2020 SEPTEMBER 27 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 27 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Vice President has good news on how well the ON-LINE examination
trial has been excepted
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
Today as usual we are joined by Felix VK4FUQ, Jason VK2LAW and
Bruce VK3FFF and along the way we'll here a follow up to the story
last week about 'fertilisation on fourty meters.' How an old 16 inch
TV knocked out an entire towns internet, and details of a contest
called.. "The Day of the YL's Memorial Contest"
In news from WIA HQ our Vice President has good news on just how
well the WIA's ON-LINE examination trial has been excepted.
In local VK coms news, Jonathan Nally, writing in Critical Comms on
line magazine speaks of the NSW Bushfire Inquiry
The NSW Bushfire Inquiry has made a range of recommendations for
strengthening the state’s emergency communications capabilities.
The final report of the Inquiry has been released, and it makes
numerous recommendations for improving the fighting of bushfires
and boosting the technology and resources available to firefighters
and emergency management authorities. Many of those recommendations
To start with, the Inquiry found that there are several problems
with New South Wales’ Public Safety Network (PSN) " formerly known
as the Government Radio Network " including the well-known issues
of coverage, forcing agencies to rely upon PMR networks that cannot
provide broadband data services.
The report also states that “despite work to provide connectivity
between the PSN and the Queensland Government Wireless Network,
there is no multi-state interoperability for wide area communications,
and NSW radio must be physically fitted to interstate metropolitan
fire fighting vehicles when they arrive in NSW”.
The mystery of why an entire village lost its broadband every morning
at 7am was solved when engineers discovered an old television was to
An pensioner couple in Wales, were unaware their old 16 inch Bush TV
set would emit signals which would interfere with the entire village's
After 18 months engineers began an investigation after a cable
replacement programme failed to fix the issue. Openreach engineer
Michael Jones said the company's chief engineering team helped to
solve the mystery by using a spectrum analyser to look for a
phenomenon known as 'Shine' (single high-level impulse noise).
The embarrassed householders promised not to use the television again.
The village now has a stable broadband signal.
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WIA DIRECTOR AND VICE PRESIDENT LEE MOYLE VK3GK
You may recall about 3 weeks ago I announced the WIA had released
the Online Trial Foundation exam portal as a response to the many
requests from potential Foundation candidates needing access to trial
exam practice. Well the response from users is that it has been
an over whelming success.
Several successful candidates have contacted me and have praised the
WIA initiative enabling entry into Amateur Radio becoming more
accessible to them by improving their confidence in being successful
at their first attempt. In fact nearly every one we have had feedback
from has been incredibly positive so far.
Some recent statistics from earlier this week revealed that over
1100 trial exams have been attempted and completed since 3rd of
September until 24 September. That’s only in 21 days.
We had over 300 unique IP addresses and one person attempted 62 exams
but the record was 82 exams completed. Definitely one who just wanted
to make sure they passed with 100%. I expect the outcome will be an
influx of foundation exam applications for our friends at AMC to
process, so expect some new callsigns popping up shortly on the bands
Word has it that many of the new Foundation Licencees are now
studying to upgrade to Standard and Advanced while in “study mode”
and are asking about more easily accessible online study materials.
Let’s see what we can do.
Some people refer to the current Questions and Answers trial exams
as “learning by rote” or it being just “a multi guess exam”. Well
this is definitely not true as any good educator would know and was
supported by an article I recently found on Doug VK4ADC’s website
with a reference to a University of Queensland comment that was
referring to multiple choice questions and knowledge which stated:
"Many students believe that multiple choice exams require them only
to recognise true statements; however, multiple choice exams require
many more skills than just recognition. They require students to
distinguish between right and wrong and also to use a variety of
higher order thinking skills, such as the ability to analyse content,
synthesise material, and apply knowledge, in order to determine those
distinctions." The reality is if you don’t know the material, don’t
expect to achieve the 70% pass mark by guessing.
On another note the WIA Board is pleased to thank Peter Schrader VK4EA
for stepping up and offering to manage the WIA’s Social media and
content working group. Peter and his team will have some exciting
initiatives coming up for all of us shortly for promoting the WIA.
