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During this month the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club in VK2 are
celebrating its 40th anniversary with special event callsign
VI 2 FG 40. Felix will have more during his operational spot.



This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy
Committee with news on the WIAs response to the ACMAs proposal
on amateur radio licensing.

The response has been lodged with the ACMA. It is now online and can
be downloaded from link:-

You will recall that, at the end of September, the Australian
Communications and Media Authority proposed that Australias
radio amateurs move to a Class licensing scheme next July 2023,
opening a consultation period that closed at the end of November 2022.

The WIA has replied to the ACMA proposals with a forensically
comprehensive evidence-based response.

The ACMA proposes moving Australias radio amateurs from individual
Apparatus licences to one licence for the amateur service as a
whole, citing the principal reason being reducing the administrative
burden for both the ACMA and the amateur radio community.

The immediate benefit would be that licence and licence-renewal
fees would disappear.

The ACMAs proposal can be found online via link:-

The WIAs response is important because the WIA is the one
ITU-recognised peak body representing the amateur radio service
in Australia and the sole member of the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU), an ITU sector body.

The Institutes response to the proposals on Class licensing from
the ACMA provides a detailed examination of the scheme and, while
agreeing with some matters, provides considered recommendations for
many matters found wanting and proposes working with the ACMA to
address the issues to provide the best outcome for Australias radio
amateurs, now and in future.

Individual licensing of radio amateurs in Australia has been in place
since the end of World War II. Hence, the WIA views the move as a
quantum step in the evolution of amateur licensing in Australia,
such as has not been seen previously.

Responding in-kind to the ACMAs two-part consultation, firstly on
. . operational arrangements to support the proposed amateur class
licence, proposals such as granting 50-52 MHz access to Standard
licensees were welcomed along with removal of other restrictions,
while proposals on call sign management found many points of serious
concern, plus a range of drafting issues with the Class licence

Previously opposed to the ACMAs Class licensing proposal of 2021,
this time, the WIA offers qualified support, provided a suite of
issues are addressed so that the Class licence to be implemented
aligns with or meets the operational practices and needs of
Australian radio amateurs.

On the ACMAs . . proposal for a staged implementation of higher
power authorisation, for which the ACMA suggests using a Scientific
Licence qualification, the WIA points out firstly, that Scientific
licensing does not allow operators to make contacts, which is
anathema to the ITU definition of the amateur radio service!

In the amateur service definition, inter-communication making
contacts is a basic purpose of the service and one of the prime
drivers for higher power operation, the WIA points out. Secondly,
the ACMAs Scientific licensing methodology is prohibitively costly
and overly complex.

If the purpose of Class licensing the amateur service was to reduce
the administrative burden, Scientific licensing for higher power use
is the opposite! The WIA suggests a cautious, phased approach over a
period of one to three years to introduce high power privileges.

The Institute advocates for a program based on education with new
syllabus requirements, information campaigns, and an accompanying
toolset to enable and support licensed amateurs to upskill.

This will hopefully provide the ACMA with confidence that those
amateurs operating higher power will be doing so with the knowledge,
skill and experience to operate safely in relation to the public and

To ensure the submission was on a sound footing, the WIA compiled an
exposure draft, publishing it online in conjunction with a survey of
the Australian radio amateur community, including non-members along
with WIA members, which attracted 615 respondents.

The WIAs response to the ACMA is thus evidence-based, being
informed by radio amateur community feedback and suggestions,
both from individuals and amateur radio clubs.

The WIAs response provides qualified support for the ACMAs Class
licensing proposal and has provided some suggestions on how to
address particular concerns around:

> the loss of a public register of call signs and the publication
of call signs;

> transition to a Class licence and associated documentation;

> a range of identified Class Licence drafting issues; and

> reconsideration of the approach to higher power authorisation.

This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the
WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee.

Hello, this is Steven Green VK2TSG, one of your national board

Well, the proverbial silly season of shopping and parties is now
upon us, with some of us eying-off new transceivers and gadgets,
while others are lamenting the thought of more ties and socks.

New Year's resolutions come to mind; and if you're like me, it's
often hard to stick to them. Perhaps consider taking up a role
related to Amateur Radio, be it in your local club, the WIA, or even
in WICEN. There are so many things to be done, with roles that suit
many levels of availability, interest, experience level and so on.

