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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 21 - 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA DIRECTOR / VP AIDAN VK4APM 60 M POLL. -
WIA DIRECTOR / DECRETARY PETER CLEE VK8ZZ AND AR MAGAZINE. -
WIA DIRECTOR LEE MOYLE VK3GKWIA Special Event Callsign Online Roster
and Logging System. -
WIA DIRECTOR LEE MOYLE VK3GK COVID-19 RADIO COMMUNICATION EVENT. -
WIA DIRECTOR LEE MOYLE VK3GKFACE TO FACE AMC Amateur Radio
Examinations to resume shortly.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
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Wi-Fi ecosystem to join WBA OpenRoaming and become part of a globally
available Wi-Fi federation that offers an automatic and secure
connection of billions of devices to millions of Wi-Fi networks.
WBA OpenRoaming provides a new, global, standards-led approach,
removing public-guest Wi-Fi connectivity barriers and bringing
greater convenience and security to the wireless ecosystem.
It also removes the need to search for Wi-Fi networks, to repeatedly
enter or create login credentials, or to constantly reconnect or
re-register to public Wi-Fi.
Wireless Broadband Alliance is an industry association formed to
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with the stated aim of providing an excellent user experience.
To achieve this, the WBA promotes interoperability.
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Directors regular broadcast roster
Jun 14 = Greg VK2GPK (President),
Jun 21 = Peter VK8ZZ (Secretary),
Jun 28 = Aidan VK4APN (VP Retires July 25)
Jul 5 = Lee Moyle VK3GK
Jul 12 = Philip Shields VK2CPR
Jul 19 = Oscar Reyes VK3TX
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.
WIA DIRECTOR / VP AIDAN VK4APM
I'm here with results of WIA's poll number 3 in response to the
ACMAs consultation paper on making 60 m available to Amateurs.
I would like to thank the approximately 1200 people who responded to
the survey. Clearly this topic is not as exciting as some of the
First, the numbers...
In 4th place, with 3% of the vote, option #4 - which for those of you
who don’t remember, was in summary "Don’t give amateurs access".
I can hear the booing from you all now but to the credit of those
who responded in this way, the is significant thought as evidenced by
comments like " ... Based on experience garnered when the WIA
prepared the submission for the expansion of the 80 mx DX window in
the mid 1990's, it is clear that the ONLY means of ensuring
non-interference is to remove the commercial allocations from the
proposed band ..."
In 3rd place, with 12% of the vote, was option #1 - to remind you -
this was, in effect "Let all hams in Australia have the whole band.
unless you are in Queensland" Being a Queenslander myself I was
disappointed that anyone voted for this - but that’s how a democracy
works.... A few respondents recognised the issue with this and
offered suggestions like "... Perhaps suggest a program with a long
term goal to bring all emergency services frequency's standard in all
states this would make cross border operations much simpler."
In 2nd place, with 15% of the vote was option #3 - which was to
channelize the band. At least these people gave we Queenslanders a
fair go with it, the option 3 responded had little good to say ..
One responded stating "... So small it’s useless ... " while
another stated "... " I can’t see much use of this band, most of
[the] HF bands are underutilised". and another still, "...
The proposed EIRP limit is patently absurd and should be bought into
line with normal power limits "
Finally in 1st place, with a staggering 70% of the vote, was option
#2 but with this came some suggestions with one responded stating
".. I would actually prefer a combination of 1 & 2. Full Australia
wide access but with the top 1.5kHz excluded within 200km of
commercial operators. The 60 m band is ideal for daytime NVIS use
during sunspot minimum. It is also likely to be useful for mobile
stations with low radiation efficiency antennas given the eirp limits
Clearly everyone has a different opinion, but what is clear, Amateur
operators in Australia are thinkers, and the deep consideration given
to these poll topics is appreciated.
That’s all from me, 73, vk4apm
WIA DIRECTOR / DECRETARY PETER CLEE VK8ZZ
Late last year the WIA Editor in Chief Harry VK6YBZ resigned due to
ill health. At that time the WIA advertised for three editors to
replace Harry but there were no resulting volunteers coming forward.
President Greg VK2GPK took over the reins of the AR Publications
Group and did an excellent job in production of the subsequent
editions of AR Magazine including the January / February edition 2020.
