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WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ - with Board Talk


Although yet to be confirmed to this the WIA National News we hear
that the WIA Awards Committee is planning on a NEW award.

To be known as, the "Islands of Australia Award", it will be
available shortly and will recognise contacts with Amateur Radio
stations on any of the 56 qualifying Islands of Australia.

Hopefull next week we will hear how this will all work, from
either the Board or the Awards Comittee themselves..stay tuned..


The JVC-Kenwood conglomerate has quietly discontinued sales of
Kenwood amateur gear in VK .

Here is Geoff Emory, VK4ZPP.

This follows the closure of the show room and workshop in Melbourne.
It will be up to devotees of this marque to decide the cost and
benefits of buying from overseas or local importers without factory

It seems that a quantum shift has occurred in the sales and repair
of gear in this country and others too. Shop front retailers have
largely left the market in Australia with the survivors probably
counted on one hand. With the profit margins on radio sales
historically low, the margin for warranty service has been whittled
away and many servicemen have retired to enjoy their lives too. This
means we have to look further afield to buy our goods and often go
without professional repair services as well. These are things to
think on.


WIA Directors heard rotating as follows
Greg VK2GPK (President), Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary),
Mike VK8MA, Aidan VK4APN, Harry VK6YBZ

Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary)

Please excuse my nasally voice, but I have just been down in
Melbourne for a few days and I have picked up the most annoying flu
symptoms, any way it is affecting me badly.

I have also just returned from Nadi, FIJI where I was attending my
niece's wedding I was going to be carrying a handheld transceiver
with me that I had used in Melbourne. Accordingly, I applied for and
received a licence to import a radio and to operate it while I was
in Fiji. When I received my licence, I noted that I had been given
the ability to utilise 1Kw power on all bands. I doubt I needed such
a condition as my handheld radio only had a 5-watt maximum. But never
the less it was a condition that was nice to have.

The WIA in its response to the latest ACMA consultation paper
reiterated its desire for increase power levels for the Amateur
service. We also continue our work to gain the use of the 5MHz band
as well as retain or improve other existing conditions.

President Greg Kelly VK2GPK gave a detailed update on the
preparatory work being undertaken by the WIA in preparation for
the World Radio Conference (WRC-19) to be held next month. This is a
very costly exercise for the WIA but it is imperative to ensure that
the Amateur Service conditions are maintained or improved. It has
been great to receive unsolicited donations being made towards this
huge expense.

It was with regret that I learned of that an old friend and mentor
Bob Sutherland VK6ABS (ex P29BS ) fell silent key. I first met Bob
when I was working in Papua New Guinea about 40 years ago. Bob was
the local Radio Inspector and he encouraged and mentored me to
achieve my advanced theory. When Bob retired, he and his wife Aida
returned to VK6 to be near family. I was lucky enough to visit Bob
late last year. Bob had a great life, was an active amateur up until
only very recently and a very long-standing member of the WIA.


In August I put out a call to find some Sub-Editors to assist
Harry VK6YBZ, The WIA Editor in Chief. The Editorial roles will be
for both Electronic and the more traditional types of media. The WIA
would like to find say three or four sub editors so as to share the
workload of those positions.

So far, we have received two new expressions of interest but are
still looking for another say two to lighten the workload on
individuals. So, if you fancy you could assist in this regard then
please put up your hand.

Please send any expressions of interest to

Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary).


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

Good news for the two-metre band

When CEPT meet in Turkey it finalised its positions on a wide range
of WRC-19 Agenda Items, including proposals for WRC-23.

With thanks to our friends at the Radio Society of Great Britain
let's look at the matters that interest radio amateurs. At 144MHz,
after a major effort, the 144 to 146MHz frequency range was
successfully withdrawn from the French WRC-23 aeronautical
proposal. This hot topic had been the subject of detailed
submissions by the IARU, France and Germany. This excellent result
for amateur radio occurred in parallel to a number of other
proposals being adopted to support aeronautical interests.

There's more positive news at 50MHz. CEPT confirmed its common
position for an overall 50 to 52MHz secondary allocation for IARU
Region 1. Following requests from both the RSGB and the UK Six
Metre Group to Ofcom, we are pleased to announce that the UK has
signed an optional footnote in the CEPT proposal for national
Primary status in the 50 to 50.5MHz segment, along with a number
of other countries.

