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Phil Wait, VK2ASD, President of the WIA.

WIA membership records

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee

WIA Contest dates 2016 1nd 2017


ACMA product supply & compliance campaign

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has made the focus
of its attention the spectrum of 902 MHz to 925 MHz during 2015-16.

The ACMA identified compliance with radiocommunications transmitter licensing
arrangements right across Australia in a multi-pronged program. It visited 32
sites, did an audit of suppliers, issued 57 warning notices and 10 infringement
with fines of more than $23,900.

The ACMA has raised awareness with key stakeholders as it continues to monitor
the spectrum.


Are your details correct on WIA membership records?

In this digital age it's important to be correctly recorded with your current
postal and email addresses, to make sure you are kept informed.

The problem is made more difficult because of an anti-spam measure used by
some internet service providers to no longer bounce invalid email addresses
and organisations are unaware of changes to email addresses.

This can and does affect membership renewal notices and the services through
the Membership Management System called MEMNET.

It's easy to check your records online through MEMNET, and the small number who
don't use email can update their details by using the Member Inquiry form.

MEMNET was launched two years ago and has about 75 per cent of the membership
registered. It has now been substantially upgraded reflecting the comments
received, making it more user friendly. It enables the digital edition of
Amateur Radio magazine to be downloaded, participation in the WIA awards
program, and more.

Get with the digital age by registering with MEMNET today, or check that your
details are correct.


This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee with
further words on the WIA's licence conditions submission to the A C M A.

Access to a variety of frequency bands throughout the radiofrequency spectrum
is at the heart of amateur radio.

This affords every licensed amateur the OPPORTUNITY to explore, experiment and
to learn for themselves about the characteristics and applications of different
parts of the spectrum.

Last week I covered some key issues to do with the new 60 metre amateur
allocation gained at the 2015 World Radio Conference.

I also touched on the WIA's proposal to obtain another new amateur band for
Australia at 70 MHz.

Many countries throughout Region 1, which covers Europe, Africa and the
Mediterranean, have an amateur allocation at 70 MHz. But Region 2 - which
includes the North and South American continents - does not. And nor does
Region 3 - our region, covering the whole of Asia, the western Pacific and
Australia. But, some experiments on 70 MHz by amateurs have been conducted in
both Regions 2 and 3.

From the reported experience of European and African amateurs, the local and
long-distance propagation experienced on 70 MHz has both similarities AND
differences compared with the six metre and two metre amateur bands.

With fresh fields to explore at 70 MHz, the WIA submission proposes an
allocation that generally aligns with the amateur allocations provided across
Region 1.

The WIA's submission also proposes ANOTHER new band at 918-926 MHz, preferably
aligned with - or overlapping - amateur allocations in other countries.
New Zealand and the USA and Canada have allocations in what is named the
33 centimetre band. In the USA and Canada, it covers 902 to 928 MHz. It is
shared with short-range industrial data communications devices, RFID and the
like. In New Zealand, our ZL brothers & sisters have access to 921 to 928 MHz.

In Australia, 915-928 MHz has many claimants, including defence and short-range
industrial type networks similar to the USA.

We share bands in the microwave spectrum with industrial - scientific - medical
applications and the proposal is to mirror this in the 900 MHz - or
33 centimetre - band.

At the other end of the spectrum, the WIA is seeking to EXTEND the 160 metre
and 80 metre bands. It is noted that use of the medium frequency spectrum above
our current 160 metre band has declined, hence the WIA is seeking to obtain a
wider band. We note that the ZLs 160 metre band covers 1800 to 1950 kHz.

Likewise, the WIA is seeking a little more "living room" on the 80 metre band
above 3700 kHz. However, there are a few allocations here to other services,
which have to be taken into consideration.

Wherever we look across the spectrum, SOMEONE else has an interest, an
allocation of a claim.

In every instance where the amateur radio community may wish to explore new
territory, the interests of other users need to be considered and taken into
account. And that includes the "near neighbours" on adjacent frequency bands.

