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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 22 2017.
LET IT ALL BEGIN
Many of the Ham Radio VK1 News broadcast transmitters sprang into life
at 10am Australian Eastern Standard Time or 0000 hours UTC Saturday.
This was when Brett VK2BNN, Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA
along with Lorraine VK2FICQ Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
Co-ordinator brought to the microphone the Chief Scout of Australia,
his excellency the Honourable Peter Cosgrove and the Chief Girl Guide of Australia
her excellency, Lady Cosgrove... Let's hear it again ..
J-Codes are designed to enable very basic communication between Scouts that
do not share a common language. By 'talking' in J-Codes we are able to ask
and answer questions without either person being able to speak any of the
language of the other.
To get your own set of J-Codes just visit the world
jota joti website, http://jotajoti.info
Every year more Scouts meet each other in the JOTIcafe.
The JOTIcafe is a video chat roulette, all Scouts in the JOTIcafe are
automatically connected to each. Try it out yourself, it is great fun
and a great program for during the weekend!
Find out more at https://www.joti.tv/joticafe/
Aussie pico balloon series restarts
After an absence since March this year a tiny high altitude balloon PS-72
launched from Melbourne was right on track to head north in Victoria before
turning west into South Australia.
Andy Nguyen VK3YT put up PS-72 on Sunday 15th, a solar powered party foil-like
balloon measuring 90-cm across, filled with hydrogen.
Its payload emits 25mW WSPR, JT9 on 30 metres, with a dial frequency is
While earlier PS-71 in March used APRS and Olivia on VHF/UHF, but the last HF
balloon was PS-70 in January.
The latest, PS-72 at Victoria's upper limit adopted a path to South Australia,
drifted over the Simpson Desert Regional Reserve, then close to the Northern
Territory border, before moving into Queensland and the mid-Gulf of Carpentaria.
On Tuesday 17 it was over Papua New Guinea, then left on Wednesday 18 for the
A dozen in VK2, VK3 and ZL tracked it an altitude of about 10,000 metres
enduring temperatures to minus 30 degrees Celsius.
But the big question is how long PS-72 travel?
A world record held by Andy VK3YT saw PS-46 in 2015 just short of its third
southern hemisphere circumnavigation.
(Text only edition by Jim Linton VK3PC)
Jamboree on the Air 2017
As you will hear from the scouts and guide on this broadcast it is the
60th year - diamond anniversary of JOTA and the 21st birthday of JOTI.
So happy birthday to you both and you are looking great for your age...HIHI.
My earliest memory of JOTA was back in the mid 1970's when I helped my late
Father, Wally VK5TW setup the annex and radios in the back yard at Blackwood,
South Australia and all these Scouts from around Blackwood appeared and
started making contact with other scouts around Australia and the world.
As a young lad I was very impressed with the discipline, uniforms and of course
Another more recent memory was helping out with JOTA at Blackman's Bay Scouts
here in Tasmania and at the time we were experimenting with Light Communications.
I took some light transceivers to play with and we made a contact across the
Derwent River using red LED light. A great experience for the scouts and guides
and a big thank you to Rod Finlayson VK7TRF for organising that one.
Today you will be hearing from many Scouts and Guides from around Australia
about their activities this weekend and I would like to talk about one of those
activity going on called the Endeavour Boree Regatta. The aim of the weekend is
to share the Boree Fire of Friendship with young members of both movements.
Guides and Scouts will be in camp at Bonna Point Reserve located in Kurnell,
about 15kms south of Sydney CBD.
Jamboree On The Air has been an activity at the boree for over 20 years and was
first started by John VK2EKG in 1995. This year's theme at the Endeavour Boree
Regatta is "un-wired" in recognition of the 60th Jamboree On The Air. The JOTA
2017 special call sign being used at the Endeavour Boree Regatta is VI2JOTA60,
on behalf of The St George Amateur Radio Society.
The purpose of JOTA-JOTI is to enable and encourage Scouts and Guides around
the world to communicate with one another by means of amateur radio and the
internet, providing a fun and educational Scouting and Guiding experience and
promoting their sense of belonging to a worldwide Scout and Guide Movement.
I would like to thank all Scouts and Guides who help prepare this broadcast
and all who are participating in this weekend's JOTA and JOTI around Australia. Have a great fun weekend.
