2022 SEPTEMBER 18 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 18 2022
IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA National Board member Steven Green VK2TSG.
WIA Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Expo 5th and 6th November.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
Calling Pacific Rim Amateur Radio Operators
Abbie Calvert has approached the Radio Electronics Association
Southern Tasmania (REAST) to help with her Bachelor of Fine Arts
Honours Project which involves transmitting a story about the
short-tailed shearwater's (mutton bird) 30,000km journey around the
Abbie Calvert is a sound artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. She often
creates interactive and immersive sound installations, with a
particular interest in bird calls and environments. In 2021, Abbie
was the recipient of the Contemporary Art Tasmania award.
Abbie is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours
at the University of Tasmania.
REAST is helping to identify amateurs around the Pacific Rim to
receive Abbies story via amateur radio and record it and send back
to Abbie. (no doubt via email - Ed)
For more information take a look at the link on the text addition of
JOIN THE WIA
This is Steven Green VK2TSG, one of your WIA National Board members.
This time, I'd like to tell you about One of the processes that the
Board have been going through to make improvements to the services
that are provided to us all as members of the Wireless Institute of
Among other strategies, we have been inviting representatives of the
various WIA sub-committees, working groups, and contracted
organisations, to join us for board meetings where they can go over
current processes, have them advise of us of any difficulties that
they are encountering, and let us know about upcoming challenges
or changes in their area of work.
This review gives us an opportunity to provide advice; assist with
additional resources, or to collectively work on possible solutions
to any issues identified.
As a newcomer to your Board, this is also assisting me with my own
due diligence process in learning how the WIA conducts day to day
services, and also the opportunity for those of us who are newcomers,
to pass a fresh eye over these subjects.
So far, we have been looking at the issues surrounding MemNet and
membership, Competitions and awards, QSL Cards and more, with
meetings for other groups coming up.
We would like to thank these hard-working WIA members and teams for
their efforts for us all.
To further support their work, the Board would also like to extend
an invitation for expressions of interest, to our WIA members who
might like to take part in volunteering for a sub-committee or
working group role, according to their interests.
Getting involved is a great way to lend-a-hand to existing teams,
add additional capacity and expertise, maintain or gain experience
and skills, and ensure a great future for membership Services.
To that end, if you are a WIA member, and would like to send me a
suggestion or issue, please send it to
with the word 'SUGGESTION' in all capitals in the subject line.
Depending on how many are received, I won't be able guarantee a
speedy reply to each of these messages.
Until next time, 73 from Steven, VK2TSG.
Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
The latest edition of A R Issue Number 5 for 2022 has been
reaching readers since late last week. This issue, the theme is
Recycle Refurbish Repurpose!
In last weeks broadcast, I outlined some of the articles that
feature in No. 5. Heres more.
Award-winning author, Lou Destefano VK 3 A Q Z, shows you how he
repurposed a video camera pan-and-tilt head into an antenna rotator.
Simple. Low cost. Innovative. But, wait! There was no direction
indicator. So, in his usual thorough way, Lou describes how he
added a low cost, off -the-shelf 3-axis digital compass to provide
direction indication on a 4-line liquid crystal display in his shack.
Elsewhere, Mike Patterson VK4 M I K provides a rundown about the
use of retro-tech for ANZAC Day. Back in April, AM and CW appeared
on the bands in a radio-style remembrance for those who served in
conflicts since World War One. As Mike tells it, many stalwart
military rigs of yesteryear lit up 7125 kilohertz with a mass of
heterodynes. Heard on-air across VK were Number 19 and Number 62
sets, along with Collins ARC-2 and ART-13 rigs, as well as Weston
and Vaughan transceivers, among others.
In a slice of up-to-the-minute news, we have a story about one young
student very keen to get his Foundation licence, who overcame some
formidable stumbling blocks. Its about Riley OBrien, who appears
to be one of the first if not THE first to take an online
assessment although being under 18 years of age. Riley enrolled in
the online training course conducted by Fred Swainston VK3 D A C, in
which he cracked top marks and then took advantage of a
WIA-negotiated change in the policy previously imposed by the
Australian Maritime College that prevented under-18s taking online
assessments for their amateur licence.
Coincidentally, Riley is the grandson of the well-known
Hams-about-the-Hunter Region, Grahame and Judy OBrien respectively
VK2 F A and VK2 Z Z V. Look out for VK2 K Z V on the air. Thatll be
Meanwhile, from South Australia, David Minchin VK5 K K, our VHF-UHF
columnist, tells how he and fellow millimetre-wave enthusiast
Iain Crawford VK5 Z D, got going on 134 GHz and set a distance
record by having a contact over 20.9 km. DX is different up there!
