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A BRAZEN bald burglar has stolen about $10,000 worth of gear from Melbourne
(VK3) radio station SEN 1116 and wheeled it away in a rubbish skip all
while presenters were on air in their Richmond Studios.

The sports radio station lost much studio equipment including microphones!

Detective Senior Constable Drew Laughlin said the crime appeared to be
opportunistic, as the man was able to break into the building through an
unlocked door from the carpark about 11.40pm.

"There were people present, as they were broadcasting live at the time,"
Sen-Det Laughlin said.

The man was inside for 40 minutes, removing items one by one and loading them
into a red rubbish skip he found in a nearby carpark. He then wheeled the
skip down Bendigo St where it is believed he loaded them into a car and fled.

Speaking of Sports Radio, particularly in Melbourne, The Greater 3UZ, returns
to the air on Sunday, March 8. That's when Victoria's racing and sport
station, RSN, the holder of the original 3UZ licence, will rebrand itself as
3UZ for a day mark the 90th Birthday of 3UZ.


Listenership of community radio may not have the reach of the ABC or Commercial
Radio but Canberra community radio listeners are getting better reception
now that the switch on of a new and higher community radio transmission site
at Poppet Hill in Canberra has taken place.

A consortium of not-for-profit broadcasters, ArtSoundFM, 1CMS FM, and
1WAY FM, will manage the new facility, the culmination of eight years of

The Poppet Hill transmitter site replaces older facilities at Black Mountain
Tower. Because it is at a slightly higher elevation and is using new equipment
the new site will deliver a stronger and higher quality signal to many of the
63,000 people who, according to the 2014 McNair Ingenuity Survey, listen to
community radio in Canberra.


The Central Queensland Amateur Radio Association activated on 40 meters
(not on Emergency Centre of Activity 7.110, but locally on 7098 kHz
and a 2m repeater,) and told Jim Linton the chairman of the IARU Region 3
Disaster Communications Committee they were on standby for emergency
communications to and from nursing homes in the region.

No other word came in from QLD WICEN and luckily the MAYBE incorrectly
rated cyclone (Some say cat 5 others cat 3) fizzled out before hitting
the Brisbane region on its Friday projected pathway.

Quite a few local Mackay and Rocky hams missed it entirely by appearing
at Wyong Field Day!

The Queensland State Government has donated $1 million to four charities
helping with the Tropical Cyclone Marcia relief efforts. The money will
be shared by the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and
Uniting Care.

For many, the clean-up is still underway with a long road ahead and
1 week after the cyclone still some 21,000 homes without 240 volts!

Those in the QNEWS VK4 footprint we hope to hear from CQARA and maybe
RADAR in the local news broadcast shortly.


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


Amateur Radio Band plans are a voluntary operating code which divides the
various amateur bands into segments, in order to minimise interference
between often incompatible transmission modes and technologies.

As technology progresses, and patterns of usage change, Band plans need to be
periodically reviewed and updated to ensure they meet current needs, and
also that, as much as possible, band usage remains internationally harmonised.

Following a lengthy period of public consultation the Band plan changes are
now released as a "Draft for Adoption".

Ten (10) comments only from all we VK amateurs were received as follow:

630 metres - 6 comments
6 metre band - 3 comments
2 metre and 70 cm bands - 1 comment to date.

If no serious deficiencies are identified the updated Band plans will come
into effect on the 15th March, 2015. The two metre and 70cm Band plans are
also under review, and are expected to be finalised during the second half
of this year.

(sourced to wia front page news)




A week of intense advanced training has paid off for one of Summerland's
(Lismore VK2) Queensland members, Ade VK4VKF. He passed his Advanced Theory
exam and is now awaiting his advanced callsign.

A major spin-off of the week's training is that Summerland now have an
acceptable set of training notes for the advanced theory exam. The reference
material is largely based on the UK's Chelmsford club and the New Zealand

The SARC modules break the syllabus up into 26 easier to tackle steps. Each
module lists the references you should read and the key points you need for
the exam. Summerland already have local members working through the modules.
The modules will get a quick tidy up and then placed on the web soon.

