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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 7 2013.
WIA AGM DATE CLAIMER
VI 100 ACT
VK7AX OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
VK4PJ PETER BROWN 100 YRS. YOUNG
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING APR 07 2013.
Having just last year celebrated the centenary of amateur radio in Queensland,
I was surprised to learn that the first ship-to-shore wireless message
occurred on 9th April, 1903. The receiving station was at Kangaroo Point,
Brisbane and the message was sent from HMQS Gayundah off Moreton Island.
The Governor and the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane will dedicate a memorial
plaque in the grounds of St Mary's Church at 10.15 a.m., 110 years later, as
part of the ongoing development of a permanent memorial on the site.
This is recorded as the first Naval wireless communication in Australia and
it is not surprising that the RAN. became the regulator for Wireless
experimentation prior to its being ceded to the Post Master General's
Department after World War I. The PMG is the great grandparent to the
existing regulator, the ACMA.
Remembering part of Queensland's radio history, I'm Geoff Emery VK4ZPP.
WORLDWIDE FLORA & FAUNA IN AMATEUR RADIO
'WorldWide Flora & Fauna in amateur radio' abbreviated as WWFF, is an
international amateur radio program which encourages portable operation
from designated nature parks and protected nature areas around the world.
The aim of WWFF is 'to draw attention to the importance of protecting nature,
flora and fauna', whilst at the same time providing a fun activity for
The Flora and Fauna movement within ham radio was initiated in 2008 by the
Russian Robinson Club as World Flora and Fauna (WFF). In 2012 the program
relaunched as WorldWide Flora & Fauna in amateur radio (WWFF), and has
undergone a major revamp.
Numerous countries around the world have participating National programs,
offering a significant number of very attractive Awards.
The Australian WWFF National program was launched in March, 2013. Hundreds
of National Parks in the various Australia States and Territories are listed
on the Australian list.
A series of attractive Awards are available for 'Activators' working portable
from a specified number of Australian parks. The Award is also open to
'Hunters' who work 'Activators' and also Short Wave Listeners.
Paul, VK5PAS is the Australian co-ordinator, and is looking for amateurs
prepared to act as representatives from each of the Australian states.
More information can be found on the WWFF global website at:
Or on the Australian WorldWide Flora & Fauna website ar:
( Paul SIMMONDS, VK5PAS )
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP email@example.com
Secretary David Williams VK3RU firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ email@example.com
Socialise - 7 April 2013, 0'42"
Have you prepared for the last weekend in May; the 2013 WIA AGM and
Meeting and speaking with fellow Amateurs is a rejuvenating experience that
cements friendships and opens the door to interactions beyond a QSO or a
QSL card. With tours of club facilities and tourist attractions throughout
Fremantle you'll have the opportunity to share your wonder with other
visitors to the state and enjoy the hospitality that VK6 has to offer.
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.
VI100ACT, not your average callsign; Canberra, not your average city.
As mentioned in previous news broadcasts, 2013 is Canberra's centenary
year. To commemorate the event the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club
is sponsoring the special event callsign VI100ACT, which will be
active until the end of December.
Canberra is unique in Australia: and not because it is where we send
our federal politicians for solitary confinement. Canberra is an
entirely planned city - it was sited, planned and constructed as the
seat of federal government. Canberra receives more than its fair share
of good natured ribbing from the rest of the country, historically
probably well deserved. However, the national capital has grown into a
fine place to live or visit.
The VI100ACT call sign is being rostered out to amateurs around the
ACT area, and has already been worked on a variety of bands and modes.
The first use of the callsign was a SOTA activation by VK1DA from
Mount Ainslie which overlooks the parliamentary triangle and Lake
VK1TX has been busy logging up an impressive 600 plus contacts,
including activating the callsign for the ANZA DX Net. VK1DSH and
VK1SV have been using the VI100ACT callsign on the LF bands, while
VK1WJ has been running the call on the digital modes.
So: listen out for VI100ACT Canberra calling.
(Nic Smelt, VK1NS)
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Class enrolments for entry point licences
Another Foundation Licence weekend of quality training and assesment
is being held April 20 21 by Amateur Radio Victoria at
40g Victory Boulevard, Ashburton.
For full details please contact without delay the Education Team Leader,
Barry Robinson VK3PV, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org or on the phone
0428 516 001.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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VK4WIT active from Jaycar Townsville
The Townsville Amateur Radio Club Inc. will be operating VK4WIT on HF, VHF, UHF
all modes from a portable operation located at Jaycar Townsville.
The station will set up at 0830local Sunday 14th April outside the front entry
of the Jaycar complex in Ingham Road. The WIA National News transmission will
be delayed that morning from its usual 0900local start until 1000local and will
be sent to air from the Field Day display on VHF.
