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Peter Clee VK8ZZ, WIA Director and Company Secretary:-

Steven Green VK2TSG, WIA board member.


Last week here on WIA National News, the news you CAN trust,
VK2LAW Jason told us of the plan to develop a Moon Wide time zone
on the moon for future explorers.

This week we are telling you of OUR TIME.

If You are listening to this bulletin You already know that the
clocks in several Australian states went backwards by an hour
Sunday morning:

The UTC clock in the shack is the only one that does not need

And talking of time -


The International Space Station raised its orbit a couple of weeks
back to avoid a close approach by an Argentinian imaging satellite.
A Progress MS-22 spacecraft docked to the station fired its
thrusters for over six minutes.

This changed the stations velocity by 0.7 meters per second.

This means each orbit takes a bit longer.

Amateurs using the ARISS repeaters will want to be sure to have
updated Keplerian elements for prediction and tracking software.

(irts wia)




Thanks Graham and hello listeners.

As I have previously advised the WIA Annual General meeting will be
held on 13 May 2023 at 1030 Canberra time and be held at the
ANNE HARDING CONFERENCE CENTRE, Building 24 on the campus in

The event will be a hybrid event held both online and in person on
the day. The event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Registrations for the event will open in the next few weeks.

Dont forget to nominate amateurs who have contributed significantly
to the Institute or to Amateur radio, for a WIA award Nominations
for award to be considered at this years AGM close today so get them
in by email to

Late nominations will be held over for the following year.

The ACMA has issued a newsletter about Class Licensing and the
5 year spectrum outlook, more details later in this broadcast.

Committees are reminded that the reports to be presented to the
Forum on 13 May need to be in by tonight. Please have your reports
submitted to

Just a reminder that your club insurance expired yesterday.
Applications for Club insurance need to be in and being processed
to continue your coverage.

This has been Peter Clee VK8ZZ, WIA Director and Company Secretary,
have a great weekend.

Hey, Dudes! Im back. Again.

This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine,
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.

Some of you will have your print copy of the magazine already. I
must remind those doughty denizens among you that prefer the
digital edition your PDF is now available for download.

Some members swing both ways. Yours truly included.

Well, what else is in Issue 2?

Peter Sumner VK5 P J has been hard at work putting together his new
shack. He shares with us a novel shack earthing hack that ties his
rigs and other gear together. Youve all done that, havent you?
Well, at least youve thought about it. Take a decko at Peters
solution in Earthing and bonding at Trig Point Hill. With plenty
of photos, of course.

Still on the Hacks and Hints theme, Peter Forbes VK3 Q I relates how
he added Anderson Power pole connectors to a popular switch mode power
supply. The secret is in a 3-D printed shell that holds a triple set
of those Oh-So-convenient power pole connectors. A must see.


Did you know that, from 2035, leap seconds will be abandoned for
100 years or so and will probably never return. Its an inconvenient
fact that days are not exactly 86,400 standard seconds long.
Earths rotation is a little erratic. The length of a day actually
varies and cant be predicted far in advance. The solution arrived
at by the timekeeping community was to introduce leap seconds: a
one-second correction applied at the end of December and/or June, as
and when it was thought required. Hands up those who think daylight
saving is inconvenient. I dont. We dont allow it in VK4. Get the
skinny on ditching leap seconds, dudes.

But thats not all!

The ALARA column reveals a touch of history and details on ALARAmeet
for 2023, scheduled for 4th and 5th November.

While the WIA DX Awards listings are included, the VHF/UHF column
now known as Spectrum Horizons is missing in action while our
columnist, David Minchin VK5 K K, reclines in bed recovering from
recent medical attention. Hell be back, he assures me.

Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 91, Issue Number 2 for 2023. Serving
Australian radio amateur dudes for 90 years on the trot. Available
in print and online. Always published to a schedule, never random.

This is Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News

Hello, this is Steven Green VK2TSG, one of your WIA national board

Some of you may know about WIA Honorary Life memberships, one thing
I can tell you, is that they are quite rare...

Although anyone can nominate, honorary life memberships can only be
bestowed on an individual when approved by a resolution at a General
Meeting of the Institute. At the WIA Board meeting this month it was
proposed that Peter Young VK3MV be awarded Honorary Life Membership
for services to the WIA and to Amateur Radio.

His contribution has been well and truly above and beyond that
expected. Full details will be provided in AGM papers.

It is therefore proposed to present the following resolution to the
AGM to be held in Canberra on May 13. The wording is as follows....
"That this Meeting of the Wireless Institute of Australia approve
that Peter Young VK3MV be elected as an Honorary Life Member of
this Institute"

As mentioned, the AGM will be held on May 13 at the Canberra
University. Registrations will open on 10 April 2023. More
information will be included in future broadcasts and sent by email
to all members shortly.

