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Gidday this Peter, VK4EA, recording this on Mulgumpin, Eastern Moreton Bay, on
behalf of the W I A Board.

This week I received my general assessor acreditation from the A C M A, so it
appears the transition of the exam service from the A M Cto the A C M A is happening
smoothly. The A C M A has given notice of an information session showing off the
new online assessment portal for those that missed the first sessions, next session
is the 19th of February. Also note, all of the exams conducted from the changeover
date will be free.

Some new information re High Power permits, the A C M A have advised that all High
Power permit holders will have to re-apply via the Scientific License pathway, note,
its not a requirement to acquire a Scientific License, rather the application
process follows the same path as the Scientific License. We understand a high power
permit holder has already gone through the process and has been successful in
renewing their high power permit.

And finally I understand Lee Moyle, our illustrious vice president, has visited the
Ballarat Hamfest last weekend and answered a number of questions in relation to the
class license and what the W I A are doing. We invite any organisation holding an
event to invite one of us along for a chat. Im planning on attending the Redcliffe
& Districts Radio Club REDFEST, 6th of April, helping the Brisbane VHF Group deliver
a presentation on microwave equipment and operating but also available for any
queries what what the W I A are doing.

Cheers for now and farewell from Mulgumpin, this has been Peter, VK4EA, on behalf of
the W I A board.

This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.

Dudes! A new year has begun and were back in the saddle . . . again.

But, Ill not foist upon you the strains of Back in the Saddle Again from that ancient RomCom movie, Sleepless in Seattle.

I believe that the first issue for this year is now appearing in saddle bags here and there. Or, it is at least wending its way to post boxes across the country in the saddle bags of Australia Post. Also appearing in newsagents and available online since Thursday last.

On last weeks broadcast, I gave you a few snippets, a little taste (so to speak), of what to expect in this issue. Today, I have pretty much the main course.

Under our Pioneers of the past theme, the leading feature is on Pioneering women in amateur radio, compiled by Jen Wardrop VK3WQ. She reveals the goss on the Callawadda Clan and the matriarch of the Moncurs.

Amid details on the pioneering efforts of leading women of the past, theres some wry amusement with a little vivant verse.

Naturally, Jen covers the foundation of ALARA the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association, to advocate for all women engaged in the amateur service.

I understand that the founding females had the sense to sidestep an early proposal for the name, rejecting Ladies Amateur Service Association . . . lassa . . . too close to the Scottish colloquialism, lassie, apparently. Jen didnt cover that, its something from the Harrison family archives. Removes tongue from cheek.

Justin VK7TW details the life and times of Tasmanian telephony, telegraphy, and wireless pioneer, Frederick Medhurst, whose name is woven into the very fabric of the annals of the WIA Tasmanian Division.

Heres a question how can amateurs market amateur radio to others?

Well, WIA ex-president Phil Wait VK2ASD tackles this thorny question . . . using artificial intelligence, plus a little help from friends. Look for the picture that heads the article showing a happy ham at home in a well-appointed shack. But . . . waaiit a minute! Is that gear for real?

Amusement aside, marketing our hobby presents serious challenges.

Moving on In the why is it so? department, Dr George Galanis VK3EIP, has an intriguing article on why dish antenna patterns have lobes. Dont miss Of lobes and dishes.

Lou VK3AQZ completes more modules for his 80-40 and 20 metre rig for the road.

For contesters, we have a report of last years Remembrance Day contest and some things to note about the Contest Champion rules.

Be sure to catch the nail-biting story on how amateur radio survived W-R-C 23, by Dale VK1DSH and Peter VK2EMR.

At this point, I must address a complaint from a reader.

Last week, Greg Bain VK2OX, wrote to me, complaining as follows quote You and the team still cause me a problem . . . not enough time . . . with an abundance of high quality material to read. Keep up the great work end of quote.

Thanks Greg, I can only promise that there is more pain coming.
Issue 1 of Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 92.
More guts. Less gab.
Proudly produced and printed in Australia.
Im Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.


ACMA makes new amateur radio arrangements. These include changes to
licensing, qualifications, call signs, charges, examination assessors
and overseas visiting amateurs.

On Monday 19 February the following aspects of the new arrangements
will commence:

the Radiocommunications (Amateur Stations) Class Licence 2023 (amateur class licence)Link

revised qualifications framework

new call sign arrangements

ACMA allocating qualification and call sign services

ACMA receiving accredited assessor applications

revised arrangements for overseas visiting amateurs.

Just again, to make sure we are all clear on what these changes from next week mean may I strongly suggest you revisit the WIA News Releases from December last year and the ACMA web page.


ICQPodcast, Hackaday and the World Wide sources
of the WIA.

