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Greg VK2GPK with this week's comment from the WIA board

AND FOR WEEK OF November 18

This is Greg VK2GPK with this week's comment from the WIA board.

The Department of Communication and the Arts (DOCA) has invited
Australia's peak amateur radio body, the Wireless Institute of
Australia to represent Australian and regional amateur interests
at the Asia Pacific Telecommunity Preparatory Group meeting (APG19-4)
for the 2019 World Radio-communication Conference WRC-19.

World Radio-communication conferences (WRC) are held every three to
four years. It is the job of WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise
the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of
the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and
non-geostationary-satellite orbits.?

This meeting occurs from the 7 to 12 January 2019 in Korea.

This meeting takes the Australian Preliminary View to this broader
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity meeting and seeks to form a regional
position to take to the World Radio Conference 2019 that runs from
28 October and 22 November 2019 in Egypt.

The WIA is looking for suitably skilled, knowledgeable and experienced
amateurs to fulfil this role. Negotiation skills in dealing with
participants with English as a second language and cultural nuances
are especially valued, not just pure technical skills.

So, if you believe you have this skill set, have been involved in
amateur radio at a state, national or international level and think
you can represent Australia's Radio Amateur cohort national interests
then the WIA representation group would like to hear from you!

Send your CV and a brief cover letter with supporting information
through to


Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, joins us with an item that has been 'going viral'
even picked up by overseas ham news services, and this was broadcast
just last week in VK4 on QNEWS

One of the investments that clubs considered for their local
experimenter community was one or more repeaters. From the FM repeater
of the 60's we now have networked systems utilising internet linking
and employing various combinations of analogue and digital modes.
If real estate is available, working HF stations are a real asset for
nets, contests and assessments.

Now when it comes to chasing the elusive distance contacts, there
have been various methods of assisting contacts. OT's, that is radio
Old Timers, not occupational therapists, will remember when monthly
graphs of expected useable frequencies were published and pored over.
The ingress of the personal computer brought many changes in
forecasting technology and many a DXer has joined up a reporting site
to see who is reported as operating and from where the reports have
come. Cluster, reporters and similar apps are great and even the
skimmers which automate the collection and reporting are of benefit.

There once was a time the amateur powered up the station, allowed the
rig to stabilise and then tuned up, listened around the band and
maybe even put out a CQ call. If we pay attention to the internet
amateur radio pages, you could think that making a call without
referencing a reporting system was not permitted and then people jump
on line a tell their little world that the bands are dead.

Most of us take in information when it is presented in a visual form
and it certainly helps to have things like waterfall displays to show
where stations are operating. How about displaying where the bands
are opening to? This is where K1JT, Prof. Joe Taylor's, suite of
programs come into their own.

Amongst Joe's qrp programs is the one we know as "whisper", Weak
Signal Propagation Reporter, or WSPR. There are a number of stations
using WSPR permanently and many, many others playing to see how far
milliwatts of signal can travel and be received.

Like the SDR receivers, there is gear you can make and gear you can
buy and one of the suppliers with a firm reputation is QRPLabs.

This supplier lets you ease into kit building and end up with a
diverse or simple installation. With the software and an internet
connection, here is the opportunity to check how the bands are working
using less power than an led torch.

Once again this is a great instructional process for club members in
building and testing, installing and analysing the results of a cheap
system that can run all day every day at minimal cost. Check the links
in the text edition and have a look at what WSPR can do for you.

I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I about you?


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


Space weather in wartime - a sunspot triggers naval mines

Researchers studying declassified Naval records have found evidence
that a big sunspot may have caused dozens or perhaps even thousands
of naval mines to explode off the coast of Vietnam in 1972.

The solar storms of August '72 were already legendary at NASA. These
new findings suggest that the event might have been even more potent
than previously thought.

Learn more on

In fact you can learn all manner of things as a regular visitor to
this sight, such as " Did an alien light sail just visit our
solar system?"

It sounds like a tabloid headline, but in this case it could be real.

Mainstream researchers from the Harvard Centre for Astrophysics have
made the case in a newly-released paper that interstellar asteroid
'Oumuamua could be an alien light sail.


