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High Power Trial Ends in August

As all participants in the High Power Trial know, it ends on Sunday the 31st of August.

At a meeting between the WIA and the ACMA on Monday 5th August, the ACMA told the Institute that the arrangements put in place to authorise the use of higher power will not be made permanent.

Following lengthy discussion, the ACMA agreed to the WIA's request to re-visit the matter, which could happen as early as next year.

Naturally this will be a disappointment to many Advanced licensees, not the least for those who participated in the trial over the past year. The WIA is also disappointed.

The ACMA revealed that its decision was reached after reviewing data it obtained during an assessment process that began back in March this year.

According to the ACMA, the trial demonstrated a lack of awareness by some Advanced Licensees of their licence conditions.

Of particular concern to the ACMA were issues related to compliance with electromagnetic energy requirements and that this lack of awareness is not confined to the use of higher power than the 400 watts already permitted.

The ACMA said that the results of the trial demonstrate there is a need to raise awareness among licensees of their licence conditions, and that this should not be confined to Advanced Licensees, adding that the ACMA looks forward to working with the WIA to achieve that objective.

It is important to realize that radio amateurs are not being singled out here. Compliance with electromagnetic energy requirements applies to all apparatus licensees, including broadcasting, maritime services and others. The ACMA also remarked on the lack of awareness of electromagnetic energy compliance generally among other licensees.

To address this issue, and to prepare for another approach to the ACMA next year, the Institute has begun implementing plans to promote widespread awareness of the necessary compliance with electromagnetic energy requirements for amateur stations.

Electromagnetic radiation is not just a technical issue, it also a political issue among sectors of the community, as you may be aware, and we as licensed amateurs need to be mindful of that.

I would like to thank the members of the Spectrum Strategy Committee for their diligent work over the course of the High Power Trial: Peter Young VK3MV, Doug McArthur VK3UM, Noel Higgins VK3NH and Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.

Your Wireless Gear Soon to be Obsolete and AudioTechnology Magazine has a

The Govenments spectrum selloff will see an estimated 150,000 wireless
around the country being made obsolete, clearly this isn't just an

Around 150,000 wireless audio devices currently in use (4 in every 5) will
need to be scrapped. Cost to replace? Up to $220m.

To continue to use radio mics beyond December 31st 2014 users will need to:
Ensure your devices operate between 520 and 694MHz, or
Buy new equipment that will operate within the new approved spectrum.

If you operate illegally, then under the 1992 Radiocommunications Act it
could mean a hefty fine. If you replace your equipment, you'll be doing so
without any compensation whatsoever.

But how to express your outrage?

Google AWAG

AWAG has an online petition which will allow us to collectively get the
government's attention.

AUSTRALIA'S most powerful computer has been unveiled, in a boost for
scientists who crunch vast amounts of data to make forecasts and pinpoint
extreme weather.

The Australian National University in Canberra has named the supercomputer
Raijin after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms.

The machine, weighs in at 70 tonnes and has 57,000 processing cores, the
equal of about 15,000 laptop computers and 160 terabytes of memory, the
equivalent of about 30,000 laptops.


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

RD - Final Reminder VK4SN [AUDIO]

This is the last rememinder for the Remembrance Day Contest next weekend,
the 17th and 18th of August.

Six points to note are.

1. Read the rules and info on the website.
2. Remember the start and finish times are 0300Z.
3. Please try and use the supplied computer loggers and not Excel spreadsheets.
4. Nominate your team members to me prior to the start of the contest.
5. Remember that the exchange is the number of years as a ham - not a serial number.
and above all,
6. Please remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Because the ILLW is on the same weekend, May I suggest calling
cq Remembrance Day, or CQ lighthouse depending on your choice of activity.

I wish you a great time in the RD and PLEASE, send me your log after the contest.

73's and hope to exchange numbers with you soon.
This is Alan, VK4SN Remembrance Day Contest Manager.



ARNSW have recently conducted their regular Foundation course and
There were 4 undertaking the course and 6 various assessments.

All were successful.

