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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 15 2018.
IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA SECRETARY AND DIRECTOR PETER VK8ZZ. -
WIA "YOU DO NOT 'OWN' THAT FREQUENCY, VK5GR EXPLAINS. -
WIA AGM CONVENTION ANNOUNCE FURTHER SPEAKERS.
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF APRIL 15
There has been a 92% increase in portable radio coverage in the Parramatta CBD,
following the completion of a new radio site in the area.
Critical Comms Magazine are saying this will prove beneficial for emergency
and essential services, enabling them to better protect the Parramatta
Barry Wademan, Acting Chief Superintendent, Sheriff's Office, said the
in-building improvements have enabled law enforcement authorities to operate
"The significant improvement in GRN coverage has made it easier for our
officers to communicate across the precinct. Officers have reported a
10-out-of-10 improvement in reception and clarity in all three courts,"
This project is part of the wider Critical Communications Enhancement Program
that NSW Telco Authority is rolling out across VK2, increasing radio coverage
throughout the state.
Radio pirate sentenced to 21 months
Jonathan Nally, writing in criticalcomms.com says a man who broadcast spurious
and potentially harmful calls on Victoria Police radio channels has been
sentenced to 21 months' jail.
It's said Vaughan William George, 42, broadcast illegal calls on multiple
occasions between January and October 2017. In one transmission, he attempted
to call off a police chase following an armed robbery.
The 42 year old was sentenced in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court
on numerous charges, including illegally operating a radio communications
transmitter, operating a transmitter to interfere with Victoria Police
telecommunications, and drug and car theft offences.
Hi I'm Peter VK8ZZ.
The WIA Annual General Meeting and Conference is nearly upon us. The Gold Coast
Amateur Radio Society who are running the event this year have a fantastic
2-day program in store for attendees. I for one am certainly looking forward
to the event.
The full program is available on the WIA web site (wia.org.au) and
registrations are now open.
The AGM will be video recorded again this year. The video recording will be put
up on the WIA web site after the event.
The AGM and Forum papers will be published on the Web site well ahead of the
AGM. These papers include the Directors Report to Members, the Financials and
the Audit Report. The Forum Committee reports and papers will also be published
on the WIA web site well ahead of the convention weekend.
As advised last year in the Board Minutes and subsequently in the National
Broadcast last December the AGM papers will not be distributed at the AGM event.
Members that require a paper copy of the reports and forum papers can request
them by contacting the national office by letter or by email.
These AGM reports and FORUM papers will NOT be available at the AGM and Forum.
Last week the WIA had their regular meeting with the Australian Communications
and Media Authority. At that meeting several items were discussed including:-
ACMA database errors and callsign duplication
Wireless Power Transfer and possible interference issues that may arise,
The need for a photograph on Amateur Operator Certificate of Proficiency
Review of Syllabus and Assessments
5 Year Spectrum Outlook
Upcoming LCD submissions
Foundation Callsigns options
Representation at WRC-19 in 2019
As well as many other matters of mutual interest
On another matter, Recently I had an amateur contact me to discuss the WIA
membership subscription fees. The member considered the AR magazine as the
primary benefit of membership and queried the value of membership now that we
only have 6 issues per annum. I pointed out that the primary benefit of
membership was actually National and International representation.
This fact was actually confirmed as the primary benefit of membership shown
when the respondents to the surveys which were conducted last year. Indeed well
over 75% of participants felt there was a high value to members from ongoing
national and international representation which was undertaken by the WIA.
The WIA will participate in the World Radio Conference in 2019 and further
information will be included in these broadcasts later this year.
The current Board are mindful of the costs of travel for attending club events,
so don't forget if your club would like to chat with a Board Member or have a
director address a meeting, we would be very pleased to participate in a video
link up with your club or event. Contact the national office to request our
Thanks for taking the time to listen to me.
This has been Peter VK8ZZ WIA Director and WIA Secretary,
Good morning - this is Grant VK5GR on behalf of the WIA
Today I am here to ask everyone a question. Who owns a frequency?
What should you do if your favourite frequency is already in use one morning?
What if your favourite frequency was full of digital signals one morning?
What would be your response?
