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WIA DIRECTOR Scott Williams VK3KJ WITH ELECTION RESULT...
WIA Secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ AND AGM DETAILS
WIA Director Philip Shields VK2CPR AND ACMA 5 YR SPECTRUM OUTLOOK
WIA Contest Champion results for 2020 with Peter, VK2PR
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Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.
The WIA Returning officer , Mr John Marshall has announced
the results of the Election of Directors which was conducted
earlier this year. Mr Marshall has formally declared the
poll results for the 2021 election of Directors of the
Wireless Institute of Australia as follows:
The following candidates have been elected to the board of
Scott Williams VK3KJ
Peter Clee VK8ZZ
Greg Kelly VK2GPK
Peter Schrader VK4EA
The following candidates were not successful in the
election to the Board of the WIA
Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY
Peter Dernikos VK3FN
Steven Green VK2TSG
David Uzzell VK2DU
Mr Marshall thanked all candidates for their interest in
the position of Director and reminded them that it is not
that long until the next election.
He also extended his thanks to those members who gave up
their valuable time and volunteered to count votes. Those
volunteers were Marc Hillman, Peter Gibson, John Chenowith,
Jack Bramham, Michael Adams, Keith Proctor and Neil Wilson.
The WIA Executive Officer Bruce Deefholts, as usual , had
all matters ready for the formal count and was commended
on the excellent preparatory work.
It was pleasing to see so many candidates expressing
interest in a directorship, and for those that were not
successful this time, John thank them for their interest
and participation, and looked forward to seeing their names
in future ballots.
Several members also took the trouble to write to John
expressing frustration at the mail delay. John has taken
notice of their comments and will make a recommendation
to the board..
John congratulated the successful candidates.
The elected directors will take up their positions at the
conclusion of the Annual General Meeting to be held June 2021.
NOTICE OF WIA AGM 2021.
Under normal circumstances the Annual General Meeting of the
Wireless Institute of Australia is due to be held by 31 May
each year. But these are extraordinary times and COVID-19
does not make holding Annual General meetings very easy.
Here is WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ with news about the
Thanks Graham and good morning listeners
The 2020 Annual General Meeting was to have been held in
conjunction with the Annual Conference in Hobart Tasmania
in early May last year. Unfortunately, the Hobart Conference
was cancelled due to government restrictions on gatherings
and travel due to CoVID-19. It was not known how long the
restrictions on travel or gatherings would be in place and
accordingly the Board of the WIA decided to defer the AGM
to a date to be determined and a formal application was made
to ASIC, the Australian Securities and Investment Corporation
for an extension of time to hold the AGM. ASIC is the
regulator for public companies such as the WIA.
ASIC confirmed to us in writing the granting of an extension
for the period within which the Company must hold its 2020
AGM and further indicated no action for deferred AGMs.
ASIC have extended the provisions of NO ACTION for delayed
and virtual AGMs being held in 2021. Thereby allowing the
WIA to again hold the 2021 AGM as a virtual Annual General
Today I have posted a notice to the WIA web site announcing
the WIA 2021 AGM. ( wia.org.au )
The Board of the WIA have determined that the AGM will now
be held on Saturday 26th June 2021 commencing at 11.00 am
Eastern Standard Time (thats 9.00 am in the west). The
format of the Annual General Meeting will be like that held
in 2020. You can view the 2020 AGM video on the WIA website.
There are also videos from previous AGM as well.
The agenda for the 2021 AGM will issue shortly.
Notice of the 2021 AGM has been published in the on the WIA
web site and in social media as well as by a memnet email
to all members.
A link to the ASIC approval to defer the Annual General
Meeting and allowing Virtual meetings is available to be
viewed on the WIA web site and in the text version of
This is WIA Secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ
The continued development of a vibrant and relevant amateur
service in Australia is what the WIA is all about hence it's
well thought out response to the ACMA 5 year Spectrum
One of the ways that ACMA determines its work program
priorities and items is through its rolling 5 year program.
Updated every year, the 5 year rolling spectrum outlook
provides the radiocommunications industry with a view of
what areas ACMA intends working on for the next 12 months,
but also what future issues ACMA is watching.
