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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 26 - 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA NEW BOARD APPOINTED. -
WIA VP with an update on poll, regarding Foundation Licence Syllabus. -
WIA PRESIDENT advises on AR magazine delay. -
WIA Directors Lee Moyle and Oscar Reyes check out the EDUCATION SCENE. -
WIA Awards Manager Graham Alston VK3GA and ELITE 5band DXCC. -
WIA DIRECTOR VK3GK AND WIA 110 YEAR SPECIAL EVENT. -
WIA ASKED BY VICTORIAN POLICE TO FIND MISSING HAM.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
The RSGB has been adding updates to the 'Sharing ideas' section of
its Coronavirus updates page, which you can find at
There are reports from Denby Dale ARC, Spalding ARC and Norfolk
ARC, as well as news of two new technical videos on ATV and
Microwave operations that the Society has added to its website.
Find out what others are doing, be inspired and stay safe!
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VK8ZZ WIA SECRETARY PETER CLEE SAYS:
At a special meeting of the Board of the WIA, last night (23/4)
we did the following:-
* Accepted the resignation of John VK4JJW as a WIA Director
* Accepted the resignation of Mike VK8MA as a WIA Director
* Accepted the nomination of Lee Moyle VK3GK as a WIA Director
* Accepted the nomination of Philip Shields VK2CPR as a WIA Director
* Accepted the nomination of Oscar Reyes VK3TX as a WIA Director
WIA celebrates her 110 year anniversary
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) will be activating special
event stations to celebrate the WIA's 110 year anniversary, on air
from April 18 for 6 months with 9 official call signs
(e.g. VK1WIA, VK2WIA, VK3WIA etc. and VI100WIA).
There will be a commemorative certificate available (as well as LoTW
and eQSL confirmations) for QSOs with one or more of these special
More when Lee Moyle steps up to the Mike with Felix a lil further
down the log.
It is Aidan here, VK4APM with an update on the recent poll, regarding
the Foundation Licence Syllabus.
Following an intense week of polling a total of around 1400 people,
or around 10% of the amateur cohort have had their say.
The scope and depth of the Foundation syllabus is a divisive subject.
In the red corner, we have those in the community who are of the view
that "The foundation qualification should be more difficult - we need
to keep the standards up".
In the blue corner, we have those in the community who are of the view
that "The foundation qualification should prepare the holder for their
future learning journey in the Amateur Service without creating any
unnecessary barriers to entry - after all - we need as many new
operators as we can get"
Clearly - these are diametrically opposed positions..
So what about the results so far.
After a week of polling, and around 1400 respondents
1100 respondents , or 78%, believe that no new substantive elements
should be added to the syllabus without community review.
1122 respondents, or 80%, believe that amateur radio should be
referred to as a service, and not a hobby.
880 respondents, or 63%, believe that the proposed material on
"duty cycles" should be excluded
825 respondents, or 59%, believe that the proposed material on
"resonance" should be excluded
1257 respondents, or 90%, believe that the Australian standard
electronic symbols should be used.
1164 respondents, or 83%, support the other alterations as suggested
by the WIA Syllabus review team.
The WIA is now intending to keep this poll open until midnight on the
1st of May to allow other operators to join the poll and get involved
We encourage ALL operators who have not yet done so to sign up at
poll.wia.org.au. Once you have signed up you will receive a
confirmation email. You will then receive in a few days a
personalised invitation to participate in the poll.
The Future of Amateur Radio program is an ongoing opportunity for you
to have your say in how the Amateur service in Australia is regulated.
The information that the WIA obtains from these polls is used to
ensure that the WIA is representing the views of the membership and
the general community and we want EVERYONE to be involved.
If you have not signed up - get involved and have your say, by
Thats all from me,
In a time when so many Societies and Ham Magazine distributors are
opening their doors and providing free access to read their mags
comes this disturbing news from the WIA President.
I saw this on WIA front page news but in brief it deals with
AR Magazine March/April
Greg Kelly VK2GPK - WIA President types " The new issue of AR
magazine has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to
have it published soon. WIA apologises to members for any
inconvenience and appreciates their continued support."
Congratulations to two WIA Directors elect as we check out the
Monday night, April 20th was a historical moment!
The unique significance is that the two WIA members are both
WIA Director Elects, Oscar Reyes VK3TX and Lee Moyle VK3GK.
