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President Phil Wait VK2ASD

Vice President Chris Platt VK5CP

Secretary David Williams VK3RU

Treasurer John Longayroux VK3PZ

In support of the actions of Philippine Amateur Radio Association, the Wireless

Institute of Australia was sent a letter.

It reads (studio or audio from Phil)

The disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan is something that no-one can start

to imagine.

The vast emergency communications and other tasks provided by the Ham Emergency

Radio Operator (HERO) network through affiliated clubs of the Philippines

Amateur Radio Association (PARA) is commended.

So many individuals devoted to the long hours of what is obviously hard work

for volunteers, deserves the highest of respect and praise, from all.

Closely following events through numerous reports is the Amateur Radio community

around the world, shocked by the typhoon aftermath but having some solace

among the mayhem that Amateur Radio emergency communications is heavily involved.

On behalf of Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Board of Directors and

members, our heartfelt thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

Yours sincerely

Phil Wait

The future of Amateur Radio - a possible way forward

A recent Wireless Institute of Australia email survey of radio clubs on the

promotion of Amateur Radio found it faces some serious barriers, but there

were a few worthwhile responses to consider.

Clubs who did not reply may rely on their existing membership base for activity

and meetings. By their lack of response, it seems external promotion of Amateur

Radio is not a high priority for some of them.

The survey found the activity of promotion can be in the hands of new radio

amateurs and their enthusiasm really shines through.

The themes expressed are that; Amateur Radio is fascinating; should be targeted

for younger people; promoted through schools as part of the existing curriculum;

Scouting and JOTA deserves more emphasis; and that emerging do-it-yourself

opportunities exist.

Other responses suggest the use of notice-boards, speakers, websites and

social media, including a prepared presentation to complement the existing

WIA brochure and poster.

The WIA is thinking about how best it can further promote Amateur Radio within

its resources, by helping the membership and affiliated clubs.

Among the initial thoughts is to have radio amateurs recruit a new person

or re-activate one each year. How to overcome the general community lack

of awareness of Amateur Radio is being considered, along with the need to

have everyone thinking about promotion.

The WIA is steadily working towards the PR4AmateurRadio Expo in April. Details

of this exciting Expo can be seen via the What's On section of the WIA website.




Homebrew Construction Group

After one year the popularity of the Homebrew Construction Group continues

to grow. On display at Amateur Radio Victoria were many projects either completed


well advanced serving to motivate the newcomer and seasoned member alike.

The final meeting for the year will take place on Saturday, December the

7th at 2pm. The venue is he Amateur Radio Victoria rooms at 40g Victory Boulevard,

Ashburton. All are welcome.

The groups latest e-newsletter will be sent soon. Inquiries and comments

can be sent to

(Jim Linton VK3PC)


What use is an F-call?

As a direct result of being involved in Amateur Radio, I find myself spending

more time at my workbench figuring out things, repairing equipment and

investigating new solutions. My workbench oscillates between clean enough to

eat from, to a place where a cyclone went through in the past hour and all the

stages in between.

I realised that there are some contributing factors to this. Amateur Radio, a

lot like LEGO, requires lots of little parts, the obligatory bolts and nuts,

washers and the like, connectors and adapters, fuses and wire. Then there are

a growing number of resistors, capacitors and other odds and ends.

The projects waiting to be done and the failed ones.

I started hunting for storage for all these little bits. I investigated little

electronics drawers, but found them prohibitively expensive if you wanted to

obtain enough to make a difference. If they were cheap, they were very thin

and if they were nice and robust, they came in at a couple of bucks per

drawer, which adds up to real money pretty rapidly.

I experimented with toolboxes and all manner of different storage bins and

then came across a fishing tackle box. Not the toolbox type, just a simple

flat semi-transparent box with lots of little compartments. The one I found

has about 24 little sections, and the walls are removable, so you can fit a

large lure, uh, bolt in them.

In my travels through various different clubs and shacks, I've seen a myriad

of other solutions too.

What do you use to store your precious?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

(ep 20130113.f-call.txt nov 17)


It is with great sadness we report the passing of Terry Ryland VK2UX, last Sunday,

10 November 2013.

Terry had been active in Amateur Radio for most of his life. He built his first

crystal radio at the age of 12 then soon progressed to a two-valve shortwave receiver.

