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WIA Christmas Message


Antarctic milestone being celebrated

Seventy years ago this month a group of 14 men set up on Heard Island in the
Southern Ocean about 4,000 kilometres south-west of mainland Australia, and
begun the first of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions

Arthur Campbell-Drury VK3ACD/Heard (SK) was at Atlas Cove. The base on Heard
Island closed in March 1955 when ANARE moved to Mawson Station.

Now to commemorate that anniversary, the callsign VI 70 HI is on air
(December 19 - February 28) with the website noting all activity will
be from mainland Australia, and not Heard Island.

The activity will be on HF from 160m to 10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly digital

A commemorative QSL card will be available via the QSL manager Charles M 0 OXO.
He states that no QSL Cards should be sent via the bureau, as they will not be

A roster system to use VI70HI is available with any inquiries to either Lee
VK3GK or the VK Contest Club.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


January 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm SARC will again be
assisting with monitoring and recording airband radio at the Great Eastern

They will set up on the afternoon of Friday 5th January at the old wartime
canteen, directly opposite the main aircraft apron.

All welcome to call in. Weather permitting, this is a terrific event attracting
large numbers of visitors to the Summerland (Lismore) area.

TasNetworks upgrades its microwave links

TasNetworks' new radio links reduce costs, increase throughput and provide
better visibility and performance.

A major upgrade of TasNetworks' microwave radio network was recently completed.
In addition to operating and maintaining Tasmania's electricity transmission
and distribution network, TasNetworks is responsible for a statewide radio
communications network.

Working together, Fujitsu Australia and TasNetworks implemented a quick,
cost-effective and safe upgrade of the backbone radio network, which involved
commissioning 18 of Fujitsu's FRX-3 microwave radio links.

The upgrade has brought in a number of key functional outcomes for TasNetworks,
including a fivefold increase in throughput and better visibility of service
levels which, in turn, will aid the swift resolution of future issues.

TasNetworks can now better deliver critical protection and control services
alongside next-generation IP services, which can be rapidly deployed and will
facilitate a fast time to market for its customers.

The implementation methodology used simplified the upgrade process, reduced
the number and duration of upgrade-related outages and significantly reduced
rollout costs. On the back of this, TasNetworks awarded Fujitsu a five-year
support contract to reduce risk and ensure the upgraded network's reliability.


Another Radio Amateur Society in VK

A new Australian amateur radio representative body has been formed - The Radio
Amateur Society of Australia.

RASA says it will listen to the needs and concerns of all amateurs and will
make submissions to the regulator on their behalf.

They intend to open lines of communication with as many Australian Radio
Amateurs and Clubs as possible to draw from their knowledge and experience.

New digital mode puts beacon off air

A clash has occurred on 6-metres in Australia with the popular FT8 digital mode,
introduced in June 2017 nominating 50.313 MHz as a worldwide operating
frequency, already occupied by a propagation beacon.

The Barossa Valley beacon VK5RBV has been switched off to avoid interfering
with stations running FT8.

Mind you, VK5RBV has been operating for many years on 50.315 MHz, but the
developers of FT8 have nominated 50.313 MHz as its operating frequency.

The WIA Technical Advisory Committee is carefully looking at the matter and
welcomes input as it looks for a new beacon frequency.

The obvious choice would appear to be the band segment beginning at 50.400 MHz.
This segment has already been adopted by IARU Region I as its new exclusive
beacon segment, and it is logical for us to follow the same path.

This may be a forerunner of similar clashes as more new digital modes come into
use in the same part of the band.

FT8 is also becoming popular on 2 metres, and may be ideally suited on a group
of spot frequencies recommended for modes of different bandwidths.

The narrow band channel on 144.320 MHz is the logical one for FT8 in the WIA
band plan, but it's noted that 144.313 MHz has also been used for FT8.

The new digital mode of HF at weak signal levels lower power levels and almost
any antenna is enabling lots of contacts, but the trend on 6m seems to be to
use it on high power levels.

