PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NEWS " DATELINE AUGUST 2 2009
Word that a UK man is "allergic" to wi-fi waves. For Steve Miller a
trip to his local High Street is a living hell that makes him sick,
dizzy and confused. Pubs make him feel the same and he can't use
trains, airports or hotels without experiencing head-banging agony.
But Steve doesn't suffer from some strange phobia. He is allergic to
PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NEWS " DATELINE JULY 28 2013
Checking the compliance level of your station is very important but
is quite easy to do. Information on how to perform the EMR compliance
check, along with the EMR calculator, is in the "Technical Reference"
section of the WIA Website accessible under the "For Members" drop
down menu *. So, please check your EMR compliance, it's easy and
most stations should find that they comply with the regulations
without having to make any station modifications.
PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NEWS " DATELINE JULY 12 2009
The WIA is very concerned at the apparent large drop in numbers of
people passing through the exam service since the change in provider.
The WIA requests the ACMA investigate this matter and we are prepared
to work with them on developing solutions to this problem.
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IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ, with more details on the WIA AGM. -
WIA Director Oscar Reyes VK3TX, revisits the IARU Contest HQ Station
WIA AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH hard at work.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
This is WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ, with more details on the WIA AGM.
The Annual General Meeting of the WIA will be held next weekend, on
Saturday 25th July commencing at 10.00am eastern standard time. Due
to the extreme COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Victoria, attendance
in person will not be possible. It will be a virtual AGM
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has agreed that
because of COVID-19, virtual annual general meetings may be held.
ASIC has issued guidelines on how to conduct such meetings.
To vote at the 2020 AGM, members should submit a proxy form which
will also facilitate voting preferences on the proposed AGM motions.
All current financial members will have already received an agenda
and a proxy form via post or email. Proxy voting forms are also
available on the WIA web page. A link is available in the text
version of this broadcast. Please ensure that the proxy forms are
received by the national office before 10.00am (eastern) this Friday
Proxy Forms are available at: wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2020/20200702-1/
Email your proxy voting form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Observing the AGM
If you wish to watch the virtual WIA 2020 AGM, it will be streamed
live on the day. Individuals who wish to watch the proceedings live
will need to register. The annual general meeting will also be
recorded and available on the WIA web site for later viewing.
The Agenda, minutes of the 2019 AGM and the Audited Financial Reports
are available for members to download on the WIA web site.
Register to attend the AGM at: AGM2020.wia.org.au
Minutes and Financials are at: wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/about/
Members must register to attend the virtual AGM. Directors will
attend the AGM by a video conferencing links.
As has been the case in previous annual general meetings, there will
be an opportunity for members, who are registered for the AGM, to ask
questions of the board. These questions will be read out and answered
during the “Other Business” section of the meeting. Details regarding
the submission of questions will be provided to members who register
Registrations are now open and a link has been published on the WIA
news page as well as in the text version of this broadcast
Register at AGM2020.wia.org.au
This has been WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with some welcome news about what’s
happening with Amateur Radio magazine.
Well, first of all, production of AR magazine IS being produced,
I have been appointed as Editor-in-Chief by the Board of the WIA, as
some of you may know already. This came after I stepped up recently
to volunteer my help.
As I have a background over many years as editor of popular
Australian electronics magazines " including Electronics Today
International and Australian Electronics Monthly . . . many of you
listeners will remember them " the board felt that my expertise and
experience was appropriate.
Before that, I practised at being an editor, producing a newsletter
for VHF-UHF amateur radio, called 6UP, which some of you listeners
As we all know, Issue No. 2 of AR magazine for 2020 has been delayed.
Be that as it may . . . I’m here now and it’s my job to get things
back on track, developing a new schedule so that all six issues of
the magazine will be published this year " notwithstanding COVID-19
lockdowns in various key places!
The new Publications Committee has had two online meetings up to now
and we have all gotten to know one another " or, at least, know each
other a little better.
Fortunately, the Committee has a mix of some members continuing from
the past and some new people.
As a group, there is a range of experience and expertise that can be
brought out to tackle various components of the job at-hand. I found
the meetings to be friendly and collegiate, with members eager to get
on with the job in front of us.
My long experience reminds me that every publication management
system is different in one way or another.
I am working with President Greg Kelly VK2GPK who " last year " took
on the central task of producing AR mag " the herculean central task,
I might add " as it’s no job for the uninitiated.
