2022 OCTOBER 02 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 2 2022
WIA Vice president, Lee Moyle VK3GK joins us and we
have a reminder to read the latest ACMA email to we hams,
it deals with their review of non-assigned amateur and
outpost regulatory arrangements
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
Back in February of 2021 the ACMA commenced a review of non-assigned
amateur and outpost regulatory arrangements consultation 01/2021
Outcome No 1 was published some 9 months later, last Thursday,
September 29 the ACMA published outcome #3.
This has been emailed to us all and is worth a solid read.
ACMA are now consulting on updates to the proposed amateur class
licensing arrangements as well as on their proposal for a staged
implementation of higher power authorisation. Details of this
consultation, including the consultation paper, can be found at
IFC 31/2022 Updates to the proposed amateur class licensing
JOIN THE WIA
Good Morning from WIA Vice president, Lee Moyle VK3GK
On the 22nd of September 2022, we commemorated the passing of ex
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI ten years ago. At that time he was
WIA President, and IARU Region 3 Chairman. Michael was immensely
influential in shaping the hobby of Amateur Radio since the 1960s
both in this country and internationally.
Michael expertly led the WIA through the progression from a
Federal structure with State Divisions, to an efficient
national organisation with affiliated local clubs.
This occurred in 2004.
He championed and guided the introduction of the Foundation Licence
class in Australia, a move which bolstered the numbers of Australian
radio amateurs while other countries numbers were declining.
Through Michael, the WIA became highly regarded by government agencies
and the ACMA for its professionalism and efficiency, especially in
relation to the WIA examination and call sign management service.
More information on Michael Owen can be found on the WIA website
under News Releases OR DIRECT HERE:-
The WIA Board is seeking expressions of interest from persons who
may wish to help out in being part of the new WIA Membership working
group. Our Memnet membership database has recently had some new
features introduced and once implemented should streamline and
improve methods and processes for membership retention and
communications with members with more regular email newsletters,
notification of upcoming membership renewals, WIA promotions and
other important announcements.
If interested please send an email to email@example.com
marked Membership working group with your details and any brief
description you may have of previous experience in this area.
The WIA benefits program will shortly have some updates done to the
vendors list. If you dont have your card yet which qualify WIA
members for nominal discounts from vendors like Jaycar, Altronics
and other suppliers, then contact the WIA office, preferably via
email to arrange it to be emailed to you. We are working on having
it simply downloaded from memnet again shortly.
This weekend is the Oceania DX Contest Phone Section, next weekend
is the CW Section. Historically it was known as the VK ZL Contest.
A number of the WIA Board of Directors are avid and passionate
contesters. Tuning around the HF bands this weekend may bag you a
couple. It is important that some of your board members are active
radio Amateurs on the bands as it keeps them connected at the coal
face, where the action is.
The OCDX Contest offers many awards to participants, including
prestigious plaques and certificates. Even if you only work a few
stations, consider entering you log. The Contest history and a list
of awards and the contest sponsors are available at the OCDXC website
I hope to work you in the OCDX Contest, for now 73, this is
Lee Moyle, VK3GK WIA Vice President.
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 RSGB has published the draft programme for its annual Convention.
There are over 50 lectures planned for the weekend so there should
be something for everyone to enjoy. This is the Societys first
hybrid event where some lectures will also be livestreamed so if you
are an RSGB Member you should be able to join in wherever you are
Further details of that livestream will be added to the RSGB
Convention web page in following days.
Imagine being the first amateur to log a DX contact on a band that
is experimental in your country. Well, that happened to one ham
recently in England. We hear about him from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
"For Paul, G7PUV, it was an experiment that worked. The East Sussex
amateur, who holds an Innovation and Trial licence to use 40 MHz,
announced that he has made the first SSB contact on the band between
the UK and South Africa, where 8 metres is a standard ham frequency
which gives amateurs a primary allocation with a maximum of 400 watts
output between 40.675 and 40.685 MHz.
Paul reports that he accomplished this Trans Equatorial Propagation
contact with Willem ZS6WAB.
