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Intruders and their reporting.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
WATCH OUR SPACE
The University of Western Australia is set to install an
optical communications station capable of receiving
high-speed data transmissions from space.
The communications station will be able to receive data from
spacecraft from anywhere between low-Earth orbit, i.e.
between 160km and 1000km above planet green to as far away as
the surface of the moon - some 384,000 km.
Dr Sascha Schediwy, Astrophotonics Group leader at UWA and
the International Centre for Radio Astronomy, said optical
communications are an emerging alternative to radio waves and
are expected to drastically improve data transfer capabilities
Data from the station will then be fed to Goonhillys
supercomputer data centre in England by high-speed fibre.
The ground station is expected to be operational from as early
as next year (2021).
Optus claims to have set a new Australian 5G speed record with
a download speed of over 2.5 Gbps using a Samsung Galaxy S20
5G device on the first of its new high-speed 5G sites that
will be deployed in Sydney and Melbourne.
The demonstration conducted in conjunction with Ericsson and
Samsung, involved using mid-band spectrum and 5G carrier
aggregation to achieve blazing fast 5G speeds
Meanwhile, Optus plans to add an additional 100 MHz of
3500 MHz spectrum on its 5G home internet service in select
areas of Sydney and Melbourne over the next few months. This
will result in faster average speeds for customers within the
footprint. Optus said its 5G home internet service is
delivering average speeds of 214 Mbps, with some users
experiencing speeds of over 300 MHz
Writing in criticalcomms.com.au John Stanton the CEO of
Communications Alliance tells how telecommunications are
essential to keeping Australians connected.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the bushfire disasters in late 2019
and earlier this year have once again and more powerfully
than ever highlighted the criticality of telecommunications
infrastructure for all Australians.
With all aspects of our lives now being digitised in some
form or another, telecommunications networks are essential
to the functioning of Australias economy and society,
especially in emergencies.
Warning Australians of dangers and delivering targeted
information into affected areas is crucial but can be
challenging during emergencies. Cell broadcasting, a
standards-based technology that is already being used in
New Zealand and internationally, offers capabilities that
would help overcome many of those challenges. Australias
mobile operators stand ready to engage with government over
ways of how such a solution could be implemented here in
Cell broadcast alerting is a newer way of sending information
to mobile phones in a set area without people needing to
download an app or subscribe to a service.
The alerts appear similar to text messages and are received
automatically and for free by all cell broadcast enabled
mobile phones in an area.
As no technology is 100 per cent failsafe or equally useful
in all conditions and emergencies, multiple channels will
continue to be used to send alerts when emergencies happen
such as radio, television, websites, various social media,
smartphone apps, sirens and others.
The system is well established elsewhere in the world in
counties such as the US, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Chile,
the Netherlands and Taiwan.
WIA board minutes and although some six (6) months since any
minutes have been released, minutes can be found on
WIA VICE PRESIDENT LEE MOYLE VK3GK and
Amateur band Intruders and their reporting.
For those HF users in the past couple of weeks who have been
active on the bands, you may have experienced a quite
noticeable increase in the propagation, especially in the
higher bands. Along with that come intruders to our bands,
whether in the form of Over the Horizon Radar, taxis on
10m FM or just the annoying fishing boats, usually all from
our northern neighbours.
The WIA IARU Monitoring System (WIMS) is a part of the IARU
global monitoring activities of the Amateur Service across
all three regions. Australia belongs to IARU Region 3.
Information is shared with other national societies within
the region and other regions to assist with locating and
The WIA has a long established arrangement whereby amateurs
can report possible unauthorised (non-amateur) transmissions
within our primary HF bands to the WIMS Coordinator.
The nominated WIA Monitoring System Coordinator is
Peter Young VK3MV who can be contacted by email on
Reports of identified intruders are also lodged with the
appropriate spectrum management administration to enable
removal action to be taken. The WIA IARU Monitoring System is
an agreed mechanism between the Australian Communications and
Media Authority (ACMA) and the Wireless Institute of
Australia to identify and instigate (compliance) action to
remove non-amateur intruders which are causing substantial
interference to Australian amateurs in amateur HF frequency
bands which are designated by the ACMA for exclusive use by
The ACMA interprets substantial interference as that level of
interference which degrades reception by a considerable
degree. The ACMA is obliged under the WIA IARU Monitoring
System mechanism to investigate and as much as is practical
resolve intrusions into amateur HF bands in which Australian
amateurs have Primary status. The agreed procedure between
the ACMA and the WIA for forwarding intruder complaints from
the WIA has a 9 point process which can be found on the WIA
website at www.wia.org.au/members/protecting/about/
The WIA and ACMA have developed a standard WIMS reporting
form (an Excel spreadsheet), that should be used to record
your observations, alternatively, you can use the On-Line
Reporting form for reporting one off intruders which is found
on the WIA website.
