2020 JULY 5 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NEWS " DATELINE 17TH MAY 2009
The other award I will mention today was the rarely presented
G A Taylor medal. The medal is awarded in recognition of exceptional
service to The Wireless Institute of Australia.
I presented that award to Peter Freeman VK3KAI. While Peter has
contributed to amateur radio in many ways, it is ongoing contribution
as Editor of Amateur Radio and Chairman of the Publications
Committee that we honoured (Peter).
PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NEWS - DATELINE MAY 17 2017
The WIA has also decided not to stream this year's AGM and Open Forum
proceedings from VK5 Hahndorf . This was a difficult decision
following the success of streaming at last year's AGM on Norfolk
Island. However in the current heated climate the Board elected to be
very cautious about a media channel that offered no ability to vet
its content prior to transmitting. It was a unanimous Board decision.
PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NEWS - DATELINE JUNE 28 2000
The Board of the WIA has this week appointed Scott Williams VK3KJ
to fill a current vacancy on that Board. Scott’s appointment will
be until the cessation of the WIA AGM next month. At the conclusion
of the AGM to be held next month Aidan VK4APM will retire and as a
result there will only be 5 board members.
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 5 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA appoints VK2ZRH as AR magazine Editor. -
WIA Vice President and Director Aidan, VK4APM, bids us Adieu. -
WIA director Lee VK3GK and our website failure last week, looks at
WIA involvement with IARU contest and visits the 13 Colonies
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
VK3 Radio amateur still missing after 3 months
The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK has published an update on the
case of radio amateur Russell Hill VK3VZP from Drouin in Victoria
who along with a friend has been missing since March 20
VK3VZP was camping in the remote Wonnangatta Valley and his last
amateur radio contact was with Rob VK3BEZ at 6pm on March 20, he
has not been heard from since.
On March 21 the campsite was found with the tent burned to the
ground and Mr Hill's Toyota Land Cruiser sitting next to it.
Read the full story at
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Directors regular broadcast roster
Aug 2 = Greg VK2GPK (President),
Aug 9 = Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary),
Jun 28 = Aidan VK4APN (VP Retires July 25)
Jul 5 = Lee Moyle VK3GK
Jul 12 = Philip Shields VK2CPR
Jul 19 = Oscar Reyes VK3TX
Jul 26 - Scott Williams VK3KJ
The Annual General Meeting for 2020 will be a hybrid meeting to be
held on 25th July 2020 at the National Office in BAYSWATER VIC with
due restraint as to the COVID-19 restrictions.
This is WIA Director and Secretary Peter VK8ZZ, coming to you from a
warm and cloud free Darwin.
The Board of the WIA are pleased to announce the appointment of an
“Editor in Chief’ Well known and long-time member of the WIA,
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH has been appointed to that position.
As a result of our recent call for volunteers to join the AR
Publications Group we have had an influx of volunteers. I can report
that the AR Publications group have a total number of seven
specialist editors to assist Roger in his role. Also there has been
a good deal of interest in volunteering to do proof reading of the
Thank you to all of the volunteer who will be contributing to the
I’ll be back again next week with a further update on the AGM to be
held later this month
Cheers for now
This has been Peter VK8ZZ
Howdy, it is Aidan, VK4APM, Vice President and a Director of
your WIA here with this week’s board comment.
As most of you are aware, I did not renominate as a director of the
WIA this year and it is with some sadness that I announce that this
week will be my last board comment as a Director of the WIA.
I would like to thank you all for your support and guidance over the
past two years, in particular those who have called me, or messaged
me in support of the work that the board has undertaken.
It is this feedback that makes the undertaking worthwhile and I
encourage you to continue to support the continuing board through
what is certain to be a period of change in the WIA.
As they say, one door closes, and another opens, and in a recent
meeting the board has elected to appoint Scott Williams, VK3KJ to
the board of the WIA. Scott has extensive experience as a
senior executive and CEO in non-profit member based organisations
having recently completed 11 years as the CEO of the
Fire Protection Association of Australia.
Please join me in welcoming Scott to the board.
That’s all from me, 73, VK4APM
This is WIA director Lee VK3GK
For quite a while the WIA have been discussing and planning a
seamless migration of the current physical legacy server which
provides our webpage and email facilities, to be upgraded to a
current shared server at our ISP, scheduled for migration in the
next couple of weeks. Ironically last weekend the current server
suffered a hardware failure and even though fully backed up, instant
migration was not possible due to some software upgrading version
anomalies. Unfortunately, this left the WIA webpage and email
offline for a day or so but the technicians at the ISP have worked
hard to resolve the issues and the Website and email has been
migrated to the new servers. A few tweaks are still needed for it to
be back to 100% but for most applications and searches its working.
