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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING NOVEMBER 15 2020
IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
( 1937 in a mention we've come across relating to weekly
broadcasts of information prepared by VK4 was a plea to
restart the weekly news service which was on air in the
late 1920's )
WIA Director Phil vk2cpr checks in with the International
Radio Amateur Union (IARU)
Jason VK2LAW looks at comments focusing on draft
recommendations for World Radiocommunication Conference 2023
Multiple callsigns to be on the air with a SERIAL NUMBER
changed daily, these serial numbers tacked to the callsign
changing daily, count down the days until the actual
celebration day of March 25th, 2021. Confused? so are we
but Felix VK4FUQ tries to unfathom this special special
During the Second World War German intelligence deployed
wireless teams throughout occupied Europe; and, secret agents
were also sent to Britain to spy on British military activity.
This facinating era of our dark past is in the book
RADIO WAR and Nic VK7WW flicks through it's pages for us
as he reviews the book.
Bevan VK5BD The man himself responsible for the video you
see when viewing this news through your local ATV repeater
or you tube has had a big week, over 200 views and over
120 subscribers - learn more when in special interest group
news another videoographer joins us, one with a GREAT TV
Cllsign, thats Col, VK3GTV
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA and VK1WIA.
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority has recently
published a report and factsheet for Low Power Open Narrocast
(LPON) licensees on the application of the use it or lose it
A narrowcasting service station operates at a carrier
frequency within the range 87.5 to 88.0 MHz (inclusive)
to provide a low power open narrowcasting service.
Unless the new licensee of a LPON has a reasonable excuse for
not doing so, the licensee must commence the service within
six months from the day the licence was issued.
A licensee must provide the service with reasonable regularity
for the duration of the licence
The licensee must maintain records of the commencement, hours
of operation and provision of the service. ie
Keep a logbook of the hours/events of operation
keep visual and audio broadcast recordings
document the nature of the service being provided.
The report does not signal a new direction in the ACMAs
approach to the UIOLI regulatory arrangements. Rather, it is
intended to clarify the existing regulatory arrangements in
light of the AATs decisions and assist LPON licensees to
access information and guidance provided in the judgements to
interpret the application of the UIOLI conditions.
Not a WIA Member? details email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hi Im WIA Director Phil vk2cpr
The International Radio Amateur Union (IARU) is the worldwide
federation of national amateur radio organizations. The
membership of the IARU consists of more than 160 member
societies, here in region 3, the WIA is the sole
representative organisation for Australia.
The WIA has long standing working groups who interface with
the IARU on amateurs behalf. It is through them that we
received the IARUs, Future committees call to action, for
WIA members who may be interested in becoming participants in
The IARU Future Committee was born out of the need to respond
to the changing environment, particularly, the possible
erosion of our bands by commercial interests. The future
committee had its first working session on May 15th, 2020 and
has been meeting bi-weekly.
Today we are at a time where change, especially in the
telecommunications ecosystem comes at a faster and more
profound pace than ever before.
Identifying and creating future scenarios has become even
more difficult. The IARU must be able to respond and thrive
in this very rapidly changing environment, again emphasizing
the urgency to adapt or whither.
The committee members recognize that the current environment
creates the need for IARU to evolve incrementally into a more
pragmatic, flexible, and agile organization. If we look into
the future, changes are needed and the IARU must be prepared
to develop a set of work plans and adopt and implement those
proposed changes rapidly. These must be based on the need to
be flexible, and able to adapt to the environment as it is
and as it will continue to evolve. This means a continuous
path of small changes, not waiting for a comprehensive
The Future committee recommends a practical approach:
Create five working groups dedicated to specific topics.
It is highly encouraged that volunteers from IARU Region 3
member societies, that is, the WIA, participate in the
working groups. The five groups are: Core, relationships,
organization and governance, funding and legal framework.
The five working groups ask the following questions:
Core: What is the core mission and priorities for the IARU,
our members, and for amateur radio. What is and how do
we provide value? How do we think that value is
Relationships: What should the relationship of IARU be with
its member societies, Inter-governmental organizations,
second societies, special interest groups, clubs,
individuals and the rest of the telecommunications
Organization and governance: what would be the best
organizational structure for IARUs current and future
role(s), whatever they may be or become?
Funding: What are the best sources of funding?.
Legal framework: What are the best legal frameworks with the
flexibility to adapt to the current needs of Amateur
Radio and Radio Amateurs.