In most microwave bands it is pleasing to report that the CEPT
positions adopted should result in no further regulatory change to
the amateur 5GHz Secondary and 47GHz Primary allocations, as well
as innovative UK usage above 275GHz. However, for the 23cm band,
following intense discussions, a WRC-23 proposal was considered
necessary to ensure the protection of new satellite navigation
systems such as Galileo from amateur emissions in the 1240 to
1300MHz range. The draft Resolution that would guide such studies
excludes the removal of the existing amateur Secondary allocations.

Commenting on the overall outcome, IARU Region 1 President Don
Beattie, G3BJ praised the IARU team of volunteers and their
contributions; and was pleased that regulators had recognised the
strength of the amateur case.

Black Adder fans listen up!

Celebrating 90 years of Baldock Radio Station

In 1929, Baldock Radio Station opened its doors for the first time.

That was the start of a nine-decade journey (and counting) that would
see it evolve from a radio receiving station to the home of Ofcom's
work on managing the airwaves

Baldock was created as a part of the Imperial Wireless Chain, an
international communications network to link the countries of the
British Empire. In that same year it helped to complete the first
transatlantic radiotelephone call, made to the UK from Rocky Point,
New Jersey, USA.

It continued as a receiving station until 1938, when the Baldock
Frequency Control Station opened at the same location. The new
frequency control station played a vital role in keeping the radio
spectrum clear of interference, which remains a key function of the
station today.

Read the full story on


Dominica News reports Battery manufacturer Digicel recently donated
150 batteries to the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc.

Network Engineering Manager at Digicel said during the presentation
that they were proud, as a commercial entity, to be able to provide
the assistance.

" We know that it will be used as it should be to assist the
nation through any disaster that may arise keeping in mind
that we are in the hurricane season. These batteries would
assist with communications - to increase the period of time
that their systems remain online - to ensure communication
is prolonged," He stated.

President of the Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc., Roger Blanchard
J 73 R also spoke at the function pointing out that the batteries
will enhance the club's on-air time during a disaster.

Read the full story on


ARRL report that in an effort to more effectively address HF digital
technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has
reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors' HF Band Planning Committee.

This will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that have
gained increased visibility with discussions on accommodating
automatically controlled digital stations. The committee will also
discuss operating frequencies for FT4, FT8, and other digital modes.

Read the ARRL story at

In a strategic partnership with Raytheon, US Amateur Radio equipment
manufacturer FlexRadio has been selected by the US Air Force to
adapt its off-the-shelf SmartSDR/FLEX-6000 architecture for
HF modernization of airborne communications platforms.

The new radio will provide beyond line-of-sight, long distance
communications for air crews.

The Raytheon-FlexRadio team is but one of two recipients for this
development program. After a 31-month period of performance, one
team will be named to move on to production.

"Worldwide high-frequency communications is what our commercial
customers do every day, using virtually every mode of operation
and type of propagation," the company said. "Our partnership brings
together the vast resources and experience of Raytheon in airborne
tactical communications systems with FlexRadio's commercial,
off-the-shelf high-frequency software-defined radios to deliver a
modular, extensible, and flexible communications platform for the
war fighter."


After all the reporting we've done about amateur radio clubs
around the world, we here at Newsline have a report about one
that's close to our home and our heart:

It's the Amateur Radio Newsline Amateur Radio Club WA6ITF.

If the call sign sounds familiar it's because it once belonged
to Newsline's cofounder Bill Pasternak, who has been deeply missed
since he became a Silent Key in 2015. We honour him by putting
his call sign back on the air.

We now operate as a newscast - and a new club - that we hope would
make him proud. Be listening for news of our operating events.

Q R Zed!



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


FIJI, 3D2.

QRV is 3 D 2 VR till September 9 on 80 to 10 meters using SSB.

QSL via DD 0 VR.


QRV with special event call is 9 M 16 KING from Kuala Lumpur all
September 1 in celebration of the 16th anniversary of His Majesty
the King.
Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via operators' instructions.



The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California
(W 6 JBT), will host the 20th annual Route 66 On the Air Special
Event this week, September 7 - 15.

The yearly event commemorates the 1926 construction of the famous
Route 66, the USA's first major improved highway linking the
US heartland with the west coast.

Twenty stations will be on the air along the route, two of them as
rover stations on the highway between Santa Monica and Chicago.

All 20 stations will employ 1 1 call signs.




