2023 JANUARY 1 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 01 2023
IN OUR 28th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
JOINING US THIS WEEK WILL BE WIA DIRECTOR AND SECRETARY PETER CLEE:-
PLUS MANY MORE IN THIS 30 MINUTE EDITION OF
NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
AND IN BREAKING NEWS:-
YAESU BOWS OUT
Yaesu have informed that the production of the FT-818ND and
FTM-400XDR will be discontinued. They are forced to make this
decision due to difficulty with availability of some components.
Won't you fly with me?
The Ham Radio payloaded balloon callsign W5KUB-112 has been in flight
for 202 days. Keep on the lookout for it. The 32 inch clear balloon
was manufactured by Japanese speacalist balloon company ' Yokohama'.
If you are aiming at tracking make sure you have correct call
IT ENDS WITH -112. It is just one of 4 different balloons callsign
W5KUB in flight. Including the 2 we mentioned in the last couple of
weeks launched from Antartica (-114 and -115)
WE HAVE TO 'HARP' ON THIS
"Ping" Wait 2 seconds.
"Ping" Wait 2 seconds
That's what ham radio operators heard mid week when they received
HAARP's radar transmission to asteroid 2010 XC15. The unusual pulsing
signal at 9.6 MHz. was HAARP, pinging the asteroid.
"The signal was heard from New Mexico to here in Australia, 9.600 MHz
and 9.585 MHz pulsing every 2 seconds."
This recording, received by Aub McKibben of Adelaide VK5.
"Ping" Wait 2 seconds.
"Ping" Wait 2 seconds
JOIN THE WIA
Peter VK8ZZ reports:-
Broadcast listeners will recall that WIA President Scott Williams
VK3KJ in the WIA Board Comment on December 18 noted that the WIA had
recently completed our very detailed submission and response to the
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Class Licence
consultation including the matter of consideration for Higher Power
Operation by Radio Amateurs in Australia.
Scott thanked the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee for their hard work
and also thanked the broader amateur radio community for their
participation in the survey which provided the direction that our
response was to take.
The entire submission to the ACMA consultation has now been published
and I commend it to you to read.
So, on this first day of the New Year of 2023 we continue the
important work of representing the Amateur Radio Service as we make
final preparations to attend the International Telecommunications
Union's (ITU) World Radio Conference (WRC-23). This year we will
once again send a representative as part of the official Australian
Delegation to attend this very important event to be held in DUBAI,
United Arab Emirates from 20 November to 15 December 2023.
World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) are held every three to
four years to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations
that is the international treaty governing the use of the radio
frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary
satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda
determined by the ITU Council
which takes into account recommendations made by previous world radio
communication conferences. The general scope of the agenda of world
radiocommunication conferences is established four to six years in
advance, with the final agenda set by the ITU Council two years before
the conference, with the concurrence of a majority of Member States.
The WIA have been actively participating in the lead up to WRC-23,
noting that the WRC-23 agenda item of direct concern to amateurs is
AI 9.1b which is likely to result in restrictions to amateur usage of
the 1240 - 1300 MHz frequency band. WRC-23 will look at issues to
determine if additional measures are required to ensure protection of
the radionavigation-satellite service (space-to-Earth) operating in
the same band.
As The National Association for Amateur Radio in Australia and the
official representative member society of the International Amateur
Radio Union (IARU) the Wireless Institute of Australia represents all
amateurs in Australia and seeks to protect the frequency allocations
that we are fortunate to currently have.
On another note, the election of Directors of the WIA is underway and
more news on that matter from John Marshall the WIA Returning Officer
in next week's broadcast.
This has been Peter Clee VK8ZZ from Darwin, WIA Director and
Secretary, Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2023.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
1 - 31 January Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF DX Contest ( Marathon )
The contest was established in 1950 to honour the memory of
the late Ross A. Hull and his pioneering achievements in the
study of tropospheric propagation and the development of new
equipment techniques for the higher bands.
