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WIA Director Harry VK6YBZ with this week's Board Comment



Being the 50th Anniversary of Mans Giant Leap this weekend many
Amateur stations world wide and here in VK are celebrating with
Special events and calls.

One 'special special' hails from the moon itself.. well originating
from Spain, its an EME station.

AO 50 MOON on EME, the special call AO50MOON marks the exact date of
the Apollo XI moon landing 50 years ago, Spain are putting that
callsign on EME (Moonbounce) ... so, all of you EME ready, look
that signal from the moon!

On this the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, station VI 3 MOON
will be activated with the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society
here in VK along with VI 50 ML. The Tablelands Radio and Electronics
Club (TREC) will be operating VI50ML from the 13 July until the
21 July 2019 to commemorate this event.

Now were you born AFTER the landing? or just want to relive the event?
well Apollo 11 Real-Time Radio Communication Audio is available and
this web site is OUTSTANDING.

You can select the audio, in virtual real time, of ALL the individual
players from Neil Armstrong to the surgeons to CAPCON.

This is the true archive footage in real time 50 years ago.

From the website

"With a single click, the website takes us back
50 years and places us directly into the real-time action of the
first moon landing mission.

But if "Apollo 11 in Real-Time" creator Ben Feist has gotten it
right, you will want to click many more times than just once.



The world it would appear is shaping up for maybe ham radios biggest
challenge, that of KEEPING our 2 meter band as Amateur Primary

The WIA has acknowledged all those who have made your voices heard
and are strongly advocating the position to keep the band as the
"Primary for Amateur Radio", this position through ACMA, IARU and
other international channels. Shortly WIA Director VK6YBZ.

More news also from Jason VK2LAW on the fight, along with word just
into the WIA News Centre that some 26 Portuguese amateur radio clubs
have united against the 144-146-MHz reallocation have met with their
national telecommunications regulator ANACOM to deliver a message
urging the rejection of the French proposal to reallocate the
amateur 2 meter band to the Aeronautical service that, if not opposed
soon, will be on the table at the WRC2023.


Hi this is Harry VK6YBZ with this week's Board Comment.

The place of the amateur service in the world is largely determined
by the provisions of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Radio Regulations. Locally, the amateur service is regulated by
relevant Australian legislation, the Australian Radio Frequency
Spectrum Plan and the Amateur Licence Condition Determination which
are the national derivatives of the Radio Regulations.

These instruments affect every amateur and are the basis or our hobby
and our continued access to radio frequency spectrum.

The Radio Regulations is an international treaty which is updated
every three or four years at World Radiocommunication Conferences,
the next WRC being WRC-19 and changes made to the Radio Regulations
eventually flow through into Australian legislation, licence conditions
and radio frequency spectrum plans.

Dale Hughes VK1DSH and Peter Pokorny VK2EMR, at significant expense
to the WIA, vigorously represent the WIA in the Australian
preparatory process for WRC-19 and to ensure that the needs of the
whole amateur service are considered in the development of the
Australian positions on the various WRC-19 agenda items.

The recent activity on social media around making your voices heard
on the French 144-146 MHz proposal has been heard loud and clear.
The WIA would like to acknowledge all those who have made your voices
heard and we will strongly advocate the position to keep the band as
the" Primary for Amateur Radio", position through ACMA, IARU and
other international channels. The proposal from France is being
considered for WRC23, and there are still many years of deliberations
to be heard before that date. We will be working with our sister
organisation, the NZART, to ensure this.

Again, thank you to our members and the community.

In respect to the current ACMA consultation process there are items
of concern in the document and WIA is working diligently to put a
comprehensive response for all stakeholders and we will expose the
collective response to members and affiliated clubs for critical
feedback prior to the close off date. We urge concerned amateurs to
make their views clear through the club and WIA email process and to
support this with submissions to ACMA regarding your concerns.

Don't forget, we are actively looking for technical articles for
publication in the AR magazine or our developing digital stream.
Please send us a copy of your development or project in the
recommended formats which can be found on
Your assistance with publication as Technical Editors is also sought. The position of Magazine Editor is also vacant and awaits your input. If you can assist please contact me at

Harry VK6YBZ


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


I'll begin this week with an update on an ongoing story:

Two more amateur radio groups have weighed in on a controversial
proposal to change the primary use of the 2 metre band to be for
aeronautical surveillance use.

The Radio Society of Great Britain has written to the UK
communications regulator Ofcom expressing concern over a proposed
agenda item for the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference that
would reallocate the frequency range of 144 to 146 MHz to
aeronautical services as the primary user.

