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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MARCH 18 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS



    WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and AGM. -

    WIA's Dale Hughes VK1DSH attends Asia-Pacific Telecommunity gathering in Perth. -

    WIA Directors Skype to your local club meetings. -

    WIA President Justin VK7TW reports in this week’s Board Summary.



    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF MARCH 18




    Submitting news items

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    slants to keep your event 'fresh ‘and always if the news room is to read your
    item write in the 3rd person.




    AUSTRALIA

    ACMA TO AUCTION 3.6GHz

    Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has announced an auction process for
    the 3.6GHz band. Services in the 3.6GHz band will have up to seven years to
    vacate in regional areas, and only two in most of the nation's capital cities.

    Minister Fifield issued declarations for the services to move as part of
    beginning an auction process for 125MHz of the 3.6GHz spectrum favoured for
    use by upcoming 5G services. In its plan put forward in October, the ACMA
    proposed auctioning off the 3.6GHz band in the second quarter of this year,
    followed by auctions of 850/900MHz, 26GHz, and 1.5GHz bands in 2019.

    The 3.6GHz spectrum band is currently used in Australia for fixed-line and
    satellite services.

    (Kerrie VK2FKND)




    In an effort to improve aviation efficiency and safety, Inmarsat and
    Airservices Australia have partnered up on satellite voice communications.
    Specifically, the focus will be on evaluations for air traffic services in
    Australia in areas beyond the reach of traditional VHF voice coverage.

    Through the partnership with Inmarsat, Airservices Australia will help
    airlines and operators to complement conventional voice communications
    equipment with modern digital technology. The evaluation is working towards
    two important customer benefits:

    More effective and ultimately safer aviation safety services over the oceans
    and remote areas, and lower weight for avionics, contributing towards reduced
    fuel burn and greenhouse emissions.

    SatVoice communications is a two-way channel, satellite-based service that
    enhances accuracy in cockpit communications and therefore aircraft safety.

    Read more:

    criticalcomms.com.au/content/radio-systems/article/inmarsat-and-airservices-par tner-on-satvoice-comms-1313204013#ixzz59FGqCJEd

    (vk7news)




    Graham VK4BB back 'on deck' and thank you to everyone who stepped in to keep
    the WIA News on the air this past 10 or so weeks.

    It was a quirk of fate that the backup team for some 23 years or so announced
    just a fortnight before I left suddenly were unavailable from 2018 on.

    President Justin, VK7TW organised several anchors and writers then another
    'pot hole' in the news road, the untimely death of WIA Secretary Jim Linton
    who for the past 3 or 4 years weeks in week out supplied news of what our WIA
    was up to.

    Around the same time as this was going on a prolific writer and reporter for
    WIA news, and an immediate past WIA Director lost HIS wife, Val. Roger VK2ZRH
    again, thoughts are with you..

    So as we move forward I'd like to say a huge thanks to the myriad of Hams
    who reached out with condolences, entire call-back teams put pen to paper so
    thanks one and all.

    To the WIA via Executive Officer Bruce Deefholts and to our sister news
    service in the USA, Amateur Radio Newsline via Editor Caryn Eve Murray a
    huge thank you for the donations made (in lieu of flowers) to the
    Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation

    So with that... to WIA news:-

    Hello this Justin VK7TW WIA Director presenting this week’s board comment.

    Over the past few weeks the other Board Directors have been letting you know
    about some of the large scale strategic projects that the Board is considering.
    This week I am focusing on some of the other more immediate key activities
    that keep your WIA operational.

    The Strategy Advisory Committee’s last survey results clearly demonstrated
    that members saw WIA involvement in international forums like the ITU, IARU
    and WRC as the most important reason that they were members of the WIA. To
    support this area the WIA Board approved the expenditure for Dale Hughes
    VK1DSH to attend the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity gathering (APG) in Perth
    last week.

    Dale VK1DSH attended as APG coordinator for WRC19 agenda item 1.1
    (ITU R1 50 MHz allocation) and, as such. takes an active part in the
    APG meetings. Dale is also the Australian coordinator for Agenda Items 1.1
    and 9.1.6 and represented the agreed Australian positions on these two agenda
    items at the APG meeting. Agenda item 9.1.6 covers Wireless Power Transmission
    (WPT) and it is important that we are able to express our concerns about radio
    frequency interference that might be generated by WPT systems.

    Board members meet regularly with the ACMA to discuss a broad range of topics
    including the Deed of Agreement, Business Rules, reporting, submissions and
    recently the legislative roadmap relating to the new Radiocommunications Act.
    The WIA has an excellent working relationship with the ACMA. The Spectrum
    Strategy group has a key role in this relationship through the research,
    consultation, development, drafting and communication of many of the
    submissions that go to the ACMA. The latest is the Licence Conditions
    Determination recommendations that are about to go out for final comment to
    members and the amateur radio community. Once final comments are received and
    considered the submission will go the ACMA for consideration.

    Finance reports form a big part of the Board meetings and the Board receives
    monthly P&L and Balance Sheet reports. There are usually many questions that
    are answered each month about these reports. In the last few months the board
    agreed to the establishment of a Finance Committee. This committee once in
    place will take over from the current Finance Working Group. This committee
    will undertake finance and accounting functions for the WIA and address the
    single point risks making this area more sustainable. This group along with
    the Audit and Risk Committee will provide the governance structure the Board
    needs to manage this area. The Board has decided to continue with the use of
    independent bookkeepers and accountants in the short term whilst these
    committees are established.

    Supporting the Board’s principle of making this organisation more sustainable,
    the Board has put in place a Broadcast Team. This Broadcast Team now consists
    of over 15 people who are involved in a variety of roles. This team puts
    together the weekly WIA National News broadcast that you are hearing. The
    Board approved the Terms of Reference and Role Descriptions and updated the
    Policy for the Publication of Contentious Content to include the broadcast
    along with publications. We now have a WIA National News Broadcast Handbook
    to guide volunteers through the process in the future. The call for volunteers
    was also successful in bringing in many new volunteers and we welcome them to
    the Broadcast Team. We also welcome Graham VK4BB back into the anchor role
    after a bereavement break.

    The Board receives regular updates from the WIA Radio and Electronics
    Convention - Beyond 2020 organising committee on the preparation of this event.
    There are many elements to organise and the committee is busy making sure this
    will be another one to remember. I encourage everyone to take a look at the
    convention program on the WIA website. It has recently be updated with further
    details. We have received a few questions about the relevance of it being held
    at the SeaWorld venue. Even though this venue is a theme park resort, it has
    excellent conference facilities and you don’t have to go anywhere near the
    theme park if that not what floats your boat. The venue is also close to a
    wide range of accommodation options including caravan, camping and hostel
    facilities. There is a fantastic Saturday afternoon technical program
    including 2020 and beyond planning, the new Licence Conditions, FT8, both ends
    of the spectrum with meteor scatter at the microwave end and dxing down at the
    630 & 2200m end. There is also Telcall+ -HF meets 4G and Electromagnetic
    Compatibility with the Board’s very own Brian Clarke VK2GCE.

    The Board gets many requests for Board members to attend club meetings. The
    board has struggled with these requests given the financial position of the
    WIA and all Board members are volunteers and most work full-time as well.
    However, what we are able to offer clubs is a virtual presence. If your club
    has the ability for a Director to Skype into your meeting and project it onto
    a big screen with a suitable sound system for questions then this is something
    the Board offers.

    The QSL Bureau is another active area and with the establishment of the new
    QSL policy there is a combination of education, compliance and endeavouring
    to make the QSL bureau cost neutral. The general trend is toward electronic
    QSL however there is a surprising number of hard copy QSL cards still going
    through the Bureau especially for special events and DXPeditions. As an
    example recently there was 45kgs or around 16,000 cards go out in a month and
    postage these days is not a cheap option. The WIA also has an IARU obligation
    in relation to QSL operations in that every attempt should be made to ensure
    that inwards cards are delivered to members.

    Data integrity issues within the ACMA Spectra system has haunted us again over
    the last few weeks. What is data integrity I hear you ask and what does this
    mean for me? Well there is supposed to be only one record in the Spectra
    system per call sign. This is how the WIA determines which call signs are
    available and which are allocated. If there are two records for the same
    call sign then problems can occur. We discovered three call signs with
    duplicated entries and these have been corrected by the ACMA and no call signs
    or amateurs were harmed during this operation...HIHI. This was a good test of
    our business rules that the WIA has in place with the ACMA.

    Until next time this has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News Service.





    WIA Merit Awards

    The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises outstanding achievement
    in the field of Amateur Radio that furthers the science of radio, and/or
    service to the WIA.

    The Awards play an important role in promoting excellence with nominations
    made by WIA members and then decided by the WIA Board.

    Nominations are now being called for the 2018 awards.

    The WIA Merit Awards include:

    GA Taylor Medal
    WIA Honorary Life Membership
    Chris Jones Award
    Ron Wilkinson Achievement Award
    WIA Technical Excellence Award
    WIA Foundation Licence Award
    Presidents Commendation

    A full list of the origin of each award and the previous recipients is
    available on the WIA web site.

    The list of the current award recipients and their achievements will be
    published in Amateur Radio magazine and on this WIA Sunday broadcast.

    Nominations should be in the approved format utilising the form which is on
    the WIA web site. Details in the text version of this broadcast.

    http://www.wia.org.au/members/wiaawards/about/

    The specific award is not part of the nomination process. That decision is
    made by the WIA Board of Directors, and all WIA Merit Awards are not
    necessarily awarded each and every year.

    If a nomination is successful, these are usually announced at the WIA Annual
    General Meeting, and where possible presented at that gathering of members.

    Nominations close on 15th April 2018.

    In addition there are also awards issued by the Publications Committee and
    the WIA DX Awards Committee

    Authorised by Peter Clee VK8ZZ, Secretary of the WIA (text edition only)





    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND

    80-year-old radio ham rescued from top of mast

    The Martha’s Vineyard Times reports an 80-year-old radio amateur had to be
    rescued from his 6m backyard antenna by the Edgartown Fire Department

    William Welch K1IOC, an electrician and avid amateur radio operator, got his
    SNEAKER caught atop a 20-foot-tall backyard antenna after he scaled the
    structure to secure it ahead of an impending nor’easter, his wife Betty told
    The Times.

    Firefighters after plucking the plucky octogenarian from his high on mighty
    perch took him by ambulance for observation at the local hospital.

    His wife said. "His pride is a little bruised, but nothing else."





    5Mhz BAND ACCESS TRIAL

    NZART is pleased to announce that it has negotiated with RSM and the NZ
    Defence Force to obtain a licence to allow limited operation by ZL amateur
    operators on 60m on a trial basis. The purpose of the trial is for RSM, NZART
    and primary users to investigate the ability for the amateur radio operators
    to operate on the frequencies of operation on a secondary basis without
    causing interference to primary users. Operation centres on 5353 kHz and
    5362 - 5364 kHz with a maximum output of 10 dBW e.i.r.p.





    Swedish Telecoms Regulator Considering Charging Hams a Fee to Run More Than
    200 W

    Amateur Radio licenses were eliminated in Sweden in 2004, and Amateur Radio
    in Sweden is "permission free," but prospective radio amateurs still must
    pass an examination, typically arranged by Sweden's International Amateur
    Radio Union member-society in Sweden, the SSA.

    A certificate and call sign, valid for life, are issued without any future
    fees.

    Now Sweden's Post and Telecom Authority is considering lowering the maximum
    transmitter output power for general Amateur Radio stations to 200 W PEP.
    Under a set of wide-ranging proposed regulatory changes affecting many radio
    services, radio amateurs wishing to run higher power would have to apply for a
    license and pay an annual fee of about $33.





    WIND-UP RADIO INVENTOR DIES

    The BBC reports Trevor Baylis died on 5 March aged 80 years, of natural causes
    after a long illness. His wind-up radio made communications available to
    people across Africa without access to electricity.

    In 1991, Trevor Baylis saw a television programme about the spread of AIDS in
    Africa and he set about developing the wind-up radio. His first working
    prototype ran for 14 minutes.

    In 1995 BayGen Power Industries was set-up in Cape Town, South Africa
    employing disabled workers to manufacture the Freeplay Wind-Up Radio.

    His autobiography titled "Clock This" was published in 1999.





    INTRUDERS IARU-MS Region 3

    Although occurring in our region, IARU-MS Region 1 has reported interference
    heard on the 15th Feb on 40m caused by one of Beijing's Over The Horizon
    radars.

    There is also a report of interference heard on 7120KHz in AM mode caused by
    Radio Hargeisa in Somalia that was so strong it could be heard in Australia
    and Japan.

    What's more the same report mentions that on several occasions on
    7000 -7040KHz there were Indonesian pirates 'SINGING' ON AIR.





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about


    March 17 & 18 – VK - John Moyle Memorial Field Day Contest

    April 18 – WW – World Amateur Radio Day - IARU

    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    August 11 & 12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18 & 19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest




    VK2SRC activated for this year’s John Moyle Field Day

    VK2FAAD Pat, VK2FDJB David, VK2CDG Dave & VK2QJ Graeme are operating under
    the SARC call sign VK2SRC for this year’s JMFD from Vista Point Lookout near
    Ebor, so please keep an ear out for them & give a call.

    More on this year's JMFD here is Denis VK4AE, coordinator for the WIA
    John Moyle Memorial Field Day.

    "When you hear this news broadcast, this year’s contest will be already in
    progress over this weekend 17th 18th March and will conclude at UTC to 0059
    today.

    While you may have left your run just a bit late as a portable station for
    this year’s field day, there is little to stop you from taking part as a
    home station or a mobile (Portable) station and give out some numbers.

    Those portable stations that are still out in the field may be too busy to
    hear this news service as it goes to air, for they will still be flat out
    making contacts and logging the many stations whom they have contacted during
    this year’s field day.

    While the contest activities will soon be over, the next part of the field day
    activity will soon commence.

    When the contesting actually ends and the rigs are powered down, the task of
    dismantling the station commences. This is not a lot of fun as everyone is
    exhausted by the long effort of taking part. However, you must remember that
    the job is not done until the paperwork is completed. Your log is vital to
    your effort by recording all of the contacts you have made during those long
    hours, but just as important in verifying all of the contacts made by the other
    stations. So the log is a two part document, not just for you, but for
    everyone else you have contacted.

    So please do not forget to complete your log and submit it either
    electronically to the various e-mail addresses or by snail mail by the
    18th of April 2018, but remember the closing date will be midnight on the
    25th April 2018.

    I am looking forward to receiving the log of your efforts this year.

    Last year there were well over 1,300 stations who took part, but only 162 took
    the time, effort and bother to submit a log.

    I hope that everyone has enjoyed the field day. As the logs are received they
    will be noted on the WIA Website and as soon as the logs are all received the
    results will be published in AR, on the WIA news broadcast and on the
    WIA Website as soon as possible."




    PACIFIC OCEAN HAM RADIO DRONE

    There is currently a chance to work some really rare grids.

    HF Voyager is an ocean-going drone currently making its way from Hawaii to
    California that can carry out amateur radio contacts in several digital modes.

    On-board in a waterproof container is an Elecraft KX3 and a Raspberry Pi
    computer enabling a variety of digital modes to be used. The station uses FT8
    and PSK-31 on the 20 meter band as its primary operating modes.

    You may also find it using WSPR in times of poor propagation.

    Call sign to look for? KH6JF/MM. More details and the current location
    of the drone are available

    jrfarc.org

    (Kerrie VK2FKND)





    THE DX EDGE

    KH6QJ will be active again from Kiritimati Island, Eastern Kiribati, from
    17 - 24 April as T32AZ. The station will operate on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m
    including activity in Worked All Provinces China (the WAPC) Contest.
    (Kerrie VK2FKND)
    VK Team will be active as VK9LI from Lord Howe Island 11 - 18 May 2018.
    They will operate on 160 - 17m CW, SSB, FT8.
    (Kerrie VK2FKND)




    The Italian DXpedition Team are QRV from Cameroon as TJ3TT from 15 – 29 March.
    Look for them on 160 – 10m CW, SSB and Digital.
    Full details can be found on www.i2ysb.com/idt/
    (IRTS)




    Who IS that masked man?
    A small group led by Zorro JH 1 AJT is in Bhutan till March 18 and have
    reactivated their A 5 A call sign.
    They will be on SSB, CW and RTTY.
    (IRTS)




    WORK FIRST WORRY LATER

    Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus

    TA 7 AZC, will be active as 1B/TA7AZC from the Turkish Republic Of Northern
    Cyprus now till March 19th.

    His main activity will be the Russian DX Contest (March 17-18th).

    NOTE:
    The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a self-proclaimed state part of
    Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey. The TRNC does not count for
    anything for DXCC purposes. Also, the use of the 1B prefix is illegal and is
    not sanctioned by the ITU.

    For more details about TRNC, see:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Cyprus

    (SouthGate)



    Why we don't always publizice up and coming DXPeditions.

    The D 2 TI DXpedition to Tigres Island, AF-108, has been cancelled due to a
    whole host of ongoing factors. The Russian team had hoped to be active
    mid-March for about a week..but..it's a No-No.

    (vk4bb/rsgb)




    News from the ANZAC front - RadioAmateurs remember

    AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2018

    The traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and
    the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air
    for the 8th year.

    This is not a contest.

    It honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier wars.

    The event idea came from a telephone conversation between Mike and World War 2
    Coastwatcher in Papua New Guinea, Lionel Veale. Lionel set up his ATR4A HF
    radio and orientated the antenna from behind enemy lines. Lionel was one of
    those brave Coastwatchers who sent back vital information.

    The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group in Far North Queensland
    basically asks us to consider changing modes on ANZAC Day nets, as an honour
    and Amateur Radio salute to those who served or are serving.

    (sourced to TARC)





    MEDIA WATCH

    IS IT A SHIP OR IS IT A PLANE

    The March PDF of the weather satellite publication GEO Newsletter produced by
    the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download.

    The Group for Earth Observation's aim is to enable amateur reception of
    weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch
    in the near future.

    An interesting article on ship tracks (similar to aircraft condensation trails)
    is on pages 12 and 13 of the newsletter.

    (http://www.geo-web.org.uk/geoquarterly.php)

    (Kerrie VK2FKND)





    Still to come in WIA National News Colin VK3LED with special interest group
    news including a "heavenly" look at satellites which reminds us that Monday
    19 of March at 08:43 UTC students from Templestowe Valley P/S will have the
    privilege to speak with Astronaut Scott Tingle KG5NZA on board the
    International Space station.

    Included amongst those students at the school is young Amateur Archie Toy
    VK3FTOY who obtained his foundation licence early last year and has been a
    very active and enthusiastic amateur.

    If you would like to listen to the contact you can do so via the ECHOLINK
    AMSAT conference node.

    (From Tony VK5ZAI via VK3DN)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    The Victorian D-Star Users Group are calling all hams with a reminder about
    their next D - Star Technical Day, next Saturday at the Eastern Zone Amateur
    Radio Club starting at 10.00

    It's location:-

    The Youth Room
    39-49 Well Street,
    Morwell,
    Victoria 3840

    ( VK3SLR Allan Fowler - Secretary / Treasurer )





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER

    ANOTHER AMSAT IN 2018

    A 3U Cube Satellite, dubbed the HuskySat-1, is being developed by an
    interdisciplinary team at the University of Washington and will be launched
    into Low Earth Orbit.

    A launch is planned for late 2018 with the ELaNA XXIV mission into a high
    inclination Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

    HuskySat-1 will carry a 30 kHz wide 145 to 435 MHz linear transponder for
    amateur radio SSB/CW communications along with 1k2 BPSK telemetry. The
    satellite will also transmit BPSK telemetry at 1 Mbps in the 24 GHz band.

    (Kerrie VK2FKND)





    STARTUP COMPANY LAUNCHED UNAUTHORISED SATELLITES

    On the same launch as an Amateur Radio satellite in January from India,
    some tiny 0.25 U CubeSat’s called SpaceBEEs — not to be confused with the
    fantasy insects in the “Futurama” TV cartoon — also went into space when
    they apparently should not have.

    The US FCC says Swarm Technologies - a communications start-up, launched four
    tiny internet satellites into space back in January. The FCC didn't approve
    the project, saying the experimental satellites are dangerous. If confirmed,
    it would mark the first known time in history that unauthorised satellites
    have been placed in space.

    The launch occurred on 12 January 2018, the state-owned Indian Space Agency
    (ISRO) launched its 100th satellite, along with 30 others, four of these 31
    satellites probably shouldn't have been packed to the cargo hold of the
    Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

    (Kerrie VK2FKND)





    More Satellite news comes in this week from Peter VK7PD who tells us YOU
    can send YOUR name to the Sun Aboard the Parker Solar Probe

    NASA will send your name on a microchip to the Sun aboard the Parker Solar
    Probe mission due to launch in the Summer of 2018. Coming from NASA we presume
    they refer to the July/August 2018 Northern Summer.

    The spacecraft and instruments will be protected by a 4.5-inch-thick
    carbon-composite shield to survive in the 2500° F solar environment.

    To submit your name follow the instructions at the web address you can find
    on the text edition of this broadcast.

    http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/The-Mission/Name-to-Sun/

    To learn more about the mission visit:
    http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN
    TWITTER http://twitter.com/VK1WIA
    www.HamRadioNation.com
    websdr.org
    websdr.in
    http://sdr.hu

    Doug VK4ADC asks WIA News listeners "Have you got something related to amateur
    radio that you want to discuss in a forum environment on-line?

    Are you seeking help with a technical issue and need quick advice?

    The Australian Ham Radio Discussion Forum at ahrdf.net might be just what you
    are looking for.

    There are currently over 1800 posts in over 350 threads with some 275
    mostly-VK members contributing or tweaking their knowledge, and for those of
    you who aren't already aware of it, it superseded the archived VKLogger forum
    about 18 months ago.

    The forum has sections dealing with HF, VHF and UHF, microwave, contesting,
    digital, antennas, propagation, WIA info items, and even a wanted-to-buy or
    sell listing area. If you need something else added, just ask, but most
    aspects of AR in VK are already covered.

    The forum is closely monitored for spam and offensive material and is safe
    even for children to access.

    Visit, register, and have your say.

    ahrdf.net





    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

    WICEN Weather Watch
    Cyclone Season is about and northern Hams need to be in the know
    about curly wind movements to be ready for activation.

    Check regularly the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website at
    http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/cyclone.shtml for the Coral Sea
    http://www.bom.gov.au/nt/forecasts/tcoutlook.shtml Gulf of Carpentaria
    http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone cyclone warnings.

    Alternative source for information regarding cyclone formation at
    http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html Joint Typhoon Warning Centre
    http://www.vmgd.gov.vu/vmgd/index.php Vanuatu Meteorology & Geo-Hazards
    Department
    http://www.met.gov.fj/ Fiji Meteorological Service


    Disaster Management Information
    Queensland Government https://www.qld.gov.au/alerts
    Burdekin Shire https://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/services/emergency-services/current-disaster-in formation/
    Cairns Regional http://disaster.cairns.qld.gov.au/
    Cassowary Coast Regional http://www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/disaster-info
    Charters Towers Regional http://www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au/disaster-management
    Hinchinbrook Shire http://disaster.hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au/
    Mackay Regional http://www.mackay.qld.gov.au/services/emergency_management/emergency_management _dashboard
    Townsville City http://disaster.townsville.qld.gov.au/
    Whitsunday Regional http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/140/Disaster-Management

    ( Townsville Amateur Radio Club )





    Australia has WICEN, the UK has RAYNET

    RAYNET groups around the UK were activated during the heavy snowfalls last
    week or so.

    Cardiff & District RAYNET were called in to assist with the transportation
    of key personnel, such as community care workers, as well as assisting
    stranded motorists to reach safety. Lothian & Fife RAYNET groups provided a
    communications net for the local 4x4 Response group, passing over 800 messages
    during their sixty-five hours of continuous operation.

    Glasgow & Clyde RAYNET assisted Scotserve, a voluntary medical response group,
    who were transferring staff to and from the children's hospital in Glasgow.

    Kent County RAYNET members with 4x4s turned their hand to transport as the
    County Emergency Centre sought help for stranded health and care workers.
    Altogether, they drove a total of 350 miles ferrying district nurses and
    care home staff.

    Further details on RAYNET's activities at
    raynet-uk.net

    (rsgb)





    SW broadcasts to warn fishing vessels

    After facing criticism for its failure to warn fishing vessels at sea during
    Cyclone Ockhi, the Tamil Nadu State government plans to use shortwave radio
    broadcasts to provide vital information

    The Hindu reports the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority will
    soon hold a meeting with the Regional Meteorological Centre and All India Radio
    to discuss the possibility of starting a dedicated radio station to
    disseminate weather forecasts to deep sea fishing vessels.

    (SouthGate)





    Social Scene

    2018

    March 17 & 18 – VK7 - Meet The Voice Event - Ross Tasmania
    March 24 – VK3 – D-Star Technical Day Eastern Zone ARC
    March 24 – VK2 – Club Auction / Sale Day – Wagga ARC
    March 25 - VK3 - EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont
    Mar 31 – Ap 1 – VK2 – Urunga Radio Convention - Urunga


    April 7-8 - VK3 - Antennapalooza 2018 - EMDRC, GGREC, MDRC & FAMPARC
    at Drouin
    April 22 – VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swapmeet 10-2PM
    April 22 – VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Buy, Swap and
    Sell 10-3PM


    May 4-7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
    May 18 to 20 – VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast


    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship – Mt Gambier
    Jun 9 & 10 – VK2 – Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 – VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    Nov   11     VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest







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    WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and AGM, please registernow. -

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    WIA attends Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Meeting. -

    WIA Director David Ford VK4MZ with some “out-there ideas”


    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF MARCH 25





    Australia will stand for re-election to the Council of the International
    Telecommunication Union later this year.

    Critical Comms magazine say the announcement was made in a joint statement
    released by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the Minister
    for Communications, Mitch Fifield.

    “Australia has been an active member of the council since 1959.
    We play a pivotal role in the ITU’s support for communications
    in our region, especially in addressing cybersecurity challenges."

    The Ministers said that the Departments of Communications and the Arts,
    Foreign Affairs and Trade and the ACMA will work together to campaign for
    Australia’s re-election.


    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/news/australia-seeks-itu-council-r e-election-1164506878#ixzz5A4db7oWo





    ISS Astronaut Talks to Victorian Students

    On 19 March ISS astronaut Scott Tingle and Templestowe Valley Primary School
    made contact, with Scott answering the many questions the students put to him.

    The contact was a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ in Glenden, Queensland.

    The contact was audible over portions of Australia and adjacent areas on
    frequency 145.800 MHz downlink.

    This unique opportunity came about after student and amateur radio enthusiast
    Archie Toy VK3FTOY heard about the Amateur Radio on the International Space
    Station program


    (QRZ.com and HeraldSun.com.au)
    * Writer VK2FKND notes..

    " I was able to listen in to Astronaut Scott Tingle, heard loud and clear
    here in the Hunter Valley. "





    WIA

    Don't forget that registrations are now open for the 2018 WIA Radio and
    Electronics Convention and AGM. You can register today via the online
    registration form on the WIA website

    For those arriving at the Gold Coast on Friday evening the traditional
    informal dinner and get together is being held at Fisherman's Wharf Tavern,
    which is located near Sea World on Main Beach. The evening meal will be of
    your choice and budget.

    On Saturday morning at 9am the formal WIA AGM and Open Forum will take place
    in SeaWorld's conference centre. This important event will be followed by an
    eye opening afternoon program themed "Beyond 2020”.

    At 7pm on Saturday evening the traditional WIA Annual Dinner will take place.
    The dinner is being held at SeaWorld's Shoreline Restaurant, featuring the
    restaurants signature seafood buffet. During the evening guests will be
    privileged to hear from Jeff Johnson VK4XJJ as he talks to us about his walk
    across Australia with Amateur Radio.

    On Sunday morning consider trying something different, an early morning
    Champagne and Breakfast Hot Air Balloon Ride. Consider taking
    your radio with you and discover how far for you can work from such heights.
    Sunday morning will also feature tours of the Queensland Telecommunications
    Museum, a tour of the Surf Life Saving Command Centre, plus a variety of
    demonstrations and displays of Amateur Radio equipment.

    And last but not least, for those not traveling back to their home QTH on
    Sunday afternoon, you are invited to join us for a free BBQ dinner courtesy
    of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society.

    Further information and the Full weekend program with online registration
    form is now available on the WIA Website.





    WIA Merit Awards

    The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises outstanding achievement
    in the field of Amateur Radio that furthers the science of radio, and/or
    service to the WIA.

    The Awards play an important role in promoting excellence with nominations
    made by WIA members and then decided by the WIA Board.

    Nominations are now being called for the 2018 awards.

    The WIA Merit Awards include:

    GA Taylor Medal
    WIA Honorary Life Membership
    Chris Jones Award
    Ron Wilkinson Achievement Award
    WIA Technical Excellence Award
    WIA Foundation Licence Award
    Presidents Commendation

    A full list of the origin of each award and the previous recipients is
    available on the WIA web site.

    The list of the current award recipients and their achievements will be
    published in Amateur Radio magazine and on this WIA Sunday broadcast.

    Nominations should be in the approved format utilising the form which is on
    the WIA web site. Details in the text version of this broadcast.

    http://www.wia.org.au/members/wiaawards/about/

    The specific award is not part of the nomination process. That decision is
    made by the WIA Board of Directors, and all WIA Merit Awards are not
    necessarily awarded each and every year.

    If a nomination is successful, these are usually announced at the WIA Annual
    General Meeting, and where possible presented at that gathering of members.

    Nominations close on 15th April 2018.

    In addition there are also awards issued by the Publications Committee and
    the WIA DX Awards Committee

    (Peter Clee VK8ZZ, Secretary WIA)





    WIA attends Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Meeting

    The following is a summary of the report from Dale Hughes VK1DSH.

    The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) is a Regional Telecommunications
    Organisation (RTO) that, among other things, develops the Asia-Pacific
    regional view on World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19) agenda items.
    The third meeting of the APT Preparatory group for WRC-19 (APG19-3) was
    held in Perth, Australia over the week 12 to 16 March 2018. Some 400
    delegates from APT member states attended.

    It is important that the amateur service be represented at these meetings
    to ensure the best outcome for Region 3 amateurs.

    Regional views on WRC-19 agenda items (AI’s) are important as the various
    RTO’s carry considerable weight at the WRC negotiations. The Australian
    delegation of 47 members was jointly headed by the ACMA and the
    Department of Communications and the Arts. Australian delegates represented
    various government departments, statutory authorities, broadcasters and
    satellite operators. Dale Hughes VK1DSH represented the WIA (and therefore
    Australia’s amateur service) and Dale was specifically responsible for
    WRC-19 agenda items 1.1 and 9.1.6.

    There were many other amateurs attending - Mr. Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP (IARU
    Region 3 Secretary) was a member of the Japanese delegation and represented
    the JARL and the other IARU delegates were Mr. Shizuo Endo JE1MUI and
    Mr. Wisnu Widjaja YB0AZ.

    The main WRC-19 amateur issue is agenda item 1.1 which relates to a possible
    new amateur allocation in the 50 – 54 MHz frequency band in ITU Region 1 and
    therefore is not of direct concern for Region 3 amateurs, however it is
    important to ensure that any decisions made by WRC-19 on this issue do not
    affect the Region 3 amateur allocations.

    As the Australian agenda item coordinator for agenda items 1.1 and 9.1.6
    Dale is responsible for the development of Australia’s position on these
    agenda items and presenting such views at ITU and APG meetings. For APG19-3
    Australia submitted input contributions on all WRC-19 agenda items including
    items 1.1 and 9.1.6 and these contributions were considered in developing the
    preliminary Asia-Pacific regional views and associated output documents.

    The IARU preliminary views on WRC-19 agenda items are given in annex 1 of
    this report.

    The APG19-3 meeting is midway in the WRC-19 cycle, most views on WRC agenda
    items are starting to crystallise (incl. Australia) and will be refined over
    the next two APG meetings. The value of being at APG meetings (either as a
    member of a national delegation or as representative of the IARU) is finding
    out the various national views and being able to possibly influence national
    and regional views.

    A summary of the main results from APG19-3 is as follows

    Agenda Item - Issue - Preliminary View
    1.1 - Region 1 50 – 54 MHz amateur allocation - Good
    1.7 - Additional spectrum for small satellites - OK, but watch
    1.11 - Railway systems; possible new allocation - OK, but watch
    1.12 - Spectrum for Intelligent Transport Systems - OK, but remains a threat
    1.13 - mm wave spectrum for IMT - OK, but watch
    1.16 - Additional RLAN spectrum at 5 GHz - OK, but remains a threat
    9.1.6 - Wireless Power Transmission for electric vehicles - OK, but remains
    a threat

    What is next?

    The next APG and WRC meetings are planned to be:
    APG19-4: Korea, 7 – 12 January, 2019
    APG19-5: Japan, 31 July – 6 August, 2019
    WRC-19: Egypt, 28 October – 22 November 2019

    It is important that we attend these meetings to ensure that the concerns
    of the amateur service are adequately expressed and incorporated in the
    relevant APG views and output texts.

    Conclusion

    APG19-3 was well run and successful; the views of the amateur service were
    represented in a professional manner and were noted in the relevant APG
    output documents. Input to future APG meetings through the WRC processes of
    each national administration (where possible) and the IARU on agenda items
    relevant to the amateur service is important and such input must be refined
    to clearly reflect the needs and concerns of the amateur service.

    Links:

    A full list of WRC-19 agenda items may be found in Resolution 809 (WRC-15).


    The preliminary Australia views on all WRC-19 agenda items may be found on
    the ACMA website.

    The finalised APG19-3 preliminary views on WRC-19 agenda items will appear
    on the APT website covering APG meetings under the ‘Documents’ section in
    due course. https://www.apt.int/APTAPG

    ACMA details on Australian Radio Study Groups (particularly ARSG-5).

    Dale Hughes VK1DSH’s full report on the APG-3 meeting can be found below.

    The IARU preliminary views on WRC-19 agenda items is an annex to this report.

    Remember 'GOOGLE' is your friend here or go to wia.org.au front page news.





    WIA Director David Ford, VK4MZ:-

    Have you signed up for the WIA Radio and Electronics Convention to be held
    at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast yet? There’s some awesome sessions and
    every one of the nineteen plus events looks fascinating.

    The weekend is so action packed that on Saturday afternoon there are two
    streams of content running simultaneously. Remember that for everything other
    than the 90-minute AGM part of the weekend on Saturday morning, non-WIA
    members are most welcome to come along. It will be held from the 18th to the
    20th of May 2018 which is in 8 short weeks.

    Put your registration in today to help the organising committee further plan
    for the event, and also so that you don’t miss your chance to attend if it
    sells out. You can book tickets by following the link on the right side of
    the WIA website at www.wia.org.au

    If you are planning a longer stay in the Gold Coast, the Commonwealth Games
    are only a month before the WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and at the
    time of recording, tickets are still available.


    As the Board, we frequently get asked, what can we do to improve uptake, and
    retention in the hobby. Well like most things, there is a complex answer,
    and a simple answer. Right now, today, or this week if you’re a club you can
    act.

    The first act I’ll call the fun police, the second act big goals, the third,
    sharing is caring and the fourth, the big question.

    1. The fun police, hobbies are all about fun and they are a form of
    entertainment. If you aren’t having fun, and the hobby is not
    rewarding, your motivation will fall, and you’ll give it up.
    That’s the same for almost everyone. Now when we look at many clubs
    we see they are structured in a hierarchical way. There will be a
    president, a vice president, a secretary, a treasurer and you may have
    a few other roles. The club will meet regularly, and the typical agenda
    considers reports from different parties. There may be a presentation
    of varying interest and then the meeting closes. Sometimes, this could be
    called fun. Other times, not so much.

    2. To introduce new comers to the hobby and retain their interest in
    an ever-noisy world. Flip the model and empower your club with
    someone who’s role it is to play the fun police. This is an
    independent role for your club and has a conflict of interest if
    the same person tries to perform any other role in the club. Your
    fun police’s motto is that if it’s not fun, don’t do it, or at least
    minimise it. If part of your club meetings is boring, then it’s the
    fun police’s job to respectfully highlight that it’s stale.
    If there’s someone acting in a way that makes the hobby less fun
    for others, bring in your fun police to have a quiet and private
    word with them. In retail there is a theory that unless your bricks
    and mortar store can create a compelling experience that people love
    to be a part of without buying something, an experience that’s
    entertaining and keeps people coming to the store just because they
    want to be there, then don’t bother with opening a bricks and mortar
    store at all. If your customer experience isn’t compelling, then
    your strategy is better pursued online (there are some exceptions).
    So too this can be applied to hobbies, the experience MUST be
    compelling, entertaining, rewarding and most importantly enjoyable.
    Nominate your club a fun police force to make it happen. If its
    not fun, sideline it. You can do that this week at your club
    and it’ll pay off.

    3. Big Goals, most people like to be part of something big and
    challenging. So set your club some lofty goals to pursue such as
    helping someone unfortunate in the community, winning the next
    Remembrance Day, Oceania DX or John Moyle Memorial contest,
    why not go for all three. arrange a competition with other
    local clubs for a weekly fox hunt challenge, run a trivia contest
    over the local repeater, build a station for your local school
    as a long-term project and when I say build I mean build with
    a soldering iron – involve the school in building it. The point is,
    find a goal that works for your club and give everyone a chance
    to work towards achieving it.

    4. Sharing is caring. Now once you have a club where the fun police
    have done their job. A club that is pursuing the enjoyment of the
    hobby with some big goals that gets back to the roots of what the
    hobby is about, and people really love doing it. The time has come
    to share the experience. Setup a special open day, make sure the fun
    of your club is exemplified by showcasing and allowing people to
    experience Amateur Radio and electronics in an immersive and hands-on
    manner whatever your club loves to do and invite your kids,
    your grandkids, friends or anyone else. Get them involved.

    5. The big question. An issue that we hear frequently is that it is
    very difficult to find an exam. With the number of assessors and
    clubs around this shouldn’t be the case, but it is.
    So if your club runs exams make sure you have a process setup to
    respond to exam candidates quickly, and if the process fails have
    a backup.

    So that’s four simple acts that your club can start thinking about and
    discussing this week. Or makeup your own plan. The important point is to ask,
    why would someone want to take up the hobby and keep doing it? And then give
    your club members and potential club members every chance to amplify the
    experience and build a club experience that’s compelling. Once you’ve done
    that, take steps to remove friction in the experience.

    Have a great day, I’ll see you at the WIA Radio and Electronics Convention.
    Don’t forget to arrange your travel and book your tickets soon as its only
    8 weeks away on the 18th to 20th of May. Bookings are available through the
    wia.org.au website.

    This has been David Ford, VK4MZ with some “out-there ideas” – so go get out
    there.


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    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND

    E-licensing

    The world-wide shift to online amateur radio exams and licensing continues
    to gather pace, the latest country to adopt it is Indonesia.

    The new online State Amateur Radio Examination (UNAR) and Licensing system
    shows the government's commitment to provide easy, fast & transparent services.

    The implementation of UNAR e-Licensing aims to facilitate the stakeholders,
    especially the Directorate General of SDPPI as the regulator, the
    Amateur Radio Organization of Indonesia, as well as the participants of
    UNAR itself.

    Taking advantage of E-Licencing, 2 young people aged 9 were among the 291
    people who took the amateur radio exam using the new online State Amateur
    Radio Examination (UNAR) and Licensing system

    The Indonesian Government regulator reports that Muhammad Raihan Yudhistira
    and Raditya Danish Pratama were the first child participants in the online exam

    The article doesn't clarify if the 9-year-olds were actually able to get an
    amateur license after passing the exam.

    It appears that the amateur radio regulations in Indonesia ban people under
    14 years of age from holding an amateur license.





    The RSGB is planning to open the National Radio Centre every Monday, starting
    on Monday the 2nd of April, Easter Monday.

    This now means that the National Radio Centre, inside Bletchley Park will be
    open to the public six days a week.

    The National Radio Centre attracts around 26,000 visitors a year.

    A new permanent exhibition at Bletchley Park tells the story of the
    Bombe machines that helped break the Enigma code in the actual location
    that housed the machines.

    Hut 11A

    The Bombe Breakthrough explains in detail the challenges posed by Enigma
    and explores how Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman and others devised the machine
    that helped solve it.





    The Canadian Society, the RAC, have selected Don, VE7DS and Keith, VE7KW,
    as co-recipients of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2017 for their work
    that made VE 100 VIMY a part of Canadian Amateur Radio history.

    The project was a uniquely Canadian special event station VE100VIMY, and the
    conception, planning, organizing and fulfilment of the project was done by
    Don, Team Leader and Keith, Deputy Team Leader and Chief Engineer of the
    Vimy Commemorative Station Society.

    Together, these 2 guys made the project happen, a project that involved more
    than 40,000 Amateurs around the world!





    Still, after 9-11, the "beat" goes on.

    On 14 February, a 19-year-old gunman shot and killed 17 people at a rampage
    at Parkland School in Broward County, Florida.

    Audio released from police voice communication recordings reveal frustration
    on the part of officers responding to the incident. In particular, complaints
    about congestion on the air.

    Stations 'beating' with each other.

    "I can't transmit for some reason," said one officer.
    "Just so you know, we're having trouble transmitting," said another.

    (( AUDIO COURTESY NPR ))

    Officials say the system was working as intended, and that the users were
    running into a 'throttling' issue as the radio channel(s) became more and
    more congested.

    An in-depth story is reported by the US National Public Radio, including
    comments from Bill Schrier, senior adviser to FirstNet and a recent speaker
    at Comms Connect Melbourne.


    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/public-safety/article/police-complain-of-di gital-radio-congestion-1038948160#ixzz5A4ceeQ83





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about


    This weekend sees the CQWW-WPXSSB contest running from
    00.01 GMT on Saturday to 23.59 GMT on Sunday.
    SSB only on the 1.8 to 28MHz contest bands, the exchange is
    signal report and serial number.
    (RSGB)




    April 18 – WW – World Amateur Radio Day - IARU

    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest





    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    You could help bring some life back into Australia's heritage mills by joining
    the mills-on-the-air scheme.

    Once thought of as a mainly UK event, the scheme has spread to Europe, and
    since last year, has Australia as a member.

    Thanks to the Central Goldfields Amateur Radio Group and Peter VK3CC,
    Smeaton Mill in Victoria, in 2017, was the first Australian mill to be
    registered with Mills on the Air.

    Why not get your club to adopt a local mill - any type will do such as a flour,
    woollen or paper mill, whether working, derelict or just the site of an old
    mill.

    It’s a simple process to register with the originators of the scheme,
    Denby Dale radio club.

    This year Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club will be coordinating the
    activation of Andersons Mill.

    There are heritage and festival events being held simultaneously this year at
    Smeaton and I do know that the National Trust of Australia and the press are
    taking a great interest in our proposed activities.

    It's a low key family event and not a contest and is being held on the weekend
    of the 12th and 13th of May 2018 so you have plenty of time to join in.

    The website adoptamillacrossaustralia.com.au gives you all the details you
    need to join in.

    I'm Tony, VK3KKP.





    THE DX EDGE

    Crozet and Glorioso Islands will probably stay rare for now

    A letter written by Sebastien, F 5 UFX, was sent out to the media this past
    weekend explaining the status of Amateur Radio from the French overseas
    territories and their project for an expedition to these Islands.

    Currently both Crozet (FT/W) and Glorioso Islands (FT/G) are both ranked on
    ClubLog's "DXCC Most Wanted List", #3 and #13, respectively.

    DXPeditions seem unlikely due to the many TAAF island restrictions for
    protecting the birds, ecosystems and safeguarding biodiversity.

    DXNEWS.COM - https://dxnews.com/crozet-glorioso

    (sourced to SouthGate)





    The Zululand Amateur Radio Club, ZS 5 ZLB, are activating ZSFF-0102 -
    Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve in Zululand March 25 from 10:00 to 13:00 UTC.
    They will be using the preferred frequency of 7.145 or thereabout.
    All QSOs will be confirmed by a QSL card.





    Nearly 100k QSOs for Z60A

    Before shutting down on 12th March, Z60A in Kosovo had logged 98,450
    contacts during its celebratory operations.

    The 30-day-long initial activation of the newest DXCC entity encountered
    30,541 individual call signs in 174 DXCC entities.

    QSL cards will be printed soon

    (sourced to RSGB)





    The EIDX Group are active as 7 Q 7 EI from Malawi to the 3rd of April.
    They will operate on 160 to 10m using CW, SSB and RTTY.

    They particularly plan to be active in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest this weekend.
    QSL via M 0 OXO.

    (sourced to RSGB)





    The Italian DXpedition Team are QRV from Cameroon as TJ3TT from 15 – 29 March.
    Look for them on 160 – 10m CW, SSB and Digital.
    Full details can be found on www.i2ysb.com/idt/

    (IRTS)





    WIRELESS WEATHER

    A 'cracking' surprise geomagnetic storm

    Last Sunday, March 18t, an unexpected crack opened in the Earth's magnetic
    field, sparking a brief but potent G2-class geomagnetic storm.

    Bright auroras ringed the Arctic Circle while, in Europe, the light show
    descended as far south as Germany.

    Spaceweather.com explains the phenomenon of magnetic cracks and how you
    can monitor them online.

    (Sourced to SouthGate AR News)





    MEDIA WATCH

    Amateur Radio and Zombies

    Sure, ham radio can save lives but....that apparently doesn't count if you're
    a zombie. The March 11th episode of "The Walking Dead," a popular American TV
    show, seemed to try to make that point.

    The episode marked the latest appearance ham radio has made in a TV series -
    this one being a popular post-apocalyptic drama.

    Two of the show's protagonists discover an abandoned QTH with radio equipment
    and a script of messages designed to reassure anyone who can copy the operator's
    signal. The men also find a corpse on the ground - a zombified man who had
    somehow suffocated. He is presumed to have been the ham radio operator
    transmitting those messages. The fact that the deceased ham was relying on
    good band conditions tells us this is definitely fiction.

    Stay tuned, perhaps there'll be a sequel - not "The Walking Dead" but the
    "Push-To-Talking Dead."

    (Amateur Radio News Online)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER

    Sneaky Satellites

    Further to last week's news item about the unauthorised launch of four tiny
    satellites. The four communications satellites that Swarm Technologies had
    launched into orbit from India in January, without approval, were designed
    to test out an Internet-of-Things communications network from space by
    communicating with ground stations and swapping data for as long as eight years

    Swarm's application to operate them from space was rejected by the FCC in
    December, with the agency citing concerns about their possible collision with
    other craft in space.

    The FCC noted that the miniature nature of the SpaceBees' technology would
    make them difficult to track to prevent such collisions. The FCC has set
    aside permission it previously gave Swarm for its next four satellites due to
    be launched in April, pending further review of the unauthorised launch.

    More on this story is available from www.space.com

    (Space.com)





    A 3U Cube Satellite, dubbed the HuskySat-1, being developed by the
    University of Washington and will be launched into A HIGH inclination
    Low Earth Orbit late 2018

    HuskySat-1 is a 3U CubeSat with propulsion capabilities in the form of a
    pulsed plasma thruster, will demonstrate the capabilities of new technologies
    being developed at the University and expand the capabilities of CubeSats
    as a whole.

    HuskySat-1 will carry a 30 kHz wide 145 to 435 MHz linear transponder for
    amateur radio SSB/CW communications along with 1k2 BPSK telemetry.

    The satellite will also transmit BPSK telemetry at 1 Mbps in the 24 GHz band.

    (Kerrie VK2FKND/AMSAT-NA/RSGB)





    Lunar Amateur Radio Satellites DSLWP-A1/A2
    Mingchuan Wei BG2BHC reports DSLWP is a lunar formation flying mission
    for low frequency radio astronomy, amateur radio and education, which consists
    of 2 microsatellites.

    Developed by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology the amateur radio
    payload on-board DSLWP-A1 will provide telecommand uplink & telemetry / digital
    image downlink. The team proposes downlinks for A1 on 435.425 MHz & 436.425 MHz
    while downlinks for A2 would be 435.400 MHz and 436.400 MHz using 250 bps GMSK
    with concatenated codes or JT65B.

    The planned launch into a 200 x 9000 km lunar orbit is June 2018.

    Further info can be found on the link provided in this week’s text edition
    of the WIA News Service.

    http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/

    (Sourced from the AMSAT News Service bk vk7pd)





    China's DSLWP-A1/A2 Satellites to Transmit Amateur Radio Data from the Moon

    China is planning to launch the Chang’e 4 lander and rover which is slated
    to land on the far side of the moon in December.

    The lander configuration will use a relay satellite for a control and data
    link with Earth.

    (AMSAT-NA)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
    (1000utc during daylight saving)

    Thelma Souper YL contest

    It is with a lot of regret that the Executive Committee of WARO has announced
    the Thelma Souper Contest will not be held this year. No other details were
    available as we went to air.

    (NZART)




    Attracting More Women to Amateur Radio

    Following International Women’s Day, I spent some time researching for this
    segment and found myself lost in a myriad of internet threads about how to
    attract more women to amateur radio. It was the kind of internet rabbit hole
    that we occasionally find it difficult to extract ourselves from. There was a
    list of do’s and don’ts, interestingly enough written by a man, and comments
    about avoiding the double bind stereotype – the stereotype that says women
    are nice, kind and compassionate, and therefore don’t make good leaders.

    Then I found a social media site exclusively for women to discuss the issue.


    https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/2kku8h/encouraging_women_in_amat eur_radio_any_success/clmfm84/

    Then I found the story of Destiny Cosner, KG5MRD, which illustrates
    wonderfully how to support a girl’s interest in amateur radio.

    Destiny writes

    “My parents are both ham operators back in WA state where I grew up.

    My dad started a few years before 1980 after joining with the county
    Search and Rescue team. My mom learned of ham radio from her father,
    and sometime in the early 1980s she got her license. She joined
    search and rescue a few years later and met my father.

    Fun fact: My dad still has his red zone pass from his trip up Mt. St. Helens
    in April of 1980. He was communications for the scientists going up to the
    ridge just before it had its major eruption in May of that year.

    So I grew up listening to all these stories and all the usual radio
    chatter. Dad was always on the radio in the truck. Mom had a mobile
    in the car, as well. I still remember one particular evening when I
    was quite young, talking to my grandparents in Montana from the radio
    in the back room, and asking when I would get to have my license.

    Unfortunately, life got busy and I lost interest for a while. I graduated
    high school, moved out on my own and ended up in Texas. At that point,
    I wanted to get my license. I didn't have the contacts to find a class
    or a place to test, so it took a couple of years before I asked the right
    person and managed to find my way into the world of ham radio.”

    http://weeklynet.org/ylntx/blog/one-phenomenal-young-yls-journey-into-hamdom

    Once again links are in the text version of this broadcast I’m
    Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    80 YOUNG RADIO AMATEURS FROM 34 COUNTRIES TO ATTEND SUMMER YOTA IN SOUTH AFRICA.

    The SARL will be hosting 80 young radio amateurs between 16 and 25 years old,
    From the 8 to 15 August. This is a first for Africa and a first for
    South Africa to host this major youth amateur radio event.
    Participants are joining the camp from many European, near East and African
    countries.

    YOTA is the acronym for "Youngsters on the Air" and has the objective of
    drawing together young licensed radio amateurs to learn new radio
    communication skills, discuss and share ideas about amateur radio and its
    future.

    The participants will be exposed to building a transceiver, creating a
    BACARSat to fly on a high-altitude balloon, learn about each other's cultures
    and focus on how to take amateur radio forward in their own country.

    (SARL)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    The Radio Amateur Old Timers' Association has been operating GB 6 0OT
    during 2018 as a part of its diamond jubilee celebrations.

    GB 6 0OT is active 17 to 25 of March (operated by Simon M 0 TRJ)

    (rsgb)





    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

    OR RADIO RESCUES.

    While being in qso with friends in New York and Germany, Lothar, HK3JCL
    heard a cry for help and recognised the voice of a friend in Germany.
    This wheelchair-dependent friend lay immobilised in his home and had
    used his VOX operated transceiver to call for help, which arrived via
    Lothar in Colombia and another German amateur in Hamburg, who alerted
    the local police to the situation.

    Read more at http://ov-erding.de/

    (SARL)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

    Is Spectrum above VHF where the future lies?

    Radio communications started off on long and medium wavelengths, first on
    Maritime Mobile spark transmissions and years later followed by AM
    Broadcasting.

    After radio amateurs discovered Shortwave DX communications the commercial
    world rushed down to Shortwaves too to make their worldwide transmissions.

    In time commercial stations realized that they needed more bandwidth to operate
    their TV stations and FM Broadcasting stations, which was then available on
    VHF.

    With the advent of commercial satellite operation, DSTV became possible on the
    Ku Microwave bands. But for a small group, most radio amateurs were reluctant
    to explore these higher frequencies except for repeater operation on VHF.
    Fortunately, there were several overseas amateurs who ventured to experiment
    on the microwave bands even as high as the Terahertz spectrum.

    What has now become clear is that DX can be worked almost daily on EME when
    the moon is visible, using small portable dishes, low power and digital on
    microwave frequencies, which could be a boon for townhouse EME operation.

    (Southgate Amateur Radio News)




    Social Scene



    2018

    March 24 – VK3 – D-Star Technical Day Eastern Zone ARC
    March 24 – VK2 – Club Auction / Sale Day – Wagga ARC
    March 25 - VK3 - EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont
    Mar 31 – Ap 1 – VK2 – Urunga Radio Convention - Urunga

    With Fox hunts and convention activities on both days, quizzes, raffles,
    trade tables available, pre loved gear, etc.

    Getting to Urunga is now even EASIER what with the new Deviation open
    it also means Urunga is a lot less busy.

    Why not make it a break from your busy lifestyle and slow down a bit at quiet
    restful “Urunga” “where the rivers meet the sea”, it's the longest running
    “fox hunt convention” in Australia.

    The social gathering for the Saturday night dinner at the Bowling Club is
    always well attended ( see Ken VK2DGT at the convention )

    The Saturday Night Fox Hunt (Fox O.R. 6 Tx's different freq. 2mtr's) was
    very popular.(safety vests available, may need light)

    The 2016 convention went off without a hitch and was well attended, with many
    Fox hunters competing for “Arnold Austin Memorial Award” and the “Brian Slarke
    Memorial Award” overall for two days. Mobile and Pedestrian Hunts.

    Venue: the “Senior Citizens” hall Bowra street Urunga

    Note: The “Pacific Highway deviation” is open, coming from the South, turn
    into Ballards Road at Valla turn off, travel on old section, it may be quicker
    to turn in on Waterfall Way North of Urunga.

    Contact Information

    Ken Golden VK2DGT. Urunga Radio Convention. Inc.
    Email: krgolden46@hotmail.com
    Pn.02 6652 3177

    April 7-8 - VK3 - Antennapalooza 2018 - EMDRC, GGREC, MDRC & FAMPARC
    at Drouin
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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 1 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS


    WIA 2018 Radio and Electronics convention is rapidly approaching. -

    WIA Merit Award program with Secretary VK8ZZ.-

    WIA BOARD COMMENT with Greg VK2GPK.


    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF APRIL 01





    Telstra will trial the installation of small cells on TasNetworks’ power
    poles to test the feasibility of using them to help overcome some of
    Tasmania’s mobile black spots.

    Telstra CEO Andy Penn said that we’re “at the forefront of delivering
    world-class mobile services to Tasmanians, and we’re determined to continue
    to lead as the development and introduction of 5G technology commences by
    2020”.

    With the construction of a standard mobile base station typically costing
    several hundreds of thousands of dollars, small cells may allow TELSTRA
    to deliver mobile coverage and capacity to smaller communities and areas
    where the construction of a mobile base station would otherwise be
    uneconomical.


    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/radio-systems/news/telstra-trialling-power- pole-small-cells-415141045#ixzz5AZQvyDs9

    (VK7WI News / Critical Comms Web E-zine)





    CAP EXPO

    Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club had a stall at the Cap EXPO last weekend
    to demonstrate Amateur Radio.

    This event is sponsored by the ACT Government to assist Community groups and
    clubs to show off their wares.

    CRARC had eleven enquiries about the Foundation Course so things look good
    for a bunch of 'newbies' in our nation’s capital.





    WIA

    The time for the WIA 2018 Radio and Electronics convention is rapidly
    approaching and we would like to draw your attention to two new technical
    discussions that will be held on Saturday the 19th of May at Sea World Resort.

    David Rowe (VK5DGR) will be talking about his creation of FreeDV.

    David was first licensed at age 14 in 1981, operating a converted CB on 10m.
    Through the 1980's and high school he progressed to a "full call" license and
    a TS-520S. In 2009 he became interested in the problem of closed source
    codecs and digital voice, and started working on FreeDV.

    David works part time as a senior engineer for a defence signal processing
    company, and is Dad to three children. He writes a popular blog that is read
    by 70,000 people each month, drives a home-brew Electric Car, and also enjoys
    bike riding and sailing (both with a 70cm HT).

    Tim (VK5ZT) will present his experiments in optical communication or
    “nanowires” as our English friends refer to 474 terahertz (i.e. light).
    What is easiest to build, what will work and what is the current ‘state of
    the art’. He will look at what can be achieved and prospective future
    projects.

    Tim was first licenced in 1971 as VK5ZTD while still a PMG department trainee.
    He has had a varied career in the private sector and as a public servant,
    mostly in defence electronics in technical and managerial roles. He is a keen
    experimenter in many areas of amateur radio and mostly on frequencies above
    two metres.

    The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society and organising committee of the WIA 2018
    Radio and Electronics convention is looking forward to seeing you on the
    weekend of the 18th and 19th of May, 2018.

    If you have not already registered, please do so at wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/2018agm/

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email the organising
    committee at wiaagm@wia.org.au





    WIA Merit Awards

    The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises outstanding achievement
    in the field of Amateur Radio that furthers the science of radio, and/or
    service to the WIA.

    Nominations are now being called for the 2018 awards.

    A full list of the origin of each award and the previous recipients is
    available on the WIA web site.

    Nominations should be in the approved format utilising the form which is on
    the WIA web site. Details in the text version of this broadcast.

    http://www.wia.org.au/members/wiaawards/about/

    The specific award is not part of the nomination process. That decision is
    made by the WIA Board of Directors, and all WIA Merit Awards are not
    necessarily awarded each and every year.

    If a nomination is successful, these are usually announced at the WIA Annual
    General Meeting, and where possible presented at that gathering of members.

    Nominations close on 15th April 2018.





    Hello, this is Greg VK2GPK with this week’s comment from the WIA Board.

    First off a quick update on the really exciting things happening at the
    WIA National Office in Victoria. Exciting may be somewhat of an exaggeration,
    as we have been stocktaking, reconciling and closing off the accounts in
    readiness for the auditors and the annual audit, which started mid-February,
    and is now almost complete.

    In regard to the audit preparation, I would like to thank Petra and Bruce in
    the National Office, and especially John Longayroux, who as a CPA (Certified
    Practising Accountant), has assisted in undertaking the liaison accountant
    role with the external auditors.

    John’s historical knowledge (he was WIA treasurer from 2009 to 2015) and
    attention to detail has proved invaluable in facilitating the external audit
    process.

    As I have mentioned before in earlier broadcasts that currently the WIA costs
    exceed income by about 10%. This deficit is primarily due to costs increasing
    faster than revenue over the last three to five years or so combined with a,
    somewhat understandable, reticence of prior boards to make potentially
    unpopular decisions.

    So, as anticipated, we will end the year in deficit.

    The cash flow deficit is in line with what we anticipated from 3rd quarter
    last year, though this year we have added a number of provisions for
    committed future expenditure as well as employee entitlements.

    This isn’t new news as the WIA running at a loss has been the case for the
    last few years. What is different is the current board have made some
    difficult decisions and taken action to address this shortfall, with multiple
    initiatives either underway or planned for the near term both on costs and
    revenue. I will note again that the WIA is not in any immediate danger of
    becoming insolvent, with significant assets (cash and property), but
    continued losses left unchecked would inevitably result in the demise of the
    organisation in a few years’ time.

    The turnaround takes time. For example, the WIA has signed contracts with
    various parties with notice periods for change ranging from 3 months to
    12 months, so changes require lead-time to take effect on costs.

    With the changes we have planned implemented, the board reasonably anticipate
    that by end of second quarter this year to be cash flow neutral – that is with
    income covering costs. And then, by year end to achieve a small surplus if
    things proceed as planned and we don’t hit too many unexpected expense
    potholes along the way!

    Finally, on a somewhat lighter note, a reminder that the annual WIA
    get-together and catch-up aka The WIA Radio & Electronics Convention and AGM
    is up on the WIA website for bookings. This year held in Queensland on the
    Gold Coast.

    Our Queensland amateur friends are hoping to match or even exceed the
    fantastic time had by all at last year’s Hahndorf technical fun fest- a tall
    order but they have convinced the board they are up to the challenge! Last
    year was my first WIA convention and I enjoyed it immensely, the technical
    presentations were universally excellent and the networking with fellow
    amateurs from all parts of Australia was very rewarding.

    It is a once a year opportunity, I am sure you won’t be disappointed. So get
    planning, as seats at the convention are definitely limited.

    As well as the technical talks and vendor equipment stands; there is a WIA
    strategy forum scheduled for the Saturday afternoon – if you have views on
    what the future for the WIA and Amateur Radio should look like, or want to
    hear other viewpoints on the future – be there, we need your input!

    It is also time to get in early and book your accommodation. There are many
    options for accommodation in close proximity to the convention centre at
    SeaWorld to suit all budgets, check out the wotif or trivago websites for
    details.

    If you are driving, consider car-sharing or travelling in convoy with other
    ham tragics, as I did last year for the convention – it makes the trip much
    more fun! If you are flying, Coolangatta airport is the closest, but Brisbane
    often is cheaper to fly into, with easy transport options to the gold coast.
    Air fares appear quite reasonable at the moment for around the time of the
    convention, but time is of the essence.

    Hopefully we will see you, and maybe your partner at the WIA convention. If
    you haven’t yet been to a WIA Convention / AGM, you will never know what you
    are missing

    This is Greg 2GPK for the WIA Board.



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND


    An out-of-control Chinese space station moving at 17,000 mph was set to
    plummet to Earth over this Easter weekend, leaving space experts scrambling
    to guess where.

    Tiangong-1, or "The Heavenly Palace," could re-enter the atmosphere over a
    major city and scientists will not know until a few hours before it happens.

    The space station was expected to re-enter the atmosphere between March 31
    and April 4.

    China has released little information apart from its altitude and without
    more details of its design European scientists and NASA have had little
    information on which to base their predictions for the landing area.

    BUT do not be concerned nor change daily behaviour, and to worry more about
    crossing the street more than looking to the sky to see if you are about to
    be hit on the 'noggin' by space debris.

    A space debris expert based in Germany, said: "Over the past 60 years of
    space flight, we are nearing the mark of 6,000 uncontrolled re-entries of
    large objects, mostly satellites and upper rocket stages.

    "Only one event actually produced a fragment which hit a person."

    The UK's Telegraph newspaper said " this person was Lottie Williams, in Tulsa,
    Oklahoma.

    In 1997 she was struck on the shoulder by a six-inch piece of metal from a
    Delta 2 rocket.





    A training exercise, in the South Island of New Zealand which involved up to
    100 people including those from the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
    Group, found a body on the river bank.

    Police confirmed the body as that of Emma Beattie, a 20-year-old missing
    from Canterbury more than four months ago

    The river had been extensively searched in December after Beattie disappeared.

    Her death had been referred to the coroner.





    India's Department of Telecommunications has released the amateur radio
    license figures for 2017-18

    The figures are given in the 2017-18 DoT Annual Report and show 628 new
    licences were issued, a record number. The report also notes that 2594
    candidates took the amateur radio exam.

    The large discrepancy between new licences and candidates suggests it is
    still difficult to get the Government to issue licences.





    In the USA, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says 'our old binary system
    of licensed or unlicensed airwaves needs a reboot'

    Writing on the WIRED magazine site she quotes the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband
    Radio Service as an example of licensed and unlicensed users sharing the same
    spectrum with a database-management system to dynamically handle the
    different kinds of wireless traffic.

    She wants to go further by leveraging new technologies that are smarter and
    more decentralized—like blockchain and hopes new models for short-term
    leasing of our airwaves could emerge and expand the range of wireless uses.

    Read the WIRED article at

    https://www.wired.com/story/the-fcc-should-use-blockchain-to-manage-wireless-sp ectrum/





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about


    April 18 – WW – World Amateur Radio Day - IARU

    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest



    VB18FIFA: World Cup 2018 Football Amateur Radio Marathon

    http://wp.rac.ca/vb18fifa-world-cup-2018-football-amateur-radio-marathon/

    Special call VB 18 FIFA will be on the air from June 1 to July 15 for the
    2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    Members of the Maritime Contest Club will represent Canada and Radio Amateurs
    of Canada at the request of the Russian Amateur Radio Union, the national
    organization of Radio Amateurs in Russia.

    The SRR has partnered with Amateur organizations in 60 countries to organize
    special event stations.

    Unfortunately QSLs will be via Logbook of The World only but an award for
    working FIFA stations is available from the SRR online

    http:\fwc18.hamlogs.net

    See the VB18FIFA page on QRZ for more details.

    (sourced in part to RAC)





    Thailand's regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
    Commission, has granted temporary permission for intermediate and advanced
    class amateur radio operators and club stations with HF operators to operate
    throughout the 80 metre band and on 6 metres in total of 14 amateur radio
    contests.

    Thai amateur radio operators can operate on frequencies from 3.6 MHz to
    3.9 MHz during eight international HF amateur radio contests and from
    50-54 MHz during six VHF amateur radio contests.

    This permission dramatically increases the bandwidth on 80 metres which is
    otherwise limited to 3.500 - 3.600 MHz while 6 metres (50-54MHz) is
    otherwise off limits.

    (SouthGate)





    THE DX EDGE

    VI4GAMES is a WIA approved special event call sign for use during the
    Commonwealth Games.

    The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society is preparing a roster for its use and
    is calling on Queensland based operators (In particular those in SEQ, Cairns
    and Townsville) who wish to participate by take up the VI4GAMES call sign
    for a period during the games to get involved.

    email vi4games@gcars.com.au

    (wiamemnet)





    HB 9 TSW, who is in the Swiss Air Force will be in Kosovo, until the 19th
    of April as part of a NATO mission.

    He will be active as Z68BG in his spare time, especially evenings and Sundays.

    CW on 80 to 17 metres.

    (rsgb)





    Gerard, F2VX will be active as FM/F2VX from Martinique Island, NA-107, until
    18th April working on the HF bands.

    QSL via home call, F2VX.

    (rsgb)





    News from the ANZAC front - Radio Amateurs remember

    AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2018

    The traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and
    the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air
    for the 8th year.

    This is not a contest.

    It honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier wars.

    The event idea came from a telephone conversation between Mike and World War 2
    Coastwatcher in Papua New Guinea, Lionel Veale. Lionel set up his ATR4A HF
    radio and orientated the antenna from behind enemy lines. Lionel was one of
    those brave Coastwatchers who sent back vital information.

    The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group in Far North Queensland
    basically asks us to consider changing modes on ANZAC Day nets, as an honour
    and Amateur Radio salute to those who served or are serving.

    (sourced to TARC)





    The EIDX Group are active as 7 Q 7 EI from Malawi to the 3rd of April.
    They will operate on 160 to 10m using CW, SSB and RTTY.
    QSL via M 0 OXO.

    (sourced to RSGB)





    KH6QJ will be active again from Kiritimati Island, Eastern Kiribati, from
    17 - 24 April as T32AZ. The station will operate on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m
    including activity in Worked All Provinces China (the WAPC) Contest.

    (Kerrie VK2FKND)





    Wake Island Operation to Make Rare Grid Available

    Starting this month, April, Philip N7NVK, will begin working on Wake Island,
    which is in grid RK39 for those participating in the 2018 ARRL International
    Grid Chase.

    His schedule calls for 3 months on the island, and then 1 month off — a
    pattern that will repeat over the course of about a year.

    Wake is 12 hours ahead of UTC.

    N7NVK does not yet know what days or times he will be on the air, but he
    plans to post his availability on his QRZ.com profile page and notify ARRL
    to include it in its DX bulletin.

    Contacting him could prove challenging to say the least, and he asks for
    patience because he’s not used to being the focus of a pileup.

    (ARRL sourced via VK2FKND)


    VK Team will be active as VK9LI from Lord Howe Island 11 - 18 May 2018.
    They will operate on 160 - 17m CW, SSB, FT8.

    (Kerrie VK2FKND)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

    A new RSGB web page highlights the role of Voluntary Interceptors in the
    Second World War and the crucial involvement of the Society

    At the outbreak of WWII in 1939 MI5 established a unit known as the
    Radio Security Service to detect and monitor enemy radio transmissions.
    The RSGB were approached to help pick and recruit radio amateurs with
    advanced Morse skills.

    These volunteers became known as the Voluntary Interceptors.


    rsgb.org/main/about-us/national-radio-centre-gb3rs/the-role-of-the-rsgb-and-vol untary-interceptors/

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER

    Astronauts Ricky Arnold, KE5DAU, was one of 3 'spacemen' who headed into
    space on March 21 aboard a Soyuz MS-08 vehicle, launched from Kazakhstan.

    The new ISS residents were welcomed on March 23 as part of the Expedition 55
    crew by the station commander and crew including Scott Tingle, KG5NZA.

    During his time in space, KE5DAU, a former educator, will wrap up NASA’s
    Year of Education on Station, an initiative to engage students and educators
    in human spaceflight and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
    careers.

    Ricky and Scott ( KG5NZA ) will take turns handling all scheduled Amateur
    Radio on the International Space Station school contacts in April.

    (Sourced to ARRL)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
    (1000utc during daylight saving)



    Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News

    YLs, STEM and the Maker Movement

    STEM:- (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) efforts and
    groups like the Maker Movement have made science and technology more
    welcoming to women and girls.

    Amateur radio stands to benefit from these movements in the next few years.

    While women are still numerically in the minority, achievement and leadership
    opportunities exist and are growing.

    Introducing 8 year old Lacy Beckett W4LCY:-
    You can usually find Lacy wielding an aluminium antenna pointed at the sky
    and at the International Space Station, where she hopes to work one day.

    Lacy is the youngest person to pass the Technician amateur radio exam through
    the New River Valley Amateur Radio Club in the US.

    She explains how she works satellites with her handheld antenna ““Let’s say
    that the satellite is just at the tip of that tree. We point it there and we
    wave it around so we can catch the correct signal because the satellite is
    always spinning,” “You can hear the radio signals coming from it,” Lacy said.

    Very young, female, and steeped in a culture that is increasingly valuing
    girls in STEM fields, Lacy is interested in tinkering and assembling
    breadboards, but she seems especially inspired by the International Space
    Station as well as satellites and the connection between us down here and
    them up there.

    Lacy’s uncle and aunt, Malcolm and Jessica Beckett, who both have advanced
    credentials, introduced her to amateur radio.

    Lacy adds “I think a lot of people think that studying is going to be boring,
    but after you get your license you get the reward of being able to operate
    on the radio.”

    https://radfordnewsjournal.com/top-stories/come-in-radio-girl/

    I'm Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
    http://www.scouts.com.au
    http://www.scout.org/jota
    http://www.international.scouts.com.au
    http://jotajoti.info/
    Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
    Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
    Co-ordinator.


    CALLING FREQUENCIES
    Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

    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
    14.070

    “Radio Scouting — The Adventure of Youth Amateur Radio.”

    This is the theme for the 43rd edition of the international Amateur Radio
    exhibition, HAM RADIO, in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

    In past years, exhibits have shown all of the different settings where radio
    is used. This year, they have invited Scouts who are active on the airwaves.

    Visitors will be able to learn more about radio Scouting at an exhibition
    and at a booth at the Friedrichshafen Fairgrounds. In addition, a huge tent
    and a pioneering tower will be put up on the West Open Air Grounds.

    (sourced to ARRL)





    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

    NWTR&TVG go to the horses.

