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WIA Elections, Nominations and Ballot. -

WIA The Fact Sheets. -

WIA Merit Awards are in recognition of achievers. -

WIA President Phil and Band Planning plays an important role. -

WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH news about six metres. -

WIA how to submit news items.



WIA Elections, Nominations and Ballot

The election of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Board of Directors by
postal ballot will happen in March; the nomination of candidates closes with
the Returning Officer on January 31.

The nomination requirements are in the Wireless Institute of Australia
Regulation Postal Ballot for the Election of Directors, that is on the WIA
website and available on request.

That regulation sets out the formalities of nominations, and the conduct of the
election by ballot that closes on the 27th of March.

Official notification of the call for nominations was in the December edition
of Amateur Radio magazine.

Nominations are sought from WIA members to be a Director of the company,
the Wireless Institute of Australia.

This year all seven positions on the WIA Board are open.

If you consider your skills and experience can add to the requirements of being
a voluntary director of a modern not-for-profit organisation, then please
consider nominating.

The Returning Officer will send out candidate information and a ballot paper
in March.

The WIA Fact Sheets

Some WIA members noting accusations and criticisms on social media and
elsewhere, have sought a response from the WIA Board to those claims.

In answer to the WIA membership, the WIA Board has issued a series of
Fact Sheets to give all WIA members the relevant facts and explanations.

The downloadable Fact Sheets respond to some of the issues already raised, and
more may be added later.

The Fact Sheets are accessed via the right-hand side navigation panel of or direct on

These items have all been explained on previous editions of this WIA broadcast

The WIA Merit Awards - in recognition of achievers

The Wireless Institute of Australia through its Merit Award program recognises
those who have made a worthy contribution to Amateur Radio.

Do you know someone to nominate?

Then please read the criteria and complete a Nomination Form found on the
WIA awards website page.

The WIA Board decides at its discretion whether to make an award, and of what

Nominations close on March 31, announced and where possible presented, at the
WIA's AGM and Conference at Hahndorf South Australia on May 19-21.

Band Planning plays an important role

The WIA is reviewing the digital segment in the 80 metre band; and for several
other HF bands where the Australian band plan does not correspond to the band
plans in other countries.

There are also proposals for changing the 30 metre band plan, and we want your

Bandplans are the way we avoid clashes between incompatible transmission modes,
and attempt to set aside different band segments for each of type of activity.

That is what the WIA does with its voluntary band plans.

Apart from avoiding interference, band plans make it easier for us to find
other amateur stations with the same interests.

The WIA Technical Advisory Committee, led by John Martin VK3KM, reports that
for many years our 80 metre band plan has included a digital segment at
3620 - 3640 kHz. The original reason for adopting this segment was the
licensing restrictions that applied at the time to Novice operators. These
restrictions no longer apply; so the band plan should be updated to bring it
into line with accepted operating practices, which include a greater use of
digital modes.

John sets out a reasoned argument for that change on the WIA website and in the
January/February edition on Amateur Radio magazine. The proposal is to align
our 80 metre digital segment with the rest of the world, by moving it to
3570 - 3600 kHz, starting 50kHz lower in frequency and 10kHz wider. Please have
a read of the article, whether you use digital modes, CW or SSB.

Now turning our attention to 30 metres; there has been some discussion of
interference problems that can occur on that narrow band. This band is only
50 kHz wide, and most countries have restricted it to CW and narrow band
digital modes. Australia is a little different because the ACMA does not
restrict a mode so long as there is spectrum to support it.

Again, John VK3KM discusses the matter, and with his depth of experience,
proposes a band planning solution.

The Technical Advisory Committee wants your feedback on band planning on the
HF bands, from both WIA members and the Amateur Radio community generally. Your
ideas have equal weight whether you are a WIA member or not.

Please read the article, and any thoughts or comments you have would be

This is Phil Wait, VK2ASD for the WIA.


This is WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with some news about six metres.

