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Channel 9 TV show "Under Investigation", to air at 2100 EADT
on Monday 1 March concerns that story of the couple who
vanished without trace a year ago, the male of the pair
being Russell Hill VK3VZP.
It seems Robbie VK3EK was most likely the last person to
speak to Russell.
Also look for it on the 9NOW App.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
NO POLL AS YET
That Poll on the thoughts of Members and Non Members
we were told on the news would be up "next week", well,
although not there yet, don't despair.. as President Greg
now says.. "The poll will released soon following testing,
if not already by the time of this broadcast."
At the time of entering the studio toady we are in a way
off to a great start with an election for 4 WIA Directors
to join the incumbents in Oscar VK3TX, Philip VK2CPR and
Lee VK3GK on the 2021 board. That parts great, BTW, nary
a word from the WIA board this week on that very topic.
WIA President Greg has popped in with word on that promised
In last weeks broadcast, I spoke about the Australian
Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) having recently
issued a consultation document which details 3 licensing
options concerning the future of Amateur Radio in Australia.
The ACMAs preferred option is to transition to a Class
Licence instead of the current apparatus licence this
option effectively deregulates the radio amateur service.
As promised last week, the WIA has now released its initial
white paper with a detailed analysis of the benefits and
risks of each proposed option which can be found now on the
WIA website as a news item. The URL is
I wish to sincerely thank the WIA consultation working group
for their efforts in analysing the options and releasing the
The WIA is conducting a poll to seek feedback from our
members as well as non-members. Your input to this poll will
be assist the WIA in finalising a comprehensive and
representative final submission to this consultation. Please
refer to the analysis in our initial paper to properly
inform your decisions in regard to the poll questions.
Non-members who are licensed Australian amateurs can now
register to receive the poll. WIA members please note that
you DO NOT have to register to receive the poll, a link to
the poll will be sent to you via MemNet email. Non-members
can register by entering the URL:
into your internet browser. Again, I also ask that club
presidents relay this registration information to their club
members as soon as possible.
It is important to understand the financial context of this
consultation. The ACMA is subject to year on year budget
cuts euphemistically called efficiency dividends which
means that every year the ACMA have less resources. This
impact is apparent in the progressive loss of engineering
and scientific skills and also administrative resources from
the regulator. The end result is the ACMA is seeking ways to
reduce costs, which underlies the basis for their preferred
The WIA acknowledges that Option A at this time does not
meet the objectives of the ACMA. The WIA also notes that
the ACMA states that they want to preserve the current
operational utility for licensees. The WIA asserts that
this objective has not been met within the ACMAs current
proposals and that the Option C proposal, as presented,
fails any sort of no disadvantage test.
However, the WIA does believe that there are potential
opportunities for either Apparatus or Class Licence types
( or potentially a hybrid thereof ) to deliver mutually
beneficial outcomes for both the Australian amateur and
amateur-satellite services and the ACMA, which would not
disadvantage Australian Amateur Radio operators.
Consequently, the final question on the WIA poll seeks your
support for the WIA exploring options of a streamlined
amateur service licensing system with the regulator that
could deliver benefits to both the amateur service and the
The poll will released soon following testing, if not
already by the time of this broadcast. In the meantime
please review the WIA initial analysis.
Until next time, this is Greg VK2GPK
Although NOT from the WIA board direct to you the WIA listener
we do have that list of prospects thanks to a Face Book
group called WIA ELECTION 2021. Some, at least, candidates
are members and have been posting but may have missed the
idea floated that they provide you with short sharp audio
bios in this the weekly news. The idea of the group is to
provide a platform where we can ask "what they aim to bring
to the table".
That FaceBook group has had many a ham write in with
suggestions, and some with observations. I'd be paying a LOT
of attention to scribes such as Grant Willis, Peter Parker
and Megan Woods all who write in a way which no one can take
offense with BUT contains more than a grain of truth.
