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2021 NOVEMBER 7 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK

THIS LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN
tinyurl.com/WIA-News-Videos

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WIA Affiliated Clubs Coordinator Angelo VK2NWT and a call to all
clubs. PLUS

ONE OFF - ONE ON
Thanks to a WIA National News listener we have been advised, and triple checked, that the 2021 Rosebud Radio Festival organised by SPARC has been cancelled so DON'T pop along November 14.
BUT
A brand new addition to the social scene and not much prior notice is that the Gold Coast will be having a HamFest this year and it happens
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21.


THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA

PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.






WIA

JOIN THE WIA
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WIA meets with ACMA

TEXT EDITION ONLY

During October the WIA met with the ACMA to discuss several important topics including the new class licencing proposals, how the APANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) criteria of EMR compliance will integrate with the potentially new Amateur licencing structure, some of the finer points of the 2x1 Callsigns and the FYSO (Five Year Spectrum Outlook) and the effects it will have on the Amateur Radio community long term.

ACMA welcomed the opportunity to meet with the WIA and were accepting that the previous very detailed submission on amateur licensing arrangements provided the ACMA with significant detail and knowledge to consider.

With respect to Amateur licencing arrangements, ACMA advise that the submission to the ACMA Authority was almost complete and would go forward shortly. The next step once approved is to proceed with a Response to Submissions and suggested steps going forward. This was most likely to occur Jan/Feb 2022, a busy time for both WIA and ACMA.
ACMA advised that the update on changes for the Amateur Service related to the APANSA EME Standard ACMA would consist of the intention to lift the current requirements from the Apparatus LCD into the new regulatory framework. There is no intention to impose any additional burden on amateurs. WIA finds this as an exceptional approach as any changes would entail a large educational requirement and that education in this area would be a necessity anyway.

The 2x1 Contest callsigns have been a great success and ACMA is not considering imposing any further operating conditions. It will be up to the Amateur Community to come to a consensus that is reflective of the international view of contesting criteria and appropriate use of the 2x1 contesting callsigns.

ACMA mentioned that they are working on the assignment process for Assignment of Repeater and Beacon apparatus licences. It was acknowledged of the WIAs role in International band plans. Discussions with ACMA and other parties are ongoing with the WIA developing a framework document for comment as a way of progressing to a suitable arrangement.
The outcome and discussions were robust and the WIA thanked the ACMA for scheduling the WIA into their very busy schedule.

A full report will be released shortly on the WIA Website.

STOP PRESS: First official use of 2x1 Contest Callsigns.

Monday 1/10/21, with the CQWW SSB contest now over it was great to see so many new contest callsigns being used for the first time along with many new contesters trying out this competitive facet of Amateur Radio. AMC delivered in a timely fashion, just in time for the biggest global HF contest on the calendar.

The responses from the international contesting community was varied from what is the rest of your suffix to Great to hear VK now has contest callsigns

It will take some time for the 2x1 to be less confusing as many seasoned contesters just know that VKs dont have any single letter suffixes in contests...until now that is.

Three of your WIA directors, who are also active contesters have 2x1 contest callsigns. Did you manage to log one of them over the weekend and were unaware?

If you participated in the CQWW contest and used a 2x1 callsign, please submit your contest log to the CQWW contest log upload link for collation. www.cqww.com/logcheck/
You may even win or place in a section.

The WIA would like to hear your thoughts on the use of 2x1 contest callsigns. Please send your comments to nationaloffice@wia.org.au and we will collate and present them to our readers and listeners in the near future.

73 from Lee Moyle, VK3GK, WIA Vice President and not only in text but next week in audio join me here on WIA National News.




CLUBBING - WIA STYLE

Hello everyone, this is Angelo VK2NWT WIA Affiliated Clubs Coordinator.

One of my first tasks in my new role is checking all Club contact details that are currently registered with the WIA.

As you well know, the list of Affiliated Clubs on the WIA Website is a great resource for Clubs to get noticed by people browsing the WIA Website. It's usually the place where newcomers will first find out about your Club and want to make further enquiries with you so given this, it's obviously vital that your Club's contact details are in fact accurate.

Over time, some positions and responsibilities held within Clubs may change and we appreciate that sometimes the contact names and details of the new incumbents to a role may not have made it to your Clubs WIA Club page at the same time. I've recently tried to get in contact with a few Clubs using the details currently appearing on their WIA Club page and surprisingly, more than a few have either bounced back as an unknown address or I've been advised that the individual hasn't held that position for some time. In some cases I've even been advised that the club no longer exists.

