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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 2 2018.
IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA CALLS FOR IT CREW FOR WEBSITE ETC. -
WIA PRESIDENT EXPLAINS WHAT THE WIA DOES FOR US
THESE STORIES & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 02
The Melbourne International Hi-Fi Show, October 12-14 at the Pullman
Mercure Hotel, Albert Park, is shaping up to be the best and most
successful show of its type in Australia with many exclusive releases
and world firsts lined up to excite the senses of attendees.
Opening on Friday 12th October and running through to Sunday 14th
the show attracts thousands of music lovers, home entertainment
enthusiasts, and those interested in buying their very first Hi-Fi
Combined with Australia's only 3-day Record Fair the show is a must
for vinyl and turntable lovers.
WIA - THIS IS IT
Hello fellow hobbyist,
The WIA's website has served us well for many years under the experts
Rob VK3DN and Marc VK3OHM. Having done such a great job maintaining
and developing it over the years ,it has become time to undertake a
refresh in the vision of 2020 and beyond.
The WIA IT team are looking for volunteers to assist with the
management of the website and various systems, and aid in the
migration of the existing content. So if you're an amateur systems
operator, or perhaps a professional one, that has a flair for creating
stunning websites I, Joseph Mullins (VK5FJDE), and the IT team would
love to hear from you.
Please flick us an email to
WIA PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
Representation, Education and Promotion - it's what the WIA does.
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is the only amateur radio
body recognised by the International Telecommunications Union at
World Radio Conferences (WRC). Australia has representation on the
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Australia is a member of
Region 3 (Oceania). The IARU R3 board includes Director Peter Young
The 17th IARU Region 3 Conference is being held in Seoul, Korea in a
few weeks time and runs for a week. The Conference is being hosted by
the Korean Amateur Radio League.
The WIA Board has nominated Greg VK2GPK as delegate and Dale VK1DSH
as observer to attend the Conference. The WIA will also send
representatives to the WRC in 2019. This clearly demonstrates the
WIA's commitment to supporting and representing amateur radio
As mentioned by Aidan in last week's Board Comment - the WIA Board
has identified an issue with repeater and beacon assignment and is
working toward creating a team of accredited frequency assigners.
Many clubs are resorting to paying substantial amounts of money to
alternate frequency assigners do the assignment for them. The WIA is
working on offering a frequency assignment service at a reduced rate
for members, affiliated clubs and community groups. We now have the
insurance in place and are current looking for suitably qualified
Myself and Vice-President Greg VK2GPK attended the North East Radio
Groups AGM. This was done via video conference and the format was a
thirty minute presentation then thirty minutes of questions and
answers. This facility is available to all affiliated clubs.
All you need is a good broadband internet connection with the ability
to project onto a big screen and amplify audio from a PC. If
interested then email firstname.lastname@example.org
The think-tank of the WIA the Strategy Advisory Committee have some
new members following nominations being received. We welcome Phil
VK4PG, Grant VK5GR, Peter VK4EA, Ewan VK4ERM, David VK4MZ and Aidan
VK4APM as the Board representative. This committee is working on a
number of white papers that will be submitted to the WIA Board prior
to going out for amateur community consultation for their input. One
of the priority areas is membership engagement.
The WIA Marketing Group was formed from a group of interested amateurs
that attended the Club President's lunch that was held just before
WIA AGM in May. This group is focussing on how to promote and market
the hobby and WIA and will be working closely with the Strategy
Advisory Committee especially in the area of membership engagement.
In June the ACMA released the consultation paper - New approaches to
amateur radio qualification arrangements. Amateur Radio learning and
assessment is currently provided on behalf of the WIA and the ACMA
through a Deed of Agreement between the ACMA and WIA. The current
service is delivered throughout Australia through a geographically
diverse network of clubs with almost 300 assessors and learning
facilitators undertaking over 1300 assessments per year on a
volunteer cost recovery basis.
