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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING NOVEMBER 01 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
In the news, Felix with his 'Nets of Note' picks up on
a good one via our sister broadcaster, Amateur Radio
NewsLine.. Details from Clive VK6CSW on the RAOTC net
Last Man Standing goes QRT--again
Fins aren't what they used to be - Nokia heads for the moon
And in REWIND with VK4FJRK John Knox, it's a look hear at
KDKA's Centennial - The birth of Commercial Radio
But now - More engineers to be trained for HF radar
criticalcomms.com.au are reporting Australias Department of
Defence is joining up with BAE Systems Australia and the
University of Adelaide to advance interest in the study of
HF radar technology, in an effort to increase the number of
An MoU has been signed that will see the establishment of a
Centre for High Frequency Technologies.
Of prime concern is increasing knowledge and understanding of
the domain in which Australias Jindalee Operational Radar
Network over-the-horizon HF radar operates.
The Centre will develop and commercialise new technologies
that will benefit defence industry and Defences ability to
transition innovation into capability, added Minister for
Defence Industry Melissa Price.
Ultimately, the program will also bolster employment
opportunities in upper-atmosphere physics and radio-frequency
( criticalcomms.com.au )
FAMOUS AUSSIE HONOURED WITH A UK PECIAL EVENT STATION.
Larry, G 4 HLN will be active as GB 4 CKS between the 1st and
the 14th of November. He will operate CW and some SSB 40 to
10m, that call GB 4 CKS is marking the 85th anniversary of
the death of Australian record-setting aviator Sir Charles
Kingsford Smith, who disappeared on the 8th of November 1935
off the coast of Myanmar, then known as Burma, whilst trying
to break the England-Australia speed record.
QSL via G4HLN, direct or via the bureau.
Nice one Larry!
WIA board minutes can be found on wia.org.au click
Now usually we are able to bring you a report from a director,
(they do take it in rostered turns). Last week we were
expecting our President, this week our Secretary however
nothing heard was the loud reply.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate
AR Club, ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the
World Wide sources of the WIA.
NZ 5 MHz Amateur Band usage - ceases
NZART, the New Zealand National Amateur Society advises that
unfortunately the New Zealand Defence Force) has advised that
they are not willing to approve another renewal of the 5 MHz
AS A RESULT, ALL USE BY NZ AMATEURS OF THE TWO 5 MHZ TRIAL
FREQUENCIES, 5353.0 KHZ OR 5362.0 KHZ CEASED FROM MIDNIGHT
24 OCTOBER 2020.
Although the trial is over and all transmissions on the trial
frequencies are now QRT, NZART will continue to work with
their regulator to see if there are other ways of providing
ZL Amateurs with access to 5 MHz frequencies.
Amateur radio rule change.
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is
holding a public consultation on revisions to Radio Law
Enforcement Regulations to enable elementary and junior high
school students to experience the enjoyment of amateur radio.
Although the new Amateur Radio Experience Station was
institutionalized in April this year to enable social
contribution, in order to further expand, the system will be
reviewed so that unqualified elementary and junior high
students can experience the utilization and enjoyment of
radio waves in their daily lives.
That old giant of the telecommunications world, Finnish company
Nokia, says it has been tapped by NASA to build the first
cellular communications network on the moon.
The Finnish telecommunications equipment maker said that its
Nokia Bell Labs division will build a 4G communications
system to be deployed on a lunar lander to the moons surface
in late 2022.
Nokias network will provide critical communications
capabilities for tasks astronauts will need to carry out,
like remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation
and high-definition video streaming.
Golden Antenna Award
The German town of Bad Bentheim is again taking nominations
for the Golden Antenna Award.
For 50 years, the town has hosted German-Dutch Amateur Radio
Days, during which the town stresses the importance of
amateur radio as a public service. A committee headed by the
mayor of Bad Bentheim will choose the winner who will be
invited to receive the award August 2021.
The committee will favour candidates who did something
special related to the Covid-19 pandemic, but other
candidates are also welcome.
Magellan and the world's first circumnavigation, 500 years
Back in August last year, 2019, Spain began to celebrate the
500th anniversary of the start of the first circumnavigation
of the world, unwittingly initiated by Ferdinand Magellan.
Yes five centuries ago, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand
Magellan discovered a passage between the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans today's Strait of Magellan.