President Dave Wilson M 0 OBW wrote of the organisation's deep
concerns about preserving amateur radio's primary allocation globally.
The French have asked that the 2023 session of the WRC include this
proposal on the agenda, which is set well in advance of that year's
session. In June, the IARU Region 1 issued a strong statement opposing
the proposal's inclusion on the agenda. Separately, the South African
Radio League recently added its voice in opposition. SARL noted on
its website: "The various amateur radio organisations in CEPT
countries are working with their authorities to block the proposal
from being put forward as an agenda item for WRC23."

Meanwhile, the French proposal has advanced for discussion at a
meeting in August of the CEPT Conference Preparatory Group where its
inclusion at the 2023 meeting will be discussed.

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia has joined forces in opposing
the French idea and has written to the Australian Communications and
Media Authority to object.

Now, are you confused by all the talk about the World Radio
Conference, CEPT Project teams etc?

The RSGB has put together a few slides that explain the layers in
the international regulatory cake.

They are available via the link in this week's text edition of this
newscast, and are also
part of the wider resource on WRC-19 at

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) accepted the European
Radio Amateurs' Organization (EURAO) as a sector member at the recent
meeting of the ITU Council. It joins the International Amateur Radio
Union in representing the Amateur Service at ITU conferences.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, said his organization welcomes
EURAO to ITU membership and hopes to work closely with its
representatives in ITU Study Groups and Working Parties to present
the arguments for Amateur and Amateur-Satellite spectrum.

"IARU believes that a strong degree of cooperation between our two
organizations into the future will be in the best interests of the
Amateur Service and is committed to working to make that happen,"
Tim Ellam said.

IARU has participated in ITU conferences since 1927 and has been an
ITU sector member since 1932, playing an active role in the work of
the ITU Radiocommunication and Development sectors.

Digital Voice Personal Hotspot frequency allocation

The Irish, IRTS News, say the frequencies used by some operators for
these devices has become an issue and it has become necessary to
allocate specific frequencies for their use in the country.

434.000 MHz. & 438.800 MHz. are the two frequencies recommended
so in Ireland the call has gone out requesting anyone using a
personal hotspot device to consider reprogramming their unit to
one of those frequencies.

Also in Ireland their RT Longwave service has been 'temporarily
suspended' you'll recall how we had reported earlier this year
that a major antenna upgrade would ensure the transmission of RT
on long-wave for at least the next two years.

The long wave transmission on 252 kHz will have to be "temporarily
suspended" for this work, but, RT has said it will endeavour to
complete the works as quickly as possible.

One 'upside' for SWL's is that with RT off air in the UK they are
able to hear signals from Algeria, Chaine 3, even now in the middle
of their day.

Over in the USA, Hamvention Executive Team has announced that
attendance at Dayton Hamvention 2019 was 32,472.

This marks the highest attendance recorded since Hamvention moved in
2017 from Hara Arena to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition
Centre in Xenia, Ohio.

This year's attendance also approached an all-time Hamvention high.
Attendance at the show peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 1996
change in date from April to May while Hamvention was still being
held at Hara Arena.

Last year, Hamvention welcomed 28,417 visitors in its second year in
Xenia. Attendance in 2016 for the show's final year at Hara was

Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said. "Our more than 700
volunteers worked hard to ensure that we presented a great show for
our visitors. I also want to thank all our vendors and visitors and
hope they will all be back next year."

Hamvention officials suggested that a small factor behind the
increased attendance could have been the free admission on Sunday.
Sunday-only tickets accounted for some 800 of the total attendance.
The open admission day was an effort to allow local non-hams to
experience Hamvention, and free Sunday admission is expected to be
continued next year, Hamvention officials said.

104-year-old radio ham who helped put humans on the moon

The Nashville Tennessean newspaper has reported on the contribution
of scientist and radio amateur J. Cary Nettles W5SRR to the
US space program.

W 5 SRR celebrated his 104th birthday on July 8 and has been
licensed 74 years.

Yes and is currently active on the 40m, 2m and 70cm bands.

BUT back to the space race:-

W5SRR, believed to be the USA's oldest living rocket scientist,
helped save the U.S. space program that put humans on the moon
50 years ago.

When then-President John F. Kennedy announced in 1961 the U.S.
would be the first to land astronauts on the moon, several
test rockets blew up on the launch pad or exploded shortly
after lift-off.

Nettles and his team came up with the solution put an exhaust pipe
on the bottom of the rocket like the ones on the back of cars.
Turns out after the rockets were launched, hot exhaust was turning
back into the rocket and destroying them.

