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WIA Board Talk

WIA ANZAC 100 events for September

WIA wishes all a Happy Fathers Day 2015



Poor weather & propagation faced by VI0ANZAC

Despite adverse Antarctic winter weather conditions the VI0ANZAC event in
the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program made it to air
last weekend.

The propagation saw 56 contacts logged. The operator, Doug VK0DMV, had been
eager to use VI0ANZAC, but an earlier plan was postponed when a severe storm
struck. However, VI0ANZAC did go ahead on August 29-30.

Because of the wind at the time official permission was needed to venture
outdoors. The icy wind howled outside at 80 knots as the operator stayed
overnight in an antenna shack.

Doug VK0DMV expressed sincere thanks to all who made contact and for a great
couple of days.

Many more listened or had signals too weak they could not be heard. Doug sent
his apologises for having to leave early on Sunday, but a break in the
weather meant an exit from the antenna shack. Even then it took about
45 minutes with frequent stops to clear an ice build-up on the windscreen
that cut visibility.

VI0ANZAC log sheets are now on the eQSL system and enable verification of
contact with Casey Station VKFF 571 by Park Chasers.

The WIA expresses sincere thanks to Doug VK0DMV and his sterling effort and
to the Australian Antarctic Division for their assistance that made it all

Now to this month's activities

Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) using VK100ANZAC will have a digital
voice mode station to commemorate the 26th Infantry Battalion arrival at
Gallipoli, and its deployment to Taylor's Hollow.

The event at Younghusband South Australia for 48 hours from September 11,
recognises the Battalion's efforts while promoting FreeDV - a relatively new
digital voice mode. David Rowe VK5DGR, one of the architects of FreeDV, will
be on hand, with club showing how easy it can be use FreeDV on it's the AREG

Here from VK5 is Ben with more on this activation of VK100ANZAC

FreeDV is a new digital voice mode developed by an international group of
amateurs, led by David Rowe, VK5DGR. FreeDV operates at very low bit rates
and narrow bandwidths using an open source digital voice compression
algorithm (Codec2) developed by David. As such, it is ideal for use on HF.

The aim is to encourage as many amateurs as possible to "come and try" this
new digital HF mode, joining us and as many other FreeDV operators as
possible, in making contacts via digital HF voice around Australia and across
the world.

AREG, in conjunction with David VK5DGR, one of the co-creators of FreeDV,
will be activating a special event FreeDV HF station under the Wireless
Institute of Australia's special event call-sign, VK100ANZAC over next

Various bands will be used, with the primary call channels being 14.236MHz
and 7.175MHz, +/-QRM. The VK100ANZAC net control station will be listening
and intermittently calling on FreeDV on the 20m and 40m bands as follows;

Saturday evening September 12th from 1130UTC (9pm Australian Central Standard
Time (ACST)) beaming short path North America on 20m (west coast).
Sunday morning September 13th from 2130-2330UTC (7am-9am ACST) on 20m beaming
long path North America (east coast)
Sunday morning from 2230-0130UTC (8-11am ACST) will see local VK contacts
targeted on 40m
0430-0730 UTC (2-5pm ACST) will focus signals towards Europe Long Path as
well as VK on 20m.
0530-0830 UTC (3-6pm ACST) will see 40m targeting VK/ZL again
During the middle of the day on Sunday we may activate on 15m as well
targeting Asia/Japan/Northern VK. Keep watching the AREG blog for details.

So, get your gear ready, download and install the FreeDV GUI application on
your PC, use a PC to HF radio interface and a USB headset and you too, can
participate in the FreeDV QSO party.

Alternatively, acquire the stand alone SM1000 digital voice adaptor that has
become available which eliminates the need for a PC.

Details of how to set up your station to run FreeDV may be found on the
FreeDV project's website,

Remember, next weekend, the 12th and 13th of September for the FreeDV Codec2
digital HF voice QSO Party!

Of course, details of this information may also be found on AREG's Web pages

I am Ben VK5BB for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.

On the following weekend the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Club uses
VK100ANZAC for 48-hours from September 19, to commemorate the awarding of the
Victoria Cross to Roy Inwood during WWI. It will be portable from a Military
vehicle museum at Edinburgh, north of Adelaide. The open air operation is to
run a Yaesu FT857d transceiver into linked dipoles, trying 40m, 20m, and 15m
between 0100 UTC and 0700 UTC.

Later in September, VI5ANZAC will be activated by North East Radio Club on
September 25 and for three days to commemorate the 11th Light Horse Regiment
Battle of Samakh, Palestine.

