• [Vk1wia-news] WIA News, Text Edition

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    Weekly news from the WIA:
    MP3 edition of news available at: http://www.wia-files.com/podcast/wianews-2020-03-08.mp3
    Text edition:

    2020 MARCH 8 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA


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    THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK

    Please... If you are only submitting text and not audio, NEVER send
    just links & url's but write your story as you would expect to hear
    it being read back.

    Again this week no Directors spot BUT again this and every week
    you can SEE the news, A VIDEO VERSION OF NEWS IS COMPILED BY VK5BD
    BEVAN and the link to his "RadioActive" youtube channel is in
    "the written word" this week, best read at wia.org.au

    youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVYaqjM0J64B7W_FUGfpkzNF0O_21cu__




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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MARCH 08 - 2020
    IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    WIA 2020 Annual Conference Organising Committee's Ben VK7BEN with
    what's on next.


    Please... If you are only submitting text and not audio, NEVER send
    just links & url's but write your story as you would expect to hear
    it being read back.

    Again this week no WIA Directors spot BUT again this and every week
    you can SEE the news, A VIDEO VERSION OF NEWS IS COMPILED BY VK5BD
    BEVAN and the link to his "RadioActive" youtube channel is in
    "the written word" this week, best read at wia.org.au





    Tim VK2ZTM from ARNSWdid contact the national news desk this week to
    say next Wednesday, March 11 will be the 110 anniversary of the
    meeting in Sydney of the Experimenters of the day who were trying to
    get a better deal from the authorities.

    From that meeting grew the Wireless Institute of New South Wales'
    later the NSW Division. Over time the other Divisions and the
    W I A developed. The date of 11 th March 1910 - through the W I A
    makes it the oldest National Amateur Radio Society in the world.

    Amateur Radio New South Wales is the name adopted by the former
    NSW Division to avoid confusion with the WIA and is proud to be able
    to trace its origin back to that first meeting. ARNSW will be
    holding a small celebration at the March Trash & Treasure being held
    at Dural on Sunday the 29 th of March

    Tim VK2ZTM

    Next Wednesday, the 11th March will be the 110 anniversary of the
    meeting in Sydney of the Experimenters of the day who were trying to
    get a better deal from the authorities.

    From that meeting grew the Wireless Institute of New South Wales'
    later the NSW Division. Over time the other Divisions and the
    W I A developed. The date of 11 th March 1910 - through the W I A
    makes it the oldest National Amateur Radio Society in the world.

    Amateur Radio New South Wales is the name adopted by the former
    NSW Division to avoid confusion with the WIA and is proud to be able
    to trace its origin back to that first meeting. ARNSW will be
    holding a small celebration at the March Trash & Treasure being held
    at Dural on Sunday the 29 th of March






    ?WIA Broadcast ΓÇô 8 March 2020
    WIA Annual Conference 2020

    wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/2020agm/

    Hello this is Ben VK7BEN from the WIA 2020 Annual Conference
    Organising Committee.

    We continue this week with information about some of the other
    Sunday activities…

    We have covered in previous weeks the trip out to the Grote Reber
    Museum and Radio Telescope and the MawsonΓÇÖs Huts Replica Museum.

    There are another two great options available on the Sunday. These
    include the Tasmanian Maritime Museum and the Tasmanian Museum and
    Art Gallery.

    The Maritime Museum is housed in the beautiful Carnegie building
    and features many maritime themed displays from convict times
    through to modern day. They will even have displayed especially for
    the conference weekend the original letter that Roald Amundsen wrote
    to the Norwegian King following his trip to Antarctica.

    maritimetas.org/

    The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has a permanent exhibition
    called Island to Ice. This exhibition examines the definitions,
    perceptions and mythology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It
    explores the places, the people, the creatures and the phenomena
    that make the great southern wilderness a world of its own. It is an
    invitation to journey south from Hobart across the oceans to the
    frozen continent of Antarctica.

    tmag.tas.gov.au/whats_on/exhibitions/permanent/islands_to_ice

    And now a Stop Press of sorts - The Mawsons HutΓÇÖs Replica Museum has
    just announced that it is now exhibiting a unique piece of
    Antarctic aviation history for the first time. Australian explorer
    Sir Douglas Mawson was the first person to fly a plane in Antarctica
    and the tail section of the aircraft is now an exhibit at the
    Mawson's Huts Replica Museum.

    Mawson had planned to use a Vickers monoplane but it crashed in
    Adelaide before departure for Antarctica so, he decided to use the
    fuselage of the damaged aircraft to fashion the air tractor he used
    to tow sledges in Antarctica.

    The modified aircraft only made one trip, towing a sledge for 19km
    before the engine seized, but it remains the first plane to fly in
    Antarctica. It was affectionately known as ΓÇ£The GrasshopperΓÇ¥

    mawsons-huts.org.au/

    I finish with a quick reminder about the discounts at the venue,
    Best Western ΓÇô just remind them itΓÇÖs for the ΓÇ£WIA conferenceΓÇ¥ and
    that there are also discounts on Spirit of Tasmania ferries for
    fares and accommodation.

    discovertasmania.com.au/about/climate-and-weather https://bestwesternhotelhobart.com.au/ https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/offers/wia-annual-conference-2020

    See you in Hobart.

    73, from Ben VK7BEN and the WIA Annual Conference Organising
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate AR Club,
    ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of

    Global Shortwave Coordination

    The A20 Global Shortwave Coordination Conference was held in KL
    (Kuala Lumpur), at the end of last month and was the conference
    providing an important forum to resolve or minimize instances of
    mutual interference among shortwave transmissions for the Summer
    (A20) season.

    The A20 season runs from 29 March to 25 October in the calendar year
    2020.

    Delegates from Short Wave Broadcasters and Frequency Management
    Organizations had a valuable opportunity to coordinate their
    frequencies directly with the frequency managers of other
    broadcasters in this regard.

    Thirty-one frequency managers from 18 countries representing
    21 frequency management organizations took part part.

    The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union hosted the A20 Conference.





    NEW ZEALAND

    Whanganui Amateur Radio Society is looking for newcomers to take
    their HamCram course to get their 1 kW CEPT Class 1 equivalent
    license in just 2 days!

    New Zealand has a single class of license that permits 1 kW output
    and requires passing a single 60 question multiple choice exam,
    the pass mark is 40.

    HamCram courses have grown in popularity in recent years. People
    starting from scratch can get licensed with just two-days of study.
    Pass rates for many courses are 100%





    New UHF Radio Microphone Devices General User Spectrum Licences
    are required in ZL. The current licences will expire Wednesday 11
    March 2020.

    New Radio Microphone Devices GUSL licences (666 MHz) commence on
    12 March and will be in force until March 2025





    GERMANY

    The Institute for Broadcasting Technology, an important radio
    resource, is closing its doors at the end of the year - though
    some are trying to save it with an on line petition.

    Broadcasting Technology, which is headquartered in Munich-Freimann,
    serves public broadcasting companies in Austria, Germany and
    Switzerland with its research. Much of its work has focused on radio,
    TV and internet technology but it has also addressed amateur radio
    concerns with its study of RFI from LED lamps.


    rundfunk.verdi.de/++file++5e43c54cadbc719bab5ad993/download/Petition%20IRT%20En glish%20version.pdf]



    UNITED KINGDOM

    Guidance for limiting exposure to EMF

    Following the launch of an Ofcom Consultation on EM Field exposure,
    the RSGB has released a briefing paper for all UK amateurs.

    This gives more details as the proposals involve a change to licence
    conditions for any station operating with greater than 10W EIRP.
    The Society has formed a team to prepare a considered response to
    Ofcom's Consultation and will be offering further guidance ahead
    of the 15th of May deadline.

    The briefing paper is available on
    rsgb.org/emc-papers



    UNITED STATES

    US amateurs respond to 3.4GHz threat

    A proposal by the FCC in the USA to remove the entire amateur 3.4 GHz
    allocation without compensation has seen strong opposition as ARRL,
    AMSAT and hundreds of individual amateurs have filed comments in
    response to a current consultation.

    The ARRL highlighted decades of active usage and experimentation
    including mesh networks, amateur television, weak signal long-
    distance communication, EME communication, propagation research and
    emerging amateur satellite developments.

    In its comments, ARRL argued that it would therefore be premature
    to remove the current secondary amateur radio allocation in the US




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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

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    WIA John Moyle Field Day 2020
    Weekend 21-22 March from UTC 0100 on the Saturday to 0059 Sunday 22.

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    March 28-29 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest for amateurs world-wide to
    contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
    using SSB.

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    The date for the next Harry Angel Sprint will be Saturday
    May 2nd 2020. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.

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    May 30-31 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest for amateurs worldwide to
    contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
    using CW.

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    The VK SHIRES the June long weekend, which is the weekend prior to the
    second Monday of June each year.. making it June 6 - 7 in 2020

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    IARU HF World Championship July 13-14

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    TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST

    Next contest - 17 JUL 2020 - and has the aim of encouraging
    Low Band activity between VK and ZL on 160 80 and 40M using
    SSB, CW and RTTY OR PSK

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    RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16

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    OCEANA CONTEST

    VOICE from 0800 UTC Saturday October 3 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 4

    CW from 0800 UTC Saturday October 10 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 11


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    CQ WW DX SSB OCTOBER 24-25

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    CQ WW DX CW NOVEMBER 28-29

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    December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW

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    DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide

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    TED POWELL MEMORIAL DX CHALLENGE

    4 award periods, each of 3 months starting in January of each
    calendar year and 2 categories in the contest,
    MOST WANTED and TOP 5.

    Top 5 you try and work the 5 most wanted DXCC entity's
    Most Wanted you work the most wanted dxcc entity.

    The dx entity's in play are those most wanted DURING those
    3 month windows.

    Complete details can be found at contest.fgarc.org.au/


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    All major AUSTRALIAN contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about



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    THROUGH THE DX WINDOW
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    The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on
    ClubLog and contains 340 entities.

    The following are the top 5 entities:

    1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)

    2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island

    3. FT5/W Crozet Island

    4. BS7H Scarborough Reef

    5. CE0X San Felix Islands

    The 340th or least needed is Italy

    AND Australia ranks 298th


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    A multi-national DXpedition led by Rune LA7THA are in Zambia
    until 15th March, callsign 9 J 2 LA and on 160 ΓÇô 6m CW, SSB, RTTY
    and FT8.

    (irts)


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    Royal Netherlands Army's Belize operation

    Look for the 11 Airmobile Brigade from the Royal Netherlands Army
    and Radiosquad to be active as V 31 FX.

    This station will be operating and jungle training in Belize from
    different locations with different antennas on 20m phone using
    military equipment.

    As soon as they are able to make DX-contacts, they will update their
    QRZ.com page. Main focus is to make contacts with Dutch amateur
    radio stations, but all contacts are welcome.

    Please use NATO phonetic alphabet when calling.

    QSL via PI4CC

    (SouthGate)


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    Sigi DL7DF and friends travel to Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.

    TO7DL until 16th March on 160 ΓÇô 10m including 60m, on CW, SSB and
    digital.

