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WIA's newest Director Mike VK8MA with Board Comment


ACRUX-1, the Melbourne Space Program's inaugural cube satellite,
has taken off for orbit.

The spaceflight launched seven small satellites to low-Earth orbit
on a mission dubbed "Make It Rain."

Rocket Lab's two-stage Electron booster rose from a New Zealand
launch site at 4:30 p.m. local New Zealand time Saturday June 29.

All on board craft were safely deployed about 56 minutes after
liftoff. Those payloads include two craft called Prometheus, which
will be operated by the United States Special Operations Command,
and the cubesat ACRUX-1. This latter satellite was lofted for the
Melbourne Space Program, an educational organization that gives
Australian students hands-on experience with space projects.

This satellite is the culmination of three years of development by
the Melbourne Space Program, an education organisation run entirely
by student volunteers.

Thei mission, to educate, engage and inspire through space activities
in Australia.

This is the first Australian satellite designed and built by students,
to be launched, since 1970.

Also here in the Land Down Under, hams are celebrating the World Up
Above - the moon, and mankind's moonwalk anniversary. Here's John
Williams VK4JJW.

"Australia is no closer to the moon than the Florida Launchpad where
the Apollo 11 mission took off from in July of 1969 but the country
still has a special relationship with the historic moon landing.

The TV broadcast of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong's first moonwalk
was received in Australia as history was being made. The Parkes radio
telescope in VK2 carried those images as mankind left footprints on
the dusty, cratered desolate surface.

On the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, station VI 3 MOON will
be activated with the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society by
David VK3JL and will be active on all bands and modes from the
16th through the 24th of July.

VI 3 MOON doesn't just want you in the log, they want your QSL card.
Be listening. This will be a time to reflect on history that forever
changed Earth's relationship with the moon - and a time to celebrate
Australia's role in that transformation.

(ARNewsLine + VK4BB + WIANews)

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The ACMA has opened their consultation period on proposed changes
to amateur licence conditions.

This is a broad ranging consultation.

There are a lot of serious changes being floated. Take a look and see
what you think about these proposals and any changes you would like
to see. The changes proposed are the most significant since the
introduction of the Foundation Licence over a decade ago.

It's time for all of us to think, discuss and put in a submission.

A serious 'Put UP or SHUT UP' moment.

WIA and RASA have made a number of requests to the ACMA for changes
to amateur licence conditions. The requests received by the ACMA
are shown in their 22 page document.

On some issues, the WIA and RASA are in agreement, while they hold
differing views on others.

Speaking via VK4's QNEWS, Geoff Emory VK4ZPP notes

" I have seen much ineffective comment over matters on social media
this week. We have the generational warriors citing the argument that
amateur radio has been fashioned in the likeness of the older
generations and has stultified as a result. We have the antagonists
wanting to construct fictional or illogical claims that the WIA is to
blame for every thing wrong and why the dog had chickens.

Now is an opportunity to contribute to the development of our hobby
with constructive input. No doubt there will be consultation and
preparation of a detailed submission from the WIA that all amateurs
can contribute to. It is probably best to consider following a well
constructed series of propositions rather than be one of a myriad
of disparate contributions that the ACMA has to consider."

A past Director of our WIA also has spoken up, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH

" As you all know, the Australian Communications and Media Authority
is embarked on a course to - ahem - update the amateur licence
conditions - announced at the end of June.

If you didn't happen to know that, or want to see what they're up to,
then have a look on the latest news on the WIA website.

Hidden beneath all the angst now circulating on some HF nets and
loudly across the social media echo chambers, is a basic question -
what is the VALUE of the Amateur Radio Service to the community ?

There are many answers to that question, but the only one I see or
hear bandied about is - amateurs are there - able to provide
communications - when all else fails.

While true in some sense - and all credit to WICEN and RECOMM -
unfortunately, these days, opportunities to demonstrate the
Amateur Service's usefulness in crises are few and far between.

In this age of STEM - science, technology, engineering and
mathematics - which underpins the operation of many countries'
economies, including Australia's - DOES the Amateur Service offer
any value to the community ?

Well, I reckon I can demonstrate that it DOES - and, pretty well,
HAS DONE for decades, illustrated in some salient examples I'll give
over coming broadcasts.

So. Listen up. THIS is Amateur Radio.

The most prominent example that EVERYONE can call to mind is the
story of Dick Smith, VK2DIK.

An interest in radio and electronics as a youngster, sparked by the
activities of a family member, led Dick to get an amateur licence in
his teens. He later opened a car radio service store on Sydney's
north shore, expanding that into selling electronic components and

He built this into a vigorous, multi-million dollar chain of stores,
later selling-out to Woolworths.

His efforts encouraged a widespread interest in do-it-yourself
electronics - and amateur radio.

