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( 1937 in a mention we've come across relating to weekly
broadcasts of information prepared by VK4 was a plea to
restart the weekly news service which was on air in the
late 1920's )

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Bruce Deefholts advises that the WIA office in Bayswater will
re-open in the New Year on Wednesday 19th January.

Gidday this is Peter VK4EA, portable Caloundra on behalf of the WIA board.

Seasons greetings to all and I hope Santa brought you good DX.

A short report this time around as the board has taken a break over the Christmas/New Year break.

Check out Alan Shannons (VK4SN) contest calendar posted via the normal socials. In a similar vein Scott VK4CZ has produced a calendar for South East Qld VHF and up lunatics, detailing every VHF field day contest and corresponding MADs (that is - Microwave Activity Days) scheduled for 2022.

Wed encourage more of this forward planning for all of us to get radioactive. Please share your plans via which ever media suits you.

As I said, a short one this time around. Have a good new years eve and cheers from WIA Director Peter VK4EA.

That Contest calendar Peter mentioned developed by WIA Contest Committee Chairman - Alan Shannon is focusing mainly on the popular VK and International Contests.

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

Happy New Year. I trust the festive season was kind to you.

What a year weve just had. Covid on the march and morphing into Delta then to Omicron.

Lurching through lockdowns and lockouts; restrictions imposed and then lifted then slammed on, again.

My sympathies go to those affected by Covid, and those with family and friends affected by the virus.

So, here we are in 2022, living with Covid.

Having learned to trust the science and the medical authorities, we can get on with our lives, tempered by our acquired knowledge of how to protect ourselves from that sneaky thing hanging around where you may not suspect.

Two thousand and twenty one was a watershed year for Amateur Radio magazine, after a disruptive year in 2020. Amateur Radio was published on time and on schedule once again through 2021.

The Publications Committee plans to continue this way through 2022.

The concept of themed issues has been well-accepted, and it appears from readership responses that we have produced some landmark issues.

Number one last year, featuring digital ATV, set the trend.

The whisper [WSPR] theme in Number two continued the trend. It featured a shooshing cherub on the cover and surprisingly was a best seller in the newsagents.

The Antarctic Adventures of Australian Amateurs feature in Number five with that dramatic image of an aurora over Davis Station on the cover really hit a nerve with the readership.

While we thought that was something special, issue six featuring Antennas and Propagation also sparked some thoughtful responses from readers.

In addition, Amateur Radio magazine carried some landmark technical articles through 2021.

The indefatigable Dale Hughes VK1DSH kicked-off in issue one with a DIY digital ATV station project.

Andrew Anderson VK3CV, followed-up in issue two with Practical Communications at 30 terahertz, pushing the boundaries of amateur communications.

The tireless Lou Destefano VK3AQZ, began describing his digitally-controlled HF antenna tuner project in issue three.

This was complemented by an article on Experiments with LoRa or long range digital transmissions, by Dale Hughes VK1DSH and Dimitrios Tsifakis VK2COW.

In issue four, that champion of D-I-Y, Jim Tregellis VK5JST, described how the gold standard for SWR bridges the Stockton Bridge aka Tandem Match works.

Usefully, this came before his digital dial VSWR meter project featured in our Antennas and Propagation issue number six.

And so we continue. As you may have already heard, issue number one for 2022 features Contesting as the theme.

Ill just go and stack my ten green bottles back on the shelf as I listen to the choir practising in the background, and see you further down the log.

This has been Amateur Radio magazine Editor-in-Chief, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, for VK1WIA News.


Hello, Im Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and Ive been thinking.

Welcome to the New Year and may we all achieve those things that we aim for and have success during the incoming year.

For the WIA news service, I would like to see more reports of activities both personal and club because out there is a listening audience both on radio and the net and we can serve our complete audience best by giving them the news in a truthful, forthright and up-to-date manner. I have mentioned the late John F. Kennedy before and again I will paraphrase his immortal words, ask not what amateur radio can do for you but ask what you can do for amateur radio.

From submitting news to the broadcast and print services of the WIA to standing for the Board of the WIA to running the media services of your club to cooking the sausages at a barbecue there are
things we can all do to support our fellow amateurs.

Im Geoff Emery VK4ZPP and thats what I think how about you?






& the World Wide sources of the WIA.


