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As bushfires fires consumed more than 4 thousand square miles
in New South Wales alone, officials were bracing for the latest
rash of blazes that they said could lead to the most dangerous
bushfire week in the nation's history.

New South Wales called a state of emergency and additional fires
flared in Western Australia and Queensland.

Members of the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network, or WICEN,
were called to harness their radio skills in the face of overwhelming
catastrophe. Edwin Lowe VK2VEL, a Facebook administrator for WICEN
New South Wales, said hams were deployed to provide logistical
support for the Rural Fire Service along with community evacuation
and welfare support.

WICEN NSW's publicity officer Julian Sortland VK2YKS said that hams
sent to the Rural Fire Service Command Centre in Glen Innes,
northern VK2, had begun rotations operating the RFS' own radio system

Julian said members of WICEN's parent body, the Volunteer Rescue
Association, were staffing the Bush Fire Information Line at
Homebush in Sydney, likely alongside WICEN members.

VK2VEL said that hams were also functioning as scribes for
firefighting Incident Management Teams. He noted, however [quote]
"There are fires across multiple regions of the state and the
situation at present is fluid." Edwin commented that it was not so
much amateur radio itself playing a critical role here but [quote]
"the adaptability and skills of the amateur radio operators who are
members of WICEN NSW." VK2YKS said that as conditions worsened,
further deployments were expected.

In Queensland the VK4RAT VHF and UHF Amateur Radio Repeaters,
the VK4RTL 10m 6m and 23cm beacons, the TAC08 CH8 UHF CB Repeater
and the SES CH01 Repeater are off air due to damage done By bushfires
that swept through the summit on Sunday evening 10th November.



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There are a few Hams who make it to their 90's, however today I want
to tell you a little about one who has helped immensely to make
Amateur Radio in Australia, if not the world, what it is today, and
continues to do so.

Our WIA Historian, Peter Wolfenden VK3RV has come up with this:

"David Wardlaw was born on 19 November 1929. He was licenced in 1947
and joined the WIA.

He was co-opted to Council of the Victorian Division in 1956 and
acted as VK3 Federal Councillor - the Divisional Council member who
represented the Div. at Federal Conventions and who handled most of
the day to day communications with the Federal Executive, until 1958.

David served as President of the Vic. Division for three years,
1959 to 1962 when he resigned as he had to go overseas for some years.

On return in 1966, David was co-opted to the Federal Executive and
became Federal President from 1973 until 1979. He had a second term
as F.Pres. from 1984 to 1988.

David was at the formation of the IARU Region 3 in 1968 in Sydney and
became a member of the first Secretariat.

He was a Region 3 Director 1988-1994 and again 1997-1999 after which
he became IARU Vice President until 2004

He was a member of the Australian delegation to WARC-79. At the
Special Preparatory Meeting for WARC-79 in Geneva, he presented the
Australian paper which helped obtain the new H/F bands, the so
called “WARC bands”.

David was also a member of the Australian delegations to
WARC 92, 95, 97, 2000, 2003.

A talented man who has contributed so much to amateur radio in
Australia and Internationally.

Thank you David, VK3ADW, and a very Happy 90th on November 19th.

I'm John VK4JJW.

Board Comment 17th November 2019 by Mike VK8MA

Firstly, Peter our Secretary (VK8ZZ) get well soon.
He is unwell this week and taking a well deserved rest
under doctor’s orders.

The World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is now underway in
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This major event held by the ITU - which is
a specialist agency of the UN - brings over 160 countries together
to discuss and agree the sharing and use of radio spectrum across the
globe and also, for satellites, in space. The Amateur Radio sector
is represented globally to the ITU by the IARU.

The WIA is represented by two delegates, Dale Hughes and
Peter Pokorny, who are members of the official Australian delegation
organized by DOCA.

Our delegates' scope is representation for the Australian Radio
Amateur Service for all Australian Amateurs. This WIA representation,
as the sole Australian AR peak body recognized by the IARU is a major
expense for the WIA. However, this representation is considered the
highest priority for the WIA by WIA members.

The IARU reports that the first week of World Radio Communication
Conference 2019 (WRC-19) saw agreement reached on several issues on
which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus.