A recent discussion on Facebook began with the question - why is 6m split in

This refers to two things - firstly, that the 50 to 54 MHz Amateur band is
half a primary allocation and half a secondary allocation.
Secondly, that Standard licensees are only permitted to use 52 to 54 MHz.

The upper half of six metres - 52 to 54 MHz - is the primary allocation.

The lower half - 50 to 52 MHz - is the secondary allocation, with broadcasting
being the primary allocation.

And that remains the case in the latest Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan
ARSP 2017. This is the top 2 MHz of the 7 MHz former analogue television service
channel of 45 to 52 MHz.

As I discovered on the echo-chamber of Facebook, and have experienced at club
meetings and hamfests, there exists various degrees of knowledge, limited
understanding, misunderstanding and myth-making about amateur band allocations.

How six metres came to be as it is today, is high on the list of myths
reiterated as facts.

As I - quote - was "there" - unquote, a certain responsibility falls on me to
set the record straight.

In Australia, Amateurs were the primary service in 50-54 MHz over the 1950s to
mid-1960s. On the 1st of January 1964, 50-52 MHz was withdrawn. On that date,
45-52 MHz - Channel 0 - was allocated exclusively to the Broadcast Service for
a television channel.

288-296 MHz - the one metre band - was also withdrawn on that infamous day, the
1st of January 1964. In addition, 420-450 MHz - the 70 cm band - was allocated
to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis, defence radiolocation - that is,
radar - being primary.

Cue three bars of Chopin's Funeral March.

How do I know this ? I was already a keen VHF shortwave listener on 6m at the
time. As I said earlier, I was there.

In the late-1980s, Peter Stackpole VK1RX (now a Silent Key), a keen 6m operator
and at the time, a senior officer in the forerunner to the A-C-M-A, wrote a
proposal for amateurs to share 50.05 to 50.2 MHz with the broadcasting service
in the 50 to 52 MHz band segment. The proposal demonstrated that sharing would
be possible and interference to the primary service areas of Channel 0
television stations and TV service repeaters using 45 to 52 MHz could be

With the support of the WIA, the proposal was put to, and adopted by, the
communications regulator and subsequently incorporated into the amateur licence
conditions. The proposal can be found online

The Amateur licence conditions were amended such that, from the early 1990s,
Advanced licensees in Queensland, New South Wales, the A-C-T and Victoria had
restricted access on 50 to 50.3 MHz, with specific geographic boundaries and
reduced transmitting power. Within the boundaries, no operation was permitted.
Advanced licensee in the other states and territories had unrestricted access
to 50-52 MHz.

Peter Stackpole got to chase DX on six metres during some very exciting solar
maximum years.

As many listeners would be aware, the coming of digital television brought a
significant change to the allocation and use of broadcast TV channels, and with
it - the closure of all Channel 0 TV services.

The last Channel 0 analogue TV station closed on 27 November 2013.

As that deadline loomed, the WIA wrote to the ACMA in November 2013, to which
the ACMA replied on 13 December, advising that "amateur operations in the
50-52 MHz band will no longer need to be curtailed in order to avoid
interference to channel 0 stations."

Once again, I was there.

As a member of the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee, I got the job of drafting
the WIA letter for the Board to review and agree, and for the President to sign.

You can see this history unfold on the WIA website. The URLs of the news and
documentation is in the in the text edition of this broadcast.

"What about the Standards?" I hear from those in the back row.

Since 2014, the WIA has advocated that Standard licensees get access to the
whole of the 6m band.

Among a host of other things, this is on the agenda of the Spectrum Strategy
Committee's discussions with the A-C-M-A on future licence conditions.

As Peter Stackpole demonstrated - with passion, evidence and advocacy - it is
surprising what can be achieved.

Advocacy. Education. Support. That's what we do.

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

INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, VK7WI News and the WW sources of the WIA.

