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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEBRUARY 2 - 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIW DIRECTOR Mike VK8MA
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
A CONTACT SPORT!
Remaining logs for the Summer VHF-UHF Field Day, held over the
weekend of 18-19 January, HAVE to be uploaded BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Monday 3rd February - that's TOMORROW NIGHT.
If you haven't completed loading your contacts into the VKCL logging
program - even if you only made fewer than 20 contacts - it's just a
teensy chore, won't take long, so GET CRACKING!
That from the past WIA Director and interim VHF-UHF Field Day Contest
Manager, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
LOCK THE ROCK
Ancient Australian crystals unlock history of Earth's first magnetic
Tiny crystals here in VK are helping scientists unlock the ancient
history of our planet's first magnetic field, which disappeared
hundreds of millions of years ago. And the crystals show that this
field was a lot more powerful than anyone believed. That, in turn,
could help answer a question about why life emerged on Earth.
Those tiny, old crystals are locked in rocks that date to well over
half a billion years ago. At the time, tiny magnetic particles
floated in the molten rock. But as that rock cooled, the particles,
which aligned to the magnetic field orientation at the time, locked
into place. And those particles still sit in a pose suggesting that
they were influenced by a much more powerful magnetic field than
scientists had assumed, a new study reveals.
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Greg VK2GPK (President), Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary),
Mike VK8MA, Aidan VK4APN, John VK4JJW
Hi Everyone, this is Mike VK8MA a director of the WIA Board.
I am sure you will all remember that we have been undertaking setting
up a polling mechanism to cover any issues we believe need addressing.
As a result of a request from ACMA to conduct an appropriate survey
of licenced amateurs on the question of 7 character callsigns, we are
pleased to announce that the poll has now been produced and is ready
for immediate release. Once again we want to clarify that this poll
is open to all licenced amateurs whether or not they are WIA members.
WIA members are automatically registered but any non-WIA Amateurs can
register at the special address poll.wia.org.au
Each Amateur can vote only once.
The poll will remain open for several weeks. At the closing of the
poll, the poll results will be made available for public scrutiny
and results forwarded to ACMA. This polling mechanism will be used
for future issues surrounding the service as deemed appropriate.
A reminder also that award nominations are open and all details can
be found on
If you know someone that is deserving of recognition, take the time
to fill out the nomination form and submit it.
And finally, we hope to see as many Amateurs as possible at the
2020 AGM in Hobart in early May. All relevant information and
accommodation suggestions are at the WIA website. Head to the
2020 AGM link.
This has been Mike VK8MA on behalf of the Board.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
Cross the ditch in New Zealand the status of the 5 MHz (60 metre)
trial licence that was due to expire on 24 January 2020 has been
extended with both RSM and NZ Defence agreeing to an extension
for a further six months until 24 July 2020.
Conditions of use remain the same as previously.
If you already hold a sub-licence from New Zealand Association of
Radio Transmitters you do not need to change anything.
Amateur radio conference in Munich
DARC district of Upper Bavaria is holding the conference together
with the Munich University of Applied Sciences at the end of February.
14 lectures cover many topics, from 8 kHz to 10 GHz, digital radio
on shortwave and higher, and various construction projects.
Further details can be found on the website
ITY SURROUNDS SWEDISH LICENSES
Candidates for radio permits in Sweden are being asked to have a
lot more patience as their paperwork is being processed.
The nation's telecommunications regulator is advising applicants to
allow extra time for the processing of their paperwork because of a
more thorough review required from 1st January. Sweden's Electronic
Communications Act has new provisions that require additional
oversight by the Armed Forces and Security Police.
The estimate for paperwork is now a minimum of 2 or 3 more weeks
beyond the customary waiting period.
On Friday, January 24, 2020, the US President signed into law:
H.R. 583, the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act”
or the “PIRATE Act,” which authorizes enhanced penalties for pirate
radio broadcasters and requires the Federal Communications Commission
to increase enforcement activities
Winlink Development Team Members Awarded Tennessee Military
Department Patriot Medals
In a recent ceremony, two members were awarded the Military
Department of Tennessee Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot
Steve Waterman, K4CJX, was awarded “for his distinguished patriotic
service as the Winlink Network Administrator,” citing his “vision,
hard work, and dedication to emergency communication that contributed
significantly to the disaster readiness and communications
interoperability of the emergency responders across the United States
and the world.”
Phil Sherrod, W4PHS, was awarded the medal “for his distinguished
patriotic service as the lead developer for Winlink,” with “technical
skill, hard work, and dedication to emergency communication that
contributed significantly to the disaster readiness and
communications interoperability of the emergency responders across
the United States and the world.”
SOMEWHERE IN THE ATLANTIC
DIVING DEEP FOR 'THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS RADIO'
For our final international story, we ask: What extremes would YOU
go to to get your hands on an old radio?
