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WIA SECRETRARY AND DIRECTOR PETER VK8ZZ
Thanks graham and good morning listeners.
Well I would like to thank the well over 100 who participated in
our Annual General Meeting last weekend.
The meeting was a hybrid event and included both members on site at
the University of Canberra and online. We also had a large number of
viewers watching the internet streaming on the WIA Youtube channel.
The draft minutes of the meeting and the video will be available on
the WIA website withing the next month or so.
The President thanked outgoing director Greg VK2GPK for his
contribution during his 6 years as a member of the Board of the WIA.
The quality of the broadband connection at the university meant a
flawless streaming of the event to all those attending online.
Members who were attending in person in Canberra had the opportunity
to network with others attending as well as meeting our newest member
of the WIA Board Giles Kirby VK5GK as well as President Scott
Williams VK3KJ, Steven Green VK2TSG, myself Peter Clee VK8ZZ and
outgoing director Greg Kelly VK2GPK. I very much enjoyed catching up
with some I had not seen in a while as well as meeting new amateurs
on the day.
We will upload a number of the photographs of the event as well as
publish them in a future edition of Amateur Radio Magazine for all
I would personally like to thank those who attended the AGM, both in
person and online, and thank you for making this AGM a most memorable
event. I advise that we are currently looking for a club that would
be keen to host the 2024 AGM and possibly hold it in conjunction with
a field day or convention.
A big congratulations to all the recipients of the WIA Merit Awards.
I would encourage listeners to nominate for the 2024 WIA Merit
Aawards, as nominations are now open
This has been WIA Director and Company Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, Editor-in-Chief of
Amateur Radio magazine.
Last Monday, the files for Issue Number 3 of AR magazine were uploaded to the printer's server in Bairnsdale, Victoria.
From late next week, look out for it landing in your letterbox, your Post Office Box, or your local newsagency.
The theme for the issue is Test & Measurement, featuring an article on the subject of Your first test bench by popular author, Andy Keir VK2AAK.
One for those who are new to ham radio.
As part of this theme, we explore a subject close to pretty much every hams heart repairing things.
This brings up the issue of The Right to Repair.
If you buy a product any product, from a car to a toaster, from a PC to a transceiver.
Why cant you fix it?
One of our articles on this subject, discusses the concept of a "right-to-repair" in Australia, which would enable consumers to repair their own products, either themselves or through a third-party repairer, and require manufacturers to provide access to repair manuals, diagnostic tools, and software locks.
The article explores the issues from a manufacturer's perspective, including concerns about intellectual property, product safety, warranty rights, the cost of new products, and the feasibility of repairing certain products. The article notes the benefits of sustainability in extending the lifespan of products and reducing waste, but questions whether enforcing a right-to-repair would make a real difference or simply increase the cost of new products for no real benefit.
Those last two paragraphs were written by the latest tech-craze ChatGPT, with minor edits!
I have to ask myself: how long before Im muscled out of my job by a chatbot? That was my real voice, by the way. No. Its true. Dudes! It IS me.
Enough . . .
To reflect topical matters in both the radio amateur community and also society in general right now, I asked Phil Wait VK2ASD to look into Artificial Intelligence A . . I In amateur radio.
There would be some among the clickerati on social media who reckon the term applies to many contacts you hear on the air. Yeah . . . Right.
Phils efforts returned some interesting results, posing more questions than the answers he got after asking questions of ChatGPT.
Some say AI suggests machines learning to mimic human intelligence processes by applying algorithms to large accumulations of data, ostensibly making computers think and act like humans.
In amateur radio in the near future, how will you know that the on-air voice contact youre having is with a human and not an AI program?
The same goes for digital and video contacts.
Seriously, when more than a 1000 US captains of commerce, science and industry write to the President asking the congress to regulate the development and use of Artificial Intelligence, you know theres a serious issue with it.
No sooner had we committed to content on the subject, than Google launched its rival chatbot, Bard!
OK. For those that crave the smell of solder smoke in the mornings, we have a 13.6 V/30 A power supply for all occasions, from Lou Destefano VK3AQZ. Aand, talking about the right to repair we also have the last article from Phil Fitzherbert VK3FFs journey in restoring his classic Collins S-line rigs.
We live in interesting times. This year, some significant amateur radio clubs reach the ton! Thats right 100 years.
