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HAMADS DOT COM DOT AU and TRENT VK4TS explains how it complements the
buy sell and swap we at the wia started way back in 1933

In international news Jason VK2LAW reports on a story
is India to develop HF OTH Radar ?
Also from IARU Region 3 the Indian Government asks Indians not to subscribe to Elon Musks satellite internet service Starlink

Felix looks at an almost once a year event, well almost, and thats
the activation of AX 4 WIT

Clive VK6CSW from the Radio Amateurs OLD-TIMERS club of Australia
and also in Special interest group news, Bruce looks at a great
Indonesian initiative where their representative body ORARI has joined forces with the defense department and will be bringing ham radio to any needed emergency as they sign of on this new MOU






Thanks Graham and good morning amateurs and SWLs

As we come out of these Covid lockdowns and lockouts we reflect on how it has impacted our Amateur Radio service.

Reports out of the UK shows a significant increase in the number of amateurs sitting exams and becoming licensed. Similar reports are coming out of the US. Unfortunately the same is not true for Australia.

Why is this so!

I cannot for one see why this should be the case. Australia has an extensive club network who can promote Amateur Radio in the community. Sitting examinations should not be difficult, and the procedure for obtaining a callsign and license are well documented and not overly burdensome. So why have we not experienced a notable increase in licensed amateur radio operators? Im not sure!

What can we do about this?

Well firstly it is important for clubs to promote AR.

The club has just appointed a new Club Liaison Officer and he is keen to work with clubs to get the latest contact information onto the WIA web site. A quick look at the number of people accessing the WIA web site is enlightening. There are a large volume of clicks, but if the information is incorrect or outdated it does not lead to any contact, and the candidate probably loses interest. The Board of the WIA encourages clubs to update the club listings to ensure the latest information is available to the public. I also encourage clubs to list activities on the WIA calendar.

If you cannot access your club web site please contact the National Office of the WIA by email for assistance

This has been WIA Director Peter VK8ZZ


Since the first issue of Amateur Radio (AR) magazine, released by the WIA on 1st October 1933, Hamads has had a prominent presence as a premium buy/sell platform.

Now 88 years later, Hamads is now online to complement the current AR magazine content.

After a number of enquiries and requests from Members, the WIA has created a Members classified website; Hamads.

If you are a WIA member or registered on MemNet you can join, but wait there's more, even WIA non-members can access the site as well, viewing averts and contacting vendors.

Clear out the shack with the Classifieds and Auction sales.
Right now Hamads is ready to accept your advertisements.

However this is currently the BETA release and we didn't want to hold back the release to our members. The Hamads team will be fine tuning the site to improve the user experience, so please report any anomalies found as we value your feedback to:

Go to hamads now:

(Trent VK4TS)


& the World Wide sources of the WIA.


FFP2 masks for ham radio exams in Germany

Due to the pandemic Germany's Federal Network Agency requires those taking amateur radio exams at the Berlin, Nrnberg and Mnchen exam venues to wear FFP2 masks (at least 94% filtration)

A translation of a DARC post reads:

Relating to the coronavirus COVID-19.

Authorities advise you to wear an FFP2 or medical mask. Only FFP2 masks are permitted at these locations.

Vaccinated test subjects must provide evidence of a complete vaccination; those who have recovered need a PCR or other nucleic acid verification from at least 28 days and a maximum of six months ago.
All other participants require a certificate of a successful negative rapid test within the last 24 hours before the start of the test.

Belgium's communications regulator BIPT is to hold an amateur radio exam in the southern Belgium Province of Luxembourg in Wallonia on January 7

BIPT had previously announced a cancellation of amateur radio exams at its exam centre until at least the end of the year due to the pandemic.

Translation of the new post by the UBA reads:

We are pleased to announce the first general public examination organized outside the walls of BIPT.

The exam will be held on Friday January 7, at the Euro Space Centre

This exam is open to all candidates for the Basic, Novice or HAREC certificate.


The FCC has given its first OK for the manufacture of an FM-capable
citizens band radio in the US market. President Electronics, of Naples, Florida, was given the go-ahead to introduce the model known as the President Thomas FCC to US consumers.

Authorization was granted on November 10th, allowing operation between 26.965 MHz and 27.405 MHz with a maximum output of 4 watts. The FCC acted after the radio was certified by Timco Engineering, a Florida company under contract to act on the agency's behalf.

This past summer, the FCC approved FM as an option for citizens band users.

The SWLing Post said on its website that it was unclear how soon the
radios might be in distribution.


