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AGM Weekend - registrations are open
VK4MZ on new Ticketing System
Longitudinal broadcasts
YL Contests around the globe
Two weeks to Wyong Field Day
Government roadmap for spectrum and its pricing
AM and CW on ANZAC Day
Around the World with YL sister organisations
4KZ on 60m
Maritime Commemoration
ADS-B on a Recycling Budget
The pioneering Joy Batchler VK7YL
Social Scene
and we finish with a great discussion point about Diversity and Inclusion


The WIA is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2018 WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and AGM. You can register today via the online registration form on the WIA website via this Link

The 2018 WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and AGM is being held at the SeaWorld Resort on Queensland's Gold Coast. The venue is located in the heart of the Gold Coast, with easy access from the airport and to a wide range of hotel accommodation and with parking nearby.

For those arriving at the Gold Coast on Friday evening the traditional informal dinner and get together is being held at Fisherman's Wharf Tavern, which is located near Sea World on Main Beach. The evening meal will be of your choice and budget.

On Saturday morning at 9am the formal WIA AGM and Open Forum will take place in SeaWorld's conference centre. This important event will be followed by an eye opening afternoon program themed "Beyond 2020". A commemorative activity to launch the armistice is to be announced by the WIA.

The afternoon program will include guest speakers presenting on some cutting edge technologies as well as a range of strategy workshops providing members with the opportunity to share their views and ideas for the shaping the future of the WIA beyond 2020. Saturday will also offer a range of relaxing activities for the partners including Sea World tours and an opportunity to visit some of Australia's largest shopping centres.

At 7pm on Saturday evening the traditional WIA Annual Dinner will take place. The dinner is being held at SeaWorld's Shoreline Restaurant, featuring the restaurants signature seafood buffet. During the evening guests will be privileged to hear from Jeff Johnson VK4XJJ as he talks to us about his walk across Australia with Amateur Radio. Partners and friend are invited to join in the WIA Annual Dinner, seats are available for just $85 per person. (Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase on the night.)

On Sunday morning consider trying something different, and join us for an early morning Champagne and Breakfast Hot Air Balloon Ride. Consider taking your radio with you and discover how far for you can work from such heights. Sunday morning will also feature tours of the Queensland Telecommunications Museum, a tour of the Surf Life Saving Command Centre, plus a variety of demonstrations and displays of Amateur Radio equipment. There will be a Microwave shootout, talks on a range of interesting topics plus displays of latest radio equipment by some of our leading commercial suppliers.

And last but not least, for those not traveling back to their home QTH on Sunday afternoon, you are invited to join us for a free BBQ dinner courtesy of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society.

Further information and the Full weekend program with online registration form is now available on the WIA Website via this Link

We now hear about the WIA Ticketing System from David VK4MZ

G'day from David Ford VK4MZ,

We live in an age of digital transformation. An age of moving paper-based processes to electronic processes. An age of organisations providing 24x7 self-service digital delivery. This all helps to improve service levels.

Over the past few months the team at the WIA office have been trialling an enquiry, complaint and request management system that will provide members with better service and better status updates.

A system that will also enable self-service, 24x7 via an online portal. This means you can check the details of your WIA enquiry or respond to clarifications 24 hours a day, seven days a week without needing to wait for when you can call the office.

After successful initial trials, a broader trial is now underway where selected WIA enquiries and requests will be managed in the new system. As a member, if your enquiry is selected as a trial case, it will mean you will be sent automatic email updates, and a link to your enquiry so that you can manage your enquiry 24x7 via the website.

Now, this doesn't mean that the office hours are changing, or that the phones will have any less support. The offices contact methods are not being reduced, rather they are being expanded. Privacy and security is important to the WIA and depending on the type of enquiry only relevant staff or volunteers will be able to see the details of your enquiry. Also, we are aware that not all members have reliable access to the internet, so we will continue to provide services in a way that means you will not have to use the new system if you can't, instead it will be used to compliment your experience if you do have access.

WIA staff and WIA volunteers will all now have a better understanding of how enquiries and requests are progressing. It will also highlight common queries or issues giving us an opportunity to address them in a more broader sense. In summary, it will help the WIA deliver a better service.

A big thanks to Aidan Mountford VK4APM, Petra and Bruce for making this all happen. Feedback is, of course, welcome.

This has been David Ford, VK4MZ.

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.

Travelling a longitude line in a westerly direction you get to South Africa.....

SARL Broadcasts

The South African Radio League broadcasts a news bulletin each Sunday in Afrikaans as well as English, at 08:15 and 08:30 Central African Time respectively, on HF as well as on various VHF and UHF repeaters around the country. The bulletin is relayed via Echolink by ZS6JPL. A podcast is available on the League website.

