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WIA asks What will be Amateur Radio in the future?



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

What will be Amateur Radio in the future?

Are you happy with the way things are now, without giving deep thought how,
over the years, Amateur Radio has truly evolved?

First we had wireless experimenters dabbling in the scientific oddity of
spark-gap telegraphy, then came valves, amplitude modulation,
radio broadcasting and shortwaves opening up the world, satellites and more.

A lot has happened, not to mention television, the Internet and the use of
a plethora of digital modes and weak signal working.

Do visionaries that look to the next 5, 10 or 20 years still exist?
A declining number of newcomers can pose a real threat to Amateur Radio,
and it could happen in Australia.

An unknowing community has rarely heard of Amateur Radio, or thinks we're
old fashioned, bypassed by computer and information technology, and does
not provide new challenges.

Think about how best you can promote Amateur Radio - sure we need to reflect
on the past, but we also need to emphasise the now and the future.

The WIA through its clubs and individuals has the PR4AmateurRadio Expo in
April. Details about it can be read now on and visiting the
What's On section.



web service:-

Following the success of the inaugural Rosebud RadioFest last year, the event will be
staged by SPARC again this year, on Sunday 24 November at the Eastbourne Primary School
in Allambi Avenue, Rosebud, Victoria.

Tables are still available at $10 each for the sale of new or pre-owned equipment.
Visit to book a table.

A "Show and Tell" feature will be included again this year and will be open from
8.30 a.m. while the doors to the main sale area will open at 10 a.m.

Technical forums will be held with interesting topics such as "Getting started on Moon
bounce", Electromagnetic Radiation, VSWR Meter calibration, latest information from
ACMA and a display by ICOM of the IC7100.

The event has full catering, there is plenty of off-street parking, there are great
door prizes and the entry fee is only $6 with under 12's free.

Talk-in will be held on VK3RSP 146.675 so make sure that you get to Rosebud on 24

vk7 local news, email

NTARC saves the day

Some weeks back NTARC received a "help" call from Linda Emery. Linda is the
Properties Manager for Encore Theatre Company in Launceston. She was on a
quest associated with their next production, "Annie."

She was seeking the loan of an old radio with a preference for a cathedral
style Echo or such, for 'Daddy Warbuck's mansion.

Lewis VK7FLPL came to the rescue.

Lewis had in his possession an "old weathered" Crosley CR82 cathedral design
replica and that fitted the bill, so to speak.


Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow Monday
Nov 4th is the first Monday of the month and therefore time once again
for the RAOTC's monthly bulletin.

This month we have an item on the first radio experiments in WA and some
details of Wally Coxon, VK6AG, widely regarded as the father of wireless
in WA.

The 2 principal transmissions are on 20m on 14.150 MHz USB.

The first, at 0100 UTC is beamed north from Melbourne for eastern states
listeners, while the second, an hour later at 0200 UTC, is beamed westward
for WA listeners.

Also at 0200 UTC, BARRY VK6WF will be transmitting the bulletin on 40m on
7060 kHz LSB. Although this is intended mainly for WA country listeners
located beyond our linked repeater coverage, it may well be heard by
South Australian listeners, too.

As well as these transmissions, throughout the day numerous local
transmissions take place on HF, VHF and UHF frequencies. To find a local
transmission for your area please visit the RAOTC website

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is cordially invited to listen
to this interesting half hour of news, stories and anecdotes and to
participate in the call backs afterwards.

Once again, the November RAOTC bulletin can be heard tomorrow and everyone is
most welcome to listen in and to call back afterwards.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

web service:-

It's all happening in preparation for Amateur radio's "Big day out" -
The Wyong Field day February 23rd 2014!

The latest traders who have confirmed they are coming are
Andrews Communications, R.F. Solutions and Jaycar.

Forms have been sent out to all the usual traders we expect they'll be coming
in soon to grab the limited space available.

