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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING FEBRUARY 24 2013.
ELVIS Saves The Day.
TAKEN YOUR TABLET?
Proposed Reallocation of 2.3 GHz band
VI4POLIO ON AIR
HISTORY OF THE CAN
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEB 24 2013.
FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR THOSE LISTENING OR READING BEFORE FEB 24
Hello Everyone, I'm Rod VK2LAX
Still up listening to the WIA broadcast? You'll need a good night's sleep
Don't forget what's on tomorrow?
It's Wyong Field Day!
Gates open at 6.30am so it's an early night or no bargains at the flea market.
Oh, and the traders open at 9am.
And you'll need that early start or you'll miss the free shuttle bus from
Wyong station And don't forget the demonstration of transmitting and
receiving equipment on the brand new 630 metres (472-479KHz) band
But no matter what time you get there's still the lucky gate prizes, lectures
and raffle to interest everyone who comes to the premier Amateur Radio event
Adults $15 under 17 free.
See you tomorrow at Amateur Radio's Big Day Out!
Proudly brought to you by Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc.
And do you also know what tomorrow is? It's National Tortilla Chip Day!
ELVIS Saves The Day.
Power FM/3BA transmitter saved from fire
Power FM and 3BA in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia had a lightning strike on
the hill where their transmitter is housed causing a bushfire.
Thanks to a massive effort by the CFA and DSE, with the help of Elvis
(the air crane, not the allegedly dead singer) the transmitter hut was
saved but fairly singed and they've been running off generator power for
This happened whilst technician is overseas so the GM spent most of his
weekend on site getting new air conditioner units installed and ash out of
The joys of radio!
For the full Radio Today story with pictures
TAKEN YOUR TABLET?
current.com.au writer Patrick Avenell in an article on retail sales shows how
the lead up to Christmas 2012 was the first month in Australian retail
history that the value of tablet sales exceeded notebook sales.
The pre-Christmas tablet market was strongly focused on Apple's iPad and
iPad mini products and the co-branded Nexus 7 from Google and Asus.
Even though there was some debate over the success of these tablets,
JB Hi-Fi CEO said that only stock shortages prevented even greater sales.
Meanwhile, the value of headphones sales in the three months leading up to
Christmas was equal to the entire home audio category, demonstrating the
remarkably robust nature of that category.
Unlike other categories, such as TV, which have chased greater volumes
through lower prices, headphone suppliers have lured consumers to high-end,
expensive models with clever marketing and brand endorsements.
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Proposed Reallocation of 2.3 GHz band
Last week the ACMA informed the WIA of proposed changes to spectrum usage in
the 2.3 GHz band, which will result in Advanced Licensees losing access to
2300 - 2304 MHz.
The ACMA proposes to acquire the spectrum for LTE radio purposes. LTE, or
long-term evolution, (marketed as 4G LTE), is a wireless standard for
high-speed data over mobile phones and data terminals.
The proposed change gives LTE services the full 100MHz segment from 2300 -
2400MHz, or twenty 5MHz LTE channels, and naturally the government revenue
from any resulting spectrum auction would be very significant, conservatively
estimated at about $100M.
Losing any spectrum is always a great concern to radio amateurs.
This secondary allocation spectrum is the only viable option for
Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) contacts to Region II (where the EME activity is on
2304 MHz) or Region I (which uses 2320 MHz).
Australian radio amateur EME activity would then be confined to 2400 MHz and
above, where ISM and Wi-Fi equipment is likely to cause unacceptable
The ACMA plans to recommend the change to the Minister for Broadband,
Communications and the Digital Economy, and make the changes under section
153B of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
If the Minister approves the change radio amateurs will probably lose access
to the spectrum in 2015.
However, before making such a recommendation to the Minister the ACMA is
required to undertake extensive consultation with stakeholders, and has
prepared the consultation paper.
The ACMA will also be writing to all Advanced Amateur Radio Operators (who
are affected by this proposal) to provide them with a copy of the notice
and inviting their comments.
A link to the consultation paper is in a news item on the home page of the
WIA website (wia.org.au). Radio amateurs are encouraged to forward their
comments to the ACMA by Wednesday 27th March 2013.
The WIA is also particularly keen to hear of people who are using the 2.3GHz
spectrum. If you are using 2.3GHz please send an email to the WIA with some
brief details of you activity in that band.
