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WIA Contest champion






June 21 and 22.

John VK3KM dropped us a note last nite to say that the Board of the WIA has
decided that the next Field Day should be run with two alternative sets of

The existing grid-based scoring will still apply, but there will also be a
second set of rules with scoring based on distance.

The two sets of rules will be known as "Division 1" and "Division 2".
Entrants will be able to submit logs under the Division 1 rules, or under the
Division 2 rules, or both. Entrants are asked to please include any comments
along with their logs.

The main operational differences between the two sets of rules are:

Division 1 will be the existing scoring system as in past Field Days,
based on grid locators. The score is based on totalling the
number of locator squares worked and the number of contacts made.

Division 2 will be scoring based on distances worked. Distances will need
to be calculated for each contact.

Assessment of logs for Division 1 will be completed, as usual, by
John Martin VK3KM.
Assessment of logs for Division 2 will be completed by
Colin Hutchesson VK5DK.

Full details of the contest rules were published in May "Amateur Radio"
magazine, and on the contest page on the WIA web site

Speaking of contests, the latest round of updates to the WIA Contest champion
put last year's winner VK2PR Peter Richardson tied with 2012 Winner VK4SN Alan
Shannon - Also on 200 points are VK1DA Andrew Davis and VK5KK David Minchin.

VK4OE Doug Friend is on 180 Points and then VK1WJ Waldis Jirgens and VK6IR
Stephen Chamberlain.

What with next weekend's VHF UHF Field DayDay and the Remembrance Day Contest
in August this will bring out more scoring opportunities for those chasing the

Rounding out the year is the Oceania SSB abd CW Contests and another
VHF Spring event.

At this stage it is anyone's contest to winthe odds are shortening on the
outsider from VK6 but the surprise packet could yet come from the Eastern

That's NEXT weekend so hop to it! Also next weekend, is the Museums Weekend
part 2 and that weekend and this will see VK3YSP and VK3FOWL operating from
the grounds of the Melbourne Museum

Australian museums join a global event

Over this weekend and next, more than 80 museums including four in Australia
are in the annual International Museum Weekend to recognise their cultural,
educational and tourism importance.

At the Melbourne Museum in Carlton on both weekends, is a well-equipped portable
station run by Joe VK3YSP and Julie VK3FOWL.

In Western Australia this weekend will be VK6WH at the Applecross Wireless
Hill Museum. The following Saturday, June the 21st is VK6ARG at the Shipwreck
Galleries Museum in Freemantle.

Here in Queensland, a late entry is at the Caboolture Historical Village
run by the Caboolture Radio Club, VK4QD.

The museums invite others to either join them by either visiting the Amateur
Radio station or to make a contact on the air.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

Old timer features on ABC

An article aired on ABC radio has been about an extraordinary collection
of antique radios from the 1920s to the 1960s, that cover five decades of
changed communication, entertainment and design.

Kevin Dickson VK4IW, who was part of the 2009 WIA Remembrance Day Contest
opening address, began his career as an RAAF wireless air gunner during the
World War II.

He was invited last year to turn-off the analogue TV at Channel 7 in Brisbane.
Kevin VK4IW, with a fellow enthusiast and veteran Norm Smith, had an historical
radio show where they asked for donations of antique radios.

As a result, more than 100 radios are at the Tweed Regional Museum, for carefully
cleaning and conservation. The collection goes on public display when the
$3 million refurbished Museum in Murwillumbah re-opens in August.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


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The various club email addresses will be unavailable
until further notice.

The latest SARC newsletter says "The hosting of the website and the email
service are under review, with a change of ownership of the sarc domain.
In the meantime, if you want to contact anyone on the committee, please send
your message to Chris it will be forwarded on for you."

ARNSW Balun Construction Day June 29 (Sunday)

A technical day provided by ARNSW at the Dural site with lectures on the
operation of baluns and practical construction of a balun from a kit.
Bookings needed for the course and to reserve a kit.
Send email to to register.
Lunch provided.

web service:-

North East Victoria Amateur Radio Club

Are you from the north eastern region of Victoria?

Are you looking for a club in the area that will suit your needs as an

The newly formed North East Victoria Amateur radio club may be the place for

Come along on the 29th of June to the inaugural meeting and Bar B Q to hear
what activities and benefits the club has to offer you.

There will also be a fund raising raffle on the day with many prizes including
a New LG 55 inch 3D Television.

