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Over the past month or so I've been asked how come little, if any
news, pertaing to the bushfires and our (read WICEN) involvement
and this particularly from overseas news bulletins. Also I had
been trying to get an Aussie perspective on the recently concluded
WRC in Egypt where we had sent 2 participants at not an insugnificent

Just a day or so back we were told why nothing from a VK perspective
when WIA President Greg send the following

" Re WRC: The WRC reports from the WIA Team ( and any of the
Australian delegation ) were embargoed by DOCA until the
conclusion of the WRC. We had the reports but couldn’t publish
anything. Annoying, but nothing we could do about it.
Hence only reports from those on the IARU team - which we were
- but only those NOT on country delegations. So a pain- until it

So that's that one, re WICEN in some delving around it neccesates we
look at it's history ..

WICEN is the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network

WICEN had its origins in the ad-hoc networks formed by Amateur Radio
operators to assist the community.


WICEN is totally independent from the WIA

During the 1939 'Black Friday' bushfires in South Australia and
Victoria Amateur Radio operators using their own equipment and
knowledge established an emergency communications network.

After WW2, 1945 saw the Bushfires Emergency Network come into being in VK2
and following new P.M.G regulations on portable and mobile operations the
Wireless Institute of Australia Emergency Communications Network started
in 1946, subsequently renamed Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network,

For many years WICEN has provided field deployed emergency communications
during disasters, emergencies, and community activities.

These days WICEN is more an umbrella name given to a collection of
emergency or community service communications groups who have set up
in response to their local needs.

WICEN is totally independent from the WIA, though many WICEN members
are of course WIA members and the WIA strongly supports the continuing
activities of WICEN.

WICEN consists of a number of state or territory based volunteer emergency
communications service organisations whose members are primarily licensed
amateur radio operators. Members are accredited to assist in emergency
situations and are able to provide emergency and safety communications for
other agencies when conventional communications networks fail or are

It is important to realise each WICEN entity operates independently
under appropriate local, state, or other disaster plans.

So that's why some may think the WIA is NOT supplying 'enough' news

We do NOT make news up just to fill the 20 minutes or so

We do NOT put our own personal 'spin' on items.

We DO publish the news in text so you can double check url's
etc and we DO appreciate your items of interest.

So now its over to you the member to join with our Directors each
week in bringing news that interests YOU as a Ham Operator to the
rest of the readers and listeners on the 'WorldWide Wireless.'

(Graham VK4BB Editor)


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


In Antarctica, Chris W2RTO, is on the air from KC4USV at
McMurdo Station, mostly operating FT8 on 14.075 MHz.

Given the 24 hours of daylight this time of year and the
challenging terrain, the lower bands are unusable in Antarctica,
but a dipole may be in the offing for 40 meters later in the season.
W2RTO is in the Antarctic getting research sites up and running with
their communications needs. QSL via K7MT.

Chris tries to be on the air at 0000 UTC for about 30 minutes a day,
Monday through Saturday, and at 0600 UTC.

Marco de Pas, DK 5 SXQ will arrive in Antarctica on December 20,
remaining into February, operating as IA0/DK5SXQ from the
Italian-French base Concordia. He’s in Antarctica to install a LIDAR
(light detection and ranging) system but expects to have some
spare time to operate.

Seba, SQ 1 SGB, plans to be on the air from VP 8 HAL at the
Halley 6 Research Station until February 8. If he is successful
in erecting an antenna, he’ll operate on FT8, JT65, and SSB on
40 and 20 meters. QSL through EB 7 DX.


Iranian radar in 40m ham radio band

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a radar in
northern Iran has been operating on the 7 MHz amateur radio band.

On November 13, the radar was observed with a centre frequency of
7000 kHz using Amplitude Modulation On Pulse at 81 Sweeps Per Sercond
covering 6978"7022 kHz.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region 1
November 2019 newsletter can be read at the link in our text edition.


DRM tests from Hungary on 26 MHz for one year

The Budapest University of Technology started a 1-year Digital Radio
Mondiale test on the 1st of June 2019 and it is running until the end
of May 2020.

The transmitted content is a 24-hour program, played out in a loop,
compiled by the media partner of the project, Radio Maria.

What is unusual about this test is that it is being carried out on
26.060 MHz with 100 watts into a 5/8 vertical.


Radio amateurs are keen volunteers.

December 5 was International Volunteer Day and National Societies
worldwide took the opportunity to thank their members for their

One such National Society was DARC, who reported more than 4,600
radio amateurs are doing voluntary work for the hobby in Germany alone.

International Volunteer Day was designated by the United Nations in
1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and
potential of volunteerism. The employees of the DARC office took the
occasion as an opportunity to thank the committed DARC members very
much for their work. Without the dedication, cooperation and
creativity of many active radio amateurs, our association would not
exist DARC posted.


The theme for the 2020 Dayton Hamvention will be “Amateur Radio,
The Future.”

Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, invited Hamvention
attendees to celebrate amateur radio’s past, present, and future.

