PREVIOUSLY ON WIA - 1939 - 1945
Remembrance Day Contest Honour Roll
WIA members who paid the supreme sacrifice
Royal Australian Navy
J.E. Mann VK3IE
A.H.G. Rippon VK6GR
Australian Military Forces
C.D. Roberts VK2JV
J.D. Morris VK3DQ
J. McCandlish VK3HN
S.W. Jones VK3SF
D.A. Laws VK4DR
J.G. Phillips VK5BW
K.S. Anderson VK6KS
Royal Australian Air Force
F.W.S. Easton VK2BQ
V.J.E. Jarvis VK2VJ
W. Abbott VK2YK
G.C. Curle VK2AJB
T. Stephens VK3GO
M.D. Orr VK3OR
J.F. Colthrop VK3PL
J.A. Burrage VK3UW
J.E. Snadden VK3VE
F.J. Starr VK4FS
R. Allen VK4PR
C.A. Ives VK5AF
B. James VK5BL
J.E. Goddard VK6JG
P.P. Paterson VK6PP
N.E. Gunter VK3NG
R.P. Veall VK3PV
"They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.
Age will not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
2020 AUGUST 16 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 16 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
WIA National and Inwards QSL Manager John VK3JLS and state of Bureaus. -
WIA Vice President Lee VK3GK reports from HQ.
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Well folks, Editor in Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison
VK2ZRH, is taking a break from the broadcast this week -
because he can!
Roger sends sincere thanks to all those who sent congratulatory
messages about Issue Number 2. He says it was a team effort and
that's how it gets done.
We are informed that production of AR mag Issue Number 3 for 2020 is
well under way, working to a new schedule so that all six issues for
the year are published by Christmas - lockdowns notwithstanding.
Operation of the WIA QSL Bureaus, John Seamons VK3JLS reports as the
WIA National and Inwards QSL Manager
With the concerns and restrictions related to COVID-19, the services
of QSL Bureaus have been seriously curtailed, not just in Australia,
but around the world. In particular, with the Stage 4 lockdown (and
earlier restrictions) in Metropolitan Victoria, the WIA National
Inwards QSL Bureau has ceased all operations related to the receipt
and sorting of incoming QSLs from overseas Bureaus. It should be
noted that as many countries are in the same position, there is
little being received at the Inwards Bureau at this time.
Prior to the Stage 3 lockdowns in Victoria, we managed to sort over
20,000 incoming cards and sought advice from the State Bureaus if
they wished to accept these cards for their subsequent sorting and
distribution. Some States indicated a preference to wait until normal
sorting activities resumed.
The WIA Outwards Bureau, operated from the Westlake’s Radio Club rooms
in VK2, has similarly halted any sorting, and posting of outbound
QSLs, and this included not being present at the Wyong Field Day. The
Outwards Bureau is holding a large backlog of cards dating from
March this year, that are yet to be sorted; until such time as the
Outwards Bureau resumes full operations, we would request members
hold any outwards cards destined to that Bureau, rather than adding
to the backlog of un-opened mail at the Bureau.
At this point, I would also request that if there are any members in
the Westlakes area who would be interested in assisting with the
sorting of QSL cards, could you please make contact with the
Westlakes Radio Club. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I will ensure that members are advised when normal Bureau operations
John Seamons (VK3JLS) WIA National and Inwards QSL Manager
Vice President Lee VK3GK reports:-
I never imagined that when I sat my Novice Exam in 1979 at age 16
that 40 years later I would be just as passionate about Amateur radio
as then but also the Vice president of the WIA. Back then as a total
newbie, what even was a ‘WIA’, in fact it was WIA Victoria which has
now morphed into Amateur Radio Victoria.
For those that may have missed it, Greg VK2GPK is back as President,
Peter VK8ZZ is acting secretary and we are actively seeking for a
Volunteer Secretary, preferably someone with some corporate
background. Oscar VK3TX, Phil VK2CPR and Scott VK3KJ are all
appointed to continue on until end of term. I thank my associate WIA
directors for supporting me as Vice President and look forward to
working with this great team so we can now start delivering some real
tangible benefits to the growing WIA membership over the next few
months. We have some great offerings in the pipeline.
I must also thank Editor in Chief Roger Harrison and the newly
appointed Pub Com team for the excellent AR magazine which has been
pre released digitally. The printed version is on its way too. Great
Although here in Metro Melbourne we are still in lockdown for at
least another few weeks it has become apparent that the AMC remote
exam process has been well received during these times and is giving
many candidates easier access to the Amateur radio exams. I think in
every other state face to face are back in full swing. The relaxation
of the callsign structure has caused a massive influx of callsign
applications and reports suggest well over 300 so far which has put a
considerable amount of workload on the AMC office staff to process
exam applications, exam marking and other activities, so please have
a little patience and give them a little latitude now while they
process it all. Interestingly I have also seen an increase in exam
requests from mainly foundation candidates since the callsign
changes … coincidence? Maybe not, but it’s a good thing if we can get
more people into the hobby.
