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Ham radio helping lifelong hobbyists stay mentally fit in
old age - so says ABC WA
It comes with all the benefits of social media but without
"any of the downsides" and one of Australia's oldest ham
radio enthusiasts says it is also the perfect hobby for
retirees looking to stay mentally sharp.
West Australian-based Norman Gomm VK 6 GOM took to ham radio
over forty years ago and now aged 82 has no intention of
signing off - just yet.
As one of VK's estimated 10,500 licensed ham radio operators,
VK6GOM is also President of the Bunbury Radio Club.
Read and HEAR more via this Link via the story filed last week
on wia front page news, wia.org.au
Another story of a similar theme appeared in the Minnesota
StarTribune this week.
Janet and Janice Robidoux didn't live the kind of life that
people would expect of women of their generation.
The 86-year-old identical twins from Coon Rapids in
Minnesota USA, studied electrical engineering and worked
for pioneering computer companies at a time when few women
had careers in STEM fields.
They didn't marry or have children, instead they built
canoes and raced them, became competitive bowlers and
tramped through all the state parks in Minnesota.
They've travelled the world via the airwaves as avid ham
radio operators, a hobby they took up in their teens.
Janice is K 0 JA and Janet, K 0 JE.
They've also travelled the world in real life, driving a
series of RVs to every state (except Hawaii) and taking
volunteer trips to places like Tonga and Indonesia.
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As advised by retiring President VK2GPK at AGA 2021 no longer
being published BUT members CAN ask WIA for them.
DIRECTORS COMMENT 11 July 2021
Good morning listeners, Peter VK8ZZ here.
The Northern Territory went into lockdown recently which
came as a shock since we had not experienced that situation
since early in 2020. That was also a bit of a surprise for
all the thousands of southern tourists who are currently
visiting the NT to escape the southern lockdowns and enjoy
the mild dry season weather up here in the north.
I was in Canberra the week before the AGM and flew back home
to Darwin via Melbourne. I was registered to attend the AGM
but an unplanned power outage in my small community meant
that I was unable to be part of this years AGM. I have seen
part of the video and it seem that there was significant
participation. The conference which I was attending in
Canberra was held as a hybrid event. It also seems also that
a virtual component is very popular and may well remain a
part of future WIA AGMs and Conferences. I note that the
RAOTC held last years AGM as a virtual event and it may well
be a feature of future such events.
That said the Board will turn its mind to the 2022 AGM.
The Board will need to determine if it will be a hybrid
event held at a both a physical location as well as being
held via zoom and again streamed on YouTube. The board are
now calling for submissions from clubs who may be interested
in holding that event in 2022.
On the international scene, the IARU has been working on a
new global IARU website that links to all three regions.
This work has been going on over the last 24 months.
The IARU web sites have been updated and have been live for
some time now. Common information about Amateur Radio, the
role of the IARU is on the main site, whereas region
specific information and news etc can be found on the links
from the main site. The web sites have all been optimised
to work well on both Android and iOS devices.
and R3 site directly
The IARY Monitoring Service Co-ordinator, Peter VK3MV, has
notified the board of the WIA that he wishes to retire from
that role. The Board are seeking expressions of interest
from individuals or clubs that may wish to be considered for
appointment to that role. Please send your expressions of
The WIA extends it thanks to Peter VK3MV for his many years
in that role.
This has been WIA Director and Secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ
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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.
IARU is saddened to announce that IARU Region 1 Vice President
Faisal Alajmi, 9 K 2 RR, died following a prolonged period
of hospitalisation with COVID.
9K2RR had been Region 1 Vice President since the 2014 General
Conference and was an energetic and active supporter of
amateur radio in the Arab world and globally. He was also an
accomplished and successful contester.
He represented IARU in the Arab Spectrum Management Group
meetings and had attended ITU World Radio Conferences on
behalf of IARU. Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, said
This is tragic news. He was a valued member of the
Executive Committee and of the Region 1 team. Our thoughts
and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time
The Radio Society of Zambia has been deregistered by the
Registrar of Societies and as such, Zambia is no longer a
legal entity, the Society has now resigned from the
International Amateur Radio Union.
FCC Reaffirms Nearly $3 Million Fine for Marketing
Unauthorized Drone Transmitters
In a Memorandum Opinion and Order released June 17, the
FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by HobbyKing
of a $2,861,128 fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment
and for failing to respond to FCC orders in its investigation
of the companys practices.
