Javascript Menu by

General Information

Listen To Our Broadcasts

File Uploads

Upload Area Now Password Protected
For upload password please contact
nationalnews @



Oh... and to contact us with your news because
If It Matters To You It Matters To Us!

Email (click news in member area) Submit your audio news


Please... If you are only submitting text and not audio, write your story as
you would expect to hear it being read back and NEVER send just links &
url's. When you upload audio email us the txt version.



WIA President on submission to Australian Government Spectrum Review.

WIA President, draft Repeater and Beacon Policy.

WIA Secretary on handover of WIA held DSTAR repeaters.



Google has revealed it has built and tested flying drones that it hopes will
be used to deliver aid following natural disasters.

Project Wing has been running for two years as part of Google X, the company's
technology research arm that also created its self-driving car.

The technology giant tested the drone in Queensland (vk4), Australia,
flying chocolate bars, dog treats, cattle vaccines, water and radios to people.
In total, 30 successful delivery flights were made over the course of a week.
Google said "We'd selected these items "based on several conversations with
local people, ranging from emergency services teams to fire crews to farmers,
about how aerial delivery might help them in their need".

(press statements)


Australian Maritime Safety Authority with Maritime New Zealand are joining
forces to improve the way emergency distress beacon signals are picked up.

A new mission control centre will be established in Canberra to pick up
signals from medium-earth orbit search and rescue (MEOSAR) satellites. These
beacon signals will be processed in Canberra before they are relayed to
New Zealand's Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

MEOSAR satellites are replacing low-earth orbit (LEOSAR) satellites, which
are being phased out over the next four years.

To commemorate ANZAC 100 a series of articles is to appear in Amateur Radio
magazine by the WIA Historian, Peter Wolfenden VK3RV. Here's a summary of
one of them.

Walter King Witt XKW was a Vice President and Secretary of the Amateur
Wireless Society of Victoria which formed on 30th November 1911. The WIA
Victorian Division grew from it.

He was deeply involved in administrative matters of the society and in
particular issues surrounding the continuance and licencing of experimenters
during the latter half of 1913.

Interference to government stations had become quite an issue and almost
resulted in the wholesale closure of all experimental stations.

Negotiations with the Postmaster General's Department and the Commonwealth
Wireless Director resulted in the re-introduction of a licence fee, agreements
relating to "synatonic" or tuned wavelengths below 250 metres.

In an attempt to stop interference problems, Australia's first national Call
Book was published in April 1914.

On 16th September 1914, Walter enlisted as a telegraphist in the navy. One
service entry dated 15th January 1915 reads "Naval Board expresses
appreciation for services rendered in connection with 1st Australian Convoy".

In 1979 he addressed the Victorian Division of the WIA and made reference
to his 1914 involvement with the Navy and the early days of wireless operators.

Walter King Witt XKW, another notable amateur who served his country and
Amateur Radio well.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


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

The WIA has made a submission to the Department of Communications review
into the Australian spectrum policy and management framework. The Department
states the review is necessary to "modernise spectrum policy to reflect
changes in technology, markets and consumer preferences that have occurred
over the last decade and to better deal with increasing demand for spectrum
from all sectors".

The WIA submission highlights the public-benefit aspects of the amateur
service and identifies key areas where amateur radio can provide further
substantial community value. Additionally, the WIA submission argues for a
clear delineation between policy development and policy implementation,
strong community input into future spectrum policy development, and increased
resources for the ACMA in relation to interference management and enforcement.

The Spectrum Review discussion paper, along with stakeholder submissions, can
be downloaded from this Link and the WIA submission can be viewed by clicking
the file below.

The WIA has also forwarded a discussion document to the ACMA regarding the
proposed remake of the Amateur Licence Conditions Determination (the LCD).
Amateur radio licence conditions, such as modes and power etc., are not
within the scope of the Spectrum Review. Please see the news release on the
Amateur LCD remake for more information on those issues.

