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As bush fires continue to threaten parts of Australia, the Northern
Tablelands team of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service suffered a
serious setback:

Vandals struck a portable radio repeater trailer that firefighters
and aircraft depend on for vital communication links. Radio equipment
and numerous technical and mechanical components were stolen from
inside the damaged trailer, which had been deployed southeast of

This has kept the trailer off line, placing fire crews in even more
danger as they push back against the deadly blazes.

The Nymboida fires are some 400 miles north of Sydney.

As Grafton police continue their investigation into the vandalism
and thefts, one woman in Newcastle announced on Facebook that she
had combined her holiday party with a fundraiser to help with the
losses. She reported on the 1st of December that she had raised
nearly $1,200 at the event.


The next ISS contact to an Australian School is scheduled for Tuesday
10th December with Aquisition of Signal 1055 UTC

Links will be up approx 10mins before AOS and Coordinator/Moderator
is Tony/VK5ZAI

Students from the Greenwood Public School in Perth, Western Australia
will talk with Astronaut - Drew Morgan KI 5 AAA onboard the
International Space Station and audio will be available from
many services as shown in our text edition always best read on

ANZEL Automated News Broadcast System
IRLP node 9556
Echolink *HAM* conference server VK3 69556
Aotearoa Echolink Server ZL4 256883
Aotearoa AllStarLink Server ZL4 48820

in Townsville the audio will be available on
VK4TUB AllStarLink Node 46740
VK4TUB Echolink Node 837230
VK4RAT UHF Voice Repeater 438.225MHZ

(sourced to Gavin VK4ZZ)


John VK4JJW here, and as the newest WIA Board member, I'd like to
make a few observations.

With the recent resignation of Harry VK6YBZ because of health reasons
the Board now consists of only 5 members out of the optimal number of
7 normally elected or, as in my case, appointed by the existing Board
to fill a vacancy. This is done on a 2 year turnaround, in that half
the Board expire their term each year, and the other half stay to
complete their term until the following year. My term is a short one
in that as an appointee, I "expire" at the end of the next AGM in
Tassie. You get the picture!

I checked out the 2019 AGM video the other day, as I wasn't able to
make it to Sydney this year and it reminded me that, coming up real
soon, like in about 5 weeks or so, the election for the
2020 WIA Board will be conducted.

Almost everyone I know from Amateur Radio Land is making the trek to
Hobart next May, and that's when the new Board will be installed.
Now here is where I really want to point out something that the
Board considers very important .... our Board is currently
short staffed, and that goes for both genders. How about YOU giving
a thought, or two, to standing as a candidate? It would be great to
see a return to the "good old days" when we had more candidates than
there were positions available. Naturally that means an election
would have to take place, and some people standing for the Board
will not be successful, however surely that's a better proposition
than having to co-opt people later and end up with individuals like
me on the Board, who were NOT elected by the members!

Currently we have only blokes on the Board, no female representation,
and I for one feel that this is inadequate representation of the WIA
Membership at large. Also, look at the current Board members ... one
from VK2, two from each of VK4 and VK8, and NONE, from VK1, VK3, VK5,
VK6 and VK7.

That needs to be better arranged, and YOU can do it.

And how about our ladies in ALARA considering a nomination.

If you don't want to stand for the Board election, but you know
someone who you think would do a great job, ask them to allow you to
nominate them, using the form on the WIA Website under "The WIA
Board of Directors" heading. Bear in mind that this must be signed by
both you and the nominated member, and delivered to the National
Office by hand or Australia Post, and NOT by electronic means.

WIA secretary Peter VK8ZZ has an election announcement elsewhere in
this broadcast.

Now .... the "Future of Amateur Radio" poll is well & truly underway
after being launched last week by our Vice President Aidan VK4APM.
The WIA encourages all licenced Amateur Operators, regardless of
whether or not they are a member of the WIA, to join the program and
have your say on issues that are of importance to the Amateur Service
Just register, free of charge, at the URL in the text edition of this
news, however if you're a WIA member registered with Memnet, you're
automatically included.

