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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCT 25 2015.
IN OUR 20TH YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA at IARU Region 3 meeting in Indonesia. -
WIA joins IARU 90th birthday celebration. -
WIA new callbook available soon. -
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THESE STORIES AND MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE
OF AUSTRALIA 2015 AND FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 25
VK5 Balloon experiment goes well
The Project Horus balloon launch last weekend from Mount Barker in South
Australia went well, had input from Adelaide area high school students, and
tested a new telemetry mode.
The students designed and supplied a number of experiments in its LaunchBox,
while balloon group Project Horus provided tracking telemetry and recovery
teams making it all possible.
Several experiments included cameras, a weather station, and other interesting
student ideas to answer questions like "what does happen to a marshmallow and
popcorn when you place it in a freezing near vacuum?"
The Adelaide Radio Experimenters Group, on its website, reported that the
balloon was put up on Sunday October 18, at 10am Adelaide time. A large number
of students were at the launch site piquing their curiosity and interest in
science education, and they asked many questions.
The balloon and its LaunchBox payload travelled 35km reaching a maximum
altitude of 26,575 metres during its flight time of 2 hours 2 minutes 20 secs,
and was recovered.
The callsign VK5ARG was used on 434.450 MHz RTTY, as a back-up an experimental
Low Data Rate Optimisation Mode 'LoRa', a spread-spectrum weak-signal
modulation, on 431.650 MHz.
Among the many trackers were those in Adelaide, with others including VK5ALX
and VK5NEX at Whyalla, and VK3BQ, VK3SMC and VK3KCX in Melbourne.
The flight was planned so that recovery would be relatively painless, with the
target area being somewhere in the vicinity of Palmer in the Adelaide Hills.
Grant Willis VK5GR from Project Horus has foreshadowed further exciting
balloon flights in 2016.
Congratulations to Project Horus and the Adelaide Radio Experimenters Group
showing a great example of using Amateur Radio to further science education.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
WIA BOARD TALK
President Phil Wait VK2ASD
V President Fred Swainston VK3DAC
Secretary David Williams VK3RU
Treasurer (Position Vacant)
The IARU Region 3 meeting in Indonesia
The 16th triennial conference of International Radio Union Region 3 hosted by
Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia or ORARI, was held at Bali, Indonesia,
The meeting observed a minute silence in memory of Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ and
Ken Pulfer VE3PU, who became silent keys and had contributed enormously to
Welcoming everyone, were Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN, Chairman of Directors of
IARU Region 3, and Conference Chairman, Mr Sutiyoso YB0ST. Fifteen societies
were present, and three represented by proxy. Also there were the IARU
President Tim Ellam VE6SH, Vice President Ole Garpestad LA2RR and Secretary
Rod Stafford W6ROD, the Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ, and Region 2
President Reinaldo Leandro YV5AM and Vice President Jose Molina YS1MS.
Timothy Ellam VE6SH made a warm welcome on behalf of the IARU Officers and the
International Secretariat and thanked ORARI for the conference.
He then pointed out that the WRC-15 is to be held in November and the IARU
team would make their best effort for a possible allocation to amateur service
near 5 MHz.
Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Mr Rudiantara
in his welcome recognised the important role of Amateur Radio in disaster
communication in the archipelago. The Minister then joined by other speakers
to formally declare the Conference open and jointly with Tim VE6SH, struck the
The Conference then formed two working groups to handle 37 papers and submit
recommendations to all delegates at the plenary sessions.
Working Group 1 handled Policy Matters that included education, training,
development of Amateur Radio and international and regional conferences
involving radio administrations with special concentration on Youth. While
Working Group 2 concerned Operational and Technical Matters, including
emergency communications, digital modes, APRS common frequency and band plans.
In addition a separate Finance committee looked at the budget and the dues
were considered for the next three years.
The recommendations adopted included asking the IARU Administrative Council
to issue to widely all information on the use of the Amateur Satellite Service.
