2020 OCTOBER 18 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 18 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Directors joining us are Lee Moyle Vice President
VK3GK Scott Williams VK3KJ and next week the WIA President.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
In this weeks National news Felix will look at
VI 100 WIA, VK 65 PFA and VI 75 WW 2
Special Interest group news with Col VK3GTV and in
the text edition the OFFICIAL JOTA frequencies for
we in VK plus World Wide.
Victor Kilo Two Lima Alpha Whiskey and Jason checks out
a ONE MILLION POUND donation to the birthplace of
our computer world by non-other than FaceBook
Plus WIA Directors joining us are Lee Moyle Vice President
VK3GK Scott Williams VK3KJ and next week WIA President
himself is scheduled to make an appearance.. so stay tuned.
But now.. to Kangaroo Valley and VK3KJ
Hi there, this is WIA Director Scott WilliamsVK3KJ and it's
my pleasure to appear on todays broadcast on behalf of the
It is wonderful to see the next addition of AR Magazine in
circulation already. I have just received my copy and no doubt
it will be in your mailbox soon. Dont forget, to access an
electronic version of the magazine, please log onto the WIA
website ( wia.org.au )with your membership credentials and
you can download a copy for early reading.
Thank you once again to Roger and the Pubcom Team for getting
out the latest edition so quickly.
The WIA Board of Directors continue to meet on a regular
basis to discuss many items that relate to the improvement of
the hobby. In this months meeting, conducted last Tuesday
13th October, the Board discussed the various WIA committees,
their scope of activity and some of the tasks that will be
before the committees in the near future.
In particular, the Education Committee was discussed with a
view to reconstitute and refresh this committee given it has
not met for a considerable period of time. The Board resolved
that this committee will be re-established and as such, is
calling for nominations via an expression of interest (EOI)
process of interested WIA members. If you would like to
nominate to join the Education Committee, please forward your
EOI to the National Office, Attention: Education Committee
EOI at the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Please included a short statement of no more than 500 words,
setting out your experience and suitability to participate on
On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank the previous
Education Committee and the support you have provided the WIA
over the years.
Thats it for me this week, stay safe and well and my very
best regards, Scott, VK3KJ.
Lee VK3GK, WIA Vice President of the WIA news here.
ACMA have Revised the foundation amateur radio syllabus
As advised by ACMA in their July e-bulletin, they have
revised the process for updating the amateur radio syllabus
to remove the requirement that the Syllabus Review Panel must
ACMA have now advised the Australian Maritime College (AMC)
of changes to the foundation syllabus and requested they
ensure the amateur radio examinations they conduct including
by its accredited assessors are based on the revised
foundation syllabus. The changes relate to removing historical
restrictions on foundation licensees from the
Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence)
Determination 2015, and some editorial changes. The revised
syllabus is available on the AMC website.
Future changes to the syllabus will be undertaken through the
ACMAs usual consultation process with the broader amateur
community ACMA will let us know when this happens.
Transfer of call signs form
To give amateurs more options and flexibility in managing
call signs, licensees can now transfer their call sign to
another licensee by completing an online call sign transfer
form. The application needs to be completed and signed by
both parties before it is lodged with the ACMA.
Delays in qualification and call sign processing
We are all very much aware of delays in processing
applications for amateur radio qualifications and call signs.
These have been caused by a surge in applications for new
call signs following recent changes to the call sign template,
as well as COVID pandemic-related resourcing constraints.
The source of these delays is temporary, and the AMC will
soon revert to normal processing timeframes.
Get your licensing notices emailed
Email ACMA on email@example.com and let them know your email
address. This way, youll get your notices faster and reduce
Your questions answered
ACMA often get questions about whether a licensee has to wait
for the Register of Radiocommunications Licences (RRL) to
reflect their licence has been granted before they can start
operating an amateur station.
The answer is: No.
The RRL is not updated immediately. As long as you have a
receipt of your payment, you are authorised to operate an
amateur station under the LCD.
This is Lee VK3GK, WIA Vice President for WIA news.
