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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING DEC 22 2013.
WIA Presidents Christmas Broadcast 2013
WIA and Channel "O" closed so 6 mtrs is OPEN
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 22 2013.
VK2WFD Wyong Field Day - (sent as RTTY)
February 23 2014 - (sent as Morse)
Largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere - (sent as PSK31)
Entrance fee $15 - under 17 free, rain or shine! - (sent as SSTV)
(voice) Whichever way you send it, the news is already out there,
The Wyong Field Day is on again February 23rd. 2014.
See you at Wyong!
73 this is Ed publicity officer of the Central Coast ARC.
It only remains for me to wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and
healthy New Year.
I'll be away over the holidays, so it'll be the 2nd week of January before I
start badgering you with bits about Wyong Field Day again.
VK2JI / G8GLM
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
WIA Presidents Christmas Broadcast
This is Phil Wait, VK2ASD, President of the WIA.
It's been another busy year at the WIA and at this time we look back at the
WIAs achievements, and some of the difficulties, over the past year.
When I look back, the achievements which stand out most to me are the
The continuing work at ITU where Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, chairs the group
investigating a new amateur allocation at 5.3MHz
I also can't forget the volunteers and clubs that support the training of
prospective radio amateurs, and the WIA's RTO Fred Swainston. Without their
massive contribution there would be no new radio amateurs to carry the hobby
And we all appreciate the terrific work the publications committee has put
into AR magazine this year.
Another plus has been the streamlining of the contest logging and awards
system by the Contest and Awards Committees.
On the administration side we have further strengthened the WIA's committee
structure and the introduction of MEMNET membership management system.
One of the most interesting events to me is the growth of the new 'Maker'
experimenter groups and I am pleased the WIA has been able to promote
amateur radio to these people at marker fairs in Melbourne and Sydney,
the Sydney event held at the Power House Museum with some 3000 visitors.
And, very recently, advanced licensees in the Eastern States can use the
50-52 MHz segment of six meters without the geographic and power restrictions
following the closure of the last CH0 television station.
There have also been some difficulties:
The outcome of the high power trial and the issue of EMR compliance amongst
radio amateurs is something the WIA continues to address. And of cause, the
financial situation of the WIA is a certainly a problem we need to address in
We have had bushfires fires in Australia, floods in Argentina and India,
massive cyclones and earthquakes in China, Pakistan and the Philippines
and a search in the Blue Mountains West of Sydney for a missing person, all
events where radio amateurs in our region have provided critical assistance.
Once again, as is customary at this time of year, the WIA Board would like to
sincerely thank our staff and many volunteers, and our affiliated clubs, who
have achieved so much in 2013. Volunteers are the backbone of the WIA and
service on our various committees. Almost all the member benefits of the WIA
are the result of the time and effort put-in by our long suffering volunteers.
The New Year will continue to be very busy for the WIA, but for now, from
myself and the WIA board, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas
and a safe and happy new year. Oh yes, please do try and get on air over the
This is Phil Wait, VK2ASD for the WIA
What is Public Relations?
We all have it to some degree, although sometimes it may be disguised as
interpersonal skill or social activity. All people have an image - what
others think of us.
A very complex and diverse area there are many tools and techniques used
by Public Relations practitioners.
This discussion will be confined to Amateur Radio, but the benefits of good
PR in most things we do will be clearly evident.
Practice it regularly to get the appropriate exposure to your audiences.
This may be occasionally through the media but also at club meetings or on
the air. These are different audiences and of course have different messages.
Present an organisation or individual well to have the right image, and
influence. Whether it be participation in a public event, retention of
membership or new radio amateurs, or friends on the bands - the benefits can
The Wireless Institute of Australia wants all clubs, organisations and
individuals to think about being involved in its PR4AmateurRadio Expo on
April the 13 to the 15th.
Visit the 'What's On' column of the WIA website for more details on this
THIS NEWS IS HAPPENING NOW
As the last channel 0 station closed on 27 November 2013, the ACMA has advised
that "amateur operations in the 50-52 MHz band will no longer need to be
curtailed in order to avoid interference to channel 0 stations."