This is Phil Wait, VK2ASD, for the WIA.
About - 24 February 2013, 0'52"
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,
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
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Don't forget the big friendly HamFest the EMDRC White Elephant Sale it's on
Sunday the 24th of March at the Great Ryrie Primary School, Great Ryrie
For table bookings Contact Max VK3WT 03 900 592 51 or email Max at
For full details check out the clubs website www.emdrc.com.au
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Audio - VK4RG calling in 8am net
That is the sound of Ron VK4RG- calling in the 8am net for Ipswich and
District Radio Club since July 1986.
Last year the club celebrated 50 years. A highlight was a 50 years dinner
held at the Ipswich Turf Club with a display of club memorabilia.
Several members also agreed to share their memories in front of a video
A 27 minute video has been produced with some great yarns, including the
vital role amateur radio played during the 1974 Brisbane and Ipswich floods.
While it was not possible to hear from all members, the stories and vision
are a broad representation of the strong bond the hobby of amateur radio has
forged between members, partners, friends and family for half a century.
The video is now on YouTube. See the text version of WIA news for the link.
Reporting from Ipswich, this is Allan VK4FABR
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WIA & VK7 Regional News Broadcasts on UHF CB.
Spreading the news to a wider audience, VK7FRIK is broadcasting
WIA National news and VK7 Regional news on UHF CB in the Burnie area.
They can be heard on UHF Channel 15 on Sundays at 09:00 and
Thursday nights at 8pm.
If you know someone in the Burnie and surrounding areas that may be
interested in becoming an amateur radio operator and has a UHF CB why
not let them know about the broadcasts so they can tune in.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IRTS, IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
World Amateur Radio Day 2013
Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs around the world celebrate World
Amateur Radio Day. On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio
Union was founded.
In 1913 there occurred the first recorded instance of amateur radio
being used to provide communications in a natural disaster, during
severe flooding in the Midwest of the United States.
Accordingly, the theme of the event for 2013 is "Amateur Radio:
Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications."
Activities on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a
great opportunity to spread the word about what the "hams" are
doing in the field of disaster communications in the 21st Century.
MORE ON PHONES IN SPACE
BBC say that the world's first 'smartphone-sat' project called STRAND-1 will
be ready to launch at the end of February.
The STRAND-1 CubeSat will carry a Google Nexus One Android smartphone into
space to demonstrate the feasibility of using cheap smartphone's electronics
to control a spacecraft.
Also included will be a software-based speech synthesizer to commemorate the
U-O-SAT family of amateur radio satellites that were launched in the 1980 s.
There will also be an amateur radio AX.25 packet radio downlink on
The STRAND-1 satellite was built in Guildford in the United Kingdom by
volunteers from the Surrey Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology
Limited in their spare time. It is planned to be launched Feb 25 into a
785 km orbit by an Indian Space Research Organization rocket.
More is on-line at www.amsat-uk.org
NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE USA
TV STATION LAUNCHES BALLOON TO EDGE OF SPACE
Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC, decided to do what ham radio operators have
been doing for many years the world over. That being to put some consumer
grade video cameras inside a box, tie it to a helium filled balloon and
launch it toward near-space. Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK,
has the story of this unexpected extended flight:
Corrie Harding is WCNC's news director. He says
that he saw a video on YouTube of two people
launching a beer can toward space and wanted to
see if his station could do the same thing. So
with the help of Hackerspace Charlotte the
station took two Go-Pro cameras, a lunchbox, a
helium filled balloon, a 3D model of an astronaut
with meteorologist Larry Sprinkle's face attached
and launched it to see how high it would reach.
The balloon rose to an altitude of 102,457 feet
before breaking and sending both the cameras and
the astronaut model plummeting back toward
Earth. The package took 3 1/2 hours to ascend
and 45 minutes to fall back to Earth. The station
says that the package was found 25 days after the
balloon was found by an air search lying in
several acres of briars 172 miles from where it launched.
You can watch the video of the flight and the
payload recovery at tinyurl.com/wcnc-balloon.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in Zion, Illinois.
IRTS NEWS DESK
In June 2009 the Wireless Telegraphy (Amateur Station Licence) Regulations
2009 came into force which changed individual Amateur Station Licences from
annual licences to lifetime licences.
