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Getting it on and all together this week,

WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK. -

Marty VK4KC who last week reported from 'the beach' with BOTA news
reaches moves inland and goes 'parking' with POTA. -

John Knox VK4FJRK takes us to Ireland and another REWIND story.




The SARL Secretary has been informed of a pirate station operating
on 17 metres using ft8 and using the call sign ZS8C.

Carson McAfee, ZS8C was active from Marion Island in 2013 and 2014
and the licence was cancelled in 2015.

It has been confirmed that there are no radio amateurs on
Marion Island, Gough Island or at the SANAE Base.

(sarl news)



This is WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK

WRTC is an international event held every four years that brings together teams of Amateur Radio contesters to compete against each other on a level playing field. The 2022 event was held in Italy last weekend (a year later than scheduled due to COVID).

2026, the next WRTC will run in the UK. The organising committee will be inviting around 50 international teams of two people to come to the UK in July 2026. Most of those teams will gain a right to compete through their success in a number of qualifying contests between October 2023 and March 2025.

Many visitors also attend the event, so this will be an amazing social
occasion for all of the international contesting community as well as being the most intense test of the competing teams operating skills. A great competition environment will give them the opportunity to use equivalent sites and antennas scattered across East Anglia in order to compete fairly and evenly amongst themselves in the usual 24 hour intensive operating marathon.

More details on website

For now, 73 From Lee VK3GK


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


ITUR Working Party 4C meeting #30 could not agree on the technical and operational measures required to ensure the protection of the RNSS (radio navigation satellite service) in the amateur 23cm band. (Relating to WRC-23).

The group struggled to find consensus amongst the RNSS community on the measures it could propose to WP5A.

The outcome of the discussion and final elements of the ITUR Recommendation remain uncertain and work on this topic will continue at the next ITUR WP5A meeting in September with some urgency to finalise ahead of the WRC.

In other IARU news, the 58th meeting of the IARU Administrative
Council (AC) was held in person at Friedrichshafen, Germany,
during HAMRADIO 2023.

On the subject of strategic planning, preliminary results from the work of the Relationship Working Group, Legal Working Group, and Finance Working Group were approved. Their work will continue to address a planned restructuring of IARU. An initial report will be presented at the Region 1 Conference in Serbia, in November.

The AC received a report on the completion of the IARU officer consultative process regarding nominating candidates for the offices of President and Vice President for the 2024 - 2029 term. The nominees will be formally submitted to member-societies for ratification later this year.

Reports were also received from IARU Beacon Project International Coordinator Peter Jennings, AB6WM/VE3SUN; Electromagnetic Compatibility Coordinator Martin Sach, G8KDF; Satellite Advisor Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, and Emergency Communications Special Advisor Rod Stafford, W6ROD.

Preliminary thoughts on how to celebrate the 100th anniversary of IARU, founded in Paris in 1925, were exchanged and nominations for the IARU Michael J. Owen, VK3KI, Award and the IARU Diamond Award were received.

German entry level "N class" amateur radio licence.

Amateur Radio NewsLine are reporting the regulations will come into
force on the 21st of June 2024, the week before next years
"Ham Radio" event 28 to 30 and indeed the very first examinations
for this new class of licence will take place at "HAM RADIO 2024."
The new licence will allow access to 70cm, 2m and 10m running a
maximum of 10 watts and will conform to CEPT specifications for an
entry level licence.


George, UY5XE, was a friend and an advocate to many.

A number of reports are circulating advising George recently became
a Silent Key.

He has clearly left his mark:
In 1993, while attending the IOTA convention in Spain, George
encouraged the creation of what became the Russian Robinson Club,
a group of adventurous amateurs who would come to operate out of
particularly challenging locales in the polar regions. He later
became QSL manager for many of the Russian expeditions in both
Antarctic and the Arctic

He had also served as the president of the UDXC and vice president of
the Robinson club. One of his DXpeditions was EM2YU, in which he
activated the Chernobyl exclusion zone in 2006 with Boris UT7UT.

Licenced in 1966, he was an active ham whose contesting activity had
won him many awards and plaques. He was also a published author and
had been a correspondent for a number of amateur radio magazines,
including Radio and RadioMir, both in Moscow and RadioHobby, in Kyiv.

George was 75.


W 1 VCM Receives Grant for the Vintage Radio and Communications
Museum from the ARDC

W1VCM is the amateur radio club station of the Museum in Connecticut.

The museum is run by volunteers and it opened in 1990. It is
dedicated to the preservation of old-time communications equipment
and to educating the public about communication systems of the past.

Vintage Radio and Communications Museum Director John Ellsworth
emphasized the importance of the amateur radio club as part of the
story of communications, stating, "During our tours, we discuss the
history and development of radio and television. Having a working
radio station available reinforces many of the topics discussed."