    QSL via DL7DF.

    (irts)


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    Three Russian amateurs will operate as EX 0 QR from Kyrgystan until
    17th March. Look for them on 160 ΓÇô 10m on CW, SSB and Digital.

    (irts)

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    Harald DF2WO has returned to Rwanda for another visit unti 22nd March
    and has reactivated his 9X2AW callsign. He plans to be on 160, 20,
    17, 15 and 10m on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.

    (irts)





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    THE QNEWS WORK BENCH - the nuts and volts report ΓÇô
    Measure Twice cut Once.

    SCALEXTRIC

    A model with a difference which actually works in real time

    A working scale model of an HF curtain array antenna is on display
    at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in Ohio.

    The model, which operates on 70 centimeters, is a 4 × 2 design with
    a screen reflector, and is the same style of antenna the VOA Bethany
    Relay Station used until its final transmission in November 1994.

    West Chester Amateur Radio Association members Richard WC8RK, and
    Joe WA8OGS, designed and constructed this curtain array.

    EZNEC Pro 4 antenna modeling software indicates the antenna has a
    gain of 21.35 dBi at 8┬░ at a half-wavelength above ground.

    The museum will open for extended hours during Dayton Hamvention
    for those interested in seeing the model.

    (Southgate)


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    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS

    ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

    youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVYaqjM0J64B7W_FUGfpkzNF0O_21cu__

    THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.

    Female a first for Mastercom

    Jonathan Nally writing for Criticalcoms says Australian two-way radio
    communications firm Mastercom has appointed Ms Dale Doyle as its
    first female general manager.

    She began her employment with Mastercom 13 years ago as the companyΓÇÖs
    financial controller and upon this new appointment said" ΓÇ£I am
    absolutely thrilled to take on the role of general manager and look
    forward to making a positive impact on this ever-growing,
    well-established business.ΓÇ¥

    Ms Dale has also played a critical role in assisting MastercomΓÇÖs
    Managing Director, Hamish Duff, in founding the Orion national
    network that links two-way radio communications across Australia,
    and in establishing Queensland company, Queensland Radio Services.

    Mastercom has recently undergone a considerable growth in operations
    and has more than doubled its staff numbers.


    criticalcomms.com.au/content/industry/news/mastercom-appoints-dale-doyle-as-gen eral-manager-1153766817#ixzz6FEkohpj4





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary@amsat-vk.org

    New QO-100 Band Plan announced

    Just in time for the 1-year anniversary of the successful
    commissioning of the two transponders of Qatar-OSCAR 100,
    an encore is pending:

    The capacity of the NB transponder will be expanded to almost 500 KHz.

    In addition to extended areas for the various operating modes, more
    space is also being created in particular for "mixed mode" and other
    special operating cases. In addition to frequencies reserved for
    emergency radio operations, more experiments are to be made possible
    here.

    But all this only with a maximum bandwidth of 2.7 kHz.

    To take account of user behavior, AMSAT-DL has almost doubled the
    SSB range in particular.

    Detailed information is available when you read the text edition of
    this WIA National News cast

    amsat-dl.org/en/neuer-qo-100-bandplan/

    (SouthGate)





    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


    IARU Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz

    IARU Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz

    Dept of Health Communications Test in Utah

    Lynden, KG7SXQ, tells how a covey of volunteers showed up in
    person and "on-the-air" to assist Hospitals and the Department of
    Health with a communications test across the US state.

    Some 30 volunteers (some from the DIXIE Amateur Radio club) across
    Southern Utah participated.

    VHF Net Control 2 meters and in Cedar City, digital, using 80 meters

    At Dixie Regional Medical Center and other hospitals, messages
    (preformatted) were sent.

    The radios also were at the Department of Health and from the
    Veterans Care Center with some volunteers checking in from their
    home QTH.

    It was a good day for Amateur Radio some community service

    (dixie newsletter)





    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - VHF AND ABOVE (The Plumbers Delight)

    The 23cm band is under scrutiny

    IARU Region One is actively participating in the regulatory work
    taking place in CEPT to consider coexistence between their secondary
    amateur (and amateur satellite) service and the primary radio
    navigation satellite service, principally the Galileo system.

    The Galileo services are delivered in a number of bands and one
    occupies the 1260-1300 MHz band. The Galileo team has witnessed
    interference from amateur TV transmissions which resulted in station
    shut down and has experienced interference from high power EME
    operations too.

    Work is at an early stage and the latest IARU Region 1 newsletter
    says they will continue to try and minimise the impact on amateur
    operations however it is likely that some changes will be necessary
    to the way the band is utilised.

    (iaru)



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    2020 Social Scene

    VK4 - Tannum Sands Gathering March 14 (wia)


    VK7 - Meet the Voice event, Ross Recreation Centre Sun 22 March (vk7tw)

    VK3 - EMDRC HamFest Sunday March 29 ( A Scott)


    VK4 - REDFEST 2020 18th April. St. Michael's College
    Old Toorbul Point Rd from 8am (vk4tfn)


    VK6 - PerthTech May 2 at Bassendean (vk6pop)

    VK - WIA Annual Conference, Hobart 8-10 May. (vk7tw)

    VK4 - CHARC Theresa Creek Campout Friday 29 til Sunday 31 May (wia)


    VK5 - South East Radio Group Annual Convention and
    Australian Fox Hunting Championships. June 6-8 (vk5hcf)


    VK3 - Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club HamFest Sat July 11
    Cranbourne Public Hall (vk3qx)

    VK3 - GippsTech 2020 July 11 (vk3wre)

    VK4 - Caboolture Radio Club HamFest July 11 (vk7jea)


    VK6 - NCRG HamFest Sunday 30th August (vk6ya)



    VK4 - CHARC Inc. AGM Weekend Sept 25-27 at Fairbairn Dam (wia events)

    VK - ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo October 2 - 5 (vk5yl)

    VK7 - VK7 biennial HamFest November (vk7tw)



    2021

    VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp 2021
    Thursday afternoon 21st to Tuesday afternoon 26th January 2021

    Girl Guides Association of Queensland Campsite and Training
    Centre, 46-56 Toolakea Beach Road, Bluewater.

    AX4WIT will be on-air from the camp. (vk4zz)





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    Weekly news from the WIA:
    MP3 edition of news available at: http://www.wia-files.com/podcast/wianews-2020-05-03.mp3
    Text edition:


    2020 MAY 3 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA


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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING MAY 03 - 2020
    IN OUR 25th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS

    This week we'll hear from the Chairman of the DXCC Awards Committee. -
    WIA Secretary and our AGM. -
    One of the 3 new Directors gives a bit of an insight into what he is planning on
    bringing to the board (and I must say some pretty impressive
    credentials). -
    And our Vice President on 'why you need to register for the various
    polls.'



    THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA

    AUSTRALIA AT THE BEATING HEART OF MEDICAL RESEARCH

    First artificial pacemaker invented and developed by Australian
    doctor Mark Lidwill and physicist Edgar Booth. More than three
    million people worldwide rely on pacemakers to keep their hearts
    beating.

    Australian scientist Howard Florey purified penicillin from a
    special strain of mould. He demonstrated penicillinΓÇÖs ability
    to fight bacterial infection and it was mass produced and used
    to aid victims of World War II.

    The Cochlear Implant or bionic ear invented by Australian Professor
    Graeme Clark in the 1970s.

    Brisbane-based medical researchers Professor Ian Frazer and
    Dr Jian Zhou developed the worldΓÇÖs first anti-cancer vaccine which
    protects women against four strains of a virus known to cause
    three-quarters of all cervical cancers.

    NOW COMES:-

    UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLANDS COVID-19 VACCINE.

    In a slightly 'unheralded way' businessnewsaus.com.au say that
    early pre-clinical testing shows the University of Queensland's
    (UQ) COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been able to raise high levels
    of antibodies that can neutralise the virus.

    UQ has been tasked by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness
    Innovations to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus
    and is collaborating with the Peter Doherty Institute to demonstrate
    and understand its immune response.

    University of Melbourne Professor Kanta Subbarao, from the Doherty
    Institute, tested samples provided by the UQ team and found high
    levels of antibodies capable of neutralising infection by the live
    virus in cell culture.

    Program director Professor Trent Munro says every day matters in the
    race to bring this science forward, and while there were no
    guarantees of success, the support received to date is letting the
    team move at an unprecedented speed.



    Also at speed has been the take-up of the Australian Covid-19
    phone app.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison last Wednesday thanked the around
    3 million Australians who have so far downloaded the COVID-19
    tracing app.

    BUT DOES IT REALLY SAFE

    YES IT IS SAFE TO USE as a group have reverse engineered the app to
    see if it really does as intended and data is safe


    techguide.com.au/news/mobiles-news/covid-safe-app-downloaded-million-times-live s-privacy-promise/

    Another type of reverse engineering is taking place on factory floors
    in the USA and you'll learn more in this bulletin of news from your
    WIA when VK2LAW Jason looks at the "International News."

    businessnewsaus.com.au/covid-19-news-updates.html



    WHAT TO DO WHEN COVID KEEPS YOU HOME?

    Well BOTH WIA and RSGB this week have published board minutes dating
    back to last year on our websites.

    The RSGB has released the Board proceedings for the meetings held on
    November 15 and December 14, 2019 and RSGB members can read these
    proceedings on

    rsgb.org/main/about-us/board-of-directors/board-proceedings-and-reports/

    WIA also have been at work bringing our board minutes on line for
    members and although no sign yet of November 2019 the December 2019
    and January 2020 minutes are now up.

    WIA board minutes can be found on wia.org.au
    click WIA Information.





    In news from the WIA this week we'll also hear from the Chairman of
    the DXCC Awards Committee, WIA Secretary and our AGM, one of the 3
    new Directors gives a bit of an insight into what he is planning on
    bringing to the board (and I must say some pretty impressive
    credentials) and our Vice President on 'why you need to register
    for the various polls.'



    Howdy,

    Its Aidan, VK4APM here, Vice President WIA.

    Thank you to all who have participated in the WIA Future of Amateur
    Radio program.

    The response has been fantastic - but - like everything, there is
    always room for improvement.

    One question that has been recently asked of me by a member of our
    community is "What is the point of having these polls ?".

    My first thoughts when this question was posed was, at best, flippant,
    and at worst, plainly objectionable, so, having discarded these
    thoughts as quickly as they appeared I pondered a slightly deeper
    question .

    "Why is it that someone would ask such a question ?"

    In conversation with the person involved, and other members of the
    community, it became apparent that at the core of the matter was a
    lack of understanding about how the WIA and the ACMA operate.

    One of the WIA's roles, and the one that is relevant to this
    discussion, is to represent our membership, and the broader community
    of Amateur operators both locally and globally.

    The Wireless Institute of Australia is the only Australian
    representative organisation recognised by the International Amateur
    Radio Union, but it is not our global representation that I wish to
    discuss, it is our local representation.

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have, for
    some time, been working through priorities that have been identified
    as part of the Five Year Spectrum Outlook or FYSO. This process
    touches many parts of radio communications regulation in Australia,
    including Amateur Radio.

