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WIA Bord Comment - Marcus, vk5wtf


Canberra begins rural telecoms review

A committee has been established for the next review of telecommunications
services in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee is convened
every three years to examine regional telecommunication services.

Six members have been appointed to the committee, which brings a wealth of
experience in the telecommunications sector and an extensive understanding
of regional Australia.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for those in the regions to have their say
on how they use telecommunication services and the issues that affect them,"
said Minister for Regional Communications Senator Bridget McKenzie.

"The review will examine regional telecommunications issues closely and
examine how rural Australians can maximise the economic and social benefits
that next-generation telecommunication services can provide."

The review will commence shortly and all rural Australians are encouraged
to participate.

The committee will shortly call for submissions and will undertake public
consultations in regional and rural areas later in the year. It is expected
to report to government by the end of September 2018.

(sourced to vk7wi news)

Over 2000 QSOs and Eight Anniversary Awards Issued Already

Wisnu YB 0 AZ, Indonesian IARU Director lets us know that up until 28 May
the IARU Region 3 50th Anniversary Award has already been issued to eight
amateur radio operators.

The three Special Event Station active (HL 50 IARU, our own VI 50 IARU3,
along with YB 50 IARU have made 2374 QSOs on 80 meters through to 2 meters
as well as satellite QSOs via IO-86 and AO-91.

Congratulations to JR 3 AAZ who received the first certificate of the
IARU Region 3 50th Anniversary Award.

Every station who is in the log, can download their QSL card directly from
the award website.

Last week we told you of probably VK's first Foundation Members net using
the catchy moniker 'F-TROOP.'

Now from the west wing comes news of VK's longest RUNNING 'new comers net.'

Since 2011, VK6's own Onno VK6FLAB has been running F-TROOP, for new and
returning hams. So much so, that the WIA has awarded Onno in the past for
his commitment to Foundation Licensees.

In this time, the net has been run more than 360 times.

It has close to 500 contributing callsigns and this year expects to reach
its 4,000th contact.

The net runs Saturday mornings, from 00:00-01:00 UTC and can be heard across
the world.

And it's not just VK6 that participate, but regular call-ins from across VK,
the US, and the UK.

It goes out:
- In VK6 on VK6RLM, 146.750 MHz,
- via EchoLink Conference *VK3JED*, node 42840,
- via IRLP node 9558
- via AllStarLink node 28608 (VK6ZGN), and
- via AllStarLink node 42732 (VK6-HUB).

If you'd like to talk about Amateur Radio, if you've just got your license,
if you're shy, or you just want a chat, drop in and say "Hi".

The net is run as a spoke and hub, which means you only need to remember
two callsigns, yours and that of net control, who, as their name suggests,
control or keep the conversation flowing by asking for check ins and

"How to Participate" along with Stats (including the log) can be accessed
in the "Stats" link from the F-Troop Web Page:

Please contact with any questions.

(Glynn VK6PAW)

All Hand On Deck...

This weekend you don't need to 'go down to the sea in ships' to participate
in a fun 'world wide event.'


Ham stations will work from a wide variety of museum ships that include
submarines, aircraft carriers, battleships, there is a Civil War Ironclad
Gunboat and a concrete hulled merchant ship from WW1 to name but a few
in this 'on air flotilla.'

The Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio are operating call sign VK 4 GLA
from HMAS Gladstone during the International Museum Ships Weekend 2-3 June

Ray VK4FRAL a member of the RaDAR club will be operating the club station
from the museum ship and wants all radio operators to participate in the
international event.

HMAS Gladstone is the only registered ship in Australia taking part.

There is a great article about the event in the Gladstone Observer
that can be found at the link below.


Hello, this is Marcus, vk5wtf with this week's board comment.

What a crazy few months I have had. I was looking at my log book the other
day and I could see how busy I have been with the lack of contacts. The
biggest thing I have done this year is spend a few weeks working on WSPR,
testing skip distance with 150 mW.

But... I'm also starting to hit a slump, some of you out there will have
been through it before, and some of you listening might be going through it
now. Last time I was off air for 8 years.

