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Amateur Radio in the Community

A lot of opportunities exist for Amateur Radio Clubs to raise Community Awareness through free publicity. The opportunity doesn't always needs to be chased, sometimes it lands in your lap.

Take the example of what happened recently to The Townsville Amateur Radio Club.

The Club has participated in the Community Information Centre Townsville
produced Community Directory for years, then out of the blue representatives from the Centre contacted the Club to see if they could get someone to go on air with the local ABC Radio Station as part of their 'Do You Know Townsville' segment with Michael Clark which goes to air every Thursday on 630kHz after 8-30am.

Thanks to Gavin, VK4ZZ, here is an excerpt from the program which went to air on Thursday 24th February ...


Talking of publicity.. DON'T forget the excellent video version of this WIA National News Service produced by VK5BD Bevan.

Through the week 2 comments received by non-hams (who do have a kind of connection to ham radio however) on the quality and professionalism of
the News.

Terminology may have been a lil strange to them but they both appreciated how it was all strung together both video and audio wise.

Many an old timer will recall Allan Shawsmith VK4SS author of Halcyon Days , the history of early VK4 Ham Radio and whose name is kept alive in the annual WIA AGM award the award for journalism. One of Sugar Sugars son's , Ian is partner of a past producer for Brisbane Rock Radio Giant, FM104. His partner Chris Thelander was one who saw the post to the YouTube ATV version, watched and complimented us.

The other who made contact is the widow of VK4FPJT. 4FPJT Paul J Turner was also involved as a Radio and TV host in Brisbane and Gold Coast in the 70's thru to about 2010. Marlene Turner sent us a note saying it looked a job well done.



Make sure YOU watch the ATV or You tube version which Bevan gets out by 9am every Sunday...



Greetings to all listeners of the WIA Broadcast this week.

On behalf of the WIA Board of Directors, this is WIA President Scott Williams, VK3KJ and I hope this announcement finds you and your family safe and well.

Just a quick message this week.

Many would be aware that the WIA offers all WIA Affiliated Clubs access to a Group Buying Arrangement for Public Liability Insurance. The amount of WIA Affiliated Clubs that participate, allows the WIA to go out to the insurance market through a Broker, and obtain a group discount or reduced premiums that would otherwise not be able to be obtained.
WIA Affiliated Clubs are able to choose liability amounts of $10 million and $20 million and a fee is charged subject to the state or territory in which the club is located and a fee per member. It should be noted that the WIA does not provide any advice on insurance, and this is left to the appointed incumbent insurance broker (Annis Group Pty Ltd).
It should also be noted that the WIA or any person associated with the WIA (other than the insurance broker or their underwriters) do not receive any commission or financial benefit. This benefit is provided by the WIA as a service to its Affiliated Clubs.

There are some important dates looming where all clubs must submit their application with all details by the 11th March this year.

All new policies will commence on the 1st of April this year.

The WIA apologies for the delays this year in getting all information out to the clubs. This was delayed due to our Broker having difficulties in getting several different quotes from the market. There is no doubt globally the insurance industry and its underwriters are under considerable pressure, and it took a little longer than anticipated to obtain competitive quotations.

All clubs have received a letter from the WIA this week outlining the process and should there be any questions at all, please email Bruce in the national office,

Further information will also be posted on the WIA website.

Thats it for me this week. I look forward to talking to you on air soon.

Best Regards

Scott VK3KJ


& the World Wide sources of the WIA.

3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition Confirms Departure Date

The 3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition has confirmed January 6, 2023, as its date of departure on board the vessel SV Marama. The DXpedition will make the second-most-wanted DXCC entity available for the first time in several years.

"It is complex to plan the logistics of such a huge project like the 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition, which involves many parties," the DXpedition announced this week. "The new date is mainly related to the Marama vessel logistics, but [also will] enable us to return to Cape Town in late February 2023." The 3Y0J team also confirmed that the DXpedition will run for 44 days overall, with a contingency week for added flexibility.

"We have contracted 22 days at Bouvet Island, and it means we will spend more than 3 weeks at Bouvet," the announcement said


RSGB launch Queen's Platinum Jubilee page

The RSGB has launched a new set of web pages to draw together the RSGB's activities for Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. More activities are planned and RSGB will be adding details to this web section over the coming weeks.