    Detail regarding the FYSO program, its calendar, and objectives can be
    found on the ACMA website. If you have a moment to read it, it
    provides valuable information on the future of radiocommunications
    regulation in Australia.

    ( acma.gov.au/five-year-spectrum-outlook )

    ACMA is an "Evidence Based Regulator". As stated in their 2019
    Performance Assessment, this means that they

    ΓÇó "Expand our evidence base to inform improvements and reforms"; and
    ΓÇó "Apply evidence and regulatory analysis to maintain a
    fit-for-purpose" regulatory framework.

    One of the techniques that is used by the ACMA (and used very
    successfully in the commercial environment) is that of public
    consultation papers.

    The ACMA captures the public feedback from these papers and uses it
    ONE COMPONENT of the pool of evidence that informs their decisions.

    There is one challenge with this, the consultation papers range in
    complexity from relatively simple documents to ones that are
    incredibly complicated. With far flung views on every issue.

    Personally, I believe that we, as a community, make it incredibly
    difficult for the ACMA to make decisions because we don't present a
    consolidated perspective, and this is where the WIA Future of Amateur
    Radio program comes in.

    The vision for the Future of Amateur Radio program is to:

    ΓÇó provide a mechanism for "translating" the (sometimes) complex
    consultation papers into a handful of salient points for
    consideration by our membership and the broader community; and

    ΓÇó provide a mechanism for collecting and consolidating the views of
    almost 15,000 stakeholders and presenting these views to the ACMA
    in a digestible form.

    ΓÇó ensure that the WIA's nominated representive's views are aligned
    with those of the membership and our broader community of operators.

    This program is NOT about the WIA, nor is it about the ACMA.
    The WIA is a facilitator, the ACMA a regulator..

    Ultimately, this is all about you and your service. .

    To those who have subscribed and participated, on behalf of the
    Amateur community, thank you.

    To those who have not subscribed to the Future of Amateur Radio
    program I would ask you to consider:

    The more people that take part in these Polls the more views we, as a
    community, have in a consolidated form.

    The more views we have the stronger the evidence the WIA can provide
    to the ACMA (on your behalf).

    The stronger evidence the ACMA have the more likely they are to make
    decisions that are consistent with what YOU want from YOUR service

    If you do decide to take part, visit poll.wia.org.au and subscribe.

    Poll #3 is just around the corner.

    Thats all from me,

    73

    VK4APM





    The Corporations Law specifies that companies, like the Wireless
    Institute of Australia, with a financial year end of 31 December
    must hold the AGM within 5 months thereof. The WIA AGM would normally
    have been held in conjunction with the Annual Conference that was to
    be held in Hobart Tasmania on 9th May 2020. Due to CoVID-19
    restrictions on large gatherings, travel restrictions and health
    concerns, the Board of the WIA decided to cancel the 2020 annual
    conference and to defer the AGM.

    Australian Securities and Investment Corporation (ASIC) is the
    regulator of public companies such as the WIA. They have confirmed
    in writing that they recognise that COVID-19 is impacting the ability
    of companies to hold Annual General Meetings. On 20 March 2020, ASIC
    released a public ΓÇ£no-action positionΓÇ¥ to help companies in this
    current period. This ASIC position indicates that they will take no
    action if companies with a financial year end of 31 December 2019
    postpone their meeting for up to two months, meaning on or before
    31 July 2020. ASIC has also indicated that they are permitting
    hybrid AGMΓÇÖs

    Accordingly, at the April meeting of the Board of the WIA the date
    was set for the postponed 2020 AGM.

    The Annual General Meeting for 2020 will be a hybrid meeting to be
    held on 25th July 2020 at the National Office in BAYSWATER VIC with
    due restraint as to the COVID-19 restrictions.

    More information will be published to members about the AGM in the
    near future.

    This has been WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ
    remember #2MetresMatters





    Hi, IΓÇÖm Phil Shields VK2CPR, one of the three new WIA directors.

    By way of introduction, I would like to tell you about by background
    and goals for the WIA. I have had a two-fold working career which
    involved two polar opposite domains, that is, health and technology.

    In health, I was a NSW paramedic, and a registered nurse, hence the
    VK2CPR callsign.

    In technology, I have worked in many different roles including
    network administration, board level electronics repair and
    developing web applications, my most interesting job was to
    prototype live fire target robots for the Australian defence
    industries.

    Being an ex-paramedic , this job threw up many moral dilemmas for me
    and highlighted the gulf between my two careers. Luckily, a new
    discipline has emerged recently that bridges this gulf between
    health and technology called informatics. Informatics is the study
    of technology in health. So finally, I was able to mix my two
    careers together.

    For my informatics PhD, I researched how human knowledge can be
    mapped in a form computers and humans can understand. This means a
    map can be made of an organizationΓÇÖs knowledge for future human and
    computer analysis.

    My goal for the WIA is to help build education and membership
    capacity. IΓÇÖm happy to report that the first steps in improving
    these two fronts have already begun.

    I look forward to an effective collaboration between stakeholders
    for the advancement of amateur radio in Australia.

    73 Phil Shields VK2CPR, WIA director.



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    ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the World Wide sources of
    the WIA.


    INDONESIA

    Radio amateurs spray disinfectant on vehicles

    Indonesia's national amateur radio society, ORARI, reports radio hams
    have been spraying disinfectant on the Trans Sulawesi Road as part of
    efforts to fight Coronavirus

    Concerned about the efforts to break the chain of distribution of
    Covid-19, Local ORARI Maros members conducted an activity of spraying
    disinfectant liquid on vehicles that passed on the road.

    The spraying was carried out in collaboration with Maros Regency
    Government.

    tinyurl.com/Indonesia





    INDIA

    HAMS IN INDIA AID STRANDED CANCER PATIENTS

    The global pandemic has turned many radio operators into heroes with
    handhelds. In India, these gestures have been both great and small.

    Jason Daniels, VK2LAW has those details.

    Members of the West Bengal Radio Club came to the aid of more than 30
    cancer patients who had been left stranded in Chennai following
    treatment at hospitals there. The COVID-19 lockdown had kept them from
    returning home easily to many parts of Bengal.

    Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA and his club contacted amateur radio
    operators in Chennai who reached out to ambulance-driver associations
    who arranged for the more than 30 vehicles. The transport was done
    following government guidelines for public health and safety.

    Roy VU3JWR, provided a small but important special delivery locally:
    batteries for an elderly couple's hearing aids. The club was
    contacted by the couple's son living in the United States and
    explained his parents' needs and two days later, batteries located
    were handed them to the man's parents.





    SOUTH AFRICA

    ELECTRONIC VOTING FOR THE 2020 AGM

    Following the declaration of a State of Emergency for the Corona Virus
    Pandemic and the Regulations issued by the Government, SARL Council
    made the decision to postpone the 2020 SARL National Convention until
    August.

    But the League must continue to function and certain aspects cannot
    wait until the AGM scheduled tentatively for August.

    Therefore, Council approved the use of the Electronic Voting system
    to seek approval of items that were published in the 2020 SARL
    National Convention Booklet in February.





    UNITED KINGDOM

    Ofcom release database of Amateur Radio Call Signs

    Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom have released a
    spreadsheet of all 92,318 allocated amateur radio call signs in the
    UK and Crown Dependencies

    The spreadsheet released does not list Forbidden or Reserved
    call signs but a spreadsheet of these was released in 2019.


    southgatearc.org/news/2020/january/ofcom-release-database-of-amateur-radio-call -signs.htm

    Ofcom call sign database as at March 26, 2020


    ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/excel_doc/0025/194533/amateur-radio-allocated-call-s igns.xlsx





    USA

    We've all heard that annoying "beep-beep-beep" backing up signal
    used on trucks forklifts etc.

    Now comes a COVID-19-BEEP to "back off"

    Construction workers across the United States may soon be required to
    wear a device on their hard hats that emits an alarm if they come
    within six feet of another employee at a job site. As they get closer,
    the alarm gets louder.

    The tool, called Proximity Trace, doesnΓÇÖt just function as a loud
    reminder for workers to practice the social distancing guidelines
    from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. It will also
    give employers a road map to perform contact tracing.

    The device relies on ultra-high frequency radio signals, to give
    employers a list of workers who came into contact with each other.

    If a construction worker is then found to be infected with Covid-19,
    employers can pull up historical data that identifies which employees
    came into contact with them and when. Triax Technologies, the company
    behind Proximity Trace, already develops tools that let construction
    companies and other industries track a workerΓÇÖs location, attendance,
    and even their performance.

    Maybe we need a patch on the welcomed Australian COVID app released
    last week by the Australian Government to "beep beep" us into correct
    social distancing.



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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT


    Harry Angel Sprint, it happens/happened
    Saturday May 2nd. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.

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    May 30-31 the CQ World Wide WPX Contest for amateurs worldwide to
    contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest
    using CW.

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    The VK SHIRES the June long weekend, which is the weekend
    June 6 - 7

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    IARU HF World Championship July 13-14

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    TRANS TASMAN LOWBAND CONTEST

    Next contest - 17 JUL - and has the aim of encouraging
    Low Band activity between VK and ZL on 160 80 and 40M using
    SSB, CW and RTTY OR PSK

    --------------

    RD or Remembrance Day Contest will be August 15 - 16

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    OCEANA CONTEST

    VOICE from 0800 UTC Saturday October 3 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 4

    CW from 0800 UTC Saturday October 10 to 0800 UTC Sunday October 11


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    CQ WW DX SSB OCTOBER 24-25

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    CQ WW DX CW NOVEMBER 28-29

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    December 6 - 8 160 Meter WW

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    DECEMBER 14 - 15 10 Mtr World Wide

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    TED POWELL MEMORIAL DX CHALLENGE

    4 award periods, each of 3 months starting in January of each
    calendar year and 2 categories in the contest,
    MOST WANTED and TOP 5.

    Top 5 you try and work the 5 most wanted DXCC entity's
    Most Wanted you work the most wanted DXCC entity.

    The dx entity's in play are those most wanted DURING those
    3 month windows.

    Complete details can be found at contest.fgarc.org.au/


    --------------

    All major AUSTRALIAN contests, rules and results, are on the
    Contest Section of the WIA website.

    wia.org.au/members/contests/about


    ***********************


    WIA DX Awards Program - New Plaques

    The WIA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the availability
    of plaques for the following awards:

    DXer of the Year
    Elite 5-Band DXCC
    DXCC Honour Roll and Excellence
    Islands of Australia Honour Roll and Excellence
    Grid Square Honour Roll and Excellence

    These beautiful plaques, which are unique for each award, are made
    from crystal and come in various sizes. They can be viewed and
    purchased by using the Order Plaques section on the DX Awards website.

    wia.org.au/members/wiadxawards/about/

    73,
    Graham Alston, VK3GA, WIA Awards Manager
    for WIA Awards Committee


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    Several Brazilian amateurs are using the special event callsign
    ZW 8 THANKS as a tribute to health care professionals fighting
    Covid-19. Activity is on all bands and modes including the satellites.
    QSL direct, eQSL or Logbook of The World.