At this juncture, with the last issue of the year coming up No. 6
Id like to remind affiliated amateur radio club secretaries and
committees that this is your last chance to take advantage of having
one free annual advertisement of up to half a page in size
published in AR.
This is an ideal medium for clubs to promote your annual gabfest, or
symposium, featuring speakers of note, your clubs events calendar
for next year, a post-COVID hamfest, or yes even a technical
The content of all such advertisements is restricted to club
activities related to amateur radio and shall not include any
material of a commercial or personal nature.
Get the Club Advertising policy details from the WIA website
search for club advertising policy and download the PDF, or use
the U-R-L tinyurl.com/yckvesu2
Contact emails can be found on Page 3 of each issue of AR magazine.
The deadline to book your affiliated clubs free advertisement in
the last issue for 2022 is the 10th of October. Avoid disappointment.
Check the policy and book by the direct route. Dont try some
back door way and later complain up and down social media and
on-air that your advertising was censored or rejected unfairly
as I have heard done.
Its best to R T D R read the damn rules. Particularly, make sure
about the electronic file requirements.
I thought Id just pop that in there . . .
Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 90, Issue Number 5 for 2022. Serving
Australian radio amateurs without fear, favour or censorship since
This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for
And thats all from this purposeful pontificator
Flapjaw Knopfloch K N zero P F L.
Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Expo
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 2022
As heard from WIA President Scott VK3KJ last week many of the
WIA Board are heading to Hobart for the Tassie Ham Radio Conference
and Expo on the 5th and 6th of November 2022.
The raffle prize pool has some impressive prizes including a IC-705
and backpack and is growing all the time, the presenters are madly
creating their presentations, preloved sellers are buying extra tables
and vendors are trying to work out how much they can stuff in their
Why is this all happening well its to create the newest
conference and ham radio expo experience on the Australian Amateur
Radio calendar - the Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Expo.
We have had a huge response so far with over 70 people already
booked to come along and we have some great vendors coming along
including ICOM, All About DX, SpookTech, DX Systems and many more.
Its all happening at the University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
in the spacious and contemporary Sir Stanley Burbury Lecture Theatre.
Plenty of free car parking and only a short 20 minute car trip from
the airport. There are flights into Hobart run from all major
capital cities and direct to Auckland, NZ and you can attend in
person or online (via zoom) for the conference day.
The Saturday 5th of November 2022 is the Amateur Radio Conference
and take a look at the program on the conference website link.
Sunday the 6th of November 2022 is the huge Ham Expo held at the
same spacious venue with vendors, pre-loved and information stands
including ALARA, VEA, WIA, WWFF, SOTA, ROAR + more!
Registrations for attendance, Vendors and Pre-loved tables are NOW
open and registration for the event is essential.
For more information and the registration links please visit the
We look forward to seeing you all in Hobart!
73 Tassie Ham Expo Organizing Committee
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
23cm Band and RNSS Coexistence September update
As the WRC-23 approaches studies regarding 23cm and RNSS are working
towards conclusions, the IARU is not content that all the
operational aspects of the amateur service usage of the 1240-1300 MHz
band are being properly considered
Having been deeply involved in the regulatory work it is the opinion
of the IARU that for many national authorities the 23cm band WRC23
agenda item 9.1b topic has a very low priority. Many are taking a
generic stance stating their support for studies without
considering the detail of the work or how it is moving forward.
Therefore the IARU requests that Member Societies urgently put this
issue on the agenda with their national authorities to discuss the
The IARU view is that the potential for widespread or persistent
interference to the radio-navigation satellite service (RNSS) from
amateur service transmitters is over-stated.
However, recognising the regulatory situation, the IARU and the
amateur community are ready to accommodate any technical or
operational measures deemed necessary on the amateur services
so long as they are proportionate, reasonable and evidence based.
Germany: New Entry-Level license class 'N' on its way
Planned is the introduction of an entry-level amateur radio license,
limited to just 10w EIRP in the 144 and 430 MHz bands but they can
build their own equipment.
This new entry-level class should offer access to amateur radio in
particular to young people and older people in accordance with
international requirements. The legally stipulated self-build right
is not restricted, so even beginners can develop, set up and put
into operation radio devices or hotspots themselves.
RSGB FRONT PAGE NEWS STATES :-
"We are bringing our Jubilee activities to a close as a mark of
respect for the Queen," the RSGB website is being updated and the
Innovation 70 award has been cancelled.
Any radio amateur who has collected QSOs between 1 30 June 2022
for the Jubilee Award 70 may still submit their application to the
RSGB Awards Manager before 31 October. Details of how to do so will
remain on their website
Andrew N1MYY who works in tech support at Comrex, signed on a
new ham radio repeater Sept. 11, to honour the six broadcast
engineers: Bob Pattison, Don DiFranco, Steve Jacobson, Bill Steckman,
Rod Coppola and Isaias Rivera the six fallen broadcast engineers.
