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20170723 - NEWSWEST FOR SUNDAY 23 JULY 2017

posted Jul 22, 2017, 5:59 PM by Glynn Davies

In the news this week it's our CONTESTING edition and if that's not enough, we also have Andrew's Editorial, Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline.

We look forward to you spending your time with us again this week. 

We'll share with you the WIA's new band plan and Facebook page, an update from the WA VHF Group, and hear from contest managers for the ALARA Contest and the RD Contest.

Next week is a special GOING PORTABLE edition, so if you have some thought or contributions to share, we'd love you to share them with us. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to newswest@vk6.net and we'll put it to air next week.

Contributions to the news this week are made by Diane VK4DI, Alan VK4SN, Ty VK6HTY, Roy VK6XV, Bob VK6POP, Andrew VK6AS and Onno VK6FLAB. NewsWest is produced and presented by WA Amateur Radio News on behalf of Radio Amateurs in Western Australia and beyond.

Check-out the website, listen to the podcast, or listen to your local repeater. Please let us know what you think of the news and share your thoughts and contributions via email, newswest@vk6.net is the way to get in touch.

Producer: Glynn VK6PAW

20170723 - Radio Scouting

posted Jul 22, 2017, 5:53 PM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 10:28 PM ]

In Luxembourg, “Go Urban 2017”, the guide and scouts will be operating the special event callsign LX4GO from their campsite until the 28th July 2017.

Keep an eye on QRZ.com

 

At the same time:

Point your beam towards West Virginia, as special event callsign K2BSA will take you LIVE to the U.S. National Scout Jamboree via amateur radio.

They’ll be operating via SSB, CW, PSK-31, EchoLink and D-Star.

 

The commemoration for 100 Years of Scouting in Tanzania has also just started: Listen out for 5H3TSA and 5H100JAM.

 

Another one to add this week:

From Germany, at the Camp Estonteco in the Grosszerlang–Mecklenburg Lake District, an international scouting team will be operating the radio scouting station DP9S.

This special event station will operate from the 26th July up until the 5th August. 

The “wireless tent” offer young people many exciting activities, including radio contact with the International Space Station.

 

There’s a full list of Scouting radio stations over the coming months in the:

NEWS section at jotajoti.info website.

Look for the post titled “Radio-active this season”, or follow the links on the VK6.net website.

Links: 

https://qrz.com/db/LX4GO

https://www.k2bsa.net/jamboree-live/

http://jotajoti.info/radio-active-this-season/

Email for DP9S Skeds: pa5ul@amsat.org

DP9S Web: http://bundeslager.pfadfinden.de/

International Scouting Frequencies

20170723 - International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend - 19-20 August

posted Jul 22, 2017, 5:49 PM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 10:15 PM ]

On the third full weekend in August, the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend graces our airwaves. You may have come across several different pieces of information about the ILLW, but the take-away should be that during August around the world, Lighthouses and Lightships are a focal point for activity. The International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend, run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland since 1998 is according to some, "one of the most popular international radio events in existance" because there are very few rules and it's not a contest as such. If you're in the US, you get two bites at the cherry, the US National Lighthouse Week is the week around the US National Lighthouse Day, August 7th, so you get to play twice. If you'd like to activate a lighthouse and join the currently 303 registered lights, the 38 Australian Lights and the 5 VK6 lights, head on over to the ILLW website. http://illw.net If you'd like to see a light in operation, VK6 has activations at North Mole Lighthouse, Casuarina Point WA, Cape Leeuwin, Cape Naturaliste and Cape Inscription. Elsewhere in Australia, you can see stations in action at Cape Otway, Cape Byron, the light on Lady Elliot Island and many more. If you're not able to travel, then get on air and make some noise. There is no glory to take from making contact, but the payoff for talking to a ham on a rock in the middle of nowhere can only be measured in joy. So, get on air and make some noise, for 48 hours from midnight UTC on August 19th.