He was inspired by his father, who listened to US baseball games on shortwave.

Then in 1954, after listening to a pair chatting on air, he gained the courage to ride

his bicycle to a radio amateur nearby and they formed a long friendship. In 1974,

after joining a class of prospective radio amateurs under Rex Black VK2YA, Terry

gained the callsign of VK2ZMR.

Soon after obtaining his licence, Terry joined the Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club.

He was always very active within the club, and was made a life member in 1992.

Terry also had long involvement with the New South Wales division of the WIA, now

Amateur Radio NSW, where he most recently held the office of President and Education

Officer. At the AGM in April this year, he was made a Life Member, in recognition of

his many years' service to Amateur Radio.

As well as his long interest in building antennas and radio equipment, Terry had a

passion for education and encouraging newcomers to the hobby. Much of his time was

devoted to conducting classes and examinations, as well as mentoring other amateurs.

A service was held on Friday at Leura in the Blue Mountains. Terry will be sorely

missed by clubs and organisations, the many radio amateurs he helped, and all who

knew him.

Vale Terry Ryland, VK2UX.

more on line

INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,

Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.


The US Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, issues amateur radio

licences to anyone with a US mailing address.

No residence or citizenship is required.

For South Africans, an FCC licence is useful in that it enables you to

operate from countries with which the US has a reciprocal agreement, but

South Africa does not.

Examinations for FCC licences are conducted by Volunteer Examiners.

Three volunteer examiners from the C 82 DX DXpedition recently assisted locals

with a testing session near Pretoria. Six South Africans qualified for

American licences. Once their paperwork is complete, they will also become

examiners, establishing a permanent testing team in Gauteng.

ZS6BK, ZS6FDX and ZS6PJH qualified for General class licences, while ZS6LMG,

ZS6MDH and ZS6SF qualified for Extra class.

More details can be found via a link on ZS6EZ's QRZ.com profile.

Final spectrum plan for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Ofcom has published the final update to its plan for managing the airwaves

during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The final spectrum plan sets out how Ofcom will make spectrum available for

applications such as wireless microphones and cameras and the wireless

communications equipment used by team members, sports officials, organisers

and support staff.

The plan outlines how Ofcom will license the use of spectrum and minimise

the risk of interference, to meet the UK and Scottish Governments'

guarantees on allocating spectrum for the organisation of the 2014 Games

between 23 July and 3 August 2014.

In cooperation with the UKSSC Ofcom will seek to ensure that no

GPS Jamming Trials are carried out during the period of the Games that

could affect the availability of radionavigation satellite services

(e.g. Global Positioning Service).


A miniaturized wireless pacemaker that can be inserted into the body without

invasive surgery has been given approval for use in the European Union.

Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, says it was developed in the

United States by the company Nanostim, and that the tiny device is less than

10% of the size of a conventional pacemaker, uses a built-in battery and is

designed to be implanted intravenously directly in the heart.

Currently more than four million people around the world have some sort of

cardiac rhythm device with an additional 700,000 people getting one each year.

More on this story is on the web at tinyurl.com/wireless-pacemaker.

(BBC via arnewsline)

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E22ICQ has posted a video on YouTube that shows

the problem of interference to the Amateur

Satellite Service allocations taking place in

Thailand. Terrestrial users are making signals

from the ham radio satellites into tiny

heterodynes or signals that are totally inaudible. Take a listen:


Actual terrestrial signals interfering with weak satellite signals.


The video shows that terrestrial usage of

frequencies reserved for the Amateur Satellite

communications such as 145.800 to 146.000 MHz can

result in the satellite transmissions being

totally blocked and rendered useless. You can

see and hear the E-22-I-C-Q recording and

spectrum display photos of the interference at



WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day weekend of November 23/24.


WIA Summer VHF-UHF Field Day 11/12 January

WIA John Moyle Field Day weekend March 15-16

WIA VK Harry Angel Memorial Sprint May 3



Manly-Warringah Radio Society's Flagpole contest September.










IK7JWX has informed the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that his DXpedition to the

Island of Zanzibar scheduled for April of 2014 is has been cancelled.

