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Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.
Monday night last, with WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK and
WIA Board member Scott Williams VK3KJ were 2 members of the WIA
Spectrum Strategy Committee, Dale Hughes VK1DSH and Grant Willis
VK5GR all on YouTube to help us understand the ACMA consultation
paper and what it means for us.
Kicking of the discussion was Scott Williams VK3KJ
The aim was to provide a forum where the findings of the
committee could be presented, also providing an opportunity
for questions and answers to be exchanged with members and the
wider amateur community. The WIA discussused the three options
and why it is recommending the option it is.
They also explained ways that the risks of ACMAs proposals
could be mitigated to the benefit of both the amateur service
and the ACMA.
It's still there on you tube to view and even if you did watch
live at the beginning of the week it's worth another look.
Yes it still shows alot of unneccessary comments by a few
suspects but all in all your WIA, in the words of that
classic Radio/TV advert for Meadow-Lea " ought to be
Who's who on the wia Spectrum Stratergy Committee
Peter Young VK3MV - Regulatory Counsel
Dale Hughes VK1DSH
Brian Miller VK3MI
Noel Higgins VK3NH
Grant Willis VK5GR
Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio
Well. Another issue of AR magazine is at the printers.
Good grief, Charlie Brown !
Yep. The second issue for 2021 is scheduled to be delivered on
or around the 25th of March.
Im going to have to stop doing this.
So in the tradition of when youre onto a good thing, stick
to it, we have another themed issue.
This time around its flavours of WSPR otherwise known as
Weak Signal Propagation Reporter.
We have an article for those who like the Arduino flavour. . .
and another for those who like Raspberry . . as in Raspberry-Pi.
Some would call whisper the perfect marriage of computing and
radio except that, in the Raspberry project this issue no
rig is required !
Youll have to pore over the issue to see what I mean. Look for
the image of a shooshing cherub on the front cover. Sssshhhhh
Well, so much for the theme now for the steam !
The main feature this issue covers the controversial proposal
put up by Auntie Acme, let me spell it out A C M A Akme . . .
who, just in case you hadnt yet heard, earlier this month,
put out a consultation paper reviewing the regulatory
arrangements for amateur stations.
Much of the comment about Akmes proposals on social media and
around the bands is shrouded in steam.
Look for the courageous cover line (yes, Minister) at the head
of the page, beginning A C M A
The WIAs Spectrum Strategy Committee collaborated to compose
the main feature, which sets out the issues, threats and
opportunities in plain language.
Naturally, the occasion called for an appropriate illustration.
Call it a courageous illustration quite right, Minister.
ARs resident cartoonist, Carmel Morris VK2CAR, has excelled
To soothe readers frazzled nerves from grappling with courageous
issues, weve also served up some brain food in the shape of an
article on Practical communications at 30 terahertz yes,
terahertz, thats a million megs . . and another on:
How I gave up HF black box operations and took up with a
White Box on microwave
Black boxes and white boxes ? Editor in Chief ?:
Its a filthy job, but somebodys gotta do it.
If I told you any more, thatd be giving away too much !
This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
for VK1WIA News.
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
Now 3 weeks ago we heard from the first 4 then last week
the last 4 on the Ballot paper. Unforunately our President
missed both broadcast deadlines and as it would not be fair
on the other 7 candidates just to run Gregs as a stand alone
piece when/if it arrives as far as audio goes..that's it.
BTW as the keyboard warriers type.
Next week we will put all 8 bios in the text edition so those,
coupled with the bios in AR Magazine, plus the 7 i've seen todate
on Trent Sampsons very well moderated WIA ELECTION 21 FaceBook
group should give a very good help in selecting which 4 to
Speaking of Trent VK4TS, let's pop over to the Sunshine Coast
of VK4 this article in "EDUCATION".
The Education programme at Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio club
took another turn on Saturday the 13th of March.
Club accredited US Volunteer Examiners had the opportunity to
hone their skills with a training day organised by Volunteer
VEA President and WIA board candidate Peter Dernikos travelled
to the Sunshine Coast to help with the second Sunshine Coast
USA exam session.(those travel credits are handy)
With Peter in a supervisor role, Bill Main VK4ZD Dianne Main
VK4DI Peter Schrader VK4EA Greg Croad VK4BXX Spencer Remiers
VK4VF and Greg Walker VK4GJW took turns in the various aspects
of the US Licencing Process.
Faraaz VK4FDB who as recently as last November sat his Foundation
exam and since has sat and passed the Advanced had this to say
about the US exams:
"Fantastic example of hams self-examining and self-regulating. A
much smoother, cheaper and efficient way of doing things - let's
hope we can emulate a VE system in VK in the near future!"
