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Hurricane Michael

An array of Amateur Radio public service assets is active as Hurricane
Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach on the Florida Panhandle,
boasting devastating 155 MPH winds.

The storm is believed to be the first Category 4 or stronger hurricane
to hit the Florida Panhandle, and the National Hurricane Center has
been warning of life-threatening storm surge as well as
hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall.

Due to the effects of Hurricane Michael on Cuba, the Cuban Federation
of Radio Amateurs have activated their emergency nets on the 40 and 80
meter bands

Frequencies in use until further notice will be

40 meters primary 7110 kHz
40 meters secondary 7120 kHz

80 meters primary 3740 kHz
80 meters secondary 3720 kHz

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will remain active until further notice
on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz.

Sourced to ARRL and Region 1

As they say - BE PREPARED.

Hello Everyone, my name is Brett Nicholas VK2BNN and I am the
Scouts Australia National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI.

A reminder that next weekend 20th & 21st is Jamboree On the Air.

It is anticipated there will be more than 8000 Scouts and Girl Guides
participating in Australia and more than 1 million world-wide.

Please check with the organisers of your station that you are
registered on the official world scout registration system at You can register your station under the sign up menu.
A list of registered stations is available on this website
as well as a lot of other information.

If you are looking for JOTA contacts there is a JOTA Cluster run by
the Radio Amateurs Zoetermeer. It can be accessed on

The opening address will be broadcast by the WIA at 1pm local time
on Saturday 20th October.

On behalf of the Scouts and Girl Guides of Australia I would like to
thank the amateur radio community for their support of this great event.

Have a great JOTA/JOTI


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

Investigation into International Space Station Leak Continues

NASA has issued a statement regarding a leak affecting the
International Space Station.

On August 29, a mysterious 2-millimeter hole was discovered on a
Soyuz capsule docked to the ISS, resulting in a pressure leak.

It is scheduled to return to Earth in December.

The hole, which appeared to have been drilled, was repaired by the

It's reported that the hole was not drilled by accident, opening the
possibility of sabotage. Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin
earlier ruled out a manufacturing defect.

"[This] indicates that this is an isolated issue which does not
categorically affect future production," the NASA statement said.
"This conclusion does not necessarily mean the hole was created
intentionally or with mal-intent."

Roscosmos has claimed the hole may have been drilled by a technician
on the ground.

NASA and Roscosmos continue to investigate the incident to determine
the cause, and a November spacewalk is planned in order to gather more

IARU volunteers have been working for three years to progress
Agenda Item 1.1 for the World Radio Conference 2019.

This agenda item seeks a Region 1 allocation at around 50 MHz for the
amateur service in the Radio Regulations Table of Frequency
Allocations, to align with the allocations in Regions 2 and our own
(VK)Region 3.

Extensive work has been undertaken in the African Telecommunications
Union, CEPT, Arab Spectrum Management Group, RCC and of course ITU
to gain support for such an allocation rather than the current
country-by-country allocations under Article 4.4 of the Regulations.
IARU has represented the global voice of amateur radio in these
meetings arguing that new applications in amateur radio require
significant bandwidth at 50 MHz and has set out a proposed utilisation
of the band which supports its claim.

IARU has also engaged in extensive work on sharing studies using
propagation models recognised by ITU and CEPT

After many weeks of planning and meetings in both regional and global
forums post the WRC in 2015, the next step on the route to WRC19 took
place last week, where CEPT project team PTD considered its position
on this agenda item in preparation for the CEPT Conference Preparatory
Group meeting in November and the ITU CPM in February 2019.


Tower Install Goes Bad. Sadly, Worker is Killed.

Ken Mitchell Waddell, 30, of Crossville, Tenn. was helping erect a
70-foot guyed tower for a ham radio operator on private property.

As a tower climber for more than 12 years with his most recent
position being a construction manager for an erection company,
he did a pre-check of the new anchors to ensure that they were
structurally secure and then proceeded to erect the new tower.

Ken was the only individual on the tower when he was preparing to
attach the second set of guy wires at 70 feet. A previous set had been
installed at the 40-foot level.

