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WIA secures special event callsign VI 2 GB. -


WIA's Casey Castro calls for help on the marketing group of the WIA. -

WIA Director Marcus WTF and Board Comment.


Most listeners to this, the WIA National News Service would be
well aware, we are not alone!

In South Africa the SARL have a weekly broadcast, as does the RSGB
in the UK, and ARRL and Amateur Radio Newsline in the USA.

We at WIA National news regularly exchange items we feel may be of
interest to the wider ham community, and vice versa.

Over the past 10 years or so we .. for want of a better term, main
stream ham radio news services have been most appreciative of the
services of the UK's SouthGate Amateur Radio Clubs "News Service."

For those who, like myself, have spent a lifetime in the media, would
easily equate this Southgate service to AAP , UPI, Reuteurs news
pools and wire services.

BUT like many Amateur services to we hams it's actually one chap
who has kept this service flourishing, making it a one stop shop
for news, that being Richard G4TUT. Over the past few week's
Richard has been hospilalised several times and our thoughts go out
to G4TUT of SouthGate News for a speedy recovery.


Justin VK7TW was invited for a 10m slot on ABC local radio in Hobart
to talk on all manner of things, tank turrets to tank circuits,
the moon to radio artists, the kind of activities REAST is famous
for at their regular amateur radio local experimenter's night.

Joel Rheinberger is the host and you can hear it about 10 minutes
into the link in this weeks text edition.

A good promotion of Amateur Radio for the non amateur listener.


Hi Everyone, My name is Casey Castro and I am the chair of the
new marketing group for the WIA.

We are currently looking for volunteers to head up our digital
marketing and media group. So anyone with some digital marketing,
media, SEO experience, please contact us at
We look forward to hearing from you.

73 Casey VK2FACE

Sometimes it's hard to find good topics, but this past week has been

Hi I'm Marcus VK5WTF, WIA Director with this weeks board comment

Last week the board voted to formalise a rigid complaints process,
this is to ensure all complaints are tracked from start to finish
and also creates a process to escalate complaints as well as other
recommendations. This came after a recent review of the complaints
process. More information can be found on the WIA website.

The ACMA released their five year spectrum outlook, and
unfortunately, due to a high demand for spectrum, Australian amateurs
will not have access to 60m in the near future. Overall, no spectrum
was added, and more importantly, no spectrum was lost. This has been
a great outcome for our bands with pressure from 5G and internet of
things, so make sure you get out there and use it!

Last week, I was camping in a place where I have fallen in love with
the zero noise floor, and I was really happy to hear that the bands
were being used nearly 24 hours a day. But there is plenty of
spectrum out there for more users, so lets prove that we deserve the
spectrum we have!

And on the weekend just gone, the WIA had two representatives at the
IARU Region 3 conference, Peter Young, VK3MV, and WIA Director and
Vice President, Greg Kelly, VK2GPK.

The first day covered a few topics, but one that got my attention was
the recent successes in engaging and retaining young amateurs, by
having events organised by young people, something we should all
think about if we are trying to engage youth.

On day two, attendees were split into two groups, one covering policy
and the second technical and operational tasks. I think most of us
know which one we would prefer to be in, and the WIA chaired the
first, policy.

Band plans also received an update, with 15m getting a satellite
segment. This will soon trigger an update of the Australian bandplans,
and rest assured, we will be asking for community input.

And finally, the WIA has secured the special event callsign VI 2 GB
to celebrate 100 years since the first contact between G and VK.
This is a complimentary callsign to the GB2VK and is compatible with
standard format callsigns. Clubs wishing to get access between the
25th September and the 21st October to VI2GB should follow the link
and follow the instructions.

VI2GB Application:

this is vk5wtf, going clear, and listening


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




SouthGate News are reporting that motor car remotes on inappropriate
433.920 MHz frequency caused malfunction. Dozens of people have been
locked out of their cars in the central business district of
Invercargill New Zealand because car remotes malfunctioned in the
presence of nearby radio signals

Dozens of car owners turned up to motor dealerships reporting that
their car remotes had been malfunctioning. They were unable to lock
or unlock their cars and some were even unable to start the vehicles
with their car remotes.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Radio Spectrum
Management said it was contacted by Invercargill Police who said
there was a significant number of people getting replacement
batteries for car remotes because they were not working.

An RSM Compliance Officer provided advice to police on what frequency
it was likely to be and a police technician tracked it to a
legitimate repeater on top of the Menzies Building.

