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NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING FEBRUARY 5 2023
IN OUR 28th 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 )
WIA's Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK. -
President Scott Williams VK3KJ. -
Editor-in-Chief Amateur Radio magazine, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH. - -
>From Amateur Radio Victoria, Peter Cossins VK3BFG.-
Also our weekly reminder that all points of contact and more
information including links to our stories sources are best
read in the text edition of this news service on wia.org.au
PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE IN THIS EDITION OF
NEWS FROM THE WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA
WITH THE SHARP RAZOR BLADES AND SISSORS I'M EDITOR GRAHAM VK4BB
JOIN THE WIA
Hi there, this is WIA Director and President Scott WilliamsVK3KJ
and nice to be appearing on the broadcast for the first time in 2023.
After a few weeks break over the Christmas / New Year holiday period,
the board is now fully back on deck and already has held two Board
meetings in January and a special meeting last Tuesday night, which
I will talk about a little more shortly.
The board throughout 2022 met generally twice a month, Board meetings
are split in two halves, with 2 hours set aside each fortnight to
cover various items of business.sometimes a little longer. In
addition to Board meetings, the Board will also meet informally
from time to time with various committees and individuals to
workshop and discuss items which need a little more focus or
>From February, the Board has resolved to meet once a month and we
will continue to hold others special meetings as necessary, however
frequent they need to be to ensure we address all items that need
In regard to our special meeting last Tuesday night, this was with
John Seamons (VK3JLS) who is the National and Inwards QSL Manager.
John had tabled an excellent report to the Board covering all
aspects of the QSL bureau for last year, including sharing some
observations and insights to some of the issues that are being
In no particular order the observations are:
1. The bureau distributed 64820 cards for 2022 with NSW 15730,
Victoria 13500, QLD 11,801, WA 9000, SA 6540, TAS 3870, ACT 2830
and NT 1540.
2. There were 1234 cards for VK9s, VK0s and special event calls.
3. The amount of cards distributed in 2022 was just ahead of the
63270 cards distributed in 2019. (Due to Covid, number in 2020
and 2021 were significantly less).
4. The amount of misdirected cards in 2022 was 680. These are cards
sent to Australia by mistake from other overseas bureaus.
5. Disappointingly, there were 960 cards that were binned in 2022.
This is mainly due to individuals not been a member of the WIA,
not having an arrangement with one the State / Territory QSL
bureaus, not informing the National & Inwards QSL Manager of
special event calls and where cards should be directed.
John reported that he had a database of over 78 special event
callsigns and needed to continually search QRZ and other callsign
databases to try and identity where to direct cards. Generally, any
card that cannot be identified where to send it or that there is no
arrangement in place, is held up to 12 months and then is destroyed.
Other issues highlighted included the escalation of bureau postage
costs with cards generally being bulk packaged and distributed every
3 months to help minimise cost.
The recent meeting also discussed the amount of expected QSL cards
over the next few years given the additional activity on the bands
due to Solar Cycle 25 and the amount of special event callsigns,
contest callsigns (2x1s) and cards received under the AX prefix.
Discussion occurred around callsigns for life where of course today
a VK2 call sign could be used in VK4, therefore a VK2 QSL card will
always end up in the VK2 QSL Bureau, which of course means on some
occasions could be incorrect.
In summary, there is no doubt we are facing a few challenges with
the Bureau, and I know there is consultation occurring with all
bureaus around Australia to gain feedback and look at ways to create
A couple of little reminders are:
Make sure you are a member of the WIA and help support this
Make sure if you are not a member you have an alternative
arrangement in place.
Make sure if you are using special event callsigns you notify the
National Bureau (this is the first-place cards arrive).
Make sure special event callsigns and contest callsigns are listed
on the QRZ database with any special instructions just in case.
And finally, if you are using a VK9 or VK0 callsign, make sure you
notify the National Bureau. We have had several DX operations of
recent time which have not notified the Bureau and we have hundreds
of cards just waiting for distribution.
That old saying rings true, sometimes you have to help yourself
before you expect others to help you.
Finally, thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that assist with
the Bureaus around the country. I dont think people realise the
effort and amount of work that goes into sorting and distributing
cards, both at the national Bureau and each state / Territory Bureau.
I would also like to make a special mention of long standing
VK4 QSL Manager Mrs June Sim who has decided to retire. Thank you,
June, for your tireless work over the years and years and making
sure cards are sorted and distributed in QLD. Also, thank you to
Laurie Pritchard (VK4BLE) who has been appointed the new VK4
On behalf of the Board, thank you for supporting the WIA and best
wishes to you all.
