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The year 2013 is Canberra's centenary year and the month of March
marks 100 years since Lady Denman, wife of the then Governor General
Lord Denman, named the federal capital "Canberra" at Capital Hill,
now the site of Parliament House.

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club has been granted a special
event callsign vi100ACT (V I one hundred A C T) in recognition of this

Look out for "VI 100 ACT" on the bands during March and possibly
the rest of the year 2013.

VK2 school gets ARISS contact this week

The Illawarra Amateur Radio Society, in conjunction with ARISS - Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station - is organising for students at
Mt Ousley Public School in Wollongong NSW, to talk to astronaut Kevin Ford
KF 5 GPP while he is on board the International Space Station.

The International Space Station is in orbit above Earth at a height of over
380 kilometres and is travelling at a speed of 27,000 kilometres per hour.
The Amateur Radio connection to the Space Station will be provided by
Claudio IK 1 SLD located in Italy and then connected to the Mt Ousley Primary
School via the worldwide NASA conferencing system.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 have had to vote for two questions from
each Year to be read aloud to Astronaut Kevin Ford, with the student who
thought-up the question having the honour of talking to the astronaut while
in outer space.

The event is planned for Tuesday the 12th of March at 6:35pm local time or
07:35 UTC.

For listeners in the Wollongong and Sydney area, the historic event will be
relayed onto the VK 2 RMP repeater on 6850 at Maddens Plains. For interstate
or overseas listeners, the event will be relayed onto IRLP Node 9010 and on
Echolink via the AMSAT Conference Bridge.

Why not have a listen and hear what sort of challenging questions our younger
generation might ask an astronaut and be aware that their questions are far
more interesting than the usual "how do you go to the toilet while in space?".

(Rob VK2MT President - Illawarra Amateur Radio Society)

Mobile phone jammer at Lithgow Jail

In a trial sanctioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority,
the jamming of mobile phones is to be permitted by the New South Wales
Department of Corrective Services.

It is already a crime for an inmate to have a mobile phone, and they are
prohibited to be taken in by visitors.

The Lithgow Correctional Centre, in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales,
has been selected as an appropriate site to trial mobile phone jammers.

Tenders have been called to use CJAM jammers in the prison, due to their
ability to stop signals in a precise perimeter.

The tender covers the equipment, installation, materials and antenna system.

The Department is working closely with mobile phone carriers and the ACMA, to
ensure that the trial does not affect other mobile phone services in the area.

The ACMA granted an exemption to its over-all ban on mobile phone jammers,
by allowing the restricted trial under a 12-month licence valid from July
the 1st this year.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

GlobalSET to be held twice

There will be Global Simulated Emergency Tests on Saturdays, April the 13th
and the 20th.

And why on two days? Both straddle World Amateur Radio Day on Thursday April
the 18th, which this year is themed, 'Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second
Century of Disaster Communications'.

International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Emergency Coordinator, Greg Mossop
G0DUB says the first Saturday will repeat the format of 2011 using 'local
time? for each station.'

This will give a good chance of messages moving towards the regional Headquarters

The second Saturday will answer the messages, starting from the Headquarters
Stations, being sent back to the countries that originated them.

All of those who register for the GlobalSETs have access to the full set
of rules.

GlobalSET is open to all three IARU regions, on or near about the the emergency
centre of activity frequencies on the 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 metre bands.

The Amateur Service continues to play an important asset in emergency and
disaster response, as shown by many natural disasters.

GlobalSET is an opportunity to increase the common interest in emergency
communications, create practices for international emergency communications
and the relaying of messages.

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

The cause of "tin whiskers" explained

Peter Ellis VK1PE says that reports are being published in various places
about award-winning research at the University of South Carolina that
explains "tin whiskers". These strands of tin grow out of solder, and can
bridge the gap between components and cause circuit failures.

PhD student, Yong Sun, used a process called digital image correlation to
track the de-formation of the surfaces around solder, and was able to prove
the growth of whiskers are caused by high-strain gradient built up inside the

SOURCE: "USC doctoral student unravels ‘tin whisker’ mystery",


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

For Information to all Affiliated Clubs,

Margaret Williams has retired from her position in the WIA office.