Later in todays WIA National News we'll 'rewind' to another
Museum and that one features a Spark Gap Transmitter amongst its

Youth on the Air Camp 2023 is a camp for young amateur radio operators
in North, Central and South America.

The youth will operate the special event station VE 3 YOTA while camp
is in session with a special focus on satellite operations occurring
Wednesday, July 19. Additionally, an ARISS contact with the
International Space Station is scheduled to take place on Tuesday,
July 18.

The ad hoc group Shortwave Modernization Coalition has petitioned
the Federal Communications Commission in the USA to allow data
communications on multiple bands within the HF 2 25 MHz range with
up to 20 KW, including in bands immediately adjacent to spectrum
allocated to the Amateur Radio Service.

This group appears to represent high-speed stock trading interests.

The FCC has asked for comments by July 31, and reply comments by August 15.

While the petitioners exclude the amateur bands, high power operations
on immediately adjacent bands are proposed hence the ARRL is
reviewing the petition.


Well maybe not WEIRD but WONDERUL they are and the tech behind them
has been reversed engineered in a recent Hackaday release.

We are talking about LED wristbands.

LED wristbands are becoming more of a common feature of large arena
concerts and events, with a variety of capabilities and technical
implementations. If you havent yet worn one ask your kids or grandkids, Im sure they'll have at least one stashed away as a souvenir

LED wristbands are in fact wearable light shows..yes..on your wrist.
Some events use them to flash in time with the music on stage, some can highlight a section of the audience. Much light when we used to
go to the Royal Shows and the ring announcer would get the crowd to sing out the next colour the sky rockets would be.

Some large outdoor (and indoor) events use pan-tilt IR emitters
mounted on lighting towers, the operators can sweep across the
audience controlling colour and light levels or activating pre-programmed sequences.

Individual control is also available to signify winners of give aways at event.

The three main control technologies are Infrared light, RF radios, and
Bluetooth. The IR-controlled ones are the simplest, and Hackaday have
covered a teardown, a reverse engineering effort and reflash of the Pixmob IR armbands.







JULY 15 - Trans Tasman Low Band Contest on NOW.
Low Band activity between VK and ZL
160 80 and 40M


JULY 15-16 UTC

Also taking place this weekend is CQ Magazines World Wide VHF
Contest. It's running from 18:00 UTC on July 15th until 21:00 UTC on
July 16th.

The contest promotes VHF activity on the six and two-meter bands
with participation from around the world.

The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to
contact as many amateurs as possible in the contest period, to
promote VHF and for interested amateurs to collect VHF Maidenhead
grid locators for award credits.

All amateur radio frequencies on 50 MHz and 144 MHz may be used as
authorized by local law and license class.



JULY 22 The second leg of the 2023 Youth on the Air Contest
is on the air from 10:00 to 21:59 UTC on Saturday 22
July with CW and phone activity on 80, 40, 20, 15 and
10 metres.

The exchange for a Single operator is a RS or RST
report and your age 1 January 2023. (sarl)


The next RSGB IOTA Contest is 29-30 July 2023 (iota website)


AUGUST 12 - 13 Remembrance Day Contest

This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died
during World War II and is designed to encourage
friendly participation and help improve the
operating skills of participants. It is held on the
weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on
which hostilities ceased with Japan in the
southwest Pacific area.

A perpetual trophy is awarded annually to the
Australian state or territory with the best
The name of the winning State or Territory is
inscribed on the trophy, and that State or Territory
then holds the trophy for 12 months. The winning
State or Territory is also given a certificate, as
are leading entrants.



August 26 - 27 A.L.A.R.A. CONTEST

Contest is always on the last FULL weekend of August.

All licensed operators throughout the world are invited to
participate. Scout and Girl Guide groups are encouraged to
participate using their Club's equipment and callsign.

YLs work everyone; OMs work YLs only.

Combined phone and CW run over 24 hours:
Saturday 0600 hours UTC till Sunday 0559 hours UTC
All HF Bands except 160m & WARC Bands.
ECHOLINK will also be accepted.

(alara web site)


OCTOBER - Oceania DX (OCDX) Contest

Contest Dates/Times:

PH - The first full weekend in October each year 0600 UTC
Saturday to 0600 UTC Sunday

CW - Second full weekend in October from 0600 UTC Saturday to
0600 UTC Sunday

Log deadline for PH and CW logs - 31 October.

Managed by the Oceania DX Contest Committee.



4 W 6RU from near Dili until July 20.
QSL via R7AL using Club Log's OQRS, or, LoTW.



Special event station CR 6 J will be QRV in observance of the
41st International Faro Moto (motorcycle) Gathering in Faro
from July 17 to 23.