Travelling that same longitude line in an easterly direction and you reach the land of the Great White Cloud......

NZART Broadcasts

Shout out to our colleagues over the ditch or should I say dutchhihi. There is the NZART Official Broadcast that is on the last Sunday of each month except December when the Broadcast is made on the Sunday before Christmas.

The broadcast is made on 3900 kHz, and on the National System and local VHF repeaters. The broadcast is made at 2000 hours (8:00 pm), with a repeat at 2100 hours (9:00 pm).


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

YL Focused Contests Events and Nets
For greater details about these contests please take a look at the internet edition of this broadcast.

ALARA Net - Mondays 1030 UTC (1000 UTC during daylight saving) on 3.57 MHz

United States - YLRL - YL-OM Contest on SSB/CW/Digital from 1400 UTC February 9, 2018 to 0200 UTC February 11, 2018 -

Invitation to Austrian - yl round - on Sunday 18. February 2018 at 17:00 pm local on the 80m band - 3.74 MHz + /- QRM. - net controller with the callsign oe3xrc, will be operated by Marion oe3ysc. All YLs, Oms and listeners welcome.

In Germany & France - they are celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th, 2018 - For the fifth time, the DARC's YL group(Germany) and Sophie F4DHQ (France)
are organizing this operating event on: Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 18:00 until 22:00 UTC on 20, 40 and 80m in SSB & CW

Participants from Germany shall send their log to Heike, DL3HD (
participants from other countries shall send their log to Sophie, F4DHQ (

Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) - the 15th JLRS Hina Contest - Starts at 15:00UTC on March 2, 2018 Ends at 15:00UTC March 3, 2018 - 10 points for YL station and OM stations counts for 1 point.

For details of special multipliers and rules send inquiry to e-mail

Ladies - only 2 more months to work special YL event 8N60JLRS which celebrate the 60th anniversary of JLRS.

We move to Canada and the Canadian Ladies ARA or CLARA March Chatter Party. From 1700Z, March 13 to 1700Z, March 14 and 1700Z, March 17 to 1700Z, March 18

In England Linda G0AJJ informs us of the local club Bittern DX Group that is involved with Thinking Day on the Air on 17th February and they will be running a special event station using the callsign GB5WDG. They hope to put around 100 girl guides on air on various modes so please listen out for us.

In Finland they are holding the 20th Annual DX & Content meeting to be held in Turku, Finland on 9 - 11th March 2018. The organizer is OHDXF. The meeting will be held in the Caribia resort, located just two kilometers from the City Center.

And back to VK where the Canberra Region ARC hold a Digital Mode Night on Tuesday nights.
It will be either D-Star through our Isaccs Ridge repeater (146.6625 MHz) or DMR through our Isaccs Ridge DMR repeater (slot2)
It could also be a mixture of both depending on activity.
Rob VK2HR is the coordinator, look for him and other participants from 20:00Hrs (8:00PM) to around 21:00Hrs (9:00PM)

Thanks to AmandaVK1WX for that info.

WYONG Field Day

At only two weeks away, this weeks piece will be a little different. We have asked some of the volunteers from the Central Coast Amateur radio Club, who put on the Wyong Field Day, what are the special parts of the event for them? I'd like to thank Bob 2AOR, for making these recordings. So without further ado, here is what the workers at Wyong love about the event:

(Audio Clips were inserted here - ~2m)

Next week on the last WIA Broadcast before the big day, Bob VK2AOR will be giving a comprehensive round-up of the topics in a nutshell, lectures that we be happening at Wyong.

In case you haven't already found it, all field day details are on the web at FIELDDAY dot ORG dot AU.
Don't be square - be there - The 60th. annual CCARC Field day at Wyong on the 25th. February from 8:30 am.

For the Central Coast ARC, this has been Ed DD5LP.

73 Ed DD5LP.


The federal government has announced the outcomes of reviews on spectrum pricing and Commonwealth-held spectrum.

According to a statement released on Friday, 2 February 2018 by the Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield, the release of the outcomes paves the way for a "more efficient and transparent spectrum management framework".

"Spectrum is a finite resource that is essential to a digitally networked economy and a major contributor to Australia's economic and social wellbeing," the Minister said in the statement.

"The extent to which these benefits are realised will depend on how it is priced and allocated."

The recommendations will be implemented by the Department of Communications and the Arts and the ACMA as the independent regulator.