What can I do this time, well, going to events like the WIA Convention two
weeks ago, and having a chance to see how others enjoy the hobby. Oh, and a
big thanks to Rex, VK7MO, I was like a kid being allowed to play with a
really expensive toy when I worked USA via 10 GHz EME.

It got me thinking, what can I do that's different and exciting? What can we
all do to help others? Do you have a great story about what kept you going
and keen, or have you helped someone else keep their interest alive?

If you think it's big enough, send it to AR Magazine for publishing, if not,
share on social media, or send them to me,

vk5wtf, signing off.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the World Wide sources of the WIA
and local news services.

Help requested to monitor for signals from Chinese Lunar sats

After their launch on May 20, LJ 1 and LJ 2 were maneuvered onto a track
to the Moon.

Several amateurs received telemetry from the satellites, but now LJ 1
appears to have encountered problems.

Please try and monitor DSLWP-A on 435.425 and 436.425

They lost the contact of satellite A on S band after an orbit adjustment.

If operating, 435.425 MHz should be 500bps GMSK and JT4 alternately.

436.425 MHz should be 250 bps GMSK. Both transmit once in 5 minutes.

Nico, PA0DLO

IARU R1 highlights threat to higher ham radio bands

In issue 77 of the free IARU Region 1 VHF newsletter, the Chair of
VHF-UHF-uW committee Jacques ON4AVJ highlights the threats to vital
amateur radio spectrum

"In less than a year we will have our interim meeting about the use of
the spectrum above 30 MHz We have to face some challenges. I want to
invite all Member Societies to think about how to promote, defend and use
our frequencies," he said.

"They are wanted by others, both government and commercial, users.

So this is a wake-up call to be aware that if we not are using those bands
we will lose them.

Like some have said: 'use them or lose them' and "HF is not the only bands
for ham radio, but they are the easiest to use".

Download the May 2018 newsletter from

South Africa gets 100 kHz at 5 MHz (60m)

On Friday, May 25, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018
in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the
60 metre band as well as channel 5290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation
research project

The South African Radio League reports:

The National Radio Frequency Plan is a nearly 300-page document which
covers the entire radio frequency spectrum. The plan is in Government
Gazette 41650 which will from next week be available from the Government
Printer's website under general notice 266. The SARL will carefully
consider all the amateur allocations and ensure that a band plan is in

The spectrum 5350 to 5450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio
amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, the SARL Council is working
on the 60 m band plan. Council will publish the band plan as soon as
possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.

In addition, the channel 5290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons
deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue
to use this frequency.

EmComm antenna supports mounted at Wahkiakum HS

The County Sheriff's Department of Emergency Services teamed up with the
Wahkiakum School District, Wahkiakum County PUD and the Wahkiakum Amateur
Radio Club to get one step closer to being able to deal effectively with
"the big one."

The step was to hang pulleys and ropes at the baseball field so that
emergency antennas can very quickly be hoisted and used to facilitate
communications from that county out to anywhere else in the world when
the Volcano 'blows it's top.'

The next step will be to test the system from 11:00 a.m., Saturday June 23
to 11:00 a.m., Sunday June 24 during Amateur Radio Field Day.

Many communications modes will be tested using five antennas and stations,
including Morse Code, FM simplex voice, single sideband, PSK31, FT8, MFSK16.

Full story

(sourced to SouthGate)


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

June 17 - IARU R3 - 2018 QRP Day Region 3
June 22-23 - VK - Winter VHF-UHF Field Day

July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest

Thomas, F 4 HPX, will once again be active as FR/F4HPX from various locations
on Reunion Island (AF-016) until June 15th.

Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, JT65, JT9 and
possibly FT8.

QSL via the Bureau.

Be listening for Walter HB9XBG operating as FO/HB9XBG from Bora Bora
Island in French Polynesia between June 7-17th. Activity will be on 20
meters SSB. QSL via his home call sign.

II 1 ITR will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the so-called Red Tent,
an Italian airship that set out to explore the North Pole.

Continuing to the 25th of June, the plan is to work on all bands and all

QSL and other information is available at for IT 1 ITR


Pacific Tour

Dave, WJ2O, has announced his plans to activate a few islands in the Pacific
before and after he joins the KH1/NH7Z Baker Island DXpedition.

