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IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH Manager of the VHF-UHF Field Days.
Kevin VK4UH Manager Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint Contest
Justin VK7TW for the 2022 WIA Conference organising committee.
Peter VK4EA W I A board director.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
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VK4EA on behalf of the W I A board.
Hopefully everybody listening or reading has seen the A G M,
Open Forum and the Antarctic symposium notices for the 7th of May.
Please register using the Eventbrite facility setup by the Radio And
Electronics Society of Tasmania, its free of charge for the A G M
and Open Forum and a very modest charge of $10 for the afternoon
If you havent received the Memnet email or seen the webpage post,
here is a link to the article
More details of the event later in this bulletin, stay tuned.
I will be there in person at my own cost, thanks to the pandemic,
I have a heap of points and credits to use up, it will be great to
travel interstate again after a considerable break.
For those attending in person, I look forward to meeting you.
One of the fantastic parts of the A G M is the announcement of the
W I A merit awards. The Award nominations submitted by members have
gone to the Board for consideration. Award recipients will be
notified during the A G M. We thank those that have taken the time
to nominate a recipient.
And a reminder that today is the last day to submit your committee
reports to the secretary.
Please ensure that that your committee reports are sent to the
secretary for inclusion in the AGM forum.
In news from the A C M A in relation to Outpost non-assigned licenses,
you know, the license you got when you wanted safety in the bush from
the R F D S. Its now a class license with no yearly fee and no
callsign requirement. The only remaining requirement is the radio
must be a land mobile compliant HF, like a Codan or Barrett,
installed in a vehicle. No amateur grade radios are permitted.
Outpost assigned licenses (that is, base stations), will continue to
be licensed by the A C M A.
I suspect the change for Amateurs, to class based licensing is close
We know this is not the preferred option for many, however, the
A C M A have assured us that oversight and regulation will continue.
The W I A will continue to lobby the A C M A to provide protection
for our bands.
Thats it for me for this broadcast, see you in Hobart next weekend.
This has been Peter, VK4EA, on behalf of the W I A board.
Justin, VK7TW - WIA Hybrid AGM and Virtual Conference 2022
Antarctic Gateway is the theme of the 2022 WIA Hybrid AGM and Virtual
Conference and registrations are pouring in. It takes place next
Saturday May 7th with the AGM kicking off at 1030 AEST and the
Virtual Conference starting at 1300 AEST. And thanks to those people
who pointed out my AEDT/AEST mistake just pining for summer HIHI!
The Virtual Conference consists of four special presentations that
highlight the history, culture, research and communications associated
This week we focus on the last two presentations.
Dr Andrew Klekociuk is active in the Atmospheric Studies in the
Australian Antarctic Program at the Australian Antarctic Division
Australian studies of the Antarctic atmosphere began with
Louis Bernacchis magnetic and weather observations during
Carsten Borchgrevinks "Southern Cross" 1898-1900 expedition to
With the establishment of the Australian National Antarctic Research
Expeditions (ANARE) in 1947, Australia set about developing a modern
and sustained program of atmospheric studies, which was founded on
upper atmosphere and cosmic ray physics, and meteorology.
Today an emphasis of the Australian Antarctic program is on
understanding Antarctica's role as a driver and regulator of the
global climate system. In this talk Andrew will outline some of the
history and developments in Australian studies of the Antarctic
atmosphere and give an overview of current research and future
Our last presentation for the Virtual Conference is from Peter Yates
VK7YP and Kim Brigg VK7KB from the AAD. This presentation covers a
review of communications from the 1960s through to the present day
and the challenges of providing communications in Antarctica.
Peter and Kim will be taking the audience through a brief illustrated
history of communications in Antarctica. This will include the high
frequency high power stations that provided the life line for the
Australian stations from the 1940s through to the 1980s when the
ANARESAT satellite system was put in place.
This installation changed the then way the bases were managed in a
huge way the 24/7 bandwidth enabled real-time remote management of
many aspects of the bases. This has further developed into each base
having reasonable bandwidth enabling expeditioners to access the
internet and email in almost real-time.
Peter will be showing some of the challenges that present when you
are setting up communications systems and we will finish up with a
look at communications at Casey Station thanks to the current
Communications Technician - Warren VK7WN/VK0WN.
