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VK7 Amateur Radio News 17Apr22
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VK7 AMATEUR RADIO NEWS BROADCAST
FOR SUNDAY 17th April 2022

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Welcome to the Easter edition of the VK7 Amateur Radio News for the 17th April 2022. At the mike of VK7WI this week is Rick, VK7RI.

This broadcast goes out on repeaters all over VK7 and on digital radio - DMR Talk Group 5 and D-Star Reflector 91C by Clayton VK7ZCR.

We go out on medium and high frequency courtesy of the following rebroadcast stations:

On 1.862 MHz by Any Takers

On 3.670 MHz by Tony, VK7VKT

On 7.140 MHz by Ross, VK7ALH

On 14.130 MHz by Garry, VK7JGD and 

On 28.525 MHz by Dale, VK7DG

We also go out on UHF CB Channel 15 thanks to Mark VK7FMAC in the Hobart area.

You can hear this broadcast again on Tuesday night at 8:00pm on repeaters VK7RAA in Northern VK7 and VK7RTC in Southern VK7.

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WIA News
WIA AGM & Virtual Conference - Antarctic Gateway

This is an invitation to all VK7s to come along in person to the WIA Hybrid AGM and Virtual Conference in person.

The Hybrid AGM and Open Forum is being held at the REAST Clubrooms on top of the Queens Domain and the Virtual Conference is being held in the Aurora Lecture Theatre - IMAS / UTAS - 20 Castray Esplanade - Salamanca - Hobart.

This is a huge opportunity for VK7s to see the operation of our national representative body - the Wireless Institute of Australia in action.

There is also an opportunity to see the Virtual Conference presentations first hand and in person and be part of the Audience.

This all happens on Saturday May 7th - the AGM starts 1030, the Open Forum at 1130 and the Virtual Conference starts at 1300.

To participate all you need to do is book via the Eventbrite links that can be found on the email edition of the broadcast.

AGM and Open Forum:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wireless-institute-of-australia-annual-general-meeting-and-open-forum-tickets-317873416947

Virtual Conference:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wia-virtual-conference-antarctic-gateway-tickets-250007648607

A full program can be found on the WIA website.

https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2022/20220303-1/

For more information about the virtual conference go to the link on the email edition of this broadcast.

https://www.wia.org.au/joinwia/wia/2022agm/

We look forward to seeing you in person at the Hybrid AGM and Virtual Conference.

73 WIA Virtual Conference Organising Committee

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QSL News
Report - from Herman VK7HW Manager of the WIA VK7 Inwards QSL Bureau

After sorting a delivery received last Thursday, the current list of QSL Cards held as at 15 April  2022 is in the email version of the broadcast.

So that he can update his lists, please advise Herman by email if you have recently obtained a new call sign, a second call sign or if you do not want to receive cards delivered via the Bureau. Indicating the date you were allocated your call sign would also be of use to Herman as some QSL cards received go back decades in some cases.

If  you have any questions re QSL cards, please contact Herman by email vk7bureau(at)wia.org.au

73, Herman, VK7HW, WIA Manager VK7 Inwards QSL Bureau

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VK7 Inwards QSL Cards held as at 15 April 2022

A, AAA, AAB, AB, AC, ACN, AD, AG, AIR, AL, AM, AO, AP, APZ, AS, ATH, AV

BA, BB, BBB, BEN, BM, BO, BPV, BT, BYE

CEJ, CJ, CL, CMV, CV, CW, CX

DC, DD, DG, DM, DN, DO, DQ, DW, DZ

EE, EG, ER

FALX, FAZZ, FCIA, FG, FGGT, FJFJ, FLAR, FRJG(RG), FTAS

GA, GC, GG, GH, GM, GN, GR, GZ

HCH, HDM, HOB, HL, HRS, HSA, HSJ, HVK, HZ

IAN, IK, IS

JA, JB, JCR, JJ, JJJ, JOK, JON, JP, JW

KBA, KD, KDO, KJ, KKR, KL(KI ?), KO, KPA, KR, KT

LAZ, LDH, LH, LLL, LM, LT, LTD, LVH

MAG, MAT, MBD, MC, MD, ME, MET, MHZ, MI, MK, ML, MS

NA, NAB, NC, NET, NRF, NSB, NSE, NTE, NW, NWQ, NWT 

OB, OR, OT

PBD, PRN, PSJ, PW

QK, QP

RB, RC, RF, RG, ROY

SM, SN, SV

TCE, TED, TK, TS, TU

UT

VA, VAC, VAZ, VDC, VH, VKV, VR, VZ

WA, WC, WH, WIA, WT, WX

XDM, XTC, XX

YN, YUM

ZA, ZE, ZGK, ZJJ, ZM, ZT, ZTA, ZX, ZZ

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Safety Communications
TARGA Tasmania