It is expected that the multi-mode
interactive operations (including IRLP on node 6444) will conclude around
If you are in Townsville that weekend pop on down to the Field Day display !
Peter, VK4EA, from the Brisbane VHF Group and the Redcliffe and Districts
Radio Club says Sunday, 21st of April is the day to play microwaves.
The venue for this year's microwave test and tune up day is the
Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club, Klinger Road, Kippa Ring. On offer will
be test equipment such as spectrum analysers, weak signal sources,
noise meters, return loss measurement and a 10GHz weak signal source in the
park to help peak up your feeds and dishes.
More is in qnews after this National News broadcast and for your personal
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Also read more or contact Peter as follows
Peter on 0449877519 or
HOME OF THE GOOD GUYS
Outstanding Service Award
Tony VK7AX, has thanked the participants of the Tasmanian Sewing Circle Net
for making this award available and is honoured to be a recipient of same.
Winston VK7EM has handed the award to Tony who has found a place for it on
the shack wall where it hangs with pride.
Peter Brown VK4PJ (TEXT EDITIONS ONLY)
The WIA is pleased to announce that Peter Brown VK4PJ will attain 100 years
of age on Saturday April 13th.
It is believed by his friends that Peter was first licensed in the early
1950's .There is evidence that he was issued with Amateur Radio licence
QA.244 on 12 May 1963 so we can say with some certainty that he has been
licensed for well over 50 years.
He received a Meritorious Service Badge in 1978 from the Queensland
Divisional Council of the WIA following a sustained effort to bring the
Division into a good financial and administrative position with the
assistance of his great friend Al Carter VK4LT, now resident on the
Peter also received certificates from QNEWS in 2001 and 2002 for his
assistance in this area of the hobby.
His interest in space communication is evidenced by being made AMSAT Life
Member Number 1130 in 1979.
All in all Peter's contribution to our hobby has been sustained and
substantial and he is congratulated for a job well done.
(Laurie Murray VK4LO)
Hello I'm Jason VK2LAW and this week I'm reporting on Media and also
from the QNEWS work bench
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
Raspberry Pi as WSPR transmitter up to 250 MHz
Guido PE 1 NNZ has released code that he says enables the Raspberry Pi to
operate as a WSPR transmitter at HF and VHF.
Guido has modified the WsprryPi code originally developed by Dan Ankers
MD 1 CLV. He says the Raspberry Pi requires just a Low Pass Filter and
antenna connected to the GPIO4 pin in order to function as a WSPR
The PE1NNZ code and binary is available at
Manga Radio Ham in Japan Times
Japan Times reports on radio amateur and manga artist Mitsuru Sugaya JI 1 MFT
who is best known for his kids manga and anime, "Game Centre Arashi," which
began in 1978 and was about a video-game loving boy named Arashi, who fought
it out with rivals on popular arcade games of the time such as
Sugaya also created many other manga about technology, computers,
amateur radio, radio-controlled cars, pre-Internet online service and so on.
And it's said his manga affected a lot of kids who grew up to be engineers.
Read Japan expresses its love for Apple and Steve Jobs, in manga
Ham Radio Menace
Now available, for those who dare, is the latest humorous ham radio music
video from Paul NA4ZI.
It's the sad and funny tale of a Ham Radio Lid who annoys all he meets on the
air, and how he gets his due.
Google NA4ZI Ham Radio Menace
Now we do have some international news from our sister programs so lets
"head stateside" to amateur radio news line
NELSON NZ CITY COUNCIL BACKS HAM RADIO TOWER INSTALLATION
Some good news for a ham radio operator in
Nelson, New Zealand who was being hounded by a
neighbour to take down his antenna. This because
she said it interfered with her view of the
surrounding landscape. The Town Council says
that the antenna can stay. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has this follow-up report:
According to information supplied by Andrew
Mackie, ZL2HZ, the Nelson City Council has no
intention to proceed with the complaint filed
against a ham radio antenna installation owned by Rick Kiessig, ZL2HAM.
As reported, the complainant Dallas Woods
had appeared before the City Council
alleging that Kiessig's tower and antenna
interfered with her landscape overlay
view. Among other things she asked council
members to change the rules so that amateur radio
antennas are no longer a permitted activity in residential zones.
But in a phone call from Rachel Reese on behalf
of the entire Nelson City Council, Mackie was
told that the council does not intend to proceed
with the complaint from Wood's at this time. Nor
is it proposing to make any immediate changes to
the district land use regulations that permit
antenna systems such as that of ZL2HAM. Rather,
at some time in the future and only if the land
use regulations come up for review, it might
possibly take another look at amateur antennas,
but limited to geographic areas where the view
is perceived to be important.
According to Mackie, this is a major step towards
maintaining the good relations between the Nelson
City Council and the areas amateur radio
community. It also ensures that continued
cooperation in areas of Civil Defence and other
activities will not be adversely affected.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen,
ZL2BHF, in Nelson, New Zealand.