20170723 - AR Magazine Contribution for VK6 Content

posted Jul 22, 2017, 5:47 PM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 10:16 PM ]

Amateur Radio is the magazine for the Wireless Institute of Australia. It's the way we communicate among our members, share what we've been up to and talk about discoveries, publish articles about topics of interest to Radio Amateurs, write in to the Editor and participate in our community. Every month the VK6 Notes section is published in AR Magazine with contributions from Amateurs like yourself. People who wrote a little note, sent it into Steve VK6SJ and told the rest of the world what they've been up to. Steve would like your contributions this month by the 28th of July, so you have ample time to put fingers to keyboard, chase a chicken around the yard to yank out a feather to make a quill, or to pick up the phone and chat to Steve about what is going on in your club around Amateur Radio. To save you the embarresment of reading stuff that Steve Made Up, make your contribution today. An invitation has been sent earlier in the week to every club in VK6, so if you didn't see it, you'd better get in touch and let us know that your club isn't getting emails. Steve VK6SJ is waiting for your story. steve@kennedy-sj.com.au

20170716 - VK6ARN NewsWest for Sunday 16 July 2017

posted Jul 15, 2017, 1:58 AM by News Team

NewsWest
In the news this week we start with an update on our story about Club Licenses. Last week we told you about how Club Licensing works and how the ACMA finally ruled about the operation of such a license by two Amateurs during the John Moyle Memorial Field Day - Andrew has more.

If you're looking for an excuse to visit Cairns in September, Dianne has a personal invitation for you to consider.

Glynn reminds us about on-air scouting activity, Bob teaches us some relevant Latin phrases and we welcome a whole pack of new Amateurs to our Airwaves.

We'll have a look at getting set-up as a new Amateur and what gear you should look at when you're beginning in the hobby.

Also a quick update on the NCDXF beacon here in Western Australia, meetings around Amateur Radio, Roy's Helpline and Foundations of Amateur Radio.

NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News and can be heard on-air, on-demand and on-line.

Next week we'll take a closer look at contesting, so if you have a contribution to make, send it in to newswest@vk6.net, the production deadline is noon on Friday, that's 04:00 UTC on Friday.

If you have a comment to make, an opinion to venture, the soapbox is always open. Send your audio as a 44kHz, 256kBit mono mp3 file, no longer than 3 minutes and we'll put it to air. If you're having trouble putting it together, drop us a line and we'll help you out.

If you'd like your own personal copy of this news bulletin, you can download it from our website at vk6.net, or you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, just search for VK6WIA to add it to your podcast software.

We have an online feedback facility and if you'd like to get notified when our news is available for download, or if a breaking story occurs, you can subscribe to our mailing list. All the information is on the website at vk6.net where you'll also find lists of repeaters, beacons, meetings, contests, DX activities, clubs and other resources related to Amateur Radio.

Producer: Onno VK6FLAB

20170709 NewsWest for Sunday July 9th 2017

posted Jul 8, 2017, 3:11 AM by Bob Bristow   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 3:13 AM ]

In NewsWest this week we lead with a story of a real life Amateur Radio club versus bureaucracy skirmish, where it pays to challenge the bureaucrats.  All users of a club license will be interested in the outcome, and the full story will be published on the vk6.net website.


In our monthly focus on Australian Amateur Radio history, we have sourced items from the Australian Amateur Radio magazine for July 1943 and 44.


You will hear about Scouts in the Northern Hemisphere on the air over the next few weeks as they run their jamborees.  
Full details here:  http://jotajoti.info/radio-active-this-season/


There’s a discussion on Amateur Radio operators and Social Media,  and of course our regular weekly features of Foundations of Amateur Radio from Onno, Andrew’s Editorial and Roy’s Helpline.


You can access NewsWest at our website, VK6.net, where NewsWest can be downloaded or heard via podcast.



News and commentary in the NewsWest  programme come from a variety of sources, and opinions expressed therein may not represent the views of WA Amateur Radio News and the news team,  the Wireless Institute of Australia or the broadcaster.  The content of the programme is shared in the open spirit of Amateur Radio.  



If you believe any of the programme content to be in error, you’re invited to commence a discussion with us.  NewsWest can be contacted by email, newswest at vk6 dot net.


20170702 - NewsWest for Sunday, 02 July 2017

posted Jul 1, 2017, 2:14 AM by Glynn Davies

In the news this week it's our CLUB FOCUS edition and if that's not enough, we also have Andrew's Editorial, Foundations of Amateur Radio and Roy's Helpline, plus a shout-out to our listeners over in VK2.

We look forward to you spending your time with us again this week. Listen in to what local clubs can do for you. Next week is the  , so if you have some historical AR stories to share, we'd love you to share them with us. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to newswest@vk6.net and we'll put it to air next week.

