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IARU Region 3 and APT agreement


AUSTRALIA'S first fully integrated digital hospital officially opened Monday
at Hervey Bay and is the first local hospital to computerise everything from
diet to dialysis and integrate its operations, equipment and services.

It includes more than 300km of fibre-optic cable.

Machines fed data into patients' records directly when they underwent a test.
Food was ordered and managed electronically, and medication dispensed in a
paperless environment.

Patients were electronically logged when they changed areas and no longer
do the Doctors need chase the (patient) chart any more.

The hospital had Wi-Fi throughout, with patient access and free internet.

Patients could bring their own 'tablet' device to hospital.

IARU Region 3 and APT agreement

International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
(APT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to achieve further

The agreement has been formalised by IARU Region 3 Chairman Gopal Madhavan
VU2GMN, and APT Secretary-General Toshiyuki Yamada.

While the IARU Region 3 regionally looks after the development and protection
of the Amateur Service, the APT based in Bangkok Thailand, sets spectrum
allocation, fosters telecommunication services and information infrastructure.

IARU Region 3 representatives have been attending APT meetings and submitting
documents for years. The MoU further strengthens the working relationship
of the two regional bodies.

The APT was founded in 1979 out of steps taken by the UN Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the International Telecommunication Union.

It is an inter-government organisation in Asia-Pacific for communication,
information and innovation technologies. It has sister organisations, the
CEPT in Europe and CITEL for the Americas.

APT has 38 member administrations that develop a regional perspective on
World Radiocommunication Conference agenda items.

WRC-2015 is to be held in Geneva Switzerland in November, and includes the
proposal for a secondary allocation to radio amateurs in the 5 MHz band.

The IARU Region 3 is funded by its societies which pay dues for international
representation on a per member basis.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


What use is an F-call?

Making contacts on HF is a challenge. Over the past few weeks I've talked about
some of the things you can do to make your HF life simpler. At no time have I
advocated sitting on a frequency calling CQ.

You could do that if you liked, but there are times and places to be more
successful in that endeavour also.

If you feel the need to call CQ, then pick a frequency that'll be visited by
others. Make sure you're not at the end of the band where no-one goes, rather
pick a spot next to another big fish. Leave a gap and set up shop next door.
Think of it as fishing with bait.

The big station is the bait, you're the little minnow on the side, easy to pick
off if you're heard, ignored if not. The nice thing about being next to a big
station is that people are slowing down to hear it and in doing so might also
hear you, which of course is the aim of the game.

If I look back at the contacts I've made so far, calling CQ is the least
effective way of making a contact. It's not a waste of time, but there are
better ways. Searching and Pouncing, that is finding and getting a station,
one at a time, is much more effective. Use the tools at your disposal.
Rotate your antenna if you have a rotator, tune slowly, and look around.
Stations are often in a QSO with another station, so you might not hear both
sides of the discussion. You might tune past when the station you cannot hear
is talking, so you'll never know that there is a big loud station on the same

Sometimes you hear a loud station, but it's a station responding to a CQ
request. If that's the case, set up shop next door and call them as soon as
their QSO is finished, you'll pick up weird and wonderful stations along the

If you hear a station that is just too far away, have a go anyway. You don't
know what their conditions are like, for all you know they have a very quiet
QTH and can hear the proverbial mosquito fart.

There are many failures in HF communications, making the successes all the

Have a crack!

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.

Europe's fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by a
Soyuz-Fregat launcher last August, has transmitted its first navigation signal
in space!

It has reached its new target orbit and its navigation payload has been
successfully switched on. A detailed test operation is under way now the
satellite has reached a more suitable orbit for navigation purposes.

Ofcom in the UK has published a decision to update the terms and conditions of
the amateur radio licence, following a consultation published in September.
These include changes which would provide amateurs with access to some
frequency bands previously available only through the variation of individual

The RSGB is said to be pleased that Ofcom have taken into account the views
expressed by the Society and the many amateurs who responded to the
consultation, and have opened a discussion forum on the RSGB website about the
new draft licence. .