There are always 1000-and-one decisions to be resolved, each with an
impact on many others. And every issue is different in large and
So let me pay tribute to all those who have strived to-date to
maintain the momentum of AR production, especially under the
uncertain circumstances prevailing over the recent past.
Blame for this situation cannot " and should not " be heaped on
anyone or any group " as so many disparate forces have produced it.
Time to wipe clean the slate and start “from taws”.
This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for
SCARC AMATEUR EXAM SESSIONS IN VK4
Trent Sampson < email@example.com > has let it be known that the next
Exam Session at the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) will be
held the 27th of August 2020 at 6pm
The Club Rooms are located at 85 Godfreys Road Bli Bli Queensland and
it goes without saying that 'then' current COVID 19 restrictions
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
The June newsletter of the International Amateur Radio Union
Region 1 Monitoring System reports that what’s being called
“the Russian-Ukrainian radio war” continues apace.
“The Russian-Ukrainian radio war remained on a high escalation level
also in June,” IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Peter Jost, said.
“Almost every day, we heard the massive spiteful and provocative
broadcasts. In June, they used more frequencies than before,
affecting our bands very hard. It is a great annoyance and a big
In May, Jost reported that the radio war has raged “for years” at
7055 kHz LSB as well as on 7050 or 7060 kHz.
Jost also reported continued daily transmissions from the Russian
over-the-horizon radar known as “Contayner” in the 40 and 20 meter
amateur bands and elsewhere. The Chinese “V” has been reported on
20 meters, from 14,246 to 14,256 kHz.
Economic Times reports India’s technology hub Bengaluru is tapping
into a strong community of amateur radio users to help tackle the
spread of the Covid-19 outbreak
The city, which has seen on average 1,000 positive cases of Covid-19
infections over the past few days, went into a one-week lockdown
350 HAM's spread across Bengaluru are acting as volunteers with the
city’s home quarantine squad - a government formed team that looks
at ensuring infected people are quarantined.
The number of HAMNET links continues to increase.
In 2017 holders of Germany's lowest level of Amateur Radio licence,
the Class E, were given access to the 2320"2450 MHz and 5650"5850 MHz
zone, since, the number of HAMNET data links has grown significantly.
BUT WHAT'S HAMNET?
HAMNET (Highspeed Amateur radio Multimedia NETwork) is an autonomous
network based on wireless devices. It covers many regions in Europe
and is even now growing fast beyond its European border. Hamnet is
using international coordinated IP-address space of the AMPRNet
(220.127.116.11/8) and Autonomous System (AS) numbers out of the 16-bit
and 32-bit private AS number space to interconnect active regions
by external Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing.
Old QSL card collection
Jean Michel, F6AJA, wants to remind everyone to visit the
Les Nouvelles DX Web page to see more than 18,000 old QSL cards
in several different albums/galleries.
This site contains:
The ten most wanted DXCC entities (2009 to 2018) with more than
At least one card for each 62 deleted DXCC countries
(more than 2000+ QSLs)
The URL address for the Web site is:
Monitoring compliance with the EU Net Neutrality regulation
Ofcom has published its annual report to the European Commission
on monitoring open internet access, also known as ‘net neutrality’.
Under these rules, broadband providers must treat all internet
traffic on their networks equally, and must not give preferential
treatment to certain sites or services.
The UK's monitoring work has identified that the UK’s broadband and
mobile networks coped during the first months peaks peak of the
Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring that people stayed connected.
Although the UK has left the European Union, Ofcom is still obliged
under UK law to produce an annual report on UK net neutrality rules
and so will continue to monitor compliance and publish findings in
Brazil's national amateur radio society LABRE has released a report
by Ricardo Benedito PU2RKA that uses ANATEL's Open Data to provide
an analysis of radio amateur numbers by Class and State
Brazil has a population of 212 million and last year there were just
less than 40,000 radio amateurs.
Brazil has three classes of Amateur Radio licence:
• Class C permits 100 watts output, all bands except for 10/14/18 MHz
and parts 7/21 MHz It requires 14 correct answers in each of a
20 question Operating Theory exam paper and a 20 question
Rules & Regs paper
• Class B permits 1000 watts output all bands except for 10/14/18 MHz
and part of 21 MHz The segments 28000-28500 kHz & 29300-29510 kHz
are limited to 100 watts. It requires 10 correct answers (50%)
in a 20 question Basic Knowledge of Electronics and Electricity
exam paper and a 5 WPM Morse receiving test
• Class A permits 1000 watts output all bands (10 MHz 200 watts) and
requires 70% in the 20 question Basic Electronics and Electricity
exam paper and a 5 WPM Morse sending and receiving test
Further information at
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
This is Oscar VK3TX
Last weekend during the 2020 IARU Contest, Head Quarters Station
callsign VK3WIA was on air operated by Director Lee - VK3GK on
SSB and CW.
