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WIA Director and Secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ . -

WIA's Editor-in-Chief, Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.



"This is by far the finest wooden shipwreck I have ever seen."

"It is upright, well proud of the seabed, intact, and in a brilliant state of preservation."

We are talking here of the good ship "Endurance" which was one of the ships Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, Antarctic explorer, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic.

He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

The ship became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach
ultimately South Georgia Island, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles and became Shackleton's most famous exploit.

After over a century the wreck of the Endurance has been found, 3,008 metres below the surface of what Shackleton described as the worst portion of the worst sea in the world. It was discovered on Saturday March 5, the 100th anniversary of Shackletons funeral, the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust said.

The expedition led by British polar explorer John Shears, found the Endurance 6 km from the position recorded by Endurance Captain Frank Worsley

Hopefully not annother century to wait BUT it does again give hope to finding MH370

For those who remember "Pre-COVID" times, the 2020 WIA AGM & Conference was to be held in Hobart Tasmania with the theme - Antarctic Gateway.

Well spin forward two years and the Virtual Conference is being streamed from Hobart Tasmania on the afternoon of May 7, 2022.

It consists of an afternoon of brilliant presentations all about different aspects of Antarctic history, adventure, research and challenges.

With more, Peter Clee Secretary of your WIA

Thank you Graham and Greetings listeners, This is WIA Director Peter VK8ZZ

My thoughts go out to those members affected by the flooding on the East Coast.

I am just in the process of sending out requests for reports from our WIA committees for this years AGM. Committee chair and secretaries should return the reports to me as soon as possible. If you dont get an email request from me then please make contact with me on

These reports will be discussed in the Open Forum at this years AGM

Whilst on the matter of the AGM, it will be a virtual event conducted on Saturday 7th May 2022. The Virtual AGM and convention are being organised by both the Staff and Board of the WIA preparing for the AGM itself and the members of the Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania (REAST) who are organising the virtual
convention. REAST accepted the opportunity to hold this event after the forced COVID failure of the 2020 /2021 events.

More information in the next few broadcasts.

The Board a seeking nominations for WIA Awards. Award nominations must be in the prescribed form which is available on the WIA Web
site and submitted to the WIA well ahead of the AGM.

WIA club insurance notices went out by email to clubs on 23 February. Please ensure you get your insurance details in before 11th March as late declaration forms will not be accepted.

The spectrum strategy committee are currently looking at the ACMA report on progress of the ACMA 5 Years Spectrum Outlook and preparing submissions for the next review. They are also looking at issues relating to proposed loss of bandwidth in the 3 GHz band. The committee will provide a report and recommendations to the Board to take to the ACMA

The WIA and ACMA meet regularly to discuss changes and matters relating to the Amateur Service. The last meeting with ACMA was in late January with a proposed follow up meeting again in the next few weeks.

The WIA ticketing system is currently experiencing some technical issues and our office have been unable to address the issues, the WIA apologises for this and we will get the system up and running as soon as possible.

This has been WIA Director and Secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ

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

Last Monday, the files for Issue 2 of Amateur Radio magazine for this year were uploaded to the printer's server in Bairnsdale, Victoria.

The issues cover was printed the week before. This is done because the cover is printed on heavier, glossier paper, requiring a different printing method.

Late last year, our printer went to some lengths to secure the necessary paper stock at a price within our means. Incidentally, that paper comes from Tasmania. It was secured just in time for the first issue print run. All good, never mind the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

VK7, were sending that paper back to you, covered in colour photos, exciting words and glossy advertising. We know youll appreciate it.

Once the ink dried from printing the guts of AR mag, and with the cover wrapped around and all stitched together with a couple of staples, piles of magazines on shrink-wrapped pallets were ferried on trucks from Bairnsdale to the mailing house and the newsagency distributor, both in Melbourne.

These good trucking people ply their trade with the chorus of an inspiring maxim ringing in their ears:
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

This Mediterranean maxim has its origins in European history, as strapping Persian youths ferried messages for the military during the Middle-Eastern wars around 500 BC, according to Greek historian Herodotus.

So, I anticipate that Issue 2 will be your hands, and possibly newsagencies, this coming week.

The theme for the issue is Test and Measurement.

Andy Keir VK2 Alpha Alpha Kilo VK2AAK provides an earthy explication of the types of tools you might want or need in order to keep your ham shack humming, or to engage in electronic endeavours of the do-it-yourself kind.

