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WIA Annual Radio & Electronics Convention (Including the WIA AGM). -



If you're listening to this broadcast in Tasmania on the 3.57 80 meter channel
you won't understand a word we say today.. in fact you won't hear the news at all!


The 80m re-broadcast frequency is moving.

This is due to the change in the band plan and this move will keep it clear of
the digital segment and other broadcasts.

The frequency has altered to 3.67MHz plus or minus QRM to put it into the
SSB segment.


A note from the WIA Secretary says 3 positions on the WIA Board will be vacated
at this year's AGM, May 19.

The vacancies were created by the retirement of David VK4MZ, Brian VK2GCE and
Phil VK2ASD. The retiring members were eligible to renominate. A little later
Immediate Past President of the WIA will join us.

Now, John Marshall, the returning officer of the Wireless Institute of
Australia declared that only 2 nominations were received:

Aidan Mountford - VK4APM
Brian Clarke - VK2GCE

So these two nominees have been elected unopposed to the board of the WIA for a
period of 2 years from the date of the next AGM, 20 May 2018.

One position on the board remains unfilled.

(VK8ZZ WIA Secretary)

Over on the Gold Coast the Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close 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

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 or email the organizing committee

We hope to see you on the sunny Gold Coast in 4 weeks

73 for now

( WIA Conference organising committee )

50 years ago, on the 12th April 1968 a Regional arm of the International Amateur
Radio Union, IARU Region 3, was established in Sydney.

The IARU itself came into existence on the 14th April, 1925, at the Faculty of
Science, Paris University, where a congress made up of representatives from a
number of world-wide amateur radio organisations met to form a united voice for
wireless experimenters. This was, a truly far sighted move by those involved!

The need for such an organisation was just as great then as it is now. Then,
wireless communications was on the cusp of rapid change, largely brought about
by the opening up of the short wave bands and the introduction of broadcasting.
Today we have to contend with even more intense demands, particularly on our
spectrum allocations - the very necessary 'parklands amongst the industrial
world' in which we need to survive!

In April 1968, representatives from Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand and
Australia met in Sydney to establish a Region 3 organisation. Other countries,
Ceylon, India, South Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong indicated their support for
the meeting but were unable to attend.

At that meeting, it was decided to proceed with a Region 3 Association and
establish an interim Directorate of five, representing the countries present.
They were appointed to legally act for the Association until the Plenary (all
inclusive) meeting which was scheduled for Tokyo in 1971.

Region 3 Today.

Like most amateur radio involvements, the voluminous hard work is carried out by
volunteers. Indeed our hobby would not exist if it was not for dedicated
volunteers throughout the amateur ranks who give so freely of their time and
expertise for the benefit of all. Regional activities are no exception and can be
even more stressful due to the distances involved, language differences,
let alone the often diametrically opposed points of view of some country's

From the humble beginnings at the Inaugural meeting in 1968, IARU Region 3 now
has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation 50 years ago, the
WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI 50 IARU 3 which will be valid
for four months until August 31, Felix VK4FUQ will have more on this call
'further down the log.'

Should you wish to make use of the call sign please email

Every radio amateur needs the IARU!

(Fred - VK3DAC)

WIA Director Phil Wait, VK2ASD, calls it a day.

If you have been following the nominations for the WIA Board positions you will
know, that after about 14 years as a WIA Director, many as vice-President and
four as President, I am not standing again this year.

All things must come to an end, and some would say this end has been a long time
coming. Personally, I'm looking forward to following some other interests and
doing a bit more sailing.

Looking back over the last few years, I think the greatest achievements of the
past few Boards have been:

The uninterrupted business of the Institute following the unexpected passing of
its founding President.

The strong commitment shown to the National and International advocacy work of
the WIA, and the continued strong support of the IARU.

Working with the ACMA in the lead-up to the new Radio Communications act.

The effective action against the threat of Access BPL systems that were looking
like a real threat at the time.

