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WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ and Aidan VK4APM Director join the news
this week


Next Generation Triple Zero is coming

Australia's long-awaited Next Generation Triple Zero (000) service
will be introduced in stages, beginning in 2020.

Australia's Triple Zero is a well-known, long-established and very
reliable emergency contact capability, which has served the country
well for many years. However, in the modern era it is somewhat
handicapped, in that it is a voice-only service provided via
telephone. This is preventing both the public and emergency service
organisations from utilising and leveraging the latest technologies
and applications that now exist since the introduction of smart

Australia's Next Generation Triple Zero (NG000) strategy has been
developed to enable the service to accept data and information
from modern devices and applications, enabling callers to provide
information such as location data and imagery, and access Triple Zero
via other means such as messaging services and social media.

NG000 isn't here yet, but it's not too far away.


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If you would like to find out more behind some of our
WIA News Broadcast stories over the past few weeks the front page
of has them, along with an item by Australians for
Australians whereby the Department of Communications (DOCA)
have had a rethink about the proposed Radiocommunications reforms.

Rather than completely re-writing the legislation, modernising
Australia's spectrum management framework will now be pursued
through staged approach to amending the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

The first stage of amendments to the Act will deal with a number
of priority issues to deliver tangible benefits to industry
and consumers. The changes will be designed to remove unnecessary
constraints in spectrum allocation and reallocation processes.

Spectrum licence terms will be extended to a maximum of 20 years,
with clearer licence renewal processes.

The arrangements for apparatus licences are also being aligned with
spectrum licences to the extent possible.

There will also be changes to improve technical regulation,
streamline device supply schemes and introduce graduated enforcement
mechanisms for breaches of the Act.

To minimise disruption to spectrum users, existing licence types
and planning arrangements will be retained at this time.

The DOCA are working towards the introduction of a draft amendment
bill into the Australian Parliament in early 2020.

A second stage of amendments to further improve efficiency and
flexibility will be considered following passage of the first
package and in consultation with stakeholders.

Next our WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ and Aidan VK4APM Director

Howdy, this is VK4APM with this weeks board comment.

Following the decision by the ACMA to release digtal modes for
foundation holders the WIA, AR Victoria, ALARA, AR NSW and RASA
sought to collaborate on a poll of Australian Operators with a
view to establishing a new callsign structure for Foundation
operators that is compatible with all digital protocols.

On Saturday the 26th of October, RASA made the unilateral decision
to set aside negotiations on the form and distribution of this poll
and sought to release this poll publically via social media and
other channels (Including QRZ)

This poll was not endorsed or approved by the WIA.

It is the WIA's view that, as a representative body for all amateurs,
a poll on a critical issue as call sign structure must:

Withstand scrutiny

Provide sufficient educational information for operators to make
an informed decision

Must be directed towards Australian operators rather than a global

The process of releasing the "survey" in an uncontrolled manner on
social media completely invalidates this results of the survey.

The board of the the WIA is extremely disappointed in the behaviour
of RASA in seeking to undermine this collaborative process that was
for the benefit of all operators.

The WIA is of the view that RASA's actions in passing off this
"survey" as something approved by the WIA misrepresents the views
of the WIA and those we represent.

RASA has been issued a with a "cease and desist" notice with regards
to the use of the WIA's name and marks.

We would like to remind all operators that our hobby is under
sustained attack on a global basis, from parties wishing to dilute
our spectrum rights and regulators. To resolve these existential
issues we must work together, for the common cause of ensuring that
our service remains accessible for generations to come.

With that, that is all from me... Aidan, VK4APM

THE WIA APPOINTS a new Director to the Board

At a meeting of the Board of the WIA this month, the Board appointed
John VK4JJW as a director of the WIA. This appointment is from now
up until May 2020 when John will retire.

John will be well known to you all from the time he recently took up
the role as Broadcast operator when VK4BB was on leave, and has been
an occasional WIA News reporter over the last 15 years or so.

John has Licensed since 1965 and a WIA member since 1975.
He has been active on most bands up to 70cm

While still a teenager, John had a shot at higher education in
Melbourne at RMIT, however Communications Engineering didn't look to
be anywhere as much fun as talking on the commercial wireless.

John spent a lot of time earning a living from broadcasting in the
days when it was exciting, and even dabbled in TV for a while until
they realised he had a better head for radio.

In more recent times John, set up and ran an ISP business for
21 years.

