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VK7 Amateur Radio News 12Nov23
VK7 AMATEUR RADIO NEWS BROADCAST
FOR SUNDAY 12th November 2023
Welcome to the VK7 Amateur Radio News and this was first broadcast on Sunday the 12th November 2023. At the mike of VK7WI this week is Rick, VK7RI.
On Sunday this broadcast goes out on repeaters all over VK7 and on digital radio - DMR Talk Group 5 and D-Star Reflector 91C by VK3PG.
We go out on medium and high frequency courtesy of the following rebroadcast stations:
On 1.862 MHz by Graham, VK7GS,
On 3.670 MHz by Garry, VK7JGD,
On 7.140 MHz by Dale, VK7DG,
On 14.130 MHz by Peter, VK7TPE and
On 28.525 MHz by Tony, VK7VKT.
We also go out on UHF CB Channel 24 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 VK7RHT in Southern VK7.
ALARAmeet was last weekend, and we had 52 people registered. They came from all over Australia, with a couple from New Zealand. It was lovely for everyone to get together, as it was 6 years since our last ALARAmeet in Cairns. We welcomed people who had been to every ALARAmeet, some who had only been to Cairns before, and many newbies also. Everyone had a good weekend with a variety of activities, and plenty of food. The evening speakers, Alison Alexander, Tasmanian Historian, and Phil Tyson, from Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania gave interesting talks at the dinners.
Thanks to REAST for their support, the Mystery History tour, the Open Day and the Gourmet BBQ. Special thanks to Peter VK7KPC for bringing his equipment from Evandale to make the fox hunt a success.
Looking forward to ALARAâ€Ös 50th birthday celebrations in Melbourne, July 2025.
73, Linda, VK7QP
Spring VHF/UHF Field day.
Well the days are getting longer thanks to daylight savings, and with that the higher bands are starting to percolate. The Spring field day is happening this year on the weekend of 25th November from 01:00 UTC to 26th November 00:59 UTC, with the usual 3 hour offset for our Western Australian friends.
This event is a great opportunity to dust off that VHF/UHF and microwave gear and get out into the great outdoors and make some contacts.
All bands are used from 6M and upwards as far as you dare. There are many categories in this event, single band, 4 band, 8hr section, 24 hour section and there is even a section for base station operation, something for everyone. Why not head out and find a nice spot,set up a portable station and you may be surprised at the results.
Usual frequencies 52.525, 146.500, 439.000, 1296.150, 2403.150, 3398.150 and 10,369.150 all on FM with SSB as an option if conditions suit.
There will be a few people out and about in various parts of Tasmania and you just never know who you may make contact with.
VKCL or your favourite log program will help keep things in order and make the process of submitting logs rather painless.
Good luck and hope to hear you on the bands.
73, Richard, VK7ZBX
Thursday Night SSTV Nets
A net night that saw the following participants, VK7s â€“ ZAB, DMH, EV, ZBX and PD all sharing nearly thirty photos.
The various subjects were:
The continuing series on repeater sites and this week featuring VK7RBH in the Ben Lomond National Park. This is the highest repeater site in Tasmania. Even though it was the middle of summer the crew had thermal gear on and everything was in cloud. There were also phots of the ski tows and â€śDumboâ€ť the snow cat vehicle
More racing aircraft of the 1920s â€“ this time seaplanes that use pontoons as their landing gear and the â€śSupermarine S6B" competing for the Schneider Trophy
Views from the zig-zag roads up to Ben Lomond and Mt Wellington
Someoneâ€Ös supper - pot of soup and a frypan of casserole
10Gig Hz EME dish on a wheeled dolly
The scenic West Head Costal Track, lookout and falls near Greens Beach, northern Tasmania.
An â€śevening allâ€ť from Mr Plod and goodnight from Inspector Clouseau
Remember Ken VK7KRJâ€Ös and Steve VK7OOâ€Ös fully automatic 24/7 monitoring sites that allows anyone who has sent an SSTV picture the ability to check them on their pages almost immediately, any time, both South and North Tasmania.