Although one news report said that "apparently a guy wire stabilizing
the tower on a turnbuckle snapped," it's been said that it was not a
failure of the guy wire or the half-inch turnbuckle, but it appeared
to have been caused by a shackle failure.

County investigators searched for the shackle, but could not locate it
on the property, according to Darling.

Ken Waddell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Peggy Sue Gerron, ex-K5PSG, SK

ARRL reports Peggy Sue Gerron, ex-K5PSG, of Lubbock, Texas, who
inspired singer Buddy Holly's 1957 rockabilly hit 'Peggy Sue,'
died on October 1. She was 78

First licensed in 2004 as KE 5 AKW, she later obtained the vanity call
K 5 PSG.

Her license expired in 2014, and K5PSG has since been reissued.

Peggy Sue went to high school with Buddy Holly and later married
The Crickets drummer, Jerry Allison. As rock 'n' roll history has it,
Holly originally titled the song "Cindy Lou," but Allison convinced
the singer to change the tune's name to "Peggy Sue."

After Holly's death in 1959, Peggy Sue toured with The Crickets after
the band got back together. Over the years, she made public and media
appearances all over the country.

She said her participation in the 2004 W 5 B special event in
Lubbock commemorating Holly, helped inspire her Amateur Radio

"You can do TV specials, and you can be interviewed by the very best
DJs," she said, "but there is nothing like the feeling of putting your
finger down, and transmitting your call sign, and having somebody
answer back."



Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit:



The July - September period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge
for 2018 has now closed and entries are open until 2359 UTC on
Sunday 14 October.

The objective of the challenge is to work the most wanted DXCC
entities based on their ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list,
which is published on the contest website.

All Australian amateurs are eligible to enter and entering is easy.
You don't need to be a serious DXer. If you've worked ANY DX during
July - September, head over to and submit an entry.

Scroll down to the "Entry Submission" section where you will find a
number of simple ways to submit your entry.

This is a fun and relaxed challenge where you work DX in your own time
over a 3 month period. It's easy, and submitting an entry only takes
a few minutes.

Some changes have been made to the Log Uploader script to fix a minor
problem. Previously, the QSO times in your log had to be 6 digits
(HHMMSS). For those who use a 4 digit time in their logs, the Log
Uploader script will now work for you.

The website again,

(VK2PR Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club)

Apply today for your opportunity to use the State and Territory
special event callsigns for the Centenary of the Armistice
that ended World War One.

The WIA has secured Special Event callsigns for use across all
Australian States and Territories.

Two States and Territories callsigns will be available - VI # PEACE,
along with VI # LWF (for Lest We Forget). The call area numeral
substitutes for the # - one through zero.

The callsigns will be available for use between the third and the
eleventh of November.

VK100PEACE will also be used by the WIA to provide for the event's
on-air opening and closing addresses.

Clubs, groups and/or individuals can apply to use the State and
Territory callsigns on a roster basis, To make an application,
with "Armistice callsigns" in the subject line.

(sourced to wia national news Oct 7)

Christmas Island operation

5 British operators will be active as VK 9 XG from Christmas Island
between October 16-30th on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and
possibly RTTY.

FT8 (DXpedition mode) as the primary Data mode.

QSL via G3TXF.

(Sourced to SouthGate)

Active is V47JA from St Kitts, IOTA reference NA-104, to the 6th of
November, SSB and FT8 on the 160 to 6m bands.
QSL via W5JON Logbook of The World.

Ken, LA7GIA is active as TT 8 KO from Chad to the 21st of October.
CW and maybe some SSB on the 160 to 10m bands.

DL 1 WH/p from Rugen Island, EU-057 till the 20th of October.
CW with some SSB on the HF bands.
QSL via DL1WH via the bureau.

Scout station 3E1JT from Panama is active throughout October and
particularly during Jamboree on the Air, 19 to 21. QSL via HP 1 ALX.

XV 9 WJR from Vietnam until the 27th of October.
CW, some PSK31 and SSB on the 40, 20 and 15m bands from Vung Tau,
with side trips to Con Son Island and Phu Quoc Island.
QSL via Logbook of The World via WA 7 WJR.


Rads on a plane.

New results from a 3-yr study of aviation radiation

For the past three years, and the students of
Earth to Sky Calculus have been flying cosmic ray sensors on-board
commercial airlines, gathering data over 27 countries, 5 continents
and 2 oceans.

