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WIA VK100ANZAC commemoration and Geelong Amateur Radio Club

WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH concerning the WIA's Committee system.

WIA Busy with ACMA liaison


Real-time band conditions website

The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
(REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
Contesters interested in increasing their scores.

It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions
for Nets and casual QSO's.

This information is NOT based on any software predictions or any kind of
satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method
called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the
PolSAR system used by NASA.


The VK100ANZAC commemoration - ANZAC at the Western Front

The Geelong Amateur Radio Club this month commemorates Australia's engagement
in battle as the ANZACs fought at Fromelles and Pozires on the Western Front
in WWI.

Fromelles was Australia's greatest military catastrophe, with 5,500 killed and
wounded in 12 hours.

With support of the Wireless Institute of Australia, the Geelong Amateur Radio
Club will activate the VK 100 ANZAC callsign and have a special QSL card

The club will also join a local wreath laying service at the Shrine of
Remembrance in Melbourne on the 19th July.

It has been talking with the Radio Club du Nord de la France F8KKH, situated in
Roubaix a city close to the battlefields.

VK 100 ANZAC will be set up at Osborne House in Geelong, Australia's first
Naval College, from July 19 to 21.

The club has endorsed as its ANZAC Ambassador for the Western Front, Ken Jewell
VK3NW, who has a broad knowledge of military history, and organiser of the
project is Barry Abley VK3SY.

More about the commemoration can be read in the July edition of the WIA journal
Amateur Radio magazine.

The very latest about VK 100 ANZAC will be on the July 17 broadcast.

In related news, the Wireless Institute of Australia has written to its IARU
counterpart, Rseau des Emetteurs Franais or R E F. WIA President Phil Wait
VK2ASD has outlined the event and formally invited R E F to join in the
commemoration of what happened in the Western Front, 100 years ago.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

Australia's first payload for the International Space Station

Experiments designed and coded by Australian high school students will later
this year head for the orbiting International Space Station.

About 40 high schools across Victoria and New South Wales have received
specialised content and hardware kits with sensors that students can use to
design experiments.

Hundreds of Year 9 and 10 students are learning to code and designing
experiments, which will be sent into space to be tested by astronauts.

Launched on the SpaceX rocket out of Cape Canaveral in Florida in November,
there will be 60 experiments from a module the size of a coffee mug. It will
have 10 sensors that send back to data so students can prepare their reports.

The tests include the Earth's magnetic field to develop an algorithm to map
data collected from space, to musical notes to create a space song.

The initiative began with Quberider, a Sydney start-up which aims to get people
more involved in space, and is part of the STEM education program. The
co-founders are Solange Cunin a University of New South Wales aerospace
engineering student and Sebastian Chaoui, a University of Technology Sydney

Hopefully their efforts will inspire and educate teenagers that could possibly
join the space industry.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

A GPS personal distress beacon has saved a man who was gored by a wild bull in
Central Queensland early June.

The 66-year-old was working alone in the early hours of the morning on his
property at Teemburra Dam when he was attacked by the bull, suffering serious
injuries to his leg, arm, head and back.

He activated his GME MT410G Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and then made an
attempt to drive to seek medical help.

The beacon led police to the man's vehicle on a dirt road, where he was
discovered to be unconscious upon their arrival.

He was flown to Mackay Base Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Police have praised the actions of the man for having the foresight to carry
a GPS-equipped PLB, which enabled search authorities to quickly locate and
rescue him.

The Pioneer Valley Police Department said it will be launching an awareness
initiative about the use of personal locator beacons and the free hire of
beacons in the Pioneer Valley area, where mobile phone coverage is limited.

(vk7wi news)

Signal jammer imports banned

The importation of mobile phone jammers and GPS jammers, also known as signal
jammers, is now prohibited after an amendment to the Customs (Prohibited
Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations).

The new border control measure commenced on 10 May 2016.

The ACMA has worked closely with the Department of Immigration and Border
Protection to amend the Regulations and welcomes the prohibition on the
importation of signal jamming devices.

