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Amateur Radio in Space pioneer astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

ARRL reports the US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio
to make contacts from space Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL died April 15
at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88

The ARRL news story reads in part:

Garriott's ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of
Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX the Shuttle Amateur Radio
Experiment, and later as ARISS Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station.

"Owen Garriott was a good friend and an incredible astronaut," fellow
astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted. "I have a great sadness as I learn of
his passing today. Godspeed Owen."

An Oklahoma native, Garriott an electrical engineer spent 2 months
aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1
during a 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia mission. It was during the latter
mission that Garriott thrilled radio amateurs around the world by
making the first contacts from space. Thousands of hams listened on
2-meter FM, hoping to hear him or to make a contact. Garriott ended up
working stations around the globe, among them such notables as the
late King Hussein, JY1, of Jordan, and the late US Senator
Barry Goldwater, K7UGA. He also made the first CW contact from space.

His Son, Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, was a private space traveller to
the ISS, flown there by the Russian Federal Space Agency, and he also
carried ham radio into space.


WIA Merit Awards are presented each year at the WIA AGM.

The Board are keen to receive nominations for worthy recipients of
these awards. Details on the awards and how to make nominations are
on the WIA web site,

Nominations are currently open and need to be submitted by the
end of APRIL.

(WIA Secretary)

Good morning everyone, this is Grant VK5GR one again on behalf of the
Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about a new event
on the Amateur Radio calendar - designed to get people experimenting
on air again. The FreeDV QSO party is now only 1 week away, starting
at 0300 UTC Saturday 27th!

What is FreeDV you may ask?

It is a home grown digital mode, created by David VK5DGR. It is
designed for use on HF, allowing us to transmit voice signals in less
than 1kHz of bandwidth, at signal to noise ratios that are equivalent
to SSB. If you have never heard it before, here is a sample of the
signal to listen for:

So what is the FreeDV QSO party? It is a gathering of people on air
who like experimenting with FreeDV. You can collect points by working
other FreeDV stations which will qualify you for the FreeDV award
presented by AREG. Whats more, by getting more people on the air at
the same time using FreeDV, it makes it easier for people to
experiment with it! Look around the following frequencies to help find
stations using FreeDV during the event:

21180kHz and

During the QSO party, you can work each station once every 3 hours per
band too, earning points and multipliers along the way.

If you want to know more, head on over to the AREG Website, where a full copy of the rules is available.
There are also links to the website that you can download the
software from, with versions available for Windows, Apple and Linux
users. Dont forget, If you can use FT8 today then you can just as
easily use FreeDV!

We hope to see you all on the air next week using FreeDV, so place the
FreeDV QSO party in your calendar today.

73 from Grant VK5GR


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


Ham radio to help during polls in West Bengal

Ham Radio has been used at various polling booths over the years but
arguably not to THIS extent

The Deccan Herald reports in a unique initiative, the Election
Commission and the Ministry of Communications have granted permission
to the use of Amateur Radio for election-related communications

Amateur radio will be used 31 areas across four Lok Sabha seats in
West Bengal where there is no mobile network coverage. The ham radio
operators will be conveying poll-related information from the related
polling booths to the concerned authorities on polling days.

Read the full story at


Daniel EA4GPZ / M0HXM has published an overview of the papers to be
discussed at the IARU Region 1 meeting in Vienna next weekend
April 27-28

His post, which you can find on is an overview
of proposals to be presented during this meeting.

The proposals can be found in the conference documents. There are a
total of 64 documents for the meeting, so a review of all of them or
an in-depth read would be a huge work.


Sweden's nation amateur radio society, the SSA, has set up a separate
youth section led by Oliver, SA 5O DJ

The young people themselves have already taken the main responsibility
for the business, with their own budget and their own business plan.
Through the establishment of a youth section, this becomes clearer and
hopefully the business becomes even more visible.

Currently, for this Easter weekend, the NOTA camp in Finnish Salo
will have thirteen Swedish young people participating.

In August, the SSA will send three participants to the IARU Region 1
Youth Camps Youngsters On The Air in Bulgaria.


