2021 AUGUST 29 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUGUST 29 2021
IN OUR 26th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
Alan VK4SN, the Remembrance Day Contest Manager. -
Peter VK8ZZ, the WIA Secretary and a Director. -
Robert VK4LA, the new 10 meter beacon from Brisbane.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
First up in the news that IS news, news on last weekends
RD or Remembrance Day Contest.
"Hi, This is Alan VK4SN, the Remembrance Day Contest Manager.
We now have over 290 log submissions which is the best in
over 10 years.
So if you haven't done so yet, please upload your log to
or email it to
Log submission ends today at 0300z, that's 1pm Eastern
standard time Sunday August 29.
Due to a server issue you may not get a response on upload,
but rest assured your log has been accepted, unless you get
an error that one of the log lines is incorrect.
if not sure please email it to me.
Best 73's and good luck in the contest."
Of course the RD contest is where we recall, remember and
pause to reflect on the Duty and the Sacrifice paid by our
men and women in not only World War Two but all conflicts.
This year special thoughts to those Men and Women of the ADF
serving in Afghanistan. Particularly those of Task Force 633
tasked with transforming our ADF's main operating base in
the Middle East into a facility catering for up to 400
evacuees at a time.
"Well Done Those Men and Women"
Speaking militarily, this next story, too late for last weeks
WIA National News we did attempt to have the powers that be
post it to WIA front page news, but, maybe like the RD server
that fell over.
So forgive me if you have read this on a myriad of overseas
Ham Radio Websites but just in case.. here we go again..
Flight Lieutenant Julia Ravell writing for the Australian
Governments Department of Defence has told the story of one
Corporal Andrew Ashbrook who enjoyed science subjects at
school went on to enjoy CB and Amateur Radio so much he
became a RAAF instructor.
The 50-year-old is now an avionics instructor at the
Royal Australian Air Force School of Technical Training
in Wagga and reflecting on his interest in radio said
Back then, the CB radio was our equivalent of the internet,
friends and I communicated on CB every day. There were
no books or manuals; we just had to figure out how it all
worked so we could build, use and maintain our own equipment.
When I was 16, I found out by accident that the fundamentals
of radio and electronic engineering were a bit more complicated
than Id thought.
We were living in Kirrawee, a hilly area where you needed a
lot of power to transmit, so I built a 45-foot antenna on
top of my fathers roof and put 150 watts of power through
my CB so I could be heard.
I ended up wiping TV sets for 37km and sending the signal
all the way to west coast USA. That was how I learned about
filtering and harmonics on single-side band.
As an avionics instructor at RAAFSTT, he put his innovative
mind to work, using computer-assisted design and 3D printing,
Corporal Ashbrook machined rare CAC Aermacchi MB-326H
aircraft parts. With the aircraft parts long gone from
industry production lines, his efforts created a fully
functional, interactive electronic environment in the Macchi,
an enduring training aid for avionics students.
His outstanding achievement was recognised when he was
awarded an Australia Day Medallion in January.
After gaining his Training and Assessment Certificate IV
late last year, Corporal Ashbrook went back to working with
his hands in the hangar, imparting his passion for electronics
and experience in fault-finding components to trainee
Now a blatant "plug"
The WIA's publication "Wireless Men and Women at War" is
available from the WIA Bookshop... oh and if you wondered
what I looked like back in 1966.. check out pages 145-147.
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WIA SECRETARY VK8ZZ WITH BOARD COMMENT FOR 29 August 2021
Good morning Graham and good morning listeners
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is the
worldwide federation of national amateur radio organizations.
The membership of the IARU consists of more than
160 member-societies in as many countries and separate
territories. It is the peak body for Amateur Radio in the
world. The membership of the IARU consists of its
member-societies, who have been voted into membership by the
already existing member societies.
There can be only one member-society in each country or
separate territory. The Wireless Institute of Australia is
recognised as the peak body for Amateur Radio in Australia.
The IARU is recognised by the United Nations as a NGO,
Non-Governmental Organisation by virtue of its consultative
status with other United Nations bodies, such as the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
IARU has worked with the ITU for nearly a century and is a
Sector Member of the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU R),
playing a full part in the work of ITU R as it affects
amateur radio spectrum, and also of the Development Sector
(ITU D), relating to developing countries and emergency
The International Amateur Radio Union has been the worldwide
voice of radio amateurs, securing and safeguarding the
amateur radio spectrum since 1925
The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the
structure of the International Telecommunications Union
and its related regional telecommunications organisations.
