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The Historical Radio Society of Australia (HRSA) will hold its Melbourne
auction under the theme of 'AWA Centenary' - as the Amalgamated Wireless
(Australasia) celebrates its 100th birthday.

The HRSA invites you to bring along AWA radios, particularly early ones,
and other AWA related things such as brochures and pictures.

The auction will be held at Churches of Christ Theological College, 44-60
Jacksons Road, Mulgrave, on Saturday 27 July, at 12pm, with viewing from

Join the net Sunday nights at 8.30pm AEST on 3.575 MHz plus or minus QRM,
or for more information and a downloadable auction entry form, pricing and
other information visit the website

Then a little further north the following day it's the AWA Centenary
Celebration Reunion in Sydney

The AWA Veterans' Association Incorporated will be holding a Centenary
reunion of AWA at the Burwood RSL Sunday July 28.

There will be a number of product exhibits and memorabilia from AWA
departments for viewing on the day, together with guest speakers to spark
some reminiscences in your memory bank of your time with, or your association
with AWA.

For details on payment and further information, please email:

(Jim Linton VK3PC and Ted VK2FLB via vk2wi news)


Prepare for a wave of astronomical revelations with the $51 million Murchison
Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in Western Australia now in full swing.

The MWA is part of the growing Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in a
remote part of the Western Australia (VK6) where radio frequency interference
is virtually non-existent.

it is a precursor to the $2 billion international Square Kilometre Array
project and comprises 2048 antennas that capture low frequency radio waves.

It will step up observations of the sun to detect and monitor massive solar
storms and will also investigate a unique concept - seeing if stray FM radio
signals can be used to track dangerous space debris.

A little further east, astronomers just have detected the first population of
radio bursts known to originate from galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The
sources of the light bursts are unknown, but cataclysmic events, such as
merging or exploding stars, are likely the triggers.

A single radio burst was detected about six years ago, but researchers were
unclear about whether it came from within or beyond our galaxy.

The new radio-burst detections -- four in total -- are from billions of
light-years away, erasing any doubt that the phenomenon is real. The
discovery, described in the July 4 issue of the journal Science, comes from
an international team that used the Parkes Observatory in Australia (VK2).

Exactly what is triggering the release of the radio waves is unknown.

Further scans for radio bursts using the Parkes Observatory are ongoing.


The dangers of lithium batteries

Lithium batteries are undoubtedly popular going by their wide use in consumer
products, and even higher powered models in electric vehicles.

However they have been linked to fires, illicit drug makers and medical problems.
The recent death of a toddler in Queensland, Australia and others injured
after swallowing them, has again focused attention on the common power source.

From January 2013 stricter regulations for the carriage of Lithium batteries
by air travellers were introduced best check with your airline for the

A battery can also be a convenient source of lithium metal used in illegal
methamphetamine laboratories. Sales of larger quantities are restricted for
this reason in some areas.

International industry standards for button batteries are soon to be introduced
as an urgent safety measure.

These are likely to include strengthened consumer education about the dangers
and child-restraint packaging for the cell batteries.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


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


web service:-
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SMPTE Exhibition.

Those with an interest in current media technology might like to check out
the SMPTE (The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), bi-annual
exhibition which will be at Darling Harbour between Tuesday the 23rd and
Friday the 26th of July.

(vk2wi news)

Next weekend ARNSW will be conducting its regular Foundation course at the
VK2WI site. There will also be assessments available for all license grades
Sunday 21st.

Bookings are required which may be made by an email to:-

The regular bi monthly Trash and Treasure will be held at VK2WI on Sunday
the 28 th July.

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TARC Social Meeting this Tuesday - with Monster Auction.

Tuesday July 16th the TARC Social Evening will be happening at the Club Rooms
atop SES HQ Green Street West End from 7-30pm.

Get along and lend a helping hand to put the magazine of renown, Back-scatter
together and socialise with fellow hams.

As an added bonus, a Monster Auction will be happening to see who can claim
a night for two at "The Venue" on Friday 26th July.

All are welcome - be there !



