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WIA AGM sees a team of 5 activating Norfolk Island as VK9NT (including VK2CA)

WIA The cards are in

WIA calls for AWARD Nominations

WIA VHF-UHF Summer Field Day Logs due 25th.



Our WIA email address's are being attacked by spam type messages.

Our webmaster and 'vintek' are aware that over the past 6-8 weeks we are
seeing the first lot of spam emails arriving to our mail

Now things are getting worse.

2 emails this morning (Saturday 23 Jan) suggested they have come from
qnews and wia itself.

So be careful until they can fix this "once in 15 year event!

(GraHam VK4BB Editor)

North Korea operation still on claims DXer

The DX world is awaiting the planned visit to the rare DX entity by P5/3Z0DX
this year, despite a claim to the contrary that labels it as a fake.

However, we are able to confirm that correspondence has been received by the
ARRL from Polish radio amateur Dom Grzyb 3Z9DX.

But there has been no determination yet made by the DXCC Desk.

It any such an activation the DXCC Desk has a number of rules it must be meet to
prove that an operation occurred and was documented and authorised by the
licensing authority of that country.

A brief communication from Don 3Z9DX in recent days says: "there is no comment
from me until ARRL makes a decision - no one else can do that."

The letter to the ARRL is understood to seek endorsement of the earlier
activation on December 20, which Dom P5/3Z9DX says several hundred contacts were
made in a demonstration.

He hopes to return early this year to North Korea and activate the rare DX entity

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

Australian pico balloon heard in South Africa and stateside

The balloon PS-58 launched in Melbourne four weeks ago is floating slowly just
south of the equator near South America, as it edges easterly.

Jim Linton VK3PC says keeping track of the flight are Ken ZS6KN in Pretoria
South Africa, and Jim W8AC Ohio, John AT4AT of Virginia USA.

At last report to Andy VK3YT his solar powered balloon was 9,000 metres in
altitude, temperature was minus 25 degrees and all seemed to be going well.
This balloon that was launched on December 29 is expected to reach mainland
South America.

Its tiny 30 metre band signal on WSPR and JT9 allows further trackers to watch
its progress.

In VK5 the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) is jointly
organised by the International Space University (ISU) and the University of
South Australia. It is a unique, five week live-in experience focusing on an
international, inter-cultural and interdisciplinary (3 "I"s) educational
philosophy for which the ISU is renowned.

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program have asked the Amateur Radio
Experimenters Group, (AREG) who have considerable experience with high
altitude balloon launches and recoveries through Project Horus, to provide a
balloon launch this coming Australia Day, the 26th of January 2016.

The balloon launch will take place, weather conditions favourable, from the
Mt. Barker High School in the Adelaide Hills, just east of Adelaide.

The launch is expected to be released between 09:30 to 09:45 am local CDST
January 26th, or 23:00 to 23:15 UTC January 25th .

The balloon is expected to carry two payloads, one supplied by the SHSSP
participants as part of their course project and the usual AREG/Horus
telemetry payloads. Telemetry will the normal RTTY mode on 434.450 MHz USB.

Check the details closer to the launch date.

Further details may be found on AREG's website at

(Ben Broadbent VK5BB)


President Phil Wait VK2ASD

WIA at the Westlake's Amateur Radio Club

Wireless Institute of Australia President Phil Wait VK2ASD has accepted an
invitation to give a presentation at the Westlake's Club Rooms in Teralba on
Saturday, January 30 at 1pm.

This will be an information session on the current activities and future
directions of the WIA, and after a short break, will be open for questions.

The club has asked its members to mostly pre-submit their questions to maximise
the time available by avoiding duplicated or very similar questions.

To help further, an outline of the WIA speech is given.

It will include the WIA organisational structure and functions, the balance of
its business functions and advocacy role, maintaining financial viability, and
always as a first priority, the advancement of Amateur Radio.

In future opportunities opening up to the WIA is to maximise the public benefit
of Amateur Radio through education and youth.

Phil VK2ASD will mention the pressure on Spectrum by competing users, the
Department of Communications Spectrum review, improving licence privileges and
the opportunities for possible self-regulation of Amateur Radio.

An interesting presentation on the WIA to be given at the Westlake's Club Rooms
in at York Street Teralba next Saturday, January 30 at 1pm.

All are welcome, whether a member or not of the WIA or the club, to hear
first-hand an insight on the WIA, that seeks to represent all.



