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  • 20170423 - NewsWest for Sunday, 23 April 2017 Welcome to a special ANZAC Themed broadcast, brought to you by the team at WA Amateur Radio News.There's quite a variety for you in today's broadcast:Onno's "Foundations of Amateur Radio" and other regular segmentsan update from the WA VHF groupsome upcoming contest informationan update on some recent SOTA activitiesnews from around the ‘netreminders from Ham College and News Call BacksRoy's has a quick line-up in Helplineand Glynn ends with something for you to reflect on for ANZAC Day.You can listen to this edition on-air, on-line or on-demand and it's available for download every week from the http://vk6.net/news/ website ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 9:58 PM by News Team
  • 20170423 - From the desk... There were turbulent times when the WIA divisions were amalgamated into a single national body and some of you are still smouldering over what happened.  Somewhat similar to what has just happened with the recent election at the WIA. Despite the history and wrongs that can never be righted it is more important than ever that we have a united front when there is such pressure on the radio spectrum.  I have heard cynics suggest that as amateurs we will only have 2 metres and 70 cms in the VHF UHF and above frequencies as the government will tap the rest of the spectrum to the highest bidder. Conversely we may get access to more HF bands as they are ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 9:54 PM by News Team
  • 20170423 - Amateur News In the news this week Tad JA1VRY, Sergio VK3SFG, Sergei RA1OW and Steve VK7CW are the latest addition to the VKFF awards honour roll. Of course the way to get on that roll is to actually work people activating parks. So, Paul VK5PAS and Marija VK5FMAZ will be activating Cooltong Conservation Park, Hogwash Bend Conservation Park and Morgan Conservation Park. John VK5PF will be on the air from Snowy River NP and Lake Tyers State Park. Check Parks n Peaks for further details. [http://parksnpeaks.org]Paul VK5PAS has also let us know that if you're activating in VK5, Drones are not permitted in National Parks in South Australia in an effort to curb their impact on animal behaviour ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 9:50 PM by News Team
  • 20170416 - Serval Project – Keeping Mobile Phones Connected When the Network is Down. As radio amateurs, we are in a unique position with our skills, competency and equipment during a time of emergency to assist in recreating communications networks. I can’t think of very many states that don’t have an active WICEN group.Recently when Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the Queensland coast, of the biggest impacts was the outage of mobile phone communications in the areas affected.The effect of this weather which is more likely to affect the North-West of WA, is similar during times of bushfire or flooding. Once tower infrastructure is damaged, or mains generator power is lost, it’s not long before the mobile network falls.In Australia, we are a [reasonably] developed nation. These phone ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 2:08 AM by News Team
  • 20170416 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday, 16 April, 2017 In the news this week we have an update on SOTA activities around the country, a flurry of VKFF awards, New Callsigns on the Air, Roy's Helpline, news from the Directors Corner, World Amateur Radio Day and a look at a project that we as Amateurs could use to provide services in case of emergencies when Glynn takes a look at the Serval Project.Producer: Onno VK6FLAB
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 1:03 AM by News Team
  • 20170414 - SOTA news Glenn VK3YY operating in Japan reports that the squid pole stopper mountain recycling phenomenon is alive and well in Japan and suggests visiting a hardware store to replace the missing item with a chair leg stopper instead.David VK3IL has been busily documenting his efforts and has written a blog post about experimentation with a 160m kite antenna and a 160m/80m vertical. [http://vk3il.net/projects/experiments-with-160m-antennas/] If that's not enough, he also added an article about the 160m AM expedition last week. See the links on vk6.net. [http://vk3il.net/sota/]Lewis VK6LDX activated Mount Randall VK6/SW-039 on Sunday and while he was there he created an amazing video with his ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:58 AM by News Team
  • 20170414 - Amateur News The ARRL has now prohibited so-called "Duelling CQs" in all ARRL contests, bringing it in to line with the CQ-sponsored contests which already prohibit the practice where a station calls CQ on two frequencies within the same band. The IARU HF Championship Contest bans the practice for multi-operator entries. The ARRL reviewed the rules after a multi-operator station successfully used the technique to substantially boost their score.Steve VK3JA shared with us his participation in the JIDX CW Contest. Operating from rural Melbourne, he said: "Only a couple hours of operating but good fun on ten meters.  With SFI 74 and K index at 4 the band was amazingly open.  Lots of good sigs about S7 ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:56 AM by News Team
  • 20170414 - Allstar Link Commands Bob VK6ZGN tells us that some while ago the DTMF commands on the AllStar system were updated. Attached are the latest set of commands. These should work on all the AllStar systems in WA with any luck!
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:53 AM by News Team
  • 20170409 - VK6WIA, NewsWest for Sunday 9 April 2017 Welcome to the latest edition of NewsWest.We have our regular segments such as Onno's Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's helpline.There's news about the VK6Microwave group and a request for help for you to assist by becoming a satellite tracking station.Paul VK5PAS tells you all about World Wildlife and Fauna for Amateur Radio.There's news about the upcoming ALARA meet in Far North Queensland and Diane VK4DI is very keen to see some VK6's over there.No WIA or other politics this week, if you're listening to this on the road to, or at HARGfest, if you're a seller, hope you have an empty stall by the end and if ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:50 AM by News Team
  • 20170409 - Amateur News In Amateur Radio News this week, the Midway and Kure Islands are now Deleted DXCC Entities, effective August 26, 2016. Essentially because they now form part of a national marine park and are no longer separately administered.Peter VK3YE has launched Amateur Radio Success Education to help you climb the amateur social ladder. If you want a DX station to call you by name in a pile-up, you can get yourself rewards, glory and esteem. You become one of them. See vk6.net for details. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iesX5TUwa7Q]Mick VK3GGG, Greg VK5GJ, Geoff VK3SQ and Rob VK4AAC are the latest recipients of VKFF awards, congratulations.The IMD or International Marconi Day is on April 22 ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 10:14 PM by News Team
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