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20180222 - Jim VK3PC SK

posted Feb 21, 2018, 5:04 PM by News Team

We received the following email:
From: Amateur Radio Victoria <membership@amateurradio.com.au>
Subject: Vale VK3PC
Date: 22 February 2018 at 7:49:26 am AWST

It is with deep regret and sadness that I inform members of the death of our friend, colleague and Council Member, Jim Linton VK3PC.

Jim died this morning at Epworth Hospital after a short battle with thyroid cancer.

Jim was a Past President of ARV/WIA Victorian Division, Life member of both ARV and the WIA and has for nearly thirty years given untiring service to the advancement of Amateur Radio in Australia and in our region. Until his death Jim was the Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, Chairperson .

Our condolences are extended to Pauline and their extended family.  

Ross Pittard
VK3CE Secretary ARV

20180218 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 18 February 2018 - New Amateurs Edition [29:06]

posted Feb 16, 2018, 10:01 PM by Glynn Davies

It’s New Hams week, so Andrew shares with you what he would have liked to know starting out
.. I’ll give you a quick overview on remote stations, and celebrate an upgraded license here in VK6.
 
Onno brings us foundations of amateur radio, tell you the process to go about getting YOUR amateur license, a correction on the VK1WIA National Broadcast and some other recent news regarding the WIA.

This is the weekly amateur radio news for Western Australia and far beyond. Since 1931, this is NewsWest produced by WA Amateur Radio News.

You'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find information on where to hear the news, where to download it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net

Producer: Glynn  VK6PAW
Duration: [29:06]

HISTORY: Dick Smith Toilet Seat Warmer

posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:50 PM by Glynn Davies

Will VK6UU has been processing Amateur Radio history since well before I entered the hobby.

 

Over the last few months, he has been processing paperwork, photos, and files previously in the possession of Cliff VK6LZ and Christine VK6ZLZ. Many much of this correspondence represented early days of the WA VHF Group, the WA Repeater Group, and of course the VK6 Division of the W.I.A.

 

This week Will writes:

“Now of all the thousands of pages in the Cliff & Christine VK6 collection, this one stands out....!
It appears authentic, even to the middle initial of H for Dick Harold Smith.”

 

In the October 1978 letter to the W.I.A. President, Dick Smith writes to Mr L.A. Bell:

 

“Your recent letter to hand regarding your Christmas Party - is it that time already!!!”

 

We have pleasure in forwarding, under separate cover, two donations which you might like to use as prizes - one, an electrically heated toilet seat valued at $32.50, and the other, an Oscar Tracker which is valued at $9.50.”

 

“Hoping that your party is a great success and wishing you and your fellow members the compliments of the coming season.”

 

yadda yadda yadda

 

“R.H. Smith - Managing Director”

 

Now I got a real kick out of this, and it was another example, of the generosity of Dick Smith, also a keen radio amateur, during the period he owned and managed his chain of stores for core electronics enthusiasts.

 

And somewhere out there - for Christmas 1978, or maybe the winter season that followed - someone has a nice warm toosh.

 

BUT… can you help Will??  

 

He still doesn’t know who “Mr L.A. Bell” is. Do you know?? Drop Will a line...

 

 

Contact Will: will2@iinet.net.au

 

Dick Smith story, courtesy of MWRS (Manly-Warringah Radio Society) and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1eivQNtulE


3Y0Z DXpedition

posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:48 PM by Glynn Davies

One of the great facets of this hobby is supporting and chasing the DXprediations as they prepare and deploy around the world to those elusive spots of low noise and great global propagation.

 

For the team of 3Y0Z (three yankee zero zulu), after delays on the 13th of January, the team left the port of Puntas Arenas on 19th of January, full steam ahead to Bouvet Island.

 

After copping a hammering from the weather in the South Atlantic in the days that followed, Bouvet Island finally came into view on January 31st.

 

After experiencing winds of up to 45 knots and 5-meter swell, pitch and rolling the marine vessel by 30 degrees, the ship's engines ran into trouble and decisions needed to be made.