New CEPT Exam Recommendation for Persons with Disabilities

A new recommendation adopted by the Electronic Communications Committee
of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations
seeks to ease the access of persons with disabilities to licence examinations
for the Amateur Radio Service

ECC Recommendation (14)05 was drafted by the IARU Region 1 Regulatory Affairs
Coordinator and was adopted by ECC after a consultation process with several
administrations providing comments.

ZeeNews in India are saying the benefits of amateur radio will be showcased
for West Bengal's fishermen community in a bid to ensure severe weather
warnings reach them timely when they are stationed in deep seas.

Experts at the regional meteorological department will facilitate a
demonstrated the technology to the fishermen at one-day meet in Digha
with the help of Bengal fisheries department and West Bengal Radio Club.

"If the state government decides to go ahead with it, then Ham Radio could be
used to effectively transmit warnings to the fishermen, sailing in the deep
sea, about 200 km away from the sea shore," Ambarish Nag Biswas, a licenced
amateur radio operator and founder of the West Bengal club, and two of his
colleagues said.

Great efforts by Philippine hams

The emergency communications provided by hams continues as the devastating
Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby) moves slowly across the Philippines.

Thelma, DU1IVT, Philippines Amateur Radio Society Chief Operating Officer
reports that both 7.095 MHz and 144.740 MHz are in use by the Ham Emergency
Radio Operations network.

PARA Chief Operating Officer Thelma Pascua DU1IVT expressed confidence that
all emergency traffic would be adequately serviced.

With more, our News Editor GraHam VK4BB


Yes the HERO network certainly has been active in latest Philippines disaster.

As Typhoon Hagupit moved slowly across the Pacific Ocean the Philippines
Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its Ham Radio Emergency Operation
(HERO) network.

HERO reported that the typhoon made its first landfall at the town of Dolores
at Eastern Samar in the east of the Philippines, bringing heavy rain, wind,
and causing damage.

The storm, the worst of the year, flattened flimsy homes, toppled trees,
cutting power and communications. It moved across the archipelago taking
four days and claimed 30 lives.

Coastal and low lying areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 did not
take any chances this time with the evacuation of up to one million people.

Sadly, this latest typhoon hit many of the areas yet to recover from last
year when 6,500 people were killed.

The National Telecommunications Commission requested ham stations set up
at the NTC headquarters in Metro Manila and its regional offices. Hams were
also embedded in various disaster and risk-minimisation operations.

Next month, Pope Francis will inspect the City of Tacloban and the disaster
recovery efforts.


Confidence that the HERO network is adequately handling all emergency traffic
was shown by around 150 stations checking in.

The HERO network running basically from 7am and 7pm has 2pm roll calls to
know each station's reception capabilities at differing propagation.




Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the mobile power
sources of choice today, used in everything from laptop
computers to hand held transceivers and even automobiles.
For years, though, it has been known that they can overheat
and even catch fire. Now there may be a new battery
material that overcomes this problem as we hear from Amateur
Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD:


The overheating problem is much less likely to happen
with batteries made with magnesium. And magnesium ions in
the battery electrolytes can carry a double positive charge,
increasing the device's energy density, or the amount of
electricity the battery can store.

Still, no one's been able to make a commercially viable
magnesium-ion battery, mostly because of magnesium's high
reactivity with other materials in such a cell which would
interfere with the movement of the ions through the
electrolyte. Now, researchers Liwen Wan and David
Prendergast of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in
California have conducted computer simulations that show
this reactivity actually isn't a problem.

In the October issue of the Journal of the American Chemical
Society, they write that the interference is much lower than
had been thought, and therefore that a magnesium-ion battery
would be more efficient than expected. On that basis,
researchers at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan
improved the stability of the magnesium-ion battery. Fei-Yi
Hung, one of the three leaders of the team, told the online
publication Energy Trends that they accomplished this in
part by turning to a new technology that uses electrodes
made of magnesium membranes and magnesium powder.

The idea of a magnesium-ion battery has long been attractive
not only because it's less likely to overheat, Hung said,
but also has up to 12 times the energy density of a lithium-
ion battery and its charge-discharge efficiency is five times greater.

So when can we expect to see Magnesium Ion batteries hit the
consumer market? According to the research teams it will be
a while as there are still other technical hurdles to overcome.

