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Bob Bruninga WB4APR /SK:- Inventor of APRS Has Died

In 1982, Bob Bruninga, a senior research engineer at the US Naval Academy, developed the first version of APRS using an Apple II computer. This version was used to map high-frequency Navy position reports in the early stages. Bruninga created a more advanced version of APRS on a Commodore VIC-20 in 1984.

RIP Bob Bruninga WB4APR/SK

Ross Hull Contest Logs are due tomorrow, Monday the 14th of February
Happy Valentine's Day to you all
73 Trent VK4TS


From QNEWS and an item which has been picked up already by hams in both IARU region 1 and 2 and also passed to Oscar Reyes VK's IARU 3 representative came from Geoff VK4ZPP

Its to do with listening, responding to emergency traffic..

"Now the regional list of emergency traffic frequencies is regularly published but we dont appear to have any pattern or system for monitoring them.

Certainly the authorities can say we have international response networks and the amateur radio service isnt necessary. However, there are many people in various places on the globe that do have amateur radio and HF CB as local communications or for recreational use. Many people have complained of the tedium of having to isolate during the pandemic and I have seen that several skeds have appeared on an ad hoc
basis just to allow people to call in and interact with others.

The international net for sailors goes on, particularly on 20 metres, and on the land mobile services in this country, listening watches are maintained. With time on our hands and equipment on the bench, just what would it take to tune into one of these emergency frequencies and spend some time just monitoring whilst going on with the days routine? What would it take to have clubs organise a roster of willing
members to fill the spots on a roster and how much more would it take to have a national contact point to action matters such as reports?

To me this doesnt seem like a radical proposal or an onerous task for any one person. Even operators by themselves could do this. We think of ourselves as person to person communicators and the bulk of the time there will just be the usual noise we expect with no signals to monitor. I know there are people who spent many hours monitoring on the CB band emergency channels and there are still CB operators doing this.

With the band conditions providing interesting DX we can no longer say that listening out on emergency frequencies will simply be local. Region 3 is a very much populated and at the same time a very remote cluster of radio operators in our part of the world. I believe we have an opportunity to make a small but perhaps profoundly important contribution in times of need.

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


& the World Wide sources of the WIA.

UNESCO has suggested several themes that can be celebrated on World Radio Day, today, February 13 including trust in radio journalism, the accessibility of radio and the viability of radio stations.

Radio has a key role to play in several areas, UNESCO said, beginning with producing independent and high-quality content, providing information to a diverse group of individuals and working to transform loyal audience engagement into financial stability, especially for small, medium or non-profit stations.

World Radio Day got its start in 2011 when member states of UNESCO adopted Feb. 13 the anniversary of the 1946 founding of United Nations Radio as World Radio Day in an effort to raise greater awareness of the importance of radio, to encourage decision makers to provide access to information via radio and to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

Finland's national amateur radio society SRAL has made the latest issue of their magazine Radio Amateur available free for everyone to read as a convenient PDF

The editorial on page 1 looks at the move in Norway to introduce an Entry-Level amateur radio qualification based on CEPT ECC Report 89. At the present time Finland doesn't have an Entry-Level license, their lowest class is CEPT Novice, equivalent to UK Intermediate / USA General.

Norway is aiming for an Entry-Level qualification that permits 10 watts output on all bands and allows home construction of transmitting equipment.

The national amateur radio society in Italy, ARI, reports they only lost 13 members in 2021 but the membership is aging

The Secretary General of ARI, Mauro Pregliasco I1JQJ, writes:

The aging process is a phenomenon that affects the life of our sections.

This essentially depends on two factors:

First is of a structural nature, and is directly connected to the demographic decline in our country.

The second is a direct consequence of technological progress, which makes radio less and less interesting for young people.

In ari's statistics, the mode of a set of numbers is the value that appears most frequently; in our case it is made up of 59-year-old members. The range that includes the greatest number of Members is from 55 to 64 years.

Free virtual event

This marks 80 years since the opening of Bletchley Parks Bombe Hut, 11A, in March 1942. Bletchley Parks Research Historian, Dr David Kenyon will explore the impact the Bombe machine had and how it was used to combat the Enigma cipher system.

Wednesday 23 March 2022, 13.00

80 years ago in March 1942, Hut 11A opened as the new home of Bletchley Parks top-secret Bombe machines. Designed by Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, inspired by pre-war work by Polish cryptanalysts, the Bombes played a vital role in helping the Codebreakers break the infamous Enigma cipher.

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Microphone manufacturer Heil Sound has new top leadership for the first time in its 56-year history.