In the eastern states - VK1, VK2, VK3 and VK4 - this means Advanced licensees
can once again use all of the first 2 MHz of 6m, run powers up to 400 W and
use any permitted mode as per the LCD.
Although the LCD will not be amended until some time in the future,
Sections 15, 36 and 43 - which restricted used of 50-52 MHz in the
eastern states - may be ignored for the time being.
Read more from WIA's Roger Harrison VK2ZRH on WIA Front Page News or direct at
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm
For some time Amateur Radio New South Wales has had an
online store offering shirts and other products via a just-in-time
manufacturing process. We have recently added a range of gift
products. The link can be found on the ARNSW website
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
30th November at 9am sees the HamFest at Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula
with trading tables, commercial sellers, technical forums, great food,
excellent door prizes.
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David Tavener vk4ice tells us Redcliffe Radio Club will be holding a
"Car Boot Sale" 9 am Feb One. This will be at the club house in the
car park area at MacFarlane Park Kippa Ring.
(UBD Map 91 Ref G 1)
Interestingly it is not JUST radio gear, but anything you might wish to sell.
Contact the treasurer for table details and set up times.
More info at http://www.redclifferadioclub.org.au/
What use is an F-call?
Amateur Radio in Australia today is licensed with three primary license types,
the Foundation or F-call, the Standard and the Advanced license. If you're
familiar with how they differ you're likely to know that they each have a
different power privilege, 10 Watts, 100 Watts and 400 Watts respectively.
You might also know that an F-call isn't allowed on 20m and you're not allowed
any digital modes.
For me, that was basically where my knowledge ended.
Last week I started writing down what other differences there are between the
In overview, the F-call is allowed on 6 bands, 80m, 40m, 15m, 10m, 2m and 70cm.
The standard call adds 20m, 6m, 23cm, 13cm and 6cm bands, a total of 11 bands.
The advanced call adds the WARC bands, that is, 30m, 17m and 12m, it adds
160m, and many higher frequencies, a total of 23 bands. There are some slight
changes in the band-edges for the advanced call for a couple of bands, for
example, an extra 10 MHz at the bottom of the 70cm band.
So, Foundation, 6 bands, Standard, 11 Bands, Advanced 23 bands.
There are other things. For example, an F-call is allowed one digital mode,
hand-keyed Morse. Other licenses grant privileges to run repeaters, use
different modes or allow computer control.
I'm sure I've left out some distinguishing features, so if you know of one,
get in touch. I'm in the process of making a timeline of amateur licenses,
that is, show the history of where licences came from, the origin of the
h-call, the k-call, the z-call and the n-call to name a few and if you have
things to share on their origins, please don't be shy, the more I dig up on
the topic, the more there is to learn.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Normalised ham radio may return soon to Burma
Amateur Radio has been heard on four recent occasions from Myanmar or Burma,
after decades of virtual silence.
It appears things are freeing-up as the Asian republic starts to reform and
The Posts and Telecommunications Department, under the Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology, in October enacted the new
Telecoms Law for Myanmar. It has no mention yet of Amateur Radio.
However British radio amateur Simon Butterill HS0ZIB/G6JFY is to seek a new
licence when he arrives in Burma next month for at least six months work.
A regular from Thailand he was allowed to sign XZ1K in May 2012.
Simon HS0ZIB/G6JFY had a PSK31 operation from southern town of Kawthaung,
logging several hundred QSOs on 10m and 20m. A doubt has arisen about the
authority that allowed the XZ1K licence.
Nonetheless, he will soon apply for a new licence and if successful will
be heard on the bands. In April 2013, he began the Myanmar Amateur Radio
The club wants licences for qualified individuals, operating under the domestic
law, plus the guidelines and band plans of the International Amateur Radio
Union Region 3.
In August and again in September 2013, Zorro Miyazawa JA1AJT operated as
XZ1Z. A full DXpedition XZ1J led by him in November 2013 was on HF, SSB,
CW and RTTY claiming more than 53,000 QSOs.
The world is watching for outcome of Simon's HS0ZIB/G6JFY latest licence
bid in Yangon and any progress further made by the Myanmar Amateur Radio
Along with Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo looks ready to
reinstate limited ham radio operations, we'll look at this in a minute
or so here on your Ham Radio News Service coming from Australia.
