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WIANEWS WEEK COMMENCING JULY 28 2013.
WIA President Phil Waite VK2ASD on the High Power Trial.
WIA RD CONTEST competes with ILLW August 17-18
THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA FOR WEEK COMMENCING JULY 21 2013.
As many VK2 listeners would be aware there has been an ongoing and prolonged
search in the Blue Mountains West of Sydney for a missing person from the
Fairmont resort near Leura.
The search has been reported as one of the largest searches undertaken by
NSW Police rescue.
WICEN has been providing communications support for the BWRS
( http://www.bwrs.org.au/ ) who are being tasked into the difficult to access
areas within the search area. These include canyons and cliffs which are
being searched by repetitive abseiling.
WICEN has contributed well over 250 hours so far of operational time.
Steven Heimann, VK2BOS is the WICEN commander.
5-6 WICEN operators are involved each day and set up radio points that can
look into the areas the BWRS are operating in so that comms with BWRS and the
command post at the Fairmont resort are maintained. WICEN has a radio point
at Sublime Point which is logging the radio traffic between the search teams
and the command post utilising relays as needed from the 3-4 WICEN radio
points in use.
There are many news items on this search in the media.
The following is a typical one.
(forwarded by WIA's Mal Brooks)
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD
Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP
Secretary David Williams VK3RU
Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ
Hello, this is Phil Wait VK2ASD from the WIA. I have an important message for
all Australian Radio Amateurs, and particularly for those amateurs taking
part in the current High Power Trial.
The ACMA has been auditing the applications of amateur licensees taking part
in the High power trial, and checking their stations compliance with the
ACMA's Electromagnetic Exposure Regulations.
The ACMA's intention from the audit is to gauge Radio Amateurs' level of
understanding of, and compliance with, the EMR exposure requirements. The
results of this Audit will influence the ACMA's decision about adopting a
permanent 1kW PEP limit on the HF bands. The requirements of EMR compliance
are complex, and the audit found that a number of stations that believed they
were operating under a Level 1 (low risk) Compliance should have, in fact,
been classed as Level 2 (medium risk).
Many of these licensees used the EMR Calculator on the WIA website, and upon
investigation, it was found there was a discrepancy between the requirements
of the Amateur Licence Conditions Determination (the LCD) and the output of
the EMR Calculator with respect to antenna accessibility.
This discrepancy appears to have arisen from differences in the exposure
levels specified in the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety
Agency (ARPANSA) Standard, on which the EMR Calculator's results are based,
and the exposure compliance requirements in the Amateur LCD which are
determined by a set of simplified station conditions, rather than actual
Doug VK3UM has now updated the calculator and amateurs who hold a current
High power Licence variation should now re-determine their station compliance.
However, there is a larger issue here.
Since 2003, the ACMA has required all transmitting stations to assess the
status of their station in relation to human exposure to radiofrequency
electromagnetic fields. All Amateur licensees, no matter what power they are
running, are required to determine the EMR compliance level of their station
and keep supporting information in their station file for inspection by an
Checking the compliance level of your station is very important but is quite
easy to do. Information on how to perform the EMR compliance check, along
with the EMR calculator, is in the "Technical Reference" section of the
WIA Website accessible under the "For Members" drop down menu *.
So, please check your EMR compliance, it's easy and most stations should find
that they comply with the regulations without having to make any station
This is Phil Wait VK2ASD, for the WIA.
*A link to the High Power Compliance Re-assessment and EMR information has
now been placed on wia.org.au
Remembrance Day Contest
Also writing on WIA Front Page News (wia.org.au) Alan Shannon VK4SN pens an
item on the August 17 18 RD contest.
He asks we remember that the new start and finish times are 0300z or 1PM
eastern states time also about nominating a team to participate as last year
teams were very successful.
He also says "The new times will
give you 2 half days of contesting and
2 half days doing your own thing.
Remember to team up with your mates and
email me your team
name and members prior to the start of the contest.
Receiving your log is most important and it adds points to your
If you have problems sending your log, please don't
hesitate to call or email
me so I can help you with it.
Look at the logging examples for portable and interstate operators, as shown
on the WIA RD website. Correct logging will
make it easier for the Cabrillo
checker and won't score zero points
when logged incorrectly. For example, one
may log VK4XX/M1 for mobile
in vk1, but really it's vk4xx portable in England.
