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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING OCT 13 2013.
WIA CONGRATULATES RSGB ON 100 YEARS OF SERVICE.
WIA AR MAGAZINE CONTEST WRITER A SPECIAL GUEST THIS WEEK
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCT 13 2013.
UP UP AND AWAY
In this day and age of we hams launching small balloons and using ATV on
board easily purchased quad copters and the like comes this story with a
message in its tail.
A mystery drone crashed into the Sydney Harbour Bridge causing counter
terrorism officers to be alerted and an investigation by the Civil Aviation
The incident occurred Wednesday week, just a day before the start of the
International Navy Fleet Review. However police believe the two were not
A spokesman for CASA confirmed it was investigating the incident.
He said those operating remotely piloted aircraft must keep them at least
30m away from any people, buildings or structures and to check with local
council where they can be used. He said airspace around the Harbour Bridge
was restricted, even for small aircraft such as drones.
Fire destroys Marine Rescue Ulladulla base
MARINE Rescue Ulladulla will continue to provide its vital safety services
for the local boating community, despite the destruction of the Unit's base
Boaters in the area should still use their marine radios as usual to call
Marine Rescue Ulladulla on VHF Channel 16 or 27 Meg Channel 88.
MRNSW has also deployed one of their mobile communication units to supplement
the radio service via the services of the Ulladulla Game Fishing Club
The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown.
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
RSGB 1913-2013 congratulated
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), which is celebrating its century
with a variety of events, has been thanked and wished well on the occasion
and into the future.
Fellow International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society, the Wireless
Institute of Australia (WIA), has described the array of events organised
throughout this centenary year as marvelous.
WIA President Phil Wait VK2ASD said the events engage the membership, clubs,
and radio amateurs worldwide, while further raising the profiles of the organisation
and the amateur service.
The RSGB has been a true friend through its 100 years of international cooperation
including strong leadership on issues at the IARU and other forums.
It continues to display a leading role both locally and throughout the world.
The WIA acknowledges that it relied heavily on the RSGB for its own Introduction
of the Foundation Licence that has proven to be highly successful in Australia.
RSGB publications continue to sell well through the WIA Book Shop. The WIA
has sent a plaque to the RSGB extending the warmest of wishes on achieving
the milestone and for its future.
IARU choses anniversary day theme
Each year on 18 April is World Amateur Radio Day, which celebrates the
founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925.
The theme "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to Wireless Communications" has been
chosen for the day in 2014.
In 100 years it has evolved from crude spark-gap technology to digital signal
processing and software-defined radios.
The IARU understands that the date is close to Easter. It encourages activity
earlier or later to gain as much exposure and publicity as possible for modern
and easily accessed amateur radio.
For that reason, the Wireless Institute of Australia has chosen April the
13 to the 15th to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day - by holding its
Remember the Expo is not a competition, but an opportunity for everyone
whether at a public display or on the air, to show amateur radio to the
Only six months to go. Will you be involved? Check out the WIA website under
the 'What's On' column for more details.
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
A few weeks ago I mentioned that Doug VK3UM will be demonstrating his EMR
Calculation program and with the assistance of Peter VK3MV answer questions
from the audience. Well, as expected the meeting was very well attended and
there were quite a few comments and questions from those in attendance.
Under our license conditions we as amateurs are required to do a
self-assessment of our antenna setup. Doug took us through that process
and also explained some of the reasons why we really need to take the
EMR/EMI matter very seriously.
Doug's presentation was recorded and the subsequent video is available to
view on the internet. At this stage there is no plan to distribute DVD copies
but there is some discussion of uploading the file to an FTP site for download
To view the video presentation log onto the EMDRC website
and to download the video follow the YouTube link from the EMDRC website.
This has been Jack VK3WWW for the EMDRC
Victorian National Parks on air soon
Why not use your portable amateur radio station experience next month to
activate a Victorian National Park?
There are 45 with most within easy reach by car. Amateur Radio Victoria
welcomes all to take part on Friday the 15th until Sunday 17th of November,
a weekend that focuses on them under the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks
In Greater Melbourne they are Organ Pipes, Kinglake, Dandenong Ranges,
Yarra Ranges and Churchill. There are also National Parks easily visited from
all regional centres.