A search of the radio frequency license register shows amateur radio
operator ZL 4 DE holds the licence on behalf of amateurs to transmit
on 434.050 MHz.

Amateurs have primary use of the frequency range 433.05 to 434.92 MHz.

Remote controls, such as those in car door remotes, operate within
the Short Range Device Notice and have secondary use of the SAME
frequency range 433.050 to 434.920 MHz. So BOTH parties are legally
allowed to transmit on the frequency.

The repeater is currently off while ZL4DE, the license holder works
with RSM to find a solution.


The Union of Asian DXers Facebook page 13 September 2018 reports that
Radio Nepal is back on short-wave after six years by adding 5005 kHz
to augment its national transmission grid broadcasting on MW and FM.

According to a station official, Radio Nepal resumed short wave
broadcasts from 02.00 - 5.00 p m Nepali time using a 10 kw
transmitter in Kathmandu .

The same source said the station is applying very low power.
By all accounts, 5005 kHz is a difficult DX catch for listeners
outside of Nepal. Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of UTC.



The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that two
long-time broadcast intruders on 40 metres are gone.

IARUMS Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said in the IARUMS newsletter
that Radio Hargeisa in the Republic of Somaliland on 7,120 MHz, and
Radio Ethiopia on 7,140 MHz, departed the band during the last week
of August.

IARUMS did report increasing military traffic on 7 and 14 MHz,
"especially on digital modes from Russia and China." In addition, a
wideband over-the-horizon radar in China has caused serious problems
on 20 meters, while an Iranian radar on 28,860 MHz "could be heard
under sporadic E conditions." German telecommunications authorities
have filed a formal complaint.

Hadel said a Russian Navy system believed to be in Moscow appeared on
7,182 MHz on F1A, a 200 Hz shift, identifying as RDL.
German telecommunications authorities were notified.

Hadel also reported "childish behaviour" by amateurs in western and
eastern Ukraine "insulting each other or playing music every day" on
7.055 MHz (LSB).


992 UK amateurs die each year.

How is this unbelievable statistic arrived at?

Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom has now issued what
is believed to be the correct figure for the number of individual
radio amateurs in the UK

G 3 RXQ made several FoI's to Ofcom to try and find out how many
hold one or more amateur licences, Ofcom said:

"As of 1 August 2018 I can confirm that the total number of
individuals holding one or more current UK Amateur Radio Licences
is 75,660."

This figure enables an estimate to be made for the number of
radio amateurs who die each year.

It believed the RSGB has about 19,000 UK members who are licenced
amateurs, this is about 25% of total UK amateurs. From an analysis
of the Silent Key column in 2015 RadCom it would appear that about
248 licenced UK RSGB members are dying each year.

This suggests that maybe in total some 992 UK amateurs die each year.



Oct 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest
Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not so much a contest but an exercise.

Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit:



Celebrating this year's WW1 Armistice Day Centenary, on air
November 3 to 15 will be VI6PAX

IW 5 ELA will operate mainly CW as 7 Q 7 ELA till 26th September.
All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.

Tina, HB0/DL5YL and Fred, HB0/DL5YM are active from Liechtenstein
to the 6th of October. They will operate CW, some SSB and RTTY
during the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest.
QSL via their home calls, either direct or via the bureau.

DL 4 APJ and DJ 2 AX are active as JW/DL4APJ and JW/DJ2AX from the
JW 5 E club station in Longyearbyen, Svalbard EU-026, to 25 September.
QSL via their home calls.
DL 5 APJ and DJ 2 AX

HA 3 JB is active as 8 Q 7 IP the Maldives, AS-013, till September 30.
Operating CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 on the 6 to 80m bands and will
participate in the CQ WW RTTY Contest.
QSL via HA 3 JB.

G 4 EDG is active as ZD 9 CW from Tristan da Cunha, AF-029, to the
22nd of October, CW and RTTY with some SSB on the 15 to 40m bands
and possibly 80m.

QSL via Logbook of The World or via LZ 1 JZ.

Ofcom issues M5 prefix calls again

The Twitter feed of the RSGB Youth Committee reports its Chair,
Mike Jones has now got the Full licence callsign M 5 PMJ

Mike first got his Foundation licence in 2011, later upgrading to
2 E 0 MLJ.

In August he was in South Africa for Youngsters on the Air, there he
did a two day HAREC course and took the 90 question exam. He passed,
and on returning to the UK submitted a paper application along with
his South African HAREC certificate to Ofcom asking for the callsign
M 5 PMJ. Ofcom issued the licence on September 6.

