2023 AUGUST 6 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUG 06 2023
IN OUR 28th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA AR MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF JOINS US
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NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
I'M EDITOR GRAHAM VK4BB
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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.
A second - and very brief - activation of the remote granite islet
known as Rockall was called off after hazardous conditions in the
North Atlantic had forced a team of 3 to return to the mainland.
They had to turn back after making several passes of Rockall.
The trio was traveling to recover radio equipment left there during
the June activation of MM UKI.
Describing the team's failed attempt to return, one would be rescuer
wrote on the Rockall DXpeditions Facebook page:
"Nature has said NO. We reached Rockall without difficulty, but
the waves were extremely high. That's the way of life."
Don't be discouraged: The team plans another recovery attempt.
IARU Monitoring service in Region One has reported on interference
from illegal stations particularly here in Region 3.
Every Tuesday monitors could hear the splatter from 21455 kHz
to 21450 kHz from 1000 to 1100 UTC caused by the broadcasting
station Radio Free Asia transmitting from Tinian Island on
21455 kHz, But, it was disturbed by a Chinese 20 kHz wide jammer.
Village-radio SSB communications from Region 3 were heard on
40, 14 and 15 m as well as pirates on 15 m and CBers on the 10m band.
Also, the annoying Spanish fishers always the same for years - were
heard transmitting on 21000 kHz USB as usual, very often.
On the 10 m band, also received were illegal fishing buoys
transmitting a CW 2 or 3 letter code to help the fishers
radio locating their nets, and others using short FSK sending their
ID and position encrypted.
Now for new comers, IARU is the worldwide federation of national
amateur radio organizations. The IARU membership consists of more
than 160 member-societies in as many countries and separate
territories. WIA is your only Australian member-organization.
The Enforcement Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is continuing its active efforts (as I reported last week) to curb pirate radio operations across the country, issuing Notices to three separate operators.
Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture were issued to two pirate radio operators, one in Burney, CA and the other in Rockford, IL. In the first instance, the operator was found to have wilfully and repeatedly interfered with radio communications of the Western Amateur Radio Friendship Association (WARFA) during the Associations regularly scheduled on-air meetings.
In the second case, the operator made multiple one-way radio transmissions for an extended period of time, including recorded comedy routines, air raid siren sounds, and digital noises. One transmission observed by an Enforcement Bureau field agent continued for over 30 minutes, during which time other users were blocked from accessing the channel.
The FCC proposed financial penalties of $24,000 and $25,000 respectively in these cases.
In a separate action, the FCC issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to a Utica, NY operator who reportedly made unauthorized transmissions on frequencies used for police dispatch communications in Herkimer County, NY. The operator was given 10 days to cease the illegal interference and to notify the FCC of the specific steps they have taken to avoid operating on unlicensed frequencies in the future.
The ARRL board has voted to increase membership dues starting January 1st. 2024.
In addition, members will be required to pay $25 USD on top of the membership dues in order to continue receiving printed copies of ARRL magazines such as QST and On the Air.
Membership plus QST delivered first class mail in the USA would equate
to $132 USD per annum as an example that's close to $194 AU
ARRL President Rick Roderick called the dues increase "a necessary part of ensuring ARRL is supported so we can continue to promote and fight hard for our Amateur Radio Service..."
The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (an autonomous
institution under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of
India) is currently accepting applications for the 43rd Indian
Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.
In the previous expedition (42-ISEA), Sarabjeet Singh Chhabra, an
Amateur Radio Operator with the call sign VU2CUW, was chosen as the
For the upcoming expedition (43rd ISEA), three amateurs will be
included in the team.
The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) has announced the return of
JARL Ham Fair for 2023, this being the 45th event and expects to
attract 30,000 visitors.
The ham fair will take place August 19th and 20th.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
AUGUST 12 - 13 Remembrance Day Contest only weeks away, BUT, here
now is WIA RD Contest Manager VK4SN Alan
The Remembrance Day contest, is where we remember those 26 VK
amateurs who paid the supreme sacrifice during WW2, 39-45.
Contest starts from 0300z Saturday the 12th of August till
0300z on Sunday the 13th.
