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ACMA finds Myall Coast radio station breached licence conditions
New South Wales-based radio station Myall Coast Radio Incorporated has
been found to have breached a licence condition following an
investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Myall Coast Radio Incorporated held a licence to provide an open
narrowcasting service. These licenses are issued for the purpose of
niche broadcasting and by law must be limited in some way, such as
being targeted to special interest groups, providing programs of
limited appeal or being provided for a limited period of time or for a
An ACMA investigation found that Myall Coast Radio FM was broadcasting
a mix of content, including live-hosted and automated music programs,
and news and weather bulletins that would likely appeal to a general
audience in the broadcast area.
ACMA Chair Nerida OLoughlin said Our investigation found Myall
Coast Radio FM was not targeting a limited audience as required under
Myall Coast Radio FM has acknowledged its error and ceased its
narrowcasting service. It is now operating as an internet radio
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WIA Hybrid AGM and Virtual Conference 2022
The WIA Hybrid AGM and Virtual Conference 2022 has the theme of
Antarctic Gateway and is open for registrations.
This all takes place on May 7th 2022 and is being streamed from the
Antarctic Gateway of Hobart Tasmania.
The Hybrid AGM stream starts at 1030 AEDT with the Open Forum stream
around 1130 AEDT.
Please note if you wish to attend in person at the AGM and Open Forum
then you need to register at the link on the text edition of this
broadcast or on the WIA Website.
If you wish to receive the stream of the AGM and Open Forum then a
MemNet email will be sent to all WIA members in the very near future
that will enable you to register.
After a short lunch break the WIA Virtual Conference Antarctic
Gateway kicks off with four special presentations that highlight
the history, culture, research and communications associated with
Antarctica. We start with Professor Elle Leane from UTAS and a
presentation on Sidney Jeffryes and the role played by wireless in
the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-14)
Then well known microwave experimenter - Rex Moncur VK7MO who was
Director of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) between 1988-1999
will share his experiences as a Director of the AAD - the good and
Dr Andrew Klekociuk from the AAD will then give us a fascinating
presentation on the atmospheric studies and research happening in
Antarctica. And we finish with Peter Yates VK7PY and Kim Briggs VK7KB
both from the AAD with a presentation on Antarctic communications
challenges and review.
Please note if you wish to attend or receive the stream of the
Virtual Conference presentations then you need to register at the
link (and this is a different link to the AGM link) and you can find
the link in the text edition of this broadcast or on the WIA Website.
There is a small charge of $10 to cover organisational costs for the
For further details check out the WIA website or Facebook pages.
The 2022 Conference organising committee looks forward to seeing you
on the streams.
73, Justin, VK7TW
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
World Amateur Radio Day
It was on 18 April 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union
was founded, during the International Radiotelegraph Conference in
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than
3,000,000 THATS 3 MILLION! licensed operators!
and thats why we radio amateurs worldwide celebrate April 18 with
special activities every year.
One society with special activities is Canada's RAC. Official stations
will operate across Canada from 0000Z to 2359Z on April 18. The RAC
official station call signs are all ending with R A C.
RSGB and Commonwealth Games
The 2022 Commonwealth Games starts on 28 July. Over 5,000 athletes
will converge on Birmingham and the surrounding area from an
estimated 72 hosts to compete over 12 days as part of the Games.
The RSGB is organising a number of activities to support the event,
including a special event station in the grounds of the National
Exhibition Centre. The Society wants to showcase amateur radio to the
athletes and public for as much of the Games as possible and is asking
UK volunteers to operate the station and chat to visitors.
As we say in the classics... stay tuned.
Still with news from RSGB:-
New RSGB EMF video published, yes a short video outlining new EMF
regulations in the UK and the guidance and tools the RSGB provides
for radio amateurs
Watch About the RSGB - EMF tools and guidance
See the RSGB EMF page for tools and guidance
On April 9 Finland's communications regulator Traficom added the use
of Encryption to the Amateur Radio license
Radio amateur communications are not usually allowed to be concealed.
