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The radio industry has welcomed the appointment of Paul Fletcher as
the new Federal Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts
in the Morrison Government.

The previous minister, Mitch Fifield, has been appointed Australia's
ambassador to the United Nations.

In a report in it's said in his career he has served
as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, held a
senior executive role at Optus, established a consulting firm serving
the communications sector and has written a book about broadband.

Sepura radios selected by Aurizon Rail

Aurizon Rail has contracted Sepura's partner, Radlink Communications,
to supply radios for its rail network.

Aurizon moves coal, iron ore, agricultural freight and more across
Australia daily and needed to improve the communications across its
vast rail system.

It has purchased 1200 Sepura SC20 hand-portable radios and 1800
SRG3900 mobile terminals to be used across its network. The SRGs
will be installed across the train fleet to maintain communications
along the entire network.

The new radio network is due to be operational this year and will use
TETRA technology, encompassing 79 sites across rails stretching a
total of 2670 kilometres. The network will link 50 coalmines and
four major ports throughout central Queensland.

(vk7wi news)


5 AND 70 MHz


This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the Spectrum Strategy Committee.

Last month, the Australian Communications and Media Authority - the
A C M A - released their "Five-year spectrum outlook 2019-23", in
what the Authority calls a consultation draft.

The WIA has submitted a detailed response to the ACMA's draft work
plan, covering all key topics of interest to the Australian radio
amateur community, which include:

advancing access to the 5.3 MHz - or 60 metre band - allocation .
. . after talks with the defence department, the WIA has submitted
a proposal to provide some limited access that avoids or mitigates
interference to incumbent services.

amateur licence tenure and fees framework - based on models used
in other countries, where amateurs have low fees and long licence

The WIA reiterated that the radio amateur community requires:

- individual licences bearing a unique callsign

- certainty of licence tenure

- an equitable framework of transaction costs - that is, fees

- certain and continuing access to frequency bands throughout the
radiofrequency spectrum, and

- continued participation and representation in spectrum management

For those interested in the 70 MHz band, the Institute has put
forward a proposal to enable conducting experiments through the use
of Scientific licences obtained by the Institute which then
authorises individual amateurs to conduct experiments.

Check out the WIA's response to the ACMA's latest work plan on
WIA News on the website, and the full text of this item
in news dated May 19 2019

This Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE SARC & the World Wide sources of the WIA.


WPT high on IARU EMC Committee meeting

The South African Radio League report that IARU Region 1 EMC
committee have met to review the outcome of the recently held
Vienna Interim Meeting as well as the interference potential of
wireless power charging of electric vehicles.

The meeting was attended by Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV and
Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ.

Information gleaned from the meeting will stand the SARL in good
stead when the SABS TC73, which deals with electromagnetic
compatibility and interference, meets on Wednesday 29 May.

The SARL has placed WPT as an emerging need on the agenda.

The issue about WPT is that there are no agreed interference limits.

Some discussions in CEPT suggest that the existing spurious emission
limits for inductive SRDs are appropriate. These were developed on a
wholly different set of assumptions about duty cycle, location and
whether victim and emitter share the same frequency and are not
appropriate for WPT(EV).

WPT(EV) is high duty cycle, located in residential areas and its
harmonics are likely to be spread across a band of frequencies.

South Africa is rejecting any notion that WPT can be likened to a
mobile phone or a toothbrush charger.


Inter-EI activity begins on 40 MHz

In April of 2018, Irish (EI) radio amateurs gained access to much of
the low VHF spectrum including 40 MHz. Some short distance contacts
were established in November of that year.

Over the northern hemisphere winter months, several EI stations have
been busy getting ready for the new 8-metre band and this has now
resulted in even more inter-EI 40 MHz activity.

Manned propagation beacons have been heard at distances of over
200kms on this new VHF band.

Several EI stations are now active on the band and are looking for
reception reports.


Student rocket makes it to space

Where does the Earth's atmosphere stop and space begin?

The Krmn line is what the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) defines
as space. That line is 100 km or about 330,000 feet above sea level.

A recent student-built rocket Traveler 4 claims to be the first
entirely student-designed vehicle to pass that line.