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), the worlds largest and radio
Scout event promoting friendship and global citizenship
is taking place over this weekend, 16 to 18 October.
There are of course a few difficulties this year due to the
COVID-19 pandemic. However, the event is on air NOW often
with creative ways of operating.
Here in VK our Australian Governor General ( and Chief Scout )
opened the event.
Complete audio on wiaq.org.au/ftp/JOTA.mp3
With many young Scouters tuned today it's befitting we
take an extract from QNEWS where VK4ZPP Geoff Emory has
some words worth taking on board..
"We need to understand more of what is enthralling to the
generation of the internet and the mobile devices. For the
technologically savvy young person, there should be a welcome
entry into a technological pursuit such as amateur radio. The
different developments which span such a universe of
knowledge in science and technology can engross the mind that
is exploring and learning, assimilating what the world has to
From satellites and the associated astrophysics and astronomy
to the subterranean pursuits of long wave ground propagation
with the earth sciences and electronic technology the
engagement of amateur radio goes and spreads. We can take our
devices and engage them with other articles and develop
skills in coding and searching out minute pieces of
information. We can talk around the globe with and without
using the internet and we can bounce signals back to earth
from the Moon.
There is so much more that goes with amateur radio such as
friendships that last and last and we may never get to meet
in person. And if we do travel, there are friendly faces who
will welcome us along the way because of this hobby. We can
be makers and developers or just the relaxed hobbyist; we can
be students and use the knowledge from our hobby to become a
professional. We can take part in safety networks and we can
exercise in radio sport, hone our operating skills in
contesting or challenge ourselves to gain certificates and
With all this at our finger tips, how do we get that person
with the sparkle in the eye to become a participant? How do
we reach out the hand of friendship and tell someone how
great we find this pursuit? How do you who is interested in
science and technology get to meet with us, find a mentor and
get to enjoy the same glow of satisfaction of the hundreds
and thousands of radio amateurs around the world.
Today the world may seem more closed down than it should be
because of the epidemic restrictions. Today radio amateurs
are communicating in so many ways free of those restrictions
because we use the same radio waves that bring the internet
and our family and friends voices to our mobile phones. Today
radio amateurs are relaxing and chatting, challenging
themselves with new skills and today you can join with us too".
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate
AR Club, ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the
World Wide sources of the WIA.
The ITU has made the Radio Regulations 2020 available as a
The ITU Radio Regulations facilitate equitable access to and
rational use of the natural resources of the radio-frequency
spectrum and geostationary satellite orbits. They also ensure
the availability of the frequencies provided for distress and
safety purposes and assist in the prevention and resolution
of cases of harmful interference between the radio services
of different administrations.
Further, the regulations facilitate the efficient and
effective operation of all radiocommunication services and
where necessary, regulate new applications of
ITU Radio Regulations 2020
Direct link to Zip of PDF documents
Contact between Japanese ham radio experience stations
What is believed to be Japan's first contact between two
unlicensed people using amateur radio took place October 11
between Experience Stations 8 J 1 YAB/1 and 8 J 3 YAA/3
The specially licensed experience stations aim to give the
general public a chance to experience the fun of amateur radio.
Belgium suspends ham radio exams
The communication regulator in Belgium, BIPT, has announced
that because of the current COVID-19 situation, the safety
of candidates and BIPT staff in the examination rooms can no
longer be guaranteed.
National amateur radio society UBA reports that as a result,
all exams have been temporarily suspended.
UBA says that BIPT will notify them as soon as exams resume.
Anyone who is already registered for an exam (and has already
paid for it) will be able to re-register at no additional
cost at the resumption and will receive priority at that
Giving Back to the Birthplace of the Computer
The modern world has been shaped by what happened inside an
English country house more than eight decades ago. Its no
exaggeration to say that at Bletchley Park, the era of the
computer was born by figuring out how to crack the Nazis
They did it by building the worlds first programmable
digital computer and laying the foundations of modern
computer science. Ideas developed at Bletchley Park remain at
the heart of cutting-edge research in fields like artificial
intelligence, online security and cryptography today.
