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WIA RD CONTEST - Date Change? VK4SN RD Contest Manger reports. -



Allan VK5MAK, further down the log, will have a report on a
Science event at Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide this month.

Alan Shannon VK4SN RD Contest Manager will join Felix VK4FUQ
during 'operational news'

Our Sister publication "Amateur Radio Newsline' have announced this
years "Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Young Ham of the Year award."

Also joined by Col VK3GTV, Jason VK2LAW with Geoff Emery and
Ngaire Jury ZL2UJT.

But first, Mike VK8MA WIA Director


Board Comment 11th August 2019 by Mike VK8MA

Good morning everyone

The last week has seen much activity in the preparation of the
submission to put to ACMA in relation to any proposed changes
to the Amateur LCD.

At the time of recording this board comment we are in the final
stages of the submission and once submitted, the final document
will be available at the WIA website.

Major topics have included items like potential changes to the number
of licence categories, callsign changes and that lingering question
about maximum power limits for the various categories, including
potential power level increases for foundation call holders and
maximum power for advanced licencees.

A topic that has received much discussion has also been access to
60 metres. Some losses seem inevitable such as the 3 GHz allocation.

At this final preparation stage, there has been frantic last minute
suggested alterations with some very deep thought towards final
refinement. There has been much appreciated support from groups like
ARNSW and ARVIC along with ALARA. The board has received general
support from outside organizations & individuals and it appears there
has been multiple individual submissions to ACMA as well.

The outcome of this review by ACMA could set the future for quite
sometime and we all hope there will be satisfactory outcomes for all

On behalf of the board, this has been Mike VK8MA


One area that seems to be contentious with some amateurs is keeping
touch with our historical roots. Shortly we will be participating
in the RD Contest and there is a debate as to whether it should be
fixed on a weekend so as not to conflict with the international
lighthouse weekend. There are reasons as to why the Remembrance Day
is variable, just as there are reasons why Easter and other religious
festivals have variable days. Should we abandon the association with
the end of hostilities in the Pacific in WW2? That depends on
personal association with the history and personal and family
experience with military service.

( More later from RD Contest Manager )

Then there are debates over whether the WIA house journal, Amateur
Radio, should be just an e-mag rather than a print and supporting PDF.
Historically, many radio clubs and organisations have published
journals to provide records of activities and share these details via
post. There are arguments put forward as to the convenience of the
paper journal versus and e-reader. I enjoy the ease of propping the
paper in convenient positions for reading and would not put my tablet
on a work bench near tools such as hot soldering irons. Last time I
went through the stationary section of the shops, I could only find
plastic clip boards to hold printouts in the same position.

Anyway, if we look at the ease of access to internet, we are
confounded by choice as the NBN expands its tenuous service and
retailers compete to sign you up. The telcos are fighting back with
better, cheaper and faster plans to suit people on the move with
portable devices. This signals a change in technology usage which
will probably come to a head with the roll out of 5th generation
mobile services.

However, let me raise another hypothetical. One adornment to many
operating positions has been the callbook. According to the WIA web
site, the first of these was published in Australia in 1914. So it is
not a recent addition to operating ease and if it were a building, it
would probably have National Trust protection. The callbook
traditionally contains not only the callsigns, names and contact
address of amateur radio operators and then a plethora of material
relating to our pursuit. Obviously, the detail which the regulator,
the ACMA, publishes in its data base has some more details such as
client numbers and the ability to print a copy of any listed
station's licence form.

If someone raised the issue of privacy by the publication of the
callbook derived from the official list, would this mean the end of
part of the tradition of our branch of radio? Would there be
equitable access to the data for people who still use printed QSL
cards if internet coverage was not available. Would anyone care, if
there was no printed callbook and the end of a tradition?

I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I about you?


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



During a two-hour teleconference, the monitoring group of the IARU
Region 1 EMC committee discussed the German and South African
noise monitoring projects and agreed that an important step forward
will be the development of a common data format, so that results from
both and possible other future systems will be compatible.

It was agreed that Dr David Lauder, G 0 SNO will collate the various
proposals and circulate a draft format for further discussion.

One of the important factors considered was the identification of
antenna type used and a way to calibrate the data against a
known standard.


Recently, the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) asked the New Zealand
spectrum agency, RSM, for help locating an unregistered Personal
Locator Beacon (PLB).