Whilst the licences are lifetime licences, under the regulations licensees
are required to confirm the details of their licence to ComReg every 5 years.
ComReg will begin advising licensees how to comply with this requirement in
2014. However ComReg has yet to determine how this process will take place
but will endeavour to make it as smooth as possible
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2013
ZL Jock White Memorial Field Day Contest Sat and Sun Feb 23 and 24.
WW International Museums Weekends June 15/16 and 22/23
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
6m beacon VK0RTM/b on 50.300 MHz is now on air at Mawson Station,
Mac Robertson Land, Antarctica, location: 6736' S 6252' E,
grid square MC12kj.
The antenna is 2 x M2 HO loops
Gain, 2 Stack @ 40 & 52 ft. ....... 8.2 dBd @ 6 deg.
Polarity ...................................... Horizontal Omni
In a couple of days time I will send some photo's and the measured power out
and calculated EIRP and also the elevation. The antenna mast is on solid rock
at the highest point of Mawson station with a fantastic launch in all
Please make this known on all forums.
VK 0 JJJ
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This weekend February 23 and 24 VI4POLIO is activated by members of
"Rotarians Of Amateur Radio."
This activity celebrates Rotary International's 108th birthday and their
commitment to eliminate Polio worldwide
ROAR WORLD PRESIDENT, Bill, VK4ZD wife Diane VK4HH and Daughter Alizah Pomery
VK4FOXE, also a dedicated Rotarian will operate VI4POLIO from South East
V 47 JA will again be operating from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, vacation
home until March 21st.
Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters and will include 60 meters.
V 47 JA also advised Amateur Radio Newsline that he plans to take part in
the CQ 160 Meter Contest this weekend February 22nd through the 24th and the
ARRL International DX Contest on March 2nd and 3rd, both on SSB.
QSLs via W5JON either direct or electronically via Logbook of the World.
8 P 9 RM from Barbados starts February 26th.
His operation will be on 160 through 6 meters with a focus on CW
and the lower bands. QSL via W 1 VE.
Bill Moore NC 1 L, the ARRL's Awards Branch Manager says that the current
5 X 8 C operation from Uganda, along with the T 6 TJ and T 6 BP operations
from Afghanistan have been approved for DXCC credit.
If you've had cards declined (except Logbook of the World applications) please
send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the list for an update.
If your QSOs were confirmed only via Logbook of the World, they were not
imported to DXCC since at the time of your application these were not
approved. Logbook of the World confirmed QSOs' can be reclaimed via your next
Also from Bill word that the Z 81 A and Z 81 D operations commencing back in
2012 from Republic of South Sudan have also been approved,
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ALGERIAN AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
Algerian hams will activate special event callsigns 7 T 9 A and 7 T 50 ARA.
This to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Algerian Amateur Radio
Association. QSL both callsigns by the Bureau.
What use is an f-call?
In the past I've talked about experimentation. It's an activity that lies at
the heart of Amateur Radio. In essence, Amateur Radio is a license to
experiment. On the face of it, our license is permission to operate radio
equipment on certain frequencies and using certain transmission modes, but
that's an outcome that came after the experimentation.
As an author on Wikipedia puts it, "Throughout the history of amateur radio,
we have made significant contributions to science, engineering, industry, and
social services. Research by amateur radio operators has founded new
industries, built economies, empowered nations, and saved lives in times of
Over the past little while I've heard some Amateurs exclaim that doing
something was not allowed, or not done. I've heard people claim exclusive use
of a frequency or heard them say that a proposal being made was not suitable
for some or other reason.
For example, there is nothing saying that a slow-scan 'net cannot be run
across a local repeater, or a temporary EchoLink node configured during a
regular 'net, or the news being broadcast live, rather than from a
pre-produced audio file.
I find it interesting that a hobby that includes the notion, nay, is built
around the notion of experimentation, can in fact harbour such views.
If you have a license and you have a desire, that should be all that is
required to go the next step, that of coming up with new and interesting
ideas on how to use radio to do things.