He writes on his QRZ.com page that Ofcom has permitted him access to
the band on frequencies between 40 and 42 MHz for testing purposes.
I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
Paul posted a video of the September contact on his Twitter feed.
You can watch it by following the link that appears in the text
version of this week's newscast
Organizers have just announced that campers attending next
year's Youth on the Air camp in the Americas will be packing
their bags for a northern location.
The Youth on the Air Camp is moving north to Canada for its
The camp will be able to host as many as 30 young amateurs from
North, Central and South America on the campus of Carleton
University in Ontario.
Any amateur radio operators in the Americas who are between the ages
of 15 and 25 are welcome to apply. Prospective campers who do not
live in Canada are being encouraged to apply for passports and
tourist visas in time to enable them to enter the country to attend
Youngsters who attended previous sessions of Youth on the Air camps
will return to serve as leaders.
The camp will take place 2023 from July 16th through to the 21st
with Radio Amateurs of Canada serving as the local host.
THE TOWER OF POWER
For this story, thanks again to Amateur Radio NewsLine, we take you
to Long Island, New York, where inventor Nikola Tesla conducted many
of his ground-breaking experiments.
Tesla's former laboratory is the perfect inspirational spot for a
ham radio club to celebrate an important anniversary.
Yes marking its 75th anniversary on Long Island, the Suffolk County
Radio Club, W2DQ, appreciates what it means to be part of radio
So it's celebrating the occasion at a nearby historic spot -
Wardenclyffe, the former laboratory of electronics innovator Nikola
Tesla, now renamed the Tesla Science Centre.
Though the noted engineer and inventor died in 1943 - four years
before the radio club was founded, his spirit will be present on
October 8th when the club activates special event station N 2 T from
the historic tower between 1500 UTC and 2359 UTC.
Wardenclyffe was the perfect place for the special event station
because of the history behind the site and Tesla's contributions to
Hams contacting the operators during the event will be able to
receive a downloadable certificate.
Meanwhile, even with Tesla himself long gone, his old laboratory is
still functioning as an incubator for new things in the radio
universe. The Tesla Science Centre Amateur Radio Club, N2TSC, was
formed this past July by a handful of hams. Members have the
immediate goal of focusing on education in the schools - a priority
that is sure to have an impact that lasts beyond the next 75 years.
CHINA PREPS NEXT AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE
China is preparing to send a new ham radio satellite into orbit in
the next few weeks.
The CAS-10 amateur radio satellite is set to go into space from
China's Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in early November, where it
will be sent to the Tiangong Space Station aboard the Tianzhou-5 cargo
spacecraft. The satellite, which carries a V/U linear transponder, will
become operational sometime after its deployment from the space station
around the 15th of December. The transponder is expected to operate all
day throughout the satellite's lifetime, using a VHF uplink and UHF
downlink with a 30 kHz bandwidth. CAS-10 is also equipped with a camera.
Hams will be able to send DTMF commands to download photos taken by the
camera and stored in the satellite's flash memory. Satellite telemetry
data will be sent via Morse Code."
For additional details and frequencies, visit the link in the
text version of this week's newscast at wia.org.au
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
WIA - NZART OCEANIA CONTEST
PHONE - ON RIGHT NOW
CW - Second 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
run by PRIDE Radio Group
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.
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
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.
7B2C, 7B2E, 7B2T, 7B2H and 7B2O are QRV until the end this month
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.
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 was active through the 30th of September,
QSOs will be confirmed automatically through the bureau.
In 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington saw a blast of white
light on the surface of the sun. This was the Carrington Event, as
scientists now call it, and it is the largest recorded solar storm
It was linked with extraordinary auroras -- the Northern and
Southern Lights -- that were visible in the sky near both the poles
and the equator, everywhere from Canada to Australia. The enormous
solar outburst also caused electrical disruptions from Paris to
While the Carrington Event may seem like history, there are many
concerns about what might happen if an event as powerful as -- or
even more powerful than -- the Carrington Event were to strike
Earth today, now that humanity is far more dependent on electricity.
