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FORENSICS CONFIRM BODY IS THAT AMATEUR VK3VZP. -
MISSING AIRCRAFT MH370 AND THE AMATEUR CONNECTION ON THIS WEEKS 60 MINUTES. -
2 NEW DIRECTORS OF WIA and DIRECTOR VK4EA REVEALS WHO. -
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STAION TO COME DOWN IN SOUTH PACIFIC.
THESE & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
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PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
We begin this week with the tragic conclusion to a missing persons story reported here on WIA News several years ago. The bodies of an amateur radio operator and his companion have been positively identified.
Russell Hill VK3VZP and Carol Clay disappeared two years ago in the Victorian bushland where the two had gone camping. The last message heard from Russell was on March 20th of 2020 when he made a QSO on one of the HF bands, reporting his location at Wonnangatta Valley in the Victorian Alps. No one heard from them again. One day later, campers discovered the radio operator's vehicle and the couple's campsite destroyed by fire.
Forensic testing has now confirmed the identity of remains found last November as those of the radio ham and his friend. A man who had been camping nearby -- was arrested last November and charged with two counts of murder. The man, in his mid-50's is due in court in May.
Victorian Police have described the couple's disappearance as one of their most high-profile cases.
The TV show 60 minutes approached the *Hornsby and District Amateur Radio Club*, to enlist their help to showcase Amateur Radio and the disappearance of the aircraft MH370.
It was reported an Amateur has used the WSPR technique to suggest the
location of the missing aircraft
Matt VK2BAI, Colin VK2JCC and Rod VK2DAY assessed with this task and video will be screen Sunday 20 February 2022
BUT IS IT CREDIBLE?
ainonline.com on Tuesday this week have discounted the latest aid in the search
Eight years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, authorities have come to no firm conclusions about why and exactly where the airplane went down.
Theories abound on both counts.
The search for the Boeing 777's probable last resting place at the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean has proved long, complicated, and expensive. So when a British engineer claimed recently to have devised a new method of locating the last airborne moments of MH370 more precisely, and hence the location of the wreckage, new headlines about the extraordinary disappearance have re-emerged. The trouble is other investigators who have devoted much time and expertise to the matter do not find his method credible.
Richard Godfrey claims that a little-known database created by amateur radio enthusiasts can track flight paths. The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) network contains messages opportunistically transmitted on the high frequency (HF) radio bands to evaluate propagation conditions. Receivers log the message content, the transmitter callsign and location, along with the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N), frequency, and frequency drift of the messages as received.
Sooo the mystery continues but don't forget 60 minutes on Sunday (tonight)
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Peter V K 4 E A reports on behalf of the WIA Board of directors
Gidday, this is Peter VK4EA on behalf of the W I A board.
The WIA constitution requires a certain degree of Directors each year to stand down and potentially for new Directors to join the Board via a nomination process. Also, subject to the number of nominations received, an election may take place for the membership to decide on the successful Directors.
This year 3 Directors will step down at this coming Annual General Meeting to be held on 7 May. Before the end of 2021, our returning officer called for nominations to fill these vacancies. All retiring directors, Lee (Vk3GK), Oscar (VK3TX) and Phil (VK2CPR) were also eligible to re-nominate. John Marshall (our returning officer)
has advised the board that 3 nominations were received for the soon to be vacated positions, hence according to the constitution, an election is not required.
The board wishes to advise and congratulate, Lee Moyle (VK3GK), who will be re-appointed to the Board, and, we welcome two new directors in Chris Dimitrijevic (VK3FY) and Steven Green (VK2TSG). I look forward to working with you when you take up office following this years AGM.
Please join me in thanking the retiring Directors, Oscar and Phil. A huge effort and commitment. A quick plug, Oscar is now a Director of the International Amateur Radio Union (Region 3), so he not completely lost to the hobby. We look forward to Oscar representing our interests in this important international forum.