England scores zero points.
The International Light house weekend will be sharing the bandswith us and in
the true spirit of Amateur Radio, it is great to see that some of these
stations are participating in the RD as well as
the Lighthouse weekend.
I have also been informed that some ILLW stations will not be giving out
numbers for the RD as they wish to remain 100% ILLW.
So remember your
etiquette and have a great time in the RD."
HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
web service:- http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/
Change of name for Midland Amateur Radio Club Inc.
The Midland Amateur Radio Club in Bendigo Victoria, is excited to announce a
name change! The club will now be known as Bendigo Amateur Radio &
Electronics Club Inc.
Members felt that the new name would better reflect the location of the club,
and in the ever changing landscape of technologies, keep electronics relevant
to Amateur Radio.
Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, at the 1st Bendigo Scout
Hall, Vine St, Bendigo, at 7.30 pm. Visitors are most welcome.
For more information about the Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club,
contact the secretary, Ray Tampion, VK3YAR, on 03 5439 3506.
Bogong High Plains Adventure
This year's Bogong High Plains Winter Trip will run NEXT weekend, the
5th to 9th of August.
After worryingly warm weather in VK3, a strong cold front has come through
with decent snow falls across the Alpine region. This is great news for the
team gearing up for their annual back country ski trip to the Bogong High
Heading out across the snowy wilderness, a team of amateurs and friends
will ski through some of Australia's most stunning alpine landscapes. The
group will be led by VK3GT, VK3FMAW and VK3SN up onto mountain plateaus which
sit well over 1800m ASL.
Location - Bogong High Plains, Victorian Alps
Activity - Back country skiing and snow camping.
Skiing each day and settle into tent/hut/igloo each night
When - August 5-9th 2013
Gear - Solar powered with Lithium batteries running a Elecraft KX3
into a dipole. Handhelds on 146.525 Simplex as well as local
repeaters including Hotham, Wodonga, Bright, etc.,
APRS - Google map APRS for live location tracking at http://aprs.fi
Band - 7.1 MHz. afternoons working on the hour
3.6 MHz. evenings working on the hour.
Other HF bands are sometimes activated depending on activity
Share in the adventure by listening out for the group as they operate QRP
from huts, tents and igloos on the roof of Victoria.
VK3 ANR 50 for club anniversary
The Geelong Radio and Electronics Society celebrates its 50-years with a
special callsign VK3 ANR 50 and QSL card between August 25 to 31.
Founded in 1963, its celebration will be at the well-equipped club rooms
237a High Street Belmont.
The group of enthusiasts is active in amateur radio, computers and electronics.
VK3ANR50 will on air 7-days using HF, VHF, UHF as well as IRLP nodes around
(Text edition - Jim Linton VK3PC)
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Radios to the sound of Migaloo this weekend
As the WIA news goes to air some radio amateurs in the Townsville region
have donned radio backpacks and put to sea to provide communications support
for the 59th Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim.
They attended yesterday's Main Swim Briefing at the Castle Hill PCYC and met
with some of the swimmers and skippers that they would be helping out.
They faced a brisk and early start getting to their observation points
and to their mighty vessels to be in position in time for the start of
the swim from picturesque Picnic Bay at 9-15am.
Competitors will then thrash their way 8 kilometres across Cleveland Bay
back to the mainland under the watchful eye of the radio amateurs, a fleet of
surf skis and safety boats plus the Townsville Coast Guard flotilla.
(SOURCED TO VK4ZZ)
Felix a little latter in the bulletin will have news of an event in SEQ
today that is quite "MAD".. one we found on Facebook and also from facebook
a shout going out to a listener in Carindale, David VK4BGB
Sunday the 11th of August is going to be a great day in the northern rivers of
VK2 with the annual Summerland amateur radio clubs SARCFEST starting at 9am.
All the regular items will be there for sale along with educational and
historic communciation displays from our members.
Our local federal member of parliament Janelle Saffin will be opening the
festival between 1 and 2pm so come along for a great day at SARCFEST 2013
August the 11th at the SARC Clubrooms 414 richmond hill road Richmond Hill.
this is frank VK2FRNK
The annual amateur radio get together in VK6 is weeks away.
