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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
WIA AGM - Some highlights. -
WIA SPECTRUM & REGULATORY NEWS. - Grant Willis VK5GR. -
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
Sydney lockdown closes July calendar of the
Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA)
ARCIA has made the decision to defer its planned Sydney
events for the month of July. This includes deferring both
the industry networking dinner and the professional
development training sessions.
In light of the current problems with the COVID-19 outbreaks
in Sydney and the difficulty for interstate guests to attend,
ARCIA had only one sensible option. Future possible options
for Sydney will be investigated later in 2021.
ARCIA notes that if you already booked a ticket to one of
the 2021 Sydney events, a representative will be in touch
to discuss future ticketing options.
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ACMA defers changes to the Overseas Amateurs Visiting
Australia Class Licence
In April 2021, the ACMA conducted a public consultation on
Proposed changes to class licences: Updating references to
standards to include references to equipment rules, and
harmonising electromagnetic energy requirements, which
included changes to the Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia
Class Licence. This class licence enables overseas radio
amateurs visiting Australia to operate for a short period
without obtaining a formal Australian amateur apparatus
In the consultation, the ACMA proposed to change the way
visiting amateurs operating under this licence would need to
manage compliance with the EME (Electromagnetic Energy)
standards set by the Australian Radiation Protection and
Nuclear Safety Authority (ARPANSA).
The WIA made a submission to the ACMA expressing concern
that the proposal would create an inconsistent regulatory
arrangement for visiting amateurs compared to domestic
licensees. Feedback was also provided highlighting the link
between this issue and the existing ongoing Proposed
changes to amateur licensing arrangements - Non-assigned
amateur stations - February 2021 consultation that also
sought to address EME management in the amateur service.
In response, the ACMA concluded that: Following consultation,
we removed the proposed change to the Radiocommunications
(Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015.
We will consider the most appropriate EME compliance
requirements for domestic and overseas visiting amateurs as
part of our Review of non-assigned amateur licensing
The WIA welcomes moves by the ACMA to consider this matter
in a more holistic and consistent manner and will continue
to engage with the regulator to seek the best outcome
possible that ensures public safety relating to EME while
preserving the operational utility of the amateur service.
( WIA SPECTRUM & REGULATORY NEWS: JUNE 30th 2021
Grant Willis VK5GR. )
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
CHANGES MADE TO NETHERLANDS' RADIO LICENSE
Among changes, is the elimination of the minimum age for
candidates wishing to sit for the Novice or Full exam.
Previously, candidates had to be at least 12 and 14 years of
The International Amateur Radio Union praised the abolition
of these restrictions and on June 17th wrote on its
"Today is an important day regarding youth and amateur
radio in The Netherlands. To gain more young active radio
hams, it is a must that this age group actually has the
ability to obtain an amateur radio license."
Spain's URE makes amateur radio magazine archive available
Spain's national amateur radio society, URE, has digitized
their old magazines from 1949 to 2020 and made the PDF's
available for everyone to download from their website
One very good idea is that these magazines, for each year,
are combined into a single PDF file, the 1949 PDF contains
the 5 issues from August of that year while later years
contain all 11 issues.
Obviously these are in the Spanish Language and each file
is approximately 200 megs in size.
820,000 kroner to support ham radio emergency comms
The Norwegian Radio Relay League will receive more than
NOK 820,000 (that's an impressive $175,000 Aussie Dollars)
from the Gjensidige Foundation to strengthen emergency
The foundation has distributed over NOK 2.2 billion to more
than 7,500 projects that promote health and safety
initiatives and was formed from a demerger of one of that
nations insurance companies.
The ARRL Volunteer Monitor program is a formal agreement
between the FCC and ARRL. Volunteers trained and vetted by
ARRL monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can
be used both to correct misconduct or recognize exemplary
on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations are referred
to the FCC by ARRL for action in accordance with FCC
From the May 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report we hear
how a General-class licensee in, Pennsylvania, received an
Advisory Notice for operation on 7.163 MHz. General-class
licensees are not permitted to operate below 7.175 MHz.
A General-class licensee in Puerto Rico, received an Advisory
Notice after operating on 14.187 MHz during a DX contest in
May. General-class licensees have no privileges below
14.225 MHz on 20 meters.
VM monitoring totals during April were 1,784 hours on HF
and 2,214 hours on VHF and above. The VM coordinator had one
meeting with the FCC, and one case was referred for further
MONEY CAN BE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL
Brazil's national amateur radio society LABRE has written to
their communications regulator ANATEL regarding the alleged
sending of Bitcoin via amateur radio Moon bounce (EME)
LABRE in a letter to ANATEL said:
LABRE, through this communication, informs you of a recent
FACT involving the National level telecommunications. It was
reported on several "sites" specializing in "cryptocurrencies"
and technology, that a small group of Brazilians from the
states of MG and SP, making use of equipment intended for
amateur radio, would have made transmissions in one of the
bands destined to the Radio Amateur Service where they would
have carried out a financial transaction involving
cryptocurrencies, specifically BITCOIN, so we understand
the need for investigation by part of ANATEL ...
