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Dec 21, 2023, 10:34:21 PM12/21/23
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Peter VK4EA. -
Trent, VK4TS, Past WIA Director

And a SPECIAL hello to the Ladies of ALARA who along with
Caryn Eve Murray KD 2 GUT and Raisa, R 1 BIG, presented last weeks





Hello from Gubi Gubi country, this is Peter, VK4EA, bringing you the
good oil from the WIA board.

News from WRC23 well, the news is, good! Representing Australian
amateurs is are are our hard working volunteers, Peter Pokorny VK2EMR
and Dale Hughes VK1DSH.

The WIA and IARU Region 3 co-funded Dale and Peters attendance where
they report a successful WRC23 and in particular good news for the
23cm band where no new ITU radio regulations have been agreed on by
the member states, so, for moment, us, Australian Amateurs retain
secondary access to the 23cm band. We have had no indication from the
ACMA that any changes to the 23 cm band are being considered.

The board are extremely grateful for Dale and Peters contribution,
WRC23 has now concluded and preparations for the next WRC are already

The long and winding road to WRC-23>

In other IARU news, the three regional and governing associations are
commencing discussions on merging the regions into one monolithic
international body. As with everything it makes sense to combine
efforts into one organisation, a bit like what happened with the
National WIA some time ago. The restructure has been planned to
take place in 2025.

While these discussions ensue, the IARU business continues and this
week we learn that Timothy Ellam (VE6SH / G4HUA) and Ole Garpestad
(LA2RR) have stood for re-election as President and Vice-President.
Subsequent to that announcement Ole decided to stand down and in his
place Thomas Wrede, DF2OO has been appointed after some period of

The importance of the International Amateur Radio Union cannot be
understated, the ITU hold the IARU in high regard. With that in mind
the WIA is committed to support the Region 3 committee and in the
future, the consolidated IARU organisation.

The board wishes everybody listening a good holiday season and we look
forward to a productive 2024 advancing Australian Amateur radio.

Cheers for now, this has been Peter, VK4EA, on behalf on the
WIA Board.

A very special (and close to home) special event has but 7 or 8 days left to

Roger Harrison has the details

Again. That chance in a lifetime is still waiting.

Sign up to use VK90AR, the special event call sign celebrating
90 years of continuous publication of Amateur Radio magazine and
have that experience yourself.

Signing up to use VK90AR is a simple process. Just apply on the WIA
website Online Event Calendar, where you can book a roster to suit
yourself. If you already know where the Online Event Calendar is,
jump to it. Or, go to the website address in the text version of this
broadcast. Its also in a news item featured on the WIA website homepage.
Dont delay. VK90AR expires on 31 December.

Im Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA National News.




As members of the Wireless Institute of Australia, we are committed to
fostering a vibrant community passionate about amateur radio.

However, our efforts to introduce youngsters to this enriching hobby are
hindered by a crucial gap: the absence of Working with Children cards for our
dedicated volunteers.

These cards are essential to ensure the safety and well-being of the young
enthusiasts we aim to mentor and guide.

Our commitment to nurturing the next generation of amateur radio operators
requires us to create a secure and welcoming environment for them.

By obtaining these cards, our volunteers demonstrate their commitment to the
safety and protection of the children they engage with.

Moreover, these cards are not just a regulatory requirement; they are a
symbol of our dedication to the values of responsibility, accountability, and
ethical conduct.

They affirm our commitment to providing a positive and supportive space where
young minds can explore and thrive in the world of amateur radio.

I urge our associated clubs and committees to recognize the critical need for
these cards and to support our volunteers in obtaining them.

By doing so, we pave the way for a seamless and secure introduction of
youngsters into our beloved hobby, ensuring its continuity and growth for
years to come.

Together, let us prioritize the safety and development of the next generation
of amateur radio enthusiasts by ensuring our volunteers possess the necessary
Working with Children cards.

Thank you.
PO Box 275Mooloolaba 4557
ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE, eHam, Hackaday and the World Wide sources of the WIA.

ARLB036 WRC-23 Concludes with Wins for Amateur Radio and Agenda Items
Designated for the Next Two Events

The following report comes from International Amateur Radio Union Secretary
Joel Harrison, W5ZN:

After 4 hectic weeks of the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference
(WRC-23), and a preceding week of Radiocommunication Assembly meetings,
WRC-23 concluded on Friday, December 15. Amateur radio fared very well
overall, despite the enormous pressures across the radio spectrum from LF to
terahertz. This is a tribute to the effort of the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) team, who at times had to work from 8:00 AM to as late as 2:00
AM the next morning, as well as on the weekends.