Two other entrepreneurs established Altronics and Jaycar, which
replicated his business model.

Dick went on to head the Civil Aviation Authority.

That's not all Dick did that contributed VALUE to Australia's
economy and the community. What of others ?

We recently about Joe Gelston VK7JG, who was posthumously awarded
an Order of Australia for his work over decades in maintaining
communications facilities across Tasmania.

His interest in amateur radio at a young age led him to get his
licence, that interest propelling him into the activities for which
he was awarded that Order of Australia - which is tangible
recognition of the VALUE of the Amateur Service to the community.

Listeners - THIS is Amateur Radio.

I have more to come, later.

This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.

Further on this ACMA proposed change comes from our WIA's newest
Director Mike VK8MA

A very important development in the last few days is the announcement
by ACMA of the proposed changes to Amateur Licence Conditions and
there is only a relatively short consultation period, ending on the
9th August 2019.

The Board encourages all Amateurs to read the documentation and
comment if you have any strong feelings.

The link to the documentation is:

The outcome of this process could have ramifications well into the
future for our hobby.

This is my first board comment since being appointed to the Board at
the 2019 AGM in Sydney. It is most important for all of us to now get
on with publishing AR magazine and digital platforms. The appointment
of Harry (VK6YBZ) as our new Editor in Chief ushers in a new era
especially for the magazine. There is no doubt that the magazine has
been a flagship of the Institute for many years and is the result of
much hard work by a large team of volunteers. Harry and many others
are determined to improve the magazine by expanding on much of the
content. The desire is to include more technical articles, overseas
content and a sometimes forgotten about area.advertising.

The success of having the magazine available to the general public
via newsagents, as well as a periodical mailed out to the membership,
helps broaden its exposure and raises the potential of seeking more
advertising. An increase in revenue via the magazine assists the
Institute in its endeavours. As part of this expansion Harry is
looking for volunteers immediately to be Technical Editors for the
magazine and Digital Content Technical Editors for the future digital

If you are able to assist Harry please contact him direct on

Every effort is being made to get the magazine which is due now out
completed as soon as possible. Some new articles of interest to the
wider community of electronic, digital and radio technical developers
will be added to increase the reach of the journal. It is also
envisaged to streamline the review process and remove some of the
barriers to publication.

In conclusion today, I add my personal comment that it is time for
all Amateurs to pull together with a common goal of unity so we can
push on with the serious issue of attracting all Amateurs to
membership of the WIA to best represent the fraternity from all

This has been Mike, VK8MA the newest Board Member

As Mike said their we are after new and additional Technical
Editors, this from our Secrtary

"The Board of the WIA are seeking expressions of interest
for persons interested in being appointed as TECHNICAL EDITORS
for the Institutes magazine and electronic media publications.

Expressions of interest should be directed to the board at "

Secretary Peter VK8ZZ also has noted

" The Publications Committee are seeking technical articles
for inclusion in the magazine and electronic media publications.

Technical articles should be sent to "

US Exams in VK

To mark the updated General question pool, Oz VE ran what appears to
have been the first exam session in the world to use a paper drawn
from this pool.

Congratulations to David VK2KWY on passing with great results;
and also to Bree N0VVX for his upgrade to Extra.

Until now an East Coast affair, several Oz VE members are heading
west, and will run a session on Thursday, 18 July at 7:00 pm,
in Osborne Park.

Bookings are compulsory, with details on, or the
ARRL site.

Julian Sortland, VK2YJS, AG6LE (VE) told WIA News that each exam pool
is refreshed every 4 years, so was published for comment around
February, and came into force on 1 July.

So Sunshine Coast, and the most recent Melbourne were drawn from the
old pool. Technician was updated last year. This keeps content fresh,
with current modes, etc.

Thus Osborne Park, Perth, will also use the new pool.


This is Lyn VK4SWE, Queensland State Rep for ALARA.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to live on OC-227 = one of
IOTA's Islands on the Air, tune in on Monday at 8pm to ABC1

The popular programme Back Roads will feature the Gulf of Carpentaria
communities of Burketown and Sweers Island, as presenter Paul West
goes north in search of the elusive Morning Glory Cloud.

The Back Roads team did film Paul in the Shack, making his first
Morse Code QSO, with Col VK4CC, alas that footage did not make the
final cut, but you can still enjoy a glimpse into life on OC227.

ABC Television, Monday night at 8pm - Back Roads."


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


Former International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Director
Sangat Singh, 9M2SS, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, died June 29.

He was 86.

Licensed in 1962, 9M2SS served as an IARU Region 3 director in the
1990s, stepping down in 2000.

In 2008, Singh served as an Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station volunteer and loaned his call sign for an ARISS contact
between the National Planetarium in Malaysia and space tourist
Richard Garriott, W5KWQ the son of the first astronaut to use
Amateur Radio from space, Owen Garriott, W5LFL.

