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Let's start this news bulletin the way we intend to finish it, with a reminder.

The WIA office will close on Friday December 18, and reopen Monday January 11,

As earlier advised, no assessment packs can now be processed by the WIA Exam
Service until it returns on January 11 - along with all normal WIA office

However the WIA website does contain a lot of useful information that can be
accessed 24/7. Try the Frequently Asked Questions section, or if you can't
easily find what you're looking for, then use the friendly 'Search' website

Yes, "The Search Box IS Your Friend."

To renew your membership, change any details, or receive update bulletins, then
please do register for MEMNET.

Are you correctly listed on MEMNET? Check it out now.

Still confusion over the ACMA letters

Maybe we should start a column called "Believe It Or Not."

After all the "kerfuffle' on social media and the follow ups in AR Magazine and
this WIA Weekly Newscast would you believe few radio amateurs have queried why
they are receiving letters or emails from the ACMA.

Well, this is part of the ACMA new licence processing platform it calls

The ACMA sends revalidation letters to all radio amateurs 90 days before the
licence expiry.

If all information in correct on it, and you don't want to surrender the
licence, then there is NOTHING you need to do with the revalidation letter.

The ACMA then sends an invoice for renewing licence holders, and after you have
paid, a Renewal Summary will be issued.

Here is an important reminder.

If the ACMA does not have your correct details, it cannot send you these three

Renewal is always the licensee's responsibility - the lack of the three ACMA
letters is no excuse for non-renewal.

When the ACMA SPECTRA system and its automatic letters have been going for a
year, we will all get use to this added service.

Copies of Amateur Radio magazine as a promotional tool

The use of old copies of the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine to promote our
hobby is not knew, but well worth a reminder.

Those who mount displays, or go portable at various events and activities,
often have a few free-for-the-taking copies of the magazine. The same
approach is recommended when visiting a local health professional like a
doctor or dentist, that often have other publications in the waiting room.

AND MAKE SURE that you put a 'sticker' on the old mags with a point of contact
for your club! You never know, raising public awareness might also stimulate
someone to consider taking up our hobby.

WIA Director resigns and goes to the Fair Work Commission

After his unique enthusiasm and expertise as a WIA Director, Chris Platt VK5CP
has taken up a position on the Fair Work Commission - the nation's workplace
relations tribunal.

He was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Fair Work Commission, and has resigned
as a WIA Director.

An official swearing in ceremony in Adelaide on November 27, 2015 was before
Fair Work Commission President, His Honour Justice Ian Ross. Federal
Government, employers and union representatives attended, and welcomed
Commissioner Platt's appointment which will be based in Adelaide.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry representative, Steve Knott,
noted Commissioner Platt's interest in Amateur Radio and his capacity to take
complex electronic items apart. He quipped that this skill would be useful in
de-constructing and examining the arguments that would be placed before him.

The WIA congratulates Chris VK5CP on his appointment and acknowledges his
decision to resign as a WIA Director. It wished him the very best in what will
no doubt be a very challenging role.

The WIA Board will review the vacancy he has created at its next meeting.


web service:-


The Great Eastern Fly-In is on again at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome.
January 9, 2016 9:00 am till January 10, 2016 4:00 pm
Summerland ARC will be assisting with air band communications and also will have
a stall showcasing amateur radio.


What use is an F-call?

On previous occasions I've discussed the QSL system in Amateur Radio.

It's a mechanism that uses what's known as out-of-band communications to
confirm contacts. For over a hundred years that has been mostly in the form
of QSL cards. Since the introduction of the Internet, websites and pervasive
computing, some of the confirmations have been moved from card to electron.

I've had about 29 countries confirmed electronically and two via card.

Until about 10 minutes ago I was convinced that electronic QSL confirmation was
the way to go. Before I explain why, there is a place for both, electronic
confirmation is simple, cheap and often very quick. QSL cards on the other hand
are involved, sometimes costly and often take a long time.

I'm sitting at my desk with a stack of QSL cards for the VI103WIA callsign which
was activated during the Wireless Institute Conference which was held here in
Fremantle in May of 2013. These cards are about contacts made a long time ago,
though I've had it told that some QSL cards can take more than a decade, these
were a little faster than that.

I'm looking at these cards, each a little story told by an operator who shares
my hobby, a person who is interested in Amateur Radio, who lives with their
family in some far-flung country, who took the time to acknowledge that they
made contact with a callsign back here in Western Australia.

I wasn't the operator for each of these contacts, but I did operate that
callsign and I shared some of the on-air experiences.

