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WIA Annual Conference 2020, call for presentations.


Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

Open Days at Parkes 20 - 21 July 2019

It was one giant leap for mankind, and it was taken at 12.56 PM
Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday, 21 July 1969.

Six hundred million people, one sixth of mankind at the time, watched
Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon. Three tracking stations
were receiving the signals simultaneously. They were CSIRO's Parkes
Radio Telescope, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station outside
Canberra, and NASA's Goldstone station in California. The signals
were relayed to Mission Control at Houston. During the first few
minutes of the broadcast, NASA alternated between the signals from
its two stations at Goldstone and Honeysuckle Creek, searching for
the best quality images. When they switched to the Parkes pictures,
they were of such superior quality, that NASA remained with the
Parkes TV pictures for the remainder of the 2 1/2-hour telecast.

To commemorate this historic event, the CSIRO Parkes Observatory will
be holding Open Days on the anniversary weekend of 20-21 July 2019.
The public is invited to visit the Observatory and enjoy the various
activities being planned.

These include:
Tours of the telescope
Talks by special guest speakers and astronomers
Daytime astronomy viewings of the brightest stars, planets and Sun
by the members of the Central West Astronomical Society
The screening of the film, The DISH, on the Saturday night, in the
field adjacent to the telescope (weather permitting)
Plus much more

All are welcome to attend, with all activities being free of charge.



WIA Annual Conference 2020

Call for Presentations

It was announced that the 2020 WIA Annual Conference will be held in
Hobart on the 8-10 May 2020.

The theme is Antarctic Gateway and so the tours and visits during the
weekend all revolve around Antarctica and Radio.

This is a request for anyone who would be prepared to give a
presentation on the Saturday afternoon on any aspect of amateur radio,
Antarctica, radio, electronics, experimentation or all of these.

The presentations slots are 30-40m in length with 5-10m of questions
at the end or throughout the presentation.

If you have a topic and or presentation or just an idea for one then
please contact Immediate Past President of the WIA, Justin VK7TW


Howdy, It is Aidan, VK4APM here for this week's board comment.

Before I begin, and on behalf of the board, I would like to thank all
those who were involved in the delivery of yet another successful WIA
annual conference in Sydney. The Waverley Club and AR New South
Wales put on a fantastic show that was well received by all with whom
I have spoken.

Gatherings like this, by their very nature, are often marred by
conflicting points of view. At times, in the not so distant past,
this has resulted in clear division within the community. This year,
however, there appeared to be a level of solidarity amongst those who
were present.

It would appear that over the last 12 months the amateur community
has felt a heightened awareness that the hobby of Amateur Radio is
in the grips of a material existential crisis unlike the hobby has
seen before whereby extinction is a very definate possibility - not
today, even tomorrow, but in a decade or two.

There are two themes that resonated across the WIA conference weekend
that are critical to resolving this crisis.

The first is community:

Our survival will be determined, in no small part, by the ability for
the amatuer community to pull together and support each other in the
road ahead. Over the past 10 years an enormous amount of effort
has been expended fighting battles internal to the hobby both at
local club , state and national levels. It is time for the
ego-driven self-serving behaviors of the past to end.

Imagine what could be accomplished if this energy was directed
towards ensuring the survival of the hobby by giving the youth of
today the same opportunity to learn about the magic of radio and
electronics and allied sciences that we all did.

The second is change:

We live in a time where change is the only constant and the rate of
change is ever increasing. The opportunity to reinvent ourselves is
enormous, however, If amateur radio is to survive, we must change,
the hobby must change and the WIA must change. Change is neither
easy or painless. We must accept that those things that worked in
the past will not work in the future. We must all focus on the
things that matter - that is, the survival of the hobby. We do this
by demonstrating that we deliver value to the communities in which
we live and operate thereby cementing our hobby's rightful place in
tomorrows society.

The board of the WIA has worked tirelessly over the 12 months I have
been a director to lay the foundations for this change. The
feedback from the convention is that our community is ready for

The only question that remains is whether we collectively prepared
to do what needs to be done..

And with that, it's over to you

This is VK4APM


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


Wait they did but now 60 meters has arrived in Kuwait

Kuwaiti telecom regulator, CITRA, has released the new WRC-15 Amateur
Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz to Kuwaiti 9K2 licensees
Under ITU Footnote 5.133B, which in the case of Kuwait means a
maximum power of 15W EIRP.

Paul Gaskell G4MWO, Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter told us that the
first Kuwaiti ham on the new band was Muhammad, 9 K 2 NO, operating
FT8, who is looking forward to working more stations.



