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Board Talk

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) annual general meeting weekend
in Hahndorf is so well attended it has resulted in one event changing to
a larger venue.

Due to the strong bookings received, THERE IS NO ROOM AT THE HAUS.

The May 19 Friday night Gourmet Pizza meal has been moved to an even bigger
venue - the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. This change will be on the
official weekend program hand-out as well as the WIA website.

Just repeating, the Friday night Gourmet Pizza meal will now be at
Adelaide Hills Convention Centre.

Bookings for the weekend are now closed with 259 people in total registered
for some aspect of the weekend.

For the Friday night Gourmet Pizza dinner there were 170 people,
the Saturday annual general meeting and Open Forum 157,
the Saturday afternoon technical sessions 177
with 41 booked for the partners tour.
On Saturday night the WIA annual dinner has 200,
the motor museum tour 85
and for the Sunday BBQ at the Hahndorf footy club 169.

Also on Sunday there will be numerous free displays having interest for many
attending the weekend and day trippers arriving too for those events and

The WIA has also decided not to stream this year's AGM and Open Forum
proceedings. This was a difficult decision following the success of
streaming at last year's AGM on Norfolk Island.

However in the current heated climate the Board elected to be very cautious
about a media channel that offered no ability to vet its content prior to

It was a unanimous Board decision.

The proceedings will be recorded for distribution on a later day.


This is Grant VK5GR, with some more news about the activities planned next week
here in Hahndorf for the WIA AGM & Convention 2017!

Final preparations are in full swing ready to receive all of our visitors here
in VK5. The weekend will be jam packed with lots of amateur radio related
events for you to take part in.

The curtain goes up on Friday afternoon at 3.00pm with the running of the
Australian Contesting Technical College, presented by Trent VK4TS with thanks
to the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group. Details of this can be found on the
AREG Website (

Next, we have the welcome dinner at Adelaide Hills Convention Centre in
Hahndorf on Friday evening. This is a great opportunity to meet the other
delegates and complete your registration for the weekend's activities.

The main event starts Saturday, with the AGM commencing at the Hahndorf
Convention Centre at 9.00am, followed by the open forum.

At 12:30pm, we have the first of our technical sessions with Doc VK5BUG
talking about MF and LF bands and equipment. After lunch, the main Amateur
Radio showcase starts, with a host of guest speakers coming to talk to you
about many aspects of amateur radio covering from microwaves to HF
and everything in between!

Saturday evening's dinner starts at 6.30 for a 7.00pm seating, where our
Keynote speaker Craig VK5CE will talk about his many IOTA exploits, along
with a couple of other small guest segments.

The fun then continues on Sunday.

Some of you will be visiting the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, while
others will get the opportunity to come and try portable operation in one
of the many conservation parks in the Adelaide Hills.

In the afternoon, we will have our come and try radio day, being held at
Hahndorf Football Club Oval. This event will showcase all of the topics
that were introduced on Saturday plus many many more. You will be able to come
and see live EME operation on 10GHz, which starts from 12:30pm, microwave
operating demonstrations across the oval, live ATV demonstrations, HF magnetic
loop antennas, digital modes, ARDF, WICEN, 630m MF operating demos and much
much more. The Project Horus group from AREG will be launching a balloon at
~2pm and that will kick off balloon tracking demonstrations as well as
providing an opportunity to again work through the cross band balloon repeater
on 145.775MHz Uplink and 438.850MHz Downlink with VI5WOW on air through that

If you have ever been curious about a new aspect of the hobby, chances are you
will find someone to talk to about it at our Come and try Radio day!

Finally on Sunday night, the event closing BBQ will be held at Hahndorf Oval
for everyone who has registered starting from 6.00pm.

Across the weekend, there will be regular nets and information sessions held on
2m as well. Listen to the VK5RAD 2m repeater on 147.000MHz for these events.
Organisers should be listening to the repeater most of the time as well so if
you need a hand, give a shout for VK5WOW! The event program has also been
posted on the convention Facebook pages now
( )
so you can download it and find out information about the event prior to
arriving in Adelaide.