The meeting will be held at Brenton VK3CMe's QTH 102 Hogan Lane Tangambalanga.

A map to help you find the place will be on the club website

Feel free to register on the website which is freely available to all amateurs
and short wave listeners.

(Frank VK2HFS publicity officer for the club, text edition only.)

A popular upgrading course in Melbourne

A Standard Bridging Course, for those already with a Foundation Licence,
is held every Wednesday night from July the 2nd to August the 6th.
Assessments are on the Sunday August the 10th.

More information or to enrol, please contact the Education Team Leader,
Barry Robinson VK3PV at or mobile 0428 516 001.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

GGREC 2014 HAMFEST Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club July 19

The Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club HamFest will be held on the
19th of July at the Cranbourne Community Hall on the corner of Clarendon
street and High street in Cranbourne. Melways map 113, K4.

This year's HamFest looks like being the best ever with a high demand for
the 44 tables that are on offer. New and used Amateur radio's, test
equipment and lots of used electronic parts and hardware will be on sale.

There's bound to be something there at a price you can't resist As usual,
tea, coffee and hot food will be available when the doors open at 10:00 AM.

Pre-purchase your $6.00 entry ticket and you will get one free door prize
ticket. You can purchase additional door prize tickets during the HamFest.
You might be this year's lucky ticket holder.

It will be great to see all of you there even if it is to catch up with your
mates for a good chat while enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a BBQ'ed snag.

This is Bruno Tonizzo VK3BFT, for the Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics'
Club. See you on the 19th July.

If you want to reserve a table at this popular event book NOW via

Interested in operating portable?

Organisers of the Master Class - Portable, to be held at Ashburton in
Melbourne's east next month, have attracted plenty of interest from would-be
portable operators.

Some who already enjoy this growing activity will offer their tips to show
how easy a transceiver, battery and antenna can be set-up to work local or
DX stations, engage in contests and chase operating awards.

Their mini-lectures and panel session are for Foundation Licensees or others
who genuinely want to operate while portable.

The free session is on Saturday July the 19th at Ashburton. Attendance is
limited and requires an RSVP.

If interested please contact Tony Hambling VK3VTH,

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

GippsTech 2014: now is the time to register

It is only a month until the annual GippsTech Conference, to be held at
Churchill in Victoria. The main Conference will be on Saturday and Sunday,
July 12 and 13.

The focus is on weak signal communications, especially at VHF, UHF and
microwaves. You do not need to be an expert - everyone comments on how much they
have learnt, regardless of their level of technical knowledge.

The main presentations confirmed to date include:

Doug VK3UM discussing some of the factors that impact Earth-Moon-Earth

Rex VK7MO and Rhett VK3GHZ describe the results of their experiments at
propagation beyond line of sight across Bass Strait
on 10 GHz;

Alan VK3XPD and David VK3HZ outline how they extended the VK Distance Record on
78 GHz;

Roger VK2ZRH will discuss the challenges that Australian amateurs may face as
the ACMA reviews our LCD and the Spectrum Plan; and

Ralph VK3WRE will describe how to modify surplus TV transmitter modules to make
a 250 watt solid state power amplifier for 70 cm for less than a
dollar per watt, including the power supply.

Social activities include an informal dinner gathering on Friday evening,
a Conference Dinner on Saturday night and the usual tea & coffee breaks and
lunches both days.

It is not just about the amateurs - we also run a partners' program during the
day on Saturday and Sunday.

There are sure to be more highlights - but remember to register before July 4.
Details and the registration form can be found at the Eastern Zone Amateur
Radio Club website:, just follow the links to GippsTech.

And please remember - only one amateur per registration form!

This is Conference Chair Peter VK3PF on behalf of VK3BEZ for VK1WIA.

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This Tuesday June 17th the TARC Social Evening will be happening
at the Club Rooms atop SES HQ Green Street West End from 7-30pm.
So get along and lend a helping hand to put the magazine of renown,
Back-scatter together and socialise with fellow hams.
All are welcome - be there !

Around the 150 MHz spot you will hear the Fast Food Chains and folk
ordering their take away. One VK4 club seems to have gotten in on the act!

Hi it's Ray from the Redcliffe and Districts radio club incorporated.

