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2020 MARCH 8 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA


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THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK

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Again this week no Directors spot BUT again this and every week
you can SEE the news, A VIDEO VERSION OF NEWS IS COMPILED BY VK5BD
BEVAN and the link to his "RadioActive" youtube channel is in
"the written word" this week, best read at wia.org.au

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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MARCH 08 - 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

WIA 2020 Annual Conference Organising Committee's Ben VK7BEN with
what's on next.


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BEVAN and the link to his "RadioActive" youtube channel is in
"the written word" this week, best read at wia.org.au





Tim VK2ZTM from ARNSWdid contact the national news desk this week to
say next Wednesday, March 11 will be the 110 anniversary of the
meeting in Sydney of the Experimenters of the day who were trying to
get a better deal from the authorities.

From that meeting grew the Wireless Institute of New South Wales'
later the NSW Division. Over time the other Divisions and the
W I A developed. The date of 11 th March 1910 - through the W I A
makes it the oldest National Amateur Radio Society in the world.

Amateur Radio New South Wales is the name adopted by the former
NSW Division to avoid confusion with the WIA and is proud to be able
to trace its origin back to that first meeting. ARNSW will be
holding a small celebration at the March Trash & Treasure being held
at Dural on Sunday the 29 th of March

Tim VK2ZTM

Next Wednesday, the 11th March will be the 110 anniversary of the
meeting in Sydney of the Experimenters of the day who were trying to
get a better deal from the authorities.

From that meeting grew the Wireless Institute of New South Wales'
later the NSW Division. Over time the other Divisions and the
W I A developed. The date of 11 th March 1910 - through the W I A
makes it the oldest National Amateur Radio Society in the world.

Amateur Radio New South Wales is the name adopted by the former
NSW Division to avoid confusion with the WIA and is proud to be able
to trace its origin back to that first meeting. ARNSW will be
holding a small celebration at the March Trash & Treasure being held
at Dural on Sunday the 29 th of March






?WIA Broadcast " 8 March 2020
WIA Annual Conference 2020

wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/2020agm/

Hello this is Ben VK7BEN from the WIA 2020 Annual Conference
Organising Committee.

We continue this week with information about some of the other
Sunday activities…

We have covered in previous weeks the trip out to the Grote Reber
Museum and Radio Telescope and the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum.

There are another two great options available on the Sunday. These
include the Tasmanian Maritime Museum and the Tasmanian Museum and
Art Gallery.

The Maritime Museum is housed in the beautiful Carnegie building
and features many maritime themed displays from convict times
through to modern day. They will even have displayed especially for
the conference weekend the original letter that Roald Amundsen wrote
to the Norwegian King following his trip to Antarctica.

maritimetas.org/

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has a permanent exhibition
called Island to Ice. This exhibition examines the definitions,
perceptions and mythology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It
explores the places, the people, the creatures and the phenomena
that make the great southern wilderness a world of its own. It is an
invitation to journey south from Hobart across the oceans to the
frozen continent of Antarctica.

tmag.tas.gov.au/whats_on/exhibitions/permanent/islands_to_ice

And now a Stop Press of sorts - The Mawsons Hut’s Replica Museum has
just announced that it is now exhibiting a unique piece of
Antarctic aviation history for the first time. Australian explorer
Sir Douglas Mawson was the first person to fly a plane in Antarctica
and the tail section of the aircraft is now an exhibit at the
Mawson's Huts Replica Museum.

Mawson had planned to use a Vickers monoplane but it crashed in
Adelaide before departure for Antarctica so, he decided to use the
fuselage of the damaged aircraft to fashion the air tractor he used
to tow sledges in Antarctica.

