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WIA President Justin VK7TW joins us this week with
Board Comment.



2018 QST Antenna Design Competition Winners Announced

ARRL has announced the winners of the 2018 QST Antenna Design

"Dozens of entries were received, but only three could win,"
said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

The first-prize winner of the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition was
a 160/80-meter loop antenna design by a VKer.

Requirements for the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition included an
antenna for one or more bands between 2200 meters and 10 meters that
could fit within a 30 50 foot area and be no taller than 30 feet
above ground at any point.

"In other words, we were seeking designs for LF, MF, or HF antennas
for limited-space applications," Ford explained. "We wanted to see
innovative antennas that would allow amateurs to get on the air
without the need for towering supports and acres of property.

Our winners not only met this challenge, they exceeded it."

The First place of 3 winners , our own VK5SFA:

First Prize ($600): "A High-Power 160/80-Meter Transmitting Magnetic
Loop Antenna," by Steve Adler, VK5SFA

Details of all three winning designs will appear in a future issue
of QST.

For background information take a look at Steve's website.


Board Comment for 16 December 2018

Seasons Greetings from WIA Director Justin VK7TW

The WIA Education Team has been working initially with the Nominated
Assessors and will then be working with Assessors and Learning
Facilitators on the changes in the event the WIA is the successful
bidder for ACMA's Approach to Market for Assessment and Callsign

We have been made aware of at least 2 other tender submissions
so competition is tight and the WIA is eagerly awaiting the outcome.

The WIA Board has also been finalising the transitional arrangements
with the ACMA in the event the WIA is not successful.

The WIA is looking for a person to represent Australian and regional
amateur interests at the APG19-4 meeting in Busan, Korea January 2019
They will be involved in WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1 (50 MHz) and also
takes part in many discussions at the APG meetings, in particular
9.1.6 (Wireless Power Transfer). It is important that amateurs
continue to be represented at APG meetingsas part of national
delegations, IARU-R3 usually sends a number of delegates as well.
The Australian Government highly value industry expertise at
international and regional radiocommunications meetings.
So, if you
believe you have the requisite skills and knowledge and would like to
represent amateur radio at Australian and Regional levels please let
us know ASAP by emailing

The Board recently took delivery of a new and prestigious WIA award
that has been a few years in the making.
I am proud to announce the
Michael J. Owen Distinction Medal. I have chosen some of the
highlight of Michael's achievements and a more detailed chronology
can be found at the WIA web site on the Awards page.

Michael was influential in shaping the hobby of Amateur Radio and
then progressing through the ranks of administration both in
Australia and overseas.
Michael was responsible for significant
reform of the WIA, was well known across the ACMA and had worked
closely with many staff on a range of issues.
Michael's legal
drafting skills were second to none, and his ability to clearly
articulate his position on a number of issues was of immeasurable
value to the hobby.
The IARU is indebted to his work at the World
Radio Conferences and many regional Asia Pacific Telecommunity
meetings. In WRC2003 he was responsible for Article 25, that
included the abolition of mandatory Morse code, a freeing up of
amateur radio involvement in emergency communications and third party
The medal reads for "Services to the amateur radio
community and the WIA"
Pictures of the medals can be seen on the
WIA Website - Awards Page.

A huge thank you to Grant Willis VK5GR who has volunteered to be a
part of the IARU Region3 Band Planning committee. This committee was
established at the last Region 3 conference in September 2018. The
committee comprises 10 representatives from Region 3 member societies

This will be my last Board Comment for 2018 and so I wish you all a
very Merry Christmas and Happy 2019.

For the WIA Board this has been Justin VK7TW for WIA National News.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
the WIA.



Continuing its trip around the globe, a popular film about amateur
radio during the Cold War Era is about to be released in theaters in
two more countries.

Mike Askins KE5CXP asked his listener to Amateur Radio Newsline
who doesn't love a holiday movie?

"Miracle on 34th Street."

"Polar Express."

"It's a Wonderful Life."

Only a Grinch among amateur radio operators would dare challenge the
latest one to be released into theaters on Saturday, Dec. 1st.
"Sergio & Sergei," which debuted in the U.S. earlier this year, has
finally made its way to the screen in Japan, and is set to show up in

Set in the Cold War Era, just as the Soviet Union is in the throes of
collapse, the film tells the story of the friendship between an
amateur radio operator in Cuba and the cosmonaut Sergei, circling the
earth in limbo aboard the Mir space station as political dismantling
of the USSR gets under way below.

The 93-minute film was an award-winner at the recent Havana Film
Festival in New York, for best script. Now the creative team is
hoping the dialogue in its Morse Code and SSB sequences get a good
signal report from movie-going hams and non-hams - in any language.


