2022 MAY 22 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 22 2022
IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
( 1937 in a mention we've come across relating to weekly
broadcasts of information prepared by VK4 was a plea to
restart the weekly news service which was on air in the
late 1920's )
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
I'M GRAHAM VK4BB
joining us will be JOHN VK4FJRK, BRUCE VK3FFF, ALEC VK2APC,
FELIX FK4FUQ, MICKALA VK3FUR, JASON VK2LAW, ROGER VK2ZRH,
AND PETER VK8ZZ
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
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Peter VK8ZZ WIA Director and Secretary reports:-
Last week I announced the recipients of the WIA Merit Awards.
Many members leave it until the last few weeks to make nominations
for merit awards, however these can be done at any time during the
year. I would encourage members to start thinking about merit award
nominations for next year.
Speaking of next year, the WIA are keen to hear from clubs that would
be interested in running the WIA AGM in conjunction with either a
conference or event. It must be held in April or May.
Please send expressions of interest to me at my email address
This has been Peter VK8ZZ WIA Director and Secretary
This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
You should be receiving the latest edition of Amateur Radio magazine Issue 3 for 2022 in mailboxes and newsagents from late last week.
As foreshadowed, the theme for the issue is Homebrew hacks and hints!
So, to continue this line from the few items I highlighted last week, we have Building an automatic tuner for a magnetic loop antenna, by John Forrest VK3 Juliet November Foxtrot VK3JNF.
John built his own version of The Plastic Fantastic magnetic loop antenna project by Jim Tregellas VK5 Juliet Sugar Tango VK5JST, published in the September 2017 issue of Amateur Radio.
Just to remind you that mag loop was made from a length of laminated plastic gas pipe from Bunnings and featured a very innovative trombone tuning capacitor formed from the gas pipe.
To tune his Plastic Fantastic Mark 2, John VK3JNF used a stepper motor, rather than the geared motor described in the original design. To drive his tuning motor, John tells the story of how he adapted kits found online and achieved success.
Speaking of antennas the key to every successful ham station this issue, we begin a four-part series on Antenna Modelling using free yes, free software.
Written by Michael Barbera and Gregory Mew VK4GRM, the modelling software is known as 4nec2 figure 4 November Echo Charlie figure 2 4nec2. It is a powerful and widely respected application.
Part 1, this issue, introduces the concept of antenna modelling and describes a variety of the packages available.
Part 2, in Issue 4, will show you where to get the 4nec2 software and provide a review of how to model a simple dipole.
Parts 3 and 4 will then look at HF and VHF antenna examples and show how they can be optimised, slowly introducing you to the softwares more advanced features in a practical way.
Returning to the hardware this issue, Lou Destefano VK3 Alpha Quebec Zulu VK3AQZ completes his wide range RF power meter project.
Hands up those who have broadband delivered to your home by NBN Co the government owned company building Australias broadband telecommunications network across the nation.
A few communications ministers ago in the federal government, it was proposed that, to save huge expense, the nations broadband network wouldnt connect fibre all the way to home premises.
Instead, the fibre network would reach out to boxes in the street known as nodes and the last bit would use the existing twisted-pair copper wires of the old dial-up analogue telephone service known as fibre to the node or F T T N.
In apartment blocks, fibre could be installed to the basement or F T T B.
A technology known as very-high speed digital subscriber line V D S L delivers your broadband service via those twisted-pair copper wires. Basically, its low-level RF
from 25 kHz to 17.6 MHz. Theres the rub. That spans a bunch of popular amateur bands, and amateur transmissions can cause interference and vice versa.
In March, NBN Co published on its website a document titled Mitigating Amateur Radio Interference to VDSL2. This created some chatter on the air and across social media.
So, we had WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee members Phil Wait VK2 Alpha Sierra Delta VK2ASD, and Dale Hughes VK1 Delta Sierra Hotel VK1DSH take a look at it. They have reviewed NBNs document and found it erm wanting in several places.
We give you the skinny on the matter in Issue 3.
Our cover story gives a rundown on a soon to be released Icom rig for the 2.4 and 5.7 GHz bands. Icom is moving beyond 1296 MHz.
