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ACMA warning about non-compliant goods

Bill Hall VK2XT turns 100


N 0 D special event station celebrating the End of the World


Must be the 'silly season' approaching, 2 or 3 of maybe the years weirdest
stories to pass the National News Desk in this week.

Alternate use for CubeSats

While we radio hams use CubeSats for communications, Glasgow based Alba Space
is planning to use them for Space Burials.

Yes Burials.

Alba Space say they aim to use CubeSats to carry cremated ashes into Space
and their longer term aims include helping all open access to Space.

N 0 D special event station celebrating the End of the World

That's right, the end is finally near. According to one of the three Mayan
Calendars, the End of the World will occur on December 21, 2012.

To celebrate this literally once in a lifetime event, Special Event Station
N0D (Now Zero Days) will be activated for three days during and after(?) the
end of the world.

December 20 is a celebration of the end of the world.
December 21, the day of destruction and N 0 D will be on the air as long as
possible. December 22nd, but that is a little iffy right now.

N0D will be activated on the satellites by Allen Mattis, N5AFV, on
December 20, 21 unless the day of destruction makes that impossible,
and on December 22, 2012 if the world survives.

Many would have seen on TV the past week or so the nonexistence of 'Sandy

Well again we Radio Hams were first to discover the disappearance of
Sandy Island over 12 years ago.

It seems that although Sandy Island appears on Google maps, world maps and
marine charts mid-way between Australia and New Caledonia it doesn't in fact

The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK refers to a story by Richard Chirgwin
which says the hams in question reported that they sought Sandy Island in
2000 because its existence would have disqualified the Chesterfields from
being a worthy DXpedition location.

Its existence "was one of the key issues in determining whether the
Chesterfield Islands qualified for addition to the DXCC List as another
new entity,"


Have you reached the special station 5 G 12 ITD yet?

A strange one for we VERY (tongue in cheek) 'TOLERANT' folk known as
Radio Hams.

Seems special event station 5 G 12 ITD is on the air from Morocco in
celebration of International Tolerance Day.

The United Nations sponsor International Day for Tolerance annually to
observe and educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to
help them understand the negative effects of intolerance.

Now some bright spark has realised as a group we may very well need help
ourselves so we now have 5G12ITD active all bands and all modes through
December 16th.

QSL via RW6HS.


ACMA warning about non-compliant goods

The Australian Consumer and Media Authority is looking for devices that pose
a high a high risk to the orderly use of the radio spectrum and public safety.

ACMA Field Staff, particularly in West Australia, are looking for mobile
phone jammers and GPS jammers, both prohibited in this country, mobile phone
repeaters, and non-compliant devices such as cordless phones and headsets.

The campaign will include education, traditional enforcement measures and
also focus on improving the supply compliance of online, or over the internet
purchased devices.

A comment by a radio amateur to the ACMA claimed there was concern about
non-compliant imported goods that are stamped to be compliant.

He wants the ACMA to clamp down on switch mode power supplies through to
plasma TV sets that don't meet the standards and cause much interference.

Hopefully the ACMA will include all offending devices when checking
installations and sellers.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


Adapting RFID to identify and monitor human activity

University of Adelaide computer scientists are leading a project to
develop novel sensor systems to help older people keep living
independently and safely in their own homes.

The researchers are adapting radiofrequency identification (RFID) and
sensor technologies to automatically identify and monitor human
activity, to be able to determine if an individual's normal routine
is being maintained so that timely assistance can be provided if it is needed.

Although RFID technology has been around since World War II and is in
common use today in applications such as anti-shoplifting and vehicle
identification at toll road collection points, its potential use in
interpreting human activity remains largely in the laboratory.

"Our work will be among the first few projects in the world
conducting large-scale common-sense reasoning in automatic human activity
recognition," said chief investigator and University of Adelaide
senior lecturer Dr Michael Sheng.

The system will be low-cost and unobtrusive, and without the privacy
issues and intensive monitoring of video surveillance. There will be no
need for older people to wear anything or turn anything on or off.

The technology will be first investigated in a laboratory setting and
then in hospital trials with geriatric patients.