Categories are SO, SO QRP, M1 and MM using Phone, CW/RTTY,
or mixed mode.
Contacts can be re-worked after 3 hours have elapsed. There are no
blocks in the RD, just 3 hours between the same contact.
If you're in to win, then staying up for triple points between
1am and 6am local time is the go. VKCL logger and N1MM logger are
the preferred logging software. Make sure you're running the latest
version, V4.15 for VKCL Logger.
Please submit Team nominations via email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your 3 operator callsigns and address. A Team consists
of any three stations using a single transmitter. That is a single
operator or a multi operator single radio station. Just submit the
log as normal and your submitted teams scores are added together by
the manager to produce the team results.
Remember to send your log in within two weeks after the contest ends.
Many thanks and good luck
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
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.
NOVEMBER VHF-UHF Field Day.
0100 UTC Saturday to 0059 UTC Sunday BUT to make it a
little fairer in VK6, they add 3 hours onto start and
Good morning all VHF / UHF / microwave contesters.
This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, erstwhile manager of the VHF / UHF /
Now that the 2023 Winter event is done and yet to be dusted,
so to speak, Im here to draw your attention to the fact that I have
completed compilation of the results of the logs submitted for the
2022 Summer event and posted them on the website.
One of these fine days I will catch up with you all.
Something that sustains me in this exercise is the sight of logs
coming from more geographically scattered areas and by that I mean
VK6s and VK7s, who were rare participants when I took on this work.
Im also sustained by seeing logs from the stalwarts who maintained
interest and activity throughout the years. And another thing an
encouraging number of contestants entering logs that include the
bands up to 120 Gigs. Great to see!
Also, I particularly note that small band of Foundation and Standard
licensees having a crack on the bands above 50 Megs. And, along with
this, Ive become aware of those few contesters that have taken
that next step on the licensing ladder and continue their
participation in these contest events.
Keep it up, people!
This has been Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.
DX WINDOW AUGUST
VI 10 VKFF running all year celebrates the 10 year anniversary
of the VKFF group.
Special Event Station VI 100 MB all year celebrates the centenary of
the Manly-Warringah Radio Society
QRV is BY2/K6FA until the middle of August.
HF bands using mainly CW.
QSL via LoTW.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA.
Wouter, is on air to August 16 as HL4/PB1WL.
QSL to Wouters Home Call PB 1 WL.
Michel, F5LRL is operating from near Kenitra as CN2DX until
August 16, from 40 to 6 meter using CW and SSB mainly in his
morning and evening.
QSL CN2DX via home call which again is F 5 LRL
Mek SP7VC and Kasia SQ7OYL will be operating as TF/SP7VC
during July 27 and August 17. They are travelling by motorhome
so are able to take all their needed amateur radio equipment.
Theyre planning to be active on 14 MHz bands
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.
A DXCC ACHIEVEMENT OF TWO LIFETIMES
Our final look through the DX window today is a story, a story
that isn't just about the DX achievement of a lifetime; it's about a personal tribute. Patrick Clark K8TAC brings us that story now.
PATRICK: For some, a contact with Bouvet Island - considered the most remote island on earth - is like winning the lottery but for Bob Wertz, NF7E, it means so much more in the amateur radio lexicon. The QSO he logged earlier this year with the 3YJ DXpedition ended his 47-year journey to log all 340 independent DXCC entities. The ARRL requires contact with only 331 such entities for any ham to be included on its DXCC honour roll. Clearly, Bob had his sights set on a higher mountain - his personal challenge begun nearly a half-century ago.
Speaking of mountains, the impressive log he amassed toward that end includes another remote contact - Mount Athos in Greece - where the operator was Monk Apollo. Their QSO, using CW, took place in 2016. Monk Apollo, who is now a Silent Key, was viewed by DXers as one of the most sought-after contacts. Bob at one point thought it might end up being the most difficult contact since he became a ham in 1976.
Bouvet, however, filled that role nicely. It also allowed him to fulfil a very personal - and perhaps most meaningful - goal. In an interview with Flagstaff Business News, he said he considers his completion of the challenge to be a tribute to his father, who held the callsign KA9ACS, and is now a Silent Key.
