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Text edition: Weekly news from the WIA:

MP3 edition of news available at: 
http://www.wia-files.com/podcast/wianews-2018-12-02.mp3 


Text edition:
DEC 2 2018 - VK NATIONAL NEWS BROADCAST ON VK1WIA

 
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 THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL WEEK

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

 Email nationalnews @ wia.org.au 

 http://www.wia.org.au click news in member area & submit your audio 

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 NATIONAL NEWS FOR WEEK COMMENCING DEC 02  2018.  
 IN OUR 23rd YEAR OF NON STOP NEWS
  

 WIA Education Group, David VK4QM with this weeks comment.
 

 THAT STORY & MORE IN THIS EDITION OF NEWS FROM THE
 WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA 2018
 AND FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 2




 LOCAL
 
 Each November, Melbourne plays host to Comms Connect, Australia’s
 premier radio and wireless communications industry conference,
 during which the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association
 – ARCIA – hold their annual Gala dinner and awards presentation. 
 
 At the Awards ceremony on Wednesday November 21st, ARCIA honoured a
 well known member of the VK6 amateur community - Anthony Benbow VK6AXB
 with the Peter Wallace award for Australian radio communications
 Industry Professional of the Year. This was in recognition of his
 work in ensuring electronics apprentice training remains accessible
 and relevant to the radio communications industry; and for his
 general contribution to the industry over three decades, including
 seven years as Manager of Radio Communications for WA’s fire and
 emergency service agencies.
 
 Speaking after the ceremony, Anthony said the award came as a
 complete surprise, and he feels very humbled to have been honoured
 by his peers with such a prestigious award.

 “My journey into the radio communications industry began
  with Amateur radio, gaining my Novice license as a 
  high school student in the mid-1980s. Having that license
  as a recognised qualification was instrumental in me gaining
  my first job in the radio industry, and the innovative,
  hands-on and problem-solving approach of Amateur radio has
  served me very well in my career ever sinceö, VK6AXB said. 
 
  “What started with Amateur radio has become a long and
   interesting journey through the wider radio and
   communications industry, but I never dreamed it
   would lead here!ö 
 
  “I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some
   fantastic people over the years, many of whom, like myself,
   are inspired and motivated by their participation in
   Amateur radio. I would not be here today without everything
   I have learned from them. I owe all those people a great debt
   of gratitude for the help they have given me, and I hope
   I can keep making a worthy contribution into the future,
   helping others to ensure that RF industry training remains
   available, and that the contribution Amateur radio can make
   to the wireless and radio industry is recognisedö 





 WIA 

 I’m David VK4QM with this weeks comment from WIA Education Group.
 
 As many of you would know the ACMA released the Approach to Market
 for the next deed to supply the Amateur Community with Exam and
 Callsign management services on their behalf - the current deed
 expires early next year. 

 The WIA Education Group was recently formed following an appeal to
 members by the WIA to form an expert team to respond to the ACMA
 call for tenders - known as the ATM. This group consists of
  volunteers with many and varied experiences such as Legal,
 Education, Training & Assessment.

 We would like to introduce ourselves:
 Ron VK2DQ, Steve VK2LW, Elizabeth VK2XSE, Dr Harry Edgar VK6YBZ,
 Phil VK4PG, Sue Evans, Joseph VK5FJDE  and myself, VK4QM.

 Since the release of the Approach to Market our  team has been
 working to provide a response that is in the best interest to the
 Amateur Radio Community and allows the most UpToDate and flexible
 delivery options for future Exams and Callsign management. We have
 taken what we feel were the best of delivery and service options
 within our current offerings as well as external sources such as the
 RSGB, ARRL & NZART to put together a world class approach for the
 Australian Amateur Radio Community now and into the future.

 Our guiding principle for this whole process was to reduce barriers
 to entry with cost reduction, immediate delivery, quicker processing
 times as well as automating the process to ensure a smooth and
 quicker entry into the hobby. We have not only been able to achieve
 this but have addressed all of ACMAs mandatory and desired
 requirements as outlined in their approach to market

 Over the coming weeks as we move closer to the end of the current
 deed and what we believe will be our success in securing the future
 deed we will be expanding the education group to ensure that on
 day 1 we are ready to move into a brighter future for our
 Amateur Radio Community.