We also give you a DIY solar electric boat; Newcomers Notebook on diodes; another VHF/UHF column this issue covering 3D printing hacks and hints; and the Meteor Scatter Report highlighting The Big 6 meteor showers in VK; another ALARA column this issue introducing Michelle VK2 Alpha Yankee Lima VK2AYL, to be ALARAs next President; plus, a Book Review on The flying doctor story 1928 to 1978.
Written and authorised by Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA, Gold Coast, Queensland.
Sorry, wrong script. Never mind. Back to you B-B!
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made a
fee calculator available to help find what the AMCA is calling
"the most cost-efficient licence option" for amateurs and holders
of other radio licences.
The ACMA has said that the calculator will receive regular updates
with respect to pricing and other options.
The fee shown is best available BUT plenty of disclaimers on site
and reminders to use and check your "normal supplier".
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
IARUMS newsletter suggests possible jammers on 7 and 14 MHz
IARU Monitoring System Region 1 newsletter reports stations
transmitting with a bandwidth of 8 kHz in the 7 and 14 MHz
amateur radio bands
Among the intruders operating regularly in our bands, radars were
once again, in terms of number, duration and power of their emissions
the most damaging intrusions followed by FSK CIS type transmissions
and other military modes, and they also received some pirate emissions,
mostly in the 10m band, in addition to the annoying transmissions of
several broadcasting stations in the 40 m band.
The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS)
Region 1 newsletter can be read at
German radio hams plan to use GSM/GPRS technology
German radio amateurs have been given a grant of almost $400,000
Australian dollars (249,424 Euros) by ARDC to develop software that
will allow the use of GSM/GPRS technology on amateur radio bands
Open Source Mobile Communications (Osmocom) is an umbrella project,
fiscally sponsored by the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, that hosts,
develops, and maintains mobile communications and SDR open source
projects, with a main focus on cellular telephony systems.
Osmocom identified a gap between the last decade of very promising
open source developments in cellular technology and the requirements
of being able to use this in the context of amateur radio. This grant
will be used to develop software that will allow the use of GSM/GPRS
technology on amateur radio bands
Organizers in the UK are preparing for a summer camping festival they
describe as [quote] "a temporary village of geeks, crafters and
technology enthusiasts." [endquote]
2,000 people or more are expected at Electromagnetic Field which will
bring technology, scientific curiosity and a special event amateur
radio station to Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire.
The volunteer-run, not-for-profit event is taking place between
2nd and 5th June and includes an Amateur Radio Village GX 1 EMF and
AMSAT-UK Village GB 4 EMF.
In addition to speakers and workshops on everyone's favourite tech to
pics, there will also be music and other entertainments. The event is
held every two years.
IARU Region 1 interim meeting in June
Norways Body NRRL reports the IARU Region 1 interim meeting will
take place during the HAM Radio Fair in Friedrichshafen
These interim meetings are preparatory meetings held the year before
an ordinary IARU R1 conference, and the main purpose of the meeting
is to prepare matters that are urgent and/or are of greater scope.
For this year's interim meeting in Friedrichshafen, NRRL has submitted
two agenda items: Global harmonization of the 1.8 MHz band, with a
view to proposing for the upcoming WRC (2023) to provide Region 1,
in line with Regions 2 and 3, full access in the frequency range of
1800 to 1810 kHz, as well as to remove power limitation in the upper
part of the band, 1850-2000 kHz, which is currently 10W.
NRRL seeks international supporters in this matter.
Brazilian lawmakers have passed a tough new law limiting RF interference
from solar panels. This important step in the containment of solar
panel RFI took effect on the 2nd of May. The ordinance governs the
generation, conditioning and storing of electricity in photovoltaic
The move by Brazil's National Institute of Metrology and Quality was
hailed by amateur radio operators, including members of the Spectrum
Management and Defence Group of LABRE, the Brazilian national amateur
group. This Brazilian organisation provided guidance and feedback to
the national institute with the help of the electromagnetic
compatibility coordinator of the IARU and the ARRL.
HAM RADIO USED ILLEGALLY ON TOUR BOAT THAT SANK
A Japanese tour boat that sank last month, killing 11 of the 26 people
on board, was making use of amateur radio illegally as one of its
main communications methods, according to a report in one of Japan's
main daily newspapers and the story picked up by Amateur Radio NewsLine.
