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WIA Awards Manager Graham Alston, VK3GA and new DXCC Certificates. -

WIA Director (elect) Lee Moyle VK3GK, lets celebrate.


VK QRP Club QRP Hours contest

This item will still be current for all who access our early edition
of the news, but if your listening Sunday or worse the Monday
broadcasts its "reached its use by date."

So before any more time beats us, the QRP Course contest runs this
Saturday 18th April starting at 10:00 UTC on Saturday evening or
8pm local time in the east, 7:30pm in central Australia and 6pm in
the West. With more, Andrew vk1da

"Please take a look at the rules, which you can find on the website, just look for the Contests page using the
menu at the top of any page of the site.

What power can you run in this event? Well, any power you are
licensed for, but if you want to be considered a QRP station, an
output power of 10w peak on SSB or 5w on CW and digital modes is
considered QRP. If you wish to run your normal power of 100 or more
watts, please mark your log with the power used. Every contact you
make in the event with QRP stations is appreciated. It makes it
more fun if there are more contacts available.

If we have good conditions on 80m it should be quite feasible for
contacts to be made across the continent and across the Tasman to ZL.

As the contest runs on Saturday night, it will be over by the time
this news broadcast goes to air on Sunday, so for those who did
operate in the contest, please submit your log. It gives us a good
idea of how much interest there is in the event.

In the last few years we have also run an event on 40m in October.
Conditions have not really been favourable for the contest on 40m
but we still expect to try it again in October this year.

73, Andrew vk1da for the VK QRP club."

Australia to supply IED-defeating devices to Afghanistan

Department of Defence will work with Australian industry to
manufacture and deliver more than 15,000 lifesaving SILVERSHIELD
units to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces this

SILVERSHIELD is the latest in-vehicle mounted system being developed
under the REDWING program, which provides protection against
radio-controlled improvised explosive devices.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said that the capability would
boost the ANDSF’s ability to operate confidently in a high-threat
environment. “The REDWING program is one of Australia’s largest
contributions to the Afghan security forces through the Afghan
National Army Trust Fund,” Minister Reynolds said.

Since 2015, Australian industry, in collaboration with Defence, has
produced and exported more than 224,000 individual and
vehicle-mounted REDWING systems to the ANDSF.

Final assembly of SILVERSHIELD units will take place at L3 Micreo’s
facility in Brisbane, with component parts sourced from companies
across Australia, including:

Axiom Precision Manufacturing (based in Adelaide)
SRX Global (Melbourne)
ZCG Scalar (Lindenow, Victoria)
LINTEK (Queanbeyan)

“The success of the REDWING program is a result of the remarkable
diversity of Australia’s defence industry nationwide,” said the
Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price.

“The program continues to be recognised as a leading example of
innovation and industry working together, most recently at the
2018 Essington Lewis Awards, which recognise excellence in
Australia’s defence industry.”

Amendments allow Telcos to deploy temporary facilities

The federal government has amended the Telecommunications
(Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018 and the
Telecommunications Code of Practice 2018 to enable carriers to
deploy temporary capabilities as approved low-impact facilities
in certain circumstances including emergencies. These include
cells on wheels for temporary cellular network coverage, and
networks on wheels which can be deployed by NBN Co to provide
temporary nbn services.

“This summer’s severe bushfires demonstrated the importance of
telecommunications carriers making use of their temporary network
assets to provide quality services to Australian families and
businesses,” said the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and
the Arts, Paul Fletcher.

“In the aftermath of the bushfires, when safe to do so, the Telcos
deployed temporary facilities to keep impacted communities connected.

These changes to telecommunications regulations make it more
efficient for them to do so in future and provide the Telcos more
flexibility to respond quickly in rapidly changing circumstances.”
The amendments will also enable carriers to continue to provide
emergency services such as fire, police and ambulance services
access to essential telecommunications services.

Safeguards and conditions apply to carriers deploying these types of
facilities, including time limits, height limits and rules on where
the facility can be located.


Not a WIA Member? details email
OR the link on bottom right of

WIA board minutes can be found on click
WIA Information.


Keep an eye out for formal communication from the WIA Board in a
important news relase this week.
I recieved emails from both Mike VK8MA and John VK4JJW to say they had
chosen to step down from the WIA board.

I did receive a voice call from Director Aidan VK4APN
to clarify a news item written by ARNewsLine about
a poll. Yes Poll #2 WAS open to all VK Amateurs, and VK4APN was to
give a recorded background on it and poll #3 about to be launched.

Unfortunately due to an unforseen family commitment Aidans item was
unable to be provided so in Aidans place here is that
American written report on the Australian poll read by your's truly.

