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ACMA seeks feedback on draft FYSO 202126...

WIA Vice President, Lee Moyle VK3GK and the news is all good.


ACMA seeks feedback on draft FYSO 202126

A little light reading for Easter arrived on our desktops
last Monday the 29th from ACAMA who are seeking feedback
on the draft Five-year spectrum outlook 202126 (FYSO).

This is NOT to be confused with ACMA's proposals for
the possible class licencing document, the AB and C
proposal. This new draft FYSO provides a broad overview of
trends that affect spectrum management and factors used
to inform the ACMA's planning and spectrum allocation

The draft FYSO is some 71 pages and includes a detailed
annual work program, with activities and milestones for the
202122 financial year. ACMA's extensive planning activity
to support the deployment of 5G services in Australia
continues to inform priorities in their allocation work plan.

Pages 18 and 19 do revisit the ACMAs Consultation paper on
Future Amateur Radio Service licensing. In early 2021, they
sought views on their review of non-assigned amateur
licensing arrangements. the aim was to find the best
licensing mechanism to reduce regulatory burden and minimise

ACMAs preferred approach is to authorise the operation of
non-assigned amateur and outpost stations under a class
licence. they will assess submissions received against
objectives for the review and preferred option.

The new document issued Monday last also states "We are also
aware that many amateurs continue to be interested in
operating their stations at higher power limits. Pending
implementation of the outcomes associated with the review of
licensing arrangements, we are examining the feasibility of,
and options for, higher power licensing. We will consult
with the amateur community on regulatory proposals.

So settle back, read the 71 pages and give YOUR feedback by
close of business, Wednesday 28 April.




Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.

Good morning from WIA Vice President, Lee Moyle VK3GK.

Well the news is all good.

Reports from all around the country have it that the latest
edition of your Amateur Radio magazine is out and about.
Included are the very important WIA Election ballot and
voting forms. Please take the time and effort to read and
vote accordingly to propel the WIA into 2021 and beyond.

You need to select your four preferred candidates to fill
the vacant positions on the WIA board at this coming AGM,
then return your selections in the envelopes provided to WIA
HQ before the revised closing date of April 30.

Choose wisely.

The WIA Board and many of the volunteers are really giving
their all for each and every one and Amateur Radio in general.
This is more apparent than ever for those who have seen the
excellent and professional ACMA consultation paper produced
and published by the WIA Spectrum Planning Group. This paper
has already been submitted to the ACMA for consideration.
I hope many others took advantage of their efforts and
utilized the short form template provded by the WIA tho
submit in its standard form or to use as a basis for your
personalized submission to ACMA. I was priveledged to be
invited and attended some of the Spectrum Planning Groups
meetings and watch these guys in action. Honestly just
outstanding, professional and all specialists in their
fields of expertise. It is good to be part of the winning
team batting for all of the Amateur Radio community.

The WIA online poll has now closed and many have voted.
Thank you for showing your support for this independent

We must apologise for the email delays in some cases as we
did have a couple of, shall we say anomalies to deal with
during the email process but most eventually ironed out. The
joys of technology.

The poll asked two questions, to which the WIA has received
1690 individual responses. The results are:

Question 1.
Which of the ACMAs three options (as currently proposed) do
you believe will best maintain the existing rights of
licensed amateur operators and facilitate continuation of
the Amateur Service in Australia into the next decade:

84% of respondents favoured Option A
9% of respondents favoured Option B
7% of respondents favoured Option C

Question 2.
Would you support 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

83% of respondents indicated Yes
15% of respondents indicated No
2% of respondents did not respond.

So there we have it. The results speak for themselves.

Given the overwhelming response from a good selection of the
Amateur Radio Community who chose to engage, the WIA who
represents all amateurs to the regulator, supports Option A
at this time for the reasons outlined in the official
WIA ACMA response.

The WIA would reconsider its opinion should the ACMA revise
the draft Class Licence to address the concerns presented in
our response.

That it for this week and enjoy the Easter Break.

73 from Lee VK3GK






Seems a bit of a phising attack on some emails
so the safest thing is if you are not sure of the origin
of an email DON'T CLICK IT!

