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


Terrible, tragic news from Rotuman

Antoine, 3D2AG, who had been active from Rotuma since December 21st
has reported that his eldest son, aged 11 drowned on January 9th.

His son accompanied him on his latest trip to Rotuma.

They found his body early in the morning in the deep sea.

His burial was expected to be on the 11th, and all 3D2AG/p operations
are now QRT.


JARL focus is on Younger Generations and Women

In his New Year statement Japan Amateur Radio League President
Yoshinori Takao JG 1 KTC says JARL continues to focus on acquiring
new members of Younger generations and Women

He also said "The succession of amateur radio, which is a useful
means of communication, to the next generation and the development
of human resources in the radio field are considered to be important
social missions of the Japan Amateur Radio League."

He noted that during 2019 the JARL had requested Deregulation of the
licensing system and sought permission to allow hands-on
operation of an amateur radio station by unqualified persons.

Read Greetings from Japan Amateur Radio League President in
Google English at


Beijing's proposed ham radio regs raise concerns

ARRL reports on proposed changes to Beijing's Measures for the
Administration of Amateur Radio Stations which appear to threaten
136 kHz and most amateur bands above 146 MHz

ARRL say:
Lide Zhang, BI 8 CKU, told ARRL that the proposal would prohibit
amateur operation on the 2200-meter band as well as on 146 " 148 MHz,
1260 " 1300 MHz, 3400 " 3500 MHz, 5650 " 5725 MHz, and all bands
above 10 GHz.

Radio communications engineer and Chinese Amateur Satellite Group
CEO Alan Kung, BA 1 DU, told ARRL that government efforts to
eliminate some amateur bands are nothing new, but proposals that have
been aired for a while now are on the regulatory agency’s schedule.
BA1DU said he does not anticipate that all of the bands proposed will
be taken away, but he conceded that the climate will “undoubtedly”
become increasingly more dangerous for China’s amateur radio

The full translated version of the draft proposal is on


Tunisia issues personal licenses to operate

The first three Authorizations to Operate have been issued to 3
Tunisian radio amateurs. These are the first issued since 1956

The IARU Region 1 site reports:

3 V 8 HB, 3 V 8 MN and 3 V 1 MB will soon be on the air from their
homes rather than being restricted to operating from a club station.

Issuing individual authorisations to operate is a new process in
Tunisia and involves a number of stages, including equipment
conformity checks. This is great news for Tunisians that the process
now exists so that radio amateurs can practice their hobby from homes
in full compliance with the Tunisian Laws.


LED lamp interference forces IARUMS coordinator to leave role

The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports LED lamp
interference forced Wolf DK 2 OM to relinquish the role of IARUMS
Region 1 Coordinator

The newsletter says his daily monitoring work has, since April 2016,
ALEGEDLY been intentional hampered by interference from a
neighbouring LED lamp. It seems the Federal Network Agency,
BNetzA Eschborn, have not taken action against the interference.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS)
Region 1 December 2019 newsletter can be read at


Swiss special event station

Members of the Association des Radio- amateurs de la Cote (HB 9 HI)
have activated the special event station HE2JOJ until January 31st
to mark the 3rd edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games hosted in

The Youth Olympic Games, an international multi-sport event
organized by the International Olympic Committee, aim at
bringing together talented young athletes aged 15-18
from around the world.

QSL via HB9HI, direct or by the Bureau and a special certificate
will be available.

For complete information, see the following Web page on:




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


VHF - UHF SUMMER FIELD DAY - This weekend 18 and 19 January.




February 16-17 International DX CW Contest


March 2 - 3 International DX Phone Contest


WIA John Moyle Field Day 2020
Weekend of 21-22 March from UTC 0100 on the Saturday to 0059 Sunday 22.


March 28-29 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest


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


IARU HF World Championship July 13-14


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 this 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


December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW


DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide



This a year-long DX hunt, with participants competing to see who
can work the greatest number of countries and CQ zones during this
calendar year. The 2020 edition started at 00:00 UTC on 1 January
and ends at 23:59 UTC on 31 December 2020.