There are also great opportunities for learning and practicing skills
that can be transferred into other workplaces too. By volunteering
with groups, we are more likely to stick-with-it so-to-speak and
really go places.

Why not take a look at the national WIA website for available
positions in committees and working groups, the WIA Amateur Radio
body in your state regarding work with Broadcasts or other items, or
discuss what your local club needs.

Many clubs and other organisations have been holding end-of-year
meetings and parties, with most closing for the rest of the month
and January. Although there is a-lot to do at home, it's also a
great opportunity to increase our on-air activity, perhaps during a
commute, at a late hour, or similar moment.

Particularly, try to share a conversation or QSO with those outside
your regular circle who might not have many like-minded people to
talk to. Perhaps you could share a small project at some point
during the season; maybe an antenna, power supply, remote microphone,
or perhaps talk someone through a technical problem or some other
simple activity that people could share in, these open the doors for

No matter what our main interest in Amateur Radio is, at its core,
alongside technology, is communication. Let's make that connection
with each other; practice listening and kindly responding to the
people on-air around us and far away.

Most of you would be aware of the R-U-OK day earlier in the year,
which is a terrific reminder about how to ask the question, but the
truth is R-U-OK Day is every day; Let's try it!

73 from Steven VK2TSG....


and the World Wide sources of the WIA.


When it opens for visitors in early 2023, the Museum of Information
Explosion in Huntsville, Alabama, will feature a modern amateur radio
station designed to educate visitors about our hobby. The station will
present an interesting contrast between modern digital technology and
the historic and classic gear found in the museums other exhibits.

This juxtaposition of old and new will illustrate the accelerating
evolution of amateur radio and will demonstrate that ham radio is
not an archaic and dying activity.

The Museum of Information Explosion will allow people to explore the
history of communication and computing innovation and how these
technologies have shaped our modern way of life. In addition to the
ham radio station, exhibits include vintage telegraph sets, phonographs,
radios, and televisions.

Multimedia presentations will bring the stories of yesterday to life,
and interactive, augmented, and virtual reality experiences will
ignite the imagination of young adventurers. Every guest will leave
with a deeper appreciation of the history of information technology.

Dr. Kristina Collins, KD 8 OXT, earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering
from Case Western Reserve University on November 18. Dr. Collins'
thesis, Development of a Low-Cost Meta-Instrument for Distributed
Observations of Ionospheric Variability, focuses on the development of
the HamSCI Grape Personal Space Weather Station Network.

Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) serves as a means for
fostering collaborations between professional researchers and amateur
radio operators. Dr. Collins currently serves on the HamSCI advisory
board, leads the HamSCI Eclipse and Frequency Measurement Festivals
project and WWV/H Scientific Modulation team, and served as chair of
the local organizing committee for the 2019 HamSCI Workshop.

Dr. Collins, KD 8 OXT, was first licensed in 2010 and holds an
Amateur Extra-class license.


The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) will induct
Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, as a fellow during ceremonies in mid-December.
Dr. Rohde is only the third foreign fellow elected by the INAE,
preceded by Dr. Jeffrey Wineland, who won a Nobel Prize in Physics,
and Dr. Philip H. Knight.

In the formal announcement issued, the INAE thanked Dr. Rohde for
"outstanding contributions to engineering and also your dynamic
leadership in engineering domain, which have immensely contributed
for the faster development of the country."

The INAE was founded in 1987 and describes itself as including
"India's most distinguished engineers, engineer-scientists, and
technologists covering the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines."

In January 2023, New Zealand's Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) will
farewell two of the longest serving members of their Radio Investigations

Mike Baird and Grant Wheaton have both been working within Radio
Spectrum Management since the early 1970s and collectively have over
100 years of dedicated service.

Mike and Grant have contributed greatly to the New Zealand radio
industry and have been instrumental in ensuring that the RSM
Investigations group has strong technical abilities and processes.