Currently well over 400, outside our membership, have registered.

The first poll will be about Amateur Radio Callsigns, and more
specifically about the use of the 4 letter suffix being used by
Foundation Licensees. There will be a number of options presented in
the poll but it will be up to you as licenced amateurs to select the
best option for the amateur radio service.

Subsequent polls will deal with a number of options for the
Amateur service as we move forward.

Want more info? It's in the News Release for November 30th.

I'm John, VK4JJW.


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

Aren’t we fortunate to have people who are committed to the
development of amateur radio? If you haven't as yet caught up with
the report from our 2 Australian delegates to the World Radio
Conference, which has just ended, then pop along to the WIA web site
and take a read.

Peter, VK2EMR gave up 2 weeks to represent us and Dale, VK1DSH put
in 4 weeks including chairing meetings. I won’t go over the detail
as their report is quite comprehensive.

What I want to stress is that the meeting at Sharm el-Sheik started
the process for the next 2 World Radio Conferences. The processes of
structuring the radio spectrum is ongoing and massive and even
contemplating the possible matters for decision 2 years ahead let
alone much further would almost seem like crystal ball gazing.

Closer to home, the peak amateur radio bodies around IARU Region 3
have to be involved in that kind of momentum along with the other
2 regions.

Ensuring that the bands are there for us to use and that they
harmonise as well as possible is an ongoing matter. So I feel that
the support that we give to our representative body is really an
investment in our own future enjoyment of AR.


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


Becoming an Approved Radio Engineer or Approved Radio Certifier
in New Zealand:-

Do you need access to the Register of Radio Frequencies to help
your radio clients to apply for, certify, modify or cancel a
radio or spectrum licence?

Are you a radio dealer, or involved in providing radio
communications in a particular sector?

Do you fit the criteria to be an Approved Person?

In 2020 RSM (NZ's regulator) will offer workshops to assist
competent persons in the radio communications industry to become
an Approved Radio Engineer or Approved Radio Certifier.

Ham radio tower incident in Otorohanga

The New Zealand Herald reports an amateur radio tower has reportedly
collapsed in the north King Country town of Otorohanga.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) spokesman said they that
were called to reports that a person was trapped under a ham radio
tower at 12.55pm.

Police and four fire engines attended the scene however, by the time
firefighters arrived, the person was free, the Fenz spokesperson

Source NZ Herald


Amnesty for unregistered ham radio rigs

Philippines communications regulator NTC has announced an amnesty
for those who haven't registered their Amateur Radio equipment
They have until December 23 to register and pay the fees:

Read the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) post at


OFCOM reject ham radio training callsigns

Switzerland's national amateur radio society, the USKA, has released
the minutes of the Board meeting held on November 18

While the full meeting minutes are only available to USKA members
the highlights note the results of a meeting with the communications
regulator OFCOM:

WSPR and FT8 modes cannot be run unattended

The request to allow special training call signs, as used in Germany,
to give people on-air experience was rejected

The USKA will be further processing a proposal for new training


Radio hams take part in Day of Science 2019

On Sunday, November 24 radio amateurs from across Flanders in
Belgium took part in the Day of Science 2019.

The Flemish government organizes Science Day every year. This year
amateurs participated in 5 locations.

In a workshop "Build your electronic dice", 18 children could gain
their first experience with the soldering iron. Some really had a
taste for it. Everyone went home with a working dice and a big smile.

The giant Tetris caught the attention of young and old. While the
little ones played the game, more than one parent also went to the
back to find out how we made this game. Flickering lights always

The station was staffed all day long and contacts were made with
the OR 18 NBT call.

On the big screen the video of the RSGB played with Dutch subtitles
to show all facets of our hobby.