 

With the weather not breaking, and more trouble developing with one of the two ship’s engines, on the 3rd of February the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with the voyage and aborted the DXpedition with the intention to start the long voyage back to Punta Arenas.

 

On February 5th, the captain has decided that it was in the best interest of safety and expediency to proceed directly to Capetown, South Africa rather than Punta Arenas, Chile, as the safest and most expedient course.

 

With their last post on February 8th, the team was still on their slow voyage to Capetown, making 6 knots, with one of our two engines still out. The team is healthy, with plenty of food and water, and working to keep their spirits up. After traveling 2700 nautical miles to Bouvet, it was the last mile proved to be the most difficult.

 


LINK:

https://www.bouvetdx.org/news-and-updates/

https://dx-world.net/3y0z-bouvet-2018/

 

But, all is not lost - if you’re keen to contact and support DXpeditions, it may not be (pardon the pun) Bouvard, but it starts with a “B”.

 

Take a look at Baker Island.


LINK: http://www.baker2018.net/index.html


20180211 - VK6WIA NewsWest for Sunday 11 February 2018 - History Edition [30:02]

posted Feb 9, 2018, 7:38 PM by News Team

In the news this week a new, old award, the Carl Cohen Trophy after Will digs through the archives, we'll hear about Dick Smith, yes, that one, and toilets, the illustrious amateur career of Peter VK3YE, which began in Western Australia, intruder watch, the good kind and intruder watch the bad kind, also an update on the long awaited DXpedition to Bouvet Island.

This is the weekly amateur radio news for Western Australia and far beyond. Since 1931, this is NewsWest produced by WA Amateur Radio News.

As the producer of note it's my duty to inform you that we have yet another jam-packed history edition of the news with more news from Bob on the road, a bumper Roy's helpline, Foundations of Amateur Radio and more.

You'll find links to resources on the vk6.net website where you'll also find information on where to hear the news, where to download it, how to rebroadcast this news and how to register your callbacks.

If you want to join in, you can. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net and we'll be happy to respond. Send your stories, tall or true, audio production, scripts, events, updates, membership information, meeting announcements, AGM alerts, contests, swap-meets and more to us and we'll happily present your contribution on-air.

Please register your callback, either on-air, or on-line. Visit vk6.net and click on the callback button. You can also subscribe to our announcement list and we'll let you know when the news is hot off the press.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net.

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net


Producer: Onno VK6FLAB
Duration: [30:02]

20180204 - VK6WIA - NEWSWEST FOR SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2018 [28:13]

posted Feb 3, 2018, 12:33 AM by Glynn Davies

In this broadcast:
 
It’s our CLUB FOCUS week as we discuss the need for Publicity Officers for YOUR club.
 
We’ll hear from the RATOC, the Bunbury Radio Club, F-Troop, and of course – what we’re up to at WA Amateur Radio news.
 
Bob calls in from out on the road in VK5 wine country
 
Andrew gives us a quick Katanning HamFeast lunchtime wrap on behalf of Rob - VK6LD.
 
There’s our regular reminders, land well put it over to Roy with Helpline
 
You’re listening to NewsWest, broadcasting weekly news and commentary since 1931 for VK6 radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and radio enthusiasts.
 
Producer: Glynn VK6PAW
Duration: 28min13sec
 

20180128 - VK6WIA - NewsWest for Sunday 28 February 2018 [26:59]

posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:05 AM by News Team

Contesting Special

In the news this week we take a closer look at contesting, upcoming activities, how to operate, a tip from Scott K9JY and  an update from Roy's Helpline. Bob hits the road on a grand tour of Australia with the first of his radio road reports and I take a look at what's involved in getting a WSPR station on the air.

This is NewsWest, amateur radio news since 1931 for shortwave listeners, radio amateurs and those interested in radio communications in their wide and varying contact with the rest of the world, on the Citizen Band, via narrow cast, community radio, the local repeater, on-line, on-air and on-demand.

This bulletin is produced by WA Amateur Radio News and this week I'm your host, Onno VK6FLAB.

If you hear anything that gets you interested and you're looking for the link, check out the home-page on the vk6.net website where you'll also find more information about amateur radio activities in and around Western Australia.

