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WIA President Greg, vk2gk with this weeks board comment. -
WIA Secretary Peter, VK8ZZ looks at Merit Awards.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
New on 160 meters in VK7 is this, the WIA National News Service.
Graham VK7GS has volunteered to rebroadcast the WIA and VK7
Amateur Radio broadcasts on 1.865 MHz LSB.
Transmission is from Claude Road Sheffield.
If you hear Graham then please given him a call or
South Australias Country Fire Service at Edan Hills has had it's
antenna stolen from its roof.
Not what you'd call a 'brazen thief' maybe if karma gets the
thief it will be a BLAZING thief.
This station in the past year has racked up some 15,000 hours
Their radio paging system is now unusable but emergency
messages are still coming to them from the central emergency
(aar - Australian Amateur Radio)
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WIA BOARD NEWSLETTERS (older)
Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.
Hello, this is WIA President Greg, vk2gk with this weeks
WIA board comment.
I will start with wishing everyone a happy New Year for 2021
and hopefully a better year than 2020. This time last year
the eastern states of Australia were in the midst of a
bushfire emergency following a protracted drought
exacerbated by extreme temperatures with, as reported by the
Bureau of Meteorology, 2019 being the hottest year on record.
Little did we know then that we were being stalked by an
invisible menace, later dubbed the COVID19 pandemic.
So far 2021 does seem to be shaping up with the potential
for a much better year. Of course, given 2020, thats hardly
a stretch goal! Australia has fared well relative to other
countries in the handling of the pandemic even with the
recent outbreaks causing havoc for many.
Science in this time has been brought once again to the fore,
in both the guiding of suppression of the pandemic and with
the amazing speed of development of effective vaccines.
Applied science electro technology - is so much a part of
the Radio Amateur Service, that it is never top of mind.
It is important to be aware that an Amateur licence is
fundamentally an experimental licence the reason we
continue to have access to radio spectrum.
The list of contributions to science from innovations
pioneered by Radio Amateurs is long. And science is exciting
and we need to find more ways to share that excitement with
the younger generation of such things as communicating with
satellites or the International Space Station.
ARISS has done much in this endeavour of engaging with
youth and IARU initiatives such as YOTA Youth on the Air -
are now gaining traction now after a slow start two or three
years ago. YOTA is introducing a new generation to Amateur
Radio and showing them that science can be fun. But for
YOTA to work we need to recruit and support what are best
called YOTA Evangelists younger amateurs that can
interact and spread the word in the context of the language
of the already technology enabled younger generation.
This is a train the trainer approach that works some
earlier YOTA approaches were not so successful. It is early
days with YOTA, but it is a worthwhile initiative. So if
you or your local club is interested in becoming involved
with YOTA visit the IARU website:
Finally, dont forget that nominations close end of
January for director vacancies on the WIA board. If you have
prior director experience, either at a NFP or commercial, or
have skills in marketing, legal or strategy please seriously
consider nominating. The WIA, now 110 years young can only
continue to support the Amateur Radio community with YOUR
support. If you have a real passion for the future of
Amateur radio, the WIA needs you!
Until next time, this is Greg VK2GPK President of the WIA
WIA Merit Awards
The AGM is the time of the year when the WIA announces its
annual merit awards and nominations are currently are open
for the 2021 MERIT AWARDS.
The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises
sustained outstanding achievement in a field of Amateur Radio
that furthers the science of radio, and/or for service to the
WIA. It plays an important role in promoting excellence with
nominations made by members and the final decision made by the
WIA Board of Directors.
Nominations are made using a specific form that is available
on the WIA web site.
If the nomination is successful, the awards will be announced
at the WIA annual general meeting. All of the WIA Merit Awards
are not necessarily awarded every year.
Full details of all of the WIA Merit Awards including the
nomination form is on the WIA web site:-
This is WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate
AR Club, ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the
World Wide sources of the WIA.