Also, after several months of discussion between the WIA and the various
stakeholders, the WIA has now released a draft Repeater and Beacon Policy.

The draft policy attempts to strike a balance between the principals of good
spectrum management, (the minimisation of cross-interference between repeaters),
and the experimental nature of the amateur service and its inherent need for

The WIA encourages all stakeholders to review the draft policy, and forward
any comments to the WIA by the 1st November, 2014.

The band segments and frequencies assigned to amateur repeaters and beacons
are also currently under review by the WIA as part of the band plan review.
You are also encouraged to make a submission to that review.

Note all links available on WIA Front Page News,

And a word now from WIA Secretary David Williams VK3RU

"The WIA Board has asked me to provide an update on the handover of WIA
held DSTAR repeaters.

Back in May I wrote to clubs known at the time to be custodians of the
equipment with a view to hand over ownership. This came about because the
DSTAR agreement between WIA and ICOM had expired and to maintain a DSTAR
service in Australia, a new arrangement was required.

The original agreement was signed with ICOM in November 2007 to support the
establishment of a DSTAR network for a period of not less than 6 years. This
agreement included the donation of six repeater systems to the WIA supported
technically by ICOM with full equipment warranty for the term. As part of this
agreement the WIA was to establish equipment into each state through
interested amateur radio clubs and by supporting the process together with
licence and broadband costs. During the course of this agreement, some changes
in interest occurred with some equipment being transferred between clubs and
additional equipment being offered to clubs who had expressed interest to the
WIA and ICOM direct.

The WIA Board has now agreed to hand over the WIA DSTAR equipment to
respective clubs on the proviso they take up associated costs including
licensing, power and broadband access. For their part, ICOM have kindly
offered to extend existing warranty on the equipment for a further 5 years
with back to base equipment repairs as part of this arrangement.

A letter has been forwarded to known custodians of original DSTAR equipment
informing that the proposed handover date will be 30th September this year.
It is therefore important that clubs confirm they can meet this target or let
us know if they are encountering difficulties.

It is certainly not the intention of the WIA to cut off any DSTAR

DSTAR enthusiasts might be interested in developments currently underway in
Victoria where a DSTAR user group is coming together. This group has a website

Not much there right now but keep an eye out as things are starting to evolve.

This is David VK3RU on behalf of the WIA Board."


Back in June the WIA advised us all that our 9 cm Amateur Band may be in
jeopardy. You can read all that Roger Harrison, VK2ZRH prepared in the
"Hot Issues" section of the wia web page, or direct go to

Now the Department of Communications have placed a Consultation on draft
Direction to use 3.5 GHz band spectrum for the National Broadband Network
spectrum gap on the web.

An exposure draft of the Australian Communications and Media Authority
(3.5 GHz frequency band) Direction 2014 has been issued for public

The draft Direction relates to the use of spectrum in
3400 MHz up to and including 3425 MHz; and from 3492.5 MHz up to and including
3542.5 MHz

Keep an eye out on WIA Front Page News and the Hot Issues section for details
and response required.

Oh and only a few weeks' notice, submissions must be received by September 22.


web service:-


Make a GOOD note that this Summerland activity is 21st September.

Yes an HF balun building day on the morning of the next SARC committee
meeting (1000K Sunday 21 Sept).

The kits will be the Amidon AB200-10 Kit and will sell for about $20
and when completed are good for 1KW over 2-30MHz.

The kits consist of a 50mm OD toroid, wire and instructions.

(vk2jwa and summerland news)

Send your stories for news. SCRIPT to
send audio to

get local audio news
get local news emailed

TARC does the TCC International Men's Day Employee Expo

Members from The Townsville Amateur Radio Club Inc. will be putting on
a portable display of Amateur Radio by invitation of the Townsville City
Council for the TCC International Men's Day Employee Expo being held in
conjunction with Crocs Basketball training at the RSL Stadium,
Murray Sporting Complex on Wednesday 12th November 2014.

