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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.

In this weeks edition of the news you trust we'll hear from
WIA Directors Peter VK8ZZ and Oscar VK3TX along with
resident 'thinker' Geoff VK4 Z PP and go to the movies
with John VK4JJW


Last weeks 160m news in VK6 was broadcast by Chris, VK6JI,
who kindly stepped in for Phil VK6GX, as he has
no antennas, due to the enormous bush fires there.

Local bush fire brigade managed to save Phils house
and garage, bur the rest of the property was incinerated,
including all antennas and above ground feeders, as were
most of the power lines in the area.

Many of our friends and neighbours, in the Tilden Park area
were not so lucky, with many homes lost.

He's running off generators and expects to do so for
several weeks until mains power is restored.

VK6GX is currently isolated by road blocks, but thankfully a
local store, that he can access, has fuel and groceries.
The local CWA girls have been distributing donated food and
essentials at their Gidgie Hall.

Thoughts with you and your Family Phil VK6GX, wia rebroadcaster
in the west.

Last week when we mentioned how Bob VK6POP managed to escape
those fires and would be continuing bringing the local area
news to VK6 from News West we mentioned he'd be doing so
as neither Fire nor Covid would stop his efforts.

Little did we know then that COVID WOULD stop 2 hamfests.

" The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry
And so it is with the 2021 Eastern and Mountain
district radio club Hamfest.

With ongoing covid restrictions in Melbourne and some
specific event requirements surrounding our chosen school
hall venue.

EMDRC has decided it best to cancel our Sunday March 28th
2021 Hamfest.

The club wishes to thank everyone who has supported our
events in the past and we look forward to welcoming you
back again soon. Once we all get through this challenge.

Keep an eye on the EMDRC club website and our social media
channels with planning already underway for our next event.


The Eastern and Mountain District radio club committee.


Vk3bq on behalf of EMDRC committee
Andrew Scott

AND WYONG - the Southern Hemispheres largest Ham Gathering.

Ed VK2JI / DD5LP picks up the story

In light of the recent new COVID events across Australia and
the situation's changeable nature at present, the executive
committee of the Central Coast ARC, with input from a survey
of club members, has decided not to run the Wyong Field Day
2021 which was planned for Sunday the 28th of February.

This is a decision that was not easy and was taken considering
the safety of the club members, traders and those who attend
the day.

However, open your calendar's as the club wishes to announce
the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club MayHam event which
will be held on Sunday the 30th of May 2021 at the
Wyong Race Course.

We would like to see this one-time event attract as many
visitors as the Field Day does every year, who knows, this
could be the largest gathering of radio amateurs in the
Southern Hemisphere this year!

Traders have already been contacted and informed of the new
date and we expect the exhibitor and lecturer variety to be
just as broad as was planned for the 2021 Field Day.

Full details and information regarding this event will be
updated on the clubs website on and through
social media as it becomes available.

Looking forward to NO MAYHEM at the MayHam event,
For the Central Coast ARC this was Ed VK2JI.

Some 55 years ago we Aussies had to learn a whole new monetry
system, no doubt to keep in good with our EU mates who were
at the time arriving in droves! HiHi. As we draw closer to
the end of this weeks news = The Aussie News you can trust,
we'll pay a visit to decametric Radio emissions, thanks to
Hobarts REAST club.





Advanced Mobile Location (AML) technology has been used to
save stranded kayakers from rough waters at Seacliff in
South Australia, pinpointing the pairs location after a
Triple Zero call on New Years Eve.

AML speeds up emergency response times for people in need of
urgent help, and it proved crucial when two people became
caught in strong winds on the kayak approximately
3 kilometres offshore and unable to paddle back to safety. say a man on the kayak called
Triple Zero, automatically activating AML, which honed in
on the remote location with lifesaving accuracy.

With AML, smartphones use GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile network
information to automatically send an SMS text message to
Triple Zero with the phones estimated location. This SMS
is sent in the background; the caller is not required to
perform an action.

Read more:

New car prices here in Australia are probably going to remain
relatively high all due to a world-wide shortage of, of all
things a shortage of the humble semi-conductor.

Delays on most main stream cars here are said to have in
some cases delays of several months. At the end of the first
year of the corona virus car sales actually boomed here, then
the shortage of semi-conductors 'hit home'.

Computer chip makers are running at maximum capacity and its
not feasible for companies to build factories to compensate
for the increase in demand, Bloomberg has reported.

Phone makers like Apple are more prepared to pay higher
prices for the chips than automakers are, according to an
analyst. That doesnt mean phone makers havent been
negatively impacted by the chip shortage though Apple
reportedly faced supply issues for chips to power its
5G-equipped iPhone 12 models that debuted in last October.