F/ON6JUN/P to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day

Belgium's UBA reports major commemorations are planned to commemorate
the D-Day landing of the Allies on June 6, 1944

Rewinding back to the occasion of the 50-year commemoration in 1994,
members of the UBA departments NNV and GBN started an annual
expedition to Ranville on the historic Pegasus bridge.

Corporal Tappenden landed there with the paratroopers of the
British 6th Airborne on the night of June 5-6, 1944 near two bridges.
Tappenden sent the historic "Ham and Jam" to England with his radio
station WS 38. This ham and jam code meant that the bridges were
intact and in their possession.

This was the start for the Normandy landing on June 6.

The GBN and NNV departments donated a similar WS 38 radio to the
museum, with which corporal Tappenden sent this message. The son of
Corporal Tappenden sent the message back into the air with this radio
station in 2004.

This year the expedition will continue with departure from Belgium
on Friday, May 31 and return on June 7. UBA members Xavier ON4ALY,
Fernand ON6UF and Hans ON3HBB are present and work together with
RSGB sections that operate from the places where the ships left for
the Normandy landings.

Want to know more re the special radio station F/ON6JUN/P that
broadcasts from this unique location?

Send an e-mail to xavier.goddaer<at>

Source UBA via SoutheGate ARC News


Hamvention has announced that it will open their gates to all,
without charge, on the final day of the annual gathering in
Xenia, Ohio.

Hamvention 2019 General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said the idea
is to encourage the curious to see what attracts some 30,000 visitors
to Hamvention. "We have decided to open the doors to Hamvention to
the public on Sunday, May 19, without buying a ticket," Gerbs said.
"This will make it a little easier and cheaper for someone with just
a little interest in Hamvention to see what all the excitement is


55th Anniversary of IARU Region 2

On April 16, 1964, the 1st. Pan-American Amateur Radio Congress was
inaugurated in Mexico City in order to create what is known today as
IARU Region 2

Delegates from Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the
United States and Venezuela were present.

IARU President, Herbert Hoover Jr., W 6 ZH, was very clear in his
speech when stating the objectives of the new organization:

"First establish the bases for a permanent organization to promote
the interests of radio amateurs in the Western Hemisphere;

Second...get to know each other better, obtain a deeper perspective
and strengthen international friendship ties..."

He encouraged present societies to participate actively with their
regulators to get the votes needed in the coming World Radio
Conference, where it was imperative to defend the bands allocated to
we radio amateurs.



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


Next Saturday, April 27 is International Marconi Day, and HADARC
will be operating VK2IMD, the only IMD station in Australasia.

This is because the first direct radio message from the UK to Australia,
sent by Marconi's station in north-west Wales was received at
Wahroonga. Listen for VK2IMD on a range of HF bands from 10 am Eastern
time, Saturday; until 10 the next morning. For WIA National News,
this is Julian VK2YJS & AG6LE.

Hornsby & Districts ARC IMD page:

Global IMD stations list:

20th Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 4

IARU HF World Championship 13-14 July.

Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20

VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18


The first 3 month period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for
2019 has now closed.

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.

Get in for the 2nd 3 month window NOW on



DF13, German special event

Look for special event stations with Prefix's DF13 to be active
until June 30th, 2019.

This to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the maiden flight of the
Junkers F-13, The first all-metal built airplane, was introduced
to civil aviation and is the mother of all commercial aircraft.

All QSOs will be automatically confirmed after July 15th, 2019, with
a QSL card via Bureau. If you do not need a QSL card, let them know.

Send direct QSLs via DM2TO -- shipping starting after August 1st,

For more details and info on awards, see

Panama special event
Look for special event callsign H 31 A to be active until August 15
to commemorate 500th anniversary of the foundation of Panama City.

Activity will be on most HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes
(RTTY, PSK31 and FT8).

QSL manager is HP 1 AVS


Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany

Look for special event stations DM 70 GER and DL 70 BRD now active
until December 31st, 2019 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the
Federal Republic of Germany which was established on May 23rd, 1949.
Operations will be on CW and SSB.


Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Sweden's National Society for
the Active Visually Impaired is active as SF 50 CG throughout 2019.
QSL via SM 0 BYD.


