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WIA Director and President with both a Board Report and announcement
of a very special 'Special Event' & station(s) VK 100 MARCONI & VI * MARCONI.


VI 70 MI is a Special Callsign issued to Commemorate 70 years of
Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions for Macquarie Island,
which since 1947 have served Australia in the south polar regions.

VK4JJW has more on VI70MI

The first ANARE Expedition to Macquarie Island was in March 1947.

The Special Event Callsign will be active from June 20th until August 31st
2018. (Winter Season)

All HF bands 160m-10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly digital modes also.

If you have an interest in activating VI 70 MI please contact Lee VK3GK

Email Lee at

*** Please Note: This Commemorative activity is from mainland Australia
OC-001 and NOT from Macquarie Island. ***

Both Zone 29 and Zone 30 will be active using VI70MI

In 1912, Australia pioneered the first radio communications in Antarctica
at the Commonwealth Bay base via a relay station at sub-Antarctic
Macquarie Island.

Australia established its first stations in the subantarctic at Heard Island
in December 1947 and Macquarie Island a few months later in March 1948.

The sub-Antarctic station on Macquarie Island was officially opened on
21 March 1948, with a team of 14 expeditioners staying for winter. Now for
the first time, expeditioners were not cut off from the world; instead
receiving regular news, and sending official and personal messages back home.

Tasmania to spend AU$22m on digital transformation in 2018-19

The Tasmanian government has delivered its 2018-19 state Budget, announcing
plans to spend $22 million on digital transformation during the year.

In particular, the state will be investing $10 million into its Digital
Transformation Priority Expenditure Program, $7.8 million on Project Unify,
and another $1.5 million on its Budget Information Management System.

Another digital transformation initiative, Project Unify, is hoping to
upgrade a number of "disparate, disconnected, and ageing" Police IT systems
that support policing operations and external clients.

The Apple Isle expects a further AU $2.3 million to be spent on
Project Unify in 2019-20.

( via VK7NEWS)

China's international radio service, China Radio International (CRI) has
taken over some of ABC Radio Australia's old shortwave radio frequencies
in the Pacific.

The national broadcaster ended its shortwave services last year in favour of
delivering its content on new platforms, which resulted in savings of
$1.9 million.

CRI has picked up at least two frequencies that broadcast into the Pacific:
9580khz and 7240khz.

Radio Australia ceased shortwave broadcasting in January 2017.

An enquiry is being conducted jointly by the departments of Communications
and the Arts along with the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade.

Peter Marks, VK2TPM has more:-

The terms of reference are very broad, but they specifically mention
shortwave radio. Is shortwave radio still valuable and does it have a
role in this world of smartphones and podcasts?

Australia has a long history on shortwave, starting back in 1939.

Radio Australia had an enviable reputation for unbiased and uncensored news
reporting. Often the fact that a controversial story in the Asia Pacific
region was covered on Radio Australia meant that local media could then also
report on these stories.

In times of natural disaster, or local political turmoil, shortwave gets
through when everything else goes down.

Google "asia pacific shortwave review" to find the terms of reference.

The link is

The review is seeking submissions from stakeholders. In particular it would
be great to hear from shortwave listeners or past consumers of Radio
Australia in the asia pacific region, but people who have travelled or worked
may have a story worth telling. As Australians in the region we are all

Consultation Period:
June 04, 2018 09:00 AEST to August 03, 2018 17:00 AEST

The review will report to Government this year.

(Peter Marks, VK2TPM)


Board Comment
1 July 2018

Hello this is Justin VK7TW Director of the WIA with this week's Board
Firstly I thank all those people have taken the time to write
submissions to the ACMA on their latest amateur related consultation paper -
New approaches to amateur radio qualifications arrangements.

This paper has some important ramifications that need to be considered for
the future of delivery of training, examination service, issuing certificates,
RPL and callsign management. I thank all those people and organisations who
have forwarded their thoughts to the Board and we will certainly be including
those into the WIA submission.

Now I have the privilege to announce a very significant centenary
celebration that is taking place on 22 September 2018.

September this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first wireless
transmission between Australia and the United Kingdom. Messages were
transmitted from the Marconi station at Waunfawr in Wales on the 22nd
September 1918, and were received at the Wahroonga home of Ernest Fisk, the
Managing Director of Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited (A.W.A.).