These 3 were the easy ones; “the rest will be more difficult”, the
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) said in short:

1) The band 47.0 " 47.2 GHz “No Change”
2) 5.850 " 5.925 GHz, is an amateur secondary allocation in Region 2.
Note that this band, is yet to be made available in VK.
3) The WRC has agreed to make no frequency allocations or other
changes to the Radio Regulations to accommodate wireless power
transmission for electric vehicles (WPT-EV).

Then the conference addressed the more contentious proposals:
Consideration of a 50 MHz allocation in ITU Region 1 (Europe, Africa,
and the Mideast) to harmonize the allocations in the three regions.
This was the subject of spirited debate in a Sub Working Group
chaired by Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, of the Australian delegation.
The four RTO’s in Region 1 made disparate proposals to the conference
and a small group of administrations proposed no change. For 3 days,
there was no progress toward a consensus solution, but that changed
on Friday morning. Finally, an agreement was made, subject to
confirmation by the regional groups, that will provide
administrations in Region 1 with flexibility in how to accommodate
their radio amateurs. Congratulations Dale!

WRC-19 Work in progress: The high potential for AR to lose its
secondary access due to interference concerns to the 23cm band to
the EU's new "GPS" system Galileo, is one of these issues.

This conference has huge ramifications for us in Region 3 and
worldwide, which is a primary reason that the WIA supports and
sponsors our delegates.

In conclusion, a final wish to David, VK3ADW

David Wardlaw was born on 19 November 1929. He was licenced in 1947
and joined the WIA. Thank you David for your years of dedicated
service, and a very happy return on November 19th for becoming a

On behalf of the Board, this has been Mike VK8MA
(almost a septuagenarian) !!



Our thanks must go out to the many people volunteering during this
early fire season. It is no small thing to go out for extended
periods to deal with emergency situations and to be in the first
responder class as a volunteer.

There are radio amateurs filling spots in communications rooms to
relieve staff to engage in other duties. There are reports of
businesses large and small going out of their way to assist in
providing supplies to the fire fighters and support workers.
We must feel grateful for the spirit which drives the people to help
when it is needed most.

We should not forget the agonies of those who have lost houses and
other possessions in the fires. For some the road back will be long
and hard with many momentoes consigned to the rubbish and for others
there will be no rebuilding except for the inner strength and purpose
that they can give to their life in the future. To all those who
have been impacted, we wish the best for the future as the worst has
already been for you.

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


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

Let's start with an intergalactic item!

20th year of continuous human presence living off-planet aboard
the International Space Station.

NASA and its partners have successfully supported humans living in
space since the Expedition 1 crew arrived Nov. 2, 2000.

A truly global endeavour, the unique microgravity laboratory has

239 people from 19 countries
More than 2,600 experiments from 3,900 researchers in 107 countries
AND a variety of international and commercial spacecraft.


The Malaysian Simulated Emergency Test 2019 (MySET) organised
by the Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) did an emcomm
simulation named The Malaysian Simulated Emergency Test 2019, a
Communications Exercise Plan, last Saturday, November 9 and
used both VHF and HF Frequencies.

The bands active in no small way were 40m, 15m and 20m on region 3's
Centre of Activity or CoA Frequencies.

The primary goal of this exercise was to shape amateur radio
communications policy in the future. It is important to assess
our ability to provide communications to ensure that amateur radio
operators are prepared to respond effectively when a disaster
disrupts or overloads normal means of communication.

The specific objective for this communications exercise was to
develop a Simulated Incident Relay Map for all Malaysian states.
This relay map would be important so that during disasters,
information can be sent to its destination efficiently.

Russian OTH Radar Contayner now everywhere

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the
Russian Over-The-Horizon Radar 'Contayner' has been active
in the 7, 10, 14 and 18 MHz amateur radio allocations

The OTH radar transmissions have been 40 sps, FMOP and 12 kHz wide.
Additionally, IARUMS reports there has been a significant increase
in Russian military traffic using F1B, PSK and OFDM in the
7, 10, 14 and 21 MHz bands.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region 1
newsletter can be read at the link in our written news editions
best read on

W1AW to commemorate ham radio spanning Atlantic

ARRL report W1AW will be on-the-air December 11 to commemorate the
98th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio signals to span the
Atlantic Waters

The ARRL say:

December 11 marks the 98th anniversary of the success of ARRL’s
Transatlantic Tests in 1921, organized to see if low-power
amateur radio stations could be heard across the Atlantic using
shortwave frequencies (i.e., above 200 meters).

