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Hi this is Chris VK3FY.
My topic for this broadcast is the WIA QSL Bureau.
The Board recently received the quarterly QSL Report from
John VK3JSL (National QSL Manger).
At the last Board meeting held on Tuesday 23rd of August 2022, the
following was noted.
1. The WIA QSL Bureau has received over 37,000 QSL Cards over the past six (6) months up until the end of June 2022.
2. The WIA QSL Bureau had by time sent out all cards to registered members and clubs.
3. The bureau by mid-July 2022 had received a further 13,000 QSL cards, which indicate the Bureau is nearing pre-pandemic QSL Inward numbers
4. The report indicated that they are meeting their minimum obligation of a mail out of at least once per month to each state and territory.
5. There are other special arrangements for VK9 / 0 and special event stations
The WIA QSL Bureau is not the only Bureau in Australia.
There are others.
It is imperative that one is registered with the WIA Bureau if you
wish to utilise this service.
Please note that this is service that is provided to members and
affiliated clubs of the WIA only.
Some stats on the WIA QSL Bureau.
Majority of the incoming cards are from Japan >50% followed by
Germany around 20%
June Sim VK4SJ has decided to retire as the VK4 QSL Manager, and
Bernard VK4KX has moved into this role.
The WIA Board wishes to thank June for her service to the VK4 ham
community and appreciate Bernard moving into this role to ensure a
73 from Chris VK3FY for the WIA National News.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
WRC23 preparatory activities are intensifying
As WRC23 gets closer so the preparatory activities for the agenda
items are increasing in intensity. The most pressing for the
amateur community is the 23cm band radio navigation satellite
service coexistence agenda item 9.1b.
Following presentations given during the IARU R1 interim conference
and the HamRadio2022 event, the IARU was kindly invited to present
the 23cm band situation to the eme community at the 19th EME
conference in Prague. Reactions were mixed. However the IARU
maintains its objective to find a solution that can facilitate all
the amateur radio applications active in the band today including
eme operations even if some compromises will be inevitable.
To progress the 23cm band studies, ITUR Working Party 4C will meet
during the second week of September. At this meeting the technical
studies regarding the amateur service and radio navigation satellite
service will be developed further.
The IARU global 9.1b team is preparing contributions and will be
participating in the meeting.
The Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has completed a
dry-run exercise for the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Lake County,
Ohio. ARRL Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL,
said the drill was practice for the federally judged exercise
scheduled for September.
The Ohio Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) amateur station, W8SGT,
was utilized and on the air to communicate with several counties in
northeast Ohio. Amateur radio serves in the emergency planning as a
backup communications resource. The actual exercise is focused more
on the power plant and its operation,
"In real life, this was a low-key type of exercise. It does not
involve a lot of hams or activity, just establishes the line of
communication," said N8BHL. "It's satisfying to know, through many
conversations during the planning stage, that amateur radio is a key
ingredient to assure communication with the state."
Ohio ARES is also working on a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill
for October 1.
VOLUNTEER MONITORS SEND HAMS COMMENDATIONS, NOTICES
A recent trip to the mailbox brought surprises for some US hams -
some pleasant surprises, others not-so-pleasant.
Sel Embee KB3TZD explains.
The Volunteer Monitor Program, begun in 2020 as a cooperative effort
between the FCC and the ARRL, recently released its report for
July of this year. The program delivers commendations as well as
notices of improper operation to hams as a way of boosting compliance
with amateur radio license regulations.
The latest commendations include a ham in Columbia, South Carolina
for helping amateurs complete programs for the Community Emergency
Response Team and for assisting those involved in the county's
Emergency Operations Centre.
Commendations were also given to hams in Poughkeepsie New York for
conducting the community bulletin board on a local repeater.
Hams in Roslyn, Pennsylvania were also given commendations for
involving the Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club in Field Day and MESH
Meanwhile, notices for unlicensed operation were sent to logging
companies in Washington state for their use of 2-meter amateur
frequencies. Another notice for unlicensed operation was sent to an
operator in Indian Hills, California for operating 2m simplex APRS
during a high-altitude balloon flight, one year after the operator's
license had been cancelled by the FCC.
Notices for operating FT8 outside license privileges were issued to
a Technician class operator in Martinez, California and a
General-class operator in Trenton, New Jersey. Notices for
operating on SSB outside their General class privileges were issued
to hams in Massapequa, New York, and Trenton, New Jersey.
This is Sel Embee KB3TZD.
