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President Scott VK3KJ
Hello, this is Peter VK4EA on behalf of the WIA board.
At the last board meeting we had a briefing from Peter Mill (VK3APO)
and Steve Ireland (VK2MD) talking about the repeater and beacon
We all came away impressed with the competency of Steves coding
skills and encourage members to utilise the maintained repeater and
beacon lists available from the website.
A development that most directors were not aware of is the work done
by Steve to produce Google Earth KML files. I will make sure the
link to the KML is distributed using the WIA socials.
Peter Mill also went through the repeater and beacon process
emphasising that the ACMA has very little capability to process
applications sent directly to the licensing section. An AP
(Authorised Person) makes the process a lot faster, however, this
costs the AP $200-$250 for each frequency assignment. This situation
is completely out of the WIAs control and a direct result of the
federal public service downsizing drive. Clubs and Individuals can
still lodge applications direct with the ACMA for the much lower fee
of $29, however, this method can take up to 6 months after Peter has
made his recommendation.
The repeater and beacon application process is well documented in
the WIA website, while we would love to make the process quick,
painless and cheap, it is, what it is.
An improvement suggestion from Steve was to make a form available on
the website for corrections and additions to the WIA repeater and
beacon list. We are proceeding with this excellent suggestion.
The board welcomes Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH) to the WIA Records
Manager role. Kevin has a long association with pushing the
microwave distance boundaries in my part of VK4 and holds a number
of records for bands above 50MHz. Thanks Kevin for volunteering.
On the subject of record breaking activities, the VK7s are punching
well above their weight, yet again. Rex (VK7MO) is currently in
Hawaii preparing to smash the 10GHz terrestrial record. Rex is, or
might even has already, setting up his considerably impressive 10GHz
system in conjunction with a number of US amateurs in California.
The board wishes Rex good DX.
Cheers for now, this has been Peter VK4EA on behalf of the
NOT ONLY BUT ALSO
Hi this is Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY.
I was appointed to WIA Board back in May 2022 at the WIA AGM.
For those that dont know me, a little bit about me.
Currently I am a Communications/Telecommunications Consultant with
over forty years experience having worked in almost all aspects of
Communications with Australia and overseas.
I have been licenced for over 40 years, first obtaining my New Zealand
technician licence ZL2TZV before immigrating to Australia in 1979 and
upgrading to a AOCP in 1981 having passed the Morse Code requirement
at the time.
I am a keen DXer both in the chase and being active on numerous
DXpeditions and IOTA activations. Still chasing that illusive P5 to
have worked all the current countries. DXing is not my only interest
in Amateur Radio. Contesting is also a major interest of mine and its
one that I believe will promote Amateur Radio to younger prospects
within the community. It was during the John Moyle Memorial Field Day
that I introduced Amateur Radio and contesting to my sons Nik and
Norman. They are both now Advanced licensees.
Further interests are in VHF/UHF (I can go on all modes up to 23cm)
I am currently the Trustee of the AUS REPEATER NET a C4FM System
Fusion repeater network which is located on WiresX Room #24160.
In addition, I am also hosting a repeater in Melbourne for
Why have I chosen to go onto the Board of the Wireless Institute of
Australia? and that would be a good question to ask me. Its simple
really, this hobby has given me a wealth of enjoyment and some sad
moments most of my entire life. Hence, I want to give back what I
have enjoyed and hence with my experiences I am sure I will be able
to assist in promoting Amateur Radio in Australia, so that we can
attract additional new operators to and in turn additional members to
the Wireless Institute of Australia.
I hope that I can bring new and/or additional fresh ideas to further
enhance the membership. Simple things like having a fully functioning
Amateur Radio Station at the Wireless Institute of Australia
Headquarters for members, prospective members and promote this to
new prospective Amateur Radio Operators.
Next week in drop zone one WIA Director Steve VK2TSG will bring us
up todate with the goings on at the WIA Board table -
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Asteroid Day is the United Nations-sanctioned day of public awareness
of the risks of asteroid impacts, held annually on 30 June.