IARU Region 1 have announced they have cancelled their planned interim meeting in April due to the pandemic

It was decided at the recent EC meeting that they cancel the April interim meeting in Vienna. The pandemic situation looks increasingly difficult and travel plus a physical meeting in April will most likely not be safe.

At the same meeting it was decided to plan for an interim meeting in Friedrichshafen the days just before HAM RADIO Friedrichshafen 2022 (June 2426).

The final decision for a physical interim meeting will be taken in April.

Fearing radioactive transmissions from 5G mobile networks' towers, people in the Netherlands may have placed themselves in greater
danger by wearing what they believe to be protective devices.

The very devices such as necklaces, bracelets and sleep masks that have made claims to shield people from what some fear is
radioactivity from 5G mobile networks' towers, according to Dutch
officials, have themselves been emitting ionising radiation at hazardous levels.

A report in the BBC says that the Dutch authority for nuclear safety and radiation protection have issued a warning about the products, telling people there could be long term hazardous effects. The agency has ordered a halt to the sale of these devices.

The BBC report quoted the World Health Organization's assertion that
like amateur radio signals, 5G mobile networks make use of non-ionising radio waves that do not pose a danger, adding that they are similar to the 3G and 4G networks already in use.

Some people fear damage to their DNA from such transmissions and in
extreme cases, this has led to attacks on the transmitters and towers.


ARRL to oppose Forest Service administrative fees for amateur facilities

The US Forest Service is proposing to implement a statutorily required annual fee for new and existing communications use authorizations to cover the costs of administering its authorization program. ARRL plans to vigorously oppose the imposition of the proposed fees on Amateur Radio.

ARRL encourages Amateur Radio licensees to file comments opposing the imposition of the proposed administrative fee on Amateur Radio users. Comments must be received in writing by no later than February 22.


Sweden's government is increasing the levy charged on household electricity bills to enable the Swedish Electrical Safety Agency to improve EMC compliance and reduce RF pollution from electronic devices.

The government has decided to increase the so-called electrical safety fee for 2022. The money will be used to reduce interference between electrical products, in practice it is about the Swedish Electrical Safety Agency's work with EMC issues.

Starlink satellites near-collision with Chinese station puts focus on space jam

The incident spotlights the growing risk in space, where orbital room is being crowded out by an astronomical race in which nation-states as well as private companies are increasingly active.

Behind it are projects such as the Elon Musk-owned SpaceXs Starlink constellation and rival Amazons Project Kuiper. Both companies want to create a web of low-earth orbit (LEO) spacecraft that will beam down internet connectivity to anywhere on the planet.

And then there are several countries Russia and India being the most recent that have carried out tests of satellite-killing missiles, generating millions of pieces of debris.

The biggest risk with thousands of new satellites is that two satellites could collide, create more fast-moving debris, which could then collide with other satellites. There are currently only 3,000 or so active satellites in orbit. With tens of thousands of more satellites, collisions become more likely. Most of the risk is to satellites in orbit - with enough debris, all of our satellites could be destroyed.





January, the entire month is the WIA ROSS HULL VHF - UHF MARATHON CONTEST



Summer 2022 - 0100 UTC Saturday 15 January through
0059 UTC Sunday 16 January but differs in VK6.


John Moyle Memorial Field Day

The JMMFD contest Starts 0100 GMT on the 19th of March and concludes
0059 GMT on the 20th of March.


Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint

Saturday May 7th 2022
10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC





Winter 2022 - 0200 UTC Saturday 25 June through 0159 UTC Sunday
26 June (differs in VK6).


IARU HF World Championship
NEXT contest is July 9 and 10.



WIA Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest

16 JUL 2022

The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July
aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL


WIA RD or Remembrance Day Contest

Weekend closest to the 15th August each year.

2022 its Sat Sun August 13 and 14



PHONE - First full weekend in October
0600 UTC Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday

CW - Second full weekend in October
0600 UTC Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday

Log deadline for ALL logs - 31 October.






The Victoria-Only Jamboree, VicJam including the amateur radio station with the special callsign of VI3JAM ends today




Almost their 'once a year day.'

JANUARY 26, which is Australia Day and a Wednesday next year
Townsville Club will activate from their annual camp out
Bluewater way. Bluewater for the uninitiated is about 30
klicks from Townsville CBD.



