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VK National News 17Oct21
Weekly news from the WIA:
MP3 edition of news available at: http://www.wia-files.com/podcast/wianews-2021-10-17.mp3
2021 OCTOBER 17 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 17 2021
IN OUR 26th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
WIA DIRECTOR AND SECRETARY PETER CLEE and WIA MERIT AWAR SCHEME
JOTA JOTI OPENNING ADDRESS DETAILS during special interest group news
THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
Well, particularly those tuned to this WIA News Bulletin, particularly
those using HF are hearing us OK. Just last weekend, October 9 a solar
eruption produced a Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME that is now showing its effects on the Earths magnetic field.
Furthermore, magnetometer readings worldwide are showing moderate disruptions; a disturbance of this size is a G2 storm on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scale. G2 storms can
disrupt communication with spacecraft and require updates to satellite position calculations from increased drag.
Hopefully our very own "home grown spacecraft, Binar-1", which has been shot into the vacuum of space, deployed into Low Earth Orbit from the International Space Station (ISS), five weeks after blasting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida is still on track.
Director of Curtins Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC), John Curtin explained WAs first home grown spacecraft is now on a journey to make first contact before testing critical systems, collecting data and taking photographs from 400 kilometres above Earth. The launch of WAs first home grown spacecraft on the Space-X rocket was exciting, but this moment and the coming few days are the really crucial points for our Binar Space Program and the team of staff and students who designed and built Binar-1 from scratch, Professor Bland said.
We can't wait to hear Binar-1s first words from space - that will be the time when we will be able to declare the success of our first space-mission and put us firmly on the path to proving that our technology can deliver.
That contact and the protocol testing that follow will set us up to achieve our aim of sending six more satellites into space over the next 18 months, and our ultimate goal of taking WA to the Moon by 2025. Binar Program Manager, Ben Hartig said with Binar-1 now safely in orbit, the team is focussed on listening out for her heartbeat.
We built Binar-1 to communicate using Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio signals which is the backbone of an exciting opportunity to engage both the ham radio community and STEM students, Mr Hartig said. We have been collaborating with amateurs around the world and local school groups, so that they are also able to listen to Binar-1 as it passes overhead.
The deployment of Binar-1 was made possible through Curtins partnership with start-up Space BD Inc, which is the official service provider selected by JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency
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WIA Merit Awards
The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises sustained outstanding achievement in the diverse field of Amateur Radio that furthers the science of radio, and/or service to the WIA. It plays an important role in promoting excellence with nominations are to be made by several WIA members and will be decided by the WIA Board of Directors.
Nominations are open throughout the entire year and are made for using a special form available on the WIA web site.
Nominations should be made by an individual member of the WIA, and supported by two other members of the WIA who may contacted, The nomination form must also include the details of that individuals achievements.
The type of award is not to be included as part of the nomination process, with the decision on the nature of the award made by the WIA Board of Directors.
If the nomination is successful, these are usually announced at the WIA annual general meeting.
All WIA Merit Awards are not necessarily awarded every year.
A list of WIA Merit Award recipients and their achievements are published later in Amateur Radio magazine and on the WIA VK1WIA Sunday broadcast.
The WIA Merit Awards are:
GA Taylor Medal
Michael J. Owen Distinction Medal
WIA Honorary Life Membership
Chris Jones Award
Brenda Edmonds Award
Ron Wilkinson Achievement Award
WIA Technical Excellence Award
In addition, awards are given by the WIA Publications Committee for contributions to the WIA journal, Amateur Radio magazine. These are also announced at the WIA AGM, and later appear in Amateur Radio magazine and on the WIA VK1WIA Sunday broadcast.
The Publications Committee Awards are:
Al Shawsmith Award
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
Southgate AR Club, ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE
& the World Wide sources of the WIA.
The Finnish Radio Amateur Association (SRAL) has decided to apply for membership of the National Defence Training Association (MPK)
The MPK is a national training organisation, which trains and educates citizens to be prepared for and to survive dangerous situations in everyday life and under exceptional conditions.