China's mission to the darkside of the Moon

China is going where no one has gone before--the dark or farside
of the Moon.

Friday last week, a Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the
Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, propelling a lander and rover
toward hidden craters possibly containing water and other resources
key to future human exploration.

If the mission succeeds, it will catapult China into the forefront
of lunar exploration with a landing that no other nation has even
dared attempt.



The Boland Amateur Radio Club will be hosting the 2019 SARL Day of
the Radio Amateur at two venues in Stellenbosch on Friday 12 and
Saturday 13 April 2019.

SARL Hamnet is planning a meeting for Friday morning and the SARL
Symposium will be run on Friday afternoon and into the early evening.

The SARL AGM will be held on Saturday morning.

These events will take place at the Datavoice House Auditorium in the
Techno Park at Stellenbosch. The SARL Awards Dinner will be held at
the Stellenbosch Golf Club on Saturday evening.


'Suspicious package' at post office was ham radio equipment

The Gainesville Sun reports the U.S. Post Office on Southwest 34th
Street was briefly evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious

The newspaper says:

A suspicious package found Thursday at U.S. Post Office on
Southwest 34th Street was deemed non-threatening by law enforcement.

An email sent by Gainesville Police Department spokesman
Capt. Jorge Campos said several officers responded to a call
from the post office about a large package with pipes and wire
coming from it.

Campos wrote that the Alachua County Sheriff's Office bomb squad
was called out and the building was evacuated.

It was eventually determined to be ham radio parts protruding through
the box.

Employees were able to return to work.


IARUMS reports on mystery frequency hopping station

IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports an intriguing transmission has been
spotted giving short beeps exactly on each second, frequency hopping
between 10108-10115 kHz and 18834/18899 kHz

One of the mysterious transmitters is located in the vicinity of
Chicago, near the town of Aurora or Elburn, Illinois.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS)
Region 1 November 2018 newsletter can be read at


(thanks to Amateur Radio Newsline)

It's the popular amateur radio interpretation of a Clement Clarke
Moore classic -- and we promise to deliver with no QRM.

Here's Jim Damron N8TMW:

JIM: Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shack
The rig was turned off and the mic cord lay slack

The antenna rotor had made its last turn, the tubes in the linear
had long ceased to burn.

I sat there relaxing and took off my specs, preparing to daydream of
Armchair DX-- When suddenly outside I heard such a sound, I dashed
out the door to see what was around.

The moon shone down brightly and lighted the night. For sure
propagation for the low bands was right.

I peered toward the roof where I heard all the racket and there was
some guy in a red, fur-trimmed jacket!

I stood there perplexed in a manner quite giddy: Just who WAS this
stranger? di di dah dah di dit?

He looked very much like an FCC guy who'd come to check up on some
bad TVI.

I shouted to him: "Old man...QR-Zed?"
"Hey you by the chimney all dressed up in red!"

I suddenly knew when I heard sleigh bells jingle
The guy on the rooftop was Jolly Kris Kringle

He had a big sack full of amateur gear which was a big load
for his prancing reindeer.
Transmitters, receivers, for cabinets and racks
Some meters and scopes and a lot of co-ax.

He said not a word 'cause he'd finished his work.
He picked up his sack and he turned with a jerk.
As he leaped to his sleigh, he shouted with glee
And I knew in a moment he'd be QRT.

I heard him transmit as he flew o'er the trees
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all seventy-three."

"Ho Ho Ho"

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.



All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.


Inaugural "Green Keys Night" Set for New Year's Day, January 1

NZART Portable Activity Day - New Year's Day

ARRL RTTY Roundup January 5 - 6
This contest will, for the first time, permit the use of FT8 as well
as traditional RTTY.

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

John Moyle Field Day is March 17 and 18

20th Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 4

Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20

VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18



Masada Fortress special event

Members of the Holy Land DX Group will operate from the heart of
'Masada Fortress' as 4 X 0 M between January 4-6th, 2019.

Built by King Herod the Great, Masada, was designated a UNESCO
World Heritage in 2001. From its strategic perch in the Judean Desert
overlooking the Dead Sea, this historically famous palace fortress is
one of the most visited tourist sites in all of Israel.

For more info, see:

Activity will start on Friday, January 4th, at 0730 UTC, and close
down on Sunday, January 6th, 0600 UTC.

80-10 meters using CW and SSB.

QSL Manager is Antonello, IK2DUW



With such a caveat you could be forgiven to wonder why I am even
giving you the following information.

BUT the post attributed to OPDX is worthy and as long as you follow
the operators instruction you SHOULD receive a card thanks to eQSL etc.