As WIA Director Philip Shields VK2CPR has pointed out
previously on WIA National News:-
* Finding a new way for the amateur service to collaborate
with ACMA on relevant revisions to the amateur syllabus.
* Seeking a review the effectiveness of the amateur service
examination system in light of the lack of growth of newly
licenced operators in Australia, particularly through
2020 under COVID when compared to other countries.
* Extension of operating privileges for Standard licensees
to include access to the 50-52 MHz band.
* Review of the defined usage of 7100-7200 kHz to move it to
primary status for amateur radio operators in VK noting
this is the case around the world and
* Consideration of increased frequency agility by amateur
operators when dealing with over the horizon radar system
interference from foreign sources, especially in the high
The continued development of a vibrant and relevant amateur
service in Australia is what the WIA is all about
AMATEUR RADIO MAGAZINE.
Issue number three for 2021 is on the press, so says
Editor in Chief, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
It is scheduled to reach your mail box and/or newsagent
real soon now during this month.
The electronic edition will be available for download by
members at around the same time.
To celebrate the centenary of the Australian Air Force, this
issues front cover features a dramatic picture of a
Royal Australian Air Force Globemaster C-17 being guarded by
dog handler Corporal Brodie McIntyre and working dog Kesha
at RAAF Base Darwin.
The purpose is to highlight the feature article on special
callsigns VI 100 AF and VK 100 AF by Stu VK8NSB.
The photograph was provided by AF2021 and permission to use
it granted by the Australian Defence Force.
In addition, this issue of Amateur Radio magazine the only
magazine for Australian amateurs, includes a good dose of
technical articles and other features.
The enduring issue of antennas is well-covered in this issue
Firstly, we have Part 1 of a series titled Unravelling the
mysteries of connecting radios to antennas, by Brian Clarke
VK2GCE, while Luigi Destefano VK3AQZ launches his digitally
controlled antenna tuner project.
In addition, Dale Hughes VK1DSH and Dimitrios Tsifakis VK2COW
give us the low-down on long-range wideband digital
transmissions, with some practicalities on putting a Lo-Ra
For those interested in retro radio gear, Ray Robinson VK2NO
reviews the Realistic DX160 receiver a surprising
Is amateur radio dying or just asleep at the wheel?
A statistical analysis of amateur licence data by
Marc Hillman VK3OHM provides some thoughtful insight.
Theres a whole lot more to Issue 3 of Amateur Radio
magazine, but now we have to reveal the real news
Editor in Chief, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, has resigned and
moved to the Gold Coast in VK4.
He said when he took on the job last year of getting
AR magazine back on-track that hed only be doing it for
a limited period. Once Issue 2 was completed earlier this
year, he stepped back and reduced his involvement.
Now hes off to ride the roller coasters in the Gold Coast
adventure parks, and whatever else there is to do in
South East Queensland.
In leaving, Roger thanked all those who lent a hand in
producing the magazine. Roger advises that he is definitely
retaining his VK2ZRH callsign.
(text edition onnly)
Training and Assessments
REASTs next Foundation Training and all licence assessment
day is Saturday 29th May. Let Reg VK7KK REAST Learning
Organiser know ASAP that you will be attending.
(text edition only)
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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.
German radio server crashes.
Germany's national amateur radio society DARC started a
nationwide online amateur radio training course and were
amazed at the response. The course aims to prepare
candidates for the exams next November for the Federal
Network Agency Class A and Class E licences.
The number of CANDIDATES exceeded all expectations:
213 people gathered in the virtual course room
(treff.darc.de) . Unfortunately, this number also exceeded
the capacity of THE server: Despite all efforts to save
bandwidth, the first course session ended somewhat abruptly
about ten minutes before the planned end. However, there is
now a plan to prevent repetition at the next session.
Despite this technical problem, the start of the course was
a complete success: A small, dedicated group of teachers
and a large, no less dedicated group of learners have come
together, and based on feedback so far, both sides are very
satisfied with each other.