The two countries that
I have confirmed with cards directly sent to me are memories of a contact
made. I recall when I was sitting in a particular location, with my radio,
trying to talk to the world and here is a card saying that it really happened
and that there was another person on the other side of the contact.

You can think of this as sentimental cods-wallop, and for some it might well
prove to be that, but for me, it connects me more to the world of Amateur
Radio and some of the long history that it represents.

I'll continue to use electronic QSL, I mean there's still a thrill to see a
confirmation of a contact made with Amsterdam Island, even if it's just a
tick in a box on a computer screen, but I'll cherish the contacts sent to me
via card, either direct or via the Bureau.

If only I'd written down what my very first QSO was. Now go and make some
contacts and send out some cards.

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.

Hams help out India flood disaster

Heavy rains hit Chennai, once known as Madras, home to 4.6 million in India's
south, killed more than 320 people and left thousands more stranded.

Amateur Radio Society of India President, VU2GMN Gopal Madhavan said providing
help were radio amateurs with emergency communications involved in food
distribution, handling numerous missing person inquiries, and local situation

Some areas had 3 to 4 metres of water inundating all ground floor houses with
their owners losing everything.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Communications Committee told us how
radio amateurs kept messages flowing as other communication outages stopped
phones and the Internet, through the lack of connection and power failure.

The Indian military rescued thousands of stranded people, many on roof-tops,
left without power, electricity or water.

National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU put
out a call for more help with emergency communications.

In response, the number of hams increased substantially, and a control room
was set-up to coordinate the efforts of all volunteer organisations.

Jayu VU2JAU said even though the effort was not substantial compared with the
enormous disaster, Chennai HAMs were certainly trying to make a difference in
the lives of the stranded and homeless. They used a local VHF repeater system
to support the rescue and relief teams.

With the floodwater now gone, the National Crisis Management Committee
estimates 90% of the city now has power, buses are running again, along with
other transport. The restoration of the telephone service and the Internet
have now been achieved with communication vital for the disaster recovery of
residents and industry.

Gopal VU2GMN said there was a hospital alert fearing that after many were
exposed to highly polluted flood waters some may now fall ill.

He described the task of rebuilding the devastated city to be "herculean" and
numerous support groups had become active, especially dealing with donated
material from all over the world.

Following the nomination by the Board of Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada
the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is pleased to
appoint Larry E. Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia as an Honorary Member of
the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

The appointment is in recognition of Larry's many years of support of
Radio Amateurs of Canada and Amateur Radio in Canada.

Honorary appointments can only be initiated by the Directors of RAC. This is
the first Honorary appointment in the history of RAC.

Larry's induction to the Hall of Fame will take place in early 2016.

A summary of his contributions to Amateur Radio will be published in
future issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

Short Range Devices - Increase in 900 MHz Spectrum

New Zealand's communications regulator has announced 915-921 MHz will be made
available for Short Range Devices (SRD)

This moves means that 915-921 MHz is a step closer to becoming the first
UHF SRD spectrum below 2.4 GHz to be available globally.

The regulator, RSM says, "On 24 December 2015 the spectrum available for
Short range devices (SRDs) under the General User Radio Licence (GURL)
Notice 2015 will expand from 921-928 MHz to 915-928 MHz, providing an
additional bandwidth of 6 MHz.

It is expected that the New Zealand economy will benefit from an increase
in the SRDs that will be able to use this expanded band.

This change harmonises the lower edge of the 900 MHz SRD band (915 MHz) with
that of us here in Australia. However, it should be noted that for operation
within the frequency range of 915 to 928 MHz there are New Zealand specific
compliance clauses.

Read the RSM announcement at

NZART Conference 2016 will be held in Christchurch, the Riccarton Park Events
Centre Queens Birthday weekend.

Friday night 3rd June at the New Branch 05 Clubrooms for meet and greet then
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June for the AGM and Conference.

David ZL2IC Vice-President Branch 05 has been nominated as Conference 2016




Speaking of contests, the ARRL says "Oooops, sorry about that."
Participants in last year's 10 Meter Contest who received certificates
may have discovered quickly that they were intended for someone else.
The problem, it seems, was a formatting error in a data file that caused
confusion over the mailing addresses.

The ARRL's Interim Contest Manager, Dan Henderson, N1ND, said: QUOTE "We
have heard from several certificate recipients recently that they were
receiving certificates for other award winners. After checking, we
determined that some address data retrieved from submitted Cabrillo logs
in the data file were misidentified, which resulted in many certificates
being sent to the wrong recipients."

