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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 25 2021
IN OUR 26th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
WIA VICE PRESIDENT LEE MOYLE VK3GK REPORTS plus
LOT'S LOT MORE IN THIS EARLY EDITION OF NEWS FROM
THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA - ANZAC DAY 2012
Our Southern area of Tasmania viewers and listeners are in
for a treat at REAST's May presentation night, it's on
lightning, whistlers and other phenomena by VK7MJ,
Dr. Mike Groth.
While Army Signallers in the trenches in France during the
First World War were using early valve amplifiers to detect
the earth currents generated by the field telephones in the
enemy trenches, they discovered that the earth generated a
range of strange audio frequency signals, including clicks,
tweaks, and whistling.
These remained a scientific curiosity for almost 40 years,
until the International Geophysical Year in 1957-8, when
they became a tool for exploring the electrical and magnetic
properties of the Earths magnetosphere, this, before the
development of specialised geophysical monitoring satellites
in the 1970s.
This will be another fascinating presentation from Mike and
is on May 5 in the Queens Domain clubrooms and will be
streamed via the REAST YouTube channel.
(REAST Committee via VK7WI News)
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WIA BOARD MINUTES
WIA BOARD NEWSLETTERS (older)
Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.
WIA Vice President, Lee Moyle VK3GK.
Today is a very special day, Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of
Australias most important national occasions. It marks the
anniversary of the first major military action fought by
Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War
and commemorates all the conflicts that followed.
Today is one of the few days during the year that the ACMA
allow us to replace the VK prefix with the AX prefix in
commemoration of Anzac Day. Make sure you get on air and
contact some AX prefix users, or even better operate on the
HF bands and work some DX, as many overseas stations and
award hunters will be looking to contact the special AX
Many members have been enquiring about the WIA AGM.
The Board met last Tuesday and it was at the top of the
discussions. The AGM date and venue are being finalized and
once confirmed, we will inform our members via the website,
social media and memnet. The Covid issues are still at the
forefront of venue decisions as boarder closures can happen
quickly putting our AGM plans in jeopardy. We plan to have a
physical venue and members can also join in as was done last
year via an online zoom session. Location, date and time to
be announced in the up coming weeks.
The AGM is when the four directors fill the vacancies and
will be joining the board for the next two years of their
terms. Voting for your preferred candidates is still open
but please consider posting off to the WIA HQ quickly, to
enable your vote to count. Keep in mind that ballot
submissions close April 30th. I look forward to working with
the new board members creating a successful team delivering
new member benefits and to propel the WIA into 2022.
At the AGM many awards and commendations are announced.
Do you know of someone who is a deserving recipient?
If so, then email the WIA office with your suggestion
and a short note detailing the persons contribution to the
Amateur Radio community.
Have you downloaded and used your member benefits card yet?
If not then log in to memnet, and download your card included
on your last receipt. Reports in from ecstatic members are
suggesting savings on some purchases are well in excess of
the cost of WIA membership. Now that is a great deal.
VK 20 HOME is the WIA special event callsign for members to
use while Covid is amongst us. It is current 'til December 31
2021. We have been very lucky in Australia but in many places
around the globe, strict lockdowns are still occurring.
Check the WIA website and Special Event pages to book your
time slot for use.
73 from Lee Moyle VK3GK
ACMA - WIA
While the WIA has been focused on the main class licence
submission, it seems the team has also been monitoring the
ACMA consultation pages for other issues that may affect the
amateur service due to ammendments.
Among specific instruments being amended was the Overseas
Amateurs Visiting Australia Class Licence 2015. This class
licence is used today to authorise visiting qualified radio
amateurs to operate amateur radio stations within Australia
for a period of up to 90 days. It is equivalent to the
existing Radiocommunications Licence Conditions
(Amateur Licence) Determination 2015 that domestic amateur
licensees are bound by.
In short, new proposals sees a disparity between we locals
and our bretheren visiting (when they are able) from
The WIA has contacted ACMA via submission hoping to retain
EME management parity between domestic and overseas visiting
amateur licensees. The WIA will be watching this issue
Much more detail is on WIA frnt page news on wia.org.au
Training and Assessments
REASTs next Foundation Training and all licence assessment
day is Saturday 29th May.
