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Digital radio gains an audience

Commercial Radio Australia claims more than 1.5 million or 11 per cent of
people listen to digital radio in capital cities each week.

The Digital Radio Industry Report has total DAB+ sales in the last Christmas-New
Year period, the highest for any four-months, and a 13 per cent year-on-year

The report predicts a dramatic increase if digital radio becomes a new vehicle
standard and a timetable for a roll-out to regional areas in announced.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


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

Discover - 14 April 2013, 0'42"

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

Once you've made it to Western Australia, you should take the opportunity to
extend your stay and visit the vast country that represents this state, from
a million acres in El Questro Wilderness Park, to the Karri Forests in the
South West, from the dolphins in Monkey Mia to the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie,
from the beaches in Broome, to the wineries in Margaret River, Western
Australia is an enormous place and you should take the time to meet it head on.

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,

WIA National Field Day - this weekend

On Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of April 2013, Amateur Radio
enthusiasts from all over Australia are showcasing Amateur Radio in
prominent locations throughout their local area.

This activity, now in it's third year, will be a good opportunity to
break out your field day equipment, demonstrate emergency preparedness,
but most importantly engage the public.

Most people in the general public would give our hobby a second thought
if they knew a little more about it. This is the opportunity to showcase
our capabilities.

On show a rather poor show except for 4 clubs in VK.

Central Coast ARC are at Gosford Waterfront near boat ramp, Woy Woy lions
park and also at Terrigal Haven, Terrigal NSW.

Townsville Amateur Radio Club are at Jaycar, West End.

CQARA at Rockhampton Heritage Village North Rockhampton

And in Victoria, Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club at Vermont South
Oval in Vermont South.

We have been provided by Trent Sampson WIA Director news of a brand new

The Contest Champion Trophy

W.I.A. Contest Champion - VK4PJ Peter Brown Trophy

The W.I.A. Contest Champion is awarded annually for the best combined effort in
W.I.A. Sponsored Contests.

To qualify for the trophy

You must be a member of the WIA and submit a log to at least 3 of the
qualifying contests

The score is taken from the best performance in each category in a contest and
there are 7 different W.I.A. contests.

The qualifying contests are;

Ross Hull Contest
John Moyle National Field Day
Harry Angel
Remembrance Day Contest
Oceania DX Phone
Oceania DX CW
VHF/UHF Field Days * (Best Score from one only)

Check for current rules.

HADARC VK2IMD Activation

The Hornsby and Districts Amateur Radio Club Inc, is once again
activating VK2IMD to mark International Marconi Day on Saturday 20
April. IMD marks Marconi's Birthday on April 25. Several dozen
stations worldwide take part, from countries including Wales,
Cornwall, Scotland, England, Ireland, Canada, USA, Iceland, Uruguay,
Italy and the Vatican.

These stations each have some link with Marconi. In VK2IMD's case this
is the fact that the receiving station for Marconi's first official
radio message from Great Britain to Australia was the Fisk House in
leafy Wahroonga, in northern Sydney. The house remains, although not
the antenna structures. The message was sent from North Wales on
behalf of Australian PM Billy Hughes who was visiting Europe in 1918,
as part of the War effort.

As the event runs on the UTC day, HADARC will be operating from 10:00
am Sydney time on Saturday 20th until 10:00 am on Sunday 21st. Special
VK2IMD QSL cards will be available, and those working further stations
will be eligible for an award. For more search for GB4IMD.

For VK1WI National News, this is Julian Sortland VK2YJS.


web service:-


EMDRC Foundation Licence Course

Places are still available for the next EMDRC foundation course is being
held next Saturday at the EMDRC clubrooms Burwood

The course is run 9:30am- 5:00pm on the Saturday and assessment on the
Sunday morning.

Courses are free to EMDRC members. Interested applicants are invited to
join the EMDRC or pay the equivalent amount as a course fee.

Exams cost are as follows, $70.00 for all exams or $35 if you are under 18
years old.

