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WIA Director Marcus, vk5wtf, and the ACMA draft. -

WIA ARDF Coordinator VK3WWW Jack and WIA Team for Korea.


Thirteen young people in Thailand are alive today partly because of radio
- a radio system, in fact, that was designed by a British ham nearly
20 years ago.

The radios are specialized ultra-low frequency units called HeyPhones,
bearing the name of John Hey G3TDZ, now a Silent Key.

WIA presenter VK2LAW Jason will have a little more when he looks at the
international news, 'further down todays log.'

ARN has launched interactive advertising technology 'ShakeMe' across
iHeartRadio, via an audio ad format launched in December last year by
Californian tech company AdsWizz.

When listeners hear a ShakeMe advertisement - with a tailored call to action,
they will be able to shake their device which will either trigger a
phone call, download a coupon or open a landing when they next unlock their

ShakeMe advertisements are designed so that consumers can engage directly
with specialised ads without the need to unlock their phones, click through
or even look at their screen.

Geraint Davies COO of iHeartRadio Australia said:
"There is massive penetration of mobile ownership in Australia and a rapid
migration of radio listening onto digital platforms like iHeartRadio.

"When you combine those things with the ShakeMe technology, which allows
advertisers to give consumers the control to instantly interact further
with the brand while listening to their ad with just a simple
shake of their phone, you have an incredibly powerful marking tool."

Read more on:

It's a date!

That would be Tuesday July 17th - that's when 12 students at the
Essex Heights Primary School in Melbourne will get their long-awaited
moment with astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT on board the
International Space Station.

The hour will be 6:24 p.m. local time, which is 08:24 UTC.

While the students have their interaction via telebridge, the rest of the
world can get in on the action by participating on the internet. There is a
livestreaming link for worldwide viewing and it will be published on the
school's website.

Just visit

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead VK3DN.

The updated promo video with date and time is on


Hello this is Marcus, vk5wtf, WIA Director.

Normally I like to bring positive messages to my comments, but this time,
I'm struggling.

The ACMA has asked stake holders for submissions to their Five Year Spectrum
Outlook paper.

And the WIA has tried to get some positives out of it, but with the
pressures on spectrum, it has been hard. Frankly, the WIA is disappointed
with the draft.

The WIA acknowledges that the ACMA has said that they will review some
matters, including certificates of proficiency, permitted power, bandwidths
& emission modes, foundation licence use of digital modes and clarify some

Our submission to the ACMA provided detailed responses, suggesting regular
meetings, rather than ad-hoc and the WIA has outlined the use of the amateur
microwave bands for satellite communication, and that it is being impacted
by terrestrial interference being created by unregulated consumer
electronics, and that it effects all spectrum users. Concern for wireless
power transfer was also expressed.

The ACMA has declined to progress frequency allocations; but the WIAs
response has detailed suggestions on a way forward, including:
adding the 60 meter band, 160 & 80m band expansions,
primary status for 50-52 MHz, a small allocation at 70MHz and
preservation of access to 23cm.

Access to frequency bands for licensed amateurs is about opportunity - the
opportunity to experience and experiment for themselves. This principle is
embodied in the ITU definition of the Amateur Service. Access to new
frequency bands, as the WIA proposed is about the future development of the
Amateur Service. Continuing development and self-training are principles
also embodied in the ITU definition of the Amateur Service.

73 from vk5wtf



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

Trent VK4TS on behalf of the Wireless Institute of Australia VK Shires
Contest 2018 team says the results are in!

Top of the winners list available on are VK5LJ and VK3XV

So to each and every entrant, 'thank you for entering the VK Shires Contest

With the Trans-Tasman Low Band (160 80 40) just around the corner,

certificates are going to be produced using the same method as the RD
for this year. In 2019 they will be adopting the new cross-checking system,
which will generate certificates in PDF for you to print.