The possession, supply and operation of signal jamming devices has been
prohibited by the ACMA for some time under Section 190 of the
Radiocommunications Act 1992.

The change to the Regulations allows Australian Border Force Officers to seize
signal jammers at the border as they are now prohibited imports.

The amendment to the Regulations applies to all jamming devices prohibited by
the ACMA under Section 190 of the Radiocommunications Act 1992, unless
otherwise exempted by a written declaration made by the ACMA under Section 27.

(vk7wi News)

Sydney Opera House's rebroadcast upgrade

The Sydney Opera House needed a new rebroadcast system installed in time for
New Year's Eve. Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most famous landmarks
and performing arts complexes. With thousands of performances and more than
eight million people visiting the precinct every year, the building requires a
robust radio communications system capable of handling significant operational
and public safety challenges.

RFI was tasked with updating an ageing rebroadcast system to provide
consistent, reliable critical communications coverage for Opera House staff
and security, as well as ambulance and fire services, in an iconic and
challenging building. The company was asked to integrate the new system into
the existing infrastructure, adding to the complexity of the design.

Due to the unique architectural design of the Opera House, there were limited
opportunities to mount on ceilings and walls; thus, the discreet solution was
designed to maintain building aesthetics.

EME and RF signal testing was performed in 80 internal test points and met the
required -90 dBm receive signal strength each time.

A further 20 test points external to the Opera House were used to test edge
of coverage and ensure the internal system did not bleed into the far
surrounding of the area and affect radio affiliation with the macro network.

The project was rolled out and completed with zero incidents and zero
lost-time injuries, in line with RFI's stringent OH&S policies. All work was
completed ahead of schedule. RFI delivered an on-time, robust radio
communications system compatible with the existing UHF GRN and capable of
handling the extensive operational and public safety requirements in and
around the Sydney Opera House.

(VK7 News who had this sourced to the RadioComms Web E-zine)

Electric battery versus petrol engine debate

Holding back battery power development has been the unit size, capacity, and
cost of manufacture.

Many researchers around the world, some with heavy financial backing, are
looking for a breakthrough in battery technology and a market edge.

One such possibly is that a type of rechargeable lithium battery that may be
suitable for the electric vehicle industry, and is being looked at in Australia.
CSIRO scientists, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Queensland
University of Technology are pre-treating lithium battery metal electrodes with
an electrolyte salt solution. They claim it extends the battery life, increases
performance and safety, and may make it competitive to use in electric vehicles
over traditional petrol vehicles.

Electric cars are popular in Europe with parking spots having plug in power,
but elsewhere motorists get anxious over the distance they can get between

A lot more research into battery technology continues - and who knows what it
will bring to market.

Meanwhile the smartphone is likely to never need charging, thanks to an
in-built capture of ambient energy through wireless-charging, and this
technology may find a place in other consumer devices.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with a quick word about Board
discussions concerning the WIA's Committee system.

The Committee system was built from a collection of committees and coordinators
inherited from the past Federal WIA system. Some rearrangement occurred
following the establishment of the National WIA just over ten years ago, with
a few new functional committees added.

During 2015, the Board instituted a system where individual directors took
responsibility for particular functional areas. The 2015 Open Forum Report
reflects this.

The Committee System is built on, and sustained by, volunteers. The Broadcast
team and the Publications Committee are the most high profile examples of what
can be achieved - they produce weekly broadcasts - week in, week out - in the
first instance, and 11 issues of Amateur Radio magazine - year in, year out in
the second instance.

The Board has discussed strengthening the Committee system, to build resilience
and flexibility to provide the myriad services that members and non-members
need and have become used to, and to prevent volunteer burn-out.

This isn't a softening-up to hoist some volunteers overboard and cast them
adrift in the Pacific Ocean to follow in the wake of Captain Bligh - to make an
analogy with the history of Norfolk Island, where we held the AGM.