John still does some commercial voice work from time-to-time,
however he is currently undergoing therapy and getting used
to the idea that time is marching on and we all have a use-by date.

This has been peter VK8ZZ


Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.

I have heard people declare that they are not interested in the
politics of amateur radio - but it is part of the process of
co-ordination and governance that melds and meshes all the
different needs to the providers and users of the radio spectrum.

We have the people who involve themselves and represent amateur radio
locally and nationally and negotiate activities from crewing the
fund raising activity to sitting with the national regulator to
promote the position of the hobby in matters that need definition.
This is all part of the politics of amateur radio and a necessary
part in amateur radio remaining viable.

At times club rivalries and personal antipathies intrude to the mix
and divert talent and waste time from what should be a relaxed and
enjoyable pursuit. These are the times to recall the Amateurs Code
and practice the consideration and courtesy that is implicit
in that reminder of our standards.

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

Hear VK4ZZP's COMPLETE and unabridged comment by tuning to



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


The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 opened in Egypt
Monday 28 October. The meeting, which lasts four weeks, is
attended by three thousand delegates from most of the countries
around the world and is discussing changes to the ITU Radio

The IARU and its member societies are there, representing the
amateur and amateur satellite services with a team of 14 people
from 10 countries.

Of particular interest to the IARU are the positions on:

Agenda Item (AI) 1.1:-
To allocate spectrum in the 50 - 54 MHz Region in Region 1 to the
amateur service

1.13 to consider new spectrum of International Mobile
Telecommunications, which potentially might impact
amateur spectrum at around 47 GHz

1.16 which could impact the 5 GHz amateur spectrum

9.1.6 on Wireless Power Transmission, where harmonics of WPT systems
can impact the MF/HF radio spectrum

10 - where it is possible that future agenda items at WRC-23 could
impact the amateur service, including the 1 240 - 1 300 MHz band.

This meeting is the culmination of four years' work by IARU in
ITU and regional telecommunications organizations to protect and
enhance amateur service frequency allocations. The IARU team will
provide updates as the Conference progresses.

The WRC has a wide-ranging agenda of which the amateur issues are
but a small part.



Candidates hoping to sit for their amateur license test in the
Philippines are getting ready for a seminar that's required first.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association is getting ready to host
another orientation seminar for prospective licensees on Saturday
November 9th. Attendance at the seminar is required and a certificate
of attendance is mandatory for anyone wishing to sit for an

Orientation sessions are free and are held every 2nd Saturday of the

Those attending are required to bring two pieces of identification
and be prepared to purchase the orientation handbook.


AM Amateur Radio Europe announce the AM QSO Party 2020

AM Amateur Radio Europe is a growing Facebook community of
European radio amateurs to create a place to discuss the use
of the Amplitude Modulation voice mode on HF and VHF.

To promote the use of AM on homebrew or commercial equipment,
as a place to arrange skeds, organise nets and share circuits.

Plus any other ideas on how to promote the use of the AM mode.

They are about to hold their FIRST on air operating event
so get ready to 'net' in.


Saturday 25th January 2020 - 0600 UTC until
Sunday 26th January 1200 UTC.

AM on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 12 and 10 metre amateur bands.

This is not a 5/9 contest but an and aim to encourage conversation,
however points can be gained and certificates awarded.

Radio Luxembourg

Back in 1933 the station started broadcasting.

Often mistakenly referred to as a 'Pirate Radio Station',
Radio Luxembourg offered an English speaking commercial service
for more than 60 years and it shaped the radio landscape for future
commercial broadcasting in Britain.

A 'blue' plaque was been unveiled 25th October at
38 Hertford Street, London W1 to celebrate this broadcasting history.



Launched in 2013, the FUNCube, also known as AO-73, is a CubeSat
with the primary mission of teaching and outreach. It recently
fulfilled that mission, again, this time in Brazil at a
science fair in Brazil.

On the 16th October, students were first tutored in the basics of
amateur radio by Paulo PV8DX and Alisson PR7GA as they prepared
to build antennas and get ready for the contacts they would be
having later that day.

At the request of Paulo, a special short text-like message was
transmitted from the satellite.

Back at the school, the students were then able to copy and have
what was for most, their first on-air reception and a taste of
what it's like being a ham.


The Argentine Institute of Radio Astronomy's 30-meter dish antenna
is active on 1296 MHZ EME until November 3 running an effective
isotropic radiated power (EIRP) of 10 megawatts on SSB, CW, and JT65
(the dish provides 50 dB of gain).