His tentative schedule (all dates are approx.) is as follows:

American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 8th; for 2 days
Samoa (5W) -- Around June 11th; for 2 days
American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 13th; for 4 days; signing KH8/WJ2O
Baker Island (KH1) -- Around June 27th; for 10 days
Fiji (3D2) -- Around July 13th for 4 days

Dave reports from the Visalia DX Convention:
I don't have a license for Samoa or Fiji yet.
I know on American Samoa I will sign simply KH8/WJ2O.
With the group on Baker we are KH1/KH7Z.

(sourced to SouthGate)

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 until 31st August.

(sourced to memnet)

VB18FIFA: World Cup 2018 Football Amateur Radio Marathon

Special call VB 18 FIFA will be on the air from June 1 to July 15 for the
2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Members of the Maritime Contest Club will represent Canada and Radio Amateurs
of Canada at the request of the Russian Amateur Radio Union, the national
organization of Radio Amateurs in Russia.

The SRR has partnered with Amateur organizations in 60 countries to organize
special event stations.

Unfortunately QSLs will be via Logbook of The World only but an award for
working FIFA stations is available from the SRR online


See the VB18FIFA page on QRZ for more details.

(sourced in part to RAC)

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 until 27th June.


Radio Caroline 2018

The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station
GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long weekend
3rd to 5th August.

They also have arranged trips out to visit the ship for a tour including
studios, transmitter room etc.

(Sourced to SouthGate)

GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

"Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf
of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio
within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.

(Sourced to SouthGate)


Lunar eclipses and climate change

Strange but true:

You can learn a lot about climate change by watching lunar eclipses. At
the 46th Global Monitoring Annual Conference in Boulder, Colorado,
a climate scientist announced new results from decades of monitoring.

They suggest that Earth's clear stratosphere is contributing about as much
to recent warming as the global increase of greenhouse gases.

Visit for the full story.



Many amateurs are experimenting with various digital voice modes, such as
Yaesu System Fusion C4FM, D-STAR and DMR etc.

Well there is also a digital voice mode for HF radio operations too, FreeDV.

While text based HF digital modes are common, FreeDV is the first new VOICE
mode for HF since SSB was introduced in the 1950s and 60s.

David, VK5DGR, has just released the latest FreeDV 700D mode. This uses a
700 bit/s speech voice codec, powerful forward error correction, and a new
modem to send digital speech over HF radios.

Testing of FreeDV 700D has demonstrated that it is outperforming SSB on
poor channels.

Here is a demo of SSB, followed by FreeDV 700D, on a poor quality 3,200 km
path between Adelaide and the Bay of Islands, in New Zealand.

You can run FreeDV using any PC set up for digital modes, using the
FreeDV 1.3 GUI program, which you can download from freedv dot org

Australian FreeDV activity is on 7.177 and 14.236 MHz
You can coordinate FreeDV QSOs using the FreeDV QSO finder on

So why not try FreeDV, and join us in experimenting with this exciting and
powerful new mode on the HF bands!

More information may be found on the AREG and WIA webpages in the text
edition of this broadcast

73 from Ben, VK5BB, for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.

HAMNET amateur radio network is growing

DARC report the number of nodes and link routes for the HAMNET amateur
radio network is rising

Hamnet is a high-speed digital radio network that interconnects automated
ham radio stations and its services, such as Packet Radio,
Allstarlink/EchoLink/ IRLP, APRS, Paging and Amateur Television
using radio links on the higher bands like 13 cm, 6 cm and 3 cm.

A Google English translation of the DARC post reads:
"There were 719 links in 2017 and in 2018 821 were counted."

There is also an increase of the Hamnet entrances reported on 13 cm,
6 cm and 9 cm.



HamVideo transmitter test

Since mid April, the HamVideo transmitter onboard Columbus has not been
working. On Friday June 1, 2018 UTC the Ham Video system will be tested.

The transmitter will be down powered step by step.

Next the antenna cable will be connected to the second S-band antenna.

Finally, the transmitter will be powered on step by step.

These operations, to be performed by crew, are scheduled 17.25 - 17.55 UTC.

The ISS will pass over Europe 45 minutes later, at 18.40 UTC.