    NWTR&TVG members, including WIA News stalwart Tony VK7AX provided
    communications, between Ride Base and three Checkpoints, for the Kentish
    Endurance Riders’ 80 and 40 kilometre event, based at Sheffield RECENTLY.

    A survey the previous week had indicated the need for a solution between a
    difficult checkpoint, in a deep valley, and Base.

    Arrangements were made with a local resident to place a cross-band repeater
    in their garage. They gave an assurance that they’d be up and about by 0600
    on the day of the event. That time saw both VK7AX and VK7ARN skulking about
    in a dark yard of a house with no sign of life, for which the residents later
    profusely apologised, having slept in for the first time in years!

    Fortunately, a contingency plan was in place and an alternate checkpoint was
    activated.

    (sourced to VK7WI News)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    Hallo everyone this is Clive VK6CSW wishing you a Happy Easter and reminding
    you that the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia’s April bulletin goes
    to air tomorrow.

    This month we’ll bring you all the latest Club news plus a talk by Ian VK3JS
    on the important part played by mathematicians in the First World War.
    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in and
    to join in the call backs afterwards.

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC
    2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit the
    program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted
    simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on 80 metres
    on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC networks plus a
    TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

    From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at
    www.raotc.org.au where you also find full Club details.

    Tune in tomorrow for the April RAOTC bulletin.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.






    REWIND


    There is a great story been doing the rounds on the internet about and the
    rise and fall of Radio Shack, that iconic US electronics store.
    The first
    Radio Shack store came into existence in Boston in 1921. It was established
    by Theodore and Milton Deutschmann as a retail outlet for amateur or ham radio
    enthusiasts.
    The company was named after the structures aboard ships that held
    all the radio equipment. Amateur radio was really taking off in the early '20s , and the Deutschmanns were able to tap into this fervour with one retail
    outlet and eventually a thriving mail-order business. Radio Shack sent out its
    first catalogue in 1939 as it began diversifying into high-fidelity music.
    By
    1954, Radio Shack started selling its own branded stereo equipment under the
    name Realist. The company was forced to change the brand name to Realistic
    after being sued by a company called Stereo Realist, which made stereo
    cameras - cameras that would allow users to essentially take their own
    View-Master pictures. In the early 1960s, Radio Shack fell on hard times and
    careened toward bankruptcy. It was at that point that Charles D. Tandy entered
    the picture.
    From the age of 12, Charles Tandy had worked in his father’s
    leather business. While serving in the US Navy during World War II, he noticed
    sailors doing needlepoint and knitting as recuperative therapy. Tandy thought
    the men might prefer working with leather as their medium and established a
    system of craftwork involving leather for the sailors’ recuperation.
    After the
    war, Tandy took this concept, named it Tandycraft and turned it into what
    would become a major part of his father’s business. In 1963, Tandy acquired
    the ailing Radio Shack for $300,000, seeing the potential in the company. At
    the time, Radio Shack consisted of the mail-order business and nine retail
    stores around Boston.
    In early 1983, Radio Shack opened a computer store. It
    was a place to attend computer camps and take classes to learn about these new -fangled computer things the kids were into. Radio Shack had introduced one of
    the first mass-marketed personal computers in 1977. The TRS-80, named for
    Tandy Radio Shack and the Zilog Z80 processor, was ground-breaking in its
    marketing only;
    Read the rest of this fascinating article by Eric Renshaw in
    the Argus Leader.


    https://www.argusleader.com/story/life/2018/02/22/looking-back-radio-shack-soar ed-several-stores-sioux-falls/355257002/

    http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/february/the-first-radio-shack.htm




    (vk7tw)





    Social Scene 2018

    Mar 31 – Ap 1 – VK2 – Urunga Radio Convention - Urunga


    April 7-8 - VK3 - Antennapalooza 2018 - EMDRC, GGREC, MDRC & FAMPARC
    at Drouin

    April 8 - VK - Opening of NEVA Radio Clubs new clubrooms 25 Silva
    drive West Wodonga. (vk2bfc)

    The grand opening of the North East Victoria Amateur Radio Clubs new
    clubrooms is being held on Sunday the 8th of April at the new clubrooms
    25 Silva drive West Wodonga.

    All amateurs from the north east Victoria and Albury Wodonga regions are
    invited to what will be a great day.

    The day starts with a barbeque lunch at noon followed by a general get
    together and a demonstration of DMR Radios and Hotspots used by the members.

    Talk in will be available on the VK3RWO repeater 146.975MHz or on DMR Talk
    group 8.

    So join us for what will be a fantastic day at the all new clubrooms of the
    North East Victoria Amateur Radio Club, this is Frank VK2BFC for NEVARC



    April 14 - VK1 - QRP By The Lake (vk1ct)

    Following the popular QRP meetings in Melbourne - 'QRP By The Bay' and Sydney,
    'QRP By The Harbour', Canberra will be hosting its own called 'QRP By The
    Lake' on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin on Saturday 14 April.

    Go along and meet fellow low power, portable and homebrew hams.

    Bring along your radio, antenna, or latest project for demonstration.

    The event will run from 1pm to 3pm and will be held at Black Mountain
    Peninsula, Lady Denman Drive, Acton. Plenty of parking, room for setting up
    antennas and BBQ facilities.

    For further information, please contact Wade VK1MIC or Chris VK1CT.


    April 22 – VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swapmeet 10-2PM
    April 22 – VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Buy, Swap and
    Sell 10-3PM


    May 4-7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
    May 12 - VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest (VK3GL)


    The Moorabbin and District Amateur Radio club is pleased to announce
    the 2018 HamFest will be on Saturday 12th May, 2018 with doors opening at 10am.

    This year’s event will be at changed venue – Brandon Park Community Centre,
    649 Ferntree Gully Rd, Glen Waverley (Melways map ref 71 C8).

    The Moorabbin Radio Club’s annual HamFest is proud to be Victoria's biggest
    with displays and sales of new and preloved equipment. A must come must see
    event for anyone interested in Radio Communications and Electronics.

    Major door prizes, free tea and coffee, light refreshments and a sausage sizzle
    will also be on offer.

    Trader table bookings and general enquires can be made by emailing
    Graeme Lewis VK3GL (vk3gl@bigpond.com) or by phoning mobile 0418 171 601.

    A Must see, must come event!!


    May 18 to 20 – VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast


    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship – Mt Gambier
    Jun 9 & 10 – VK2 – Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 – VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    Nov   11     VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)




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    WIA QSL Bureau with John Seamons, VK3JLS, National and Inwards Manager. -

    WIA Contest Committee appoints Alan VK4SN as a manager. -

    WIA Merit Awards last chance to nominate a fellow ham. -

    WIA DIRECTOR Marcus vk5wtf with this week’s board talk.




    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF APRIL 08



    A PowerPoint presentation of the WIA QSL Bureaus has been prepared and
    distributed to all State and Territory QSL Bureau Managers. It is expected
    that the presentation can be used at Radio Clubs to give a general outline
    of QSLing for new amateurs, as well as describing how the WIA Bureaus operate,
    and outlining the recent policy changes introduced into our Bureaus.

    John Seamons, VK3JLS, National and Inwards QSL Bureau Manager says this
    presentation is available from your Inwards QSL Bureau Manager.

    The best link would be to the one on the WIA website, under
    "For Members/WIA QSL Services" whereby all QSL Manager email addresses
    are listed:-

    http://www.wia.org.au/members/qsl/about/





    HI , This is Alan VK4SN on behalf of the WIA Contest Committee.

    The March 2018 meeting of the WIA Board has just been finalised. At that
    meeting the board accepted this committee’s recommendations to conduct the
    Trans-Tasman Contest and the VK Shires contests under the banner of the WIA.

    This change has immediate effect.

    Accordingly, I will move from assistant manager to manager of the VK
    Trans-Tasman contest, now that Trent VK4TS has stood down.

    The VK Shires contest desperately needs an individual or preferably club to
    manage it. Management of this contest involves keeping up to date shire
    records as well as ongoing liaison with software writers.

    IF any individual or club is interested in managing the VK Shires contest,
    please send your expression of interest along with any relevant experience
    in this area, to vk4sn@wia.org.au

    Remember to check the contest pages for the latest updates and rules.





    The January - March period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for
    2018 has now closed and entries are open until 14 April. The objective
    of the challenge is to work the most wanted DXCC entities based on their
    ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list, which is published on the
    contest website. All Australian amateurs are eligible to enter and
    entering is easy. You don't need to be a serious DX'er. If you've worked
    any DX during January - March, head over to vk2au.org and submit an
    entry. The website is tidy and easy to understand. Scroll down to the
    "Entry Submission" section where you will find a number of simple ways
    to submit your entry. This is a fun and relaxed challenge where you work
    DX in your own time over a 3 month period. It's easy, and submitting an
    entry only takes a few minutes. The website again... vk2au.org

    (Peter VK2PR on behalf of the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club)





    WIA Merit Awards

    The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises outstanding achievement
    in the field of Amateur Radio that furthers the science of radio, and/or
    service to the WIA.

    The Awards play an important role in promoting excellence with nominations
    made by WIA members and then decided by the WIA Board.

    Nominations are now being called for the 2018 awards.

    The WIA Merit Awards include:

    GA Taylor Medal
    WIA Honorary Life Membership
    Chris Jones Award
    Ron Wilkinson Achievement Award
    WIA Technical Excellence Award
    WIA Foundation Licence Award
    Presidents Commendation

    A full list of the origin of each award and the previous recipients is
    available on the WIA web site.

    The list of the current award recipients and their achievements will be
    published in Amateur Radio magazine and on this WIA Sunday broadcast.

    Nominations should be in the approved format utilising the form which is on
    the WIA web site. Details in the text version of this broadcast.

    http://www.wia.org.au/members/wiaawards/about/

    The specific award is not part of the nomination process. That decision is
    made by the WIA Board of Directors, and all WIA Merit Awards are not
    necessarily awarded each and every year.

    If a nomination is successful, these are usually announced at the WIA Annual
    General Meeting, and where possible presented at that gathering of members.

    Nominations close on 15th April 2018.

    In addition there are also awards issued by the Publications Committee and
    the WIA DX Awards Committee

    (Peter Clee VK8ZZ, Secretary WIA)





    Hello, this is vk5wtf with this week’s board talk

    Once upon-a-time, there was no internet, and Amateur Radio was the premiere
    hobby if you wanted to communicate beyond the telephone or CB Radio. Then the
    internet came along and communicating and coordinating seamlessly over vast
    distances was democratised.

    In the past decade or so, many of us in the hobby have decided to go with the
    flow and embrace the internet, and with the solar cycle bottoming out, it’s
    sometimes the only way to keep up with others.

    In my last talk, I mentioned SSDV, with its ability to leverage the ubiquity
    of the internet to assemble live images from many receivers out in the field.
    We also see our WSPR reports delivered back to us via the internet, you can
    look on a spectrum chart thousands of kilometres away to see if your
    milliwatt powered QRSS signal came through. And if you want to see what bands
    are open, you can jump on websites like pskreporter.info and see who can hear
    who.

    One of the other things you can do on the internet is create spontaneous
    online communities, all you need is a common interest. It could be a chat
    group to coordinate a few people making EME contacts in the middle of May, or
    a site like Contest Radar where everyone can post publicly where they will be,
    and then contest software automatically downloads that database while you are
    connected and out portable.

    Do the communities around you not work for you? Seek out other communities on
    the internet, Reddit for example, has a great Amateur Radio community, and the
    opt-in democratic voting system helps keep useful content up the top of the
    list. Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook among others have great
    communities as well. There are also still a lot of very active IRC channels
    out there, as well as Messenger, Discord and others. And the number of narrow
    topic groups.io mail lists (and the older Google and Yahoo groups) out there
    is astonishing. I also seem to remember seeing 25+ year old Amateur Radio
    UseNet groups that are still active as well.

    Many of the online communities I am a member of, I have never had an on-air
    QSO with a single member, but when it comes to showing off what you have
    built (from taping a handheld to the dash to a contest battle station) or a
    great technical achievement, you'll probably see me there with a like, an
    upvote, a +1 or a share, or even a constructive comment.

    The point is, don’t ever feel isolated. The internet is a very powerful
    communications tool; embrace it to improve the hobby, but don’t ignore its
    power to bring people together. And if you have an awesome online community,
    make sure you spread the word, and don’t wait for people to find you.

    73, this is vk5wtf, going clear


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND

    MIDDLE EAST

    To save $9.5 million in 2019, the U.S. government’s Arabic language
    broadcaster Radio Sawa plans to restrict its FM and AM transmissions to Iraq.
    This will mean the end of Radio Sawa’s radio service, AM and FM, to the rest
    of the Middle East.

    In addition, Radio Sawa’s country-centric feeds for Egypt, the Gulf, Jordan,
    Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco and Sudan will be terminated, both on air and
    online at www.radiosawa.com.

    Cuts to Radio Sawa are part of a bigger reduction for the Broadcasting Board
    of Governors in proposed federal budgets.

    Billing itself as “America’s civilian international media agency,” the BBG
    oversees the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL),
    Radio Free Asia (RFA), Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa (under Middle East
    Broadcasting Networks — MBN), and Radio and TV Martí.





    UK

    IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ looks at the threat to the RF
    Spectrum posed by pollution from Wireless Power Transfer for Electric
    Vehicles equipment.

    WPT (EV) is the technology that will allow cars to be charged without the
    need for connecting leads. At present it seems that there is a real prospect
    that these devices – destined to be installed in home garages – will obscure
    radio communications in the home environment.

    Read Don's post at
    http://www.g3bj.com/the-threats-to-radiocommunication/





    South African Radio League News report there are 10 major meteor showers with
    visible trails of 15 per hour or more starting in April and ending at the
    beginning of January next year.

    The major meteor showers with their peak dates and maximum visible trails are

    Lyrids: 22 April (20 trails)
    Eta Aquarids: 6 May (50 trails)
    Daytime Arietids: 7 June (50 trails)
    Southern Delta Aquarids: 28 July (25 trails)
    Perseids: 12 August (120 trails)
    Draconids: 8 October (daylight, rarely visible - provided a 3-minute 3-way FM
    contact on 50 MHz)
    Orionids: 21 October (15 trails)
    Leonids: 17 November (15 trails - every 33 years can produce almost continuous
    trails during its peak period)
    Geminids: 14 December (120 trails)
    Quadrantids: 3 January (120 trails)

    Many major meteor showers become visible weeks before their peak periods and
    then decline over the next few weeks, whereas some only appear a day or so
    before and after their peak periods. Minor meter showers are around daily,
    but peak in the early mornings making possible digital contacts on 50, 70 and
    144 MHz

    There are currently 95 meteor showers, major and minor, present throughout
    the year.




    The ARRL reports the US communications regulator FCC seized transmission
    equipment from two pirate radio stations in Boston on March 26

    According to court documents, the seizures involved an illegal broadcaster
    that identified as “Big City” on various FM channels from Dorchester,
    Massachusetts (with a studio in Roxbury) and pirate “B87.7 FM,” which
    operated on 87.7 FM from Dorchester.

    Both unlicensed stations had been issued multiple warnings but continued to
    operate.

    Pursuant to federal forfeiture statutes, authorities seized equipment
    operated by each radio station. The forfeiture actions came in the wake of
    complaints to the FCC — including one from a licensed broadcaster — about
    interference, the FCC said




    A global gathering of friends is in the works for April 18.

    N5PRE had the details for Amateur Radio Newsline about April 18 World Amateur
    Radio Day marking that day when the International Amateur Radio Union was
    formed in Paris in 1925.

    There was, of course, no IRLP or EchoLink back then, but there's a group
    of relative newcomers operating on the Western Reflector feeling just as
    festive over marking the occasion.

    The World Friendship Net will operate nonstop for 12 hours starting on
    1600 UTC April 18 and for the first year will be using a special event call
    W 2 W.

    Those who participate will get a commemorative special event QSL.

    What node?

    Node 9251 is located on the World Conference Server and part of the
    Nevada Amateur Radio Repeater network.







    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about



    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest



    Now in-depth, what's on "da rig" in April:-

    April 18 – WW – World Amateur Radio Day - IARU
    April 21 - WW - INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY
    April 25 - VK/ZL AM CW for ANZAC DAY
    April 28-29 - VK - AMRO Weekend




    International Marconi Day 2018

    International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part the Father of Radio,
    Guglielmo Marconi played in the development of wireless.

    IMD is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the
    birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874. In 2018 it will be held on 21st April
    from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC

    The purpose of the day is for amateur radio enthusiasts around the world to
    make contact with Historic Marconi Sites using communication techniques
    similar to those used by Marconi himself.

    This is not a contest but awards are made to stations contacting a requisite
    number of registered Award Stations. For a list of Award stations go to
    gx4crc.com/imd-stations/

    The Howth Martello Radio Group will be activating EI0MAR again this year.

    (SouthGate)





    News from the ANZAC front - Radio Amateurs remember

    AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2018

    The traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and
    the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air
    for the 8th year.

    This is not a contest.

    It honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier wars.

    The event idea came from a telephone conversation between Mike and World War 2
    Coastwatcher in Papua New Guinea, Lionel Veale. Lionel set up his ATR4A HF
    radio and orientated the antenna from behind enemy lines. Lionel was one of
    those brave Coastwatchers who sent back vital information.

    The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group in Far North Queensland
    basically asks us to consider changing modes on ANZAC Day nets, as an honour
    and Amateur Radio salute to those who served or are serving.

    Now comes word to "keep those filaments glowing' as at one minute past
    Midnight with the dawning of Saturday April 28th through to Midnight Sunday
    April 29th you are invited to be part of an inaugural event, being the
    Australian Military Radio Operators weekend.

    Tune in and work VK Stations using Ex Military, Naval and Air Force Radio
    Equipment from World War Two through to Vietnam. You will hear them calling
    CQ Military Radio Weekend, and CW Stations will uniquely be calling CQ MRW
    de station call, so keep an ear out.

    “AMRO” will be looking to share the unique histories of their equipment and
    its service across the decades during times of both conflict and peace.
    If you own some of this wonderful valve equipment then seek out the AMRO
    stations and give them a shout.

    Some AMRO Stations will be mobile or set up in the field, whilst others may
    be home based.

    For those of you, who own and enjoy Military Communications Receivers, please
    feel free to be part of the weekend using such equipment as a “V.I”, a
    Volunteer Interceptor. You can look up the role of the “WW2 Volunteer
    Interceptor” on the interweb if you missed our story on last week’s WIA
    National News.

    Your RVI role will be the intercepting/logging of as many of the AMRO
    Stations as possible.

    Mikes VK4QS is your point man you can email him
    mikevk4qs@gmail.com





    Good Morning, this is Denis VK4AE Contest Manager for the John Moyle Memorial
    Field Day.

    Logs have been arriving steadily and 140 logs have already been received
    which is many more than the number received at this point after the contest
    last year.

    The logs do not seem to have met difficulties like last year and the direct
    e-mail address seems to be working well.

    It is still highly recommended that once you have submitted your log you
    should check a bit later that your call sign has been added to the list of
    logs received.

    A couple of logs have submitted as a PDF which is just a picture and contains
    no more useful information to the contest than a picture of a flower as the
    data is not accessible electronically and hence usable to me.

    So, in your club do not rely on Mr. Somebody to get the log done, get in
    touch and give him a hand to get it finished and submitted. It is timely to
    remind you all that while there is still a bit of time left to submit the log
    it will pass quickly and the final data is the 25th April 2018.

    Following this date all of the logs are processed and the results prepared
    and made available soon after.

    So check that your call is on the list, resend the log if it isn’t. It might
    also be a good idea to submit your log now as you never know what can happen
    to delay you in the next few days.





    INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE

    Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

    VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe intruders@wia.org.au

    SUBMITTING a report? go to
    http://www.wia.org.au/members/protecting/intruderreport/

    INTRUDER NETS
    Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.


    Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
    intruder.

    Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
    7.050 to 7.100
    14.000 to 14.250
    14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
    21.000 to 21.450
    24.890 to 24.990
    28.000 to 29.700


    AHOY ME LOVERLIES.

    Francois Botha, ZS4X, has notified the SARLs that his old call sign, ZS6BUU,
    is being pirated using the FT8 mode. The South African regulator, ICASA, has
    confirmed that ZS6BUU has not been re-issued. Southgate News are also
    suggesting you don't waste your time working JX 2018 A which is a PIRATE
    station just like years before (JX 2016 A and JX 2017 A).






    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
    arvideonews.com
    hamradiotube.com
    youtube.com
    qdg.org.au

    The Amateur Radio Slow-Scan Television system on the International Space
    Station is expected to be active Mid-April on 145.800 MHz (FM).

    The SSTV system, which uses the call sign RS0ISS, is expected to be active
    April 11 – 14 worldwide to mark Cosmonautics Day in Russia on April 12.

    Specific transmission times are not yet available.

    Images on all dates will be related to the Soviet Union’s Interkosmos
    cooperative space ventures project.

    SSTV images will be transmitted in PD-120 format on 145.800 MHz (FM) using the
    Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Russian Service Module.

    This event is dependent on other activities, schedules, and crew
    responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change. Check for updates
    on the ARISS SSTV blog and picture gallery

    (arrl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
    FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
    FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
    FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
    FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org

    Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
    1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
    28.058


    ON SAMUEL MORSE'S FRONT PORCH

    Some big birthday plans in New York's Hudson Valley don't involve candles
    and cake, but you can expect perhaps a straight key or two, as we learn in
    this item from Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Mike Askins KE5CXP says: Samuel Morse is turning 227 years of age this year!

    Well, OK, he was born on April 27 in 1791 so he's long gone but anyone who's
    ever known the thrill of CW knows his legacy is a big part of amateur
    radio life. The QSY Society in Poughkeepsie (PO-KIPPSY) New York will
    mark his birthday by visiting the estate in their community that had
    been his home and will be giving a CW demonstration - with real QSOs
    taking place - for four hours.



    Scott Dunlavey W2NTV told Amateur Radio Newsline [quote]: "We try to put
    on a good show. It is really fun to see the joy on one's face who has
    been away from the hobby for a while." [endquote]

    If you can't get to New York, work the special event station. Be listening
    for the call sign W2M -- in CW of course.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER

    EQUiSat is a 1U (one unit) CubeSat under construction by an undergraduate
    student group at Brown University's School of Engineering Rhode Island USA.

    Since its conception nearly seven years ago, a continuously revolving group
    of University undergraduates has been diligently working to send a satellite
    into space. Now, as May 9 draws closer, the group of over 200 past and
    current students and faculty are getting excited the EQUiSat will finally
    launch into orbit.





    Software-Defined Radio Using MATLAB & Simulink and the RTL-SDR

    Learn how to receive and analyse wireless signals using RTL-SDR, MATLAB, and
    Simulink. RTL-SDR is a popular, low-cost form of hardware that can receive
    wireless signals.

    The RTL-SDR dongle features the Realtek RTL2832U chip, which can be used to
    acquire and sample RF signals transmitted in the frequency range 25MHz to
    1.75GHz.

    A FREE eBook that teaches users how to receive and analyse
    wireless radio signals using MATLAB, Simulink, and RTL-SDR
    Key features of this free eBook include:

    + Illustrating how to receive wireless RF signals using RTL-SDR
    and analyse the signals in time and frequency domains

    + Showing how to use RTL-SDR in conjunction with SDR transmitters
    to develop a complete communication system

    + Providing an extensive set of DSP-enabled SDR examples to help
    you get started

    Details can be found on the text edition of this broadcast.

    https://tinyurl.com/ANS084-Mathwoks
    This news provided by http://www.nooelec.com/store/

    [Thanks to NooElec.com and mathworks.com for the above information]





    News from the Science Technology Engineering and Math or STEM Academy
    to be held at Goodwill Commons, Illinois where they will learn about space
    and radio communications June 18-22 .

    The students will build Raspberry Pi computers that stream live video from
    the ISS.

    Students will also participate in a high-altitude balloon launch by building
    the payload with student experiments and then, use radio telemetry to track
    the balloon to near-space.

    The highlight of the academy will be when students communicate directly with
    astronauts on the International Space Station.

    [ANS thanks Fritz Bock, WD9FMB for the above information]




    The thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft have done what we thought was
    impossible.

    After 37 years of inactivity, NASA just received response from the
    spacecraft 20 billion kilometres away.

    Voyager 1 is NASA's farthest and fastest spacecraft. It was launched on 5
    September 1977. Having operated for 40 years, 6 months and 14 days as of
    March 2018, the spacecraft relies on small devices called thrusters to
    orient itself, so it can communicate with Earth.

    Now, the Voyager team can use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980.

    The guys at NASA say they "dug up decades-old data and examined the
    software that was coded in an outdated assembler language, to make sure they
    could safely test the thrusters."





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
    (1000utc during daylight saving)

    A girl that really needs no introduction this week, particularly to long
    time listeners and readers of this WIA news service, to QNEWS, and to local
    ABC Radio Queensland.


    For our "newbies' it's to VK2KMI.

    YL'S AROUND THE WORLD.

    We’re a little closer to home this week- Introducing VK4SWE.

    You might say Lyn Battle has radio in her blood. She was born in Ireland, on
    the site of Malin Head Wireless Station EJM (her father was a wireless
    operator). She now lives on Sweers Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria where
    she has been since 1987 with her husband Tex, where they operate a small
    fishing lodge.

    Sweers Island is the most south-easterly of the South Wellesley Group in the
    Gulf of Carpentaria IOTA OC-227, it measures about 7km by 2km and is
    otherwise uninhabited. The island is classified Dry Tropics, with nice winter
    temperatures about 25C, and hot humid summers about 35C!

    It is also prone to cyclone activity, so antennas are sometimes lowered
    around Christmas. Lyn interested in CW and often participates in the annual
    K3Y event.

    She is also interested in DX and Islands On The Air.

    Lyn’s QTH recently became part of Mornington Shire so she likes to participate
    in the Shires Award as well. Lyn’s interests apart from ham radio include
    scuba diving, photography, travel, writing and cooking! You may well find her
    on the World Wide Recipe Swapping Net on 20m, 14.183MHz,
    0630 UTC Mondays

    Kind regards

    Kimberly VK2KMI.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA

    Mike CT 1 IUA is active as D 4 IA from the Cape Verde Islands until 9th April.
    Activity will be mainly on CW and QSL to his home call, again CT 1 TUA.
    IOTA reference is AF-086.

    (irts)




    It is over 20 years since IOTA reference OC-265 has been activated.
    The good news is that Andy VK5MAV will be QRV from Cato Reef signing
    VK5MAV/9 from 9th – 18th April.

    (irts)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS - LOWDOWN

    India to employ long wave radio technology

    Two towers, about three times the height of the Wrest Point Casino in Hobart
    yet only half the size of Australia's tallest man-made structure, the Omega
    tower which once stood in Gippsland, are likely to be erected at
    as-yet-undecided locations in the country for disseminating Indian Standard
    Time.

    In an effort to keep Indian time accurate, these towers, some 220 meters tall,
    will transmit to microchips embedded into everything, from wall-clocks to
    servers.

    Long range radiowaves from the towers can be reliably transmitted even during
    major disasters.

    No more excuses for that late for everything member of the household now!

    Other than time, information such as a tsunami warning or weather warnings
    can also be sent


    thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/coming-huge-towers-to-publicise-right-tim e/article23377284.ece





    Social Scene 2018

    April 7-8 - VK3 - Antennapalooza 2018 - EMDRC, GGREC, MDRC & FAMPARC
    at Drouin

    April 8 - VK - Opening of NEVA Radio Clubs new clubrooms 25 Silva
    drive West Wodonga. (vk2bfc)

    April 14 - VK1 - QRP By The Lake (vk1ct)


    April 22 – VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swap meet 10-2PM
    April 22 – VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Buy, Swap and
    Sell 10-3PM


    May 4-7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
    May 12 - VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest (VK3GL)
    May 18 to 20 – VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast


    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship – Mt Gambier
    June 9 & 10 – VK2 – Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 – VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    August 4 VK3 - Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Bruno from the Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club
    tells us their HamFest, which is shashaying off at 10am
    August 4 is their annual HamFest featuring the sale of
    new & used radio & electronic equipment & parts to the
    public.

    Nov   11     VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 15 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA SECRETARY AND DIRECTOR PETER VK8ZZ. -

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    WIA AGM CONVENTION ANNOUNCE FURTHER SPEAKERS.

    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF APRIL 15



    There has been a 92% increase in portable radio coverage in the Parramatta CBD,
    following the completion of a new radio site in the area.

    Critical Comms Magazine are saying this will prove beneficial for emergency
    and essential services, enabling them to better protect the Parramatta
    community.

    Barry Wademan, Acting Chief Superintendent, Sheriff’s Office, said the
    in-building improvements have enabled law enforcement authorities to operate
    more smoothly.

    “The significant improvement in GRN coverage has made it easier for our
    officers to communicate across the precinct. Officers have reported a
    10-out-of-10 improvement in reception and clarity in all three courts,”
    he said.

    This project is part of the wider Critical Communications Enhancement Program
    that NSW Telco Authority is rolling out across VK2, increasing radio coverage
    throughout the state.


    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/public-safety/article/parramatta-emergency- comms-enhanced-241614832#ixzz5By0dAbaH





    Radio pirate sentenced to 21 months

    Jonathan Nally, writing in criticalcomms.com says a man who broadcast spurious
    and potentially harmful calls on Victoria Police radio channels has been
    sentenced to 21 months’ jail.

    It's said Vaughan William George, 42, broadcast illegal calls on multiple
    occasions between January and October 2017. In one transmission, he attempted
    to call off a police chase following an armed robbery.

    The 42 year old was sentenced in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court
    on numerous charges, including illegally operating a radio communications
    transmitter, operating a transmitter to interfere with Victoria Police
    telecommunications, and drug and car theft offences.


    criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/news/radio-pirate-sentenced-to-21-months- 323725369#ixzz5By3jwBCQ





    WIA

    Hi I’m Peter VK8ZZ.

    The WIA Annual General Meeting and Conference is nearly upon us. The Gold Coast
    Amateur Radio Society who are running the event this year have a fantastic
    2-day program in store for attendees. I for one am certainly looking forward
    to the event.

    The full program is available on the WIA web site (wia.org.au) and
    registrations are now open.

    The AGM will be video recorded again this year. The video recording will be put
    up on the WIA web site after the event.

    The AGM and Forum papers will be published on the Web site well ahead of the
    AGM. These papers include the Directors Report to Members, the Financials and
    the Audit Report. The Forum Committee reports and papers will also be published
    on the WIA web site well ahead of the convention weekend.

    As advised last year in the Board Minutes and subsequently in the National
    Broadcast last December the AGM papers will not be distributed at the AGM event.
    Members that require a paper copy of the reports and forum papers can request
    them by contacting the national office by letter or by email.

    These AGM reports and FORUM papers will NOT be available at the AGM and Forum.


    Last week the WIA had their regular meeting with the Australian Communications
    and Media Authority. At that meeting several items were discussed including:-

    ACMA database errors and callsign duplication
    Wireless Power Transfer and possible interference issues that may arise,
    Online Examinations
    The need for a photograph on Amateur Operator Certificate of Proficiency
    Review of Syllabus and Assessments
    5 Year Spectrum Outlook
    Upcoming LCD submissions
    Foundation Callsigns options
    Representation at WRC-19 in 2019
    As well as many other matters of mutual interest


    On another matter, Recently I had an amateur contact me to discuss the WIA
    membership subscription fees. The member considered the AR magazine as the
    primary benefit of membership and queried the value of membership now that we
    only have 6 issues per annum. I pointed out that the primary benefit of
    membership was actually National and International representation.

    This fact was actually confirmed as the primary benefit of membership shown
    when the respondents to the surveys which were conducted last year. Indeed well
    over 75% of participants felt there was a high value to members from ongoing
    national and international representation which was undertaken by the WIA.

    The WIA will participate in the World Radio Conference in 2019 and further
    information will be included in these broadcasts later this year.

    The current Board are mindful of the costs of travel for attending club events,
    so don’t forget if your club would like to chat with a Board Member or have a
    director address a meeting, we would be very pleased to participate in a video
    link up with your club or event. Contact the national office to request our
    attendance.

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to me.

    This has been Peter VK8ZZ WIA Director and WIA Secretary,





    Good morning - this is Grant VK5GR on behalf of the WIA

    Today I am here to ask everyone a question. Who owns a frequency?

    What should you do if your favourite frequency is already in use one morning?
    What if your favourite frequency was full of digital signals one morning?
    What would be your response?

    There are many users of our frequency bands and many stations have different
    capabilities. Some people enjoy rag chewing on a net for example from simple
    stations, while others enjoy the chase for that elusive rare one, that top 30
    DXCC station that may only be on air once in 5 to 10 years. Yet others enjoy
    contesting in various modes, including RTTY. How do we get all of these
    different activities to share the bands? Do you know the rules?

    Section 7 of the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence)
    Determination is what applies here. It clearly states that "The licensee must
    not operate an amateur station if its operation causes harmful interference to
    radiocommunication."

    Considering this, what do you think should take priority in situations like
    occurred this week on 40m, where a local VK net started up on top of a rare
    DXpedition operation on the same frequency?

    Maybe the defence that "I couldn’t hear them so I could use the frequency is
    valid"? But is it, especially if you were warned by other VK stations trying to
    work the rare DX that the frequency was in use? Should you continue to run the
    net even though it is obvious you can hear the DX station?

    My net has operated here for 40 years - everyone should know that and should
    move out of my way - is this a valid position to take?

    Maybe you switch on one morning and hear RTTY signals on your frequency - but
    because they are not SSB it’s ok to start up on SSB on the same frequency
    anyway - is that valid too?

    Take a moment to think about this. Are these positions valid considering the
    regulations? Most of all, are any of these actions respectful of your fellow
    amateurs who you are sharing the spectrum with?

    I leave you with these questions this morning and ask you to consider - what
    would you do?

    I’m Grant VK5GR for the WIA





    Dear fellow operator,

    Here on the Gold Coast the Commonwealth games are drawing to a close, (Sunday)
    just in time for the WIA Annual Radio and Electronics Convention (Including the
    WIA AGM) which is to be held on the 18th to 20th of May, 2018.

    For those who have not already booked for the event we encourage you to review
    the program at http://www.wia.org.au/convention

    A number of operators have indicated that seafood is not their cup of tea and
    in light of this the venue has agreed to expand the menu for Saturday dinner to
    include, from their Great Aussie BBQ menu, Beef Medallions, and Peri-Peri
    Chicken accompanied by a range of salads and other BBQ delicacies.

    During Saturday the 19th of May Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH) from Redcliffe Radio
    Club will be introducing us to Meteor Scatter Operation and Roger Crofts
    (VK4YB) will be providing some insight into 620m and 2200m DXing.

    Dr Kevin Johnston is a medical practitioner not a PhD scientist and has been
    continuously licenced since 1972 as a 14 year old schoolboy in the UK. Holding
    no formal qualifications in electronics or RF engineering he is entirely
    self-taught in this field. Dr Johnston has, however, been a ham much longer
    than he has been a doctor and over the last 45+ years have had a go at most
    areas of amateur radio operation. He is a member of the Brisbane VHF group,
    the Redcliffe and Districts Radio club and the WIA. He has been actively
    involved in Meteor Scatter operation for over six years and is entirely
    fascinated by this mode of propagation. He has coordinated the Meteor Scatter
    column in AR magazine for over five years and has authored a number of articles
    on this subject.

    Join Roger (VK4YB) as he demystifies DXing on the Low Frequency band.
    Participants will embark on a journey of discovery as they learn how to get
    started and the gear required, the facts and fantasy of antennas and propagation
    characteristics before being provided with the best strategies for making your
    first DX contact. Roger was licenced in 1965 as G3UPK, before becoming a
    professional engineer, working mainly with Microwaves and Satellite
    communications. The hobby interests were on the low bands. 630m and 2200m were
    a natural progression. He is currently Managing Director of
    Monitor Sensors P/L and President of the Caboolture Radio Club.

    If you would like to know more about the event, please review the program and
    register at http://www.wia.org.au/convention or email the organizing committee
    at wiaagm@wia.org.au

    We hope to see you on the sunny Gold Coast in 5 weeks

    73 for now

    ( WIA Conference organising committee, text edition only )


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND


    The ARRL reports UK radio amateur Chris Wilson 2 E 0 ILY made what may be the
    first 136 kHz transatlantic contact with a radio ham in the USA operating
    under FCC Part 97

    Chris Wilson 2E0ILY in Shropshire worked Paul Kelley N 1 BUG in Maine using
    the mode DFCW60 which is dual-frequency CW with a 60 second dit length.

    This was not a quick contact.

    It took four nights to complete, using night-by-night sequencing. The two-way
    exchange included call signs, signal reports, and acknowledgements. They used
    the TMOR reporting system, borrowed from the moon bounce world. The contact was
    finally completed at 0020 GMT on March 28, 2018.


    arrl.org/news/apparent-first-2200-meter-transatlantic-contact-by-us-radio-amate ur-reported

    (SouthGate)





    In expectation of the initiation of 5G services around the 2020 timeframe,
    New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management has prepared a consultation document
    addressing which bands might be used for 5G spectrum and their allocation.

    RSM is seeking feedback on those matters, as well as on any other perceived
    barriers to the rollout of 5G and interested parties have been invited to
    comment on the issues by Monday, 30 April.


    criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/news/new-zealand-begins-5g-technical-cons ultation-325124768#ixzz5By1VIOIy





    End of mission for PicSat satellite

    PicSat, launched January 12, carried an amateur radio FM transponder.

    Unfortunately following a loss of communications in March the team has had to
    announce the end of the mission. On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 20 PicSat
    fell silent after two successful morning passes over Europe.

    Attempts to re-establish contact have failed, nothing has been heard from the
    satellite, no sign of life.





    The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports on reception of Over The
    Horizon Radar (OTHR) from the Far East in the new 5 MHz (60m) allocation

    The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1
    newsletter can be read at the address in this week’s text edition.

    iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2018/news1803.pdf





    Toe Tapping Morse Code

    So you thought morse code was of use no more except to those 'nostalgics' in
    amateur radio.

    Well French startup 'Intellinium' has developed a work boot which can send and
    receive coded messages based on morse code.

    The smart safety boots have a SIM card and wirless module to send and receive
    messages. Two sensors, one at the toe of the boot and one at the ankle can be
    used by the wearer to send predefined messages based on morse code. Incoming
    messages come in the form of vibrations or 80db alarm sounds.

    The boots are designed to improve the safety of workers in noisy and isolated
    places such as oil rigs and they are on refining the boots to suit a range
    of industries.

    And a tip of the hat to Samuel Morse whose 227th birthday happens to be this
    month.

    dah-dit-dit-dit dah-dit-dah





    World Amateur Radio Day

    Every April 18th, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration
    of World Amateur Radio Day

    The report on the IARU Region 1 site says:
    It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was
    formed in Paris.

    Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave
    spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation.
    In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave
    danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio
    pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio
    worldwide.

    Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000
    licensed operators! THREE MILLION!

    April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world
    about the science; this is an opportunity for amateurs to show their expertise
    in digital and wireless communications, to those in the community who have
    “wireless communication” interests, but haven’t considered the association
    with Amateur Radio.





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about



    April 18 – WW – World Amateur Radio Day - IARU

    April 21 - WW - INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY
    Yes next Saturday, April 21st is International Marconi Day,
    meaning HADARC will be operating the special callsign
    VK2IMD from 10 am eastern time to 10 am on Sunday morning.

    This is 9:30 central time, and 8 am in the West. IMD marks
    Marconi's birthday, on April 25. Over the same period, IMD
    “Award Stations” around the world in locations with a link
    to Marconi will also be operating, on MF and HF bands.

    The link for VK2IMD is that the first official message from
    Britain to Australia, sent by Marconi's station in
    north-west Wales, on behalf of Australian PM Billy Hughes,
    and his minister, Cook was received by Fisk at his house in
    Wahroonga in northern Sydney. This was 100 years ago in
    September, and further events are planned for then. Given
    that the message was from the PM, regarding his visit to
    the troops in France, in the closing weeks of World War I,
    this has attracted interest at the highest levels.

    For VK1WIA News, this is Julian VK2YJS and AG6LE.

    April 25 - VK/ZL AM CW for ANZAC DAY

    April 28-29 - VK - AMRO Weekend

    FOREWARNED - FOREARMED:-

    Hi everyone I’m Nic VK7BEE and I’d just like to let you know that the weekend
    of April 28th/29th will see our military radio enthusiasts hosting the inaugural
    Australian Military Radio Operators Weekend.

    Our group seeks to collect and restore all forms of ex military radio equipment
    in order to see them resurrected and operated across the HF Amateur bands with
    a new lease of life.

    We will be firing up an exotic range of ex military radio equipment across the
    HF bands covering World War Two through to the Vietnam era and beyond.

    Our power outputs will range from QRP to 400 Watts PEP, and you won’t be able to
    miss us as we will be calling CQ Military Radio Weekend.

    Our operations will range from home base to mobile including field locations
    across most states of Australia. So whether you’re a CW Operator, a Single Side
    Band advocate or you prefer Ancient Modulation, the Australian Military Radio
    Operators group look forward working you over this auspicious radio weekend. And
    if by chance you also have ex military radio equipment, please feel free to fire
    it up and join us on air to call CQ Military Radio Weekend.

    Come and join us and help celebrate and commemorate all Radio Operators who
    have served this great country of ours now and in the past. I look forward to
    meeting with you on air.

    This is Nic VK7BEE for the Australian Military Radio Operators weekend.

    (from vk7tw txt only this week)


    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest



    1968 was a tragic year for New Zealand shipping, with the loss of the ferry
    Wahine and the grain ship Maranui plus a fire at sea aboard the liner Gothic.

    Sixty-seven people died in these events, but many lives were saved through
    remarkable feats of seamanship and heroism.

    Fifty years later, these disasters will be commemorated by three amateur radio
    special call signs, each one in use for a month during 2018.

    During April, ZM 50 GW is on the air to remember the sinking of the
    ferry TEV Wahine (call sign ZMGW) in Wellington, with the loss of 51 lives
    (two others died later from injuries).

    In June, ZM 50 LA will mark the sinking of the grain ship MV Maranui
    (call sign ZMLA), with the loss of nine crew.


    August, ZM 50M AUQ will commemorate the fire aboard SS Gothic (call sign MAUQ),
    while sailing from Bluff to Panama, which killed seven people, although the
    crewmen saved the ship and sailed her to Wellington.

    A special QSL card will be issued in September, showing contacts with one or
    more of the three special call signs.

    For further information, visit maritimeradio.org/2018

    (nzart)





    In memory of the first human in space, the Yuri Gagarin International DX
    Competition takes place from 21.00 GMT on Saturday the 14th to 21.00 GMT
    on the 15th.

    There are numerous categories, including SWL, and it will pay to check the
    contest rules at http://gc.qst.ru/en/section/32 for details.

    Operation is CW only on the 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28MHz bands, plus amateur
    satellites on any band.

    The exchange is signal report plus your ITU Zone number, which is 55, 59,58
    if you are somewhere in VKLand.

    (sourced to RSGB)





    THE DX EDGE

    APRIL

    Tony, 3D2AG is active from Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu, OC-015, as T 2 AR from
    14th to 21st April.

    Operations will be from Top Band to 6m, including 60m, plus 2m meteor scatter.

    QSL via 3 D 2 AG.

    (rsgb)





    Finaly VK2KMI looks at some YL DX

    Yls Do DX
    Senegal,
    6W. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is now active as 6W/IV3FSG from Thies, near Da-kar.
    The length of her stay is unknown. Activity will be limited to her spare time
    on 80 to 10 meters. Look for Elvira to operate SSB and possibly digital modes.
    QSL via IK3GES.
    http://www.eidxa.org/




    Kyoko
    (“Mio") Miyoshi, JR3MVF, and Kay Eyman , WA0WOF will be operating from Bhutan
    as A52YL from April 29, 2018 until May 5, 2018. They will be active from the
    Dochula Eco Resort (Alt: 3150m) Bhutan. QRV on 80-6m SSB, CW & Digi. QSL via
    WA0WOF.
    http://lynxdxg.com/a52aef-y-a52ivu-desde-bhutan/





    THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report – Measure Twice cut Once.

    Well maybe more the RSGB workbench this week.

    RSGB at Maker Faire UK

    Maker Faire UK is one of the largest hands-on exhibitions for those who enjoy
    experimenting with all forms of technology, making and crafting.

    Members of the RSGB's Training & Education Committee, supported by
    the Youth Committee, will be attending Maker Faire UK on 28th &
    29th April at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.

    https://makerfaireuk.com

    (rsgb)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

    A special guest speaker for the next regular Waverley Amateur Radio Society
    Club Meeting on Wednesday 18th April will talk on " Cracking Germany's Enigma
    Code in World War II".

    Ross Clements will commence at 7.30pm in Monash Hall at the Rose Bay RSL Club
    in Vickery Avenue.

    Ross has a diploma in adult education and has tutored in the subjects of
    science, chemistry, physics and mathematics. He will demonstrate an Enigma
    machine on the night. This is a presentation not to be missed.

    (sourced to CRARC)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    Our hobby is full of acronyms which can cause confusion to our 'newbies'

    ARISS is one such 'beast.'

    ARISS is 'Amateur Radio on the International Space Station' a cooperative
    venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that
    support the International Space Station (ISS).

    In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    (AMSAT).

    American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

    Centre for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS)

    and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology,
    engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts
    via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in
    classrooms or public forms.

    Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and
    communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.

    For more information:-
    www.ariss.org
    Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
    Twitter: ARISS_status

    (AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ((ANS))





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
    (1000utc during daylight saving)

    We made mention several times this past month of the THELMA SOUPER MEMORIAL
    CONTEST not being run this year (it should have been this weekend.)

    This is primarily a New Zealand contest organised by WARO. Women Amateur Radio
    Operators.

    Last year the contest winner was Whanganui, Branch 48 of the NZ Amateur Radio
    Transmitters. Val ZL2FO, and Ivan ZL2ATU, picked up the female and male
    national trophies in the WARO competition.

    [ Coincidentally, Val and Ivan’s first contact was each other ]

    Thelma Souper worked to establish amateur radio as a hobby for women and to
    have women accepted as equals. Many women became licensed hams through the
    involvement of their husbands. With Thelma, the sequence was reversed.
    She became the second woman in New Zealand to gain her licence in 1931,
    30 years before her husband.

    She got her licence the day before they were married.

    She was instrumental in creating WARO, Women Amateur Radio Operators in
    New Zealand in 1962.

    [WARO Bulletin via CRARC]





    Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK, gained notoriety in 2004 for creating a complete
    Commodore 64 system on a chip housed within a joystick, called C64 Direct-to-TV.

    That "computer in a joystick" could run 30 video games from the early 1980's,
    and at peak, sold over 70,000 units in a single day via the shopping channel.

    Now Jeri AI6TK will be AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker at the banquet which takes
    place during Hamvention 2018 in May

    Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK, will present on her innovative ideas and adventures in
    Amateur Radio.

    Jeri is an American entrepreneur, self-taught engineer, and an autodidact
    computer chip designer and inventor.

    Ellsworth co-founded CastAR in 2013 and stayed with the company until its
    closure 2017.

    In 2016, she passed all three amateur radio exams, earned her Amateur Extra
    license, and received the AI6TK call sign. This has now launched new adventures
    into Amateur Radio.

    She has been featured in January 2017 QST and in YouTube videos from
    Quartzfest earlier this year. Jeri has been given a free hand to speak on
    whatever topic she wishes (as long as it's amateur radio, somewhat).





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP and WEAK SIGNAL COMMUNICATION

    ‘Fun with low power Amateur Radio’, or QRP - in Bendigo on April 20th.

    Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invite you to ‘Fun with low power
    Amateur Radio’ by Peter Parker VK3YE who will discuss:-

    - The equipment, antennas and operating procedures needed to enjoy
    low power amateur radio

    - The cheap kit that sets you up to fail

    - Why expensive antennas aren’t always best

    - and operating tricks to snag that contact

    The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday April 20th at the BAREC club room,
    20 Longlea Lane, Longlea. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.
    Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

    Peter and the BAREC members will look forward to seeing you there!

    (Graeme Knight VK3GRK)





    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

    05/06 May:

    Wicen Northern Rivers (Lismore area) will be providing radio communications
    for the Girard State Forest Horse Enduro. A great weekend in the bush just
    east of Drake.

    Summerland Amateur Radio Club will be crossing the border into VK4 and providing
    radio communications for the Spring Mountain Horse Enduro. Another good
    weekend in the scrub on the south western outskirts of Brisbane, very close by
    our Editor, Baker Bakers QTH.

    (sarc newsletter)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

    The secret of success -- on VHF, UHF and microwaves

    We could learn from radio astronomy when after the second world war, the
    first large 76 metre parabolic dish was constructed at Jodrell Bank in the UK.

    In time it was realized that it did not have enough gain. The 27-dish array at
    Socorro in New Mexico, USA, mounted on a Y-rail line made a great improvement
    until the 305-metre fixed dish came on stream in Puerto Rico, which in turn was
    recently eclipsed by the 500-metre fixed dish in China.

    Currently scientists are anxiously awaiting the completion of the low-array of
    the SKA in the Outback of Australia and the 3 000-dish mid-array in South Africa
    in 2024, which will cover a total frequency range of 50 MHz to 15 GHz.

    We Wireless amateurs should take cognizance of this and build the highest gain
    Yagi arrays that we can afford, the results will surprise you as well as the
    distances achieved.

    (SouthGate)





    Social Scene 2018

    April 22 – VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swapmeet 10-2PM
    April 22 – VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Buy, Swap and
    Sell 10-3PM
    April 22 - VK4 - Snow’s RadioActive Observation Trial (tarc)

    theTARCinc President Snow/VK4ME is currently planning out the
    2018 RadioActive Observation Trial, happening in the Townsville
    area from 11am on Sunday 22nd April. Starting point is SES HQ
    Carpark at West End, it will be fun for all the family and
    a Sausage Sizzle is planned at the finishing point of the Trial.

    May 4 - 7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
    May 12 - VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest (VK3GL)
    May 18 - 20 – VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast


    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship – Mt Gambier
    June 9 & 10 – VK2 – Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 – VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    August 4 VK3 - Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Nov   11     VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING APRIL 22 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS


    WIA BOARD ELECTIONS. -

    WIA Annual Radio & Electronics Convention (Including the WIA AGM). -

    WIA IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT PHIL WAITE.


    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF APRIL 22


    If you're listening to this broadcast in Tasmania on the 3.57 80 meter channel
    you won't understand a word we say today.. in fact you won't hear the news at all!

    Why?

    The 80m re-broadcast frequency is moving.

    This is due to the change in the band plan and this move will keep it clear of
    the digital segment and other broadcasts.

    The frequency has altered to 3.67MHz plus or minus QRM to put it into the
    SSB segment.





    WIA BOARD ELECTIONS

    A note from the WIA Secretary says 3 positions on the WIA Board will be vacated
    at this year’s AGM, May 19.

    The vacancies were created by the retirement of David VK4MZ, Brian VK2GCE and
    Phil VK2ASD. The retiring members were eligible to renominate. A little later
    Immediate Past President of the WIA will join us.

    Now, John Marshall, the returning officer of the Wireless Institute of
    Australia declared that only 2 nominations were received:

    Aidan Mountford - VK4APM
    Brian Clarke - VK2GCE

    So these two nominees have been elected unopposed to the board of the WIA for a
    period of 2 years from the date of the next AGM, 20 May 2018.

    One position on the board remains unfilled.

    (VK8ZZ WIA Secretary)





    Over on the Gold Coast the Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close just in
    time for the WIA Annual Radio and Electronics Convention (Including the
    WIA AGM) which is to be held on the 18th to 20th of May, 2018.

    For those who have not already booked for the event we encourage you to review
    the program at http://www.wia.org.au/convention

    A number of operators have indicated that seafood is not their cup of tea and
    in light of this the venue has agreed to expand the menu for Saturday dinner to
    include, from their Great Aussie BBQ menu, Beef Medallions, and Peri-Peri
    Chicken accompanied by a range of salads and other BBQ delicacies.

    During Saturday the 19th of May Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH) from Redcliffe Radio
    Club will be introducing us to Meteor Scatter Operation and Roger Crofts
    (VK4YB) will be providing some insight into 620m and 2200m DXing.

    Dr Kevin Johnston is a medical practitioner not a PhD scientist and has been
    continuously licenced since 1972 as a 14 year old schoolboy in the UK. Holding
    no formal qualifications in electronics or RF engineering he is entirely
    self-taught in this field. Dr Johnston has, however, been a ham much longer
    than he has been a doctor and over the last 45+ years have had a go at most
    areas of amateur radio operation. He is a member of the Brisbane VHF group,
    the Redcliffe and Districts Radio club and the WIA. He has been actively
    involved in Meteor Scatter operation for over six years and is entirely
    fascinated by this mode of propagation. He has coordinated the Meteor Scatter
    column in AR magazine for over five years and has authored a number of articles
    on this subject.

    Join Roger (VK4YB) as he demystifies DXing on the Low Frequency band.
    Participants will embark on a journey of discovery as they learn how to get
    started and the gear required, the facts and fantasy of antennas and propagation
    characteristics before being provided with the best strategies for making your
    first DX contact. Roger was licenced in 1965 as G3UPK, before becoming a
    professional engineer, working mainly with Microwaves and Satellite
    communications. The hobby interests were on the low bands. 630m and 2200m were
    a natural progression. He is currently Managing Director of
    Monitor Sensors P/L and President of the Caboolture Radio Club.

    If you would like to know more about the event, please review the program and
    register at http://www.wia.org.au/convention or email the organizing committee
    at wiaagm@wia.org.au

    We hope to see you on the sunny Gold Coast in 4 weeks

    73 for now

    ( WIA Conference organising committee )





    50 years ago, on the 12th April 1968 a Regional arm of the International Amateur
    Radio Union, IARU Region 3, was established in Sydney.

    The IARU itself came into existence on the 14th April, 1925, at the Faculty of
    Science, Paris University, where a congress made up of representatives from a
    number of world-wide amateur radio organisations met to form a united voice for
    wireless experimenters. This was, a truly far sighted move by those involved!

    The need for such an organisation was just as great then as it is now. Then,
    wireless communications was on the cusp of rapid change, largely brought about
    by the opening up of the short wave bands and the introduction of broadcasting.
    Today we have to contend with even more intense demands, particularly on our
    spectrum allocations – the very necessary ‘parklands amongst the industrial
    world’ in which we need to survive!

    In April 1968, representatives from Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand and
    Australia met in Sydney to establish a Region 3 organisation. Other countries,
    Ceylon, India, South Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong indicated their support for
    the meeting but were unable to attend.

    At that meeting, it was decided to proceed with a Region 3 Association and
    establish an interim Directorate of five, representing the countries present.
    They were appointed to legally act for the Association until the Plenary (all
    inclusive) meeting which was scheduled for Tokyo in 1971.

    Region 3 Today.

    Like most amateur radio involvements, the voluminous hard work is carried out by
    volunteers. Indeed our hobby would not exist if it was not for dedicated
    volunteers throughout the amateur ranks who give so freely of their time and
    expertise for the benefit of all. Regional activities are no exception and can
    be
    even more stressful due to the distances involved, language differences,
    let alone the often diametrically opposed points of view of some country’s
    authorities.

    From the humble beginnings at the Inaugural meeting in 1968, IARU Region 3 now
    has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation 50 years ago, the
    WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI 50 IARU 3 which will be valid
    for four months until August 31, Felix VK4FUQ will have more on this call
    'further down the log.'

    Should you wish to make use of the call sign please email
    trainsafe@silvertrain.com.au


    Every radio amateur needs the IARU!
    https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2018/20180411-1/index.php

    (Fred - VK3DAC)





    WIA Director Phil Wait, VK2ASD, calls it a day.

    If you have been following the nominations for the WIA Board positions you will
    know, that after about 14 years as a WIA Director, many as vice-President and
    four as President, I am not standing again this year.

    All things must come to an end, and some would say this end has been a long time
    coming. Personally, I’m looking forward to following some other interests and
    doing a bit more sailing.

    Looking back over the last few years, I think the greatest achievements of the
    past few Boards have been:

    The uninterrupted business of the Institute following the unexpected passing of
    its founding President.

    The strong commitment shown to the National and International advocacy work of
    the WIA, and the continued strong support of the IARU.

    Working with the ACMA in the lead-up to the new Radio Communications act.

    The effective action against the threat of Access BPL systems that were looking
    like a real threat at the time.

    The ANZAC commemorations over the last few years were a real highlight,

    But, to my mind, the single most important achievement has been the lowering of
    entry barriers to participation in amateur radio in Australia, through the
    introduction of the Foundation license, and the assurance that amateur radio
    still has a strong part to play in today’s highly technology driven society.

    It is especially encouraging to see amateur radio finding a place in STEM
    education, and in the toolkits of the new breed of electronics experimenters,
    often called Makers.

    Naturally we also had disappointments, especially the failure to achieve a 1kW
    limit for advanced licensees, though I’m pleased to see that issue is back on
    the table as part of the WIA’s suggested changes to the Amateur LCD’s.

    Now, let me share some of my thoughts about the WIA itself.

    The WIA is an extremely complex organisation run by a bunch of dedicated
    volunteers, each bringing their own abilities, experiences, interests and
    passions. However, financially, the WIA is only about the size of your local
    fish + chip shop.

    The variety and complexity of functions performed by the WIA is manifestly out
    of proportion to its size and financial resources, and the regulations and
    expectations placed upon the WIA are now much greater than they were only a few
    years ago, not to mention the negative aspects of new social media.

    Many large and well-resourced companies are much simpler to run than the WIA.

    In short-the WIA is expected to do impossibly complex things with impossibly
    limited finances, mostly by unpaid volunteers who sometimes get harshly
    criticised, and who could be doing something much more enjoyable in their spare
    time. This is why I still find it difficult to fathom the motives of those who
    were so strongly opposed to the WIA towards the end of my Presidency, and
    apparently continue to oppose it. Looking back at it, it’s very hard to see what
    was achieved other than a great deal of disruption and expense to members.

    Over the past year, as you would expect, the new Directors have put their own
    stamp on the WIA and have taken steps to improve the organisations financial
    viability. Some of these steps have been very difficult, such as cutting back
    the frequency of AR Magazine, but they are necessary for the WIA to remain
    viable and the effective voice for Australian radio amateurs.

    The current Board is also working to modernise the administration and governance
    of the institute and improving way it works with its volunteers.

    The WIA’s Directors and volunteers are all putting in the hard yards, and they
    deserve your full support. If you are serious about supporting your hobby, you
    simply must be a member of the WIA.

    So, that’s it from me. I’ve very much enjoyed my time on the WIA Board and I’ve
    had the privilege to work with some very talented and dedicated associates and
    friends. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone I’ve met and worked with at the
    WIA. Thank you for all your efforts over the years, and for putting up with my
    shortcomings and idiosyncrasies. I’d also like to wish the new Board every
    success in what will continue to be a very difficult, but vitally important, job.

    This is Phil Wait VK2ASD, speaking for myself this time. 73’s.


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND


    The first ARRL VEC Amateur Radio examination session in Cambodia was held on
    April 5. The session resulted in two new Technician licensees, both Cambodian
    nationals, and one university professor who tested all the way to Amateur
    Extra-class in a single bound.

    Currently, no path exists for Cambodians to obtain an Amateur Radio license in
    that Southeast Asia nation, but qualifying for an FCC-issued US license enables
    licensees to obtain a Cambodian license based on their US tickets.





    DF6NM wins inventor award

    Markus Vester, DF6NM has been honoured as one of the "Inventors of the Year"
    for 2017.

    As a Principal Key Expert at Siemens, he has worked on MRI systems since the
    pioneering days.

    Markus says, "I have to say that such an award shouldn't be regarded as a
    solitary achievement, but rather also as an appreciation of the fine people
    and bright minds I am allowed to work with. Like many engineers who are also
    radio amateurs, work and play have never been completely separate aspects of
    my life. Inspiration tends to flow both ways between the two."





    The ESA just discovered a second magnetic field surrounding our planet

    A trio of satellites studying our planet's magnetic field have shown details of
    the steady swell of a magnetic field produced by the ocean's tides.

    Four years of data collected by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm mission
    have contributed to the mapping of this 'other' magnetic field, one that could
    help us build better models around global warming.

    This field also leaves its signature in the alignment of particles embedded in
    da Earth's crust.

    sciencealert.com/esa-swarm-satellite-map-ocean-tides-magnetic-field




    STEVE'S DA MAN!

    Last week in parts of Canada, dogs started barking at the midnight sky.

    The canines were responding to a bright purple ribbon of light--also known as
    'STEVE.'

    The apparition, which occurred during a G1-class geomagnetic storm, was so
    long-lasting that at least one onlooker had time to capture rare video of the
    phenomenon.

    Visit Spaceweather.com to see STEVE in motion.





    ARRL's new Chief Executive Officer, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, moved one floor down
    at ARRL Headquarters earlier this year to assume leadership of the organization
    with an overarching goal of promoting the League's mission: "To advance the art,
    science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio."

    Barry has spent much of his tenure at ARRL Headquarters toiling out of the
    limelight, so he's a bit of an unknown quantity within the greater Amateur Radio
    community. But he brings to his new position nearly 3 decades of experience as
    ARRL's Chief Financial Officer.

    Shelley intends to leverage that background in his role as CEO, enabling him to
    hit the ground running.





    A Nevada ham radio operator, who was as famous locally for his five acre
    loop antenna as he was for being the host of the most listened-to night time
    radio program in the country, has died.

    Art Bell W 6 OBB (4 F 1 AB) passed away Friday, Nye County Sheriff Sharon
    Wehlry announced Bell's death in a video released on social media. Sheriff Sharon
    did not give a cause of death.

    Known world-wide, Bell was the host of "Coast to Coast AM" an up-all-night
    program that featured paranormal activity, UFO encounters, and conspiracies
    of every type. His program was carried on more than 500 broadcast stations.

    With more than 15 million nightly listeners, Bell's show was the highest
    listened to night time program and the fourth highest listened to program
    overall on the radio.





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about

    April 21 - WW - INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY
    April 25 - VK/ZL AM CW for ANZAC DAY
    April 28-29 - VK - AMRO Weekend

    FOREWARNED - FOREARMED:-

    Hi everyone I’m Nic VK7BEE and I’d just like to let you know that the weekend
    of April 28th/29th will see our military radio enthusiasts hosting the inaugural
    Australian Military Radio Operators Weekend.

    Our group seeks to collect and restore all forms of ex-military radio equipment
    in order to see them resurrected and operated across the HF Amateur bands with
    a new lease of life.

    We will be firing up an exotic range of ex-military radio equipment across the
    HF bands covering World War Two through to the Vietnam era and beyond.

    Our power outputs will range from QRP to 400 Watts PEP, and you won’t be able to
    miss us as we will be calling CQ Military Radio Weekend.

    Our operations will range from home base to mobile including field locations
    across most states of Australia. So whether you’re a CW Operator, a Single Side
    Band advocate or you prefer Ancient Modulation, the Australian Military Radio
    Operators group look forward working you over this auspicious radio weekend. And
    if by chance you also have ex-military radio equipment, please feel free to fire
    it up and join us on air to call CQ Military Radio Weekend.

    Come and join us and help celebrate and commemorate all Radio Operators who
    have served this great country of ours now and in the past. I look forward to
    meeting with you on air.

    This is Nic VK7BEE for the Australian Military Radio Operators weekend.


    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    June 2- 3 - WW - MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND
    June 17 – R3 - IARU Region3 2018 QRP Day

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest





    THE DX EDGE APRIL

    VI 4 GAMES

    Robert Broomhead tells us that that Com Games call sign we have mentioned
    over the past few broadcasts has already logged in excess of 500 QSOs

    Yes whilst the Commonwealth games have drawn to a close, making contact with
    the special event station VI 4 GAMES is still possible right up until the 31st
    of May when the licence issued by the ACMA expires.

    Don’t miss out on your opportunity to work this special event station and to
    receive the very attractive commemorative QSL card.





    VI 50 IARU 3

    IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation
    50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI50IARU3
    which will be on air for four months 1st April until 31st August.

    (sourced to memnet)





    4 X 0 BG

    Active is special call sign 4 X 0 BG between 10.00 UTC 20th April and 22.00 UTC
    on the 21st. during Israel's 70th anniversary celebration from "Ben Gurion's Hut"
    (Holy land Square E27BS, WFF 4XFF-058) in the desert.

    (sourced to RSGB)





    Also from the Holy Land, prefix hunters will be interested in Special Event
    stations on the air to celebrate 70 years of the State of Israel.

    Some 7 stations with Prefix 4 X 70

    and one station 4 Z 70


    The actual calls to listen out for are:-
    4X70A, 4X70E, 4X70I, 4X70L. 4X70R, 4X70S, 4X70J and 4Z70IARC.

    The calls are on the air from 19th April – 27th June.

    (IRTS)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
    FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
    FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
    FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
    FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org

    Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
    1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
    28.058

    In May 2018 the First Class CW Operators Club, FOC, will be celebrating its
    80th anniversary.

    Between May 1-31st, FOC members from around the world will be active on the
    bands with CW with special callsigns, many of them containing the number ‘80’
    or an ‘FOC’ suffix.

    (sourced to SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

    April 28-29 is the Australian Military Radio Operators Weekend as we just
    heard from Nick VK7BEE, WELL this weekend is not confined to just Military
    Equipment operations.

    All other Radio Amateurs are welcome to work the Military Equipment Stations
    and provide those operators with an opportunity to explain the weekend, the
    aspects of the hobby that they are interested in, and explain more as to what
    was needed to get the old rigs back on air and a chance for some who want to
    know more about the equipment history and restoration.

    Operators may even make contact with people who actually operated such equipment
    in the services.

    (theTARCinc)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.

    And I also know our Editor, Graham VK4BB was more than a 'little chuffed' last
    week when he received a certificate from ALARA for 22 years continuous
    membership in ALARA. This went back to when he was 'sponsored', by VK4AOE
    Margaret, in Dalby .. 'on yah Graham.'





    Ann Renton Memorial Net

    One of the friendliest radio nets in the land happens this Tuesday evening
    April 24th from 7-30pm on the Townsville UHF Repeater and accessible via the
    VK4TUB All-Star Link 46740 EchoLink VK4TUB-L 837230

    The Ann Renton Memorial Net is open to young and old, YL or OM and is a
    golden opportunity for anyone who needs practice on-air to go onto the net as
    2nd operator.

    (theTARCinc)





    Foundation to Honour Former ARRL Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC.

    Former Section Manager and retired professor Betsey Doane, K1EIC, received
    the Housatonic Community College Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award on April
    19, during the college’s 50th anniversary community celebration.

    She has been on the cutting edge of major industry advancements in teaching
    techniques for the visually impaired, has worked toward developing computer
    literacy courses and has participated as a panellist at national and
    international conferences.

    Doane served as Connecticut Section Manager from 1991 until 2016, her 25
    uninterrupted years of service establishing her as the dean of Section Managers
    when she decided not to seek another term. Doane and her twin sister,
    Barb Lombardi, K1EIR, were licensed in 1958,

    (arrl)





    YLs Around the World

    On Friday April 13 at 0000 hrs utc a group of some 17 YLs from all over the globe
    gathered on the ALARA Echolink server for the weekly YL Op Net. Topics of
    conversation included a new online group for women interested in Amateur Radio,
    beginning a club and how to get started in RaspberryPi.
    https://groups.io/g/YL-Ops/topics

    Melanie AG4YL informs us of a new social media group just for YLs.

    She writes:-

    "We started this group for women, by women, to have a space to ask questions,
    offer advice, and maybe learn something new about amateur radio. We administer
    the group in such a way as to foster growth and enjoyment among its members.

    Ask questions, share knowledge, comment on that new antenna you just put up
    or the digital mode you've been dying to try! Need to know how to set up FT-8,
    or what length to cut a dipole? The more YLs we get to join, the more answers
    we'll get to questions like that. We've even enabled the chat so that you can
    communicate in real-time.

    https://groups.io/g/YL-Ops

    I'm Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
    http://www.scouts.com.au
    http://www.scout.org/jota
    http://www.international.scouts.com.au
    http://jotajoti.info/
    Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
    Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
    Co-ordinator.



    CALLING FREQUENCIES
    Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

    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
    14.070

    Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity Oak Valley.

    The chance to make a real difference and show the youth of today how useful
    Amateur Radio can be.

    Teams tracking and a chance to set up portable at a spot you would not normally
    go to.

    If in the Kennedy Region arrive at Nighthawk HQ around 3pm on Saturday, then go
    to your checkpoint for a night of easy operating in the field tracking the
    progress of Nighthawk teams, with some in-flight entertainment as you observe
    youth members try to impress the Scout Leader judges with finesse in their
    activity.

    Sat 31 June and Sun 1 July 2018 - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity
    Oak Valley, for more info contact Townsville Amateur Radio Club.

    (TARC)





    Social Scene 2018


    April 22 – VK6 - Hill Amateur Radio Group HARGFest Swapmeet 10-2PM
    April 22 – VK5 - South Coast Amateur Radio Club Annual Buy, Swap and
    Sell 10-3PM
    April 22 - VK4 - Snow’s RadioActive Observation Trial (tarc)


    May 4 - 7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
    May 12 - VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest (VK3GL)
    May 18 - 20 – VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast


    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship – Mt Gambier
    June 9 & 10 – VK2 – Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 – VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    August 4 VK3 - Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)



    Nov   11     VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)








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    The following person has provided feedback for inclusion on WIA news


    Name : Tim Makins

    Callsign : EI8IC

    Email Address : tim.ei8ic@gmail.com

    Feedback :

    Australian amateurs might be interested in a new callbook program from Tim at MapAbility (home of the Global Overlay Mapper) that takes the latest VK licensing
    data and georeferences it to create an up-to-the-minute callbook that can be visualised on Overlay and Online maps, and spatially queried and compared against
    other data tables, imported lists (many types), ContestRadar, and your own ADIF or Cabrillo logs. You can easily answer such questions as: How many hams are based in grid-square PF95? What is the nearest Shire to SOTA entity AC-021? What
    are the 5 nearest lighthouses to Merimbula, and what direction are they? How many
    hams live within 50km of the Bald Rock National Park? Does a QSO with Iceland cross Japan? Are there any special-event stations near to the Victoria State Centre IOTA group? And many more..

    Introduction: http://www.mapability.com/ei8ic/vkcallbook/

    Features: http://www.mapability.com/ei8ic/vkcallbook/features.php

    Screenshots: http://www.mapability.com/ei8ic/vkcallbook/screenshots.php


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    it's now official!
    sunspots ARE vanishing faster than expected
    so careful 'aiming' of your YAGI should still net a bunch of special calls
    this weekend from Europe as they celebrate EUDOTA:

    Europe Day 'on the air' 2018

    This year, 9 May is on a Wednesday, but, active from Friday 4, this whole
    weekend, listen out fore special callsigns with an AO prefix and an EU suffix
    commemorating the creation of the EU in 1950.

    AO1EU, AO2EU, AO3EU, AO4EU, AO5EU, AO6EU, AO7EU, AO8EU and AO9EU.





    So far in 2018, the sun has been blank more than half the time.

    Whole weeks have gone by without a single sunspot.

    Although forecasters have been expecting sunspots to disappear with the
    approach of Solar Minimum, it is happening faster than predicted.

    Visit Spaceweather.com to see the data and to find out what it means to we
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    WIA



    Hello this is WIA Director Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW with this week’s Board comment.



    The WIA Radio and Electronics Convention - Beyond 2020 is close. It will be a full
    weekend of activities and a huge thank you to the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Club.
    They have done a fantastic job organising the weekend and activities.

    The Seaworld
    Conference Centre will the centre of activities on the Saturday and the Sunday
    activities will be centred around the North Pavillion of the Broadwater Parklands
    in Southport.



    In keeping with the "Beyond 2020" theme we will be bringing some technology to
    our
    event
    management process including automated processes for validating entry into
    the various functions.
    When you check in and receive your lanyard you will
    notice that the lanyard is barcoded.

    This unique barcode is your ticket to entry
    into the functions, food, tours and events to which you have have registered.
    Keep your lanyard with you - its your ticket to the 2018 WIA Radio and Electronics
    Convention and AGM.