On that day, a message transmitted by a group of Radio Club of
America members at 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, was copied by
Paul Godley, 2ZE, in Scotland.

Whilst the first two-way contact would not take place until 1923,
the 1921 transatlantic success marked the beginning of what
would become routine communication between US radio amateurs and
those in other parts of the world " literally the birth of DX.

To commemorate this amateur radio milestone, Maxim Memorial Station
W1AW will be on the air through the day of December 11 with
volunteer operators. The goal is to encourage contacts between
radio amateurs in the US and Europe while showcasing the
significance of the transmissions that pioneered global communication
and laid the groundwork for technology widely used today.

The event will run from 1300 until 0000 UTC.

Ham radio reaching 'an Inflection Point'

IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA has told national amateur radio
societies that they are failing to keep up with changes in the hobby

The ARRL reports:

Participants at the 45th meeting of the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) Administrative Council (AC) in late September discussed
the organization’s role in advancing amateur radio going forward.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, who chaired the AC meeting
in Lima, Peru, observed that the IARU and amateur radio are reaching
what he called “an inflection point.” He asserted that amateur radio
is changing, but the IARU and its member-societies are not.

Ellam’s remarks prefaced a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges
to be overcome if the IARU and amateur radio itself are to remain

Read the full ARRL story at

Read the IARU meeting summary at

Other IARU meeting summaries are at



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


VHF/UHF/Microwave Spring Field Day

Spring Field Day is NEXT weekend 23/11 01:00 UTC " 24/11 01:00 UTC.

There is still time to get your portable VHF / UHF station all
polished and ready to make many contacts. Maybe it’s time to do the
final checkout of your portable spot, to do a final checklist of all
the gear you need to take so as not to be remembering the field day

If you’re not going portable, then perhaps today or this week is
the time to check all the bands and make sure everything is working.

It’s been a long winter and our winters can be hard on coax and
antennas so get those meters out and make sure everything is tip top.

Frequencies are not set in stone but a good start:-
6M 50.150 USB or 52.525 FM,
2M 144.150 USB or 146.500 FM,
70cm 432.150 USB or 439.000 FM,
23cm 1296.150 USB or FM,
13cm 2403.150 USB,
9cm 3398.150 USB,
3cm 10,368.150 USB

(txt courtesy vk7zbx via vk7news)



Saturday 25th January 2020 - 06:00 UTC until Sunday 26th January
at 12:00 UTC.

It's to promote/encourage the use of AM on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 12
and 10-metre amateur bands.

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

There will be points to be gained for each QSO and for each new
DXCC worked and there are many power categories you can enter.

However whilst there are points up for grabs and also certificates
to win, the main aim is to get people having conversations using
the original voice mode! Much like the AM CW days here in Oz.

So fire up those vintage rigs, build that homebrew transmitter
or even use your modern equipment and experience the joy of AM
and particularly AM to G-Land.

Full details of the AM QSO Party can be found at

WIA DX Awards Start Dates Normalized

The Awards Committee has decided to set the start date for all
awards to the same date: 1/1/1946

All QSO’s from this date onwards are now eligible for all awards.

Previously, awards had different start dates, depending on when
they were first created.

This means participants in the awards program may now qualify for
new awards and/or endorsements.

To ensure all your QSO’s are now eligible, simply upload all your
QSO’s between this date up to and including 1/1/1990 into the online
Awards system. Alternatively, just upload your whole log. Then
perform a “Show Award Status”.

(Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA Awards Manager)


In the world of DX be listening for Dan, N6MJ operating as ZF2MJ
from the Cayman Islands from the 19th to the 25th of November.
He will operate on HF Bands and be participating in the CQ WW DX CW
Contest on the 23rd and 24th of November.


Be listening for Christo LZ3FN operating as SW9AA from the
island of Crete in the CQ WW DX CW Contest on the 23rd and 24th of
November. Send QSLs to LZ1PM.