They conducted Volunteer Examiners Australia Inc’s (VEA) first
Australian Maritime College, (AMC) "online" Remote Amateur Radio Exam.
Oscar and Lee are both AMC Level 3 assessors and authorized to conduct
Remote assessments on behalf of AMC.
Lee VK3GK joins us.
"April 20, along with Oscar Reyes, I conducted my first "online"
Amateur Radio exam as a Level 3 assessor on behalf of AMC. It was very
successful and the candidate in Perth was ecstatic that he was able to
sit given the current AMC restrictions imposed on person to person
He sat his foundation licence and was already studying for his
Remote ham radio exams are not anything new as I conducted the WIA's
second remote exam in October 2017 from Cocos Keeling island with the
local candidate and with the second assessor, Ron VK2DQ back in
Australia. It was done with Skype then also and now in hindsight
seems the WIA were very advanced and forward thinking utillizing the
current technology to advance the hobby back then.
As a 13 year WIA veteran assessor, an ARRL Volunteer Examiner for USA
licensing for over 4 years and now an AMC Assessor since day one, and
now with Level 3 accreditation, with the authorisation to conduct
Remote assessments, this should now along with the many volunteers and
even my small contribution, continue to bring new people into the
VEA ( Volunteer Examiners Australia) continue to expand the group
with like minded people dedicated to improving exam and licensing
accessibility and the examination process for all Australian Radio
Amateurs. The team consists of ex WIA assessors, AMC level 2 and 3
assessors and ARRL USA Volunteer Examiners."
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
Mark Gooding ZL2UFI NZART President has briefed his ZL Amateurs
as a result of an announcement by the New Zealand Government on
the move from Level 4 to Level 3 of their COVID Lockdown.
For our New Zealand readers and listeners there is no change for the
services on offer from NZART or NZART HQ. Where possible, Mark said,
"we will continue to deliver as many services as possible. NZART HQ
is still open for business Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from
9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact is to be made only by email or telephone.
NZART continues to remain to be your voice, for amateur radio in
So, heads up everyone. We will come out of this, and although things
may change and look different than before we will persevere".
That was from Mark Gooding ZL2UFI NZART President.
Back about April 5 we announced that Japan’s Ministry of Internal
Affairs and Communications is to expand access to 160 meters
1800 " 1810 kHz and 1825 " 1875 kHz for all modes.
The effective date was announced.
Tuesday, 21 April VK3SIR/VM sent a copy of an email which we
publish here exactly as receivd.
Today, Japanese radio regulation authority officially published the
expansion of 160m and 80m band plan to be able to operate WSJT-X in
National gazette today. I believe you will listen many JA FT8 signals
on 1.840kHz from tonight.
By this expansion, I noticed that JA FT4 stations will naturally shift
to 3.575kHz from 3.568kHz, which is currently allocated to Region 3.
I am wondering whether any other region 3 countries except Japan
prefer 3.568kHz. If not, it may be better to simply delete it from
the operation list. Any comments?
As I stated previous memo, I thank you and core development team who
has driven the opening these spectrum for us.
A feel good story now:- Radio amateur delivers medicines to elderly.
The Times of India reports on a radio amateur in West Bengal who
drove 98 km to deliver medicines
The newspaper says:
On Wednesday, Souporno Sen received an SOS from Swapan Dutta, an
elderly resident of Rahara, who was in need of some medicines that
weren’t available locally. Sen, who isn’t a relative or an
acquaintance of the elderly man, collected the medicines and delivered
Sen, whose favourite hobby is amateur radio, has emerged as a Covid
warrior in these trying times. HAM operators from the state have
provided yeoman services across the country during natural disasters
such as cyclones, floods and earthquakes. Now, they are using their
network to help people in need.
“We have been providing assistance to people ever since the lockdown
was announced" said VU2JFA, secretary, West Bengal Radio Club.
Read the full article at
World Record Book Contender for worlds L-O-N-G-E-S-T callsign
Ten OH 0 to OH 9 special call signs with the suffix PYSYKOTONA, which
is Finnish for stay at home, are active until the 3rd of July.
They're to raise awareness for social distancing and remaining at
home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Get on the air to care
The Radio Society of Great Britain, working in partnership with
the National Health Service, NHS, has launched a campaign called
"Get on the air to care" to support the emotional health and wellbeing
of 75,000 licensed UK radio amateurs - just some of the 3,000,000
It linked with World Amateur Radio Day last Saturday week which also
celebrated this innovative, global community.