Others delve back in history to the "Good the Bad and the
Ugly' days and to the board members and prospective
board members it does NOT matter if these observations are
incorrect the IMPORTANT thing to take on board is is that
they are PERCEPTIONS... and PERSPECTIONS need be addressed
in a way which will move AR ahead in VK.
To take an extract from this weeks "I've Been Thinking'
QNEWS broadcast by VK4ZPP...
"--speaking ideas in a way that you know is right but
listening to others as if you are wrong. We need to say
what we think and express interest in the other peoples
this enables us to gain personal understanding which we
might otherwise miss out on and more readily enable
others to share their opinions.
By letting people know you wish to improve things and
that you wish them to give you input you start a process
of cultural change--"
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WIA BOARD NEWSLETTERS (older)
Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.
Notice of Order of Names on Ballot paper for 2021 election
Date : 24 / 02 / 2021
Author : John Marshall - WIA Returning Officer
In accordance with regulation 5(d) of the Wireless Institute
of Australia Regulations for Postal Ballot of the election
of Directors, on 15 February 2021 at 5 p.m. I conducted a
draw of names to ascertain the order of appearance of names
of nominees for director.
The order of names appearing on the Ballot Paper shall be as
1. Peter Schrader VK4EA
2. Peter Dernikos VK3FN
3. Greg Kelly VK2GPK (Current WIA President)
4. Steven Green VK2TSG
5. Peter Clee VK8ZZ (Current WIA Secretary)
6. Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY
7. Scott Williams VK3KJ (Current WIA Board Member)
8. David Uzzell VK2DU
Members are asked to vote for a maximum of 4 nominees by
striking OUT the names of nominees not voted for, and
returning their vote in the envelope provided before
Members are requested to attend to voting promptly due to
apparent lengthy delays in postal delivery times.
WIA Returning Officer 2021 Election of Directors.
All candidates have QRZ profiles of varying detail.
Some have Twitter or YouTube as well.
Most have email addresses on QRZ in case you wanted to
contact them. Incumbent board members also have
email addresses on the WIA website.
Call signs and other info taken from the WIA ELECTION 2021
NOW A REQUEST
Would all, ALL, candidates for election 21 record and post
a script, a 60/90 second audio version of your bio and what
you bring to the board table.
email to email@example.com
Lots of audio these days that we get has just been recorded
using a mobile phone and quality is good.
Looking forward to hearing YOU on da news soon.
WIA NATIONAL NEWS AND OUR 3 W's.
WEAR A MASK
WASH YOUR HANDS
WATCH YOUR DISTANCE (1.5 metres)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Researchers in Moscow have developed a terahertz detector
with unprecedented sensitivity and it shows promise in
several areas of science. It is a development with what
researchers consider has good prospects for radio astronomy,
wireless communications, medical diagnostics and security
systems and involves the use of something called
quantum-mechanical tunnelling in graphene.
ARNewsLine has more.
The scientists have used it to create a highly sensitive
terahertz detector. This solves the problem of inefficiency
when mobile systems make use of extremely high frequencies
beyond the traditional ones used today. Most transistors in
use today in typical wireless receivers aren't fast enough
to recharge at those frequencies: Wi-Fi receivers typically
use signals at about 5 GHz and 5G mobile can transmit as
high as 20 GHz - but going much higher usually poses a
What researchers in Moscow and the University of Manchester
have created is a device much more sensitive to those in
commercial use now, which are based on semiconductors and
superconductors. In this new development, the application of
even very low voltage to the control contact or gate in a
tunnelling transistor aligns energy levels of the source
and channel, permitting current to flow.
On the website Phys.Org, one of the Moscow researchers,
Dennis Bandurin writes: [quote] "The current characteristics
give rise to great hopes for the creation of fast and
sensitive detectors for wireless communications." [endquote]
German radio hams tackling RF noise pollution
DARC reports 35 Electrical Noise Area Monitoring Systems or
ENAMS have been delivered and another 20 locations are sought
as part of the effort to monitor interference from human-made
noise on the HF bands.
