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IN OUR 26th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
NOTICE OF WIA AGM 2021. VK8ZZ
AMATEUR RADIO MAGAZINE Issue three for 21. VK4JJW
THANK YOU TIRELESS WIRELESS WORKERS. VK4ZPP
SOCIALLY we hear from both "Hammy" and "POP"
NOTICE OF WIA AGM 2021.
The Board of the WIA have determined that the Annual General
Meeting of the Wireless Institute of Australia will be held
Saturday 26th June 2021 commencing at 11.00 am Eastern
Standard Time (that is 9.00 am in the west).
The WIA AGM in 2021 will be held as a virtual meeting
utilising a videoconference facility as well as streaming
the event on YOUTUBE like what was done last year. Members
who wish to join the AGM will be required to register whilst
anybody may watch the event being streamed on a YOUTUBE
channel. Registration will not be required to view the
YOUTUBE streamed event.
The format of the Annual General Meeting will be similar to
that held in 2020 and you can view the 2020 AGM video on the
WIA web site. There are 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 latest
edition of Amateur Radio magazine, broadcast on the WIA
National News, on the WIA web page and in social media
as well as by MemNet email to all members.
A link to the ASIC approval to defer the Annual General
Meeting and allowing Virtual meetings is available at a
link on the WIA web page
By order of the WIA Board of Directors
Peter Clee VK8ZZ
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.
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.
Hello, Im Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and Ive been thinking.
One of the features of being a representative body is that
there are many tasks that go on that we members away from the
centre of activity dont usually get to look at close up.
Within our clubs, there may be web sites and social media
accounts to administer along with the usual functional and
statutory tasks that pertain to any club. Reporting to the
membership as well as regulatory bodies such as the sporting
code administration and the registrar of incorporated
associations are necessary to keep a local branch going. With
radio clubs associated with the Wireless Institute of
Australia it is just a matter of keeping up the details on
the WIA web and recording the membership details to obtain
the discount priced club insurance, pretty much. Obviously,
depending on your clubs size and activities, there might be
much more behind the scenes organisation.
The WIA represents the whole Australian amateur cohort in the
administrative structure that starts with the United Nations
through the International Telecommunications Union to the
International Amateur Radio Union and thence to the Region 3.
Locally, it is with the Australian Communications and Media
Authority as the Government regulator of the local rules and
regulations and the various international treaties that the
WIA fulfils a national role. What this means is that there is
a core of knowledgeable people who are depended upon to
advise the WIA Board and represent the WIA at meetings and
Not only are there the face to face and the teleconferences
but there are reams of documents to glean and papers to
prepare and agree the content within. People bring a level of
expertise to these tasks and many have years of experience in
their professional roles and it is ultimately you and I who
share the benefits of this background work.
To the busy people who have been committed to gathering
opinion and formulating the formal responses, I must
say a very heart felt Thank You. Your work has not gone
unnoticed and the late nights and conferences are appreciated
by your fellow amateurs.
Im Geoff Emery VK4ZPP & thats what I think, how about you?
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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.
UK Regulator Ofcom may remove product listings from eBay
BBC reports the online sales platform eBay is handing Ofcom
the power to remove listings, theoretically this could enable
Ofcom to remove products that do not conform to EMC
eBay said the move was designed to speed up the removal of
"illegal or unsafe items" without waiting for approval from
Only selected, trusted authorities will have access to the
new tools. But those that do will have "the ability to take
down any listings from the marketplace themselves", the
More than 50 authorities around the world are already
involved in the early stages of the project, it added.
Read the full BBC story on
Irish Radio Transmitters Society News reports that at their
recent AGM, a proposal to introduce a new licence level in
Eire was defeated.
This was the only motion before the 2021 AGM and came from
the Galway Radio Experimenters Club who asked that IRTS,
in representing Ireland, support the inclusion of a new
Licence Level as part of a 3 year plan. Following a
well-researched and well-presented case by GREC, the motion
was defeated by the narrowest of margins.