The WIA received a total of 17 direct submissions from members of the
WIA and others within the amateur community expressing deep concern
for the approaches suggested in the ACMA consultation paper. These
concerns and suggestions were included in the WIA submission and can
be summarised as:
Strong opposition to changes to the amateur radio qualification
* results in a reduction in the social and community outcomes
that amateur radio provides to approximately 14,000 Australian
amateur operators, their clubs and the communities in which
they operate; or
* exposes the hobby to further existential (high cost for low
numbers) risk; or
* Imposes additional barriers to entry for new operators or the
barriers to advancement for existing operators
The ACMA received 45 submissions and has settled on Approach One
"an approved body to provide training, conduct examinations and
issue certificates of proficiency through delegation under the Act".
Approach One also outlines that the organisation is a Registered
Training Organisation (RTO).
The ACMA is preparing to release a Request for Tender document in
late August -= early September for the replacement service. The WIA
is currently preparing for the release and response to that Tender.
On behalf of the WIA Board this has been Justin VK7TW
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
Chinese state missile maker CASIC and its commercial space subsidiary
Expace is preparing to launch its Kuaizhou-1A (Y8) solid rocket
before the end of September, carrying the Centispace-1-1S test
satellite into 700 km SSO.
This mission will be additional to the approximately 35 being planned
by main space contractor CASC for 2018.This means that together with
CASC, emerging players like Expace, Landspace and potentially
OneSpace, there could be around 40 Chinese launches in 2018.
Austria VSV: Amateur Radio only "toy"! ??
The Austrian national Society VSV has responded robustly to a press
release put out on August 17, by the Austrian Ministry for Transport,
Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
In July the BMVIT consulted on proposed changes to the regulations
for the Amateur Radio Services, such were the concerns raised by the
proposed changes that over 550 radio amateurs responded out of the
total amateur population of about 6,000.
It is understood the plan to force radio amateurs to renew their
call sign every 10 years or else lose the call sign was one area of
On August 17 BMVIT issued a press release seemingly lumping amateur
radio in with "Toys".
Quotes in Google English from the VSV response:
"The latest press release from BMVIT (Aug 17, 2018) unfortunately
confirms our worst fears! Although the statements of section chief
Mag. Reichardt were probably intended as reassurance to ward off the
many inquiries from the press and politics, the content is factually
devastating and wrong."
"The amateur radio service is thrown into a pot of cheap radio
applications such as remote controls, toys, garage door openers,
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sports equipment and wireless microphones and
equated with CB radio."
"Even the described time limit of authorizations - after all for
10 years - is nonsense and certainly no administrative
simplification. Without justification, the license granted for an
indefinite period of time will be withdrawn here - a circumstance
that is also concealed in the BMVIT press release. The talks about
regaining the permit were interrupted and not yet continued."
Read the full VSV post - Amateur radio only "toy"! ??
USCGC Courier/VOA alumni install new exhibit at VOA Museum
U.S. Coast Guard, VOA employees formed long-lasting friendships with
citizens of Rhodes.
While many Americans were driving big-finned cars and enjoying the
prosperity of the 50s, the citizens of Rhodes, Greece, were still
digging themselves out of rubble remaining from their location as a
Nazi stronghold during World War II.
Then, in 1952, the Voice of America and United States Coast Gaurd
Cutter, the 'Courier,' came to town as part of then President
Harry Truman's Operation Vagabond.
The deep Greek-American friendships formed there and dollars
Americans brought helped rebuild Rhodes with an "unofficial"
The USCGC Courier/VOA Alumni group shared stories of growing up in
Greece during the Cold War at an Aug. 11 reception at the
National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester.
The group had gathered with museum board members and docents to
officially install a new exhibit outlining the story of the
USCGC Courier, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter that acted as a floating
Voice of America radio station from 1952 through 1964.
The Courier was stationed in the port of Rhodes, Greece and broadcast
VOA news into Russian territory to defeat Soviet jamming near VOA
listener areas. It used a barrage balloon to hold its medium-wave
antenna aloft and contained the most powerful communications radio
transmitter ever installed on board a ship.