Just in time for the 2022 worldwide Asteroid Day, a threatening
space rock that had lingered at the top of risk lists around the
globe for months -- with a real chance of impacting Earth in 2052
has been deemed not to be a threat.
ESA's asteroid team, working with experts at the European Southern
Observatory, have officially removed '2021 QM1' from their asteroid
risk list. After skilled observations and analysis of the faintest
asteroid ever observed, the asteroid, which was discovered in August
of 2021, was calculated to be a "near miss".
The Spanish Amateur Radio Union (URE) in Galicia, Spain has organized
an event to commemorate the 2022 jubilee of The Way of Saint James
with amateur radio.
Diploma Xacobeo 2021 - 2022, "Galicia for the world", will take place
July 18 - 25 and is a 1,500 kilometre walk along coastlines and
through 10 public routes of landscapes and legends with Hostels on
the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. There will be 10 special event
stations along the routes from July 18 - 25 and a "diploma"
will be issued for making all 10 contacts.
On July 25, special event station A 02022 XAC will be activated
and a separate diploma will be issued for contact with that station.
For additional information visit firstname.lastname@example.org
RADIO EXPO RETURNS TO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
In Europe, Ham Radio Expo made a triumphant return and Newsline's
Ed Durrant DD5LP was there.
" All were eager to get back to the "Neue Messe" in Friedrichshafen
on Lake Constance in the south of Germany.
Turnout was expected to be around 10,000 compared to just under 14,000
in 2019. After the effects of the pandemic and with the current
inflation levels this is not a bad showing. While the main hall seemed a
little less full than normal due to the stands of Kenwood and Yaesu not
being there along with the large WIMO retailer, the flea market in its
two Zeppelin-sized halls was fuller than in 2019.
Talking with dealers and manufacturers, I learned they were all glad to
have, it seems, come through the pandemic. Several, however, said it
was close and another lockdown would have meant the end of their
businesses. Many are worried about parts supply and while most have
stockpiled components, their stock is dwindling.
Talking with the national societies and the IARU, I learned there is
concern on how we will keep our band allocations especially in the
microwave frequencies and a need is seen to have the hobby change and be
open to new technologies and possibilities to attract more people.
There were positive notes too: The Austrian national society's
president, Michael Zwingl, OE3MZC, was very enthusiastic over several
An institute will be a platform for hams, makers and professionals to
work together on new technology projects in Austria.
WRAN, will supply a way for access from 6 metres, 2 metres and 70
centimetres into the Europe-wide HamNet, which is a 2.4 and 5 GHz ham
radio high-speed RF data network.
A Lora-based network linking low power IOT devices using the QO-100
satellite will enable data communications between devices across a third
of the world's surface.
Overall there was a very positive feel at HAM RADIO 2022 and as this
year's motto said, it was indeed "A reunion with friends."
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Ed DD5LP."
ARRL FIELD DAY A MIGHTY SUCCESS
At the beginning of this month a total of over 517,000 contacts were
reported for the event and those numbers are changing daily.
In 2021, there were 1.5 million contacts made during Field Day
Southern California Exercise Tests Win link Global Radio Email
For 2 days back in mid-June, over 100 amateur radio operators were
joined by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), local and
county law enforcement agencies, and the EmComm Training Organization
(ETO) for participation in a functional earthquake exercise in
southern California, known as SoCal Shifting 2022.
The goal of the exercise, was to test the operational capability and
readiness of the WinLink Global Radio Email system using amateur
Oliver Dully, K6OLI, District Emergency Coordinator of the Amateur
Radio Emergency Service Los Angeles Northeast District, said the
exercise came together quickly over 5 days, with the help of the
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Disaster Communications
Service, the San Diego ARES, and the Ventura County ARES.
K6OLI said, "Amateur operators routinely hold weekly tests but need
to be network-aware and used to the battle rhythm during emergencies
to move traffic in a timely manner."
