2022 OCTOBER 23 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 23 2022
IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA Working Group responding to the ACMAs proposed Class Licensing
and high power operations and it appears ACMA DON'T wish to deal
with large numbers of form letter responses to the consultation.
Your WIA's Roger Harrison VK2ZRH tells all. -
WIA director Steven Green VK2TSG joins us.-
AND be afraid - be VERY afraid - Halloween is almost here. WIA past
board member John, VK4JJW has the "gory details".
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032, Yes BUILT in the
EAST and heard all across Terra Australis and the world.
This weekend in the west is PerthTech a gathering of VK6 hams.
Speaking of VK6, a couple of westerners, namely
Zeljko VK6VY and Alan VK6CQ (and isn't THAT a great call) are
off to Cocos Keeling Island, Australia's most westerly tropical
A little DXing in store from Tuesday October 25 until the 4th of
November with callsign VK9CM.
4 operators ( Zeljko VK6VY, Alan VK6CQ, Luke VK3HJ and Chris VK3QB )
make up VK9CM BUT they'll also participate in the CQWW SSB Contest
as VK 9 C
For qsl info and news visit qrz.com.
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This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH with an update on the WIAs response
to the ACMAs latest proposal on amateur radio licensing.
You will recall that in my last bulletin, I explained that the
WIA Board had engaged a team of highly experienced and
well-credentialed active amateurs who had hit the ground running
to develop the WIAs response to the ACMAs proposed new licensing
In its first meeting via Zoom on Monday 3rd October, the team
identified a number of sticking points in the ACMAs proposals.
This is going to be a quantum step in the evolution of amateur
licensing in Australia, such as we have not seen previously. Hence,
it all needs close and careful consideration.
A number of issues to improve amateur privileges that the WIA has
doggedly pursued over a decade or more are included in the ACMAs
proposal like access to the whole 6m band for Standard licensees,
for example. Give that a tick!
At the Groups latest Zoom meeting, last Tuesday the 18th of October,
work on developing answers to the ACMAs numerous questions was
continued. In addition, work has begun on comparing the existing
licence conditions to the ACMAs Radiocommunications Class Licence
Not only that, parallel work is continuing on developing details of
the proposed amateur community survey to gather viewpoints and
suggestions from individuals, groups and WIA Affiliated Clubs.
Part of the reason for doing this is that we note the ACMAs stated
view that they dont wish to deal with large numbers of form letter
responses to the consultation.
An exposure draft of the WIAs response to the ACMA is anticipated
to be ready in early November.
Sharpen your keyboards to join the WIAs radio amateur community
survey when it opens online in November.
As I said previously, maintain a watch for regular despatches from
the Wireless Institute's Working Group on the ACMAs licensing
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for the WIA Working Group responding
to the ACMAs proposed Class Licensing and high power operations.
Hello, this is your WIA director Steven Green VK2TSG; with three items today,
Firstly, I wanted to bring your attention to the Clubs and individuals who put time
into making the recent Jamboree of the Air or 'JOTA' a success.
In seeing the preparations made by my own club in the Blue Mountains of Sydney; I
know a great deal of work goes on behind the scenes, including prior to the weekend.
Therefore we wanted to express our thanks all Amateur Operators and their clubs who
were involved, but also their supporters, families, and Friends for giving up
precious time to help introduce Radio to young people.
I am also looking forward to the upcoming Ham Radio Conference in Tasmania next
month, the details of which can be found on the website of the Radio and Electronics
Association of Southern Tasmania.
This looks to be an event that caters for so many facets of Radio with some very
interesting talks planned. For myself, I am particularly interested in the
opportunity to learn from the experiences of the groups and clubs that will be
present, and how we can share this with all affiliated groups.
Lastly, a number of clubs have implemented some terrific programmes to encourage
people to get on air more often, I hear terms such as 'Radio Active', '23-on-23' for
the 23cm band, and so on.
As a community we need to look at this situation further; Increasing the use of the
bands helps provide evidence that our continued use of the frequencies is justified,
and helps us achieve our aims of communication, technical education, experimentation
and so forth.
How about considering calling on and off your local repeater or call frequency when
traveling. Let people know that you are about; and consider taking your radio with
you when traveling or commuting. It does not mean you have to be talking the whole
time or having lengthy conversations, as even a little increase in activity helps us
and lets newcomers know there are others out there.
Until next time, 73's from Steven VK2TSG....
