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July to September period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge has now closed
and entries are open until 14 October.

The North American SSB Sprint Contest, originally scheduled for this weekend
has been postponed,

This year's final planned search and rescue exercise based around missing
aircraft VH-MDX was conducted on 15-17 September.

The repeater VK3RTV that serves Melbourne and Geelong with digital television
is closing - but is looking for a new home.

About 50 years ago Melbourne students did not heed professorial advice that
they stop the 'silly satellite stuff', but persisted to build Oscar 5.
We will have a story from the recent book launch.

In a submission to an ACMA review, the WIA has expressed concern about
inference to radio communications.

ACMA receives new chair


The Australian Communications and Media Authority recently had a new chair
appointed by the federal government.

Nerida O'Loughlin will take over as chair for a five-year term.

O'Loughlin brings to the role extensive policy and regulatory experience within
the communications and media sector with a strong record of leading change
management, most recently as interim CEO of the Digital Transformation Agency.

She replaces Richard Bean, who has been deputy chair since 2010 and has served
as acting chair since February 2016. He has successfully led the ACMA through a
sustained period of change.

(Critical Comms)

Harold E Holt station reaches 50-year milestone

Australia and the USA have just celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the
official commissioning of Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt in Exmouth,
Western Australia (VK6).

"Since the station was commissioned on 16 September 1967, it has played a
significant part in the Australia-US relationship through its strategic
and operational role," said Minister for Defence, Marise Payne.

"The station provides very low frequency (VLF) communication transmission
services in support of Australian, US and allied submarines and has
strengthened the relationship between Australia and the US."

The VLF antenna array covers over 400 hectares. The antennas are a large spider
web of wires supported in a 'top hat' arrangement using 13 towers, the tallest
of which is nearly 400 metres high.

In 1992, command of the base was officially passed from the US Navy to the
Royal Australian Navy.

(Critical Comms)

Belgium remembers Australian soldiers

The contributions made by the ANZAC's during World War I in Belgium 100 years
ago was commemorated by a special remembrance of the battle of Polygon Wood.

Philippe ON 8 PV reports that a lot of folk from Australia had been busy on
site in preparation, to remember the fallen 5,770 Australian casualties.

That was some 5,770 with some 15,400 casualities along the whole front for
Polygon Wood, in a week, in two short but deemed 'successful' battles the
Australians lost over 10,000 men to advance the allied line in Belgium just a
few thousand yards.

The memorial that has paintings of that time again show a great debt to
those ANZAC's involved in the battle held in September 1917.

A dawn service was held on Tuesday September 26, with speech and wreath laying
by officials from Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.

Royal Union of Belgian Radio Amateurs (UBA) and the Wireless Institute of
Australia (WIA) have formed a bond following mutual involvement in the
Centenary of ANZAC 2014. The UBA joined that commemoration with a station and
callsign prefixes.

Throughout Australia including in the Antarctica and on Norfolk Island, the WIA
had ANZAC-suffixed callsigns to commemorate the occasion.

Lest we forget.

(jim linton .. additional thanks to Les Carlyon author 'The Great War' ed.)

WIA submission to the ACMA Interference Management Review

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is concerned that the risk of
interference to amateur communications may be considered low by the
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), when compared
to other radiocommunications or telecommunications services.

The WIA makes this point in a submission to the ACMA that is reviewing
its Interference Management Principles.

The WIA advocates assurance within the Principles that the move to a
market-based approach to interference resolution will not disadvantage
the amateur service, or other not-for-profit services.

The radio amateur population is widely dispersed with the majority living
in urban environments surrounded by a multitude of electronic devices.

Any relaxation or breach of the electromagnetic compliance framework, or
electromagnetic interference management, would have a very detrimental effect
on the low-signal level communications abilities of radio amateurs.

The WIA was disappointed to see the ACMA use the public benefit metric to
justify a relaxation in interference Standards recently for BPL/PLT modems.

It hopes this will not be extended to other recognised potential interference
sources such as LED lighting, switch-mode power supplies, inverters, and
solar power installations ... or for that matter, Wireless Power Transfer
installations for transport applications.