Tribute to Zorro, JH1AJT
3 D 2 AJT is the special callsign that Dom, 3D2USU will be using
for one month from Nadi in the Fiji Islands in memory of the late
Yasuo Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT.
Activity will end on 27 July, which would have marked Zorros
Zorro was also known for his DXpeditions and charitable work on
behalf of children in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Japan and elsewhere.
The special event operators will be on the air using CW, SSB, FT4
QSL via Club Logs OQRS.
You can read more about 3 D 2 AJT on qrz.com
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
IARU HF World Championship
NEXT contest is THIS weekend July 9 and 10.
WIA Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest
The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July
aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL
This is Alan VK4SN. Yes the Trans-Tasman contest is almost upon us.
On Saturday night, the 16th of July, The contest kicks off at 0800Z
and ends at 1400z. That's 6pm to midnight AEST.
Amateurs in VK and ZL will endeavour to contact other amateurs in
VK and ZL on 160, 80 and 40 meters, using SSB, CW, and RTTY/PSK.
The contest is made up of 3 individual two hour blocks where you can
rework stations again in the new block. Categories include SOHP,
SOLP, and SO QRP. MultiOP-one Tx, and MultiOp Multi transmitter.
What does QRP, low and high power mean:
QRP is up to 5watts
Low power is 5 to 100 watts
High power is 100 to 400 watts
Logs are due by 7 days after the contest and can be submitted via
vklogchecker.com in Cabrillo 3 format.
Thanks to Geoff ZL3GA for promoting the contest for our ZL neighbours
See the WIA website for all the rules.
73 de Alan VK4SN.
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
The 'DXCC Most Wanted' list has been updated.
Topping the list is North Korea in 1st place and is unlikely to
appear on the air anytime soon.
Bouvet Island is in second place and Crozet Island in third place,
with both islands to be activated by DXpeditions later this year.
Now my four to strive for :-
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 listening on the HF bands for 8N65JP, 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.
JAN MAYEN, JX. Helge, LB4MI is QRV as JX/LB4MI until early October.
Activity is in his spare time on 20 and 17 meters using SSB.
QSL to home call LB4MI
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.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.
TikTok promises to keep its U.S. users data safe and sound are not
satisfying at least one member of the Federal Communications
Commission. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said in a blistering
letter that the Chinese company has proved it cant be trusted with
the information users give it, and should bundled up and tossed out
Carr posted an open letter sent to both Google and Apple on his
Twitter account. In it, he called on the companies to jettison the
TikTok app from their app stores. Carr cites multiple cases of the
company being exceptionally data-hungry. Most recently, BuzzFeed
News reported that the Chinese government had gained access to
American users data despite TikToks claims that it kept U.S. user
info on servers on U.S. soil, far from the prying eyes of
Beijing. Carr said in his letter that both Apple and Google parent
company Alphabet should remove TikTok from the app stores or else
send him a letter by last Friday, July 8 explaining themselves.
(this week in amateur radio website)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
Herman, VK 2 IXV is looking for a Morse code key, not just ANY key
but a New Zealand made AKRAD or ULTIMATE Morse key.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - AND - SUMMITS ON THE AIR,
WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR and other
This week we introduce a radio amateur who is lucky enough to have
found a way to combine two things she really loves - amateur radio
and flying kites. Mike Askins KE5CXP from Amateur Radio NewsLine
tells us about her adventures in Kite POTA.
"Lisa Neuscheler KC1YL has found a way to string together her Parks
on the Air contacts from as close to her Florida home as Texas and
as far away as the western states, the Caribbean and Europe.
That's because the string she uses is the string of a kite. The
kite enthusiast launched her first high-flying ham radio antenna in
October of last year on Florida's east coast with friends. Back home on
the west coast near Tampa, she and her small team have done eight kite
activations since that time. This past March, she was on Florida's
Honeymoon Island when she achieved her first POTA kite-to-kite contact
with another team that also brought their kite there.