Speaking of the Special Event Station, the levels of activity will ramp up a
notch this week too with the addition of VI5WOW to the roster. To date we have
made over 1000 contacts, and we expect to push this even further in the lead up
to the event. Note too that contacts with VI5WOW in addition to VK5WOW count for
extra credit, qualifying you for the gold award in addition to the other award
requirements. Full details of the award are on the WIA website
( )

Finally, a special announcement about VI5WOW. We have been able to add a unique
activation of the callsign to the event roster. Andrew VK5CV will run VI5WOW on
630m mostly in the evenings and overnight from the 14th until the 21st of May.
Activity will mostly be using the WSPR mode on 474.2kHz dial and a little on
OPERA on 477kHz dial at the end of the week. He will also consider some digital
QSOs on JT64 and JT9 if conditions are good and he is available.

Just for fun Andrew may also try THOR 4 and THOR micro just below the WSPR band
if conditions are good. Look out on the VK 630m Yahoo group for updates and

Well that's all from me this week. We really hope that everyone coming finds
something positive in the program to take away and we are all looking forward
to seeing all of you here in the Adelaide Hills next weekend!

73, this has been Grant VK5GR - for the WIA AGM VK5 Organising Committee



Science in the Budget 2017-18:

Marcus Strom writing in the Sydney Morning Herald tells how Australian
astronomers will gain access to the world's best optical observatories
in Chile thanks to a 10-year strategic partnership between Australia and
the European Southern Observatory.

The partnership is possible because of a $26.1 million allocation in Tuesday's
federal budget.

Read 'all about it' at

'Amateur Radio in the Cloud'.

Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club have invited the public to
'Amateur Radio in the Cloud'.

Amateur Radio has always been at the forefront of communications technologies,
and these days it includes digital radio, Internet, Wi-Fi and networking.

BAREC members will take visitors through how the internet and networking
actually works, including addressing, troubleshooting digital connections,
security issues, and how to determine where a problem lies when something
does not work. Also discussed will be the various ways of connecting to the

DMR via the BrandMeister network will be demonstrated, as well as cross-mode
DMR/C4FM operation.

Also demonstrated will be how you can listen to DMR activity on a computer,
tablet or smartphone with an internet connection.

Digital radio communications can offer a number of advantages, and provides
worldwide communications without the need for large antennas and equipment.

The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday May 19th at the BAREC club room,
20 Longlea Lane, Longlea. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

For more information, contact Ian Gillard VK3ZZG on 0417 015 735.


Brisbane launches Australia's Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Researchers are hoping to prove that singing can be beneficial for people
diagnosed with Parkinson's and they are asking our help.

For the first time in Australia, The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
at Griffith University, is trialling the Sing to Beat Parkinson's program and
you can be part of it!

Researchers are looking for two choirs of 20 people, one based out of the
conservatorium at South Bank and the other at North Lakes.

If you would like to be involved, or know someone who might be,
contact the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre on 3735 6335.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, WIA Local News Service VK7, VK3PC and the WW
sources of the WIA.

Radio Hams at National Association of Broadcasters Show

The Las-Vegas Review-Journal reports on radio amateurs who attended the
National Association of Broadcasters Show in the city

More than 103,000 broadcasting industry professionals from around the world
made their way to Las Vegas last week to take part in the National Association
of Broadcasters annual convention.

Several thousand of these attendees were hams.

A large number of those hams stopped by the ARRL booth, including Ajaya Gupta
VU2DED of Mumbai, India who presented a statuette of the State Emblem of India,
which was adopted when India became a republic in 1950.

The statuette was displayed in the booth for the duration of the convention.

Other countries represented by visitors to the booth included Germany, Italy,
South Korea, Brazil, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand.

Then as the third day of the National Association of Broadcasters Show came to
an end, a few hundred people made their way past the booths showing off the
broadcasting technology of the future virtual reality, live streaming,
Next Gen TV and connected car.

They made their way from the Las Vegas Convention Centre to Ballroom B at the
Westgate Las Vegas to relish in what many would consider the broadcast
technology of a long gone era.

About three hundred in all mainly older than 50 with titles like sound
engineer, senior engineer, chief technology officer, Network Vice President,
the brains behind the new technology on the NAB Show floor gathered in this
room to take part in the Amateur Radio Operators Reception and share their
deep passion for communicating with people via radio waves.

Changes for Taiwan's amateurs

According to an article in Taipei Times, the National Communications Commission
in Taiwan has proposed several changes to the amateur radio rules in Taiwan.

The changes include abolishing the amateur radio Morse code requirement and
permitting operation on 432-440MHz on a secondary basis.

Although the NCC has approved the amendments, it must put them on public notice
for two months and then make any changes it considers necessary, before they
take effect.

