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WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK plus news of upwards of
6 special event stations from our home soil




This is WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK

Keep an ear out for new Special Event Callsigns over the next several months.

First off is VK90AR which is for celebrating 90 years of the Wireless Institute of Australias official journal, Amateur radio magazine, which celebrates its 90th year anniversary in October later this year. An excellent article on the birth of Amateur Radio magazine can be read in the January 2023 edition of AR magazine, page 12 written by WIA Historian, Peter Wolfenden VK3RV.

VK100ZL to celebrate the Centenary of the First Tran-Tasman Radio contact between Australia and New Zealand.
On April 26th this year, it will be 100 years since the first amateur radio contact between New Zealand and Australia was made, between Frank Bell of Shag Valley Station, Waihemo in Otago and Charles Maclurcan, 2CM in Sydney. Several significant events illustrate the close ties WIA and NZART have between our two societies
1929 WIA supported NZARTs application to join the IARU
1938 WIA sponsored NZART President Pete Petrie ZL2OV to a Pre-WARC conference in Sydney
1968 Tom Clarkson ZL2AZ and Harry Burton ZL2APC attended the Sydney WIA Convention as guests of WIA
1968 At the subsequent inaugural meeting of the IARU Region 3 Conference organised by WIA, the nomination of Tom Clarkson ZL2AZ as an inaugural director was supported by the WIA
1969 Michael Owen VK3KI attended NZART Conference in Gisborne. The WIA and NZART alternated in attending and contributing to each others conferences over the next two decades. The collaboration between our two societies in preparing for and negotiating at the various WARCs and WRCs is also testament to the strong relationship.

VI2023HRH celebrating the Coronation of His Royal Highness King Charles III

VI2023HRH will be active from the 1st to the 31st of May 2023 celebrating the coronation of King Charles III which will be held on May 6th. Charles III is King of the United Kingdom and the 14 other Commonwealth realms. He was the longest-serving heir apparent and Prince of Wales, and at the age of 73, became the oldest person to accede to the British throne, upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II, on 8 September 2022
To book an operational timeslot, please use the WIA website online booking portal, nominating your WIA affiliated club to register. See members/onlinelogbook/about/
There will be a QRZ page and QSL information published shortly.

News in from Delegate Dale Hughes VK1DSH
The Second Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM23-2) for WRC-23 is underway in Geneva, Switzerland. CPM23-2 is an important step on work towards WRC-23 which will be held in Dubai later this year.

The purpose of CPM23-2 is to refine the texts and regulatory proposals that will be the basis of discussion and decisions at WRC-23.

There are several WRC-23 Agenda Items of concern to amateurs and the IARU and various national amateur radio societies have delegates present at CPM23-2 to express the view of the amateurs at the meeting.
Arguably, the main issue for amateurs is agenda item 9.1b which concerns our 23 cm band.

The operative part of WRC-19 Resolution 774 states:
to perform a detailed review of the different systems and applications used in the amateur service and amateur-satellite service allocations in the frequency band 1 240-1 300 MHz;
taking into account the results of the above review, to study possible technical and operational measures to ensure the protection of RNSS (space-to-Earth) receivers from the amateur and amateur-satellite services in the frequency band 1 240-1 300 MHz, without considering the removal of these amateur and amateur-satellite service allocations

The review and studies mentioned above are almost complete and are expected to be finalized before WRC-23 and a summary of the studies has been developed and approved by the CPM23-2 meeting for use at WRC-23.

The results of the studies and the WRC-23 decision will provide national administrations (like the ACMA in Australia) with guidance that will assist them to protect the radio navigation satellite service (RNSS, mainly Galileo in Australia) while still allowing reasonable access to the 23 cm band for amateur activities. The measures to protect RNSS receivers are likely to include operation in recommended band segments, emission bandwidth and power limitations. The guidance has been designed to protect the RNSS receivers while still permitting typical amateur usage of the band with as little change from existing operation as possible.

Other WRC-23 issues of interest to amateurs are possible new allocations for other services in bands already occupied by the amateur and other services, or bands adjacent to amateur bands.
While the final decisions about any changes to the Radio Regulations will be made at WRC-23, attendance at CPM23-2 is important to because it means that our concerns over interference are made known and we can have some input into the documents that will go forward to WRC-23.
Thats all for this week, for now, 73 From Lee VK3GK


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


From Germany DA 23 WARD on air until the 18th of April.

