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Steven Green VK2TSG National WIA Director. -

David VK4DN Secretary Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club. -

Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC), to aid missions requiring extreme
precision on the moon.

AND as time ticks by, you'll hear lots more 'news you can use'





Hello, this is Steven Green VK2TSG, one of your National WIA

Do you remember being a newcomer to Amateur Radio, or perhaps you've
had a friend in this situation recently? Hearing terms being thrown
around before they are explained can sometimes be daunting, or even a
little off-putting.

Consider a beginner picking up a publication only to find it difficult
to fathom the purpose of an interesting looking device within, let
alone understand some of the terminology.

The nature of Radio means that there are so many facets and areas of
information to pick-up on, that the learning curve is quite steep,
knowing where to begin can be difficult, so hearing unknown terms adds
proverbial noise to the mix.

As Amateurs, clubs, and the WIA, we need to consider this, and how
newcomers to radio will relate to technologies discussed. This might
be a little easier to adjust to than you might think, simply adding a
few sentences explaining what a device is used for, or where a device
is used, and why, goes a long way towards forming those links in our
education. We might also take a few more words to spell out an
anacronym when it's first used in a conversation or article, after
which we can use the initials again. Theres actually no need to reduce
the technical content, or 'dumb-it-down' as some would say, it just
takes a few moments and a few extra words to open up our conversation,
article, or presentation to a larger audience. It helps grow
understanding and interest in learning more, although it won't create
complete understanding, it may even have the reader putting your
article aside for further study or to come back once they have learned
a-little more.

Never be hesitant to ask questions, or provide feedback, and
suggestions on how we can make Radio, particularly education, more
accessible or easier to relate to. We all have a shared interest in
bringing more people into Amateur Radio and this is where you can play
a part.

Until next time, 73 - that's best wishes, from Steven VK2TSG...


Gidday Australia!

This is David, VK4DN from the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club!

Can you believe its now only 2 weeks away until the WIA Convention
happening here in Bundy? (Wow! where did the time go!?) Its going
to be a great weekend for amateurs visiting our town from all over

The event includes not only the AGM and Gala Dinner, but also a great
Hamfest and Commercial Expo! The Hamfest and Commercial Expo will
have many interesting displays and you will be able to grab yourself a
bargain with show specials of new gear and also lots of used equipment
from the many vendors.

Also, there will be lots of great giveaways and door prizes

Bundaberg is an RV friendly town so if you are planning to setup camp
on the weekend, there are lots of options available!

Dont hesitate to contact our club if you have any questions about the
WIA weekend or to book a table for the Hamfest - We look forward to
welcoming you to Bundaberg on May 4th / 5th only two weeks away!!

73 from David VK4DN Secretary Bundy amateur radio club.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS With special thanks this week to

Trash From The ISS May Have Hit A House In Florida

A few weeks ago, something from the heavens came crashing through the
roof of a Florida home, and NASA is on the case.

Home owners were not at the residence at the time. A home security
camera captured the sound of the crash at 2:34 pm local time and that's
an important piece of information because it is a close match for the
time US Space Command recorded the re-entry of a piece of space debris
from the space station. At that time, the object was on a path over the
Gulf of Mexico, heading toward southwest Florida. This space debris
consisted of depleted batteries from the ISS.

If the object is owned by NASA, the home owners insurance company could
make a claim against the federal government BUT it gets more
interesting if this material is discovered to be a human-made space
object which was launched by another country, which caused damage on
Earth, that country would be absolutely liable to the homeowner for the
damage caused.

NASA has been tasked by the White House to establish a lunar-centric
time reference system, known as Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC), to aid
missions requiring extreme precision on the moon.

The agency has until the end of 2026 to set up LTC, which is not akin
to Earths time zones but provides a frame of time reference for the
moon. LTC will accommodate the slightly faster passage of time on the
moon, approximately 58.7 microseconds each day compared to Earth, due
to its lower gravity. It will serve as a benchmark for timekeeping for
lunar spacecraft and satellites, crucial for their missions.