She has been a friendly and helpful contact for all.

I believe that her email may work for some time if you wish to send a
personal message it's

Future WIA enquiries should be directed to the office manager Mal Brooks

Planning - 10 March 2013, 0'38"

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

If you need help in preparing for your journey to Western Australia, we've
created a page with information that will help your planning and budgeting.
You can find that online together with up to date information, programmes,
calendar of events, expressions of interest for workshops and other
information about what's happening with the Conference.

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,



At the recently held CRARC AGM new Committee Members were elected including

President Phil Longworth VK 1 PL

Senior Vice President Ian McCleary VK 1 FMAC

Treasurer Bob Howie VK 1 MRH

Secretary Murray de Plater VK 1 MDP

web service:-

Standard theory training available soon

Enrolments are being taken by Amateur Radio Victoria for the Standard Licence
bridging theory course, held weekly on Wednesday nights at centrally located

To enrol you must have a Foundation Licence. The instructor, Kevin Luxford
VK3DAP / ZL2DAP, covers the additional Standard Licence syllabus knowledge.

It does require some self-study in between the classes, but those who have
attended can attest that it has a very high pass rate.

For full details contact the Education Team Leader, Barry Robinson VK3PV or 0428 516 001.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

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Brisbane Amateur Radio Club will be holding its 30th BARCFEST on
11th May at Mt.Gravatt Showgrounds from 9:30 am.

Anyone interested in booking a table can obtain the necessary paper work
from the VK4BA website which is or easier just go to and look up the vk4 clubs section.

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

Technology Convention, Easter, Auckland 2013

If you are visiting the 'shaky isles Easter timer, register for the
Technology Convention, to be held in Auckland over March 30 and 31.

The programme includes presentations on a Loop antenna design and
experimental tuning tool; Using the maritime AIS system as a propagation
indicator; Digital ATV - the Wellington and Auckland experiences to date;
Oscillators and their design; Weaver method of SSB generation; Digital mobile
radio technology update; forum - your opportunity to discuss current issues;
a mobile rally and much more.

Day only registration is $30.00.
Further information and a registration form is available at


Something unexpected is happening on the sun.

2013 is supposed to be the year of Solar Max, the peak of the 11-year sunspot
cycle. Yet 2013 has arrived and solar activity is relatively low. Sunspot
numbers are well below their values in 2011,and strong solar flares have been
infrequent for many months.

The quiet has led some observers to wonder if forecasters missed the mark.
Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Centre has a
different explanation: "This is solar maximum," he suggests. "But it looks
different from what we expected because it is double peaked."

Conventional wisdom holds that solar activity swings back and forth like a
simple pendulum. At one end of the cycle, there is a quiet time with few
sunspots and flares. At the other end, Solar Max brings high sunspot numbers
and solar storms.

It's a regular rhythm that repeats every 11 years.

Sunspot counts jumped in 2011, dipped in 2012, and Pesnell expects them to
rebound again in 2013: "I am comfortable in saying that another peak will
happen in 2013 and possibly last into 2014," he predicts.

Watch a 4 minutes NASA video on


The South African Amateur Radio Development Trust has awarded three
bursaries for young people to study for the RAE to be written in May.
The bursaries are each valued of R1 000.

were awarded to Sisters Michelle, who is in grade 9, and Nicole, in grade 11.

The third bursary was awarded to Karel, ZU6KB. He achieved the best results
in the 2011 Class B examination with a 98% pass. He loves contesting and won
the SARL youth sprint last year and came 22nd in the CW WW SSB 10 Metre
assisted class 3 contest in Africa.


A United Kingdom man has been arrested in a raid on an unlicensed radio
station in Wolverhampton.

Police and officials from communications regulator Ofcom raided the premises
and seized microphones, a mixer, a computer and associated cabling.

The 33 year old man was arrested on suspicion of offences under the UK's
Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.


The developer of the famed Free-Play wind-up radio is calling on the British
government to step-in to protect the interests of inventors.

