisions about their future."

Radio amateurs are people! We chose to get a licence. In NSW we're being
excluded from the planning decisions of the future!

And that goes for future radio amateurs in NSW, too.

This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH. I'll see you further down the log.



CRARC's next Members Meeting will be the 28th November which will be the
Annual Christmas Bash BBQ and a Trash and Treasure Night.

If you are contemplation going, take along any of your surplus gear as CRARC
is looking at bringing along more of their surplus gear too so that you
can really make a feast of it!

All are welcome, whether you are a member or not, bring a likeminded guest
along and enjoy the festivities

Please check events web page on

web service:-
VKG Roundup
Email Address :


SARC received the massive $3,350.00 grant under the Commonwealth's Volunteer
Grants Scheme.

This for various items to assist Summerland to improve facilities and
training capabilities at the Lismore Clubrooms.


Illawarra Amateur Radio Society has been holding its meetings at the
Wollongong Bowling Club. However, due the popularity of a recently introduced
$5 Schnitzel night the Society's meeting area has been taken over by hungry
schnitzel lovers.

Consequently, a new meeting place was sought and found, with all future
meetings of the Society now to be held at the Coniston Community Hall
on Bridge Street, between Bridge Theatre and Coniston Railway Station.


Next Sunday, the 18 th November, Amateur Radio NSW will conduct a one day
Foundation course at the VK2WI site, 63 Quarry Road, Dural.
Start time 0830 hours.

The following Sunday, 25th will be assessments for all license grades.

Inquiries and bookings to

Sunday the 25 th November is also the last of the Trash and Treasure events
for the year at the VK2WI site. It will get underway about 0930 hours. Major
items on offer are to be found under Disposals on the ARNSW web site

web service:-

Busy time ahead for Amateur Radio Victoria

The next quarterly speaker night is this Tuesday, November the 13th, at 8pm.

It will be presented by Peter Cossins VK3BFG who will be taking the mystery
out of SWR.

This very interesting talk is at 40g Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.

The Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award special weekend kicks off
Friday November the 16th and runs through to Sunday the 18th.

A master list of National Parks to be activated and the award rules are on
the Amateur Radio Victoria website.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


Mark Harrison, VK3BYY, NERG NEWS Editor says that their meeting held on
Thursday 8th saw Peter VK3TBN talking about Software Defined Radios.

Peter has been playing with a USB DVB-TV receiver stick.

These cheap devices are designed to receive digital TV, FM
and DAB broadcasts on a PC. With open source software
however, they become a general purpose VHF/UHF Software
Defined Radio receiver for many other modes such as SSB,
AM, FM, PSK, TETRA, as well as a Spectrum Analyser
covering a range of up to 64MHz - 1.7GHz.

If you have a USB DVB-TV stick based on the Realtek RTL2832 chip
then all you need to get going on digital radio is to install one
of the many free software packages such as HDSDR, or GNU Radio.


Some ham fests are never publicised and the organisers wonder why
year after year their numbers, both in attendance and in mainstream
commercial sellers diminish.

Others are well aware of publicity and advising when their next HamFest
will take place..

Like Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society who just hours after their
successful 2012 event have announced the date for NEXT YEAR!

November 3rd 2013.

Visit and under clubs click the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio
Society for contact details.


Peel Amateur Radio Group have a special Anniversary coming
- they are celebrating their 30th Anniversary.

The President of PARG, Michelle VK6MLW reports that to help celebrate they
will be using a specially assigned call sign VI6 ARG 30. PARG will be
operating until the 18th of November. QSLs card will be issued for stations
worked. Further details can be found on

PARG will also be having celebrations today and next week, the 18th of
November which will include the club setting up in a local park In Mandurah.
Everyone is welcome to swing past and say hello or look for them on air.

BYO Picnic, please contact for further details or head to their club page

PARG is a growing club with approx. 20 members and embrace all areas from
Kwinana though to Waroona, incorporating Rockingham and Mandurah in VK6.