Key recommendations include:
developing new high-level principles on the efficiency of spectrum markets, using pricing mechanisms to allow spectrum to be put to its highest-value use and increased transparency of spectrum pricing frameworks;
consolidating taxation legislation to support the government's objective to move to a single spectrum licensing framework;
creating a whole-of-government approach to managing Commonwealth spectrum holdings, supported by the establishment of an advisory committee comprised of relevant Commonwealth government agencies.

The Minister said that the government "continues to progress the modernisation of radiocommunications legislation and will undertake further consultation with industry in coming months".

"The government expects to introduce a package of Radiocommunication Bills into the parliament in 2018," he said.

(Sourced from the Critical Comms Web e-zine)


News from the ANZAC front - Radio Amateurs remember
AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2018

Traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air for the 8th year. This is not a contest.

It honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier wars. The event idea came from a telephone conversation between Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and World War II Coastwatcher in Papua New Guinea, Lionel Veale.

He set up his ATR4A HF radio and orientated the antenna from behind enemy lines. Lionel was one of those brave Coastwatchers who sent back vital information.

The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group in Far North Queensland basically asks us to consider changing modes on ANZAC Day nets, as an honour and Amateur Radio salute to those who served or are serving.

The annual event involves ex-military sites and related museums. plus many stations will be also operating and switching to the old modes during the day.

Many Amateurs joined our Defence forces and took their skills into their service lives in a wide range of activities such as Coastwatchers, Air force Radio operators, Radar operators and repair, navy radio operators and Army operations.


Sourced from VK4MIK Mike ex RAN -


ISS Cosmonaut may need antenna training!

During a recent EVA or extra-vehicular activity namely going outside the ISS - Roscosmos' Alexander Misurkin (commander of Expedition 54) and flight engineer Anton Shkaplerov eight hours and 13 minutes outside the ISS.

THE EVA was to replace electronics relating to the high gain antenna that communicates with Russian mission controllers. This replacement will give the Russians similar performance to NASA for ISS telemetry and data transmission.

However, when the new antenna - a directional yagi-like antenna was installed 180 degrees out.

As Space.comreports, the Russian communication system has a history of drama.
The antenna and associated electronics were originally launched in 2000, and were designed to communicate with the then-planned "Luch" network of satellites designed to beam video from the ISS to the world.
A decade passed before the new satellites were launched, and by that time, the 1990s-era electronics was obsolete and incompatible, leading to last week's spacewalk.

Richard Chirgwin, the author of this story notes that the point-of-view video of the EVA shows the Cosmonaut giving the old unit a shove toward earth, in the expectation it will burn up in the planet's atmosphere.

Summarised from a story at by Richard Chirgwin.

News from the Glowing Orb in the Sky that either makes us amateurs happy or sad with the segment known as Space Weather

With the Solar Minimum right around the corner, sunspot counts are at an almost 10-year low. So it came as a surprise last Sunday 4 Feb when a relatively large sunspot emerged near the sun's eastern limb.

AR2699 has a primary dark core larger than Earth with many smaller magnetic condensations trailing behind it, in all stretching more than 75,000 km across the sun's surface. Rare "solar minimum sunspots" are capable of intense explosions just like sunspots during more active phases of the solar cycle.

For more details visit the link on the interweb edition of this broadcast.

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

The following is a round-up of sister groups to ALARA from around the world and there is a lot going on in February 2018!

Ladies Group in India - Bharathi Devulapalli vu2rbi from Hyderabad, India is calling for all YLs and XYLs to please contact her and her number is on the text broadcast.
Phone number is +1 9811547109

We now move to South America - Ja-No-Well-Fine - In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying barbies (BBQ) and long cold drinks, which is what we hope the activators will be enjoying during the 10th annual South America Lighthouse weekend on the 17-18 February 2018.

A reminder that it's only a month until International Women's Day, so dust off your mics and head-sets and make a contact and that comes from 88 from Eda, ZS5YH

The Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) is celebrating Hina-Matsuri, or Doll Festival, is a famous traditional girls' festival on March 3, in Japan, to celebrate the birth of a girl and to wish her future happiness. A set of dolls in ancient costumes are displayed in a girl's house. The JLRS was founded in 1957 in Japan by 3 women, Fumi Abe JA1AEQ,
Kuni Kan JA1YL, and late Kimi Kobayashi JA0EC and have over 160 members in Japan and 43 overseas.

Further afield - Linda G0AJJ tells us about her local activities in England and
about the Scandanavian Ladies Meeting she attended last year, 2017.

Linda G0AJJ:Our local club Bittern DX Group is involved with Thinking Day on the Air on 17th February and will be running a special event station using the callsign GB5WDG. We hope to put around 100 girl guides on air on various modes so please listen out for us.
Propagation is dire at the moment😞but hopefully it will improve soon. I do take part in a number of contests during the year using my callsign and the local club call of G6IPU/P. With the band conditions in such poor shape at present I have been spending time on FT8 and other digital modes although my main interest is in VHF/UHF.