Keep in mind that as a WIA member, if you would like your personal
@ wia.org.au email address which forwards to your email of choice,
then email the wia office with your request of wia email and
preferred email address.
As Secretary Peter reported, the response from the WIA members
offering help to form a full Publications Committee was excellent,
we now have an editor in chief and a number of sub editors to share
the editorial load and after our Pub Com meeting last Thursday
planning is underway preparing for AR magazine editions 3 and 4.
Issue 2 is coming together nicely now with most issues having been
Planning for the WIA AGM is progressing well. We expect to have live
streaming and a physical presence available at the Bayswater office
in Victoria for a finite number of members with social distancing
restrictions implemented. However with the ever changing Covid
restrictions and reintroduction of selective lockdowns in Victoria
at the moment, we will all need to be flexible and aware plans may
change at any time.
This is WIA director Lee VK3GK
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
Amateur Radio license petition
Rohit Bokade, VU3OIR, has started a petition requesting a change
to the Amateur Radio license in India to permit all grades of
license to use the amateur radio satellites.
In India, holders of the Restricted grade of license, the VU3 prefix
are not permitted to use amateur radio satellites or communicate
with the International Space Station.
HAMS HELP INDIAN YOUNGSTER REJOIN FAMILY
A young boy in India who became separated from his family is back
home thanks to local hams. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF has the details.
Reuniting families has become something of a specialty for the
West Bengal Radio Club in India and on a recent Saturday, the
latest reunion was a homecoming for a 10-year-old boy.
The club's secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA told our friends
at Amateur Radio NewsLine that he was contacted by ham club member
Parimal Kumar Roy VU3ZIM after the child had turned up on the street
near a hospital the previous day. Social workers intervened and the
youngster, who appeared to have suffered a head injury, was given
an exam at the hospital and kept there as a precaution.
After giving him medical clearance some days later, they were able
to accompany him home.
I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
Now this item may be a little all too familiar to us here in VK
NRRL, Norway's national amateur radio organisation, is in search
of an editor to oversee its member magazine Bladet Amateur Radio,
which publishes six times a year.
A notice posted online said the magazine, which is published in the
Norwegian language, is considered a cornerstone of the league and
major benefit of league membership. The editor will be responsible
for planning and production as well as collaboration on content.
Record numbers take UK amateur radio exams
RSGB report over 800 candidates had successfully completed
their online Foundation amateur radio exam and over 650 exams
were booked for future dates. The Society says it is hoped that
bookings can also be opened to new Intermediate candidates in
the near future, once existing bookings are cleared.
Full exams will follow on in a similar manner in due course.
'CLUBS AS HUBS' PLAN DESIGNED TO REVIVE UK RADIO
That's a big word and it's used often in marketing to indicate the
elimination of the middleman - but it's also the heart and soul of
an amateur radio initiative to reinvigorate activity in the UK.
Jeremy Boot G4NJH picks up the story from here.
JEREMY: There's nothing like holding a meeting in person to network
and find ways to reverse the decline of ham radio activity in the
UK. With the pandemic temporarily putting their work for any such
conference on hold, the Mid Somerset Amateur Radio Club however is
still advancing its plans. The club's chairman Richard Thomas G4JJP
said the challenge is particularly great in Somerset, England’s most
rural county where he believes amateurs need an online environment
to learn how to connect with each another for skill-development and
support, even if no middleman, such as a club, is nearby.
RICHARD: "Clubs themselves can share their resources, share their
expertise, share their membership if you like across a much wider
area. That also gives access to younger people as well who do not
naturally join clubs but are naturally linked to social media and
JEREMY: The concept of clubs as hubs is key and he said it follows
the successful model of ‘disintermediation’ in retail where services
like Amazon and eBay are open around the clock and don't rely on a
middleman. Likewise, the new model means mentoring, skill-sharing
and equipment access could now be accomplished also around the clock.
Richard says that what people will ultimately have access to is an
experience that's not just informative but transformative.
RICHARD: "These networks we are trying to build, they are not just
about information. They are about people coming to join so they can
actually transform in terms of skill, in terms of their ability to
use amateur radio, in terms of their ability to learn and so on."
JEREMY: With input from numerous area clubs and the RSGB, Richard
said the network continues its work moving forward and hopes for the
day soon when a conference can be held in real-time.
Prominent Radio Amateur Helping to Lead US Convalescent Plasma
Expanded Access Study
Contester, DXer, and National Contest Journal Editor Scott Wright,
K0MD, has been “substantially” stepping back from ham radio while
offering his expertise to the US convalescent plasma COVID-19
Expanded Access Program.
The study began in early April under the leadership of
Dr. Michael Joyner, MD, of the Mayo Clinic.
“The US Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program is a
collaborative project between the US government and the Mayo Clinic
to provide access to convalescent plasma for patients in the US
who are hospitalized with COVID 19,” K0MD told ARRL.
