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Radio Quiet Zone in VK6, VK4ERM reports:-
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has enhanced the
radio quiet protections for the Mid-West Radio Quiet Zone or RQZ in
remote Western Australia (near Boolardy Station), around 200 km east
of Meekatharra. The RQZ was established in 2005 to provide an
environment that protects highly sensitive equipment used for radio
astronomy from unwanted Radiocommunication signals.


As part of the VK100ANZAC commemorations the special callsign
VI4ANZAC will be activated in Far North Queensland from the
15th August until 21st August 2015. VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day
is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan's acceptance
of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender 14 August 1945. For
Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over.


I will be putting up the full statistics of how many votes were cast
and how many registered to attended the AGM on the news page in the
next day or so. This year the AGM was a very simple affair. There was
no business conducted that was not required. The members only
considered the matter of the previous minutes as well as the Audited
Financial Statements and the Directors report.






in this weeks news from the WIA, Roger Harrison, Robert Broomhead
Peter Clee and Greg Kelly all have news from WIA HQ.

Special interest group news from VK3GTV, Internationalnews from
VK2LAW and contest/operational news from VK4SN and VK4FUQ .

Speaking of operational news, we learnt this week of a major update

It now have chats for HF, 10m, 6m ,2 & 70, 23cm and above and the
ability to turn chat OFF, also you can now have spots for HF, 10m
and 2.5mm and above. A comprehensive filtering system to allow
selection of band and mode plus much much more.

For further take a hike to or even read this weeks
text edition of the news you can trust on


Hilary, VK2AZ, has be quietly beavering away to bring us the next
major update to

It now have chats for HF, 10m, 6m ,2 & 70, 23cm and above and the
ability to turn chat OFF, also you can now have spots for HF, 10m
and 2.5mm and above. A comprehensive filtering system to allow
selection of band and mode .

Here is a list of stuff that has changed:

New band and mode filter collapsible panel.
Ability to select and view spots from any band/mode configuration
(includes map display).

Updated history reporting with band and mode selection.

More chat bands, including the ability to switch off chat
User list now includes the chat band user was last viewing.
Filter and chat band saved in browser local storage so they are
remembered when you navigate away and come back.

Because filter and chat band are remembered,
removed "default logger" and other properties from settings page.

Added 10m and "Other" band for frequencies outside of Amateur Bands
(you could even place HF spots in here).

When you add a spot, feedback is provided on success.

Searching for a DX grid now returns all beacon and repeaters with
that call. Selecting one fills out the spot grid and frequency

Add Spot frequency is remembered between spots.

(sourced to vk7tw)

For further take a hike to or even read this weeks
text edition of the news you can trust on

Plans are afoot to have this wia news podcast and text released
at 0400utc Saturdays. Our IT section is still at work on this
so for those who download automatically from vk7ax'S BACKUP SITE
or from the wiaq backup and qnews site (thanks to vk4blp) might
I suggest you arrange the download time as 0400 utc Saturdays.

Now if you DO replay this news disturbing info in from our provider
who has noticed a huge increase in data transfer from the wiaq site.

Does anyone know who belongs to

They have consumed more than 24 % of data from the website.

The next largest data consumption of around 5% was one other place,
with everyone else well under it. It appears someone may be playing
the news DIRECTLY from the server, rather than downloading it and
playing it from their own node/site.

After the AGM and first Board Meeting was great seeing Lee Moyle
elected as Vice President of our body. Further news on the AGM
is in this edition thanks to the President and Secretary. We'll also
hear from AR Magazine Editor in chief and from our webmaster so
"keep it hear"


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

WIA board minutes can be found on click WIA Information.

Hello this is WIA President Greg with this week’s board comment.

Last Saturday on 25 July the W.I.A. held its 2020 AGM, which was
originally planned to be held in Hobart in May. This AGM was held
as a “virtual AGM” under a time-limited “pandemic” determination
from ASIC, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission which
is due to expire in November 2020. A virtual AGM is where members
(or shareholders) of a company do not attend a physical location as
traditionally has been the case. The enabling technology worked
without a glitch for those members who registered to attend. The
formal AGM was followed by a “Ask the board any question” interactive
session which covered a wide range of topics for more than an hour.
I wish to thank all the volunteers involved in the organisation of
the meeting and the processing of proxies and registration of
attendees. The draft minutes of the AGM will be made available on the
WIA website prior the end of this month. The video record of the AGM
and the Q and A session is already available to members on the WIA
website. If you were unable to attend, I suggest it is worthwhile
to find the time to watch the video.