It's the Israel Amateur Radio Club Xmas event

Members of the Israel Amateur Radio Club (I.A.R.C) announce the
2018 XMAS activity for its national award program:
Holy-land Christianity On The Air (HOCOTA).

The program includes numerous sites with major significance to
Christianity - well-known to every Christian and based by the
language and citation from the holy books, Christian tradition,
beliefs and heritage, as well documented archaeology and other

This is the third year of the program and the activity will be
commenced during the 2018 Christmas season (December 25-29th)
by 5 special event multi-operators stations. The current
sub-program includes Christian sites from various sectors of the
program including Kar Nachum, Caesarea, Jerusalem, Latrun and

Look for the following to be active:


(opdx via SouthGate)

HQ 9 T from Roatan Island, Honduras until Tuesday, 18th December.
QRV on CW and SSB.
IOTA reference is NA-057
QSLs go via home call N 9 EAW.

Andre ON7YK is active from his station in Gambia using the callsign
C 5 YK. He will be there until early March 2019.
QSL to his home call ON7YK.

Harry JG7PSJ will be back on Ogasawara Island from tomorrow 17th
December until the day after VK4BB's Birthday... 2nd January.
He will reactivate his JD 1 BMH callsign.
Ogasawara counts as a separate entity for DXCC purposes.
QSL to his home call JG 7 PSJ

The Radio Amateur Association of Greece is using special callsign
SX 60 RAAG to the 31st of December to mark its 60th anniversary.


Special event station C 4 XMAS is QRV during the festive season,
throughout the month of December. Activity on 160 to 6 meters using
CW, SSB and various digital modes.





Students' ham radio balloon attempts round the world flight

On Dec 8 Jefferson (USA) Intermediate School's 5th grade science
classes assisted in the launch of an amateur radio 144.390 MHz
FM APRS balloon in an attempt to fly around the world

KRLS News reported that these students partnered with local experts
from the Pella Amateur Radio Club to fly a "pico-satellite" called a
SkyTracker, which contains GPS and amateur radio technology and
permits the students to track the path of the balloon flight,
anywhere on Earth.

The balloon was designed to lift the SkyTracker to about 30,000 feet
and then stop. The balloon has since then caught the jet stream,
which should carry it around the globe.

The education, lectures, and flight were presented by the
Pella Amateur Radio Club.

Track the balloon online at!call=a%2FWB0URW-2&timerange=21600&tail=21600


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

The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW
CWops is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for
this prestigious award for the year 2019.
The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, groups, or
organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward
advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code.

Criteria - Candidates for the award may be one or more of the

Authors of publications related to CW

CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches and instructors

Public advocates of CW

Organizers of CW activities

Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW

Other contributors to the art or practice of CW

Note: The award is not limited to amateur radio operators and

Nominations may be made by anybody (not limited to CWops members).
Nominations should be emailed to with a copy to

In order to be considered, a nomination must be received by March 1,
2019 and include:

Name and call sign (if applicable) of nominee(s), and complete
contact information including their postal address(es), email
address(es), and telephone number(s).

A detailed explanation supporting nominee qualifications according
to the above criteria.

Name, telephone number, email address, and call sign (if
applicable) of the person submitting the nomination.

Presentation of Award
A plaque will be presented to the recipient(s) at the Dayton
Hamvention. If not attending, it will be sent to them.



WSJT-X 2.0 full release now available

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer
Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade
to what will become the new standard

The ARRL says:

The FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not
backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes
any version 1.9 releases.

"The new protocols became the worldwide standards starting on
December 10, and all users should upgrade to WSJT-X 2.0 by
January 1, 2019," Taylor said on the WSJT-X home page.
"After that date, only the new FT8 and MSK144 should be used
on the air."

Quick Start Guide for WSJT

FT8 Operating Guide by ZL2IFB

Source ARRL



Fox-1Cliff designated AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95)

On December 3rd, Fox-1Cliff was launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

Part of Spaceflight's SSO-A: Smallsat Express launch, Fox-1Cliff
was named after long time AMSAT supporter Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR

In the 48 hours after launch, more than 110 amateur radio operators
around the world had successfully received and submitted telemetry
from the satellite.

Following in the long tradition of naming amateur satellites, AMSAT
hereby designates Fox-1Cliff as AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95).

Now comes word 'Fox-1Cliff we have a problem.

Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President of Engineering says he will
provide more information on the anomaly of its receiver and any
determination we make regarding the possible cause or causes as well
as information on the possibility of recovery, over time.

Please be patient regarding that.

Many of you have probably built a project and had to troubleshoot it
on your bench, we are in a troubleshooting situation here with the
additional challenge of being 600 km away from our bench.

Also on that launch was the JY1Sat, a project of the Crown Prince
Foundation of Jordan. Again telemetry has been received and decoded
around the world since the launch.