PORTUGAL CQ 7 HS4A will be QRV until the 25th

DENMARK 5 P 0 WARD also until April 25

And until the end of April:-




More information about 2023 World Amateur Radio Day is available at


From South Africa comes news of a remarkable achievement


Paul Smit, ZS6NK and Bernie van der Walt, ZS4TX worked Mali, Angola,
Guadeloupe and Bonaire to push the total over 200.

Considering that the first South African DXCC award for contacting
100 countries on this band was issued only in 1998 and that by 2015
only four South Africans had reached that mark, it was then almost
unthinkable that over 200 countries would be worked on this VHF

During March, equinox propagation and high solar activity allowed
these four new DXCC entities to appear in South African 50 MHz logs
for the first time.

All four contacts were made using the mode WSJT.

Don't you just LOVE conspiracy theories?

Hackaday are reporting on a new mystery Russian Short Wave Station.

UVB-76 or UZB-76, has been a constant companion to anyone with a
shortwave radio tuned to 4625 kHz. However, seems that there is now
a second buzzer operating close to the original frequency. Of
course we ask the question is why?

The buzzing isnt quite nonstop. There are occasional voice
messages, but maybe the buzzing is just to keep the frequency clear
in case it is needed. However, we wonder if it isnt something else.

Compressed data would sound like this noise. Other theories are
that the buzzing studies the ionosphere or that it is part of a
doomsday system that would launch nuclear missiles. Given that the
signal has broken down numerous times, this doesnt seem likely.

Whatever the case, is another strange signal to go in the SWL's log.


For Hybrid Radio, It's NOT all about the bass -
Its All About the Metadata

Although there is a major push to ensure AM radio is kept on the
dashboard of new generation motor vehicles at the just held NAB
show it was the features of Hybrid Radio enthralling consumers.

The hybrid radio system most familiar to U.S. drivers is
DTS AutoStage, which for many is still a new concept. But there
are other platforms in vehicles. are reporting on how the first hybrid radio platform
available in the U.S. came from Audi in 2020, and supports enhanced
station lists and service following, whereby a stations over the
air signal is replaced by a streaming audio version of the signal as
the vehicle leaves a stations RF coverage area. Stations make use
of RadioDNS service information (SI) files to support these

DTS AutoStage arrived in 2021 in Mercedes S-Class luxury vehicles,
and in 2022 in a number of Hyundai, Kia and Genesis models. Some BMW
vehicles also have a limited hybrid functionality, also supported by
broadcasters with RadioDNS SI files.

As a footnote, Ford in the USA have announced they will NOT be
installing AM in any future vehicles, be they Electric OR
gas (petroleum) models

Dayton Hamvention 2023, scheduled for May 19 - 21 and preparations
are moving forward for the big event.

Hamvention, which is amateur radio's largest annual convention, is
held at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Centre in Xenia,

With nearly 700 volunteers, this year's Hamvention will boast more
than 500 indoor exhibits and more than 2,500 outdoor exhibits. The
event showcases the latest in amateur radio equipment, technology,
and computer software and hardware, along with hard-to-find radio
and computer accessories and equipment.

The ARRLs 2023 Field Day will be held June 24 - 25.

This is the USA's Ham Radio open house.

Every June, hams throughout North America set up temporary TX
stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science,
skill and service to communities and the nation. It combines
public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and
technical skills all in a single event.

Unlike our own Field Day, which Silent Key, and past WIA Secretary
Jim Linton set up for a few years, this one has been an annual event
since 1933 and remains the most popular event in US ham radio.

Last year just a few dozen less than 5,000 entries were submitted
and there was a total of 29,679 reported participants.



Jim Meachen Editor of the NZART Audio News Service and like a few us
here also reports back to Amateur Radio NewsLine joins us.

Congratulations to the International Telecommunications Union which has opened an area office and innovation centre in New Delhi, India. According to a report on the OSCAR India channel on YouTube, the ITU's presence in the Asia Pacific region is intended to help advance technology and improve innovation in India and across south Asia. The ITU is the specialized agency of the United Nations, dealing with information and communications technologies. The ITU's secretary-general, Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, was present at the opening in March.

This is Jim Meachen ZL2BHF






Youngsters On The Air
1st round NEXT Saturday 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 (


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






The Aussie special calls on air are worth listening for,

VI 6 CRO is the special event callsign for the Carnarvon Eclipse
event April 17th to 23rd.