The beacon was thought to be obscured from the sky, as satellite
passes were occurring without detection. The RCC gave the PLB fix a
tolerance of +/- 10 kms. Aircraft were not hearing the homing signal
on 121.5 MHz, one of the frequencies that the PLB transmits on,
despite being close to an airport.

RSM then received the 406 MHz transmissions some 2km from where the
PLB was finally located, a 500 milli-second transmission every 50

RSM's Automatic Direction Finder was able to give bearings on these
transmissions. Around 100m from the PLB, the homing signal was
detected. This enabled easier tracking because this signal was
essentially on constantly. However, to find the exact location, the
PLB still had to be tracked manually.

Due to health and safety concerns about approaching the address to
where the PLB was traced, (which is not disclosed in the RSM story)
it was retrieved with the assistance of the New Zealand Police.

PLBs are for distress situations only. Registration of 406 MHz PLB
is a legal requirement in New Zealand. A registered 406 MHz PLB helps
the RCC to find the owners contact details in the event that the PLB
is activated.


Ham radio sea robot

Launched last weekend, 'Squirrel C' the marine robot designed by the
association of "Radio Amateurs Penn ar Bed" already gives impressive

Its WSPR beacon F 4 GOH on 7 MHz., and APRS sensors on, were recorded
by Ham radio all over the world from the North to South and from
California to Tasmania.

For Maurice Uguen, F 6 CIU, President of the scientific Ham radio
association of Plouguerneau, (a small city north of Brest) "These
results are out of our forecasts, we did not imagine such a cover for
sensors relayed by a micro transmitter on shortwave, of a lower power
than a mobile phone!"

The robot is 'wet' for a month of tests in front of the small harbor
of Perroz, the time to validate the various scientific programs
embedded. Subsequently, in a final form, it will be dropped off
Celtic sea, with the final project crossing the Atlantic in complete
autonomy. An ambitious program that will be the subject of work
associated with several international universities.


KB1EHE, Eric Knight, has played a role in the development of an
RF-based Alzheimer's disease treatment that now shows great promise.

ARRL Member KB1EHE is part of a team mentioned in a study published
in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease following a months-long FDA
clinical trial of the treatment, protocol concluded that memory
decline in most patients "appeared to have been reversed to cognitive
levels equivalent to 12 months earlier" after 2 months of treatment.

The clinical trial concluded last December 31 and focused on the
initial efficacy of what NeuroEM Therapeutics, Inc. the company
developing the device calls "transcranial electromagnetic treatment",
using a non-invasive head-worn device called the MemorEM.

"Results from the trial demonstrate that TEMT was safe in all eight
participating patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and
enhanced cognitive performance in seven of them, as measured by
standard cognition scales," said a news release from NeuroEM

Seven of the eight clinical trial patients agreed to take part in a
4-month extension study, based on the findings and the positive
feedback from all participants.

"This pioneering study suggests that TEMT may be an entirely new
therapeutic intervention against Alzheimer's disease."



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


VK Remembrance Day Contest is August 17-18


Book your diary's for Saturday 0300z August 17 to 0300z August 18th
for the VK Remembrance Day Contest

Categories include
1. SO
3. MS
4. MM

Modes include
1. Phone
2. CW and RTTY
3. Mixed

1. MF to UHF and above, excluding WARC

1. Exchange RST and the number of years you have been licenced or for
clubs, the longest serving ham at the start of the contest. 99 will
also be accepted.

There are no Blocks in this contest but Contacts can be re-contacted
after 3 hours.

1. Remember to send your team nominations to the contest manager
as soon as you can. A team can consist of 3 individuals
or 2 individuals and a multi-single station.

A recent survey was conducted by RASA regarding the rule on the date
of the contest falling on the weekend closest to the 15th August.
As I often do work for the RSL and ex Veteran groups, I put the
scenario forward to them for their comments.

I expected some dissatisfaction, but Wow, these guys were genuinely
horrified and appalled at changing the date of the contest.

They were obviously angry and comments like 'Un-Australian,
disrespectful, and lack of compassion and understanding echoed
around the room.

Someone commented that it would be like changing the time and date
of Anzac Day.

It's time and date has meaning and will never be changed. And so
fellow hams, the weekend closest to the 15th of August will NOT be

Rules are at

73, de Alan VK4SN, RD Contest Manager.


Hi there this is Ngaire Jury ZL2UJT

The New Plymouth Amateur Radio Club's 2019 TARANAKI AWARD will run
from Thursday 3rd October until Monday 7th October 2019 and is open
to all Amateurs and short wave Listeners.