In keeping with SARC policy the modules are freely available for anyone to

(Duncan VK2DLR via Summerland News Letter)

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VK3 home brewers to learn more about antennas

The next meeting of the Homebrew Construction Group is on Saturday, March
the 7th, 2pm, at the Amateur Radio Victoria rooms at 40g Victory Boulevard,

All are welcome. David Giddy VK3IL, will deliver a presentation entitled
"End Fed Half Waves and Magnetic Loops for SOTA Activations".

This should also prove interesting to aspiring portable operators more

Inquiries and comments can be sent to

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

Only 4 weeks until Melbourne biggest and best HamFest in March.

The Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club Hamfest 2015 is rapidly
approaching - Sunday March 29th at the Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont.

We have a hall full of old and new equipment a wide variety of goodies for all.
The following commercial traders are confirmed. RF Solutions Queensland, Radio
Books Cobram, NBS Antennas & Masts , PK's Loop Antennas, Bushcomm Antennas,
Rippletech Antennas, South Eastern Communications and many others. We have
tables from the WIA, ALARA and a local Hackerspace Community. The Raffle has
items donated by our commercial traders and will be drawn at Midday.

The world famous barbecue powered by Jack will once again be cooking up a
storm out the front with breakfast and Snags, and of course - lots of onions.
Complementary Tea and Coffee is available with soft drinks for purchase.

Lots of space to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Entry is only $6 with one free raffle ticket, and doors open at 10 AM.
Check out the clubs web site for more details.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers from the committee of the EMDRC

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The Townsville Amateur Radio Club Inc. will be working in with the Events and
Protocol Unit of the Townsville City Council to assemble and operate a solar
powered portable HF, VHF and UHF station from the Brigadier North Park Upper
section of Jezzine Barracks for the entire duration of the ANZAC 100
commemoration on 25th April 2015.

Assembling the station will happen during Friday afternoon 24th April with
assistance of TARCadians plus some material support from the Australian Army.

During the operation of AX4WIT guests from the Army, Navy and Air Force will
witness the use of CW and AM and might even have a go themselves.

The station will be ideally located for cheering on participants in the
ANZAC 100 march and the two outdoor big screens will be clearly visible from
the station for the live broadcast of events from Gallipoli and Villers

Want to Contact AX4WIT at Jezzine Barracks?

Try 3600kHz (including the Gnarly Net),

7116kHz when not on 80m and listen out on the CW and AM parts of 20metres just
in case!


51st South East Radio Group Convention and Australian Foxhunting Championship
Queen's Birthday long weekend 6th, 7th June.


vk7 local news, email

Cradle Coast Amateur Radio Club

VK7RMD VHF broadcasts this news every Sunday, but this story is about the
UHF Repeater. Currently an experimental repeater linking trial is under way

The new system is under development by the NE Victoria Amateur Radio club
and has three main guidelines.

It has to be cheap (under $100).

Completely Open source hardware and software.

A form of control to comply with the Amateur LCD.

The linking node is setup to be run on a Raspberry PI (so no taking photos)
and differs from EchoLink and IRLP in that it runs from peer to peer rather
than requiring a master server.

The audio codec is designed to be very efficient in bandwidth usage and yet
provide excellent audio quality.

Currently there are only four nodes operating but two of those are in

This is an all Australian development.

Details can be found on


VI8ANZAC is on the air

The Darwin Amateur Radio Club (DARC) continues to be active with the VI8ANZAC
callsign to mark the Albert Chalmers Borella journey re-enactment - and has
caused many dog-piles on the bands.

DARC President Gary Gibson VK8GN reports that concentration has been on 40m,
20m, 15m and 10m. The lower bands are a bit of a challenge during the
Australian northern wet season with very high noise levels.

There have been good openings to Europe on 10m, and many other countries
including VK are being worked all the bands.