Get ready for another global gathering of radio amateurs - this one
in Germany. From Amateur Radio Newsline here's Ed Durrant DD5LP.

ED: Following a move back after two years to its normal 3rd weekend
of June dates, the Ham Radio event at Friedrichshafen is expecting a
wide range of traders, exhibitors and lecturers.

June 21st through the 23rd in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, a
pretty town in the scenic countryside near to the borders of Austria,
Switzerland and France in the very south of Germany, will see the
44th running of the "Ham Radio" international HamFest in the top
Expo centre of Europe, the Friedrichshafen "Neue Messe."

These dates usually bring sunshine on all three days that can be
enjoyed in the Beer Gardens and on the lawns but all exhibitors and
traders (including the flea market) are inside the Zeppelin-sized
halls in any case. The Zeppelin airships were originally built near
to this site and from the airport next door you can take a Zeppelin
ride and operate Aeronautical Mobile!

Lectures throughout the three days take place in the conference rooms
within the same large building and include topics from the SDR
Academy to Contest University, from SOTA to Digital TV, from the
QO-100 Satellite to new data modes, from antenna design forums to
Youngsters on the Air and lots more.

More national societies are represented at Friedrichshafen than any
other international HamFest and all of the large manufacturers are
represented alongside smaller companies from all over Europe.

To find out more check out

Already starting to pack for the event, this is Ed DD5LP.


France's national amateur radio society REF say total of ham radio
licenses increased more in first four months of 2019 than number of
new licenses in the whole of 2018

A Google translation of their post says:

For the first time in several years the curve of the number of French
radio amateurs registered with the administration is increasing!

The number of assignments of individual codes (or reactivation) over
the first four months of 2019 has already exceeded that of the whole
of last year: 297 at the end of April against 263 for the whole year

The reactivation of many individual codes is certainly related to the
suppression of the amateur radio tax.

Up until January 2019 an annual tax had been imposed on radio
amateurs (a license fee).


Belgium's national amateur radio society, the UBA, has published
details of the May 24 decision of the BIPT Council on amateur radio
frequencies, powers and transmission modes

The decision of the BIPT Council of May 24 concerning the frequencies,
powers and transmission modes that may be used by the radio amateurs
was published on the BIPT website.

This, following an objection from the UBA.

The new Decree meets the objections that many holders of a Basic
license had against the earlier Decree.

The full Decree is available on the BIPT website


First cross band Sporadic-E contacts made on 40 MHz from Ireland

Following on from the news of some inter-EI tests done on 40 MHz
we now have news of the first cross band contacts made from Ireland
via Sporadic-E on their new 8-metre band.

Saturday May 25 2019, EI 9 KP in the north-west of Ireland managed
to complete a two way 40 MHz / 50 MHz cross band contact with DG 1 VL
in Germany. This is as far as we are aware the very first 8m/6m
cross band QSO in Europe.


Mexican radio amateurs have been providing communication support from
a fire scene in a remote area to civil protection authorities in
Monterrey, Mexico. Two-member teams of volunteers have been flown in
via helicopter since May 20, the first day of radio support, when the
fire had already been burning for a couple of days. The fire in
Pajonal about 20 kilometres south of Monterrey covered more than
200 acres in rough terrain. Temperatures have topped 100 F.

Teams had been using Winlink but added the weak-signal software
Vara HF, after Jos, EA 5 HVK, provided a Vara license on short
notice. Tom Whiteside, N 5 TW, in Texas, has been supporting the
effort from across the border. He has 40 and 20 meter arrays pointed
in the direction of the fire in Nuevo Leon.

Alfonso Tamez, XE2O, president of Mexico's IARU member-society
FMRE, has been among the volunteers.

In addition to HF digital traffic, the volunteer teams have been
taking advantage of VHF repeaters.

HF antennas consist of a 40-meter dipole for 40 and a steerable
portable dipole. A generator is providing electrical power.



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




This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, Interim Manager for the VHF-UHF
Field Days

The 2019 Winter event is two weekends away !

It has been a looong interim for me, but here we are with the first
single set of rules.

No more Division 1 and Division 2. Scoring is now be distance-based.

So. Over Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd, Winter Field Day fun
and frolics is on for all you stalwart enthusiasts keen to brave
whatever the weather can throw at us.

So far, that means wild winds, low temperatures and icy precipitation

All the Sections and Sub-sections featured in past events remain,
as do the two-hour re-work period and the exchange of 6-character
locators for all contacts.