The Regions comprise:
IARU Region 1:
Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia
IARU Region 2:
IARU Region 3:
Asia-Pacific and as such Australia is part of IARU region 3.
In September of this year the IARU-Region 3 will hold its
three yearly conference. This year the conference will be
hosted by The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST).
The IARU R3 Conference 2021 in Thailand will be held
September 20-23. We all realise that our world has been
shaken by COVID-19. The pandemic has forced us all to now
work in ways only made possible through technology. Planning
for the 2021 conference started nearly 3 years ago. The
expectation was to run this in Bangkok city, Thailand.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from attending a
conference on site and the hosts are excited about the
opportunities of holding an innovative virtual conference.
As the conference host, RAST are going to be hosting a
Digital virtual Conference, with a wide range of remote
speakers and conversations. This conference will bring the
member societies together at what is a very difficult time
for us all.
The WIA will have a three person delegation attending
virtually and representing Australia. They are:-
Peter Young VK3MV as WIA Delegate
Dale Hughes VK1DSH as WIA Observer
Greg Kelly VK2GPK as WIA Observer
The final agenda has not been published at this time, but we
will keep our WIA members informed.
This has been WIA Director and Secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ.
WIA NATIONAL NEWS AND YOUR 3 W's.
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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.
The Alexander Grimeton Friendship Association reports
an incredible number of listener reports, 524 in all,
for its July 4 Alexanderson Day transmissions from SAQ,
the Alexanderson alternator very-low-frequency station in
SAQ transmits on 17.2 kHz.
The first transmission was initiated at 0830 UTC, with the
start-up and tuning of the Alexanderson alternator. The
message was sent out a half-hour later, and the transmission
event was livestreamed via YouTube.
Amateur station SK6SAQ, which operates from the SAQ site,
was on the air for Alexanderson Day, HF conditions were not
optimal, but the radio amateurs reached 169 QSOs with 21
countries, mostly in Europe and a few from the US.
SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
The antenna of DP 0 GVN in Antarctica for the QO-100
geostationary satellite amateur radio transponder is
completely destroyed. AMSAT - DL in a press release say
a severe winter storm hit Atka Bay (Antarctica) and at
Neumayer Station III, about 20 kilometres away, wind speeds
of around 176 km/h) were recorded.
The strongest gust was 207 km/h.
Unfortunately, the satellite antenna for the geostationary
QO-100 amateur radio satellite was completely destroyed
despite the weatherproof radome, so no school contacts with
DP0GVN can take place until further notice.
Now over 4,000 ham radio repeaters in Germany
The German Society, DARC, reports the online map of German
repeaters now contains over 4000 entries. Yes the repeater
map recently cracked the threshold of 4000 entries.
One wonders why in such a relatively small country so many
repeaters are needed? or even used.
Putting this into numbers we here in VK can understand,
Germany has a land size of just over 350,000 Km2 and
Australia? a whopping 7.692 Km2 so it would be like VK
having some 840,000 repeaters!!!!
Radio ham constructs 40-foot rocket for daughter
The Bemidji Pioneer reports radio amateur Roben Beyer KG 0 OC
constructed a 40-foot rocket as a send-off gift for his
daughter as she 'blasts off to Uni."
The mock rocket was constructed on his amateur radio tower
as a send-off gift for his daughter, Allie, who will be
attending the University of Minnesota Duluth for
biochemistry and biology.
Climbing the tower isnt quite as easy as it used to be,
Beyer said. Its been about 10 years since Ive been up
there before now. Beyer removed the towers antennas, then
installed reinforced plastic for the rockets body. He also
added a flared base before cutting custom lettering out of
A 2021 graduate, Allie plans to work at the Marshall Alworth
Planetarium at UMD to gain exposure to the space industry
while at college. In the next couple of years, she plans to
apply for internships at NASA or a private company.
A Florida woman is taking on her neighbourhood association,
in a matter she said puts her health at risk.
According to WFTV Channel 9 the woman, a Type 1 Diabetic,
and a consultant determined that her neighbours ham radio
might have interfered with the doses of insulin being pushed
out from her pump. The 55-plus community where she lives
hired that consultant and told the neighbour to shut down his
amateur radio station.
WFTV Investigates learned that her complaint went all the
way to the state level, wanting the Florida Commission on
Human Relations to make a determination whether the
communitys board and management is doing enough to protect
her and others with medical devices.
She has been in the back and forth with the communitys
association for more than a year after noticing the
insulin pump she uses to manage her Type 1 Diabetes was
suddenly giving the wrong amount of the medicine that keeps
her alive. So I switched pumps, bought another one,
switched reservoirs, threw insulin away, did everything
I knew of to troubleshoot, she said.