New traders are always welcome, so if you are a trader looking to take part
in the largest Australian amateur radio event of the year, please send an
email to CCARC@CCARC.ORG.AU quickly so that you don't miss out and are sent
the form & price list.

If your local AR store isn't usually at Wyong - why not go along and give
them a "nudge" to see if they're interested, then get them to drop an email
to the CCARC to get the details.

The more the merrier, but we do have limited space, so be quick!

The seminar program is just awaiting confirmation of the last lecture, so I
should be able to give you that next week.

For 2014, the CCARC will run a one day foundation training course on Saturday
22nd and assessments for all grades of licence will be run on the Sunday,
this year by the CCARC team rather than ARNSW. What a great opportunity to get
into the hobby!

Take the training, pass the exam and then buy everything you need to get on
air at the field day. "Amateur Radio in a weekend".

Please contact the CCARC education coordinator Chris Lobb either via email as or direct to his mobile 0482 239 413 for full details
and to register for the course and-or an assessment.

73 'til next week, this is Ed, VK2JI, publicity officer of the Central Coast


What use is an F-call?

Amateur Radio is a social experience, an activity that invites and thrives on
communication. As a participant in the hobby, either recent or long standing,
there are many amateurs around who share your interests and can participate
with you in your exploration of what amateur radio means to you.

These people who share your experiences are your own little amateur community
and while it's safe to stay with those, you might consider that the hobby is
a gateway into a wide range of experiences and disciplines, so your little
view on the world is likely to benefit from interacting with new people.

As is common in our society, this time of year is traditionally used for
reflection and in my thinking about Amateur Radio, I'm using this time to
reflect on the things I've learnt and the people I've met over the past
12 months. I have started with Morse, done some serious contesting, met a
whole host of Amateurs from around the country, built a magnetic loop antenna,
built my first electronics kit, learnt about software defined radio, started
learning about transmission lines, remembered to enjoy myself and helped with
all manner of club activities throughout the year.

The thing I remember most is spending time with other Amateurs and sharing
the twinkle in their eye as they tell about their endeavours and contraptions.

What do you reflect on in 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.



On Sunday 10 November the SARL will transmit the annual Remembrance Day
Service as part of Amateur Radio Today starting at approximately 10:40
local south African time.

All radio amateurs are requested to observe radio silence during the service
as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in service of their

The service will be conducted in both English and Afrikaans by ZS6JRK.

Clubs wishing to retransmit the service on their local repeater, may download
the audio file from

A link will be activated on Sunday 10 November.



Indianapolis Legionnaires will honour their fellow veterans in a special
on-the-air tribute on Veterans Day, November 11th.

That's when members of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club will operate
using the special event call sign W9L on 20 meters, 2-meter simplex,
a Central Indiana repeater and connect worldwide via IRLP.

Frequencies in use will include to 14.275 MHz upper sideband on 20 meters.

IRLP Node 4816.

Those who make contact with W9L will be eligible to receive an attractive
full colour commemorative certificate.

More about this event including QSL routing is on the web at



Congratulations to 2012 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year
award winner Erin King, AK4JG, who has been named one of the 50
smartest teens in the world by

Erin was selected for this honour based on her
early acceptance to the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and her then hacking of her
acceptance letter tube. This she converted into
a spacecraft payload that she flew to over 90,000
feet. Once recovered using A-P-R-S tracking Erin
took the video captured by the on-board Go Pro
camera and produced a stunning documentary of the
creation of the payload and the actual flight itself.

You can read Erin's story and that of the forty-nine
others selected for this distinction at



Ham radio operators in the Kingdom of Bahrain have been on the air in
celebration of the 2013 Arab Cycling Championship being held in that nation.

A Special Event Station A 91 ACC was active and all QSLs go via IZ8CLM.

Planners said participation by ham radio operators in this event showed the
increasing interest in Amateur Radio in the Kingdom of Bahrain.