He quickly clarified that the error is limited only to addresses, not
anyone's scores or standings.

So be patient, advises Henderson. The plan is for new certificates - the
correct ones - to be in the mail no later than Dec. 11. Yours may be on
the way very soon.


[DON/ANCHOR]: An emergency drill, in the form of a huge coronal mass
ejection, sent radio amateurs scrambling early last month. And though
their response was real enough, the chaos was simulated - with good
results. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bobby Best, WX4ALA, has more:


Imagine an outage of all conventional communications throughout the U.S.
Imagine too, massive solar flares known as coronal mass ejections, as
the source of the stirred-up ionosphere behind the blackout. This was
the reality for members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System and the
Amateur Radio Emergency Service for two days beginning Nov. 8.

It was only an exercise but, for two days, it was still a challenge. And
ultimately, said the organizers, it was a success.

MARS operators were given the directive to make direct contact with as
many radio amateurs in the nation's 3,142 counties as possible, using
mainly HF NVIS bands, along with VHF and UHF repeaters. Other methods,
such as store-and-forward messaging systems and Internet-linked systems,
were necessarily off limits.

Paul English, WD8DBY, the U.S. Army's MARS program manager, praised the
work of the radio operators at the conclusion of the exercise. He told
the ARRL that MARS members got messages through to 816 counties around
the country - or 26 percent of the nation's total. He said advance
publicity helped boost performance during the two-day drill, and
inquiries about participation had poured in from 41 states and more than
50 ARES groups who wanted to be part of the test.

Best of all, he said, the mission was accomplished. He said: QUOTE "The
purpose of these exercises is to reach beyond interoperability and focus
on our ability to exchange usable and relevant information from the
local level to the national level following a crisis event. Only through
the cooperation among MARS and the larger Amateur Radio community can we
hope to achieve that synergy."ENDQUOTE

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bobby Best, WX4ALA, in Jasper, Alabama.




Over 500 amateur licenses revoked

All UK amateurs are required to revalidate their licence at least once every
five years. Ofcom have now revoked around 530 licences that have not been

The notice of revocation, and list of the call signs affected, has been
published on the Ofcom website.

Some 15,000 licenses remain un-revalidated and Ofcom say these will be revoked
in due course.


Who and Where are our broadcast stations?



Jan Fri 1st to Sun 31st WIA Ross Hull Memorial VHF-UHF Contest

Jan Sat 9th and Sun 10th WIA VHF/UHF Summer Field Day

"All aboard" the Sydney Ferries. VHF/UHF 'contest' Sunday March 13.

WIA John Moyle Field Day 19-20 March 2016

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

The ARRL 10 Metre Contest is on the wireless this weekend 12 and 13 December.

The contest involves CW, phone or mixed contacts on 80 to 10 metres.

The exchange is a RS or RST report and a serial number.

Stations in the USA, Canada and Mexico will send their state or provincial

Get all the information from


The Centenary of ANZAC ending soon.

The ANZAC 100 program has entered its "last hurrah" phase, with plenty of
on air action now as ANZAC-suffixed callsigns commemorate the departure
from Gallipoli on December 20, 1915.

The multi-mode event by VI3ANZAC is in full swing, headed by Tony Hambling

In honour of the Royal Australian Navy Bridge Train, a large team lead by
Mike Charteris VK4QS is being heard through VI4ANZAC.

In the west VI6ANZAC organised by Chris Grice VK6PII has members of the
Ham College. The major operations are this weekend at the RAAF Museum Bull
Creek in the Cobra Helicopter display, and next weekend at the Ham College
new shack in a scout hall. Chris VK6PII advises that VI6ANZAC will be on
HF using SSB and sometimes CW, and plans to activate an FM satellite as well.

While VI8ANZAC is now on air, and is to finish at the Charles Darwin National
Park with Stuie VK8NSB and Rowan VK8RD, heard on HF using SSB & CW.

More details of each of these events are on the WIA website,

On next week's broadcast we will conclude with the special closing address
from the WIA President, Phil Wait VK2ASD. That is expected to talk about the
significance of the ANZAC legend, and the highly successful WIA ANZAC 100
program that began with pre-cursors at Queenscliff, Darwin and Albany.

These have been 50 events in the past eight months, joined by commemorative
callsigns in Turkey and Belgium.

Now the ANZAC-suffixed callsigns "last hurrah" on air until December 20, are
working the world.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on
OSCAR 2016, sponsored by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world.