Radio ham's company advances Cloaking Technology
The ARRL reports Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc., established by noted
radio amateur and inventor Nathan Cohen, W1YW, continues to stretch
technological boundaries of belief
In an August news release, the firm confirmed the issuance of its
newest patents that will enable the next generation of stealth-like
invisibility and absorptive shielding. The technology has both
commercial and military applications.
The firm pioneered and invented invisibility cloaks and holds both
the "source" patent and the related comprehensive intellectual
property portfolio. Their recently issued patent is a continuation
of that state-of-the-art innovation. It discloses a novel means of
turning invisibility cloaks on and off, by changing the
characteristics of a boundary layer.
"The person or sensor inside the cloak is thus no longer blind,"
W1YV said. He explained that not being able to sense the outside had
previously been the top impediment to the use of invisibility cloaks.
Petition launched to save WWV
Having operated since May 1920, WWV has transmitted the official
US Time for nearly 100 years.
The US government is planning to close Radio Stations WWV, WWVB, and
WWVH in 2019.
An online petition has been set up to change that, though at the
time of receiving this item only about 7% of the necessary signatures
had been gathered to oblige a response from the White House.
You can sign the petition at
TV FOR NOTHING GET YOUR FLICKS FOR FREE
I would think each and every one of us 'guilty' of googling for ham
radio related information have seen the unwanted 'plug' on our
screens for free TV which turns out to be nothing more than an
advert for a free to air TV antenna.
Well reports in suggest Twenty percent of homes in the U.S. use a
digital antenna to access live TV, up from 16 percent just two years
ago, according to Parks Associates market research in Texas.
The Twin Cities has an even higher antenna percentage.
Local antenna installers say business has been rising about 20%
to 25% annually for several years. It's the eighth largest
broadcast-only market in the country, with more than 22 percent of
homes using antennas to get local TV, according to TVb.org, a local
broadcast trade association.
Duane, Wawrzyniak, in Silver Lake, Minnesota, cites high TV bills
every month for the increased antenna sales. According to the report,
"In the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota, antenna users can receive
10 to 60 TV channels, often in high-definition quality, over the air
at no expense."
Donation of Ham Radio equipment for Emergency Comms
On August 22, 2018, the National Telecommunications Commission of
Honduras (abbreviated CONATEL in Spanish), delivered radio
communications equipment to COPECO, donated by ITU for emergency
Honduras is part of a pilot project of ITU that includes
Central America and the Caribbean, aiming to achieve full
implementation in South America.
Miguel Alcaine, ITU Area D Representative, said: "The most important
thing is that CONATEL, COPECO and the radio amateurs start working
with the WinLink tool. I am very happy to know that we are doing
something before disaster strikes".
Lisandro Rosales, National Commissioned Minister of COPECO, stated
that "one of COPECO's objectives has been the strengthening of
information and communication technologies (ICTs), and thanks to them
the institution has one of the most powerful communications networks
of the region, with coverage of 95% of the national territory".
Minister Rosales also said that "We have realized that
telecommunications is a key element in order to give early warnings
and to warn about imminent danger, or to coordinate assistance or
The cooperation agreement also includes a training process.
To this effect, COPECO technicians, along with professionals of the
911 National Emergency System and CONATEL personnel, initiated a
series of workshops, with the support of Honduran radio amateurs.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
This weekend the 'biggie' on the contest calendar is the
All Asian DX SSB Contest, 1st and 2nd of September.
Oct 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest
Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not a contest but an exercise.
Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/
THROUGH THE DX WINDOW
Roberto, IK1HGE is QRV as ER/IK1HGE until September 1.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using only SSB.
QSL to IK 1 HGE
Reg, G3WPF is QRV with special event call TM 100 HAB until
September 4 to commemorate the 100 years since the liberation of
Hardecourt-aux-Bois in the Somme in World War I.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW with some SSB.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL.