So. This issue you can get the skinny on who did what with which and to whom in VK7 aaand VK2.
When the technology was new, wireless experimenters were cool. Shortwave wireless was the Tik Tok of the day!
Not only that, 100 years ago Australian wireless experimenters caused a sensation when their signals crossed the Pacific Ocean!
There were those that said it couldnt be done.
While American and European experimenters had successfully spanned the 3000 kilometre-wide Atlantic in 1921, the Pacific Ocean triple the distance between Australia and Americas west cost was judged a bridge too far.
WIA Historian Peter Wolfenden VK3RV gives us the skinny on who did what with which and with whom. Part 1 begins this issue.
Thatll be it for this week. More to come, later.
Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 91, Issue Number 3 for 2023. Serving Australian radio amateur dudes for 90 years come Hay, Hell or Booligal. Available in print and online. Always published to a schedule, never random or half-heartedly slapped together.
Thats it from me for now; Im Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
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.
International Women in Engineering Day, June 23, is brought to you
by the Womens Engineering Society who will celebrate its 10th year
in 2023 and once again be promoting the amazing work that women
engineers across the globe are doing.
This years theme is #MakeSafetySeen.
INWED gives women engineers around the world a profile when they are
still hugely under-represented, with 2021 figures indicating that in
the UK only 16.5% of engineers are women.
Now with that in mind, the RSGB is asking for help in celebrating
International Women in Engineering Day June 23. They have put the
call out for stories to share of women in engineering roles to
inspire future generations.
DX Adventure Team activated 4 U 100 QO on QO-100 from the
United Nations Vienna International Centre.
May 18-19-20 they made the very first QO-100 connections from the
United Nations Vienna International Centre and as a token of
appreciation, DX-Adventure is donating the equipment used to make the
connections through QO-100 to the UN for future use.
Those dates on HF you may have also heard them using 4U1A
Radio amateurs in Puerto Rico have a day to honour their hobby, held
this year on Tuesday, May 9. As set out by a law in 1996, every 2nd
Tuesday of the month of May is known as "Puerto Rico Amateur Radio
Da" this is part of a larger celebration of National Radio Month
each May on the island.
Amateurs received a special proclamation for the day, signed by both
Governor and Secretary of State. It recognized the help amateurs have
offered in times of emergency, it also highlighted the ARRL
Puerto Rico Section and the fact that licensees have reached 5,000
as of June last year, 2022.
RESEARCHERS CREATE THINNER, DENSER COMPUTER CHIPS
Researchers in the United States have created thinner, denser
computer chips with big possibilities. We learn more from Kent
Peterson KCDGY over at Amateur Radio NewsLine
KENT: Denser and more powerful computer chips may soon be possible
thanks to findings in a laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Researchers there have developed a means of working with
2D materials so slender that they are no more than three atoms thick.
By layering them atop a fully fabricated silicon chip, they are able
to create a denser integration.
According to the MIT news website, this low-temperature growth and
fabrication technology does not result in damage to the chip. Damage
was a major concern during previous attempts to achieve this
integration atop a silicon CMOS wafer because the process customarily
requires temperatures of 600 degrees Celsius. Temperatures above
400 degrees Celsius could cause the transistors and circuits to
The news website also reported that this technology reduces the
growth and integration process on an 8-inch wafer from more than a
day to less than an hour. A shortened growth time is seen by
researchers as particularly attractive for industrial fabrications
because of its efficiency.
Researchers also said they want to explore use of this process for
such flexible surfaces as textiles, polymers or papers, raising the
prospect of integrating semiconductors into clothing, paper notebooks
and other everyday items.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
COFFEE-LOVING HAM WORKS JAVA BUT IT'S NOT DX
OK, grab a cup of hot coffee for this week's weird and wonderful
story. Sit back and let's listen to Randy Sly W4XJ.
RANDY: For many of us theres nothing better than working DX or
calling CQ in a contest while sipping on a fresh hot cup of coffee.
But what if that coffee was known as Ham Shack House Blend,
Key Up Cowboy, or Morse Code Mocha?
Steve Eilers, W3BIZ, believes we can have our ham radio and drink it
too! Early in 2023, Steve began the Homebrew Coffee Company,
combining his love for coffee with his love for ham radio.