    (rsgb)


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    Samoan special event

    Atsu, 5 W 1 SA, is expected to be active as 5 W 19 STAYSAFE from Apia
    during the pandemic COVID-19 lock-down.

    He states, "I know everyone struggles with Covid-19 where as we,
    Samoa, has no positive case so far. One of very rare Covid Free
    Island country that I'm transmitting from. Yes, the Island is really
    isolated from any other land and the Samoa Government decided to
    close the boarder at the early stage.

    "I wish everybody Stay Safe at your place and we will see the end of
    pandemic as soon as possible. I also wish I could help you kill time
    while calling me or enjoy collect DXCC, WPX or any other award you
    are trying....

    73 and Stay Safe all!!"

    QSL via LoTW (NO Paper Card).


    --------------


    The RAF Amateur Radio Society will be activating the special event
    GB 75 VED from the 1st to the 28th May from members' homes.

    (rsgb)


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    CABIN FEVER AWARD

    Many awards issued by Worked All Britain are part of an annual
    programme that hams look forward to -- but their most recent
    certificate offering is hoped to be a one-time only occurrence - and
    for obvious reasons.

    It's the Cabin Fever Award, an outgrowth of the UK government's
    declaration of lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This is an interim award that is accessible for three months following
    the 1st of April. For this award, the organising committee
    understandably will recognise only fixed stations and will disallow
    grid squares activated whilst portable or mobile.

    (ARNEWSLINE)


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    The Vienna International Centre in Austria has authorized callsign
    4 U 2 STAYHOME (For You To Stayhome) for use by the UN Amateur Radio
    Contest DX Club, 4U1A.

    United Nations Amateur Radio Club President, James Sarte, K2QI,
    approved the call sign to promote amateur radio goodwill and
    over-the-air social networking.

    QSL cards go to UA3DX.

    (arrl)



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    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary@amsat-vk.org

    Long-Lost U.S. Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator

    Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, has made the news once again for tracking down
    yet another "zombie" satellite. Scott was the subject of a report
    broadcast on US National Public Radio on Friday, April 24.

    This time, he managed to identify signals from LES-5, an experimental
    military UHF communications satellite launched in 1967. Even though
    the satellite was supposed to shut down in 1972, it's still going as
    long as the solar panels are in the sun, the satellite's radio
    continues to operate.

    In 2018, Tilly found a signal from a NASA probe called IMAGE that the
    space agency had lost track of in 2005. With Tilley's help, NASA was
    able to re-establish contact. He has rediscovered several other long-
    forgotten birds, including Transit 5B-5, a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy
    navigation satellite launched in 1965.

    The full NPR story may be found at:
    n.pr/2x64aAZ

    (ans)



    AMSAT SA carries out successful test with Africube

    Last week Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP and Pierre Holshausen, ZS6PJH
    carried out a successful on the air QSO using the AfriCUBE digital
    transponder.

    The uplink was on 70 cm and the downlink on 2 m.

    The first on-the-air tests were carried out a few weeks ago and while
    the audio was good, the transponder lacked sensitivity.

    Anton ZR6AIC, the architect of the digital transponder changed code
    and settings. He remotely connected to the transponder to work on the
    transponder on the work bench in the lab.

    It was decided to temporarily remove the beacon to enable the testing
    of the transponder without the beacon also transmitting.

    On 21 April Hannes sent a WhatsApp massage to the AMSAT SA CubeSat
    development team: ΓÇ£Today the tests with Pierre were very successfulΓÇ¥.

    All the efforts by Anton to improve the sensitivity paid off.

    Pierre was only using 5 Watt. While the testing was ongoing, Anton
    has been working on the telemetry side of AfriCUBE which will be the
    next step in the testing process.

    (SARL)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- MILITARY

    In days gone by THE event of the decade surely was VE and VJ day

    Now news that the RSGB Radio marathon commemorates 75th anniversary
    of VE Day and VJ Day

    The RSGB has organised the VE/VJ Day amateur radio marathon on the
    HF bands and 6m using SSB, CW and digital modes.

    Three special UK call signs GB 75 PEACE, GB 1945 PE, GB 194 5PJ
    will be on the air for two SEPERATE months this year.

    May - 31 2020 and 1-31 August 2020.

    The special stations have their own QRZ.com pages that give details
    of the activation schedule.

    This is another great RSGB initiative that links with their
    ΓÇ£Get on the air to careΓÇ¥ campaign.

    (rsgb)





    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    http://www.raotc.org.au

    Hallo everyone.

    This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that, as per usual, the Radio
    Amateurs Old Timers Club of AustraliaΓÇÖs May bulletin goes to air
    tomorrow, Monday May 4th.

    Bruce VK3UV will bring you the latest Club news, after which we have
    an item asking what might happen If GPS Stops Working; a piece by
    Bruce on the Titanic Radio Operators, and then Ian VK3JS will bring
    us up to date on 48 Volt Car Electrics.

    Everyone, Club member or not, is most welcome to tune in tomorrow and
    to join in the call backs afterwards.

    As mentioned last month, there have been several changes to our
    broadcast schedule recently including new transmissions via
    Digital Mobile Radio on the VK DMR network Talk Group 5, at 0100 hours
    UTC or 1100 am VK3 time, plus a new broadcast via D-STAR on the
    Wednesday following the Monday transmissions, so I would recommend
    that you have a look at the RAOTC website, raotc.org.au/broadcasts
    for the latest information.

    If none of the broadcast times suit you, you can download the audio
    file from the RAOTC website at any time as from today. If you do
    listen via the internet, your acknowledgment and comments via email
    would be most welcome.

    Once again, check the RAOTC website for your local transmission
    schedule, tune in tomorrow or download the file for the May bulletin,
    and we look forward to hearing your call sign in the call backs
    afterwards.

    Stay safe and 73 from Clive VK6CSW.





    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


    IARU Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz

    IARU Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360 kHz

    Emergency Ventilator Designed and Constructed by Hams

    Radio amateurs have succeeded in providing a complete, working
    ventilator system to University of Florida researchers who are in the
    process of applying to the Food and Drug Administration in the USA
    for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). A successful submission
    would blaze the way for volunteers and manufacturers around the world
    to create low-cost, highly functional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or
    anaesthesia-care ventilators that offer many of the features of modern
    ventilators at a fraction of the typical cost.

    Dr. Gordon Gibby, KX4Z, who is associated with the project, said
    efforts to further improve the device are ongoing.

    Dr Gibby credited some of the primary volunteers. ΓÇ£Bob Benedict,
    KD8CGH, has provided incredible volunteer testing, now exceeding
    1.6 million cycles on one crucial valve and 300,000 on another.

    Jack Purdum, W8TEE, is the main ΓÇÿcode-cleanerΓÇÖ for one of multiple
    teams building software, following the initial lead of Marcelo
    Varanda, VA3MVV.

    Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, not only created the ventilator controller
    schematic but the printed circuit board layout that will be part of
    an expected University of Florida submission.ΓÇ¥ Farhan was among the
    founding code writers of what we now know as Voice over Internet
    Protocol or VoIP.

    (arrl)




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    As we were due this month to have our Conference and WIA AGM in
    Hobart, but now we're 'shack bound' I thought what better time
    than to bring a touch of Tassie to YOU.

    So... over the next couple of weeks our immediate past president
    of the WIA, Justin VK7TW and his VK7WI news crew will be your hosts..
    do them a favour and tune in !

    So till next we do meet I'm Graham VK4BB Stay safe and walk softly.

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    Due to the COVID-19 situation, please check these events'
    direct for up-to-date status information.

    2020

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    VK4 - Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner Sat Nov 21 (tarc)

    VK4 - TARC Xmas Party - Sun 13th December from 2pm (tarc)

    VK4 - TARC Xmas Lights Tour - Fri 18th December from 7pm (tarc)


    2021

    VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY (tentative) February 28 ( vk4zz)

    VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)



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    to read this Christmas News Broadcast along with WIA
    Vice-president who takes a look at AR Magazine and
    the on line trial exams plus the Secretary
    with a look at our next Board.


    THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA





    The federal government has announced it is providing
    $13.2 million to Telstra, Optus and TPG to extend
    battery backup at 467 mobile phone towers in regional
    and remote communities to provide a minimum of 12 hours
    of backup power.

    The investment is part of the $650 million bushfire recovery
    relief package announced by the Prime Minister and Minister
    for Emergency Management in May 2020.

    tinyurl.com/y2s5pkcs




    The NSW Telco Authority has awarded a five-year contract to
    manage the Public Safety Network (PSN) to BAI Communications.

    The PSN, formerly known as the Government Radio Network, aims
    to provide emergency services organisations with a single,
    integrated platform to communicate, rather, than separate
    networks.

    NSW's Telco Authoritys Managing Director, Kylie De Courteney
    has said Its technology that saves lives and we are working
    to ensure that frontline responders have the critical
    infrastructure they need to protect communities."

    Next to Australias triple zero emergency hotline, the PSN is
    the most critical communications network in NSW.

    tinyurl.com/y573h29d

    ( criticalcomms.com.au )




    THE exciting news to pop up this week would HAVE to be a
    remarkable 13,000 km opening on 50 MHz between Australia and
    South America.

    With the Summer Sporadic-E season here in the southern
    hemisphere in full swing, there was a remarkable opening on
    the 6 Mtr band 12th of December between Australia and
    South America. The opening which is believed to have been
    multi-hop Sporadic-E was remarkable because of the distances
    involved which were in the region of 13,000kms and the fact
    that some of the signals crossed over part of Antarctica.

    One of the longest distances reported was between VK 5 BC
    near Adelaide and PT 9 FD in the south of Brazil, a distance
    of 13,530 kms.

    (ei7gl blog)




    WIA

    JOIN THE WIA
    tinyurl.com/yyj87b9y


    WIA BOARD MINUTES
    wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/minutes/


    WIA BOARD NEWSLETTERS (older)
    Giving members to have a better awareness of Board activities.
    wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/newsletters/


    NOW to the WIA Vice Present Lee Moyle VK3GK

    Thanks Linda.

    WIA Foundation Exam Training Portal Update

    In late September you may recall I mentioned that the WIA had
    released the Online Trial Foundation exam portal as a
    response to the many requests from potential Foundation
    candidates needing access to trial exam practice. Well that
    has that been an absolute winner with the Foundation candidates
    with the numbers and success rates increasing.

    Often I ask the Foundation candidates whether they used the
    WIA trial exam portal for their studies and an overwhelming
    majority say yes, absolutely, and the success rate proves its
    worth from AMC candidate results I receive as an AMC assessor.
    Statistics from Marc Hillman VK3OHM from Wednesday earlier
    this week show that 4351 trial exams have been attempted and
    completed since 3rd of September until 16th December, thats
    in the last 104 days and that equates to about 42 exams per
    day every day. We have now had over 1055 unique IP addresses
    access the portal, up about 755 from the 300 since September 3.

    So what does it really mean?