If that radio is the wireless transmitter that operator Jack Phillips
used April 15, 1912 to summon help for the doomed RMS Titanic, those
extremes likely include ocean depths. The United States company that
has salvage rights to the wreckage is ready to make that trip - and
It's asking a U.S. District Court judge in Eastern Virginia to
approve an undersea expedition to the ship's interior to retrieve
the Marconi transmitter that summoned the RMS Carpathia. It sent the
message: "Come at once. We have struck a berg. It's a CQD, old man."
In an agreement reached recently between two countries, Britain
and the United States, both have the authority to grant or refuse
permission for such missions.
RMS Titanic Inc., the U.S. company hoping to make the trip, noted in
its court papers that while the radio room itself has stayed somewhat
unscathed, holes are forming in the deckhouse directly above it,
placing the Marconi set in peril. The Washington Post said that
Parks Stephenson, a Titanic expert, called the transmitter
"the world's most famous radio."
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
February 16-17 ARRL's International DX CW Contest
CQ WW SSB contest February 22-23
March 2 - 3 International DX Phone Contest sponsored by the ARRL
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 for amateurs world-wide to
contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
The date for the next Harry Angel Sprint will be Saturday
May 2nd 2020. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.
May 30-31 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest for amateurs worldwide to
contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
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
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
Next contest - 17 JUL 2020 - and has the aim of encouraging
Low Band activity between VK and ZL on 160 80 and 40M using
SSB, CW and RTTY OR PSK
RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16
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
CQ WW DX SSB OCTOBER 24-25
CQ WW DX CW NOVEMBER 28-29
December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW
DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide
All major AUSTRALIAN contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
THROUGH THE DX WINDOW
On Reunion Island, Roland F 8 EN is active as FR/F8EN until the 19th
of March and will be operating CW only on all HF bands.
QSL to F 6 AJA.
Be listening for Peter DC-ZERO-KK who is on the air as 4S7KKG from
Sri Lanka until the 30th of March. He can be most readily found
using CW and the digital modes. Send QSLs to his home call sign
DC 0 KK
VP 2 MCV Montserrat in the Caribbean on air until today Feb 2
CW on the HF bands and logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.
Operating is GB 200 FN until tomorrow, February 3 commemorating the
200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. QSL direct
to M 0 XIG.
Ali, EP3CQ is QRV as 6 O 1 OO from Mogadishu until February 5.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via operator's instructions.
El Salvador until 13th February. Callsign HU 1 DL.
The usual prefix for El Salvador is YS so the HU prefix will attract
added attention to the expedition. They will be active on all bands
160 " 6m on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
Gambia, C 5 XW til " 7th February mainly SSB 40 " 17m and possibly
some CW. QSLs go via the RSGB bureau.
Operator is Russell G5XW
Ears up for Roland, F 8 EN operating as FR / F 8 EN from Reunion
Island until February 18. Roland is keying CW only on various
HF bands. Send QSLs to F6AJA, direct or through the R-E-F Bureau.
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
Caye Caulker Island
Robert, will be active as V 31 CO from Caye Caulker Island
(NA-105) started February 1, for 3 weeks on various HF bands using
CW, RTTY and FT8.
Robert bought a condo on the Island of Caye Caulker in October of
2019 so now plans on being active on a fairly regular basis
throughout the coming years.
QSL via his home callsign W0YBS.
For more details and updates, see: http://w0ybs.com
South Cook Islands
Donald, VE7DS, is active as E 51 DDG from Rarotonga Island
(OC-013) until February 14 on 40/30/20/17 meters daily using
CW only. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.
Norfolk Island operation
Janusz, SP9FIH, is active as VK9NK from Norfolk Island (OC-005)
until 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.
DENMARK - GREENLAND
Many Greenland and Danish radio amateur stations are celebrating the
80th birthday of H.M. The Queen of Denmark in these two DXCC entities
Look for special event stations OX 8 0HM and OZ 8 0HM to be active on
all bands until April 16th. A special royal award will be available.
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
In 2020, radio amateurs in the North Limburg region of the
Netherlands, are 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 www.pa75ov.nl contains information from
Operation Veritable and for PA75OV.
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.
Special call sign ZS 95 SARL celebrates the 95th birthday of the
South African League during 2020. Nany ZS Clubs will sign ZS 95 SARL
(sourced to sarl)
Southgate AR News is now on Shortwave Radio
They have a regular Sunday morning news broadcast on
ShortWaveRadio.de tune in every Sunday at 10am UTC, 3975 & 6160 kHz.
The programme is repeated at 14:00 UTC on 6160 kHz and
16:00 UTC on 3975 kHz
From time to time portions of this, the WIA National News will also
Hi, I’m Ed VK2JI
It’s great to hear QNEWS over the local repeater but what if you’re
out of range on Sunday or you’re living abroad for a while? Yes, you
might be able to connect into a repeater via EchoLink or tune a
remote receiver but in both cases, you have to be around at the same
time as the broadcast is being sent.