You can find all the information in one place on


Cuba's communications regulator inspects FRC

The Cuban Ministry of Communications MINCOM has held an inspection of the 16 branches of the national amateur radio society FRC.

This was reported to the president of the FRC Pedro Rodrguez Prez (CO2RP), by Deputy Minister Ana Julia Marin Lpez, who announced the objectives and work schedule of this visit.

As specified in the official documents that were issued, the 16 Branches of the FRC and an important group of Radio Clubs from different territories of the country, were subject to the state inspection, during the days set for its implementation.

( Source FRC )

Erie radio amateur in court

The Erie Times-News reports on the case of a 61 year old amateur radio
operator who has been of accused of making bogus weather emergency reports on ham radio over several months in 2021

Authorities also accused him of threatening to assault other radio operators who told him to stop, and of threatening to place a bomb in an Erie apartment building where he lives. He was charged in October with airing the false weather reports and making the bomb threat.

While awaiting his preliminary hearing in that case, authorities allege he broadcast threats to place bombs in buildings including the Erie police station and the Erie County Courthouse, according to information in a new criminal complaint filed on [Feb 14.

Read the full story at



Mon Dieu!

French Parent Kills Cell Service For An Entire Town To Stop Kids Surfing

Hackaday have written how technical skills meant that once, fixing the computer problems of elderly relatives was a regular occurrence.

Over the last few years this has been joined by another request on our time; friends with teenage children requesting help configuring their routers such that Internet access is curtailed when the kids should sleeping.

In France a desperate parent took more extreme measures, buying a wideband frequency jammer to ensure 'les petits anges' cant waste the night away on social media sites through their cellular connections.

It had the intended effect, but sadly it also interrupted cellular coverage over a wide area.

The French spectrum regulator ANFR sent in their investigators and now the unfortunate parent faces the prospect of up to 6 months imprisonment and 30,000 fine for owning and using a device thats illegal in France.

A cursory search of everybodys favourite online electronics bazaars will find plenty of these devices, so perhaps whats surprising is that we dont see more of these devices even if its not the first tale of interference tracking that weve seen. Judging by the strategies our friends with kids take, wed suggest meanwhile to the unfortunate French person, that they simply equip their kids with restricted data plans.

via Blog Hackaday




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

VI2022PRIDE Sydney Mardi Gras

**VI2022PRIDE on the air for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras**

VI2022PRIDE, the special event station for Pride events throughout Australia, was on
the air last month for the Melbourne Midsumma Festival and we have made over 300

All confirmed contacts are eligible for a unique limited edition QSL card.

On Saturday March 5 the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will take over the Sydney
Cricket Ground stadium with the annual Mardi Gras Parade.

VI2022PRIDE will be on the air all weekend March 4 - March 6, with another unique
QSL card available for all confirmed contacts.

Activity will be mainly on HF via FT8, SSB operation will take place as conditions
and operator availability allows.

VI2022PRIDE celebrates LGBTQIA Pride on the air for all major Pride events
throughout the year, organized by Pride Radio Group, an international group that
aims to further acceptance and inclusion for underrepresented groups in amateur

For more information, look up VI2022PRIDE on [](

(Luke VK3UKW)


New World Wide Digital Contest also June 4-6

The ARRL World Wide Digital Contest will debut at 1800 UTC on June 4, ending at 2359 on June 6, 2022. All non-RTTY modes are permitted

Permitted bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters and there will be two power categories:

- Up to 5 watts PEP output

- Up to 100 watts PEP output






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


AAW 2022

The 19th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) has been taking place all this
week and ends today local East Coast time at 10am or 0000UTC.

between February 21-27th. All Radio Amateurs (OMs and SWLs) around the world, Clubs and Organizations as well as other important groups and individual operators World-Wide, are invited to join and share with them in this initiative.

Purpose of A.A.W. (2022) has been to increase world-wide interest around Antarctic Continent and its related matters with the aim of staying close to the researchers and personnel who are spending their time away from home and families studying the Antarctic life and its secrets. An additional purpose is to share what Nations and Organizations are doing to protect this still non contaminated corner of the world, and to share a world-wide message of peace.



Spanish special event

Members of the Seccion Comarcal URE San Fernando (EA7URF) will activate the special callsign EG 485 FIM this weekend to celebrate the 485th anniversary of the Spanish Naval Infantry.