Also if you missed the net there are archives of all SSTV nights. These photos can be seen on Kenâ€Ös 2m SSTV website as an infinitely-scrolling web page or on NTARCâ€Ös website under blogs and arranged as weekly nets.
73 from Andreâ€Ö VK7ZAB
Report - from Herman VK7HW Manager of the WIA VK7 Inwards QSL Bureau
The current list of cards held as at 10 November is in the email version of the broadcast. I have just received another package of QSL Cards and they will be listed in next weekâ€Ös email version of the broadcast.
If I am holding card(s) for you and you would like them mailed to you rather then being delivered on an opportunity basis please send me some stamps. Thanks to those who have sent stamps. While SAE's are OK, I prefer stamps as I can then provide an appropriate envelope to suit the number of cards.
Herman has a copy of the Log File for VK7WIA (716 QSO's) and will be getting cards ready to distribute in the next several weeks or so. At a $1.20 per card for direct mail it will be expensive so will likely send VK cards to the various States Inwards QSL Bureau. If you want your card direct please send me a stamp. As usual happy to send VK7 cards to the regular distribution teams or distribute them on an opportunity basis. Herman asks to please let him know by email, if you want a QSL Card or not.
If you have any questions re QSL cards, please contact Herman by email vk7bureau(at)wia.org.au
Thank you to those Amateurs who have been in contact with Herman about their QSL card(s) listing.
73, Herman, VK7HW, WIA Manager VK7 Inwards QSL Bureau
Cards held at 10 November 2023 ( Any errors in the listing are mine, I sometimes miss culling a call sign)
A, AAA, AAD, AAE, AAH, AAP, AAR, AB, AC, ACE, ACG, ACN, AD, ADE, AED, AG(2014), AGC, AHT, AIR, AJC, AKK, ALZ, AM, AN, ANC, AO, AP, APZ, AR, AS, ATH, AXZ, AY, AZ
BA, BB, BBB, BO, BPV, BT, BYE
C/GH, CA, CBK, CBR, CC, CEJ, CJ, CL, CMV, CV, CW, CX
DC, DD, DG, DIK, DM, DN, DO, DP, DQ, DW, DY, DZ
EA, EE, EG, EI, EK, ER, EV
FADZ, FALX (alx), FAZZ, FCDW, FCIA, FF, FG, FGGT, FLAR, FLI, FPRN, FRJG(RG), FTAS
GA, GC, GEL, GGZ, GH/C, GM, GN, GOP, GR, GS, GW, GZ
HBR, HCH, HCK, HDM, HDX, HH, HOB, HL, HPD, HRS, HSA, HSD, HSJ, HVK, HZ
IAN, ID, IK, IS
JA, JAZ, JB, JCR, JGD, JJ, JOK, JP, JW
KA, KAC, KBA, KD, KDO, KI, KJ, KJL, KKR, KL, KO, KRJ, KT
LCW, LDH, LH, LL, LLL, LM, LT, LVH, LW
MA, MAG, MBD, MC, MD, MEL, MET, MHZ, MJ, MOO, MR, MRS, MS, MX
NA, NC, ND, NEC, NET, NFI, NIK, NRF, NRT, NSE, NSS, NTE, NVH, NW, NWQ, NWT
OB, OR, OT
PAF, PAL, PBD, PD, PM, PRN, PSH, PSJ, PSZ, PW
RG/FRJG, RJ, ROY
SM, SN, STO, SV, SW, SZ
TCE, TED, TK, TO, TS, TUX, TW, TX, TZ
VA, VAC, VAO,VAZ, VDC, VEK, VH, VR, VTM
WA, WC, WH, WL, WN(0), WO, WT, WUU, WX
XDM, XTC, XV, XX
ZA, ZBX, ZE, ZGK, ZJJ, ZK, ZM, ZMS, ZT, ZTA, ZX
VI70MI , VI70HI(op DIANE), VI75G , VK75FAA
NEWS FROM THE NORTH
SOTA/WWFF PARKS GROUP
The Summits On The Air/World Wide Flora and Fauna parks group meets twice weekly â€“ 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
Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club Incorporated
We can start this week on a happy note, it was great to see Kevin VK7KR, at the Friday morning coffee session. Kevin dropped into the club for a cuppa and a chat with many familiar faces, he was also bearing gifts of Kenwood manuals. These will happily go into the clubs reference archives. Thank you Kevin the donation is much appreciated, and it was excellent to catch up.