  We will be working with the current Nominated assessors in the first
 instance, then with the wealth of experience and knowledge of
 Assessors and Learning Facilitators to build the examination system
 of the future.  If you are an assessor or learning facilitator  you
 will be hearing from us by email shortly.
 
 We would like to thank WIA Members for their ongoing support of the
 WIA, who represent the whole of the Amateur Radio Community in
 Australia. With this new initiative for the exam and callsign
 management service we would like to invite past members as well as
 those who have never been a member to become members and support this
 great hobby into the future.

 We wish to acknowledge Fred VK3DAC for all his tireless support of
 the WIA and for his service in delivering assessor and learning
 facilitator services under the 2009 deed.   Without Fred’s support
 over many years the WIA would not have been able to grow and move
 forward with this very important service for all in the Amateur
 Radio Community.  

 Whilst we won’t know the outcome of the ATM tender selection process
 for some weeks, we are hopeful of a successful outcome. We have put
 together a comprehensive and forward-looking submission on behalf of
 the WIA, its members and also the entire  Australian radio amateur
 cohort. 

 I’m David VK4QM from Roma Qld and would like to thank our team and
 the WIA board for its support through this process and to our success
 as the Australian Amateur Radio community in growing and moving
 forward into the future together. 



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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.  

 MARS

 NASA InSight lander arrives on Martian surface to learn what lies
 beneath the surface of the Red Planet.

 Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA's Interior
 Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport
 (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an
 almost seven-month, and almost half a BILLION kilometres journey from
 Earth. 

 The landing signal was relayed to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
 in Pasadena, California, via one of NASA's two small experimental
 Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, which launched on the same rocket as
 InSight and followed the lander to Mars. They are the first CubeSats
 sent into deep space.





 WEST BENGAL

 Radio hams intercept suspicious signals

 Teangana Today reports amateur radio operators have intercepted
 suspicious signals in and around Kolkata. West Bengal, signals in
 coded languages For the past few weeks have been intercepted by
 Ham radio operators, prompting authorities to deploy round-the-clock
 monitoring of radio signals.

 “For past few weeks especially after midnight we have been hearing
 such coded conversations. The whole thing is highly suspicious
 because whenever we tried to converse with them, there was no
 response. And when we asked them about their identity, there was
 total radio silence,ö said VU 2 JFA, secretary of Bengal Amateur
 Radio Club.

 “Those who were communicating on the radio frequencies alluded to
 Pashto accent but we couldn’t identify the language. I was first
 alerted by a fellow HAM radio club member who overheard such
 conversations,ö he told PTI.

 Pashto is a language widely spoken in Afghanistan.

 After the incident came to light, they had written to the Union
 Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, highlighting
 the strange signals and the suspicious mode of coded communications.

 Read the full story at 
 https://telanganatoday.com/ham-radio-operators-intercept-suspicious-signals-in-and-around-kolkata





 Austria:

 Ham radio regulatory changes

 The ÖVSV reports Manfred Mauler OE 7 AAI has summarized the
 amendments to the new Austrian Telecommunications Act in relation
 to Amateur Radio 

 Among future changes listed are: 

 • Use of club radio stations liberalized at international events 
 • Licenses are limited to 10 years (also for foreign CEPT holders) 
 • Callsign approved for 10 years (and reserved for 5 years) 
 • Existing licenses phased out from December 31, 2022 
 • License to cost 200 Euros
 • Emergency and disaster radio communications at the request of
   authorities 
 • Deadline for registration of emergency and disaster radio exercises
   changed
 • Penalty of 1,000 Euros for late registration of exercises

 Download the summary by Manfred Mauler OE7AAI 
 https://www.oevsv.at/export/shared/.content/.galleries/pdf-Downloads/20181114-Prasentation-Novelle-TKG-mit-Amateurfunkdienst.pdf





 UNITED STATES

 FCC filing claims digital modes raise national security concerns

 Ted Rappaport N9NB submitted a filing to FCC, Nov 10, saying FCC’s
 NPRM 16-239, on amateur radio digital modes symbol rate, is viewed
 as "a direct threat to the national security"

 A Radio Resource Media Group story by Sandra Wendelken says: 

 A wireless expert says the FCC is putting national security at risk by
 not enforcing amateur radio rules. 