HAMVENTION ON-LINE ORDERING NOW AVAILABLE
The online ordering system is now accepting Hamvention 2014 orders.
According to an announcement from the Hamvention Webmaster Richard Rieben,
KE4WLE, you can now order your tickets or reserve a flea market spot.
It's all on-line at hamvention.org
OUT OF THIS WORLD - DEEP SPACE
That's the sound when CAPE-2 spoke with the voice of Darth Vader!
Roland PY4ZBZ reports that the CAPE-2 satellite responded to a
'Send Text to Speech' command with 'Hello P Y 4 Z B Z' in the voice of
Listen to the recording again at
Ionograms generated by the South African ionosonde network clearly illustrate
the supremacy of the 5 MHz band for short range, near vertical incidence
sky wave communications under certain conditions.
These typically happen during the morning and late afternoon when the 7 MHz
band does not support short range, sky wave communications and the 3.5 and
1.8 MHz bands suffer from high noise levels.
The South African ionosonde network is unique in Africa and place
South African radio amateurs in the very fortunate position to monitor
reigning, short range propagation conditions and to improve their skills and
An article by Hannes Coetzee illustrated with Ionograms is available for
download on the SARL 5 MHZ propagation Research page.
Follow the link from the SARL home page.
Amateur Radio Newsline
HAM RADIO COORDINATES COLORADO VEHICLE RESCUE
Several Colorado hams and a linked repeater system made
possible the successful rescue of a group whose vehicle had
slid off an icy roadway.
Cody Fowler, ND0A, and his family were on their way home
to Cotopaxi from the city of Pueblo.
Suddenly Fowler noticed that the lights of the vehicle
behind them had disappeared. Suspecting a problem, ND0A
turned around, parked and saw that a red S-U-V had driven
off the road and into a ditch. Ironically while he and his
family had just purchased new cell phones none were charged
or activated. So he turned to amateur radio:
ND0A: "Emergency - Emergency, November Delta Zero Alpha.
Somebody call 911. We've got a rollover accident up here on
Copper Gulch, I'm guessing about 4 or 5 miles up from
Highway 50. Copy?"
Other operator: "Copy. Amanda, can you handle that?"
Relaying the information to authorities was Amanda Alden,
K1DDN. Alden called 911 and for the next hour she kept a
cell phone in one hand and a radio in the other relaying
messages between dispatch and Fowler.
ND0A: "Actually they were going south bound and went off the
left side of the road rollover and the little girls (got a)
possible concussion. She's shook up and a little
K1DDN: "So Cody, you are going to stay with them until
emergency help arrives?"
ND0A: "Affirmative, I'll stay."
A few minutes later came word from another ham on the system
that help was on its way:
WD0WGF: "Amanda, they just dispatched an officer on the
Sheriff's old analogue system, WD0WGF."
While everyone at the accident site was waiting for help to
arrive, ND0A along with K1DDN, K0JSC and several others kept
the lines of communications flowing:
K0JSC: "ND0A, K0JSC. Do you still have the individuals in
ND0A: "I've got one of the young ladies that was in the
vehicle. The other passengers are split up amongst the
other two vehicles that stopped."
From the time Alden made the 911 emergency call until the
Colorado State Patrol arrived took about 40 minutes. It was
followed by the Deer Mountain Fire & Rescue and the Fremont
County Sheriff. According to Alden, two of the victims
ended up being transferred to a local hospital.
CONGOLESE CLUB STATION BACK ON THE AIR
The Democratic Republic of the Congo looks ready to
reinstate limited ham radio operations. Ohio-Penn DX
newsletter says that there are several reports stating that
after 3 years of negotiations with the Congolese government
and gaining official approval from the nations Ministry of
Telecommunications that the national club station 9Q0AR and
its special callsign 9Q0HQ were finally given permission to
operate again. This would be the first legal activity from
9Q-land in several years. On QRZ.com under the listing for
9Q0AR it suggests to listen on 21.310 MHz between 10:00to
14:00 UTC for that station. We will have more DX related
news near the end of this weeks report.