The radiocommunications community observes that the noise floor across the
radiofrequency spectrum is rising due to the proliferation of electronic and
electro-technical devices.

The WIA is keen to ensure that the ACMA continue to regulate supply of
equipment, and pursue spectrum management practices to minimise such pollution.

The full submission is on the WIA website

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


We have just concluded the September Board Meeting of the WIA.

The Board meets formally every month over two days to work through a number of
agenda items including approval of new members, dealing with the detailed
finance reports as well as considering ways to improve our hobby and the WIA
organisation itself.

You have recently heard from Board Member Greg VK2GPK on the decisions we have
made to improve the viability of AR Magazine and about the finances of the WIA.

This month, we approved some special events that will be held next year.

We considered how we might better handle the book shop.

And we heard from proponents about a proposed AGM and Conference, the details
of which we are likely to be announced very soon.

The Board has also been reviewing the makeup of some of our committees. Some
new appointments have been made to these committees

The Board has also taken the decision to upgrade the current web presence. The
current WIA web site is very reliable but has become a monster. It is made up
of several thousand pages and the upgrade and conversion will be a mammoth task.
The Board recognises that the upgrade project will need significant resources
to see the task through to completion. A task that is likely to take more than
a year to complete.

We will soon be advertising for volunteers with demonstrated experience in
web site design and maintenance to join the IT Services Committee. This whole
project will need to be carefully considered and managed to completion to
ensure ongoing reliability of the new web site as well as minimise any downtime
for the existing site.

So, the work of the WIA Board is ongoing.

I have just heard back that the ALARA meet at Cairns. I hear it went off with a
bang. It is really great to see so many lady amateurs get together in this male
dominated hobby. I honestly hope and seriously encourage some of our female
members to consider standing for the forthcoming WIA Board election that is to
be held early next year. This will add some gender diversity to the WIA Board.

So come on ladies

This is Peter Clee VK8ZZ, thank you for listening.

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.

IARU Region 1 General Conference looks to the future

After five days of discussions on the realities needed to protect our spectrum
as well as addressing the declining numbers of active radio amateurs, the 24th
IARU Region 1 General Conference has closed in Germany.

The delegates from Europe, Africa, Middle East and Northern Asia, reviewed
strategy, finances and membership. Also in attendance were representatives
from Region 2 and Region 3, and the IARU Administrative Committee.

It had reports from Committees, Working Groups and Coordinators, including EMC,
Political Relations, Emergency Communications, Youth, ARDF, and the Development
of Amateur Radio in developing countries. Attention was focussed on spectrum
development and protection via International Telecommunications Union, meetings
with the CEPT and the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2018, Intruder
Watch, Space and High-Speed Telegraphy.

The conference also reviewed policy in the key spectrum areas of LF/HF and

Discussions covered a range of areas, including band planning, contest,
remote working and innovative developments in the areas of satellites and
digital TV.

The highest recognition that IARU Region 1 can award, the Roy Stevens G2BVN
Memorial Trophy, went to Colin Thomas G3PSM for his outstanding contribution
to Amateur Radio and the IARU over several decades.

At the IARU R1 gala dinner, Dennis Green ZS4BS was awarded the IARU Region1
Medal for his contribution to the IARU as secretary of the Region for two terms.

A new nine member Executive Committee was elected for 2017 to 2020, who under
President Don Beattie G3BJ take up their roles at the end of October.

Team Belarus has topped the field at the 2017 High-Speed Telegraphy Competition
in Hungary. In addition, team member Stanislau Haurylenka, EW8GS, set a
world record in the male category on RufZ XP, call sign recognition competition,
with a speed of 943 characters per minute.

The 14th High-Speed Telegraphy World Championships involved participants from
19 nations and 3 continents registered to take part in the event.

2nd place was Team Russia, while Team Romania placed third.

The Yasme Foundation has announced that it has made a grant to ARRL's Ham Aid
Fund, in support of the Amateur Radio response to the recent hurricanes in the
US and Caribbean. The Ham Aid fund was created in 2005 in response to the need
for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes
Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

Ham Aid equipment is available on loan to Amateur Radio organizations during
disaster response, when communications equipment is unavailable.