The ANZAC commemorations over the last few years were a real highlight,

But, to my mind, the single most important achievement has been the lowering of
entry barriers to participation in amateur radio in Australia, through the
introduction of the Foundation license, and the assurance that amateur radio
still has a strong part to play in today's highly technology driven society.

It is especially encouraging to see amateur radio finding a place in STEM
education, and in the toolkits of the new breed of electronics experimenters,
often called Makers.

Naturally we also had disappointments, especially the failure to achieve a 1kW
limit for advanced licensees, though I'm pleased to see that issue is back on
the table as part of the WIA's suggested changes to the Amateur LCD's.

Now, let me share some of my thoughts about the WIA itself.

The WIA is an extremely complex organisation run by a bunch of dedicated
volunteers, each bringing their own abilities, experiences, interests and
passions. However, financially, the WIA is only about the size of your local
fish + chip shop.

The variety and complexity of functions performed by the WIA is manifestly out
of proportion to its size and financial resources, and the regulations and
expectations placed upon the WIA are now much greater than they were only a few
years ago, not to mention the negative aspects of new social media.

Many large and well-resourced companies are much simpler to run than the WIA.

In short-the WIA is expected to do impossibly complex things with impossibly
limited finances, mostly by unpaid volunteers who sometimes get harshly
criticised, and who could be doing something much more enjoyable in their spare
time. This is why I still find it difficult to fathom the motives of those who
were so strongly opposed to the WIA towards the end of my Presidency, and
apparently continue to oppose it. Looking back at it, it's very hard to see what
was achieved other than a great deal of disruption and expense to members.

Over the past year, as you would expect, the new Directors have put their own
stamp on the WIA and have taken steps to improve the organisations financial
viability. Some of these steps have been very difficult, such as cutting back
the frequency of AR Magazine, but they are necessary for the WIA to remain
viable and the effective voice for Australian radio amateurs.

The current Board is also working to modernise the administration and governance
of the institute and improving way it works with its volunteers.

The WIA's Directors and volunteers are all putting in the hard yards, and they
deserve your full support. If you are serious about supporting your hobby, you
simply must be a member of the WIA.

So, that's it from me. I've very much enjoyed my time on the WIA Board and I've
had the privilege to work with some very talented and dedicated associates and
friends. I'd like to sincerely thank everyone I've met and worked with at the
WIA. Thank you for all your efforts over the years, and for putting up with my
shortcomings and idiosyncrasies. I'd also like to wish the new Board every
success in what will continue to be a very difficult, but vitally important, job.

This is Phil Wait VK2ASD, speaking for myself this time. 73's.


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 first ARRL VEC Amateur Radio examination session in Cambodia was held on
April 5. The session resulted in two new Technician licensees, both Cambodian
nationals, and one university professor who tested all the way to Amateur
Extra-class in a single bound.

Currently, no path exists for Cambodians to obtain an Amateur Radio license in
that Southeast Asia nation, but qualifying for an FCC-issued US license enables
licensees to obtain a Cambodian license based on their US tickets.

DF6NM wins inventor award

Markus Vester, DF6NM has been honoured as one of the "Inventors of the Year"
for 2017.

As a Principal Key Expert at Siemens, he has worked on MRI systems since the
pioneering days.

Markus says, "I have to say that such an award shouldn't be regarded as a
solitary achievement, but rather also as an appreciation of the fine people
and bright minds I am allowed to work with. Like many engineers who are also
radio amateurs, work and play have never been completely separate aspects of
my life. Inspiration tends to flow both ways between the two."

The ESA just discovered a second magnetic field surrounding our planet

A trio of satellites studying our planet's magnetic field have shown details of
the steady swell of a magnetic field produced by the ocean's tides.

Four years of data collected by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm mission
have contributed to the mapping of this 'other' magnetic field, one that could
help us build better models around global warming.

