2023 OCTOBER 29 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCT 29 2023
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A notice will be published in the November / December edition of the Institute's magazine "Amateur Radio" calling for nominations from members for election to join the Board of Directors of the WIA.
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ALARAmeet 2023 only ONE week away!
Indriz VK7ZIR joins us
We will soon be welcoming many ALARA members and their partners into
VK7 for the national meeting of ALARA that occurs every three years.
The last time it was in VK7 was in 2008 in Ulverstone.
It is centred on the Woolstore Motel in downtown Hobart and starts
Friday the 3rd of November with some optional activities including
a pre-conference cruise to Peppermint Bay for lunch and opportunity
to attend the Tasmanian Symphony concert in the evening.
On Saturday the 4th of November there is a welcome and trip to
Salamanca Market. In the afternoon there is an afternoon of sharing
and meeting for the Ladies and the OMs head off on a Mystery History
Radio tour. There is a dinner with a wonderful guest speaker on the
On Sunday the 5th of November there is a visit to the Female Factory
in the morning then a visit to REAST, along with an EchoLink net,
fox (or native animal) hunt, operating the club station with the
special event callsign and BBQ. In the afternoon there is a visit to
historic Richmond, finishing with a Dinner and another great guest
speaker and awards.
There are also a range of optional post conference tours on the
A huge weekend of activities for ALARA participants.
Linda VK7QP from ALARA will join us a little 'further down the log'
in todays National News from your WIA
Earth was hit by the largest-ever detected solar storm 14,300 years
ago, ancient tree rings reveal.
If a storm of a similar magnitude hit our planet today, it could
have potentially catastrophic effects on our modern technological
This powerful solar storm was identified by an international team of
scientists studying ancient tree rings preserved in the eroded banks
of the Drouzet River, near Gap, in the Southern French Alps.
Extreme solar storms known as Miyake Events are very rare. As
far as we know, only nine have occurred in the last 15,000 years.
The most recent confirmed Miyake Events occurred in 993 AD and
774 AD, but this newly identified 14,300-year-old storm is the
largest-ever recorded approximately twice as powerful as these
two and 10 times more powerful than the famous Carrington Event
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE, eHam,
Radioworld.com Hackaday and the World Wide sources of the WIA.
The RSGB 2023 Convention brought together hundreds in person and as
well as many more across the world who watched the livestream.
RSGB General Manager and Convention Chair, Steve Thomas, M1ACB said:
We saw presentations about taking amateur radio into schools, young radio amateurs travelling to YOTA camp, as well as the usual mix of fascinating technical talks about many aspects of amateur radio today.
The Society will share a small number of Convention presentations on YouTube over the coming weeks and will provide many more for members to view as part of the benefit of RSGB membership.
In addition, you will be able to watch a series of special interviews that were recorded over the weekend. The interview with the RSGB and IRTS Presidents has been released and you can see it on the RSGB YouTube channel and also on the RSGB Convention web page
Over the years weve reported on the passing of a few broadcasting
technologies of yesteryear, such as analogue TV in Australia, or
AM radio in Europe. Now its the turn of an early digital contender,
as one of the few remaining holdouts of old-style teletext is to
shut down its service.
The Irish broadcaster RT is to turn off its teletext service
which has been live in some form continuously since 1986.
In an internet-connected world it seems quaint that a limited set of
curated pages could once have been such a big deal, but its easy to
forget that for many the teletext system provided their first ever
taste of online information.
As it shuffles away almost unnoticed we wont miss counting through
the page numbers cycling by in the top corner as we waited for our
page to load, but its worth marking its final passing from one of
the few places it could still be found, Ireland.
The AMSAT Board of Directors met Oct. 19 in Dallas, Texas in
advance of their annual meeting and Symposium.
Since Board members whose terms were expiring were all re-elected,
the Board was as previously constituted. Frank Karnauskas was
welcomed as the new Alternate Board member.
All officers were re-appointed by acclamation:
President Robert Bankston gave his President's Report. His focus
was on improving transparency and accountability between AMSAT
leadership and membership. This would include better reporting of
finances, better standards for publishing accomplishments,
more attention to Member Services for member satisfaction,
and redesign of the AMSAT website.
AI-Based Weather Service to cover USA.
The use of AI-based content tools in radio broadcasting applications
continues to proliferate. Westwood One and cloud-based technology
supplier Super Hi-Fi announced an agreement under which Westwood One
will market Super Hi-Fis recently introduced AI-generated
Super Hi-Fi describes Weathercaster as the only AI-powered audio
based weather report service for radio. Its content creation and
audio production are automated.