Listen for PJ5/SP6IXF and PJ6/SP6EQZ on the Dutch Caribbean island
of Saint Eustatius from the 16th to the 30th of November.
They will be active on 160 - 10m CW, SSB, RTTY.


Listen also for Andy N2NY who will use the call sign V47T while
operating on Saint Kitts and Nevis Islands from the 16th to the
24th of November. He will operate on HF Bands and participate
in the CQ WW DX CW Contest.

Send QSLs to W2RQ.


Chris GM3WOJ and Keith GM4YXI are making a return visit to the
Cocos Keeling Islands from 12th " 29th November.

They will use the callsign VK9CZ which they used on their previous
visits in 2013 and 2017. Activity will be on all bands 160 " 6m on
SSB/CW and FT8. They will also take part in the CQWW CW Contest
on the weekend of 23rd/24th November. QSLs go via N3SL.


Alain F8FUA will reactivate his XT2BR callsign from Burkina Faso
in West Africa until today, Sunday 17th November.
QSL to his home call.


Grant KZ1W and Rob N7QT will be QRV as H 40 KT and H 40 TT from
Temotu Province from 14th " 26th November. The actual QTH is
Pigeon Island which counts as OC-065 for the IOTA Award.

QSL manager is M 0 URX.


JA1VND is on the air as KH8/K1TF from Pago Pago in American Samoa
until Monday 18th November on CW, SSB and digital and QSLs go via
the home call.



5 MHz

Paul Gaskell G4MWO Editor of The 5 MHz Newsletter says that
No 23 " Spring/Autumn 2019 is now available for free pdf download.
from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page
or the RSGB 5 MHz page

This edition includes 5 MHz news from 9 countries, features the
World of 5 MHz 2019 and an Exercise Blue Ham report.

According to this latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter, regulatory
agencies in an expanding list of countries have granted amateur radio
access to a 60-meter band.

A secondary allocation of 5.351.5 " 5.366.5 MHz was released to
radio amateurs in Kuwait, where they will adhere to the WRC-15
allocation, permitting a maximum power of 15 W EIRP.
Indonesian and Greek hams recently gained access to the same

Meanwhile, Israel has extended authorization of 5 MHz amateur
permits to the end of December and added a Channel 0 to the existing
eight channels, where hams may run 100 W PEP on several modes,
depending upon the channel.

Still under discussion is ham radio access to a 5 MHz secondary band
in Australia, where the band here is used by some emergency services
and law enforcement.

Nearly 80 countries now offer some level of amateur access to the
5 MHz band.

WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -


The DATV Transmission in Ulverstone Tasmania is now 1280x720
HIGH DEFINITION using a new professional High Def Encoder.

The LCN is 100 with channel designation VK7AX Ulverstone.

The improvement in definition and clarity of the received signal
is said to be very impressive.

Viewers there need to ensure the TV used or Set Top Box receiving
the ATV transmission is fully compliant with DVB-T High Definition
format, and, if using a set top box, utilize the HDMI output
connection for maximum results.

All transmissions including this regular weekly Amateur Radio
Broadcast and the 'VK7 Amateur Radio News' now employ the new
HD encoder.

As Tony VK7AX says "See you on DATV'

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

News from ARISS

The next ISS contact to an Australian School WAS scheduled for
Monday 18th November 2019 with Acquisition of Signal around 0831UTC
Telebridge Operator - Tony/VK5ZAI - was to be linking the
Australian Air League Cadets, Adelaide, with the Astronaut on-board,
HOWEVER, the 'Planets' did not align and that contact now is a no-no.
(sourced to TARCinc)

HuskySat-1 achieve orbit

On-board the Cygnus cargo vessel, which docked to the International
Space Nov. 4, the satellite is scheduled for a boost to higher
orbit and deployment in January.

Following completion of its primary mission, it will be turned over
to AMSAT for operation of its linear transponder sometime in the
second quarter of 2020.

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), International Amateur
Radio Union (IARU), and ARRL have posted updates on activities
at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference currently taking
place in Egypt.

One early agreement was to turn down requested changes to one of the
amateur satellite allocations.