The battery powered display will be set up from 6am to 6-45am then exhibiting
7am to 2pm.


What use is an F-call?

I've participated in several contests since I became an Amateur. When I talk
about contesting, I often hear the same response, "Contesting is not for me".
In talking to some of those people, it's clear to me that often Contesting as
an activity is not really understood.

I'm not going to talk to you about how much fun it is, and it is, or how much
you learn, because you do, or winning, because you can, I'm going to talk
about the mechanics of contesting.

At its heart, contesting is nothing more and nothing less than making a
contact between two stations and exchanging some information and getting
points for the effort.

How that precisely works depends entirely on the
contest itself.

On a typical contest, the exchange is the readability and signal strength,
which in most contests is 5 9, followed by a serial number. So, the
information exchanged might be 59001 for your first contact, 59002 for the
second and so-on. The other station will supply their information as it
relates to them, if they've been working hard, their number to you might be
59402 and the next number they'll use will be 59403 and so on.

The process is known as giving out a number.

Sometimes the information is the number of years you've been an Amateur,
sometimes it's the ITU or CQ zone you're in, it depends on the contest.

There are two basic ways you can participate, either by calling CQ, or by
Searching and Pouncing, and some do both, sometimes even at the same time.

In the CQ participation, you find a clear frequency and call CQ, something
like this: CQ Contest, VK6FLAB Victor Kilo Six Foxtrot Lima Alpha Bravo,
Contest. Rinse and repeat. If you're lucky, someone will come back to your
call with their callsign, at which point you can send your numbers, they'll
send theirs and you start from the top.

If you're Searching and Pouncing, you'll tune up and down the dial, looking
for stations calling CQ. Wait until you hear the pause in their call, and
throw your callsign into the gap, once. If they call your callsign, give out
your number and you're done. The recommendation is to start at the top and
scan down, then go back to the top and scan down again. That way you'll
cover the whole band in a systematic fashion.

Some other things to know.

You should take note of the numbers sent and
received as well as the station worked, this is called logging and is a
whole new topic all by itself. The contacts you made during a contest will
count towards points if you decide to submit your log. These contacts will
also count towards your DXCC if you should choose to keep track of how many
countries you've worked.

I've stayed with the basics here to give you a taste of what it looks like.

Have a go at a contest, they're on most, if not all weekends, often more than
one at the same time, all over the world.

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

(ep 20131006)

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

Prohibited Equipment to New Zealand Notice updated

In July a Prohibited Equipment, Dog Tracking Device, Notice 2014 was replaced
with the Animal Tracking and Training Device Notice 2014 to include training
devices as well as tracking.

The Notice was introduced to address the supply, importation and use of
equipment operating on United States frequencies 151.820MHz, 151.880MHz,
151.940MHz, 154.570MHz and 154.600MHz. These frequencies conflict with
licensed land mobile services in New Zealand and do cause interference to
those services.

New Zealand Customs is actively intercepting such equipment when and where it
presents at the border.




British radio amateur Leo Bodnar, M0XER, recently launched
several solar powered balloons that have managed to
circumnavigate the globe. The most interesting of these
appears to be B 64 as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's
Heather Embee, KB3TZD:


B-64 carrying an 11 gram transmitter payload, was launched
from Silverstone in the UK on July 12th and it's still
flying. It completed its first circumnavigation of the
Northern Hemisphere on July 31 and its second complete trip
on or about August 21st. When last reported it was on is
third round the world trip over northern Russia heading
towed the Arctic Circle at an altitude of about 40,000 feet
above mean sea level.

B-64 transmits 10 milliwatt signal on 434.500 MHz signing M-
zero-X-E-R dash 4 and using the data modes Contestia 64/1000
and APRS. In designing the balloons payload, Bodnar has
utilized some clever techniques including the storage of up
to 5 days of positions when the balloon is out of radio
contact. It later transmits a log file of its previous
locations in the comments field of the APRS packet when
ground acquisition is re-established. This enables a fairly
complete path to be built up.