Operate CW through any amateur satellite from 0001 through 2400 UTC on 1
January 2016, using a manual, non-electronic key. Note that bugs are now
allowed, as they are in similar ARRL and SKCC events.

There is no need to send in a log, but please nominate someone you worked for
Best Fist. Your nominee need not have the best fist of those you heard, just
of those you worked. Send your nomination to

A list of those nominated will be published in early February.

This year's event is being held in memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA, (1914-2011).

Licensed since 1929, Ben was one of the world's top DXers on both HF and the
satellites. He led the DXCC Honour Roll for many years, and among his many
awards were Satellite DXCC No. 1 and post-war Worked All Zones No. 1.

Founding president of the North Jersey DX Association, Ben shared his knowledge
and enthusiasm with one and all.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]

Special Event Station PD 15 XMAS is on air December 5 to January 1 and SACT
(Santa Claus Artic Circle Team) will be active from Santa Claus Land (OH 9 SCL)
during this December as it has been for 30 years from Artic Circle!!
QSL via OH 9 AB.
For more information check:


Ivan is active as SU 9 IG from Cairo until June 15 2016.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL to home call, OM 3 CGN

Australia, New Zealand and Africa DX Net
20m, 14.183 MHz, 0515 UTC, daily
15m, 21.205 MHz, 0415 UTC, Saturday

The networks on a list operation, say your sign, stand by
The net runs for about 1 hour, all operators are welcome
A QSO is brief exchange of call sign and signal report

Please do not spot the net on clusters or skimmers !
Net Leader - Lindsay/VK3WM

The ANZA Net needs your skill as net controller
We offer an opportunity to put something back into ham radio
Give it a try.
Email Lindsay on

Net Controllers
20 meter net, 14.183 MHz, 0515UTC
Sunday Ken/KI6KFB
Monday Col/VK4CC
Tuesday Lindsay/VK3WM
Wednesday Tex/VK1TX
Thursday Lyn/VK4SWE
Friday John/VK4LJ
Saturday Morris/ZL1ANF

15 meter net, 21.205 MHz, 0415UTC
Saturday Tony/VK2RI and Col/VK4CC


WRC-15 Satellite News

Amateur Satellite Service Bands Unsuitable for Non-Amateur Satellites

The ITU has found that small Non-Amateur short duration satellites are
unsuitable for use on Amateur Satellite Service bands at 2-metres and

The World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) held in Geneva last month has
recommended that other spectrum be considered for those satellites.

This has been placed by the ITU on the agenda of the next
World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019.

This will study the spectrum needs for telemetry, tracking and command for
those satellites with short duration missions, to assess the suitability of
existing allocations, if necessary, to consider new ones.

The frequency ranges being looked at are 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.

The International Amateur Radio Union has welcomed the exclusion from
consideration of all existing frequency allocations to the Amateur and
Amateur-Satellite Services.

IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH, observed that this is an excellent result that
clearly shows that Non-Amateur Satellite constructors need to consider spectrum
other than the very limited and congested segments available for
Amateur Satellites at 144 MHz and 435 MHz.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

US satellite bursts into life

The Vintage News reports that UK radio amateur Phil Williams G3YPQ picked up a
signal from the satellite LES1 which had been abandoned in 1967.

The Lincoln Experimental Satellite 1 was built by the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and launched in 1965. The article says it is likely that the
on board batteries have now disintegrated and some other component failure has
caused the transmitter on 237 MHz, to start up when it's in sunlight.

Phil first received the signal in 2013 and noticed its peculiar signal drift
caused by its tumbling end over end every 4 seconds as the solar panels become
shadowed by the engine. "This gives the signal a particularly ghostly sound as
the voltage from the solar panels fluctuates" he said.

Read the article on




JOTA-JOTI Participation

Those involved with JOTA may like to check out the now available information on
participation in JOTA-JOTI in North Africa and the Middle East which has been
published by IARU Region 1

JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree on the Air - Jamboree on the Internet) is the largest
Scouting event in the world. In 2014 over 1.3 million Scouts participated
across 157 countries. The event is held on the third weekend of October;
for 2015 the Jamboree took place on 16th, 17th & 18th October.

A number of Middle East & North African Amateur Radio Societies took part on
this event


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

WICEN equipment helps bushfire animal rescues

Vets and nurses used WICEN-provided radios during the rescue of animals caught
up in the recent South Australian bushfires.

From the group called SAVEM, they retrieved animals in both the Pinery and
Kyeema bushfires, and kept in contact via radio. It also saw a team travel
through the fire-ground using a thermal imaging camera. The animals were
livestock, a large goat, possums, echidnas, birds, reptiles and kangaroos.