This has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News
The contents of Amateur Radio magazine for November
On the cover is a striking picture of ARDF in Mongolia in the land of
Inside is a full report on recent ARDF international events by Jack Bramham
There is also an ARDF twist to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
with Victoria's Dromana College.
The Board Comment by WIA President Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW talks about
volunteering with more than 95% of the WIA's work undertaken by volunteers
and volunteer committees. A number of opportunities are being advertised with
interest being shown by radio amateurs and beyond. Justin VK7TW also thanks
Robert Broomhead VK3DN for his many years of service and dedication to the WIA.
Robert has stepped down from his WIA roles and leaves a substantial legacy that
the Board would like to build on and enhance.
On next week's broadcast we will bring you more on the Amateur Radio magazine
contents, a WIA service to members.
This is Barry Robertson VK3PV - and you are listening to VK1WIA.
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.
Big radio telescope makes its first discovery
China's 500 metre Aperture Spherical Telescope has found a pair of pulsars
thousands of light years away.
It had to wait until the discovery was confirmed by the Parks telescope in
New South Wales.
We earlier told how the giant Chinese facility had become a tourist
attraction rivalling the Great Wall of China. It will continue to be popular
and a sense of national pride, with the China Aerospace Science and
Technology Corporation to have a record 30 launches this year, and a goal of
landing on Mars by 2020.
Newburgh teen is a real pro with amateur radio
The Times Herald-Record interviews Sean Flynn KD2BFI about amateur radio
When all communication fails, there are always amateur radio operators to step
Natural disasters such as hurricanes and storms can cause flooding and disable
systems: But they don't affect amateur radio.
"After Hurricane Sandy, our system was activated to help communicate
emergencies throughout the region," says Sean Flynn, 17, of the Town of
"We were relaying messages between organizations or taking information from the
field and passing it along to emergency services."
"Even cell phone systems rely on towers, switchboards and relays to work," says
Sean. "When those go down, cell phones stop working."
"One of the great things about amateur radio is that it doesn't rely on any
infrastructure," he says. "We can set up anywhere and transmit around the world,
Read the full story at
Ham radio at World Maker Faire
Amateur radio exhibitors at the 2017 World Maker Faire in New York City
urged visitors to 'build, make, create, communicate.'
Three Amateur Radio clubs took part in the event, held at the New York Hall
of Science in, Queens. World Maker Faire drew upward of 90,000 visitors in 2016.
An exhibit hosted by grade 6 to 12 students from the Garden School Amateur
Radio Club (K2GSG) in Jackson Heights was aimed at introducing ham radio to
those who stopped by. They also demonstrated electronics experiments,
kit construction, and soldering skills. Projects included a Morse code practice
oscillator and an LED candle.
Hall of Science ARC worked hard to get people on the air.
Their "Get On the Air" (GOTA) station paired attendees with experienced station
operators to make VHF and shortwave radio contacts throughout the Faire. Club
trustee Steve Greenbaum, WB2KDG, helped to organize the joint exhibit with
HamHacks made up of high school and college students who enjoy hacking for
ham radio also put in an appearance at the Maker Faire. Their projects
include what they describe as "unconventional and cheap Amateur Radio hacks in
Doppler radar, satellite photography, airplane tracking, microwave electronics,
software defined radios, and more."
Read the full ARRL story at
Announcing the 2017-18 European Astro Pi Challenge
Astro Pi is back!
Today we're excited to announce the 2017-18 European Astro Pi challenge in
partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). They are searching for the
next generation of space scientists particularly in Europe and Canada.
Astro Pi is that annual science and coding challenge where student written
code is run on the International Space Station under the oversight of an
It is still ONLY open to students from the 22 ESA member countries,
including for the first time associate members Canada and Slovenia.
This year's challenge includes a brand-new non-competitive mission, in which
participants are guaranteed to have their code run on the ISS for 30 seconds!
Watch the announcement video at:
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
FISTS CW Contest October 28 'Key to Success'
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
S 9 CQ
Active is S9CQ from Sao Tome, IOTA reference AF-023, until the 21st of October.
SSB and RTTY on the 80 to 6m bands. QSL via home call, EA 5 IDQ.
Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active again as E44WE from Palestine on
18-29 October. He will be active on 30, 15, 12 and 10m SSB, PSK63
and RTTY. He will participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest on 15m.