VI 2023 HRH 1st to the 31st of May celebrates the coronation of
King Charles III

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

VI 100 MB celebrates the centenary year of the Manly-Warringah
Radio Society

VK 90 AR for the 90 years of the WIAs journal, Amateur Radio
Magazine. Until December 31.

VK 100 ZL celebrates the Centenary of the First Tran-Tasman Radio
contact between Australia and New Zealand. Until December 31


With Easter just last weekend, it's worth listening out for


CE 0 YHF is QRV from Isla de Pascua for the rest of the month mostly
on 12, 10, and 6 meters with QRP power using CW, FT8, and FT4.

QSL via CE 0 YHF's instructions.



Listen for the special event callsign A 60 AP, which is on the air
until the 31st of August.

The suffix stands for the Emirates "Astronaut Program," which
prepares crews of UAE astronauts for missions that include the
International Space Station. QSL via EA7FTR.



VU 2 CUW is a member of the 42nd Indian Scientific Expedition to
Antarctica, based at Maitri [MY-A-TREE] Station, AN-016, until

In his spare time, he will be active as AT 42 I




JUST REPEATING - yes it's a bit of repeater news to wrap up
my segment this week.

The 146.9 VK2RKG repeater at Bathurst is back on air at its new
location and is intended as a fill-in repeater, to cover the holes
in the Bathurst township that VK2RCW doesnt see due to a big hill
in the way.

VK2RKG is on 146.9MHz with the stock standard negative 600kHz offset
and no tone required for access.

It is experimentally linked to VK2RCW at Gowan.

(vk2wi news)




Scientists have found the source of a mysterious radio signal from
the sun that sounds curiously like a heartbeat. Kent Peterson KCDGY
from Amateur Radio NewsLine takes the pulse of this remarkable

When a recent C-class solar flare more than 5,000 kilometres above the sun sent out a radio signal in a heartbeat-like pattern, scientists began work to unlock the reason behind it. The international team went in search of the origin of this pattern, known as a quasi-periodic pulsation, or QPP.

Studying observations captured in 2017 by a radio telescope in California that detects microwave frequencies, the researchers began studying a heartbeat-like pattern that repeated every 10 to 20 seconds. Then they unearthed something unexpected: a secondary signal, which was weaker and could be discerned every 30 to 60 seconds.

According to their recently published study, they have been able to determine that the so-called heartbeats are triggered by disruptions known as "magnetic islands" which form in sheets of rapidly moving plasma from the sun.

At the heart of the matter is what this research may ultimately reveal: Writing in the journal Nature Communications, one researcher said the answer was key to a fuller understanding of the scope of the damage that solar storms can do when their energy is released.

This is Kent Peterson KCDGY.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

NASA Names Three Hams for Artemis II Moon Mission Crew

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced the four
astronauts who will venture around the moon on Artemis II.

Commander Reid Wiseman KF 5 LKT

Pilot Victor Glover KI 5 BKC

Mission Specialist 1 Christina Hammock Koch

Mission Specialist 2 Jeremy Hansen KF 5 LKU.

The 10 day Artemis II mission is scheduled to launch November 2024.


The combination of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and NASAs
Kennedy Space Centre hosted 57 launches in 2022, more than any other
launch range in the world.

For now, the level of launch activity at the Cape is manageable.
But, warning signs are emerging. One is that the Cape is effectively
full and the infrastructure to support those launch sites, such as
power, commodities and roads, is aging.


Launch company Virgin Orbit filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy April 4,
having failed to achieve financial orbit after burning through more
than $1 billion, so, there will be no more satellite launch plans
for Virgin Orbit and Amateur Radio NewsLines Neil Rapp WB9VPG is
here with more.

Virgin Orbit has shut the doors of its satellite-launch operations,
laying off 675 workers after six years in business. The company said
in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that its
inability to secure sufficient funds has made it unable to continue

Created as a subsidiary of Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit's mission
was to launch CubeSats into low earth orbit from beneath a
commercial airliner that had been modified to accommodate its
proprietary satellite launch system. The company did not have a
history of great success with the system, known as LauncherOne.