At the top of the amateur radio priority list was Agenda Item 9.1b, regarding
the coexistence of the secondary amateur and amateur-satellite allocation
with the primary radionavigation satellite service in the 1240 - 1300 MHz
band. This had seen 4 years of strenuous effort prior to WRC and resulted in
a recommendation being agreed upon at the Radiocommunication Assembly,
followed by WRC-23 participants agreeing to mention the recommendation in a
new footnote for the allocation. Both the recommendation and the footnote are
an excellent outcome for the amateur services.

Other items were relevant to the amateur service and were prioritized
beforehand and included topics such as:

* AI 9.1a: Space weather sensors was an item of major interest. A clear
definition for such sensors was confirmed, with frequency protection being
agreed upon as an agenda item for WRC-27.

* AI 1.2: More broadband in the 3.3 GHz and 10 GHz bands (in Region 2). This
is a difficult challenge, as the amateur services are secondary with numerous
(mainly South American) countries allocating mobile broadband by way of
footnotes. Instead of a region-wide designation for IMT at 10.0 - 10.5 GHz in
Region 2, there is a footnote limited to a dozen countries.

Every WRC agreed to an agenda for the next conference under AI 10. This AI
had an unprecedented number of proposals for WRC-27 and preliminary ones for
WRC-31. Following the relatively quick agreement on AI 9.1b, the IARU team
switched most of its efforts to the following future proposals to reduce the
impact on the amateur services, as numerous amateur bands were under

The numerous changes dont formally take effect until 1 January 2025 and
preparations are already underway to agree the agenda for future WRC events.


The UK Meteor Beacon project is now in its second phase, and both phases have
been supported by the RSGB Legacy Fund.

At the RSGB 2023 Convention, Brian Coleman, G4NNS outlined the plan for the
second phase. A network of receivers will be developed, streaming their data
via a central server for detailed study of individual meteor events. This is
a cooperation between the worlds of amateur radio and astronomy. You can now
watch Brians presentation on the RSGB YouTube channel. The RSGB Legacy Fund
supports a wide range of amateur radio projects. You can find out more and
download an application form on the RSGB website

Ofcom in the UK have sweeping changes proposed for everything related
to amateur radio -- from call signs and power levels to the terms
under which a Notice of Variation is needed.

Jeremy Boot G4NJH gives us an overview.

JEREMY: A general notice from Ofcom has alerted radio amateurs in the UK to
various licence changes the regulator is proposing. Licence variations are
being proposed starting in February, affecting the use of Regional Secondary
Locators, suffixes and unlicensed individuals' use of an amateur radio. Power
limits would also be raised under certain conditions for Foundation,
Intermediate and Full licensees.

Additional changes proposed for later in the year include more flexible
approvals for special event stations and replacement of the issuance of the
Intermediate licence series "2" callsign with "M8" and "M9" instead. Changes
to occur in late 2024, or early 2025, include the ability to change one's
callsign periodically but no more than once every five years.

A full list of the vast array of changes - introduced in June of this year-
is available on the regulator's website. Ofcom is encouraging representations
to be submitted on these proposals no later than 5 p.m. local time on the
22nd of January.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

ARRL and Hamvention have announced that Hamvention will host the 2024 ARRL
National Convention, May 17, 18, and 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in
Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention is the world's largest annual gathering of radio
amateurs and has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association
(DARA) since 1952.

"The theme is 'Expanding our Community'. This is in support of the growth of
amateur radio worldwide."

Hamvention Awards Chair Michael Kalter, W8CI, also shared a reminder that the
nomination period is open to submit nominations for 2024 Hamvention Awards,
including the Amateur of the Year, Technical Achievement, Special
Achievement, and Club of the Year awards. More information about the awards
can found on the Hamvention website, and nominations will close on February
15, 2024.

Hamvention urged "everyone to purchase their tickets and make their room
reservations early to avoid the rush." Visit the Hamvention website for more
information and to order tickets at

Long-time HamSCI Advisory Board member Dr. Philip Erickson, W1PJE, was
recently named as the Incoming Director at MITs Haystack Observatory.

Haystack is a radio science and technology research centre, well known for
astrophysical research using astronomical instrumentation at the cutting edge
of technology. Of particular interest to HamSCI members are Haystacks
Geospace projects, including remote sensing of the ionosphere and other
atmospheric regions utilizing a wide range of electromagnetic frequencies.

HamSCI serves as a means for fostering collaboration between professional
researchers and amateur radio operators. It assists in developing and
maintaining standards and agreements between all people and organizations
involved. Its goals are to advance scientific research and understanding
through amateur radio activities and encourage the development of new
technologies to support this research.

