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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 28 2023
IN OUR 28th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA DIRECTOR AND VICE PRESIDENT LEE MOYLE AND NEWS ATTRUBUTRED TO
DALE HUGHES VBK1DSH RE HIS ATTENDANCE AT AN IARU REGION 2 WORKING GROUP
ON BEHALF OF THE WIA
PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE IN THIS EDITION OF
NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
I'M EDITOR GRAHAM VK4BB
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This is WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK
On Thursday 25th of May, WIA received a very important Amateur Class
Licensing Update from ACMA:
ACMA would like to inform you that the Australian Maritime College (AMC), has decided not to extend its deed for the provision of amateur licensee services beyond February 2024.
In light of the AMCs decision and the planned move to class licensing of amateur services, ACMA have taken the opportunity to review how amateur radio qualifications and call signs can be best supported under a class licence framework.
For some time, the AMC managed several functions on behalf of the ACMA, including conducting amateur radio operator exams, issuing qualifications and recommending call signs for successful candidates to the ACMA.
However, after examining how to provide the best continuity of service for amateurs, ACMA are proposing an alternative way to deliver these services with new and more effective arrangements.
ACMA will no longer use a deed arrangement to provide amateur radio qualifications and call sign recommendations. Instead, ACMA have decided to update the amateur radio qualification and call sign framework alongside the class licence implementation, and manage some of these services themselves.
ACMA will introduce new accreditation procedures and propose to use the network of voluntary assessors currently used by the AMC as accredited assessors under a scheme to be managed by the ACMA.
Assessors will be able to conduct theoretical and practical examinations for amateur radio. Qualified and experienced amateur operators will be able to seek ACMA accreditation to conduct amateur radio examinations.
As part of this accreditation work, ACMA are:
preparing operational guidelines for accredited assessors
developing examination material
compiling a list of allocated and available call signs to go on the ACMA website.
The ACMA will still be responsible for approving the amateur radio syllabi.
There will be better alignment of qualification levels as the new framework will keep the Foundation,
Standard and Advanced qualification levels for amateur radio examinations. This aligns with the qualification levels in the proposed class-licensing arrangements.
ACMA will issue qualifications and call signs under the new arrangement. Qualifications will be issued by ACMA staff after an application from a person who has passed an examination.
ACMA will continue to be the call sign administrator and issue call signs to amateurs with recognised qualifications.
These arrangements are consistent with ACMAs amateur spectrum management obligations under the International Telecommunication Unions Radio Regulations and the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
Next steps will be the introduction of the new accreditation scheme at the same time as the class licensing arrangements with consultation expected in August 2023.
ACMA welcomes your feedback through the public consultation process, and they will keep you updated on progress.
To prepare for the move to class licensing, ACMA have changed the renewal periods for non-assigned amateur licences to 12-months only. This will help amateur licensees make a smooth transition to class licensing.
ACMA are grateful for your engagement and assistance in this transition, and look forward to a smoother, more efficient framework.
AND IN OTHER NEWS:-
After the successful WIA AGM two weeks ago, the first meeting of the
WIA Board of Directors was held earlier this week, Wednesday 24th May.
First matter attended to was the appointment of the office bearers.
President is Scott Williams VK3KJ, Vice President is myself, Lee Moyle
VK3GK and Secretary is Peter Clee VK8ZZ.
President Scott congratulated the directors on their appointments and
welcomed all the WIA board including new WIA Director Giles Kirby VK5GK
to the team.
In the following weeks the board will convene and discuss the WIAs
goals and strategies for the oncoming year. If you have any suggestions
or ideas you believe the WIA could pursue, then please email
Earlier this week I returned after 12 days in the USA where I spent
four days attending the Dayton hamvention held in Xenia Ohio. This is
more than just a HamFest as it attracts around 30-35,000 attendees.
It is also a meeting place for like-minded Contesters, DXers and
DXpeditioners. Hamvention hosts Contest University or CTU and many
educational forums. Also many representative delegates from the
National Amateur Radio Societies attend every year and this year was no
I spent time meeting with ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR and
ARRL CEO David Minster NA2AA, RAC President Phil McBride VA3QR and
RAC Vice President Alan Boyd VE3AJB and IARU Region 3 Secretary
Yuki Uchiyama JH1NBN, along with delegates representing RSGB, DARC and
JARL. Topics discussed included strategies for growing the membership
base and member retention. Engaging with youth and using social media
to promote Amateur Radio activities. Examinations were a hot topic and
it was excellent to hear from both ARRL and RSGB how during Covid 19
the Amateur operator numbers increased significantly within both the
USA and UK. We discussed exam strategies and how the RSGB had requested
to OFCOM to suspend the practical exam component for ease of
administering exams during Covid 19. From this overwhelming success,
OFCOM have now completely removed the practical exam component all
Reciprocal licencing was discussed and how it is important to keep the
question pools HAREC and CEPT compliant for simplicity of international
operating agreements between participating countries. A failure of
compliance could lead to international travelling hams unable to get
operating permits in other countries.