RADIO DARC special coverage of World Radiosport Team Championship 2018

On the occasion of WRTC 2018 RADIO DARC will broadcast two special programs:

Saturday, July 14th 2018 from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m. UTC in English on
6070 kHz for Europe and Western Asia with 300 kW output power

13860 kHz for North America with 300 kW output power

Sunday, July 15th 2018 from 09:00 to 10:00 a.m. UTC in German on
6070 kHz for Europe with 100 kW output power

Broadcasts are in AM on frequencies in the 49 and 22 Meter
shortwave broadcast bands

The RADIO DARC program regularly airs on Sundays at 09:00 a.m. UTC on
6070 kHz and covers current news in amateur radio and short wave,
equipment reports, technology tips and interviews along with a bit of
varied music.

After the discontinuation of Deutsche Welle, VOA and other former SW stations,
the weekly broadcast of RADIO DARC is unique in its magazine format


Kingstown Regatta Centenary

In the late 19th century the Kingstown Regatta was a big annual social event
in Dublin.

Wireless telegraphy was in its infancy when in July 1898 the Dublin Express
newspaper invited Marconi to set up a wireless station aboard the
Flying Huntress anchored at the race finish line.

The results were transmitted back to the harbour master's office in
Kingstown and telephoned onward to the newspaper offices.

Special editions of the newspaper with results of the races were on sale in
Kingstown before the yachts had returned to port. This was the first use of
wireless in reporting on a sporting event.

The races took place in Dublin Bay just off Howth.

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of this historic event, EI 0 MAR will be
celebrating by being QRV from the Martello tower in Howth on Saturday
21st July and a special QSL card will be available for all QSOs and
SWL reports.


Bruce, 3W3B is active as XW4XR from Laos to the 22nd.
He operates on 40-10m 6m, CW, RTTY and JT65.
QSL via E 21 EIC, LoTW or direct.

Andre, NJ0F is active as A25A from Botswana from the 13th to the 20th.
He will be on 80 to 1m SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8.
QSL via NJ0F direct, or ClubLog OQRS.

Gayle, K6GO and Mike, NA6MB is active as ZF2GO and ZF2NA
from Grand Cayman Island, IOTA NA-016, from the 11th to the 15th.
Operating on 160 to 6m, they will also take part in the
IARU HF Contest as ZF1A, the CARS HQ Station.
QSL via K6GO.


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)


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.

From around the world they came, to successfully rescue 12 young
members of a football team and their 25 year old coach trapped by
flooding in the caves in Thailand.

A British contribution included four "Heyphones" a specialist cave radio
system that can transmit hundreds of metres through solid rock and which
allows radio communication between the surface and cave as well as
a divers switch which allows divers to switch between multiple cylinders

These Heyphones were supplied by Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, operate
on LF at around 87 kHz.

The HeyPhone design uses single-sideband radio, usually operating USB.

One methodology is to operate with earthed electrodes separated by 25m to
100m that injects current into the earth, this is similar to trench
communications of the First World War.

Aviation radiation: New results from the South Pacific

On the heels of a new study showing that flight attendants have an elevated
risk of cancer compared to the general population, and the
students of 'Earth to Sky Calculus' recently boarded a plane in the USA
and flew to New Zealand carrying an array of cosmic ray sensors.

During their 13 hour flight across the South Pacific, the team detected
secondary cosmic rays in the passenger compartment almost 40 times stronger
than on the ground below.

Their "haul" of radiation included a significant number of neutrons captured
in portable bubble chambers.

Read for the full story


HF spectrum pollution: IEEE publish paper

The IEEE have published 'Measurement Methodology and Results of Measurements
of the Man-made Noise Floor on HF in The Netherlands'

A Google English translation of VERON site reads:

On June 28, 2018, the VERON EMC-EMF Commission received the good news that
the article "Measurement Methodology and Results of Measurements of the
Man-made Noise Floor on HF in The Netherlands" has been published by IEEE.

The VERON Board of Directors congratulates Koos PA 0 KDF, Peter PE 1 GEX
and Frank Leferink (university of Twente) with this publication.

