2023 APRIL 9 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 9 2023
IN OUR 28th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
THIS WEEK we start with a reminder - and well also have
WIA Director and Company Secretary along with that "king of dudes"..
Roger Harrison and we'll finish with a couple of reminders,
this time when both VK4DN and VK2ZHE join us in the social scene..
OH and there is MUCH MUCH MORE IN THIS EDITION OF
NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
I'M EDITOR GRAHAM VK4BB
Stuart VK3UAO will be activating parks along his bicycle journey
from Melbourne to the Pilliga park-fest. He has departed this
Easter weekend and over the next 3 weeks will cover over 1000km
and meeting up with around 20 fellow ham's at the Pilliga park-fest
on the 29th & 30th April. Stuart VK3UAO will be posting regularly
to his QRZ page. Col will cover more POTA, ie Parks on the Air,
as we travel toeards the 30 minute mark in this your WIA News.
ACMA seeks feedback on draft FYSO 202328
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is the
Regulatory Authority for all Radio Communications in Australia.
They have released their draft Five-year spectrum outlook (FYSO)
The draft FYSO provides a broad overview of trends that affect
spectrum management and factors used to inform the ACMA's planning
and spectrum allocation priorities. It includes a detailed annual
work program, with activities and milestones for the 202324
The ACMA and the WIA are committed to working together in support of
Amateur Radio in Australia.
The draft FYSO is a key part of their engagement with industry and
the community on their spectrum management priorities. The ACMA
welcomes feedback by COB, Friday 28 April.
The Wireless Institute of Australia will provide feedback on the
FYSO as has been the norm. The feedback is prepared by the
WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee and endorsed by the Board of the WIA
prior to submission to the ACMA
Its Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio
For those of you in the bush patiently awaiting the arrival of
Issue 2, it occurred to me that you might be partial to a bit of
poetry in the style of the bush ballads of yesteryear. Those
vernacular verse-aramas often carried a gentle message, not
necessarily a comment on the times, but observations on human
For those whove already received your Issue 2, turn back to page 4
and youll see what Im talking about.
Its titled: SAID HARRY HAM.
"The bands are rooned," said Harry Ham
In accents all forlorn,
Outside the club, down by the dam
One early Sat'dee morn.
The members then attending slumped
With chins upon their chests
Breathing low, yet barely pumped
While deciding what was best.
A loudly whine and sorry rave
Was what the members feared
From Harry Ham and his mate Dave,
The pair that no one cheered.
Another member soon chimed in,
"What is your beef there mate?
Tell us! Dont mutter in your chin!"
"Them solar signs arent great!"
He spoke! The members shocked!
At Harry's verbal drought.
No wonder now the clubroom rocked,
They marvelled at the rout.
"I tell you now, that Sun of ours
Exhibits feeble thrust,
But science says the cycles fit
To capture all our trust."
The Pres'dent turned to remonstrate
With doubters, skeptics all.
Asks Dave and Harry to debate,
That early Sat'dee morn.
And round it went, all in that hall
Till they were verb'lly worn;
They came upon consensus all,
That early Satdee morn.
I styled that on the poem titled Said Hanrahan, by one
John OBrien. Ironically, OBrien was the penname of
Patrick Joseph Hartigan, a man of the cloth, as they used to say.
You can come out from under your shack benches now, theres much
more better stuff to be found in this issue.
The grammar lapse is deliberate. Microsoft Word gave me only an
88 per cent score.
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 or
half-heartedly slapped together.
This is Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
VI6CRO is the special event callsign for the Carnarvon Eclipse
event, to be held at the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum
April 17th to 23rd.
This Amateur Radio active display is sponsored by the WA Amateur Radio News Amateur Radio club, with special support from Phil VK6YOB, the museum manager, Michael VK6TU, the Northern Corridor Radio Group, Ham College, Steve from DX Radio systems, and Cass VK6FMUM
The primary operator and main instigator is Dan VK6NAD.