The students from the University of Southern California launched the
rocket from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The new record is over
twice as high as the old record, set by the same team.

The rocket reached approximately 340,000.

The successful rocket was 13 feet tall and 8 inches in diameter. The
11 minute flight accelerated to a top speed of 4,970 feet/second
which is over Mach 5.

The Krmn line, by the way, is not universally accepted. NASA and
the US Air Force award outer space to be 50 miles above sea level
the rocket definitely crossed that line.

The first man-made object to reach space, by the way, was the V2
rocket built by the nazi's during World War 2.

Dayton has come and gone and for one attendee May 17 2019 is a day
he'll never forget.

Chris Bourke VK4YE joined the swelling crowds at Xenia Fairgrounds
as VK4YE, and emerged as AG5US, a USA Extra Class licencee.

Writing in the Summerland Amatur Radio Clubs newsletter he said he
was guided to volunteers who explained the rules for taking the
assessments, and handed the first paper - a Technician Class
examination booklet with separate answer sheet.

A quick head count gave around 20 examinees scattered around the room.

After being seated, he made a quick start on the paper at hand and
completed and checked the answers to 35 questions in about 15 minutes.
General and Extra Class exam booklets followed.

After handing these in for grading - the Waiting Room - where anxious
faces awaited the call from one of two volunteers who delivered the
good/bad news.

After just half an hour, his name was called, a handshake given along
with hearty congratulations on passing all three assessments.
A total of 120 questions and just one error!

He was also given completed paperwork which specified the exams
successfully completed and then informed that the results would be
sent to the FCC data base that same day.

Next morning at five o'clock, a cursory check of emails showed one
from the FCC. Attached was his licence grant with 'next available
callsign' of AG 5 US.

Clearly the USA assessment procedures and regulator are far more
effective in delivering paperless results in near real time than
we are used to here in VK

Chris VK4YE & AG5US said " And the sweetener for all of this was
zero cost to me. "

Before 'Dayton' took up residence at the Xenia Fairgrounds it was
held at the Hara Arena also in Ohio.

This week, just days after HamFest comes word that in the wake of
tornadoes that badly damaged hara arena, Ohio ARES was activated.

Hara Arena, in Trotwood, Ohio, which served as the home for Dayton
Hamvention for more than six decades, was among the structures
damaged when tornadoes swept through the Dayton area on US Memorial

According to a report from WHIO TV, Hara Arena suffered extensive
damage. Drone video showed that the roof and side of the structure
had been blown off in several places. Hamvention relocated to the
Xenia Fairgrounds in 2017, after Hara Arena shut down the previous

The Hara Arena damage apparently resulted from what CBS News called
"a large and dangerous tornado" that struck Trotwood. Ohio Section
Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said ARES counties and
districts activated that evening after nearly 40 tornado warnings
were issued across the state.



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




That weekend is also the VK SHIRES CONTEST

This in from VK4TI and we will have more in both text and audio
news June 2nd.


We will accept logs that contain Digital Modes however the exchange
information is still required. AND THE MODE must be included.
Probably easier to send digital file separately.

>From 2018 the VK Shires is an official WIA Contest and will
count towards the Peter Brown Contest Champion Awards.

Contest Introduction

ALL HF Bands available to Standard licensees -
Modes are SSB and CW, stations can be worked once on each mode.

EXPERIMENTAL RULE 2019 We will accept logs that contain Digital Modes
however the exchange information is still required. AND THE MODE must
be included. Probably easier to send digital file separately.

Digital will be a separate standalone category. The preferred mode is
FT4 but whatever floats your boat.

ROVER stations as well as portable entries make up part of the
character of the VK Shires as well as the timing to take place over
an East Coast Long Weekend.(Queens Birthday)

Aim of The Contest
The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to
contact as many VK shires as possible in the contest period.

VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of
the world can only work VK.

(trent vk4ti)

IARU HF World Championship 13-14 July.

RSGB IOTA Contest July 27-28th

Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20

VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18


Six Scottish amateurs are signing LX/GM4UYE from Luxembourg from
25th May - 1st June on 40 - 6m SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8.
QSL manager is M 0 OXO.