He paid dearly for his expedition in search of the East
Indies, he was killed in the Philippines.
In the end, almost three years after setting sail for the
Moluccas, only one of the five ships returned home, with
a Captain Elcano completing Magellan's involuntary and
unplanned circumnavigation of the world.
On September 6, 1522, the Victoria reached the Spanish port
of Sanlucar de Barrameda. Only about 20 sailors survived the
first historically documented circumnavigation of the world.
Now EA 7 URF, is participating in the official celebrations
for the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation
of the Earth as AM 500 ETS and is active to November 8th.
Peru to sell amateur radio frequencies
BNamericas report Perus Ministry for Transport and
Communications plans to sell-off amateur radio frequencies in
the 3.3-3.8 GHz band for 5G mobile
BNamericas note the spectrum was used by Radio Amateurs and
radiolocation and say: " In a ruling published last week,
however, MTC modified the national frequency allocation plan
to allow carriers to provide some services other than those
originally assigned for the spectrum."
Peru expects to launch a spectrum tender for 5G technology in
the first half of 2021, awarding frequencies in the
3.3 GHz-3.8G Hz range (3.5G Hz band) and the 24.2 GHz-25.5 GHz
range (26 GHz band).
In 2019 the amateur radio regulations listed their amateur
allocation as 3.3-3.5 GHz
Read the BNamericas story at
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
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
Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest takes place ALL of
VHF-UHF SUMMER FIELD DAY - Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January.
CQWW 160M CW CONTEST January 29 - 31.
CQWW 160M SSB CONTEST February 26 - 28.
VI 75 WW 2 is active until November 11th, 2020 to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the
Second World War. Activity is on the HF bands and QSL is via
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.
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.
OR 39 CLM in Belgium commemorates the liberation in 1944 by
Canadian troops. OR39CLM is on air only November 13.
And speaking of "the Canuks" Be listening for Ron, VA 3 RVK
who will be on the air in Canada as XL 3 T until November 24.
This to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ending of
World War II and the Canadian Liberation.
Be listening for him as well as CJ3T on November 28th.
QSL for both callsigns to VE3AT.
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.
OZ 200 EM is on the air until the end of 2020, honouring
the memory of Hans Christian Orsted, discoverer of the
principle of electromagnetism some 200 years ago.
QSL via OZ 1 ACB.
Also in DENMARK
Special event station OZ 100 MILL is working to December 15
celebrating 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 digital modes.
QSL via bureau.
Listen for 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 is 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 CW Contest
on November 28th and 29th.
Send QSLs to K 6 ZO.
DK 70 DARC is active until the end of December to celebrate
the 70th anniversary of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club.
QSL via the bureau.
With the passing of Edward Van Halen, legendary guitarist of
the band Van Halen back on October 6th, a special tribute
event station is rockin' on air as PA 5 1 5 0 EVH until
January 31st 2021.
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
Special call sign VR 2 HK 9O is QRV until May 31, 2021 to
celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Hong Kong Amateur Radio
Transmitting Society. QSL via VR 2 HK.
AN ECHOLINK NET CELEBRATES ACTRESS HEDY LAMARR
Actress Hedy Lamarr was as noted for her performances as her
penchant for inventing in the realm of radio.
There's a party for her on EchoLink - and Jim Damron N 8 TMW
tells us about it.
Among radio enthusiasts and fellow tinkerers, the late actress
Hedy Lamarr deserved her name up in lights for reasons that
had nothing to do with Hollywood. An inventor with a penchant
for technology the star is credited with helping develop a
patented radio signalling device used during the Second World
War that years later led to GPS, Bluetooth, increased
security on mobile phones and Wi-Fi.
In 1997 - just three years before her death at the age of 85,
she was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer
On Monday, November 9th, which would have been her 106th
birthday, the EchoLink ROC-HAM Conference Server is hosting
Hedy Lamarr Day with a four-hour net.
Four YL net controllers will be taking check-ins and
celebrating her accomplishments. The net will also be
accessible on the DODROPIN Conference Server Node 355800.
For just a short while, Hedy Lamarr will also be back on the
screen - the small screen in this case. Organizer John
DeRycke W2JLD told NewsLine that the event will be streamed
on YouTube's World Amateur Radio Day channel. It will also be
heard on Broadcastify.
