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WIA merging band plans worldwide. -

WIA QSL Bureau briefly explained. -

WIA office closure for Christmas New Holiday. -

WIA Director Marcus vk5wtf.


Australia's ITU support recognised with award

Critical Comms have the story that the contribution made by Australia to the
development work of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been
recognised with an award.

Australia was the only member state to receive an award, which was presented
to Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs Dr Tobias Feakin at the World
Telecommunication Development Conference.

The conference is the peak meeting of the ITU Development Sector and takes
place every four years. This year it was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Australia has supported the ITU Development Sector to enable growth and
expansion of telecommunication and ICT services since the sector was
established 25 years ago.

Australia's annual contributions to the ITU support a diverse range of
development activities, including improving spectrum management, building
capacity to address cybersecurity challenges, improving ICT access, and
bridging the digital divide.

Australia's support of the ITU and its predecessor dates back to 1878 and it
has been an elected member of the ITU's governing body, the ITU Council, since

The Sydney Morning Herald are reporting on a story they first ran some
50 years ago Thursday last.

This was when Australia entered the space club

On its 50th anniversary, The Sydney Morning Herald revisited the launch of
WRESAT, and when Australia became only the fourth nation to have it'sown
satellite put into orbit from its own territory.

The others at the time were the United States, Russia and France.

About 200 visitors, scientists and technicians watched the launching from
24 miles away. The 71ft white rocket shivered in a heat haze and was surrounded
by willy-willys which flung the red dust upwards. It lifted off slowly at

It took Australian scientists and engineersatthe Weapons Research
Establishment and Adelaide University 12 months to design and build the
5ft high black cone-shaped satellite and Australian and U.S. rocket experts
only 5 minutes 30 seconds to get it into orbit.

May we suggest you read the full story by following the links in our text
dition at or on your own early edition when you subscribe to the
WIA RSS feed.

A number of members of theAmateur Radio Central West Groupwill be visiting
Canberra on Sunday 3 December.

Dale VK1DSH tells us the CRARC will host an informal 'meet and greet' social
event with the ARCWG at theMount Mugga Scout Hall 17 Astrolabe Street in
Red Hillstarting at 11 AM Sunday (This Morning).

The intention is to discuss various amateur radio projects, operating
techniques, or anything related to amateur radio and to have a pleasant time
over a BBQ lunch with amateur operators from another part of the country.

A number of local ACT amateurs have already indicated that they will attend
the event and more are welcome.

2018 is the best year yet to bring a trailer full of goodies to the
Wyong Field Day and sell them. Then fill your trailer with the goodies
you really want. WHY? Well the car boot sales area is now located on the
covered concourse area while the commercial traders will be in the
air-conditioned marquee.

So far the following traders have confirmed their planned attendance for 2018:

Duoro Services, with reconditioned rotators and control boxes as well as

Phaser Computers with their FPV Drones. There will be a racing circuit set-up
at the southern end of the grounds and demonstrations of flying using First
Person View will also be put on.

Radio Supply is attending with kits, parts and tools.

Additions to the lecture program this month include

Kevin VK2KVJ who will be back with his Spec-AN Network Analyser and will talk
about testing and aligning two different types of diplexer and have a sample of
each type to compare. Why not bring your diplexer along and have it checked?

Bob VK2ZRM will bring along some samples of small display screens and suggest
how these might be used in your latest project.

As always, please check the FIELDDAY.ORG.AU website for all information about
the Wyong Fieldday 2018.

For the Central Coast ARC, this is Ed DD5LP.


Merging the band plans worldwide

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has three regions, which are
steadily aiming at a unification of band planning.

The WIA Technical Advisory Committee Chairman, John Martin VK3KM, reports
that this is progressing well, with the band plans set by the WIA generally
fitting in to the global scheme.

However, the exception is 160 metres with different bands allocated in each
IARU region.

A further complication is Australia's digital mode segment of 1800 - 1810 kHz,
which was adopted before the IARU Region 3 band plan for that spectrum.

Ultimately, 160 metre mostly crystallised AM activity, will have to move
higher in that band, to align with the global band planning for digital modes.

The TAC Notes in December's Amateur Radio magazine discuss the issue in
detail, which will be revisited late next year at the IARU Region 3
Conference in South Korea.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

The WIA QSL Bureau briefly explained

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) QSL Bureaux operate in each state,
the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. The service is
also available for VK9 residents.

WIA membership is required. Members must first register their callsign or
callsigns with the relevant Inwards Bureau. This defines how incoming cards
are delivered.

There are also QSL Service Guidelines for Special Event Stations, and IARU
standards including the size of QSL cards.

All WIA QSL Bureau conditions and practices have been updated on the WIA

Office closure for the Christmas New Holiday

The WIA office in Bayswater will close on December 22 and re-open in the
New Year at 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday 22 of January 2018.