The Board of the WIA will provide members with a weekly progress
report on this news broadcast service until editions 2 and 3 of 2020
are in the hands of our members.
Moving forward we have now appointed a new AR Publications Group
secretary and the board are still seeking three editors to work on
the AR magazine. Please forward your expressions of interest to the
Stay safe in this time of crisis and remember #2MetresMatters
This has been WIA Director and Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
WIA DIRECTOR LEE MOYLE VK3GK
WIA Special Event Callsign Online Roster and Logging System
A very special thanks goes to both Marc Hillman VK3OHM and Robert
Broomhead VK3DN for their tireless efforts over the last couple of
weeks in bringing to reality the new “ WIA Special Event Callsign
Online Roster and Logging System. ”
The WIA has several Special Callsigns active currently which are
available for all WIA affiliated Clubs and their members to use for
on air activations. Previously to coordinate this was quite a
painstaking manual process, however not any more as the complete
online system is live an fully operational.
Callsigns available to use at the moment are VK1WIA to VK8WIA,
VI110WIA and VK20HOME.
To book you operating time slots, which are currently in 3 day blocks,
just go to the WIA website, wia.org.au select “members” and from the
drop down box select “online logbook”. There you will be greeted with
simple instructions to select your Affiliated Club and to request
your password to enable to book your time slots for activation of
your chosen special event callsign. There are some simple operational
criteria for logging that must be met to comply with ACMA regulations.
You can use the WIA live realtime online log from your PC browser or
you can use a 3rd party logger like N1MM, VKCL, DXLab, HRD etc, in
fact any logger that will allow an ADIF file output to enable direct
log file uploads to the website logger portal. Once registered, it
will be a simple task to share the times amongst your club members.
All WIA affiliated clubs and their members qualify to operate.
Just remember to operate at your level of proficiency when using the
All WIA special event callsigns have been registered with LOTW, eQSL
and Clublog, so they are available for use with the WIA awards
Program and for general confirmations for other world wide awards
like DXCC, Worked all Zones etc.
Go to wia.org.au/members/onlinelogbook/about/ to see the online
logger and book you operating times. All callsigns are currently
available for activation until December 31st 2020
COVID-19 RADIO COMMUNICATION EVENT
On the weekend of June 6th and 7th VK20HOME was activated during the
Covid-19 Activity Day Event. FT8, SSB and CW was used and a few
hundred contacts globally were had. Although the HF Band conditions
were a little down the operators managed some good long path openings
to Europe and Short path to North America. As VK20HOME was a special
callsign during the event, it offered the stations who made the
contacts happy as it provided some extra points in their quest and a
confirmation with Australia. VK20HOME is available to any WIA
affiliated club to activate until December 31st 2020. Just go the
the WIA website online logger and register your time slots.
FACE TO FACE AMC Amateur Radio Examinations to resume shortly.
This is excellent news received earlier this week from the AMC
office that Assessors will be moving back to restricted face to face
exams subject to some strict guidelines.
1. All exam locations must have a COVID Safe Plan in place and you
must, for your own safety, follow that Plan; as well as
2. Comply with the University Guidelines which have been developed
for your wellbeing;
3. All exam sessions must be approved by AMC Amateur Radio Office in
advance. Examination papers will not be issued and you will
understand that we will not accept exam papers which may have been
exposed to an unsafe environment.
We appreciate that there is extra work involved, however, this is a
first step to a return to a near normal as we can reasonably manage
and we have sought special approval from the University of Tasmania
to do this.
Currently the only option of sitting your Amateur radio exams is via
remote assessment which can only be administered by approved level 3
AMC assessors. If ready to be assessed then please go to the AMC,
Australian Maritime College website to register you interest and have
an assessor appointed to you for the remote exam.
To register or contact the AMC office go to:
73 from Lee VK3GK
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
Paper on Increasing Noise from Digital Devices
International Amateur Radio Union electromagnetic compatibility
specialists Tore Worren and Martin Sach have submitted a paper
to the International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR)
concerning the increasing impact of multiple digital devices on
noise levels in the radio spectrum.
“IARU hopes that the result of this will be amendments to the way
in which standards are developed to recognize the need to properly
consider the cumulative impact of multiple devices,” said IARU
Region 1 President Don Beattie.