Be watching Netlogger - and be listening on EchoLink -- for
the call sign N 9 H and visit the QRZ page for details about
a special event QSL card.
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Jim Damron N8TMW.
THE LAST OF TV'S 'LAST MAN STANDING'
Attention TV fans, Tim Allen KK 6 OTD is going QRT on the
The American TV sitcom "Last Man Standing" will begin its
ninth and final season on the network early next year.
The Fox network has carried the series since May 2018,
following its cancellation by ABC a year earlier.
The show features Tim as amateur radio operator Mike Baxter
Producer John Amodeo AA6JA told our sister news caster
"Amateur Radio NewsLine" that cast and crew are now in the
process of shooting 21 shows to begin airing in January.
All is not lost, however: As John noted, even after Season 9
is done, the show's 194 episodes will live on in syndication.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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
COMPETITION IS IN THE CARDS FOR STRAIGHT KEY CENTURY CLUB
For members of the Straight Key Century Club, the competition's
in the cards - the QSL cards, that is.
Skeeter Nash N5ASH from Amateur Radio NewsLine explains.
CW enthusiasts who've had their fill of sprints, QSO Parties,
marathons and other on-air contests are being invited to take
their competitive spirits off the air for a little while and
express themselves with something other than their straight
keys. This is a QSL Card contest and it's for members of the
Straight Key Century Club, which is marking its 15th
anniversary in 2021.
Members are being asked to provide designs for QSL cards to
be used during the club's annual Straight Key Month, which
begins on January 2nd 2021. The call sign for the event is,
once again, K 3 Y.
If your QSL card lands among the top 12 in popularity, it will
be among those featured in the club's printed calendar for
the new year.
Members of the Straight Key Century Club should send their
images to Drew at AF 2 Z
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Skeeter Nash N5ASH.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
The ARRL reports WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT,
recently expressed puzzlement over the use of FT8 in contests
rather than FT4, which was designed for contesting
He said, and I quote "I fail to understand why anyone who
uses FT8 in a contest would fail to use FT4 for much of the
time as it's twice as fast."
"For speed, flexibility, and ease of running the bands, yes,
you should use SSB and CW when there are stations to work,"
Taylor said in summary. "When you run out of those, use FT8
and especially FT4."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Satellite Acronyms Wiki Established
As with any specialized or technical endeavour, the language
of amateur satellites is filled with terms, abbreviations,
shorthand, and acronyms that become second nature to those
who use them daily, but can be obscure to newcomers - or even
to old hands who begin to explore new aspects of satellite
construction or operation. This became abundantly clear
during the recent AMSAT Symposium, in which some of our
hobby's top experts presented projects to the general
In response to inquiries from Symposium participants,
John Brier, KG4AKV, and Brad Brooks, WF7T, have initiated a
wiki page for listing, and briefly explaining, the technical
jargon of our field.
When confused by an unfamiliar batch of "alphabet soup,"
consult the wiki at the link we like in this weeks text
version of WIA NATIONAL NEWS
New Satellite Distance Records Claimed
Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ, and Jrme LeCuyer, F4DXV, have set a
new record via RS-44.
They completed an 8,402 km QSO between DN32 in Idaho and JN15
in France on October 19th which exceeds the prior record by
just 45 km.
F4DXV also set another record during his trip to JN15.
Shortly after setting the record on RS-44, Jrme worked
Michael Styne, K2MTS, in FN22 via AO-27. This QSO covered
a distance of 5,904 km, eclipsing the prior record of 5,682 km.
For more distance records, see the AMSAT Satellite Distance
Records page on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
TX 0 T
Cezar, VE3LYC is active as TX0T from one of the new IOTAs in
French Polynesia, Tatakoto Atoll, OC-298, until the 5th of
November primarily on 40, 30, 20 and 17 metres CW and SSB.
QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via VE3LYC.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME
Mention the word Maritime and the minds springs to one of the
greatest tragedies on the hi-seas.. The sinking of the Titanic.
Now there is an ongoing legal battle that divides those who
want to retrieve the ships telegraph ver. those who prefer
that everything on the bottom of the ocean be left alone for
This artefact is considered 'key' to the tragedy but to
rescue it it would be necessary to make searches in an
underwater area where there may still be human remains of the
1,500 people who were shipwrecked in the Atlantic.