    For those who wish to purchase book, raffle tickets, pay membership fees we will
    be accepting credit / debit cards at the venue.


    There are some fantastic prizes from ICOM and RF Solutions. ICOM have come to the
    party with an IC-7300 – SDR Transceiver and RF Solutions has supplied a headset
    as a prize. Each delegate receives one entry into the raffle and extra tickets
    can be purchased during the events on Friday or Saturday. Ticket holder must be
    present at the Saturday night dinner to be eligible. If the winning ticket-holder
    is not the holder of, or related to the holder of an AOCP, they will receive a
    $1000 courtesy of Icom Australia.



    After the AGM and Open Forum on the Saturday there will be an opportunity for
    members to participate in shaping the WIA beyond 2020 workshop. This workshop will
    be facilitated by the WIA Strategy Committee and will provide a forum for
    participants to share their views on a number of issues critical to the long term
    sustainability of the WIA and Amateur Radio in Australia.

    After lunch there are so
    many presentations we have had to split them into two parallel streams.



    The first stream has the following presentations:

    The FT-8 Revolution with Rex Moncur (VK7MO)

    David Rowe (VK5DGR) will be letting us know about FreeDV What is it - How does
    it
    work?

    MMDVM How does it work ? with Lindsay Harvey (VK2AMV)

    Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH) from the Redcliffe Club will be telling us about
    Meteor Scatter

    630m and 2200m Dxing with Roger Crofts VK4YB


    In the second stream there are these presentations:

    Tim Dixon (VK5ZT) will be telling us about Light Talkers

    HF meets 4G in the bush: How Telcal+ is improving outback communications with
    Geoff Peck from Austravel Safety Net Inc

    WIA Director Brian Clarke (VK2GCE) will be telling us about Electromagnetic
    Compatibility

    Learn about the New Licence Conditions Determination. & Spectrum Outlook with
    members from the Spectrum Strategy Committee

    WIA Strategy Group will be talking about Knocking down barriers to entry


    Phew

    There is then some time to explore the Gold Coast before a great conference dinner
    on the Saturday night. Our keynote speaker will be Jeff Johnson (VK4XJJ) and he
    will be talking about his walk across Australia with Amateur Radio. Jeff is
    66 years young and has walked from the Spencer Gulf to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
    Along the way he raised funds and awareness for the Deaf-Blind Association (NSW) Inc.


    After a sound sleep on Saturday night there are a range of activities available on
    the Sunday morning from Balloon rides, museums and tours. Sunday afternoon will
    see a huge number of activities at the Broadwater Parklands, North Pavilion,
    Southport.
    These include:


    Microwave Shootout with the Redcliff Amateur Radio Society

    MMDVM Demonstration with the Amateur Radio Central West Group

    GCARS Field Command Centre, the black art of Duplexers and Upgrade Assessments &
    Foundation Training with the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society)

    Moonbounce EME @ 10GHz Demonstration with Rex VK7MO



    Demonstrations from:

    RF SOLUTIONS demonstrating the ICOM IC-7610 connected to an SPE EXPERT 1.5K-FA
    linear amplifier, and a wide range of other amateur radio products on display
    and for sale.
    Future Systems demonstrating the latest in SDR by Flex Radio.

    The Australian HF Touring Club demonstrating coast to coast HF Land Mobile

    Bushcomm HF Antenna / hfradio.com.au. Showcasing Bushcomm antenna systems and the
    new Barrett 4050 HF SDR Transceiver

    VKS737 Radio Network Showcasing the national VKS737 HF radio network for
    nationwide emergency and general communications

    Austravel Safety Net Inc. showcasing SelCal+ bridging the gap between HF and
    mobile phones

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Emergency communications centre

    Queensland Ambulance Service Operations support unit

    Queensland SES Communications Unit

    Queensland Police Service Mobile Policing Facility



    After all that if you are still around on the Sunday night we finish off with a
    BBQ courtesy of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society.



    So, if you haven’t booked yet then please do so soon as time is running out and
    places are limited. Don’t forget to use the Sea World accommodation booking form
    on the WIA website to receive the delegates rates.



    Look forward to seeing you there.



    This has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA Board.





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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND


    3D6/3DA0, Kingdom of eSwatini (new country name)

    King Mswati III of Swaziland has announced that he was renaming the country
    'the Kingdom of eSwatini'.

    The monarch announced the change in a stadium during celebrations for the
    country's 50th anniversary of Swazi independence and the king's 50th birthday.

    The new name, eSwatini, means "land of the Swazis".

    The new name does not change the DXCC status of this entity.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43821512





    RF pollution from solar panels

    The Netherlands amateur radio society VERON reports on a case of RF pollution
    from a solar panel installation

    Jaap PA3GYM received an unpleasant surprise when neighbours installed
    solar panels on their roofs - high levels of interference to his HF
    transceiver.

    It made his amateur radio hobby impossible so he asked for help from the
    VERON EMC-EMF Committee.

    Read the VERON report in Google English at the link in this week’s text
    edition, best read at wia.org.au

    http://tinyurl.com/VERONSolarPanels




    New RSGB President elected

    The RSGB received one nomination for President and so is pleased to announce
    that Dave Wilson, M 0 OBW has been duly elected as RSGB President until the
    2020 AGM. Dave's term of office will start on the 12th of May.





    For the second year, the Barry Amateur Radio Society of South Wales in the UK
    has gained permission to operate within the Royal Mint, and regulator Ofcom
    has granted the call sign GB 4 RME (“Royal Mint Experience”).

    The theme of the June 1 – 2 event is “Covert Radio as used in World War II.”
    At the same time, The Royal Mint will release a new 10-penny coin bearing a
    James Bond 007 theme.

    “They asked for our support in setting up a World War II covert radio display
    in keeping with James Bond exploits in the movies,” said Glyn Jones, GW0ANA.

    The building’s lead roof “RF killer” and razor-wire “Faraday cage,” plus
    electronic alarms, give the radio amateurs “loads of technical problems to
    overcome,” Jones said.

    GB4RME will operate on SSB, CW, digital modes, and satellite.





    Ham radio regulatory changes in Eire

    ComReg's massive allocation of low-band VHF spectrum to radio amateurs in Eire
    is most welcome and sets an example to other regulators

    The low-band VHF allocations are now:

    30.0-49.0 MHz

    50.0-52.0 MHz

    54.0-69.9 MHz

    69.9-70.5 MHz

    The national amateur radio society, IRTS, is to be congratulated on achieving
    amateur access to so much spectrum and they will be producing a local band
    plan in consultation with countries that have allocations at these frequencies
    and IARU.







    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about

    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    June 2- 3 - WW - MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND
    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest



    Antique Wireless Association Valve QSO Party

    The Antique Wireless Association of Southern Africa, AWA Valve QSO Party is a
    phone contest held over two sessions on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May this year.

    The South African Radio League say Saturday afternoon the AM session will be
    on the air from 13:00 to 17:00 UTC and on Sunday the SSB session will run from
    13:00 to 17:00 UTC.

    Activity on both days takes place on 40 metres between 7 063 and 7 100 kHz and
    on
    80 metres between 3 603 and 3650 kHz with your call sign a RS report, a
    consecutive serial number starting at 001 and the type of radio used, e.g.
    HT37 TX as the exchange.

    Certificates will be awarded to the first three places in each category
    (AM/SSB).

    (sarl via SouthGate)





    A special event station, GB60OT (that's GB sixty OT), will operate CW, the
    Digital modes and occasional SSB, between the period of May 19-27th, inclusive.

    This station is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Radio Amateur Old Timers
    Association (RAOTA) and the station will be very active during the
    CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th).

    (SouthGate)





    THE DX EDGE

    A large, mainly Belgian, group are active as C 8 T from Mozambique the 2nd
    to the 15th of May.

    They will operate SSB, CW and RTTY on 160-10 metres with four stations.
    A fifth station will operate 2m EME, 60m and extra digimodes on all bands.

    (rsgb)




    VI 4 GAMES

    Yes whilst the Commonwealth games have drawn to a close, making contact with
    the special event station VI 4 GAMES is still possible right up until the 31st
    of May when the licence issued by the ACMA expires.






    VI 50 IARU 3

    IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation
    50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI50IARU3
    which will be on air until 31st August.

    (sourced to memnet)




    GR9RW 19th – 23rd May 2018

    Ofcom has issued this unique ‘Special Event Call sign’ to be used from 19th to
    23rd
    May inclusive, and we believe it may be the first time that the ‘GR9’ prefix
    has ever been active.

    The special callusing GR9RW will be active for five days in May to mark the
    occasion of the Royal Wedding between HRH. Prince Harry and Ms. Megan Markle
    due to take place on 19th May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle
    in England.

    GR9RW will primarily use SSB and CW, and additionally FM on the VHF and UHF
    bands.

    Two HF stations and one VHF station will be active and will cover all bands
    from 80m to 70cm.

    A very special QSL card will be sent on request.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    This month the First Class CW Operators Club, FOC, will be celebrating its
    80th anniversary.

    Between May 1-31st, FOC members from around the world will be active on the
    bands with CW with special callsigns, many of them containing the number ‘80’
    or an ‘FOC’ suffix.






    VB18FIFA: World Cup 2018 Football Amateur Radio Marathon

    http://wp.rac.ca/vb18fifa-world-cup-2018-football-amateur-radio-marathon/

    Special call VB 18 FIFA will be on the air from June 1 to July 15 for the
    2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    Members of the Maritime Contest Club will represent Canada and Radio Amateurs
    of Canada at the request of the Russian Amateur Radio Union, the national
    organization of Radio Amateurs in Russia.

    The SRR has partnered with Amateur organizations in 60 countries to organize
    special event stations.

    Unfortunately QSLs will be via Logbook of The World only but an award for
    working FIFA stations is available from the SRR online

    http:\fwc18.hamlogs.net

    See the VB18FIFA page on QRZ for more details.

    (sourced in part to RAC)



    VK Team will be active as VK9LI from Lord Howe Island 11 - 18 May 2018.
    They will operate on 160 - 17m CW, SSB, FT8.




    From the Holy Land, prefix hunters will be interested in Special Event
    stations on the air to celebrate 70 years of the State of Israel.

    Some 7 stations with Prefix 4 X 70

    and one station 4 Z 70


    The actual calls to listen out for are:-
    4X70A, 4X70E, 4X70I, 4X70L. 4X70R, 4X70S, 4X70J and 4Z70IARC.

    The calls are on the air until 27th June.

    (IRTS)




    Japanese Special Event

    Look for special event station, 8J1ITU, to be on the air from Japan until
    May 31st.

    Activity is to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the ITU
    (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day - May 17th).

    8J1ITU is operated by the Japan ITU Amateur Radio Club during the month of
    May every year. This activity counts for Japan Honshu Island (AS-007,
    JIIA AS-007-001, WLOTA 2376), as well as Kasumigaura City (Japan JCC# 1430).

    QSL via the Bureau (JARL).











    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
    FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
    FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
    FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
    FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org

    Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
    1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
    28.058

    In May 2018 the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) will celebrate with the
    FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge, a members-only event. During the entire month,
    FOC members from around the world will be active on CW, using special
    call signs, many of them containing the number “80” or having an “FOC” suffix.

    (arrl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

    Annual Armed Forces Day Cross band Communication Test Set for Saturday, May 12

    In the USA their Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will sponsor the
    traditional military/amateur radio communication tests to mark the 67th annual
    Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 12. Armed Forces Day is May 19, but the AFD
    Cross band Military-Amateur Radio event traditionally takes place 1 week
    earlier in order to avoid conflicting with Hamvention.

    Complete information, including military stations, modes, and frequencies, is
    available on the US Army MARS website.

    The annual celebration is a unique opportunity to test two-way communication
    between radio amateurs and military stations. It features traditional
    military-to-amateur cross band SSB voice, CW, practice using legacy
    interoperability waveforms, and the opportunity for participating hams to
    utilize more modern military modes, such as MIL-STD Serial PSK and Automatic
    Link Establishment.

    Military stations will transmit (USB, unless otherwise noted on the schedule)
    on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific amateur
    frequencies they are monitoring. MARS stressed that frequencies used for the
    test will not impact any public or private communications and will not stray
    outside the confines of the exercise.

    (arrl)






    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    A third public test of the nascent FT8 “DXpedition Mode” is set for Saturday,
    May 5, the WSJT Development Group has announced.

    A fourth “release candidate” now is available, and participants in the public
    test should install WSJT-X version 1.9.0-rc4, beforehand.

    “Once again, the goal is to simulate a rare-DXpedition pileup by having many
    stations (‘Hounds’) calling and trying to work a designated pseudo-DXpedition
    station (‘Fox’),” Joe Taylor, K1JT, said on behalf of the WSJT Development
    Team.

    “Everyone participating in the test must use WSJT-X v1.9.0-rc4.” Taylor urged
    participants to “read, understand, and carefully follow” the FT8 DXpedition
    Mode User Guide, which contains some operating procedure details that differ
    from earlier versions of the beta mode software.

    “If you have legitimate access to more than one call sign (spouse, a club call,
    or whatever), please feel free to call and work each Fox more than once,”
    Taylor said. “The more Hounds, the better; we want the test pileup to be as
    deep as possible.”

    Participants are asked to report their test results and any problems
    encountered to the WSJT-X development lists on sourceforge.com or to the
    Yahoo WSJT-X Development Group reflector.

    The third beta release of the new DXpedition Mode has been tested over the
    past several weeks, including during a public test on April 7. “ A few
    additional bugs were identified and corrected, and the -rc4 release also
    includes some minor enhancements,” Taylor said.

    www.arrl.org/news/third-public-test-of-ft8-dxpedition-mode-set-for-may-5

    (arrl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    NASA sets sights on May 5 launch of InSight Mars Mission

    NASA’s next mission to Mars, Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations,
    Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), was scheduled to launch Saturday, May 5,
    on a first-ever mission to study the heart of Mars.

    Coverage of prelaunch and launch activities began Thursday, May 3, on NASA
    Television and the agency’s website.

    InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast of the
    USA, is targeted to launch from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force
    Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
    (1000utc during daylight saving)

    Back on April 15 we ran a story on Jerri Ellsworth who will be guest speaker
    at HamFest 2018 in May. VK2KMI has been digging around the interweb and has
    more on the activities of one very bright Amateur

    Before I introduce you to this week’s YL a big thank you to the Australian
    Academy of Science for inviting me to speak at the Early Mid-Career
    Researchers Forum on the subject of making science more inclusive.

    You can check out the forum via the links
    https://twitter.com/EMCRForum
    https://twitter.com/nqgirlinsydney

    Now introducing Jerri Ellsworth AI6TK

    Jerri epitomizes the young ham of today. Amateur Radio is just one of the tech
    interests that she has and she manages to fuse as many of those interests
    together as she can manage. Despite her young age, she holds a number of
    patents & creates and works on some incredible inventions, including an
    integrated circuit created using lithography, and a bass guitar made from a
    Commodore 64 computer.

    She is currently integrating aspects of virtual reality in Amateur radio

    She recently spoke at the DX Convention in the US on the future of radio
    communications and Amateur Radio. You can find more details of her work in the
    link provided with the text version of this broadcast.

    https://twitter.com/jeriellsworth

    I’m Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    ILLW involving the public at Point Lonsdale, Victoria

    One of the most important lighthouses in Victoria, Australia is at Point
    Lonsdale.
    Not only does it house a Fresnel lens but also a communications room manned by
    Pilots who control the entrance to Port Philip Bay from Bass Strait which is
    guarded by a very dangerous piece of water called “The Rip”. All ships have to
    have a Pilot on board to guide them through this narrow channel with the one
    exception being the vehicular ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania. The “Spirit of
    Tasmania”.

    Queenscliffe Maritime Museum will again participate in International Lighthouse
    Lightship Weekend (ILLW) at this lighthouse with a number of activities being
    conducted in conjunction with the Geelong Amateur Radio club.

    These include Flag Raising, sounding of the restored 1928 Fog Horn, tours of
    the light station precinct including guided tours up the lighthouse. The radio
    club will broadcast from the lighthouse car park both days using the call sign
    VK3ATL.

    All activities are conducted by Queenscliffe Maritime Museum volunteers, by
    arrangement with the Victorian Ports Corporation which continues to operate
    the Vessel Traffic Control Station, the last remaining manned lighthouse in
    coastal VK3.

    Further information at www.maritimequeenscliffe.org.au

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME

    Organisers of a replica of the 1968 Golden Globe Yacht Race are after Radio
    Amateurs from Around the world to help set up a network of stations to
    communicate with participants.

    F4GRS is asking all Radio Amateurs today to help them build a solidarity
    network around the planet, so that we can communicate with the Navigators
    during the race.

    John VK6RD passed on some details but for further maybe 6RD is the 'point man.'

    lornajohn@westnet.com.au





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MEDICAL
    IHS = www.groups.Yahoo.com/group/IHSradio/
    IHS = www.IHSOFMN.org
    PHARMACISTS = www.malpensa.it/iphg
    Medical Amateur Radio Council www.marco-ltd.org/


    MEDICAL FUND RAING M0JFP

    Chertsey Radio Club based in the UK are using a long-distance road trip to
    raise money for the children's ward at Saint Peter's Hospital in Chertsey.

    James Preece, M0JFP will leave the UK on the 12th of June and drive 1,500 miles
    from the UK through France to Benidorm in Spain, arriving on the 18th. He will
    be working a lot of radio over the week including Satellites, HF and some
    local repeaters.

    To find out more email chertseyradioclub@hotmail.com.

    (RSGB)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    Hallo everyone this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the Radio Amateurs Old
    Timers Club of Australia’s May bulletin goes to air tomorrow. This month as well
    as all the latest Club news, Ian VK3JS will be presenting two articles on battery
    technology.

    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in and to
    join in the call backs afterwards.

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC 2m
    repeater with simultaneous relays on 1843 kHz and 7146 kHz.

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit the program
    on
    20 metres on 14.150 MHz

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted
    simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on 80 metres on
    3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC networks plus a TV
    presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

    From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at
    www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.

    Tune in tomorrow for the May RAOTC bulletin.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    Young South African radio amateurs invited to apply for YOTA 2018

    The SARL reports that South Africa will host 80 young Radio Amateurs from
    34 countries in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, for a week-long
    international event from 8 to 15 August 2018.

    This is the first time that YOTA (Youngsters-on-the-Air Summer Event) is
    presented in South Africa and hosted by the South African Radio League (SARL).

    "This annual event creates, in addition to amateur radio, the opportunity to
    learn about different nationalities and cultures, foster international
    friendships and goodwill as well as learning new radio communication and
    technical skills", says SARL President, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL.

    YOTA brings together young radio amateurs under the age of 26 who have a passion
    for amateur radio and technology to learn new skills, discuss and share ideas
    about amateur radio and its future. This year's camp will not just focus on
    teaching individual skills but look at empowering the group to become mentors
    and transfer the skills they have learned.

    The week-long programme includes building a radio transceiver kit, becoming
    involved in launching and tracking of a high-altitude balloon with various
    radio equipment on-board, hone their communication skills using
    multi-frequency amateur radio stations and other technology and
    communications-based activities.





    Social Scene 2018

    May 4 - 7 - VK4 Clairview Gathering ( between Rockhampton/Mackay )
    May 12 - VK3 Moorabbin & District Radio Club HamFest (VK3GL)
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    June 9 & 10 –VK2 Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


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    August 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)



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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 13 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA Vice President David Ford, VK4MZ, towards 2020 and beyond!

    THIS STORY AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF MAY 13

    SBAS trial takes to the sea and sky

    Australia’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System trial is enabling the safe
    travel of ocean liners and regional aircraft.

    In an article in criticalcomms.com.au they report that the improved positioning
    accuracy and integrity of the satellite technology is down to TEN CENTIMETERS.

    as an example, SBAS has been under test with maritime vessels, with the giant
    ocean liner 'Ovation of the Seas' using the system to dock at Sydney’s Circular
    Quay.

    The trial was conducted by Acoustic Imaging in consultation with the Port
    Authority of New South Wales. Acoustic Imaging’s lead scientist for maritime
    programs, Nicole Bergersen, said the docking of Ovation of the Seas, which is
    more than 330 metres long and too tall to fit beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge,
    was an opportunity to test how the use of SBAS could potentially benefit
    operations on Sydney Harbour.

    We’re at a level where metres, AND centimetres matter,” Nicole said.

    “What SBAS is allowing us to do is have the pilot rely JUST on the information
    on the computer screen and if we can enable instrument navigation, then the
    pilot no longer needs visibility to be able to steer a ship. “That’s going to
    allow the Port Authority of New South Wales to bring in more ships, more
    frequently and in adverse conditions.


    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/article/sbas-trial-takes-to-the-se a-and-sky-1364617686#ixzz5F2xEXmwH


    Still on the high seas, L3 Communications Australia has been awarded a
    subcontract to supply communications systems for offshore patrol vessels for
    the Royal Australian Navy.

    While opening L3’s new Defence Design and Engineering Centre in Victoria,
    Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said the contract with L3
    would provide the communications throughout the ships, including monitoring
    systems for the engines and navigation system for all 12 vessels.

    “This contract will see jobs created in Australia while allowing L3 to package
    a range of their maritime solutions together, providing further growth and
    opportunities for local Australian companies,” Pyne said.

    Construction will commence on the first ship at Osborne Naval Shipyard in
    South Australia (VK5) before the end of 2018.


    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/news/l3-receives-aus-navy-ship-bui lding-contract-1493546428#ixzz5F2yxRfIZ




    Morse code input coming to Gboard beta

    WIA front page news ( wia.org.au ) are reporting in an item by VK5WTF that
    Google has announced at the Google I/O conference that they will add Morse
    input to their GBoard software for Android phones.

    The input method is focused on accessibility and as a few new characters for
    on-screen keyboards.

    More technical details can be found on the experiments page and hardware input
    is also available for tinkerers.




    WIA

    G’day from David Ford, VK4MZ for the last time on the weekly broadcast as the
    Vice President of the WIA. I step down from office at the AGM in a few days’
    time.

    Today, a vision for the future of Amateur Radio. The world is a different
    place to when Amateur radio first became popular, and that time has passed.
    Going forward, what Amateur radio will become is entirely up to you, the
    current AR community.

    Working together towards a common goal we can rejuvenate the hobby for
    decades to come, but to be successful the hobby will take on a different
    identity.

    Just imagine, in a not so distant, hypothetical future. A world where heroes
    solve cyber-crimes and business superstars exist due to their ability to
    exploit technology. E-sports, battle-bots and drone racing have taken over
    from sports like AFL and rugby.

    A future where amateur radio is one of the fastest growing hobbies on the
    planet. Multi-operator stations running contests are streamed live online
    via you-tube and twitch. Online scoreboards are tracking who’s leading
    contests live and, in a technology driven world, AR contests are fast
    becoming the biggest gambling and team events on the planet. SDRs are used to
    record contests and commentators discuss the SO2R play of the day. Fantasy
    contests are run, like fantasy football, where you choose a hypothetical
    point on the planet to setup your virtual shack and the real propagation
    proves whether you chose the best site and equipment, or not. There are
    adventure sports ran like marathons but with SOTA and parks and peaks
    contacts gaining you extra points towards a win. ARDF contests are run at
    schools around the country and ARDF is now an Olympic sport. Amateur Radio
    manufacturers are now some of the most influential companies on the planet.

    It’s not a future that is all that difficult to imagine. Imagine if you will.

    In this future every occupation is aligned with making the best use of
    technology, budding technologists looking to build a career, become an
    entrepreneur or build something ground breaking will need to learn about how
    to harness the power of IT systems. Here, Amateur Radio is a stepping stone
    and a way to learn about the ones, zeros and maybe even qubits that are the
    keys to being successful in that future.

    Your future descendants live and breathe this life as a reality. They think
    back to how grandad, or grandma was a pioneer in Amateur Radio. They reflect
    with great admiration and tell their friends, about how what you did today
    made all the difference.

    The WIA is fundamental to realising this destiny. In this future the WIA is a
    virtual office that buzzes with activity, it sounds and feels like a war-room
    coordinating events, on-going contests, training materials, manages the
    press and works to coordinate the efforts of radio and electronic enthusiasts
    across Australia’s states and territories. The WIA working with clubs, both
    online and local, drives and supports this resurgent interest in Amateur
    Radio and helps to build Australia into the knowledge economy that it is so
    compelled to become.

    From that possible future, and back to the present. This year has seen a
    strong financial re-positioning of the WIA. We’ve setup new systems that will
    be central to running and automating the business processes of the WIA and
    systems that act as a central point to collect data, manage communications
    and enable marketing efforts. We’ve got a very capable group of people to
    help run the organisation.

    We’ve initiated and brought on board six IT project managers who are eager to
    run projects and we have an organisation that is now prepared for
    transformation over the coming years.

    At the WIA there are people who dedicate a huge amount of time to working
    together and achieving the advancement of Amateur Radio. Unfortunately, it is
    currently a herculean effort of a few, whereas what’s needed is small
    contributions from many. If the Amateur Radio community cannot work together
    to build a future, then it’s a future that will see the decline of Amateur
    Radio.

    That future is up to you as you a part of the amateur radio community. You
    can support a legacy that see’s AR fade into history or take up a call to
    action and work together to be a part of something great. Support the WIA so
    that the WIA can continue to be an agent for change and the future of Amateur
    Radio. Your support can be as simple as sharing a supportive word for the
    organisation, becoming a member, or even volunteering your time to work on
    something productive that you enjoy doing with a great bunch of people.

    The WIA’s Radio and Electronics Convention being held on the 19th and 20th of
    May on the Gold Coast is talking about Amateur Radio as it moves towards 2020.
    Registrations closed this week, however, we’ve been able to negotiate an
    extension for new registrations until Wednesday the 16th of May, all-be-it
    with a late-fee. So go online to the WIA website today and get your
    registration in.

    That’s it from me as Vice President for the 2017/2018 year. Support your WIA
    where you can. I hope to hear you around the bands and I’ll still be around
    the WIA from time to time. I’ve enjoyed this year immensely and I’ve
    certainly enjoyed hearing the support for building Amateur Radio’s future.

    Have a great day, and I hope to see you at the AGM in a few days time.

    7-3 David Ford.




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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, Local News Services VK2, 7 and the
    WW sources of the WIA including VK2FKND

    May 8 was Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico.

    In his proclamation, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló Nevares cited
    the Amateur Radio response in Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and
    Maria last September, which provided emergency communication on behalf of the
    American Red Cross as part of the federal government response, and efforts to
    restore electrical power to the island.

    Amateur Radio Day offers “the opportunity to exalt the valuable service of the
    radio amateurs of Puerto Rico and their contribution to the development and
    evolution of this important means of communication in our society,” the
    Governor’s proclamation declared.

    Amateur Radio Day in Puerto Rico is always the second Tuesday of May.

    However a gloominess does overshadow the May 8 date.

    The ARRL report a radio amateur engaged in the Puerto Rico recovery is among
    the Hercules C-130 crash victims

    A radio amateur and Puerto Rico Air National Guard member involved in
    hurricane recovery there died on May 2 when a Hercules C-130 aircraft crashed
    killing all aboard.

    Among the nine fatalities was Eric Circuns, WP 4 OXB, of Rio Grande,
    Puerto Rico. The cargo plane, attached to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s
    156th Airlift Wing, went down shortly after take-off.

    According to media accounts, the 60-year-old aircraft was under repair in
    before it took off. It had been used in several hurricane relief and recovery
    efforts and was reported to be on its way to Arizona to be decommissioned.





    Ada Lace call home!

    Author Emily (KD8KPR) Calandrelli's latest book aimed at young people
    'Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader,' featuring amateur radio
    has now been published.

    Ada is an 8-year-old with a knack for science, mathematics, and solving
    mysteries with technology. Her latest project is to fix up a ham radio,
    something that she could use to contact people on this planet…and beyond.

    VK2KMI has more:-

    Introducing Author of 'Ada' Emily Calandrelli KD8PKR who grew up in
    West Virginia.

    At university, she won numerous academic awards. She became a Truman Scholar
    which led to her workinging in Washington, D.C. In 2009, she was named to the
    USA Today all-academic team, won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and was
    voted Ms. Mountaineer. She later graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical
    Engineering and Aerospace Engineering in 2010.

    Subsequently, Calandrelli went to the MIT where she obtained an M.S. degree in
    Aeronautics and Astronautics as well an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy.

    Calandrelli is a professional speaker and presents on the topics of space
    exploration, scientific literacy, and equality of the sexes in STEM

    She has written a series of books to introduce youth to science and
    technology.

    Her latest is about an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and
    solving mysteries with technology.

    Third grader and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace likes nothing more than to
    tinker. Her latest project is to fix up a ham radio, something that she could
    use to contact people on this planet…and beyond. The only problem is that she
    just can’t get it to work properly.

    During a sleepover, Ada’s best friend Nina hears something strange coming from
    the radio in the middle of the night. A distant voice says, “Release the swarm!”
    convincing Nina that aliens are about to invade planet Earth.

    What a great way to introduce girls to ham radio.

    I’m Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Calandrelli





    Nevada Governor issues proclamation

    The State of Nevada has once again publicly recognized the value of her
    amateur radio operators in the form of a Governors Proclamation by Governor
    Brian Sandoval naming June 2018 as 'Amateur Radio Month in Nevada'.

    Public acclamations praising the service of ham radio operators in the
    Silver State are not uncommon. A similar proclamation has been issued by
    Governor Sandoval during each of his eight years in office.

    Bigley elaborated about the relationship that Nevada has with amateur radio.
    "On the state level The Nevada Division of Emergency Management and the ARRL
    Nevada Section maintain a formal relationship, the DEM recognizes the ARRL
    Field Organization as being an important resource." "If you walk into the
    Situation Room at pretty much any county Emergency Operations Centre around
    the state, you are going to see the vest of their local ARES/RACES Emergency
    Coordinator slung over the back of a chair. The presence of those vests are a
    testament to the trust that Nevada's professional Emergency Managers have in
    ARRL volunteers."





    RADIO ACTIVE:-

    The Herald-Palladium reports Southwest Michigan emergency response agencies
    have passed a test of their ability to respond to a simulated nuclear accident
    at Palisades nuclear power plant

    The response drill was well received by the US agencies of the Nuclear
    Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Emergency service agencies plus schools, public health, amateur radio
    operators, the American Red Cross and others took part.

    A little further down the log today Col, VK3LED will have more 'Rescue Radio'
    news.





    Michigan Radio interviews Ruth Willet KM4LAO

    In a world of Skype and FaceTime, a Kettering (Michigan) student and amateur
    satellite enthusiast Ruth Willet KM 4 LAO is bringing back the university
    amateur radio club

    Yes she may be busy with her double major in Mechanical Engineering and
    Engineering Physics, but Ruth Willet always finds time for her passion:
    amateur radio.

    And even in this era of FaceTime and Skype, the freshman is doing her best to
    fire up enthusiasm on campus for amateur radio.

    KM4LAO talked about the radio club at school and what she gets out of it over
    a local radio outlet.





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about

    May 12-13 - WW - Mills On The Air

    June 2- 3 - WW - MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND
    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest


    2018 IARU HF World Championship Contest

    The 2018 International Amateur Radio Union HF World Championship Contest takes
    place the second full weekend of July, that is the weekend of 14 and 15 July
    2018, beginning 1200 UTC Saturday 14th July and ending 1200 UTC Sunday 15th
    July. Both Single and Multi-operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour
    period.

    All licensed amateurs worldwide are eligible to participate in this contest.

    The objective is to contact as many other amateurs as possible, especially
    IARU member society HQ stations, around the world using the 160, 80, 40, 20,
    15 and 10 meter bands. Multipliers are the total number of ITU zones plus IARU
    member society HQ stations worked on each band (not mode). Thus, your
    Society's HQ stations participation is very important for the multipliers.
    Last year, 11 societies participated in the contest from Region 3.

    IARU officials represent a maximum of four multipliers per band
    (AC, R1, R2 and R3). 2 regional AC members have the option of using "AC" or
    regional designator "R3". Regional EC members who are not AC members must use
    designator "R3".

    You can find the complete rules at the URL in the text version of this
    broadcast.

    http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship

    Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP the Secretary of IARU Region Three is planning to
    participate in this contest with the “R3” designator and hopes to work many
    VK stations during the contest.

    This news item is also available on the WIA web site

    (VK8ZZ WIA Secretary)





    Pacific Tour

    Dave, WJ2O, has announced his plans to activate a few islands in the Pacific
    before and after he joins the KH1/NH7Z Baker Island DXpedition.

    His tentative schedule (all dates are approx.) is as follows:

    American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 8th; for 2 days
    Samoa (5W) -- Around June 11th; for 2 days
    American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 13th; for 4 days; signing KH8/WJ2O
    Baker Island (KH1) -- Around June 27th; for 10 days
    Fiji (3D2) -- Around July 13th for 4 days

    Dave reports from the Visalia DX Convention:
    I don't have a license for Samoa or Fiji yet.
    I know on American Samoa I will sign simply KH8/WJ2O.
    With the group on Baker we are KH1/KH7Z.

    (sourced to SouthGate)





    VB18FIFA: World Cup 2018 Football Amateur Radio Marathon

    http://wp.rac.ca/vb18fifa-world-cup-2018-football-amateur-radio-marathon/

    Special call VB 18 FIFA will be on the air from June 1 to July 15 for the
    2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    Members of the Maritime Contest Club will represent Canada and Radio Amateurs
    of Canada at the request of the Russian Amateur Radio Union, the national
    organization of Radio Amateurs in Russia.

    The SRR has partnered with Amateur organizations in 60 countries to organize
    special event stations.

    Unfortunately QSLs will be via Logbook of The World only but an award for
    working FIFA stations is available from the SRR online

    http:\fwc18.hamlogs.net

    See the VB18FIFA page on QRZ for more details.

    (sourced in part to RAC)





    From the Holy Land, prefix hunters will be interested in Special Event
    stations on the air to celebrate 70 years of the State of Israel.

    Some 7 stations with Prefix 4 X 70

    and one station 4 Z 70


    The actual calls to listen out for are:-
    4X70A, 4X70E, 4X70I, 4X70L. 4X70R, 4X70S, 4X70J and 4Z70IARC.

    The calls are on the air until 27th June.

    (IRTS)




    Radio Caroline 2018

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station
    GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long weekend
    3rd to 5th August.

    They also have arranged trips out to visit the ship for a tour including
    studios, transmitter room etc.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)



    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf
    of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio
    within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.


    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    The third public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode on May 5 is being called a
    success.

    The goal of the exercise was to simulate a rare DXpedition pileup on FT8 by
    having many stations (“Hounds”) calling and trying to work a designated pseudo
    DXpedition station (“Fox”).

    “A number participants and would-be participants reported that propagation was
    spotty, at best,” said Joe Taylor, K1JT, on behalf of the WSJT development
    group, which is sponsoring the tests. “Nevertheless, at AA7A, G4WJS, K1JT, and
    K9AN, we copied 405 unique call signs of stations acting as Hounds, and at
    least one Fox was worked by 305 of them.

    FT8 DXpedition Mode permits a DXpedition station (Fox) to work several
    stations at a time, utilizing different “slots” for each contact.

    The downside is that the greater the number of parallel slots, the less power
    for each slot. Taylor said the penalty is 14 dB for five slots. He went on to
    say the setup at W7/KH7Z is comparable to what will be used during the
    KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition in June.

    (arrl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)


    Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites you to 'High Flying Radios
    - Using satellites for communication'.

    Tony Falla VK3KKP will entertain with his adventures in space with amateur
    radio satellites, the International Space Station and a journey back to the
    sixties when unmanned space craft orbited the Moon.

    This month, the BAREC meeting will be in Castlemaine, and the evening
    commences at 7.30 pm, Friday May 18th at the 1st Castlemaine Scout Hall,
    16 Reckleben St, Castlemaine.

    A gold coin donation would be appreciated. Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

    BAREC members look forward to seeing you there.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
    (1000utc during daylight saving)

    King’s High School ARISS contact on BBC TV

    On April 19 student Eleanor Griffin led the live question and answer session
    between King’s High School and Warwick Preparatory School (GB4KHS) and
    astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU on the International Space Station (NA1SS).

    King’s High School strongly encourage their girls to develop their interests
    both inside and outside the classroom. This culture of empowerment led
    one of their girls, Eleanor Griffin, to apply to ARISS Europe (Amateur Radio
    on the International Space Station) for a highly prestigious link-up to the
    International Space Station.

    When Eleanor Griffin was selected to hold a space conversation with an
    astronaut, she was inspired to set up the Warwick Mars Project, for students
    across the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, to further interest
    in Space Science. Eleanor says: “The moon landings belong to the generation
    of our grandparents, and the International Space Station to our parents. What
    will happen in our generation? Will Mankind travel to another planet?”

    After the ISS contact when asked what this incredible experience had
    taught her Eleanor replied “Just do it! No one is going to stop you, if you
    just go and pursue your dreams, you really can do anything.”

    Hopefully the following link is still not geoblocked, the BBC TV news item
    broadcast on Midlands Today @bbcmtd Fast forward to
    18:45 into the recording at
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09z9tw6/midlands-today-evening-
    news-19042018

    In this video the students present their work and activities that lead
    up the contact, followed at 12:11 by a presentation by ARISS Operations
    UK team lead Ciaran Morgan M0XTD with the ISS contact commencing at 31:32
    into the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpVc1ikj4pE

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
    http://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html
    https://twitter.com/ARISS_status
    King’s High School Warwick https://twitter.com/KHSWarwick

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME

    Historic US Navy call sign NSS will be reactivated during the 100th
    anniversary of the former Naval Radio Station in Annapolis, Maryland.

    Members of the US Naval Academy Radio Club (W3ADO) and the Potomac Valley
    Radio Club (W3GRF) will return the historic call sign to the air during the
    Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test this
    weekend.

    Transmissions on CW and SSB will take place on 4,038.5; 5,330.5; 7,533.5;
    9,447; 14,487, and 17,545 kHz. NSS will listen for callers on announced
    frequencies in adjacent Amateur Radio bands.

    NSS began operation in 1918.

    (sourced to arrl)





    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

    Cuba's 'Operation Meteor' will involve ham radio

    Cuba has launched 'Operation Meteor' to aid the island in preparing for any
    and all possible natural disasters, from droughts to hurricanes and
    earthquakes.

    Cuba is introducing the preventative initiative next weekend, May 19 and 20,
    Chief of the National General Staff of Civil Defence said during a press
    conference.

    'Meteor' will also connect with radio and television services; the island
    communications system, and the Emergency Network of the Amateur Radio
    Federation of Cuba.


    Across in Costa Rica, radio hams reach agreement with Fire Department

    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Radio Club de Costa Rica
    and the Fire Department of Costa Rica to support the development of the
    'ITU Winlink Node Project' in Costa Rica

    This project, is part of ITU’s plan for the establishment of a Winlink node
    network in the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, with
    the objective of strengthening the response capacity in alternate emergency
    communications.

    (SouthGate)





    Social Scene 2018

    Clive Sait, VK4ACC the RADAR CLUB Secretary tells us at least 40 persons
    attended the Rocky - Mackay annual get together at Clairview BarraCrab
    Caravan park last weekend, 5th May.

    This popular event has been running for approx. 20 years.

    It’s great fun and a fund raiser for both the R’ton -- Mackay Amateur Radio
    Clubs.

    Roy VK4RM assisted by Clive VK4ACC and a few others disposed of huge amounts
    of preloved second hand and new treasure during the fun auction.

    Both CB UHF Radios and Amateur radios were raffled as well as a multi draw
    raffle.

    Operators and friends came from all over Qld for the event. Gavin VK4ZZ from
    TARC in Townsville had a few from up north in tow! Even Mals Pie Cart turned
    up. (That’s the 22/7 Pie).

    Some stayed longer making the most of the lovely May Day weekend .

    Catch up with some of you at the Gold Coast WIA AGM.

    Regards Clive


    May 18 - 20 – VK WIA Radio & Electronics Convention & AGM Gold Coast

    June 2 - VK4 Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club's REDFEST 8.30AM (VK4TFN)
    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship – Mt Gambier
    June 9 & 10 –VK2 Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 – VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    August 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)



    Nov   11     VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)









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    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA Bord Comment - Marcus, vk5wtf


    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JUNE 3

    Canberra begins rural telecoms review

    A committee has been established for the next review of telecommunications
    services in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

    The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee is convened
    every three years to examine regional telecommunication services.

    Six members have been appointed to the committee, which brings a wealth of
    experience in the telecommunications sector and an extensive understanding
    of regional Australia.

    “This is a fantastic opportunity for those in the regions to have their say
    on how they use telecommunication services and the issues that affect them,”
    said Minister for Regional Communications Senator Bridget McKenzie.

    “The review will examine regional telecommunications issues closely and
    examine how rural Australians can maximise the economic and social benefits
    that next-generation telecommunication services can provide.”

    The review will commence shortly and all rural Australians are encouraged
    to participate.

    The committee will shortly call for submissions and will undertake public
    consultations in regional and rural areas later in the year. It is expected
    to report to government by the end of September 2018.


    criticalcomms.com.au/content/radio-systems/news/canberra-begins-rural-telecoms- review-390230245#ixzz5FqYt0X4W

    (sourced to vk7wi news)





    Over 2000 QSOs and Eight Anniversary Awards Issued Already

    Wisnu YB 0 AZ, Indonesian IARU Director lets us know that up until 28 May
    the IARU Region 3 50th Anniversary Award has already been issued to eight
    amateur radio operators.

    The three Special Event Station active (HL 50 IARU, our own VI 50 IARU3,
    along with YB 50 IARU have made 2374 QSOs on 80 meters through to 2 meters
    as well as satellite QSOs via IO-86 and AO-91.

    Congratulations to JR 3 AAZ who received the first certificate of the
    IARU Region 3 50th Anniversary Award.

    Every station who is in the log, can download their QSL card directly from
    the award website.

    http://www.awards-iaru-r3.org/






    Last week we told you of probably VK's first Foundation Members net using
    the catchy moniker 'F-TROOP.'

    Now from the west wing comes news of VK's longest RUNNING 'new comers net.'

    Since 2011, VK6's own Onno VK6FLAB has been running F-TROOP, for new and
    returning hams. So much so, that the WIA has awarded Onno in the past for
    his commitment to Foundation Licensees.

    In this time, the net has been run more than 360 times.

    It has close to 500 contributing callsigns and this year expects to reach
    its 4,000th contact.

    The net runs Saturday mornings, from 00:00-01:00 UTC and can be heard across
    the world.

    And it's not just VK6 that participate, but regular call-ins from across VK,
    the US, and the UK.

    It goes out:
    - In VK6 on VK6RLM, 146.750 MHz,
    - via EchoLink Conference *VK3JED*, node 42840,
    - via IRLP node 9558
    - via AllStarLink node 28608 (VK6ZGN), and
    - via AllStarLink node 42732 (VK6-HUB).

    If you'd like to talk about Amateur Radio, if you've just got your license,
    if you're shy, or you just want a chat, drop in and say "Hi".

    The net is run as a spoke and hub, which means you only need to remember
    two callsigns, yours and that of net control, who, as their name suggests,
    control or keep the conversation flowing by asking for check ins and
    comments.

    "How to Participate" along with Stats (including the log) can be accessed
    in the "Stats" link from the F-Troop Web Page:
    http://ftroop.vk6.net/

    Please contact help@vk6.net with any questions.

    (Glynn VK6PAW)





    All Hand On Deck...

    This weekend you don't need to 'go down to the sea in ships' to participate
    in a fun 'world wide event.'

    It's MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND.

    Ham stations will work from a wide variety of museum ships that include
    submarines, aircraft carriers, battleships, there is a Civil War Ironclad
    Gunboat and a concrete hulled merchant ship from WW1 to name but a few
    in this 'on air flotilla.'

    The Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio are operating call sign VK 4 GLA
    from HMAS Gladstone during the International Museum Ships Weekend 2-3 June

    Ray VK4FRAL a member of the RaDAR club will be operating the club station
    from the museum ship and wants all radio operators to participate in the
    international event.

    HMAS Gladstone is the only registered ship in Australia taking part.

    There is a great article about the event in the Gladstone Observer
    that can be found at the link below.

    https://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/calling-radio-amateurs/3429815/





    WIA

    Hello, this is Marcus, vk5wtf with this week's board comment.

    What a crazy few months I have had. I was looking at my log book the other
    day and I could see how busy I have been with the lack of contacts. The
    biggest thing I have done this year is spend a few weeks working on WSPR,
    testing skip distance with 150 mW.

    But... I'm also starting to hit a slump, some of you out there will have
    been through it before, and some of you listening might be going through it
    now. Last time I was off air for 8 years.

    What can I do this time, well, going to events like the WIA Convention two
    weeks ago, and having a chance to see how others enjoy the hobby. Oh, and a
    big thanks to Rex, VK7MO, I was like a kid being allowed to play with a
    really expensive toy when I worked USA via 10 GHz EME.

    It got me thinking, what can I do that's different and exciting? What can we
    all do to help others? Do you have a great story about what kept you going
    and keen, or have you helped someone else keep their interest alive?

    If you think it's big enough, send it to AR Magazine for publishing, if not,
    share on social media, or send them to me, vk5wtf@wia.org.au

    vk5wtf, signing off.



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the World Wide sources of the WIA
    and local news services.

    Help requested to monitor for signals from Chinese Lunar sats

    After their launch on May 20, LJ 1 and LJ 2 were maneuvered onto a track
    to the Moon.

    Several amateurs received telemetry from the satellites, but now LJ 1
    appears to have encountered problems.

    Please try and monitor DSLWP-A on 435.425 and 436.425

    They lost the contact of satellite A on S band after an orbit adjustment.

    If operating, 435.425 MHz should be 500bps GMSK and JT4 alternately.

    436.425 MHz should be 250 bps GMSK. Both transmit once in 5 minutes.

    LONGJIANG 1 - NORAD CAT ID 43471
    LONGJIANG 2 - NORAD CAT ID 43472
    Nico, PA0DLO

    www.amsat.org




    IARU R1 highlights threat to higher ham radio bands

    In issue 77 of the free IARU Region 1 VHF newsletter, the Chair of
    VHF-UHF-uW committee Jacques ON4AVJ highlights the threats to vital
    amateur radio spectrum

    "In less than a year we will have our interim meeting about the use of
    the spectrum above 30 MHz We have to face some challenges. I want to
    invite all Member Societies to think about how to promote, defend and use
    our frequencies," he said.

    "They are wanted by others, both government and commercial, users.

    So this is a wake-up call to be aware that if we not are using those bands
    we will lose them.

    Like some have said: 'use them or lose them' and “HF is not the only bands
    for ham radio, but they are the easiest to use”.

    Download the May 2018 newsletter from
    http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/vhfuhsshf/newsletters





    South Africa gets 100 kHz at 5 MHz (60m)

    On Friday, May 25, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018
    in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the
    60 metre band as well as channel 5290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation
    research project

    The South African Radio League reports:

    The National Radio Frequency Plan is a nearly 300-page document which
    covers the entire radio frequency spectrum. The plan is in Government
    Gazette 41650 which will from next week be available from the Government
    Printer's website under general notice 266. The SARL will carefully
    consider all the amateur allocations and ensure that a band plan is in
    place.

    The spectrum 5350 to 5450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio
    amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, the SARL Council is working
    on the 60 m band plan. Council will publish the band plan as soon as
    possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.

    In addition, the channel 5290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons
    deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue
    to use this frequency.





    EmComm antenna supports mounted at Wahkiakum HS

    The County Sheriff's Department of Emergency Services teamed up with the
    Wahkiakum School District, Wahkiakum County PUD and the Wahkiakum Amateur
    Radio Club to get one step closer to being able to deal effectively with
    "the big one."

    The step was to hang pulleys and ropes at the baseball field so that
    emergency antennas can very quickly be hoisted and used to facilitate
    communications from that county out to anywhere else in the world when
    the Volcano 'blows it's top.'

    The next step will be to test the system from 11:00 a.m., Saturday June 23
    to 11:00 a.m., Sunday June 24 during Amateur Radio Field Day.

    Many communications modes will be tested using five antennas and stations,
    including Morse Code, FM simplex voice, single sideband, PSK31, FT8, MFSK16.

    Full story

    http://www.waheagle.com/story/2018/05/24/news/emcomm-antenna-supports-mounted-a t-wahkiakum-hs/14623.html

    (sourced to SouthGate)





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about

    June 2- 3 - WW - MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND
    June 9-10 - VK - VK SHIRES CONTEST
    June 17 – IARU R3 – 2018 QRP Day Region 3
    June 22-23 - VK - Winter VHF-UHF Field Day

    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest





    Thomas, F 4 HPX, will once again be active as FR/F4HPX from various locations
    on Reunion Island (AF-016) until June 15th.

    Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, JT65, JT9 and
    possibly FT8.

    QSL via the Bureau.





    Be listening for Walter HB9XBG operating as FO/HB9XBG from Bora Bora
    Island in French Polynesia between June 7-17th. Activity will be on 20
    meters SSB. QSL via his home call sign.





    II 1 ITR will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the so-called Red Tent,
    an Italian airship that set out to explore the North Pole.

    Continuing to the 25th of June, the plan is to work on all bands and all
    modes.

    QSL and other information is available at QRZ.com for IT 1 ITR

    (rsgb)





    Pacific Tour

    Dave, WJ2O, has announced his plans to activate a few islands in the Pacific
    before and after he joins the KH1/NH7Z Baker Island DXpedition.

    His tentative schedule (all dates are approx.) is as follows:

    American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 8th; for 2 days
    Samoa (5W) -- Around June 11th; for 2 days
    American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 13th; for 4 days; signing KH8/WJ2O
    Baker Island (KH1) -- Around June 27th; for 10 days
    Fiji (3D2) -- Around July 13th for 4 days

    Dave reports from the Visalia DX Convention:
    I don't have a license for Samoa or Fiji yet.
    I know on American Samoa I will sign simply KH8/WJ2O.
    With the group on Baker we are KH1/KH7Z.

    (sourced to SouthGate)





    VI 50 IARU 3

    IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation
    50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI50IARU3
    which will be on air until 31st August.

    (sourced to memnet)





    VB18FIFA: World Cup 2018 Football Amateur Radio Marathon

    http://wp.rac.ca/vb18fifa-world-cup-2018-football-amateur-radio-marathon/

    Special call VB 18 FIFA will be on the air from June 1 to July 15 for the
    2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    Members of the Maritime Contest Club will represent Canada and Radio Amateurs
    of Canada at the request of the Russian Amateur Radio Union, the national
    organization of Radio Amateurs in Russia.

    The SRR has partnered with Amateur organizations in 60 countries to organize
    special event stations.

    Unfortunately QSLs will be via Logbook of The World only but an award for
    working FIFA stations is available from the SRR online

    http:\fwc18.hamlogs.net

    See the VB18FIFA page on QRZ for more details.

    (sourced in part to RAC)





    From the Holy Land, prefix hunters will be interested in Special Event
    stations on the air to celebrate 70 years of the State of Israel.

    Some 7 stations with Prefix 4 X 70

    and one station 4 Z 70

    The actual calls to listen out for are:-
    4X70A, 4X70E, 4X70I, 4X70L. 4X70R, 4X70S, 4X70J and 4Z70IARC.

    The calls are on the air until 27th June.

    (IRTS)





    Radio Caroline 2018

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station
    GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long weekend
    3rd to 5th August.

    They also have arranged trips out to visit the ship for a tour including
    studios, transmitter room etc.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf
    of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio
    within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    WIRELESS WEATHER

    Lunar eclipses and climate change

    Strange but true:

    You can learn a lot about climate change by watching lunar eclipses. At
    the 46th Global Monitoring Annual Conference in Boulder, Colorado,
    a climate scientist announced new results from decades of monitoring.

    They suggest that Earth's clear stratosphere is contributing about as much
    to recent warming as the global increase of greenhouse gases.

    Visit Spaceweather.com for the full story.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    Many amateurs are experimenting with various digital voice modes, such as
    Yaesu System Fusion C4FM, D-STAR and DMR etc.

    Well there is also a digital voice mode for HF radio operations too, FreeDV.

    While text based HF digital modes are common, FreeDV is the first new VOICE
    mode for HF since SSB was introduced in the 1950s and 60s.

    David, VK5DGR, has just released the latest FreeDV 700D mode. This uses a
    700 bit/s speech voice codec, powerful forward error correction, and a new
    modem to send digital speech over HF radios.

    Testing of FreeDV 700D has demonstrated that it is outperforming SSB on
    poor channels.

    Here is a demo of SSB, followed by FreeDV 700D, on a poor quality 3,200 km
    path between Adelaide and the Bay of Islands, in New Zealand.

    http://rowetel.com/700d_ssb.wav

    You can run FreeDV using any PC set up for digital modes, using the
    FreeDV 1.3 GUI program, which you can download from freedv dot org

    http://freedv.org.

    Australian FreeDV activity is on 7.177 and 14.236 MHz
    You can coordinate FreeDV QSOs using the FreeDV QSO finder on qso.freedv.org

    http://qso.freedv.org

    So why not try FreeDV, and join us in experimenting with this exciting and
    powerful new mode on the HF bands!

    More information may be found on the AREG and WIA webpages in the text
    edition of this broadcast

    www.areg.org.au

    73 from Ben, VK5BB, for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.





    HAMNET amateur radio network is growing

    DARC report the number of nodes and link routes for the HAMNET amateur
    radio network is rising

    Hamnet is a high-speed digital radio network that interconnects automated
    ham radio stations and its services, such as Packet Radio,
    Allstarlink/EchoLink/ IRLP, APRS, Paging and Amateur Television
    using radio links on the higher bands like 13 cm, 6 cm and 3 cm.

    A Google English translation of the DARC post reads:
    "There were 719 links in 2017 and in 2018 821 were counted."

    There is also an increase of the Hamnet entrances reported on 13 cm,
    6 cm and 9 cm.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    HamVideo transmitter test

    Since mid April, the HamVideo transmitter onboard Columbus has not been
    working. On Friday June 1, 2018 UTC the Ham Video system will be tested.

    The transmitter will be down powered step by step.

    Next the antenna cable will be connected to the second S-band antenna.

    Finally, the transmitter will be powered on step by step.

    These operations, to be performed by crew, are scheduled 17.25 - 17.55 UTC.

    The ISS will pass over Europe 45 minutes later, at 18.40 UTC.

    Ground stations are invited to monitor the signal and report.

    Interested parties can monitor the test by connecting to:
    https://live.ariss.org/hamtv/

    We are looking forward to this test, hoping that the transmitter will
    start working again.

    73, Gaston Bertels ON4WF

    (SouthGate)





    German astronaut to make second trip to ISS

    ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF 5 ONO, will be launched into space on
    6 June alongside Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev and NASA astronaut
    Serena Auñón-Chancellor.

    ESA astronaut Alexander KF5ONO and the other pair will blast off from
    Kazakhstan and will arrive at the International Space Station two days
    later.

    This will be Alexander’s second spaceflight. He is also the second ESA
    astronaut to take over command of the International Space Station.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA

    Irish Islands IOTA Tour 2018

    Beginning June 1st 2018, the EIDX Group are activating all Irish IOTA
    Groups.

    Using the 'Echo Juliet' prefix, EJ0DXG will be QRV from IOTA EU-006,
    EU-007, EU-103 and EU-121 this northern summer.

    Supported by dxwanted.net a beautiful plaque will be available for whoever
    works them on 4 different IOTA Groups.

    So, as a 'Bonus' or 'Wildcard' station, EI 0 DXG will also be QRV from
    Mainland Ireland (EU-115) throughout and until September 30th 2018.

    Some of these islands are also in rare Grid squares and for Worked All
    Ireland followers...will also count towards the Island award.

    Starting off with 'Little Saltee Island' EU-103 on June 15/16/17/18th....
    the group will be QRV on HF and 6m bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes.

    July will see activity from the Great Blasket Island EU-007.

    August will see EU-121 grace the bands from Bere Island.

    Their last Island activity ends September 16th as part of their DX
    weekend from Inishmore, Aran Islands EU-006.

    (Irish Radio Transmitters Society)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME

    This weekend members of the Rockhampton and Gladstone Amateur Radio Clubs
    are manning the radio room of museum ship HMAS GLADSTONE in the port of
    Gladstone Queensland.

    They are participating in the International Museum Ships Weekend.

    Over 100 ships from around the world are registered for the event.

    A new club callsign for the HMAS GLADSTONE, VK 4 GLA has just been received
    and will be operating across the bands. Have a listen, the crew of
    operators at VK4GLA are standing by for your contact, so give them a call.

    Also give II 4 AMP a call.

    In conjunction with this weekends 'Museum Ships Weekend Event'
    members of A.R.I., The Italian Amateur Radio Association, will
    activate the callsign II 4 AMP.

    The station is close to the relic keel of Guglielmo Marconi's yacht
    'Elettra', which is kept at the Museum, and will ideally give new life
    to its 'voice', allowing the radio amateurs over all the world to get
    in contact with it during this weekend of June 2-3rd.

    QSL Manager is IQ 4 FE (by the Bureau or direct).

    Details of this international Amateur radio event are at
    http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/

    (VK4ACC and SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    Hallo everyone this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the Radio Amateurs
    Old Timers Club of Australia’s June bulletin goes to air tomorrow.

    This month as well as all the latest Club news, Ian VK3JS will be presenting
    two articles, one on Gertrude Elion, a woman who contributed much to
    science, and the other on Radioactivity.

    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in
    and to join in the call backs afterwards.

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC
    2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit the
    program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted
    simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on
    80 metres on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC
    networks plus a TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

    From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at
    www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.

    Tune in tomorrow for the June RAOTC bulletin.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    Ham kids build, learn tech skills

    The Xenia Gazette reports young people were taught how to solder and built
    their own technology kits at Hamvention

    The amateur radio convention’s Youth Tech area, sponsored by Dayton Amateur
    Radio Association, provided a space for youth ages 9-18 to build their own
    technology kits.

    “The idea here is to teach kids skills such as soldering, which has been
    pretty much lost by recent generations — kids don’t grow up knowing how
    to do that anymore,” Jeff KD 8 SHF, Chair of the Youth Tech Committee, said.

    “So it teaches them skills on how to solder and at the same time they get
    to build some kits that teach different principles.”

    He pointed out a boy working on a wireless Tesla speaker.
    “Essentially when he’s done with it, he can plug it into any audio source
    such as his phone,” he said. “It’s a perishable skill that kids are losing
    today because they don’t grow up doing this,” he continued. “This is a way
    to re-instill those skills, because they’re still very useful skills.”

    Read the full story at
    http://www.xeniagazette.com/news/30388/ham-kids-build-learn-tech-skills

    (SouthGate)





    REWIND

    Bob Hope promoting amateur radio in a 1977 broadcast radio spot

    sourced to reddit,

    https://ia801506.us.archive.org/13/items/ARRLRadioCommercialBobHope1977/ARRL-ra dio-commercial-Bob-Hope-1977.mp3




    Social Scene 2018

    June 2 - VK4 Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club's REDFEST 8.30AM (VK4TFN)
    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship – Mt Gambier
    June 9 & 10 –VK2 Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend – Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 – VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    August 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)



    Nov   11     VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)









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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 10 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA Awards. -

    WIA DIRECTOR AIDAN VK4APM. -

    WIA 2018 Winter VHF-UHF Field Day (23 - 24 June)


    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JUNE 10



    Hello I'm Simon VK4FSIH

    The WIA national news can be heard in the greater Gold Coast area on
    Sundays at 0900 hours on 146.700 MHz

    Grab your cup of coffee and take 30 min out to keep up to date with all
    that is happening with amateur radio not only here in Australia but
    world-wide to.

    So if you're in the Greater Gold Coast or going to be visiting the Gold coast be listening from 0900 hours Sunday morning to 146.700 for the WIA national news.

    Bye bye for now.





    News from ACMA

    This just into the Townsville Amateur Radio Club from the Australian Amateur Radio Assessor Information System

    ACMA have released a consultation paper titled 'new approaches to Amateur
    Radio qualification arrangements"

    The document outlines three ways that the Training and Assessing of future Amateur Radio Operators might go. The document is a must read and the
    deadline for submissions is July 2.

    The document can be found on:

    https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2018/20180605-1/index.php

    also

    https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/new-approaches-to-amateur-radio-qualification-a rrangements

    (TARC with thanks to 'Fred.')


    Another ACMA submission is due by July 5, this involves some Tasmanian AM/FM oulets.

    Tasmania is being asked for its input into a plan to upgrade three of the state's commercial AM radio stations.

    Under the plan, radio stations 7BU in Burnie and 7AD in Devonport would
    switch from AM to FM, while 7SD in Scottsdale would be simulcast on both transmissions.

    "ACMA are said to be very receptive to a move by to convert the three
    remaining sites to FM" said Tasmanian Broadcasters Executive General Manager Tim Holder.

    "ACMA will facilitate a conversion if we are satisfied that audiences in regional areas do not lose important radio services under the proposal,"
    ACMA chairwoman Nerida O'Loughlin said.

    Members of the public are invited to make submissions on the proposals to
    the ACMA by July 5.

    Read more on https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/fm-switch-proposed-northern-tasmania-key-regi ons Radioinfo.com.au





    Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh WB 6 ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio

    The ARRL announcement says:
    ARRL will provide the 30- and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with their Section's television and radio stations.
    The ARRL Media and Public Relations Department also will provide these announcement files directly to interested television and radio outlets.

    The announcements are available for downloading from the ARRL website for members to use in promoting Amateur Radio at club meetings and public presentations, such as ARRL Field Day June 23 - 24 (PSAs specifically for
    ARRL Field Day also are available).

    Walsh, who visited ARRL Headquarters last year for taping, wanted to deliver two main messages in his PSAs: get involved in Amateur Radio, and become a member of ARRL. The messages highlight the tremendous service that radio amateurs provide to communities, and convey how ARRL advocates on behalf of Amateur Radio on a wide range of legal and political issues.

    Read the full story at http://www.arrl.org/news/view/eagles-guitarist-joe-walsh-wb6acu-promotes-amateu r-radio-in-media-announcements





    WIA Awards

    At the Wireless Institute of Australia annual general meeting held at
    Seaworld Conference Centre, a number of high achievers were honoured
    with the presentation of its annual awards.

    GA Taylor Medal

    Ewan Mcleod VK4ERM from Kenmore QLD received the GA Taylor medal.
    The GA Taylor medal was presented in recognition of exceptional service
    to The Wireless Institute of Australia. The GA Taylor medal is the highest ranking of all the WIA Merit Awards.

    Chris Jones Award

    In other recognition, for his work through promotion and training in Amateur Radio with the Radio and Electronics School, Ron Bertrand VK2DQ was awarded
    the prestigious Chris Jones Award. This award is in memory of Chris Jones VK2ZDD (SK) and is presented to radio amateurs who have made an exceptional contribution to amateur radio and the Wireless Institute of Australia.

    The WIA Publications Committee Awards

    Publications Committee Awards were announced and awarded to:

    Trevor Quick VK5ATQ and Stuart Fillmore VK5STU who received the
    Al Shawsmith Award for the best non-technical article "VK5 School
    Holiday Technology Program is a Resounding Success" published in the
    May 2017 issue.
    Peter Gibson VK3AZL received the Higginbotham Award for service to the
    amateur radio community and for Peter's service to the WIA and the
    Publications Committee over at least 32 years, serving as the lead
    Technical Editor for most of that period.
    Jim Henderson VK1AT received the Publications Committeee Technical Award
    for his article "A 35 to 4400 MHz Signal Generator" published in the
    November 2017 issue.

    Technical Excellence Awards

    Three Technical Excellence Awards were announced, these were presented to: Peter Parker VK3YE for his prolific promotion of amateur radio in
    Australia, and making the hobby accessible to new and old through
    his YouTube channel and ebooks.
    Timothy Dixon VK5ZT for his work promoting his hobby, openly sharing
    his extensive modifications to microwave equipment and furthering experimentation in microwave and optical bands in Australia.
    Glenn English VK1XX for sharing his technical skills and knowledge to
    improve the hobby in a variety of technical fields.

    WIA President Commendations

    Four WIA President Commendations were awarded these to:
    Joe & Julie Gonzales VK3YSP & VK3FOWL for promotion of amateur radio
    in schools, engaging youth and school communities, and sharing their
    projects and findings with the amateur community.
    Grant Willis VK5GR for his work with the WIA, contesting and in past
    advocacy within the IARU.
    Trent Sampson VK4TS for actively promoting contesting in Australia,
    engaging with clubs to improve their contesting skills and supporting contesting in Australia and the region.
    Paul VK5PAS for his work with the VK5 parks award, promoting WWFF and
    opening up an aspect of the hobby to the wider community.

    10 Year Assessor Service Awards

    16 WIA Assessors reached the milestone of 10 years of service conducting assessments, and those present were presented a Certificate and pin by
    the WIA Exam Service to mark the occasion. 10 year service awards were to

    Daniel Clift VK2DC,
    Brian Conner VK2ZBP,
    Mark Plowman VK2MP,
    Peter Burgess VK2ZZA,
    Edward Thrift VK2ARA,
    John Chenoweth VK3ZX,
    Ashley Clark VK3SSB,
    Rex Foord VK3ARG,
    Walter Cornell VK3FGC,
    Ewen Templeton VK3OW,
    Arnold Put VK3YAP,
    Andre Van Zyl VK3AVZ,
    Peter Schrader VK4EA,
    Cecil Kenny VK4CF,
    Stephen Reakes VK4QQ,
    Patrick Daley VK8ZMX.

    Congratulations to all these award recipients and a huge thank you from the Board.

    This has been Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.





    Hello fellow operators it's Aidan, VK4APM here.

    It has been a busy time since the AGM on the Gold Coast and I thank all
    of you who have sent me emails of support, suggestions and information following my nomination to the WIA board.

    As many of you are aware the Australian Communications and Media Authority recently released a discussion paper seeking feedback on three methods being contemplated for licencing of Amateur Operators when the current arrangement expires in 2019.

    We request your assistance in providing feedback to be included in our submission that will be aligned with the "Beyond 2020" strategy outlined
    at the recent conference.

    If you have any feedback on the discussion paper that you would like us to consider in the WIA submission, please email beyond2020@wia.org.au.

    We also encourage you to have your say by directly responding to the ACMA's discussion paper. A link to the discussion paper can be found on the WIA website.

    https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2018/20180605-1/index.php

    That's all from me

    73

    vk4apm



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the World Wide sources of the WIA
    and local news services.

    Student grilled for carrying VHF radio.

    Indian publication, Telangana Today, reports a 19-year-old radio amateur was detained at Nagole Metro Station and questioned for almost one hour

    The Electronics and Communications Engineering student, Koduru, VU 3 JVW,
    told 'Telangana Today' that he was let off only after an hour of
    interrogation and after his details were recorded in the metro station's armoury book.

    "A senior official, flanked by police officials, sitting in a large cabin, grilled me about the radio station, the walkie talkie, and then told me that amateur radio hams, even licensed ones, are not allowed to use VHF radios.
    Only police can use them, he told me!

    "Any licensed amateur radio ham can use high frequency, very high frequency
    and ultra-high frequency radios, anywhere those are government rules
    applicable across India.

    He said I was carrying a weapon," said the student. Moreover, the official refused to divulge any details about his official authority or his name.

    Read the full story at https://telanganatoday.com/student-grilled-for-carrying-vhf-radio-in-hyderabad





    The Hungarian telecoms regulator, The National Media & Infocommunications Authority - Hungary ) has published an update to the National Frequency Allocation table on the use of frequency bands, which initiates the WRC-15 Allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz with 15W EIRP maximum power.

    Previously special 3-month only permits were available, allowing
    5350-5450 kHz at 100W, but these were discontinued in 2017.





    QST Magazine honoured with the E.T. Krenkel Medal.

    In making the award, the Russian National Academy of Researches and
    Discoveries commended QST for "outstanding global contributions to
    Amateur Radio."

    The award's namesake, Ernst T Krenkel, was a radio amateur who,
    over the years, used the call signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA.

    The Polish-born Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first Soviet "drifting station," North Pole-1 and was made a "Hero of the Soviet Union" in 1938 for his exploits.

    Krenkel's son, T.E. Krenkel, was among the four signatories to the QST award certificate. He said his father was an avid radio amateur who served as the first chairman of the Central Radio Club in the USSR.

    E.T. Krenkel's image appears on postage stamps from the USSR and Russia,
    and he authored a biography entitled My Callsign is RAEM.

    In the era when all radio amateurs received QSL cards via Box 88, Moscow, Krenkel was allowed to have his own postal address on his QSLs and was issued the non-standard RAEM call sign.





    Threat to Belgian 70cm allocation

    Amateurs in Belgium are facing severe restrictions on their 70cm
    band operations even though, unlike in the UK, it is a Primary
    allocation for amateurs.

    The Regulator is proposing to reduce amateur privileges in the
    middle of the band to just a few milliwatts, and to ban certain
    modes outright. These may include digital and analogue ATV, packet
    radio, and possibly others on the affected frequencies. We believe
    it is unprecedented for any Primary user being overridden and
    restricted in such a way.

    Details are on the website of UBA, the Belgian national society,
    on https://www.uba.be/nl/actueel/flash/raadpleging-bipt-toegang-van-de-radioamateu rs-tot-de-frequentieband-433050-434790-mhz





    Ambitious Arizona STEM Planetary Rover Project is a Winner

    An Amateur Radio-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
    (STEM) initiative at an Arizona elementary school has culminated as
    youngsters competitively deployed their own radio-controlled rovers to
    explore a simulated planet set up in the Desert.

    Following in the footsteps of NASA scientists, 25 pupils at Bouse Elementary School several already holding ham radio licensees took part in the
    APS Arizona Rover Project, which is aimed at promoting STEM subjects through Amateur Radio and preparing young participants to earn their Amateur Radio license.






    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about

    June 9-10 - VK - VK SHIRES CONTEST
    June 17 - IARU R3 - 2018 QRP Day Region 3
    June 16-17 - WW - INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS WEEKEND (1)
    June 22-23 - WW - INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS WEEKEND (2)
    June 22-23 - VK - Winter VHF-UHF Field Day

    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest





    Last weekend members of the Rockhampton and Gladstone Amateur Radio Clubs manned the radio room of museum ship HMAS GLADSTONE, callsign VK 4 GLA in Gladstone Queensland.

    The International Museum Ships Weekend was the event and the RADAR club transceiver was set up feeding into ships antennas. Conditions were less
    than optimum, and no other museum ships were contacted, however a good time
    was had by all with contacts made in USA, CHINA, JAPAN, INDONESIA,
    PACIFIC ISLANDS NZ and most Australian states.

    During the weekend the technical team worked on testing, tracing and
    equipment ractivation.

    Since the weekend Ray, VK 4 FRAL considers it a great honour to be accepted
    as member of the closed group of The Fremantle Class Patrol Boat Group.
    These personnel served on these patrol boats and are going to provide a
    brains trust for ongoing repair and maintenance. Ray also hopes to inspire
    a few of the ex crew members including Radio Officers and Electrical Officers to join the ranks of Amateur Radio.

    The next event for Museum Ship HMAS Gladstone, VK4GLA is the
    International Museums Weekends 2018, an Amateur Radio Special Event
    taking place on the Weekends of 16th - 17th and 23rd - 24th June





    Soccer World Cup Special Event Station VK 18 FIFA

    Australia's Hellenic Amateur Radio Association is yet another ham outlet hosting a special event station during the Soccer World Cup held in Russia.

    The World Cup will run from the 14 June to 15 July.

    Radio Amateur members of Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia
    will be active as VK 18 FIFA from Sans Souci, Sydney for the duration
    of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on HF.

    QSL via VK 2 IR but note it is a direct route only.

    The address for QSL:
    TOMMY HOROZAKIS, PO BOX 13, SANS SOUCI, NSW, 2219, Australia.

    (sourced to wia.org.au front page news)





    Special event station YB 50 AR will be active throughout June to celebrate
    the 50th anniversary of the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia, ORARI, Indonesia's IARU Member Society.

    In addition to YB 50 AR, the HQ station, another 32 special callsigns will be active from the ORARI Subdivisions over the same period.