You can flag your interest in a committee by contacting the
WIA secretary at email@example.com
73s de Phil vk2cpr WIA Director.
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.
February 20-21 International DX CW Contest
March 6 - 7 International DX Phone Contest
WIA John Moyle Field Day 2021
March from UTC 0100 on Saturday 20 to 0059 Sunday 21nd.
March 27-28 the CQ World Wide SSB WPX Contest
May 29-30 the CQ World Wide CW WPX Contest
April 25 AM / CW ANZAC Day, Mon 25th from 9am on 7125kHz AM.
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.
UNITED NATIONS, 4U.
Special event station 4U 75 UN is QRV until the end of 2020
celebrating the United Nation's 75th anniversary.
QSL via HB 9 BOU.
The ARI Fidenza Club (IQ4FE) puts a number of special event
call signs on the air during 2020 to commemorate the life
and achievements of Guglielmo Marconi.
During November, II 4 RVT commemorates the beginnings of
Radio Vatican in 1931. QSL via IQ 4 FE.
QRV is special event call sign TM 50 GDG to November 22
commemorating the 130th birthday and the death,
of Charles de Gaulle 50 years ago.
Activity 160 to 20 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via bureau.
Active will be ZM4T during the CQWW DX CW Contest (Nov28-29)
and QSL via LoTW.
OP 0 PEACE until November 30 commemorates the anniversary
of the end of World War I.
QSL via operators' instructions.
Now here's a group of Special Event stations guaranteed to
test your logging program.
Greece's War of Independence is the special event in play.
Look for nine special stations to be active from three DXCC
entities between December 2020 and March 2021. Activity is to
celebrate the 200th anniversary of "Greece's War of
Independence" against Ottoman Turks.
Now here's how it works.
Look for the callsigns to be on the air with a SERIAL NUMBER
changed daily, these serial numbers tacked to the callsign
changing daily, count down the days until the actual
celebration day of March 25th, 2021. As I said they appended
to each special callsign:
As an example SX9A/* -- Crete Island
SX9A/99 to SX9A/90; between December 16-25th, 2020 changing
As we count down we move to March the 16th and the call is
Finally, well almost, as SX91 the day before the big
celebration on March 25.
As SX9A on March 25th, 2021 ( the A is the joker)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Members of the Finish Market Reef Christmas DX Association
(OH9A gang) will be operating special event station OG1XMAS
on all bands and modes from November 29 to December 26.
QSL via LoTW and Club Log.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate
AR Club, ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the
World Wide sources of the WIA.
ARRL has submitted comments on two draft recommendations
approved in October by the FCC's World Radiocommunication
Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). The comments focus on
draft recommendations for World Radiocommunication Conference
Agenda Item (AI) 1.2. AI 1.2 will consider the identification
of frequencies in the 3.3 - 3.4 GHz and 10.0 - 10.5 GHz bands,
among others, "for International Mobile Telecommunications
including possible additional allocations to the mobile service
on a primary basis," in accordance with WRC-19 Resolution
ARRL urged no change to the 3.3 - 3.4 GHz international
secondary allocation to the Amateur Service in
ITU Region 2 (the Americas) and
ITU Region 3 (Oceania) and
no change to the 10.0 - 10.5 GHz worldwide secondary amateur
and amateur-satellite allocation.
ARRL stressed that the WAC preliminary views make no
suggestion that the international secondary allocations
to the Amateur Service should not continue in both bands.
ARRL said it wanted to reaffirm that these secondary
allocations continue to be important and useful and that
WRC-23 should not consider changing either secondary
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands,
a commonwealth of the United States in the western Pacific
Ocean. The main newspaper, the Saipan Tribune reports on an
amateur radio revival in the Commonwealth.
The newspaper says:
A new group of radio enthusiasts have set out to revive
amateur radio in the CNMI with the purpose of offering
voluntary assistance to the community.
According to Cris Francisco Jr., president of the new
Radio Amateur Marianas DX that was licensed back September,
the main goal of the club is to offer communication services,
especially in times when phone lines become unreliable, such
as after typhoons, or in staging large-scale events that
demand instant communication, like triathlons.
The club, which currently has over 20 members, was inspired
to revive HAM radio following Super Typhoon Yutu when
phone lines were unreliable and power was off island wide
with exception of those who had generators.
Since the islands are prone to these disasters, Francisco
said that having this kind of communication service would
help a lot in getting people the assistance they might need,
like aid from the American Red Cross and other organizations
that offer humanitarian aid.