Complete details can be found at


4 award periods, each of 3 months starting in January of each
calendar year and 2 categories in the contest,

Top 5 you try and work the 5 most wanted DXCC entity's
Most Wanted you work the most wanted DXCC entity.

The dx entity's in play are those most wanted DURING those
3 month windows.

Complete details can be found at


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



Pete is active from the Cayman Islands as ZF 2 PG until today,
19th of January BUT he will also be there again for the CQ WPX SSB
Contest at the end of March. QSL via his home call K 8 PGJ.



ARI Fidenza will use a series of special callsigns throughout 2020
to commemorate twelve major events and achievements in Marconi's
life. This month, January, the callsign is II 4 BRN to commemorate
Marconi's birth in 1874.



Operating is GB 200 FN until the 3rd of February to commemorate the
200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. QSL direct
to M 0 XIG.



The Serbian CW Club are QRV with special call YT 50 SCWC during
2020 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. QSL via YU 1 MM.



Ears up for Roland, F 8 EN operating as FR / F 8 EN from Reunion
Island between January 23rd and February 18th. Roland will be using
CW only and will be on various HF bands. Send QSLs to F 6 AJA
through the R-E-F Bureau.


South Cook Islands

Donald, VE7DS, will be active as E 51 DDG from Rarotonga Island
(OC-013) between February 2-14th on 40/30/20/17 meters daily using
CW only. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.




As we heard from Jason a few minutes ago here in WIA national
news, all 3D2AG/p operations are now QRT. Our special thoughts and
prayers go to Antoine, 3D2AG and his Family



Tim VK2ZTM and VK2WI News would like to advise VK1WIA listeners
the Sunday evening 7.30 pm transmission resumes tonight after the
holiday break.

Also resuming will be the EchoLink coverage. For those who have
difficulties with the HF propagation, can make use of the streaming
service - which is available for both 10 am
and the 7.30 pm sessions.




FISTS Club - East Asia
FISTS Club - Australasia
FISTS Club - UK & Europe
FISTS Club - Americas

Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908

VK3GTV: High Speed Telegraphy Championships 2020, bringing us
"up to 'speed" is Bruce VK3FF

VK3FFF: The main event this year is the 17th IARU HST World
Championship. It will take place August 20-24 in Mongolia.

Wishing to spread HST to as many as possible countries,
IARU R1 HSTWG decided this year the Cup of Europe & Balkan
HST to be held in Albania.

Although not an IARU recognized event, this international
competition is widely accepted by HST community as an
opportunity for best competitors to check their form before
the world championship, teams to test new candidates for
national team, those who are not able to participate at
world championship can still enjoy top level competition
and for everyone else a nice opportunity to feel the
"HST adrenaline" and enjoy friendship.

Source IARU-R1

High Speed Telegraphy




VK3GTV: If you love ham radio, there's nothing like social media to
help you share that journey. Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT from Amateur
Radio Newsline spoke with one YL who has devoted a YouTube channel
to her adventures.

CARYN: "Hello my radio friends." With those four words, a YL named
Raisa, call sign UB1AOA, cheerfully begins yet another conversation
with the world. Raisa is from St. Petersburg, Russia but calls QRZ
most often as OH73ELK from a ham radio cottage on a Finnish island.
Off the air, Raisa continues her dialogue with the world on a YouTube
channel she created shortly after getting her radio license in
December of 2018. She calls her videos "My Way to Ham radio."

In more than a dozen short, episodes, she celebrates her new license,
hikes to a SOTA summit, tries out radio orienteering and cheers out
loud after making QSO number 1,000 as part of the OH73ELK contest
team. Raisa tells Newsline in an email: "I want to inspire new people
and then meet them on the air."

She received her own inspiration from three men, including her own
OM Alex UA1AJD. Although they helped guide her way in ham radio, she
hopes that sharing her love of the hobby will prove beyond question
that radio isn't just for boys and men.

In fact, sometimes it isn't for men at all. As Raisa tells Newsline
almost gleefully: "When we arrive at the cottage, Alex has no way to
go on the air because I am there with permanent pileups!"