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to conduct
scientific and educational projects related to Amateur Radio, including DXing
and the introduction and promotion of Amateur Radio in developing countries.

Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, the Texas aviator who recently circumnavigated the globe
following Amelia Earhart's path, is spearheading "Dominica Airlift Angels to
Eden" to aid residents of the storm-stricken Caribbean island nation.

Lloyd learned this week, however, that the relief situation on Dominica is
improving. But, he added, even with international relief from NGOs starting to
come in, the EOC asked Lloyd and his airlift volunteers to come to Dominica to

Pilots with small aircraft are still needed. "We have lots of people who want
to donate supplies, but without the airlift going, the supplies can't get to


There are ham radio licenses and there are marriage licenses. Jeremy Boot
G4NJH had a story recently in Amateur Radio Newsline about what happens when
the two converge.

JEREMY: Congratulations to M0NFE & M6YAX -- that would be Nick and
Majbritt, now "Mr. and Mrs." officially as of Saturday, September 16th.
Their wedding in Essex was followed by some exceptionally festive
partying at Hawkwell Village Hall thanks to some clever Linux
programming written by the groom, who is a software developer. Nick's
code was designed to operate some of the wedding attractions - with
prompts both in English and in German, to make things easier for his
bride's friends and his new in-laws. The wedding unexpectedly turned
into a minor rescue mission - the kind that amateurs, of course, are
accustomed to. An hour before the wedding, fellow Essex Ham club member
Pete Sipple M0PSX, received a call from Nick that there was no Internet
connection at the venue. The club loaned Nick its portable Wi-Fi hotspot
and wedding bells were soon ringing. Pete and his wife Sarah M6PSK were
among the happy guests. As for the newlyweds, they may not have spent
their wedding day talking on the air, but clearly they spent it dancing
on air.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


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


November CQ WW DX / CW CONTEST November 26-27.

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.

The 21st International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is on
August 18 to 19, 2018

The North American SSB Sprint Contest, originally scheduled for this weekend
has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for a later date.

"Our thoughts and wishes for an effective and orderly recovery from the recent
weather events in the Caribbean and southern US, and the earthquake activity in
Mexico have prompted us to postpone this weekend's contest," said North
American SSB Sprint Committee Chairman Bob Hayes, KW8N.

"As much as many enjoy this contest and were looking forward to participating
in it this weekend, it is necessary and appropriate to give wide berth to the
health-and-welfare communications now taking place on the amateur bands. We
encourage all Amateur Radio operators to assist or donate to the recovery
efforts through appropriate aid organizations."

DX Challenge

The July to September period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for
2017 has now closed and entries are open until 14 October.

The objective of the challenge is to work the most wanted DXCC entities
based on their ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list, which is
published on the contest website. All Australian amateurs are eligible
to enter and entering is easy. You don't need to be a serious DX'er. If
you've worked any DX during July to September, head over to
and submit an entry. The website is tidy and easy to understand. Scroll
down to the "Entry Submission" section where you will find a number of
simple ways to submit your entry.

This is a fun and relaxed challenge where you work DX in your own time
over a 3 month period. It's easy, and submitting an entry only takes a
few minutes.

The website again...

(Peter VK2PR / Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club / TEXT EDITION)

VK100WIA cards now in the post

For its century the WIA had the callsign VK100WIA and thought all QSL requests
had been processed. However, a batch of about 40 pre-paid QSLs has been found.

The WIA apologises for the delay, but has now put those VK100WIA direct cards
in the post.

The well-travelled DXpeditioner Stan LZ1GC makes another trip to the Pacific
and will operate as H40GC from Nendo Island from 30th September - 20th October.

The QTH is in the Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands and counts as a
separate entity for the DXCC Award.

The IOTA reference number is OC-100.

Vietnam Veteran Memorial special event
Look for special event station, W 0 W, to be active between November 10-12th

Francois FT 3 YL is on Dumont d'Urville Research Station,
Petrels Island in Antarctica for a one year stay. He has been issued with the
callsign FT 3 YL which is valid until 1st February 2018.
He will be on the air when possible during his spare time and his QSL Manager
is F6KPQ.