With the A G M coming up in May, the board would like to remind members that nominations for the WIA awards are now open.
or just Google W I A Awards or W I A Merit Nomination. If there is anybody that has inspired you recently, please consider nominating them for recognition, so much good stuff happens around us, its time to celebrate their achievements.
A special shout out to Kevin (V K 4 U H) who is the meteor scatter guru. Kevin has been diligently providing copy for AR magazine for about 10 years on this fascinating mode of operation and we wish to thank him for his contribution. Which means we are looking for a willing volunteer to take over.
And finally the Publications Committee, Pubcom, are seeking expressions of interest for a number of volunteer roles to assist with Advertising, Hamads and other Magazine roles. If this interests you, please get in touch.
Thats it me from me for now, this has been Peter V K 4 E A on behalf of the W I A Board of directors
This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
The Publications Committee agreed this week that we should recruit a new correspondent to write about DX in the ham radio world on the bands up to 30 MHz.
However, we believe our readers would like our contributor to focus more on whats coming up than who worked what, with which and with whom, in the recent past as DX columns did in years now long gone.
Blogs and social media on the internet now do that to satisfy DXers needs for pretty much immediate news. Indeed, spotting sites enable you to see whats happening on the bands more or less in real time.
Our reader survey last year remember last year yielded clues on readers interests?
You remember last year! In lockdown, surfing the net for hours to work out what band might enable you to pick up that country, station, or DXpedition you were after?
Readers interested in the bands up to 10 metres are keenly interested in whats going to be happening, so that they can prepare to pounce when the time comes.
Naturally, as the Solar Cycle has a major influence on propagation, readers would expect our columnist to provide regular information and commentary on the subject in plain English.
Being a volunteer position, I have to say that the pay and conditions are out of this world! Definitely not within this Earthly realm.
If youre an active DXer, yet have time every couple of months to write about 1000 to 2000 words that would interest the critical audience of AR magazines readers, lets hear from you. My email address can be found on the contents page of the latest issue. Put DX contributor in the subject line.
While I have your attention, dont forget that the focus of the next issue is Test & Measurement.
No matter whether youre a homebrew constructor or a plug-and-play rig operator, every amateur will need to measure something at one time or another from VSWR to battery volts, from RF microvolts to DC current draw.
This is one not to be missed! Issue 2. Out in mid-March.
Amateur Radio magazine the trusted source for Australian radio amateurs since 1933.
This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
ISS TO BE DISPOSED OF IN WATERS OF 'POINT NEMO'
The deep waters of the South Pacific have been chosen as the final resting place for the International Space Station in the years ahead, as we hear from Jim Meachen ZL2BHF reporting on Amateur Radio NewsLine.
"The region is known as Point Nemo, the South Pacific Oceanic
Uninhabited Area - and it's been selected by NASA as the final resting
place of the International Space Station. The United States space agency intends to retire the space laboratory by 2031 by having it crash into this remote section of the ocean.
While it is no surprise that plans were in the works for its retirement, NASA had been quiet until recently about its specific plans. The ISS was launched in 2000 and NASA has said, in announcing its plans that it intends to keep the space station operational until the very end. Its experiments and its many contacts through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program, have kept it
and its more than 200 astronauts and cosmonauts in the spotlight over the years.
NASA plans to yield the space station's position among the stars to commercial ventures. The final destination for the ISS is about 2,000 miles north of Antarctica and 3,000 miles off the eastern coast of
Since 1971, it's been a place that has become home to space debris from other nations, including Russia and Japan.
On 14th February 1922 the Marconi Company began to broadcast a five minute programme of speech and music within the weekly half hour calibration transmission. The broadcasts were made weekly on Tuesday made using the callsign 2MT from an ex-army hut in the village of Writtle near Chelmsford. Initially the station had only 200 Watts and transmitted on 428 kHz using an inverted-L antenna.