Contributions to the news this week are made by Clive, Anthony, Ray, Steve, Roy, Bob, Andrew and Onno. NewsWest is produced and presented by WA Amateur Radio News on behalf of Radio Amateurs in Western Australia and beyond.

Check-out the website, listen to the podcast, or listen to your local repeater. Please let us know what you think of the news and share your thoughts and contributions via email, newswest@vk6.net is the way to get in touch.


Producer: Glynn VK6PAW

20170625 - NewsWest for Sunday, 25 June 2017

posted Jun 23, 2017, 11:47 PM by News Team

NewsWest
In the news this week we take a closer look at contesting with information about the Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge, the RD Contest, the International Museums Weekend, a contesting tip from Scott K9JY, a reminder to submit your logs for the VK Shires QSO Party and if that's not enough, we also have Andrew's Editorial, News this Week, a reminder to submit your content for AR Magazine, as well as World Wide Flora and Fauna, Summits on the Air and Roy's Helpline.

We look forward to you spending your time with us again this week. I hope you learn something new, have something to laugh about and manage to plan an on-air activity as your next adventure. Next week is the Club Focus edition, so get your club notes together, write a story about your amateur radio club, an activity you've planned and something about when and where you get together. Send your story, or better still, a recording of your story, to newswest@vk6.net and we'll put it to air next week.

Contributions to the news this week are made by Ty, Roy, Bob, Glynn, Andrew and Scott. NewsWest is produced and presented by WA Amateur Radio News on behalf of Radio Amateurs in Western Australia and beyond.

Check-out the website, listen to the podcast, or listen to your local repeater. Please let us know what you think of the news and share your thoughts and contributions via email, newswest@vk6.net is the way to get in touch.


Producer: Onno VK6FLAB

20170625 - News this Week

posted Jun 23, 2017, 11:42 PM by News Team   [ updated Jun 23, 2017, 11:51 PM ]

This Week
In news around Amateur Radio this week the WRTC 2018 Organizing Committee, host of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) in Germany is pleased to announce that the application process for individuals that would like to participate in WRTC 2018 as a Team Leader is now open. Team Leader applications must be submitted no later than August 15, 2017. WRTC is a competition among two-operator teams. A total of 63 Team Leaders will be selected from the top qualifiers in 29 regions from around the world. Each Team Leader then selects their team mate for the competition. To find out more, visit their website. The link is on vk6.net. [http://wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/competition/qualification/team-leader-application]

If you're planning to go to the Dayton Hamvention next year in May, reservations at the Crowne Plaza Dayton open on June 27. You can book via the contest university website. If you want to know more, the CQ-Contest mailing list is the place to get more information. The links are on vk6.net. [http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/cq-contest/2017-June/118131.html[http://contesthotel.com]

The URE (Union de Radioaficionados Españoles) want to invite you to their International SSB Contest (HIS MAJESTY THE KING OF SPAIN SSB CONTEST) this weekend (the 24th and 25th June), from 1200 UTC on Saturday until 1200 UTC on Sunday), a contest across 6 bands. Last year they received 811 logs and want to receive more than 1000 this year. If you want to join this party to help test your antennas before IARU HF Wold Championships and get some practice in for your SO2R operation. Why not brush up on your Spanish callsigns, give young contesters opportunity of joining in contests.

The CQ Contesting mailing list is full of discussion on how to handle broken calls when the logs of two stations don't reflect the same contact. This often happens when one station mis-hears a callsign, or uses some assistance like a cluster, to copy the call. Discussions centred around the notion that both stations need to have the correct callsign in their logs for either of them to get the point. This is something that's already in force in Russian contests, but that's not universally true. If you'd like to see what's being said or contribute your thoughts, check out the mailing list. The link is on vk6.net. [http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/cq-contest/2017-June/118096.html]

IARU HF is coming up and there are ways to practice. The Contest Super Simulator is a simulation package designed by Wayne, W5XD and distributed by WriteLog Contesting Software. It extends WriteLog such that the two together become a virtual contest in progress. A new version - 1.10 - has a more realistic simulation of SO2R when one of the radios on CW and the other on SSB. If you'd like to find out more, check the links on vk6.net. [http://writelog.com/contest-super-simulator[http://writelog.com/demo]

Staying with the IARU HF Championship 2017, version 1 of the multiplier list has been published by Joe OZ0J. You can find it online, click the link on vk6.net.[https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2651703/IARU%202017%20HQ%20Stations.pdf]

A quick note to let you know that the Perth Fusion repeater is up again and Matt VK6ML is looking to hear your reports. 