Like all of Bodnar's floaters, B-64 is a plastic foil party
balloon that flies between 25,000 and 45,000 feet as carried
by winds aloft. When looked at on an APRS tracking map if
you see only a straight line on the track it means that it
is currently out of radio contact.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD.


Bodnars' other balloons still aloft are designated as B-63
and B-66. The paths of all of them in flight over the past
6 weeks can be seen at


A dire prediction the imminent loss by amateur radio of the
23 centimetre band has been issued by an official
International Amateur Radio Union Region One. The warning
along with suggested action was authored by Michael
Kastelic, OE1MCU, who is the Chair of the IARU Region One
VHF UHF and Microwave Committee.

In his paper, OE1MCU writes that the latest reports he has
received make it seem to him that radio amateurs will lose
the 23 centimetre band in the near future. He does not
offer any specific date for this to happen but he does note
that the current amateur 23 centimetre allocation includes a
key Amateur Satellite Service uplink band at 1260 to 1270
MHz which is now being shared as a downlink for the new
European Galileo Global Positioning System.

OE1MCU goes on to note that in his opinion, if the loss of
23 centimetres happens that a proposal for a new amateur
radio allocation such as 1300 to 1310 MHz should be added to
the agenda of the 2018 World Radio Conference. This so that
amateurs still have spectrum to utilize near the current 23
centimetre allocation in which to operate.

A short excerpt from his paper to be presented at the
upcoming International Amateur Radio Union Region One
conference slated for September 21st to the 27th in can be
found at

Ahoy, me hearties! I'm Felix VK4FUQ with Operational News

This be a reminder that the Manly-Warringah Radio Society in Sydney's
"Flagpole Contest" be taking place on the 20th of September.

Get yourself a flagpole, put an antenna on it, and get on the air!

As the contest date falls right after International Talk Like a Pirate Day,
you can also earn bonus points for dressing up like a pirate, or hoisting the
Skull and Crossbones (or any humorous flag) on your flagpole. Photographic
proof to be submitted either via email or to the club station VK2MB on
20 metre SSTV, on 14 decimal 31415 Megahertz (the unofficial "pi rat"

The contest takes place on 20 September, from 0000 to 2359 UTC. That's 10am
AEST on the Saturday to 10am Sunday.

Full details can be found on the Manly-Warringah Radio Society web site,
Just click on the Skull and Crossbones.

(73 Richard VK2SKY, Publicity Officer for the Manly-Warringah Radio Society)

OCEANIA DX Contest Phone 0800 UTC Sat 4th Oct to 0800 UTC Sun Oct. 5

OCEANIA DX Contest CW 0800 UTC Sat 11th Oct to 0800 UTC Sun Oct. 12


The 2014 operating award for "Route 66 On The Air"

It's been called the "Great Diagonal Way", the "Will Rogers Memorial Highway",
the "Mother Road", the "Main Street of America, and the "Electric Highway".

Of the 4 million miles of highways in the United States, none are more famous
than the 2,451 miles that once made up U.S. 66, better known as "Route 66".

Starting on September 6th you will have nine days to travel Route 66 once again, this time via the airwaves. Twenty one Special Event stations, each located in a city along the route, will join together for the 15th annual "Route 66 On The Air".

The event, which was created by the Northern Arizona DX Club and is now
organized by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino,
Cali-fornia, allows the participants to traverse the route one more time,
by radio.

A beautiful certificate awaits those who work at least one of the 21 Special
Event stations. Operations are planned for all modes and bands.

Complete information is available on the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club

It's PARTY TIME, and with YOUR special invite it's to VK6CSW

Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding all members of the
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia that on Saturday September 13th
we have our annual on air QSO Party cum Contest.

All amateurs, RAOTC members and non-members alike are invited to participate
in this annual event.

The party runs from 04-1200 UTC, that is from 2pm to 10pm for the eastern
states and from midday to 8pm for those in the west. In South Australia or the
Northern Territory that's 1.30pm to 9.30pm.