Today Bletchley Park is one of the UKs national treasures,
open to people from across the world who want to witness
the place where so much of modern computer science was born.
But like too many of our favourite places, it has been hit
hard by a drop in visitors and revenue this year, pushing it
toward difficult decisions about its future.
Now to its rescue comes FaceBook.
FaceBook has provided 1 million pounds in support to help
keep Bletchley Park open to the world.
The 'Parks' most brilliant scientist, Alan Turing, still
inspires FaceBooks tens of thousands of engineers and
research scientists today, and is foundational to the entire
field of computing, which has and will continue to shape the
lives of billions of people
A mural of Alan Turing made out of dominoes takes pride
of place at Facebooks headquarters in California.
Short-term restricted service licences application window
has just closed for the 2021 period of high demand
Ofcom will grant successful applicants a for short-term
restricted service licence to broadcast between 9 April
and 14 May 2021 inclusive - an anticipated period of
high-demand that also includes Ramadan.
Short-term radio licences are granted in the UK for analogue
services broadcasting to defined locations, or for coverage
of events such as music or religious festivals, or sporting
Sale of amateur radio AMPRNet TCP/IP addresses raised
The President of Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC)
has announced they received $108 million from Amazon for
4 million amateur radio TCP/IP addresses
Since its allocation to Amateur Radio in the mid-1980s,
Internet network 44 (184.108.40.206/8), known as the AMPRNet,
has been used by amateur radio operators to conduct scientific
research and to experiment with digital communications over
radio with a goal of advancing the state of the art of
Amateur Radio networking, and to educate amateur radio
operators in these techniques.
In mid-2019 a block of approximately four million AMPRNet
IP addresses, out of the 16 million available, was sold to
Amazon by ARDC but it is only now that the sale price has
been released. Amazon paid $27 for each IPv4 address.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
CQ WW DX SSB OCTOBER 24-25
CQ WW DX CW NOVEMBER 28-29
SPRING VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS November 27-28
December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW
DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide
With a special call VK amateur radio operators are marking
an accomplishment that takes on special meaning in these
pandemic times: the eradication of the polio virus throughout
The World Health Organisation declared Africa to be
polio-free as of August 25th.
Lee Moyle, Vice President of the Wireless Institute of
Australia, said the activation will begin on the 24th of
October, marking World Polio Day. The special event station
VK 65 PFA, will continue until the 24th of November.
For Lee, this takes on special significance because he is
also a member of Rotary International which has given high
priority to the campaign to wipe out polio. Rotary members
who are also amateur radio operators are also invited to join
ROAR, Rotarians of Amateur Radio.
Meanwhile, visit the QRZ page of VK65PFA for operating and
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.
VI 75 WW 2 is active until November 11th, 2020 to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the
Second World War.
Leon, A 2 5SL is usually QRV on 20 meters SSB around 1700
to 1830z. QSL via N 4 GNR.
Members of the VIC Amateur Radio Contest are QRV with special
call sign 4 U 75 A from Vienna until December 31 to celebrate
the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
Activity is on 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via UA 3 DX.
Many special events marking the 75th anniversary of the
United Nations are slated, including in the United States
where members of the United Nations Amateur Radio Club,
are in the air as 4U 7 5UN to celebrate the opening of the
General Assembly and UN's 75th anniversary.
The operation is being done remotely.
(ARRL - ARNewsLine)
Special event station OZ 100 MILL is QRV to December 15 to
celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the unification in 1920
of Southern Jutland with Denmark.
Activity is on all HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and other
QSL via bureau.
Active is F 4 HJO / p from Brehat Island until October 24
SSB on the 80, 40, 20 and 17m bands.
QSL via Logbook of The World or via his home call F 4 HJO
direct or via the bureau.
(sourced to RSGB)
Take, JG 8 NQJ is back to the weather station on Minami Torishima
until mid-January 2021.
Take will operate CW as JG 8 NQJ / JD 1
QSL G8NQJ via the bureau.