At the request of the Crown Prince Foundation, AMSAT hereby
designates JY1Sat as Jordan-OSCAR 97 (JO-97).

(Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR # Administrator)

Voyager 2 enters interstellar space

At Monday's American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington,
NASA announced that Voyager 2 has exited the sun's magnetic bubble
and entered interstellar space.

The 70s-era probe is now experiencing a blizzard of galactic
cosmic rays as it charts the unexplored space between the stars.



Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW on behalf of the Radio Amateurs
Old Timers Club of Australia.

May I remind listeners that there is no RAOTC bulletin in January.
The first bulletin for 2019 will be on Monday February 4th.

Now some thank-yous.

Thanks to Ian VK3JS and Bruce VK3UV for finding and recording
interesting material for each bulletin. Thanks to Graham VK4BB
for always finding room on the WIA News to promote the monthly
RAOTC bulletin prior to its broadcast on the first Monday of each
month. Thanks to all our relay operators in each state who ensure
the bulletin gets a wide coverage, and finally thank you to everyone
who has supported us by listening to and calling back after each

On behalf of the RAOTC Committee, I wish everyone a very
Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year, and
we look forward to bring you the first bulletin for 2019 on
Monday February 4th.

73 from Clive, VK6CSW.

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

YOTA 2018 South Africa video now available

The RSGB has released a video of the YOTA 2018 event held between
the 8th and 15th of August in South Africa.

The event welcomed 74 young radio amateurs from all over the world,
including participants from seven African countries.

This video, filmed and edited by Peter Barnes, M0SWN, shows the
highlights of the event, and accompanies the official blog at

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

Hi I am Brett Nicholas VK2BNN the National Coordinator
JOTA/JOTI Scouts Australia.

In January approximately 8000 scouts will be converging on
Tailem Bend in South Australia to participate in the 25th Australian
Jamboree, AJ2019.

I am pleased to announce Amateur Radio will be showcased operating
under the special event call sign VI25AJ.

A showcase station has been planned demonstrating many aspects of
our exciting hobby and an ARDF course will be running. We are
expecting 2000 scouts to participate in the Amateur Radio activity
over the duration of the Jamboree. Get on the air and give us a call.

We will be relying on as many amateurs as possible to assist us to
conduct as many on air demonstrations as possible. We will be active
on the HF bands both SSB and digital modes, Satellites, IRLP and
EchoLink. Full details will be available via our QRZ page.

If you are attending AJ2019 once activities have finished for the day
the showcase station will be available for licensed amateurs to use.
Bring your HT, we will have an IRLP linked repeater onsite.

A number of our VI25AJ operators are WIA assessors, if you are
attending AJ2019 and have been thinking about a license upgrade
let us know and we can arrange an assessment over the course of the

I would also like to thank all the individual Amateurs and clubs that
are assisting with equipment and staffing of the station. In
particular I would like to mention the Amateur Radio Experimenters
Group, Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society and the SA & VIC Scout
Electronics and Radio Team's for their assistance and support.

Check out our VI25AJ QRZ page for further details or email me on if you require further information.

If you hear us on the air give us a call.

Thanks & 73

Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:-

Sweden's Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a
Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. + Ham station on 20, 40 and

The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a
message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC.

The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical
transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site
YouTube Channel.

SK 6 SAQ will be active on Christmas Eve on 7,035 and 14,035 kHz
on CW, or on 3,755 kHz on SSB. Two stations will be on the air
most of the time.



The Caboolture Radio Club is hosting an Open Day at the club rooms,
Smiths Road, Caboolture on Saturday 22nd December, 2018,
commencing at 1000 hrs local time.

A warm welcome is extended to all interested Amateurs and their
families, and anyone interested in radio communications.

Come along and enjoy a free sausage sizzle and meet some of the Club

The Club is now running the only VLF beacon in the world licenced by
a government communications authority (ACMA). It is operating 24
hours per day, and is being heard all round the world.

The club rooms are situated in the Caboolture Scout Group property,
and can easily be found by looking for the numerous antennas and

John Arnfield VK4JR
Hon. Secretary
Caboolture and District Radio Club inc

Listeners to the news sessions from VK2WI might note
that its that time of year when the evening transmission
is not presented over the holiday break.

Accordingly - on the 23rd and the 30th December and the
7th January there will only be the morning transmission.


2019 Social Scene

January 24-28 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
Jan 24-28 (tarc)

February 24 VK2 - Wyong Field Day Feb 24 (vk2kfu)

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

APRIL 13 VK4 - Redfest 2019 April 13 (vk4tfn)

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

Oct 27 VK3 - Ballarat Amateur Radio Group, BARG Hamvention
October 27 (vk3kqt)

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.

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