Contacts may be made on any band, any mode. Each station may be
worked ONCE ONLY and details of log submissions are available on
the WIA NEWS web site. Paper logs and electronic logs are both

Overseas stations requirements have been relaxed and only 6 points
are required.

Taranaki stations will be available each day on:

Taranaki Award Net - 3.660 MHZ +/- at 0800 UTC
The ZL Awards Net - 3.677 MHz from 0900 UTC

There will also be a 40 metre frequency advertised closer to the

In Conjunction with the Taranaki Award we will be running the
Dan Wilkinson Memorial Contest, again, details in the WIA web page.

Dan Wilkinson was the original holder of the call ZL2AB, the current
callsign of the NPARC.

Thanks for listening, this has been Ngaire ZL2UJT from New Plymouth
across the ditch.



LZ19YOTA is the call sign that will be used during the 9th Youngsters
on the Air Camp, hosted by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs
between 11 and 17 August.

This annual event brings together young people from IARU Region 1
member societies for a week, creating an opportunity to learn all
about different nationalities and cultures, foster international
friendships and goodwill and learn new amateur radio skills.

LZ19YOTA QSL via the bureau to LZ 1 BJ.



Gilberto is operating from the Maldives using callsign
8 Q 7 GB until August 18th. Look for 8 q 7 gb on SSB, CW and FT8.



A group of mainly German amateurs have activated TO 5 M from the
St Pierre and Miquelon Islands until August 18th.

They will be on all bands 160 - 6m on SSB, CW and FT8.

QSL TO5M via Club Log OQRS.




The popular contest-logging program N1MM Logger+ is reaching out to
hams around the world - and this time it's in their own languages.

Developers are asking for volunteers who can help test the logging
program as it becomes available in an experimental version in
languages other than English. Al AB 2 ZY, a member of the development
team, needs hams who are able to help with the translations and hams
who can then test the logger in the translated languages.

If you are interested in helping this project, contact him via the
email address in this week's text edition of WIA National News and
let him know which language you can work with and whether you'd like
to be part of the testing process, the translation process - or both.

Al can be reached on



A team of ZS operators will activate Robben Island again from
August 15th - 20th.

As before they will use the callsign ZS 9 V.

The IOTA reference is AF-064.

Look for ZS9V mainly on 10, 15 and 20m SSB.

QSL manager is M 0 OXO.

Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.



A special event station with the callsign D 73 F is in the air
from South Korea until 18th August in connection with the 18th
World Aquatics Championships.

QSL D73F via Club Log OQRS.




These following operations have been approved for DXCC credit:

CY 9 C -- St. Paul Island; the 2019 operation
T 6 AA and T 6A -- Afghanistan; 2019 operations



The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog
as of July 29th. The list contains 340 entities with the top 4 being

BS 7 H Scarborough Reef

Number 3 FT5/W Crozet Island

2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island

and coming in as our absolute number 1 on the top most wanted list.

P5 DPRK (North Korea)

The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available on:




The BC-DX Net has been a staple for radio DXers since November 1988
when it began as something called the SWL DX Net.

It can be found on 40 meters at 0300 UTC on Sunday mornings -- and
now it can be found in the pages of the Golden Book of World Records
where it was recently recognized as the longest-running net of its
kind on the amateur radio bands.

The international record book cites Sanil Deep VU 3 SIO who has been
its net controller since 1990. Sanil leads the discussion as hams
check in and discuss details of DX stations' operations around the
world. VU3SIO was among the radio enthusiasts who began the original
net with a group of friends -- but his love of radio extends to other
modes too. The retired senior bank manager notes on his QR Zed page
that he is not just active as a DXer on the HF bands but can
sometimes be found operating on EchoLink.





BRICSAT2 and PSAT2 designated Navy-OSCAR 103 (NO-103) and
Navy- OSCAR 104 (NO-104)

On June 25, 2019, the United States Naval Academy PSAT2 and BRICSAT2
CubeSats were launched on a Falcon Heavy launch vehicle from the
Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. PSAT2 and BRICSAT2 were developed by
Naval Academy students in the USNA Satellite Lab and operated in
cooperation with the USNA Amateur Radio Club.

PSAT2 carries a PSK31 transponder, digipeater, SSTV-downlinked camera
images, and a DTMF to voice/APRS system. BRICSAT2 carries a
digipeater and thruster experiment. Both satellites are currently

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number
Administrator says that at the request of the Naval Academy Amateur
Radio Club AMSAT hereby designates BRICSAT2 as Navy-OSCAR 103 (NO-103)
and PSAT2 as Navy- OSCAR 104 (NO-104).