While we will have a new radiocommunications act and a new licensing system in
Australia within a comparatively short time, methodically going through all the
necessary processes to gain access to new frequency bands will take time - in
some instances, a LOT of time. Even where, as in the case of 60 metres, an
allocation has been wrangled through the international arena at an ITU World
Radiocommunications Conference.

It is timely to remind everyone that it took some years to gain access to the
WARC bands on HF and even to the "top" 200 kHz of 40 metres, from 7100 to 7300

OK. That's it for this week. Next time I'll highlight what the Institute is
seeking for Foundation licensees - a perennial topic.

This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.

The WIA's submission on licence conditions can be downloaded from:

Hello, this is Phil wait, VK2ASD, President of the WIA.

I'd like to tell you about some of the things discussed at our August Board

We are now seeing a real difference in opinion between WIA Directors concerning
the operation of the WIA, and during last month's August 16 Board meeting there
was a motion of no confidence in the Board.

The Director moving the motion expressed the view that he was very concerned
the Board was not acting in the best interests of the WIA, and therefore
proposed that in view of its incapability of acting properly, it should resign,
an independent administrator be appointed to run the business of the WIA, and
elections be held.

The motion was put and defeated 5 votes to 2.

No doubt this will continue to play out as the year progresses, but let me
assure you that all WIA Directors have the best interests of the WIA and
Amateur radio at heart, and the WIA will emerge from this period as strong and
able to represent its members as always.

That same Board meeting the discussed and approved a STEAM symposium, to be
held in November this year, with the intention of bringing together those radio
amateurs who are interested or already have involvement in youth education.

It is hoped that by sharing ideas we can develop some workable strategies for
Amateur Radio involvement in the STEAM program in schools.

The board also accepted the recommendation of the Special Grants Committee and
it is pleased to announce the successful applicant is the Geelong Amateur Radio
Club. The Grant of $770 is for the funding of stage-2 of the erection of a
mast in the grounds of the Queenscliff Maritime Museum, both for club
activities and as an additional public and educational attraction for the

The board resolved to move ahead with the development of an optional paper
edition opt-out for AR magazine. At this meeting the board was briefed on the
mechanics of the proposal and it was determined that there are no serious

AR paper opt-out has now been implemented and members can now choose to opt-out
of receiving the printed copy of AR magazine simply by logging into Memnet and
selecting the opt-out option.Those members will then only receive the digital
edition. Members who still with to receive the paper edition will not be

So, there are also a lot of positive developments occurring at the WIA right now,
many of them are positive, but I think it's fair to say we are going to be
going through a difficult period.

This is Phil Wait, VK2ASD, for the WIA.


Battle of Long Tan commemoration continues

The marking the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam
War is continuing with the three stations reporting difficult propagation at
most times.

Mal VK6LC reports that operators at V I 6 B L T 50 are averaging only about
two hour openings a day mostly to Europe on the 20 metre band. Phil VK6GX is
still pounding away on CW and Martin VK6RC fills the gaps in the evening.
The dedicated commemoration by the V I 6 B L T 50 team has tried the weak
signal PSK31 mode, with some over 300 contacts made already.

V I 6 B L T 50 is this weekend until Monday has VK6LC, VK6OZ and VK6VCK at
the low band antenna farm in the west - so look for it on the band.

Mal VK6LC says QSL's are arriving and soon all V I 6 B L T 50 contacts will be
on the ARRL Logbook of The World.

In Queensland, V I 4 B L T 50 is on air with poor band conditions although
contacts are still being made with VK, ZL and overseas stations. The operators
are VK4ERM, VK4DMC, VK4ZD, VK4CL, VK4KJ, Stu VK4SDD, Merv VK4DV, and Bernie
VK4KX. Dale VK4DMC reports that despite the conditions the response received
during QSOs has been very encouraging.

Tex VK1TX is also putting V I One B L T 50 on air and experiencing the same
propagation from Canberra.