ENAMS is based on nationwide installed measuring stations
that work as a network. With their help, the DARC can make
scientifically reliable statements about interference levels
on the frequencies. As is well known, the interference has
increased in recent years, as various consumer devices drive
up the noise level.
ARRL Board of Directors have considered a motion to offer a
new plan that would pay the new but not-yet-implemented $35
FCC application fee for a limited number of new radio amateurs
younger than age 18 who, at the time of testing, belonged to
an ARRL Affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and
passed their tests through an ARRL VEC-sponsored exam
The proposal called for reducing the VEC fee for these
candidates to $5. The initial proposal came from ARRL
South-eastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB.
Other Board members offered subsidiary motions.
Supporters said the purpose behind the motion was to
ameliorate the potential financial hardship the pending
FCC application fee posed on certain minors applying for
their first license, and to encourage new youth membership.
Over neighbours objections, Shelburne operator gets the
green light for ham radio towers.
Shelburne, a suburb of Burlington the largest city in the
state of Vermont lies north west of Boston but very close to
Joel Banner Baird writing in Burlington Free Press says
K1ZK's erection of two antenna towers on his rural property
had been a source of contention with his neighbours for at
least a year but now is approved by the Telecommunications
Compromises were struck along the way. The new structures
will be measurably less of an eyesore. Originally conceived
at 70 feet, Mangenello's ham radio project is getting off
the ground with slim, guywire-supported towers that extend
up to 60 foot.
Shelburne limits such antennae's height to 35 feet.
Now not only now does K1ZK boast the highest towers, he has
held the highest class of amateur license since he was 17;
The prospect of backup emergency communication offered by
a local ham radio operator, as well as public education and
research projects, eventually swayed the citizen-run review
So did the Federal Communications Commission, which strongly
suggests that local regulators make "reasonable accommodations"
to amateur operators not just for practical reasons, but
for "the amateur's unique ability to enhance international
Former president of Argentina, Carlos Menem, ex-LU 1 SM,
died on February 14. He was 90.
Menem took office in 1989, serving for 10 years. Menem was
active on the air in the 1980s and 1990s. He had earlier
served as regional governor. Menem served as a senator from
2005 until 2019. According to the New York Times,
Menem was hospitalized in December with kidney failure and
had been put in a medically induced coma.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
the CQWW 160M SSB CONTEST is THIS weekend
February 26 - 28. Your exchange is signal report and CQ Zone.
American stations also exchange their State and Canadians
Not only but also this weekend is the 'French' or 'REF'
Contest running from 0600 UTC on the 27th to 1800 UTC on
the 28th. Using SSB only on the 3.5 to 28MHz contest bands,
the exchange is signal report and serial number but French
stations also exchange their Department number or overseas
Following weekend is 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
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 June 12-13 in 2021
WINTER VHF-UHF Field Days - June 26 - 27
IARU HF World Championship July 10-11
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
Next contest - JUL 17 2021 - and has the aim of encouraging
Low Band activity between VK and ZL on 160 80 and 40M using
SSB, CW and RTTY OR PSK
RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 14-15.
A Combined phone and CW run over 24 hours starting on
Saturday 28th August at 0600 hours UTC finishing
Sunday 29th August at 0559 hours UTC
VOICE from 0800 UTC Saturday 2 October to
0800 UTC Sunday October 3
CW from 0800 UTC Saturday 9 October to
0800 UTC Sunday October 10
SPRING VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS November 27-28
December 4-5 160 Meter WW
DECEMBER 11 - 12 10 Mtr World Wide
The WIA DX Awards program is pleased to announce a new
annual Leader board competition for Standard class license
holders starting 2021. Previously, Standard and Advanced
licensees were combined in a single Leader board. Now,
Standards have their own section. Overall winners in both
Foundation and Standard sections each year, based on highest
Score, will receive a complimentary crystal plaque courtesy
of our Sponsor, Future Systems.