When finding a signal is all-important
Divers are searching for black boxes off Indonesia after the
air crash last Saturday, 9th, of the Boeing 737-500 jet
on a domestic flight to Pontianak on Borneo island, about
740 km. It disappeared from radar screens four minutes after
take-off and crashed into the Java sea.
Authorities pinpointed the area where the black boxes may be
located after they lifted chunks of the Boeing 737-500
fuselage off the sea bed.
Every commercial black box is fitted with a low-frequency
underwater locator beacon when it's immersed in water, it
will begin to radiate an acoustic signal, nominal operating
frequency: 37.5 kHz which can be received and transformed
into an audible signal by a receiver.
The beacon is sometimes called a pinger due to the audible
signal created by the receiver. The devices send out a signal
on contact with salt water that can be picked up within a
radius of about two kilometres
At such a short range, the location of the wreck should
already be more or less pinpointed in order to find the
device within its 30 day battery life.
Now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union,
hams will see major changes in importing radio equipment.
Definitive information is scarce but imports from the UK
can have VAT paid on purchase or depending on the retailer,
VAT may have to be paid before delivery. If it comes via Post,
any charges will have to paid before the item is sent out for
The Post Office employees will not be collecting money at the
door. Whether duty is also collected is not very clear, but
some sources say that anything originating outside the
European Union will attract duty as well as VAT. There may
also be a handling charge.
Dayton Hamvention Cancels Show
Dayton Hamvention will not take place for the second year.
Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the
COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to
cancel Hamvention 2021, an1 announcement from the Hamvention
Executive Committee said.
Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything
necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio
enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.
Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the
world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the
emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus
increases the potential for further public health problems
in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for
the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their
tickets deferred last year will be deferred again.
FCC EYES ADDING ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER EXAMINER COORDINATORS
The Federal Communications Commission is asking: Is 14 enough?
That's the current number of Volunteer Examiner Coordinator
organizations who oversee volunteer examiners, the hams who
administer the US license exams.
FCC would like public input on whether it should authorize
as many as five to support the volunteer examiners' ongoing
work. VE coordinators oversee accreditation of the volunteer
examiners, managing administrative tasks connected to the
exams they give, and coordinating when the tests are given.
Former RAC President John Hopwood, VE7RD, Silent Key.
Hoppy Hopwood, VE7RD, of British Columbia, was 91.
Hoppy was instrumental in the founding of RAC and was
inducted in 2015 as a member of the Canadian Amateur Radio
Hall of Fame.
Licensed in 1955, an early member of the Canadian Radio Relay
League, the CRRL, the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation
and ARRL. As Vice President of CARF, Hopwood encouraged the
CARF and CRRL boards to resume talks to consider creating
one national society.
Merging the two societies was a complex, delicate process,
RAC said in remembering Hopwood. He worked with CRRL President
Dana Shtun, VE3DSS, who, RAC said, shared the vision for a
strong national amateur radio society. Hopwood served as
RACs first Vice President and subsequently was appointed as
RAC President, retiring in 1998 after six terms.
RIP John Hopwood, VE7RD, Silent Key.
Home constructed ham radio equipment
On December 29, 2020, Brazil's national amateur radio society
LABRE participated in a video conference with their
communications regulator ANATEL
On the agenda, the Agency's treatment of homemade equipment,
those built by the radio amateur himself, which currently
requires approval / certification.
At the meetings, regulator ANATEL raised, among other issues,
its understanding that artisans should be certified under the
General Telecommunications Law . In view of this position,
LABRE has insisted on the need for the exemption of artisans
based on more historical arguments and statements about
decisions already taken by Anatel in favour of the exemption,
including based on Resolution 697/2018 , which is clearly
stated in its Article 13 that Hams DO have the claimed
LABRE awaits ANATEL's response, in the expectation that the
Agency will accept their arguments and be able to exempt
all radio amateurs who build their own equipment from having
to carry out this legal procedure, that is, approval, as they
understand that there is no reason for such a requirement.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest takes place ALL of
VHF-UHF SUMMER FIELD DAY - On now! Saturday and Sunday.