"So we put a stove pipe on it," Nettles said, smiling and pointing
to a small piece at the bottom of a model rocket in his house.

"Since I put the correction adaptation on the Atlas rocket, it has
not failed from that source anymore," he said, nodding his head
once emphatically!



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


Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest July 20

RSGB IOTA Contest July 27-28th

VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18



A temporary city in Nevada is getting what every city needs:
Its own amateur radio event.

The 'Burning Man' event is a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert
of Nevada where tens of thousands of people live independently,
devoting their efforts to self-expression, self-reliance and
community. This year the Burning Man event will also be, in part,
an amateur radio event.

Clifford, KK6QMS, plans an HF setup for 80 meters through 10 meters
and a VHF/UHF operation near his camp, and may possibly include a
dish for Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network mesh. KK6QMS is
be there as well in an official capacity as part of the event's
IT team for a two-month period from July 15th through to
September 15th.

Beyond his official work there, he had been wanting to operate radio
from the Burning Man event, which he first attended in 2014. This year
the gathering opens on August 25th and runs through September 2nd.

He's not the first ham to operate from 'Burning Man' but as an
avid amateur radio experimenter who enjoys both portable operations
and Summits On the Air, he sees the venue as a natural next step for

Be listening soon for his voice coming from the Nevada desert.

(Amateur Radio Newsline)


Operating is D 44 TEG from Santiago Island, Cape Verde
between the 22nd and 29th of July.
Listen for D44TEG on 40 metres through 10 metres, using CW.
Send QSLs direct to HB 9 EBT.




Get ready for a new DXpedition team rolling out a special
North American activation.

The French Islands DXPedition team is making its debut on the air in
August in the last remaining French territory in North America:
the archipelago south of Newfoundland known as St. Pierre et Miquelon.

There's a bit of planning they need to do between now and then and
Chris VO1IDX/K1IDX, who grew up in the area, Chris told our friends
over at Amateur Radio Newsline that during time on the air,
between August 10th through to the 18th, the team will try to operate
from 6 metres to 160 metres using SSB, CW and RTTY.

For more details visit their website, fp2019 dot net {}


Members of the USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club, NB 6 GC, are
on air this month celebrating the 50th anniversary of the recovery
of the Apollo 11 astronauts by the USS Hornet on July 24, 1969.

They will be providing a special QSL card to all stations that work
them during the month of July.

They will be specifically on the air this weekend, July 20th and 21st
when the USS Hornet museum is celebrating, and they will also be on
the air on July 24th the actual date of the recovery as well.



On this the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, station VI 3 MOON
will be activated with the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society
here in VK along with VI 50 ML. The Tablelands Radio and Electronics
Club (TREC) will be operating VI50ML from the 13 July until the
21 July 2019 to commemorate this event.





The WSJT Development Group has announced the "general availability"
release of WSJT-X version 2.1.0. This major upgrade formally
introduces FT4 as a finished protocol for HF contesting.

WSJT-X version 2.1.0 supplants any "release candidate" (beta)
versions, and users should discontinue using any beta versions
of the software.

The latest edition of the popular digital software suite also
includes improvements and bug fixes in several areas, including FT8.


In news from the North West of Tasmania we learn how VK7HSC Shirley's
Chat N Show Bi monthly meeting is next set for September 4.

Back on the 6th of July, Shirley hosted her Bi Monthly Chat N Show at
the Penguin Sports Centre where Amateur Radio Operators were
encouraged to bring Items for Chat N Show, as well as socialise and
enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea.

Shirley had 3 presenters, VK7JON and VK7FOLK on Park Activations,
VK7JAI - Old Test gear.

Jonathan and Helen showed some antennas and radios used for park
activations, as well as advised the logging process, and described
the role of activators and hunters.

Terry had brought along a Signal Corps Frequency Meter and an
AWA Class C Wave Meter as well as an AWA Crystal Calibrator, all
manufactured for the signals corps in World War 2. He also showed a
homemade crystal calibrator he had made. Terry advised that after
World War 2, if you were an amateur, it was a requirement to either
have a Frequency meter or Wavelength meter in your station.
Radio Inspectors would check that you had these items, and if not,
you would be shut down.

The Frequency Meters all had their own individually prepared
Frequency charts, that would take a radio tech at the factory 15 days
to compile. Without the charts, the Frequency meter was useless.

Remember Shirley's next Bi monthly show and tell will be in on the
4th September.