For more information about HamSCI, please visit the HamSCI website


The History of Two Way Radios.

Today we are viewing a new film, The History of Two-Way Radios:

In the hands of executive producer Mark Abrams WA 6 DPB,
producer/director Keith Salmon and co-producer and drone photographer
Mark Lidikay KE 6 TNM, the fascinating story of two-way radio
technology comes to life. Their film presents an engaging narrative on
the progression of radio systems, from the simplicity of original
designs to the complexities of modern networked trunking.

The team dedicated over two years to the film's production, grappling
with how to present the material entertainingly.

The film introduces fascinating characters, early developers who
pioneered two-way radio technology, and modern technicians and
engineers who persistently advance two-way radio communication.

Viewers are guided through the technological principles of radio
systems, they encounter key historical moments, and gain insights into
the capabilities and operations of modern communication systems.
The film's success includes winning a Silver Dolphin award at the
Cannes Corporate Media and TV Film Festival.




What exactly is the World Radiosport Team Championship?

If your club or other group wants to hear about it directly from the
amateurs who are preparing to host it in the UK in 2026, you now have
that option.

The event's committee is making speakers available in person or via Zoom for
club meetings to promote the event and answer questions about it. The 10th
international radio contest event will be held in July 2026 in East Anglia
with the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire hosting 50 operating
sites for qualifying teams. It is often referred to as an Olympic-style event
for amateur radio, occurring as it does every four years.

If your club would like to know more, contact chairman Mark Haynes at his
Gmail account
(ARNewsLine 2407)

Ross Hull Memorial Contest.
Running on VHF and above for the month of January.
You nominate the best 7 day or 2 day period per category.

For more information visit the contest page at


JANUARY 2024 VHF-UHF Summer Field Day.
13 - 14 January.
0100 UTC Saturday to 0059 UTC Sunday BUT to make it a
little fairer in VK6, they add 3 hours onto start and
end times.


This contest is to encourage Amateur Radio promotional Activity
around the world and is designed to encourage friendly participation
and help improve the operating skills of participants.

It is held on the Australia Day Public Holiday, 26th of January.

Amateurs here in in VK will endeavour to contact other amateurs
around the world. Some VK operators will be using the AX prefix to
celebrate Australia day, as its wanted by many amateurs.

Scoring is distance based and calculated using 4-character grid





Wireless operators in Finland are happy to report that Santa Radio
OF9X - took to the air on the 11th of December and will continue the
journey until 2159 UTC on the 31st of December.

OF9X is of course the annual Old Father Nine Xmas station

Be listening for the radio elves as they guide their sleighs on all
bands, using CW, SSB and FT8. This annual event has the support of
Radio Arcala, not far from the Arctic Circle. See for details.

(ARNewsLine 2407)


Sagar Island DXpedition

On the auspicious occasion of Ganga Sagar Mela. the West Bengal Radio
Club will be active from Sagar Island, West Bengal from January 9th
through January 16th.

Special Event Station AT24GSM will be activating Island On the Air
AS-153, Beaches On the Air Gangasagar Island Beach 60572 and
World Lighthouse on the Air Sagar Island WLOTA 2262




QRV is TG 9 AWS.

Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using mainly FT8 but plans to soon be
active using CW and SSB as well.

His length of stay is unknown.

QSL via N2OO.




Special event station VP 8 FLY is QRV to December 31 commemorating
the 75th anniversary of the Falkland Islands Government Aviation

QSL direct to VP 8 LP.




Special event station YR 8 XMAS is QRV until January 10 and you QSL
via operators' instructions.



International Women's Day YL POTA Party March 8th

Location: Any POTA park (or hunt POTA from home!) and use any amateur
radio frequency within your license class, and any mode.

How do you participate?

Activate a park during the 24-hour event window.

Submit your POTA activations to the POTA database.

Share your experiences and photos on social media using the hashtag

It's encouraged you to wear pink and/or decorate your station to show
your support for International Womens Day March 8 !

Spread the word and invite your friends to join the party!



Symbol Rate Limitations Expire January 8th 2024

FCC rule changes regarding symbol rate limitations being removed from
the HF bands will go into effect on January 8th.

In November, the FCC put forth a Report and Order removing the symbol
rate limit and in its place implement a 2.8 kilohertz bandwidth
limitation. Those rules were adopted in a final Report and Order
published December 7. The rules outlined in the Report and Order go
into effect on January 8th, 2024.

TAPR has published the December Digital Communications Conference
presentations on YouTube.

Presentations include:

TAPR SDR Development Progress and Challenges.