Any stalwart Rovers keen to travel from peak to peak - well, hump to
hump, really . . . still have to travel from Square to Square, but
the scoring is based on 6-character locators.

You can concentrate your efforts on one band, if that's what you
fancy, and go hammer and tongs to pile up contacts.

You never know, you might just win the sub-section to the surprise of
all !

Alternatively, have a lash at the Four-bands Sub-section.

At a minimum, you can operate on any two of the bands six metres,
two metres, 70 centimetres, 23 centimetres - or three bands, or the
whole four !

You don't have to be a "gun" operator with a "super station" to get
out there and have fun on the Field Day.

For those who are 'old hands' at VHF-UHF Field Day shenanigans,
why not invite an F-call or Standard to join you in the field.

Or, invite an F-call or Standard to your home QTH for a few hours of
the contest.

Yes. Home stations are welcome !

Take the opportunity, if you know someone returning to the hobby,
get them involved and mentor them through the process of making
contest contacts.

You never know what might happen. They could get hooked !

You'll find the rules on the VHF-UHF Field Days page of the WIA

So. Download the new rules from the website - and - over Saturday the
22nd and Sunday the 23rd - be on the air, or be square !

This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.

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



The Grid and Prefix Award Program (GAPA) present the most detailed
and comprehensive Digital Awards Program available. This series is
offered to both Radio Amateurs and SWL Operators.

Awards offered by GAPA fall into two major categories based on
call sign prefixes and grid square locations.

Popular digital modes such as FT, JT, RTTY and PSK can be used to
earn individual awards and as award endorsements. The program also
encourages the use of other modes like T10, Throb, SSTV and Hell.

Awards are based on operator contacts, not an operator's location.

The Prefix Award is earned by working digital mode stations with
different prefixes from around the world. A basic award begins with
submission of 50 to 400 unique prefixes based on the mode used.
Additional endorsements then can be added for different bands, modes
and continents worked.

Grid square awards begin with a basic award that requires 50 to 300
unique grid square locators depending on the mode used. Additional
endorsement can be added for band, mode and continent worked.

Take to a look at the GAPA Program's Certificate Family Tree page
to examine the certificates offered and see some examples of
certificates with their band and continent endorsement stickers.

(sourced to SouthGate)


AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites

The weekend of June 22-23, 2019 is Field Day!

Each year the American Radio Relay League sponsors Field Day.
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes their own
version of Field Day focused on operation via the amateur satellites,
held concurrently with the ARRL event.

The AMSAT Field Day 2019 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators.
Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules.

The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all amateur
satellites, both analogue and digital.

The congestion on FM LEO satellites is always so intense that they
must continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite.
This includes the International Space Station.

You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice.

NO points will be credited for any contacts beyond the ONE allowed
via each single-channel FM satellite.

Operators are encouraged NOT to make any extra contacts via the FM



Members of the RT9K team are active as XV 9 DF from Vietnam from
2nd - 15th June. They are on Hon Tre Island (IOTA AS-157) and will be
QRV on 40 - 10m on CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via M0 O XO.

S 9 A will be the callsign of the LazyDXers who are on
Sao Tome Island from 6th - 18th June.
They will be on all bands 160 - 10m on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
QSL manager is EB 7 DX.

The 2019 Uruguay DX Group DXpedition will sign 5 W 0 H from
Upolu Island in Samoa. They will be there until 10th June on
80 - 6m. QSL manager again is EB7DX.


GB100GP to mark Gilwell Park centenary

Gilwell Park is recognised by many people involved in Scouts as
the movement's spiritual home. It is also home to Scouting's UK
administrative headquarters. Gilwell Park also hosts an amateur
radio station, GB2GP, which has been getting Scouts on the air for
over 50 years.

2019 is the centenary of the site being donated to Lord Baden
Powell, and there are numerous events taking place to mark this.

There is a special call sign to mark the site's centenary: GB100GP.

It is active at a Funday for Beavers and Cubs THIS weekend 8th and
9th of June.

If you hear the station, give the young people a call.



Cricket World Cup Marathon latest

The ICC Cricket World Cup has started and so has the RSGB's
Cricket World Cup Marathon. UK and international callsigns will be
active on nine HF bands on SSB, CW, and digital modes.

Award certificates will be offered based on the number of contacts
made with the special UK and international stations. A total of 31
special callsigns will be on the air in the UK, with GB19CWC
representing the 2019 Cricket World Cup Headquarters in England.
Listen for other GB19 prefix callsigns too.

