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WIA Board announces new President.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.

Good morning from Lee Moyle, VK3GK, WIA Vice President.

WIA Board announces new President.

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) board of directors
convened their first meeting after the 2021 AGM, which is
when the President and Vice President are appointed and all
new directors are welcomed to the board.

Firstly all returning and new directors were congratulated
on their appointments and then we all welcomed new Director,
Peter Schrader VK4EA to the WIA board.

The WIA Board of Directors are proud to announce the
appointments of Scott Williams VK3KJ as new WIA President
and Lee Moyle VK3GK will continue as Vice President. All the
directors thanked past President Greg Kelly VK2GPK for his
commitment and contribution to the WIA during his past
Presidential tenure. Greg Kelly continues on the WIA board
as a valuable resource and support to assist new President
Scott Williams as he transitions into the role.

A general meeting followed with some excellent initiatives
tabled, including a focus on the aspects of increasing our
utilization of social media platforms and memnet for
information delivery to our WIA membership base. The board
undertook a range of discussions focused towards improvement
on the levels of customer service to members. It was
acknowledged that the WIA board must introduce system
enhancements to triage member feedback and concerns. With a
goal to address matters more timely and efficiently.

The mood was very upbeat as we look forward to the coming
year ahead.

73 from Lee VK3GK






& the World Wide sources of the WIA.

Hidden radios in home devices the next cyber threat.

Did you know that your Internet Of Things devices are
'secretly' communicating with each other?

This includes IOT devices that are not in your home.

Did you know that what your devices do may be transmitted
to third parties?

Did you know that your TV may also have the capability and
may currently be transmitting your activity far and wide?

There are secret communications occurring between IOT devices
using protocols like Bluetooth LE, Zigbee, Thread, 802.15,
and LoRa that you likely didn't expect or was not explained
when you bought these devices.

Just like Amazon Echo has been conscripted to work with the
Amazon Sidewalk Mesh network, other networks are in
operation and some are completely unknown.

Learn about these in this video on the link we like


Swiss radio amateurs face fee to use QO-100

The Swiss communications regulator charges JUST OVER
100 AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS (CHF 70) to issue radio amateurs with
special permits to use the QO-100 amateur satellite

A post on the USKA website indicates they wish to protect
license-exempt users in 2.4 GHz and reserves the right to
withdraw the special permit if there are problems.

The special permit entitles the holder to use a transmitter
with a maximum output of 100 W PEP for a satellite uplink in
2400-2410 MHz.

The RSGB ran an amateur radio survey in May as part of its
input to an IARU workshop and over one thousand people
responded and gave their views of the strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities and threats for amateur radio both currently
and in the future.

A summary of the responses has been published in the August
RadCom and you can also read the summary by following a link
on the RSGBs survey web page:

Imagine powering your own hand held simply by using your
body instead of a battery. News Editor Graham, VK4BB,
tells us about some research in Israel that makes that
sound more real than you may think: It's all thanks to
piezoelectricity. Here's that story from the "Times of Israel"
Graham filed this week to Amateur Radio NewsLine.

"...and it's been around for a while. The accumulation of
electrical charges from solid materials is actually not a
new concept, at least in the lab. Now researchers at Tel Aviv
University believe this nanotechnology will one day be able
to power medical devices, such as pacemakers, by transforming
the body's mechanical movements into electricity. That's
because they have discovered a way to do this using materials
that are nontoxic, making them safe for implantation into the

The research was published recently in the journal Nature
Communications. Now the time has come for this to be tried
out on humans. The lead researcher, Professor Ehud Gazit
said the practical applications extend beyond medicine. He
said the device could also power street lights simply by
being placed on the road to capture energy from tire movement.

We hams, of course, will be watching and waiting for the
results of this new development in green energy. For those
of us who operate portable or mobile, it certainly puts all
kinds of possibilities for 'power in motion'."




This story is of a mobile antenna and traveling down the
road to trouble. Mike Askins KE5CXP tells us how it happened.

"There's nothing like the freedom of having a mobile antenna
and many hams who have at least one will tell you it's a
game-changer when they're on the road.

But when is an antenna TOO MUCH antenna?

According to the California Highway Patrol, it's too much
antenna when it's a satellite dish attached to the hood of
your car. On July 2nd, a motorist with just that
configuration was pulled over by an officer who identified
it as a


"visual obstruction."

The police said the dish seemed to be an antenna like those
that connect to the Starlink service which SpaceX
introduced in its beta stage late last year.

According to news accounts in the New York Post newspaper
and CNBC, the motorist explained to the officer that the
antenna was used for business and it provides a necessary
Wi-Fi connection for the car. When the officer asked whether
it impeded driving in any way, the motorist reportedly said
that visibility was an issue only when making right turns.

He was given a ticket for a moving violation.

A post on the highway patrol's Facebook page for Antelope
Valley, recounted the story too, citing a section of the
California Vehicle Code which makes the mounting of visual
obstructions on the hood of a vehicle to be illegal.

That apparently applied to this vehicle, which was a red
Toyota Prius.

