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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING DECEMBER 18 2022
IN OUR 27th YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
( 1937 in a mention we've come across relating to weekly
broadcasts of information prepared by VK4 was a plea to
restart the weekly news service which was on air in the
late 1920's )
JOINING US THIS WEEK:-
John Seamons, VK3JLS, from the National Inwards QSL Bureau.
Scott Williams, VK3KJ, WIA President
PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE IN THIS 30 MINUTE EDITION OF
NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
PROGRAM RECORDED IN BRISBANE, OLYMPIC CITY 2032.
Although announcing as retiring from ARISS co-ordinator
for Australia maybe 3 years ago Tony VK5ZAI remained an
"Amateur Radio on the International Space Station volunteer.
That is until this week when after some 62 years as a licensed
ham Tony has retired -- officially from ARISS.
Tony, VK5ZAI was awarded, back in 2020, the AM (Member of the Order
Yes after 30 years being involved with manned space flight Tony
VK5ZAI has retiried. He said It's with a lot of happy thoughts
and some sadness that Im retiring from ARISS. I have had a
wonderful life and a very supportive family but unfortunately at
83 years old my health has been failing and I feel it's time now to
go out on a high rather than continue and mess up a telebridge. I
can't imagine a better group to ever work with than ARISS, over the
years they have been like a big international family.
Tony received his amateur license in 1960 and tracked his first
satellite, Oscar 3 in 1965 then later the high altitude sats, AO-10,
AO-13, AO-40 and many others over the years
It's 30 years since his first voice contact with manned space flight,
it took place on 15. Oct. 1992 and he did his first school linkup
between Alex Serebrov on MIR and the Loxton High School on 27.Aug.
1993 followed by several more school linkups and many more personal
crew contacts between Andy Thomas and his father when he flew on Mir
MIR was de-commissioned in March 2001
In 1999 Tony Hutchison was one of the founders of a new group called
ARISS, Amateur Radio on International Space Station, formed to
stimulate the minds of students in the fields of science and
engineering and working in conjunction with NASA. This was achieved
by students around the world being able to speak to the crews on the
ISS via amateur radio and ask them questions.
Tony was selected by NASA as one of 12 amateur stations world wide
to achieve this. He held the positions of Telebridge operator,
School engineering support, School mentor, Audio distribution Group
and Radio contact Moderator.
During the 30 years Tony has been involved with setting up radio
contacts with many countries around the world totaling 1,504
schools and educational groups including 77 Australian schools to
date involving over 100,000 students
In 2006 he received an Engineering Award from The Johnson Space
In 2009 he received the WIA Chris Jones Award for his work with
In 2020 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) by the
Queen for his services to education and space communications over
Tony has been given full privileges to the ARISS operations schedule
for as long as he wants for his untiring work over the years.
In a letter following the resignation, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO the
ARISS International Chair wrote..
For over 30 years, you have been a rock. A solid, steady presence
in human spaceflight amateur radio that is highly respected. The
likable, go-to person to astronauts and cosmonauts. They might not
know our ARISS name. But they do know and appreciate that Tony in
Australia helped them during their stay in space. Several have
commemorated your support to them with a personal visit.
While we all hate to admit it, there comes a time when change is
inevitable. I respect you for staying on longer when you stated you
planned to retire several years ago. While I am super sad to see it
happen, I respect you for ending your telebridge support on a high
No question---we will keep you in all the ARISS systems. You are
welcome to be involved in anything you wish. If you think of
something new that you want to engage in, let me know. You might
want to do something different and vitally important, like archiving
your ARISS/Mir/SAREX achievements, audio clips and/or developing a
personal oral history of your human spaceflight career. Or you might
even want to help us do an oral/team history project with all your
great ARISS friends. What ever your passion moving forward, the
door is open. Or if you just want to quietly listen in, we will
respect that too.
Please, keep in touch.
Your lifelong friend,
ARISS-USA Executive Director
ARISS International Chair
ISS Ham Radio Program Manager
Another letter came from Charlie, AJ9N, School technical support and
ARISS Ops Webpage Manager
Tony is the absolute best and he has helped ARISS in ways that we
will never know. His station is something that I know everyone
would love to have. Tony, I know we are going to miss you from the
daily ARISS operations. Please stay in touch.