There will be many interesting stories told and challenges overcome
in the harsh and relentless environment of Antarctica
How do you participate?
If you are coming along in person to the AGM then please book at the
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 and receive the stream details.
To register to attend in person OR receive the stream of the
Virtual Conference presentations please register at the link
(and this is a different link to the AGM link)
There is a small charge of $10 to cover organisational costs for the
Virtual Conference presentations.
For further details check out the WIA website or Facebook pages.
On behalf of the 2022 Conference organising committee we look forward
to seeing you on the stream on May 7th.
73 from Justin, VK7TW for the National WIA News.
With Robert VK3ARM
Apart from having an Amateur Radio Licence (VK3ARM) and being a
member of the WIA, I am also a radio operator/coordinator with
another commercial HF Radio Network.
I've received an email from one of our volunteer radio operators in
Queensland who has also held an Outpost Licence for many years, used
with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This advises that "The class
licence will commence on 31 May 2022. From this date, any person
operating an outpost station must comply with the conditions set out
in the class licence.
Operating an outpost station under the class licence will be free.
Station operators will not need an individual licence or to pay any
licence application or renewal fees."
Over the last twelve years, the RFDS has been generally cutting back
HF services to the point where now, I understand that their only
working HF station is in Port Augusta. Additionally, I believe that
they rarely receive any calls for help over HF radio. Remote property
stations which previously relied on RFDS for emergency and general
communications, including School Of The Air, now use Satellite
Internet. Travellers with HF radios, wanting to take out an Outpost
Licence have for years now been encouraged to use another HF radio
provider rather that obtaining an Outpost Licence.
To be completely legal, use of Outpost frequencies are restricted to
remote areas where a person can't make use of any other type of
telecommunications, for example copper line, VoIP, mobile or
In this ACMA communication, apart from having no fees, it seems that
users are now encouraged to select their own desired callsign,
whatever that may be. In part, it states that "You will have the
flexibility to use any form of station identification, including the
operators name, SelCall number, vehicle registration number,
physical location or the call sign issued previously with an
How long before common CB speak takes over the outpost radio network.
Will hoax calls for help from people who can't be identified become
a regular thing on what could end up being a completely unregulated
How someone who hears a call for help on an Outpost frequency can
actually identify who the caller may be is beyond me. It seems to me
that the Outpost frequencies could become nothing more than the new
high powered HF Citizens Band.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Radio amateurs respond to earthquake in Bosnia and Herzegovina
IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator Greg Mossop
G 0 DUB reports on the amateur radio response to the earthquake that
struck Bosnia and Herzegovina April 22
The earthquake, registering 5.7 on the Richter scale, struck around
45km South west of the city of Mostar but was felt across a wider
area including Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro and sadly the quake is
reported to have caused death and many injuries.
5 minutes after the earthquake the emergency communications service
was activated. Following their plans, three teams from local radio
clubs were mobilised and established a network using existing VHF
repeaters and a portable cross band unit. A digital connection was
also established between Sarajevo and Zenica E 70 ARA via Winlink
with situation reports being passed in IARU message format.
Because of the risk of aftershocks damaging buildings weakened by
the first earthquake, the emergency networks are remaining active
until the danger has passed. Along with a number of frequencies and
repeaters at VHF/UHF, the following HF frequencies will also be in
( Info sourced to Alen E71AR Emcomm Coordinator ARAuBiH RMZO )
A little bit of radio history was made on the 21st of April 2022
with the very first contact ever between Ireland and South Africa
on the 40 MHz band. Phil, EI9KP in the west of Ireland managed to
complete two way contacts with Jan, ZS6OB in South Africa on 40.680 MHz
using the FT8 and FT4 modes, a distance of about 9,570 kms.
EI 9 KP was using 25-watts to a home brew 2-element Yagi
ZS 6 OB was using in the region of 30-50 watts."
( www.ei7gl.blogspot.com )
Antarctic ham radio station active for Children's Day May 5
The Japanese Antarctica Research Expedition (JARE ) amateur radio
station 8 J 1 RL is conducting 'Special Operation of Children's Day'
May 5, where elementary, junior high, and high school students in
Japan get priority to contact this last continent.