Japan's Radio Act forbids the use of amateur radio for profit-making
purposes but according to a report on the Mainichi Shimbun news site,
the Yazu I tour boat relied often on ham radio to communicate with
the office, other tour operators and other ships.
The boat sank in northern Japanese waters.
The news account said that it was believed that the captain of the
boat was unable to get a signal on his mobile phone and the on-board
satellite phone was broken. The news report said that another
cellphone was used to summon help but did not identify who it belonged to.
Anyone found guilty of violation of the Radio Act faces a possibility
of as much as one year in prison or a fine of 1 million yen, the
equivalent of $11,000 AUD.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
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 for the Western Australians 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
RSGB IOTA Contest is July 30 - 31st
WIA RD or Remembrance Day Contest
Weekend closest to the 15th August each year.
2022 its Sat Sun August 13 and 14
WIA - NZART OCEANIA CONTEST
PHONE - First full weekend in October
0600 UTC Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday
CW - Second full weekend in October
0600 UTC Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday
Log deadline for ALL logs - 31 October.
NEXT CONTESTS ARE FAST APPROACHING AND HERE JOINING ME IS
International CQ Pride contest June 4-6
CQ Pride, a contest celebrating diversity in amateur radio is right
around the corner.
Join amateurs in celebrating pride month this year by entering the
CQ Pride contest on the 4th and 5th of June. CQ Pride aims to be a
relaxed contest for all modes and all non WARC bands making it
perfect for small clubs and newcomers.
Use of sats, repeaters, internet links permitted.
For full rules and more information see
( Michaela VK3FUR - Pride Radio Group )
New World Wide Digital Contest also June 4-6
The Ecuador DX Club will operate special event station HD 1 E from
Quito tomorrow Monday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 24th. The hams are
celebrating Ecuador's Bicentennial Independence Day, which is May 24.
All HF bands using all the usual modes.
QSL via LoTW.
A free commemorative diploma will be available for all successful
Other hams in Ecuador who are members of the HCDX Group have been
using the callsign HD 2 BP since May 1st from Quito and will
continue until the end of May. They are commemorating the 200th
anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha.
Look for them on the HF bands using SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via EC5R.
Members of the 4 U 1 GSC group from the UN Global Service Centre in
Brindisi are QRV with special call 4 U 9 MAY and 4 U 1 GSC until
May 31 to commemorate International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters. QSL via 9A2AA.
Reiner, will be using callsign TO2AZ from Basseterre Island,
Guadeloupe, between May 27th and June 10th. Reiner will operate
40 to 10 meters, including 30, 17 and 12 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL to his home call, DL2AAZ
JV 0 YU is on air from Mongolia until the 10th of June on the HF and
VHF/UHF bands using CW, SSB and FT8 in DXpedition mode.
QSL via RW 6 HS.
VK 90 ABC an Aussie station celebrating 90 years of the National
Broadcaster and is operating all year. Speaking of ABC, the newsroom
did receive a note from Simon THROUGH THE WEEK to what he called was
a good news story. AGAIN i do remind everyone please don't just
send links and url's but take the time to write (and VOICE) your
suggested item in the manner you'd expect to hear it back on an
up- coming news service.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
From the land of the long white cloud comes Straight Key Night
The SKN will be held on Sunday 12 June from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm on
SKN is not a contest, but it is a great chance to dust off that
straight key and let us hear what it can do.
More details can be found here:
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
Meet some of the oldest "undead" spacecraft that are still going
Not all the dead stuff in space is junk; some are true gems. Believe
it or not, according to the Index of Objects Launched into Outer Space
maintained by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs,
there were 7,389 individual satellites orbiting our little green
planet at the end of April last year, 2021 (others place the number
closer to 6,500).
This number is only set to increase over time, with some estimates
coming in at around 990 satellites being added to the mix every
More on this interesting story on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Bruce, K5TEN, who usually activates Dog Island (WW. Loc EL79)
every year in June as K4D, is active this year between May 16 and 26.