The band 47.0 - 47.2 GHz was allocated solely to the Amateur and
Amateur Satellite Services by the 1979 World Administrative Radio
Conference. Commercial wireless broadband industries had expressed
interest in the band being designated for International Mobile
Telecommunications (IMT), and there was some concern that such a
proposal might be made at WRC-19. The fact that none was forthcoming
was due in part to the work of the IARU at the Conference
Preparatory Meeting earlier this year and in the six regional
telecommunications organizations.

The WRC has agreed to "no change" at 47.0 - 47.2 GHz.


IOTA chasers should note that updates for the Honour Roll and the
Annual Listing 2020 must be made before the end of January 2020.
Due allowance should be made for postal delivery.

Those who haven't updated their standings since 2015 but wish to
remain on the list should update their standings as well.

Those who haven't logged on to their account on IOTA-World in
two years should note that they will have to revalidate their
registration via

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


An international conference in Thailand convened Saturday 16th
and radio amateurs shared strategies on crisis management.

Just One Day In Bangkok, it focused on ways to improve communications
in times of crisis and disaster.

One of the presentations was on lessons learned during 2018 when a
junior football team in Thailand was rescued from the Tham Luang
caves where they had been trapped as floodwaters rose. This was the
rescue where Dr Richard Harris SC OAM from South Australia and
Dr Craig Challen SC OAM from Western Australia were awarded
the 2019 Australians of the Year for their heroic efforts
as part of an international rescue mission to save those 12 boys
and their coach from the flooded caves.

Amateurs from Germany, Indonesia and Japan also presented separate
case studies on communications support during crisis and disaster.
Conference attendees were expected from the 11 nations that share
a bilateral amateur radio agreement with Thailand, as well as a
number of Asian countries.

(Youngsters On The Air)

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


December is YOTA Month when several youngsters from Member Societies
will become active on the air with YOTA as suffix in the call signs.

From Sunday 1 December to Tuesday 31 December 2019, international
YOTA stations, operated by young amateurs in their teens and early
20s, will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other.
This event is aimed at our young generation and is an excellent
opportunity for clubs to get youngsters on the air who are
interested in or want to find out more about Amateur Radio.

It is not a formal contest, but a way to get our current young
amateurs on the air contacting hundreds of other youngsters around
the world, so to the hams of region 3, listen up and shout out to the
youth in Region 1 in December.

As an aside, IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ reported to
the IARU Administrative Council meeting in Lima about the decision
to ban alcohol at future YOTA amateur radio events

The September 2019 IARU Administrative Council Meeting Summary says:

"Mr. Beattie reported on an incident at the YOTA camp in Bulgaria
that has led Region 1 to tighten its rules for YOTA events including
a ban on alcohol. Because non-YOUTH ARDF championships mainly
involve adults, such a ban for those events would represent a
challenge in order to ensure alcohol does not come into the hands
of minors at the events."

Read the meeting summary at


2019 Social Scene

( still unconfirmed by GC, taken from Lismore News )


This is Andrew VK3CAH from the Southern Peninsula
Amateur Radio Club with a reminder that the Rosebud
RadioFest , will be held Sunday, 17th of November.

In addition to sales of new and pre-loved equipment
in the main hall, the Rosebud RadioFest sets itself
apart with the excellent range of technical forums
which are presented.

This year, topics being covered are Comparison and design
of Yagi matching methods. Finding and locating HF noise
Getting the most from the new amateur licence conditions

So come along and enjoy the equipment sales, great catering
and excellent forums of the Rosebud RadioFest.

See you in Rosebud. This is Andrew VK3CAH

2020 Social Scene

VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY 23rd February 2020 (dd5lp)

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

VK4 - REDFEST 2020 18th April. St. Michael's College
Old Toorbul Point Rd from 8am (vk4tfn)

VK - WIA Annual Conference, Hobart 8-10 May. (vk7tw)

WIA have with Spirit of Tasmania for discounted accommodation
and fares that are available for two weeks either side of the
Conference weekend. This is a great opportunity to drive down,
bring the caravan or motor home and tour the Apple Isle before
and after the conference.

An exclusive booking link is available on the website.

You may also like to glean some other info from the website:

ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo October 2 - 5 (vk5yl)

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