It is our intention to develop a Volunteer Charter, to adopt a set of
principles applying to all volunteer roles, built on three objectives - of
respect, dignity and fairness for volunteers - setting out terms of reference
for the various functions along with clear role descriptions, responsibilities
and lines of communication.

And we will invite all those with roles in the Committee system to help develop
the Charter. Committee volunteers - stand by your email inbox, but it would be
unwise to hold your breath.

This is just a heads-up. More to come in due course.

Now - some news on what's happening with New South Wales planning regulations
that affect aerials, masts and dishes in the state.

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment has released for
public comment a proposed new Housing Code to make building and renovating
easier, according to the Department.

Let me share with you the Department's explanation - and I quote:

The Code sets out clear and simple planning rules for works that can be
undertaken as complying development.

The new Housing Code has been written and structured so it is clear and easy
to use. It will include diagrams that illustrate key controls and building
standards that have to be met when homeowners are building or renovating.

The Code forms part of the State Policy for exempt and complying development
and sets out the planning rules for new homes, extensions and other
developments such as garages and swimming pools.

This is an opportunity to make planning rules easier for everyone to understand
without needing to be a planning expert or lawyer.

The new Code will also provide more certainty when certifiers and councils
assess a proposal.

End of quote.

You may recall that, back in 2011, I led a campaign to gain inclusion in the
planning regulations being revised at that time for the use of antenna masts
to a height of 10 metres, without having to submit a costly, complicated and
lengthy development application to your local council.

That campaign succeeded.

Aerials and masts to 10 metres height are officially an exempt development.
With some sensible controls and limitations, you can put up your radio mast
to pursue your hobby, without having to jump through hoops and get tangled
in red tape.

Here we are, five years on, and the Department of Planning has worked hard to
produce a Housing Code for exempt and complying development that aims to be
readily understandable, without having a degree in civil engineering or the law.

I would urge all NSW amateurs to take a look at the Department of Planning's
website for the new Housing Code.

Here's how to find it: use Google and enter NSW Planning. The Department of
Planning website home page will be top of the list. Select that and add
forward-slash 'proposals' to the URL. This brings up the Draft Plans and
Policies page, where you will see a list to choose from. Select Simplified
Housing Code.

Have a read of the various documents - particularly Draft Housing Code
Divisions 1 through 4. You will see aerials and antennae - A E - mentioned.
See if it makes sense to you.

You may notice that the Draft Code includes such useful things as a
"detached studio" - think of it a ham shack ! Also mentioned is a
"detached garage" - which can serve all sorts of purposes, such as your

Should you conclude that you'd like to comment, you have until the 12th of
August to make a submission.

Quite apart from these things, the Department of Planning has an online
Electronic Housing Code. You enter your QTH address and details of what you
want to do - put up a mast, etc. - and it generates an Exempt Development
Report. You can use that to work out if what you plan fits the exempt
requirements - or not. Handy!

This has been WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.

ACMA liaison keeps the WIA busy

The Wireless Institute of Australia has had a lot of very important liaison
work as it continues to advocate to position and improve spectrum access
for all radio amateurs.

The WIA has acknowledged that the remake of the Amateur Radio Licence
Conditions Determination, or LCDs, was mainly a sun setting measure in order
to ensure the continued operation of the Amateur Service. However at the ACMA's
invitation the WIA made a very substantial 22-page submission earlier this

It was drafted with hard work by the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee.

In a pre-amble the submission sets out the context in which Amateur Radio
operates in Australia, developments in the radiocommunications industry and
the WIA's desire to reduce the regulatory burden for both licensees and the

It proposed future amateur licensing to accommodate emerging innovation in
wireless technologies and applications, to enable the hobby to develop in
whatever direction current and future licenced radio amateurs might lead it.

A key proposal supported greater self-determination for the amateur service,
along with proposing updates to the licence conditions for all licence grades
in order to ensure Amateur Radio remains relevant in the digitally connected

The WIA Board finalised the submission on future amateur licence conditions,
addressing a wide range of issues currently affecting licensees, and
establishing some key principles and policies for Amateur Radio licensing in
the future.