However, two forms of radio amateur communication have been added to
the order, which are allowed to be encrypted and the renewed order
allows encryption in the case of:
the proportion of the message that ensures the integrity of the
sender and messages.
control communication between the command earth station and the
satellite for radio amateur activities
and the control communications of a radio amateur station for which
a special licence for a radio amateur station as referred to in
section 5 is required for the possession and operation of a radio
Yasme Excellence Award
The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who,
through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have
made a significant contribution to amateur radio.
The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or
organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur
radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form
of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.
The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award:
Dan Marler, K7REX --
When the COVID pandemic led to cessation of in-person meetings,
training sessions and gatherings, Dan converted a small limited
membership Zoom platform to the open presentation forum known as
RATPAC. In the subsequent two years, RATPAC has hosted over
two hundred online presentations that have been viewed by thousands
of radio amateurs. Among the wide-ranging topics, half focus on
public-service communications, while the rest address technical,
operating, scientific and general-interest topics offered by a host
of presenters. The recordings of these sessions are available for
public viewing and constitute a valuable resource for the amateur
Dr. Gordon Gibby, KX4Z --
Gordon is a retired emergency-room physician turned high school
science teacher who demonstrates how amateur radio can benefit our
communities in a wide variety of ways. As an ARES leader in
Northern Florida, Gordon promotes and teaches all aspects of
preparedness for disasters, from planning and exercises to building
and repairing communication hardware to understanding official
responders' needs, methods and organization. He advocates cognizance
of the amateur's role and its limits, building trust and relationships,
and constantly improving our individual skills. He is known around
the USA for his informative and carefully thought out responses to
the many questions from other amateurs seeking to improve their local
In Brazil, the long wait for ham licences has become even longer as
applicants waiting for their radio amateur licence report that at
least six months have passed in some cases and they are growing
Brazil's national amateur radio society has asked ANATEL, the nation's
regulator, to act promptly and resolve the delays for the waiting
candidates. The group is asking the regulator to modernise its
computer system and standardise processes across all of the Brazilian
Back on Saturday, February 5, Thailand's regulator the National
Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission hosted an Intermediate
class amateur radio examination
The exam was held at Bangkok University and was overseen by RAST.
A total of 78 Novice class license holders took the exam of which
52 candidates passed the Morse code test.
Thailand's 3 classes of license are:
Novice (Entry Level / Basic) license 100 watts on 28 MHz,
60 watts on 144 MHz
Intermediate 200 watts all bands
Advanced 1 kW all bands
In addition to the theory exam an 8 WPM Morse test is required
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
Results of Commonwealth Contest 2022 released
The results from the 85th Commonwealth Contest held March 12-13, have
been released and overall QSO numbers ended up similar to 2021 but
there was much more activity on both 15m and 10m.
Total submitted logs were 268, showing consistent support for this
contest over the last decade.
One disappointment was that although call area VK8 was active
no one in VK8 submitted a log.
See the RSGB Contest Results at
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
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
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
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).
IARU HF World Championship
NEXT contest is July 9 and 10.
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
Esmond, 8R1AK has been active on 10 meters using FT8.
QSL to 8R1AK home call.
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.
Bob, E 5 1 BQ is QRV from Rarotonga, IOTA OC-013, and is normally
active using FT8 on 30 and 20 meters from 0500 to 0600z daily.
NEW CALEDONIA, FK.
Jean-Louis, F5NHJ is QRV as FK/F5NHJ from Noumea until June 11.
HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes.
QSL via LoTW.
Members of the Szollosi Jozsef Radio Club are QRV as HG 1222 BA
to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first constitutional
document in continental Europe called the Aranybulla.
QSL via HA 4 KYB.
Jo, OE 6 VIE is QRV as OE 0 MORSE during April to commemorate
the death of Samuel F. B. Morse. QSL via LoTW.
Mario, IZ3KVD, is in Zambia using the callsign 9J2MYT.
He will be there in Lusaka until June.
Listen for him on SSB on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters.
Send QSLs via IZ3KVD.
THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report
Measure Twice cut Once.