Podcasts are a way of you getting the broadcast sent automatically
to your smartphone or tablet or PC for free, so that it’s there when
YOU are ready to listen to it, even when, later, you have no Internet
Well QNEWS is now available as one of these podcasts.
If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad " you already have the program
(or App as they are called on mobile devices) which you need as
QNEWS is published to the Apple Podcasts site which you may know
as iTunes, simply search for QNEWS. If you have an Android
Smartphone or tablet there are lots of Apps that you can use. A very
easy one, that even saves you having to search for Podcasts about
Amateur radio, lists all of the major ones in the App " (including
QNEWS is called “Ham Radio Podcasts” and comes in both a free (with
adverts) version and a paid version.
Another advantage of podcasts is that they tend to be published a
couple of days before the content is broadcast over the repeaters so
you can be “ahead of the curve” with your mates telling them the news
before they hear it themselves!
Hey, it’s all good fun and just another way to listen to your QNEWS
ARRL launches 'On the Air' - a new podcast for beginner to
intermediate amateur radio operators.
For those who are just getting started on their journey in amateur
radio, ARRL launched a new podcast aimed at providing support and
encouragement to help you get the most out of this hobby.
The first episode of the 'On the Air' podcast is available now
where ever you get your favourite 'pods and new episodes will be
The podcast is Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, Beck is also the editor of
the new bimonthly On the Air magazine. The goal of both the
magazine and the podcast is to offer new and beginner to intermediate
level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio
Episodes will also be archived on the ARRL web site on
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
Particularly for our ATV clubs searching for material to air,
this could be of interest!
In the latest of his "Radio Adventures" YouTube series, Richard G3CWI
takes a light-hearted look at whether FT8 or CW is better during a
Since Richard launched the Radio Adventures series in November it has
grown to having over 15 videos covering topics such as magnetic loop
antennas and making a portable 80-10m doublet. Also included in the
mix are more general videos such as looking at the best seating
options for operating in the field.
The focus is always on the more adventurous side of amateur radio
with new content uploaded weekly.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
FRIENDS HELP FULFILL DREAM HELD BY A SILENT KEY
For one group of YLs, the bonds of radio friendship can never be
dissolved - even after that friend's station has gone forever silent.
For that story we turn to Heather Embee K-B-3-T-ZED-D.
HEATHER: An international group of YLs is united as much in
friendship as in grief for a Silent Key among them.
Her name was Carine DuBois and her call sign was F5ISY.
She died last November before she could see one of her
dreams to completion - the staging of a worldwide contest,
"The Day of YLs," to celebrate women on the radio everywhere.
Jenni Eileen Jones M0ZHT is among the many YLs worldwide
working to make it happen. She told Newsline it will take
place on the 24th and 25th of May on HF as well as VHF with
operators using SSB, CW and RTTY. OMs are welcome too and of
course Shortwave Listeners can also log the stations they
Jenni said many of the organizers knew Carine or had worked
her station. The contest, which she'd dreamed of, is their
tribute to her. The event has its own Facebook page where
many of the YLs will be posting updates until contest
weekend. Jenni said there is also a second contest planned
in November, to mark the anniversary of Carine's death.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Heather Embee KB3TZD.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MILITARY
U.S. MILITARY REPORTEDLY SCAMMED BY ANTENNA DEAL
If you've ever bought a piece of radio equipment that turned out NOT
to be quite what you'd ordered, you're in good company with some
folks at the Pentagon.
The United States Navy's Special Warfare Command thought it was
buying 450 VHF/UHF ultra-light wearable body antennas for use by its
elite Navy SEAL teams. Instead it got scammed by a delivery of cheap
knockoff antennas, according to federal officials quoted in a recent
report on the website Quartz and broadcast on Amateur Radio Newsline.
The Navy had been shopping last year specifically for antennas made
by the New York-based company, Mastodon Design. The antennas were to
be delivered by a small business authorized to be a dealer or
reseller of Mastodon products. The winning bid was submitted by
California-based Vizocom which -- according to the US Navy's account
of the deal, instead delivered lower-cost substitutes that had been
provided with fake spec sheets and serial numbers identifying them
as Mastodon products.
It cost the Pentagon $165,000 but according to investigators' review
of the company's purchase order, Vizocom paid little more than
$12,000 for the antennas. Details in a government search warrant of
Vizocom's premises said that when the special operations force
received the antennas, their poor quality was evident and they looked
different from previous Mastodon products used by the SEALs.
According to Quartz, the investigation is still under way.
No official charges have been filed.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
We’re back again!
This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia’s first bulletin for 2020 goes to air tomorrow,
Monday February 3rd.