FT8 in its description has been designed for sporadic E propagation where
signals may be weak and fading, openings may be short in duration, enabling
fast completion of reliable QSOs.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)

WIA Christmas Message

Firstly I wish all amateurs a happy and safe Christmas for 2017 and hope we are
all looking forward to what 2018 will bring.

At the end of each WIA Board meeting agenda and minutes is a reminder for the
board as to why we are here - namely the Objects of the Wireless Institute of
Australia and I focus this Christmas message and thank you using these objects.

Number one is to promote, advance and represent in any way it thinks fit
Amateur Radio and the interests of Radio Amateurs,

I thank the many many affiliated clubs with volunteers that ceaselessly promote
amateur radio to the general public. They see amateur radio operators out in the
bush, on that car rally, on an equine endurance, boating, canoe, running or
cycling event. At JOTA/JOTI helping the scouts and guides make contact using
radio, satellites and the internet. Helping the fire authorities or SES with
radio communications through WICEN groups. They see students talking with
Astronauts on the International Space Station with schools and many other
events and functions and all using amateur radio.

Number two is to protect and enhance the privileges of Radio Amateurs,

This involves local, national and international commitments to affiliated clubs,
the ACMA, the IARU and ITU and I thank the dedicated team of volunteers who
ensure amateur radio is at the front of law makers and regulators minds at all

There are teams of volunteers who ensure that Australian amateurs operate
within the parameters set by the regulators. Band planning & monitoring,
technical requirements, repeaters and different frequencies and modes are all
taken care of by volunteers.

Number three is to encourage an awareness of the value of Amateur Radio,

We have a huge team of volunteers I need to thank who put together our flagship
magazine - Amateur Radio. Our weekly broadcast team of volunteers bring us the
news and views of amateur radio each week. I thank the website and social media
volunteers who ensure our presence on the internet is available and accurate.

The many volunteers involved with contests, awards and field days demonstrating
that we can step-up with viable emergency communications when disaster strikes.
Our volunteers who capture, maintain and promote our long 117 year heritage of
amateur radio. As well as the army of QSL volunteers who ensure that the QSL is
the final acknowledgment of the contact, I thank you.

Number four is to educate and encourage potential Radio Amateurs, to represent
Radio Amateurs both nationally and internationally,

Working to deliver and continually improve our assessment and learning system
that enables us to educate, train, upgrade and assess future amateur radio
operators is a core function of the WIA. I thank the army of volunteer
assessors, facilitators and trainers that this system depends on.

Last but not least is to provide services for Radio Amateurs and those
interested in Amateur Radio,

I take this opportunity to send special thanks to Bruce and Petra in the Office.
2017 has not been easy as there has been so many changes and challenges and I
cannot thank you enough for your support.

I finish by sending out a huge thank you to all the volunteers that are
involved in running the Wireless Institute of Australia . You are the heart of
this organisation. There are many structures, frameworks, regulations and
protocols but in the end, it is people who make it all happen and hang together.

If it was not for these people then the WIA would never have or continue to

I encourage everyone to spare a thought and reach out to someone this Christmas
who may not be experiencing Christmas as a joyful time. The lonely, homeless,
no family, relatives or friends close by who they can share Christmas with. Why
not reach out to them in some way - isn't that what Christmas is all about.

May your holiday period be filled with RF and great DX.

See you in 2018

73 from Justin on behalf of the WIA Board.

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.

KG5CCI and F4DXV 7,634.775 km QSO Sets New Distance Record on FO-29

David Swanson, KG5CCI, and Jerome Lecuyer, F4DXV completed a 7,634.775 km QSO
on December 12 via FO-29. This eclipses their previous record on that satellite
by 26.62 km and greatly exceeds the theoretical maximum range of the satellite,
which is calculated at 7,502 km.

Video of the QSO as recorded by F4DXV can be viewed at:

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many
Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial
governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time.

In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB and Phil McBride, VA3QR
have been working hard on this issue.

On December 15, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced
that the current two-way radio exemption for "Amateur Radio operators and
specified commercial, public transit, and public function drivers will be
extended for a further three-years, effective January 1, 2018 until
January 1, 2021."

While they were hoping for a permanent exemption, this decision by the MTO
ensures continued ability to operate Amateur Radio apparatus while mobile.