MPK is a Nationwide training organization for total national defence that trains citizens to cope better in everyday disruptions and exceptional circumstances. MPK also acts as a training cooperation organization in the field of voluntary national defence.
The Association considers that membership is justified because a large part of the new radio Amateur qualifications are currently completed at the end of courses organized by the MPK and Amateur Radio Clubs in cooperation.
Those who have completed the amateur radio qualification are key targets in SRAL's membership acquisition.
The aim of the association is to provide new radio amateurs with high-quality training material also for those who train through MPK.
SRAL is the only recipient of qualification examinations for radio amateurs authorised by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), covering the whole country. The courses and qualification examinations follow the principles approved by Traficom.
As a member organization, SRAL can participate in these projects by providing its own special expertise, for example as training resources for backup communications networks, emergency power and radio technology. MPK is more easily able to support the training of its member organizations.
Bilsdale transmitter: Fire-damaged TV mast demolished
That huge TV and radio mast which was irreparably damaged by fire has been felled in a controlled demolition.
The Bilsdale transmitter caught fire on 10 August leaving more than 600,000 homes across Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire without a signal. Arqiva, which operated the 314m high mast on the
North York Moors, said it "acted quickly" to demolish it while weather
A temporary replacement tower is due to be made operational next week.
Arqiva said the new transmitter, which will stand 80m high, will restore TV services to more than 90% of affected households.
Sections of the demolished structure have been preserved and will be examined as the investigation to determine the cause of the blaze continues.
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, in a written statement on the newly filed H.R.5378 before the U.S. House Commerce Communications
and Technology Subcommittee, urged Congress to direct the FCC to preserve Amateur Radios secondary use of the 3 GHz band.
President Rodericks statement was the result of a quick, well-organized response by ARRL to counter the continuing threat to Amateur Radios secondary use of the 3 GHz band.
Approximately 10 days ago, ARRL became aware of a provision in the $3.5 Billion Budget Reconciliation Bill that would have required approximately 200 MHz of the 3.1-3.45 GHz band be reallocated to the use of 5G vendors. Moving swiftly, the ARRL Executive Committee authorized FCC counsel to begin preparations to respond.
The Executive Committee and the Legislative Advocacy Committee immediately tasked ARRLs lobbyists to initiate efforts to obtain support for ARRLs position. Meetings were held on short notice to request support with the offices of Subcommittee Members Kinzinger
In addition, ARRLs lobbyists, Atlantic Vice Director Bob Famiglio, K3RF, and Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ, met with Chairman Doyles Chief of Staff on October 1, to explain the importance of Amateur Radio maintaining authority to operate in the 3.3-3.45 GHz band.
ARRL, on behalf of the more than 750,000 amateur licensees in the United States, respectfully requests that Congress take this opportunity to instruct the Commission in H.R.5378 that radio amateur secondary uses should continue to be authorized in the 3 GHz band, Roderick concluded. He said there is no technical basis for removing amateur secondary operations from the 3 GHz band where radio amateurs long have used the bits and pieces of unused spectrum for technological innovation.
ARRLs efforts to preserve the right of Amateur Radio licensees to use 3.3-3.45 on a secondary basis will continue.
JAPAN, KOGA, Ibaraki Prefecture --
Standing tall and proud over an area of 1 million square meters or so, a forest of steel towers in two-tone red and white is the dominant feature under the blue sky against the backdrop of Mount Tsukubasan.
This is KDDI Corp.s Yamata Transmitting Station, Japans only facility broadcasting shortwave radio programs to overseas listeners.
The station started broadcasts on Jan. 1, 1941.
Shortwave radios were the primary means for people across the world to receive audio content from Japan before satellites and submarine cables came into existence.
The 1945 announcement of Japans surrender by Emperor Hirohito was transmitted from here to military personnel on overseas battlefronts.
Japans propaganda broadcasts to its colonies, as well as The Zero Hour, an English-language radio program aimed at demoralizing U.S. troops in the South Pacific, were broadcast from here.