They learn English by hearing the news on radio

The Hindu reports the news broadcasts from All India Radio are being
used to teach students English

To make learning English interesting and interactive for high school
students, the district administration has undertaken a novel
initiative. All high schools in the district have been instructed to
implement All India Radio (AIR) English news listening programme as
part of listening enhancement programme, English learning and general
awareness development activities for students of class 8 and 9.

The students are required to tune in to the five-minute English news
broadcast at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. every day in their respective
classrooms and note down the points.

That is followed by simple questions and discussions for another
five minutes in the class to check their IQ levels, vocabulary,
general knowledge and grasp on current affairs.


The latest update to the Montenegro National Frequency Plan from the
country's telecomms regulator, EKIP, lists a new band at 5 MHz/60m,
namely the WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz
with 15W EIRP, which has been confirmed by national society, the
Montenegro Amateur Radio Pool (MARP)

Hot on the heels of that story, breaking news is that Lithuania is the
latest to join countries active on 60m/5 MHz. Telecomms regulator
RRT has enabled the new WRC-15 Secondary Allocation in its 2018
update to the country's Frequency Allocation Table which,
understandably, has been enthusiastically received, according to
national society, LRMD's President, Tadas, LY2BAW.


IARUMS reports Polish military in 40m ham radio band

IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Polish military has been
transmitting Military Standard (MIL-STD) 88-110B daily on 7001.8 kHz
in the Primary Amateur Radio 40m band


Almost every country in Europe has different frequency allocations
for the CEPT Amateur Radio Novice licence which can be a problem when
traveling. Fortunately DARC have produced a handy list for reference

Now countries signed up with the CEPT have a way forward thanks to

The CEPT license is based on the idea that in case of a short-term
stay in another country radio operation may be carried out without
having to apply for a guest license for this country. There are two
CEPT recommendations that apply in each country only if they have
been transposed into national law.

The CEPT Recommendation T / R 61-01 describes the CEPT Radio Amateur
License. It corresponds to the German class A. The CEPT recommendation
ECC / REC / (05) 06 concerns the CEPT Novice Radio Amateur License.
It corresponds to the German class E.

The list provided here in the text edition of WIA National News today
for download contains the operating parameters (frequency ranges,
power classes, operating modes, etc.) for short-time operation in the
respective countries.

As well as countries in Europe the DARC list also includes USA,
Australia and South Africa.

Direct link to PDF


Three of ITU-R Study Group 5 Working Groups meet in Geneva 5-16
November 2018.

Working Party 5A deals with the Land mobile service above 30 MHz
(excluding IMT), wireless access in the fixed service and the amateur
and amateur-satellite services.

Working Group 5A1, responsible for amateur matters is chaired by
Dale Hughes VK1DSH. The main topic is to develop a technical report
to support the work for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019
(WRC-19) Agenda Item 1.1, considering an allocation of the frequency
band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1.

The Working Group consists of a mix of radio amateurs from all three
IARU Regions, administrations from all over the world and other
interested parties like meteorologists and military.

Amateurs also present in WP 5A included 5A1 Chairman Dale Hughes
VK1DSH, IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad LA2RR, and JARL
representative Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP.



The amateur radio operator who became the first South American in
space is preparing to advance to a government post when Brazil's
new president takes office.

In 2006, when amateur radio operator Marcos Pontes PY 0 AEB launched
in Kazakhstan for the International Space Station, he became the first
South American in space. Now the Brazilian Air Force lieutenant
colonel is poised to become that nation's science and technology

He was confirmed for the post by Brazil's president-elect
Jair Bolsonaro, who will take office on January 1st.


We all know that getting on the air without a license isn't legal.
As Amateur Radio Newline's Andy Morrison K9AWM tells us that's true
even for the local traffic cops.

"Hams are not the only ones who can get in trouble for not having
an appropriate and valid FCC license. Take the case of the Buckeye
Lake Police Department in Ohio. Village officers have been writing
speeding tickets, as police are known to do, for any motorists driving
in excess of the 35 mph village limit - but apparently every ticket
that's been handed out since 2013 has been unlawful, according to
Buckeye Lake Police Chief Vicki Wardlow. According to an Associated
Press story quoting the local Newark Advocate newspaper, the chief
told the village council members at a meeting in October that the
department's license with the FCC expired in 2013, which means the
radar guns used to measure the speed of motorists whizzing by cannot
be calibrated for use.