This information is to include the criteria for a satellite to be in the
Amateur Satellite Service, and the procedure for IARU satellite frequency
The Region 3 band plans were adjusted, and for possible ease of compliance
Region 3 directors will consider adopting a format similar to that used in
Regions 1 and 2.
Societies were further asked to publicise digital mode developments and
educate radio amateurs not to interfere with Amateur Radio digital
transmissions. Attention also was called to newer digital modes, such as
MFSK16, DominoEX, and FSQ, as possibly better performers than PSK31.
The following were elected as IARU Region 3 Directors. Rhee, Joong Guen HL1AQQ,
Shizuo Endo JE1MUI, Peter Young VK3MV, Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN, Wisnu Widjaja
YB0AZ, and Don Wallace ZL2TLL. Peter Lake ZL1AZ retired after having served
many years as a Director. Later Gopal VU2GMN was re-elected as the Chairman.
While Katsumi (Ken) Yamamoto JA1CJP was returned unopposed as Secretary.
The 17th IARU Region 3 Conference will be at Seoul Korea late in 2018.
WIA joins IARU 90th birthday celebration
Further expressions of interest are welcome from WIA members who can get on
air under the special callsign VI 90 IARU and help celebrate the International
Amateur Radio Union (IARU) jubilee.
So far 40 stations, each with the 90IARU-suffix, have been heard and another
25 are due very soon.
The IARU has a handsome diploma available to those who contact 90IARU
callsigns from 10 different countries, members of IARU.
Qualifying stations can get the free electronic diploma for QSOs between
January 1 to December 31, 2015 - issued either as Mixed, CW, Phone or Digital.
The WIA will acknowledge all QSLs it receives for VI90IARU through the QSL
Bureau. Expressions of interest in using the VI90IARU callsign by nominating
the date and time (UTC), are now being taken by the WIA office
The new callbook available soon
The Australian radio amateur callbook for 2016 with its searchable CD contains
a host of useful reference material and will be available in a few weeks.
WIA President Phil Wait VK2ASD in its forward notes that one of the great
things about Amateur Radio is that it's constantly changing.
For home constructors and experimenters, contesters, or just Sunday afternoon
operators, each year brings a new technology, new challenges and new
Phil VK2ASD says that unlike Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media
platforms, Amateur Radio offers a great sense of technical achievement. This
happens especially when some new contraption crackles into life, or when you
bag that elusive new country for one of the operating awards on offer.
Maybe that technological challenge is why Amateur Radio is growing so strongly
in nations where there's a strong emphasis on science and technology.
Phil VK2ASD says in Australia we are seeing licensing and regulation changes.
He reminds us that during 2016-2017 the Australian Government will implement
the Spectrum Review recommendations. The new licensing system flowing from the
review is not fully clear, but it will a new single licence type based on a
set of key parameters.
The WIA is working closely with the government and ACMA to ensure the best
possible outcome for radio amateurs.
The WIA is evaluating and restructuring its core activities, vitally necessary
to improve member services, and be ready to accept future opportunities as
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Innovation spectrum use needs flexibility
The finite resource of the spectrum is becoming crowded as new products
increasingly rely on its use to connect, in this digital age.
Until now, some have opposed new products by saying 'not on my frequencies',
others claim interference to their existing operation, or perhaps just don't
want competition to their cosy life.
However, a lot of research and development occurs on a product, including
whether it meets the rules and will fit in with other users on the spectrum.
There are many of the factors behind a product approved for use in an area,
but they don't always meet the frequency assignments of all countries.
Then again, there are the 'knock-offs' or counterfeits of existing or similar
wares, or jammers that are outlawed in many areas.
All types of non-complying radio-based equipment have been hard to stop at
the border, particular if carried in by unsuspecting tourists, or bought
Left to clean up the mess, mostly in a reactive manner, are licensees and the
The current Australian Communications and Media Authority review proposed a
new licensing regime, and the Federal Government's Innovation Policy due in
December, may further re-shape future spectrum use.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
What use is an F-call?