 The FCC’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 16-239 attempts to
 remove a limit on the baud rate of high-frequency (HF) shortwave
 transmissions. In an ex parte filing, Theodore Rappaport, Ph.D, told
 the FCC’s chief technology officer Eric Burger the FCC should first
 address ongoing rule violations to proper usage of the amateur radio
 service — specifically, the use of obscured, private messaging, which
 is forbidden in Part 97 rules and creates national security concerns,
 as well as other violations.

 “In my personal conversations with FBI and FCC officials, they admit
 they also are unable to readily decode these types of transmissions,ö
 Rappaport said. “In my discussions with vendors of amateur radio
 equipment, they tell me that they are concerned about purchases of
 amateur radio equipment by criminal cartels, and that they believe it
 is happening daily.ö

 Rappaport urged the FCC to recognize the danger of NPRM 16-239 and 
 address Part 97 rules to remove this type of obscured communication
 and other ongoing violations, before it enacts NPRM 16-239. 

 Read the full Radio Resource Media Group story at 
 https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/17667

 Read FCC filing by Ted Rappaport N9NB at 
 https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1111110314487/FCC%20EX%20PARTE%2016-239%20Eric%20Burger%20Nov%2011%202018.pdf





 ABC Eyewitness News reports on a radio equipment donation which the
 Salvation Army says will improve disaster response 

 The Salvation Army Northern Division Emergency Disaster Services
 could soon be getting thousands of dollars’ worth of much-needed
 equipment.

 Jim Daly has responded to more disasters than he can count.
 The retired Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant became a
 volunteer in 2000.

 The ham radios are going to give us much better range, said Daly.

 If it’s approved by the St. Paul City Council, the fire department
 will be donating more than $18,000 worth of equipment it no longer
 needs. It will help the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network
 (SATERN) expand into Minnesota and North Dakota.

 “This is the first time we'll have the equipment right here for our
 region,ö said Daly. “It’s really a big expansion of [it] and
 something we've been wanting to do in this division for a long time.ö

 The equipment will also outfit a 17-foot mobile command centre, which
 will have a 50-foot antenna.

 Watch the news report at 
 https://kstp.com/news/salvation-army-says-radio-equipment-donation-will-improve-disaster-response/5154136




 Sony, in the USA, has announced that all of their OLED TV’s will be
 getting the IMAX Enhanced treatment, along with many of their 4K
 projectors.

 Given that there’s no date set for Sony’s displays to receive
 IMAX Enhanced Certification in Australia, we’re assuming that much
 like IMAX receivers, Sony’s TV’s and perhaps some projectors will
 receive a firmware update to make them IMAX Enhanced compatible.

 When you think IMAX, you can't help but think big - gigantic even.
 Its system of high-resolution cameras, projectors and mega-screens
 can now be found in over 75 countries. Hardly the sort of stuff which
 is going to fit in the majority of dedicated home theatres,
 let alone your average lounge room.

 'IMAX Enhanced' however is an emerging format that is beginning
 to be included on the latest product spec sheets and in particular,
 the current generation of AV Receivers.

 IMAX Enhanced Certification will be reserved for the biggest UHD 
 televisions and projectors. However, size and resolution alone
 aren’t the only criteria as the display also needs to meet the 
 program’s standards regarding colour reproduction and contrast ratio.

 IMAX will be releasing select titles from their catalogue of
 documentaries, in addition to working with its content partners,
 currently Sony and Paramount Pictures, to develop a range of
 IMAX Enhanced movies. The first two of which are the IMAX
 documentaries 'A Beautiful Planet' and 'Journey to the South Pacific'
 which have been scheduled for release in the US on 11 December.

 As yet, there’s no news of when these titles will hit 'Sydney’s Shores."
 



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 HAM RADIO OPERATIONAL NEWS - IT'S A CONTACT SPORT    


 The first “seriousö FT8 contest — the FT8 Roundup — is set for this,
 the December 1 – 2 weekend.

 In the brand-new operating event, radio amateurs worldwide will
 contact and exchange information with other amateurs using FT8 on 80,
 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. Any station may work any other station.
 The exchange is signal report and state/province for US and Canadian
 participants. Non-US/VE stations will transmit a signal report and
 consecutive serial number starting with 001. 