RAC will continue to press for a permanent exemption going forward.

Illegal radio operator to know fate in February

Trinadad and Tobago Newsday reports Court of Appeal judges are to decide
on the punishment of a ham radio operator who operated radio transmitting
equipment without a licence in 2007

The newspaper says:

A magistrate's order in 2011, which led to Desi-Lee Bonterre being discharged
of the two offences has been overturned by Justices of Appeal
Alice Yorke-Soo Hon and Mark Mohammed.

They have substituted a guilty verdict and will consider the appropriate
punishment for Bonterre in February. Bonterre was charged by the
Telecommunications Authority (TATT) on September 12, 2007, for operating
radio transmitting equipment without a licence at his home in Carenage.

He was eventually granted a licence by TATT and Bonterre's attorney
Sastri Roberts asked the judges for leniency for his client, who he
said worked with REACT and the Red Cross.

Read the full story at

New French National Frequency Table released

The French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has announced the publication
of a new National Frequency Table that takes into account the changes made
by the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15)

The table includes an amateur radio 60m allocation at 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz
but the French national society REF tweeted that it is NOT available for use.
The Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) would
need to make licence changes which may take some time

Download the Frequency Table PDF from



It is said that there is nothing new under the sun - or even inside the sun,
as Mike Askins KE5CXP told ARNewsline Listeners!.

He said "Sunspot patterns, it seems, have been a human obsession for at
least 200 years -- at least that's what can be believed from a recent
discovery made in the state of Maine.

A report that appears on tells of a journal found inside a
small house in that New England state with pages containing writings
from some 200 years ago. The subject? Sunspots!

The journal's contents in an academic paper coauthored recently by solar
scientist William Denig of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and historian Michael McVaugh of the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The 19th century devoted sun-watcher was a Congregational minister named
Jonathan Fisher. The clergyman had at one time practiced a more
scientific look at the heavens as a math and science student at Harvard
University in the 18th century. When he graduated, however, he took up
the clerical cloth. Still, he never forgot his lessons in science and
when the Northern Hemisphere experienced what historians recall as a
"year without a summer" in 1816, the reverend kept meticulous drawings
of his observations in those now-faded pages.

Clearly we have more advanced ways of tracking sunspots now but it's a
comfort to know we hams aren't the only ones who have a tradition of
keeping a watchful and sometimes nervous eye on the sky."


Who and Where are our broadcast stations?


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


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

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


Participants in CQ magazine's Worked All Zones (WAZ) award programme will soon
be able to use the Logbook of The World (LoTW) system of ARRL to apply for the
WAZ award and its endorsements.

Amateur Radio operators will be able to use LoTW logs to generate lists of
confirmed contacts to be submitted for WAZ credit. Standard LoTW credit fees and
separate CQ award fees will apply. Implementation, documentation, and internal
testing of the link between LoTW and WAZ is complete. The ARRL and CQ are now
assembling a team of external beta testers to assure that the link is ready for
widespread use. A separate announcement will be made when LoTW's support for CQ
WAZ is available to everyone.

LoTW has supported the CQ WPX Award program since 2012. The Worked All Zones is
the second-oldest active Amateur Radio award programme, behind the International
Amateur Radio Union's Worked All Continents (WAC) awar


In the world of DX, be listening for lots of signals coming from
Vietnam. Dirk, DF2XG, is active as 3W9XG from Hai Phong where he is
working as a project manager for an industrial venture. Listen for him
on 40 meters through 10 meters. He will be running 20 watts and
operating CW. For QSL information, visit

Also in Vietnam is John KB4FB, who will begin operating as 3W9FB from Da
Nang sometime in early January. He will then move on to Laos and operate
as XW4FB before returning to Vietnam in February. He will be on a number
of different HF bands throughout. Send QSLs via LoTW. QSOs will be
uploaded to LoTW in March 2018.

5B4, Cyprus special event

Alex, 5B4ALX / IZ4AMS, is active with the special callsign, 5B4XMAS, until
December 31st.
This Christmas celebratory station will be on all HF bands (160-10m) using CW,
SSB and the Digital modes.