Stop and think before automatically clicking on a link
or replying to an email.
Consider the source, and check the email address of the
sender does it seem legitimate?
Is the sender asking for an immediate response or making
it seem like it's an urgent situation that requires quick
Before clicking on a link in an email (or a text message)
always hover over the link to check the URL and check if
it seems legitimate. Even if it does, avoid clicking on it.


& the World Wide sources of the WIA.

18 of April will be World Amateur Radio Day.

It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio
Union was formed in Paris.

The theme for 2021 will be Home but never alone.

Due to Covid-19, many gatherings and amateur radio events have
been cancelled, some many times, as organisers seemed not to
grasp the severity of this pandemic and against all odds tried
to get gatherings happening, however, amateur radio kept us
connected by the airwaves! What is it we say?

When all else fails Amateur Radio is hear.

Listen out for special event stations around the world that will
be on the air that day and no doubt our resident DXer/Contester
Felix VK4FUQ will have some when he "opens the DX window" in
this weeks broadcast from VK1WIA.


At the request of the European Commission, the IARU met with
representatives of the automotive industry, standards bodies and
the Commission on the 25th of March. It was to review the
current position on the development of an emission standard for
Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles.

There was a frank exchange of views and the Commission determined
that further joint tests should be arranged. The IARU confirmed
it was content to participate and welcomed the initiative.
A further meeting will take place once the relevant tests have
been completed, with a view to making progress towards an
emission standard.

Inmarsat sues Dutch government.

The website Via Satellite report that Inmarsat is seeking an
injunction against the Dutch government in a Netherlands
civil court to review spectrum allocation changes it made in
a recent update to the countrys National Frequency Plan.

The Dutch government wants to reallocate spectrum used for
satellite-based maritime safety services to 5G connectivity
service providers. Inmarsat called the reallocation
unnecessary and claimed that both satellite maritime and
5G services can co-exist within the spectrum band without
interfering with each other

RT ceases radio transmission on DAB network

RT Ireland's National Television and Radio Broadcaster ceased
its transmission of radio services on the Digital Audio
Broadcast network on March 31st. However, all its digital
radio services will remain available on other platforms.

In a statement, the broadcaster said the move to cease DAB
transmission was driven by three main factors - the fact that
DAB was the least utilised platform in Ireland; that RT is
the only Irish broadcaster on the DAB system, and cost


Shortwave-listening enthusiasts has lost one of its long time
leaders tragically in a house fire in the USA.

The victim?

George Zeller who since the early 1960s spent decades
reporting on hundreds of pirate radio operators and other
shortwave stations. His column had an active following in
"The Journal," the monthly publication of the North American
Short Wave Association.

According to website, the fire department
determined that the blaze was set off by an overloaded

George Zeller was 71.

New station on the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands will have a new operator in May,
Matthew, M0ZMS.

"I will be deploying to the British Forces South Atlantic
Islands, Mount Pleasant Complex, Falkland Islands, at the
end of April after two weeks quarantine here in the UK" said

The Falkland Islands Communications Regulator has issued
a full temporary license VP 8 ZMS valid from now until
his expected departure at the end of August 2021.

He also hopes to be active using the RAFARS club station
shack (VP8RAF & VP8FIR).


The result of the election for President of NZART 2021-23
is in and its congratulations to President Mark Gooding ZL2UFI.

Don't forget NEXT week here on WIA National News we'll bring
you the bios recorded by the first 4 candidates for our own
Election of new Board Members.




April 25 AM / CW ANZAC Day, Mon 25th from 9am on 7125kHz AM.
We'll have more on this non-contest event during Special
Interest Group news with Col VK3GTV today


Harry Angel Sprint will be May First. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.


the CQ World Wide CW WPX Contest May 29-30


The VK SHIRES June 12-13


WINTER VHF-UHF Field Days - June 26 - 27


ZW 61 DF is on FT8 celebrating 61st anniversary of Brasilia.

During April the special event call sign ZW 61 DF is on-the-air
to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the inauguration of
Brazil's capital city Brasilia on April 21, 1960


World Amateur Radio Day special event

Alex, PA 1 AW, will be active with the special callsign
PA 96 WARD celebrating 'World Amateur Radio Day' on April 18th.