Hello all, this is Marcus, vk5wtf.

I recently came across and article titled "Millennials are killing Ham Radio",
definitely worth a read and the link to the article can be found in the text
and online edition.

It talks about the obsession with what we think will attract young people to
the hobby, and that we think that digital modes are the answer. But if you look
into the new digital modes, with less and less communication, a lot of the
popular ones are only a way to get those of us already chasing longer and longer
distance contacts, but doesn't address the core of the hobby, communication.
That's what many of us signed up for when we first got our licences.

The article also mentions that, at least in the USA, those getting a new
licence is up, and have been going up at a near constant rate for nearly
20 years, which means that the internet is certainly not killing the hobby,
at least in some parts of the world.

A link to a Reddit post with some graphs can be found in the text and online

So amateur radio isn't dying, but it is changing.

I have seen some amazing projects in relation to digital communication.

A while back I first saw the project, it uses Amateur Radio
infrastructure that is already available with the Winlink system to allow
people without licences in a disaster zone to contact their friends and family
using something as simple as a tablet or phone and using WiFi.

There also has been sporadic bursts of energy around reviving packet radio.
In VK5 about a year ago and currently in VK6. Just because we though we
perfected the technology decades ago, it doesn't mean we can improve on it
again now.

But what's really important, both are have a really low cost entry point, give
a sense of achievement and do one key thing, allow communication using these
radio waves we love. It's also something we can do now, rather than set high
expectations of something we might be able to do in the distant future.

So let's think about what we can do, to encourage and engage, it doesn't have
to be old, it doesn't have to be simple, it just needs to inspire.

73 from vk5wtf.

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.

ITU-R celebrates 90 years

The International Telecommunications Union celebrated 90 years of
ITU-Radiocommunications Study Groups on the 21st of November.

A 90th anniversary celebration issue of the ITUNews magazine can be downloaded

FUNcube-1 celebrates its 4th birthday

On Tuesday, November 21, the amateur radio satellite FUNcube-1 (AO-73)
completed 4 years in orbit

FUNcube-1's first signals were received immediately after deployment over the
Indian Ocean by amateurs in South Africa. Since then it has been operating
continuously in either its education mode or, with the transponder active,
in amateur mode when in eclipse and at weekends.

The spacecraft has spent the four years in space orbiting the earth at between
640 and 580 km and has now travelled around the earth more than 20,000 times.
That represents a distance travelled of approaching 500 million miles.

New URL for Farnham WebSDR

The SUWS LF/VHF/UHF/uW WebSDR based at Farnham near London has a new URL:

The antennas for this software designed receiver on 2m and 70cm are optimized
for Satellite and High Altitude Balloon reception.

The oft-honoured Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, is the recipient of the Wireless
Innovation Forum Leadership Award (formerly International Achievement Award).

The award recognizes "especially significant contributions in furthering the
global mission of the Wireless Innovation Forum."

A prolific technical author, academic, and engineer, Rohde is a partner of
Rohde & Schwarz in Munich, Germany, and chairman of Synergy Microwave Corp,
in Paterson, New Jersey.

While working under an RCA US Department of Defence contract in 1982,
Rohde's department developed the first software defined radio,
which used the complementary symmetry monolithic array computer chip.

Rohde was among the first to present publicly on this topic with his 1985 talk,
"Digital HF Radio: A Sampling of Techniques," at the Third International
Conference on HF Communication Systems and Techniques in London


If you've ever wondered what it takes to launch a new nation, look to the
launchpad itself.

Here's Skeeter Nash N5ASH from Amateur Radio Newsline with the story of the
week, about a most unusual new nation.

SKEETER'S REPORT: It's the size of a loaf of bread or perhaps a milk
carton but in actuality, it's much more than that.

On Nov. 12 the Asgardia-1 nanosatellite seceded not from any nation or
any continent but from Planet Earth itself. The satellite is a nation
unto itself, a "space kingdom" with a population of 115,000 individuals
from 200 nations here on Earth who have been given status as citizens.
That gives them the privilege to upload their personal data onto the
CubeSat for safekeeping in space. So far 0.5 TB of data are on board --
family photographs and memorabilia along with the space nation's own
flag, national symbols and constitution.

The emerging nation of Asgardia was lifted through the atmosphere on
Nov. 14 aboard a NASA commercial cargo vehicle to dock with the
International Space Station for a one-month stay. In about three weeks,
it will launch even higher into orbit.

The space nation is the creation of billionaire Russian scientist Igor
Ashurbeyli who modelled it to be what he calls a peaceful society making
use of technology. It bears the name of a city in Norse mythology that
resided in the skies - at a time before uploading of anything was ever invented.