The controversy has arisen since an American company, which
has already removed several items from the ocean liner,
announced new plans. RMS Titanic Inc. wants to rescue the
Marconi wireless telegraph that issued distress signals on
the night of the shipwreck, April 15, 1912. These calls saved
the lives of about 700 people who managed to escape in
The expedition would take place in the middle of 2021 and
would use an underwater robot.
However, the United States government opposes these plans,
claiming that such an operation would violate federal law and
would not respect an international agreement, also involving
the United Kingdom, which recognizes the wreck as a memorial
to the dead.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the Radio Amateurs
Old Timers Club of Australias Novembers bulletin goes to air
The main features this month are:
1. Club news and report on the AGM
2. First BIG Broadcast read by Ian VK3JS
3. Part 2 of the Uncertain Future of Amateur Radio
read by Bruce VK3UV
Everyone is most welcome to tune in tomorrow and to join in
the call backs afterwards.
Eastern states listeners are reminded that there are now two
20 metre transmissions tomorrow. The first is at 00 hours UTC
from Katherine in the Northern Territory beamed south-east,
and the second an hour later at 0100 hours UTC beamed north
from Melbourne. Both transmissions are on 14.150 MHz.
At 10 am Victorian time there is a new 80 metre transmission
on 3650 kHz, transmitted simultaneously with the 160, 40 and
2 metre transmissions. Also note that the evening 80 metre
and 2 metre transmissions have been brought forward to 8 pm.
A full list of transmission times and frequencies throughout
Australia,, including those via DMR, D-STAR and Echo-link can
be found on the RAOTC website raotc.org.au I urge all
listeners to visit the RAOTC website to check the latest
information for your area. Be aware that Victoria is now on
daylight saving time so those in other states who listen via
D-STAR, DMR or EchoLink will need to adjust their local times
Dont forget too that you can download the current audio file
from the RAOTC website at any time as from today.
Once again, please check the RAOTC website for your local
transmission schedule, tune in tomorrow or download the file
for the October bulletin, and we look forward to hearing your
call sign in the call backs afterwards.
Stay safe and 73 from Clive VK6CSW.
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
THIS IS NOT A DRILL
Emergency communications kits from ARRL Headquarters have
been pre-positioned in Louisiana in preparation for Tropical
Storm Zeta which is headed for Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula.
The Hurricane Warning Centre station, WX4NHC said at time of
sourcing for this article in WIA News that Zeta was some
120 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum
sustained winds of 70 MPH, moving northwest at 10 MPH.
The NHC predicts some strengthening before Zeta makes
ARRL Emergency Management Director Paul Stewart, KE5ZW, has
contacted ARES leadership in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,
and Florida to offer such assistance as HamAid, if needed.
(sourced to QRZ)
KDKA Centennial-The birth of Commercial Radio
Monday November 2, 2020 marks the centennial of radio station
KDKA going on the air for the first time.
Their first broadcast, considered by many to be the birth of
commercial broadcast radio, was to report the election
results of the Harding-Cox presidential race. KDKA has been
on the air continuously ever since.
To celebrate this historic milestone, Pittsburgh area amateur
radio operators, will take to the airwaves with a series of
special event stations. Their goal is to contact as many
other ham radio operators across the United States and around
the world. They will be celebrating the centennial of KDKA
for the entire month of November.
KDKA originally began operations in 1916 as an amateur radio
station, call sign 8XK, operated by Dr. Frank Conrad,
Assistant Chief Engineer of Westinghouse Electric and
During World War I, amateur radio operations were ordered to
be suspended because of national security concerns. After the
war, the operators reorganized the station as a commercial
AM radio station. The first transmissions of KDKA were from
a makeshift studio on a roof of the Westinghouse K Building
in East Pittsburgh.
Four men basically manned that first broadcast:
Engineer William Thomas;
telephone line operator John Frazier;
R.S. McClelland, a standby and
Leo Rosenberg, radios first announcer.
The election results were relayed to about 1,000 listeners, who learned through this incredible new medium, that Warren Harding beat James Cox in the race for the Oval Office.
The KDKA amateur radio special event stations, operating with
call signs K3A, K3D, K3K, and W 8 XK will be set up at
several locations in Pennsylvania during November
kdka reconstructed first broadcast
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.
VK4 - Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner Sat Nov 28 (vk4acc)
VK4 - TARC AGM November 29 at Rossiter Park Aitkenvale (tarc)
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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