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Wyong Mini-Contest-University

Masthead TV devices and electric fences

EMDRC Christmas Foundation Course


Wyong Mini-Contest-University - February 23rd. 2013 at Wyong.

Trent VK4TS, WIA Director for Awards and Contests is locked in as keynote
speaker to introduce the day. As well as material from the Dayton Contest
University, kindly supplied by Tim K3LR, some local content has been offered
to be presented by members of the VKCC group.

One aim of the "MCU" is to help people understand what contesting is all about.
It's hoped that people who are sitting on the contest sidelines, not knowing
how to move forward can gain from attending this (free) event.

As well as the educational content it is hoped that the networking component
the chance to meet the people you have heard (or heard of) will also form a
major part of the day. The day will run from 10 am to 4pm on Saturday 23rd.
February with an hour break for lunch and if there is sufficient interest
extend to a get together and meal in the evening at a local pub or restaurant
joining up with others coming to the Field day on the Sunday.

Information and details on how to register can be found under the mini
contest university link in the sidebar of or
directly from the link on the Dayton Contest University page at

(Ed VK2JI)

Masthead TV devices and electric fences

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has a masthead and
distribution amplifier fact sheet, and a media article on electrically
powered fences - both which can cause interference.

In marginal TV reception areas it is finding faulty, due to age or misuse,
mastehead amplifiers that radiate a signal affecting TV viewing, mobile
phones, two-way radios and heard on the amateur radio bands.

ACMA field officers have found them either overloaded to distortion, internally
mixing a multitude of high level signals, or going into self-oscillation.

Distribution amplifiers are also designed to feed a number of TV sets from
a single antenna, but never to oscillate and become an unintended radiator.

Meantime, the ACMA in the Hoofbeats magazine read mainly by horse owners,
warns then about the interference that may be caused by faulty electric

The fact sheet and article give helpful installation and operational advice,
to avoid fines the ACMA may issue if it enforces the Radiocommunications Act.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

Proposed changes to radio service in Darwin and Katherine

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking public comment
on proposed changes to improve and add radio services in the Darwin and
Katherine area.

The ACMA is proposing to amend the Licence Area Plan - Darwin Radio to:
formalise the operation of 8PNN Darwin and Katherine and 8HOT and 8MIX
Adelaide River improve the operation of the Darwin radio broadcasting
services 8ABCFM, 8DDD, 8JJJ, 8PNN, 8SBSFM, 8HOT & 8MIX, 8GGG, 8KNB & 8TOP
and the Katherine radio broadcasting service 8KTR make a frequency available
for a new community radio service to be provided in Darwin.

The proposed changes are contained in the Draft Variation to Licence Area
Plan - Darwin Radio - No. 2 of 2012 and discussed in accompanying explanatory

The documents are available on the ACMA's website or by calling 1300 850 115.

The closing date for comments on the proposals is 5pm Friday 11 January 2013.



President Phil Wait VK2ASD
Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP
Secretary David Williams VK3RU
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ

Have you prepared for the last weekend in May; the 2013 WIA AGM and

Hosted in the Maritime Hub of Fremantle in Western Australia, the
2013 Conference in May offers you the best in Amateur Radio,
with seminars, workshops and social activities for Amateur Radio enthusiasts
and their partners. Hosted by Western Australian Amateur Radio Clubs and held
at the Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle, it's going to be your event. Why should
you make the trip across the globe to Western Australia to visit the most
isolated capital city in the world? Find out!

The 2013 WIA AGM and Conference, it's all about Engaging, Learning,
Appreciating, Socializing and Discovering.