To file reports it is important to follow the proper
established channels that are in place via the WIA, ACMA
and IARU mechanisms, whether a local WIA affiliated club,
online radio club or a dedicated individual as this will
not waste precious volunteer time and actually provide
proper reporting to the appropriate authorities to address
the intruders and their removal from the Amateur bands.
This is Lee Moyle VK3GK and WIA Vice President for WIA news.
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
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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
Free Radio Training
The Tait Radio Academy provide online courses in DMR and many
other modes and many of the courses are free. You just need
to register and then the course become available to undertake
at your pace.
On last weeks VK7WI news Sean VK7FAZE provided the link we
like and now that link is in the text edition of this
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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.
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is coming to a device near you soon!
The crew at CQ have put out the call for speaker presentations
for their next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo in March 2021.
As Eric Guth, 4Z1UG said in an email to us this week " We are
looking for amateur radio presentations, on any amateur radio
topic, from anyplace in the World where hams live and operate
and intend to fill the weekend with excellent and educational
ham radio content.
We also made an investment in speaker management software
to allow us to make sure that every accepted presentation
is on-boarded easily and efficiently."
In this the 'new norm world' there no longer is a need to
use local or close by speakers for club events even.
The world is our oyster.
See you at the "Expo"!
( qsotodayhamexpo.com )
Rotuma Memorial DXpedition
Tony, 3D2AG, will once again visit in December, and be active
as 3 D 2 AG/p.
While there, Tony will erect a monument on the island to his
late son, who, drowned during his visit to the island in
January this year. In his son's honour, Tony is calling this
visit the "Rehanisi Memorial DXpedition".
This trip will primarily be for the purpose of finalizing the
tombstone memorial. He will stay on Rotuma (OC-060) until
about mid-January 2021 and wireless wise will mostly be on
CW and FT8.
Note however, this DXpedition is another of a growing list
who use PayPal for direct QSOs.
117 South Africans receive their ham radio licences
SARL report all licences for candidates who passed the
August RAE have been issued by the communications regulator
South African Radio Amateur Exams are usually held twice a
year in May and October, this year only one exam, August 29
has been held.
In September the SARL reported 119 candidates had passed the
August RAE. In a normal year just under 200 people usually
pass either their Class A or Class B exam. The population of
South Africa is about 57 million, twice that of Australia.
( 25+ million mid 2020 )
Radio ham attacked while operating near Cheltenham
The Gloucestershire Echo reports a radio amateur was attacked
by four men while operating from Aggs Hill, Cleeve Common,
He was approached by four men. "Two of the men assaulted
the victim by pushing him into the car door and punching him
in the side of his head," said a police spokesperson.
After the assault the four men left the scene together in a
Land Rover," he added.
The incident happened at around 9.20pm in the evening.
Nothing was stolen during the incident however one of the
offenders shouted about 'recording'," the victim said which
leads the investigating officers to believe the offenders may
have misconstrued the victim's actions, as he was using
radio equipment in the course of his listening to broadcasts
due to using amateur radio in the course of his hobby.
146MHz experiment to continue
UK hams do not have the same 2 meter privileges as we here in
VK but in some good news from there regulator, OFCOM this
week their temporary use of 146 to 147 MHz band which was
set to expire October 31 will be available for a further year.
To take advantage of this band, the UK hams need to apply
for a new Notice of Variation even if they have held one
The NoV is issued free and is available to all UK Full
licence holders but the band is intended for technical and
experimental work and should not be used for modes or
operations that normally take place in their 144 to 146 MHz
Unveiling Ceremony to Commemorate Battle of Atlantic and
Fern Blodgett Sunde the First Female Radio Operator to go to
It was a 'virtual' unveiling ceremony of the Fern Blodgett
Sunde bronze monument Saturday, October 17, 2020 at
Cobourg, by Lake Ontario.
Fern (1918-1991) grew up in Cobourg, with a dream of sailing
the high seas and determined to serve Canada when WWII broke
out, she became the first Canadian woman to graduate with a
professional wireless radio operators certificate, and the
first woman ever to work deep sea as a ships radio operator
or as Sparks.
