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IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
The Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania Inc
(REAST) would like to invite you to the newest and most exciting
event on the Amateur Radio calendar.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Expo
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 2022
Held in Hobart at the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus in a
spacious and contemporary venue The Sir Stanley Burbury Lecture
Theatre. Plenty of free car parking and only a short 20 minute trip
from the airport, flights into Hobart run from all major capital
cities and direct to Auckland, NZ. You can attend in person or
online (via zoom).
Saturday 5th of November 2022 is the Amateur Radio Conference
A full day of speakers from across VK and the World with
presentations including Youth Engagement and Amateur Radio, Remote
Stations, Electrical and RF safety, Low Power Portable EME, QRP SOTA
POTA WWFF, Interference mitigation, Digital Amateur TV, Microwave
Experimentation and much more - these will be delivered both
In-person and Online.
Sunday 6th of November 2022 is the huge Ham Expo
With Amateur Radio Vendors and Traders including - ICOM, All About DX
and many more making their way to Hobart. There will be many
preloved equipment tables, Fox Hunts on the Day, Raffles including
transceivers and handhelds and Information Stands - ALARA, Parks,
SOTA, ROAR + more!
Registrations for attendance, Vendors and Pre-loved tables are NOW
open and registration for the event is essential.
For more information and the registration links please visit the
We look forward to seeing you all in Hobart!
73 Tassie Ham Expo Organizing Committee
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ROSTERED WIA DIRECTOR BRINGING US NEWS FROM THE WIA
ON HAPPENINGS AT BOARD LEVEL WILL BE:-
Chris VK3FY -- Sept 4
Steve VK2TSG -- Sept 4
Scott VK3KJ -- Sept 11
WIA SECRETARY PETER CLEE VK8ZZ
The Board of the WIA are seeking expressions of interest to hold
the Annual General Meeting in 2023. The meeting needs to be held
late in April or any time in May 2023.
This can be held in conjunction with or without a club convention,
hamfest or other gathering.
The WIA is able to offer financial assistance for such an event.
Would any club who is interested in holding this event please email
me at SECRETARY@wia.org.au
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Algerian broadcaster causing interference to radio amateurs
DARC report the broadcast station Tldiffusion d'Algerie has been
causing interference to the 21 MHz primary amateur radio band
at 21450 kHz with the lower sideband of its A3E signal in the 15 m
band. Bandwatch has already involved the German Federal Network
Agency (BNetzA) in order to effect a frequency change.
Tldiffusion d'Algerie recently attracted negative attention with
its broadcasts on 7200 kHz. There, too, the transmitter radiates
into an exclusive amateur radio band with the lower sideband.
Physicists in Europe say they have found a key to creating smaller
capacitors, allowing for some electronic devices to be greatly
The IEEE Spectrum reports that scientists are saying these capacitors
could even be as small as one-hundredth the size of many of the ones
presently in use. They are creating them with materials they call
superlattices and they are made from materials that mimic
antiferroelectrics. Antiferroelectrics are important because they
have positive and negative poles -- electric dipoles -- pointed in
opposing directions, creating zero electric polarization. Exposed to
an electric field having sufficient strength, antiferroelectrics can
become highly polarized, which results in the large energy densities
Because there are few antiferrelectric materials that occur naturally,
scientists have created and used artificial ones and report in the
Journal, Science, that their work with the superlattices shows
promise for working on a much smaller scale: their ability for
energy storing is 100 times greater than conventional capacitors.
Younger adults now watch almost seven times less scheduled TV within
the UK than those aged 65 and over, Ofcom has found, as the
generation gap in media habits reaches a record high.
People aged 16-24 spend 53 minutes in front of broadcast TV in an
average day a fall of two-thirds in the last ten years.