Special call EI 19 RE active for 2019

The special call sign EI 19 RE will be active for the duration of
2019 to commemorate the establishment of the first Irish parliament.
It first met in January of 1919 following a landslide victory for
Irish nationalists in December 1918.


Scouting's Gilwell Park is being honoured through 2019 with GB 100 GP.


In the World of DX, amateurs in Turkey are using the special call
sign TC 10 GITRAD to mark the 10th anniversary of the radio group

They are on the air all year through the 31st of December.

No cards are required. However, if you need a paper QSL card please
mail yours directly to TA 7 AZC and include a stamped self-addressed
envelope and money for postage.



Radio Caroline Easter

Broadcasting Radio Caroline North live from radio ship, Ross Revenge,
anchored in the estuary of the River Blackwater, Easter Friday until
Easter Monday.

You will be able to hear them on

(sourced to SouthGate)


Strong radio bursts from sunspot AR2738

Massive sunspot AR2738 is sending bursts of radio energy toward Earth
strong enough to make audible noises in the loudspeakers of common
ham radio transceivers and shortwave radios.

An amateur radio astronomer in New Mexico recorded some of the bursts
last weekend--and they sounded like ocean surf.

Visit to hear the sounds and find out how you can
detect them in your own backyard


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

Well this is actually off the workbench and undergoing trials

Thanks to smart speakers, audio documentaries are about to evolve to
the next level.

Newspapers are rapidly moving into the audio documentary space,
previously dominated by radio.

At a session on smart speakers and podcasts at Radiodays Europe,
Steve Ahern, reporting for heard from major British
newspapers who showcased their audio offerings and was blown away by
the experience.

There were good simple ideas, such as the Guardian's Voice Lab
offering, a sports quiz for smart speakers based on the year's
sports news. Included in the quiz are replays of audio grabs
that were used in the original reports.

The Financial Times has been producing audio content for ten years as
part of its transition from print to digital. What excites FT is that
there is a large listenership for their audio and that many of those
listeners are young people who they may not have reached by their
traditional text based outputs.

The FT is focusing on three areas of interest:
Lean back and listen audio content
Engagement with 'native' commercial content
Interactive audio (Q&As and interactive documentaries)

The FT's Hidden Cities is "an entirely new form of storytelling,"
according to the FT's Alistair Mackie. You can try it too here
on the link in this week's news, but it is best experienced on your
smart speaker.

Once you've listened, imagine how this interactive documentary is put
together. It is not a linear experience (although the whole 90 mins
can be listened to in one go if you want), it is recorded in segments,
then a series of interactive logic steps is overlaid on the audio
segments. Then a range of interactive questions are planned, which
trigger different audio segments as requested. There are also
questions and jokes to interact with the listener. After the audio
was recorded and edited, there must have been a lot more additional
work done to overlay the interactive elements.

It's a very impressive piece of work.




ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

Artistic SSTV from Iceland

Until the 29th of April, as part of an art installation in Iceland
by Lucy Helton, KD2MFV, SSTV images will be transmitted by TF3JA.

The images are of Icelandic glaciers photographed many years ago.

Look for USB signals on 14.230MHz at 1300, 1800 and 2300UTC.

Amateur radio operators who receive these transmissions are being
asked to print out the images received and post them back
using instructions on the website in the wia text news


SARL 2019 AGM on YouTube

The 2019 AGM of the South African Radio League held April 13 was
live streamed on YouTube

SARL News reports:

"The SARL "Unlocking Amateur Radio Technology" Symposium took place
in Stellenbosch and was attended by 60 people. The presentations
were well received; a lot of interesting discussion took place."

During the afternoon, VHF/UHF and SOTA meetings took place.

Watch the SARL 2019 AGM at the link we like in this week's text edition
best read at



April 25th marks International Girls Day in Information and
Communications Technology.

Private companies, non-profit organizations and even big businesses
around the world are getting involved.

The event is backed by the membership of the International
Telecommunication Union and it provides girls and young women with a
window into the tech world with the hopes of sparking interest in
studies and an eventual career.

Yes, ham radio is getting into the act too.

