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Editor-in-Chief ARadio magazine Roger Harrison VK2ZRH. -

VK3FFF Bruce / VK4FUQ Felix and VK2LAW Jason. -

Mark Bosma VK2KI / VK6QI from VK6 Club of renown -
Peel Amateur Radio Group. -

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The WIA has added an exciting new feature to its DX Awards
Program - Groups. A Group is similar to a leaderboard, but
very much more flexible, and are available for all members
of the Awards Program, not just VKs.

Groups contain two elements - a filter and a category.
A filter can be any combination of BAND, MODE, DXCC,
Continent, QSL (worked-only or verified) or Radio type.
A category is the way in which you wish to count filtered
records. This can be DXCC, Slots, Grid or IOTA.

There is an almost infinite number of Groups that can be
defined and they are, in effect, a highly specialised leader
board. This allows the creation of groups like SSB-only,
Wires & Dipoles, RTTY, High Band, Oceania, QRP on 80m,
Grids on 40m, ICOM radios, WARC bands, Commemorative callsigns
etc. The possibilities are virtually endless.

Groups can have an optional sponsor who may wish to offer
an incentive for the winner of their Group.

You join and leave groups from within your Profile. The
"Groups Leaderboards" menu item displays the leaderboard
for all the Groups that you are a member of.

There must be a minimum of 3 members of a Group for the
Group to display. There are already several Groups defined, so have a look and join as many as you like. Members are free to suggest a Group that might attract at least 3 members. Send requests to

The WIA DX Awards program is free to all members of the WIA
and provides dozens of awards for newcomers through to
advanced DXers and IOTA hunters. It can be found <here>.

73 from Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA Awards Manager

This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine,
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.

Yeah, yeah. Back in the saddle, again.

Earlier this week, the files for Issue 5 were uploaded to
the printer's server and the magazine was delivered to the
mailing house and distributor at the end of the week.

The latest edition of Amateur Radio magazine will be with
you this coming week.

While I have your attention have you done our

Your magazine. Your view, please!

You will find an advertisement on page 7 of this issue
that includes a QR code. Scan that with your smartphone
and off you go! Or, just put the web address into your
browser. We would love to hear about your ideas and opinions
about the magazine to help shape its future. Completing the
survey only takes about 12 minutes.

So, what do we have in store for readers in Issue 5?

The BIG feature covers the Antarctic adventures of
Australian amateurs. Appropriately, the front cover
features a spectacular photo of an aurora over
Casey Station. This came from Rex Moncur VK7MO, who was
Director of the Australian Antarctic Division over 1988
to 1998. Did you know that?

Rex has written us an article about his time with the
Antarctic Division. While outlining the whys and wherefores
of Australias interests and operations down south,
Rex provides some history on the involvement of Australian
amateurs in Antarctica. Further to that, we have a series
of tell all stories from seven Australian amateurs who
spent a year down south, beginning in whats known as the
intrepid era of the early 1970s, then through the 80s,
90s and noughties. To top that, we have a story from one
amateur down south right now! Gday Paul VK0PD at
Casey Station, if youre listening.

This issue, we launch a new, regular feature
Newcomers Notebook. But wait! Didnt that used to run in
AR mag decades ago? Well, yes. PubCom member, Jules Perrin,
VK3 Fox Juliet Papa, has embarked on reviving Newcomers
Notebook and updating content for todays audience. The
original series was written by Rod Champness VK3UG, who has
endorsed Juless initiative. As before, the content of
Newcomers Notebook covers topics directed at people
starting out in amateur radio and will answer questions on
subjects related to electronics and communications.
The subject for this first one is Power mains safety and
electrical hazards in communications equipment.

But thats not all!

We also have a review of the Xiegu G90 HF portable
transceiver, an RF field strength meter with audible
indicator project to build, the return of the VHF-UHF
column from David VK5KK, ALARA news and so much more.

Sit tight. It will soon be with you.

This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison
VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.






& the World Wide sources of the WIA.


TM 100 AA - 100 years of amateur radio in France

For the 'centenary' of the first official authorization of
an amateur station, the REF is using call 'TM100AA' from
September 1 to 15.

The call sign "8AA" was assigned to Andr Riss Sept 3 1921.
Andr was born in 1894 and was authorized at the age of 27
to use a transmitter of his own construction with a power of
1 kilowatt.