Dont forget the WIA still has Special Event Callsigns available for
use over the next several months.
VK90AR is for celebrating 90 years of the Wireless Institute of
Australias official journal, Amateur radio magazine.
VK100ZL is to celebrate the Centenary of the First Tran-Tasman Radio
contact between Australia and New Zealand conducted on April 26th 1923.
VI2023HRH celebrates the Coronation of His Royal Highness King Charles
III and the event ceases on May 31st 2023.
To book an operational timeslot, please use the WIA website online
booking portal, nominating your WIA affiliated club to register.
See wia.org.au/ members/onlinelogbook/about/
There will be a QRZ page and QSL information published shortly.
Thats all for this week, for now, 73 From Lee VK3GK
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.
Last year, the RSGB was approached by the BBC to find experts to contribute to its planned series The Secret Genius of Modern Life. For episode one, which takes a look at the bank card, Neil Smith, G4DBN re-created the Great Seal Buga wooden seal, gifted to the US embassy in Moscow in 1945which contained a covert listening device. The technology developed for the bug was an early example of RFID, which is what allows contactless card payments to work. Neil has now released a series of fascinating videos on his YouTube channel which explain the history of the Bug as well as the mechanical design and machining needed to recreate it. You can find the videos in Neils YouTube playlist on Machining and Microwaves
Belgium to get 40 MHz
The UBA proposes to grant the radio amateur service access to the frequency range 40.660 40.690 MHz under the following conditions:
On a secondary basis
For holders of a class A operating certificate (HAREC licence)
A power limit of 5 W ERP
A bandwidth limit of 3 kHz
On individual basis, after prior approval from BIPT
It is mandatory to keep a logbook in which all transmissions are noted
This is an important development as Belgium now joins Ireland (EI), Slovenia (S5) and South Africa (ZS) with official amateur radio allocations on the 40 MHz band.
Dale does Dallas; further adventures of ITU-R Working Group Chair
21 May 2023, Dallas Texas Thanks Dale for this insight.
International travel isnt for the faint hearted, Ive been stuck in Dallas and I even ended up being a short-term illegal immigrant in Mexico; theres been severe storms and volcanos which have closed airports, but all of that is another story...
These adventures came about because I had the dubious pleasure of attending the recent meeting of ITU-R Working Party 5A (WP5A) which was held in Merida, Mexico between May 9 and 18. My reason for being there was to chair the meetings of Working Group 5A-1 (WG5A-1) which covers Amateur and amateur-satellite services. The main work during this meeting was to make progress on WRC-23 agenda item 9.1b which is a review of the 1240 1300 MHz frequency band following a small number of interference cases from amateur transmitters to Galileo radionavigation receivers in Europe. The scope of the agenda item is to 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 (See WRC-19 Resolution 774).
Unusually, I was the sole member of the Australian delegation attending the WP5A meeting, along with about 90 other people there in person and a similar number attending via the Zoom platform. Merida is in the Yucatan State of Mexico and the Mexican administration graciously hosted the meeting. The venue and facilities were fine and everything worked well, no doubt helped by the large diesel generator parked outside to ensure we had no power interruptions.
WG5A-1 held 13 meetings and made good progress on work towards its responsibility to address agenda item 9.1b prior to WRC-23 which will be held in November this year. The meetings and negotiations are becoming much more difficult and complicated as we move towards the conclusion of the work in WG5A-1 and its becoming apparent there may difficulties in meeting our objectives because of the recent involvement of the Russian Federation in our work. Had it not been for the interventions of the Russian Federation we may have completed our work this meeting, with only some finessing required for the final meeting later this year. However, we now have a much more complex situation to contend with, and its unclear what the agenda of the Russian Federation is in this matter. (Russia operates the GLONAS radionavigation-satellite service system in the 1240 1260 MHz frequency band and there have been no reported cases of interference to their system.)
As it stands, we have tentative agreement from the administrations who represent the operators of the other radionavigation-satellite systems in the 1240 1300 MHz band on the measures that national administrations may employ to ensure coexistence between the amateur services and the radionavigation-satellite service. A key aspect has been the acceptance of a 1296 1300 MHz band segment at reasonable power levels for narrowband amateur applications, including EME operation. This is a positive development and the various amateur representatives at the meeting fought hard to make it happen.
The remaining tasks are to try to get agreement on a midband segment of about 4 MHz for both narrowband and broadband applications around 1255 MHZ and settle on an amateur-satellite uplink segment of 2 MHz in the 1260 - 1270 MHz band. The expectation is that operation outside of these preferred frequency bands will be severely restricted.