This month as well as the latest Club News, we have for you a report
from NASA entitled Solar Cycle 25 to Peak in 2025; an item about
“Pop” Medhurst, a Tasmanian pioneer in wireless, and a pithy piece
from the past about that infamous amateur Bill Blitheringtwit.
Full details of morning and evening broadcast times and frequencies
are published on the Club website, www.raotc.org.au
There have been some changes recently including new transmissions via
Digital Mobile Radio on the VK DMR network Talk Group 5, at 1100 hrs
VK3 time, 00 hours UTC, so I would recommend that you have a look.
Once again, www.raotc.org.au and click on ”Broadcasts”.
Everyone is most welcome to tune in and to join in the call backs
afterwards. If none of the broadcast times suit you, you can
download the audio file from our website at any time as from today.
If you do listen via the internet, would you please email your
feedback to us.
Once again, check the RAOTC website for your local transmission
schedule, tune in tomorrow or download the file for the February
bulletin, and we look forward to hearing your call sign in the
call backs afterwards.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
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
You'll recall mid-January we reported on a BBC show highlighting
AR activities during the infamous Australian Bushfires.
Well it turns out that BBC World Service presenter is a radio amateur
Gareth Mitchell M7GJM is well known as presenter of BBC's
Digital Planet. He got his amateur licence in 2019 and since
getting his licence, Gareth M7GJM has been mentioning amateur radio
in his BBC World Service show, most recently, featuring how radio
hams here in Australia have been helping with emergency comms.
Read the Essex Ham story on
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
NOT ONLY BROKEN BUT SMASHED!
New IARU Region 1 record on 134 GHz
A STAGGERING 65 km
Michael Kuhne DB6NT and Roland Becker DK4RC have achieved a new
record on this pioneering ham band, 134 - 141 Ghz. On December 29,
2019 they exchanged reports on BOTH CW and SSB over a 65km path.
Putting this into an Aussie perspective, 10 days earlier, the VK
record stood at 0.05 Kms and this had stood since 2011 and was held
by VK3's XPD and ZQD. Then the 0.05 was extended to a whopping
3.8kms by VK4's FB and CSD December 20 2019.
So this new 65 KILOMETER record in region One is nothing short of
Further details on
2020 Social Scene
VK3 - Melbourne QRP by the Bay Sat Feb 8 from 3pm. (vk3ye)
VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY 23rd February 2020 (vk2ji)
FAMILY …… Just as important as the visit to Wyong at the end of the
month is how to keep the family entertained if they’re coming along
There are a lot of interesting things to do on the Central Coast
from the beaches to the reptile park and other attractions but this
year the CCARC have added some extra possibilities at the race course
For the youngsters there will be a bouncing castle and sweet tooth
fairy floss, slushies and snow cones. …. I suggest they take care of
the bouncing castle BEFORE the ice creams otherwise things could get
messy! For the energetic better half, what about a bucking bronco
ride? See how long she or he can stay on the bull. Again, perhaps
refreshments are better kept until after the ride. If the wife is not
so energetic there are two tables of jewellery made from locally
sourced Australian Gems - necklaces, bracelets and earrings. A small
purchase here might soften the blow when you bring home all your new
Expressions of interest are coming in for the Foxhunt on Saturday,
of which we will now run two, so please get your registration in
quickly if you haven’t already done so, if you want to take part.
We now have a program of additional lectures for the second lecture
room " more on that in next week’s news item. Suffice to say you’ll
need to choose your options between the two rooms to make sure you
don’t miss some very interest lectures.
The Wyong Field day takes place from 8:30 am on Sunday 23rd February
at Wyong Racecourse an hour north of Sydney in New South Wales,
Australia. The Foxhunts and Field Day meal on Saturday the 22nd.
For full details of everything around the Field Day take your web
browser to FIELDDAY (dot) ORG (dot) AU.
For the Central Coast ARC, this was Ed VK2JI.
VK4 - Tannum Sands Gathering March 14 (wia)
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)
VK - WIA Annual Conference, Hobart 8-10 May. (vk7tw)
VK4 - CHARC Theresa Creek Campout Friday 29 til Sunday 31 May (wia)
VK5 - South East Radio Group Annual Convention and
Australian Fox Hunting Championships. June 6-8 (vk5hcf)
VK4 - Caboolture Radio Club HamFest July 11 (vk7jea)
VK4 - CHARC Inc. AGM Weekend Sept 25-27 at Fairbairn Dam (wia events)
VK - ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo October 2 - 5 (vk5yl)
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest November (vk7tw)
VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp 2021
Thursday afternoon 21st to Tuesday afternoon 26th January 2021
Girl Guides Association of Queensland Campsite and Training
Centre, 46-56 Toolakea Beach Road, Bluewater.
AX4WIT will be on-air from the camp. (vk4zz)
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