The reasons given are technical and logistical constraints.


ZS 60 meter beacon

South Africa's Kempton Park Amateur Radio Technical Society (KARTS) currently

has an operational 60 meter Beacon transmitting on 5.250 MHz at 5min

intervals with PSK31 as the preferred mode

Please visit the SARL Forum and the KARTS website at www.zs6kts.co.za for

more detailed information Should you hear this beacon please send a signal

report to

Your assistance in capturing 5MHz propagation data is much appreciated.

(sourced to southgate)


ARRL say that several operations have been approved for DXCC credit.

These are Yemen 2013 using the call 7 OH 2 A and the

2012 and 2013 operations from Afghanistan as T 6 MH.

Also approved has been the current T 6 SM Afghanistan operation that began

August 14, 2012.

Sri Lanka airs special callsign

Members of Radio Society of Sri Lanka are active using the special

callsign 4 S 0 CGM between now and November 30th.

Activity is commemorating the "23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government

Meeting" (CHOGM 2013) in Colombo.

Activity will be on the HF bands.

QSL via Bureau

or direct to: RSSL, P.O. Box 907, Colombo, Sri Lanka.



Digital broadcast radio growing

Commercial Radio Australia paints a rosy picture for digital radio or DAB+

in Australia with stations attracting weekly 1.6 million people or 12.7 per

cent of radio listeners in the five state capitals.

The new Nielsen ratings found that since the 2009 digital radio launch more

than 1.4 million units have been sold. There are also low power digital trials

in Canberra and Darwin.

Digital radio provides a high quality sound, new stations, and added features

including some receiver models having text information.

Truck and bus maker Fuso now includes a digital radio, joining Audi, BMW,

Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, Toyota and trucks by Hino and


There are no Australian plans to switch off existing AM and FM radio stations.

(Jim Linton VK3PC)



Net is held each Mondays on 3.570± MHz, commencing at 1030 UTC.

(1000utc during daylight saving)

A few weeks ago that I reported that six ladies had obtained their foundation

calls in an ALARA sponsored course.

Well I am here to tell you that already all of the ladies are active and on

the air.

One in particular I think is worthy of a mention, Donna VK3FRET contacted

T33A on her very first call on HF. Conditions on 15 meters were good and

after a few flutters in the tummy Donna made the call and was rewarded by a

5/9 report which has now been confirmed on the online log of T33A .

So a great start in Amateur Radio for Donna, Listen out for her around the


(Jean Fisher)



Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies

3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz

Saturday November 23rd 2013

AGM & Coordinators and Commanders Meeting

1st Mont Albert Scout Hall, 34 Alexander St, Box Hill

Contact: Gordon Cornell VK3FGC phone: 03 5339 2427


Hams help out after Philippines hit by typhoon

For more than a week the aftermath of monster Typhoon Haiyan, rated at Category

5, has seen many lives lost, people injured, widespread damage, despair and


Among the chaos there seems no-one yet who has overall authority. The death

toll has been put at 2,000 or so officially, even though estimates have been

much higher.

Priority is being given to the immediate essentials of power, communications,

shelter and food. Followed by clean water, sanitation and disease control.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA),

says in preparation for the disaster its Ham Emergency Radio Operator or

HERO network was activated early.

He reports that HERO stations using HF and VHF have been relaying vital messages

helping rescue and relief authorities, and their communities.

Ramon DU1UGZ said that in every major area hit by the typhoon, and elsewhere

in the archipelago, the HERO network was in action.

Tacloban, Eastern Samar, Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental islands, Siquijor,

Palo, Bantayan, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Panay, Roxas, and many more places

- including signals into the capital of Manila.

The International Amateur Radio Union Regional 3 Chairman of the Disaster

Communications Committee, Jim Linton VK3PC said these individuals should

be commended for their efforts.

"They have transceivers that are mostly basic, and as yet don't seem to have

the deserved recognition from the authorities and the non-government aid

organisations who used them," he said

This not the first time HERO stations have been involved. Over the years

there's been many disasters in the Philippines, including earthquakes, floods

and mudslides, but none on the scale of the current Typhoon Haiyan.