3D printed accessories for electronics enthusiasts and ham radio
Here is a collection of 3D printed designs for hobbyists in
electronics and amateur radio who want to add finishing touches
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING
Radio amateur Chris Murphy KD2MRV has been teaching students how to
build and launch high altitude balloons that carry an amateur radio
The Gloversville Leader Herald newspaper reports:
Once a weather balloon is launched payload attached Gloversville
Middle School science teacher Chris Murphy is behind the wheel, ready
to drive to wherever the landing site might be. In the backseat are
students following the airship on computers and punching in data that
helps determine his directions.
The advisor for the school districts High Altitude Achievement club
has been going on these adventures with students since 2013, and
ham radio operators along the route and at home bases help direct,
too. The experience varies from a car caravan to a single vehicle,
and from students on a second or third launch to their very first.
The seventeenth, and most recent launch, a month back on March 17 was,
however, a first. It was the beginning of a launching era including
eighth graders in the experience.
Prior to launch day, the older students help KD2MRV with work related
to piecing together the payload. The most recent one included QR code
cards sent to Teachers in Space, a non-profit focused on stimulating
student interest in STEM learning by providing teachers with space
experiments and industry connections, from students at different
schools in New York scanned at launch and recovery and a
prototype of the Serenity satellite to be put into orbit by FireFly
Aerospace, which contained a 30-sensor microcomputer and two cameras.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - AND - SUMMITS ON THE AIR,
WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR and other
Only 3 weeks to the Dorrigo Park-Fest which is being held on the
weekend of 7-8 May. This is a park activation weekend where many
activators will focus their efforts on parks in the Dorrigo region,
west of Coffs Harbour.
10 sec pause
For those who would like to join us it is not too late, with the
Dangar Falls Lodge still having a few rooms left and there are tent
and van sites available.
All park activators are welcome, and if you have never operated from
a park for the WWFF or POTA programs and would like some help getting
involved then come along and we will show you the way. Park activators
need park hunters, so hunters warm up your rigs as it will be a
massive weekend for you.
For more information search out the Facebook group called Dorrigo
Park-Fest or email Marty VK4KC or Alan VK2MET whose emails are on
their QRZ.com pages.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Methuselah of Amateur Radio Satellites AMSAT-OSCAR 7 was launched
on the 15th of November 1974 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The spacecraft is solar powered, weighs just under 29 kg, and had a
three-year anticipated lifetime at the time it was launched, but it
has far outlived this expectation.
Its beacons transmit on 29.502, 145.975, 435.10 and 2304.1 MHz.
Two types of communications repeaters are aboard the spacecraft, only
one of which operates at a time. The first repeater is a two watt
non-inverting transponder receiving uplink signals between 145.85 and
145.95 MHz, and re-transmits them between 29.4 and 29.5 MHz on the
The second repeater is a 40-kHz bandwidth inverting linear repeater.
It employs an 8-watt PEP power amplifier with wide dynamic range.
This repeater has an uplink from 432.125 to 432.175 MHz, and downlink
from 145.975 to 145.925 MHz.
In 2002 one of the shorted batteries became an open circuit and now
the spacecraft is able to run off just the solar panels, it is not
usable in eclipse and may not be able to supply enough power to the
transmitter to keep from frequency modulating the signal. When
continuously illuminated, the mode will alternate between A and B
every 24 hours.
Proving that the satellite is still alive and well after 48 years of
service, a new distance record has been posted to AMSAT.
Joel, VE6WQ, based in Edmonton, Alberta worked Jrme, F4DXV, who
describes himself as a "Extreme low elevation contact enthusiast"
based in the southwest of France on the 23rd of March. They used
Mode A, up linking on 2m and downlinking on 10m, over a distance of
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
for some CW enthusiasts, the joy of a successful QSO can be music
to one's ears. Amateur Radio Newlines Jim Meachen ZL2BHF explains.
10 SEC PAUSE
"If you hear Chris Rio sending "CQ CQ de ZL4RA" in his latest
YouTube video, don't ask him what keyer he is using. You're better
off asking what Key: could it possibly be C-major we're hearing from
him? No matter. Chris is using his fingers instead of his fist
because he's not in his shack. He's demonstrating CW on his electric
In the video, we hear a response from Adam, K6ARK, a California
amateur who shares Chris' enthusiasm for another ham radio pursuit:
Summits on the Air. Chris and Adam exchange signal reports, with
Adam using a more conventional - and non-musical - instrument of CW.