Heil Sound Donates Equipment to W1AW:

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, has received a generous donation of equipment from the Heil Ham Radio division of Heil Sound.

The company's founder, Bob Heil, K9EID, is a pioneering audio engineer and avid radio amateur. At his direction, the company donated four Heil Pro Set Elite HC-6 headsets, three Heil Pro Set 3 stereo headphones, two Heil FS-3 press-to-talk foot switches, one Heil iCM microphone, one Heil PR 30 microphone, and various adapters. The equipment has been placed into service at the station for use by visiting operators, and for the voice bulletins transmitted each weekday evening by W1AW.

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, says the gear is going to be of great use. "We are fortunate to host many visiting operators each year, but all that use takes a toll on the gear," he said. "The generosity of Heil Ham Radio to help us keep the equipment fresh is greatly appreciated."

UK amateur radio licences are changing, as previously noted by OFCOM
and as a result their amateur radio licence examinations will need to
change to reflect these changes.

The scale of the licence changes will have an impact on both
licensing and operating.

Ofcom is currently reviewing representations and will publish its
final decision, including the final version of the licence, before
February 21.

In parallel with the Ofcom consultation and representation periods,
RSGB have been working on the syllabus and published an early draft
on the RSGB web site. They expect the final version of the syllabus
to be ready a few weeks after Ofcom publishes the final version of
the licence and we have also had time to consider comments from

However the new licence will come into effect before work on the
syllabus and examination question bank is completed. RSGB have,
sought and gained approval from Ofcom to continue to examine to the
current licence conditions for a period of six months following the
publication of the new licence.

Young DXPeditioners Prep for Guyana

A quartet of four young friends - all in their 20s, all seasoned DXpeditioners - can at last fulfil the dream they have shared since before the pandemic shut that dream down: A trip to Guyana to activate as 8R7X.

Whoever believes there arent enough young amateurs in the hobby need only look at this group of active amateurs, which includes some already prominent and involved young hams: Philipp Springer, DK6SP, Jamie Williams MSDV, Sven Lovric, DJ4MX and Tomi Varro HA8RT. Listen for them from the 14th to the 24th of February. They will be operating CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY on the HF bands.

Co-leader Philipp has been a ham since the age of 10 (so half his life already!) and is active in the IARU 1 Youth Working Group and has served on the board of the Worldwide Radio Operators Foundation. He and Tomi HA8RT were on the youth team Y82D at the WRTC 2018 in Germany.

New Indian Documentary is a Collection of Nostalgic Stories of Radio

Librarian Vijay Deodhar's radio has shut shop.

The Pune resident calls one technician after another, disappointed
each time they tell him that they have moved on; they dont repair
radios anymore. Its a fitting way to start My Radio My Life, a film
by Pune-based TimeCap Documentaries, which as its co-founder, and the
film's director-producer Makarand Waikar, says, was launched during
the pandemic to document "traditions and habits that are going to
vanish soon".

Its release also perfectly timed as World Radio Day is set to be
celebrated on February 13. The day was announced in 2011 by UNESCO
and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2012 as a UN International
Day. Radio, as a technology, science, means of communications and
system of programming audio elements has roots all the way back to the
1800s so it can be safely said that the medium is already well into
its second century, says the UNESCO site, and this years theme is
A Century of Informing, Entertaining, and Educating.

Waikars documentary is a collection of nostalgic stories of radio
enthusiasts, features restorers, announcers, and of course, listeners.

The treatment is one that focuses on a slow life, accentuated by
memories shared by men and women who saw the radio as a friend.
It [the film] works as a time capsule. Thats why this documentary is
important to have made; it can exist as part of archives all over the
world, because the radio affected the lives of so many people.


Thieves have been known to target radio towers for their copper.
Only last month WIA National News reported on copper thieves toppling
the tower of Payne Media Group's country K95.5 in the USA,
knocking the station off the air and causing nearly half a million
dollars in damage, but this one 'takes the cake' or should that be
this one 'takes the TOWER.'

Thieves have toppled and stolen the 200-foot tower of classic hits
WJLX-AM in Jasper, Alabama. The theft was discovered late last week
and also included the transmitter and other equipment.

(Geography 101: - Jasper is about an hour and a halfs drive from
Huntsville where the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio
NewsLine Young Ham of the Year award is traditionally presented
during the Huntsville Hamfest.)

Station owner and GM Brett Elmore broke the news saying:-

"I have heard of thieves in this area stealing anything, but this one
takes the cake, my bush hog crew went down to a tower site we have,
When they arrived, they called and notified me that not only was my
building vandalized, but my TWO HUNDRED FOOT TOWER WAS GONE! They
stole every piece of equipment out of the building, cut the guy wires
and SOMEHOW managed to down AND REMOVE the 200 foot tower and take it
from the property.