So, what Im asking is for all Club secretaries, presidents or whomever is responsible for looking after your WIA Club page to please take a few moments today to check the contact details that appear on your page and to make sure that they are in fact correct and to please make the necessary updates where needed.

Additionally, by making sure your Club's contact information is correct you guarantee that correspondence between the WIA and your Club is received in a timely and efficient manner.

By the way, if youre a newly formed Club or, a Club that is not yet affiliated with the WIA then I strongly urge you to become affiliated as it can only benefit your Club and its members. Please check out the Club Affiliation page on the WIA website where you'll find details on what is required and how to proceed with your application.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you need some help to update your contact details on your WIA Club Affiliated Club Webpage. I can be contacted by email at vk2nwt@wia.org.au that's VK2November Whisky Tango at wia.org.au and Ill get back to you.

Thanks everyone

73's from Angelo VK2NWT






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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.



REGION ONE

EC examines the need for new rules on solar panel installations
IARU Region 1 reports the European Commission is to examine need for new rules on the environmental impact of photovoltaics

IARU-R1 Political Relations Committee (PRC) responded recently to a European Commission Roadmap on the environmental impact of photovoltaics. The radio spectrum is an important finite natural resource which must be protected. While PV technology of itself is to be welcomed, the IARU submission pointed out the inherent problems of non-compliant installations, particularly the installation or retro-fitting of optimisers which can produce significant spectrum pollution for very limited efficiency increase.

tinyurl.com/38auxf44



REGION TWO

FIRST WOMAN NOMINATED TO HEAD U.S. FCC

US President Joe Biden has made it official: He has nominated Jessica
Rosenworcel to become the 35th permanent leader of the FCC. With the
approval of the Senate on Capitol Hill, she would become the first woman at the helm of the agency on a permanent basis.

She has been serving as acting chair since January.




Radio amateurs in the Dominican Republic have participated in a national earthquake evacuation drill

To prepare the Dominican population on how to respond to an evacuation process in the event of an earthquake, the Dominican government, through the Emergency Operations Centre (COE), successfully conducted a Simulation and National Evacuation Drill.

During the exercise, the eight objectives set by the COE for coordination and preparation steps were achieved. The institution's director, Juan Manuel Mndez Garca summarized these objectives: exercise the contingency plan in case of an earthquake to strengthen the preparation and response of public and private institutions, as well as the population, should there be an earthquake, considering the additional complications imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Radio amateurs were represented during the drill by members of Radio Club Dominicano. A team of amateur radio operators assembled and brought into operation a repeater in record time, serving as practice and a demonstration to measure the time needed to restore communications as a part of the simulation.




REGION THREE

NZ's Radio Spectrum Management say every person wanting to supply radio transmitters in New Zealand must apply for a Licence to Supply Radio Transmitters, either as an individual or organisation. A supplier is any person in NZ who imports, manufactures, distributes, sells or installs electrical, electronic or radio products to the market.

If the supplier also wants to supply unrestricted two-way radios described under the Prohibition Notice Unrestricted two-way radio notice 2018, they must also apply to become a permitted person. Applying for a Licence to Supply and a permitted person is a two-step process.

Unrestricted radios can only be sold to qualified radio amateurs.
A permitted person will be obligated to follow the additional terms, conditions and restrictions outlined in their Licence to Supply.
Permitted persons will be audited periodically for compliance with the licence. Failing to comply with the conditions of the licence may result in enforcement action.

Also in ZL, NZART Council have made the decision to hold the NZART Conference in Wellington 2022. This at the James Cook Grand Chancellor
11-12 June.

A web site has been designed to provide all the Conference information www.nzart-conference.nz/

Next years NZART conference will be run a week after the Queens Birthday Weekend as a two-day event with the ability to FIFO (Fly In and Fly Out) with only a single nights accommodation


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WEIRD AND WONDERFUL - I'M JOHN VK4JJW

COULD THIS BE THE "DOMINO EFFECT"?

For the first time ever, a popular UK pizza delivery chain is offering
its customers the chance to order pizza via Morse code to celebrate its partnership with Call of Duty and the new World War II game, Vanguard.