 DECEMBER TWO

 Straight Key Night

 New Zealand Straight Key Night - normally held on the first Sunday
 in November - will be held this year on the first Sunday in December.

 Tonight NZ time 9pm to 10pm on 80 metres.

 Get all the details at http://maritimeradio.org/skn





 ARRL 10M Contest

 The ARRL ten meter contest is described as an event “for Amateurs
 worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as
 possible on the 10 meter bandö.

 This year it will take place during the second weekend of December.

 In terms of modes only CW and SSB are permitted.

 Terms of the contest can be found from arrl.org

 (irts)





 2019

 Inaugural “Green Keys Nightö Set for New Year’s Day, January 1
 
 NZART Portable Activity Day - New Year’s Day


 ARRL RTTY Roundup January 5 – 6
 This contest will, for the first time, permit the use of FT8 as well
 as traditional RTTY.


 Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January, the Summer VHF /UHF Field Day.

 March 17 - 18 John Moyle Field Day

 May Four the 20th Harry Angel Memorial Sprint.

 July 20 Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest

 Aug 17-18  VK Remembrance Day Contest.
                       


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 THROUGH THE DX WINDOW
  


 DECEMBER

 A 'NICE' ONE TO GET 

 The Radio Club de Nice is active as TM 8 AB between the 24th of
 November and the 12th of December to commemorate the 95th anniversary
 of the first trans-Atlantic amateur two-way contact between F 8 AB
 and 1 MO, on the 28th of November 1923.

 (rsgb)





 AU2JCB - Special event call sign from India

 AU2JCB is a special event call-sign to commemorate the birth date
 (30 NOV) and to pay homage and to tell about the great INDIAN
 scientist Acharya JAGADISH CHANDRA BOSE- the "Father of Wireless
 Communication".

 Aacharya J.C.Bose transmitted wireless signals to a distance of a
 mile in 1895.

 Marconi was successful only in May 1897 using the instruments
 developed by Bose in 1895

 AU2JCB special event call-sign now until 11th DEC.

 (sourced to SouthGate)





 Look for 4W/HL1AHS and 4W/DS3EXX from Timor Leste, OC-148, 
 till the 3rd of December. They are operating SSB, CW and FT8
 on the 160 to 10m bands.





 Roly ZL 1 BQD is QRV as P 2 9RR from Papua New Guinea till 4th
 December.  He will take part in the CQWW CW Contest on 24th – 25th
 November.  QSLs go via his home call.  





 SRI LANKA, 4S.
 Peter, DC 0 KK is QRV as 4 S 7 KKG from Moragalla, IOTA AS-003, until
 April 1, 2019. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly CW and various
 digital modes.





 Santa's Radio Club special event

 You might wonder what is happening in Arctic Circle this year.

 Well, Santa's Radio Club will be active December 1-8th, from the
 Arctic Circle as OH9S.

 Activity will be mainly on 80-6 meters using all modes; also
 including the popular FT8 Digital mode.

 QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (Preferred) or LoTW. QSOs will automatically
 be QSLed via the Bureau.

 For some additional info, see:
 https://oh9s.fi
 https://fb.me/oh9santa





 GB1NHS permanent special event call sign

 "Essex Ham" reports the official launch of GB 1 NHS.

 This unique permanent special event call sign is being looked after on behalf
 of the National Health Service by Paul Devlin G1SMP

 Paul has plans to put the call sign to good use promoting both amateur radio
 within the NHS, and NHS initiatives using amateur radio.

 (Sourced to SouthGate)



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 WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP NEWS

 ATV (Every pixel tells a story) -
 arvideonews.com
 hamradiotube.com
 youtube.com 
 qdg.org.au 

 CRARC launches its YouTube channel
 
 With more and more Canberra club presentations being recorded, the
 CRARC committee resolved at the last meeting to launch its own
 YouTube page. Already on the site is the Sporadic E presentation
 by Roger VK2ZRH and one given by Wade VK1MIC about his 3-day work
 in Bimberi.

 It is envisioned that all recorded club presentations will be
 uploaded there - For ATVers interested in streaming some of these
 contact CRARC for more info.