When you operate your station on a regular basis you might find yourself lulled into the belief that
all is well with the world and that your station will continue to operate as expected. It worked
yesterday, so why wouldn't it work today - nothing changed.
Having now operated my station for several years and having been granted the opportunity to operate
stations built and maintained by others I can categorically state that nothing stays the same, ever.
In fact, it's probably better to work on the assumption that your station is changing all the time,
that it's different than it was yesterday and even different than it was an hour ago.
This variation is the result of a number of things that affect the operation of your station.
The weather is an obvious influence. Antennas are subject to the wind, the rain and the sun,
not to mention lightning and atmospheric ionisation. But the weather is not the only variable.
Power supplies are fed by the grid which fluctuates, power supplies heat up and cool down, so does
your radio, the connectors that connect the coax to your radio and the like.
If you have an amplifier, it too heats up and cools down. Contraction and expansion slowly doing their
physics to trip you up.
Jostling a connector, or a coax might disconnect something that has been connected for years, or doing
a test, plugging an antenna into another radio, might just be the straw that broke the camel's back.
My point is that even in a so-called static environment, things change, all the time. If you pick up
your radio and go mobile with it, you're used to things being in different places, wear and tear and
the like, but in your home station, you might not find such things nearly as easily.
So, pay attention to what your radio is saying, watch the SWR, the power, the
voltage, use the meters that are there to tell you that something is wrong.
One day it will make the difference between a quick fix and a $1000 repair.
Just because it's working right now, doesn't mean it will be the next time
you key the mike.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
Silent Keys are best sent to AR Magazine and your local state or club news
rather than this WIA National News Service.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club, ARRL,
Amateur Radio Newsline, NZART and the WW sources of the WIA.
Drone stopper is developed
The new technology of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, which often carry
cameras, has administrations try to grapple with their use.
The DroneDefender has emerged to attack drones which use ISM and GPS radio
Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio USA, a private non-profit
applied science and technology development company, has a point-and-shoot
device. It emits radio signals to stop drones before they can pose a threat
to military or civilian safety.
Some administrations may deem them to be an outlawed, or a highly restricted
radio jammer. Of concern could be other ISM band users, and ubiquitous GPS
that controls movement and location of law enforcement, emergency service
vehicles, taxis and others.
A YouTube video of the DroneDefender that has a yagi-type antenna is released,
with the URL in the text edition of the broadcast.
Ofcom have published a notice advising that steps are now being taken to
revoke all UK amateur radio licences that have not been revalidated as
required by the terms of the licence.
The first tranche of revocations will affect those licences due for
revalidation between September 2012 and January 2013. If you hold a UK
licence and have not revalidated your licence within the last 5 years, YOU
are in their sights.
ET CALL CHINA
China's state-run Xinhua news agency says the Five-hundred-metre Aperture
Spherical Telescope (FAST) will be completed in 2016 - allowing researchers
to detect radio signals - and potentially, signs of life - from planets
orbiting a million stars and solar systems.
The country's military-led space program is constructing the world's largest
radio telescope, a massive construction project - when completed the dish
itself will be the size of 30 football fields - has the potential to be a
game-changer for our understanding of the Universe, and our search for life
on other planets.
Construction on the FAST project began in 2011 and it is nestled in a natural
indentation in Guizhou province's spectacular Karst mountains. This half a
kilometre diameter dish will eclipse the 305 metre dish at Arecibo in Puerto
Rico, but only our 'VK/ZS' SKA array, when completed, will be more sensitive.
FCC TO WEIGH IN ON TINKERING
The ARRL is listening for a clear signal from the FCC that it's OK for
hams to modify non-amateur equipment to use on the air, especially Wi-Fi
network devices. Recently proposed FCC rules, affecting the
authorization of RF equipment, have spurred concern in some corners of
the amateur community that these rules would restrict or prevent hams
from going on the air with equipment they'd modified.
The ARRL comments say, in part: QUOTE "The Amateur Radio Service has a
very long tradition of modification and adaptation of commercial
communications equipment." The League also pressed the FCC against
limiting Software Defined Radios to SDRs intended for use exclusively in
the Amateur Radio Service. The ARRL filed its comments on Oct. 8.