Dog Island (USI FL005S, WW Loc.EL79), Florida, is an extremely rare
IOTA because access is controlled by the 25 or so homeowners on the
island. There are no hams on the island, and the only activations
have been done by Bruce over the last 9 years. Access is by
permission only and permission by one of the homeowners. It is only
accessible by private charter or single engine fixed wing aircraft
and by charter boat. The airstrip is overgrown so private charter is
the only real choice. There are no streets, roads, stop signs,
trendy cafes, or beach-front bars. If you need it, you bring it.
This year's activity will only be on 40-6 meters primarily on CW, SSB,
FM, 7027.5, 7110, 10110, 14027.5, 21027.5 and 28010 kHz
SSB - 7185, 14260, 21285 and 28310 kHz
QSL via K5TEN, SASE REQUIRED for stateside and DX (DX 1 USDs REQUIRED
). Also, QSL via the Bureau or eQSL (Is Best). See QRZ.com or May QST
for more details.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
An interesting note picked up from our Kiwi Friends in the NZART
comes all the way from WA.
Robert, Vice President of the Perth VHF group reminding the ZLs
2023 is the 80th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid.
In March this year, the UK, Canada and Australia remembered the
first sortie by the Lancaster bomber with special event call signs
GB 80 LAN, VE 80 LAN and VK 80 LAN. The organisers of that event have
been asked if we could do the same for the Dambusters.
As there were crews from New Zealand the invitation to join in the
event has been forwarded.
If you need more information please get in touch with Robert using
(hopefully this email though hard to determine IS V K 8 ZERO L A M)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
YOTA Contest 2022 Youth On The Air (ham-yota.com)
Eight-year-old one of the youngest hams in Arkansas USA
Just last month Silas Kriner, aged 8, passed his amateur radio exam,
he is now waiting for FCC to issue his license permitting up to
1,500 watts output.
I know exactly how he feels after passing, which I did aged ( ??? )
even if I CAN'T use a Kilowatt plus!
Silas is the son of radio amateurs Eric KF5KVE and Florence KF5OBU,
his Technician license is the entry level license in the USA,
it permits 200 watts in parts of the 3.5, 7, 21 and 28 MHz bands and
up to 1,500 watts on all amateur allocations above 30 MHz.
The Jonesboro Sun newspaper reporting on his achievement said:
Silas was excited when he passed his Technician Class license
and is waiting to be able to start transmitting.
I wanted to help the community in case of a natural disaster, like
a tornado or an earthquake, Silas said, because they are scary and
I want to help people with that.
He said that he became interested in hamming after he watched his
parents on their radios, which he will soon get to use, as well.
He began studying a few weeks ago and then took and passed his test
just a couple weeks later.
Marconi's first radio broadcast made 125 years ago. This article
by Jonathan Holmes is with thanks to BBC News.
I'M JOHN KNOX VK4FJRK AND THIS IS REWIND
It was an experiment that saved hundreds of lives, and changed the
way the world talks forever.
May 1897, (13th) Guglielmo Marconi sent the world's first radio message
across open water, and he did it while visiting a seaside resort in
Somerset the United Kingdom.
Marconi came to Weston-super-Mare looking to experiment with what he
called "telegraphy without wires" - known to us now as radio. He was
initially interested in contacting ships, but his work led to a
communications revolution. It paved the way for the radio and
television broadcasts that we take for granted today.
In 1896, Marconi had come to the UK to conduct his experiments after
failing to get interest in his work from the Italians.
His assistant, George Kemp, was from Cardiff, and suggested the
Bristol Channel would be the perfect place to test it out.
Marconi's team placed a transmitter on Flat Holm, an island halfway
across the Channel, and began sending messages out into the airwaves
and on 13 May, the instruments rang out with a clear spark. Marconi
sent a message of "CAN YOU HEAR ME," which was received loud and
Immediately, the team travelled back to Brean Down Fort, just south
of Weston-super-Mare, and set up again. A further message was sent a
distance of nearly 10 miles - a record at the time.
Two months after his Weston experiments, Marconi set up the Wireless
Telegraph & Signal Company Ltd, which was one of the six founders of
the British Broadcasting Company in 1922. Its first London station
was called 2 LO and broadcast from Marconi House, the headquarters of
MY TIME IS UP - I'M JOHN KNOX VK4FJRK AND THIS HAS BEEN REWIND
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)
VK7 - Miena HamFest Saturday 19th November. (vk7wi news)
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