Ofcom had originally issued M5 prefix callsigns for UK Class A/B
licences from 1999 to 2001 but ceased when Class A/B was merged with
Class A.

Only a few hundred M5 calls were ever issued and this is thought to
be the first M5 call to have been issued in 17 years.

RSGB Youth Committee



Russia proposes to use DRM on 65.9-74.0 MHz

On the 11th of September 2018, it was reported that the Russian
Federation proposes to use the digital DRM+ standard for broadcasting
on the radio frequency bands 65.9-74 MHz and 87.5-108 MHz.

This has the potential of being a major source of interference to
radio amateurs using the 4 metre band (70 MHz) in central and eastern

As 'Secondary Users' of this part of the spectrum, radio amateurs
will have no choice but to live with any interference, especially
during the Summer Sporadic-E season.


Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa signed with SpaceX to fly around
the moon on the company's next generation rocket, CEO Elon Musk
announced this week.

Maezawa will attempt to be the first to return to the moon in nearly
50 years, launching aboard a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which SpaceX
is developing.

The trip is expected to be launched in 2023.

"Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon. It's always there and
continues to inspire humanity," said Maezawa, one of the richest
people in Japan, who made his fortune as the founder of online
retailers Start Today and Zozotown.

"To be clear. This is dangerous.... it's not a sure thing... there
are some chances things could go wrong," Musk reiterated.

He refused to reveal the amount Maezawa paid for the mission,
saying he was "not disclosing the amount but he's paying a very
significant amount of money."

(CNBC and other published press releases)


Hams are mourning the loss of a long time amateur who was as devoted
to lighthouses as to radio, as Kevin Trotman N5PRE reported to

Just as Jim Weidner K2JXW showed his devotion to historic beacons of
safety for maritime travellers when he founded the Amateur Radio
Lighthouse Society, (ARLHS) he too was seen as a beacon of friendship
to those who knew him.

Jim, who founded the organization in 2000 and watched it grow to a
worldwide membership of nearly 1,700, has become a Silent Key.

His death was announced on the website of the society on September 7.

The organization website noted that it was founded in part to honour
the heritage of lighthouses and lightships but also to recognize
lighthouse keepers as maritime heroes. Jim had been a licensed ham
since 1954.

In an online tribute on the society website, John KX4O, to whom Jim
had passed the baton, wrote: [quote] "Jim's friends are numerous and
many continue to help me fulfil his goals of the in a very
real way, Jim lives on in all of us as we continue to make ARLHS what
it is today." [endquote]

Jim Weidner, who died on the 1st of September, was 77.

(arlhs is not the organisation that runs the International Lighthouse



A group of YLs plans to honour 2 submarines lost in World War Two and
is looking for even more YLs to join them.

The USS Batfish Amateur Radio Club is getting ready to welcome a group
of YLs on board the submarine in Oklahoma to call CQ as WW2SUB.

In October, these YLs will be honouring the USS Wahoo and the
USS Dorado which are among the 52 U.S. submarines lost during the
Second World War.

The lost subs are being honoured by the Batfish's amateur club.

The YLs will be operating from Oct. 12th through the 14th, even
sleeping on board and experiencing life on the submarine, which now
houses an exhibit that honours military veterans and is permanently
kept in Muskogee, Oklahoma's War Memorial Park.

The YLs aren't just looking for contacts and QSL cards - they're also
in search of other YLs who'd like to join them on the air.
Michelle Carey W5MQC said that any YL who wants to join the operation
that weekend should send an email to her on

Michelle said that the YLs will most likely be operating on 20 and 40
meters - mostly SSB. According to club trustee Wade Harris KF5IF,
although YLs have operated from the Batfish before, this is the first
time for a group of YLs to do so as a formal event.

The weekend operation is being done under the auspices of the Young
Ladies Radio League, the YLRL, where Michelle is District 5 rep, but
any YL can participate regardless of whether she is a member of the
league or not. Michelle also noted that any YL who does not yet have
her license but is interested in experiencing what it's like to be on
the air can also stop by and receive some guidance from a licensee.

She called the USS Batfish weekend operation "a unique opportunity
for us to come together and help each other out while calling CQ and
honouring those lost during World War Two."

For more information about the Batfish radio club visit their website

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


Young members of an amateur radio club at one school in the UK
just got the gift of DX, as Jeremy Boot G4NJH told in a story
filed to ARNewsLine

If some of the students at the Sandringham School in St. Albans,
Hertfordshire, seem to be disappearing at lunchtime or after school,
it's probable you'll find them in the first-floor room that houses
the school's amateur radio club station M0SCY.