September 26, and for 120 hours at the Z Special Force memorial, Dayman Point
in south-east Queensland, VI4ANZAC will commemorate Operation Jaywick in 1943
that sunk seven enemy ships at Singapore.

The West Australia Defence Amateur Radio User Group is getting ready to fire
up VI6ANZAC at the HMAS Stirling facility Perth on September 26, to mark the
anniversary of two WWI Victoria Cross recipients.

With more on that operation it's to Andrew VK6AS

Another VK100 ANZAC Activation in VK6 running from Friday 25 Sep to Sunday 27
Sep 2015.

The VK6 Garden Island team are activating Garden Island off the coast of
Perth to commemorate 100 years since The Great War. The WIA have granted
the use of VK 100 ANZAC for the duration of the activation.

The Island is home to HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West, the Royal Australian
Navy's home on the West coast. The island offers a unique location to
operate amateur radio and is known to offer very low QRM. Many thanks are
due to the base Commanding Officer for her permission to use the site

The team would like you to get involved.

For those in VK6, or are prepared to travel, there are opportunities to get
onto the Island during the activation in your own vehicle or grab a lift with
one of the organisers. Two absolutely fantastic locations on the west of the
island are available for use. These locations will offer brilliant HF and
interesting 2m operations. Power, ground and other basic facilities will be
provided on site.

Contact via the events page of VK100 ANZAC Activation on for
details and updates on the event, to show your interest and book your spot.

Get in now as these spots are sure to be filled rapidly.

If you are elsewhere in Australia or the world you can still get involved by
making contact during the activation. Precise details of timings and
frequencies will also be publicised through that Facebook events page

John VK6RX email is and I'm Andrew VK6AS

For full details on ALL ANZAC 100 events please visit the ANZAC section of
the WIA website, and as Andrew said put VK100 ANZAC activation
into your FaceBook search block.

To commemorate ANZAC 100 a series of articles appears in Amateur Radio

During WWII was cobbled together a transmitter known as "Winnie the war
winner,' a most important iconic item from Australia's involvement.

Max Loveless, an active radio amateur in Hobart from 1937 where he operated
as VK7ML, was referred to as the No. 1 man in the project engaging a team
of four signallers.

First published in the March 2011 edition of OTN, the journal of the Radio
Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia, it has been contributed by Bill Roper

The author was inspired by his Australian War Memorial visit, which houses
an incredible piece of Australian radio history, "Winnie the war winner".

Several articles have been published over the years, but with good
photographs and words this amazing radio was revisited.

For long weeks after the Japanese landed at Dili Timor, in February 1942,
nothing was heard from Australia's Sparrow Force.

Most of the Sparrow Force had surrendered, while some were 'guerrillas' who
remained fighting with no supplies and no contact with Australia.

Then in April, a dramatic radio signal was heard in Darwin: "Force intact.
Still fighting. Badly need boots, money, quinine, tommy-gun ammunition."

This signal was transmitted by 'Winnie the war winner', built from scraps.
The plan by Max Loveless was that all the commandos looked out for anything
that might serve as a radio part.

There were two previous failed attempts using other equipment, caused by
inadequate tools of a tomahawk, a pair of pliers, and a screwdriver, and
the failure to accurately calibrate the frequency.

Max Loveless later designed and built a third transmitter. With it Darwin
was signalled on April the 18th 1942, but did not receive a reply.

On the night of April 19th an answer was received from Darwin. The batteries
failed, but on the following night they reached Darwin again.

The Darwin radio room was suspicious and demanded proof of the men's identity.
After verification, the guerrillas of Sparrow Force again repeated their
dramatic signal.

The Royal Australian Air Force parachuted items, and the Royal Australian
Navy began a regular run from Darwin to Timor with supplies. It lost the
destroyer HMAS Voyager and the corvette HMAS Armidale during these supply

The commanding officer of Sparrow Force later said but for the amazing job
done by these four signallers led by Max Loveless, they would not have been
able to contact Australia.

(Jim Linton VK3PC with additional material by Ben VK5BB and Andrew VK6AS)


President Phil Wait VK2ASD
V President Fred Swainston VK3DAC
Secretary David Williams VK3RU
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ

WIA Special-Purpose Grants

These are designed to be awarded to people whose projects are closely
aligned to the Boards strategic policy for the development of amateur radio.

WIA Special-Purpose Grants are available to affiliated clubs and individual
members. They are also be open to non-members and non-affiliated
organisations, so long as the project is for the benefit of amateur radio
and the non-member or non-affiliated organisation contributes at least 50%
of their own funds.