( AUDIO INTENSIVE look for script on link
AND NewsLine for Friday 17th April 2020 )

Nicely read Graham .. HiHi

A breath of fresh air is the work WIA Director elect, VK3GK
Lee Moyle, is already doing for we hams. Felix will have Lee join him
during operational news with what he has planned in how our WIA
celebrated World Amateur Radio Day and also our 110 Years Anniversary

Also joining Felix will be Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA Awards Manager
with a look at our new DXCC Certificates.

Now just ahead of Jason VK2LAW and the International news, this news
has more than just a little International flavouring, be it from
right here in VK.

Joining us is HIT RADIO - none other than VK4HIT and Allan Roebuck.

Ipswich and District Radio Club VK4WIP
For a full list of repeaters -
For WIA 19 April 2020


Well we have all been hearing that we should stay at home and
self-isolate, but what do we do when we are at home?

For many of us Amateurs that presents a great opportunity to get on
the air and chat to others, and make new friends, something that
most of us have been saying for a long time that we didn’t have time
for! Well time is now in abundance due to the current Pandemic!

Recently, Saturday, April 4, Ipswich and District Radio Club
reacquainted themselves with their sister club, the Maple Ridge
Amateur Radio Club, in British Columbia in Canada. Through the
efforts of Dave VA7DBJ and Greg VK4GJW, an on-air meeting of club
members was organised though an IRLP linkup, utilising each clubs
IRPL repeater on both sides of the globe. With Paul VA7XQ doing an
excellent job of Net Controller, the cats were herded, introductions
were made, and both clubs ended up learning a lot more about each
other, and how we were all making our way through this uncomfortable

Approximately 20 members from the Maple Ridge club, chatted with
6 members from the Ipswich club, and a great time of chatting and
fellowship was had by all, lasting for nearly two and half hours.

Feedback from members on both sides was very positive, with everyone
enjoying their time of getting to know one another and reinvigorating
the sister club partnership that was first formed back in 2011. Both
clubs have vowed to keep the contact going, and this can only be a
great thing for Amateur Radio and global friendship.

So, don’t be bored at home, get on the radio. Don’t wait for
conditions to improve, use the technology available at your
fingertips and explore the world via IRLP or ECHOLINK. I am sure you
will find many likeminded people out there looking to pass the time
in home isolation! And maybe, like the Ipswich and District Radio
Club, you could form a friendship and partnership with another club
on the other side of globe!

Don’t forget, Amateur Radio has been practicing Social Distancing
for over 100 years. All of us are experts at it.

Reporting from Ipswich this is Allan Roebuck, VK4HIT.



Harry Angel Sprint, it happens
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
using CW.


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



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



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.


The WIA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the release of
updated, modern Certificates for our multi-mode and multi-band DXCC

Thanks to the generous efforts of Robert Broomhead (VK3DN) and
Marc Hillman (VK3OHM), these new certificates are professionally
designed and have a crisp modern look, all in high definition. The
new Certificates now follow a consistent design, using a modern
tool set. The endorsement stamps have also been updated.

The list of awards with new certificates are as follows:

DXCC Multi-mode (Open) Gold
DXCC Multi-mode (CW) Blue
DXCC Multi-mode (Phone) Green
DXCC Multi-mode (Digital) Red

DXCC Multi-band (1) Brown
DXCC Multi-band (3) Orange
DXCC Multi-band (5) Green
DXCC Multi-band (7) Purple
DXCC Multi-band (8) Grey
DXCC Multi-band (9) White.

You are invited to reprint your existing certificates. Advice on how
to achieve the best prints has also been provided on the website
under the 'View Awards' page once you have logged into the awards

Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA Awards Manager, on behalf of the
Awards Committee


Now News from the ANZAC front - RadioAmateurs remember with now not
one but TWO events.

First is the long running, in fact NINE YEAR event we proudly know as
AM and CW on ANZAC Day.

The event honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier
wars and the event idea came from a conversation between
Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK) and a World War II PNG Coastwatcher
Lionel Veale.

We VK and ZL Operators are asked to consider changing modes on
ANZAC Day radio nets, as an honour and Amateur Radio salute to
those who served or are serving.

On the '2nd front' a new one pops up, known as the Anzac Day QSO Party.

To help overcome the current restrictions, The St George Amateur
Radio Society will be sponsoring a QSO Party on Anzac Day, Saturday
25th April 2020. The intention of the QSO party is for amateur radio
operators to keep in contact “on air” with fellow operators, and to
recognise the service of many amateur radio operators from both sides
of the Tasman Sea, in defending our freedom.

The Anzac Day QSO Party commences at 3pm Eastern Standard time
and concludes at 9.00pm.

Bands and modes of communication are 40m and 80m SSB,
VK2RLE and VK2RDX 2m VHF FM repeaters and
the VK DMR network.