The station will be on-air in several blocks from between the 17th-23rd of April, primarily operating an FT101E HF station, along with special attention to 2m - 70cm satellite modes via azimuth-elevator rotator provided by Michael VK6TU.
Subject to operator availability, the station will operate:
NOAA Weather Satellites up to 11am
ISS and Amateur Satellites - times will vary, according to satellite
The HF Station will be on air from 1pm to 4pm W.A. Standard time,
which is UTC +8.
Theres a dedicated web page for VI6CRO, at VK6.Net
Its over to you now - to get on air and spread the word, as the
station will need band activity during Museum operating hours with
600 plus members of the public expected to observe our activities
throughout the event!
WA Amateur Radio News designed and printed a bundle of handouts,
which direct the person to Ham College for Western Australians, and
to a list of Amateur Radio Clubs nationwide. So do please monitor
your clubs email address - you may pick up prospective new
Keep an eye on the vk6 dot net website for updates.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE, eHam,
Radioworld.com and the World Wide sources of the WIA.
In just days, 2023 World Amateur Radio Day will be celebrated,
literally, around the world!
WARD is held on April 18 every year and is celebrated by radio
amateurs and their national associations which are organized as
member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).
It was on this day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris.
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim
was its first president.
The IARU announced previously that Human Security for All
(HS4A) will be this year's World Amateur Radio Day theme.
The day is being celebrated with a 2-week operating event occurring
April 11 - 25. Special event stations will be operating from around
the world, making two-way radio contacts to call attention to the
HS4A campaign. The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security
describes 'human security' as "a more powerful, lasting approach to
the most difficult deficits in peace and development," such as
poverty, war, and natural disasters.
ARRL encourages all radio amateurs to take to the airwaves for
WARD, to enjoy our global friendship with other amateurs, and to
show our skills and capabilities to the public.
A number of IARU member societies have already become active, for
example the German DARC team has activated the special event
call-sign DA 23 WARD and are on air until the 18th of April.
Another society marking World Amateur Radio Day is the UBA special
event station in Belgium, using the call-sign OT 23 WARD, active
until the end of April. Yet another, from South Africa where the
SARL has been issued ZS 9 WARD, which will be active until 30 April
on various bands and modes.
More information about 2023 World Amateur Radio Day is available at
The Coronation of The King and the Queen Consort.
The RSGB Coronation Events Coordinator, Alan Messenger, G 0 TLK
says the RSGB has planned many events and have created activity
suggestions for how UK radio amateurs can mark the Coronation in
their own way.
Some of these activities are just for radio amateurs, but in keeping
with the Coronation theme of community the RSGB have included
several outreach ideas where radio amateurs can involve their local
These include Celebratory callsigns, prefixes and suffixes
A Flagship Special Event Station in Greenwich, London.
Beaconnect connecting the ancient fire beacon sites around the
UK by amateur radio. The UK has a network of ancient fire beacons
whose original purpose was to signal major events between what were
then more isolated communities. They have been used since at least
Roman and Anglo-Saxon times.
They have also historically been used to mark Royal events but they
are not being lit for the 2023 Coronation so the RSGB would love to
use amateur radio to link the sites of this ancient signalling
network to showcase amateur radio,
Maryland is a Mid-Atlantic US state and its largest city is
Howard County in Maryland is home to scientist Dan Wilt who has been
presented with the Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year award
by County officials for his dedication to safety and advancing
emergency response capabilities in the county.
Dan Wilt is a member of the Columbia Amateur Radio Association and
leads the Howard County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service.
"Dan has a special and often unrecognized set of technical skills as
an amateur radio operator and chooses to support his community.
Many people might not know about the critical role these radios
could play in an emergency, but they would be invaluable to
communication ability to respond to neighbours needs if phones,
power or other communication systems were unavailable.
The award annually recognizes an individual who volunteers time
through the Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster
to assist the county in preparing for, responding to and mitigating
or recovering from emergency incidents or disasters.