We finished the day off with the usual club BBQ, where Board
Candidates Peter Schrader and Peter Dernikos were added to the
grilling and gave us an insight of their future vision for the
Thank you so much to everyone who travelled to the Sunshine Coast
to help and the result is that SCARC will now have another 2 US
examiners and able to conduct in house USA exams in partnership
This has been Trent VK4TS on behalf of Sunshine Coast Amateur
Radio Club - back to the news desk
REASTs next Foundation Training and all licence assessment
day will fall next Saturday 27th March.
Grab your copy of the Foundation Licence Manual from the
Caltex Service Station, Amy and Main, Moonah for $35 cash
and please let Reg VK7KK REAST Learning Organiser know
ASAP that you will be coming along by phoning 0417 391 607
UNITED KINGDOM and online exams boost ham radio numbers
RSGB has released the statistics for the UK amateur radio
exams held in 2020, the year that in-person exams were only
held during the first 10 weeks of the year and there weren't
many of them held.
The number of people passing Foundation in 2020 was double
that of 2019, this number of newcomers is a return to levels
last seen in 2002.
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
IARU REGION ONE
Belgium to resume ham radio exams
If the evolution of the Corona infections continues to proceed
favourably, Belgium's communication regulator BIPT, will resume
amateur radio exams from April 26.
There are three licence exams in Belgium, there is no need to
take lower level exams you can just sit the Class A exam and
get the HAREC equivalent licence.
The pass mark in all the multiple-choice exams is 50%
Class A (CEPT HAREC) - 48 questions, 30 Theory, 10 Regulations,
8 Procedures. Time allowed 90 minutes
Class B (CEPT Novice) - 38 questions, 20 Theory, 10 Regulations,
8 Procedures. Time allowed 1 hour
Class C (Basic) - 30 questions of which 12 are Theory,
10 Regulations, 8 Procedures.
Time allowed 60 minutes.
France's National Frequency Agency, the FNFA, has taken action
against a radio amateur who allegedly used threatening language
on the air.
ANFR used an EMF regulation as the justification for seizing the
equipment when they joined forces with the gendarmerie to stop
the amateur radio operator, identified as Monsieur X, who was
uttering insults and threats on the airwaves.
ANFR agents discovered that Mr. X had failed to declare his
radio installation to the ANFR: this lack of declaration
constitutes an infringement of the electronic postal and
communication code which may be punished by six months'
imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros. This surprising
oversight immediately provided a legal basis which made it
possible to seize Mr. X's radio equipment without further delay .
Germany's Amateur Radio Round Table, known as the RTA, has asked
communications regulator BNetzA to introduce online exams.
While UK and USA have had online exams for almost a year they
aren't yet widely available elsewhere.
IRTS Annual General Meeting
Due to the continuing and forecast Covid-9 pandemic restrictions
in Ireland, their 2021 IRTS AGM will be held online on the
Zoom platform on Saturday April 24th at 1100.
IARU REGION TWO
By years end the Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting will
have a second multi-purpose hall and new entrance making the
building wheelchair accessible. Its all part of a renovation
project made possible by a $225,000 grant the museum received
from the estate of Elliott Block, who owned low-powered TV
called, wait for it....... WKRP TV in Cincinnati.
Now that's history in itself!
The museum complex provided worldwide communications during the
World War II era through 1994 when the station stopped
broadcasting after it was decommissioned.
At its peak the VOA station had six, 200,000-watt transmitters
and 24 high directional antennas used to send broadcasts to
Africa, Europe and South America.
The museum includes collections and exhibits from the
VOA Bethany station; a Radio STEM laboratory; and
the West Chester Amateur Radio Associations ham shack where
you'll learn how short wave radio works.
Monster Dipole Can Deliver Monster Signal
Gary, ZL3SV, in Nelson, New Zealand, has installed an enormous
all-band dipole with each leg extending 320 meters. The antenna
is multiple wavelengths on HF, and on 20 meters it has a gain of
more than 16 dB.
A huge 12:1 balun resembling a utility pole power step-down
transformer converts the impedance from 50 ohms unbalanced to
600 ohms balanced. The wire he uses for each leg is
aluminium-wrapped, power-line cable (10-millimeter cable with
wrap), and he uses power-line fittings, because they're designed
to handle the wire. The line has a 60-ton breaking strength.
ZL3SV said he made the 600 ohm ladder line himself and he uses
the antenna on all bands, typically running only 200 W.
The coaxial feed line goes to his house down a slope from the
antenna via a conduit.