In contrast, those aged 65 and over still spend around a third of
their waking day enjoying broadcast TV, sitting down for almost six
DJIBOUTI, J2 has a new club station located in a US Army military
Djibouti is a country in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Somalia to
the south, Ethiopia to the southwest and the Red Sea and the Gulf of
Aden to the east. It is near some of the world's busiest shipping
lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
It serves as a key refuelling and transshipment center, and the
principal maritime port for imports from and exports to neighboring
A burgeoning commercial hub, the nation is the site of various
foreign military bases and now you can work one, J 2 8RC is a new
club station located in a US Army military camp.
QSL via EA5GL.
Brazilian radio show features amateur radio
LABRE was invited to talk about amateur radio and DXing in one of
the programs of the series 'One Hundred Years in 100 Programs' and
which celebrates the 100 years of radio in Brazil
Brazil's national amateur radio society LABRE says the production is
from Radio MEC, based in Rio de Janeiro, the first broadcasting
station to officially operate in Brazilian territory.
The program had the testimony of LABRE's Communication Advisory and
also colleague Ricardo Benedito, PY2QB, who also gave his
contribution within the theme amateur radio and DXing.
Ham radio operators honored in Tennessee
County leaders Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and state Rep. John Ragan,
both Oak Ridge Republicans, attended the Anderson County Commission
meeting recently to present Senate Joint Resolution No. 1646,
honoring amateur radio operators and their service across the state.
Anderson County leaders joined the legislators in recognizing the
service of a number of local residents who are licensed amateur
radio operators and members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES), according to a county government news release.
The states resolution recognizes the 19,835 licensed amateur radio
operators who embody the historic spirit of the Volunteer State
and provide invaluable services to their fellow citizens and local
first responders during emergencies and natural disasters.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW WIA CONTESTS:- 2022
ALARA CONTEST THIS WEEKEND 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
0100 UTC Saturday 26 through 0059 UTC Sunday 27 November
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, manager for the VHF-UHF Field Days.
For all contestants who submitted logs for the past three Field Days
that is, the Spring 2021, Summer and Winter 2022 events I have
good news. Firstly, all the log files sent to the Field Day log
uploader on the WIA website have been retrieved successfully.
Secondly, while you have all been waiting patiently for the
preparation and publication of results, a small team of problem
solvers has doggedly worked at finding a log-checking application
suited to our purpose to satisfy your not unreasonable desire to
know how you went.
And how others went, too.
Well, a log-checking application suited to our purpose has been
found and panel-beaten into shape so as to do the job required.
Accordingly, work has proceeded to prepare a table of claimed scores
for the 2021 Spring event from the logs submitted. You will find
this posted on the VHF-UHF Field Days website.
Similarly, claimed scores for the 2022 Summer and Winter events will
be posted to the website also.
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
This is Kevin VK4UH and I am the new manager for the WIA VHF-UHF
I have great pleasure this morning in announcing TWO new Australian
Distance records that have been approved by the Board.
A new 1296 MHz (23cms) National (Digital) distance record
acknowledging the contact between VK3ZAZ and VK6CPU/p on the 18th
February this year. At a distance of 2168.7 km, this contact
extended the existing 23cms Digital record by 75km
A new 3.4GHz (9cms) National (Digital) distance record
Acknowledging the contact between VK4AFL and VK4UH/p on 27th May
this year. At a distance of 524km, this contact extended the existing
9cms digital record by 21.2km
The WIA has maintained an Historical Archive of distance records
achieved on all the bands above 50MHz dating back to 1947. These
Historical Records have been maintained in date-order, even when
The Archive also records distance records on VHF bands that have
since been withdrawn from the amateur service in Australia.
Until his recent passing the VHF-UHF records had been managed and
maintained by John Martin VK3KM (sk) as one of his many roles as
Charman of the Technical Advisory Committee. After review, the Board
has created a new independent position for a manager to take on this
role - moving forwards.
In the light or recent advances, particularly with digital operating
modes on the VHF and microwave bands, the board has also requested a
review of all record categories for the future.