The new repeater site is dedicated as a memorial to the broadcast
engineers will be part of the New England Emergency Communications
Network, a digital network of approximately 90 amateur radio service
repeaters covering the New England states.
BRAZIL REPORTS HIGHEST NUMBER OF HAMS ON AIR
More amateurs than ever are on the air in Brazil and most of them
are Class C entry level operators, according to a recent study by
LABRE ( Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Rdio Emisso,) the national
amateur radio society. The organisation used data provided by the
nation's regulator, ANATEL, and analysed by Ricardo Benedito, PY2QB.
The data shows that this year's amateur radio ranks grew by 2.2 %
over last year, with more than 40,000 now holding a radio licence.
The state with the most hams is So Paulo, where more than 10,000
The number of stations also grew, according to the data:
There were about 60,000 stations in 2021. The number is now in
excess of 63,000, counting repeaters, mobile, fixed, beacons and
terrestrial stations - with more than 17,000 of them in the state of
China is to hold the first exam this year for the country's highest
class of amateur radio license, equivalent to CEPT / HAREC.
The exam session will take place in Beijing
There are three categories of license:
Class C permits 1 kW output on bands below 30 MHz
and 25 watts above 30 MHz
Class B permits 100 watts below 30 MHz
and 25 watts above 30 MHz
Class A permits 25 watts on bands above 30 MHz
The national amateur radio society C.R.A.C. announcement said " In
order to meet the needs of amateur radio enthusiasts who wish to
set up C amateur radio stations, CRAC is scheduled to organize the
first of 16 C amateur radio operation technical proficiency
verification assessments October 22, 2022, in Beijing, and the
specific assessment work is undertaken by the Beijing Radio
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.
Spring Digital Run Contest Second weekend of October
8 through to 9 Starting from 0000UTC Saturday till 0000UTC Sun
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.
TIMOR LESTE, 4W.
Active is 4W/JH2EUV but only until this Tuesday September 20 and
has been using mainly FT8 on 20, 15, 12 and 10 meters.
QSL via JH2EUV, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P29.
A group of German operators will have P 29 RO on the wireless from
October 25 to November 10 transmitting on 160 to 6 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via DL4SVA, direct, by the Bureau,
Club's OQRS and LoTW.
Northern Ireland special callsign
Pastor Brian Madden, GI 0 RWO, from Belfast, will be using the
special callsign GB 0 KC to celebrate the new King Charles the Third,
as well as remembering the passing and the exemplary service of
Queen Elizabeth the Second.
QSL via E-mail email@example.com
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.
As Jason VK2LAW has told us already today the RSGB have brought
their Jubilee activities to a close as a mark of respect for the
Passing of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - ASTRONOMICAL
OBSERVATORY EDUCATOR HONORED FOR WORK IN ASTRONOMY
Hard work in the field of astronomy education paid off recently for
one long time educator who's been honoured for her years of advocacy
at facilities around the United States.
The assistant director for education and public outreach at the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory has been honoured for her work
by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Suzanne Gurton is being
recognized with the Klumpke Roberts Award for nearly 4
decades of her effort helping educators develop and present astronomy
programs to further the public's understanding. Before joining the
Observatory in 2016, Suzanne Gurton worked at a number of
planetariums around the United States and also served as an
astronomy lecturer at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
She is a former writer and producer at the American Museum of
Natural History in New York City.
The observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is hard, even for the pros:
Intelsat said the Galaxy 15 broadcast satellite that stopped
responding to commands shut down its payload Aug. 31, reducing the
risk of interfering with signals from other spacecraft.
However, Galaxy 15 continues to drift out of its geostationary orbit
and "will soon begin transiting through orbital locations licensed
for other satellites."
With the payload muted, the focus of this coordination ensures
'fly-by' procedures are coordinated so that the spacecraft
avoid a physical collision. This is a normal part of spacecraft
operations that is regularly executed and poses minimal risk.
Intelsat said it successfully moved all customers from Galaxy 15 to
its Galaxy 23 satellite. SpaceX is slated to launch Galaxy 33,
Galaxy 15's replacement, "on or about Oct. 8, 2022,.
After The 2 "scrubs" of Artemis 1 NASA engineers may have to roll
SLS back to the VAB the Eastern Range requires that the flight
termination system batteries be reset and recertified before the
next launch attempt (although a waiver might be possible).
Also re the on-board smallsats batteries - can they survive the wait?
This includes the OMOTENASHI communications and impactor experiment.
