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2020 MAY 24 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA


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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 24 - 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

WIA and AR MAGAZINE. -

WIA DIECTOR LEE MOYLE VK3GK his background. -

WIA Contest Champion results for 2019. -

WIA KEEPS AN EYE AND AN EAR OUT ON 60 METERS.

THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA


Technical news from Australia this week includes a report on
our disastrous 2019-20 Bushfire season.

Mobile network outages during the 2019"20 bushfires were overwhelmingly
due to loss of power rather than fire damage, according to a report
prepared by the ACMA with assistance from the Communications
Alliance and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

“Telecommunications services are crucial in emergency situations.
This summer’s bushfires led to significant telecommunications network
outages,” Minister Fletcher said.

At one point 150 mobile base stations across New South Wales,
Victoria and South Australia were off the air, and more than 20,000
nbn services were disrupted.

The report shows that the average length of an outage incident was
3.5 days. Temporary facilities such as generators, cells on wheels
and satellite cells on wheels were deployed to restore services in
more than a third of cases.

As previously reported here on WIA National News the federal
government has announced $37.1 million in funding to bolster
mobile network resilience, including provision of more backup power,
backhaul redundancy and satellite communications.

criticalcomms.com.au/content/public-safety/news/power-loss-the-main-culprit-for-bushfire-comms-problems-1148325682





AREDN in Australia

What is AREDN?

The AREDN® acronym stands for “Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network”
and it provides a way for Amateur Radio operators to create
high-speed ad hoc Data Networks for use in Emergency and
service-oriented communications.

David, VK4PUP joins the WIA National News: -

"An AREDN® network is able to serve as the transport mechanism for
the preferred applications people rely upon to communicate with each
other in the normal course of their business and social interactions,
including email, chat, phone service, document sharing,
video conferencing, and many other useful programs. Depending on the
characteristics of the AREDN® implementation, this digital data
network can operate at near-Internet speeds with many kilometres
between network nodes.

The primary goal of the AREDN® project is to empower licensed
amateur radio operators to quickly and easily deploy high-speed data
networks when and where they might be needed, as a service both to
the hobby and the community. This is especially important in cases
when traditional “utility” services (electricity, phone lines, or
Internet services) become unavailable. In those cases an off-grid
amateur radio emergency data network may be a lifeline for
communities impacted by a local disaster.

AREDN has grown strongly internationally, especially in the U.S. and
EUROPE but also into many other countries.

Here in Australia, a small but enthusiastic group of Amateur
operators have been slowly working to develop an Australian AREDN
mesh. Due to the sparseness of the country, all connections pretty
much at the moment have been via tunnels over the internet, but the
plan clearly is to attract a lot more interested amateurs to the
network and then begin developing RF links between them. At the
moment we are in our infancy, but we have connections from the
Gold Coast, to Canberra to Hervey Bay and also New Zealand, the U.S.
and South Africa.

We are really a loose group of enthusiasts who are working together
on the AREDN project. We have MESHCHAT, VOIP phones and other comms
running between our connected nodes.

If you are interested in AREDN and would like to become part of the
project and operate a node here in VK, we would love to hear from
you.

Email us on vk4pup@vk4pup.com or connect with us via Facebook at the
AREDN ENTHUSIASTS AUSTRALIA FaceBook page.

73 from David, VK4PUP"


New On the Air Podcast Now Available

QNEWS the VK4 club news service and the weekly of "He Who Thinks",
VK4ZPP available as a podcast

WHERE DO YOU GET IT? This WIA news service I mean - we'll tell you
where

WHEN DO WE GET IT - hot on the heels of last week’s announcement from
your WIA it would appear 60 METRES MOVES CLOSER TO US IN VK

These and more items of interest including Lee Moyle WIA Director
coming your way from VK1WIA



WIA

Not a WIA Member? details email nationaloffice@wia.org.au
OR the link on bottom right of wia.org.au
wia.memnet.com.au/MemberSelfService/NewMemberForm/WIA/NewMemberForm.aspx


WIA board minutes can be found on wia.org.au click
WIA Information.