Neumayer-Station III, named after geophysicist Georg von
Neumayer, is a German Antarctic research station of the
Alfred-Wegener-Institute located on the Ekstrm Ice Shelf.
The station is moving with the shelf ice at about 200 metres
per year towards the open sea.
It does boast a Ham Station, DP 0 GVN and recently Charly
Eichhorn, DK 3 ZL, was appointed as the new coordinator for
worldwide school contacts with DP 0 GVN on Station III
At the request of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute it's been
strongly pointed out that direct contact requests to the AWI
or even to DP 0 GVN must be avoided and it would be pointless
But if you DO hear DP0GVN remember the old adage - W.F.W.L.
(Work first Worry later)
The Greek government ordered a nationwide lockdown Thursday
the 5th to help contain a resurgence of Covid-19 cases,
the second lockdown in 2020 after a sharp increase in
Natasha SV1KP RAAG Secretary has advised RAAG central office
is closed with NO possibility of receiving incoming mail.
Therefor please do not mail QSL cards to Greece, as they
wont be delivered and might be returned to the sender by the
Greek Postal Office.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - MAYBE.
Word in of 3 special calls to celebrate Christmas from
PA land BUT no QSL cards are on offer.
Operators Ray/PA5DX and Wim/PD8DX will be activating the
three special event callsigns, PA 20 XMAS, PD 20 SANTA and
PD20ELF during the Christmas holiday season BUT specific
dates have not been stated. Nor modes mentioned.
BUT there will be a special award for working at least
2 of these Christmas stations to download from QRZ.com
REMEMBER no QSL cards, hard or electronic, will be available.
Their Federal Communications Commission has told commercial
AM radio stations that they will be allowed to convert to an
all-digital broadcast if they wish.
The stations' changes are to be voluntary.
The FCC's announcement clears the way for AM stations to
provide an all-digital signal that gives better coverage
over a wider area and enables the signal to carry additional
information, such as the title and artist for a particular
song -- details that are visible on a compatible digital
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology have devised and demonstrated a system that could
dramatically increase the performance of communication
networks while enabling record-low error rates in detecting
even the faintest of signals. This has the potential to cut
the total amount of energy required for state-of-the-art
networks by a factor of 10 to 100.
The proof-of-principle system consists of a novel receiver
and corresponding signal-processing technique, entirely based
on the properties of quantum physics and able to handle
extremely weak signals with pulses that carry many bits of
"We built the communication test bed using off-the-shelf
components to demonstrate that quantum-measurement-enabled
communication can potentially be scaled up for widespread
commercial use," said a physicist at the Joint Quantum
Institute, a research partnership between NIST and the
University of Maryland USA.
RIG FOR SILENT RUNNING.
Shortwave radio blackout
There have been many many reports that AR2781 sunspot has
let off a C-class flare with a pulse of X-rays and
UV radiation which ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere,
causing a brief shortwave radio blackout over Australia and
the Indian Ocean.
Mariners, aviators, and ham radio operators in the region
may have noticed unusual propagation at frequencies below
A C7-class explosion at 00:22 UTC November 5, lit up the
sunspots magnetic canopy for nearly an hour with NASAs
Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the extreme ultraviolet
BOOK EM NICK
Hi, this is Nic VK7 Whisky Whisky.
The last book was Radio Girl by David Dufty - The story of
Mrs Mac. Time to, listen up! as we reveal some of our
Do you know how valuable you are as a radio amateur?
Let me explain, its in the book RADIO WAR by David Abrutat.
During the Second World War German intelligence had deployed
wireless teams throughout occupied Europe; and, secret agents
were also sent to Britain to spy on British military activity.
The monitoring and reporting of their wireless transmissions
fell to a secret unit made up almost exclusively of
volunteers - yes, radio amateurs! Who would spend hours every
day at home monitoring the shortwave for often faint and
difficult-to-copy signals, out-performing the two or three
commercial listening stations now assigned to the military.
This unit was known as the RSS (Radio Security Service).
RADIO WAR by David Abrutat documents this secret world of
wireless espionage; and the first-hand accounts from the
surviving radio amateurs of the unit. Some who are quite
Ill be back soon with another BOOK NOTE.