Available Sunday, 28th November, pizza lovers can transport themselves back in time by ordering their Papa Johns treats through dashes and dots.

They simply sign up for the chance to get their hands on a complimentary Morse Code Kit and order themselves a free Call of Duty Bundle, including one large pizza, classic side, large drink, and access to bonus in-game items, delivered in a limited-edition pizza box.

Those who receive a Morse Code kit will need to get their head in the game to crack the code and unlock a complimentary Call of Duty Bundle. Customers will need to guess one of the five game-related codes and translate this into Morse code, with each code correlating to a specific pizza topping: Cheese and Tomato, All the Meats, Vegan Garden Party, Hawaiian or Double Pepperoni.

Giles Codd, UK Marketing Director at Papa Johns said: Were super excited to launch a first with our Morse code ordering service and to continue our partnership with Call of Duty.

And as an aside, if you understand why a PIZZA is round, arrives in a square box and is eaten in triangular slices, then you probably even understand XYLs.


techround.co.uk/news/you-can-now-order-pizza-with-morse-code/

(southgate)


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HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT


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SPRING VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS November 27-28

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CQ World-Wide CW contest Nov 27-28

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December 4-5 160 Meter WW

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DECEMBER 11 - 12 10 Mtr World Wide



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January, the entire month every year is the
WIA ROSS HULL VHF - UHF MARATHON CONTEST
00:00 UTC 1 January to 23:59 UTC 31 January

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WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS

Summer 2022 - 0100 UTC Saturday 15 January
through 0059 UTC Sunday 16 January (differs in VK6).

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John Moyle Memorial Field Day

March 2022

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Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint

Saturday May 7th 2022
10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC

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VK SHIRES CONTEST 11th JUNE 2022

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WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS

Winter 2022 - 0200 UTC Saturday 25 June
through 0159 UTC Sunday 26 June (differs in VK6).

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WIA Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest

16 JUL 2022

The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July
aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL

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WIA RD or Remembrance Day Contest

Weekend closest to the 15th August each year.

2022 its Sat Sun August 13 and 14

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WIA - NZART OCEANIA CONTEST

PHONE - First full weekend in October 2022 0600 UTC Saturday
to 0600 UTC Sunday

CW - Second full weekend in October 2022 0600 UTC Saturday
to 0600 UTC Sunday

Log deadline for ALL logs - 31 October.


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DX WINDOW
MONTH OF NOVEMBER
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VK 20 HOME

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.

(VK3GK)

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VI 50 SG is QRV until December's end commemorating 50 years
of the St. George Amateur Radio Society in New South Wales.
QSL via bureau.

(SouthGate)


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PANAMA.

Special event stations 3 F 200 AT, 3 E 200 P and 3 F 200 NG are
QRV until November 30 celebrating Panama's Bicentennial anniversary
of Independence from Spain, QSL route is via ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

(SOURCED TO ARNEWSLINE.ORG)


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French special event

Station TM 60 ANT between November 16-30th. Activity is to commemorate
the 60th anniversary of Antarctic Treaty Signature.

Activity will be on various HF bands between 40-10 meters.
QSL via F8DVD, direct (SAE + 2 USDs) or by the Bureau.

France was one of the 12 countries who signed the ATS in Washington on December 1, 1959. The treaty officially entered into force on
June 23, 1961.

All info on this event is on:
www.qrz.com/db/TM60ANT


Switzerland joins Antarctic Treaty celebrations

Members of the Swiss national organisation USKA, supported
by the Radio Amateur Club Swissair, HB 9 VC join the
celebrations around the Antarctic Treaty with the callsign
HB 60 ANT until the end of the year.

QSL via ClubLog OQRS; sending a card is not necessary.

(southgatearc.org)

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If you're looking to get the Maldives in your logbook,
This month, November Remo is on the air as 8Q7RM.
His plan is to operate for several hours each day.
Send QSLs via his home callsign, HB 9 SHD.

(arnewsline.org)

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Holy Land DX Group in Rwanda

Members of the Holy Land DX Group will operate from Rwanda
signing 9X 4X between November 24th and December 1st.
They will run 3 stations on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8 and will also participate in the CQWW DX CW
Contest November 27-28th.

QSL via Ruben, 4Z5FI.

(opdx)

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JAPAN

8 J 250 IWA is helping celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Japanese
city of Iwakura. This callsign will be on air through to December 5.
QSLs will be sent via the bureau.