Directors follow
Greg VK2GPK (President), Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary),
Aidan VK4APN (VP Retires coming AGM)
Lee Moyle VK3GK
Philip Shields VK2CPR
Oscar Reyes VK3TX

We at the National WIA News desk were saddened to hear of the
passing of Tim VK2ZTM.

(AUDIO INTENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS OF TIMS WIA / ARNSW SERVICE)

The memorial service for Tim was held last Monday May 17. Due to the
current Covid restrictions, this regrettably was an invitation only
service, however, it was available via a video online.

(vk2wi news May 10 and 17)





Back before ANZAC Day 2020 on WIA front page news Greg Kelly VK2GPK
typed:-

"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."

Last week in our News Service from your WIA, and again thanks to
Jason VK7TW and the entire 7 news crew for providing the past couple
of weeks of this service, he had WIA VP Aidan VK4APM on air who
explained the delay in a little more detail..

"As has been mentioned previously, the latest version of AR Magazine
got stuck in a COVID-19 vortex that required substantial alteration
to deal with the many events, including our AGM and Conference,
that have been postponed, altered, or cancelled. The delayed
edition will be released by the End of May with updated information
regarding the AGM and Conference. "





Hi, I'm Lee Moyle VK3GK and as a new WIA board member thought I
would give a little of my history to the members and listeners and
give some insight to my reasoning for stepping up.

I am married to my very supportive wife Joanne and have 3 young adult
children, 2 sons, 24 and 22 and a 19 year old daughter and currently
residing in Narre Warren South, VIC. For the last 24 years my wife
and I have successfully managed our own company, Noremac Labels
Australia, which manufactures high performance industrial labels.
Established initially from home in a bedroom in 1996, then expanded
into the garage but more recently relocated to a small 350m2 factory
in 2017.

My exposure to radio and the “magic of the ether” was when I was
10 years old with a pair of walkie-talkies, this morphed into
CB radio in the late 70’s and then shortly after a chance meeting at
the Clayton Post Office with Ken Gillespie VK3GK (SK), when I was
around 15 or 16, when he asked me, “Are they QSL cards you are
posting?” “How did he know?” and so I was about to be introduced to
the fascination of Amateur Radio.

With Ken’s help and mentorship, I studied and passed my Novice in
1980 as VK3VNA, then shortly after gained my “Full Call” in 1981
as VK3DTA and now as VK3GK from 1983, in memory of my mentor and
friend, Ken Gillespie.

I am sure many listeners will remember Ken VK3GK.. he was the
WIA VK3AOM Museum station volunteer where I spent many hours. I often
get reminded at hamfests even today who Ken was, 37 years later. It
usually goes like, “VK3GK, you know that’s Ken Gillespie’s callsign”
and I normally respond “Yes it was”, and continue to tell them the
story. I am sure many can relate to similar experiences, and yes,
I am even guilty of doing it myself to others too.

Amateur Radio has led me to a career in radio and electronics as a
Qualified Radio Technician with Philips TMC in Clayton Vic for
10 years, next I found myself as a Sales Engineer with Marconi
Instruments and then GEC Electronics which was the catalyst that led
me to start my own Label Manufacturing company in the late 90’s.

However, from day one I have always been very passionate and active
in all things Amateur Radio.

As a long-time member of the WIA and a WIA assessor for over 13 years
and now migrating to AMC with the new exam structure earlier this
year.

I am currently and have been the President of MDRC, Moorabbin and
District Radio Club for the last 3 years and vice president for
2 years prior. Circa 1998 I was also president of MDRC for about
6 years duration. I currently am an active member of GGREC
(Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club), NERG (North East Radio
Group) and EMDRC (Eastern and Mountain Districts Radio Club)

In 2015 I travelled to my first Dayton Hamvention in Ohio and sat my
USA Amateur radio exams, and I am now the holder of US Extra Class
Licence NE3M. I am also a certified ARRL VE (Volunteer Examiner) and
routinely conduct USA exams on behalf of the ARRL and FCC, though
VEA (Volunteer Examiners Australia Inc.) The exams are usually being
held every 3 months here in Victoria (and other states) with the VEA
team (currently at about 30 assessors and growing) of USA and VK AMC
examiners.