VK3GTV: With thanks to Caryn, Editor of Amateur Radio Newsline.
To find Raisa's videos, search for YL Raisa on that’s Y-L space R-A-I-S-A.

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Virgin Orbit, AMSAT's launch for RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E, has announced
they expect to have their first test launch of LauncherOne, their
airborne-launched rocket, sometime in the second half of February.
The LauncherOne rocket is carried on the VO 747 Cosmic Girl aircraft.

If this first test flight is successful RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E is planned
for launch on the second flight of LauncherOne during 1Q 2020 on the
ELaNa XX mission

(amsat na)

50th Anniversary of the launch of Australis-Oscar-5

50 years ago, on 23rd January 1970, Australis-Oscar-A, the first
successful satellite to be constructed in Australia, was launched
into orbit from the Western Range of the Vandenberg Air Force Base
California. It was the first amateur satellite to be launched by
NASA and following the launch it officially became Oscar 5.

Oscar 5 was built during 1966, by members of the Melbourne University
Astronautical Society and Amateur Radio club, together with help from
other amateurs and the WIA.

It was taken to the United States in mid-1967, but was not launched
until 23rd January 1970, following the formation of the AMSAT
organisation which took over the responsibilities of the, by then,
defunct OSCAR organisation.

Australis-Oscar-A was launched by a Thor/Delta vehicle which also
placed a weather satellite, TIROS-M, (later ITOS-1) into a near polar
orbit at about 900 miles (1300Km) height.

OSCAR 5 had no translator facility, but did carry the most elaborate
telemetry system of any amateur satellite at that time. Telemetry
was transmitted on 144.05 MHz and also on 29.45 MHz. The latter
transmitter could be commanded off and on by ground stations.

Eight consecutive 6.5 second beacon channels carried tones,
signifying battery current, battery voltage, internal temperature
and skin temperature, these alternated with horizon sensors for the
X, Y, and Z axes, the tones from these being at different frequencies
depending on whether the sensor was “seeing” Earth or space.
The eighth channel carried the familiar “HI” identification.

Australis OSCAR 5 operated successfully up to mid-February 1970, when
its batteries failed, although the 29.45 MHz transmitter continued to
radiate carrier for another week or two.

This pioneering activity is a largely forgotten part of Australia’s
early space history.

After 50 years, we salute our citizen scientists and yesterday’s
makers, who were mostly amateur radio operators!

Oscar 5 is still orbiting our planet.

Some further AO-5 historical information and links are available on
the WIA website in the Historical section.

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

In Indonesia, amateur radio operators in the flood-besieged area
of Greater Jakarta have been providing support in a variety of ways
afflicted residents, including some of their own members of ORARI,
the Indonesian Organisation of Amateur Radio Operators.

According to accounts from Dani YB2TJV, Disaster Communication
Coordinator for IARU Region 3 and Irsan YC0OST (YC ZERO OST) of
ORARI, ORARI South Jakarta was among the regional centres throughout
Indonesia to receive a Radiogram from the Central ORARI office
seeking Disaster Management Communication Support.

Hams were asked to assist in the evacuation of local residents to
emergency shelters. The flooding had begun on the first of the year
with power outages and mudslides in the capital region hampering the
search for missing persons.

In addition to emergency communications detail, hams also assisted
with fundraising to help victims, some of whom were their own fellow

Hams helped distribute the cash contributions along with household

According to media accounts, officials were calling the floods the
area's worst since 2007.


A strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Puerto Rico early Tuesday
January 7 on the heels of a smaller magnitude 5.8 tremor a day
earlier. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority reported widespread
power outages after generating plants automatically activated
protective shutdown systems following the earthquake.

The Puerto Rico Governor urged citizens to remain calm. “The entire
government is active and in action,” he said in a tweet. “I ask our
people to remain calm and urge you to remain safe.” Government
offices have been shut down for the day.

It's been hard obtaining reports of damage or injuries because
communications are out over much of the island. Geologists had
warned of additional seismic activity following the January 6
earthquake. Tremors have been occurring in some areas of Puerto Rico
since December 28.