There is a new e-mail address now for new distance record claims:-
E-mail new record claims to:- firstname.lastname@example.org
All outstanding record claims that I am aware of have now been
processed. I ask that if there are other claims outstanding then
please contact me at the same record claims address above.
This has been Kevin VK4UH
VHF-UHF Records Manager for the WIA
Invite from Jo'burg
Radio Club ZS 6 TJ situated in Johannesburg, South Africa would like
to extend an invitation to join their QSO party 27th from 4am UTC
on 20m bands to make as many contacts before , during and after the
rugby match between the Springboks/ Australian.
Z 81 D from Juba in South Sudan until the 11th of September.
Activity is holiday style.
QSL Z 81 D via OM 3 JW.
Listen for Rafael, EA5XV, who hopes to be on the air from Panama as
EA5XV/HP1 until September 12th.
Listen for him on SSB.
Send QSLs to his home call EA 5 XV
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
Be listening for Giuseppe, IK5WWA, operating as IMM (Eye Em Zero Em)
from La Maddalena between September 1st and 13th on various HF bands
plus 6 metres. He will also participate in the I.I.A. Italian Island
Award. Send QSLs to home callsign IK5WWA , via the bureau or direct.
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
In the World of DX be listening for Fred, DL5YM, and his XYL Tina,
DL5YL, operating as HB0/DL5YM and HB0/DL5YL, respectively, from
Lichtenstein between September 7th and 27th. They will hike during the
daytime and later operate on 160-6 metres using mostly CW, with some SSB
and RTTY. You may also hear them in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest on
September 24th and 25th. QSL via their home callsigns, direct, via the
DARC Bureau or ClubLog.
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - AND - SUMMITS ON THE AIR,
WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR and other
British Inland Waterways on the Air is taking place this weekend
between 27 and 29 August.
It is open to all amateurs who are boaters, cyclists, walkers; and
other users of the canals, rivers, towpaths and riverbanks for work
or recreation in the UK
Even lakes and reservoirs that are used for recreation classify as
an inland waterway, so there are many places for activating.
The primary HF band will be 40m so wherever in the world you are,
" listen up. "
(Category: Front Page News, GB2RS Headlines)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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9 Y 60 TT is on many modes BUT their SSTV is one to look out for.
Trinidad and Tobago (9Y60) celebrates the 60th Independence
Anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee on Wednesday next, 31st
The amateur radio special event station, 9Y60TT, is operating
till September 2.
QSL is via Logbook of The World.
The Special Event represents a unique opportunity
for hams to work a new prefix. Work 1, or 5-plus
unique QSOs with the Special Event call sign for
a commemorative certificate.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FAITH.
Churches and Chapels On The Air, takes place on Saturday September
10 between 10am and 4pm GMT.
Stations will be operating mainly on the 20, 40 and 80m bands
usually using SSB.
The latest list of stations taking part can be found at wacral.org
( John G3XYF at email@example.com )
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
The cross-band voice repeater and the APRS node aboard the
International Space Station can now be used simultaneously.
The FM repeater uplink is on 145.990 MHz, a 67 Hertz PL tone is
needed to activate the downlink transmitter on 3.800 MHz. APRS and
packet mode uses 145.825 MHz for uplink and downlink.
The Columbus module radio uses the call-sign NA 1 SS and the new
service module radio uses the call-sign RS 0 ISS. The two radios are
identical and the packet operation is the same as before. You can
use RS0ISS, ARISS or APRSAT as data paths. Both radios are expected
to be on at all times except during school contacts, spacewalks and
Frank Bauer KA 3 HDO ARISS Chairman welcomes the simultaneous
operation of APRS and the voice repeater on the ISS as a key element
of the ARISS 2.0 initiative. It offers 24/7 interactive opportunities
for young people and learners to get involved and train. The
operational state of the ISS ham-radio station can be found on the
ARISS website ariss.org
FalconSat-3 continues to operate, but due to poor battery condition,
the transmitter needs to be reactivated by command stations
periodically. The satellite is expected to re-enter in 6-9 months,
so, now is the time to use it!