Ground stations are invited to monitor the signal and report.

Interested parties can monitor the test by connecting to:

We are looking forward to this test, hoping that the transmitter will
start working again.

73, Gaston Bertels ON4WF


German astronaut to make second trip to ISS

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF 5 ONO, will be launched into space on
6 June alongside Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev and NASA astronaut
Serena Aun-Chancellor.

ESA astronaut Alexander KF5ONO and the other pair will blast off from
Kazakhstan and will arrive at the International Space Station two days

This will be Alexander's second spaceflight. He is also the second ESA
astronaut to take over command of the International Space Station.



Irish Islands IOTA Tour 2018

Beginning June 1st 2018, the EIDX Group are activating all Irish IOTA

Using the 'Echo Juliet' prefix, EJ0DXG will be QRV from IOTA EU-006,
EU-007, EU-103 and EU-121 this northern summer.

Supported by a beautiful plaque will be available for whoever
works them on 4 different IOTA Groups.

So, as a 'Bonus' or 'Wildcard' station, EI 0 DXG will also be QRV from
Mainland Ireland (EU-115) throughout and until September 30th 2018.

Some of these islands are also in rare Grid squares and for Worked All
Ireland followers...will also count towards the Island award.

Starting off with 'Little Saltee Island' EU-103 on June 15/16/17/18th....
the group will be QRV on HF and 6m bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes.

July will see activity from the Great Blasket Island EU-007.

August will see EU-121 grace the bands from Bere Island.

Their last Island activity ends September 16th as part of their DX
weekend from Inishmore, Aran Islands EU-006.

(Irish Radio Transmitters Society)


This weekend members of the Rockhampton and Gladstone Amateur Radio Clubs
are manning the radio room of museum ship HMAS GLADSTONE in the port of
Gladstone Queensland.

They are participating in the International Museum Ships Weekend.

Over 100 ships from around the world are registered for the event.

A new club callsign for the HMAS GLADSTONE, VK 4 GLA has just been received
and will be operating across the bands. Have a listen, the crew of
operators at VK4GLA are standing by for your contact, so give them a call.

Also give II 4 AMP a call.

In conjunction with this weekends 'Museum Ships Weekend Event'
members of A.R.I., The Italian Amateur Radio Association, will
activate the callsign II 4 AMP.

The station is close to the relic keel of Guglielmo Marconi's yacht
'Elettra', which is kept at the Museum, and will ideally give new life
to its 'voice', allowing the radio amateurs over all the world to get
in contact with it during this weekend of June 2-3rd.

QSL Manager is IQ 4 FE (by the Bureau or direct).

Details of this international Amateur radio event are at

(VK4ACC and SouthGate)


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

This month as well as all the latest Club news, Ian VK3JS will be presenting
two articles, one on Gertrude Elion, a woman who contributed much to
science, and the other on Radioactivity.

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in
and to join in the call backs afterwards.

The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC
2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.

At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit the
program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz

At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted
simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on
80 metres on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC
networks plus a TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at where you also find full details about our Club.

Tune in tomorrow for the June RAOTC bulletin.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

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

Ham kids build, learn tech skills

The Xenia Gazette reports young people were taught how to solder and built
their own technology kits at Hamvention

The amateur radio convention's Youth Tech area, sponsored by Dayton Amateur
Radio Association, provided a space for youth ages 9-18 to build their own
technology kits.

"The idea here is to teach kids skills such as soldering, which has been
pretty much lost by recent generations kids don't grow up knowing how
to do that anymore," Jeff KD 8 SHF, Chair of the Youth Tech Committee, said.

"So it teaches them skills on how to solder and at the same time they get
to build some kits that teach different principles."

He pointed out a boy working on a wireless Tesla speaker.
"Essentially when he's done with it, he can plug it into any audio source
such as his phone," he said. "It's a perishable skill that kids are losing
today because they don't grow up doing this," he continued. "This is a way
to re-instill those skills, because they're still very useful skills."

Read the full story at



Bob Hope promoting amateur radio in a 1977 broadcast radio spot

sourced to reddit,

Social Scene 2018

June 2 - VK4 Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club's REDFEST 8.30AM (VK4TFN)
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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