New results from the study are now available.


At typical cruising altitudes, cosmic radiation is 40 to 60 times
greater than natural sources at sea level. Passengers on cross-country
flights across the USA typically absorb a whole body dose equal to
1 or 2 dental X-rays whilst on international flights, the total dose
can increase ~five-fold with passengers racking up 5 to 6 dental

In the USA, planes flying over New England receive as much as
30% more radiation than planes flying over the desert Southwest.

In South America, Chile has unusually low radiation--a likely result
of its location on the verge of the South Atlantic Anomaly.

Visit for the full story.

THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report -
Measure Twice cut Once.

Researchers at Drexel University's College of Engineering report a
breakthrough in nanomaterials technology that promises to make
installing an antenna as easy as applying sunblock or bug spray.

The University reported the research in a DrexelNOW article,
"Drexel's Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Tech Connector of the Future."
The advance could mean wearable and invisible antennas that could find
their place in the next generation of the Internet of things (IoT),
and even have Amateur Radio applications.

"The ability to spray an antenna on a flexible substrate or make it
optically transparent means that we could have a lot of new places
to set up networks," said Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory Director
and engineering professor Kapil Dandekar, a co-author of the research
published recently in Science Advances.


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

Palm Radio closes

Palm Radio, known world-wide for its Morse Paddles, has closed down,
production ceased on September 28.

On the company's website Dieter DJ6TE has posted:

"For health reasons, and after the passing of Brunhilde (DK7SN),
Uli (DL2BAT) und Klaus (DL9SKE) I am not able to continue PALM RADIO
in its current form."

Silent keys:- Palm Radio

(sourced to SouthGate)


REAST October Presentation - DMR

Last Wednesday there was standing room only at the REAST clubrooms
in Hobart as Scott VK7HSE presented on DMR and digital voice radio

This event was also viewed by over a dozen people online through the
live YouTube stream.

Scott gave a brief history of the DMR and digital voice development
and use before diving right into the specifics about how DMR worked,
from transmission to infrastructure, software and encoding, which was
all enhanced by his 8 radios he had on hand to show the differences.

Scott claims he is not an addict, he is a collector!

There were also a fantastic Q&A Session as part of the talk.

If you missed the presentation, never fear, because you can still
watch on YouTube.

Visit the link in the text edition of this WIA broadcast!

(Ben VK7BEN, Secretary REAST)


Ham radio satellite list

Mineo Wakita JE9PEL has made available a table of all amateur radio
satellites in Word and Spreadsheet formats as well as a Doppler.sqf
file for use in the SatPC32 satellite tracking software.

Link to this file as with all points of contact in the weekly WIA
News is to be found in the text edition, best read on

JE9PEL satellite list


FUNcube operations update

Graham G3VZV has published details of the status of all 3 FUNcubes.


AO 73 / FUNcube-1 has been in full sunlight for over one month and has
been transmitting continuously high power telemetry for most of that
time. This has now been changed to full time amateur mode so the
transponder is once again available. With the more stable on board
temperatures being experienced, this means that the transponder
frequencies are also now more stable.


The FUNcube-2 transponder on UKube-1 continues to be in full time
transponder mode. There are occasional breaks in service for a few
seconds when the OBC reboots and the other on-board transmitter sends
its CW beacon.

FUNcube-3 on Nayif-1

EO 88/Nayif-1 continues to perform nominally with high power telemetry
when in sunlight and amateur mode when in eclipse.

With their slightly different orbital characteristics it is useful
that AO73 is now the early bird, EO88 comes over in the mid-morning
European time and UKube provides coverage in the afternoon.

Network issues in relation to uploading the telemetry from the
Dashboards to the Data Warehouse over the past couple of weeks.
Thank you for all the telemetry that you upload when available.

(sourced to SouthGate)



A large team of operators including Vasily R7AL, and Mohammad EP2LMA
will be active as EP 6 RRC from Shif Island, Iran, between November 17
and 23.

Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.

QSL Manager is R 7 AL.


Saty, 9 M 6 NA, will once again be active as 9 M 6 NA from Mohammed's,
9 M 6 MO, QTH on Labuan Island, East Malaysia, during the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.