    In a nutshell, that potential new candidates approve and
    appreciate the effort and support the WIA offer to help them
    enter and start their new adventure of Amateur Radio.

    wia.org.au/licenses/foundation/onlineexams/foundation.php


    AR Magazine

    As one of the WIA Board representatives that attend the
    regular AR Pub Com meetings, what can I say to Roger Harrison
    and the team but Congratulations and Well Done! Lets be
    honest, the effort, commitment and results Pub Com have
    delivered is seriously quite amazing, given the distractions
    during 2020 and to manage all six issues of AR magazines
    delivered to the members by the end of the year, as promised.

    We all look forward to AR magazine what instalments await us
    in 2021.

    wia.org.au/members/armag/about/




    Continuing news direct from WIA HQ - "listen up"

    WIA Board Nominations

    Recently I announced the opening of nominations for members
    interested in becoming part of the Board of the WIA. There are
    3 retiring directors Greg VK2GPK, myself Peter VK8ZZ and
    Scott VK3KJ.

    There is also a current vacancy to be filled.

    So just a reminder that the nomination form is available on
    the WIA web site.

    tinyurl.com/y7ku53up

    This is WIA Secretary / Director Peter VK8ZZ



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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate
    AR Club, ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the
    World Wide sources of the WIA.

    We'll start with a movement originating in the USA and set to
    open 'chapters' in Canada and Mexico during 2021

    WOMAN IN ELECTONICS

    It's a gathering, "Thought Leadership", powered by Women.

    Women in Electronics or "WE" strives to expand the talent
    in the Electronics Industry.

    As Jackie Mattox, Founder and President says:-

    You can become the change you seek to create
    if you have the will to create it.

    The link we like to WE is in this weeks text edition of the
    news YOU like

    wia.org.au

    womeninelectronics.com/



    INDONESIA

    103 people take ham radio exam and for the first time
    an amateur radio exam using the Online system although
    it was held in an "all in environment" in rooms at a computer
    laboratory at a general senior secondary school or SMA.

    In starting this exam, the participants were subjected to a
    medical examination according to medical protocol procedures.
    In the exam, there were several participants who could not
    operate computers, so they were accompanied by the committee.

    In taking this exam, if there are participants who do not pass
    they will be given the opportunity to take the retest three
    times BUT if on the 3rd occasion they still do not pass, the
    participant is declared to have failed the exam.



    CHINA

    Last week on WIA National News Jason VK2LAW brought us the
    story from Cuba on what is now referred to as the "HAVANNA
    SYNDRONE". The Microwave 'attack' on US and Canadian embassy's.

    Now we learn how China has allegedly turned a Ladakh
    battleground with India into a microwave oven.

    India dismisses claim that China used microwave weapons on
    its troops in Himalayan border battle as 'fake news' and says
    'our soldiers are still there'

    India has denied claims from a Chinese professor that the
    weapons were used officials said that the claim was 'pure and
    poor physiological operations from China'

    Electromagnetic weapons were allegedly used on disputed
    Himalayan border They cleared out Indian troops without
    violating ban on gunfire, professor said It came weeks after
    soldiers fought with rocks and clubs in a deadly brawl

    tinyurl.com/yyfa5p2u



    GERMANY

    Divers on a WWF expedition to search for ghost nets in the
    Baltic Sea have turned up a more unusual discovery.

    What was initially mistaken for an old typewriter turned out
    to be an Enigma code machine used by the Nazis in WWII. The
    infamous encryption machines were used by the Nazis to encode
    messages sent via Morse code during the war, scuppering the
    Allied Forces attempts to track German military movements.
    That is until a British team of mathematicians and scientists
    led by Alan Turing, and building on breakthroughs by Polish
    codebreakers -- broke the encryption in 1941; something
    historians credit with shortening the war.

    The German divers were searching for abandoned fishing nets,
    known as ghost nets, which can be deadly to marine life, in
    the Bay of Gelting in northern Germany when their sonar
    picked up what they thought was a typewriter caught in a net.

    The letters were still legible.



    FINLAND

    Radio hams ask for 1240-1300 MHz replacement

    Finland lost the important 1240-1300 MHz amateur radio band
    on April 24, 2020. National society SRAL is now asking for
    220-225 MHz as a replacement, their initial request for
    902-928 MHz having been rejected

    The request is to provide spectrum for Amateur Television
    operation.

    It seems that currently operation in 1240-1300 MHz is still
    possible but only by applying for a Special Permit. These
    Special Permits will cease when the Galileo GNSS constellation
    becomes fully operational.



    UNITED KINGDOM

    The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential
    women from around the world for 2020.

    This year '100 Women' is highlighting those who are leading
    change and making a difference during these turbulent times.

    The list includes Sanna Marin, who leads Finland's all-female
    coalition government, Michelle Yeoh, star of the new Avatar
    and Marvel films and Sarah Gilbert, who heads the
    Oxford University research into a coronavirus vaccine,
    as well as Jane Fonda, climate activist and actress.

    And in an extraordinary year - when countless women around
    the world have made sacrifices to help others - one name
    on the 100 Women list has been left blank ----- as a tribute.

    bbc.com/news/world-55042935


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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

    With no further contests from VK for this year I think time
    you diarised our ALARA CONTEST.

    A Combined phone and CW run over 24 hours starting on
    Saturday 28th August at 0600 hours UTC finishing
    Sunday 29th August at 0559 hours UTC


    ----2021-------


    Ross Hull Memorial VHF/UHF Contest takes place ALL of
    January 2021

    --------------

    VHF-UHF SUMMER FIELD DAY - Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January.

    --------------

    CQWW 160M CW CONTEST January 29 - 31.

    CQWW 160M SSB CONTEST February 26 - 28.

    --------------

    CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest February 13-14

    --------------

    International DX CW Contest February 20-21

    --------------

    International DX Phone Contest March 6 - 7

    --------------

    WIA John Moyle Field Day 2021
    March from UTC 0100 on Saturday 20 to 0059 Sunday 21nd.

    --------------


    DX WINDOW

    --------------

    Antarctica operation

    Alexei will be active as RI 01 ANT from Antarctica between
    December 25th, and May 30th.

    Activity will be from Russian Progress (WAP RUS-11) and
    Vostok (WAP RUS-13) Base stations.

    Operations will be on 40 meters and higher using CW and FT8.

    QSL via RX6A.

    ADDED NOTES: Alexei, RX6A, is currently operating as RX6A/MM
    from on-board a Russian scientific research icebreaker on its
    way to Antarctica.

    DXClusters show activity on FT8 and SSB, on 30/12/10 meters.

    (SouthGate)

    --------------

    ROTUMA, 3D2.

    Tony QRV as 3D2AG/p until mid-January on 160 to 6 meters,
    including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.

    QSL direct to 3D2AG.

    (arrl)

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    ITALY, I.

    Special Event station IO 5 CNPP until today, December 20,
    is in remembrance of the Heroes of Chernobyl.

    QSL via IZ 5 RHU.

    (arrl)

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    SANTA ALERT


    LITHUANIA, LY.

    LY 20 XMAS for the Christmas holiday.

    QSL to home call LY2QT

    (ARRL)



    CANCELL CHRISTMAS !

    SAQ Christmas Transmission cancelled

    Grimeton World Heritage Foundation & Alexander GVV Friends
    Association unfortunately have informed 'SantaAlert' that the
    traditional VLF Christmas Eve transmission with SAQ is
    cancelled.

    (SouthGate)




    BULGARIA.
    LZ 2020 XMAS is QRV until January 1, 2021.
    QSL via LZ 1 VKI.

    (arrl)




    In the UK GB 4XMS is, from today the 20th of December to
    the 3rd of January, on air.

    (rsgb)




    FINLAND, OH.

    Special event station OH 9 SCL is QRV from Lapland during
    Santa Clause Month, the SCL for Santa Clause Land.
    QSL via LoTW.




    Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society are running special
    callsigns:-

    GB1 XMS

    GB2 XMS,

    GB5 XMS and

    GB9 XMS celebrating Christmas and saying farewell to 2020.

    QSL via eQSL and Logbook of The World.

    (rsgb)




    Celebrating Christmas and the New Year,

    TM 20 XMAS and

    TM 21 HNY

    QSL via eQSL only

    (sourced to rsgb)




    Members of the Holy land DX Group will operate 4 X 7 T from
    0800 UTC on the 25th ending 1300 UTC the 26th of December.
    They will have three running stations on the 80 to 10m bands
    using CW, SSB and FT-8.

    The QSL Manager is Ros, 4Z5LA.




    Hope QSO parties over Christmas

    The first starts Tomorrow Monday, 21 December.
    A Second, Monday, 4 January 2021.

    Each series has two phone, two CW, two RTTY and two FT4 events

    For more informationincluding a link to the rulesvisit the
    Get on the air for Christmas page at rsgb.org/gota4c.

    As part of this RSGB and NHS campaign Get On the Air for
    Christmas the NHS amateur radio station GB 1 NHS will be on
    air TODAY Sunday, 20 December and Wednesday, 30 December.

    The Society is also delighted that Ofcom is supporting the
    use of /NHS as a suffix to call signs during the campaign,
    which started yesterday Saturday, 19 through to Saturday,
    9 January 2021.





    3 special calls celebrate Christmas BUT no QSL cards.

    PA 20 XMAS, PD 20 SANTA and PD20ELF during the Christmas
    holiday season NO cards BUT an award for working 2 or more.

    ( qrz.com/db/PA20XMAS )




    Well, that is all for OPERATIONAL NEWS this week.

    This has been Lyndall VK4ZM for the ALARA Just Before
    Christmas edition of WIA National News.



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    WIRELESS WEATHER

    Sunspot Cycle 25 Strongest Ever

    A research paper, "Overlapping Magnetic Activity Cycles and
    the Sunspot Number: Forecasting Sunspot Cycle 25 Amplitude,"
    by Scott W. McIntosh, Deputy Director of the National Centre
    for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, et al., has concluded
    that Solar Cycle 25 could be among the strongest sunspot
    cycles ever observed, and will almost certainly be stronger
    than the just-ended Solar Cycle 24 (sunspot number of 116).

    The scientists say it will also most likely be stronger than
    Solar Cycle 23 (sunspot number of 180).

    Keeping a 'safe' eye on the new cycle is the world's largest
    solar observatory, located on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

    It has now released its first image of a sunspot, which
    captures the phenomenon in striking detail.

    The image, taken last January, is among the first solar images
    of the new Solar Cycle 25 and this Hawaii telescope's 4m
    primary mirror will give the best views of the sun from Earth
    throughout solar cycle 25.

    tinyurl.com/gb2rs-sunspot

    (arrl and rsgb)




    MEDIA WATCH

    DSTAR & DMR Rebroadcasts Continuing Popularity

    WIA National News and VK7 Amateur Radio News are broadcast
    on the Tasmania hosted DSTAR Reflector 91 C and regularly get
    8-10 call-backs each week from all over the place.

    On DMR Talk Group regularly 10-15 call-backs each week.

    Clayton VK7ZCR says these numbers are consistent and
    demonstrate the strong take-up of the digital modes.