At this secondary school for high-achievers, these particular
youngsters are looking for particularly high marks - not just in
academics but also in DXing. Members of the Sandringham School's
Amateur Radio Club, now in its second year, they recently helped
assemble and install a tri-band beam antenna that had been donated
by the school's headmaster Alan Gray G4DJX.

With extra help from him and the school's caretaker, the team of
young hams got the antenna in place early this month and added a
donated rotator with the support of a friend and Nevada Radio. Alan
told Newsline that the students went on the air and, immediately
noticing the improvement of the beam over the multi-band dipole
they'd been using, they wasted no time setting themselves up for
their next assignment:

The challenge of completing DXCC by year's end.

Alan noted that this won't just be a ham radio achievement for the
youngsters but, with a nearby map, a geography lesson as well.
He said the students have their eyes on some contests in the coming
months and have begun entering the Radio Society of Great Britain's
80 metre cumulative contests.

These high achievers have done well: the club's September entry made
68 contacts in an hour and a half, with only four operators. Best of
all, Alan said, the students are teaching one another and working
together. Now, he says, all he needs is a little extra help around
the shack to keep up the encouragement and the knowledge.


It's a date. November 4, this is THE day set aside for the
VK1 SOTA 6m, 2m & 70cm VHF-UHF Summit to Summit Party



Moon bounce on a dipole

On Saturday the 8th of September, the Essex DX Group achieved a
world first by making a moon bounce EME contact using nothing more
than a dipole.

The contact on 432mhz was with superstation DL7APV Bernd's
128x11 element yagi array.

128 by 11 !!!

The antenna was an DG 7 YBN 'Blade' dipole. This was in fact the
GTV2 2 element yagi with its reflector taken out leaving just its

(sourced to SouthGate news)




Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club have a very special 'special guest
speaker' September 26, Wednesday.

They welcome Roger Harrison VK2ZRH who will explain the haunts and
habits of sporadic-E ionisation and propagation, and how to exploit
it on all bands from 40 metres to two metres, throughout the year.

In recent times, the textbooks have been re-written with new
understanding of the causes of Sporadic E .

Doors open at 1930 September 26 at the Red Hill Scout Hall,
Red Hill.


The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club over in VK2 run lectures the
3rd Saturday of every month, recently they have been lectured on
the GPS system, thanks to Dave VK2KFU, and on Radiation Hazards
by Allan VK2EFM

A Foundation Training and Assessment Day was held yesterday, the 22nd
so it's a big hi to our newbies.

All meetings of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club are held at the
club rooms in Dandaloo St, Kariong at 1pm, preceded by the famous
sausage sizzle run by Steve VK2KSC, at noon.

The club rooms are accessible by bus, serviced by route 34 from
Gosford railway station every hour.

The Club rooms are usually open from 10.30 every Saturday,
for general chit-chat and access to the Club workshop and library.

More info on the social platforms, try


"Hi, this is Craig VK3WAR on behalf of the Yarra Valley Amateur Radio

Come visit the beautiful Yarra Valley; Wineries, Ballooning,
Breweries, farmgate produce, beautiful gardens for picnics,
historic homesteads and even a chocolate factory;
These are just a few attractions in this pristine area.

We as a group also have an attraction on Sunday the 14th October. Its
the Yarra Valley Amateur Radio group Hamfest at the Garry Cooper
Pavillion in Yarra Glen.

Doors open at 10.00 AM

Entrance fee of $7.00.

For table bookings phone Colin VK3CNW on 0423 535 988.

See you there on Sunday 14th October around the BBQ and grab a snag."

(Colin (VK3CNW) Secretary, Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Club (VK3YVG))).


The Annual General Meeting of The Townsville Amateur Radio Club
will be happening on Sunday November 25th.

Whoop-de-doo you say - but wait, what is that delicious smell you can
detect from the future ?

It's pancake breakfast from 7am to 8-30am cooked up by the
Iron Faraday Cage Chefs to kick start the AGM.

Where do you go to ?

Area 2 of Rossiter Park Aitkenvale via Kimball Street of course !

AGM Agenda and Proxy Forms were published in September and October
2018 Back-scatters.

Written nominations for positions needed to be tendered no later than
25th October 2018 as these need to be displayed in the Club Rooms
no less than a month prior to the AGM.

Please advise attendance numbers no later than Tuesday 20th November's
Social Meeting for catering purposes - or else you'll go hungry and
your pancake craving will not cease !

(Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ, Secretary 2018, theTARCinc.)

Social Scene 2018

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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