Charlie , AJ9N
School technical support
ARISS Ops Webpage Manager
As I sometimes am able to say "Well Done That Man".. Graham
VK4BB WIA News Editor
In other news from Australia David Christmas VK4DC has a beacon
operating from Mt Morgan and hopefully shortly David or someone
he nanages to "arm twist" hihi will give National and QNEWS that
story in detail.
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Hi there, this is WIA Director and President Scott WilliamsVK3KJ
and its my pleasure to appear on todays broadcast on behalf of the
Who can believe that Christmas is nearly upon us, and I dont know
about you, but I am certainly looking forward to the Christmas / New
Year break and what a year it has been.
COVID continues to hamper us across the nation, we have the very sad
geopolitical tensions with the Ukraine and Russia war, escalating
cost of goods, inflation and interest rate pressures, skills and
labour shortages, natural disasters which seem to be more frequent
and all on the back of a change of government federally. In fact,
its been a turbulent year on so many fronts and I cannot personally
ever remember a time or period like this.
At the WIA, it been a progressive year as of course we just completed
the mammoth task of our detailed submission and response to the ACMA
Class Licence and Considerations for Higher Power Operation. I once
again want to thank the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee for their
tireless work, but I also want to thank the broader amateur radio
community. With over 600 responses to the survey and a considerable
number of non-members participating, it demonstrates the trust that
is shown towards the WIA to advocate on behalf of the amateur radio
community on these important matters.
On another note, the WIA office will close shortly for the Christmas
/ New Year period and there are some important dates to remember.
The office will close from Thursday 22 December and will not re-open
to Monday 9th January 2023. It will then close again on Friday 13th
January and will then re-open again on Monday 30th January. We will
be back for a week to make sure we get all those orders out and
attend to any matters.
It is important to note that if you want to order anything at all
from the WIA including our new updated foundation manual, the last
day orders will be taken this year is next Wednesday. We will then
despatch any orders the following day, Thursday 22nd December.
On behalf of the Board, I want to thank all members of the WIA for
your support throughout the year. A special call out to all the WIA
Affiliated Clubs and volunteers that support the WIA. There are so
many volunteers behind the scenes that there are just way too many
people to mention, but I want to say to you Graham, thank you for
bringing us this broadcast week after week.
We will even be brining you a broadcast next Sunday on Christmas Day,
presented by the Ladies of ALARA.
To everyone listening, a Very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and
prosperous new year to one and all on behalf of the WIA Board.
Thats it for me this year and make sure you get on air over the
Christmas / New Year period, there is always someone to work on some
band or mode.
During this month the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club in VK2 are
celebrating its 40th anniversary with special event callsign VI 2 FG 40.
Activity will be mainly on 40m SSB.
More information can be found on the QRZ page for VI 2 FG 40.
WILLIS ISLAND, VK9/W.
Sands, VU2WXW/VK4WXW, is working at the Meteorology Weather Station
until April. He has been heard on 40, 20 and 15 meters and hopes to
add 17, 12 and 10 meters as well.
QSL via Club Log.
ANTARCTICA, VP8 region.
Seba, SQ 1 SGB will be operating as VP8/SQ1SGB/p during his spare
time, until February 1, 2023.
He is QRV on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL via EB7DX.
Look for Giorgio, 5UA99WS, who will be on the air from Niger until
the 23rd of December.
He will be on 15 and 20 metres using SSB when time permits.
QSL via his LoTW manager, IK 5 SRF.
Be listening for Joe, VE3BW, operating from Costa Rica as TI7/VE3BW
between December 23rd and January 4th.
He will be on the air on 160-6m, using CW, SSB and FT8.
See his page on QRZ.com for details.
Hi, this is John Seamons, VK3JLS, from the National Inwards QSL Bureau.
Following a recent call for volunteers for the position of the VK4 QSL
Manager, I am pleased to say that we received a number of expressions of
interest for that role, with each applicant then being asked to provide a
supporting statement addressing the duties and requirements of the position.
After assessing each of the statements received, the WIA Board this week
approved the recommendation that Laurie Pritchard, VK4BLE, be appointed as
the VK4 QSL Manager.
Laurie has been a licensed amateur for 40 years, is a life member of the
Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club, and had previously held the position of
the VK4 Inwards and Outwards QSL Manager for a period of 12 years. Laurie's
past experience in this position will provide for an easy transition into
the role once again.
Laurie should hit the ground running, as the backlog of VK4 QSL cards
currently held in the National Bureau will be in the mail to VK4 this week.