The closing date for Grant submissions is 18 December, 2015.

In last month's edition of AR, our President identified the need to review
the way the WIA operated to ensure that it continued to meet the needs of
the membership.

A review of the operation of the WIA office was recently completed and
discussed by the WIA Board. As a result it was determined that the existing
office structure did not meet our current and future needs. A decision was
made to remove the position of Office Manager and replace it with an
Executive Officer.

As a result Mal Brooks has left the WIA, we thank him for his past service
and wish him well for the future.

The Executive Officer position will take a much more active role in the
development and implementation of strategies designed to increase membership
and improve member services.

An advertisement for this role will be published in due course.



Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow the Radio
Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's September news and information
bulletin goes to air.

This month's main features will be the History of the time pips at the BBC
plus an item on the future of HF, preceded by the latest Club news and

Tomorrow's RAOTC Bulletin can be heard on a variety of HF,VHF and UHF
frequencies but the main HF 20 meter broadcast is at 0100 UTC , beamed
northwards from Melbourne on 14.150 MHz USB for Eastern states listeners.

An hour later at 0200 UTC Chris VK6JI will be transmitting on 40 meters from
Perth on 7060 kHz, simultaneously with the broadcast via the NewsWest linked
repeater system.

In addition to these broadcasts, throughout the day local operators transmit
the bulletin on a number of HF, VHF and UHF frequencies. To find a frequency
and time for your local area please visit the RAOTC website,
where you can also find details of how to join the RAOTC.

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is cordially invited to listen
to tomorrow's bulletin and to participate in the call backs afterwards.

Don't forget, too, that the RAOTC On-air party takes place on Saturday
September 19th, full details on the RAOTC website.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

Sunfest - The Countdown is on

It's less than 1 week to Sunfest this year which is being held on September
12th and it's in the usual spot as the past few years at the Woombye School
of Arts building in the main street of Woombye starting 09:00.

The usual tables of equipment will be there along with great food and
friendship and general entry is a low $5 each.

There will be signage and a call in on the linked repeaters of 146.825 and

For more information or to book a table contact the Sunfest Coordinator
Warwick Marshallsea VK4NW on 0403 071 797 or email

Until next time, this is Gordon VK4VP.

Silent Key material is best sent to AR Magazine and your local state or club
news rather than this audio WIA National News Service.

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

Indian Homebrewers Meet-Field Day

The first Indian Homebrewers Meet-Field Day, was successfully held on 22nd
and 23rd August at YMCA Camp, Yelagiri. The event was truly a unique event.

The crowd consisted of radio amateurs from far flung places, which indicated
their keen interest in learning more and meeting people who shared similar

Over all, it was a unique opportunity to SWL's and Radio amateurs alike,
who could interact with others and learn something new along the way.

The organisers hope the event provided newcomer's to the hobby with plenty
of opportunities, and in also engaging operators and Homebrewers alike to
come together and share their experiences. Everybody wins!

Quite a long list of Rules applied to this gathering including:-

No "chief" guests. All in attendance are guests, and no one person is more
important or higher than the other.

No profit- No Loss. This is pretty much self-explanatory. If you want to see
a profit out of such an event, look elsewhere.

No "Commercial sale". This is pretty much an extension of the previous
guideline. No Sales counters, no junk sales, no stalls.

The VU planners say "With technology becoming more affordable and available
to the public, the best time to become an amateur radio operator is right now.
Let's utilize this to boost the hobby and pledge to make VU-land more
"Amateur Radio- Active!""

UK Veterans at Eagle's Nest introduced to ham radio

The Eagle's Nest at Sauk Centre serves as a halfway house for veterans
who have a hard time making their way back into civilian life.

The typical stay is about six months with an average of 75 residents. Some
veterans stay much longer.

Seven members of the Amateur Ham Radio group based in Little Falls, spent a
Sunday afternoon conducting an introduction to ham radio for the veterans at
the "Nest." Many of the residents expressed a high interest in attending the
session. Those who did attend learned a lot in a short amount of time.

Read the Morrison County record story at

New Zealand Radiocommunications (EMC Standards) Notice 2015

The Radiocommunications (EMC Standards) Notice 2015 was updated on 13 August
and this revision includes additions to EMC Standards and the removal of
withdrawn, superseded and renamed Standards.

Further information for our ZL friends can be found on the RSM website under
Compliance standards for EMC and Radio.


Hungarian radio amateurs can now apply for permits to operate in the band
from 5350 kHz to 5450 kHz, on a secondary basis.