You'll find all the information online at the VK6 conference site,


web service:-

EMDRC Christmas Foundation Course

For those folk who have heard about Amateur Radio and would
like to get involved in the hobby and get on the air with a
Foundation Licence, and who may be looking for something to
do in the few days between Christmas and New year, then have
we a deal for you !
The Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club will once again
be running its special Christmas Foundation course.
The course will be run on Thursday the 27th of December with
the assessments taking place on the morning of Friday the
28th of December

The course will be held at our EMDRC Clubrooms located at
13a McCubbin Street Burwood, for those not familiar with
the area, its location is very close to the RSPCA on
Burwood Highway, ideal if you plan on coming by public
transport. If you are coming by car, there is plenty of
parking available onsite.
To arrive at the clubrooms, simply drive west down McCubbin
street and look for the lane way on your left hand side,
you will find the clubrooms (Scout Hall) at the bottom of
the lane way.

The course instructors will be myself Robert Broomhead
VK3DN and Damian Ayers VK3KQ.
The Sunday morning the assessments will be run by myself
with Keith VK3FT and assistance from other assessors..

Further details on the EMDRC club website

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Cairns Region VHF Repeater back on air

The VK4RCA Cairns 2 metre voice repeater has finally planted its feet yet

After being retrieved from the Mount Yarrabah site and many months of
refurbishment and reliability testing on the workbench the repeater equipment
has received the tick of approval and has just been installed at the
Mount Haren repeater site, up on the range behind Kuranda.

With 13 Watts to the antenna and a 6 dB antenna to boot, the repeater should
have good coverage across the Atherton Tableland region plus good access
from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.

Access and reception reports are requested

vk7 local news, email

VK7RCH Antenna Upgrade

The old repeater antenna from VK7RTC - Mt.Nelson has been removed to
reinstall at Grey Mountain at the next possible chance.

This involved careful manoeuvring on top of the tower in windy conditions and
a difficult removal of the antenna from its mast clamp.

The mast had to be cut at the bottom near the plate, and the stays unbolted.

The whole assembly had to be lowered down onto the top of the tower, while
taking care with the weight of the mast - an estimated 50 plus kilos!

A new blog has also been started to check out the status of the repeater
and other associated projects.

The web address is in the email addition of this broadcast.

(Hayden, VK7HA via vk7wia news)


AMSAT Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2013

You are invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2013.

This year's AMSAT event is dedicated to the memory of John Thompson,
W1BIH/PJ9JT, who passed away this year aged 96.

Although known primarily as an HF DXer and contester, John was also
active on OSCAR, mostly on CW.

As always, S.K.N. on OSCAR is simple and informal.

Just operate CW through one or more satellites on 1 January 2013
(0000 to 2400 UTC), using a straight hand key.

There is no need to send in a log, but all participants are encouraged to
nominate someone they worked for Best Fist.

Your nominee need not have the best fist of anyone you heard, only of those
you worked.

Send your nomination to


New address for Canada QSL Bureau

The address for the Canadian QSL bureau has changed.

All QSL cards for Canada should be sent to

RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau,
Box 51, Saint John, NB E2L 3X1,

8J6HAM - celebrating the 12th West Japan Ham Fair on AS-077 Kyushu
10 Dec to 3 Mar

8N119T - celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Tokyo Fire Department
(119 is the emergency fire/ambulance number in Japan)
23 Dec to 25 Mar active on all HF bands and modes.


What use is an f-call?

I'm about to go on a couple of trips and thought that it might be a good idea
to have a radio with me, if nothing else, a great opportunity to talk to some
locals on their local repeater.

I have a portable kit, that is a Yaesu 857d with 2 x 26Ah batteries which goes
forever using 10 Watts. My back of napkin calculation says that on 2m I can
transmit continuously for over 12 hours with that - more realistically, if I
transmit 10 minutes out of every hour, over 40 hours, though I've never
tested it and likely the numbers will be different for HF using SSB with my
Antenna Tuner plugged in.

This amazing battery life comes at a cost, namely size and weight. The
batteries fit in a medium size tool-box, and each battery uses more than
8kg from my luggage allowance, so, if I was keen, I could stick my radio and
16 kg of battery in my suitcase and take my toothbrush but I'm pretty sure my
hosts would prefer I packed some clean clothes as well.