On behalf of the WIA, I express my thanks to the number of individuals, and
Radio Clubs, within VK4 who responded to my call for volunteers, and were
prepared to put themselves forward to help keep the WIA QSL Bureau process
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE,
and the World Wide sources of the WIA.
RADIO - something that doesnt cease to seem indistinguishable from
magic.. even if you do understand it!
And now the magic of radio is to be immortalised.
For years the Internet Archive has provided the online community
with a breathtaking collection of resources, out of print books,
magazines, recordings, software, and any other imaginable digital
asset in easily retrievable form. Now with the help of a grant from
the Amateur Radio Digital Communications Foundation they are seeking
to create a collection that documents amateur radio from its earliest
days to the present. Yes, Internet Archive has begun gathering
content for the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications
The work will be multi-faceted, and include the print and digital
materials wed expect, as well as personal archives and oral
histories from notable radio amateurs. For many of us this will
provide a wealth of technical details and insights into taming the
ionosphere, but for future historians it will be an invaluable
reference on the first century of the hobby.
Amateur radio is perhaps the oldest hardware hacking pursuit of the
electronic age, because certainly at the start, radio was electronics
thus amateur radios long history has indirectly given us many of the
things we take for granted today. Sure it has its moribund aspects,
but if it continues to follow the growth of new technology as it has
for so many years it will continue to be an exciting pursuit.
We look forward to browsing this archive, and we hope to see it grow
over the years.
RSGB CREATES SOCIAL DIVERSITY POST
There's so much more to amateur radio than just the technical and
scientific side of things. The Radio Society of Great Britain is
looking for someone to help address an important social concern.
Jeremy Boot G4NJH speaking on ARNewsLine said the RSGBritain is
creating the volunteer position of social diversity officer to help
the board address inclusion and diversity within the ranks of amateur
radio and the society itself. Some of the new officer's tasks will
include helping boost society membership but will also focus on
encouraging hams of all ages and backgrounds to get their licence.
The RSGB is hoping that through creation of this new position the
society can complement the work of the RAIBC, the Radio Amateur
Invalid and Blind Club, which serves radio amateurs and shortwave
listeners with disabilities.
The Alexanderson alternator transmitter is the only remaining example
of early pre-electronic radio transmitter technology. The station,
built 1922 - 1924, has been preserved as a historical site.
>From the 1920s through the 1940s, it was used to transmit telegram
traffic by Morse code and during World War II was Sweden's only
telecommunication link with the outside world.
On Christmas Eve morning, December 24, this year the Alexander
Grimeton Friendship Association, in southern Sweden will be on the
air sending out a special Christmas message to the world.
The event will begin at 07:30 UTC with the start-up and tuning of the
Alexanderson alternator transmitter through Grimeton Radio Station,
call sign SAQ. The transmission will begin 08:00 UTC with the
98-year-old 200 kW Alexanderson alternator on 17.2 kHz CW.
Grimeton Ham Radio Station, SK 6 SAQ, will be QRV on the
3.535 MHz CW
7.035 MHz CW
14.035 MHz CW
The event will be live streamed on the Alexander SAQ Grimeton
Friendship Association YouTube Channel.
More information about the December 24 Christmas Eve event and the
transmitter can be found at the Grimeton Radio Station website.
STAMP COLLECTING GETS HOLIDAY SPIRIT FROM HAMS
The charitable spirit of amateur radio has always extended past
direct involvement with radio activity. Over in the US, one club in
Pennsylvania is looking for amateurs' assistance in a project that
members have been committed to for a number of years.
Now if you're starting to receive Christmas cards from friends or
eagerly awaiting the arrival of direct QSL cards from those treasured
DX contacts Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia
are asking one more thing of you:
Save those stamps.
Hams in the Pennsylvania club support the "Stamps for the Wounded"
program, which accepts donations of stamps from around the world for
use in occupational therapy programs in convalescent centres and
hospitals where veterans are receiving treatment.
Stamps should have around a couple of centimetres margin around them
and should not be removed from the original envelopes on which they
are sent. The program, which was established in 1942 to encourage
stamp collecting among the nation's military veterans who were at
various stages of recovery.
The program has more details on its website
An influential lawmaker in the USA has joined the push to talk
automakers out of eliminating broadcast AM radio in new cars.
Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts has asked the car companies to
respond in writing about their intentions regarding AM and FM radio.