I just heard this from the border
And what I saw made me know for sure
We're out of order
( apologies to LRB but those lyrics kinda ring true for this item )
Russian-Ukrainian Border Radio War Continues:-
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System
reports the Russian-Ukrainian radio war, which had been raging for
years at 7 055 kHz LSB ( as well as on 7 050 or 7 060 kHz ) has
reached a new escalation level.
“Almost every day, one hears the most massive mutual insults and
aggressive, provocative hate rap music in Russian,” IARU newsletter
editor and IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Peter Jost said.
Furthermore, from time to time, we saw insulting symbols
( e.g., skulls) in the waterfall.”
It’s believed the perpetrators are located in the border region of
eastern Ukraine with the Russian Federation.
In May, a digital jammer appeared, with interference temporarily up
to about 12 " 15 kHz. “[IARUMS] has no means to stop this radio war,”
Peter Jost wrote. “Only national authorities can do something with
international complaints.” The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club intruder
watch has submitted an official report on the interference to the
German telecommunications regulator.
The team at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in collaboration with
European Space Agency Education, have announced that all 6,558 of
this year’s successful Astro Pi programs have now run aboard the
International Space Station.
That's right, the ISS ran 6558 Astro Pi Youth Programs in 2019/20
This year, a record 6350 teams of students and young people from all
25 eligible countries successfully entered Mission Zero, and had
their programs run on the Astro Pi computers on board the ISS for
30 seconds each.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put
the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people
all over the world.
JAMMING PLAGUES CHICAGO POLICE RADIOS
In one U.S. city, the challenge of keeping life orderly during
troubled times has been amplified and complicated for police because
of one issue that is well-known to radio amateurs: jamming.
Kent KC 0 DGY has that story.
"Jamming is perhaps one of the most adversarial forces out there for
ham radio operators. Now one Midwestern city's police department is
afflicted with the same problem - in the middle of the kind of
explosive riots, looting and protests that are rocking many of the
cities around the United States. As Chicago police officers
struggled to respond to dispatchers' emergency radio calls in the
troubled city, jammers were filling the frequencies with music and
slogans that interrupted communications, according to a report in
the Chicago Sun Times newspaper.
Dan Casey, deputy director of public safety information technology in
the Office of Emergency Management and Communications said that although
some police frequencies are encrypted, most officers' radios aren't
protected from hacking, although the move in cities across the U.S. is
to employ more secure digital radio systems.
Casey told the newspaper that local and federal authorities were being
given recordings of the transmissions. Jamming is illegal and an accused
jammer can face a substantial prison term if convicted.
So now to the GOOD news from the USA this week where we see that
Volunteer Monitor Program Coordinator Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH,
said the program has recognized numerous radio amateurs with
Good Operator Notices.
“One facet of the ARRL and FCC agreement that set up the Volunteer
Monitor Program calls for ARRL to recognize especially good amateur
radio behaviour, in order to encourage compliance with FCC rules and
further the efficiency of the Amateur Radio Service,” Riley said.
Seventeen operators in 15 states received Good Operator Notices in
the first quarter of 2020. The Good Operator Notices went to veteran
operators as well as newcomers, including a 13-year-old in
North Carolina for CW operation during the Youth on the Air Special
Event, and a 14-year-old in Wyoming for SSB operation.”
A repeater operator received a Good Operator Report for establishing
and managing a COVID-19 net in Pennsylvania.
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH had served as Special Counsel for the
Spectrum Enforcement Division of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau in the
early start of this century and had been a Disk Jockey WRHI, an AM
station in South Carolina.
Radio Club Dominicano's 94th anniversary
June 12 marked the 94th anniversary of the founding of the
Radio Club Dominicano, Inc. by Dir. Carlos Regus HI8CR
In 1908 three young men were captivated by the new communication
methods of the time.
In 1921 Dr. Regus and two friends and classmates who shared a love
and passion for Amateur Radio met to establish what is now
Radio Club Dominicano.
On June 12, 1926, they decided to launch the Radio Club Dominicano
(RCD), which has been active ever since carrying on the principals
of its founder and President Emeritus, promoting and developing
Amateur Radio service and collaborating with relief institutions
when they need its services, offering support for communications
in emergency situations.
You have to support, maintain and grow what you want to see exist.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
On air right now this weekend you'll hear many wireless sets in
operation taking part in the All Asian DX contest running from
0000 UTC on the 20th to 2359 UTC on the 21st.
It's CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz contest bands, with the exchange
being signal report and operators age.