This on various HF, VHF and UHF bands and on all possible modes.

A commemorative QSL card will be available.

QSL via EA7URF, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

(opdx via SouthGate)


Austral Islands

Jacek, SP 5 EAQ, who is still expected to be active as FO/SP5EAQ and TX5AQ from Rimatara Island between March 2-30th, has announced that
Air France has cancelled his flight from Warsaw to Paris, the only one providing feasible PCR Covid test schedule on the way to Polynesia.

He is currently looking for another solution aiming a stop-over in Paris for the tests. Stay tuned!

For more details and possible updates, see:

(OPDX via SouthGate)



D 44 DX and D 4 CW from Sal Island, IOTA AF-086, is on air until March 2 on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.

QSL to home call DJ5QW




Members of VERON's section of Mid and North Limburg are QRV with special call sign PI 75 LIM during all of 2022 to celebrate their 75th anniversary.

QSL via bureau.






Hop to it!

St Patrick's Day is fast approaching and here is our old mate
Jeremy Boot G4NJH with the details.

JEREMY: Amateurs and shortwave listeners around the world have signed up to celebrate Saint Patricks Day and vie for special awards during the 48 hours between the 16th and 18th of March. Organisers of the special St. Patrick's Awards event have created a web page with details that include categories in which radio operators and listeners can compete -- and explanations of how they can qualify for awards. All participants need to visit the web page and register if they plan to apply for an award. All awards are available as downloadable PDFs after the event has concluded.

Stations in Ireland, Canada and the United States are among those who have already begun registering. The website lists when they will be on the air and in what modes, including DMR, PSK and even on the Hamshack Hotline.

The website is stpatricksaward dot com - that's stpatricksaward - all one word - dot com. (


VK7RST Back On Air

Please note the GPS Locked Digital Beacons VK7RST on 50.297, 144.470 and
432.470MHz are back on the air from Snug and are horizontally polarised and put out about 20W each.

For information of the sequence they go through take a look on -

(vk7wi news)



Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe

SUBMITTING a report? go to

Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal
is definitely an intruder.

Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700


VK4BB: A further look into airliners' RFI problems following the recent launch of 5G service by US cellphone carriers has turned up an interesting technical finding. Kent Peterson KCDGY has that update.

KENT: Despite a protective guard band to separate frequencies used by cellphone carriers and airliners, signals from newly deployed 5G wireless service in the US are still capable of compromising commercial airplane safety in aircraft using older altimeters lacking filters, an expert witness told US lawmakers in Washington, DC. Dennis Roberson (ROE-BURR-SON) told a subcommittee in the US House of Representatives that older radio altimeters lack filters that prevent that kind of risky signal conflict that can interfere with critical navigation, especially during landing. His testimony came following airlines' decision to ground or redirect some of their flights scheduled to land in airports near 5G cellphone towers. Carriers including AT&T and Verizon now operate on the C-band spectrum between 3.7 and 3.98 GHz. Altimeters are designed to operate on frequencies between 4.2 GHz and 4.4 Ghz. Roberson said this kind of interference is not believed to have been a factor in any crashes but the potential does exist because older altimeters are capable of picking up transmissions outside of their assigned band, such as those used by 5G service. He said that a guard band provided a "large cushion" between the carriers' and the altimeters' allocations on the spectrum, but nonetheless, without filters in place on the altimeters, signal conflicts could still occur.


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

ARISS school contact broadcast on QO-100

Gary, ZS6YI was approached by AMSAT-DL to take their livestream YouTube transmission and re-transmit it on the QO-100 DATV Satellite.

There were to be musical contributions by the school choir and
Mr.Volker Schmid, Head of Mission Cosmic Kiss of DLR will deliver the welcome address and presentation of the programme. Mrs Bohlen the headmistress of the Erasmus-Gymnasium and Mr Hollemann, the Mayor of Denzlingen will also deliver greetings.

Matthias, DD1US will do a presentation on the ARISS radio contact with the ARISS radio contact following.

A great extension of the ARISS project so let's hope all went according to plan.

(sarl via SouthGate)


Morse Code in HackSpace magazine

Mike Bedford G4AEE writes about Morse code on pages 84-89 of the March 2022 edition of HackSpace magazine (issue 52) which is available as a free PDF

The extensive article gives suggestions on how to learn Morse, covers Morse Keys and Paddles and mentions how you can decode Morse automatically using your PC and MultiPSK software.