HAMS REVISIT NEPAL'S EARTHQUAKE
Ham radio operators who responded last April to the devastating
earthquake in Nepal still haven't forgotten the scenes of devastation in
that Himalayan nation. And they are sharing the drama of that damage -
and the successful rescue work - by recreating that experience during a
puja, or Hindu worship gathering, in Kolkata. Members of the West Bengal
Radio Club will demonstrate how ham operations assisted the distressed
area on April 25, and how the radio amateurs' operations in the days
afterward helped restore stability.
Organizers say that the experience will be recreated with a simulated
earthquake of a very low magnitude, courtesy of special light and sound
effects, accompanied by vibrating motors. Says Anupam Das, one of the
organizers, QUOTE"As one steps into the tunnel at the entrance, they
will feel slight tremors. When they pass through, a scene of devastation
will lie before them. But our theme is not the damage itself, rather how
India helped Nepal in rescue and relief. Our theme is humanity."
The amateur radio club's secretary, Ambarish Nag Biswas, says amateurs
who were present to assist in the search and rescue in Nepal will be
conducting the live demonstration.
The quake caused widespread damage and was responsible for the deaths of
Who and Where are our broadcast stations?
OPERATIONAL NEWS 2015 - 2016
WIA Spring VHF-UHF Field Day the
weekend of 14th and 15th November.
Harry Angel 80 mtr sprint (WIA) provisional date Saturday 7th May.
10-10 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CONTEST Aug 6 - 7
Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio (RaDAR)
Eddie Leighton ZS 6 BNE has announced that on the 7th of November 2015, from
00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC, the next International ham radio RaDAR challenge will
take place. This challenge is different to any other in the world.
Note this IS billed as an INTERNATIONAL event!
You have 24 hours to make as many contacts as you can but what is different
here and what you need to take into account, is you need to move your station
after ever 5 contacts for a particular distance depending on how you move.
This applies to RaDAR moving stations only.
You may want to take part as a fixed RaDAR station or field station.
Don't forget you need to think of hydration and food for energy, especially
for the "on foot" operators. The South African Radio League's contest manual
spells out the challenge quite nicely.
Please see page 34 of this link.
Want an excuse to get out of mowing the lawns? Well if you do, put Saturday
the 28th and Sunday the 29th November 2015 in your diary.
On that weekend, a special Activation event is going to be held for the
World Wide Flora and Fauna program.
What is World Wide Flora and Fauna?
The program, abbreviated as WWFF (and known as VKFF in Australia) is an
international amateur radio program, the purpose of which is to draw
attention to the importance of protecting nature, flora and fauna, and
to encourage the development of radio skills, especially in portable
Quite simply, amateurs operate portable from designated parks and other
amateurs make contact with these activators.
WWFF is a great way to escape the ever increasing noise floor at home, see
the countryside, enjoy the great outdoors, and play radio. If wallpaper is
your thing, then a large variety of award certificates are on offer within
the WWFF program.
So, remember, the special VKFF activation weekend will be held on Saturday
the 28th and Sunday the 29th November, 2015.
Please note. If you do intend to activate a park on that weekend, please
send an email to Paul VK5PAS =
A spreadsheet is being maintained of all activations, which will assist in
preventing double up activations, and act as a reference point for activators
More information on the World Wide Flora Fauna program can be located at
Look forward to receiving an email from you.
Thanks for listening.
I'm Paul VK5PAS, the Australian co-ordinator for the World Wide Flora Fauna
The International Humanitarian Award
A reminder on that item Jason VK2LAW brought us last week.
This annual ARRL award goes to a radio amateur or group who demonstrates
devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through
It recognises Amateur Radio's unique role in communication and the assistance
radio amateurs regularly provide to people in need.
Nominations should include verifying statements from at least two people
having first-hand knowledge of the events in the nomination.