AR magazine seems to be appearing faster than one can finish reading
the previous edition. A big thanks to Roger Harrison VK2ZRH and the
Pub Com team for getting things in order. By the looks of it we are
back on track for delivery of the standard 6 issues of AR magazine
by year end. Our only pressing issue now seems to be Australia Post
and the inconsistency in delivery attributed by staffing levels and
restrictions, even to local metro areas and especially noted in
Covid lockdown Melbourne and surrounds where some recipient managed
to get both editions delivered on the same day.
73 from Lee VK3GK
Radio Clubs And Training Courses
A popular way to learn more about Amateur Radio is to attend
interesting lectures often held by knowledgeable radio amateurs.
There are over 70 radio clubs with training courses for the
Foundation Licence alone. Some training courses are held over
several weeknights, while most are on a weekend.
Contact details for radio clubs offering training and assessments
can be found under Affiliated Radio Clubs on wia.org.au
Most questions about how to join Amateur Radio may be answered by
the WIA through our website. If you have a question, complete
the online form.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
The Millennium Post describes how radio amateurs were involved again
in helping to reunite someone with their family after 15 years
The newspaper says:
A person from Madhya Pradesh who had gone missing on his way to
Kashmir 15 years back reunited with his family Saturday last with
the help of Ham radio enthusiasts from West Bengal.
Badri Prasad, 43-year-old, was going on a family tour in Kashmir
in a train, he alighted at a station near Delhi to buy snacks
never got into the train.
His family members couldn't trace him.
Then 15 years later, Prasad was discovered roaming like a vagrant
on a road in Bongaon. He gave his original town and ham radio folk
swung into action and tracked his family of 15 years ago finally
Nordic Radio Amateur Union
NRAU is celebrating its 85th anniversary.
Founded in 1935 by pharmacist John Fredrik Karlsson SM 6 UA, its aim
is to coordinate radio amateur activities, and work towards a common
solution for Nordic countries.
The NRAU members are Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway,
Finland and Sweden.
To shed light on the organisation's 85-year-old history, Eric SM6JSM
had searched the archives in Karlsborg, for the first statutes
written in 1936 and an article in QTC magazine no. 7 in 1949.
2020 ITU Radio Regulations now available
The 2020 edition of the ITU’s 2020 Radio Regulations, which will
come into force on the 1st of January 2021, is now available as a
free download from the link we like in this week’s text edition
of WIA National News
tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0920A to get your copy.
RF pollution from electric vehicle wireless chargers
VERON reports IARU Region-1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, is ringing
the alarm on WPT-EV.
WPT-EV stands for Wireless Power Transmission for Electric Vehicles,
wireless car chargers with high power 20 kW!
A translation of the VERON post reads:
Don says, “The discussions about WPT-EV have reached a point where
they are moving from the technical to the political arena.
Discussions with a national regulator indicate that we must now take
action at the national level. The amateur service, but also other
telecommunication services will experience the consequences of
Don Beattie adds, “In the interests of the future of amateur radio,
we need to get the attention of national regulators. So will you
please take action? ” Don is on hand to assist national associations
should they require further documentation. "This is about the future
of amateur radio!"
Radio Amateurs of Canada 2020 Conference on YouTube
Some great 'video' here and when viewing it would help if we all
took heed of the great article in AR Magazine issue 3 written by
"Between verification and validation" by Brian Clarke he explains
how ideas that work in one country may not appear to work in another.
But, back to Canada where Sunday, Sept 20, the Radio Amateurs of
Canada held their 2020 Conference and AGM online. These videos are
now available to watch on YouTube
Among the videos are:
Amateur Radio and Youth
Getting Started with Amateur Radio Satellites
6m FT8 DXing
Amateur Radio Hotspots: A Quick Overview
The first video contains the Keynote Presentation -
“A Fireside Chat”: “Amateur Radio during the Global Pandemic and
other topics” -
Radio Amateurs of Canada YouTube channel
It was like the opening scene from a movie: cars pulled over on a
busy freeway, with everyone gawking in disbelief at what they were
Drivers in New Jersey on September 14 thought a flying saucer was
hovering above them. But in reality, it was just another day in
2020 and the UFO was an aircraft from planet Earth:
The Goodyear Blimp.
With just the right lighting conditions, viewing angle and reflections,
the blimp looked just like a classic flying saucer.