As members know John, VK4BZ, has been cooking a tasty sausage sizzle before
each monthly meeting, but in his spare time, John has been involved in the
setting up of the club's 10 metre beacon. After a substantial time of testing,
the beacon is all ready to go and is now just awaiting a frequency allocation
before it will be on the air. As soon as the frequency is known and the
repeater is on the air, you will know by listening to QNEWS.

Don't forget, members who wish to pre-order their sausage sizzle prior to
arriving to the club, should place their order via the club repeater.

Redcliffe and District Radio Club

mmm Fries with that John?


HAMFEST Northern Corridor Radio Group

Western Australia's longest running Amateur Radio Swap Meet, Party and
Get-Together is the NCRG HamFest and it's on again this year.

You'll have to block out Sunday the 3rd of August and travel to the
Cyril Jackson Community Rec Centre on Fisher Street in Ashfield to

Doors open at 9:00am. If you've got something to sell, you can start setting
up from 7:30.

Tables are free, but admission is $5 for everyone.

There will be the traditional Beef Rolls and plenty of other goodies to eat
and drink.

The Home Brew contest will be on again and we have some fantastic
raffle prizes. So far we have a Yaesu FT-817ND and a Woxon handheld, donated
by Timberden Plant Hire, with plenty of other prizes to be won!

We're looking forward to welcoming the Western Australian Association of Men's
Sheds as an exhibitor.

Festivities conclude at 12:30, make sure you're there for the raffle draw.

Sunday August 3rd, the annual NCRG HamFest.

additional info

Contact Keith Bainbridge VK6RK 04 88 22 80 88 or email to


Amateur Radios International Air-ambulance Week, 9 days from Sep 28.

Manly-Warringah Radio Society's Flagpole contest September 20.




June 21-22 - Winter VHF-UHF Field Day weekend (thanks to NERG in VK3 for supplying date)

June 21-22 is also the All Asia CW DX Test.

Hello from your ar mag contest columnist VK4TJF.

Starting at 00:00 Zulu 21 June to 2400 Zulu
22 June is the
all Asian dx contest CW lasting 48 hours.

entry categories for us Australians are single op single band, or multi-op
single transmitter or multi-transmitter. to note there are no power categories,
so if you can according to your license privileges go ahead and crank up to
400 watts on your amplifiers.

call CQAA exchange for old mans is RST plus age.

for YL's is either age or if they don't want to give their age zero zero.
for multi operators is RST and average age of the operators or the age of
the active operator points for us Australians are the completed contacts
with Asian stations and multipliers are the Asian prefixes.

for more information visit wa7bnm contest calendar and try using the N1mm
logging program,

thanks and 73's VK4TJF.



To celebrate the 2014 World Cup for Soccer being played in Brazil, amateur radio
stations in that nation have been authorized to use special callsign prefixes
now until July 13th.

This by simply doubling the designation number of the original calls.

For example PY 1 AA could use PY 11 AA, PS 7 AA may be heard as PS 77 AA and
the like.

Look for activity on all bands and modes that started earlier this week.

For more information visit



On the air, G 0 SGB has announced plans to activate all of the Madeira Islands
Lighthouses from July the 12th to the 22nd.

The Madeira Islands are located in the eastern Atlantic Ocean about 540 miles
southwest of Lisbon, Portugal.

G 0 SGB will be operational all bands as conditions allow.

He says that each QSL card will depict the Lighthouse he is at when a QSO takes

Unfortunately you do need to QSL direct only.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.

NASA has successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the
International Space Station to Earth using a new laser communications

Transmission of "Hello, World!" as a video message was the first 175-megabit
communication for the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS), a
technology demonstration that allows NASA to test methods for communication
with future spacecraft using higher bandwidth than radio waves.

Optical communication tools like OPALS use focused laser energy to reach
data rates between 10 and 1,000 times higher than current space communications,
which rely on radio portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Because the space station orbits Earth at 17,500 mph, transmitting data from
the space station to Earth requires extremely precise targeting. The process
can be equated to a person aiming a laser pointer at the end of a human hair
30 feet away and keeping it there while walking.

CQ Ohm is reporting that production of the popular Yaesu FT-897D/DM/DS
transceivers is to cease

They say there no immediate plans for a successor model.

Navajo code talker Chester Nez dies at 93

The BBC report the last of the 29 Navajo Americans who developed a code with
their native language to encrypt military messages in World War 2 has died

The code took words from the Navajo language, which was spoken by less than
30 non-Navajos at the time, and matched them to military terms. The Navajo
word for turtle became "tank", chicken hawk became "dive bomber" and
"our mother" meant America.