Licenses cost $72.00 and Variations to licenses cost $49.00, Callsign
(next available) $5.00 or a requested Callsign $20.00, which are pass on
to the WIA.

Check out the clubs website

VK3SN Stephen says the blokes on XC skis will be hoping for good snow again
this winter as preparations commence for the 2013 winter trip up to the roof
of Victoria.

The team will ski out across icy wilderness to explore this amazing region
each day and play radio each night using solar QRP gear.

Tents, huts and igloos will provide shelter at elevations of around 1800m ASL.

Make contact on 40m each afternoon and 80m each evening.

Local 2m & 70cm repeaters will also be worked during each day.

Let's hope for cold weather & decent snow!!


Andrew Macmichael VK5FMAC tells us that WICEN SA UHF Commercial repeater &
handhelds will be supplied & supported to co-ordinators of the
'ANZAC Youth Vigil in the South' at Morphett Vale, Adelaide.

Radios will be used to mitigate risk for 180 youths maintaining vigil at the
memorial gardens overnight in honour of defence force personnel.

Est 7,000 will attend dawn service.


What use is an f-call?

In my travels across the country, I come in touch with new amateurs on a
regular basis. It's an exciting way to find out what brings people to
Amateur Radio and it regularly provides brand new insights and ideas about
things that people are doing and trying. Often their passionate explanation
is accompanied by photocopies of articles, or a website, or a magazine, or a
library of information that holds the key to some insight they experienced
and went on to expand on.

As you might know, I'm a member of the Wireless Institute of Australia. It's
an organisation that's been around for over a hundred years and is the oldest
Amateur Radio Society in the world. I became a member because I was
broadcasting the news in VK6 to help out another amateur who was going on
leave and I figured that it would behove me to become a member. Until then
I'd asked around about the WIA and was given mixed messages about the
benefits of becoming a member. I'm telling you this, not because I want you
to become a WIA member, that's up to you. I'm telling you this, because for
me, at the time, that's where my interest in Amateur Radio Societies stopped.

Being introduced to other amateurs and seeing the articles and magazines they
were using as a source made me consider that there were other societies,
associations and clubs around that I'd never heard of. The ARRL seems to be
the loudest, but there is the RSGB, and no doubt other such institutions
around. There are clubs of Morse operators, QRP clubs, 10m clubs,
beacon clubs and associations and many other. Many I've only come in contact
with as a direct result of wanting to learn, try or test something.

If you've had a license for years and know about all the clubs that you could
ever deal with you may want to share some of that with others who are just
learning; alternatively you might just have started with a new license or
project and be on the look-out for some other shared experience.

Becoming a member of a club or association has the opportunity to expose you
to other skills and knowledge and that can only be good for Amateur Radio.

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.

World Amateur Radio Day

This Thursday April 18 we'll celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on the 88th
Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union.

This theme for this year World Amateur Radio Day is:

"Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications"

The REP-Rede dos Emissores Portugueses with the group the operators, will
activate the special callsign CR 5 IARU from April 13 to 19.

Puerto Rico Field Day Group will be operating KP 4 FD to celebrate from
the Municipal Emergency Management Agency Office in the city of Catao.

Branch 74, The Wellington VHF Group, has been granted the special callsign
ZL2WARD for World Amateur Radio Day 2013, Thursday 18th of April.
The station will be active on The National System, and possibly on other
bands. An email QSL Card will be sent to all stations requesting one

Mexico - FMRE, with the help of Grupo DXXE, will activate a unique prefix
for the first time: 4 A 8 DMR (DMR = Da Mundial del Radioaficionado).This
station will be active from April 18 to 21 on all bands.

The SARL will celebrate Amateur Radio's century of involvement in disaster
communication on World Amateur Radio Day 18 April at the National Amateur
Radio Centre. The callsign ZS 9 DCC - Disaster Communication Century will be
operational from the NARC.

