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AND FOR WEEK OF November 04


This is Grant VK5GR for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group
based in South Australia.

Later this morning, the group will be flying another helium balloon
out of Adelaide as part of Project Horus. This particular flight
however will provide new experimenting opportunities for radio
amateurs across South Australia and Western Victoria, hopefully as
far east as Melbourne.

This flight is particularly special as it
makes the 50th Project Horus flight run by the group since 2010.
It is also celebrating AREG's 20th Birthday. As such, the mix of
payloads has been designed to provide lots of opportunities for
radio amateurs both inside its footprint and beyond to get involved
and experiment with something new.

Firstly, there will be a flying repeater operating on 2m
(147.5MHz Downlink) and 70cm (439.9MHz Uplink using a 123Hz CTCSS
tone). Access to the repeater from the edge of coverage
(up to 600-700km from the balloon at apogee) should be possible
on 70cm with 20-30W and a 10dBi Yagi at 10m elevation
(provided you have no local terrain obstructions). Closer stations
will need much less power than that of course. Look out for net
control on the repeater operating as VK5ARG and give us a

Second, there will be a new Slow Scan TV payload on board.
This transmitter connected to a camera taking live photos from
the balloon will broadcast a new picture every couple of minutes
on 145.1MHz. The pictures will be sent in Scottie 2 format which
is readily decodable by many SSTV packages (including the ones you
can get on your smart phones - just hold the phone near your 2m
receiver speaker to decode the pictures live!)

We are also planning (to be confirmed) on flying an APRS
transmitter on 145.175MHz for everyone to track the balloons
flight path in addition to our standard 100Baud RTTY transmitter
on 434.650 and our new 4FSK RTTY transmitter on 434.640MHz.
Details of how to decode these signals are available on the AREG

Launch time is planned for 10am ACDT (2330 UTC) today (Sunday the
4th of November). More details will be available on the group's
website and Facebook pages (just search for the Amateur Radio
Experimenters Group -

We hope everyone enjoys experimenting this morning with our
amateur radio targetted launch and we hope to see you on the

73 de Grant VK5GR



This is Aidan, VK4APM with this weeks board update.

It has been an exciting week here at the WIA with the ACMA releasing
their much awaited Approach To Market last thursday but before we get
onto that this weeks big win is in the area of interference

In recent times number of operators within and outside Australia
have reported interference on 7190 KHz between 1500UTC and 1535UTC.
The source of this interference was traced to an Australian
organisation, Reach Beyond Australia, from their global transmission
complex in Kununurra, Western Australia.

Over the course of this week the WIA has been in contact with
Reach Beyond and whilst ACMA have advised they are operating within
their authority from ACMA they have elected to cease their
programming on 7190KHz for the time being whilst a approach is being
made to the ACMA to prevent this occurring in the future.

We would like to thank the members of Reach Beyond for their open
dialog and working in the spirit of cooperation to rapidly mitigate
the impact of this issue. Discussions will continue on the lack of
harmonisation between Australia and the rest of the world with
respsect to the use of the 7100-7200 KHz band and how this is to be
avoided in the future.

On Thursday the 25th of November the ACMA published the widely
anticipated approach to market to provide services to the ACMA
relating to:

conducting examinations to assess amateur radio proficiency

issuing amateur radio certificates of proficiency

making recommendations to the ACMA about the allocation of callsigns
to amateur licensees,

participate in the Syllabus Review Panel, and

associated non-statutory administrative functions

The construct of the proposed service is consistent with "Approach 1"
as described in the consultation paper on amateur qualification
frameworks issued earlier this year.

The WIA has been preparing for the release of this approach to market
and is well advanced in delivery of a solution that will provide
these services while increasing accessibility to Amateur radio,
reducing barriers to entry and enhancing the role of amateur radio
clubs and operators within the community. We would like to thank
the team of people who have put their hand up to assist in the
production of our response to the ACMA.

The Approach to Market closes on the 26th of November with a decision
expected prior to Christmas.

Before I go I would like to remind all operators that a series of
special event callsigns have been made available for Armistice 2018.
contrary to some earlier reports these callsigns are available for
any appropriately qualified operator subject to ensuring that the
callsigns are only operated within the limitations of the operators
qualification (unless, of course, an advanced operator is present)
and logs are maintained. Details on the booking process for these
callsigns is available on the WIA website at

Thats a wrap for this weeks board update, thanks for listening and
73 from me.

This is Aidan, VK4APM


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


New sample edition of NZART Break-In magazine

New Zealand's national amateur radio society, NZART, has made the
Jan/Feb 2018 edition of their magazine Break-In available as a free

Yes an old edition but well worth the read!