OUT OF THIS WORLD - MARS
A follow-up on a story from earlier this year on an
ambitious space project the goal of which is to send
volunteers on a one-way trip to Mars.
On December 10th the backers of this mission unveiled plans
for the first private unmanned mission to the red planet.
This, as a robotic prelude to human colonization that will
launch in 2018.
The non-profit Mars One foundation says that it has
completed deals with Lockheed Martin Space Systems and
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. to draw up mission concept
studies for the private robotic flight to Mars. Under the
plan, Lockheed Martin will build the Mars One lander, and
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will build a communications
Bas Lansdorp is a Mars One co-founder and its Chief
Executive Officer. In a statement he said that these will be
the first private spacecraft to Mars and their successful
arrival and operation will be a historic accomplishment. He
added that his organization is very excited to have
contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology
Ltd. for its first mission to the red planet.
FUNcube-1 Whole Orbit Data available
You can now download FUNcube-1, AO-73, Whole Orbit Data as a CSV
file from the Data Warehouse.
The file is produced at 23.59 every day and contains data for the
preceding 24 hours. It contains all the channels shown on the
Whole Orbit Data graph, which shows the latest orbit data captured.
The Whole Orbit Data page is at
WG2XRS Signals cross Atlantic
Signals from WG2XRS, one of the USA special transmitting licences for the
75kHz band, have crossed the Atlantic using the newly added OP65 mode.
17 Opera monitor stations spread across the USA and western
Europe listened for the transmissions, which started at 22.00
GMT. The first transmission period produced substantial automated
signal reports from stations on the east side of the USA. Only
Wolf in Germany, in JO52HP, decoded the signal. He is well known
to those who experiment on the LF bands for providing reports on
test transmissions. He decoded the 75kHz signal at 02.25 GMT, a
distance of 3,881 miles (6,246km). Tests are continuing.
Windstorm destroys 330ft Radio Arcala tower
A European windstorm named Oskari has brought down the famed 330 foot high
Radio Arcala 160 and 80 metre tower and antenna at Finland's OH8X station.
The mammoth structure collapsed peacefully, not hitting any of
the other six towers, not hurting people or damaging buildings.
Inspectors are trying to evaluate the cause of the failure.
Listen for OF9X on 20m from Radio Arcala over the holiday season.
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2014
AMSAT STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT JANUARY ONE
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
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 2 - 3
WIA REMEMBRANCE DAY (THE RD) CONTEST Aug 16 - 17
Manly-Warringah Radio Society's Flagpole contest September.
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, REPEATER, NET AND BEACON ADVICE.
The VK5WI beacon on the 10 metre band is hosted by the Elizabeth
Amateur Radio Club in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.
The beacon was taken out of service earlier this year due to a severe chirp
on the frequency when keyed with the morse ident. The chirpy crystal
oscillator and driver module have been replaced with a direct digital
synthesiser and a new keyed driver.
The beacon is undergoing a settling in period for the crystal reference before
a small correction is made to the frequency. It is currently on air from the
home of Keith VK 5 OQ running about 8 watts to a 3 element triband yagi.
The operating frequency is 28.260 MHz and reception reports are welcomed.
They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The beacon will be returned to the Water Tower at Elizabeth South in a couple
of weeks time once the frequency correction has been made.
This is Keith VK5OQ.
VI 100 ACT - commemorating the centenary of Canberra the special event
station wraps up Dec 31 LF through to VHF using multiple modes.
K 9 W Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition Tops 100,000 Contacts
The K9W Wake Atoll DXpedition team reports that it logged slightly more than
100,000 contacts during its DXpedition in the South Pacific.
The ARRL DXCC desk has approved the 2013 Rwanda 9 X 0 XA and the just
concluded VU 7 AG Lakshadweep Islands operations for DXCC credit. Once you
have confirmation you will be able to apply these toward your DXCC standing.
SHORT-PATH SUMMER SOLSTICE PROPAGATION (SSSP)
Since 2009 Australian and New Zealand amateurs have logged many South American
stations on 50 MHz SSSP. These SSSP openings in the southern hemisphere
occurred between 8 December and 12 January, but not every day.