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


More on this story can be found on the web at


Japan has successfully launched its round trip Hayabusa
2 asteroid sample-return mission with a pair of amateur
radio payloads along for part of the ride as we hear from
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF:


The mission was carried into space on board a Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency launch vehicle on December 3rd.
The primary payload is the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on the
first leg of its exploration and recovery journey to
Asteroid 1999 JU3.

Along for the ride into the final frontier are two amateur
radio satellites named Shin'en 2 and ARTSAT 2 Despatch.

The Shin'en 2 carries a one tenth of a watt CW beacon
downlinking on 437.505 MHz and a telemetry downlink on
437.385 MHz. Also on board is a digital store-and-forward
transponder with an uplink of 145.942 MHz and a micro power
downlink at 435.270 MHz.

Shin'en 2 is at

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in Los Angeles.


Will the early 2000's motion picture Frequency show up on
NBC as a weekly series? That could happen if the Peacock
Network proceeds with plans to bring the big screen thriller
to the home screen on a weekly basis. Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF, who used to work in Hollywood has some insight:


For those who have never seen it, the movie Frequency is
cantered on the character John Sullivan played by James
Caviezel, a New York City police officer in his mid-30s who
is still haunted by the tragic death of his firefighter dad
Frank portrayed by Dennis Quaid. The elder Sullivan had
died three decades earlier and that experience has haunted
the younger Sullivan's life ever since.

One night, John locates an old ham radio transceiver that
belonged to his father, and begins transmitting. To his
shock, John soon gets a response from his deceased father,
thirty years in the past. The scientific explanation for
this is explained that the aurora borealis is taking place
overhead has somehow allowed the two men to communicate
across time.

John Sullivan uses the contact to warn his father Frank of
his impending death and gives him the information on how to
survive. But changing what happens with time always has its
consequences and John Sullivan's changing of past events
inadvertently causes consequences with the potential to be
worse for all involved.

Now the industry trade publication the Hollywood Reporter
says that NBC is looking to create a television series based
on the New Line Cinema thriller. It says that the Peacock
Network has already issued a 'script plus penalty'
commitment for the series. The term a script plus penalty
means that even if a show is not produced that those
involved in its initial creation are still paid a fee, but
does not guarantee that a movie or television show actually
be brought to production.

And talking about the development of the Frequency into a
television series, its reported that Jeremy Carver is
writing the script for Warner Brothers Television and would
also be the Executive Producer of the series. Toby
Emmerich who wrote the original movie will be a co-producer.

As with any show in early development, there are a lot of
rumours floating around. For example, another industry trade
on-line newsletter says that there's no word yet on if any
of the film's original cast members will return if the
Frequency TV series gets a go ahead. But it also adds that
while unlikely that it may not be outside the realm of

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF.



Last broadcast Graham VK4BB brought you that weird and wonderful story
of how a car key remote can have its range increased just by operating
it from next to your head!

Well that story drew a response from VK2SKY Richard Murnane,

".... I earned a coveted "C8PhD" from the Sydney Morning Herald's venerable
"Column 8" back in 2011 with a "dissertation" on the very same topic


The column reads " We're not sure if this is the correct answer to the
''Why does my remote car key work over a longer distance when I shoot myself
in the head with it?'' query of last week, but it's the best we've got.

''The brains trust at the Manly-Warringah Radio Society at Terrey Hills has
this to offer,'' writes Richard Murnane, of that organisation.

''Keyless remote controls transmit on a frequency of 433.92 MHz, which has a
wavelength of about 69 centimetres.

A person's head, with a diameter of about one-quarter wavelength, can act as
what's known as a 'resonant cavity'. Leaving aside the fact that in most cases
the cavity works best when it's empty, we propose that the resonant cavity
augments the transmitter's signal, like the soundbox on a guitar increases
the volume of a plucked string.

We radio hams aren't just pretty faces. And, if truth be known, some of us
aren't even that.''

Richard is awarded his C8PhD, and can now use the honorific ''Dr8'' in

By coincidence, Richard scored yet another "science" entry in Column 8 just
last Tuesday morning!