But the auto industry specifically has felt the pinch, and
some have even had to halt production due to the shortage.
Ford and Fiat are temporarily pausing production because
they dont have enough chips.

With not enough chips in supply, the auto making industry
could lose $US61 billion in 2021, according to consulting
firm Alix Partners as Bloomberg reported.

(Bloomberg, AAP, Business Insider)




Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.


Good morning Graham and good morning listeners,

Last week President Greg and Vice President Lee spoke about
the upcoming consultation by our regulator, the Australian
Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Greg mentioned that this consultation is "Something that
should be of both interest and concern of all Radio Amateurs
in Australia". Greg also said the this very important
consultation has the potential for major changes to the
Amateur Radio Service and its licensing regime.

We as amateurs must carefully consider and weigh up the
options that have been proposed by the ACMA.

The board of the Wireless Institute of Australia met last
Tuesday to discuss the proposed consultation and the
WIA response. At this stage, the board will require more
information in order to form an opinion on the proposed
changes. The board has decided to meet with experts within
our Amateur Community and for them to write a discussion
paper which will be put out to members for comment, probably
in the form of a poll like that recently conducted by the

That panel will meet next week to commence the process.

I will report again once the panel has met and a timetable
has been determined.

This has been WIA Director and Secretary Peter VL8ZZ for the
VK1WIA national news service

This is WIA Director Oscar, VK3TX. Domain now to promote amateur radio.

In past days Andrew, KI7RYC, donated the domain
to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to be used
for educational purposes and to promote the amateur and
amateur satellite services.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, has expressed:
The domain offers a unique opportunity for
which we are deeply grateful to Andrew. It is our intention
to develop a website that can serve as a focal point for
anyone, anywhere, who may be seeking information on amateur
radio, which is better known as ham radio by the general

Whats IARU?

The IARU is the global federation of national amateur radio
organisations with member-societies in more than 160
countries and separate territories. Since 1925, the IARU has
successfully defended and expanded access to the radio
spectrum by radio amateurs internationally.

This is Oscar, VK3TX for WIA national news.


Hello, Im Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and Ive been thinking.

As if the gods of coincidence had looked upon us, when
Amateur Radio magazine number one for 2021 arrived I was
delighted to read a well presented and constructive 2 page
article/contribution by VK4YE, Chris Bourke. It is
serendipity that this piece has been published coinciding
with the release of the ACMA Consultation. Chris who is a
graduate teacher has drawn the practices of other English
speaking jurisdictions in training and examining for
accreditation of the various grades of amateur radio licence
and the issuance of the necessary documentation.

Amateur Radio, Vol.89 No 1 2021 pp56-57

I can do no better than quote the closing paragraph from
Chris, For our futures sake, the present system must not
be allowed to continue in its current guise.

So from the video of VK3YE last week to the written words
of VK4YE, this week, I ask that people forget their hobby
horses and consider where you want Amateur Radio to be in
the future.

Im Geoff Emery and thats what I about you?


& the World Wide sources of the WIA.


Assignment of new coordinator of Region 3 Disaster Communication

Shizuo Endo, Secretary, IARU Region 3 tells us that YB 0 LBT
Emir Yudha Amangku, is now assigned the chairman as the
successor of YB2TJV who passed away on December 12th, 2020.

A new targeted phishing campaign includes the novel
obfuscation technique of using Morse code to hide malicious
URLs in an email attachment.

For example, if your computer was targeted, the attachment
would be named with something like

When viewing the attachment in a text editor, you can see
that they include JavaScript that maps letters and numbers
to Morse code. For example, the letter 'e' is mapped to a
single dot the letter 'b' is mapped to 'dash dot dot dot'

The script then calls a decode Morse function to decode a
Morse code string into a hexadecimal string. This hexadecimal
string is further decoded into JavaScript tags that are
injected into the HTML page.

These injected scripts combined with the HTML attachment
contain the various resources necessary to render a fake
Excel spreadsheet that states your sign-in timed out
and prompts you to enter their password again.


First QO-100 satellite contact from Indonesia

Indonesia's national amateur radio society, ORARI, reports
on the first contacts from Indonesia via the Qatar-Oscar-100
geostationary satellite transponder which took place on
January 27 and involved Farid Farhan YC1HVZ.

ORARI's report says a team from the Telkom University
Telecommunication Engineering Student Association led by
YC1HVZ, succeeded in conducting the first contact from
Grid square OI 33 UD), West Java with a satellite elevation
of 0.8 degrees at an altitude of 1200m.

Additional information is available at:


The first PRIVATE Chinese company to reach orbit met with
failure Feb. 1 during its second attempt to go to space.

iSpace's four-stage Hyperbola-1 rocket failed after lift-off
while attempting to carry the CubeSat-sized Fangzhou-2
(Ark-2) satellite into space.