It was on April 18th, 1925, that the International Amateur Radio
Union was formed in Paris.

QSL via PA1AW.



Pride Radio Group will be on air again with special event
callsign VI 2021 PRIDE during Midsumma, April 19 to May 5
then Pride month, 1 to 30 June.


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 until 29th May
VK 100 AF until August 31



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.



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.




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.



Members of the SEDINA Contest Club are QRV with SQ 0 MORSE
until the end of the month commemorating the birthday of
Samuel F. B. Morse. QSL via SP1EG.



Antarctica operation

Alexei is active as RI 01 ANT from Antarctica until
May the 30th from Russian Progress and Vostok Base stations
on 40 meters and higher using CW and FT8.

QSL via RX6A.



Cato, LA9PF will be QRV as 5Z4/LA9PF from Malindi now until
May on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.




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.




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.



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 station OH 100 SRAL is QRV during all of 2021
to celebrate the centennial of the Finnish Amateur Radio League.
QSL via bureau.



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.




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.





FT8 most popular amateur radio mode with 51% of all contacts
made in the past 12 months.

The ClubLog Blog reports that FT8 contacts made up an
impressive 84% of the 1,777,945 amateur radio contacts
for the 50 MHz band recorded on ClubLog between March 1,
2020 and March 26, 2021.

All up some close on 66 million contacts were recorded
during 2020

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

SpaceX seemingly takes steps to protect their telemetry data.

Slash Gear have just published a very interesting article
which reads:

SpaceX typically broadcasts its tests in their entirety, but
some amateur radio users wanted access to even more data.
SpaceX is known to use specific frequency bands to
communicate with its spacecraft, and some amateur radio
astronomers were attempting to access the telemetry data in
those broadcasts. SpaceX made a move to encrypt the video
feeds after several from a Falcon 9 Starlink launch were
intercepted and decoded, (as WIA News reported last week),
giving access to video typically only seen by employees.

The decoded video showed views of the Earth from the second
stage rocket and inside the Liquid Oxygen tank of the second
stage rocket.



News from the ANZAC front.
Radio Amateurs remember AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April.

The traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo"
Patterson VK4MIK and the Tablelands Radio Group of
Far North Queensland, will take to the air for the 10th year.

This is not a contest but honours those modes used by
service personnel in earlier wars.

The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group basically
asks us to consider changing modes on ANZAC Day nets, as an
honour and Amateur Radio salute to those who served or are

The annual event involves ex-military sites and related
museums plus many stations will be also operating and
switching to the old modes during the day.

Northern AM operations will centre around 7125kHz.

Details from



Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW wishing you all a
Happy Easter and reminding you that tomorrow, Easter Monday,
is also the first Monday of month and time for the
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australias April bulletin
to go to air.

As usual, Bruce VK3UV will bring us the latest Club news,
after which Ian VK3JS has three interesting items, namely:

* A Big Battery in Victoria
* Forgotten Women - Chien-Shiung Wu physicist and
* A piece about miniature satellites known as CubeSats

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-Members 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 full details of all
transmissions times and modes can be found on the RAOTC

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, April 13th

Once again, tune in tomorrow for the April RAOTC bulletin,
and dont forget to join in the call backs afterwards.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

ROTA Recipes On The Air

We turn now, thanks to Amateur Radio NewsLine to FOOD.
and yes there IS a recipe given within this report.

Food Net was founded on the premise that H.A.M. stands for
Have Another Meal and you don't call us Late For Dinner.
And on some nets when some hams talk about whats cooking
invariably one will chime in with something like,
I'll be there in 5 minutes!!"

The net itself discusses cuisines, recipes, meals, cooking
methods, etcetera. The bottom line is that everyone has to

One ham said his wife marinated pork chops in an Instant Pot
with Coca-Cola and cooking them. He said they were the best
pork chops he had ever eaten.

The Net meets on the Quadnet Array on the 3rd Saturday of
each month at 4PM Eastern. For details go to for connection options via D-Star, DMR,
WIRES-X, and Fusion."

Sooooo instead of "pork on your fork" it's COKE on your pork.


