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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 03 - 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
This week we'll hear from the Chairman of the DXCC Awards Committee. -
WIA Secretary and our AGM. -
One of the 3 new Directors gives a bit of an insight into what he is planning on
bringing to the board (and I must say some pretty impressive
And our Vice President on 'why you need to register for the various
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA AT THE BEATING HEART OF MEDICAL RESEARCH
First artificial pacemaker invented and developed by Australian
doctor Mark Lidwill and physicist Edgar Booth. More than three
million people worldwide rely on pacemakers to keep their hearts
Australian scientist Howard Florey purified penicillin from a
special strain of mould. He demonstrated penicillin’s ability
to fight bacterial infection and it was mass produced and used
to aid victims of World War II.
The Cochlear Implant or bionic ear invented by Australian Professor
Graeme Clark in the 1970s.
Brisbane-based medical researchers Professor Ian Frazer and
Dr Jian Zhou developed the world’s first anti-cancer vaccine which
protects women against four strains of a virus known to cause
three-quarters of all cervical cancers.
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLANDS COVID-19 VACCINE.
In a slightly 'unheralded way' businessnewsaus.com.au say that
early pre-clinical testing shows the University of Queensland's
(UQ) COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been able to raise high levels
of antibodies that can neutralise the virus.
UQ has been tasked by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness
Innovations to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus
and is collaborating with the Peter Doherty Institute to demonstrate
and understand its immune response.
University of Melbourne Professor Kanta Subbarao, from the Doherty
Institute, tested samples provided by the UQ team and found high
levels of antibodies capable of neutralising infection by the live
virus in cell culture.
Program director Professor Trent Munro says every day matters in the
race to bring this science forward, and while there were no
guarantees of success, the support received to date is letting the
team move at an unprecedented speed.
Also at speed has been the take-up of the Australian Covid-19
Prime Minister Scott Morrison last Wednesday thanked the around
3 million Australians who have so far downloaded the COVID-19
BUT DOES IT REALLY SAFE
YES IT IS SAFE TO USE as a group have reverse engineered the app to
see if it really does as intended and data is safe
Another type of reverse engineering is taking place on factory floors
in the USA and you'll learn more in this bulletin of news from your
WIA when VK2LAW Jason looks at the "International News."
WHAT TO DO WHEN COVID KEEPS YOU HOME?
Well BOTH WIA and RSGB this week have published board minutes dating
back to last year on our websites.
The RSGB has released the Board proceedings for the meetings held on
November 15 and December 14, 2019 and RSGB members can read these
WIA also have been at work bringing our board minutes on line for
members and although no sign yet of November 2019 the December 2019
and January 2020 minutes are now up.
WIA board minutes can be found on wia.org.au
click WIA Information.
In news from the WIA this week we'll also hear from the Chairman of
the DXCC Awards Committee, WIA Secretary and our AGM, one of the 3
new Directors gives a bit of an insight into what he is planning on
bringing to the board (and I must say some pretty impressive
credentials) and our Vice President on 'why you need to register
for the various polls.'
Its Aidan, VK4APM here, Vice President WIA.
Thank you to all who have participated in the WIA Future of Amateur
The response has been fantastic - but - like everything, there is
always room for improvement.
One question that has been recently asked of me by a member of our
community is "What is the point of having these polls ?".
My first thoughts when this question was posed was, at best, flippant,
and at worst, plainly objectionable, so, having discarded these
thoughts as quickly as they appeared I pondered a slightly deeper
"Why is it that someone would ask such a question ?"
In conversation with the person involved, and other members of the
community, it became apparent that at the core of the matter was a
lack of understanding about how the WIA and the ACMA operate.
One of the WIA's roles, and the one that is relevant to this
discussion, is to represent our membership, and the broader community
of Amateur operators both locally and globally.
The Wireless Institute of Australia is the only Australian
representative organisation recognised by the International Amateur
Radio Union, but it is not our global representation that I wish to
discuss, it is our local representation.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have, for
some time, been working through priorities that have been identified
as part of the Five Year Spectrum Outlook or FYSO. This process
touches many parts of radio communications regulation in Australia,
including Amateur Radio.
Detail regarding the FYSO program, its calendar, and objectives can be
found on the ACMA website. If you have a moment to read it, it
provides valuable information on the future of radiocommunications
regulation in Australia.
( acma.gov.au/five-year-spectrum-outlook )
ACMA is an "Evidence Based Regulator". As stated in their 2019
Performance Assessment, this means that they
• "Expand our evidence base to inform improvements and reforms"; and
• "Apply evidence and regulatory analysis to maintain a
fit-for-purpose" regulatory framework.
One of the techniques that is used by the ACMA (and used very
successfully in the commercial environment) is that of public
The ACMA captures the public feedback from these papers and uses it
ONE COMPONENT of the pool of evidence that informs their decisions.