Entrants may operate on every contest day, but the final score
is based on the best seven days nominated by the entrant.
For amateurs with limited operating time, there is also a
"Best 2 Days" section.
LOGS DUE IN 14th FEBRUARY
14 - 15 January Summer VHF-UHF Field Day.
0100 UTC Saturday to 0059 UTC Sunday BUT in VK6 add 3 hours
onto start and end times.
26th of January Australia Day Contest
This contest is to encourage Amateur Radio Activity around the world
and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve
the operating skills of participants.
Amateurs in VK will endeavour to contact other amateurs around the
world. VK operators can use the AX prefix as they celebrate Australia
Scoring is distance based, calculated using 4-character grid squares.
Contest is held on the Australia Day Public Holiday, 26 January.
Contest Manager is Alan Shannon VK4SN
MARCH 18 - 19 (the 3rd Weekend) John Moyle Field Day
UTC 0100 Saturday to 0059 Sunday.
MAY 1st Saturday Harry Angel Memorial Sprint 106 mts an annual 80m
contest event, first established in 1999, to commemorate the life of
Harry Angel VK4HA who at the time of his becoming a Silent Key was
the oldest licensed amateur in Australia. (106)
The duration of the contest is 106 minutes one minute for each year
of Harry's life. (wia.org.au)
MAY 20-21 Don Edwards Memorial Slow Morse Contest
begins the weekend after Mother's Day.
80m section Saturday 20th May 6 to 9pm Sydney time.
40m section afternoon of Sunday 21st of May, 1 to 4
Sydney time. (vk2wi)
JUNE 24-25 WINTER VHF-UHF Field Day.
0100 UTC Saturday 24 to 0059 UTC Sunday 25
BUT in VK6 add 3 hours onto start and end times. (wia.org.au)
JUNE Weekend prior to 2nd Monday of June is VK SHIRES
JULY 15 - Trans Tasman Low Band Contest
Held on the 3rd weekend in July, aims to encourage
Low Band activity between VK and ZL
160 80 and 40M are allowed with SSB, CW and
Digital (RTTY OR PSK)
Contest Manager Alan Shannon VK4SN
AUGUST 12 - 13 Remembrance Day Contest
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during
World War II and is designed to encourage friendly
participation and help improve the operating skills
of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to
the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased
with Japan in the southwest Pacific area.
A perpetual trophy is awarded annually to the
Australian state or territory with the best performance.
The name of the winning State or Territory is
inscribed on the trophy, and that State or Territory
then holds the trophy for 12 months. The winning
State or Territory is also given a certificate, as
are leading entrants.
August 26 - 27 A.L.A.R.A. CONTEST
Contest is always on the last FULL weekend of August.
All licensed operators throughout the world are invited to
participate. Scout and Girl Guide groups are encouraged to
participate using their Club's equipment and callsign.
YLs work everyone; OMs work YLs only.
Combined phone and CW run over 24 hours:
Saturday 0600 hours UTC till Sunday 0559 hours UTC
All HF Bands except 160m & WARC Bands.
ECHOLINK will also be accepted.
(alara web site)
OCTOBER - Oceania DX (OCDX) Contest
PH - The first full weekend in October each year 0600 UTC Saturday to
0600 UTC Sunday
CW - Second full weekend in October from 0600 UTC Saturday to
0600 UTC Sunday
Log deadline for PH and CW logs - 31 October.
Managed by the Oceania DX Contest Committee.
NOVEMBER VHF-UHF Field Day.
0100 UTC Saturday to 0059 UTC Sunday BUT in VK6 add
3 hours onto start and end times. (wia.org.au)
The Special Event Station VI 100 MB is active during 2023,
celebrating the centenary of VK2's Manly & District Radio Club.
PHILIPPINES Pete is active as VK4CCV/DU7 from Cebu on all bands and
Listen for the callsign TN 8 K from the Republic of Congo, activated
by the C-D-X-P Group.