73's from Steven VK2TSG

ACMA Class License Update

In September 2022, the ACMA published a consultation paper seeking
views on an updated proposed amateur class licence and supporting
operational arrangements. The paper also consulted on a proposal for
a staged implementation of higher power authorisation.

The ACMA has received many responses to the proposals for call sign
administration and operational arrangements to support the class
licence. The Wireless Institute of Australia made a significant
submission in relation to these and the need to maintain the online
Register of Radio Licenses, CERT and HEPT compliance as well as an
authoritative license that is evidence of licensing.

The ACMA have indicated that they are receptive to our submission
and in light of this, the ACMA are considering how to best deliver
these arrangements under the class licence. The ACMA have now
indicated that this means the class licence will NOT commence on
1 July 2023 as previously indicated.

They will provide an update on the commencement date for the class
licence, as well as next steps for qualification and call sign
services, later in 2023.

(wia secretary)


ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE, eHam, and the World Wide sources of the WIA.

Human Security Theme for World Amateur Radio Day

The International Amateur Radio Union has previously announced that
this years World Amateur Radio Day on April 18 will have the theme
of Human Security for All.

HS4A is the special special call

This theme is the result of a partnership between IARU and the
United Nations Fund for Human Security and the World Academy of Art
and Science.

According to the UN, human security includes seven interrelated
dimensions of security economic, food, health, environmental,
personal, community and political that are essential to an
individuals well-being. The IARU says amateur radio has repeatedly
demonstrated its ability to address human security needs. The group
and its member societies will have special event stations on the air
between April 11 and 25 to call attention to the HS4A theme.



No it's nothing to do with Pirates, but as part of the UK's
Coronation celebration activities, Ofcom has approved R as the
optional Coronation regional secondary locator prefix for all
UK radio amateurs to use during May and June 2023. However they
do need to apply for a Notice of Variation or NoV before using R.


Amateur radio hobbyists appear to have obtained audio recordings of
the Russian military trying to retrieve a US spy drone.

They were monitoring publicly accessible airwaves after the
MQ-9 Reaper drone was downed following an encounter with two Russian
warplanes, the New York Times reports.

The radio intercept started about eight hours after the collision in
the Black Sea in what was the first recorded physical clash
between Russia and the US since the Ukraine invasion began.
The clips reveal conversations between multiple Russian ships and
aircraft over a four-hour period, discussing attempts to recover
the drones engine casing, nose, wing and gas tank.

At this moment, we have brought up three parts of the frame,
one unit code-named Orange was heard saying. Now I am proceeding
toward the helicopter to search for more.

Metro UK:


Connecticut USA Governor Ned Lamont has released an official
statement, designating April 16 22, 2023, as Amateur Radio
Recognition Week. The proclamation coincides with World Amateur
Radio Day, which is held annually on April 18.

A similar resolution was made by the Maine State Legislature,
recognizing April 18, as World Amateur Radio Day, and acknowledging
the accomplishments and public service provided by amateur radio
operators. The resolution was advanced by ARRL Maine Section
Manager Phil Duggan, N1EP. Duggan said he pursued the resolution
on behalf of all radio amateurs in the state of Maine.

Those who have worked with high voltage know well enough that
anything can be a conductor at high enough voltages.

Similarly, amateur radio operators will jump at any chance to turn a
random object into an antenna. Flag poles, gutters, and even streams
of water can be turned into radiating elements for a transmitter,
but the members of one amateur radio club were thinking a little bit
bigger when they hooked up their transmitter to a giant sculpture.

Rochester Institute of Technology is in upstate New York, the
enormous metal behemoth is not a subtle piece of artwork and sits
right at the entrance to the university. Its over 70 feet tall and
made out of bronze and steel, a dream for any amateur radio

With the universitys permission and some help to ensure everyones
safety during the operation, the group attached a feedline to the
sculpture with a magnet, while the shield wire was attached to a
ground rod nearby. A Yaesu FT-991 running on only 5 watts and
transmitting in the 20-meter band was able to make contacts
throughout much of the eastern United States with this setup.

You'll see this antenna in the ATV and YouTube version of this
National News put together by VK5BD and the link is on the page under broadcasts.



The white house has been asked for some $27million US Dollars by
NASA in its fiscal year 2024 budget.

NASA is planning to spend up to $1 billion on a space station
deorbit tug which is designed to deorbit the International Space
Station at the end of the decade to provide for safely disposing of
the station. This deorbit tug, would be used to perform the final
lowering of the stations orbit to ensure it re-enters over the
South Pacific.