Government asks Indians to not subscribe to Elon Musks satellite internet service Starlink

Elon Musk's SpaceX does not have the license to offer broadband internet services in India, said Ministry of Communication. It asked citizens not to subscribe to the service

The government issued an advisory asking citizens not to subscribe to Elon Musks satellite broadband service in India. SpaceXs satellite broadband arm Starlink Internet Services is not licensed in India to offer satellite-based internet services in India and stands barred to offer any such services in the country, it said.

The DoT has also asked the billionaires internet-from-space company to comply with the regulatory framework for offering the service in India and stop booking or rendering the internet service in India with immediate effect.

India to develop HF OTH Radar ?

A report on the Alpha Defence site suggests India may be building its own HF Over The Horizon (OTH) Radar

The site says:

In a big development, the premier radar development lab of DRDO is working on an Over-the-Horizon OTH radar system to keep a close eye on Chinese movement in Indian ocean region (IOR). The Indo-pacific is now turning out to be the most important part of the world today. For India, this part of the world is even more important as it is Indias Backyard.

The prototype radar will have two different type of radar arrays. The wire log-periodic antenna array and broadband monopole array. It is believed the log-periodic antenna array will be used to identify the best frequency to use.

"When you live underneath the radar
There's no way that you're ever gonna get far."

OK so that's with apologies to Underworlds hit from 1988 and you can
read the full story in our text version on

New law hits AIS beacons

A new law introduced by Beijing appears to have resulted in ships turning off their automatic AIS beacons (161.975 MHz or 162.025 MHz) when in Chinese waters

A report by Benedict Brook in says:

Vessels from around the globe, from tankers to cargo ships, have disappeared from global tracking systems as they have entered some of the worlds busiest shipping lanes close to Chinese ports.

As the ships leave Chinese waters they reappear again.

On November 1, a new law came into effect in China restricting foreign access to any data potentially including shipping data deemed to have a bearing on national or economic security.

On the same day, a report on the government controlled China Central Television (CCTV) Focus news program stated that suspicious radio equipment had been found in the home of radio enthusiast close to a military base and commercial port in Zhanjiang in the countrys south, west of Hong Kong. The broadcast said enthusiast (not to be confused with any radio ham) had installed the equipment which would aid in the global tracking of ships in real time via the internet. The man had no qualms about his high tech delivery. After all, collecting data on the movement of ships is nothing new.

The major way maritime vessels are tracked is through the automatic identification system, or AIS, which is a kind of air traffic control for the seas. It uses transceivers fitted on vessels to transmit their position. This data is then picked up by other vessels, satellites or AIS base stations on land.

The information can show an individual vessels position, speed, name and destination. Its considered vital in modern shipping and allows ships, particularly in busy sea lanes, to know where the position of other vessels are to avoid collisions. It also gives an overview of maritime congestion and allows anyone who wants to, to keep a tab on commercial vessels.




Peel AR Groups 80m Slow CW Corroboree on Sunday morning December 4th.

Gday fellow Slow CW fans.

This Saturday morning we'll be running the long-awaited Slow CW
Corroboree on 80m. The event is open to all amateurs and Short Wave
Listeners, irrespective of where they're located.

So the three hour event will be on Saturday morning December 4th.
Times are 2300z on December 3rd 2021 to 0200z on December 4th (i.e. 1000 1300 Eastern daylight time or 0700 1000 WA time on December 4th). There's a good chance that the ALF will have risen above 80m by the time of the event, particularly for Eastern States and New Zealand participants - so we might struggle to get contacts beyond ground wave distance... but hey that's all part of the fun - and daylight saving in the East makes event timing a challenge for the WA-based organisers, the Peel Amateur Radio Group.

This event is designated as a Corroboree - a friendly get together to get some Slow CW practice and have fun, rather than trying to crack any records. So its a great opportunity for anyone whos thinking about exploring the art of CW to have a go in a safe, simple and fun environment. SOTA and VKFF folks whod like to get the best bang for their QRP buck for instance might find this useful, and itll also be great fun for CW oldies as well All contacts anywhere will score points providing you exchange call signs, RSTs and serial numbers.

We'll have a call-in on 3600kHz SSB for participants at 0200z - Gary VK6GAL (in Melbourne.... Florida via the VK6SR Remote HF station at Bedfordale) will take the call-backs at 10am in WA, and I (VK2KI) will take the call backs in the Eastern States at 1300 Eastern Summer time before joining the WA group via one of the Southern Electronics Group's Remotes as VK6QI for a debrief.

For details, see and click on the *Whats New* page to find the link to SCW Dec 21

Here youll find the event guidelines and the handy-dandy hints page on simple CW QSOs.