Teams will field special event stations as well. Full details are




Tony 4 Radio Direction Finding Fun happening in Townsville

Apex Park, Riverway Drive

If you are in the vicinity of the Townsville Region Saturday June 22
from 1pm and want to get involved in a Foxhunt, or radio socialise in
a nice part of Townsville then Tony VK4TJS wants to hear from you.

You have until Thursday 20th June to get your attendance numbers in
for the Foxhunt.

There will be activities for all family members to participate in
during the Foxhunt and things will end up with some in flight
catering but to cater for the event Tony needs to know your
attendance numbers and you need to quiz Tony further regarding
details about the Foxhunt.

Who do you have to call ?

Tony VK4TJS of course, on 0747 677 137




Logbook of The World accepts FT4 contacts

Logbook of The World is now accepting FT4 contacts. The latest
TQSL update, released on the 22nd of May, includes FT4 as a sub-
mode of MFSK.

It also adds AISAT-1 and PO-101 in the satellite category. As of
the 23rd of May, over one thousand million contact records have
been entered into the system, resulting in 200 million contact

Logbook Of The World has 118,328 users.



The Science Museum's YouTube channel has a video of the first
astronaut from the UK, Helen Sharman GB1MIR, who used amateur
radio to talk to students in schools across the UK. In May 1991,
Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space. The Soyuz TM-12
mission, which included Soviet cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky,
U7MIR and Sergei Krikalev U5MIR, launched on May 18, 1991 and
lasted eight days, most of that time spent at the Mir space sta-

Watch the video at:

(AmSat NA)


Starlink satellite flares

SpaceX's newly-launched train of Starlink satellites is doing
something unexpected.

Many of the 60 satellites are glinting in sunlight--that is,
"flaring." Sometimes the flashes of light rival the brightest stars
in the night sky.

Visit check May 28TH edition to find out how to
catch the train and perhaps see the flares yourself.

Lightsail-2 Scheduled for Launch June 22 - Beacon on 437.025 MHz

LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society.
This CubeSat will be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit.
LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on
June 22, 2019, and we will attempt the first, controlled solar sail
flight in Earth orbit.

LightSail 2 will ride to space aboard the Department of Defence
Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission which will send 24 spacecraft
to 3 different orbits. LightSail 2 itself will be enclosed within
Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally built to demon-
strate close-encounter operations with other spacecraft. Prox-1 will
deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch.




Saty, JE1JKL, will once again be active as 9 M 6 NA from Mohammed's,
9 M 6 MO, QTH on Labuan Island, East Malaysia, between July 11-16th.
His focus will be on 6 meters FT8 (50.313 and 50.323 MHz), and will
also participate in IARU HF Championship (July 13-14th).

QSL via ClubLog's OQRS only for Bureau and direct QSLs.

All the logs are promptly uploaded to LoTW.



SARL and World QRP Day along with Youth Sprint

The SARL Youth Sprint will be on the air from 12:00 to 14:00 UTC on
Saturday 15 June while the IARU Region 1 is promoting Kids Day as a
day-long activity on 80 to 10 metres.

Monday 17 June is World QRP Day. From 20 to 24 June, you can
listen for the SARL Top Band QSO Party.


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

9-year-old gets 1.5 kW ham radio licence

The Carroll County Times reports kids can do anything they want if
they put their heart into it -- AND IT'S NO ACCIDENT!

The newspaper says:

Carroll County Amateur Radio Club [in Maryland] held amateur radio
license testing for attendees of their latest licensing class. The
testing was held at the Public Safety Training Centre.

One special participant was 9-year-old Caleb Marquart [now KC 3 NKX].

To pass the class, club president Peter Hiltz WV3S said, "Caleb had
to learn electronics and amateur radio etiquette sufficient to pass
a Federal Communications Commission test. The test is 35 questions
you need to get 26 correct to pass.

Caleb has a Technician license with permits 200 watts output in
four HF bands and 1,500 watts output on the bands above 50 MHz.

(sourced to SouthGate)

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

Quite a bit of Radio Comms activity in the Townsville area soon.

Sun 16 June - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk Recce at
Langleigh Retreat Reid River from 1pm

Sat 29 June and Sun 30 June sees the Kennedy Region Scouts
Nighthawk activity - Langleigh Retreat Reid River

Sat 27 July - TOWSA Maggie Island Swim Volunteers and Swimmers

Sun 28 July - TOWSA Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim across
Cleveland Bay

Sun 28 July - TCAC King of the Hill Hill climb Round 3



2019 Social Scene

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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