CQWW 160M CW CONTEST January 29 - 31.
CQWW 160M SSB CONTEST February 26 - 28.
CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest February 13-14
International DX CW Contest February 20-21
International DX Phone Contest March 6 - 7
These contests are for we VK area stations
(and DX as far as Canadian and USA stations are concerned)
to work as many W/VE stations in as many of the 48 contiguous
states and provinces as possible.
The bands will be alive with LOTS of W/VE hams looking to work
as many DX stations in as many DXCC entities as possible.
WIA John Moyle Field Day 2021
March from UTC 0100 on Saturday 20 to 0059 Sunday 21nd.
the CQ World Wide SSB WPX Contest March 27-28
the CQ World Wide CW WPX Contest May 29-30
April 25 AM / CW ANZAC Day, Mon 25th from 9am on 7125kHz AM.
Harry Angel Sprint will be May First 2021. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.
The VK SHIRES the June long weekend, which is the weekend
prior to the second Monday of June each year.. making it
June 12-13 in 2021
WINTER VHF-UHF Field Days - June 26 - 27
In what appears to be a growing trend yet another DX Special
Event station is said to have announced " There will be NO
Still, hams are honouring the work of Lions Clubs International
with event call GB 4 BLC in England.
Members of Bedworth Lions Club and operators from the Coventry
Amateur Radio Society are operating through until January 28
on most of the HF bands.
But again, there will be no QSL cards.
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
THE RAAF is flying high to celebrate it's 100 years on
The Royal Australian Airforce call signs to 'target' are
VI 100 AF March 1 - 29 May
VK 100 AF March 1 - 31 August
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.
Uwe, is QRV as DB 100 AVUS during all of 2021 to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of the AVUS.
Located in the southwest of Berlin and opened in 1921, it is
the oldest controlled access motorway in Europe.
QSL to home call DO 2 PZ
PAKISTAN and INDONESIA
A couple of FT8 stations worth looking out for are
AP 2 AM and YD 7 RV
Ravie, YD7RV is QRV from Laut Island, IOTA OC-166 and is
active almost daily around 1700z on 40 meters using FT8
Syed, AP 2 AM is on 160 and 80 using FT8 at his sunrise.
(sourced to arrl)
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
The Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter has discovered an
FM radio signal coming from the moon Ganymede.
SALT LAKE CITY'S ABC TV CHANNEL 4 says the find is a
first-time detection from the Jupiters moon.
Patrick Wiggins, one of NASAs Ambassadors to Utah, said,
Its not E.T. Its more of a natural function. Juno was
traveling across the polar region of Jupiter, where magnetic
field lines connect to Ganymede, and thats when it crossed
the radio source. Scientifically, it is called a
decametric radio emission. Here on earth we know it as
Wi-Fi. And we use it every day.
According to britannica.com Jupiters radio emissions were
discovered in 1955, and over the last 66 years, more and more
discoveries have been made about how the signals work.
The spacecraft saw the moons radio emission for only 5 seconds
as it was flying by at 50 km per second.
What caused the radio emissions from Jupiters moon?
Electrons cause the signals.
The electrons oscillate at a lower rate than they spin this
causes them to amplify radio waves very rapidly. The process
has an interesting name, cyclotron maser instability (CMI).
The electrons that generate the radio signal can also cause
auroras in the far-ultraviolet spectrum which was also
observed by the camera on Juno.
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Rocket Lab announces "Another One Leaves The Crust" launch
The mission will launch a single communication microsatellite
from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealands Mhia Peninsula for
the OHB Group that will enable specific frequencies to
support future services from orbit.
The launch will be Rocket Labs 18th Electron mission.