Inquiries to the Award Manager Tony Hambling VK3VTH, who will soon release
a master list of activations with dates, times and frequencies.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
ARNSW will be having a BBQ and lectures for members at the VK2WI site on
Sunday the 10th November. Registrations are required by an email to
Amateur Radio NSW will be conducting their next license assessments on
Sunday the 17th November 2013 at the VK2WI Dural site. Bookings are required
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first assessments by ARNSW in 2014 will be the 19th January.
Details on the ARNSW web site www.arnsw.org.au under Training and Exams.
Want to know how preparations are coming along for the biggest amateur radio event in
Australia in 2014?
Well, preparations are well under way for the Wyong Field Day and I can let you know a
few confirmed points;
The free shuttle bus from the railway station and car park that was such a success this
year will be running again in 2014,
We will have four lucky door prizes.
The chance to win one of these in in your entrance ticket.
There will be three prizes each of a Diamond mobile antenna and the forth prize is the
ARRL handbook (I'd like to win that prize but as I am part of the team running the
event, I'm not allowed to).
The event takes place "rain or shine" on Sunday February 23 so make sure it's in your
diary and plan your travel arrangements.
Have you booked your accommodation yet? Motels and Hotels in the area are filling up.
More later ...
73 this is Ed VK2JI, Publicity Officer of the Central Coast ARC.
What use is an F-call?
For a little while now I've been working towards obtaining my DXCC, contacting
100 countries. When I talk about it, often the first question is, how many
contacts have you made? I'm always a little ashamed to admit that I've yet to
make my first.
Often I then get lots of helpful advice on what to do.
Let me share with you what I've been doing since I made the commitment to
obtain my Low Power, or QRP DXCC. As I said at the time, I don't know if this
is going to take a week, a month, a year or a decade, but I intend to get
there, if not for others, but for myself as a personal challenge.
My first quest along this road was to get on-air. I started thinking that I
would do this from my car, set-up my mobile vertical at a suitable location
and just start making QSOs. I spent a fair amount of time scouting for
locations, found a few to test and after sitting for a couple of days in these
spots a number of things became apparent to me.
My antenna, as great as it is, is a pain to set-up for an hour. It's fine for
a day or a weekend, but not for an hour here or there.
Secondly, I didn't feel particularly inconspicuous sitting parked in my car
with a big stick standing next to it and at night I felt particularly
So, after doing some research and evaluating how much space I have available
at home, I came to the conclusion that I should get my shack set-up at home
with a suitable antenna.
I've been researching antennas and as you might know, have settled on a
Magnetic Loop Antenna. This in turn lead me down the path of finding a
suitable and eventually with the help of several amateurs, building a
variable capacitor. All credit to them. Then I couldn't measure the
capacitance of this contraption, so I needed the ability to measure small
capacitance, in the order of Pico Farad, something my Digital Multi-Meter is
completely incapable of. So I built an LCR meter.
Although I've been soldering for years and every time learning more about this
art-form, this was the first time I actually built something. So, now I have
a variable capacitor, an LCR meter, I'm working on how to feed my loop and
control the actuator that adjusts the capacitor, I'm getting closer.
Once I'm on-air, I'll still need to sort out logging and QSL and no doubt I'll
learn more about what else is needed. One I know is needed is Morse and I'm
struggling a little with that, but a day at a time.
I aim to get to the point where Neil, VK6FSKB got to recently when he heard a
station calling on 15m. He called back and made a QSO with GB0IDD, the
special event station for the 2012 UN International Day of Disability.
So, learning, doing and having fun. That's what it's all about. What have you
been up to lately?
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.
By the end of the year, approximately 40 per cent of the globe will be online,
according to a report from the United Nations.
The UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released its annual
report, which charts Internet connectivity around the world.
In 2012, 250 million more people started using the Web, and the ITU estimates
that 2.7 billion people will have Internet access by the end of this year.
Internet-connected mobile gadgets have helped boost Web access.