Between Friday afternoon 16th August 2013, and Monday morning 19th August,
8 amateurs from the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society, will be operational
from Kangaroo Island, OC-139, off the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia.

The special call sign of VK5CWL, VK5 Cape Willoughby lighthouse, will be used
to coincide with the 16th International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend.

The call of VK5BAR, Bravo Alpha Romeo, will also be active from the island
during the Remembrance Day Contest.

VK5CWL & VK5BAR will be operating on all bands 160m-2m, depending of course
on band conditions on a variety of modes including SSB, CW, PSK, and FreeDV.

A special certificate is available to those amateurs who make contact with
either VK5CWL or VK5BAR during this period. QSL cards are also available for
both stations.

More information can be found on the VK5CWL website at

We look forward to contacting as many amateurs as possible during our 4 days
on the island.

73 from Paul, VK5PAS, on behalf of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society.


What use is an f-call?

I've spent the past couple of weeks investigating Magnetic Loop Antennas
and during that process got distracted by propagation. I've talked about
propagation before, but in talking with an Amateur with many years of
experience, so much so, that they have had their licence longer than I've
been alive, it transpired that there were still things that I was able to
share that were new.

The Australian Government, that is, the Bureau of Meteorology has a
Department called the Radio and Space Services, which is their space weather

The more common name of this section is the Ionospheric Prediction Service or
IPS and their website can be found at

When you get there, you'll find a vast treasure trove of information, both
historic and current, even live.

Of particular interest to us as Amateurs is the section which innocuously is
titled "HF Systems". Within that you'll find hourly area prediction charts,
the current and past T-index with future predictions, Minimum and Maximum
Usable Frequency charts and the list goes on.

In the Online Tools section, you can generate your own HAP and other charts
for your location and your preferred frequencies and you can see what
24 hours of data looks like for that.

You can subscribe to alerts, daily, weekly and monthly reports, book
propagation training courses and I've only just scratched the surface.
All in all, there is much more information than I can share with you at
short notice, but I recommend that you go and have a look.

The location again, is

Propagation, it's what makes your contacts possible.

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.

Douglas Engelbart, whose invention of the mouse transformed the way people
interact with computers, has died.

Engelbart died at his home in California. He was 88.

Engelbart arrived at his crowning moment relatively early in his career, it
was 1968, when he delivered a presentation containing so many far-reaching
ideas that it would be referred to decades later as the "mother of all demos."

Speaking before leading technologists in San Francisco, Engelbart, a computer
scientist at the Stanford Research Institute showed off a cubic device with
two rolling discs called an "X-Y position indicator for a display system."

It was the mouse's public debut.

Engelbart then summoned, in real-time, the image and voice of a colleague
48 km away. That was the first videoconference.

And he explained a theory of how pages of information could be tied together
using text-based links, an idea that would later form the bedrock of the
web's architecture

(cnn and others)

New Zealand DX Hall of Fame 2012

ZL1HY Mike Edwards.

Mike was first licensed in 1973. He worked more than 100 countries on phone
before gaining his "HF license" in 1975.

Mike was the first New Zealand amateur to be awarded the "CQ WAZ" on 80m in
1981, 11th in the World. Following that remarkable achievement, Mike went on
to gain CQ WAZ on 5 bands (5BWAZ) all in SSB.

Mike gained 5BDXCC as early as mid-1981.

With more than 100 entities on 160m Mike has demonstrated his prowess in both
DXing and contesting over the last 40 years.

Mike Edwards with the honour of the New Zealand Hall of Fame.

ZL3TY Bob McQuarrie.

Bob was first licensed in 1963 and operated mostly on VHF. His dedication to
VHF became apparent when Bob became the first New Zealand amateur to gain
DXCC in VHF mixed (6m and 2m).

Bob is the first New Zealand amateur to be awarded DXCC on the 2m band with
102 countries confirmed.

Bob joined the ZL7C DXpedition in October 2002 and was able to make the first
ever moon bounce contacts from the Chatham Islands.

As a consequence his name and call sign are inducted into the New Zealand
Hall of Fame.