The RSGB has announced that the GB2RS news broadcast is now
available on the QO-100 amateur radio transponder on the
geostationary satellite Es'hail-2
QO-100 provides continuous coverage from eastern Brazil to
as far west as Thailand. There are two amateur transponders,
one for Narrowband modes such as SSB and FT8 and the other
for digital amateur television (DATV).
Made me recall when QNEWS, the forerunner of this WIA News
service was successfully bounced off the moon in the late
90's. (Be it JUST the masthead name of QNEWS)
EXPERIMENTAL SENSOR SHOWS NOISE-REDUCTION POTENTIAL
If you're constantly battling noise in the environment in
your attempts to get on the air, this next story from
Amateur Radio NewsLine's Kent Peterson KC 0 DGY might just
show some promise.
"Researchers in the US who have been working with atom-based
sensors and receivers say their work holds potential for
weeding out environmental noise and other radio interference.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology see the sensor as a vital component because of
its ability to measure what they call the "angle of arrival"
of a wireless signal, a capability that they believe will
have a positive impact on transmissions for radar, 5G and
According to an article in phys.org the system is able to
take incoming signals and convert them to different
frequencies. After measuring the separate electromagnetic
waves' frequencies and their phasethat is, the position of
the waves relative to each otherthe system can determine
where the signal is coming from. The scientists say that's
necessary in order to differentiate real communications
from interfering signals.
For Amateur Radio NewsLine, I'm Kent Peterson KC0DGY.
According to the phys.org article, atom-based radio receivers
and antennas have other added benefits: They can be a great
deal smaller than their traditional counterparts and by
making use of atoms to do the main work, have no need for
more conventional forms of electronics to do signal
Elderly couple uses military Morse Code training to escape
They listened and listened until the BIPS N BEEPS finally
And then it was time to go.
A husband and wife briefly escaped from a secure memory
unit at an assisted living facility By using military
experience with Morse code to decipher and memorize the
code to an electronic door lock, the couple, have dementia
and Alzheimers disease.
The man said, when the couple were finally located, he
previously worked with Morse code in the military and was
able to use this experience to learn the door code by
listening as staff punched numbers into the keypad.
The facility were fined some $2000 US dollars by the state.
ARRL Executive Committee nominates past ARRL President
Joel Harrison, W5ZN, to be next IARU Secretary
The incumbent Secretary, David Sumner, K1ZZ, has announced
his intention to step down on July 1.
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.
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
WIA Contest Champion results for 2020*_
Hi there, this is Peter VK2PR with the WIA Contest Champion
results for 2020.
The WIA Contest Champion Peter Brown trophy is awarded
annually for the best combined effort in WIA sponsored
contests. It recognises those who have participated in
multiple WIA contests and submitted logs throughout the year.
There were a total of 309 contestants during 2020.
The winner of the VK4PJ Peter Brown trophy for 2020 is...
Lawrie Mew VK5LJ with a score of 500 points. Lawrie entered
6 of the 9 eligible contests and won 1st place in the
John Moyle and Harry Angel contests, 2nd place in the
Oceania CW, Trans-Tasman, and VK Shires contests, and 3rd
in the Remembrance Day contest. Congratulations to Lawrie.
Lawrie has now won the Peter Brown trophy 3 years running.
Equal 2nd place went to Gerard Hill VK2IO and Allan Mason
VK2GR both with scores of 300 points each. 4th place was
Rob McKnight VK2MT with a score of 260 points. 5th place was
Diane Main VK4DI, with a score of 256 points.
Full results can be viewed on
73, and good luck in the contests, Peter VK2PR!
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR YOUNGEST US CONTESTERS
A great idea which will encourage more young radio amateurs
to get involved in contesting has been announced.
National Contest Journal will recognize the winners of the
three North American QSO Parties that the journal sponsors
twice a year. Starting in August, operators 25 years of age
and younger will see their results highlighted for CW, SSB
and RTTY. This was inspired by a similar practice by Youth
on the Air in Region 1. It is not a separate category.
The upload app for the logs will, however, contain a check
box indicating whether contest operator qualifies for a
(AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE)
THE RAAF is flying high to celebrate it's 100 years
which took place back on March 31..