NASAs Artemis program, set to begin astronaut missions to the lunar
surface in 2026, necessitates LTC for synchronization among Earth,
lunar satellites, bases, and astronauts, without which data transfers
and communications could be compromised. Developing LTC will require
international agreements, possibly influenced by the Universal
Coordinated Time standard, with potential implementation involving
atomic clocks on the moon and adherence to existing space agreements
like the Artemis accords.


This item brings the latest chapter in a long-simmering patent dispute
between Motorola and Hytera.

A US federal court in the Northern District of Illinois has prohibited
Hytera Communications, a major provider of two-way radios, from
selling, distributing or importing its radios [quote] "until further
notice," [endquote] requiring the company to pay a daily fine of
$1-million to the court if they do not comply.

Even as it acted in compliance with the US court injunction, Hytera
separately announced it was withdrawing its own counterclaims against
Illinois-based Motorola that it had filed in a Chinese court. Hytera
has denied claims that its H-series radios have infringed on Motorola's
trademark and copyright.

The US court injunction banning the radios' global sales came just as
Hytera was preparing to show at ISC West, a major security conference
being held in Las Vegas.


This year has not been kind to broadcast radio towers in the United
States. The latest towers to be destroyed are in West Virginia but this
time it was by an act of nature - a fierce windstorm with gusts of up
to 90 mph.

The high winds destroyed two of the four towers serving the West
Virginia Metro News network's flagship radio station, WCHS-AM and its
sister FM station. WCHS, a news, talk and sports broadcaster.

The AM radio station, which broadcasts on 580 kHz with a 5 kw signal,
is the Primary Entry Point Emergency Alert System for West Virginia.
Its programming serves the southern and southwestern part of the state.

Questions remain on how or when the towers would be replaced.

A Florida researcher has developed three-dimensional RF filters that
may one day save space inside smartphones and Internet of Things, IoT
devices, leaving more room for batteries and someday paving the way for
6G wireless devices operating in the terahertz range.

The researcher calls RF filters "the entire backbone of wireless

Writing earlier this year in the journal, Nature Electronics, it was
explained how the 3-D filters were developed to take the place of more
commonplace flat resonators which have varying thicknesses depending
upon the wireless frequencies they are using.

By comparison, the 3D resonators, known as ferroelectric-gate fin, or
FGF, are able to handle frequencies between 3 and 28 GHz.

The March edition of the IARU Monitoring System Region 1 newsletter
has been published. Of note this time is a Coastal Ocean Dynamics
Applications Radar reportedly interfering with almost ALL of the
twelve-meter band.

The IARU Monitoring System Region 1 has started an action about this
radar. You can learn more about this in addition to the wide array of
strange and unidentified signals impacting our amateur radio bands at




The St. George Amateur Radio Society will again be holding the
Don Edwards memorial slow Morse contest, this year it will be on
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May.

Full details on the St. George Amateur Radio Society's website



IARU HF World Championship the second full weekend of July i.e. 13-14.
Starts: Zero hours UTC Saturday
Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday



Trans-Tasman Low Band Contest

July 21st and this is another official WIA Contest counting towards
the Peter Brown Contest Champion Awards.



YOTA Contest 2024

The session of this year's YOTA Contest will be from 10:00 to
21:59 UTC on 21 Julyr on the five classic bands using CW and SSB.

The complete rules can be found on


AUGUST 17 - 18

Remembrance Day Contest.




This is where YLs work everyone; OMs work YLs only.
Saturday and Sunday August 25/26.

(sourced to alara web page)


Oceania DX Contest

October 5th and 12th respectively.



Youth on the air test 3 of 3 will be from 10:00 to 21:59 UTC on
29 December on the five classic bands CW and SSB.





A reminder that International Marconi Day is coming up on the 27th of
April. Once again, the Cornish Radio Amateur Club in the UK is
organising and running the event.

Lots of amateur radio stations will be operating from sites that
Mr Marconi operated from or had a personal connection with.