Steve Thomas, M1ACB, General Manager of the RSGB explained:
"Please help to increase amateur radio activity through club and
repeater group nets, chatting with your friends or just by calling CQ.
If you'd like to show your support for the NHS at the same time,
Ofcom is happy for radio amateurs to add "/NHS" to the end of
their call signs."
GB1NHS, the UK's National Health Service radio communications station
will be on the air as part of this campaign so listen out for it!
The Society's new "Get on the air to care" web page includes the
launch video, so go to www.rsgb.org/gota2c and take a look.
VDSL interference reporting
In many areas of the UK, all the HF amateur bands up to and
including 20m are being blighted by interference from VDSL.
This is the most widespread means of providing residential
broadband internet services in the UK. Ofcom, which is responsible
for investigating radio interference, says that it receives, on
average, only six complaints per year on the topic and won't take
any significant action.
The RSGB President has written a letter in the May edition of
RadCom asking every radio amateur who suffers from VDSL
interference to submit a complaint to Ofcom so that they can
demonstrate the size of the problem.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
The latest edition of the 5 MHz Newsletter (# 24, Winter/Spring 2020)
is now available for free pdf download from the 'External Links'
section of the Wikipedia 60 m Band page or the RSGB 5 MHz page.
This edition includes 5 MHz news from 7 countries, a 5 MHz Controlled
Feeder Radiation Dipole and features the latest World of 5 MHz Map.
( Paul Gaskell G4MWO Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN
VOSKHOD - A SHORT FILM ABOUT AMATEUR RADIO
A YouTube channel called DUST has science fiction short films content.
At the beginning of April, DUST presented a short film, whose theme
addresses amateur radio, entitled Voskhod (Sunrise).
Voskhod is about a recluse radio operator who, after repairing his
amateur radio with parts found in the forest, receives a distress call
from a stranded Soviet cosmonaut in orbit
Voskhod is a mixture of the American film Frequency and the Cuban film
Sergio & Sergei.
See the film on
Abandoned mansion of a Portuguese radio amateur 'found his radio room'
Here is a cool you tube video with a ham related story.
These guys have a YouTube channel where they visit abandoned homes
and they show us one they´ve found in northern Portugal with a
An old Ham Radio shack appears on minute 17.30
Paying attention to the QSL cards on the wall, you'll see that the
shack was owned by CT1ZB till 1995 approx. when they had to abandon
Enjoy the cool story
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org
Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
LEARNING MORSE CODE DURING THE LOCK DOWN
With many people having some additional time on their hands as a
result of the lock down and look for something to do, what about
learning or re-learning the Morse code?
electronics-notes.com have a video that is aimed at helping those
who are starting out learning Morse. The video sounds out the letters
three times and the letter itself and the dots and dashes appear on
the screen as an aid to learning it.
They are currently preparing some further videos giving numbers and
then random letters.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
WARO in recess
Disturbing news in this week’s NZART Break-in newsletter is that WARO,
(Women Radio Operators) is t "tread water".
After the WARO Executive meeting this month (April) there was a motion
passed that WARO goes into recess until they can meet at a full NZART
AGM to discuss the future of WARO. This was seconded and agreed by the
Executive Committee. Therefore, WARO is now in recess until the AGM
being held in Napier 2021, where a Special General Meeting will be
held, NOT an AGM.
Executive Committee positions will remain the same until then, subs
do not need to be paid this year. Finances will be maintained and held
by the Treasurer, until the meeting in Napier.
The reason behind the recess is self-explanatory, due to the lack or
no support from WARO members this leaves us no alternative.
There will no longer be a WARO page in the Break-In
Stay safe and take care. WARO Executive Committee
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
'SOMEWHERE' IN THE ATLANTIC
April 15, marked the 108th anniversary of one of the world's largest
maritime disasters, the sinking of the Titanic
The South Wales Argus newspaper reports:
And it was the day too when the blood of a Gwent amateur radio
enthusiast ran cold.
For 'Artie' Moore, M N X picked up the distress signal from the
stricken ship, thousands of miles away in the chill Atlantic, at this
home in Gelligroes Mill.
But no-one believed him until days later when news of the tragedy,
in which more than 1,500 people died, reached the mainland.