Indian Ocean 6M EME DXpeditions
Lance, W7GJ, will be active from the Indian Ocean to focus on 6 meters EME QSOs.
Christmas Island as VK9XGJ between October 2-18th.

Hong Kong celebrates with VR 20 prefix

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China,
Hong Kong licensed radio amateurs are being allowed to use the special prefix
VR20 on a voluntary basis to 30th June 2018.

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


Goodbye to the home of VK3RTV

The repeater VK3RTV that serves Melbourne and Geelong with digital television
is closing - but is looking for a new home.

It began in September 1978 and by 1981 moved to Mt Dandenong at the Olinda site.

There it had black and white conversion to colour, then in June 2009 went
digital as commercial stations were coming to grips with the then new

It has been the centre-piece of the popular annual World Digital ATV QSO Parties

The ATV gang are thinking how to mark the decommissioning occasion.

VK3RTV will later this year undergo experiments from potential other sites.


Air Force Academy satellite Falconsat-3 is now open for amateur
radio use as a digital store-and-forward system. FalconSAT-3 was
built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems
Research Centre at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO,
and launched in 2007 on an Atlas V.

After serving in scientific and training roles, the Academy has
now made the satellite available for Amateur radio use.

The satellite is in a 35.4 degree inclination orbit, with an
approximate altitude of 465 to 476 km. The Packet Bulletin Board
System is operating at 9600 baud with a 145.840 uplink, and
435.103 downlink. Output power is 1 watt, and the downlink is con-
tinuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended
digipeating operations is not authorized at this time. Current
Keplerian elements can be found in the AMSAT distributed Keplerian

More information can be found at
and further operational inquiries should be directed to AMSAT Vice
President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA (



Last Saturday 23rd September saw 10 Summerland members arriving at the new
Ballina Marine Rescue building for a tour, presented by Bernie Wills, VK2WJ,
who is one of their radio operators, as well as being a WIA ham radio assessor.

After an introductory session, they went upstairs to the 'lookout'room with
panoramic views to the ocean and up the river. Bernie showed how the fairly
sophisticated radio system operates.

The radios themselves are all together in a rack cabinet, while the operating
interface is a computer screen. The system works with the 'Marine Rescue' app
for mobile devices and is linked to Sydney HQ, with all transmissions being
automatically logged.

There are also stand-alone back-up radios for VHF and HF CB, in a desk mount
box. On the day, there was little action on the water, with wind and choppy

(sarc newsletter)


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

This month as well as the latest Club news, we tell how in the 1920s 2 amateurs
persuaded the RAF to change from longwave to shortwave communications, and in
the 1950s amateurs were instrumental getting the US Air Force to change from
AM to ssb, and Ian tells us about Osteo Arthritis.

Everyone is most welcome to tune in and to join in the call backs afterwards.

The broadcast originates in Melbourne on the VK3REC 2m repeater at 10 am
Melbourne time with simultaneous relays on 40 metres on 7060 kHz and 160 metres
on 1825kHz.

At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit the program
on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz.

At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted
simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on 80 metres
on 3650kHz, and in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and VK7RTC networks plus a
TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

For full details visit the Club website

Once again, tune in tomorrow for the October RAOTC bulletin.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

Sam VK6KSA is National Jota Coordinator.

Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160

World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160

World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160

Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227

Calling Frequencies for PSK31

Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O'Hare VK2FICQ Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator.

If you can help out with any scout groups in the Townsville region
then please contact local JOTA Co-ordinator Richard VK4FRJG
0400 339 543 is your contact.

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

Search for VH-MDX finalised for 2017.

This year's final planned search and rescue exercise, or SAREX, based
around the missing aircraft VH-MDX was conducted on 15-17 September.
Personnel from Bush Search and Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, Police Rescue,
Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Association, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW
State Emergency Service, and WICEN NSW joined forces in the Gloucester
Tops area to practise land search skills while continuing the search for
the missing plane.