The Illinois-based company said Bob and Sarah Heil have transferred ownership to current President/CEO Ash Levitt and Director of Operations Steve Warford.

Sarah Heil has retired, but Bob will continue to do outreach work and product design within the amateur radio space under the title Founder and CEO Emeritus, it stated.

The company said Levitt and Warford each began working with Heil Sound as teenagers, building and packaging products. Levitt took a different career path in academia for a number of years, but continued to regularly consult with Heil Sound during that time. He returned to the company full-time in 2017 and assumed the role of president in 2020. Warford worked his way up in the company during his tenure and has been responsible for daily operations for the past several years.

The Dayton Hamvention is still on as of now, but General Chairman Rick Allnutt, WS8G, said in a statement that the Hamvention would follow state guidance, which he expects to include recommendations (but not requirements) for masking and social distancing at large events.

"It has become obvious," he said, "that the State of Ohio is very unlikely to call a halt to large gatherings anytime soon." As of now, Allnutt added, there are no plans to offer onsite Covid testing during the Hamvention and he does not anticipate checking vaccination status at the show.

He says updates will be posted online at


Indonesia's ORARI reports the communications regulator has asked amateurs to improve the quality of radio amateurs through local meetings

A translation of the post by the national amateur radio organisation ORARI reads:

Directorate General of Postal Resources and Devices and Informatics of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics encourages the improvement of amateur radio quality through local meetings.

The head of ORARI Centre stated that the Improve Quality Member Program would provide technical and organizational knowledge and skills. ORARI Centre will launch the ORARI Digital application, one of its functions is to provide E-KTA services.

"Callsigns that can be downloaded, delivery of letters or documents through the Application and others. So that the service can be faster and more accessible to members, "he explained.




March its the John Moyle Memorial Field Day 19th of March and
20th of March.


Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint

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


The Don Edwards Memorial Slow Morse Contest 2 days starting
May 14 1800 concluding May 15 16:00

A slow Morse contest to encourage amateurs to give it a go.

Saturday evening 14th May between 6pm and 9pm Eastern Standard Time on 80 metres.
Sunday afternoon 15th May between 1pm and 4pm Eastern Standard Time
on 40 metres.



International CQ Pride contest June 4-6

(Luke VK3UKW)





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.




We start of by heading NNW from me to the Northern Territory and
Peter VK8ZZ on behalf of the Darwin Amateur Radio Club VK8DA

"On the 19th of February 2022, that is Saturday next weekend, it will be 80 years since the bombing of Darwin in 1942.

To commemorate this event DARC will be holding a DX marathon on the 19th of February 2022 using the special callsign VI80BOD

We will be operating from the old Qantas hanger in Parap. This hanger was standing in 1942 and did sustain some damage in the raids.

Operation will be on most bands 20m 15 10

QSL via eQSL or via the bureau

Hope to meet you on the air.

This has been Peter VK8ZZ for the Darwin Amateur Radio Club"


Throughout the month of February, Rob, PARDY, is activating
PF 88 ANT from Amsterdam, marking the 19th Antarctic Activity Week celebration which will take place between February 21 and 27.
QSLs via PARDY, direct, which is preferred, or by the bureau.

Meanwhile, in Antarctica itself, Chris, W 2 RTO, is active from the KC 4 USV McMurdo Station on Ross Island on 20 meters using SSB
and FT8 and will be on the air until mid-2022.
QSL via K 7 MT or LoTW.



Suffix /70 permitted for Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Following a request by the RSGB, Ofcom has indicated that stations wishing to retain their usual Regional Secondary Locator to identify their DXCC entity may use the suffix /70 to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

It is also permitted to use the /70 suffix with the GQ/MQ/2Q prefix.



Saint Patricks Day Award

The organisers of the Saint Patricks Day Award are excited to announce the launch of a new web page where visitors can learn everything they need to know about the Saint Patricks day award.

On the new page, you will also find the simple registration form to be completed by all participants in this years festivities which will be running from the 16th-18th March 2022.

Previous years have seen over 100 amateurs register to participate and we are hopeful that this will continue to grow.

The award is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to celebrate Saint Patricks day and turn the airwaves green.

The new page can be accessed at


Austral Islands DXpedition

Several members of the Perseverance DX Group will activate Raivavae Island in the Austral Islands, French Polynesia, between
April 15 - April 29, approximately 12 operating days.

The plan is to have radios on the air continually, as propagation allows.

The call sign TX 5 N was issued for this project.

The team expects to make between 60,000 - 80,000 QSOs.