    (vk7wi news)




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    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS

    ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -

    tinyurl.com/WIA-News-Videos
    THAT LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF THIS NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD
    BEVAN


    ARISS Slow Scan TV event

    Another ARISS Slow Scan TV event is scheduled from the
    International Space Station for late December. This will be
    a special SSTV event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of
    ARISS.

    The event is scheduled to begin on December 24 and continue
    through December 31.

    Dates are subject to change due to ISS operational adjustments.

    (SouthGate)




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FEMALES IN RADIO.

    More young radio amateurs in India

    The Bangalore Mirror newspaper reports two 13-year-olds,
    Smrithi Hegde and Prama Rao, have become the youngest
    female radio amateurs in India

    For the last two years, I have been closely following my
    father operating and communicating with HAM radios. I was
    fascinated by the way it works and decided to apply for
    the course and become a qualified HAM operator. After I got
    my licence I have been regularly communicating with the
    HAM community, said Smrithi.

    Read the article at

    bangaloremirror.

    indiatimes.com

    tinyurl.com/y2cntf34




    REAST Open Day

    At the start of the month REAST held an Open Day at the
    heritage listed Queens Domain clubrooms in Hobart

    It was setup as a showcase of amateur radio in Southern
    Tasmania for the general public.

    The first impressions were there were many younger couples
    who went along to see what amateur radio was about.

    ALARA President Linda VK7QP added five (YES 5 !) new ladies
    to her contact list who are in various stages of the amateur
    radio journey.

    (VK7WI NEWS)




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary@amsat-vk.org

    Two ground-breaking robotic sample return missions dominated
    much of the space news these past weeks.

    A capsule holding grains of rock and dust sampled from
    asteroid Ryugu hit the Earths atmosphere at 11.6 km/s and
    safely parachuted into the Australian outback.

    Hayabusa2 launched in 2014, took four years to reach Ryugu,
    then did a bunch of science (including shooting it with a
    tantalum bullet and dropping numerous deployables on the
    body, before returning with ~100 mg of samples,

    After travelling more than 5.2 billion kilometres over 6 years,
    it lined up and sent it's capsule towards VK5, Woomera to be
    precise.

    Hayabusa2 spacecraft itself will not return to Earth. Instead,
    after it separated from the capsule a day ahead of the
    landing, it flew away on a new mission to rendezvous with
    three other asteroids between 2026 and 2031.

    After 19 hours of drilling and scooping samples, Change 5s
    ascent vehicle spring-launched and then blasted off, returning
    to lunar orbit carrying ~2 kg of regolith. It successfully
    rendezvoused with the return vehicle, transferred the sample,
    and the return vehicle has embarked on its multi-day return
    trip.

    After arriving in an Earth orbit, the re-entry capsule will
    conduct a series of complicated manoeuvres to return to a
    pre-set landing site in North China's Inner Mongolia
    autonomous region.

    A 24-year-old female space commander has become a viral
    sensation on Chinese social media for her work on the
    Chang'e-5 Moon exploration programme. Despite being the
    youngest commander at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site,
    Ms Zhou was in charge of the rocket connector system, described
    as a pivotal role.

    Chinese state media highlighted her as but just one of the
    women involved in the successful launch of the Chang'e-5
    lunar probe.

    These will be the first lunar samples returned since
    the 70s and the first sample return mission for China.

    (ams bbc and www)




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- QRP and WEAK SIGNAL COMMUNICATION

    New YouTube channel dedicated to low power ham radio

    The G-QRP club have launched a YouTube channel for those
    interested in low power amateur radio operation

    An initial batch of 18 videos have been uploaded featuring
    presentations delivered to the 2020 Virtual G-QRP Convention.

    See the new G-QRP YouTube channel at

    youtube.com/channel/UClhe-ybLZzpnJh80VmFuS-A/videos

    (SouthGate)





    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 21360 kHz



    HAM RADIO SAVES THE BACON (AND OTHER GROCERIES)

    This is a very personal story of how ham radio recently saved
    the bacon - along with some other groceries.

    It happened to her when she arrived at her local store to
    pick up the order she had placed in advance.

    Unfortunately, when she arrived she discovered she'd left her
    mobile phone at home and couldn't call to say she was parked
    outside and ready for delivery.

    So Amanda Alden K1DDN reached for her mobile RADIO and did
    what hams do best:

    [INSERT 3 SECOND PLEA FOR HELP AUDIO]

    AMANDA: Robert KF0BVR, whose QTH is 35 minutes away, responded
    to my distress call. The freshness of our fruits and
    vegetables was at stake.

    Oh and even our steak was at stake.

    [INSERT 5 SECOND ANSWER AUDIO]

    AMANDA: Robert phoned the grocery store and got us checked in
    so they could bring the groceries out to the car.

    [INSERT 2 SECOND "YOU'RE CHECKED IN" AUDIO]
    [INSERT 3 SECOND THANK YOU AUDIO]

    AMANDA: When all else fails - including your own memory to
    carry your cellphone - there's always ham radio.

    For Amateur Radio NewsLine, with a happy and full refrigerator
    I'm Amanda Alden K1DDN.




    SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- SUMMITS ON THE AIR
    sotawatch.org
    sota.org.uk

    Over in VK7 a Summits On The Air / World Wide Flora and Fauna
    parks group is now meeting twice weekly.

    Mondays and Fridays 10.30 AM till 12.00 at Glebe Gardens Cafe,
    Henry Street, Launceston.

    For more information contact Al VK7AN on 0417 354 410.

    (vk7wi news)




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
    (Youngsters On The Air)
    youtube.com/channel/UClAapljf0VQ751sOgu2IzaA
    twitter.com/hamyota

    The EI 0 YOTA callsign has been activated a number of times
    since the start of December. A special thanks to 8 year-old
    Ryan EI8KW, eleven-year-old Siobhan, daughter of Adrian
    EI9HAB and Slav EI6KW and his daughter, who have all taken
    the time to operate the EI0YOTA callsign.

    Between them they have achieved over one thousand QSOs so far.




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    REWIND

    CELEBRATING WOMEN RADIO PIONEERS

    A collection from the National Sound and Film Archives in
    Canberra, and available on the "interweb" celebrates the women
    who played an important professional role during Australias
    early years of radio broadcasting and became pioneers in
    media production techniques.

    They gained prominence as producers, directors, writers and
    performers at a time when most women were encouraged to
    stay at home as housewives and mothers.

    Many of these womens stories in radio can be told through
    items in the NFSA collection, including radio recordings,
    photographs, scrapbooks, scripts, books, magazines and oral
    histories.

    Notably, this collection includes several episodes of radio
    dramas made by Grace Gibson Productions in Sydney.

    nfsa.gov.au/collection/curated/women-radio


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    2020 Social Scene


    KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
    #2MetersMatters




    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
    moment.



    TARC will count down the minutes and seconds until 2021
    utilising the original Talking Clock on the Townsville
    VHF Repeater, VK4PQ AllStarLink and EchoLink Nodes
    and VK4MSS AllStar Link node (vk4zz)

    VK4 - VKCC Christmas Get-Together Norman Hotel Dec 27 (vk4ts)


    VK4 - TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
    Thursday afternoon 21st to Tuesday afternoon 26th
    January at Girl Guides Association of Queensland
    Campsite and Training Centre Bluewater. (vk4zz)

    VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY February 28 ( vk4zz)

    VK3 - EMDRC HamFest - March 28th 10am (vk3bq)

    VK4 - REDFEST 2021 April Ten (vk4tfn)

    VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)




    Thanks to Lyndall, Lesley and Shirley for reading the news
    with me today. ALARA looks forward to more YLs gaining their
    licences and getting on the air in 2021.

    Happy Christmas to everyone listening.

    This is Linda VK7QP signing off for the WIA National News
    Broadcast.













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    Oh... and to contact us with your news because
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    Weekly news from the WIA:
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    2021 JANUARY 31 VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA


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    THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK

    THIS LINK IS A VIDEO VERSION OF NEWS COMPILED BY VK5BD BEVAN
    tinyurl.com/WIA-News-Videos

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    NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 31 2021
    IN OUR 26th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS



    WIA SECRETARY PETER AND WIA MERIT AWARDS and WIA DX AWARDS . -

    WIA EDITOR IN CHIEF ROGER LOOKS AT THE NEW 2021 AR MAGAZINE.



    THIS & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
    WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA

    MAYBE 111 years we, the WIA commenced, but 100 years ago saw
    the SARL start up.

    S ARL?

    The Finnish Amateur Radio League and using their year long
    special anniversary call sign, OH 100 SRAL it is being used
    from the Aland Islands, January 29 February 3 for the
    CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest (CW) and a few days
    afterward.

    Operators include Martti Laine, OH2BH.





    Floating 'In A Tin Can' was Major Tom, only to be outdone
    quite a few years back by that 'floating in space' Russian
    Cosmonaut suit rigged as a satellite transmitting as
    SuitSat One. This week a true "Horror Story" from the
    darkness of space involving the return of.. you guessed it
    SUITSAT - I'll have that in the broadcast a little latter.





    Our new edition of AR Magazine is ready to hit - and Roger
    VK2ZRH, Editor in Chief has something rather special, a look
    at Valentines Day, no word yet on if this will be in a
    'sealed section'.. Roger will join us to tell us more and
    also this week the Man From Snowy River, who moved to the
    NT, WIA Director and Secretary Peter, VK8ZZ looks at
    WIA Merit Awards and WIA DX awards.





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    WIA Merit Awards

    The AGM is the time of the year when the WIA announces its
    annual merit awards and nominations are currently are open
    for the 2021 MERIT AWARDS.

    The WIA Merit Award program identifies and recognises
    sustained outstanding achievement in a field of Amateur Radio
    that furthers the science of radio, and/or for service to the
    WIA. It plays an important role in promoting excellence with
    nominations made by members and the final decision made by the
    WIA Board of Directors.

    Nominations are made using a specific form that is available
    on the WIA web site.

    tinyurl.com/ybumueev

    If the nomination is successful, the awards will be announced
    at the WIA annual general meeting. All of the WIA Merit Awards
    are not necessarily awarded every year.

    Full details of all of the WIA Merit Awards including the
    nomination form is on the WIA web site:-

    wia.org.au/members/wiaawards/about/

    Not only but also:-

    WIA DX Awards Program

    The WIA has an excellent DX Awards program. The program has
    been operating for many years and has operating awards which
    have proven to be attractive to both radio amateurs and
    shortwave listeners alike.

    The WIA DX Awards program is managed by the WIA AWARDS
    COMMITTEE under the management of Graham VK3GA.

    All awards are free for WIA members. Submissions for
    WIA DX Awards are made online.

    The WIA DX Awards categories and the specific rules are here:-

    wia.org.au/members/wiadxawards/about/

    This has been WIA Secretary Peter VK8ZZ





    This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH Editor-in-Chief of
    Amateur Radio magazine.

    Well. Another issue of AR magazine is at the printers.

    The first issue for 2021 is scheduled to be delivered on or
    around the fourth of February.