After doing some research, she suspected the problem might
be a few doors down in equipment that is now unplugged and
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
41st ALARA CONTEST
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
So that's THIS WEEKEND.
CWops next weekend September 4
This CW contest has 3 "sessions"
Each session is separately logged, checked and awarded.
3 separate contests!
The exchange is QSO number plus your given name and on the
HF contest bands using High, Low or QRP.
(HP more than 100 watts; LP more than 5 watts up to 100
AND QRP 5 watts of less)
More details are in the text edition of this WIA National News
*Use of spotting? *No limitations on using clusters,
RBN or skimmers, but please, no self-spotting.
*Scoring? *1 point per QSO per band (each session);
1 multiplier for callsign the first time it is worked
(each session). Scores start at 0 for each session.
Work someone once per band per session.
*Reporting? *Separate logs for each session. Logs must be in
Cabrillo format and may be submitted via
Paper logs are NOT accepted!
*Logging? *CW Open is supported by many logging programs.
*Teams? *Team competition is supported
(see www.cwops.org/cwopen.html for signup).
No geography limitations.
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
Elvira is signing 5 X 3 R until September 2, She has
100 watts to a dipole, doing SSB, digital and CW.
QSL via the bureau.
Members of the Korean Amateur Radio League Chungbuk HQ have
activated special event station HL 76 V to celebrate the
76th anniversary of South Korea's Liberation.
Activity will continue until August 31. QSL via the Bureau.
To celebrate the 64rd anniversary of Malaysia's independence
August 31, 1957, look for special event stations using the
prefix 9M64. Operations will be on 80-10 meters using
CW, SSB and Digital. Activity will end on September 1st:
What could be better than radio honouring radio?
When it's amateur honouring professional.
Listen for callsigns W1W, W1B, W1Z, and WB1Z on all bands
CW, SSB, the digital modes and, of course, AM.
In the US region known as New England, their oldest
broadcast station is marking its 100th anniversary and
two amateur radio clubs in Massachusetts are inviting
everyone to the party. On the amateur bands.
The event is planned for September 17th through 19th.
The dates closely follow the first day Westinghouse put
WBZ on the air as an AM radio station: September 15th 1921.
So again, listen for W1W, W1B, W1Z, and WB1Z.
Matthew is operating as VP8ZMS is on air for a few more
days yet from the RAF station at Mount Pleasant on the
Falkland Islands. He is using digital modes, CW and
QSL via M 0 ZMS (home call) using LoTW.
Currently operating is ZC4CBK out of the Akrotiri Sovereign
Base Area on Cyprus and he plans to be QRV on a regular
basis until October, QSL via EB7DX.
I Would like to Let everyone know of a New Ten Meter Band
Beacon that has been operating for the Last 6 months or so,
about 27 Kilometre's N/W of Brisbane City at the my Home
QTH, I'm Robert VK4LA.
The Beacon is Located In Northlakes and is homebrew .
It operates using callsign VK4LA and is on 28.205.8 cw.
The Beacon consists of a 5 watt Transmitter with a 1/2 wave
vertical antenna 35ft off the ground.
I would Appreciate some Signal Reports from all who can hear
If you wish to send a signal report VIA EMAIL, my email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I also have some
photos of beacon in use to view on my page on qrz.com
Looking forward to getting some signal reports from all.
for WIA National news this is Robert VK4LA
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPs --- MARITIME
Sailing Vessel with Ham Radio History Marks 100 Years
The schooner Bowdoin is a century old this year. Now owned
by the Maine Maritime Academy as a training vessel, the
ham radio history of the 88-foot Bowdoin is often neglected.
Constructed in Maine specifically for Arctic exploration,
the vessel relied on amateur radio for communication during
Arctic Expeditions of 1923 and 1925.
In 1923, the ARRL helped in outfitting with better wireless
gear. M.B. West, an ARRL Board member, designed the gear,
which was then built by amateurs at his firm, Zenith
Electronics and the ARRL Board recruited Donald H. Mix, 1TS,
to accompany the crew as its radio operator.
The transmitter operated on the medium-wave bands of 185,
220, and 300 meters, running 100 W. Earlier exploratory
missions had used gear that operated on longwave frequencies.
The shipboard station on board the Bowdoin was given call
WNP Wireless North Pole.