No one applied to renew the license so the tickets issued in the past
five years simply aren't valid, she said. She told the council that
the law requires the department to have that license in order to
operate both its radar units and its radios. That means the department
can't write valid tickets, at least for now.

A new license could cost anywhere from $840 if she files the
application herself, or a total of $1,400 if the village outsources
the process and would not expire for another 10 years. It was unclear
what penalty if any would be assessed for the department's 5 years of
unlicensed operation.

The Village's clerk treasurer Rochelle Menningen said the police
department's budget has the funds to cover the cost of a new license
and so, presumably, it will apply as quickly as possible for its FCC
license - but of course, at a speed within the legal limit.



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

Spring contest for 2018 - Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November.
Also that weekend will see the CQWW DX CW Contest (Nov 24-25)



Inaugural "Green Keys Night" Set for January 1

"Green Keys Night" an event aimed at promoting the restoration and
use of vintage mechanical teleprinters will take place January 1,
2019 (UTC), concurrent with Straight Key Night (SKN).

As with SKN, GKN is an operating event and not a contest.

" Green keys" refers to the colour of the keys on Teletype Corporation

Participants are encouraged to get on the air and enjoy making
casual contacts on RTTY. Call "CQ GKN."

" The use of mechanical teleprinters is preferred, or simply get on
the air with the oldest equipment you can scrape together," said
Jeff Stai, WK6I. "Real heavy-metal teletypes to be sure, but if that
isn't available, analogue hardware modems, VT100 terminals,
pre-Windows computers, etc. And vacuum tubes.

Maybe fire up that boat anchor rig that never gets enough air time."



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.


Albanian operation.

Henning, OZ 1 BII, will once again be active as ZA/OU 2 I from
Golem between November 21-27th.

His main activity will be CW only on the 30/17/12 meter bands.

Operations also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band (160-10m)/Low-Power entry.

Log will be uploaded to ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.
QSL via direct to his home address or LoTW (preferred).

Peter, DC 0 KK is QRV as 4 S 7 KKG from Moragalla, IOTA AS-003, until
April 1, 2019. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly CW and various
digital modes.

Alan, G 3 XAQ is QRV as 5 X 1 XA until November 27.
Activity is on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW Contest as a Single Band/Unassisted on
20 meters entry.
QSL to home call.

Some members from the Algerian Radio Amateur Union are QRV with
special event station 7 V 1 N from Djelfa until Tuesday November 20.
QSL via operators' instructions.

Bob, PA 5 V is QRV as PA 1918 PAX until the end of November to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
QSL via operator's instructions.

Santa's Radio Club special event

You might wonder what is happening in Arctic Circle this year.

Well, Santa's Radio Club will be active December 1-8th, from the
Arctic Circle as OH9S.

Activity will be mainly on 80-6 meters using all modes; also
including the popular FT8 Digital mode.

QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (Preferred) or LoTW. QSOs will automatically
be QSLed via the Bureau.

For some additional info, see:




IARU Region 2 ARDF Survey

To better understand the needs of enthusiasts in amateur radio
direction finding in region 2, that Region's Coordinator, Ken Harker
WM 5 R has opened an online survey about ARDF

This is the first IARU Region 2 ARDF Community Survey, and it's hoped
to become annual. The survey is divided into four sections.



WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

AMSAT-UK Colloquium videos now on YouTube

More videos from the AMSAT-UK Colloquium part of the RSGB
Convention, held at Milton Keynes on the 13th and 14th of October,
are now available on the AMSAT-UK YouTube Channel.

Among the presentations is one by Graham Shirville, G3VZV and Dave
Crump, G8GKQ about the amateur radio transponders on the satellite
Es'hail-2, which is expected to be launched into a geostationary
orbit soon.

To see what's available, go to



'Fox-In-A-Box' SD cards now available from AMSAT store

Fox-in-a-Box is a small, easily-deployed Fox satellite telemetry
receiver based on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ and a FUNcube Dongle Pro+.
Raspberry Pi and FUNcube Dongle Pro+ not included

You can read about it in the AMSAT 2018 Symposium Proceedings
(digital copies available on the AMSAT store at,

or you can find a somewhat less extensive description with parts list
and instructions at

Get started by simply plugging these 8Gb SD Cards with the
Fox-in-a-Box software pre-installed into your Raspberry Pi and booting

Just a bit of configuration (your call and grid) required.