The next course from ARNSW will be the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of
September. Bookings by email to


SARCFEST Sunday, 11 August.
This is going to be a great day in the northern rivers of VK2 with the
annual Summerland Amateur Radio Club's SARCFEST starting at 9am.
All the regular items will be there for sale along with educational
and historic communication displays from our members.
Our local federal member of parliament Janelle Saffin will be opening the
festival between 1 and 2pm so come along for a great day at SARCFEST 2013
August the 11th at the SARC Clubrooms 414 Richmond Hill Road, Richmond Hill.

New (and fun) Contest

Recently, the Manly-Warringah Radio Society made a bulk purchase of
portable flagpoles for use as antenna masts. This inspired the club
to create a new radio contest, specifically aimed at encouraging fun,
portable operations, preferably using a flagpole as part of your
antenna system.

Full details of the contest are on the club web site at,
but a few key points are:

- that this is a FUN contest, and not to be taken too seriously
- any mode and frequency is permitted
- extra points will be awarded for contacts with flagpole stations
- more extra points for contacts with F-calls (Flagpole-calls? HI)
- even more extra points will be awarded for submitting (by email, SSTV,
or any other means) a photo of your station showing your station's flagpole.

There will be calling frequencies on 40 and 80 metres, as well as the club
2m repeater for those of you in Sydney with only VHF access.

The first MWRS Flagpole Contest will take place on 21 September. Because
this date is close to International Talk-like-a-Pirate Day (on the 19th),
extra points may also be awarded if your station photo includes a Jolly
Roger or other humorous flag of your choice.

Details again are at Just enter 'flagpole' in the search

(Richard Murnane VK2SKY)
(Direct link:


Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention 20-10-2013

The Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention is an annual event where traders
set up to sell new, used and preloved radio communications equipment,
antenna's, test equipment and parts.

Entry for all is $6 per person under 15 free.

Traders tables $10 each.
Food available.
Doors open 10am.

For more info contact

SDARC Comms Day & Hamfest

The Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club's annual
Comms Day/Hamfest will be held on Sunday 8th September
at St Augustine's Hall, Orr Street Shepparton.
This is our usual venue and the doors will open at 10.00am for the public.
And 8.00am for Traders.

St Augustine's Hall in Shepparton.Vic Roads map 273 Ref M8.


VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award [AUDIO]

The VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award, sponsored by the
Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society, has now been running for
approximately 4 months.

The Award encourages portable operation from within South
Australia's 21 National Parks and 262 Conservation Parks.

The award is issued at 5 different levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold,
Platinum, & Diamond.

The award is open to Activators (those that brave the elements &
activate a park), Hunters (those that work Activators) and Short Wave listeners.

Certificates are issued for each level, with a different photograph
appearing on the certificate at the different levels.

A glass etched trophy is also available to those operators reaching
Diamond status.

Recently a Park to Park category was also initiated, and certificates
are also awarded for reaching certain levels for Park to park contacts.

Since the award commenced on the 14th April, over 50 different National
and Conservation Parks have been activated in South Australia. And this
is despite the fact that the majority of this time has been the cold
winter months.

One Gold, Two silver and Two Bronze Activator certificates have been
issued to VK5 operators.

And three gold, six Silver, and six Bronze, Hunter certificates have
been issued to VK3 & VK5 operators.

Additionally one park to park certificate has been issued.

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

And there is also a Yahoo Group which you can join for free. The benefit
of joining this group is that you can keep up to date with details
surrounding the award and find details on intended activations.

A link to the Yahoo Group can be also found on the AHARS website.

To celebrate the 6 month anniversary of the Award, a special activation
weekend will be held on Saturday, the 19th & Sunday the 20th October, 2013.

Amateurs are encouraged to dust off their portable equipment and enjoy
the outdoors for a few hours, and activate a VK5 park or two over the
October weekend period.

Already there are a number of amateurs who have indicated their
intentions of activating various parks.

Again the weekend is Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th October, 2013.

If you intend to activate a park on this weekend, please place your
intentions on the Yahoo Group site.

Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to VK5PAS at

Thanks for listening. I'm Paul, VK5PAS, on behalf of the Adelaide Hills
Amateur Radio Society.


