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INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
RSGB volunteers and staff contributed to the IARU Region 1 Interim
meeting at Friedrichshafen Thursday, 23 June.
The meeting covered topics across HF, VHF and UHF, as well as
microwave and EMC matters.
This included the latest state of preparations for WRC-23 where
agenda item 9.1B on the protection of satellite navigation systems,
such as Galileo in the 23cm band, was of prime interest.
Slides showing the current state and this potentially significant
threat to the radio amateur and amateur satellite services have been
published on the RSGB special focus page.
The IARU, supported by the RSGB, continues to work hard to reduce
IT'S A DOGS LIFE - or should that be "The Cats Whisker?"
If you think amateur radio is going to the dogs, you're right - but
those dogs are getting plenty of company.
The dog days of August will soon be upon us and so too will August
26th, known as International Dog Day. A number of hams around the
world have decided to run with the pack by getting special event
call signs and getting on the air to publicize the needs of
abandoned and abused pets who have ended up in shelters - dogs as
well as cats.
Amateur Radio NewsLine have revealed Hanz, YL3JD, will be operating
CW from his shack in Latvia using the call sign YL 1 DOG starting on
Monday the 22nd of August
There are plans for other 'poochie' call signs to be on the air too,
including PF 6 DOG, and PD 6 DOG.
International Cat Day is being celebrated on August 8th and on the
'cat walk' YL 1 CAT.
The list is growing but organizers are looking for even more operators
to call QRZ on behalf of shelter animals. Visit the website
catsanddogsontheair.com to get the details.
OHIO NET INVITES THE WORLD TO CHECK IN
A new net has been launched to accommodate night owls in the
United States and others around the world at whatever time of night
(or day) it happens to be.
Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association has issued an invitation
to check into the Beacon Net which only launched last month
at 2am, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) each week on Monday
and Thursdays at that hour and Saturdays at 1.30 UTC Day/Time.
Although the net can be heard on the local W 8 WKY repeater,
check-ins also take place on the club's All-star Hub node number 48496
and their EchoLink W8WKY-R channel. The net plans to add more
repeaters and All-star hubs later.
Rajamahendravaram (East Godavari District) :
A Ramesh Babu, chief program coordinator, Academy of Ham radio,
briefed the students of Adikavi Nannaya University College of
Engineering on Ham Radio recently.
Ramesh Babu was the speaker at Ham Radio awareness programme
organised at the University Seminar Hall and he spoke about the
emergence and historical background of Amateur Radio which as we know
has a special place in today's world of cutting-edge technology.
He said the government maintains an information system during
disasters relying on Ham Radio.
The University Vice-Chancellor presented a memento to Ramesh Babu
and the VCC suggested university authorities look into the
possibility of setting up a Ham radio station on the campus.
More amateur ham radio operators are reaching out across the airwaves
in Japan, possibly due to past enthusiasts returning to the hobby
amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While ham radios have practical uses like gathering information in
times of disasters as witnessed in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake,
why are they getting attention as a pastime now?
The membership of the Japan Amateur Radio League had been falling
steadily as mobile phones and the internet sapped ham radios' appeal.
But at the end of fiscal 2020 it saw a year-on-year rise of 574
members for a total of 65,788, the first increase in 27 years.
The membership had grown further by the end of fiscal 2021.
A league representative said of the trend, "One cause may be that the
generation that was familiar with ham radios in their youth have
retired and gone back to them."
Sales at Ham Shop Friends, which sells amateur radio equipment in
the suburban Tokyo city of Hamura, have also grown due to apparent
demand from people stuck at home during the pandemic. Manager
Katsuhisa Akiyoshi, 71, said it was "because ham radio enthusiasts
can be connected even when they can't go out."