In 2022, the 63rd Japan Antarctic Research Expedition at the Syowa
Station plans to operate "Special Operation of Children's Day"
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 5:00-18:00 JST
Operating frequency: 21 MHz band SSB
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE FOR MAY:-
Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint
Saturday May 7th 2022
10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC
This is Kevin VK4UH from the Redcliffe Radio Club in Queensland and
I am the contest Manager for the Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint
Contest - which is coming up on Saturday May 7th
If you are planning to enter the contest again this year I have some
important information to pass on to you.
Now - for those who may not be familiar with the Harry Angel, it is
an 80-sprint contest which has run every year since 1999 and was
started to commemorate the life of its namesake Harry Angel VK4HA
who, at the time of his becoming a silent key, was the oldest amateur
in Australia. So, the contest is now is now in its 23rd year.
The SPRINT runs for 106 minutes representing one for each year of
Sadly this last year we have lost two amateurs who have made major
contributions to the running of the contest. Firstly my friend and
co-manager Charlie VK4YZ who ran the contest with me for the last
10 years. Before his passing, Charlie and I had made the decision
that this year we were going bring the contest up-to-date and adopt
a 100% automated log entry and crosschecking system. Up until last
year we had been accepting both electronic and postal entries and had
been crosschecking all the logs by hand. 2022 was going to be the
first year that log entry would be simplified and would become fully
Also this year we lost another friend and colleague Mike VK3AVV.
Mike was the creator of the VK contest logger software (VKCL).
VKCL is a terrific contest logging programme which we had recommended
for entry into the Harry Angel. One of its major features is that,
at the end of the contest, the programme itself could e-mail your log
entry directly to a WIA Contest Portal and that was then all done and
dusted. Since Mikes passing the future and ongoing support for the
VKCL software is unclear as is the availability of the Contest
Portal at this time.
The bottom line then is that, for this year at least, it will NOT be
possible to submit your log automatically from within the logging
programme itself. Entries to the contest must be e-mailed to the
proper contest e-mail address otherwise we will not receive them and
your entry will be missed.
So to be clear
The contest IS running this year, Its on Saturday May 7th and the
rules are essentially UNCHANGED from last year.
You CAN still use VKCL for logging and it will produce a log file
for you in the correct format to submit your entry.
What you CANT DO is submit your log automatically from within VKCL.
The programme will encourage you to do that but please dont - your
log entry will not get us You will need to e-mail you Log entry
manually to our proper Harry Angel Contest address:-
Full details of this address are on the WIA contest webpage
If you are planning on entering this iconic WIA contest We would
encourage you to revisit the rules and information on the WIA
Contest section and look for the Harry Angel Page.
We hope to hear you all on the air and Good Luck in the Contest
Vale Charlie VK4YZ and Mike VK3AVV
This is Kevin VK4UH Contest Manager for the Harry Angel
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.
I'm Felix in Ingham now to the Gold Coast and Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
manager of the VHF-UHF Field Days.
By now, I expect that most VHF-UHF contesters will have already heard
that Mike VK3AVV, developer of the popular V-K-C-L logging program,
passed away in January after a long battle with cancer.
Listeners will recall that I published a Silent Key obituary in the
current issue of Amateur Radio magazine, written by Mikes friend,
Peter Forbes VK3 Quebec India.
Mike also compiled contest results for us WIA contest managers, using
log-checking software he developed for the purpose.
Following the sad news of Mikes passing, I made contact with his son
to enquire about arrangements to get access to the log-checking
I have recently heard back from him. The situation is that VKCL and
Mike's log-checking software cannot be accessed until after probate
on his will is determined as all his computer equipment and software
is part of his estate. I will hear from his son in due course.
In the meantime, after discussions with a few colleagues, I am
arranging to compile and publish a table of log results as-lodged,
perhaps with a minimal course of sample checking.
This will all have to be manual. Fortunately, all logs are in a
standard electronic format. Keep a watch on the WIA VHF-UHF Contests
As they say in the classics, I will see you further down the log.
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
Thanks Roger , now lets slide open our DX WINDOW for the month of MAY.