While some of us are locked down and even if you are not, don’t
forget that the special callsigns are available for activation by
logging onto the Special Callsign portal on the WIA website and
booking your slot, VK1WIA to VK8WIA, VK110WIA and VK20HOME are all
available to book and use.
A special thanks to the WIA awards committee for establishing the
”Triple Play” award. A "Triple Play" is when you work a DXCC entity
on all 3 modes - Phone and CW and Digital. Triple Play awards are
available for single band, multi-band, and multi-mode (i.e. any-band).
Endorsements including Honour Roll and Excellence are also available
as per the other DXCC awards.
Many of our overseas DX friends will be happy with the ability to
now log on and pre-check their award qualification prior to fully
subscribing to the WIA Awards Program. This should encourage many
more participants to enjoy the many WIA Award certificates that can
be downloaded from the website.
Until next time, 73 from Vice President Lee VK3GK.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
We begin this week's international on a sombre note.
Our friends at the USA's Amateur Radio NewsLine has lost one of its
Bobby Best WX4ALA has become a Silent Key.
He died in his sleep on Sunday August 2nd at the age of 49.
In addition to his contributions as Newsline's staff meteorologist,
Bobby enjoyed a three-decade-long career as a professional
broadcaster in his home state of Alabama.
His ham radio career found him active in both SKYWARN and ARES as he
pursued his passion to report weather under challenging circumstances.
His call sign WX4ALA stood for "Weather for Alabama".
Rest in peace, friend.
5G is driving the RF power semiconductor market
Spending on RF power semiconductors for 4G and 3W continued to grow
last year, nearing the US$2 billion mark, according to research from
The wireless infrastructure segment has “turned around in a big way”,
according to the company, and all other segments are up as well,
with gallium nitride continuing to make inroads.
Gallium nitride has gained market share in 2019 and is forecast to be
a significant force over the next few years, noted Lance Wilson,
Research Director at ABI.
“It bridges the gap between two older technologies, exhibiting the
high-frequency performance of gallium arsenide combined with the
power handling capabilities of silicon LDMOS.
“GaN is now a mainstream technology that has achieved more than a
quarter of the market and, in the future, is poised to capture more.”
Wireless infrastructure, representing about three-quarters of total
sales, performed strongly, driven by 5G NR mid band.
2ND SATELLITE JOINS EUROPEAN DATA RELAY SYSTEM
Almost a year after its launch, a second European Data Relay
System satellite has become operational on a laser communication
network that speeds the data flow between Earth-observing satellites
and Earth itself.
The EDRS-C satellite, launched on August 6th, 2019, has entered full
service after a user-commissioning review and joins the network's
first satellite EDRS-A. It is in geostationary orbit about 36,000
kilometres above us.
The two EDRS satellites are part of the EU's Copernicus program and
join two other Sentinel satellites that assist in the transmission of
images and other data gleaned from monitoring vegetation, waterways
First Slovenia to Slovenia contact on 40 MHz
On the 9th of August 2020, Borut S 50 B and Ivo S 59 F managed to
complete a contact on 40.680 MHz for the first contact on their new
8-metre band between two Slovenian stations.
Even though the distance between each of the stations was only about
20 kiss, this was over a very poor path with a lot of high ground in
the way. Signal reports of 5/3 and 5/5 were exchanged on SSB.
Slovenian licencing authorities allocated a slice of spectrum at
8-metres back in 1998, it's only in 2020 that S5 stations have
started up on the band. This is largely in response to the new
8-metre allocations in Ireland and Lithuania.
The 8-metre allocation in Slovenia is from 40.660 to 40.700 MHz,
the exact same as the ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) band.
Media Nations 2020: lockdown leads to surge in TV screen time and
A surge in screen time during lockdown saw UK adults spend 40% of
their waking day watching TV and online video services, Ofcom has
found in its annual study of the nation’s media habits.
As people across the UK followed official health advice to stay home
during April 2020, they kept themselves informed and entertained by
spending six hours and 25 minutes each day on average " or nearly
45 hours a week " watching TV and online video content " a rise of
almost a third on last year.
The biggest factor behind this increase was people spending twice as
much time watching subscription streaming services such as Netflix,
Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video " one hour 11 minutes per day on
average in April 2020. These services attracted around 12 million
new subscribers during lockdown, of whom around 3 million had never
subscribed to one before.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16 and naturally
that is THIS WEEKEND
It's a big weekend as Australia and the world celebrate VP/VJ Day.