    All will have the YB50 prefix.

    Information on the ORARI Golden Anniversary Awards will be posted to www.orari.or.id

    (RSGB)




    Harald DF2WO will be starting up from Rwanda as 9X2AW on 9th June
    for about three weeks.

    (rsgb)





    The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog

    The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10:

    1. P5 North Korea
    2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island
    4. BS7H Scarborough Reef
    5. KH1 Baker Howland Islands
    6. CE0X San Felix Islands
    7. BV9P Pratas Island
    8. KH7K Kure Island
    9. KH3 Johnston Island
    10. VK0M Macquarie Island

    The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available on: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php









    THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report - Measure Twice cut Once.

    TARC Project Night this Tuesday

    This Tuesday June 12th the TARC Project Night will be happening at the Townsville Amateur Radio Club Rooms atop SES HQ Green Street West End
    from 7-30pm.

    Get along and help or learn about many fascinating aspects of technology,
    and how to say 'Bonzer!' when all goes good and the smoke stays in!







    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
    WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack vk3www@wia.org.au http://users.mackay.net.au/~ron/
    http://www.homingin.com
    http://www.ardf.org.au

    The 18th USA Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF)
    will take place June 13-17 near Truckee, California, some 30 miles
    southwest of Reno, Nevada.

    The competition sites are at about 6,300 feet elevation near Donner Summit.

    The opening day will be devoted to fox-oring, a combination of radio
    direction finding and classic orienteering.

    Course designer for this, the 18th USA Championships of Amateur Radio
    Direction Finding is Bob Cooley, KF 6 VSE







    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video arvideonews.com
    hamradiotube.com
    youtube.com
    qdg.org.au

    Videos of some Hamvention 2018 forums are available in the YouTube Dayton Hamvention 2018 videos playlist.

    Among those available are the TAPR Forum, the SDR Forum, and the HamSCI Forum.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    Ham kids build, learn tech skills

    The Xenia Gazette reports young people were taught how to solder and built their own technology kits at Hamvention

    The amateur radio convention's Youth Tech area, sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association, provided a space for youth ages 9-18 to build their own technology kits.

    "The idea here is to teach kids skills such as soldering, which has been
    pretty much lost by recent generations kids don't grow up knowing how
    to do that anymore," Jeff KD 8 SHF, Chair of the Youth Tech Committee, said.

    "So it teaches them skills on how to solder and at the same time they get
    to build some kits that teach different principles."

    He pointed out a boy working on a wireless Tesla speaker.
    "Essentially when he's done with it, he can plug it into any audio source
    such as his phone," he said. "It's a perishable skill that kids are losing today because they don't grow up doing this," he continued. "This is a way
    to re-instil those skills, because they're still very useful skills."

    Read the full story at http://www.xeniagazette.com/news/30388/ham-kids-build-learn-tech-skills

    (SouthGate)





    17-year-old radio ham makes own integrated circuits

    The IEEE reports 17-year-old radio amateur Sam Zeelof KD 2 ENL has turned
    his parent's garage into a 1970s-era chip fab

    Electronics enthusiasts like being able to make things themselves. But making DIY integrated circuits seemed impossibly out of reach. After all, building
    a modern fab is astronomically expensive: For example, in 2017 Intel
    announced it was investing US $7 billion to complete a facility for making chips with 7-nanometer-scale features.

    But Sam Zeloof was not deterred.

    This 17-year-old high school student has started making chips in his garage, albeit with technology that's a few steps back along the curve of
    Moore's Law.

    17 yr. old KD2ENL says he has been working on his garage fab, located in his home, for about a year. He began thinking about how to make chips as his
    "way of trying to learn what's going on inside semiconductors and
    transistors.

    Read the full IEEE story at https://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/devices/the-high-school-student-whos-b uilding-his-own-integrated-circuits

    (SouthGate)





    Thirteen-year-old Faith Hannah Lea, AE 4 FH, of Palm Coast, Florida, will be the only representative of International Amateur Radio Union Region 2
    at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) camp this summer in South Africa.

    Faith Hannah has mounted a GoFundMe campaign to cover expenses.

    "When I was chosen to go to South Africa for the YOTA summer event, I was thrilled that the committee thought I was one of the best choices to
    represent the United States," Faith Hanna said. "The cost of the trip and
    the deadline it needs to be paid for does not allow me enough time to raise
    the funds in my usual way to be able to go. With the help and generosity of other hams, I will be able to go to South Africa for the summer event and
    learn more about Amateur Radio and other cultures.

    Licensed at age 10 and now holding an Amateur Extra-class license,
    Faith Hannah is very active on the airwaves and in promoting Amateur Radio
    via YouTube and elsewhere.

    She has been a presenter at the Hamvention Youth Forum.

    (sourced to ARRL)





    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

    SARC to provide Bom Bom Endurance Ride radio Communications:

    The Bom Bom Horse enduro is on again and Lismore regions Summerland Amateur Radio Club have been asked to provide radio communications for the event as they did so successfully last year.

    The basic requirement is for a station at ride base and two field stations at checkpoints along the course.

    Operations will take place on 2M FM simplex with the maximum operating range being about 6Km.

    Operators will need to be available for a final briefing at ride base on the afternoon of Saturday 16th. The ride takes place from the early hours of
    Sunday morning 17th June.

    The ride takes place in and around the Bom Bom and Divines State Forest
    just south of Grafton.

    All interested please contact Duncan VK2DLR

    ( via e-mail vk2src@gmail.com )

    sourced to SARC NewsLetter





    Social Scene 2018

    June 9 & 10 - VK5 2018 South East Radio Group's Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championship - Mt Gambier
    June 9 & 10 -VK2 Oxley Region ARC Field Weekend - Oxley Radio ARC


    July 7 & 8 - VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    August 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)



    Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)




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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 17 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA Director Brian Clarke and the LCD and ACMA's future assessment system.


    THIS STORY AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JUNE 17


    Dutch regulator acts against repeater abuse

    VERON reports inspectors from the Netherlands Radiocommunications Agency
    acted last week against a young man who transmitted on PI 2 NOS 70cm Repeater without a license

    A Google English translation of the VERON post reads:

    During the investigation various TX stations were found that he was not
    allowed to have. These have confiscated the inspectors and they will
    prepare an official report.

    The public prosecutor is expected to impose a fine on this and decides what happens to the confiscated cases. In addition to this official report, it
    will be investigated whether a cease and desist order can also be imposed,
    so that this young man can immediately be fined a substantial administrative fine in the case of renewed illegal transmissions, without having to go ahead with an extensive investigation into the home.

    Despite the fact that locating intruders or misbehaving hams is a difficult matter, the inspectors are in good spirits and hope to be able to report
    more successes in the short term. Information about such persons remains
    very welcome via repeaterstoringen@agentschaptelecom.nl

    Much useful information has already been reported by radio amateurs.

    VERON in Google English
    http://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsVERON

    At least in this Dutch case a happier outcome for an alleged repeater
    abuser than in a story doing the rounds from Southern California.

    Reports are that one of the 'colourful' users of the infamous 147.435 repeater has become the victim of a homicide.

    This is the repeater that appears to be 'home' to many a 'colourful' operator and language!

    WA6RXZ was missing for several days - since at least around Memorial Day weekend. A "partially buried" body was found in Joshua Tree National Park
    on June 2. Multiple investigative PD units were seen at the hams house
    later and apparently investigators have been querying some of the 435 users regarding a timeline of his whereabouts.

    Anyways, the authorities appear to have basically allowed 147.435 to be the containment zone for the critical mass of cowboy hams in the LA area. Nobody else has enough activity that they've gotten a dozen "one percenters" or whatever in one place, so this isn't really witnessed in any other areas.

    Curious quirk of US VHF hamming.

    ( sourced to posts on reddit.com )





    WIA

    As we hear from WIA Director Brian Clarke I would strongly encourage all listeners to:

    1. Go to the WIA website, wia.org.au
    2. Read the 5 parts of the WIA LCD Submission
    3. Send in comments before 30th June.

    Now to Brian, VK2GCE.

    What a great AGM and Conference we had last month at Coolangatta.

    On behalf of the Board, I want to thank and congratulate all involved
    in the organisation - it was very smooth. The AGM went well, with
    all motions fully accepted. There were some quite positive discussions
    during the Open Forum. The sideshows were well presented and attended.

    Around 120 members were at the AGM. The numbers could have been higher had
    we not clashed with the annual Dayton extravaganza. A suggestion during the Open Forum that the WIA organise a trip to Dayton next year, received an overwhelmingly positive response, almost a mandate. Like a pilgrimage to
    Mecca!

    The 2019 AGM and Conference will tie in with the Waverly club's longevity celebrations. Enrolment forms will be available on the WIA website shortly.
    The earlier you enrol, the easier it will be to arrange suitable
    accommodation, feasting and festivities. Remember to book your flights early
    to take advantage of discounts. The date is not fixed yet, but we must
    ensure no clash with the 2019 Dayton event. Contact Eric, VK2VE for more details.

    For the 2020 AGM and Conference, we need a state or territory to consider hosting. VKs 2, 4, 5 and 9 have hosted most recently. There is a pro forma
    plan developed for Coolangatta that anyone can use. If your club, state or territory executive is willing, consider the availability and access to a suitable venue, sideshows, and the personnel required to plan, lead,
    organise, control and co-ordinate the event.

    And now for a change of pace. As you are aware, the ACMA launched a Consultation document regarding a future assessment system. The ACMA's
    paper is readily available from the ACMA's, the WIA's and other groups' websites. The WIA's website also seeks your thoughts. Please get them to us
    by COB Monday 18th June latest (that's tomorrow!), so the Board can submit
    a consultative, collaborative, well-considered document by 2nd July.
    This is not a tender response - that's due August or later depending on the option the ACMA favours.

    And finally, a reminder to heed Graham, VK4BB's enjoinder to read and
    comment on the WIA's LCD Submissions on the WIA's website.

    Looking forward to your thoughts. This has been Brian, VK2GCE.

    Thanks Brian, so that's 2 different things we need you as a listener to do,

    1/ your thoughts for the ACMA's consultation regarding future
    assessment system, due by tomorrow Monday 18

    2/ Go to wia.org.au and read the 5 parts of the WIA LCD Submission
    then send in comments before 30th June.


    Brian also spoke there of Dayton HamFest in the UK, here on WIA National
    News we have covered a lot of Dayton but there is another 'Biggie' in
    our wonderful world of ham radio, that being Ham Radio Friedrichshafen
    the largest HamFest in Europe.

    Later down the log today thanks to both Amateur Radio NewsLine and
    Ed Durant DD5LP we'll take a wander through the displays in Germany this year.

    Ahead of Jason with international news, today another "DISCUSSION POINT"
    by VK4ZPP.

    Geoff has been putting pen to paper and voice to Mic. for maybe 15 plus
    years in the local VK4 news, QNEWS.

    It's a sort of 'thinking mans' area in the weekly news in Queensland.

    Here's that man....>


    Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking.

    There is an amount of what may be called donkey work that the executives
    of any club must do. Depending on how the club is structured, these jobs
    may fall to individuals or they might be shared amongst the office bearers.
    Now these things keep the wheels oiled and the club on track and when
    we have our meetings all the necessary bits and pieces are there for the members to consider and vote on.

    Sometimes little groups form and they may have different ideas of how
    certain things should be done or who should be doing them. Depending
    on how these group members behave, it can have a positive or a negative
    effect on how the club functions. This is just common sense but it sometimes gets overlooked when people talk themselves into corners and fight to
    justify their opinions against the rest.

    When thought is given to issues and an understanding of what is involved
    is made and clear headedness is put to bear on the issue, solutions that benefit the club as a whole can come into place. This of course is the
    outcome we should all look at achieving.

    Unfortunately there are times when as group will feel they are not getting
    what they want and they decide to act outside the club and the spirit of
    our hobby. When people are upset and feel neglected and hostile, they
    sometimes attempt to overturn the management committee.

    Many of us give our time to different organisations and community groups
    and never want to sit at that front table. So a lot of us dodge the effort
    that goes into reconciling competing matters, balancing the books and
    making sure the next activity goes off well. In talking to people who have filled executive roles in different bodies, I get an idea that when members
    try and disrupt things from the outside, it has a major impact on those
    people filling the top table. They take the business of the club home with
    them and the hours of private life that get spoilt can be countless.

    Burnout is a sad fact that happens when people get overwhelmed by the
    issues they have to handle. It is something we should prevent in our club
    life as our mates that do the spade work deserve to enjoy our hobby too.

    I'm Geoff Emery and that's what I think....how about you?


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    JAPAN

    JA 1 AN falls Silent Key.

    The Wireless Institute of Australia has passed on condolences to the Family
    of JA1AN, Mr. Shozo Hara, who led the JARL for an incredible 41 years!!

    He passed away on June 9th, 2018 at the age of 91.

    JA1AN was born in 1926 in Nagasaki and first licensed as JA1AN in 1952.

    He served as JARL Director from 1952 and was elevated to President in 1970 where he had lead JARL as the President for 41 years until 2011."

    VALE Shozo Hara JA1AN





    IRAN

    The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports Iranian radars have been
    very active in the Amateur Radio primary 28 MHz (10m) band every day.

    On 28860 kHz the strong and long lasting signals could be received daily.
    Other frequencies were used in hopping mode.

    The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1
    May 2018 newsletter can be read on

    http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2018/news1805.pdf



    SERBIA

    ITU officially confirms: Z6 prefix is illegal

    In a repost by YT9TP it would appear that the International Telecommunication Union has officially confirmed use of the Z6 prefix is illegal.

    This from ITU Operational Bulletin No. 1149, June 1st 2018.

    Call sign series can be allocated only to the administrations of the
    ITU Member States by world radio communication conferences or, between
    radio communication conferences, by the ITU Secretary-General.

    In this respect, the attention of the ITU administrations is drawn to the
    fact that ITU has not allocated call sign series Z6 to any of its
    Member States. Consequently, the utilization of call signs series Z6 by
    any entity without a formal allocation and consent of the ITU represents
    an unauthorized and illegal usage of this international numbering resource.






    EUROPE

    Sprite storm over Europe produces 'decapitated jellyfish'

    Last weekend, June 9-10, a powerful thunderstorm over central Europe
    produced a furious outburst of 'sprites' unlike anything local observers
    had seen before.

    Among hundreds of normal sprites lancing up from the thunderhead were dozens
    of rare "decapitated jellyfish" - sprites shaped like sea creatures with tentacles but no heads.

    How these strange forms of upward-directed lightning are produced is
    still a mystery.

    Visit Spaceweather.com for pictures and more information




    SPAIN

    Radio amateur and astronaut Pedro Duque KC5RGG / ED4ISS has been named as Minister of Science in the new Spanish Government

    His first space mission was STS-95 on the space shuttle Discovery in 1998
    and in 2003 he spent a week on the International Space Station and had
    two ARISS contacts with schools in Spain.






    CANADA

    Hams in Canada are being asked by the RAC to sign a petition to the
    House of Commons in Parliament.

    It would seem an individual with malicious intentions is threatening the security of emergency radio communications in Quebec;

    For two years a Nicolet resident, illegally set up a transmitting radio
    station generating interference on purpose; Amateur radio operators in
    Quebec have identified the illegal radio station and brought it to the attention of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and its inspectors seized the individual's radio equipment!

    Now that individual acquired new equipment right away and returned to
    jamming the airwaves. The man is known to police in Nicolets. He has regular encounters with the law.

    RAC are calling on the government to provide more support to the
    Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
    so that it can intervene more decisively in this matter.




    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

    Amateur radio society's agreement with Dominican Civilian Defence.

    On May 30, Radio Club Dominicano, represented by Mr. Hugo Ramn, accompanied
    by a group of RCD members, signed a cooperation agreement with the
    Civilian Defence entity of the Dominican Republic at the HQ.

    There was also participation from 4x4 vehicle clubs.

    The agreement ensures the mutual cooperation between RCD and the
    Civilian Defence; it includes counselling, training, promotion and joint work. With this, the Civilian Defence seeks support in matters of emergency communications in the amateur radio bands for better management of the activities that they carry out and those that could arise in case of
    disasters.

    IARU Region 2 http://iaru-r2.org





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    As the weeks move closer to the World Radiosport Team Championship
    next month in Germany, it all comes down to logistics. BUT as
    Ed Durrant DD5LP say " Without 1300 broom handles it can't happen! "

    Robby, DM6DX, mentioned to Ed: "We have the 1300 broom handles and
    more than 30 kilometres of barrier tape along with more than
    65 portaloos in supplies."

    That caused some frivolity between the organizers of WRTC 2018 and some disbelief.

    Surprised at the 1300 broom handles, the press spokesman asked why so
    many were needed.

    "Without sky hooks, I cannot secure the operators area in the sites,"
    was the answer by logistics officer Robby Pschk.

    The simple fence is the combination of 20 broom handles and 500 m of red
    & white barrier tape to surround the antennas and the station tents at
    the 65 locations. This avoids anyone tripping over the guy wires, having
    access to the antennas and tent and possibly causing damage.

    It still seems unusual though. Who would have thought of broom handles
    being required for the amateur radio world championship!

    (sourced to ARNewsLine)





    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about

    June 17 - IARU R3 - 2018 QRP Day Region 3

    Weekends of June 16-17 and 23 24 sees International Museums Weekend.
    Museum Ship HMAS Gladstone, VK4GLA will be 'sailing' the 'air' waves.

    Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club and Gladstone Amateur Radio
    Clubs will combine again for this event where besides HF, it is hoped to establish a link to the VK4RAR 2 meter repeater and also take EchoLink
    calls as part of the weekend.

    Fresh on their heels as far as operating in both the recent Museum Ships Weekend and now International Museums Weekend - we go to Ireland, where
    one participating radio museum also has a Marconi connection.

    Jeremy Boot G4NJH, told our good friends at Amateur Radio Newsline

    "Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio will be participating on
    Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th of June with the callsign EI0MAR.
    The museum is located in the Martello Tower the site of the first telegraphy station that connected Ireland to Great Britain in 1852.

    It was in this tower that America's Lee de Forest experimented with wireless telegraphy at the turn of the 20th century.

    The tower was also home to a Marconi receiving station that conducted experimental telegraphy communications with HMS Monarch.

    Hams will be operating from that tower during this weekend, both SSB and CW.

    The site opened as a museum in 2003."



    June 22-23 - VK - Winter VHF-UHF Field Day

    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest






    Nobuaki, JA 0 JHQ is active as 3 W 9 NH from Vietnam until 18th of June.
    He is mainly on CW and FT8.
    QSL to his home call, JA0JHQ

    (irts)



    David, W9DR is active from Turks and Caicos Islands, NA-003, till
    the 25th as VP5/W9DR on 6m only, CW and SSB, using an SDR transceiver,
    1kW and a 5-element Yagi

    He is beaconing on 50.115MHz.

    QSL via home call, direct only.

    (sourced to rsgb)




    Waldi, SP 7 IDX will be active on 40 to 10m in SSB and digimodes from
    Vannoya Island, EU-046, until the 20th as LA/SP 7 IDX.
    QSL via bureau.

    (sourced to rsgb)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
    WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack vk3www@wia.org.au http://users.mackay.net.au/~ron/
    http://www.homingin.com
    http://www.ardf.org.au

    Tony 4 Radio Direction Finding Fun happening in Townsville

    If you are in the vicinity of the Townsville Region on Saturday July 14th
    from 1pm and want to get involved in a Foxhunt, or radio socialise in a
    nice part of Townsville then Tony VK4TJS wants to hear from you.

    Beacon transmitters work on 145.3MHz whilst the homing beacon works on 145.7MHz.

    There will be activities for all family members to participate in during
    the Foxhunt and things will end up with some in-flight catering. To cater
    for the event Tony needs to know your attendance numbers by Thursday 12th
    July and you need to quiz Tony further regarding details about the Foxhunt.

    Who do you have to call ?

    Tony VK4TJS of course, on 4767 7137

    (tarc)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video arvideonews.com
    hamradiotube.com
    youtube.com
    qdg.org.au

    RSGB CONVENTION SDR LECTURE NOW ONLINE

    The RSGB has released another 2017 Convention presentation into its online video portal.

    In his presentation "SDR - the station of the future", John Linford, G3WGV looks at what software defined radio offers us as radio amateurs and what
    our stations might look like in a few years' time.

    SDR is as much a disruptive technology as were the advent of semiconductors
    or synthesisers. It is said that in five years it will no longer be possible
    to buy a new radio that is not SDR based.

    The presentation is available via www.rsgb.org/videos

    (sarl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    Our own VK4KHZ on the last day of May conducted a successful 'telebridge' contact with Spaceman Ricky Arnold KE5DAU, using ISS callsign NA1SS
    and a Rotterdam school in the Netherlands.

    (AMSAT NA)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.

    AMSAT Facebook Group Moves to New Facebook Group Page

    The AMSAT-NA group that has existed for over a decade, no longer serves
    as the official Facebook group of AMSAT.

    Shortly, the AMSAT logo and name will be removed from this group's
    pages in accordance with Facebook's Intellectual Property Policy.

    AMSAT officers and board members no longer hold any role on that
    particular group and Facebook's policy is, the creator of the group,
    owns that group's resources.

    For the most current information and discussion about AMSAT's
    activities, please join AMSAT NA on their NEW group, which has been
    placed under corporate ownership under legal advice and to insure
    the latest information and discussion from AMSAT.

    Please join on:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/752128438309103/

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    TARC ready for the 2018 Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

    ARRR! MATEYS !

    Townsville Amateur Radio Club will be activating the Cape Cleveland Light
    ( ILLW Number AU 0045 ) on 18 and 19 August as part of the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.

    It will be a great weekend full of relaxed operating with the challenge of deploying HF VHF and UHF antennae in a remote environment and talking to stations at other lighthouses around Australia and the world.

    Travel to and from the site via the mighty barge Hercules.

    Packing has to include plenty of batteries and some antennas.

    The cap on numbers for this mighty jaunt is 14, so if you have any other
    family members or friends that want to come along, be quick.

    Contact Gavin/VK4ZZ on 0427 182 469 to put your name on the list.

    (tarc)

    International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event, which is now only
    two and a half months away has seen its 200th entry received, and from
    a YL in Wales who is going to activate the East Usk lighthouse which was
    built in 1893 on the East side of the river Usk.

    YL Margaret's call sign will be GB 4 EUL.

    (sarc)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets


    Saturday the 16th in the USA is ARRL Kids Day, an event designed to
    promote Amateur Radio to young people.

    Running from 18.00 GMT to 2359 GMT, listen out for stations calling
    " CQ Kids Day. "

    The suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favourite colour.

    More details are on the ARRL website, arrl.org

    (RSGB)





    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


    High seas emergencies have always gotten top priority for the
    Maritime Mobile Service Network since it began operations in 1968.
    So when the latest call for help came in late May, the net answered,
    as we hear from Christian Cudnik K0STH.

    CHRISTIAN: Timothy Henning KE7WMZ wasn't expecting to end his
    around-the-world sail with a distress call - but by the time the Arizona
    radio amateur's vessel, the Victory Cat, was about 200 miles south of
    Ensenada Mexico on May 23rd, he had developed a severe problem with his
    right eye and was having vision issues. He made a distress call on 20
    meters at about 1530 UTC and it was picked up by Maritime Mobile Service Network Net Control Operator Harry Williams W0LS. Harry stayed on the
    radio with Tim while contacting the Coast Guard in California. The Coast
    Guard met Tim at Ensenada and he was taken from there to the Balboa
    Naval Hospital in San Diego.

    According to Net Manager Jeff Savasta KB4JKL, Tim got the diagnosis that
    he had suffered a severely detached retina. He was taken to Phoenix,
    Arizona for surgery.

    Following his surgery, Tim emailed the members of the 50-year-old net to express his gratitude for a response that was, his words "professional
    and invaluable." His voyage completed, he can now concentrate on recovery.

    For WIA News via Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik K0STH.





    REWIND


    THOUSANDS FLOCK TO HAM RADIO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN:

    With Hamvention a memory, all eyes and ears turned recently the largest
    HamFest in Europe. Ed Durrant DD5LP was there - here's his report.



    ED'S REPORT: As most will know, Ham Radio Friedrichshafen is the largest HamFest in Europe. This year's theme was radio scouting (audio clip)
    of course, with lots of fun, that was the combined scout troops from
    several European countries who were attending Ham Radio Friedrichshafen
    this year. The theme extended into other youth orientated events including
    the hand-over of Youngsters on-the-air from the UK Organisers to the
    South African organisers.


    Attendance at the event was probably about 10% reduced due to the
    unfortunate coincidence that the date clashed with the IARU CW field day.


    There were several new dealers with new products, with Magnetic loop
    antennas practical for portable use to enormous, high power home station
    ones. One young Spanish company Komunica are designing and building HF
    and VHF mobile antennas in Europe, with new antennas due out in September.
    It's good to see not everything is being produced in the far east.



    SDR radios were very much in presence with several different companies displaying new or extended models. Of course the "big 5" were there and
    this was a chance to see the new Kenwood TS-890S and talk with its designer.
    As well as get a look at the Yaesu FTDX101D FT-818ND and the software update
    to the FT-2D Fusion handy to make it into a hot-spot.



    In general the slightly reduced numbers in the very large halls made it
    easier to get around. Only in the flea market was it as busy as ever.
    The addition of the Maker Faire with their Cosplay dressed people walking around added some flair and fun.



    Despite dire weather predictions, not one drop of rain fell over the
    three days of the event. rather it was sunny and in the high twenties Centigrade the whole time.



    So if you've never been to Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, why not plan a
    visit for next year when it moves back to its usual weekend, which is
    June 21st to the 23rd 2019.



    That's Friedrichshafen for another year, now it's time to get ready for the WRTC. How did that go? "Dib di Dib Dib Dah Dah Di Dah"?



    For AR Newsline this has been Ed Durrant DD5LP.

    **





    Social Scene 2018

    July 2 - 6 VK4 Theresa Creek Campout all week long. (tarc)

    The Theresa Creek Campout will be happening from Monday 2nd until Friday 6th July 2018. Theresa Creek Dam is located 22 km south west of Clermont in
    Central Queensland.

    With bitumen access all the way to the boat ramps, 2 to choose from. This is the perfect dam for those that like swimming, canoeing, water skiing,
    fishing, or just relaxing and watching time pass you by as the contacts roll in.

    If you are able to go along, let Helen know by mobile 0412 038 033


    July 7 & 8 VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)


    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JUNE 24 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA SECRETARY RELECTS ON THE AGM AND CONVENTION

    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JUNE 24


    WKRP RETURNS - CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

    Kimberley prison radio show instils confidence in inmates

    'West Kimberley Regional Prison Radio Hour'.

    A remote high-security prison in the Kimberley has created a weekly prison radio program, presented entirely by inmates of the West Kimberley Regional Prison.

    The WKRP show was first devised as an internal broadcasting service to give updates on the goings on of the prison, and the initiative was so popular it received permission from the West Australian State Government last year to produce a weekly hour-long show through the National Indigenous Radio Service.

    Producer Brad Spring (Derby Aboriginal Media Corporation) said it had given
    the inmates new opportunities.

    "It takes away the shame and that shyness," he said. 'I've seen some people suddenly come alive and the way they speak has changed.'

    What started as an internal program is now broadcast nationally, with inmates putting together a weekly show which airs on community stations around the country.

    'Jamie Boy', an inmate and radio presenter told the ABC:

    "Doing it in here makes me feel like I'm somebody, it makes me feel important."

    "I just pushed myself to do it, I've done a lot of self-confidence building
    and that's going really good."

    Media teacher Rebekah O'Meara who provides broadcast training to inmates said: 'The people want to learn and they want to know how to be better broadcasters, and then when you explain how this is going to help them outside, that every community has a small radio station, once they know how to broadcast and they have those skills and get that confidence, that's another avenue for them.

    'But it's a real shame that we have to wait until people are incarcerated before we give them the skill to help them within their life.'

    Jamie Boy enjoys broadcasting, saying 'it's okay here, but being away from family, day by day I go through it knowing I'll be out one day.'

    WKRP has a no shout-out policy, but Jamie Boy told the ABC his message for
    his children would be 'I love you, miss you, and dad will be back soon.'

    https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/kimberley-prison-radio-show-instils-confidenc e-inmates Radioinfo.com.au





    WIA

    Good Morning this is Peter VK8ZZ

    I was lucky enough to be able to take time off work to attend the WIA AGM
    on the Gold Coast last month.

    Having attended Hahndorf in 2017 I was very much looking forward to
    meeting people again, taking part in the Forum events and seeing all the fascinating field displays on the Sunday. I was not disappointed.

    The AGM in 2017 had the feeling of an adversarial nature. This was not in
    line with my expectation of my fellow amateurs. At that meeting
    individuals went out of their way to cause disruptions to the meeting.
    Whereas 2018 AGM was a very civilised and sober event.

    Matters raised at the meeting were discussed with civility and motions
    put were all passed on a show of hands.

    No one I spoke with on the weekend felt they were not able to have their
    say on the day.

    The draft minutes and video of the 2018 AGM are now available on the
    WIA Web site.

    The 2019 AGM and Convention will be held in Sydney.

    In an effort to allow amateurs plenty of time to prepare for that weekend,
    the Board are currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2020
    event. We encourage all clubs in all states to consider putting their
    hand up for this event. Please write to the secretary@wia.org.au
    for more information. Lots of assistance is available.

    This is Peter VK8ZZ in Darwin




    EDUCATION

    VK2 + VK4 + VK5 = A NEW VK3 HAM

    All it took was a phone call + SARC

    Duncan VK2DLR, the Lismore based club "Summerland's Education Officer
    tells how a chance encounter while doing voluntary work in VK4 has
    lead to another foundation licence.

    A dormant interest in amateur radio was re-awakened after 'Sue' chanced
    to meet an amateur radio operator while working as a volunteer in
    Queensland.

    A quick search of the Internet and a phone call from VK5WC put our
    traveller in touch with SARC.

    As flexible as ever SARC education quickly organised some study material
    for Sue and arranged an exam day. A week later after a couple of hours
    revising some of the finer points of the foundation syllabus, Sue sailed through the exam.

    We can now look forward to greeting a new VK3 SARC member as soon as the paperwork gets through the system.





    DISCUSSION POINT

    Robert VK3ARM pops in:-

    G'day I've just completed the WIA Survey regarding the draft Licence
    Conditions Determination submission to the ACMA.

    A lot of hard work by the WIA has gone into that and I have to admit that,
    as an Advanced Amateur Licence Holder, I'm disappointed that the WIA has
    had to frame these recommendations based on the input of so few Amateurs,
    given the number of current Members of the Wireless Institute of Australia
    and the number of Australian Amateurs overall.

    In particular, I feel that 460 odd survey contributions to these matters
    makes it hard for the WIA to convince the ACMA that they are operating in
    the best interests of all Australian Amateurs.

    The final comments for the Licence Conditions Determination submission
    are currently available to view on the WIA's website at wia.org.au

    Click on News and Events, go to News Releases and look for the Final
    Comments - WIA LCD Submission heading.

    The WIA is calling for final input from you, WIA Member or not in a
    survey. Here's a chance to really make a positive difference to our hobby. Wouldn't it be nice to have thousands of final comments from Australian Amateurs, not just a few hundred as has happened previously.

    So come on, go to it! You only have until the 30th June.

    My comments here are not in the role of any position holder within the
    WIA but as a concerned individual. I am a member of the WIA,
    Amateur Radio Victoria and the Ballarat Amateur Radio Group. I support
    the need for change as outlined in the submission.

    You should too.

    Robert VK3ARM



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    ARISS Ham Video Transmitter Aboard ISS Defective

    Gaston Bertels, ON4WF has provided an update regarding the condition
    of the ARISS HamTV system aboard the ISS.

    In mid-April, the Ham Video transmitter on board the Columbus module
    of the ISS stopped working. Extensive testing was performed by the
    crew on June 1, 2018 which comprised connecting the transmitter to
    the second ARISS L/S-band patch antenna on the nadir of Columbus.
    The test was negative. Ground stations did not receive any signal
    from Ham Video.

    Since on-board repair is impossible ARISS is planning to return the
    transmitter to Earth. Bertels wrote, "We hope this plan will be accepted
    by the space agencies and the cost of operations funded by sponsors.
    Schools and crew members performing educational ARISS school contacts are delighted to use Ham Video. We will do the best we can to restart this
    service as soon as possible. We will keep you informed on progress."

    Additional information about the HamTV project can be found on-line at: https://www.amsat-on.be/





    WRC-19 preparations underway

    Preparations for the next World Conference in 2019 have continued
    over the past few weeks with meetings at ITU in Geneva and CEPT
    Project Team D in Estonia.

    Volunteers from IARU and Member Societies have been engaged on two
    key agenda items of interest to amateur radio; regarding a
    potential 50MHz allocation for Region 1, and Wireless Power
    Transfer for charging electric vehicles.

    For the latter topic, the RSGB has provided further information on
    Wireless Power Transfer, including IARU briefing slides and links
    to Ofcom measurements, on our WRC-19 focus page at http://rsgb.org/main/news/special-focus/wrc-19/wrc-19-papers/





    THAILAND

    Morse biggest challenge for Thai Intermediate candidates

    Radio Amateur Society of Thailand President Jakkree (Jack) HS1FVL has
    provided an update on results of May 2018 intermediate class amateur
    radio exam

    There were a total of 70 candidates participating of which a total of
    24 passed both the theory and the Morse code components. Morse appeared
    to have been the biggest challenge, with only 25 candidates passing this component.

    Read the full report on the June RAST meeting at
    http://qsl.net/rast





    INDIA

    Role of radio hams in Mumbai monsoons

    The Indian Express newspaper reports on invisible warriors who battle
    Mumbai monsoons - The warriors? - Radio Amateurs.

    The forces on the frontlines of Mumbai's monsoon crisis-management have
    a set of images that define their functions. The fire brigade invariably rescues youngsters stranded out in the sea at Bandra Fort, employees of
    the BMC clear out fallen trees, guard open manholes and disinfect
    mosquito breeding spots, hospitals witness queues of patients with
    water-borne diseases, the police are seen standing in waist-high water diverting traffic and the National Disaster Response Force frantically
    remove rubble from collapsed buildings, working to save lives.

    All the while, there is no such picture to define the importance of a
    band of 'invisible' volunteers who pull the strings from the sidelines
    and ensure that lines of communications between the agencies never
    break down. For close to half a decade, amateur radio operators have
    worked side by side with the BMC during monsoons. While they are kept on standby by the civic body in case a disaster or torrential rain knocks
    down electricity and phone services, the amateur radio operators also
    perform a vital function by relaying information from all corners of the
    city on days with forecasts of rough weather.

    "This is a technical hobby and our expertise is special, which common
    people do not have. During a disaster, communications are very
    important," says Ham operator, Sudhir Shah VU 2 SVS, a manufacturer
    of go-karts.

    The 71-year-old usually oversees operations from the BMC's Disaster
    Management Control Room, which has its own transceiver, directing his colleagues on the field in other parts of the city. While phones and
    hotlines ring off the hook inside the control room and bring information
    from all corners of the city, Shah's messages have a far greater reach.

    "This is a secondary channel of communication. We are highly mobile and independent. We are a voluntary service and use our own equipment and
    are always on standby," he adds.

    Read the full story at https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/invisible-warriors-who-battle-m umbai-monsoon-5221820/





    USA

    Use of shortwave radio by financial markets

    Bloomberg reports that financial market traders are using a super-charged version of techniques dear to amateur radio operators worldwide

    On a 58-acre field that grew corn last year, two towers rising about
    170 feet support a military-grade antenna shaped like a giant spider's
    web. The array is pointed toward market centres in New York, London
    and Frankfurt. A third pole, topped with a single round microwave dish,
    is aimed at a data centre 16 miles away that powers one of the world's
    largest trading hubs: the futures exchanges run by CME Group Inc.

    Public records point to a probable explanation: Traders appear to be
    testing the idea of using shortwave technology to convey data between
    the CME facility and key exchanges around the globe -- a few millionths
    of a second faster than rivals. That can be the difference between
    winning and losing in high-frequency markets, where the ferocious battle
    for being first continues to escalate.

    The secret project in Maple Park, Illinois, was discovered -- appropriately enough -- by a ham-radio enthusiast, Bob Van Valzah KE 9 YQ. It remains shrouded in mystery. Even county officials and neighbours are unclear
    about its purpose.

    Read the full story at https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-18/hft-traders-dust-off-19th-ce ntury-tool-in-search-of-market-edge





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about


    June 22-23 - VK - Winter VHF-UHF Field Day

    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest

    Now I am going to replay an item originally voiced for the VK7 state news
    by Vince Henderson, VK7VH.

    Because of great participation from VK7 Amateurs, they have taken out the Remembrance Day Contest State Trophy for 2016 and 2017. Can they take out
    the State trophy 3 years in a row?

    The State trophy is awarded to the State with the highest aggregate score.

    "For example, for us, it is the number of VK7 licenses divided by how
    many logs are submitted. This is known as the participation rate. So, put simply, the more logs submitted from Amateur Radio operators in Tasmania,
    the better our chance is of winning the state trophy.

    The Remembrance Day contest date and time is set for 0300 UTC (local time
    is 1.00pm) on Saturday 11 August 2018 until 0300 UTC on Sunday 12 August

    Full contest rules as Felix reminds us each week are available on the
    WIA website, wia.org.auhttp://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/

    Let me tell you about a simple way of making many contacts within a
    few minutes. Last year a few local operators in Hobart made a concerted
    effort to do the band dance.

    What is the band dance?

    It is an effort to work 3 hour repeat contacts on many bands. Most of us
    had capabilities to work 70CM, 2M, 6M, 10M, 15M, 20M, 40M and 80M. We did
    the band dance by making contact on all these bands every 3 hours. During
    one such band dance, I achieved 24 contacts within a few minutes. We just started at 70CM and worked our way down the bands. Do the band dance with
    a few others and your score will increase dramatically, especially during
    the triple points available between 1.00am and 6.00am on Sunday.

    Will you commit to making at least 10 contacts for the 2018 RD contest?

    We have many Amateur Radio operators that listen to this broadcast. So,
    if you have taken in all I have talked about, will you make an effort to
    put in a log for the RD contest 2018? I do hope you will. Remember,
    submit your log. Electronic logs must be submitted with 14 days of the
    end of the contest and hand written logs need to be posted within 8 days
    of the contest end.

    Most importantly, the RD contest remembers those that have served and
    those that have fallen.

    We must never forget them.

    This is Vince Henderson, VK7VH. Thank you for listening and I look
    forward to working you during the 2018 RD contest.

    (sourced from the vk7wi news broadcast)


    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest





    CANADA, VE.
    Members of the Rotarians Of Amateur Radio and Friends are now QRV
    with special event station VE3R from June 20 to 30 for the
    Rotary International Convention in Toronto. QSL via bureau.





    THAILAND, HS.
    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3, members of
    the Radio Society of Thailand are QRV as HS 50 IARU until October 31.


    BRUNEI, V8.
    Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association are QRV
    with special event station V850IARU until October 31 to celebrate
    the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via V85TL.


    AUSTRALIA, VK.
    The WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI 50 IARU 3
    which will be on air until 31st August to celebrate the 50th anniversary
    of IARU Region 3.





    A large number of special event stations remain on the air worldwide celebrating FIFA World Cup 2018. Many awards are available for working
    various numbers and types of station

    Details are at www.rsgb.org/fwc

    ALGERIA, 7X.
    Special event station 7X2FIFA is active until July 15 during the
    2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via operators' instructions.


    TAIWAN, BV.
    Members of the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League are QRV with
    special call BV18FIFA until July 15 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


    AUSTRALIA, VK.
    Members of Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia will be active
    as VK 18 FIFA from Sydney on HF for the duration of the FIFA World Cup.


    EGYPT, SU.
    Special event station SU18FWC is QRV until July 15 during the
    2018 FIFA World Cup. Activity is on all HF bands using CW and SSB.
    QSL via SM5AQD.


    INDIA, VU.
    Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club are QRV with special call
    VU18FIFA until July 16 during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


    MEXICO, XE.
    Look for special event station 4A18FWC to be QRV until July 15 during
    the 2018 FIFA World Cup. QSL via bureau.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video arvideonews.com
    hamradiotube.com
    youtube.com
    qdg.org.au

    Move to New BATC Video Streamer

    The long awaited New BATC Video Streamer is now a reality.

    The streamer page has changed with a much larger viewing screen and
    simplified Chat Box.

    VK7AX has moved to the new streamer and recent broadcasts during last
    week have produced some very encouraging results. Experiments have taken
    place with streaming a 1280x720 Widescreen with good pictures filling the entire screen.

    A reminder that the WIA National News and the VK7 Regional news can be
    viewed as a slide show with the associated audio file on the new stream.

    The link for the new BATC Streamer is provided on the email edition of
    this broadcast.

    https://batc.org.uk/live/vk7ax

    (VK7AX - News Officer NWTR&TVG)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    The Reverse Beacon Network and FT8

    A few weeks ago, several prolific Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) nodes began spotting FT8 signals, using the combination of WSJT-X and an unreleased Aggregator Version 5.

    The purpose of this limited Alpha test was to get a feel for the load and
    other implications of carrying FT8 spots on the RBN.

    The most striking characteristic of FT8 spots is their sheer quantity and
    it seems obvious that adding FT8 spots to the spot flow could have a huge impact on the infrastructure of the RBN. "We frankly do not know whether
    the RBN servers will be up to the task", the RBN Team says, "so we
    decided we had better find out before the autumn contest season is upon
    us".

    Effective immediately and on a Beta test basis, the RBN's current spot
    feed http://telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7000 will only handle CW
    and RTTY spots, while http://telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7001
    will be set up for FT8 spots only.

    See www.reversebeacon.net/pages/FT8+Announcement+40 for more information.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first American woman to
    fly in space, NN4ASA will be on the air from NASA Marshall Space
    Flight Centre Amateur Radio Club in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.

    Operating from 00.00 GMT on the 18th until 23.59 GMT on the 24th,
    activity is expected on 7.195, 14.235 and 21.295MHz.

    An 'out of this world' QSL card is available.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    Aug 18th - Aug 19th is da International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend.

    ACTIVATION OF POINT CHARLES LIGHTHOUSE

    Members of the Darwin Amateur Radio Club will activate the Point Charles Lighthouse over the weekend of the international event. The lighthouse
    has never been activated before.

    ( http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/events/index.php?mo=8&yr=2018 )





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MEDICAL
    IHS = www.groups.Yahoo.com/group/IHSradio/
    IHS = www.IHSOFMN.org
    PHARMACISTS = www.malpensa.it/iphg
    Medical Amateur Radio Council www.marco-ltd.org/

    A Fresh Voice for Broadcast Reporter Jamie Dupree, NS3T

    A Washington, DC-based broadcast journalist and radio amateur, whose
    ability to speak was severely impaired a couple of years ago by a
    rare disorder, is adopting a technological solution to return his voice
    to the airwaves.

    Jamie Dupree, NS3T, suffers from tongue protrusion dystonia, and he has
    limited speaking ability --

    He had to drop off the broadcast airwaves and turn to print and online journalism to continue covering politics for Cox Media Group's capitol
    bureau. But now, Dupree plans to leverage technology that will give him
    a fresh voice.

    Dupree, 54, a contester and Potomac Valley Radio Club member, said in a
    blog post this week that his plight attracted the attention of his
    colleagues at Cox Media Group, who mounted an effort at the company's
    Atlanta headquarters to find a high-tech solution to get him back on the broadcast airwaves.

    "What they found was a Scottish company named CereProc, which agreed to
    sift through years of my archived audio and build a voice," Dupree said.
    "The big news today is that it looks like that is going to work, and
    allow me to 'talk' on the radio again."

    He's calling it "Jamie Dupree 2.0."

    "Does the voice sound perfect?

    No. But it does sound like me," Dupree continued. "When I type out some
    words, the text-to-speech program that I use spits them out in my new
    Jamie Dupree 2.0 voice." Dupree concedes that the voice will sound
    robotic to some of his listeners, but "for the first time in 2 years,
    I will be back on the radio."

    (ARRL)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    What do crickets, frogs and grasshoppers have to do with ham radio?
    Everything, if you ask the organizers of the School Holiday Electronics Workshops being offered for school kids in July.

    The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club has organized the workshops
    in Castlemaine to help grow the next generation of engineers and, of
    course, radio amateurs as well. In sessions geared to beginners age 7 and older, students will learn the basics of electrical circuitry and get to
    build a solar-powered grasshopper of their own. The workshop for students
    10 and older will teach the basics of soldering. Those students will get
    a homebrew cricket or frog. The club is also planning a third workshop
    for returning students who already have been through the basics in
    previous workshops.

    For information about fees and schedule, contact the club via email on secretary@barec.net.au





    South African Technology site MyBroadband reports on the upcoming
    Youngsters On The Air event being held in August

    The site says:

    The Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event will be hosted in South Africa
    with 80 young people from 34 countries taking part. YOTA is the most prestigious event on the International Amateur Radio Union Region One
    youth calendar. It brings together young radio amateurs who have a
    passion for radio and technology to learn new skills and share ideas
    about amateur radio and its future.

    The week-long programme includes:
    - Building a radio transceiver kit.
    - Launching and tracking of a high-altitude balloon with various
    radio equipment on board.
    - Honing their communication skills using multi-frequency amateur
    radio stations and other technology.

    (SouthGate)





    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

    Bom Bom Horse enduro another SARC (Lismore) success.

    It was cold - down to below 5 degrees.
    It was windy - gusting to over 40km/hr.

    Roger VK2LRB, Paul Vk2PMG, Chris VK2ACD and Duncan VK2DLR weathered the
    weather and delivered another successful SARC radio support for the
    Bom Bom Horse Enduro.

    The operation kept track of just short of eighty rider competing on rides ranging from 20 to 80 kilometres.

    The relatively compact nature of the course lent itself to 2M simplex operation. Each checkpoint and base operation had its challenges.

    Operators withstood the onslaught of riders, still bunched together
    from the start approaching them in pitch black conditions that was
    taxing their navigation skills. The riders were already under pressure
    so calling out their rider number was lower than normal on their priority
    list.

    There were no serious incidents but SARC handled requests for floats to
    recover horses that withdrew from the event.

    SARC's biggest contribution to the event was keeping track of the riders
    doing the longer multiple loop even. The event organisers who do a
    fantastic job considering how small their committee is, had to rely on
    SARC's monitoring to ensure that all riders had been accounted for.

    Another page in the long chapter of SARC providing radio progress and
    welfare reporting for a community event.

    (sourced to SACR newsletter)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
    www.sotawatch.org
    www.sota.org.uk

    VK1 SOTA Winter QSO Party here is the VK1 SOTA Association Manager, VK1AD.

    "I'm proposing we hold the chilly winter event on Saturday 4 August 2018
    from 9 am to 11:30 am ish. The VK1 winter SOTA QSO Party is popular
    with interstate activators seeking a boost to their S2S log. In VK1 you
    can use this event to combine a SOTA Peak and VKFF Park activation to
    work potential P2P contacts. For those interested, past events have
    culminated in lunch at the Ainslie Football Club around 12:30 pm.

    I trust the majority will find Saturday 4 August 2018 suitable, this date avoids a conflict with the high power WIA RD contest 11-12 Aug 18.
    Please mark your calendars now and work on banking credits for a leave
    pass on Saturday 4 August 2018.

    While on the subject of winter, a reminder SOTA winter bonus points
    commenced at 00:00h UTC 15 June 2018. The winter bonus concludes at
    23:59h UTC Sunday 14 October 2018. The three point winter bonus applies
    to summits >= 1200m ASL.

    Regards
    Andrew VK1AD
    VK1 SOTA Association Manager
    Andrew.VK1ad at gmail.com





    YLs Around the World

    YL Nets
    ALARA Net Mondays 1030 utc on 3.570 MHz
    YL 222 DX Net 0530 utc 14.222 MHz
    YL Activity day is the 6th of each month Listen on the hour and
    call CQ YL 14.288, 21.188, 28.588 MHz
    ANZA DX Net Monday is Ladies Day 0515 utc 14.183 MHz

    Introducing MaryAnn NS7X.

    MaryAnn made a comment on social media that I am sure the ladies
    will love and will provide some insight to those planning ham
    radio events. She said- 'I've decided to do a forum at the next
    HamFest. I'm calling it: The Ladies' Afternoon Sewing Circle
    and RF Society.

    It's all about ambiance. Let's face it, the typical ham program
    could just as easily be the Thursday afternoon engineering
    department graduate student seminar. There's the sterile
    environment, the expert standing at the front of the room
    pontificating with a power point, the occasional query from the
    audience, and the obnoxious guy who thinks he knows it all.

    My YL panel is going to be a bit more fun. It'll be like after
    the big holiday feast, when all the dishes are done, the guys
    are in the den watching football, and the women are gathered
    around the kitchen table engaged in animated conversation.
    Of course, we be chatting about amateur radio, maybe over tea
    with ham and cucumber sandwiches. I've ordered a few "fascinators"
    to hand out to help with the mood. I figure I'll add miniature
    Yagi's to the hats."

    I think Maryann is on to something.

    I'm Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News





    Social Scene 2018

    July 2 - 6 VK4 Theresa Creek Campout all week long. (tarc)
    July 7 & 8 VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)


    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 1 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA Director and President with both a Board Report and announcement
    of a very special 'Special Event' & station(s) VK 100 MARCONI & VI * MARCONI.

    THIS STORY AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 01



    VI 70 MI is a Special Callsign issued to Commemorate 70 years of
    Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions for Macquarie Island,
    which since 1947 have served Australia in the south polar regions.

    VK4JJW has more on VI70MI

    The first ANARE Expedition to Macquarie Island was in March 1947.

    The Special Event Callsign will be active from June 20th until August 31st 2018. (Winter Season)

    All HF bands 160m-10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly digital modes also.

    If you have an interest in activating VI 70 MI please contact Lee VK3GK

    Email Lee at vk3gk@wia.org.au

    *** Please Note: This Commemorative activity is from mainland Australia
    OC-001 and NOT from Macquarie Island. ***

    Both Zone 29 and Zone 30 will be active using VI70MI

    In 1912, Australia pioneered the first radio communications in Antarctica
    at the Commonwealth Bay base via a relay station at sub-Antarctic
    Macquarie Island.

    Australia established its first stations in the subantarctic at Heard Island
    in December 1947 and Macquarie Island a few months later in March 1948.

    The sub-Antarctic station on Macquarie Island was officially opened on
    21 March 1948, with a team of 14 expeditioners staying for winter. Now for
    the first time, expeditioners were not cut off from the world; instead receiving regular news, and sending official and personal messages back home.





    Tasmania to spend AU$22m on digital transformation in 2018-19

    The Tasmanian government has delivered its 2018-19 state Budget, announcing plans to spend $22 million on digital transformation during the year.

    In particular, the state will be investing $10 million into its Digital Transformation Priority Expenditure Program, $7.8 million on Project Unify,
    and another $1.5 million on its Budget Information Management System.

    Another digital transformation initiative, Project Unify, is hoping to
    upgrade a number of "disparate, disconnected, and ageing" Police IT systems that support policing operations and external clients.

    The Apple Isle expects a further AU $2.3 million to be spent on
    Project Unify in 2019-20.

    (znet.com via VK7NEWS)





    China's international radio service, China Radio International (CRI) has
    taken over some of ABC Radio Australia's old shortwave radio frequencies
    in the Pacific.

    The national broadcaster ended its shortwave services last year in favour of delivering its content on new platforms, which resulted in savings of
    $1.9 million.

    CRI has picked up at least two frequencies that broadcast into the Pacific: 9580khz and 7240khz.

    https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/china-radio-international-takes-over-radio-au stralias-old-shortwave-frequencies-pacific Radioinfo.com.au


    Radio Australia ceased shortwave broadcasting in January 2017.

    An enquiry is being conducted jointly by the departments of Communications
    and the Arts along with the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade.

    Peter Marks, VK2TPM has more:-

    The terms of reference are very broad, but they specifically mention
    shortwave radio. Is shortwave radio still valuable and does it have a
    role in this world of smartphones and podcasts?

    Australia has a long history on shortwave, starting back in 1939.

    Radio Australia had an enviable reputation for unbiased and uncensored news reporting. Often the fact that a controversial story in the Asia Pacific
    region was covered on Radio Australia meant that local media could then also report on these stories.

    In times of natural disaster, or local political turmoil, shortwave gets through when everything else goes down.

    Google "asia pacific shortwave review" to find the terms of reference.

    The link is https://www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/review-australian-broadcasting- services-asia-pacific

    The review is seeking submissions from stakeholders. In particular it would
    be great to hear from shortwave listeners or past consumers of Radio
    Australia in the asia pacific region, but people who have travelled or worked may have a story worth telling. As Australians in the region we are all stakeholders.

    Consultation Period:
    June 04, 2018 09:00 AEST to August 03, 2018 17:00 AEST

    The review will report to Government this year.

    (Peter Marks, VK2TPM)





    WIA

    Board Comment
    1 July 2018


    Hello this is Justin VK7TW Director of the WIA with this week's Board
    Comment.
    Firstly I thank all those people have taken the time to write
    submissions to the ACMA on their latest amateur related consultation paper - New approaches to amateur radio qualifications arrangements.

    This paper has some important ramifications that need to be considered for
    the future of delivery of training, examination service, issuing certificates, RPL and callsign management. I thank all those people and organisations who have forwarded their thoughts to the Board and we will certainly be including those into the WIA submission.


    Now I have the privilege to announce a very significant centenary
    celebration that is taking place on 22 September 2018.


    September this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first wireless transmission between Australia and the United Kingdom. Messages were transmitted from the Marconi station at Waunfawr in Wales on the 22nd
    September 1918, and were received at the Wahroonga home of Ernest Fisk, the Managing Director of Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited (A.W.A.).



    Two communications were sent by Morse code back to Australia. The first
    message was from the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. W.M. "Billy" Hughes,
    who was in the UK at the time, and the second from the Minister for the Navy, Mr. Joseph Cook who accompanied Hughes.



    Wireless was a very new phenomenon, and the experiment between Ernest Fisk
    and GuglielmoMarconi was a significant achievement in the early development
    of world-wide wireless communications. There was considerable public
    interest, and political controversy, as Hughes was using his wireless
    message to strengthen support for the war effort in Europe at a time when support in Australia was waning.
    The Marconi-Fisk achievement is commemorated
    by a plaque located outside the original receiving site in Wahroonga, which
    is still a private residence.

    Every five years the Hornsby and District Amateur Radio Club (HADARC) and the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society have commemorated the event by the exchange
    of wireless messages with the Dragon Amateur Radio Club in Wales.


    This year, with additional support from Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council, they
    are planning a major centenary celebration. A re-enactment of the original message will occur adjacent to the Wahroonga monument, followed by displays
    in the St Andrews church hall, some 50 metres away in Cleveland street, which will include a working HF amateur radio station operating under the special callsign VK 100 MARCONI.
    The Dragon Radio Club will also be operating an HF
    station from the Welsh site of the Marconi transmitter using the special
    event amateur call sign GB 2 VK, and it is proposed that Fiskville, located
    in Victoria and named after Ernest Fisk (where early transmitters were located), will be activated from Werribee Gorge State Park (VKFF-0775).


    The centenary event provides an opportunity to showcase amateur radio, both
    to the public and to higher levels of government, and it is also very significant for the descendants of the Cable and Wireless company and the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC), AWA, Siemens, and the entire radiocommunications community. It is expected to be well attended by politicians, councillors and school children from around the region, and
    anyone interested in the history of communications.


    As part of the Centenary celebrations, the WIA will hold an on-air event.
    This event will be very similar to the ANZAC commemorative event, where
    State and Territory based special event callsigns will be allocated to any
    club or individual for a short period of time.
    The WIA has secured the
    callsigns VI # MARCONI for participating States and Territories, and those callsigns will be made available to WIA affiliated clubs and WIA members on
    a time-share basis for a maximum of 48 hours, (this period may be altered depending on the demand).
    The event timetable and details about the
    VI # MARCONI callsign application and allocation process will be posted on
    the WIA website. Registration for a MARCONI special event callsigns is
    expected to commence early in July. QSL cards will be issued for contacts
    with special event MARCONI stations, and WIA awards will be available.


    For more details take a look at the WIA website, http://www.wia.org.au


    This is Justin VK7TW for the WIA National News.





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    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.



    CHINA

    A reminder that Sunday July 1st, Chinese B and C Class Licensees gain access
    to the new WRC-15 Amateur 60m/5MHz Secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz with a maximum power of 15W EIRP, according to The No.46 Order of the
    Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.





    GERMANY

    Broadcaster transmits Field Day greetings in MFSK64

    The ARRL reports a 100 kW HF broadcast transmitter in Nauen, Germany, sent Field Day greetings to North American radio amateurs in MFSK64 mode

    The special transmission took place during the weekly "Giant Jukebox"
    broadcast of The Mighty KBC on 9,925 kHz, June 24. The MFSK64, cantered on 1,500 Hz, began at about 0130 UTC.

    An RSID was transmitted just before the transmission to guide decoding
    software to the correct mode and audio frequency.

    Another HI-POWER promotion for AR from Germany looms.

    Using two 300 Kilowatt transmitters from Europe Radio, DARC will broadcast
    just before the start of the WRTC competition, a WRTC special program
    across Europe on 6,070 kHz and to North America on 13,860 kHz on
    Saturday the 14th at 1100 UTC for an hour.

    WRTC

    They're all preparing, they're all training, now they're all packing!
    From all parts of the world, the contestants for WRTC 2018 in Germany
    are getting ready to get to Wittenberg for the Amateur Radio World Cup!

    Amateur radio again shows no respect for politics with two-person teams
    not only from single countries but across countries who were at one time enemies. Russians working alongside Americans, parts of the old
    Yugoslavia working together on the radio, old feelings lost in the magic
    of radio competition.

    There are young and old and some in between. From New Zealand there is a father-and-daughter team, there's three youth teams including one with a
    U.S. and a Chilean ham, one with a Ukrainian and Romanian ham and one
    with a Hungarian and a German ham. Of course, there are the well-known
    "old hands" taking part as well.

    Unfortunately, this time no contestants qualified from the UK or
    Australia. (bit like VK in 'another' world cup in Russia!)





    UK - SPAIN

    Benidorm or Bust

    Chertsey Radio Club's James M0JFP drives 1500 mile in the Benidorm or Bust rally challenge - raising money for local children's hospital, driving the pirate radio car, as well and carrying lots of ham radio equipment!

    James Preece, a member of Chertsey Radio Club, joined with his neighbours, known as the "Rotten Cherries" took-up the challenge of driving 1500 miles
    from the UK to Benidorm in Spain.

    They bought an old Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 for just 200 and worked on designing
    the pirate radio themed car, it had a giant flag pole attached to the back flying the classic skull and cross bones flag, and the car had hundreds of pirate radio stickers including radio Caroline and Radio Luxemburg.





    ST. CHRISTOPHER ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

    New IARU Member Society

    SARL News report that on 28 May, the IARU Member Societies completed voting
    on the admission of the 'St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society' (SKNAARS) to the International Amateur Radio Union as the representative of
    the radio amateurs of the Federation of St Christopher St Kitts and Nevis.

    SKNAARS (https://sknaars.weebly.com/) does not claim to represent Anguilla, which is already represented in the IARU by the Anguilla Amateur Radio
    Society; the inclusion of Anguilla in the name of SKNAARS dates to an earlier time.

    With 56 affirmative votes required for admission there were 62 affirmative votes cast, with no dissenting votes.

    SKNAARS thus becomes a member of the IARU and of IARU Region 2.






    GET YOUR FEET WET WITH 'BEACHES ON THE AIR'

    Now here's an awards program that will have you wishing for an endless summer Mike Askins KE5CXP is our man on the beach for this story.

    "While some people bring suntan lotion and a surfboard - or maybe
    just a good book -- to the beach, others wouldn't be seen on the shore
    without their rig and an antenna. Because a beach day can also be a ham
    radio day, the program known as Beaches on the Air is encouraging hams
    to operate portable and qualify for awards as activators. Chasers - the
    hams who contact them - can also compete for honours.

    The idea took root in a conversation in 2013 between Diego EC1CW and his
    friend Ernesto EA1LQ, a fellow ham and SOTA activator. Diego told
    Newsline that the awards scheme really took off sometime after December
    of 2015 when he chose the windy Atlantic coastline of the Spanish beach
    at Riazor for the first activations.

    Beaches on the Air was on the map at last.

    International users now call CQ from the shore in Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Croatia, Portugal, the UK and elsewhere around the world.

    In fact, just a few weeks after Diego's first activations, Vlado, Z35M,
    an amateur in Macedonia, requested that the program include the beaches
    there. A ham for nearly 35 years, Vlado is a big proponent of portable operations and a frequent activator. BOTA covers not only sea-side
    beaches but also those on inland lakes and rivers. A full list of the
    approved sites and the awards that can be earned is at beachesontheair.com.

    So with summer arriving in some parts of the world, be listening as hams
    on the beach catch a wave - a radio wave, that is.

    (Amateur Radio Newsline and Mike Askins KE5CXP)





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about



    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest




    VK SHIRES LOGS ARE DUE BACK NOW....

    RX LOGS AS OF JUNE 26 ARE

    VK6POP ZL2AYZ VK8GM VK3WMM VK3LTL VK3OHM VK6FLAB
    VK6BEK VK6FGGL VK7DW ZL1TM VK3VH VK2MT VK3GB VK6QM
    VK3ANL VK2EMU VK5DT VK2YE VK2BBQ ZL2RX VK2BOZ VK5FSCD
    W5TM VK3XV VK3FCMA VK3FLCS VK7KT VK7QP VK2LEE VK2UE
    VK2KDP VK4QH VK2MTM VK5SFA VK3ZPF VK6MN VK6WK V K2AZ
    VK2KJJ VK2TTL VK5MK VK5LJ VK3GK VK3FXMB VK2JDR VK7CW





    JULY ON THE DIAL

    Soccer World Cup Special Event Station VK 18 FIFA

    Australia's Hellenic Amateur Radio Association is yet another ham outlet hosting a special event station during the Soccer World Cup held in Russia.

    The World Cup will run from the 14 June to 15 July.

    Radio Amateur members of Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia
    will be active as VK 18 FIFA from Sans Souci, Sydney for the duration
    of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on HF.

    QSL via VK 2 IR but note it is a direct route only.

    The address for QSL:
    TOMMY HOROZAKIS, PO BOX 13, SANS SOUCI, NSW, 2219, Australia.

    (sourced to wia.org.au front page news)





    VI 50 IARU 3

    IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation
    50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI50IARU3 which will be on air until 31st August.

    (sourced to memnet)





    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    Radio Caroline 2018

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long weekend 3rd to 5th August.

    They also have arranged trips out to visit the ship for a tour including studios, transmitter room etc.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    9X, Rwanda DXpedition

    Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9 X 0 T between
    September 27th and October 10th 2018.

    Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, RTTY will only
    be on 14084 kHz.

    QSL via I 2 YSB direct only.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video arvideonews.com
    hamradiotube.com
    youtube.com
    qdg.org.au

    The next SSTV image downlinks are planned for June 29-July 1.
    These images will commemorate the various satellites that the
    ARISS team has developed and hand-deployed from the ISS.

    These will include the first satellite deployment from ISS:

    SuitSat-1/Radioskaf-1 which was deployed in February 2006.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
    FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
    FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
    FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
    FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org

    Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
    1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
    28.058

    Curtis Keyer Chip Developer Jack Curtis, K6KU, SK

    The developer of the ground-breaking Curtis Morse keyer chip, John G.
    "Jack" Curtis, K6KU (ex-W3NSJ), of Granite Bay, California, died after
    a long illness.

    An ARRL member, he was 87.

    Growing up in Pennsylvania, Curtis became fascinated with the "magic" of Amateur Radio, and it would eventually become his career. After receiving
    a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1952, he was employed by Sperry Rand, served in the US Navy in Japan, and worked for Corning Glass
    -- earning three patents -- and for Signetics.

    Curtis started Curtis Electro Devices on the side in 1968 and marketed his prototype electronic Morse iambic keyer -- the EK-38 -- which had "dit"
    memory. The follow-on EK-39 had "dah" memory and weight control, and later models offered a small scratch memory.

    Putting the electronics on a chip revolutionized CW keying.

    In their heyday, Curtis chips were at the heart of an array of commercial memory CW keyers, were incorporated into amateur transceivers, and were favourites of homebrewers.

    (arrl letter)







    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets


    The Ducie Island DXpedition team continues to gather momentum
    toward its operations as VP6D on October 20th through November 3rd.

    The newest member of the pilot team is 15-year-old Mason Matrazzo
    KM4SII, who made his debut DXPedition last year at age 14 operating from Iceland. He is heading to Curacao next month as PJ2/KM4SII.

    For more information about this much-awaited South Pacific DXpedition
    visit vp6d.com

    (ARNewsLine)





    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

    Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim.

    A great day out on the water playing with radios to the sound of Migaloo
    and a hundred plus marathon swimmers thrashing across Cleveland Bay.

    Main comms on VHF, with some UHF comms with clubbies and aircraft.

    It is also highly recommended that operators attend the Swim Briefing
    to meet the competitors, organisers and skippers.

    Sat 28 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim Briefing Session from 1pm
    Sun 29 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim from 7am Strand Park





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
    www.sotawatch.org
    www.sota.org.uk

    The ZS SOTA Weekend

    Lucas Swart, ZS6ACT, has made arrangements that the SOTA team of Sid,
    ZS5AYC and Adele, ZS5APT Tyler and Lucas, ZS6ACT and Magda ZS6MMS Swart
    will be activating two summits in the Sani Pass area over this weekend
    of 28 June to 1 July.

    Listen out (and up) for these ZS SOTA calls.





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - LOW DOWN
    Sub 9 kHz Yahoo Group:- https://groups.yahoo.com/group/sub9khz/

    Sweden's World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station SAQ Alexanderson alternator
    will be on the air on July 1 on 17.2 kHz for its annual Alexanderson Day transmission.

    Three transmissions are scheduled:

    Startup/tuning at 0815 UTC, message transmission at 0845 UTC;
    startup/tuning at 1015 UTC, message transmission at 1045 UTC, and startup/tuning at 1215 UTC, message transmission at 1245 UTC.

    All three transmission events will be available via YouTube.

    Amateur Radio Station SK6SAQ will be active on CW (7.035 MHz or 14.035 MHz)
    or SSB (3.755 MHz), with two operating positions planned.

    The World Heritage Grimeton Radio station site will be open to the public
    on Alexanderson Day, July 1.





    RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    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 July bulletin to go to air.

    This month as well as all the latest Club news, Ian VK3JS will be presenting
    an item written by WIA historian, Peter Wolfenden, on the WIA Sound Archives, plus another about the development of WIA broadcasts in VK6. Everyone,
    RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in and to join
    in the call backs afterwards.

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC
    2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit the
    program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on 80 metres
    on 3650 kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC networks plus a
    TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

    From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.

    Tune in tomorrow for the July RAOTC bulletin.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.





    YL'S AROUND THE WORLD

    La Radio en Rosa

    The Giro Rosa is the women's version of the Giro d'Italia cycling race.
    Running concurrently with the race is a a special event station, especially
    for YLs, la Radio en Rosa.

    The special event station will operate from each stage of the race from
    6 July to 15 July.

    http://www.unionradio.it/la-radio-in-rosa-2018-seconda-edizione/

    Creating Environments that Support Women

    Welcoming women requires addressing the behaviors that alienate women. Typically women are expected to change to fit in, yet men are just allowed
    to be who they are.

    Research into women's experience in environments dominated by men, such as amateur radio reveal a great deal.

    Numerical underrepresentation and negative stereotypes contribute to
    negative environments for women. Kanter's (1977) theory of proportional representation suggests that women who are a numerical minority ("tokens")
    will experience additional stressors. Specifically, women are expected to represent "women" as a group. Men are placed under no such expectations.

    There are many studies that reveal women are better at soft skills, people skills the non-technical, intangible, personality-specific skills that determine your strengths as a leader, listener, negotiator, and conflict mediator. "Hard" skills, on the other hand, are what might appear on your resume.

    But it is more complicated than that. Women have an expectation that an environment that supports them will be an environment that values, respects
    and mirrors those soft skills

    I'm Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI for the WIA National News





    Social Scene 2018

    July 2 - 6 VK4 Theresa Creek Campout all week long. (tarc)
    July 7 & 8 VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)


    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 15 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA Director Marcus, vk5wtf, and the ACMA draft. -

    WIA ARDF Coordinator VK3WWW Jack and WIA Team for Korea.




    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 15

    Thirteen young people in Thailand are alive today partly because of radio
    - a radio system, in fact, that was designed by a British ham nearly
    20 years ago.

    The radios are specialized ultra-low frequency units called HeyPhones,
    bearing the name of John Hey G3TDZ, now a Silent Key.

    WIA presenter VK2LAW Jason will have a little more when he looks at the
    international news, 'further down todays log.'





    ARN has launched interactive advertising technology 'ShakeMe' across
    iHeartRadio, via an audio ad format launched in December last year by
    Californian tech company AdsWizz.

    When listeners hear a ShakeMe advertisement – with a tailored call to action,
    they will be able to shake their device which will either trigger a
    phone call, download a coupon or open a landing when they next unlock their
    phone.

    ShakeMe advertisements are designed so that consumers can engage directly
    with specialised ads without the need to unlock their phones, click through
    or even look at their screen.

    Geraint Davies COO of iHeartRadio Australia said:
    "There is massive penetration of mobile ownership in Australia and a rapid
    migration of radio listening onto digital platforms like iHeartRadio.

    "When you combine those things with the ShakeMe technology, which allows
    advertisers to give consumers the control to instantly interact further
    with the brand while listening to their ad with just a simple
    shake of their phone, you have an incredibly powerful marking tool."

    Read more on:

    https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/arn-launches-interactive-audio-advertising-ih eart-digital-music-service © Radioinfo.com.au





    It's a date!

    That would be Tuesday July 17th - that's when 12 students at the
    Essex Heights Primary School in Melbourne will get their long-awaited
    moment with astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT on board the
    International Space Station.

    The hour will be 6:24 p.m. local time, which is 08:24 UTC.

    While the students have their interaction via telebridge, the rest of the
    world can get in on the action by participating on the internet. There is a
    livestreaming link for worldwide viewing and it will be published on the
    school's website.

    Just visit www.essexheightsps.vic.edu.au

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead VK3DN.

    The updated promo video with date and time is on
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyeJS8uq1to





    WIA

    Hello this is Marcus, vk5wtf, WIA Director.

    Normally I like to bring positive messages to my comments, but this time,
    I'm struggling.

    The ACMA has asked stake holders for submissions to their Five Year Spectrum
    Outlook paper.

    And the WIA has tried to get some positives out of it, but with the
    pressures on spectrum, it has been hard. Frankly, the WIA is disappointed
    with the draft.

    The WIA acknowledges that the ACMA has said that they will review some
    matters, including certificates of proficiency, permitted power, bandwidths
    & emission modes, foundation licence use of digital modes and clarify some
    terminology.

    Our submission to the ACMA provided detailed responses, suggesting regular
    meetings, rather than ad-hoc and the WIA has outlined the use of the amateur
    microwave bands for satellite communication, and that it is being impacted
    by terrestrial interference being created by unregulated consumer
    electronics, and that it effects all spectrum users. Concern for wireless
    power transfer was also expressed.

    The ACMA has declined to progress frequency allocations; but the WIAs
    response has detailed suggestions on a way forward, including:
    adding the 60 meter band, 160 & 80m band expansions,
    primary status for 50-52 MHz, a small allocation at 70MHz and
    preservation of access to 23cm.

    Access to frequency bands for licensed amateurs is about opportunity – the
    opportunity to experience and experiment for themselves. This principle is
    embodied in the ITU definition of the Amateur Service. Access to new
    frequency bands, as the WIA proposed is about the future development of the
    Amateur Service. Continuing development and self-training are principles
    also embodied in the ITU definition of the Amateur Service.

    73 from vk5wtf


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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about



    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest


    Trent VK4TS on behalf of the Wireless Institute of Australia VK Shires
    Contest 2018 team says the results are in!