These agreed technical and operational measures will be part of an ITU-R Recommendation that will provide guidance to national administration who may wish to implement the measures as part of their licensing conditions for amateur operators. While it is unfortunate that we have deal with such issues, the most important outcome is that we retain some access to the 23 cm band at reasonable power levels and the aim of work in ITU-R has been to achieve this. Its very tricky because the amateur services are the secondary in the1240 1300 MHz band so some sacrifices may be necessary for continued access to the band.
Despite the travel difficulties, its been apparent that face-to-face contact with our opponents outside of the usual Geneva environment has been beneficial because we have all been forced to live together for a period of time and this has meant that some more personal relationships have developed along with a better understanding of other point of view (except for the Russian Federation).
All my expenses have been covered by the IARU International Secretariat and I thank my employer and Wife for their understanding in accepting an unexpectedly extended time away from home. I also thank the other amateur delegates for their work in their respective national WRC preparatory processes; its been a team effort.
Michael Kalter, Dayton Conventions spokesman has news of this years
Amateur of the year.
This years Amateur of the Year is Carsten Dauer - a German who took to the airwaves to help the people of Ukraine.
Carston is an amazing individual and a very unassuming guy, Kalter said.
He has taken truckloads and he collects these radios, fills big vans and then somehow gets them near the border of Ukraine.
Some places had no electricity some places had no internet, some places had no telephone so the only way to communicate is by radios, Dauer said.
He and his family hosted refugees but he wants to be clear: he still talks with some Russians on the radio, too.
You learn at the beginning when you do a ham radio license, its non-politic, non-religion, all that stuff you dont talk about it, he said. I still have Russian friends I still talk with Russian amateur operators I have no problem with the people.
Dauer is visiting Hamvention for the second time. He travelled here this year to accept the award and to share what hes learned since his recent mission.
You can survive on two hours of sleep a night, Dauer said. You find out you have many friends and this is the best hobby in the world.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
The CQWW CW WPX contest is the big event and is being held over 48
hours this weekend. The aim of the WPX contest is for amateurs
worldwide to contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during
the contest period.
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)
QRZ.com is a website thats lists almost all amateur radio callsigns in the world and was founded 30 years ago by its President Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ.
It's a great tool for finding QSL routes, special event stations and the like .It is a small business, run by hams. QRZ.com has been running an online logbook for the past eight years and have announced a special award to celebrate their 30th anniversary and is one of many available to their logbook users. All the details are on qrz.com
Listen for Vincent, HB9VCJ, using the callsign 8Q7VJ from the Maldives,
IOTA Number AS-013 from May 20th through to June 4th. His QRP operation
will be SSB and various digital modes on 40-6 metres, and FM on 10
metres. QSL instructions are on QRZ.com
Ivan, YT4RA/IV3CTS, and his brother Goran, YT7AW/SA7DXR will be
operating from Malta, IOTA Number E U-023, from the 24th to the 29th of
May, with their biggest activity to be during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest.
They plan to use the callsign 9H6WPX. QSL via LoTW.
Gday all, Bob VK2ADF here on behalf of the Wagga Amateur Radio Club. We are pleased to announce the commissioning of a new repeater, soon to be linked to our repeater network. The new repeater is located on Conapaira Hill just West of the town ship of Rankin Springs. This repeater will provide coverage North to Lake Cargelligo, South to Narrandera, East to West Wyalong and West to Hay.
Future plans include a repeater that will be located at Cookardinia just North of Holbrook and will hopefully provide coverage from Wagga in the North to Albury in the South, West to Urana and may stretch as far as the ACT in the East. Both of these repeaters will be linked to our network and provide coverage over a good part of Southern NSW, arguably the largest repeater link network in NSW and perhaps Australia.
If you are travelling through the Riverina put a call out on one of our many repeaters, remember all our repeaters require a 91.5 Hz tone for access. For more information point your browser to all the Ws dot WARC dot org dot au
Our club continues to enjoy field days such as John Moyle and will again be participating in 2024. We also enjoy lending communications support to a number of local events. This is a great opportunity for us to practice our craft camp and enjoy the company of other club members.
This has been Bob VK2ADF on behalf of the Wagga Amateur Radio Club.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM,
PARKS ON THE AIR and other ADVENTURE GROUPS.
Wagga Amateur Radio Club are planning a Silo assault in early
The idea is, club members over the weekend activate as many Silios
(SiOTA) as they can Saturday, camp overnight and talk all things
radio and then activate more Silos on their way home.
This is Bob, VK4BOB, with adventure news from Far North Queensland.
The Cairns Amateur Radio Club and the Tablelands Radio & Electronics Club are getting together on Saturday June 10 for field day operations activating a couple of VKFF parks locations up here in the tropical tablelands. One site will be at Lake Eacham and the other at the Gillies lookout. June up here is usually a beautiful month of moderate temperatures and sunny dry weather, so were really looking forward to that for the day.