Read all the reports at


The FCC has invited comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
that would allow AM broadcasters to transmit an all-digital signal
using the HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode, known as MA3.1

“We tentatively conclude that a voluntary transition to all-digital
broadcasting has the potential to benefit AM stations and provide
improved AM service to the listening public,” the FCC said.

“We seek comments on proposed operating standards for all-digital
stations and the impact of such operations on existing analogue
stations and listeners.”

If you are a US Citizen and would like to work for Control and maybe
hook up with Agent 99 this could be for you!

The US Department of State is currently accepting applications for
Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists " Radio
positions. Foreign Service IMTS-Rs design, install, and maintain
radio and telecommunications systems. They provide radio support for
presidential, congressional, and other VIP visits.

These radio specialists work from a regional location, overseas or
domestically. Extensive travel is required to support radio
telecommunications systems, such as land mobile radio, HF, VHF, and
UHF radio networks at State Department missions around the world.



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


Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest takes place ALL of January 2010


VHF - UHF SUMMER FIELD DAY - Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January.


WIA John Moyle Field Day 2020
Although the date has YET to be promulgated on our WIA website we
assume it will be from UTC 0100 Saturday March 21 to 0059 on Sunday
22nd of March.

Keep an eye as always on the website for official


The provisional date for the next Harry Angel Sprint will be Saturday
May 2nd 2020. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.


The VK SHIRES the June long weekend, which is the weekend prior to
the second Monday of June each year.. making it June 6 - 7 in 2020



Next contest - 17 JUL 2020 - and has the aim of encouraging
Low Band activity between VK and ZL on 160 80 and 40M using


RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16 next year.



VOICE from 0800 UTC Saturday October 3 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 4

CW from 0800 UTC Saturday October 10 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 11


Members of the Hope Hill Contesters group will sign TO 9 W from the
island of St Martin in the Caribbean from 5th " 13th December.
They hope to have 3 stations operating simultaneously.
QSL manager is W 9 ILY.



Matt is QRV from Sanzule in Ghana until 28th December.
He is using the callsign 9 G 5 GS on all bands 160 " 15m on
FT8 and SSB.
QSL to his home call IZ4YGS.



John W5JON will return to his home on St Kitts island for a few days
10th " 19th December and plans to be on the air as V47JA.
QSL direct and QSOs are uploaded regularly to Logbook of The World.



Belgium UBA - The Oh Royal (OR 0 YAL) Award

At the occasion of the 18th birthday of HRH Princess Elisabeth,
the UBA is offering a commemorative Award for working special event
stations aired between October 25th and 25th December 2019.

The OR0YAL Award is offered in four classes.

During this two months period, the UBA will activate the special
event station OR0YAL (which can be read as Oh Royal).
Furthermore, over 30 UBA club stations using the special prefix OR18
will are on the air.



Cyprus special event

Members of the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society during the entire year of
2020, as it's an important year for the Republic of Cyprus which
completes 60 years since its establishment, can use 5B60 prefix

Specifically, CARS members, will be able to use the 5B60 prefix
(instead of 5B) if they wish, starting from 1 Jan until 31 December


Norfolk Island operation

Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active as VK9NK from Norfolk Island (OC-005)
between January 12th and April 12th.

He states, "It is my tribute to Jim Smith, VK9NS, who lived and
operated from there for years. According to last internet poll VK9N
is 85th most wanted entity."

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8.



In 2020, radio amateurs in the North Limburg region of the
Netherlands, will be on the air with Special Event Station PA 75 OV.

Just like in 2015 with PA70OV, the station PA75OV is a Special Event
and Memorial Station for the occasion of commemorating 75 years
of freedom and WW-II "Operation Veritable."

Operation Veritable, a.k.a. the Battle of the Reichswald or the
Great Allied Rhineland Offensive that started February 8th 1945
took place in the North Limburg region and was the successor of
Operation Market Garden.