I have been part of the organizing team of the MDRC HamFest, renound
as the largest in VK3 for the last 20 years or so and of recent times
have committed to travel to overseas hamfests and conventions. I am
an attendee to both Dayton Hamvention in Ohio and Tokyo Hamfair in
Japan, as well as APDXC in Osaka and have already committed to all 3
conventions in 2020. Which some have now been rescheduled to late
2020 and 2021. These trips have enabled me to meet with Directors and
Executives of ARRL, JARL, RSGB, DARC, RAST, PARA, MARL, IARU, etc. and
can only enhance my value to the WIA membership as a WIA director.

I am an avid DX chaser, Contester and DXpeditioner. I have been on
several very successful DXpeditions in the past few years, VK9NT,
YJ0VK, A35RT, VK9XI, VK9CI and recently Tokelau ZK3A and Samoa 5W0GK.

I am an active Rotarian at Cranbourne Rotary Club and can see my
DXpeditioning and Rotary as a mutual benefit to the communities I
visit, both Tonga and Tokelau are perfect examples. I have also
operated as VI2R when Rotary International had their conference in
Sydney a few years ago which highlights the 2x1 callsign debate is
in reality nothing new as they have been issued before by ACMA.

So the big question, which I have been asked by many of recent times,
“Why did I volunteer to be on the WIA board?

73 till next time, Lee Moyle, VK3GK


"Why indeed Lee.> We'll find out just like we heard a few weeks back
from another of our 3 new Directors Philip Shields VK2CPR the WHY
next week here on WIA National News..




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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
the WIA.

IARU WRC-19 team recognised

The IARU Region 1 President reports members of the IARU team involved
in WRC-19 have been recognised by the Radio Society of Great Britain
in a recent awards announcement

On the IARU-R1 site Don Beattie G3BJ writes:

At the annual RSGB AGM, some of the more significant recognition
awards are normally presented, recognising exceptional contribution
to aspects of the Society’s work or to amateur radio.

The IARU team have been awarded the RSGB Founders Trophy, which is
awarded for outstanding service to the Society.

Additionally, the Harold Rose Plate, which is awarded for outstanding
contribution to 50 MHz, was awarded to David Court, G3SDL/EI3IO
(IARU’s 50MHz project Manager at WRC-19) for securing the 50 MHz band
for the amateur service in Region 1





UK

77 5G and other masts torched

Business Insider report that a conspiracy theory that baselessly
links 5G technology with the coronavirus has led to a series of
arson attacks on cell phone towers in the UK

The conspiracy theory began to gain traction in late March and early
April, coinciding with the rising number of cases in the country and
its nationwide lockdown. Conspiracies around phone signals have
existed for years, however.

The scaremongering is thought to have led directly to arson attacks
on mobile phone infrastructure

businessinsider.com/77-phone-masts-fire-coronavirus-5g-conspiracy-theory-2020-5

At the same time police in Quebec, Canada have arrested a man and
woman and charged them with setting an array of seven fires at
various telecommunication towers according to a report by CBC.

The Canadian fires come on the heels of tower fires being set in
Holland, England and in the United States. Most of the towers have
been 5G cellphone towers.




RUSSIA

UBER TO THE MOON

Russian agency Roscosmos has customers inking deals for
Continued Rides to the ISS

With lingering uncertainty about when new U.S. commercial vehicles
can regularly carry crews to the space station, NASA will pay the
Russian space agency more than $90 million for a round-trip ticket
to the International Space Station on a Soyuz spacecraft later this
2020 year.

According to NASA, the deal with Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency,
will ensure continuous U.S. presence on the ISS in case of
additional delays in getting new U.S. crew capsules ready for
operational missions.