This is Patrick Clark K8TAC.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM,
PARKS ON THE AIR and other ADVENTURE GROUPS.
Summits on the Air (SOTA) in North America has three events scheduled
this weekend between August 4 - 7.
The Colorado 14er annual event will run from August 4 - 7,
the SoCal SOTAFest in Southern California will run from August 4 - 6,
and the Pacific Northwest Not-Quite-Fourteener event will run from August 5 - 6, and includes climbers in Washington and Oregon.
SOTA is the world-wide award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages
portable operation in mountainous areas. It provides opportunities for summit climbers (known as activators) to scale some of the highest peaks and contact amateur radio stations locally and around the world.
Many different frequencies and modes will be used during the August events, but interestingly in the USA there is a North America Adventure Frequency for SOTA (146.58 MHz).
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ASTRONOMY
QRM PLAYING HAVOC WITH ASTRONOMY
Large satellite constellations that provide detailed Earth imagery as well as broadband internet access to some regions have been shown to emit unintended electromagnetic radiation that may prove a challenge to radio astronomers' research. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany report that interfering signals appear to come from the electronics on board a number of SpaceX satellites. Writing in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, the researchers said they made the discovery using the facility's Low Frequency Array telescope. They drew their conclusions after observing 68 of the satellites in low earth orbit.
The report's lead author, Federico Di Vruno, said [quote] "This study represents the latest effort to better understand satellite constellations' impact on radio astronomy." [endquote] The scientist said that the most recent observations confirm there is a measurable existence of the radiation.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
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A new amateur TV display has just been installed at the RSGB
National Radio Centre, with signals received via the wide-band
segment of the geostationary satellite QO-100.
Any trip to 'the Motherland' demands a visit to the NRC and this new
display and demonstration of amateur TV as a permanent display
helps highlight yet another exciting aspect of our technical hobby.
A special configuration, developed in conjunction with the British
Amateur Television Club, incorporates a touch screen from which
visitors can select a signal to be tuned, decoded and displayed on
the large monitor.
Student journalist makes video of GB23C SSES
Colin Butler Writing in ICQPodcast tells how back in May 2023,
student journalist, Alina, visited the UK special event station,
GB23C, run by Cray Valley Radio Society as part of the RSGBs
The video she has released includes interviews with members of CVRS
talking about their equipment, making contacts across the world, and
other historical events the club has been involved in.
You can view this on YouTube
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FAITH.
CHURCHES AND CHAPPELS ON THE AIR.
HERE IS BRUCE VK3FFF
This year CHOTA is on Saturday, September 9.
With the dramatic rise in Parks On The Air, participation, getting
churches on the air in a similar non-contest style would be
Contact John G3XYF email@example.com to register and learn the
full story of CHURCHES AND CHAPPELS ON THE AIR.
John only asks for activators to merely drop him a line with the
call sign being used and the location of the church or chapel
(or other religious institution) being activated. John will be using
the call GB0LOW from his local church in the East Riding of
There is an award available for working any CHOTA stations on the
Saturday of the event . Lets hope the conditions are good!
Those claiming the award must contact 8 or more CHOTA stations.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Indias second attempt to land on the Moon, Chandrayaan-3, launched
The mission is a replacement for Chandrayaan-2, which crashed while
descending to the lunar surface in September 2019. Chandrayaan-3 is
scheduled for an August 23 or August 24 arrival.
The lander and rover are scheduled to operate for one lunar day,
which is about 14 Earth days.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - IOTA
Last weekend saw the running of the RSGB IOTA CONTEST and lots of
new to the IOTA scheme have been asking questions of exactly what it
is. A list of Island reference numbers and a guide for new comers
is available at the links we like in this weeks, August Six, WIA
national news script on wia.org.au
The list of IOTA References can be found on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - MARITIME
INCLUDING ILLW NEWS
A reminder now that International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is
the third weekend of August which in 2023 is 19 and 20 August.
To ensure they are prepared for emergencies and extreme weather, many
of we hams are accustomed to sharpening our responses through
regularly scheduled drills. But the drill that's taking place next month in Mobile, Alabama is for a major event that actually happened more than 70 years ago: It was World War II. Jack Parker W8ISH fills in the details.