As a student of life I have found myself surrounded by people telling me that
things cannot be done. I find it surprising that this view is possible within
If you have an experiment that you'd like to try, I'd like to encourage you
to go about your business and do just that.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
HISTORY OF THE CAN
Ear, Ear: a brief history of headphones
Headphones have been with us since the beginning of the 20th century
when they are said to have been invented by one Nathaniel Baldwin who
produced early models in his kitchen and later interested the US Navy in
their adoption. They were the only way to hear the faint signals coming
through the air by radio as the age of loudspeakers had not yet arrived.
With the advent of broadcast radio they again were the only way of
hearing the signals, and even when loudspeakers did come on the scene,
headphones created a niche for themselves which still exists today.
These early devices, which used moving iron drivers, were sensitive
enough but lack of damping made for poor sound quality. The impedance
needed for telegraph work was around 75 Ω but for radio reception
they had to be more sensitive still and this raised their impedance to
around 2000 Ω to match the outputs of the triode anodes of the
receivers of the time.
Today these values have changed somewhat. Low-impedance phones are
typically 16-32 Ω and high-impedance types are between 100 and 600 Ω.
As the impedance increases, more voltage but less current is
needed and the loudness for a given voltage decreases. With low voltage,
very common in much equipment, the impedance has decreased.
Early headphones were very uncomfortable to wear for any length of time
because of the hard wooden and then plastic cases that contained the
workings and the usually tight headbands to which they were attached.
Their very limited frequency response and construction that made them
prone to distortion were strong discouragements for prolonged wearing
For a while, headphones were the only way to hear radio and telegraph
signals as the early speakers were not only large and cumbersome but
also very insensitive and again, prone to distortion. But as speakers
got better, headphone use by the general public declined. However, it
expanded in specialised industries such as the maritime and the budding
aviation industry where both sound security and ease of hearing were
Technology took a quantum leap forward with the advent of the moving
coil, also known as the dynamic, headphone and this has become the most
common device. It reduced background noise and made individual voices
recognisable above the hiss and crackle of earlier devices while other
technologies such as the electret and balanced armature have further
These advancements turned makers towards making their headphones more
comfortable for the wearer, recognising that this was a prerequisite for
long-time wearing by specialised users. Soft surrounds, lighter units
and adjustable headbands all contributed to a much more pleasant wearing
Hand in hand with this came moves to exclude extraneous noise, in some
cases made all the more important because by now headphones had reached
a point of being a hi-fi device comparable with the best speakers.
Today, the best noise-cancelling phones are in-ear canal devices or
closed back types while open back and ear bud versions give some noise
isolation as well. For really effective noise cancellation, closed back
phones attenuate by 8-12 dB but in-ear devices are even better at 10-15
Headphones and headsets (those with a microphone attached) are widely
used in many industries. Emergency services are particularly suited to
wireless headphones, as workers need to have free hands at all times and
not have their movements impeded by equipment.
Mobile phone users are increasingly turning to Bluetooth for a
hands-free means of communication while even office phones are going
wireless for the freedom they afford. In the mining industry, especially
long-wall underground mining, safety is paramount and radio/phone
equipment has to be intrinsically safe because the smallest spark could
cause a disastrous explosion.
Although jet engines are today nothing like as noisy as their forebears,
they still represent a major source of noise in all aircraft. So for
pilots, radio operators, navigators in the air force and anyone else who
has to wear a headset or headphones for a long time, both comfort and
outside noise exclusion are important factors that equipment
manufacturers have gone a long way to take into account.
And while the many technical improvements were going on, the price per
unit has been falling and the choice has been rising.
With the advent of first the miniature, portable cassette player and
later the iPod, tiny ear bud phones have taken the market by storm. They
are now used by many two-way radio operators because they are so small,
unobtrusive and efficient.
Two technologies seem likely to dominate the headphone market in the
near to medium future. Unified communications (UC) is an integrated set
of voice, data and video communications. Headset manufacturers are
providing UC-certified headsets to integrate directly into certain
platforms. They are now available in wireless for hands-free communication.
According to a Frost and Sullivan report on the industry, UC would
appear to be a growth area that is going to provide huge versatility as
it effectively links home landline phones, mobile phones,
videoconferencing, email and software driven phones that allow calls to
be made across the internet without specialised equipment other than a
The second technology is wireless headsets, as mentioned previously.
Allowing a freedom from cables and plugs, it is increasingly being used
in control centres for emergency services and by the general public in a
range of applications.