(sourced to RSGB)
With the passing of Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, legendary
guitarist of the band Van Halen, October 6th 2020, a special
tribute event station will be on air as PA 5 1 5 0 EVH
between October 28th and at least until January 31st 2021, a
few days after Eddie's birthday.
The numbers 5,1,5,0 refer to different moments in the
Van Halen history, including Eddie's recording studio,
guitars and the first album with lead singer Sammy Hager.
QSL via PF 1 SCT by the Bureau and there will be a limited
amount of special QSL cards; BUT QSL only via the Bureau.
For more details and a video, see QRZ.com
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMITTING a report? go to
Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.
Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
7.050 to 7.100
14.000 to 14.250
14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
21.000 to 21.450
24.890 to 24.990
28.000 to 29.700
Steve VK3ZAZ dropped us a feedback note this week to advise
of QRM on Satellite AO7.
For all 432 ops.
Oscar seven has come back to life after 39 years.
Its uplink is 432.150 LSB +/-
On several passes lately chats on 432.150 usb from east coast
VK ops have drifted through qsos on ao7.
Please be aware the bird can't qsy but you can.
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THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report
Measure Twice cut Once.
RESEARCHERS CLAIM 'LIMITLESS' LOW-VOLTAGE POWER SOURCE
Hams who operate portable, and even those who don't, are
always in search of the "perfect" power source. Researchers
are too - and Kevin Trotman N5PRE from Amateur Radio NewsLine
(arnewsline.org) tells us about some findings from scientists
KEVIN: Physicists at the University of Arkansas have created
a circuit that they say can harvest the thermal motion inside
graphene - an electrically conductive form of elemental
carbon - and turn it into low-voltage electrical current to
power sensors or small devices.
They also say the power is clean and limitless.
They created the circuit by using two diodes to convert AC
into DC. The pulsing DC current performs work on a load
The researchers claim the diodes have a symbiotic
relationship with the graphene and increase the circuit's
power. They believe that this project has proven that
graphenes thermal motion at room temperature induces an
alternating current in a circuit -- an achievement that some
physicists have said is not possible.
(Amateur Radio NewsLine)
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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Neutron-1 has successfully launched as part of an
International Space Station resupply mission from NASAs
Facility in Virginia. The small satellite involved more than
100 University of Hawai'i students, faculty, staff and
volunteers, and will measure neutrons in space and radiation
coming from the Sun.
Neutron-1 carries an FM repeater:
A downlink on 435.300 MHz and an uplink on 145.840 MHz
Rocket Lab CEO Warns of Space Junk
In 1978, NASA scientist Donald Kessler warned of a potential
catastrophic, cascading chain reaction in outer space.
Today known as "Kessler Syndrome," the theory posited that
space above Earth could one day become so crowded, so
polluted with both active satellites and the detritus of
space explorations past, that it could render future space
endeavours more difficult, if not impossible.
Last week, the CEO of Rocket Lab, a launch start-up, said the
company is already beginning to experience the effect of
growing congestion in outer space.
Read the complete story at the link
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Members and operators of the Japanese Antarctic Research
Expedition team (JARE) continue to be active as 8 J 1 RL
from Showa Research Station, Queen Maud Land, until
Activity on various HF bands using CW and the Digital modes.
Most of the activity has been on 40/30/17 meters using mainly
FT8 with some CW.
QSL via JG2MLI or by the JARL Bureau.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - LOW DOWN
Historic Grimeton transmitter to broadcast for United Nations
On United Nations Day, the 24th of October, the SAQ
Very Low Frequency transmitter in Grimeton, Sweden,
will again send out a message.
Start-up and tuning of the Alexanderson Alternator will be from
1430 UTC and the message will be transmitted from SAQ
on 17.2kHz CW at 1500 UTC.
Live streaming can be seen on YouTube.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
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
Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz
Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz
At the recently held IARU Region 3 meeting, they have called
for a Region 3 SET (Simulated Emergency Test) which should be
set up as soon as possible, this to practice
domestic/international emergency communications.
The details will be announced on the Region 3 website and
sent to every society once all necessary documents are
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 (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 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
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