In SOTA and WWFF news this week, Brett VK2BNN reports that two scouts from his troop, Rory and Monique, who were scheduled to do their Foundation Course last week managed to activate Mt Banks instead when their course was unexpectedly cancelled. Their first time calling CQ got the two firmly interested in radio, managing 17 contacts overall, including one summit to summit, one park to park and two contacts with New Zealand.

David VK3IL has let us know that the planned trip with Glenn VK3YY, Andrew VK3JBL to the Southern Alps this weekend has been cancelled because the weather forecast has deteriorated over the last few days and they've decided that  SOTA is meant to be about fun rather than survival . Ed DD5LP then went on to report that he was planning an activation this week but for the opposite weather reason (35°C+) has postponed for a couple of weeks.

Andrew VK1DA lets us know that his first contact using his shiny new MTR3B Mountain Topper Radio was a success. He hooked up  to his home station antenna (not unlike his portable antenna), with a freshly charged battery, headphones and a spare paddle. He tuned around a bit and heard only some weak signals. After resetting the frequency to 7030, boom, there was Ian VK5CZ calling cq. Andrew answered his QRZ, after working VK3PF, and he responded with a 579 report. Andrew had to space out his letters because the default sending speed on the MTR is 20 WPM and he did not know how to reduce the speed to 16 WPM which was Ian's sending speed...  afterwards he read the manual (again). Andrew concludes with the observation that "It’s only fitting that my first contact with this little rig should be a SOTA station. Quite pleased with it..."

Gerard VK2IO reports that his Port Macquarie trip was a great success. Over the 12 days (8-19 June), activations were done at 13 summits and 14 parks. 775 contacts were made including 14 summit-to-summit and 31 park-to-park. 4 new summits were activated and 5 new parks. 6 new SOTA completes were notched up. Weather was rather mixed and off-road tracks tended to be muddy. Some of the SOTA activations were curtailed due to wet weather and there were some issues with the radio due to high humidity. There was also one park (Boonanghi SCA VKFF-1285) and one summit (Talawahl VK2/MN-186) that could not be accessed. The Oxley Region Amateur Radio Club field day on the long weekend is an annual pilgrimage and the original purpose of Gerard’s trip to Port Macquarie. This year was a very successful one as Gerard was named Foxhunt Champion. Quite a surprise!

The WWFF Australia mailing list was full of suggestions on how to access Benambra N/P VKFF-0029, which evolved into a discussion about how how each individual block of land needs to be accessible from a public road. Thanks to Liz VK2XSE we also learned that there are several avenues to gain access to national parks. In this case, Liz found access routes in the Plan of Management. If you'd like to see how she went about getting this information check out the WWFF Australia mailing list. The link is on the vk6.net website. [https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/wwffaustralia/conversations/topics/3517]

The VKFF award fairy has been at it again this week with awards being given to 26 amateurs including recipients in VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK7 and one award to IZ8, Italy. Conspicuously absent from this list are VK6 and VK8, so there's some park activations brownie points to be earned.

No doubt there was other news around as well, but we didn't receive it, so send it in to newswest@vk6.net.

20170625 - Club Focus

posted Jun 23, 2017, 11:36 PM by News Team

Club Focus
On the first weekend of every month, the NewsWest team dedicates a news programme to clubs.  We call the program “Club Focus”, providing space for your club to promote itself and its activities.

Timing is important.   Bearing in mind that the news goes to air on Sunday, and that we need to have your item in hand by noon Friday, you’ll need to plan ahead to promote your club’s activity.

You can give your content to us in a variety of ways, ranging from making your own recording, to supplying us with the text so that one of the NewsWest team can record it for you.

Our preferred option, of course, is that you make your own recording.   It’s good to introduce different voices into the news program.  If you need any help or advice on making your own recording, please contact the news team.

Getting your item to us is the easy bit  Simply send it as an email attachment to newswest@vk6.net, and the deadline is noon Friday.

What to do next to ensure your club is included in next weekend’s club focus?   Give your club’s PR officer a poke and get them onto it.  If your club doesn't have a PR officer, I guess it will have to be you.  We look forward to hearing about your club.

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