(sourced to vk7wi news)



It seems everyone's wanting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
moon landing and moonwalk - but perhaps no one more than some hams who
worked on the lunar module for the Apollo mission.

Because the Apollo 11 lunar excursion module - the LEM - began with
the efforts and talents of the men and women of the Grumman
Corporation in New York, it's only fitting that this year's
50th anniversary tribute on amateur radio should begin the same way,
with two hams who worked on it at the Long Island facility.

As special event station K 2 M began the first of its six days of
operation on July 16th at 13:32 UTC, Leon KD2ONC and Jim W2KFV,
who were both LEM team members - are on the air calling CQ.

The special event station is a true tribute to the 50th anniversary
of the LEM. That finds Leon and Jim collaborating one more time, on
one more project: They'll both be signing commemorative certificates
that will be given to the first 50 hams who successfully contact K2M.

Be listening for them on 20 meters. The frequency is, of course,
14, tree two one! (14.321)


Help Needed - JAISAT-1 Telemetry

JAISAT-1, a 3U CubeSat developed by the Radio Amateur Society of
Thailand was launched on July 5, 2019. The satellite carries a VHF/UHF
linear transponder for amateur radio use.

The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) and the JAISAT-1 Project
Team are urgently seeking raw data that can be received from all
packets worldwide.

The JAISAT-1 beacon signal is transmitted on 435.700 MHz in
GMSK Mobitex 4800 bps mode. Two other satellites on this launch
also use this engineering frequency.

email address and keps are provided in the text edition of this
the WIA National News on

Raw data and KSS files by email on

The code for JAISAT-1 frames 1 in row 11 is:
41 (0x29) - JAISAT UHF1
42 (0x2A) - JAISAT UHF2

Example of signals in this format can be found with the reception
of signals from the satellite.

JAISAT-1 has been identified as 2019-038F. TLEs are below:

1 44419U 19038F 19190.66730395 .00001667 00000-0 10000-3 0 9996
2 44419 97.4914 152.5407 0020014 233.1737 126.7422 15.12176922 634

(amsat na)


Adding Lora long range radio to smartphones and connected devices

Would you add another radio to your smartphone? No, not another Wi-Fi
or cellular radio; a smartphone already has that. I'm talking about
something that provides connectivity through ISM bands, either 433 or
915 MHz. This can be used where you don't have cell phone coverage,
and it has a longer range than Wi-Fi.

This is the idea behind the LoRa Sleeve, a messaging system that
allows you to send off-the-grid messages.

Hackaday are reporting the LoRa Sleeve as an ESP32-based hardware
modem that can communicate with a smartphone, or any other device
for that matter, over Bluetooth or USB.

Inside, there are two modules, an ESP32 WROOM module that provides
the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB connectivity, and all of the important
software configuration and web-based GUI.

The LoRa module is the ubiquitous RFM95W that's ready to drop into
any circuit.

Other than that, the entire circuit is just a battery and some power
management ICs.

While LoRa is certainly not the protocol you would use for forwarding
pics up to Instagram, it is a remarkable protocol for short messages
carried over a long range.

That's exactly what you want when you're out of range of cell phone



Listen for Valery RU 6 DX/P operating from Sudjuk Island, in the
Radio Society of Great Britain's IOTA Contest next weekend the
27th and 28th of July. Send QSLs direct to RU6DX.



The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is an annual event
attracting nearly 500 registrations for operations throughout the

This year it is on 17-18 August.

One Aussie group that do it well is Summerland Amateur Radio Club
where last year (2018) SARC members activated lighthouses at
Cape Byron VK2SRC and Ballina VK2DLR.

The Cape Byron operation was led by Reg VK2MNM and Roger VK2LRB.
They operated as usual from next to the lighthouse keeper's cottage.
Duncan VK2DLR led the Ballina operation, in the small lighthouse park
on the north headland.

For all the info, go to the ILLW website -

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

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) first activated Friday, July 12
when Barry was a tropical storm forecast to become a hurricane
prior to landfall," Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said.

"The storm was finally upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane Saturday.

Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana and by 1800 UTC,
Barry was downgraded to a Tropical Storm."

Graves said the activation for Barry "proved to be a good training
platform for our newest members as well as test some new systems."

"As always, we wish to sincerely thank the daily users of 14.325 MHz
and 7.268 MHz for the use of these frequencies. A clear frequency
always makes our job easier, and we know those affected by these
storms appreciate it as well," Graves added. "Remember, the season is
still young, so, please don't drop your guard."


2019 Social Scene

Cranbourne Public Hall the corner of Clarendon and
High Streets Cranbourne 10am.

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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