In Austria, hams in the vicinity of Vienna are being asked to listen
with extra attention for the voices of young girls on the air from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time from the offices of A1 Austria Telekom
in that city. The girls will be assisted by employees of the company
at the workers' ham radio station and will be calling QRZ
on both HF and EchoLink.

According to the ITU website, since the program began, more than
357,000 girls and young women have participated in
International Girls in ICT Day in 171 countries worldwide.



Australian CubeSat to use 76 GHz

The IARU Satellite Coordination Panel has announced the amateur radio
frequencies for the Australian 76 GHz CubeSat CUAVA-1 that is expected
to launch in July 2019 from Japan into a 400km orbit.

CUAVA-1 is a 3U CubeSat and the first CubeSat project of the new
ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs),
and their Applications (CUAVA), whose primary aim is the education
and training of people, mostly PhD students, for the space sector.

With significant heritage from the QB50 CubeSat INSPIRE-2,
CUAVA-1 is a 3U CubeSat that will link with the international
radio amateur community for outreach, training, and increased
data downloads, observe the Earth with a novel multi-spectral imager,
use a GPS instrument to explore radio occultation and the reception of
GPS signals scattered off the Earth as well as provide a backup
determination of the CubeSat location, investigate plasma environment
and associated space weather with radiation detectors, and explore
the performance of a new communications payload.

Downlink telemetry on 9k6 GMSK AX25 on UHF and high speed downlinks
on 2.4 GHz, 5.6 GHz and 76 GHz.

These frequencies have been coordinated by the IARU:
Downlinks: 437.075 MHz, 2404.000 MHz, 5840 MHz and 76.800 GHz
Uplinks: 145.875 MHz, 2404.000 MHz and 5660.000 MHz

More information on CUAVA-1 can be found at



FT8 Performance Secrets video

Neil Smith G4DBN investigates what really matters when you are aiming
for the ultimate performance with FT8 and other digital modes

Neil demonstrates and explains the most common problems which affect
the receive and transmit paths on analogue and SDR systems. Using
real-world examples of each of the pitfalls, Neil presents practical
tools and techniques to help you improve your digimode performance
from LF to microwaves.

Watch RSGB 2018 Convention lecture - FT8 Secrets



France: Connection of amateur stations to the Internet

The REF site has published a brief update on progress of
Decree regarding the conditions under which radio installations
in the Amateur Services can connect to a network open to the public

The Network of French publishers were recently consulted by the
Higher Commission of Digital and Post Offices for the publication
of the decree relating to amateur services and networks open to the

We have been listened to and our proposals are taken up by the
commission whose full text of the opinion is at the link in the
written word of the newscast you are now tuned to.

(sourced to SouthGate)


Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as V 6 K from Kosrae Island sometime
later in the year. Activity will be on 40/30/20/15/10 meters using
mainly CW, sometimes FT8.

Saty, JE1JKL, will be active as 9M6NA from Mohammed's, 9M6MO, QTH on
Labuan Island, East Malaysia between May 23-28th., His focus will be
on 6 meters FT8.
All the logs will be promptly uploaded to LoTW.


Both DXPeditions to these islands are now cancelled
"due to some unforeseen circumstances."

Operators Audie/DU1ZDR and Gazelle/DU1ZDQ will be active as DZ 1 A
from Patrick's on the Beach, Siargao Island, between May 4-5th.
Activity will be on specifically IOTA frequencies 14260 and 7055 kHz
using CW and SSB.

(iota details from SouthGate)


2019 Social Scene

VK3 - Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest 2019 Saturday 11th May.

2019 WIA Annual Conference Sydney weekend 24-26 of May. (wia)

VK2 Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club Field Day June 8 and 9 (vk2zhe)

VK5 - South East Radio Group 2019 Annual Convention and Australian
Fox Hunting Championships 8-9 June (vk5hcf)

VK3 - GippsTech 2019 13'14 July (vk3pf)

VK4 - Townsville Amateur Radio Club's Cardwell Gathering 4 days
commencing October 4 (vk4zz)

VK3 - Yarra Valley Amateur Group HamFest, 13th October (vk3cnw)

VK3 - Ballarat Amateur Radio Group, BARG Hamvention Oct 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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