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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
WIA President Scott Williams, VK3KJ with thank you's awards
and announcement of WIA Club Liaison Officer
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
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VK7 Broadcast News
RD Contest Weekend Broadcasts
Please note that due to the Remembrance Day Contest this
weekend there is no VK7 Amateur Radio Broadcast from 9:30am.
This WIA National News Broadcast can still be heard on the
VK7RAD, VK7RAA and VK7RTC repeaters.
ACMA checks on Solar Inverter suppliers
Solar panel installations can cause considerable RF Pollution
but the ACMA reports solar inverter suppliers in Australia
are unaware of regulatory requirements.
In a report our communications regulator ACMA says:
In relation to Electromagnetic Energy (EME), six of the 19
suppliers failed to provide documentation that would meet
the applicable radiocommunications standard (RLN) and the
applicable EME standard (EME LN). After being given an
opportunity to correct their documentation, all suppliers
satisfactorily demonstrated compliance with the RLN and the
While the six suppliers were able to produce test reports
and accurate declarations upon request, it was apparent that
they were unaware of these regulatory requirements at the
time of the audit.
Later in this news, Australias Ham Radio news in Audio, Video
and more importantly PRINT, Jason VK2LAW looks at this same
issue but happening now in IARU region 2.
JOIN THE WIA
NOW - our WIA President.
Thanks Graham and good morning to all listeners of the
WIA Broadcast this week.
This is WIA President Scott Williams, VK3KJ and nice to be
appearing on the broadcast today with a few messages from
Let me firstly just say thank you to Graham Kemp, VK4BB for
bringing this broadcast to you every week without fail. The
whole Amateur community is greatly indebted for your service
and commitment to this terrific broadcast. Now on to
something very important and that is recognising some recent
award recipients for their outstanding contribution to
Amateur Radio. These award recipients were announced at the
2021 WIA AGM but we thought it was important to announce them
on the broadcast today and in the coming Issue 5 of the
Now to the award recipients:
Technical Award: Carmel Morris VK2CAR for her article of
Clothesline wire makes easy multi-band antenna our
Higginbotham Award: Roger Harrison VK2ZRH and Sergio Fontana.
(for work above and beyond getting the AR magazine out last
year) thank you to Roger and Sergio for getting us back on
Al Shawsmith Award: Peter Wolfenden VK3RV for Callbooks:
Their continuing value & When governments ruled the aether
Well done Peter.
Chris Jones Award: Kevin Johnston VK4UH for his dedicated
work of promoting microwave activity and articles on meteor
scatter. congratulations Kevin
Technical Excellence Award: Roger Clark VK3KYY. For software
development for several DMR radios (including
Radioddity/Baofeng/TYT) simplifying functionality, usability
and access for blind operators. great work Roger
The following Presidents commendations were also presented
Jim Gordon VK3ZKK for his comprehensive articles on early
wartime radio. thank you Jim.
Robert Hudson VK2AOR for his consistent and diligent service
to the amateur radio community during covid-19 in 2020
Great work Robert.
Also, the WIA Board met this week on Tuesday night and
discussed a range of matters.
Look out shortly for the release of the new WIA social media
policy which we hope to have out by the end of the month.
Also, after the many years that Ted Thrift served as the WIA
Club Liaison Officer, Ted announced a little while ago that
he would stand down from this position. The Board would like
to thank Ted for his contribution to this important role.
After an Expression of Interest process, the WIA Board is
delighted to announce the appointment of Angelo Giuffre
(VK2NWT) as the newly appointed WIA Club Liaison Officer.
Angelo fills this very important role as the conduit between
all WIA Affiliated Clubs and the WIA directly. Thank you,
Angelo, for stepping forward and to Ted who has offered to
transition Angelo in the role.
And finally, I hope you have all had a chance this weekend
to jump on air for the Remembrance Day (RD) Contest. The
bands should be buzzing as we speak and the contest runs
from 03.00 UTC Saturday 14 August through to 03.00 UTC
Sunday 15 August so if you are listening to this broadcast
on air this morning somewhere in Australia, you still have a
few hours to make a few contacts. This important event
commemorates those Radio Amateurs that lost their lives in
World War II. The date of the 15th August is the date that
hostilities ceased in the South West Pacific so it is fitting
this year this day falls on a weekend and for as many people
as possible to participate. Make sure you tune across the
bands and make some contacts and dont forget that WARC
Bands are excluded, and the modes of transmission are Phone,
CW and RTTY recognising the communication modes used in that
era. Good luck to everyone participating in the contest.