Apart from the technical and practical difficulties for a
link as described, the FACT is that the operation involved
using amateur radio equipment for a financial transaction,
something that we understand to be expressly prohibited by
Article 3 of Resolution 449/2006 of Anatel.
Vax A Nation.
Quite a few have been looking forward to having or working
one of our soon to be implemented two by one Aussie calls.
How about a 2 by SEVEN yes a 7 letter suffix block.
VC 3 VACCINE
This call on air and thousands have rolled up and worked it,
hopefully also rolled up their sleeves as well for the 'jab.'
Bill, VE3ES, is now active with VE3VACCINE from Ontario until
July 15t encouraging people to get vaccinated against the
We've heard operations on 30/20/10/6 meters using SSB and
Also as reported on WIA national news several weeks ago
ACMA would be letting us know what was happening
with the long long overdue implementation of our 2 by 1 set,
well ACMA have only this week released details in our latest
So don't be misled - stick with us when we bring you the
TRUE news of our 2 w's , i.e. "wonderful world of wireless."
KOLKATA - INDIA.
In the age of smartphones, two long-lost colleagues were
united with the help of Ham Radio clubs after 44 years.
An octogenarian doctor in the city wanted to connect with a
former colleague, who had worked with him in 1977 at a
health centre in Mathabhanga city of Cooch Behar district.
Doctor B Das, who hails from Bansdroni in Kolkata, had been
trying to trace his former colleague from Odisha,
Nityananda Panda. But, all his efforts had gone in vain
until his wife approached the Ham Radio enthusiasts. Panda
used to work in SSKM Hospital in 1976 before being posted as
the first medical officer of Ghokshadanga primary health
centre in Mathabhanga. He was an expert in handling
pregnancy cases which was a tough challenge during those
days as there was no electricity.
Das learnt about the activities of West Bengal Radio Club
and their role in uniting lost persons with their families.
On Thursday last week, his wife called up the Club's
secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas. "I received a phone call from
Dr Das' wife who told me that her husband is sick and wants
to talk to his long lost friend Dr Panda. I contacted our
ham friend Dushmanta Kumar Das and sent a 1977 photograph of
Dr Panda. Finally, Dr Panda was traced in Cuttack.
On that Thursday night, the two friends shared their memories
after 44 years," Nag Biswas said.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
The 76th NZ Memorial contest is on this weekend, 0800-1100
UTC Saturday and Sunday evenings and of course as usual,
VK stations are most welcome to join in.
The activity level in last years contest was the highest for
a number of years with 44 ZL and 40 VK callsigns in the logs.
This is a short 80m only easy-going contest for everyone.
Contest rules and results are available on the NZART web
(text only from, Frank ZL2BR NZART Contest Manager)
NEXT weekend see's the IARU HF World Championship.
i.e. July 10-11
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
JUL 17 - 160 80 and 40M using SSB, CW and RTTY OR PSK
RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 14-15.
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
KINGDOM OF ESWATINI, 3DA.
Hans, 3 DA 0 AQ has been logged on 20 to 6 meters using CW.
Eswatini, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini, sometimes
still commonly known in English as Swaziland, is a
landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by Mozambique
to its northeast and South Africa to its north, west, and
QSL 3 DA 0 AQ via EA5GL.
THE RAAF celebrates it's 100 years this year and
in the air is VK 100 AF Until 31 August
VK 20 HOME
Dont forget that the WIA special event callsign VK 20 HOME
is still available for members use until December 31st 2021.
Check the WIA website and Special Event pages to book your
time slot for use.
VI 50 SG is QRV until December 31 commemorating 50 years
of the St. George Amateur Radio Society in New South Wales.
QSL via bureau.
UEFA European Championship
TM 21 EURO is kicking goals until July 11th.
Activity is taking place during/around the 16th 2020 UEFA
European Championship which is being held now until July 11.
QSL via F 4 GFE, direct or by the Bureau.
KL7, ALASKA (W1AW Op).
A team of operators from the North Pole Contest Group
(KL 7 RA) will activate W 1 AW/KL 7 from Alaska between
Wigi, KL 0 R, Station Manager of the North Pole Contest
Group, reports that dey are currently planning to have four
station locations in Alaska, including KL 7 RA in Kenai,
KL 2 R in Fairbanks/Two Rivers, KL 7 AA in Anchorage, and
one more station, most likely in Homer.
Activity will be on various HF bands (as many bands and
modes as possible, plus EME), including activity in the
IARU HF Championship (July 10-11th) as an HQ Station.
QSL via W1AW, LoTW or ClubLog.
Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will be
on air as A 43 MI from Masirah Island, Oman, between
July 22 and 27th. They will ALSO use callsign A 44 M
during the RSGB IOTA Contest July 24 and 25th.
QSL both callsigns via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.
Navajo Code Talkers special event
Look for Special Event Station N7C to be active between
August 10-14th with the 17th annual special event station's
celebration of the 'Navajo Code Talkers', normally from
Window Rock, Arizona.