ARRL Puerto Rico Public Information Officer Angel Santana, WP3GW,
said the earthquakes have damaged homes in communities, with
aftershocks being felt. A tsunami advisory for Puerto Rico and the
Virgin Islands was cancelled minutes after being issued. Santana said
the PREMA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated.

Santana said VHF and UHF repeater systems having emergency power
carried reports of power outages and other information. ARRL
Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, told ARRL that no
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) activations have been


Due to the Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines last Sunday
that caused ash fall and evacuation in affected area over 100 km,
please keep clear on 7.095 MHz as used by the Philippines Amateur
Radio Association (PARA) for emcomm.

Thank you.
Dani, YB2TJV
Emcomm Coordinator IARU R3

(wia front page news)



VK3GTV: As the bush fire crisis continues here in VK, groups of
highly specialized amateurs turn their talents toward the crisis.
Jason Daniels VK2LAW tells us about these operators who are normally
found on high summits.

JASON: In Australia, they're familiar to one another largely as
activators and chasers on SOTA summits. Now they are part of the
burgeoning roll call of well-known hams supporting emergency response
agencies battling the historic bush fires:

WADE: So we've got the two Andrews, VK1DA and VK1AD. We've got Compton
VK2HRX, Matt VK1MA, Tony VK1VIC/VK2VIC as well. And Graham VK1GVC who
has been helping us out in the Fire Control centres as well and myself
Wade VK1MIC.

JASON: That was SOTA activator Wade Smith VK1MIC, a volunteer in the
Australian Capital Territory VK1 and on the local committee for the
state WICEN Group. He and so many other summit chasers and activators
are supporting emergency responders by harnessing the creative
problem-solving they use on the summits, along with stamina, topographic
acumen and the ability to communicate concisely.

WADE: It's a credit to the relationships and to the friendships born
through this section of the hobby that we were able to not only step up
but we were asked. I think a lot of skills that come through SOTA were
seen and recognized for what they were - an asset to the emergency
services that we were supporting.

JASON: They are volunteers of all ages, deployed in rotation to sit with
Rural Fire Service communicators or assist with logging, relaying
weather and welfare, restoring repeaters - even cooking meals. If they
weren't part of the emergency services before, they are now - and it
puts them on a very different kind of summit.

WADE: It's a horrific tragedy but we're also seeing the very best.

VK3GTV: With thanks to Amateur Radio Newsline that was our own
Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

(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.

YOTA Month a Success in the Americas

Youth-operated amateur radio stations in the western hemisphere
contribute 12,000 + QSOs to the worldwide special event celebrating
youth in amateur radio during the month of December.

US operators asked for their favourite aspect of YOTA Month included
Mason, KM4SII who said, “Operating wise - it was definitely the
pileups… I love a good pileup. Apart from that, it was great getting
to be part of a group of youngsters that are all into the hobby.
Even though we weren’t physically working together, we all got to be
part of the YOTA program over the air.”

(Neil Rapp WB9VPG)


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)

VK3 - Melbourne QRP by the Bay Sat Feb 8 from 3pm. (vk3ye)

It's an occasional gathering of homebrewers, QRPers
and portable operators. Normally between about 15 and 30
people show up for a very convivial couple of hours.
Bring yourself, an idea and an interesting piece of equipment.
Gather at Chelsea beach near the lifesaving club and
afterwards a lot of the crew go for tea at a local restaurant.

Event Facebook page on

VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY 23rd February 2020 (vk2ji)

Stop press! Here’s the latest on the Wyong Field Day!

It’s no longer a field DAY rather Wyong is now a full weekend
event starting at 12:30pm on Saturday with the Foxhunt, going
on to the dinner on Saturday night and then of course the “main
event” on Sunday will run through from 8:30am until 4:00pm.

For the Foxhunt on Saturday afternoon we need those who are
interested to go to website and complete the entrants form, so
that we can gauge if we have sufficient numbers to go ahead or
perhaps whether we need to get more volunteers to run the event
if there’s a big turn-out. There is minimal amount of rule
information on the webpage at the moment, more will, of course,
be added closer to the event. REMEMBER don’t rock-up and expect
to take part if you haven’t registered your intent through the
entrance form. Please register!