Also in commemoration of this the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the
RSGB has organised a VJ Day amateur radio marathon on the HF bands
Three special UK callsigns GB 75 PEACE, GB 1945 PE, GB 194 5PJ are
on the bands til the 31st of August.
The special stations have their own QRZ.com pages with details of
the activation schedule.
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Korea on the
15th of August 1945, members of the Korean Amateur Radio League are
active as HL 75 V until the end of August. QSL via 6 K 0 MF.
The 40th Alara Contest will be on again on the last weekend of
August " that is Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th.
Hello everyone, this is Sue VK5AYL with a reminder about the 40th
Alara Contest, which will be held next weekend from Saturday 0600 UTC
to Sunday 0559 UTC.
This year we are trialling a Facebook page for spotting YLs. This
page is optional for amateurs using Facebook who wish to notify
others about YLs who are in the contest. Just enter the YLs callsign
current frequency and mode. This page is now ready to join, just
search for Alara Contest in Facebook and join in on the fun. YLs
cannot spot or encourage others to spot them but it will give other
amateurs a chance to easily find and support YLs in the contest.
We are really looking forward to hearing some young and new YLs in
the contest this year and catching up with many amateurs along the
way. Some of the Committee will be handing out numbers on HF and
EchoLink to show their support during the contest.
The contest rules have now been uploaded to the Alara Contest page.
For those who don’t have FB and would like a copy of the rules,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to getting you in the log.
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.
Graham VK3GA, DX Awards Manager reports
WIA Awards - overseas DX users "try before you buy” announcement
Overseas DX users of the WIA online awards system can now ‘try before
After Registration, DX users will have full access to the awards
system, EXCEPT they cannot apply for awards. This allows DX users to
upload their log, perform the various verifications required, and to
interrogate the system as to what awards they qualify for. They will
not be able to apply for any awards until the Subscription fee is
paid, or they become a member of the WIA. This allows DX users to
have certainty as to what awards they qualify for without having to
make an upfront payment.
73 from Graham VK3GA, DX Awards Manager
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.
August sees two GB 80 Special Event Stations on the air to mark the
critical role that radar played in the Battle of Britain 80 years ago.
GB 80 BRS will be operated to commemorate Bawdsey Radar Station in
Suffolk, where radar was developed in the late 1930s and was the
location of the world's first operational radar station.
GB 80 CH will be operated from Chelmsford in Essex, which has the
most complete surviving radar tower from the Battle of Britain.
Commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli
during World War I, special event stations TC 3 GP and TC 3 GS
are active until the 23rd of August, next weekend.
QSLs via YM 3 KCN.
Listen for special event station 4 A 2 MAX operating from Mexico
throughout August honouring the memory of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
SP 3 RN. The station can be heard on the HF bands using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.
QSL via LoTW.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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The RSGB has released two more 2019 Convention presentations to
its YouTube channel.
In "I can hear it, why won't it decode?" Neil G 4 DBN explains
choosing the best digital mode for Tropo DX at VHF and above. He also
investigates multipath, scintillation, scatter modes and radio
characteristics on signal coherence and decodability.
In the second presentation, "122GHz and up", Chris G 0 FDZ covers the
challenges and equipment used on the 122, 134, 241GHz and higher
To see both of these presentations go to the RSGB YouTube channel,
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
German Satellite Demonstrates Orbit Control on 1U CubeSat
Experimental Satellite 4 (UWE-4) successfully used its propulsion
system in order to conduct orbit control.
The 1-unit (or 1U) CubeSat is equipped with an electric propulsion
system, developed by the Technical University in Dresden and this
marks the first time in CubeSat history that a 1U CubeSat has changed
its orbit using an on-board propulsion system.
Several manoeuvres were performed within 11 days, lowering the
CubeSat's altitude by more than 100 meters, compared to an average
of just 21 meters with natural orbital decay.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
ILLW a Beacon of Hope
With just days to go, registrations have reached 300 with only
8 cancellations so far due to Covid 19 restrictions which have
caused some lighthouses to be off limits to the public as well
as well-meaning amateur radio operators.
New to the event is Angels Gate lighthouse in Los Angeles Harbour
which will be operated from by boat, weather permitting.
Barbados has Ragged Point lighthouse entered and Bonaire is another
new country with Spelonk Lighthouse operated by PJ 4 DX.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - LOW DOWN
SAQ Alexanderson Day sets unique listener record
The vintage SAQ Alexanderson alternator in Grimeton, Sweden,
conducted its transmissions on 17.2kHz on the 5th of July as part
of SAQ Alexanderson Day.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the transmitter hall was empty
except for the five members of the Alexander Association who would
make the transmissions. Visitors were directed towards the Visitor
The planned two transmissions were also livestreamed to their YouTube
channel. They have received 630 unique listener reports from all over
the world - a new record for SAQ Anderson Day.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
HE'S LICENSED FOR A LIFELONG LOVE OF RADIO
The youthful love of amateur radio grows up and matures but for many
of us it doesn't go away - at any age. Ralph KK 6 ITF tells us about
one very special new licensee whose love dates back to World War II
as we'll hear in this story from our friends at ARNewsLine.