The work has been referenced during White House press briefings and
in congressional testimony. The US government-supported study
collects and provides blood plasma recovered from COVID-19 patients,
which contains antibodies that may help fight the disease.
The Mayo Clinic is the lead institution for the program.
“My role was to organize the infrastructure and the research
approach, and to help lead the set-up of the data collection and
of the website teams, while overseeing the study conduct and
regulatory compliance,” Scott explained.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
FT 8 DMC Anniversary Activity Days 2020
Several special event stations will be on air during the
"FT8DMC Activity Days" between July 1-31st and all stations
will bear the FT DMC or FT DM suffix and here 'down under'
listen for ZL 6 FTDMC
IARU HF World Championship July 11-12
Many a JA station is up for grabs. The stations to represent the
JARL during the IARU HF World Championship Contest have an 8N Prefix
and end in HQ (Headquarters Station)
All QSOs will be automatically confirmed by the Bureau.
160m CW 8N1HQ Minato, Tokyo 80m CW 8N1HQ Hachioji, Tokyo
80m SSB 8N8HQ Sapporo, Hokkaido 40m SSB 8N2HQ Higashiura, Aichi
20m SSB 8N1HQ Hachioji, Tokyo 15m CW 8N6HQ Minamiaso, Kumamoto
15m SSB 8N1HQ Hachioji, Tokyo 10m CW 8N1HQ Haga, Tochigi
With an 'Aussie' eye on the IARU contest here is WIA Director
Lee Moyle VK3GK
every year the WIA participates in the IARU HF world Championship
Contest and this year WIA will be operating the HQ stations in the
contest. These give participants extra multiplier points and are
sought after. Both CW and SSB can be used.
Both Single and Multi-operator stations may operate the entire
Contesting is great fun and can be a nice social event also with a
multi op gathering. If you are interested to see how it’s done, then
contact your local club or seek out some active contesters and ask
if you could them visit during the contest.
(COVID-19 rules apply don't forget! Ed vk4bb)
Details and contest rules at www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-world-championship.
13 Colonies special event.
News from our North American ham friends remind us that this year
marks the 12th occurrence of the annual 13 Colonies special event
will began on July 1 and will conclude on July 8 at 0400 UTC.
Stations representing the original 13 British colonies in the USA,
plus two bonus stations, will be on the air with 1 × 1 call signs.
The event sponsor stresses that participants do not need to work all
13 colony stations to obtain a certificate and do not need to work
the two bonus stations for a clean sweep. All HF bands will be in
play, with the exception of 60 meters. All modes of operation may be
represented, including CW, SSB and FT8.
Station call signs will be K2A from New York all the way to K2M in
Bonus station WM3PEN will be in Philadelphia, the call sign
commemorates the Pennsylvania colony’s founder, William Penn.
The other bonus station will be GB13COL in the UK.
A note from Marc WB9DBD who will be operating K2G from Georgia, who
is specifically getting up at his early morning looking for VK/ZL
stations. His station will be running an Elecraft K3 and a 2 Element
40m Yagi at 27m high. Look for K2G and others on 40m around our
early evening, East Coast USA sunrise.
For further information on the 13 colonies special event, see
If you will be looking for the special event stations, then checking
the DX clusters like DX Summit will be a big help.
Good Hunting and good DX, 73 from Lee VK3GK, back now to Felix VK4FUQ
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
Next contest - 17 JUL - 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
Alara Contest 0600 UTC Sat 29 till Sun 30 August at 0559 UTC.
All YLs and OMs are invited to take part, and it is hoped that
YLs especially will enjoy this friendly contest, which is not
necessarily about making the highest score, but to enjoy a chat
with those that we usually don’t meet on air.
We would also love to hear some young and new YLs joining in
this year and some of the Committee will be handing out numbers
on HF and EchoLink during the contest.
This year we've seen droughts, floods, fires and a pandemic.
So girls, let’s make 2020 the best Alara Contest ever.
VOICE from 0600 UTC Saturday October 3 to 0600 UTC Sunday October 4
CW from 0600 UTC Saturday October 10 to 0600 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
TED POWELL MEMORIAL DX CHALLENGE
4 award periods, each of 3 months starting in January of each
calendar year and 2 categories in the contest,
MOST WANTED and TOP 5.
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 contest.fgarc.org.au/
All major AUSTRALIAN contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
Members of the Wireless Institute of Australia are QRV with special
call VI 110 WIA until the end of 2020 to celebrate our 110th
anniversary, in fact the world's oldest Amateur Radio Society.
Activity is on the HF bands and QSL is via LoTW.