Gavin VK7HGO is in urgent need for 3 teams of 2 for Friday 29 April and 4 teams of 2 for Saturday 30 April to be part of 

The TARGA Communications Team.

This is for around the North West and West Coast Area.

We need you for S.O.S. or Repeaters as needed.

Targa will pay for Fuel and Accommodation if needed.

Could you please let GAVIN know A.S.A.P. if interested.

At either email - vk7hgo(at)wia.org.au or mobile 0407724431

73, Gavin O'Shea VK7HGO

Targa Communications.

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NEWS FROM THE NORTH
SOTA/WWFF PARKS GROUP

The Summits On The Air/World Wide Flora and Fauna parks group meets twice weekly – Mondays and Fridays 10.30AM till 12.00 at the Glebe Gardens Cafe, Henry Street, Launceston. 

For more information contact Al on 0417 354 410.

73, Al, VK7AN

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Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club Incorporated

www.ntarc.net

We begin this week by wishing everyone a happy Easter. If you are traveling please take it easy on the roads. Just take your time and make sure you arrive safely at your destination. 

The John Moyle Memorial Field Day results show a good Tasmanian amateur participation and success rate. Congratulations to the following NTARC members, Peter VK7KPC, who came first in the “24 Hour Portable Operation – Single Operator, all mode, all bandö section. Andrew VK7DW and JamesVK7JAM who came first and second respectively in the “6 Hour Portable Operation – Single Operator, phone mode, all bandö section.  Certificates for you three are literally “in the mailö. As well as Justin, VK7TW and Keith, VK7KW who came 6th and 20th respectively in “Home Station – 24 Hour, phone mode, all bandö section. Also to Rick VK7HBR, and Bryan VK7KWB, who came 6th and 8th respectively in “Home Station – 6 Hour, phone mode, all bandö section.

Congratulations to all winners and contestants. The links to website results are included in the text version of the broadcast. (https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/), (https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/documents/JMFDC%20Results%202022.pdf)

Last Wednesday was a Club General Meeting night. Proceedings were completed within the hour, everybody stayed on for drinks and various discussions. Including a follow up with Lionel VK7ZLB, notably about the progressive miniaturisation of valves presentation he gave at the previous Tech Night. Brendan VK7VIP, showed us some substantial steel brackets to be used in the next club “working beeö.

Last week’s broadcast was jam packed, so a catch up with the main item from the Test and Tech Net night which was missed and came from Nic VK7WW. He unveiled yet another QRP prototype. This time it was a four transistor Double Side Band transmitter on 3.580 MHz.   Later to be tested after the addition of a one transistor Power Amplifier stage to bring it up to four or five watts output. With the assistance of Phil VK7ZPD, Peter VK7KPC, Rick VH7HBR and Lewis VK7IT providing readability and field strength reports throughout. Lewis was using his new “work in progressö dipole and Rick on his new “long triangle loopö antenna.

Thanks to Phil for providing an audio feed for those that are not physically close enough to receive all sides of the conversations, as well as providing terrain profiles. Phil’s “off airö MP3 recording files also provide valuable feedback to anyone testing equipment, in this case Nic’s Double Side Band transmitter. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Club Tech night – Wednesday 20th April. Held at the NTARC Club rooms, 7.30pm until whenever.

TestNet and TechNet – Wednesday 27th April. TestNet/CW course on 3.580MHz from 7pm till 7.30pm….and a TechNet on 3.567MHz from 7.30pm till about 8.30pm. Your host for the evening will again be Nic VK7WW.

There will be a presentation by Malcolm White planned for early June on a Club Tech night. Apart from being a licensed amateur at an early age, the major topic is to be his association with Ray Naughton VK3ATN at the time of Ray’s pioneering Earth Moon Earth (EME) achievements in the 1960s on the 2 metre band.