There are many users of our frequency bands and many stations have different
capabilities. Some people enjoy rag chewing on a net for example from simple
stations, while others enjoy the chase for that elusive rare one, that top 30
DXCC station that may only be on air once in 5 to 10 years. Yet others enjoy
contesting in various modes, including RTTY. How do we get all of these
different activities to share the bands? Do you know the rules?
Section 7 of the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence)
Determination is what applies here. It clearly states that "The licensee must
not operate an amateur station if its operation causes harmful interference to
Considering this, what do you think should take priority in situations like
occurred this week on 40m, where a local VK net started up on top of a rare
DXpedition operation on the same frequency?
Maybe the defence that "I couldn't hear them so I could use the frequency is
valid"? But is it, especially if you were warned by other VK stations trying to
work the rare DX that the frequency was in use? Should you continue to run the
net even though it is obvious you can hear the DX station?
My net has operated here for 40 years - everyone should know that and should
move out of my way - is this a valid position to take?
Maybe you switch on one morning and hear RTTY signals on your frequency - but
because they are not SSB it's ok to start up on SSB on the same frequency
anyway - is that valid too?
Take a moment to think about this. Are these positions valid considering the
regulations? Most of all, are any of these actions respectful of your fellow
amateurs who you are sharing the spectrum with?
I leave you with these questions this morning and ask you to consider - what
would you do?
I'm Grant VK5GR for the WIA
Dear fellow operator,
Here on the Gold Coast the Commonwealth games are drawing to a close, (Sunday)
just in time for the WIA Annual Radio and Electronics Convention (Including the
WIA AGM) which is to be held on the 18th to 20th of May, 2018.
For those who have not already booked for the event we encourage you to review
the program at http://www.wia.org.au/convention
A number of operators have indicated that seafood is not their cup of tea and
in light of this the venue has agreed to expand the menu for Saturday dinner to
include, from their Great Aussie BBQ menu, Beef Medallions, and Peri-Peri
Chicken accompanied by a range of salads and other BBQ delicacies.
During Saturday the 19th of May Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH) from Redcliffe Radio
Club will be introducing us to Meteor Scatter Operation and Roger Crofts
(VK4YB) will be providing some insight into 620m and 2200m DXing.
Dr Kevin Johnston is a medical practitioner not a PhD scientist and has been
continuously licenced since 1972 as a 14 year old schoolboy in the UK. Holding
no formal qualifications in electronics or RF engineering he is entirely
self-taught in this field. Dr Johnston has, however, been a ham much longer
than he has been a doctor and over the last 45+ years have had a go at most
areas of amateur radio operation. He is a member of the Brisbane VHF group,
the Redcliffe and Districts Radio club and the WIA. He has been actively
involved in Meteor Scatter operation for over six years and is entirely
fascinated by this mode of propagation. He has coordinated the Meteor Scatter
column in AR magazine for over five years and has authored a number of articles
on this subject.
Join Roger (VK4YB) as he demystifies DXing on the Low Frequency band.
Participants will embark on a journey of discovery as they learn how to get
started and the gear required, the facts and fantasy of antennas and propagation
characteristics before being provided with the best strategies for making your
first DX contact. Roger was licenced in 1965 as G3UPK, before becoming a
professional engineer, working mainly with Microwaves and Satellite
communications. The hobby interests were on the low bands. 630m and 2200m were
a natural progression. He is currently Managing Director of
Monitor Sensors P/L and President of the Caboolture Radio Club.
If you would like to know more about the event, please review the program and
register at http://www.wia.org.au/convention or email the organizing committee
We hope to see you on the sunny Gold Coast in 5 weeks
73 for now
( WIA Conference organising committee, text edition only )
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND
The ARRL reports UK radio amateur Chris Wilson 2 E 0 ILY made what may be the
first 136 kHz transatlantic contact with a radio ham in the USA operating
under FCC Part 97
Chris Wilson 2E0ILY in Shropshire worked Paul Kelley N 1 BUG in Maine using
the mode DFCW60 which is dual-frequency CW with a 60 second dit length.
This was not a quick contact.
It took four nights to complete, using night-by-night sequencing. The two-way
exchange included call signs, signal reports, and acknowledgements. They used
the TMOR reporting system, borrowed from the moon bounce world. The contact was
finally completed at 0020 GMT on March 28, 2018.