The annual Leader board competition is designed as a friendly
competition to determine how well you are performing compared
to your peers. It is intended to encourage participation in
DXing and hopefully inspire operators to improve their
knowledge of propagation, try new techniques, build better
stations, and improve their operating skills..in other
words - to become a better DXer.
The WIA DX Awards program is free to all members of the WIA
and provides dozens of awards for newcomers through to
advanced DXers and IOTA hunters.
73 from Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA DX Awards Manager
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
QRV is TM 18 AAW from Macon this weekend, February 28,
in celebration of the 18th Antarctic Activity Week.
QSL to home call F 8 DVD
Republic of Benin
Ian, ZS 6 JSI, has been active recently as ZS6JSI slash TY
from Parakou about 400km north from capital city in this
West African country.
He has been there since late January and is expected to be
there for 6 months.
Activity has been mainly on 20 meters FT8
An interesting sidenote is that Ian is operating from
the Trans World Radio gospel broadcast station.
Members of the Sport Club Pandurii Tirgu-Jiu are QRV with
call YP 145 B from Tirgu-Jiu until Wednesday March 3 to
celebrate the 145th anniversary of the birth of the great
sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Activity is on the HF bands.
QSL direct to YO 7 CKQ.
Austria special event
The Cornish Radio Amateur Club's official International
Marconi Day (IMD) Award program was cancelled due to the
Corona virus situation. However, special callsign OE 21 M
will operate between April 24-26th, 0000-2400z to
commemorate the anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi's birthday
(April 25th, 1874).
QSL by the Bureau via OE1WHC.
New Northern Repeater
VK7RUN channel 3 is currently active [ 431.850 input
438.850 output] in the Launceston CBD.
Intended for the support of small form factor low power FM
handhelds using shortened antenna, offering unsurpassed
penetration into buildings and alleyways, it is within 2km
of the CBD and serves to facilitate message passing between
HAMs out and about during these socially distancing times,
without the distractions of equipment drawing attention
perhaps for the wrong reasons.
Reception reports, questions or comments to
(sourced to vk7wi news)
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD
One Megawatt of Peak AM Power -
Saving the Voice of America Delano Relay DL-8
In 2007, the Voice of America ceased operations at the
Delano Relay site in Central California. The site is
destined to be bulldozed along with several relics of
Collins Radio Company's Broadcast Communications Division.
Now an ATV film is available from YouTube showing how the
Collins Collectors Association, with assistance from the
Antique Wireless Association, hatched a plan to retrieve
one of the Collins 821A-1 250 KW Shortwave Transmitters
from the site and place it on display for all to see. This
vid presentation gives some history of VoA and the Delano
site and follows the disassembly and relocation of Delano
Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, is a retired Aerospace Engineer, having
spent nearly 45 years in System Engineering. His career
spanned many fields - from building and operating large
scale sound systems, computer systems used to publish
newspapers and control communications satellites, 4 years as
the Chief Telecom Engineer during the construction of the
New Hong Kong International Airport, and finally,
air defence radar systems and networked radio communications
systems used by the military.
Amateur Radio has been a nearly life-long passion and you'll
see his passion coming through in this video which is
well worth a look.
And if you enjoyed this video, as we did, consider becoming
a member of the Antique Wireless Association
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WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
Meet Merle Taylor:
From teaching soldiers Morse code to running a farm,
97-year-old Nova Scotia woman shares secrets to a happy life
in a full page article in saltwire.com
Merle, or VE 1 VCI said that the Second World War opened
her world up immensely. In 1942, when Merle was a mere 19,
she saw an opportunity to apply to be a Wireless Operator in
the Royal Canadian Air Force. She was hired and her main
responsibility was Morse Code.
On her first posting in Montreal, on her first day of work,
she met the man who would become her husband, Fred Taylor.
Shortly after, he was posted in Calgary, and to be closer to
him, she took a posting in Saskatoon. Upon her arrival, she
was informed she would be teaching pilots from Australia and
New Zealand Morse Code. She had never taught a day in her
life - and she was no expert on Morse Code at that time.
