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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 20 2019
IN OUR 24th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
The WIA National News is being read by by guides from Southern Sydney
Rivers Region and scouts from Sydney South Metropolitan Region.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
AND FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 20 2019
This year JOTA celebrates 62 years of connecting scouts and guides
by radio. A few things to note, with the change of DMR talk groups
for JOTA this weekend, the Tasmania Wia news is on TG3807 this
weekend at 9:30 am advises VK7ZCR.
Col, VK3GTV one of our regular news presentors this weekend will be
with a JOTA scout camp at Lake Eppalock in Central Victoria, two
days, two hats, as an amateur operator and Scout Leader.
From October 18th through the 20th, all modes all bands is the
'travel free' jamboree.
This is not a contest, but an opportunity for scouts from around the
world to contact each other through the Internet and the Amateur
While this is a scouting specific event, all amateurs are encouraged
to participate in any way they can. Scouts ultimately need to talk
with other scouts, but with our current up and down band conditions,
any contact will be appreciated. For those of you who have committed
to scouting for this special event, this is a great opportunity to
work with youth and show the best of Amateur Radio as a life long
For those of you providing contacts, it's also an opportunity for
you to share your Amateur Radio experience and any history you have
You will hear the K2BSA callsign on the air portable from the
various call areas in the USA.For more information on this
please visit website k2bsa.net
Over in the UK GB 100 GP will be on the air from Gilwell Park and
will have over 250 youngsters visiting the station over the weekend
to take part in a variety of activities.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is seeking feedback on the
proposal to cease HF radiotelephone monitoring of distress and safety
communications in Australia on 1 January 2022.
The state and Northern Territory marine agencies or volunteer marine
rescue organisations monitor the HF radiotelephone distress and
safety calling frequencies. The proposal to cease monitoring has come
from the Maritime Agencies Forum (MAF), a national body that enables
marine safety agencies to identify, agree and monitor the ongoing
work required to implement the National Standard for Commercial
Vessels, which coordinates technical maritime safety advice and
operational maritime policy nationally.
However, the use of HF radiotelephone as the first and only means of
distress and safety calling has steadily declined.
In the four-year period to March 2018, there were only two distress
and six urgency communications initiated by vessels, where only HF
radiotelephone was used.
The consultation applies to all vessel categories; however, vessels
operating outside VHF coast station range and without a global
maritime distress safety system radio, such as Inmarsat, or HF
digital selective calling radio are those mostly affected.
'Flynn of Moliagul - the story of Rev John Flynn of the Royal Flying
The Reserve Bank is issuing an updated $20 note this month, featuring
Rev John Flynn. A commemorative event will be held at the Moliagul
school on Saturday October 26th, featuring evolving technologies of
wireless radio communication and aviation development.
Rev John Flynn was born at Moliagul on November 25, 1880, and his
father was the teacher at the Moliagul school. The event is
presented by the Goldfields Historical & Arts Society and Dunolly
Museum, with the Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club,
Kyneton Aero Club, Moliagul Reserve committee and Bendigo Historic
Motorcycle Club. And rumour has it there may even be a flyby.
There will be talks and exhibits in the school house from 10 am to
5 pm. The event is free and refreshments will be available.
The special event callsign will be VI 3 FLYNN and an electronic QSL
will card available, so stay tuned for frequencies and operating
times. For something different, drop in and see us at the Moliagul
school on October 26th. The school is located at 43 High St,
Moliagul in Central Victoria.
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.
During the week, I read an article about a group of people working in
high end Researchand Development who went to a course and became
radio amateurs. Although most of these people were skilled in various
areas of science and computing, they were working on systems that
depend on radio for some of their features. The radio hobby brought
these people into understanding more of how the overall performance
of their systems could be influenced by radio propagation, absorption
of signals by moisture and so much more.
Hello to all the people involved in Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree
on the Internet. I hope you have been enjoying some of the
experiences these world wide scouting meets offer.
For many of you this might be the first contact with some aspects of
the STEAM studies.
What that means is science, technology, engineering, arts and
mathematics are the things that we use to make our world run.
Amateur radio uses technology in various forms, electronics being
the most obvious but we pick up on all kinds of things from how the
clouds help or spoil contacts and why the sun can boost signals
around the world. You probably found that long distance chats didn't
happen on shortwave this weekend. We really need sunspots for things
to happen but that is something people can look up.