In the same step, the FCC enforced its equipment marketing
rules. The fine resulted from an FCC investigation initiated
by ARRLs January 2017 complaint that the HobbyKing
equipment was blatantly illegal at multiple levels.
As spelled out in ARRLs 2017 complaint, the ARRL Laboratory
had documented that the operating frequencies of these drone
TV transmitters near the 1.3 GHz amateur band were
dip-switch selectable for frequencies internationally
assigned for use by Aeronautical Navigation, GPS etc. as well
as to both the interrogation and reply frequencies used for
Air Traffic Control Air-Route Surveillance transponder
Transmissions from these drone TV transmitters would have
caused harmful interference to these essential Navigation
and ATC Radar systems, presenting a real and dangerous
threat to the safety of flight.
The American Radio Relay League is planning a Rededication
of Operations this month, July.
ARRL board members from across the U.S.A. will join elected
officials in reopening the world headquarters at 225 Main St.,
Newington. "We're really rededicating the work we do in
Newington coming out of Covid; an organization thats
weathered two pandemics," Product Development Manager
Bob Inderbitzen explained.
The ARRL has over 158,000 members, all of whom are
essentially amateur radio operators and hobbyists.
The USA's FCC is soliciting a second round of comments on
whether to authorize commercial space entities to obtain
licenses for frequencies used exclusively during space launch
activities. The proposals include parts of the 70-centimeter
(420 430 MHz) and 5-centimeter (5650 5925 MHz) bands.
The federal government is allocated this spectrum on a
primary basis and routinely uses it during space launches,
but commercial space companies must obtain short-term
Special Temporary Authority authorizations from the FCC to
use it for the same purpose.
The proposals would allow private commercial space companies
to obtain regular FCC licenses instead of launch-specific
STAs in a number of bands,
Primary federal users heavily employ the 70-centimeter
segment for radiolocation applications. Frequencies in the
420 430 MHz segment also can be used during space launches
to send a flight self-destruct signal if a launch goes off
course and poses danger to a populated area. The Commissions
2013 proposal, repeated in 2021, would permit use restricted
to flight termination during launches by commercial space
JARL reports first membership increase for 27 years
The JARL reports that in the year to April 30, 2021,
membership increased by 574 reversing 27 years of decline.
JARL President's post reads: "As I have already reported in
the previous issue of JARL NEWS (Spring 2021), JARL Web,
e-mail magazine, etc., the number of members of this
federation at the end of last year increased by 574
compared to the same period of the previous year.
Once again, we would like to thank all the members concerned
and everyone involved for their cooperation in running the
This increase in the number of members has been taken up by
various mass media such as TV news programs and national
newspapers as bright news in the midst of the Corona
disaster. It was a great pleasure to be informed about
ham radio and JARL in this way, and it was a big event for
the ham radio world as a whole."
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
IARU HF World Championship is on now, the weekend
of July 10-11
TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST
JUL 17 - 160 80 and 40M using SSB, CW and RTTY OR PSK
Now it's to the TT Contest Manager
"Hi This is Alan VK4SN with a reminder that the TT contest
is the next VK contest on the calendar and is open to both
VK and ZL participants.
Keep Saturday evening on July 17th free to take part
between 0800 and 1400Z
The six hours is divided into 3 x 2 hour blocks where you
can work stations once per band per mode per block
Use SSB CW or RTTY to warm up 160 80 and 40 meters in one
of the following sections.
Exchange is the signal report followed by a consecutive
serial number starting at 001.
Contestants are encouraged to use Mike's VKCL logger.
Once the cabrillo log is created, it can be directly
uploaded to the log checker site, with the click of a
The user does not have to find the log or email. The
logger sends directly for you. In the event it does not
work then email the log to firstname.lastname@example.org
ALSO please remember the Remembrance Day contest next month
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.
ST. HELENA ISLAND.
No not the St Helena in VK4's Moreton bay but ZD7 laying
in the South Atlantic Ocean.
QRV is ZD 7 GB from Jamestown until September 6.
Activity on 40 to 10 meters, including Satellite QO-100,
using SSB, FT8 and FT4.
QSL via operator Gerry's instructions.
Gerry, whose callsigns include G3WIP and VK0GB, among others
received the callsign ZD 7 GB for his activation from the
main village of Jamestown on St. Helena Island whilst he is
working there as a medical doctor
(arrl - arnewsline.org)
Here's a "hi-flyer" worth keeping an ear out for.