The enthusiastic team, led by Captain Peter Eckersley, assembled their transmitter together with a gramophone player, microphone, and on occasions a piano from the local public house, to entertain listeners. The regular announcement; "This is Two Emma Toc, Writtle testing, Writtle testing", became quite well known.
This was the first regular wireless broadcast for entertainment in the UK and its success provided the foundation for the formation of the BBC later in 1922.
Members of Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society are operating a special event station to commemorate this historic event, GB100-2MT, is active
The Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation group, or HamSCI, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support its 2022 in-person and virtual workshop.
The workshop, to be held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, on March 18-19, will focus on connections between space weather and terrestrial weather, according to the ARRL Letter.
It will also host a team meeting of HamSCI's Personal Space Weather Station project, which is also being funded by a much larger NSF grant.
The ARRL has redefined what constitutes "low power" in its contests, reducing the maximum power level for the category from its long-standing 150 watts to the 100-watt level used by most other major contest sponsors.
CQ Newsroom reports the League made the change both to standardize its categories with other contests and in recognition of the fact that 100 watts is now the most common "barefoot" output power of current HF transceivers.
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Coming March 12-13, 2022
Courtney Duncan, N5BF, will be delivering an incredible, thought provoking Keynote Presentation at the upcoming March 12-13 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo.
N5BF will speak about the importance of amateur radio and other technical hobbies in advancing mankind's biggest projects. As an example, missions to deep space, the Moon and Mars, are supported by JPL and NASA engineers, many of whom are amateur radio operators.
Courtney recently retired from NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory after 35 years of working on radios for spacecraft including the Mars Rover and helicopter. He is currently President of the San Bernardino Microwave Association and active in EME Moon bounce and 10Ghz contesting.
IARU REGION THREE
The Chinese Radio Amateurs Club has been operating Beijing 2022's
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games special event station BY1CRA/WO22
which has been active on FT8, SSB, and CW on 160 10 meters will go
QRT when the games close, today, 20th February.
Contact awards are available. A log is posted to Club Log.
Chinese Radio Amateurs Club - crac.org.cn/
Region 3 News Editor for the IARU, Oscar Reyes VK3TX, a Director of IARU Region3 has said they would like to receive digital photos of amateur related activities to be used in its media related
Please contact the Editor if you can assist.
The deadline for the next edition is 31st March.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
A FREE EVENT NOT TO FORGET IS ON AIR NOW
A FreeDV Activity Period is taking part on the 19th and 20th of February and is designed to bring together people interested in HF digital voice on the air for conversation and fun.
It starts at 1600UTC on the 19th and ends 24 hours later at 1559UTC on the 20th.
Although we have brought you many details might I suggest you go to
80m: 3.625, 3.643 or 3.693 MHz;
40m: 7.177 MHz
20m: 14.236 MHz
17m: 18.118 MHz;
15m: 21.313 MHz;
12m: 24.933 MHz; and
10m: 28.330 or 28.720 MHz.
Note that LSB/DIGL is used below 10MHz as per current convention for voice modes, USB/DIGU otherwise.
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
March its the John Moyle Memorial Field Day 19th of March and
20th of March.
Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint
Saturday May 7th 2022
10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC
The Don Edwards Memorial Slow Morse Contest 2 days starting
May 14 1800 concluding May 15 16:00
A slow Morse contest to encourage amateurs to give it a go.
Saturday evening 14th May between 6pm and 9pm Eastern Standard Time on 80 metres.
Sunday afternoon 15th May between 1pm and 4pm Eastern Standard Time
on 40 metres.
International CQ Pride contest June 4-6
New World Wide Digital Contest also June 4-6
The ARRL World Wide Digital Contest will debut at 1800 UTC on June 4, ending at 2359 on June 6, 2022. All non-RTTY modes are permitted
Permitted bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6 meters and there will be two power categories:
- Up to 5 watts PEP output
- Up to 100 watts PEP output
VK SHIRES CONTEST 11th JUNE 2022
WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS
Winter 2022 - 0200 UTC Saturday 25 June through 0159 UTC Sunday
26 June (differs in VK6).
"On the 19th of February 2022, that is yesterday, Saturday,
it was 80 years since the bombing of Darwin and to commemorate
this event DARC will be holding a DX marathon on the Saturday
using callsign VI 80 BOD from the old Qantas hanger in Parap. This hanger was standing in 1942 and did sustain some damage in the raids.