Let's again read from the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Speaking of genius, here's Richard Murnane C8PhD, of Hornsby, with his
"back of the envelope" explanation of John Boddington's claim that a dish of
marshmallows in a microwave can be used to measure the speed of light
(Column 8, Monday).

"The oven's magnetron frequency is 2.45 GHz, the resonant frequency of water
molecules in the food.

The magnetron sets up a 'standing wave pattern' in the oven chamber, with
maxima and minima spaced one wavelength apart. These cause hotspots to develop
in the melted marshmallows if the plate is not rotating.

Multiply frequency by wavelength to get the velocity."

Richard did put in a disclaimer, saying "I have no idea if my "theory" is solid,
but at least it sounds plausible :-)

Yep, Weird and Wonderful indeed!



Tablelands Radio Group will again hold AM and CW on ANZA Day 25 April





Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2015

You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on
OSCAR 2015, sponsored by AMSAT for radio amateurs throughout the world.

This year's event is being held in memory of Captain Charles Dorian,
W3JPT, who passed away in 2014, aged 92. Chuck, who had held many
senior positions in the U.S. Coast Guard, was one of AMSAT's earliest
members and served as secretary of the Board of Directors.

Participation in AMSAT SKN on OSCAR is easy and fun.
Just operate CW, using a straight key or non-electronic "bug," through any
amateur satellite between 0000 and 2400 UTC on January 1, 2015.

There is no need to send in a log, but all participants are asked to
nominate someone they worked for "Best Fist." Your nominee need not
have the best fist of those you heard, only of those you worked.

Send your nomination to

A list of "Best Fist" nominees will be published in early February.

(Ray W2RS via SouthGate ARNews)


VK4RAT UHF Voice Repeater access tone now active

Those wanting to access the VK4RAT Townsville UHF Voice Repeater will now
have to encode a 91.5Hz CTCSS tone into their transmitters.

The access tone is needed to stop digital communications services from the
primary licensee of the 70cm band from triggering the RAT repeater.


Dimitris Tsifakis VK1SV has proposed that a 160m AM net be activated Sunday
mornings following thIS WIA broadcast (around 1000 Hrs local Canberra time).

The suggested frequency is 1843KHz, AM mode.

Most HF rigs will have the AM mode fitted.

At that time of the day only ground wave propagation could be expected, so
depending on the efficiency of your antenna, stations on the North and South
of Canberra may be able to make contact. We may be surprised at the actual

You don't have a 160M antenna!!

Using an 80m antenna with an ATU is possible, although you may have to limit
your power to 20-30 watts, or less. It won't be very efficient but it will
work to some degree. Don't be surprised if you cannot get the VSWR much below
3:1, it will still sort of work.

Using an ATU with a 20-30m length of wire run along a wooden fence has also
been known to work.


Seasons Greetings everyone.


Mount Vinson, Antarctica

Alexei, RV3ARY is planning an attempt to operate from Mount Vinson
(WAP MNB-01), Antarctica (grid square EB62), between 24th December 2014 and
3rd January 2015.

Battery power with a Windom and Yagi antenna for 20m.

Planned frequencies are 7.045, 21.260 and 14.260 MHz.

LI for LA and LJ for LB

Celebrates 200 years of the Norwegian Constitution during 2014.

In addition, special event station LM1814 will be active as part of the
celebrations which end at years close.

EI 1100 WD

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford is this year celebrating its 1100th birthday.
In line with the many festivities and events to celebrate the anniversary,
The South Eastern Amateur Group are currently activating the special event
call-sign EI 1100 WD until the end of the year from various locations.

Activity has been on various bands and modes (mainly HF). If you wish to get
EI 1100 WD in the log activation details are being posted on

HS 50 RAST Special Event Callsign

Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) have been issued with the special
callsign HS 50 RAST which celebrates the 50th anniversary of RAST and can
be used until the end of THIS MONTH ONLY.


Special event station E 72 NATO is active until the end of THIS MONTH
and commemorates the cooperation of NATO and Bosnia-Herzegovina that was
established in 2006.
QSL via E 73 Y.