In the 'old' days, people were used to the idea that radio
communication isn't always perfect. AM radio had cracks and pops
and if you had to make a call with a radiophone, you expected it to
be unreliable and maybe even impossible at a given time. Modern
technology, satellites, and a host of other things have changed and
now radio is usually super reliable and high-fidelity.
However, a magnitude 7.9 solar flare about 9 days ago reminded
radio users in Africa and the Middle East that radio isn't always
going to get through. At least for about an hour.
It happened at around 10 AM GMT when that part of the world was
facing the sun. Apparently, a coronal mass ejection accompanied the
flare. The culprit seems to be an unusually active sunspot which is
expected to die down soon. Interestingly, there is also a coronal
hole in the sun where the solar wind blows at a higher than usual
We are ill-prepared for technology blackouts due to solar activity,
even on the power grid. The last time it happened, we didn't rely
so much on radio.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - AND - SUMMITS ON THE AIR,
WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR and other
Andy Clift G6PJZ has achieved the coveted SOTA Mountain Goat award
for reaching 1000 activator points.
His Mountain Goat-qualifying activation took place from the summit
of Helvellyn G/LD-003, in the English Lake District.
Andy's SOTA journey started back in 2015, learning about the programme
through answering a CQ call from an activator. He soon activated
his first summit and thus started, as it does for so many, a keen
obsession over the ensuing years!
Reflecting on his achievement, Andy commented: " Without SOTA I
would not do anywhere near as much walking, I would not be as active
on the radio and I would not have discovered some of the fantastic
smaller Marilyns that people dont bother travelling to."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
ArianeGroup unveiled a multi-year design project for a new crew and
cargo upper stage that it hopes will meet Europes appetite for
Susie (Smart Upper Stage for Innovative Exploration) will launch on
top of the nearly flight-ready Ariane 64 heavy-lift vehicle,
carrying cargo and astronauts to Low Earth Orbit and, eventually, to
Susie is designed for safety and reusability.
The 12 m-long craft is significantly larger than Dragon, Starliner,
or Orion, it features 40 cubic meters of payload space and a total
mass of 25 tons.
As WIA National News reported last week, CAPSTONE continues to
tumble, but, this week better news, the spacecrafts communication
situation has improved and its propulsion system is being warmed
back up to operating temperatures.
The CAPSTONE probe is expected to act as a pathfinder for NASA's
Gateway, the small space station designed to orbit the Moon and act
as a jumping-off point for crewed missions to the surface.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.
Updated RSGB EMF Calculator
The RSGB have released an updated version of their online EMF
Calculator to enable radio amateurs to check EMF exposure limits.
Version v2.0.1 is available as a web app at
RSGB EMF page
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
OC-036 NEW ZEALAND.
Members of the Whangarei Amateur Radio Club, ZL1AM on New Zealand's
North Island (OC-036, WW Loc. RF74) are active as ZL 75 WARC
to celebrate their club's 75th anniversary until December 31st.
Listen for QSL info with the operators.
SA-002 FALKLAND ISLANDS.
Garry, ZC4GR is now active as VP8DLB from Port Stanley, Falkland
Islands SA-002. Activity has been mainly on 40/10 meters SSB between
1800-1900z and after 0145z. He will be there until December before
returning to Cyprus. QSL via EB7DX.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Mid Century Television - live, local and unpredictable late 1950s
In the late 1950s US television networks ruled the airwaves from
7 to 11 PM, but outside of that timeslot, television was
live, local and unpredictable.
Jim Hanlon, W 8 KGI, worked as a summer relief engineer at
Cincinnati's WCPO-TV from 1956 to 1958. At that time WCPO-TV
did not have any video recording technology, so all local TV
was live TV and provided a refreshing dose of live programming,
equipment failures and production creativity that been lost in today's
pasteurized, homogenized TV ecosystem.
Join Jim as he recalls what it was like producing live TV
programming in the early days of television broadcasting.