Indian Telecommunications ministry tries to stop online transceiver sales

The Mumbai Mirror reports a complaint by radio amateurs has resulted in the
union Telecommunications ministry ordering websites to stop selling wireless
transmitting equipment online with immediate effect

The newspaper says:

Online e-commerce sites can pose a serious national security threat.

In November 2016, a group of 78 ham operators had written to the Wireless
Advisor in the Telecommunications ministry warning them about a national
security threat posed by unidentified wireless transmissions being heard
on the VHF frequencies used by the ham operators.

The unrestricted sales of open band, VHF, UHF two way radios, wireless sets,
walkie-talkies and base mobile stations fall into this net.

Taking cognizance of the letter, the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing
of the Telecommunications ministry issued orders on Wednesday, April 26 to
e-commerce sites including Amazon and EBay in India among others to
stop selling these equipment's immediately.

Such sales are in violation of the rules Indian Wireless Telegraphy
(Possession) Act, 1965, which mandate that any person using wireless
telegraphy equipment needs to acquire a licence and those selling such
equipment need to acquire a Dealers Possession Licence.

Read the full story at

IARU Region 1 Executive Committee meets

The annual meeting of the Region 1 Executive Committee was held May 5-7 in
Germany and present included the Chairmen of the three Permanent Committees
(HF, V/U/SHF and EMC) together with the Chairs of the Political Relations
Committee, the Youth Working Group and IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad,
LA 2 RR.

Matters discussed, in addition to regular business were the arrangements for
the Region 1 Conference to be held there in September, future financial
strategy for the Region, preparations for WRC 19, actions to bring coherence
to the IARU brand, including new websites and the future direction for the
Youth programme.

Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


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

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


VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party takes place August 6th 2017 9:00 am till 11:30 am.

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

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

Aug 26 ALARA Contest Start Time 1600 this is a 24 hour Contest for YL's

IARU High Speed Telegraphy world championships are 8th to 12th September.

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

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


John Moyle Memorial Field Day will be held over the weekend of the 17th-18th
March 2018 and will run from UTC 0100 on the Saturday until 0059 on the Sunday.

IARU HF Championship event on 15 and 16 July 2018.

RSGB Commonwealth Contest March and Alan VK7BO in the VK7 local news
tells how Australia (VK) ran two teams with Australia Team 1 for coming 1st
and Australia Team 2 coming 3rd.

Alan VK7BO was a team member of one of 17 teams in the contest also known
by some as the BERU.

Unfortunately we are not aware of who was in what team BUT some further
results are on

W.R.T.C. 2018 Plans Call for Greater Participation by Young Contesters.

The 8th World Radiosport Team Championship, WRTC 2018 in Germany next July,
will offer seats on three teams for contesters who are 25 or younger at the
time of the event.

The international event running from 12 to 16 July 2018, will feature 42
competing teams. This will mark Germany's first time hosting WRTC, which takes
place in conjunction with the IARU HF Championship event on 15 and 16 July 2018.

The VK Shires QSO Party is only 5 weeks away, let's check in with Trent again.

" It is looking like there will be a lot of Shire activations this year in the
VK Shires so be ready to nab the rare ones.

Contest Tip Number 2;

Log what you hear - the contest log checkers can cater for errors by senders
e.g. giving out the wrong codes in the VK Shires but we cannot credit you if
you copy different to what was sent to you.

VKCL can be forced to log a Shire not in the list - so rather than waste time,
log it and go forwards. We the Committee cater for it in the cross checking

Always broadcast your callsign every QSO this also limits errors.

Of NOTE For portable stations the normal format for a logger is
Prefix Callsign e.g. VK5/VK4XX - logging VK4XX/P5 puts the callsign in
North Korea and not South Australia VK5.

This has been Trent VK4TS."

Z 68 BG is operating from Slatina Air Base in Pristina, Kosovo until May 23.
CW on 40m to 10m and the callsign again Z 68 BG.
QSOs with Kosovo do not count for the DXCC Award at the present time.


W 6 HB and AD 7 MM have been on air from Rarotonga Island as E 51 DLD and
E 51 BAS respectively and this Island ( OC-013 ) activity ceased Friday May 12.
If you worked the, QSL their home callsigns.


CS 2 POPE on the air 8 to 14th May commemorating the visit of Pope Francis
to Portugal.



Who and Where are our broadcast stations?