Favourable comments have been received to the publicised WIA submission - and
the ACMA may address it later this year or early next.

Are anti-technology teachers hold back youngsters?

A fear of technology among some preschool teachers is being cited as a reason
why Australians are behind in science, technology, engineering and maths - or

The Early Learning STEM Australia task force has found that some fear of
technology saying it takes away childhood, hampering intellectual and emotional
development. Some teachers claim early year students are showing signs of
having 'digital dementia' by relying on the devices, living a solitary life
in front of a screen, and not exercising their memory muscles.

Top education experts who disagree have uncovered a hostility to technology
from early childhood teachers, with some choosing the kindergarten sector so
they could avoid teaching STEM subjects.

It seems that there is a belief that technology reliance is turning kids into
jumpy, erratic dummies, with short attention spans.

While the teachers in primary and secondary schools have embraced STEM and
eager for it be part of the curriculum - and the jobs of the future.

Everything in moderation, with an awareness of technology desirable, but not
at the expense of social interaction skills or enjoying childhood.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


web service:-


28 August, Morning to Afternoon, please advise the club if you may come

All welcome, make a day of it.

web service:-

The Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club annual HamFest is here again
on Saturday July 16th at Cranbourne Community Hall corner of Clarendon and
High St, Cranbourne.

Melway reference 133 K4.

There'll be door prizes, tea, coffee and a sausage sizzle and it's all under
cover with 41 tables of goodies so there should be something for everyone.

Entry is $6, Doors open at 10.00am, be there.

Oh, and don't forget to bring a friend.


What use is an F-call?

Over the years that I've been an amateur I've spent many hours discussing
the ins- and outs of being an amateur. I've talked about what you're allowed
to do, where the LCD falls short, what things you can build, what activities
you can participate in and where to find and learn more about this wonderful
hobby called Amateur Radio.

I've received emails from many different people, amateurs and non-amateurs
alike, each sharing with me their take on what excites them, what mistakes
I made, or what things I should investigate next.

An increasing theme over the past few years is that I should admonish amateurs
for their misbehaviour, that I should be telling people off for doing things
that fall outside their license condition. A recurring theme is the idea that
there are F-calls who are using more than their allocated 10 Watts of power.

It's getting to the point where a growing group of amateurs are expecting me
to become an amateur radio police officer and that I should be policing the
misdeeds of "my F-calls".


First of all, they're not "my F-calls". I have no more control over them than
they have over me.

Second, I'm not qualified to assert one way or another that another amateur is
breaking the rules. We have a government body specifically for the task, the

Third, F-calls breaking the rules? Really? And they're following the lead from

So, no, I'm not a police officer, I'll not be telling F-calls or anyone else
off for exceeding their license condition. If they think it's fine to break the
rules, that's their problem.

If you think that it's a problem that someone is exceeding their conditions
you should tell the ACMA. If you don't think it's a problem big enough to
warrant doing that, why are you telling me about it?

So, no more "this amateur did this and it's wrong".

If you want me to talk about learning to find out if you're breaking the rules,
or if you want it to be a training opportunity, by all means, keep the emails
coming, but I'm not your cop, not today and not until such time as I accept a
job at the ACMA.

Finally, if you are knowingly breaking the rules, you really should ask
yourself why it is that you are doing this. If you need more power, get a
higher license. If you are already using the highest power available, then
become a member of the WIA and canvas your local politician.

The only thing that has ever changed the world is a small group of individuals
making a concerted effort.

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.

In a letter to the Radio Spectrum Management Policy and Planning manager, the
New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) request an amateur radio
allocation at 222-223 MHz

The letter, in part, says:

NZART is always on the lookout for spectrum that has different characteristics
from that to which we already have access. The 174 to 230 MHz band clearly fits
in this category - having characteristics quite different from the two adjacent
(144 MHz and 430 MHz) amateur bands.