This coffee is not someone else's brand that he re-labelled but his
own original coffee blends that are roasted and shipped the same
day -- no matter the propagation. He is an entrepreneur who takes his
"We source our beans from Bali, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia,
you name it Ethically sourced beans, fair trade thats a huge thing
for me, is to make sure were doing it right. These people are
getting compensated for their farms and everythings fair."
His blends are made to resonate with a variety of tastes, from a
donut shop style to a dark Italian roast or something with a french
vanilla or mocha flavour. All these and more await you at
When hes not making coffee, you can find Steve hunting POTA,
chasing DX, rag chewing or operating SKYWARN and ARES in Kent County,
Michigan -- and of course, drinking coffee.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
MAY 20-21 Don Edwards Memorial Slow Morse Contest is this weekend
as is the NZART run 80 Meter Sangster Shield.
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
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)
Richard VK2SKY joins us as we open the DX Window with a little
"Vampire" story for you.
A team of Amateurs, led by Colin VK2JCC, has set up shop in the
radio room aboard HMAS Vampire. HMAS stands for His Majestys
Australian Ship, and the Vampire is located at the Australian
National Maritime Museum here in Sydney. The radio room is part of
the museum, and thus open for visitors to learn about the importance
of radio communications, both in wartime and in peace.
The Vampire team has been active for a few weeks now, using the
callsign Victor Kilo Two Victor Mike Papa (VMP - Vampire, get it?).
If youve never worked a warship before, now is a great time to
So far, eight Amateurs are on the roster to keep Vampire on the air,
using CW and Sideband on 20 and 40 metres, and the station is now a
permanent fixture on the ship.
But wait, theres more! Over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June,
the Vampire will be active for 24 hours for a special event, Museum
Ships on the Air. Youll find the station on or near 14.250 MHz.
Vampire will join many other ships around the world for this fun
So, listen out for Victor Kilo Two Victor Mike Papa on board HMAS
Vampire in Sydney, Australia. And check out the VK2VMP page on
HMAS Vampire at the Australian National Maritime Museum:
Manly-Warringah Radio Society members and others on the Vampire:
HMAS Vampire on Wikipedia:
Wikipedia's list of Museum Ships:
VI 2023 HRH 1st to the 31st of May celebrates the coronation of
King Charles III
Listen for Giorgio, IU 5 HWS, using the callsign 5 UA 99 WS from
Niger until the 15th of June on 40 through 10 metres using FT8 and
QSL via LoTW, or via EA5GL.
Didier, is QRV as FO / F 6 BCW from Huahine Island, IOTA OC-067,
until October 25 on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via F 6 EXV.
AU 40 NRO is active until the 30th of June to celebrate the 40th
anniversary of the National Institute of Amateur Radio in India.
QSL via VU 2 NRO.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FAITH.
In the US, a group known as the New Jersey Knights of Columbus have
taken some advice from the Gospel of Matthew, namely that their light
(and good deeds) should not be hidden under a bushel.
Active since early this month and running until today UTC time the
Knights have been operating several amateur radio stations state-wide
under a special amateur radio call sign, K 0 C (K-zero-C) with the
dual intent of sharing their philanthropic deeds and encouraging
Catholic men to join the fraternal organization.
The "Special Event Stations," have been attempting to operate out of
all five dioceses in the state until the last day of the 127th
New Jersey State Convention. "My hobby is ham radio, and I love
the Knights," said Knights District Deputy Thomas M. Perrotti, who
designed and spearheaded the project. "This is a nice way to bring
these two passions together."
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
When the crewed Artemis II mission makes its lunar flyby in late
2024, well be able to see video of the moon like never before and
its all thanks to lasers.
Along for the historic journey to the moon will be the Orion Artemis
II Optical Communications System, or O2O making Artemis II the
first crewed lunar flight to demonstrate laser communications
technology. The O2O system will be capable of returning high
resolution images and video of the lunar surface back to Earth with a
downlink rate of up to 260 megabits per second. The laser system will
also be able to send and receive procedures, flight plans, voice
messages and other communications between the Orion spacecraft and
mission control on Earth.
Read the complete story on
With the launch last month of the European Space Agency's JUICE mission - short for Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer - hopes were high for its antenna, which had been folded up inside the spacecraft ready for its eventual full deployment. The 16-metre-long antenna, known as RIME - for Radar for Icy Moons Exploration - was to completely unfold in its first week after the launch date and it did - that is, all but one final part.