I've been shopping around for a hand-held and I know that for $100 bucks or
so I could select from any number of cheap hand-helds which for some reason
that I'm yet to determine the Amateur Radio fraternity appears to refer to as
Handy Talkies, rather than Walkie Talkies. The closest I can come is that a
HT, or Handheld Transceiver once got explained by a Walkie Talkie User as a
Handy Talkie and it stuck, but I don't know; what's in a name?

Anyway, I'd like to be able to use the same accessories I already have, like
the nice remote microphone that cost more than the hand-held I can get, my
battery charger, the mount I already have in my car, etc.

A friendly HAM had loaned me a hand-held radio for a previous journey and I'm
borrowing another one this weekend from another HAM - which is a fantastic
way to try before you buy - but I'm not yet convinced.

I've begun to investigate solving the problem in another way. Pack my current
radio into a satchel, add a small lithium ion battery of some description and
I've got my "normal" radio with me when I travel. I don't yet know if that's
going to work - for example, I've not yet figured out how to deal with the
antenna, since the radio isn't really designed for sitting on its tail with
an antenna hanging out, but perhaps I can set it on a flat surface and poke a
multi-band antenna out the back.

I won't be able to attach it to my belt and at this time that's not a great

Ironically, when I started, I skipped the hand-held option and my go-kit has
gotten larger and heavier every time I find another essential tool. I think I
might need to make two go-kits, one mobile and one portable - hi hi.

It seems that even if you bought yourself your ultimate radio, your needs

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

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

ZL Amateur Access to 600 Metres

The band 472 kHz to 479 kHz was allocated to the Amateur service for use on
a secondary basis at the World Radiocommunication Conference held earlier
this year.

New Zealand Amateurs will be given access to this band with the Radio
Spectrum Policy and Planning Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation
& Employment:

Type of allocation: Secondary
Power Output : 25 W eirp
No Bandwidth restrictions:

As a result of this new ZL allocation, Amateurs will no longer have access
to the previous temporary allocation at 505 - 515 kHz. The Ministry has,
however, agreed that the temporary use in the band 505 kHz to 515 kHz will be
permitted for one further year, until the end of 2013, to provide amateurs
with an opportunity to retune and/or rebuild their equipment.


NBC News reports in the USA that inmates at San Quentin prison are building
CubeSat orbital deployers.

P-PODs, Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployers are aluminium boxes designed to
hold tiny satellites known as CubeSats, which ride "piggyback" into space as
secondary payloads

Watch the NBC video at

Foreign licensees in South Korea

When applying for a South Korean license foreign amateurs may choose between
a Korean callsign or HL*/homecall.

The callsign blocks range from HL1Z** to HL1Z** and the number depends on the
location in Korea.

The foreign language repeater in Seoul was moved on top of a 600m high
mountain: RX 439.6 MHz, TX 434.6 MHz with 123 Hz subtone.

Interestingly, any language OTHER than Korean is allowed on this repeater.

ITU Radio Regulations 2012 available for download

The 2012 edition of the ITU Radio Regulations which includes the results of
WRC-12 is now available.

The Radio Regulations, Edition of 2012, contains the complete texts of the
Radio Regulations as adopted by the World Radiocommunication Conference
(Geneva, 1995) (WRC-95) subsequently revised and approved by the World
Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1997) (WRC-97).

World Radiocommunication Conference (Istanbul, 2000) (WRC-2000),
World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2003) (WRC-03)
World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) (WRC-07)
World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2012) (WRC-12),
including all Appendices, Resolutions, Recommendations and ITU-R
Recommendations incorporated by reference.

The free download is available at




Hams in Taiwan say that they are in need of
additional operating spectrum and have prepared a
report that explains what, where and why.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details:


Taiwan's national society the CTARL, presented a
paper regarding amateur radio in that country at
the recent IARU Region 3 conference. In it the
Taiwanese ham radio community says that it is
seeking to expand several amateur allocations.