In expectation of the initiation of 5G services around the 2020 timeframe,
New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management has prepared a consultation document
addressing which bands might be used for 5G spectrum and their allocation.
RSM is seeking feedback on those matters, as well as on any other perceived
barriers to the rollout of 5G and interested parties have been invited to
comment on the issues by Monday, 30 April.
End of mission for PicSat satellite
PicSat, launched January 12, carried an amateur radio FM transponder.
Unfortunately following a loss of communications in March the team has had to
announce the end of the mission. On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 20 PicSat
fell silent after two successful morning passes over Europe.
Attempts to re-establish contact have failed, nothing has been heard from the
satellite, no sign of life.
The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports on reception of Over The
Horizon Radar (OTHR) from the Far East in the new 5 MHz (60m) allocation
The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1
newsletter can be read at the address in this week's text edition.
Toe Tapping Morse Code
So you thought morse code was of use no more except to those 'nostalgics' in
Well French startup 'Intellinium' has developed a work boot which can send and
receive coded messages based on morse code.
The smart safety boots have a SIM card and wirless module to send and receive
messages. Two sensors, one at the toe of the boot and one at the ankle can be
used by the wearer to send predefined messages based on morse code. Incoming
messages come in the form of vibrations or 80db alarm sounds.
The boots are designed to improve the safety of workers in noisy and isolated
places such as oil rigs and they are on refining the boots to suit a range
And a tip of the hat to Samuel Morse whose 227th birthday happens to be this
World Amateur Radio Day
Every April 18th, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration
of World Amateur Radio Day
The report on the IARU Region 1 site says:
It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was
formed in Paris.
Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave
spectrum far from being a wasteland could support worldwide propagation.
In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was "in grave
danger of being pushed aside," the IARU's history has noted. Amateur Radio
pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000
licensed operators! THREE MILLION!
April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world
about the science; this is an opportunity for amateurs to show their expertise
in digital and wireless communications, to those in the community who have
"wireless communication" interests, but haven't considered the association
with Amateur Radio.
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.
April 18 - WW - World Amateur Radio Day - IARU
April 21 - WW - INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY
Yes next Saturday, April 21st is International Marconi Day,
meaning HADARC will be operating the special callsign
VK2IMD from 10 am eastern time to 10 am on Sunday morning.
This is 9:30 central time, and 8 am in the West. IMD marks
Marconi's birthday, on April 25. Over the same period, IMD
"Award Stations" around the world in locations with a link
to Marconi will also be operating, on MF and HF bands.
The link for VK2IMD is that the first official message from
Britain to Australia, sent by Marconi's station in
north-west Wales, on behalf of Australian PM Billy Hughes,
and his minister, Cook was received by Fisk at his house in
Wahroonga in northern Sydney. This was 100 years ago in
September, and further events are planned for then. Given
that the message was from the PM, regarding his visit to
the troops in France, in the closing weeks of World War I,
this has attracted interest at the highest levels.
For VK1WIA News, this is Julian VK2YJS and AG6LE.
April 25 - VK/ZL AM CW for ANZAC DAY
April 28-29 - VK - AMRO Weekend
FOREWARNED - FOREARMED:-
Hi everyone I'm Nic VK7BEE and I'd just like to let you know that the weekend
of April 28th/29th will see our military radio enthusiasts hosting the inaugural
Australian Military Radio Operators Weekend.
Our group seeks to collect and restore all forms of ex military radio equipment
in order to see them resurrected and operated across the HF Amateur bands with
a new lease of life.
We will be firing up an exotic range of ex military radio equipment across the
HF bands covering World War Two through to the Vietnam era and beyond.
Our power outputs will range from QRP to 400 Watts PEP, and you won't be able to
miss us as we will be calling CQ Military Radio Weekend.
Our operations will range from home base to mobile including field locations
across most states of Australia. So whether you're a CW Operator, a Single Side
Band advocate or you prefer Ancient Modulation, the Australian Military Radio
Operators group look forward working you over this auspicious radio weekend. And
if by chance you also have ex military radio equipment, please feel free to fire
it up and join us on air to call CQ Military Radio Weekend.