Activity will be on 80 through 6 meters on SSB, CW and Digital.

QSL via CT 1 EHX.



E 6 AM from October 10 to 23.
CW, SSB, FT8 and maybe some RTTY on 160 to 6 meters.
QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, or via LZ1GC, direct or bureau.




BM 0 QSO until December 31, using mostly digital modes.
QSL via BM 2 JCC.




SUNSPOT COUNTS HIT A 21-YEAR HIGH: The sun is partying like it's 2002. That's the last time sunspot counts were as high as they are now. The monthly average sunspot number for June 2023 was 163, according to the Royal Observatory of Belgium's Solar Influences Data Analysis Centre.

Solar Cycle 25 wasn't expected to be this strong. When it began in Dec. 2019, forecasters believed it would be a weak cycle akin to its immediate predecessor Solar Cycle 24.

Instead, 25 has shot past 24 and may be on pace to rival some of the stronger cycles of the 20th century. The last time sunspot numbers were this high, the sun was on the verge of launching the Great Halloween Storms of 2003, which included the strongest X-ray solar flare ever recorded (X45), and a CME so powerful it was ultimately detected by the Voyager spacecraft at the edge of the solar system.




September 1st & 2nd deemed to be the first World HEMA day

HEMA is a summit awards scheme which started in the UK but has
spread across Europe and into Australia.

It is a scheme more for the hillwalker than the mountaineer.
Leisurely exercise, fresh air and good radio contacts make up the
typical HEMA activation.

Dare I point out SO leisurely that this World HEMA Day actually takes
TWO DAYS to complete! What? Why does it start on Friday, when many
are still working? Well actually it IS one day but only if you live
in New Zealand, I'm not going to try and work this out but this
story, sent in by Ron VK3AFW does point us to the HEMA website.

So for the leisurely 'walkers' amongst us just remember -
September 1st & 2nd will be the first World HEMA day

Now if even a little hill or hummock has you stumped never fear POTA
is here, as is Marty VK4KC.

Parks on the Air update!

The Parks on the air admin team in Australia and New Zealand have
been hard at work adding parks into the POTA database. New Zealand
now has over 600 parks and Australia over 7000.

The focus for Australia has been on adding state forests. Many state
forests have good vehicle access, camping facilities and are dog

To find parks near you go to the web site and click on the

All licensed hams are welcome to participate in the POTA program as
activators and/or as hunters.

To see the program in action visit Peter VK3YE's YouTube channel and
view his most recent videos on activating POTA parks.

This is Marty VK4KC saying POTA on!

The camp for young amateur radio operators in Region 2 is upon us as
Jason has reported in todays News from your WIA and it includes a
Parks on the Air activation.

Neil Rapp the Camp Director says 15 QRP stations will activate a
two-for-one POTA location, Central Experimental Farm National
Historic Site (VE-5095) and Rideau Canal National Historic Site
(VE-4882) on 40m, 20m, 15m, and 10m.

Weather permitting, the activation will be on the air on Tuesday,
July 18 from 1900Z to 2100Z and Thursday, July 20 from 1300Z to 1600Z

AMSAT-VK Secretary -

Ham radio operators are picking up a strong signal from space.
It's NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft returning home after 17 years.

"I'm having fun with STEREO-A," reports Scott VE 7 TIL of
British Columbia. "The spacecraft is coming close to Earth this
northern summer, and I can now receive its signal using a small
26-inch dish in my backyard." says STEREO-A left Earth in 2006, launched from
Cape Canaveral with its sister ship STEREO-B. Both spacecraft were
on a mission to the far side of the sun. Over the years, they would
circle behind the sun, beaming images back to Earth so
scientists could make 3D models of solar activity.

In 2014, STEREO-B failed and was not heard from again.

STEREO-A kept going, and now it is on its way back.

Ham radio operators are picking up signals from STEREO-A at
8443.58 MHz

Ariane 5 Rockets into Retirement:

Europes workhorse rocket has completed its final mission, launching
two satellites into orbit before retiring after an illustrious
27-year career. The Ariane 5, known for its power and reliability,
took off from Europes Spaceport in French Guiana on July 5, marking
its 117th and last orbital lift-off.



Be listening for a six-member team of activators using the callsign
RI 1 OR (R Eye One Oh R) from Bolshoy Solovetsky Island, IOTA number
EU-066, from the 25th to the 29th of July. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 160-10 metres. Send QSLs via RZ3EC.


Schouwen-Duiveland (EU-146) in the RSGB IOTA Contest. This will be a
multi-two effort. QSL via PA3EYC.