I'm Jason VK2LAW and as I leave you this week its to Sweden
SI9AM to close
The Amateur Radio visitor's station SI9AM in Ragunda, Sweden, was
established in 2000 is now set to go QRT.
WIA National News Editor, GraHam VK4BB has more:-
"Following years of losses and the pandemic it is to permanently
A post on the SI9AM site reads:
We are sorry to inform you that SI9AM, the Visitor's Amateur Radio
Station in Utanede, Sweden will be closed down on December 1, 2020.
The Visitor's Station is owned by eight radio clubs in the third call
area in Sweden. SI9AM has reported losses for several years and has
not had any guest operators since February 2020 due to the Covid19
Pandemic. The board has now decided to close down the visitor station
We started the Visitor’s station on July 19, 2000 and have worked
about 160,000 QSOs.
Thanks to all Guest Operators, Visitors, all radio amateurs who have
worked us and everyone who has supported us during the years.
We will continue to answer QSL-cards, send SI9AM Awards.
Jörgen Norrmén, SM3FJF
President of SI9AM
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
The contest is nearly here! Are you ready to make a few contacts,
the enthusiasm of VK3ML in promotion of the original contest is
infectious " “ My - the ether just reeks of DX " take a large breath
and sample it! Taste those G’s (They go well for breakfast as one
author once said), those F’s, W’s, YI’s etc? They are our meat for
October, so go to it and polish up that gear and start working DX
just to get the “atmosphere” prior to the big event.”
With hand sent morse and hand written logs they certainly would be
envious of what even the most basic setup in the 21st century can
Please join in on the following two weekends.
PHONE: 06:00 UTC Saturday 3rd Oct to 06:00 UTC Sunday 4th Oct 2020
CW: 06:00 UTC Saturday 10th Oct to 06:00 UTC Sunday 11th Oct 2020
Full rules on
Just exchange signal reports starting at 001 (lie 57001)
There are awards available for all sorts of operation, low power,
QRP, club awards and this year a plaque for the highest scoring YL
After nearly 60 years listening and transmitting I am sure that if
enough of us get on the air at the same time the ionosphere does
improve for us " have fun.
73 from Martin VK7GN
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
Also in November is "The Day of the YL's Memorial Contest"
7th-8th November 2020
This contest is in memory of Carine Dubois F5ISY who developed
the YL contest
Rules are on their FaceBook group and at the links in this weeks
WIA NATIONAL NEWS
YLs around the globe will remember her at the weekend of
Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November.
December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW
DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide
All major AUSTRALIAN contests, rules and results, are on the
Contest Section of the WIA website.
Australian special event
Special event callsign VI 75 WW 2 is active until November 11th, 2020
to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second
Members of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club will be QRV with special
event call P 42 WW this month of September to commemorate the end
of World War II. QSL via P 4 1G.
QNEWS WORK BENCH
Amateur Radio Software Award
Special event station K1A is active for the 'Amateur Radio Software
Award' between September 25th and October 4th, 2020. The special
event station promotes innovative, free and open amateur radio
The "2020 Amateur Radio Software Award" recipient Anthony Good and
his K 3 NG Arduino CW Keyer software project will be honoured during
the event and nominations for the 2021 awards will also be encouraged.
"The Amateur Radio Software Award" is an annual international award
for the recognition of software projects that enhance amateur radio.
The award aims to promote amateur radio software development which
adhere to the same spirit as amateur radio itself: innovative,
free and open.
More info about the special event, operating schedule and the award
can be found at:
To receive the special event QSL card for your contact(s) please
send SASE by November 1st to the address below. This allows them
to know how many QSL cards they need to print.
The address is:
Amateur Radio Software Awards, Special Event Station,
P.O. Box 126, Ames, IA 50010, USA.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
Last week Jupiter had 79 moons.
This week it may have 600 more, including some that go backwards!
A new study says that there may be as many as 600 small
“irregular moons” orbiting Jupiter.
An irregular moon is a minor object that used to orbit the Sun,
but was captured by a giant planet early on in the Solar System’s
history. Having swapped from being Sun-orbiting to planet-orbiting,
they often have “eccentric” orbits; distant, inclined and
retrograde " they orbit backwards.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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Ham radio club talk collection on YouTube
A collection of Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society online talks are
now available for everyone to watch on YouTube or maybe use as
program content on your ATV repeaters.