And by the way, thank you to all who participated in the third PARG Slow CW Pow-Wow in September. Congratulations to both Andrew VK1DA for taking out the event and to runner-up John VK3BSE.

So note it in your diary - three hour 80m Slow CW Corroboree December 4th starting at 10 am Eastern and 7am WA time.

Cheers - catch you THIS Saturday morning for some CW fun.

Mark Bosma VK2KI / VK6QI (Bowning NSW)

(text edition only)


December 4-5 160 Meter WW


DECEMBER 11 - 12 10 Mtr World Wide


January, the entire month every year is the
00:00 UTC 1 January to 23:59 UTC 31 January



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


John Moyle Memorial Field Day March 2022



News of this station for its "just about"
'once a year day.'

JANUARY 26, which is Australia Day and a Wednesday next year
Townsville Club will activate from their annual camp out
Bluewater way. Bluewater for the uninitiated is about 30
klicks from Townsville CBD.


Belgian special prefix

Belgian Institute for Postal Services and 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
transatlantic radio transmission, on December 12 when
MARCONI first succeeded in bridging the Atlantic Ocean
with wireless signals.



Special Dutch call signs for December/January

On the occasion of Christmas, Raymond, Wijnand and Ramona will activate three special callsigns:




The three stations will be active from Wednesday December 1, to
January 31, 2022, both on the more local, to them, 70 cms and 2 mtr
bands and HF for we DXers using SSB, FT4, FT8 and SSB.

Radio amateurs who work at least two of the three Christmas stations are eligible for a certificate.


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.

OF 9 X In December.


Indian special event

For the 16th year, look for special event station AU 2 JCB, to be active until December 15th on 80-6 meters SSB.

Operations are to celebrate the 163rd anniversary of the birth (November 30th) of Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose, India's great scientist and inventor who they consider the "Father of Wireless Communication".



Budapest Radio Amateur Society are on the HF bands until December 16th using the callsign HG 5 PLANET celebrating the "The Nature Friendly Development - Sustainability Expo" in Budapest.

E-QSLs are requested.




Last days to try for special event station L 21 RCA which
has been QRV all year celebrating the 100th anniversary of
IARU member society Radio Club Argentino. QSL via LU 4 AA.



SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Lee, DS4NMJ is QRV as DT8A as part of a scientific team on the King Se-Jong Korean Antarctic Base on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, until December 31. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via DS 5 TOS.




Special event station OH 100 SRAL is QRV till end of month
celebrating the centennial of the Finnish Amateur Radio
League. QSL via bureau.



Members of the Croatian Flora Fauna ARC are QRV with special
event call 9A10FF to celebrate the club's 10th anniversary.
QSL via 9A2MF.



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 month.

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




CQ 750 RSI 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.


Listen out for the RSGB arranged call sign GB 21 YOTA. They have
set this call for allocation to youngsters to operate throughout December. Bruce vk3fff will have many more YOTA station details when
he joins us shortly here on the "news you can trust" from your WIA.


Canadian special event

Look for special event station VX 3 INSULIN from Ontario to be active between December 1-31st.

Activity is to mark the 100th anniversary of a Canadian team at the University of Toronto's discovery of insulin in the summer of 1921.

Operations will be primarily digital, with FT8 and FT4 being the dominant modes of use.

QSL via VE 3 NOO



QRV is BX 30 ARL until the end of December 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.




The fires almost out!

Special event stations SN 0 ZOSP and SN 100 ZOSP which have
been on air all year cease February 5, 2022, and have
been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Association of
the Voluntary Fire Brigades of the Republic of Poland.



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.




Radars scoping from Canada have detected an outburst of Andromedid meteors.

This unexpected outburst means that Earth has encountered a stream of debris from Biela's Comet, a source of meteor storms in the 19th century with forecasters saying this could herald increased activity in the years ahead.

The team of astronomers have already predicted a strong naked-eye Andromedid outburst in December 2023. If they are right, the display two years from now could yield as many as 200 bright meteors an hour, surpassing even the Perseids and Geminids.

Full story dated Tuesday Nov 30 is on


10-year-old radio ham launches his 3rd high-altitude APRS balloon

10-year-old radio amateur Max W0MXX has been building Amateur Radio APRS transmitter payloads to act as tracking beacons and launching them into the stratosphere, he is a member of the Medway Balloon Society and has recently launched his third balloon flight WB-3.

In early June, Max launched WB-2 which only captured about 30 seconds of video footage due to a hidden trash folder full of tests. WB-2 also required the help of a tree climber to retrieve the payload
where all the electronics and software are located.