The team from the Czech Republic expects to operate between Jan 7 and
19 on the HF bands from 160m to 6m using CW, SSB, RTTY , FT8, FT4
They will also make use of the QO-100 satellite.
QSL via OK6DJ, OQRS or Logbook Of The World.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE,
and the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Jumping in where normally Bruce VK3FFF would tread in his special
interest group news, this news, from "out of space" could have far
reaching effects here on the green planet.
Possibly due to a micrometeoroid or debris strike, the Soyuz MS-22
capsule currently docked to the ISS has suffered an external
radiator coolant leak.
If it is determined to be unsafe for a crewed return trip, cosmonauts
Sergey Prokopyev and Dimitri Petelin along with NASA astronaut Frank
Rubio would be effectively trapped until a replacement could be
That replacement, the Soyuz MS-23 capsule, is apparently being
accelerated for a potential uncrewed launch and would be remotely
piloted to the ISS.
This is possibly the most significant "emergency" situation in the
20 plus year history of the ISS.
So to :-
The RSGB is making plans to celebrate the coronation of King Charles
III and the Queen Consort in May 2023.
The Coronation theme is looking towards the future while being
rooted in our traditions, which the Society would like to
incorporate in its celebrations.
The UK has an ancient chain of fire-based beacons and the RSGB is
considering ways that these might be used in the plans. As well as
organising events for radio amateurs, this will be is a great
opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to the public and to gain
publicity in the media.
The RSGB has asked hams for their thoughts about how to use the
fire beacon chain, or any other ideas for activities on the
Coronation theme that could be used as outreach to the public.
( email@example.com )
The Radio Club of Pusula, OH9W, and Northern Radio Arcala, OH8X,
today cease activating the station they say belongs to the
"genuine Santa from Northern Finland, next to the North Pole."
You can expect Santa's work to continue until December 31st UTC date
and this year's special theme has been to focus on children in
troubled areas of the world and has taken take the form of a puzzle
to be solved by letters the operators have been handing out to their
QRZ.com details how to submit the puzzle results for an award
You can also see a list of hams who have already contacted Santa
and his elves.
The national telecommunications authority Bundesnetzagentur
(BNetzA) has extended all temporary permits for the amateur radio
service whose validity would have expired on 31 December 2022.
This means that German radio amateurs may continue to use the
frequency ranges 18501890 kHz and 18902000 kHz with 750 W
or 100 W on weekends and contest operation on weekends is also
the Swiss Amateur Radio Association USKA reports, it was possible to
obtain clearance for the 4m band after lengthy negotiations with the
national telecommunications authority BAKOM.
The authorisation is valid from today, 1 January 2023.
Only radio amateurs with HB9 licences are permitted to use the band.
Frequency range: 70.0000 to 70.0375 MHz and 70.1125 to 70.5000 MHz.
In the range from 70.0375 to 70.1125 MHz any transmission is
prohibited. The maximum power is 25 watts ERP. All common
modulation types are permitted in accordance with the IARU band plan
Unmanned stations such as relays and EchoLink gateways are NOT allowed.
Congressman Bill Johnson has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of
Representatives to eliminate private land use restrictions that
prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of an Amateur Radio
Operator from operating and installing amateur station antennas on
property subject to the control of the Amateur Radio Operator.
The exponential growth of communities subject to private land use
restrictions that prohibit both the operation of Amateur Radio and
the installation of amateur station antennas has significantly
restricted the growth of the Amateur Radio Service. These restrictions
are pervasive in private common interest residential communities such
as single-family subdivisions, condominiums, cooperatives, gated
communities, master-planned communities, planned unit developments,
and communities governed by community associations.
The restrictions have particularly impacted the ability of Amateur
Radio to fulfil its statutorily mandated duty of serving as a
voluntary non-commercial emergency communications service.