Weathercaster saves radio companies significant time and money,
and allows for incredibly high-quality localized weather reports
to be included with every linear radio broadcast, the company says.
Westwood Ones syndicated content is heard on 9,400 affiliated
broadcast radio stations as well as streaming and digital platforms.
WEIRD AND WONDERFULL
Strange anomaly in sun's solar cycle discovered in centuries-old
texts from Korea.
Aurora records in royal chronicles from Korea show that during the
'Maunder Minimum' between 1645 and 1715, the sun's solar cycles
became several years shorter than they are today.
This new study, published October 3 in the journal AGU Advances,
researchers analysed historic auroral records from Korea and found
that solar cycles during the Maunder Minimum were only eight years
long on average three years shorter than modern 11 year cycles.
These aurora records were part of three separate books, chronicles,
written on behalf of Korean Kings that contained detailed daily
reports of royal business, state affairs, weather AND astronomical
phenomena that occurred within the Korean peninsula for close on a
thousand years, between 918 and 1910
(eHam - livescience.com)
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
75th CQ World Wide DX Contest's SSB leg is THIS WEEKEND
October 28-29 with the CW test November 25-26.
Both legs run 0000 UTC Saturday; Ending 2359 UTC Sunday
Using SSB on the 160 to 10m bands, where contests are permitted,
the exchange is signal report and your CQ Zone.
NOVEMBER VHF-UHF Spring Field Day.
25 - 26 November.
0100 UTC Saturday to 0059 UTC Sunday BUT to make it a
little fairer in VK6, they add 3 hours onto start and
AUSTRALIA DAY CONTEST
This contest is to encourage Amateur Radio promotional Activity
around the world and is designed to encourage friendly participation
and help improve the operating skills of participants.
It is held on the Australia Day Public Holiday, 26th of January.
Amateurs here in in VK will endeavour to contact other amateurs
around the world. Some VK operators will be using the AX prefix to
celebrate Australia day, as its wanted by many amateurs.
Scoring is distance based and calculated using 4-character grid
Members of the Russian DXpedition Team will be QRV as A25RU from October 26 to November 13. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and mostly FT8 with up to nine stations active. QSL via LoTW.
Active is the special callsign TM 12 5ED between the 4th of November
through to the 31st of December marking the 125th anniversary of a
public demonstration by radio pioneer Eugene Ducretet, of wireless
communication, between the Eiffel Tower France and the and the
Pantheon in Rome Italy. All CW and SSB QSOs will be confirmed
automatically via the bureau and eQSL.
(sourced to ARNewsLine 2399)
Special event station AT 30 IIH is QRV until December 31 to
celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Indian Institute of Hams,
whose focus is to train and bring young people into our amateur
QSL via bureau.
BM 0 QSO until December 31, using mostly digital modes.
QSL station BM ZERO QSO Mvia BM 2 JCC.
Linda VK7QP joins us as we start this weeks World Wide Special
Interest Group News, and its a lil further re ALARAMEET 2023
Next weekend, 4th and 5th November, we will be welcoming ALARA members to Hobart for ALARAmeet. It will be six years since we last got together so there will be lots of stories to share. Thanks to ICOM for a great raffle prize and REAST for their support for the event. Looking forward to a great weekend.
For those not coming to ALARAmeet, you can still be part of it by checking in to the EchoLink net on Sunday 5 November. It will be on the ALARA conference node at 11.00am Tassie time, or 0000 UTC. Listen out for Shirley, VK5YL, who will be operating VI7ALARA.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM,
PARKS ON THE AIR and other ADVENTURE GROUPS.
ARRL has a new book to help radio amateurs enjoy one of the fastest
growing communities within the hobby, Parks on the Air (POTA).
This Parks on the Air Book gives you a look at the setups and
processes of 14 operators from a variety of skill levels and
backgrounds and offers advice and motivation for taking your radio
out to a park. Setups cover satellite operating, QRP, urban backpack
portable, wire antennas for POTA, and more.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - email@example.com
Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will
conduct a spacewalk tomorrow, Monday October 30, to complete
maintenance activities at the orbital complex. The spacewalk is
scheduled to begin about 8:05 a.m., and last about six-and-a-half
Live coverage of the spacewalk begins at 6:30 a.m. US EDT on
NASA Television, which can also be viewed on YouTube.
NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli, KI5WSL, and Loral OHara, KI5TOM,
will exit the stations Quest airlock to remove an electronics box
called the Radio Frequency Group from a communications antenna on
U.S. spacewalk 89 will be the first for both KI5WSL will wear a
suit with RED stripes and KI5TOM an unmarked suit. A further space
walk is planned this month due to a leakage aboard.