PARG has been working on a Mobile Communications Trailer for the past couple
of years which was obtained through generous donations from sponsors such
as SES Mandurah, Mayday and Alcoa. Their trailer is primarily used for
emergency radio communications back-up to the SES in Mandurah and Club
field days.

PARG is currently in early stages of sourcing a suitable club house in the
Peel region.

VK6MLW says: "Please do not hesitate to contact any one of our committee
members for more information on us and our activities."

(Onno Benschop)

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Southern News

Morse Code Practice Net on 3540 at 1830 hrs. nightly (Tassie Time).

The format will start by having simple QSOs and evolve from there.

So, anyone interested in learning Morse, or in brushing up on their
skills, please join in.

(VK7FB and on behalf of VK7AD)


What use is an f-call? (20120401)

As an amateur you have access to a whole range of frequencies. When I started
in this hobby, I chose to buy an all-band set which allows me access to the
main amateur bands, 160m through to 70cm. As I talk to other amateurs it
occurred to me that apart from having a radio that can do those bands, it
turns out that there are amateurs who favour particular bands.

Of course, some of the preference for a particular band comes from having a
suitable antenna since not everyone has access to space where you can put up
an antenna farm or a large dipole to access some of the lower bands.

Those considerations aside, while real, only show part of the picture. It
turns out that within Amateur Radio there are some who stay on their
particular band, or sometimes even "their frequency" and are happy to do so.

Having participated in a few contests over the past year, I can say that
talking to new and varied people on a variety of bands has given me much joy.
I've now tuned across and spoken on most amateur bands, either with my own
call-sign, or as a contest participant with a club-sign.

If you "only have access" to a hand-held radio capable of 2m and 70cm, I'd
like to encourage you to find a friend with a station capable of using HF and
spending a little time perusing the bands. And if you're a died in the wool
HF participant, tune your gear to UHF and VHF once in a while, you might be

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.


Every second Sunday in November the SARL, in special church service
transmitted in the last 15 minutes of Amateur Radio Today, they remember
all those who lost their lives in defence of their country.

The service will be first transmitted at 10:45 CAT on 11 November.

The service will conducted by Dominee Jan Kramer, ZS6JRK.

All amateur radio stations have been requested to observe radio silence as
a mark of respect.

In the UK Special Event Station GB 4 WLR will be on air today the
11th November as part of the Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

A World War One locomotive is expected to be in steam on the West Lancashire
Light Railway at Hesketh Bank.

The locomotive served behind the front lines during WW1 and is named

In the USA, the ARRL SAYS:-

"Sunday, November 11, in the US and abroad, we will celebrate Veterans Day,
also called Remembrance Day or Armistice Day.

Originally a holiday that marked the end of World War I, the
"War to End All Wars" this day has been set aside to honour all who
have served their country.

It was on November 11, 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th
month, that Germany signed the Armistice, formally ending hostilities that
had been ongoing since 1914.

The ARRL would like to take this opportunity to thank our service veterans.
Whether they served on active duty or reserve, during peacetime or time of
conflict, they served their county with honour. We also would be remiss if we
did not remember the families of those veterans who kept the home fires
burning bright; without their love and support, our veterans would have
indeed been alone."

WIA National News a few weeks back made mention of Satellite jamming in
the Middle East.

Well according to European satellite operator Eutelsat, disruptions in
these satellite signals in the Middle East and Europe have been traced back
to Syria and Iran.

There has been speculation that the jamming is a reaction to changes in the
regulations put forth by the International Telecommunications Union to comply
with the European Union's increasingly tough sanctions on Iran.

The ITU altered its regulations at the World Radiocommunication Conference
in Geneva after receiving complaints of repeated and deliberate interference
in the reception of TV in Persian and Arabic. Because of these changes,
Eutelsat no longer carries 19 radio and television channels broadcast by the
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

For its part, the International Telecommunications Union says that these
recent incidents are not the first time that there have been allegations
of Iran blocking communications from the outside world. The latest wave
of interference has affected numerous radio and TV broadcasters including
the BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle and the Voice of America.