“As amateur radio operators, we enjoy many modes of operating,
WB 8 SCT said. “We also enjoy challenges such as satellite
communications, moon bounce, meteor scatter, and more. What truly
excites me about our hobby is the diversity of these modes and the
fact that, as we move to the future, we still enjoy the technologies
of the past.”

“The theme acknowledges the role that amateur radio has always played
and will continue to play in future communication developments,”
Hamvention said, acknowledging the contributions of the many hams who
actively work on new ideas, equipment designs, and software to
improve electronic communication.

Hamvention 2020 takes place May 15 " 17 in Xenia, Ohio.

Maine makes waves - again

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency in the US of A has become
the first to deploy a New Wide-Area, Emergency, Public-Information
Radio Service.

It’s not the first time a communication innovation has come out of
the US State of Maine. In 1868, Mainer Joseph Stearns came up with a
way to carry two ends of a conversation simultaneously on the same
wire, revolutionizing the telegraph industry; and later what would
become the "telephone" industry.

In that spirit, one Maine county, with the assistance of seasoned
amateur radio operators is implementing the Nation’s first
county-wide emergency broadcast system, utilizing universally
available AM radio channels.

The new wide-area “RadioSAFE” system will be utilized in
emergency / disaster situations in which citizens are cut off from
power and communications.

Waldo County will be erecting road signs and will be using all
local media to promote the presence of the emergency service.
“During an emergency, we will send out a Wireless Emergency Alert
to cell phones directing people to tune to the AM station for
more detailed information."

Visit Waldo County’s EMA website on

To learn more about RadioSAFE systems, visit



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

The WIA and the Contest Committee would like to thank all who took
part in 2019 and especially those who are submitted their logs
as an entry for the contest. In an update to the contest page this
month it's now 'official' the 2020 Field Day will be held over the
weekend of 21-22 March from UTC 0100 on the Saturday to 0059 Sunday 22.


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 were signing TO 9 W from the
island of St Martin in the Caribbean until the 13th December with 3
stations operating simultaneously.
QSL manager is W 9 ILY.

(info sourced to irts)


Zorro back in Bhutan

Zorro, JH1AJT and his team will once again visit Bhutan.

This time Zorro will have meetings with the Olympic Committee and
Bhutan Paralympic Committee for Bhutan's participation in the
upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games, especially focusing
on his support to Paralympic and Para-athletes.

Also he will discuss the possible participation of Bhutan in the
next Winter Olympic/Paralympic Games and preparation for that.

As always, Zorro cannot operate for long time as he has many duties,
but good operators in his team will do their best for world-wide

Callsigns for this operation are as follows:

A 50 BOC (BOC stands for Bhutan Olympic Committee)

A 50 BPC (BPC stands for Bhutan Paralympic Committee)

A 5 B - Bhutan Team callsign

Schedule: December 11-20th

An OQRS will be available at ClubLog after his return to Japan.



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.



Many special event stations will be on the air in the next few days
to celebrate the Christmas season. One heard this year was C 4 XMAS
on the air from Cyprus.



John W5JON has returned to his home on St Kitts island until
Thursday 19th December and is on the wireless 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.




New ham radio books published

All About Amateur Radio / Ham Radio - was published on Friday,
December 6 and is written by the Founder and Chairman Emeritus
of India's National Institute of Amateur Radio.

The book is available as a paperback priced at 599 Rupees (12.30AUD).

It's a new kind of book, giving lots of authentic information
about Indian Amateur Radio and the work carried on by the
dedicated HAMs of India especially during disasters.

The book is available at

National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR)

Another 'new book' will be the limited Adelaide-printed copy offer
for December 2019 titled:-

“Low Bands ham Radio: Special 2020 International edition”

it's at the printers & pre-paid orders are now being taken.

It's the 3rd volume of the VK5BUG 2016-2017-2020 LF-MF trilogy
and is a VK5BUG-ARRL joint venture written using USA spelling &
terminology suiting all English-reading audiences.

*ISBN 978-0-9873638-9-3 *273 A4 pages Perfect Bound *14 chapters
*Resources *References *Index *Projects
*Interesting anecdotes *LF-MF theory
*Low Bands & NEMP *Ham radio metamorphosis
*Big Bore helical antennae *Grounding & Low Band antennae
*Background reading *Advice *Portable Low Band station *Hints
*Station accessories & ideas *and much more.

From 01 Jan 2020, copies are scheduled to be on-demand printed
in the USA & marketed/distributed by the ARRL: international postage
rates will then apply for VK purchasers.

Here is the one chance for VK ham collectors and Low Band enthusiasts
to purchase a copy locally @ a special local price. Register your
interest & obtain the pre-paid book price and tracked postage
satchel details from Doc/VK5BUG via

Once the limited number of pre-paid orders have been filled, printing
will happen & there will be no more local copies available… sorry,
no ‘holds’ or lay-by …”When they’re gone, They’re gone! First in,
best dressed!”



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

ATV - We look at an SSTV story from Borneo.

