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VK National News 10Oct21
Weekly news from the WIA:
MP3 edition of news available at: http://www.wia-files.com/podcast/wianews-2021-10-10.mp3
2021 OCTOBER 10 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA
THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK
THIS LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN
NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 10 2021
IN OUR 26th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
THIS NEWS IS HAPPENING NOW
Implementation of 2x1 contest callsigns
ACMA recently conducted a survey seeking the views of the amateur radio community on allocation arrangements for 2x1 callsigns.
After considering the feedback from the survey, the ACMA has recommended to the AMC that it starts allocating 2x1 callsigns based on the following arrangements:
Callsigns are issued exclusively for amateur radio contests limited to amateur radio clubs and holders of an Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency Advanced. 2x1 callsigns will be issued for a period of 12 months.
The allocation process will commence at 10 am, 13 October 2021.
When FaceBook and Instagram went down .. Ham Radio did NOT!
Amateur Radio - keeping people in contact since 1901
Bruce VK3FFF will have more on this when he slips behind the mike a little later in this WIA news cast.
WIA PRESIDENT SCOTT WILLIAMS VK3KJ speaks on the upcoming WIA AGM and
conference, Oceania DX Contest and our 'social position'.
ACMA has released the Five Year Spectrum Outlook document covering the 2021-2026 financial year, WIA Director Greg Kelly with this later
And Peter VK4NBL with DMR.
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
Peter VK4NBL joining you.
Well, at least I'm here VIRTUALLY, but physically in the beautiful Murray Bridge part of South Australia. But who cares where we are, when there's Amateur Radio??!!
DMR is Digital Mobile Radio, a fantastic World Wide Amateur Radio version of RF technology.
If you haven't tried it yet, you're in for a big surprise!
Sure. It sounds different from AM, SSB or FM ... but it's a PERSONAL CONTACT thing, when you can hear what the other guy sounds like, rather than having to read a "fist" to interpret the meaning
behind the dits and dahs, or the intriguing sounds of FT8 and those other sorts of digital modes.
Last Tuesday evening we ran the 3rd anniversary of the Australian DMR net. There were 75 check-ins and I would like to thank every-one who took the time to call in. They were there, from all around Australia!
Don't forget ... we're here on Talk-group 5 EVERY Tuesday night.
Come and join us on Australia's biggest Digital voice network.
It'll be a real pleasure for all of us to hear YOU call in, and join the fun!
Peter, VK4NBL, for WIA National News.
JOIN THE WIA
Good morning to all listeners of the WIA Broadcast.
This is WIA President Scott Williams, VK3KJ and wherever you are in
Australia or in fact overseas, I hope this announcement finds you safe
and well in these very challenging times.
I will be short and sharp this week with just a couple of quick messages on behalf of the WIA Board.
Firstly, the Board has confirmed that the 2021 Annual General Meeting,
to be held on or around May / June 2022, will be held next year as a
virtual event. In addition to the AGM, a proposal has been submitted
to hold a half day online or virtual conference to replace the
proposed face to face conference. The Board believe the online
conference represents a wonderful way for the Amateur Radio community
to re-engage and enjoy some topical presentations.
It is the view the Board that there is considerable uncertainty with
the COVID overlay and this makes planning in advance very difficult.
Please look out for announcements in the near future and we will be
sure to promote the event through all the normal mediums.
A couple of weeks ago you heard from WIA Director, Peter Shrader,
VK4EA about the WIAs new social media guidelines. This has been
approved by the Board and we are just planning the role out of this
as we speak.
For those that are on social media, it has again been a very
challenging few weeks with some wonderful content posted, but also
unfortunately, some content and threads of conversation that just
should of never have found its way to the screens of many readers.
The WIA encourages the use of social media as a great medium to
communicate in different ways to different audiences. We welcome
constructive, respectful engagement that promotes open and friendly
forums. We do NOT support any content that is posted that defames,
vilifies, is offensive or unlawful.
In regard to the WIA social media channels, these will be moderated
with any comments deemed by the administrators to be inappropriate,
or not in the spirit of Amateur Radio to be removed.
On a final note, it was wonderful to see so many people on the air
over last weekend for the SSB Oceania DX Contest. I understand there
has been a record number of logs already received with over 1000 logs
already submitted and they continue to be uploaded. There was also
over 100 DXCC countries active. Operators across the country reported
some favourable conditions with contest station VK4KW, reporting some
great propagation on 10m to the East Coast of America. It was also
great to see so many new operators competing for the first time.