Australian Search and Rescue agencies can utilise phones as rescue
Doug VK2XLJ pointed me to this item seen in crticicalcomms.com.au,
mobile phones can pinpoint locations of people who are lost and offer
an opportunity to augment search and rescue (SAR) services in
Australia, according to Kim Blacker, managing director and founder
With Australias vast territory, often unforgiving climate and
largely unpopulated interior, SAR is a key service, pulling together
a range of agencies including commonwealth, federal and state,
across civilian, police and defence resources. Kim explained how an
unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mounted cellular search and rescue
solution can use a mobile phone as a rescue beacon to quickly and
inexpensively geolocate the person(s) of interest and, if they are
conscious and able, communicate with them.
Cellular-based search and rescue tools such as Smith Myers Artemis
can weigh as little as half a kilogram and have been integrated onto
relatively inexpensive commercial UAVs through to larger
air-certified systems for manned fixed and rotary winged aircraft.
UAVs (or commonly known as drones) can cover much more distance than
people on foot and are a fraction of the cost of deploying
helicopters or aircraft.
This item rolls many new technologies into one.
via Doug VK2XLJ
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
The Slovenia Contest Club Committee has cancelled EUHFC 2022 due to
the current situation in Europe related to the war in Ukraine.
They do not see the point in competing for the title of European
Champion without the presence of UR friends and without contest
activity from all other EU countries.
Hoping for peace, they will meet again in August 2023
IARU HF World Championship
NEXT contest is NEXT weekend July 9 and 10.
Good morning from WIA Vice President, Lee Moyle VK3GK.
The IARU contest is held on the weekend of July 9th-10th and several
of the WIA callsigns will be active. There may be some operational
time slots still available. WIA is asking for expressions of
interest from any WIA members who are contesters that have a genuine
interest to operate in the contest as a WIA IARU HQ station using one
of the WIA callsigns. VK1WIA through to VK8WIA.
Send an email to Lee Moyle, firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your
interest and Lee will respond with some specific requirements needed
to operate the WIA callsigns in the contest.
The Contest begins at 1200 UTC Saturday July 9th and runs through
1159 UTC Sunday July 10th.
Modes are both CW and SSB.
Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters
The 2022 Contest rules can be downloaded from the WIA website
IARU member society HQ stations, such as VK3WIA, send signal report
and official IARU member society abbreviation, eg: on SSB: 59 Whisky
India Alpha or on CW: 599 WIA.
Members of the IARU Administrative Council and the three IARU regional
Executive committees send AC, R1, R2, and R3 as appropriate.
All other participants send the signal report and your ITU zone
which for Vk1-VK8 will be either zone 55, 58 or 59 .
Logs are due within SEVEN (7) days after the event is over.
Electronic cabrillo logs are preferred and can be uploaded directly
via the web app at http://contest-log-submission.arrl.org
Thats it for this week.
73 from Lee VK3GK
WIA Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest
The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July
aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL
RSGB IOTA Contest is July 30 - 31st
WIA RD or Remembrance Day Contest
Weekend closest to the 15th August each year.
2022 its Sat Sun August 13 and 14
ALARA CONTEST AUGUST 27 and 28
WIA - NZART OCEANIA CONTEST
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.
WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS
SPRING 2022 is in NOVEMBER
VK 90 ABC our Aussie station celebrating 90 years of the National
Broadcaster and is operating all year
VK 75 FAA July 3 try 40 meters for this call representing a fleet
Listen for Rafael, EA 5 XV, in the air from Panama as EA5XV/HP1
June 28th until September 12th on Single Side Band.
Send QSLs to his home call EA 5 XV
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
PA 75 DXCC on air until August 2 celebrates the 75th anniversary
of the first post-World War II list of DXCC members published
in the July 1947 issue of QST. QSL via operator's instructions.
TIME TO READ MORE THAN JUST YOUR S-METER
In the part of the world where our sister, Amateur Radio NewsLine,
is produced summer has arrived - and for many that means it's time
to read something more than just your S-meter.
Randy Sly W4XJ shares some suggestions.
Its that time of year when some amateur radio operators abandon
their shacks and head outdoors for the lazy crazy hazy days of summer.