    Judging from past experience, the majority of you who are
    either members or subscribers will receive your issue in
    time for Saint Valentines Day! Apart from the romantic
    reason for celebrating the 14th of February, brought to the
    sensibilities of Western though by that famous poet of the
    Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, the date has many reasons
    to be marked on the calendar.

    But, more of that later.

    Listeners will all be asking I can hear Graham VK4 Baker
    Baker and John VK4 Jay-Jay-W champing at the bit, there what
    are you serving up for us this issue, Harrison?

    Its another theme issue this time, focusing on digital
    amateur TV DATV, for short.

    Prolific author and WIA rep at international meetings,
    Dale Hughes VK1DSH, presents a detailed description of his
    own DATV station. When I received Dales contribution, I
    thought that our readership might care to know quote
    the broader picture unquote pun intended about
    digital ATV.

    I cast a challenge among some practitioners I knew, seeking
    an article on the subject. And I was pleased to hook 2 replies!

    Dale VK1DSH shot me a snappy article on DATV, covering the
    which, what, and why of the general subject. Hands up
    who can tell me the difference between DVB-S and DVB-T?
    Dale explains in his inevitably succinct way the
    state-of-play with DATV in VK today.

    The other response to my challenge came from Roger Jordan
    VK5YYY, who details his journey with DATV and how he found
    his path in amateur radio. Heartfelt words from an
    authentic enthusiast.

    If anyone at this stage is entertaining thoughts that we
    may have abandoned albeit, temporarily the traditional
    amateur interests you hold dear think again, dear friends.
    One author we havent see in AR for a while David Doc
    Wescombe-Down VK5-B-U-G has been back behind the keyboard
    and delivered an article entitled: A vertical beam for 7 MHz
    in suburbia.

    Displaying typical ham radio ingenuity, Doc sets out how he
    designed and built a multi-element beam for 40 metres using
    readily-available component parts, which can be assembled by
    one person. Not only does he tell the story he illustrates
    it with a series of salient shots from his camera!

    As you would be aware, every amateur licensee is required to
    have a basic knowledge of electromagnetic radiation safety
    and to assess the risk that your station presents in relation
    to human exposure to your RF fields. To simplify the
    evaluation and reporting requirements for most transmitting
    stations, including Amateur stations, the ACMA has adopted a
    system of two compliance levels titled simply:
    Level 1 and Level 2.

    You are required to determine the compliance level of your
    station.

    But, how do you know if you comply?

    Well, Martin Luther VK7GN offers some help with his article
    on Visualising your electromagnetic radiation limits with
    Google Earth.

    Hands up all you contesters out there! Do we have a story
    for you. Three guys from a small Brisbane club affiliated
    with the WIA, of course conspired to win one of the entry
    categories in a WIA-sponsored contest. All for the sake of a
    weekend of fun and a paper certificate to post on the club
    wall. In a wonderful bedtime story, the triumphant trio tell
    us all about How to mount a VHF-UHF Field Day multi-operator
    station and win your category without losing friends,
    breaking the bank, or going bonkers!

    Its a cracker! A song of joy and praise to the
    VHF-UHF Field Days.

    This issue, we have quietly introduced something new. Ill
    let you find it. Something the Publications Committee
    discussed late last year.

    Theres a whole lot more. As Ive said before sit tight,
    it will soon be with you.

    Apart from Valentines Day, the 14th of February has
    significance in many ways, all over the world.

    Australia got decimal currency in 1966.

    A bunch of US college students launched YouTube.

    The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago.
    And the list goes on.

    This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison
    VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News.


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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, SARL, Southgate
    AR Club, ARRL, RAC, NZART AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE & the
    World Wide sources of the WIA.

    BALTIC

    A month or so back WIA National News brought you the story of
    how an Enigma machine was found on the Baltic Sea-bed.

    Now ARCHAEOLOGY enthusiasts scanning the Baltic Sea for lost
    treasures have stumbled upon six, yes 6, enigma machines
    which were used by Nazi Germany during World War II and were
    likely thrown overboard in a panic.

    "Some of them have obviously already been made unusable
    before they were disposed of. A couple of keys peeked out."
    said one expert who believes Nazi Germany created more than
    100,000 enigma machines to help beat the Allies, yet only
    4,000 have been discovered.

    Many were likely destroyed after the code was cracked by a
    British team of code-breakers led by mathematician Alan Turing,
    this team managed to crack the code by analysing the
    position of the three rotas each day.




    UNTITED KINGDOM

    RSGB NRC volunteers recognised

    Despite the RSGB National Radio Centre (NRC) being closed to
    visitors since March last year, a lot of work has gone on to
    install or upgrade the radio station set-up and the
    supporting PC applications in the radio room.

    Many a VK Amateur has made the pilgrimage to Bletchley Park
    the home of the RSGB National Radio Centre

    The NRC 80m NET has also run continuously every weekday and
    a slow Morse training session has been run for the
    volunteers.

    NRC Coordinator Martyn Baker, G 0 GMB has highlighted the
    special assistance provided by three of the NRC volunteers
    to enable these things to happen during these challenging
    times:

    Nigel, G 4 RWI the help given in setting up software at
    the NRC and his superb commitment in
    running the NRC net

    Dave, G 4 UFS helping to set up the OSCAR100 station

    John, G 4 FZA the help and enthusiasm given with running
    the Morse sessions each morning





    USA

    Radio Amateur is Co-Leader of Just-Published Blood Plasma
    Research Study

    Scott Wright, K0MD -- a well-known amateur radio contester
    and past editor of the National Contest Journal (NCJ) was a
    co-principal investigator of a research project into the use
    of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients. The study,
    appeared in the January 13 edition of the prestigious
    New England Journal of Medicine

    The study began early last April under the co-leadership
    of Wright, K0MD and Dr. Michael Joyner, MD, both of the
    Mayo Clinic and among many others Dr. Peter Marks, MD, PhD,
    of the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Marks is AB3XC.

    The Mayo Clinic was the lead institution for the program.

    The US government-supported study collected and provided
    blood plasma recovered from COVID-19 patients containing
    antibodies that, it was theorized, could help these
    individuals fight the disease.




    US President Joseph Biden has designated FCC Commissioner
    Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the FCC. She succeeds,
    at least temporarily, former FCC chair Ajit Pai, who
    resigned effective on January 20.

    Prior to joining the FCC, she served as Senior Communications
    Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce,
    Science, and Transportation. Before entering public service,
    she practiced communications law in Washington, DC




    In this International World of ours are MANY a dangerous
    area.

    Now the Intrepid-DX Group is inviting nominations for the
    individual or group that most displayed their
    Intrepid spirit in 2020. For the purposes of this award,
    an Intrepid spirit is bold, courageous, dedicated,
    innovative, fearless, generous, resolute, and visionary
    in their approach to amateur radio, the organization says.

    We want to recognize those individuals or groups that
    activated the rare, difficult and dangerous places in 1920,
    exhibiting an unshakable commitment to the amateur radio DX
    community.

    Submit nominations via email by February 15, 2021.

    The Board of Directors of the Intrepid-DX Group will
    evaluate the nominations, and the award will be presented
    in May 2021.

    Look on QRZ.com or google Intrepid-DX Group


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    HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT

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    ON NOW

    CQWW 160M CW CONTEST January 29 - 31.

    CQWW 160M SSB CONTEST February 26 - 28.

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    CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest February 13-14

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    International DX CW Contest February 20-21

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    International DX Phone Contest March 6 - 7

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    Commonwealth Contest (BERU) 13/14 March.


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    WIA John Moyle Field Day 2021
    March from UTC 0100 on Saturday 20 to 0059 Sunday 21nd.

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    the CQ World Wide SSB WPX Contest March 27-28

    the CQ World Wide CW WPX Contest May 29-30

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    April 25 AM / CW ANZAC Day, Mon 25th from 9am on 7125kHz AM.

    --------------

    Harry Angel Sprint will be May First 2021. 10:00 - 11:46 UTC.

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    The VK SHIRES June 12-13 in 2021

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    WINTER VHF-UHF Field Days - June 26 - 27

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    DX WINDOW

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    BULGARIA.

    LZ 1340 B is QRV to celebrate the 1340th anniversary of the
    First Bulgarian Empire.

    QSL via LZ3SM.

    (arrl)

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    UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4.

    Garry, 2M1DHG is QRV as ZC 4GR for the next few years.

    Activity is mainly on 40 to 10 meters using SSB FT8, and
    possibly SSTV, PSK31 and WSPR in his spare time.

    QSL via EB7DX.

    (arrl)

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    ISRAEL

    4 X 0 RMN is operating from the Ramon Crater, Israel's
    largest national park, in the Negev desert only until
    tomorrow, i.e. the 1st of February.

    Send QSLs to 4X6ZM, LoTW and eQSL.

    A certificate will be available for working three out of the
    four special stations that are operating as part of the
    ongoing "Land of Craters Program" that kicked off last year.

    For more details visit QRZ.COM.

    (ARNewsLine)

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    ZL 100 RSC throughout February will celebrate the 100th
    birthday of the first meeting of NZART's Branch 5. the
    Christchurch ARC.

    (SouthGate)

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    This is Scotty reporting in for Pride Radio Group,VK3PRG.

    Pride Radio Group will be operating the special event
    callsign VI2021PRIDE throughout:

    - Sydney Mardi Gras, February 19th to March 7th
    - Midsumma, April 19th to May 5th
    - Pride month, June 1st to June 30th

    QSL cards and awards will be available for contacts made
    with VI2021PRIDE and for more information visit the
    Pride Radio Group website on prideradio.group

    I'm Scotty for Pride Radio Group.

    ( Michaela Wheeler vk3fur@prideradio.group )

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    Polish Amateur Radio Union 90th Anniversary Awards

    Last year, 2020, I made note of the Polish Amateur Radio
    Union celebrating its 90th anniversary and to mark the
    occasion they ran an award scheme "90 years of the PZK and
    95 years of the IARU" which proved very popular with
    operators in Poland, VK in fact all over the world.

    They ran 14 special calls for the event and they made close on
    100,000 QSOs working 171 DXCC entities.

    The closing date for downloading the certificates has been
    extended to April 30th 2021.

    Log on to 90.pzk.org.pl where you can search their online
    log to see your award status.

    (irts)

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    LAST HURRAH FOR 'LAST MAN'

    Finally, we close Operational News from the WIA with this
    report from Amateur Radio NewsLines Neil Rapp W8VPG and it's
    all about that TV show "Last Man Standing."

    When the show wraps up its final day of shooting this
    spring, it's going to be saying farewell ham radio style.

    The prime time show, which became a showcase for amateur
    radio through its main character Mike Baxter KA0XTT who is
    leaving the air after nine years -- but not before it first
    gets ON the air on the amateur bands.

    Executive producer John Amodeo AA6JA told NewsLine that a
    big farewell special event station is planned for KA6LMS
    between March 14th and March 30th, the last day of the
    show's production. At that point, the mailing address of the
    Last Man Standing Amateur Radio Club will also change to
    11684 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 810, Studio City, California
    91604.