Dont forget that this weekend is the CW Oceania DX Contest, which
concludes at 06.00 UTC on Sunday. So, all those CW operators, make
sure you jump on air and support the contest.
Thats it for me this week, and I am going to jump on air and try and
make a few contacts myself.
Stay safe and well and best wishes,
ACMA release Five Year Spectrum Outlook 2021-26
WIA report the Australian communication regulator the ACMA has released the Five Year Spectrum Outlook document covering the 2021-2026 financial year
WIA IMMEADIATE PAST PRESIDENT REPORTS
(Gregs report covers more than the script shown here so well worth a listen)
The five-year spectrum outlook is the ACMAs primary spectrum management document. It is released each year to provide a broad overview of trends that affect spectrum management and the factors used to inform the ACMA's spectrum planning and allocation priorities.
The FYSO 202126 outlines our priorities for the next 5 years. It includes a detailed annual work program, with activities and milestones for the 202122 financial year.
ACMA have also released the submissions received for our draft FYSO consultation as well as our response to submissions. We thank all our stakeholders for their involvement in the FYSO process.
For more info and downloadable FYSO documents from ACMA's website:
WIA NATIONAL NEWS AND YOUR 3 W's.
WASH YOUR HANDS
WEAR YOUR MASK
WATCH YOUR DISTANCE (1.5 metres)
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
UK Foundation practical assessments
Following a meeting of the RSGB Examinations Standards Committee at which Ofcom was represented, the current mandatory Foundation practical requirements are, with immediate effect, permanently removed.
If clubs want to retain a practical element of training to support the learning of their candidates, either as demonstrations or hands-on, they are strongly encouraged to do so.
For the full announcement please see the RSGB exam announcements
The current agreement with the IRTS for the setting, organising and
correcting examinations for the Harmonised Amateur Radio Certificate
is due to expire on the 21 December 2021. In advance of the expiry of
the agreement, ComReg intends to publish an invitation to participate
in a tender process for parties interested in administrating the
HAREC examinations in Ireland and it will be published on ComRegs website in due course.
The ComReg document gives the figures for the number of exam candidates for each year ending June 30:
The IRTS paper-based 60 question HAREC exam is only held twice a year
and typically has a pass rate of around 65-70%. In previous years
some amateurs from the UK have travelled to Dublin to take the exam
as all HAREC certificates are recognised by Ofcom and the holder is
therefore eligible for a Full UK callsign.
In further education news from Region One, Norway defers replacement
of paper-based ham radio exams
Norwegian Communications Authority Nkom has announced that radio amateurs will have to continue doing paper exams for a while longer and the questions in the exam will be increased to 60
Norway has only one class of license and it permits 1 kW output. Their HAREC exam used to be the shortest among CEPT member countries at just 28 question. A few years ago this was increased to 35 and now Nkom has announced it will be 60 questions.
New VP8 licenses for use in the former Falkland Islands Dependencies
have not been available for some years now, causing considerable
difficulty to major DXpeditions and others wishing to operate from
those remote regions, including the recent VP8PJ South Orkneys operation.
However SouthGate news report a major break-through and Ofcom has finally authorized the use of a new prefix for these former Dependencies.
The new prefix is VP0 (Victor Papa Zero) and once legislation is enacted, it will be applied to the two British Overseas Territories of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands and the British Antarctic Territory. The existing VP8 prefix will then apply exclusively to the Falkland Islands only.
The new VP0 prefix will apply to the following DXCC entities:
1. British claimed sector of the Antarctic mainland, including
Antarctic Peninsula & nearby islands
2. South Orkney Islands
3. South Shetland Islands
4. South Georgia
5. South Sandwich Islands
It is proposed that the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator will administer these licenses on behalf of the governments of British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
Bahamas 'Radio In a Box' operation
C 6 AGU from Wood Cay (NA-001) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
November 27-28th and the ARRL 160m CW Contest December 3-5th.
Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters with a focus on the low bands, using CW, SSB and FT8.
Once again, this will be a "RIB" (Radio In a Box) operation aboard the catamaran "MV MAGNET".
For details, see QRZ.com under C6AGU and the video on YouTube:
This operation will be using six "RIBs" with amps into various verticals.
QSL via HA7RY, or Club Log or LoTW.