In India popularity of ham radio is rising
The Bangalore Mirror newspaper reports all 41 candidates who did
the amateur radio exam in January passed, they were awarded
their certificates on March 7
The Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of HAMs, which conducts the
Amateur Station Operator Certificate) courses, said that results
of the latest examinations is testimony to the increasing
popularity of ham radio in the city.
Read the full story over on
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS WITH VK4FUQ - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
'Tis the weekend of the WIA John Moyle Field Day,
Saturday 20 to 0059 Sunday 21."
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
This year is a very special for the ham radio family all over
the world. Special activity will take place from Israel using
special callsigns 4 X 73(XX) and 4 Z 73(XX). The "XX" will be
the LAST TWO letters of their private callsign.
The activity commemorating 73 years of independence will start
0600 UTC, April 14th, until Saturday, 2200 UTC, April 17th.
Some of the operators will use the special callsigns during the
"Holyland Contest" that will be taking place in the same weekend.
Look for HV 0 A in the ARRL International SSB DX contest
March 27-28. QSL via IK 0 FVC.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA.
Special event station D 90 EXPO is QRV to October 17
promoting "2021 World Military Culture Expo" that is taking
place in the city of Gyeryong in October.
QSL via DS 3 BBC.
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.
CQ 750 RSI throughout 2021 commemorates the 750th anniversary
of the birth of Elizabeth of Aragon, the queen consort of
Portugal and patron saint of their city of Coimbra.
QSL to home call CT 7 AQD.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the International Police
Association Radio Club (IPARC) of Switzerland, look for
special event station HB 40 POLICE to be active until
December 31st on 160 - 6 meters
(sourced to SouthGate)
Special event stations SN 0 ZOSP and SN 100 ZOSP are QRV
until February 5, 2022 to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of the Association of the Voluntary Fire Brigades of the
Republic of Poland.
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
Courthouse News Service reports that Germanys Federal Network
Agency instituted a ban just last Friday week, the 13th,
on the sale and use of a New Age 'water vitalizer' device,
citing numerous reports that the device sold by Swiss company
Wassermatrix AG was transmitting on frequencies allocated for
ham radio users.
Billed as a way to activate the bodys self-healing powers,
the 8,000-euro (12,310 Aussie Dollar) device has been sold in
Germany to more than 2,400 people.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
ADVENTURE GROUPS --- WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM
SUMMITS ON THE AIR and other
German special callsign
Look for the special callsign DQ 11 WCA to be active until
April 17, from different WCA (World Castle Award Program)
and WWFF (World Wide Flora Fauna) areas.
All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau. you
don't need to send your own card.
The station also has a special reference number "DOK-WCA 11"
for the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC) DLD award and
of course gives you points for the WCA/COTA award programs.
Inside the summit-obsessed world of ham radio
On a grey afternoon last spring, Steve Galchutt sat high atop
Chief Mountain, an 11,700-foot peak along Colorados Front Range.
An epic panorama of pristine alpine landscape stretched in
almost every direction and Mount Evan towering just to the west.
It was an arresting view, and the perfect backdrop for a summit
selfie. But instead of reaching for his smartphone, Steve was
absorbed by another device: a portable transceiver.
A very well written and illustrated story appears in a publication
His head bent down and cocked to one side, he listened to a
steady stream of staticky beeps: dah-dah-di-dah dah di-di-di-dit.
This is Scotty in Philadelphia, Galchutt said, translating the
Morse code. Then, tapping at two silver paddles attached to the
side of the radio, he sent his own message, first with some
details about his location, then his call sign, WG0AT.
At this point, a prying hiker could have been forgiven for
wondering what, exactly, he was doing. But his answer,
an enthusiastic amateur radio, of course!would likely only
have further compounded their confusion. After all, the popular
image of an amateur-radio enthusiast is an aging, armchair-bound
recluse, not some crampon-clad adventurer. And their natural
habitat is usually a basement, or ham shack, not a windswept
peak in the middle of the Rockies.
Nearby sat Bob and Joyce Witte (K0NR and K0JJW, respectively).
Together, they are part of a group called Summits on the Air
(SOTA), an international, radio version of high pointing.
Ive had a woman come up to me and wonder what Im doing,
and she pointed out to me, You know your cell phone works
up here, dont you? They totally miss the whole thing.
Bob and I call those bubble people, Joyce added with a smirk."
Still on a mountain top, this time in Iceland.
First TF SOTA Mountain Goat
Congratulations to Einarn, TF3EK, who has achieved the accolade
of SOTA Mountain Goat. This is the principle award in the
Summits on the Air scheme and marks passing through 1000
Harking back to the previous "adventure groups" story, I wonder
how many picked up on the great callsign of that Colorado ham?
