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WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
LAST WEEKEND WAS OUR WIA AGM
WIA SECRETARY PETER CLEE JOINS US THIS WEEK
WIA VICE PRESIDENT LEE MOYLE VK3GK STEPS UP TO THE "MIC."
as does WIA's AR MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF ROGER HARRISON VK2ZRH and
the latest magazine is out, I got my Digital Version this week.
Speaking of digital, don't forget all points of contact, sources, urls
associated with every weeks WIA National News Service is found in
the printed text edition of our newscast. Worth a read because more
often than not the text contains a bit more info than we can squeeze
into this 30 minute spoken word version.
best read at wia.org.au
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FOLLOWING FROM WIA SECTRETARY PETER CLEE VK8ZZ
WIA Merit Awards announced at 2022 AGM
There were eight (8) WIA Merit Awards announced at the WIA AGM today.
Recipients of the WIA Merit awards in 2022 were:-
Peter Young VK3MV - Presidents Commendation
In recognition of a very extended service to the WIA. A recipient of
the GA Taylor Medal (2012), for exceptional services to the Wireless
Institute of Australia Peter has been of a significant assistance to
the institute over many years. He has only recently stood down from
the position of WIA Monitoring Service Co-ordinator and as a director
of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
Dale Hughes VK1DSH - Presidents Commendation
Dale has previously received the G A Taylor medal (2016), the highest
WIA Merit Award. Dale was also a recipient of the Ron Wilkinson
Achievement award in 2012. Dale continues to serve the WIA on
committees and as our representative to the World Radio Conference.
He is an active member of the Spectrum Strategy Committee and the
Regulatory Liaison Group. Dale is also an active member of the IARU
liaison sub-committee. Dale also chairs one of the principal working
Graham Kemp VK4BB - Presidents Commendation
In recognition of his contribution as Team Leader of the WIA News
service group and anchor of the weekly broadcast. Graham has a
high profile in WIA Media circles and is trusted to bring the weekly
news to our members throughout Australia. Graham was a recipient of
the GA Taylor medal in 2005
Ian Jackson VK3BUF - Technical Excellence Award
In recognition of his technically contribution to the amateur service
and articles and videos on the reduction of QRM and RFI including his
article on ferrites and how they can be applied to RFI suppression.
Andrew Chapman VK4QF - Chris Jones Award
In recognition of his special achievements and longstanding efforts
for the benefit of the Amateur Radio community in Queensland.
In particular for being integral in the establishment of the
SE Queensland Wide Area Network (SEQWAN). SEQWAN is a network of
seven crosslinked repeaters providing reliable communications for a
large part of south east Queensland.
Hayden Honeywood VK7HH - Michael Owen Medal
In recognition of service to Amateur Radio through the publication of
HRDX internet web site and the HRDX YouTube Video Streaming channel.
These internet and social media streaming outlets are educational,
informative, entertaining and inspirational. Appealing to both
younger and newer recruits as well as the older stalwarts of the
Amateur Radio service.
Bevan Daniel VK5BD - Ron Wilkinson Achievement Award
In recognition of his valued contribution to value adding to the
WIA National News Service by compiling a professional video version
each week which is made available for retransmission on ATV systems
around the world, including the British Amateur Television network
as well as being published on YouTube and for personal use.
Grant Willis VK5GR - GA Taylor Award
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Amateur Radio
Service and to the Wireless Institute of Australia as a member of the
Spectrum Strategy committee and the IARU Liaison Sub Committee.
Grant is the WIA representative to the IARU Region 3 HF Band Plan
Committee and is the Chair of that committee of the IARU.
Grant Willis is also a keen contester and was a recipient of a
Presidents Commendation in 2018.
Publications Committee awards 2022
The Publications Committee found itself with an embarrassment of
riches when it came to reviewing 2021s magazines and nominating
recipients of the three annual PubCom awards. It has been an
extraordinary year, all round.