Jasper Police is investigating but if you see a strange new tower
'pop up' call the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-2121.





ARRL DX CW Contest Feb 17-18.
Use only the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands.

New for 2024 is the Limited Antenna Overlay, an interesting twist
to this long running ARRL contest.

Any Single Operator or Single Operator Unlimited entrant can enter
using the Limited Antennas Overlay. Operation is limited to the use
of single-element antennas such as a single vertical, end-fed wire,
or a single dipole antenna no more than 50 feet above ground at its
highest point. The antenna(s) may cover multiple bands, as in the case
of multiband verticals and dipoles with fan or trap constructions.


NEW ZEALANDS Jock White Memorial Field Day WILL BE 24/25 Feb 2024.

The rules have been tweaked slightly and are now up on the nzart

The definition of acceptable overseas contacts has changed to
"Oceania" as defined by the DXCC list.

These changes have been made to better align the rules with the
contest objective, simplify scoring and to use a defined geographical

(nzart info line 482)


ARRL DX Phone Contest March 2-3, yes the Phone version of next
weekends CW section.

Use only the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter bands.


IARU HF World Championship the second full weekend of July i.e. 13-14.


Trans-Tasman Low Band Contest

July 21st 2024

The Trans-Tasman contest, always held on the 3rd weekend in July,
aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL

Only contest bands 160 80 and 40M are allowed with SSB, CW and
Digital (i.e. RTTY OR PSK)

This contest is another official WIA Contest and will count towards
the Peter Brown Contest Champion Awards.



AUGUST 17 - 18 2024

Remembrance Day Contest.

Amateurs will endeavour to contact amateurs in VK call areas,
ZL and P29 on all bands except WARC bands. Modes allowed are PHONE,
CW and RTTY as per the era remembered

Again the 2024 contest is 17th & 18th August.






Special event station TC 6 EQ is QRV until February 29 to commemorate
the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey on February 6, 2023.
QSL via LoTW.



Listen throughout the new year for the special callsign 9 A 1 RKZ
marking the 100th anniversary of the Radioklub Zagreb which was
founded the 24th of March 1924 in Croatia

QSL via 9A1ADE.

(ARNewsLine 2410)



Hans, 3 DA 0 AQ has been QRV on 15 meters using digital modes between
1800 and 2000z.

Eswatini is also incorrectly referred to by its former official name
Swaziland, a landlocked country in Southern Africa.

3 DA 0 AQ, QSL via EA5GL.

(sourced to arrl)





Rick is QRV as HC1MD/2 and is generally active from 0100 to 0300z
and will soon be QRV on 160 meters using FT8.

QSL via K 8 LJG.

(sourced to arrl)



Northern Arizona DX Association will be continuing with year four of the 10-year special event countdown to the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. This annual 9-day event is held each February through to the 2030 anniversary.

This year's event is taking place February 10-18 (UTC).

Club members will be operating from Lowell Observatory and their home QTHs using the special event callsign W7P. Again, this will feature a new QSL card. The annual cards have subjects cantered around Clyde Tombaugh, his discovery, the moons of Pluto, some of his early telescopes, lenses used, etc., with lots of great information.

Doug Tombaugh N3PDT, Clyde Tombaugh's nephew, will be operating during
the event as W7P/0 and a contact with Doug or his team counts as an
additional endorsement on the certificate that can be used as a wild
card for any previous year.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

The First Amateur Radio Station on the Moon is JS 1 YMG

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully landed their Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on January 19, 2024. Just before touchdown, SLIM released two small lunar surface probes, LEV-1 and LEV-2.

LEV-2 collects data while moving on the lunar surface, and LEV-1 receives the data.

The JAXA Ham Radio Club (JHRC), JQ1ZVI, secured amateur radio license JS1YMG for LEV-1, which has been transmitting Morse code on 437.41 MHz since January 19. The probe uses a 1 W UHF antenna with circular polarization and is transmitting "matters related to amateur business."

Moreover, the transmission of UHF band radio waves from LEV-1 as part of outreach efforts has encouraged participation from amateur radio operators globally, and JAXA have been receiving reports of successful
signal receptions. This initiative provided an opportunity for the public to be directly engaged in lunar exploration missions. JAXA
extended sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the LEV-1 mission.

SLIM was launched on September 6, 2023, and landed on January 19, 2024, with the mission of analysing the composition of rocks to aid research about the origin of the moon. SLIM's landing made Japan the fifth country to achieve a soft touchdown on the moon. The landing was achieved with exceptional precision -- within 180 feet of its targeted touchdown location.