Artemis I, the first uncrewed launch of NASA's Space Launch System
and Orion capsule on a mission around the moon, will carry a number
of CubeSats and other payloads to the moon, including Omotenashi,
which will transmit in the 70 cm amateur radio band.
Radio frequencies can be found at
The launch is currently scheduled for August 29th and NASA is also
encouraging the general public to track the S-band telemetry from
John, VK5DJ has been contacted by Wataru Torii of the JAXA Ham Radio
Club regarding this OMOTENASHI project which plans to launch a moon
orbiter and lander late August for arrival at the moon in early
Wataru Torii works at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The landing device is very small and the entire system orbiter and
lander is only 6U CubeSat dimensions. The issue they face is that
earlier launches were planned such that their agency would be able
to hear the devices when the lander was due to reach the moons
surface. Unfortunately the launch date has been put off several
times and is now due for tomorrow, 29/8/22. It may land on the moon
on 4/9/22 at 2:45UTC to 3:30UTC at which time it will not be visible
from Japan so they are hoping to enlist the support of Australian
and New Zealand amateurs to record and monitor the orbiter and lander.
As the landing may be quite hard they are especially interested in
loss of signal and any recordings prior to this, preferably from
SDRs for the frequency range 437.31 (orbiter) and 437.41 (the lander).
They are using PSK31.
All the details are available on their website:
Timings and our window is all dependent on the launch being on the
29th of August.
Reasonably good satellite systems should be able to hear the 1W
signals. If you are interested in helping send me an email
email@example.com and Ill send you the contact address for Wataru.
NOT ONLY BUT ALSO
Check out the South East Radio Group website
(John VK5DJ AMSAT-NA)
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
Its only just over 50 days to go to this years JOTA/JOTI and at
this time we have only been fed JOTA info from VK7 where there are
at least 5 stations being organised.
Thanks to members of North West Tasmania Amateur Radio Club, the
station at Paton Park has been upgraded ready for activation. They
are also waiting to hear if Spreyton group has a building to operate
from this year, which will mean an extra couple of operators
Burnie will be having a station operating, probably 10 to some time
on the Saturday.
The Storm Hut at The Lea has been booked and Noel VK7FLCN and Danny
VK7HDM are planning to activate this site.
The REAST station at the Domain is planned to be open.
The Radio Patrol comprising licensed scouts from Huonville are
considering operating probably portable in their district. There is
another possibility that they may operate portable in Hobart city as
part of a district cub event.
(Peter VK7KPC, Project Commissioner Radio, Scouts Tasmania)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
YOTA Contest 2022 Youth On The Air (ham-yota.com)
Youth makes an amateur radio contact with the international space
Isabella, an eight-year-old from the UK, used her father's amateur
radio equipment to chat to an astronaut aboard the ISS and
Alec VK2APC has the story for us:-
"Isabella spoke to American astronaut Kjell Lindgren for about
45 seconds as the ISS passed overhead.
Dr Lindgren said the conversation "may be my favourite so far".
Isabella said it was "amazing", adding: "Once he found out I was
eight, his voice instantly turned from normal to joyful." Her
father Matthew, who has held an amateur radio licence for more than
15 years, found out the ISS was passing overhead from fellow ham
He said: "You have to get the right time when the space station is
passing overhead, and it has to be the right time of day when the
astronaut is using the equipment.
Isabella's parents said their daughter has long held an interest in
space and ham radio, and they are encouraging her to apply for an
amateur radio licence.
For VK1WIA National News, I am Alec VK2APC in Sydney
Now back to you Bruce
2022 Social Scene
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VK4 - SunFest Sunday 18 September 10:00 AM Mountain Creek State
School (noreply email)
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 (vk6pop)
VK7 - November 5-6 Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Expo.
VK4 - GOLD COAST HAMFEST Nov 13. @ Country Paradise Parklands
VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest November 20 9.3Oam. (vk3pdg)
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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