In todays Operational news some important words again from VK4EA
Denis our John Moyle Field day Contest Manager.

Now as time is usually against us, I don't remind you every week of
every major WIA contest for the year BUT in todays news SCRIPT you
can check out the contests right through to the start of 2024.


Youngsters On The Air
1st round 22nd April 0800 1959 UTC

Alec VK2APC will be giving us lots of good info about this contest
a little 'further down the log' in todays WIA National News.


MAY SIX 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.

The Harry Angel Memorial Sprint has been run annually since 1999
It is usually held on the first Saturday in May each year
10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC (


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. (


JUNE Weekend prior to 2nd Monday of June VK SHIRES


Also make a mental note that the 2023 QRP Day happens June 17

(sourced to iaru r3)


IARU HF World Championship Contest takes place the second full
weekend of July beginning 1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC
Sunday July 8-9 July.

All licensed amateurs worldwide are eligible to participate in this
contest as the objective is to contact as many other amateurs as
possible, especially IARU member society HQ stations around the
world using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands.

(sourced to iaru r3)


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
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

Contest Dates/Times:

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.



0100 UTC Saturday to 0059 UTC Sunday BUT to make it a
little fairer in VK6, they add 3 hours onto start and
end times.




VI 10 VKFF running all of 2023 celebrates the 10 year anniversary
of the VKFF group.



Special Event Station VI 100 MB all year celebrates the centenary of
the Manly-Warringah Radio Society

Quite a few hams managed to get the station into their logs from its
portable location near Nowra last weekend in the recently held
John Moyle Memorial Field Day.

VI 100 MB clocked up a total of 171 contacts and 342 points and
they thank everyone who gave the clubs centenary Special Event
Station its first major outing of the year. The station will
continue to be active throughout 2023.

(vk2wi news)


Luca, HB9OBD is active holiday style as D44KIT from Sal Island, IOTA number AF-086, Cape Verde until this Wednesday April 5. Listen for him on SSB and FT8 on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or via EB7DX.


The Russian DXpedition Team is using the callsign 9 X 5 RU in
Rwanda until April 7th on 160 - 6m and they will also be using
the QO-100 satellite.

They operate CW, SSB and FT8 and QSL via Club Log's OQRS and LoTW.


I'm Felix VK4FUQ and now as I leave todays Operational News Desk as
promised here is Denis VK4AE Contest Manager for the John Moyle Field

Logs have been arriving steadily. Those that already been received seem to be not as many as the number received at this point after the contest last year. The mixture is about 50% home stations.

The logs do not appear to have met with many delivery difficulties this year and the direct e-mail address seems to be working well.

It is still highly recommended that once you have submitted your log you should check a bit later that your callsign has been added to the list of logs received. If your call is not on the list, then it might not have been received.

A couple of logs have been submitted as a PDF which is just a picture and contains no more useful information to the contest than a picture of a flower as the data is not accessible electronically and hence usable to me. One log was submitted by club station as a series of photographs of the hand written log pages. This log is totally unacceptable as I would have to enter the entire log. This is not going to happen.

Some club stations were operated during the contest that have not yet provided a log. Perhaps, in your club you have to rely on Mr. Somebody to get the log done, get in touch and give him a hand to get it finished and submitted. Have you considered getting a senior secondary student to complete the log for you? Maybe you might inspire an interest in Ham Radio?

It is timely to remind you all that while there is not a lot of time left to submit the log and it will pass quickly and the final date is midnight on the 7th April 2023. This is required by the very long lead times now for the AR Magazine.

Following this date all of the logs will be processed and the results prepared and made available soon after. The results will be shown on the WIA contest page as soon as they are ready.

So, check that your call is on the list, resend the log if it isnt. It might also be a good idea to submit your log now as you never know what can happen to delay you in the next few days.





The first entirely new book on CW in decades, The CW Way of Life, is
available on Amazon in paperback and kindle versions.

The books full title is "The CW Way of Life: Learning, Living, and
Loving Morse Code (in a Digital World))

Chapters include:

How your brain turns sensations into thoughts.
Morses true rhythmic nature - harmonics - not ratios!
How to ride the "dit train" to fluid keying.
The lost technologies of code talking and speed-keying.
The true cause and prevention of Glass Arm.
How to read and write Morse like music - on paper."

This certainly is "A modern-day seminal work on CW."


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

The worlds first 3D-printed rocket has launched successfully
marking a step forward for the California company behind the
innovative spacecraft, though it failed to reach orbit.

Here on WIA National News Bruce, VK3FFF last week told us of this
rocket and how billed as less costly to produce and fly, but, the
unmanned Terran 1 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida
suffered an anomaly during second-stage separation as it streamed
towards low Earth orbit, according to a livestream broadcast by
aerospace start-up Relativity Space.