Scott Williams VK3KJ
This is Editor-in-Chief of Amateur Radio magazine,
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH.
Last Tuesday, the files for the latest edition of A R Issue Number
1 for 2023 were uploaded to the printer's server in Bairnsdale,
Look out for the issue landing in your letterbox, your Post Office
Box, or your local newsagency, late next week.
The theme for this issue is Antennas and Propagation.
Never mind, Ill get back to that shortly.
Here is the BIG news this year, marks 90 years of continuous
publication for Amateur Radio magazine. Were going to make a bit
of a song and dance about it. 90 years serving Australias radio
amateurs in the guise of The Journal of the Wireless Institute of
Matters were rather volatile in the lead-up to the WIAs magazine
venture in 1933.
The youthful WIA had survived 20 years, the Great War, the Roaring 20s
and global depression, during which many commercial magazines
catering to audiences interested in the new wireless and radio
technologies came and went, it is indeed a wonder the WIAs magazine
venture got any sort of start.
Well how DID Amateur Radio magazine come into being?
WIA Historian, Peter Wolfenden VK3 R V, kicks off Part 1 of a
two-part feature article written in his trademark thoroughgoing
Justin Giles-Clark VK7 T W gets down and dirty or, maybe that
should be up and dirty with building a multi-band portable linked
dipole. Talking about antennas always raises the subject of antenna
tuners. This issue, Lou Destefano VK3 A Q Z returns with a cunningly
conceived and constructed homebrew ATU rated to handle 400 watts.
Not to be missed.
Poignantly, this issue we have a feature article from a well-known
author who is now a silent key. Titled How Radio Australia reached
the world, a concise historical overview of the life and service of
Radio Australia from 1944 through 2017 it was written by
Rodney Champness VK3 U G, who died in late October last year.
We also include a comprehensive obituary on him, compiled by his
friend and colleague, Vic Pleuger VK2 V P.
Amateur Radio magazine, Volume 91, Issue Number 1 for 2023.
Serving Australian radio amateurs since 1933. Available in print
and online. Always published to a schedule, never random.
This has been AR magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
for VK1WIA News.
Amateur Radio Victoria is about to run two different on line
The first is for Foundation level and commences Monday 13th February
7 9 PM for 3 nights. The recommended text is Your Entry to
Amateur Radio available on line from the Wireless Institute of
Australia or Amateur Radio Victoria websites.
The charge for the Tutorial is $60 and enrolments via the Amateur
Radio Victoria website are now open.
An Advanced Tutorial commences Wednesday 1st March 7 9 PM for
12 nights. The charge for this is $150.00 and enrolments are also
open via the Amateur Radio Victoria website.
Recommended texts are Radio Theory Handbook for Amateurs by
Fred Swainston or Radio Theory Handbook Beginner to Advanced by
Enrolment numbers are limited due to the fact that an assessment
service is offered at the end of each Tutorial.
The Tutorials are conducted via Zoom from the Ham Shack of
myself, Peter Cossins VK3BFG and includes various live presentations
and short videos.
73 Peter VK3BFG
INTERNATIONAL NEWS With thanks to IARU, RSGB, RAC,
ARRL, NZART, eHam, AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE,
Radioworld.com and the World Wide sources of the WIA.
Resignation of the President of the IRTS
The IRTS Committee have received a letter of resignation from the
President of the IRTS, Larry EI9CN. The Committee thanked Larry for
his hard work and offered him best wishes for the future.
Further information will be provided when it becomes available.
As part of the Charles 3 Coronation celebration activities, Ofcom
has approved R as the optional Coronation regional secondary
locator prefix for all UK radio amateurs.
They will be able to use this for the whole of May and June 2023.
More information will be reported closer to the date of the
YOTA Summer Camp 2023.
This is the 11th year and this year it's in Hungary.
The event itself will be held from 5th to 12th August.
100 ambitious youngsters from around IARU Region 1 including guest
teams from Regions 2 and 3 have been invited.
An amateur astronomer from southwestern Nova Scotia has captured a
dazzling time-lapse of the green comet that's making a rare pass
The last time the comet was this close to our planet was
50,000 years ago. Many Canadians are looking up at the stars
Tim Doucette with the Deep Sky Eye Observatory near Yarmouth, N.S.,
is among them. He took a two-hour time-lapse of the comet during
the early-morning hours of Jan. 28.