Project to map Australia's telecommunications resilience

A first-of-its-kind project, led by The Australian National University
(ANU) and funded by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (DITRDCA), will
holistically map the resilience of Australias telecommunications

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt noted that
telecommunications underpins every other sector in the Australian
economy, stating, Telecommunications drives economic growth,
national productivity and innovation and keeps Australians connected
to each other and the world.

When telecommunications and digital services go down, Australia and
Australians grind to a halt.

The 201920 bushfires, the pandemic, floods and cyber incidents are
just a few examples of recent events that have tested the resilience
of the sector, said project lead Professor Johanna Weaver, Director
of the ANU Tech Policy Design Centre.

The project will provide an independent evidence base to inform
future Australian government decisions, he said. It will provide
a valuable evidence base to increase the resilience of Australias
telecommunications sector as a whole. It will be an invaluable tool
for individual firms to prepare their own risk and resilience plans.

Australias communications networks have stood up well to the
unprecedented challenges thrown at them in recent years by natural
and malevolent threats, he said.

Telco carriers have strengthened key network infrastructure and
backup capabilities and improved coordination with emergency
authorities and key stakeholders such as the energy industry.

The work being led by ANU experts will, we believe, add value to
that vital ongoing mission.






For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many
stations as possible on the 10 meter band.

THIS WEEKEND FOLKS! (December 10-11).

Logs are due within SEVEN (7) days after the event is over.



If you're counting down the days until Christmas, here's a little
help with counting things down. Just count to twelve - for the
return of the popular 12 Days of Christmas Special Event.
Mike Askins KE 5 CXP from ARNewsLine tells us how to get in on the

"Is that a partridge in the pear tree, or did someone just hang a
dipole in its place? And are those nine drummers really drumming....
or are they actually DXing?

With the return of the 12 Days of Christmas Special Event this year,
you just can't be sure what those nine drummers, ten pipers or seven
swans are up to, but we do know that hundreds of hams around the
world will be listening for them. Their special-event call signs will
be on the air for a fourth year starting on December 14th and ending
on Christmas Day, December 25th.

Operators will be using CW and SSB and making use of one satellite.
As in previous years, they will be using 1 x 1 calls that begin with
either a W or a K -- but this year things will be easier for those
who wish to rotate their beams:

The calls will also contain a stroke and the operator's numerical
call area. So get ready to start listening for all those calling
birds -- and earn a downloadable certificate to make the season as
bright as those five golden rings.

This is Mike Askins KE5CXP.


Thanks Mike, now the Qatar Amateur Radio Society has been on air with
nine special event callsigns but they go QRT 18 December after
celebrating the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Look out for Head Quarters Station A 722FWC, as well as eight
callsigns that contain sequential numbers, from A71FIFA to A78FIFA.
The stations have been heard and worked on the HF bands and via the
QO-100 Satellite.

QSL via the bureau, Logbook of the World or directly.


During this month the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club in VK2 are
celebrating its 40th anniversary with special event callsign VI 2 FG 40.

Activity will be mainly on 40m SSB.

A special event station from the club's radio shack at Cataract
Activity Centre ( QF55js ) will be active for 40 hours on multiple
bands using SSB and FT8 from 20:00 Friday 9 December to 12:00 Sunday 11
December AEDT.

More information can be found on the QRZ page for VI 2 FG 40.


The Special Event Station VI 100 MB will be active during 2023,
celebrating the centenary of VK2's Manly & District Radio Club.

(Richard Murnane)




The National Association for Amateur Radio in the USA, (ARRL), the
Federal Communications Commission granted a waiver allowing amateur
radio operators to participate in a special event commemorating the
81st anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day this week.

December 6 and 7, ham radio operators made cross band contacts with the
Battleship IOWA, now moored in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro,
California, using the call sign, N E P M.

Because this was a cross band operation, ARRL reminded participating
amateur stations to monitor their own transmit frequency, as well as
the ship stations out-of-band frequency, to protect against
inadvertently interfering with other amateur communications.

The waiver included that in addition to the skills gained by amateur
operators who participate in the event, this specific Remembrance Day
carried particular importance given the ever-decreasing number of
World War II veterans able to participate each year.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is commemorated each year on
December 7th. Iowa was decommissioned in October 1990 and currently
serves as a museum battleship.