Following the AGM, the WIA constitution requires the positions of
President and Vice- President to be confirmed at the first board
meeting after the AGM. The 2020 board met on Wednesday night via
teleconference ( as usual) . I am pleased to announce that Lee Moyle
has been appointed Vice-President, replacing Aidan Mountford whose
2 year directorship term finished at the completion of the AGM. I
hope you give Lee every support in his new role. I also advise that
I will be continuing in the role as WIA President.

ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) has made some
important announcements in the last week. Firstly, following a
consultation period ACMA has announced that callsign demarcations
for 3 letter callsign suffixes will cease allowing radio amateurs
to retain a call sign for life plus giving the option to Foundation
licence holders to obtain a 3 letter callsign suffix. Foundation
callsign holders were unable to utilise some digital modes with a
4 character suffix. The other announcement was the cessation of the
syllabus review panel as the panel was unable to unanimously agree
to minor changes to the Foundation Syllabus " the unanimous agreement
requirement appears to stem from a rigorous interpretation by ACMA
of the examination services deed between ACMA and AMC which specifies
that the panel must agree rather than the more usual practice of
majority consensus.

Until next time, this is Greg VK2GPK

WIA Director and Secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ here.

At the AGM held last weekend the WIA merit awards were announced.
Awards were made as follows:-

RON WILKINSON Achievement award to Kaye Wright VK3FKDW (sk) for
outstanding service to the WIA as the secretary of the AR Publications

WIA TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE Award:- Rubens Fernandes VK5FE for the
publication of a 3GHz Spectrum analyser for which he also received
the RSGB Ostermeyer Trophy

David Dufty for literary contributions about Florence McKenzie's
involvement in Amateur Radio in his book "Radio Girl"

Anthony Monger VK2KZ for leading the Organising Committee for the
2019 AGM and Conference.

Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI for contribution to the ARISS program

Al Shawsmith Award - Michael Charteris VK4QS,
Higginbotham Award - Dr Harry Edgar VK6YBZ

Congratulations got out to the recipients.

This has been WIA Director Peter Clee VK8ZZ

This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio

The page layouts of Issue Number 2 are being pored-over by our
proof readers.

The issue could not go to press this past week, but we anticipate
completing proofing corrections and filling a few holes to pass
Issue Number 2 to the printer this coming week.

As promised, I have more news on what’s in the issue.

In Board Comment, President Greg Kelly VK2GPK, provides a review of
the past " interesting " year.

WIA Historian, Peter Wolfenden VK3RV, completes Part 2 on Callbooks
Their continuing value.

Our VHF-UHF Columnist, David Minchin VK5KK, provides a rundown on
the various records knocked down recently " particularly for the
millimetre-wave bands.

This issue we introduce a new reporter for the DX Talk column
Steve Barr VK3KTT.

For the contesters, we have the results of the Ross Hull VHF-UHF 2020
Contest, and the 2019 Contest Champion results.

This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
for VK1WIA News.

WIA Email Address - Now Self Service !

The email address forwarding service is a
member benefit available to all WIA members. The system has now been
made self-service.

Members can now login using their Memnet password to view and update
their current email address forwarding, or
activate a new email address for any amateur callsign currently
allocated to them in the ACMA database.

The email service is accessible under the "For Members" dropdown menu
on the WIA website,

(vk3dn Robert Broomhead)


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


NZART, the New Zealand National Amateur Radio Society, has published
an update on its 60m band page indicating that the current New Zealand
60m trial period, which was due to have been concluded on the 24th of
July has been extended for a further three months until the 24th of


Maybe a case of closing the gate AFTER the horse has bolted but you
have to give an A+ to a German ham/writer/experimenter writing in

He's come up with a COVID-19 Ultrasonic Distance Warning Tool
which signals optically and acoustically in several stages when
the minimum safety distance is undershot.

DL1EKM has used a Arduino Nano R3 and an HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor

Details on construction are on


July 2020 RadCom Basics free to all

With more than 1000 remote-invigilation Foundation licence students
having passed, the RSGB is making the July edition of RadCom Basics
a special free-to-everyone edition.

With many radio amateurs world-wide still affected by national
lockdown restrictions, RadCom Basics is an opportunity to introduce
elements of the hobby to newcomers in bite-sized pieces.