In WWII talkers used the cipher to relay messages sent from field telephones
and radios throughout the Pacific.

Navajo Code Talkers

This month, July, marks the 50th anniversary of the first time that amateur
signals from the UK reached other parts of the world by bouncing off the moon,
a technique now known as moon bounce or earth-moon-earth, EME.

In the July 1964 edition of Radio Communications the RSGB announced that
on June 13, 1964, G3LTF at Chelmsford, and KP4BPZ in Puerto Rico, made contact
on 430 MHz by bouncing their signals off the moon.

What is more remarkable is that Peter, G3LTF is still active on moon bounce
and is one of the world's leading pioneers.

Radio transmitter use with Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicles (UAV's) or Drones

New Zealand's regulator, RSM, has published advice on its website regarding
the use of UAVs in the country. They say:

With the rapid growth in this exciting area of technology, it is timely to
remind suppliers and users of the requirements pertaining to the use of
radio transmitters.

UAV's use radio frequencies for remote control of the airborne device as well
as for video and audio streaming from air to ground. Typically the remote
control will be via 433 MHz or 2.4 GHz devices with video and audio being
transferred by 5.8 GHz equipment.

The transmitters must all comply with the respective licence conditions
specified in the General User Licences (GUL) and the Radiocommunications
(radio standards) Notice 2010.

Most equipment is developed offshore and often exceeds the frequency and
power limits required in New Zealand, making it illegal to possess or use it.
Beware of equipment being offered in the 900 - 1280MHz area as this will not
comply with New Zealand requirements.

Further information can be obtained on the RSM web site or via NZ Freephone 0508 776 463.

The Brazilian Amateur Radio League - LABRE - has filed a request and obtained
special permission from ANATEL, the Brazilian Telecommunication authority,
for foreign amateurs wishing to operate during the FIFA World Cup.

Radio amateur operators who visit Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be
able to be on air without bureaucracy.

During June and July, any foreign amateur will be able to operate in Brazil
regardless of the existence of reciprocity agreement between countries.
No IARP or CEPT license are necessary and no fees are required. for further information.




Some very nice words about amateur radio in emergency communications
from none other than Fox News.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW has more:


According to Fox News reporter Jonathan Serrie, when power,
phone and Internet services go down, a battery-powered
amateur radio transceiver and portable antenna can provide
that crucial link to the outside world. And that's the
theme of his 2 minute report on the new role for ham radio
that emergency preparedness managers nationwide are adopting.

Serrie notes that Emory Health Care in Atlanta, Georgia, is
among a growing number of hospital systems to adopt ham
radio as a secondary means of communications. He says that
hospital administrators and government officials took a
lesson from Hurricane Katrina, which left some Gulf Coast
medical centres isolated from the outside world, as wired
telephones and cellular communications failed.

Serrie interviewed John Davis, WB4QDX, who noted that some
of the technology that's been around for almost a century is
still relevant. And according to Davis, in addition to
major hurricanes, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
rekindled interest in ham radio as a public safety tool.

Reporter Serrie noted that the number of amateur operators
is at an all-time high of over 720,000 hams licensed here in
the United States. All in all a very positive report on one
of the major roles that amateur radio is playing in service
to the nation in the 21st century.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in LA.


If you missed Jonathan Serrie's report when it was first
broadcast, you can catch it on the web at

FISTS Club - Australasia

Next week James VK4TJF the CW OPS ambassador for the Oceania region will join
us here for a behind the scenes look at this group.



If you' are a user of Google's Chrome browser, then publisher
Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ has something that will make using this website a
lot more efficient and enjoyable.

Lloyd announced that he has published a free browser extension that will
let you highlight and right click on any callsign, on any web page from
any web site, and instantly perform a QRZ lookup. No copying and pasting
or typing in the call on a separate page is required.

The new app is now available now in the Chrome Web Store.

Just search for Right Click QRZ.

(AA7BQ via ARNewsLine)

A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Youngsters On The Air, YOTA


Video of the recent Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum is now on YouTube.

Presentations include that of Kyle Watt, KD2DWC, on rapid antenna deployment
and a comparison of radio versus deliberator technology by Divyam Mishra
KD 0 ooe.

Other lectures from the forum are expected to follow.