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 International Telecommunication Union has announced that the
2023 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) will be held from
November 20 through December 15 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
WRCs are held every three to four years, at which time delegates
from around the world review and, as needed, revise the ITU Radio
Regulations, which provide an international framework for regulation
of the RF spectrum and the orbits of communications satellites. The
Radio Regulations include the basic structure of the Amateur Radio
Service, including frequency allocations and license requirements.
National Radio Societies and The International Amateur Radio Union
(IARU) are always involved in pre-conference deliberations and send
observers to the conferences.
Speaking of the IARU:-
IARU President keynote at RSGB 2022 Convention
On 7 to 9 October the RSGB held its first hybrid Convention which
had speakers, attendees and livestream-watchers from across the
The keynote presentation by IARU President Tim Ellam, Kings Counsel
and Ham Op VE6SH/G4HUA was very thought-provoking. In it he
highlighted threats to amateur radio as well as the importance of
embracing modern techniques, whilst also being willing to adapt and
The Society has released on its YouTube channel a standalone
recording of Tims presentation, combined with his interesting
Convention Chat with the RSGB and IRTS Presidents.
AN AMATEUR radio operator is set to be ordered to remove several
alien and intrusive antennae from the walls of a terraced home in
the UK, Essex, Shoebury.
Planning experts claim seven antennae will need to be taken down from
a building because they are out of character with the area and
have not received planning permission.
Enforcement action has previously been taken on the property in 2002
when some antennae were removed. Another enforcement notice was
issued in 2014 but those antennae remained and have since been added
According to the Radio Society of Great Britain, most antennae need
planning permission unless they are considered permitted development
such as for TV antennae and ground mounted antennae up to 3 metres
in height, although some local councils allow more.
If they have been present for four years or more they may also be
exempt but proof would be required. If an antenna is mobile it may
also not need planning permission.
However, the report adds: The antennae on site do NOT benefit from
permitted development provisions and with the service of the 2014
notice any potential permitted development rights have been lost.
Bouncing a signal off the moon.
Learning more about a mysterious polar light.
Sending a beam to Jupiter.
Those are just some of the 13 experiments for a packed 10 days of
science at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks operates the facility and the
number of experiments is the highest so far under a five-year,
$9.3 million US grant awarded last year by the National Science
Foundation to establish the Subauroral Geophysical Observatory at
The observatorys purpose is the exploration of Earths upper
atmosphere and geospace environment.
Among the experiments is the Moon Bounce, a joint operation of the
JPL, Owens Valley Radio Observatory in California and the University
of New Mexico Long Wavelength Array. The purpose is to test the
coordination of the three facilities for the eventual study of
near-Earth asteroids, especially those that can be a hazard to Earth.
Knowing an asteroids composition can influence the type of defence
to be used.
The experiment consists of transmitting a signal from HAARP to the
moon and receiving the reflected signal at the California and
New Mexico sites.
The Jupiter experiment, run by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics
Laboratory, aims to prove a method of observing planetary
ionospheres by using Earth-based radio transmitters.
The experiment will send a beam to Jupiter and bounce it off the
giant planets ionosphere with the hope that it will be received at
the New Mexico site. Jupiter is currently about 374 million miles
from Earth and this experiment will stretch the transmitting ability
of HAARP, which can produce up to 3.6 Megawatts of power, to the
fullest. It will also test the receiving ability of the New Mexico
site, which consists of 512 antennas.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL.
HORRORS! ZOMBIES SEEKING QSOs WITH CW OPS
As so many of its enthusiasts will tell you, CW is not - most
definitely NOT - dead. At this time of the year, however, with
Halloween just around the corner, CW does have a tendency to become
a little "ZOMBIE-FIED" as we saw in a recent Amateur Radio NewsLine
You don't need to go trick-or-treating as Samuel F.B. Morse to
become a CW Zombie. On the night of Friday, October 28th, just turn
your power to 5 watts or less and you too can participate in a QRP
activity that's been haunting hams for 25 years:
The Zombie Shuffle.
The zombies and their keys rise from the grave at 4 p.m. local time
and continue until the witching hour of midnight in the hope of
using 15 and 20 meters before nightfall spirits the good conditions
Now because this is radio, wearing a costume won't help you very
much, but organizers encourage operators to adopt an alias for the
night. Last year's ops reported working "Chucky," "Boris," "Elvira,"
"Lazarus" and even....."Igor."
Details can be found in the event link that appears in the text
version of this week's WIA National News
Fellow Creatures of the Night: Please remember to shuffle - Zombies
do not like to go fast. Call "CQ BOO" and....let's hope the bands
won't be --- wait for it----'dead.'