    Top of the winners list available on wia.org.au are VK5LJ and VK3XV

    So to each and every entrant, 'thank you for entering the VK Shires Contest
    2018.'

    http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/wavks/


    With the Trans-Tasman Low Band (160 80 40) just around the corner,

    http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/transtasman/

    certificates are going to be produced using the same method as the RD
    for this year. In 2019 they will be adopting the new cross-checking system,
    which will generate certificates in PDF for you to print.





    RADIO DARC special coverage of World Radiosport Team Championship 2018

    On the occasion of WRTC 2018 RADIO DARC will broadcast two special programs:

    Saturday, July 14th 2018 from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m. UTC in English on
    6070 kHz for Europe and Western Asia with 300 kW output power

    13860 kHz for North America with 300 kW output power


    Sunday, July 15th 2018 from 09:00 to 10:00 a.m. UTC in German on
    6070 kHz for Europe with 100 kW output power

    Broadcasts are in AM on frequencies in the 49 and 22 Meter
    shortwave broadcast bands

    The RADIO DARC program regularly airs on Sundays at 09:00 a.m. UTC on
    6070 kHz and covers current news in amateur radio and short wave,
    equipment reports, technology tips and interviews along with a bit of
    varied music.

    After the discontinuation of Deutsche Welle, VOA and other former SW stations,
    the weekly broadcast of RADIO DARC is unique in its magazine format
    worldwide.

    (SouthGate)





    Kingstown Regatta Centenary

    In the late 19th century the Kingstown Regatta was a big annual social event
    in Dublin.

    Wireless telegraphy was in its infancy when in July 1898 the Dublin Express
    newspaper invited Marconi to set up a wireless station aboard the
    Flying Huntress anchored at the race finish line.

    The results were transmitted back to the harbour master's office in
    Kingstown and telephoned onward to the newspaper offices.

    Special editions of the newspaper with results of the races were on sale in
    Kingstown before the yachts had returned to port. This was the first use of
    wireless in reporting on a sporting event.

    The races took place in Dublin Bay just off Howth.

    To commemorate the 120th anniversary of this historic event, EI 0 MAR will be
    celebrating by being QRV from the Martello tower in Howth on Saturday
    21st July and a special QSL card will be available for all QSOs and
    SWL reports.

    (SouthGate)





    Bruce, 3W3B is active as XW4XR from Laos to the 22nd.
    He operates on 40-10m 6m, CW, RTTY and JT65.
    QSL via E 21 EIC, LoTW or direct.





    Andre, NJ0F is active as A25A from Botswana from the 13th to the 20th.
    He will be on 80 to 1m SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8.
    QSL via NJ0F direct, or ClubLog OQRS.





    Gayle, K6GO and Mike, NA6MB is active as ZF2GO and ZF2NA
    from Grand Cayman Island, IOTA NA-016, from the 11th to the 15th.
    Operating on 160 to 6m, they will also take part in the
    IARU HF Contest as ZF1A, the CARS HQ Station.
    QSL via K6GO.





    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FOR JULY

    Soccer World Cup Special Event Station VK 18 FIFA

    Australia's Hellenic Amateur Radio Association is yet another ham outlet
    hosting a special event station during the Soccer World Cup held in Russia.

    The World Cup will run from the 14 June to 15 July.

    Radio Amateur members of Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia
    will be active as VK 18 FIFA from Sans Souci, Sydney for the duration
    of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on HF.

    QSL via VK 2 IR but note it is a direct route only.

    The address for QSL:
    TOMMY HOROZAKIS, PO BOX 13, SANS SOUCI, NSW, 2219, Australia.

    (sourced to wia.org.au front page news)





    VI 50 IARU 3

    IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation
    50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI50IARU3
    which will be on air until 31st August.

    (sourced to memnet)





    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf
    of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio
    within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    Radio Caroline 2018

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station
    GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long weekend
    3rd to 5th August.

    They also have arranged trips out to visit the ship for a tour including
    studios, transmitter room etc.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    9X, Rwanda DXpedition

    Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9 X 0 T between
    September 27th and October 10th 2018.

    Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, RTTY will only
    be on 14084 kHz.

    QSL via I 2 YSB direct only.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    From around the world they came, to successfully rescue 12 young
    members of a football team and their 25 year old coach trapped by
    flooding in the caves in Thailand.

    A British contribution included four "Heyphones" a specialist cave radio
    system that can transmit hundreds of metres through solid rock and which
    allows radio communication between the surface and cave as well as
    a divers switch which allows divers to switch between multiple cylinders
    underwater.

    These Heyphones were supplied by Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, operate
    on LF at around 87 kHz.

    The HeyPhone design uses single-sideband radio, usually operating USB.

    One methodology is to operate with earthed electrodes separated by 25m to
    100m that injects current into the earth, this is similar to trench
    communications of the First World War.





    Aviation radiation: New results from the South Pacific

    On the heels of a new study showing that flight attendants have an elevated
    risk of cancer compared to the general population, Spaceweather.com and the
    students of 'Earth to Sky Calculus' recently boarded a plane in the USA
    and flew to New Zealand carrying an array of cosmic ray sensors.

    During their 13 hour flight across the South Pacific, the team detected
    secondary cosmic rays in the passenger compartment almost 40 times stronger
    than on the ground below.

    Their "haul" of radiation included a significant number of neutrons captured
    in portable bubble chambers.

    Read Spaceweather.com for the full story





    NETHERLANDS

    HF spectrum pollution: IEEE publish paper

    The IEEE have published 'Measurement Methodology and Results of Measurements
    of the Man-made Noise Floor on HF in The Netherlands'

    A Google English translation of VERON site reads:

    On June 28, 2018, the VERON EMC-EMF Commission received the good news that
    the article "Measurement Methodology and Results of Measurements of the
    Man-made Noise Floor on HF in The Netherlands" has been published by IEEE.

    The VERON Board of Directors congratulates Koos PA 0 KDF, Peter PE 1 GEX
    and Frank Leferink (university of Twente) with this publication.

    We radio amateurs operate mainly in the HF spectrum. An increase in
    human-made noise is immediately noticeable to the radio amateur.
    This publication not only confirms what radio amateurs have known for
    a long time. With this scientific research it has now been proven
    objectively.

    The VERON EMC-EMF Committee can use this research in contacts with
    organizations such as NEC-EMC and contacts with the government.






    USA


    NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology
    in Pasadena, California, to continue operations of the agency's
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena.

    This cost plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
    has a maximum value of $30 billion.

    The contract begins Oct. 1 with a five-year base period of performance,
    followed by five one-year options that could extend the contract to
    Sept. 30, 2028.

    Under this contract, Caltech will continue to develop and sustain core
    competencies in support of NASA-sponsored work in the areas of Earth and
    planetary sciences, heliophysics, astrophysics, and aeronautics and space
    activities, to include the development of spacecraft and instruments.

    Caltech also will manage NASA-sponsored programs that carry out competed and
    peer-reviewed research, NASA partnerships with other government agencies,
    academia and the private sector, and the operation, research, and management
    of NASA's Deep Space Network.

    For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:
    https://www.nasa.gov




    FCC, N. Huntingdon man settle over alleged radio disruption

    The Tribune-Review report on allegations of interference with amateur radio
    communications

    The newspaper says: "A well-known Westmoreland County ham radio operator
    has agreed to pay $7,000 to the federal government to settle allegations
    he intentionally interfered with communications among other amateur radio
    operators, officials have said "

    "The Federal Communications Commission originally levied a $11,500 fine
    against Mr Crow, of North Huntingdon, in July 2014, according to FCC records.
    The fine came after Crow was caught interfering with other amateur radio
    operators on a particular frequency."

    Read the full story at

    https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13830218-74/fcc-n-huntingdon-man-settle -over-alleged-radio-disruption





    A LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVATION AND A TRIBUTE

    Nova Scotia's Port Bickerton Lighthouse has a story that's about to get a
    new chapter -- as we hear from Kent Peterson KC0DGY.

    " Canadian radio amateur Billy Budge VE1AAO created his first tribute to his
    father a number of years ago with the publication of a book that tells his
    family's story when they lived on St. Paul Island. Fred Budge was the
    lighthouse-keeper there starting in 1955 and the book "Memoirs of a
    Light keeper’s Son" recalls those years. There's now a second tribute
    planned for Billy's father. On July 13th through 15th, the Pictou County
    Amateur Radio Club and the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group are
    activating the Port Bickerton Lighthouse on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore.
    Fred Budge had been a lighthouse-keeper there as well from 1960 to 1977.

    Using the callsign VE1UW, the hams will be on the air for 48 hours,
    dedicating their activation to Fred Budge. They will honour him from a
    lighthouse that has remained a beacon of safety for more than a century for
    those sailing the North Atlantic.





    IN THE MARKET FOR A CHALLENGE AT MARKET REEF

    On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean another lighthouse is about to see
    a different kind of action. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us more.

    "The lighthouse on a small reef between Sweden and Finland is about to
    provide an unprecedented opportunity for an international group of young
    radio amateurs. They will be on the air at the Market Reef Lighthouse, a
    DXCC entity. operating as OJ-0C from 21st to 28th July.

    Their activities are being sponsored by the Finnish Lighthouse Society and
    the Amateur Radio League of Finland, in conjunction with OH-DX-Foundation
    and DX University. The organizers are calling this activity “International
    Youth at Sea.”

    Their operations on the air will be supplemented by instruction in operating
    the radio equipment, managing pileups, an introduction to digital modes and
    just as importantly, safety and survival. That fact is not insignificant:
    The Market Reef lighthouse is anything but a safe haven: set at sea level,
    waves cover it at times and it has no jetty, so landings must be
    accomplished via small inflatable boats.

    The operators, all of whom are between 16 and 25 years of age, are also part
    of a cultural exchange that is to be repeated sometime in August.





    FIRST TO TAKE U.S. TECH TEST -- BUT WHERE?

    The new exam for the U.S. Technician license made its debut - but not where
    you might think. John Williams VK4JJW has that story.

    "In case you were wondering where in the United States the first new
    Technician exam was given with the new set of questions - well, keep
    wondering. It wasn't in the U.S at all but in Australia. Two candidates,
    Ward and John, sat for the test at a hangar in Bankstown Airport in Sydney
    at 8 a.m. local time on Sunday, July 1. But wait - it was still Saturday
    afternoon in the States! Getting a jump on things nonetheless were VEs
    Julian AG6LE, Bob AC1CZ and Brad AK2QQ as part of Oz-VE, which gives the
    U.S. licensing tests across eastern Australia. Better still, Julian tells
    us, both candidates passed the test. The early bird gets the ... license.





    MEDIA WATCH

    BBC: 'shortwave radio listening continues its steep decline'

    Figures published by the BBC show more people are listen directly to
    World Service English via the internet than by any other method

    The Global Audience Measure (GAM) figures indicate how many adults
    the BBC reached weekly with its news and entertainment content in
    the year 2017/18.

    The BBC World Service, which has just undertaken its biggest expansion
    since the 1940s, has seen its audience increase by 10m, to 279m. The total
    global news audience has risen by a million, to 347m.

    The shortwave radio audience has virtually disappeared in Pakistan, and is
    down substantially in Nigeria.

    Read the BBC report on
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/media





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
    WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack vk3www@wia.org.au
    http://users.mackay.net.au/~ron/
    http://www.homingin.com
    http://www.ardf.org.au

    19th World ARDF Championships

    The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will be hosting the IARU WORLD ARDF
    Championships this year (2018) in the beautiful mountains and seaside
    surroundings of Sokcho City, Gangwon Province.

    This city is near the 2018 Olympic Winter Games site.

    The event should prove to be very exciting for those able to attend.

    Later this year a team of amateurs from Australia will experience
    Thorn Bushes, Deep Ravines along with daily temperatures about 20 degrees
    Celsius. They also need to be prepared for rain and cold. No, this is not a
    SOTA report but a description of the terrain facing competitors in the 19th
    IARU World ARDF Championships.

    Competition commences September 2nd and finishes September 8th 2018. It is
    expected that over 400 people from 25 Amateur Radio Societies around the
    world will be meeting in Sokcho City Ganwon-Do Province South Korea, this
    championship event is being hosted by the Korean Amateur Radio League.

    Among the competitors will be a team of 5 including VK3OW, VK3FJTE, VK3FDAC,
    VK3ADY and VK3WWW representing Australia.

    There are 4 ARDF events at this world championships.

    They are, Sprint, Foxor, Classic 80m ARDF and Classic 2m ARDF.

    As you could imagine competition at this level is very tough. Even finishing
    in the top 10 in the world is a great achievement.

    More information about ARDF can be found on the Victorian ARDF Group
    webpage: www.ardf.org.au

    Wishing all the competitors both local and International the very best for
    the competition.

    This is Jack VK3WWW the
    WIA ARDF Coordinator.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BALLOONING

    Real-time balloon track
    https://tracker.habhub.org

    high altitude balloon links
    https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/

    Up Up and Away

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Skycademy programme, supported by UKHAS members,
    in particular Dave M 0 RPI, have trained more than 50 teachers to
    successfully launch near-space missions with their students

    On the Raspberry Pi site James Robinson says "making ballooning as
    accessible as possible is something we’ve been keen to do since we first
    got involved in 2015. So I’m delighted to reveal that over the past year,
    we’ve worked with Dave to produce two new applications to support HAB
    activities!"

    • Pytrack is a Python implementation of Dave’s original C-based
    Pi In The Sky software to enable learners can create their own tracker
    in a simpler programming language, rather than simply configuring the
    existing software.

    • SkyGate is a complete tracking application which runs on a Pi

    Further details at Raspberry Pi Skygate HAB software
    https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pytrack-skygate-hab-software/

    The UKHAS Conference takes place August 18
    http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/july/2018-ukhas-conference.htm

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    Codec2 HF digital voice at 450 bps

    David Rowe VK5DGR reports Thomas Kurin, a student at the Friedrich-Alexander
    University Erlangen-Nuremberg, has developed a version of Codec2 that
    encodes speech at just 450 bps

    450 bps !

    Any speech codec running as low at 450 bit/s is pretty special, and this
    work is also a great starting point for further innovation and quality
    improvements.

    Thomas has sent VK5DGR some samples, and is working with him to merge his
    new mode into codec2-dev, and has kindly offered to tell us his story
    which you can read in this week’s Text Edition of WIA National News.

    Read the post and listen to audio samples
    http://www.rowetel.com/?p=6212

    (Reddit)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    145.825 MHz APRS CubeSat’s for August Deployment

    The June 29, 2018 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of the Dragon cargo
    capsule included CubeSat’s of the BIRDS-2 satellite constellation.

    All CubeSat’s in the BIRDS-2 constellation MAYA-1, BHUTAN-1 and
    UiTMSAT-1 have identical designs and utilize the same radio
    frequencies. While independently made, the operation and control
    of the three CubeSat’s will be shared by the three teams after
    they are released from the ISS early in August. They will be
    operational for six months.

    "The three will form a constellation, orbiting the earth from
    different places. This will provide the countries more opportun-
    ities to make measurements and run experiments, than just with
    using one CubeSat," explained Joel Joseph Marciano Jr., manager
    of the PHL-Microsat program in the Philippines.

    The primary mission of BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation is to
    provide digital message relay service to the amateur radio
    community by means of an APRS digipeater on board. The APRS
    digipeater on-board BIRDS-2 CubeSat’s will use 145.825 MHz for
    both receive and transmit which is a standard configurations
    used by other satellites such as ARISS and LAPAN-A2.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    They say there's a first time for everything and nowhere could that be truer
    than in amateur radio.

    International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which happens the third full
    weekend in August is marking its 21st anniversary. It has welcomed 250
    registered lighthouses so far this year but it's also celebrating the debut
    of a number of new participants.

    Yes as an Amateur Radio 'First' these include the Ashdod and Mount Carmel
    lighthouses in Israel.

    Shabla Lighthouse in Bulgaria.

    Porthcawl Breakwater Wales,

    and Tanjung Datu in Malaysia.

    Yes, there are even more lighthouses new to the game in Mexico and Cuba.

    Organizer Kevin Mulcahy VK 2 CE said the event begins on August 18th at
    0001 UTC. That is still a few weeks off and so, as always, the pace of
    entries is expected to gather momentum in the days ahead.

    Registered participants also include one of South Africa's most historic
    lighthouses, which will be activated by the Boland Amateur Radio Club
    during the event. The club is marking its own milestone - their 70th
    anniversary - with the special event call sign ZS 70 BAK.

    Kevin and Ted W 8 TTS maintain the list of lighthouses and expect the list
    to reach more than 500 by the final week.

    That's a rate of growth you might say, almost at the speed of light---house.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    With only a few weeks to go to YOTA 2018 in South Africa, the SARL YOTA
    Events Team is hard at work to conclude preparations for a 7-day programme
    filled with a range of amateur radio related activities, excursions and lots
    of fun!

    Letters to successful candidates to join the South African team have been
    mailed. The names and callsigns of the team will be announced once the
    selected team members have confirmed their participation in the event.

    YOTA 2018 will offer many opportunities to learn more about amateur radio
    and getting to know fellow amateurs from various other countries.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
    http://www.scouts.com.au
    http://www.scout.org/jota
    http://www.international.scouts.com.au
    http://jotajoti.info/
    Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
    Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
    Co-ordinator.

    CALLING FREQUENCIES
    Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

    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
    14.070


    Registration for JOTA JOTI 2018 now open

    The time has come for registration of each Scout Group for the largest
    Scouting event of the year. Registration can be done at the worldwide site

    www.jotajoti.info/sign-up-jota-joti-2018/

    Registration for this year's JOTA/JOTI event provides your Group access to
    the International Jamboree page. You will be able to see at a glance, all
    the registered stations from around the world, and take part in the largest
    Scout event to be held each year. This also gives you the opportunity to
    contact other stations around the world before the event and setup a
    dedicated time etc. to make the contact. Start planning your event now!

    Your National JOTA JOTI coordinator can assist you with getting in touch
    with one of the local Scout Groups. It's not difficult to setup an event
    at your local Scout Hall. All you need is a couple of Cubs and Scouts and
    a Scouter or two to organise the weekend.

    No need to run the entire weekend either; you choose what days to run
    according to your groups schedule. The busiest times are on the Saturday.

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

    (sarl)





    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

    Held in South Africa, the RaDAR Challenge is a unique event aimed at
    promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations.

    The category of participation (Fixed, Field or Moving) may be changed at
    any time during the challenge. The points system is so structured as to
    encourage portable RaDAR operations especially moveable RaDAR stations.

    RaDAR operators are encouraged to be self-sufficient during each challenge,
    with not only power supply and communications equipment but food, water,
    protective clothing and shelter.

    RaDAR operators define their own operating time schedule. It's up to each
    individual to plan his/her maximum, single period, four hours of operating.

    The second RaDAR Challenge takes place from 00:00 to 23:59 UTC this
    Saturday 14 July 2018 with CW, SSB, FM or any legal amateur radio digital
    mode on all amateur bands, including cross band contacts via amateur radio
    satellites.

    (SouthGate)





    Social Scene 2018


    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 8 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS


    WIA Responds to ACMA Consultation Paper On Amateur Qualifications. -

    WIA Board responds to 'Petition for Expulsion'. -

    WIA Director Greg VK2GPK, with this week’s edition of WIA Board comment.


    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 08, I'm GraHam VK4BB port 3.


    New approaches to amateur radio qualification arrangements
    Consultation closes: 02 July 2018
    IFC: 16/2018

    Consultation closed
    Submissions
    This consultation is now closed and submissions are under review.
    Need more information or assistance?
    Read our FAQs.

    That from the ACMA website as they, the ACMA, ponder over the submissions.


    https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/new-approaches-to-amateur-radio-qualification-a rrangements


    Our WIA Responded to this ACMA Consultation Paper On Amateur Qualifications

    The response was submitted to the regulator for their consideration on
    Monday the 2nd of July, 2018 and was distributed to the volunteer community
    of Nominated Assessors, Assessors and Learning Facilitators.

    Key themes that resonate through all submissions received by the WIA is that
    members and the broader amateur community strongly oppose any change to the
    amateur radio qualification framework that:

    Greg VK2GPK, a WIA Director will explain, in detail, much of the submission,
    'further down the log' today.

    For all enquiries regarding the WIA’s response please email

    support@wia.org.au





    A LESSON IN SPACE STATION COMMUNICATIONS

    In Melbourne, some students can't wait to get to class.
    Robert Broomhead VK3DN tells us why.

    "Students are known for asking tough questions - ask any teacher.
    In mid-July, however, some questions from kids at one Melbourne,
    school can be expected to rise to a whole new level -- more
    like 200-plus miles above the earth. Where will they find the answers?
    Hopefully aboard the International Space Station which will be talking
    to the Essex Heights Primary School sometime between July 16th and the
    22nd. The connection will be made via telebridge, which involves an
    amateur radio ground station elsewhere establishing the contact and then
    facilitating the conversation via phone patch.

    The school's website describes the occasion as both a school and a
    community event.

    So bring on those questions! Organizers have indicated that the
    astronaut addressing the curious youngsters is likely to be either be
    Ricky Arnold KE5DAU or Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT.

    No doubt the students are looking forward - and looking up.

    https://youtu.be/5mTkhGGYlxo

    And our plan is to live stream it via the internet so anyone can watch it.
    We will be putting the link to the livestream on the schools website.

    Cheers

    Robert Broomhead VK3DN





    Anthony Pancia from ABC South West WA interviewed 82 years young
    Norman Gomm VK6GOM about the benefits of the hobby of Ham Radio.

    Mr Gomm spends a few hours a day in the shack and said "Ham radio requires
    a lot of cognitive skills and a lot of understanding technology, so I find
    that's very good for keeping me active."

    Richard Oxley VK6VRO was interviewed as well from his ham table in his
    backyard. Richard is legally blind and finds the hobby of amateur radio fun
    and commented "you never get sick of making that first contact with someone
    from overseas".

    Peter Clee VK8ZZ Secretary of the WIA comments that enthusiasts regularly
    fund and build satellites that are launched into space and talk with the
    International Space Station.

    The technical aspect alone of setting up a ham radio station would be of
    interest to anyone looking for something challenging said Mr Clee.

    The article finishes with that comment that it is this challenge that
    continues to draw enthusiasts like Mr Gomm back to his ham shack on a
    daily basis.

    (wia)





    Interference a key issue for ACMA

    Each year, our communications regulator, the ACMA, sets its priority
    compliance area program for radiocommunications, which takes a strategic
    approach to their overall scheme and operational activities

    In 2018–19, ACMA will focus on:

    - Interference management
    - Spectrum review implementation
    - Licensing integrity

    Priority compliance areas 2018–19
    https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/priority-compliance-areas-2018-19





    The WIA Board in May issued notices of Petition for Expulsion to several
    members under Clause 5.7 of the WIA Constitution. This clause empowers the
    board to expel a member whose conduct is deemed contrary to
    “the best interests of the WIA”.

    Despite publicity to the contrary, no board decision to expel any member had
    been taken at that time.

    This constitutional action was initiated when a concerned group of members
    jointly petitioned the WIA Board in April 2018 to expel certain other members
    citing conduct they believed would trigger expulsion under Clause 5.7

    The WIA Board has a responsibility to consider and act on such a petition
    under the provisions of the WIA Constitution.

    The WIA Board, following extensive deliberations, decided to withdraw the
    notices of Petition for Expulsion and cease action on the aforementioned
    members’ petition i.e. no member has been expelled.

    (wia)





    WIA Comment July 8, 2018

    This is Greg VK2GPK, one of the directors of the WIA, with this week’s
    edition of the WIA Board comment. This week my focus will be the ACMA
    proposed changes that may impact the AOCP exam process and also the callsign
    management process.

    Earlier this week, on Monday to be specific, the WIA submitted its response
    to the Australian Communications Management Authority (ACMA) consultation
    document regarding potential variations to current Amateur Operators’
    Certificate of Proficiency (AOCP) qualification framework. This was released
    with an unusually short response timeframe of one month. This is much
    shorter than usual for similar government consultation documents, and this
    abridged timeframe impacted heavily on our ability to consult widely on this
    matter. We did, however, ask the membership for their input, and despite the
    tight timeframe, we received numerous detailed responses from members. The
    WIA board sincerely thanks these members for their input and insight – it all
    helps.

    So what is this document for consultation from ACMA about?

    Almost ten years ago, the WIA agreed to undertake a number of Amateur Radio
    related functions that had been until then carried out by the ACMA (and in
    the past originally by the PMG – the Postmaster Generals department). These
    were the AOCP examinations process, AOCP issue and radio amateur callsign
    management for the entire radio amateur cohort – not just WIA members. So
    in February 2009, the WIA and the ACMA signed “the deed” to transfer these
    functions to the WIA, initially for 5 years with an option to extend for
    another 5, which was taken up by ACMA. This “deed” will expire February
    2019.

    This was the first of a number of the ACMA outsourcing arrangements for
    radio operator qualifications driven by budget pressure on the ACMA to
    reduce headcount, and was followed the marine radio operators examination
    and certificates. However, in this outsourcing process by the ACMA some
    vocational radio operator qualifications fell by the wayside, such as the
    BOCP and TVOCP. This was due, at least in part, to apathy of broadcast
    industry at that time combined with the low numbers of the broadcast industry
    cohort. The loss of these qualifications is today lamented by the broadcast
    industry as older staff with these qualifications retire and are no longer
    around to mentor younger technicians and engineers who typically have gained
    little or no practical or theoretical RF and/or antenna skills through their
    TAFE and/or University generic engineering certificate or degree courses.

    These “deeds” have transaction prices (eg. For a Foundation exam, standard,
    etc) that are based on cost recovery alone – the organisations providing
    these functions cannot make a profit under the terms of “the deed”. In fact,
    the WIA, for most years of “the deed” have posted a deficit of between
    $10, 000 and $20,000 – approximately $10 to $20 loss on each examination
    paper processed – based on around 900 -1,000 exams per year. Another 100
    exams a year more to 1100 or so and we would break even with full cost
    recovery. The WIA has effectively subsidised this for the benefit of the
    overall amateur community, rather than increase examination fees and create
    higher barriers to entry to the hobby. And, of course, without the various
    WIA affiliated clubs, the many volunteer learning facilitators and assessors,
    the costs of entry to the hobby would be prohibitive – my informed guess is
    10 times more expensive.

    Fast-forward to 2018, the ACMA has even more budget pressure today to reduce
    headcount further now than a decade ago and to recover more (or all) of its
    operating costs directly from licence holders. Moreover, its staff numbers
    have been decimated in the last few years. This is despite the Federal
    Government reaping billions of dollars through spectrum auctions, mainly to
    the major telcos. The ACMA gets none of this revenue stream – it goes to
    consolidated government revenue.

    So, about a month ago the ACMA released the examination consultation document
    that proposes 3 alternative future scenarios for examinations once the
    existing deed with the WIA expires. There isn’t time today to cover the
    details of each proposed scenario, but in summary:

    Scenario 1 is basically a continuation of the “status quo”, as implemented
    in the existing WIA-ACMA deed – minus the delegation for AOCP
    issue and minus callsign management.

    Scenarios 2 and 3 imply multiple competitive suppliers of examination
    services with multiple high cost RTOs (Registered Training
    Organisations) for each of the service providers. However, there
    are potential benefits that these approaches can provide.

    The WIA’s response analyses the three scenarios and identifies the pros and
    cons plus alternatives. The full response will be available on the WIA
    website – please take a few minutes to read it, wia.org.au

    In Conclusion:

    The WIA is aware of at least 4 respondents to the ACMA consultation document.
    At this stage there is no certainty on what the future state of the AR
    examinations landscape will look like next year.

    None of the proposed scenarios address if, who and how AOCP certificates
    would be issued – they may not be issued at all! Call sign management is
    unclear, with the document asking for proposals. It is not a given that
    AR examinations will continue as financially viable under at least two of
    the three new scenarios proposed by the ACMA due to increased costs and
    dilution of revenue across multiple providers - this would have obvious
    negative consequences for the AR community and the future of the hobby.

    This extinction fate of the TVOCP and BOCP qualifications highlights the
    risk for the Australian amateur cohort for the long-term viability and
    continuance of the AR examinations.

    Greg VK2GPK on behalf of the WIA board


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    Electronic waste is a growing challenge. What can you do to help?

    Did you know that 45 million metric tonnes of electronic waste (e-waste) were
    produced across the world in 2016?

    That’s equivalent to nine ( 9 ! )Great Pyramids of Giza.

    And the amount of e-waste produced each year is growing.

    That’s according to The Global E-waste Monitor, an annual report from the
    International Telecommunication Union, United Nations’ University, and the
    International Solid Waste Association that tracks the amounts of e-waste
    globally.

    e-Waste consists of information and communication technology devices such as
    computers, mobile phones, screens, wires and all items of electrical and
    electronic equipment or its parts that have been discarded without intent
    to reuse.

    If you consider that most people in developed countries now own more than one
    ICT device — and that replacement cycles for mobile phones and computers,
    and also for other devices and equipment, are becoming shorter — the scale of
    the problem is expected to grow year over year.

    Read the full ITU News report
    https://news.itu.int/ewaste-growing-challenge/





    Europeans were experiencing some Space QRM in late June.

    No it wasn't from Mars or Jupiter or even the Sun, it came from the
    International Space Station!

    Operators across Europe heard English and Spanish stations on the 2 metre FM
    calling frequency of 145.50 MHz - Was this some special "tropo" propagation
    that lasted in bursts of 10 to 15 minutes? But why didn't the stations
    respond to calls?

    What happened was that after testing some yet-to-be launched satellites
    inside the ISS, the Kenwood transceiver was left on in cross-band
    repeater mode and somehow had been set to 145.5 rather than the usual
    145.8MHz output frequency.

    It went unnoticed except by a few avid ISS followers who happily used it
    for a couple of days until it was turned off by the spacemen.





    IRAQ

    Sofia Barbarani writes in The National newspaper about the community of
    radio enthusiasts that remains active inside Iraq

    Ahmed Al Amshawi was just 17-years-old when he first discovered the
    world of ham radio in his native Baghdad in 1996.

    One of Iraq’s first ham radio operators is thought to have been King Ghazi
    in the late 1930s, paving the way for the rest of Iraq.

    Saddam Hussein was in power when Ahmed first picked up the crackling
    microphone that would connect him to the outside world. The adrenaline
    rush he felt lives on with him today. So too does the hobby and its
    enthusiasts.

    At the time, Saddam’s regime had prohibited ham radio operators from using
    their equipment at home. Instead, licensed operators were made to gather
    in government-sanctioned communal rooms where they each took turns having
    conversations with fellow ham radio operators.

    Meanwhile, the government listened in.

    But even today, 15 years after the fall of Saddam and with the development
    of a wave of new forms of communication, there remains some 150 licensed
    ham radio operators, proud members of a largely unknown community, inside
    Iraq.

    After the fall of Saddam in 2003, operators were issued home licences,
    allowing them to communicate from the privacy of their own houses. But the
    US forces that occupied the country and a new Iraqi government remained
    suspicious of the operators at a time when a militant insurgency was tearing
    at the country from within.

    “It’s not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle,” said Ahmed. “You get to know
    new people every time you go on air. Some of them become your best friends
    and even reach the level of family.”

    Ahmed’s first radio communication from his home was with an operator in the
    US state of Alaska in 2003. Soon after, the sectarian violence that engulfed
    Iraq forced his family out of the neighbourhood.

    Read the full story at

    https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/radio-hams-the-legacy-of-iraq-s-amateur-o perators-lives-on-1.746047





    FRANCE

    French national societies support ham radio Entry Level License

    REF, DR@F and other national Societies in France want an amateur radio
    Entry Level License (ELL) which should have access to All Modes,
    Digital and Analog.

    REF say the current single class system was imposed by the Regulator on
    radio amateurs without any consultation in 2011-2012. It removed the then
    existing Entry Level Class 3 license which had required a straight-forward
    15 minute exam of 20 questions.

    The REF report on the recent meeting of the various national societies
    with the Regulator DGE can be read in Google English at
    https://tinyurl.com/France-DGE-June-2018





    USA

    A poorly worded online solicitation seeking donations to support medical
    costs for an ill youngster is not from ARRL and is a scam!

    Some Hams have reported receiving an email with the subject line
    “Help Support Dawn,” dated on or about June 30, stating that “Dawn”
    is the critically ill son of an ARRL member and requires urgent surgery.

    “ARRL would never send an unsigned email like this to our members,”
    said ARRL CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY. “This is clearly a hoax, and we would
    never solicit for private causes in this fashion. To prey on the willingness
    of our members to help other hams in need, is particularly despicable.”





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about

    July 14-15 - WW IARU HF Championship
    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest


    Danish Headquarters Award

    Make contact with OZ1HQ on either SSB or CW (or both) between July 14th
    12:00 UTC and July 15th 12:00 UTC. (That's this weekend during the IARU
    HF Championship.

    For DX stations, contact via four bands leads to a Gold Award. Silver is for
    three bands and Bronze is issued to operators who make contact on two bands.

    Rules are simple: All contacts with OZ1HQ counts for the award.

    More info on https://www.qrz.com/db/OZ1HQ
    The email address for the award manager OZ4CG Carsten is oz4cg@live.dk





    Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge

    The April - June period of the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge for 2018
    has now closed and entries are open until 14 July.

    The objective of the challenge is to work the most wanted DXCC entities
    based on their ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list, which is published
    on the contest website. All Australian amateurs are eligible to enter and
    entering is easy. You don't need to be a serious DX'er. If you've worked
    any DX during April - June, head over to vk2au.org and submit an entry.

    The website is tidy and easy to understand. Scroll down to the
    "Entry Submission" section where you will find a number of simple ways
    to submit your entry.

    This is a fun and relaxed challenge where you work DX in your own time
    over a 3 month period. It's easy, and submitting an entry only takes
    a few minutes.

    The website again... vk2au.org

    (Peter VK2PR)





    It's on it's way, the World Championships of Amateur Radio and the
    organisers need YOUR help, as DD5LP explains:-

    "In order to test-the-metal of the 63, two person teams during the IARU HF
    contest on the 14th & 15th of July, they need you to call as many of the
    WRTC stations as possible. In return, there are awards to be won, along with
    the respect and thanks of the organisers.

    Once you've worked all the stations, do you want to stay involved in the
    competition? Well you can through watching the real-time on-line scoreboard,
    the daily video news programs and the live-streamed opening and closing
    ceremonies, but please, just get on the bands and keep calling until you get
    through to the stations.

    The call signs of the stations will be announced during the live-streamed
    opening ceremony on Thursday as well as being posted to the event web site
    in plenty of time for the contest start on Saturday at 12:00 UTC.

    To those coming to Wittenberg, whether competitors, judges, volunteers or
    visitors, the organisers look forward to welcoming you, for those can't
    attend, all the competitors look forward to working you on the HF bands.

    Full details are at the www.wrtc2018.de website
    (this including links to the live-streaming videos, daily TV info programs
    and the on-line scoreboard).

    Getting packed to go up to Wittenberg this has been Ed Durrant DD5LP."





    ALGERIA, 7x.
    A group of operators are QRV during the month of July with special call
    7 V 5 ID in celebration of the 57th anniversary of Algeria's Independence
    from Stidia, Mostaganem.

    Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.

    QSL via 7 X 4 CZ.

    (SouthGate)





    ICELAND, TF.
    G 0 POT is QRV as TF/G 0 POT from Vik Island, IOTA EU-021, until July 9.

    Activity will be on the HF bands BUT he will be using QRP power.
    He also plans to activate some SOTA references.

    QSL to home call, G 0 POT

    (SouthGate)





    PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.
    ZL 1 BQD is QRV as P 29 RR from Wewak, IOTA OC-034, from July 1 to 26.

    Activity will be on the HF bands with a focus on FT8.

    QSL direct to home call, again that’s ZL1BQD.

    (SouthGate)





    WORL WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    Brian VK2AAF via the AMSAT-VK list let the WIA know that Iridium Flares
    may, unfortunately, be history.

    Sourced from an article on the Heavens Above website, they report that
    several people are reporting that Iridium Flares not showing up as predicted.
    May of the first generation Iridium satellites are being de-orbited to make
    way for the next generation. Over 20 appear to have been moved out of their
    operation orbits. This means they are not producing reliable flares.

    The other bad news is that the new satellites are not expected to produce
    flares due to revised design.

    (wia)





    Massive dust storm alters the appearance of Mars

    A Martian dust storm that started in late May, silencing NASA's Opportunity
    rover, has now wrapped itself around the entirety of Mars, radically
    transforming the appearance of the Red Planet.

    Amateur astronomers are taking pictures of the storm through backyard
    telescopes, and even naked-eye observers say they can see changes in
    the planet's colour.

    Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and animations.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
    FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
    FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
    FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
    FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org

    Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
    1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
    28.058

    FISTs the World Wide CW club has, here in Australia, renewed their
    Club Callsign VK2FDU – it is available for use should any member wish
    to run an additional net (such as the QRP).

    All you need to is check with Garry VK2GAZ first

    FISTS here in VK are searching for a volunteer to assist us with the
    VK Membership administration.

    The task involves maintaining the VK Membership database and to manage all
    the VK subscriptions and renewals. The VK membership is approaching 100.

    Please consider this important role.

    Much like the WIA and your local club, they do not run by themselves!





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
    www.sotawatch.org
    www.sota.org.uk

    YL ACHIEVES 100 SOTA ACTIVATOR POINTS

    Congratulations to Magda Swart, ZS6MMS, who has become the second YL in
    South Africa to achieve 100 points for activating summits.

    Magda got her 100 points after activating ZS/KN-345 Hluku and
    ZS/KN-204 Klipspruit on Thursday 28 June 2018.

    Magda joins Adele, ZS5APT with 100 and more activator points.

    (sarl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME

    Members of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC) in the USA
    will remember those lost in the sinking of the USS San Diego.

    They will operate as W 2 NMY from July 14 until July 22 UTC to mark the
    centennial of the sinking of the armoured cruiser on July 18, 1918,
    12 miles off Fire Island, New York, and to honour the six sailors who died.

    Because the San Diego's on board radio was not working, the captain
    dispatched the gunnery officer to the mainland, but by the time he returned
    2 hours later with rescue vessels, it was too late. The San Diego became
    the only major warship lost by the US after its involvement in World War I.

    A Naval Court of Inquiry subsequently concluded that a mine laid by a
    German submarine had sunk the San Diego.

    W2NMY operation will be on all bands and modes.

    A downloadable certificate will be available for confirmed contacts.

    (ARRL)





    Social Scene 2018

    July 7 & 8 VK3 GippsTech 2018 The 21st annual Gippsland Technical
    Conference vk3bez.org

    July 20 and something a lil different from Bendigo Amateur Radio and
    Electronics Club. An invite to 'Radio Control Models on Steroids!', a
    presentation by model ship builder, Nigel Allom.

    Nigel has been building large scale radio control model ships since 1970,
    and he looks forward to showing you two of these amazing ships at the
    July 20 meeting.

    On display will be his model of the Queen Mary 2, measuring 3.5 metres long,
    and the USS Missouri, almost 3 metres long!

    Watch how he lifts the lid on these models, and allows you to have a good
    look inside the full workings, including the radio control gear and
    electronics. See how these models were constructed from scratch, and the
    various materials used for construction.

    Nigel has an amazing wealth of knowledge on the subject, and other models he
    has built include the Queen Elizabeth 2 and Oriana.

    There will be a short video presentation of the real Queen Mary 2, and
    footage of the QE2 model sailing around Lake Weeroona.

    The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday July 20th at the Longlea sports
    pavilion, 20 Longlea Lane, Longlea, near Bendigo. A gold coin donation
    would be appreciated. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. (VK3GRK)

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)

    Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARC)'s Rosebud RadioFest
    takes place at 9.30am 18/11/2018

    This is billed as a 'full-featured Amateur Radio Festival' and is
    SPARC's annual celebration of Amateur Radio, Computers,
    SDR New/Pre-loved gear, Forums, Prizes, Displays, Suppliers, Antennas,
    Emergency Services & more.

    Sun Nov 18 Eastbourne Primary School Auditorium & Grounds, Allambi Ave
    ROSEBUD and is just 1 hr from the Melbourne CBD.

    see www.rosebudradiofest for info/table bookings or enquires
    Mark VK3PDG 0407 844 063



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 22 2018.=20
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS=20

    WIA Director, Peter VK8ZZ, why Amateur Radio exists.=20


    THIS STORY AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE=20=

    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 22=20



    Unlike a leopard, our sun CAN change it's spots, and does so, in fact it = is=20
    now some 3 weeks without spots - sun spots that is.=20

    The sun has been blank for 21 straight days--a remarkable 3 weeks =
    without=20
    sunspots.=20

    This is an almost decade-class event.=20

    The last time the sun lost its spots for 21 consecutive days was in the = year=20
    2009 coming on the heels of an historic solar minimum. Prior was the = Maunder=20
    minimum between 1645 and 1715, when hardly any sunspots were observed.=20=


    With the current stretch of blank 'suns,' solar minimum conditions have=20=

    definitely returned.=20

    Visit Spaceweather.com to learn more about solar minimum and find out =
    what=20
    it means to us mere earthlings=20

    ( Jeremiah 13:23 plus SouthGate plus Spaceweather.com plus ABC Science )=20=






    We've had HI-Fi, Wi-Fi now Li-Fi is maybe set to be mobility for the =
    2020s=20

    Li-Fi is a technology for wireless communication between devices using = light=20
    to transmit data. LED lighting solutions are used for the transmission =
    of=20
    visible light. This presentation will provide an understanding of the=20 technology, limitations and when it will be a beneficial consumer =
    product.=20

    Why would we want to use Li-Fi?=20

    Next decade, Li-Fi will be part of an integrated mobility mix, with 5G,=20=

    Wi-Fi and low power radio solutions within built environments.=20

    Bbuilt environments handle 90% of mobile data, voice and information.=20

    How will Li-Fi impact mission-critical and business-critical = communications?=20
    Who is expected to utilise the technology and why?=20

    Lawrence McKenna - Telecommunications Section Manager, Wood & Grieves=20 Engineers is but one of many speakers due on stage July 26 in Brisbane = during=20
    the Future Comms Event.=20

    The future of mission-critical communications in Australia will be the = main=20
    topic of discussion at this month's Comms Connect Brisbane conference.=20=


    What mix of technologies will we be using in five or 10 years' time?=20

    What will the networks of the future look like, who will be operating =
    them=20
    and will hybrid solutions be the answer?=20

    Is DMR set to continue to grow in population or will professional LTE be = the=20
    new norm?=20

    Read more:=20
    =
    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/article/future-comms-on-the-a= genda-in-brisbane-153393952#ixzz5Lfv4GCN2=20





    Just as planned, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station =
    kept=20
    her appointment with the students at the Essex Heights Primary School in=20=

    Melbourne on the evening of Tuesday, July 17th.=20

    Man of the moment, an ex WIA Director Robert Broomhead was at the =
    school.=20

    As the ISS approached Australia's southern coast at 27,500 kilometers =
    phr,=20
    the youngsters had their first conversations that took place more than=20=

    400 kilometers, or almost 250 miles, above the earth.=20

    Ham radio made it possible.=20

    This is your little moment in history, your opportunity to do something=20=

    that very few people are able to do," moderator Ciaran Morgan M 0 XTD =
    had=20
    told them. =46rom the north, Shane Lynd VK 4 KHZ, put out the call to=20 astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG 5 TMT and Ciaran set the discussion=20=

    in motion from his QTH in England.=20

    The students cheered and then took turns at the microphone with their=20 questions: how does the body react to being in space? What foods do you=20=

    miss most? For the children, it was ham radio's finest moment as the=20 dialogue went forward courtesy of a telebridge between Shane in VK4d and=20=

    NA 1 SS, the International Space Station Amateur Radio Club outside=20 Washington, D.C.=20

    It lasted barely 10 minutes but for those children and the 250 others =
    with=20
    them in the school hall it would be a memory forever.=20

    Next up: a video of the event which was scheduled to be seen on =
    Australian=20
    TV's "The Project," a news and current events talk show. For the rest of=20=

    the world, you can watch on the school's website = www.essexheightsps.vic.edu.au=20

    The Project:=20 https://www.facebook.com/TheProjectTV/videos/10155672092343441/=20

    Channel 7 News in Melbourne carried the ARISS contact as a story in =
    their=20
    prime time news bulletin, using the livestream footage shot by the hams.=20=

    A great closeup of Robert, although more importantly a great shot of the=20=

    kids and terrific promo for the school.=20

    http://news.mmu.vic.gov.au/search/?clip=3D527f0ab835c08454482ae16d43e8a24b=
    =20

    There were 350 chairs and all were filled. Other people standing - so =
    best=20
    estimate is 400 people were in the hall. This is especially pleasing = because=20
    it was a wet, windy, very cold evening. Nearly $700 was raised for =
    ARISS.=20
    I think the youtube clip which Robert VK3DN and his team have uploaded =
    is=20
    currently at nearly 1200 views which is wonderful. The film footage is = great=20
    and a real credit to the local ARISS team. They are so professional and=20=

    nothing was a problem.=20

    Attending was Mr Michael Gidley the State Member of Parliament for = Waverley.=20
    (the local member) and one local councillor, MT Pang Tsoi. Allen = McAuliffe,=20
    Department of Education and Training, Senior Education Improvement =
    Leader=20
    attended and also brought 3 visiting Greek Education delegates: George =
    and=20
    Anthoula are students and Christina is a teacher.=20

    The local paper, the Monash Leader, took photos of the students.=20

    All in all a great night the kids will never forget, all thanks to=20
    Amateur Radio.=20





    WIA=20

    The professional web e-zine Communications Day has picked up the news=20
    story from the WIA that expressed disappointment with ACMA's=20
    response to implementation of the Five Year Spectrum Spectrum Plan=20
    for amateurs.=20

    Geoff Long - CommsDay senior journalist wrote "The national body=20 representing amateur radio operators, the Wireless Institute of=20
    Australia, has told members it is disappointed with the Australian=20 Communications and Media Authority's draft five-year spectrum outlook."=20=


    Communications Day Australasia is Australia and New Zealand's most=20
    respected source of daily telecom industry news and commentary. It has=20=

    a readship of 7000-10,000.=20

    https://www.commsday.com/=20






    Directors Comment - WIA Broadcast 22/7=20

    Hi this is WIA Director, Peter VK8ZZ.=20

    Amateur Radio exists for the purpose of self-training,=20
    intercommunication and technical investigations.=20

    To accomplish these broad objectives, amateurs must be afforded=20
    reasonable access to the spectrum from the lowest frequencies to=20
    the highest. Yet, spectrum access is an increasingly valuable=20
    commodity. Commercial interests are willing to pay millions of dollars=20=

    for access to those frequencies they can on sell as telecommunications=20=

    providers.=20

    The radio spectrum is so valuable that even government and military=20
    users worldwide are under great pressure to relinquish frequencies=20
    for commercial exploitation.=20

    The surveys that were conducted by the WIA over the last 12 months=20
    showed that radio amateurs considered that National and International=20 Representation was the most valuable function undertaken by the WIA.=20
    Members considered this to be even more valuable than the AR magazine.=20=


    In such an environment, how can we radio amateurs defend and retain=20
    let alone expand our spectrum access?=20

    By definition, our interest in radio is non-financial. We can hardly=20
    afford to compete on a dollar for dollar basis with commercial=20
    interests. Nor can we compete with them on a national level; our=20
    individual voices are too tiny to be heard over their expensive=20
    political lobbying.=20

    Radio amateurs easily could have been forced into bands that would=20
    have been too narrow to support future growth. Instead, when the IARU=20
    was formed in 1925 they were able to ensure long term allocations that=20=

    we still know today as 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters, with a 5-meter=20
    band that was moved to 6 meters after World War II.=20

    The other amateur bands we now enjoy were the result of decades of=20
    patient effort through the IARU.=20

    In 1927 there were less than 30,000 radio amateurs licensed worldwide.=20=

    The Amateur Radio movement has grown to three million worldwide today.=20=

    The IARU has grown to include 150 national associations representing=20 virtually every country with enough amateurs to form their own domestic=20=

    organization.=20

    The IARU in their capacity as the peak body for Amateur Radio around=20
    the world is divided into 3 regions. Australia is part of Asia Pacific=20=

    Region or Region-3 which has 30 member countries. Region 3 hold a=20
    meeting every 3 years. This year is the 17th such tri-annual event and=20=

    is to be held in Seoul, Korea in early September. The WIA will send=20
    two representatives Greg VK2GPK, the Vice President of the WIA, and=20
    Dale VK1DSH to represent radio amateurs in Australia.=20

    Individual radio amateurs in Australia support the work of the IARU=20
    through their membership of the WIA. That support is vital to the=20
    future of Amateur Radio. The IARU is recognized by the International=20 Telecommunication Union (ITU) as the only representative of the=20
    interests of radio amateurs worldwide.=20

    The IARU is our voice in the meeting rooms of the ITU and regional=20 telecommunications organizations, where the decisions affecting our=20
    future access to the radio spectrum are made.=20

    The agenda for the IARU meeting has some important items to consider=20
    over the 5 meeting days including: -=20

    Harmonisation of Amateur Radio Qualifications=20
    Band Planning revisions=20
    Electro Magnetic Compatibility standards (including WPT)=20
    Amateur Band recommendations to the ITU=20

    Australia has an additional voice on the board of the IARU Region 3=20
    through the representation of Peter VK3MV as a director on that board.=20=

    That position is up for re-election this year and the WIA will=20
    sponsor the re-nomination of VK3MV to that board.=20

    More information is available on the WIA web site and on the IARU web=20
    sites details in the text version of this broadcast.=20

    www.wia.org.au=20
    www.iaru-r3.org=20

    This has been Peter VK8ZZ=20





    The Radio Amateur Society of Australia, RASA, a representative group,=20
    has submitted two documents to the ACMA in regard to both assessment=20
    of amateurs and also the call sign allocation process.=20

    Self determination by the hobby is of great importance and the risk of=20=

    devolution to commercial organisations is a real risk for all of us.=20

    All material provided to our regulator is important, so please have a=20
    look at what our members and contributors had to say by going to=20 vkradioamateurs.org and then get involved in these issues.=20

    {Andrew, VK6AS Secretary RASA}=20



    =
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,=20=

    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of=20=

    the WIA.=20


    The American Radio Relay League, ARRL, is beginning a process with=20
    the Federal Communications Commission, FCC, to try and keep non=20
    amateur radio satellites from using amateur band frequencies.=20

    The ARRL is working to protect amateur radio frequencies against=20 exploitation by commercial entities. However, there are also=20
    ongoing discussions to try and define what constitutes commercial=20
    use. For example, if University staff build a CubeSat for=20
    educational use, does the fact that they were paid for their time=20
    mean it is a commercial endeavour? The arguments have the=20
    potential to become complex and may possibly spill over to other=20
    parts of the world. CubeSats usually fly over many countries as a=20
    natural part of their low-earth orbit, so it is possible that a=20
    frequency allocated in the USA might cause unexpected results=20
    elsewhere on the globe.=20

    You can read much more about these goings-on on the ARRL website=20

    =
    arrl.org/news/arrl-urges-regulatory-regime-to-keep-non-amateur-satellites-= off-amateur-spectrum .=20





    IARUMS reports on intruders in ham radio spectrum=20

    IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports Iranian radars continue to intrude=20
    in the Amateur Radio primary 28 MHz band and a digital signal from=20 Sevastopol, Crimea causes interference on 7032 kHz=20

    The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS)=20
    Region 1 June 2018 newsletter can be read on the link in this weeks=20
    text edition of WIA news on wia.org.au=20

    http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2018/news1806.pdf=20





    Slovenia (S5)=20

    The Association of Radio Amateurs of Slovenia (ZRS) has informed the=20
    IARU Region 1 HF Manager that since 14 JUL 2018, after updated=20
    national legislation related to the radio amateur service, 60m band is=20=

    available to S5 radio amateurs as follows:=20

    Frequency band: 5351,5 - 5366,5 kHz=20
    Power: 15 W EIRP=20





    HUNGARY=20

    Hungary has regained access to 60 meters.=20

    The Hungarian National Media and Infocommunications Authority has=20
    published an update to the National Frequency Allocation Table=20
    to provide Amateur Radio access to the band 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz=20
    at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP, per World Radiocommunications=20
    Conference 2015.=20

    Although your WIA is working with the ACMA to enable we Amateurs=20
    more access it is still a WIA/ACMA 'work in progress.' situation=20

    Previously, in Hungary 3-month permits were available to allow access=20
    to 5,350 to 5,450 kHz at 100 W, but these were discontinued in 2017.=20




    88 MHz Trans-Atlantic signals heard in Ireland=20

    On Sunday the 8th of July 2018, there was a remarkable opening on the=20
    VHF bands across the North Atlantic.=20

    While there were plenty of strong multi-hop Sporadic-E signals on the=20
    28 MHz and 50 MHz bands, the maximum usable frequency did reach as=20
    high as 88 MHz at one stage.=20

    Paul Logan in, Northern Ireland managed to catch CBC radio 1 on=20
    88.5 MHz from Newfoundland, Canada at 21:35 UTC. It is very rare=20
    for openings on Band 2 across the Atlantic and to date, only=20
    two people have managed to succeed in hearing North American=20
    radio stations.=20

    =
    ttps://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2018/07/88-mhz-trans-atlantic-signals-heard-in.h= tml=20

    (Southgate)=20




    Now it's even EASIER to tune WIA National News and hear what's=20
    happening on the International scene, particularly for those in the=20
    Yass area of VK2 nd Northern portions of VK1.=20

    G S H A R S becomes G STARS, adds a new DMR & 2M analogue repeater +=20
    ARPS iGATE in Yass and more!=20

    Goulburn & Southern Highlands Amateur Radio Society we will be known=20
    as Goulburn & Southern Tablelands Amateur Radio Society (G STARS).=20
    This was the original name when the club was started some 70 years ago.=20=

    The name change is effective as of immediately.=20

    Secondly, G STARS has now been allocated frequencies for Mt Manton,=20
    Mt Manton is 5.5 km east of Yass, near the intersection of the=20
    Hume highway & Barton Highway. Operating under callsign VK2RYS.=20

    This will be a great asset to Yass & North Canberra.=20

    Once everything is tested, the 2m analogue freq will be linked to=20
    Goulburn & Highrange repeaters and the 70CM DMR will be linked by=20
    talk group 8. APRS iGATE will also available.=20

    The repeaters should be operational by the end of August, hopefully,=20 earlier.=20

    Frequencies as follows:=20
    2M (91.5 Tone)=20
    Rx 146.250=20
    TX 146.850=20

    70cm (DMR)=20
    RX 431.100=20
    TX 438.100=20





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT=20

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the=20
    Contest Section of the WIA website.=20

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about=20

    July 21 - VKZL Trans-Tasman Low band contest=20

    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest=20
    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend=20
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST=20

    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest=20


    Results for the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge are now published on=20
    the contest website. Congratulations to VK7CW for winning the Most=20
    Wanted category. VK5GR and VK3OHM took second and third place=20
    respectively. Congratulations to VK5GR for winning the Top 5 category.=20=

    VK3AWG and VK3SIM took second and third place respectively. Full results=20=

    may be viewed at the contest website.=20

    http://www.vk2au.org/#Results=20

    (Peter VK2PR on behalf of the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club)=20





    A crack team of contesters from Lithuania has won the gold medal in=20
    World Radiosport Team Championship 2018, held over last weekend in=20 Germany.=20

    Operating as Y 8 1N, Gedas Lucinskas, LY 9 A, and Mindis Jukna, LY 4 L,=20=

    topped the real-time scoreboard for much of the event, which is held=20
    as a competition within a contest in conjunction with the=20
    IARU HF Championship.=20

    The Lithuanian team posted a final score of just over five and a half=20 million points, logging 5,139 contacts, with a heavy emphasis on CW.=20

    WRTC 2022 will take place in Bologna, Italy, the birthplace of Marconi.=20=


    :sourced to ARRL:=20





    No doubt you have often heard me mention L.O.T.W. in these reports.=20

    LOTW is ARRL's 'logbook of the air.'=20

    Now Charlie, N 3 CRT has made a YouTube video showing how to use the=20
    TQSL program to create and upload log files for satellite contacts via=20=

    ARRL's Log Book of the World.=20

    Watch the 7:33 video on the link in this week's text edition/=20

    https://youtu.be/qSIMmBvVc-4=20

    [ANS]=20





    In the world of DX, listen for Carsten, OZ 4 CG operating through the=20
    31st of July as OZ 4 SOP from Bornholm Island for the=20
    'Sea Of Peace Award.'=20

    Send QSLs via Club Log, LoTW and eQSL.=20

    (ARNewsLine)=20





    The V 6 J Team will be active from Ta Island, Mortlock Islands,=20
    IOTA OC-254, until the 31st of July on the HF bands.=20
    QSL via JP 3 AYQ.=20

    <rsgb>=20





    Geoff, is active as YJ 0 GA from Efate, Vanuatu, OC-035, until=20
    the 25th. He will operate CW and FT8, plus some SSB, on 80-10 metres.=20

    <rsgb>=20





    Eric, is active as SJ 1 SOP from Gotland Island through the 31st of=20
    July for the Sea of Peace Award.=20
    Send QSLs via home call, SM 1 TDE LoTW and eQSL; or search on Club Log.=20=


    (ARNEWSLINE)=20





    Pista HA5AO will arrive in eSwatini (Swaziland) on September 14th,=20
    he plans to operate during his free time between September 16-28th,=20
    from the Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane.=20

    He received the 3 DA 0 AO license and an LoTW certificate.=20

    3 DA 0 AO will operate 80-10 meters, CW, RTTY and FT8.=20

    Logsearch will be available on HA5AO.com=20

    His plans include testing a new feature of the PDXG QSL Management=20
    Platform, the uploading of QSOs in real time.=20

    While in-country he will travel to rural areas visiting villages,=20
    schools and orphanages to deliver school supplies to orphaned children.=20=


    {SOUTHGATE}=20





    GET YOUR PARK ON!=20

    Announcing GET YOUR PARK ON! A new North America WWFF Park Event.=20

    Three WWFF countries have joined together for Get Your Park ON!,=20
    a North America WWFF parks event that coincides with Earth Science Week=20=

    activities around the globe.=20

    Purpose: Get as many parks as possible in Canada, USA and Mexico=20
    on the air from Oct. 14-20, 2018 and Hunters throughout the world=20
    calling to log as many QSOs as possible with those parks during the=20 event.=20

    Join the Get Your Park ON! Facebook Group on:=20
    http://getyourparkon.com/=20
    to stay current with details and announcements about this exciting=20
    new event.=20

    Everybody Get Your Park ON! and get into the log.=20

    (SouthGate)=20





    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED IN JULY=20

    VI 50 IARU 3=20

    IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the =
    formation=20
    50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign = VI50IARU3=20
    which will be on air until 31st August.=20

    (sourced to memnet)=20





    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign=20

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.=20

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on = behalf=20
    of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP=20

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur = radio=20
    within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.=20

    (Sourced to SouthGate)=20





    Radio Caroline 2018=20

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event = station=20
    GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long = weekend=20
    3rd to 5th August.=20

    They also have arranged trips out to visit the ship for a tour including=20=

    studios, transmitter room etc.=20

    (Sourced to SouthGate)=20





    9X, Rwanda DXpedition=20

    Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9 X 0 T between=20
    September 27th and October 10th 2018.=20

    Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, RTTY will only=20=

    be on 14084 kHz.=20

    QSL via I 2 YSB direct only.=20

    (Sourced to SouthGate)=20





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER=20
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)=20

    Analysts Predict a Golden Age for CubeSats If they Can Get Launched=20

    If predictions from recent analyst reports are correct, CubeSat=20
    builders are about to enter a five-year period of intense growth as=20
    the commercial space industry transitions to small-satellite-centric=20 business models in order to meet demand for new applications and=20
    increased access to space. But, the size of the growth spike will be=20 dependent on the availability and cost of small satellite launch =
    services.=20

    While demand clearly exists for CubeSats, the availability and cost of=20=

    small satellite launch services remain a variable in the equation.=20
    Projected growth rates for small satellite launch services are not=20 consistent with those projected for the spacecraft themselves.=20

    The complete article is available at:=20

    https://tinyurl.com/Spacecom-Cubesat-Golden-Age=20

    [ANS]=20





    The second generation of CubeSats in the BIRDS constellation project=20
    is set for deployment from the ISS in early August using the=20
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency module's remote manipulator arm.=20

    BIRDS-2 CubeSats MAYA-1, BHUTAN-1, and UiTMSAT-1, have been built by=20 students from Malaysia, Bhutan, and the Philippines.=20

    All CubeSats have identical designs and utilize the same frequencies.=20

    While independently made, operation and control of the three CubeSats=20
    will be shared by three teams after the 'cubers' are released into=20
    space.=20

    All three CubeSats will transmit a CW beacon on 437.375 MHz=20

    They will be operational for 6 months.=20

    The three will form a constellation, orbiting the Earth from different=20=

    places. This will provide the countries more opportunities to make=20 measurements and run experiments than just with using one CubeSat.=20

    The primary mission of BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation is to provide=20
    digital message relay service to the Amateur Radio community by means=20
    of an on-board APRS digipeater on a frequency of 145.825 MHz=20

    {arrl}=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW=20

    ILLW and old lighthouses=20

    A recent entry from a German amateur, DL 1 BWU, related to what could=20 possibly be the oldest lighthouse entered in the International=20
    Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW since its inception 21 years ago.=20

    The lighthouse is located in Skagen, Denmark and was built in 1747.=20

    YES seventeen 47 !=20

    It is referred to as The White Lighthouse.=20

    It is in remarkable condition for its age.=20

    It became inactive in 1858 when another lighthouse was built about=20
    1 mile away called The Grey Lighthouse.=20

    One of the objectives of the ILLW is to encourage the restoration of=20 lighthouses all around the world. Skagen is a classic example of what=20
    can be done to that end with both the White and Grey lighthouses.=20

    {SouthGate}=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME=20

    A new cultural exchange-based radio activity, International Youth=20
    at Sea, has been organised by the Finnish Lighthouse Society, the=20
    Amateur Radio League of Finland, the OH-DX-Foundation and DX=20
    University.=20

    The first team will activate Market Reef Lighthouse as OJ0C, from=20
    the 21st to the 28th of July. The 2018 youth team members are all=20
    between 6 and 25 years old.=20

    YES SIX !=20

    They will be participating in daily workshops of safety and survival=20
    at sea in the remote lighthouse.=20

    In addition, they will become familiar with the latest digital=20
    modes and, most important, learning how operating the radio=20
    efficiently, providing OJ0C with contacts and handling pileups.=20

    <sourced to RSGB>=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS=20
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.=20
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.=20
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/=20 https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair=20 http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets=20

    Youngsters-on-the Air Features Satellite Operation=20

    The YOTA event is scheduled for August 8-15, 2018 in South Africa.=20

    Events include a high altitude balloon launch, building a model CubeSat=20=

    and instruction on working amateur satellites.=20

    For more information click "YOTA ZS Newsletter 1" on:=20

    https://www.ham-yota.com/category/yota-2018/=20

    [ANS]=20





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SDR=20

    KiwiSDR TDoA Direction Finding now freely available=20

    An online network of KiwiSDR radios enables you to pinpoint the=20
    location of stations using Time Difference of Arrival (TDoA)=20
    direction finding techniques=20

    The RTL-SDR site has published an article about the online radios:=20

    The KiwiSDR is a US$299 HF SDR that can monitor the entire=20
    0 - 30 MHz band at once.=20

    It is designed to be web-based and shared, meaning that the KiwiSDR=20
    owner, or anyone that they've given access, can tune and listen to it=20
    via a web browser over the internet.=20

    Many public KiwiSDRs can be found and browsed from the list at=20
    sdr.hu or by signal strength and location on this website=20 http://sibamanna.duckdns.org/sdr_map.html=20

    Read the article at=20
    =
    https://www.rtl-sdr.com/kiwisdr-tdoa-direction-finding-now-freely-availabl= e-for-public-use/=20





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - SIX AND ABOVE=20

    A radio amateur in Japan has Completed WAS on 6 meters.=20

    Tac, JA 7 QVI, has fulfilled all requirements for the=20
    Worked All States (USA STATES) award on 6 meters.=20

    New Jersey was the last state he needed to work, and he managed a=20
    moon bounce contact as well as a conventional ionospheric contact.=20
    It's quite possible that JA 7 QVI is the first radio amateur to earn=20
    WAS on 6 meters from Japan.=20

    Tac he'd been working on achieving WAS on 6 meters since 1977.=20

    JA 7 QVI now has accomplished WAS on 10 bands, 160 through 6 meters.=20

    [arrl]=20





    Social Scene 2018=20

    If you're into QRP, home brewing and HF antennas don't miss Melbourne's=20=

    QRP by the Bay.=20

    Enthusiastic amateurs will gather on Chelsea beach and show off=20
    projects, demonstrate antennas and swap experiences.=20

    If you've just got your ham ticket and haven't done much HF, it's a=20
    great opportunity to see how it's done with 5 or 10 watts. It's easier=20=

    than you think.=20

    VK3YE Peter Parker told WIA National News that the venue will be=20
    Chelsea Beach, near Victory Park and the Chelsea Longbeach Surf=20
    Lifesaving Club.=20

    The date: Saturday July 28 from 3pm.=20

    QRP by the Bay is an informal gathering held three times a year.=20

    Bring any radio related projects, equipment, antenna or accessories.=20
    Stay as short or long as you like. The venue is family friendly with=20 numerous parks and food outlets nearby. 2018 is the second time they=20
    are having one in winter, following good attendance last year.=20
    Afterwards it's tea at a cosy Peruvian restaurant around the corner.=20

    Stay in touch through the event's Facebook page at=20 https://www.facebook.com/events/1561847453926084/=20

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)=20

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS (vk4kx)=20
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon =
    (TARC)=20

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)=20
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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 29 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS


    WIA President Justin VK7TW with this week's Board Comment. -

    WIA Board welcomes 16 new members including the Christmas Island
    Amateur Radio Club.



    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF JULY 29

    ISS SSTV to be active Monday/Tuesday

    The Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station are expected to activate amateur radio Slow Scan Television transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM during July 30 and 31

    The Inter-MAI-75 SSTV experiment should be active on:
    Monday, July 30 from 16:00-19:30 UT
    Tuesday, July 31 from 13:25-19:15 UT

    It is expected they will use the PD-120 SSTV format.

    Note the ISS transmissions use 5 kHz deviation FM

    ISS SSTV links for tracking and decoding software

    https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

    (SouthGate)





    August sees the ILLW or International Lighthouse weekend but here is
    a group of lights causing havoc to shipping!

    The Dutch Ham Radio Society VERON, report investigators from the
    Netherlands Radiocommunications Agency have discovered RF Pollution
    emitted by LED lights caused the loss of AIS shipping signals around 162 MHz

    In the mouth of the Waalhaven in the Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam, ships supposedly on the electronic map have been missing for some time.

    The Port of Rotterdam Authority and skippers were completely in the dark
    about the cause of this.

    During an investigation the inspectors of the Radiocommunications Agency quickly discovered in the surrounds of the Waalhaven they came to a
    "work of art."

    An artist had made a work of art with the help of LED lights.
    All these lights appeared to be the key to the solution together with
    the power supply.

    In this case, the frequencies of the AIS band were by the LEDs.

    After the power to the lighting was switched off, the disruption was
    resolved. In retrospect, it appeared that the lighting and the power supply exceeded the interference limits.

    To prevent new failures, a solution is sought for the artist together with
    the business community.

    When Felix, VK4FUQ joins us we'll have more on this year's ILLW, also this
    week on 'Felix's' couch he'll have Trans-Tasman Lowband contest manager
    Alan VK4SN and ALARA President Shirley VK5YL.

    (SouthGate)





    Lunar eclipse and Martian conjunction

    Friday, July 27th, was a big night for astronomy. Mars was at opposition, making a 15-year close approach to Earth.

    The full Moon and Mars were in conjunction. And, best of all, the Moon
    passed through the shadow of Earth, producing the longest lunar eclipse
    in a century.

    Here in JimBoomBa it wasn't just the moon that seemed to 'disappear' but the entire cosmos... and back yard.. this part of earth was 'fogged in' in a
    real pea souper, such a shame!

    No reports of any 'comms' with Martians, though our International newsman
    Jason VK2LAW will have a story involving "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." a little later down this weeks 'StarLog.'



    A new call will grace our airwaves today to bring you World Wide Special Interest Group News, out of Victoria VK3GTV, but next VK7TW WIA President.





    WIA

    This is Justin VK7TW Director and President of the WIA with this week's
    Board comment.

    In the recent WIA Board meetings we considered the monthly membership report and welcomed 16 new members including the Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club as the latest club to become affiliated with the Wireless Institute of Australia. Their callsign is VK9XX and they welcome dxpeditioners.

    The Strategy Advisory Committee reported that it is about to expand with
    at least three more members and have a focus on membership engagement.
    We did unfortunately accept with regret the resignation of Director
    Brian Clarke VK2GCE. We thank Brian for his huge contribution to the
    Institute.

    We accepted a generous offer from Nev Thomas VK5XD to work with our ICT team
    to include the Australian Contests into the ADIF 3.0.8 specification, thanks Nev.

    The Board also accepted a report on the proof of concept of the
    Ticketing System and it will now be rolled out across the organisation
    to include all requests the WIA receives and resolution by the relevant
    areas of the organisation.

    Our international representation with the IARU saw the Board endorse
    Peter VK3MV as our IARU Region3 director and the Board also endorsed
    Greg VK2GPK as IARU delegate and Dale VK1DSH as IARU Observer at the
    IARU Region3 conference in Korea in September.

    We received our regular QSL report from the QSL manager and noted the
    special handling of DXpedition cards. The committee revitalisation
    continues to review and improve organisational structures. This includes formalising a marketing group that came from the President's Lunch held
    before the AGM weekend. The Finance Committee Role Description was approved
    and this will be advertised soon.

    We are continuing to develop a great working relationship with our
    counterparts across the Tasman - the NZART with contact being made
    at a range of levels.

    The Board has formalised the student membership with a better definition
    of what qualifies for a student membership and there will be more information about this in future broadcasts, on the website and Facebook page.

    The above only represents some of the agenda covered by your WIA Board in
    the July Board meetings and the rest can be seen in the minutes that become available for members after the first August Board meeting.

    Lastly don't forget our flag ship Remembrance Day contest that will be held over the 11th and 12th of August.

    For the WIA Board this has been Justin VK7TW.



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    Astro-Ham Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, Jams with Kraftwerk .

    European Space Agency Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF 5 ONO, had the
    opportunity on July 20 to sit in with German band Kraftwerk, no not on
    the Autobahn but from outer-space.

    He began his part of the concert by "sneaking in" the well-known five-note melody from the film, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

    As Gerst explained, "It just fit too perfectly."

    (pause for effect)

    KF5ONO accompanied the four Kraftwerk musicians, each on synthesizers,
    using a tablet device equipped to serve as a mini-synthesizer as part of the Jazz Open Festival held on Schlossplatz, the largest square in Stuttgart, Germany.

    "Never thought that the first concert I [would] ever play in is with the legendary Kraftwerk, let alone jamming live from space with them, from the Columbus directly to Stuttgart," Gerst tweeted afterward.

    He was in the ESA Columbus module for the event, the event attended by about 7,500 Earthlings.

    Aleandr Gerst, KF5ONO, will be aboard the ISS until December.





    THAILAND

    Thailand 3rd largest ham radio nation.

    As of February 2018, Thailand had the third highest number of licensed radio amateurs in the world with a total of over 101,000

    Totals by license class:

    100,800 Novice (100 watts 28 MHz, 60 W 144 MHz)
    703 Intermediate (200 watts all bands)
    260 Advanced (1 kW)

    It is only recently that Thai amateurs have been able to sit exams for the Intermediate and Advanced licenses

    RAST report for IARU Region 3 Conference http://www.iaru-r3.org/17r3c/docs/009.docx





    SCOTLAND

    Scottish site selected as launch base for Lockheed Martin, Orbex

    Two companies U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and Orbex, a British start-up are seeking to carve out a share of the burgeoning small satellite launch market and plan to fly their rockets from a remote site on the
    northern shore of Scotland.