The Saturday night get-together will be at the historic Grand
Hotel in Wyong " the invitation goes out to all hams, SWLs and
family who are in the vicinity. Full details to follow nearer
the day.

Are you clearing out your shack? Don’t forget the Car Boot
Sales at the field day with all under cover-spots for up to 60
cars. Pay at the Howarth St. gate as you come in from 6:00am.
Get there as early as you can to get the best spot to get rid
of your "trash" so you have some money to buy your "new
treasures" to take home with you. For all information and costs
look at FIELDDAY.ORG.AU under the Car Boot Sale tab. That’s
where you want to go for all information about the biggest
Aussie amateur event of 2020 …. In fact, of any year! The Wyong
Field Day at Wyong racecourse on February 23rd " and don’t
forget the fun and games on the 22nd!

For the Central Coast amateur radio Club this was Ed VK2JI.

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

VK7 - Meet the Voice event, Ross Recreation Centre Sun 22 March (vk7tw)

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

VK6 - PerthTech May 2 at Bassendean (vk6pop)

Following the outstanding success of PerthTech 2019, W.A.
Amateur Radio News is pleased to present PerthTech 2020
a One Day Amateur Radio Seminar with a wide variety of subjects

As a service to Amateur Radio, attendance at PerthTech is free
of charge.

Call for Abstracts
We are calling now for potential presenters to submit an
abstract for their proposed presentation Do this online at

Even though the event is free, we require prior registration and
payment for lunch, which can be done online, prior to the event.
Check our website to find out when registrations open.

A small number of tables will be allocated free of charge to
Amateur Radio related trade, technical or club exhibitors on
application, one table per organisation/exhibitor.

So mark your calendar and set aside Saturday 2nd May 2020 for a
day you must not miss. PerthTech is organised and conducted by
WA Amateur Radio News, Inc., and our website is

Venue is the Bassendean Community Centre, 48 Old Perth Road,
Bassendean 6053

Contact Bob VK6POP

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

VK5 - South East Radio Group Annual Convention and
Australian Fox Hunting Championships. June 6-8 (vk5hcf)

Start Time : Sat. 12 noon.
End Time : Sunday 4 p.m.

HamFest featuring new and second hand tables, Full catering.
Fox hunt events all weekend including night time events.

VK4 - Caboolture Radio Club HamFest July 11 (vk7jea)

It will be held adjacent to the Club house at Scouts Den,
169 Smiths Road Caboolture.

It all happens Saturday 11th July with canteen open before
first light and the hall opens at 8am for sales.

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

VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest November (vk7tw)


Ladies and Gentlemen,

in August 2020 to the end of 2020 we are planning a motorhome tour
of several months from Cairns along the coast of Australia via
Brisbane - Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne to Adelaide (8-10 Weeks)
and via Tasmania (1-2 Weeks) to New Zealand (6-8 Weeks) from
Auckland via Wellington to Christ Church.

I am qrv with Short-wave and 2m/70cm FM and in D-Star.

As a radio amateur (my call is DF6FQ) I am interested in technical
museums, especially radio-, radar-, short-wave radio museums,
communication museums or special amateur radio museums. Are there
amateur radio activities in the sense of amateur radio fairs /
amateur radio events, also regional during my trip and in the area
of my tour?

I am also interested in natural science museums.

If you have an overview of these museums, please send it to me with
the addresses of the museums or dates for 2020.

I am particularly interested in military history topics on the 1st
and 2nd World Wars, in military history museums and especially in
exhibitions or museums dealing with the development of radio,
communication, radar and rocket technology from the begin to 2000.

If you have an address list of such museums or historical sites,
memorials, special exhibitions etc. which are on the route from
Cairns to Melbourne or New Zealand in the second half of 2020, please
send it to me. So far I only know that a German tank of the
1st World War is on display in Brisbane in the Museum of Natural
History .

Thank you very much for your effort.

Yours sincerely
Vy 73 de

Jürgen, DF6FQ
Dr. phil. Jürgen Nimbler
Mainstr. 4
Germany 63796 Kahl

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