Lisa told NewsLine that she credits Kourt de Haas, KB5PRZ, with
inspiring her lofty goals after she learned that the Texas amateur
accomplished his QSO with her in 2016 - while she was still living in
Connecticut - using an antenna on a kite over the Gulf of Mexico. Now
she runs along the Florida beaches with a POTA kite team of her own,
including Julie NF1T, Jack W1BBU and others.
Her next challenge is a longer-distance POTA kite-to-kite contact with
her friend Paul W1IP in Connecticut. Their first attempt on June 13th
was scrapped by insufficient wind on Paul's local beach. Lisa made 95
regular POTA contacts that day using her kite antenna but none were made
with Paul. So they're trying again on July 11th.
Lisa told NewsLine: [quote] "You have to be happy when you are holding a
kite string." [endquote]
For Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.
No doubt she'll be even happier if on that day the wind helps
carry her ambition to reality. You might even say it will be
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
We Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts
between amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to
interact with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International
The downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.
CAPSTONE, NASAs CubeSat designed to test a unique lunar orbit, is
safely in space and on the first leg of its journey to the Moon.
The spacecraft is heading toward an orbit intended in the future for
Gateway, a lunar space station built by the agency and its
commercial and international partners that will support NASAs
Artemis program, including astronaut missions.
The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and
Navigation Experiment, or CAPSTONE, mission launched aboard
Rocket Labs Electron rocket from the Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on
the Mahia Peninsula of New Zealand.
The European Space Agency has noticed that satellites of its Swarm
constellation lost altitude due to an increasingly violent solar cycle
which started in 2019 and is likely to intensify.
The year 2019 marked the beginning of a new solar cycle and
fast-forward four years, this cycle has resulted in an increase in
the Suns disruptive activities.
Currently, the sun is halfway into the new solar cycle, and this is
the period when the number of sunspots will continue to increase
which in turn would amplify the number of solar eruptions. Surprisingly,
scientists have started noticing the ill effects of this phenomenon
as the satellites in low-Earth orbit, the LEO's are taking the hits.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Be listening also for KL7RRC from Kiska Island, NA-070, during the
RSGB IOTA contest on July 30th and 31st. Send QSLs to N7RO.
VK5KI will be on the air for the Radio Society of Great Britain's
IOTA Contest from Kangaroo Island, IOTA number OC-139, off
the South Australia coast, from Friday July 29th to Sunday July 31st.
The station will operate in CW and SSB.
Before the contest, be listening on 80m through 10m. During the
contest, be listening on 80/40/20/15/ and 10m.
QSL via Charles MOXO.
The TX 5 N DXpedition that took place in April from the Austral Islands
OC-114, has updated the information on QSL cards. All TX5N QSL cards
were taken to the post office on the 30th of June so please allow
sufficient time for the card to reach you.
Bureau cards will be shipped to the individual IARU bureaux in the
next bureau mailing
(sourced to rsgb)
2022 Social Scene
VK3 - JULY 15 BAREC
Hi, I'm Graeme, VK3GRK.
Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club invites you to our July meeting, where Ron
VK3AAN will be providing a very informative presentation on Baluns and RF
This will be an interactive session, so bring your questions and any baluns and RF
transformers for discussion. Many of us are making antennas for field activities
such as Summits on the Air, and activating parks. It can be very handy to know what
kind of baluns to use and how to make them.
The presentation commences at 7.30 pm, Friday July 15th at BAREC headquarters,
Bendigo East Hall, 35 Lansell St.
A gold coin donation would be appreciated, and supper is provided.
The presentation will also be streamed on the BAREC YouTube channel.
VK4 - Redcliffe Club Car Boot Sale Saturday 20th August 9am
club house Macfarlane Park, Klingner Road Kippa-Ring. (vk4tfn)
VK4 - SunFest Sunday 18 September 10:00 AM Mountain Creek State
School (noreply email)
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 (vk6pop)
VK7 - Miena HamFest Saturday 19th November. (vk7wi news)
C A N C E L L E D
VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest November 20 9.3Oam. (vk3pdg)
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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