HamSCI founder and University of Scranton professor Nathaniel
Frissell, W 2 NAF, has been awarded a nearly $400,000 US grant from
the National Science Foundation to study changes in the ionosphere
at dawn and dusk (a period we hams know as grayline) and during
According to the university, W2NAF will work with students there and
at Case Western Reserve University, as well as amateurs around the
country, to gather data using so-called Grape receivers designed
using another NSF grant for the HamSCI Personal Space Weather Station
There will be an annular solar eclipse visible in the continental
U.S. next year, as well as a total eclipse in 2024, noting that
these will be the last solar eclipses to traverse the USA until 2044.
The grant will fund an additional 30 Grape receivers that will be
provided to HamSCI volunteers across North America. The stations
will run continuously at least through 2025, the end of the project
period, monitoring WWV and CHU to collect data daily at sunrise and
sunset as well as during the two solar eclipses.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL.
John here with a report with a story about field day. No, not THAT
field day. For this story, we're going straight to the field - the
corn field, that is.
I've got 'kernels of wisdom' to share today.
If you're 'stalking' the newest and most unusual kind of antenna,
look no further than the two 8-foot-tall green stalks that Kevin
K KLB harvested recently in an Iowa cornfield to create the
homebrew vertical he called the CornTenna.
Relying on the combination of two stalks plus their inherent
conductive moisture, Kevin had a hunch that by joining them and
adding a copper wire, mounting them on a wooden batten and adding
radials, he might get an SWR acceptable enough for some QSOs on 20m.
With a little adjusting, the CornTenna tuned right up in the field
and, well, things were soon 'popping.'
Operating at 5w QRP, he logged two contacts in Texas and had a few
other contacts that almost made it into the log. Not quite smooth as
silk, but for a Corn-Tenna? Downright a-maize-ing. You can see
Kevin and the CornTenna in action on YouTube at the link in the
text version of this week's WIA National News, wia.org.au
He's got a real antenna farm and yes, he's having a field day.
Meanwhile, one lingering question remains:
Whether this innovative vertical can hold its own in a real amateur
radio DX CORNtest. We're all ears.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
JARL SPONSORED, All Asian DX Contest, Phone THIS weekend.
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m
Find rules at:
The RSGB HF SSB Field Day runs from 1300UTC on Saturday the 3rd to
1300UTC on Sunday the 4th. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands where
contests are permitted, the exchange is signal report and serial
The IARU Region 1 Field Day runs for the same 24 hour period
as the RSGB HF Field Day. Using SSB only on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands
the exchange is signal report and serial number.
Saturday the 3rd of September, the CWops CW Open contest runs for
24 hours from 0000UTC. Using CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands
where contests are permitted, the exchange is the serial number and
WIA - NZART OCEANIA CONTEST
CW - Second full weekend in October
0600 UTC Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday
PHONE - First 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
160 METER CW CONTEST - ARRL SPONSORED
Objective is for Amateurs worldwide to exchange information with
W/VE amateurs on 160-meter CW.
Dates: First full weekend in December (December 2-4, 2022).
Contest Period: Begins 2200 UTC Friday, ends 1559 UTC Sunday.
This is a forty-two hour period with no time limitation.
Logs are due within SEVEN (7) days after the event is over.
10 METER CONTEST - ARRL SPONSORED
For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many
stations as possible on the 10 meter band.
Dates: Second full weekend of December. Starts 0000 UTC Saturday;
runs through 2359 UTC Sunday (December 10-11, 2022)
Logs are due within SEVEN (7) days after the event is over.
The Transatlantic Centenary Tests
The RSGB are hosting an International Amateur Radio Activation,
The Transatlantic Centenary Tests, on the HF bands, for the entire
month of December 2022, to commemorate the centenary of the
achievement of Amateur Transatlantic communication, during the
Transatlantic Tests that were held between 1921 and 1923.
In anticipation of this centenary celebration, with the assistance of Ofcom (the UK licensing authority), the RSGB have reactivated five call signs which they held in the 1920s:
G5WS, used for the 1922 tests the first to get across
G5AT, used for the 1923 tests
G6XX, used for the 1923 tests
G6ZZ, used for the first amateur tests on a moving railway train in
G3DR, Scottish Highlands Call - GM3DR.
United States special event
Look for special event station N3U/Flt93 (N3U/United Flight 93)
to be activated once again between September 9-14th, to remind
'Amateur Radio Operators World-Wide' of the tragic events that
happened near Shanksville (Pa), New York City and Washington DC,
on September 11th, 2001.