Eire only has one class of licence permitting up to 1 kW
output. The HAREC equivalent exam comprises 60 questions,
substantially fewer than the proposed RSGB Direct-to-Full
exam in the UK. Although the company that runs the RSGB
online exams, TestReach Ltd is based in Dublin, no online
exams are available in the country. All exams are in-person
held infrequently at a limited number of testing centres.
The U.S. Congress is reportedly taking steps to officially
recognize the important contributions made by amateur
radio operators. According to an article on the website of
the ARRL, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (Arizona) has introduced
a bipartisan resolution to designate April 18, 2022 as
National Amateur Radio Operators Day.
April 18th is the anniversary of the founding of the
International Amateur Radio Union, the IARU which was
established in 1925.
The resolution cites the Amateur Radio Emergency Service for
providing invaluable emergency communications services
following recent natural disasters, including, but not
limited to, helping coordinate disaster relief efforts
following Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Maria and other
extreme weather disasters.
Debbie Lesko had introduced a similar bill last year at the
request of Raymond Anderson, a 12-year-old radio amateur.
Brazil's national amateur radio society LABRE is campaigning
for the abolition of taxes on amateur radio equipment.
They have been working on this since 2009, to no avail, BUT
now a well presented petition is available on the LABRE website
Webinar 'RF Exposure in the Time of Conspiracies'
ARRL reports the IEEE COMAR committee ran this webinar
last Wednesday with a group of experts on health and safety
issues related to electromagnetic fields, from power line
through microwave frequency ranges.
Its primary focus was on biological effects of non-ionizing
electromagnetic radiation and to highlight some of the
news articles, comments, etc. that purport to declare the
hazardous nature of exposure to weak RF fields, such as those
posed by new 5G wireless communications base stations,
explain how they are not scientifically based and some ideas
on how to better communicate what we really know about
potential health effects, said COMAR chair Ric Tell, K5UJU.
New 60 m/5 MHz. WRC-15 sub-licence now available for
New Zealand Hams
Following the end of the two channel 60 m NZ trial in 2020,
as previously broadcast on the news you can trust, from YOUR
WIA, that Bob ZL2CA had been successful in obtaining
clearance of the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of
5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz, NZART is pleased to announce that
negotiations with their regulator RSM have been successful
in obtaining a licence to allow operation for all
New Zealand amateur operators to use 60 m (5 MHz) using the
As with their old 60m trial, all those who wish to operate
on the band must complete and sign the new sub-licence which
sets out the terms of operation before they can operate.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
the CQ World Wide CW WPX Contest May 29-30
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
THE RAAF is flying high to celebrate it's 100 years
which took place back on March 31..
The Royal Australian Airforce call signs are
VI 100 AF Ending May 29
VK 100 AF Ends August 31
GB 0 ME has been on the air but concludes today, 16th of May
highlighting awareness of the medical condition M.E.
Until the 16th, George, is operating GB 0 ME
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.
QRV is as AN 5 ITU until NEXT Sunday, May 23 celebrating
the 76th anniversary of the ITU. Activity is on the HF and
V/UHF bands, and Satellite QO-100, using CW, SSB, RTTY and
other digital modes.
QSL direct to EB5R.
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.
OC 200 P is QRV during May to celebrate the Bicentennial of
the independence of the Republic of Peru. Activity is on 80
to 10 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL via LoTW.
A large number of special event stations are now on the air
to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until
September 5th: Listen and work stations with 8N as the
prefix and OLP as suffix. Calls are from 8N 0 OLP all the
way through to 8n 9 olp
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM and
other "ADVENTURE" GROUPS.
Jimmy M 0 HGY and his dad Tom Read M 1 EYP can now claim to
have summited every hill and mountain in Wales, following a
trip in early May.
Between them, they set up amateur radio equipment at the
summit and 95 QSOs, some 27 of which were "summit-to-summit"
with other mountain-top radio operators and DX into Brazil
with their 5 watt QRP set-up.