The magazine features the popular columns Digital Modes by
Murray Greenman ZL1BPU and Satellite Orbits by Alan Cresswell ZL2BX.
On pages 28-30 there is an interview with FT8 developer
Joe Taylor K1JT.

Download from



The Bank of Lithuania has released a commemorative gold 5 Euro coin
featuring amateur radio satellites LituanicaSAT-1 (LO-78) and

The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station
in 2014. LituanicaSAT-1 carried a FM transponder and a camera while
LitSat-1 had a linear (SSB/CW) transponder developed by PE 1 RAH.

The face of the gold coin features the Lithuanian coat of arms
as a star constellation with LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSAT-1 on the


"They say the neon lights are bright
On Broadway
They say there's always magic in the air"-

Lighting up the way for faster safer comms in Europe is a scheme
called BROADWAY.

Europe is halfway into an ambitious project to deploy a cross-border
public safety mobile broadband communications system.

Read more:

The 'Broad' project has three stages:

BroadMap now finalised, which covered the investigation,
design and outline of the project requirements

BroadWay now underway, being the pre-procurement stage where
industry reviews the project's needs and the final system
configurations are prepared.

BroadNet the final stage, which will involve commissioning and
operating the common systems

The present scenario across Europe is that there is minimal
inter-country interoperability, old technology being just voice
and short data only, 2G equivalent), and systems are vendor-locked.

With this Broadway project will come a system better able to provide
crime scene/Search And Rescue prioritisation and resource allocation.
Coordinate communications with all entities involved in an incident
and augment overwhelmed dispatch centres for major disasters by
providing 'call triage'.

The better capability to scan social media for illicit activity and to
provide intelligence via drones, robots and cameras.

Ian Miller, Executive Officer, ARCIA has a great article on this in



It looks as if Italian radio amateurs have just been dished up a slice
of spectrum on the 60 metre band.

The piece they will be allowed to use, 5.3515 MHz to 5.3665 MHz
on a secondary basis with a maximum equivalent isotropic power of
15 W (e.i.r.p.).

This follows the pattern set by many other European countries that
have obtained similar allocations.


NRC now open 7 days a week

The RSGB is pleased to announce that the RSGB's National Radio
Centre at Bletchley Park will now be open seven days a week,
starting from this week.

A trip to the Mother Country is not complete till you make this
pilgrimage...just ask Robert VK3DN !

RSGB Members can download a free admission voucher to Bletchley Park
from their RSGB website.


ARRL Says Manufacturers' Wireless Power Transfer for Electric
Vehicles Petition is Premature.

The ARRL is opposing a Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11815) by several
vehicle manufacturers that calls on the FCC to "adopt field strength
limits in Section 18.305 that will allow higher power wireless
charging technologies operating in the 79 - 90 kHz range" to
accommodate what the petitioners call "next-generation" wireless
power transfer for electric vehicles (WPT-EV).

Comments filed on October 29 by ARRL contend that the petition is
"woefully incomplete and inadequate" in its analysis of consequent
out-of-band emissions from WPT-EV systems in the low and medium
frequency ranges using upward of 11 kW of power. Given the high power
levels, ARRL said harmonic emissions from WPT-EV systems could be
appreciable, with the AM Broadcast Band and Amateur Radio as
potential interference victims.

The issue of WPT-EV is a World Radiocommunication Conference 2019
agenda item, for which studies are still under way.

The Petition "quite obviously prejudges the outcome of WRC-19 Agenda
Item 9.1.6," ARRL said, stressing that the Petition is simply
premature at this point.



November 24/25 are is our next 'days out in the field.'

The VHF-UHF Field Day provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity
to "head for the hills" and see how far and how many they can work.

The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple
operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours,
but there are also 8 hour sections for operators who may not be able
to camp overnight.

Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours.

The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations,
so there is also a separate Home Station section.

All contacts must be simplex: contacts through repeaters or
satellites are not allowed. There is plenty of FM activity,
but one feature of the Field Days is a high level of SSB activity.

Another option, if your station is easily transportable, is to
operate from more than one location during the contest period.

Again dates for next TWO VHF/UHF Field Days are:-

Spring 2018 - Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November.


Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January, the Summer VHF /UHF Field Day.

May Four the 20th Harry Angel Memorial Sprint.

July 20 Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest

Aug 17-18 VK Remembrance Day Contest.



For those who missed the recent Christmas Island DXpedition by
VK9XG there is a further chance to work this semi-rare DXCC entity
during November.