    The proposed launch facility would be built on A'Mhoine Peninsula, a sparsely-populated stretch of land overlooking the sea. The first launch
    could happen in the early 2020s.

    British government officials said the development of a U.K. spaceport would give that nation's industry broader access to the space market. British companies, such as SSTL in England and Clyde Space in Scotland, are already counted among the global leaders in constructing small satellites.





    Time travel with software defined radio

    At HOPE XII, ( an event just held in New York)Thomas Witherspoon gave a talk called "Creating a Radio Time Machine: Software-Defined Radios and
    Time-Shifted Recordings", an overview of the work he's been doing recording
    and cataloguing the broadcast radio spectrum.

    At HOPE XII (Hackers On Planet Earth Twelve) he demonstrated how anyone
    can use low cost SDR hardware to record, and later play back, whole chunks of the AM and shortwave bands.

    Rather than an audio file containing a single radio station, the method he describes allows you to interactively tune in to different stations and
    explore the airwaves as if it were live.

    Read the full Hackaday article at

    https://hackaday.com/2018/07/23/hope-xiii-time-travel-with-software-defined-rad io/

    (SouthGate)





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about



    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest
    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest


    HI All, This is Alan, VK4SN,

    Those who played in the Trans-Tasman Contest last weekend one would agree
    it was the best Trans-Tasman seen for a while. Approximately 300 plus
    operators put signals to air in really good conditions across 160, 80, and
    40 meters.

    One station was just a few short of 400 contacts for the 6 hour contest.

    Logs closed yesterday, but if you have forgotten to send your log, I'll give you a day's grace and accept logs today. With the new log checking software, the results are instant at the close of logs and the results will be out by next weekend including PDF certificates that will be available for download from the WIA web page.

    Thanks to all who participated including a good response from ZL land.



    With such a great turnout in the Trans-Tasman, many have commented that the
    RD looks to be an excellent weekend also. The RD is on the 11th and 12th of August starting at 0300z Saturday and finishing at 0300z Sunday.

    Logging programs now output in cabrillo 3 and logs can be uploaded to the
    new log checking website or sent to rdlogs at wia.org.au

    Best 73, de Alan VK4SN.





    ALARA CONTEST with SHIRLEY TREGELLAS VK5YL

    Yes, the ALARA contest will be on again on the last weekend of August - that
    is Saturday 25th through to Sunday 26th.

    Starting time is 0600 UTC, ending 24 hours later at 0559 UTC.

    The rules have been changed a little, so please check on the ALARA website www.alara.org.au and click on 'Contests' or in the ALARA newsletter for the updates.

    All YLs and OMs are in invited to take part, and we hope that the YLs especially will come on air to enjoy this friendly contest. It is not
    necessary to aim for a high score, but just to have a chat with those
    we don't usually meet on air.

    It has been great recently to hear many OMs and we look forward to meeting
    them again this year.

    How about it girls - let's make this year a great one for YL participation!

    Good Luck in the ALARA Contest 73/88 Shirley VK5YL





    Results for the Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge are now published on
    the contest website.

    Congratulations to VK7CW for winning the Most Wanted category.

    VK5GR and VK3OHM took second and third place respectively.

    Congratulations also again to VK5GR for winning the Top 5 category.

    VK3AWG and VK3SIM took second and third place respectively.

    Full results may be viewed at the contest website.

    http://www.vk2au.org/#Results

    (Submitted by Peter VK2PR on behalf of the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club)





    A LOOK THRU THE DX WINDOW

    DXpedition team hit multiple snags

    Members of the Nara DX Association are now active as V6J from the rare
    IOTA Ta Islands in Micronesia (OC-254) until July 31st.

    However, it was reported QRZ.com

    V6J is operating from the island chief's property and one guard is watching
    the V6J operation site from morning till night. Since the guard has to
    go back home at night, the full midnight operation is impossible.

    V6J has no choice but to accept the local rule. So the operation hour of
    V6J is between 22 GMT and 14 GMT.

    Another obstacle is interference to the local radio equipment that runs on
    8 MHz Ta Island people communicate with other islands people twice a day
    using this 8 MHz radio equipment. The problem is that not only routine
    reports are exchanged, but also the Ta Island people enjoy rag chewing with
    the people on the other islands and sometimes the rag chew continues over
    one hour.

    Since V6J gives interference to the local telecommunication, when Ta Island people start the communication, V6J has to stop right away and all of sudden.

    In the worst case, V6J might be silent for over one hour.





    Christian is operational as D 44 EK from Sal Island in the
    Cape Verde Archipelago from 23rd July - 7th August.
    QSL to his home call, M 0 UPL

    (IRTS)





    Karel OK 2 ZI will be signing 3 B 8 / OK 2 ZI from Mauritius during the
    period 26th July - 4th August on 160 - 10m on CW, SSB and digital.
    QSL via Club Log OQRS.

    (IRTS)





    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED IN JULY

    In the world of DX, listen for Carsten, OZ 4 CG operating through the
    31st of July as OZ 4 SOP from Bornholm Island for the
    'Sea Of Peace Award.'

    Send QSLs via Club Log, LoTW and eQSL.

    (ARNewsLine)





    Eric, is active as SJ 1 SOP from Gotland Island through the 31st of
    July for the Sea of Peace Award.
    Send QSLs via home call, SM 1 TDE LoTW and eQSL; or search on Club Log.

    (ARNEWSLINE)





    VI 50 IARU 3

    IARU Region 3 has 39-member countries and to help celebrate the formation
    50 years ago, the WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI50IARU3 which will be on air until 31st August.

    (sourced to memnet)





    Radio Caroline 2018

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over a long weekend 3rd to 5th August.

    They also have arranged trips out to visit the ship for a tour including studios, transmitter room etc.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





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    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW

    International Convention of CW Operators

    The U-QRQ-C are holding an ' International Convention of CW Operators' on August 24-27 near Moscow, Russia.

    It will be a field-day style event and they are inviting all HAM-radio
    CW operators to attend this free event BUT attendees must provide their
    own outdoor sleeping gear.

    Detailed information on this event is available at
    https://clck.ru/DoNR2

    (IRTS and SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA

    The RSGB Islands On The Air contest is taking place this weekend,
    for 24 hours from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 28th July.
    80 metres to 10 metres, CW and SSB.

    Don't forget the IOTA contest is a good source for contacts.

    Here are some of the contacts you can make:

    Be listening for Taka, JA8COE, who will be active from Hokkaido Island.
    Send QSLs via JA8COE.

    A number of operators on the Island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides
    will be operating as GM7V. Send QSLs via Steve, N3SL.

    Listen for Ian, G3WVG, operating as MX5A from St. Mary's on the Isles of Scilly. QSL via LoTW and ClubLog.

    Branislav, OM2FY will be operating as SV8/OM2FY from Kefalonia Island.
    QSL via OM2FY.

    Andreas, DL1KZA and a number of friends will be using the call sign DK3R
    from Ruegen Island. QSL via DL1KZA.

    (sourced to IRTS and ARNewsLine)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    ILLW reaches 300

    Almost right on cue the 300th entry for this year's International
    Lighthouse Lightship Weekend event came in from Germany for the
    lighthouse on the West Mole at Lindau on Lake Constance.

    The lighthouse was built and operated by the railroad until they sold.

    Then 8 years ago the town of Lindau acquired the lighthouse and opened it
    to the public as a museum.

    This year's highly popular ILLW fun event takes place on the 18-19 August.

    Activity does not need to take place INSIDE the structure itself.

    A Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the
    light is sufficient.

    Sponsors say the intent of that requirement is to make the station visible
    to visitors.

    Remember it's not a contest, logs are not required and for full information
    and online entry form please see https://illw.net

    (ARRL and SouthGate)





    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

    Townsville Amateur Radio Club Communications Support

    There is a full programme of Communications Support events that northern
    VK4's can get involved with and have some radio fun !

    If you can help out with any or all of the following please contact VK4ZZ

    This weekend sees 28/29 sees both the Maggie Island Swim and the 3rd round of King of the Hill Hillclimb.

    Fri 31 Aug to Sun 2 Sept - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest Harness Endurance Rides - Bowen Region

    Then Sunday 23 September King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 4

    (TARC)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- STAMP COLLECTING AMATEURS radiostamps@yahoogroups.com

    FABIO FLOSI, PU 2 KLM says on July 9th, 2018, the Postal Administration
    of Indonesia issued a pair of stamps to celebrate the 50th anniversary
    of the ORARI - Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization.

    One First Day Cover with the 2 stamps and a commemorative cancellation
    was also issued.


    On March 21st, 2018, the Postal Administration of Italy issued a stamp
    to honour Giuseppe Impastato, also known as Peppino (Jan 5th, 1948 -
    May 9th, 1978).

    Peppino was an Italian political activist who opposed the Mafia, which
    ordered his murder in 1978.

    The 0.95 Euro stamp shows a portrait of Impastato. In the foreground there
    is the inscription "Radio Aut", founded by him in 1977.

    Radio Aut was a radio station he set up to satirise the Mafia and air very fresh and confidential anti-mafia news.

    The role played by Radio Aut in the Impastato affair finds an authoritative confirmation in the proceedings of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission and his story, that of Peppino, as well as that of the radio from which he proclaimed his war on the mafia, was told in the film entitled
    " I cento passi ", which was winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the
    2000 Venice Film Festival.

    As has been said many times 'where ever you go there's radio.'

    (SOURCED IN PART TO FABIO FLOSI - PU2KLM)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
    www.sotawatch.org
    www.sota.org.uk

    Tony VK3KKP in the Central Victorian Amateur Radio Newsletter advises of a
    Sota Sprint, this Sunday 29 July 2018 from 2 till 4pm.

    This is a SOTA activator and chaser sprint activity day

    2 metre and six metre SSB activity period operating under SOTA rules.

    Spotting on Facebook: VKFF, SOTA & ALL ACTIVATIONS

    The SOTA event is particularly aimed at clubs and individuals in
    central Victoria.

    (wia web)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

    The locals in VK7 have welcomed Rex VK7MO back to the state after his
    Grid Square activation extravaganza!

    Rex has over 150 grid squares on 10GHz EME these days and we've came to the conclusion that he is addicted to grid squares. This was due to his
    explanation of what happened after the WIA AGM.

    Rex left the Gold Coast and thought, "I'll just do the next grid square"
    and after that he thought "I'll just do the next grid square".

    Well Rex then found himself only 30km from the tip of Cape York !

    Maybe the locals will organise a "Square Dance" to welcome Rex home!

    (vk7wi news)





    Social Scene 2018

    July 28 was/will be QRP by the Bay on Chelsea Beach near Victory Park

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club HamFest (vk3bft)

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS (vk4kx)
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)




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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUG 5 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA sponsor special event callsigns till end of 2018. -

    WIA Director Greg VK2GPK, with Board Comment. -

    WIA Flagship Contest NEXT weekend.

    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 05


    Buy Swap and Sell and Wanted

    Note - there has been an increase in operators discussing
    buying and selling of equipment on Amateur Radio Frequencies.

    This is being done by operators holding any class of licence.

    You need to know this is a breach of Australian Law.

    Haggle, Discuss or Bargain face to face, or on the telephone.

    Be Responsible ! Now !

    (Townsville Amateur Radio Club)




    Are you planning to communicate with a small satellite or CubeSat?

    ACMA have recently put up a self-help guide, aimed more at the people,
    organisations without ham radio licences.

    BUT all should read, and take heed.

    Small satellite / CubeSat design has brought with it dramatically lower
    construction and launch costs, enabling a larger range of organisations
    to participate in the satellite industry. Organisations such as universities,
    research bodies, and start-up companies that previously found it cost
    prohibitive to launch their own satellite can now build and operate
    satellites for a range of communication, earth observation and space
    exploration purposes.

    What do you need to do before launching or communicating with a satellite?

    Talk to ACMA about your requirements and what you need to do.

    The Australian Space Agency administers additional Australian regulations
    under the Space Activities Act 1998 which apply to the launch of a
    space object in Australia and the launch of an Australian space object
    overseas.

    Please contact the Australian Space Agency for further information about how
    these regulations apply to your space activity.

    The ACMA carries out compliance activities to ensure that radio communication
    activity in Australia is undertaken legally. It is an offence to operate a
    radiocommunications device in Australia without a licence. When this occurs,
    the ACMA is authorised to issue fines or, for serious offences, commence
    criminal prosecution.

    Operating a satellite without approval may cause interference to existing
    services and you are also at risk of receiving interference to your own
    satellite (which could result in mission failure).

    Read more on acma.gov.au

    (*/engage)





    The WIA is sponsoring several special event callsigns that will be
    available between now and the end of 2018. There are time slots available
    for operators to make use of the callsigns to commemorate the special
    events.

    Please note that each of the callsigns are advanced grade, and an advanced
    operator will need to make application.

    The three events are as follows:

    The WIA is commemorating Region 3 of the IARU 50 years of operation with
    the callsign VI 50 IARU 3. This event is currently running and will
    continue until the end of August 2018. The event involves all Region 3
    amateur radio country representatives. There are August time slots
    available.

    September is the 100th Anniversary of the first radio contact between
    the Marconi station in Wales and with Mr. Ernest Fisk (AWA)
    Sydney Australia. This event is using VI # MARCONI special event callsign.
    The event will run from 0000UTC on the 1st September to 2359UTC on the
    30th September.

    On November 11th 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice agreement
    that ended the hostilities in WWI. This is the culmination of the WIA
    ANZAC commemoration that the WIA has facilitated. The event will make use
    of two special event callsigns VI # LWF and VI # PEACE. The event will
    run from the 0000UTC on the 3rd November until 2359UTC on the 11th
    November. The time slots for this event are for 24 hours.

    There is more information relating to these events on wia.org.au

    Should you wish to participate please email vk3dac@wia.org.au





    WIA

    This is Greg VK2GPK, one of the directors of the WIA, with this
    week’s edition of the WIA Board comment. This week my focus will be
    the on the finalisation of the WIA LCD submission to ACMA and the
    final feedback survey results used to ratify the proposed LCD changes
    in our submission.

    Earlier this week, on Monday to be specific, the WIA submitted its
    response to the Australian Communications Management Authority (ACMA)
    consultation document regarding potential variations to the current
    (2015) Radio-communications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence)
    Determination.

    This is a relatively rare periodic opportunity to update and improve
    the licence conditions for which the WIA has historically provided
    input for changes over many decades. In June the WIA sought the
    response of the amateur radio community in relation to the draft WIA
    Licence Condition Determination (LCD) submission to the Australian
    Communications and Media Authority.

    The 2018 LCD Submission is the non-trivial result of four years of
    effort by WIA volunteers including multiple surveys. The WIA in the
    compilation of these final documents over that time considered a
    large number of both member and non-member inputs and responses to
    surveys carefully.

    However, it must be stated that the submission represents a composite
    view that won’t please every radio amateur as a number of the
    suggestions were mutually exclusive.

    As wisely stated in John Lydgate’s proverb “ you can please some of
    the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of
    the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.

    However, from the feedback from the survey, we believe we achieved
    a compromise that met with the overall approval of the great majority
    of respondents. Some highlights are:

    That even though the survey was only open for two weeks there were
    over 500 responses from around Australia! Whilst this is a small
    percentage of the total amateur radio community, it is statistically
    significant, and is one of highest response rates we have ever
    received.

    Survey summary:

    Support for General Principles – 96%
    Support for Foundation Licence Conditions change – 83%
    Support for Standard Licence Conditions change – 88%
    Support for Advanced Licence Conditions change – 95%
    Main respondent group from Advanced licenced amateurs - 74%
    Good representation and correlation with licence numbers in all VK
    call areas
    Total survey respondents: 501 (3.5% of licenced amateurs in VK)
    382 people left their email address for further information about
    the submission

    There were hundreds of supporting comments to each of the five
    submission questions.

    Whilst I don’t have time to elaborate on the detail of our LCD
    submission today in this broadcast, it will be available, as well as
    survey results and verbatim, on the WIA website. Please take a few
    minutes to read it, if you haven’t done so already – it’s your hobby!

    It won’t surprise many that evolving the Foundation Licence
    conditions was an area of keen interest in the input we received
    from the radio amateur cohort – particularly in making this entry
    path more relevant to newcomers to the hobby but without making the
    entry technical hurdle too daunting.

    The WIA is actively lobbying to get these LCD changes across the
    regulatory "abyss" for all amateurs in Australia. There is absolutely
    no certainty that any of our proposals will be granted by the ACMA.
    Indeed, the ACMA have already replied to the Five Year Spectrum
    Outlook submission. They have indicated that they are unlikely to
    accept many of the proposed changes even though these changes would
    align with current IARU / ITU international planning and agreements.

    You are encouraged to lobby the ACMA direct and also lobby your local
    federal member in support of important changes that directly impact
    your hobby..

    Greg VK2GPK on behalf of the WIA board


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    UK

    NEW TEAM TO MONITOR AIRWAVES IN GREAT BRITAIN

    The Radio Society of Great Britain is making changes in how operator
    behaviour gets monitored. There, an official team of volunteers that has been
    reporting problematic on-air behaviour and equipment issues is being
    disbanded.

    The Radio Society of Great Britain, the RSGB, has long relied on the efforts
    of the Amateur Radio Observation Service for second opinions on a variety of
    these issues and has decided to re-focus on how to address these important
    operating matters.

    During the next few months the Society will convene a new team called the
    Operating Advisory Service, or OAS. OAS participants will monitor the bands
    for such misuses as call-sign pirating, abuse of repeaters and on-air
    harassment of amateurs.

    Announcing the change, the Society said it had taken a hard look at the
    previous way of doing things and decided to give the new team responsibility
    for developing written recommendations to be published on the website.

    The team will concentrate on ideas for best practice.

    The RSGB noted that this change does not have any impact on
    Intruder Watch which is the Society’s portion of the overall
    IARU monitoring system that reports on non-amateur signals
    that are heard on the HF amateur bands.





    USA

    The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing to fine
    KC5CSG, $18,000 “for apparently causing intentional interference and
    for apparently failing to provide station identification on amateur
    radio frequencies,” the FCC said.

    In the wake of complaints, FCC agents visited the area, tracked
    transmissions on 146.130 MHz to KC5CSG's residence, and monitored them
    for up to 7 hours. The agent reported hearing “music on 146.130 MHz and
    warning other amateur operators that the local Amateur Radio club would
    not be able to conduct their net later that day.”

    That evening, at a location near the local W5BII repeater, the agent
    said, KC5CSG “began transmitting an amateur digital radio signal from
    a hand-held radio in his vehicle,” disrupting the net and failing to
    identify. Subsequently, the agent, accompanied by a deputy from the
    Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that he possessed a radio capable of
    operating on 146.130 MHz “Audio recordings captured by the agent
    demonstrate that the intentional interference ceased as the agent
    and the Sheriff’s deputy approached the vehicle,” the FCC said in the
    Notice Of Apparent Liability.





    Ruth Willet, KM 4 LAO, is 2018 Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award Recipient

    Nineteen-year-old Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, of Cana, Virginia, was named as
    the recipient by the ARRL Board of Directors.

    The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award is given annually by the Board to a
    radio amateur under the age of 21 whose accomplishments and contributions
    to both Amateur Radio and the local community are of an exemplary nature.

    Ruth, who earned her Technician class license in June 2015 and upgraded to
    Extra in May 2016, was instrumental in re-establishing the Amateur Radio
    and Electronics Club (K 8 HPS) at Kettering University in Michigan, where
    she is a junior pursuing a double major in engineering physics and
    mechanical engineering while maintaining an A average.

    Back in May, she was presented with the Radio Club of America’s
    Young Achiever Award. Last spring, she was the keynote speaker at
    the 32nd annual SWODXA DX Dinner, held in conjunction with Hamvention®,
    where her topic was “Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime.”

    The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, which includes a cash award of $1,500
    and an engraved plaque to the recipient, is intended to provide a tangible
    reward to those deserving young amateurs who contribute their time, skills,
    and energies daily through their commitment to Amateur Radio. As models for
    their peers, and inspirations to us all, these fine young people are highly
    visible boosters of Amateur Radio awareness





    Broadcast-Quality Audio Processor Donated for news.

    Those of us working in the Broadcast world know the name 'OPTIMOD.'

    Well now Orban Labs, has donated a state-of-the-art audio processor -- the
    all-digital 9300 OPTIMOD-AM -- to the ARRL.

    Orban Labs Vice President of Business Development Mike Pappas, W9CN,
    arranged for the donation with the intention of improving the audio quality
    transmitted by W1AW during its evening phone bulletins.

    The 9300 OPTIMOD-AM is used worldwide at broadcast stations that want the
    best possible "sound."

    W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, installed the 9300 OPTIMOD-AM into
    W1AW's audio chain. After making necessary setup adjustments and working
    with instructions that Pappas provided, he determined that overall average
    modulation had increased and audio clarity was improved.





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about


    THE SARL YL SPRINT

    The 2018 SARL YL Sprint will take place on Thursday 9 August from
    12:00 to 14:00 UTC!

    It is a phone contest on the 40 metre band and exchange is a RS report and
    YL or OM.

    Logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format with a summary sheet labelled
    "my call sign YL Sprint," shall be submitted by 16 August 2018 by e-mail to
    zs4bfn@mweb.co.za.

    (SARL)


    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 

    Yep, the Remembrance Day contest date and time is set for 1.00pm Saturday 11
    until.00pm) Sunday 12 August 2018 AEST

    Full contest rules are available in the contest section of wia.org.au

    As we heard a few weeks bcack the most important thing is to submit a log.
    Even if you only make a few contacts, please submit a log.
    Every log submission helps.

    If you have HF capability, just use the frequencies on the bands you have
    available. For those that have VHF and UHF capabilities, there are some
    simplex calling frequencies that will make life easy.
    These are, 6M 52.525MHz, 2M 146.500MHz, 70CM 439.000MHz and 23CM 1296.1MHz.
    The normal mode for these frequencies is FM.

    Most importantly, the RD contest remembers those that have served and those
    that have fallen. We must never forget them.

    (Extracts from the article by Vince Henderson, VK7VH in VK7WI News)

    SO:-
    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST


    D-STAR QSO Party 2018

    D-STAR or Digital Amateur Radio QSO Party global event will take place
    between September 22nd at 0.00 and September 24th at 24.00 (UTC). The
    format of the party will be the same as in previous years with the goal
    of encouraging D-STAR operators to communicate with as many other
    operators across the world via D-STAR repeaters.


    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest





    A LOOK THRU THE DX WINDOW

    GET YOUR PARK ON!

    Announcing GET YOUR PARK ON! A new North America WWFF Park Event.

    Three WWFF countries have joined together for Get Your Park ON!,
    a North America WWFF parks event that coincides with Earth Science Week
    activities around the globe.

    Purpose: Get as many parks as possible in Canada, USA and Mexico
    on the air from Oct. 14-20, 2018 and Hunters throughout the world
    calling to log as many QSOs as possible with those parks during the
    event.

    Join the Get Your Park ON! Facebook Group on:
    http://getyourparkon.com/
    to stay current with details and announcements about this exciting
    new event.

    Everybody Get Your Park ON! and get into the log.

    (SouthGate)


    THAILAND, HS.
    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3, members of
    the Radio Society of Thailand are QRV as HS 50 IARU until October 31.


    BRUNEI, V8.
    Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association are QRV
    with special event station V850IARU until October 31 to celebrate
    the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via V85TL.


    AUSTRALIA, VK.
    The WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI 50 IARU 3
    which will be on air until 31st August to celebrate the 50th anniversary
    of IARU Region 3.


    Christian is operational as D 44 EK from Sal Island in the
    Cape Verde Archipelago from 23rd July – 7th August.
    QSL to his home call, M 0 UPL


    Radio Caroline 2018

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station
    GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over this weekend
    3rd to 5th August.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)


    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf
    of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio
    within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)


    9X, Rwanda DXpedition

    Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9 X 0 T between
    September 27th and October 10th 2018.

    Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, RTTY will only
    be on 14084 kHz.

    QSL via I 2 YSB direct only.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

    On the front cover of Amateur Radio magazine for this month are some
    photographs of Military Radios, many no doubt used during the 'AM & CW on
    ANZAC day event which, under the guidance of VK4MIK Mike Patterson, who
    came up with this great idea a few years back.

    In this week’s text editions of the WIA National News is a link to a you tube
    video, a now declassified WWII manpack radio instructional film.

    It's worth a view and it's amazing how much and how little has changed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODxBa0b556Y&feature=youtu.be





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    Significant changes in store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0

    WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has announced that major changes are
    coming to the FT8 and MSK144 digital protocols when WSJT-X version 2.0
    arrives in a few months.

    Taylor said version 2.0 should be ready for prime time by January 2019.

    "Much of the necessary programming is finished," Taylor said in a post
    to the Packrats reflector. "Many of the new features have been tested
    on the air and we find them to work well."

    Taylor was quick to point out that the new capabilities are not yet publicly
    available, not even in beta form. He said that he, Steve Franke, K9AN, and
    Bill Somerville, G4WJS, have been developing "enhanced versions of the
    MSK144 and FT8 protocols that extend the message payload to 77 bits."

    "Do not rush to download something," he cautioned. "There is more testing
    and code optimization to do." He said current plans call for a beta-testing
    period "probably starting in mid-to-late September," with a full release
    "possible a couple of months later."

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    AMSAT EA will be on air on all available satellites with the callsign
    AM1SAT from September 10 to 17 to celebrate IberRadio 2018 - IV
    Radiocommunications Fair, the biggest HAM party event in Spain and Portugal

    (http://www.iberradio.es/en/)

    The event will open its doors during the 15-16 weekend.

    Main grid will be IN70 but other ones will be activated as well.

    please write to contacto@amsat-ea.org

    (AMSAT-NA)





    AMSAT OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, Steps Down

    Citing poor health, AMSAT OSCAR Number Administrator — the individual who
    confers the alphanumeric designators on Amateur Radio satellites — has
    stepped down from the volunteer post after granting numbers to qualifying
    applicants for more than 2 decades.

    “I want to thank Bill for his many dedicated years of service to AMSAT,”
    said AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, who named AMSAT
    Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, to succeed Bill.

    “Ever since the launch of OSCAR 1 in 1961, it has been traditional for
    Amateur Radio satellites to carry the name OSCAR — for -
    ‘Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio,’” Spier explained.

    OSCAR satellites are customarily referred to by hyphenated names, the
    first selected by the builder, AMSAT-OSCAR 7, abbreviated as AO-7.

    Spier called OSCAR numbers “a proud tradition of Amateur Radio, one that
    we hope to keep going for many years to come.”

    A past AMSAT President, W3XO was licensed in 1946, initially as W 3 KMV.

    He requested W3XO in the 1970s because it was the call sign of Washington DC’s
    first FM broadcast station in the experimental years.

    (arrl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    ILLW and even older lighthouses

    A few weeks ago the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend team received
    an entry for this year’s ILLW event for a lighthouse built in 1747 at
    Skagen in Denmark and the comment was made that this was possibly the oldest
    lighthouse which had participated in the event.

    This 'record' has now been well and truly broken by a lighthouse on
    Lindau Island in Lake Constance, Bodensee, Germany, which was built around
    1180.

    It was a fortified tower that protected Lindau for centuries and is reported
    to have also served as a lighthouse.

    It was replaced as a lighthouse in 1856 by a lighthouse located on the
    West mole at the entrance to Lindau Harbour. Both structures feature in this
    year’s event as the 300th entry.

    Entries are rolling in daily with 55 from Germany

    46 from Australia

    40 from the USA

    Some entrants have been in the event for many years including some
    continuously since 1998. One entrant in Australia has to walk 18 kiss
    to get to his lighthouse and carry all his gear on his back.

    It's this kind of detail where we, the ham community, miss the journalistic
    skills of Silent Key VK3PC Jim Linton who as well as heading up ARVictoria,
    and being Secretary of the WIA also kept WIA News well informed on ILLW.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    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 Ian VK3JS will be giving us all the latest Club news together
    with two interesting items, one on Quantum radio, a new communications
    medium which works where ordinary radio waves cannot, plus another on
    ever slimmer phones.

    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in
    and to join in the call backs afterwards.

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC
    2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit
    the program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted
    simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on
    80 metres on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC networks
    plus a TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

    From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at
    www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.

    Tune in tomorrow for the August RAOTC bulletin.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.





    Social Scene 2018

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Clb HamFest 10 (vk3bft)
    Aug 25-26 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST WEEKEND (armag)
    Aug 26 VK2 SARCFEST (armag)

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)
    Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)



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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUG 5 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA sponsor special event callsigns till end of 2018. -

    WIA Director Greg VK2GPK, with Board Comment. -

    WIA Flagship Contest NEXT weekend.

    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 05


    Buy Swap and Sell and Wanted

    Note - there has been an increase in operators discussing
    buying and selling of equipment on Amateur Radio Frequencies.

    This is being done by operators holding any class of licence.

    You need to know this is a breach of Australian Law.

    Haggle, Discuss or Bargain face to face, or on the telephone.

    Be Responsible ! Now !

    (Townsville Amateur Radio Club)




    Are you planning to communicate with a small satellite or CubeSat?

    ACMA have recently put up a self-help guide, aimed more at the people, organisations without ham radio licences.

    BUT all should read, and take heed.

    Small satellite / CubeSat design has brought with it dramatically lower construction and launch costs, enabling a larger range of organisations
    to participate in the satellite industry. Organisations such as universities, research bodies, and start-up companies that previously found it cost prohibitive to launch their own satellite can now build and operate
    satellites for a range of communication, earth observation and space exploration purposes.

    What do you need to do before launching or communicating with a satellite?

    Talk to ACMA about your requirements and what you need to do.

    The Australian Space Agency administers additional Australian regulations
    under the Space Activities Act 1998 which apply to the launch of a
    space object in Australia and the launch of an Australian space object overseas.

    Please contact the Australian Space Agency for further information about how these regulations apply to your space activity.

    The ACMA carries out compliance activities to ensure that radio communication activity in Australia is undertaken legally. It is an offence to operate a radiocommunications device in Australia without a licence. When this occurs, the ACMA is authorised to issue fines or, for serious offences, commence criminal prosecution.

    Operating a satellite without approval may cause interference to existing services and you are also at risk of receiving interference to your own satellite (which could result in mission failure).

    Read more on acma.gov.au

    (*/engage)





    The WIA is sponsoring several special event callsigns that will be
    available between now and the end of 2018. There are time slots available
    for operators to make use of the callsigns to commemorate the special
    events.

    Please note that each of the callsigns are advanced grade, and an advanced operator will need to make application.

    The three events are as follows:

    The WIA is commemorating Region 3 of the IARU 50 years of operation with
    the callsign VI 50 IARU 3. This event is currently running and will
    continue until the end of August 2018. The event involves all Region 3
    amateur radio country representatives. There are August time slots
    available.

    September is the 100th Anniversary of the first radio contact between
    the Marconi station in Wales and with Mr. Ernest Fisk (AWA)
    Sydney Australia. This event is using VI # MARCONI special event callsign.
    The event will run from 0000UTC on the 1st September to 2359UTC on the
    30th September.

    On November 11th 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice agreement
    that ended the hostilities in WWI. This is the culmination of the WIA
    ANZAC commemoration that the WIA has facilitated. The event will make use
    of two special event callsigns VI # LWF and VI # PEACE. The event will
    run from the 0000UTC on the 3rd November until 2359UTC on the 11th
    November. The time slots for this event are for 24 hours.

    There is more information relating to these events on wia.org.au

    Should you wish to participate please email vk3dac@wia.org.au





    WIA

    This is Greg VK2GPK, one of the directors of the WIA, with this
    week's edition of the WIA Board comment. This week my focus will be
    the on the finalisation of the WIA LCD submission to ACMA and the
    final feedback survey results used to ratify the proposed LCD changes
    in our submission.

    Earlier this week, on Monday to be specific, the WIA submitted its
    response to the Australian Communications Management Authority (ACMA) consultation document regarding potential variations to the current
    (2015) Radio-communications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence)
    Determination.

    This is a relatively rare periodic opportunity to update and improve
    the licence conditions for which the WIA has historically provided
    input for changes over many decades. In June the WIA sought the
    response of the amateur radio community in relation to the draft WIA
    Licence Condition Determination (LCD) submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

    The 2018 LCD Submission is the non-trivial result of four years of
    effort by WIA volunteers including multiple surveys. The WIA in the
    compilation of these final documents over that time considered a
    large number of both member and non-member inputs and responses to
    surveys carefully.

    However, it must be stated that the submission represents a composite
    view that won't please every radio amateur as a number of the
    suggestions were mutually exclusive.

    As wisely stated in John Lydgate's proverb " you can please some of
    the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of
    the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time".

    However, from the feedback from the survey, we believe we achieved
    a compromise that met with the overall approval of the great majority
    of respondents. Some highlights are:

    That even though the survey was only open for two weeks there were
    over 500 responses from around Australia! Whilst this is a small
    percentage of the total amateur radio community, it is statistically significant, and is one of highest response rates we have ever
    received.

    Survey summary:

    Support for General Principles - 96%
    Support for Foundation Licence Conditions change - 83%
    Support for Standard Licence Conditions change - 88%
    Support for Advanced Licence Conditions change - 95%
    Main respondent group from Advanced licenced amateurs - 74%
    Good representation and correlation with licence numbers in all VK
    call areas
    Total survey respondents: 501 (3.5% of licenced amateurs in VK)
    382 people left their email address for further information about
    the submission

    There were hundreds of supporting comments to each of the five
    submission questions.

    Whilst I don't have time to elaborate on the detail of our LCD
    submission today in this broadcast, it will be available, as well as
    survey results and verbatim, on the WIA website. Please take a few
    minutes to read it, if you haven't done so already - it's your hobby!

    It won't surprise many that evolving the Foundation Licence
    conditions was an area of keen interest in the input we received
    from the radio amateur cohort - particularly in making this entry
    path more relevant to newcomers to the hobby but without making the
    entry technical hurdle too daunting.

    The WIA is actively lobbying to get these LCD changes across the
    regulatory "abyss" for all amateurs in Australia. There is absolutely
    no certainty that any of our proposals will be granted by the ACMA.
    Indeed, the ACMA have already replied to the Five Year Spectrum
    Outlook submission. They have indicated that they are unlikely to
    accept many of the proposed changes even though these changes would
    align with current IARU / ITU international planning and agreements.

    You are encouraged to lobby the ACMA direct and also lobby your local
    federal member in support of important changes that directly impact
    your hobby..

    Greg VK2GPK on behalf of the WIA board


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    UK

    NEW TEAM TO MONITOR AIRWAVES IN GREAT BRITAIN

    The Radio Society of Great Britain is making changes in how operator
    behaviour gets monitored. There, an official team of volunteers that has been reporting problematic on-air behaviour and equipment issues is being
    disbanded.

    The Radio Society of Great Britain, the RSGB, has long relied on the efforts
    of the Amateur Radio Observation Service for second opinions on a variety of these issues and has decided to re-focus on how to address these important operating matters.

    During the next few months the Society will convene a new team called the Operating Advisory Service, or OAS. OAS participants will monitor the bands
    for such misuses as call-sign pirating, abuse of repeaters and on-air harassment of amateurs.

    Announcing the change, the Society said it had taken a hard look at the previous way of doing things and decided to give the new team responsibility for developing written recommendations to be published on the website.

    The team will concentrate on ideas for best practice.

    The RSGB noted that this change does not have any impact on
    Intruder Watch which is the Society's portion of the overall
    IARU monitoring system that reports on non-amateur signals
    that are heard on the HF amateur bands.





    USA

    The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing to fine
    KC5CSG, $18,000 "for apparently causing intentional interference and
    for apparently failing to provide station identification on amateur
    radio frequencies," the FCC said.

    In the wake of complaints, FCC agents visited the area, tracked
    transmissions on 146.130 MHz to KC5CSG's residence, and monitored them
    for up to 7 hours. The agent reported hearing "music on 146.130 MHz and
    warning other amateur operators that the local Amateur Radio club would
    not be able to conduct their net later that day."

    That evening, at a location near the local W5BII repeater, the agent
    said, KC5CSG "began transmitting an amateur digital radio signal from
    a hand-held radio in his vehicle," disrupting the net and failing to
    identify. Subsequently, the agent, accompanied by a deputy from the
    Sheriff's Office, confirmed that he possessed a radio capable of
    operating on 146.130 MHz "Audio recordings captured by the agent
    demonstrate that the intentional interference ceased as the agent
    and the Sheriff's deputy approached the vehicle," the FCC said in the
    Notice Of Apparent Liability.





    Ruth Willet, KM 4 LAO, is 2018 Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award Recipient

    Nineteen-year-old Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, of Cana, Virginia, was named as
    the recipient by the ARRL Board of Directors.

    The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award is given annually by the Board to a
    radio amateur under the age of 21 whose accomplishments and contributions
    to both Amateur Radio and the local community are of an exemplary nature.

    Ruth, who earned her Technician class license in June 2015 and upgraded to Extra in May 2016, was instrumental in re-establishing the Amateur Radio
    and Electronics Club (K 8 HPS) at Kettering University in Michigan, where
    she is a junior pursuing a double major in engineering physics and
    mechanical engineering while maintaining an A average.

    Back in May, she was presented with the Radio Club of America's
    Young Achiever Award. Last spring, she was the keynote speaker at
    the 32nd annual SWODXA DX Dinner, held in conjunction with Hamvention,
    where her topic was "Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime."

    The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, which includes a cash award of $1,500
    and an engraved plaque to the recipient, is intended to provide a tangible reward to those deserving young amateurs who contribute their time, skills,
    and energies daily through their commitment to Amateur Radio. As models for their peers, and inspirations to us all, these fine young people are highly visible boosters of Amateur Radio awareness





    Broadcast-Quality Audio Processor Donated for news.

    Those of us working in the Broadcast world know the name 'OPTIMOD.'

    Well now Orban Labs, has donated a state-of-the-art audio processor -- the all-digital 9300 OPTIMOD-AM -- to the ARRL.

    Orban Labs Vice President of Business Development Mike Pappas, W9CN,
    arranged for the donation with the intention of improving the audio quality transmitted by W1AW during its evening phone bulletins.

    The 9300 OPTIMOD-AM is used worldwide at broadcast stations that want the
    best possible "sound."

    W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, installed the 9300 OPTIMOD-AM into W1AW's audio chain. After making necessary setup adjustments and working
    with instructions that Pappas provided, he determined that overall average modulation had increased and audio clarity was improved.





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about


    THE SARL YL SPRINT

    The 2018 SARL YL Sprint will take place on Thursday 9 August from
    12:00 to 14:00 UTC!

    It is a phone contest on the 40 metre band and exchange is a RS report and
    YL or OM.

    Logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format with a summary sheet labelled
    "my call sign YL Sprint," shall be submitted by 16 August 2018 by e-mail to zs4bfn@mweb.co.za.

    (SARL)


    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest

    Yep, the Remembrance Day contest date and time is set for 1.00pm Saturday 11 until.00pm) Sunday 12 August 2018 AEST

    Full contest rules are available in the contest section of wia.org.au

    As we heard a few weeks bcack the most important thing is to submit a log.
    Even if you only make a few contacts, please submit a log.
    Every log submission helps.

    If you have HF capability, just use the frequencies on the bands you have available. For those that have VHF and UHF capabilities, there are some
    simplex calling frequencies that will make life easy.
    These are, 6M 52.525MHz, 2M 146.500MHz, 70CM 439.000MHz and 23CM 1296.1MHz.
    The normal mode for these frequencies is FM.

    Most importantly, the RD contest remembers those that have served and those that have fallen. We must never forget them.

    (Extracts from the article by Vince Henderson, VK7VH in VK7WI News)

    SO:-
    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST


    D-STAR QSO Party 2018

    D-STAR or Digital Amateur Radio QSO Party global event will take place
    between September 22nd at 0.00 and September 24th at 24.00 (UTC). The
    format of the party will be the same as in previous years with the goal
    of encouraging D-STAR operators to communicate with as many other
    operators across the world via D-STAR repeaters.


    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest





    A LOOK THRU THE DX WINDOW

    GET YOUR PARK ON!

    Announcing GET YOUR PARK ON! A new North America WWFF Park Event.

    Three WWFF countries have joined together for Get Your Park ON!,
    a North America WWFF parks event that coincides with Earth Science Week activities around the globe.

    Purpose: Get as many parks as possible in Canada, USA and Mexico
    on the air from Oct. 14-20, 2018 and Hunters throughout the world
    calling to log as many QSOs as possible with those parks during the
    event.

    Join the Get Your Park ON! Facebook Group on:
    http://getyourparkon.com/
    to stay current with details and announcements about this exciting
    new event.

    Everybody Get Your Park ON! and get into the log.

    (SouthGate)


    THAILAND, HS.
    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3, members of
    the Radio Society of Thailand are QRV as HS 50 IARU until October 31.


    BRUNEI, V8.
    Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association are QRV
    with special event station V850IARU until October 31 to celebrate
    the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via V85TL.


    AUSTRALIA, VK.
    The WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI 50 IARU 3
    which will be on air until 31st August to celebrate the 50th anniversary
    of IARU Region 3.


    Christian is operational as D 44 EK from Sal Island in the
    Cape Verde Archipelago from 23rd July - 7th August.
    QSL to his home call, M 0 UPL


    Radio Caroline 2018

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event station GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over this weekend
    3rd to 5th August.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)


    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)


    9X, Rwanda DXpedition

    Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9 X 0 T between
    September 27th and October 10th 2018.

    Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, RTTY will only
    be on 14084 kHz.

    QSL via I 2 YSB direct only.

    (Sourced to SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

    On the front cover of Amateur Radio magazine for this month are some photographs of Military Radios, many no doubt used during the 'AM & CW on
    ANZAC day event which, under the guidance of VK4MIK Mike Patterson, who
    came up with this great idea a few years back.

    In this week's text editions of the WIA National News is a link to a you tube video, a now declassified WWII manpack radio instructional film.

    It's worth a view and it's amazing how much and how little has changed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODxBa0b556Y&feature=youtu.be





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    Significant changes in store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0

    WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has announced that major changes are coming to the FT8 and MSK144 digital protocols when WSJT-X version 2.0
    arrives in a few months.

    Taylor said version 2.0 should be ready for prime time by January 2019.

    "Much of the necessary programming is finished," Taylor said in a post
    to the Packrats reflector. "Many of the new features have been tested
    on the air and we find them to work well."

    Taylor was quick to point out that the new capabilities are not yet publicly available, not even in beta form. He said that he, Steve Franke, K9AN, and
    Bill Somerville, G4WJS, have been developing "enhanced versions of the
    MSK144 and FT8 protocols that extend the message payload to 77 bits."

    "Do not rush to download something," he cautioned. "There is more testing
    and code optimization to do." He said current plans call for a beta-testing period "probably starting in mid-to-late September," with a full release "possible a couple of months later."

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    AMSAT EA will be on air on all available satellites with the callsign
    AM1SAT from September 10 to 17 to celebrate IberRadio 2018 - IV Radiocommunications Fair, the biggest HAM party event in Spain and Portugal

    (http://www.iberradio.es/en/)

    The event will open its doors during the 15-16 weekend.

    Main grid will be IN70 but other ones will be activated as well.

    please write to contacto@amsat-ea.org

    (AMSAT-NA)





    AMSAT OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, Steps Down

    Citing poor health, AMSAT OSCAR Number Administrator the individual who
    confers the alphanumeric designators on Amateur Radio satellites has
    stepped down from the volunteer post after granting numbers to qualifying applicants for more than 2 decades.

    "I want to thank Bill for his many dedicated years of service to AMSAT,"
    said AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, who named AMSAT
    Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, to succeed Bill.

    "Ever since the launch of OSCAR 1 in 1961, it has been traditional for
    Amateur Radio satellites to carry the name OSCAR for -
    'Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio,'" Spier explained.

    OSCAR satellites are customarily referred to by hyphenated names, the
    first selected by the builder, AMSAT-OSCAR 7, abbreviated as AO-7.

    Spier called OSCAR numbers "a proud tradition of Amateur Radio, one that
    we hope to keep going for many years to come."

    A past AMSAT President, W3XO was licensed in 1946, initially as W 3 KMV.

    He requested W3XO in the 1970s because it was the call sign of Washington DC's first FM broadcast station in the experimental years.

    (arrl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    ILLW and even older lighthouses

    A few weeks ago the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend team received
    an entry for this year's ILLW event for a lighthouse built in 1747 at
    Skagen in Denmark and the comment was made that this was possibly the oldest lighthouse which had participated in the event.

    This 'record' has now been well and truly broken by a lighthouse on
    Lindau Island in Lake Constance, Bodensee, Germany, which was built around 1180.

    It was a fortified tower that protected Lindau for centuries and is reported
    to have also served as a lighthouse.

    It was replaced as a lighthouse in 1856 by a lighthouse located on the
    West mole at the entrance to Lindau Harbour. Both structures feature in this year's event as the 300th entry.

    Entries are rolling in daily with 55 from Germany

    46 from Australia

    40 from the USA

    Some entrants have been in the event for many years including some
    continuously since 1998. One entrant in Australia has to walk 18 kiss
    to get to his lighthouse and carry all his gear on his back.

    It's this kind of detail where we, the ham community, miss the journalistic skills of Silent Key VK3PC Jim Linton who as well as heading up ARVictoria,
    and being Secretary of the WIA also kept WIA News well informed on ILLW.

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    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 Ian VK3JS will be giving us all the latest Club news together
    with two interesting items, one on Quantum radio, a new communications
    medium which works where ordinary radio waves cannot, plus another on
    ever slimmer phones.

    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune in
    and to join in the call backs afterwards.

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC
    2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit
    the program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on
    80 metres on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC networks
    plus a TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.

    From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.

    Tune in tomorrow for the August RAOTC bulletin.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.





    Social Scene 2018

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Clb HamFest 10 (vk3bft)
    Aug 25-26 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST WEEKEND (armag)
    Aug 26 VK2 SARCFEST (armag)

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)
    Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton (tarc)



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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUG 5 2018.=20
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS=20

    WIA sponsor special event callsigns till end of 2018. -=20

    WIA Director Greg VK2GPK, with Board Comment. -=20

    WIA Flagship Contest NEXT weekend.=20

    THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS =
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    OF AUSTRALIA 2018 AND FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 05=20


    Buy Swap and Sell and Wanted=20

    Note - there has been an increase in operators discussing=20
    buying and selling of equipment on Amateur Radio Frequencies.=20

    This is being done by operators holding any class of licence.=20

    You need to know this is a breach of Australian Law.=20

    Haggle, Discuss or Bargain face to face, or on the telephone.=20

    Be Responsible ! Now !=20

    (Townsville Amateur Radio Club)=20




    Are you planning to communicate with a small satellite or CubeSat?=20

    ACMA have recently put up a self-help guide, aimed more at the people,=20=

    organisations without ham radio licences.=20

    BUT all should read, and take heed.=20

    Small satellite / CubeSat design has brought with it dramatically lower=20=

    construction and launch costs, enabling a larger range of organisations=20=

    to participate in the satellite industry. Organisations such as = universities,=20
    research bodies, and start-up companies that previously found it cost=20 prohibitive to launch their own satellite can now build and operate=20 satellites for a range of communication, earth observation and space=20 exploration purposes.=20

    What do you need to do before launching or communicating with a =
    satellite?=20

    Talk to ACMA about your requirements and what you need to do.=20

    The Australian Space Agency administers additional Australian =
    regulations=20
    under the Space Activities Act 1998 which apply to the launch of a=20
    space object in Australia and the launch of an Australian space object=20=

    overseas.=20

    Please contact the Australian Space Agency for further information about = how=20
    these regulations apply to your space activity.=20

    The ACMA carries out compliance activities to ensure that radio = communication=20
    activity in Australia is undertaken legally. It is an offence to operate =
    a=20
    radiocommunications device in Australia without a licence. When this = occurs,=20
    the ACMA is authorised to issue fines or, for serious offences, commence=20=

    criminal prosecution.=20

    Operating a satellite without approval may cause interference to =
    existing=20
    services and you are also at risk of receiving interference to your own=20=

    satellite (which could result in mission failure).=20

    Read more on acma.gov.au=20

    (*/engage)=20





    The WIA is sponsoring several special event callsigns that will be=20
    available between now and the end of 2018. There are time slots =
    available=20
    for operators to make use of the callsigns to commemorate the special=20 events.=20

    Please note that each of the callsigns are advanced grade, and an =
    advanced=20
    operator will need to make application.=20

    The three events are as follows:=20

    The WIA is commemorating Region 3 of the IARU 50 years of operation with=20=

    the callsign VI 50 IARU 3. This event is currently running and will=20
    continue until the end of August 2018. The event involves all Region 3=20=

    amateur radio country representatives. There are August time slots=20 available.=20

    September is the 100th Anniversary of the first radio contact between=20
    the Marconi station in Wales and with Mr. Ernest Fisk (AWA)=20
    Sydney Australia. This event is using VI # MARCONI special event =
    callsign.=20
    The event will run from 0000UTC on the 1st September to 2359UTC on the=20=

    30th September.=20

    On November 11th 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice =
    agreement=20
    that ended the hostilities in WWI. This is the culmination of the WIA=20
    ANZAC commemoration that the WIA has facilitated. The event will make =
    use=20
    of two special event callsigns VI # LWF and VI # PEACE. The event will=20=

    run from the 0000UTC on the 3rd November until 2359UTC on the 11th=20
    November. The time slots for this event are for 24 hours.=20

    There is more information relating to these events on wia.org.au=20

    Should you wish to participate please email vk3dac@wia.org.au=20





    WIA=20

    This is Greg VK2GPK, one of the directors of the WIA, with this=20
    week's edition of the WIA Board comment. This week my focus will be=20
    the on the finalisation of the WIA LCD submission to ACMA and the=20
    final feedback survey results used to ratify the proposed LCD changes=20
    in our submission.=20

    Earlier this week, on Monday to be specific, the WIA submitted its=20
    response to the Australian Communications Management Authority (ACMA)=20 consultation document regarding potential variations to the current=20
    (2015) Radio-communications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence)=20 Determination.=20

    This is a relatively rare periodic opportunity to update and improve=20
    the licence conditions for which the WIA has historically provided=20
    input for changes over many decades. In June the WIA sought the=20
    response of the amateur radio community in relation to the draft WIA=20
    Licence Condition Determination (LCD) submission to the Australian=20 Communications and Media Authority.=20

    The 2018 LCD Submission is the non-trivial result of four years of=20
    effort by WIA volunteers including multiple surveys. The WIA in the=20 compilation of these final documents over that time considered a=20
    large number of both member and non-member inputs and responses to=20
    surveys carefully.=20

    However, it must be stated that the submission represents a composite=20
    view that won't please every radio amateur as a number of the=20
    suggestions were mutually exclusive.=20

    As wisely stated in John Lydgate's proverb " you can please some of=20
    the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of=20
    the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time".=20

    However, from the feedback from the survey, we believe we achieved=20
    a compromise that met with the overall approval of the great majority=20
    of respondents. Some highlights are:=20

    That even though the survey was only open for two weeks there were=20
    over 500 responses from around Australia! Whilst this is a small=20
    percentage of the total amateur radio community, it is statistically=20 significant, and is one of highest response rates we have ever=20
    received.=20

    Survey summary:=20

    Support for General Principles - 96%=20
    Support for Foundation Licence Conditions change - 83%=20
    Support for Standard Licence Conditions change - 88%=20
    Support for Advanced Licence Conditions change - 95%=20
    Main respondent group from Advanced licenced amateurs - 74%=20
    Good representation and correlation with licence numbers in all VK=20
    call areas=20
    Total survey respondents: 501 (3.5% of licenced amateurs in VK)=20
    382 people left their email address for further information about=20
    the submission=20

    There were hundreds of supporting comments to each of the five=20
    submission questions.=20

    Whilst I don't have time to elaborate on the detail of our LCD=20
    submission today in this broadcast, it will be available, as well as=20
    survey results and verbatim, on the WIA website. Please take a few=20
    minutes to read it, if you haven't done so already - it's your hobby!=20

    It won't surprise many that evolving the Foundation Licence=20
    conditions was an area of keen interest in the input we received=20
    from the radio amateur cohort - particularly in making this entry=20
    path more relevant to newcomers to the hobby but without making the=20
    entry technical hurdle too daunting.=20

    The WIA is actively lobbying to get these LCD changes across the=20
    regulatory "abyss" for all amateurs in Australia. There is absolutely=20
    no certainty that any of our proposals will be granted by the ACMA.=20
    Indeed, the ACMA have already replied to the Five Year Spectrum=20
    Outlook submission. They have indicated that they are unlikely to=20
    accept many of the proposed changes even though these changes would=20
    align with current IARU / ITU international planning and agreements.=20

    You are encouraged to lobby the ACMA direct and also lobby your local=20 federal member in support of important changes that directly impact=20
    your hobby..=20

    Greg VK2GPK on behalf of the WIA board=20


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,=20=

    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART and the World Wide sources of=20=

    the WIA.=20

    UK=20

    NEW TEAM TO MONITOR AIRWAVES IN GREAT BRITAIN=20

    The Radio Society of Great Britain is making changes in how operator=20 behaviour gets monitored. There, an official team of volunteers that has = been=20
    reporting problematic on-air behaviour and equipment issues is being=20 disbanded.=20

    The Radio Society of Great Britain, the RSGB, has long relied on the = efforts=20
    of the Amateur Radio Observation Service for second opinions on a =
    variety of=20
    these issues and has decided to re-focus on how to address these =
    important=20
    operating matters.=20

    During the next few months the Society will convene a new team called =
    the=20
    Operating Advisory Service, or OAS. OAS participants will monitor the = bands=20
    for such misuses as call-sign pirating, abuse of repeaters and on-air=20 harassment of amateurs.=20

    Announcing the change, the Society said it had taken a hard look at the=20=

    previous way of doing things and decided to give the new team = responsibility=20
    for developing written recommendations to be published on the website.=20=


    The team will concentrate on ideas for best practice.=20

    The RSGB noted that this change does not have any impact on=20
    Intruder Watch which is the Society's portion of the overall=20
    IARU monitoring system that reports on non-amateur signals=20
    that are heard on the HF amateur bands.=20





    USA=20

    The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability proposing to fine=20
    KC5CSG, $18,000 "for apparently causing intentional interference and=20
    for apparently failing to provide station identification on amateur=20
    radio frequencies," the FCC said.=20

    In the wake of complaints, FCC agents visited the area, tracked=20 transmissions on 146.130 MHz to KC5CSG's residence, and monitored them=20=

    for up to 7 hours. The agent reported hearing "music on 146.130 MHz and=20=

    warning other amateur operators that the local Amateur Radio club would=20=

    not be able to conduct their net later that day."=20

    That evening, at a location near the local W5BII repeater, the agent=20
    said, KC5CSG "began transmitting an amateur digital radio signal from=20
    a hand-held radio in his vehicle," disrupting the net and failing to=20 identify. Subsequently, the agent, accompanied by a deputy from the=20 Sheriff's Office, confirmed that he possessed a radio capable of=20
    operating on 146.130 MHz "Audio recordings captured by the agent=20
    demonstrate that the intentional interference ceased as the agent=20
    and the Sheriff's deputy approached the vehicle," the FCC said in the=20
    Notice Of Apparent Liability.=20





    Ruth Willet, KM 4 LAO, is 2018 Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award =
    Recipient=20

    Nineteen-year-old Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, of Cana, Virginia, was named as=20=

    the recipient by the ARRL Board of Directors.=20

    The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award is given annually by the Board to a=20=

    radio amateur under the age of 21 whose accomplishments and =
    contributions=20
    to both Amateur Radio and the local community are of an exemplary =
    nature.=20

    Ruth, who earned her Technician class license in June 2015 and upgraded =
    to=20
    Extra in May 2016, was instrumental in re-establishing the Amateur Radio=20=

    and Electronics Club (K 8 HPS) at Kettering University in Michigan, =
    where=20
    she is a junior pursuing a double major in engineering physics and=20 mechanical engineering while maintaining an A average.=20

    Back in May, she was presented with the Radio Club of America's=20
    Young Achiever Award. Last spring, she was the keynote speaker at=20
    the 32nd annual SWODXA DX Dinner, held in conjunction with Hamvention,=20=

    where her topic was "Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime."=20

    The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, which includes a cash award of = $1,500=20
    and an engraved plaque to the recipient, is intended to provide a =
    tangible=20
    reward to those deserving young amateurs who contribute their time, = skills,=20
    and energies daily through their commitment to Amateur Radio. As models = for=20
    their peers, and inspirations to us all, these fine young people are = highly=20
    visible boosters of Amateur Radio awareness=20





    Broadcast-Quality Audio Processor Donated for news.=20

    Those of us working in the Broadcast world know the name 'OPTIMOD.'=20

    Well now Orban Labs, has donated a state-of-the-art audio processor -- =
    the=20
    all-digital 9300 OPTIMOD-AM -- to the ARRL.=20

    Orban Labs Vice President of Business Development Mike Pappas, W9CN,=20 arranged for the donation with the intention of improving the audio = quality=20
    transmitted by W1AW during its evening phone bulletins.=20

    The 9300 OPTIMOD-AM is used worldwide at broadcast stations that want =
    the=20
    best possible "sound."=20

    W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, installed the 9300 OPTIMOD-AM =
    into=20
    W1AW's audio chain. After making necessary setup adjustments and working=20=

    with instructions that Pappas provided, he determined that overall =
    average=20
    modulation had increased and audio clarity was improved.=20





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT=20

    All major Australian contests, rules and results, are on the=20
    Contest Section of the WIA website.=20

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about=20


    THE SARL YL SPRINT=20

    The 2018 SARL YL Sprint will take place on Thursday 9 August from=20
    12:00 to 14:00 UTC!=20

    It is a phone contest on the 40 metre band and exchange is a RS report =
    and=20
    YL or OM.=20

    Logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format with a summary sheet labelled=20=

    "my call sign YL Sprint," shall be submitted by 16 August 2018 by e-mail = to=20
    zs4bfn@mweb.co.za.=20

    (SARL)=20


    August 11-12 - VK - Remembrance Day Contest=20

    Yep, the Remembrance Day contest date and time is set for 1.00pm =
    Saturday 11=20
    until.00pm) Sunday 12 August 2018 AEST=20

    Full contest rules are available in the contest section of wia.org.au=20

    As we heard a few weeks bcack the most important thing is to submit a =
    log.=20
    Even if you only make a few contacts, please submit a log.=20
    Every log submission helps.=20

    If you have HF capability, just use the frequencies on the bands you =
    have=20
    available. For those that have VHF and UHF capabilities, there are some=20=

    simplex calling frequencies that will make life easy.=20
    These are, 6M 52.525MHz, 2M 146.500MHz, 70CM 439.000MHz and 23CM = 1296.1MHz.=20
    The normal mode for these frequencies is FM.=20

    Most importantly, the RD contest remembers those that have served and = those=20
    that have fallen. We must never forget them.=20

    (Extracts from the article by Vince Henderson, VK7VH in VK7WI News)=20

    SO:-=20
    August 18-19 - WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend=20
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST=20


    D-STAR QSO Party 2018=20

    D-STAR or Digital Amateur Radio QSO Party global event will take place=20=

    between September 22nd at 0.00 and September 24th at 24.00 (UTC). The=20
    format of the party will be the same as in previous years with the goal=20=

    of encouraging D-STAR operators to communicate with as many other=20
    operators across the world via D-STAR repeaters.=20


    October 6 - WW - Oceania DX contest=20





    A LOOK THRU THE DX WINDOW=20

    GET YOUR PARK ON!=20

    Announcing GET YOUR PARK ON! A new North America WWFF Park Event.=20

    Three WWFF countries have joined together for Get Your Park ON!,=20
    a North America WWFF parks event that coincides with Earth Science Week=20=

    activities around the globe.=20

    Purpose: Get as many parks as possible in Canada, USA and Mexico=20
    on the air from Oct. 14-20, 2018 and Hunters throughout the world=20
    calling to log as many QSOs as possible with those parks during the=20 event.=20

    Join the Get Your Park ON! Facebook Group on:=20
    http://getyourparkon.com/=20
    to stay current with details and announcements about this exciting=20
    new event.=20

    Everybody Get Your Park ON! and get into the log.=20

    (SouthGate)=20


    THAILAND, HS.=20
    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3, members of=20
    the Radio Society of Thailand are QRV as HS 50 IARU until October 31.=20


    BRUNEI, V8.=20
    Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association are QRV=20
    with special event station V850IARU until October 31 to celebrate=20
    the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via V85TL.=20


    AUSTRALIA, VK.=20
    The WIA has been able to secure a special call sign VI 50 IARU 3=20
    which will be on air until 31st August to celebrate the 50th anniversary=20=

    of IARU Region 3.=20


    Christian is operational as D 44 EK from Sal Island in the=20
    Cape Verde Archipelago from 23rd July - 7th August.=20
    QSL to his home call, M 0 UPL=20


    Radio Caroline 2018=20

    The 'Martello Tower' group will once again be running a special event = station=20
    GB 5 RC from the Radio Caroline ship the MV Ross Revenge over this =
    weekend=20
    3rd to 5th August.=20

    (Sourced to SouthGate)=20


    GB1NHS permanent special event call sign=20

    "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.=20

    This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on = behalf=20
    of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP=20

    Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur = radio=20
    within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.=20

    (Sourced to SouthGate)=20


    9X, Rwanda DXpedition=20

    Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9 X 0 T between=20
    September 27th and October 10th 2018.=20

    Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, RTTY will only=20=

    be on 14084 kHz.=20

    QSL via I 2 YSB direct only.=20

    (Sourced to SouthGate)=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE=20

    On the front cover of Amateur Radio magazine for this month are some=20 photographs of Military Radios, many no doubt used during the 'AM & CW =
    on=20
    ANZAC day event which, under the guidance of VK4MIK Mike Patterson, who=20=

    came up with this great idea a few years back.=20

    In this week's text editions of the WIA National News is a link to a you = tube=20
    video, a now declassified WWII manpack radio instructional film.=20

    It's worth a view and it's amazing how much and how little has changed.=20=


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DODxBa0b556Y&feature=3Dyoutu.be=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL=20

    Significant changes in store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0=20=


    WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has announced that major changes =
    are=20
    coming to the FT8 and MSK144 digital protocols when WSJT-X version 2.0=20=

    arrives in a few months.=20

    Taylor said version 2.0 should be ready for prime time by January 2019.=20=


    "Much of the necessary programming is finished," Taylor said in a post=20=

    to the Packrats reflector. "Many of the new features have been tested=20
    on the air and we find them to work well."=20

    Taylor was quick to point out that the new capabilities are not yet = publicly=20
    available, not even in beta form. He said that he, Steve Franke, K9AN, =
    and=20
    Bill Somerville, G4WJS, have been developing "enhanced versions of the=20=

    MSK144 and FT8 protocols that extend the message payload to 77 bits."=20

    "Do not rush to download something," he cautioned. "There is more =
    testing=20
    and code optimization to do." He said current plans call for a = beta-testing=20
    period "probably starting in mid-to-late September," with a full release=20=

    "possible a couple of months later."=20

    (SouthGate)=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER=20
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)=20

    AMSAT EA will be on air on all available satellites with the callsign=20
    AM1SAT from September 10 to 17 to celebrate IberRadio 2018 - IV=20 Radiocommunications Fair, the biggest HAM party event in Spain and = Portugal=20

    (http://www.iberradio.es/en/)=20

    The event will open its doors during the 15-16 weekend.=20

    Main grid will be IN70 but other ones will be activated as well.=20

    please write to contacto@amsat-ea.org=20

    (AMSAT-NA)=20





    AMSAT OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, Steps Down=20

    Citing poor health, AMSAT OSCAR Number Administrator the individual who=20=

    confers the alphanumeric designators on Amateur Radio satellites has=20
    stepped down from the volunteer post after granting numbers to =
    qualifying=20
    applicants for more than 2 decades.=20

    "I want to thank Bill for his many dedicated years of service to AMSAT,"=20=

    said AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, who named AMSAT=20
    Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, to succeed Bill.=20

    "Ever since the launch of OSCAR 1 in 1961, it has been traditional for=20=

    Amateur Radio satellites to carry the name OSCAR for -=20
    'Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio,'" Spier explained.=20

    OSCAR satellites are customarily referred to by hyphenated names, the=20
    first selected by the builder, AMSAT-OSCAR 7, abbreviated as AO-7.=20

    Spier called OSCAR numbers "a proud tradition of Amateur Radio, one that=20=

    we hope to keep going for many years to come."=20

    A past AMSAT President, W3XO was licensed in 1946, initially as W 3 KMV.=20=


    He requested W3XO in the 1970s because it was the call sign of =
    Washington DC's=20
    first FM broadcast station in the experimental years.=20

    (arrl)=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW=20

    ILLW and even older lighthouses=20

    A few weeks ago the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend team = received=20
    an entry for this year's ILLW event for a lighthouse built in 1747 at=20
    Skagen in Denmark and the comment was made that this was possibly the = oldest=20
    lighthouse which had participated in the event.=20

    This 'record' has now been well and truly broken by a lighthouse on=20
    Lindau Island in Lake Constance, Bodensee, Germany, which was built =
    around=20
    1180.=20

    It was a fortified tower that protected Lindau for centuries and is = reported=20
    to have also served as a lighthouse.=20

    It was replaced as a lighthouse in 1856 by a lighthouse located on the=20=

    West mole at the entrance to Lindau Harbour. Both structures feature in = this=20
    year's event as the 300th entry.=20

    Entries are rolling in daily with 55 from Germany=20

    46 from Australia=20

    40 from the USA=20

    Some entrants have been in the event for many years including some=20 continuously since 1998. One entrant in Australia has to walk 18 kiss=20
    to get to his lighthouse and carry all his gear on his back.=20

    It's this kind of detail where we, the ham community, miss the = journalistic=20
    skills of Silent Key VK3PC Jim Linton who as well as heading up = ARVictoria,=20
    and being Secretary of the WIA also kept WIA News well informed on ILLW.=20=


    (SouthGate)=20





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS=20 http://www.raotc.org.au=20

    Hallo everyone this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is the=20=

    first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club=20=

    of Australia's August bulletin to go to air.=20

    This month Ian VK3JS will be giving us all the latest Club news together=20=

    with two interesting items, one on Quantum radio, a new communications=20=

    medium which works where ordinary radio waves cannot, plus another on=20
    ever slimmer phones.=20

    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to tune =
    in=20
    and to join in the call backs afterwards.=20

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the VK3REC=20=

    2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.=20

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit=20
    the program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz=20

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is transmitted=20 simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater network.=20

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on=20
    80 metres on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC =
    networks=20
    plus a TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours Tasmanian time.=20

    =46rom Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website at=20=

    www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.=20

    Tune in tomorrow for the August RAOTC bulletin.=20

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.=20





    Social Scene 2018=20

    Aug 4 VK3 Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Clb HamFest 10 (vk3bft)=20
    Aug 25-26 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST WEEKEND (armag)=20
    Aug 26 VK2 SARCFEST (armag)=20

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)=20
    Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)=20
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon =
    (TARC)=20

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM weekend Lake Maraboon =
    (TARC)=20

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)=20

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)=20
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)=20

    Nov 11 VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest=20
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)=20
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)=20



    2019 Social Scene=20

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering, between Mackay and Rockhampton = (tarc)=20



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    Text edition:
    AUG 12 2018 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA


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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUG 12 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA REMEMBRANCE DAY CONTEST THIS WEEKEND. -

    WIA Director Peter VK8ZZ.

    THE RD, PETER & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 12

    What's what and who's who this week in the Hamdom

    Some unusual calls, LZ 1146 SPS (for Bulgaria All Saints Diploma),
    LY44WFF (A Lithuanian Light House) and on 28.200 4U1UN/B in
    New York and more on 4U1UN when Jason VK2LAW takes a trip to
    South Park later in this bulletin.

    Jason will also look at more newcomers on 5 MHz – Ecuador and
    Bosnia-Herzegovina

    With a week to go 355 entries for the 2018 International Lighthouse
    Lightship Weekend amateur radio event have been received, Col VK3GTV
    takes a shine to a few and looks at them in his Special Interest
    Group segment.

    It was 'rig for silent running' radio silence for nearly 6 hours
    at a Wisconsin radio station after one of the DJs was shot.
    Around 3 a.m., a masked and hooded man got into the WORT station and
    opened fire on the DJs, one was taken to hospital and is recovering
    from his injuries. But, for staff at the wireless station, they're
    mired in mystery. "No, we don't know why. That's quite a concern of
    ours," said a WORT spokesperson.

    CQ Magazine report Hamvention will continue to be held at the
    fairgrounds in Xenia. They cited improvements made for the 2018 show
    and promised more for 2019. However, a new commercial exhibits
    building will not be among them.

    Australia’s Amateur Radio Club that each year puts on the
    Southern Hemispheres largest 'HamFest' the WYONG FIED DAY
    had a change in leadership.

    The following executive positions were filled at the Central Coast
    Amateur Radio Club’s Annual General Meeting last Saturday;
    President: Myles VK2ASS, Vice President: Jaye VK2FOMG,
    Secretary: Mark VK2CCR, Treasurer: Dave VK2DLS; the new
    Publicity Officer is Dave VK2KFU.

    The Club has a Facebook page on www.facebook.com/centralcoastarc
    and a Twitter account on #ccarclub

    More information about the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club can be
    found on the web site ccarc.org.au it will soon have various
    interactive features.

    And never a club to let the opportunity go by, they invite you to
    the WYONG FIELD DAY in February 2019.

    (Dave VK2KFU)





    The WIA's RD 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 in the southwest Pacific area. This was
    the date of VP or VJ day, back in the day.

    The Contest is preceded by an opening address and the reading of
    the names of all Radio Hams who gave the Supreme Sacrifice during WW2.

    The 2018 RD Contest Opening Speech (of 20 minutes) sequence is,

    4min 40sec of "this frequency is in use" and pips.

    Then a 15min 20sec speech sequence.

    The 2018 address is given by Garry White, who on May 2nd 2016 was
    promoted to WO-N.

    As WO-N (Warrant Officer of the Navy), Garry is responsible to the
    Chief of Navy (CN), and as the most senior ranking sailor in the Navy
    is entitled to exercise command over all other Sailors in the RAN.

    The WO-N is a member of the personal staff of the CN and as such,
    operates from the office of the CN and is a member of Chief of Navy's
    Senior Advisory Committee.

    You can hear this year’s opening here:-
    wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/documents/2018RD-final.mp3





    Hi there, this is WIA Director Peter VK8ZZ

    The Board of the WIA consists of members located in 4 different
    states of Australia. They meet at least twice each month by video
    conference.

    The monthly meeting is generally held over 2 non-consecutive weeks
    and is usually some 2 – 3 hours duration on each occasion.

    The WIA Board is committed to openness and transparency and to this
    end the monthly minutes of each WIA Board meeting since May 2017 have
    been published on the WIA web site.

    In his recent broadcast, WIA President Justin VK7TW mentioned several
    items that were considered by the Board at the July meeting. A few
    more things that were considered by the board included:

    Approval of the new structure for the Media and Publications
    Committee. This committee will be the overarching committee for the
    following groups : -

    AR Publications Group (previously the Publications Committee)
    Broadcast Group (previously the Broadcast Committee)
    Bookshop Projects Group
    Sales and Marketing Group
    Digital Publications Group

    Ratification of the qualifications for student membership discount
    Considered a sample item for the proposed Michael Owen Award

    The Board of the WIA are very mindful of limiting unnecessary
    expenditure. It is regretful that we have been unable to reply
    positively to the many invitations that the Board receive to attend
    the AGM, ordinary meetings and functions that clubs hold. Unnecessary
    travel expenditure has been eliminated.

    Board members can still attend club events but will be at the board
    members own expense.

    However, the Board are keen to attend club events and have already
    attended a number of events by video conferencing facilities.

    Just this last week three directors attended the North East Radio
    Group’s Annual General Meeting which was held in Briar Hill Victoria,
    by way of a video conferencing facility.

    We encourage clubs to request such attendance. It is often possible
    to have more than one director attend in this way.