Experimental DMR Rebroadcast

Clayton VK7ZCR lets us know via VK7 news that he is rebroadcasting the WIA
and VK7 Regional News broadcasts each Sunday on channel 505 around VK.

So far 4 call backs have been received, so if you are DMR capable why not give
VK7ZCR on channel 505 a call.

"Cellar-Dwellers" On The Go! Upcoming Book Release

The sequel to the MF Down Under book edited by David "Doc" Wescombe-Down VK5BUG
is being released on 20th May 2017. Doc will be a speaker also at the
WIA Conference in VK5 , but back to the book.. At over 240 pages in 15 chapters
it has 25 articles by 12 authors about operating 2200m, 630m and 160m away from

It is full of resources, links, shared info, projects, hints, LF-MF reception
and transmission, transportable vs portable, antennae and earth systems,
propagation, power supplies, station assembly, a veritable LF-MF toolbox.


"Tony for Radio Direction Finding Fun" happening in Townsville.

If you are in the Townsville Region Saturday June 17th from 1pm and want to get
involved in a Foxhunt, or radio socialise in a nice part of Townsville then
Tony VK4TJS wants to hear from you.

The venue is Ross Dam Park, that's right, near the Dam, where Tony assures
there will be many tricky places to hide the transmitters !

You have until Thursday 15th June to get your attendance numbers in for the

There will be activities for all family members to participate in during
the Foxhunt and things will end up with some 'in flight' catering.

Who do you have to call ?

Tony VK4TJS 4767 7137


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


Tom Medlin W5KUB will be live streaming the Dayton Hamvention again this year.

This will be the 15th year to stream.

The live internet webcast is being called Hamvention 2017 Marathon by Medlin
as he will have the stream up for more than 48 hours.

ATV Viewers watching the webcast on W5KUB.COM will be able to communicate with
other viewers logged into the chat room. They can even chat directly to the
webcast team at Hamvention.

Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given to lucky viewers who claim their
prize as an automated system called Hambot, selects random winner names.
Prizes include mobile rigs, HTs, antenna tuners, HF antennas and much more.

The scheduled live webcast starts Wednesday morning May 17, as the group pulls
out of the garage and makes their way to Xenia which is over 500 miles. The
entire 10 hour drive will be televised on the website.

Thursday May 18 will be live during the booth setup.

The official show is Friday May 19- Sunday May 21.

Their return trip will be Monday May 22 and will be webcast and if any prizes
are left over from the show, they will be given out during the 10 hour return


The Victorian DStar Users Group has called for an Extraordinary General Meeting
to elect a new President on Saturday the 27th May at 10.00am.

VK3SLR Allan Fowler Secretary, has extend thanks to Peter VK3TQ for his time
in the chair.

The Location:
Milpara Scout Group Hall, (EMDRC Clubrooms upstairs)
13A McCubbin Street,
Melways Reference Map 61-E7.

Entry to the hall is via the driveway from McCubbin St.
Look for the Green Letter Box beside the driveway.

Further Information:
Secretary: Allan

Also the User Group has a regular Thursday night net starting at 8.00

The repeater they use locally is VK3RWN connected to reflector 23C, so linkup
your local repeater & join in the net, Allan would enjoy you dropping by.

On behalf of the DStar group, Allan also would like to thank the President,
Committee & the membership of the EMDRC for allowing them use of their
Club Rooms for meetings.

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

This is a very special call going out today to our Female Friends..



May the FOURTH Be With You

Star Wars Day C.M.E.

On May the 4th (Star Wars Day), unstable magnetic fields in the sun's
atmosphere shifted and hurled a CME into space.

The cloud's velocity was relatively low, taking almost a whole week to cross
the sun-Earth divide. NOAA forecasters expected the CME to arrive on May 10th,
possibly causing geomagnetic activity around the poles. for updates.

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

The ARRL reports Carole Perry WB 2 MGP, who may be Amateur Radio's premier
supporter of youth, will moderate her 30th Hamvention Youth Forum later
this month

Hamvention convenes for the first time at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio,
May 19-21.

The Youth Forum is set for Saturday, May 20. Carole's lined up nine young
presenters who will speak on a variety of topics of interest to radio amateurs
of all ages.

The Youth Forum is open to all.