The QSO Party is open to all amateur radio operators with a
participation certificate available, which recognises of the aims of
this event. Complete operating and participation details are
available on The St George Amateur Radio Society web site

and now to to WIA Director - elect - Lee Moyle VK3GK

WIA celebrates World Amateur Radio Day and 110 Years Anniversary
"Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society"

From yesterday, Saturday, April 18th and for a period of six months,
The Wireless Institute of Australia will be activating a special
on-air event to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day and the
WIA’s 110 Years Anniversary.

Every year on April 18th, Radio Amateurs worldwide take to the
airwaves in celebration of Amateur Radio and to commemorate the
formation of the International Amateur Radio Union April 18th, 1925.

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can
show our capabilities to the public and promote global friendship
among Amateurs worldwide.

The theme of World Amateur Radio Day is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s
contribution to Society” and this is especially relevant given the
important role Amateur Radio will play as the current global crisis

The Wireless Institute of Australia, as different IARU Societies
around the world decided to join a special event in which we
encourage as many Amateurs as possible to get on the air and contact
as many WIA stations as possible, and in addition, to celebrate the
110 years Anniversary as the oldest Amateur Radio Society in the

WIA official stations will operate across Australia from 12:01AM EST,
on April 18th. (1401z, 17th) The WIA official station call signs are
VI110WIA. Those contacting one or more of these Special Event
Stations will be eligible for a special commemorative certificate
noting their participation. QSL confirmation will be available using
eQSL and LOTW.

Are you active on Social Networks?

Don’t forget to use the hashtags:
#WeAreWIA, #WIA110Years, #TeamWIA and be proud to be part of our
team. "


EURAO Award: rewarding Hams and SWLs around the world

We offer you an entertainment for these days of confinement:
try to get the EURAO Award.

Just enter QSOs registered in eQSL with AG stations, one per country,
and, when you reach 10 countries, with 7 of them European, you will
get the basic version of the Award.

After this, don't stop, keep accumulating countries, you will go up
in the ranking and will be able to get the versions bronze, silver or gold,
which require 25, 50 or 75 countries.

Before downloading the Award, you should provide a copy of your
license because this Award is officially recognized in some countries



Bernhard, DL2GAC, will be staying on the air from the Solomon Islands
as H44MS for a while yet. He was to have departed April 23 but his
flight has been cancelled.

Be listening for H44MS on 80 through 6 metres using SSB and FT8.



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, are able to use the 5B60 prefix
(instead of 5B) if they wish, until 31 December 2020.


Special call sign ZS 95 SARL celebrates the 95th birthday of the
South African League during 2020. Nany ZS Clubs are signing
ZS 95 SARL during 2020.


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

IARU turns 95

Saturday the 18th of April was World Amateur Radio Day, this year
marking the 95th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio

Around the world, amateur radio special event stations marked the
event on the air, starting on the 18th at 0000 UTC and continuing
until the 19th at 2359. The theme this year is "Celebrating Amateur
Radio's Contribution to Society" and the Covid-19 pandemic casts the
event in a different light than in years past.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, says "A few short weeks ago,
many of us could not imagine the levels of isolation that we are now
dealing with and the sacrifices of many on the front lines of the
pandemic. As we have done in past challenges to our society, amateur
radio will play a key part in keeping people connected and assisting
those who need support."

For radio amateurs in IARU Region 2, the COVID-19 pandemic is an
experience that has affected homes, communities and countries in
different ways.

BUT, it has rekindled the solidarity and support that radio amateurs
can offer to their communities, neighbouring countries, governments
and NGOs involved in relief work, via the amateur radio stations
installed in homes, with the use of communication networks via
radio and/or the different VoIP modes used by radio amateurs as an
alternate communication channel for the delivery and reception of
messages from diverse origins.


Otago Daily Times newspaper reports amateur radio activity has
flourished since the Covid-19 lockdown began in New Zealand.

The newspaper says:

Dunedin operator David Mulder ZL2AL has noticed people increasingly
using this means of keeping in touch with far-flung friends. Some
amateur radio operators, including Cliff Gray, who lives near
Balclutha, are also taking part in a months-long New Zealand-based
marathon event which began at the weekend.

Operators aim to achieve at least four successful QSOs a day with
fellow operators in New Zealand or overseas. Mr Mulder, who is the
New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) Otago branch
president, said "It's interesting to get other people's feelings and
situations, and their lockdowns, how they're coping and what they're


DARC reported back in 2018 and 19, how Reinhard DK5LA, supported the
Harbin Institute of Technology in China with the EME system for the
Chinese Longjiang 2 moon mission

The experiments of the mission were conceived and implemented by
radio amateurs. In China, Wei Ming Chuan, BG2BHC, was responsible.

A few days ago, Reinhard received a call from Wei directly from
China. The latter had heard that corona virus had arrived in Germany.
So he really wanted to hear Reinhard's voice in person to inquire
about his health.