OHB Cosmos is responsible for launching the spacecraft built
by the Group's satellite manufacturers based in Germany,
Sweden, and Czech Republic. The mission will launch from
Alba Orbital, the space broker that manages the launch of
AMSAT-EA (AMSAT Spain) EASAT-2 and Hades satellites, has
informed of a delay in the scheduled one for January with
"This delay has nothing to do with our satellites, or with
Alba Orbital itself. It is attributable to Momentus, which
acts as an integrator with SpaceX."
"The delay means the next try would probably go to March,
coinciding with the Starlink mission and being located in an
estimated orbit between 450 and 550 km with an inclination of
Momentus offers two services.
Shuttle flights from rocket drop-off points to 'popular'
destinations and charter flights for customers whose intended
destinations are not served by shuttle flights.
Momentus plans to offer Vigoride service on quarterly launches
in 2021. More than a dozen customers are currently booked
across the various missions, Dawn Harms, Momentus
chief revenue officer said.
Additional customers have signed up for Momentus charter
flights from the Falcon 9 drop-off to other destinations.
Charter customers include C3S Electronics Development of
Hungary and Spacemanic of Slovakia, a spinoff of the
Slovak Organisation for Space Activities, a nongovernmental
group that promotes space research and technology.
[AMSST-NA plus Web]
The launch of the UVSQ-SAT satellite carrying an FM transponder
is provisionally scheduled for January 21
On the AMSAT Bulletin Board Christophe (and re-printed
here in the WIA written word, not audio) writes:
"The satellite designed by LATMOS had its frequencies
coordinated by IARU. In addition to experimental and
educational missions, it will provide the amateur radio
community with a new FM transponder. AMSAT-Francophone and
the radio club F6KRK have been involved throughout the
AMSAT-Francophone provides the amateur radio community with
software to interpret the data and send it to the AMSAT-F &
Information for downloading :
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Grant, VK5GR, says "Final antenna packing lists are being
drawn up and at this stage, I hope to also include an
inverted L for 160m. Having tried to operate 160m at home
recently I decided I was silly not to give it a go in a much
more RF quiet location with a better antenna, a better ground
I will try and pay attention in particular to my morning
grey-line into Europe, but will also do some activity during
the NA morning grey-line as well.
IOTA OC-139. See you on the air!"
Activity will be a combination of CW, SSB and FT8, possibly
with some RTTY and PSK thrown in for fun. I also hope to put
VK5KI on air during the WIA Summer VHF/UHF field day on
6m/2m/70cm (and maybe 23cm). Visit VK5GR Web page at:
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - LOW DOWN
Very low frequency (VLF) enthusiast Joe Craig, VO 1 NA,
reports that Stefan, DK7FC, copied his 50-character message
transmitted from Newfoundland on 8.271 kHz, with a radiated
power of 10 mW.
This is a new record for amateur transatlantic VLF,
Craig told ARRL. The mode used was EbNaut by Paul Nicholson,
a synchronous coherent BPSK mode for use at VLF and low LF.
Craigs tower supports a VLF RL (rotated L) 10-meter average
height and 100 meters long. VLF is the ITU designation for
radio spectrum in the range of 3 30 kHz, corresponding to
wavelengths from 100 to 10 kilometres, respectively.
Since VLF waves can penetrate at least 40 meters into
saltwater, they are used for military communication with
submarines, Craig noted.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Aust. National co-ordinator
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
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
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Girl Guides Thinking Day on the Air
Thinking Day on the Air is an opportunity for Girl Guides
of all ages to talk to other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
around the world via Amateur Radio.
This year the event will be on 20 - 21 February 2021.
If you know of any Girl Guides please invite them to
participate. Station registration can be made on the
UK Girl Guide website
The ALARA EchoLink conference station will be available
for use by Girl Guides during the weekend.
For more details contact Norma VK2YL on
(Guides in text edition only)
MURDER - "WHO SPOKE?"
