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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 12 2022
IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
IN TODAYS NEWS , HOW IS YOUR CLUB GOING? Geoff Emory vk4zpp has
This week in WIA board talk we'll hear from
Immediate Past President Greg Kelly VK2GPK
COL VK3GTV WITH SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
VK4FUQ FELIX WITH CONTEST DATELINE PLUS HIS 4 TO TUNE IN THE DX WORLD.
IN THE WORLD AT LARGE VK2LAW JASON JOINS US FROM THE INTERNATIONAL
AND --- AND THE FIGURE IS ---- HALF A BILLION
NEWS FROM ACMA
The fight against scammers is showing results with the release of
new figures that telcos have blocked over 549 million scam calls
under rules introduced in late 2020. The data was released by the
Australian Communications and Media Authoritys Chair, Nerida OLoughlin
in an address to the telecommunications industry.
Every scam call that doesnt reach a consumer is a good outcome and
every initiative that helps disrupt scammers makes Australia a harder
target and increases confidence in our telecommunications services,
Ms OLoughlin said.
The ACMAs Combating Scams Action Plan, launched in late 2019, has
seen the agency and the telecommunications industry develop a number
of initiatives aimed at reducing phone scams, including the
registration of new rules requiring telcos to detect and block scam
The figures released shows these initiatives are having an impact,
as are rules to prevent mobile porting fraud introduced in mid-2020.
There has been a 95 per cent decrease in reported mobile fraud since
the new obligations commenced.
THIS WEEK ACMA SENT OUT NEWSLETTER 2 OF 2022
It was an update on:
consultation on proposed amateur class licensing arrangements
The next stage of ACMA's consultation on the proposed amateur class
licence and supporting arrangements has been delayed until Q3 2022.
At that time, they will consult on an updated draft amateur
class licence, which incorporates feedback and practical suggestions
made by submitters. Also update the amateur community on the status
of key outstanding matters, including international recognition of
amateur qualifications and call sign management.
ACMA also looked at some misconceptions about licence variations:
understanding whats legal
ACMA have recently received a number of enquiries about licence
variations to allow use of higher power. This misconception has
stemmed from some historical correspondence from the ACMA that
notified licensees of a licence variation under section 111 of the
Radiocommunications Act 1992.
To clear up any confusion:-
The conditions for operating your licence are only those that are
specified in the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur
Licence) Determination 2015 or in individual conditions stated on
the licence record published on the ACMAs Register of
This Greg VK2GPK with this weeks Board Comment,
My journey towards becoming a licensed radio amateur started as a
Short Wave Listener (SWL). This was as a young teenager just after I
started high school with a basic AM radio that had a Short wave band
plus an antenna consisting of about 10 metres of wire strung along
the top of fence outside my bedroom. Of course, as the radio wasnt
equipped with a BFO (Beat Frequency Oscillator) it could not resolve
SSB but there was plenty of AM transmissions of interest.
I remember my excitement when I received my first QSL card, from a
commercial AM station which I had logged when it was testing a new
transmitter. Eventually I was able to save up enough money to buy
an entry level communications receiver, a DX160, which had a BFO and
the world of amateur radio opened up leading to me gaining a radio
amateur licence as a 17 year old.
I was reminded of my journey as a rookie SWL recently whilst reading
a news report of a young SWL who intercepted Russian communications
that identified what was, at that time, an unannounced space launch.
These days, very few ordinary AM/FM radios almost none have HF
bands. They are still available, but are more of a specialist
purchase brands such as Tecsun, Sangean and Sony come to mind.
Most younger people, say the millennials born since 1987, have no
knowledge at all of short wave radio let alone its historical,
natural disaster and geo-political importance. The abject stupidity
of allowing Radio Australia HF transmissions to the Pacific Islands
to cease by a recent federal government would appear to be an example
of the knowledge gap. The frequencies that were utilised have now
been opportunistically taken over by the PRC, and the savings
achieved are not even a rounding error on the Federal Budget.