ZL2AWJ Ted Thorpe (Silent key)

Ted (Edward Max) Thorpe was first licenced 14th October 1949 as ZL1ADX while
he was still a student at Mt. Albert Grammar School in Auckland.

On January 27-1966, the 38 foot Ketch "Marinero" sailed from Wallis Island
en route to Western and American Samoa . Aboard were five individuals,
including Ted Thorpe, ZL2AWJ who had just completed a successful operation
as FW8ZZ on Wallis Island , the 15th such operation during the World Radio
Propagation Study Association's 1965-1966 S.E. Asia-Pacific DXpedition.

This DXpedition was received with enthusiasm by the DX fellows in the USA
and throughout the world. During the preceding six months, over 75,000 QSO's
had been logged on CW and SSB.

On 29 and 30 of January, a hurricane struck the Wallis Island - Samoa area,
the eye of the storm passing directly over Wallis Island with winds in excess
of 100 miles per hour and waves 50 to 75' in height. The "Marinero", with
Ted aboard never reached port.

The "Marinero" is now considered to have sunk and the five on board,
including Ted, missing assumed dead.

Congratulations Mike zl1hy, Bob zl3ty and Ted zl2awj.

(Graham Hunter ZL3GQ New Zealand HOF Convenor

A $40 Software-Defined Radio

An IEEE article describes how, with some cheap hardware and free software,
you can listen-in on digital and analogue signals across a wide range of
radio spectrum.

The author, radio amateur Stephen Cass KB1WNR, used a Freeview P250 dongle
and a Model B Raspberry Pi microcontroller.

Watch the video and read the article at

JARL Hamfair 2013

The Amateur Radio Festival, also known as JARL Hamfair will be held in Tokyo
24 and 25 August 2013.

Displays of Industry and Club booths, Guest Speakers, Special Event Station
and many other activities to satisfy the inquisitive needs of the amateur
will be available.

IARU Region 3 Directors will be visiting the Amateur Radio Festival as on the
Monday & Tuesday following the Hamfair Directors will meet to discuss and
action items relevant to the Region now and in the future.

Three SA Radio Amateurs receive the MTN Radio Amateur of the Year Awards

The annual event is hosted by MTN to encourage radio amateurs to give back to
their community and amateur radio.

The MTN Radio Amateur of the Year Award was presented to Dawie Conradie for
his contribution to the promotion of amateur radio both in the amateur radio
community and the community at large. He produces the weekly 30 minute
programme "Amateur Radio in Aksie "and every alternate week Amateur Radio

The MTN Garth Milne Technology Award was presented to Deon Coetzee, ZR1DE,
for his support of the SA AMSAT KLETSkous CubeSat project.

The MTN Amateur Radio Community Service Award was presented to
Glynn Chamberlain, ZS6GLN, for his staunch support of SARL HAMNET and in
particular for his effort in a mission to find an aircraft that crashed in

You can see more on


The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has
informed the South African Radio League that it has now
analysed all payments for that nations amateur service
licenses. It says that in 2012 some 209 radio amateurs paid
the proper fee for a five year license but failed to notify
the regulatory service of that fact when payment was made.
This year there were an additional 34.

To rectify the situation the regulatory agency says that it
plans on mailing five year licenses to these hams which will
be valid until 2017 and 2018 respectively.

On a more negative note, ICASA says that the same inquiry
revealed that 823 South African radio amateurs did not renew
their licenses. As such, these licenses will be cancelled
and the regulatory agency says that it will make
arrangements for the urgent sealing or confiscation of the
equipment if payment is not made immediately.

The South African Radio League in urging hams in that nation
to check their payment records to make certain that they
have renewed their licenses. If not that they should do so
without any further delay.


There will be no EMCOMMWEST ham radio convention in 2013. So says the Board
of Directors in a front page posting to the events website.

According to the post, the board has been discussing the
options for and fate of EMCOMMWEST 2013. It says that there
have been many changes in the volunteer workforce during the
past 12 months. This coupled with the small period of time
between now and the traditional date of the event has led
the Board to decide to forgo 2013.