This field also leaves its signature in the alignment of particles embedded in
da Earth's crust.


Last week in parts of Canada, dogs started barking at the midnight sky.

The canines were responding to a bright purple ribbon of light--also known as

The apparition, which occurred during a G1-class geomagnetic storm, was so
long-lasting that at least one onlooker had time to capture rare video of the

Visit to see STEVE in motion.

ARRL's new Chief Executive Officer, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, moved one floor down
at ARRL Headquarters earlier this year to assume leadership of the organization
with an overarching goal of promoting the League's mission: "To advance the art,
science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio."

Barry has spent much of his tenure at ARRL Headquarters toiling out of the
limelight, so he's a bit of an unknown quantity within the greater Amateur Radio
community. But he brings to his new position nearly 3 decades of experience as
ARRL's Chief Financial Officer.

Shelley intends to leverage that background in his role as CEO, enabling him to
hit the ground running.

A Nevada ham radio operator, who was as famous locally for his five acre
loop antenna as he was for being the host of the most listened-to night time
radio program in the country, has died.

Art Bell W 6 OBB (4 F 1 AB) passed away Friday, Nye County Sheriff Sharon
Wehlry announced Bell's death in a video released on social media. Sheriff Sharon
did not give a cause of death.

Known world-wide, Bell was the host of "Coast to Coast AM" an up-all-night
program that featured paranormal activity, UFO encounters, and conspiracies
of every type. His program was carried on more than 500 broadcast stations.

With more than 15 million nightly listeners, Bell's show was the highest
listened to night time program and the fourth highest listened to program
overall on the radio.


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

April 25 - VK/ZL AM CW for ANZAC DAY
April 28-29 - VK - AMRO Weekend


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.

May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

June 17 - R3 - IARU Region3 2018 QRP Day

August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest



Robert Broomhead tells us that that Com Games call sign we have mentioned
over the past few broadcasts has already logged in excess of 500 QSOs

Yes whilst the Commonwealth games have drawn to a close, making contact with
the special event station VI 4 GAMES is still possible right up until the 31st
of May when the licence issued by the ACMA expires.

Don't miss out on your opportunity to work this special event station and to
receive the very attractive commemorative QSL card.

VI 50 IARU 3

IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation
50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI50IARU3
which will be on air for four months 1st April until 31st August.

(sourced to memnet)

4 X 0 BG

Active is special call sign 4 X 0 BG between 10.00 UTC 20th April and 22.00 UTC
on the 21st. during Israel's 70th anniversary celebration from "Ben Gurion's Hut"
(Holy land Square E27BS, WFF 4XFF-058) in the desert.

(sourced to RSGB)

Also from the Holy Land, prefix hunters will be interested in Special Event
stations on the air to celebrate 70 years of the State of Israel.

Some 7 stations with Prefix 4 X 70

and one station 4 Z 70

The actual calls to listen out for are:-
4X70A, 4X70E, 4X70I, 4X70L. 4X70R, 4X70S, 4X70J and 4Z70IARC.

The calls are on the air from 19th April - 27th June.


FISTS Club - East Asia
FISTS Club - Australasia
FISTS Club - UK & Europe
FISTS Club - Americas

Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908

In May 2018 the First Class CW Operators Club, FOC, will be celebrating its
80th anniversary.

Between May 1-31st, FOC members from around the world will be active on the
bands with CW with special callsigns, many of them containing the number '80'
or an 'FOC' suffix.

(sourced to SouthGate)


April 28-29 is the Australian Military Radio Operators Weekend as we just
heard from Nick VK7BEE, WELL this weekend is not confined to just Military
Equipment operations.

All other Radio Amateurs are welcome to work the Military Equipment Stations
and provide those operators with an opportunity to explain the weekend, the
aspects of the hobby that they are interested in, and explain more as to what
was needed to get the old rigs back on air and a chance for some who want to
know more about the equipment history and restoration.