To read the July copy of this bi-monthly online publication, go to


FCC Fines HobbyKing Nearly $3 Million for Marketing Unauthorized
Drone Transmitters.

FCC contend the drone transmitters do not comply with FCC rules.

An FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation stemmed in part from a
2017 ARRL complaint that HobbyKing was selling drone transmitters
that operated on amateur and non-amateur frequencies, in some
instances marketing them as amateur radio equipment. The fine
affirms the monetary penalty sought in a June 2018 FCC Notice of
Apparent Liability (NAL). The FCC said its investigation found that
dozens of devices marketed by the company transmitted in unauthorized
radio frequency bands and, in some cases, operated at excessive power

“Such unlawful transmissions could interfere with key government
and public safety services, like aviation systems,” the FCC said.

“We have fully considered HobbyKing’s response which does not contest
any facts and includes only a variety of legal arguments, none of
which we find persuasive,” the FCC said. “We therefore adopt the
$2,861,128 forfeiture penalty proposed in the NAL.”



From our friends at Amateur Radio NewsLine a story sourced to Reuters
suggest these so called "parasite antennas" are part of a network in
Mexico that authorities say uses cellular sites and other towers to
support illegal drug trafficking. Seems drug cartels often install
their own antennas on towers amid those of legitimate cellular
carriers, making use of the space to enable drug traffickers'
two-way radio communications.

However when Reuters contacted Mexico's telecom and broadcast
regulator, the agency replied that none of the companies under its
jurisdiction had filed reports about the existence of any such antennas.




HI This is Alan VK4SN with the Trans Tasman contest results.

This year saw 20 extra logs compared to previous years.
The contest was the most enjoyable I've had for a while.
I worked over 100 stations in an hour at one stage.
A total of 8,846 QSO’s were obtained from 97 logs.
1,431 on 160m, 6,318 on 80m and 1,097 on 40m.

You can read more from the reports and certificates available for
download on the WIA website.

The winners are as follows:

SOHP - VK2EFM with 5042 points
SOLP - VK2MT with 4310 points
SOQRP - VK2WY with 1627 points
M1 - VK4HH with 5217 points
MM - VK4KW with 14,404 points.

Check logs were received from myself and ZL2GVA.

Remember the Remembrance day contest on the 15th and 16th of August.
If we have a turn out like we had for the Tras Tasman, it will be a
frantic weekend.

Thanks for everyones input and support.
73 from Alan VK4SN.


On air from this weekend is the OSCAR Satellite QSO Party

The objective of the AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party is to
encourage all radio amateurs around the world to get on the air and
make contacts via satellites during the northern hemisphere summer
and runs from 00:00 GMT on 1st August until 23:59 GMT on 22nd

While points are given per QSO this isn’t a contest, but it's hoped
it will encourage people to get on the air and enjoy the excitement
of making contacts through satellites.

Download the rules for the AMSAT-UK OSCAR QSO Party at



RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16


The 40th Alara Contest will be on again on the last weekend of
August " that is Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th.



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






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.





Members of the Ham Society of the Philippines are operating as
DZ 30 SH from Malolos City until August 29, supporting STAYHOME
activities. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.


Tony, OH1TD is active again from his summer QTH on Korpo Island,
EU-096, until September. QSL via OH1TD either direct or via the




The Sydney ATV repeater located at Lawson on the Blue Mountains now
has a new 23cm digital input using the DVB-T format in addition to
the existing DVB-S input thanks to Roger VK5YYY from the Whyalla
Amateur Radio Club Inc. for his invaluable assistance.
The repeater also has analogue inputs on 6 and 23cm.

The output is on 445.50 MHz and can be received on most late model
HD set top boxes that allow manual frequency entry. Reception is
possible across the greater Sydney metro area.

The repeater is active on Monday and Thursday nights from 7pm
with check ins on the Lawson 147.325 FM plus offset repeater.
All are welcome to call in with reports or help with receiving ATV.

The evenings activity is also streamed on the British Amateur TV Club
web site. Just select any VK2 call sign at the time mentioned to
start the stream, Internet explorer works well. There is a texting
option where you can let them know you’re watching and to ask
questions, they can also reply on camera.

The RSGB has uploaded two more 2019 Convention lecture videos to
its YouTube channel.

In the first one, Richard Banester, G4CDN talks about 2m Ionoscatter
and using digital modes to open up paths that are usually unworkable.