The Board goes on to say that circumstances leading to this
decision include the loss of several key volunteers; the
continued inability to draw the major vendors and
manufacturers to the show and the fact that little has been
accomplished to make measurable progress toward event
production for this year. It goes on to say that if there
is to be an EMCOMMWEST in 2014 it may require a local club
to take the helm and provide the much-needed volunteer base for the event.

EMCOMMWEST began in 1999 when a group of Northern Nevada
amateur radio operators interested in improving emergency
communications hosted the very first symposium that lead to
the convention as it is today.
More is on-line at


Ron Moorefield, W8ILC, who just returned from this years
European Ham Radio Convention in Friedrichshafen, Germany
estimates that around 14,000 or so hams attended this year's offering.

Moorefield was there with a contingent representing the
Dayton Amateur Radio Association which of course sponsors
the annual Dayton Hamvention. While at Ham Radio, the
Dayton group live streamed the three day event back to the
United States and also recorded it for anyone to watch at a
later date. The files have now been posted and you can see
this year's European amateur radio highlight at

But one suggestion. If you plan to watch all the video at
once that the folks from Dayton sent back, you might want to
make a big bowl of popcorn and have some cold drinks handy.
That's because there is a lot there to see.

Ham Radio 2013 was held June 28th to the 30th at the
convention facility not far from the picturesque shores on
Lake Constance in southern Germany not far from the borders
with Switzerland and Austria.


Turning to space related news, word that NASA has launched a
satellite on a two year mission to explore a little-studied
region of the sun. The new bird will help to better
understand and forecast space weather that can disrupt
communications systems on Earth. Amateur Radio Newsline's
Heather Embee, KB3TZD, reports:


Unlike a traditional lift-off, the Iris sun-observing
satellite rode into Earth orbit late Thursday, June 27th on
board an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus rocket. This
is a booster that is released from a modified Lockheed L-
1011 jet aircraft that carries it to a launch altitude. In
this case the launch carrier took off around sunset from the
Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast. At
an altitude of 39,000 feet it released the Pegasus booster
which ignited its engine for the 13-minute climb to space.

Shortly thereafter NASA confirmed that Iris had successfully
reached its intended orbit and that it had received
confirmation that the satellite deployed its solar panels
and was generating power.

The 7-foot-long Iris, weighing 400 pounds, carries an
ultraviolet telescope that can take high-resolution images
every few seconds. Unlike NASA's Solar Dynamics
Observatory, which observes the entire sun, Iris will focus
on a little-explored region that lies between the surface
and the corona. That's the glowing white ring that's
visible during eclipses.

Iris is being managed by the space agency's Goddard Space
Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. Its ultimate goal is
to learn more about how this region of the sun drives solar
wind and to better predict how space weather can cause
disruptions to communications here on Earth. The latter is
something very near and dear to ham radio operators, world-wide.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.


As a historical note the first successful Pegasus launch
occurred on April 5, 1990 with NASA test pilot and former
astronaut Gordon Fullerton in command of the carrier
aircraft. Video coverage of the June 27th Iris launch is online at



13-14 July - IARU HF Championships


Remembrance Day Contest August 17th and 18th

Again this year the RD falls on the same weekend as the International
Lighthouse weekend. Alan VK4SN says " Unfortunately the RD cannot be moved.
Lighthouse stations are welcome and encouraged to submit logs for the RD
while having enjoyed both activities. "

You have heard this morning of that VK5 club who will be doing both
activities together.

BUT there are changes to the RD so "listen up".

Remember that the new start and finish times are 0300z or 1PM eastern states

This time will let you have half a day free on both days of the weekend.

Teams were very successful last year, so please notify
of your team members prior to the start of the contest.

(73. de Alan VK4SN.)

VK Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 3


The Chilean island of San Felix is activated by Mike WU2D
until around15 July. He has been issued with the callsign
CE0X/WU2D by the Chilean authorities.
This island counts as a separate entity for DXCC purposes.