Michael will be active as VK9XQ from 3rd - 6th November

During 6th - 9th November Michael will appear as VK9CH
from Cocos Keeling Island.

9th - 17th November on CW, RTTY and Digital modes on all bands again
as VK9XG

QSLs for both callsigns go via DF8AN his home call.


Janusz SP9FIH is on air Palestine till November 11.
His QTH is Bethlehem and the callsign is E 44 WE
He will be mainly on SSB on 20, 17 and 15m
but will also try some RTTY and FT8.
QSL via Club Log OQRS.


The HMS Belfast Radio Group has obtained the special callsign
GB 100 ARM to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice
that ended fighting in World War I on the 11th of November 1918.

The callsign will be active to the 28th of November from the Bridge
Wireless Office on-board HMS Belfast.

QSL details are available on

During the month of November, Chippenham & District ARC will be
active with the special callsign GB 1 WWI to commemorate the end
of World War 1.

Special callsign TM5PAX will be active on all bands and modes
until the 11th of November for the 100th anniversary of the


Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the battle that marked the
end of World War I on the Italian Front, II 3 BVV will be on the air
till today the 4th of November on the 80, 40 and 20m bands, using
SSB, CW and digital modes.

All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.

Radio amateurs in Belgium can use the OP prefix during November
as part of the 100th anniversary of WWI commemorations

This decision does not however apply to holders of a call sign whose
suffix contains only one letter.

OP only applies to the "ordinary" call signs with the ON prefix,
not to the short vanity calls.

Another "War Station" is operating from Perth. Here's VK6POP

"The special event callsign VI6PAX is on air from this weekend,
for two weeks, marking the centenary of the Armistice of 1918,
ending World War One.

The central part of the activations is a two day effort based at
Blackboy Hill, the site of a World War One training camp in the
Eastern suburbs of Perth now known as Greenmount.

This central activation is on the weekend 10th to 11th November,
and will fall silent during the commemorative service at the

WA Amateur Radio News holds the VI6PAX callsign, and the event at
Blackboy Hill has been organised with the cooperation of the
Bellevue RSL, and the Shire of Mundaring, the owners of the reserve.
"Pax" is the Latin word meaning "Peace"

Blackboy Hill has been called the birthplace of the Australian
Imperial Forces, where many thousands of Australians received their
training before being shipped off to the war. The site was chosen
because it was on the outer fringe of Perth, and close to the
East-West rail line.

No traces of the army camp remain, as suburban sprawl caught up with
it several decades ago. There is a memorial site, which is flanked
by schools and houses.

In the period before and after the Armistice Day weekend,
activations will occur as operators become available.
Operators are encouraged to work from significant sites
where possible.

You'll find VI6PAX on all the usual bands, SSB and digital modes,
depending on the interests of the operator.

Activations will be announced via the usual online facilities, and
at our website, WAARN has designed a QSL card for the

(Ends Contact: Bob Bristow VK6POP)

Special event stations SN100, with suffix's IP, JH, JP, PS and PW
are QRV until November 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland's
QSL via bureau.

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.

For IOTA chasers its QTH is AS-189

QSL Manager is R 7 AL.

YL100 has been created to celebrate Latvia's 100th birthday.
On 18 November 2018 Latvia will celebrate it's centenary.

Five different callsigns will be used between the 1st to 18th November
with this YL100 prefix, one from each of 4 Latvia's historical regions
and the fifth, from the capital city Riga.

The callsigns are
YL100 K

YL100 L

YL100 R

YL100 V

YL100 Z

These callsigns will be operated by multiple radio amateurs from the
related regions. Special awards for working YL100 stations on
different bands and modes will be issued.


Central Coast Amateur Radio Club, ( world renown as sponsors of the
Wyong Field Day) run a mixed-mode repeater VK2RAG on 439.950 MHz.

This is connected to the P25 network.

91.5 Hz tone is required for analogue access, and is highly
recommended for receiving.

(sourced to Dave VK2KFU)


SO-50 Distance Record Set

October 24, 2018, Scott Richardson, N1AIA, and Jerome LeCuyer, F4DXV,
completed a 5,523 km QSO between Maine and France. This eclipses the
previous record of 5,410 km set 2017 with a QSO between MI6GTY and

With an apogee of 704.6 km, the theoretical maximum range for SO-50
is 5,676 km.

A list of currently known satellite distance records can be found on
the AMSAT website


Also looking for help in establishing some new records are
Hayden VK7HH and Leigh VK2KRR

"Summer is nearly upon us, and you know what that means?
DX! Yes VHF and above DX!