We are therefore requesting that a small allocation (222 - 223 MHz) be made to
the NZ Amateurs to allow them to further both the self-training and technical
investigations purposes of the Service.

Killer airwaves: Russia starts trial of electromagnetic warfare system

Russia's electronic warfare equipment producer launched tests of a tactical
electromagnetic combat complex fully integrated with latest air-defence systems.
It guarantees complete neutralization of all enemy electronics.

Factory testing is underway for components of the new system, capable of
protecting troops and civilian facilities from air and space attacks, a
representative of Russia's leading producer of electronic warfare systems,
Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told TASS.

The tests are expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Integrated with air defence systems and networks, the new complex
"maintains automated real-time intelligence data exchange with the
airspace defence task force" to facilitate centralized target distribution,
the source said.

Read more:


In the Queen's Birthday honours in the UK, Danielle George, Professor of
Radio Frequency Engineering at the University of Manchester, was awarded
an MBE for services to Engineering through Public Engagement.

Quoted in the Guardian, she highlighted amateur radio enthusiasts as an
inspiration to the next generation of tinkerers

Also in the Birthday Honours, astronaut Tim Peake, GB1SS, was awarded a
CMG for services to space research and scientific education.

The award was offered, and accepted, whilst Tim was on the International
Space Station. It was thus the first in history to be offered to a person
whilst they were not physically on Planet Earth.

HF 0 F, the visit of Pope Francis to Poland

HF0F (QSL via SP 9 BRP) will operate from Krakw to mark the visit of
His Holiness Pope Francis to Poland on 25-31 July 2016.

The programme includes the Pope's participation in the World Youth Days taking
place in Krakw.

The Pope will also travel to the national shrine in Czestochowa to honour
1050 years of Christianity in Poland.

The last event will consist in paying respects to the victims of the former
Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp.

The World Youth Days is a bi-annual event initiated by Pope John Paul II. It is
expected that about two million young Catholics will visit Poland for the
second time.

Speaking of Youth, Justin Bieber gets his Class A ham radio license. We will
look at this in detail during Special Interest Groups a little further
' down the log today.'

The FCC has denied the petition of an Arizona radio amateur, who had petitioned
for lifetime Amateur Radio licenses.

He wanted the FCC to revise Part 97.25 of its rules to indicate that
Amateur Radio licenses are granted for the holder's lifetime, instead of for
the current 10-year term. Hundreds of radio amateurs commented on the petition,
but the FCC was not swayed by those favouring the idea.

In 2014 the FCC granted lifetime credit for examination elements 3 and 4, but
applicants seeking relicensing under that provision still must pass
examination element 2.

The FCC pointed out in its Order that this was done to address the concerns of
commenters that a licensee who had not renewed also may not have maintained or
expanded his or her knowledge and skills.


A quirk of history are the nicknames of two children of the famed inventor,
Thomas Edison.

The American inventor and businessman developed many devices including the
phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting practical electric
light bulb.

The question of nicknames came up as a question recently on a TV quiz show.

Edison's first child was a daughter, Marion, born in 1872. He affectionately
called her 'Dot,' and her younger brother Thomas Junior, was known as 'Dash,'
an obvious reflection of Edison's fascination with Morse code.


Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


IARU HF Championship Contest July 9-10

A new one to the WIA broadcast calendar came in this week, this new contest
is to be held on the Saturday night of the third full weekend of July,
Start Time is 08:00 UTC and finish time is 14:00 UTC 16th July 2016.

Its name?

Trent Sampson VK4TI says it's the Trans-Tasman Low Bands Challenge.


Remembrance or RD Contest August 13-14

The 19th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Aug 20-21

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


Milt Jensen, N5IA, SK

Sad news now that DXer and DXpeditioner Milt Jensen, N5IA, died on the 9th
June after falling from an amateur radio mast. He was 73.

He took part in the XZ1N and XZ0A DXpeditions to Myanmar, and was part of
the Ducie Island VP6DX DXpedition team

D 44 TWO from Sao Tiago, AF-005, in the Cape Verde Islands.
Until 13th July operating SSB, CW and digital modes on the 6 to 40m bands.
His QSL manager is M 0 OXO.