Virgin Orbit's most recent failure was its attempt to launch a
rocket from Cornwall in the UK. The company CEO later said that
the problem may have been caused by a $100 part that may have
become dislodged in the second-stage engine. The launch had been a
much-anticipated event for Spaceport Cornwall, which has been
competing for the UK to enter the global space market by becoming a
home to satellite launches.

This is Neil Rapp WB9VPG.


Longwave 252

In Ireland the 252 kHz signal which carries the RTE Radio 1 program
to listeners across the UK and other parts of Europe that cannot
access an FM service will end next Friday the 14th of April.

The broadcaster claims the decision to take a core service to the
public off air is based on the need to reduce their electricity
bill, citing the climate crisis, public expenditure efficiency, and
the need to reduce the burden on the national grid.

The phasing out and closure of the Long Wave service was one of the
recommendations of the "Future of Media Commission" report which was
published by the Government in July 2022, but not after spending
significant amounts of money for an overhaul of the antenna system
in 2019.

The Algerian broadcasters who recently increased their output power
on 252 kHz will no doubt be delighted to finally get rid of the
co-channel interference by the already diminished signal from


(Youngsters On The Air)

Joining us on the "young parade" is Kathryn Bella Floyd who has
received her USA ham radio license at the age of 10 years old and
will soon receive a plaque as well for being the youngest person to
obtain a license because of right now, it appears she is the
youngest person to pass the general exam in the State of Tennessee.

Bella managed to pass both the technician and general tests during
the same day.

Bellas grandmother Laura Floyd said in a news article in the A year ago, Bellas father decided to get his
license and he invited us. We went to the classes and spoke to Bella
about doing this in the future and she was interested, Laura

Well done Bella & welcome to "The Wonderful World Of Amateur Radio".



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

AuxComm...It's not just a hobby, it's a commitment...

Both the person (Auxiliary Communicator) and the Incident Command
System (ICS) position are used to provide auxiliary communications.

Trained Auxiliary Communicators are a valuable communications
resource tool that can be used by local, county, regional, tribal or
state agencies/organizations within the USA.

Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOMM) is an all-inclusive term used to
describe the many organizations that provide various types of
communications support to emergency management, public safety, and
other government agencies or describes the services themselves. This
includes, but is not limited to amateur radio, military radio,
CB, etc.

There is a weekly AuxComm USA Net every Thursday at 2000 Central
Time. Monthly net reports are sent to both Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Security Agency and the Federal Emergency Management

(arnewsline / )


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.


Hi, I'm Graeme VK3GRK and Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club
invites you to our April meeting -
'Presents fall from the sky - daily'.

Twice a day, the Bureau of Meteorology launch a radiosonde from the
Melbourne airport, comprising of a balloon with an instrument
package. Most of these measure temperature and humidity. Some
measure air pressure. The occasional one measures ozone
concentration as well. All carry a GPS receiver, a 400MHz FSK 60 mW
transmitter and a microprocessor. These sondes can be reprogrammed
to transmit in the 432MHz amateur band, and they can be used for
APRS tracking or as beacons for fox hunting.

Most sondes drift eastward after launch, reaching an altitude of
20+ Km and travelling up to 250km. Several times a year they head
towards Bendigo.

It's fun to try to recover them, a bit like a fox-hunt with a
"valuable" prize to take home.

BAREC member, Phil VK3BHR, will provide an interesting presentation
on the subject, with a demonstration of the receiving and antenna
equipment used to track these devices.

So it's up up and away at 7.30 pm, Friday April 21st at BAREC
Headquarters, Bendigo East Hall, 35 Lansell St. A gold coin
donation would be appreciated, and a light supper will be provided.

The presentation will be live streamed and available for later
viewing on the BAREC YouTube channel.

VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Clubl Buy & Sell 23rd April 11.30 am
venue not notified but contact
for further details. (vk5one)

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)


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 (

This is Linda VK7QP with news of ALARAmeet 2023.

Registrations are now open!

ALARAmeet 2023 is being held in Hobart from 3rd to 6th
November. Registrations forms are included in the ALARA
newsletter for April, and are also available on the ALARA

Details of the program are on the website. It should be a
great weekend. There is also information about some things you
can do before the weekend, and bring with you to make it

Any queries about ALARAmeet 2023 please email me on

Looking forward to welcoming you to Hobart. Linda VK7QP
on behalf of the ALARAmeet 2023 planning group.

VK5 - Amateur Radio Experimenters Group Radio & Electronics Sale
November 26 (vk5qi)

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