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WIA reminds us to check expiry date of our licenses. -

WIA and our International rep. Dale Hughes, VK1DSH. -

WIA's VK7TW Justin, Director and President. -

WIA Annual Conference, VK2VE calls CQ Conference.



One of hamdom's regular chestnuts has reared its head again,
that of a licensee suddenly discovering her or his ACMA licence
has expired.


It is OUR responsibility to keep a track of expiry dates and ensure
we pay our license on time.

More often than not ACMA do send a renewal, three to four weeks
before the licence is due to expire, sent to the last valid postal
or email address that the ACMA has on record. It is the licensee's
responsibility to keep email, postal and residential address current
with the ACMA.

BUT the ACMA is not required by legislation to send reminder notices
for the renewal of licences, but does so as a courtesy reminder and
to facilitate payment of the renewal fee.

The WIA recommends that members note their licence renewal date in
their diary as a reminder, should they not received the email or
mail renewal notification from the ACMA.

Check out "renewal of licences" on

As you are aware, this year is year of the World Radio Conference 2019
and the WIA will be sending delegates to represent Amateur Radio and
Australia at this policy defining event, the outcomes of which are
critical to the survival of our hobby.

The amateur service depends on a relatively small number of documents
and regulatory provisions that underpin its national and international
existance. Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, will discuss these provisions, how
they are changed and who plays a part in changing them, all at this
years WIA AGM and Conference.

Dale obtained his AOCP in 1981 and has always had a fascination for
the technical side of radio communications. Dale is currently active
in amateur satellites, LF and MF operation and amateur television and
since 1998 has contributed nearly 50 technical articles to
AR magazine. Since 2010 Dale has represented the WIA in the
Australian World Radiocommunication Conference preparatory process
and has been a member of the Australian delegations to WRC-12,
WRC-15 and various regional meetings. Dale is the Chairman of the
ITU working group 'Amateur and amateur satellite services' and
regularly attends the working group meetings in Geneva.

Don't miss this portion of this yeears WIA AGM / Conference.

(wia memnet)

Hello this is Justin VK7TW WIA Director and President.

The WIA AGM Conference weekend is only a few weeks away and I am
looking forward to catching up with many of you at the weekend.

The range of activities and speakers is looking very impressive and
I really encourage people to book soon. The presentations on the
Saturday afternoon are looking great with Cube Sats, FreeDV, EHF
adventures, Education, KiwiSDR and one not be missed from
Dale VK1DSH on what constitutes amateur radio.

I am also looking forward to wishing the Waverley Amateur Radio Club
a very happy centenary on the Friday night. This should be a
fantastic night. The Sunday at Dural is also looking like a greatday
with many stalls including the HomeBrew Experimenter's, ALARA, many
NSW clubs, WICEN and commercial traders. This day is also timed to
coincide with the monthly trash and treasure at Dural. ARNSW are
putting on a BBQ and showing their very impressive site at Dural.
This should be a great day.

As President you become a 'lightning rod' for the organisation and
you experience the best and the worst behaviour of the amateur
community along with needing to balance time and resource pressures.
I thank the amateur radio community for the opportunity to serve as
President and Director for the last two years and look forward to
continuing my involvement in a number of areas within the WIA.

As a volunteer organisation the WIA is only as good as those that
volunteer and the leadership that guide and support them. When I
came onto the Board two years ago it was during a period of
considerable negative sentiment toward the WIA and Board. The 2017
election resulted in all new Board members, except for one returning
member. The new Board took on the task of rebuilding and stabilising
the WIA and this has been successful from a finance and
administration perspective. We have delivered a small surplus in
2018 and the 2019 budget indicates a small deficit in the 2019 year,
even though we are spending over $40,000 sending delegates to the
World Radio Conference.

Dale Hughes VK1DSH recently attended the Australian Communications
and Media Authority (ACMA) - Australian Radiocommunications Study
Group 5, Terrestrial services meeting and presented on Agenda
item 1.1 (50MHz). The meeting covered the new Department of
Communications and the Arts (DOCA) arrangements in preparation for
World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19).