QRV is 9 U 3 TMM from Bujumbura until September 17 on 60 to 6 meters
using FT8, SSB, and RTTY.





QRV is FK 8 CJ from Noumea, IOTA OC-032, until the end of 2019
on 30, 20 and 17 meters.

QSL to F 6 EYB.




OMG - Operation Market Garden special event

Look for special event station PA75OMG to be active between
September 12 - 22

Activity is to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary of freedom.

As part of Operation Market Garden in World War II, paratroopers of
the allied forces, such as American, British, Canadian, Polish and
Dutch landed in the Nijmegen region on September the 17th, 1944
and the region was soon liberated after four years of German

During the 10 days of activity, PA7OMG will try to work as many
amateur radio operators across the world as possible.

QSL via the info on

For more details and pictures, see:


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.



On air is 9 U 3 TMM from Burundi August 31 to 17th September.
Listen for 9U3TMM on 60 - 6m on SSB, RTTY and FT8.
QSL 9U3TMM via Club Log OQRS.




Operators Yuris YL2GM
Jack YL2KA
Kaspars YL1ZF and
Kristers YL3JA
will be active as C 2 1W from September 16 to 25.

Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters, and possibly 60 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
QSL via YL 2 GN direct or via ClubLog.



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.



The Royal Amateur Radio Association of Morocco is active using the
special event callsign 5 E 6 A for their National Celebrations until
September 29th. QSL direct to EA 7 FTR.




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.





The FCC has granted ARRL's emergency request for a temporary waiver
to permit only those radio amateurs active and involved in Hurricane
Dorian response and relief efforts to use the PACTOR 4 digital
protocol on HF.

The waiver request was necessary because rules limit digital data
emissions of Amateur stations operating below 28 MHz to a symbol rate
not to exceed 300 bauds, and in the 10-meter band to a symbol rate
not to exceed 1200 bauds, which precludes PACTOR 4 emissions.

"PACTOR 4 is a data protocol that permits relatively high-speed data
transmission in the HF bands, and many amateur stations active in
emergency communications preparedness are capable of using this
protocol," ARRL told the FCC. The FCC granted a waiver for the use
of PACTOR 4 during the 2017 Hurricane Maria relief effort, and more
recently in preparing for typhoon relief communications in Hawaii.

ARRL told the FCC that the higher-data rates offered by PACTOR 4 are
"critical to sending hurricane relief communications, including lists
of needed and distributed supplies."


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

GB 100 GP active for Jamboree on the Air this October

The Scout's UK Headquarters station GB 2 GP, located at Gilwell Park,
North London, will be active for this year's JOTA with the very
special callsign GB100GP to celebrate 100 years of Scouting at
Gilwell Park.

The campsite consists of 110 acres of fields and woodlands, and
annually has over 30,000 youngsters from all over the world visit
the site. This year Gilwell Park celebrates its centenary of
ownership by the Scout Association, and in recognition the permanent
amateur radio station has the very special callsign of GB100GP

The third full weekend every October (this year 19/20 Oct) hosts the
world's largest Scouting event - Jamboree on the Air - with over a
million Scouts worldwide taking part.

Gilwell Park has regularly taken part since JOTA started, 62 years
ago. This year the campsite will again be active, using GB100GP
and will have over 250 youngsters visiting the station over the

Please take the time to call - the Scouts would love to talk to you


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


Ham radio played a starring role in a recent drama, this one in the
United States.

August 27 and Clayton, W5PFG, and his father Jack, AC5DI, were
traversing the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend National Park, Texas,
USA, when their vehicle became stuck in mud from recent monsoonal

Being stuck up to the axles, they were unable to self-recover from
the situation, requiring assistance from Park Rangers.
August temperatures in this desert reach upwards of 110-115 degrees

There is no mobile phone coverage outside park headquarters.

Clayton called on the AO-92 satellite and reached Kevin KK4YEL in
Florida who notified park authorities of the emergency.

In this remote part of the park, with no access to mobile phone
coverage or radio repeaters, ham radio still came through for


You already may own a satellite phone.

For anyone that's ever been broken down along a remote stretch of
highway or stuck like Clayton in that previous story, and WITHOUT
your Ham Radio and have desperately searched for a mobile phone
signal, knowing that a constellation of communications satellites
is zipping by overhead is cold comfort indeed.

One needs specialized gear to tap into the sat phone network, few of
us can justify the expense of satellite phone service, and fewer
still care to carry around a brick with a chunky antenna on it as
our main phone.