She stepped up to the challenge, because the pilots, after
being trained by her, would be headed off to war.
Maybe, just maybe, one of our listeners relatives were
actually trained by this Canadian 'Wonder Woman', Merle Taylor
VE 1 VCI.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
As reported to Spaceweather.com Canadian radio amateur
Scott Tilley, VE 7 TIL, has snagged another signal from
His latest conquest has been to copy the signal from Chinas
Tianwen-1 (pronounced tee-EN-ven) probe, which went into
orbit around Mars on February 10. Tilley said that the
probes X-band signal was loud and audible, however while
the spacecraft did post its frequency with the ITU, it was
too vague for precise tuning (X band is between 8 GHz and 12 GHz).
VE 7 TIL has also picked up signals from NASA's Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the United Arab Emirates
Hope probe, both orbiting Mars some 124 million miles away.
He uses a homemade 60-centimeter dish and relies on
software-defined radios (SDRs) to accomplish the task.
A nanosatellite made at Tel Aviv University is now in orbit
and measuring cosmic radiation following its successful
launch by NASA. The satellite, called TAU-SAT1, is the
first to be completely designed, developed, assembled and
tested at an Israeli university.
Its a big day for TAU, said Professor Price, head of
TAUs Porter Department of Environmental Studies. We have
now joined the civil space revolution [in which]
not only giant companies with huge budgets and large teams
of engineers can build and launch satellites.
TAU completed the construction of TAU-SAT1 about 4 months
ago and sent it for pre-flight testing at the Japanese space
agency JAXA. About two weeks ago, the nanosatellite arrived
at its final stop prior to lift off: Wallops Island in
Virginia, where it caught a ride on a NASA resupply
spacecraft destined for the International Space Station.
(Jewish News Syndicate)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.
First-time caller, long time listener
Aficionados of talk radio stations will be more than aware
of that intro. Now comes ClubHouse.
Remember when everyones toilet had a pile of magazines?
Those magazine piles vanished with the advent of the
mobile internet. Today, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
are never-ending sources of content you can tune into in
those spare moments, to occupy that part of your brain.
Ben Zotto writing in marker.medium.com says Clubhouse the
new darling of Silicon Valley and the extremely online set
may have hit upon a rich vein of similar desperation, and if
the company navigates it correctly, could become just as
The key for Clubhouse will be in honing its algorithms so
that every time a listener opens the app they are presented
with a conversation that is interesting to them. This is the
area where podcasts miss the mark: it is amazing to have so
much choice, but all too often that choice is paralysing;
sometimes a lot of times!
SO - FIRST TIME CALLER, LONG TIME LISTENER
Clubhouse can ultimately transcend faux conferences and
evolve into a never-ending stream of something more like
talk radio that is guaranteed to be interesting to you.
Most people dont want to chat, most of the time.
Most people just want something to listen to while theyre
doing other things.
Clubhouse is an invitation-only audio-chat social networking
app launched in April 2020 .
In May 2020, it was valued at nearly $100 million.
January 2021, the valuation reached $1 billion.
Search for the Clubhouse app on google or your app store.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
OC 3, 7 and 737.
Cocos Keeling Willis and Minami Torishima Islands.
One may very well think we Hams have 'beaten' the Pandemic
what with several international island events in the
Take, JG 8 NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from
Marcus Island, Minami Torishima (OC-0737) from mid-March. He
will be at this weather station for about 3 months and
wireless wise will be mainly on 17 meters.
Northern Corridor Radio Group members from VK6 will be
active as VK9CE from Cocos Keeling Islands (OC-003) between
March 16-23rd. David, EB7DX, will manage the paper QSLs
(direct and Bureau)
Willis Island (OC-007) is set to be activated by the Hellenic
Radio Association of Australia November 3, hopefully with
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Just ahead of RAOTC Guru Clive, VK6CSW again Id like
to remind you of the source of my earlier story on the VoA
and that Collins gear.