Japanese women were mobilized from surrounding areas and put in charge of radio transmission, maintenance and other services because engineers at the station were pressed into military service to work as communications officers.
Shortwave radios served as a source of information during the Persian Gulf War in 1990 for Japanese people stranded in the Middle East.
The Transmitting Station is broadcasting NHKs World Radio Japan program.
HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
THAT POC RUN AND RESULTS ARE IN
Jack NG 2 E took out the top spot with a grand total of 615,924 points. His six contacts were from all around the US plus one that went all the way from his Hogback Mountain SOTA summit W4V/SH-007 in Virginia to French SOTA chaser Christian F4WBN near the French/Spanish border.
The most efficient contact measured in kilometres per watt used was that same Virginia - France contact with 6,340 kilometres per watt achieved. so, this year both the overall winner and the furthest km/watt contact title go to one person - Jack Haefner NG2E.
The number of entrants was a little disappointing. There were only
eighteen, far more had been hoped for in this, the second year, of the
challenge. Of those entering however, there were a wide variety of power levels and modes both from home and portable locations.
Of the eighteen entrants, fifteen were from the US, two from Europe and one from Australia.
CQ World-Wide Phone (Oct 30-31) and CW contests (Nov 27-28)
New Youth category for CQ World-Wide CQ World-Wide Phone Contest which takes place Oct 30-31 has a new Youth category for people aged 25 years-old or younger.
IARU Region 2 reports:
The annual CQ World-Wide Phone and CW contests are great opportunities for young operators to get on the air and contact DX stations from all over the world. This year is special for young operators because of the new Youth category for anyone 25 years old or younger.
Rules for CQ WW are found at www.cqww.com/rules.htm
The new Youth category has created a lot of interest and IARU Region 2 is one of several organizations sponsoring plaques for the top young scorers.
In Region 2, there are four plaques:
top Youth score in South America for both the CQ WW Phone and CW
contests and similar awards for the top score in North America in
both contests. In fact, Youth plaques are sponsored for all continents in both the Phone and CW contests.
SPRING VHF - UHF FIELD DAYS November 27-28
ALSO Nov 27-28 is the CQ World-Wide CW contest.
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).
Kingdom of Eswatini
All of a sudden, Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) has become a popular
spot for DXpeditions. Three operations are planned for October and one for November. Here are the upcoming operations:
3 DA 0 RU -- Russian DXpedition Team will be active until October 22nd. QSL via R7AL direct or by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (preferable) or LoTW.
For more details and updates, see their new Web page at: 3da0.ru/en
3DA0WW -- Latvian RSF team will be active until October 26th.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL via operators' instructions.
3DA0RR -- There have been reports that Roman Vega (aka Romeo Stepanenko, 3W3RR is expected to be active as 3DA0RR until this weekend October 16 17 VK dateline. HOWEVER even if Romeo's 3DA0RR
operation is taking place, his operation will probably not count.
He has been banned/disqualified from participation in the DXCC program
(in any manner). This was activated by the ARRL Awards Committee after
they reviewed all of the documentation for Romeo's 1992-93 P5RS7
North Korea operation. It was also announced in a ARRL DX Bulletin (#11) in 1996: www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLD011/1996
(ARRL and other reputable sources)
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special call sign HL30UN is QRV until October 31 to celebrate the 30th anniversary since the Republic of Korea was admitted to membership in the United Nations. QSL via EA5GL.
ANTARCTICA. A group of operators are QRV as KC4USV from McMurdo Station on Ross Island, IOTA AN-011, until October 31. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via K7MT.
BBC centenary special event GB 100 BBC
Members of the BBCs radio club, The London BBC Radio Group, have been granted an exceptional all-year Special Event callsign to help celebrate the BBCs centenary year in 2022.
Ofcom will permit GB100BBC to operate throughout the year, starting at midnight on New Years Day, from the headquarters station in Broadcasting House, London.
AGAIN we point out to all reading this text edition.. "Don't forget the Amateur Radio magazine reader survey; your last chance to give your views is this coming Friday, 22nd of October. Do it!"