NZART news say that ARI Cadore and ARI Brunico have activated
special call II 3 TDD celebrating a century from the opening
of the most famous ALPS railway:-
"Trenino delle DOLOMITI - DOLOMITES Mountains Train."
They are on air till September 30th on all bands and modes.
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.
QRM FROM THE SKY
Ham radio on Russian TV
Raisa R 1 BIG appeared in a news report
'21st Century Radio Amateurs' that was shown on
Russia's Channel One TV
"I agreed with the camera crew of the main Russian
Channel One that they come on International Amateur
Radio day to me to make a report about Ham Radio to
promote our hobby to a big number of completely new people,
who watch television." The report came next day on Russian
television. You can see what happened behind the scenes:
Raisa R1BIG Blog
D N I W E R
With REWIND, I'm John Knox VK4FJR
OLD SA WIA JOURNALS NOW ONLINE
Doug VK 1 ZDJ has been scanning old WIA South Australian
Division newsletters from 1959 to 1977 and has placed them
online for all to read.
Not only do they contain SA news but theres lots of
circuits and projects, WIA Federal News and more.
Many themes from then recur today, 50 or 60 years later.
So set aside many hours of reading pleasure and visit the link
we like in this weeks text edition
And dont forget our own Amateur Radio magazine is also
online from the 30s to the 2000s thanks to scanning and
uploading by Will VK6UU.
BOOK EM NICK
Want to get our youth into Amateur Radio and dont know
where to start?
Rob Norman may have the answer!
Rob VK5SW has written 5 Amateur Radio books which are all
available from Amazon, worldwide. Rob has been an Operator
for 50 years now.
These books do pertain to Amateur Radio; they are aimed at
Children and are available in both e Kindle and Paperback
I'm sure these books can help Young People take an interest
in our Hobby because Rob has kept the costs of the Books to
the lowest allowed by Amazon.
AND also, no not a set of steak knives BUT he is offering free]
access to his Amateur Radio Website which he has been building
on for over 10 Years can be seen here at the link we like on
the link in todays text edition of VK's ONLY official Ham
Radio News Broadcast.
Rob hopes to hear from you soon.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
So far, in the search for exoplanets, scientists have been
unable to detect radio signals coming from those planets.
BUT what ARE exoplanets?
An exoplanet or extrasolar planet is a planet outside the
Solar System. The first possible evidence of an exoplanet
was noted in 1917, the prefix exo is short for extra-solar,
meaning beyond the Sun, so exoplanets are just planets that
orbit stars other than our Sun. T
These scientists believe that radio signals from distant
solar systems could give astronomers valuable information
about the characteristics of the planet they emanate from.
A research paper published by Rice University scientists has
outlined a better way to determine which exoplanets are most
likely to produce detectable radio signals based on activity
within the magnetosphere on the night side of the planet.
The study shows that radio signals emanating from the
dayside of an exoplanet appear to be at their max during
phases of high solar activity. The study also found that
those coming from the planets night side could add significantly
to the signal. Information on the planets magnetosphere is
of particular interest to scientists because the strength of
the magnetosphere around an exoplanet indicates how well it
will be protected from the solar wind coming from its host
Earths magnetosphere is one of the key reasons our home
planet is teeming with life because it protects us from
radiation and solar wind.
(slashgear.com and vk4bb)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.
This week we visit with the Ladies Digital Roundtable and
Sel Embee KB3TZD has that report thanks to our good friends
at amateur radio newsline.
"The YLs who check into the Ladies Digital Roundtable say
they're grateful to have a safe spot they can get access
to with a hot spot. The women, who are married to amateur
radio operators, first began meeting in February of 2020
after realizing that many of the more technical nets
populated by men were a bit intimidating, even to YLs who'd
had their licenses for a long time. Lana N7WST conceived
the net to encourage them to get on the air and feel more
Each Monday evening at 0100 UTC a dozen or more YLs meet in
Southwest USA on WIRES-X Room 43197 or Yaesu System Fusion
Reflector 73102. YLs using DMR are able to operate cross
mode to enter. Lana told Newsline that instead of antennas
and amps the women talk about their lives, their childhoods,
their families and a number of less technical topics.
She said [quote] "We speak about a chosen weekly topic and
whatever else is on our minds or going on in our lives."