The ISS experienced another coolant leak, this time on a radiator
circuit that is part of the Russian Nauka modulethe crew and station
are safe, and the spacewalk planned later this month will investigate
the root cause.
As always, if there is an EVA, a docking, or an undocking; the ARISS
radios are turned off as part of the safety protocol.
( AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ANS-295 )
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - IOTA
The logs for the IOTA Contest 2023 island stations have now
been added to the IOTA database and are available for QSO matching.
Record-holders who have made IOTA contacts in an IOTA contest after
2003, can claim credit for them without submitting QSLs, provided
that the contact details match.
Go to iota-world.org, select "Add Contest QSOs" under the
"My IOTA" tab, and choose either Upload Contest Log or
Manual QSO Entry.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - MARITIME
INCLUDING ILLW NEWS - ILLW 17th August 2024 to 18th August 2024
Australian lights planned and advised to WIA :-
AU 0102 Point Charles NT - Darwin AR Club
National Maritime Museum of Ireland Special Event Station EI 80 MB.
The National Maritime Museum of Ireland amateur radio club
in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the extraordinary
rescue, December 1943, of 168 German sailors in the stormy waters
of the Bay of Biscay by the 10-man crew of the small Irish coaster
MV KERLOGUE, will activate Special Event Call Sign:-
EI 80 MB between November 2023 and April 2024.
Full details and updates on QRZ.com
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS - YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
Its no secret that the percentage of we young people who listen to
radio has been on the decline for a decade or more. And while
surveys repeatedly show that teens listen to music for at least
two hours a day, they no longer tend to listen on terrestrial radio
unless theyre in the car with their parents.
So in a world ruled by YouTube, iTunes and Spotify, can teens learn
to believe that radio is kind of cool after all?
That was the challenge Jim Timm, president and executive director
of Nebraska Broadcasters Association, decided to take on.
The idea, to partner with local schools to create stations on which
students would choose and announce the songs, record news and sports
features, and be heard by a potential audience all over the country.
The stations would use automation but could go live in certain
circumstances. The state association would lend the gear and
software to a school; after students time with the project ended,
the school would ship the gear to the next participating school.
So many students today are not even aware of broadcasting, we
wanted them to see how much fun doing radio can be. Maybe a few of
them will [decide] to be involved with media, where they werent
before AND they'll discover Radio can be COOL..
The initiative has now became a joint project of two state
(sourced to radioworld.com)
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
On October 8, 2023, more than 140 amateur radio operators from five Midwest states assisted 2,000 volunteer medical personnel at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This is the 15th consecutive year that amateur radio operators have helped coordinate medical responses and arrange for medical resupplies at the Chicago Marathon. About 49,000 runners entered this year's event.
The city-wide marathon uses six main repeater channels and deploys four temporary repeaters. New this year was official use of the
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) after organizers trialled it at their other events, including the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and the Chicago 13.1. APRS radios were deployed to amateur communication teams in Chicago's Grant Park after the race was finished.
A total of 30 radio operators worked in various capacities before and after the race. Also, there were 100 ham radio operators stationed at each of the 20 course medical tents and the medical hub. In Forward Command, 10 amateur radio operators served as net controls, traffic handlers, logging specialists, and expediters.
2023 Social Scene
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VK6 - PerthTech - is happening this weekend
VK - ALARAMeet2023 4/5 November in HOBART (firstname.lastname@example.org)
VK3 - Rosebud RadioFest at Eastbourne Primary School Sunday,
This is Andrew, VK3CAH, from the Southern Peninsula Amateur
Radio Club reminding listeners that the Rosebud RadioFest will
be held once again this year on Sunday, the 12 th of November.
As usual, the event will be held at the Eastbourne Primary
School at Allambi Avenue, Rosebud, with outdoor displays open
from 8 am and the main sales area open from 9.30 am,
continuing through till 1.30 pm.
If you have pre-loved equipment to sell, tables are still
available at $10 and can be booked on-line at
But be quick as only a few tables remain.
Three great Technical forums will also be part of the
Rosebud RadioFest and the event has full catering, plenty of
off street parking, and great door prizes. Entry fee is only
$6 with under 12s free.
See you in Rosebud on the 12 th of November.
73 from Andrew
VK5 - Amateur Radio Experimenters Group Radio & Electronics Sale
November 26 (vk5qi)
2024 IT'S A DATE
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VK3 - BARG HamFest 4th of February next door to BARG clubrooms
at Ballarat Airport 10:00 am.
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
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