HAM RADIO FILM SHORT, 'NIGHT,' COMES TO LIGHT
This story takes us to the movies namely to the screening of a short film featuring student actors....and amateur radio!
Mike Askins KE5CXP from ARNewsLine has the wrap.
"In 34 harrowing minutes, a world awakens darkened by a sudden and
unexplained absence of morning sun. Amateur radio provides a lifeline
for a group of terrified children who've discovered they've been plunged into an endless state of midnight. This is the plot of the film short, "Night," which premiered recently on YouTube following its release by John D'Aquino's Young Actors Workshop, a California-based drama school.
The workshop had reached out to the Edmond Amateur Radio Society K5EOK
for technical assistance to prepare for the filming in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The young actors may all be relative unknowns for now but hams in
Oklahoma and beyond might recognize two of the names in the credits:
Marcus Sutliffe, N5ZY, and Kevin O'Dell N0IRW. Marcus gets special
thanks for making the connections with the club and Kevin is credited as technical advisor. Kevin, who has an extensive film and video production background, is also featured in a key speaking role as The Colonel, the radio operator the youngsters reach out to for guidance. The Colonel tells them that a nuclear blast has occurred, putting a shroud of darkness between the Earth and the sun.
Written and directed by John D'Aquino, the film is a showcase for the
young student actors and was created with assistance from the Oklahoma
Film and Music Office. But even within its plotline of darkness and
destruction, amateur radio emerges as a shining light and a ray of hope for making meaningful connections in troubled times.
From Amateur Radio NewsLine I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.
[ www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf1Q4tS32Ww ]
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
Pella Girl Scouts Troop #122 launched a balloon with the Pella Amateur Radio club that recently ended its course after several trips around the globe.
In August, the two groups launched an amateur radio GPS receiver attached to a balloon, as often happens in area classrooms throughout the academic year at Pella and Pella Christian. This project served as part of their Girl Scout Cadette Citizen Scientist Journey on August 3, 2021 and they were able to track the balloon on their computers and smart phones where ever it travelled ever since. Their balloon went around the world almost three and a half times, before it tried to fly over the top of a hurricane on October 1st
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- COMPUTING
The official release date for the new Windows 11 was October 5, Microsoft announced, but it will be a slow reveal.
Radio amateurs may be eager to learn if it will run the station software they're running under Windows 7 or Windows 10, and if they'll need new device drivers.
"We are not too concerned," said Tom Wagner, N1MM, of the widely popular, free logging software that bears his call sign -- N1MM Logger+. "One member of the team and one end user has tested with Windows 11 and not reported issues. We will fix them if they arise."
The WSJT-X Development Group is similarly unconcerned. "A few WSJT-X users have been running on the beta Windows 11 release without any issues," said Bill Somerville, G4WJS. "This seems to be reasonable evidence that there should be no serious problems."
Microsoft said that the free upgrade to Windows 11 has begun rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs, and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase October 5 OR soon.
Windows 11 has higher technical requirements than Windows 10, which will be deprecated in 2025. Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7 or earlier iterations. Machines will need to have a 64-bit CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and have Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 1.2 or later enabled.
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DIGITAL
Cuba publishes list of authorized amateur radio digital modes
After a four year wait Cuba's amateur radio regulator MINCOM has finally published a detailed list of the digital modes amateurs are authorized to use - `WAIT FOR IT" all 321 of them
If a new mode comes along we here can immediately use it, no need to ask for official permission, but the situation in other countries isn't so good.
Excessive bureaucracy and over-regulation in some countries can result in the regulator detailing every single mode a radio amateur is allowed to use. In the case of Cuba this has resulted in the Ministry of Communications issuing a list of 321 digital modes that amateurs can use. The drawback with such lists is they are never comprehensive, some modes will get missed and it can be a bureaucratic nightmare to get new modes added to a list. In the case of Cuba's list the digital modes C4FM, DSTAR, DMR, Q65 are all missing which means they can't be used.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary(at)amsat-vk.org
UoSAT-OSCAR-9 (UoSAT-1), developed at the University of Surrey by Martin Sweeting G3YJO and his team, was launched into orbit 40 years ago on October 6, 1981.