LightSail 2 Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

The Planetary Society's crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is
successfully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Since unfurling the spacecraft's silver solar sail last week, mission
managers have been optimizing the way the spacecraft orients itself
during solar sailing. After a few tweaks, LightSail 2 began raising
its orbit around the Earth. In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has
raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometres. The
mission team has confirmed the apogee increase can only be attributed
to solar sailing, meaning LightSail 2 has successfully completed its
primary goal of demonstrating flight by light for CubeSats.

On Monday, July 29, LightSail 2 sent home a new full-resolution image
captured by its camera during solar sail deployment. The perspective
is opposite to last week's full-resolution image and shows the sail
more fully deployed. LightSail 2's aluminized Mylar sail shines
against the blackness of space, with the Sun peeking through near a
sail boom.

LightSail 2 uses the callsign WM9XPA and transmits its beacon on
437.025 MHz, AX.25, FSK, 9600 bps.

Beacon parameters and more information on the spacecraft:-


NASA and its various partners are in the process of designing and
developing a small spaceship that will orbit the Moon called the
Lunar Gateway. This spaceship will be a temporary home and office
for astronauts 250,000-miles away from Earth.

Contained on the gateway will be living quarters and laboratories
for scientific research. It appears that the gateway may also be
home to an amateur radio station. AMSAT and ARISS have been busy
designing this station and meeting regularly to discuss the matter.

NASA envisages that the final assembly of the gateway may be
completed in 2026.



Restructuring of AS-117/AS-206.

On the IOTA web page we find islands previously listed as qualifying
for AS-117 that now fall within the co-ordinates box of the new group
AS-206 Honshu's Coastal Islands East, have now been transferred and
are listed appropriately both in the application database scroll-down
list and in the IOTA Directory online.

Following several activations from AS-206 in the last few weeks with
most already accepted for credit, the group number is now confirmed.

Record-holders with credits for AS-117 that commence with prefixes
JA0, 1, 2 and 7, will have their credits reviewed for transfer to
AS-206. All chasers who logged into the IOTA system at least ONCE
during the last two years will be automatically informed by a credit
re-allocation. This will alert them to the need to find a replacement
card or QSO match for AS-117 with a prefix JA3, 4 or 9 to regain

Other record-holders for whom Management no longer retains an email
address will have any necessary transfer made automatically.
The intention is to transfer all credits to the correct IOTA group
within a few weeks.

As this is quite a big job, patience is requested.


Medical Amateur Radio Council


In the UK, amateurs are joining with one community centre to rally
around a local youngster with extreme medical needs.

Organisers are hoping hams will listen with their hearts as well as
their ears:

The Newton-le-Willows Amateur Radio Club M X ZERO N R C will be
operating their station at the Derbyshire Hill Family & Community
Centre in St. Helens which is hosting a fundraiser on the 7th of
September for a local 15-month-old child who has a host of medical

Lee Layland MLGL told ARNewsLine that the event is designed to make
life easier for the little boy in need of home medical equipment,
therapy sessions and an adaptive wheelchair, amongst other things.

Hams will be operating on a number of bands using different modes
from 10:30 in the morning to about 5 p.m. local time.

Lee said operators are hoping to make as many on-air contacts as


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


Amateur Radio Newsline have a winner of the 2019 Bill Pasternak
WA6ITF Memorial Young Ham of the Year award.

Newlines' Mark Abramowicz NT3V.>

"Wow, that's incredible! (laughing) Wow, thank you!"

The reaction from Dhruv Rebba KC9ZJX of Normal, IL to his official
notification he had been chosen Newlines' Young Ham of the Year.

Rebba, who's 15 and going into his sophomore year at the Normal
Community High School in the fall, found his way into amateur radio
through his father, Hari Rebba VU2SPZ.

"I first got interested in amateur radio when I was 9-years-old in like
fourth grade," Rebba recalls. "So I went to the (Dayton) Hamvention with
my dad. So, my dad's been a ham for a really long time, like 25 - 30 years.

"So, he was going to the Hamvention with one of his friends from India.
So I wanted to tag along. So, we went to the Hamvention and there I got
to see all the cool stuff like the keyers, the Morse Code keyers, and
like all the radios and everything and I got like really interested and
I started studying for my Technician class."