Newcomers Notebook weighs-in with some practical help on figuring out resistor shunts and multipliers without fears or tears so you can make panel meters show volts or amps different from their original specification. Ohms Law in practice, without complex mathematics. Thank you Jules Perrin VK3 Juliet Fox Papa VK3JFP.

But wait, theres more!

We review an economy multi-function digital multimeter featuring true-RMS AC measurement, non-contact live wire detection and a 10 MHz frequency counter.

And the indefatigable Lou Destefano VK3 Alpha Quebec Zulu VK3AQZ launches a wide-range RF power meter project.

And for something completely different, Eric Heinzle VK5 Hotel Sierra Echo VK5HSE asks the question can esoteric mathematics help us in fox hunting? He shows us how to go hunt-down hidden transmitters with that famous French mathematician, Joseph Fourier. Imagine that foxhunting with Fourier!

For some light entertainment in these pandemic-impaired times, Arthur Day VK2 Baker Baker India VK2BBI regales us with The COVID Chronicles, about the things he discovered during a lockdown last year that recalled a misspent youth hanging out in the famous Westlakes Radio Club at Teralba, near Newcastle NSW.

To bring on gasps of nooo and really? you just have to read our major feature on the unsung pioneers of TV technology in Australia by WIA Historian, Peter Wolfenden VK3 Romeo Victor VK3RV.

Peter details some astonishing activities before the start of broadcast television in the 1940s and 50s, when radio amateurs trumped the broadcasters.

Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 90, Issue Number 2 for 2022. Serving Australian radio amateurs since 1933.

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


& the World Wide sources of the WIA.


March 2, 2022, the N (CEPT Novice) and F (CEPT HAREC) radio exams were held in Holland. Just a day later, the Radio Exams Foundation announced the preliminary exam results.

For the N exam, the pass rate was 70%, while for the F exam, 65% of the candidates passed. The total number of exam candidates was 60.

The Novice exam is 75 minutes and the paper comprises 40 questions, each question has three answers (a-c) to choose from, the pass mark is 29.

The Full Exam lasts 105 minutes and the paper comprises 50 questions each with four answers (a-d) to choose from, the pass mark is 35.

Still on and educational theme, online training is growing in popularity in Spain through the Jitsi Meet platform. These tutorials are open, so any interested party who is preparing to obtain an administrative authorization from amateur radio can attend.

Spain's HAREC exam for the Full license comprises 30 questions on Rules and Regulations and 30 on Technical Theory. The pass mark is 50% for each.

And don't forget that our regulator ACMA has announced it will update the Advanced Amateur Radio syllabus by adopting the syllabus contained in CEPT HAREC. The announcement appeared in the ACMA Amateur Radio newsletter dated 2nd March 2022,


FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has announced plans for the agency to launch a proceeding in April that would explore rules regarding Radio Receiversnot just transmitters, as is currently done

The proposal for a Notice of Inquiry is in response to use of sub-standard altimeters in US aircraft. Apparently, some altimeter receivers can be affected by other radio signals several hundred MHz away.

Aircraft altimeters use 4.2 to 4.4 GHz, while new 5G services use completely different frequencies 3.7 to 3.98 GHz, but aviation interests and the FAA have said aircraft at 50 U.S. airports would be vulnerable to the new 5G communications


NZART membership stats

Debby ZL2DL writing in that societies info-line says"

Recently I have been asked by a number of members, just how well NZART membership is fairing so I decided to crunch some numbers from examination results over the last few years.

Last year saw a record 118 new amateurs sit and successfully complete the amateur exam. Due in no small part to branches holding weekend ham cram courses.

Over the past 10 years NZART examiners have achieved 727 successful passes. While it will take a lot more analysis to confirm how
many of those are still members of NZART, I would suggest this is quite a satisfying result. Passing the exam is possibly the easy part for these new amateurs, so how do we retain their interest?"

A question Societies world-wide are tackling.



The normal stance of amateur radio is that it is apolitical.
However, to the RSGB in the UK it is clear that recent actions by the Russian Federation and their military have crossed a line and the RSGB cannot in this instance remain neutral.

The policy of the RSGB is that they will follow the actions of the mainstream sporting bodies with regard to all activities of a competitive nature such as contests and ARDF.

Russian and Belarusian radio amateurs are therefore currently ineligible to participate in any event that is organised or sponsored
by the RSGB.



March its the John Moyle Memorial Field Day NEXT weekend 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

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)


New World Wide Digital Contest also June 4-6






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.