NASA is now targeting September 23 or 27 according to Jim Free, NASA
Associate Administrator Exploration Systems Development
Sometimes, things DO work:
Engineers with NASA have repaired an issue with the space agency's
Voyager 1 spacecraft, but have yet to identify the cause of the
problem. The probe had been sending garbled data about its status,
including information about its health and activities to mission
controllers, despite otherwise operating normally. Launched in 1977,
NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes are both still active,
exploring deep space. Both are still communicating with NASA,
despite being launched 45 years ago.
The spacecraft are two of only five space probes from Earth that
have left the solar system.
Voyager 1 is currently 14.5 billion miles from Earth.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FIVE MHz
More African countries arrive on 60 m
Word via Paul Gaskell G4MWO the Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter that
the South African Radio League have announced that three new African
countries have joined the ranks of 5 MHz / 60 m operators.
They are Botswana, Lesotho and eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland).
Each has the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of
5351.5 5366.5 kHz. This makes a total of 89 countries now on the
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
VQ 9 SC is active from Diego Garcia Island, IOTA AF-006 until
the 16th of November on 160 through 10m using SSB and FT8.
Send QSLs via WB2REM.
"Mike's On" :-
Mike VE6TC, is active as ZL4/VE6TC on Stewart Island (IOTA OC-203).
He is on the air until early October. QSL via the Bureau, direct to
his home call VE6TC, eQSL or LoTW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
An event to honour prisoners of war and those missing in action
was held Friday, Sept. 16 led by amateur radio operator
Michael Bald as part of 10-day observance.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a
proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each
subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating
the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
A national-level ceremony is held on every National POW/MIA
Recognition Day. Traditionally held at the Pentagon, it features
members from each branch of military service and participation from
high-ranking officials. In addition to the national-level ceremony,
observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the
USA on military installations, ships at sea, state capitals, schools
and veterans facilities.
For the last 13 years, Michael Bald, amateur radio station
call sign K 4 MIA, has run a special event station as part of
National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Bald, a native Floridian
has created and sponsored an amateur radio special event station
surrounding the National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It runs for
10 days, Sept. 10 through Sept. 18, today
Most days, Bald operated from his home station, but on Friday,
Sept. 16, the official recognition day, he operated from
Project 425s Vietnam UH1H Huey helicopter at G&M Ranch in
In addition to his home operating station, Bald operated from
various veteran-based locations, such as American Legion Post 268
in Riviera Bea and VA establishments.
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
Ham radio at 11th National Scout Jamboree
Indonesia's ORARI reports they had two exhibition stands at the
11th National Scout Jamboree in East Jakarta, August.
A translation of the ORARI post reads:
ORARI was present in introducing radio communication equipment,
communication procedures in amateur radio to the Scouts at the
Fundraising level with many guest Ham Radio speakers.
Also Present, General Treasurer ORARI Kak Liza YD0LIZ representing
the Chairman of ORARI Kak Donny YB0DX.
There were two ORARI Exhibition Stand locations making it easier for
scouts to see ORARI exhibitions from their nearest location camp.
The ORARI Platform Exhibition from two locations was attended by
approximately 4,000 participants. Hopefully, the ORARI exhibition
can recruit Scouts to be more interested in communication on
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
The following two rescue stories are great examples of why amateur
radio is important.
The first story occurred in Wisconsin and is told by ARRL member
Scott Strecker, KG9IV. In his own words, Strecker shares how he was
able to help a ham in distress.
I have the VHF radios on low to monitor them in the background.
Recently, I got into the Allstar node with a hotspot.
At about 7:45 AM, I heard the Allstar node come up. An individual in
distress was asking for assistance to get an ambulance to him. It
was a ham who had slipped on his bathroom floor and went down so
hard he could not get up, but he happened to have his handheld with
him (don't we all). He did not have access [to the] phone, and he
I was able to summons help - thanks to Ham Radio.
In addition to KG 9 TV's story, newly licensed amateur radio
operators Shannon, KK7GVG, and CJ Bouchard, KK7GNG, also shared a
On September 3, in the Rocky Mountains in northwest Idaho, they were
out for a weekend of four-wheeling in their Jeep.
The area is an extremely mountainous region with no towns, very few
people, no facilities, and no cell phone coverage.
This ham pair were notified them of an accident involving two
teenage girls. The accident scene was just a few miles away, and
when they arrived it was clear the teenagers were critically injured.
KK7GNG was able to make a contact using a simplex 2mtr frequency
The call for emergency assistance was picked up by local amateur
radio operator John Tappero, K7JNT, who immediately called 911 -
proving yet again - Ham Radio can save lives.
2022 Social Scene
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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 (email@example.com)
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