However, because of the continued closure of the Navajo
Nation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, N7C will be on the air
from several home stations, including Herb-N7HG whose father
was a Code Talker.
QSL to N7HG or N7C at the QRZ.com address.
5 N 7 MSF Jean-Louis is on air while working with Doctors
Without Borders in Abuja until September 2021. Activity is
on 20 and 15 meters using SSB and you QSL via operator's
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
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.
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.
Belgian special prefix
The Belgian Institute for Postal Services & Telecommunications
has announced that Belgian radio amateurs and radio clubs
may replace their normal 'ON' prefix by the prefix OS until
December 12, 2021.
This to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the first
transatlantic radio transmission, on December 12 when
Guglielmo MARCONI first succeeded in bridging the Atlantic
Ocean with radio signals.
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.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
The chances of anything coming from Mars
Are a million to hundred to one he said.
BUT now Astronomers have discovered a comet so big, it might
actually be a minor planet. The object, named 2014 UN271, is
falling toward the sun for a 'close approach' outside the
orbit of Saturn in early 2031.
Promising signs of outgassing have already been detected.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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SAVE THE DATE - DATV QSO Party 2021
Planning is underway for the annual DATV QSO Party and again
it will be a global event!
Peter VK3BFG let VK7WI news know planning is underway for
the annual Party that will be held Friday 27th August and
Saturday 28th August, Eastern Australian Time.
Friday night will be a VK occasion with stations working
through local repeaters as a priority to maximize the use of
Saturday here ( will be Friday evening in the US) as usual
we will start with stations more to the east and work our
way over to the west coast.
Saturday evening here it is possible to work into the UK.
There will be Anchors who will be coordinating the various
areas around VK, the US and the UK.
Zoom will be used as the Internet Backbone between countries
and then put out on the various ATV networks around the
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
A new distance record has been claimed on TO-108.
F 4 DXV completed a QSO with A 65 GC on 18-Jun, covering a
distance of 5,298.6 km.
Also, a new distance record has been claimed on the
ISS cross band repeater. G 0 ABI worked VE 1 PK on 29-May
and this transatlantic QSO covered distance of 4,403 km.
All claimed satellite distance records can be found on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
24th annual ILLW a BEACON in these Covid Times.
The International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend is alive and
well despite the global upheaval caused by Covid-19. This
time last year all thought was looking at cancelling but
regular supporters wanted the event to be a beacon of hope
And 366 registrations from 43 countries proved their belief.
Currently ILLW have 180 who have registered their
participation in this years event.
John G6LNV asks us to listen out for GB 2 SL on most bands
from the ILLW 21st and 22nd August, with lighthouse numbers
Spurn High UK 0080 and
Spurn Low UK 0081 coming from JO 03 BN.
(Sourced to SouthGate)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that
tomorrow is the first Monday of month and time for the
Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australias July bulletin
to go to air.
This month we have an extended Club news which includes an
announcement about the Queens Birthday honours award to
Bill Roper VK3BR.
This is followed by an item on Artificial Intelligence from
Ian VK3JS after which Ill be telling the tale of the RAF
jet fighter pilot who took revenge on a parsimonious
government by flying under Londons famous Tower Bridge.
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. Full details of
all transmissions times and modes can be found on the RAOTC
or just 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, brief feedback would be
Members and Friends of the RAOTC in Perth are reminded that
the next lunchtime meeting at the Bayswater Hotel is on
Tuesday, July 13th and youll be pleased to know that the
buffet is back on.
Once again, tune in tomorrow for the July RAOTC bulletin,
enjoy the program and dont forget to join in the call backs
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
NEW FCC RULES ADDRESS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
In the USA, the FCC has adopted new rules to improve the
country's emergency alert system by creating a new class of
alerts while also providing ways to more efficiently report
false emergency notifications.
The nationwide system uses TV, mobile phone and radio to get
the word out about disasters. Many of us streaming US radio
would no doubt have heard some of these. The FCC's move comes
in response to a false notification in 2018 that sent out a
message that Hawaii was targeted by an incoming missile,
"this is not a drill."
The false alert spurred hearings and an examination of steps
that could be taken to prevent such a recurrence.
The agency's move comes a few weeks before the nationwide
test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency
Alerts to take place on August 11th.
2021 Social Scene
KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check these events'
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Covid dates have an uncanny knack of being changed at last
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'The Efficient Use of the HF Spectrum'
Friday July 16th in Castlemaine.
Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites you to
their July meeting. BAREC member Mike Tobin VK3AHA, will
provide a very interesting discussion on 'The Efficient Use
of the HF Spectrum'.
Discussion points will include:
* A guide to ACMA Emission Designators
* History of Demods and required band width
* Attempts to acquire released spectrum for
non-amateur communication, and
* Example of high-density HF single frequency working
You will also have the opportunity to find out more about
amateur radio, an interesting and educational hobby that
can also be used for alternative communications when other
The evening starts at 7.30 pm, Friday July 16th at the
1st Castlemaine Scout Hall, 16 Reckleben St, Castlemaine.
A gold coin donation would be appreciated. Light supper
The presentation will also be streamed on the BAREC YouTube
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