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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 11 2022
IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
This week:- WIA President - WIA Secretary - WIA DX Arards Manger -
WIA RD Contest Nanager - WIA AR MAGAZINE Editor in Chief Roger Harrison
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PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
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This is WIA President and Director, Scott Williams VK3KJ.
Many thank Graham and a warm greeting to all that have tuned into
the WIA Broadcast this week.
Just a short report from me this week and I just want to cover a
couple of quick items.
Firstly, the ACMA this week has released its Five-Year Spectrum
Outlook for the period 2022 2027. Informed by views of spectrum
users, the Five-Year Spectrum Outlook provides an overview of
technology, market and policy drivers likely to shape the demand of
spectrum over the next 5 years. It also includes the ACMAs work
program for the next 12 months to help spectrum users plan for
potential changes as well as activities and milestones for the
2022 2023 financial year.
To find out more, visit the WIA website tinyurl.com/yckpw88x
where we have posted a news item on this subject. The news item
contains a URL link at the very bottom where you can access the
ACMA Five Year Spectrum Outlook.
The next item to mention is the WIA will be in attendance and have a
stand at the Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Exhibition on Saturday
5th and Sunday 6th November this year. Run by the Radio and
Electronics Association of Sothern Tasmania (REAST), the event will
be held in Hobart over the two days.
The WIA Board will be holding a Board meeting and strategic planning
session surrounding the event and will also have a stand within the
exhibition. We hope to see in Hobart and make sure you drop past the
stand and meet many of the WIA Directors. We always welcome feedback
and suggestions to better serve you as members.
In closing, you will see the WIA far more active at different
Hamfests and events right across Australia in the future. It is
difficult to cover every event, but we will be doing our best to
make sure we engage as much as we can and get around to as many
events as we can.
I will be personally attending PerthTech on the weekend of 22nd and
23rd October in Perth and I look forward to meeting as many people
in attendance as possible. Saturday is the main Technical
Presentations with a Sundowner held that night and then Sunday will
be a series of workshops.
Registrations are now open for both the Tassie event and PerthTech
so make sure you goggle them and register.
Thats it for me this week.
I look forward to talking to you on air soon and dont forget the
Oceania DX Contest is just around the corner on 1 October for SSB
and 8 October for CW.
Scott VK3KJ WIA President
HI This is Alan VK4SN, some Remembrance Day Contest results
Conditions were excellent for this years Remembrance day contest.
35,685 QSO's were logged over the 262 entries received.
Congratulations go to VK7 as this years winning state.
SO Q PH
SO Q CW
SO Q MX
1ST 2ND AND THRID PLACE GETTER CERTIFICATES ARE AT THE WIA FOR
PRINTING AND POSTING. ALL OTHER STATE, WW2 EQUIPMENT, AND ROOKIE
CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE AS A DOWNLOADABLE PDF FROM THE WIA
RMEMBRANCE DAY CONTEST PAGE.
THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
BEST 73 de ALAN VK4SN.
This is WIA secretary Peter Clee VK8ZZ
The Board of the WIA are seeking expressions of interest to hold the
Annual General Meeting in 2023.
The meeting needs to be held late in April or any time in May 2023.
This can be held in conjunction with or without a club convention,
HamFest or other gathering. The WIA is able to offer financial
assistance for such an event.
Would any club who is interested in holding this event please email
me on SECRETARY@wia.org.au
This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison
Last Monday, the files for Issue 5 of Amateur Radio magazine were
uploaded to the printer's server in Bairnsdale, Victoria.
Actually, it was in the early hours of Tuesday morning, truth be
told, because the Irish in me makes me go over things again and
again . . to be sure, to be sure.
The issues cover was printed the week before. See. Ive said that
Look out for the issue landing in your letterbox, your Post Office
Box, or your newsagency late next week. Youll recognise it easily
because splashed across the front cover is a sash that says
Recycle Refurbish Repurpose!
Thats the central theme to Issue 5, folks.
I can hear the gasps from the peanut gallery now what rubbish has
Roger slung in the magazine now? Well, for the boat anchor brigade
we have Part 1 on the experiences of Phil Fitzherbert VK 3 FF in
refurbishing a brace of Collins S-line rigs. Put up your hands those
whove lusted after a classic Collins S-line setup? I promise this
one turns up something NOT found online!