High interest has been generated in VI8ANZAC going by the large number of
look-ups on

The commemorative event marks the historic trek to enlist in WWI by Albert
Borella. The 33 year old went from Tennant Creek to Darwin which then had
no sign-up point, and on to Townsville in Queensland by boat for enlistment.

Albert Borella served at Gallipoli in 1915 for two months, before going to
the Western Front in France and Belgium.

He was wounded in action, decorated with the Military Medal, mentioned by
Winston Churchill in military dispatches, and for valour in combat - awarded
the Victoria Cross.

Each April 25 is ANZAC Day in Australia, to honour those who fought for the
first time as the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) at Gallipoli
in Turkey, then elsewhere, and the service men and women in all subsequent

This year is the Centenary of ANZAC. A number of events are being held in
Australia and aboard. The Darwin Amateur Radio Club has the WIA ANZAC 100
callsign VI8ANZAC until March 3.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


What use is an F-call?

During the week I was spending a little time with an experienced amateur and
I lamented that getting ferrite cores locally was a trial in futility. I'd
spent hours attempting to find a reliable supplier and as of yet have not
actually succeeded.

I want to experiment with ferrite cores to build some antennas and to test
different balun designs, seeing that the Internet is full of them, each with
different opinions on what is good and bad, what works best and how to
magically make something work with a balun.

Of course I can read all I want, but actually getting your hands dirty is
generally a better way to get a feel for what happens and what's needed.

It was suggested that I could make an equivalent solution, creating a choke
using coax cable, 6 inches, 6 windings was the suggestion. Since then I've
also found 4 and 4 and 8 and 8 and other variations.

I should note that I've not yet built one with all the other distractions in
my life, but I'm feeling much less worried about locating a ferrite and much
more confident that such a choke might get me what I need, the ability to
build a dipole and string it up without RF coming back into my shack - which
currently is my car.

What this taught me is that the Internet is full of wonderful suggestions,
but just chewing the fat with someone who's been around the block a couple
of times will give you some hands on experience, which might get you to the
next step of your understanding of Amateur Radio.

So, talk to your fellow amateurs, buy them a coffee and see what they have
to say.

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.

Broadcaster Sky in Europe is "not ruling out" the possibility of delivering
4K TV content over the web in the future in a similar way to Netflix, after
staging early trials filming in the ultra HD format.

Speaking at SES Ultra HD conference in London last week, Sky's chief engineer
of broadcast strategy, Chris Johns, said that there was "no reason" Sky
couldn't launch a 4K channel now if there was compelling enough content to do


Essex-born radio amateur Dave Rowntree M6DRQ is a member of the band Blur
and are to release their first new studio album for 12 years

The new album will be called The Magic Whip and a track - Go Out - has been
released on the music streaming service Spotify.

The Telegraph newspaper reports the band will play at London's BST Hyde Park
gig on Saturday, June 20.


US scientists have invented a transmitter within a pill that can tweet
information to the patient or their doctor or later downloaded via a
worn small electrical patch.

RF technology makes sure patients are taking their medication and stops
fake pills being consumed, or at least if a fake is swallowed you are
tweeted with a warning to take another pill!
RFID is widely used and is embedded in each pill that can be encrypted.

Project ULTRA helped Alan Turing crack code

The Ottawa Citizen has interviewed Ernie Brown about his work in Project ULTRA
during WWII. He is one of the last surviving members of a crack team of radio
interceptors who were stationed in a secret building in the Canada's capital
during the Second World War under a classified program codenamed ULTRA.

There, they intercepted coded enemy messages, and relayed them back to the UK.

Amateur radio based group rescues released broadcast frequency

When the 'Deutsche Welle' decided to close down one of their 500 KW shortwave
broadcast transmitters near Munich at the end of 2012, a group of German
radio amateurs applied for and were allocated the then available short wave
frequency of 6070 KHz in 2013.

This group now have an operational 10KW station on the frequency, using the
driver stages from the old Deutsche Welle transmitter. The rest of the
transmitter was built by and is run by Rainer DB8QC .

The licence allow transmission 24/7, but currently mainly weekends.