"If you've got a telescope, are in Canada and you look closely at
the comet and the background stars, it's travelling relative in our
sky about one-quarter degrees per hour," he told CBC Radio's
Mainstreet Halifax. "So within a few minutes you can see that the
comet's actually making motion in the night sky."
CHILE - ARGENTINA
A truck-sized asteroid that suddenly loomed out of the darkness
with the Earth in its sights then sailed harmlessly past us on
Asteroid 2023 BU whizzed past without incident and back out into
the blackness of space.
The rock, which was spotted by an amateur stargazer in Crimea, came
closest to the southern tip of South America at around 0029 GMT
Friday, according to scientists who were tracking it.
Morse Code is making a comeback!
Children as young as FIVE are learning the once ground-breaking form
of communication - spurred on by K-Pop bands who use it to leak
hints about upcoming songs to fans
Now whist the youngsters are learning CW do you need to learn what
K-pop or Korean Pop is the internationally popular, aesthetic-driven,
style-bending, trendsetting, music genre of the 21st century.
Originating in South Korea, K-pop draws influence from a range of
genres like pop, experimental, rock, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, and
South Korean boy bands NU'EST and TXT have both used Morse Code
within their music videos, and even communicate hints about
upcoming songs to fans.
At the start of TXT's song Crown, Morse Code is used to spell out
the title before the song gets underway.
Similarly, NU'EST's song Help Me spells out its title at the start
of the song. NU'EST even had flashing lights, communicating in
Morse on their website to reveal the titles of their upcoming songs.
This prompted young fans of the bands to scour the internet trying
to find out the hidden meaning of the beeps - and morse was
BUT even the Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever has at the beginning
of the song right after Lennon sings "Let me take you down,
cause I'm going to" (0:16) a sequence of very faint beeps that
spell out the initials J.L.
The B-52s - Planet Claire: -Pretty much the first 30 seconds is
morse code, which can be translated to
"NAWS DE CFH II ZKR F1 3394 4156.66238......".
One theory is that it is a transmission from a Canadian Naval base
in Nova Scotia signalling to ships. NAWS was the name when signalling
out to "any or all allied warships", DE means "this is", CFH is the
call sign of CFS Mill Cove, II signals a hyphen or dash, ZKR means
"I am listening in and guarding this frequency" and F1 refers to
radio teletype mode. The numbers that follow are the different
frequencies. So it would be "To any or all allied warships this is
Canadian Forces Station Mill Cove - I am guarding the transmission,
in Radio teletype mode frequencies 3394, 4156, 66238". Or something
Morse does appear inadvertently on a pop track from the early 70's
Forever immortalized on Tubular Bells: Coastal Radio Station, GBR
VK3GK Lee Moyle continues our morse in music story:-
YOU CAN HEAR GBR TRANSMITTING, ON THE "TUBULAR BELLS" RECORDING BY
The morse signal from GBR inadvertently entered the Tubular Bells
recording and can be heard on the CD and decoded today.
This great story features a radio station called Rugby Radio Station
(GBR) that was in Warwickshire, in the heart of England, and the
famous mansion / studio The Manor that Richard Branson of Virgin
made available to Mike Oldfield for whom he worked at Tubular Bells
between 1972 and 1973.
Located 60 kilometres from The Manor, where Mike Oldfield spent long
months producing his great album, was Rugby Radio, where it was
built at the end of the Great War and during the Second World War
it was used as a very low frequency radio station for communication
with submarines in the North Atlantic and for telephone service
between England and the United States.
This station stopped broadcasting in 2003 and closed in 2007.
See the decoding process on YouTube
And we couldn't possibly go QRT with this segment without mentioning
THE TOP TRACK on the Billboard top 100 for the past 6 weeks.
That's number one with a "bullet" as we old jocks used to say.
The song? SOS by SZA)
I'm John VK4JJW
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HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
NOW CONTEST WISE:-
FEBRUARY 25 - 26
New Zealands Jock White Memorial Field Day
This annual ZL contest is named to honour Jock White ZL2GX,
NZART Contest and Awards Manager for over 40 years, for the
service that he gave to NZART during that time
The Jock White is always held the last full weekend in February
Saturday 1500-2400 NZDT
Sunday 0600-1500 NZDT
and on 40 and 80 meters.
Overseas stations in the South Pacific area are welcome and a
special category exists for "us".
MARCH 18 - 19 (the 3rd Weekend) John Moyle Field Day
UTC 0100 Saturday to 0059 Sunday.