If you are thinking of going along then grab your copy of
the Foundation Licence Manual from the Caltex Service
Station corner of Amy St and Main Rd, Moonah for $35 cash
and please let Reg Emmett VK7KK REAST Learning Organiser
know ASAP that you will be attending.
Also check out the REAST Foundation Licence Training Videos
that can be found on the REAST YouTube Training and
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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.
An additional 10 local BBC radio stations are turning off
their Medium Wave transmitters for good this year.
In addition, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Gloucestershire
will reduce AM coverage.
The BBCs intention to close MW transmitters was first
announced ten years ago in 2011, then in 2018 the
corporation commenced with these and continued them in 2020
across Scotland, Wales, and England.
A large and increasing share of radio listening in the UK
including to the BBC is digital, and the BBC is
committed to a digital future for radio. In recent years
BBC have made a significant investment in local DAB
expansion, all local radio stations are available on
digital terrestrial TV (such as Freeview), and they have
transformed online and mobile offering with BBC Sounds.
rules for third time.
An Ofcom investigation in the UK has found that coronavirus
coverage on the religious satellite television channel
Loveworld breached broadcasting rules for a third time.
During two episodes of a current affairs programme,
Full Disclosure, presenters made a number of materially
misleading and potentially harmful statements about the
coronavirus pandemic and vaccines, which were made without
scientific or other credible basis, and which went without
sufficient context or challenge.
It is legitimate for broadcasters to discuss and scrutinise
the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic,
including the potential side effects of vaccinations and it
is in the public interest to do so. But Loveworlds
presentation of misleading claims without sufficient
challenge or context risked potential serious harm to
viewers, particularly at a time when people were likely
to be seeking reliable information relating to the UKs
As I said, this is the third time that harmful coronavirus
related content on Loveworld has broken Ofcoms rules.
On April 20, the FCCs Enforcement Bureau issued a new
Enforcement Advisory, repeating the admonishments contained
in a January Advisory that no licensee or user of the
Amateur or Personal Radio Services may use any radio
equipment in connection with unlawful activities of any
The Commission specifically cautioned that individuals found
to have used radios in connection with any illegal activity
are subject to severe penalties, including significant
fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and in some cases,
In addition, licensees should be aware that illegal
operation in any service or band, including completely
outside the amateur allocations, could potentially
disqualify a person from holding any FCC license in any
service, not just the Amateur Service.
The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) has been
providing round-the-clock coverage during the La Soufriere
volcanic eruption on the island of Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines. Several neighbouring islands are also still being
affected by the disaster.
When responding to disasters and emergencies such as this,
the CEWN utilizes 3.185 MHz LSB and 7.188 MHz LSB.
CEWN is requesting that all radio hams not involved in the
volcano response to keep those frequencies clear.
IARU R3 Disaster Management Coordinator role
The role of IARU Region 3 DM Coordinator has become vacant.
The overall role is (but not limited to) to circulate and
publicise information within Region 3 on emergency events
in which the Amateur Radio Service has been involved.
Contact your Society 'pronto'.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
the CQ World Wide CW WPX Contest May 29-30
April 25 AM / CW ANZAC Day, Sun 25th from 9am on 7125kHz AM.
Harry Angel Sprint will be May First. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.
The VK SHIRES June 12-13
WINTER VHF-UHF Field Days - June 26 - 27
IARU HF World Championship July 10-11
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
Next contest - JUL 17 - 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.
Samuel Morse special event
Members of the Hungary Radio Amateur Society (MRASZ) will
activate the following callsigns in celebration of the
230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel F. B. Morse
between now and April 27th, Tuesday.
HA230MSE, HG230MSE and LOTS of 230 single suffix calls are
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB.
QSL via LoTW.
(sourced to SouthGate)
Joe, 9H5JO is on the air this and next weekend from Malta.