Among these stations, 62 infact, is now VK2IMD from around Wahroonga
in NSW. VK2IMD will be operating between 10am Sydney time Saturday
until 10 Sunday and operation from HF to all bands, with many modes
permitted. There is more information on the IMD page on the HADARC

Another very special station will be on air from Ireland.

EI 0 MAR will be an award station during International Marconi Day,
from Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in the Martello tower
in Howth, Ireland. The Martello was used in 1905 by the Marconi
Company, as a receiving station while the RMS Monarch transmitted
radio telegraphy signals from various locations in the Irish Sea,
demonstrating the Marconi system to engineers from the British Post

For more information, and to view a list of the stations that are
registered to take part, follow the International Marconi Day link
on the website g x 4 c r



Listen for TM 500 NA from the 14th to the 28th of April to mark the
500th anniversary of the first visit made to the New York City area
by the European explorer, Giovanni da Verrazano.

QSL TM500NA via F5PTI.




Special callsigns including YR95AR, YR95CC, YR95CH and YR95IN are
among those calls active until the 31st of May.

The operators are celebrating the 95th anniversary of the first
amateur radio association in Romania's Arad County. This is being
organised by C.S. Radio-club Admira.

See for QSL details.

(ARNewsLine 2418)



Don, 7Q6M is QRV until May 13, 2024 and has also been active on 160
meters. QSL via LoTW.



The Czech DXpedition Group are active as A 8 OK until 19th April, with
multiple stations from 160 to 6 metres using SSB, CW and digital modes.
QSL station A 8 OK via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via OK 6 DJ.




Active will be A 25 SHD from different locations in Botswana, between
30 April and 13 May. QSL A25SHD via home call which is HB 9 SHD.



will be active from RAF Wyton during the Airfields on the Air event on
the weekend of the 13th and 14th of April. This is the 12th year that
the station has put on a special event station for the event.

The callsign will again be operated by RAF Air Cadet Communication
Staff and club members from the Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society
from a site just west of the main runway at Wyton.




QRV is V 51 WH from Omaruru until the end of April.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters, including 60 meters for those in the
world able to use that band.


QSL to Gunter, home call is DK2WH



H44MS Bernard, is operating in the Solomon Islands until the end of
April on HF, using SSB and FT8. QSL via Club Log's OQRS.

(ARNewsLine 2416)



HI 180 RD is on the air to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the
Dominican Republic declaring its independence from Haiti in 1844.

Listen for activity on all bands and modes until the 30th of April
when around 25 operators from five radio clubs will be part of the

For details of a certificate that is available, visit




active until the 31st of December celebrating the 100th anniversary of
the beginning of regular radio transmissions in Austria in 1924.

The station has heard recently on the 40m band using CW.

QSL via the Bureau.




Special event callsign EI 80 MB is active until the 31st of May to
commemorate the 80th anniversary of the rescue of 168 German seamen
who were rescued from the waters of the Bay of Biscay after a battle
between British and German naval forces in 1943.

The men were carried out by a small Irish coaster called Kerlogue
[KER-LOG] which had the callsign EIMB. The rescue took more than ten

QSL WI80MB via Club Log's OQRS or via EI6AL




This is Richard VK6PZT.

Do you know your Dits from your dahs?

Have you got what it takes to be the next International Morse Code Day
quiz champion?

Well, even if you dont, why not celebrate Samuel Morse's birthday and
International Morse code day, by registering for our Morse Code Quiz,
hosted by the QRS, slow Morse code team. The quiz is fun and very
informal and we dont take ourselves too seriously.

We have lots of easy multiple-choice questions, aimed at both novices
and experts alike.

So, if youre interested, then please send me an email to
and I will reply with the details, and a zoom link to join the quiz.

Once again, the quiz will be held on international morse code day,
Saturday April 27th, via zoom.

Again if you would like to register, send an email to

A Special RandomGram Event For Oceania

Since RG (RandomGram) events began in October 2023, they have become
popular among CW operators in other parts of the world, especially the

The activity hinges on correctly exchanging one or more 5-letter
groups. An operators log showing the exchanged groups is checked
against a master list and points awarded for both transmission and

How has RG been received down under?