During the RSGB IOTA Contest, Jeff, W7BRS plans to operate from the NN7SS station located on Vashon Island (NA-065). This will be a
single op, hi-power effort. QSL via K6UFO.


8 Q 7 HU on air until Tuesday July 11-18 on 40 - 6m.
QSL via EB 7 DX.

(dx world)


A reminder now that International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is
coming up soon, the event is usually held on the third weekend of
August which in 2023 is 19 and 20 August.

It is one of the most popular amateur radio events in the calendar,
and in past years there have been more than 500 entries from over
40 different countries.

To date WIA news has not received details of any activations planned
for VK - ZL

More details about the event and a registration form can be found at

(details sourced to rsgb news)


Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator
for JOTA.
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National
JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator.

Jota always 3rd weekend in October so 2023 = October 20 - 22

Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing

Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160

World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160

World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160

Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227

Calling Frequencies for PSK31

For this report we are off to Ceylon, thanks to ARNewsLine.

An introductory lecture on Amateur Radio was held at S. Thomas'
Preparatory School, organized jointly by The Scouts of the school
and the Radio Society of Sri Lanka. Many Old Timers tuned today
will have known Sri Lanka by the name Ceylon.

The lecture, delivered by RSSL secretary Victor, 4 S 7 VK and
Bharat 4 S 6 ABC, provided the young scouts with valuable insights
into our amateur radio world and its various aspects. The scouts were
then given hands-on training on operating an amateur radio station,
guided by experienced Hams from the RSSL, focusing on operating
procedures and etiquette.

The session concluded with a demonstration of Slow Scan Television
and its practical applications, including the transmission of
weather data through WEFAX.

The event showcased the potential of amateur radio to support the
scouts' mission, fostering a desire to participate in future events
such as the Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA.

The Radio Society of Sri Lanka hopes that this event will inspire
more young voices to engage in amateur radio activities in the


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

A radio wireless system, co-ordinated under the Revenue department
in Thrissur has been used to effectively coordinate relief and
rescue work during floods and natural calamities.

The system emerged as both a multiplier and a fallback for the
disaster management force when power outages and remoteness render
other communication systems defunct.

The network of some 35 amateur radio operators can be integrated
into the system in case of emergency.

Their service was used recently for official communication during the
Thrissur Pooram when all the mobile services got jammed as thousands
of people gathered in the city.

The Thrissur Pooram is the annual Hindu temple festival held in
Thrissur, Kerala, India. It is held at the Temple when the moon
rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam
and is the largest and most famous of all poorams in India.

(eHam - Wiki)



Its off to Ireland for a look back into our past.

A Galway museum capturing the technological advancements of the 20th and 21st centuries is to be opened to the public for the first time and its hoped it could become one of the citys leading tourist attractions, so if you are planning a trip to the Emerald Isle, listen up.

The Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland, based at the University of Galways Data Science Institute in Dangan, was founded in 2009 and has served as an important learning resource for schools and colleges over the past 13 years.

But according to the museums curator and co-founder, Brendan Smith, opening the doors to the wider public offers a unique opportunity to learn about the development of digital technologies and electrical communications in what is the only facility of its kind in Ireland.

While we have rare and noteworthy historical artefacts secured in display cabinets for viewing only, our approach has always been to encourage, where possible, visitor interaction with our exhibits as we see ourselves as a living museum with a hands-on approach, said Mr Smith, adding that this would be a major draw for visitors to the city.

There is a wonderful operational Morse Code-based spark wireless telegraphy transmitter exhibit put together by museum board member Frank McCurry that recreates a Marconi radio system from the 1890s.

The museum Not 'only' but 'also' boasts a wide variety of games consoles and computers, taking visitors on a journey from the popular 20th century games such as Pacman, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, early Fifa and Star Trek, right up to the early 21st century developments including a suite of original Microsoft Xbox consoles which were the first to allow multiple users play games online.

My time is up - For WIA National News and REWIND - this is VK4FJRK
John Knox.


2023 Social Scene

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VK6 - Northern Corridor Radio Group HamFest 20th August.

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, coordinator of ALARAmeet Hobart which will
be held 3-6 November 2023

Registrations close on 26 July, so that we know who is coming
and we can finalise our bookings. The registration form is on
the ALARA website ALARA

Looking forward to meeting old friends and seeing for the first
time those I have only spoken to on the air.

Make sure you register by 26 July.

Linda VK7QP

VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest at Eastbourne Primary School Sunday,
November 12 (vk3pdg)

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


2024 IT'S A DATE

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VK - WIA AGM MAY 4 5 - BUNDABERG. (vk2tsg)

VK - National Volunteer Week Monday 20 Sunday 26 May 2024.
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australias largest annual
celebration of volunteers and their important contribution to
our communities.

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