Perhaps the driver would have had better luck if he'd been
driving something older, say, one from the 1960s or 1970s.
We're thinking of one Chrysler Motors model in particular:

It was called the Plymouth Satellite.

For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP."

Young Caribbean Nation Formalizing Amateur Radio Guidelines.

With a population around just 71,000, the Caribbean island
of Dominica (J7) boasts a modest but active ham radio
population. Given Dominica's vulnerability to hurricanes,
the ham radio emphasis often focuses on emergency
communications support.

In 2017, after Hurricane Maria hit the tiny island, ham radio
filled a huge telecommunications gap. Now the country's
telecommunications regulator is asking hams to help formulate
new amateur radio guidelines and standards. They have been
collecting comments from amateurs that could lead to a
formal and better-documented set of rules and regulations.

Interestingly their regulators also looked at Australia's
amateur radio rules. The proposals would provide for three
license classes Novice, General, and Advanced -- as well as
licensing procedures for each.




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




December 4-5 160 Meter WW


DECEMBER 11 - 12 10 Mtr World Wide




Be listening between July 17th and 25th for members of the
Quito Radio Club who will be on the air as HD 1 QRC 90.
The club is marking its 90th anniversary.
They will be on the air on all bands and all modes.
QSL via the Eagle, that is, EA5GL.



LZ950, BULGARIA (Special Event).

Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik (LZ1KCP)
continue their yearlong activity to honour the memory of
Orthodox saints during July with the callsign LZ 950 TM.

QSOs count towards the "All Saints - 2021" award.

For more details about the awards this year and the
Bulgarian Club Blagovestnik, see the link we like:

Oh and the next special event station for August is
LZ 363 ER.




Call sign R 100 KOMI celebrates the 100th anniversary of the
Komi Republic until the end of September. QSL via ClubLog
OQRS and R1II.




CQ 750 RSI throughout 2021 commemorates the 750th anniversary
of the birth of Elizabeth of Aragon, the queen consort of
Portugal and patron saint of their city of Coimbra.

QSL to home call CT 7 AQD.



Special event station OH 100 SRAL is QRV during all of 2021
to celebrate the centennial of the Finnish Amateur Radio League.
QSL via bureau.




Special event station L 21 RCA is QRV during all of 2021
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of IARU member society
Radio Club Argentino. QSL via LU 4 AA.



The Slovenian Amateur Radio Union will celebrate the
country's 30 years of Independence by issuing a special
award eligible to amateur radio enthusiasts all over the World.

For this event, until December 31, Slovenian amateur radio
stations can use special call signs. Those will add the
number '30' into the suffix.

For example:

S 50 ZZ will be S 50 30 ZZ,
S 51 A will be S 51 30 A,
S 57 XXX will be S 57 30 XXX etc.

In order to obtain the award we here in VK and in fact all
foreign (to Slovenian) amateur radio station must have at
least 30 contacts with S5 stations,
out of which 10 or more must have the special '30' suffix.

The easy part though is any band/mode counts for the award!

Send the log - list of contacts, date, time, call, band and
mode to

( )


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.


THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report
Measure Twice cut Once.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, spoke out on the ' R2R'
issue during a recent appearance on Cameo, a website that
lets fans pay celebrities for video messages.

In a post to Louis Rossmann, a YouTube personality and a
R2R { right-to-repair advocate), Wozniak said that he was
"totally supportive" of the cause -- which gives consumers
the right and information to fix their own devices -- "I do a
lot of Cameos, but this one has really gotten to me," he said
in the nine-minute video. "We wouldn't have had an Apple had
I not grown up in a very open technology world."

The right to repair movement has gained ground lately.

In the United Kingdom, new measures have been introduced to
require manufacturers of televisions, washing machines and
refrigerators to provide spare parts to consumers. Wozniak,
for his part, shared how he had learned to build and modify
his own devices from a young age, including with a ham radio
license at 10 years old, WV 6 VLY. "Back then, when you
bought things like TVs and radios, every bit of the
circuits and designs were included on paper.

Total open source," he said.

"If you know what you're doing ...
you could repair a lot of things at low cost.

But it's even more precious to know that you did it yourself ."

( and VK4BB)




To celebrate the 1st anniversary of the international group
'The Slow Morse Club' on Facebook, the special callsigns
TM 1 SMC (France), GB 1 SMC (England) and EI 1 SMC (for
Ireland) will be active between July 17-25th.

This group aims to encourage new operators and SWLs to learn
Morse code, but also to bring together those who enjoy CW at
a more relaxing pace. The group already brings together more
than 1,800 members around the globe.

The callsign TM 1 SMC will be active on the bands between
80-2 meters on CW and SSB. A special paper QSL card will be
sent by the Bureau to each station present in the log and to
the SWLs which request it.

Please send QSL and SWL reports via F 4 IIQ (QSL Manager).

Do not hesitate to consult the TM1SMC page for more
information about the event.

You can find the group's FaceBook page at:


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

You'll recall how the Mauritius Amateur Radio Society said
MIR-SAT-1 Awards would be issued on the occasion of the
deployment in space of the first Mauritian Nano Satellite
which was open to all SWL's and radio amateurs around the

These prizes awarded to those who decoded MIR-SAT1
telemetry and transmit it to the Satnogs database.