Special event station D73V is active until the end of August
to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Korea's independence.
QSL via 6 K 0 MF.
MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1.
Take, JG 8 NQJ is QRV as JD1/JG8NQJ on Marcus Island, IOTA OC-073,
and remains there until September 6.
QSL via operator's instructions.
Special event station LZ 35 PAR is QRV until August 31 during the
35th FAI World Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing Championship.
QSL via LZ 1 ZF.
CZECH REPUBLIC, OK.
Special event station OL 100 CSR is QRV until October 31 to celebrate
the founding of Czechoslovakia 100 years ago. QSL via bureau.
Members of the Pontefract and District Amateur Radio Society are now
active as GB 250 CC until September 28th to celebrate the 250th
anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage of discovery to the
Pacific, spanning the years 1768-1771.
Captain Cook sailed out of Plymouth on August 25th, 1768, on the
ship called the "Endeavour".
Other activations may be possible over the next 3 years to coincide
with "key moments" of the voyage.
For more details, see https://www.qrz.com/db/gb250cc
QSL by the Bureau to GB250CC
Jacques, F 6 HMJ will be active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios Island, EU-067,
from the 27th of August to the 6th of September. He will operate CW
and some SSB on the 40 to 10 metre bands.
QSL via his home call, F6HMJ.
Celebrating this year's WW1 Armistice Day Centenary, on air
November 3 to 15 will be VI6PAX
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3, members of
the Radio Society of Thailand are QRV as HS 50 IARU until October 31.
Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association are QRV
with special event station V850IARU until October 31 to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via V85TL.
Morocco special callsign
Operators Jose EA 1 ACP, Gen EA 5 EL, Francisco EA 7 FTR and David
EB 7 DX will be active with the special callsign 5 E 5 A for
"National Celebrations in Morocco".
August 30th-September 3rd.
Operations will be on CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via EA 7 FTR.
Bo, OZ 1 DJJ is active as OX 3 LX till August 29.
Activity will be on various HF bands.
QSL via OZ 0 J direct.
Jacek, SP 5 APW will be active as 3W9JK/P from Cham Island (AS-162)
from September 15 to 22, and as 3W9JK from Ho An City in the
Quang Nam Province from September 22 to 27.
Activity will be on 20 to 6 meters using SSB.
QSL via his home call sign, SP5APW via the bureau.
There's a lot happening with nets this week, so how about THIS one ...
Wondering what all this DMR stuff is about? Of course you've heard
about it, Digital Mobile Radio, and maybe you've even lashed out and
put down a few hard earned dollars on one of those El Cheapo
(relatively anyway) digital handhelds.
DMR may never replace HF or VHF analogue, but it's a fun way to get
involved in cutting edge stuff, without breaking your brain cells or
the bank, or upsetting the neighbours with your ever increasing
For most of us, nothing takes the place of Amateur radio, however that
is what this is all about, as DMR is just the latest up-to-date way
for hams to communicate, and it can even be on a global scale with no
atmospheric noise, fading or interference to marr your conversation.
There's a growing number of DMR repeaters around Australia, and every
Tuesday evening at 1930 EAST, Peter VK4NBL runs the VK-DMR net which
recently attracted VK's from Hobart to Perth, and Ayers Rock to
If you think this is something you'd like to know more about, and you
already have a DMR capable radio, the VK-DMR net is on Talk Group
3809, Time Slot 1, and also accessible from reflector 4809.
Repeater and Hot Spot connections all work, just fine. Hope to hear
YOU there next Tuesday at 1930 EAST.
And tell Peter you heard about it first, on WIA National News!!
I'm John, VK4JJW.
Latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter now available for download
Paul Gaskell G4MWO, Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter advises the latest
edition is available for free pdf download from the 'External Links'
section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page.
or the RSGB 5 MHz page
This edition includes 5 MHz news from 8 countries, features the
World of 5 MHz, the Wikipedia 60 Meter Band page, CEPT, Do you
monitor the UK 5 MHz Beacons, Useful propagation sites for 5 MHz
and Reader's Feedback from G4DWV.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
Measure Twice cut Once.