The idea is to make as many contacts as possible, especially with RAOTC
members. Contacts can be made on the 160, 80, 40 and 20 metre bands and you
score 1 point per contact. If your rig is 25 years old or more, you get a
bonus 25 points.

Full details of this fun contest or party and how to submit your log can be
found at the RAOTC website

Certificates will be awarded to the scorer with the highest total contacts
and also to the highest scorer using a rig 25 years old or more.

Once again, the RAOTC on air party takes place next Saturday afternoon,
September 13th, and everyone is invited to join in.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

PA 70 OMG, to be operational from the Netherlands from September 12 to 21.
This to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War 2 Operation
"Market Garden" by paratroopers and allied forces which began on September 17
1944 to help liberate the region after four years of German occupation.
QSLs go direct or via the bureau to PB0 AEZ.

Romanian Radio Club Association has activated Fericirii Island for the first
time until September 30th. Operations will be on the HF bands only.
QSL via YO 9 FNP.

EA 7 FTR is airing until October 10th as D 44 KS from Boa Vista which is the
Eastern most island of Cape Verde. Hours of operation will be limited
to his spare time. Listen on 40 through 6 meters using SSB and RTTY and
QSL via EB 7 DX.

VK Club Bulletins
VK2 CCARC news

Have you ever wondered how the WIA News is put to air by relay stations
around Australia?

Well, it is fairly straight forward. The main items that are needed are a PC,
internet connection and an audio connection to the amateur Transmitter.

Each week, the news team compile the WIA national news into an audio file.

Another file is compiled with local news - as an example QNEWS in VK4.

Relay stations download the files from an internet website and play them on
a PC (or a portable media player) through an audio cable to the transmitter.

Now that you have an understanding of the process, put it into practice in
southern Qld on 7130 kHz where volunteers are needed to continue delivering
the weekly news broadcasts. Contact the news team or call in after the news.

73, this is Gary VK4AR.

FISTS Club - East Asia
FISTS Club - Australasia
FISTS Club - UK & Europe
FISTS Club - Americas

Morse code as a world heritage

What began in Germany through the efforts of former professional operators
and now radio amateurs may see the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recognise Morse code on its Intangible
Cultural Heritage list.

An initial proposal was adopted at the International Amateur Radio Union
Region 1 conference in Sun City, South Africa 2011, it has been developed
further and sent to the IARU Region 2 & Region 3.

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, the IARU member society, has done the
necessary work completing the UNESCO application forms, and provided the
requested 10 pictures to give some visual context.

Morse code was used worldwide from the mid-1830s, first with landlines and
later joined by radio. UNESCO is checking the documentation, and in November
this year, Morse code is expected to include on the Intangible Cultural
Heritage list.

Among the many already listed by UNESCO on the ICY list in Need of Urgent
Safeguarding are a traditional horse-riding game, Chinese abacus, calligraphy.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


To encourage activity and provide a weekly meeting point for FISTS members,
a trial FISTS CW net will be taking place on Tuesday evenings. It commenced
last week, on 2nd of September.

Time: 1000 UTC (8pm AEST) and closing at 1100 UTC (9pm AEST).

Frequency: 3.528 MHz

Net controller: VK2FDU (operated by Chris VK2CTN)

To check into the net, you just need to send your callsign during a pause
and the net controller will take care of the rest. Everyone is welcome to

(fists newsletter)


Australian Military has RAEME, India has its equivalent, EME.

27 Cadets from MCEME, the Military College of Electronics & Mechanical
Engineering, MCEME, visited NIAR, the National Institute of Amateur Radio,
(much akin to your WIA), for an Awareness Program on Amateur Radio.

They were shown a video on Amateur Radio and Power Point Presentation by
VU2MYH followed by a lively discussion. They also visited the NIAR Museum.
A live demo was given on Air Mail (sending email via HF), Fox Hunt and
Antenna by VU2JOS.