Coffee Morning – held every Friday in the NTARC Club rooms. Catch up time is from 10am to noon and we look forward to seeing you all there.

These coffee events represent a good opportunity to collect your QSL cards. We currently have cards awaiting collection, so why not pop in and check the QSL box and join us for a cuppa and chat.

Just a friendly reminder, please demonstrate your appreciation of all the effort that goes into operating the club, its facilities and the other services we provide, especially in these harder times, enjoying the company, coffee, biscuits and cake, by leaving a gold coin or two, or even a small bank note, in the jar to assist in our on-going operations. Again a reminder that masks are optional, but encouraged to be worn at these sessions.

FINALLY – A reminder to all members that if you have any items of news you would like added to our weekly roundup, no matter how trivial, then please email them to the Secretary at the following address news(at)ntarc.net all items to be received no later than 5pm on the Friday prior to the Broadcast.

That’s all folks from, 

Stefan, VK7ZSB, Secretary NTARC inc.

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North West Tasmania Amateur Radio Club
North West Tasmania Amateur Radio Club 

The Clubs winter luncheon will be held on April 23rd at the Lighthouse Hotel, Ulverstone at 12.30.

If you wish to attend, please rsvp to Kirsty VK7FKKK Social Coordinator, with the number of people attending by Wednesday 20th April. Those who came last year thoroughly enjoyed their time there. Come and Join the fun and enjoy some great food and fantastic company.

73, Eric VK7EV, News Officer, North West Tasmania Amateur Radio Club

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NEWS FROM THE SOUTH
VK7CL Update

Cedric has a brand spanking new high tech hip and everything to do with the operation went well.

Cedric is in great spirits and is still in hospital at the moment but is expected home soon and I am sure will be running around the place in no time!

(73, a little bird)

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WICEN Tasmania (South)
STER Ride Call

Mark Dunn, from Southern Tasmanian Equine Riders (STER), has asked for our assistance at an Endurance Ride to be held near Hamilton on Sat 14th May. 

It will probably involve a stay over on the Friday night, ready for an early-ish start.

This is a great opportunity to see what is involved with safety communications for an equine endurance ride and you will be put with an experienced operator to learn the ropes.

In the meantime please circle the date and if you can attend, please let Rod VK7TRF know via email at roja3kel(at)yahoo.com.au.

73, Rod VK7TRF

WICEN Operations Manager

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Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania

https://www.reast.asn.au/

https://www.facebook.com/reasttas/

https://www.youtube.com/reasthobart/
Training and Assessments

REAST’s next Foundation Licence training and all licence assessment day is next Saturday the 28th May 2022.

If you are thinking of coming along then please let Reg Emmett VK7KK REAST Learning Organiser know by phoning 0417 391 607 or email assessor(at)reast.asn.au.

Check out the REAST Foundation Licence Training Videos that can be found on the REAST YouTube Training and Assessment playlist.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsnsP_zjw831mdC6sY4XqavRUY-53ZWUn

And checkout the REAST Facebook page events for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/events/718404075716863/

73, Reg, VK7KK

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DATV Experimenter's Night

https://fb.me/e/1t3WKZEx0

We started with Richard VK7ZBX and Justin VK7TW inn the Studio with a look at the ISS SSTV - Women in Space images.

https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/bycallsign.php

We then showed the Antarctic Postcard from Casey Station thanks to Warren VK7WN/VK0WN.

Justin then showed his latest kit project - the VK5JST SWR and power meter. It has a  Stockton Bridge - remote head, a processor PCB and 2 line LCD. We plugged in the power and showed the display. This was featured in Amateur Radio - Issue No.5, 2020.

Justin the showed and early daisy wheel printer interface that he used to put together in his first job - it used an 8748 - Intel Microcontroller - 8bit,  1K ROM , 64 byte ram. The interface included a 8748 the EPROM version. The 8048 was the plastic pre-programmed versions used in all IBM Keyboards, Justin then showed the 1983 Intel Handbook.

At around eight o’clock we setup the iPhone App from Black Cat Systems to receive the SSTV from the speaker of the FT-817 and iPhone.

We then took a look at the latest Low-Key Magazine with a cover featuring VK3YE’s Reflex Transceiver, an article on the Eddystone Bug, the QRP Hours contest, a QRP NVIS & DX operation 7MHz big bore 0.64 lambda helical aerial, VK1CT’s Crossword and finished with the back cover with pictures of the QRP ATU from GM4YLN.