But what if a regular phone could somehow leverage those satellites
to make a call or send a text from a dead zone?

As it turns out, it just might be possible to do exactly that, and a
Virginia-based startup called UbiquitiLink is in the process of
filling in all the gaps in phone coverage by orbiting a
constellation of satellites that will act as cell towers of last

And the best part is that it'll work with a regular cell phone, the
one you already own no brick needed.

The idea behind the plan to fill in the dead zones is simple, and
it's based on the fact that space really isn't as far away as it
seems; if you could somehow drive straight up, low Earth orbit is
only a couple of hours away. The satellites that will form the
backbone of the network will be in a somewhat higher orbit around
500 km. Still, that's not really all that far away (at least in terms
of radio frequency propagation) over a path that is, for the most
part, free from the attenuation caused by terrestrial obstructions.

Much more on this idea is on the link we like in this week's text edition
of WIA National News.


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

It has now been decided that an IARU Region 3 YOTA activity will
take place in Pattaya, Thailand in October 2020.

No further news on this is yet available but soon as we know, you'll



Hams in New Zealand are preparing to scale the summits there to
honor a very special Silent Key for the second year in a row.

Andrew White ZL3CC took pleasure in combining two things he
considered some of the best things in his life: amateur radio and
the beautiful outdoor landscape of New Zealand. The Christchurch
resident fully embraced these activities through the awards
programme known as Summmits on the Air, activating Mount Sinclair,
Coronet Peak and Cobb Ridge, among scores of others. After he became
a Silent Key unexpectedly in 2018, New Zealand Association of Radio
Transmitters proclaimed that the Saturday after his birthday was to
be known as Andrew White Memorial SOTA Activity Day to honour his
work and his contributions.

This year's event, the second such activity, is taking place on
14 september.

NZART's vice president Warren Harris ZL2AJ noted in a recent NZART
podcast that the purpose of the day is to get out on a summit, in
the same spirit as Andrew himself did, and to remember this Silent

(Amateur Radio Newsline)


Some newer young hams in Romania are celebrating the completion of
their first experience with Summits on the Air - and it was a

On that summit in Romania, the newly licensed young hams of the
YO 6 KGS radio club savored the first falling stars of the Perseids
Meteor Shower and the next day savored something equally stellar:

Their first Summit on the Air experience.

With teachers from their school, including Adrian YO 5 IA guiding
them, the teenagers learned about local flora at a nature reserve
in eastern Transylvania, heard about meteor scatter and pursued SOTA
contacts on 20 meters as well as UHF and VHF over the course of
four days. The expenses for the trip were paid for with support
from a program of the Mure {Moor Ray} County Community Foundation,
in partnership with the Romanian Community Foundations and support
of the Romanian-American Foundation.

It was a reward for all their hard work.

SOTA experts Sorin Barbu YO2MSB and Mihai Suciu YO6SM were their
guides in the Hasmas Mountains, part of the eastern Carpathians.
Two of the young amateurs, Daria YO6CDC, age 16, and Horatiu YO6HDC,
age 17, wrote afterward in their diaries that even with all the
climbing along difficult routes carrying heavy backpacks their
enthusiasm remained intact. They learned how to properly set up their
antennas and make SOTA contacts. They also said the companionship,
good humour and lessons they learned made the experience memorable.

So memorable, in fact, that they are hoping to do it all again.



2019 Social Scene

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

VK4 - Post Sunfest BBQ club open day, Sunday 15th September
10AM until mid-afternoon @ VK4WIS clubrooms, Godfrey's Rd,
Bli Bli (vk4an)

VK3 - Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club Friday September 20.

'Citizen Science and Amateur Radio' happens in Castlemaine.

Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites you to their
September meeting where The topic will be 'Citizen Science
and Amateur Radio', a presentation by Tony Falla VK3KKP.

Become a 'Citizen Scientist' by using your amateur radio
station to provide propagation data to researchers - don't let
your rig sit silent during these years of poor propagation!
Tony will describe the many ways a modern amateur radio station
can be set up to gather information about propagation and use
the results to catch the frequent but very brief openings on
the bands.

The presentation will also consist of a working WSPR setup
(weak signal propagation reporting).

The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday September 20th at
the 1st Castlemaine Scout Hall, 16 Reckleben St, Castlemaine.
A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

( Graeme Knight )

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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