Thats it for me this week, and I am going to jump on air
and try and make a few contacts myself.
Stay safe and well and best wishes,
Training and Assessments in the Covid free Apple Isle.
REASTs next Foundation Licence course and all licence
assessment day is next being held Saturday September 25.
If you are in VK7 and thinking now is the time, then please
let Reg Emmett VK7KK REAST Learning Organiser know ASAP that
you will be going along by contacting Reg by phone or
email on 0417 391 607 or email@example.com
Check out the REAST Foundation Licence Training Videos that
can be found on the REAST YouTube Training and Assessment
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
One could be excused for thinking lots of emails should
travel this way.
A UK broadband rollout trial to target hard-to-reach homes
through pipes has been suggested.
Fibre optic cables fed through water mains to connect homes,
businesses and mobile masts without digging up roads, yes
fed through the countrys water pipes as part of the UK
governments plan to speed up the nationwide roll out of
lightning-fast broadband and mobile coverage in rural areas.
Let's hope they are "flushed" with success.
A BRAND SPANKING NEW Austrian Amateur Radio Callbook
This new edition of the Amateur Radio Callbook has been made
available for download by Austria's Telecommunications
Authority from August 1, 2021 and best of all their
regulator has seen fit to publish in both PDF and EXCEL
Samus EI 8 BP reports on a public consultation taking place
now relating to Internet-connected radio equipment.
Writing on the IARU Region 1 site he says:
The EC better regulation portal permits citizens and businesses
to share their views on new EU policies and existing laws.
The title of this initiative is Internet-connected radio
equipment and wearable radio equipment. This is a proposed
Delegated Act which has been the subject of discussion for
some time. Inter-connected radio equipment includes virtually
all devices that have a network connection. The aim of the
ACT is to improve the cybersecurity of these devices by
constraining the upload of software. This has potential
implications for radio amateurs and experimenters.
Flocking Crowds to NRC
The RSGB National Radio Centre (NRC) is seeing amazing
visitor numbers, in fact since the easing of some Covid
restrictions in the UK, in July 2021, they welcomed close on
8,000 visitors and, on the last Saturday in July, there were
639 in a single day.
The RSGB continues to put emphasis on the wellbeing of
visitors and volunteers; visitor numbers are carefully
monitored and the RSGB is asking visitors and volunteers
to continue to wear a face covering or face shield, use the
hand sanitiser stations frequently, and to respect social
distancing within the NRC.
or as WIA news says, remember the 3 W's
WASH YOUR HANDS
WEAR YOUR MASK
WATCH YOUR DISTANCE (1.5 metres)
Brazil's national amateur radio society reports on the
INMETRO public consultation on the technical standards for
Solar Panel installations which have been known to cause
considerable RF Pollution
LABRE, through its Spectral Defence and Management Group,
registered its contribution to the INMETRO Public
Consultation in the revision of the Ordinance on the
technical quality requirements of photovoltaic systems,
where the League defends the inclusion of the requirements
Electromagnetic Compatibility based on international
standards with the objective of reducing the generation of
interference to the radiocommunications spectrum.
LABRE's work in this, therefore, is of paramount importance
for the defence not only of the operating conditions of the
amateur radio service, but, above all, in defence of the
entire Brazilian society highly dependent on the
Electromagnetic Compatibility between sectors such as the
generation of energy, telecommunications, the Internet of
Things, life support systems, aviation, electro medical, etc.
among others. INMETRO also received statements from other
sectors of society and will assess contributions to drafting
the new regulation.
NASA Heliophysicists have released a revised prediction for
Solar Cycle 25.