The WIA obtained callsigns are on air for 30 days, and listed at

(Jim Linton VK3PC)



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'The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of....SOTA!' - with apologies to
Julie Andrews of course!

Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites the public to
'The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of....SOTA!', a presentation by Col
Herbert, VK3LED.

SOTA, or Summits on the Air, is an award scheme for radio amateurs and
shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. 

SOTA has been designed to make participation possible for everyone - it is not
just for mountaineers! There are awards for Activators - those who ascend to
the summits, Chasers - who remain in the warmth of their radio shacks, and
Shortwave Listeners.

SOTA was launched in March 2002 in the UK, and there are now 118 Associations
around the world and growing, with over 10,000 registered users globally. There
are over 100,000 qualifying summits, and the list grows every year.

It's a great activity, both outdoor and indoor which promotes the use of
amateur radio!

The presentation will include information and practical demonstrations about
how to join, what equipment is needed, awards, logging, rules, mapping of SOTA
peaks with Google Earth, and a display of various portable equipment.

The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday September 16th, at the First Bendigo
Scout Hall, 17 Vine St. A gold coin donation would be appreciated and a light
supper will be provided. For more information, contact Col Herbert VK3LED.

BAREC Media and Communications
Graeme Knight


Andrew Macmichael, Secretary WICENSA, reminds all that the Rally of SA event is
happening this weekend Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.

More than 39 amateur radio volunteers are assisting WICENSA with safety at this
car event and please be aware that many UHF and VHF frequencies are in use in
this area whichincludes Mount Crawford and Mount Pleasant.

Please avoid interference.

Any questions on frequencies being used and anything else, please contact
VK5WIE base station via the VK5RHO repeater.

What use is an F-call? - WELL it's the FOUNDATIONS of Amateur Radio

If you're into contesting, you're likely to have heard of a thing called the
Super Check Partial list and if you haven't then you should.

It's a simple thing, maintained by Stu, K6TU, it contains a rolling list of
the callsigns of all the stations that appeared in a minimum of 6 contest logs
as a worked station over the past two years.

This means several things.

First of all, it means that you need to make contacts. Then each of your
contacts needs to submit their log and it has to happen on a regular basis.

If all that works, you end up with a text file that has some 43000 callsigns
in it.

This is a useful tool if you have logging software that can use the list to do
partial matches on callsigns. If your callsign is only partially heard, lets
say the other station only hears the LAB out of the whole call, VK6FLAB, it
might return two or three hits and that might be enough to narrow down your
whole callsign.

So, instead of the backwards and forwards of exchanging letters, the other
station might be able to give you a contest number in one hit.

If you're into contesting, that's a big deal.

But it's not just for contesting. If you're into DXing, it might also help you,
since the Super Check Partial list is commonly used in day to day DX operation,
so you might find yourself with a brand new country on your DXCC because you're
actively contesting, making contacts and appearing in other people's logs.

Now for the catch.

This only works if you actually submit your log to Stu, so every time you do a
contest, take an extra moment to also submit your log to the Super Check
Partial robot lovingly processing your logfile via email. The address is

Stu mentions that VK and ZL are severely under represented, so put your log
into the system and reap the rewards.

Super Check Partial, a free service by another volunteer radio amateur like you.

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.

IARU Region 3 honours achiever

The Wireless Institute of Australia initiated the Michael J Owen Plaque to
recognise excellent Single Operator achievement within Region 3 during the
IARU HF Championship.

IARU Region Director, Peter Young VK3MV had the pleasure of presenting the
2015 Plaque at the Ham Fair in Tokyo.

Champ Muangamphun E21EIC won the prestigious award for his achievement as
single operator of XW1IC in Laos.

The plaque, started in 2013 by the WIA, is in honour of Michael J. Owen who
served both the IARU and the WIA over many years.

A New York City man faces a fine of $23,000 for operating on Amateur Radio
frequencies without a license and for transmitting a false officer-in-distress
call on a New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio channel.

The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) August 31
to Daniel Delise of Astoria. It details a history of complaints and alleged
illegal radio operation on Delise's part that dates back to 2012.