Well done that man, Dan the Ham.
Rossville, Georgia, on the border with Tennessee in the USA, doesnt
look like a tech town, the population is just under 4,000.
In the view of entrepreneur Charles Whitener, Rossville is the
perfect place to stage a revival in US technology and manufacturing,
albeit with a device that was cutting edge when the Ford Model A
ruled the roads.
Whitener owns Western Electric, the last US manufacturer of vacuum
tubes, those glass and metal bulbs that controlled current in
electric circuits before the advent of the transistor made them
largely obsolete. Tubes are still prized for high-end hi-fi
equipment and by music gear companies such as Fender for their
distinctive sound. But most of the worlds supply comes from
manufacturers in Russia and China, which after the transistor era
began in earnest in the 1960s helped sunset the US vacuum tube
industry by driving down prices.
Whitener, a 69-year-old self-described inventor bought and revived
AT&Ts vacuum tube business in 1995.
Now as I leave you this week, some words from Peter Parker
VK3YE .. well it IS April hihi and this is from Aptril One.
(its a joke bit about using repeaters
and is audio intensive ie - no script)
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
Youngsters On The Air
1st round 22nd April 0800 1959 UTC
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 (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 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
Graham Alston, VK3GA, Awards Manager joins us:-
6M Single-Band and 10-Band DXCC now available.
The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the addition of both
6M DXCC and 10-Band DXCC awards.
With the steady rise in sunspots in Solar Cycle 25 several operators
are closing in on these prestigious milestones.
73 from Graham Alston, VK3GA, Awards Manager
Western Suburbs Branch 03 of the NZART will be running a special
station to commemorate ANZAC day this year.
Between 0800 - 2000hrs.
All Bands FT8 and SSB Callsign ZL 1 PPY. (Think ZL ONE POPPY)
(nzart info line)
Special event station AT2 G20 is QRV until June 2 to promote greater
international cooperation through amateur radio in conjunction with
the G20 summit to be held in New Delhi September 9 and 10.
QSL via operator's instructions.
DR 100 XRAY will be active until the end of June.
It's a special callsign commemorating the 100th anniversary of the
death of Wilhelm C Roentgen [ pronounced RUND-GUN], the physicist
whose discovery of X-rays earned him the inaugural Nobel Prize in
Physics in 1901 and revolutionised diagnostic medicine.
QSL via the bureau, or direct to DJ 6 SI.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the 1st of July 1997, Hong Kong licensed amateurs are granted the use of the special prefix VR25 until the 30th of June 2023. The VR2 Contest Club, and the Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society will be using VR25CC and VR25HK, respectively.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM,
PARKS ON THE AIR and other ADVENTURE GROUPS.
LISTEN FOR K 0 MIK
Amateur Radio Activity Honours African American Heritage
Parks on the Air or POTA sites that honour African American heritage
are the focus of an operating event organized by the OMIK Amateur
The OMIK POTA Challenge 2023 will run until December 31.
OMIK was founded in 1952 by black amateur radio operators. While it
is still a predominately African-American organization, today it
represents a multi-racial, multi-cultural organization with members
from the US and around the globe and is an ARRL Affiliated Club.
OMIK members are encouraged to activate sites using the OMIK club
call sign, K 0 MIK.
The group has a list of suggested sites that are known to have a
significant role in African American history. They hope that at
least five unique national parks will be activated as part of the
POTA event, contributing to a total of at least 10 successful
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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HAM is a short documentary that follows a group of Montanan USA
amateur radio enthusiasts that show the fading but loyal community
of amateur radio, explore what it means to be a ham, and how they
are keeping the hobby alive.
Produced by students from the School of Visual and Media Arts
program at the University of Montana in 2022 it aired on Montana
PBS on November 24th of that year.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
Contacting the International Space Station
Some ISS crew members make unscheduled contacts with hams on the
ground. They can make radio contacts during their breaks, pre-sleep
time and before and after mealtime.