The Voice of America celebrates its 75th anniversary on February 1st, 2017.

Voice of America's audience growth has been exponential. In fact, 2016 numbers
are said to be the highest to date, a record number of 236.6 million people
weekly around the globe through various platforms - television, radio, and
the world wide web.

Every year more people get their news and information from digital platforms,
so VOA placed a greater emphasis on social media last year, and numbers

VOA sites now enjoy nearly seven million hits weekly from people around the

See full article here:

AM switch off in Polynesia

Some inhabitants of French controlled Polynesia are unhappy at the switch over
from Medium Wave AM to VHF FM broadcasting

Radio New Zealand reports Radio Polynesie Premiere switched to an all FM
service at the beginning of December, leaving pockets of inhabitants in
valleys and on remote atolls without any local radio service.

The broadcaster added five FM transmitters to its network of 48 to improve its
reach but in an area the size of Europe, the signal fails to reach all

Concern has been expressed that vital weather warnings are no longer heard.

The FCC has turned down two petitions filed in 2016, each seeking similar
changes in the Part 97 Amateur Service rules.

James Edwin Whedbee, N0ECN, had asked the Commission to amend the rules to
reduce the number of Amateur Radio operator classes to Technician, General, and
Amateur Extra by merging remaining Novice class licensees into the Technician
class and all Advanced class licensees into the Amateur Extra class.

In a somewhat related petition, Jeffrey H. Siegell, WB2YRL had requested that
the FCC grant Advanced class license holders Morse code operating privileges
equivalent to those enjoyed by Amateur Extra class licensees.

The FCC dismissed the two petitions on January 5.

The FCC streamlined the Amateur Radio licensing system into three classes -
Technician, General, and Amateur Extra - in 1999.

While it no longer issues new Novice or Advanced class licenses, existing
licenses can be renewed, and Novice and Advanced licensees retained their
operating privileges.

German Ham Radio Callbook PDF

Germany's telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA),
has released a new edition of the Amateur Radio callbook for free download

The 768 page PDF is available for free download at the link in this weeks
only official Australian Ham Radio News Service..

Take a look on and follow the links we like to this weeks
News Broadcast.

60m band allocated in Kazakhstan

According to the letter from the state enterprise 'Committee on state control
in sphere of telecommunications, informatization and mass media' which is the
radio spectrum management authority, the amateur radio service in Kazakhstan
has been allocated the 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz band (60m) on the secondary basis.

Currently there is no clarity in regard to the maximum allowed output power
on the band and station category based restrictions (if any).

Mystery cosmic radio bursts pinpointed

They're one of the most persistent puzzles in modern astronomy.

As the name suggests, Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are short-lived - but powerful -
pulses of radio waves from the cosmos.

Their brevity, combined with the fact that it's difficult to pinpoint their
location, have ensured their origins remain enigmatic.

Outlining their work at a major conference, astronomers say they have now
traced the source of one of these bursts to a different galaxy.

It's an important step to finally solving the mystery, which has spawned a
variety of different possible explanations, from black holes to
extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Read the full story at:


All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.


Jan 1 - Dec 31 The Victorian Local Government Award 2017 Challenge

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

WIA Summer VHF-UHF Field Day Saturday 14 and Sunday the 15th of January.

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

May 13-15 Mills On The Air

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

Aug 19-20 ILLW the 3rd full weekend in August since 1998

October CQ WW DX / SSB CONTEST (always Octobers Last full weekend)

Running ALL year 'til Dec 31 Victorian Local Government Award 2017 Challenge

Upgrade TQSL to v2.0 for LOG BOOK OF THE WORLD

As of 14.00 GMT on 15th January, the ARRL's Logbook of The World will no
longer accept contacts that have been digitally signed by versions of TQSL
earlier than version 2.0.

Users of earlier versions are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible,
as older TQSL versions contain uncorrected defects and display inaccurate
error messages. The current versions of TQSL for Windows, OS X, and Linux
are available online. This action does not affect data already uploaded to
LoTW; all QSOs remain in the LoTW database in perpetuity.