It became "eF8AA" (Europe France 8AA) in 1927,
then "F8AA" in 1932 and was active until his death in 1982.


ARRL has responded to that news story by WFTV Channel 9
alleging a radio amateur was told to remove his antenna
following a complaint made by a neighbour it interfered with
her insulin pump.

The news story appears to stem from a 2-year-old complaint
the pump had malfunctioned due to the radio amateurs
operations a few doors down, said ARRL Lab Manager
Ed Hare, W1RFI.

The story is lacking any details or timeline, so I
contacted the radio amateur involved for information and
volunteered ARRLs assistance.

Hare explained that medical devices such as insulin pumps
are regulated by the US Food & Drug Administration specifically
for EMC purposes and are expected to be capable of operating
in all the RF environments likely to be encountered by

Hare noted there is an FDA recall for the model number of
the insulin pump in question, in approximately the same time
frame. But with so few details, there is no way of knowing
whether that recall applies to the serial number used or
whether the exact unit has the mechanical defect indicated
in the recall notice that could cause the malfunction,
explained Hare.

It also became apparent that there is no actual evidence
connecting the amateurs transmissions to operation of the
insulin pump. Hare was told that the amateur agreed to run
tests to establish whether there was a cause and effect, but
the neighbour declined.

Hare commented, While there are no requirements for a radio
amateur to stop transmitting due to alleged interference to
a non-radio device, the preferred path with any complaint is
for neighbours to work together.

The ARRL Board of Directors has formally endorsed a proposed
program calling on ARRL to cover the $35 application fee for
license candidates younger than 18 years old. The FCC is not
expected to implement the $35 application fee schedule until
sometime in 2022. The Board approved the Youth Licensing
Grant Program at its July meeting. The program concept,
first raised at the Boards annual meeting in January, was
reviewed by an ad-hoc committee, which expanded the scope of
the original motion.

Goals of the Program include expanding the reservoir of
trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts
within the amateur radio community, and removing a financial
obstacle to young people who wish to acquire an amateur radio
license, as a means of encouraging potential careers in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Electricity From Sweat

A Team at the University of California, San Diego, published
a report in the journal 'Energy and Environmental Science'
about small biofuel cells that can harvest enough energy
from the sweat on a persons fingertips to power wearable
medical sensors that track health and nutrition.

A biofuel cells that fit into thin pads that are stuck to
the fingertips soak up sweat into a thin layer of foam,
where an enzyme oxidises lactate in the sweat to create an
electrical charge. The enzymes also replace the precious
metals normally used in batteries. Each finger pad can
generate 20 to 40 microwatts of power and harvest
300 mill joules of energy per square centimetre during
10 hours of sleep.

Enough for lightweight sensors that detect a range of
metrics such as heart rate, vitamin deficiencies and
glucose levels.

Currently, the enzyme that is key to the reaction begins to
break down and become ineffective after two weeks. Using a
larger flexible patch a few centimetres across stuck to the
skin has been used to power a radio for two days at
Bluetooth power levels, with sensors and the transmitter all
contained in the sticky patch.


New Zealand's NZART has published a new draft amateur radio
band plan and comments are invited up until October 10. As
a Call Book will produced this year, the intention is to not
only have the Band Plans available online but also to have
them as accurate as possible for 'the book'.

In their report submitted to the 2021 IARU Region 3 Conference
Thailand's national amateur radio society RAST reported
there were close on 83,000 licensed radio amateurs in the
country, population 69 million

Following the full legalization of amateur radio in Thailand
by the authorities in 1987 and the staging of examinations,
initially for a novice license, but later, and with the
assistance of RAST, also for Intermediate Class licenses and
then Advanced Class licenses since 2016, the number of Thai
amateur radio operating licenses issued had increased

Today, Thailand ranks fourth in the world. Japan heads the
list with 1.2 million amateur radio operators, followed by
the United States, with close on 680,000 operators while
South Korea now comes third with 141,000 ham operators.





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



Gday from the Peel Amateur Radio Group in Mandurah WA.

T he Peel Amateur Radio Group has been encouraging its newer
members to learn the art of CW, and for us oldies, re-kindle
whats probably a lost skill.

Our living CW legend Tony VK6DQ has been running CW training
sessions each night at 7pm on 146.550 MHZ FM in the
Mandurah area and to encourage members to give it a go,
were running on-air CW exchange nights on 80m. In
conjunction with this, weve also run two Slow CW contests
on 80m so far this year.