"The first time Bryan Knight got his amateur radio license he was
11 years old. The world was living under the shadow of World War II
when Bryan, who was growing up in the UK, became the proud holder of
a "G3" call sign.
Now a retired aerospace engineer, Bryan just got a new call sign
again - this time after testing with the Bledsoe County Amateur Radio
Club in Tennessee, where he lives. On July 11th, he earned his
General Class ticket at age 93.
The Bledsoe County Club was celebrating its first anniversary when
Bryan stopped by Field Day in June. His fate was sealed: in July, he
sat for his exam.
Now he's back on the air as KO4FHG. It's not his first U.S. callsign.
A veteran of the Royal Air Force, he moved to the U.S. and after
gaining citizenship, got his license as a young man. But - as he told
NewsLine recently -- life happens and licenses lapse.
Well, no more:
KO4FHG is back to rag chewing on the local repeaters and is getting
ready to return to HF. He's also polishing his CW.
Andrew Albertson KN4CTG, club trustee and a founding member, told
NewsLine: "This is what we got into it for, to promote the hobby and
bring back some of the life into the hobby."
At 93 years of age, Bryan couldn't agree more about great new
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Ralph Squillace KK6ITB
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Huon District Scout station VK7HSD is looking for some on air help.
With six scouts studying hard for their “F” Call licences, the next
big step of training will be an “On Air Contact”.
They are seeking to make voice contacts on Tuesday next, 18th of
August between 1700 and 1830 hours local time. The preferred
80 meter frequency of 3610 kHz is proposed to be used.
It would be greatly appreciated if YOU could answer “CQ” calls from
VK7HSD, while also remembering the need for a little patience for the
training operators. After all, it can be a very nervous occasion.
Can you remember your first HF contact?
A QSL card will most definitely be sent in appreciation of your
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
ARRL 2020 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Scheduled for October 3-4
This annual, nationwide exercise provides Amateur Radio Emergency
Service (ARES) volunteers the chance to test personal emergency
operating skills and communication readiness in a simulated emergency
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
New 2700km+ IARU Region-1 tropo record on 23cms between Ireland and
the Canary Islands
On the 17th of July 2020, there was a tropo opening between the
Canary Islands and the UK & Ireland on the VHF & UHF bands.
A remarkable contact was made on 1296 MHz between EA8CXN and EI2FG
which turned out to be a new IARU Region-1 tropo record for the 23cms
microwave band. Unlike other recent records, the mode used this time
was SSB with 5/1 and 5/4 reports exchanged. The distance was an
amazing 2714 kms.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
The Youth Working Group within the IARU Region 1 created a new
programme called YOTA Online.
In these monthly gatherings a team of active youngsters have
presented different topics, while answering questions from the
You can see the previous broadcasts at
2020 Social Scene November onwards Due to the COVID-19 situation,
please check these events' direct for up-to-date status information
as already we have one event which was planned for November
sensibly postponed a further 12 months..that being the
VK7 biennial HamFest.
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest POSTPONED 12 MONTHS (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)
Hey ! Listen Up !
We are breaking the curfew on announcements for events happening
before November to bring you Good News !
The famous and popular Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM
weekend is definitely on this year, happening at Lake Maraboon
Holiday Village, approximately 25km southwest of Emerald, Central
Queensland from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September.
Apart from the Annual General Meeting there will be the famous Mega
Auction of Treasure, a Multi Draw Raffle, the Money Board, a
sumptuous Meal Package gathered by CHARC volunteers and cooked up by
the Iron Faraday Cage Chefs plus a chance to catch up at one of the
best spots in Central Queensland.
Want to come along ? You need to let Events Co-ordinator Helen VK4FHEL
know your attendance for catering and you also need to book into the
Village now as accommodation is evaporating fast!
Self-contained and can't get into the Village? Contact Bob/VK4CWL to
find out about off-site options.
Remember, Helen/VK4FHEL needs your catering numbers NOW !
Don't grumble if you show up unannounced or miss the September 21st
deadline and have no din dins to eat !
Now, need more info about this fabulous weekend away for Hams and
Check out the Text Edition of this news or surf to the Central
Highlands Club Website, the TARC Website, the CHARC, TARC, MARA,
RADAR, or Gladstone FaceBook pages for more about the Central
Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM Weekend 2020.
This is Gavin/VK4ZZ, Publicity Officer for the CHARCinc and you are
tuned into the WIA News Service.
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)
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest Miena Community Hall (vk7tw)
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