The British songstress who created the role of
Christine Daae in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webbers
musical stage classic The Phantom of the Opera
will be the next space tourist to
visit the International Space Station.

Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details:

It has been announced in Moscow, world famous
soprano Sarah Brightman had passed the required
mental and physical examinations to permit her fly to the ISS.

In a video of the press conference made public by
the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, and the
singer herself, Brightman described how as a
child she was inspired by the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.

Brightman: "When I look back, my mind's eye
brings me to a rush of images from all of the
incredible things that I have been privileged to
experience in my life. But if I keep tracking
back, my thoughts eventually come to rest on a
flickering TV screen in 1969. There as a small
and incredulous child I watched a man bound
gently from the steps of a rocket ship and land on the surface of the moon.

"This really was an adventure. It was something miraculous.

"For me it was an epiphany. From that moment I
began looking into the future. I began to dream
about what life might hold in store for me and of what I could accomplish."


During her comments, Brightman said the trip
would serve as a way to promote environmental
awareness and to encourage women's education by
helping to close the gender gap in the
sciences. For this she has called on the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization, better known as UNESCO, to join with her to make it happen:


Brightman: "There are two key areas that we have
identified which unify my personal passions,
UNESCO's objectives and my spaceflight. Both are
inexplicably linked and both relate to issues of sustainability."


After completing an upcoming world tour to
promote her new album appropriately called Dream
Chaser, Brightman will undertake six months of
training at Star City in Moscow in preparation
for her mission to the International Space
Station. Once on-orbit she is expected to take
part in several educational ventures as just
mentioned but it is not yet known if she will
obtain an amateur radio license or has any plans
to make any ham radio contacts from the ISS.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the Newsroom in Los Angeles.


Tracking cell phones by tricking them into operating on a bogus network is a
law enforcement tactic shrouded in secrecy. Now the FBI is under pressure
to release information about itbut the bureau doesn't want to let go of
25,000 pages of documents on sophisticated cell surveillance technology.

In an Arizona court case last year it was made public that the FBI had used
a cell-site simulator in order to track down a suspect. The portable
equipment, sometimes described as either an I-M-S-I catcher or a Stingray,
covertly sends out a signal that fools all phones within a specific area
into connecting to a fake network. The spy tool can force targeted phones
to release unique identity codes that can then be used to track a person's
movements in real time.

But not everyone likes the idea of this type of law enforcement tool being
used. Among them is the Electronic Privacy Information Centre which is
attempting to obtain internal FBI documents relating to the technology.
In fact the Centre is taking legal action to force the prompt disclosure of
records concerning Stingray devices or other cell site simulator technologies.
It alleges that the FBI has failed to comply with statutory deadlines by not
handing them over quickly enough following a freedom of information request
made last February.

For its part, the FBI says that it has found 25,000 pages of documents that
relate to the request, about 6,000 of which are classified. Because of this
the agency says that it may need up to three years to process the files
before they can be released.

In light of the FCC's recent enforcement activities against cellular telephone
jamming devices, it will be interesting to see if the regulatory agency can
or will become involved in this controversial issue.


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


World DX Club to close down.

It has been announced that the World DX Club (WDXC) is to close, a final
issue of Contact magazine is to be published in December.

For 44 years the club have published their newsletter Contact magazine
every month, containing station logs, news, information and comment about
radio and radio broadcasts, both current and historical, primarily, but not
exclusively, international shortwave radio.

Regretfully due to health reasons Arthur and Olive Ward have had to step down
from their club duties in charge of membership subscriptions, dispatch of
bulletins as well as many contributions to the content of Contact over the

Arthur became club printer in July 1974 and added his secretarial role in
December 1979.

This leaves the club with too few voluntary staff for the work involved and
it has been decided to cease publication of Contact.