Yet the great irony is that today short wave Listening is more
accessible than it ever was and it is effectively free if you have
a PC, tablet or even a smart phone. Public SDRs (Software Defined
Radios) now number in the hundreds. The most common of these are
based on the KiwiSDR in conjunction usually with a RaspberryPi or
Intel NUC or similar. These SDRs have multiple receive channels,
waterfall displays and SSB processing. And vey significantly, many
have good antenna set-ups in low QRM locations.
Search for KiwiSDR in your favourite internet search engine and you
will be surprised what you will find both in ANZ and around the world
Think about becoming a self-appointed public SDR evangelist and
demonstrating these amazing resources to friends, family and
especially the younger generation. And just maybe, a few might
start on a journey to becoming a radio amateur
This is Greg VK2GPK.
7:30 ID ALBURY
WIA DISCUSSION POINT
Hello, Im Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and Ive been thinking.
When was the last time you and your club members sat down and got
your heads together? I mean when did you last seriously talk over
what makes a successful club tick and what keeps us coming back?
I was sparked into this train of thought by the excitement shown by
people on TV over the footie match that was held midweek. Now if it
is anything around the world that gets the blood pumping and the
chest heaving with excitement it is the collective excitement of
football supporters. Culture, religion and language all give way to
the obsessive joy of the sharing that being a supporter of a
particular club provides. The code doesnt matter but the rallying
about a team and the current match seems to excite fans like few other things.
There seems to be a harmony in wearing the team colours and jerseys
and scarves are prized for what they represent to their owners and
other supporters. From hat pins to balloons and other trinkets,
people seek a way of identifying with the club, something that is
much more than themselves.
Over the years I have gathered a few items that exhibit my membership
of amateur radio groups. There are a couple of baseball caps with
the WIA badging, there is the pin to put in my jacket lapel and there
is the long sleeved shirt from when I was deeply involved in radio
club activities. I even have an applique badge to go on some yet to
be chosen piece of clothing.
As I have managed to get around a few amateur radio events, I have
seen the range of shirts, caps and souvenir items that clubs have
produced for their members. And the members have been proud to wear
them. Unless you count the throngs of prospective buyers around the
sale tables at rallies, I have yet to see any of the ebullience of
the sports followers at a match. Are we as a tribe more sedate than
other self-identified followers of recreational pursuits, I wonder?
So lets turn back to chewing the fat on keeping the club engaged
with its members.
What are the things that work? Is it the newsletter, the club nets
or participation in contests and rallies? Do the T-shirts look a bit
last century but people wear them anyway? Would a decal for the
members cars be popular and is tea and bickies enough to warm
peoples hearts at meetings? Would going for lunch once a month get
some people together or would bringing a plate of food to eat during
the wind down from the meetings get more people talking?
Maybe for the more active people, having a game of touch or a visit
to a swimming spot in warmer weather would be a way of building the
sense of togetherness that a club would like to see. There are so
many things that we can do to support our friends and it is just a
matter of finding those things that work in your town.
Im Geoff Emery VK4ZPP and thats what I think how about you?
11:11 OFFICIAL MID
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Tim Neobard M 7 TMN has received a British Empire Medal in the
Queens Birthday Honours List
Essex Ham report Tim, together with other volunteers created the
East Essex Hackspace a maker community in Hockley, and at the
height of the Covid pandemic, Tim and the team manufactured 12,000
face shields using the Hackspaces laser cutter and these face
shields were distributed free where they were needed. During the
second lockdown, the team shifted focus to providing laptops for
Read the full story with link to the BBC Essex interview at
Amateur radio enthusiasts in Guernsey have been celebrating the
Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The island's Amateur Radio Society has made a pop up transmitting
studio in Beau Sejour Car Park and have been broadcasting across the
world using a unique call sign, GB 70 U and have been one of seven
special event stations set up across the British Isles to connect
with all corners of the Commonwealth and beyond.
Society member Keith Le Boutillier said: "Amateur radio is a hobby
in which you CAN communicate with people all over the world. A lot of
stations are aware it's the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the one thing
that has become evident is the affection for the Queen across the
world, even in countries which she has no direct control over."