NYPD informed an FCC field agent that it had taken Delise into custody for
"sending out false radio transmissions" over the NYPD radio system and for
possessing radios capable of operating on NYPD frequencies, in violation of
state law. According to the NYPD, a call had gone out reporting an officer
in need, and the responding officer spotted Delise speaking into a radio.

The police report said Delise admitted to making the transmission, and that he
told officers that he had more radios and would continue to transmit on police
frequencies. After obtaining a warrant, the NYPD confiscated all radio
transmitting equipment from Delise's apartment, including 14 radios capable
of operating on NYPD frequencies.

Delise is now serving prison time resulting from the false police call and his
guilty pleas to other charges

Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D Schedule Under Review

As a consequence of the anomaly during the static fire test of the SpaceX
Falcon 9 on September 1, 2016, the planned integration of Fox-1Cliff and
Fox-1D on the Spaceflight SHERPA has been postponed.

AMSAT will provide updates regarding the schedule for Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D
activities when further information is available.

New antenna may change mobile technology

Current mobile phone antennas are adjusted or tuned using analogue methods, but
researchers at Finland's Aalto University claim now to have a digitally
controlled antenna.

The new antenna could make obsolete the numerous analogue components now used
to tune traditional antennas.

The extra space created by the digital electronic antenna has 5G phone makers
thinking of the possibilities, particularly with its claim of greater
bandwidth, a higher data transfer speed and improved efficiency.

Airlines to track bags by radio chips

A technology being tested by airlines is to embed a Radio Frequency ID chip
in luggage tags to help track misplaced or lost bags.

The RFID tags ensure suitcases move quickly and accurately through the baggage
system. It can also transmit a GPS and Bluetooth signal to alert passengers
that their luggage is on a carousel.

And a 'traveller tip' until all airlines go RFI-Fly.. and that is to ALWAYS
remove all tags and barcodes from your cases as soon as you reach your
destination.. leave nothing to chance. About 23 million pieces of luggage are
lost or delayed worldwide each year.

Meantime, another use of RFID technology is the National Livestock
Identification System for biosecurity and food safety reasons.

Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


September 23-25 D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party.

September 23-24 WORLD DIGITAL ATV/DATV QSO Party

October 8th is the Radio Amateurs Old Timers QSO Party

October first two full weekends it's the WIA's Oceania DX Contest
Phone Oct 1 and 2
CW 8th and 9th of October.

November 26-27 WIA VHF/UHF Spring Field Day


January it's the WIA's Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest

Ham Radio On The Ferries 12th of March

WIA's John Moyle Memorial Field Day 18th-19th March 2017

WIA's Harry Angel Memorial 80 meter sprint Saturday May 6 10:00 -11:46 UTC

VK SHIRES June 10 and 11.

Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest 160/80/40 Saturday night July 15 and Start Time
is 08:00 UTC and finish time is 14:00 UTC


WIA's Flagship contest the Remembrance Day Contest 12th & 13th August

Impersonators galore wanted for the 'Talk Like A Pirate Day' contest

Serving the Northern Beaches and North Shore areas of Sydney in VK2, the
Manly-Warringah Radio Society will hold the famous Flagpole Contest Saturday
September 17.

To celebrate International 'Talk Like a Pirate Day', the club will have its
annual contest, and welcomes those with, and without a Flagpole.

Prepare your flags, flagpoles and portable stations, plus start practising your
Long John Silver impressions... Arrrr!

It all started when two club members got a Flagpole for their portable
operation, and it really caught on with almost two dozen bought in a group buy.

This is a fun, and as you can see, not too serious contest.

More about it and the contest rules for September 17 can be found on the
Manly-Warringah Radio Society website.



Special event station DR777RI is QRV until the end of 2016 to mark the
777th anniversary of the town of Rinteln.
QSL via DL 8 OBQ.

German team head for the Isle of Man

A German group will be active as MD/homecall from the Isle of Man
(EU-116) between September 23rd and October 4th.

Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSL via their home callsigns.

The Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea, approximately halfway between
NW England and N Ireland.

Again that one to listen for will be MD/and a German home call.

(OPDX via SouthGate)

Pista will operate as 7P8AO from Lesotho between October 15-29th.

The primary purpose of the trip is to deliver humanitarian aid and support
to an orphanage. At his own expense Pista is supplying clothing, shoes and
school supplies to the children. This will be his third visit to Lesotho to
work with the children.

When not at the orphanage, Pista will be operating mainly CW, on 80-6 meters.

QSL to homecall HA 5 AO.


Active from Pitcairn Island is VP6AH until 25th November.
SSB and Digital. QSL to the home call which is DL 2 AH


The 'ENIGMA Reloaded' international event

The German encryption Enigma machine that had its messages deciphered by
codebreakers at Britain's Bletchley Park, played a vital role in the outcome
of WWII.

Now the IARU member society, Associazione Radioamatori Italiani, has an Enigma
Event to promote and commemorate the history of the famous machine. It has
invited radio amateurs throughout the world to join in the event between
September 17 and October 1.

A participant or activator station may qualify for the "Enigma Award" that runs
September 17-30. On the final day, October 1, registered activators will
exchange predefined CW messages previously Enciphered by an emulated Enigma

Full details of the "Enigma Reloaded' event ENIGMA RELOADED" can be read on
the website


Solar Cycle 25 is a few years away

As radiation from the Sun winds down the question is whether the next Cycle
will be an intense one, or an absence of sunspots.

Statistically speaking the current Cycle 24 is supposed to end about 11 years
after the previous sunspot minimum, that was in January 2008, which means
sometime in 2019. Based on that, experts are forecasting that Cycle 25 will be
2019 to 2030, with the peak likely to be in 2024.

Here is the bad news, some forecasts suggest Cycle 25 might continue the
declining trend seen in the last three sunspot cycles, and be even weaker than
Cycle 24 with far fewer than 100 spots.

None of the current forecasts suggest Cycle 25 will be entirely absent, with a
few hold some hope that a sunspot maximum equal to, or greater than Cycle 24,
is possible.



Worldwide Digital The World Digital ATV QSO Party

The 6th annual event on September 23-24 starts with an "around VK Friday night"
(AEST) to be followed with contacts in the USA and United Kingdom.

As you would have heard in LAST week's news, Peter Cossins VK3BFG who is the
prime organiser invites everyone involved in amateur television to be involved.

Last year there was participation from Australasia, Europe, Asia and North and
South America with A 655 viewers making it truly a global event.

David VK5DMC will also anchor the event from the Port Pirie South Australia
repeater VK5RMC, and hopefully others will take charge in Tasmania,
New South Wales and Queensland. Art Towslee WA8RMC one of the DATV Express
Designers, will anchor from Columbus Ohio while Don Hill KE6BXT anchors from
Mission Vieja California.

Peter VK3BFG says there will be a break for some contacts via the repeater
GB3HV, and other countries are welcome to join.

The annual event began with the 2011 centenary of Amateur Radio Victoria. It is
a combination of televised segments on repeaters either by direct contact or
via Skype. Those wishing to Skype can now send a request to 'datvqsoparty', or
make inquiries to

Most pre-record a brief segment to show activity to contribute to the event,
which is then televised in many countries.

More details of the World Digital ATV QSO Party will be sent closer to the
event,again it happens September 23-24..

(Jim Linton VK3PC re-texted sept 11)


Two radio amateurs were among the three International Space Station (ISS) crew
members returned to Earth this past week.

Expedition 48 Commander Jeff KD5TVQ, Flight Engineer Oleg RN3FU, and Soyuz
Commander Alexey Ovchinin undocked from the ISS in a Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft
and landed in Kazakhstan a few hours later (on the morning of September 7 UTC).

