PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NATIONAL NEWS - AUGUST 30 - 2009 - Bryan VK3HXR
Now the MP3 file has been available for a while and has always been
used by the HF, repeater and IRLP broadcasters. If you're involved
with putting the news to air, you'll love the new system, especially
if you're writing automation scripts. Every episode is now uniquely
named with the date in the title and there are command line
podcatchers (like 'hpodder') to make your life easier. No more
wondering if the downloaded wianews_32.mp3 file is the most current
one - you'll know it is.
So head over to the wia.org.au website and you'll find the podcast
link on the News Broadcast Page in the News and Events section. And
if you're an iTunes user, you'll find it in the iTunes Podcast
Directory by searching for 'Wireless Institute'.
PREVIOUSLY ON WIA NATIONAL NEWS - 2017 AUGUST 6 - Marcus VK5WTF
There is a lot to be said for an entry-level licence to be given a
taste of what Amateur Radio is really is all about, and in some ways
it's like a video game. Some people are happy with getting 50,000 in
Galaga, you've probably beaten most of your friends.
But if you want to the to 4 million, it takes time. Find a friend,
find a group, a club that will help you out, someone who has time
work out where your up to and will help you. Someone who can show you
how they do it and is willing help you even if you take a different
path. And remember, one day you might be able to help someone else,
and they might even be better at it than you, and you know what,
PERVIOUSLY ON WIA NATIONAL NEWS - AUGUST 2 2020 - VK2GK
Following the AGM, the WIA constitution requires the positions of
President and Vice- President to be confirmed at the first board
meeting after the AGM. The 2020 board met on Wednesday night via
teleconference ( as usual) . I am pleased to announce that Lee Moyle
has been appointed Vice-President, replacing Aidan Mountford whose
2 year directorship term finished at the completion of the AGM. I
hope you give Lee every support in his new role. I also advise that
I will be continuing in the role as WIA President.
2020 AUGUST 9 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK
THIS LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN
NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 9 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
When you need to get a job done who do you call? Roger Harrison
VK2ZRH our new Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio Magazine.
WIA Secretary calls for intruder watch monitors in the north
WIA RD Contest manager VK4SN calls for players!
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
Call sign changes in VK
We Australian radio amateurs are no longer forced to change call sign
when upgrading to a higher level of licence or move to a different
part of the country, not that we had to moving interstate for many
As reported over the last few weeks here on WIA National News, but
to reiterate particularly for our late commers, our ACMA have advised
that they are making changes that will facilitate access to a wider
range of digital modes for foundation licensees, and provide a
call sign for life for all licensees by:
allowing all amateurs to obtain a three-letter call sign; and
removing the association between call sign suffixes and
If you have a foundation, standard or advanced licence, you can
apply to the AMC for any available three-letter call sign.
You can also keep your current call sign if you wish, including if
you get a new qualification (for example, going from foundation to
standard, or standard to advanced).
Two-letter call signs remain available to advanced licensees only.
Read the full story on WIA Front Page News
Not a WIA Member? details email email@example.com
OR the link on bottom right of wia.org.au
WIA board minutes can be found on wia.org.au click
AMATEUR RADIO MAGAZINE ROLLS!
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio
As foreshadowed last week, we completed proofing corrections and
filling a few holes here and there and . . . last Sunday evening . .
press-ready digital files of Issue Number 2 were sent to the printer.
The print run of the issue was scheduled to roll off the press on
Wednesday last lockdown notwithstanding and from there, once
completed and stapled, its off to the mail house and newsagent
If you subscribe to the print copy of AR magazine, keep an eye out
for it in your letterbox real soon now.
Members can download a digital issue from the website.
The WIA Board decided to make it available from Friday last.
Once again, let me pay tribute to all those who have striven to-date
to maintain the momentum of AR production, especially under the
uncertain circumstances prevailing over recent times.
So, production of Issue No. 3 is underway.
The Publications Committee had a Zoom meeting on Tuesday night, last
week. A new production schedule is being compiled and will be
circulated in due course. Articles large and small are being prepared
for Issue No. 3. We’re back on the roller coaster! If you plan to
write an article " or have written one " that you would like to see
published this year, GET CRACKING !