The park-fest organising committee is pleased to announce the
Pilliga park-fest which will be held in the Narrabri to Coonabarabran
region of NSW on 29 & 30 April 2023.

What is an Australian park-fest you may be asking?

A weekend is selected where ham radio operators who enjoy portable
operations in designated National and State parks come together at a
regional location where there is a concentration of such parks.

These parks are activated during the day and then tall stories are
shared over dinner along with socialising into the evening, usually
discussing equipment and plans for the next day. It is all about
enjoying the activity and enjoying the company of like-minded friends.

The Dorrigo park-fest held last May was a huge success, so we are very
excited about Pilliaga and we have over 20 confirmed attending.

The Pilliga pottery Barkala farm stay is the recommended accommodation
and there are still rooms available along with van and tent sites.

All ham radio operators are welcome to attend and if you want to get
involved in park activation programs such as POTA and WWFF what a great
opportunity to get your feet wet.

There will be plenty of experienced portable operators who would be
most happy to assist those who are new to this type of operating.

For more information search out the Facebook group called
Pilliga Park-Fest or email Marty VK4KC

or Alan VK2MET whose emails are on our pages.

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

SpaceMobile has reached a milestone in its mission to build the first
and only global cellular broadband network in space to operate directly
with standard mobile phones, having successfully completed deployment
of its test satellite and communications array, BlueWalker 3 (BW3),
in orbit.

The goal of the network is to eliminate the connectivity gaps faced by
todays five billion mobile subscribers and finally bring broadband to
the billions who remain unconnected.

BW3 is being billed as the largest ever commercial communications array
deployed in LEO, spanning 64.38 m2 in size a design feature critical
to support a space-based cellular broadband network with an expected
field of view of over 776,996 km2 on the surface of the Earth. It is
designed to communicate directly with cellular devices via 3GPP
standard frequencies at 5G speeds, testing the technologies that
AST SpaceMobile will need for its planned commercial service. say the satellite comprises a large, flat, thin
array built from identical components called Microns; solar cells
collect energy on one side, and on the other side, many small antennas
form a phased array. These antennas work together to form tight
communications beams, which are an efficient way to push a strong
signal from space to Earth. These beams of coverage are similar to
those created by a terrestrial cell tower, and should help ordinary
phones see BW3 without any modifications. The array can also hear
mobile phone signals hundreds of kilometres away.

(criticalcomms . com .au)

Humans have left a lot of stuff in space.

There is so much stuff that space junk has become a serious problem.

Much of it is defunct satellites in orbits high enough that they can't
simply fall back down to Earth. But just because a satellite has died,
dont think it's all over. Six of them have demonstrated that,
sometimes, satellites can spontaneously and unexpectedly come back to

These revenant spacecraft orbiting our planet are known as
zombie satellites.

Among the record-holders for the longest gap between communications,
there's AMSAT-OSCAR 7. Launched in 1974, this was an amateur radio
satellite that operated for 7 years. In 1981, a battery failure put an
end to its mission -- but 21 years later, 2002, the satellite started
communicating again. Amateur radio operators have actually played a big
role in all this, and one among them, Scott Tilley, in particular.

He's responsible for receiving communications from the Lincoln
Experimental Satellite, LES-5, originally launched in 1967 by the
US Air Force, back in 2020. It only works when the solar panels are
getting sunlight. A couple of years before that, he was able to find
the IMAGE satellite, another zombie satellite that had been "lost" by
NASA in 2005.

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


Sometimes the best movies are the ones in which it's impossible to
guess the ending. This report tells us about one such movie, a
documentary, and the student filmmaker who created it.

Amateur Radio NewsLine's Ralph Squillace KK 6 ITB brings us her

The 30-minute documentary that made its TV premiere on Montana
Public Broadcasting on Thanksgiving Day was a production by Grace
Wolcott, a University of Montana student working with Media Arts
students at the school. The film has a one-word title: "Ham."
Grace told NewsLine it was inspired by a class assignment and in
part by the small portable shortwave radio she listens to. It's the
story of Montana's ham radio community and the reason for radio
operators' devotion.