Submissions are due by December 31 and if the award is given, will be
announced in the New Year.
National Parks in Victoria to be on air
The Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award activation period is less than
four weeks away, with 27 parks registered so far for the event.
The latest being a weekend camping trip by Lesley VK5LOL and Hans VK5YX in the
Wyperfeld National Park, about 450 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.
Another couple, Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP are to be at the French Island
National Park - listening for both Award and IOTA contacts.
Visit the Amateur Radio Victoria webpage to either register a National Park,
or see those taking part in the activation period of Friday 13th until
Monday 16th of November.
You can find the ARVictoria site (and all VK clubs) by going to wia.org.au
and clicking on the CLUBS link in the top line.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS, DX, BEACON REPEATER AND NET ADVICE
Jose LU1FM will activate San Andres Island now until 27 October using the
callsign 5 J 0 B. He will be on all bands 160m to 6m SSB and digital.
QSLs go via the home call, LU 1 FM.
Beth MW 0 VOW is back in Mozambique and signing C 91 B till 3rd November.
She will be accompanied by John ZS 5 J who also holds the callsign C 9 1 J.
A team of Cuban and US operators will operate as T 42 US from Havana to 28th
October. They will also participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest on the weekend.
Bureau QSLs via K 9 DIG.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations the UN HQ Amateur
Radio Club 4 U 1 UN will be active as 4 U 70 UN on 24th/25th October.
QSL Manager is HB 9 BOU.
A 12-man German team will operate as V 73 D from the Marshall Islands until
the 28th of October. They will have four stations on all bands CW, SSB and
The IOTA reference is OC-029 and QSLs should go via Club Log OQRS.
A multi-national team are signing D 4 D from Boa Vista in the Cape Verde
Islands, AF-086, until the 24th of October. They are on 80m to 6m SSB, CW and
RTTY. QSL Manager is EB 7 DX.
Oliver, W 6 NV will be on the air as ZD 7 W from St Helena, AF-022, until the
2nd of November. He will be active on all bands 160m to 10m SSB and CW.
QSL to his home call, W 6 NV.
MX 0 YHA will commemorate the start of Greenwich Mean Time on the 24th and
25th of October from Mount St Bernard Abbey, Leicestershire. The nominated
frequency HF will be around 7.175MHz.
Details are at www.yharg.org.uk
VK Club Bulletins http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aarnie/
VK2 CCARC news ccarc.org.au/wp/2012/09/ccarc-news-12-31/
For the time being, Summerland ARC over in the Lismore region
of VK2 is not broadcasting WIA news on VK2RSC. Chris, VK2ACD
Club Treasurer says this due to not being able to remotely turn off
time-out-timers on 2m repeaters.
And south in VK3, EGARC are temporarily off air, Barnett Winton VK3XBW
their Secretary of the EGARC advisors this is because of a pending node 6008
rebuild and a software bug being resolved.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
NASA awards launch services contracts for CubeSat satellites
NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) has awarded multiple Venture
Class Launch Services (VCLS) contracts to provide small satellites
(SmallSats) - also called CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites -
access to low-Earth orbit.
The three companies selected to provide these new commercial launch
capabilities, and the value of their firm fixed-price contracts, are:
Firefly Space Systems Inc. of Cedar Park, Texas, $5.5 million; Rocket
Lab USA Inc. of Los Angeles, $6.9 million; Virgin Galactic LLC of
Long Beach, California, $4.7 million.
AO-85 OSCAR Number Assigned for Fo4U1UN as 4U70UN on satellite this weekend!
Word has been received, that, in celebration of the UN's 70th anniversary,
4U1UN will be activated as 4U70UN on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October. The
operation by the UN ARC will be from the ground-level garden area within the
UNHQ complex in New York City and will be limited to their local daylight
Satellite operation is included in the plans, but time and equipment
limitations will exist.
Note that 4U1UN is a separate DXCC entity.
For more information please see
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
The RSGB have announced the setting up of a new organisation called the
This will manage the IOTA programme in partnership with RSGB. One of the tasks
for the new organisation will be to develop a new online credit system, to be
completed in 2017.