 CRARCs YouTube channel is located on
 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy82dQ0txOP02o_WKkKpVpQ





 WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- DEFENCE

 TOWNSVILLE HAMS DO the 2019 Defence Welcome and Information Expo

 theTARCinc will be involved with the 2019 Defence Welcome and
 Information Expo run by the Townsville office of Defence Community
 Organisation North Queensland and happening on Saturday 23rd February
 at RSL Stadium Murray Complex from 10am to 1pm.

 TARCadians will be drawing on expertise gained from participation in
 other Expos at the complex to show Defence members and their families
 currently residing or new to the region some of the aspects of the
 wonderful world of Amateur Radio.

 The club will demonstrate our hobby through a mixture of static,
 dynamic and interactive displays, with members experienced in many
 facets of the hobby able to provide meaningful answers and guidance
 for those attending the Expo.

 (theTARCinc)





 WORLD WIDE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - DStar

 Android App connects to D-STAR

 David PA7LIM reports the Peanut App enables you to talk to other 
 radio amateurs around the world via an Android device. Some of the
 rooms are connected to D-STAR reflectors 

 Among the D-STAR reflectors that can be used are REF001C, REF030C,
 XRF076B, XRF076F, XRF71L, XRF070C.

 The App works with Android 4.x or higher.

 Peanut on Google Play 
 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=peanut.peanut

 (SouthGate)





 WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR OLD-TIMERS
 http://www.raotc.org.au  
  
 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 December bulletin to go to air. 

 This month as well as the latest Club news, we have talks on
 Mary Somerville, the remarkable Scottish science writer and polymath
 who became the first female admitted to the Royal Astronomical
 Society, and Grey Hair.

 Everyone, RAOTC members and non-members alike, is most welcome to
 tune in and to join in the call backs afterwards. 

 There have been some minor changes and additions to the broadcast
 schedule. Please visit the RAOTC website at www.raotc.org.au for
 full details but here is a summary of the changes only.

 Other schedules remain as before.

 Trevor VK3VG and Hans VK5YX have swapped transmissions.

 At 0100 UTC Trevor will transmit tomorrow’s bulletin on 20 metres
 on 14.150 MHz from Shepparton, beaming north for east coast
 listeners.

 At 10 am Victorian time, 9.30 South Australian time, Hans  will
 transmit the bulletin on 40 metres on 7146 kHz from Adelaide.

 In Western Australia Chris VK6JI will transmit an additional bulletin
 tomorrow at 9.00 am WA local time on 80 metres on 3620 kHz.

 The 40 metre and linked repeater transmissions at 10 am remain
 unchanged.

 On Tuesday evenings at 9.00 pm local time, the Geelong ARC will
 transmit the bulletin via their VK3RGL repeater.

 All other schedules remain unchanged, but please visit raotc.org.au
 for full details. 

 Remember, too, you can download all recent bulletins from the Club
 website.

 Tune in tomorrow for the December RAOTC bulletin.

 73 from Clive VK6CSW.   





 WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO AMATEUR YOUNG TIMERS
 A Youth Net meets Saturdays at 0100 UTC on IRLP Reflector #2.
 Young Hams Net 3.590 - 7:30pm Victorian time. 
 http://www.ham-yota.eu/
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair
 http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets


 IARU REGION 1 - DECEMBER YOTA MONTH ACTIVITY

 December is Youngsters on the Air Month in IARU Region 1 when young
 radio amateurs and prospective young amateurs get on the air from 
 stations throughout the Region using call signs bearing YOTA suffixes.

 The idea is to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the younger generation
 and to encourage young people to become licensed and active on the
 air. The December YOTA Month activity is not a competition; it's all
 about having fun!

 In South Africa the SARL has registered the special callsign ZS9YOTA
 on the IARU Region 1 website as an educational call sign for use by
 clubs and individuals during December 2018.

 (sarl)





 WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
 http://www.scouts.com.au
 http://www.scout.org/jota
 http://www.international.scouts.com.au  
 http://jotajoti.info/
 Brett Nicholas  VK2BNN Scouts Australia National co-ordinator for JOTA.
 Lorraine O’Hare VK2FICQ is Girl Guides Australia National JOTA-JOTI 
 Co-ordinator.