Two communications were sent by Morse code back to Australia. The first
message was from the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. W.M. "Billy" Hughes,
who was in the UK at the time, and the second from the Minister for the Navy,
Mr. Joseph Cook who accompanied Hughes.

Wireless was a very new phenomenon, and the experiment between Ernest Fisk
and GuglielmoMarconi was a significant achievement in the early development
of world-wide wireless communications. There was considerable public
interest, and political controversy, as Hughes was using his wireless
message to strengthen support for the war effort in Europe at a time when
support in Australia was waning.
The Marconi-Fisk achievement is commemorated
by a plaque located outside the original receiving site in Wahroonga, which
is still a private residence.

Every five years the Hornsby and District Amateur Radio Club (HADARC) and the
Ku-ring-gai Historical Society have commemorated the event by the exchange
of wireless messages with the Dragon Amateur Radio Club in Wales.

This year, with additional support from Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council, they
are planning a major centenary celebration. A re-enactment of the original
message will occur adjacent to the Wahroonga monument, followed by displays
in the St Andrews church hall, some 50 metres away in Cleveland street, which
will include a working HF amateur radio station operating under the special
callsign VK 100 MARCONI.
The Dragon Radio Club will also be operating an HF
station from the Welsh site of the Marconi transmitter using the special
event amateur call sign GB 2 VK, and it is proposed that Fiskville, located
in Victoria and named after Ernest Fisk (where early transmitters were
located), will be activated from Werribee Gorge State Park (VKFF-0775).

The centenary event provides an opportunity to showcase amateur radio, both
to the public and to higher levels of government, and it is also very
significant for the descendants of the Cable and Wireless company and the
Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC), AWA, Siemens, and the entire
radiocommunications community. It is expected to be well attended by
politicians, councillors and school children from around the region, and
anyone interested in the history of communications.

As part of the Centenary celebrations, the WIA will hold an on-air event.
This event will be very similar to the ANZAC commemorative event, where
State and Territory based special event callsigns will be allocated to any
club or individual for a short period of time.
The WIA has secured the
callsigns VI # MARCONI for participating States and Territories, and those
callsigns will be made available to WIA affiliated clubs and WIA members on
a time-share basis for a maximum of 48 hours, (this period may be altered
depending on the demand).
The event timetable and details about the
VI # MARCONI callsign application and allocation process will be posted on
the WIA website. Registration for a MARCONI special event callsigns is
expected to commence early in July. QSL cards will be issued for contacts
with special event MARCONI stations, and WIA awards will be available.

For more details take a look at the WIA website,

This is Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.


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


A reminder that Sunday July 1st, Chinese B and C Class Licensees gain access
to the new WRC-15 Amateur 60m/5MHz Secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz
with a maximum power of 15W EIRP, according to The No.46 Order of the
Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.


Broadcaster transmits Field Day greetings in MFSK64

The ARRL reports a 100 kW HF broadcast transmitter in Nauen, Germany, sent
Field Day greetings to North American radio amateurs in MFSK64 mode

The special transmission took place during the weekly "Giant Jukebox"
broadcast of The Mighty KBC on 9,925 kHz, June 24. The MFSK64, cantered on
1,500 Hz, began at about 0130 UTC.

An RSID was transmitted just before the transmission to guide decoding
software to the correct mode and audio frequency.

Another HI-POWER promotion for AR from Germany looms.

Using two 300 Kilowatt transmitters from Europe Radio, DARC will broadcast
just before the start of the WRTC competition, a WRTC special program
across Europe on 6,070 kHz and to North America on 13,860 kHz on
Saturday the 14th at 1100 UTC for an hour.


They're all preparing, they're all training, now they're all packing!
From all parts of the world, the contestants for WRTC 2018 in Germany
are getting ready to get to Wittenberg for the Amateur Radio World Cup!

Amateur radio again shows no respect for politics with two-person teams
not only from single countries but across countries who were at one time
enemies. Russians working alongside Americans, parts of the old
Yugoslavia working together on the radio, old feelings lost in the magic
of radio competition.

There are young and old and some in between. From New Zealand there is a
father-and-daughter team, there's three youth teams including one with a
U.S. and a Chilean ham, one with a Ukrainian and Romanian ham and one
with a Hungarian and a German ham. Of course, there are the well-known
"old hands" taking part as well.