One of our more well-known authors, Dale Hughes VK 1 DSH mixes it up
with an article on how he went about repurposing 120-year-old
telephone technology while exploiting the latest in the digital
realm to build himself an Arduino-based automatic home intercom
Whats more, the centrefold yes, the centrefold pages 34-35,
have the circuit of Dales project spread across them, naked and
unadorned! Imagine that. An Arduino Mega . . with all those legs,
caught up in repurposing electromechanical uniselectors so as to
maintain communications throughout the Hughess home.
Noting the consistently keen interest in defence surplus transmitters
and receivers, and the efforts of collectors, restorers and
conservators of these stalwarts of yesteryear, we wanted to provide
something to help you maintain these champions of retro-tech.
Valves or, tubes if you will are central to this interest. To
keep the gear working, you must know if the valves or their
new-old-stock (N O S) replacements are any good. So, Phil Wait
VK 2 ASD wrote us an article on Valve Testers Phil gives you the
skinny on what you never knew that you need to know now.
Alright, I hear you asking up the back what about stuff for us not
into that old stuff?
OK. We have Part 3 of Antenna Modelling using 4nec2 free
software to model an antenna before you build it. The authors take
you step-by-step through how to model a dipole for the 20 metre band
fed with 50 ohm coaxial cable. Not world-breaking, but we all have
to start somewhere.
Thats not all in Issue 5. Ill reveal more, later. Or your issue
might land first!
Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 90, Issue Number 5 for 2022.
Serving Australian radio amateurs since 1933.
Thats all this time from Flapjaw Knopfloch K N zero P F L . . . Eh?
This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
The CQ Contest policy has been updated.
It will be effective with the upcoming CQ WW RTTY DX contest on the
24th and 25th of September, and all CQ contests going forward.
CQ will resume accepting Russian or Belorussian log entries as
regular logs and publish their scores. However, plaques will not be
awarded to otherwise-eligible Russian or Belorussian stations but
to the top-scoring non-Russian or non-Belorussian entry in that
category. Online certificates will not be awarded to ANY Russian or
Belorussian entry, either as a participant award or based on ranking
and you can read more about the policy at cq-amateur-radio.com
3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition
Amateur Radio DXpeditions (ARD) is said to be making great progress
for the upcoming 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition, only four months left until
ashore on Bouvet.
One major milestone is the shipping of the Container from Norway
that is scheduled on September 18th. From Oslo the container will be
shipped to Falkland Island where a team of local hams lead by
Don VP 8 ON will make an effort to inspect the content before
arrival of the team.
The 3Y0J team is currently busy packing all equipment at the staging
site at Oslo airport, where they, for the next few weeks, will
finalize the packing of equipment. This will end an extremely busy
period, 12 months of purchasing, assembling, testing, and packing
the equipment. The team has worked hard, and ultimately shipping the
container will complete this intensive period of work that will
enable the goal to activate the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet.
Rest assured this sounds like a well-planned DXpedition!
Radio amateurs in Ukraine appear to be diligently maintaining radio
silence as the state of emergency declared there just prior to the
Russian military invasion remains in effect. A February 24 decree
from President Volodymyr Zelensky included a ban on the operation
of amateur radio transmitters for personal and collective use. The
Ukraine Amateur Radio League reported this past week that it has
received many messages of encouragement from the worldwide amateur
The LRU informed international amateur radio organizations about
Russias military invasion of Ukraine, said the message from UARL
Vice President Anatoly Kirilenko, UT3UY. To date, there have been
many reports from radio amateurs around the world in support of
The IARU has adopted a neutral stance. IARU is an apolitical
organization focused on promoting and defending amateur radio and
the amateur radio services, the IARU said. The amateur radio
service is about self-instruction in communications and friendship
between people. IARU Region 1 has said it continues to monitor the
development and expects all radio amateurs to follow their national
laws and regulations.
IARU Region 1 also re-posted part of an advisory from the
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) HF Committee on February 27.
Any radio amateur currently transmitting from Ukraine is risking
his or her life. If you hear a Ukrainian station, do not broadcast
its call sign, location, or frequencywhether on the band, in a
cluster, or on social media. You may be putting lives at risk.
The DARCs overarching advice: In the current situation, the best
we can do is listen.
UK Amateur Radio License
Recent changes to the Amateur Radio Licence, which require radio
amateurs to demonstrate compliance with Ofcom guidelines for
minimising the exposure of the general public to electromagnetic
fields (EMF) from their station, have made necessary urgent changes
to the examination syllabus.