Artie was 26 at the time, and the signal came through on his homemade
wireless radio set-up in the early hours of April 15, 1912. He raced
to inform police about the distress calls that he picked up from the
Titanic, but they did not believe him.
One of the distress calls he had received was faint but read:
"CQD CQD SOS de MGY Position 41.44N 50.24W. Require immediate
assistance. Come at once. We have struck an iceberg. Sinking."
CQD stood for ‘come quickly, distress’ and MGY was the radio name
for the Titanic.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
Harry Angel Sprint, it happens
Saturday May 2nd. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.
May 30-31 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest for amateurs worldwide to
contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
The VK SHIRES the June long weekend, which is the weekend
June 6 - 7
IARU HF World Championship July 13-14
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
Next contest - 17 JUL - 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
RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16
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
CQ WW DX SSB OCTOBER 24-25
CQ WW DX CW NOVEMBER 28-29
December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW
DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide
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/
All major AUSTRALIAN contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
WIA DX Awards Program - New Elite 5-Band DXCC award
The WIA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the expansion of our
DXCC Awards to include the Elite 5-Band DXCC Award.
This additional award caters for users who are at the top of the DXCC
awards, but who are looking for a truly elite challenge, particularly
on 80M and 10M.
Participants can now apply for this award when they have at least
200 confirmed DXCC entities on each of 80/40/20/15/10M HF bands.
As well as receiving a Certificate, a beautiful plaque is also
available in recognition of this life-time achievement.
This can be ordered from the Awards website.
Endorsements in increments of 10, as well as Honour Roll (331) and
Excellence (340) are also available for this award.
Full details can be found on the Awards website.
Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA Awards Manager, on behalf of the
Now to VK3GK WIA Director Lee Moyle.
"From Saturday, April 18th and for a period of six months,
The Wireless Institute of Australia will be activating a special
on-air event to celebrate the WIA’s 110 Years Anniversary.
The Wireless Institute of Australia, as different IARU Societies
around the world decided to join a special event in which we
encourage as many Amateurs as possible to get on the air and contact
as many WIA stations as possible, and in addition, to celebrate the
110 years Anniversary as the oldest Amateur Radio Society in the
WIA official stations will operate across Australia call signs are
VK1WIA, VK2WIA, VK3WIA, VK4WIA, VK5WIA, VK6WIA, VK7WIA, VK8WIA, and
VI110WIA. Those contacting one or more of these Special Event
Stations will be eligible for a special commemorative certificate
noting their participation. QSL confirmation will be available using
eQSL and LOTW.
Are you active on Social Networks?
Don’t forget to use the hashtags:
#WeAreWIA, #WIA110Years, #TeamWIA and be proud to be part of our
Now whats going to happen with ILLW this year?
Kevin vk2ce has just answered this in an email to Editor
I came to the decision about the ILLW going ahead based on 2 things.
One was we don't know what the situation is going to be in August as
far as rules and restrictions go so I felt that cancelling it at this
stage was premature.
Secondly the rules in each country and in each state in some countries
are different so some will have no problems participating whereas
others will find it difficult or impossible.
This is why I have left the onus on the operators to decide what they
It is also a light at the end of the tunnel, a glimmer of hope that
someday in the future there will be an event that people can look
As the event is not a contest and there are no rules about operating
I can't see anything wrong with operators working from home trying to
contact the lighthouses that are on the air.
So there we are Felix and listeners ILLW is "a goer".
VK4BB also received a cooee from Ian Godsill Ian VK3JS.
"Cooee is a call that many of our soldiers would have loved to hear
when they were in foreign lands doing their best to protect our
liberties . I would like to issue that call to DStar operators in VK
and the world to join in a new Net on Reflector 91C.
We made a small start last Wednesday, so now let us hope that more of
you will tune your DStar radios and join in.
The Net is on Reflector 91 C on Wednesday nights following the
NewsLine broadcast at 0930 UTC. So that means that the Net should
start at about 0950 hours or 7:50 PM eastern Australian time.
As we are all staying home these days and there is little of any
serious content on TV here is an opportunity to get your DStar radios
Wednesdays 0930 hours on DStar Reflector 91 C.
73 from Ian VK3JS"
AX and ZM for ANZAC DAY
Quite a lot of Aussie and Kiwi stations were on air Saturday as our
2 nations honoured ANZAC DAY.