USA

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has seven new members for 2020, this
brings to 333 the total number of members inducted since the hall's
establishment in 2001.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honours those individuals, whether
licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to
amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant
contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers
or to some other aspect of life on our planet.

The 2020 inductees included

Chet Atkins, W4CGP (SK) , legendary musician known as "Mister Guitar"
and music producer; ushered in "the Nashville sound" on RCA Records

Les Barclay, G3HTF (SK) , propagation expert, leader of
International Telecommunication Union propagation study groups and
Chairman of the ITU's first Radiocommunication Assembly in 1993;
top official in the UK's telecommunication regulatory agency

George Laurer, K4HZE (SK) , developer of the UPC (universal product
code) or "bar code" on merchandise, permitting items purchased at
stores to be scanned on checkout rather than manually rung up

And Sultan Qaboos bin Said, A41AA (SK) , Sultan of Oman from
1970-2020; transformed his impoverished country into a modern and
prosperous state with influence throughout the Middle East


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HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

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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.

This "KEY" event for CW enthusiasts, is a 48-hour contest and
single operators may operate 36 of the 48 hours.

Activity is on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres and the exchange is
an RST report and a progressive contact serial number.


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The VK SHIRES the June long weekend, which is the weekend
June 6 - 7


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SKN winter edition on Sunday 14 June

The winter edition of New Zealand Straight Key Night will take place
8-9pm on Sunday 14 June.

As usual, this casual contest will be held on 80 metres, and
operators must use a straight key (no bugs, paddles or sideswipers).

SKN exchange, which includes type of key and type of transmitter but
this time there will be an extra challenge, the QSY Rule!

maritimeradio.org/resources/new-zealand-straight-key-night/the-qsy-rule/

I strongly urge you to get familiar with it. If you don't, well, I
think it will be a bit like driving on the wrong side of the road
and wondering why everyone's tooting their horn!

Find out more about SKN, including the QSY Rule, at
the link we like in the text edition of this WIA National News.

maritimeradio.org/skn

Neil Sanderson ZL1NZ is the SKN Manager here in the "TasmanBubble."

neil@zl1.nz


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IARU HF World Championship July 13-14

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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

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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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WIA Contest Champion results for 2019

The WIA Contest Champion Peter Brown trophy is awarded annually for
the best combined effort in WIA sponsored contests. It recognises
those who have participated in multiple WIA contests and submitted
logs throughout the year. There were a total of 350 contestants
during 2019.

The winner of the VK4PJ Peter Brown trophy for 2019 is...>
Lawrie Mew VK5LJ with a score of 540 points.

Lawrie entered 6 out of the 9 eligible contests and won 1st place in
The John Moyle, Harry Angel, and VK Shires contests and second place
in the Remembrance Day, Oceania CW, and Trans-Tasman contests.
Congratulations to Lawrie. (Lawrie also won the 2018 Peter Brown
trophy.)


2nd place went to Brendan Bryant VK3MH with a score of 368 points.

3rd place went to Alan Shannon VK4SN with a score of 344 points.

4th place was Allan Mason VK2GR with a score of 320 points.

Equal 5th place was Rob McKnight VK2MT and Diane Main VK4DI both
with scores of 296 points each.

Full results can be viewed on
wia.org.au/members/contests/contestchampion.

(WIA Contest Champion Scorer, Peter VK2PR)


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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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AUSTRALIA, Station VI 250 COOK commemorates Captain James Cook's
voyage on HMS Endeavour along Australia's east coast with activity
to August 31. For QSL information see qrz.com.

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Cyprus special event

Members of the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society during the entire year of
2020, as it's an important year for the Republic of Cyprus which
completes 60 years since its establishment, can use 5B60 prefix

Specifically, CARS members, will be able to use the 5B60 prefix
(instead of 5B) if they wish, starting from 1 Jan until 31 December
2020.

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Last Wednesday it was "happy 95th"

Special call sign ZS 95 SARL celebrates the 95th birthday of the
South African League during 2020. Nany ZS Clubs will sign ZS 95 SARL
during 2020.