We are on the lookout for ANY VK stations who are able
to setup a WSPR station on 2 metres or perhaps even 6 metres.
You probably already have most of the equipment already at home!
We'd especially like to see VK6's and VK4's setup for this summers

WSPR is being used a means of predicting when propagation conditions
are sufficient enough for SSB voice contacts on 2 metres. We have
a number of stations in VK2, 3, 5 and 7 who are active on WSPR
and are looking at breaking some longstanding VHF/UHF DX records.

Obviously a yagi is preferred, but even a vertical, especially
on 6 metres, should work well during "E" openings.

We'd love to hear from anyone who is willing to get involved,
or, if you'd like more information, please do not hesitate
to contact us via email

This comes with 73 from Hayden VK7HH and Leigh VK2KRR



FINAL FRONTIER (under test)

Contact lost with UKube-1

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency's first CubeSat, was launched into
space in July 2014. It completed its successful nominal mission
fourteen months later in September 2015. Since that date, the
FUNcube-based payload has continued to provide a transponder for
use by radio amateurs and, additionally, 30+ channels of real time
telemetry for STEM outreach and for use by schools and colleges.

These downlinks have operated continuously on the 145MHz band and
more than 450 stations have supported this ongoing activity. They
have uplinked the telemetry data to the FUNcube Data Warehouse,
where it is stored and available for research.

Just before midnight on Thursday the 18th of October, the
Warehouse received a data frame from KB6LTY in California. This is
the last record of signals being received from the spacecraft and
since that date, careful observations have failed to detect any
signals from either of the transmitters carried by the spacecraft.

An early analysis of the last telemetry received has not shown any
obvious anomalies, but this work continues. Although it is
obviously sad for both the amateur and educational worlds to lose
such a valuable resource, both AO73-FUNcube 1 and EO88-Nayif 1
continue to operate nominally and JY1SAT and ESEO are expected to
launch before the end of 2018.


ARISS receives Yasme Foundation grant

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation announces that it has
made a significant grant to ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station) in support of the Critical Infrastructure Fund.

Yasme has supported this important upgrade to the ISS amateur station
since the effort began and challenges other organizations and
individuals to support it, as well.

As of late 2018, ARISS is the only non-commercial entity being
considered for NASA's Deep Space Gateway program, indicating the
importance with which the space program views amateur radio. Putting
and keeping amateur radio in space is a significant expense and needs
the support of the entire amateur community.



A group arrives in Sasstown, southern Liberia tomorrow morning,
November 5th with plans to set foot on Telengbe Island
(IOTA AF-111NEW) before sunset Moday.

QRV on 40-30-20-17-15m using 100W.

Other bands will be checked time-to-time should openings occur.

Mostly SSB will be used with some CW and possibly FT8.

You might be curious why they willl use /4 in their callsign.

Basically, they do not have to, but to emphasize they'll be on
AF-111NEW the group thought it prudent to distinguish this fact.

If you work EL 2 JB, this will be their MAINLAND station if there
are delays in landing on Telengbe or issues forcing an early bump out.

* EL2EL/4 website -



A Japanese satellite next year will use WSJT and 10 mW to pioneer
low power technologies from space.

Satellite's home pages:

Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Frequencies will be 435.280/437.390MHz Up/Down 1k2AFSK,9k6BPSK and
437.510MHz WSJT



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 November bulletin to go to air.

This month as well as the latest Club news, we have talks on
Archimedes and also on Deafness.

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to
tune in and to join in the call backs afterwards.

There have been some minor changes and additions to the broadcast
schedule. Please visit the RAOTC website at for
full details but here is a summary of the changes only. Other
schedules remain as before.

Trevor VK3VG and Hans VK5YX have swapped transmissions.
At 0100 UTC Trevor will transmit tomorrow's bulletin on 20 metres on
14.150 MHz from Shepparton, beaming north for east coast listeners. At
10 am Victorian time, 9.30 South Australian time, Hans will transmit
the bulletin on 40 metres on 7146 kHz from Adelaide. In Western
Australia Chris VK6JI will transmit an additional bulletin tomorrow at
9.00 am WA local time on 80 metres on 3620 kHz. The 40 metre and
linked repeater transmissions at 10 remain unchanged. On Tuesday
evenings at 9.00 pm local time, the Geelong ARC will transmit the
bulletin via their VK3RGL repeater.

All other schedules remain unchanged, but please visit for full details.

Remember, too, you can download all recent bulletins from the Club web

Tune in tomorrow for the November RAOTC bulletin.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.