What use is an f-call? (audio is in wia upload area if you need it)

The excitement of participating in an Amateur Radio event, be it social,
educational, competitive or otherwise is something that I've not seen or
experienced in any other hobby.

Every Amateur I interact with has a different history, a different bent, a
different itch that they like to scratch. Some come to the hobby to design,
build and use their inventions. Others come here to test their mettle
that of other Amateurs across the globe. Some come for the socialising and
others for the mental agility they get from interacting with fellow

I've spent a year and a half trying to share with you what Amateur Radio is
all about, it's from my perspective to be sure, but I try and find ways of
highlighting different aspects of this all encompassing hobby.

I've yet to put my finger on it, but there is something about Amateur Radio
that other hobbies don't seem to have. Of course it's entirely possible that
I've lived a sheltered life, but this crazy collection of people from all
walks of life bring together something that is greater than the sum of its

I know that people who are not Amateurs look at me and shake their head,
those who are do that on occasion, but what I mean is that it's hard to see
how big this field of Amateur Radio really is until you dip your toe in the
water and have a go at getting wet.

I spent a most enjoyable night recently talking about propagation, about the
grey line, about long and short paths, about hard to get countries and more
easily obtained contacts, all whilst sitting in a shack, listening to the
radio, hearing people around us talk and communicate with each other.

Perhaps it's the talking that attracts me, I've never been short of a word,
but I have to confess, Amateur Radio seems to make sense to me in ways that
other pursuits did not.

I was going to add, If Only I met an Amateur When I was younger, but perhaps
that is superfluous.

When was the last time you shared your sense of wonder with someone?

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.


The popular English language Nordic HF conference will take
place in Sweden, from August 12th to the 14th. Topics to be
covered will include the design of a software-defined radio;
an ionospheric chirpsounder for HF propagation analysis;
creation of applications of advanced VLF/LF/HF-digital
signal processing in the amateur radio service and numerous
other offerings.

More information including a complete program and speaker
listing is on the web at


This as publisher Bob Grove, W8JHD, tells contributors in an e-mail that,
after 33 years, he and his wife, Judy, have decided to retire.

In his notice Grove said that a combination of a down-turned
economy, as well as the ready availability of free listening
and technical information on the Internet, has reduced sales
and subscriptions throughout the marketplace. Therefore
Monitoring Times will be shutting down all operations after
its December 2013 issue.

The impending closure of Monitoring Times leaves CQ Publishing's
Popular Communications, as the magazine serving the burgeoning
shortwave listeners, CBers and scanning enthusiasts market.



Remembrance Day Contest August 17th and 18th

ALARA Contest August 24 and 25

VK Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 3




New 6m beacon for South Africa

The South African Radio League will activate a new
propagation beacon on 5,250kHz by the end of August.

Its transmitter will be programmed to send signals at
regular intervals and radio amateurs who have the proper
software will be able to record these signals automatically
on their computers.

An article that explains the full operation will be posted
on the Propagation Research page on
(GB2RS News)


Bill Moore NC1L, the Awards Branch Manager of the ARRL has announced a
plethora of operations that have been approved for DXCC credit.

These are the 2013 4S7NZG operation from Sri Lanka;

the current W4XR expedition in Laos;

the one day July 9th Z8OID operation from the South Sudan and

the 2012 and 2013 9M4SLL operations from the Spratly Islands.

Also now approved is the 2010 through 2011 9Q6CC operation from the
Democratic People's Republic of the Congo;

the 2013 XWOYJY outing from Laos;

the 2013 9XOEME from Rwanda and 6OOLA from Somalia

Last but by no means least is the 2012 T6JM operation from Afghanistan

According to NC1L, if you've had any of these rejected in a
prior application, send a note to


Special event station R 2009 IT is active until August 31 to pay tribute to
military aerobatics pilot Igor V. Tkachenko who died in a collision in 2009.
QSL via RN 3 DHL.

5H 3 BB Tanzania until 20th August.
Operation will be mainly on SSB on 40, 20, 17 and 15m with a possibility
of some CW.
QSLs for 5H3BB go via KF 8 UN home call.