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WIRELESS WEATHER

Deep ‘Solar Minimum’ is feared

Forbes magazine reports a deep ‘Solar Minimum’ is feared as 2020
sees record-setting 100-day slump

Jamie Carter writes:
While we on Earth suffer from coronavirus, our star"the Sun"is
having a lockdown all of its own. Spaceweather.com reports that
already there have been 100 days in 2020 when our Sun has displayed
zero sunspots. That makes 2020 the second consecutive year of a
record-setting low number of sunspots

So are we in an eternal sunshine of the spotless kind?






MEDIA WATCH

A New On the Air Podcast Now Available

The latest episode of the On the Air podcast (Episode 5) focuses on
the various types of modulation and tips on go kits. The On the Air
podcast is a monthly companion to On the Air magazine, ARRL's
magazine for beginner-to-intermediate ham radio operators.

blubrry.com/arrlontheair/



QNEWS the VK4 club news service and the weekly of "He Who Thinks",
VK4ZPP is also available as a podcast. Just make sure it's the
HAM RADIO QNEWS you subscribe to! Of course QNEWS is heard across VK4
straight after this weekly WIA news broadcast.



WHERE DO YOU GET IT?

This national news from the WIA is available by 0400 utc Saturday
from our ongoing podcast site and at wia.org.au

THIS is where ALL stations should be downloading their news for
retransmission. There is a backup site as well and it would appear
a LOT of relay stations are using that backup as PRIMARY.

And that is where last week many relays had a problem and did not
retransmit WIA National News - Some started the news segment with
the local QNEWS first then S I L E N C E.

So please use the backup site AS JUST THAT a backup!

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WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS

5 MHz

60 METRES MOVES CLOSER IN HERE IN VK

ACMA have produced an options paper on amateur use of the 60 metre
(5 MHz) band and the paper proposes various options for sharing of
the band between amateur and commercial users.

As we have reported via WIA over the past weeks ACMA are calling for
comments on the paper which close Friday June 19.

Remember European and US amateur stations are regularly heard in VK
on FT8 and CW at dusk and into the evening so our exciting times
are coming to a final outcome.

As always a considered response to this latest ACMA paper which WIA
VP Aidan has been briefing us on will be submitted on your behalf to
ACMA.





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
arvideonews.com
hamradiotube.com
youtube.com
qdg.org.au

tinyurl.com/WIA-News-Videos
THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN





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
28.058

WIA National News seems to have lost this and last month’s FIST
emailed newsletter but not to worry.

Good news IS on the way, navigating the Covid-Vortex we see on their
web site that like your WIA The bulk of services are provided by
unpaid volunteers so will still be provided with updates regularly.

It would appear the only things FIST needs money for are

Domain name and web hosting

Club Callsign

Consumer Affairs fees

Reimbursement of volunteers’ expenses (e.g. postage, printing)

Best of all FISTS Downunder is covered for about 15+ years… so,
please do not send them money!

Whilst the intention is appreciated, FISTS say they cannot accept
donations.

The FISTS Down Under Inc. Committee has now resolved to place all
paid renewals on-hold indefinitely; that’s right, membership will be
free for the foreseeable future. The Committee will monitor
expenditure and bank balance closely and will reopen paid
subscriptions if and when required.

In the meantime, it’s business as usual but without annual fees!

And, no donations please.

Where to next? FISTS committee resolved to promote and fund three
exciting initiatives:

1. A Grant of $200 to Julie VK3FOWL & Joe Gonzales VK3YSP and their
Programme to promote and encourage Amateur Radio and Morse code
for youth.

2. An Awards Programme to encourage more hand sent, ear copied
activity on Morse code.

3. A Grants Programme to encourage radio clubs to establish and
expand the Reverse Beacon Network here in Australia.

(Chris VK3QB Treasurer #9085 vis fists web site)





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- POLICE
iparc.nl
www.iparc.de

IPARC activity from Germany

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Police
Association (IPA), German radio amateurs of the IPARC
(IPA-Radio-Club) will be active as DL 70 IPA with the main activity
between August 2nd and 6th, November 7th (CW) and 8th (SSB)
IPARC-Contest 2020 and various weekends.