Now the following item is a bit convoluted, it came from an e-mail I received from an amateur that was visiting New Zealand. It is in regards to a â€śnot so shortâ€ť video posted by a Victorian amateur, who surely all of us have heard of, Peter Parker VK3YE. Peter was demonstrating a rather neat little simple regenerative receiver he had made. The received audio was excellent but strangely familiar, he was listening live to the NTARC Wednesday night Technical Net hosted by our very own Nic VK7WW, under the club call sign of VK7TAZ on 80 metres. The discussion itself was an excellent discourse on Antennas used for the 80 Metre band and well worth a listen in its own right.
Thank you to Jordan VK3ACU for noticing the video and posting it onto the Tech Netâ€Ös Discord channel for viewing. There you are, â€śfull circleâ€ť back to VK7.
The video is worth watching if only for the fact the receiver was adorned with a â€śsteam punk style tuning knobâ€ť providing the operator with a smooth tuning control.
I have provided the videoâ€Ös link in the text version of this broadcast. Go on, you know you want to check it out! hihi
VK7s chat about antennas on 80m - YouTube (then click on the â€śBrowse YouTubeâ€ť, button if it comes up)
NTARC Auction Hosting â€“ â€śShack Clear-outâ€ť auction Saturday the 25th November at the NTARC Club rooms Archer Street, Rocherlea. As at last count we were rapidly approaching 140 Lots, that is 140 Lots guaranteed for auction, now thatâ€Ös a lot of Lots to go under the Gavel!
This Auction is open to ALL enthusiasts, Short Wave Listeners and Radio Amateurs worldwide â€“ you do not have to be a member of the Club to Buy or Sell. Please sort your gear out that you wish to dispose of, and bring it along. Acceptance of items closes the morning of the Auction up to 10:30am.
If you would like your items included on the NTARC Web sites auction catalogue, please send us a brief description of each item or â€śLotâ€ť to the: secretary(at)ntarc.net .
Nic VK7WW, will be doing the honours as master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the day. All eager participants will be congregating abou10:00 am ready for the auctioneerâ€Ös first Gavel strike to occur at 10:30. To view current items please go to the NTARC website and select the â€śNoticesâ€ť option to view the catalogue of items.
End of Year Celebration â€“ has now been locked in, it will be on Wednesday the 6th of December and will be held at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill located at 468 Westbury Rd, Prospect Vale, Launceston. We will be in a quiet function room at the rear of the dining area. Tables have been booked under the name of NTARC and the Menu is a-la-carte. We will be arriving at 6pm for a 6:30 meal.
Please RSVP to the secretary at: secretary(at)ntarc.net or jot your name and number of places required on the registration sheet next to the sign in register on a Wednesday night session or Friday coffee morning. We will need to confirm final numbers with the Iron Horse by December, so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.
A link to the Iron Horse location and menu information is available in the text version of this broadcast.
The Club Technical night - The next session will be on Wednesday the 15th of November and will commence at 6.30 pm through to about 10.00 pm, at the Club room Archer Street, Rocherlea.
Coffee Morning - held every Friday in the NTARC Club rooms. Time is from 10am to noon and we look forward to seeing you all there. So why not pop in and join us for a cuppa, there is endless tea and coffee along with biscuits available for a donation.