Five x one oh - is on the air.
5 X 1 O from Uganda until 8th July.
Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres using 5 watts.
QSL via EA 5 GL.

Hopefully you got all those QSL addresses, NO??

Never fear all addresses are in the text edition free and early when you are
subscribed to the automatic email mailer from the WIA and details of THAT are
on as is the text edition on the web.

Speaking of QSL's Historic QSLs helps conserve our heritage.

The collection of QSL cards of an historic nature started by Ken Matchett VK3TL
now a silent key is well maintained and continues to grow. It is the second
largest in the world and houses some of the rarest QSL cards.

The collection has been reorganised to allow more efficient search of historic

Most welcome are QSL contributions of old cards that add to the collection.


Plan for the National Parks springtime activity period

While in the winter period now, think of the glorious warmer spring season
that includes the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award and its multiple

This 6th activation weekend in November is focussed on the 45 National Parks
in VK3 aimed at both hunters and activators alike.

Some who go out portable have individual targets of qualifying for the Merit
Award, or perhaps by the ultimate 'Grand Slam' for working from and to all
National Parks. The Grand Slammers to date are Peter VK3ZPF, Peter VK3PF,
Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP.

Six radio amateurs already intend to be activate during the period. Their park,
day and times are at the Parks and Peaks website

All inquiries are also welcomed by the Award Manager Tony Hambling VK3XV.

The Keith Roget Memorial National Park Award activity is taking place over
four days, Friday the 11th to Monday the 14th of November.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)



Briargreen Public School, Ontario was successful in reaching Astronaut Timothy
Peake, KG5BVI, who answered 15 questions for an audience of 250 students along
with parents and visitors.

Briargreen is an amazing K-6 open-concept school nestled in a suburban
community of west Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

Some of their noteworthy "special education themes" include their Kindergarten
Chinese New Year parade, Terry Fox Run activities and junior community games

(sourced to amsat na)

UKube-1 Transponder Remains Active

UKube-1's transponder continues to remain active. Users will find
that their signals may disappear during short periods when the
satellite's primary beacon is active. Once the primary beacon's
transmission is finished, the transponder will go back to normal. The
145.15 MHz telemetry from FUNcube-2 is being copied a bit higher at
145.16 MHz. Users have noted that the transponder uplink is roughly
13-15 KHz high as well.



Lighthouses throughout the world are magnificent nostalgic structures, symbols
of security and safety for ships. Even with modern electronic navigation, they
offer by a beacon of light, some even have a fog horn and a few are time-ball

An aim of next month's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is,
through Amateur Radio, to put the former maritime navigation structures on air.

Hopefully drawing attention to them will result in community support for their

The oldest US lighthouse site, now 300 years old, is on Little Brewster Island
in the tricky waters of Boston Harbour.

Meantime the Lightship Planet LS23, the last light vessel the English Channel,
is now at Liverpool to be activated as GB2LBL by the Maritime Radio Museum

If you want to see the current registrations for the annual fun-event August 20
and 21, please check out the dedicated website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW with a reminder that tomorrow, Monday
July 4th. the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's monthly bulletin
goes to air.

As well as the latest Club news, this month we have items on AC versus DC
Solar Charging, the Bolt Electric Vehicle, and Lithium batteries catching fire.
Everyone, RAOTC Members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in and
to join in the call backs afterwards.

Scheduled transmissions are::

At 0100 UTC on 20 metres beamed north from Melbourne on 14.150 MHZ.

At 10.00 am Victorian time VK3OTN transmits on 2 metres on 147.175 MHz FM,
160 metres on 1843 kHz AM and 40 metres on 7060 kHz LSB, then in the evening
at 8.30 pm on 145.7 megs FM plus 3650 kHz LSB.