Fern carried out her duties with outstanding competence and
great courage during the Battle of the Atlantic. It was
incredibly dangerous, as Allied ships fighting to get
personnel and crucial supplies to Britain faced U-boats,
mined waters, enemy aircraft, and the perils of the sea as a
Fern was aboard 78 of one ships (the Mosdale) record 96
Later in this WIA News Bulletin Nick VK7WW will take a look
at Australias first woman to hold a wireless experimenters
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
----2020 THIS WEEKEND----------
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
VK 65 PFA, will continue until the 24th of November marking
World Polio Day. The special event station VK 65 PFA, will
continue until the 24th of November. Visit the QRZ page of
VK65PFA for operating and QSL details.
( This just in from VK4DI -" Bill & I will be kicking off this
event during the CQWW SSB contest this weekend. Other
ROAR members will be activating the call on FT8 and CW
during November - We will post on the DX Cluster and on
the ROAR FB page when we can.
The full info is on QRZ.com. Club Log and LOTW have been
set up as well. Logs will be updated as we receive them
from the various operators in VK
*Special Event Station VK65PFA (Polio Free Africa)"
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. Activity is on the HF bands and QSL is via LoTW.
OR 39 CLM in Belgium commemorates the liberation in 1944 by
Folk all through the region take part in the 'Canadian
Liberation March' where 'pre-Covid many thousands of walkers
participated in the march that follows the route that was
taken by the soldiers, that being between the Western Scheldt
in the Netherlands and Knokke-Heist in Belgium.
This is the 39th year they have had special event station
on the air. So, the special event call this year will be
OR39CLM (Canadian Liberation March).
OR39CLM is QRV until only November 13.
Listen for Don, K6ZO, who is active as 7 Q 6 M from a mission
hospital at the Loudon Station in Malawi, a landlocked country
in south-eastern Africa through until the middle of December.
He will be using CW and SSB at various times, usually on 20,
40 and 80 meters and his residence, he will operate FT8.
You can also listen for him during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
this weekend October 24th and 25th and the CQWW DX CW Contest
on November 28th and 29th.
Send QSLs to K6ZO.
Updated October 16th is a list provided by the U.S. Postal
Service re temporarily suspending international mail
acceptance for certain destinations due to service impacts
related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suspension Due to Foreign Postal Operator Service Suspension
includes Madagascar, Turkmenistan and Libya whilst suspension
due to unavailability of transportation includes Lebanon,
Republic of Congo, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands,
Papua New Guinea and Syria.
Australian amateurs have recently launched a new
international club to promote and embrace diversity in
the radio hobbies. The Pride Radio Group exists as a safe
and friendly community for people from all walks of life to
discuss and experiment with radio while showing pride in
Membership in the Pride Radio Group is free and has already
attracted over 100 signups. Activities include a global net,
a future contest and special events to promote the group and
build a community.
Learn more about the Pride Radio Group on the web site:
Hi this is Nick VK7WW.
It wasn't that long ago when we heard about the book
Four Men and a Walrus; but heres a new one!
Take note, because its about our Amateur Radio Heritage.
This book is called RADIO GIRL by David Dufty. Its the
story of the extraordinary Mrs Mac, pioneer engineer and
wartime legend, Florence Violet McKenzie.
She created an epicentre in 1921 for Amateur Wireless
Operators in Sydney with The Wireless Shop.
Mrs Mac was the first woman in Australia to hold a wireless
experimenters licence - in the 1920s the majority of
Communications was by CW; and Mrs Mac was captivated by
But there is much more in the book than what Ive mentioned
here... As Dick Smith describes RADIO GIRL by DAVID DUFTY,
Its a cracking story about the famous Australian radio
engineer youve never heard of
Ill be back soon with another BOOK NOTE.
This is Nick VK7WW Signing Clear.
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
Ham Radio Perspectives on YouTube has posted the first history
of ham radio print media, from QST and CQ magazine to
callbooks, manuals, catalogues, and even fiction.
Also covered are some pre-ham periodicals that influenced the
growth of the hobby, and special columns in publications such
as Popular Electronics.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING
Eleven schools across the US launched helium-filled balloons
carrying amateur radio payloads on October 9.