She said that all the while, the women are sharpening
their operating skills too. Most of the women are in the
southwestern United States but she said some regulars have
been checking in from New York, Virginia, Indiana and at
least one DX member in the Philippines.
Of course there have been some off-the-air benefits as
well: Many of the local members who live in Arizona have
since gone on camping trips together near the Grand Canyon
and stay in touch in between nets through the roundtable's
For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Sel Embee KB3TZD.
And to Females in space where Mary Wallace Funk, known to
her friends as "Wally" at age 82, and pilot with more than
19,600 flight hours is about to rocket into the history books.
Maybe best known as one of the "Mercury 13" group of women
who passed NASA astronaut medical exams in the 1960s, she
will be on the first crewed New Shepard flight Tuesday July
20, along with billionaire Jeff Bezos. NASA made no effort
to fly the Mercury 13 women, and did not formally select any
female astronauts until Sally Ride became the first American
woman in space in June 1983.
Wally will now be the oldest person, male or female yet,
to fly into space.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
The world's first wooden CubeSat successfully has completed
a test flight into the stratosphere.
WISA Woodsat is constructed using birch plywood panels in a
1U configuration measuring 10 centimetres squared. 9 small
solar cells will power the satellite, which will orbit at an
altitude of 500 - 550 kilometres. The novel spacecraft will
carry several amateur radio experiments, as well as photo
downlinking, including selfies.
WISA Woodsat will go where no wood has gone before.
(eHam.net and arrl.org)
MIR-SAT1 Designated as MO-112
On June 22, MIR-SAT1 was deployed from the ISS and is a
project of the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council
carrying digipeater and camera experiments.
AMSAT has now designated MIR-SAT1 as MIRSAT-OSCAR 112
(MO-112). AMSAT has congratulated the owners and operators,
and thanked them for their contribution to the amateur
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- POLICE
GM 0 GMN to lead IPA amateur radio section
Following the passing of Regional Representative Tom Reilly,
G 0 NSY, the International Police Association (IPA) has
appointed James, GM 0 GMN to lead their UK amateur radio
RSGB Front Page News says James is keen to make contact with
current and former members of the group and to encourage new
members. To contact James, see QRZ.com.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROTA
ROTA Recipes On The Air
Well maybe we should call this "Recipes in Space".
The first three Chinese astronauts aboard China's Tiangong
space station are enjoying a menu of more than 120 dishes.
Meals include shredded pork in garlic sauce, kung pao chicken,
black pepper beef, pickled cabbage and many more.
CCTV, which is available in VK aboard the FOXTEL platform,
also reports that astronauts use condiments such as pork
sauce and Sichuan pepper sauce to help adjust to the
temporary loss of sense of taste experienced in microgravity.
The space agency also boasted that this station is equipped
with a microwave oven, so that the crew can enjoy their food
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- STAMP COLLECTING AMATEURS
Awhile since we reported on this group.
The US Postal Service is issuing a set of stamps bearing
images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
The stamps feature 10 images received at the observatory,
including plasma blasts, solar flares, coronal holes,
coronal loops and those all-important sunspots.
NASA launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory in 2010 to
collect solar data, now in 2021 the post office issued
the stamps during a ceremony in Maryland.
As ARNewsline.com says, this means that we hams, of course,
can now celebrate Solar Cycle 25 one stamp at a time, with
each QSL card we send.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
The second session of the 2021 Youngsters On The Air contest
will take place NEXT Sunday July 18th from 1000 to 2159utc.
This is a change of date from the originally announced
July 17th. Over 700 logs were received for the first leg
including over 100 logs from YOTA stations where the
operators had to be under 25 years of age.
The full details can be found on
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
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VK4 - REDCLIFFE AR Club Car Boot Sale Aug 21 9am
Details in this weeks QNEWS (vk4tfn)
VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mount Gambier 18th and 19 of September. (vk5dj)
Good morning, this is John VK5DJ for the South East Radio
Well were having another try.
The Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
at Mount Gambier is now re-scheduled for the weekend of
18th and 19 of September 2021.
The program may need a little adjustment around the edges
as it is an ordinary weekend and that may mean that some of
our foxhunters need to return home Sunday. That being said,
well try to ensure that the program is as full as possible.
Keep an eye on the SERG Convention page on our website:
Were looking forward to seeing our Convention friends back
on 18th, 19th of September.
VK6 - PerthTech October 23 (vk6pop)
VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)
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