The latest version can be downloaded from the WIAs official website, and
make sure you do have it correct, it is

Just follow the links we like to read this week's text edition and the link to
install the new version is in this week's text edition of this news cast .

Another link to follow down the rabbit hole is to do with this year's IARU
World High Speed Telegraphy Championship. This will be hosted by the Hungarian
radio amateur society, MRASZ.

It will take place from 13th to 17th September 2017

All Aussie radio amateurs may substitute their normal VK callsign prefix with
the letters AX, on Australia Day - Thursday January 26.

The ACMA automatically allows this privilege which was negotiated by the WIA.

The AX prefix is popular among prefix hunters and others while the use of a
special QSL card is encouraged by the WIA.

German Antarctic Research Base called 'Neumayer 3' is on air
until February. Callsign DP 1 POL mainly CW and digital modes.
This activity will count as AN-016 for the IOTA programme.
QSL Manager is DL 1Z BO and logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

ANOTHER Antarctic operator is Alex RN 1 ANC on the Russian Vostok Station
Antarctica where he will be until February 2018.
His callsign again, RI1ANC, and during his spare time he will be active on
CW, SSB and Digital.
QSL Manager is RN 1 ON.

David ZS1BCE who was active from the research station on Marion Island for
12 months during 2013/14 is returning there soon for a further 17 months.
He will reactivate his ZS 8 Z callsign and operate SSB on the HF bands.

As before his QSL Manager will be ZS 1 LS.

Lions Clubs International Belgian Amateur Radio operators are QRV as OR 100 LCI
until March 2017 to mark its 100th anniversary.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via ON 8 ZL.

A group of Indonesian operators will be active as YE 0 S from Sebira Island,
north of the Jakarta City, between March 20-27th.
The Sebira Island is the outer-most island of Jakarta Special Capital City
District of the Republic of Indonesia.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
An Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) will be used for this DXpedition.

To celebrate the 80th birthdays of both King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
during 2017 special event stations will be active. The callsigns to look for
are LM 80 REX and LM 8 0Q.
QSLs for these stations are via Club Log OQRS.

Activity from the Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus has been rare in recent times
but during January three stations are on the air.
The callsigns are ZC 4 SB, ZC 4 DB and ZC 4 JB.
Check out for details of the QSL information.


Who and Where are our broadcast stations?

You would have heard that "your" ABC is going to axe the Radio Australia
SW broadcasts. There is now an online petition calling on them to rethink
this decision and the link is in the text edition of WIA National News.

(SARC Newsletter)

Submitting WIA News items

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be broadcast once, if you want a couple of mentions, please submit different
slants to keep your event 'fresh 'and always if the news room is to read your
item write in the 3rd person.


SSTV pirate in Monitoring System newsletter

The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a pirate station in Italy
has been transmitting Slow Scan TV on 28001.5 kHz

The station has apparently been transmitting their exact latitude and longitude
as part of the image.

IARU Region 1 Monitoring News Letter has the details.


Ham radio will help mark another 100th anniversary this year - the Battle of
Vimy Ridge.

Amateur Radio Newsline says the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 100 years ago, is often
called a defining moment for Canada. Though soldiers paid a terrible price with
their lives, the Canadian World War One victory in France in 1917 is said to
mark the birth of Canada as a nation.

Special Event Station VE 100 VIMY will be calling throughout each of Canada's
13 call areas from now through March 30th. All of this will culminate in the
actual battle commemoration in April with stations located at the Vimy Memorial
site in France, operating around the clock.

The special event was organized by the Vimy Commemorative Station Society in
British Columbia.

For details visit



Turn your laptop into a 24 MHz to 1,7 GHz receiver.

This is a nice idea from our friends to the west...WAY WEST.. in South Africa

AMSAT SA is holding a half-day SDR Workshop in association with the South
African Radio League in February.