Austrian special event

Look for the special event callsign OE 2 2M to be active sometime around April 23rd to commemorate the anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi's birthday (April 25th, 1874) and to celebrate International Marconi Day (Saturday, April 23rd).




QRV is Z 21 A and Z 22 O from Harare until February 20.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4.
QSL both via DJ 6 TF.
Ukrainian readers and listeners QSL via UY 5 ZZ.


The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated

The list contains 340 entities.

The following are the top 4 entities:

P5 DPRK (North Korea)

3Y/B Bouvet Island

FT5/W Crozet Island

BS7H Scarborough Reef



Hi all from the South Coast Amateur radio club this is Nathan VK5DAD.

Our club 70cm C4FM repeater on 439.825 with a -5 offset is now linked to WIRES X through A 4g Modem with the help and support of Phil Kern and team at KERN WIFI thank you guys.

Our 2m repeater on 146.675fm with a -6 offset is on the air.

Our 10m repeater is up on 29.620 FM with a -0.1 offset and a 2m simplex gateway on 147.675fm with a sub tone of 141.3.

Our clubs APRS digi peater is on air working well.

Our 23cms repeater is off air atm under repair.

Dont forget we have a fully operational club station as well VK5ARC.

We have our annual Buy & Sell on Sunday the 24th of April 2022 at our club rooms so please keep that date free.

Also we meet every Thursday night from 7pm at Seaford Meadows scout hall, except when there is a 5 week month our club we go out for a social dinner with our families.

So please pop on down and say g'day.

73 from all at the South coast ARC.


Some new long-distance records are being claimed for contacts using amateur radio satellites.

Congratulations to Juan Felipe A 65 GC and Jerome F 4 DXV for their QSO on HO-113 made the United Arab Emirates and France. Their contact reportedly spanned a distance of 5,298 kms.

Jerome F4DXV also reported a contact with Sergei ES 4 RM which
would be a new record for AO-109. That contact between Estonia and
France covered 2,445 km, setting a new record for that satellite.


World Radio Day - Special Program

Sweden's SSA reports the Swedish DX Federation will be taking part in a special broadcast on 6070 kHz and 9670 kHz for World Radio Day, Today Sunday, February 13

12.00-13.00 UTC at 9670 kHz with replay
16.00-17.00 UTC at 6070 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany.

As usual, there will be interviews with famous people in the Swedish DX world, nice music and various other shorter elements. The program has been put together by Gran Lindemark.

World Radio Day

THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report
Measure Twice cut Once.

We all know that you can convert heat into electricity. Usually, you do that with some form of steam, but there are other methods, too, including thermocouples.

If youve ever seen something producing waste heat, youll appreciate Penn States work to harvest power from hot pipes. The idea is simple in theory: create a flexible thermoelectric generator that can wrap around hot pipes or other surfaces to gather otherwise lost heat.

The devices can produce up to 150% more power per unit area compared to other thermoelectric generators. A three-square-inch test device produced over 50 watts. Scale that up to an industrial pipe hundreds of feet long, and you could create some serious power. To accomplish this, the scientists used strips of six thermocouples and connected them for a total of 72 thermocouples. Liquid metal between layers improved the devices performance.

This isnt a totally new idea.

Russia was famous for making radios in the 1950s that operated using a generator that went around the flue of a kerosene lamp. Since the Russians were pulling this off in the 1950s, converting heat into electricity is obviously nothing new. Of course, your body creates heat, too, so why not use that?



Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

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Germany's DARC reports on a pirate station that was broadcasting in the 3.5 and 7 MHz amateur radio bands

In December 2021 and January 2022, an underground political station appeared on 3500 and 7000 kHz. The transmissions took place unusually in USB and could be heard throughout Europe. The radio program in Italian and English was directed against government corona measures. The direction finding service of the Intruder Monitoring department was able to determine the approximate location, whereupon we cooperated with the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) to have these transmissions ended.

The BNetzA was then able to take measures with the Italian colleagues that ultimately led to the broadcasts being discontinued.

Report by Daniel Mller DL3RTL of Intruder Monitoring

Source DARC

Pirates Spam an Infamous Soviet Short-wave Radio Station with Memes

The UVB-76 numbers station, which dates from the Soviet era but is still online today, and used it to broadcast everything from Gangnam Style to audio that draws memes when inspected under a spectrum analyser.

For decades the numbers station known as UVB-76 has emitted an enigmatic series of beeps and a voice reading numbers and names, in what people suspect is a long running communications method for Russian intelligence. Since the broadcast is public, pirates are able to use their software-defined radio (SDR) transmitters to effectively flood the frequencies with noise and memes.