Now we all use these particular disciplines or areas of study, quite
unconsciously every day. It is not only the games and apps on our
devices but it is also the preparation of food. We all know how to
cut an apple in half. It is when we go deeper into subjects that we
need to be more familiar with STEAM subjects. I have listened to
scientists, including Nobel prize winners, talk about their
enthusiasm for the subject that they have followed. It is the
creative pursuits such as reading, cinema, drama and when we are
smaller, simple games with toys and in the space available.
When we think about this, progress through scouting allows you to
engage with many areas which fall into the STEAM pursuits. The badges
that you choose to gain lead you to learn more of those subjects of
interest. Similarly the hobby we know as amateur radio can take you
into more areas of learning than just using a screen or keyboard.
You can involve yourself in learning about the things that make this
hobby personally interesting. Officially the international
description of amateur radio calls it a service for experimenting and
I would like to invite you to consider joining the ranks of the radio
experimenters. We have a history going back over a hundred years and
members from all areas of life and experience. We have hams who like
keeping old ways, young people, students through to great grand
parents. Of course, not everyone wants to play tennis or futsal
and not everyone wants to learn robotics, mesh networking or space
communications but they can be features of your experience of amateur
As a memory of this JOTA/JOTI give a thought to doing a badge or
even joining us on the airwaves. We have a saying,
"When all else fails, we still have amateur radio".
I'm VK4ZPP Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?
Now on the special JOTA edition of the news, we are joined by
WIA Director VK8MA Mike
Board Comment 21st October 2019 by Mike VK8MA
Thank you to the Guides from the Southern Sydney Rivers Region &
the Scouts from Sydney South Metropolitan Region for their efforts
on this weeks WIA Programme.
It is an appropriate time to think about our young people.
JOTA & JOTI are happening this weekend. Young people all over the
world are communicating as Scouts & Guides. These young people have
access to both Radio and the Internet.
Times are tough on the HF bands with conditions so depressed, so
understandably Internet comms methods work well. But, Amateur Radio
can still play a part with the ease of methods like IRLP, EchoLink,
etc. Don't forget IRLP Reflector 9091 is a world wide source of
JOTI/JOTA contacts possible via VHF/UHF or whatever with 5 X 9
guaranteed this weekend!!
What we need is these young people who have their appetites
whetted to maintain interest. Although we may have not got everything
we wanted from the recent ACMA review, the Foundation enthusiasts
should take heart. You can now use all these incredible weak signal
digital modes which will open up a new world for you while HF
conditions are depressed. You can also start learning how to build
your own gear.
As well as facilitating stations for the Scouts to use, I would
encourage all hosting Amateurs to encourage those that you can see
are interested, to visit your club and make them welcome. As a young
14 year old guy that joined the WIA in the early 60's, I was taken
on board and encouraged right thru to licenced stage, and thereafter.
My thanks to all the Old Timers of the VK3 branch back then at the
old club rooms in Vic Parade, South Melbourne!! Wouldn't we all love
to hear a list of new members that outweighed our silent keys??
These young people are our future. We have the knowledge and
experience to hand on to our successors. We need to replace
silent keys with young vibrant youth enthusiasm. They don't come
with it, they need to inherit it from us, the WIA with all its
Yes, the plea is to all clubs, cultivate new young membership and
To the Scouting Movement all over the world, enjoy your day and have
fun with communications that just don't emanate from the Internet.
This has been Mike, VK8MA on behalf of the Board.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
One month until the transit of Mercury
Mark your calendar.
In just less than a month the tiny black form of Mercury will cross
the disk of the sun, a rare transit that happens only 13 times each
Start planning now so you can witness this beautiful event on
November 11, 2019.
Visibility maps and observing tips are featured on the Friday,
October 11, 2019 edition of Spaceweather.com
ITU Magazine Reports on IARU Agenda Items for WRC-19
David Sumner, K1ZZ, Secretary, International Amateur Radio Union
authored an article in the special WRC-19 issue of #ITU News magazine
"Views of the International Amateur Radio Union on WRC-19 agenda
Among many overall IARU objectives for WRC-19 one directly affects
amateur satellite operation:
Agenda item 1.7 - spectrum for non-GSO satellites
The IARU supports satisfying the spectrum
requirements for non.GSO satellites with short
duration missions within the existing allocations
for the space operation service or the
frequency ranges identified in invites ITU.R 3 of
Resolution 659 (WRC.15), unless the satellites are
amateur satellites as defined in Radio Regulations
(RR) Nos. 1.56 and 1.57. The band 144-146 MHz is
especially important to amateurs as it is currently
the only worldwide primary amateur and amateur-satel-
lite allocation between 29.7 MHz and 24 GHz. It is
heavily used in all three Regions for all forms of
amateur communications including disaster response.