The second presentation is by Dean Pesnell from the Solar Dynamics
Observatory who explains more about the Observatory and how studying
the Sun helps us understand the Earth and amateur radio. to watch these presentations.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

The University of Maine Wireless Sensing Laboratory (WiSe-Net Lab)
and AMSAT have signed an agreement to collaborate on building and
operating MESAT1, Maine’s first small satellite, to be launched in
space in the next three years.

MESAT1 is Maine's first CubeSat " one of 18 small research satellites
selected by NASA to carry auxiliary payloads into space between
2021"23. It is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative that provides
opportunities for nanosatellite science and technology payloads
built by universities, schools and non-profit organizations to ride
share on space launches.


Peter, 2 M 0 SQL, has released Pass Recorder 2.0.
This software is designed to automate the recording of satellite
passes and interfaces with SatPC32.

Changes in version 2.0 include support for SatPC32ISS, improved
memory usage, and slight UI improvements.

Download the software at the link in the text edition available


Hallo everyone. This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia’s August bulletin
goes to air tomorrow.

This month as well as the latest Club News, we have four interesting
items for you, namely:

* Measurement changes
* Queensland radio station where the nation learnt that
World War 2 was over is to be saved,
* Magnetic Pole reversal, and
* Cycle 25 predictions.

Everyone is most welcome to tune in tomorrow and to join in the
call backs afterwards.

Now, an important announcement for WA Members only. The Tuesday
luncheon meetings are planned to resume on August 11th. Full details
will be given in the WA local news broadcast. Alternatively, visit
the RAOTC website for the latest information.

Eastern states listeners are advised that there are now two 20 metre
transmissions tomorrow. The first is at 00 hours UTC from Katherine
in the Northern Territory, beamed south-east, and the second an hour
later at 0100 hours UTC beamed north from Melbourne. Both
transmissions are on 14.150 MHz

Victorian listeners are reminded that at 10 am Victorian time, Steve
VK3HK will be transmitting the bulletin on 40 metres on 7.146 MHz
Broadcast times for WA listeners remain unchanged.

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, on D-STAR and via Echo-link. Full details can be found
on the RAOTC website. Just Google RAOTC and click on “broadcasts”.
Because of these changes, I would urge all listeners to visit the
RAOTC website and check the latest information for your area.

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.

WA Members are again reminded that luncheon meetings resume on
August 11th.

Once again, please check the RAOTC website for your local
transmission schedule, tune in tomorrow or download the file for the
August bulletin, and we look forward to hearing your call sign in
the call backs afterwards.

Stay safe and 73 from Clive VK6CSW.


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

To Tasmania and this item from NTARC comes with an important
disclaimer, i.e., please bear with them as the attempt to bring club
life back to normal, while balancing the need for continuing caution
and with all complying with social distancing requirements.

NTARC Safety Comms Team has been asked to provide safety comms at a
day ride to be held at Scottsdale Saturday 22nd of August. This will
be their first event since November 2019.

NTARC will be providing Base Comms, checkpoint and RFID tracking at
this event.

(vk7wi news)




Chain Home Radar - Battle of Britain Anniversary

August sees two GB80 Special Event Stations come on air marking the
critical role that radar played in the Battle of Britain 80 years ago

In mid-August 1940 as events unfolded, the radar stations such as
Ventor on the Isle of Wight bore the brunt of the initial wave, but
stayed on air to play a vital role. Unlike its modern counterparts,
the pioneering Chain Home Radar system operated over HF to VHF
(20 - 55 MHz).

GB 80 CH (CH for Chain Home) will be operated from Chelmsford in
Essex, which has the most complete surviving radar tower from the
Battle of Britain. Originally located at Canewdon near the Essex
coast, the 360ft tall Chain Home mast was moved to what was Marconi
Research Centre in the 1950s in Great Baddow, where it has recently
been given listed status. In recent times, it has supported amateur
experiments on 160m and 472kHz. The BAE Systems Great Baddow Amateur
Radio Club, with amateur colleagues in local clubs, will be operating

GB 80 BRS will be operated to commemorate Bawdsey Radar Station in
Suffolk, which was where radar was developed in the late 1930s and
was the location of the world’s First operational radar station.
Operation will be on 10m to 80m bands, SSB, CW and FT8.

Electronic QSL only.

Great Baddow Amateur Radio Club MX5BAE


2020 Social Scene


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)




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in all states. It would be great if those SWL's would email their
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We cannot give blatant 'plugs' to raffles.


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