Last weekend the 16/17th CRARC ran an extra Foundation Course and Assessment
weekend because of the demand. All 5 candidates successfully completed their

They were Stanley, Christopher, Matthew, Adrian and Dugald.

Congratulation to you all and we look forward to making contacts with you when
your licences come through.

web service:-

Only 5 weeks until Melbourne's friendliest HamFest, the EMDRC HamFest. At the
Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Sunday 28th of February from 10am!

Entry is still only $6, with bottomless tea and coffee, while out the front,
Jack will be cooking up a storm on the world famous BBQ, and you can bet he'll
have plenty of onions for your snag sandwich!..

Every entry ticket receives a free raffle ticket with extras sold on the day.
Items from our traders/commercial sellers will be raffled off, will you win a
prize, its drawn at midday, and you have to be there to win!

(Actually not from MY traders HiHi but EMDRC traders)

Icom Australia will display the new IC7300 SDR HF radio, the first public
display in Australia!

Only a handful of tables remain, if you would like more information, or to
book a table, head to the EMDRC club website!

As with all clubs always best to go to and select the CLUBS link

(EMDRC Committee.)


The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group, under its club call sign VK5ARG, are
conducting experimental retransmissions of the National and VK5 WIA News Service
in FreeDV-1600 mode on Sunday mornings on the 40 metre band, at 7.177 MHz LSB,
from 9am Central Daylight Summer Time or 2230UTC.

If you have a FreeDV set up with your HF station, why not tune in and see if you
can receive VK5ARG?

To participate, you may use one of the many open source software packages or
perhaps use a SM1000 FreeDV modem to receive and transmit FreeDV.

After the broadcast, call-backs are conducted on frequency, providing an ideal
opportunity for you to experiment further with FreeDV and make contact with

Alternatively you may provide feedback via the Internet Relay Chat on and connect to the FreeDV channel.

For more information on AREG's FreeDV re-broadcast, visit the AREG Website

I'm Ben, VK5BB for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.


Are we in a sexist pursuit?

On air you may hear an Amateur Radio station say, 'well OM, your signals are
fine', and a courteous reply to that transmission may be 'thanks a lot YL, you
are putting in a good signal too.'

If it was a CW contact, and greetings were warranted, then it could be 73 and 88.

The hobby of Amateur Radio is not sexist.

The setting up of ALARA in 1975, and then the Foundation Licence 10-years ago,
saw many more women enter Amateur Radio.

Now we have Yvette Cendes KB3HTS in the limelight who says from her experience
she has had enough of "creepy old guy" comments. The astrophysicist says
'Ham radio is not terribly good at making women feel like they belong.'

After what she calls 'patronising comments' during QSOs, has put a personal ban
on the term 'YL'.

Maybe the "creepy old guys" did not mean exactly what they said, or perhaps
there's a degree of sensitivity shown by the receiver.

Hang on a bit, the same "creepy old guy" gets the blame for shunning Z-calls,
then Novices, and more lately Standards on 20 metres and the Foundation Licence

Our heritage includes terms like 'Old Man, Old Boy, Young Lady and X-Young Lady
for those who prefer their marital status to be known.'

The hobby of Amateur Radio has always included both genders and we should not,
and do not discriminate.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

What use is an F-call?

Amateur Radio is a personal thing. It's an expression of communication, of
exploration, of invention, learning, electronics, physics and personal
achievement. The community we are members of is a living organism. We pick up
random people from the global community, spark their interest and gain another

For new entrants to our community there is much to see and do. Often the choices
are overwhelming and common mistakes are made. While every person has their own
journey through this, there are things we as a group could do to help.

Any Amateur can be a mentor or Elmer, to new member of our hobby. As Rob W9BRD
said in 1971, "We need those Elmer's. All the Elmer's, including the ham who took
the most time and trouble to give you a push toward your license, are the birds
who keep this great game young and fresh."

In your local club, is there a mentoring program? Is it explicit? Have people
put their name up as a point of contact to new members? Are there activities
that your club does that helps new and prospective entrants to our hobby?

Of course, if you are not a member of a club, you can still be an Elmer. Nothing
to it. Hang your shingle out, talk to people, help them, encourage them, guide
them and inspire them.

The challenge of being "an unsung father of Amateur Radio" is that you're unsung
and often invisible. You might be able and willing to help people, but if nobody
knows that you exist, you're not going to be that effective.

So, if you have an urge to inspire the new generation of Amateurs, let your
community know. Make some noise, get on air on your local repeater or DX net
and make it known that you can help.