The cadets found Amateur Radio of great interest and hope to pursue this hobby.

(National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) via SouthGate)


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 will be on the air the weekend of 17, 18 and 19 October
Hopefully by now you and your club have made contact with the local Scout
Group and started the arrangements.

If you are looking for a Scout Group or Girl Guide Company to talk with in
South Africa I'm sure Dennis, ZS4BS, ( ) can help you
arrange some skeds.

Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:-

Stuart Longland (better known in Brissy as Redhatter,) VK4MSL has just
been told VK4WA and QC have been re-broadcasting the news whilst Graham
was away on 476kHz LSB.

Kevin is running homebrew equipment with 10W power, and Peter running with
commercial equipment pumping out 50W.

Callbacks are done via other bands, but maybe there's an opening for
callbacks on MF as more people build stations for it and guys we'd really
remind you, and all rebroadcasters, to join the yahoo wiabroadcasters group
and to send in your call back figures each week and to provide some recorded
identification files. All details at the wia web site under weekly broadcast
or drop us a note

(Stuart Longland (aka Redhatter, VK4MSL)


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

Sept 14 VK2 Westlakes field day, club grounds at Teralba.
Sept 14 VK3 Shepparton and District AR Club Hamfest kicks off at 10am.

Sep 28 VK3 Melbourne Amateur Radio Technology Group Hamfest Keilor East.
Sep 28 VK4 Central Highlands ARC Weekend at Camp Fairbairn.

Oct 3 VK4 Townsville Amateur Radio Club's Cardwell Gathering 4 day event.

Oct 17-19 WW JOTA

Oct 19 VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention Greyhound Racing Club.

Oct 23 VK5 Adelaide RAOTC Luncheon Marion Hotel, Mitchell Park.

Oct 25 VK4 HAMFEST on the Gold Coast. ( )

Nov 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society

Nov 9 VK3 Yarra Valley AR Group Hamfest 10am Gary Cooper Pavillion.
Nov 9 vk3 VHF / UHF and Microwave experimenters

Nov 15 VK7 Miena Hamfest (My-enah)

Nov 30 VK3 SPARC HamFest at Rosebud ( )


June, Queens Birthday weekend 40th annual Oxley Region Field Day
Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Hall.

July 11-12 VK3 GippsTech 2015



I know we hams are an aging population, but it kinda took my eye when I
saw the meeting place for one VK group of hams.

Their coffee mornings are being held at a cafe called 'Distractions"
and that is right next door to their local Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology!!

Submitting news items

If you would like to submit news items for inclusion in the
VK1WIA broadcasts, please email your item in text to

to submit audio read "how to submit items" in the weekly news page on

Remember the sooner you submit material the more the likelihood of it being
broadcast in the very next edition of WIA National News. Each item will only
be broadcast once, if you want a couple of mentions, please submit different
slants to keep your event 'fresh 'and always if the news room is to read your
item write in the 3rd person.



WIANews - we've reported...YOU decide.


Societies and Club News Letter Editors can EXCHANGE a feed prior to
the actual broadcast date, e-mail

Call-backs follow the RF editions, but also for text readers you may
lodge a quick reply to let us know you read it, who knows, you might
even get a "cheerio call".

Thanks to our dedicated band of broadcast volunteers who utilize
their time and equipment in bringing you this weekly broadcast.

The purpose of "WIANews" is to rapidly provide news of interest to
active amateurs residing in Australia and the globe.

We strongly encourage membership in the Wireless Institute of Australia
and participation in the activities of local clubs. Opinions expressed in
"WIANews" are those of the writers who submit material and do not necessarily
reflect those of the rebroadcasters, nor the National WIA, but are broadcast
in the spirit in which they were submitted."

Material may be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form, a credit to
WIANews wouldn't go astray...

Compiled by VK4BB on behalf of the National WIA.


© 2020 Wireless Institute of Australia all rights reserved.
The National Association for Amateur Radio in Australia
A member society of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)