Another Rainer DF2NU who is one of the group running the station and the
president of the Munich South section of the DARC, hopes to be able to
broadcast more often once sufficient content is available however they are
already seeing other broadcasters such as Radio China moving onto the
frequency in the evenings as those stations perceive 6070 KHz as a free

6070 - watch this space.


"Bombers riding shotgun in the sky."

In a town better known for peace and music, two radio stations are battling
over a trademark dispute involving the difference between "Radio Woodstock"
and "Woodstock Radio."

That was before a trademark dispute is settled with stations claiming 'foul'
over use of the famous town's name.

Let's hope they calm down and "get themselves back to the garden." soon!




NASA has announced that it will develop a new nuclear robotic submersible,
which they could use to explore the oceans on Saturn's frozen moon Titan and
radio its findings back to Earth. With more on this story, Jim Damron N8TMW.

[Jim D.:] Describing the submarine in a recently released PDF document, the
space agency said it was proposed as a way to explore Kraken Mare, a body of
liquid on Titan spotted by the Cassini spacecraft in 2007. Kraken Mare is
believed to be the largest sea or lake in the northern portion of Titan.

Powered by a radioisotope Stirling generator power source, the submarine would
be efficient enough to complete a 90-day, 2000-kilometer under sea journey.

Researchers working on this project admit that they are concerned that it
would be hard for the submarine to send signals from under the liquid on
Titan back to Earth, as the direct transmission. They believe that doing so
would require a large antenna and one option being considered is concealing it
in the submersible vehicle's fin.

The submarines design will be unveiled at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science
Conference this month (March). For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron
N8TMW, in Vero Beach, Florida.

Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


Jock White Field Day (NZ) Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1st.

John Moyle Memorial Field Day 21st-22nd March from UTC 0100 Sat to 0059 Sun.

Tablelands Radio Group's AM and CW on ANZAC Day 25 April

Harry Angel sprint 80 metres May 2.

Trans-Tasman contest 18th July from 0800utc


Remembrance Day Contest August 15 and 16

Oceania DX contest Voice First full weekend in October

Oceania DX contest Continuous Wave Second full weekend in October.


German special event wireless stations

DL65DARC will be run by district Niedersachsen (H) between the 2nd and 8th
of March. DK65DARC will be run by district Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (V)
also in the same time/date period.

Starting Today March 1st, the special station DL1965WH will commemorate
both the 50th anniversary of the army ham radio club of Daun as well as
the 50th on-air anniversary of their chairman DL1WH. The club normally
operates as DF0DA, recent special event callsign activations were DR50BUND,
DR60NATO and, in cooperation with French hams, TP2CE and TP8CE.
QSL via bureau, DL1WH (d).

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Kopling Family charity in
Buchholz/Nordheide, the special event callsign DA0KOL with special
DOK 50KFBU will be QRV in March on all bands.
QSLs automatic via bureau.


DF3FS and DL9OLI will be operating stroke 5Z4 from Diani Beach, Kenya, until
March 8th.

80 through 10 meters CW and SSB.

QSL via their home callsigns via the bureau.

GB1BST - British Summer Time 2015

Woody's Top Youth Hostel in Lincolnshire will be the venue for the
2015 GB 1 BST Special Event Station, celebrating the start of British
Summer Time, on March 27-29

Situated on the Greenwich Meridian between Louth and Horncastle,
Woody's Top is a rather remote and quiet location in the southern part
of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The Lincolnshire Wolds is a range of hills
in the county of Lincolnshire, England and is deemed the highest area of land
in eastern England, between Yorkshire and Kent.

Radio operations are scheduled to start late on 27th March with test
transmissions on the 40m, 20m, 17m and 2m bands which will be used during
the weekend event.


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

To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the South African
Radio League, ZS90SARL is 'in the ether' until the end of April.

Special event station TC 100 GLB is QRV until April 30 to commemorate
"Gallipoli" 100 years ago. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB, RTTY
and PSK. QSL via TA 1 CM.