A PLATINUM award to the first 10 earth stations that apply
for the award after uploading the telemetry to Satnogs
and a GOLD award to the next 20 earth stations.

Well in that top 30 it's a hearty congratulations to
Peter Chatwin VK2PET out in the Yass area. Well done Peter.




Congratulations to 3 hams who have received the Lifetime
Achievement Award of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society.

Jim Buffington K5JIM

Jim Elliott KA3UNQ

Dan Hatcher KD3CQ.

Jim Buffington has had a long career in professional
broadcasting and has served the lighthouse society as
vice president and chairman. He has activated lights
along the US East Coast and Gulf Coast Eastern Seaboard
and the Gulf Coast.

Jim Elliott has activated more than 200 East Coast
lighthouses and has chased and contacted more than
1,450 others. He received the society's first Activator
of the Year award in 2009. He also developed a weekly
chat room on the society website.

Dan Hatcher has activated 178 lighthouses in 15 states, with
72 of them being first-time activations. He has also chased
and confirmed almost 1,800 lighthouses in the US, Canada and
in DX locations. Dan belongs to the society's Advisory



The RV Braveheart For Sale

The RV Braveheart, is well known to most serious DXers and
it has been chartered by numerous DXpedition teams over the
years, is now up for sale.

The asking price is 250,000 New Zealand Dollars.

Why Kiwi dollars? Well the RV Braveheart is registered in
ZL land.

As reported previously here on WIA National News the impending
sale of this vessel was the primary reason the long touted
DXpedition to Bouvet Island was cancelled.

The research and expedition ship was built in Japan in 1981
and is registered in New Zealand. It is 36 metres long with
a beam of 9.5 Metres and has berths for 6 crew members and
12 passengers. The Braveheart while owned by Nigel Jolly was
responsible for providing a new country to many DXers

Let's hope that the new owners will be as accommodating to
the amateur radio community.

(sourced to


With REWIND, I'm John Knox VK4FJR


Almost 50 years ago, in 1971, there was a week when there
were no WIA broadcasts from any state of Australia.


No it wasn't the RD weekend when many states such as VK6 and
7 didn't originate news, instead, concentrated on the contest.

On Sunday October 3, 1971 the Victorian Divisions Sunday
morning broadcast contained material that was inappropriate
for an Institute broadcast. PMG department people were
listening in and were not impressed.

The WIA Federal Council under then president Michael Owen
VK3KI (a familiar name to many) decided to voluntarily
suspend broadcasts across all states for a week. That would
give time for divisions to introduce safeguards to prevent
a repetition.

This was thought preferable to action by the PMG that could
have potentially involved withdrawing the concession that
allowed WIA broadcasts to operate 'back in the day.'

You can read the full account in the SA WIA Journal for
November 1971.

For more historic VK5 journals visit

Doug VK1ZDJ has spent hours scanning and uploading nearly
20 years of journals from 1959 so you can read them online
to see how we were.



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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.

VK4 - REDCLIFFE AR Club Car Boot Sale Aug 21 9am (vk4tfn)

"The Redcliffe Club will hold a Car Boot Sale at
our newly renovated club house on the 21 August 2021.

So don't be shy,
Book a place for five dollars at our Car Boot Sale.
Place bookings email:
secretary@redcliffe radio

Breakfast is at 8:00AM,
Admission is free.
Gates open at nine.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at 10:30.

Also go to: www.redcliffe radio
You'll find a link, which will help you to find us.
We're also on Facebook.

Bye for now and 73s from the Redcliffe and Districts
Radio Club VK4RC. I'm Robert VK4TFN"

VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mount Gambier 18th and 19 of September. (vk5dj)

VK6 - PerthTech October 23 (vk6pop)

VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)

Reception Reports

WIA News rebroadcasters often give Short Wave Listeners a
welcome to the broadcast as they commence call-backs
straight after the Local News. Local news follows National
news in all states. It would be great if those SWL's would
email their reception reports and location to

Submitting news items

If you would like to submit news items for possible inclusion
in the VK1WIA broadcasts, please email your item in text to and don't JUST send url's links or
posters, but take the time to pen YOUR contribution.

To submit audio, email
and send BOTH the audio and the text

We would appreciate items certainly no longer than 1.5 mts in
length as we only have a half hour.

Remember the sooner you submit material the more the likelihood
of it being broadcast in the very next edition of WIA
National News.

Each item will only be broadcast once, if you want a couple
of mentions, please submit different slants to keep your event
'fresh' and always if the news room is to read your item ---
write it in the 3rd person. (First if YOU are reading your
own item)

A reminder when supplying HamFest info we obviously can't
plug DEALS from commercial traders "on air", but we at the
WIA will put your supporters 'goods' in this text edition
"no worries."

We cannot give blatant 'plugs' to raffles.


Oh... and to contact us with your news because
If It Matters To You It Matters To Us!

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WIANEWS backup thanks to Brendan VK4BLP can be found on

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to the original text version and original audio on wia site)


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