As you can see, the Committee decided to make multiple awards in
two categories. This is not without precedent, as the WIA website
Awards pages reveal.
Al Shawsmith Award for Journalism.
Licensed since 1935, Al Shawsmith VK4SS (SK 2010), a noted CW operator
and DXer, gained fame as a prolific author in AR. He was the
Official Historian for the former Queensland Division of the WIA.
The award is made for the best non-technical article published in
Amateur Radio magazine in the previous calendar year.
The standard of general-subject articles submitted for publication
in 2021 was remarkably high. Accordingly, there are two recipients,
Rex James VK3OF, for What a weekend moonbounce on HF!, published in
Issue 6; and
Rex Moncur VK7MO, for Antarctica and the Australian Antarctic Program,
published in Issue 5.
This Award is named after Ron Higginbotham VK3RN, who produced
Amateur Radio magazine at The Richmond Chronicle in Melbourne over
the decades from 1949 through 1973.
For service to the amateur radio community, this award for 2021
goes to Jenny Wardrop VK3WQ, for her reliable continuance in
contributing the ALARA column for AR, and consistent promotion and
support of YLs of all ages.
The earliest mention that we could find of an award for technical
articles published in AR magazine is in the April 1959 edition
(p.17). While not saying specifically so, in noting that VK6EC/T was
granted the 1958 Technical Award for his article series on Amateur TV
the note hints that there were previous awards.
It seems the granting of a Technical Award for articles in AR over
the previous calendar year has a chequered history since that era.
However, it has been more consistent over the last decade.
The standard of articles submitted for publication in 2021 has
certainly been high, and particularly, the significance of topics
authors wrote about.
The Committee settled on three recipients of the award for technical
articles published in 2021:
Andrew Anderson VK3CV for his article on Practical communications at
30 THz, published in Issue 2;
Lou Destefano VK3AQZ, for his series on The VK3AQZ HF antenna tuner
project, published from Issue 2 through to Issue 2 - 2022; and
Dale Hughes (VK1DSH) and Dimitrios Tsifakis VK2COW, for their
article on Experiments with LoRa digital transmissions, published in
This is WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK
On behalf of the WIA Board of Directors, just a couple of messages
from me this week.
The WIA Board has resolved that to show our respect to silent keys,
the WIA will read out any silent keys that we have become aware of
in the previous month. We will also continue with the tradition of
reading out and paying our respects to silent keys at our yearly AGM.
The WIA will also publish a dedicated page on our website, which
will list all silent keys as we continue to pay our respects and
remember our close friends and colleagues that have sadly left us.
On behalf of the WIA Board of Directors and all members of the WIA,
we pass on our sincere condolences and our thoughts are with the
family, friends, colleagues of the loved ones we have lost may they
Rest in Peace.
As outlined in the February broadcast by President Scott Williams,
the WIA offers all WIA Affiliated Clubs access to a Group Buying
Arrangement for Public Liability Insurance. The amount of WIA
Affiliated Clubs that participate, allows the WIA to go out to the
insurance market through a Broker, and obtain a group discount or
reduced premiums that would otherwise not be able to be obtained.
WIA Affiliated Clubs are able to choose liability amounts of
$10 million and $20 million and a fee is charged subject to the
state or territory in which the club is located and a fee per member.
We are delighted to announce that well in excess of 100 clubs have
participated in obtaining insurance through the program this year.
Just a little reminder to those clubs that have not yet paid, it was
essential to pay no later than 30 April to ensure your insurance
The WIA is proud to be able to assist clubs in obtaining this
insurance and this is just another example of the great benefits
of being an Affiliated Club with the WIA.
Thats it for me this week.
73 from Lee VK3GK
This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison
Issue 3 of Amateur Radio magazine: -
The theme for the issue as foreshadowed on Page 3 of Issue 2 is
Homebrew hacks and hints! And I dont mean the liquid kind of
Every inveterate homebrewer is confronted at one time or another with
a situation where you have to turn a knob but the shaft for the pot
or capacitor is necessarily located out of reach.