Youngsters On The Air
1st round 22nd April 0800 1959 UTC
MAY 1st Saturday Harry Angel Memorial Sprint 106 mts an annual 80m
contest event, first established in 1999, to commemorate the life of
Harry Angel VK4HA who at the time of his becoming a Silent Key was
the oldest licensed amateur in Australia. (106)
The duration of the contest is 106 minutes one minute for each year
of Harry's life. (wia.org.au
MAY 20-21 Don Edwards Memorial Slow Morse Contest
begins the weekend after Mother's Day.
80m section Saturday 20th May 6 to 9pm Sydney time.
40m section afternoon of Sunday 21st of May, 1 to 4
Sydney time. (vk2wi)
The Special Event Station VI 100 MB is active during 2023,
celebrating the centenary of VK2's Manly & District Radio Club.
VI 10 SOTA all year from summits in VK1
In the Gamba operating is C 5 YK until February 24th.
Listen on 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10m, mostly using the digital modes.
QSL via Logbook Of The World and eQSL, or to home call ON 7 YK
direct or via the bureau.
Again active from Timor-Leste (OC-148) is 4W / JH 2 EUV until
March 3rd. Activity 10-12-15-17-20m FT8.
QTH is the Palm Beach Hotel, Dili.
QSL via LoTW, buro.
QRV is N 7 JVJ until April 28 on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL via operator's instructions.
Many Special event stations with prefix and numeral TC 100 are on air
all year long.
TC100TC, TC100TA, TC100TR, and TC100YEAR are celebrating the
centenary of the Turkish Republic.
QSL via bureau.
WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS.
Jean-Gabriel, F4CIX, signing FW 1 JG until January 2024.
He is active on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL via LoTW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- ARDF
WIA ARDF COORDINATOR VK3WWW Jack vk3...@wia.org.au
Kraken Direction Finding SDR
If youre in the Hobart region save the date of 1st March 7:30pm
for Ollie VK7NFI who will be presenting and demonstrating the
crowdsupplied (funded ) Kraken Software Defined Radio that is built
specifically for direction finding.
He will be in the REAST club grounds
Five antennas are placed into a circle and used to direction find
using a notebook or the smart phone application which integrates
nicely with Google Maps to let you know what the closest driven
path to the radio (FOX) is.
Ollie will be showing REAST the hardware and demonstrating the
software and if lucky, there may be some Amateur Radio Direction
Finding around the Queens Domains Clubrooms.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
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The IRTS (Irish Radio Transmitting Society) are reporting the SSTV
unit aboard the ISS has completely failed.
The interface card connecting the radios with the computer suffered
damage beyond repair. New laptops are also being used, which
require a new interface components from the ARISS-Russia team.
ARISS-Russia is developing this new interface and is consulting
the ARISS-International hardware and software team.
Sergey Samburov, RV3DR stated that they don't expect to complete
the SSTV development efforts until early 2024 and the hardware will
be transported to the ISS on a Progress flight later in 2024.
Until then there will be no more SSTV broadcasts.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - FINAL FRONTIER
AMSAT-VK Secretary - secr...@amsat-vk.org
SWISS STUDENTS' SATELLITE PREPARES FOR LAUNCH
An educational satellite built by Swiss students is being prepared
for an important launch in February
With the help of a ham radio antenna donated by the Vaudois Amateur
Radio Club, HB 9 MM, high school students in Switzerland will be
learning how to download telemetry data and photos from a satellite
they have helped build in a laboratory at Orbital Solutions in
They will be able to send commands to the CubeSat to select
telemetry and picture download or to switch it into its VU
transponder mode so that amateurs around the world will be able to
communicate over the small satellite. The downlink using BPSK and
AX25 is on 436.825 MHz and when the transponder is enabled, its
uplink will be on 145.850 MHz.
The launch is expected to take place on the 14th February at the
Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
RoseyCubesat-1 is the first educational satellite of its kind to be
created through the companys STEMSAT programme. Le Rosey is the
name of the Swiss learning institute that the students attend.
SpaceX successfully performed the first WDR of Starship Booster 7
and Ship 24 on Monday. This is a major milestone in any rockets
march towards a first launch, especially for a super heavy lift
monster like Starship, which will have more than twice the thrust of
the Saturn V.
SpaceX loaded 4.5 million kg of cryogenic propellant into the fully
reusable, two-stage rocket (causing it to shrink noticeably) and
performed a countdown as it would on launch day.