During their duty tours on the ISS, KD5TVQ and RN3FU participated in the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

"Together, the Expedition 48 crew members contributed to hundreds of
experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science
aboard humanity's only orbiting laboratory," NASA said. "Their return wrapped
up 172 days in space for the crew since their launch in March 2016."



Monitoring the spots

Basically a DX Cluster is a sort of chat room, or BBS into which amateur
DX hunters can post about DX either worked or simply heard.

Many DXers monitor web DX clusters just to learn what's on the air in that
particular moment, but many others use the cluster like as a watchdog, to get
alarmed when a particular station get spotted on the air. Filters enable you to,
as an example, get a notification when someone from ZD7 is on 20m CW.

Nowadays that radio interfacing is possible, it becomes convenient to the
operator to connect the DX cluster client directly to the radio, allowing to
jump into the spotted frequency with a simple click.

There are several DX Cluster Clients that run on MS Windows, many within we
hams priceline, i.e. FREE

DXZONE.COM has a great list, check out our text edition this week.


Virtually outside while lighthouse portable

A stalwart of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August is
the Westlake's Amateur Radio Club at the Norah Head Lighthouse, on the
New South Wales central coast. Club members have hired the heritage listed
lighthouse keeper's quarters for the station VK2ATZ since 2001, but next year
would have to fork out a new hefty charge, all in the name of privatisation.

However, the club's September newsletter reports it has registered Norah Head
for 2017, planning to use a gazebo in a carpark with batteries and candles,
not much fun on a cold and windy day.

So far 60 have registered for the 20th International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend on the 19th and 20th of August 2017.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


Hello Listeners.

I am Ian VK3JS and I am the Secretary of an organisation that caters for the
more experienced members of our hobby, a club which we believe is somewhat
unique and fills a definite niche in the Amateur Radio Community.

So what is the name of this club? It is the Radio Amateurs' Old Timers' Club
of Australia not just a local club but one for all experienced Australian
amateur radio operators right across our vast continent.

And don't let that "Old Timers" part of our club name fool you. It is not a
club for elderly radio amateurs. The phrase simply means a person with a lot
of experience.

Our emphasis is on preserving and recording the historical background to our
hobby, but we embrace the future too. I take this opportunity to invite you
all to have a look at our web page

so that at least you can say that you have heard of us and know something of
what we are about.

Many of you probably have an interest in the past growth of our hobby, so WE
would love to hear from YOU. We would love to publish your story of your
experiences in the hobby in our twice-yearly 60-page journal, or on our monthly

Of course, if you would like to join RAOTC, that would be even better!!

73 and keep enjoying the hobby.

Ian Godsil VK3JS,
RAOTC Secretary

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


WICEN Queensland holds a net every Sunday on 7075kHz from 8-30am, that's
Saturday 2230 UTC

The net calls in regular stations and then invites new stations to call in.
If conditions are poor on 7MHz, net control might move to around 3600kHz
depending on how pliable the net operators are.

Mix it with other WICEN ops and call in on the net !!

Try also the pre-WICEN net on 20metres John/VK4LJ Gold Coast conducts the
call-in on the ANZA Net frequency 14183kHz from 08-10am (2210UTC)

(Gavin VK4ZZ)


ROTA Recipes On The Air

The World Wide Recipe Swapping Net 20m, 14.183MHz, 0630 UTC Mondays
(or slightly later depending on how long the ANZA Net runs for)

Fun on the air swapping information about recipes or favourite ingredients.

Listen for the gastronomic cue from Lyn/VK4SWE.



Sep 10 VK4 SUNFEST 9am Woombye School of Arts (ARMAG)
Sep 11 VK3 Shepparton HamFest at St Augustine's Hall 10am (ARMAG)
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)

Oct 16 VK3 BARG HamFest Ballarat (ARMAG)
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)


Feb 26th Central Coast Field Day, WYONG enter at 8:30am (vk2dls)

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

Ap 28- May 1 VK4 Clairview Gathering between Rockhampton and Mackay (TARC)

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

Aug/Sep date to be advised - ALARAMEET 2017 in Cairns (vk4swe)

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