The Daily Telegraph reports that inventor Trevor Baylis says he faces having
to sell his house after failing to make money from his wind-up radio that
many say helped to revolutionize public emergency notifications and there-by
save lives in emerging nations.




A man arrested on allegations he used amateur
radio to threaten to kill members of a local
amateur radio club has been released on bail from the Bexar County Texas Jail.

Twenty-nine year old John David Watkins III,
posted a $4,000 bond and was freed before noon
Sunday February 17th. This after his having been
taken into custody the previous night on two
counts of making terroristic threats.

An arrest affidavit states Watkins, known on
radio frequencies as "White Noise," was creating
interference and illegally transmitting without
having the required radio operator license. A
member of a radio club met with Watkins in
January and told him to stop or the group would
report him to the Federal Communications Commission.

Officials said that the next day Watkins
allegedly made threats against the person who
visited him and against other members of the
club, saying he would kill them with an AK-47
rifle. These threats were reported to the police
who provided security at the club's next meeting.

At airtime, what motivated Watkins to make the
alleged threats or if the matter will go to trial
is unknown.





WW International Museums Weekends June 15/16 and 22/23

Win a Centenary morse key

The Commonwealth Contest takes place on 9th and 10th March and the RSGB have
donated one of the Centenary Keys for the prize draw.

All stations that enter the contest and make at least 75
good QSOs after adjudication are entered into the free
prize draw. This is a 24hour CW contest on the 10 to 80m
bands. The exchange is simply a report and serial number
and there is free software to make the logging, sending and
entry very easy.

Only QSOs between call areas in the Commonwealth count, so
have a look at the call area list in the rules.

Check out the website


Southgate news in the UK say that Banjo Patterson vk4mik is running his
AM and CW for ANZAC DAY again this year, 2013.
Suggested CW freqs during April 25 are
7020, 7025, 14038 and 14051 from 0300Z to 0700Z.

4S7DXG and 8Q7VR approved for DXCC credit

The Sri Lanka 4S7DXG and Maldives 8Q7VR operations in 2008
and 2011 have been approved for DXCC credit.

If you had a request rejected for contacts with these dates
only, send an e-mail to to be put on the
list for an update.


The American Legion Amateur Radio Club will operate special event station
N 9 L March 15, and March 16 to commemorate the 94th birthday of The
American Legion. (Similar objects as the Ussie RSL).

The primary frequency to look for N 9 L will be 14.270 MHz on 20 meters.

A multi-national team will activate the Spratly Islands in the South China
Sea from 10 - 18 March. The callsign will be 9 M 4 SLL.

They will operate all bands 160 - 10m on SSB, CW and RTTY.

This counts as a separate entity for DXCC purposes and also for the IOTA
Award AS-051.

QSL manager is M 0 URX


VK Club Bulletins
VK2 CCARC news

CQ launches online photo gallery

CQ magazine has announced the launch of the online CQ Photo Gallery to
supplement photos published in the magazine.

"We shoot photos at many events, and receive many photos from readers, that
we don't have space to put in the magazine," said CQ Editor Rich Moseson,
W2VU. "But we still want to share them with our readers. The new CQ Photo
Gallery allows us to do that."

The photo gallery resides on the web site and is organized into
albums called "sets."

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

STUDIO: Peter Ellis VK1PE has found an interesting article that explains
1/f noise in electronics.

vk1pe: For around 90 years the phenomenon of "1/f noise", or "pink noise",
has been observed in electronics, and studied and debated. 1/f noise is
'louder' at lower frequencies and decreases with increased frequency, unlike
white noise that is constant with frequency.

Pink noise has emerged as one limiting factor in electronic circuits using
very small conductor diameters. The debate has been whether 1/f noise comes
from the surface of the conductor or the 'volume' of the underlying material.