International Marconi Day Saturday 20th April

In Ireland the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio will be celebrating International
Marconi Day, and the tower will be open from 11 AM to 4 PM and probably

The Call Sign is EI 0 MAR.

The tower was the site for an experimental Marconi Station in 1905.

All visitors are welcome, licenced amateurs, SWLs and anyone
with an interest in radio.

The museum is located in the Martello Tower, Howth Harbour, Fingal,
County Dublin.

The web link is

Floods in Argentina - we help out

A report on RAYNET-HF says:

The flooding rains have been very strong in the city of Buenos Aires and
surrounding areas, and in the city of La Plata, which is the capital of the
Province of Buenos Aires, located 60 kilometres south of the City of
Buenos Aires. So far 57 people have died, 51 of them in La Plata.

The frequencies used on 40 meters have been 7070 and 7120.

There is also a lot of communication activity through the Facebook
Emergenciaslu Amateur group, maintained by the Amateur Radio Emergency Service
of Argentina.



Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Regional 3 Disaster Communications Committee
said it was the heaviest April rainfall since records began in 1906.

There was heavy traffic last weekend on the 40 metre band, coordinating
communications for the movement of food, clothing, medicine and other items.

Jorge Sierra LU1AS of Buenos Aires reports that amateur radio played an
important role including providing information on road closures and
collection centre locations.

The efforts included the Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Argentina, plus
radio club La Plata LU8DZE.

Half of the La Plata homes were underwater. It was the worst hit area where
phone and power lines were cut. Roadways became raging rivers. The damage
bill is expected to be $5 billion.

Argentina declared three days of national mourning.

The RSGB's Centenary AGM

The RSGB's Centenary AGM will take place at the IET, Savoy Place, London on
the 20th April at noon.

If you are visiting, or in fact a local listening to this broadcast in the UK,
it would be appreciated if you could let the RSGB know by filling in the very
short form at RSGB.ORG




A new scientific communications breakthrough of
sorts is being reported by Discovery News. It
says that the task of building a perfect
play-list for your smart phone or other private
listening device has just gotten a lot easier
thanks to a new brainwave scanning device called
the Mico headphones.

Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, has more:


Mico (pron miko) headphones are a development of
a company called Neurowear. The rather
interesting looking headphones have what the
company calls a electroencephalograph sensor that
protrudes to scans the wearers brain patterns to
match a person's mood with an appropriate song.

When plugged in to a smart device running Mico's
app, its claimed that the headphones will detect
the wearer's state of mind and select a
"neuro-tagged," mood-fitting song from
Neurowear's database and play it. The sides of
the ear pieces illuminate when music plays and
even show symbols correlating to the wearers
state of mind such as if the user is sleepy, stressed or highly focused.

Currently, the headphones are still in the
prototype phase. They made their debut at the
recent South by Southwest Conferences and
Festival in Austin, Texas, but the Mico
Headphones inventor was optimistic they'll be on
the market in what they term as the near future.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in Zion, Illinois.


You can read more about this latest development
in wearable consumer electronics at

The company's website is simply

And before you ask, no, these new earphones cannot locate that rare DX
station you are hunting for on 20 meters. Well, at least not yet.


Eddie Bennett, G3ZJO, of Northampton in the
United Kingdom is not making any claims. Even so
he may now hold a Q-R-P distance record for a
micro power transmission using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer as a transmitter.

Bennett reportedly used the 10 milliwatts of RF
that can be generated from the Raspberry Pi
computer board to be heard at over 2000 km on the
7 MHz band. The Raspberry Pi board can be made
to operate as a WSPR mode transmitter covering
Low, High and VHF frequencies up to 250
MHz. G3ZJO connected the board via a low pass
filter to a dipole for the 7 and 14 MHz bands. A
small Marconi inverted L at a height of only 6 meters was used on 472 kHz.

Among the stations who received his WSPR signal
on 40 metres was LA9JO in grid square JP99 at a
distance of 2124 km. On 20 meters he was heard
by LY2BOS in grid KO24 at a distance of
1736km. 472 kHz did not fare anywhere near as
Even so he was heard some 80 kilometres away by G4KPX in grid JO02.