Phil VK6IP sends in this report:
On the 4th of August the NCRG will present the annual Hamfest. This year the
NCRG will showcase what's new in Icom's lineup. Be prepared to discuss your
requirements in that new rig.
Digital radio is now starting to appear. You may be unsure of what's on
offer, you'll be able to discuss the exciting spread of opportunities being
rolled out to the ham fraternity.
Digital radio is definitely the next progression for crystal clear reception
on the HF bands. See our demonstration of Software Defined Radio. SDR will
enable most amateurs to economically experience a totally new form of HF
The NCRG will gauge your reaction to Mini technical presentations so please
be sure to have your say. These demonstrations were successfully utilised at
the WIA conference this year. They seem to have been enthusiastically
acclaimed by attendees and the NCRG may present them to interested hams at
the next Hamfest.
Do you know how the weekly news broadcast is assembled? The VK6WIA news team
will be on hand to demonstrate their expertise this year at Hamfest. Now is
your chance to meet the guys and discuss how you can contribute. What better
way to ensure that your viewpoint or idea is presented.
We all know that amateurs are at the forefront of technological innovation.
Here is your opportunity to make your mark.
Do you have an idea for Hamfest? The NCRG welcomes your input. Is there
something or somebody that you would like us to include? Please see the
President or Secretary near the raffle stall at this years Hamfest.
The Cyril Jackson Community Centre in Bassendean is the place to be, August 4.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART, ARVictoria and the WW sources of the WIA.
SARL TO EXHIBIT AT ESKOM EXPO FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS
The South African Radio League will exhibit at the ESKOM Expo for Young
Scientists to be held in Boksburg from 25 to 28 September 2013. The exhibit
will include a HF and VHF station.
The SARL is calling on young radio amateurs to man the exhibit and operate
the radio station sharing with their peers the exciting world of amateur
The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists has been running for over 30 years and
has established itself as the premier exposition for South African youth
to demonstrate their innovation in the fields of science and technology.
An unconfirmed posting from Palm Beach in the USA say's that City's analogue
police radio system is in such a state of dis-repair that technicians have
resorted to seeking replacement parts on eBay.
Ed VK2JI / G8GLM has provided a number of Interviews that he did for
ICQPODCAST - a fortnightly UK based Internet radio "show" that covers all
things Amateur Radio.
To hear all the interviews Ed did just Google for ICQPODCAST
However right NOW on wia national news Ed is with Tim Ellam, VE6SH, President
of the IARU about what the IARU is currently doing and how we as Radio
Amateurs can support their work.
(LISTEN TO AUDIO )
Later in this News Cast Ed will return with interviews with Bill Main,
VK4ZD International President of Rotarians of Amateur Radio and his wife
Diane VK4KYL also an interview with Andy MM0FMF about Summits on the Air.
SGARN HF Multicast Network
SGARN, the Second Generation Amateur Radio Network, is looking for amateurs
who would like to participate in a global HF Multicast bulletin network.
At this time, activity is on 30 meters but other bands will see SGARN activity
as the system grows.
For more information contact Charles, N5PVL on:
Radio isn't dead
Radio is here to stay and the proof is here in the form of Instaradio.
It's a new app that allows users to create, distribute, and share audio with
people around the world.
Kevin Kilman, CEO and co-founder of the online application, is hoping
Instaradio will eventually become what video is to YouTube. In other words,
it'll become the premier way to share audio online.
Streaming music playlists, broadcasts and events can all be done with the
push of a button. "It's a PA system, not just a radio, with one button that
streams live radio and other stuff that can be heard on any tablet, computer
or phone, says Instaradio."
Since the company's preliminary launch last month, the free (yep, you heard
right, free) app has been downloaded more than 13,000 times.
HERE COMES THE SUN - THERE GOES THE SUN
While the sun is currently at the projected peak
of its 11 year solar cycle, our home star has
been relatively quiet in the area of sunspots and
their effect on radio propagation here on planet
Earth. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley,
KI7UP, takes a look at what scientists believe is happening:
Researchers say that this year's solar maximum is
shaping up to be the weakest in some 100 years
and the next one could be even quieter. This
according to scientists who study the solar cycle
as it affects our home planet.
One of these is David Hathaway of NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. In
an early July teleconference Hathaway told
reporters that we are witnessing the smallest
solar maximum we have seen in the Space
Age. Also that the next one, cycle 25 could be even quieter.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline. I'm Norm Seeley,
KI7UP, where the sun is keeping us rather warm in Scottsdale, Arizona.