CW from 0800 UTC Saturday 9 October to
0800 UTC Sunday October 10
SPRING VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS November 27-28
December 4-5 160 Meter WW
DECEMBER 11 - 12 10 Mtr World Wide
January, the entire month every year is the
WIA ROSS HULL VHF - UHF MARATHON CONTEST
00:00 UTC 1 January to 23:59 UTC 31 January
WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS
Summer 2022 - 0100 UTC Saturday 15 January
through 0059 UTC Sunday 16 January (differs in VK6).
John Moyle Memorial Field Day
(No date has been published as yet)
Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint
Saturday May 7th 2022
10:00 UTC - 11:46 UTC
VK SHIRES CONTEST 11th JUNE 2022
WIA VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS
Winter 2022 - 0200 UTC Saturday 25 June
through 0159 UTC Sunday 26 June (differs in VK6).
WIA Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest
16 JUL 2022
The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July
aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL
WIA RD or Remembrance Day Contest
Weekend closest to the 15th August each year.
2022 its Sat Sun August 13 and 14
WIA - NZART OCEANIA Nature Exhibition in
Budapest. QSL via eQSL.
(SOURCED TO ARNEWSLINE.ORG)
Until the 2nd of November, West of Scotland ARS are running
station GB 4 GDS, celebrating 90 years of the Guide Dog Association. More information about the station can be found at wosars.club
3 E 200 P from Colon, Panama, marking the nation's 200th
anniversary of independence from Spain. The station is on air
until November 30th on various HF bands using several modes.
QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
(SOURCED TO ARNEWSLINE.ORG)
8 J 250 IWA is helping celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Japanese
city of Iwakura. This callsign will be on air through to December 5.
QSLs will be sent via the bureau.
(SOURCED TO ARNEWSLINE.ORG)
One of many stations celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty System is Tamas, HA 6 LT. He is active as HA 60 ANT
until the 31st of December. Listen out for other stations with ANT in
the special event callsign.
WIRELESS WEATHER WITH VK3FFF
Earth can make its own auroras without solar storms
Researchers from UCLA have discovered a new way Earth can make auroras.
Electron beams shooting up from our planet's atmosphere sometimes paint the sky green without the aid of solar activity. These "geo-auroras" can appear even when the sun is absolutely quiet.
In other Wireless Weather News we learn Solar Cycle 25 continues to over perform.
Sunspot counts for Sept. 2021 were the highest in more than 5 years
and, for the 11th month in a row, the sunspot number has significantly exceeded the official forecast.
The sun has a mind of its own though.
Higher-than-expected sunspot counts suggest a stronger cycle, with a
peak occurring in late 2024 instead of mid-2025. This is good news for
aurora watchers, but maybe not so good for the Internet.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR, WORLD WIDE
FLORA, FAUNA PROGRAM, PARKS ON THE AIR
and other ADVENTURE GROUPS.
The inaugural Autumn New England Parks On The Air (NE POTA) event will take place on Saturday, October 16, 0000 2359 UTC, the K1USN Radio Club has announced.
The goal is to have one group or individual operator at as many Parks On The Air as possible. The K1USN Radio Club hopes this will become an annual event. This is a recreational radio event, not a contest, so no logs will be required to participate. Summaries of activity are encouraged, however, and a post-event link will be available.
SOTA SUMMITS BECOME A DOG'S BEST FRIEND
This story from Amateur Radio NewsLine is about Summits on the Air
and the dogs who love summit activations as much as their human
It originates from Europe so before we in VK start taking our "pooches" hiking remember many a park summit is out of bounds to our
furry friends. (and sensibly so).
Ed Durrant DD5LP "Loves Puppies" tells us of their adventures.
A recent photo gallery called SOTA Dogs on Summits was so popular when it first appeared online on the SOTA Reflector website that a second edition surfaced this year:
This new pack of SOTA dogs includes Juri and Vinnie, with Vinnie the elder statesman of the mountain for Martin OE3VBU. There's Zoe, avid
radio hound of Jeffry KX6I, and even a SOTA puppy in training,
introduced by proud radio buddy Stuart KB1HQS.
The mountain goat of the bunch turns out to be a mountain sheepa lamb named Norit, born last May and rejected by his mother. Norit
says "baaaa" instead of bark but he and his friend Jon EA3BV are likely to have some summit adventures that are likely wild and ... woolly.
I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP, that's DD5 loves puppies.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary(at)msat-vk.org
The 2021 AMSAT 39th Annual Space Symposium and General Meeting has
been renamed in honour of Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO (SK), Director Emeritus
and President Emeritus of AMSAT and Amateur Radio satellite pioneer.
K 3 IO died September 28th. He was 82.