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
Emergency communications exercises and a "for real event"
Around the world various radio amateurs hold various exercises as they train
and prepare for the time their skills may be needed to help the community.
This weekend HAMNET, the emergency group in South Africa, is running such an
exercise with an electric power blackout theme. It will test whether
participating stations can run off-grid, which includes heating, cooling,
cooking and lighting.
HAMNET wants everyone involved to be self-critical when evaluating their
performance and see any weaknesses that can be improved.
Recently we told you another exercise, this time the Military Auxiliary Radio
System (MARS) has the scenario of a solar coronal mass ejection disaster.
MARS with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil
Emergency Service (RACES) are finalising the plans for the make-believe
disaster on November 7-10.
And this Strong Typhoon that hit northern Philippines was no Make Believe
Typhoon Koppu (locally Lando) made landfall in the northern Philippines on
Sunday, bringing strong wind, heavy rain, flooding, power outages and the
loss of vital infrastructure, as it moved slowly for three days.
About 23 people have been killed by the category-four typhoon.
The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated its HERO
(Ham Emergency Radio Operations) Network DX1PAR on 7.095 MHz.
Jojo DU1VHY said the HERO Network was requested by the National
Telecommunication Commission's Deputy Commissioner, and part of the disaster
response. The National Telecommunications Commission coordinated with PARA to
monitor affected areas, through their local Amateur Radio associations.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has
reported on the comprehensive response - with many agencies and volunteers
including the HERO Network.
Philippines President, Benigno S. Aquino III, presided over the pre-disaster
preparations - knowing that more heartbreak may come in the following months.
(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.)
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR
A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time.
Youngsters On The Air, YOTA http://www.ham-yota.eu/
RSGB 'youth' video on Amateur Radio
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) has a new video production that
shows off the diverse nature of Amateur Radio and is aimed at involving more
The RSGB has partnered with TX Factor, the United Kingdom's only professional
TV channel dedicated to programs for radio amateurs.
It involves home-brew, DXing, satellites, ARDF, computing, sending text or
pictures, talking to the International Space Station, and other activities
by young girls and boys, in a plain language tone that resonates with youth.
The video promotes Amateur Radio as a hands-on skill based activity, giving a
greater understanding of technology beyond that of being just a consumer.
The fun of the activity includes being able to chat with, and join in a
community interested in communicating.
The RSGB video 'Amateur Radio a hobby for the 21st century' can be found at
its YouTube channel.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
SOCIAL SCENE 2015
Oct 22-25 VK4 NOEL'S NUTTY CAMPERS POONA PALMS CARAVAN PK 0413958216 (vk4nl)
Oct 25 VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention Greyhound Track (wia)
NOV 01 VK5 Adelaide Hills Annual HAMFEST, Rosa St, Goodwood. (WIA)
Nov 14 VK4 Gold Coast HamFest Broadbeach (vk4py)
Nov 14 VK3 QRP By the Bay details from VK3YE held 2nd Saturday (vk3ye)
NOV 29 VK3 ROSEBUD RADIOFEST 9am in Allambi Avenue Rosebud (vk3pdg)
Jan 22-26 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
Girl Guides Campsite, Bluewater (vk4zz)
Feb 13 VK3 MERC HamFest 10am at Werribee Masonic Centre (wia)
Feb 28 VK2 Central Coast Field Day (vk2ztm)
Feb 28 VK3 EMDRC HamFest Great Ryrie Primary School Heathmont. (wia)
Ap-May 29- 2 VK4 Clairview Gathering check Mackay ARS website. (theTARCinc)
June 3- 5 VK4 Central Highlands Social Gathering Theresa Creek dam (wia)
June 11-13 VK5 VK Foxhunting Championship & SERG convention Mt Gambier(VK5HCF)
July 19 VK3 GippsTech 2016 Churchill )
Sep 23-25 VK4 Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend at
Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, near Emerald. (theTARCinc)
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