UoSAT-1 was the first modern microsatellite with in-orbit re-programmable computers and its signals were decoded and analysed by thousands of radio amateurs, schools & universities around the world.
Find out about the audacious favours Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO called
in to get UoSAT-1 off the ground in 1981, and the ingenious hack he used to vibration test it using a car and Guildford High Street!
Read the UoSAT-1 story at the link we like in this weeks wia.org.au newscast
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MEDICAL
IHS = IHSOFMN.org
PHARMACISTS = malpensa.it/iphg
Medical Amateur Radio Council marco-ltd.org/
Wednesday, Oct. 13 the Oswego County Emergency Communicators/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) hosted a training session on the use of Naloxone (Narcan).
A radio club thinking outside the box and helping their local community,
The objective of this initiative was to train likely opioid overdose witnesses, community members, first responders, and people in immediate need across New York to identify an overdose and effectively use naloxone to perform a rescue.
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
JOTA JOTI OPEN ADDRESS is ready to download thanks to Gavin VK4ZZ
and is to be aired at 1pm Saturday.
( JOTA adudio from Brett Nicholas National Coordinator JOTA/JOTI
Scouts Australia )
CALLING FREQUENCIES FOR JOTA:- note, have a read of the above, make a note, then when you make a contact, please QSY OFF the calling frequency. Yep JOTA-JOTI is taking place this weekend when hundreds of Scout AND Guide stations take part so VK troops, get your 'ears on'.
This is scouting's largest event in the world and during JOTA-JOTI Scouts, Guides and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your local LGA meet on the air via amateur radio. Scouts typically exchange such information as name, location, Scout rank, favourite
TIK TOK artist and hobbies, and it's expected that many participating Scouts will achieve their very own amateur radio licenses.
Keep an ear out for Ross VK3ZNR and yours truly VK3GTV. We're operating several HF bands at the Kerang Scout Hall in Northern Victoria. More information, including a full list of participating stations can be found on
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
10-year-old is youngest French radio ham
The youngest radio amateur in France and the Overseas Territories is 10-year-old Florian Barret FR4UG in Reunion Island who holds the French HAREC equivalent license.
The amateur radio club of Saint-Leu in Reunion island is proud of the success of Florian Barret, its youngest member who becomes FR4UG.
Jacky FR4NP trainer at ARRA is not used to training such young candidates and has had to adapt his teaching methods:
"For a 10-year-old college student, it can seem difficult. In his words, he was explained notions like the power of ten, the square root. These teachers now find that he has acquired an ease in understanding mathematics."
There is only one class of license available in France and the Overseas Territories. France's Entry-Level Exam for the F0 call sign which permitted operating analogue modes in the 144 MHz band was scrapped in 2012.
The French HAREC exam comprises 40 question, 20 on Rules and Regulations and 20 on Technical Theory.
Read the full story (in French) at
With REWIND I'm John Knox, VK4FJRK
BBC TV archive clip of 1949 ham radio contact
On October 6, 2021, the BBC Archive shared a clip of a news item
about a radio amateur's reception of BBC TV pictures in Cape Town, South Africa in 1949, it includes an on-air contact
The BBC news item describes the remarkable reception of BBC television pictures from Alexandra Palace, London on 45 MHz by Henry Rieder ZS1P in Cape Town, South Africa. The clip features a contact between Mr C. G. Allen G8IG of Kent and Henry ZS1P in which G8IG asks Henry questions about the TV reception.
See the BBC Archive Tweet and video at
This SARL PDF mentions that reading about Henry ZS1P's achievement in the magazine Radio ZS inspired Mike Bosch ZS2FM to receive the BBC TV transmissions in 1956. There is a brief description of the equipment used.
My time is up - With REWIND I'm John Knox, VK4FJRK
2021 Social Scene
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AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORTAL
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest news, key facts and figures,
contacts and answers to your questions.
VK6 - PerthTech Next Saturday October 23 (vk6pop)
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
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