The modified aircraft only made one trip, towing a sledge for 19km
before the engine seized, but it remains the first plane to fly in
Antarctica. It was affectionately known as “The Grasshopper”

mawsons-huts.org.au/

I finish with a quick reminder about the discounts at the venue,
Best Western " just remind them it’s for the “WIA conference” and
that there are also discounts on Spirit of Tasmania ferries for
fares and accommodation.

discovertasmania.com.au/about/climate-and-weather https://bestwesternhotelhobart.com.au/ https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/offers/wia-annual-conference-2020

See you in Hobart.

73, from Ben VK7BEN and the WIA Annual Conference Organising
Committee


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INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of

Global Shortwave Coordination

The A20 Global Shortwave Coordination Conference was held in KL
(Kuala Lumpur), at the end of last month and was the conference
providing an important forum to resolve or minimize instances of
mutual interference among shortwave transmissions for the Summer
(A20) season.

The A20 season runs from 29 March to 25 October in the calendar year
2020.

Delegates from Short Wave Broadcasters and Frequency Management
Organizations had a valuable opportunity to coordinate their
frequencies directly with the frequency managers of other
broadcasters in this regard.

Thirty-one frequency managers from 18 countries representing
21 frequency management organizations took part part.

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union hosted the A20 Conference.





NEW ZEALAND

Whanganui Amateur Radio Society is looking for newcomers to take
their HamCram course to get their 1 kW CEPT Class 1 equivalent
license in just 2 days!

New Zealand has a single class of license that permits 1 kW output
and requires passing a single 60 question multiple choice exam,
the pass mark is 40.

HamCram courses have grown in popularity in recent years. People
starting from scratch can get licensed with just two-days of study.
Pass rates for many courses are 100%





New UHF Radio Microphone Devices General User Spectrum Licences
are required in ZL. The current licences will expire Wednesday 11
March 2020.

New Radio Microphone Devices GUSL licences (666 MHz) commence on
12 March and will be in force until March 2025





GERMANY

The Institute for Broadcasting Technology, an important radio
resource, is closing its doors at the end of the year - though
some are trying to save it with an on line petition.

Broadcasting Technology, which is headquartered in Munich-Freimann,
serves public broadcasting companies in Austria, Germany and
Switzerland with its research. Much of its work has focused on radio,
TV and internet technology but it has also addressed amateur radio
concerns with its study of RFI from LED lamps.

rundfunk.verdi.de/++file++5e43c54cadbc719bab5ad993/download/Petition%20IRT%20English%20version.pdf]



UNITED KINGDOM

Guidance for limiting exposure to EMF

Following the launch of an Ofcom Consultation on EM Field exposure,
the RSGB has released a briefing paper for all UK amateurs.

This gives more details as the proposals involve a change to licence
conditions for any station operating with greater than 10W EIRP.
The Society has formed a team to prepare a considered response to
Ofcom's Consultation and will be offering further guidance ahead
of the 15th of May deadline.

The briefing paper is available on
rsgb.org/emc-papers



UNITED STATES

US amateurs respond to 3.4GHz threat

A proposal by the FCC in the USA to remove the entire amateur 3.4 GHz
allocation without compensation has seen strong opposition as ARRL,
AMSAT and hundreds of individual amateurs have filed comments in
response to a current consultation.

The ARRL highlighted decades of active usage and experimentation
including mesh networks, amateur television, weak signal long-
distance communication, EME communication, propagation research and
emerging amateur satellite developments.

In its comments, ARRL argued that it would therefore be premature
to remove the current secondary amateur radio allocation in the US




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HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

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WIA John Moyle Field Day 2020
Weekend 21-22 March from UTC 0100 on the Saturday to 0059 Sunday 22.

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March 28-29 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest for amateurs world-wide to
contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
using SSB.

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The date for the next Harry Angel Sprint will be Saturday
May 2nd 2020. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.

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May 30-31 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest for amateurs worldwide to
contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
using CW.