There are no particular band plans, with activities announced on the
DX-Clusters and QSL cards will be sent automatically by the end of
2020 after closing of station PA 75 OV.

An English website contains information from
Operation Veritable and for PA75OV.




6M repeater VK 7 RTV, originally at Gawler, has received its licence
variation, and can now operate from Dazzler Range, its callsign is
now VK 7 RDR.





Relay of News Is Truly World Wide

Both the VK7 Amateur Radio News & this WIA National News Broadcast
is made available World Wide by various mediums.

One of these is via the ATV transmissions & Video Stream by VK7AX.

As of last week, the Video Stream is automatically switched into the
input of the DATV Repeater of Mario KD 6 ILO located in San Diego,

For the technically minded, the Repeater runs an output on 1268 MHz,
6 MHZ Bandwidth HD employing DVB-S2. Mario has informed that the
relay will be automatically switched each week to relay these

A reminder that the broadcasts are streamed on the VK7AX Video Stream ( the link is available on the text edition of the Broadcast).

(Tony VK7AX via VK7News)

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Running Out Of Fingers

Electron Booster on the New Zealand Pad for Rocket Lab’s 10th Mission

Rocket Lab has announced that its next mission, with mission name
"Running Out Of Fingers' will launch multiple microsatellites in a
rideshare mission representing five different countries. The launch
window for Rocket Lab’s tenth flight, is open but will not launch
prior to Dec 6, New Zealand time, and will take place from
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula.

Onboard this rideshare mission are six spacecraft comprised of
5cm PocketQube microsatellites from satellite manufacturer and
mission management provider Alba Orbital. Two of these satellites
include downlinks in the UHF amateur radio band.

TRSI is a PocketQube for technology demostration. Its main objective
is to show which functionality can be achieved with dimensions of
5cm x 5cm x 5cm. It carries two experiments that are connected to
the amateur-satellite service.

First is a waterfall experiment which will show an image in the
waterfall diagram by hopping the frequency within its transmission
band (image-type beacon).

The second experiment is to analyze RF reception capabilities from
LEO with a novel detector receiver and a small patch antenna. It
was designed to test if small satellite receivers which don´t need
deployable antennas are feasible. The received signal´s envelope
will be sampled and forwarded using UHF in MFSK for signal analysis.
During the experiment phase the satellite will also perform as an
amateur CW repeater, providing additional RX strength indication;
eg. CW morse signals will be re-sent in MFSK, showing the
RX amplitude in dBm.

A downlink on 437.075 MHz has been coordinated.

A livestream will be made available approximately 15 - 20 minutes
prior to a launch attempt. Rocket Lab will post links to the
webcast when live via Facebook and Twitter. The livestream is
viewable at Rocket Lab's YouTube channel

Also on



Jon, will be active as HC2/EA1VE from Puna Island, Ecuador,
during January 2020. Activity will be on various HF bands.
QSL via his home callsign EA 1 VE.



WSJT-X 2.1.2 released

The WSJT Development Group has announced the release of WSJT-X
version 2.1.2.

This is the free software suite that includes the FT4 and FT8
protocols. Version 2.1.2 is a bug-fix release, according to the


M17: an open-source, DMR-like system only better

On reddit,
Wojciech, SP5WWP, has posted an item about his latest project,
and open-hardware and open-software, DMR-like system called M17.

He says that his goal is “create a fully functional, truly
open-source and open-hardware system for digital radio communication.
Something like DMR, but with open hardware too.”

M17 is a community-driven, truly open, free to use digital radio
system. It’s a a DMR alternative, if you will. All schematics and
source code is available for free on github.

SP 5 WWP says that he’s developing M17 because there’s no open
platform for developing digital radio and because DMR isn’t
'really amateur-friendly.' You can’t really experiment with it.
He says, “It’s no fun using something, that’s only available at
commercial retail. Is that true ham spirit?” He goes on to say that
M17 provides all that’s missing in DMR, and because it uses the
Australian Codec2 vocoder developed by David Rowe, the voice quality
is better as well.