One of Ashurbeyli's next plans is to convince the UN to recognize
Asgardia as a sovereign nation -- but for now its citizens - still at
home here on Earth - will have to be content with the independence it
won on the launchpad.


eHam have a story that's a bit of a chuckle, depending on your frame of mind!

Around the globe television has a rich and colourful history. But few moments
are quite as colourfulor bizarreas the incident that happened 1987.

It was a Sunday nightand "Doctor Who" fans had just settled in to watch a
rerun of the episode "Horror at Fang Rock." Suddenly, the Doctor was replaced
by Max Headroom....

Not the 1980s comedy character Max Headroom, but a guy in a mask ranting
through garbled audio.

The WTTW signal in Chicago been hijacked.

"As it went on it got stranger and stranger," remembers "Doctor Who" fan
Gary Zielinski. Indeed, toward the end of the 90-second signal, the imposter
exposed his bare bottom to an accomplice who spanked him with a fly swatter.

The staff in WTTW's master control was frantic.

"All of a sudden we don't have 'Doctor Who' on the airwe have this
Max Headroom mask," remembers WTTW air director Paul Rizzo. "And as the
content got weirder we got increasingly stressed out about our inability
to do anything about it," he said.

After 90 seconds, the pirate signal disappeared on its own and "Doctor Who"

The next morning, WTTW engineers tried to figure out what had happened, and how.

A WTTW broadcast engineer said they knew the culprit had to be someone with
pretty sophisticated technical knowledge.

The Federal Communications Commission investigated the incident, but never
did figure out who was behind the now-legendary incident.


Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


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


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


Summer 13-14 Jan 2018

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

Harry Angel Memorial Sprint:- Saturday May 5th 10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC

Winter 23-24 June 2018

The VK SHIRES Contest is always held on the June long weekend, which is the
weekend prior to the second Monday of June each year so make a note June 9/10
Starts: 06.00 UTC Saturday 9, Ends: 06.00 UTC Sunday 10.

IARU HF Championship event on 15 and 16 July.


The contest is held on the Saturday night of the third full weekend of July,
making it July 21st, Start Time is 08:00 UTC and finish time is 14:00 UTC

11-12 August is WIA Remembrance Day (the RD) Contest.

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


PH - First full weekend in October, ( 6/ 7th) 0800 UTC Sat to 0800 UTC Sunday

CW - Second full weekend in October, (13/14th) 0800 UTC Sat to 0800 UTC Sunday

Spring 24-25 November

2019 Summer 12-13 Jan Winter 22-23 Jun Spring 23-24 Nov
2020 Summer 18-19 Jan Winter 20-21 Jun Spring 28-29 Nov
2021 Summer 14-15 Jan Winter 26-27 Jun Spring 26-27 Nov

To celebrate the 80th birthdays of both King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway
during 2017 special event stations have been active. The callsigns to look for
are LM 80 REX and LM 8 0Q.

QSLs for these stations are via Club Log OQRS.

AU2JCB special event call-sign from India

AU2JCB is a special event call-sign to commemorate the birth date and to
pay homage and to tell about the great Indian scientist Acharya JAGADISH

Bose's demonstration in 1895 & 1897 predates all.

Bose transmitted wireless signals to distant of a mile.

Popove in Russia was still trying remote signalling at this time & the first
wireless experiment by Marconi was not successful until May 1897.

In the Bose presentation to the Royal Institution in London in January 1897,
he speculated on the existence of electromagnetic radiation from the sun. This
radiation from the sun was not detected till 1942.

News from the land of Santa Claus, OH9SCL

Santa's own radio amateur station has been active since December 1986
from Finnish Lapland and most activations has been above the Arctic Circle.

In December 2017, OH9SCL will be active from several OH Counties
(OHC) from Lapland.

Possible OH9/OG9/OF9 counties:
901 Enonteki 908 Kolari 914 Rovaniemi 921 Tornio
902 Inari 909 Muonio 916 Salla 922 Utsjoki
903 Kemi 910 Pelkosenniemi 917 Savukoski 923 Ylitornio
904 Keminmaa 911 Pello 918 Simo
905 Kemijrvi 912 Posio 919 Sodankyl
907 Kittil 913 Ranua 920 Tervola

OHC number for stations located in Lapland starts always with the
number 9!

This group really located in the northern part of Finland.

There is no remote station used.

They let nature decide when to make the contacts.

Visiting Arctic Circle is also an experience for visiting ham radio operators.

For additional information:

(SouthGate arc)

Olof, G 0 CKV is active again as 3 B 9 HA from Rodrigues Island to the 12th of
December. He will operate CW, with main activity during the CQ WW DX CW Contest
and will focus on the low bands at other times.


The Wild Atlantic Way

Irish radio amateurs will be on the air in 2017 with special callsigns
along a west coast tourism route that passes through nine counties and
three provinces.