VK 90 ABC an Aussie station celebrating 90 years of the National
Broadcaster and is operating all year
4 X 74 and 4 Z 74 ISRAEL Special Event.
Israel celebrates 74 years of Independence this year and hams from
Israel will be using these special prefixes, again they are 4X74 and
4Z74, starting Next Thursday May 5th until May 11.
QSL cards will be uploaded to LoTW
For more details see:
UNITED STATES (Special Event).
Members of the Scranton Pocono Amateur Radio Club (SPARK - K3CSG)
will be active as N3T from Steamtown, Scranton, PA, between
May 13 - 15, to celebrate "National Train Day" (May 14th) and
National Preservation Month.
This is a POTA park as well, K-0864, The K3CSG operating schedule
will be tentatively 14:00 UTC to 21:00 (UTC) each day depending
on park operating hours.
Members of Association of Radio Amateurs from Monaco (ARM)
will use the special callsign 3A5M to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of the passing of Prince Albert 1st of Monaco
He was a humanist, founder of the Institute of Peace, scientist,
founder of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, of the Oceanographic
institute, the Institute of Human Palaeontology, etc....
Activity will take place until May 31st.
Operations will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the
QSL via the 3A Bureau.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ART FOR ARTS SAKE
Ham Radio Art Project
Annard, EI 4 IQB writing on an Irish forum operated by their National
Society IRTS (irts.groups.io) is drawing attention to an art project
featuring HAM radio.
It includes recordings made at EI 0 MAR.
The production of "HAM" was supported by an Arts Council Agility
Award, and it was included as part of the programme for this year's
Five Lamps Festival. It had a joint debut broadcast between
Near FM and Dublin Digital Radio.
"HAM" is an experimental documentary piece about amateur radio
operators based in Dublin. The string parts were played by the
Ficino Quartet. It makes for fascinating listening, illuminating many
aspects of our hobby not just for licensed hams, but for a wider
A full recording of it can now be listened to via the
sound cloud link shown in this weeks text edition of WIA National News.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ALARA
We are lucky today to be joined on National News by Linda VK7QP with
news of ALARAmeet 2023
"The next ALARAmeet will be held in Hobart in November 2023. It will
be six years since our last ALARAmeet in Cairns and we are looking
forward to getting together again. ALARAmeet itself will be on Sat 4
and Sun 5 November 2023.
Registration will be on Friday 3 November and there will be some
optional tours on Monday 6th.
This seems a long way off at the moment, but it is the height of the
Hobart tourist season, so we have already booked The Old Woolstore as
the venue. This hotel is near the waterfront in Hobart, and we have
secured good accommodation rates for the event.
Have a look at their website for more details The Old Woolstore
Apartment Hotel, Hobart Tasmania.
Some of you may remember that we conducted a survey of members a few
years ago. One of the priorities was to keep the registration cost
for ALARAmeet low. This remains a priority, especially as costs of
travel and accommodation keep increasing. Will you come and join us?
We would like to know, so that we have an idea of numbers before we
start planning the program. A number of younger members have joined
ALARA with the introduction of our grants program, and we hope that
some of you will come to Hobart. Let us know so we can plan some
events with you in mind. An Expressions of interest form is on the
ALARA website or contact me at email@example.com
This is not a booking, it is just to help with planning, and so we
can reserve a block of rooms at The Old Woolstore at these
Please return the Expressions of Interest form to me by email or
send to P.O. Box 308, Rosny Park, Tas 7018 by 15 May 2022.
The ALARA AGM will be held tomorrow, Monday 2 May at 1030 UTC on the
EchoLink ALARA Conference Station and on 3.625 MHz plus or minus QRM.
ALARA members are welcome to join us.
This will be my finale as President of ALARA, a position I have held
for three years. ALARA is going strong with our grants program
attracting new members, and scouts and guides joining our contest.
Now Im retiring as President I have time to think about ALARAmeet
in Hobart next year. Looking forward to welcoming everybody.