Administration Drafting Executive Order To Simplify Space Rules
U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is drafting an executive
order intended to streamline approval for private rocket launches
amid a broader effort to bring legal and regulatory clarity for
American companies on everything from space travel to private space
stations, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the effort.
The order would be part of a push by the White House's National
Space Council to modernize U.S. space regulation, which has failed
to keep up with the increasingly ambitious pace of private-sector
investment and development.
The order, slated to be ready for Biden to sign early this year, is
meant to simplify licensing procedures under existing laws for more
routine space activities like launching rockets and deploying
The amateur radio community on Prince Edward Island is growing,
thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and post-tropical storm
Stratford resident Brent Taylor VY2HF has been a ham radio operator
for 38 years, in both New Brunswick and P.E.I. Prince Edward Island
is one of eastern Canada's maritime provinces, off New Brunswick and
Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Brent said a dozen people started a 12-week training program last year
and by 2022's end eight passed their exams and are now licensed
"The most diverse I've ever seen. And I've been teaching off and on
this course for 35-plus years. To see the number of women in the
course, for one thing, is just tremendous, also, cultural diversity
and a wide range of ages from as young as 12 years old."
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SSTV Unit on ISS is Inoperable
The SSTV card that interfaces with the ISS computer was damaged and
cannot be reliably used. Also, ISS has recently switched to a new
complement of laptops, which requires the ARISS Russia team to
develop a new computer interface to support SSTV. ARISS Russia has
been actively working this new development and is consulting with the
ARISS International hardware/software team on these efforts.
Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, ARISS Russia leader, has stated that they
expect to complete the SSTV development effort early this year and
launch the hardware on a future Progress flight later in 2023.
Until then, SSTV operations will be down.
The ARISS International team will keep all informed about SSTV status
through its web site.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW Activity Day to be Held January 1st
In March 2022, the AMSAT community lost one of our pioneers when Ray
Soifer, W2RS, became a silent key. In addition to his numerous
contributions to AMSAT and the worldwide amateur satellite community, Ray
was also the long-time organizer of AMSAT's CW Activity Day - previously
AMSAT Straight Key Night - held in conjunction with the ARRL's event on New
Year's Day. In recognition of Ray's long time service to AMSAT and his keen
interest in CW operating via satellite, AMSAT is pleased to announce that
AMSAT's CW Activity Day will now be known as the W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW
Activity Day in Ray's honour.
The rules are simple - operate CW through any amateur satellite between
0000 UTC and 2359 UTC on January 1, 2023. Straight keys and bugs are
encouraged, but not required. Logs are not required, but operators are
encouraged to submit a report of their activity to the AMSAT-BB. Photos and
video clips of activity are also encouraged - post them on Twitter and tag
Remember to use the minimum power required for communication as constant
carrier modes, including CW, can disrupt transponder operation for other
[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
China has released a small test satellite into orbit from its
recently completed Tiangong space station.
The satellite was released from a deployer on the Tianzhou 5 cargo
ship, which is currently docked at Tiangong. Tianzhou 5's primary
mission is delivering supplies to the space station to support the
three Shenzhou 15 mission astronauts but also carried a number of
CubeSats. The 12 kilograms satellite is designated CAS-10. The small
spacecraft, also known as the Macao Student Science Satellite 1,
carries both optical camera and radio payloads. These will be
available for amateur radio operators on the ground to use for
two-way communications and to send instructions for taking images.
NASA has a long history of hiding secret messages in its spacecraft
and that tradition continued with the launch of the Orion crew
capsule in November on top of the Artemis I rocket.
Five hidden messages were placed in the Orion capsule ranging from
Morse Code to musical notes.