All the logs will be promptly uploaded to LoTW.

Visit Saty's home page at:

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

In our 'young timers' slot this week it's to Germany and the Bergmann
family. As we hear from Amateur Radio Newslines Ed Durrant DD5LP,
their daughter - a new ham - had some plans of her own this year for
their family holidays.

"ED: When most youngsters ask their parents for a dream-come-true
vacation, more often than not it's to Disney World or some other
attraction with amusements, fun rides and lots of junk food.

Eleven year old Laura Bergmann DL2JJ of Dreieich Germany had a
different idea. Upon passing her licencing exam, she informed her
father and mother she wanted to go to the St. Marcouf Islands. Her
dream was a DXpedition with Emil DL8JJ, her father and Verjy DL9JJ
her mother.

Packing up 500 kilograms, or eleven hundred pounds of equipment that
included a generator and fuel, two antennas and their rigs, the
family loaded up their small car and headed to the islands, off the
coast of Normandy, France. They even slept two nights in the vehicle
until they arrived.

The Bergmanns spent about 44 hours on the island, completing 1,340
QSOs, 54 of them with DXCCs. They operated on 80 meters through 17
meters pretty much around the clock. Whatever time they spent in
their sleeping bags was minimal, and they spent it dreaming of the
next contacts they'd make on SSB, CW or FT-8.

Always the proud father, Emil told Newsline that he and his wife had
activated the island together in 2015 while Laura was in school but
he said "Now was the real moment." He said "this was a real
DXPedition, not just a vacation."

It was indeed a dream-come-true and Laura Bergmann can now say that
the family that goes rock-climbing together and travels together also
DXPeditions together.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP."

A note in this week from Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, via Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP
Secretary IARU Region 3

Here is Lisa's letter, and I quote..

December YOTA Month application is open at:

Make sure to register before December starts!

The last few months of 2018 are approaching and we are excited to
announce that our famous December YOTA Month will happen this year.

We would like to invite you to take part with a callsign with YOTA as
the suffix, for example, HA 6 YOTA. The idea for this is to show the
amateur radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be
active on the amateur bands.

This is a great moment to show amateur radio to the world and to
invite newcomers. Give a demonstration in a school, local club or
scouting group, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and
make some QSOs or enjoy a great pile-up.

Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get
some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed
youth will be making QSOs, be aware this could be their first radio
contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.

This year we will have new diplomas and rules!

Diplomas can be achieved by working our YOTA suffix special stations
which are run by young operators throughout December! We changed a bit
on the general rules;

2 points can be achieved per worked stations and 1 extra point for
every valid (not dupe) QSO per band per mode!

This is of course not a contest, but getting many youngsters on air
from many countries. Be helpful on the bands, maybe these young
operators are just making their first ever contacts!

The aim is that YOTA stations are in general operated by young people,
with the age of maximum 25 years. The event will take place from
1 December 2018 00:00 UTC till 31 December 2018 23:59 UTC.

Are you interested?

Would you like to take part or want to know more about the new
diploma rules?

Find more information on

You can also find us on social media platforms, like
#hamyota on Facebook and @hamyota Twitter.

You can also join our Facebook group by
where you can find up-to-date information during December.

Brett Nicholas VK2BNN 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

Jamboree on the Air looms large

One million young people from around the world are expected to take
part in this year's Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet.

These take place from the 19th to the 21st of October and are the
world's biggest Scouting event. Some 20,000 licensed amateur radio
operators put 12,000 radio stations on the air. This offers an
excellent opportunity for radio amateurs both young and old, to
inspire Scouts with the charms of radio techniques. During JOTA-
JOTI, Scouts and Guides will encounter numerous different
languages and cultures in a worldwide learning experience that
lasts all day and well into the night.

From Far North Queensland, JOTA with the Tablelands Radio Group
planning is well underway.

Mike/VK4MIK (Yes the same Mike that for years has brought to the world
the AM - CW for ANZAC Day event) well Mike and the Tablelands Radio
Group will be operating for Jamboree on the Air from the Northern
Beaches Scout Den in Cairns using VK 4 GHL callsign.

Mike hopes that they are able to contact lots of other JOTA Groups
during the weekend of October 20 and 21.