    
 CALLING FREQUENCIES 
 Please QSY off the calling frequency after establishing communication.

 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
 14.070 


 Girl Guides shown ham radio

 Searchlight reports that, thanks to radio amateur Donald De Riggs
 J 88 CD, 20 Girl Guides received basic training in wireless
 communication 

 The St. Vincent publication says: 

 Over 20 girl guides from the No. 28 Kingstown Guide Company were
 given their first exposure to amateur radio and wireless
 communications as part of Guiding activities.

 Rainbow Radio League (RRL) Director, Donald De Riggs J88CD was
 invited by Guide Leader Oneka Morgan to share his skills in this
 field. De Riggs informed the young ladies that communications is
 essential for everyday activities. He noted that the phonetic
 alphabet which they learned was essential for pilots, air traffic
 controllers, aviation service personnel, sea captains, military and
 para-military organisations among others including Ham radio.

 The activity, which was held at the Girl Guides headquarters
 saw the use of two popular forms of wireless communications, namely;
 VHF  and HF communications with both types of radios and antennas in
 use.

 Source Searchlight (via SouthGate) 
 https://searchlight.vc/searchlight/news/2018/11/20/girl-guides-receive-basic-training-in-wireless-communication/





 WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - SOTA

 Allen Harvie VK3ARH has timed it out just right for this
 year’s early celebration of Christmas – on Christmas Island, no less.

 Allen, who is active in portable and Summits on the Air operations
 has planned a trip of a lifetime with his wife to see the red crab
 migrations on this distant Australian territory.

 He hopes to activate Murray Hill VK9/CH-001, a rare summit in the
 SOTA awards scheme and VKFF-0098, Christmas Island National Park.
 
 This is not ordinarily a place they would plan a one-week holiday,
 he says, but ah, there are those crabs and this trip is carefully
 planned out to coincide with the creatures’ annual march to the
 sea to spawn.

 John Williams VK4JJW 'netted' Allan this week...

 ALLEN: “Beause the crabs are using the road. They will be gone in
 four hours and we will be able to go down there. We might have to
 wait until the next day. It is going to happen – we are just going
 to have to be ready to act when we are allowed to move.

 JOHN: Propagation may not necessarily be the best for the bands but
 at this time of the year, propagation should be perfect if you’re a
 crab.

 ALLEN: You have to time if when you’re there. I am hoping to see the
 tail end of the migration of the crabs and part of the spawning from
 an earlier migration.

 JOHN: Meanwhile, they are there through to the 7th of December.
 Allen is planning to do some CW as well as operate SSB at 30 watts
 of power. He’s hoping for chasers to be listening mainly on 20 meters
 14.062 for slow CW and 14.310 MHz for phone. His call sign: VK9ARH.
 So be listening as he goes for a parks activation, a SOTA activation
 and – yes a bit of nature in action.

 ALLEN: It’s going to be a bit of touch-and-go but what else have you
 got to do on your holidays?

 JOHN: Best of all, he said, no matter how it plays out, you won’t
 catch him crabbing about it.

 For Amateur Radio Newsline and the WIA I’m John Williams VK4JJW.



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 CLUBBING


 VK4 TOWNSVILLE A CASE OF SNOW !   

 theTARCinc held their 2018 Annual General Meeting at Rossiter Park
 Aitkenvale last Sunday 25th November in shady surroundings near
 Ross River.

 The meeting got underway at 8-35am under the shady trees and even
 though a HOT morning SNOW prevailed.

 Elected President,  Snow Herodes/VK4ME





 VK4 VK Contest Club Christmas Get Together

 2018 get together will be on the Brisbane South side – Ipswich Jets

 Date at this stage with be Saturday the 29th December

 Lunch as usual

 Dancing Girls will start at 2pm followed by the Sword Swallowers and
 the Lion Tamers at 3pm.
 