In whatever shape or form, headsets and headphones have provided clear
hearing and communication for users in many industries. It is a safe bet
that the technology will continue to improve in the near future.
(Written by Mike Smyth, specialist technical writer from the Radio Comms
We e-zine via VK7FEET)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
THIS IS A TEST TRANSMISSION FROM A STATION IN WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND
WELLINGTON VHF GROUP TESTS DIGITAL TELEVISION FROM MT BELMONT.
The first test transmission, in cooperation with users of the adjacent
spectrum, was a success and the station has been cleared to continue
The coverage of the station is now being measured. Reception reports are
The transmission should be receivable over a 180 arc, from the North West,
through North East, to the South East. There are likely to be two nulls:
one in the direction of Titahi Bay and the other in the direction of Seaview.
Transmissions over the remaining 180 arc are likely to be weaker.
Look for an unmodulated CW carrier on 506 MHz, in the centre of the licensed
channel, on horizontal polarisation. The maximum EIRP is +20 dBW (100 Watts),
towards the North East.
The CW transmission will continue until the digital modulator is ready.
For more information, and frequent updates, go to: www.vhf.org.nz
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
EME Calculator Software
Doug, VK3UM has reported to SouthGate News that his EME Calculator Software
EMECalc Version 9 has been released.
Enhancements include expansion of the Yagi Data base with the VE7BQH Yagi
comparison tables allowing selections of over 490 antennas.
Additional features include Beam Fill Calculations and an updated EME Planner
The software can be found on vk3um.com
ISS astronaut makes record
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, KC5RNJ/VA3OOG, has been busy whilst on the
International Space Station.
Amongst his activities has been creating music.
Most recently he has been working with Ed Robinson of the Big Bang Theory
theme song creators.
The result has been I.S.S., Is Somebody Singing, which was recently released
with a national fanfare in Canada.
Hear it on YouTube by searching for I.S.S. Is Somebody Singing.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
Jim Linton VK3PC says the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
continues to grow
This 48 hour fun event, now in its 16th year and held on the third full
weekend of August, has reached 150 registrations.
With 25 countries registered so far, Germany has the most on 35 closely
followed by Australia, England and the USA.
Australia with 34 registrations has Victoria is in the lead on nine, followed
by Queensland on eight, South Australia and Tasmania seven, then Western
Australia with three.
Those participating promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships
and their need for preservation and restoration.
The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is on August the 17th
and 18th. Visit its website illw.net to make an online registration, read
the guidelines and explore it for more details.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Amateur Radio Supplies announces second giveaway to promote youth in
Amateur Radio Supplies in the USA have announced a new biannual giveaway to
promote youth in amateur radio DXing and contesting.
"Getting on HF (high frequency) in today's economy is very challenging for
many, but especially for our youth operators," said Jeff Demers, owner,
Amateur Radio Supplies. "Many youth operators are unable to purchase the
needed equipment to get on the air.
Amateur Radio Supplies will give another complete high frequency station to
this their 2nd selected applicant.
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
Sunday March 3rd 2013
MAD Bike Ride
Woodend - Wombat State Forest
Contact: John Weir VK3XD
phone: 03 9431 0667
Saturday March 16th 2013
Rally Bonnie Doon
Contact: Peter Weeks VK3YZP
phone: 03 5772 1454
SOCIAL SCENE 2013
FEB 23 VK Wyong Mini Contest University Wyong racecourse
FEB 24 VK WYONG FIELD DAY Wyong Racecourse
MAR 10 VK3 SPARC joins in The 2013 Rosebud KiteFest
MAR 24 VK3 EMDRC White Elephant Sale: Great Ryrie Primary School
MAR 24 VK7 "Meet the Voice" barbecue at Ross.
MAY 3- 5 VK4 Clairview AR Weekend details 04 296 32815
MAY 24-26 VK6 WIA AGM AND CONFERENCE IN PERTH
JUL 20 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest
AUG 11 VK2 SARCFEST 414 Richmond Hill Rd near Lismore
AUG 17-18 WW ILLW
Oct 3- 7 VK4 North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention Charters Towers
NOV 2 VK4 Gold Coast ARS HamFest at Albert Waterways Hall.
NOV 3 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Goodwood.
NOV 15-17 VK3 Victorian National Parks Weekend
Nov 24 VK3 Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club: Rosebud RadioFest
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