73 from Linda VK7QP"
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FIVE MHz
NZART 5/60 Licence update
The latest New Zealand Amateur Radio Transmitters Society News
Bulletin, Infoline # 450, reports on the current situation as regards
5 MHz / 60 m in the country.
Richard ZL 2 FY, the NZART Administration Liaison Officer has spoken
with RSM and is waiting on them to issue a new GURL. Until they do
the status quo continues. If required, the licence will be renewed,
and they will continue until the GURL is issued. Nothing more can be
done as it now sits with RSM
On the 7th May last year, NZ Amateurs were granted access to the
WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 5366.5 kHz under a
temporary 12-month sub-licence, due to be reviewed with their
regulator, RSM, with a view to it being permanently added to the
NZ Amateur GURL, the NZ Amateur Radio Licence, provided no
interference issues had arisen.
To date, 271 sub-licences have been issued.
(5 MHz Newsletter)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME
Octogenarian radio ham making solo voyage across Pacific
83-year-old radio amateur Kenichi Horie JR 3 JJE is using ham radio
during his solo journey across the Pacific in his yacht the
Suntory Mermaid III
The Asahi site reports:
Kenichi Horie, who aims to become the oldest solo voyager to cross
the Pacific, passed Hawaii on April 17, a week ahead of schedule and
apparently in good shape and spirit.
Amateur radio fans across Japan are often in contact with JR3JJE
full story on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
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 May bulletin to
go to air.
This month as well as the latest Club news
* Ron VK3AFW, will talk about weak signal work using a computer,
* Ill be reminiscing about the regular column in Electronics Australia entitled
50 and 25 years ago, and lastly
* Bill VK3BR has an item about Oliver Heaviside, that remarkable self-taught
mathematician who amongst his many other achievements predicted the existence of
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
at www.raotc.org.au<http://www.raotc.org.au/> 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, May 10th. All are welcome but do
remember that WA Public Health rules apply.
Once again, tune in tomorrow for the May RAOTC bulletin, enjoy the program and
please join in the call backs afterwards.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing
Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160
World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160
World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160
Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227
Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Turkey's radio amateurs promote the hobby to scouts
The Aydin Branch of the Turkish Radio Amateurs Association (TRAC)
attended the weekend camp at the Scout House of the CampFire Scouting
and Sports Club in Shahnali Neighbourhood to explain all about
TRAC Aydin Branch members explained what amateur radio is, what
activities amateur radio operators can engage in, the working tools
and working methods required by this hobby, why amateur radio
operators are needed in emergencies and disasters, and the
importance of communication in search and rescue.
In addition, information about the exam and certification processes
of the amateur radio operator license was also given. The young
scouts learned how to communicate via hand and mobile radios,
radio to radio or relay.
Over-digital radio, the young scouts met with the president of the
Turkish Scout Federation and provided local interviews with the
operators in the TRAC Aydn Branch with analogue radios. The practical
training shown alongside the theory at the club, which houses scouts
from many age groups, has aroused excitement among young scouts.
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
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
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)
This is John VK5DJ for the SERG Convention organising committee.
The Australian Fox Hunting Championship is scheduled for the Queens
Birthday weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 11th and 12th.
Andrew VK5KET is our Fox Hunting coordinator and he is planning to
challenge the hounds as much as possible in the pine forests and
surrounds of Mount Gambier.
Were breaking with tradition and holding the Scout Hall activities
on the Sunday only. All the usual goodies such as the door prize,
trading tables, lunch offerings on Friday, home brew competition,
presentations for the hunters, talks and then the traditional
3 course dinner to polish off the championship.
On Sunday the doors will open for traders to setup at 8:30AM and for
general public entry at 9:30AM.
All details are available on the SERG website.
Thats SERG dot ORG dot AU See the Convention 22 page.
Its been a while since our last convention due to Covid, so were
encouraging and hoping for lots of entries in the home brew comp.
As usual we have many prizes. The entries dont have to be fancy,
just something youve made that may interest others. The judges allow
for all levels of achievement. E.g. previous entries include a
tree made from resistors, transverters, power supplies, antennas,
LED lights, assembled kits and so on. Have a go! Put an entry in.
See you there, have a look at the crazy fox hunting cars, laugh at
the antics of the hunters in the crater or pick up some bargains off
the tables on Sunday.
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 (vk6pop)
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