By the end of the year, there will be 6.8 billion total mobile-cellular
subscriptions - almost as many as there are people on the planet.
In June 2011 the ECC published a Decision, harmonizing CB radio across the
28 months later Ofcom has announced a consultation on legalising 27 MHz SSB
Ofcom has published proposals to amend current arrangements for Citizens' Band
Radio in the UK, to allow the use of a wider range of transmission standards.
Ofcom is proposing to allow the use of AM, Double-sideband and SSB
transmission standards on CB radio, which will bring the UK in line with other
In the late 1970's radio amateurs such as James Bryant G4CLF the then
President of the UK Citizens' Band Association, campaigned for the
legalisation of AM/SSB CB. Now some 36 years later it looks as though it will
finally be achieved.
Tuning out: Analogue radio to disappear by 2018
Analogue radio sets are likely be consigned to history by the first half of
2018, the head of Britain's commercial radio trade body has said, as she
called on the Government to set out a clear timetable for the industry's
Linda Smith, chief executive of RadioCentre, which represents commercial
stations across the country, predicted that the analogue radio signal would
survive six years beyond last year's switch off in the television sector.
The switchover would be three years later than recommended in a major
government report in 2009.
Some good news for hams living in Poway, California.
At a meeting with Poway City Council all five council members
have agreed that the almost $200 application fee for antenna towers
should be waived or at least significantly reduced.
They then instructed the city staff to return in
30 days with a plan and timeline for the regulation review.
The radio operators applauded at the end of the discussion.
Amateur Radio Newsline
NEW WILLIAMSON COUNTY TEXAS EOC INCLUDES HAM RADIO
A new $18 million Emergency Operations Centre in Williamson
County, Texas, will provide a room for amateur radio operators.
Jarred Thomas is the Emergency Management Coordinator. He
says that local amateur radio operators will also have a
room in which to gather. He notes that natural disasters
such as a 1997 F 5 tornado with winds in excess of 200 miles
per hour is in part the reason for the Emergency Operations
The new nerve centre will be command central for major
emergencies and also houses the county's 911 communications
department, which had outgrown its home at the sheriff's
office. A large conference centre and separate room for
media are also included at the EOC. More is on the web at
YAESU INTRODUCES SYSTEM FUSION DIGITAL AUDIO AT DCC
Yaesu used the occasion of the recent ARRL and
TAPR Digital Communications Conference held in
Seattle, Washington to introduce the latest links
in its chain of new products aimed at the VHF and
UHF digital voice market. Called System Fusion,
the new product line uses the previously
introduced C4FM / FDMA mode introduced in the
company's FT 1DR Handheld and FTM 400DR mobile
digital and analogue dual band transceivers coupled
with its soon to be released DR-1 dual mode
repeater. It will also have an optional
interconnect to the Internet using a stand alone
HRI-200 Wires X interface unit.
Yaesu's System Fusion repeater differs in one
important way from most previous entries into the
ham radio digital marketplace as it retains
traditional FM interoperability along with C4FM /
FDMA digital voice operation. This according to
Yaesu means that both analogue and digital users
can share one repeater and communicate with each other.
The presentation of the new System Fusion was
made by Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV, who is
Yaesu's Executive Vice President Amateur Radio
Sales. It was video recorded by Gary Pearce,
KN4AQ, of Ham Radio Now dot TV. You can see it
on line at tinyurl.com/yaesu-digital-audio-dcc
There's also a new remailer set up to comment on this new
digital voice system.
It's at groups.yahoo.com/group/YaesuSystemFusion
IARU ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL LOOKS TO WORK WITH NON IARU MEMBER SOCIETIES
The International Amateur Radio Union Administrative Council
is looking into ways to work with non-IARU Amateur Radio
organizations. This in nations where the IARU member-society
may not be representing all of that country's radio amateurs.
The issue came under discussion at the annual IARU
Administrative Council meeting held September 21st to the
23rd in Cancun, Mexico. According to a news release from
the gathering, in many of these countries, there are other
non-IARU member-societies. The Administrative Council is
studying ways to work with the non-IARU societies to ensure
that the interests of all the amateurs are represented in
those countries where the IARU member-society fails to do so.