Then, just like that, it's all over. Fine business.
Chris shared his musical experiment as well as the video with
friends on the SOTA Reflector and apparently found a symphony of
support. In fact, Brian, G8ADD, confessed he had also tried the same
thing once with his clarinet.
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
And here in VK, Ron VK3AFW, suggested having a go with -- bagpipes.
Whether the next instrument is wind or percussion, one thing is
certain. It is sure to be a 'concerted' effort.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youth On The Air)
YOTA Contest 2022 Youth On The Air (ham-yota.com)
10 SECOND PAUSE
Philipp, 5B4AQC | DK6SP Chair of Youth Working Group IARU 1 reminds
us of the upcoming YOTA contest and hopes to get even more people
involved into the contest this year.
DATE OF CONTEST ONE IS
21st May FROM 0800 TO 1959 UTC
So, are you ready to compete within this next YOTA Contest?
Everyone in the ham radio community can take part, it only lasts 12 hrs.
Its aim is to increase we youngsters activity on the air,
strengthening the reputation of the YOTA program and demonstrate
the support for youngsters across the world.
The contest exchange used will be the age of the participating
operators. Different ages also serve as multipliers during the
Contacts between the own continent are worth 1 point, working DX
is worth 3 points but the most points will be achieved by working
youngsters. The younger the operator the more points one will get
for the QSO.
If you have any further questions feel free to drop the YOTA
Contest Committee an email
73 Philipp, 5B4AQC | DK6SP
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
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
Important role of radio hams in emergency preparedness
Hawaii Public Radio K H P R this week reported on amateur radio
operators who participate in a state-wide emergency communications
drill Saturday April 16
The exercise simulates a 4-day period of catastrophic weather that
knocks out power, internet, and cell towers from Kauai to the
It's an opportunity for the group Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Hawaii to train members and non-members in radio operations and
Links in the text edition allow YOU to hear this radio report from Hawaii
Listen to the KHPR broadcast at
Learn more about the April 16 training exercise
2022 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
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VK5 - South Coast Amateur radio club Buy & Sell Sunday 24 April (vk5dad)
VK2 - MAYHAM at Wyong Race Course 8.30am May 1 (vk2ji)
Two weeks to go and all the cogs are moving to make this the best event yet.
The car based and pedestrian fox hunts are arranged. The pedestrian foxhunt will be with four fox transmitters. The exhibitors and lecturers are eagerly preparing what they will put on show and talk about and the traders are looking at what bargains they can offer only at Mayham 2022. Lectures range from Summits on the air to the Winlink messaging system and several others topics.
Even if you have already bought your raffle tickets on-line there will be the opportunity to spend some cash and buy more on the day to increase your chances of winning the great prizes.
To give quicker entry, you can now buy your entry tickets online in advance, details and the needed link to the online payments system in the online shop on the website at mayham.org.au.
If you are traveling to Wyong from further away dont forget the Meet & Greet on Saturday evening before the big event on Sunday.
The CCARC is known for its repeaters and whether you are looking for analogue FM, DMR, D-STAR, echolink or even IRLP the Somersby repeater site is close at hand to provide the needed coverage. If you cant get this year but want to listen in to see what is happening, theres even a websdr covering 6 and 2 metres, 70 and 23 centimetres.
As long as the weather permits, this year we will have a working demonstration portable HF radio station and we are even hoping to be able to demonstrate satellite communications as well!
In case you spot that bargain with the traders or in the car boot sale area and dont have enough cash with you, as usual there will be ATM facilities available.
Raffle terms and conditions and complete information about everything at MAYHAM can be found at mayham.org.au.
The CCARC look forward to seeing you at Wyong!
For the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club, Im Ed Durrant VK2JI.
VK - WIA AGM (VIRTUAL EVENT) May 7 (vk8zz)
VK3 - MOORABBIN HAMFEST 10am May 14 (vk3gl)
VK2 - Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club Field Day June 11/12 (VK2ZHE)
VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mt Gambier Queens Birthday weekend June (vk5dj)
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 (vk6pop)
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