A TV drama about the murder of radio ham G 0 HFQ was aired in
the UK Monday 11th. ITV broadcast the first of a three part
TV drama about the murder in 1989 of Oxfordshire radio amateur
Peter Dixon G 0 HFQ and Gwenda Dixon who were on holiday in
In the November 1989 Radio Communication magazine the RSGB
" Did you work GW 0 HFQ / M ?
As weve reported in previous editions of RadCom, Peter Dixon,
G 0 HFQ and his wife Gwenda were brutally murdered whilst on
holiday in South Wales last June. Police have asked us to
say that they are still anxious to talk to anyone who had a
contact with Peter whilst he was operating as GW0HFO/M on
7 or 14MHz SSB. 28MHz FM/SSB or 144MHz FM.
The dates between which theyd like you to check your
logbooks are 19-29 June 1989."
Police believe that Peter Dixon had a contact with another
mobile station in the area on 28MHz FM on the morning of
Wednesday 28 June.
tinyurl.com/y39vclf9 ( ITV )
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
FOR HUNTING DECOY MARKETER, THE COST OF RFI IS "DEER"
This story is about an FCC action against a company it has
charged with radio interference. The US government agency,
it seems, is making some noises involving - of all things -
Amateur Newslines Kent Peterson KC0DGY has more.
"Can the grunt or snort or a bleat of a deer be considered
Probably not, but instructions being transmitted wirelessly,
directing a hunting decoy to utter those noises is quite
another matter. The FCC and a US company called Primos have
entered into a consent decree over its product, the
Waggin' Whitetail Electronic Deer Tail Decoy, for what the
FCC has called noncompliance with Part 15 of its rules.
The FCC believes the decoy's remote, which users report has
a transmission range of between 40 and 60 yards, exceeds
authorized field strength emissions limits and could
interfere with nearby electronics. According to the FCC, the
company acknowledged that it had marketed six such models
that exceed those limits.
Primos has agreed to embark on a plan for compliance and has
begun a voluntary recall.
The company will also pay a civil penalty that could be
considered somewhat.....dear: $55,000.
Primos noted that it had received no complaints of interference
occurring with any other devices. As for interference
complaints from any of the local wildlife -- no bucks or does
were available to grunt, snort, bleat or otherwise comment
for this report."
JAN 17 Feb 14
ALL USA grades of licence will be held at the Sunshine Coast
Amateur Radio club March 13. All details on vk4wis.org
or contact Trent email@example.com (FBook)
ARRL Life Member Neil Rapp, WB9VPG
2021 Carole Perry Educator of the Year
The award recognizes an outstanding individual contribution
in educating and advancing youth in amateur radio.
WB9VPG is a voice you've heard on this WIA News Service due
to his ongoing commitment to our sister service Amateur Radio
NewsLine. Hes an Assistant Central Division Director and an
ARRL VEC certified examiner and currently teaches chemistry
at Bloomington High School South. Hes also the schools
amateur radio club sponsor and has introduced 3,600 students
and parents to amateur radio through his involvement in the
Neil got his license when he was 5 years old, YES FIVE! and,
at the time, was touted as the worlds youngest ham. Now 50,
hes the host and founder of the amateur radio podcast
Ham Talk Live, a member of AMSAT and was the youngest person
to both join and be eligible for membership in the
Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA).
Congrats Neil, 2021 Carole Perry Educator of the Year.
The Secret Listeners
I'm John Knox VK4FJRK
A 1979 BBC programme about civilian involvement in radio-based
intelligence during WW1 and WW2 features amateur radio
The YouTube description says:
Illustrated with archival film and photographs, as well as
interviews with those involved, the documentary traces the
evolution of civilian involvement in radio-based intelligence
during both world wars.
It was the tireless work of amateur radio enthusiasts during
World War I, that initially convinced the Admiralty to
establish a radio intercept station at Hunstanton. Playing an
integral role during the war, technological advances meant
that radio operators could pinpoint signals, thus uncovering
the movement of German boats, leading to the decisive
Battle of Jutland in 1916.