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Hallo everyone. This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australias March bulletin
goes to air tomorrow, Monday March 1st.
This month as well as the latest club news, we have the
following items for you:
Travelling Brain Waves, read by Ian VK3JS,
Mark Oliphant, Australian physicist and the part he played
in the development of radar, also read by Ian VK3JS, plus
Google - Rival Search Engine read by Bruce VK3UV.
Everyone, RAOTC member and non-Member alike, is most welcome
to listen to the program and join in the call backs
The monthly RAOTC bulletin is transmitted on a wide range of
frequencies and modes including UHF and VHF FM, HF ssb,
D-STAR, Digital Mobile Radio and EchoLink. Regular listeners
will of course have their favourite time and frequency to
tune in, but a full list of transmissions and times is on
the RAOTC website
or simply Google RAOTC broadcasts.
If none of the transmission times suit you, you can download
the audio file at any time from today from the RAOTC website.
If you do listen this way, a brief feedback comment would be
Members and Friends of the RAOTC in Perth are reminded that
the next lunchtime meeting at the Bayswater Hotel is on
Tuesday, March 9th.
Once again, tune in tomorrow for the March RAOTC bulletin,
and dont forget to join in the call backs afterwards.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
First VK7 to ZL Digital Record on 10GHz set by Rex VK7MO
and Roger ZL3RC.
Both stations ran 60 watts and Rex was using a 77 cm dish
and Roger used a 113 cm Petal dish.
The distance was 1960 km.
For this 10 GHz record WSJT-X Q65-60D mode was used. The 60
indicates 60 second periods and the D represents a tone
spacing of 13 Hz.
(sourced to vk7wi news)
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - WORLD WIDE FLOA AND FAUNA (parks)
A call to 'weed out' from the bunch this year is 9A 10 FF
Members of the Croatian Flora Fauna ARC are QRV with special
event call 9A10FF during all of 2021 to celebrate the club's
10th anniversary. QSL via 9A2MF.
SOTA/WWFF PARKS GROUP
A Summits On The Air / World Wide Flora and Fauna parks
group is now meeting twice weekly, Mondays and Fridays
10.30 AM at Glebe Gardens Cafe, Henry Street, Launceston.
For more information contact Al, VK7AN
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
Plans remain 'up in the air' for the Youth on the Air or
YOTA, Americas summer camp, tentatively set for July 11 16
We know that changes in the COVID-19 pandemic status between
now and July will have an impact on our decision to host the
camp, 2021 YOTA Americas Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG,
said. At this time, we are still hopeful that hosting the
camp safely will be possible. Should we not be able to host
the camp, we will let everyone know with as much notice as
possible and postpone it to 2022.
Our plan is to make the final decision in the month of April.
2021 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
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
VK6 - Peel Amateur Radio Club Swap Meet March 6
at Mandurah Bowling Club (vk6faaz)
VK4 - REDFEST 2021 April Ten (vk4tfn)
VK2 - MayHam (Wyong Race Course) May 30 (vk2ji)
VK5 - SERG convention Mt. Gambier June 12 / 13 (vk5bj)
This John VK5DJ for the South East Radio Group.
Yes, the SERG convention is on this June 12/13 at
Mount Gambier. It's the Queen's birthday weekend as
usual. Andrew VK5KET is getting ready for the
Australian Foxhunting Championship and the convention
committee are planning a similar programme to past
Things may change due to Covid-19 but at this stage
with the vaccine rollout and the good work of health
officials we are optimistic of a successful event.
Now might be a good time to book accommodation.
See you there.
Thanks John, of course he is referring to the VK5
Holiday weekend for the Queens Birthday which on that
date is NOT celebrated on Norfolk, Cocos and Keeling
Islands, Christmas Island, VK4 Qld nor VK6 WA.
VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)
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straight after the Local News. Local news follows National
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