2021 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.

VK4 - REDFEST 2021 April Ten (vk4tfn)

Redcliffe and Districts radio club.

QLD Government imposed Public Health Safety precautions for

Plenty of room at REDFEST.

REDFEST 2021 will go ahead, on the 10 April.

Greetings from the Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club VK4RC.
Right here in south East Queensland.

Robert Thomson VK4TFN here.

Club members and visitors.
QLD Government imposed Public Health
Safety precautions for REDFEST.

Go to Queensland Health Alerts Covid Update.

If you are sick please don't come to REDFEST,
Wear a mask at all times,
Please use hand cleansers provided.

Apply the 1.5 metre rule.

Contact tracing:
Please use your mobile phone and scan the QR code
provided by the Queensland Government.

Please sign the visitor or members register book.

Eating and drinking:
We must not walk around while
eating and or drinking.

These are not Club Rules these are QLD GOV rules.

Plenty of room at REDFEST.

To date we have 29 tables booked and there's plenty of room

So don't be shy,
Book a table at REDFEST 2021.
Ten dollars per table, vendors admitted free.
Table bookings email:
redfest at redcliffe radio club dot org dot au

Breakfast is at 8:00AM,
Admission is five dollars.
Gates open at nine.

Also go to: Triple w dot redcliffe radio club dot org dot au.
We're also on Facebook.

Bye for now and 73s from the Redcliffe and Districts
Radio Club VK4RC.


HamFest 2021

The Moorabbin and District Amateur Radio club is
pleased to announce the 2021 HamFest will be on
Saturday 8th May, with doors opening at 10am.

In line with running a Covid safe event - this years
event will be held at a new venue. The Kingston City
Hall located at the corner of Nepean Highway and
South Rd Moorabbin.

The Moorabbin Radio Club's annual HamFest is proud to
be Victoria's biggest with displays and sales of new
and preloved equipment. This event supported by
commercial traders with specials on offer, as well as
the many second hand traders, and is an event not to be
missed for anyone interested in Radio Communications
and Electronics.

As well as many bargains available on the day, there
will be major and minor door prizes, light refreshments
will be available.

Trader table bookings online

General enquires can be made by emailing Graeme Lewis
( ) or by phoning mobile 0418 171 601.

A Must see, must come event!!

73, Graeme, VK3GL

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

VK5 - SERG convention Mt. Gambier June 12 / 13 (vk5bj)

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


This report, be it 4 days old originally aired on ARNewsLine.

April 1st and NewsLine listeners know what that means.

Our final story this week is from Pierre Pullinmyleg, the
only member of our team who works one day a year:
on April Fool's Day.

Pierre, what fabulously remarkable story do you have for us

"Bonjour, my ham radio friends. Zis is the famed French
reporter Pierre Pullinmyleg back by popular request.
I have been testing a new product that I think you will
find more popular than croissants at zee Hamvention.

You know, sometimes zee bands... zay get lonely.

It's so quiet that Pierre has no one else to talk to but my
brother Pierre. So we teamed up the pair of Pierres to bring
you zee very latest in QSO technology. We call it the
Software Defined QSO. When there's no one on zee bands, the
software defined bot has a ragchew just for you! And since
it's carefully calculated by computer, the on-air manners
are impeccable.

We guarantee that you will always get a 5 and a 9, and that
you'll always get Good Operator reports from zee FCC. There
won't be a need for a dummy load, because your QSO will be
smart instead! Zis Software Defined QSO won't talk about
those things that make you cringe at night like on 80 meters
... the location of a new liver spot or the details of your
last colonoscopy. You can even pick from 73 different
accents and 88 different voices to make your QSO more
authentic, including some of those YLs for a nominal fee.

Be sure to check out the Software Defined QSO from the pair
of Pierres.

For Amateur Radio NewsLine, this is Pierre Pullinmyleg.

Well that's it and don't forget next week April 11 we'll
bring you the recorded bios of the first 4 candidates on this years
ballot for WIA DIRECTORS...

Namely Peter VK4EA
another Peter, VK3FN
then our current President who is renominating for a board
position, Greg VK2GK and the fourth.. Steven VK2TSG

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