Media reports indicate the launch attempt happened around
0815z from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the
Gobi Desert.


Austria's national amateur radio society OVSV has published
its opinion of the draft of the amendment to the
Telecommunications Act 2020 (TKG 2020)

Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU, a Board Member of the OVSV says
the most important topics that the VSV has taken up:

Carry out amateur radio exams by radio amateurs
Prevent our callsigns from expiring [Lifetime license]
Reduce fees and penalties
Promote emergency and disaster radio
Troubleshooting by the authority

Austrian Hams have been asked to make their own submissions
but warn against just 'copying' previous submissions.


Twelve bottles of Bordeaux wine and dozens of vine shoots
are back home in southwest France after spending months on
the International Space Station for an unusual astrochemistry

The red wine and 320 mature shoots known as canes arrived
February 1 after their return to Earth via a Dragon capsule
operated by SpaceX.

They will be analysed at the Institute of Vine and Wine
Science in Bordeaux to see how the stresses produced by
zero gravity affect both grape growth and the finished
product, which could spur new agricultural research.


RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) the company that owns salvage
rights to the Titanic shipwreck, has indefinitely put off
its plans to retrieve the vessels radio equipment for
exhibit. The company cited the coronavirus pandemic for the
delay, according to a court filing the company made on
January 29. The Atlanta-based company said its plans have
faced increasing difficulty associated with international
travel and logistics, and the associated health risks to the
expedition team. RMSTs primary source of revenue comes
from its exhibits of its vast collection of Titanic relics,
which have been closed or seen only limited attendance due
to virus-related restrictions.

RMST a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions and the
salvor-in-possession of the Titanic wreck site said its
planned expedition to recover the ships wireless station
equipment remains a top priority, however, and will
take place as soon as reasonably practicable.

The Marconi-equipped station transmitted the distress calls
after the Titanic (on its maiden voyage) struck an iceberg
some 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912 and
began sinking. The transmissions, heard by nearby vessels,
have been credited with helping rescue some 700 passengers
in lifeboats deployed from the Titanic, but about 1,500
passengers were lost in the disaster.

RMST has said the radio transmitter could unlock some of
the secrets about a missed warning message and distress
calls sent from the ship.



Ross Hull Memorial VHF UHF Contest logs due by weeks end.

Dont forget if you made contacts in the Ross Hull
during January you only have til February 19.

Remember the "jobs not done til the paperworks finished".


The big contest on now is the CQ Worldwide RTTY WPX contest
running for forty-eight hours from midnight Friday to
midnight Sunday. Single operators may only operate for
30 hours in total.

The multipliers in this one are prefixes and the exchange is
signal report plus serial number. CQ World Wide RTTY WPX
Contest this weekend February 13-14


International DX CW Contest February 20-21


the CQWW 160M SSB CONTEST is end of the month,
February 26 - 28.


International DX Phone Contest March 6 - 7


Commonwealth Contest (BERU) 13/14 March.


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


Pride Radio Group will be operating the special event
callsign VI2021PRIDE throughout the Sydney Mardi Gras,
February 19th to March 7th


Kuwait Amateur Radio Society is operating as 9 K 60 NLD
throughout February celebrating Kuwait's 60th National Day,
which is February 25th, and Liberation Day, which is
February 26th.

QSL via 9 K 2 RA.

All stations from Kuwait may also use the prefix 9 K 60
during this time

(arrl and ARNewsLine)



C 91 BVA from Maputo starts February 18.

Be listening on 80/40/20/15 and 10 meters SSB and Digital.

QSL via the Bureau (using S7 AMN).



THE RAAF is flying high to celebrate it's 100 years on
March 31..

The Royal Australian Airforce call signs to 'target' are
VI 100 AF March 1 - 29 May
VK 100 AF March 1 - 31 August



Promoting the 30th Anniversary of Japanese 7-CALL issuance
with the special station until 22nd April, is 8 J 17 CALL

So far overall result from the beginning is over 18,500 QSOs
and the month taking in December / January over 2,000
including 204 DX QSOs.




Special event station L 21 RCA is QRV during all of 2021
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of IARU member society
Radio Club Argentino. QSL via LU 4 AA.




New Repeater Equipment at Mount Archer

Steve VK4SM has advised via the Rockhampton and District
Amateur Radio Club FaceBook page that different equipment
for the VK4RAR 2metre repeater has been installed and is
under test with early indications that the new equipment is
6 decibels more sensitive on receive than the old equipment.

VK4SM asks that regional hams living a bit further out of
Rocky do some listening and report the results.




Freestyle Digital Media has released a trailer for
" Dead Air ", a supernatural / psychological thriller
from filmmaker Kevin Hicks.

Not to be confused with the zombies radio horror film
also titled Dead Air from 2009, they both involve radio,
but this is a different kind of radio.