Jim Sosnin VK3 Juliet-Sierra-Tango VK3JST found a cheap and
cheerful solution to that problem, without using an Arduino or
RaspberryPi digital device.
He called it the uTurn a minimum parts count remote control.
Jim describes his charmingly simple project in this issue.
Having an issue with RF feedback in your shack? The likely culprit
may be RF travelling down the outside of the coax leading from your
multi-band HF dipole.
An inveterate homebrewer you all know Lou Destefano
VK3 Alpha Quebec Zulu VK3AQZ describes how he solved his problem,
describing tricks and traps in selecting and building a low-cost
choke balun. Whats more, its rated for use up to 400 watts.
For those venturing on the bands beyond six and two metres, homebrew
hacks and hints can get a little more complicated. A veteran of many
years mountain-topping with his homebrew creations for bands from
six metres through the well, millimetres Doug Friend VK4OE
who shares his hints and hacks for getting the most from a lollygagging
long-boom loop Yagi.
What! Lollygagging? All is explained in Issue 3. To carry on . . .
Naturally, we continue with Part 2 of our major feature on the unsung
pioneers of TV technology in Australia, by WIA Historian,
Peter Wolfenden VK3 Romeo Victor VK3RV.
Peter reveals further details on some astonishing activities before
the start of broadcast television in the 1950s, when radio amateurs
trumped the broadcasters.
Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 90, Issue Number 3 for 2022. Serving
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.
Amateur Radio Supported a Special Mother's Day Event for Ukraine.
Tens of thousands of mothers and children have left their home
without a father, heading to the safety of nearby countries and away
from the war-zone.
Amateur Radio was suspended in Ukraine on February 24th, but now
there is an allowance obtained to transmit amateur radio remotely,
by using an Ukraine CEPT license as long as the RF emissions are not
from the Ukrainian soil.
Well-known DXpeditioner Alex, UT5UY, went on the air on May 4th as
EA4/UT5UY using a remote station in Madrid, Spain. Amateur Radio
was also used Mother's day when Alex greeted his wife, Sasha and his
12 year old son Daniel, currently living in Finland.
This is in line with IARU's theme: "Never Alone", and showcasing
the fact that Amateur Radio has an important role even during the
world's most turbulent times.
A novel contest was organized by the Croatian Amateur Radio Association.
The 64th state level competition of Young Technicians of the Republic
The competitions took place in 12 categories.
14 youngsters from 14 Croatian counties competed in the
"Radio Communication" category. The first part, was where
competitors took a written test of general technical knowledge.
The second part was the construction of a small radio transmitter.
The third part simulated an emergency, the task, to find an injured
person. This part involved orienteering with the help of a map,
locating a radio beacon carried by the injured person by means of a
radio direction finder, determining the person's coordinates and
distance, and relaying the position by radio.
Aircraft Altimeter Retrofits
The United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have met
with telecom and airline industry officials in a push to retrofit
and ultimately replace some airplane radio altimeters that could
face interference from C-Band 5G wireless services.
The altimeters give data on a plane's height above the ground and
are crucial for bad-weather landings. Potential wireless interference
from a planned 5G rollout led to disruptions at some U.S. airports
earlier this year.
The round-table meeting considered retrofits with antenna filters,
which mitigate potential interference from 5G.
NEW TEST OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER CALLED A SUCCESS
In the United States, military researchers' latest test of wireless
power transfer over microwave frequencies has been called a success.
Kent Peterson KCDGY brings us the update thanks to ARNewsLine
The still-experimental practice of beaming power over microwave
frequencies to transfer electrical power using so-called "ground bounce"
has completed its most successful test to date. The United States Naval
Research Laboratory recently completed a trial in which 1.6 kilowatts of
power was transmitted terrestrially using a 10-GHz beam over a distance
of 1 kilometre, or six tenths of a mile. This kind of point-to-point
transfer of electrical power is an emerging technology that is becoming
increasingly favourable for scientists looking to expand its application.