4S7BHG from Sri Lanka 25 October to 1 November.
A focus on the low bands
QSL via OH2BH.
VI 2 JOTA 60
Hey that's us!
The St George Amateur Radio Society is using special event call sign
VI2JOTA60 for use over the JOTA 2017 weekend.
Turkish Special Event TC10 stations
Look for 10 special event callsigns to be active between October 20th and
TC10A, TC10E, TC10F, TC10M, TC10S, TC10T,TC10U, , TC10K, TC10L and TC10R.
Activity is to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the death of
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
Three diplomas will be available (Bronze, Silver, Gold).
See details at: http://tadx.org/10nov/index.php?page=rules
Victorian National Parks Registrations
The 6th annual Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award activation period
is less than three weeks away and final preparations have begun.
This 4-day period assists Park Hunters and Activators gain valuable contacts
and work toward their certificate or an ultimate award.
The Merit Award is achieved when a Hunter or Activator logs all 45 on the list,
but few eligible contacts are needed for a basic award. The Grand Slam Award is
the final stage in the Keith Roget Memorial Award program, requiring both the
activating and working of all 45 Parks.
Currently 25 of Victoria National Parks are registered by operators from VK2,
VK3 and VK5. Hear them on air as Activators from Friday November 10 through to
Monday November 13.
For all award details and rules visit the Award section on the Amateur Radio
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
Solihull Amateur Radio Society in the UK are running two Jamboree on the
GB1NSS will be on the air for Nelson Sea Scouts in Solihull and GB0SDB
will be active in Birmingham.
Watcombe Radio Club is running JOTA station GB3TBS for Torbay Borough Scouts
at the Torbay District Scout Camp in Torquay.
Celebrating 60 years of Jamboree on the Air, the station has been operating
Friday, before the official start of JOTA, from 7am to midnight. Saturday
9.30am to 8pm and on Sunday it's 10am to 1pm.
Scouts have been heard passing greetings messages.
There is also an amateur television station thanks to local members of the
British Amateur Television Club. The first event in 1957 included an ATV
station so this seems rather appropriate.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
JOTI.tv will let you see JOTA-JOTI.
During the JOTA-JOTI weekend thousands of Scouts and Guides around the globe
will chat on IRC, speak through radio, and maybe even video-call with each
other. But the difficult part is that you can't get a good overview of
This is where JOTI.tv comes in.
JOTI.tv gathers together all the webcams being used for JOTA-JOTI all over the
world and build them together in one big mosaic. This will give you a look
Some ham radio/tv operators will also telecast this on the Ham Radio TV bands.
so again remember JOTI.tv for live television
For the third year JOTI.tv will broadcast live television on YouTube.
On the JOTI.tv YouTube channel we will share the latest news and activities
worldwide together with our friends from JOTI Radio and ScoutLink.
We also have prepared several workshops where you can learn new techniques.
JOTI.tv live television is the place to share your content.
You can learn more at https://www.joti.tv/live-tv/
HAMTV from the ISS seen in Australia
The first live HAMTV transmission from the International Space has been
received in Australia.
Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI reports his ground station received vision and sound from
Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ Zero JPA on Monday, as he prepared for an
interview with the Italian Red Cross.
It was a low elevation pass over Australia but the transmission was a big
Tony VK5ZAI was not really expecting a transmission except perhaps a black
screen as he experimented with an antenna, and up popped Paolo who was
rehearsing. So amazed he captured the HAM-TV transmission on a video recording
and took a few still photos off the screen as well.
One ground station in Italy thought at first it might have more colour-bars,
but shared the excitement that VK5ZAI had scored a live transmission from an
These recordings have now been shared with HAM-TV equipped ground stations in
Europe and Australia. These include Shane VK4KHZ, Martin VK6MJ, and Joe VK5EI,
who may be considered in the future to form a chain of ground stations for
vision from the International Space Station.
Although no pictures, we hear a school in Mackay Queensland will be speaking
with the Astronauts Thursday next around the 6.22pm mark.
(Jim Linton VK3PC and TARCnews)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
JOTA and DMR
The arrival of Digital Mobile Radio or DMR the open digital mobile radio
standard has added a new scope to Amateur Radio, and it is available for
this weekend's Jamboree on the Air.