The 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and
Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on Zoom on October 30.
AMSAT must register to attend via AMSAT's Member Portal
The 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium will
also be available to the general public as a livestream event on
AMSAT's YouTube channel
Please join AMSAT to celebrate the many contributions of Dr. Tom
Clark, K3IO, and the exciting opportunities of Amateur Radio in space.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Be looking for Take, JG 8 NQJ, to once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1
from Marcus Island, Minami Torishima (OC-073), for 3 months until mid-December. He is there to work on the island's weather station.
Activity will be limited to his spare time. Usually he will be mainly on 17 meters, but may try 40/30 meters and will also be on 20/15/12/10/6 meters using CW (possibly RTTY).
QSL the Bureau via home call JG 8 NQJ.
The logs for the IOTA Contest 2021 island stations have been added to the IOTA database and are available for QSO matching. Record holders
who have made IOTA contacts in an IOTA contest after 2003 can claim
credit for them without submitting QSLs, provided that the contact details match.
Access the site on iota-world.org
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National
Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing
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
O P E N I N G A D D R E S S CAN OR WILL BE FOUND HERE.
If we can broadcast this 1pm local time in each state
on Saturday 16th that would be fantastic.
National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI
JOTA-JOTI takes place from the 15th to the 17th of October,
hundreds of Scout AND Guide stations take part including many
from over in Ireland so VK troops, get your 'ears on'.
Currently registered from EI are the 14th Galway Scout Group, the 17th Longwood Meath, the 1st Meath Navan Scouts, the 2nd Laois Rathdowney and the 5th Mayo Copper Coast Scout Group.
More information, including a full list of participating
stations can be found on jotajoti.info
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
Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz
Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360kHz
When FaceBook and "insta" go off line Amateur Radio the original
Social Media still gets thru, and has done since 1901.
Same as when Disaster strikes.
Amateur radio operators all around the USA including central Illinois
set to for the annual SET session, a practice session demonstrating
how to keep up communication when disaster strikes.
Peoria County's Amateur Radio Emergency Service - or "ARES" - held the session in Alpha Park. There, they communicated with other radio operators all around the country.
Organizers say if cell phones, landlines, and the internet go down during a storm or something worse, radio is the next best option - and a great way to communicate with the American Red Cross and other rescue agencies.
"This gives us an opportunity to get out and get some real-world practice out in the field with our equipment and our people - practicing various techniques that are used," emergency communicator Rich Holtman said.
Holtman added radio was especially important during the November 2013 tornado that hit Tazewell County, as it allowed for much quicker communication with the Red Cross when phone systems were out of commission.
Watch the video on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
The IRTS, the Irish Society, are congratulating Megan - EI 5 LA
on the successful completion of her licence examination, Megan is
only 14 years old.
Here in VK we wish her the best success on the bands.
Megan joins a growing number of Young Ops in EI and with the quality
training from the National Shortwave Listeners Club along with
support from the IRTS, we expect to see this number to grow.
Over in the USA, 2 years ago, Kanushi Desai, always an inquisitive
youngster, decided to join the Jefferson Middle School Electronics Club. The then sixth grader took an immediate liking to the activity.
She started learning more and more and soon got her older sister, Jashvi, interested. She started learning from Kanushi.
Today the pair of sisters are proud owners of amateur radio licenses after passing both the FCC Technician Class and General Class Amateur Radio exams.
Kanushi is 13 and now an eighth grader at Jefferson.
Big sister Jashvi, 18, is three weeks into her freshman year at Princeton. Both credit Dennis Klipa, a community volunteer in the local Ham Radio Club, for piquing their interest in a hobby they plan to continue well into adulthood.
2021 Social Scene
Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check these events'
direct for up-to-date status information and even without
Covid dates have an uncanny knack of being changed at last
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
VK6 - PerthTech October 23 (vk6pop)
VK4 - 122GHz Testing and Tune-up Day 10:00AM October 24
At Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club. (vk4tfn)
VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)
VK5 - Australian Fox Hunting Championship and SERG Convention
Mount Gambier SA Queens Birthday weekend June 2022
WIA News rebroadcasters often give Short Wave Listeners a
welcome to the broadcast as they commence call-backs
straight after the Local News. Local news follows National
news in all states. It would be great if those SWL's would
email their reception reports and location to
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A reminder when supplying HamFest info we obviously can't
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WIA will put your supporters 'goods' in this text edition
We cannot give blatant 'plugs' to raffles.
Oh... and to contact us with your news because
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