(SOURCED TO ARNEWSLINE.ORG)

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Belgian special prefix

Belgian Institute for Postal Services & Telecommunications
has announced that Belgian radio amateurs and Belgian radio
clubs may replace the normal prefix 'ON' in their call-sign
by the special prefix OS until December 12, 2021.

This to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the first radio
transmission, on December 12 when Guglielmo MARCONI
succeeded in bridging the Atlantic Ocean with radio signals.

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CROATIA, 9A.

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.

(ARRL)

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PORTUGAL, CT.

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.

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FINLAND.

OF9X: Old-Father-Nine-Xmas.

This Finnish station has excited the little radio operators
and their families for many years from the land of Christmas.

Once Santa Claus was pushed to the North Pole but these Santa
transmissions from Finland have finally proved that Finland is the
same as the North Pole.

OF 9 X In December.

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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)

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ARGENTINA, LU.

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.

(arrl)

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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 scc@hamradio.si

( icqpodcast.com )

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TAIWAN.

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.

(arrl)

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POLAND.

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.

(SouthGate)

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BBC centenary special event GB 100 BBC

Members of the BBCs radio club, The London BBC Radio Group, have been granted an exceptional all-year Special Event callsign to help celebrate the BBCs centenary year in 2022.

Ofcom will permit GB100BBC to operate throughout the year, starting at midnight on New Years Day, from the headquarters station in Broadcasting House, London.

(southgatearc.org)




WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS



SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE
FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR
and other ADVENTURE GROUPS.

parksontheair.com/
www.sota.org.uk
sotawatch.sota.org.uk/en/
www.wwffaustralia.com/
minesontheair.com/about-mota

The Parks on the Air organization, POTA, has announced the addition of more than 1000 parks to its list of accredited locations.

According to a report in CQ Newsroom, a small group of volunteers has spent the last several months examining user requests for new park accreditations and adding those that meet the criteria to the system list.

The organization also announced the formation of a formal help desk, staffed by a rotating group of volunteers, to provide technical support to POTA participants.

The desk may be reached at help@parksontheair.com

For general information about the program, visit
parksontheair.com

maps, spotting, leader boards, etc. are at pota.app




WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
www.morsecodeclassnet.com

How do members of the world's CW organizations communicate best
with one another when they don't have their fists on their keyers or
bugs?

They unite as the International CW Council, a platform for CW
clubs around the world. The council just launched its website this
month, using it to amplify their voice to promote and expand Morse Code as a mode of communication between amateur radio operators.

www.internationalcwcouncil.org

The 22 currently affiliated clubs include many familiar names: The Long Island CW Club, CW Ops, FISTS and the A1 Club of Japan.

(arnewsline.org)




WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
vkdmr.info/
brandmeister.network/?page=repeaters

The WIA broadcast has gone "Digital"!!! Yes you heard it; Digital C4FM that is; now the story on how it happened.....

Back in January 2021 three VK5 Amateurs came together and had a chat about putting the broadcast up on C4FM, Pete VK5JP, Matt VK5ZX and Steve VK5ST.

Initial tests were done by taking the feed from VK5RAD but the retransmitted broadcast received by Matt VK5ZX some 50 Kilometres away was reported as of being very poor quality. Steve VK5ST suggest that injecting the MP3 File directly into a transceiver would yield better results as he had already been experimenting doing the same with analogue transmissions on HF.

The WIA Broadcast MP3 files were downloaded, injected in to a
Yaesu FT991/A by Pete with instant success but a few issues were needed to be overcome. Problems resolved and the broadcast was manually put to air Sunday 22nd of February 2021. Steve wrote a program for the Pi 4 which automated the broadcast process for C4FM. Some several changes were made to the Pi 4 operating software by Steve and Pete with an additional Segment being added to the WIA Broadcast. The new segment is Chris's K1KC Tech Talk which is now an exclusive segment on C4FM and has become very popular .....

WIA Broadcast can be heard every Sunday Morning across South Australia at 09:00Hrs and again at 19:00Hrs on Adelaide-10-G Room 69159.... Such has been the success of the WIA broadcast that the opening statement "Across Australia" is a reality on Digital C4FM.......... in fact it is now listened to in other counties.........

Moving forward to a Digital Future with C4FM......