We radio amateurs operate mainly in the HF spectrum. An increase in
human-made noise is immediately noticeable to the radio amateur.
This publication not only confirms what radio amateurs have known for
a long time. With this scientific research it has now been proven

The VERON EMC-EMF Committee can use this research in contacts with
organizations such as NEC-EMC and contacts with the government.


NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology
in Pasadena, California, to continue operations of the agency's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena.

This cost plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
has a maximum value of $30 billion.

The contract begins Oct. 1 with a five-year base period of performance,
followed by five one-year options that could extend the contract to
Sept. 30, 2028.

Under this contract, Caltech will continue to develop and sustain core
competencies in support of NASA-sponsored work in the areas of Earth and
planetary sciences, heliophysics, astrophysics, and aeronautics and space
activities, to include the development of spacecraft and instruments.

Caltech also will manage NASA-sponsored programs that carry out competed and
peer-reviewed research, NASA partnerships with other government agencies,
academia and the private sector, and the operation, research, and management
of NASA's Deep Space Network.

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

FCC, N. Huntingdon man settle over alleged radio disruption

The Tribune-Review report on allegations of interference with amateur radio

The newspaper says: "A well-known Westmoreland County ham radio operator
has agreed to pay $7,000 to the federal government to settle allegations
he intentionally interfered with communications among other amateur radio
operators, officials have said "

"The Federal Communications Commission originally levied a $11,500 fine
against Mr Crow, of North Huntingdon, in July 2014, according to FCC records.
The fine came after Crow was caught interfering with other amateur radio
operators on a particular frequency."

Read the full story at


Nova Scotia's Port Bickerton Lighthouse has a story that's about to get a
new chapter -- as we hear from Kent Peterson KC0DGY.

" Canadian radio amateur Billy Budge VE1AAO created his first tribute to his
father a number of years ago with the publication of a book that tells his
family's story when they lived on St. Paul Island. Fred Budge was the
lighthouse-keeper there starting in 1955 and the book "Memoirs of a
Light keeper's Son" recalls those years. There's now a second tribute
planned for Billy's father. On July 13th through 15th, the Pictou County
Amateur Radio Club and the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group are
activating the Port Bickerton Lighthouse on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore.
Fred Budge had been a lighthouse-keeper there as well from 1960 to 1977.

Using the callsign VE1UW, the hams will be on the air for 48 hours,
dedicating their activation to Fred Budge. They will honour him from a
lighthouse that has remained a beacon of safety for more than a century for
those sailing the North Atlantic.


On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean another lighthouse is about to see
a different kind of action. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us more.

"The lighthouse on a small reef between Sweden and Finland is about to
provide an unprecedented opportunity for an international group of young
radio amateurs. They will be on the air at the Market Reef Lighthouse, a
DXCC entity. operating as OJ-0C from 21st to 28th July.

Their activities are being sponsored by the Finnish Lighthouse Society and
the Amateur Radio League of Finland, in conjunction with OH-DX-Foundation
and DX University. The organizers are calling this activity "International
Youth at Sea."

Their operations on the air will be supplemented by instruction in operating
the radio equipment, managing pileups, an introduction to digital modes and
just as importantly, safety and survival. That fact is not insignificant:
The Market Reef lighthouse is anything but a safe haven: set at sea level,
waves cover it at times and it has no jetty, so landings must be
accomplished via small inflatable boats.

The operators, all of whom are between 16 and 25 years of age, are also part
of a cultural exchange that is to be repeated sometime in August.


The new exam for the U.S. Technician license made its debut - but not where
you might think. John Williams VK4JJW has that story.

"In case you were wondering where in the United States the first new
Technician exam was given with the new set of questions - well, keep
wondering. It wasn't in the U.S at all but in Australia. Two candidates,
Ward and John, sat for the test at a hangar in Bankstown Airport in Sydney
at 8 a.m. local time on Sunday, July 1. But wait - it was still Saturday
afternoon in the States! Getting a jump on things nonetheless were VEs
Julian AG6LE, Bob AC1CZ and Brad AK2QQ as part of Oz-VE, which gives the
U.S. licensing tests across eastern Australia. Better still, Julian tells
us, both candidates passed the test. The early bird gets the ... license.