Sumner's article begins on page 72 of the magazine which can be
accessed as a 20 MB PDF file at:
Japan's Class 4 ham radio licence
Japan introduced its entry level Class 4 licence in the the late
1950's, it would prove to be the world's most successful category of
amateur radio licence, taken by over 3 million people
The work required to get a Class 4 licence is less than that needed
for our Foundation. It takes about 10 hours study and unlike the
VK Foundation there are no Practical Assessments just a short
multiple choice test at the end of the course.
It seems pass rates of 97% or higher are commonplace.
A Class 4 licence permits the following:
1 watt EIRP on 135 and 472 kHz
10 watts output on 1.9, 3.5, 7, 21, 24, 28 MHz bands
20 watts output on 50, 144 and 430 MHz bands
Varying power levels between 10 watts and 0.1 watts on ALL
amateur bands between 1240 MHz and 250 GHz.
It is notable that Japan gives their Entry Level Licence class full
access to all the Microwave and Millimetric bands.
Japanese call signs, licence conditions and statistics
Mysterious chirps in 80m band
The latest IARU Region One Monitoring System newsletter reports
on the mysterious chirps on 3510 kHz USB that have been noted
every evening since September 25
DK2OM and HB9CET report they cover about 3 kHz and Direction Finding
suggest the source is in the area of Voronezh in the Russian
Federation - but the purpose is unknown.
The IARUMS Region 1 September 2019 newsletter can be read on
S.A.Q. to transmit on UN-Day
Join in celebrating UN Day on October 24 at the World Heritage
This year, hundred years have passed since equal voting rights for
men and women were introduced in Sweden. It is a human right that
everyone can make their voices heard in fundamental issues and is
prerequisite for creating a democratic and peaceful society.
To raise the power of women in peace issues, the organization
Acting 4 Change, that works with the project womens empowerment
in Senegal, is invited to talk about women's participation in the
peace process from a Senegalese perspective.
During the evening, a peace message is sent with the old long-wave
The event is held in the radio station building with free admission.
Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network Employed to Monitor
Two separate groups took advantage of the Amateur Radio Emergency
Data Network to monitor wildfires in California. The Mariposa Area
Amateur Radio Organization used the Amateur Radio mesh to stream via
microwave, video from the fire near Yosemite National Park.
The Pleasant Valley Amateur Radio Club employed the AREDN mesh to
stream video from the Saddle Ridge Fire near Los Angeles from a
repeater site overlooking San Fernando Valley.
REMEMBERING ROCKER LARRY JUNSTROM K4EG/SK
The ham world and the music world have lost a major talent.
Fans of classic Southern rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special are
very familiar with the sound of the big man on the bass, Larry "LJ"
But hams also knew him as K 4 EB or, as his chosen phonetics went,
"Known 4 Excellent Bass."
Originally licensed in 1962, a burgeoning music career sidetracked
the hobby until 1990, when he decided to get back in and went from
Novice to Extra in 10 months, all while still touring. Junstrom was
active on HF, but also very active on D-STAR as he carried a USB
dongle with him on the road with the band.
But its the music he helped create with 38 Special that brought him
fame and endeared him to fans all over the world.
Larry Junstrom became a silent key on October 6, 2019. He was 70.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
A reminder that E I0 JOTA will be active from the Larch Hill Scout
Centre in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains as part of this international
JOTA weekend from the 18th to 20th October. Please give the scouts
It's been a long hard process but the 2M repeater VK2RBB (146.625MHz,
-600 offset, 123 tone) is back on air.
This project has been lead by Rob VK2ELH for over 5 years and taken
countless hours of work by Rob and his team.
The pay-off for all that hard work?
The joy in the voices of operators to the North and East in
particular who can now talk to the rest of Summerland after about
seven years of silence.
DMR Repeater VK 3 RWV is now online and servicing the Local
Government Area of The City of Warrnambool.
Details for accessing the repeater including frequencies can be
found on its QRZ.COM page
Steve and Donna, VK3VM-3LDY thank lots of folk for their assistance
with regards to getting this device online including ACMA and
DMR-MARC networking team.
A group of Czech operators are QRV from the Columbian island of
San Andres from 17th - 27th October. The callsign, 5 K 0 K and they
will be on all bands 160 - 10m.