(sourced to arrl)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - ASTRONOMICAL
Scientists have spotted a previously unrecognized feature of
our Milky Way galaxy:
A contingent of young stars and star-forming gas clouds is
sticking out of one of the Milky Way's spiral arms like a
splinter poking out from a plank of wood. Stretching some
3,000 light-years, this is the first major structure
identified with an orientation so dramatically different
than the arm's.
( ANS )
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE
FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM and other
Nothing - not even a solar flare or even a pandemic - could
stop the a "Backyards on the Air activation" from going
ahead recently in New Zealand. Graham VK4BB filed this story
this week to ARNewsLine.
"The pandemic, in fact, was actually the inspiration for the
event on Sunday, August 22nd. It was born in the spring of
2020 as lockdown enveloped New Zealand. A group of SOTA
activators looked for new options because their beloved
summits had been declared off limits.
Organiser Mark Sullivan ZL3AB said this recent activation
found participants once again in their backyards and after
two hours of calling QRZ, some boasted contacts with the US
and VK, as well as around New Zealand. Mark described his
own activation as a bit less successful, owing to a pole
that collapsed and someone's child next-door playing with
an incredibly loud toy lawn mower.
Mark did encourage and reward experimentation, however.
In his invitation to participants, he wrote:
[quote] "It should go without saying that double points
will be awarded to anyone who operates using.....a.....
Delta loop." [endquote]
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
AMSAT news have reported on how the Ingenuity helicopter on
Mars has now completed its 12th flight, where it acted as a
scout, looking ahead for dangerous terrain for its partner
in crime, the Perseverance rover.
The just under 2 kilogram autonomous rotorcraft climbed over
almost 10 meters high, and travelled a total of 450 meters
in 169 seconds. It flew over the over an area dubbed the
South Seitah region of Mars, where Perseverance will
( ANS )
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Fred, KL7FBI from Shemya Island, is being called back there
on an emergency to fill-in following the passing of one of
their technicians. Fred will travel to Shemya September 8
and is expected to remain there for a two full months.
He will use KL 7 FBI and operate 40/20 meters SSB.
QSL via KB 4 DMQ.
Again one of the reasons we seldom give publicity to many
DX peditions is this note we have in regarding OC-194.
Yep it's cancelled/postponed
A group of mainly VK2 Ops were planning activity
as VK2FM from the keepers cottage on South Solitary Island
(ILLW AU0054) during the International Lighthouse-Lightship
days but cancelled their South Solitary Island event due to
.. wait for it.. lockdown.
They state, "It will be happening in August 2022
( if all goes well. )
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Quickly here it's congratulations to five Scouts
Aiva, Seb Alex, Rohan & Jack who recently undertook
their foundation licence assessments organised by
VLK7's REAST at the Huonville Scout Hall and all 5 passed!
The Scout Communication Club in Pia, Poland has obtained
special call SP 0 PILKON to mark the Pilski convention of
games and fantasy this weekend August 27-29
After a one-year break the convention for fans of fantasy,
comics, books, series and electronic board games will be
taking place at the University in Pia, on the site of the
former military airport.
We rewind back to 1949 as Victor Hoeflich holds a press
conference to introduce the Man from Mars, Radio Hat.
Victor knew a picture would tell the story so he had several
teenagers modelling the radio hats for the reporters and
photographers, soon pictures and news stories appeared in
newspapers coast to coast across the USA
Although the radio hat had a futuristic appearance at the
time, this was in fact due to technical limitations.
While the transistor had been invented in 1947, it was still
experimental and not widely available.
The hats radio relied on valve or vacuum tube technology,
and Victor made the tubes a prominent feature, as well as
the loop aerial. The tuning knob sat between the two valves.
The battery was carried in the users pocket.
The massive publicity did not lead to lasting sales.
Advertisements for the radio hat stopped in early 1950.
Its failure was primarily due to technical limitations.
It had only two valves, it's loop antenna was directional
and the signal could be lost as the user turned his or her
The Radio Hat - weird and wonderful from radios past.
I should give you the "heads up" pardon the pun, but
"head" on over to view a range of this headgear in the video
edition of this the WIA National News Service.
I's on BEVAN VK5BD's YouTube channel each week and easily
sourced from both the link at the top of each text edition
and at the top of the wia.org.au weekly news page.
My time is up
With REWIND I'm John Knox, VK4FJRK
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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)
VK7 - REAST SEPTEMBER ONE PRESENTATION NIGHT (REAST)
P25 Emergency Services Network Build
VK4 - GLADSTONE FUN DAY September 11 at 10am (vk4xmc)
VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
CANCELLED FOR 2021 (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)
VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mount Gambier SA Queens Birthday weekend June 2022
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