The report generated by Ricky Egeland a Solar Physicist
working in the NASA Space Radiation Analysis Group now calls
for the peak of Solar Cycle 25 to top out at a value of 195
17 based upon the new scale for calculating Smoothed Sun
For reference Solar Cycle 21 peaked at an SSN 233 (new scale)
while Solar cycle 23 peaked at an SSN of 180 (new scale).
If this predictions holds up Ham Radio will see Excellent
Worldwide F Layer Conditions on 10 Meters for several years
around Solar Max. 6 Meter conditions should be good in the
Equinox Periods before and after Solar Max with consistent
openings on Medium Haul Polar Routes. 6 Meter routes
traversing the equator should experience consistent openings
9 months from Solar Max.
Worth a google is a new Military Communications Device from
Australian Company Barret.
The Barrett PRC-4090 HF SDR Transceiver is the centrepiece
of their range of tactical HF communications equipment.
It combines Software-Defined Radio technology with intuitive
ease of use. When teamed with other Barrett HF products,
this versatile PRC-4090 transceiver provides secure email,
data transfer and telephone connectivity within an HF network
and outwards to international telephone and internet
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
It seems there's no way to escape advertising these days
and now news that a Canadian company has contracted SpaceX
to put a billboard into low-Earth orbit would appear to end
any debate to the contrary.
Start-up Geometric Energy Corp. (GEC), tells Business Insider
that next year it plans to blast a satellite into space that
will allow advertising to be beamed from Earth and displayed
on a pixelated screen on the side of the spacecraft.
But, in case you're worried that giant space billboards will
forever ruin a romantic walk under the stars, you should
know that GEC's planned spacecraft, rather than being
visible from the ground, the ads will be photographed using
a high-tech selfie stick and will livestreamed on YouTube
as the advertising gurus of the world say
"WATCH THIS SPACE."
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
RD or Remembrance Day Contest THIS weekend 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
BOUVET or not BOUVET?
It has just been announced, just a few short days after VK2LAW
Jason gave us some insight on this WIA National News last week
that the Bovet team have signed a contract with an
expedition vessel with a proven track record and experienced
polar crew that will take them to Bouvet in November 2022.
The vessel is the MARAMA.
Marama's cost is significantly reduced compared to the
previous Braveheart charter.
The QTH at Bouvet will be Cape Fie at the South East part
of the island, the only feasible part where a DXpedition can
safely setup the camp on rocky ground, a wide area of
150 x 800 ft to setup the camp and antenna farm.
Bruce, ZL1AAO, is once again back in the South Cook Islands
and Rarotongad (OC-013) until August 19 signing as E 51 AAO.
Activity will be holiday style mainly on 40 and 20 meters
SSB and most likely place he pops up is on the ANZA DX Net
(14183 kHz at 0515z) and sometimes has been known to hang
around after the net for some QSOs.
European Russia Special Event
Listen for the following special stations active throughout
this month of August:
R20 RTT and
Activity is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the
Radio Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRN)
which started on August 13th, 2001.
QSL via R7AA.
A special QSL and Diploma is available.
( tinyurl.com/x8edkeca )
United States special event
Members of the Alabama Contest Group will be active as K4A
between 0000z, September 5th and 2359z September 12th to
reflect and remember the 20th anniversary of 9-11.
Activity will be on various bands using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes RTTY / FT8.
QRV is BX 30 ARL until the end of 2021 marking the 30th
anniversary of the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League
BX30ARL has been heard on 40 through to 6 meters.
QSL via BM 2 JCC.
BOOK EM NICK
The new book More Arduino for Ham Radio by popular author
and experimenter Glen Popiel, KW5GP, builds on the success
of his two previous titles, Arduino for Ham Radio and
More Arduino Projects for Ham Radio.
More Arduino for Ham Radio introduces many of the new
Arduino boards and add-on modules, followed by an overview
of the software, tools, and techniques needed to bring
projects to life. These concepts are put to work in 10
practical projects that showcase a wide variety of
applications and include detailed descriptions of how the
software sketches work. Each is complete as-is, with ideas
for you to add your own personal touches or create your own
projects using the techniques and modules presented.
Thats part of the fun of the Arduino and Open Source
communities building on the work of others, and then
sharing your designs and innovations for others to learn,
modify, and improve.