Come and join us and help celebrate and commemorate all Radio Operators who
have served this great country of ours now and in the past. I look forward to
meeting with you on air.
This is Nic VK7BEE for the Australian Military Radio Operators weekend.
(from vk7tw txt only this week)
May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air
June 17 - IARU R3 - 2018 QRP Day Region 3
August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest
1968 was a tragic year for New Zealand shipping, with the loss of the ferry
Wahine and the grain ship Maranui plus a fire at sea aboard the liner Gothic.
Sixty-seven people died in these events, but many lives were saved through
remarkable feats of seamanship and heroism.
Fifty years later, these disasters will be commemorated by three amateur radio
special call signs, each one in use for a month during 2018.
During April, ZM 50 GW is on the air to remember the sinking of the
ferry TEV Wahine (call sign ZMGW) in Wellington, with the loss of 51 lives
(two others died later from injuries).
In June, ZM 50 LA will mark the sinking of the grain ship MV Maranui
(call sign ZMLA), with the loss of nine crew.
August, ZM 50M AUQ will commemorate the fire aboard SS Gothic (call sign MAUQ),
while sailing from Bluff to Panama, which killed seven people, although the
crewmen saved the ship and sailed her to Wellington.
A special QSL card will be issued in September, showing contacts with one or
more of the three special call signs.
For further information, visit maritimeradio.org/2018
In memory of the first human in space, the Yuri Gagarin International DX
Competition takes place from 21.00 GMT on Saturday the 14th to 21.00 GMT
on the 15th.
There are numerous categories, including SWL, and it will pay to check the
contest rules at http://gc.qst.ru/en/section/32 for details.
Operation is CW only on the 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz bands, plus amateur
satellites on any band.
The exchange is signal report plus your ITU Zone number, which is 55, 59,58
if you are somewhere in VKLand.
(sourced to RSGB)
THE DX EDGE
Tony, 3D2AG is active from Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu, OC-015, as T 2 AR from
14th to 21st April.
Operations will be from Top Band to 6m, including 60m, plus 2m meteor scatter.
QSL via 3 D 2 AG.
Finaly VK2KMI looks at some YL DX
Yls Do DX
6W. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is now active as 6W/IV3FSG from Thies, near Da-kar.
The length of her stay is unknown. Activity will be limited to her spare time
on 80 to 10 meters. Look for Elvira to operate SSB and possibly digital modes.
QSL via IK3GES.
("Mio") Miyoshi, JR3MVF, and Kay Eyman , WA0WOF will be operating from Bhutan
as A52YL from April 29, 2018 until May 5, 2018. They will be active from the
Dochula Eco Resort (Alt: 3150m) Bhutan. QRV on 80-6m SSB, CW & Digi. QSL via
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.
Well maybe more the RSGB workbench this week.
RSGB at Maker Faire UK
Maker Faire UK is one of the largest hands-on exhibitions for those who enjoy
experimenting with all forms of technology, making and crafting.
Members of the RSGB's Training & Education Committee, supported by
the Youth Committee, will be attending Maker Faire UK on 28th &
29th April at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE
A special guest speaker for the next regular Waverley Amateur Radio Society
Club Meeting on Wednesday 18th April will talk on " Cracking Germany's Enigma
Code in World War II".
Ross Clements will commence at 7.30pm in Monash Hall at the Rose Bay RSL Club
in Vickery Avenue.
Ross has a diploma in adult education and has tutored in the subjects of
science, chemistry, physics and mathematics. He will demonstrate an Enigma
machine on the night. This is a presentation not to be missed.
(sourced to CRARC)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)
Our hobby is full of acronyms which can cause confusion to our 'newbies'
ARISS is one such 'beast.'
ARISS is 'Amateur Radio on the International Space Station' a cooperative
venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that
support the International Space Station (ISS).
In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Centre for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS)
and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts
via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in
classrooms or public forms.
Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and
communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.
For more information:-
Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
(AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ((ANS))
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
(1000utc during daylight saving)
We made mention several times this past month of the THELMA SOUPER MEMORIAL
CONTEST not being run this year (it should have been this weekend.)
This is primarily a New Zealand contest organised by WARO. Women Amateur Radio
Last year the contest winner was Whanganui, Branch 48 of the NZ Amateur Radio
Transmitters. Val ZL2FO, and Ivan ZL2ATU, picked up the female and male
national trophies in the WARO competition.