The crew's usual waking period is 07:30 to 19:30 UTC.
The most common times to find a crew member making casual contacts
are about one hour after waking and before sleeping.
The ISS crew uses the call-signs DP0ISS, IR0ISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS and
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
86 YEARS OF AGE AND STILL VOLUNTEERING.
Warren Wilde is the emergency services director for Franklin County
in the USA and he is preparing for flooding this year. He ordered
15,000 sandbags ready for residents to fill and take to protect
their homes. Residents have filled and taken 10,000 sandbags
already, so Warren ordered 10,000 more!
"It's a work in progress," he said.
The 86-year-old has been the emergency director since 1979.
"I can talk to people all over the world with my ham radio and
I can also use local and state radios," Warren said. "We also have
an Emergency Operation Centre in the county building where the
deputy emergency coordinator La Mont Doney can jump in and direct
the work." Wilde has both amateur and commercial licenses.
He and the 22 other active ham radio operators in Franklin County
can all run on battery powered, handheld portables on a
snowmobile if all other communication goes down.
( tinyurl.com/bdftf699 )
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
Amateur Radio Included in FEMA Guide for
National Emergency Preparedness:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency in the USA has released a
final version of the National Incident Management System
Information and Communications Technology Functional Guidance.
The guidance, which provides a framework for communications
resources within incident management, officially includes support
from amateur radio operators.
This illustrates that at the highest level, trained and qualified
amateur radio operators are considered a valuable emergency
In Northern Ireland members of Bushvalley Amateur Radio club
organised an event to help the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service
The charitys operational helicopter carries a crew compiling pilot,
doctor, and paramedic, 365 days of the year. They attend some of the
most traumatic medical incidents across the province and are
dedicated to delivering the very best possible pre-hospital critical
care, both at the scene and whilst transferring the patient to
Well done to Bushvalley AR Club.
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.
CQ CQ - Calling all radio and electronic enthusiasts!
The Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club is excited to invite you to our
Open Day and our first ever HamFest on Saturday 15th April. This
event will be held at the Recreational Precinct, the old agro trends
grounds opposite the Bundy airport.
Entry to the event is free.
Come and check out our amazing display of vintage WWII radios, and
morse code demonstrations as well as see some of the latest
state-of-the-art modern radio equipment. You can also see our
automatic satellite tracking system in action.
If you're interested in obtaining your amateur radio license and
callsign, we'll be happy to provide you with all information you
Kids can participate in a free soldering workshop, under supervision
and make a small electronic kit they can take home - so it's fun for
the whole family!
Hungry? We've got you covered with our delicious sausage sizzle.
If you're on the lookout for a bargain, be sure to check out the
HamFest tables with heaps of radio and electronic items for sale.
There are several prize giveaways including a new DMR Alinco radio
from Luxfield Technology Solutions and a High quality digital
soldering station donated by Jaycar as well as other prizes.
Don't miss out on this exciting event.
Mark Saturday 15th April on your calendar and come join in the fun!
For more information, please contact the Bundy club's secretary
VK4DN on 0410 121 345.
See you there!
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 (vk2zhe)
The Oxley Region Amateur Radio Clubs 47th annual Field Day
will be held at the Wauchope Showground hall on Saturday and
Sunday the 10th and 11th of June 2023 during the NSW
Kings Birthday Long Weekend. There will be all the usual field
day activities including traders, trash and treasure,
foxhunting and a homebrew display.
The Field Day dinner will be held at the Port Macquarie
Golf Club on the Saturday night.
Mark your calendar now for the June Long Weekend.
The Wauchope Showground permits camping so it is possible to
stay on site in your own motor home, caravan or tent with
power and amenities but you must book ahead with the
VK5 - SERG CONVENTION/FOX HUNTING CHAMPIONSHIPS June 10-11 (vk5dj)
VK4 - SUNFEST SEPTEMBER 9 (vk4an)
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
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