SPECIAL EVENT MARKS 80 YEARS SINCE VOA'S 1ST BROADCAST
The original 75Kw transmitter that went on the air for the first Voice of America broadcast 80 years ago this month is the centrepiece of a special event station celebrating that historic anniversary.
The transmitter no longer works and is part of an exhibit at the VOA museum in West Chester, Ohio, but there are plenty of working
transmitters - and transceivers - to celebrate the day it went live on
February 1st, 1942. Hams will be calling QRZ as W3V, W8O and W4A this weekend, February 19th and 20th - from VOA sites in Washington, DC; West Chester, Ohio; and Greenville, North Carolina.
Jocelyn Brault, KD8VRX, of the West Chester Amateur Radio Association, WC8VOA, said certificates will be available for anyone who works any or all of the three stations.
There will also be digital QSL cards for each individual site as well as paper QSLs. Be listening on CW, SSB and FT8 both days.
For details, visit any of the three stations' pages on QRZ.com
Listen and work FW 1 JG from Wallis Island for the next two or so years on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL direct via LoTW.
Danish DX Group celebrates 50 years
The Danish DX Group (DDXG) was founded May 27, 1972. To celebrate the 50th anniversary special event station OZ50DDXG is on-the-air until December 31, 2022
Radio amateurs around the world can obtain the anniversary award by having contacts using CW, Phone or Digital modes with the anniversary station OZ5DDXG during 2022.
The anniversary station may be contacted once on each band and with each modulation type in every month. Each approved contact counts 1 point.
Full details on
As we do get into Special Interest groups let's take a quick look at the educational scene.
The Orlando Hamcation has selected Dutch amateur Dick Fijlstra, PA0DFN, as the 2022 Carole Perry Educator of the Year.
A retired public school principal, Dick continues working with young people by organizing exhibitions at different schools to make students aware of the radio hobby and inspire them to pursue careers in science and technology.
Dick is also heavily involved in amateur radio direction-finding and uses hidden transmitter hunts as one method of introducing young people to amateur radio. He is the representative of VERON, the Dutch national ham radio association, to the International Amateur Radio Union's Region 1 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East) ARDF committee.
The Carole Perry Educator of the Year award is named in honour of its first recipient, noted ham educator Carole Perry, WB2MGP. The award was presented at this month's Orlando Hamcation hamfest in Florida
along with the 2021 award presented to Neil Rapp WB9VPG , another of the Amateur Radio NewsLine presenters.
An educational professional for more than 28 years, Neil currently teaches chemistry at Bloomington High School South. Hes also the schools amateur radio club sponsor and has introduced 3,600 students and parents to amateur radio through his involvement in the organization.
Neil is also an ARRL Life Member.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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Richard G3CWI has been making a series of short videos covering topics such as the characteristics of each HF band, and questions raised by newer radio hams as well as tips for the more experienced.
He aims to produce one video each day!
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR and other ADVENTURE GROUPS.
This is Marty VK4KC, Parks on the air (POTA) admin for Australia to inform you of a new software utility for windows, that Alan McDonand, VK2MET has written called mParks converter. The WWFF and POTA programs share the same parks in Australia but they do have their own unique park number systems so mParks converter will analyse your log file from a park activation whether it be in the WWFF or POTA format and quickly convert it to the other format, that being POTA to WWFF, or WWFF to POTA.
For those using this utility it has saved so much time and effort over manually editing logs. The utility also features a spot builder for when you are out activating with no mobile phone coverage. It will create a message using the correct syntax that you can copy and paste into JS8Call to get that spot through to parks peaks and POTA spotting pages.