Cheers
Pete
VK5JP




WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary@amsat-vk.org

Satellite Shorts From All Over

A video of the talks given at the 36th annual AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium on October 24, 2021, is now available on YouTube.
amsat-uk.org/2021/10/25/video-of-amsat-uk-space-colloquium-talks/



The Philippines second microsatellite, Diwata-2, marked its third year in space on Thursday, Oct. 29. The 57-kilogram satellite was launched into space, 2018 hitching a ride via H-IIA F4 rocket from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan.



A distance record has been claimed on AO-109.

K8YSE in EN91dh reported completing a CW QSO with AA5PK in DM91sk on 26-Oct-2021. Also, a new distance record has been set on PO-101.
F4DXV and A65GC completed a 5,256 km QSO on 10-Oct-2021.
Congratulations to all! Distance records for all satellites are recorded www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/



A TV meteorologist in Louisville, Kentuckry, Bryce Jones, did a Halloween feature story on Zombie Satellites.

Deep in outer space, where machines orbit the Earth, they share the sky with the un-dead. Can these historic satellites come back to life?
Satellites in high orbits, such as NOAAs Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) orbiting 22,300 miles above the Earth, require too much fuel to slow down enough to safely re-enter our atmosphere, significantly cutting into their operational life-spans.

Instead, these satellites perform one final fuel burn, sending them into graveyard orbits.

Current U.S. guidelines require a spacecraft to be raised to an orbit at least 300 km higher, well out of the way of the busier operational orbits below.
The most recent NOAA satellite put to rest in a graveyard orbit was GOES-12. The final manoeuvre occurred after 3,788 days in service.

You can read his spooky story at the link we like in this weeks text edition of wia national news.

bit.ly/314td61




WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY

Members of the Belgian Air Force Amateur Radio Association are operating three special event stations until the end of 2021.

The callsigns are ON 75 AF, ON 75 BAF, and ON 75 BFS.

The activations are in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force.

(arnewsline.org)





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
moment.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
www.health.gov.au/



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


VK4 GOLD COAST

Hi I'm Paul VK4PY and if you are heading to the Gold Coast in November to visit friends or a holiday perhaps, why not pop into the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society Hamfest on Sunday 21st November which is not that far away.

The event will be held at the Country Paradise Parklands, which is at 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang.

Entre ticket prices are $5 per person with the doors open to the public from 08:30

Some of the tables that have be purchased for the event are suppliers to the industry along with other fellow amateurs and other Clubs.
To book at table or other info, go to www.gcars.com.au and look for the Hamfest tab or email hamfest@gcars.com.au
See you hopefully at our Hamfest on the 21st November...I'm Paul VK4PY and you're tuned to VK1WIA and the National News Service



VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mount Gambier SA Queens Birthday weekend June 2022
(vk5dj)


FINAL FINAL

Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 "Transatlantic Tests" that marked the beginnings of international shortwave communications via amateur radio, and many events and activities are planned to mark the occasion.

The ARRL and RSGB are jointly sponsoring several events, according to the ARRL Letter. The first will be the Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party on 16 meters between 0200 and 0600 UTC on December 12, the date on which ARRL's Paul Godley, 2ZE, at a station set up in Androssan, Scotland, successfully received the signals of several amateur stations in North America. The first was 1BCG in Connecticut, operated by members of the Radio Club of America. For the centennial, the ARRL will have W1AW on Top Band and the RSGB, along with the GMDX Group (see last month's DX column) will operate GB2ZE from Scotland. All participants will be able to download a certificate and a special prize will be awarded to the first stations in both North America and the UK to contact both special event stations.

In addition, the Crocodile Rock Amateur Group (CRAG) will operate GB1002ZE from its base near Androssan between December 1 and 26, and all amateurs in the UK and Crown Dependencies have been authorized during that time period to add "/2ZE" after their call signs.

For information on additional activities, visit www.arrl.org/transatlantic or
www.rsgb.org/transatlantic-tests

Finally, the Antique Wireless Association has been busy refurbishing a replica of the transmitter used on the Connecticut end of the Transatlantic Tests at 1BCG, and plans to have it on the air December 11 from a location near the original 1BCG station.

(cqnewsroom blog)







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
callbacks@wia.org.au














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
nationalnews@wia.org.au and don't JUST send url's links or
posters, but take the time to pen YOUR contribution.

To submit audio, email nationalnews@wia.org.au
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.



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