San Andres counts as a separate country for DXCC and as NA-033 for
the IOTA award and QSLs go via Club Log OQRS.
Willi DJ7RJ will be active again as FH/DJ7RJ from Mayotte Island in
the Indian Ocean until November 4 on all bands but as usual will
concentrate on the low bands, in particular 160m.
QSL to his home call, DJ7RJ.
A multi-national team is signing VP 6 R from Pitcairn Island
until the 1st of November operating all bands and all modes.
QSL via Club Log OQRS.
Pitcairn Island was where the mutineers from HMS Bounty made their
home in 1790.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
(Every pixel tells a story) -
First Convention talk video released
The first video of the talks given to the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part
of the RSGB Convention, on October 12-13 has now been released on
A fascinating presentation on the WUSAT-3 CubeSat project given by
Professor Julia Hunter-Anderson @blue_space_sust of the University
of Warwick it highlights potential uses of satellites for wildlife
Watch 2019: UoW WUSAT-3 project
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
A FINANCIAL BOOST FOR YLs IN AUSTRALIA
In Australia, there's some financial assistance for YLs looking to
deepen their involvement in amateur radio.
ALARA, the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association may be able
to offer a grant to assist you with the costs.
There are a limited number of grants available and they cover half
the assessment fees, plus half the cost of licence fee for the new
The grant includes a complimentary one-year membership in ALARA,
which was formed in 1975 to encourage Australian women's
participation in amateur radio.
Membership has since grown to more than 200.
ALARA's website notes that grants will be paid once a YL has
completed her qualification. Applications and documentation should
be sent to the ALARA secretary Jean VK5TSX once the licence is issued.
A downloadable application form is available on the website
(Amateur Radio Newsline)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP and WEAK SIGNAL COMMUNICATION
Hello, this is Ron VK3AFW from the Moorabbin and District Radio Club.
Sunspots continue to be at record low levels so what would you think
of going portable and running QRPP, that is no more than 1 watt and
getting at least four contacts on simplex or HF?
Yes it is.
The M&DRC QRPP challenge commences Saturday 19th October local time
and runs through to the following Sunday week Sunday 27th October
A challenge is different to a contest, It is about you meeting your
personal goals. There are no places or prizes.
For full details go the Club web site
https://mdrc.org.au/ and click on issue 265 of the club magazine
Are you up to the challenge?
73 from the Moorabbin and District Radio Club.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
ATTRACTING YOUNG HAMS IN SWITZERLAND
Some brainstorming is about to get underway in Switzerland to explore
ways to attract young amateurs.
Acknowledging a critical need in Switzerland for more young amateur
radio operators, the Swiss amateur radio society, the USKA, is
hosting a free symposium on this weekend to explore ways to infuse
the hobby with enthusiastic youngsters.
The Union of Swiss Shortwave Amateurs notes a slump in new young
licensees in the past two years and hope that participants in the
symposium can brainstorm and find ways to energize interest.
The symposium will take place in Bern and is also the annual meeting
of the society's training coordinators.
(Amateur Radio Newsline)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine O'Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
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
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
HAMS PREP FOR AUTUMN'S BIG SOTA QSO PARTY
Don't expect poor band conditions and challenging terrain to stand
in the way of one special summit-to-summit QSO Party.
SOTA activators have checked their gear and access routes to their
chosen summit for the upcoming Europe - Asia- Australasia
Summit-to-Summit QSO party.
This event has become a regular over the last few years, occurring
twice a year, once in Spring and once in Autumn around the time
that the clocks are changed.
This autumn's event is scheduled for Saturday the 19th of October
starting around 06:30 UTC. This year will be the most difficult
so far with radio conditions being the worst they have been in years
but that doesn't put off these activators. They know there's a
chance of contacts if they are on the right band at the right time.
To see when the stations are on, go to SOTAs own cluster at
(Amateur Radio Newsline)
2019 Social Scene
VK3 - Ballarat Amateur Radio Group, BARG Hamvention Oct 27 (vk3kqt)
VK3 - Melbourne QRP by the Bay (SouthGate)
Melbourne QRP by the Bay is coming up next month - Saturday 2
November at 3pm.
VK5 - AHARS Buy and Sell Marion RSL Nov 3rd (vk5srp)
VK3 - ROSEBUD RADIOFEST November 17 (wia)
2020 Social Scene
ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo (vk5yl)
October 2 - 5 in Bendigo Victoria.
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