Initial plans were to have a multi operator event from Lee’s station
but Melbourne’s lockdown, which specifies “no visitors”, made it a
single operator event. Many stations were calling and created a nice
pile up on CW to get not only the VK multiplier, but the elusive
VK3WIA HQ multiplier.
IARU Contest is fun and conditions were exceptional with 20m being
open until after midnight and early morning Sunday into Europe.
Next year we hope to have more operators active as a team event, so,
if you are interested please let us know.
This is Oscar VK3TX
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
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.
The 40th Alara Contest will be on again on the last weekend of
August " that is Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th.
With more, here's Sue.
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.
OX 3 LX from Aasiaat Island until July 30. Look for him on 40 to
4 meters. He will also try to activate other islands of this
IOTA group. QSL via OZ 0 J.
(Sourced to SouthGate)
VC 3 STYWELL, the third COVID-19 special event station run by The
Seven Thirty Social Distancing Net, closes, July 19. QSL via VE 3 ES.
(Sourced to SouthGate)
First Worked All ZS 2000 issued
For the past 13 years, the Worked All ZS awards programme has been
dominated by Jan Botha, ZS4JAN .
Since ZS 500 in 2007, he has been the first to reach every level
from 600 to 1800, a level he reached last year.
Now as we see in the ZS news, the SARL Awards Manager, ZS 1 J has
announced that Jan has recently applied for WAZS-2000. He submitted
proof of contacts with 2000 different South African call signs. This
total represents almost half HALF !! of all licences issued in the
The Reverse Beacon Network will gain 15 new nodes, thanks to the
Yasme Foundation. These new nodes will be added in regions where
there is a need for reception reports to support amateur radio
operation and where those reports will also have scientific value
for geophysical research.
Yasme was assisted in this effort by supporting grants from
Amateur Radio Digital Communications and by scientific advice
from HamSCI researchers.
Node locations will be available after a final list of hosts is
The Reverse Beacon Network is a project that monitors your amateur
radio bands by using volunteer stations to continuously and
autonomously collect data on what and when stations are being
received, and how good the signal is. The data is then made public
on the internet and this allows amateur radio operators to easily
determine overall propagation conditions.
( ARRL + RTL-SDR.COM )
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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ESA promote amateur radio in ISS SSTV video
The European Space Agency has released a new video 'How to get
pictures from the International Space Station via Amateur Radio'
Did you know that astronauts on the International Space Station send
pictures from space to ground over amateur radio that you yourself
can get at home using your computer? ESA show you how to get them,
step by step.
The video features radio amateur David Honess 2 E 0 XDO.
Ham radio talks on YouTube
Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club talks have been made available for
everyone to view on YouTube and, like our own WIA News, makes great
content for your local ATV repeater.
The talks include:
• QO-100 geostationary satellite by Dom M0BLF
• DMR What is it all about with John GI4BWM
• What's it like as an Air Traffic Controller by Alistair MI0RWY
• Urban QRM. What can I do? a Q&A with Tony Canning G2NF
The MUARC YouTube Channel is on the link we like at the news YOU like.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
The latest bulletin from ALARA has some great photos and a look
at recipients of the ALARA Grants Scheme. This offers grants to
any female applying for a Foundation Licence or upgrading to a
Standard or Advanced Amateur Radio Licence and is equal to
approximately half the cost of the fees for assessment,
licence and callsign along with a complimentary membership to ALARA.
for one year
Grant recipients include Helen VK7FOLK, Elsa VK6FZEB, Alisha VK2FASH,
Noelene VK2FNNF, Lilly, VK2FLIC,
Alisha has just been re-elected as Secretary for the West Lakes Club.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
ESA Lunar lander
Following our report "ESA invites proposals for lunar lander mission
in late 2020's", also in SARC News, 30 May 2020, German AMSAT-DL has
submitted a major and comprehensive proposal to the European Space
Agency for their Lunar Lander.
"LUNART" - Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder - a comprehensive radio
platform using the European frequency standards of 2.4 GHz up and
!0 Ghz down which were pioneered in the QO-100 satellite project.
LUNART would include low power beacons and while high data rates
would be operated from their 20 meter diameter dish at Bochum,
lower data rates would be available to more modest amateur systems.