Between 1200 and 1300UTC each Saturday and Sunday, he will
listen on, or very near to, 14.268 MHz. This could be a
really good opportunity to get Malta in your logbook.
Mark, W5MED is stationed at McMurdo Station on Ross Island
in Antarctica, AN-011, until October.
Look for him on 14243 kHz SSB and 14070 kHz FT8.
QSL direct to K7MT and Logbook of The World.
JW 1 I is the club callsign for the Meteorological Station
on Bear Island, EU-027, Svalbard. The operator is Erling,
JW/LB2PG, who is expected to stay there until the 15 of May.
QSL via the bureau.
Antonio, EA5RM, is once again be active as CP1XRM from Bolivia until
April 27th, working as Solidaridad Medica and Radio amateurs Without
Frontiers NGO volunteer.
Activity will be limited to his spare time on 160-10 meters using SSB
and the Digital modes.
QSL via EA8RM or LOTW
Members of the Association of Radio Amateur of the Mexican
Republic will activate three special callsigns to celebrate
their club's 61st anniversary.
Look for 6D 1 A, 6D 2 A and 6D 3 A to be active until
May 16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters on all modes
and the satellites.
Radio Club to Honour Crew of Lost Submarine
Colin Butler, writing in the ICQPodcast tells how a submarine,
USS Squalus, sank in the Gulf of Maine on 23rd May 1939.
Twenty-six of its crew were lost, but, miraculously,
33 others were saved.
The Maine Ham Radio Society will be honouring the Squalus
and its crew with a special Remember the Squalus event on
the amateur radio airwaves on the 82nd anniversary of the
tragic accident. That is Sunday May 23.
Using the special FCC-issued call sign W 1 S, club members
will take to the airwaves and make contacts nationally and
around the globe, making other hams aware of the Squalus. Special certificates will be awarded to hams who successfully make contact with W1S that day, upon request.
Czech Republic special event
Members of the Radioclub Chrudim will be active as OL75KCR from
Chrudim to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the foundation of
Activity until December 31st, 2021.
QSL via ClubLog's OQRS
Astronomers have charted the sun's cycle of sunspot maximum and
minimum for hundreds of years. The roughly 11-year cycle includes
a maximum as the number of dark visible sunspots crescendos followed
by a diminishing number of spots leading to the cycle minimum.
In the most recently completed cycle, the number of sunspots
noticeably diminished. The cycle's sunspot maximum was the lowest
since the opening decade of the 20th century. Another of the cycles
statistics, the average daily sunspot count was the lowest since this
statistic started being tracked in the mid-1800s.
HOWEVER a team from the National Centre for Atmospheric Research is
predicting that we can expect the current cycle to deliver the
strongest sunspot turnout on record. The prediction is based on yet
another cycle on top of the usual 11-year cycle. Indeed, a couple of
large, highly complex sunspot groups formed near the end of the year
INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE
Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV
VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe email@example.com
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
HF OTH Radar transmissions too numerous to count
The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports in March the
ubiquitous Over The Horizon Radars made up about 60% of all
interference observations, 'one cannot even count them anymore'
"Presumably there are only a few stations transmitting on often
changing frequencies. In contrast to the past, they are more and more
burst systems which usually transmit for only a few seconds, then the
frequency is changed. Only the OTHR "Contayner" and "Pluto"
(UK base Cyprus) each transmit on a frequency for a longer period of
The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS)
Region 1 March 2021 newsletter can be read at the link we like
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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One to grab for your own ATV channel comes from the ITU
who celebrated World Amateur Radio Day last Sunday.
ITU News caught up with Otava Tuomi to learn what ham radio
means to him as a young amateur radio operator, and its
role - and revival - amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch At Home But Never Alone at the link YOU'LL like in the
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Monday, NASAs Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the
first "air-craft" to make a powered, controlled flight on
another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agencys
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed
the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter
via NASAs Perseverance Mars rover.
NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen
announced the name for the Martian airfield on which the
flight took place.