More may be found at


After 15 years in space, NASAs Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere
(AIM) mission has ended.

NASA first noticed issues with AIMs battery in 2019, but the probe
was still sending a significant amount of data back to Earth.
NASA says AIM has now become unresponsive. Launched in 2007, AIM
studied noctilucent or night-shining clouds, which can last hundreds
of years in the Earths upper atmosphere.

AIM was only meant to operate up for two years, but its provided
data for multiple ground-breaking studies, including a study that
found methane emissions are causing night-shining clouds to form
more frequently.


Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at

David L. Antry, Jr., WD9HBA, has been named Chief of the US
Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS).

MARS is a Field Operating Agency of the US Air Force's Air Combat
Command and HQ Cyberspace Capabilities Centre.

Today, US Air Force MARS is an organization of about 800 licensed
amateur radio operators who volunteer their time and radio equipment
to assist government agencies in the event normal communications
channels are disrupted, either by natural calamity or deliberate
hostile action.

MARS members are trained to meet the requirements of any
communications emergency. In recent years, greater interoperability
between the Air Force and the Army has facilitated accomplishment of
this objective. Individual civilian MARS stations operate throughout
the continental US alongside civil agencies and military MARS
stations in the US and overseas.

WD 9 HBA has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1977.

For more information about Air Force MARS



Hallo 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 monthly bulletin to go to air.

This month as well as the latest Club news, Ill be presenting an
article published in OTN some years ago entitled A Good Idea,
Target Location.

Everyone, RAOTC members and non-Members alike, is most welcome to
listen to the program and join in the call backs afterwards.

Full details of all transmissions times and modes can be found on
the RAOTC website or just Google RAOTC broadcasts.
If none of the transmission times suit you, you can download the
audio file at any time from today from the club website.

Members and Friends of the RAOTC in Perth are reminded that the next
lunchtime meeting at the new venue, the Woodbridge Hotel, East
Guildford, will be on Tuesday April 11th. All are welcome,
full details are published on the RAOTC website, under subheading

Once again, tune in tomorrow for the RAOTC bulletin, enjoy the
program and please join in the call backs afterwards.

73 from Clive VK6CSW.

(Youngsters On The Air)

The YOTA Contest is back for its third run!

As Felix has been reminding us weekly, the first round of this
contest is only about 3 weeks away.

BUT there are Three YOTA Contest sessions coming up in 2023.

The upcoming three sessions will be taking place on the
following days:

1st round 22nd April 0800 1959 UTC
2nd round 22nd July 1000 2159 UTC
3rd round 30th December 1200 2359 UTC

Remember as lots of us readjust our chronometers today, these are
UTC dates, times so heed what our Editor Graham VK4BB said at the
start of todays WIA NATIONAL NEWS. "The UTC clock in the shack is
the only one that does not need adjustment"

So, are you ready to compete within the next YOTA Contest? Everyone
in the ham radio community can take part; it only lasts 12 hours.
Its aim is to increase youth activity on the air, strengthening the
reputation of the YOTA program, and demonstrate the support for we
youth across the world.

8 different categories have been implemented which also include
special ones for under 25 years of age only. Covering the 80m, 40m,
20m, 15m and 10m bands, the competition takes place in CW and SSB.

The contest exchange used will be the age of the participating
operators. Different ages also serve as multipliers during the

Contacts between the same 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.



2023 Social Scene

Clubs are welcome to submit text with audio for this section

Details of all WIA affiliated clubs and societies can be found
on the WIA website, including email addresses and website links.

VK4 - Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club HamFest Saturday 15th April.

VK3 - Antennapalooza at Drouin West April 15 & 16 (vk3kj)

VK3 - MOORABBIN HAMFEST - May 6 (vk3gl)

VK - WIA AGM May 13 at 10:30am AEST proposed for Canberra (vk8zz)
A hybrid event conducted both in person and by video
conference and able to be viewed on an internet streaming

VK2 - OXLEY REGION 47th Annual Field Day at Wauchope
10th and 11th of June (vk2zhe)

The Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club Inc. (ORARC) at
Port Macquarie NSW will be holding its 47th Annual Field Day
at the Wauchope Showground hall on Saturday and Sunday the
10th and 11th of June 2023 over the NSW Kings Birthday Holiday
Long Weekend. They are pleased that everything is looking
good for this year's Field Day. There should be an
advertisement for the 2023 Field Day in May/June AR.


At Mountain Creek State Schools massive air conditioned
auditorium, just off the Sunshine Motor Way. Mountain Creek
is tucked in to the west of Mooloolaba

VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (

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