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum live-streamed the
multiple launches and the balloons were trackable via
ham radio on APRS
The lighter-than-air vehicles were intended to head east
around the globe, although theres no accounting for
upper air currents. Altitudes were expected to be in the
20,000 25,000 foot range, with the balloons taking a
few days to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the balloons
are already out over the Atlantic, and one, the KS1LAS-1
balloon, launched from Washington, was reported over the
Mediterranean on October 14, moving at a speedy 69 MPH
at an altitude of some 40,400 feet.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
FISTS Club - East Asia feacw.net
FISTS Club - Australasia fdu.org.au
FISTS Club - UK & Europe fists.co.uk
FISTS Club - Americas fists.org
Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
The Reverse Beacon Network
CW operators, the Reverse Beacon Network or RBN is an
It is made up of dozens of dedicated receiving stations
who report on all signals heard, both signal strength and
CW speed. It is especially useful as a propagation tool.
Just call CQ and see where and how well you are being heard.
Use it to compare antenna performance or to see how you are
doing compared to other stations. Probably the most useful
feature is a database of past spots so you can look back over
time to see what was happening on the bands.
The RBN is hosted by DXwatch.com and to use the system,
just log into reversebeacon.net
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week in this news I spoke of the "Kessler Syndrome,"
the theory 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 difficult, if not impossible.
Now comes word that in comments to the FCC, ARRL has targeted
two specific areas of concern regarding a Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, that being mitigation of orbital debris
in the new space age.
In comments filed the ARRL focused on the areas of
indemnification and maneuverability/propulsion.
Indemnification places the liability for any possible damage
from a satellite on an individual or entity. ARRL reiterated
its assertion that, as a practical matter, an indemnification
requirement "would seriously impair the ability of amateur
and university experimenters to launch and operate satellites
under US auspices" due to the potential liability and high
The FNPRM can be found here
Although the FCC has announced plans to delete the secondary
amateur radio 3.3 - 3.5 GHz allocation, that amateur
allocation will remain in place just across the northern US
Radio Amateurs of Canada said that the FCC action has raised
concerns among Canadian amateurs BUT this FCC action does not
directly affect Canadian amateurs, who continue to have a
secondary allocation on this band.
World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) will include
an agenda item to consider worldwide allocations to mobile
internet services in several bands, among them 3.3 - 3.4 GHz
and 10.0 - 10.5 GHz. The International Amateur Radio Union
has announced its intention to vigorously defend amateur
interests in both bands at WRC-23 and RAC representatives in
Canadian working groups preparing the Canadian positions for
WRC-23 agenda items will be doing likewise, RAC said.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Grant VK5GR, advises all that he is " returning to Kangaroo
Island (OC-139) - January 11-22nd, 2021 -- After a successful
trip in July 2020, I will be returning to KI in January for a
longer break. As we get closer, details of what bands and
modes will be active will be announced on my web page."
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROTA
ROTA Recipes On The Air
ANZA NET 14.183 0515 UTC Daily and Thursdays do they have the
recipe (for fun)
Ladies Day is now held on Thursdays each week with the ANZA
net -controls are Lyn VK4SWE when available and Shirley VK5YL
and is usually followed by ROTA (Recipes on the Air).
These YLs (and OMs) would love to hear some new voices.
Join in the fun!
REWIND - WITH JOHN KNOX
Recording Industry Pioneer Jac Holzman, ex-K2VEH,
Marks a Milestone:
A recent online Rolling Stone magazine article chronicled the
career of Jack, at one time a Radio Ham who went on and became
a recording industry and technology pioneer.
Seventy years ago, K2VEH co-founded Elektra Records, a label
best known for folk and blues fare, and he signed such
diverse acts as The Doors and Judy Collins.
"He helped launch both the CD format and home video, and sat
on the board of Atari, which revolutionized home entertainment
in 1977 with the Atari 2600 game console. He also set up the
pilot program that became MTV, and held executive roles at
Pioneer Electronics and Panavision," Rolling Stone's
Tim Ingham wrote. Jack was also behind the Authentic Sound
Effects albums that became popular with radio and TV producers
and helped pull Elektra out of debt.
In a photo in Rolling Stone a young Jac Holzman is sitting
with cans on and right hand on a key, in front of a desk
laden with now-vintage ham gear. The image does capture a
professional tape machine, however, so it's possible that
Holzman's ham shack and home studio were one and the same.
A WRL-print QSL card -- visible in the background and a bit
hard to see -- displays Holzman's call sign, K2VEH.
It's not known how long Holzman was a radio amateur, but
judging from the stack of equipment in front of him in the
photo, he must have fired up that Globe Scout once in a while,
when not building the Elektra label.
(The ARRL Letter and eHam)
2020 Social Scene
THIS WEEKEND - SATURDAY 24
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)
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