So were pleased to announce that the next Slow CW event
will be held on Saturday September 18th, and will be open
to all amateurs and Short Wave Listeners. In the first two
trial events the Peel Amateur Radio Group encouraged
non-members to join in the fun by working PARG members. But
for the next event, weve gone all out and made it a
National event, open to all in the Oceania region - exchange
with any station will earn points, with extra multipliers
for contact with PARG members, portables and so-on. And for
those in Eastern Australia, well have at least one PARG
member station operating, if conditions at the time dont
favour the long haul to WA.

The aim of the PARG friendly Slow CW Pow-Wow is to encourage
amateurs to find and dust off their Morse keys, to learn
how easy friendly CW exchanges can be, and mostly to have a
bit of fun. So if youre interested in giving this old mode
a go, this is a great opportunity. The event will by
no means be a competition - its all about encouraging us
onto 80m for some fun by trying to successfully exchange
signal reports slowly and with lots of repeats!

If you feel that your Morse might not be up to speed or you
cant find your key - you could even enter as an SWL.

So the details are available on the Peel Amateur Radio Group
website - - click on Whats New and follow
the link to the Slow CW Pow-Wow. Theres also a set of
handy-dandy hints for those whore new to the mode or like
me, have forgotten how!

So the Slow CW Pow-Wow will be held on a portion of 80m on
Saturday September 18th between 1100 UTC 1300 UTC
(2100 - 2300 Eastern Australian time, or 1900 2100 WA
time). The event will be in half-hour blocks so there will
be plenty of opportunity for repeat contacts and more fun.

Please give it a go, no matter how bad you think you are,
its all about having a go and having some fun.


David Millett VK6FAAZ and Mark Bosma VK2KI / VK6QI for
Peel Amateur Radio Group.



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.



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.



To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the International Police
Association Radio Club (IPARC) of Switzerland, look for
special event station HB 40 POLICE to be active until
December 31st on 160 - 6 meters

(sourced to SouthGate)



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, starting next Saturday June 26 until
December 31 the 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

( )



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.




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.





Who kick started Radio Astronomy?

One can only imagine what Grote Rebers neighbours thought
when, in 1937, the amateur radio enthusiast erected in his
yard a nearly 10-meter-wide shallow bowl of sheet metal,
perched atop an adjustable scaffold and topped by an open
pyramid of gangly towers.

Little could his neighbours have known that they were
witnessing the birth of a new way of looking at the cosmos.

Reber was building the world's first dedicated radio
telescope. Unlike traditional telescopes, which use lenses
or mirrors to focus visible light, this contraption used
metal and circuitry to collect interstellar radio waves,
low frequency ripples of electromagnetic radiation. With his
homemade device, Reber made the first map of the sky as seen
with radio-sensitive eyes and kicked off the field of
radio astronomy.

Today, radio astronomy is a global enterprise.

More than 100 radio telescopes from spidery antennas
hunkered low to the ground to supersized versions of
Rebers dish that span hundreds of meters dot the globe.
These eyes on the sky have been so game-changing that theyve
been at the centre of no fewer than three Nobel Prizes.

WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

Adrian VK2ABS, an avid SSTV fan, hosts a net every fortnight
on 2 metre repeater, 147.125 MHz with 91.5 Hz tone on the
central coast of New South Wales. Give a shout out to find
days and dates or on the web at

The net consists of 2-3 rounds predominately in Scottie-2
mode. You dont even need a computer; if you can record the
audio, there are many tools available for you not only
record but the encode your own images into audio files and
transmit via your radio. The net attracts many participants,
and Adrian VK2ABS would love to "see" you drop in.



New helps with the Old

'Morse code' encodes a simple text into a sequence of dots,
dashes/dits, and spaces. It is one of the earliest methods
used to transmit messages in the form of audible or visual
signals. The Morse code method is primarily used in
telecommunication and is famous amongst amateur radio
operators. Now, if you want to translate Morse code on your
Windows 11 PC, this article on " "
(all one word is surely going to help you.

In this post, from they list some methods
using which you can translate Morse code. Using the
mentioned solutions, you can translate a plain text message
to the respective Morse code. Also, you can convert a Morse
code back to plain text. If you want, you can also play the
sound of the Morse code as well as download the audio.