Unfortunately, this time no contestants qualified from the UK or
Australia. (bit like VK in 'another' world cup in Russia!)


Benidorm or Bust

Chertsey Radio Club's James M0JFP drives 1500 mile in the Benidorm or Bust
rally challenge - raising money for local children's hospital, driving the
pirate radio car, as well and carrying lots of ham radio equipment!

James Preece, a member of Chertsey Radio Club, joined with his neighbours,
known as the "Rotten Cherries" took-up the challenge of driving 1500 miles
from the UK to Benidorm in Spain.

They bought an old Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 for just 200 and worked on designing
the pirate radio themed car, it had a giant flag pole attached to the back
flying the classic skull and cross bones flag, and the car had hundreds of
pirate radio stickers including radio Caroline and Radio Luxemburg.


New IARU Member Society

SARL News report that on 28 May, the IARU Member Societies completed voting
on the admission of the 'St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society'
(SKNAARS) to the International Amateur Radio Union as the representative of
the radio amateurs of the Federation of St Christopher St Kitts and Nevis.

SKNAARS ( does not claim to represent Anguilla,
which is already represented in the IARU by the Anguilla Amateur Radio
Society; the inclusion of Anguilla in the name of SKNAARS dates to an earlier

With 56 affirmative votes required for admission there were 62 affirmative
votes cast, with no dissenting votes.

SKNAARS thus becomes a member of the IARU and of IARU Region 2.


Now here's an awards program that will have you wishing for an endless summer
Mike Askins KE5CXP is our man on the beach for this story.

"While some people bring suntan lotion and a surfboard - or maybe
just a good book -- to the beach, others wouldn't be seen on the shore
without their rig and an antenna. Because a beach day can also be a ham
radio day, the program known as Beaches on the Air is encouraging hams
to operate portable and qualify for awards as activators. Chasers - the
hams who contact them - can also compete for honours.

The idea took root in a conversation in 2013 between Diego EC1CW and his
friend Ernesto EA1LQ, a fellow ham and SOTA activator. Diego told
Newsline that the awards scheme really took off sometime after December
of 2015 when he chose the windy Atlantic coastline of the Spanish beach
at Riazor for the first activations.

Beaches on the Air was on the map at last.

International users now call CQ from the shore in Greece, Bulgaria, Spain,
Croatia, Portugal, the UK and elsewhere around the world.

In fact, just a few weeks after Diego's first activations, Vlado, Z35M,
an amateur in Macedonia, requested that the program include the beaches
there. A ham for nearly 35 years, Vlado is a big proponent of portable
operations and a frequent activator. BOTA covers not only sea-side
beaches but also those on inland lakes and rivers. A full list of the
approved sites and the awards that can be earned is at

So with summer arriving in some parts of the world, be listening as hams
on the beach catch a wave - a radio wave, that is.

(Amateur Radio Newsline and Mike Askins KE5CXP)


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

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





Soccer World Cup Special Event Station VK 18 FIFA

Australia's Hellenic Amateur Radio Association is yet another ham outlet
hosting a special event station during the Soccer World Cup held in Russia.

The World Cup will run from the 14 June to 15 July.

Radio Amateur members of Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia
will be active as VK 18 FIFA from Sans Souci, Sydney for the duration
of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on HF.

QSL via VK 2 IR but note it is a direct route only.

The address for QSL:

(sourced to front page news)

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)

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)

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)

9X, Rwanda DXpedition

Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9 X 0 T between
September 27th and October 10th 2018.

Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, RTTY will only
be on 14084 kHz.

QSL via I 2 YSB direct only.

(Sourced to SouthGate)

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

The next SSTV image downlinks are planned for June 29-July 1.
These images will commemorate the various satellites that the
ARISS team has developed and hand-deployed from the ISS.

These will include the first satellite deployment from ISS:

SuitSat-1/Radioskaf-1 which was deployed in February 2006.

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

Curtis Keyer Chip Developer Jack Curtis, K6KU, SK

The developer of the ground-breaking Curtis Morse keyer chip, John G.
"Jack" Curtis, K6KU (ex-W3NSJ), of Granite Bay, California, died after
a long illness.