More Arduino for Ham Radio is available from the ARRL
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE
FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM and other
VK7 SOTA/WWFF PARKS GROUP
The Summits On The Air / World Wide Flora and Fauna parks
group is now meeting twice weekly Mondays and Fridays
10.30 AM till 12.00 at the Glebe Gardens Cafe, Henry Street,
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FAITH.
Churches and Chapels on the Air is taking place on Saturday,
11 September and most activity will take place on the 80 and
40m bands, SSB, between 10am to 4pm UTC.
If you're intending to put a station on air at a local church
or chapel, please ensure permission has been obtained and any
COVID rules in force are observed.
Like in most of the Christian Nets on the air during the
Churches and Chapels weekend you may often hear the number
FIVE ZERO ONE bandied around. Whilst it's common to hear the
amateur greeting of '73' used when ending a QSO, on Christian
Amateur Radio Nets, you may also hear '88' which means
'love and kisses'. Wishing someone 'good health' is '99' and
to wish them 'God bless' it's '100'. A now departed 'ham',
often told of a Scottish lad who was dying. With his last
breath he whispered to his friend '141'.
The next time the friend was in church he began to thumb the
pages of the hymn book. On reaching 141 he realised the
message his friend was trying to convey to him was the hymn
141, "God be with you 'till we meet again". Later, a WACRAL
member added all of these numbers together - they totalled
501 and Since that time, 501 it has been used in Christian
Amateur Radio Nets.
(RSGB and WACRAL)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
AO-92 Returned to Service for Daylight Operations Only
AO-92 has been commanded into carrier operated repeater mode
where the bird operates as a simple FM repeater and there
is no telemetry transmitted.
As the battery condition is poor, please only use the AO-92
satellite when it is illuminated by the sun. The satellite
may shut off even while illuminated if the bus voltage drops
below a point at which the transmitter cannot operate.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
We don't hear too much of this type of Island Hopping in these
Covid-19 days BUT taking island hopping a hop step and jump
further is Yann, FO / F 1 SMB visiting seven French Polynesia
islands until Monday week the 23rd of August.
From Moorea OC-046 to Tahaa OC-067, Bora Bora OC-067,
Tikehau OC-066, Rangiroa OC-066, Fakarava OC-066, and
finally from Tahiti OC-046.
He is working QRP on SSB and FT8, mainly on 40 but also 20
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group EI2WRC will activate
Hook Lighthouse ILLW Reference Number IE0003 on Saturday and
Sunday the 21st and 22nd of August as part of the 24th
International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend.
Hook Lighthouse is located on the South East coast of
Ireland in County Wexford. The present structure is about
800 years old and is the oldest intact operational Lighthouse
in the world.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME
What Happens to British Ships When Satellites Don't Work?
Colin Butler, writing in the icqpodacst says The Royal Navy
and Britain's merchant fleet, along with most others around
the world, rely on satellites for navigation - but what
happens if they don't work?
It's a question that troubles the former First Sea Lord,
Lord West of Spithead, who has spent months trying to find
out if the UK has a back-up plan.
In the 1960s, ships had radio systems which used the same
technology as today's mobile phones to pinpoint locations.
"Every country in the world has shut down these radio
transmitters," leaving seafarers "dumbfounded" because
rogue states or an electromagnetic pulse from the sun could
severely disrupt satellites.
In 2019, the Stena Impero, a British-flagged ship, was
probably lured by Iran into its waters using spoofed
satellite data, says the editor of Lloyd's List,
Richard Meade. "Ships are essentially big floating computers
nowadays," while spoofing and jamming are essentially a
form of hacking.
In 2015, the French and Norwegian governments decided to
cease their eLoran transmissions, meaning navigation via
radio alone has since become impossible in northern Europe.
eLoran remains the favoured radio back-up alternative for
those concerned about the situation, such as Lord West.
And, if all else fails, ship's officers are expected to know
how to get by using "traditional methods", according to the
UN International Maritime Organization. Among them, a
"knowledge, understanding and proficiency in celestial
navigation" - - - watching the stars.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MEDICAL
IHS = IHSOFMN.org
PHARMACISTS = malpensa.it/iphg
Medical Amateur Radio Council marco-ltd.org/
This year's International Air Ambulance Week will take place
between 6th - 14th September, with the focus on supporting
and generating donations for flying medical services around
The event covers two weekends, giving we amateurs a great
chance to get involved and support the event.