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The VK SHIRES the June long weekend, which is the weekend prior to the
second Monday of June each year.. making it June 6 - 7 in 2020

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IARU HF World Championship July 13-14

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TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST

Next contest - 17 JUL 2020 - and has the aim of encouraging
Low Band activity between VK and ZL on 160 80 and 40M using
SSB, CW and RTTY OR PSK

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RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16

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OCEANA CONTEST

VOICE from 0800 UTC Saturday October 3 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 4

CW from 0800 UTC Saturday October 10 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 11


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CQ WW DX SSB OCTOBER 24-25

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CQ WW DX CW NOVEMBER 28-29

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December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW

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DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide

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TED POWELL MEMORIAL DX CHALLENGE

4 award periods, each of 3 months starting in January of each
calendar year and 2 categories in the contest,
MOST WANTED and TOP 5.

Top 5 you try and work the 5 most wanted DXCC entity's
Most Wanted you work the most wanted dxcc entity.

The dx entity's in play are those most wanted DURING those
3 month windows.

Complete details can be found at contest.fgarc.org.au/


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All major AUSTRALIAN contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.

wia.org.au/members/contests/about



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THROUGH THE DX WINDOW
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The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on
ClubLog and contains 340 entities.

The following are the top 5 entities:

1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)

2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island

3. FT5/W Crozet Island

4. BS7H Scarborough Reef

5. CE0X San Felix Islands

The 340th or least needed is Italy

AND Australia ranks 298th


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A multi-national DXpedition led by Rune LA7THA are in Zambia
until 15th March, callsign 9 J 2 LA and on 160 " 6m CW, SSB, RTTY
and FT8.

(irts)


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Royal Netherlands Army's Belize operation

Look for the 11 Airmobile Brigade from the Royal Netherlands Army
and Radiosquad to be active as V 31 FX.

This station will be operating and jungle training in Belize from
different locations with different antennas on 20m phone using
military equipment.

As soon as they are able to make DX-contacts, they will update their
QRZ.com page. Main focus is to make contacts with Dutch amateur
radio stations, but all contacts are welcome.

Please use NATO phonetic alphabet when calling.

QSL via PI4CC

(SouthGate)


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Sigi DL7DF and friends travel to Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

TO7DL until 16th March on 160 " 10m including 60m, on CW, SSB and
digital.

QSL via DL7DF.

(irts)


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Three Russian amateurs will operate as EX 0 QR from Kyrgystan until
17th March. Look for them on 160 " 10m on CW, SSB and Digital.

(irts)

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Harald DF2WO has returned to Rwanda for another visit unti 22nd March
and has reactivated his 9X2AW callsign. He plans to be on 160, 20,
17, 15 and 10m on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.

(irts)





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THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report "
Measure Twice cut Once.

SCALEXTRIC

A model with a difference which actually works in real time

A working scale model of an HF curtain array antenna is on display
at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in Ohio.

The model, which operates on 70 centimeters, is a 4 × 2 design with
a screen reflector, and is the same style of antenna the VOA Bethany
Relay Station used until its final transmission in November 1994.

West Chester Amateur Radio Association members Richard WC8RK, and
Joe WA8OGS, designed and constructed this curtain array.

EZNEC Pro 4 antenna modeling software indicates the antenna has a
gain of 21.35 dBi at 8° at a half-wavelength above ground.

The museum will open for extended hours during Dayton Hamvention
for those interested in seeing the model.

(Southgate)


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WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS

ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVYaqjM0J64B7W_FUGfpkzNF0O_21cu__

THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.

Female a first for Mastercom

Jonathan Nally writing for Criticalcoms says Australian two-way radio
communications firm Mastercom has appointed Ms Dale Doyle as its
first female general manager.

She began her employment with Mastercom 13 years ago as the company’s
financial controller and upon this new appointment said" “I am
absolutely thrilled to take on the role of general manager and look
forward to making a positive impact on this ever-growing,
well-established business.”

Ms Dale has also played a critical role in assisting Mastercom’s
Managing Director, Hamish Duff, in founding the Orion national
network that links two-way radio communications across Australia,
and in establishing Queensland company, Queensland Radio Services.