If you want to give micro power Raspberry Pi
DXing a try, the PE1NNZ code and binary to turn
the minicomputer into a super QRP signal emitter
is available at And we
will have some more traditional DX news later on
in this weeks newscast.


APRS works to extend communications range underground.
So says the modes developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, who
reports on an experiment that took place on March 2nd . One
where he and several other hams tested the use of APRS as a
means to extend radio communications underground in Mammoth
Cave, Kentucky. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford,
N8WB, reports:


According to Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, typically, VHF and UHF
radio in underground caves are limited to only a few hundred
feet and strictly line-of-sight making their routine use of
little value. But with APRS radios acting as packet
digipeaters, these few hundreds of feet can be extended by
an order of magnitude.

Bruninga says that in the test a total of 14 APRS equipped
radios were used in the cave to establish a network almost a
mile long providing real-time position and text message
communications along the route. Cavers carried a map of the
cave marked with a Latitude and Longitude grid so they could
manually enter their position into their handheld APRS-
equipped transceivers. Texting via APRS provided
communications end to end.

Among the interesting findings were that UHF worked about
13% better than VHF with an average link distance of about
450 feet even in the large subway sized passages of Mammoth
Cave. Also power did not seem to matter much. The Kenwood
TH-D72 walkie-talkie performed as well as several portable
10 watt mobile radios housed in boxes.

Another advantage of using UHF for this APRS network was
that individual links in other caves can just as easily be
pre-tested by unlicensed cave explorers using inexpensive
FRS radios. This way, all cavers can plan and individually
test the topology of an APRS network before actually
gathering the required APRS equipment and setting up the
actual expedition.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephan Kinford, N8WB,
in Wadsworth, Ohio.


Bruninga says that the system could even include e-mail into
the topside global APRS system.




The Day of the YLs will be held 18 and 19 May.

We made mention last broadcast of not being made aware of any upcoming WIA
contests, well from Trent VK4TS comes word that VK SHIRES is always held on
the June long weekend, which is the weekend prior to the second Monday of
June each year..
Now although the Queensland Government had abolished that long weekend it has
been re-instated in VK4 so 'good luck in the contest" which runs
0600 UTC Saturday, June 8, 2013 and ends: 0600 UTC Sunday, June 9.

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


CT 1 FTR is now active from the Sudan as ST 2 FT operating both the HF and
VHF bands using a Yaesu FT-857 and a loop antenna. Word is that he will
be there until June. QSL via CT1FTR.

A group of at least fourteen operators and growing are expected to be on the
air from Amsterdam Island for 18 days beginning on January 15th of 2014.
Further information will be released as things progress toward the operations
start-up date.

Japanese amateur radio operators celebrate the successful transition from
analogue to digital terrestrial TV with the call 8 N 1 TW.
Activity continues till the 28th of July, QSL via bureau.

Lastly, members of Mexico's Club de Radio Experimentadores de Occidente are
celebrating the 80th anniversary of the founding of their organization using
the special callsign 4 A 1 TD.

Look for this call during various contests as throughout the year.

The QSL Manager is XE 1 GZU.


The Michael Owen Plaque.

A Plaque will be presented by the WIA to the Highest Point Scoring single
operator station in IARU region three (3) in the IARU HF Championship.

Regardless of mode or bands used the Michael Owen plaque shall be awarded
annually to the Single Operator scoring the most points in the IARU HF

This is to encourage excellence in Region 3 contesting in memory of the work
and dedication of Michael Owen former president of the Wireless Institute of


VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.

There is a new amateur radio award originating in South Australia.

The VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award sponsored by the Adelaide Hills
Amateur Radio Society.

The aim of the Award is to encourage portable operation by amateur radio
operators from within South Australia's 21 National Parks and 262
Conservation Parks.