On Thursday at 18:30 UTC, I share the running of a BYLARA net on 80m.
Unfortunately the band has not been "playing ball" with us the last few weeks and we have had to revert to echolink. If any ladies would like to join us on echolink it would be lovely to hear them.
We use the ALARA link which has proved quite effective. 33 Linda G0AJJ

Thanks to AmandaVK1WX for that info.


Telstra trial claims world's fastest transmission speeds - In what is be claimed as a world first Telstra hasannounced a successful demonstration of 400 gigabit per second data transmission speeds on its Melbourne production fibre network.

The test was conducted with wavelengths using 61.5 GHz of spectrum over a fibre-optic network. It demonstrates the "highest spectral efficiency per fibre pair ever achieved in a live environment", the telco said.

This is enough for 1.2 million 4K ultra high definition videos to be transmitted simultaneously. The technology employed was a fully programmable Wavelogic Ai coherent modem.

Telstra will initiallydeploy the 400Gbps transmission technology on its domestic network to keep up with increasing demand for capacity.


Just a note to let you know that Radio 4KZ Innisfail, as part of our 50th Anniversary commenced shortwave broadcasting on December 20th 2017.(same date as Radio Australia's commencement in 1939). The transmission site is east Innisfail, co sited with 4KZ 531 kHz and 4AY 873 kHz transmitters.

The frequency is 5055 kHz and the antenna is an inverted V. Operating times are 6am to midnight daily QLD time. Power is only 250 watts. We hope to get that up to 1kW in the not too distant future. So far, we have received reception reports from across Australia and 12 other countries.

Any reports from SWL's or Amateurs most welcome to . All correct reports will receive a DL size QSL card. Return postage is NOT required.

Thanks to Al Kirton VK4FFKZ for that reminder.


EI100MCV is the call sign that has been issued by ComReg to the Maritime Museum Radio Club in Dnlaoghaire for the year 2018. The call sign which includes the letters of the original call sign 'MCV'of the RMS Leinster is to commemorate the Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster in the Irish Sea on 10 October 1918 just a month before the end of World War 1. This was, and still is, the single largest loss of life in the Irish Sea with a total of 567 people lost. The ship was torpedoed by a U Boat just 25 kilometres off the Irish coast. To add to the tragedy the U Boat involved was sunk two weeks later with the loss of all thirty six crew. All were very young with the oldest being just 27 years old.

The call sign can be used throughout the year 2018 by all members of the Maritime Museum Radio Club as well as by any other licensed EI amateur radio operator who would like to commemorate this historic centenary. The event will be coordinated by Dave O'Connor EI6AL who has acted in this capacity for many similar events, most recently the Wild Atlantic Way initiative.

Operators who wish to use the call sign should contact Dave at Anyone who operates the call must forward an ADIF log by email to Dave EI6AL. Dave will maintain a master log and will do the necessary upload to Clublog.

We hope that many operators will avail of the opportunity to use this unique call sign and give extensive coverage to this important centenary.

(Sourced from our friends at the Irish Radio Transmitting Society)



A recent article on the popular hack-a-day website showed readers how to build a very simple ADS-B "Cantenna" to use with their SDR USB dongle radio.

It uses an aluminium can as the ground plane and the core of what looks like RJ-6 75 ohm satellite TV coax as the vertical element.

It also takes a dig at amateurs highlighting how simple and cheap this arrangement is with the comment "It used to be only the Wizened Ham Graybeards could command the airwaves from the front panels of their $1K+ radios, but now even those who identify as software hackers can get their foot in the door for a little more than the cost of a pizza."

With the advent of the dirt cheap SDR USB dongles and freeware receiving software anyone can receive DC to daylight these days!

The author Tom Nardi comments that it performs as well as his $45 professional ADS-B antenna. There is also an interesting link to another Hackaday article that explains the mathematics behind a collinear ADS-B antenna. Worth a look!

These articles are a great way for Amateur Radio clubs to get enthusiasts from outside their clubs and the hobby interested in finding out more about this great hobby of ours

Happy experimenting.

Backscatter is a compendium of the best technical articles that have been in Scatterpoint, the UK Microwave Group newsletter (and its predecessor) over the period 1999 to 2006

The original publication in 2008 was an A5 size book of 445 pages and is an excellent reference with many articles on all aspects of microwaves.

It is now freely available at the address on the Email edition of this broadcast.

Membership of UKuG is free to those under 21.