While many number stations have become obsolete or redundant, several broadcasts remain on the airmuch to the fascination of amateur radio hobbyists.

(VK7WI News)




WIA Congratulates SOTA VK on their 10 year Anniversary.

This is a great milestone and achievement by many dedicated SOTA (Summits On The Air) operators promoting one of the various and popular aspects of Amateur Radio activities with a combination of the outdoors and bush walking.

We'd suggest you head to wia front page news, just go to

WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -


The University of Cambridge has announced the creation of the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre. With computers and digital technologies increasingly shaping all of our lives, its more important than ever that every young person, whatever their background or circumstances, has meaningful opportunities to learn about how computers work and how to create with them.

The Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre wants to increase understanding of what works in teaching and learning computing, with a particular focus on young people who come from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the field of computing or who experience educational disadvantage.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

The Kenwood D710 Transceiver on the International Space Station ISS is in Cross band FM mode again.

The downlink frequency is 437.800 MHz and the uplink is on 145.990 MHz with a sub tone of 67 Hz.

The ISS signal is quite strong, a simple dual band antenna and transceiver is sufficient for stable contacts.


Medical Amateur Radio Council

Healthy hams

USKA, the Union of Swiss Radio Amateurs, has launched a health initiative for its members. Recognizing that older YLs and OMs
would like to exchange their experiences and support each other
when confronted with health issues.

Overseen by physician Dr. Heinz Hofstetter, HB9HVS, help and advice
is available to members of all ages, accessible via the
'health-adviser' ham group on the USKA web portal.


In addition to fulfilling The American Legion's mission of continuing to serve community, state and nation, post programs and activities offer avenues to attract new members who find those avenues meaningful to them. More members means more opportunities to fulfil the Legion's mission

The legion is much like VK's RSL.

One such avenue is a post ham radio club.

The national American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) estimates there are more than 50 post clubs -- and more than 4,500 TALARC Legionnaires -- across the country.

Among these are clubs in Florida and Colorado that have established themselves as active participants in Legion life.



The International WSPR Beacon Group plan to provision a WSPR Tx in ZL.

WSPR (pronounced whisper) stands for Weak Signal Propagation Reporter.

The WSPR Tx is custom made by ZachTek based in Sweden was supplied to Branch 20 of NZART by the International WSPR Beacon Group at no cost.
Its a 200mW RF output 5 band 80. 40, 20, 15 and 10meters.

The transmitter is controlled by Arduino Firmware which along with a built-in GPS takes care of all timing including the 5 band coordinated WSPR Band hopping transmit schedule following the WSJT-X implementation protocol.

Currently, globally there are 40 WSPR 200mW Beacons operational on a
24/7 bases, all are coordinated to transmit on the same band at the same time.

The ZL2KO 200mW WSPR signal, to name just a few, has been heard in Germany, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg,
East coast USA and Finland both on short and long path thats approx. 18,000kms on 200mW!!! Also, North & South America and Antarctica


(Youth On The Air)

Over in New Zealand, at the NZART their national representative society, a new Youth Officer Brendin Graham-Ireland ZL2SB has appointed.

Whilst over in Region 2

Amateur Radio and After-School Program

The Fauquier 4-H Ham Radio Club provides local youth with opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math through amateur radio communications and electronics projects

Fauquier Now reports:

The after-school program will make 4-H activities accessible to more children. The program will engage them in hands-on STEM projects while helping them develop life skills.

Programs offered throughout the year will target different grade levels and student interests. A pilot program at Grace Miller Elementary School in the fall focused on robotics for kindergarteners and first-graders. students tackled challenges such as designing a battle bot that they controlled with light sabres and coding a robot to navigate through a maze. Other potential offerings include space exploration, veterinary science and coding.

There also will be opportunities to partner with 4-H Clubs. For example, the Fauquier County 4-H Ham Radio Club recently received a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications to build a ham radio trailer that can be hauled to different schools to give participants a hands-on experience.

Read the full story at


2022 Social Scene

Due to the COVID-19 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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.

VK6 - Peel Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet 26th Feb Mandurah Bowling Club 9am (vk6qi)

VK4 - REDFEST Sat. April 9 St Michaels College Caboolture (vk4bz)

VK5 - South Coast Amateur radio club Buy & Sell Sunday 24 April (vk5dad)

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

Ross Hull Contest Logs are due tomorrow, Monday the 14th of February
Happy Valentine's Day to you all
73 Trent VK4TS

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