It is understood that outstanding subscriptions are to be transferred to the
British DX Club for UK and overseas members outside of North America and to
the North American Shortwave Association for North American members.

The ARRL report that 14 year old radio amateur Tom Jose, VU3TMO, has just
achieved his Digital DXCC award.

First licensed when he was 13 years old in December of 2011, VU3TMO is a
3rd generation ham operator in his family along with his parents.

VU3TMO is a member of India's National Institute of Amateur Radio and the
Dayton Amateur Radio Association. He is reported to be one of the youngest
hams in the sub-continent.


Petition to save RCI Sackville from being dismantled.

Thomas Witherspoon K4SWL has launched a petition to save Radio Canada
International's Sackville site from being dismantled.

K4SWL says:

"Could you please take a few moments out of your day to sign this
petition I started? Your voice will be added to the petition
and it will automatically email the appropriate Canadian politicians who
could, at the very least, put a halt to the destruction of the RCI Sackville
site. Canada-indeed, the world-needs this vital shortwave resource.

I have more information about this on my blog

You can sign the petition by clicking on this link

KRML, Carmel, California.

KRML is the AM station made famous in Clint Eastwood's 1971 movie,
"Play Misty for Me," in which Eastwood plays a jazz DJ stalked by a
disturbed listener.

The station on both 1410 AM signal and a translator at 102.2 has
dropped the jazz/blues format and is playing a Hit Radio stunt.
It's airing the same 10 top 40 tunes repeatedly and has - at least
temporarily - positioned itself as "102.1 Radio Yummy."

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

Phone has built-in VHF / UHF transceiver

Don't use this one in Australia!

The Puxing PX-D03 operates as a dual-band VHF/UHF transceiver as well as
being a GSM mobile phone.

The transceiver covers 136-174MHz and 400-470MHz FM with 1,8 watts output.

Further information at


Spot the Space Station over your backyard with new NASA service

On the 12th anniversary of crews continuously living and working aboard the
International Space Station, NASA has announced a new service to help people
see the orbiting laboratory when it passes overhead.

'Spot the Station' will send an email or text message to those who sign up
for the service a few hours before they will be able to see the space station.

"It's really remarkable to see the space station fly overhead and to realize
humans built an orbital complex that can be spotted from Earth by almost
anyone looking up at just the right moment," said William Gerstenmaier,
NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations. "We're
accomplishing science on the space station that is helping to improve life on
Earth and paving the way for future exploration of deep space."

When the space station is visible -- typically at dawn and dusk -- it is the
brightest object in the night sky, other than the moon. On a clear night, the
station is visible as a fast moving point of light, similar in size and
brightness to the planet Venus. "Spot the Station" users will have the
options to receive alerts about morning, evening or both types of sightings.

The International Space Station's trajectory passes over more than 90 per cent
of Earth's population. The service is designed to only notify users of passes
that are high enough in the sky to be easily visible over trees, buildings
and other objects on the horizon. NASA's Johnson Space Centre calculates the
sighting information several times a week for more than 4,600 locations
worldwide, all of which are available on "Spot the Station."

November 2 marked 12 years of continuous human habitation of the space

To sign up for "Spot the Station," visit:

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


NTARC WICEN co-ordinator Norm VK7KTN reports that thanks largely to a
fine effort by VK7DC in signing on communications volunteers for the
Tasmanian State Equine Endurance Championship to be held at Sassafras
over the Friday night and Saturday 30 November/1 December, WICEN will be
able to support the event.

Norm would be pleased to hear from any NTARC member who may be able to
assist at Sassafras.

On the IARU-R1 site Greg G 0 DUB reports on HAMNET involvement in the search
for a missing aircraft

HAMNET, the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Organisation for
South Africa has concluded its involvement in a cross-border Search and
Rescue operation for a missing aircraft.