There is one challenge with this, the consultation papers range in
complexity from relatively simple documents to ones that are
incredibly complicated. With far flung views on every issue.
Personally, I believe that we, as a community, make it incredibly
difficult for the ACMA to make decisions because we don't present a
consolidated perspective, and this is where the WIA Future of Amateur
Radio program comes in.
The vision for the Future of Amateur Radio program is to:
• provide a mechanism for "translating" the (sometimes) complex
consultation papers into a handful of salient points for
consideration by our membership and the broader community; and
• provide a mechanism for collecting and consolidating the views of
almost 15,000 stakeholders and presenting these views to the ACMA
in a digestible form.
• ensure that the WIA's nominated representive's views are aligned
with those of the membership and our broader community of operators.
This program is NOT about the WIA, nor is it about the ACMA.
The WIA is a facilitator, the ACMA a regulator..
Ultimately, this is all about you and your service. .
To those who have subscribed and participated, on behalf of the
Amateur community, thank you.
To those who have not subscribed to the Future of Amateur Radio
program I would ask you to consider:
The more people that take part in these Polls the more views we, as a
community, have in a consolidated form.
The more views we have the stronger the evidence the WIA can provide
to the ACMA (on your behalf).
The stronger evidence the ACMA have the more likely they are to make
decisions that are consistent with what YOU want from YOUR service
If you do decide to take part, visit poll.wia.org.au and subscribe.
Poll #3 is just around the corner.
Thats all from me,
The Corporations Law specifies that companies, like the Wireless
Institute of Australia, with a financial year end of 31 December
must hold the AGM within 5 months thereof. The WIA AGM would normally
have been held in conjunction with the Annual Conference that was to
be held in Hobart Tasmania on 9th May 2020. Due to CoVID-19
restrictions on large gatherings, travel restrictions and health
concerns, the Board of the WIA decided to cancel the 2020 annual
conference and to defer the AGM.
Australian Securities and Investment Corporation (ASIC) is the
regulator of public companies such as the WIA. They have confirmed
in writing that they recognise that COVID-19 is impacting the ability
of companies to hold Annual General Meetings. On 20 March 2020, ASIC
released a public “no-action position” to help companies in this
current period. This ASIC position indicates that they will take no
action if companies with a financial year end of 31 December 2019
postpone their meeting for up to two months, meaning on or before
31 July 2020. ASIC has also indicated that they are permitting
Accordingly, at the April meeting of the Board of the WIA the date
was set for the postponed 2020 AGM.
The Annual General Meeting for 2020 will be a hybrid meeting to be
held on 25th July 2020 at the National Office in BAYSWATER VIC with
due restraint as to the COVID-19 restrictions.
More information will be published to members about the AGM in the
This has been WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
Hi, I’m Phil Shields VK2CPR, one of the three new WIA directors.
By way of introduction, I would like to tell you about by background
and goals for the WIA. I have had a two-fold working career which
involved two polar opposite domains, that is, health and technology.
In health, I was a NSW paramedic, and a registered nurse, hence the
In technology, I have worked in many different roles including
network administration, board level electronics repair and
developing web applications, my most interesting job was to
prototype live fire target robots for the Australian defence
Being an ex-paramedic , this job threw up many moral dilemmas for me
and highlighted the gulf between my two careers. Luckily, a new
discipline has emerged recently that bridges this gulf between
health and technology called informatics. Informatics is the study
of technology in health. So finally, I was able to mix my two
For my informatics PhD, I researched how human knowledge can be
mapped in a form computers and humans can understand. This means a
map can be made of an organization’s knowledge for future human and
My goal for the WIA is to help build education and membership
capacity. I’m happy to report that the first steps in improving
these two fronts have already begun.
I look forward to an effective collaboration between stakeholders
for the advancement of amateur radio in Australia.
73 Phil Shields VK2CPR, WIA director.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
Radio amateurs spray disinfectant on vehicles
Indonesia's national amateur radio society, ORARI, reports radio hams
have been spraying disinfectant on the Trans Sulawesi Road as part of
efforts to fight Coronavirus
Concerned about the efforts to break the chain of distribution of
Covid-19, Local ORARI Maros members conducted an activity of spraying
disinfectant liquid on vehicles that passed on the road.
The spraying was carried out in collaboration with Maros Regency
HAMS IN INDIA AID STRANDED CANCER PATIENTS
The global pandemic has turned many radio operators into heroes with
handhelds. In India, these gestures have been both great and small.
Jason Daniels, VK2LAW has those details.
Members of the West Bengal Radio Club came to the aid of more than 30
cancer patients who had been left stranded in Chennai following
treatment at hospitals there. The COVID-19 lockdown had kept them from
returning home easily to many parts of Bengal.
Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA and his club contacted amateur radio
operators in Chennai who reached out to ambulance-driver associations
who arranged for the more than 30 vehicles. The transport was done
following government guidelines for public health and safety.
Roy VU3JWR, provided a small but important special delivery locally:
batteries for an elderly couple's hearing aids. The club was
contacted by the couple's son living in the United States and
explained his parents' needs and two days later, batteries located
were handed them to the man's parents.
ELECTRONIC VOTING FOR THE 2020 AGM
Following the declaration of a State of Emergency for the Corona Virus
Pandemic and the Regulations issued by the Government, SARL Council
made the decision to postpone the 2020 SARL National Convention until
But the League must continue to function and certain aspects cannot
wait until the AGM scheduled tentatively for August.
Therefore, Council approved the use of the Electronic Voting system
to seek approval of items that were published in the 2020 SARL
National Convention Booklet in February.
Ofcom release database of Amateur Radio Call Signs
Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom have released a
spreadsheet of all 92,318 allocated amateur radio call signs in the
UK and Crown Dependencies
The spreadsheet released does not list Forbidden or Reserved
call signs but a spreadsheet of these was released in 2019.
Ofcom call sign database as at March 26, 2020
We've all heard that annoying "beep-beep-beep" backing up signal
used on trucks forklifts etc.
Now comes a COVID-19-BEEP to "back off"
Construction workers across the United States may soon be required to
wear a device on their hard hats that emits an alarm if they come
within six feet of another employee at a job site. As they get closer,
the alarm gets louder.
The tool, called Proximity Trace, doesn’t just function as a loud
reminder for workers to practice the social distancing guidelines
from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. It will also
give employers a road map to perform contact tracing.
The device relies on ultra-high frequency radio signals, to give
employers a list of workers who came into contact with each other.
If a construction worker is then found to be infected with Covid-19,
employers can pull up historical data that identifies which employees
came into contact with them and when. Triax Technologies, the company
behind Proximity Trace, already develops tools that let construction
companies and other industries track a worker’s location, attendance,
and even their performance.
Maybe we need a patch on the welcomed Australian COVID app released
last week by the Australian Government to "beep beep" us into correct
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
Harry Angel Sprint, it happens/happened
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 Plaques
The WIA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the availability
of plaques for the following awards:
DXer of the Year
Elite 5-Band DXCC
DXCC Honour Roll and Excellence
Islands of Australia Honour Roll and Excellence
Grid Square Honour Roll and Excellence
These beautiful plaques, which are unique for each award, are made
from crystal and come in various sizes. They can be viewed and
purchased by using the Order Plaques section on the DX Awards website.
Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA Awards Manager
for WIA Awards Committee
Several Brazilian amateurs are using the special event callsign
ZW 8 THANKS as a tribute to health care professionals fighting
Covid-19. Activity is on all bands and modes including the satellites.
QSL direct, eQSL or Logbook of The World.
Samoan special event
Atsu, 5 W 1 SA, is expected to be active as 5 W 19 STAYSAFE from Apia
during the pandemic COVID-19 lock-down.
He states, "I know everyone struggles with Covid-19 where as we,
Samoa, has no positive case so far. One of very rare Covid Free
Island country that I'm transmitting from. Yes, the Island is really
isolated from any other land and the Samoa Government decided to
close the boarder at the early stage.
"I wish everybody Stay Safe at your place and we will see the end of
pandemic as soon as possible. I also wish I could help you kill time
while calling me or enjoy collect DXCC, WPX or any other award you
73 and Stay Safe all!!"
QSL via LoTW (NO Paper Card).
The RAF Amateur Radio Society will be activating the special event
GB 75 VED from the 1st to the 28th May from members' homes.
CABIN FEVER AWARD
Many awards issued by Worked All Britain are part of an annual
programme that hams look forward to -- but their most recent
certificate offering is hoped to be a one-time only occurrence - and
for obvious reasons.
It's the Cabin Fever Award, an outgrowth of the UK government's
declaration of lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is an interim award that is accessible for three months following
the 1st of April. For this award, the organising committee
understandably will recognise only fixed stations and will disallow
grid squares activated whilst portable or mobile.
The Vienna International Centre in Austria has authorized callsign
4 U 2 STAYHOME (For You To Stayhome) for use by the UN Amateur Radio
Contest DX Club, 4U1A.
United Nations Amateur Radio Club President, James Sarte, K2QI,
approved the call sign to promote amateur radio goodwill and
over-the-air social networking.
QSL cards go to UA3DX.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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Long-Lost U.S. Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator
Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, has made the news once again for tracking down
yet another "zombie" satellite. Scott was the subject of a report
broadcast on US National Public Radio on Friday, April 24.