(arrl - amsat-na)

After just over six years in orbit, Fox-1D, designated as
AMSAT-OSCAR 92 (AO-92), re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Feb.

AO-92 was a 1U CubeSat developed and built by AMSAT. It carried a
single-channel transponder for mode U/v in FM and also had an L-band
converter which allowed the FM transponder to be switched to an uplink
in the 23 cm band.

The distance record on AO-92's U/v mode was 5,011 km - a transatlantic
QSO between F4DXV and VE1VOX that took place on August 10, 2020. The
record via the L/v mode was 4,202 km between OA4/XQ3SA and XE1MEX on
June 3, also 2020.

By every measure, AO-92 was a tremendously successful amateur radio
satellite, providing educational and research benefits to AMSAT's
university partners, as well as providing several years of reliable
FM communication for amateurs. Its useful life far exceeded the
average operational lifespan for commercial or educational CubeSats.


(Youngsters On The Air)

I have mentioned Elmers in a previous news contribution.

What are they?

Say the word Elmer to a non-Ham and two thoughts spring to mind: glue for primary school students and a bald-headed rabbit hunter who has trouble pronouncing his Rs.

In our hobby, Elmers hold a high place of esteem.

The word means an experienced operator who takes a novice under their wing to give them guidance and answers to the thousands of questions that confront the newbie.

The word within the Ham world has relatively recent origins.

It first appeared in a 1971 QST article by Rod Newkirk, W 9 B R D, in which he calls out how it is common for an eager student to lose interest in the hobby once their mentor moves away.

He wrote, Too frequently one hears a sad story in this little nutshell: Oh, I almost got a ticket, too, but Elmer, W9XYZ, moved away and I kind of lost interest.'

Lets prevent this from happening to us and encourage young, prospective and new Hams to reach out for an Elmer.

How can we do this? I encourage clubs to have a YOTA coordinator role for those who dont have one.

Part of that role may be to gather and keep information about what special interests members may have, and are willing to share their knowledge in that interest with others, including us youth.

I am lucky to say I have a few Hams who are my Elmers.

Thank you, you know who you are.

For VK1WIA National News, I'm Alec, VK2MV in Sydney.



Not the best place in the world at the moment but YEMEN is on air.

Vlad is QRV as 7 O 2 WX (Seven Oh Two wx) from Socotra Island
IOTA AF-028, until Tomorrow February 12 on 160, 80, and 40 meters.
QSL via IZ 8 CCW.


INCLUDING ILLW NEWS - ILLW 17th August 2024 to 18th August 2024

Australian and New Zealand lights planned and advised to WIA :-

AU 0102 Point Charles NT - Darwin AR Club -

NZ 0001 Cape Campbell - - ZL6CC


February 17 marks the 160th anniversary of the sinking of the
USS Housatonic by the H.L. Hunley submarine.

The event took place in 1864 in Charleston, South Carolina, and was
the first successful sinking of a warship by a submarine.

The Trident Amateur Radio Club will commemorate the submarine by
operating special event station N 4 HLH on Saturday, February 17
from Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island from 3pm UTC until 7pm UTC.

Proposed frequencies are 7.117 (CW), 7.262, and 14.262, as well as
28.462 MHz. A QSL card will be available upon receipt of a SASE for
US requests and a SAE with $2 US for international requests.

(sourced to arrl letter)

Although maritime use of Morse Code is pretty much only found in
history books these days, radio listeners around the world enjoyed
a tribute recently to that long-gone practice.

You'll recall several weeks back we told you of the challenge - as
radio listeners copied a series of Morse Code messages that employed
methods once used by Cold War-era stations. Numbers in clusters of
five were sent over commercial HF frequencies using RTTY and CW from
historic maritime California station KPH.

This was the third such cryptography event by members of the Maritime
Radio Historical Society, which was created in 1999 to preserve the
tradition of maritime Morse Code.

The society estimates that about 150 people participated from around
the seven seas.

Of course the society doesn't have to wait for one of its events to
send Morse Code. Volunteers get on the air on the society's amateur
station K6KPH where they send CW the old-fashioned way - by hand.

(wia - ARNewsLine 2414)


2024 IT'S A DATE

Clubs are welcome to email text with audio for this section

Details of all WIA affiliated clubs and societies can be found
on the WIA website, including email addresses and website links.

VK4 - Redcliffe and Districts REDFEST April 6 (vk4tfn)

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.

VK5 - Amateur Radio Experiments Group Radio & Electronics Sale
Saturday 26th October 10AM David Roche Park Kilburn (vk5qi)

VK3 - SPARC Rosebud RadioFest November 17 at Eastbourne Primary
School, Allambi Ave. Rosebud. (vk3pdg)

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