NIKOLA TESLA MONUMENT UNVEILED IN NEW YORK
The president of Serbia has travelled to the United States
where he recently unveiled the Nikola Tesla Monument at
Tesla's former laboratory in Long Island. In a press
statement prior to the actual ceremony, Serbian President
Tomislav Nikolic said that it was the strength of Tesla's
vision is what influences how the public speaks about Nikola
Tesla with respect some 70 years after he died.
Nikola Tesla who passed away on January 7, 1943 was a
Serbian-born and later inventor, electrical engineer,
mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist. He is perhaps
best known for his contributions to the design of the modern
alternating current electricity supply system.
For decades The Tesla Science Centre has been trying to set
up a commemorative museum at the site of Nikola Tesla's old
laboratory, Now those behind the project and who managed to
raise over a million dollars in an internet crowd funding
campaign can celebrate the fact that their goal is finally
starting to become a reality.
NEW RCA EXHIBIT AND STUDY CENTRE TO OPEN AT NJ COLLEGE
A new exhibit highlighting the Radio Corporation of
America's rich history across the 20th century will open
shortly at the College of New Jersey, in Ewing Township.
The display will draw from the more than 6000 artefacts that
the college inherited after the David Sarnoff Library, which
at one time was RCA's main technical archive and museum,
closed in 2009. The new exhibition covers the development
of radio, television, and broadcasting, as well as RCA's
work in liquid-crystal displays, electron microscopy, solid-
state physics, and computers. The Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers Foundation funded the new Sarnoff
Study Centre which is connected to the exhibition. The
Centre will serve as the central educational component of
the Sarnoff Collection. More is on the web at
OPERATIONAL NEWS - with SPECIAL EVENTS, DX, BEACON, NET AND CONTEST ADVICE.
Today I am joined by James Fleming VK4TJF Contest writer for our AR Magazine
but first some contest reminders for November and early advice on 2014 'tests.
The WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day happens weekend of November 23/24.
WIA Summer VHF-UHF Field Day 11/12 January
WIA John Moyle Field Day weekend March 15-16
WIA VK Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 3
WIA REMEMBRANCE DAY (THE RD) CONTEST Aug 16 - 17
Manly-Warringah Radio Society's NEXT Flagpole contest is again September 2014.
The Manly-Warringah Radio Society's inaugural Flagpole contest was a great
success. The logs are still coming in, but participating stations were noted
from VK2, 3, and 4.
Their link with International "Talk like a Pirate" Day captured the
imagination of many operators, so look out for this contest again next
Photos and videos can be found on the club web site, www.mwrs.org.au
Sewing Circle Net - Frequency Change
Cedric VK7CL from the Sewing Circle net which runs each evening from
5:00pm Local Time Tasmania on 3.590MHz is looking to experiment with using
7.105MHz due to poor conditions occasioned by daylight savings.
The idea is to move back to 3.590 when daylight savings end or as the
7.105MHz LSB +/- QRM
Special event call EN 50 N until October 30 commemorates 50 years of the
Vinnitsa TV tower, one of the tallest structures in Europe.
Activity all bands and modes and QSL via operators' instructions.
Now before further special stations to look out for, as promised, a look
at the follow up to last weekends OCEANIA DX Contest.
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Two radio amateurs are part of the over-wintering team and will be active
on Marion Island now to April 2014.
ZS 8 C - Carson, (ZR6CWI), and ZS 8 Z - David, (ZS1BCE).
Modes will mainly be SSB and digital modes and their QSL Manager is ZS 1 HF.
British Railways Amateur Radio Society GX 4 LMR over the rest of the year
will be marking the 45th anniversary of the end of steam on the British
railways network. This will be taking place thanks to BRARS member
Mark Procter who will be transmitting from his home QTH near Preston,
which was the very last bastion of steam in August 1968.
Obviously a VERY Special QSL card has been produced for this event.
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.