The proposal is on open access at the ESA website and is now being
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR will join Robert Behnken to
conduct a spacewalk Tuesday, July 21, which will finish a 3 1/2 year
effort to upgrade the International Space Station’s power system.
Coverage will begin at 1000 UTC on NASA Television and the
agency’s website and could last up to seven hours.
Chris, KF5KDR will be designated extravehicular crewmember 2, wearing
a suit with no stripes. This walk will be the 231st spacewalk in the
history of space station assembly, maintenance, and upgrades.
As a global endeavour, 239 people from 19 countries have visited the
unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,800
research investigations from researchers in 108 countries and areas.
For more information about the International Space Station, its
research, and crew, visit:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
THE RSGB CONTEST July 25-26th:
Per the RSGB Contest Committee, the IOTA Contest this year is
exclusively for Single-Operators using their home stations and only
"Single Operator Fixed Island" stations and "Single Operator Fixed
World" stations will be eligible to enter.
Full details of the IOTA Contest, including the rules, can be
obtained from the link we like in this week text edition
of the news you like, on wia.org.au
Active is LN 1 V from Stord Island, Norway, mainly on 6 meters using
digital until mid- August. The special callsign, LN 1 V stands for
"Liberation Norway, One Victory" is being used in celebration of the
75 years since the liberation from the 5 year long Nazi occupation
in 1945 after World War 2. QSL via LA 4 LN.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MILITARY
In the US, members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System or MARS,
will conduct an HF skills exercise July 20 - 24 to hone their
operating skills and messaging-handling capabilities.
MARS members will be reaching out to the amateur radio community via
the 60 meters, 5330.5 kHz twice a day, the SATERN HF net, 14.265 MHz,
and by contacting various stations via HFLink throughout the
This exercise will be announced via WWV at 00:10 and via WWVH at
00:50 starting on or about July 13. WWV and WWVH listeners will be
asked to take an online listener survey.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SDR
Software Defined Radio Academy goes virtual
They say every cloud has a silver lining. It’s hard to find a
positive among all the bad news about 'Rona', but it has pushed
more conferences and events to allow online participation either
live or after the fact. A case in point:
The Software Defined Radio Academy’s annual event is all on a
YouTube channel so you can attend virtually.
The keynote along with some very technical talks about techniques
ranging from FPGAs to spectrum monitoring and spectral correlation
There are some older videos on the channel, too, including some
GNU Radio material.
It is remarkable how software defined radio has transformed from an
exotic technology to the commonplace. If you like these tech-heavy
presentations, you might also enjoy this free book. No matter what
your If you want the pick of cheap SDRs, there have been reviews.
Not to mention reviews of the higher-end devices.
Read more on HACKADAY.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
Don't forget we in the 'Tasman Bubble' have a YOTA group.
Contact details are in the news you CAN trust, visit our text edition
Based in New Zealand membership is open, so feel free to join if you
are in our younger age group, or can offer mentoring and support to
young people on the air.
(sourced to ALARA)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW on track for 2020
Registrations for this year’s popular International Lighthouse
Lightship Weekend, ILLW, have not been diminished by the global
pandemic now known as Covid-19. The dates for this year’s event
have been moved to a week later than normal so as to keep
15th August clear for those wanting to commemorate the
75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific. With some 5 weeks to go
to 22nd August 222 entries have been received which, if past
experience is any indicator, should result in around 400 by start
time. No doubt most of the lockdowns and restrictions will still be
in place so adherence to local rules and regulations must be observed.
Some cancellations are expected but the guidelines have been relaxed
in some instances to enable participation to take place.
New to the event this year is Corsica at Phare d’Alistro which for
our purposes carries the French number of FR 0030. We also have two
lighthouses from Ghana which is a new country as well. Buck Island
Lighthouse in the US Virgin Islands is listed for the second year
in succession being activated by KP2AD with the ILLW number VI 0001.
Germany is well in the lead with 54 entries, followed by Australia
with 29 entries and the USA with 27 entries. So far we have
30 countries listed which under the current circumstances is quite
A word of advice to some of the large DX groups that this event is a
fun weekend designed to encourage exposure of amateur radio and
lighthouses to the visiting public and also to enable portable
stations to contact each other at lighthouses. Compiling a log full
of brief contacts is not acceptable and not in the spirit of the
Please take care and observe your local Covid safe instructions
during the event as we really want you all back next year.
22nd and 23rd August is the date for this year and 20th to 21st
August next year. Happy lighthousing.
2020 Social Scene
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)
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