Richard took the audience through the excellent John Moyle Memorial Field Day results with 19 VK7s putting in logs an excellent result and thanks to all who participated and put in logs.

Justin then outlined the WIA Hybrid AGM and Virtual Conference - Antarctic gateway program.

https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2022/20220303-1/index.php

We finished with reminders of what we will have next week.

https://youtu.be/Ms9jUILcTiA

At around 2130 there was another excellent pass and we recorded two images. We recorded the passes in a short 5 minute video that was posted to the REAST YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/2nhsK7MFl7Q

This week we will have a review of the ISS SSTV images, latest DUBUS magazine, How to do SSTV, More on the VK5JST SWR Power Meter and much more.

We go out on RF on 445.5MHz DVB-T 7MHz Standard Definition. So, if you have a TV, Set-top box or USB DTV Dongle that you can tune and scan 445.5MHz and you can see the Queens Domain, then you have a good chance of receiving the DATV Experimenter's Night Signal. Look out for VK7OTC. We also stream the nights on the REAST YouTube channel.

https://www.reast.asn.au/news-events/live-stream/

https://www.reast.asn.au/special-interest-groups/amateur-tv/

https://www.youtube.com/c/ReastHobart/

73, Justin, VK7TW 

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World Amateur Radio Day
Why April 18th?

Every April 18th, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day.

On this day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris, with members from 25 countries, growing to 160 member societies today. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio, now organized in three IARU regions, representing over three million license holders.

Thanks to the work of pioneering Amateur Radio experimenters in the early years of last century it was discovered that ionospheric propagation on shortwave allowed signals to travel much greater distances than the lower frequencies then used by telephone companies and broadcasters.

In order to prevent Amateur Radio from being pushed aside by commercial and national interests, Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and founded the IARU. That ensured that at the 1927 International Radiotelegraph Conference Amateur Radio secured the frequency allocations in the 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meter bands
Tesla Unwired webcast

In honor of World Amateur Radio Day on April 18, the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) is hosting a Tesla Unwired webcast on YouTube featuring a special lineup of ham radio enthusiasts

Taking part are baseball legend Joe Rudi NK7U; Ted Rappaport N9NB, inventor of 5G; Ed Wilson N2XDD, VP of Suffolk County Radio Club; and your Host, Marc Alessi. 

Tune in to hear the remarkable ways radio transformed their lives and explore the surging use of ham radio worldwide.

Streaming on TSCW’s Facebook and YouTube on April 18 from 1600-1700 GMT with live Q&A from 1700-1730 GMT.

Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/c/TeslaScienceCenteratWardenclyffe/videos

Source Tesla Science Center

https://teslasciencecenter.org/events/tesla-unwired-webcast-tuning-into-the-world/

Sourced from the Southgate AR News Service

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Space Weather News
Massive solar storm to hit Earth on 14th April

One more geomagnetic storm is making a headway for a 'direct hit' with Earth within 48 hours and could cause power, GPS and radio blackouts.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) models anticipate a fast solar wind stream will help to push the cyclone before it makes impact with the planet's magnetic field on Thursday.

At that point it is likely to "intensify", according to an expert.

It is the second in a matter of days - and this is could mean disruption for satellites and cause power fluctuations, reports the Daily Express.

Space weather physicist Tamitha Skov took to her Twitter handle today and issued a warning.

She said: "Direct hit – solar storm prediction models from both NOAA and NASA show the storm hits April 14, just ahead of a fast solar wind stream.

"This should intensify the storm as the stream will give it a push from behind!"

She added: "Chances of reaching G2-level conditions are 80 percent at high latitudes and 20% at mid-latitudes.

"Radio blackout risk remains low, but amateur #radio operators and GPS users face disruptions on Earth's nightside."

When solar storms arrive at Earth's magnetic field blackouts could cause power outages if they directly hit transformers, as per report by the Daily Express.

According to NASA, the G2-class storm will arrive because of a coronal mass ejection (CME) - a major plasma release from the sun's outer layer.

Such solar storm takes place if enough energy from the solar wind is exchanged in a close proximity to Earth.

The storms are then categorised by US Space Weather Center (SWPC) on a scale of G1 Minor up to G5 Extreme.