Amateur Radio Newsline


Apple may be forced to abandon its proprietary
30-pin dock charger, at least on the other side
of the Atlantic, if European politicians get
their way. This after members of the European
Parliament's Internal Market Committee voted
unanimously for a new law mandating a universal mobile phone charger.

The Member of the European Parliaments want all
radio equipment devices and their accessories,
such as chargers, to be interoperable to cut down
on electronic waste. Germany's Member of the
European Parliaments Barbara Weiler said she
wanted to see an end to what she terms as cable chaos.

This is not the first attempt to set a standard
for universal phone chargers. In 2009 the
European Commission, the International
Telecommunications Union and leading mobile phone
manufacturers drew up a voluntary agreement based
on the micro USB connector. However Apple, which
sold nine million units of the iPhone 5s and 5c's
in just three days has not adhered to the
agreement despite signing up with it.


WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day 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



Manly-Warringah Radio Society's Flagpole contest September.


VK3 National Parks want your contact

So far 22 different Victorian National Parks are available for the annual
activation. Many others are ready for this month's event just to work the
many portable stations or to qualify for an award.

Among the 26 venturing out portable is John Williams VK2AWJ of Gol Gol, just
north of Mildura. He will be in the Terrick Terrick and Greater Bendigo
National Parks.

Most active in this third annual event from eight different locations is
regular Peter Fraser VK3ZPF.

The event has attracted 26 from VK2, VK3 and VK5 who will operate under the
Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award rules.

More intended operations are most welcome. Choose any of Victoria's 45 National
Parks, including those already listed.

Listen for them on November the 15th to the 17th and check the Master List
of locations and times on the Amateur Radio Victoria website.


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.

The first and the only 2 Metre DXCC ever issued in the southern hemisphere
is said to have been awarded to Bob McQuarrie, ZL 3 TY, with 102 countries
confirmed. Bob's preferred activities include DX-ing 2 metres and EME,
primarily the 2 metre band.

The ARRL DXCC desk has announced that the 2013 T 6 JR operation from
Afghanistan has been approved for DXCC credit.
Cards are now being accepted for that one.

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
meeting. The call VI 6 WA 100 will be on air till years end.

D 2 CT is on the air from Angola through 'til November 15 operating PSK31
and RTTY on 20 through 10 meters including the WARC bands.
QSL via CT 2 HPM.

Bill who has operated from a number of countries in the Pacific Ocean area
has returned to the South Cook Islands until 9th November. He reactivated
his E 51 NOU callsign on all bands 160 - 10m using CW only.
QSLs go via his home call N 7 OU.

This year is 32nd time the Special Event Radio Station ON 4 CLM has been used.
CLM stands for Canadian Liberation March, a 33km march that the Canadian
troops did in Holland to liberate Knokke in 1944.
For this 32nd. Edition they are granted to use the special prefix OQ
instead of ON; which means you will hear OQ 4 CLM on air this year.
The event takes place till November 15th.

P 29 NO / JA 2 VQP East Sepic Province Papua New Guinea on air
to January 2015 whilst volunteer teacher at Divine Word University Wewak.

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.

EA 4 GBA, is operational as C 91 GBA from Mozambique until December 15th.
Activity will be on all H F bands using SSB with 100 watts into a dipole.
QSL direct via EA 4 GBA.

5 P 14 EHC
Danish Special Event callsign 5P14EHC between January 1-31st, 2014.
This activity is to celebrate Denmark hosting the
"European Handball Championship for Men" event in January.


Are you after some cheapies but goodies for construction?

Well Amateur Radio NSW will have their next Trash & Treasure at the VK2WI
Dural site on Sunday the 24 th November from 0930. You can check major items
on offer on

Following the T&T will be the Home Brew and Experiments gathering.


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


United Kingdom communications regulator Ofcom has published some new
information about putting an end to pirate radio operations. Basically it
would seem they appear as if they want to license these stations.