The Royal Australian Airforce call signs to 'target' are
VI 100 AF Ending May 29
VK 100 AF Ends August 31
EUDOTA is the acronym for EUrope Day On The Air
Listen for the following Spanish stations to be active this
weekend, May 7 to 9, to commemorate the creation of the
EU in 1950.
The special callsigns are: A O 1EU, AO2EU, AO3EU, all the
way thru in that format to AO 9 EU.
QSL all callsigns via EA3RKF.
GB5LIB Guernsey Amateur Radio Special Event Call is on air
between 8th May and 14th May on all bands and modes from
160-10 meters. Some satellite operation is likely too,
including QO100. BB 5 LIB celebrates the 76th anniversary
of the Liberation of the islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
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.
GB2, England special event
This station is active in honour of HRH Prince Phillip,
Duke of Edinburgh, passing on April 9th at the age of 99:
GB2DOE -- Activity until May 15th; QSL via 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 until May 16th on 160-6 meters all modes and the
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 her crew with a special
Remember the Squalus event on the 82nd anniversary of the
tragic accident, Sunday May 23, using call sign W 1 S.
Alexei is active as RI 01 ANT from Antarctica until months
end (May 30) from Russian Progress and Vostok Base stations
on 40 meters and higher using CW and FT8. QSL via RX6A.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
INTERNATIONAL YL CONTEST HONORS MEMORY OF A FRIEND
Friendship was at the heart of the original concept for
The Day of the YLs contest which began as a dream for
French radio amateur Carine F5ISY.
After she became a Silent Key in 2019, her friends around
the world took up her vision. Sel Embee KB3TZD from
Amateur Radio NewsLine tells us more.
"When the Day of the YLs contest gets on the air May 29
and 30, many of the operators will be listening for new
radio amateurs and remembering an old friend: Carine F5ISY
who became a Silent Key before she could see her dream for
this contest become a reality. YLs from around Europe
many of them personal friends of Carine will be calling
QRZ in her memory.
Be listening for Krystyna G5YL, Niece KA1ULN and Raisa
R1BIG, among others. YLs working other YLs earn extra
points but OMs are welcome to make contacts too. The
contest will be held on HF as well as D-STAR, Fusion and
For additional details, visit the website arnewsline.org
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Sel Embee KB3TZD."
'Shortwave Collective' is an international, feminist artist
group established in May 2020 and meet regularly to consider
feminist concerns within amateur radio and experiment with
the radio spectrum as artistic material.
Last weekend saw an activity they are calling "Fencetenna."
Sound artist Hannah Kemp-Welch M 7 HKW and other members of
Shortwave Collective hooked their radios up to fences in a
work-in-progress artistic performance - Fencetenna
"We have built no-power, low-budget foxhole radios, using
wire, razorblades, scrap cardboard and safety pins, and
attached these DIY devices to fences - hijacking these as
our antennas to scan the radio spectrum," said Hannah.
Watch Shortwave Collective - FENCETENNA
just google on YouTube FENCETENNA
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
P SAT 2 (NO-104) VHF is alive!
Bob Bruninga writes: "PSAT2 VHF awoke from an 8 month slumber
26 Apr 2021.
PSAT2 will NOT be in APRS mode but a brand new experimental
mode for DTMF uplink and VOICE downlink. So you preload your
grid and callsign into a 16 digit DTMF memory in your radio
and when the satellite hears this it will assign a QSO
number and QSL the grid by voice and then also generate an
APRS packet for collection by APRS operators.
There is even a way to send back a DTMF QSL so you can make
it a 2-way DTMF. contact.
There is a user operating manual available on the PSAT2 web
Space Oddity? WISA Woodsat to launch by end of year
The project, sponsored by a plywood supplier in an
unconventional PR 'stunt?' could place a WOODEN satellite
in orbit by the end of 2021, testing the suitability of
treated wood as a cheap space material.