The magazine PDF is available for Free download on

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Nayif-1 (EO-88) celebrates a 5th birthday in orbit!

Nayif-1 (EO-88) was launched in 2017 from India and was part of a world record launch as the flight carried 104 spacecraft into orbit

The transmitter was autonomously activated around 04:47 UTC and the first signals were received and decoded a few minutes later by KB6LTY and within a few hours more than 250 stations around the world had submitted telemetry reports to the Data Warehouse.

After more than 27500 orbits of the earth, the spacecraft continues to function nominally. It switches between high power telemetry when in daylight to low power telemetry and transponder when in eclipse.


URESAT-1 - A chess playing ham radio satellite

Colin Butler, writing in the ICQOPODACST says intensive work is underway to make URESAT-1 available before the end of the year. If all goes according to plan, URESAT-1 will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in October 2022

URESAT-1 is based on the architecture used in the GENESIS, EASAT-2 and HADES missions but will include significant improvements, such as a 32-bit computer compared to the 8-bit computers of the previous satellites and improvements in the mechanisms of deployment of antennas and batteries.

As for its functionalities, it will have a VHF / UHF FM repeater and FSK frames, like its predecessors. This will allow voice QSOs and digipeating of AX.25 and APRS frames.

One of the projects that is confirmed is a chess game that will allow radio amateurs to play having as an opponent the on-board computer sending FSK frames with the movements, to which the on-board computer will answer in its telemetry. Several radio amateurs are working on the project and if it is completed by the time the satellite is due to be delivered, it will be included.



Paul Gaskell G4MWO editor of the 5 MHz Newsletter says that publication is now celebrating its 10th birthday and is available for
free download from the link we like in this weeks WIA National News.

or the RSGB 5 MHz page

This edition includes 5 MHz news from 6 countries, Malaysia Emcom Response, 10 Years of The 5 MHz Newsletter, Exercise Blue Ham 22 1, World of 5 MHz Autumn Winter 2022 and the Wiki 60 Meter Band page



VK5MAV was planning to do quick 1 day (possibly 2 days) activity of
OC-228 Granite Island this weekend, the last week of February and maybe into the first week of March dependent on weather.

Like previously, activity will be from local sunrise till dusk mostly
CW on 14/21/28.

So with no other info to date I'd suggest you tune and listen for Andy straight after the local WIA news.

(iota news)


You can't get much older than this!

W2AN/1BCG will be on the air using the Antique Wireless Association replica of the 1921 transmitter used in the transatlantic test.

The QSO party begins on the 26th of February at 2300UTC.

AWA operators at the museum site in Bloomfield, New York will begin calling CQ on 1.821MHz using CW. They will listen on or about that frequency for callers.

No QSLs are required for a certificate confirming your QSO with W2AN/1BCG.

Visit for more information.



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

Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz

Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360kHz

RAYNET deployed during Storm Eunice

Gloucester, Bristol and North Somerset RAYNET groups were deployed at 0500 on Friday, 18 February 2022 as Storm Eunice hit the UK, 13 other
groups were on alert and on standby, ready for deployment as necessary.

Tragedy in Petrpolis: Radio amateurs provide support

Brazil's LABRE reports on the amateur radio response to the landslides and flash flooding that hit the Brazilian city of Petrpolis on February 15

The tragedy accounts for more than a hundred fatalities. It was a very large volume of rain, 240 mm, in about two hours, the worst since 1932.

A group of radio amateurs organized and trained to act in emergency was activated, the ROER Network of Emergency Operations of Amateurs.

A station was installed in charge of firefighter operations and an operator with a portable radio was sent to the Civil Action Command at the Civil Defence Headquarters and to the Advanced Fire Station in the Alto da Serra region.

In addition to these actions taken, ROER is in charge of maintaining the City Hall's private VHF system, which is meeting the demands of the Municipal Guard, Petropolitan Transit Company, Secretary of Civil Defence and Secretary of Health.



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.

VK4 - REDFEST Sat. April 9 St Michaels College Caboolture (vk4bz)
Sellers can start filling tables after 7am.
The venue for selling will open at 9am although
the public can gather from 8am onwards for breakfast

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)

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We will not give blatant 'plugs' to raffles.


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