On 80 meters where they currently only have 3.5
to 3.5125 and 3.55 to 3.5625 MHz, they are
seeking an allocation from 3.5 to 3.9 MHz. On 6
meters they have just 50 to 50.0125 and 50.11 to
50.1225 MHz. As such they are seeking the entire
50.0 to 54.0 MHz band and to add 146 to 148 MHz
to their existing 144 to 146 MHz allocation.

Taiwan has very limited amateur allocations in
the UHF and Microwave bands, only 430 to 432,
1260 to 1265 and 2440 to 2450 MHz. There they
seek to expand these allocations to from 430 to 440
and 1240 to 1300 MHz.

Of interest, the CTARL reports that its
membership is now just 362. In 2000 the IARU
reported it had a membership of 1264 out of an
amateur population of 24,324. This indicates
that they have lost 72% of their members this
century and one can speculate that perhaps the
number of radio amateurs in that nation has had a similar sharp decline.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
in Nelson. New Zealand.


Something new may soon be coming to the FM
broadcast band in the United States. This if a
proposed system called ZoneCasting proves out its proposed technology.

ZoneCasting is the result of research and
development by a company known as Geo-Broadcast
Solutions. It proposes to use a series of
booster transmitters to give FM radio stations
the ability to divide their coverage areas into
geographic zones and "geo-target" their
advertising and programming. Geo-Broadcast
Solutions says its ZoneCasting system uses GPS
and mobile broadband technologies to slice up the
FM signal but avoid interference via a
single-frequency network made up of FM boosters.

To allow the system to work, the company has
asked the FCC to modify its current rule that
prohibits booster stations from originating
programming. A booster operates on the same
frequency as an FM station's main channel and is
used to improve signal within the station's coverage contour.

The company and Harris are partnering on the
first commercial test, which is expected to
launch early next year at WRMF-FM in Palm Beach,
Florida. Broadcast engineers say that limiting
interference between a main channel signal and
booster can be a challenge. Geo-Broadcast
Solutions said the purpose of the test at WRMF is
to prove ZoneCasting will not cause that type of a problem.

Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)

Meet The YL's Of Amateur Radio"

Jean VK3VIP President and VK3 State Representative for ALARA asks
"Would you like to meet YL's interested in Amateur Radio?"

If so then you are invited to go along to Bundoora Park Rotunda no 6 from
10:30am Sunday January 27. (That's in maiden head square QF22MH).

Assisted by members of WANSARC the Ladies of ALARA will be holding a special
meet the YL's BBQ. BYO Meat but salads and sweets along with tea and coffee
will be provided.

Talk in 146.450Mhz Simplex"

There will also be a special event station operating and the entire day will
be televised on VK3RTV digital ATV


Mission confirmed: British singer Brightman to blast off to space

The Space Adventures agency has confirmed that Phantom of the Opera star
Sarah Brightman has signed an agreement with the Russian Space Agency and
secured herself a space trip in 2015.

"All legal matters have been settled," the Space Adventures agency said in a

Last month the singer told Russian Trud newspaper she will also have to learn
some Russian before her space trip to be able to communicate with the crew.

"I wish some alien would kidnap me," the singer who was once married to
composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and starred in the original "Phantom of the
Opera" productions said in October.

The Russian Space Agency did not disclose any details of the contract with
Brightman, who will join professional cosmonauts on a Russian Soyuz mission
to the international space station in three years' time


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

How time flies, as they say and the 2nd of January may be a Scots day of
recovery after Hogmanay but in Maryborough, Queensland, it marks the
beginning of 10 action packed days of the Australian Scout Jamboree, AJ2013.

During this past week the courier brought the well boxed HF radio which
Icom Australia has donated to the event.

VK4KEV has configured his Echo/IRLP box and registered the Jamboree call sign
VI4ASJ for use on the amateur internet linking services of EchoLink and IRLP.
Providing the internet remains up, contact from the Jamboree will be
available through these services 24hours a day, worldwide, using 2m simplex.