(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 Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month, when stations operated
by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to
celebrate youth in amateur radio.

YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio
Union Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas
as YOTA Month in the Americas.

Here in Region 3 National Societies were asked maybe 2 years ago to
look into YOTA for our region but no details have yet been given.

During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on the
air as special event stations this month, December, on various bands
and modes.

In the US, look for K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A.

Elsewhere in the Americas, VE7YOTA will be on the air from Canada.
XR2YOTA in Chile has been added to the list of youth stations in the
Americas for YOTA Month.

Young hams in other countries can also join in. Listen for other
YOTA Month stations with “YOTA” suffixes and give them a 'G'Day'

For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact YOTA Month
in the Americas Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or
YOTA in the Americas Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. Neil has been
heard on this WIA National Broadcast as he is often the anchor for
our sister US network, Amateur Radio NewsLine. Well suited to his
YOTA roll, WB9VPG got into Ham Radio AGED FIVE YEARS!




The Constitution of the WIA specifically sets down the requirement
for an election of half of the WIA Board every year.

The next election is to be held in February 2020.

The returning Officer, John Marshall, has published the official
election notice in the November / December edition of the WIA’s
AR magazine and there is also a notice on the News Pages of the
WIA web.

Nominations are now open and must be delivered by hand or posted to
the WIA National Office in Bayswater Victoria not later than
31 January 2020. Late nominations cannot be accepted. A nomination
form is also available on the WIA web pages.

The successful candidates will join the continuing directors namely
WIA President Greg VK2GPK, WIA Director and Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
and WIA Director Mike VK8MA on the board of the WIA on and from the
conclusion of the AGM to be held in May 2020.

WIA Members are encouraged to nominate for this challenging yet
rewarding role where you are able to contribute to the future of
Amateur Radio as we move forward.

This has been WIA director and secretary Peter VK8ZZ from hot and
humid Darwin.



VK7 - December 11 sees the NTARC Christmas.
This year it will be held at the Commercial Hotel, George St,
Launceston 7.00 pm, can always arrive earlier and get
comfortable before the happy crowd arrives.

VK4 - December 15 theTARCinc Xmas Party.
Sunday afternoon from 2-00pm at the VK4ME Antenna Farm.

VK4 - December 20 TARC Monster Xmas Lights Tour.
Get out your Santa Hats, flashing pins and Christmas Costumes
and get ready for another magical mystery tour of the 'lights
It’s a Drive Yourself Dazzling Spectacular and all mobile shack
chariots monitor 146.5MHz during the tour to hear instructions
from the guide vehicle.

2020 Social Scene

The year 2020 is going to be huge for our VK7 community, with three
big events on the calendar:

Meet the Voice in March,

WIA Conference in May,

and HamFest in November!

Meet the Voice will be held over the third weekend in March, with Sunday
being the main event, held at the Ross Recreation Centre. Attendees are
advised that no longer is camping at the recreation grounds allowed, so
please make alternative arrangements.

The only scheduled activities will occur on Sunday, with attendees given
the freedom to catch up with friends old and new casually in the couple
of days prior, as is usually the case.

Sunday will include the annual announcement of the Sewing Circle award
and submissions are requested for presentations or workshops to be
delivered on the day. Feedback from the 2019 event has been taken on board,
and a barbecue will be arranged for the day.

Information regarding the WIA conference and HamFest will be delivered
in the near future.

(sourced to vk7news)

VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp Thursday
afternoon 23rd to Monday afternoon 27th January 2020 at
Girl Guides Association of Qld Campsite and Training Centre,
Bluewater. (TARCinc)

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

Trader registrations for the CCARC Field Day at Wyong
on February 23rd next year are now open for both
commercial and private sellers. For info please go to

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)

VK - ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo October 2 - 5 (vk5yl)

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