To explore the possibility of SSSP propagation between Australia and South
Africa, ZS 2 FM ran CW tests around their December 2010 equinox with amateurs
in Western Australia. Unfortunately they did not receive anything, but a
report came from Frank, VK7DX, at Hobart, that he saw traces of a signal on
the WSJT waterfall, on the correct frequency, the right time and in the
direction of South Africa, but he could not identify the call sign.
Now our ZS Cousins, particularly on the South African East Coast could pick up
the baton and transmit some signals on 50,110 MHz to us here in VK in the
mornings their time around this equinox period and see what happens.
(sourced to sarl)
2014 TO SEE A PAIR OF USA CONTEST UNIVERSITIES
For the first time ever, in 2014 the United States will see two Contest
Universities taking place in the same year. The first will be held to
coincide with the Dayton Hamvention on Thursday, May 15th.
A second Contest University will be held July 17th at the 2014 ARRL
Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
AND FINALLY ONCE MORE:-
ARRL Awards remind all DXCC program participants that the deadline for the
2013 calendar year ends on Tuesday December 31, 2013. In order to appear in
the Annual Listing, published in the electronic version of the DXCC Yearbook,
you must have your submission post-marked no later than December 31, 2013.
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
VK2 CCARC news ccarc.org.au/wp/2012/09/ccarc-news-12-31/
VK2WI will only have morning only broadcasts over the holidays.
For three weekends, Sunday 29th of December and the 5th and 12th of January.
The evening transmissions resume on Sunday the 19th of January.
The last evening broadcast for this year will be tonight, Sunday December 22.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
UKube-1 on its way to Kazakhstan
UKube-1 has left Clyde Space in Glasgow on its way to Kazakhstan and this 3U
CubeSat carries a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards (FUNcube-2) to provide an
Educational beacon and a 435/145 MHz linear transponder for amateur radio
Reports indicate that a Soyuz-2-1B will carry UKube-1, currently expected
to launch on March 27.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW 100 on digital television
South Australia's Point Lowly Lighthouse, the 100th registration in the
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August, will now also use
a new Spencer Gulf Amateur Digital Amateur Television Repeater.
The lighthouse is to be activated by the Whyalla Amateur Radio Club VK5BWR
using the HF bands and will now telecast the event.
Last week here on VK1WIA National News we heard how Dave Carwana VK5DMC of
the Mid North Radio & Electronics Group in Port Pirie had brought to life
a Digital Video Broadcast over Terrestrial signal, using mostly imported parts.
His tests using set-top boxes have reception reports from over a wide area,
with the ultimate repeater home being high on top the Flinders Ranges.
Eagerly awaiting the test signal on the other side of the Gulf was been Whyalla
Amateur Radio Club President, Alex Glinski VK5ALX, who reports a fine signal.
The Whyalla Club VK5BWR activation in the International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend will now be telecast through the new repeater when it's installed.
With its HF and digital television set-up, VK5BWR will help promote history
with the lighthouse built in 1883 from local sandstone and being Whyalla's
To join the fun-event on August the 16th and 17th, register a lighthouse,
lightship or marine beacon by visiting the website www.illw.net
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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
WICEN Victoria will be providing communications for the 2013 Murray Marathon.
Operators will arrive at Cobram on the 26th of December, with the event
starting the next morning at Yarrawonga, a little downstream. After 5 days of
paddling down the Murray, which forms the NSW - Victoria border, the event
concludes at Swan Hill on the 31st.
Details can be found using the Events drop-down menu in WICEN Victoria's site
SOCIAL SCENE 2014
Jan 24-27 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Weekend Family Radio Camp
at Girl Guides Campsite Bluewater. (email@example.com)
Feb 01 VK4 Redcliffe Radio Club "Car Boot Sale" 9 am.
( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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 email@example.com
May 2- 4 VK4 Clairview Gathering Clive VK4ACC 0429 632 815
Nov 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society
Nov 30 VK3 SPARC HamFest at Rosebud (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Wilson VK5LSB would like to wish all amateurs and shortwave listeners
around Australia and the World a very Merry Christmas and hope it is a safe
and enjoyable Christmas for you and your families and he thank you for the
contacts over the past 12 months and looking forward to chatting with
everyone over the Christmas new year period. 73
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