If you look at it today, you'll learn that next week at this time is the Peel Amateur Radio Group swapmeet in Mandurah, check the calendar for more information.

This news can also be heard via the VK6RIB repeater on 145.575 MHz on a rotating schedule and you can hear it on 77.4 MHz fm, not to mention repeaters and relays across most of Australia. Details of times and frequencies are on vk6.net

NewsWest is available on-line for your convenience and the links are published on the website, vk6.net.

We'd love to hear your feedback, your suggestions and comments and if you have news to share, a club activity to promote, like a swap-meet, an open day, a technical talk or a BBQ, then drop us a line, newswest@vk6.net is how you get in touch.

Callbacks are taken at the end of most broadcasts and if you don't hear one, take it yourself, ask for station callsigns listening and let us know how many people listened to the news. Send an email to newswest@vk6.net with the details and we'll update our logs.

Thanks to Jono VK6DF who reported via email that he heard our news via the VK6 10m repeater in Karratha.

Callbacks in the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, Bethungra, Tumut, Galore and Griffith are taken automatically by a recorder at the end of the news. We receive an mp3 with your voices and then transcribe the callsigns we hear. If you're wanting to register in those locations, you've got a window of 1 minute, so don't dawdle, give us your callsign phonetically and we'll be happy to hear you listened to this news. A special thanks to VK2JJJ who calls back regularly and VK2XSE who manages to sneak her call in on a Tuesday more often than not.

If you'd like to share your joy of amateur radio, you can. To broadcast this news is simplicity itself. Download the mp3 and play it on air. You can get as sophisticated as you like, some broadcasts are completely automatic, others are done manually with a computer hooked up to a convenient radio, it's entirely up to you. There is only one requirement, that is, you have to broadcast the news as-is, no edits, no summaries, no extracts, just the news as provided.

If you do get the urge to broadcast this news, and we encourage you to, drop us a line and we'll add your efforts to the broadcast schedule.

Look forward to your company again next week and thanks to Michelle, Glynn, Bob and Roy for their contributions this week. I'm Onno VK6FLAB.

Now get on air and make some noise.

Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand.

You can tune into this news on-air across many amateur frequencies, download the show from vk6.net or subscribe via your favourite podcast application, whichever way you're listening, whether you're a licensed radio amateur or not, experienced or just a beginner, old or young, thanks for being here and thanks for joining us.

Get your copy: http://vk6.net/news/

NewsWest is broadcast and relayed across VK6 and far beyond by many transmitters and operators. Details can be found on vk6.net. 

The main VK6 NewsWest broadcast occurs at 09:30 WST (01:30 UTC).

If you'd like to broadcast this news in your local area, you can. There are no restrictions on broadcasting NewsWest, other than that you must broadcast it as supplied without any modification.

We ask that broadcasters advise us that they're transmitting the news.

We look forward to hearing callbacks from the new network when it goes live!

Our address is newswest@vk6.net


Producer: Onno VK6FLAB
Duration: [26:59]

20180128 - Amateur News this week

posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:02 AM by News Team

The 2017 VKFF Weekend Activation results are dribbling in. Paul VK5PAS asks that VK6AHR, VK5GY and VK8ZKZ send in their logs. Without those there were 75 different parks activated across the weekend with 46 amateurs getting all hot and bothered during the exchanges.

There were 2307 contacts made with 865 of them between parks. If you took place and you sent in your log, that's a subtle hint to VK6AHR, VK5GY and VK8ZKZ, then you'll receive an Activator Participation certificate.

While we're on the subject of VKFF congratulations come from the awards fairy to:
  • Gerard VK2IO
  • Mark VK4SMA
  • John VK5BJE
  • Steve VK7CW
  • Stephen VK2USH
  • Uwe DL2ND
  • Glen VK4FARR
  • Matt VK4FMHT
If you're looking at renewing or joining the WIA, Bill VK6WJ reminded us that there is a commonwealth pensioner rate for membership to the WIA, $80 instead of $95 for the rest of us not quite at that point in our lives. Andrew VK6AS pointed out that you could also become a WIA Associate for free.