 RSVP Trent
 VK4TS @ WIA.ORG.AU 




 READY READY REDCLIFFE: VK4

       "Merry Xmas from the Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club.
       This is Robert Thomson VK4TFN announcing  REDFEST 2019. 
       It will be held, on the 13th April 2019.
       Please mark it, in next years diary.
       Look for our advertisement, in the first AR magazine of
       2019.
       It's too early to sell tables.
       As the event draws closer, listen for further announcements.
       You can find us at:
       www.redcliffe radio club.org.au
       You can also find us on FACEBOOK.
       Merry Xmas, drive carefully, thank you and 73('s)."




  
 2019 Social Scene

 January 24-28 VK4 TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp

               Happening from Thursday afternoon 24th
               to Monday afternoon 28th January 20180:
 
               Girl Guides Association of Queensland Campsite
               and Training Centre 46-56 Toolakea Beach Road
               Bluewater.

               AX4WIT will be on-air from the camp to provide
               directions and contact. 

               Assessors on site for exams and tutoring.      (tarc)


 February 13   VK4 - Redfest 2019                           (vk4tfn)

 February 24   VK2 - Wyong Field Day                        (vk2kfu)


 March 23-24   VK7 - Meet the Voice event at Ross          (vk7news)

 April     6   VK5 - BRL Radio Group Annual Gathering,       (vk5la)
                     Overland Corner, S.A


           The BRL Gathering is a yearly meeting of those who
           check in and or participate in the BRL Group on-air Nets,
           held Wednesday and Saturday on 40M, and Tuesday Evenings
           on 80M.

           See www.rrc.org.au for more details.

           Participants from all over VK meet yearly at the Historic
           Overland Corner Hotel, a family and pet friendly Pub with
           great food in an idyllic setting, for a drink, a laugh and
           a chat. 

 May 3 - 6 VK4 - Claireview Gathering                         (tarc)


 Sept   2019   - Scandinavian YL Radio Operators Convention
                 will be in Norway LA8FOA is your contact
                 Ingrid lullen55 @ gmail.com    

 Oct 27  VK3 Ballarat Amateur Radio Group, BARG Hamvention 2019 3kqt





 2020 Social Scene

 ALARAMEET 2020 Bendigo                                        (vk5yl)
 
 October 2020 in Bendigo Victoria. 

 Heidi VK3FHID and Jenny VK3WQ are leading the team who are planning
 an eventful weekend. This team is meeting regularly and are looking
 forward to seeing you in Bendigo.



Submitting news items 


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

If you would like to submit news items for inclusion in the 
VK1WIA broadcasts, please email your item in text to 

	nationalnews @ wia.org.au 

and don't JUST send url's links but take the time to pen YOUR contribution. 

To submit audio read "how to submit items" in the weekly news page on 
http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/contribute/ 

We would appreciate items no longer than 2 minutes in length as we only have 
a half hour time slot window. 

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 in the 3rd person. 

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Call-backs follow the RF editions, but also for text readers you may 
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even get a "cheerio call". 

Thanks to our dedicated band of broadcast volunteers who utilize their time 
and equipment in bringing you this weekly broadcast. 
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The purpose of "WIANews" is to rapidly provide news of interest to 
active amateurs residing in Australia and the globe. 

We strongly encourage membership in the Wireless Institute of Australia 
and participation in the activities of local clubs. Opinions expressed in 
"WIANews" are those of the writers who submit material and do not necessarily 
reflect those of the rebroadcasters, nor the National WIA, but are broadcast 
in the spirit in which they were submitted." 

Material may be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form, a credit to 
WIANews wouldn't go astray... 

If you have call-backs to contribute to the National News call back tally 
then please send through your call-backs to 

	callbacks @ wia.org.au. 

Who listens to radio? A weekly 'tally sheet' is sent to all rebroadcasters 
and interested listeners, to get your free copy send a blank email to:- 

	wiabroadcasters-subscribe @ yahoogroups.com.au 

Put the word subscribe in the title or subject field 

How do I join this National News List? (subscribe for an automatic weekly 
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Open mail program which sends mail from the address you want to unsubscribe. 
Send mail to the list unsubscribe address 

	vk1wia-news-leave @ lists.wia.org.au 

You will be sent a confirmation mail and must follow the instructions given 
in that mail to complete the unsubscription. 

Once your unsubscription has been processed, you will probably 
receive another message confirming your unsubscription from the list, 
and at that point you should stop receiving messages. 

  		(Posted to the packet network courtesy Tony VK7AX)



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