A South African light aircraft, on a flight from Malawi to Lanseria in
South Africa, failed to make regular radio contact over Mozambique.
The South African Air Rescue Control Centre ( ARCC ) was advised and
requested to assist. HAMNET received a call from the ARCC asking for
communications support between O R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and Beira in
Mozambique to assist with the co-ordination of the search efforts and the
request went out to HAMNET members to form a team to travel to Beira and
provide a HF communications link between the two countries using frequencies
in the 30m and 20m bands.

Sadly the search for the missing plane and its occupants was unsuccessful
and was scaled back. The ARCC team met with the family on Sunday and there
is a possibility that through Diplomatic channels, the family will continue
the search on a private basis.

The HAMNET team has now returned home and a full debrief will take place
shortly. While the outcome of the search was not what anyone would like, the
ability of amateur radio to deliver critical communications to where it is
needed was proven again and the ARCC were very happy with the services




Do you remember Sealand?

That's the self-proclaimed principality that also once claimed to be a DXCC
entity. Well its still there but changes are in the wind.

Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasik, K9BIK, takes a look back into recent

"Sealand is a former United Kingdom anti-aircraft
tower legally known as Roughs Tower. Its located
in the North Sea some 7 nautical miles off the
shore of Suffolk, England. In 1967 the tower was
occupied by a retired army major named Paddy Roy
Bates along with his family in 1967. On September
2nd of that year Major Bates declared the fort an
independent sovereign state from the UK and
renamed it Sealand. He went on to establish Sealand
as a nation in 1975.

Sealand had its own constitution, flag, national
anthem, stamps, passports and currency. There
were even a few DXpeditions to Sealand. This
included a operation by a group of German
DX'ersin 1982 using Sealand's self proclaimed and
unofficial callsign prefix of S-1-A. Later, in
2000 there was the Dutch-lead 1SLA1 operation,
but neither of these was awarded DXCC status.

Now comes word that Major Bates passed away on
October 9th, in a senior care home Essex England
at the age of 91. This, after a long battle with

But the Sealand saga is far from over. His wife
Joan is now expected to take over the rule of the
self proclaimed nation. Also, with Sealand is
managed by the Bates family as if it were a
recognised sovereign entity, and they are its
hereditary royal rulers. Bates son is known as
"His Royal Highness Prince Michael." He has also
been referred to as the "Prince Regent" by the
Bates family since 1999. In this role, he
apparently serves as Sealand's acting "Head of
State" and also its "Head of Government". Also,
at a micro nations conference hosted by the
University of Sunderland in 2004, Sealand was
represented by Michael Bates' son James, who was
referred to as "Prince Royal James".

Butr whomever takes on the leadership of Sealand,
one thing is fairly certain. Mounting a
DXpedition to Sealand in the hope of
establisghing it as a new DXCC entity, woyuld
likely be a very expensive waste of time.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline (On VK1WIA),
I'm Cheryl Lasik, K9BIK, in Zion, Illinois.


One of the most important DXpeditions of the year is about to start.

ZL9HR will be active from the UNESCO World Heritage Campbell Island
which is 650Km south of New Zealand in the Great Southern Ocean. This
Sub-Antarctic island is sought after not only for DXCC and IOTA (OC-037)
awards but I have been informed by August HB9TZA, also for the World
Flora and Fauna radio award where the island has the reference ZLFF-019.
Please checkout for details of that competition.

I am glad to report all plans are still on schedule and ZL9HR will be
active on all bands from 160m to 6m from November 28th to December 9th.
from Campbell Island. Here's hoping for mild weather and good
propagation for the event. As always please refer to the DXpeditions
website for all details and latest updates.

Thanks, this is Ed VK2JI Australian Publicity Officer for ZL9HR.


Nov 10 VK2 Westlake's ARC BBQ & car boot sale York St Teralba 12 midday.

NOV 11 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group Hamfest


DEC 1 VK7 Miena Hamfest



NOV 3 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society 2 Goodwood.

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