Not only but also, ARRL report the Yasme Foundation has announced several
grants aimed at encouraging and promoting youth participation in Amateur Radio
and advancing activities that result in new licensees around the world

Yasme has designated grants that will allow young radio amateurs to attend
the 7th Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) UK 2017 conference this August at
Gilwell Park, UK. More than 100 young radio amateurs from all three IARU
regions will gather to participate in Amateur Radio programs and workshops
as well as cross-cultural exchanges and social interaction.

The Yasme Foundation will continue its support of YOTA by assisting two young
radio amateurs each from Ethiopia, Tunisia, and Kosovo to attend YOTA UK 2017
and the Yasme board also made a grant to Kevin Richardson, G 0 PEK, and his
daughter Lauren, M 6 HLR, to purchase Amateur Radio direction finding,
radio equipment in support of their activities to encourage youth involvement
in Amateur Radio in the UK.

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

Hams in West Bengal responded to a dramatic rescue effort on a riverfront
outside Kolkata, India after an aging wooden jetty in disrepair collapsed,
sending at least four people to their death and injuring more than a dozen.

The jetty was crowded with more than 150 commuters, including school children,
at the time of its collapse in the Hooghly River about 22 miles north of
Kolkata on April 26. The commuters were waiting for boats to ferry them
to jetties on the opposite bank.

As local fishermen took their boats out into the water to pull victims
from the water, and others dived in, members of the West Bengal Radio
Club arrived on the scene with their 2-meter handheld transceivers and
using EchoLink, contacted the club station VU2MQT 15 kilometres away to
assist in the rescue effort.

Rinku Nag Biswas VU2JFB was at the club station and able to relay information.

The EchoLink station utilized the KM6EOM repeater of the Wanderers Amateur
Radio Club in Los Angeles, California after contacting its custodian
Greg KI6GIG.

(Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot G4NJH)


Renewing Amateur Radio Licences - A Reminder

It can happen to anybody - you forget to renew your licence and it lapses.

When you ask the ACMA, they tell you that a WIA callsign recommendation is
needed after which you make a new licence application.

Although the ACMA sends licence renewal notices, that's not an obligation
under the Radiocommunications Act. The ACMA sends the notice as a courtesy
but if the renewal notice doesn't arrive for some reason, it's still your
responsibility to renew on time.

In fact, it's always the licensee's responsibility to ensure that a licence
is current.

So check:
Do you know your licence expiry date, and are your address details correct?
What about your callsign? Well, your callsign needs to be protected too if
you're attached to it. Your callsign indicates that you hold a valid licence,
but if your licence lapses and is not renewed, your callsign is released and
will be put on the WIA Public List 60 days after the lapse date.

After 7 days the WIA will issue a Callsign Recommendation to whoever wants it
- with ballot provisions applying to 2-letter callsign in some states. So the
message is: if you don't want to fight to get your call back, keep your licence

Full information of the process and forms needed can be read at
'All about Callsigns' and 'New licence or expired licence, or
reclaiming a former callsign' - on the WIA website at


May 13 VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest 10am at the
Southern Community Centre Mulgrave. (vk3gl)
May 19 VK WIA AGM Hahndorf some 25km from Adelaide (vk5kc)

June 2- 4 VK4 Theresa Creek Camp-out-day (CHARC) (tarc)
June 3 VK3 Melbourne WINTER QRP by the bay 3pm (vk3ye)
June 10-11 VK5 SERG Annual Convention / VK Foxhunting Champs. (vk5dj)

July 1 VK3 GippsTech 2017 technical conference in Churchill. (wia events)
July 22 VK3 Great Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest. July 22
Cranbourne Community Hall Clarendon & High St, Cranbourne.

Sep 9-10 ALARAMEET 2017 Cairns. Listen for VI4ALARA from July (vk4swe vk3pc)
Sep 10 Shepparton HamFest St Augustine's Hall, Orr St. Shepparton. (vk3fnqs)
Sep29-Oct2 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (tarc)

Nov 5 VK3 BARG Hamvention greyhound racing track, Ballarat. (wia events)
Nov 12 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am (vk5kc)
Nov 12 VK3 Rosebud's annual celebration of all things Amateur Radio (wia)


March 25 VK3 EMDRC HamFest - Great Ryrie Primary School, Heathmont. (VK3BQ)

May 4 -7 VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton and Mackay ) (TARC)




Hello Graham,

We had 18 call backs following the W.I.A. news and the local VK5 news
this morning.

Many thanks for putting it all together and then distributing it for



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