Developments in ka9q-radio

An Open Source Wideband HF Receiver Design

An Inexpensive GPSDO for HF Receivers

Current Open Source Digital Voice Techniques

A Low Cost FreeDV-based ESP32 Radio Interface

ESP32 APRS and LoRA Hardware.
AMSAT-VK Secretary -

AO-73 back in transponder mode

After a yearlong period of battery management, AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL have
restarted the transponder on AO-73.

After 10 years in orbit, the battery on the satellite has reduced capacity
and until recently, has been unable to charge to the nominal 8.3V.

Although the battery voltage is varying between 8.13 in sunlight and 7.8V at
the end of eclipse, this is much improved on the situation earlier in 2023.

Low power BPSK telemetry is transmitted on 145.935MHz

The inverting mode U/V transponder input is 435.130 to 435.150MHz

The transponder downlink is 145.970 to 145.950MHz

At the moment the satellite has a high spin rate of apx. 30 rpm and if youve
not used AO-73 before, the downlink can be Doppler tracked successfully, but
the input on 70cms is best tuned manually due to temperature drift of the



Peter 1 Island 2026

Plans are underway for a DXpedition to Peter 1 Island (AN-004).

A proper Antarctic vessel" equipped with two helicopters has been
secured, and plans are for 19 operators to stay on the island for
14 days in February 2026.

LA7GIA will be the team leader, with KO8SCA, VE3LYC and WD5COV as

NOT to be confused with the RSGB's IOTA program, USI is an amateur
radio award program cantered around chasing and activating river,
lake, and ocean shore islands within the 50 United States and its
Territories and Protectorates.

US Islands Awards Program have organised a special 30th anniversary
award for hunters and activators throughout 2024. Hunters and
activators are tasked with activating, or working 30 different islands
in 2024. Individual and club awards will be available.

(Youngsters On The Air)

Youth on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp in the Americas will be held July
7 - 12, in Halifax, Canada, at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Online applications for our licensed US amateur radio operators aged
15 - 25 in North, Central, and South America are now being accepted at

The goal of the 2024 camp is to enrich the campers' amateur radio
experience. They can refine their skills; participate in unique
experiences with radio-related technologies, including kit builds,
contesting, satellite operations, and a special event station, and
meet other young hams through workshops and social events.

Although no word has reached WIA National News we will keep viewers
readers and listeners informed as to any Region 3 camp for YOTA .

The 2024 YOTA Americas Camp is hosted by Radio Amateurs of Canada.


Brett Nicholas VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator
for JOTA.
Lorraine OHare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National
JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator.

Jota always 3rd weekend in October so 2023 = October 20 - 22

Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing

Australian voice calling frequencies:
3.650, 7.090, 14.190, 21.190, 28.590, 52.160

World CW calling frequencies:
3.570, 7.030, 14.060, 18.080, 21.140, 24.910, 28.180, 50.160

World voice calling frequencies:
3.690 & 3.940 MHz, 7.090 & 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360,
24.960, 28.390, 50.160

Calling frequencies for Slow Scan TV (SSTV):
3.630, 7.033, 14.227

Calling Frequencies for PSK31
Radio Scouting Update

Radio Scouting Ireland teams have been busy since JOTA-JOTI.

Firstly, Albert EI6KO and John EI3ISB visited Rathdrum Scouts for a
ham radio demo at their weekly meeting. Following a presentation
explaining Amateur Radio and Radio Scouting to a very enthusiastic
bunch of scouts and leaders, they then took part in making their first
QSOs using the EI10JOTA callsign. On Saturday 25th November.

The event was especially relevant given the awful scenes in Dublin
City just two days before.

The Scout and Ukraine Friendship Day invited over 200 young people
from Ukraine and youth members of Scout Groups in Dublin to make new
friends through fun, play, and adventure in scouting.

Both events were very uplifting due to the enthusiasm and appreciation
from all the youth and leaders involved.


2024 IT'S A DATE

Clubs are welcome to email text with audio for this section

Details of all WIA affiliated clubs and societies can be found
on the WIA website, including email addresses and website links.

VK3 - BARG HamFest 4th of February next door to BARG clubrooms
at Ballarat Airport 10:00 am. (vk3kqt)

VK4 - Redcliffe and Districts REDFEST April 6 (vk4tfn)
VK - WIA AGM MAY 4 5 - BUNDABERG. (vk2tsg)
VK - National Volunteer Week Monday 20 Sunday 26 May 2024.
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australias largest annual
celebration of volunteers and their important contribution to
our communities.

VK3 - SPARC Rosebud RadioFest November 17 at Eastbourne Primary
School, Allambi Ave. Rosebud. (vk3pdg)

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