Wales is not the first country to have been "completed" - i.e.
had a successful radio activation on every summit by Tom and
Jimmy. They have already done likewise in England and
Northern Ireland - and, for what it is worth - Isle of Man,
Jersey, Guernsey and the Netherlands! They had believed they
had conquered Luxembourg too in 2019 - but recent
resurveying has revealed a fifth summit in the small nation
so a future trip will be necessary to recomplete!
In other SOATA news ZS 5 AYC has become the first
South African SOTA Mountain Goat with Adele, ZS5APT
very close to achieving her Mountain Goat status.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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Ham Radio Prep teams up with FliteTest crew for high-powered
radio control video.
Ham Radio Prep, the USA's fastest growing amateur radio
education program, recently partnered with FliteTest in the
production of a video to promote the use of ham radio for
high-powered hobby flights as well as the use of activities
such as drones in science, technology, engineering and
The video, produced on FliteTests YouTube channel at
youtu.be/iqxKOk0YL_g , is titled Laser Gun Battle between
Airplane and Gun Turret! and showed the FliteTest crew
building a system and plane that allowed the team to
simulate when a radio-controlled plane was hit in the air
with a laser beam shot from the ground and vice versa.
The video is fast-paced, fun and shows how technology,
especially amateur radio, can be used to promote not only
the advancement of technology, but also is helpful in
advancing STEM education, a service FliteTest provides to
The FliteTest video promotes the use of amateur radio for
hobby flight operations because ham licenses allow more
power and more frequencies than unlicensed use for radio
control operations, Chuck Gysi, general manager of
Ham Radio Prep, said.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- COMPUTING
Back in 2018 we first told you about 'System Bus Radio' which
is code and a web based app that allows you to transmit RF
directly from your computer without ANY transmitting
hardware. It works on the principle of manipulating the
unintentional RF radiation produced by a computers system
bus by sending instructions that can produce different AM
tones. The idea is to demonstrate how unintentional radiation
from computers could be a security risk.
Recently the creator of System Bus Radio has uploaded a
guide on receiving the generated signals with an RTL-SDR.
He recommends using an RTL-SDR with up converter, balun and
an AM loop antenna. He then shows how he was able to receive
the signals from his MacBook Pro M1, noting that he was able
to receive audible signals at frequencies between 63 kHz to
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
Very High Speed Club Special Event Active
During May OZ 60 VHSC is commemorating the 60th anniversary
of the founding of the Very High Speed Club (VHSC) on May 1,
These are operators who can copy at 40 WPM solid for at
least 30 minutes, encouraging CW traffic in general and QRQ
(high-speed) traffic in particular.
Some of the 29 original VHSC members are still active.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
Despite the rapid development of technology such as
smartphones, broadband and others, amateur radio still has a
place among its fans.
In the past, this kind of hobby was often associated with
men, but now more and more women are beginning to use
amateur radio to fill their free time.
Enter Dr Norsiah Bahari who says that her interest in
amateur radio began in 2010, when she was pursuing her
doctorate degree with the need to conduct studies on
flora and soil in the Endau-Rompin National Park in Pahang.
This park lies northeast of Johor covering an area of
approximately 870 km2 , making it the second-largest national
park in Peninsular Malaysia.
I was made to understand that at that time there was no
telephone line, especially around the study area and the
only telecommunication medium available would be ham radio.
Therefore, I started taking classes and learning the
ins-and-outs of amateur radio, as well as sitting for the
exam to get my amateur licence" She said.
Although she had completed her research years ago, amateur
radio has now become her hobby; in fact her interest is also
supported by her husband.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Spain's national amateur radio society URE has announced
their satellite ground station has been automated and is
ready for the launch of GENESIS, EASAT-2 and Hades satellites.