"We've been speaking with some stations in Brazil last night and
we were quite surprised to find that they actually watched the
Trooping of the Colour. That's the same for a lot of other countries
and amateurs watching it on the television, it's amazing."
ARRL Field Day is ham radio's open house.
Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up
temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate
ham radio's science, skill and service to the community and nation.
It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach,
and technical skills all in a single event and Field Day has been an
annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in
ham radio in the USA.
Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET, has made a significant contribution to the
Amateur Radio community in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He was highly active with the Vancouver Emergency Community
Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR), which operates the
Amateur Radio program that supports the Vancouver Emergency
Management Agency and raises the communication preparedness of the
Hiroshis contributions to Amateur Radio include the following:
Coordinating VECTORs Basic Amateur certification course from 2014
to 2020, helping 800 people become Amateurs in two to three courses
Coordinating VECTORs civic service operations from 2014 to 2019 with
Gary Webb, VA7GMW and Mike Watkins, VE7WV, including activations at
the annual Celebration of Light, Canada Day and Santa Claus Parade
Serving as VECTOR Vice-President from 2014 to 2019
Coordinating VECTORs annual exercises from 2012 to 2016
Coordinating VECTORs Field Day setup from 2013 to 2019 with Gary and
Sponsoring and operating VE7RVU, a local 440 MHz repeater
Helping to maintain the VE7RVZ repeater, a local 2 metre repeater
Inspiring and coordinating the local 2 metre QSO Party starting in
In 2021, Hiroshi founded the Lower Mainland Radio Room (LMRR) to
focus on the fun in radio technology to get more people on the air
and inspire existing Amateurs to discover new ways they can use their
For more information about the RAC Amateur of the Year Award visit:
SABLE ISLAND maybe NO BIG DEAL BUT:-
The 2022 Sable Island CY0S DXpedition team is pleased to announce
the launch of their new CY0S DXpedition website ON:
Chaz, W4GKF webmaster has been working tirelessly with Randy, N0TG,
on launching the new website. The website is still a work in
progress and new information will be added almost daily.
Planning continues to go very well for the 2022 DXpedition.
Sable Island is 42 KM long, space is very limited within the Sable
Station compound. The Sable horses, which number over 500, have free
run of the island, except for the area around the Sable Station,
which is fenced in!
The DXpedition team has a relatively small footprint to work with.
Additionally, no antennas can be placed on or near the beach as
Sable Island is home to tens of thousands of Grey seals.
A DXpedition to Sable faces many challenges!"
73, Murray Adams WA4DAN
A neglected anniversary of sorts came and went May 24; it was the
first public demonstration of Samuel F.B. Morse's telegraph 178 years
ago at B and O Mount Clare Station, today the home of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum.
Morse's development of the telegraph was born from a deep personal
tragedy. Samuel Finley Breese Morse, born in 1791 in Charlestown,
Massachusetts, was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University and
made his living as a portrait painter. He was in Washington working
on a commission in 1825 when word reached him that his wife,
had died of a heart attack in Connecticut shortly after giving birth
to their third child.
In the face of wide scepticism, Morse obtained from Congress a
30,000 dollar appropriation that allowed him to pursue his work
for what eventually became known as the telegraph.
Morse also created whats known as Morse Code, the dot and dash code
we use for sending messages. Morse used different combinations of
dots and dashes to represent the letters in the English alphabet and
the 10 digits.
17.51 VK5 SIX METER ID
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
What SOUNDS like a contest but ISN'T a contest in the strict vernacular?
Straight Key Night, Winter Edition of course.
The New Zealand Straight Key Night is being held TONIGHT
Sunday 12 June from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm AEST.
Held on 80 metres S.K.N. is not a contest, but it is a great chance
to dust off that straight key and hear what it can do.
More details can be found here:
NOW CONTEST WISE 2022
WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS
Winter 2022 - 0200 UTC Saturday 25 June through 0159 UTC Sunday
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
ALARA CONTEST AUGUST 27 and 28
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.
WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS
SPRING 2022 is in NOVEMBER
Koh, JA1ADT, will be on the air as JD 1 AJD from Ogasawara, AS-031,
between June 24th and July 2nd. on 20-6 meters where he will be
using CW and FT8.