The WIA will be attending the last meeting of the Asia-Pacific
Telecommunity (APT) Conference Preparatory Group - APG 19-5 will be
held from 31 July - 6 August 2019, Tokyo, Japan. This will form the
final view of the APT that will be taken to WRC-19 in October 2019.

Just on WRC Preparation, the WIA will be spending about $40,000 on
sending representatives to Egypt to represent amateurs in VK at that
world forum. This is a significant outlay for an organisation that
only has an operating budget of around $500,000. WRC-19 is being
held in Sharm el Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt from the 28 October to
22 November 2019 and will see more than 2500 delegates from over 160
countries attending. I encourage members to read the 2019 Open Forum
Report from Dale as this outlines the huge contribution that is being
made to represent amateur radio at these national and international
forums and in the words of Dale - "There is no alternative to
'being there, on the floor, on the day'".

The ACMA released their Draft Five Year Spectrum Outlook and
millimetre wave planning document and the WIA Spectrum Strategy
Committee is preparing a submission from the WIA. The document has
provided an indicative timetable for reforming the LCD and getting
access to 60m as well as reforming the amateur qualification system
by making it part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. This
will have significant impact on the delivery of amateur radio
training within Australia.

The relationship with the ACMA is a precarious one - on the one hand
the ACMA is divesting itself of everything administrative and this
provides opportunities. This appears to be due to resourcing
constraints placed on the organisation and this creates a shift from
an organisational culture of prescriptive technical regulation to an
organisation that runs and promotes enabling legislation and policy
with industry driven self managing frameworks. This ACMA divestment
represents a real challenge and risk for the amateur community. This
manifests itself in what appears to be the regulators decreasing
responsiveness to all things amateur radio when in fact this is due
to the amateur community's lack of acceptance of a self-regulation

This needs to change and it will be painful!

This is my last Board Comment as I step down as President and
Director at the May AGM. It has been a wonderful two years and I
encourage people to become actively involved in running your
National Representative Body. As a Board member you get to shape the
hobby in small (occasionally larger ways) and this can be extremely

73 from Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.

CQ WIA Annual Conference.

The countdown continues to the WIA Annual Conference in Sydney with
only 3 weeks to go till the it's all on over the weekend of 24th to
26th of May. That's the last weekend of THIS month.

The presenters are lining up and it's going to be a great event. Lots
of opportunities to meet old friends and make new ones whilst helping
to shape the future of Amateur Radio in Australia.

In addition to the famous keynote speakers at the Friday night and
Saturday night events, there will be technical topics speakers such

Dr Tony Monger VK2KZ, presenting on how CubeSats and Amateur Radio
go together,

David Rowe VK5DGR, updating the newest digital modes on HF,

Liz Billiau VK2XSE presenting the future of education with the WIA,

Dale Hughes VK1DSH presenting the changes to Amateur Radio
regulation and documentation.

And more topics are coming.

All who register by 11th May, that's next Saturday, will go into a
draw for a type approved DMR & Analogue handheld, courtesy of FDP
Radios. So register now on the WIA website.

It will be a great weekend with the Sydney Harbour backdrop and
accented by the Vivid light and Sound Spectacular.

So go ahead, register now!

This is Eric, VK2VE, looking forward to seeing you there.


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


To promote the harmonisation of band plans in the three IARU regions
and to inform about possible changes in advance, the IARU Informal
Band Planning Group has been founded.

3 radio amateurs from each of IARU Regions 1, 2 and 3 will belong to
this informal group.

Sion Chow, 9 M 2 CQC IARU R3 Bandplan Coordinator is already a


Japanese special event

Special event station 8 J 1 ITU will be on the air from Japan
until May 31 to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the
ITU (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day - May 17th).