The TestNet and TechNet session â€“ Every Wednesday, TestNet/CW course on 3.580MHz from 7pm till 7.30pmâ€¦. and a TechNet on 3.567MHz from 7.30pm till about 8.30pm. Your host for the evening will be Nic VK7WW.
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.
Thatâ€Ös all folks,
73 from Stefan, VK7ZSB, Secretary NTARC Inc.
NEWS FROM THE SOUTH
Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania
December End of Year Activities
REAST will be celebrating the end of a very successful 2023 with a free BBQ, car boot sale and fox hunts on the Queens Domain.
This will be taking place on Sunday December 3rd from 11am at the Queens Domain clubrooms.
Bring along any car boots that you would like to sell and as a bonus for attendees you might possibly put some some radio equipment within the boots and sell that as wellâ€¦.HIHI!
We are looking to run some fox hunts around the top of the Queens Domain and will have some prizes for those lucky enough to find those pesky little foxes.
If you are intending to come along please let our Secretary know so we can have some idea of the number of snags, patties and special food requirements that we will need to cater for - just drop and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fee for carboot sellers is the enormous amount of $5 into the donations box or tap at the square.
See you there.
73 REAST Committee
DATV Experimenter's Night
We started with the ALARAMeet Wrap-Up with Margaret ZL2YF and Ken ZL4KD
Margaret started by describing what happened on Friday 3rd Nov leading up to registration Friday afternoon. On Saturday 4th Nov proceedings started with the Welcome from Michelle VK2AYL and in the Morning there was a trip to Salamanca Market. In the afternoon there was a morse code bracelet creation session and Margaret made her callsign. Shirley VK5YL talked about the ANZA net and Echolink and then there was a talk by Marija VK5MAZ on parks activations, this was fiished with a talk by Sue VK5AYL and her creation of the Parks & Peaks application.
The Saturday dinner menu was shown which was magnificent and the guest speaker was Alison Alexander - historian about the Female Factory that was visited on the Sunday morning. There was also a Bonnet Parade and judging on Saturday night.
On Sunday 5th November everyone got onto a bus and went to the Female Factory and everyone learned about life at the factory. For Margaret it was quite confronting as women were not treated well in those times and thank goodness things have changed.
The bus then took everyone up to the REAST Clubrooms for a gourmet lunch with fox hunts and great food.
Sunday afternoon was a trip to the historic village of Richmond and this lead into another scrumptious Sunday dinner - it was spectacular!
Justin went through the items on the dinner table and the registration packs and then Margaret then talked about the dinner speaker on the Sunday night was Phil Tyson from the Sound Preservation Society of Tasmania and his sound and pictures presentation on women in Tasmanian broadcast industry.
Ken outlined the Mystery History Radio Tour aspects that he found interesting on the Saturday afternoon and the activities on the Monday for those that have been staying in Tasmania.
A huge thank you to Margaret ZL2YF and Ken ZL4KD for coming along and taking us through their experience of ALARAMeet 2023.
Rex VK7MO then updated us on his latest Auroral Propagation update about the 5/6 November event.
Rex outlined the maximum and minimum levels on 6 and 2 metres - there were 1005 decodes on 6m and 908 decodes on 2m.
Rex outlined the KEOGRAM and the capture of the Aurora on the 5 November and the strength of the Kp index.
Brodie VK3MAP is using two different versions of WSJT on two different computers and we played the audio file at -2dB and +11dB and getting different doppler results which is highly confusing.
Rex showed the correlation with the Kp index, Auroral Oval and decodes throughout the event. Rex went through his findings and conclusions and issues with doppler.
This week's show we have a talk by Andrew VK7HPC on setting an AMPRNet Packet node, some more on the RadioBerry, a mini-Variac and if time permits the latest DUBUS and Lo-Key Magazines.
See you there or on the stream.
We stream the nights on the REAST YouTube channel.