In the middle of the capsule, above the cockpit control console, was
a Morse Code message that spelled out the name "Charlie" in
remembrance of former Orion Deputy Program Manager Charlie Lundquist,
who died in 2020.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
Last month, Communication Officers at the Marine Corps Communication
Electronics School (MCCES) in California, became amateur radio
W6BA, the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club administered the exams
and 21 candidates passed their Technician exam, and one passed their
Retired Marine Corps Warrant Officer 4 Robert Cloutier, WO4ROB, and
MARC President says it was a great event and he is excited to see so
many new amateur radio operators. So, what drove the officers to want
amateur radio licenses?
Cloutier pointed out that all of the candidates already have a
background in radio administration but not operating experience.
Vietnam Vet, Radio Amateur Granted Dying Wish to Get on the Air
One More Time
Vietnam War veteran John Nugent, WA2EQJ, got on the air for what
likely will be his final time, thanks to help from the Amateur Radio
community. The 75-year old US Army Signal Corps veteran lives at the
James A Lovell Federal Health Care Centre in North Chicago.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone. This is Clive VK6CSW. Happy New Year! On behalf of
the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia, I wish you all a
happy, safe, healthy and prosperous 2023.
A reminder that, as per usual, there is no January bulletin, the
first one for 2023 will be on Monday, February 6th. However, in VK6
there will be a January lunchtime gathering for Members and Friends
of the RAOTC in the Perth area on Tuesday, January 10th. This will be
at the new venue, the Woodbridge Hotel, 50 East Street, East
Guildford, starting about midday. Everyone is welcome to come along
and have an eyeball QSO and the well-priced menu can be viewed on
line by Googling Woodbridge Hotel, Guildford WA.
Limited car parking is available, but if travelling to the Woodbridge
Hotel by train, remember to alight at Guildford East station. The
Hotel is located close to the intersection of Swan Street East and
the Great Eastern Highway, just a short walk south-east of the
For more details, visit the RAOTC website at
contact Luncheon coordinator Phil VK6ZKO
73, Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
1st round 22nd April 2023 0800 1959 UTC
2nd round 22nd July 1000 2159 UTC
3rd round 30th December 2023 1200 2359 UTC
So, are you ready to compete within the next YOTA Contest?
Everyone in the ham radio community can take part, it takes place
three times per year and only lasts 12 hours. Its aim is to increase
we youngsters activity on the air, strengthening the reputation of
the YOTA program and demonstrate the support for youngsters across
8 different categories which also include special ones for youngsters
under 25 years only.
Covering the 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m bands the competition will
take place in CW and SSB modes.
The contest exchange used will be the age of the participating
operators. Different ages also serve as multipliers during the
Contacts between the own continent are worth 1 point, working DX is
worth 3 points but the most points will be achieved by working
youngsters. The younger the operator the more points one will get
for the QSO.
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
Return to Reliable Technology!
A group of towns in Northern New South Wales have reverted back to
what they call reliable technology namely UHF CB radio!
This area has been hit by successive bushfires and now floods and
the telecommunications infrastructure has failed every time!
Almost 70 people now have UHF CB radios who tune into The Channons
base station that relays important information.
Radio Expert - John Miller has helped over 20 communities set up
their own radio networks.
Want to know more - take a look at the ABC News story at the email
link in this WIA News broadcast.
Does this story sound familiar?
The ARRL emergency network has a great catch-phrase they use,
when all else fails to demonstrate that amateur radio can provide
a radio and data network with far superior coverage to UHF CB radio
in emergency situations along with the highly skilled personnel to
operate and keep the network running.
In Australia WICEN or the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network
has groups in all States that train and specialise in providing
reliable portable and mobile communications locally, nationally and
If you are interested in becoming involved in WICEN activities then
take a look at the relevant website at the link on the text edition
of this WIA National NewsService.
2023 Social Scene
VK2 - Central Coast Amateur Radio Club will NOT run "MayHam" in 2023;
the event group are refocusing and re-aligning the direction of
the event, and hope to return it in 2024. (vk2wi)
VK3 - BARG HamFest 5th of February BARG clubrooms
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (email@example.com)
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