    The show grew even more popular after star Tim Allen made
    things real by getting the callsign KK6OTD. It also featured
    guest radio operators on the set during meal breaks. John
    told NewsLine: "Rather than have it slip away silently, we
    should have one more activation of KA6LMS now." With
    operators from the Great South Bay Amateur Radio club, the
    K2H special event station and the 12 Days of Christmas, the
    activation will give everyone a last chance to work KA6LMS
    in an ambitious special event.

    Be listening on CW, SSB, D-STAR, DMR, RTTY, PSK and FT-8.

    Consider it one last hurrah for "Last Man Standing."


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    MEDIA WATCH

    Ham Radios SuitSat Returns in Short Horror Film

    SuitSat loses its innocence in a new video short sci-fi
    thriller Decommissioned. Inspired by true events, the
    video short resurrects the 2006 spacesuit/satellite that
    transmitted messages on 2 meters as it circled Earth.

    The original SuitSat-1 project, conceived by an Amateur
    Radio on the International Space Station team, repurposed a
    decommissioned Russian Orlan spacesuit to function as a
    free-floating amateur radio transmit-only satellite.

    In the film, a SuitSat returns in the future to haunt
    International Space Station commander Diaz, played by
    Joey Vieira. Diaz spies some distant space debris and
    radios Houston to express concern.

    As the object closes in, an increasingly anxious Diaz
    recognizes the debris as SuitSat. This is SuitSat, comes
    a voice on the ham radio.

    Decommissioned was directed by Australian filmmaker
    Josh Tanner.

    (arrl)


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    WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS --- DIGITAL
    vkdmr.info/
    brandmeister.network/?page=repeaters

    Our RAOTC gang will recall a song Bing Crosby made famous
    back in 1941 - "Did Your Mother Come From Ireland."

    Well whether your Mother, Uncle, friend or you just want
    to contact anyone in the Emerald Isle there is a new
    Yaesu C4FM Digital Gateway for North Dublin area.

    C4FM Wires-X Gateway with the call sign, EI2PMD, located in
    Dublin, became active on the 19th of January.

    The Gateway is operating on 2 meters and is linked to the
    CQ-IRELAND Room along with systems from Galway, Limerick,
    and Northern Ireland. YSF-Ireland, DMR TG 2724, and the
    Peanut App.

    This is the first Digital System to be placed on the air in
    Dublin and it will cover a wide area.

    ( IRTS )




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FAITH.

    HAMS SUPPORT COMMUNICATIONS AT INDIAN RELIGIOUS PILGRIMAGE

    An annual religious pilgrimage in India once again had the
    support of a local amateur radio club which, this year, also
    made use of a satellite.

    Amateur Radio NewsLine say the callsign AT 2 GSI wasn't your
    average DX. It was being used between the 9th and the 19th
    of January by members of the West Bengal Radio Club where
    hams were calling QRZ from Sagar Island, IOTA AS-153.

    There was a lot more to this activation, however.

    The hams were also present on the island as they always are
    during the annual Hindu pilgrimage to where the Bay of Bengal
    meets the river Ganges.

    Using hand helds and a ground station for the Qatar OSCAR 100
    satellite made them even more capable this year of keeping
    emergency support communications open. More than 700,000
    pilgrims took place, thats ALMOST 3/4 of a MILLION !

    (ARNewsLine)




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
    AMSAT-VK Secretary - secretary@amsat-vk.org

    AMSAT CUBESAT PART OF UNUSUAL VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCH

    An unlikely launch system, one using a 70-foot rocket fired
    from a converted jumbo jet, sent 10 small satellites into
    low-earth orbit January 17th.

    One of those CubeSats was AMSAT's RadFxSat-2/Fox 1E, the
    fifth and final FOX-1 satellite built by AMSAT. It was
    constructed under a partnership between AMSAT and Vanderbilt
    University and carries a radiation effects experiment.

    Hams SHOULD have been able to decode data from telemetry and
    experiments using FoxTelem version 1.09 or later.

    But Command even though trying a multitude of sequences that
    that might overcome the problem of "nothing heard from the
    beacon".

    As time draws on they continue brainstorming and steps to
    activate other functions that would provide proof of life.
    This until they exhaust all possibilities that they are able
    to draw from the expertise and satellite experience of
    Engineering Team and Operations Team drawing from the design
    of RadFxSat-2 and lessons learned in the Fox-1 program as
    well as any from missions prior to AMSATs first CubeSats.

    AMSAT still needs your help as always, to help detect any
    sign of activity from RadFxSat-2. This includes ability to
    listen for local oscillators or transponder driver output
    in the case of a failed PA.

    The CubeSat launch was a demonstration flight staged by
    billionaire Richard Branson's California-based company,
    Virgin Orbit.

    BTW

    RadFxSat-2 Signals Detected, AMSAT Engineering Continues to
    Assess Status

    Following on from this story in late breaking text news
    AMSAT Engineering and Operations have now determined that
    RadFxSat-2 is partially functioning, though signals are
    extremely weak. At this point in time it is essential
    do not attempt to transmit through the transponder until
    further notice.

    This is very important to the next steps AMSAT are taking.

    More next week.

    ( ARNewsLine and AMSAT-NA )




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET, THE HAMS DOMAIN.

    I mentioned an app, the Peanut App earlier.

    Peanut is an app for Android or Windows developed by PA 7 LIM
    that allows VOIP communication on unique Rooms of which some
    are connected to D-Star, C4FM or DMR and output via Gateways
    or Repeaters. This is an excellent system for those who do
    not have radio equipment.

    Firstly, it is necessary to register your callsign with
    D-Star and DMR so that the system will recognise you.

    It is wise to have a PDF or snapshot of your licence handy
    as this will be requested for the DMR registration.

    Full information is available on
    galwayvhfgroup.blogspot.com

    (irts)




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
    raotc.org.au

    Hallo everyone.

    This is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that the Radio Amateurs
    Old Timers Club of Australias first bulletin for this year
    goes to air tomorrow, Monday February 1st. Perth members are
    also reminded that the next lunchtime meeting at the Basie
    is on Tuesday, February 9th.

    The program starts with a summary of the latest club news,
    after which Ian VK3JS presents 3 articles.

    The first is entitled Small Crystals, an article which first
    featured in OTN magazine for September 1985, followed by an
    item on Potassium Batteries, after which Ian tells us about
    William Bragg, the Australian physicist and Nobel Prize
    winner.

    Everyone, RAOTC member and non-Member alike, is most welcome
    to listen to the program and join in the call backs
    afterwards.

    The monthly RAOTC bulletin is transmitted on a wide range of
    frequencies and modes including UHF and VHF FM, HF ssb,
    D-STAR, Digital Mobile Radio and EchoLink. Regular listeners
    will of course have their favourite time and frequency to
    tune in, but a full list of transmissions is on the RAOTC
    website.

    www.raotc.org.au/ or simply Google RAOTC broadcasts.

    If none of the transmission times suit you you can download
    the audio file at any time from today from the RAOTC website.
    If you do listen this way, a brief feedback comment would be
    appreciated.

    Once again, tune in tomorrow for the February RAOTC bulletin,
    and dont forget to join in the call backs afterwards.

    73 from Clive VK6CSW.




    WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING

    Girl Guides Thinking Day on the Air

    20 - 21 February 2021.

    Station registration can be made on UK Girl Guide website

    guides-on-the-air.co.uk/station-list.html

    The ALARA EchoLink conference station will be available for
    use by Girl Guides during the weekend.

    For more details contact Norma on VK2YL@fanden.com


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    2020 Social Scene


    KEEP ONE WAVELENGTH AWAY AT 144 Megacycles
    #2MetersMatters


    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
    moment.




    VK4 - A WICEN event at the Ipswich and District Radio
    Clubhouse. February 13 between 1000 and 1400 hours
    (vk4hit)

    VK3 - Warc HamFest Italian Sports Club Werribee Feb 21 (vk3vkt)

    It's HamFest time

    welcome to the Warc HamFest on the 21st Feb 2021 in
    these days of Covid we are proud to be the first
    HamFest in Victoria

    in the last 12 months. we have ticked all the boxes
    and have all the protocols we need in place.

    the pockets have had a full 12 months to fill up and
    vendors have not been able to sell so bargains will be
    in a abundance.

    at this time we have 25 confirmed vendors with another
    3 weeks to go.

    HamFest is in the same place as last year.

    Italian Sports Club of Werribee 601 Heaths Rd,
    Werribee VIC 3030

    Sunday 21st February 2021

    * HUGE VENUE * HEAPS OF PARKING* MAJOR AND MINOR DOOR
    PRIZES*ALL UNDERCOVER AND INDOORS* FOOD SUPPLIED
    FROM 9AM* FREE TEA AND COFFEE* THE ONLY WESTERN
    SUBURBS HAMFEST

    Entry is only $7.00 (Doors open from 10 am entry
    tickets will be on sale from 9 am) ticket includes
    one free draw in the major prize extra tickets
    available for purchase.

    Tables are available at $20.00 each includes 1 entry
    only

    please contact Andy Kay VK3VKT on 0409 160 948 or
    vk3vkt@gmail.com


    VK2 - WYONG FIELD DAY February 28 (still tentative) (dd5lp)

    VK3 - EMDRC HamFest - March 28th 10am (vk3bq)

    VK4 - REDFEST 2021 April Ten (vk4tfn)

    VK - ALARAMEET 2021 Bendigo VK3 October 1 - 4 (vk5yl)

    VK3 - ROSEBUD RadioFest by SPARC 9:30am Nov 14 (vk3pdg)




    Reception Reports

    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
    callbacks@wia.org.au











    Submitting news items

    If you would like to submit news items for possible inclusion
    in the VK1WIA broadcasts, please email your item in text to
    nationalnews@wia.org.au and don't JUST send url's links or
    posters, but take the time to pen YOUR contribution.

    To submit audio email nationalnews@wia.org.au and ask for the
    current password then read "how to submit items" in the
    weekly news page on
    wia.org.au/members/broadcast/contribute/

    We would appreciate items certainly no longer than 1.5 mts in
    length as we only have a half hour.

    Remember the sooner you submit material the more the likelihood
    of it being broadcast in the very next edition of WIA
    National News.

    Each item will only be broadcast once, if you want a couple
    of mentions, please submit different slants to keep your event
    'fresh' and always if the news room is to read your item ---
    write it in the 3rd person. (First if YOU are reading your
    own item)


    A reminder when supplying HamFest info we obviously can't
    plug DEALS from commercial traders "on air", but we at the
    WIA will put your supporters 'goods' in this text edition
    "no worries."

    We cannot give blatant 'plugs' to raffles.


    vk1wia-broadcasters@lists.wia.org.au

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    Oh... and to contact us with your news because
    If It Matters To You It Matters To Us!


    Click the links below to download the most recent edition of
    National News, BUT this is ONLY the backup site!

    WIANEWS backup thanks to Brendan VK4BLP can be found on
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    BACKUPS OF THE BACKUP!! thanks to Tony VK7AX
    www.vk7ax.id.au/wianews/

    wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/ (This is the link
    to the original text version and original audio on wia site)


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