8 J 1 ITU is operated by the Japan ITU Amateur Radio Club during
the month of May every year.


Coronation station HS10KING/mm on geostationary satellite

To mark the Coronation of King Rama X (the 10th) from May 4-6 the
Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty
the King is operating a special event station

The station will be operated from the Royal Thai Navy's aircraft
carrier in the Gulf of Thailand using the callsign HS 10 KING/mm.

This station will be making QSOs on HF and also using amateur
radio satellites, including the Es'hail 2 / QO-100 satellite.

RAST English-language website:

The Es'hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite provides continuous
coverage from Brazil across Africa and Europe all the way to

You can listen to its 10 GHz downlink from anywhere in the world by
using the AMSAT-UK / BATC WebSDR.


Caister Marconi radio station contacts more than 160 amateurs in
36 countries

Radio hams at the Caister Lifeboat Visitor Centre in Norfolk UK
managed to contact all these stations Saturday 27 th April when they
took part in the annual International Marconi Day to mark the
inventor's birthday.

Using the call GB 0 CMS and a mixture of Morse code and telephony
contacts were made with other radio amateurs across the UK, Europe
and the USA.

The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club ran the all-day special event station
at Caister Lifeboat to commemorate the village's original Marconi
Wireless Station, which was established in 1900. The station was in
a house in the High Street known as Pretoria Villa and its original
purpose was to communicate with ships in the North Sea and the
Cross Sands lightship.



In a world where usualy we hear of Hams helping Hospitals, this
USA Hospital donates laptops to amateur radio groups

Clinton Memorial Hospital recently donated surplus laptops to local
amateur radio clubs. Mark, KD8DGH, from Clinton Memorial Hospital,
donated laptops to the Clinton County Amateur Radio Association,
The Laurel VE Team Leader, and the Highland Amateur Radio Association.

These will be used for various amateur radio activities in
communications exercises and emergency preparedness training.

The American Chemical Society are reporting the success of powering
a pacemaker with a patient's heartbeat.

Implantable pacemakers have without doubt altered modern medicine,
saving countless lives by regulating heart rhythm. But they have one
serious shortcoming: Their batteries last only five to 12 years,
at which point they have to be replaced surgically.

Now, researchers have surmounted this issue by designing a pacemaker
powered by the energy of heartbeats. The device was successfully
tested in pigs, which have a similar physiology to humans.

Because surgery to replace the battery can lead to complications,
including infection and bleeding, various researchers have tried to
build pacemakers that use the natural energy of heartbeats as an
alternative energy source. However, these experimental devices
aren't powerful enough because of their rigid structure,
difficulties with miniaturization and other drawbacks, so Hao Zhang,
Bin Yang and colleagues searched for ways to improve the technology.

First, they designed a small, flexible plastic frame.
Next they bonded the frame to piezoelectric layers, which generate
energy when bent. They implanted the device in pigs and showed that
a beating heart could in fact alter the frame's shape, generating
enough power to match the performance of a battery-powered pacemaker.

The study is a step toward making a self-powered cardiac pacemaker,
the researchers say.

(Science Daily Web E-zine via vk7wi news)



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


IARU HF World Championship 13-14 July.

Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20

VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18



Ali, EP 3 CQ, who went QRT on March 23rd, will once again be active
as 6 O 1OO starting April 15th, for one month.

Activity will be limited, he works for the UN Department of Safety
and Security in Mogadishu.

Operations will be all bands but mostly 40/20 meters using SSB
and FT8. Last time he suggested that he will be on every day between
1800-2000 East Africa Time (EAT) and on the weekend (Friday and
Saturday) between 1400-1800.

See for more info

QSL direct to:
Ali Solhjoo, C/O Dr. de Vivanco, Schnackenburgstr. 3, Berlin 12159,

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 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

Formula 1 enthusiasts will be interested in a special station which
will be on the air from Baku in Azerbaijan until 31st May.
The callsign is 4 JF 1 EU and QSL manager is 4 J 3 DJ.


Join Cricket World Cup Marathon - Here's the 'rub.'