(Sourced from the Radio Comms Web e-zine and published from vk7wi news)

Fire cuts off communication

In one of the most severe outages in Australia in recent memory, a fire at
the Warrnambool telephone exchange in southwest Victoria 10-days ago affected
60,000 people.

Its landline, mobile and internet served as a district hub beyond Warrnambool,
including the towns from Lismore right through to Hamilton, Edenhope and

While amateur radio, through WICEN (Vic), was on alert, only minimal use
was made of its emergency communication services before the official stand
down order was received.

Telstra acted quickly to replace the damaged exchange components and has
now restored its services to the business and private sector.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee)


WW RTTY Melee December 1
WW ARRL 10 m Contest December 8- 9


VK5VF Adelaide 6m, 2m and 70 cm beacons back on air.

Just in time for the VHF DX season, the 6m, 2m, & 70cm beacons have been
serviced and put back into operation at Mt Lofty near Adelaide in VK5.

As the VK5 Mt Lofty 6m beacon has been off air for some time, in restoring the
operation of the beacon it has also had a frequency change in accordance with
the WIA band plans. Part of the rebuild included referencing the 6m and 70cm
beacon frequencies to the GPS.

The VK5VF beacon frequencies are,

The new 6m frequency is now 50.320 MHz

The 2m frequency is 144.450 MHz and

The 70cm frequency is 432.450 MHz

So those who are into VK VHF DX, these beacons are again available.

(VK5BB Amateur Radio Experimenters Group)

Hornsby and District Amateur Radio Club runs a net on Friday mornings 7104.
This at 2200hrs (UTC Thursday's) so if propagation is right the 'morning teas
on' 7104.

Farewell To Bletchley Park - GB2BP QSO Party

The Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society (MKARS), the resident radio club at
Bletchley Park for nearly twenty years, will be leaving the Park as of the
1st January 2013. To mark this occasion MKARS will be holding a 'QSO party'
on the weekend of the 15th-16th December.


Before sailing, Tommy, VK2IR was able to fit in a short interview with
New Zealand national radio, to talk about the ZL9HR DX'Pedition to
Campbell Island and Amateur Radio in general.

The arrival of the ZL9HR team was been delayed due to bad weather and at time
of writing last Ed VK2JI reminded us all the expedition was totally weather

As updates on CI come in the official spot to watch is

ZL's Southland Times story of "one of the holy grails of the transmitting
world, the Campbell Islands," is on

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
Pete EI4GZB.
QSLs to Declan EI9HQ or on LOTW or

DK9FN will once again return to Temotu Province, active as H 40 FN between
this December 22nd and January 7th of 2013.
QSL H40FN via HA8DD.

F4CYZ is operational from Morocco as CN2YZ through years end. His activity
has been from Tangier especially on the weekends. The Mediterraneo DX Club
is supporting his activities and is also providing a Web site with a
It's in cyberspace at

F 6 KOP expected to be active from Uganda as 5 X 8 C between Feb 6 to 18
from a location some 20 Km from Entebbe airport. 5X8CX has announced they
will comply to the last IARU band plan on 40 meters for the region with the
frequencies of the PSK and RTTY moved to 7040 and 7042 kHz.
For more details see

TG 9/KF 5 LSG will be active from Guatemala until middle of January.
He may operate as TG 9 IDX.
If you make contact, please QSL via his home callsign DL 5 RMH.

VK 6 DXI will be active stroke FK from New Caledonia until mid-December.
He has been heard on 28.485 MHz around 07:20 UTC.

Special event station 8 J 6 HAM will be operational from the Island of
Kyushu Japan, between December 10th and March 3rd. Activity is in celebration
of the 12th West Japan Ham Fair with operations on all bands and using many
modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.


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Build or modify it yourself

A good knowledge and know-how core group is among those who have formed the
Homebrew and Constructors Group that meets at the Amateur Radio Victoria
office in Ashburton.

Their next meeting is Saturday the 8th of December at 2pm. All are welcome
to join this 'Show and Tell' day, whether you are new at homebrewing or an
old hand, see you 2pm next Saturday at 40G Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.

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theTARCinc held the 2012 Annual General Meeting at Rossiter Park Aitkenvale
in shady surroundings near Ross River.