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
ALARA FINAL AWARDS
Top scoring Australian YL (Trophy) YL VK7QP Linda Luther 930
Top scoring Foundation Licence ALARA member (Trophy) YL VK7AKT Eagles 375
Overall Awards - Certificates
Top score YL overall YL VK7QP Linda Luther 930
Top score YL phone only YL VK7QP Linda Luther 930
Top score YL CW only YL VK4SWE Lyn Battle 18
Top score YL EchoLink only YL VK7AKT Eagles 375
Top score VK YL Foundation Licence holder YL VK7AKT Eagles 375
CONTESTS TO COME:-
The QRP Hours Contest is today, Sunday, October 23 only on 40M.
The aim of the contest is to make as many contacts in a one-hour
period using your choice of mode with one hour dedicated to CW and
FT4, followed by one hour of SSB.
Time CW/FT4: 0400-0459 UTC
FT4: 7040-7060. Suggested USB dial frequency 7047.5
SSB: 0500-0559 UTC try 7060-7170
The contest is open to all Amateur
This contest give you a chance to test your QRP operating skills,
your QRP equipment and to meet other QRP operators in a fun and
A week from now will see the SSB leg of the CQ WW Contest.
Expect a lot of activity in the contest segments from top band
thru to 10m during this gruelling 48 hour shouting duel.
The SSB leg is on October 29th and 30th, the CW leg is on the
weekend of November 26th and 27th.
DX WINDOW AND MY FOUR IN PLAY THIS WEEK ARE
1/ FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Special Event Stations
QARS is delighted to announce special events stations for FWC Qatar
2022 commenced last Tuesday, October 18 and stays on air till
QRT December on all HF bands and QO100 satellite for all modes:
A 722 FWC headquarters of QARS and the Fans Zones at Doha Cornish.
8 different stations to be known as World Cup Stadiums but the stadium
our Socceroos are playing in, Al Janoub Stadium has NOT got
a ham station scheduled.
A71FIFA (Albayt Stadium)
A72FIFA (Lusail Stadium)
A73FIFA (Education City Stadium)
A74FIFA (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium)
A75FIFA (974 Stadium)
A76FIFA (Thumama Stadium)
A77FIFA (Khalifa Stadium)
2/ FRANCE CALLING THE BBC
Michel, F8GGZ and other operators have activated TM 100 BBC until
tomorrow, Monday the 24th of October to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the BBC. Activity has been all modes, including EME,
DMR and C4FM. QSL via F8GGZ, direct or bureau.
3/ PB 60 CUBA,
Although this special event stations suffix is Cuba, it IS from the
Michel, PE1MR, will activate PB 60 CUBA to commemorate the 60th
anniversary of the Cuban Crisis during the Cold War (1946-1990)
PB60CUBA is based in the Command Post of the Dutch Civil Defence.
QSL via PE1MR.
4/ PF 01 MAX
Until the 20th of November has been running over the
Grand Prix weekends of this year's FIA Formula One World Championship.
Sunday 30th is next event.
The race will be then Mexico City Grand Prix, which takes place at
the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
for PF 01 MAX, you QSL via PC2F either direct, via the bureau,
Logbook of The World or eQSL
(rsgb / wia news)
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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Ham TV to Return to the ISS
AMSAT has announced the Ham TV unit for the ISS is repaired and on
the way to Houston for testing. The flight date dependent on testing.
Ham TV has been inoperative since April 2018.
The ARISS Ham TV transmitter is capable of downlinking DVB-S digital
video of ARISS contacts and other activities on board the ISS to
amateur ground stations in the 2.3 GHz amateur band.
More information can be found at the link in Australia's TRUSTED
news service, your WIA National News this week
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
CWops is a worldwide organization of CW enthusiasts with over 3,000
members who strive to promote and encourage the use of CW, educate
in the skills and use of CW, and which supports a range of events
and programs that allow members to continually learn, practice and
improve their CW skills.
A yearly award is to recognize individuals, groups and organizations
that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art
or practice of radio communication by Morse Code.
This is the seventh year that CWops has made this Award.
The 2022 winners of the CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW are:
Kurt Zoglmann AD 0 WE
Long Island CW Club
Neil Sanderson, ZL 1 NZ
(sourced to NZART Break-in)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
PROGRESS FOR IRELAND'S FIRST SATELLITE
Another success has been scored by Ireland's first satellite, which
is moving forward through development and testing to its eventual
launch. Jeremy Boot G4NJH reports.