Brad, VK2BY will be active as HS0ZNR in north-eastern Thailand until the 21st of January and as well as QSLing direct to VK2BY you can also QSL via Logbook of The World.

(sourced to rsgb)


Danish special event

Danish Radio Amateurs will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of HM Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark's, accession to the throne by activating the special event station OZ50Q during the whole month of January 2022.

Special award is available see

QSL via OZ1ACB, eQSL or LoTW.

All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW and eQSL.




The fires almost out!

Special event stations SN 0 ZOSP and SN 100 ZOSP which have
been on air all year cease February 5, 2022, and have
been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Association of
the Voluntary Fire Brigades of the Republic of Poland.



Mario, IZ3KVD, is in Zambia using the callsign 9J2MYT. He will be there in Lusaka until June of 2022. Listen for him on SSB on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters. Send QSLs via IZ3KVD direct only. Reply QSL cards will be printed after he has returned to Italy.




7B2C, 7B2E, 7B2T, 7B2H and 7B2O are QRV until the end of October 2022 to celebrate the Javanese-Hindu Ceto Temple that was built in 1475.
Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via operators' instructions.



BBC centenary special event GB 100 BBC

Members of the BBCs radio club, The London BBC Radio Group, have been granted an exceptional all-year Special Event callsign to help celebrate the BBCs centenary year in 2022.

Ofcom will permit GB100BBC to operate throughout the year, starting at midnight on New Years Day, from the headquarters station in Broadcasting House, London.



In 2022, the UBA, or in full, the Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union,
will blow out 75 candles.

On the occasion of this anniversary, the HF committee will organize a special activity under the title 'UBA 75 On The Air Event' during January and February

All participating UBA sections will be in the air during the months of January and February with special prefix ON75 followed by the three-letter abbreviation of the department as a club station.


The new year is going to be a good one for members of the Irish Radio
Transmitters Society. Hams will be using the special callsign EI 90I RTS to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of Ireland's national society. Listen for the EI90IRTS callsign throughout 2022.
QSL via EI6AL.





The WSJT-X development group Joe Taylor, K1JT; Steve Franke, K9AN; and new member Nico Palermo, IV3NWV has announced the release of WSJT-X 2.5.3.

This new release includes a feature of special interest to users participating in the ARRL January VHF Contest (January 15 17, 2022). This new feature is an enhanced macro facility for text messages that is aimed at making it easier to ask another station to move to another band.

This feature is described briefly in the updated WSJT-X User Guide. Installation packages for WSJT-X 2.5.3 are available on the WSJT-X website.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Another SpaceX rocket has carried 52 Starlink internet satellites into orbit from California.

The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Space Force Base and arced over the Pacific

The Falcon's first stage returned and landed on a SpaceX drone ship in the ocean. It was the 11th launch and recovery of the stage.

Starlink is a satellite-based global internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.

This mission was the 34th launch for Starlink, a constellation of nearly 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit

In further news re SpaceX. NASA is to purchase three commercial crew missions from SpaceX

NASA originally envisioned alternating missions between SpaceX and Boeing, assuming both companies vehicles will be certified around the same time

NASA has announced its intent to purchase three more commercial crew missions from SpaceX as a hedge against further delays in the certification of Boeings CST-100 Starliner.

Derek, OK9SGC, has recently uploaded a very comprehensive beginners guide to receiving HRPT weather satellite images.

The guide covers almost everything from purchasing and building the hardware, to finding and tracking the satellites, to setting up the software and decoding images. HRPT reception can be a little daunting as it requires a good L-Band dish setup which involves choosing and building a feed, and importantly, a way to track the satellite with the dish as it moves across the sky.

Find this story and a link to the guide in the wia news text version.



Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz

Radio amateurs plan Wi-Fi for disaster areas

The German radio amateurs who have joined forces in the non-profit German Amateur Radio Club (DARC) have developed a new emergency radio concept. During the flood disaster in the Ahr valley, they hardly got a chance, because the rescue workers have a powerful communication infrastructure with the new digital radio for authorities and the radio bridges that amateurs could build can hardly be integrated.

In the future, German radio amateurs in disaster areas will no longer just record and forward messages as before, but rather set up high-performance Wi-Fi networks that allow those affected to access the Internet and send messages and retrieve information themselves via smartphone or notebook.

0645z - 0730z ANZO Net 7.118 (varies due to propagation)
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293 (varies due to

ROTARY and HAM RADIO, a winning combination that goes back years.