TARANAKI Award will run from 10th August till 15th August 2013 inclusive

1. It is available to all Amateurs and short wave listeners.

2. Contacts may be made on any band, any mode. Each station may be worked
ONCE ONLY for each separate application for the Award.

Compulsory contact with Special Station ZL6RFA 5 points

3 Bonus points for contacts with Taranaki Branch Stations
New Plymouth Branch 27 ZL2AB
Waitara Branch 47 ZL2TO
South Taranaki Branch 87 ZL2QF
Inglewood Branch 19 ZL2PT
Opunake Branch 32 ZL2ANN
Hawera Branch 14 ZL2HWA
Each additional Taranaki station (A Station whose base is in Taranaki) 1 point

Copy of log and fee of $5.00 to arrive before the 31st August 2013
Total Points needed for award 25 points

Dan Wilkinson Memorial Contest will be running in Conjuntion with the Taranaki Award

Full details about these and other awards are on the website.




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



Things heat up for the ILLW

August the 17th and 18th - that's next Saturday and Sunday - is certain to
have a record number of portable amateur radio stations in the International
Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

The milestone 400th registration goes to Australia's Carpentaria CLS-4 Lightship,
one of 17 vessels in the fun-event that has so far attracted 450 entries
from 42 countries.

The Scottish designed Australian built lightship moored at the National Maritime
Museum in Sydney's Darling Harbour, will be put on air by the Hornsby and
Districts Amateur Radio Club VK2MA.

Now in its 16th year, the event increases public awareness of the old form
of maritime navigation, engenders good will and promotes amateur radio.

Most registrations come from Australia, Germany, USA, England, Argentina,
Sweden, Malaysia, Netherlands, Scotland, Canada and South Africa.

But no matter where you are in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia or the Americas,
there will be plenty to contact - and many of them offer a special QSL card.

To register a lighthouse, lightship or marine beacon for August the 17th
and 18th and see the event guidelines visit the website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


also - ATV QSO Party --
Hello all..

Well its on again the third annual (D)ATV QSO Party.

The dates will be Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August Melbourne
Australia time. Friday night will be a VK hook up with remote stations using
Skype to communicate with myself as the anchor. I will then transmit them to
VK3RTV which will be seen in Melbourne on 446.5 Mhz DVB-T and also on the
British Amateur TV Club's streaming website.

This means that amateurs anywhere in the world can watch the activity.
Melbourne ATV stations will be able to transmit to VK3RTV using either
23cms DVB-S or Analogue FM.

I am hopeful the we may take stations from VK4 this year via a Queensland
Skype anchor taking signals from VK4RKC which is the Brisbane DATV Repeater.
Signals from VK3RTV will be sent by Skype to Brisbane and then appear on VK4RKC.

The VK hookup should include stations from VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK5. The party
will kick off at 8 PM Melbourne time with myself, VK3BFG acting as the main
control station for the event.

On Saturday morning/afternoon we will again link up with the W6ATN network
in Southern California via the local anchor Don, KE6BXT. All US stations
should work through the Californian ATV network or Skype into Don, who
will then send the video to me for distribution this end. In turn I will
pick up local stations through VK3RTV or remote stations via Skype and
send to Don. Where ever possible, ATV stations should work through their
local repeater.

We will also link up with Ken W6HHC in Orange County California who is going
to give us an update on the DATV Express project and maybe a bit of show and
tell. The DATV Express is a development to produce a cheap DVB-S transmit system.

We will have Mick, VK3CH out portable if the weather is good enough and also
the new ATV Station VK3ER, which is at the clubrooms of the Eastern and Mountain
Districts Radio Club. (VK3ER is the club call sign)

More details as the event develops.

The World Digital ATV QSO Party

The event held this month through the Melbourne-Geelong repeater VK3RTV has
already been joined on the Saturday by the vast Californian W6ATN network,
with its anchor Don Hill KE6BXT.

It will include a cross to Ken Konechy W6HHC of the Orange County Amateur
Radio Club with his update on DATV Express Project.