Just a "dash" of retro fun from


Hiroyuki Ishida, 7N1PFW, has received the 57th
73 on 73 Award.

He completed the requirements for the 73 award exclusively
using CW. This award is issued for working 73 unique stations
on AO-73 since September 1, 2014.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

AO-7 entered a period of full illumination last Thursday
which will last until April 11, 2022.

While in full illumination, the satellite's 24 hour timer
automatically switches between operation in:-

Mode A 145 MHz uplink / 29 MHz downlink and

Mode B 432 MHz uplink / 145 MHz downlink.

The Mode A transponder uses a 145.850 - 145.950 MHz uplink
and a 29.400 - 29.500 MHz downlink. Unlike the Mode B
transponder, the Mode A transponder is non-inverting.

QSOs have been made using small portable 10m antennas for
the downlink, but a full size dipole or directional antenna
works best.



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

Seattle to host disaster exercise for community response to

Feeling pummelled by the pandemic?

Try tackling a different type of disaster!

Seattles Emergency Communication Hubs and The Seattle
Auxiliary Communications Service Ham radio operators are
responding to simulated earthquakes on two different Saturdays
in September.

The 'Double Trouble' exercise will run from 9am to 1pm on
September 18th and again on the 25th. It will help in
practice responding to the overwhelming requests for help
that are likely after the big one hits. Everyone benefits
from these drills. Volunteers get better at supporting their
communities, the public learns what the Hubs can and cannot
do, and the overall system gets stronger.

More information can be found on

(Youngsters On The Air)

Katherine Forson, KT5KMF, is the Recipient of the 2021
ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award

Increasing the interest and participation in amateur radio
of those younger than 21 remains a primary effort of ARRL.
Underscoring that focus is ARRLs annual bestowing of its
premier award, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, on a
young member whose contributions to both amateur radio and
her local community embody the ideals of the Amateur Radio

Katherine M. Forson, KT5KMF, of Plano, Texas was a
Technician in 2013 at the age of 9, a General in 2017,
and an Amateur Extra in 2018, Katherines enthusiasm
resulted in her appointment as the North Texas Section Youth
Coordinator in 2019.

She is an active member of the Plano Amateur Radio Klub and
Collin County RACES, and a trained National Weather Service
SKYWARN Storm Spotter; she has been profiled as a QST
Member Spotlight, participates as an amateur radio
operator in public service events, such as the Plano
Balloon Festival.

When not on the radio, Katherine is active in her school and
community. A senior at Plano West Senior High School, she
carries a 4.46 grade-point average and is a member of the
National Honour Society, the Spanish Honour Society, and her
high school band.

She serves as a childrens lector at her church, and is a
Dallas Meals on Wheels volunteer.

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award consists of a
$1,500 cash award and an engraved plaque.


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 - 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. ( )

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

Hi, I'm Graeme, VK3GRK in Bendigo.

Presenting 'SIGS' - Special Interest Group Sessions in

Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites you to
our September meeting.

As we know, there are many areas of interest within amateur
radio. Special Interest Group Sessions will be held on
weekends at the BAREC headquarters. Various amateur radio
topics will be covered by members with skills and interests
in these areas.

But there's more - BAREC 'SIGS' sessions will be made
available via Zoom, and other radio clubs will be welcome
to attend, providing an opportunity to share information
and expertise within a wider network.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 7458 1685
Passcode: 749704

As an introduction, Friday's meeting will cover some of the
proposed sessions, such as CW, Introduction to Amateur Radio
mentoring, JS8Call and WinLink, just to name a few, with
many more on the list. Perhaps you have an idea and
passion for a 'SIGS' session.

The presentation commences at 7.30 pm, Friday September 17th
via Zoom. Again:-

Meeting ID: 870 7458 1685
Passcode: 749704


Your Magazine Your View - Simon Rumble VK2VSR

The new Publications Committee is delighted to bring each
edition of Amateur Radio magazine to life. We would love to
hear about your ideas and opinions about the magazine to
help shape its future. Therefore, we ask that you complete
this survey covering the content, advertising and, most
importantly, what you would like to see.

The survey is open to all magazine readers to have a single
response. You will find the survey URL and QR code in the
magazine or on the WIA website; you can then complete the
survey online or on your phone or tablet. If you prefer to
have a hard copy of the survey sent to you, don't hesitate
to contact the WIA National Office.

The survey closes on 22 October 2021.

If you have questions, please email

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