An IEEE (I Triple E) paper published late last year said the use of the
ground-based transmitter is part of ongoing exploration that researchers
hope will eventually open the door to space-to-earth wireless
transmission of power. Scientists believe that limiting the frequencies
in use to those below 10GHz will lessen the loss of power during
Paul Jaffe, KJ4IKI, the project lead, said in an April 20th press
release that the systems have been developed keeping safety limits in
mind for animals and people.
For Amateur Radio NewsLine, I'm Kent Peterson KCDGY.
Chairman of the ARRL RF Safety Committee Gregory D. Lapin, N9GL,
Ph.D., P.E., will receive an award at the 2022 Dayton Hamvention
from the Radio Society of Great Britain.
He will receive the Founders' Trophy, recognizing his outstanding
service to the society.
Along with members of the RSGB, the ARRL RFSC members formed an
EMF Oversight Group, which has been meeting since August 2020 to help
develop tools and procedures for complying with the new RF Exposure
regulations for amateur radio operators in Great Britain. The new
rules in the UK are similar to those already in effect in the
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
N.Z.A.R.T. Sangster Shield Contest Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May
0800 - 1100 UTC Rules for this year are unchanged and as per the
Remember to that ZL stations can only operate with 5w but we here
in VK may use power up to our legal limit.
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).
Warren, VK7WN is reported QRV as VK0WN while stationed at
Casey Research Station.
QSL VK 0 WN as per his on air instructions.
(sourced to eHam)
T 42 ITU is active between May 14 - 17, to commemorate the 157th
anniversary of the ITU constitution. Activity will be on all bands
and modes including the satellites.
All contacts will be confirmed via LoTW and QRZ.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
On air to our north is P 29 LL from Port Moresby.
Active on most HF bands.
QSL via EA 7 FTR.
7B2C, 7B2E, 7B2T, 7B2H and 7B2O are QRV until the end of October to
celebrate the Javanese-Hindu Ceto Temple that was built in 1475.
Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL via operators' instructions.
Danish DX Group celebrates 50 years
The Danish DX Group (DDXG) to celebrate their 50th anniversary
station OZ 50 DDXG 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 OZ 5 DDXG.
The anniversary station may be contacted once on each band and with
each modulation type in every month. Each approved contact counts
Full details on
Frans, PC2F will be active as PF 01 MAX until the 20th of November,
over the twenty-two Grand Prix weekends of this year's FIA Formula One
for PF 01 MAX, you QSL via PC2F either direct, via the bureau,
Logbook of The World or eQSL
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.
Ofcom will permit GB 100 BBC to operate throughout the year,
from the headquarters station in Broadcasting House, London.
In the World of DX, be listening on the HF bands for 8 N 65 JP, the
special call sign being used by the Japan Amateur Radio League's
Okinawa Branch. Hams are marking the 50th anniversary of the return
of the Okinawa Prefecture to Japan from United States administration.
The callsign 8 N 650 JP is active through the 30th of September.
QSOs will be confirmed automatically through the bureau.
Hadrian's Wall Special Event Station
There are two special event stations GB1900HA and GB1900HW
running throughout the year to commemorate 1900 years since
the building of Hadrians Wall.
QSL Via Logbook of the World and Club Log OQRS.
See QRZ.com for more info on GB1900HA and GB1900HW
Further info at:
Irish Radio Transmitters Society hams are using the special callsign
EI 90I RTS to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of Ireland's
national society. Listen for the EI90IRTS callsign.
QSL via EI6AL.
Members of VERON's section of Mid and North Limburg are QRV with
special call sign PI 75 LIM all this year to celebrate their
QSL via bureau.
A year-long special event is call HG 2 PS.
Hams are marking the 200th birthday of Sandor Petofi, a revolutionary
and celebrated poet and their station is on air until March 15 2023.