This station will automatically record and analyse the
telemetry from the Spanish Birds, all of them designed and
built by AMSAT EA, as well as remote control in the event
that actions are necessary once in space, and will be able
to receive instructions from Earth to modify its operation,
although the satellites themselves implement the intelligence
necessary to adapt to adverse circumstances that may occur
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
A team of operators will be active as YB1JYL/7 from
Sebuku Island between June 10-11th on various HF bands
using SSB and FT8.
Sebuku is an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and
QSL via EA5GL.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Military Radio and the SAS - Friday May 21st in Bendigo.
BAREC, Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club are holding
their May meeting - 'Military Radio and the SAS' with
John Trist VK2MOP. John served as an SAS patrol signaller
and instructor and will provide a very informative
presentation on military radio.
For Bendigonians in our audience we suggest you go along.
As always, visitors from everywhere else are welcome too.
John's presentation will include information on the ANPRC 64
set which was the patrol set they carried in the SAS and the
British PRC 320 Clansman that was in service in the British
Army from 1976 to 2010.
The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday May 21st at the
clubrooms at the Bendigo East Hall, 35 Lansell St. A gold
coin donation would be appreciated and tea, coffee and
biscuits will be available.
If you can get along you will also have the opportunity to see
BAREC headquarters, featuring a large hall, kitchen, radio
room, training room and workshop, at an elevated location
central to Bendigo.
(VK3GRK and VK3GTV)
2021 Social Scene
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VK2 - MayHam (Wyong Race Course) May 30 (vk2ji)
Sunday 30th of May at Wyong will be the largest
undercover car boot sales for Radio enthusiasts once
again. Theres room for cars, trailers, vans and small
trucks, over 60 in fact. You can sell your trash or
find your treasure, rain, hail or shine. It a great
place to sell off all those unwanted radio and
electronic items that you put aside during your COVID
clean up. Fill up your car or trailer and Register on
the day at the Howarth St gate from 6am.
"Hi everyone its hammy here for the Central Coast
Amateur Radio club. The clock is counting down with
only 2 weeks to go to MayHam, at Wyong racecourse.
While checking out all the treasure you can also try
your luck with the CCARC raffle. There will be high
quality prizes as part of the MayHam excitement. At
just $5 a ticket once again, you too can have the
chance to win.
For all MayHam information go to CCARC.ORG.AU/MAYHAM!
Im just sandwiched with excitement and hope you are
too (oink oink)! See you there!"
Thanks Glenn VK2GEM MayHam-Liaison
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)
VK6 - PerthTech October 23 (vk6pop)
PerthTech is a premier Amateur Radio event, in the
form of a one day symposium with a variety of
presenters from around Australia who are skilled in
their area of expertise, with some practical workshops
the following day.
" Today we can announce that PerthTech 2021 will be on
Saturday October 23rd, in a lovely hills setting on
the North Eastern fringe of the Perth Metropolitan Area,
fifty minutes by car from the Perth CBD.
The conference venue is at the village of Gidgegannup
in the hills North East of the Perth CBD, about half
an hours drive from Perth Airport, in the modern
recreation and sport facility.
So why are we telling you this? Thats easy. Because
we reckon we shouldnt be keeping this event to
ourselves, so were inviting you mob from the rest of
Australia to come across the paddock and visit Western
Australia in the spring. Weve got the best wildflowers
in the country.
October is Wildflower season, and the locality is
close to several National Parks, the Avon Valley and
nature reserves, and only a short drive to the Swan
Valley wine region.
Theres a motel ten minutes away, and a variety of B&B
style options in the area, as well as caravan parks
about twenty minutes away.
I hope Ive tempted you to consider using PerthTech as
an excuse to make the journey West, and well do our
best to make you welcome.
Check out our website, vk6.net, for information and
updates, and in the very near future, a link to the
booking site. Oh I nearly forgot - the event is
basically free. Well be charging a modest fee to
cover the lunch that will be provided. Whats the
website again? Vk6.net "
VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)
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