Lusitania Radio Club

The Lusitania Radio Club will be running a Special Event Station with the
callsign EI 100 MFA to mark the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the
Lusitania on the 7th May 1915.

The station will operate from 6th to 10th May from a site near the
Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse Co, Cork or from the Lighthouse itself.

4 U 20 B.
This station is located in Brindisi, Italy and commemorates the
20th anniversary of the UN Logistics Base there.

4 U 20 B will be used until next July and the QSL manager is 9 A 2 AA.

HE200GE commemorates the 200th anniversary of Geneva's entrance
into the Swiss Confederation. The beginnings of modern Switzerland
go back to the year 1291, when the three German language Alpine
forest areas signed the Federal Charter. Over the centuries more
cantons allied themselves to the original three and among the last
was the Republic of Geneva on 19th May 1815. HE200GE will be
active on all amateur bands throughout 2015 and contacts will be
valid for the Diploma of Genve. QSL via HB9AOF.


On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of IARU Danish radio amateurs will be
active with a special event call, OZ9IARU, in the period now until
December 31, 2015

J 38 NN and J 38 MM

W6NN and KE1B will be operating as J38NN and J38MM, respectively, from Grenada
between May 23rd and the 31st using a single station with 100w watts and a
Buddipole antenna system on 40 through 10 including 30, 17 and 12 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSLs can go via their home callsigns (W6NN and KE1B) by the bureau.


Good Morning

This Denis, VK4AE, WIA coordinator for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day 2015.

This year the contest will occur over the weekend of Saturday the 21st to
Sunday the 22nd March, the duration of the contest will be from UTC 0100
on the Saturday to 0059 UTC on Sunday.

Now is the time to complete your planning for the field day contest as there
is only a couple of weeks to go before the event. You must make sure that
everything is in order and operating and all of the many little pieces that
are needed to put your station onto the airwaves are all in the required
place. Nothing worse than to arrive at your chosen spot, only to find you
have forgotten to pack some other piece of gear, or some other equally
essential accessory.

Make sure that the location you have chosen is still accessible after this
summer's onslaught from flood cyclone and bushfire, the roads into the place
have not been closed.

So much with that aspect of preparation, there is still time to download the
latest version of free program contest logging VKCL (VK Contest Log)
available from Mike (VK3AVV)'s website where you can check you have the latest
version. A number of people last year used an older version of the program and
deprived themselves of a significant number of points that were allowed under
later rule changes. So it is well worth the effort to make sure you have the
latest version.

Submitting the field day log this year is not optional - If you work any
station more than 5 times during the field day you must submit a log to
verify those contacts. This applies if you intend to operate either as a
portable or as a home station.

Best of luck to all in the field day and I look forward to working a few of
you on the day and most of all receiving your log entry after the event.


JPL Plans 2401 MHz Lunar Ranging Experiment March 3

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) will transmit a narrow band signal at
about 2041 MHz illuminating a spot on the moon (probably centred on
Tycho) about 1000km in diameter early in the morning of 3 March
between about 0630 to 0900 UTC.

JPL will be transmitting about 20kW from a 34 m aperture. They are
planning to have three distinct transmission modes, two will be a CW
carrier, and a third mode including a PN ranging code on the signal,
probably changing every 45 minutes.

The signal should be easy to detect with even a small receive
antenna (at least the narrow band signal).

If you have a wideband recorder, the ranging code should be easy to
recover with post processing.
Standard ranging code as defined in 810-005

The first step in reconfiguring the International Space Station (ISS) for
commercial crew missions was completed successfully last weekend, with NASA
Expedition 42 astronauts Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts rigging cables during
a nearly 7-hour spacewalk.

The pair "rigged a series of power and data cables at the forward end of the
Harmony module and Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 and routed 340 of 360 feet of
cable," NASA said in a statement.


It looked ominous as there was no one in the shack with just minutes until
the ARRL DX CW Contest yet this particular station Logged 4200 plus contacts!

The group of six operators operating as K3TN in the recent ARRL International
DX Contest (CW) may have made Amateur Radio history by mounting the first
completely remote-controlled multioperator contest effort.