And finally, if you've just come to this magical world of Amateur Radio, Welcome.

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.

A new President for the ARRL

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has elected Rick Roderick K5UR as its
new President, succeeding Kay Craigie N3KN who has completed her third term.

The ARRL Board of Directors met on January 15-16 to choose Rick K5UR as its
leader, who was the First Vice President, and to make other appointments.

Kay N3KN was the first woman in that top role that guides the ARRL as it seeks
to protect and further Amateur Radio activities, and as the representative
voice in regulatory matters including spectrum use through to antenna
installation rights.

She readily acknowledges that it had been a privilege to serve during the ARRL
Centennial in 2014 and to help usher in Amateur Radio's second century. "As
President I represented the ARRL at the Radio Society of Great Britain's 100th
anniversary observance, led the ARRL delegation at two International Amateur
Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 conferences, and was part of ARRL teams at
Friedrichshafen and Tokyo," she said.

Coming up through the ranks she was first elected as a volunteer ARRL official
in 1986, and later the ARRL Board of Directors chose her as the League's
15th President in January 2010.

Among her early duties as ARRL President was a radio contact with the
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI (sk) as part of the centenary celebration in
2010 for the WIA being the first IARU member society to reach 100 years.

The new President, Rick Roderick K5UR, 63, is an avid DXer both on HF and
VHF/UHF bands, been a ham for over 48 years and a Life Member of the ARRL.

He had held volunteer ARRL positions for over 40 years, sitting on the DX
Advisory Committee and helped create a number of important projects including
the Logbook of the World.

A graduate from the University of Arkansas in Mathematics, Operations
Management, and Law. In a legal career had later emphasis in labour and
employment law.

Radars and other intruders on our bands

Over-The-Horizon radar from China is often heard in IARU Region 3 on the
20m, 40m and 80m bands.

These are affecting large parts of Australia and can be heard too on the west
of the United States.

The IARU Region 1 newsletter also reports that long lasting carriers are on
14000 kHz and 21000 kHz, with them being observed coming from South China.

Russian military traffic including radar is on 40m. The Russian "Buzzer" is
also on 6998 kHz, close to 40m.

Radio Tajikistan has a troublesome third harmonic audible on 14295.174 kHz.

Among other long term intruders, the Russian taxi service in Moscow is on
28 MHz, and the Spanish fishery the top end of the 15m band.

The URL for the IARU Monitoring System newsletter is in the text edition of
this broadcast.

Project Oscar

In early December 1961, a United States Air Force rocket took off from
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying a special payload.

The MAIN payload was a Corona surveillance satellite, but tucked just aft
of that spacecraft was a tiny package of homebrew electronics stuffed into
something that looked like a slice of cake.

What was in that package and how it came to tag along on a top-secret military
mission is the story of OSCAR 1, the world's first amateur radio satellite.

You can read the full and fascinating story of OSCAR-1 on the
link in our text edition this week.


All the very latest Amateur Radio news is available via the GB2RS weekly
news on the web read by Jeremy Boot G4NJH who also gives we VK'ers stories
and also reads G news for Amateur Radio Newsline


Thanks Jeremy


5MHz in Spain

At the end of November, the existing Spanish 5MHz permission came to a close.

Following the result of the WRC-15 decision on 5MHz, the Spanish administrator
has now permitted access to the new allocation from 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz with
15W maximum EIRP and 3kHz maximum bandwidth, using SSB and CW modes.

The permission runs until 31 December 2016.

New propagation predictions tool

The RSGB Propagation Studies Committee has begun work on a new web HF Propagation
Prediction Service.

It will feature both area coverage predictions as well as point-to-point
on-demand predictions; although only area coverage has been completed so far
the PTP predictions are expected to follow very soon.

It is planned that following these trials the RSGB web site will host the



Participants in the CQ World Wide Contest may be young at heart, but
according to recently released survey results, they're older than you
may think. Preliminary survey results posted by the contest committee
reveal that young competitors were far outnumbered by much older amateurs.

Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q, who prepared the analysis, reported QUOTE "This is
especially true when we look at the age distribution in North America.
There is very little survey participation in North America from those
under 40 years of age. More than 900 of the nearly 1500 respondents from
North America were at least 60 years old." ENDQUOTE

The survey drew 5117 responses from around the world, with the largest
number - 2,600 - from Europe. The good news for younger hams comes from
Europe, however: CQ said the age curve showed participants there to be
about 10 years younger.