Saturday the 1st, UTC, in the UK will see as the lead in event for
the Telford HamFest, a presentation by Heather, M 0 HMO described
as an HF Swiss Army Knife.
This is a small, digital, very portable device that measures VSWR,
RF power, DC voltage, resistance, continuity, HF frequency and
includes a GPS for latitude longitude, Maidenhead locator and
OS Grid reference.
Further information is at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)
AO73/FUNcube-1 is entering a further period of full sunlight
AO73/FUNcube-1 has been in space for almost five years and the
original Sun Synchronous Orbit has now changed slightly such that
the spacecraft will no longer be in eclipse for 35 mins every orbit
The eclipse period has already reduced and will again become zero
on September 8, 2018. This means that our usual autonomous switching
between transponder on in eclipse and high-power telemetry when in
sunlight will no longer be effective!
We have therefore decided to have AO73/FUNcube-1 initially operate
for alternate periods of one week in either safe or educational modes.
This should enable us to evaluate whether the currents do affect
the spin rate. Safe mode provides low power telemetry and education
mode the usual high power telemetry. It will also enable an analysis
to see whether the satellite becomes hotter or cooler in each mode.
This schedule may be changed in light of experience and we will
update everyone on such changes via the AMSAT-BB in the usual way.
The new schedule will be put into effect on Friday, August 31, 2018.
An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives
Zimilar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio
system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working
again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said
over last weekend that reports he'd received indicated that the
NA1SS packet signal returned in mid-August.
"It appears it indeed has started working as of about 11 days ago,"
Ransom said. "No idea how long it will last, given the degrading state
of the current hardware. The longer it lasts, the better." Ransom said
the revived system will fill the gap until a replacement packet
module goes up later this year on a Progress supply vehicle and is
installed by the crew on a time-available basis. Satellite enthusiast
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, in Arizona reported via the ISS Fan Club
site that the ISS packet system was operating on August 25 at
1915 UTC during an 8 pass over the continental US. "I got my
position packet through once, no QSOs this pass," he said in a post.
The packet signal on 145.825 MHz has been copied in Europe,
South America, India, and elsewhere.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Nobu, JA0JHQ is active as T88PB from Koror, Palau.
IOTA reference OC-009.
31st of August to the 3rd of September.
Main activity will be during the All Asian DX SSB Contest on this
QSL via Logbook of The World preferred, or direct to JA0JHQ.
Jacques, F 6 HMJ is active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios Island, EU-067,
to the 6th of September. He is operating CW and SSB on the
40 to 10m bands. QSL via F6HMJ his home callsign.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
The International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend was, according to
reports, another successful event with 440 stations entered from
This was the 21st year the event has been held.
Southgate Amateur Radio Club news are reporting that the entrants
list for 2019 already has 71 lighthouses listed for the weekend of
17th and 18th of August 2019
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - THE PODCAST WORLD
FCC Launches "More than Seven Dirty Words" Podcast
The FCC has launched a new podcast series, More Than Seven Dirty
Words, that will feature interviews with FCC officials and staff in
addition to others in the communications arena.
The podcast aims "to share untold stories, explain important policy
issues, and maybe even do the impossible make telecom interesting,"
the FCC said in announcing the new media outlet.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who is a guest on the initial outing and
shares some banter with the program host, FCC Policy Advisor
Evan Swarztrauber says guests will share their personal stories
behind FCC news headlines and break down various
The podcast's title is drawn from the first episode's introductory
discussion, which touches on the court fight over George Carlin's
"Seven Dirty Words" and the fallout from the 2004 Super Bowl
halftime show. The first podcast which runs nearly 4 minutes also
mentions the FCC's response to the 2017 Puerto Rico hurricane
Each episode will be available at fcc.gov, as well as on iTunes,
and Google Play.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
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 September bulletin to go to air.