QSLs to home call, again that is JA 1 ADT.
(sourced to ARNewsLine)
PA 75 DXCC on air until August 2 celebrates the 75th anniversary
of the first post-World War II list of DXCC members published
in the July 1947 issue of QST. QSL via operator's instructions.
Z 81 D from Juba in South Sudan until the 11th of September.
Activity is holiday style.
QSL Z 81 D via OM 3 JW.
In the World of DX, be tuning 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.
21:15 OFFICIAL MID
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - AND - SUMMITS ON THE AIR,
WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR and other
BBC Countryfile featuring amateur radio now online
The episode of the BBC TV show Countryfile featuring segments on
Marconi and Amateur Radio Summits On The Air (SOTA) is now available
The Flat Holm island edition broadcast on June 6 is at
Fast forward to:
42:04 Marconi's 1897 radio transmissions
52:40 Summits on the Air feature with Ben Lloyd GW4BML
Fraser Wenseth MM0EFI was approached by the BBC for SOTA footage and
he's released a video about it.
Watch SOTA v BBC Countryfile from Ben Newe
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
AO-73/FUNcube-1 Fitter Message for The Queens 70th Jubilee
In June, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to
celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
AMSAT-UK has decided to send a special Platinum Jubilee greeting
message via FUNcube-1 (AO-73). Anyone who receives this message
and uploads it to the Data Warehouse using the Dashboard can
generate a certificate to remember this historic event.
FUNcube-1 is transmitting the Jubilee Fitter message on the BPSK
Telemetry beacon which has a nominal frequency of 145.935 MHz +/ Doppler.
The Dashboard App can be downloaded from
Online tracking of AO-73
The worlds first mission to remove several small telecommunications
satellites from orbit once they reach the end of their operational
service is about to start building and testing its prototype
British-based in-orbit servicing company Astroscale working in an
ESA Partnership Project with satellite operator OneWeb will begin
manufacturing the first commercial servicer prototype designed to
capture multiple satellites in low Earth orbit under the ESA Sunrise
Removing these telecommunications satellites from their orbits once
they are at the end of their lives is essential to ensure that todays
interconnected digital world is not compromised by collisions that
damage active satellites in space and to protect the low Earth
orbit environment as a natural and shared resource.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
Belgium's communications regulator has said 50.200 MHz and 51.075 MHz
will be used until the 18th of June during a military exercise in
Elzenborn. In Belgium, the amateur radio service has secondary status
in this band with the military services having primary status.
Radio amateurs are asked to avoid the use of these frequencies if
possible and to listen carefully to whether the frequency is in use
if they still wish to use the frequencies concerned.
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
RADAR Club needs Gold Rush Operators
Although this item would normally be heard in QNEWS, the award winning
local VK4 club service, we stumbled on this urgent call for help needed
in the Rockhampton area within the Townsville area club newspaper.
Volunteer Radio operators are required for Communication Support for
the North Queensland Crane Hire Gold Rush Hill Sprint happening on
Saturday 9th July on a closed section of the Burnett Highway, up the
Mount Morgan Range.
It's your chance to mix Amateur Radio with Auto sports, lots of help
needed as there are approx. 200 competitors.
Please contact Clive VK4ACC on cell 0429 632 815 ASAP to put up
your hand to help or find out more.
And RADAR members, get some info in ASAP to your QNEWS service
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE
(The Plumbers Delight)
The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH,
has reported on the work being done in defending the interests of
the Amateur Services in the 1240-1300 MHz band
The scale of the problem for the amateur services is becoming clear.
For example, the studies predict that even a 10W 23cm band station
could cause interference to Radio-Navigation Satellite Services,
receivers at up to 30km on the antenna main beam heading.
Although the level of amateur activity and the density of users
is quite low, compared to other more popular bands, the issue remains
that from a regulatory perspective the amateur services are required
to not cause harmful interference to RNSS services.
(Colin Butler in ICQPodCast)
27:02 ID VK8 KARL
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