In the Gambia, Przemyslaw, SP3PS, will be active as C5/SP3PS between the
30th of December and the 12th of January. Listen for him on 40, 20 and
10 meters. Send QSLs via his home callsign.

EI 5 AOM remembers the Tuskar Rock air tragedy

Fifty years after the crash of an Aer Lingus Viscount airliner in the Irish Sea
still the largest single loss of life in Irish civil aviation history - special
event station EI 5 AOM remembers this tragic event and honours the 61 lives

Many people on the ground, on their way home from church, witnessed several
spiral dives as the pilot tried desperately to keep control of the stricken

42 minutes after takeoff EI-AOM crashed into the sea near the Tuskar Rock
Lighthouse. All 61 crew and passengers from Ireland, Britain, Switzerland,
Belgium, Sweden, the United States and the Netherlands lost their lives
that day.

Rumours of an errant missile strike and cover-ups by the Irish and British
governments abounded. The first inquiry in 1971 answered few questions but a
second inquiry in 2002 found that the Viscount had lost part of its tail
through fatigue or maybe a bird strike which led to a progressively
uncontrollable situation that ended in a dive into the sea.

Special event station EI5AOM - fifty years after the crash of EI-AOM - has
been licensed to operate January through March 2018 to remember this tragic
event. The station will devote one day beginning 22 January to remember each of
the four crew and 57 passengers who died, with operations culminating on the
fiftieth anniversary of the crash, 24 March 2018.



Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe

SUBMITTING a report? go to

Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.

Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an

Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700

Odd Signals on 2M

If you live in Canberra's Weston Creek area, have you heard what appears to be
Chinese language with music on these frequencies? 144.415MHz, 144.475MHz and
144.565MHz on narrow and wide band FM.

The program was slightly distorted.

Such signals may occur for a variety of reasons, so the committee at CRARC
would like to know if other Amateurs in the region have heard them.

Contact the committee on

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

New Video: AO-91 Integration and Testing Before Launch

AMSAT VP of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, NJY has released a video
report on YouTube, "The Good and the Bad with AO-91".

During the 12 minute video Jerry describes what's right and what went
a little wrong with AO-91: She hears very well, but she had a heck of a time
learning to talk.

Watch on-line at the link in our text edition,
best read at


Real-time balloon track

high altitude balloon links

Space Teddy found up a tree on Waiheke Island

The New Zealand Herald reports amateur radio enthusiasts have helped track down
Space Teddy launched on a STEM high altitude balloon flight

Space Teddy has been found safe and well - but he's stuck up a tree and faces
a night alone in the bush before he can be rescued.

The fluffy would-be astronaut became lost in dense bush on Waiheke Island
after plummeting back to Earth when his attempt to set a new world record

Last year, students managed to launch it 28 km above the earth until the
balloon it was attached to burst. This time, a group of eight Year 6 pupils
had set the bar even higher.

Read the full story at


Two-Part Video Demonstration Working AO-91.

Peter Parker, VK3YE, has published two excellent introductions to amateur
satellites videos.

Peter describes his two-part video demonstration as, "A new amateur satellite
has just gone up and it's super easy to work. You just need a pair of handhelds
on 2m & 70cm FM. Watch this video to find out how to make contacts through
AO91 with equipment you probably already have."

Naturalrly as with all our audio reports the url's and contact details are
shown in the web editions of this the WIA National News Servic.

Part 1:

Part 2:


While waiting for the next satellite pass have a listen to
to hear meteor pings as they happen. The pings are a bit more frequent during
the popular meteor showers.

Interstellar asteroid checked for alien technology

A project searching for intelligent life in the cosmos is going to check the
first known interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology.

The odd-shaped object was detected as it sped towards the Sun on 19 October.

Its properties suggested it originated around another star, making it the first
such body to be spotted in our cosmic neighbourhood.

An initiative backed by billionaire Yuri Milner will use a radio telescope to
listen for signals from it.

The team's efforts will begin with astronomers observing the asteroid, which is
currently speeding away from our Solar System, across four different radio
frequency bands.

The first set of observations at the Robert C Byrd Green Bank Telescope in
West Virginia is due to last for 10 hours.