This will be the 13th year for N3U and this memorial operation.
N 3 U was 1st activated in 2010 and has continued every year since. We also ran a special Aruba call P41USA for several years but COVID 19 got in the way."
Activity will be on all bands that are open at the time using mostly
FT8/FT4 as well as CW and SSB.
QSL via club callsign W3PN (QRZ.com) if needed.
LoTW will also be used for logging all Digital, SSB and CW.
In the World of DX, be listening on the HF bands for 8 N 65 JP, the
special call sign being used by the Japan Amateur Radio League's
Okinawa Branch. Hams are marking the 50th anniversary of the return
of the Okinawa Prefecture to Japan from United States administration.
The callsign 8 N 650 JP is active through the 30th of September.
QSOs will be confirmed automatically through the bureau.
Satoshi, JH2EUV is QRV as 4W/JH2EUV.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using mostly FT8.
QSL to home call jh 2 euv
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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The 10th annual Amateur TV QSO Party was held Friday the 26th and
Saturday the 27th of August. With more than 40 stations exchanging
high quality digital video from various locations in Sydney,
Melbourne , Port Pirie and Whyalla . On the Saturday operators from
the USA joined in from California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Ohio
and New York, exchanging valuable information on equipment,
techniques and renewing friendships.
Noted was not only the high standard of the shacks but the various
home brew digital transmitters and ATV equipment displayed. The
dedication and self-training needed to master their commercial audio
video processing equipment and produce such high quality results is
Then on the Saturday afternoon one station operated portable from a
Whyalla S.A. beach transmitting high quality digital pictures back
to their local repeater to be seen world-wide.
Peter Cossins, VK3BFG was the co-ordinator and did a sterling job of
organising the event.
All in all it was very successful with many watching via the British
Amateur TV Club streamer website and with unanimous agreement to be
held again next year.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
A SpaceX Dragon supply freighter undocked from the International
Space Station August 19 with about two tons of cargo, experiments, and
a leaky spacesuit.
The unpiloted cargo carrier brought home a spacesuit worn by
European astronaut Matthias Maurer when the station crew noticed
water leaking in Maurers helmet after he returned to the labs
NASA has suspended use of U.S. spacesuits for non-emergency spacewalks
until the suit is inspected and analysis done.
Also Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyevs spacewalk was cut short by a suit
battery issue and with NASAs suits grounded at the moment, the ISS
is running out of EVA options.
AMSAT-EA satellites to launch in September Felix EA4GQS reports
Spain's latest amateur radio satellites to launch will be GENESIS-G
and GENESIS-J on September 11 and YOU can come for the ride as this
flight will be streamed by Everyday Astronaut:
The AMSAT Bulletin post says:
This is to confirm that the launch of our new GENESIS-G and GENESIS-J
satellites with Firefly will take place September 11, with the
launch window starting at 22h GMT, from Vandenberg.
The expected orbit altitude is 300 km with an inclination of
This will be the second attempt of Firefly to reach orbit after the
first attempt made in 2021 had to be aborted after two minutes of
flight, causing GENESIS-N and GENESIS-L to be lost,
145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (no sub tone) and FSK 50 bps,
AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps
436.888 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW, FSK 50 bps, FM voice
beacon with AM2SAT callsign
145.925 MHz uplink, Modes: FM voice (no sub tone) and FSK 50 bps,
AFSK, AX.25, APRS 1200 / 2400 bps
436.666 MHz downlink, Modes: FM voice, CW FSK 50 bps, SSTV Robot 36,
FM voice beacon with AM3SAT callsign
We encourage all of you to try to receive their first transmissions
once the first keplerians are available.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FREEMASONS - CALL CQ MORE LIGHT.
Masonic Lodges on the Air, an amateur radio special event, will be
on the air Saturday, September 24.
The event is open to all amateur radio operators, and the idea for
the event grew out of the realization that many Freemasons also have
a love for amateur radio.
The object is to promote public awareness of ham radio and Freemasonry;
to promote fraternal bonds within the ranks of Free & Accepted
Masonic Lodges and its many Amateur Radio operators who are also
brothers in the fraternity; and to encourage contact with other
Amateur Radio Operators around the state, country, and world.
Full contest rules and information can be found at
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
OC240, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Rolf, DL7VEE, has announced the following:
"Our team from Germany is planning another light weight, but serious
DXpedition to Papua New Guinea from October 25 until November 10.