This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
for VK1WIA News.
This is WIA Director, Peter VK8ZZ
First up I would like to direct our thoughts to our fellow amateurs
who are currently locked down in VK3. The increase in COVID-19
infections with unknown source is a worrying trend. Whilst the severe
restrictions in Victoria are understandable, that does not make them
I would encourage listeners across Australia to become more active
and to chat with those that are in lockdown in Victoria. We have all
experienced restrictions in some form over the last few months so we
all know how difficult the current restrictions can be. So hop onto
HF, put out a call and say hi. Alternatively hop onto a digital
reflector and put out a call.
I would encourage our Victorian listeners to get on the air and let
Amateur Radio provide at least some normality through Amateur radio.
It seems that it might be possible that other states may follow the
Victorian lead, unfortunately.
Now, over the last few years I have noticed a worrying trend of
increased incursions into our bands. This is particularly noticeable
with operations on 40 metres by fishing vessels to the north, they
tend to operate on upper sideband. The WIA monitoring service has
indicated that it would be very desirable to have some HF monitoring
accross the north of Australia.
Currently there are no KIWI SDR receiving stations along the northern
coast. I would encourage listeners to think about installing a
monitoring station such as KIWI SDR. I would also encourage listeners
to report incursions into our bands. Reports can be made online on
the WIA web site
The Board of the WIA is looking at ways to engage with clubs again by
way of video conferencing. There were a number of such board
visitations over the last few years and we are keen to pick this up
again. So if your club would like to meet with members of the
WIA Board then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can
schedule an event.
That's all for me this week, This is WIA Secretary and Director
Peter Clee VK8ZZ
Stay Safe and remember #2MetresMatters
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
New Zealand introduce licence for the supply of transmitting
equipment and the RSM have released details of obligations for a
permitted person to supply unrestricted two-way radios
Amateur radio operators or suppliers that want to supply radios
transmitters in NZ must apply for a Licence to Supply Radio
Transmitters either as an individual or organisation. Suppliers are
defined as " persons in NZ that import, manufacture, distribute,
sell or install.
If the supplier also wants to supply unrestricted two-way radios as
described under the Prohibition Notice, then they too must apply
to become a permitted person. Unrestricted radios can only be sold to
qualified radio amateurs.
Read more at
Radio Spectrum Management
7-CALL Amateur Radio Club Experience station approved
8J 1 YAB a 7-CALL Amateur Radio Club Experience station has been
approved by Kanto Bureau of Telecommunications and is a newly
established system authorized by the Japanese Radio Law.
Under this special permission, even unlicensed people are allowed
to operate the 'experience' station under the supervising of
This new operation aims to promote experience on wireless
communication technology, especially for younger people.
There are only a few approved experience station cases in all of
Japan and 8J1YAB is 2nd in Greater Tokyo.
7-CALL is Japanese callsign starting with 7 or 8 and it is a symbol
of what the JA's are calling "the golden age of Japanese amateur
Radio Spectrum Interference complaints consultation is not good news
Eire's communications regulator ComReg has published their response
and decision to the consultation on management of radio spectrum
The document is a response to a consultation document published in
December 2019 which invited comments from interested parties.
IRTS made a submission and amateurs will be disappointed with the
new classification and response times. Complaints are in 3 categories
Class A get an immediate response
Class B gets a 5 working day response
Class C does not get a response time.
Amateur Radio complaints fall into the class C category.
The reference number is 20/62 and it can be found on
The ComReg document can be downloaded from
The ARRL Foundation has awarded a cash incentive to the University of
Alabama Huntsville's Centre for Cybersecurity Research and Education.
The grant will be used to get university students licensed, and then
integrate amateur radio communication protocols into extant models
used for cybersecurity testing for industrial system controls.
Analysis will be done on how well these protocols operate in this
setting, their security, and their feasibility for use in real-world
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16
HI this is Alan VK4SN with some important information on the
Remembrance Day Contest.
This year is the 75th Anniversary of VP day, celebrated on the 15th
of August. That is why the Remembrance Day contest is held on the
weekend closest to the 15th.