In Western Australia VK6OTN transmits at 10.00 am local time on 7.088 MHz LSB
plus all linked VK6 NewsWest repeaters

In Tasmania VK7OTN transmits at 08.30 pm local time via the state-wide repeater
network. Call back sessions follow each transmission

As from Tuesday morning you can download the audio file from our website

Once again, the July RAOTC bulletin is scheduled for tomorrow Monday
July 4th.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

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

Justin Bieber gets Class A ham radio license

13-year-old Justin Bieber DJ 5 KM is one of Germany's youngest radio amateurs

Justin, no connection with the singer of the same name, lives 350 km west of
Berlin and celebrated his 13th birthday on June 20.

Just five days earlier while aged 12, he passed the exam for the Federal
Network Agency Class A license. His previous Class E callsign was DO 2 JUS.

One of 'the Bieb's' first contacts was with Walter Randolph G 0 KCC.
When Justin told him his age and said that he had just passed his Class A exam
Walter said "Congratulations, we need more young people to join us."

Walter is 78 years old.

Schools learn about technology

A couple of radio amateurs are taking modern Amateur Radio to primary schools
to show how it can be fun, while helping stimulate interest in science and

Husband and wife team Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP believe that lots of schools
could benefit from aspects of Amateur Radio.

This fits in with the push through the curriculum for greater emphasis on
science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, which is also
called STEAM with a letter 'A' added for the Arts.

The pair believe enthusiastic radio amateurs could help teachers by sharing
their hands-on experience with wireless technology. The task is not for all
hams, and is not aimed at necessarily recruiting of newcomers, but more of a
spin-off exposure to technology that may lead a few to later join our ranks.

The experience has seen on air contacts including through satellites, and the
building of electronic kits.

In the late 1960s to the early 1980s many schools had radio clubs but interest
waned and now very few such clubs exist. The WIA believes opportunities are
emerging through STEM or STEAM that may lead to a role for some radio amateurs
with their hands-on, self-education and experimentation experience, as young
Australians explore technology.

Students are being exposed to some challenging for their enquiring minds
developing skills along the way, have a much better understanding of how things
work, and possibly a later career in science and technology.

Joe VK3YSP encourages schools to seriously consider starting a radio club that
initially requires a little effort and equipment to set up a station, but
gauging from the results is well worth it.

The School Amateur Radio Club Network has its own website that is
full of information on setting up a club. It has a free online resource for
anyone thinking about setting up a club, projects and how to be involved.

School principals, teachers, parents and students are turning to it for further
inspiration, ideas, articles, news and activities.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

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

PARA Ham Emergency Radio Operation in a drill

A nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in the Philippines held June 22 saw
many agencies involved including ham operators.

The Philippines Amateur Radio Society (PARA) now has reports from Ham Emergency
Radio Operation groups that showed they used their capabilities and skills to
provide emergency communications.

PARA spokesman Jojo Vicencio DU1VHY reports this is the second drill of its
type and lessons learned last time were put into action.

Each club set up field stations with VHF, UHF and or HF capabilities. The field
stations were on high ground to advantage as would be the case in a real

Following the HERO protocols the stations used a grid-square or quadrant
locator, checked designated frequencies every 30 minutes and issued various
reports. All reports of the drill were collated by PARA and sent to the
National Telecommunications Commission that ran the drill.

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


July 9-10 VK3 GippsTech 2016 Churchill (
July 16 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest at Cranbourne

Aug 7 VK6 NCRG HamFest 9am Cyril Jackson Community Hall Ashfield (vk6rk)
Aug 28 VK2 Summerland (Lismore) HamFest at Clubrooms. (vk2src)

Sep 18 VK2 Westlake's AR Club field day Teralba (J Green)
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)
Nov 26 VK3 Rosebud RadioFest 9:30 am till 2pm (vk3pdg)
Nov 26 VK7 Miena HamFest Saturday 26th. (vk7wi txt)


March 26 VK3 EMDRC HamFest, Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont (VK3BQ)

May 19 VK WIA AGM Hahndorf some 25km from Adelaide (vk5kc)






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