Currently in London alone there are over two dozen pirate stations operating
in the 88 to 108 MHz FM broadcast band. Many operate 24 hours a day, 7days a
week so are not exactly difficult for Ofcom to locate if they wished to do so.

On its In the Pirate Radio web page Ofcom points out that they have issued
Community Radio licenses to former pirate radio stations such as Rinse FM and
Kane FM. The inference that may be taken is Ofcom would like more pirate
radio stations to apply for community radio licenses.

Hear what Ofcom has to say about the situation in its own words at

(Southgate, BDXC via ARNewsLine)

WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video

Digital TV: DVB-T transmitter dongle

We Radio Hams have been using USB DVB-T dongle receivers for some time.
A new dongle takes it one step further and provides transmit capability

The UT-100C is claimed to be able to transmit DVB-T digital TV across
50-950 MHz and 1200-1350 MHz in 1 kHz steps.

The power output is only 1 milliwatt so an amplifier for the appropriate band
would be required.

Further information on the UT-100C is at


Dmitry Pashkov UB4UAD reports that the amateur radio Slow Scan Television
experiment on the International Space Station has been active on 145.800 MHz FM

All you need to do to receive the SSTV pictures from the space station is to
connected the audio output of a scanner or amateur rig via a simple interface
to the soundcard on a Windows PC or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to
145.800 MHz FM.

You can even receive pictures by holding an iPhone next to the radio's


Astronaut Rick Mastracchio KC5ZTE to Geocache the ISS

It's the Travel Bug that's taking the global Geocaching community on a rocket
ride to space

Whether you're in Mexico or France, Australia or Korea you're primed to join
the geocaching community in celebrating the spirit of exploration.

There are more than 800 Geocaching in Space events scheduled around the world.
Those who attend Event Caches on either November 6 or November 7, 2013 earn
the Geocaching in Space souvenir.

Join the adventure and watch the launch live as Astronaut and Radio Amateur
Rick Mastracchio KC5ZTE packs the Travel Bug along on his 6 month mission
aboard the International Space Station. He'll use the Travel Bug as a tool to
teach students back on earth about geography and science.

For more information on this event visit



A European Space Agency scientific research satellite dubbed the
"Ferrari of Space" based on its sleek, finned looks will shortly
run out of fuel and fall to Earth after a successful mission.

Launched in 2009, the Gravity Ocean Circulation Explorer orbits at an
extremely low altitude of just 160 miles where there are still some molecules
of atmosphere.

The satellite's main payload is the Electrostatic Gravity Gradiometers to
measure the gravity field of Earth. The satellite is also equipped with a
laser retro-reflector. This to enable tracking by ground-based lasers.

While no exact date could be given, controllers say that fuel will be
exhausted by early or even the beginning of November at which time most of
the 17 foot long spacecraft will break up and burn when it tumbles into a
denser portion of the Earth's atmosphere.


Operation from a rare IOTA

A team led by Joppy, YB8XM plan activity from Banda Besar (IOTA OC-157),
Indonesia, between 10-15th November 2013.

Plans are to be QRV on 40-10 metres.

A rare IOTA - further info can be found at:



ILLW nears first 100

With 21 countries already the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend in August it is looking to be another success.

Germany has 26 closely followed by Australia on 24. Between them they have
half of the tally so far which stands at 90.

The others are from Argentina, Canada, Chile, England, Finland, Ireland,
Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Scotland,
South Africa, Sweden, the USA and Wales.

Who will be the prestigious 100th registration? For more information or to
register check the website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)



The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force station G 3 ELV and the Royal Air Force
Signals Museum station GB 4 SMH, are operational under a permanent
Special Event permit effective November 1st.

Normal operating times for both locations will be 10:00 to 16:00 local UK time
on each Tuesday and on the first Saturday of each month.

When you make contact, please QSL only via the bureau.


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

WICEN Vic need another 7 operators for Saturday 16th November!