    Just a reminder to clubs that we are seeking expressions of interest
    for the 2020 AGM and Conference. If you club or group might be
    interested then please contact me for details

    This has been Peter VK8ZZ





    DISCUSSION POINT

    Hello, I’m Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I’ve been thinking.

    We are here gathered around our radios listening to another episode
    of amateur radio news. Many of us will take part in the call backs
    run by local operators but how many of us have stopped to think
    who else is listening too?

    I know that there are people other than transmitting stations tuned
    into these broadcasts from listening to my local relay. In my area,
    the Sunday news goes out on UHF CB and internet streaming and people
    calling in often list the listeners in their shacks. This would
    suggest that the audience is probably far greater than the official
    callback figures would suggest as there are many radio enthusiasts
    around the country who listen to HF and other feeds and these days
    the online SDRs make it easy to take a broadcast.

    In my own case, it was whilst I was still at school that I started
    listening to the state broadcasts on Sundays. Back when most amateur
    broadcasts were still using AM, it was no harder than switching the
    family radio to shortwave and delicately turning the tuning knob to
    be able to listen. Now with scanners and other radios with broadband
    receive as well as shortwave receivers and the internet, the ears of
    the world can listen to activities from sources around your state
    and the world.

    It is one of the most effective communication methods as listening
    to the radio keeps the mind focussed on the material being presented.
    Whether we think in terms of podcasts or we like our news in company
    with with the unseen listeners, items of interest, upcoming events
    and activities of an electronic or radio nature can inspire someone
    we have never met and cannot see. The person who follows the news can
    turn up to your club swap meet or want to sign on for the next
    training course.

    We look around for the enthusiast seeking a new interest and yet we
    neglect the people listening to this program. We like to think our
    special hobby is growing and we don’t see the potential and power of
    what we do.

    Try the power of the news and spread the word about amateur radio on
    amateur radio.

    I’m Geoff Emery and that’s what I think....how about you?



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    Renewing Amateur Radio Licences - A Reminder

    It can happen to anybody – you forget to renew your licence and it
    lapses. When you ask the ACMA, they tell you that a WIA callsign
    recommendation is needed after which you make a new licence
    application.

    Although the ACMA sends licence renewal notices, that’s not an
    obligation under the Radiocommunications Act. The ACMA sends the
    notice as a courtesy, but if the renewal notice doesn’t arrive for
    some reason, it’s still your responsibility to renew on time.

    In fact, it’s always the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that a
    licence is current. So check: do you know your licence expiry date,
    and are your address details correct?

    What about your callsign? Well, your callsign needs to be protected
    too if you’re attached to it. Your callsign indicates that you hold
    a valid licence, but if your licence lapses and is not renewed, your
    callsign is released and will be put on the WIA Public List 60 days
    after the lapse date.

    After 7 days the WIA will issue a Callsign Recommendation to whoever
    wants it - with ballot provisions applying to 2-letter callsign in
    some states. So the message is: if you don’t want to fight to get
    your call back, keep your licence current.

    Full information of the process and forms needed can be read at
    ‘All about Callsigns’ and ‘New licence or expired licence, or
    reclaiming a former callsign’ - on the WIA website at www.wia.org.au





    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    INDONESIA - Lombok Earthquake Communications, STAY OFF 7110 kHz.

    ORARI - the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organisation, is actively
    supporting Government efforts to provide relief with counter-disaster
    communications on 7110kHz.

    Information via Greg/G0DUB and Ewan/VK4ERM to theTARCinc indicate
    that the counter-disaster traffic is heavy and vital and 7110kHz +/-
    5kHz needs to be kept clear to facilitate efficient messaging.

    Radio Amateurs throughout the world are asked to keep the frequency
    clear, and stations near the region are asked to monitor the
    emergency traffic if they can, in case they can assist.

    also activate, ORARI Satellite LAPAN IO-86 to assist communication.

    From YB0QA, the Operation and Technical Head of ORARI HQ, is
    negotiating with one of the communication equipment agents to help
    with the communication equipment to support the rescue operation.

    The Indonesian Search And Rescue Council Central Java Region has sent
    a group of rescuer and vehicles, led by YB2QC to join the
    National Rescue Operation in Lombok

    At this time there are 4 repeaters operating in the disaster area.

    https://orari.or.id/berita/7291-radiogram-orari-pusat-untuk-orari-daerah.html

    (WIA affiliated club VK4WIT theTARCinc and WIA home page)





    UNITED KINGDOM

    Access to 71MHz driving innovation

    UK amateurs continue to make remarkable progress with innovative
    technology in the experimental 71MHz band.

    The BATC Forum reports contacts of reduced bandwidth digital amateur
    TV of between 59 and 87km, using the latest high efficiency video
    coding. This follows the initial short range contacts when simplified
    Notice of variation, ( NoV ) access to 70.5-71.5MHz was introduced by
    Ofcom and the RSGB in June.

    www.rsgb.org/nov





    A decade of digital dependency

    Ofcom study shows how a decade of technological revolution has
    transformed behaviour.

    One in five people spend more than 40 hours a week online. Brits now
    need constant connection to internet, and are checking their
    smartphone every 12 minutes, TWELVE!

    Most people in the UK are dependent on their digital devices and need
    a constant connection to the internet, following a decade of digital
    transformation revealed by Ofcom. The findings are from Ofcom’s
    Communications Market Report – the most comprehensive study of how
    communications services in the UK are changing.

    This year it focuses on how technology has revolutionised lives
    within ten years.





    More Newcomers on 5 MHz – Ecuador and Bosnia-Herzegovina

    The Ecuadorian telecoms regulator, ARCOTEL, has authorized operation
    on 5 MHz under new WRC-15 Secondary Allocation 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz
    with a maximum power of 25W EIRP.


    arcotel.gobec/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Resoluci%C3%B3n-12-09-ARCOTEL-2017_com pleta_con-firmas-11.pdf

    Bosnia & Herzegovina have also been authorized by their regulator,
    RAK, for 5 MHz operation under the new WRC-15 Secondary Allocation
    5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz with a maximum power of 15W EIRP

    https://rak.ba/bos/index.php?uid=1269428226

    (Paul Gaskell G4MWO)





    It looks like APRS and packet radio will be back aboard the
    International Space Station sooner rather than later.

    "NASA has given the go-ahead for the launch of a new packet module to
    replace the one that died aboard the space station in July of last
    year. The module has been outfitted with a new battery and given
    sufficient testing to verify that it is operational. A request has
    been made to send it up as part of the manifest for supply mission
    71P, which could be sent as early as the 31st of October with a
    projected docking on November 2nd. Meanwhile, the ARISS hardware team
    have been working on the new Interoperable Radio System which it now
    hopes can be deployed in early 2019. As for the packet module, the
    crew will make an attempt to get that installed as time permits.

    ARISS reports that it is expected to be operational again by late
    November.

    I’m Robert Broomhead VK3DN."





    UNITED STATES of AMERICA

    FCC take action regarding illegally marketed HT's

    The ARRL report the US communications regulator, the FCC, is taking
    action against an importer of hand-held transceivers alleged to be
    illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices

    The ARRL says:

    The FCC has issued a Citation and Order to Amcrest Industries,
    LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and
    marketer of popular and inexpensive Baofeng hand-held transceivers,
    alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications
    Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices.

    The FCC asserts that Amcrest marketed Baofeng model UV-5R-series FM
    hand-held radios capable of transmitting on “restricted frequencies.”
    The Baofeng models UV-5R and UV-5R V2+ were granted an FCC equipment
    authorization in 2012 to operate under Part 90 Private Land Mobile
    Radio Service rules.

    “Under § 2.803 of the Commission’s rules, an entity may not market a
    device that is capable of operating outside the scope of its
    equipment authorization,” the FCC Citation said. “RF devices that
    have been authorized under Part 90 rules, such as the model at
    issue, must operate within the technical parameters established in
    those rules.” The FCC also maintained that the UV-5R 2+ is capable
    of operating at 1 W or 4 W, while the Part 90 Equipment Authorization
    limits the power output to 1.78 W.

    Amcrest conceded that the units were capable of operating on
    restricted frequencies but told the FCC that, per discussions with
    the manufacturer, were “only capable of operating at 1 W, the FCC
    said. The company instructed the manufacturer to fix the problem and
    later confirmed with the manufacturer that all Amcrest inventory on
    order and in the future would operate only on 145 – 155 MHz and
    400 – 520 MHz.





    ARRL Board Adopts Volunteer Monitoring Program;
    Official Observer Program to be Retired.

    The ARRL Board of Directors has adopted the recommendations of the
    Official Observer Program Study Committee, which would retire the
    venerable Official Observer Program and institute the Volunteer
    Monitoring Program.

    The transition "be implemented as soon as practicable."

    Under the terms of the new program, current Official Observers will
    be invited to apply for appointment as Volunteer Monitors. The Board
    expressed its appreciation for the OOs and their dedicated volunteer
    service over the years.

    ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR who moderated the Board meeting,
    and ARRL CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY and board said the action is
    expected to re-energize enforcement efforts in the Amateur Radio
    bands and was undertaken at the request of the FCC in the wake of
    several FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff.
    Coordination of cases and evidence gathering would become the
    responsibility of ARRL Headquarters staff, while the FCC will retain
    the responsibility for final decisions regarding action in specific
    cases.





    SOUTH PARK MOST WANTED

    Take the East River Ferry from South Park to 4U1UN

    Situated in the heart of New York City is the United Nations
    Headquarters Building. This particular “DXCC entity” (4U1UN) is
    ranked at #34 most wanted on Club Log.

    I'll say that again, #34 most wanted.

    Put in perspective, it’s more wanted than Swains Island (KH8/S),
    Kermadec (ZL8), Tokelau (ZK3) to name a few “rare” ones.

    How can this be?

    4U1UN - What's the issue?

    The 'DX-World.net' web page has an interesting article by James,
    K2QI, current President of UNARC/4U1UN, on why 4U1UN United Nation
    station is not on the air keeping it at number 34 most wanted.

    Article can be found at:
    https://dx-world.net/whats-the-issue-with-4u1un



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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    August 11-12 – VK - Remembrance Day Contest 

    VK4KG Activates for the RD.

    VK4KG, the Amateur Radio Station based at the RAAF Townsville
    Aviation Heritage Centre is ON OPERATIONS over this Remembrance Day
    Contest, THIS weekend Sat 11th and Sun 12th August.

    It operates from the Radio Shack at RAAF Garbutt Centre.

    Look out for VK4KG on all the HF bands !


    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    October 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest




    The 2017 WIA Contest Champion results are now finalised.

    The Peter Brown trophy has been issued to Hilary Bridel VK2AZ.

    1st: 320 points - VK2AZ
    2nd: 240 points - VK4ADC
    3rd: 220 points - VK4SN
    4th: 208 points - VK2PR

    8, YES EIGHT! stations tied for 5th place with 200 points.
    VK1DA, VK3HY, VK3MY, VK5ZT, VK2QJ, VK3CWF, VK5LJ, VK2GR.

    (vk2pr)





    Bob Bristow, VK6POP says for this year’s Armistice Day Centenary
    VI 6 PAX will be on air November 3 to 15.

    Centred around an activation at Blackboy Hill, the site of a large
    WW1 training camp on 10-11 November, the Callsign will be activated
    at significant sites, club and private stations.

    The event is conjunction with the Bellevue RSL.

    (wia events)





    A LOOK THRU THE DX WINDOW

    Hardy, DL 7 JLL will operate as A 35 JLL from the Kingdom of Tonga
    August and September, mainly on 40, 20, 15 and 10m.

    Until the 15th of August he will be at Nuku Alofa.

    QSL via DL7JLL direct or by the bureau.





    9M61, Malaysian special event

    Look for the special event callsigns with the prefix '9M61' to be
    active (as of August 1st) through September 1st.

    Activity is to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the independence of
    Malaysia, and to promote Malaysia's amateur radio enthusiasts in the
    country.

    The callsigns to look for are:

    9M61MA - Perak 9M61MN - Negeri Sembilan
    9M61MB - Selangor 9M61MP - Penang
    9M61MC - Pahang 9M61MQ - Sarawak
    9M61MD - Kelantan 9M61MR - Perlis
    9M61MJ - Johor 9M61MS - Sabah
    9M61MK - Kedah 9M61MT - Terengganu
    9M61MM - Melaka 9M61MW - Kuala Lumpur

    QSL via the operator's instructions.

    There are four different certificates available from the Malaysian DX
    and Contest Group's (9MDXC).

    Details can be found on their Web site at:
    http://www.9mdxc.com/cq9m

    (SouthGate)





    VOACAP (Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program) is free
    professional high-frequency (HF) propagation prediction software from
    NTIA/ITS, originally developed for Voice of America

    People have really been missing the good old REL Prediction Wheel so
    it's back. Move the markers and see the predictions change on the fly.

    http://www.voacap.com/

    (SOUTHGATE)





    WIRELESS WEATHER

    Scientific American magazine reports sunspot cycles are not just
    every 11 years but also every 88, 200, and 2,400 years

    The sun's pockmarked surface is always shifting. Sunspots and solar
    flares rise and fall every 11 years, a cycle associated with regular
    reversal of the star's magnetic field.

    Huge quantities of plasma—known as coronal mass ejections fly into
    space, which can disrupt satellites and other electronic signals if
    they reach Earth. More solar activity during the cycle also amplifies
    auroras and warms Earth's temperatures slightly.

    Careful study has shown that longer periodicities also exist.

    The Gleissberg cycle, first identified in 1862, strengthens and
    weakens the 11-year cycle over the course of a century. One paper
    posts that the Gleissberg pattern is caused by a slow swaying of the
    sun's magnetic pole.

    The Suess-DeVries cycle lasts about 200 years, whereas the Hallstatt
    cycle runs on the order of 2,400 years.

    Read the Scientific American article at

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-sunspot-cycle-is-more-intricate- than-previously-thought/

    (SOUTHGATE)





    MEDIA WATCH

    Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has been showing a short feature in the
    USA (10 min.) about amateur radio entitled "Radio Hams".

    The feature is from 1939.

    It is also viewable on YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPcpQMbUPE

    (AMSAT-NA)





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS

    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    A Group of amateurs here in VK have started a Facebook group to
    investigate the roll out of a Decentralised Amateur Paging Network,
    based on a German application called DAPNET.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/vkapnet/

    The group plans to use 432.625 MHz as it is common with an
    Amateur Paging Network already operating in New Zealand and
    144.625 MHz in some areas.

    The paging network will be linked and accessed via the Internet
    to send messages via individual's low powered hot spots and also
    dedicated higher powered simplex transmitters spread across the
    country. All that will be required to receive pager messages is a
    standard UHF POCSAG Pager, VHF Pager in some areas or an SDR dongle.

    Anyone interested in the project is welcome to join the Facebook
    Group or contact vkdapnet@groups.facebook.com

    (Simon VK3XEM)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    AMSAT-DL Announces IARU coordinated frequencies for P4-A, Es'hail-2

    Es'hail-2 is a commercial geostationary broadcasting satellite which
    will also provide the first amateur radio Phase 4 transponders.
    The satellite will be positioned at 26 degrees east.

    Es'hail-2 will carry two transponders operating in the 2400 MHz and
    10450 MHz bands.

    A 250kHz bandwidth linear transponder intended for conventional
    analogue operations and an 8 MHz bandwidth transponder for
    experimental digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television.

    The following frequencies have been coordinated:

    for narrowband linear transponder
    • downlink 10489.550 - 10489.800 MHz with 100 Watts output power
    • uplink 2400.050 - 2400.300 MHz

    for wideband digital transponder
    • downlink 10491.000 - 10499.000 MHz with 100 Watts output power
    • uplink 2401.500 - 2409.500 MHz

    http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=630
    http://www.amsat-dl.org/index.php/es-hail-2-p4a

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information]





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW

    Summerland Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in the 2018
    International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

    Cape Byron ( AUS 0 0 0 6 ) as VK2SRC, and
    Ballina ( AUS 0 0 0 1 ) as VK2DLR.

    The event runs from 1000 Saturday to 1000 Monday, August 18-20.
    Club operations will likely be on Saturday and Sunday only.

    For further info go to illw.net


    Three stations from EI are listed although it is believed a few more
    intend to participate but have not just yet registered.

    The Avondhu Radio Club will operate EI 1 E from Charlesfort
    Lighthouse in Kinsale, County Cork.

    South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will operate EI 2 WRC form the
    Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford.

    Limerick Radio Club will operate from Loop Head, while the
    Lagan Valley ARS will operate using the callsign EJ 0 L from
    Arranmore Lighthouse in County Donegal.


    And in South Africa, for the 21st year in a row, the Cape Town ARC
    will be activating the Green Point Lighthouse with ZS 1 CT.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, is 2018 Newsline Young Ham of the Year

    14yr-old Bryant, KG5HVO, of Montgomery, Alabama, has been selected
    as the 2018 Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline
    Young Ham of the Year.

    The son of Tim and Lauren, KG5TQO, Bryant was the youngest
    participant in the recent World Radiosport Team Championship 2018
    in Germany.

    Bryant says he became enthusiastic about Amateur Radio after joining
    the Boy Scouts and earning the Radio Merit Badge. Listening to a
    counsellor’s contact with a station in the Netherlands during an ARRL
    DX contest fuelled his desire to become a radio amateur.

    First licensed as a Technician in 2015, he had upgraded to Amateur
    Extra class by late 2017.



    Closer to home than Alabama is the Bendigo Amateur Radio and
    Electronics Club which invites you to their August meeting,
    where the subject will be about the ‘School Amateur Radio Club
    Network’.

    School Amateur Radio Clubs are a great way to foster interest in
    science and technology, expand horizons, build confidence and develop
    new skills.

    SARCNET promotes STEM using Amateur Radio, and offers different
    activities such as radio operation, using satellites, hidden
    transmitter hunts, electronic kit construction and robotics.

    School Amateur Radio Clubs have been established all over the world,
    and Joe and Julie Gonzales have helped a number of schools to set up
    and promote their own clubs.

    Find out more about the program by going to www.sarcnet.org

    The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday August 17th at the
    1st Castlemaine Scout Hall, 16 Reckleben St, Castlemaine. A gold
    coin donation would be appreciated. Tea, coffee and biscuits
    available.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
    http://www.scouts.com.au
    http://www.scout.org/jota
    http://www.international.scouts.com.au
    http://jotajoti.info/
    Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
    Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
    Co-ordinator.



    CALLING FREQUENCIES
    Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

    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
    14.070


    JOTA -- Now for the Future!

    Scout and Guide Groups are now contacting their regular Radio Amateur
    Operator to line up sites and personnel to participate in this years
    world-wide event, the largest event on the Scout, Guide and Amateur
    Radio Calendar.

    Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet is happening on the
    weekend of 20th and 22st October.

    If you can help out with any groups then please contact your
    local JOTA Co-ordinator, o ,

    Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for
    JOTA.

    Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
    Co-ordinator.





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

    EI 3 KD works Cape Verde Islands on 144 MHz to set new DX record

    On Sunday the 5th of August 2018, Mark Turner EI3KD managed to work
    D 4 Z on the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa on
    144 MHz, a distance of some 4163 kms.

    This remarkable contact, made on CW, was a new record for tropo in
    IARU Region 1.

    The previous record of 4130 kms was set back in July of 2015.

    The contact was made on 144.300 MHz at about 18:26 UTC at a time when
    the band was also open to the Canary Islands from the south of
    Ireland and the UK.

    Just to give an idea of just how far the new record is, if the same
    distance of 4163 kms was measured west of EI3KD's location in Ireland
    then it would reach as far as Nova Scotia in Canada!

    http://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2018/08/ei3kd-works-cape-verde-on-144-mhz-to.html

    (SouthGate)


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    Social Scene 2018


    Aug 25-26 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST WEEKEND (armag)
    Aug 26 VK2 SARCFEST (armag)

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)
    Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)



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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING AUG 19 2018
    IS AN ALARA EDITION.

    WHAT IS ALARA?

    Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (ALARA) was formed in
    1975 with membership now over 200, with many Australian members
    sponsoring overseas YLs into ALARA.

    The term “YL” stands for “young lady” – regardless of age.

    The Associations mission is to encourage women’s interest and active
    participation in amateur radio.

    Check us out on the interweb, https://www.alara.org.au/ or
    on the wireless! Our main net is held each Monday on 3.570 MHz,
    commencing at 1030 UTC.





    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

    'We did not support the ABC closing its shortwave in the Pacific'

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has told Radio National's Fran Kelly
    that her party did not support the ABC's decision to switch off
    short wave services in the Pacific.

    "It is not a decision of the Australian government," she said.

    Bishop had travelled to Samoa to launch a radio transmission facility,
    funded by Australia's aid program, to support disaster management and
    emergency management.

    "We have a media assistance scheme to ensure that radio transmission
    can continue... I would certainly encourage the ABC to continue
    shortwave transmission in the Pacific." Bishop said.

    Read more at:

    https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/julie-bishop-we-did-not-support-abc-closing-i ts-shortwave-pacific © Radioinfo.com.au





    September 18 the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP) is collaborating with
    the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Disaster Management and
    Public Safety (CDMPS) to convene an event that will provide 3GPP with
    the opportunity to brief executive-level representatives of
    Australian governments, academia and industry on the important role
    performed by 3GPP in the development and maintenance of open standards.

    This is the first time 3GPP will have provided a briefing of this
    type in Australia, and it therefore presents a unique opportunity to
    hear directly from 3GPP leadership about the current status and
    strategic directions, including future 5G plans.

    In an article in criticalcomms.com.au they go on to say how 3GPP
    unites seven of the world’s telecommunications standard development
    organisations to provide a stable environment in which to define the
    open standards underpinning current and future mobile cellular
    networks.


    http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/article/important-3gpp-melbourne-b riefing-in-september-536869693#ixzz5NoR4LtTo





    ALL AT SEA

    Last weekend, the WIA's flagship contest, the RD or Remembrance Day
    contest opening featured our guest speaker, a submariner, Garry White,
    WO-N.

    As WO-N (Warrant Officer of the Navy), Garry is responsible to the
    Chief of Navy (CN), and as the most senior ranking sailor in the Navy
    is entitled to exercise command over all other Sailors in the RAN.

    Now comes word that in the USA, US Navy Vice Admiral Charles A.
    Richard, W 4 HFZ, assumed command of US submarine forces during a
    change-of-command ceremony on August 4, held aboard the submarine
    USS Washington.

    An ARRL Life Member, W4HFZ, 58, is well-known in the AMSAT and APRS
    communities. He had been serving as the deputy commander of
    US Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

    A radio amateur since 1974, Richard said on his qrz.com profile that
    he enjoys digital satellite operations. Richard has been on active
    US Navy duty since 1982.



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    INDONESIAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXTENDED

    Entering yet another week of post-Earthquake 7 SR which shook the
    region in West Nusa Tenggara and Bali, emergency handling was still
    intensive.

    The emergency response period for handling the impact of earthquakes
    in West Nusa Tenggara ended on 08/08/2018. However, considering the
    many problems in handling the impact of the earthquake, the Governor
    of West Nusa Tenggara finally decided to extend the 14-day emergency
    response period, which is calculated from August 12 to 25.

    Conditions in the field are still plagued by many problems, such as
    the victims who have to be evacuated, refugees who have not been
    handled properly, the aftershocks that are still going on and even
    earthquakes that damage and cause casualties. With the establishment
    of an emergency response period there is easy access for personnel
    deployment, resource budget use, procurement of logistics and
    equipment, and administration so that the handling of disaster
    impacts becomes faster.

    The number of earthquake victims continues to increase. Until
    Saturday last week it was recorded that 387 people had perished.

    Mr. Erdius (YBØQA) as Head of Operations and Technical Affairs on
    behalf of ORARI HQ has sent 1 unit of VHF Repeater and 10 VHF Handy
    Talkies, to facilitate communication in all fields.

    (Dani, YB2TJV via VK4ZZ and theTARCinc)





    INDIA

    Ham radio helps woman trace family

    The Telegraph (India) reports a woman has been reunited with her
    family on Saturday, courtesy amateur radio operators of Bengal and
    Assam

    The woman was spotted by local residents and ham radio operators
    after she gave birth to a baby girl on a road in Diamond Harbour
    and admitted to Diamond Harbour Super Speciality Hospital.

    She was unable to recall anything initially, not even her name.

    Eventually recalling that she is from Barpeta district, VU2TUO,
    vice-president of Amateur Radio Club of Assam said members of
    West Bengal Radio Club including VU2JFA, then got in touch
    VU2TUO seeking help to successfully trace the woman's residence.


    https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/ham-radio-helps-woman-trace-fa mily-251767





    USA

    ARRL report HAARP’s WSPR research campaign has yielded hundreds of
    reports of reception on the 40 and 80 meter amateur radio bands from
    Alaska.

    Just-completed research at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research
    Program (HAARP) transmitters in Alaska, successfully took advantage
    of the WSPR digital protocol and the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter
    Network (WSPRnet) on July 30 through August 1.

    During the 3 days, more than 300 confirmed reports of signal strength
    and location from nearly 100 unique participants throughout Canada
    and the US were received.


    arrl.org/news/haarp-s-wspr-research-campaign-yields-hundreds-of-reports-on-40-a nd-80-meters





    2.5 MILLION 'WHAT?'

    The FCC has issued call sign WJ2XLT to LeoLabs for satellite and space
    debris tracking from Menlo Park California at 2.9-3 GHz with a
    transmission power of 2,500,000 Watts

    The licensee requested that all other details be withheld from the
    public for 10 years.





    TIME GENTLEMEN TIME!

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2019
    budget request includes shutting down “NIST radio stations in
    Colorado and Hawaii” — in other words, WWV and WWVH.

    Radio amateurs, HF listeners, and others around the world routinely
    make use of the time and frequency standard signals, which also
    include propagation information.

    The FY 2019 proposed budget cuts came to light via Tom Witherspoon,
    K 4 SWL, who maintains The SWLing Post website, after a number of his
    viewers called it to his attention. He posted an article on his blog.
    “I’ve always considered WWV and WWVH to be the heartbeat
    of the shortwaves here in North America — a constant,
    timely companion and brilliant gauge of HF propagation,”
    Witherspoon wrote, continuing, “I find this budget request very
    disappointing.”





    NORWAY

    Norwegian ham radio license changes

    Changes to Norway's Amateur Radio license came into effect August 10,
    2018, 1,000 watts is permitted on the 50-52 MHz Primary allocation.

    1,000 watts can now be used at VHF/UHF for moon bounce (EME) and
    Meteor Scatter without needing individual permission.

    Unlicensed persons may operate radio equipment for radio amateur
    activities through a group, club or association as part of
    recruitment and training for the radio amateur license.

    Unfortunately there was some bad news, amateur radio transmissions
    from uncrewed aircraft e.g. drones and model planes is now forbidden.

    New license doc
    https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2009-11-05-1340





    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    August 18-19 – WW - Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
    August 25-26 - VK - ALARA YL CONTEST

    Yes, the ALARA contest will be on again on the last weekend of August - that
    is Saturday 25th through to Sunday 26th.

    Starting time is 0600 UTC, ending 24 hours later at 0559 UTC.

    The rules have been changed a little, so please check on the ALARA website
    www.alara.org.au and click on ‘Contests’ or in the ALARA newsletter for the
    updates.

    All YLs and OMs are in invited to take part, and we hope that the YLs
    especially will come on air to enjoy this friendly contest. It is not
    necessary to aim for a high score, but just to have a chat with those
    we don’t usually meet on air.

    It has been great recently to hear many OMs and we look forward to meeting
    them again this year.

    How about it girls – let’s make this year a great one for YL participation!

    Good Luck in the ALARA Contest




    Oct 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest
    Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, Well not so much a contest but an
    exercise.

    SELCALL ALE is a Ham Radio "HF Interoperability Exercise" (HFIE) and
    runs 12-22 October 2018.

    All ham radio operators are invited to participate in
    10 days of free and informal ALE and SELCALL operation
    on all amateur radio bands.

    This is a free open international worldwide event on
    amateur radio, all countries, oceans, air, and outer space.

    The HFLINK.NET website provides a connectivity map and
    real time chat room for coordination of HFIE operating
    activity.

    It's a great place to freely discuss, learn, share
    experiences, and find solutions.

    http://hflink.net

    (thanks to vk4zpp)




    2019

    Aug 17-18 VK WIA RD Contest (vk7qp)
    Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/ (RAC)





    The 2017 WIA Contest Champion results have been finalised.

    The Peter Brown trophy has been issued to Hilary Bridel VK2AZ.

    1st: 320 points - VK2AZ
    2nd: 240 points - VK4ADC
    3rd: 220 points - VK4SN
    4th: 208 points - VK2PR

    8 EIGHT! stations tied for 5th place with 200 points.
    VK1DA, VK3HY, VK3MY, VK5ZT, VK2QJ, VK3CWF, VK5LJ, VK2GR.

    (thanks to vk2pr)





    ALARA AWARD

    The aim is to score 10 points to qualify for the Award.

    This Award is available to YLs, OMs and SWLs contacting ALARA members

    VK/ZL: 10 contacts, including 4 Australian Call Areas

    DX: 5 contacts, including 3 Australian Call Areas.

    The ALARA Awards Custodian is Marilyn Syme VK5DMS

    Complete details on the ALARA web site, alara.org.au

    ( https://www.alara.org.au/contests/alara_award.html )





    YLRL GRANDMOTHER AWARD

    1 . Available to all licensed amateur radio operators (YLs and OMs).

    2. Have QSOs with 15 grandmothers and collect the following info
    for each --Date of QSO, Time, band, call-sign, name and number
    of grandchildren.

    3. They cannot be the neighbour’s children who call you grandma
    and are not related in any way.

    4. Send your log to the YLRL Certificate Manager either by e-mail,
    or snail mail to receive your certificate.

    For ALL the information check out the YLRL page.

    The Young Ladies Radio League is an international non-profit
    organization of women amateur radio enthusiasts. It was founded in
    1939 and is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League

    (ylrl.org)





    A LOOK THRU THE DX WINDOW

    A team of experienced U.S. DXers are operating as TX 5 T from the
    Austral Islands until 22nd August. The Austral Islands are the
    southern-most group of islands in French Polynesia and count as a
    separate entity for DXCC purposes.

    TX5T is on all bands 160 – 6m on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.

    See www.australs2018.com

    (irts)





    GB 100 RAF is operating this week, Saturday the 18th to Friday
    the 24th of August at RAF Syerston, as part of the Aerospace camp of
    RAF AC (Air Cadets) and in conjunction with the RAF 100 celebrations.
    Cadets will be mainly on 40m around 7.155MHz.
    All QSLs via G 8 FC.

    (rsgb)





    MEDIA WATCH

    All India Radio shortwave external service in doubt

    The Hindustan Times reports there are questions over future of
    All India Radio (AIR) shortwave external service

    The external services division of All India Radio is caught in a
    turf war between the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB),
    which runs it and the ministry of external affairs (MEA), which is
    expected to fund it.

    While the MIB wants the service to continue and even expand;
    MEA has been suggesting shutting down the programmes,
    pointing out that the service offered through short wave transmission
    has outlived its utility and does not attract listeners abroad, said
    an MIB official aware of the developments.

    According to this MIB official, the service, which was started soon
    after the outbreak of World War II has emerged as a bone of
    contention between the two ministries, as the cost of running the
    shows is high and the MEA has been unwilling to pick the tab.

    Read the full story at

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/i-b-ministry-and-mea-at-odds-over-all -india-radio-external-service/story-k8CDvm9gmYSJ4gDzuYrHiK.html

    (SouthGate)





    INTRUDER WATCH - ENFORCEMENT ZONE

    Region III IARUMS Coordinator Peter Young VK3MV

    VK IARUMS reflector email to subscribe intruders@wia.org.au

    SUBMITTING a report? go to
    http://www.wia.org.au/members/protecting/intruderreport/

    INTRUDER NETS
    Friday 0730 UTC 7.065.5 with VK4CEU David.


    Amateur exclusive frequencies where any non-amateur signal is definitely an
    intruder.

    Amateur HF Spectrum world wide
    7.050 to 7.100
    14.000 to 14.250
    14.250 to 14.350 No broadcasters
    21.000 to 21.450
    24.890 to 24.990
    28.000 to 29.700

    IARUMS reports Kiwi-SDR can locate intruders in ham radio bands

    IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the online Kiwi-SDR
    (TDoA) bearing system is an excellent tool to find out the location
    of intruders in the amateur radio bands.

    IARUMS illustrate the effectiveness of Kiwi-SDR (TDoA) by pinpointing
    operation from a UK Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus in the 21 MHz band
    and UK fishery traffic operating in the 7 MHz band.

    The newsletter also notes there was a KG84 encrypted STANAG-4481
    transmission from south-west England July 6 on 7101.7 kHz.

    The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region 1
    July 2018 newsletter can be read at

    http://www.iarums-r1.org/iarums/news2018/news1807.pdf

    (SouthGate)





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL

    Last week Col VK3GTV told us about the group planning a rollout of
    VKAPNET

    BUT, what IS VKAPNET?

    It's an amateur radio paging network that will be linked across the
    internet and capable of sending messages via transmitters and hotspots
    around the country.

    The Decentralised Amateur Paging Network, as it will be known, will
    make use of two frequencies - 432.625 MHz and 144.625 MHz.

    The system is based on a German application known as DAPNET.

    Participants must be licensed amateur radio operators.

    The network of pager transmitters is designed to send messages that
    can be addressed directly to an amateur operator’s call sign or
    transmit emergency and weather information based on regions. The
    system makes use of the standard asynchronous paging protocol known as
    POCSAG, or, Post Office Code Standardisation Advisory Group.

    Anyone interested in the project is welcome to ask to join the
    Facebook Group or contact vkdapnet@groups.facebook.com

    (ARNewsLine)





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DMR
    http://vkdmr.info/

    DMR Project

    YL's who aren’t on the network yet, are invited to register in order
    to obtain their DMR-MARC ID.

    Then get a communication unit, either VHF or UHF, according to the
    DMR repeater network in your area.

    Those YL's who own DMR equipment should arrange access to Talk Group
    955, WWYL TG, in their Code Plug (CP) which is specific to their
    radio and repeaters or Hot Spots to be used.

    They should remember:
    (a). Use CC (Colour Code)=1.
    (c). Apply TS (Time Slot)=2.

    It's not complicated, but assistance from an experienced ham friend
    may help, as this is a tedious job. Therefore it's common to adopt
    a ready-made CP and make the required changes accordingly.

    Dvora, 4X4NW from YLRL says momentarily push the PTT. Now you are
    hooked to the TG for the next 15 minutes, and can listen to all the
    traffic, and break in.

    For more information, please contact:
    Dvora 4X4NW
    dvorashaal@gmail.com





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FEMALES IN RADIO AROUND THE GLOBE
    ALARA - AUSTRALIAN LADIES AR ASSOCIATION
    http://alara.org.au
    Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.
    (1000utc during daylight saving)

    A MOST successful gathering of YLs wrapped up recently in Oklahoma
    City.

    Heather Embee, KB3TZD, is a reporter for our Sister news service
    Amateur Radio NewsLine and she has told that for attendees at this
    year’s Young Ladies Radio League Convention in downtown Oklahoma City,
    it’s all over now but for the memories.

    YLRL president Marilyn Melhorn AF 7 BI welcomed the group of 43 YLs
    and 22 OMs who travelled from 21 states and the Canadian provinces.

    The local SCARS club sent five OMs to work as volunteers at the event,
    which ran from August 2nd to 5th. There was a forum on digital modes
    led by Ria Jairam N2RJ, rovering by Andrea Slack K2EZ and NASA
    research scientist Nancy Hall KC4IYH delivered the keynote speech at
    the convention banquet.

    According to one member of the three-person organizing committee,
    Michelle Carey W5MQC, the prize table was chock full of goodies from
    convention sponsors and Saturday also featured sessions offering help
    on DMR, antennas, CW, logging, programming rigs and just about
    anything else.

    YLs got to make Morse Code bracelets.

    Carol Milazzo KP4MD treated the YLs to a talk on the right way to
    organize a DXpedition style holiday.

    This YLRL convention only happens once every three or four years
    so these are memories – and moments – that are sure to last.

    (ARNewsLine)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
    https://illw.net/

    Look out for northern lights this weekend.

    With the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend happening
    this weekend there are quite a few stations that have been
    set up in the north for this international event.

    VK4WIR - RADAR Club activation of Gladstone Old Sea Light
    VK4CQR - Central Queensland Amateur Radio Assoc. activation of
    Seahill Light AU 0059
    VK4ATV - theTARCinc activation of Cape Cleveland Light AU 0045
    VK4FE - Low Isles Light AU 0078
    VK4GHL - Tablelands Radio Group at Grassy Hill Light AU 0019

    If you've ever thought of doing an activation yourself, next year's
    event will be held on the weekend of August 17 and 18.

    For more information on the ILLW event please visit:
    https://illw.net/

    (theTARCinc/RAC)





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    YOTA 2018 OFF TO A GREAT START

    YOTA 2018 hosted by the SARL got off to a great start. Young radio
    amateurs from 23 countries arrived and were eager to get started.

    Anton, ZR 6 AIC presented a journey into Software Defined Radio.
    The delegates were presented with a VHF/UHF dongle donated by the
    South African Amateur Radio Development Trust and the associated
    cables sponsored by individual donors and AMSAT-SA.

    Anton explained the workings of SDR and after the youngsters had
    downloaded the software from the AMSAT SA website, it was soon
    that radio signals were received.

    After the mid-morning break, it was antenna building time with Guy
    ZS 6 GUY. They each built a two metre, 70 cm crossed Yagi. YOTA
    groups then divided into teams to build five BACARS's (Balloon
    Carrying Amateur Radio) - launching and tracking (using their just
    made yagis) of a high altitude balloon with various radio equipment
    on-board to explore near-space.

    The groups launch of a Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio with various
    radio equipment on-board to explore near-space was the highlight
    and while waiting for the data to return from the BACAR package, the
    YOTA group operated from grid KG43 on multiple satellites, ranging
    from SO-50, AO-91, & AO-92.

    "All the YOTA ZS9 members, who made their first satellite contact
    will receive the AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club Award" said
    Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director, Contests & Awards.

    Visit www.sarl.org.za and www.zs9yota.co.za to follow the activity
    these 'lucky young’uns' had.

    (sourced to SARL and AMSAT)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
    http://www.scouts.com.au
    http://www.scout.org/jota
    http://www.international.scouts.com.au
    http://jotajoti.info/
    Brett Nicholas VK2BNN is Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for
    JOTA.
    Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI
    Co-ordinator.



    CALLING FREQUENCIES
    Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

    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
    14.070

    SCOUTS BUSY WITH JAMBOREE PLANS AND IN THE USA, K2BSA ACTIVATION

    This week in Radio Scouting you may be able to work K 2 BSA

    K2BSA/1 will be at Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, Rode Island from
    August 19th through the 26th.

    BSA Troop 3 out of Newport, RI will be heading to this camp, the
    fourth-oldest continuously run scout camp in the United States.

    Troop 3 will be operating 20M/40M/80M voice & digital using battery
    and solar power.

    In news regarding Jamboree on the Air 2018, the weekend of
    October 19th - 21st the JOTA-JOTI team have established trusted
    partnerships for connecting units digitally during the event with
    JOTI Radio, JOTI.TV, and Scoutlink.

    JOTI Radio is the official JOTA-JOTI radio station with trusted
    partner status. They will be providing non-stop, live broadcasts
    throughout JOTA from their UK studios and are powered by the
    wonderful team at Avon Scout Radio.

    JOTI.tv is another trusted partner that will gather all the webcams
    of scout groups all over the world and build them together in one big
    mosaic. This will give you a look inside JOTA-JOTI from the
    perspective of the participating stations.

    ScoutLink is a global, non-profit organisation that aims to connect
    Scouts and Guides from all over the world. They do this in many ways,
    but their 3 main services are IRC/Webchat (text chat),
    TeamSpeak (voice chat), and Minecraft.

    (sourced to ARNewsLine)



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    REWIND

    The Feminine Wireless Amateur.

    Just because a MAN, Signor Guglielmo Marconi by name, invented
    commercial wireless telegraphy does not mean for a moment that the
    fair sex cannot master its mysteries.

    To prove that the girls and women of the country are rapidly
    awakening to the fact that radio operating is a worth-while
    accomplishment, both vocationally and intellectually, as reported in
    a magazine from early last century, The Electrical Experimenter,
    many YL’s were employed as RO’s (Radio Officers) at Department
    stores!

    Department stores?

    Why?

    Well this was an era when retail sales were dominated by large
    downtown department stores, which offered a wide variety of consumer
    goods. Some stores even had auditoriums, for providing entertainment,
    so it was natural for them to expand into radio broadcasting for
    publicity purposes.

    The Leo J. Meyberg Co.'s store in Los Angeles, California was known
    as Hamburger's, and it began radio broadcasting activities under an
    experimental licence, 6 XAK.


    Mrs. Alexander MacKenzie, of the New York State Woman's Suffrage
    party, 'Yonkers,' is the woman who provided material for a very good
    wireless story several years prior to 1916.

    During the summer of 1915 she went to the wireless instruments every
    day at stated hours, morning, noon and night, and flashed out the
    words-- "Votes for women" 400 miles into the ether.

    Usually she got replies, sometimes from land wireless stations and
    sometimes from ships at sea, ranging from "Good for you old lady!"
    and "We're with you!" to "Oh, piffle!"

    The Yonkers women used wireless in their 24-hour demonstration,
    election night, they made speeches in Manor House Square and a
    wireless station above the platform received messages from various
    celebrities and prominent suffragists.

    Women operators were usually in high demand as Ships RO’s, which
    brings to mind, among other facts, that of a progressive Boston
    young lady, who, being a radio operator, found she could not gain a
    position on a certain ship as two operators were required and one of
    them was a man!

    What did she do?

    Very simple--she married him!

    Where there's a will there's a way.


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    Social Scene 2018


    Aug 25-26 VK6 NCRG HAMFEST WEEKEND (armag)
    Aug 26 VK2 SARCFEST (armag)

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)
    Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)

    September 2019- Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
    will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
    Ingrid lullen55@gmail.com




    2020 Social Scene

    ALARAMEET Bendigo (vk5yl)



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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 2 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS


    WIA CALLS FOR IT CREW FOR WEBSITE ETC. -

    WIA PRESIDENT EXPLAINS WHAT THE WIA DOES FOR US


    THESE STORIES & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
    AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 02



    The Melbourne International Hi-Fi Show, October 12-14 at the Pullman
    Mercure Hotel, Albert Park, is shaping up to be the best and most
    successful show of its type in Australia with many exclusive releases
    and world firsts lined up to excite the senses of attendees.

    Opening on Friday 12th October and running through to Sunday 14th
    the show attracts thousands of music lovers, home entertainment
    enthusiasts, and those interested in buying their very first Hi-Fi
    system.

    Combined with Australia's only 3-day Record Fair the show is a must
    for vinyl and turntable lovers.





    WIA - THIS IS IT

    Hello fellow hobbyist,

    The WIA's website has served us well for many years under the experts
    Rob VK3DN and Marc VK3OHM. Having done such a great job maintaining
    and developing it over the years ,it has become time to undertake a
    refresh in the vision of 2020 and beyond.

    The WIA IT team are looking for volunteers to assist with the
    management of the website and various systems, and aid in the
    migration of the existing content. So if you're an amateur systems
    operator, or perhaps a professional one, that has a flair for creating
    stunning websites I, Joseph Mullins (VK5FJDE), and the IT team would
    love to hear from you.

    Please flick us an email to
    it@wia.org.au





    WIA PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

    Representation, Education and Promotion - it's what the WIA does.


    Representation


    The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is the only amateur radio
    body recognised by the International Telecommunications Union at
    World Radio Conferences (WRC). Australia has representation on the
    International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Australia is a member of
    Region 3 (Oceania). The IARU R3 board includes Director Peter Young
    VK3MV.

    The 17th IARU Region 3 Conference is being held in Seoul, Korea in a
    few weeks time and runs for a week. The Conference is being hosted by
    the Korean Amateur Radio League.

    The WIA Board has nominated Greg VK2GPK as delegate and Dale VK1DSH
    as observer to attend the Conference. The WIA will also send
    representatives to the WRC in 2019. This clearly demonstrates the
    WIA’s commitment to supporting and representing amateur radio
    internationally.


    As mentioned by Aidan in last week's Board Comment - the WIA Board
    has identified an issue with repeater and beacon assignment and is
    working toward creating a team of accredited frequency assigners.
    Many clubs are resorting to paying substantial amounts of money to
    alternate frequency assigners do the assignment for them. The WIA is
    working on offering a frequency assignment service at a reduced rate
    for members, affiliated clubs and community groups. We now have the
    insurance in place and are current looking for suitably qualified
    individuals.


    Promotion


    Myself and Vice-President Greg VK2GPK attended the North East Radio
    Groups AGM. This was done via video conference and the format was a
    thirty minute presentation then thirty minutes of questions and
    answers. This facility is available to all affiliated clubs.
    All you need is a good broadband internet connection with the ability
    to project onto a big screen and amplify audio from a PC. If
    interested then email support@wia.org.au


    The think-tank of the WIA the Strategy Advisory Committee have some
    new members following nominations being received. We welcome Phil
    VK4PG, Grant VK5GR, Peter VK4EA, Ewan VK4ERM, David VK4MZ and Aidan
    VK4APM as the Board representative. This committee is working on a
    number of white papers that will be submitted to the WIA Board prior
    to going out for amateur community consultation for their input. One
    of the priority areas is membership engagement.


    The WIA Marketing Group was formed from a group of interested amateurs
    that attended the Club President's lunch that was held just before
    WIA AGM in May. This group is focussing on how to promote and market
    the hobby and WIA and will be working closely with the Strategy
    Advisory Committee especially in the area of membership engagement.


    Education


    In June the ACMA released the consultation paper - New approaches to
    amateur radio qualification arrangements. Amateur Radio learning and
    assessment is currently provided on behalf of the WIA and the ACMA
    through a Deed of Agreement between the ACMA and WIA. The current
    service is delivered throughout Australia through a geographically
    diverse network of clubs with almost 300 assessors and learning
    facilitators undertaking over 1300 assessments per year on a
    volunteer cost recovery basis.


    The WIA received a total of 17 direct submissions from members of the
    WIA and others within the amateur community expressing deep concern
    for the approaches suggested in the ACMA consultation paper. These
    concerns and suggestions were included in the WIA submission and can
    be summarised as:


    Strong opposition to changes to the amateur radio qualification
    framework that:


    * results in a reduction in the social and community outcomes
    that amateur radio provides to approximately 14,000 Australian
    amateur operators, their clubs and the communities in which
    they operate; or

    * exposes the hobby to further existential (high cost for low
    numbers) risk; or

    * Imposes additional barriers to entry for new operators or the
    barriers to advancement for existing operators


    The ACMA received 45 submissions and has settled on Approach One
    “an approved body to provide training, conduct examinations and
    issue certificates of proficiency through delegation under the Act”.

    Approach One also outlines that the organisation is a Registered
    Training Organisation (RTO).


    The ACMA is preparing to release a Request for Tender document in
    late August -= early September for the replacement service. The WIA
    is currently preparing for the release and response to that Tender.


    On behalf of the WIA Board this has been Justin VK7TW



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    CHINA

    Chinese state missile maker CASIC and its commercial space subsidiary
    Expace is preparing to launch its Kuaizhou-1A (Y8) solid rocket
    before the end of September, carrying the Centispace-1-1S test
    satellite into 700 km SSO.

    This mission will be additional to the approximately 35 being planned
    by main space contractor CASC for 2018.This means that together with
    CASC, emerging players like Expace, Landspace and potentially
    OneSpace, there could be around 40 Chinese launches in 2018.





    AUSTRIA

    Austria ÖVSV: Amateur Radio only "toy"! ??

    The Austrian national Society ÖVSV has responded robustly to a press
    release put out on August 17, by the Austrian Ministry for Transport,
    Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)

    In July the BMVIT consulted on proposed changes to the regulations
    for the Amateur Radio Services, such were the concerns raised by the
    proposed changes that over 550 radio amateurs responded out of the
    total amateur population of about 6,000.

    It is understood the plan to force radio amateurs to renew their
    call sign every 10 years or else lose the call sign was one area of
    particular concern.

    On August 17 BMVIT issued a press release seemingly lumping amateur
    radio in with "Toys".

    Quotes in Google English from the ÖVSV response:

    "The latest press release from BMVIT (Aug 17, 2018) unfortunately
    confirms our worst fears! Although the statements of section chief
    Mag. Reichardt were probably intended as reassurance to ward off the
    many inquiries from the press and politics, the content is factually
    devastating and wrong."

    "The amateur radio service is thrown into a pot of cheap radio
    applications such as remote controls, toys, garage door openers,
    Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sports equipment and wireless microphones and
    equated with CB radio."

    "Even the described time limit of authorizations - after all for
    10 years - is nonsense and certainly no administrative
    simplification. Without justification, the license granted for an
    indefinite period of time will be withdrawn here - a circumstance
    that is also concealed in the BMVIT press release. The talks about
    regaining the permit were interrupted and not yet continued."

    Read the full ÖVSV post - Amateur radio only "toy"! ??
    https://tinyurl.com/Austria-OVSV-2018-08-24





    USA

    USCGC Courier/VOA alumni install new exhibit at VOA Museum

    U.S. Coast Guard, VOA employees formed long-lasting friendships with
    citizens of Rhodes.

    While many Americans were driving big-finned cars and enjoying the
    prosperity of the 50s, the citizens of Rhodes, Greece, were still
    digging themselves out of rubble remaining from their location as a
    Nazi stronghold during World War II.

    Then, in 1952, the Voice of America and United States Coast Gaurd
    Cutter, the 'Courier,' came to town as part of then President
    Harry Truman’s Operation Vagabond.

    The deep Greek-American friendships formed there and dollars
    Americans brought helped rebuild Rhodes with an “unofficial”
    Marshall Plan.

    The USCGC Courier/VOA Alumni group shared stories of growing up in
    Greece during the Cold War at an Aug. 11 reception at the
    National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester.
    The group had gathered with museum board members and docents to
    officially install a new exhibit outlining the story of the
    USCGC Courier, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter that acted as a floating
    Voice of America radio station from 1952 through 1964.

    The Courier was stationed in the port of Rhodes, Greece and broadcast
    VOA news into Russian territory to defeat Soviet jamming near VOA
    listener areas. It used a barrage balloon to hold its medium-wave
    antenna aloft and contained the most powerful communications radio
    transmitter ever installed on board a ship.





    Radio ham's company advances Cloaking Technology

    The ARRL reports Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc., established by noted
    radio amateur and inventor Nathan Cohen, W1YW, continues to stretch
    technological boundaries of belief

    In an August news release, the firm confirmed the issuance of its
    newest patents that will enable the next generation of stealth-like
    invisibility and absorptive shielding. The technology has both
    commercial and military applications.

    The firm pioneered and invented invisibility cloaks and holds both
    the “source” patent and the related comprehensive intellectual
    property portfolio. Their recently issued patent is a continuation
    of that state-of-the-art innovation. It discloses a novel means of
    turning invisibility cloaks on and off, by changing the
    characteristics of a boundary layer.

    “The person or sensor inside the cloak is thus no longer blind,”
    W1YV said. He explained that not being able to sense the outside had
    previously been the top impediment to the use of invisibility cloaks.





    Petition launched to save WWV

    Having operated since May 1920, WWV has transmitted the official
    US Time for nearly 100 years.

    The US government is planning to close Radio Stations WWV, WWVB, and
    WWVH in 2019.

    An online petition has been set up to change that, though at the
    time of receiving this item only about 7% of the necessary signatures
    had been gathered to oblige a response from the White House.

    You can sign the petition at

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/maintain-funding-nist-stations-wwv-ww vh .





    TV FOR NOTHING GET YOUR FLICKS FOR FREE

    I would think each and every one of us 'guilty' of googling for ham
    radio related information have seen the unwanted 'plug' on our
    screens for free TV which turns out to be nothing more than an
    advert for a free to air TV antenna.

    Well reports in suggest Twenty percent of homes in the U.S. use a
    digital antenna to access live TV, up from 16 percent just two years
    ago, according to Parks Associates market research in Texas.

    The Twin Cities has an even higher antenna percentage.

    Local antenna installers say business has been rising about 20%
    to 25% annually for several years. It's the eighth largest
    broadcast-only market in the country, with more than 22 percent of
    homes using antennas to get local TV, according to TVb.org, a local
    broadcast trade association.

    Duane, Wawrzyniak, in Silver Lake, Minnesota, cites high TV bills
    every month for the increased antenna sales. According to the report,
    "In the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota, antenna users can receive
    10 to 60 TV channels, often in high-definition quality, over the air
    at no expense."





    HONDURAS

    Donation of Ham Radio equipment for Emergency Comms

    On August 22, 2018, the National Telecommunications Commission of
    Honduras (abbreviated CONATEL in Spanish), delivered radio
    communications equipment to COPECO, donated by ITU for emergency
    communications

    Honduras is part of a pilot project of ITU that includes
    Central America and the Caribbean, aiming to achieve full
    implementation in South America.

    Miguel Alcaine, ITU Area D Representative, said: “The most important
    thing is that CONATEL, COPECO and the radio amateurs start working
    with the WinLink tool. I am very happy to know that we are doing
    something before disaster strikes”.

    Lisandro Rosales, National Commissioned Minister of COPECO, stated
    that “one of COPECO’s objectives has been the strengthening of
    information and communication technologies (ICTs), and thanks to them
    the institution has one of the most powerful communications networks
    of the region, with coverage of 95% of the national territory”.

    Minister Rosales also said that “We have realized that
    telecommunications is a key element in order to give early warnings
    and to warn about imminent danger, or to coordinate assistance or
    reconstruction activities”.

    The cooperation agreement also includes a training process.

    To this effect, COPECO technicians, along with professionals of the
    911 National Emergency System and CONATEL personnel, initiated a
    series of workshops, with the support of Honduran radio amateurs.



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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    This weekend the 'biggie' on the contest calendar is the
    All Asian DX SSB Contest, 1st and 2nd of September.

    Oct 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest
    Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not a contest but an exercise.




    2019
    Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/




    THROUGH THE DX WINDOW

    MOLDOVA, ER.
    Roberto, IK1HGE is QRV as ER/IK1HGE until September 1.
    Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using only SSB.
    QSL to IK 1 HGE


    FRANCE, F.
    Reg, G3WPF is QRV with special event call TM 100 HAB until
    September 4 to commemorate the 100 years since the liberation of
    Hardecourt-aux-Bois in the Somme in World War I.
    Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW with some SSB.



    REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL.
    Special event station D73V is active until the end of August
    to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Korea's independence.
    QSL via 6 K 0 MF.



    MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1.
    Take, JG 8 NQJ is QRV as JD1/JG8NQJ on Marcus Island, IOTA OC-073,
    and remains there until September 6.
    QSL via operator's instructions.



    BULGARIA, LZ.
    Special event station LZ 35 PAR is QRV until August 31 during the
    35th FAI World Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing Championship.
    QSL via LZ 1 ZF.



    CZECH REPUBLIC, OK.
    Special event station OL 100 CSR is QRV until October 31 to celebrate
    the founding of Czechoslovakia 100 years ago. QSL via bureau.



    ENGLAND, G.

    Members of the Pontefract and District Amateur Radio Society are now
    active as GB 250 CC until September 28th to celebrate the 250th
    anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage of discovery to the
    Pacific, spanning the years 1768-1771.

    Captain Cook sailed out of Plymouth on August 25th, 1768, on the
    ship called the "Endeavour".

    Other activations may be possible over the next 3 years to coincide
    with "key moments" of the voyage.

    For more details, see https://www.qrz.com/db/gb250cc

    QSL by the Bureau to GB250CC



    Jacques, F 6 HMJ will be active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios Island, EU-067,
    from the 27th of August to the 6th of September. He will operate CW
    and some SSB on the 40 to 10 metre bands.
    QSL via his home call, F6HMJ.



    AUSTRALIA, VI.
    Celebrating this year’s WW1 Armistice Day Centenary, on air
    November 3 to 15 will be VI6PAX



    THAILAND, HS.
    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3, members of
    the Radio Society of Thailand are QRV as HS 50 IARU until October 31.



    BRUNEI, V8.
    Members of the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association are QRV
    with special event station V850IARU until October 31 to celebrate
    the 50th anniversary of IARU Region 3. QSL via V85TL.



    MORROCO
    Morocco special callsign
    Operators Jose EA 1 ACP, Gen EA 5 EL, Francisco EA 7 FTR and David
    EB 7 DX will be active with the special callsign 5 E 5 A for
    "National Celebrations in Morocco".

    August 30th-September 3rd.

    Operations will be on CW, SSB and FT8.

    QSL via EA 7 FTR.

    (SouthGate)



    GREENLAND, OX.
    Bo, OZ 1 DJJ is active as OX 3 LX till August 29.
    Activity will be on various HF bands.
    QSL via OZ 0 J direct.



    VIETNAM, 3W9.
    Jacek, SP 5 APW will be active as 3W9JK/P from Cham Island (AS-162)
    from September 15 to 22, and as 3W9JK from Ho An City in the
    Quang Nam Province from September 22 to 27.
    Activity will be on 20 to 6 meters using SSB.
    QSL via his home call sign, SP5APW via the bureau.





    NET ADVICE

    There's a lot happening with nets this week, so how about THIS one ...

    Wondering what all this DMR stuff is about? Of course you've heard
    about it, Digital Mobile Radio, and maybe you've even lashed out and
    put down a few hard earned dollars on one of those El Cheapo
    (relatively anyway) digital handhelds.

    DMR may never replace HF or VHF analogue, but it's a fun way to get
    involved in cutting edge stuff, without breaking your brain cells or
    the bank, or upsetting the neighbours with your ever increasing
    antenna farm.

    For most of us, nothing takes the place of Amateur radio, however that
    is what this is all about, as DMR is just the latest up-to-date way
    for hams to communicate, and it can even be on a global scale with no
    atmospheric noise, fading or interference to marr your conversation.
    There's a growing number of DMR repeaters around Australia, and every
    Tuesday evening at 1930 EAST, Peter VK4NBL runs the VK-DMR net which
    recently attracted VK's from Hobart to Perth, and Ayers Rock to
    Thursday Island!

    If you think this is something you'd like to know more about, and you
    already have a DMR capable radio, the VK-DMR net is on Talk Group
    3809, Time Slot 1, and also accessible from reflector 4809.

    Repeater and Hot Spot connections all work, just fine. Hope to hear
    YOU there next Tuesday at 1930 EAST.

    And tell Peter you heard about it first, on WIA National News!!

    I'm John, VK4JJW.





    MEDIA WATCH

    Latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter now available for download

    Paul Gaskell G4MWO, Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter advises the latest
    edition is available for free pdf download from the ‘External Links’
    section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/60-meter_band#External_links

    or the RSGB 5 MHz page

    http://rsgb.org/main/operating/band-plans/hf/5mhz/

    This edition includes 5 MHz news from 8 countries, features the
    World of 5 MHz, the Wikipedia 60 Meter Band page, CEPT, Do you
    monitor the UK 5 MHz Beacons, Useful propagation sites for 5 MHz
    and Reader’s Feedback from G4DWV.





    THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report –
    Measure Twice cut Once.

    Saturday the 1st, UTC, in the UK will see as the lead in event for
    the Telford HamFest, a presentation by Heather, M 0 HMO described
    as an HF Swiss Army Knife.

    This is a small, digital, very portable device that measures VSWR,
    RF power, DC voltage, resistance, continuity, HF frequency and
    includes a GPS for latitude longitude, Maidenhead locator and
    OS Grid reference.

    Further information is at
    telfordhamfest.org.uk





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    AO73/FUNcube-1 is entering a further period of full sunlight

    AO73/FUNcube-1 has been in space for almost five years and the
    original Sun Synchronous Orbit has now changed slightly such that
    the spacecraft will no longer be in eclipse for 35 mins every orbit

    The eclipse period has already reduced and will again become zero
    on September 8, 2018. This means that our usual autonomous switching
    between transponder on in eclipse and high-power telemetry when in
    sunlight will no longer be effective!

    We have therefore decided to have AO73/FUNcube-1 initially operate
    for alternate periods of one week in either safe or educational modes.
    This should enable us to evaluate whether the currents do affect
    the spin rate. Safe mode provides low power telemetry and education
    mode the usual high power telemetry. It will also enable an analysis
    to see whether the satellite becomes hotter or cooler in each mode.

    This schedule may be changed in light of experience and we will
    update everyone on such changes via the AMSAT-BB in the usual way.

    http://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/

    The new schedule will be put into effect on Friday, August 31, 2018.





    An Amazing Recovery: ARISS Packet System Revives

    Zimilar to the AO-7 satellite resurrection several years ago, the
    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet radio
    system on the International Space Station (ISS) has begun working
    again. NASA ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, said
    over last weekend that reports he’d received indicated that the
    NA1SS packet signal returned in mid-August.

    “It appears it indeed has started working as of about 11 days ago,”
    Ransom said. “No idea how long it will last, given the degrading state
    of the current hardware. The longer it lasts, the better.” Ransom said
    the revived system will fill the gap until a replacement packet
    module goes up later this year on a Progress supply vehicle and is
    installed by the crew on a time-available basis. Satellite enthusiast
    Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, in Arizona reported via the ISS Fan Club
    site that the ISS packet system was operating on August 25 at
    1915 UTC during an 8° pass over the continental US. “I got my
    position packet through once, no QSOs this pass,” he said in a post.

    The packet signal on 145.825 MHz has been copied in Europe,
    South America, India, and elsewhere.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA

    Nobu, JA0JHQ is active as T88PB from Koror, Palau.
    IOTA reference OC-009.
    31st of August to the 3rd of September.

    Main activity will be during the All Asian DX SSB Contest on this
    weekend.

    QSL via Logbook of The World preferred, or direct to JA0JHQ.

    (rsgb)



    Jacques, F 6 HMJ is active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios Island, EU-067,
    to the 6th of September. He is operating CW and SSB on the
    40 to 10m bands. QSL via F6HMJ his home callsign.

    (rsgb)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ILLW
    https://illw.net/

    The International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend was, according to
    reports, another successful event with 440 stations entered from
    49 countries.

    This was the 21st year the event has been held.

    Southgate Amateur Radio Club news are reporting that the entrants
    list for 2019 already has 71 lighthouses listed for the weekend of
    17th and 18th of August 2019





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - THE PODCAST WORLD

    FCC Launches “More than Seven Dirty Words” Podcast

    The FCC has launched a new podcast series, More Than Seven Dirty
    Words, that will feature interviews with FCC officials and staff in
    addition to others in the communications arena.

    The podcast aims “to share untold stories, explain important policy
    issues, and maybe even do the impossible — make telecom interesting,”
    the FCC said in announcing the new media outlet.

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who is a guest on the initial outing and
    shares some banter with the program host, FCC Policy Advisor
    Evan Swarztrauber says guests will share their personal stories
    behind FCC news headlines and break down various
    telecommunications-related issues.

    The podcast’s title is drawn from the first episode’s introductory
    discussion, which touches on the court fight over George Carlin’s
    “Seven Dirty Words” and the fallout from the 2004 Super Bowl
    halftime show. The first podcast — which runs nearly 4 minutes — also
    mentions the FCC’s response to the 2017 Puerto Rico hurricane
    disaster.

    Each episode will be available at fcc.gov, as well as on iTunes,
    and Google Play.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    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 September bulletin to go to air.

    This month , as well as all the Club news, we have talks on
    Leap Years and Photonic Chips, ICs which use light rather than
    electricity and could be the foundation of ultra-fast computers.

    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to
    tune in and to join in the call backs afterwards.

    The broadcast originates in Melbourne at 10 am local time on the
    VK3REC 2m repeater with simultaneous relays on 1825 kHz and 7146 kHz.

    At 0100 UTC for eastern states listeners, Hans VK5YX will transmit
    the program on 20 metres on 14.150 MHz.

    Also tomorrow at 0100 UTC, we have a trial broadcast from VK6JI on
    80 metres on 3620 kHz.

    At 0200 UTC, for West Australian listeners the program is
    transmitted simultaneously on 7088 kHz and via the linked repeater
    network.

    At night the broadcast is repeated at 2030 hours Melbourne time on
    80 metres on 3650kHz, in Tasmania at 1930 on the VK7RAA and 7RTC
    networks plus a TV presentation by Tony VK7AX at 2030 hours
    Tasmanian time.

    From Tuesday you can download the audio file from the Club website
    at www.raotc.org.au where you also find full details about our Club.

    Tune in tomorrow for the September RAOTC bulletin.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    Young people are the future leaders in Amateur Radio

    "You are the future of Amateur Radio", YOTA 2018 Patron,
    Gary Immelman, ZS6YI told YOTA 2018 delegates in his address on
    the last evening of the event that is now worldwide heralded as
    the best ever

    He said "the intention this year was to subject you to relative
    high intensity amateur radio fun with as many diverse segments
    as what we could muster during this short week. Obviously,
    we have only touched the tip of the iceberg and so many more
    projects could've been embarked upon, but I believe you have all
    got a taste of what could be done in our hobby and especially
    what can be built upon to make YOTA of the future an ever-changing
    and even better experience than the last.

    You are the future leaders of the amateur radio fraternity and I
    urge you to become leaders in your respective organizations.
    By virtue of the fact that you were prepared to come all this way
    to South Africa and to so enthusiastically participate in this
    year's YOTA tells me that you are all a very dedicated and
    motivated group of young people. Judging by what I saw on how you
    all participated, the enthusiasm and vigour in which you
    participated in the various activities gives me comfort that
    the future of amateur radio is indeed very bright."





    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


    IARU Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz

    IARU Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz

    WICEN NET

    WICEN Queensland holds a net every Sunday on 7075kHz from 8-30am

    The net calls in regular stations and then invites new stations
    to call in and if conditions are poor on 7MHz, net control might
    move to around 3600kHz.

    Try also the pre-WICEN net on 20metres, Noel/VK4NL in Hervey Bay
    conducts the call-in on the ANZA Net frequency 14183 kHz from
    08-10am, just 20 mts prior to the WICEN net.

    (sourced to theTARCinc)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

    Microwatt Signal Generator and EME Tests on 10 GHZ in Hobart

    In order to check out his 10 GHz EME system Larry VK7WLH beamed his
    60 cm dish from Kingston to Rex VK7MO at Tolmans Hill over an
    8 km non-line of site path.

    VK7WI NEWS says that Rex used his signal generator to transmit to a
    tiny 3cm x 4cm horn and Larry was able to detect Rex's signal
    generator down to 100 microwatts.

    In a second test Rex beamed to Richard VK7ZBX over a 22 km path
    obstructed by Mount Disappointment. Richard used a small 18cm by 23cm
    horn to Rex's tiny horn and modulated his signal generator in AM mode
    with the digital mode QRA64-D.

    Richard was receiving on SSB so the lower sideband and carrier were
    filtered out so he could decode the USB QRA64-D signal from the
    signal generator. This time Rex was able to reduce the signal level
    to 1 milli-watt and Richard still got good decodes.

    If we take account of the fact that only a quarter of the AM power
    is in the Upper Sideband this means Richard was copying only
    125 microwatts.

    The received signal works out to be 39 dB down on what is calculated
    for line of site which is the additional loss for the non-line of
    site path over Mount Disappointment.

    Following these tests Larry was readily able to copy the DL0SHF
    beacon in Germany and G3WDG in the UK off the Moon.
    Richard copied the German beacon at marginal levels with his
    18 cm by 23 cm horn despite signal spreading of 75 Hz due to
    Lunar libration.

    Richard proposes further tests when the Lunar libration will be
    down to 7 Hz the 11th of September.

    The DL6SHF beacon runs 40 watts to a 7.2 metre dish - quite
    something to keep this antenna which has a 3 dB beamwidth of only
    0.28 degrees accurately tracking the Moon and run the beacon
    when-ever the Moon is up for the benefit of hams around the World.

    The 7.2 metre dish gives a gain of 54.7 dBi and an EIRP of
    10 Mega-Watts.





    Social Scene 2018

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)
    Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)

    September 2019- Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
    will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
    Ingrid lullen55@gmail.com




    2020 Social Scene

    ALARAMEET Bendigo (vk5yl)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 9 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA Comment Sep 9, 2018, by Greg VK2GPK


    THIS STORY & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
    AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 09

    Contrary to the belief by a couple that it is 'kosher' to advertise
    gear for sale on ham radio channels, and before the 'auctioneers'
    hammer falls...do I have a deal for you!

    Shortwave stations used by BBC up for sale!

    Babcock International Group’s Media Services business is to be sold.

    Engineering/defence contractor Babcock, which owns UK's last
    remaining shortwave transmitting station (Woofferton) and operates
    BBC shortwave and medium wave relay stations in Ascension Island,
    Cyprus, Oman and Singapore, is selling its media operations!

    https://twitter.com/ChrisGreenwayUK




    THE AIRWAVE PHILATILIST

    'She' asked to see what I was doing (FT8 DXing).
    'She' watched a few minutes while I demonstrated.
    After a few more minutes she said,
    "So it's like stamp collecting with radios."
    Satisfied, she went back upstairs and left me in peace. Yes. It's
    like stamp collecting with radios

    Airwave philatelists! I dig it.

    We'll take a look at a set of 'Radio Stamp' later down the log
    when Bruce, VK3FFF takes a look at 'Stamp Collecting Amateurs'
    in his edition of World Wide Special Interest Groups this week.





    WIA Comment Sep 9, 2018

    This is Greg VK2GPK, one of the directors of the WIA, with this
    week’s edition of the WIA Board comment. This week my focus will be
    the on the WIA financial performance for this 2018 financial year.
    It should be noted that the financial year for the WIA is January
    through end of December.

    At the last WIA AGM last May (2018), I stated that the budget changes
    implemented by the board in the last quarter of 2017 to address the
    unsustainable deficits the WIA had been running for a couple of years
    were planned to move the WIA towards a neutral cash flow (i.e. neither
    profit or loss) around mid-year 2018. I am pleased to report to the
    membership that this planned result has occurred.

    This is a significant turnaround and puts the WIA in a position to
    start investing in improved, more time efficient back-office systems
    and on-line presence. The first of these was the “ticketing system”
    (aka Service management system) which has now been running
    successfully in pilot for a number of months. Our immediate focus,
    however, remains the pre-work we are doing for the tender anticipated
    to be released shortly by ACMA for the AOCP examinations and
    qualifications framework.

    As at the end of July, our interim financial results show a moderate
    “Profit & Loss” surplus of $16,000 year-to-date. Whilst month to
    month results still fluctuate between a small surpluses and deficits,
    the overall financial position of the organization is much improved
    relative to the last two financial years.

    The balance sheet remains healthy, with no substantive change, change
    from what was reported in the 2017 audited results at the May AGM.
    Please note that these are interim results and will be subject to the
    audit process for finalisation early 2019.


    September 22 this month marks the 100th anniversary of the first
    direct radio contact from England to Australia. A commemorative
    event to mark this occasion has been organized with over 600 people
    expected to attend. I will be attending to represent the WIA. Also,
    next week is the IARU Region 3 conference, being held in Seoul. The
    WIA is represented on the board of the IARU R3 and will be attending
    to represent the entire Australian amateur cohort at this important
    event.

    This is Greg, VK2GPK, on behalf of the WIA board


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    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    INDIA

    Radio ham VU3KBN in flood rescue mission

    Mathrubhumi reports when the floods hit the state of Kerala, many ham
    radio operators assisted the State Disaster Management Authority in
    rescue and relief operations

    The newspaper says:

    Among them was Sree Murugan VU3KBN, who took up the role of a
    messenger. Tied to a wheel chair with his ham radio, he dedicated his
    time to communicate the messages to the rescue team from his home.

    He helped in the rescue of many people from floods and provision of
    food to flood hit areas.

    Sometimes, his ham radio was the medium for communication to district
    collector and RDO.

    When the deluge hit the state, he was busy sending messages to the
    rescue team for six days without rest. He received the messages from
    many flood hit areas through his ham radio community and transferred
    the same to the concerned authorities.