Registration will be mandatory and all stations taking part
will be issued a registration number
The events date has been set to coincide with the UKs own
funding drive week for its own helicopter ambulance services.
The event is intended to commence on the fourth weekend of
September annually and is run by the same team which
operates the well-established International Museum Weekends.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
The Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club in northern Utah USA has
received a nearly $18,000 grant, THATS CLOSE ON 25 THOUSAND
AUSSIE DOLLARS from the non-profit Amateur Radio Digital
Communications ( www.ampr.org/ ) to fund the club's
initiatives to engage and educate youth in amateur radio
through hands-on space science activities.
"This grant and our Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club
demonstrate the important role amateur radio can play in
furthering STEM education, which is critical to continuing
Utah's high-tech economy," said Utah Section Manager
Pat Malan, N7PAT, who came into office on July 1. Pat said
prime movers behind the grant initiative included
Club President and their Club Secretary
ARDC has said that it intends to award "a total of several
MILLION dollars in grants of varied amounts" to qualified
beneficiaries, to be used in accordance with ARDC's mission.
In other 'Youth Related News' the CQ World Wide DX Contests
now offer a new Youth overlay, available to all competitors
who are 25 years old or younger, as of the dates of the
To support this change, Youth overlay entries will be
highlighted in the results, as is now done in the case of
Classic and Rookie entries. Plaques will be available for
winners in this category.
( eham.net )
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
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
VK4 - REDCLIFFE AR Club Car Boot Sale Aug 28 9am (vk4tfn)
The Car Boot Sale has been shifted to Saturday 28th August.
Greetings from the Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club VK4RC.
Right here in south East Queensland.
Robert Thomson VK4TFN here.
The Redcliffe Club will hold a Car Boot Sale at
our newly renovated club house on the 28 August 2021.
We had no choice, the date had to be shifted.
So don't be shy,
Book a place for five dollars at our Car Boot Sale.
Place bookings email: secretary at redcliffe radio club
dot org dot au
Also go to: Triple w dot redcliffe radio club dot org dot au.
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.
VK3 - BENDIGO AUGUST 20 MEETING (BAREC)
'The Efficient Use of the HF Spectrum' - Friday August 20th.
Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites you to
their August 20 meeting.
BAREC member Mike Tobin VK3AHA, will provide a very
interesting discussion on 'The Efficient Use of the HF
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
* Example of high-density HF single frequency working
The presentation commences at 8 pm, Friday August 20th at
the BAREC club rooms, Bendigo East Hall, 35 Lansell St.
A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Light supper provided.
Presentation will also be streamed on BAREC YouTube channel.
VK7 - REAST SEPTEMBER ONE PRESENTATION NIGHT (REAST)
P25 Emergency Services Network Build
On 1st September from 7:30pm we have the privilege of having
Andrew Johns VK7AJ giving us a presentation on how to build
a state-wide P25 based Emergency Services radio network.
This should be a fascinating look into what it takes to
provide a digital radio network in a challenging environment
Look forward to seeing you along.
73, REAST Committee
VK4 - GLADSTONE FUN DAY September 11 at 10am (vk4xmc)
Come and enjoy a family-friendly day at Boyne Islands
Bray Park Stage, where the Gladstone Amateur Radio Club
will be hosting its annual fundraiser fun day starting
10am Saturday the 11th September 2021.
The club will be holding a variety of demonstrations and fun
events , including fox hunting, raffles, BBQ and an auction.
Bring your hat, sunscreen, cash and a folding chair and
refreshments, but please no glass.
Contact the club on email@example.com
or find us on facebook
VK4XMC Treasurer, Gladstone Amateur Radio Club
VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mount Gambier 18th and 19 of September. (vk5dj)
VK4 - Cardwell Gathering October1 to 4 at
Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park. (BackScatter)
VK4 - SunFest Field Day Monday October 4,
Nambour Showgrounds, Queensland. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
VK6 - PerthTech October 23 (vk6pop)
VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)
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