You can find out more about the Solar Cycle at
tinyurl.com/not-many-sunspots to mention only two.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
SET YOUR PEN TO VIBRATE.
The New Indian Express have reported on the invention of a new pen, which
will vibrate if it senses that the writer is making a spelling mistake or
his/her handwriting is messy.
The brainchild of two German entrepreneurs, Lernstift, which means
"learning pen" in German, is a regular pen with real ink, but it has a
special motion sensor inside and a small battery-operated Linux computer
with a Wi-Fi chip, which allows the pen to recognise specific movements,
letter shapes and a wide assortment of words.
It vibrates if the user is not careful with letters or writes inelegantly.
Arguably, it will be able to correct those whose dependence on spell checks
and typing has played havoc with their spelling and handwriting.
But, it is doubtful how many of we adults use a pen these days, even a
fancy one that vibrates!
OPERATIONAL NEWS - DATELINE 2013
IOTA Contest on this weekend
The annual Islands on the Air contest is taking place now 27 and 28 July.
The most sought-after multipliers are those assigned to offshore islands
and a list can be found at
This year a special RSGB Centenary Commemorative Certificate is available.
Everyone who enters and submits a log of contest QSOs will be eligible. To
qualify, simply make 100 QSOs along with 20 multipliers and send your log in.
It is recommended that you make more than 100 QSOs and 20 multipliers to
allow for any errors
Details can be found at
Remembrance Day Contest August 17th and 18th
ALARA Contest August 24 and 25
VK Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 3
ILLW registrations running hot
With just over 100 registrations to go the International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend held on August 17 and 18, it may very well prove to break existing
There are several seafaring nations in most regions yet to join the growing
list of online registrations, already close to 370 from 36 countries.
Germany remains on top followed by Australia, the USA, England, Argentina,
Netherlands, Malaysia, Sweden, Canada, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa.
Organisers expect a flood of registrations in the coming three weeks for
the annual fun event that publicises both the old sea-going navigation methods
and portable amateur radio.
Among them is an obsolete signalling device, the Time Ball at Williamstown
VK3WI, to enjoy its 10th activation this year. It challenges other time balls
throughout the world to join it.
Some locations have more than one registration, while others choose to activate
for a few hours only, both of these options are most welcome.
It's simple to register a lighthouse, lightship and maritime beacon online
by visiting the website www.illw.net
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX and BEACON AND NET ADVICE
Get MAD - VK4 Microwave Activity Day
Scott Watson - VK4CZ with a posting on his facebook page gave us the tip off
that today, Sunday July 28 is the VK4 Microwave Activity Day (MAD), with an
increasing number of stations operating portable from majestic hill tops all
over the South East corner of VK4 (and hopefully one day including stations
from further afield).
Details of the main station proposed locations and bands activated can be
found on the VKLogger Forum thread, but to read this you must have signed up
to the logger web thread.
Liaison will be on the Brisbane VHF Group 147.000Mhz repeater from
around 23:00z (09:00am) as stations make their way to the various sites,
and operations commence at 00:00z (10:00am) on 1.2GHz and then progress
through to 24GHz. Good luck to all those participating. Looking forward to
working as many as possible.
SPECIAL EVENT STATION PA1813A CELEBRATES THE LIBERATION OF ARNHEM
On the air PA0FA will be operating special event
station PA1813A through August 13th celebrating
the twice liberated city Arnhem, Holland. Arnhem
is a city and municipality located in the eastern
section of that nation. It is well known that
Arnhem was freed back at the end of World War 2
in 1945 but it was liberated once before in 1813
from the French. Hence the PA1813A call for this
operation which will be mostly using CW with some
SSB and digital modes. The latter two modes will
depend on the available time and other possibilities.
QSL to PA0FAW either direct, bureau or electronically using or eQSL.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ATV (Every pixel tells a story) - Video
K7AGE posts video of WLW's 500,000 1930s transmitter
While In Dayton at Hamvention K7AGE attended a tour of the WLW AM broadcast
transmitter facility. WLW has kept a major piece of broadcasting history
alive by keeping much of the old high power transmitter intact.