BBC: 'shortwave radio listening continues its steep decline'

Figures published by the BBC show more people are listen directly to
World Service English via the internet than by any other method

The Global Audience Measure (GAM) figures indicate how many adults
the BBC reached weekly with its news and entertainment content in
the year 2017/18.

The BBC World Service, which has just undertaken its biggest expansion
since the 1940s, has seen its audience increase by 10m, to 279m. The total
global news audience has risen by a million, to 347m.

The shortwave radio audience has virtually disappeared in Pakistan, and is
down substantially in Nigeria.

Read the BBC report on


19th World ARDF Championships

The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will be hosting the IARU WORLD ARDF
Championships this year (2018) in the beautiful mountains and seaside
surroundings of Sokcho City, Gangwon Province.

This city is near the 2018 Olympic Winter Games site.

The event should prove to be very exciting for those able to attend.

Later this year a team of amateurs from Australia will experience
Thorn Bushes, Deep Ravines along with daily temperatures about 20 degrees
Celsius. They also need to be prepared for rain and cold. No, this is not a
SOTA report but a description of the terrain facing competitors in the 19th
IARU World ARDF Championships.

Competition commences September 2nd and finishes September 8th 2018. It is
expected that over 400 people from 25 Amateur Radio Societies around the
world will be meeting in Sokcho City Ganwon-Do Province South Korea, this
championship event is being hosted by the Korean Amateur Radio League.

Among the competitors will be a team of 5 including VK3OW, VK3FJTE, VK3FDAC,
VK3ADY and VK3WWW representing Australia.

There are 4 ARDF events at this world championships.

They are, Sprint, Foxor, Classic 80m ARDF and Classic 2m ARDF.

As you could imagine competition at this level is very tough. Even finishing
in the top 10 in the world is a great achievement.

More information about ARDF can be found on the Victorian ARDF Group

Wishing all the competitors both local and International the very best for
the competition.

This is Jack VK3WWW the
WIA ARDF Coordinator.


Real-time balloon track

high altitude balloon links

Up Up and Away

The Raspberry Pi Foundation's Skycademy programme, supported by UKHAS members,
in particular Dave M 0 RPI, have trained more than 50 teachers to
successfully launch near-space missions with their students

On the Raspberry Pi site James Robinson says "making ballooning as
accessible as possible is something we've been keen to do since we first
got involved in 2015. So I'm delighted to reveal that over the past year,
we've worked with Dave to produce two new applications to support HAB

Pytrack is a Python implementation of Dave's original C-based
Pi In The Sky software to enable learners can create their own tracker
in a simpler programming language, rather than simply configuring the
existing software.

SkyGate is a complete tracking application which runs on a Pi

Further details at Raspberry Pi Skygate HAB software

The UKHAS Conference takes place August 18



Codec2 HF digital voice at 450 bps

David Rowe VK5DGR reports Thomas Kurin, a student at the Friedrich-Alexander
University Erlangen-Nuremberg, has developed a version of Codec2 that
encodes speech at just 450 bps

450 bps !

Any speech codec running as low at 450 bit/s is pretty special, and this
work is also a great starting point for further innovation and quality

Thomas has sent VK5DGR some samples, and is working with him to merge his
new mode into codec2-dev, and has kindly offered to tell us his story
which you can read in this week's Text Edition of WIA National News.

Read the post and listen to audio samples



145.825 MHz APRS CubeSat's for August Deployment

The June 29, 2018 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of the Dragon cargo
capsule included CubeSat's of the BIRDS-2 satellite constellation.

All CubeSat's in the BIRDS-2 constellation MAYA-1, BHUTAN-1 and
UiTMSAT-1 have identical designs and utilize the same radio
frequencies. While independently made, the operation and control
of the three CubeSat's will be shared by the three teams after
they are released from the ISS early in August. They will be
operational for six months.