It says when CMEs hit the planet's magnetosphere "all of that extra radiation can damage the satellites we use for communications and navigation, it can disrupt power grids that provide our electricity".

The approaching disturbance could result in auroras, similar to the Northern Lights.

The aurora borealis itself could be seen from Sunday until Tuesday if skies are clear, says the Met Office.

Ms Skov went on to say: “Aurora field reporters, be sure to charge your camera batteries!ö

Ms Skov continued: "The NASA solar storm prediction model shows the hit occurring a little later on April 14 at 12pm UTC time compared to the NOAA model, which shows the arrival a bit earlier at 7am UTC time!

"Either way, both indicate an excellent chance for aurora!ö

https://www.catchnews.com/science-news/massive-solar-storm-to-hit-earth-on-14th-april-likely-to-cause-power-outages-radio-disruptions-232547.html

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2022/april/massive-solar-storm-to-hit-earth-on-14th-april.htm

Sourced from the SouthGate AR News Service

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Regular VK7 gatherings and events over the coming months:
Regular gatherings:

SOTA/WWFF Group – Meeting Mondays and Fridays 10.30-12.00 midday at Glebe Gardens Cafe, Henry St, Launceston.

NTARC – Friday coffee session – Rocherlea clubrooms Launceston from 10:00am

NTARC - Club Tech nights – Wednesday 20th April from 19:30 hours in NTARC Clubrooms. 

NTARC TestNet and TECHNET – Wednesday 27th April - TestNet/CW course on 3580 from 7pm till 7.30pm….and a TECHNET on 3567 from 7.30pm till about 8.30pm.

NW VK7 – Wednesday from 2000 local – NW Tassie Amateur Repeater Group Net on VK7RMD

NW VK7 - Thursday commencing at 09:30 UTC (20:30 local) - N.W. Tassie 2m DX Net 144.190 USB (upper sideband).

REAST – MICROWAVE QSO Party – following after the Sunday broadcast on 1296.15 MHz FM.

REAST – WAGS – Wednesday Afternoon Group meet in the Queens Domain Clubrooms from 12 noon.

REAST – DATV Experimenter’s Nights from 7:30pm live in the club rooms also on DVBT RF and YouTube Streaming

Sewing Circle Net – Daily on 3.640 MHz commences at 6:00pm AEST.
Events:

AR World-Wide - 18 April - World Amateur Radio Day

N W T A R C - 23 April - Winter luncheon will be held at the Lighthouse Hotel, Ulverstone from 12.30 please let Kirsty VK7FKKK know you are coming along by Wednesday 20th April

WIA - 7 May - WIA AGM streamed from Hobart - 1030-1215 then the Virtual Conference - Antarctic Gateway Zoom streamed from Hobart - 1300-1700.

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A reminder to those people rostered for next week’s broadcast:

Newsreader: VK7TW

Repeaters: REAST, NTARC and in the NW thanks to N W T A R C, West Coast Radio Group, Cradle Coast Radio Amateur Radio Club, VK7AX, and VK7DC

160m: Any Takers

80m: VK7ALH

40m: VK7JGD

20m: VK7DG

10m: VK7TPE

UHFCB15: VK7FMAC

DMR: Talk Group 5 and D-Star: Reflector 91C VK7ZCR

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You can hear this broadcast again on Tuesday night at 8:00pm on repeaters VK7RAA in Northern VK7 and VK7RTC in Southern VK7.

A huge thank you to all people and organisations that assisted with this broadcast.

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That concludes our VK7 Amateur Radio News Broadcast for this week.

You have been listening to or have just missed VK7WI. Next week the National WIA news can be heard at 0900 followed by the VK7 Amateur Radio News around 0930 hours.

Items for the broadcast can be emailed to vk7arnews(at)gmail.com

Further information about the broadcast can be found at the VK7 Amateur Radio News Groups.IO Group.

https://groups.io/g/vk7arnews

The deadline for items is 21:00 on Friday prior to the Sunday of the broadcast.

VK7WI is now closing but will reopen shortly for callbacks and relay reports. Callbacks will be taken on the frequency to which you are listening. Relay stations will use their own callsigns during the callback.

On behalf of the VK7 Amateur Radio News Team it’s 73 and Stay Safe from Rick, VK7RI.


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           (Posted to the packet network courtesy Tony VK7AX)



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