Details of UKuG membership can be found at

(Sourced from Southgate AR News)

2200 & 630m
Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:-

In VK5 Steph VK5FQ puts this broadcast to air on 476kHz LSB every Sunday morning and gets a hardcore group of MF experimenter's calling back. On ya Steph.


Joyce Batchler (nee Crowder) VK7YL

Joy was Tasmania's first VK7 female amateur radio operator.

Joy was interviewed in September 2008 in conjunction with the national ALARA meet which was in VK7 that year.

Joy got her licence in April 1936 - after talking with a girlfriend who said her uncle was a ham and he broadcasts on 200m - this is when 7ZL closed down at 2o'clock on a Sunday and then Jack Batchler VK7JB would take over and broadcast music. They trekked off from Sandy Bay to North Hobart and spent most of the night with Jack talking radio. They missed the midnight tram home and had to walk back home! Joy went off to the Tech College where Jack was a morse trainer and Joy got her Radio Mechanics AOCP ticket in 1935.

Jack joined the Army in 1937 with Signals Corp and was a trainer. Jack and Joy were married in 1940 and built a house in Sandy Bay in 1952 and lived there up until 2008.

In the early 1960s on TVT6 Joy was interviewed on the program "Telewives Time" on October 9 at 2pm about her life as Tasmania's first and only female radio amateur.

Joy's favourite equipment - first modulated transmitter with 205 valves and favourite band was 20m with both phone and CW. Memorable contacts - Chappy in Cuba - a "G" British operator who they visited when they visited Cuba. Joy had a huge QSL card collection.

Joy remembered six female amateurs in VK at the time in VK2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Jack died in 1979 and Joy lost interest in amateur radio. Joy held an amateur radio licence from 1935 through to 1980 for 45 years and was a pioneer

Joy sadly became silent key at the age of 99 years on February 15, 2015.



February 17 - VK3 - Annual SOTA conference & get together, Moorabin & District Radio Club.

February 18 VK3 - 9am WANDARC HamFest Italian Sports Club, Werribee

February 25 VK2 - Wyong Field Day

March 11 - VK2 - Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest - Waverley ARS

March 17 & 18 - VK7 - Meet The Voice Event - Ross Tasmania

March 17 & 18 - VK - John Moyle Memorial Field Day Contest

March 25 VK3 - EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont

April 7-8 VK3 - Antennapalooza 2018 - EMDRC, GGREC, MDRC & FAMPARC at Drouin in VK3

April 22 - VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swapmeet 10:00-14:00

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

May 18 to 20 - VK4 - WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM weekend

July 7 & 8 - VK3 GippsTech 2018 - The 21st annual Gippsland Technical Conference

August 11 & 12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest

August 18 & 19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest

Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest

For our DISCUSSION POINT it is across to Kimberley VK2KMI.....

Women in Amateur Radio

Many of us in the corporate world would be familiar with a significant focus placed on Diversity and Inclusion in the last few years. This focus acknowledges that diversity of thought leads to innovation and therefore is good for business. Whether the business is for profit or not for profit matters little, diversity is good for all business.

I've been working in the Diversity and Inclusion field for some years but I'm still heartened to see things like the social media post I saw the other day, referring to ways to inspire girls into science and technology. The post stated, "If she can see it, she can be it. "Which started me thinking about how we create more visibility of women within amateur radio and thus lead to greater diversity within our hobby and within technical pursuits more generally. That is why I am so happy to see women participating in this broadcast.

Some of you may be asking, what is this diversity and inclusion all about? Put simply, diversity is what is outside your doors, and inclusion is what you do with it. The diversity that exists outside your club or association doors, includes a population that is 51% women. If the diversity inside your doors is not equivalent to outside, you really should be asking yourself, "do we have a problem with inclusion?"

Inclusion requires not only a commitment to making change, it requires a commitment to allow those unheard voices, equal opportunity to influence that change. If you want more women in your radio club or in the WIA, you have to, not only allow those women a voice, you must allow that voice to be heard, and allow that voice equal opportunity to make change. How many club committees have women on them? How many have 51% women? How many women are on the WIA board?

It is these structural fundamentals that can have the biggest impact. It matters not if those women are active on air, it simply matters that they care about the hobby. What I am suggesting here is not a destruction of the status-quo, but an expansion of opportunity.

However, if I have learned anything in my role as a D and I leader, it is that the diversity and inclusion is a marathon, not a sprint. Such a marathon requires a solid dedication from the highest levels of governance down to the everyday person. Like all marathons, it won't be easy and it requires some sacrifice, but to paraphrase my old school motto the outcome will certainly crown the effort

I'm Kimberly Olsen, VK2KMI"

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