At present 100 Australian groups are registered as participating in
JOTA. Australian scouts have a high participation rate of around
11.5%. This puts us in the top 10 participating countries.

( RSGB, theTARCinc, Brett Nicholas National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI )

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

News of a Cyclonic Event

The Townsville Amateur Radio Club are reminding all in VK4's North
that promoting community awareness of the Cyclone Season is an event
known as 'Cyclone Sunday', organised by the Townsville City Council
at Strand Park 3pm to 6pm Sunday 4th November.

November 1st marks the start of Cyclone Season.

Are you Cyclone Ready?

Whether you are a new resident to Townsville or have lived there for
years Cyclone Sunday is a must attend community event.

With an active monsoon season predicted there is no better time to
prepare yourself, your family and property. Speak to over 30
organisations that can assist with your wet season preparations, grab
your free waterproof document wallet, have your important documents
scanned onto a USB, chill out in the kids zone, go into the draw to
win some great prizes and enjoy the entertainment provided.

Get Ready Now, Because Later is Too Late !

'Cyclone Sunday' at Strand Park 3pm Sunday November 4.




'The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of....SOTA!' - with apologies to
Julie Andrews of course!

Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites the public to
'The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of....SOTA!', a presentation by
Col Herbert, VK3GTV.

SOTA, or Summits on the Air, is an award scheme for radio amateurs and
shortwave listeners that encourages portable operation in mountainous

SOTA has been designed to make participation possible for everyone,
it is not just for mountaineers! There are awards for Activators,
those who ascend to the summits. Chasers who remain in the comfort of
their radio shacks, and, Shortwave Listeners.

SOTA was launched in March 2002 in the UK, and there are now 154
Associations around the world and growing, with over 13,000 registered
users globally. There are over 130,000 qualifying summits, and the
list grows every year.

It's a great activity, both outdoor and indoor which promotes the use
of amateur radio! This presentation will include information and
practical demonstrations about how to join, what equipment is needed,
awards, logging, rules, mapping of SOTA peaks with Google Earth, and a
display of various portable equipment.

The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday October 19th, at the BAREC
club room, 20 Longlea Lane, Longlea, just on the outskirts of Bendigo.

A gold coin donation would be appreciated, and a light supper will be
provided. For more information, contact Col Herbert VK3GTV.

( text only as Col VK3GTV plugs his event in the SOTA news,
Graeme Knight VK3GRK )

VK2 - Central Coast Amateur Radio Club

The next Club lecture, on 20th October, will be by Allan VK2EFM on
Radiation Hazards, and it will involve a practical demonstration and a
talk on field strength readings of Electromagnetic Radiation in
relation to acceptable levels of exposure on the human body in
accordance with APANSA.

The following Saturday, the 27th October, will be a Working Bee at the
Club rooms, and all are invited.

All meetings of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club are held at the
club rooms in Dandaloo St, Kariong, just past the fire station at 1pm,
preceded by the famous sausage sizzle run by Steve VK2SKC, starting at
noon. The club rooms are accessible by bus, with a stop just opposite
Dandaloo St, serviced by the route 34 bus 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.

The Club relays VK2WI News broadcasts every Sunday morning and evening.
Callbacks are taken after the morning news only, on the Somersby 6m
and 2m repeaters VK2RAG on 53.725 and 146.725 MHz respectively; please
note that both repeaters require the standard sub-audible tone of
91.5 Hz.

The Club also runs a mixed-mode repeater VK2RAG on 439.950 MHz, which
is connected to the P25 network; the 91.5 Hz tone is required for
analogue access, and is highly recommended for receiving (unless you
like hearing digital noise).

There is a net held every Thursday on the 2m repeater VK2RAG on
146.725, starting at 8pm; all members are encouraged to join
(especially if Club news for the ARNSW broadcast is involved).

The Club also has a Facebook page: just look for "centralcoastarc".
There is also a Twitter account on @ccarclub [announcer: pronounced
"At CC AR Club"].

More information about the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club can be
found on the web site www,

(Dave VK2KFU, Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club
Text edition only)

Social Scene 2018
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

March 23-24 VK7 - Meet the Voice event at Ross (vk7news)

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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