To find the Jamboree station on EchoLink, you will need to look under the
-L listings and with a VI prefix it should be top of the Australian calls.
On IRLP the node number will be 6496

Refer to page 27 of this month's Amateur Radio magazine for a listing of the
VK and worldwide Scouting calling frequencies. If the magic band of 6m is
running listen on both the SSB and FM frequencies.

This station is licenced to operate for 14 days only and at the height of the
Aussie summer should provide some interesting contacts with T/E, troppo and
ducting all possible. Listen out for VI4ASJ from 1st January, 2013.

For WIA News, I'm Geoff, VK4ZPP from MERG, Inc.

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

WICEN members in Tassie, Peter VK7KPC, Wayne Hodge & Norm VK7KTN attended
the Endurance Horse Riding State Championships at Sassafras.

A field of 100+ riders and 2 simultaneous events made for a busy time on
the radios.

A highlight of the weekend was the inaugural use of CCARC's mobile comms
trailer. This a cabin built on top of a tandem trailer, which is an
improvement over a tent normally used for base HQ. It also obviates the
risk of 240V equipment mixing with the environment in a wet tent.

CCARC & NTARC WICEN groups have also agreed to investigate the use of the
Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System.

N.B.E.M.S, which has been adopted by the ARRL, is based on the use of any
transceiver with a digital box (e.g. SIGNAL LINK) attached. Messages are
transmitted using email like forms to a base & then decoded, and can be
put direct into word processor or spread sheet.

Message protocols are based on United Nations Disaster Management Systems,
giving this system a worldwide standard.

(sourced to vk7wi news)

Hams ready for double disaster

Typhoon Bopha that killed at least 700 people in southern Philippines, leaving
a trail of mayhem behind, re-emerged out of the South China Sea last week
to hit the northern part of the archipelago.

The Philippines's strongest typhoon first reached landfall on the island
of Mindanao with 210km'/h winds on December the 4th, and returned to Luzon
in the north last weekend.

Active during both disasters were the ham radio networks, organised through
the national IARU society, the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA).

Those nets handled emergency and welfare traffic, gave weather reports,
detailed utility and infrastructure outages.

The typhoon just missed nearby Guam and was headed for the southern island
of Mindanao.

At the time PARA had its 80th birthday celebrations in Manila. Soon after
it asked that the emergency nets activate on VHF, for long haul traffic 7095
kHz, echo-link and social media.

What unfolded was an outstanding effort that included evacuations of riverside
and low-lying communities and coordination of rescues including those at sea.

The networks played an important coordination role in the south with the
Disaster Response Team of the Philippine Red Cross, Delta Fire Volunteers,
and the Coastguard.

Among the action was DX5RAN, the District 5 Radio Amateur Network. That net
worked with the City Government of Tacloban and the City Disaster Risk
Reduction Management Council.

There were many radio amateurs involved. As the toll rose and losses,
including export banana plantations on Mindanao mounted, the typhoon returned
to northern Luzon. Although downgraded it dumped heavy rain causing flooding
and landslides.

Early evacuations in both the south and the north were attributed by the
authorities as saving many lives. Many are still missing in southern areas
and fishermen at sea.

More than 5.4 million people were affected including 116,400 in evacuation

The Vice Chief Operating Officer of PARA, Ramon J. Anquilan DU1UGZ, said
both nets were now closed.

He thanked everyone for coordinating the activities and the worldwide assistance
in keeping the HF emergency frequency clear.

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


JAN 27 VK3 MEET THE YL's OF AMATEUR RADIO Bundoora Park Rotunda #6


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


With the 2013 WIA AGM and Conference just about 160 days away,
the organising committee have much to share and planning
ahead is well under way.

They have opened up expression of interest for the Symposium
and would like to invite you to discuss this in your club and
make a submission to present to the community.

They intend to run several streams.

More conference information is available online at


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

Nov 24 VK3 Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club: Rosebud RadioFest

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