Changes to the rules have been made due to COVID19 lock downs and
other restrictions. Only Single operator categories will be contested
this year. Even though clubs will be unable to participate as a
multi operator station, it is suggested that club members might put
entries in for the Teams category. Three operators can nominate as a
team, and on submission of the individual logs, the scores are added
up as their combined score. A club can have several teams of three
operators. A club award will be offered to the club with the highest
combined score of all their submitted teams. Remember to send your
team name, operators, and your club name to email@example.com
PRIOR to the start of the contest.
Updated Rules for 2020 are downloadable from the WIA website.
The contest kicks off at 0300z (that's 1pm on the east coast) till
Categories available for 2020 are Single Operator, and Single Operator
Modes are phone, CW & RTTY, and Mixed.
Contacts may be made after 3 hours have expired since the last contact
with a callsign per band per mode.
Please note there are no 'blocks' of time in the RD.
1. On 160 metres two points per completed valid contact.
2. On 23cm or higher bands two points per completed valid contact.
3. On all other bands one point. (no WARC bands allowed)
4. On CW and RTTY, irrespective of band, double points.
5. All scores obtained by the transmitting station between 0100 and
0600 LOCAL time, are tripled.
Please make sure you have the latest version of VKCL logger or the
N1MM UDC from my website.
Uploading your cabrillo version 3 file is done via vklogchecker.com
Good luck and stay safe.
de Alan VK4SN
The 40th Alara Contest will be on again on the last weekend of
August " that is Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th.
Alara Contest 0600 UTC Sat 29 till Sun 30 August at 0559 UTC.
With more, here's Sue.
All YLs and OMs are invited to take part, and it is hoped that
YLs especially will enjoy this friendly contest, which is not
necessarily about making the highest score, but to enjoy a chat
with those that we usually don’t meet on air.
We would also love to hear some young and new YLs joining in
this year and some of the Committee will be handing out numbers
on HF and EchoLink during the contest.
This year we've seen droughts, floods, fires and a pandemic.
So girls, let’s make 2020 the best Alara Contest ever.
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
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.
GREECE is the word
Francesco, IK 6 QON, is active as SV8/IK6QON from Corfu Island
today, August 9 until Thursday 20th on 40 - 6 meters using CW and SSB
with 100 watts into a multi- band vertical. QSL via IK 6 QON
5 X 1 RI is in the air until mid-August. QSL to home call M0KRI.
Members of radio club F 4 KKE in Normandy are QRV with special
callsign TM 11 AD to commemorate the role played by the British 11th
Armoured Division during Operation Bluecoat July and August 1944.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL via F4KKE.
Special event stations GB 75 PEACE, GB 1945 PE and GB 1945 PJ are
transmitting signals during August to mark the end of World War II
in the Pacific. QSL via LoTW.
HA 70 MAV from Budapest until December 1 celebrates the 70th
anniversary of the Hungarian Railway.
Activity is on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW.
Researchers in the UK and the US have developed a new "sun clock"
that quantifies extreme space weather and pinpoints distinct on/off
times of high solar activity and space weather.
The sun clock will assist in planning to protect space and
ground-based infrastructure that is sensitive to space weather.
The study, "Quantifying the solar cycle modulation of extreme space
weather," was published in Geophysical Research Letters. It explains
that the sun clock uses the daily sunspot number record available
since 1818 to map solar activity over 18 solar cycles to a
standardized 11-year cycle or "clock."
Oh and Solar Cycle 25 is Coming to Life
There's no longer any doubt. Solar Cycle 25 is coming to life.
A new sunspot Tuesday last, crackling with flares and adding to a
string of new-cycle active regions spread across the face of the sun.
Is Solar Minimum over?
Find out the answer on Aug 4ths edition of Spaceweather.com.
(ARRL LETTER and SPACEWEATHER)
Deccan Herald is an English daily newspaper published from the
Indian state of Karnataka. It has seven editions so as you see
it is not a force to be reckoned with.