Operators may even make contact with people who actually operated such equipment
in the services.


Net is held each Mondays on 3.570 MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.

And I also know our Editor, Graham VK4BB was more than a 'little chuffed' last
week when he received a certificate from ALARA for 22 years continuous
membership in ALARA. This went back to when he was 'sponsored', by VK4AOE
Margaret, in Dalby .. 'on yah Graham.'

Ann Renton Memorial Net

One of the friendliest radio nets in the land happens this Tuesday evening
April 24th from 7-30pm on the Townsville UHF Repeater and accessible via the
VK4TUB All-Star Link 46740 EchoLink VK4TUB-L 837230

The Ann Renton Memorial Net is open to young and old, YL or OM and is a
golden opportunity for anyone who needs practice on-air to go onto the net as
2nd operator.


Foundation to Honour Former ARRL Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC.

Former Section Manager and retired professor Betsey Doane, K1EIC, received
the Housatonic Community College Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award on April
19, during the college's 50th anniversary community celebration.

She has been on the cutting edge of major industry advancements in teaching
techniques for the visually impaired, has worked toward developing computer
literacy courses and has participated as a panellist at national and
international conferences.

Doane served as Connecticut Section Manager from 1991 until 2016, her 25
uninterrupted years of service establishing her as the dean of Section Managers
when she decided not to seek another term. Doane and her twin sister,
Barb Lombardi, K1EIR, were licensed in 1958,


YLs Around the World

On Friday April 13 at 0000 hrs utc a group of some 17 YLs from all over the globe
gathered on the ALARA Echolink server for the weekly YL Op Net. Topics of
conversation included a new online group for women interested in Amateur Radio,
beginning a club and how to get started in RaspberryPi.

Melanie AG4YL informs us of a new social media group just for YLs.

She writes:-

"We started this group for women, by women, to have a space to ask questions,
offer advice, and maybe learn something new about amateur radio. We administer
the group in such a way as to foster growth and enjoyment among its members.

Ask questions, share knowledge, comment on that new antenna you just put up
or the digital mode you've been dying to try! Need to know how to set up FT-8,
or what length to cut a dipole? The more YLs we get to join, the more answers
we'll get to questions like that. We've even enabled the chat so that you can
communicate in real-time.

I'm Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News

Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O'Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI

Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160

World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160

World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160

Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227

Calling Frequencies for PSK31

Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity Oak Valley.

The chance to make a real difference and show the youth of today how useful
Amateur Radio can be.

Teams tracking and a chance to set up portable at a spot you would not normally
go to.

If in the Kennedy Region arrive at Nighthawk HQ around 3pm on Saturday, then go
to your checkpoint for a night of easy operating in the field tracking the
progress of Nighthawk teams, with some in-flight entertainment as you observe
youth members try to impress the Scout Leader judges with finesse in their

Sat 31 June and Sun 1 July 2018 - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity
Oak Valley, for more info contact Townsville Amateur Radio Club.


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
Sell 10-3PM
April 22 - VK4 - Snow's RadioActive Observation Trial (tarc)

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)




The following person has provided feedback for inclusion on WIA news

Name : Tim Makins

Callsign : EI8IC

Email Address :

Feedback :

Australian amateurs might be interested in a new callbook program from Tim at
MapAbility (home of the Global Overlay Mapper) that takes the latest VK licensing
data and georeferences it to create an up-to-the-minute callbook that can be
visualised on Overlay and Online maps, and spatially queried and compared against
other data tables, imported lists (many types), ContestRadar, and your own ADIF
or Cabrillo logs. You can easily answer such questions as: How many hams are
based in grid-square PF95? What is the nearest Shire to SOTA entity AC-021? What
are the 5 nearest lighthouses to Merimbula, and what direction are they? How many
hams live within 50km of the Bald Rock National Park? Does a QSO with Iceland
cross Japan? Are there any special-event stations near to the Victoria State
Centre IOTA group? And many more..




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