The website above also has an SD card image, but buying the SD card
with the software pre-installed saves a lot of trouble and any
additional proceeds go to Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

Order yours today at


Fox-1Cliff currently scheduled for Monday November 19 launch

AMSAT is counting down to the launch of the next Fox-1 satellite,

Per 'Spaceflight Now,' the launch of Spaceflight's SSO-A SmallSat
Express mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
is currently scheduled for November 19, at 18:32 UTC.

Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT's L-Band
Downshifter, the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt University
Low Energy Proton radiation experiment, and the standard Fox-1
Penn State University-Erie MEMS gyroscope experiment.

Virginia Tech provided a VGA camera which is the same as AO-92's but
will provide images at a higher 640 x 480 resolution.




Operators Audie/DU1ZDR and Gazelle/DU1ZDQ will be active as DZ1A/DU2
from Basco Batanes, Batanes Islands, between November 19-20th.

They suggest to listen for them on 7055 and 14260 kHz.

QSL via their home callsign.

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

Ethiopian Youngsters On The Air

December is Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) month.

The idea is to show the amateur radio hobby to young people and
to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands.

As part of YOTA month, Bob Johnson, W9XY, and Ken Claerbout, K4ZW,
will travel to Ethiopia to team up with the club at the Addis Ababa
University, Institute of Technology and club station ET3AA.

More details will be forthcoming. But in the meantime let them know
what bands and modes you need ET on.

You can take the survey at:

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

Amateur Radio Volunteers at the Ready for California Fire Duty

They are active or are standing by on several fronts as wildfires
continue to rage in large sections of California.

In Butte County, in Northern California, the 'Camp Fire', the state's
deadliest wildfire, triggered a call up of ARES members for
communication support.

Evacuations were ordered by the county, and eventually more than
25,000 people were evacuated. As multiple shelters opened to assist
the evacuees, five Sacramento Valley ARES groups were called out to
support communication between the Red Cross Disaster Operations Centre
and the shelters.

The uncontrolled wildfire eventually consumed the town of Paradise,
and the town of 27,000 residents has been devastated.

ARES members have also been tasked by Red Cross to shadow Red Cross
delivery vehicles to provide communication in the mountain areas to
the shelters. ARES communication at the shelters has been carried out
using voice, Winlink, and email to pass shelter counts, and tactical

The Red Cross is supporting ARES at the shelters with hot spots and

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire that swept through the westernmost portion of
Los Angeles County, including Malibu, and the easternmost area of
Ventura County in the ARRL Santa Barbara Section, requiring the
evacuation of more than 200,000 Los Angeles County residents

an UNPRECEDENTED amount in recent decades.

Evacuees included several celebrities, several of whom lost homes in
the fire.

Nearly 50 people have died in all fires.




A CCARC Foundation member recently upgraded from VK2FGTX to VK2VGA;
nothing unusual about that, except "Young Dave" (as he is known) is
not only going for his Year 10 exams, but also helped design the
Club's new interactive web page (to go online soon). As you can tell
from his VK2VGA callsign, he is really into computers.

The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club also allows non-Amateurs to take
part in its weekly net. How do they do this, you ask? They simply
email the person running the net as "", and
their comments are read out.

Are there any other Clubs encouraging prospective Amateurs in
this way?

("Old Dave" VK2KFU, Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club)

Social Scene 2018

Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)

2019 Social Scene

February 24 VK2 - Wyong Field Day (vk2kfu)

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

April 6 VK5 - BRL Radio Group Annual Gathering, (vk5la)
Overland Corner, S.A

The BRL Gathering is a yearly meeting of those who
check in and or participate in the BRL Group on-air Nets,
held Wednesday and Saturday on 40M, and Tuesday Evenings
on 80M.

See for more details.

Participants from all over VK meet yearly at the Historic
Overland Corner Hotel, a family and pet friendly Pub with
great food in an idyllic setting, for a drink, a laugh and
a chat.

May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)

Sept 2019 - Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact

Oct 27 VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group, BARG Hamvention 2019 3kqt

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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