TU 5 DF is on the air from the Ivory Coast until October.
TU 5 DF operations are 40 through 6 meters using CW with some SSB and PSK31.
QSL to his home call F 5 SWB

V G 6 Yap Island September 8th to 15th on 40 through 10 meters using CW only.
QSL via PG 5 M.

CP 1 XRM from Bolivia until July 19th. What makes this operation unique is
that CP 1 XRM will be on the HF bands using a 100 watt solar powered station
to a vertical antenna. QSL via EA 5 RM his home call.

6 V 7 S (No not a vacuum tube but a call sign from Senegal.)
6 V 7 S is transmitting from Senegal through July 16 on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10
using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via RK 4 FF his call.


Ham Radio CubeSat FITSAT-1 becomes a 'Shooting Star'

The amateur radio CubeSat FITSAT-1, also known as NIWAKA, burnt up in the
Earth's atmosphere in the early hours of Thursday, July 4, 2013

The last signal was received by JA0CAW at 03:07(UTC).

FITSAT-1, built by students at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology, was one
of five CubeSats launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on
July 21, 2012.


Send Your Own Spacecraft to the Moon

A new project to give thousands of people the opportunity to design, build
and launch personalised spacecraft and send them to the moon has begun.

Now anyone can become a citizen space explorer at a cost of USD159,
explorers who back the project will be able to personalise their own
spacecraft by adding a picture or message direct from their favourite
social media or game profile or create their own unique design.

Pocket Spacecraft are disks with flexible electronics, smaller than a CD
and as thin as a piece of paper, that will be loaded into an Interplanetary
CubeSat mothership to hitch a ride into space on a commercial rocket.
The mothership will then set off to the moon and when it arrives many months
later, the fleet of Pocket Spacecraft will be photographed as they are
released to land on the moon to complete their mission.

Anyone can take part in the mission via the crowd-funding site

The campaign ends on August 26, 2013.

Detailed information regarding the campaign is available on the KickStarter



A milestone for ILLW registrations

The 300th registration for next month's International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend comes from Rainer Arndt DL9OE, who will activate the Luehe Lower
Lighthouse in Germany's Saxony region.

That lighthouse, built in 1900, is a cylindrical tower painted with red and
white horizontal bands, sits on the south bank of the Elbe River.

So far the fun-event event on August the 17th and 18th has 325 registrations
from more than 30 countries. Australia and Germany are leading with 50 each.
Then follows the USA on 40, England has 30, Argentina 20 and Sweden 15.

Canada, Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland have about 10 each. The new countries
joining the growing list are Chile, Taiwan and Turkey.

Now in the 16th year, the annual event promotes public awareness of old marine
navigation methods, amateur radio and foster international goodwill.

For the guidelines and online registration visit the dedicated website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

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

NSW Police Search and Rescue are looking at all of the details of the
original search for Cessna 210 VH-MDX lost in the Barrington Tops in 1981,
to assist in planning for this year's SAREX in October.

They would be assisted by any listener who has knowledge of WICEN's
involvement in this original search.

The WICEN New South Wales website can be found at:

(vk2wi news)


Andrew VK1NAM has news of an upcoming celebration of 6 months of SOTA in VK1.

He says "VK1 SOTA participants are planning to celebrate 6 months of SOTA in
VK1 on Sunday 11 August 2013 with simultaneous activations of multiple VK1
summits commencing at 09:15 local 2315 UTC.

VK1NAM is coordinating the register of operator/summits.

Andrew can be contacted on



JUL 12-14 VK3 GippsTech will be held at Churchill. Information

JUL 20 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest

JUL 20 VK4 Caboolture HamFest 9am

JUL 28 VK2 Albury Wodonga Amateur Radio Club HamFest 10AM

AUG 4 VK6 Northern Corridor Radio Group HamFest Cyril Jackson Rec Centre
Fisher st Ashfield Bassendean 9am.

AUG 11 VK2 SARCFEST 414 Richmond Hill Rd near Lismore


SEP 14 VK4 Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio's Sunfest 9am.

Oct 3- 7 VK4 North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention Charters Towers

Oct 5 vk4 REDFest by Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club St Michael's
College, Caboolture, 9am

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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