Whether youre sitting quietly on a beach, enjoying a mountain view or
taking your hobby with you at a POTA station in a park, there may be
times when you say, What else can I do? Well, when you're not
operating ham radio, how about reading about ham radio? Not one of those
technical manuals or heavy theory books, but a book about radio, about
communicating, and all the fascinating and dramatic stories that go with
With the help of Russell Calabrese, KR2NZ, the book club moderator for
the Long Island CW club, I came up with a list of books that may make
good summer reading for those moments when you're off the air. If you
enjoy history, how about the The World of Ham Radio, covering amateur
radio in the early 20th century. Or try Code Girls, The Untold Story of
American Women Codebreakers of WWII. There's also Brass Pounders,
Young Telegraphers of the Civil War. Want to know how single sideband
started? You can read Wes Schum, Amateur Radios Unsung Hero. Then
there's the book by Don Keith, N4KC, Riding the Shortwaves, which
contains some how-tos, along with fun anecdotes, stories and personal
advice. For these and other recommendations, check our longer list in
the text version of this weeks newscast
The World of Ham Radio, 1901-1950 - Richard Bartlett
Wes Schum: Amateur Radios Unsung Hero - Dominic Tusa
Code Girls: American Women Codebreakers of WWII - Liza Mundy
Brass Pounders: Young Telegraphers of the Civil War - Alvin F. Harlow
Riding the Shortwaves: Exploring the Magic of Amateur Radio - Don
Playing with Meteors - Eric Nichols, KL7AJ (CQ books)
The Collected Works of Professor Emil Heisseluft (Humour) - Dr.
Theodore J. "Ted" Cohen, N4XX (CQ Books)
Secret Wireless War - Pidgeon, Geoffrey (ARRL books)
Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio 3rd Edition - Michael Correy, W5MPC,
Victor Morris, AH6WX (ARRL books)
The life of St. Maximilian Kolbe: Apostle of Mass Communications -
William L LaMay, K3RMW
200 Meters and Down - Clinton DeSoto
The Land God Gave to Cain - Hammond Innes
"Wireless Men and Women at War" WIA Wireless Institute of Australiaa.
You can also simply search Ham Radio Books on the internet.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
VERON reports recently radio amateurs gave information and
demonstrations about 'Morse code as a means of communication'
to the public of the Open Air Museum Arnhem
The interest of the visitors was great. Many were extensively
informed. The number of people who wanted to take an "aptitude test"
was also above expectations. All in all a very successful day.
This activity was dominated by Morse code as intangible cultural
heritage, a status that Morse code received in the Netherlands in
For this occasion, the ground of the Open Air Museum was temporarily
transformed into an improvised shack and demonstration space.
Many of the close on 2300 guests that day had heard of Morse code,
many "thinking" of "the war".
Of the 2300 on the day some 400 took part in the morse exhibit.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
Voyager 1 & 2
NASA has begun turning off the spacecraft Voyager's systems, signalling
the beginning of the end of the probe's 50-year career.
Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched in 1977 and travelled to the
edge of the solar system. 44 years into this journey, NASA must
power down some of the probes' systems in order to keep them
operating until 2030. The first Voyager craft has four remaining
functioning instruments, while Voyager 2 has five, powered by
converting decaying plutonium into electricity. This battery has had
its output dropping by about four watts every year, requiring tough
choices about what to switch off next.
The final instruments NASA will disable are likely to be the
magnetometer and the plasma science instrument inside the body
of the spacecraft. These are warmed by the excess heat of the
computers. The other instruments are suspended on a 13 meter
fiberglass boom, heating them requires more power. It takes a radio
signal almost 22 hours to reach Voyager 1 and just over 18 for
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
AS-117. Kenji, JA4GXS, will once again be active as JA4GXS/4 from
Kasado Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest July 30-31st.
EU-010. Brice, will be active as GM0WAT from
Isle of Lewis and Harris during the RSGB IOTA Contest
OC-13. E 51 RMP from South Cook Islands between July 14-21st.
Main activity will be from Rarotonga (OC-013)
with a side-activation to Aitutaki (OC-083) for 2 nights.
QRP on various HF bands using CW and SSB.