The rally organiser has requested 7 radio points within one of the stages
(ie. in addition to the Start and Finish controls), so for these positions
there is no packet required, just operators who can track the vehicles as they
whiz past and transmit the info via 2 metres voice.

Contact Chris at WICEN Vic

5127 5656 (Home QTH)


A quick reminder of the 2nd Annual VK3 Microwave Test Day - Sunday 10th
November starting at 10am.

Venue is the EMDRC club rooms and grounds at 13a McCubbin St, Burwood with
field testing of portable microwave systems and an informal microwave
homebrew show and tell.

After the sausage sizzle lunch there will be a 10Ghz EME attempt.

All welcome to attend and most of the equipment is homebrew to a large
extent and it's always interesting just to see what others have done.

REWIND a look back at history


And finally this week, October marked the beginning of a celebration in
New Zealand of the earliest days of DX. Courtesy Amateur Radio Newsline
Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details"

After World War 1 and with the relocation of
radio amateurs to the supposedly useless shorter
wavelength bands an amazing period of radio
exploration took place. Ham radio operators all
over the world soon realized that far from being
useless these wavelengths allowed communication
over long distances than previously thought.

Amateurs in New Zealand were among those at the
forefront of this activity with the first Zed-L
to Australia QSO in April 1923. This was
followed by what were then world record distance
QSOs between New Zealand and Argentina in May
1924, New Zealand and California in September
1924, and Connecticut on the US east coast just
weeks later. And then the ultimate early Zed-L
DX contact of Frank Bell, Z4AA and his QSO with
Cecil Goyder, G2SZ, in London, England on October 18 1924.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the record
breaking activities of these early pioneers of
Amateur Radio, ZM90DX will be on the air between
October of this year through October 31st of 2014
on all bands 1.8 MHz to 1.2 GHz and beyond using
all modes. Activated by the Kiwi DX Group which
is an informal group of DXers and contest
enthusiasts, ZM90DX will be used by stations
around New Zealand and a special commemorative
QSL card will be available as well as an award
program for contacts with this nation during this period.

Not only will ZM90DX be active at expected times
and on expected bands, but in the spirit of those
early pioneers the operators will also be calling
CQ on bands and in directions one may not
necessarily expect. This, with the intention of
exploring the boundaries of radio propagation.

(NZART via ARNewsLine)


NOV 2 VK4 Gold Coast ARS HamFest at Albert Waterways Hall.

NOV 3 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Goodwood.
Commercial Traders and second hand sellers.
ALARA provides food on the day
North East Radio Club provides BBQ.
Contact for more information.

NOV 3 VK6 NCRG Car Boot 9am.

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. (

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

May 2- 4 VK4 Clairview Gathering Clive VK4ACC 0429 632 815

Sunday Nov 2nd 2014 NOV 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society


A reminder of last weeks item re an Apprenticeship in Broadcast Engineering

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What are we looking for?

This is an Apprenticeship opportunity, which would suit someone who already
has a passion and basic understanding of computers, electronics or audio. This
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find out how things work.

What are we offering?

We will financially support you through a part time Certificate III in
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You will be a proactive candidate who has a positive can-do attitude,
excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a thirst for knowledge
and technology. Balancing work and studying, you will need to have great time
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At the conclusion of the traineeship, you will have both a formal
qualification and hands-on experience, which will set you up for a
long career within the broadcasting industry.

Also, because you will be working as part of a national organisation, you will
be able to learn from the best in the industry. You will also get the rare
opportunity to gain experience building new studios for both traditional and
digital radio.

The opportunities are endless when you're working for one of Australia's
leading media companies. As the newest member of the team you'll get all the
support and guidance you need to develop your skills, grow your media career
and reach your full potential. If you are committed to working with us for the
next 4 years, and are excited by this amazing opportunity then see below:


If so, please visit to submit your rsum, cover letter
(with salary expectations). We look forward to receiving your application.

Applications close: Friday 8 November 2013.
We reserve the right to commence recruitment

(Steve Adler VK5SFA)

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