The Wild Atlantic Way is 2,500 km long on the rugged coast overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean.

Some nine callsigns EI 11WAW through to EI 99 WAW will be tied to an
Irish county, each offer a special QSL card and award.

Information on the year-long event that starts on January 1, is on the
websites and the Irish Radio Transmitters Society.

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.

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.


Year-Long NASA On The Air Event Kicks off on December 11

The Amateur Radio clubs at National Aeronautics and Space Administration
centres around the US have invited the Amateur Radio community to join the
NASA On The Air (NOTA) special event.

NOTA gets under way in December 2017 and continues through December 2018.

In addition to being the agency's 60th anniversary, 2018 will mark 50 years
since NASA orbited the first human around the moon, and 20 years since the
first elements of the International Space Station were launched into
low-Earth orbit.

Starting December 11, 2017 (UTC), Amateur Radio club stations at various
NASA centres and facilities will be on the air with special event operations
to celebrate these monumental achievements, as well as current milestones.

Some clubs will offer commemorative QSL cards, and a special certificate
will be available indicating the number of NASA club stations worked on
various bands and modes.

Key anniversaries during NOTA include the 45th anniversary of Apollo 17
on December 11, 2017, which kicks off the event;

NASA's founding on July 29, 1958;

the 20th anniversary of the ISS first element launch on November 20, 1998;

the 20th anniversary of the ISS Node 1 Launch on December 4, 1998, and

the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968, and
returned on December 27 marking the end of the event.


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

Amateur radio club welcomes young member

In the USA the Shelby County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) recently welcomed its
youngest member, 9-year-old Helena Staggs, during a meeting held at the
Pelham Fire Department Training Centre.

Helena was welcomed to the group after passing a licensing examination
at the Helena HamFest.

Helena's call sign, issued by the Federal Communications Commission, is

Just proof again you're never too young to have fun.


December is YOTA month when several youngsters from IARU Member Societies
will be having fun on the air with YOTA as suffix in the callsigns.

From Friday 1 December to Sunday 31 December 2017, international YOTA stations
will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other.

This event is aimed at young people and is a golden opportunity for Clubs
to get youngsters who are interested in or want to find out more about
Amateur Radio on the air.

This is primarily a region one event but try to work the YOTA or Youngsters
On The Air if you can.

The South African Radio League (SARL) has registered a special call sign
ZS 9 YOTA on the IARU Region 1 website as an educational call sign for use by
clubs and individuals during December.


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

Dale McCarthy VK4DMC of the Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club is after
people with Comms experience (or willing to learn)

Sat 21 to Sun 22 April - Kuranda Endurance Rides

Sat 26 to Sun 27 May - Brooklyn Endurance Rides

Tue 26 June to Mon Jul 2 - Pioneer Trek Endurance Rides

Sat 28 to Sun 29 July - Shiralee 80/40/20 Rides

Some great events to hone your 'Rescue Radio' skills.

As with this next story from Malaysia you never know when YOUR experience
may be called on:-

It's easy to overlook the fact that your local power supply may be cut and the
conventional communication methods such as mobile phone and land line could be
out of service.

Thus it is good to have some knowledge in amateur radio communication which
comes in handy during times of disaster.

Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters Society (MARTS) honorary secretary
Zanirul Akhmal Zanirun said someone with the knowledge could lend their
expertise or equipment to assist aid relief agencies with communication.

The society is part of the International Amateur Radio Union and has been
around since the 1950s and licence is issued by Malaysian Communications
and Multimedia Commission to qualified handlers.

He also said that MARTS was not involved in physically assisting victims of
emergency or disaster. "We merely assist in fulfilling radio communication
needs requested by any agencies, non-governmental organisations or volunteers,"
he said.

MARTS had in the past helped in disseminating precise and reliable information
that would be first confirmed by district officers and later channelled to
other government and non-government bodies for rescue and delivery of aid.
Such operations had included international natural disasters such as the
Acheh Tsunami.

"In the Acheh Tsunami operation, MARTS assisted with the help of three members
for three months. The assistance ended when recovery process was over
just before normal communication was restored," said Zanirul.

"The society welcomes public and communities to take an interest in amateur
radio transmitters. We currently train secondary school students from the
uniform bodies
"MARTS also conducts training for neighbourhood communities," he added.

For details visit


(sourced to eHam)


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

As well as the latest Club news, this month we have two items on solar panels
plus a few shorter snippets. 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 1843kHz.

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.

Full details can be found on the Club website at

Please note that there is no RAOTC bulletin in January, but we'll be back again
on February 5th.

On behalf of the RAOTC, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a
happy New Year and, once again, tune in tomorrow for the December RAOTC

73 from Clive VK6CSW.


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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/Mackay ) (TARC)

Nov 11 VK5 Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest (VK5KC)

Event Date : 11/11/2018

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