One particular "exercise" was BYOTA
(Back yards on the air)
Back by popular demand (yes seriously, people have been emailing zl3ab
the coordinator), another BYOTA was held on Saturday 25 April. As it
was Anzac Day it ran from 0100z-0300z to allow we VK cousins to join
after our commemorations, be it at the front of house where our
path met the street.
The event set up and operated portable in back yards.
Peter, G4XEX will be active as GB 4 SAH for Stay At Home until the
30th of April to help amateurs pass the time during the lockdown.
The RAF Amateur Radio Society will be activating the special event
GB 75 VED from the 1st to the 28th May from members' homes.
2020 Social Scene
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
Due to the COVID-19 situation, all events in the foreseeable future
are cancelled, so please check these end of year events' direct for
up-to-date status information.
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest November (vk7tw)
VK4 - Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner Sat Nov 21 (tarc)
VK4 - TARC Xmas Party - Sun 13th December from 2pm (tarc)
VK4 - TARC Xmas Lights Tour - Fri 18th December from 7pm (tarc)
VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY (tentative) February 28 ( vk4zz)
VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
Good afternoon Graeme,
I sent you an email earlier this morning and also left you a voice
message re: the missing campers in Wonnangatta, Victoria. Missing
person Russell HILL was part of the amateur radio scene.
We are very keen for this story to be used during your national
broadcast on Sunday in the hope any of your listeners may be able
to assist or have any information that may be relevant.
This is the media release that was published on our police.vic.gov.au
website on Wednesday in relation to the missing campers
And here are further details we have in relation to his radio:
Call sign VK3VZP
HF amateur radio
80 metre band
Radio is an icom 706 Mark 2G " mounted in his vehicle
He last had contact with some of his mates on 20/03/2020 at 1830 hours
His routine re: the radio, is that every night he and 4 of his mates
would log on at 1800 hours to check in with each other
His friends said he would bounce radio signals off aircraft vapour
trains to increase his radio signal
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. We are very keen to have
this used on the national broadcast on Sunday.
Please give me a call on my mobile (any time " night, day, weekend)
to discuss 0408 851 309.
Thanks in advance,
Abbey JUSTIN | Detective Senior Constable 39056
Missing Persons Squad| Crime Command | Victoria Po
AUSTRALIAN MILITARY RADIO OPERATORS
APRIL 25th, 26th, & 27th
ANZAC DAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY
Commemorating Naval Operators
Greetings from Mike VK4QS,
Welcome to A.M.R.O. 2020, to commemorate all Armed Service Communicators who have ever pulled on the boots for Australia. This event will be running in concurrence with the VK4MIK, Mike’s AM/CW for Anzac day event plus Sunday & Monday. If you have any ex-Military Radio Equipment you would like to put on air across this Anzac Day Long Weekend event, then the Australian Military Radio Operators event is the place to be. For everyone else, it’s an opportunity to work fellow VK hams who enjoy operating and restoring military equipment from WW2 through to Vietnam and beyond. This year’s commemoration is in honour of Naval Communicators, with a view to making a lot more CW contacts over the weekend with your help of course.
I will be operating as VK4XQM, (on QRZ) in honour of Andy Couper, a pre WW1 Queensland Spark station, callsign “XQM”. Andy served with the 45th Battalion A.I.F. in the Great War and was severely wounded in France. Fortunately he returned home Australia to marry and have a family and to eventually be licensed as VK4BW in 1926.
Most if not all of the Amplitude Modulation contacts will be found on the 40m AM Frequency of 7.125mHz. Those seeking a bit more adventure with CW will be asked to venture to the following frequencies, 160m: 1.818mHz, 80m: 3.530mHz, 40m: 7.030mHz, 20m: 14.030mHz, 15m: 21.030mHz, 10m: 28.030mHz. Those Operators using ex-Military equipment are requested to CALL: On the Hour & the Half Hour on the listed frequencies to establish Contacts, and perhaps QSY for a chat.
Amateurs who have previously served in Her Majesties Forces are particularly requested to call our stations for a contact. Be sure to ask what type of ex-Military gear the station is using, as this is the essence of the event and the commemoration.
For more information, check out VK5WT, Andrew’s site per VK5WT into Google, for lots of pictures and information. I Look forward to working you one and all in honour of all our Anzac Family
Cheers Mike VK4XQM
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Once your unsubscription has been processed, you will probably
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and at that point you should stop receiving messages.