The meeting got underway from around 8-30am under the shady trees
in the refreshing breeze and the following results were produced.

President - Richard Goodhew VK4FRJG
Vice President - Snow Herodes VK4ME
Treasurer - Bob Hinds VK4AAH
Secretary - Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ

the meeting acknowledged with vigorous acclaim the Life Member status of
Alan Stephenson VK4PS
Evelyn Bahr VK4EQ
Ron Tulloch VK4BF
Ray Hinks VK4LU
Walter Watkins VK4DO
Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ


South Coast Amateur Radio Club AGM, a new group of Committee members were
voted in.

Chairman : Louis VK5VFO
Treasurer : Rick VK5FRGK
Secretary : Stef VK5HSX

General Committee Members: Colin VK5FFAR, Barry VK5KBJ, Daniel VK5DF,
Reg VK5FGFK, and Steve VK5ZEO.

Thanks must go to the previous Committee who worked tirelessly to secure
SCARC a New home for Clubrooms and install a Shack. Great effort guys and
thanks for your hard work.

There were some awards presented at the AGM, which were awarded to the
following Members:

Russell Smith Memorial Award: Dave Wilson VK5LSB
Chairman's Award: Rick Kearsley VK5FRGK
Certificate of Appreciation : Herb VK5HK, Colin VK5FFAR, Jeff VK5MSC and
Graham Daff.

The Club Christmas BBQ Break-up will be held on Wed 12 Dec @1830hrs, at
Market Square Reserve (Old Noarlunga). The Club will provide meat, sauce
& bread, while members are asked to bring a salad to share. Please BYO
chairs, tables, drinks, cutlery and anything else needed.

There is plenty of open space and a playground for kids to use, so bring the
family along and enjoy the Club's end of year social event.

On behalf of Committee & Members of South Coast Amateur Radio Club, SCARC
would like to wish everyone all the best for the Festive Season, as well as
wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Stay safe if you're
travelling and see you back in 2013.

(Stef Daniels VK5HSX, SCARC Secretary)


Bill Hall VK2XT turned 100 on Friday 30th November 2012.

He is still on the radio every day and still talks around the world.

He has been operator for over 82 years and WIA Member all this time.

He still goes to Trash & Treasure at Dural every two months and always at
Wrong Field day.

He was still driving this car until short time ago .

(Brian Kelly VK2WBK)


Vale Tom Walker VK4BTW

On the 19th November 2012, Thomas Allan Walker passed away after contending
for some years with a weakening heart.

Tom was born on 11th December 1919 to Sutherland Douglas and Eleanor Jean
Walker at 'Ripera', South Dulacca, southern inland Queensland.

Tom received primary school education at the South Dulacca State School, and
his secondary education was received at the Gatton campus of the Queensland
Agricultural and High School College, graduating his Junior Certificate.

He returned home to look after the farm upon the unexpected death of his
father. Tom built his first radio from technical journals prior to
undertaking a radio course by correspondence, studying at night by the light
of the acetylene lamp. He did this study while working at sucker bashing
(clearing of scrub re-growth) and dam building during the day.

Having gained his Certificate for Radio Service Engineering in 1945, he
undertook to repair radios and television sets in the area "to help people
out". This helpfulness was the hallmark of Tom Walker's life.

He also installed and serviced home lighting plants from generator to the
last light bulb, but when, in 1965, reticulated power was introduced, his
lack of electrical qualifications prevented him from continuing in this line.

In 1953 Tom, with his wife Miriam, established the Dulacca Radio Service,
adding television qualifications to his skills in 1961.

Ultimately, Tom, Miriam and their children, (Carmen, Allan, Rhys (dec) and
Ken) moved to Toowoomba, where Tom finished his working life as a technician
at what is now Win TV ( known as 10-4-5a in those days).

Tom joined the Darling Downs Radio Club in the late 1970's, and with the help
of Roley Norgaard (ex VK4AOR) with the Morse Code after having had much trial
and tribulation in CW, he , successfully contested the AOCP exam gaining
VK4BTW as his call sign.

He received quite a few awards from the WIA re his service to amateur radio
in Queensland. However, the most well-known of these is for his work with
Intruder Watch, now IARUMS. Tom was State Co-ordinator, and every Friday
afternoon would see him on 40 metres with Gordon, VK4KAL (Federal
Co-ordinator) who lived at Rubyvale, central Qld.