RG is pretty much still unknown.

Most activity in Region 3 has been out of Japan, but typically poor
daytime HF propagation for the southern hemisphere has resulted in
low point-scores for operators in Oceania.

RG was created by Drew AF2Z. He noticed and commented on the trend
down under and agrees that, given the opportunity, we could be doing a
lot better. Putting his money where his mouth is, he has generously
offered to run a trial 2-hour RandomGram event to suit our down under
conditions, likely during our early evening hours to optimize
propagation across the region.

To make it worthwhile, Drew has asked for a list of at least 20
operators, who are interested before he commits to run this proposal.

Please email with subject line Oceania RG to
indicate your interest.

The closing date Sunday 28 April 2024.


AMSAT-VK Secretary -

NASA now knows what knocked Voyager 1 offline, but it will take a
while to fix. Voyager 1s remaining Flight Data Subsystem ( F.D.S. )
Its redundant copy failed in 1982 and the reason that the distant
spacecraft is currently offline.

Voyagers FDS were the first computers on a spacecraft to use volatile
memory. Unfortunately, one of Voyager 1s FDS memory chips is
malfunctioning, NASA hopes they can work around it, but it will likely
take months.


Nick Gregory, a member of the Furness Amateur Radio Society (FARS), was
given an award by the American National Radio Society (ANRS) for his
recent work. Nick, whose radio call sign is G 0 HIK, was recognised
with a certificate for his radio signals bouncing off the Moon's
surface 19 times, with the signals then coming back down to Earth.

He was operating in the 1.2 gigahertz radio spectrum and, despite the
'modest' set up as he described it, Nick has firmly put himself on both
the international and interstellar map.


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

VK2WI news have reported on a milestone, the one-year anniversary of
amateur radio operations aboard HMAS Vampire, moored at the Australian
National Maritime Museum.

Since its inception, a dedicated team of 11 operators have been making
waves in the amateur radio community, showcasing the rich history and
vibrant presence of maritime communication. Every week, mainly
Saturdays, her radio room comes alive with activity, offering a diverse
range of CW, voice, slow scan TV, FT8 and 2 metre FM. In just the past
12 months, some contact with 40 countries, connecting enthusiasts from
around the globe and fostering cultural exchange.

But the impact extends beyond the airwaves, with approximately 50
visitors frequenting the radio room, many of whom are international

Sounds like an old Brisbane club used to get behind the HMAS
Diamantina at Brisbanes Maritime Museum


Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at

ZL6ANZAC - Wrights Hill Fortress ANZAC Activation

A group of Wellington amateurs will be activating the Wrights Hill
Fortress in commemoration of our ANZACs on April 25.

They'll be operating from the fortress itself which was built in
Wellington during World War Two as a long range coastal battery to
Protect Wellington city and environs from possible enemy attacks and
invasion from Japan. The fortress consists of a large network of
underground tunnels, operation rooms, and three gun encampments, and is
a fascinating piece of history.

The activation will be during the ANZAC Day Open Day for the Fortress,
and the ZL6ANZAC team will be showing and demonstrating to members of
the ZL public what ham radio is and the fun you can have with it!

Chase the ZL6ANZAC Special Callsign on 25-April and grab yourself a
special callsign contact and a Parks on the Air park chase! Zl1PPY is
also activating so jump on the bands and make some great ANZAC Day

For more information on the Fortress, you can check out their website:


(Youngsters On The Air)

Pennsylvania's EYEWITNESS NEWS on TV channels 28 and 22 have a regular
segment called "Heres to You Kid."

28/22 News Reporter Iyee Jagne met up with the teen, Samuel Thrall
and gave viewers a look at the Monroe County Public Safety Centre
and his role there.