The RSGB is hosting an international amateur radio marathon event
on the HF bands to celebrate this year's Cricket World Cup, which
is being held in England and Wales.

The marathon will run from the 30th of May to the 14th of July.

Full details are at

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


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.


This in from K ONE W ONE LAND

Awards Net - 80m / 3.677 MHz

In past years this New Zealand Net has changed its operational time
from 9.00 pm NZDT back to 8.00 pm during the winter period.

Geoff ZL3QR says this has tended to clash with other 8.00 pm Nets so
the Net will remain at 9.00 pm for this winter in an effort to gain
more support for this service.




RADIO new song for RAMMSTEIN

The famous German rock band RAMMSTEIN released on April 26, 2019
its new single entitled: RADIO

The video made for this title takes place in post-war Germany,
showing how radio is the main protagonist. The video revolves
around the role and power of radio during the world wars,
censorship and persecution of those who listened to foreign stations
during this period.

The words of "Radio" recall a time when listening to the radio at
night was an act of freedom.

"Radio" is the second single of the new album of industrial metal
kings that will be released on May 17th.

Watch the video here:


Irish Long Wave Station gets two year extension

The Irish radio station RTE on 252 kHz is one of the few still
operating on the long wave band in Europe.

Although it was scheduled to close in June of 2019, it has now been
given a new lease of life with an upgrade to the transmission mast and
will stay in service for a minimum of two more years.

The Irish diaspora in Britain are some of the main users of the
service and they had been lobbying for it to continue.

More info...




ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

Reception problems owing to low audio levels plagued a recent round
of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station-sponsored
slow-scan TV transmissions.

Some clever operators on the receiving end were able to use software
to bump up the deficient audio so the images would decode properly.
But the matter raised questions concerning the ISS crew's ability to
troubleshoot problems and to make adjustments to the Amateur Radio
gear on the 'fly.'

ARISS-International Chair and AMSAT Vice President for Human
Spaceflight Programs Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, reminded us that ARISS is
not the prime activity on ISS. There are over 300 international
experiments currently operational on ISS on this expedition and that
number will go to about 500 experiments in the next 1 - 2 years."



There's a new CubeSat in space and it's a source of great
pride for the nation of Nepal.

Jason Daniels VK2LAW tells us more.

"JASON: The community of satellites orbiting the Earth continues to
grow and the latest newcomers to space include a "first" for the
nation of Nepal. According to the Kathmandu Post newspaper, that
country's first satellite, the NepaliSat-1, was launched on the
17th of April with an amateur radio payload on 435.375 MHz.

In addition to its amateur radio role, the NepaliSat-1 will be
gathering information about the Earth's magnetic field and its home
country's topography. It was launched from NASA's Virginia Air and
Space Center in the company of similar satellites from Japan and
Sri Lanka.

Abhas Maskey KG5WNC and Hari Ram Shreshtha KE5COO developed the
CubeSat, which carries the Nepali flag and the logo of the Nepal
Academy of Science and Technology.



SOS Radio Week will take place EACH week until the 31st of May.

This annual event has been extended for 2019 to raise awareness of
the amazing work that the brave volunteers of the Royal National
Lifeboat Institution perform and to honour the volunteer
watchkeepers of the National Coastwatch Institution who provide
eyes around the coast of the UK to observe and report potential
disasters unfolding.

Individual amateur radio operators and clubs are invited to
register as official SOS Radio Week stations and operate during
the month to raise awareness of the invaluable work these two
organisations perform.

From the 4th to the 31st of May, GB 9 SOS will be operating as
part of SOS Radio Week.

The station will be operating on as many different bands as possible
during the 28 days.

The station will be operating from 1900 to 2100UTC on weekdays and
0900 to 1600UTC at weekends.



The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will host the
traditional military/Amateur Radio communication tests to mark
the 68th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD) on Saturday, May 11 in the USA.