The debate may be over, following research using graphene sandwiches down to
one layer thick of carbon atoms. The paper is: Direct Probing of 1/f Noise
Origin with Graphene Multilayers: Surface vs. Volume, by Guanxiong Liu,
Alexander A. Balandin, et al, (Also see:
"Graphene sheds light on ubiquitous phenomenon",, 4 March

Increasingly, electronics manufacturers are moving to thin 'wires' of
dielectric of around 1 nanometer in ICs. Graphene layers, and carbon
nanotubes, are also beginning to be used in ICs. 1/f surface noise is thus
becoming a dominant issue, especially as it can be often amplified in later

The research shows that both surface conduction and volume effects contribute
to 1/f noise. The team showed that surface noise dominates for fewer than
7 layers of graphene, and above that 'volume' noise takes over.

So, viable counter measures for 1/f noise will now be sought.

For National Radio News,

Peter Ellis VK1PE

" Prospective: Apart from the fundamental science importance of testing
directly the origin of 1/f-noise, the obtained results are very important for
electronics applications. The progress in information technologies and
communications crucially depends on the continuing downscaling of the
conventional devices, such as main stream silicon complementary
metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology.

As the feature size of CMOS devices is scaled down to achieve higher speed
and packing density, the 1/f noise level strongly increases and becomes the
crucial factor limiting the ultimate device performance and downsizing. The
increase in 1/f noise is detrimental not only for transistors and
interconnects in digital circuits but also for the high-frequency circuits
such as mixers and oscillators, where 1/f noise upconverts into the phase
noise and deteriorates the signal-to-noise ratio in the operational
amplifiers and analogue-digital " digital-analogue converters. With typical
dielectric thicknesses in modern transistors of the order of a nanometer, it
is important to understand when 1/f noise is becoming a pure surface noise.
Although the exact thickness may vary from material to material, the length
scale at which the transistor channel or barrier layer becomes the surface
from the noise prospective is valuable for design of the next generation
electronics. The obtained results are also crucial for the graphene
applications. Graphene does not have a band-gap, which seriously impedes its
prospects for digital electronics. However, graphene revealed potential for
the high-frequency analog communications, interconnects and sensors.

These applications require low level of 1/f noise, which is up-converted
via unavoidable device and circuit non-linearity. Therefore, the knowledge
of the scaling law for the 1/f noise in graphene multilayers is very
important for most of realistic graphene applications in electronics."


What use is an F-call?

Recently I went looking for a place to set-up my radio during lunch time.
The location I've been looking for needs a couple of things.

Most importantly, it needs to be reachable within my lunch break - being
self-employed, that's a little more flexible for me than for some, but it
shouldn't be a 30 minute drive there and another 30 minutes back. For me,
the location needs to be near water, accessible by car; I should be able to
park next to the water, so my antenna ground-plane can reach the water and it
needs to be away from houses with plasma screens.

In case you're wondering how my antenna system has been constructed, it's
quite simple. I use a 12m squid-pole, think fishing rod on steroids, it's
called a Spider-Beam. A local manufacturer made me a steel-plate with a pipe
welded to it. I park a wheel of my car on the steel plate, put the squid-pole
over the welded pipe and run a piece of wire to the top. At the bottom I have
an SGC tuner, an SG-237, which plugs into the wire going up the pole and
plugs the other end of the antenna into a ground-plane. Depending on where I
am, the ground plane is a single wire running into a body of water, or it's a
construction of 16 wires laid out in a ground mat. The Tuner plugs into my
radio, the radio plugs into a battery pack and I can be on-air in less than
10 minutes.

It's clearly not a mobile set-up, and I don't use it at home where my radio
is really only used on 2m and 70cm.

In order for me to use this contraption during lunch, I need to be able to
get to the location, set up in short order and get on air and listen to
stations around the bands.

I did in fact find such a location and plan to set-up there to start some
listening tests. I found that Google Maps was very helpful in having a
look-see before going physically to the actual site and the photographic
data provided by Nearmap was helpful in determining how busy the location
might be.

Looking for locations to set-up can be challenging. My current hit-list
contains boat-ramps as a preference. Perhaps this might help you locate a
place to get some QSO's during your lunch break too.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB



Scientists from Colombia believe they have pinpointed the origin of the giant
meteor that smashed into a remote region of Russia last month. Using some of
the dozens, if not hundreds, of videos that captured the once-in-a-century
event, the scientists have calculated the trajectory, tracing it back to a
group of Earth-crossing objects known as Apollo asteroids.