Tom has always made himself available to any budding amateurs, both
practically and sympathetically, yet for all his vast knowledge and
experience, his life was example of humility and modesty. For this he was
highly regarded and respected, being invited annually to conduct the
election of officers at the AGM.

In later years, after a severe heart attack, his HF activities diminished to
the point of ceasing altogether. However, he continued, almost to the end,
covering the 2 metre net each Sunday morning via the Club's repeater VK4RDD
at Toowoomba.

He is greatly missed by Club members and on air friends.

73's, Tom.



At an ICASA/SARL Liaison committee meeting, ICASA informed the SARL that
following a qualified audit by the Auditor General, ICASA has been instructed
to implement regulation 15 of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations which
stipulate that an amateur radio license can only be renewed for up to five
years after which an new application has to be submitted.

All Radio Amateurs in South Africa will now be required to re-apply for a
license for the period of 1 April 2013 till 31 March 2018.




Federal officials in Cleveland, Ohio, have
charged 28 year old Thomas M. Carbone and 23 year
old Katie M. Stanton with the malicious
destruction of federally-licensed communications
lines. U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach said that
the defendants are accused of allegedly breaking
into and seriously damaging radio towers.

The indictment charges that on or about August 17
to 18, 2012, Carbone and Stanton unlawfully
entered the property of Radio One in North
Royalton, Ohio, and wilfully and maliciously
destroyed and removed copper material from four
radio station towers on the property. According
to the indictment, this unlawful removal of
copper depleted the signal strength of the radio
station, thereby impeding its ability to
broadcast emergency messages. As such emergency
repairs cost nearly $11,000 while permanent
repairs will cost an estimated $125,000.

The indictment also charges that Carbone and
Stanton conspired together to commit these
unlawful acts.


This note from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Tentatively on December 11th the Space Weather Prediction Centre
will introduce two new forecast products titled the 3-Day Forecast
and the Forecast Discussion.

These new products will be available twice a day at 00:30 and 12:30 UTC
to provide space weather information in abbreviated and detailed formats.

Both will use NOAA Space Weather Scale information.

Examples of these new products are available at and for the concise, 1-page summary for the in-depth space weather analysis.
These two products will supplement the existing product
suite and no current forecasts will be discontinued.



Ham Radio on ABC

Southgate ARClub are reporting how Kevin Crockett VK3CKC, Max Brighton VK3ZNT
and John Williams VK2AWJ got some publicity for amateur radio on ABC radio.

The three talked about amateur radio for 20 minutes to ABC's Ann Jones.

The MP3 of the radio show can be heard at

ABC - Ham Radio Signal Strong

Sunraysia Radio Group

Midland Amateur Radio Club

Jim Linton also told us how these ABC studios in Mildura and Bendigo, in
rural Victoria, were taken over by the three long-time and knowledgeable
radio amateurs.

From the Sunraysia Radio Group was the President, Max Brighton VK3ZMT and
Treasurer John Williams VK2AWJ, and from the Midland Amateur Radio Club its
President Kevin Crockett VK3CKC.

With the ABC's Presenter, Ann Mitchell, they answered questions and made
some useful points such as the International Space Station, Echo-link, international
friendships, and the Foundation Licence that has attracted more females plus
younger people.

A number of talk-back callers through the two studio hook-up greatly added
to the interest.

Now let us listen to a part of the 20 minute segment.(VK1 Studio plays MP3
with outcue ... nice to have it.)

The URL of the full ABC interview is to be found on the text edition of this
VK1WIA broadcast.

(SouthGate ARC and Jim Linton VK3PC)

Radio Ham interviewed on Swedish radio

A Swedish radio show featured an interview with radio amateur Hojun Song DS1SBO
about his OSSI CubeSat.

Monday, November 26 at 12:10 CET Swedish Radio broadcast a show about the
Maker Movement that included an item on Hojun Song DS1SBO and the OSSI
CubeSat that is planned to launch on a Soyuz-2-1b rocket in April 2013.