This is a hands-on workshop where participants will install a VHF/UHF RTL
dongle and programme it to become a VHF/UHF receiver covering 24 MHz to 1,7 GHz.

The Workshop fee includes the RTL dongle and a memory stick with all the
required software as well as light refreshments.

All the details and registration form for our ZS listeners know where
in this week's text edition on follow the links to

(Sourced to sarl news)

Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)


The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio has honoured one of their own: a founding mother
of the group.

Amateur Radio Newsline's Geri Goodrich KF5KRN tells us Elizabeth Bigley KD7RIN
has been honoured by the group she helped create. Elizabeth, who cofounded the
Sisterhood of Amateur Radio in Nevada, has become a recipient of its 2016
Legacy Award.

The honours were conferred on her during the group's holiday luncheon in
Nevada December 17.

Elizabeth has been a part of SOAR leadership since it first came into being in
2009 and is also president of the group's Las Vegas chapter.

The Legacy Award honours women who have contributed to supporting the female
involvement in the advancement and continuation of amateur radio.



Australian tests for a Mars mission

Steady progress is being made towards Central Australia being used in April by
a radio amateur for testing a wide area radio network on the planet Mars.

Robert Brand VK2URB, of Thunderstruck Aerospace, reports that the project on
a salt lake calls for 10 separate penetrators to be ejected about 6km from the
surface. On penetrating the surface a ring about 8km wide will be formed as
part of a radio system.

A metre diameter solar panel providing energy is expected to survive for at
least six months on Mars, while the radio system relays weather and sub-surface

It is part of the project to develop the Mars Nano-Lander and Methane detection
system called MEDIAN, set to land in 2025.

The role of Amateur Radio is providing essential communications for the test
and for the event which is gaining worldwide attention.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

BY70-1 ham radio satellite camera

Mingchuan Wei BG 2 BHC has announced the availability of a guide on using the
camera on the new BY70-1 amateur radio satellite

For BY70-1, an open tele command is designed to allow radio amateurs to send
commands to take and download an image.

Go to our WIA Official News website, and follow the links
we like to read this week's Text Edition of this broadcast where all the
direct links are shown.

0645z - 0730z Anzo Net 7.118 (varies due to propagation)
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293 (varies due to propagation)

Bill Main, VK4ZD ROAR Immediate Past President (2012-2015) advises ROAR
members of the arrival of the new Communicator newsletter.

If you have something you wish to offer for the next Communicator, don't hold
back - send it to the VK4DI the Editor now.

You can view the latest Communicator by going to, or by clicking on the direct link:


Feb 19th VK3 HAMFEST Western and Northern District Amateur Radio Club 10am
Werribee Masonic centre 223 Watton St, Werribee.

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)

Sep 9-10 ALARAMEET 2017 in Cairns (vk4swe)

The 2017 Cairns ALARAMeet program is now online at
Our VK4 Committee has been working hard to produce a varied and
interesting program for both YL's and partners. This Meet is being
organised with a great mix of technical and tourist activities. If
you have never been to a Meet then this is the one to attend. We
will all enjoy a Tropical getaway, meet with other YL's, forge new
friendships and hopefully leave with a re-energised interest in our
hobby. We have been able to secure discounted rates at the Cairns
Colonial Club for accommodation but these rates will only apply if
the accommodation is booked through the ALARAMeet committee. The
ALARAMeet program and accommodation pricing are now on the website.
Don't forget to pre-register your interest in attending so we can
get you into the mailing list and advise you of any updates as soon
as they happen.
This is Diane VK4DI for ALARAMeet 2017

Nov 12 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am (vk5kc)

AHARS HamFest Goodwood Community Centre, Rosa St, Goodwood

Trading tables for second-hand goods. Sellers $10 a table.

Entry for buyers $5.

Commercial traders, door prizes, food and drinks.

Contact Roy or David



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