She called the documentary a learning experience with everyone
willing to work outside their comfort zones. Grace was producer,
director and assistant editor. The production also offered moments of
radio magic. In one of her favourite moments, the crew was interviewing
a ham in his shack when another ham could be heard on the air -- and
then there was yet another. A QSO got under way and each learned that
they'd all been interviewed for Grace's film. Grace told NewsLine:


"I felt in that moment, even if this documentary isn't a masterpiece
or nobody sees it, I am glad that, just like amateur radio, we are
bringing people together."


So can you guess the ending? Grace, who aspires to be an independent
filmmaker, now has another goal. She wants to become a ham. She's
already studying with the help of Lance Collister, W7GJ, the amateur
seen in the opening scenes of the film. She said: "Everyone I met in
the community is patiently waiting for me to get my license and I will
not let them down!"

She gets her diploma at the end of this semester and hopes to get on
the air next year.

This is Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.

If you ]'d like to see Grace's documentary, it's available on the
Montana PBS website. See the link in the text version of this week's


Using Ham Radio on The Farm

Ham radio, a practical and useful tool for an intentional community.

The folks at The Farm, as described on the back of the QSL card
the Radio Crew sends out is a religious community of 800 people in
southern Tennessee the largest and most successful beatnik community
in the world and is self-supporting. reported way back in 1974 on Ham Radio and The Farm and
noted The Farms members started their journey on and off air in 1971
on their 1,700 acres in Summertown, and as Albert ( WB 4 BWR ) says
It looks like were here to stay.

The communitys first major use of radio was to keep in touch with its
rock group, The Farm Band, which tours all over the USA. This is
especially important for Ina May The Farms head midwife who travels
with the band and uses its ham rig to talk with the other midwives
back home. The Summertown gang also has a Windmill Crew working on the
development of a low-cost, dependable home lighting system, and
Albert is active in the Saturday morning Alternative Sources of Energy

Now this story , from the publication mother earth news dot com has
a couple of frequencies and times for the net:-
9:00 a.m. CDT on 7245 kHz
8:30 a.m. EDT on 7233 kHz.

The Tennessee community radio hams were/are:

William (K4IAP), Gary (WA4ZDX), William (WN4GFE) and Patrick (WA4GFI).
And the radio crew is growing theres two more who just took their
tests two weeks ago. Thatll bring the total up to seven hams on
The Farm. PLUS they are setting up an SSTV [slow-scan television] rig
so maybe well be seeing them soon.

( and )

(Youngsters On The Air)

Youth-operated stations around the world are part of a special event
celebrating youth in amateur radio during the month of December.

Amateur radio operators age 25 and younger are on the air as special
event stations around the world throughout December in celebration of
youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month stations are on all bands and modes
at various times.

QSL and award information is at the link we like in this weeks text edition of WIA National News ,

Over in the United States this year, callsigns on air now are
once again K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Argentina has been heard active
as LR 1 YOTA, Canada as VC 3 YOTA and VB 7 YOTA, El Salvador YS 1 YOTA,
and Honduras as HQ 2 YOTA.

In the UK, the RSGB will be hosting GB 22 YOTA on Saturday 17 December
as part of YOTA Month.

Now we may be here in VK Land, but, amateur radio operators here should
be listening for and contacting these stations as well as all
callsigns ending in the letters YOTA across the globe.

Last year, we younger hams worldwide surpassed our goal of 100,000 QSOs
in the month of December with a final tally of 119,516.

Overlapping with YOTA month is round 3 of the YOTA Contest, which is
on 30th December 2022 from 1200 to 2359 UTC.

More information about YOTA Month, specifically in the Americas,
can be found at

To find just active YOTA stations on DXSummit, use the following URL



The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) celebrated its
75th anniversary last Monday, December 5.

Founded in 1947, QCWA's mission includes promoting "friendship and
cooperation among Amateur Radio (Wireless) operators who were licensed
as such at least a quarter of a century ago."

QCWA is hosting the members-only Worked 75/75 Members Contest from
December 5, 22, through February 18, 23. The contest encourages
QCWA members to contact a minimum of 75 QCWA members during the
contest period. All contest entrants will receive a special certificate
and additional information is available at the link we like in this
weeks WIA National News.



2023 Social Scene

VK3 - BARG HamFest 5th of February BARG clubrooms (vk3kqt)

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