Since the 1st of September examinations include questions on the
new EMF-related material at all levels.
ARRL President Emeritus W2HD Silent Key.
Harry Dannals, W2HD, President Emeritus of ARRL, The National
Association for Amateur Radio, died on August 30. He lived in
In April, Dannals celebrated his 95th birthday and over 80 years of
involvement in amateur radio. He served as ARRL President for
10 years, from 1972 - 1982, and his President Emeritus status was
conferred in 1984. He was also an ARRL Life Member.
Regulations having an impact on whether amateur stations can stay on
the air in Cambodia have hams struggling
Jim Meachen ZL2BHF brings us those details thanks to ARNewsLine.
Amateurs in Cambodia are struggling to comply with recent government
regulations that they believe may prevent amateurs from being
able to renew their operating certificates. The rules, passed in 2020,
state that certificates will only be renewed for amateurs whose
transceivers have been granted the approval of the Cambodian Ministry of
Post and Telecommunications by proving they meet government-set
standards for operating, safety and health. The approval is known as a TA.
According to a post in the QRZ.com forums from Dave Taylor,
XU7AKG/ZL3AIK, hams believe the additional layer of security placed on
amateurs in 2020 will have the effect of banning their equipment. Dave's
post said that because the process of approval appears to be complex,
current efforts are focusing on just one model of transceiver for now:
getting the proper documents for the Yaesu FT-891.
Dave reports that, in the meantime, hams living in Cambodia and those
visiting and wishing to get on the air have been unable to renew their
Cambodia Amateur Certificates.
New Zealand acts over importation of handheld transceivers
The Northern Advocate newspaper reports a man who breached the
Radiocommunications Act faces a fine of up to $30,000 NZD
It relates to the importation of two types of handheld transceiver
which should only have been sold to licensed radio amateurs.
The man recently appeared in Whangrei District Court, pleading
guilty to breaching the Radiocommunications Act 1989 by importing
Prohibited Unrestricted 2 Radios without a licence. Scheduled for
sentence later this year, he faces a fine of up to $30,000.
The charge is related to a consignment of 50 Baofeng UV-5R and
2 Baofeng UV-82 two-way radios, which was addressed to the man's
home and intercepted by Customs.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
WIA - NZART OCEANIA CONTEST
CW - Second full weekend in October
0600 UTC Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday
PHONE - First full weekend in October
0600 UTC Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday
Log deadline for ALL logs - 31 October.
WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS
0100 UTC Saturday 26 through 0059 UTC Sunday 27 November
160 METER CW CONTEST - ARRL SPONSORED
Objective is for Amateurs worldwide to exchange information with
W/VE amateurs on 160-meter CW.
Dates: First full weekend in December (December 2-4, 2022).
Contest Period: Begins 2200 UTC Friday, ends 1559 UTC Sunday.
This is a forty-two hour period with no time limitation.
Logs are due within SEVEN (7) days after the event is over.
10 METER CONTEST - ARRL SPONSORED
For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many
stations as possible on the 10 meter band.
Dates: Second full weekend of December. Starts 0000 UTC Saturday;
runs through 2359 UTC Sunday (December 10-11, 2022)
Logs are due within SEVEN (7) days after the event is over.
Graham VK3GA WIA Awards Manager
The WIA DX Awards Program is pleased to announce a new award,
the Fifty on 50 Award.
This award recognises 50MHz (6m) contacts from VK and its territories
with Amateur Radio stations from at least 50 DXCC Entities around
Confirming 50 DXCC entities on VHF is extremely difficult. This
award recognises those elite operators who have invested
considerable time and expertise, as well as knowledge of 6m
propagation, on both terrestrial and space paths.
This award is only available for Australian members of the Awards
Further details can be found at
Special 911 Callsign
The station WA2NYC is a remembrance of the 21st anniversary on the
attack on the World Trade Centre in New York City, remembering that
over twenty nine hundred souls were lost on that day.
The station will operate between 0000z, September 11th until 0300z,
Suggested frequencies are: 28450, 21350, 14340, 7238 and
D-STAR Reflector XLX 020B will be monitored at the top of the hour.
They will also be uploading QSOs to LoTW.
A 35 JP from Tongatapu, IOTA OC-049 until September 30 on 40 to
6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and 4.