The Belgium IARU member-society UBA reports 13 year-old Lana has
passed her amateur radio exam

A Google translation of the UBA post reads:

"Lana blew thirteen candles earlier in September. That Lana was very
fond of getting a license was clear to everyone who attended the last
general meeting. With great pleasure we can announce Lana passed her
exam with flying colors. That she is the youngest Belgian on the air
was also honored T.

Immediately after the successful outcome of her test, she received
the callsign ON 3 LNA.

The UBA congratulates Lana and warmly welcomes her to our hobby world!"

Source UBA in Google English via SouthGate



The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who,
through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have
made a significant contribution to amateur radio.

The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an
individually- engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award:

Brian Machesney, K 1 LI, and Michelle Guenard in recognition of
extraordinary efforts on behalf of Commonwealth of Dominica
communities in the wake of the 2017 hurricane season. Their efforts
included fund-raising, delivery of communications supplies, on-site
support, and application of amateur radio technologies to support the
relief efforts which continue today.

Fred Kleber, K9VV/KP2 in recognition of Fred's leadership and
technical skills that support the Virgin Island's emergency
communications capabilities. Fred has been a key player long before
hurricanes Irma and Maria devasted the islands. He is hard at work
today re-building and extending the interisland communication systems
even after his own station suffered extensive damage.



In the UK, one SOTA activator has scaled to new heights in the
international awards scheme.

Jeremy Boot G4NJH from RSGB and Amateur Radio Newsline says 'worthwhile
achievements take time and David Stansfield G0EVV would likely agree.

The amateur who is from Morpeth in Northern England is an activator
in the Summits on the Air awards scheme. After six years of
activations, mostly in Scotland and Northern England, he has achieved
the coveted status of Mountain Goat, the title activators receive
after reaching 1,000 points.

It's been a long and intense journey for David since his first SOTA
activation Place Fell G/LD-027 in the Lake District in May of 2012.
He achieved the pinnacle of Mountain Goat on September 11th of this
year when he activated Ben Macdui GM/ES-001 in the Cairngorms.

According to his profile on QRZ, David is from an amateur radio family
his son and daughter are both licensed, as was his father, now a
Silent Key.

(Amateur Radio Newsline)



The VK4 Club with the proudest members who are always sending in
'their doings' to share on the news has to be Townsville

Again this year it's their TARC Monster Xmas Lights Tour.

So get out your Santa Hats, flashy pins and Christmas Costumes and
get ready for a magical mystery tour of the light fantastic!

The famous TARC Monster Xmas Lights Tour is on again, happening
Friday evening December 21st.

It's a Drive Yourself Dazzling Spectacular and all mobile shack
chariots will need to monitor 146.5MHz during the tour to hear
instructions from the guide vehicle.

If you do not have a 2metre transceiver in your vehicle - don't worry
as a handheld will be lent to you.

The Tour will start from a place in Townsville, gathering by 7pm and
then leaving when it is dark enough. Be sure to pack an esky with
plenty of cool water and cool bananas as the tour will be happening
in a dehydrating climate!

MXLT organiser Gavin VK4ZZ, with help from stage surveyors, is
currently plotting a way around the City of Townsville (protected by
the Powerpuff Girls).

Are you a local HAM putting on a light spectacular ?
Have you spotted an outstanding display ?

Let Gavin know the suburb and street name so that the display can be
included in the tour.

The tour should end by 10pm at a secret destination.

Contact Gavin VK4ZZ on mobile 0427 182 469 or


Social Scene 2018

Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

Nov 3 VK2 - QRP by the Harbour (vk2emu)
Nov 3 VK3 - Melbourne QRP by the Bay (vk3ye)
Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)

This is Andrew VK3CAH from the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio
Club reminding listeners that the Rosebud RadioFest will be held
once again this year on Sunday, the 18 th November.

As usual, the event will be held at the Eastbourne Primary School
at Allambi Avenue, Rosebud, with outdoor displays open from 8 am
and the main sale area open from 9.30 am, continuing through till
1.30 pm.

If you have pre-loved equipment to sell, tables are still available
at $10 and can be booked on-line at

But, be quick as only a few tables are left.

Three great Technical forums will also be part of the Rosebud Radio
Fest and the event has full catering, plenty of off street parking
and great door prizes. Entry fee is only $6 with under 12's free.

See you in Rosebud on the 18 th of November.

73 from Andrew

2019 Social Scene

February 24 VK2 - Wyong Field Day (vk2kfu)

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 2020 Bendigo (vk5yl)

October 2020 in Bendigo Victoria.

Heidi VK3FHID and Jenny VK3WQ are leading the team who are planning
an eventful weekend. This team is meeting regularly and are looking
forward to seeing you in Bendigo.

The dates will be confirmed within weeks.



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