The disaster was in fact preceded and followed by earthquakes - adding to

the rescue and recovery.

Jim VK3PC said, "It will take a very long time to recover from this disaster.

We can only hope that authorities and NGOs never forget the Philippines Amateur

Radio Association and the HERO network.

"They need help with equipment, training and other resources so they can

continue to provide an emergency communications resource into the future."

A saving grace in the disaster is that it missed more populated areas like

Manila, was fast-moving and authorities were able to evacuate some low lying areas.

The Philippines President Benigno Aquino inspected Tacloban City where almost

all buildings were destroyed. He was lost for words to adequately describe

the enormity of disaster that affected 36 provinces, millions of people and

declared a State of Calamity.


NOV 15-17 VK3 Victorian National Parks Weekend

Nov 24 VK3 Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club Rosebud RadioFest


This is John VK3BJR President of the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club with a

reminder that the Rosebud RadioFest , will be held next Sunday, 24th November at the

Eastbourne Primary School at Allambi Avenue, Rosebud, on the beautiful Mornington


Catering for the event is being handled by the school and good food will be available

throughout the day commencing at 7.30 am.

Outdoor activities will be open from 8.30 am and the main hall with new and used sales

will be open to the public at 10.00 am with an entry fee of $6.

In addition to these activities, an interesting range of forums will also be presented.

Topics being covered are "Recent ACMA activities" with Bruce Williams, Understanding

VSWR and calibration of your SWR meter with Peter Cossins VK3BFG. Bring along your

meters for calibration. An explanation and display by ICOM of the IC 7100. Doug

McArthur VK3UM will present on the important topic of EMR, explaining his documentation

for how you can calculate your level of EMR and Michael Coleman VK3KH will present on

"Moonbounce for beginners."

This event next Sunday presents an ideal opportunity to make a family day of it, so

bring your family and enjoy the RadioFest and the beaches, parks, wineries, shops and

restaurants of the Mornington Peninsula.

See you in Rosebud. This is John VK3BJR.


Jan 24-27 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Weekend Family Radio Camp

at Girl Guides Campsite Bluewater. )

Feb 23 VK2 Wyong Field Day and it is on come rain hail or shine.

It's still over 3 months to the Wyong Field Day but already preparations are in high


We want to make sure that we cram in as much as we can into the largest event of it's

kind in Australia.

A week after publishing the seminar program, we have had two other requests that we

couldn't refuse.

The VHF-UHF Weak Signal Group will have their annual meeting at Wyong from 12 noon to

12.45 and we are very lucky to have got the Summits on The Air association manager for

VK2, Andrew VK2UH, to present on what is the most talked about part of our hobby over

the last six months - Summits on the Air or SOTA for short. If you haven't heard about

it or read about it, you must have been out of the country! Here's the chance to ask

those questions about the rules that you are not clear about and to talk with those who

have been "living" SOTA both from mountain tops and from the home shack over many

months. This talk starts at 9:15am.

As well as presentations in the Seminar Room you also have the opportunity to learn

more about different facets of our hobby on a one-to-one basis at the exhibitors stands

around the grounds.

So far we have as confirmed exhibitors;

The Kurrajong Radio Museum,

The Westlakes Amateur Radio Club with the WIA QSL Bureau,

The Historical Radio Society of Australia,

The Australian Radio DX Club Incorporated,

Summits on The Air


Tube Radio who will be putting on a special exhibit celebrating 100 years of the AWA.

Whether it's seeking that bargain from the flea market, grabbing that discounted new

equipment from the traders stands, educating yourself at the seminars and exhibitors

stalls or even taking that licence upgrade assessment. The place to be on February

twenty three is undoubtably - The CCARC Field Day at Wyong!

73 'til next week, this is Ed VK2JI, Publicity Officer of the Central Coast Amateur

Radio Club.

Apr 13-15 VK PR4AmateurRadio Expo.

Apr 18 WW Amateur Radio Day: Your Gateway to Wireless Communications.

Apr 25 vk3 ANZAC Day event Ballarat Showgrounds

May 2- 4 VK4 Clairview Gathering Clive VK4ACC 0429 632 815

Sunday Nov 2nd 2014 NOV 2 VK5 HamFest Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society




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