The other good news comes from fans of CW: Without exception, Morse Code
remains the most popular operating mode, especially among contesters age
40 and older.


Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


Roger Harrison VK2ZRH reminds all those who took part in the recent
VHF-UHF Summer Field Day that the deadline for submitting logs is
2400 hours eastern daylight saving time tomorrow, 25th January - the day
before Australia Day.

Get those logs in folks ! No matter if you only had one contact, a few
contacts or a hundred contacts ! It's all part of the field day frolics.

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

"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.


Remembrance or RD Contest August 13-14

36th ALARA Contest is on the last full weekend in August, Aug 27-28.

WIA Inwards QSL Bureau sorts cards

The WIA Office opened January 11 after a short summer break, and among its mail
were packages of QSL Cards from overseas.

Some 6,500 QSLs are from the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, the USA, Germany,
Singapore, Brazil and Romania.

After sorting, expected to be finished in a few weeks, these will be sent to the
various State and Territory QSL managers, for further distribution.

Judging by that arrival, QSL cards are still an important part of Amateur Radio
worldwide, alongside electronic eQSL cards.


WIA Merit Awards

The Wireless Institute of Australia invites members to think about who they
consider deserves recognition for their contribution to Amateur Radio.

The WIA Board at its discretion makes such Merit Awards annually.

Now I know it's only a week or so ago we reminded you of this BUT what with the
Christmas and New Year period it may have gone unnoticed.

By submitting a nomination form you are not required to suggest which award
should apply, the WIA Board will assess each nomination, and decide which award,
if any, it will make.

Guidelines are provided and two other WIA members need to agree with the

These close on March 31, to be announced and where possible presented, at the
WIA's AGM and Conference on Norfolk Island, VK9, May 27-29.

The next commemorative events in the British Scientists Amateur Radio Award
programme will be 22nd and 23rd, there will be a commemoration of Francis
Bacon, born in 1561, and Robert Boyle, born in 1627.

M 0 YBX and MX 0 PHX will operate on the 21st and MX 0 YHA and MX 0 PHX on the
22nd and 23rd. These commemorations will be on 40m band SSB and also on the
higher bands if conditions permit.


DXpedition for Norfolk Island

Now I know most of us would not consider Norfolk as "DX," but just remember
even VK2/3 is "DX" to many overseas stations.

So from VK3 to VK9 a team of 5 will activate Norfolk Island as VK9NT in May,
to coincide with the Wireless Institute of Australia's Annual General Meeting
and invites others on the Island to join them. The DXers, Chris Chapman VK3QB,
Brenton Vowles VK3YB, Luke Steele VK3HJ Allan VK2CA and Lee Moyle VK3GK will
operate May 20 to 31.

VK9NT is to be on 160m to 10m using CW and SSB, with three transceivers
feeding dipoles strung up about 25-30 metres high between majestic Norfolk
Island Pines, and a Sloper antenna for 160m.

To liaise locally 2m will be used.

Those attending the WIA AGM are invited to visit VK9NT at Pacific Palms, either
to enjoy the hospitality or operate, and a shuttle bus is being provided. The
team also operates clifftop QRP at the edge of the property. Visitors are
welcome to that site also, but please bring your own QRP radios and attach the
antenna, to chase DX.

The WIA Annual General Meeting and Conference details to date are posted on the
WIA website.

Antarctic Activity Week

For the 13th year this promotion of worldwide interest in the Antarctic
continent will be held on February 22-28.

Congratulations to Mario FR 4 QT from Runion Island who was first to register
with a special callsign of TO 1 TAAF.

So far 20 stations have registered, either outside the Antarctic content, or
from radio amateurs working at various exploration posts in the frozen continent

Full details are on the Worldwide Antarctic Program website.


A look inside the 70th edition of the World Radio TV Handbook

This year, the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH) celebrates 70 years in publication.
WRTH origin can be traced back to the Nazi occupation of Denmark in World War II.

This special edition has a number of features and, of course, WRTH's excellent
contributor-supported broadcast listings.

A full overview of WRTH 2016 can be read at the url here in the text edition.


SatNOGS on Greek TV

SatNOGS, who won the Hackaday grand prize of $196,418 for their amateur
satellite ground station, have featured on the Greek TV show Orizontas

The show about Greek space exploration was broadcast on Sunday, January 10
and featured a segment about the Athens Hackerspace and SatNOGS.