Mastercom has recently undergone a considerable growth in operations
and has more than doubled its staff numbers.

criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/news/mastercom-appoints-dale-doyle-as-general-manager-1153766817#ixzz6FEkohpj4





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary@amsat-vk.org

New QO-100 Band Plan announced

Just in time for the 1-year anniversary of the successful
commissioning of the two transponders of Qatar-OSCAR 100,
an encore is pending:

The capacity of the NB transponder will be expanded to almost 500 KHz.

In addition to extended areas for the various operating modes, more
space is also being created in particular for "mixed mode" and other
special operating cases. In addition to frequencies reserved for
emergency radio operations, more experiments are to be made possible
here.

But all this only with a maximum bandwidth of 2.7 kHz.

To take account of user behavior, AMSAT-DL has almost doubled the
SSB range in particular.

Detailed information is available when you read the text edition of
this WIA National News cast

amsat-dl.org/en/neuer-qo-100-bandplan/

(SouthGate)





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz


IARU Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz

IARU Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz

Dept of Health Communications Test in Utah

Lynden, KG7SXQ, tells how a covey of volunteers showed up in
person and "on-the-air" to assist Hospitals and the Department of
Health with a communications test across the US state.

Some 30 volunteers (some from the DIXIE Amateur Radio club) across
Southern Utah participated.

VHF Net Control 2 meters and in Cedar City, digital, using 80 meters

At Dixie Regional Medical Center and other hospitals, messages
(preformatted) were sent.

The radios also were at the Department of Health and from the
Veterans Care Center with some volunteers checking in from their
home QTH.

It was a good day for Amateur Radio some community service

(dixie newsletter)





SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

The 23cm band is under scrutiny

IARU Region One is actively participating in the regulatory work
taking place in CEPT to consider coexistence between their secondary
amateur (and amateur satellite) service and the primary radio
navigation satellite service, principally the Galileo system.

The Galileo services are delivered in a number of bands and one
occupies the 1260-1300 MHz band. The Galileo team has witnessed
interference from amateur TV transmissions which resulted in station
shut down and has experienced interference from high power EME
operations too.

Work is at an early stage and the latest IARU Region 1 newsletter
says they will continue to try and minimise the impact on amateur
operations however it is likely that some changes will be necessary
to the way the band is utilised.

(iaru)



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2020 Social Scene

VK4 - Tannum Sands Gathering March 14 (wia)


VK7 - Meet the Voice event, Ross Recreation Centre Sun 22 March (vk7tw)

VK3 - EMDRC HamFest Sunday March 29 ( A Scott)


VK4 - REDFEST 2020 18th April. St. Michael's College
Old Toorbul Point Rd from 8am (vk4tfn)


VK6 - PerthTech May 2 at Bassendean (vk6pop)

VK - WIA Annual Conference, Hobart 8-10 May. (vk7tw)

VK4 - CHARC Theresa Creek Campout Friday 29 til Sunday 31 May (wia)


VK5 - South East Radio Group Annual Convention and
Australian Fox Hunting Championships. June 6-8 (vk5hcf)


VK3 - Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club HamFest Sat July 11
Cranbourne Public Hall (vk3qx)

VK3 - GippsTech 2020 July 11 (vk3wre)

VK4 - Caboolture Radio Club HamFest July 11 (vk7jea)


VK6 - NCRG HamFest Sunday 30th August (vk6ya)



VK4 - CHARC Inc. AGM Weekend Sept 25-27 at Fairbairn Dam (wia events)

VK - ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo October 2 - 5 (vk5yl)

VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest November (vk7tw)



2021

VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp 2021
Thursday afternoon 21st to Tuesday afternoon 26th January 2021

Girl Guides Association of Queensland Campsite and Training
Centre, 46-56 Toolakea Beach Road, Bluewater.

AX4WIT will be on-air from the camp. (vk4zz)





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