Peter Brennan VK3TE says in Australia all DMR repeaters form the largest link
of repeaters in this country.
There are more than 40 JOTA groups in VK joining DMR over the weekend.
In Victoria, Peter VK3TE and others from Amateur Radio Victoria recently
equipped the VK3RMM DMR repeater on Mt Macedon.
It will be in action not only for central Victoria but through the links other
states will be heard on it as well.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
Send Your Name to Mars - Earn NASA 'Frequent Flier' Points
NASA is offering us the opportunity to send our name to Mars on a chip
aboard the InSight Mars landing mission currently scheduled for 2018.
To submit your name and sign up visit:
the link in this week's text edition ( wia.org.au)
Last Day to Submit is THIS November 1, 2017
When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be
carrying several science instruments - along with hundreds of thousands
of names from members of the public and no doubt a few of us participating
in this year's JOTA.
Ask your ham radio mentor to call up the link for you after this news
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O'Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator.
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
This weekend the National News is coming to you courtesy of we Scouts and
Guides organised by Paul VK2GX.
Our JOTA 2017 radio station will be one of the activities during a combined
guide and scout weekend event, called the Endeavour Boree Regatta.
The aim of the weekend is to share the Boree Fire of Friendship with young
members of both movements. Guides and Scouts will be in camp at Bonna Point
Reserve and we are located in Kurnell, about 15kms south of the Sydney CBD.
Jamboree On The Air has been an activity at the boree for over 20 years,
started by John VK2EKG in 1995. This year's theme at the Endeavour Boree
Regatta is "un-wired" in recognition of the 60th Jamboree On The Air.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
School students provide ham radio link to Puerto Rico
DNA Info reports Garden School's Amateur Radio Club (in New York) are offering
a messaging lifeline to Puerto Rico
Inside the tiny amateur radio room inside the Garden School's second-floor
library, students fiddle with dials and listen for voices being transmitted
from around the world.
The school's radio club, which has grown to around 20 members since launching
last year, has competed in contests and learned all about operating ham radios
from inside the 78th Street school.
Now, the extracurricular activity has taken a more urgent mission for students.
The station known by its call sign, K2GSG is taking messages known as
"radiograms" to send down to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, which has been
mostly without power since Hurricane Maria struck the island.
Garden School teacher John Hale KD2LPM, the club's faculty advisor, was trained
in emergency messaging this summer and put it to use by sending messages to
"They're completely without power," he said. "This is the way we're getting
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SOCIAL SCENE 2017
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 11 VK4 GOLD CAOST HAMFEST 8.30am (vk4py)
Hi I'm Paul VK4PY and if you are heading to the Gold Coast early
November to visit family, friends or a holiday perhaps, why not
pop into the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society HamFest on
Saturday 11th November which is not that far away.
THE event will be held at the Albert Waterways Hall, which is on
the corner of Sunshine Blvd and Hooker Blvd at Mermaid Waters,
opposite Pacific Fair.
Entre ticket prices are still the same with $7 per person and
$10 for a family with the doors open to the public from 08:30am
Some of the tables that have be purchased for the event are
suppliers to the industry along with other fellow amateurs and
Once again we are having the very popular bacon and egg muffins,
as well other items from the BBQ.
To book at table or other info, go to www.gcars.com.au and look
for the HamFest tab or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See you hopefully at our HamFest on the 11th November...
I'm Paul VK4PY and you're tuned to VK1WIA and the National News
Nov 12 VK3 Rosebud's annual celebration of all things Amateur Radio (wia)
This is John VK3MK from the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club
with a reminder that the Rosebud RadioFest , will be held this
year on Sunday, 12th November.
In addition to sales of new and pre-loved equipment in the main
hall, the Rosebud RadioFest sets itself apart with the excellent
range of forums which are presented.
This year, topics being covered are Flex radio Systems technology
by Steve Kennedy from Future Systems Perth, Low cost technology
solutions for 70 cm equipment by Peter Parker VK3YE, ACMA's
latest experiences in the field, the challenges of interference
in the digital age by Steve Haines ACMA Field officer
So come along and enjoy the equipment sales, great catering and
excellent forums of the Rosebud RadioFest.
See you in Rosebud. This is John VK3MK.
Nov 12 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest 8am (vk5kc)
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)
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