"The three will form a constellation, orbiting the earth from
different places. This will provide the countries more opportun-
ities to make measurements and run experiments, than just with
using one CubeSat," explained Joel Joseph Marciano Jr., manager
of the PHL-Microsat program in the Philippines.

The primary mission of BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation is to
provide digital message relay service to the amateur radio
community by means of an APRS digipeater on board. The APRS
digipeater on-board BIRDS-2 CubeSat's will use 145.825 MHz for
both receive and transmit which is a standard configurations
used by other satellites such as ARISS and LAPAN-A2.


They say there's a first time for everything and nowhere could that be truer
than in amateur radio.

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which happens the third full
weekend in August is marking its 21st anniversary. It has welcomed 250
registered lighthouses so far this year but it's also celebrating the debut
of a number of new participants.

Yes as an Amateur Radio 'First' these include the Ashdod and Mount Carmel
lighthouses in Israel.

Shabla Lighthouse in Bulgaria.

Porthcawl Breakwater Wales,

and Tanjung Datu in Malaysia.

Yes, there are even more lighthouses new to the game in Mexico and Cuba.

Organizer Kevin Mulcahy VK 2 CE said the event begins on August 18th at
0001 UTC. That is still a few weeks off and so, as always, the pace of
entries is expected to gather momentum in the days ahead.

Registered participants also include one of South Africa's most historic
lighthouses, which will be activated by the Boland Amateur Radio Club
during the event. The club is marking its own milestone - their 70th
anniversary - with the special event call sign ZS 70 BAK.

Kevin and Ted W 8 TTS maintain the list of lighthouses and expect the list
to reach more than 500 by the final week.

That's a rate of growth you might say, almost at the speed of light---house.

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

With only a few weeks to go to YOTA 2018 in South Africa, the SARL YOTA
Events Team is hard at work to conclude preparations for a 7-day programme
filled with a range of amateur radio related activities, excursions and lots
of fun!

Letters to successful candidates to join the South African team have been
mailed. The names and callsigns of the team will be announced once the
selected team members have confirmed their participation in the event.

YOTA 2018 will offer many opportunities to learn more about amateur radio
and getting to know fellow amateurs from various other countries.


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

Registration for JOTA JOTI 2018 now open

The time has come for registration of each Scout Group for the largest
Scouting event of the year. Registration can be done at the worldwide site

Registration for this year's JOTA/JOTI event provides your Group access to
the International Jamboree page. You will be able to see at a glance, all
the registered stations from around the world, and take part in the largest
Scout event to be held each year. This also gives you the opportunity to
contact other stations around the world before the event and setup a
dedicated time etc. to make the contact. Start planning your event now!

Your National JOTA JOTI coordinator can assist you with getting in touch
with one of the local Scout Groups. It's not difficult to setup an event
at your local Scout Hall. All you need is a couple of Cubs and Scouts and
a Scouter or two to organise the weekend.

No need to run the entire weekend either; you choose what days to run
according to your groups schedule. The busiest times are on the Saturday.

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


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

Held in South Africa, the RaDAR Challenge is a unique event aimed at
promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations.

The category of participation (Fixed, Field or Moving) may be changed at
any time during the challenge. The points system is so structured as to
encourage portable RaDAR operations especially moveable RaDAR stations.

RaDAR operators are encouraged to be self-sufficient during each challenge,
with not only power supply and communications equipment but food, water,
protective clothing and shelter.

RaDAR operators define their own operating time schedule. It's up to each
individual to plan his/her maximum, single period, four hours of operating.

The second RaDAR Challenge takes place from 00:00 to 23:59 UTC this
Saturday 14 July 2018 with CW, SSB, FM or any legal amateur radio digital
mode on all amateur bands, including cross band contacts via amateur radio


Social Scene 2018

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)
Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)

2019 Social Scene

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

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