The wooden satellite is based on a basic, versatile CubeSat
format, Kitsat, which is designed with educational use in
The Woodsat project, based in Finland, began with students
across the country contributing parts to a CubeSat launched
The IARU posting for Woodsat indicates that there are
several amateur radio experiments on board including
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MEDICAL
IHS = IHSOFMN.org
PHARMACISTS = malpensa.it/iphg
Medical Amateur Radio Council marco-ltd.org/
GB 0 ME will be on the air until the 16th of May to highlight
awareness of the medical condition M.E. Symptoms of M.E.,
myalgic encephalomyelitis, may appear similar to many other
illnesses and there is no test to confirm ME. This makes it
difficult to diagnose. The illness can be unpredictable.
The official awareness day is next Wednesday the 12th of May.
In Brisbane, Capital City of VK4, the Story Bridge will be
lit Purple and Blue to support ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia
International Awareness Day, a day to bring attention to how
ME/CFS affects those with this serious long-term illness
that affects many body systems. There are an estimated
250,000 people with ME/CFS in Australia, 50,000 in Queensland
and 24,000 in Brisbane alone.
This Light Up is organised by: ME/CFS/MF Support Assn and
the ME/CFS/FM Support Association Qld Inc.
Remember, until the 16th, George, MM 0 JNL will be operating
as GB 0 ME when working from home to get the callsign out
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILLS ON THE AIR
In our Special Interest Groups News segment we feature a
lot of OTAS SOTA, JOTA, YOTA, IOTA, ROTA and now, MOTA
Mills On The Air.
The Mills on the Air event is held annually in May, and is
co-ordinated by the Denby Dale Radio Society in the United
Kingdom, which started the event around 25 years ago. It
coincides with the National Mills Weekend, run by the
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. This is not
a contest, but rather an opportunity of promoting the hobby
of amateur radio and at the same time promoting the
preservation of heritage. Radio amateurs set up stations at
Mills all over the world and invite amateurs to contact them.
One such mill is located in VK3 and is operating right now,
so lets check in on them.
(Insert Tony audio) Text of Tonys grab:
"I'm Tony, VK3KKP and Im at Andersons Mill in Smeaton,
Victoria, the very first Australian mill to be activated
during the International Mills on the Air weekend in 2017.
I'm letting all radio amateurs know that the Bendigo
Amateur Radio and Electronics Club, (BAREC) is using a
special event callsign, VI3MILLS and if you're able to have
a QSO with us during the rest of this weekend you will
receive an electronic QSL card.
All the QSL details and frequencies of the activation are
on the VI3MILLS page of qrz.com but try 3655 KHz and
7115 KHz to start with."
Thanks Tony, I hope you get heaps more contacts. And in
addition to the HF frequencies, you can contact them via
the Ben Nevis VK3RWA 2 metre repeater and IRLP node 6310.
As Tony mentioned, all the details are on the qrz.com
website, just look-up the special event callsign VI3MILLS.
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
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VK2 - MayHam (Wyong Race Course) May 30 (vk2ji)
Hey! I've just been talking to Hammy from MayHam and
he's so excited! With plenty of space available at
Wyong Racecourse putting on the largest amateur radio
meet-up under the Southern Cross as a COVID-Safe event
is coming together well with exhibitors and traders
confirming one after another.
No surprise with the air-conditioned trader marquee
and other facilities, EVERYONE is looking forward to
All the fun things from Wyong Field Day have been
incorporated into MayHam. Starting on Saturday with
the Fox hunts, the Saturday evening meet and greet
then on to Sunday with the traders, exhibitors,
undercover car boot sales for up to sixty cars,
lectures and licence exams.
Yep! they'll all be there!
Come one, come all and join in the mate-ship of the
ham radio fraternity!
All details at CCARC dot ORG dot AU slash MAYHAM!
Now I just need to find someone to keep an eye on
Hammy that he doesn't "Pig-out" at the Bistro!
'til next week this was Ed VK2JI
Delta Delta Five Loves Pork!
VK2 - Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club Field Day (vk2zhe)
at Wauchope Showground 12 and 13 of June.
VK5 - SERG convention Mt. Gambier June 12 / 13 (vk5bj)
VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)
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