On June 8th if you hear the call W-3-W - or Whiskey Three Whiskey -
you may want to get into the "spirit" and key your mic.

The relevant spirit here is good old American moonshine and whiskey
-- and the call sign you'll hear is from the special event station
of the Mountain Amateur Radio Club in Maryland.

The club will be marking the 225th anniversary of the
Whiskey Rebellion, the infamous uprising by farmers in the
Appalachian Mountain region who were pushing back against taxation
of alcohol imposed by the then-new American government.

Whiskey operators expect to be on 75, 40 and 20 meters SSB
as well as other bands, depending upon conditions.

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in '44 special
callsign, GB 75 DDAY, will be aired during June.

The station will be located on HMS Belfast which is a museum ship
moored on the River Thames in London.

QSL manager is G 0 TOC.


Join Cricket World Cup Marathon

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 which started May 30 runs till the 14th of July.

Full details are at

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


Liberian update

The Italian DXpedition Team will be active from Liberia between
September 28th and October 11th using two callsigns:

A 82 X for CW and SSB;
A 82 Z for the Digital modes.

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.


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.


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.


The Walcha Radio Group presently has fours repeaters connected to
the North Link Network in northern New South Wales.

On 25th May-2019, the Group commissioned a new 2-Meter repeater at
the Mt Woolooma site, east of Scone NSW, and has also incorporated
the new repeater into the North Link Network.

This new Scone Repeater operates on 146.750 MHz with a 91.5 Hz CTCSS
required for access.

The new repeater has been the welcome result of hard work and efforts
of many of the group members, - with particular thanks going to
Tim VK2TMA and Greg VK2SO.

The North Link Repeater network now allows Amateurs travelling along
the New England and Gwydir highways to access the network from the
new repeater at Scone in the South, with almost continuous coverage
through to Armidale and Moree in the Northern parts of the state.

The North Link group of 2 Meter Linked-repeaters includes: (and NO
CTCSS is required on these)

Mt Crawney repeatere South of Tamworth 146.825

Tamworth Town repeater 146.850

Mt Kaputar repeater (near Narrabri) 146.625

Armidale Area repeater 146.725

Walcha Area repeater 147.075

The Gloucester Road repeater 146.925

There are future links proposed for repeaters at Mt Rumbee
(near Glen Innes), and The Tops repeater (near Inverell)

The North Link network is unusual in that it is a "Hub-and-Spoke"
type network. This configuration provides a High Quality of Audio
transfer between linked repeaters, together with fast repeater
switching response(s).

( Brian VK2DK President of the Walcha Radio Group on behalf of the
North Link Group of associated Clubs. )



ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

ISS Slow Scan TV Wednesday and Thursday June 5-6

A Russian MAI-SSTV event is planned from the International Space
Station June 5 from 12:00-16:00 GMT and June 6 from 11:30-15:30 GMT

Transmissions to be at 145.800 MHz in SSTV mode PD120.

Check here for updates:

ISS SSTV info and links



The taurid meteoroid swarm is approaching Earth

Earth is about to have a close encounter with a meteoroid swarm.

In June 2019, the gravelly Taurid Swarm will make its closest
post-perihelion approach to our planet since 1975.

There's growing evidence that the swarm may be hiding large objects
such as the Tunguska impactor that leveled a forest in Siberia in
1908. Astronomers plan to peer inside the swarm using large
telescopes to find these hazards--if they exist.



Felix, VK4FUQ told us a minute or so back of the D-Day station from
the River Thames on air in June, well even MORE stations are planned!

Special Event Station Chain to Mark 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Next Thursday, June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation
Overlord during World War II and the D-Day landings in Normandy.
Commemorating those who took part, a team from the Torbay Amateur
Radio Society in England is organizing a chain of five special event
stations along the UK's southern coastline.

Each will be based in the geographical area of a beach-landing force
point of departure and will use a relevant call sign.

TARS will activate a site above Brixham Harbour in Devon a departure
point for many US soldiers who later landed on Utah Beach and will
use the call sign GB 75 UF.