"We learned on August 27th, the callsign will be P 29 RO, and the
German team will be active from Loloata Island (OC-240) in
Papua New Guinea's Coastal Island East IOTA Group."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is
the first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old
Timers Club of Australia's September bulletin to go to air.
This month as well as the latest Club news:
* Ron VK3AFW - tells us about Retirement Village living,
* This is followed by Andrew VK3CAH with an update of other options
available to keep active and on-air if moving to a retirement home.
* Ill be reminiscing about an early electromechanically tuned radio,
the SCR522 VHF R/T set.
* Lastly, Andrew, VK3CAH talks about another very special birthday
this year, the inauguration of the BBC.
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, 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, September
13th. All are welcome to come along for an eyeball QSO. For details,
email coordinator Phil VK6ZKO email@example.com
Once again, tune in tomorrow for the September 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
1st Yass Scout Group turns 100
Yesterday, the 3rd of September, 1st Yass Scout Group celebrated
their 100th Birthday.
From when the group was formed in 1922, Yass Scout members have
taken part in many radio activities.
The early years focused on morse code and crystal sets.
Several of these first scouts took up radio communication roles
during the second world war.
Their members have been taking part in JOTA and other amateur radio
activities over the years. In recent times the group is building
their own shack for scouts to use.
1st Yass Scout Group will be on air during the next 12 months making
contacts with other operators in celebration of the Groups birthday.
Keep a listen out across the bands for the special event callsign
Victor India 100 Yankee Sierra Golf and say hi to the scouts.
The Scouts are designing a QSL card for the occasion to send to
those that would like one.
For VK1WIA National News, I am Alec VK2APC in Sydney
Now back over to you Col
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
YOTA Contest 2022 Youth On The Air (ham-yota.com)
FELIX VK4FUQ has been reminding all about the up-coming
WIA - NZART OCEANIA CONTEST
PHONE - First full weekend in October
Now word of interest to YOUTH
A new plaque is being sponsored by Oscar Reyes VK3TX (many thanks
Oscar) for the highest scoring youth entrant, no older than 25 years
of age, from Australia in any of the Phone Single Operator
categories. So please encourage all VK amateurs no older than
25 years age to have a go at entering the contest!
Meet the 13-year-old restoring old Soviet tech in Georgia
Mariam Ben Nakhi is not your usual teenager. Unlike most 13-year-old
girls, she has a passion for fixing phones and computers. After
school, Mariam can be found tinkering away in her familys workshop
Peering into a magnifying glass, the Georgian native connects tiny
intergrate parts to breathe life back into defective devices.
I like to replace the batteries or clean the fans, replace the
paste that is used for cooling down the computers. I like how
concentrated I am with connecting the small pieces, she tells
'Feed that curiosity'
Mariams interest in electronics was sparked when she was nine years
old. Her stepfather, Thomas Burns, a former Hollywood cinematographer
and self-proclaimed electronic nerd, was helping fix a friends
iMac computer. The colourful wires and shiny components instantly
caught Mariam's eye.
When they took the screen off, there were a lot of small parts that
I was interested in. Also, these wires just going through the
computer and I was curious about them. I wanted to how the computer
worked, she recounts. I was like, let me just ask him about what
this is and what that is, and maybe I could help with the things
that he's doing.
With her father's help, Mariam replaced the iMac's hard drive.
To cultivate and hone his daughter's interest, Thomas offered to fix
more friends and family's broken gadgets.
It didn't take long for word to spread and referrals to start
flowing in. Friends of friends began dropping off their broken
hardware in the hopes the duo would restore them back to life.
At some point, we realised that we were one Facebook page away from
an actual business and so we made it official, and now it is very
much a full-time endeavour, says Thomas.
In 2021, the father-daughter team launched their family business.
I called it Mariam's Computer Repair, not only is it projecting
the fact that women can repair things, which I think is critically
important, but it's also a point of pride for us as a family,
Read the full story and watch the video here:
REAST September Presentation Night September 7
Casey Station Calling
REAST presentation night will be an interview with Warren, VK7WN /
VK0WN direct from Casey Station in Antarctica.
This will be a free-flowing discussion with Warren following an
outline of a typical day at Casey with some interesting stories
thrown in. The interview will take place Wednesday 7th September
from 7:30pm from the Queens Domain clubrooms and via Zoom.
NOT ONLY BUT ALSO
The interview and Q&A will be streamed on the REAST YouTube channel.
2022 Social Scene
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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