The team developing EIRSAT-1, Ireland's first satellite, has
returned from Belgium, where the project underwent rigorous testing
at the CubeSat Support Facility, including an assessment to ensure
it would survive launch. The University College Dublin team includes
David Murphy, EI9HWB, and Lna Salmon, EI9HXB. They are developing
the low-earth-orbit CubeSat as part of the European Space Agency's
"Fly Your Satellite" programme.
ESA administrators have said in the past that they view the project
as a way to grow a new generation of space scientists and engineers
to nurture a space programme for Ireland. The satellite is
tentatively scheduled for a launch from an ESA base in French Guiana
by early 2023.
This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
Satellite AO-27s timer has drifted enough to be workable for a
few minutes from the northern United States, Canada, and much of
Europe. For our listeners in those areas, give it a listen.
This timer drift of AO-27 has allowed a new distance record to be
set on the satellite. Joe Werth, KE9AJ, at a SOTA summit in
Wisconsin in the upper Midwestern United States worked Nick Garbett,
M 1 DDD/P in IO83ru October 5.
The satellite was at 59 degrees north during the QSO and remember
a distance record on this satellite is greatly complicated by the
3.5 minutes the satellite is activated on each orbit.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
The 2023 Sable Island CY0S DXpedition team has announced a VERY
generous offer from an anonymous but well known DXer and
This DXer has offered to match any donations to the CY0S DXpedition
from this point forward until arrival on the Island, March 20, 2023.
For example, if you were to contribute 100 USDs to the DXpedition,
this will then be matched making a total of 200 USD.
Again NA-063 Sable is set to air March 20 next.
ZD 7 CA from St. Helena Island (AF-022) is set for between November
5 and 26 on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB, PSK31, RTTY and WSPR.
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
VK4CNQ Nick Quigley OAM sent us a JOTA wrap from Chinchilla in
120 Scouts, Cubs and Joeys and 30 leaders and helpers with the base
at the Polo grounds.
Saturday there were 3 bases, canoeing on the river at one, others with
Defibrillators and CPR and also Communications.
Quite a cool morning at the river but it didnt worry the kids.
VK4CNQ set up the Morse station and a Battle ships Command station
every child and some leaders learnt how to key out their first name
and were rewarded with a participation certificate. When they got
back to the Polo grounds the buzz was who had a certificate and
Battleships- 4 UHF handhelds on Ch. 13 and 14 and in pairs they tried
to sink the ships. Nick had his CB on both channels so he could hear
what was going on.
Next day, Sunday, back at the Polo Cross Field -- Morse Code and
some small electromagnets winding wire around a nail and had some
for the kids to make their own. The target was to see how many
paper clips they could pick up.
Using a biro casing they made a solenoid and used a straight paper
clip so when the power was applied the paper clip was sucked in.
So In all seems they had an amazing and rewarding weekend.
Back to you Bruce.
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
Florida Amateur Radio Operators Activate for Hurricane Ian
The ARRL say as Hurricane Ian was making its way to Tampa, Florida,
in late September, the Sheriffs Tactical Amateur Radio Communications
(STARC), W 4 HSO, was preparing for activation.
ARRL member Tony DeAngelo, N2MFT, said STARC was activated
Monday, September 26, and continued operations through Thursday,
September 29, 2022 with amateur radio equipment in five of the
Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office locations, as well as a
Homeland Security office. Its a great working arrangement with all
of the equipment provided for us, said K3MFT. Our volunteers
staffed those locations and the remainder worked from their homes.
Over the course of the 4-day activation, 16 STARC volunteers worked
24 hours a day passing information for aid and assistance through
the sheriffs office using WebEOC, a web-based emergency management
DeAngelo emphasized that STARC is not a club, but a service
organization. Volunteers are required to undergo an extensive
background investigation, including fingerprinting.
STARC volunteers are civilians and employees of various Hillsborough
County government agencies, Verizon, Tampa Electric, St. Josephs
Hospital, Tampa Police Department, and other public and private
CLOSER TO HOME
The members of the North East Victoria Amateur Radio Club have
opened their flood initiative again to help those fellow amateurs
Joining me is Frank VK2BFC Club Secretary
A pool of $2000 is available for amateurs in the flood
affected areas, particularly Shepparton and Echuca in the form of
20 x $100 Coles/Myer gift cards.
These cards are for the Amateur and their family that have been
affected by the floods, to buy any needed items, be it a bit of
food, down to a dry pair of socks.
Please see the policy document, and see the website at
nevarc.org.au/flood-recovery for more information.
(Frank VK2BFC - Club Secretary)
2022 Social Scene
VK6 - PerthTech October 21-23 THIS WEEKEND (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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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