This is a Digital ATV system being developed by US and British radio amateurs
that will be capable of the new visual transmission method - promising to
be a very interesting indeed.

The event initiated by Peter Cossins VK3BFG in 2011, will be on Friday the
20th from 8pm to Saturday the 31st of August 10am - with the days and scheduling
all in Australian Eastern Standard Time.

European stations are yet to be confirmed, although it will be streamed through
the British Amateur Television Club plus the use of Skype.

Among the Australian's are those in the Brisbane through the DATV Repeater
VK4RKC, from Tasmania Winston Nickols VK7EM, the Bendigo Specimen Hill ATV
repeater VK3RBO, the footprint VK3RTV repeater gang and many others.

Digital ATV QSO Party transmissions are often a relatively short show-and-tell,
either direct via VK3RTV or relayed through Skype from stations anywhere.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)








WICEN's NSW Hunter region was due to be involved in a Horse Enduro event
in mid August. Due to the Hendra virus begin identified in the area, this
has been cancelled.

Hendra virus is a deadly virus that affects horses and humans with a very
high fatality rate. When it is discovered quarantine procedures are put
in place which severely limits the movement of horses in and out of the
impact zone.

Therefore, the next WICEN event in the Hunter is the Memory Walk and Jog at
Speers Point on the 8th of September.



Radio New Zealand's AM emergency notification radio service
was unable to broadcast civil defense messages for about 20
minutes after the 6.5-magnitude quake on Sunday evening, July 21st.

Radio New Zealand spokesman John Barr said that the problem was caused
when a fuse went out in the Porirua coastal suburb of Titahi Bay.

Barr said that the company had a technician there quickly to
rectify the situation. He noted that the outage was
isolated to the AM broadcast operation and did not hamper
any other civil defense capacity. Barr added that Radio New
Zealand had continued to operate on their FM frequency and
on television through Sky and Freeview.

New Zealand authorities recommend that the public tune to
the civil defense recommended frequency of 101 FM. That is
the standard FM emergency notification frequency around most of that





Last week we told you something of SOTA, well SOTA is certainly growing

The organisation of SOTA in Australia is based on VK call
areas. SOTA was launched in February 2012 in VK3 followed by VK5
later that year and VK1 in February 2013.

What about other states? SOTA in VK2 is well advanced and within a
few weeks we hope to be able to submit an application for
registration of VK2 as a SOTA association. On current information
the VK2 list will have over 800 summits for activators to walk
up. The timing is not guaranteed but we expect VK2 to be "on the
air" by summer if not earlier.

VK7 and VK4 are likely to be lodging their summit lists soon
too. There is discussion in VK6 and it will be quite interesting to
hear contacts being made between activators in VK6 and either
activators or chasers in the east. As power levels are typically
low, extra attention is paid to antenna efficiency by
activators. There is intense discussion about the best power
supplies for various radios. Weight vs. battery capacity is the trade-off.

The summits on various VK9 islands are few, but they have been
registered already, so the recent VK9NT operation from Norfolk Island
caused quite a stir among the SOTA enthusiasts.

The VK1 SOTA association is organising a simultaneous activation of
as many summits as possible today Sunday 11th August. Operators on 2m
FM and 40m SSB will find a sudden increase in activity that morning in VK1.

For more information about SOTA, see and join the
SOTA_Australia group on Yahoo Groups to keep up with the SOTA scene
in Australia.

(Andrew Davis VK1DA/VK2UH Coordinator for VK2 SOTA)



REWIND a look back at history


A oldie but a goodie from radios recent past. If you have
ever had the chance to listen to the Voice of America
Shortwave station that operated from Delano California and
can recall its booming signal up and down the West coast and
out into the Pacific, here is the story of how it came about.

Also the way it operated for 63 years and its final non-descript
signoff at 03:30 U-T-C on October 28, 2007.

And there's even an amateur radio tie-in when one of the stations
200 kilowatt Federal Radio transmitters showed up on the ham radio
airwaves calling CQ.

We won't spoil it by telling you more.

Rather, make yourself a snack, sit back, relax and take your web browser
to for a great evening of reading.


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

Oct 20 VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention

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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