The item started about 1:20 into the show and the MP3 can be downloaded from

While Hojun Song speaks in English the rest is entirely in Swedish - roll on
Google speech convertor.

A picture and details of the show in Google English are at




Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Centre have built the most affordable
ham band satellite to date. Speaking on Amateur Radio Newsline, KB 3 TZD
said that the $3,500 orbital device is a CubeSat the size of a coffee cup
that uses an off-the-shelf Nexus One smartphone as a central processor and
an inexpensive off the shelf radio for communications with the ground.

Called PhoneSat 1, the tiny bird is scheduled to launch by the end of this
year. Once on-orbit it will transmit back photos of Earth on an amateur
radio bands for 10 days, or until the battery dies.

Subsequent iterations will be capable of much more.

For example, PhoneSat 2.0 will have a two-way S-band radio transponder which
most satellites use to communicate with the ground and solar panels for
extended life.

An overview of the entire NASA PhoneSat mission can be found at

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

New age for disaster preparedness

The well-equipped Permanent Commission of Contingencies has opened in San
Pedro Sula, Honduras, Central-America.

Its weather radar covers Honduras, plus nearby Guatemala, El Salvador and
Nicaragua. Also fitted are seismic measuring devices.

Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of Honduras described it as a warehouse and
office to help disaster mitigation.

The Commissioned Minister for the initiative, Lisandro Rosales, acknowledged
the important role of radio amateurs in disasters when conventional
communications fail.

The Emergency Coordinator of IARU Region 2, Cesar Pio Santos HR2P spoke
widely about the role of amateur radio to many attending officials.

Cesar HR2P congratulated the attending Panamanian Government for giving its
radio amateurs the roaming International Amateur Radio Permit, which can
be of great help in disaster situations.

Earlier in November at San Marcos, Guatemala, a 7.4 scale earthquake hit
claiming the lives of at least 52 people. The disaster was helped by amateur
radio emergency communications.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications with Cesar
Pio Santos HR2P EMCOR IARU R2)

A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.

Youngsters On The Air - 2013

IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders PA 2 LS reports on plans for
next year's youth radio camp YOTA

A youth radio camp 'Youngsters On The Air' will be held in Estonia, organized
by the Estonian Radio Amateurs Union. During this week teams of young radio
amateurs from 10 different European countries will be participating in
different activities: presentations, competitions, visiting radio stations,
observatory, etc...

As two previous events in Romania and Belgium/Netherlands have shown, it will
be a great experience for the young hams which they will never forget.

When: 5-12 August 2013


Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with a reminder that tomorrow, Monday
December 3rd the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly
news and information bulletin will be broadcast on a number of HF and
VHF frequencies.

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.

Also at 0200 UTC, Barry VK6WF, will be transmitting the bulletin on 40 metres
on 7060 kHz LSB for country listeners in WA and SA.

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 December RAOTC monthly bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday
December 3rd, and we look forward to hearing from you during the call backs.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.


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

Last Sunday after the regular broadcast of WIA News, the Maryborough
Electronics and Radio Group was fortunate to have Mr. John Parr, from the
AJ2013 organising committee, present.

John was able to address the meeting and explain the diversity of activities
which will be provided for the Scouts and also how the Special Event Station,
VI4ASJ fits into the program.

Once the formal business was completed, deep and meaningful discussions on
how the station and what equipment was required went on. Other areas such as
how the transport to and from the Jamboree was being organised was talked
over and mundane things such as floor coverings and sound absorbing dividers
were sourced.

The Woocoo SES provides many support services to the greater Maryborough
community and MERG would like to thank that organisation for its support to
the Jamboree and amateur radio.

Once the paper licence is received, it will be photo copied and registration
of services will go ahead. It is expected that EchoLink and IRLP will be
available as well as ATV, on site.

So on that basis, I can say "I'll see you at the Jamboree."

Reporting for WIA National News, I'm Geoff, VK4ZPP, from Maryborough
Electronics and Radio Group, Inc.


DEC 1 VK7 Miena Hamfest


MAR 24 VK7 "Meet the Voice" barbecue at Ross.



Oct 3- 7 VK4 North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention Charters Towers

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

NOV 15-17 VK3 Victorian National Parks Weekend

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