Be listening for Giorgio IU 5 HWS who is on the air from Iraq
until mid-July on 40, 20 and 10 metres. For details on his
activation visit his YI/IU5HWS page on QRZ.com which he is
Active will be YN 5 AO from Casa Guacalito, Guacalito de la Isla
(WW Loc. EK61xi), Rivas, Nicaragua, between November 21st and
Activity on 160-10 meters mainly during the local evening and night
hours. Focus will be on the low bands CW.
Also YN5AO will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th).
QSL via DL 7 VOA
Now through the DX window we have one SUPER STATION
we MUST tell you of.
N 4 J is the call
NJ4 IS FOR A wedding !
NOT JUST ANY wedding but that of Julie Swigert and Neil Rapp
For those who have been paying attention, over the years Neil Rapp
has reported here on WIA National News wearing his ARNewsLine
N4J will operate over the 4 days of their Nuptials, July 9 - 11
One telling post on social media has come in from "The Bride",
Julie has let it be known loud and clear, and now loud and FAR
and I quote from Julies post:-
"If any of our Ham Radio friends have plans that involve this
station at 4.30 Saturday and I find out the wedding is delayed
by Ham Radio, YOU WILL SEE A SIDE OF ME YOU WON'T LOVE!"
Otherwise fire up the rigs and enjoy N4J
Congrats Neil and Julie from all the WIA national news crew!
IT'S A WRAP
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
WSJT-X Update Released
The digital modes suite WSJT-X version 2.2.2 has been released.
The update is a bug-fix release.
FT8 decoder has been sped up in “normal” and “fast” modes. This
offers a decoding speed closer to that of version 2.1.2 without
compromising the number of decodes. It is particularly targeted
for slower, single-board computers, such as the Raspberry Pi Model 3
Also, the DX grid field now clears automatically whenever the DX
call field is changed.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FT4 and FT8
There has been further work on trying FT8 for EME, this time on
For a write-up of this work see bobatkins.com/radio/FT8_EME_1296.html
It turns out that, the Doppler spread on the lower bands is not an
issue, since the energy distribution of the EME signal is mainly
concentrated in a much narrower spectrum than the maximum total
This means that it can work, probably with little degradation on
bands up to and including 1296, under most circumstances.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone. This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia’s July bulletin
goes to air tomorrow, Monday July 6th.
This month as well as the latest Club News, we tell you about the
recent Committee Meeting via Skype, plus articles on Loneliness,
the last Amelia Earhart communications, the history of SOS,
and a piece about Bob Cunningham, the founder of the RAOTC.
Time does not permit me to list all the broadcast times and
frequencies throughout Australia, but as well as the regular FM
and HF broadcasts tomorrow we now have new transmissions on
Digital Mobile Radio and on D-STAR. Full details can be found on
the RAOTC website raotc.org.au and clicking on ‘Broadcasts”.
Because of these changes, I would urge all listeners to visit
the RAOTC website and check the latest information for your area.
Everyone is most welcome to tune in tomorrow and to join in the
call backs afterwards.
If none of the broadcast times suit you, you can download the
current audio file from the RAOTC website at any time as from today,
and you can also download files for the previous 5 months. If you do
listen via the internet, would you please email your comments to us.
Once again, please check the RAOTC website for your local
transmission schedule, tune in tomorrow or download the file
for the July bulletin, and we look forward to hearing your
call sign in the call backs afterwards.
Stay safe and 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
Rescued Radio Amateur Says, "Ham Radio Saved My Life"
Alden KC1JWR of Vermont in the USA, is thankful for amateur radio,
after he suffered a medical incident and lost consciousness while
hiking with others along a remote section of the Long Trail,
not far from his home.
An EMT from Appalachian Mountain Rescue (AMR), who was hiking nearby,
saw him pass out, but was unable to connect with 911 via his
cell phone. The ham regained consciousness and was successful in
contacting Ron AG1W. Ron initiated what turned into an 8-hour effort
to get JAlden off the trail and to a medical facility, acting as a
relay among KC1JWR, emergency crews, and other agencies involved.
The Vermont State Police also received assistance from several
licensed amateur radio operators who helped facilitate
communications, greatly assisting in the rescue."
(sourced to ARRL)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
QO-100 S2S in SOTA
Andrew G4VFL and Nick G0HIK successfully achieved a SOTA
Summit-to-summit QSO via the QO-100 Oscar 100 satellite.
It is interesting to note and remember while QSOs via
terrestrial repeaters are not valid for SOTA, contacts via
satellite actually are.
2020 Social Scene
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check these events'
direct for up-to-date status information.
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest Nov 20-22 Miena Community Hall (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)
VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
Thursday afternoon 21st to Tuesday afternoon 26th January
at Girl Guides Association of Queensland Campsite
and Training Centre Bluewater. (vk4zz)
VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY (tentative) February 28 ( vk4zz)
VK - WIA Annual Conference 2021 Hobart VK7 30 April-2nd May (vk7tw)
VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
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