WG0AT. Sure a call with an incentive for the Summits "Mt. Goat
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD
Don't forget to check out the WIA video presentation about the
ACMA consultation. It's with WIA Vice President VK3GK Lee and the
link to YouTube is available in this text edtion PLUS you can
see it when you check out WIA Front Page News.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING
Hot on the heels of the HORASS 55 Balloon launch from VK5 we
told you about in last weeks "news you can trust" comes news
that in the US state of Washington, a group of researchers
gathered at the REACH Museum to launch a seven-foot long
trackable, solar-powered, weather-transmittable balloon.
Members from the museum, local non-profit SILAS Education and
Spout Springs Repeater Association met March 11th for their
There are multiple goals for this balloon including learning
about weather and geography-related information from all over
the globe and seeing it circle the world 22 times. "It catches
the jet stream and sends us details about where it is in the
world and what its doing," a researcher said.
"We track this information and learn about weather, weather
patterns, wind, radio waves and more."
(sourced to yaktrinews)
Closer to home, more ballooning news and Amateur Radio Victoria
have advised that students from Huntingtower College expect to
launch a further two balloons this weekend, both using the
The pico balloons being launched are a WSPR tracker and balloon
from Mount Waverley in Victoria, VK3ZWI-6, and an APRS tracker
and balloon, VK3ZWI-5, from Western Australia.
Check APRS.fi and search the balloon callsigns to track their
progress, or try the link in the text version of this news
broadcast at wia.org.au
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
ARISS Ham Station in Columbus Module Is Once Again Operational
Some 6 weeks after going silent following a spacewalk that
installed new antenna cabling, the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station ham station in the Columbus module
is once again operational. The Columbus station, which typically
uses the call sign NA1SS, is the primary ARISS amateur radio
station used for school contacts and other activities.
A January spacewalk replaced a coax feed line installed 11 years
ago with another built by the European Space Agency and Airbus.
While the specific cause of the problem has not yet been
determined, a March 13 spacewalk that restored the antenna
cabling to its original configuration provided the cure.
The day after, ARISS was able to confirm the operations success
when Automatic Packet Reporting System signals on 145.825 MHz
were heard in California, Utah, and Idaho as the ISS passed
overhead. ARISS team member Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, was able to
digipeat through NA1SS during the pass. With additional
confirmation from stations in South America and the Middle East,
ARISS declared the radio system operational again.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
COME IN AUSTRALIA COME IN VK
Operators DJ/N4RRR, Jack/K4KSW, Terry/N4QBS and Jack/NN2T
will be active as C 6 AHA from Bimini Island (USI FL05)
between July 14-21st on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.
They expect to possibly have 5 radios.
Their goal is to aim for Europe and Australia (for those who
need them for the DXCC), and others that need the grid or island.
DJ states, "I know it's not a Rare DX but it is a rare Island &
grid. Great DXpedition for us Handi-hams and a vacation for the
wife with the Covid restrictions going on."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets will conduct Exercise Blue Ham
on the Ministry of Defence 5MHz shared band over this weekend
in the UK.
RAFAC and other MoD Cadet formations will be on air over the
period of operation using SSB and data modes.
Although we can't have a QSO we can listen here in VK
(sourced to RSGB)
Dutch inventor of the audio cassette tape dies aged 94
Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape and a CD pioneer
has died aged 94 at his home in a village in the Netherlands.
Ottens, who studied to be an engineer, started working for
Philips in 1952. Eight years later he became head of the firms
product development department. Within a year he and his team
had developed the first portable tape recorder of which over
a million were sold.
Two years later he revolutionised the reel-to-reel tape system
by inventing the cassette tape.
'I got annoyed with the clunky, user-unfriendly reel to reel
system, its that simple', Ottens said later. The new carrier
had to be small enough to fit into his jacket pocket, Ottens
decided, and he had a wooden model made to determine the ideal
size. In 1963 the first plastic encased cassette tape was
presented at an electronics fair carrying the slogan
smaller than a pack of cigarettes! The tapes were quickly
copied by the Japanese but in different formats!
Ottens managed to make a deal with Sony to use the mechanism
patented by Philips to introduce a standard cassette which was
then rolled out globally. Over 100 billion were sold worldwide.
Ottens went on to develop the CD, which again became a
Sony-Philips standard and which sold over 200 billion.
In 1986 Ottens retired but he was often asked if he was proud of
his inventions, which allowed millions to have access to music.
I have no pride dial Ottens said in an interview, stressing
that both inventions were team efforts. His biggest regret was
that that Sony, not Philips, invented what he considered to be
the ideal application for the cassette tape, the Walkman.
That still hurts, he said. Dubious about the recent revival of
the cassette tape Ottens said nothing could beat the sound of
Read more at DutchNews.nl
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