Operation will focus on 1296.1 MHz.

Novembers Operation schedule:

November 1 and 2, 1800 - 2200 UTC
then November 3, 1950 - 2350 UTC.


A new antenna that uses saltwater and plastic instead of metal
could make it easier to build VHF and UHF networks, an IEEE Spectrum
article asserts.

Being able to focus the energy of a radio signal toward a given
receiver means you can increase the range and efficiency of

According to the article, beam-steering or beamforming on a
large scale is one of the key underlying mechanisms behind the
rollout of 5G networks. The configuration of the saltwater antenna
allows 360 beam-steering and works for frequencies between
334 and 488 MHz.

The attractive feature of using water monopoles is that both the
water height and activating status can be dynamically tuned through
microfluidic techniques, which has a higher degree of design
flexibility than metal antennas.

One limitation is that that the permittivity of salt water -- i.e.,
how it interacts with electrical fields -- is sensitive to
temperature variations.

(sourced to arrl letter)



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


The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has approved a
supporting grant of $4,000 to Club Log and Club Log Author
Michael Wells, G7VJR.

The grant will support capital improvements needed to take the
system into the future with improved resiliency,
enhanced performance and the hardware needed for continued

Club Log caters to DXers and DXpedition hosting.

Yasme's association with Club Log began with a grant in 2012, when
the system hosted 67 million contacts with 7,300 users. Today,
Club Log boasts some 70,000 active users and some 590 million

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to
support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio,
including DXing and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio
in developing countries.



Members of the UK National Health Service Emergency Care Improvement
Support Team (E.C.I.S.T.) will launch a special event operation
starting tomorrow, Monday, October 28, from the Radio Society of
Great Britain's National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park.

GB1NHS and GB1CFR will recognize the life-saving role of community
first responders.

The date corresponds with National Community First Responder Day
in the USA.

The event will be opened by the Crowborough Community First Responder
team, which received the Queen's Award for voluntary services earlier
this year. Both stations will be on the air between 1000 and 1400 UTC

Frequencies and modes of operation will be posted on Twitter
@GB1NHS on Monday, or email for further




Willi DJ7RJ is workin' on the wireless again as FH/DJ7RJ from
Mayotte Island in the Indian Ocean until the 4th of November.
He is all banding but as usual will concentrate on the low bands,
in particular 160m. QSL to his home call, DJ7RJ


Not long to log this one!

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.



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.



The very first ever News Line U.S. based broadcast approximately
20 minutes to Dstar Reflector 91 C on Wednesday night the Dstar
Broadcast will be at 7:30 Melbourne Australian Time (8:30 UTC)
comments about or to New line whether inside or outside Australia
all welcomed.

It must be remembered that Clayton VK7ZCR the Reflector 91 C
Co-coordinator in Hobart Tasmania which is the owner of Reflector 91
C isthe very first in Australia to put these Broadcast`s to Dstar
not for getting also the DMR services broadcast interlink in
Tasmania which he runs at the same time as Dstar Broadcast`s

73 VK3PG (text only)




AMSAT Goal: "Amateur Radio in Every CubeSat"

AMSAT wants to see Amateur Radio in every CubeSat and it's partnering
with non-Amateur Radio partners to make that happen.

In the "Apogee View" editorial for the September/October issue of
The AMSAT Journal, Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM,

"[W]e continue to support a stream of LEO satellites.

RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E is ready for launch no earlier than December 1,
on the ELaNa XX mission. The linear transponder and telemetry system
carried aboard Fox-1E was designed for use in different CubeSats by
merely adding an interface adapter for connection to the host bus."

N8HM said CubeSat programs interested in launching an Amateur Radio
payload may partner with AMSAT to carry a Fox-1E module on their
spacecraft. "By providing Amateur Radio capability, the CubeSat
program gets a worldwide ground station network to receive their
telemetry and experiment data while the Amateur Radio community
gets a transponder to use in orbit," he pointed out.

ARISS Proposal Window is Open Until November 30, 2019

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an
Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.

ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2020
and December 31, 2020.

Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates

To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for
organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and
integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 30, 2019.

Proposal information and documents can be found at


Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:-

New 630-Meter Distance Record Claimed

Eric, NO3M, and Roger, VK4YB, are claiming a new world distance
record on 630 meters. They worked each other on October 14
using JT9 mode.