Armed Forces Day is May 18, but the AFD Crossband Military-Amateur
Radio event traditionally takes place 1 week earlier in order to
avoid conflicting with Hamvention.

Complete information, including military stations, modes, and
frequencies, is available on the US Army MARS website.

During the event, military stations in various locations globaly
will transmit on selected military frequencies and announce the
specific ham frequencies they are monitoring.



Hallo everyone.

This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia's May bulletin goes to air tomorrow.

This month as well as all the latest Club news we have three items
for you, a story about the WW2 Coast Watchers in Australia, a piece
about wind farms, and an article about the impact of WW2 bombing.

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

I think most listeners are aware of your local broadcast times but
there have been some minor changes recently so please visit the
RAOTC website for full details of our morning and evening
transmission schedules. For WA listeners we now have an additional
transmission on 80 metres on 3620 kHz starting at 9.00 am local time.
Conditions on 80 have been excellent lately so this transmission
should cover most of WA. Once again that's 3620 kHz at 9 am.

Our website address is or just Google RAOTC and
click on the links. Here you will also find details of Club
membership and qualifications needed to become an RAOTC member.

Please note that the current audio file can now be downloaded as
from tomorrow rather than Tuesday as before, and you can also
download the previous five month's files as well. If you do listen
via the audio file, would you please take a moment to email some

Once again, check the website for your local transmission schedule,
tune in tomorrow or download the file for the May bulletin, and we
look forward to hearing your call sign in the call backs afterwards.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

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

World Scout Jamboree Gearing Up for Significant Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio will play a role in the 24th World Scout Jamboree
in West Virginia, the first World Jamboree held in North America.

The Jamboree has chosen the theme "Unlock a New World."

Thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders from some 200 countries are
expected to attend. The Jamboree's Amateur Radio Exhibit will use
the call sign NA 1 WJ North America's 1st World Jamboree.

It will be on the air during the event, July 22 until August 2.

"The goals of the Amateur Radio station at the World Scout Jamboree
are to introduce Amateur Radio to Scouts and Scout leaders through
hands-on participation in two-way communication with other stations
across the globe. This activity will also serve as the Amateur Radio
voice of the Jamboree."

Other facets of Amateur Radio at the Jamboree will include
Amateur Radio direction finding, Amateur Radio satellite contacts,
and a scheduled Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact with an ISS crew member.

They also expect to launch one or two balloons with Amateur Radio
payloads and track them as they cross the Atlantic."

(sourced to arrl)

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

When a 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled Luzon Island and its
surroundings in the Philippines April 22nd, barely two minutes
elapsed before emergency ham radio operations were on the air thanks
to the HERO, network of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association.

HERO began handling traffic on 7.095 MHz which someone is always
monitoring, according to Jojo, the National Traffic System chairman
and the chief operating officer of PARA.

The 40 meter frequency was utilised in parallel with 144.740 MHz.

Jojo said that as soon as health welfare and other relevant
information was received by HERO net control, details were posted
in the HERO thread on the Facebook group PARA2019.

The quake was measured at a depth of 21 kilometres but could be
felt in Metro Manila, most of Central Luzon and as far as some parts
of the Ilocos Regions. CNN reported that nearly 30 structures were
damaged by the first quake and some regions had their power stop

To hear net asking DU2 and DU3 stations to report in,

From Earthquakes to fires

Amateur radio lends a hand to fire fighters

The Borneo Post reports the Miri Amateur Radio Club has joined the
battle to douse a stubborn peat fire near the Malaysia-Brunei border.

The newspaper reports they are contributing their communication
equipment and frequencis to Fire and Rescue personnel to overcome
communication woes with their operation centre.

This ham radio communication link has enabled fire fighters to
communicate with their counterparts at the operation centre with the
club's radio sets.

The battle area is bordering Brunei, about eight kilometres from
Asean Bridge across the Baram River.



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)

WW - JOTA 2019 Friday 18th, Sat 19 & Sunday 20 October (vk2gx)

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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