The link is in the text edition best read (if you are not subscribed
to our early feed) on wia.org.au
Hello everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is
the first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia's October bulletin to go to air.
Now, three important announcements; please listen carefully:
Firstly, The Club's banking arrangements have changed from Westpac
to Bendigo Bank.
Secondly, the Perth monthly luncheon has a new venue. The Basie is
no more. The new luncheon meeting venue is the Woodbridge
Hotel, 50 East Street, Guildford WA, and the next meeting
will be held on Tuesday, October 11th, starting at around
Thirdly, Andrew VK3CAH has updated the Club website. Full details of
all Club activities, including membership, bulletin transmission
times, and much more can be found at www.raotc.org.au
or just Google RAOTC.
All Club members and friends of the Club are urged to visit the
website to acquaint themselves with these latest updates.
This month as well as all the latest Club news, and there is quite a
lot of it including a report on the AGM, we have the story of the
1946 photo survey of Australia, a precursor of the Woomera rocket
range, plus some anecdotes of the rocket range, and then the story
of the ugly duckling World War 2 Liberty ship.
Everyone, ROATC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to
listen to the program and join in the call-backs afterwards. All the
many different times, frequencies and transmission modes are listed
on the Club website. However, if none of the transmission times suit
you, you can download the audio file at any time from today.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
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
LX 9 S Jamboree On The Air
LX9S will be on the air from Luxembourg as part of the 65th Jamboree
On The Air October 14-16
From the SSA page we quote " Here in Luxembourg we are once again
representing the WOSM, the World Scouts Office Europe. The call sign
is again LX9S and amateurs from the Netherlands, Switzerland, France
will travel to Luxembourg City. Around 20-25 radio amateurs present,
2-3 IT staff, 6 kitchen staff and 4 scout leaders.
The LX9S Team 2022 will do whatever it takes to put on a good show
Watch LX9S JOTA-JOTI preview 2022
Return of face to face JOTA JOTI
After two years of interruptions JOTA JOTI 2022 in VK is back.
Over the weekend on Saturday 15 October and Sunday 16 October the
bands will be alive to the sound of CQ Jamboree.
vkjotijota.com/ is Scouts Australia JOTA JOTI website.
If you are running a JOTA station, please register your station on
When you register your site, you can detail hours of operation,
bands and any information that will assist other sites to find you
on the bands.
The Governor Generals opening address will be broadcast at 1pm
local time in each state as per previous years. Scouts Australia
would like to thank all the amateurs that assist and participate in
JOTA JOTI. A special thank you to the WIA broadcast team for
broadcasting the opening address each year.
On behalf of Brett Nicholas, the National Coordinator JOTA JOTI
Scouts Australia and for VK1WIA National News, I am Alec VK2APC
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
EASTERN US SEABOARD
As Hurricane Fiona ravaged the region, amateur radio operators
were hard at work in areas of the Eastern Caribbean and Western
Atlantic AND Hurrican Ian then hit Florida
Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos
islands suffered severe flooding, catastrophic wind damage and major
power outages as the storm, which grew to Category 4, made its way
toward Bermuda then up to Canada.
In addition to local communications support, the Hurricane Watch Net
was activated and Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network was
handling health and welfare traffic.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an ARRL emergency
request for a 60-day temporary waiver intended to facilitate amateur
radio emergency communications for relief.
The waiver was adopted on Tuesday, September 27 and immediately
permitted amateur radio operators supporting amateur data transmission
for Hurricane Ian traffic to employ a higher symbol rate for data
transmissions than the current limit of 300 baud.
2022 Social Scene
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 (vk6pop)
VK7 - November 5-6 Tassie Ham Radio Conference and Expo.
VK4 - Nov 5 Tannum Sands Gathering with Gladstone ARC (vk4zz)
VK4 - GOLD COAST HAMFEST Nov 13. @ Country Paradise Parklands
VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest November 20 9.3Oam. (vk3pdg)
VK3 - BARG HamFest 5th of February BARG clubrooms
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (email@example.com)
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