Max then successfully launched, tracked, and recovered (using Ham Radio technology) WB-2.5 which Max called an epic moment. That payload had a great deal of footage with one small problem which they resolved in the field. Now it didnt go perfectly due to some kind of automatic white balancing the footage ended up tinted completely red so we had to colour correct it, said Max, who will enter fifth grade in the fall.

WB-3 had more weather sensors and flew with some science experiments.

Watch WB3 - Launched Earth into the stratosphere... for science!


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Russia's Prichal docking module linked up with the International Space Station last weekend adding the final planned piece of the Russian segment of the outpost to provide a new connection for future crew and cargo ships.

The spherical, ball-shaped docking node launched on a Russian
Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.



Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is the first Monday of month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australias December bulletin to go to air.

Following the Club news, we have two articles for you: Solar Panels in Space, read by Ian VK3JS, and Apple Macintosh System 1.0, read by Bruce VK3UV, the last in his series of trips down computer Memory Lane.

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-Members alike, is most welcome to listen to the program and join in the call backs afterwards.

Full details of all transmissions times and modes can be found on the RAOTC website or just Google RAOTC broadcasts. If
none of the transmission times suit you, you can download the audio file at any time from today from the website.

Members and Friends of the RAOTC in Perth are reminded that the next lunchtime meeting at the Bayswater Hotel is on Tuesday, December 14th. All are welcome.

The first RAOTC bulletin for 2022 will be on Monday February 7th. There is no bulletin in January.

On behalf of the President and Committee, may I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year.

Once again, tune in tomorrow for the December RAOTC bulletin, enjoy the program and please join in the call backs afterwards.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.


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 21360kHz

Indonesian radio hams sign MoU with Defence University

The Defence University of the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian Defence University - Military Training) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Amateur Radio Organization of the Republic of Indonesia (Orari)

A translation of the ORARI post reads:

The signing of a MoU was carried out by the Rector of the Indonesian Defence University, Vice Admiral TNI Professors Dr. Octavian, and Acting Chairperson of the Indonesian Radio Amateur Organization.

The Chancellor of the Indonesian Defence University expressed his appreciation and gratitude and the highest appreciation to the Acting General Chairperson of Orari and his entourage because on the sidelines of their busy schedule they were pleased to be present to sign a memorandum of understanding which contained articles on cooperation in the development of the field. education, research and community service.

The Indonesian Defence University wants to install a radio communication system as a backup to anticipate if problems arise with the existing communication network at the Indonesian Defence University.

The radio communication system can convey messages quickly, clearly and safely so that the Indonesian Defence University can also adopt a radio communication system. Orari, if it is related to the world of education, is very closely related, in addition to the importance of the younger generation knowing the activities of radio amateurs in emergency matters, it is also important to introduce digital technology in the field of information to students as well as in conducting research.


Grants from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) will benefit amateur radio emergency communication networks in Haiti and the US Virgin Islands .

The $14,864 grant to the Haiti International Friendship Amateur Radio Club (HIFARC) will enable the club to set up a network of HF stations to provide emergency communications to remote areas

The HIFARC, in coordination with the Radio Club dHaiti, plans to set up an HF emergency communications network. Haitian amateurs have identified six potential stations, and HIFARC plans to provide the equipment and personnel to set them up. Grant funds will allow HIFARC to outfit each station with a small generator, an HF transceiver, a power supply, and a wire antenna.

The St. Croix Amateur Radio Club in the US Virgin Isles will use its ARDC grant to augment the territorys repeater infrastructure, enabling the purchase of backup repeaters, improving repeater coverage, and training and equipping new hams.

(arrl letter)

(Youngsters On The Air)

The calendar may show that next month is December but the amateur
radio calendar calls it something else: YOTA month. Next month's 31 days are devoted to encouraging youngsters around the world to get on the air using the letters Y O T A as their suffix in their callsigns.
International YOTA stations will be calling QRZ with operators in their teens and early 20s.

Be listening for ZS9YOTA from South Africa, 5B4YOTA from Cyprus, OD5YOTA from Lebanon and K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A from the US.
There are many others and the bands are expected to be busy as the
young radio operators vie for various awards and plaques. Stations like Argentina active as LR1YOTA, Cuba as COYOTA, and Peru as OA YOTA.

listen for and contact these stations as well as all callsigns ending in the letters
YOTA across the globe.

Hams making contacts with these YOTA stations are advised, as always, to remember that they might just be that young radio operator's first
contact so make it memorable.

(ARNewsLine + YOTA Americas)


2021 Social Scene

VK3 SPARC Rosebud RadioFest February 13, 2022 9:30AM (3VK3PDG)

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

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