Now, 117 years after the Wright brothers succeeded in
making the first flight on our planet, NASAs Ingenuity
helicopter has succeeded in performing this amazing feat on
another world, Zurbuchen said. While these two iconic
moments in aviation history may be separated by time and
173 million miles of space, they now will forever be linked.
As an homage to the two innovative bicycle makers from
Dayton, this first of many airfields on other worlds will
now be known as Wright Brothers Field, in recognition of
the ingenuity and innovation that continue to propel
We say it's an aircraft, well it is. However relative to
Earth, the air on Mars is extremely thin.
Standard sea-level air pressure on Earth is 1,013 millibars.
On Mars the surface pressure varies through the year but it
averages 6 to 7 millibars. That's less than one percent of
sea level pressure here on Mother Earth.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Steve, VK6SJ, will be active as VK6SJ/4 from Iama Island
(or Yam), Thursday and Poruma (or Coconut) Islands in the
Torres Strait Group between April 26th and May 4th.
He states that he will be operating evenings only and
most likely only be using FT8,
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz
Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz
A linked repeater system in Tennessee provided a
communications lifeline for a woman hiking in a
Amateur Radio's Kevin Trotman N5PRE brings us that story.
"A woman in distress while hiking with a group inside the
Great Smoky Mountain National Park was brought to safety
with the help of communications over the W4KEV repeater
system in Tennessee. With no cellular service available in
the park, hiker Timothy Luttrell KA9EBJ used his HT to hit
the repeater in Gatlinburg which was linked to one in
Knoxville which was being monitored by David Manuel W5DJR.
Timothy told David that a woman in the hiking party had
suffered exhaustion and possibly dehydration and needed
assistance. David notified Emergency Medical Service as well
as a medic who was part of the park search team to help
assess her condition via a series of questions. Meanwhile,
phone calls were placed to the hiker's family. With
questions relayed over the repeater, the medic determined
the woman was stable enough to accompany the other hikers
as they continued slowly down the trail, maintaining
contact when possible.
Arrangements were made for the hikers to meet with search
and rescue officers in a parking area and ultimately for
the woman's safe pickup by her family.
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Kevin Trotman N5PRE."
A similar yet not related item came across the wires this
week, it seems the keen and practiced eye of ARRL member
Ben Kuo, AI 6 YR, helped to guide rescuers to a hiker
stranded on a mountainside. The hiker had spent the night
in a remote region of the Angeles National Forest after
getting in a tough spot.
After a concerned friend reported him missing, the
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department dispatched
Although amateur radio played no direct role in the rescue,
AI 6 YR cited his enthusiasm for technology and ham radio
satellites and for Summits on the Air for helping him to
develop the skills he needed to guide searchers to the most
appropriate area. He was able to determine the hikers
likely location using the tiny photo the hiker posted on
Twitter that shows his legs and the valley below.
AI 6 YR set to work pulling publicly available satellite
images and matching them to the vegetation and terrain
below the hikers legs. His eye was good. He sent
authorities the GPS coordinates of the most likely area and
the rescue team found the man in distress less than a mile
from that location.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)
UK amateurs continue to create new DX records on the 122GHz
band. Using barely one milliwatt, a new all-time UK record
was set between Roger, G 8 CUB and Chris, G 0 FDZ, from
Danbury Hill in Essex to the Isle of Sheppey, a distance of
nearly 36 km.
This is all the more remarkable given the very low powers
and high atmospheric loss due to an oxygen resonance that
affects this particular microwave band.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
PUSHING A GOOD THING TO FAR?
When WILL organisers realise this COVID BAT FLU ain't
going anywhere soon.
So many TRY to push the bat bubble and advertise their event
will go ahead only to fall in an embarrassing heap when
their areas Covid=19 don't clear in time.
Point in case here, YOTA Summer Camp Croatia
This sensibly has been postponed to 2022.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio, April 15, The long-awaited Youth on the
Air Camp in the Americas is scheduled to proceed during the
planned dates, July 11 through July 16, 2021.
The camp will take place at the National Voice of America
Museum of Broadcasting in Ohio.
The camp was postponed in 2020.
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.
VK3 - MOORABBIN HAMFEST May 8 (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)
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