VI6WA100 a special event callsign is on air to celebrate the centenary of
organised Amateur Radio in Western Australia. In October 1913, the Perth Radio
Club (then changed to WIA VK6 Division a few years later) held their first
The call VI 6 WA 100 will be on air till years end.
DL 100 OUI CELEBRATES 100 YEARS SINCE FIRST DL - US RADIO CONTACT
Keep an ear open for the German special event callsign DL 100 OUI
which will be on the air throughout 2013.
This in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio
contact between that nation and the United States from Hannover.
O U I were the call letters of the German station at that time.
The US station was located in New Jersey.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
Spacecraft goes into lunar orbit
Among a select few allowed to work during the US government shutdown,
controllers for NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer
(LADEE) (PRONOUNCED LADY) fired the spacecraft's engines Sunday morning,
Oct. 6th, slowing it enough to be captured by lunar gravity.
LADEE is now in orbit.
Soon, the spacecraft will begin its mission to study the Moon's exotic and
diaphanous atmosphere, which is mightily affected by space weather.
For more information about this development, plus new colour images of incoming
Comet ISON, visit spaceweather.com
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
Australians not malware wise.
Nearly half of all adults or more than seven million living in Australia who
regularly use the Internet for personal purposes don't believe they will
suffer from malicious software, or malware for short.
ACMA has also found that ten per cent who use home-based computers or laptops
on the Internet fail to have virus protection while another eight per cent
don't regularly update it.
Malware allows others to steal personal identities including login details a
worrying possibility in this increasing digital society.
The Australian Internet Security Initiative program reports that
35,500 Australian IP addresses a day are infected by malware.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is on the weekend of October the 19th and 20th
when Scouts and Guides throughout the world make contacts and new friends
via 6,000 amateur radio stations.
The prospect of having a conversation, exchanging thoughts and ideas is very
much part of the attraction to JOTA.
With the hobby now more accessible some radio amateurs are also Scouts and
Guides, but usually an outside person will provide their own station. A
Working With Children check is required.
Stations are set-up in halls, camping areas and sometimes a radio amateur
will invite leaders and youngsters into his shack at home.
The 56th JOTA is held with the 17th Jamboree On The Internet.
Here in Australia JOTA-JOTI has a special broadcast by Governor General,
Quentin Bryce AC, at 1pm local time on the Saturday.
Over in the UK, special event station GB0TWY is to be activated by the
2nd Twyning Scout Group, as part of the 56th Jamboree on-the-Air event,
on October 19th.
Operations will be from the Twyning School.
Twyning is a small village on the banks of the River Avon, 3 km north of
Tewkesbury in the county of Gloucestershire, England. The village has around
70 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts - many of which will be visiting the station to
take part in JOTA 2013. They will also be joined by other Scout groups from
Activity will be on HF bands 40/20/15 meters and locally 2m and 70cm.
QSL via info on QRZ.com
(ARVictoria and SouthGate)
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
The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic is scheduled for 26th and 27th of October.
Due to the number of checkpoints, maritime mobile, and other stations,
WICEN New South Wales needs to field a large number of volunteers.
If you wish to assist, even if you are not a member, please contact WICEN via
Those who have not taken part before will be teamed with an experienced
The WICEN New South Wales website is at:
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 10 VK2 ARNSW Radio Fest Dural
NOV 10 VK3 Microwave Test and Tune day (EMDRC)
NOV 10 VK3 Yarra Valley Hamfest Garry Cooper Pavilion, 16 Anzac Ave.
NOV 15-17 VK3 Victorian National Parks Weekend
Nov 24 VK3 Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club Rosebud RadioFest
Jan 24-27 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Weekend Family Radio Camp
at Girl Guides Campsite Bluewater. (email@example.com)
Feb 23 VK2 Wyong Field Day and it is on come rain hail or shine.
Apr 13-15 VK PR4AmateurRadio Expo.
Apr 18 WW Amateur Radio Day: Your Gateway to Wireless Communications.
Apr 25 vk3 ANZAC Day event Ballarat Showgrounds firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2- 4 VK4 Clairview Gathering Clive VK4ACC 0429 632 815
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