Educated in the UK, Dangat Singh had careers in textiles and


DXPeditions to Iran

The Communications Regulatory Authority and Parsian Amateur Radio
Club are opening DXpedition opportunities in historical sites on Iran.

The first location that is being announced and available now is
Shapour Citadel.

The Iranian officials are hoping for a good start and then spread the
offer to other very famous sites in the country

i.e. Persepolis of Shiraz, Yazd, etc.

This is a very rare and great opportunity to have a DXpedition in
Iran. Weather condition is very good now, visa upon arrival for three
months and super cheap in terms of expenses.

All interested DXpedition teams world-wide can send their request(s)
for 3 to 30Mhz (standard HF bands).

No limitation on mode of operation.

Requests should be submitted 3-4 month in advance


Anomalous noctilucent clouds over Paris

On the first night of northern summer, many Parisians were stunned
when the midnight sky over the Eiffel Tower turned electric blue.

It was the glow of noctilucent clouds (NLCs).

The same clouds appeared in the USA a few nights later near Las Vegas,
Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles.

New data from NASA's satellite-based Microwave Limb Sounder explain
these anomalous sightings: As June comes to an end, the mesosphere
remains unusually wet at middle latitudes, creating rare conditions
for the formation of NLCs.


In Dublin this weekend is WB6ACU

Joe Walsh WB6ACU is an accomplished CW operator but his visit to
Dublin will see him on stage at the 3 Arena as an accomplished
guitarist with the world famous rock band The Eagles.


New 40 MHz ham radio band sought in USA

ARRL report a Petition for Rulemaking asks the FCC to create a new
40 MHz (8-Meter) amateur radio band

The ARRL say that the FCC has put on public notice for comment a
Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11843) that seeks the creation of a
new 8-meter Amateur Radio allocation on a secondary basis.
The Petition suggests the new band could be cantered on an
industrial-scientific-medical segment somewhere between 40.51 and
40.70 MHz.

The spectrum between 40 and 41 MHz is currently allocated to the
Federal Government and, as such, within the purview of the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

ARRL member Michelle Bradley, KU3N, of Maryland, filed the petition
on behalf of REC Networks, which she founded and described in the
Petition as "a leading advocate for a citizen's access to spectrum,"
including Amateur Radio spectrum.


New Device Creates Electricity from Snowfall

UCLA reports that researchers and colleagues there have designed a
new device that creates electricity from falling and fallen snow.

The first-of-its-kind device is inexpensive, small, thin, and
flexible like a sheet of plastic.

"The device can work in remote areas, because it provides its own
power and does not need batteries," said senior author Richard Kaner.
"It's a very clever device -- a weather station that can tell you how
much snow is falling, the direction the snow is falling, and the
direction and speed of the wind."

The researchers call it a snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator,
which generates charge through static electricity and produces energy
from the exchange of electrons.

Findings about the device are published in the journal Nano Energy.



This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with a last reminder on the
Winter VHF-UHF Field Day.

If you entered the Winter VHF-UHF Field Day, or even handed out
numbers to stations you heard on the bands, don't forget that you
have until midnight Monday to get your log in!

You can upload your logs via the VHF-UHF Field Day website page.

No matter if you only managed a few contacts, or went the whole hog
and racked up a few hundred - get those logs in.

I'll be watching.

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


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


Special event station TM 57 FFC is QRV to July 9 during the
8th FIFA Women's World Cup.
QSL via bureau.

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.


Special event station XN 1 M is QRV until July 21 to commemorate
the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.
QSL via VO 1 IDX.

Prefix hunters may be interested in working the special event station
TM 500 LV. The station is on the air until 6th October and
commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of
Leonardo da Vinci.

QSL manager is F 1 IOZ.


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.



Special event station 8 N 7 JAPAN is QRV until October 31, 2020
to commemorate the Olympic Games 2020, the Paralympics 2020,
and the World Cup Games 2019. QSL via bureau.


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.
Col VK3GTV has more this week

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.


Gibraltar Special Event

Members of the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will activate
ZB 2 IG 19 between July 1-31st.

Activation is to celebrate the 18th International Island Games
which is being held in Gibraltar between July 6-12th.

Activity will be on various HF bands, 6 meters, and using CW, SSB,
FT8, and FM on the satellites.





Last month WIA news brought you the brief word that our Region 3
ARDF event would not go ahead in China.

Li Haiqing, President of CRAC wrote to the Chairman of IARU Reg.3
ARDF Committee Mr. Izuta JF1RPZ.

"Dear Izuta-san,

First of all, I would like to apologize for lack of prompt
information in the past days regard to the planed IARU R3 ARDF
Championships of 2019.

Now regretfully, I have to report you that CRAC has determined
the implementation for the plan of hosting this event has been
inexorably failed.