    Ham radio was the only medium of communication in flood hit districts


    https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/good-news/sree-murugan-the-ham-radio-man-i n-flood-rescue-mission-kerala-floods-1.3106648





    MALTA

    The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) is planning to introduce
    new amateur radio regulations but the proposal appears to ban use of
    popular Amateur-Satellite Service allocations

    A consultation on the proposed changes was held earlier this year but
    the final outcome has not yet been announced.

    The Malta Amateur Radio League (MARL) say "Most of the proposed
    changes had been recommended by MARL over the last years."

    The MARL response to the consultation is at

    https://www.facebook.com/download/564127457270853/MARL%27s%20recommendations.pd f

    The MARL have been successful in getting the regulator MCA to agree to
    a Lifetime license and also HAREC compatibility. It is understood
    MARL are trying to get an Entry Level License (ELL) at some point in
    the future.

    There are some apparent anomalies in the proposed regulations:

    29.3 - 29.51 MHZ is being restricted to satellite downlink only.

    435 - 438 MHz is one of the most popular amateur satellite
    allocations but the regulations say satellite
    use in Malta is not permitted.

    2400-2450 MHz also an ITU satellite allocation but regulations
    appear not to permit it in Malta.





    BRAZIL

    They get 60m and other new bands in 90 days… and more!

    ANATEL, the Brazilian telecoms regulator has produced an updated
    band plan, effective in 90 days, which releases 60m to their amateurs.

    This is the WRC-15 Secondary allocation 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz with
    25W EIRP for Class A operators.

    In addition they have been granted another two new bands –
    135 kHz (1W EIRP) and 472 kHz (5W EIRP)


    Paul Gaskell, G4MWO Editor, The 5 MHz Newsletter

    ( http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/august/the-5-mhz-newsletter.htm )

    says --WAIT THERE'S MORE!

    The 160m band in Brazil has been expanded from 1850 kHz, making it
    now 1.8 – 2 MHz and the 80m band now becomes 3.5 – 4 MHz (previously
    3.8 MHz).

    The new frequencies are expected to come into operation in the week
    beginning Monday 26th November 2018.

    ANATEL declaration
    http://www.anatel.gov.br/legislacao/en/resolucoes/2018/1157-resolucao-697





    USA

    Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX, is New ARRL Chief Executive Officer

    The ARRL Board of Directors has elected WB2ITX to be ARRL's new
    Chief Executive Officer. He will start on October 15.

    Michel (rhymes with "nickel") is currently Chief Technology Officer
    at UBTECH Education, and Senior Vice President of UBTECH Robotics,
    a $5 billion Shenzhen, China, artificial intelligence and robotics
    company.

    As the Chief Technology Officer at UBTECH Education, Michel helped
    build this company from a startup in China to $100 million in
    valuation.

    "I have Amateur Radio to thank for starting me on a very successful
    career, and I'm excited about the opportunity to further ARRL's goals
    as CEO. Leading the League will allow me to 'give back' to a great
    community and provide a similar opportunity for future generations,"
    Michel said.

    "I have been a licensed ham for 50 years, and I've seen many changes
    in the hobby. One of my top priorities as CEO will be to develop new
    products and services so all hams, whatever their license class or
    interest, find value in League membership," wb2itx added.





    New director for Yasme Foundation

    The Yasme Foundation has announced the election of Marty Woll, N 6 VI
    as the newest Foundation Director.

    The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organised to
    support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio,
    including DXing and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio
    in developing countries.

    See www.yasme.org for more information on their work.





    SMALL RESCUE, BIG HEART

    Our last international story is another tale of a ham's involvement
    in a rescue operation - but this one was very different, as we hear
    from the Editor of Amateur Radio Newsline Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT.


    CARYN: On a recent broadcast of “To Tell the Truth,” an American TV
    quiz show, Rick Gruber KD7NHM of Phoenix, Arizona told the truth – and
    a story. It’s the story of a very special rescue that happened four
    years ago when he spotted a drowning victim in a swimming pool he had
    come to repair. At first there was frantic struggling and splashing...
    but then it stopped.

    RICK: I walked over to him and I could see he had no movement at all.
    So I reached over with a pipe and pulled him closer to the edge of the
    pool. I brought him out and laid him on the ground and thought: “The
    poor guy. It hasn’t been that long, it’s only been about a minute or
    so, I wonder if I could give him CPR.”

    CARYN: Rick had saved a tiny ground squirrel – now limp and
    unconscious. Draping him over a PVC pipe, Rick put his CPR and first
    aid training to use – and began capturing it on video.

    RICK: I just started doing some compressions on the side of his ribs
    with my fingers and eventually after 30 or 40 seconds or so I saw a
    little bit of water come out of his mouth and he spit it up, almost
    hiccupped, and so I kept doing and I thought “wow it is actually
    working on him.”

    CARYN: As the squirrel came to, Rick stayed by his side.

    RICK: I tried to talk to him real nice and comfort him and keep him
    as calm as I could to show him I wasn’t a threat to him until he was
    fully recovered.

    CARYN: An hour later, the squirrel had revived completely and
    scampered off. Once the video hit YouTube, this selfless act went
    viral, grabbing the attention of CNN, the Steve Harvey Show in Chicago
    and even a morning news show in Australia. This year, it landed
    Rick on TV’s “To Tell the Truth” on August 12. Meanwhile, Rick has
    been receiving hundreds and hundreds of emails thanking him for his
    life-saving kindness.

    So what does this have to do with amateur radio?

    Well…..nothing, really – except

    Rick has been a ham since 2001 and enjoys 2 meters, DMR, DXing and
    climbing the local mountaintops to call QRZ. Ah, and thanks to that
    little squirrel, he’s now got some company on those outdoor trips:

    RICK: “One of the best things to come out of that squirrel video is
    that’s how I met my wife.”

    CARYN: A woman in England, moved by the video, became his Facebook
    friend, then his real-life friend and eventually – his life partner.
    Her father, it turns out, had been a ham radio operator too.



    The squirrel, however, did score an award for most QSLs, says Rick.
    who went on to say he'd made more QSOs from Facebook and from people
    messaging him from around the world on Facebook because of the
    squirrel video than anything on ham radio.”



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    We'll start this week with news of a 'party' not so much a contest
    but an On-Air QSO Party next Saturday.

    With more here is Clive.

    "Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding RAOTC members that
    the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia is holding its
    annual on-air QSO Party on Saturday September 15th for two hours
    from 0600 to 0800 UTC, that is 4 to 6 pm Eastern, 3.30 to 5.30 pm
    Central and 2 to 4 pm Western Stand time.

    The Party will be held on 40 and 20 metres only, and modes are CW,
    SSB and AM.

    Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike is invited .

    The idea is to make as many contacts as possible, especially with
    members of the RAOTC.

    Each contact scores one point and if your radio is 25 years old or
    more, you get a bonus 25 points.

    Certificates will be awarded to
    Scorer with highest total contacts
    Highest Scorer using an old rig, and
    Highest Scorer on each mode in each hour.

    Logs should be submitted by email to raotc@raotc.org.au
    or by post to Secretary, RAOTC, PO Box 107, Mentone, Victoria 3194.

    Once again, the RAOTC on-air QSO Party is on Saturday 15th September,
    between 06 and 08 UTC.

    For full details, please visit the RAOTC website on www.raotc.org.au

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.


    Thanks Clive, now just ahead of a look thru the DX window a couple
    of contests coming up on our "grey line.'



    Oct 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest
    Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not so much a contest but an exercise.





    THROUGH THE DX WINDOW

    AUSTRALIA, VI

    100th anniversary of the first radio contact between Australia and
    the United Kingdom.

    This will be celebrated in September.

    On this occasion there will be special callsigns for each of our
    call areas, as an example 0 thru 9

    So using the symbol known as the Octothorpe, Number, or Hash, more
    commonly these days called the hashtag we have

    VI # MARCONI (where the hash tag # is the state or territory)
    during the month of September.

    The 'Hornsby and Districts Amateur Radio Club' will additionally
    bring VK 100 MARCONI on the air.

    More information about this activity and related awards can be found
    on:

    www.wia.org.au





    GREAT BRITAIN G

    Special Event Station GB0FS on Flying Scotsman 15th September 2018

    Bury Radio Society will be holding a special event station from a
    MOVING train carriage being pulled by the Flying Scotsman. This on
    Saturday September 15.

    https://www.buryradiosociety.org.uk/




    VIETNAM, 3W9.
    Jacek, SP 5 APW will be active as 3W9JK/P from Cham Island (AS-162)
    from September 15 to 22, and as 3W9JK from Ho An City in the
    Quang Nam Province from September 22 to 27.
    Activity will be on 20 to 6 meters using SSB.
    QSL via his home call sign, SP5APW via the bureau.





    MAURITIUS, 3B8.
    Hans, PA3HGT is QRV as 3B8/PA3HGT from September 4 to 24 while on
    vacation there. Activity will be on 40, 20 and 10 meters using mostly
    SSB with a little CW and digital modes.
    QSL to home call PA3HGT





    BHUTAN, A5.
    Zorro, JH1AJT and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as A 5 A.
    September 4 to 14.
    The main purpose of this trip is to meet with Foreign Ministry
    officials to discuss progress on a youth development project.
    Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.
    QSL via JH 1 AJT.





    CHILE, CE.
    Members of the Discolo DX Group will be QRV as XR208A, XR208B,
    XR208C and XR208D during September to celebrate the 208th anniversary
    of the first government of Chile as an autonomous republic.
    Activity will be on the HF bands using on SSB, PSK31 and FT8.
    QSL via bureau.





    ENGLAND, G.

    Members of the Pontefract and District Amateur Radio Society are now
    active as GB 250 CC until September 28th to celebrate the 250th
    anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage of discovery to the
    Pacific, spanning the years 1768-1771.

    Captain Cook sailed out of Plymouth on August 25th, 1768, on the
    ship the "Endeavour".

    Other activations may be possible over the next 3 years to coincide
    with "key moments" of the voyage.

    For more details, see https://www.qrz.com/db/gb250cc

    QSL by the Bureau to GB250CC





    WIRELESS WEATHER

    159 years ago: A geomagnetic mega storm

    On Sept. 2, 1859, a powerful CME rocked Earth's magnetic field,
    causing a geomagnetic storm that set fire to Victorian era telegraph
    offices and sparked auroras as far south as Mexico and Cuba.

    Now known as the "Carrington Event," that mega storm 159 years ago is
    a touchstone of modern extreme space weather research.

    What are the odds it could happen again?

    Find out on Spaceweather.com





    MEDIA WATCH

    History Makers Podcast - Wireless Communications

    Dr Lucy Rogers M 6 CME is joined by comedians Bec Hill and
    Harriet Braine for the History Makers podcast, exploring
    modern technology and the people throughout history who have made it
    all possible

    In episode one, the trio discusses whether wireless communication is
    our salvation or damnation. Dr Lucy explains how Wi-Fi works,
    “robot” Harriet uses her databanks to bring some makers to life and
    Bec tells us why we should have never moved on from plastic cups and
    a piece of string.

    So set your ears to receive and your mind to blown for History Makers
    episode one!

    Listen to the Podcast at

    https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/history-makers-podcast-episode-one-wirele ss-communications

    (SouthGate)





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS


    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- CW
    FISTS Club - East Asia www.feacw.net
    FISTS Club - Australasia www.fdu.org.au
    FISTS Club - UK & Europe www.fists.co.uk
    FISTS Club - Americas www.fists.org

    Recommended FISTS calling frequencies (MHz):
    1.808 3.528 7.028 10.118 14.058 18.085 21.058 24.908
    28.058


    Morse code’s vanquished competitor: The Dial Telegraph

    The IEEE Spectrum website has a fascinating article by
    Allison Marsh about the early needle telegraphs.

    She writes:

    "Recently, I learned about the needle telegraph. On both the sending
    and receiving end, the needle or needles would simply point to the
    desired letter.

    A user-friendly telegraph system, provided the user knew how to read.

    The first needle telegraph was patented by William Cooke and
    Charles Wheatstone in Britain in 1837.

    The design used a set of magnetic needles arranged in a row, with
    letters of the alphabet arranged above and below them in a diamond
    grid pattern. Each needle could point left, right, or neutral;

    to indicate a letter, two needles would point so as to outline a path
    to that letter. The sending operator controlled the direction of the
    needles by pressing buttons that closed the circuits for the desired
    letter combination.

    Operators needed minimal training to use the system, which their
    employers appreciated. But the system was otherwise costly to operate
    because it required a wire for each needle plus an additional return
    wire that completed the circuit. Maintaining multiple wires proved
    expensive, and many British railroads adopted a version that used
    just one needle and two wires.

    A single-needle system, however, required that operators learn a code
    to send and receive signals. Gone was the ease of simply reading
    letters.

    You can read the rest of Allison's fascinating article at the link
    on this week’s text edition of WIA National News, and that, if
    you are not subscribed to our PodCast is available on
    wia.org.au Along with the link to sign up for our podcast.


    https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/standards/morse-codes-vanquished-competitor-t he-dial-telegraph

    (SouthGate)





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DMR
    http://vkdmr.info/

    DMR Station QRM's AO-92 Uplink

    On August 27th, AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner,
    KO 4 MA, noted:

    "Recently there has been a DMR signal QRM'ing the AO-92 uplink on
    435.350 or close by.

    Hotspots, repeaters, terrestrial simplex (anything not satellite)
    should not be in 145.8-146.0 or 435-438 by international band plan.

    Please QSY these radios ASAP.

    Please share to DMR, D-star, Fusion, P25 groups and similar.

    (AMSAT-NA)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    Interns create visualization of NASA space-ground communications

    For the first time ever, we humans worldwide can get an inside look
    into what it takes to enable communications for nearly 40 NASA
    missions, thanks to a small team of college students.

    NASA's Near Earth Network (NEN) leverages more than 15 antennas
    across the globe to provide a downlink for critical space and Earth
    science data collected by the agency's satellites. A new web-based
    app called "NEN Now" shows, in real time, simulations of the
    complicated manoeuvres these antennas undergo to link with passing
    satellites, following them from horizon to horizon as the data streams
    to the ground.

    Ryan Turner, a ground system manager, had an idea to efficiently and
    effectively develop the NEN app at Goddard by leveraging the skills
    of college students and utilizing experienced engineers to provide
    guidance. "We started with three interns, who worked with the public
    engagement team, NEN engineers and the GMSEC to lay out a prototype,"
    Turner said.

    GMSEC is the Goddard Mission Services Evolution Centre, which creates
    data system solutions across multiple projects and disciplines.
    "It gave everyone a sense of what would be possible if we created an
    operational version of the system."

    Naje Fields was one of the first interns on the project in summer
    2015. "Our biggest challenge for the prototype phase was to figure out
    how to get the data from the real-time status server at
    [NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia] to Goddard and into our
    app," she said. She and her partners, Kierra Harrison and
    Wallace Phillips, used a number of networking and security techniques
    to make it happen.

    NEN Now and another app, DSN Now, have been incorporated into a
    even larger app called "SCaN Now."

    NEN Now is now available to the public at the link in this week’s text
    editions of WIA National News best read on wia.org.au


    NeN Now
    https://scan-now.gsfc.nasa.gov/nen

    SCaN Now
    https://scan-now.gsfc.nasa.gov

    (sourced to SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA

    IOTA TOUR.

    Operators XYL Bigi/DE3BWR and Helmut "Heli"/DD0VR will activate
    a bunch of Greek islands in September:

    We will have to 'listen up' here in VK as this is a QRP backpack
    operation with 10 watts SSB and 5 watts CW with various wires and
    vertical antennas

    QSL via DD 0 VR, direct or by the Bureau.

    September 1-10th -- Crete (EU-015)

    Islands all with IOTA designator EU-067 are

    September 10-14th -- Santorin
    September 14-17th -- Ios
    17-21st -- Naxos
    21-25th -- Paros

    and Sept 25-30th -- Mykonos





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    Radiosport hits teen's wavelength

    The New Zealand Herald reports high-school student Xenia Berger ZL4YL
    had a contact with King Juan Carlos I, of Spain

    To know and understand Hastings teenager Xenia Berger and her band of
    people requires others to tap into her wavelength, so to speak.

    Oh, and Xenia impresses, it pays to have a licence to do that.

    The Year 12 pupil should know because engaging in the art of
    radiosport got her in contact with King Juan Carlos I, of Spain,
    in April. The now 80-year-old monarch goes by the credentials of EA0JC

    He reigned from 1975 until his abdication in 2014 when his son,
    Felipe, ascended to the throne.

    Royalty aside, the teenager immensely enjoys the excitement that
    comes with establishing a lucky dip-type of contact with someone
    unsuspecting in a random part of the world without the use of
    internet.

    Read the full story at

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objec tid=12113388

    (SouthGate)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- STAMP COLLECTING AMATEURS
    radiostamps@yahoogroups.com

    Hams competing in the Amateur Radio Direction Finding World
    Championships in Korea had something to write home about – and they
    have a special postage stamp they can use to send their message home
    from Korea.

    A report by the Korea Stamp Society shows the commemorative postage
    stamp being issued by the Korea Post to mark the 19th global event
    which concluded Saturday.

    The stamps have been printed as a sheet of 16, with each stamp
    carrying a value of 330 South Korean won, or about 41 cents in
    Australian currency. It shows two competitors engaged in the contest’s
    activities, which include the search for hidden transmitters, or
    fox hunting.

    This year’s event was hosted by the Korean Amateur Radio League.

    At least 30 nations including the WIA VK team were represented in the
    challenge, which takes places every two years.

    (ARNewsLine and radiostamps@yahoogroups.com)


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    Scene Social 2018

    Sept 8 VK4 SUNSHINE COAST HAMFEST WOOMBIE SCHOOL OF ARTS 9AM (vk4kx)
    Sept 9 VK3 SadarC Hamfest/Comms day (armag)
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)

    September 2019- Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
    will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
    Ingrid lullen55@gmail.com




    2020 Social Scene

    ALARAMEET Bendigo (vk5yl)






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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 16 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS


    “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society”.


    THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
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    RD CONTEST ITEM BY CONTEST MANAGER VK4SN

    Apolgies but this is an 'audio' only news item naming this
    years winners.

    Sometime over this weekend written results will be available on
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    DISCUSSION POINT


    Hello, I’m Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I’ve been thinking.

    I was impressed this week to see the WIA posting news from the
    IARU Region 3 meeting in Korea. Often this type of involvement
    is overlooked when the membership renewal arrives and we start to
    think about the home budget and the value we get from being a member.

    In the great scheme of regulation and advocacy, the International
    Amateur Radio Union is an important part of maintaining consistency
    in international planning spectrum usage for us amateurs. With the
    World Administrative Conference around the corner, in 2019, there is
    much negotiation and burning of midnight oil in preparation. Not the
    least of that is the fact that many sectors of the user groups are
    pressing for greater access to RF and regulators are trying to
    accommodate the various claims and it all should mesh.

    One of the biggest demands for bandwidth in the microwave bands is
    the exponential expansion with the coming of the internet of Things
    (IoT) and the impending release of the 5G mobile standards. Then
    there is the matter of compatibility of service requirements between
    users of HF radio spectrum. Already as the NBN progresses its rollout
    amateurs are reporting interference from internet equipment radiation
    into amateur station equipment. The fact that we amateurs are primary
    users of particular segments should ensure that we are protected and
    faults such as this are quickly remediated.

    Then think back a couple of weeks and we have the instructions to US
    Coast Guard vessels to minimise the use of led lights because of the
    interference they are causing to electronic systems on board.
    Ambient noise levels have been increasing because of what has been
    dubbed “electronic smog ” as switch mode power supplies, solar pv
    regulators, led lights and on and on. Ask a consistent HF operator
    what the bands are like and then what the noise level at their QTH
    has become. It is not a pretty picture.

    As poor as the compliance is to the standards that should help remove
    this electronic trash, just think how much worse it would be if there
    was no attempt at control. If there was no ITU oversight of standards
    and co-ordination and the manufacturers and service providers could
    just do what the best money return would allow, just think, there
    would be little standardisation until perhaps a monopoly won the
    technology war.

    So as amateurs pool their expertise in conferences like the one in
    Seoul we should all be thankful that we do have a system and an
    input in the protection of our recreation. Without the dedication of
    these people in negotiating on an international platform, we would be
    without the bands, the modes and the operating privileges we enjoy.

    I’m Geoff Emery and that’s what I think....how about you?

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    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.


    NEW ZEALAND

    Technical consultation:

    Adding new usages to the General User Radio Licence - Short Range Devices
    in frequencies below 30 MHz.

    Radio Spectrum Management has released a consultation document concerning
    increased use in portable electrical appliances and mobile devices. These
    devices have driven interest in wireless charging in what they do and
    how they work.

    This technology has two components that require use of radio spectrum
    below the 30 MHz frequency range.

    Wireless power transfer system

    Inductive loop system

    The consultation document identifies that these components fall within
    the definition of short range devices and are covered by the
    General User Radio Licence (GURL-SRD). It would mean that the existing
    technical conditions in the GURL SRD would need to be modified to
    explicitly allow the use of wireless power transmission and inductive loop
    systems.





    KOREA

    IARU Region 3 Conference.

    The 17th IARU Region 3 Regional Conference, hosted by the Korean Amateur
    Radio League (KARL), took place September 10-14 in the PJ Hotel in Seoul,
    Korea

    KARL reported that to promote the hobby an Entry Level License (ELL) has
    been introduced as the fourth class of amateur radio license in Korea.
    Obtaining this license requires participating in eight hours of tuition
    introducing amateur radio to beginners. License holders will be allowed
    to operate on VHF/UHF bands with up to 10 watts output power.

    CRAC reports the population of radio amateurs in China is expanding
    steadily and the number of amateur radio operators now stands at:
    130,115 and China believes there are about 80,000 active station licences
    with their highest license class permitting 1 kW on HF.

    IARU-R3 conference documents are available at

    http://iaru-r3.org/the-17th-triennial-conference-of-the-iaru-region-3-documents /

    There were 74 attendees at the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3
    Conference in Seoul, Korea.

    All delegates and observers from the Region 3 member societies assembled
    for the opening plenary session and worked its way through the extensive
    agenda. One area of the agenda that stands out are the many band planning
    items that included:

    Harmonize 2m APRS MARTS
    Interim IARU Region 3 Band Plan
    Coordination between the IARU Regions on VHF, UHF and MW Bands
    15m Band Satellite Planning

    IARU has also announced that the theme for World Amateur Radio Day,
    April 18, 2019, will be:-

    “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society”.

    The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio
    Union held its annual in-person meeting on September 8 and 9, in
    Seoul, Republic of Korea, immediately prior to the IARU Region 3
    Conference. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of
    the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and
    two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations

    After consideration of several possible alternatives the theme for
    World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2019, was confirmed as
    “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society”.

    Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA;
    Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ;
    regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ, Hans Blondeel Timmerman,
    PB2T, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, Gopal Madhavan,
    VU2GMN, and Peter Young, VK3MV. Present as observers were regional
    executive committee members Jay Bellows, K0QB, Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP,
    and Don Wallace, ZL2TLL.





    SWEDEN

    Reduced ham radio power limit from November 1

    Representatives of Sweden's national amateur radio society, the SSA, have
    met with the communications regulator, the P.T.S.

    The agenda included the follow-up to the delegation decision and
    information on the new exemption regulation to be decided this month.
    (September)

    In the autumn of 2017, PTS opened a supervisory issue on how SSA manages
    delegated duties. PTS has said its satisfaction with the measures that
    SSA has taken and will take to improve its routines. The audit was
    abolished in mid-July.

    SM6CNN and SM5PHU were part of a delegation meeting.

    Initially, SSA presented the Hams vision and view on the amateur radio
    and community benefit, which was well received by the Authority, BUT,

    No Entry Level certificate

    SSA raised the issue of an alternative certificate class. PTS declared
    that no new certificate class would be introduced.

    Reduced power limit from November 1

    PTS will proceed with decision on the proposed reduction of power limit
    to 200 watts. There has been no objection to the objections made by
    several referral bodies. As a reason for the new regulation, it is stated
    that you want to implement PTS spectrum strategy. SSA demanded an
    explanation of what the Authority would like to achieve, but no further
    motivation was given.

    During the meeting, the SSA also asked what criteria should apply when
    assessing license applications for higher impact. The general answer is
    that license applications are assessed in accordance with the
    Electronic Communications Act, but no further details are currently
    available. SSA was somewhat wondering how applications are being assessed
    at the moment. When the new regulation is decided, PTS will inform about
    application procedures and fees. The processing time for license
    applications is currently reported to 42 days.

    Source SSA https://tinyurl.com/SwedenSSA





    BELGIUM

    Reverse-Polarity Sunspot Group Does Not Belong to Cycle 25,
    Observatory Says

    The Royal Observatory of Belgium’s Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence
    (STCE) has asserted that the reverse polarity sunspot group 2720 observed
    in late August belongs to the current solar cycle — Cycle 24 — and does
    NOT represent the start of Cycle 25.

    “Because of its reversed polarity, some news services claimed sunspot
    group 2720 was possibly one of the first groups of new solar Cycle 25,”
    the Centre said. “This is simply not true, in view of its very low
    8° latitude.

    The next solar Cycle 25 sunspot group should have both reversed magnetic
    polarity and much higher heliographic latitude, typically 20° to 40° from
    the equator. Only two tiny, short-lived numbered sunspot groups are
    currently assigned to new solar Cycle 25, sunspot group 2620 in
    December 2016 and 2694 in January 2018.”





    USA

    Ham radio at World Maker Faire

    The ARRL reports amateur radio will be represented at 9th Annual
    World Maker Faire in New York City, September 22-23, that is expected
    to attract 90,000 attendees

    The Garden School (K2GSG) and Hall of Science Amateur Radio clubs in
    New York City will join forces this month to put Amateur Radio on
    display during the 9th annual World Maker Faire NYC at the New York Hall
    of Science in Queens.

    Last year’s World Maker Faire NYC drew some 90,000 attendees.

    The Garden School’s ham radio club advisor and science teacher
    John Hale, KD 2 LPM, said participating youngsters will introduce
    Amateur Radio and mentor attendees in constructing small, electronic
    “Maker Key” Morse code oscillators. The project helped Garden School
    win a blue ribbon at last year’s Maker Faire.

    Visiting radio amateurs will be able to build a tape-measure Yagi for
    satellite or terrestrial use. In cooperation with the Hall of Science ARC,
    radio amateurs will attempt to make satellite contacts with the
    tape-measure Yagis as a demonstration, Hale said.



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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT



    Oct 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest
    Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not so much a contest but an exercise.



    2019
    Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/


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    The first successful exchange of messages between Australia and the
    United Kingdom via wireless in 1918 is marked every 5 years by contact
    between the Dragon Amateur Radio Club in Wales and the Hornsby Amateur
    Radio Club VK2, together with the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society also
    in VK2.

    This year, 100 hundred years after the original experimental transmission
    between the two nations, the experiment is about to occur again – this
    time on the 22nd of September as a re-enactment of the original Morse Code
    message and a broader celebration.

    With this being a 100-year anniversary, the Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council
    is planning to host a celebration that will include displays in the
    nearby St. Andrew’s Church hall as well as an amateur radio station
    operated by the Hornsby and District Amateur Radio Club with the callsign
    VK 100 MARCONI.

    At the same time in Wales, the Dragon Amateur Radio club will operate its
    own HF station from the site of the Marconi transmitter there, using the
    call sign GB 2 VK. (GB TO VK)

    The day’s activities will include replication of the original message
    sent from Wales by Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes to Ernest Fisk,
    who was at home at his wireless station in Wahroonga.
     
    The Wireless institute of Australia has been celebrating all month and
    hams have been allocated state- and territory-based special event
    call signs for the duration of the observance. The call signs have the
    prefix “VI” and the suffix “MARCONI” with the appropriate number in
    between designating each state or territory.





    THROUGH THE DX WINDOW

    POLAND, SP.
    Special event stations SN100, with suffix's IP, JH, JP, PS and PW
    are QRV until November 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland's
    independence.
    QSL via bureau.




    SAN MARINO, T7.
    Three special event stations will be active from the
    Republic of San Marino on 15th - 16th September.
    Look for the callsigns T 71 A, T 71 B and T 71 C which will be
    transmitting from towers on the three peaks of Monte Titano in San Marino.
    This event is being held in conjunction with a local civil protection
    exercise.
    QSLs go via T7 0 A.





    MEDIA WATCH

    AMSAT-UK tweeted:

    September edition of Satmagazine has an article on the Goonhilly
    Earth Station by Matthew Cosby.

    Download the free magazine PDF from
    http://www.satmagazine.com/download.php

    (amsat-na)

    (text edtion only)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
    WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack vk3www@wia.org.au

    Team USA took home 10 medals from the just-concluded 2018 Amateur
    Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, the highest
    medal count since the US team began participating in the
    international event 20 years ago. The 19th World ARDF Championships
    took place September 2 – 8 near the resort city of Sokcho in Korea's
    Gangwon Province. Hidden transmitters were scattered in forests
    encompassing 1,000 acres or more.

    No word yet to the WIA on how Team VK faired.

    This marked the second time that ARDF Team USA had competed in Korea.
    Before traveling to the competition, a weekend training camp for
    Team USA members and other ARDF enthusiasts took place August 10 – 12
    at Mt. Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest of California.

    (arrl)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV
    arvideonews.com
    hamradiotube.com
    youtube.com
    qdg.org.au

    Introduction to Amateur Digital Television

    Jim KH 6 HTV has released a new book titled Introduction to Amateur
    Digital Television

    This free book pulls together a lot of information previously scattered
    in over 40 application notes.

    Download the PDF from
    https://kh6htv.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/an-45-dtv-book.pdf

    KH6HTV
    https://kh6htv.com/





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DMR
    http://vkdmr.info/
    https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeaters

    The 70cm VK5RDM DMR repeater is now running at the LMARC clubroom in
    Murray Bridge on 439.850

    VK5RDM is fully operational as a Brandmiester DMR repeater

    TG 50 5 for TS 1
    TG 50599 on TS 2 number 505505

    (vk7tw/vk5hel)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    There's a lot going on above us!

    BUT, satellites are more at risk from fast solar winds than a major space
    storm according to a UK-US study published in the Journal Space Weather.

    Researchers investigating the space weather risks to orbiting
    satellites calculated electron radiation levels within the
    Van Allen radiation belts. This ring-doughnut-shaped zone
    wraps around the Earth, trapping charged particles.
    Geostationary orbit lies inside the Van Allen radiation belts.

    The study, which analysed years of satellite data, found that
    electron radiation levels at geostationary orbit could remain
    exceptionally high for 5 days or more, even after the solar wind speed
    had died down. As a result, electronic components on satellites could
    charge up to dangerously high levels and become damaged.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-09-satellites-fast-solar-major-space.html#jCp

    (SouthGate)





    Jupiter has an extra magnetic pole

    NASA's Juno spacecraft has discovered something extraordinary about
    Jupiter.

    There is an extra magnetic pole near the giant planet's equator, dubbed
    "The Great Blue Spot" by researchers who identified it.

    Jupiter's unexpected magnetic morphology is a sign that strange things
    may be happening deep beneath her cloud tops.

    Visit Spaceweather.com for the full story





    Radio Amateurs Receive Images from Chinese Lunar Satellite

    Some earthbound radio amateurs and sky watchers have received images from
    a tiny Chinese satellite now orbiting the moon.

    In May, China launched the DSLWP-A and DSLWP-B microsatellites — also
    known as Longjiang-1 and Longjiang-2 — into a lunar transfer orbit,
    although Longjiang-1 was apparently lost in the process and likely
    remains in deep Earth orbit.

    They were deployed as secondary payloads with the Quequiao relay
    satellite as part of the Chang’e 4 mission to the far side of the moon.
    DSLWP stands for “Discovering the Sky at Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder.”

    The satellite is testing low-frequency radio astronomy and space-based
    interferometry, and while it carries Amateur Radio and educational
    payloads, no transponder is aboard.

    The Chang’e 4 mission will be the first-ever attempt at a soft landing
    on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e-4 lander and rover are scheduled
    to launch in December. The Harbin Institute of Technology (BY 2 HIT)
    developed and built the DSLWP spacecraft and is overseeing that mission.
    The microsat also carries optical cameras from Saudi Arabia.

    An open tele command protocol allows radio amateurs to take and download
    images.

    The spacecraft transmits on 70 centimetres (435.400/436.400 MHz) with
    250/500 bps GMSK using 10 kHz wide FM single-channel data, with
    concatenated codes or JT4G. JT4 uses four-tone FSK, with a keying rate of
    4.375 baud; the JT4G sub-mode uses 315 Hz tone spacing and 1,260 Hz total
    bandwidth.





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.

    Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club invites you to 'Bendigo
    Internet of Things Network', a presentation by Dr Simon Egerton of
    La Trobe University, and Chris Rowlands of the City of Greater Bendigo.

    La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo are teaming up to
    trial a new 'Internet of Things Network' in Bendigo.

    By installing open source ‘gateways’ in several locations around Bendigo,
    the project will enable anyone in the local community to connect to the
    IoT, to gather their own data. The IoT is a giant network of connected
    “things”, including mobile phones, weather stations, machines and
    electronic devices – basically any physical object that features an
    IP address for internet connectivity.

    It enables users to gather data on literally anything – for example,
    weather patterns, footpath usage, wildlife movements, traffic congestion
    and water distribution.

    Driven out of La Trobe’s new Technology Innovation Lab in Bendigo, this
    will be the first open source IoT network established in regional
    VK3.

    The evening commences at 7.30 pm, Friday September 21st at the BAREC club
    room, 20 Longlea Lane, Longlea, near Bendigo. A gold coin donation would
    be appreciated. Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

    (Graeme)





    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


    IARU Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz

    IARU Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz



    The NSW Telco Authority and the NSW SES have launched the first
    agency-operated, fully MOBILE government radiocommunications site in
    Grafton.

    The cell on wheels (CoW) will provide public safety agency frontline
    workers with a deployable mission-critical solution for operational
    radiocommunications.

    “The CoW will provide significant support to emergency and operational
    response agencies as they work with communities during disasters,”
    NSW Telco Authority Managing Director Kate Foy explained.

    “It is the newest addition to the state’s supply of mobile radio assets
    and the latest product resulting from collaboration between the
    Telco Authority and NSW SES to improve frontline communications during
    critical incidents.”

    The CoW was jointly funded by NSW SES and the Critical Communications
    Enhancement Program (CCEP), which will increase radio coverage on the

    The CoW is based on an 'Iveco 4WD' platform that facilitates access to
    locations normally inaccessible by regular 4x4 vehicles and trailers.
    Where road access is not possible, the equipment is purpose built to be
    dismounted from the vehicle and deployed by helicopter.

    Read more: http://criticalcomms.com.au/content/public-safety/article/telco-authority-and-n sw-ses-launch-cow-in-grafton-162118140#ixzz5Qm4u4bjT







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    REWIND

    Shortwave Radio Reports May Offer Best Evidence of Amelia Earhart's
    Fate, Group Believes.

    The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR)
    believes it has the key to unlock the decades-old mystery of what
    happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator
    Fred Noonan in their planned circumnavigation of the globe in 1937.
    TIGHAR's The Earhart Project analysed dozens of radio transmissions
    received by radio amateurs and other shortwave listeners during the
    frantic search to locate Earhart's plane when she did not make her
    scheduled arrival at Howland Island.

    Many theories have sprung up over the years to explain the mysterious
    disappearance, but a TIGHAR research paper entitled The Post-Loss
    Radio Signals, published by The Earhart Project, maintains that
    "the patterns and relationships emerging from the data show that
    TIGHAR has answered the 81-year-old question:

    'What really happened to Amelia Earhart?'"

    The Earhart Project "is testing the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart
    and Fred Noonan landed, and eventually died, on Gardner Island, now
    Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati," its website says.

    In July 1937, a young teenager named Betty Klenck, listening to
    shortwave bands on her family's radio, intercepted and transcribed
    pleas for help that TIGHAR calls "a remarkable record of perhaps the
    last communication" from Earhart and Noonan and "leave little doubt"
    that the 15-year-old heard a genuine distress call from the pair,
    transmitted from the aircraft Electra.

    Klenck's notebook, discovered in 2000, inspired TIGHAR's effort to
    catalogue all reception reports. TIGHAR analysed nearly 60 other
    reception reports made in the wake of Earhart's failure to arrive on
    Howland Island. The vast majority, TIGHAR said, came from government
    or commercial operators as well as "licensed amateurs" working for the
    US Interior Department on Howland and Baker Islands, listening on
    Earhart's primary, harmonically related frequencies of 3,105 and
    6,210 kHz.

    TIGHAR contends that higher-order harmonics of the primary frequencies
    enabled the "accidental" reception of Earhart's transmissions at
    greater distances, because those higher-frequency signals would be
    more prone to ionospheric propagation.

    Reports came from the Pacific and the continental US, TIGHAR said,
    with Earhart reporting her plane down "on an uncharted island" that
    was "small, uninhabited." According to accounts, the radio
    transmissions became progressively more desperate, with Earhart
    reporting that Noonan was injured and subsequently delirious.

    The commander of the US Coast Guard vessel Itasca, which was involved
    in the search, discounted the contemporary radio reception reports,
    saying that all available land areas had been searched. He expressed
    doubt that Earhart and Noonan made any radio transmissions after their
    plane disappeared on July 2, 1937.





    Social Scene 2018
    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt/vk3cnw)

    "Hi, this is Craig VK3WAR on behalf of the Yarra Valley
    Amateur Radio Group. Join us on Sunday October the 14th
    for our annual Hamfest at the Gary Cooper Pavillion in
    Yarra Glen.

    Doors open from 10:00AM till 2:00PM.

    Entrance fee of $7:00 includes Tea and Coffee.

    For table bookings phone Colin VK3CNW on 0423 535988.

    Hope to see you there on Sunday the 14th of October."

    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)

    September 2019- Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
    will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
    Ingrid lullen55@gmail.com




    2020 Social Scene

    ALARAMEET Bendigo (vk5yl)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 23 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA secures special event callsign VI 2 GB. -

    WIA PRESIDENT ON YOUR ABC. -

    WIA's Casey Castro calls for help on the marketing group of the WIA. -

    WIA Director Marcus WTF and Board Comment.


    THESE STORIES & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
    AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23


    Most listeners to this, the WIA National News Service would be
    well aware, we are not alone!

    In South Africa the SARL have a weekly broadcast, as does the RSGB
    in the UK, and ARRL and Amateur Radio Newsline in the USA.

    We at WIA National news regularly exchange items we feel may be of
    interest to the wider ham community, and vice versa.

    Over the past 10 years or so we .. for want of a better term, main
    stream ham radio news services have been most appreciative of the
    services of the UK's SouthGate Amateur Radio Clubs "News Service."

    For those who, like myself, have spent a lifetime in the media, would
    easily equate this Southgate service to AAP , UPI, Reuteurs news
    pools and wire services.

    BUT like many Amateur services to we hams it's actually one chap
    who has kept this service flourishing, making it a one stop shop
    for news, that being Richard G4TUT. Over the past few week's
    Richard has been hospilalised several times and our thoughts go out
    to G4TUT of SouthGate News for a speedy recovery.





    YOUR WIA PRESIDENT ON YOUR ABC

    Justin VK7TW was invited for a 10m slot on ABC local radio in Hobart
    to talk on all manner of things, tank turrets to tank circuits,
    the moon to radio artists, the kind of activities REAST is famous
    for at their regular amateur radio local experimenter's night.

    Joel Rheinberger is the host and you can hear it about 10 minutes
    into the link in this weeks text edition.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/evenings/

    A good promotion of Amateur Radio for the non amateur listener.





    WIA

    Hi Everyone, My name is Casey Castro and I am the chair of the
    new marketing group for the WIA.

    We are currently looking for volunteers to head up our digital
    marketing and media group. So anyone with some digital marketing,
    media, SEO experience, please contact us at marketing@wia.org.au
    We look forward to hearing from you.

    73 Casey VK2FACE





    Sometimes it's hard to find good topics, but this past week has been
    crazy.

    Hi I'm Marcus VK5WTF, WIA Director with this weeks board comment

    Last week the board voted to formalise a rigid complaints process,
    this is to ensure all complaints are tracked from start to finish
    and also creates a process to escalate complaints as well as other
    recommendations. This came after a recent review of the complaints
    process. More information can be found on the WIA website.

    wia.org.au

    The ACMA released their five year spectrum outlook, and
    unfortunately, due to a high demand for spectrum, Australian amateurs
    will not have access to 60m in the near future. Overall, no spectrum
    was added, and more importantly, no spectrum was lost. This has been
    a great outcome for our bands with pressure from 5G and internet of
    things, so make sure you get out there and use it!

    Last week, I was camping in a place where I have fallen in love with
    the zero noise floor, and I was really happy to hear that the bands
    were being used nearly 24 hours a day. But there is plenty of
    spectrum out there for more users, so lets prove that we deserve the
    spectrum we have!

    And on the weekend just gone, the WIA had two representatives at the
    IARU Region 3 conference, Peter Young, VK3MV, and WIA Director and
    Vice President, Greg Kelly, VK2GPK.

    The first day covered a few topics, but one that got my attention was
    the recent successes in engaging and retaining young amateurs, by
    having events organised by young people, something we should all
    think about if we are trying to engage youth.

    On day two, attendees were split into two groups, one covering policy
    and the second technical and operational tasks. I think most of us
    know which one we would prefer to be in, and the WIA chaired the
    first, policy.

    Band plans also received an update, with 15m getting a satellite
    segment. This will soon trigger an update of the Australian bandplans,
    and rest assured, we will be asking for community input.

    And finally, the WIA has secured the special event callsign VI 2 GB
    to celebrate 100 years since the first contact between G and VK.
    This is a complimentary callsign to the GB2VK and is compatible with
    standard format callsigns. Clubs wishing to get access between the
    25th September and the 21st October to VI2GB should follow the link
    and follow the instructions.

    VI2GB Application: https://goo.gl/wngEX2

    this is vk5wtf, going clear, and listening



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    NEW ZEALAND

    FM

    FREQUENCY MALFUNCTION

    SouthGate News are reporting that motor car remotes on inappropriate
    433.920 MHz frequency caused malfunction. Dozens of people have been
    locked out of their cars in the central business district of
    Invercargill New Zealand because car remotes malfunctioned in the
    presence of nearby radio signals

    Dozens of car owners turned up to motor dealerships reporting that
    their car remotes had been malfunctioning. They were unable to lock
    or unlock their cars and some were even unable to start the vehicles
    with their car remotes.

    Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Radio Spectrum
    Management said it was contacted by Invercargill Police who said
    there was a significant number of people getting replacement
    batteries for car remotes because they were not working.

    An RSM Compliance Officer provided advice to police on what frequency
    it was likely to be and a police technician tracked it to a
    legitimate repeater on top of the Menzies Building.

    A search of the radio frequency license register shows amateur radio
    operator ZL 4 DE holds the licence on behalf of amateurs to transmit
    on 434.050 MHz.

    Amateurs have primary use of the frequency range 433.05 to 434.92 MHz.

    Remote controls, such as those in car door remotes, operate within
    the Short Range Device Notice and have secondary use of the SAME
    frequency range 433.050 to 434.920 MHz. So BOTH parties are legally
    allowed to transmit on the frequency.

    The repeater is currently off while ZL4DE, the license holder works
    with RSM to find a solution.


    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/





    NEPAL

    The Union of Asian DXers Facebook page 13 September 2018 reports that
    Radio Nepal is back on short-wave after six years by adding 5005 kHz
    to augment its national transmission grid broadcasting on MW and FM.

    According to a station official, Radio Nepal resumed short wave
    broadcasts from 02.00 – 5.00 p m Nepali time using a 10 kw
    transmitter in Kathmandu .

    The same source said the station is applying very low power.
    By all accounts, 5005 kHz is a difficult DX catch for listeners
    outside of Nepal. Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of UTC.





    AFRICAN CONTINENT - ETHIOPIA & SOMALILAND

    TWO 40-METER BROADCAST INTRUDERS GONE:
    IARU REGION 1 MONITORING SYSTEM REPORTS

    The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports that two
    long-time broadcast intruders on 40 metres are gone.

    IARUMS Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, said in the IARUMS newsletter
    that Radio Hargeisa in the Republic of Somaliland on 7,120 MHz, and
    Radio Ethiopia on 7,140 MHz, departed the band during the last week
    of August.

    IARUMS did report increasing military traffic on 7 and 14 MHz,
    "especially on digital modes from Russia and China." In addition, a
    wideband over-the-horizon radar in China has caused serious problems
    on 20 meters, while an Iranian radar on 28,860 MHz "could be heard
    under sporadic E conditions." German telecommunications authorities
    have filed a formal complaint.

    Hadel said a Russian Navy system believed to be in Moscow appeared on
    7,182 MHz on F1A, a 200 Hz shift, identifying as RDL.
    German telecommunications authorities were notified.

    Hadel also reported "childish behaviour" by amateurs in western and
    eastern Ukraine "insulting each other or playing music every day" on
    7.055 MHz (LSB).






    UK

    992 UK amateurs die each year.

    How is this unbelievable statistic arrived at?

    Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom has now issued what
    is believed to be the correct figure for the number of individual
    radio amateurs in the UK

    G 3 RXQ made several FoI's to Ofcom to try and find out how many
    hold one or more amateur licences, Ofcom said:

    "As of 1 August 2018 I can confirm that the total number of
    individuals holding one or more current UK Amateur Radio Licences
    is 75,660."

    This figure enables an estimate to be made for the number of
    radio amateurs who die each year.

    It believed the RSGB has about 19,000 UK members who are licenced
    amateurs, this is about 25% of total UK amateurs. From an analysis
    of the Silent Key column in 2015 RadCom it would appear that about
    248 licenced UK RSGB members are dying each year.

    This suggests that maybe in total some 992 UK amateurs die each year.



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    Oct 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest
    Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not so much a contest but an exercise.



    2019
    Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/


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    THROUGH THE DX WINDOW





    AUSTRALIA, VI.
    Celebrating this year’s WW1 Armistice Day Centenary, on air
    November 3 to 15 will be VI6PAX





    IW 5 ELA will operate mainly CW as 7 Q 7 ELA till 26th September.
    All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.





    Tina, HB0/DL5YL and Fred, HB0/DL5YM are active from Liechtenstein
    to the 6th of October. They will operate CW, some SSB and RTTY
    during the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest.
    QSL via their home calls, either direct or via the bureau.





    DL 4 APJ and DJ 2 AX are active as JW/DL4APJ and JW/DJ2AX from the
    JW 5 E club station in Longyearbyen, Svalbard EU-026, to 25 September.
    QSL via their home calls.
    DL 5 APJ and DJ 2 AX





    HA 3 JB is active as 8 Q 7 IP the Maldives, AS-013, till September 30.
    Operating CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 on the 6 to 80m bands and will
    participate in the CQ WW RTTY Contest.
    QSL via HA 3 JB.





    G 4 EDG is active as ZD 9 CW from Tristan da Cunha, AF-029, to the
    22nd of October, CW and RTTY with some SSB on the 15 to 40m bands
    and possibly 80m.

    QSL via Logbook of The World or via LZ 1 JZ.





    Ofcom issues M5 prefix calls again

    The Twitter feed of the RSGB Youth Committee reports its Chair,
    Mike Jones has now got the Full licence callsign M 5 PMJ

    Mike first got his Foundation licence in 2011, later upgrading to
    2 E 0 MLJ.

    In August he was in South Africa for Youngsters on the Air, there he
    did a two day HAREC course and took the 90 question exam. He passed,
    and on returning to the UK submitted a paper application along with
    his South African HAREC certificate to Ofcom asking for the callsign
    M 5 PMJ. Ofcom issued the licence on September 6.

    Ofcom had originally issued M5 prefix callsigns for UK Class A/B
    licences from 1999 to 2001 but ceased when Class A/B was merged with
    Class A.

    Only a few hundred M5 calls were ever issued and this is thought to
    be the first M5 call to have been issued in 17 years.

    RSGB Youth Committee
    https://twitter.com/theRSGByouth

    (SouthGate)





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DRM (not dmr)

    Russia proposes to use DRM on 65.9-74.0 MHz

    On the 11th of September 2018, it was reported that the Russian
    Federation proposes to use the digital DRM+ standard for broadcasting
    on the radio frequency bands 65.9-74 MHz and 87.5-108 MHz.

    This has the potential of being a major source of interference to
    radio amateurs using the 4 metre band (70 MHz) in central and eastern
    Europe.

    As 'Secondary Users' of this part of the spectrum, radio amateurs
    will have no choice but to live with any interference, especially
    during the Summer Sporadic-E season.

    https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2018/09/russia-proposes-to-use-drm-on-659-740.html





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa signed with SpaceX to fly around
    the moon on the company's next generation rocket, CEO Elon Musk
    announced this week.

    Maezawa will attempt to be the first to return to the moon in nearly
    50 years, launching aboard a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which SpaceX
    is developing.

    The trip is expected to be launched in 2023.

    "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon. It's always there and
    continues to inspire humanity," said Maezawa, one of the richest
    people in Japan, who made his fortune as the founder of online
    retailers Start Today and Zozotown.

    "To be clear. This is dangerous.... it's not a sure thing... there
    are some chances things could go wrong," Musk reiterated.

    He refused to reveal the amount Maezawa paid for the mission,
    saying he was "not disclosing the amount but he's paying a very
    significant amount of money."

    (CNBC and other published press releases)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- LIGHTHOUSES

    Hams are mourning the loss of a long time amateur who was as devoted
    to lighthouses as to radio, as Kevin Trotman N5PRE reported to
    ARNewsLine.

    Just as Jim Weidner K2JXW showed his devotion to historic beacons of
    safety for maritime travellers when he founded the Amateur Radio
    Lighthouse Society, (ARLHS) he too was seen as a beacon of friendship
    to those who knew him.

    Jim, who founded the organization in 2000 and watched it grow to a
    worldwide membership of nearly 1,700, has become a Silent Key.

    His death was announced on the website of the society on September 7.

    The organization website noted that it was founded in part to honour
    the heritage of lighthouses and lightships but also to recognize
    lighthouse keepers as maritime heroes. Jim had been a licensed ham
    since 1954.

    In an online tribute on the society website, John KX4O, to whom Jim
    had passed the baton, wrote: [quote] “Jim’s friends are numerous and
    many continue to help me fulfil his goals of the ARLHS….so in a very
    real way, Jim lives on in all of us as we continue to make ARLHS what
    it is today.” [endquote]

    Jim Weidner, who died on the 1st of September, was 77.

    (arlhs is not the organisation that runs the International Lighthouse
    Weekend)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MARITIME

    YLs TO OPERATE ON BOARD USS BATFISH

    A group of YLs plans to honour 2 submarines lost in World War Two and
    is looking for even more YLs to join them.

    The USS Batfish Amateur Radio Club is getting ready to welcome a group
    of YLs on board the submarine in Oklahoma to call CQ as WW2SUB.

    In October, these YLs will be honouring the USS Wahoo and the
    USS Dorado which are among the 52 U.S. submarines lost during the
    Second World War.

    The lost subs are being honoured by the Batfish’s amateur club.

    The YLs will be operating from Oct. 12th through the 14th, even
    sleeping on board and experiencing life on the submarine, which now
    houses an exhibit that honours military veterans and is permanently
    kept in Muskogee, Oklahoma’s War Memorial Park.

    The YLs aren’t just looking for contacts and QSL cards – they’re also
    in search of other YLs who’d like to join them on the air.
    Michelle Carey W5MQC said that any YL who wants to join the operation
    that weekend should send an email to her on w5mqc@yahoo.com

    Michelle said that the YLs will most likely be operating on 20 and 40
    meters – mostly SSB. According to club trustee Wade Harris KF5IF,
    although YLs have operated from the Batfish before, this is the first
    time for a group of YLs to do so as a formal event.

    The weekend operation is being done under the auspices of the Young
    Ladies Radio League, the YLRL, where Michelle is District 5 rep, but
    any YL can participate regardless of whether she is a member of the
    league or not. Michelle also noted that any YL who does not yet have
    her license but is interested in experiencing what it’s like to be on
    the air can also stop by and receive some guidance from a licensee.

    She called the USS Batfish weekend operation “a unique opportunity
    for us to come together and help each other out while calling CQ and
    honouring those lost during World War Two.”

    For more information about the Batfish radio club visit their website
    at ww2sub.org





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
    A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
    Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
    http://www.ham-yota.eu/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
    http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

    ANTENNA GIVES BOOST TO FLEDGLING DXers IN UK

    Young members of an amateur radio club at one school in the UK
    just got the gift of DX, as Jeremy Boot G4NJH told in a story
    filed to ARNewsLine

    If some of the students at the Sandringham School in St. Albans,
    Hertfordshire, seem to be disappearing at lunchtime or after school,
    it’s probable you’ll find them in the first-floor room that houses
    the school’s amateur radio club station M0SCY.

    At this secondary school for high-achievers, these particular
    youngsters are looking for particularly high marks – not just in
    academics but also in DXing. Members of the Sandringham School’s
    Amateur Radio Club, now in its second year, they recently helped
    assemble and install a tri-band beam antenna that had been donated
    by the school’s headmaster Alan Gray G4DJX.

    With extra help from him and the school’s caretaker, the team of
    young hams got the antenna in place early this month and added a
    donated rotator with the support of a friend and Nevada Radio. Alan
    told Newsline that the students went on the air and, immediately
    noticing the improvement of the beam over the multi-band dipole
    they’d been using, they wasted no time setting themselves up for
    their next assignment:

    The challenge of completing DXCC by year’s end.

    Alan noted that this won’t just be a ham radio achievement for the
    youngsters but, with a nearby map, a geography lesson as well.
    He said the students have their eyes on some contests in the coming
    months and have begun entering the Radio Society of Great Britain’s
    80 metre cumulative contests.

    These high achievers have done well: the club’s September entry made
    68 contacts in an hour and a half, with only four operators. Best of
    all, Alan said, the students are teaching one another and working
    together. Now, he says, all he needs is a little extra help around
    the shack to keep up the encouragement and the knowledge.





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
    www.sotawatch.org
    www.sota.org.uk

    It's a date. November 4, this is THE day set aside for the
    VK1 SOTA 6m, 2m & 70cm VHF-UHF Summit to Summit Party

    (crarc)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

    Moon bounce on a dipole

    On Saturday the 8th of September, the Essex DX Group achieved a
    world first by making a moon bounce EME contact using nothing more
    than a dipole.

    The contact on 432mhz was with superstation DL7APV Bernd's
    128x11 element yagi array.

    128 by 11 !!!

    The antenna was an DG 7 YBN 'Blade' dipole. This was in fact the
    GTV2 2 element yagi with its reflector taken out leaving just its
    dipole

    (sourced to SouthGate news)


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    CLUBBING

    VK1

    Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club have a very special 'special guest
    speaker' September 26, Wednesday.

    They welcome Roger Harrison VK2ZRH who will explain the haunts and
    habits of sporadic-E ionisation and propagation, and how to exploit
    it on all bands from 40 metres to two metres, throughout the year.

    In recent times, the textbooks have been re-written with new
    understanding of the causes of Sporadic E .

    Doors open at 1930 September 26 at the Red Hill Scout Hall,
    Red Hill.





    VK2

    The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club over in VK2 run lectures the
    3rd Saturday of every month, recently they have been lectured on
    the GPS system, thanks to Dave VK2KFU, and on Radiation Hazards
    by Allan VK2EFM

    A Foundation Training and Assessment Day was held yesterday, the 22nd
    so it's a big hi to our newbies.

    All meetings of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club are held at the
    club rooms in Dandaloo St, Kariong at 1pm, preceded by the famous
    sausage sizzle run by Steve VK2KSC, at noon.

    The club rooms are accessible by bus, serviced by route 34 from
    Gosford railway station every hour.

    The Club rooms are usually open from 10.30 every Saturday,
    for general chit-chat and access to the Club workshop and library.

    More info on the social platforms, try ccarc.org.au





    VK3

    "Hi, this is Craig VK3WAR on behalf of the Yarra Valley Amateur Radio
    Group.

    Come visit the beautiful Yarra Valley; Wineries, Ballooning,
    Breweries, farmgate produce, beautiful gardens for picnics,
    historic homesteads and even a chocolate factory;
    These are just a few attractions in this pristine area.

    We as a group also have an attraction on Sunday the 14th October. Its
    the Yarra Valley Amateur Radio group Hamfest at the Garry Cooper
    Pavillion in Yarra Glen.

    Doors open at 10.00 AM

    Entrance fee of $7.00.

    For table bookings phone Colin VK3CNW on 0423 535 988.

    See you there on Sunday 14th October around the BBQ and grab a snag."

    (Colin (VK3CNW) Secretary, Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Club (VK3YVG))).





    VK4

    The Annual General Meeting of The Townsville Amateur Radio Club
    will be happening on Sunday November 25th.

    Whoop-de-doo you say - but wait, what is that delicious smell you can
    detect from the future ?

    It's pancake breakfast from 7am to 8-30am cooked up by the
    Iron Faraday Cage Chefs to kick start the AGM.

    Where do you go to ?

    Area 2 of Rossiter Park Aitkenvale via Kimball Street of course !

    AGM Agenda and Proxy Forms were published in September and October
    2018 Back-scatters.

    Written nominations for positions needed to be tendered no later than
    25th October 2018 as these need to be displayed in the Club Rooms
    no less than a month prior to the AGM.

    Please advise attendance numbers no later than Tuesday 20th November's
    Social Meeting for catering purposes – or else you'll go hungry and
    your pancake craving will not cease !

    (Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ, Secretary 2018, theTARCinc.)




    Social Scene 2018

    Sept 21-23 VK4 Central Highlands AR Club AGM Lake Maraboon (TARC)

    Sep 28-Oct 1 VK4 Cardwell Gathering (TARC)

    Oct 14 VK3 Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)
    Oct 28 vk3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group HamFest (vk3kqt)

    Nov   11  VK5 - Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society HamFest
    Nov 17 VK7 - VK7Hamfest Miena Community Centre (vk7wi)
    Nov 18 VK3 - The Rosebud RadioFest (vk3pdg)



    2019 Social Scene

    May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering (tarc)

    September 2019- Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
    will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
    Ingrid lullen55@gmail.com




    2020 Social Scene

    ALARAMEET Bendigo (vk5yl)





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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING SEP 30 2018.
    IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS



    No 'board' report this week, unless you classify a note by Marcus
    VK5WTF highlighting some aspects of his last board comment, as one.

    Robert Broomhead stops by with Jason VK2LAW to bring some news
    on the PARA HERO

    If you're hearing a lot of 'noise' on the bands this weekend
    Felix VK4FUQ will reveal it's probably contestants in the
    2018 CQ WORLD WIDE RTTY DX CONTEST ON NOW.

    CLIVE VK6CSW WITH HIS MONTHLY Reminder on the RAOTC broadcast

    And VK3GTV suggestes we 'get our parks on'



    THESE STORIES & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
    AND FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30


    Wireless message centenary Report

    In a suburban street of Wahroonga, a northern suburb of Sydney, some
    two hundred people are assembled in front of a small, yet significant
    monument . Addressing the crowd is the City of Sydney Town Crier;

    TOWN CRIER: "be it known that I hereby welcome you all to the
    celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first
    direct wireless message from the United kingdom to
    Australia. Upon this day, one hundred years ago,
    the 22nd day of September, in the year nineteen hundred
    and eighteen, the first wireless message sent by
    Guglielmo Marconi, for the Australian Prime Minister,
    Billy Hughes in Wales, was received by Ernest Fisk at
    his home, Lucania, outside of which we stand today.
    It was received at 1.15pm precisely.

    Then, right on time, a message, in morse code…

    The text of the morse code message was transcribed by John Patterson
    VK2ATT, and read to the audience by Federal Minister for Bradfield,
    the Honourable Paul Fletcher.

    Activities continued at St Andrew’s church hall, nearby. Special event
    station VK 100 MARCONI was operating for the day and the event was
    covered in national media and on local community radio. Event
    Organiser, Jo Harris OAM, formerly VK2KAA, spoke about the day;

    JO HARRIS: Today we have Grandchildren of Ernest Fisk, Daughter,
    Daughters-in-law, we have so many people who are so
    interested in what’s happening. I thank everyone that’s
    displaying today, it’s really been a worthwhile effort
    from everyone.

    (ARNSW News / Reporter; Mathew VK2YAP)





    Hi Everyone, My name is Casey Castro and I am the chair of the
    new marketing group for the WIA.

    As I said last week, we are currently looking for volunteers to
    head up our digital marketing and media group.

    So anyone with some digital marketing, media, SEO experience, please
    contact us at marketing@wia.org.au

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    73 Casey VK2FACE





    vk5wtf with a follow up to last week’s board comment.

    Well, I certainly tripped up on the broadcast around the IARU Region 3
    conference. The WIA representative was Greg Kelly, VK2GPK.
    Peter Young was attending as an IARU Region 3 director, and
    Dale Hughes, VK1DSH received the IARU Diamond Award for services
    rendered to the worldwide amateur radio community.

    On behalf of members and the amateur community the WIA Board
    congratulates Dale on receiving this prestigious award.

    More information can be found on the WIA website.

    On another note, a small correction and reminder, the VI2GB callsign
    is available for use for digital modes to commemorate the first
    contact from the United Kingdom to Australia. A link is available in
    the text edition.

    VI2GB Application: https://goo.gl/wngEX2

    73, vk5wtf going clear.



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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    THE 2018 CQ WORLD WIDE RTTY DX CONTEST THIS WEEKEND

    The 2018 CQ WW RTTY Contest starts at 00:00 UTC on 29 September and
    ends at 23:59 UTC on 30 September with activity on 80, 40, 20, 15 and
    10 metres.

    The observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

    The objective is for amateurs around the world to contact as many
    other amateurs in as many CQ zones, countries, US states and Canadian
    provinces as possible.

    The contest exchange is an RST report plus CQ zone number of the
    station location. Stations in the continental USA and Canada also
    send QTH

    Find the rules on www.cqwwrtty.com/rules.htm

    (sarl)




    Oct 6 – WW - Oceania DX contest
    Oct 11-12 - WW - SELCALL ALE, not so much a contest but an exercise.



    2019
    Aug 17-18 WW ILLW visit: https://illw.net/


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    THROUGH THE DX WINDOW

    Active in this weekend’s CQWW RTTY contest is Chris operating as
    VO 2 VC, which is in CQ Zone 2, Labrador.

    He will be operating in the low power, single op, on 20m only
    using 100W.

    Outside of the contest he will be active until the 4th of October
    on 80 to 6m SSB, RTTY and FT8.

    QSL to his home call VE 6 CMV

    Also on active service from Guantanamo Bay for the WW CQ RTTY is
    Stu, KG 4 SS from Guantanamo Bay.

    RTTY in the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest, FT8 in Fox & Hound mode and CW.

    QSL via Logbook of The World or direct to K4MIL.

    (sourced to RSGB)





    G 4 EDG is active as ZD 9 CW from Tristan da Cunha, AF-029, to the
    22nd of October, CW and RTTY with some SSB on the 15 to 40m bands
    and possibly 80m.

    QSL via Logbook of The World or via LZ 1 JZ.





    Madagascar trip looking for ops!

    Alex, K 2 BB, announced this past week that he and his friend Paul,
    UU 0 JR, will be active as 5 R 8 R from Nosy Be Island (IOTA AF-057),
    Madagascar, between November 19-29th.

    Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.

    They will participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as
    a Multi-Single or possibly as Multi-2 entry (if they have enough ops.)

    Alex states, "We will have 2 stations, and are renting a private villa
    which can accommodate 4 people - huge garden, swimming pool, kitchen,
    you name it... Sounds like fun? Then join us!

    But make up your mind quickly.

    If interested, email alex.k2bb@gmail.com

    (sourced to SouthGate)





    AUSTRALIA, VI.
    Celebrating this year’s WW1 Armistice Day Centenary, on air
    November 3 to 15 will be VI6PAX



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, Amateur Radio Newsline, RAC, NZART & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.

    HAMS CHALLENGED TO AID PHILIPPINES DURING TYPHOON MANGKHUT

    With Typhoon Mangkhut threatening, the Philippine Amateur Radio
    Association (PARA) activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO)
    at a Code Yellow level on September 12, per a declaration from PARA
    Chief Operating Officer Roberto Vicencio, DU 1 VHY.

    At Code Yellow, stations are advised to ensure that all equipment is
    operational, check backup power sources, and take any necessary
    precautionary measures.

    For the first time ever, the Philippines National Telecommunications
    Commission (NTC) had authorized PARA/HERO volunteers to communicate
    directly with NTC’s regional offices during the pending emergency,
    rather than through the NTC headquarters.

    Typhoon Mangkhut was the strongest typhoon to strike Luzon Island
    since Typhoon Megi in 2010, and the strongest typhoon to make
    landfall in the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.

    A Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, Mangkhut was packing
    nearly 150 MPH winds, with gusts of more than 180 MPH as it approached
    a predicted September 14 landfall on extreme northern Luzon Island.
    The storm inflicted widespread destruction, with heavy damage to
    structures and caused landslides.

    More than 80 people lost their lives as a result of the storm.
    Evacuations were ordered in several regions. The storm went on to
    wreak heavy damage in Hong Kong.

    This deadly weather systems proved a challenge for hams as they kept
    communications open in the storm-wrecked Philippines.

    Robert Broomhead, VK3DN tells us more.

    "Locally, many affiliated groups established VHF radio communications
    at the Emergency Operations Centre in Clark Freeport.

    Mayor Victorio Palangdan of Itogon, one of the hardest-hit
    province towns, reported that dozens were believed killed in a
    landslide and that rescuers would likely not find survivors. Having
    destroyed homes and taken lives, the typhoon next made its way to
    south China.

    The typhoon had made its approach just as a radio communications
    summit on disasters was convening in Cotabato City. It was attended
    by 500 members of ham radio clubs and civic groups and was
    considered an unprecedented gathering of its kind for the region.
    Lectures on emergency communications were being given by PARA
    which quickly began coordinating with Humanitarian Emergency Action
    and Response Team as the typhoon hit.

    I’m Robert Broomhead, VK3DN."

    Before the storm moved on, 32,000 families were believed to have
    been affected in central Luzon.





    INDIA

    The Hindu has interviewed radio amateur Gurudatta Panda VU3GDP about
    the ExseedSat CubeSat built by an eight-person team at Hyderabad-based
    Exseed Space Private Limited co-founded by Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE

    ExseedSat carries an amateur radio FM transponder and APRS digipeater
    and is expected to be launched by SpaceX towards the end of 2018.

    “This satellite will serve the ham radio community. As a result, it
    will be of great help during natural calamities, when conventional
    communication services get disrupted,” Gurudatta VU3GDP said.

    After the launch, this artificial satellite will be on a polar orbit
    with two passes over India every day. The public will be able to
    receive this artificial satellite’s beacon on 145.900 MHz FM using a
    TV tuner and USB dongle, Mr. Panda added.

    He said the eight-member team involved in construction of the small
    private satellite involved four technocrats and four managerial staff
    members.

    He and Exseed Space co-founder Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE were the
    communication engineers who played a key role in building the
    satellite.

    Read the full story at

    https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/odisha-man-team-builds-priv ate-satellite/article24963338.ece





    SWEDEN

    Sweden’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency to Require Fee to Run
    More than 200 W

    We have more on our recent story from Sweden, effective November 1,
    radio amateurs in Sweden who want to run more than 200 W PEP in
    certain Amateur Radio allocations will have to apply for a transmitter
    license to do so and pay a yearly fee.

    Sweden’s telecoms agency PTS has announced a modified listing of
    license-free transmitters that spells out the changes for Amateur
    Radio and other services.

    Sweden eliminated Amateur Radio licenses in 2004, and Amateur Radio in
    Sweden is “permission free,” but prospective radio amateurs still must
    pass an examination. A certificate and a call sign, valid for life,
    are issued without any future fees. Up until now, the maximum
    permitted power on most HF bands has been 1 kW with no additional
    authorization required.

    “It will be interesting to see how many active [Swedish] operators
    will apply for high-power permits,” said Henryk Kotowski, SM 0 JHF,
    who alerted ARRL to the release of the official PTS order.
    “I will not." There is a general trend to use less power and smarter,
    efficient modes.” He said.

    Under the amended regulations, radio amateurs would have to apply for
    permission to run more than 200 W on 160 (1,810 – 1,850 kHz only),
    80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and 2 meters, as well as 70 centimetres,
    and the 1.2, 5.6, 10, 24, 47 GHz, and higher Amateur Radio allocations.





    USA

    Emergency Preparedness Takes Centre Stage for 2018 Simulated
    Emergency Test

    The 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is just ahead. The
    primary ARRL-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to
    assess the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency
    Service volunteers as well as those affiliated with other
    organizations involved with emergency and disaster response.

    Although the main SET weekend this year is October 6 - 7, local and
    Section-wide exercises may take place throughout THE USA during
    their fall.

    Those who already take part in public service and emergency
    activities are getting ready for the annual SET, a dress rehearsal,
    next month. But, the 2018 ARRL SET is an open casting call for all
    radio amateurs interested in expanding their emergency preparedness
    knowledge and skill.

    The annual SET encourages maximum participation by all Amateur Radio
    operators, partner organizations, and national, state, and local
    officials who typically engage in emergency or disaster response in
    the US.

    In addition to ARES volunteers, radio amateurs active in the
    National Traffic System, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
    SKYWARN, Community Emergency Response Team, Salvation Army Team
    Emergency Radio Network, and a variety of other allied groups and
    public service-oriented radio amateurs are needed to fulfil important
    roles in this nationwide exercise



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    THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report –
    Measure Twice cut Once.

    Construction is alive and kicking in the Netherlands

    The Dutch national society VERON promotes the active involvement of
    radio amateurs in innovation, home-construction and experimentation.

    A Google translation of VERON's recent post says:

    Nowadays the cost of commercial equipment is very low. A new VHF/UHF
    5 watt FM handheld can cost just 25 euro. That is why people wonder
    whether the stimulus to experiment and self-construction is still
    present. But the enormous variety, the low cost of equipment and the
    arrival of SDR has created unprecedented possibilities. Because of
    this one is inclined to investigate, to build and to innovate.

    On our bands we now see the rise of digital modes, software and
    advanced equipment. In recent times, revolutionary developments have
    taken place in digital modes. Think of propagation beacon technology.
    And also the increase of SDR radios. Research and innovation by radio
    amateurs is far from over.

    It is not the case that self-construction, experimentation and
    innovation were taken away by radio amateurs. But traditional
    self-construction is making more and more room for the new techniques
    as shown by the series in the VERON Electron magazine on getting
    started with Arduino.

    Radio amateurs make more and more use of the Arduino and is more and
    more often found in the "shack" of the radio amateur. But there are
    more series about new developments in self-construction. For example,
    VERON are working on a series about the Raspberry PI for publication
    in the Electron. As a result, this technical development will also be
    used by more radio amateurs.

    For months now the article "Make your computer or tablet an SDR radio
    receiver" has been in the top five of the pages visited on the VERON
    website.

    The soldering iron makes way for the keyboard - Home-construction,
    Experiments and innovation are in a transition from old to new
    techniques.

    Home-construction is alive and kicking.

    VERON site https://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsVE





    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS

    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
    arvideonews.com
    hamradiotube.com
    youtube.com
    qdg.org.au

    Ten new BATC videos

    Ten videos of interest to amateur television and satellite enthusiasts
    have been uploaded to the British Amateur Television Club's YouTube
    channel.

    The talks were recorded at the BATC CAT18 event held at the Midlands
    Air Museum and cover everything from the latest on the Es'hailsat
    geostationary satellite to recent developments on the popular BATC
    Portsdown transmitter.

    Each video is very informative and a reference source for this
    state-of-the-art area of the hobby.

    The videos can be found here:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUWLnUZllytlcCFd93tnBzw/videos?disable_polymer =1

    For more information about the BATC please visit
    https://batc.org.uk/

    (SouthGate)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    https://ariss.batc.tv/ (under test)

    Japanese robots land on near-Earth asteroid

    Last Saturday, the Japanese space agency made history by landing a
    pair of robots on diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu.

    The tiny explorers are now hopping across the space rock's rugged
    surface and sending unprecedented pictures back to Earth.

    Ryugu is a near-Earth asteroid that can approach our planet closer
    than Moon, so exploring it is important.