NO3M said the contact represented the culmination of 2 years of
effort around every equinox since September 2017.

"Hopes were wearing thin as we were moving away from the recent
equinox on September 23," he said. "Even when the path may have been
open over the past 3 weeks, either end would be plagued with QRN."
He said that while the opening that facilitated the record-breaking
contact was not comparably as strong as past openings, "something
special was obviously at play."

The contact covered 14,979 kilometres) topping the previous record
set by VK4YB, and K5DNL, by nearly 1,000 miles.

(sourced to arrl)


26m Institute of Technology for Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is well known as the home of the RSGB National Radio
Centre and the site played a key role in code breaking during the
2nd World War

Plans have been announced to transform the Block D buildings
into spaces for seminars, events, student support and a cafe.
Block D was built in 1942-1943 and was used by codebreakers
to crack Nazi Enigma codes.

In its prime, Block D held a thousand people working around
the clock to crack the thousands of encrypted messages being sent
by the German forces and internal agencies in a bid to win the war.
A pneumatic tube system and conveyor belt sped up communication,
while the building itself was built for secrecy, both inside and out.

Even today, although the building, hut D can be seen it does NOT
appear on the official hand out map given to visitors.

Its layout, with spurs off a single corridor, was designed to keep
different departments separate, so that staff knew only what they
needed to. Many of its staff thought it was a tunnel system.


Hallo everyone. This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's November bulletin
goes to air tomorrow, Monday 28.

This month we have for you all the latest Club news plus 2 articles,
namely, Part 2 of the story of Captain H J Round, pioneer of the
thermionic valve and light emitting diode, amongst his many other

AND No Easy Fix for Alzheimer's - by Ian VK3JS

Full details of morning and evening broadcast times and frequencies
are published on the Club website,, where you
will also find information about the RAOTC and membership.

Everyone is most welcome to tune in and to join in the call backs

Experimental transmission.

In addition to our normal relays, there is an experimental
transmission from VK3ADM tomorrow afternoon at 1600 hours
Melbourne time, 0500 UTC, on 7.146 MHz.
Signal reports would be much appreciated to determine the
viability of this transmission on a permanent basis.

Once again, 7.146 MHz at 0500 UTC or 4 pm Melbourne daylight saving

If none of the broadcast times suit you, you can download the
audio file from our website at any time as from today 27TH.
If you do listen via the internet, would you please email your
feedback to us.

Once again, check the website for your
local transmission schedule, tune in tomorrow or download
the file for the November bulletin, and we look forward to
hearing your call sign in the call backs afterwards.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

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


MARS Members to Work with Radio Amateurs during SET and

During October and corresponding with the ARRL Simulated Emergency
Test (SET), Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will be
reaching out to the amateur radio community to continue building
working relationships and improving interoperability.

As part of this effort, MARS will be promoting the use of a serial
phase-shift keying protocol, Military Standard 188-110 (M110), on
the 60-meter interoperability channels.

Radio amateurs are authorized to use this digital mode on the five
60-meter interop channels in the USA, although M110 exceeds the
allowable symbol rate that radio amateurs may use on all other
HF bands.

Starting on November 2 and continuing until November 17, the
MARS community will be executing Department of Defence (DOD)
Communications Exercise (COMEX) 19-4. MARS members will use the
exercise to continue training and refining their operator skills
to provide situational awareness information, such as county status
reports and weather observations.

To announce the kick-off of the exercise, WWV and WWVH will broadcast
voice announcements starting on or about October 31.

WWV will transmit the announcements at 10 minutes past the hour,
while WWVH will transmit them at 10 minutes before the hour.

The communication exercise will culminate on the evening of November
16 with military stations sending M110 messages to the amateur
community on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz USB).



2019 Social Scene

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

( unconfirmed by GC, taken from Lismore News )

VK3 - ROSEBUD RADIOFEST November 17 (wia)

2020 Social Scene

Sunday 23rd February 2020, still the largest meeting of radio
amateurs in the southern hemisphere - The WYONG FIELD DAY 2020
at Wyong Racecourse 1hr north of Sydney NSW - details at


VK4 - SEQ Amateur Radio Field Day Sunday March 10, 10am at
Landsborough Sports Complex 15 Tunnel Ridge Rd. (vk4an)

ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo (vk5yl)

October 2 - 5 in Bendigo Victoria.

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