Struggling to uncover the truth of a deeply repressed memory
of an old trauma, William discovers an old ham radio that
belonged to his dead father. In his fascination with it, he
stumbles into contact with Eva, a woman with a dark secret
of her own.

Their two worlds collide, and William is rushed down a path
that is paved with deceit, lies and an awful truth, a truth
that pulls him into a world of darkness from which he cannot

For many an "old" radio broadcaster the title alone sends
shivers up your spine! Dead Air! Will the Content Director
be first to phone?



ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

FISTS Club - East Asia
FISTS Club - Australasia
FISTS Club - UK & Europe
FISTS Club - Americas

Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908

As of 31 January only 61 radio hams use CW in South Africa

SARL News reports there are plans to hold a bi-annual census
of amateur radio CW users in South Africa

BUT Michael, ZS6MSW says that it's a GROWING population of
CW operators. These 61 are regularly on CW within the
Republic of South Africa. The aim of the census is to have
the call signs and names published in a SARL newsletter in
April this year, to begin an historic growth pattern, with
which they can monitor significance. It will be a bi-annual
census with a cut-off date on 1 April 2021 as the first half.

Canadian (Belleville) Sea Cadet PO2 Duncan Culliton VA3FSY,
has recently received his federal Morse Code operator
licence endorsement.

His examiner is quoted as reporting "He has a particularly
good fist - perfect character formation and spacing steady
speed." As one of the cadets that obtained his Amateur Radio
Licence, Duncan went on to study Morse Code adding that
endorsement to his license.

The Communications Department of the Sea Cadet Corps,
led by Matthew Batten VE3ZQW, was launched as a local unit
initiative to introduce more science, technology,
engineering, and math back into the optional Sea Cadet
training program, as well as a primer for naval/maritime
communications using amateur radio.

Cadets are currently being trained towards their own amateur
radio qualifications, with plans to have the unit station,
VA3GKY accredited as a Canadian Forces Affiliate Radio
Service station, as well as an Amateur Radio Emergency
Service ARES station, allowing Duncan and the other cadets
to take part in Canadian Forces, Coast Guard, Police/Emergency
and disaster communications training.

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Is Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 109 (AO-109)

On January 17, 2021, the RadFxSat-2 CubeSat was launched on
a LauncherOne vehicle off the coast of California.

RadFxSat-2 is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for
Space and Defence Electronics at Vanderbilt University.

The satellite carries a telemetry beacon and a linear
transponder, along with radiation effects experiments.
The telemetry beacon has not yet been heard, but the
transponder is partially operational at reduced signal
strength. Work continues to recover the telemetry beacon
and characterize the transponder with the goal of opening it
for general use.

AMSAT hereby designates RadFxSat-2 as AO-109.



New quantum receiver is the first to detect the ENTIRE
radio frequency spectrum says the US Army Research Laboratory
Both RF and real-world signals, unleashing new potentials
for soldier communications, spectrum awareness and
electronic warfare.

Army researchers built the quantum sensor, which can sample
the radio-frequency spectrumfrom zero frequency up to 20 GHz
and detect AM and FM radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other
communication signals.

Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI

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

20 - 21 February 2021.

The ALARA EchoLink conference station will be available for
use by Girl Guides during the weekend.

For more details contact VK2YL Norma on



Held a couple of Wednesday's back REAST in Hobart had a
presentation by Dr. Mike, VK7MJ.

"Listening to the Planets"

Decametric Radio emissions from the planet Jupiter, were
first identified by Burke and Franklin while calibrating a
22 MHz antenna array in Maryland USA in 1955.

This was confirmed by data collected by Alex Shain in
Australia some 4 years earlier, and opened a new field
of planetary astronomy.

This talk was a brief outline of the early history of
decametric radio astronomy and how observations in
Tasmania and New Zealand between 1971 and 1975, provided
the first dynamic spectra of the Jovian radio bursts.

All this achieved on a shoestring budget, and using an
early generation of domestic videotape recorders in a way
their manufacturers never intended.

This was the subject of Mike's PhD!

Check out the REAST YouTube channel.


2020 Social Scene


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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.

VK3 - Warc HamFest Italian Sports Club Werribee Feb 21 (vk3vkt)

VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY February (CANCELLED) (dd5lp)

VK6 - Peel Amateur Radio Club Swap Meet March 6
at Mandurah Bowling Club (vk6faaz)

VK4 - Tannum Sands Gathering MARCH
Advised by vk4yn BTW vk4zz advised (Feb 10) it's OFF

VK3 - EMDRC HamFest - March CANCELLED (vk3bq)

VK4 - REDFEST 2021 April Ten (vk4tfn)

VK2 - MayHam (Wyong Race Course) May 30 (vk2ji)

VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)

VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)

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