A great story obviously read my thousands recently was titled
"Why hobby electronics is a great thing to take up"
The Deccan Herald reports nothing is more satisfying than using a
piece of electronic equipment built at home with your own hands
An advantage is that you can save money through the do-it-yourself
route. A DIY job will save you at least two-thirds of the cost.
Whether it is for the thrill of building equipment, repairing gadgets
or saving a bit of money, hobby electronics is very rewarding.
Yes, it requires a bit of learning in the beginning but once the
electronics bug bites you, it becomes an addiction.
Great to see such a story in mainstream press
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FT4 and FT8
FT8 experiment on 40 MHz - until 15th August
One for the listener, the SWL, is to decode LY 2 YR and S 50 B
who will be experimenting with the FT8 digital mode on their new
8-metre band. (Not yet available in VK)
Gintas, LY2YR in Lithuania will be transmitting on 40.220 MHz
Borut, S50B in Slovenia will be transmitting on 40.680 MHz
Both stations will mainly be active from 10:00 to 21:00 UTC
and would welcome any reception reports.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- POLICE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.
Members of the German section of the International Police Association
are QRV with special event station DL 70 IPA to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of the organization.
Activity is Sundays and Thursdays during August and September on
40 and 80 meters. They may be active on 20 meters depending on
conditions. QSL via bureau.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
U3A ham radio meeting
The U3A, an organisation aimed at older people, is holding an online
meeting for amateur radio operators on August 13 from 2-3pm
The UK U3A announcement says:
Are you an Amateur Radio enthusiast?
Would you like to meet people with the same interest to share
experiences and support each other in this area?
Discussing topics such as how has lockdown affected your engagement
as a radio amateur and how U3A could assist members who wish to begin
develop or share their hobby as radio amateurs.
Amateur Radio is a worldwide communications hobby that allows
individuals to learn about using transmitting equipment and make
contact with other enthusiasts.
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
Hurricane Watch Net Reactivates as Hurricane Warning Posted for the
This is the same hurricane/storm which was of concern for the returning
With the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) expecting Tropical Storm
Isaias to become a hurricane again and make landfall, the Hurricane
Watch Net reactivated on 14.325 MHz
HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said the net will shift operations
at 2300 UTC to 7.268 MHz, where it will remain until no longer needed
but at the time of coming into the studio a hurricane warning is in
effect from South Carolina to Surf City, North Carolina.
An aside to this is that this net is available to listen to world wide
on the 'tune in' app.
On July 2nd, shortly before midnight local time in Hawaii, a dozen
amateur radio operators did something nobody had ever done before,
something that shows the best in amateur radio and could herald a
transformation in the role hams can play in emergencies.
The Hawaii hams felt an earthquake and sent detailed reports that
were immediately used by the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
to assess the magnitude and damage done by this latest tremor. Their
reports used a special email program, Winlink Express, that operates
through high frequency radio even when normal communication channels
It wasn’t the biggest earthquake, but it woke a lot of people up,
gave them a startle, but did minimal damage. The significance of the
event was that it proved"once again"that amateur radio operators had
found yet another way to play a crucial role in identifying and
responding to emergencies. In the best ham tradition, it all came
about through volunteer operators solving problems for an agency in
need. It’s easy to see how this solution will save lives when there
is"as there will be"more devastating earthquakes and responders are
operating blind because of something called ‘the donut hole.’
The donut hole refers to those in the centre of an earthquake or
scene of emergency zone..the Donut
(wia FrontPage news)
Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio
The Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio was set up in the Martello
Tower at Abbey Street in Howth, Co. Dublin by the late Pat Herbert
Pat started his wonderful collection in London in the 1950s and
continued until his death on June 18th 2020. An amateur radio station
EI 0 MAR was set up in the tower, facilitated by Tony EI 5 EM.
We are delighted to announce that the great work will be continued
by Pat’s son Simon.
The museum is currently closed due to Covid-19 but will reopen as
soon as possible.
You can contact the museum by email
You can visit the website at
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 POSTPONED 12 MONTHS (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 - WIA Annual Conference 2021 Hobart VK7 30 April-2nd May (vk7tw)
VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest Miena Community Hall (vk7tw)
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
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