According to various media accounts, a variety of remedies were tried without success until the flight control team finally freed the remaining part by delivering a shock that moved a tiny stuck pin that had left the antenna section jammed in its folded position. The shock came via a device known as a nonexplosive actuator that was located inside the bracket. What happened was disruptive enough to shake things up.
May 12th brought freedom as the stuck part became unstuck.
Now the antenna should be ready for an even bigger challenge - the moons around the giant planet Jupiter. The mission will use the antenna to study those icy moons as far down as 9 km, analysing both the surface and subsurface. What unfolds there may possibly deliver some shocks of its own.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS - YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
Alec VK2APC joins us from Sydney.
"Before I go into the news, I would like to thank the WIA Board
for the Foundation Merit Award and all who support me.
This weekend I have two different reports for you.
Unfortunately the DAVE KALTER MEMORIAL YOUTH DX ADVENTURE
has been CANCELLED
The Organizers at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association said there
was insufficient time for the kind of planning needed to allow
everyone to obtain their necessary passports. No other details
were immediately available and there was no indication when the
next trip would be scheduled. This once annual trip, which has
brought young amateurs to the Dutch Caribbean, Costa Rica and
Curacao, is named in memory of Dave, KB8OCP, who became a Silent Key
Now for a better report
Emile, VK5WWW, first obtained his foundation licence in 2022 when he
was 9 years old.
He has been having a go with learning CW, and on 8 May Emile had his
first CW contact with Gerard, VK2IO.
To top this off, the contact was just before Emiles 11the birthday!
Happy birthday and Way to Go Emile, and a thank you to Gerard for
supporting a fellow youth Ham operator. I hope you keep practicing
Emile so you can get faster than you dad, and make many more
For VK1WIA National News, I am Alec VK2APC."
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
Primarily for its role in Rescue Radio, The Virginia General Assembly
recently issued a resolution commending the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club, W 4 UG.
The commendation honoured the VBARC for their many community contributions, stating, "the VBARC, an American Radio Relay League Special Service Club, has greatly served the Virginia Beach community for many years by volunteering its time and equipment for emergency and public services, and by providing exceptional aid to both local amateur radio enthusiasts and the community at large through training classes, technical projects, and other activities."
An early marriage and separation from her family kept Rubina Begum apart from her family in Bengal for more than a decade. With the help of police and the West Bengal Radio Club, the relatives have found one another again.
The woman's brother, Hassan Ali Sheikh, told the Times of India that in the ensuing years they believed she was lost to them forever. But he spoke with her, at long last, on Wednesday, May 3rd, after the women's commission contacted state police who reached out to the hams in West Bengal. The club has a long track record of facilitating such reunions. Club secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, reached out to a colleague proficient in Hindi and Kashmiri and details of her story finally emerged. Her brother is expected to travel and bring her home to Bengal soon to be with the family she has missed so much.
2023 Social Scene
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Celebration of the Centenary of Organised Amateur Radio in Tasmania
all of June with a special WIA News Service from VK7 June 18, and
there are also a huge number of activities happening throughout the
month of June and beyond. These include:
Operation of a special centenary callsign - VK7WIA by amateurs around
VK7. There is a special centenary QSL cards and a Centenary Award
There are amateur radio Open Days being held around the State of
Tasmania with amateur radio historic and working displays that will
be open to the public:
In the SOUTH it happens on Saturday June 10th.
In the NORTH it happens on Saturday June 17th.
And in the NORTH WEST on Saturday June 24th
In the next couple of Amateur Radio Magazines will have features on
VK7 History starting in the May/June edition and the WIA National
News Broadcast will be coming from VK7 on the 18th June 2023.
There are many more activities happening and these are available
on the website link.
VK2 - OXLEY REGION 47th Annual Field Day at Wauchope
10th and 11th of June (vk2zhe)
VK5 - SERG CONVENTION/FOX HUNTING CHAMPIONSHIPS also June 10-11
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
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (email@example.com)
VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest at Eastbourne Primary School Sunday,
November 12 (vk3pdg)
VK5 - Amateur Radio Experimenters Group Radio & Electronics Sale
November 26 (vk5qi)
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