14-year-old Samuel Thrall has passed three levels of the FCC Amateur
Radio Licensing exam and now helps at the County Public Safety

In the event of an emergency situation, so say a blizzard happened, we
would be deployed to various Red Cross centres through the county to
establish communications and there for relay any needs that the
stations might need, said Samuel.

What interested him in ham radio in the first place is simple.

The scientific aspect of it the sense is very interesting because
its a technology we use on a daily basis. Our phones are all powered
by radio just with computers built into them, Samuel explained.

Samuel says his start in this field was an interesting one.

I failed my swimming test at Boy Scout camp one year, so I had to
replace it and I replaced swimming with the Radio Merit Badge,
Samuel continued.

From there his passion for radio grew. AND it's still growing, to the
extent he wants to eventually join the armed services in an
electronic/radio arm.



Active Hurricane Season Predicted for 2024

Colorado State University hurricane researchers predict an very active
Atlantic hurricane season, June 1 to November 30.

ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, attended
the National Hurricane Conference in Florida, where the prediction was
issued. Josh said "Several of the forecasters were pointing to
indications that we are moving from an El Nio to a La Nia and that
could potentially cause a more active season."

The CSU Tropical Weather & Climate Research team predicts 23 named
storms during the Atlantic hurricane season. Of those, researchers
forecast that 11 will become hurricanes and five will reach major
hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.

The prediction is above the 30-year average for hurricanes and storms.

Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at
CSU and the lead author of the report Phil Klotzbach said, "So far, the
2024 hurricane season is exhibiting characteristics similar to 1878,
2010, and 2020."



When getting on the air from a national park isn't a POTA activation - but a call for help - other hams are always there, as one new operator in California discovered. We hear this story from Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.

RALPH: A distress call from an amateur radio operator stranded in Death Valley mobilized some quick-acting amateur radio operators - some of them hundreds of miles away - to get the ham and his family some assistance. According to personal accounts and media reports, Moritz Wacker, KO6DZX, was camping with his family on Friday April 5th, when their vehicle became stuck in the mud. Caleb Gustwiller, KD8TGB, and Craig Rower, KE8QJV, were among those who picked up his weak distress call on 28.430 MHz. The stranded ham had his radio along for the trip and used it. Caleb said in an email to NewsLine that he and other hams who were listening -- including fellow members of the Black Swamp Amateur Radio Club -- heard him faintly in Ohio. Those hams along with many others posted on the Parks on the Air page on Facebook to get the word out -- and still others called the county sheriff in Death Valley, police in San Diego, which lists as the ham's address. Other radio operators reached out to the National Parks Service police. Caleb said it was an all-out effort from various locations.

Caleb told NewsLine that the stranded ham is a relatively new licensee. This was apparently a camping trip, not a POTA outing, but contacts made with the Xiegu G90 and quarter-wave vertical did the trick. According to all accounts, Rangers found the family and they were back home safely that night.

This Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.


Trans Equatorial Propagation Observed Between Africa and Europe

Trans Equatorial Propagation (TEP) between Africa and Europe on 144 MHz
band has been observed several times in recent weeks. On March 31st,
V51WW in Namibia received SV8PEX from Greece over 6532km away.

On April 1st, QSOs between Namibia to Greece, Italy, and
Malta were made with SV8PEX, 9H1TA, and 9H1PA.

On April 2nd, SSB QSOs were possible.



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.

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

VK2 and 4 - Park-fest 4 & 5 of May Bundaberg AND Dorrigo (vk4kc)

VK3 - May 11 Moorabbin & District ARC HamFest Kingston City Hall

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.

VK2 - June 8-9. Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club Field Day. (vk2zhe)

VK5 - Aust. Fox Hunting championships Mt Gambier 8/9 June.(vk5dj)

VK3 - Bendigo AR & Electronics Club RadioFest August 18 (vk3gtv)

VK4 - GOLD COAST HAMFEST OCTOBER 13 at Nerang Country Paradise
Parklands 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road Nerang. (vk4DMH)

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

VK7 - Tasmanian Ham Conference November 2 and 3 Hobart. (vk7news)

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

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