1921 saw many demonstrations of broadcasting.

Perhaps the best documented of these took place on Nov. 15, 1921 in Pine Bluff, Ark., where the president of the Arkansas Power and Light Company, Harvey Couch, had arranged for a broadcast of live and recorded music from Couchs home to a meeting of the citys Rotary Club. (AP&L was a Westinghouse customer, with Couch touring the KDKA operation during a buying trip to Pittsburgh and becoming a convert.)

Couch, the Rotarians, and others were so impressed with this latest miracle of science that shortly after the pre-Thanksgiving demo, Couch applied for a license for Arkansass first broadcast station.

Shortly another look at "old time radio" when our News Editor Graham VK4BB "REWINDS"

(The Plumbers Delight)

9 on 9cm Within Sight!

Justin VK7TW has more.

"VK7 is inching closer to 9 on 9, that is 9 operators active on 9cm or 3.4 GHz with our now regular net following the very popular 23cm QSO Party net where we have indeed achieved 23 operators participating and an average of around 15 each Sunday.

Last Sunday saw the following operators on the air, VK7's TW, ZBX, KAJ, OO. All running the SG-Lab transverters with around 3W out into either the 900mm X 600mm Grids or the old GARC panel antennas.

Mt. Wellington proved to be most helpful in reflecting signals fired at it and as such all operators were able to copy each other easily on FM with 5 X 9 plus signal levels. Some varying amounts of QSB were noticed on some signals, from minimal to quite significant levels. We are planning to perform experiments with SSB and some digital modes as well as the transverters are all capable of being GPS locked this will be interesting.

This is a fantastic result so far and we are hoping to build activity
further. There was some work carried out at one station this week and
some activity at the REAST club night involving making cables,
enclosures and tweaking of RF levels and things so all things being well we are hoping to have at least another 2 systems on the net this Sunday."

If you are keen to find out more about the equipment required to become active on this band please contact any of the above callsigns and they will point you in the right direction.

(Richard VK7ZBX via VK7WI News)

(Youngsters On The Air)

11-year-old Jacob Hoschar becomes KY7HAM

Forks Forum reports this means he passed his general license test!
He now holds an amateur radio operator general license!

Jacobs dad Andrew said, I am beyond proud to let everyone know that his call sign will temporarily be KY7HAM/AG until the FCC updates its database.

He added, This is HUGE! He studied for over a year, worked his butt off, and stuck to it. If anyone is curious about how much is involved in earning a general license, Google search amateur radio operator general license practice exam and try one out. Its a lot of information for anyone to take in, let alone an 11-year-old kid!



Radio At 100: KDKA: The Morning After

The evening of Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1920, had come and gone. KDKA, 8MK, and perhaps others had taken to the airwaves that evening to report returns in the election that put Warren G. Harding in the White House. A few hundred, perhaps a few thousand people there were no rating services then managed to gain proximity to a primitive radio receiver of some sort and listened as the results were tallied and read into equally primitive microphones.

In retrospect, one cant help but wonder what went through the minds of those individuals who stayed up late to present election results via radiophone. A radio broadcast is at best an intangible something highly ephemeral, perhaps even a bit ethereal.

Had their voices really gone out into space to reach invisible ears? Had anything happened at all? There had to have been at least a slight sense of unreality in those first moments, a feeling perhaps best captured by Garrison Keillor in his description of the inaugural broadcast of mythical station WLT in St. Paul, Minn.

BTW, KDKAs seminal broadcast way back in 1920, is now viewed as a great day a truly historical one; something that changed the landscape forever. However, as with any event important enough to make its way into the history books, theres always the dawning of the next day the interval after the initial exuberance has passed and cold reality begins to set in. It is then that those who have been cheering in celebration are forced to stop and ponder what happens next?


2022 Social Scene

Due to the COVID-19 new variant situation, please check these events'
direct for up-to-date status information and even without Covid, dates have an uncanny knack of being changed at last moment.

VK7 - REAST Open Day Sunday January 30th 11am to 3pm (vk7wi)

VK3 - SPARC Rosebud RadioFest Feb 13 9:30AM (VK3PDG)

VK4 - REDFEST Saturday the 9th April. (vk4ftn)

VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mt Gambier Queens Birthday weekend June (vk5dj)

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