The Borneo Post have reported that the Lopeng Fire and Rescue station
hosted the first Amateur Satellite of Malaysia (AMSAT-MY) Slow Scan
TeleVision (SSTV) test recently, where the firefighters got the
chance to try their hands at capturing and decoding SSTV images via

Organised by the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters Society (Marts)
and run by Amsat-My Sarawak in cooperation with Miri Amateur Radio
Club (MARC), the activity exposed the firefighters to SSTV and train
them to use it.

Images were transmitted from Canada Hill. With the help of the
ROBOT36 apps, which could be downloaded for free, these images
could be sought and decoded via smartphones.

“The firefighters can make use of the SSTV in emergency situations,”
said MARC chairman Vincent Lo. “SSTV is one of the components in the
communications system contributed by MARC to the Fire and Rescue
stations in Lopeng and Marudi. It is used during operations in areas
where there is no network coverage or mobile data connection.”



Holy-land Christianity On The Air (HOCOTA)

Members of the Israel Amateur Radio Club (I.A.R.C) are pleased to
announce the 2019 XMAS activity for its national award program:

Holy-land Christianity On The Air (HOCOTA).

The program includes numerous sites with major significance to
Christianity - well-known to every Christian and based by the
language and citation from the holy books, Christian tradition,
beliefs and heritage, as well documented archaeology and other

This is the third year of the program and the activity will be
commenced during the 2019 Christmas season (December 26-29th)
by 5 special event multi-operators stations.

The current sub-program includes Christian sites from various
sectors of the program including Jerusalem

Station calls include 4X2XMAS, 4X3XMAS and 4X19HNY

A rather 'un Christian' aspect of this operation is to be found
when you use to find out more, top of their page,
certainly on 4X3XMAS, in bold print and much highlighted in red
it reads, and I quote


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Satellite DXCC via LEO Satellites

Chris Taron, NK 1 K, recently completed his satellite DXCC award with
all QSOs made using LEO satellites.

His 100th DXCC entity worked came courtesy of Phillipe Chateau, EA4NF,
who was operating as EA9/EA4NF in Melilla. Chris posted a recording
of his QSO via AO-7 on

The LoTW confirmation a few days later left him at 99 DXCCs confirmed.
A QSL card received from VP2V/DL7VTX on December 5th put him over the
top with 100 DXCC entities confirmed.


AZTECHSAT-1 CubeSat to Transmit Emergency Traffic using WINLINK

AZTECHSAT-1 has received IARU coordination for a downlink frequency
of 437.300 MHz using 9k6 GMSK or FSK. The CubeSat will also carry a
Globalstar radio.

The CubeSat will listen for emergency messages in the 439 MHz
frequency range and then retransmit these messages for amateur radio
operators to copy on the 437.300 MHz downlink using the WinLink

AZTECHSAT-1 will create a Saturation Map of 435-438 MHz by listening
for the whole orbit and returning captured data to the ground station
using the 437.300 MHz amateur radio downlink plus a 1600 MHz
Globalstar link.

The emergency messages received via globalstar to the AZTECHSAT-1
ground station will be shared on the project's website and a
certificate will be available for amateur stations receiving the
emergency message(s)submitted via their website and confirmed by the




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.



The oldest known US radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, has received
his ARRL Centurion Award plaque.

The award recognizes hams who have achieved centenarian status.

W4KKP is 108.

At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group in
Little Mountain, South Carolina, ARRL Roanoke Division Director
Bud Hippisley, W2RU, headed an ARRL delegation that presented the
Centurion Award plaque to Cliff, who was first licensed in 1937.

W4KKP Chris served on Iwo Jima during World War II, shortly after
the US victory there, setting up long-range radio communication
from the island to Tokyo to arrange for the eventual surrender by

He remains active, checking into several nets from his assisted
living facility.



Canterbury SOTA QSO Party

In New Zealand, local Canterbury area SOTA activators are holding a
Banks Peninsula SOTA QSO Party 1 February 2020. On that day eight
SOTA summits in the Banks Peninsula area are going to be activated.



VK 70cms record reported to have reached nearly 3000 kms

This is a DIGITAL record only and both the VK2 and VK6 stations
involved were using FT8

Reports from overseas suggest on the morning of the 5th of December
2019, there was a remarkable tropo contact between Leigh, VK2KRR and
Peter, VK6KXW on 70cms and at a distance was 2,806 kms which
crossed over the Great Australian Bight, that part of the ocean
well noted for tropospheric ducting.

A few days earlier, on the 1st of December, there was an extensive
Sporadic-E opening on 144 MHz in the south-eastern part of Australia.
While this allowed contacts on the 2-metre band between various
Australian regions, the most remarkable opening was probably between
VK5 and the northern tip of New Zealand. WSPR beacon ZL1SIX was copied
at distance just over 3,170 kms

(sourced to SouthGate)



At present there are 545 Parks registered for Southern Africa on the
Worldwide Fauna and Flora database

8 in Eswatini
7 in Lesotho
13 in Botswana
10 in Mozambique
26 each in Namibia and Zimbabwe and
455 in South Africa.

The Southern African Parks-on-the-Air programme will run 1 January to
31 December 2020 with various awards available




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

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)

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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