This time, he managed to identify signals from LES-5, an experimental
military UHF communications satellite launched in 1967. Even though
the satellite was supposed to shut down in 1972, it's still going as
long as the solar panels are in the sun, the satellite's radio
continues to operate.
In 2018, Tilly found a signal from a NASA probe called IMAGE that the
space agency had lost track of in 2005. With Tilley's help, NASA was
able to re-establish contact. He has rediscovered several other long-
forgotten birds, including Transit 5B-5, a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy
navigation satellite launched in 1965.
The full NPR story may be found at:
AMSAT SA carries out successful test with Africube
Last week Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP and Pierre Holshausen, ZS6PJH
carried out a successful on the air QSO using the AfriCUBE digital
The uplink was on 70 cm and the downlink on 2 m.
The first on-the-air tests were carried out a few weeks ago and while
the audio was good, the transponder lacked sensitivity.
Anton ZR6AIC, the architect of the digital transponder changed code
and settings. He remotely connected to the transponder to work on the
transponder on the work bench in the lab.
It was decided to temporarily remove the beacon to enable the testing
of the transponder without the beacon also transmitting.
On 21 April Hannes sent a WhatsApp massage to the AMSAT SA CubeSat
development team: “Today the tests with Pierre were very successful”.
All the efforts by Anton to improve the sensitivity paid off.
Pierre was only using 5 Watt. While the testing was ongoing, Anton
has been working on the telemetry side of AfriCUBE which will be the
next step in the testing process.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MILITARY
In days gone by THE event of the decade surely was VE and VJ day
Now news that the RSGB Radio marathon commemorates 75th anniversary
of VE Day and VJ Day
The RSGB has organised the VE/VJ Day amateur radio marathon on the
HF bands and 6m using SSB, CW and digital modes.
Three special UK call signs GB 75 PEACE, GB 1945 PE, GB 194 5PJ
will be on the air for two SEPERATE months this year.
May - 31 2020 and 1-31 August 2020.
The special stations have their own QRZ.com pages that give details
of the activation schedule.
This is another great RSGB initiative that links with their
“Get on the air to care” campaign.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that, as per usual, the Radio
Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia’s May bulletin goes to air
tomorrow, Monday May 4th.
Bruce VK3UV will bring you the latest Club news, after which we have
an item asking what might happen If GPS Stops Working; a piece by
Bruce on the Titanic Radio Operators, and then Ian VK3JS will bring
us up to date on 48 Volt Car Electrics.
Everyone, Club member or not, is most welcome to tune in tomorrow and
to join in the call backs afterwards.
As mentioned last month, there have been several changes to our
broadcast schedule recently including new transmissions via
Digital Mobile Radio on the VK DMR network Talk Group 5, at 0100 hours
UTC or 1100 am VK3 time, plus a new broadcast via D-STAR on the
Wednesday following the Monday transmissions, so I would recommend
that you have a look at the RAOTC website, raotc.org.au/broadcasts
for the latest information.
If none of the broadcast times suit you, you can download the audio
file from the RAOTC website at any time as from today. If you do
listen via the internet, your acknowledgment and comments via email
would be most welcome.
Once again, check the RAOTC website for your local transmission
schedule, tune in tomorrow or download the file for the May bulletin,
and we look forward to hearing your call sign in the call backs
Stay safe and 73 from Clive VK6CSW.
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
Emergency Ventilator Designed and Constructed by Hams
Radio amateurs have succeeded in providing a complete, working
ventilator system to University of Florida researchers who are in the
process of applying to the Food and Drug Administration in the USA
for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). A successful submission
would blaze the way for volunteers and manufacturers around the world
to create low-cost, highly functional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or
anaesthesia-care ventilators that offer many of the features of modern
ventilators at a fraction of the typical cost.
Dr. Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, who is associated with the project, said
efforts to further improve the device are ongoing.
Dr Gibby credited some of the primary volunteers. “Bob Benedict,
KD8CGH, has provided incredible volunteer testing, now exceeding
1.6 million cycles on one crucial valve and 300,000 on another.
Jack Purdum, W8TEE, is the main ‘code-cleaner’ for one of multiple
teams building software, following the initial lead of Marcelo
Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, not only created the ventilator controller
schematic but the printed circuit board layout that will be part of
an expected University of Florida submission.” Farhan was among the
founding code writers of what we now know as Voice over Internet
Protocol or VoIP.
As we were due this month to have our Conference and WIA AGM in
Hobart, but now we're 'shack bound' I thought what better time
than to bring a touch of Tassie to YOU.
So... over the next couple of weeks our immediate past president
of the WIA, Justin VK7TW and his VK7WI news crew will be your hosts..
do them a favour and tune in !
So till next we do meet I'm Graham VK4BB Stay safe and walk softly.
2020 Social Scene
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check these 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
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