SAVEM has now been stood down. However the summer is long, and it will team up
again with WICEN South Australia.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

GlobalSET 2015 - a worldwide preparedness exercise.

The Global Simulated Emergency Test introduced in 2006 and organised by
IARU Region 1, concentrated primarily on testing use of the emergency centre
of activity frequencies defined in the band plans.

A new test this month will show that Amateur Radio is able to respond quickly
to an emergency.

IARU Region 1 Emergency Coordinator Greg Mossup G0DUB says GlobalSET 2015
will now focus on our organisation rather than on how easily groups can set up
field stations.

No one is expected to get on air, so the exercise is independent of any HF
propagation problems.

Yet to be announced, it will be sometime between December 12 and 22, with the
event being triggered by Regional Emergency Communications Co-Ordinators.

Greg G0DUB says all IARU Member Societies and Groups known to be active in
emergency communications have been asked to contact their members and ask them
how quickly they could get on air if required.

There is a time limit of 24-48 hours to complete their local call out exercise,
and submit their results through a web form which will make the results far
easier to produce than earlier years.

Greg G0DUB hopes that by using a web form, any language barriers are removed as
online translation tools can be used to convert this into their local language
to make it easier to fill in.

The web address will be given when the exercise starts and information will be
gathered by each region separately.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, IARU Region 3 Chairman, Disaster Communications Committee.)


SOTA has landed in New Zealand and its shaping up to be big amongst the
Ham Community with a lot of interest to date.

North Island summits have been mapped, checked, and are now active.

South Island Summits will follow in the not too distant future.

SOTA is that worldwide activity whereby Hams make contacts from hilltops and
collect points in an almost 'competition like' activity among the Ham
community. To quote Summits on the Air is an award scheme for
radio amateurs and shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation
in mountainous areas.

Warren ZL2AJ Association Manager for ZL SOTA says he is keen to encourage SOTA
activity and is available to give some ZL branches a talk, and provide advice
and encouragement to fellow hams.

Feel free to email him,

(Sourced to SouthGate)

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

Push for younger people

Listen on the HF bands for about 38 YOTA-suffixed callsigns throughout
December and younger operators in International Amateur Radio Union Region 1
countries as they try out what Amateur Radio has to offer.

Heading the event is IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chair, Lisa Leenders

YOTA, or Youth On The Air stations by IARU Region 1 member societies, will
be in a number of countries in that IARU region that includes Europe, Africa,
Middle East and Northern Asia.

As Lisa PA2LS rightly claims: "Let us all show this great hobby to the world".

The YOTA stations will be active throughout the entire month of December.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


The results are in, and the Schofield Radio Club in Aiken, South Carolina, has
once again proudly announced its top 10 ranking to the world.

The youngsters were placed fifth among middle schools and 10th overall among
all 62 schools in the USA competing in the annual ARRL School Club Roundup in
October. The club is a repeat winner, in fact, having ranked 10th overall in
last year's contest, and third for middle schools.

The roundup involved students working contacts for three to four hours
after school for one week. The Schofield students reached 40 states, 22
countries and 30 schools, for a total of 520 QSOs.




Jan 22-26 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
Girl Guides Campsite, Bluewater (vk4zz)

Feb 13 VK3 MERC HamFest 10am at Werribee Masonic Centre (wia)
Feb 28 VK2 Central Coast Field Day (vk2ztm)
Feb 28 VK3 EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont. (wia)

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

June 3- 5 VK4 Central Highlands Social Gathering Theresa Creek dam (wia)
June 11-13 VK5 VK Foxhunting Championship & SERG convention Mt Gambier(VK5HCF)

July 19 VK3 GippsTech 2016 Churchill (

Sep 23-25 VK4 Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend at
Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, near Emerald. (theTARCinc)

Nov 6 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am! (VK5KC)


Reminder - WIA closes this week for the holidays

The WIA office will close on Friday December 18, and reopen Monday January 11,

As earlier advised, no assessment packs can now be processed by the WIA Exam
Service until it returns on January 11 - along with all normal WIA office

However the WIA website does contain a lot of useful information that can be
accessed 24/7. Try the Frequently Asked Questions section, or if you can't
easily find what you're looking for, then use the friendly 'Search' website

Yes, "The Search Box IS Your Friend."

To renew your membership, change any details, or receive update bulletins, then
please do register for MEMNET.

Are you correctly listed on MEMNET? Check it out now.

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