The talks include:
Amateur radio on satellites and the International Space station
Introduction to amateur television
Bob Heil K9EID - his radio journey
Having fun and learning morse code
High altitude balloons
Building magnetic loop antennas
Working DX without spending loads
Watch the collection of Denby Dale ARS online talks at
For further information see
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
AO-7 is approaching a return to full illumination, sometime around
this very weekend and will last until approximately December 26.
During this time, it is likely AO-7 will switch between Modes A and B
(2m/10m, and 70cm/2m) every 24 hours. So Get those 10m antennas ready
to enjoy mode A every other day.
On another note, here’s a reminder and request to remember to keep
the power down. Andrew, KO4MA AMSAT VP Operations says he has
observed sometimes several different stations, usually in the middle
of the passband, ditting away on CW in an attempt to find themselves.
This often bounces the entire passband up and down, and sometimes
causes the transponder to reset or “flip” to Mode A.
Try to find yourself with very low power, or on SSB, or best, with
full Doppler control, and the other users will thank you.
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
The 2020 Annual General Meeting for WICEN NSW was to be held Saturday
Also in VK2, Volunteer Memorial Day for 2020 is at Mrs Macquarie's
Chair in the Domain, Sunday the 11th of October. In-person attendance
is via invitation only, but the event will also be streamed online.
Emergency exercise 'Austria Off-Grid'
On October 3 radio amateurs will participate in the nationwide
emergency exercise Austria Off-Grid
A "siren" rehearsal will take place on October 3, 2020 during the
annual civil defence test alarm. But not only the function of the
sirens for alerting the population will be tested on this day, but,
also the communication that takes place after an alarm is sent.
Alerting by means of a siren and subsequent communication via radio
is a realistic scenario. Assuming that no further information is
known, we radio amateurs should proceed in accordance with the
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION leaflet the OE hams have.
During this Austria-wide emergency radio exercise. Radio stations
of the Federal Armed Forces, ORF, A1, Johanniter, -RK and
energy suppliers are also QRV on amateur radio bands.
Current information on which activities are taking place can be
found on website oevsv.at from October 3rd from the start of the
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - WORLD WIDE FLOA AND FAUNA (parks) PROGRAM
David Giles VK5DG/3 has successfully claimed the first KRMNPA
“Merit Award with Satellite Endorsement”.
Commencing his satellite activations of eligible VK3 National Parks
in 2011, David gradually increased his satellite activations to
25 Parks in 2018 and completed all 45 eligible Parks during an
intense period of activations across the annual KRMNPA activation
period in 2019.
David has submitted an excellent article, detailing his equipment,
techniques and experiences, which was published in the Parks/SOTA
pages of issue 2 (2020) AR Magazine, pages 52 53.
With the previously announced cancellation, I think all of VK3
will be looking forward to 2021 when the Keith Roget Memorial
National Parks Award will kick off again.
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 - Miena QSO Muster Saturday October 24th (vk7tw)
VK4 - Sunfest 10am Nambour Showground Oct 24 (m roberts)
VK4 - Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner Sat Nov 28 (vk4acc)
VK4 - TARC Xmas Party - Sun 13th December from 2pm (tarc)
VK4 - TARC Xmas Lights Tour - Fri 18th December from 7pm (tarc)
VK4 - CHARC AGM Lake Maraboon, 25 to 27 September. (vk4zz)
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 VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest Miena Community Hall (vk7tw)
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
“Following the French discovery of 7 MHz RF benefitting the growth
of plants in last week’s WIA news news,
we have more thanks to Paul, G4MWO, editor of The 5 MHz Newsletter."
After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, French scientists
found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the
conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more
than 150 years ago.
Not to be outdone by the French: in the weeks that followed, American
archaeologists dug to a depth of 20 feet before finding traces of
copper wire. Shortly afterwards, they published an article in the
New York Times saying :
"American archaeologists, having found traces of 250-year-old copper
wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced
high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the French."
A few weeks later, ‘The British Archaeological Society of Northern
England’ reported the following:
"After digging down to a depth of 33 feet in the Skipton area of
North Yorkshire in 2011, Charlie Hardcastle, a self-taught local
amateur archaeologist, reported that he had found absolutely
Charlie has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Britain had
already gone wireless."
Just makes you proud to be British."
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