This is Nic VK7WW Signing Clear.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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Well done Bevan, and another way of looking at the huge numbers
now WATCHING as well as listening Bevans ATV/YouTube version
of our news in this WIA year has attracted some 2000 folk
and comes in with the most checking in. In 2nd place, also
from VK5 with 1600 is the Adelaide 2 meter repeater VK5RAD
and 3rd, with 1300 is long time WIA supporter the EMDRC club
with both ATV and 2 meter audio.
and we thank Gordon VK4GP for tabulating the weekly check-ins.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawaii's first 3U CubeSat designed to detect neutrons was
launched November 5 by the ISS crew and is now in Low Earth
The science payload will focus on measurements of
low-energy secondary neutrons - a component of the
LEO neutron environment.
November and during the spacecraft commissioning phase, the
beacon will transmit 1200bps BPSK every 60 seconds on 435.300 MHz.
The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory welcomes the worldwide
Amateur Radio community to collect the beacons and forward
them to the address shown in the news you can trust,
WIA National News.
20 years it has been since NASA started maintaining a
continuous human presence in space.
The International Space Station -- a marvel of cooperative
engineering, science, and research -- has made this
incredible feat possible.
As we celebrate 20 years of science and research aboard
the station, we also celebrate the mission-enabling support
infrastructure that makes it all possible, said Robyn Gatens,
acting director of the ISS. Space communications has always
been a vital piece of NASAs crewed missions in low-Earth
orbit and beyond. In communications outreach, the space
station has reached young people worldwide through amateur
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
organizes contacts between astronauts on station and students,
encouraging them to pursue STEM interests and careers.
ARISS also celebrated its 20 year anniversary on Friday Nov 13.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
Scouts South Africa recognise amateur radio
Richard Hooper, ZS 6 RKE has informed the SARL that Scouts SA
have finally added the Amateur Radio Operator Badge to the
Scout Interest Badges and Challenge Awards.
A Scout holding the Class B licence will be awarded the
Amateur Radio Operator Interest Badge, while a Scout holding
a Class A licence will be award Amateur Radio Operator
Challenge Badge. Adult Leaders holding radio amateur licences
will also receive recognition.
It has taken more than 7 years to get the amateur radio
operators badge into the South African Scout Programme.
It is hoped that more young people will be attracted to
amateur radio through Scouting.
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
Ipswich & District Radio Club VK4WIP
For a full list of repeaters - vk4wip.org.au
After a COVID-19 interrupted schedule this year Ipswich and
District Radio Clubs WICEN group coordinated by Robert VK4HBW
enlisted the support members and associates to provide safety
communication checkpoints for the Ultra Guzzler marathon on
the weekend of November 7 and 8.
A total of six checkpoints were manned along the 50 & 100 km
In what could be described as a more than a little extreme
fun run - around 600 runners took part. The course took
participants from Mt Coot-tha along rugged bush tracks
towards Mt Nebo, out as far as Lake Manchester and back to
the finish line at Mt Coot-tha.
Feedback from the organisers is that there were very happy
with the efforts of the WICEN support.
Reporting from Ipswich this is Allan, VK4HIT.
WICEN-NSW have presented Bob VK2ZAR with his certificate of
Honorary Life Membership. Bob has been a member with the
Central Coast Regional Group for over 30 years and is still
active, at 92. Well done Bob.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
November 1st, organisers of the, this year virtual Tokyo
Ham fair did have one in person event.
The fair's in-depth look at Summits on the Air, or SOTA.
Fortunately, SOTA, by virtue of its portable and socially
distant operating environment, could keep things real.
The programme included live-streamed video from seven SOTA
summits throughout Japan where hams were busy making
activations. The prediction is this activity will lead to
many hams becoming new SOTA enthusiasts in JA land.
For a look at some of the SOTA activations, follow this link.
Historic radio experiments talk in Dublin
If you are on the lookout for interesting lectures, then a
talk given to South Dublin Radio Club could be for you.
Joe Ryan, EI 7 GY gave a presentation on radio experiments
by Colonel Dennis EI 2 B he conducted, from 1898 to late 1930s.
Find out more 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.
VK4 - Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner Sat Nov 28 (vk4acc)
VK4 - Ipswich Radio Club Christmas lunch BBQ Nov. 28 (vk4hit)
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)
VK4 - REDFEST 2021 April Ten (vk4tfn)
Robert Thomson VK4TFN here.
We have not forgotten REDFEST 2021.
We hope, that we can depend upon your support next year.
Barring all unforeseeable vicissitudes, it will be held at
St Michael's College in Caboolture Shire.
Go to: redclifferadioclub.org.au
We're also on Facebook.
Bye for now and 73s from the Redcliffe and Districts Radio
VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)
VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest Miena Community Hall (vk7tw)
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