QSL via home callsign ZL 4 TE.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow
July 4 is the first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs
Old Timers Club of Australias July bulletin to go to air.
This month as well as the latest Club news:
I will be reminiscing about some remarkable QRP contacts in 1922,
Bill, VK3BR, tells us about detection methods employed before radar
Andrew, VK3CAH talks about an organisation that celebrates a very
special birthday that occurred on July 1st, 90 years ago.
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-Members alike, is most welcome to
listen to the program and join in the call-backs afterwards.
Full details of all transmissions, times and modes can be found on
the RAOTC website at www.raotc.org.au or just Google RAOTC broadcasts
If none of the transmission times suit you, you can download the
audio file at any time from today from the website.
Members and Friends of the RAOTC in Perth are reminded that the next
lunchtime meeting at the Bayswater Hotel is on Tuesday, July 12th.
All are welcome but if youd like more details, please email
coordinator Phil VK6ZKO firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, tune in tomorrow for the July RAOTC bulletin, enjoy the
program and please join in the call-backs afterwards.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing
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
Training scouts in amateur satellite communications
Members of Indonesia's national amateur radio society ORARI recently
trained scouts in amateur satellite communications
A translation of the ORARI post reads:
This communication, this time using LAPAN-A2/LAPAN-ORARI (IO-86)
satellite used Voice Repeater (VR) and SSTV.
According to Research Centre Researcher and Amateur Radio enthusiast
Sonny Dwi Harsono, VR and SSTV activities are an effort to introduce
satellite communication to Scouts to disseminate information.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VLF
No Transmission at Grimeston
Despite news to the contrary, the official word is there will be
NO transmission from the mechanical 200 kilowatt transmitter SAQ
at Grimeston, Sweden on 17 kHz VLF for this year's Alexanderson Day
today July 3.
The team running the transmitter twice a year cite problems obtaining
spare parts for the 98 year transmitter, currently undergoing
The Radio Station is again, however, open to visitors, who can
witness two start-ups of the large rotor, however no RF will be
radiated from SAQ's top loaded vertical.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
YOTA Contest 2022 Youth On The Air (ham-yota.com)
BRINGING AMATEUR RADIO TO A MORE DIVERSE COMMUNITY
We look at a special project that is creating amateur radio
opportunities for a more diverse community of enthusiasts, starting
with the very youngest among them. We hear from Amateur Radio
NewsLine and Ralph KK6ITB how this initiative is putting ham radio
and science, into the hands of children of colour in lower-income
neighbourhoods of the USA
Get ready for Jasmine and Jose, two school kids who fell in love
with amateur radio after visiting a family friend who's a ham. Now the
friends want to build a simple radio of their own. While these two
children are fictional characters in a book that tells their story in
both Spanish and English, the magnetic - or should we perhaps say
electromagnetic? - draw of kids to amateur radio is very real. That's
why the science educators at the California-based non-profit group,
Science is Elementary, is preparing to publish this tale of the
youngsters' amateur radio journey as a book in their new series.
"Jasmine and Jose Build a Radio" is geared to 7-year-old readers and
will be produced with accompanying kits for 2,240 youngsters. The
project is being funded with a grant from Amateur Radio Digital
Communications. The grant will include publication of companion readers
for adults and will cover the costs of school-based activities in which
the kids build radios of their own. The books and kits will be provided
free to youngsters attending school in low-income communities in the San
Francisco Bay area. If you don't live in the region, take heart:
Everyone else will be able to download the book and the adult reading
companion for free as PDFs.
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.
2022 Social Scene
VK4 - Redcliffe Club Car Boot Sale Saturday 20th August 9am
club house Macfarlane Park, Klingner Road Kippa-Ring. (vk4tfn)
VK4 - SunFest Sunday 18 September 10:00 AM Mountain Creek State
School (noreply email)
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 (vk6pop)
VK7 - Miena HamFest Saturday 19th November. (vk7wi news)
my-ee-nah rhyming with hyena.
VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest November 20 9.3Oam. (vk3pdg)
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (email@example.com)
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