Each site will have members from both clubs sharing their expertise and equipment, offering the experience to members who havent worked portable yet. We will be on the various HF bands depending of course on conditions. Equipment will be IC-7300s at both locations, probably with RM Italy linears. Various antennas will be experimented with as part of the fun. We expect the two locations to be within VHF and UHF range of each other so that will add to the exercise, as part of the plan is to practise disaster communications readiness.
We will be using the club callsigns of VK4CNS and VK4WAT plus the personal callsigns of each of the operators.
Keep an ear out for us on Saturday June 10, swing your beams northwards, and keep an eye on the VKFF Facebook page for the latest info.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
VK6PZT PLAYS MORSE HARD!
Yep Richard, vk6pzt will be appearing on HARD QUIZ next Wednesday
31st May at 8pm on ABC-TV.
His topic is Morse Code, and he thought a few WIA national news
listeners could have a laugh when he has a crack at the Big Brass
Some background as why Richard should stand a good chance, as part of
his journey learning CW he's been learning heaps about the Code,
Samuel Morse and the development of the Telegraph and essentially all
things Morse Code Related.
So tune in next Wednesday to HARD QUIZ.
New Zealand Straight Key Night (Winter Edition) will be held on Sunday
11 June from 8pm to 9pm NZT on 80 metres.
SKN honours the original amateur radio mode in an easy-going style.
Operators send signal report, name, location, type of key, type of
transmitter and power output. Stations are limited to 100W output
SKN is not a contest - but the operator who gets the most votes for the
quality of their sending will win the Bruce Scahill Best Fist Award.
This certificate honours Bruce ZL1BWG, a dedicated supporter of SKN,
who died last December.
Full details about SKN
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
SpaceX Ax-2 Mission Is 'Go' For May 21 Launch
The second-ever private astronaut mission to the International Space
Station remains on track to lift off this weekend. The crew includes
three licensed amateurs: John Shoffner, KO4MJC; Ali Alqarni, 7Z1AJ;
and Rayyanah Barnawi, 7Z1RB.
If all goes according to plan, Ax-2 will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon
9 rocket at 21:37 UTC on Sunday from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre
in Florida. The Ax-2 astronauts will ride a SpaceX Dragon capsule to
the orbiting lab, getting there around 13:30 UTC Monday.
The mission will spend eight days docked to the ISS. During their
stay, the amateurs on the AX-2 crew will attempt several ARISS
contacts, and may possibly offer opportunities for general amateur
QSOs with the ISS.
Ax-2 is also ground-breaking. Two of the mission's crewmembers,
Barnawi and Alqarni, will become the first Saudi Arabians to visit
the ISS. Barnawi will be the first Saudi woman ever to reach space.
The other crewmember is former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who now
works for Axiom and will command the mission. Whitson has racked
665 days off Earth more than any other American and any other
woman. NASA currently requires that all private astronaut flights to
the ISS be led by a former agency astronaut.
Chinas secretive spaceplane may have performed multiple recaptures
of an object it released into orbit during its recently completed
second flight as part of on-orbit testing. Private firm Leolabs,
which provides space situational awareness data through its global
network of radars for tracking objects in low Earth orbit, said its
analysis found evidence of what appeared to be at least two and
possibly three capture/docking operations with a co-orbiting object.
The exploration of the Moon is experiencing a renaissance with
numerous missions planned to visit the lunar surface in the coming
years. While there are various motivations for these missions, such
as geopolitical interests and the search for lunar resources, the
field of astronomy is expected to greatly benefit from this
renewed focus on the Moon.
One significant advantage is the lunar far side, which provides a
radio-quiet environment, shielded from human-generated radio signals
and solar interference. This makes it an ideal location for radio
The Moon's stability and the presence of shadowed craters at its
poles offer opportunities for optical, infrared, and gravitational
wave astronomy, as well as the potential detection of radio waves
from exoplanet magnetospheres. However, there is a need to balance
lunar exploration activities with protecting the unique scientific
value of certain lunar locations.
The far side of the Moon, shielded from Earth's radio signals and the
Sun during the lunar night, provides an unparalleled radio-quiet
environment. This makes it an ideal platform for conducting low
frequency radio astronomy. The far side of the Moon also holds
potential for detecting radio waves from and signals from intelligent
extra-terrestrial civilizations. The long wavelengths of these radio
waves require a radio-quiet environment, making the far side an ideal
location for such observations. Furthermore, exploring unexplored
regions of the radio spectrum may lead to unexpected discoveries of
new phenomena. However, it will be crucial to ensure that human
activities on the far side do not create unwanted radio interference
that could hinder these observations and scientific endeavours.
2023 Social Scene
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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