[ Coincidentally, Val and Ivan's first contact was each other ]
Thelma Souper worked to establish amateur radio as a hobby for women and to
have women accepted as equals. Many women became licensed hams through the
involvement of their husbands. With Thelma, the sequence was reversed.
She became the second woman in New Zealand to gain her licence in 1931,
30 years before her husband.
She got her licence the day before they were married.
She was instrumental in creating WARO, Women Amateur Radio Operators in
New Zealand in 1962.
[WARO Bulletin via CRARC]
Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK, gained notoriety in 2004 for creating a complete
Commodore 64 system on a chip housed within a joystick, called C64 Direct-to-TV.
That "computer in a joystick" could run 30 video games from the early 1980's,
and at peak, sold over 70,000 units in a single day via the shopping channel.
Now Jeri AI6TK will be AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker at the banquet which takes
place during Hamvention 2018 in May
Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK, will present on her innovative ideas and adventures in
Jeri is an American entrepreneur, self-taught engineer, and an autodidact
computer chip designer and inventor.
Ellsworth co-founded CastAR in 2013 and stayed with the company until its
In 2016, she passed all three amateur radio exams, earned her Amateur Extra
license, and received the AI6TK call sign. This has now launched new adventures
into Amateur Radio.
She has been featured in January 2017 QST and in YouTube videos from
Quartzfest earlier this year. Jeri has been given a free hand to speak on
whatever topic she wishes (as long as it's amateur radio, somewhat).
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP and WEAK SIGNAL COMMUNICATION
'Fun with low power Amateur Radio', or QRP - in Bendigo on April 20th.
Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invite you to 'Fun with low power
Amateur Radio' by Peter Parker VK3YE who will discuss:-
- The equipment, antennas and operating procedures needed to enjoy
low power amateur radio
- The cheap kit that sets you up to fail
- Why expensive antennas aren't always best
- and operating tricks to snag that contact
The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday April 20th at the BAREC club room,
20 Longlea Lane, Longlea. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available.
Peter and the BAREC members will look forward to seeing you there!
(Graeme Knight VK3GRK)
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
Wicen Northern Rivers (Lismore area) will be providing radio communications
for the Girard State Forest Horse Enduro. A great weekend in the bush just
east of Drake.
Summerland Amateur Radio Club will be crossing the border into VK4 and providing
radio communications for the Spring Mountain Horse Enduro. Another good
weekend in the scrub on the south western outskirts of Brisbane, very close by
our Editor, Baker Bakers QTH.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
The secret of success -- on VHF, UHF and microwaves
We could learn from radio astronomy when after the second world war, the
first large 76 metre parabolic dish was constructed at Jodrell Bank in the UK.
In time it was realized that it did not have enough gain. The 27-dish array at
Socorro in New Mexico, USA, mounted on a Y-rail line made a great improvement
until the 305-metre fixed dish came on stream in Puerto Rico, which in turn was
recently eclipsed by the 500-metre fixed dish in China.
Currently scientists are anxiously awaiting the completion of the low-array of
the SKA in the Outback of Australia and the 3 000-dish mid-array in South Africa
in 2024, which will cover a total frequency range of 50 MHz to 15 GHz.
We Wireless amateurs should take cognizance of this and build the highest gain
Yagi arrays that we can afford, the results will surprise you as well as the
Social Scene 2018
April 22 - VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swapmeet 10-2PM
April 22 - VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Buy, Swap and
April 22 - VK4 - Snow's RadioActive Observation Trial (tarc)
theTARCinc President Snow/VK4ME is currently planning out the
2018 RadioActive Observation Trial, happening in the Townsville
area from 11am on Sunday 22nd April. Starting point is SES HQ
Carpark at West End, it will be fun for all the family and
a Sausage Sizzle is planned at the finishing point of the Trial.
May 4 - 7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
May 12 - VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest (VK3GL)
May 18 - 20 - VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast
June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
Australian Fox Hunting Championship - Mt Gambier
June 9 & 10 - VK2 - Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend - Oxley Radio ARC
July 7 & 8 - VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
August 4 VK3 - Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)
Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
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