Therefore, QSOs will be on CW and SSB, every Sunday, starting August
2nd, from 0800 UTC until 1000 UTC on 7080 kHz +/- QRM.

They will also try 20 meters, if the conditions are OK.

dl0ipa.darc.de/

(SouthGate)





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
raotc.org.au

Showing just how much they care and their appreciation of members the
ARRL Board of Directors recently voted to create a special
Life Membership opportunity for individuals who are at least
70 years of age.

Starting on June 1, the Life 70+ Membership will be available to
hams who have turned 70 and have a combined 25 years of paid
annual ARRL membership.

Life 70+ Members receive all benefits of an annual membership,
including their choice of print magazine delivery (QST or On the Air)
and digital access to these publications, plus the digital versions
of QEX and National Contest Journal. In addition, each
Life 70+ Member will receive a Life Member pin and a window decal
and may purchase an exclusive Life Member plaque.

(arrl)





SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
sotawatch.org
sota.org.uk

The Summits on the Air global community has lost an influential and
well-respected leader in Portugal to COVID-19.

Pedro Carvalho CT 1 DBS, association manager for the SOTA programme
in Portugal became Silent Key after spending nearly two months in the
intensive care unit in Lisbon.

Pedro is credited with implementing major changes to the Portuguese
SOTA programme and was a vocal defender of amateurs' access to the
2 metre band, which had faced a takeover.

(ARNewsLine)





WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)

Young Transmitters NZ Net

Thomas ZL3TOM reminds us of a net we've spoken of previously which
runs Monday @ 7pm NZ Local Time and is accessible via IRLP 9556
EchoLink: 256883 ( Aotearoea CONF Server) All-Star : 48820 & 40452

Lots of numbers I know but again you can "Read All About It" on
wia.org.au in the text edition of Australia Ham Radio News Service.

For more information please visit zl3tom.com

(NZART INFO LINE)




"There's Nothing to Do Mom!"

When the kids start getting bored around the house, check out
NASA's STEM Engagement Page. With activities sorted by age group,
there's plenty fun parents and kids can enjoy on their own or
together. It's all at nasa.gov/stem

Also available from the European Space Agency is a series of weekly
projects and challenges that run now through September.

esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2020/05/Expedition_Home

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2020 Social Scene


KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
#2MetersMatters




Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check these events'
direct for up-to-date status information.

2020

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)


2021

VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY (tentative) February 28 ( vk4zz)

VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)



SOCIAL DISTANCING

KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles



FINAL FINAL

Reception Reports

WIA News rebroadcasters often give Short Wave Listeners a
welcome to the broadcast as they commence call-backs
straight after the Local News. Local news follows the National news
in all states. It would be great if those SWL's would email their
reception reports and location to callbacks@wia.org.au



Submitting news items

If you would like to submit news items for possible inclusion in the
VK1WIA broadcasts, please email your item in text to
nationalnews@wia.org.au and don't JUST send url's links or posters,
but take the time to pen YOUR contribution.

To submit audio email nationalnews@wia.org.au and ask for the current
password then read "how to submit items" in the weekly news page on
wia.org.au/members/broadcast/contribute/

We would appreciate items certainly no longer than 1.5 minutes in
length as we only have a half hour.

Remember the sooner you submit material the more the likelihood of it
being broadcast in the very next edition of WIA National News.
Each item will only be broadcast once, if you want a couple of
mentions, please submit different slants to keep your event 'fresh'
and always if the news room is to read your item ---
write it in the 3rd person. (First if YOU are reading your own item)


A reminder when supplying HamFest info we obviously can't plug
DEALS from commercial traders "on air", but we at the WIA will put
your supporters 'goods' in this text edition "no worries."

We cannot give blatant 'plugs' to raffles.


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Material may be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form,
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