VK 80 LAN, GB 80 LAN in the UK, VE 80 LAN from Canada are marking the 80th anniversary of the first operational sortie of the Avro Lancaster. The aircraft was the mainstay of the RAF Bomber Command that was flown by British, Canadian and Australian pilots during World War II.

The stations are on the air throughout most of March.

QSL via operators' instructions.



France's REF reports the special event station TM97WARD will be on the air April 16-25 to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day which takes place on April 18

As last year, the REF has planned to celebrate WARD (World Amateur Radio Day) by activating the special call sign TM97WARD from April 16-25, 2022.



In the World of DX, there's less than a year to go for the 3YJ Bouvet Island DXpedition, according to an announcement from the team.
Operators have confirmed that January 6 2023, is their scheduled date to leave Cape Town, South Africa for their destination aboard the vessel SV Marama.

The DXpedition is expected to be active for 44 days in all. The operators are building in a contingency week.

Bouvet is the second-most-wanted DXCC entity.



Serial DXer Nobby, G0VJG, is once again active as 8Q7CQ in the Maldives until next Friday the 18th of March, this time he is activating the Island of Innahura, IOTA AS-013.




Unusual Callsign.

Giorgio is in Niamey, Niger, and is active as 5 UA 99 WS until
March 20t on 20 meters SSB after 1100z.

QSL via EA 5 GL or LoTW.



UNITED STATES (Special Event).

Members of the Scranton Pocono Amateur Radio Club (SPARK - K3CSG) will be active as N3T from Steamtown, Scranton, PA, between
May 13 - 15, to celebrate "National Train Day" (May 14th) and
National Preservation Month.

This is a POTA park as well, K-0864, The K3CSG operating schedule will be tentatively 14:00 UTC to 21:00 (UTC) each day depending on park operating hours.





RSGB funding for a 50MHz Beacon

The RSGB reports that it will provide funds towards a 50MHz beacon designed to study meteor trails above the UK. It will beam vertically up, using circular polarisation. The 50MHz band is well suited for such observations, as meteors tend to create strong ionization trails affecting the 6m band.

The beacon will be housed at the Sherwood Observatory of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society.




Many, many amateurs search for the "Biggest and best antenna."

At their recent field day, however, some hams in New Zealand proved they would go to ANY lengths - and we do mean ANY lengths. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF writing in Amateur Radio NewsLine tells how
Chris ZL4RA led a group on the South Island of New Zealand, looking to try something "different" in the Jock White Memorial Field Day.

Chris had scouted out a ZL3 SOTA Summit. He, Russ ZL4JW, and Jim ZL4JI had a plan: operating portable with a quarter-kilometre long-wire.

Yes, portable.

The antenna was to cross a gully pointing north-northeast to cover NZ and perhaps into VK as well. That's three wavelengths on 80 metres and six on 40 metres! Or, as Chris describes it, "ridiculously long."
It took some effort to install the 20-foot masts in the wind and rain and to run the wire. One back stake support was a problem due to the strain on it from this length of wire, but it survived."

The results? Success, even with just 100 watts maximum power.

Although the antenna bandwidth was a bit narrow, both transmit and receive signals were strong. Saturday brought some unexpected QRM but by Sunday the antenna was truly "going the distance." And that's the long and short of it!

(Amateur Radio NewsLine)

Another antenna that "went the distance" is was right here in VK

The earth's surface often help's you cover a short distance. Sometimes it's even preferable when you're using one of the lower frequencies... one such antenna recently covered a short distance in just this manner -- but it wasn't even transmitting at the time!

Compton, VK2HRX was operating portable one weekend last month and went to bed in the bush happy with the performance of his linked dipole on 20, 40 and 80 metres.

But as he told fellow hams on the Oz SOTA mailing list recently, things didn't quite work out the way he'd hoped.

"When I went to use it on Sunday AM it wasn't there."

He discovered that one leg was broken at the 40/80 link and the other leg had simply vanished. Walking farther, Compton spotted the bright yellow antenna wire up on a nearby hill. It was then that he remembered the previous night when a mob of 20 or so kangaroos had come bouncing by.

He guessed that one of them may have run off with the wire.

Likely he was trying to work ------ wait for it --- skip.

Now let's 'skip' across the street and hear from Graeme, VK3GRK also
here with me in Sunny Bendigo.

"Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites you to their March meeting, the topic will be 'Mills on the Air Australia - the first five years'.