Dhruv got his Technician license at 9, and followed it up by earning his
General license at 10.

He immersed himself in public service activities with the Central
Illinois Radio Club for a couple of years and also decided to combine
his new hobby with his interest in space.

Dhruv says he applied for a contact through the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station or ARISS program. It took a couple of
applications before he was successful in convincing everyone he could
pull it off.

He recalls the big day at the Chiddix Junior High School in Normal, IL
in October 2017.

"So I was the control operator at the ARISS contact," Dhruv says. "So, I
made the original contact. So I called for the ISS and I made the
contact with astronaut Joe Acaba (KE5DAR). And, then I gave it to other
students to ask questions."

Dhruv became active in AMSAT forums and, as a result, ended up as a
special ambassador and helped the Boy Scouts to carry out their ARISS
contact near the end of July during the World Jamboree in West Virginia.

Another big adventure in Dhruv's young life came when he was selected to
join the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure on Curacao Island in
July 2018 where he was a member of the PJ2Y team.

"We were there for five days and we did phone, Morse code - CW - and we
also did digital," Rebba says.

Mark Abramowicz NT3V: "What was your favourite mode to operate from

"I mainly did phone and I also did digital," Rebba says.

The PJ2Y team made a record 6,262 contacts with 135 countries over five

Dhruv has maintained close cultural and family ties with India where he
has travelled and spoken about the importance of wireless communications,
especially in times of disaster. He's also started a foundation to help
underprivileged students and chose India as the location of his first
effort - a digital project at a girls' high school in NP Kunta, India
this past January.

No stranger to speaking in public, Dhruv has appeared at the youth
forums at Dayton and at last fall's AMSAT forum from Huntsville. He's
received AMSAT's Presidential Award and was presented a special plaque
from the International Space Station Crew for what they described as his
"exceptional outreach performed professionally by a young person of
skill and poise."

Dhruv is also into robotics and serves as a mentor for elementary school
students in Normal. He also takes part in robotics competitions with a
team that most recently finished in fourth place overall at an event in
Detroit sponsored by NASA.

Speaking of NASA, Dhruv says he has high hopes of one day pursuing a
career in aerospace engineering or doing something in the space industry.

In the meantime, Dhruv isn't waiting for college. He's already shooting
for the moon.

"When I was at the AMSAT booth at the (Dayton) Hamvention earlier this
year, I got involved with the AREX - the Amateur Radio Exploration on
the Moon program with AMSAT," Dhruv says. "So, what we're doing is,
we're designing an amateur radio system to be on the Gateway Space
Station and the moon."

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, from

Dhruv will be recognized by the Amateur Radio Newsline team for his
achievement at the Huntsville HamFest on Saturday, Aug. 17 in
Huntsville, Alabama.

(ps ARNewslines Australian News Team comprises John VK4JJW,
Robert VK3DN, Jason VK2LAW and Graham VK4BB)

Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O'Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI

Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160

World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160

World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160

Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227

Calling Frequencies for PSK31

World Scout Jamboree ham radio balloon crosses Atlantic

An APRS amateur radio balloon, callsign NA 1 WJ-5, was launched from
the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia USA and floated across the
Atlantic Ocean

The Scouting Magazine blog reports:

"You can reach practically any corner of the globe via amateur radio.
That's the message K 2 BSA wanted to show Scouts at the World Scout
Jamboree. Those in the amateur radio association launched four mylar
balloons from West Virginia, in hopes that one would catch the
jet stream and end up on the other side of the world.

One did.

Each balloon, about 3 feet in diameter, was equipped with a global
positioning system and an amateur radio transmitter. This combination
of devices relayed information about weather conditions, the
balloons' movement and location. Solar panels powered the transmitter,
sending signals during daylight hours.

Filled with high-grade helium, each balloon could reach a height
between 28,000 to 32,000 feet that's nearly as high as most
commercial planes fly.

Read the full story and watch the video at



2019 Social Scene

2019 Social Scene

Allan VK5MAK.

"The Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club members had a very successful
presence at the Science event at Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide,
from the second to the Fourth of August.

The attendance by schools and the general public exceeded 21,000
visitors not including children under a certain age who were
admitted free.

Amateur Radio in SA was well attended by all ages"


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)

VK5 - AHARS Buy and Sell Marion RSL Nov 3rd (vk5srp)

VK3 - ROSEBUD RADIOFEST November 17 (wia)

2020 Social Scene

ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo (vk5yl)

October 2 - 8 in Bendigo Victoria.

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