IK 1 PMR and PA 3 LEO will be on the air signing portable EA8 from
Tenerife Island between December 9th of this year and January 8th of 2015.

Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSL via HB 9 FKK or each operators home callsign via the bureau.


VE 7 BV will once again be active stroke TG 9 from Guatemala between
January 22nd and February 17th of 2015 on 20, 17 and 15 meters CW and SSB.
QSL via his home callsign which again is VE7BV, direct, by the bureau or
electronically using Logbook of the World.


PA 0 RRS will be active as 9 M 2 MRS from Penang Island Malaysia between
January 1st and February 3rd of 2015.
He plans to operate 30 through 10 meters CW, RTTY and PSK with SSB only on
QSL via PA0RRS via the bureau.


DF3FS and DL9OLI will be operating stroke 5Z4 from Diani Beach, Kenya, between
February 16th and March 8th of 2015.

80 through 10 meters CW and SSB.

QSL via their home callsigns via the bureau.


DC0KK will active as 4S7KKG from Sri Lanka through until April 10th, 2015.
He operates mainly using CW and the digital modes.
QSL via DC0KK via the bureau.

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


A slide show covering the 2014 Tromelin Island FT4TA operation is now available
for viewing on the World Wide Web. The show is made up from the selected
photos from the thousands that were taken beginning with the approach by air to
the island.

You can see them with either French or English captioning at



SpinSat has been successfully deployed from the International Space Station.

Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, SpinSat is a 56cm sphere weighing
57 kg that has 12 Electronically controlled Solid Propellant thrusters spread
in pairs throughout the surface of the satellite. They are fired in pairs to
"spin" the spacecraft.

SpinSat's primary mission will be to calibrate the Space Surveillance Network.

Lasers will be fired at SpinSat from the ground. The light reflected back will
be measured to determine where in time and space the satellite is passing
overhead. SpinSat will also model the density of the atmosphere.

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel report that SpinSat carries a
2 watt RF output 9600 bit per second AX.25 packet radio store and forward
system on 437.230 MHz.

With just primary batteries for power and only 4.8 grams of fuel the
spin-up phase may last between three to six months.


Dhruva Space, a two-year-old start-up co-founded by technologist
Sanjay Nekkanti, VU3ISS, has sealed a deal with AMSAT India to develop

This as a successor to HAMSAT VO-52 which went silent on July 11th, most likely
due to the failure of its on-board lithium ion batteries.

Dhruva's satellites are expected to be launched on the Indian Space Research
Organisation Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

VU3ISS said his team are working closely with the space organization for
design approvals and testing of the planned new satellite.

(AMSAT India, Southgate via ARNewsLine)


Dino Island no longer valid for IOTA

The IOTA Committee has been made aware that Dino Island no longer meets the
requirements laid down for qualification for IOTA and have decided that it
should be withdrawn from EU-144 with effect from 1st January 2015.

The distance separating the island from the mainland has reduced as the beach
area gradually encroached into the channel and is now significantly less than
the required 200 metres.

Credit will continue to be given for contacts with Dino made before
1st January 2015.

See the IOTA website for full details.


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

The Boy Scouts of America have released their 2014 report for Jamboree On The
Air (JOTA) held in October.
National JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson K5ND states that 354 stations had
registered this year, 205 submitting operating reports in the USA.

REWIND a look back at history

Popular Electronics magazines archive has shared an archive of all the Popular Electronics
magazines from 1954 to 1982.

Along with many other magazines, there are Millions of pages and Hundreds of
books and magazines on Radio, Transmitting, Receiving, TV, Computers, and more.



Feb 22 VK2 Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Wyong Field Day.

March 21 VK3 Dstar Users Group 9am Woodend RSL Anslow St.
March 29 VK3 EMDRC Hamfest

May 9 VK4 BARCFEST Brisbane

June 6-7 VK2 Queens Birthday 40th annual Oxley Region Field Day

July 1 VK4 Caboolture Hamfest
July 11-12 VK3 GippsTech 2015

August 9 VK2 SARC-FEST Lismore

Sept 12 VK4 SUNFEST Woombye

Oct 25 VK4 Gold Coast Hamfest Broadbeach

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