AS-088. Members of Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) will be active as
A70X from Al Safliyah Island between January 1-6th, 2018.
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.

OC-016. Jim, WB2TJO, will once again be active as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island,
Fiji, between early January and the middle of March, 2018. Activity will be on
40-15 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via his home callsign WB2TJO

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

Back on November 24, in Darwin, Neil VK8NH, previously VK2TGD and son of
Roger VK2KXG was awarded a Governor General's Commendation For Brave Conduct.

The award related to a flood rescue performed in December 2011 on the
Edith River, north of Katherine, when a team of three from the Northern
Territory Emergency Service (NTES) were called out.



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FEB 18 VK3 9am WANDARC HamFest Italian Sports Club, Werribee (VK3VKT)

Feb 25 VK2 Wyong Field Day (VK2AOR)

An important part of the Wyong Fieldday is always the presentations and lectures
Whether it be learning about new technology or old, it's always interesting and
one follow-on lecture from last year certainly is that!

During the second world war the US air force arrived in England and took over
many British airfields and found they had no receivers capable of Standard Beam
Approach (SBA) landings. This was the Lorenz system, which projected two beams
down the runway, transmitting on 33 Mhz. It used the Morse letter A (dit dah)
for the left beam, and the Morse letter N (dah dit) for the right beam. In the
middle, these overlapped to form a steady tone. A pilot could listen to these
beams on approach, and fly to the left or right, until a steady tone was heard.
A 30-40 MegaCycle receiver was built in England by Eighth Air Force radiomen,
from a BC-455 command set.

Last Year Ray Robinson VK2NO presented a lecture on such a receiver at the
fieldday and this year he will following up by covering the transmitting side
of the system. If you saw Ray's presentation last February then don't miss
Wyong Fieldday 2018 for more of the story and to ask any questions you forgot
to ask in 2017.

The CCARC are also please to announce that the 93.3FM, radio Five-O-Plus will
be attending the fieldday on Sunday 25th February 2018.

For information about the fieldday, please go to FIELDDAY.ORG.AU

For the Central Coast ARC this has been Ed DD5LP.

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

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

July 7 GippsTech 2018 (VK3PF)

The 21st annual Gippsland Technical Conference. Focus is
primarily on weak signal VHF, UHF and microwave communications,
plus any other relevant topics. Commences with a social dinner
on Friday evening, presentations all day Saturday with Conference
Dinner in the evening and Sunday morning presentations.

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


Finally, remember the Christmas gift Amateur Radio Newsline gave last year
at this same time because, well....we're giving you the same gift again this
year as we close this week.

It's the popular amateur radio interpretation of a Clement Clarke Moore classic
-- and we promise to deliver with no QRM. Here's Jim Damron N8TMW:

JIM: Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shack
The rig was turned off and the mic cord lay slack

The antenna rotor had made its last turn, the tubes in the linear had
long ceased to burn.

I sat there relaxing and took off my specs, preparing to daydream of
Armchair DX
When suddenly outside I heard such a sound, I dashed out the door to see
what was around.

The moon shone down brightly and lighted the night. For sure propagation
for the low bands was right.

I peered toward the roof where I heard all the racket and there was some
guy in a red, fur-trimmed jacket!

I stood there perplexed in a manner quite giddy: Just who WAS this
stranger? di di dah dah di dit?

He looked very much like an FCC guy who'd come to check up on some bad TVI.

I shouted to him: "Old man...QR-Zed?"
"Hey you by the chimney all dressed up in red!"

I suddenly knew when I heard sleigh bells jingle
The guy on the rooftop was Jolly Kris Kringle

He had a big sack full of amateur gear which was a big load for his
prancing reindeer.
Transmitters, receivers, for cabinets and racks
Some meters and scopes and a lot of co-ax.

He said not a word 'cause he'd finished his work.
He picked up his sack and he turned with a jerk.
As he leaped to his sleigh, he shouted with glee
And I knew in a moment he'd be QRT.

I heard him transmit as he flew o'er the trees
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all seventy-three."

"Ho Ho Ho"

(over Santa): For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.





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