They then used trigonometry to calculate the height, speed and position of
the rock as it fell to Earth.

To reconstruct the meteor's original orbit around the sun, they used six
different properties of its trajectory through Earth's atmosphere. They then
plugged all of that data into specialized astronomy software developed by the
U.S. Naval Observatory. The computers then confirmed that it was from the
Apollo group.


Scientists have applauded a NASA decision to send another rover to Mars in
2020. At the same time they are stressing that the mission should pave the
way to return Martian rocks to Earth.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, said that the Planetary
Society and the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary
Sciences applauded the announcement.

At the same time both strongly suggested that the mission should have the
capability to collect and store Martian rock samples.

NASA has released very few details on the proposed new rover plan. Because
of this it's still unclear whether the robot WILL be able to collect Martian
rock samples intended to be brought back to Earth.

It should be noted that most plans for returning Mars samples are multi-phase,
with an initial mission to collect and store the rocks. Later missions would
rendezvous with the collector and return the samples to Earth.

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

Saturday March 16th 2013
Rally Bonnie Doon
Contact: Peter Weeks VK3YZP
phone: 03 5772 1454

Saturday April 6th 2013
Pajero Challenge
Woods point area
Contact: Dirk Versluys VK3FPAJ
phone: 03 9879 8384


A follow up to our recent report on an Emergency Alerting system being
proposed for the deaf and hard of hearing using radio.

Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW has said that a pilot system is
intended to demonstrate that all individuals, including those who are deaf or
hard-of-hearing, can rely on battery-powered radios to stay informed in
emergencies when electricity, Internet and other communications channels are

NPR Labs is the technology research and development group of National Public
Radio. It will work with DHS and FEMA to identify 25 public radio outlets in
the USA to participate in the pilot.

In the demonstration project, FEMA will transmit emergency alert messages
using the Common Alerting Protocol. The Public Radio Satellite System network
operations centre will re-transmit the warning via the Radio Broadcast Data
System on the participating 25 public radio stations on a dedicated digital
alerting channel.

The stations will broadcast the emergency alert to receivers capable of
displaying text messages.


Distance challenge is out on new band

Following the World Radio Conference held in 2012, the band 472 kHz to 479
kHz or a wavelength of 630 Metres, became available to radio amateurs in
many countries.

Jim Linton VK3PC told us that the International Amateur Radio Union won the
new secondary allocation on the basis it used ground wave propagation
resulting in reliable communication over medium and large ranges, and is not
dependent upon the ionosphere.

According to research by Nick Hacko VK2DX only 19 Australian stations are
capable of receiving the band, just seven can also transmit and out of those
only five have made two-way contacts.

The current two-way distance record is just under 290 km. Those who have
already tried it find the band to be most challenging.

Nick VK2DX is looking for a bunch of enthusiastic VK, ZL and Pacific radio
amateurs to be active on the new band, and of course tilt the distance record

If you are serious about the band subscribe to the Yahoo mailing list

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or visit the website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

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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.

APR 18 WW IARU World Amateur Radio day

MAY 3- 5 VK4 Clairview AR Weekend details 04 296 32815

MAY 11 VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club Hamfest

MAY 11 VK4 BARCFEST Mt Gravatt Showgrounds 9:30am

MAY 11 VK6 Hills Amateur Radio Group - HARGfest - 1pm.


JUL 20 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest

AUG 11 VK2 SARCFEST 414 Richmond Hill Rd near Lismore


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


I have a problem with the broadcast content over the last 6 months or so and
that is the negativity of the American additions. There is a lot irrelevant,
non amateur information included such as arrests, killings, and general bad
behaviour of the public in America. We already have too much of this pushed
on to us via public TV and radio so why do we also have to listen to it over
the amateur radio? The WIA subjects are amateur based and of good quality
content relative to the hobby, bad American behaviour is not. I have heard
other local amateurs with similar concerns. If the added input from the
States is to be included, can it be edited to cut out the nasty bits to make
it more relevant?
Thanks Phil.
The week before last (24/2/13) the added content was good.

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