The scattered K3TN team worked via the Internet through the station of
Jack Hammett, K4VV, in Northern Virginia. All of K4VV's operating positions
were vacant over the February 21-22 weekend, because the operators were
elsewhere, and one participant even managed to operate during the contest from
two states Maryland and Florida.

"No one was in the K4VV shack for the entire contest!" said Mike Lonneke, W0YR
who took part in the contest via K4VV from his own shack in Virginia. Two
other operators were in North Carolina. "Perhaps this is a new category
Totally Remote (TR)."

Lonneke said 3-minute timers at the remote-capable positions allow FCC
requirements to be met.

The "Team K4VV" contingent made 4224 contacts and logged 556 multipliers
for a claimed score of more than 7 million points.


IARU President is new SOTA Mountain Goat

One of the latest amateurs to attain Mountain Goat as an activator in the
popular Summits on the Air programme will be a familiar figure to many in
the amateur radio world. This is because he managed to combine his interest
in SOTA whilst at the same time holding the post of IARU Region 1 President.

Hans Timmerman PB 2 T who was President up to October last year, has activated
summits in no fewer than 15 different countries, spanning the globe. Being
from one of the low countries does present some challenges to a SOTA
activator but the opportunity to travel obviously came in useful for Hans.



Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW letting you know that tomorrow you can
hear the March edition of the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's

As well as all the latest Club news and information, tomorrow we outline the
story of the Square Kilometre Array, the exciting new radio telescope project
being built here in Australia and South Africa. The SKA has the potential to
provide huge amounts of new astronomical data and to increase our knowledge of
the universe.

The principal HF transmission is on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz USB commencing at
0100 UTC and is beamed north from Melbourne for Eastern states listeners.
Please note that the 0200 UTC 20 metre transmission beamed to Western
Australia has now been discontinued.

However, at 0200 UTC Phil VK6GX will be transmitting on 40 metres on 7060 kHz
LSB for WA country listeners, simultaneously with the transmission via the
NewsWest linked repeater system.

Additionally, there are other local area relays. To find the times and
frequencies for your area please visit the RAOTC website at

Don't forget, too, that as from Tuesday you can download the bulletin as an
audio file from the RAOTC website.

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is invited to listen to this
interesting half-hour of Old Timer news, information and stories, and of
course, call backs afterwards from all listeners are very welcome.

So once again, the RAOTC monthly bulletin can be heard tomorrow, Monday March

73, Clive VK6CSW.


March 15 VK7 Meet the Voice barbecue at Ross.( )
March 21 VK3 Dstar Users Group 9am Woodend RSL Anslow St.
March 29 VK3 EMDRC Hamfest

April 5 VK2 Urunga Radio Convention ( )
April 12 VK6 HARG swap meet 10am Lesmurdie Hall 96 Gladys Road.
April 18 VK4 REDFest (Redcliffe Radio Club Event)
18 WW World Amateur Radio Day
April 25 VK3 ANZAC Day Radio Afternoon Ballarat Showgrounds ( vk3fmpb )

May 1-3 VK4 Clairview Gathering contact RADAR's VK4ACC 04 2963 2815
May 9 VK4 BARCFEST Salvation Army Hall Calamvale
May 9-10 VK WIA AGM Canberra

June 6-7 VK2 Queens Birthday 40th annual Oxley Region Field Day
June 6-7 VK5 51st South East Radio Group Convention / Australian
Foxhunting Championship

July 1 VK4 Caboolture Hamfest
July 11-12 VK3 GippsTech 2015
July 18 VK3 Gippsland gate Radio & Electronics Club Hamfest @ Cranbourne

Sept 12 VK4 SUNFEST Woombye
Sept 25-27 VK4 CHARC AGM Weekend Camp Fairbairn near Emerald

Oct 2-5 VK4 Cardwell Gathering, Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park
Oct 25 VK4 Gold Coast Hamfest Broadbeach

Nov VK3 QRP By the Bay details from VK3YE held 2nd Saturday

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