He acknowledges electric vehicles can cause electromagnetic
interference with AM signals but encouraged carmakers to pursue some
of the remedies they have devised.
The car companies include General Motors, Jaguar, Kia, BMW and
IARU R3 YOTA Camp is scheduled for October/November 2023 in Thailand.
The Thailand host society, RAST, says it will issue invitations to
participate in Region 3 YOTA Camp by the end of March next year!
SHORTWAVE GIANT WTWW GOES OFF THE AIR
Shortwave station WTWW has gone QRT. Andy Morrison K 9 AWM has details.
"Shortwave fans worldwide were disappointed to hear the November
9 broadcast announcement of WTWW radio that it was signing off the
air for the last time, with plans to continue to provide programming
instead over the internet. The station's operator Ted Randall, WB8PUM,
cited difficulties in meeting the station's ongoing expenses.
Based in Tennessee, WTWW provided a wide range of programming at
5.83 MHz along with music and amateur-radio content at 5.085 MHz.
The station was among many to broadcast programming directed toward
Ukraine following the invasion by Russia earlier this year.
The station went on the air in 2010 as the 100-kilowatt operation
WBWW and could be heard first on what were testing frequencies of
5.755 MHz and 9.48 MHz at different times. Over the years, WTWW gained
an especially strong following among amateur radio operators for
carrying ham-related content. The station also featured program hosts
such as Art Bell, W6OBB, who presented a popular show on the
According to the SWListening Post, the station's final signoff
included a farewell from Ted that urged listeners to make the move to
web-streaming its content. The station's final song was "America the
By virtue of its station call, WTWW was also known as "We Transmit
To continue hearing the station's streamed programs, follow the link
in the text version of this week's script"
WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS
A SOUTH POLE 'FIRST' FOR AMATEUR RADIO BALLOON
When the high altitude balloon transmitting KM4ZIA, the amateur
radio call sign of 15-year-old Jack McElroy, was launched recently
in Antarctica, it became part of atmospheric work being done by
University of Alabama researcher, Todd McKinney KN4TPG.
Instead of just helping build mathematical models of the atmosphere,
however, Jack's balloon soon embarked on an incredible journey.
A little more than a week later, its navigational equipment began to
spit out a series of error messages on 20 meters. One observer in
the US, however, realized that nothing was REALLY wrong. He knew, in
fact, that something remarkable was happening.
Family friend and high-altitude balloon expert, Bill Brown, WB8ELK,
knew Jack's solar-powered balloon was a short distance from the
South Pole. Mapping systems could no longer determine its position
from data being sent on 20 meters because of the densely spaced
lines of longitude there at the end of the Earth.
Jack's father, Tom McElroy, W4SDR, told NewsLine in a phone
"This is the closest any amateur radio balloon has come to the
Tom said Bill phoned the family home in Georgia that morning from
Huntsville, Alabama, on December 1st, and said Jack's balloon had
literally gone off the map. Tom broke the news to an astonished Jack
on the way to school. He said Jack had quite a story for his science
teacher that day.
(Amateur Radio NewsLine)
You can track Jack's balloon at aprs.fi
, using his call sign KM4ZIA.
This isn't Jack's first balloon, either. He has launched several
over the years, including two years at Youth on the Air Camp, in a
team effort with his sister, Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN, who is this
year's 2022 Amateur Radio NewsLine Young Ham of the Year.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- BEACONS
A new improved 10 mtr beacon is operating on 28.285 from Mt MORGAN
This is operated by VK4DC.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - secr...@amsat-vk.org
Amateur Radio Mission to the Moon not lost
OMOTENASHI, the project of the JAXA Ham Radio Club, was a secondary
payload aboard NASA's Artemis 1 mission. It was planned to land a
70cm band beacon protected inside a soft pouch on the surface of the
The ham radio club's website for JAXA, Japan's Aerospace Exploration
Agency, reports that orbital errors had resulted in an unstable radio
signal for its communications.
The website also reports that the solar cells face away from the sun,
making it problematic to charge OMOTENASHI's batteries. Thus, as
we've reported on WIA National News earlier, the lunar landing
experiment could not be carried out.
BUT, the opportunity to orbit beyond the moon is valuable. The axis
of rotation appears stable and the spacecraft will get sunlight when
the direction of the sun changes next March. Amateurs can receive
the orbiting module 1 Watt beacon, transmitting
PSK31 Sync Word C1 ASCII code
with a medium to high gain linear polarisation antenna on 437.31 MHz.