Wireless espionage was to play an even more important role
during World War II, with the Secret Intelligence Service
setting up the Radio Security Service, which was staffed by
Voluntary Interceptors, a band of amateur radio enthusiasts
scattered across Britain. The information they collected was
interpreted by some of the brightest minds in the country,
who also had a large hand in deceiving German forces by
feeding false intelligence.
Watch Wartime Radio The Secret Listeners BBC (1979)
My time is up, with REWIND for the WIA national news service
I'm John Knox VK4FJRK
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 and even without
Covid dates have an uncanny knack of being changed at last
VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
NEXT Thursday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon 26th
January at Girl Guides Association of Queensland
Campsite and Training Centre Bluewater. (vk4zz)
VK4 - A WICEN event at the Ipswich and District Radio
Clubhouse. February 13 between 1000 and 1400 hours
VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY February 28 ( vk4zz)
VK3 - EMDRC HamFest - March 28th 10am (vk3bq)
VK2 - Urunga Radio Convention Easter weekend 3/4 April
This year it is in the Pensioners Hall, Bowra Street Urunga.
Fox Hunters, Planning is in hand for this years Urunga
Convention. The program will be as in previous years, with
the major emphasis on competitive Fox Hunting. They endeavor
to be the best.
The Committee is determined to make up for missing 2020,
the year that nothing happened.
2021 begins at 9.00 am Saturday. The presentation takes
place at 3.00 pm on Sunday.
No entries are required prior to the day; however they would
like to hear from you if you have comments or inquiries.
Trading tables are available on the days.
Urunga is the ideal village for a relaxed holiday weekend
for families and fox hunters without the big holiday crowds.
It is situated where 2 rivers meet the sea and offers plenty
of outdoor activities including a patrolled surfing beach
The Convention venue has no steps to negotiate and a
comfortable loungeroom in which to relax. The whole family
is welcome and you will have a great weekend.
Contacts are Ken VK2DGT, Terry VK2TEZ, Merv VK2DMS
(Gloria Savins Uurunga Radio Convention)
VK4 - REDFEST 2021 April Ten (vk4tfn)
VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)
VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
Things might just get a little challenging for UTC, Coordinated
Universal Time, that is - the time-keeping system so familiar
to us hams who pursue precision in our DX contacts or use some
of the newer digital modes. As reported on the UK news website
"The Telegraph," scientists are now suggesting that the
world's atomic clocks, which control UTC, shorten the minute
so that UTC can better keep pace with the irregular rate of
the Earth's rotation, which most people measure using the less
precise method known as "solar time."
Let's face it, it's hard to stay in sync.
When the Earth's rotation was seen to be slowing, scientists
added something called a "leap second" to the end of a
particular year. They've done this 27 times since 1972 to keep
atomic clocks and UTC sympatico with solar time. Scientists
believe Earth's 24-hour rotation has grown swifter now, making
the days ever-so-slightly shorter. They also believe 2021
could well be the shortest year we've had in many decades.
They say this will ultimately have an impact on navigation
systems and satellite communications and anything else that
requires precision in cosmic timekeeping.
This very subject is up for discussion at WRC 2023 which is
at least two years - and many, many, many, many seconds away.
Now that's a thought that could probably make our own heads
spin a lot faster too.
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.
WIA News rebroadcasters often give Short Wave Listeners a
welcome to the broadcast as they commence call-backs
straight after the Local News. Local news follows National
news in all states. It would be great if those SWL's would
email their reception reports and location to
One person last week was:-
Marc van der Linden
I can receive your transmission now
(sat 23:18 utc/ sun 00:18 local time)
here on 2m, on 144.450 in FM.
Since I am in the Netherlands in Europe, I guess it is
broadcast from a station here in Europe. But where?
From de UK?
There are some conditions here because of the thick fog.
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