WICEN NSW provided the communications support for the exercise using a
mixture of amateur and commercial frequencies on HF, VHF, and UHF. NVIS
HF continues to prove its worth in the deep valleys around Gloucester
Tops and for longer hops to Sydney. Where terrain permits search teams
use more convenient VHF DMR portable radios to maintain management and
safety communications with the Command Centre. WICEN radio operators
were kept busy with a number of simulated "finds" along with simulated
medical emergencies. WICEN DMR portable radios with integrated GPS
allows the progress of search teams to be tracked.

Research to narrow down the size of the likely end point of the flight
of VH-MDX will continue. This year, much work was done by Bush Search
and Rescue members to develop much more accurate topographic maps of the
area. Searching this year focused on an area of bush recently subject
to bush fire allowing easier and safer access.

This weekend marked the third and final effort for this year. WICEN
members are already looking forward to next year's challenges.

For more information about WICEN NSW check out



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Sep29-Oct2 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (tarc)

Oct 29 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HAMFEST 10:00am at the
Gary Cooper Pavilion, Yarra Glen.

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)


Feb 25 VK2 Wyong Field Day (VK2AOR)

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

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


Australis Oscar 5 recalled at a book launch

Australia's first 'home grown' satellite was built in 1966, then sent to the
USA for launch, but unfortunately this did not take place until January 1970
on a Delta rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Australis Oscar 5, or AO-5, was the product of a keen group of enthusiasts from
Melbourne University, together with a number of local radio amateurs, and the
WIA providing some assistance, finance, and guidance.

The late Bill Rice VK3ABP, who was the Victorian tracking co-ordinator and
long-time Amateur Radio magazine editor, recalls those days in an audio played
on the VK1WIA broadcast. In it he told of how the satellite reached the USA
ready for launch, but had to wait until 1970 after AMSAT the Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation was formed, taking over from the then defunct OSCAR

The satellite did not have a translator, noted Bill VK3ABP, but its telemetry
was the most advanced for an amateur satellite of the time. It could be turned
on and off by ground stations, and this was mostly done by Les Jenkins VK3ZBJ.

A book on those times was launched recently, before a number of guests
including the WIA, in the building where the Melbourne University Astronautical
Society met to discuss the possibility of a satellite and building it.

In introducing the author was Richard Tonkin, who built the satellite along
with a very talented radio amateur Les Jenkins VK3ZBJ (sk). Mr Tonkin noted
that a professor told a student to "stop this silly satellite stuff". The team
which realised no-one had built a satellite in Australia, just got on with it.

Book author Dr Owen Mace talked about how fitting the room was for the launch
because it had been used by the satellite team.

At the time, sophisticated electronic measurements were necessary on the
satellites stabilisation system, and access to a laboratory at the university

WIA Historian Peter Wolfenden VK3RV says many radio amateurs were involved, a
few on the design side, others associated with command and many with tracking
it during its six week life. These included Les Jenkins VK3ZBJ, Michael Owen
VK3KI, David Rankin VK3QV, Ray Naughton VK3ATN, and Bill Rice VK3ABP - all
silent keys.

There were also many local Australian, Japanese, New Zealander and Malaysian
coordinators, and some recordings were taken of the AO-5 telemetry.

A fuller story is being prepared for publication in the WIA journal Amateur
Radio magazine.

Meantime, University of Melbourne students are now well advanced to build a
nano-satellite, with the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) assisting in
the IARU frequency and other coordination processes.

Through the Melbourne Space Program affiliated with the University of Melbourne,
the nano-satellite is due to be handed over in November and launched in early

Also there has been a strong link on space matters with National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA), but now it has been formally announced
Australia will have its own space agency.

(Jim Linton VK3PC
additional audio and interviews check out ) )

An event which mostly went un-noticed was in Adelaide last Wednesday
it was a presentation called " How we built Australia's first satellite"
again by Richard Tonkin and Dr Owen Mace.

Those who were lucky enough to have been notified heard how two young
University students in the 1950's, fascinated with space, built Australia's
first satellite.



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