The Award is open to Activators, Hunters (those who work Activators) and
Short Wave Listeners.

And the award is not limited to VK5 operators solely. Applications for the
award are welcomed from interstate and overseas amateurs and Short Wave

Contacts made after the 14th of April, 2013 are valid for the Award.

There are five levels of the Award: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and
Diamond, with a certain number of points being required for each level.

Separate certificates are available for all 5 levels and an optional glass
etched trophy is also available for those attaining Diamond status.

More information can be found on the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society
website at

And there is also a VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award Yahoo Group site
which can be found at

And a link to this Yahoo group site can be found on the AHARS website.

Thanks Paul, and listeners, Paul VK5PAS is also well known for his activity
that includes use of the AX alternative prefix, and as VI5CW Cape Willoughby
Lighthouse, Kangaroo Island in August last year.

And he is not only out and about himself but has recently worked intrepid
backpacker Pete Turner G 6 UOI near Liverpool.

The contact was on April the 5th, on the 20m band long path, while Pete
G 6 UOI walked about with a QRP rig on his back.

Google G 6 UOI VK 5 PAS PEDESTRIAN MOBILE to view the video!


Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe

Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.

Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an

Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700

IARU Monitoring System Newsletter

The latest newsletter reports a Russian OTH Radar has been transmitting
between 3555-3590 and 3750-3785 kHz

It also reports the Russian Navy has been transmitting again on 7054 kHz.

Read the International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region 1
March 2013 newsletter at and click "this weeks news broadcast."


7330 km contact on FO-29

On Monday last Hector Martinez CO 6 CBF achieved a 7330 km contact on the
amateur radio satellite FO-29, the closest to the theoretic maximum for the

Hector, who is in grid square EL92sd, worked David, EA 4 SG in IN80cp using



Interest turns to the ILLW

With more than 190 registrations from 28 countries so far in the International
Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held annually in August, things are starting
to heat up.

Germany remains in the lead on 39 closely followed by Australia with 37,
then the USA (22), England (15) and Argentina (11).

The fun event is virtually at the half-way point with twice as many registrations
and individual countries expected in the coming weeks.

What lighthouse, lightship or maritime beacon will be the prestigious 200th
to be registered this year?

Set up a portable amateur station at a lighthouse, lightship or maritime

The basic objective is public awareness about the historic structures, the
need for their preservation, and to promote amateur radio goodwill.

For the guidelines or to register online for the 16th annual International
Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August the 17th and 18th, visit the website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

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

Friday April 19th 2013
Oxfam Trailwalker
Wheelers Hill to Wesburn
Contact: Ian Morris VK3IFM phone: 03 9763 0565

Saturday May 4th 2013
East Gippsland Stages
Contact: Christopher Morley VK3CJK phone: 03 5127 5656

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

Saturday June 8th 2013
Mallee Rally
Sea Lake
Contact: Paul Elvey VK3YYF phone: 03 9753 2184


The role played by a Selkirk UK man in monitoring secret radio transmissions
being broadcast from occupied Europe has finally been revealed.

The late John Blair grew up in Selkirk, living above the family grocery
businesses in the town's Market Place.

Years later it emerged that John, a veteran of the First World War who served
in the Royal Navy, had spent the conflict against Hitler running a listening
station in the flat above the shop, tuning in to receive coded messages from
the underground in the occupied Low Countries.

"The Southern" press said that John was always very interested in radio and a
small part of the shop was given over to selling radios and carrying out
radio equipment repairs.

There seems to have been a wee bit of talk and gossip in the town about why
he was never called up for the Second World War, but years later said that he
had been contacted and asked if he would do some secret official work.

This involved monitoring certain broadcasts coming 
out of occupied Europe.
Once he had taken it down, he had to take the message immediately to the
police station. He never knew what the information contained was.

After the war, he managed to get back in touch with several of those who had
been responsible for broadcasting the coded information from Europe.

No-one in Selkirk knew he was doing this secret work except the police.


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

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