QSL to home call JA 0 RQV
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
Stephen Warrillow VK3SN will be active on Christmas Island for a
week commencing 24 September.
As a member of the Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club, Stephen
will use club call sign VK 9 XX and will be on the air most
afternoons and evenings local time across the HF bands on SSB and
Antennas will be portable dipoles, but decent contacts are
anticipated especially on FT8.
While this will be a holiday adventure rather than a serious
DXpedition, hopefully the Christmas Island activation will provide
an opportunity for many amateurs around the world to work
this highly sought after DXCC entity.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - AND - SUMMITS ON THE AIR,
WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR and other
Many amateurs worldwide have taken part in Summits of The Air or
SOTA exercises both as 'activators' and 'chasers' but not everyone
owns his own summit!
Ross VK7LH AKA VK7ALH owns a hill called 'Grassy Hut Tier'.
In fact it's on the same plot of land as his home QTH but at higher
Grassy Hut Tier VK7/NC-022 had been activated twice previously by
VK7DW and VK2HRX but not by the owner - that was until Wednesday,
August 31. Allen VK7AN and Rodney VK7HAM were setting out to
activate Johnstones Hill VK7/NE-041 in NE VK7. This presented a
chance for both parties to attain summit-to-summit ( S 2 S ) contacts.
At the end of the day all 3 participants had racked up well over 20
contacts on 40 metres into VK1,2,3,4,5 and 7 as well as the
treasured S2S contacts.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack firstname.lastname@example.org
Results are in for the World ARDF Cup and IARU ARDF Championships.
The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) hosted the
World Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships from August 28
to September 3 2022 in Borovets.
Before that event another ARDF competition, the World ARDF Cup was
held in the same venue from August 24-27.
Teams from across Europe, including Ukraine, along with Kazakhstan,
Korea and the USA took part, in total more than 200 runners from
23 countries participated.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
"Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to International
Space Station, do you copy? Over."
For six minutes on Aug. 24, patients of Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens
Hospital went out of this world -- or at least their voices did.
The patients, also students of the hospitals school program,
connected via amateur radio with NASA astronaut Kiell Lindgren, MD,
who was aboard the ISS as it passed over Tennessee.
To earn this rare opportunity for "The Call," Monroe Carell's school
program, along with the hospital's Seacrest Studio and local Amateur
Radio Operators, drafted and submitted a lengthy proposal that
included a detailed education plan to the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) program.
Patient Walter Mayo, 7, wanted to know what happens if you get sick
in space. Luckily, Lindgren noted, they try to make sure the
astronauts are as healthy as possibly before going to space, and if
they dont feel well on board, hes a doctor.
There was a question posed to Lindgren about signs of alien life.
Oddly enough, that was the only answer where the audio was garbled.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
YOTA Contest 2022 Youth On The Air (ham-yota.com)
AMSAT-EA Collaborates With the ROM-2 Mission
AMSAT-EA supports the ROM-2 mission of the Romanian association
ROMSpace, which consists of a PocketQube 1P (a cube with a side of
5 cm) designed by students from the International Computing High
School in Bucharest aged between 15 and 18 years, in what will be
the first Romanian mission of this type.
This satellite, which has received engineering support from
AMSAT Nepal and ORION Space, will be assembled at the AMSAT-EA
facilities in Madrid, a city where it will also be qualified for
space, with the assistance of engineers from AMSAT EA and AMSAT Nepal.
The mission of the satellite is to take pictures with a 2 MP camera
and send them to radio amateurs who wish to transmit them on their
ground stations through the SSDV protocol, tuning to the 436.235 MHz.
Maintenance data is transmitted via CW and SSDV packets are
transmitted using GFSK.
Once in orbit, the satellite will become the responsibility of
AMSAT-EA, the organization that has registered the satellite
internationally and will monitor it during its life in space.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
IOTA OC-038, CHATHAM ISLANDS, ZL7.
Jeff, K5WE will be QRV as ZL7/K5WE from Kaingaroa, IOTA OC-038,
until September 21 on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8
and FT4. QSL to home call K 5 WE
2022 Social Scene
VK4 - SunFest Sunday 18 September 10:00 AM Mountain Creek State
School (noreply email)
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 (vk6pop)
VK7 - November 5-6 Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Expo.
VK4 - GOLD COAST HAMFEST Nov 13. @ Country Paradise Parklands
VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest November 20 9.3Oam. (vk3pdg)
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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