Be listening on all bands for operators using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via HA 8 RD, ClubLog or LoTW.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
(text not in same order as you hear on the audio news or see on ATV)
This is Linda VK7QP with news of ALARAmeet 2023
The next ALARAmeet will be held in Hobart in November 2023.
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.
Expressions of interest are now due.
The form is on the ALARA website or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 competitive rates.
We have received a good number of expressions of interest so far, and
the planning team will be meeting to review these at the end of the
month. So, please return the Expressions of Interest form to me by
email or send to P.O. Box 308, Rosny Park, Tas 7018 as soon as
73 from Linda VK7QP
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- APRS
and it's to VK5DAD Nathan from the SCARC in SA.
SCARC APRS PROJECT UPDATE
Hi all yes this is Nathan VKDAD from the South Coast Amateur Radio
Club with an update on our APRS project.
The SCARC Amateur Radio Club currently has a TNC APRS repeater at our
Willunga Hill site.
VK5RSC-1 Upgraded on 14 May, 2022 to a Digipeater at Willunga Hill
Site (Igate facilities). Digipeater (Rpi with USB Soundcard
and TAIT 8110) VHF radios. From the old TNC.
VK5RSC-2 located Normanville. Was switched on the 11 May, 2022
VK5RVH-1 located Victor Harbor. Date to be advised.
This project has taken months to source, negotiate and finalise the
Below in the text edition is a list of people (in NO particular order)
we wish to thank for helping bringing this together
Stef VK5HSX -
Dean VK5HMV -.
Nathan VK5DAD -
Rick VK5VCR -
Dave VK5LEX -
Tony VK5AH -
Steve VK5SPJ -
Phil Kern vk5ZEY who sponsors our club though his business
Kern Wi-Fi who supplies internet to our repeater site.
We would like to thank our partners as this has taken us many times
away from our families thank you to them.
Also thank you to all the members and amateur radio operators who
have made this success full.
Thank you from the South Coast Amateur Radio Club
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN
A new YouTube video is called "Two Teens, a Ham Radio, and Operation
Produced by Lance Geiger, known as The History Guy, the video
chronicles two teenage hams back in the mid to late 1950's who helped
keep an expedition at the South Pole, during the international
Geophysical year in 1957, in touch with family and friends throughout
the entire winter.
Jules Madey, K2KGJ, his brother John, K2KGH (now SK) are the hams
profiled and their use of phone patches and relays to pass on messages
from the crew at the pole. The video presents the back story of how
this all came about with frequent expeditions by the US Navy to
begin setting up a polar base.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
Thanks to ARRL Newsletter for this, an unusual Morse Code story
from John Ruckert, WE4IAS.
"About 3 AM, I was awakened by someone sending S-O-S on their
car horn. I leaped out of bed, grabbed a bathrobe, and with an
extra-long metal-flashlight zoomed down a flight of stairs to our
apartment buildings' carport. There I found a young lady sitting
just inside our rolling car-gate. I inquired, 'Are you the person
sending S-O-S on a car horn?'
She smiled saying, 'Yes. I guessed if I just leaned on my car horn,
to get someone to let me out with an electronic gate-opener, no one
would respond. So I sent S-O-S and you got here in about 30-seconds!'"
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
What it's like to become a NASA astronaut?
More than 18,000 Americans, THATS EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, competed in the
latest round of NASA's astronaut selection.
The new candidates will be announced Wednesday (June 7), and will
report for basic training in August.
See what it takes to be a NASA astronaut and what happens after the
selection at the link in this weeks WIA National News
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Irek, will be active as DV8/KH7EA from Mindanao Island until May 27
on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB during his daytime.
Mindanao Island is in the southern Philippines.
QSL via SP3SUX by the Bureau.
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
A special event station for young Scouts in the United States is back
after two years, and it logged an impressive array of contacts.
You might consider special event station W2P the official station of
the Comeback Kids.