Pointing the antenna is simple: Aim for the Moon!
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
At the height of the Falklands war IN 1982, the unlikely friendship
of two amateur radio enthusiasts 8,000 miles apart allowed more than
50 soldiers the opportunity to get messages home to their loved ones.
Bob McLeod, a ham radio operator, made history when he broke the
news to the world that the Falklands had been invaded but, in doing
so, he had also drawn the attention of the Argentines, who were quick
to confiscate his equipment.
On 29 May 1982, 2 PARA have just fought to take Goose Green, freeing
more than 100 villagers who had been held captive in a hall for
almost seven weeks.
Alan Bullock was the Forward Observation Officer of D Company,
2 PARA and, while walking through the main street of Goose Green,
spotted an antenna on a house belonging to Bob.
"So, I knock on the door and say 'hello... is there any chance you
are a radio amateur?' "He said 'yes... but the Argentinians took my
transmitter and smashed it up'." "All I have is an old 50W amplifier."
As Forward Observation Officer, Alan had his state-of-the-art at the
time, military clansman radio, which although only 20 watts for
communicating over short distances, could be combined with the hams
amp and large antenna system.
In order to get messages back to the UK, Bob made contact with
John Wright, a radio amateur in Oxford who he had been chatting to
over the airwaves for many years. Together Bob and John devised a
cryptic code for their conversation and each transmitted on
different frequencies, in case anyone was listening.
Word quickly got around the troops and soon it wasn't just D Company's
families Bob and John were contacting. Before long, there was a
queue outside Bob's door, with each message always the same
'I am safe'.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- YOTA
(Youngsters On The Air)
December YOTA Month is rapidly coming to a close so I thought
it may be time for Fun Fact Sunday
Do you know where the term HAM comes from?
Some believe that it comes from the first letters of the last names
of well-known electricity/radio scientists, namely Hertz, Armstrong,
Or that it originates from a little station called HAM at Harvard.
Even to founder of ARRL, HirAM maxim percy
However, the truth is that originally, HAM was used as a pejorative
term by professional radio operators to describe amateur ones. This
comes from the American saying ham-fisted, which means clumsy and
Thankfully, instead of getting discouraged by the professionals,
many radio amateurs decided to embrace the name and started proudly
calling themselves the HAMs.
So, from one HAM to another, it's back to you Bruce.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RESCUE RADIO
IARU REGION 3
Emergency Centre of Activity (CoA) frequencies
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
Region 1 3760 7110 14300 18160 21360 kHz
Region 2 3750 3985 7060 7240 7275 14300 18160 21360kHz
HONK IF YOU LIKE MORSE.
Recognizing a snippet of Morse code made all the difference when a
delivery driver went above and beyond her duty.
Sam Speechley sprang into action when she heard someone in distress
tap out what sounded like SOS on their car horn. When she went to
investigate she found 90-year-old Keith Turner who'd slipped on the
driveway of his home and had broken his hip. He had managed to drag
himself to the car so he could sound the alarm.
Keith, who's now back home after spending three weeks in hospital,
said: "Sam saved my life, she really did, and I can't thank her
enough. I'd been laying there in the rain and cold for half an hour
and if she hadn't come along when she did I don't think I'd have
She's a Godsend.
View Royal is a town in Greater Victoria and a member municipality
of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia, Canada.
View Royal Mayor Sid Tobias has just made one of, he said, his easiest
decision, that of approving the merger of emergency radio teams
operating in both Royal View and neighbouring Colwood. He said his
previous military background emphasized the importance of
communication efficiency, hence the merger.
Its a win-win for both municipalities, said View Royal
Fire Rescue Chief Paul Hurst. Disasters dont have municipal
boundaries, so if we need assistance, its better to have one team
serving both municipalities.
The merger means the emergency radio team will benefit from having a
single leader while effectively doubling the number of volunteers and
equipment available to each municipality, Hurst said.
The fire service relies on the Capital Region Emergency Service
Telecommunications network day to day, and the emergency radio
operators use their own amateur radio systems, so if we lose our
cell towers in a disaster and lose our CREST system with it, then
this group of Radio Amateurs become our lifeline.
In a disaster, the ham radio emergency teams staff radio rooms in
both fire departments and become the main form of communication
for the departments, both internally, between each other and even
between other agencies and governments across the province.
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