JACK: There will be a "Call to Battle Stations" sounded on Saturday, August 12th, and those aboard the battleship USS Alabama and submarine USS Drum will be ready for what is to follow in Battleship Memorial Park. Vintage enemy aircraft will do a flyover in a mock attack. The crew on board the ships will fire the vessels' 20mm guns. Meanwhile, radio communications will go forward with members of the Deep South Amateur Radio Club, also on board, calling QRZ on 20m and 40m. They will be using the club callsign K4DSR and the callsign K5LDA.
Unlike the radio amateurs, the crewmen are all re-enactors. Dressed in WWII-era Navy uniforms, they will conduct weapons briefings and demonstrations while reliving some of the stories of that time. This is a Living History Crew Drill designed to show the public just how things were in the heat of war so many years ago.
What the members of the Living History Crew share with the hams is that they are all volunteers. They show that they appreciate the spirit of volunteerism and education by conducting these drills, to bring history to life again, a few times each year.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is
the first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia's August bulletin to go to air.
This month as well as the latest Club news Ill be talking about
Oboe, a British WW2 bomb aiming system which was the forerunner of
DME or Distance Measuring Equipment
This will be followed by Bill, VK3BR who talks about a book review
on The Tatura Secret Radio.
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-Members alike, is most welcome to
listen to the program and join in the call backs afterwards.
Full details of all transmissions times and modes can be found on
the RAOTC website at raotc.org.au
or just Google RAOTC broadcasts.
If none of the transmission times suit you, you can download the
audio file at any time from today from the club website.
Members and Friends of the RAOTC in Perth are reminded that the next
lunchtime meeting at the Woodbridge Hotel, East Guildford, will be
held tomorrow Tuesday August 8th. All are welcome, further details
are published on the clubs website.
Once again, tune in tomorrow for the August RAOTC bulletin, enjoy the
program and please join in the call backs afterwards.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS - YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
Nineteen-year-old Kees Van Oosbree, W0AAE of Minnesota, has been
selected as the 2023 Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, Memorial Amateur Radio
NewsLine Young Ham of the Year.
Kees was honoured for his leadership in helping other young amateurs
through Youth on the Air and the Remote Ham Radio Youth Network.
A visit to a museum with an amateur radio station at age 12 sparked
his interest in becoming a ham. Studying on his own, he quickly
earned his Technician and General Class licenses, then joined the
Minnesota Wireless Association and developed his interest in
HF was my life, Kees said. Contesting is pretty much my main thing
in amateur radio although I do branch out and do other things.
Among those "other things" is YOTA-Americas, in which he has taken on
a variety of leadership roles including the training of youth
operators, serving as QSL manager for W 8 Y contacts made with YOTA
campers and sharing his interest in remote operating.
A 2023 graduate, and class valedictorian, of Heritage Christian
Academy in his hometown, Kees will be attending Iowa State University
where he plans to study aerospace engineering.
The YHOTY award will be presented to Kees during a ceremony at the
Huntsville HamFest in Alabama on August 19. Amateur Radio NewsLine,
CQ magazine, and Yaesu USA are primary sponsors of the award, along
with Heil Sound, Ltd. and Radiowavz Antenna Company.
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
The next WICEN NSW monthly meetup is today 6 August, with another
communications exercise being planned.
To participate in any WICEN event, or just find out more about
WICEN NSW, you can email email@example.com
WICEN nets are on every Sunday evening, using FM voice, DMR, or
HF voice, depending on the week. All WICEN members and other Amateurs
are welcome to join in.
WICEN NSW is a support squad of VRA Rescue NSW, specialising in
tactical radio communications. In between activations, WICEN supports
local community events: these provide practical training for members,
and help raise the public profile of Amateur Radio.
To find out more, check out the WICEN NSW web site
2023 Social Scene
VK6 - Northern Corridor Radio Group HamFest 20th August.
VK4 - Redcliffe Club CarBoot Sale Saturday 26th August at club house
Kippa Ring (vk4tfn)
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
VK2 - SARCFEST 8am Saturday 23 September (vk2acd)
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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