This is due to the unforeseen difficulties arose in our collaborate
party about a week ago, which cause the loss of the support from
local government, and consequently, all previous event preparations
which has been almost completed was crashed.

After the problem was uncovered we tried to find any possible
alternate approach or rescue plan to make the hosting job to
continue but were defeated.

We understand this miscarry will bring disappointment and negative
impact to the IARU R3 ARDF community, and bring a big trouble on you.

On behalf of CRAC, may I sincerely pray for your kind understanding
and excuse, and express our deep apology to R3 ARDFers.

Sincerely yours,
Li Haiqing, President of CRAC

SO from CHINA where the FOX has run, to the USA where
a 'FOXY' way to learn has taken place at POINT MUGU.

Engineers, computer scientists and other employees in the
Naval Air Warfare Centre Weapons Division at Point Mugu California
were schooled in some good old-fashioned radio fox-hunting early
June to bolster their work at the centre.

The class had been arranged by Brian Hill KF4CAM, the division's
Collaborative Electronic Warfare Branch supervisor.

The students learned to build Yagi antennas to detect signals from
the small hidden radio transmitter that is the focus of the fox hunt.
Brian noted that this kind of hands-on approach brought the concepts
home through a better approach than what he called "death by

He said the environment of teamwork and competition tied in well to
the types of electronic warfare missions used by naval aviation --
the principles of which are the bedrock of the work done at
Point Mugu


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


In the UK, there's an upbeat anniversary ton celebrate - and it
involves generations of youngsters who have been in Scouting.

Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us more.

"You can't just celebrate a 100-year anniversary with a one-day event.
A century of existence sometimes calls for a full year of commemoration.

That's why Special Event Station GB100GP is on the air to the end of
2019, marking the evolution of Gilwell Park from its earliest role as
a Scouting campsite to the present headquarters of UK Scouting and
Scout leadership training.

A fun-day event was held at the park on 8th and 9th June with close
to 400 contacts made by radio operators and Scouts, according to
Andrew Scarr G0LWU. He said the best DX came from the South American
countries of Paraguay, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina. There were
also contacts with operators in North America, including a couple of
Eagle Scouts who intend to visit Gilwell.

The 100-year celebration continues, Andrew said, with another activity
-- Gilwell 24 - a 24-hour event for Scouts and Explorer Scouts,
set for the 13th and 14th of July.

Meanwhile, continue to listen for the call sign GB 100 GP calling QRZ
and celebrating the century with the Scouts.



144 MHz trans-Atlantic path opens up again

On the 16th of June 2019, the Atlantic was spanned for the first time
on 144 MHz when D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa
managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe using the FT8 digital mode.

WIA brought you that news and now we learn amazingly, that particular
opening lasted for the best part of five days.

After a week's respite, the trans-Atlantic path opened up again on
144 MHz. On Saturday the 29th of June, FG 8 OJ in Guadeloupe managed
to work D 4 Z in Cape Verde for the first time on SSB.

Speaking of 144 MHz, the RSGB has released a statement regarding the
CEPT 144 MHz Aeronautical Mobile Service proposal and the work being
carried out in preparation for ITU WRC-19 and WRC-23

RSGB website in part says:

" With regard to 144-146 MHz, for the avoidance of doubt
we have been deeply engaged in the joint IARU effort
regarding future agenda items (which has also included
23cm/Galileo). If adopted and agreed, a French proposal
would add aeronautical mobile across the global Primary
144-146 MHz amateur and amateur satellite allocation.

As proposed, it is not an eviction or re-allocation of
amateurs, but nonetheless is unwelcome and presents
significant challenges due to the altitudes and long
free-space distances involved."

Read the full post at


2019 Social Scene

VK3 - GippsTech 2019 13'14 July (vk3pf)

VK3 - Melbourne QRP by the Bay - Saturday 13 July at 3pm. (vk3ye)


Saturday, July the 20th the Gippsland Gate Radio and
Electronics Club is once again holding its annual HamFest
at Cranbourne Public Hall the corner of Clarendon and
High Streets Cranbourne.

Doors will open to sellers at 8.30am and buyers at 10am.
Entry price for buyers is $7.00 which includes1 raffle ticket
for the door prizes. Sellers can book a table for $22 which
includes entry and 2 door prize tickets.

There will be a BBQ at the front of the hall, weather
permitting, for all the early and also not so early arrivals
and bottomless tea and coffee will be available inside the hall
at the kitchen servery.

Anyone wishing to book a table position should contact the Club
soon, as tables are going quickly.

Contact Di by emailing

VK4 - Sunshine Coast Amateur Radios Sun-Fest 9AM, Saturday Sept 14
@ Woombye School of Arts. (vk4an)

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)

VK3 - ROSEBUD RADIOFEST November 17 (wia)

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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