A 33-engine static fire is now the next dramatic step toward an
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERSqcwa.org
Hallo everyone, this is Clive VK6CSW reminding you that tomorrow is
the first Monday of the month, time for the Radio Amateurs Old Timers
Club of Australia's monthly bulletin to go to air.
This month as well as the latest Club news
* I'll be talking about The Super regenerative receiver,
* This will be followed by Bill, VK3BR who tells us about the almost
inventor of radio', Canadian born Reginald Fessendon.
Everyone, RAOTC members and non-Members alike, is most welcome to listen to
program and join in the call backs afterwards.
Full details of all transmissions times and modes can be found on the RAOTC
or just Google RAOTC broadcasts.
If none of the transmission times suit you, you can download the audio file
time from today from the club website.
Members and Friends of the RAOTC in Perth are reminded that the next
meeting at the new venue, the Woodbridge Hotel,
East Guildford, will be on Tuesday February 14th. All are welcome; further
are published on the RAOTC website, under
Once again, tune in tomorrow for the February RAOTC bulletin, enjoy the
please join in the call backs afterwards.
73 from Clive VK6CSW.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- IOTA
Troubridge Island IOTA number OC-139.
Troubridge Island is an island located in the south west corner
of Gulf St Vincent in South Australia near the eastern edge of the
Adam, VK2YK, Chris, VK5FR, Ivan, VK5HS and a team of other VK hams
will be using the callsign VK5TIL from Troubridge Island on the
7th, 8th and 9th of February.
They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on various bands.
QSL via MOXO's OQRS, LoTW and eQSL.
WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP --- MILITARY
Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the
Signal Identification Guide Wiki at
The RCA CR-88 was a radio receiver made to work in top-secret
government eavesdropping stations.
As you might expect, these radios are top-of-the-line, performance
wise, at least when they are working correctly. Hackaday have a
story where a Mr. Carlson has one on his bench, and they and now us
get to watch the show on his recent video that you can see in
the link we like best read at wia.org.au
and click the current news
Interestingly, Mr. Carlson uses some Sherlock Holmes-like deductive
reasoning to guess some things about the radios secret history.
The radios design is decidedly heavy-duty, with a giant power
transformer and many valves, IF transformers, and large filter
capacitors. The underside of the radio reveals neat wiring and some
big metal shields. The metal shields and filters have a very
specific purpose. The radio was probably in a bank of radios, and
you dont want them interfering with each other. In addition, you
might not want someone tracking your super-secret listening post by
its RF emission.
2023 Social Scene
Clubs are welcome to submit 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.
VK6 - PARGFEST in Mandurah Western Australia February 11th. (vk6qi)
Peel Amateur Radio Group - PARGFEST and Raffle.
Last call for PARGFEST. Come and join in the fun next
Saturday morning when the Peel Amateur Radio Group in Mandurah
Western Australia celebrates PARGs 40th Anniversary.
This year the event will be bigger and better than ever before
- the huge swap-meet, tech talks by invited presenters, club
displays and WAs amateur radio vendors will be there. And by
popular demand, if you get the hungries or need a cuppa, well
be able to help with that too.
Plus were running a huge raffle which will be drawn on the
day. Just think - you could share in $3,300 worth of prizes
and could walk away as the proud owner of an Icom IC-7300
HF Transceiver, an IC-2730A, a Hustler 5 Band HF Trap Vertical
an IC-T10 and other great prizes.
So as usual, the event will be held at the Mandurah Bowling
Club, 89 Allnutt Street, Mandurah - just a short walk from the
light rail station. Doors open at 8am for exhibitors and
sellers, and 9am for visitors - $5 per person for entry and
theres no table charge.
PARGs emergency Comms trailer PARG1 will be set up - so call
CQ PARG on the VK6RMH repeater on 146.850MHz with a 91.5Hz
sub-tone on the way in or on your way home and chat to VK6ARG
on the South West AllStar net.
And what about taking the opportunity to sell some of your
treasures by booking a swap-meet table or three? For more
information, email our Secretary Jenny VK6JEN
for details, links to the Raffle and for
COVID updates on the day.
PARGFEST - WAs Best. See you there amongst the raffles and
bargains - Saturday morning February 11th at 89 Allnutt Street
VK4 - SUNSHINE COAST CAR BOOT SALE FEBRUARY 12
VK - WIA AGM May 13 at 10:30am AEST proposed for Canberra (vk8zz)
A hybrid event conducted both in person and by video
conference and able to be viewed on an internet streaming
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