The bottom line is that the Nelson City Council
agrees that Kiessig's tower and antenna
installation complies with all relevant
regulations and as such and he is free to enjoy
his hobby without further outside interference.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
You may recall way back in 2007 Google announced Sponsorship of their
Lunar X PRIZE to Create a Space Race for a New Generation, the X PRIZE
Foundation and Google Inc.
This being a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize
purse. Private companies from around the world competing to land a privately
funded robotic rover on the Moon capable of completing several mission
objectives, including roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and
sending video, images and data back to the Earth.
Well roll on some 6 years and the race was still on!
Then, 2011 the X PRIZE Foundation announced the official roster of
33 registered teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE,
an unprecedented competition to send a robot to the Moon. This group of 29
teams signifies this new era of exploration's diverse and participatory
nature as it includes a huge variety of groups ranging from non-profits to
university consortia to billion dollar businesses representing 17 nations on
The global competition, the largest in history, was announced in September
2007, with a winner projected by 2015.
Now roll on another year and the race is still on with the first team to
claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million
Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating
diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in
bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving
ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of
a previous lunar mission
The teams left "in the race" now has dropped to 23 but all 23 are confident
of pulling of the greatest competition in history!
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2013
HOLYLAND CONTEST 2013 - APRIL 19 - 20
The Day of the YLs will be held 18 and 19 May.
WW International Museums Weekends June 15/16 and 22/23
John Moyle Memorial Field Day.
Don't forget that entries by mail, Snail Mail that is, have to be posted
with a post mark not later than 19th April 2013. electronic mail submissions
close at midnight also on the 19th April 2013.
You can check if your log has been entered into the system by checking if
your callsign is in the list on the John Moyle page on the contests tab on
This Denis Johnstone Contest Coordinator for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day
Whilst logs are continuing to be received it is becoming apparent that there
is some confusion on a couple of points.
Firstly, The John Moyle Memorial Field Day is open to all licensed VK, ZL and
P29 amateurs who can submit a log as an entry to the contest. There is no
requirement that a person who submits a log has to belong to the WIA. Whilst
it is a good idea, it is certainly not compulsory. How this false information
has started is not important, just remember that it is wrong and all eligible
amateurs are welcome to submit an entry.
Secondly, there is another piece of disinformation has been aired that all
contacts for the John Moyle Contest have to be only with VK, ZL and
P29 stations. The real situation is that all contacts with any station
anywhere in the world scores for a Portable Station or a Home Station. CW
contacts are scored according the rules.
So with these matters explained that is another excuse removed for not
submitting a log to the contest.
There were many more stations operating during the contest than have yet
submitted an entry to the contest. Further, the number of logs that have
been submitted is well below the number submitted at a comparable time last
So it is over to you.
Gather all of the details you require, do not delete any DX contacts that
you have made , prepare your log and submit it to me as soon as possible.
Please do not forget that you must submit your log by snail mail date stamped
no later than 19th April or by electronic mail it must be received no later
than midnight also on the 19th.
To verify details of how and where to send your log visit the John Moyle
Contest Page on the contests tab under the heading of Members on the WIA
website. The URL is http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/
Also to confirm that your log has been entered into the system you can see
if your callsign is on the John Moyle Contest page.
Contest Results will be published on the website as soon as they are
completed and in AR magazine the following month.
Speak to you all later.
(Denis Johnstone VK4AE/VK3ZUX Contest Manager JMMFD 2013)
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
P29NO Nao/JA2VQP East Sepic Province Papua New Guinea
on air during 2013/14 to January 2015 whilst a volunteer
teacher at Divine Word University Wewak.
VI 100 ACT - Centenary of Canberra, capital of Australia.
Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club members are activating special event
call until 31 Dec LF through to VHF using multiple modes.
Dx-pedition to Isle of Mull (EU-008)
Steve Thomas, M 1 ACB and other members Camb-Ham group will be operating
GS 3 PYE/P from the Isle of Mull 10-16 May from 2 metres to 160 metres
as well as a station on 472 kHz.
More information can be found at http://www.camb-hams.com
(Steve Thomas, M1ACB via RAC)
IMD - International Marconi Day 20 Apr
celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi (25 Apr 1874)
Special Worldwide event organised by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club.
PA KING is the special call on the 30th april 2013, the Coronation of
Dutch new King, "Willem Alexander".
On April 30, he becomes king, his oldest daughter, Catharina-Amalia, will
become first in line to succeed him.
For more please go to: www.pi4kar.net
also in celebration of the Netherlands Queen Beatrix handing over the
throne to her eldest son, Dutch ham radio operator Jaap Van Duin, PA7DA, will
take to the airwaves using the special callsign PB33Q between April 20th and
Keep an eye on pa7da.jouwweb.nl/pb33q for more information on this very
QSL PB33Q only via the bureau.