Back in 1932 WLW increased their power to 500,000 watts. They were the only
AM broadcasting station in America ever to operate at 500,000 watts. Much of
the old transmitter still exists.
It is really a high power amplifier with a high level modulator
(360,000 watts). The amplifier was driven from their existing 50,000 watt
Western Electric transmitter. The system used 20 100,000 watts tubes
($1,600 each in 1932) that required water cooling that used a cooling pond
located outside the station. Tons, and tons, of hardware was required to
achieve the 10 dB gain.
Enjoy the tour of the facility and the history of this high power station just
YouTube Google K7AGE WLW
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
UKube-1 with Amateur Radio Transponder may launch in October
BBC News is reporting that the UK Space Agency's first CubeSat UKube-1,
being built by Clyde Space in Glasgow, may launch in late October 2013.
Clyde Space Senior Systems Engineer Steve Greenland gave a
presentation on UKube-1 to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which
took place last weekend.
UKube-1 will carry a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube-2 boards which will provide:
1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon on 145.915 MHz
Linear transponder downlink 145.930 - 145.950 MHz for SSB/CW communications
Linear transponder uplink 435.080 - 435.060 MHz
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ROAR
ROTARIANS OF AMATEUR RADIO
International President 2012 -2015: Bill Main VK4ZD
secretary: Dr Elwood Anderson, AE5EA
ANZO VP: Peter Lowe, VK3KCD
0645z - 0730z Anzo Net 7.118 (varies due to propagation)
0730z - 0830z International net 14.293 (varies due to propagation)
Ed VK2JI continues with an ICQPODCAST interview with Bill Main, VK4ZD
International President of Rotarians in Amateur Radio (ROAR) and his wife
Diane VK4KYL covering the success they had in the preceding week at the
International Rotary Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
(LISTEN TO AUDIO)
Guglielmo Marconi Father of wireless, was an Honorary member of the
club from 1933 to 1937 and it continues the tradition and honouring Marconi
to this very day.
Now a' days among its honorary members is Marconi's Daughter,
Princess Elettra Marconi.
4EB -- VK4EB Ted Gold the founder of the first commercial radio station in
Queensland was Vice President of Toowoomba Rotary Club.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
Ed VK2JI / G8GLM continues with an interview with Andy MM0FMF about the
current status of SOTA (Summits on the Air). This is from the Interviews
that he did for ICQPODCAST
(LISTEN TO THE MP3 AUDIO VERSION OF NEWS)
Again to hear all the interviews Ed did just Google ICQPODCAST
REWIND a look back at history
It was 30 years ago when aviator and entrepreneur Dick Smith VK2DIK made
the first solo helicopter flight around the world.
The journey which ended on July the 22nd, 1983, was the subject of an
unforgettable WIA Centenary BBQ speech given by Dick at his Bowylie Flying
Club, a privately owned aviation museum at Gundaroo, north of Canberra.
He highlighted the dangers of the Japan to Alaska leg, that included the
finding and landing on a container ship to refuel. The crew from four army
helicopters who took refuge from the inclement weather were among the
It was amateur radio that assisted him to circumnavigate the globe and on
other aviation occasions including his famous balloon flight in February
2000, where he made contact with ground stations.
The night before, at the WIA Centenary Dinner in Canberra, he explained how
an early exposure to radio had a lasting impact, helping him achieve business
and other successes.
The life-time exploits and achievements of Dick VK2DIK are even more widely
known - thanks to him being the WIA Patron for its Centenary.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
JUL 28 VK2 Albury Wodonga Amateur Radio Club Hamfest 10AM
AUG 4 VK6 Northern Corridor Radio Group Hamfest Cyril Jackson Rec Centre
Fisher st Ashfield Bassendean 9am.
AUG 11 VK2 SARCFEST 414 Richmond Hill Rd near Lismore
AUG 17-18 WW ILLW
SEP 14 VK4 Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio's SUNFEST 9am.
Oct 3- 7 VK4 North Queensland Amateur Radio Convention Charters Towers
Oct 5 vk4 REDFest by Redcliffe & Districts Radio Club St Michael's
College, Caboolture, 9am
NOV 2 VK4 Gold Coast ARS HamFest at Albert Waterways Hall.
NOV 3 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Goodwood.
NOV 15-17 VK3 Victorian National Parks Weekend
Nov 24 VK3 Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club: Rosebud RadioFest
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