An ARRL member, he was 87.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Curtis became fascinated with the "magic" of
Amateur Radio, and it would eventually become his career. After receiving
a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1952, he was employed by
Sperry Rand, served in the US Navy in Japan, and worked for Corning Glass
-- earning three patents -- and for Signetics.

Curtis started Curtis Electro Devices on the side in 1968 and marketed his
prototype electronic Morse iambic keyer -- the EK-38 -- which had "dit"
memory. The follow-on EK-39 had "dah" memory and weight control, and later
models offered a small scratch memory.

Putting the electronics on a chip revolutionized CW keying.

In their heyday, Curtis chips were at the heart of an array of commercial
memory CW keyers, were incorporated into amateur transceivers, and were
favourites of homebrewers.

(arrl letter)

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

The Ducie Island DXpedition team continues to gather momentum
toward its operations as VP6D on October 20th through November 3rd.

The newest member of the pilot team is 15-year-old Mason Matrazzo
KM4SII, who made his debut DXPedition last year at age 14 operating from
Iceland. He is heading to Curacao next month as PJ2/KM4SII.

For more information about this much-awaited South Pacific DXpedition


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

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim.

A great day out on the water playing with radios to the sound of Migaloo
and a hundred plus marathon swimmers thrashing across Cleveland Bay.

Main comms on VHF, with some UHF comms with clubbies and aircraft.

It is also highly recommended that operators attend the Swim Briefing
to meet the competitors, organisers and skippers.

Sat 28 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim Briefing Session from 1pm
Sun 29 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim from 7am Strand Park


The ZS SOTA Weekend

Lucas Swart, ZS6ACT, has made arrangements that the SOTA team of Sid,
ZS5AYC and Adele, ZS5APT Tyler and Lucas, ZS6ACT and Magda ZS6MMS Swart
will be activating two summits in the Sani Pass area over this weekend
of 28 June to 1 July.

Listen out (and up) for these ZS SOTA calls.

Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:-

Sweden's World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station SAQ Alexanderson alternator
will be on the air on July 1 on 17.2 kHz for its annual Alexanderson Day

Three transmissions are scheduled:

Startup/tuning at 0815 UTC, message transmission at 0845 UTC;
startup/tuning at 1015 UTC, message transmission at 1045 UTC, and
startup/tuning at 1215 UTC, message transmission at 1245 UTC.

All three transmission events will be available via YouTube.

Amateur Radio Station SK6SAQ will be active on CW (7.035 MHz or 14.035 MHz)
or SSB (3.755 MHz), with two operating positions planned.

The World Heritage Grimeton Radio station site will be open to the public
on Alexanderson Day, July 1.


Hallo everyone this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is the
first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club
of Australia's July bulletin to go to air.

This month as well as all the latest Club news, Ian VK3JS will be presenting
an item written by WIA historian, Peter Wolfenden, on the WIA Sound Archives,
plus another about the development of WIA broadcasts in VK6. 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 3650 kHz, 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 July RAOTC bulletin.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.


La Radio en Rosa

The Giro Rosa is the women's version of the Giro d'Italia cycling race.
Running concurrently with the race is a a special event station, especially
for YLs, la Radio en Rosa.

The special event station will operate from each stage of the race from
6 July to 15 July.

Creating Environments that Support Women

Welcoming women requires addressing the behaviors that alienate women.
Typically women are expected to change to fit in, yet men are just allowed
to be who they are.

Research into women's experience in environments dominated by men, such as
amateur radio reveal a great deal.

Numerical underrepresentation and negative stereotypes contribute to
negative environments for women. Kanter's (1977) theory of proportional
representation suggests that women who are a numerical minority ("tokens")
will experience additional stressors. Specifically, women are expected to
represent "women" as a group. Men are placed under no such expectations.

There are many studies that reveal women are better at soft skills, people
skills the non-technical, intangible, personality-specific skills that
determine your strengths as a leader, listener, negotiator, and conflict
mediator. "Hard" skills, on the other hand, are what might appear on your

But it is more complicated than that. Women have an expectation that an
environment that supports them will be an environment that values, respects
and mirrors those soft skills

I'm Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News

Social Scene 2018

July 2 - 6 VK4 Theresa Creek Campout all week long. (tarc)
July 7 & 8 VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical

Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)

2019 Social Scene

May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)

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