(Southgate via ARNewsLine)

Showing children our wonderful hobby

The ARRL Kids Day operating event sponsored by the Boring Oregon Amateur Radio
Club was yesterday Saturday 21st June.

Kids Day is not a contest but rather a twice yearly way for licensed amateurs
to share the fun and excitement of our hobby with those who could be the next
generation of licensees.

What with time zones etc., if you hear "CQ Kids Day", please answer!

Up in the Philippine's Amateur Radio Association, PARA, a member of the IARU,
holds its 2014 PARA Kids Day in July to expose youngsters to the world of
modern Ham Radio.

Similar to other initiatives in some other countries, it has a family friendly
venue for existing radio amateurs to ELMER the hobby, showing young people
how to make contacts like they were in a contest.

Among the rules are that the young person is no more than fifteen years of
age and always supervised - unless they already have a licence. Certificates
are issued to qualifying children and sponsoring Elmer's.

The PARA Kids Day event logo is a child with the microphone and a tuned circuit.
It runs from 8am to 8pm local time (0000 UTC - 1200 UTC) on July the 19th.

Meanwhile a week-long youth radio camp was also held in Finland this year
with presentations, workshops and visits to stations attracting young radio
amateurs from 15 different European countries.

Germany has a school radio club and training station day. Youth initiatives
are in the Czech Republic, Finland, Poland and the USA.

In Bulgaria and South Africa there's also Youth Coordinators to further
promote the hobby to a new generation.

(Jim Linton VK3PC + Ed.)

Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:-

Radio ham's 9 kHz VLF signal crosses Atlantic

The ARRL report that a signal on 8.971 kHz has spanned the Atlantic, from
North Carolina to the UK

Running on the order of 150 W effective radiated power, very low frequency
(VLF) experimenter Dex McIntyre, W4DEX, transmitted signals that were detected
by Paul Nicholson, an SWL in the UK.

Earlier this year, Nicholson detected McIntyre's WH2XBA/4 Experimental Service
VLF signal on 29.501 kHz. McIntyre needed no FCC license to transmit on
8.971 kHz, since the Commission has not designated any allocations below
9 kHz dubbed "the Dreamers' Band."

Nicholson used sophisticated DSP software to detect McIntyre's transmission.
The distance was approximately 6194 km. Nicholson was able to detect the VLF
signal during both daylight and night-time paths.

Read the full ARRL story at

Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group


The ILLW growing steadily

With just ten weeks to go the number International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend registrations are nearly 280 from 34 countries - putting the premier
fun-event ahead of this time last year.

The first ever registration from Barbados in the Caribbean, is South Point
Lighthouse, activated by the Amateur Radio Club of Barbados 8P6AW.

The country's oldest lighthouse began life at London's Great Exhibition,
before being reassembled in 1832. This landmark and tourist attraction features
on the Barbados 5-cent coin.

Among other first-time activations are Peter VK3ZPF at the Griffith Island
Lighthouse, Carl M6HPL at Hartlepool Lighthouse, Newport County Radio Club
W1SYE the Dutch Island Light, plus Hans DK6EA and Heike DC2CT who have
registered Spain's Faro de Cabo de Silleiro lighthouse.

Australia with 46 registrations from VK3 on 14, VK7 with eight, VK4 and VK5
seven each, VK2 at six, VK6 has three, and VK8 is at the Henley-on-the-Todd
Regatta in Alice Springs.

Each August it helps raise awareness of these historic maritime navigation
structures, the need for their preservation and promotes portable Amateur

To learn more about this fun-event that began two decades ago, or to register
for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August the 16th
and 17th, visit the website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


Jul 12-13 VK3 GippsTech Conference

Jul 19 VK3 GGREC 2014 HAMFEST Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club.

Aug 3 VK6 Northern Corridor Radio Group HamFest.

Sep 13 VK4 Sunshine Coast AR Club's SUNFest, Woombye School of Arts

Nov 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society

Nov 15 VK7 Miena HamFest (My-enah)

Nov 30 VK3 SPARC HamFest at Rosebud ( )




Last weeks "Weird and Wonderful" story claiming that scientists from the
Wyoming Institute of Technology "found conclusive evidence that solar panels
are draining the sun of its own energy," generated the largest amount of
feedback we have EVER received.

And for those who did not realise it was based on a satirical web site story
EVEN after clicking on the link, don't worry, the original article even hoaxed
an Massachusetts Institute of Technology blog who reprinted it as if true!

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