National Media & Infocommunications Authority, Hungary's telecommunications
register, is granting the three-month permits largely for propagation
research, with support from the Hungarian National Amateur Radio Society.

Their band already has a CW beacon at 5357 kHz, using the call sign

Workshop on WRC-15 Preparation in Geneva

The 3rd ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-15 Preparation took place in
Switzerland this past week (September 1-3)

Based on the ITU-R preparatory studies and methods to satisfy the topics on
the WRC-15 agenda that are included in the CPM Report to WRC-15, as well as
on up-to-date information regarding the Bureau and regional preparations for
RA-15 and WRC-15, this meeting provided participants the opportunity to
exchange views and have a better understanding of the common views, positions
and/or proposals of the concerned entities.

ITU announcement

Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


Oceania DX contest Voice First full weekend in October

Oceania DX contest Continuous Wave Second full weekend in October.

WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day the weekend of 14th and 15th November.


Harry Angel 80 mtr sprint (WIA) provisional date Saturday 7th May.



VK7 QSL News

New VK7 QSL Manager

We welcome Herman Westerhof VK7HW as the new VK7 QSL and Awards Manager.
Herman has let us know that the QSL contact address has changed to

Herman also asks any WIA members who use the QSL bureau to contact him on
the wia email address so he can build up a bit of a database and it is a
cheap way of contacting people about their cards.

Thanks & 73,

(Herman, VK7HW)

Special ham radio stations for Papal visit

CBS Phily TV News reports on plans to celebrate the Papal visit to the USA
with special event amateur radio stations

Pope Francis visits the United States September 22-27 and amateur radio will
be part of the celebration. Throughout the 6 day event, 6 special event
amateur radio stations will be on the air to commemorate the event.

Call signs from the Washington, DC area will be K3P and N4P.

From New York and New Jersey the call will be K2P.

W3FRC/WMF will be on the air from south-eastern Pennsylvania and W3P will be
on the air in Philadelphia. WM3PEN, also of Philadelphia, will join in
Friday 0000 GMT.

Four unique qsl cards will be available along with a certificate to mark this
special and historic event.

Watch the CBS Phily TV News story at

The Longest Reign

On the 9th September, the Queen will become the longest reigning monarch,
beating that of Queen Victoria.

To that end the Medway Amateur Receiving and Transmitting Society (MARTS)
from Kent will be running a special event station GB 2 QLR for the Queen's
longest reign to commemorate the event starting Wednesday 9th September
(the day she attained the position ) for 7 days - until midnight the
following Tuesday.

(Nigel G0GDA)

Volker, DL 1 ZB will be active until 29 September as SV5/DL1ZB from Kos,
Dodecanese, IOTA reference EU-001. He will operate SSB, RTTY, SSTV and
PSK63 on 20-6 metres.

QSL via DL1ZB, bureau preferred.

A reminder that a group of UK operators will be activating Niue island,
OC-040 as E 6 GG from the 16th to the 29th of September. They will be on
160-10 metres.

A Sicilian station, II 9 IARU, is 'on the wireless' now until the
31st December celebrating the 90th anniversary of the International
Amateur Radio Union. Again your call to listen for will be II 9 IARU


Not good news from the US of A

FCC considering proposal to lock down computing devices
(routers, PCs, phones, SDRs) to prevent modification

The website reports:

FCC is considering a proposal to require manufacturers to lock down computing
devices to prevent modification if they have a "modular wireless radio"
[1][2] or a device with an "electronic label"[3].

The rules would likely:

Restrict installation of alternative operating systems on your PC,
like GNU/Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, etc.

Prevent research into advanced wireless technologies, like mesh networking
and bufferbloat fixes

Ban installation of custom firmware on your Android phone

Discourage the development of alternative free and open source Wi-Fi firmware,
like OpenWrt

FCC is asking for comments on this proposal by October 9.


LAPAN-A2 launch

An Indonesian satellite LAPAN-A2/ORARI carrying an FM transponder and an
APRS digipeater is planned to launch September 28 on India's PSLV-C30 rocket

The satellite will be deployed in a 650 km near equatorial orbit with an
inclination of between 6 and 8 degrees enabling it to cross the territory
of Indonesia 14 times a day.

The IARU has coordinated these frequencies for LAPAN-A2/ORARI:

437.425 MHz telemetry beacon
435.880 MHz FM uplink
145.880 MHz FM downlink
145.825 APRS digipeater

Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia in Google English


We heard earlier in the bulletin the reminder by Clive, VK6CW of the
RAOTC on air broadcast tomorrow.