There are shots of the 145 / 435 MHz satellite ground station antennas.

Watch the video clip at


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

ISS school contact video released

A 92-minute video containing the Sandringham School GB1SAN and Tim Peake GB1SS
amateur radio contact we told you of last week is now available on the ARISS
UK Team channel on YouTube.

The contact took place on Friday the 8th of January and was led by Jessica,
M6LPJ. The video includes the presentations given to the students by ARISS UKs
Ciaran, M0XTD, Head Teacher Alan, G4DJX and Chair of the RSGB Youth Committee
Mike, 2E0MLJ.

Watch the ARISS Schools contact on .



There's cause for celebration among the hundreds of hams worldwide who
are part of the Christian Amateur Radio Fellowship. The group is marking
50 years of service, and has produced an anniversary T-shirt so members
can wear and share their pride.

According to the group's website, the fellowship was created in 1966 at
the North American Christian Convention around the central idea that
amateur radio could provide communication for the church. Gerald
Fargusson, W9JSQ, is considered the grandfather of CARF, and often
encouraged Christian missionaries to become licensed amateurs.

CARF members often end their QSOs with both a 73 and a 75. 75 means "may
God bless you and yours."


ESA Online Astronaut Selection Test

The European Space Agency is offering a trial version of a test developed for
future astronauts for you to try at home - and by taking part you might help
select a new generation of astronauts.

Read the ESA press release at:

Access the astronaut selection test at:


Scouts see the 'fun' aspects Amateur Radio

The 24th Australian Scout Jamboree at Cataract Scout Park south of Sydney
January 3-14, saw the Amateur Radio base VI 2 AJ 2016 expose our diverse hobby
to many young people.

The Fishers Ghost Amateur Radio Club manages the facility. David Uzzell VK2HDM
says Amateur Radio is as relevant as it has always been, yet most people don't
realise it.

Innovation and advancement have come from experimenters for more than 100 years.

He says the Fishers Ghost Amateur Radio Club showed satellite advanced
communication, propagation experiments, voice codec advancements, and Internet
based VoIP technologies.

David VK2HDM says Scouts from around Australia and overseas had the hands-on fun
regularly enjoyed by radio amateurs, with some new and revolutionary technologies

FUNcube receivers heard FUNcube satellites that are not much bigger than your
average school lunch box floating in orbit.

The radio amateurs demonstrated how to communicate through satellites like AO-85.

The Scouts could also see a picture sent around the world by Slow Scan TV using
only the Amateur Radio transceiver.

The Internet Repeater Linking Project was also in action. Foxhunting proved very

Congratulations to the Fishers Ghost Amateur Radio Club over the two-week
Jamboree - well done.

It now plans an article on the event for a future edition of Amateur Radio

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


From the WIA Record Distance Desk

New National Australian Digital Modes records have been set for the 432 MHz and
10 GHz bands.

Friday January 8, Rex Moncur VK7MO at Cape Portland in north-east Tasmania made
the record contacts with Derek Zeck VK6DZ, located at Peaceful Bay, in
south-west of West Australia.

Verified by the WIA Record Judge, John Martin VK3KM, new distance of the contacts
on 432 MHz and 10 GHz were over a distance of more than 2793 kilometres, or some
61 kilometres further for the records pair achieved in 2015.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

REWIND a look back at history

Is this a REWIND segment or a "Weird n Wonderful?"

Ham licence received after 25 years of passing exam in India!

I think it is an International Record indeed in the history of Amateur Radio!

Three ham radio enthusiasts from Assam, India who passed their licencing exam
conducted by the Ministry of Communications & IT, New Delhi, almost 25 year ago,
received their radio communication licenses this month.

After 25 years!

Congratulations to them and hats off to their patience and perseverance
throughout all these years! Assam is now gearing up for ham radio in a big way!

Congrats and 73 to these makers of a local dog pile.

Paresh VU3YPB, Pranab VU2YPK and Ritu VU3ZRI

(Sandeep Baruah, VU2MUE, via SouthGate)


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)

May 27-29 VK9 WIA AGM this year on Norfolk Island (

June 3- 5 VK4 Central Highlands Social Gathering Theresa Creek dam (wia)
June 4 VK4 BARCfest Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. (vk4atc)
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
Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, near Emerald. (theTARCinc)
Sep-Oct 30-3 VK4 Cardwell Gathering Long Weekend, Beachcomber Motel(theTARCinc)

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

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