Wei was obviously worried about Reinhard because he had learned that
the supply of protective masks in Germany is currently limited. So,
he insisted on sending him some protective masks.

Reinhard was very happy to hear Wei’s voice and receive protective
masks from him. Wei is currently doing as well as Reinhard. "Anyone
who claims that radio amateurs can only do technology will find
another example of a lived Ham-spirit," summarizes another ham


I conclude this weeks international news with news of a galactic event.

Contester, DXer, and solar watcher Frank Donovan, W3LPL, has said,
“Some of us have noticed a slight uptick in solar activity since
Christmas Eve, when two Solar Cycle 25 spots " AR 2753 and AR 2754 "

Only one of the five subsequent sunspots " AR 2757 " has been from
cycle 24. All of the sunspots over the last 12 months have been
relatively weak and have had little effect on propagation.”

Frank notes that even though the start of cycle 25 will not
officially be declared until later this year, it’s “highly likely”
that it started December 24, 2019.

“The next important event to look for is a strong cycle 25 sunspot,
hopefully this year,” he added.




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

Tweet with Morse code

Key chirps of the Bird kind are to be found in an article in
Raspberry Pi magazine MagPi by PJ Evans of Milton Keynes shows how
you can Tweet with Morse code

"Although initially challenging, learning Morse code is rewarding
and can inspire operators to go on to the rich and fascinating world
of amateur radio...... Over to you."

The article appears on pages 42-45 of issue 92 of the Raspberry Pi
magazine which is available as a Free PDF at the web url shown in
this week’s WIA national news service on



Annual Armed Forces Day cross band test postponed

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 response and mitigation actions, the 2020
Armed Forces Day Cross band Test scheduled in the USA May 9, has been

Because it's uncertain just when stay-at-home orders will be lifted
across the US, AFD planners chose to postpone this year's event,
because the government stations that typically support this event may
not be available. Armed Forces Day Cross band Test planners are
considering scheduling a November event in honour of Veteran's Day,
depending on COVID-19 mitigation actions.

During the AFD Cross band Test, military stations in various locations
transmit on selected military frequencies and announce the specific
ham frequencies they are monitoring to work radio amateurs.



India Conference Server on EchoLink

Node 425376, an international YL Net has been growing since the
start of the lockdown around the world. YLs from around the globe
have been checking in with one another for a half-hour of traffic
and, just as importantly, friendship.

The YL Net meets every day at 1230 UTC with Bharathi VU2RBI as
Net Control.



RSGB report the Commonwealth War Graves Commission visited the
RSGB National Radio Centre to make a film about the Spy set
displayed in the foyer.

Armed with just a false passport and a pistol, Noor Inayat-Khan
became the first woman radio operator to be sent to Nazi"occupied
France during the Second World War.

Now 75 years on from her death the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation
is keeping her story alive through a new interactive exhibition,
thanks to the support of Biffa Award and Association of Independent
Museums, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Runnymede

In this video radio communications specialist G3NCN talks about the
kind of radio Noor would have used when she operated behind enemy

Watch How to use a Type 3 Mark II Radio


AMSAT-VK Secretary -


ARISS has two primary initiatives underway.

One is to develop “virtual school” contacts to link each student in
their home through its telebridge stations.

The other is to plan SSTV (picture downlink) sessions during which
pictures from ISS can be received by all in their homes.


AMSAT-EA Registering SanoSat-1 for AMSAT Nepal

The Union of Spanish Amateur Radio Operators' satellite group
AMSAT-EA, is registering with IARU and the ITU the AMSAT Nepal
satellite SanoSat-1.

This is being done due to the difficulty of carrying out this
procedure in the Asian country.

This is a one-off collaboration which will allow said satellite
to fly under the Spanish flag and should be launched jointly with
the AMSAT-EA EASAT-2 and Hades satellites possibly with SpaceX later
this year.



Historic first trans-Atlantic contact made on 432 MHz

On Tuesday the 7th of April 2020, a remarkable contact was made on
the FT8 digital mode on the 432 MHz band between D4VHF on the
Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa and FG8OJ in Guadeloupe
in the Caribbean.

This was the first 70cms trans-Atlantic contact without using
satellites or the moon. The most likely mode of propagation was
marine ducting with the signal being trapped close to the ocean.

FG 8 OJ in Guadeloupe was also coincidentally the first to work
across the Atlantic on 144 MHz when he worked D41CV in Cape Verde
on the 16th of June 2019.



2020 Social Scene


Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check these events'
direct for up-to-date status information.


VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest November (vk7tw)

VK4 - Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner Sat Nov 21 (tarc)

VK4 - TARC Xmas Party - Sun 13th December from 2pm (tarc)

VK4 - TARC Xmas Lights Tour - Fri 18th December from 7pm (tarc)


VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY (tentative) February 28 ( vk4zz)

VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)



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