NZART Memorial Contest July 4 and 5
IARU HF World Championship July 13-14
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
Next contest - 17 JUL - 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 0600 UTC Saturday October 3 to 0600 UTC Sunday October 4
CW from 0600 UTC Saturday October 10 to 0600 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.
Members of the Wireless Institute of Australia are QRV with special
call VI 110 WIA until the end of 2020 to celebrate our 110th
anniversary, in fact the world's oldest Amateur Radio Society.
Activity is on the HF bands and QSL is via LoTW.
Special event station CO 200 SMP is QRV until June 30 to celebrate
the 200th anniversary of San Miguel del Padron, one of the fifteen
municipalities that make up the city of Havana.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL direct to CO 2 AME.
The 28th of June is the Centenary of the Royal Corps of Signals.
The Royal Signals Museum has a permanent special event callsign,
GB 100 RSM, and activity will be until the end of June on the
40, 20 and 17m bands, using SSB and CW.
(sourced to RSGB)
Daniel, OA9DVK, is a missionary who is QRV from the Amazon Rain
Forest in Peru. Activity is in his spare time is on 160 to 6 meters.
QSL via LoTW.
Special event station VX3X is QRV until June 30 to commemorate the
Apollo 13 space mission.
Active will be YN 5 AO from Casa Guacalito, Guacalito de la Isla
(WW Loc. EK61xi), Rivas, Nicaragua, between November 21st and
Activity on 160-10 meters mainly during the local evening and night
hours. Focus will be on the low bands CW.
Also YN5AO will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th).
QSL via DL 7 VOA
Well, we've finally got a good Solar Cycle 25 sunspot to talk
Region 2765 was a big one with a number of spots appearing, taking
the sunspot number to 17 at one point. But by the time it had rotated
into the centre of the Sun, the spot had started to decline a little.
While the sunspot had little effect on HF propagation, it is a
good sign that we are moving in the right direction.
New Sun Clock Quantifies Extreme Space Weather Switch On/Off
Extreme space weather events can significantly impact systems such as
satellites, communications systems, power distribution and aviation.
The clock will help scientists to determine more precisely when the
risk for solar storms is highest and help to plan the impacts of
space weather on our space infrastructure, important since the next
switch on of activity may be imminent as solar activity moves from
its current minimum.
Complete information at:
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING
The first of a series from the Australian Department of Defence
of high-altitude balloon launch trials has commenced, with the first
balloon being successfully launched from West Wyalong in VK2.
The trials aim to test Defence’s ability to quickly send sensors and
communications equipment into the stratosphere… the under-utilised
altitudes between where aircraft generally fly and where spacecraft
“The trial aims to demonstrate Australian designed and developed
launch capabilities that can deliver and maintain sensor payloads
to an altitude that significantly improves situational awareness
over a wide area,” said the Minister for Defence.
“Having these high-altitude balloons as part of Australia’s
sovereign capability means that we could deploy advanced sensors
into the atmosphere quickly and cost-effectively, giving our forces
comprehensive data in the air, on the ground or at sea.”
(sourced from the Critical Comms Web-e-zine via vk7wi news)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
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15 Canadian CubeSats to launch from 2021
Radio Amateurs of Canada report 15 CubeSat satellites are being built
by students in Canada, all are expected to carry amateur radio
Suspension of university classes due to the global pandemic could
affect the teams’ progress, but all of the teams have chosen to use
Amateur Radio communications and RAC continue to receive requests
from them, although at a slower rate than in the past. About half of
the teams have now received endorsements for their projects from RAC
and have sent their proposals to the IARU for frequency coordination.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FT4 and FT8
FT 8 DMC Anniversary Activity Days 2020
To commemorate the 3rd anniversary, several special event stations
will be on air during the "FT8DMC Activity Days" between July 1-31st.
All stations will bear the FT DMC or FT DM suffix, referring to the
anniversary of the 'FT8 Digital Mode Club'.
Here 'downunder' listen for ZL 6 FTDMC ( Kiwi operator ZL1MV )
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 Nov 20-22 Miena Community Hall (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)
VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
Thursday afternoon 21st to Tuesday afternoon 26th January
at Girl Guides Association of Queensland Campsite
and Training Centre Bluewater. (vk4zz)
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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