Now comes news of an old timer who has been 'Hamming it up' for 90 years!

Charles "Charlie" Hellman W2RP Licensed since 1925 has been presented with
Historic 90th Anniversary Award

Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA) - an international
organization of amateur ('ham') radio operators - presented a 90 Year
Licensed Certificate Award (Serial #1) to Charles 'Charlie' Hellman W2RP.

Mr. Hellman is 105 years of age and is the oldest living amateur radio
operator in the United States and possibly the world. Charlie was licensed
in 1925 as a 15 year-old, and joined QCWA in 1975 and is also a member of
local QCWA Chapter 181 (Hudson Valley).

On hand to present the certificate, and represent QCWA was President
Ken Oelke VE6AFO


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

SOTA & Scouting

Reuben VK7FREU and Justin VK7TW were invited to Huonville Scout group for a
show and tell on the Summits On The Air or SOTA program.

Reuben used his PowerPoint skills from school to put together a summary of
why SOTA is such a great Foundation Licence activity.

Huonville Scouts boast a large number of young Foundation Licence holders
who have their own station setup and are eager to participate in scouting
and radio activities. Enter SOTA, a great mix with JOTA!!

(Reuben VK7FREU and Justin VK7TW)

JOTA-JOTI is the largest Scouting event in the world.

Last year over 1.3 million Scouts participated across 157 countries.

The event is held the third weekend of October; Sooo for 2015 the
Jamboree takes place on 16th, 17th and 18th October

Check out <>

(NZART InfoLine)

Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz

Who rescues the rescue radio gear when the rescue radio gear needs rescue?

The ARRL reports amateur repeaters have fallen victim to a Washington

Two Central Washington repeaters, owned and operated by the Lake Chelan
Amateur Radio Club, have been destroyed by one of the wildfires raging in
that state.

The co-located machines, one on 2 meters and one on 6 meters, were sited on
Slide Ridge near Manson. On August 27, the First Creek Fire completely
levelled the building housing the repeaters. Scorched antennas and support
structures are still standing but are likely beyond repair.

REWIND a look back at history

For this REWIND story we thank the ARRL, Southgate AR News and the home web
page here.

In July of 1969 a Louisvillian by the name of Larry Baysinger accomplished
an amazing feat. He independently detected signals from the Apollo 11
astronauts on the lunar surface.

Fortunately, his accomplishments were recorded and promptly published in the
Louisville Courier-Journal

Larry Baysinger was a technician for Louisville's WHAS 840 AM radio.

He was interviewed by the Collins Corporation who was very impressed that
anyone could detect the Apollo signals with home-built equipment.

Baysinger's wife and daughter watched the Apollo 11 landing on TV while
Baysinger listened via the homebrew equipment. The signal on the home-built
equipment came through approximately 5-10 seconds earlier than the signal on
TV. Baysinger figures the TV network put in a delay in case they needed to
edit out anything embarrassing.

When asked whether he found anything that NASA edited out - comments about
things going wrong, the astronauts being loose with their language, or
exclamations about meeting aliens! He said no - absolutely everything was
transmitted to the public on TV. In fact he said, "that was kind of
disappointing". Part of the idea of this project was to hear the unedited
"real story", and it turned out there was nothing edited out.

He did not attempt to eavesdrop on any other Apollo missions.

After Apollo 11 he moved on to other projects, but his noisy though they be'
audio recordings live on.


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

Caravaners please book into Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, as soon as
possible. Sleeping on site in the dorms? Get your numbers in as CHARC
Secretary Helen and Steve VK4SM can plan catering for the acclaimed
Saturday Night Gastronomic Feed Up, arrange the troops to get enough chairs
and treasure together for the coveted AGM Monster Auction, divvy up the
available beds in the on-site dormitory and ensure there is enough grub for
the Sunday Recovery Breakfast and Saturday Sausage Sizzle.

Contact Helen and Steve either via email

Oct 2-5 VK4 Cardwell Gathering, Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park
Oct 25 VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention Greyhound Track
Oct 25 VK4 Gold Coast HamFest Broadbeach

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


Feb 13 VK3 MERC HamFest 10am at Werribee Masonic Centre

Feb 28 VK3 EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont.

Ap-May 29- 2 VK4 Clairview Gathering check Mackay ARS website. (theTARCinc)

June 11-13 VK5 VK Foxhunting Championship & SERG convention Mt Gambier (VK5HCF)

July 19 VK3 GippsTech 2016 Churchill

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