Steve VK6ST shared a link to a station tour of WWV Fort Collins Colorado, one of the stations responsible for sending out timing signals across 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 MHz. Gavin VK6HGR then shared a link to the Australian equivalent VNG and then Andrew came and sent in a link to a technical description on how VNG operated when it was on the air. You can find the links on vk6.net

The Republic of Kosovo is now active on air with Z6OA on the air since the 23rd of January. The Kosovo IARU Society is hosting the 10th anniversary activation celebrating Kosovo's independence in February 2008.

TX Factor Issue 20 is now available online, the link is on vk6.net

Andrew VK6AS started a conversation about the ultimate shack location. Where would you set up your new home on the air and more importantly, why there? Apart from the suggestions of picking out Boolardy station, the home of the Square Kilometre Array, suggestions included a wheat belt town with Fibre to the Node and a Coles or Woolies nearby, Cunderdin came to mind, Shark Bay, Kalbarri and Bakers Hill were also mentioned. If you have a suggestion on where you'd set up your new amateur friendly home, I'm sure Andrew will be very interested to know.

David VK3IL proved once and for all that amateur radio is more than 1000 hobbies when he introduced a sewing project into the SOTA mailing list. If you'd like to find out how best to use your sewing skills in relation to your hobby of choice, amateur radio, check out David's project a DIY throw bag and a DIY hiking and trekking pole guy set. The link is on vk6.net.

Eddie VK6YA sent out an email asking for comment on band plan changes relating to Digital Amateur TV in VK6. If you'd like to find out more, get in touch with Eddie. His contact details are on vk6.net.

20180128 - Ross Hull Memorial Contest

posted Jan 27, 2018, 12:00 AM by News Team

We're getting to the end of the 2018 Ross Hull memorial contest which runs throughout the month of January. With just a few days to go, you need to finalise your contacts and start looking at what to do with the logs.

This contest started in 1950 to honour Ross A Hull who pioneered achievements in the study of tropospheric propagation and the development of new equipment techniques for the higher bands.

Even if you didn't operate all of January, there are awards for the best seven days, but even if you haven't started yet, there are two day effort awards.

Award categories include analogue and digital.

Scoring is pretty straightforward, 1 point per 100km. There are multipliers for each band. 6m gives you double points, 2m triples your effort, 70cm quintuples your distance, 23cm makes it octupled and if you want to go higher still, then you get to decuple your distance.

Any amateur logging software can be used, but if you're new to this, get a hold of VKCL, the VK Contest Logger, developed by Mike VK3AVV. The link for download of this free software is on vk6.net where you'll also find a link to the WIA contest page for the Ross Hull Memorial Contest and a link to the 2018 rules.

If you've done all the work, make sure you send your log in. The details can be found in the rules. The link is on vk6.net

Commonwealth Contest

posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:55 PM by Glynn Davies

The challenge of amateur radio contests has endured from the earliest days of radio communication.
 
The competitive side of amateur radio has always been the spur to improve knowledge of receivers, transmitters, antennas, and propagation, as well as the quality and efficiency of communication skills.
 
The Radio Society of Great Britain created the British Empire Radio Union (BERU) in the late 1920s to support radio amateurs in the Empire. In 1930 a New Zealand radio amateur suggested that a week should be set aside as “Empire Radio Week” and this should be held in February 1931. The was the first BERU contest. The contest proved to be very popular and has been held annually since then. However, in 1973, it became known as the Commonwealth Contest.
 
Promoting contacts between stations in the UK and CD, Commonwealth and Mandated Territories, the Commonwealth COntest is one of the longest running contests in the HF contesting world.
 
A more relaxed contesting environment gives the opportunity to work some choice DX.
 
Held on the second full weekend in March each year, the 2018 dates at March 10th and 11th.
 
“Hang on” I hear you say - “Isn’t that the weekend of John Moyle???”.
No, you’re mistaken - that’s the following weekend. 
So maybe work some serious Commonwealth DX from your home station on the 10th and 11th, and go portable on the 17th and 18th.
 
There are a few subtle rule changes for 2018, so be sure to head to the RSGB website, or check out the link at VK6.net
 
 

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