International Museums Weekend
In 2013, this event will take place on the double weekends of 15 & 16 and
22 & 23 June. Radio amateurs are encouraged to participate by setting up
stations in their local museums.
Organiser Harry, M1BYT asks that all those intending to take part in the
event should register their museum via the web form on the website
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
Digital Data transmitted over normal "commercial" voice short-wave
VOA Radiogram is a Voice of America program experimenting with digital text
and images via shortwave broadcasting.
A number of tests have been conducted during the past month using VOA,
"The Mighty KBC" and WRMI transmitters .
I was told of the experiments and initially monitored the VOA frequencies
without success because of the time of day. Then I learnt that WRMI was also
involved. It operates on 9955 KHz and was transmitting at a time when there
was some chance of receiving the signal here in Melbourne. Data was heard
just before the 07.00UTC station identification time and information was
decoded using Fldigi at the 08.00 UTC transmission. The modes used at that
time were PSK125R and PSK250R, both of which were decoded with some difficulty
due to low signal level and QRN. In fact, the signal was so weak that at
times, the voice modulation was unreadable!
Another test conducted, but not audible here, involved sending Olivia data
under a vocal recording. This was directed to the USA from Europe and was
considered a success. The promotion for the test read read: "Olivia is a
robust digital text mode. It can overcome all types of noise. But can Olivia
8-1000, reduced by 24 dB, be decoded under the amazing voice of country
singer Suzy Bogus? We will find out 24 March 2013 at about 0130 UTC, with
the mode cantered on 2500 Hz. This will be during The Mighty KBC broadcast to
North America, 0000-0200 UTC on 7375 kHz. And at just before 0200 UTC,
MT63-1000 (long interleave) in Flmsg format will be cantered on 1500 Hz, and
an MFSK32 image cantered on 2500 Hz." - a pity "The Mighty KBC" is not
These tests commenced after jamming by China of BBC, VOA and Radio
Australia's English language broadcasts as reported on WIA News a few weeks
ago. This maybe purely coincidental, but it is interesting times at present
with the restriction of internet communications in some countries, the
closure of so many international broadcaster and jamming of others. So, are
we about to see another mode of direct international broadcasting on the
short-wave bands in an attempt to get information into some countries?
For further information, use your search engine to find "VOA Radiogram".
I would be interested to hear from any other VK amateurs who succeeded in
getting any decodes from these tests. I can be contacted on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with a reminder that due to the first
Monday of this month being the Easter holiday, the RAOTC's regular monthly
bulletin of news and information has been held over until tomorrow, Monday
As usual, tomorrow's RAOTC April bulletin will be broadcast on a number of
VHF and HF frequencies at different times depending on your local area. The
principal HF transmissions will be on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz USB at 0100 UTC
beamed north from Melbourne for the eastern states and again at 0200 UTC
beamed westward for Western Australian listeners.
Also at 0200 UTC Barry VK6WF will be transmitting on 40 metres on 7060 kHz
LSB for WA and SA country listeners.
Numerous local relays will take place on both VHF and HF frequencies. To find
the times and frequencies 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 news, information and anecdotes and to participate
in the call backs afterwards.
Once again, the RAOTC monthly bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday
73 de Clive VK6CSW.
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
GlobalSET to be held soon
The Global Simulated Emergency Test has 100 stations listed so far
representing the International Amateur Radio Union member society and
emergency communication groups.
The IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator, Greg Mossop G0DUB
and organiser of GlobalSET tells us that it will be held on the 13th and
20th of April.
This event is different than previously as messages will be passed in both
directions. On the first day they will be sent to Regional Headquarter stations,
and the following week flow back to the participating stations.
The training exercise aims to increase the common interest in disaster preparedness,
test the Centre of Activity frequencies for emergencies, create practices
for international emergency communication and the relaying of messages using
More information about GlobalSET can be found on the IARU Region 1 website
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Sunday April 14th 2013
Wombat 100 Bike Ride
Woodend - Wombat State Forest
Contact: John Weir VK3XD phone: 03 9431 0667
Friday April 19th 2013
Wheelers Hill to Wesburn
Contact: Ian Morris VK3IFM phone: 03 9763 0565
Saturday May 4th 2013
East Gippsland Stages
Contact: Colin Pomroy VK3BLE phone: 03 5149 7228
Sunday May 5th 2013
Eildon Nav Rally
Contact: Peter Weeks VK3YZP phone: 03 5772 1454
Saturday May 11th 2013
Global Frontline Challenge
Contact: Mark Dods VK3ZR phone: 03 9849 0501
SOCIAL SCENE 2013
APR 18 WW IARU World Amateur Radio day
APR 21 VK4 MICROWAVE TEST DAY AT REDCLIFFE AR CLUB
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.
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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