The Mills on the Air event is held annually in May and is co-ordinated by the Denby Dale Radio Society in the United Kingdom. It coincides with the National Mills Weekend, run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Amateur Radio operators worldwide help to promote the heritage of Mills, and each year BAREC has a working amateur radio station at Andersons Mill, Smeaton.

The presentation will include information about the background to the 'Mills on the Air weekend, video presentations, radio equipment used, and information regarding how to take part in the scheme.

The evening starts at 7.30 pm, Friday March 18th at the 1st Castlemaine Scout Hall, 16 Reckleben St, Castlemaine. A gold coin donation would be appreciated and a light supper is provided. The presentation will also be streamed on the BAREC YouTube channel."


New Zealands Papakura Amateur Radio Club hold Morse training Broadcasts 4 nights a week on 3.755 MHz. Certainly worth a listen.

Tuesday Thursday and Friday 7.30pm with a Monday time of 7.15pm

Pretty sure David zl1dk @n can answer any questions
on how this is working.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, Inc. (ARISS-USA) is
pleased to announce that two crew members scheduled to fly on Axiom
Mission-1 (Ax-1), the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, will utilize the ARISS on-board radio resources to conduct six school connections via amateur radio.

These ARISS school contacts will be conducted with Ax-1 crew members Mark Pathy, from Canada, and Eytan Stibbe, from Israel. Both are fully trained on the use of the ARISS radio system, located in the ISS Columbus module. Marks amateur radio callsign is KO4WFH.
Eytans is 4Z9SPC.

AMSAT has just received a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications for the development of a 3U spaceframe with deployable solar panels. This standardized 3U CubeSat space frame will serve as the mechanical platform for AMSATs GOLF series of satellites as well as a new generation of low earth orbit FM satellites. The spaceframe design will be available to the public under an open access agreement.

Central to the development of the 3U spaceframe, AMSAT will build three flight-ready spaceframes for an upcoming series of satellites with potentially enhanced flight control, payload and communication capabilities.

(Youth On The Air)

Now a welcome addition to the WIA National News Team, Alec,VK2APC.

Since this is my first time reading the news, I thought I would introduce myself to you.

I earned an amateur operators certificate of proficiency and was issued a foundation license in September last year when I was 11 years old. A big thank you to Fred VK3DAC and Ron VK2DQ for helping me with getting my licence.

My experience in the hobby is limited as I am still very new and have a lot to learn. I do like how the hobby provides a good platform for me to learn about science, technology, engineering and maths, known as STEM.

I am a Cub Scout and going into Scouts soon. In Scouts we have Jamboree on the air, known as JOTA, every October. However throughout the year I have STEM activities in Scouts and in school and my radio hobby has given me a good head start in STEM related activities.

You may hear me on the air from time to time participating in the WWFF program, as a hunter answering CQ Park calls or activating a park with my dad, VK2LP.

I am yet to participate in a contest however I am looking forward to the three YOTA contests being held this year on the 21st of May, 23rd of July and 30th of December.

After listening to the W I A national news and participating in the call backs since getting my licence, I have put my hand up to help read the news. Hopefully this will encourage other youths to get involved in the hobby.

A big thank you to W I A, Graham VK4BB and the rest of the W I A news team for giving me this exciting opportunity to read the youth related news to you.

For VK1WIA National News, I am Alec VK2APC in Sydney.

YOTA Contest 2022 Youngsters On The Air (


AF-004. Andrea, IK1PMR, will be active as EA8/IK1PMR from Tenerife Island (IL18RJ) until March 13th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB.

QSL via HB9FKK, by the Bureau, direct, or IK1PMR by the Bureau.
IRCs OK. ClubLog requests OK.



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


In an environment of global challenges, emergency communication becomes even more critical. Jeremy Boot G4NJH in Amateur Radio NewsLine says IARU Region 1 conducted its first test of the newest tool in its emergency communications toolbox on the 26th of February.
Stations representing 14 countries around the region included use of the geostationary satellite QO-100 as part of their response to a simulated global emergency.

There were 22 stations in all demonstrating how the amateur radio community can be effective, passing messages despite the inevitable language barriers and equipment failures. According to Greg Mossop, GDUB, the IARU's emergency communications coordinator, the exercise was a success, underscoring how amateur radio stations can respond across a region that stretches from South Africa north through to Europe and into the United Kingdom. The next test is planned for October.

(Amateur Radio NewsLine)


2022 Social Scene

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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