WWFF and POTA programs were born from one origin but diverged some years ago. They share a lot in common but also offer differences which may have greater appeal to some operators. But to many, they are both attractive programs to be involved with and I am seeing this as POTA expands internationally with the large increase in registered users with over 100 Australian amateurs signing up within the last 12 months.
mParks utility gives operators the ability to be both agnostic towards both programs but, more importantly, to enjoy involvement in an even bigger community of mobile operators. Alan has made this software
available free of charge and can be downloaded on:-
Marty Nelson VK4KC, POTA Admin - Australia
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
NASA raised concerns about SpaceX's new Starlink satellites, including an increase of the risk of collision in orbit, in a letter to the FCC.
There are currently about 1,800 operational Starlink satellites in
orbit and there have already been several near-misses in orbit; one study has suggested Starlinks are responsible for half of all close encounters in low-Earth orbit.
NASA has "concerns with the potential for a significant increase in the frequency of conjunction events and possible impacts to NASA's science and human spaceflight missions.
Three of the four crew members in the SpaceX Crew-4 launch to the International Space Station (ISS) are amateur radio licensees.
They are Robert Hines, KI5RQT;
Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS;
Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF.
Kjell and Samantha have served previously on the ISS.
Crew-4 is set to launch on April 15 for a 6-month stay. Crew-4 will be the fourth crew rotation mission of SpaceX's human space transportation system and its fifth flight with astronauts
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Sergiy, is active as EM 1 U from the Ukrainian Antarctic Station on Galindez Island until sometime in April.
Activity will be limited on various HF bands nut he was heard this past week on 20 meters (14260 and 14330) SSB between 0600-0930z and after 1430z.
QSL VIA UT 7 UA.
John, AD8J, is active as HR9/AD8J from Guanaja Island, Honduras,
until February 26th.
Activity on 80-10 meters using CW, FT8 and limited SSB, with with
100 watts into wire antennas. John plans on a big all band effort for this weekends ARRL International DX CW Contest.
Closer to home, OC-150.
Listen for special event station 8 C 9 MGP active from Lombok Island, Indonesia, this weekend between February 19-21st (which is during
their Bau Nyale Lombok traditional festival), and March 11-13th (which is during the Mandalika Grand Prix).
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- STAMP COLLECTING AMATEURS
Postal Stamp Collection
The Radio Amateur Association of Greece informs us that the Greek Post Office will issue four postal stamps with ham radio motifs, titled "Radio Technology in Greece".
Interested collectors are advised that only 5000 stamp booklets are on offer so if you get one.. lucky you!
More information can be found on the website www.raag.org
2022 Social Scene
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VK6 - Peel Amateur Radio Group Swap Meet 26th Feb Mandurah Bowling Club 9am (vk6qi)
VK4 - REDFEST Sat. April 9 St Michaels College Caboolture (vk4bz)
VK5 - South Coast Amateur radio club Buy & Sell Sunday 24 April (vk5dad)
VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mt Gambier Queens Birthday weekend June (vk5dj)
Digital SSTV transmissions from the ISS
ARISS Europe and ARISS USA teams plan to perform special SSTV Experiments on February 20 using a new SSTV digital coding scheme. The downlink from the International Space Station will be 437.800 MHz FM
The first experiment in the series will utilize ARISS approved ground stations in Europe that will transmit these digital SSTV signals. These will be available for all in the ISS footprint when SSTV transmissions occur.
We kindly request that the amateur radio community refrain from the use of the voice repeater during this ARISS-SSTV experiment on February 20, 2022, over Europe.
The first SSTV experiment is planned for February 20, 2022, between 05:12 UTC and 11:51 UTC for five ISS passes over Europe. Please be aware that this event depends on ARISS IORS radio availabilities and ISS crew support, so last-minute changes may occur.
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