The 58th annual Scout Camporee at the West Point Military Academy in
New York had to be cancelled for two consecutive years because of the
COVID-19 pandemic. On the weekend of April 22nd to 24th, it returned
and got on the air, making 577 contacts on CW and phone, covering
41 states and 25 DXCC entities on three continents.
James Gallo, KB2FMH, one of the organizers, told NewsLine that
organizers and the West Point Scoutmaster's Council saw that the
camporee itself made up for lost time, even with the usual number of
6,000 attendees reduced to 4,000 as a COVID precaution.
W2P had about 13 operators working in rotation on five stations, the
contacts were devoted to mini-rag chews, giving everyone a chance to
share memories of being in Scouting or the military.
Most memorable contact was logged in the middle of the night on 20 meters:
a 5-watt station with the call sign R 5 AJ. The operator told James
he'd been a Scout as a boy and when he found the listing on QRZ he had
to make the call.
(Amateur Radio NewsLine)
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
Radio ham helps save man swept overboard
April 28 an emergency call came in that a ship had a man overboard.
A Norwegian radio amateur helped to save the person in question
A translation of the post by Norway's national society NRRL says:
In addition to being an avid radio amateur, Geir Tore Christiansen
LA 5 ZO is also an avid sailor.
He received the emergency call on digital selective call at 12 MHz.
The call came from the Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier.
They reported person overboard and stated their position at 27.39N
and 88.49E. BUT luckily when LA 5 ZO plotted this it was INLAND
He had the boats MMSI number and searched for it on MarineTraffic.
There was the right position, i.e. that 88 E should be WEST and he was
then 100 Nm south of New Orleans. He found the phone number of the
US Coast Guard who has this area. They had not received any call
and thanked for the info and said it would call them on the
satellite phone. "
Next day Geir Tore could read online that a search operation had
been launched, overboard man found by a plane with heat-seeking
camera, and then rescued by a helicopter. The person in question
was wearing an inflatable vest.
This case ended well.
One man's curiosity became another man's salvation.
( Source NRRL https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Norway via SouthGate )
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
YOTA Contest 2022 Youth On The Air (ham-yota.com)
INDEXA is supporting the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure
The INDEXA Board of Directors is honoured to be sponsoring this
project which encourages youth to experience DXing from the other
side of the pileups. This year their DX operation will be conducted
at the PJ2T superstation in Curacao.
President Bob Schenck, N2OO, says, "INDEXA has gotten behind this
worthwhile project because we realize it can only create a better
understanding of DXpeditioning for the youth in our hobby. We see
this as a great opportunity for them to gain first-hand experience
from the DXing point of view and perhaps spur interest with our
future generation of DXpeditioners."
The YDXA was founded in 2009 by Dave Kalter, KB8OCP (SK);
Don DuBon, N6JRL, and Jim Storms, AB8YK, with the purpose of
introducing young amateur radio operators, between the age of
11 to 17, to the excitement of operating as a team at DX locations.
Young hams who participate with the YDXA team are required to be
accompanied by a parent or guardian.
INDEXA encourages everybody to consider supporting this worthwhile
youth DX activity and look for them when they are on the air!
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.
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)
VK7 - Miena HamFest Saturday 19th November. (vk7wi news)
VK - ALARAMeet2023 Sat 4 / Sun 5 November HOBART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WIA News rebroadcasters often give Short Wave Listeners a
welcome to the broadcast as they commence call-backs
straight after the Local News. Local news follows National
news in all states. It would be great if those SWL's would
email their reception reports and location to
Submitting news items
If you would like to submit news items for possible inclusion
in the VK1WIA broadcasts, please email your item in text to
email@example.com and don't JUST send url's links or
posters, but take the time to pen YOUR contribution.
To submit audio, email firstname.lastname@example.org
and send BOTH the audio and the text
We would appreciate items certainly no longer than 1.5 mts in
length as we only have a half hour.
Remember the sooner you submit material the more the
likelihood of it being broadcast in the very next edition of
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