Other clubs activating similar relevant locations will use these
call signs:

GB75OF Omaha Beach
GB75GF Gold Beach
GB75JF Juno Beach
GB75SF Sword Beach

In addition, TARS hopes to have two club stations from the Normandy
area of France activating sites on the beaches. Logging is being
coordinated centrally, and stations who contact two or more of the
stations within the chain will be able to download a suitable
certificate to commemorate their achievement.

Details on logging, certificates, and operating frequencies will be
available on the TARS website.

SSB frequencies will include 3.644, 7.144, 14.144, 18.144, 21.244,
24.944, and 28.244 MHz (data only on 10.144 MHz).

Stations operating on CW or data will attempt to use similar
frequencies ending in 44.


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

This month as well as all the latest Club news, we have three short
talks for you, one on Remnant Magnetism, another describes a
Bad Case of Ignition Noise, and the third is on Digital Mobile Radios.

Everyone is most welcome to tune in and to join in the call backs

Regular listeners will know the times and frequencies for our morning
and evening transmissions times while newcomers can find all the
details by looking at the Club website at

Here you will also find details of Club membership and qualifications
needed to become an RAOTC member.

If none of the broadcast times suit you, you can download the audio
file from our website at any time as from tomorrow morning. As well
as this month's file you can also download the files for the previous
five months. If you do listen via the audio file, would you please
take a moment to email some feedback to us.

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

73 from Clive VK6CSW.


While there are many sites which offer space weather forecasts,
Summerland Amateur Radio Club's weekly newsletter looks at some
software simplifying predictions to give a prediction for a
particular path and frequency.

The link for the webpage is

The path you want is selected on the world map with a simple drag
and drop for TX and RX location


New references for World Flora Fauna to be activated

M 0 PAI will be active from the 1st to the 8th of June on the
Isle of Lewis/Harris, IOTA reference EU-010, Isle of Skye, as
MM 0 PAI/p.

He will be active all week on 80m to 2m, including 4m SSB, and FT8.
New references for World Flora Fauna will be activated, there will be
WAB references up for grabs and possible SOTA activations.

If you are in VK7, there is a SOTA and WWFF Parks and Reserves Group
meeting from 10:30am on Monday and Friday At Glebe Gardens Cafe,
166 Henry St, Launceston.

(rsgb and vvk7an in vk7wi news)



175th Anniversary of Morse Code

Newsweek reports Morse Code is 175 years old and still as useful as

The first message sent by Morse code's dots and dashes across a long
distance traveled from Washington D.C. to Baltimore on Friday May 24,
1844 thats some 175 years ago. It signaled the first time in human
history that complex thoughts could be communicated at long distances
almost instantaneously. Until then, people had to have face-to-face
conversations; send coded messages through drums, smoke signals and
semaphore systems; or read printed words.

Thanks to Samuel F.B. Morse, communication changed rapidly, and has
been changing ever faster since. He invented the electric telegraph
in 1832. It took six more years for him to standardize a code for
communicating over telegraph wires.

In 1843, the US Congress gave him $30,000 to string wires between that
nation's capital and nearby Baltimore. When the line was completed,
he conducted a public demonstration of long-distance communication.

There is a thriving community of amateur radio operators who treasure
Morse code, too. Among amateur radio operators, Morse code is a
cherished tradition tracing back to the earliest days of radio.

Read the full story at the link we like, in this weeks WIA national
news, best read on

I'm John Knox, VK4FJRK

2019 Social Scene

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

The Club's 44th annual Field Day will be held at the Wauchope
Showground hall next weekend on Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9
of June, during the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend being held
in VK2.

There will be all the usual field day activities including
foxhunting and a homebrew display. Breakfast and lunch will be
available from the barbeque on both days.

The Field Day dinner will be held at the Port Macquarie Golf
Club on the Saturday night.

The Wauchope Showground permits camping so it is possible to
stay on site in your own motor home, caravan or tent with power
and amenities but you must book ahead. Details are on the
Wauchope Showground website

(Henry VK2ZHE on behalf of Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club Inc.)

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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