This month , as well as all the Club news, we have talks on
Leap Years and Photonic Chips, ICs which use light rather than
electricity and could be the foundation of ultra-fast computers.
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.
Also tomorrow at 0100 UTC, we have a trial broadcast from VK6JI on
80 metres on 3620 kHz.
At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is
transmitted simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater
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
From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website
at www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.
Tune in tomorrow for the September RAOTC bulletin.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Young people are the future leaders in Amateur Radio
"You are the future of Amateur Radio", YOTA 2018 Patron,
Gary Immelman, ZS6YI told YOTA 2018 delegates in his address on
the last evening of the event that is now worldwide heralded as
the best ever
He said "the intention this year was to subject you to relative
high intensity amateur radio fun with as many diverse segments
as what we could muster during this short week. Obviously,
we have only touched the tip of the iceberg and so many more
projects could've been embarked upon, but I believe you have all
got a taste of what could be done in our hobby and especially
what can be built upon to make YOTA of the future an ever-changing
and even better experience than the last.
You are the future leaders of the amateur radio fraternity and I
urge you to become leaders in your respective organizations.
By virtue of the fact that you were prepared to come all this way
to South Africa and to so enthusiastically participate in this
year's YOTA tells me that you are all a very dedicated and
motivated group of young people. Judging by what I saw on how you
all participated, the enthusiasm and vigour in which you
participated in the various activities gives me comfort that
the future of amateur radio is indeed very bright."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
IARU Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz
IARU Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz
WICEN Queensland holds a net every Sunday on 7075kHz from 8-30am
The net calls in regular stations and then invites new stations
to call in and if conditions are poor on 7MHz, net control might
move to around 3600kHz.
Try also the pre-WICEN net on 20metres, Noel/VK4NL in Hervey Bay
conducts the call-in on the ANZA Net frequency 14183 kHz from
08-10am, just 20 mts prior to the WICEN net.
(sourced to theTARCinc)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
Microwatt Signal Generator and EME Tests on 10 GHZ in Hobart
In order to check out his 10 GHz EME system Larry VK7WLH beamed his
60 cm dish from Kingston to Rex VK7MO at Tolmans Hill over an
8 km non-line of site path.
VK7WI NEWS says that Rex used his signal generator to transmit to a
tiny 3cm x 4cm horn and Larry was able to detect Rex's signal
generator down to 100 microwatts.
In a second test Rex beamed to Richard VK7ZBX over a 22 km path
obstructed by Mount Disappointment. Richard used a small 18cm by 23cm
horn to Rex's tiny horn and modulated his signal generator in AM mode
with the digital mode QRA64-D.
Richard was receiving on SSB so the lower sideband and carrier were
filtered out so he could decode the USB QRA64-D signal from the
signal generator. This time Rex was able to reduce the signal level
to 1 milli-watt and Richard still got good decodes.
If we take account of the fact that only a quarter of the AM power
is in the Upper Sideband this means Richard was copying only
The received signal works out to be 39 dB down on what is calculated
for line of site which is the additional loss for the non-line of
site path over Mount Disappointment.
Following these tests Larry was readily able to copy the DL0SHF
beacon in Germany and G3WDG in the UK off the Moon.
Richard copied the German beacon at marginal levels with his
18 cm by 23 cm horn despite signal spreading of 75 Hz due to
Richard proposes further tests when the Lunar libration will be
down to 7 Hz the 11th of September.
The DL6SHF beacon runs 40 watts to a 7.2 metre dish - quite
something to keep this antenna which has a 3 dB beamwidth of only
0.28 degrees accurately tracking the Moon and run the beacon
when-ever the Moon is up for the benefit of hams around the World.
The 7.2 metre dish gives a gain of 54.7 dBi and an EIRP of
Social Scene 2018
Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)
Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)
Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM Lake Maraboon (TARC)
Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)
Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
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 (tarc)
September 2019- Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
2020 Social Scene
ALARAMEET Bendigo (vk5yl)
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