We also go out on RF - DVB-T 7MHz Standard Definition on 445.5MHz. 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.
73, Justin, VK7TW
Training and Assessments
The next REAST Foundation Licence training and all licence assessment day is on Saturday November 25th from 9:00am.
If you are thinking of coming along then please let Reg Emmett VK7KK REAST Learning Organiser know ASAP by phoning 0417 391 607 or via the REAST Website Contact Form.
Check out the REAST Foundation Licence Training Videos that can be found on the REAST YouTube Training and Assessment playlist.
And checkout the REAST Facebook page events for further details.
73, Reg, VK7KK
Satellite tech provides state-wide connectivity for WA Police
The Western Australian Police Force has announced that it will soon become the first law enforcement agency in the world to integrate low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite technology with its current communication network, giving officers high-speed internet anywhere in the state. The technology will be accessible from 550 WA Police vehicles and close to 130 regional stations, benefiting day-to-day patrols as well as specialist teams such as the Regional Operations Group, Tactical Response Group and Regional Enforcement Unit.
Making up one-third of the Australian continent, WA has one of the largest police jurisdictions in the world â€ö yet just 26% of the state has mobile phone or radio coverage. The $8.5 million upgrade will enable police operating in remote locations to instantly send and receive mission-critical information, including automatic number plate recognition data and real-time emergency alerts. It also means officers will be able to livestream body-worn and vehicle dashboard camera footage to the Perth-based State Operations Command Centre, as well as aircraft and security camera vision.
In a recent 12-week trial, officers working from isolated police stations in Kintore, Balgo, Burringurrah, Kalumburu and Jigalong benefited from access to high-speed internet. LEO communication equipment was also tested by Water Police and during high-profile operations such as Exmouthâ€Ös Total Solar Eclipse event in April.
â€śThis high-tech upgrade will boost the ability of police to solve crimes and coordinate large-scale emergency responses like remote searches for missing people,â€ť said WA Police Minister Paul Papalia.
â€śFor the first time, officers will have high-speed internet no matter where they are in the state, meaning regional WA police will have the same level of connectivity as their metropolitan colleagues.
â€śBeing able to livestream vehicle dashcam and body-worn camera vision will â€¦ improve situational awareness for officers on the frontline, helping them to make informed decisions during emergency situations.â€ť
Police Commissioner Col Blanch added, â€śGoing forwards, the Western Australia Police Force will have the best communications capability of any jurisdiction in Australia, if not the world.
â€śWe can now â€¦ live stream body-worn cameras and dashcams from the State Operations Command Centre in Perth and provide specialist support to our frontline officers anywhere in the state, at any time.
â€śReal-time communications means a real-time capability to respond, 24/7.â€ť
Sourced from the Critical Comms Web E-zine.
Regular VK7 gatherings and events over the coming months:
Sewing Circle Net â€“ Daily on 3.640MHz commences at 5:00pm AEST.
Statewide SSTV Net - held every Thursday night via the North/South Link on VK7RAF/VK7RJG from 7:30pm. In the North and North West - VK7RJG on 438.55 -7MHz and in the South - VK7RAF (146.650 -600kHz) CTCSS tone 141.3Hz to link RAF North-South.
State-wide â€“ MICROWAVE QSO Party â€“ following the Sunday broadcast call-back on 1296.15 MHz FM. One group in the greater Hobart area and another in the greater Launceston area.
Then North-south digital contacts on 1296.2MHz using Q65-60B.
Stations in the Launceston area transmitting on the odd minute. Southern stations on the even minute.
SOTA/WWFF Group â€“ Meeting Mondays and Fridays 10.30-12.00 midday at Glebe Gardens Cafe, Henry St, Launceston.
NTARC - TestNet and TechNet session â€“ Every Wednesday. TestNet/CW course on 3.580MHz from 7pm till 7.30pmâ€¦. and a TechNet on 3.567MHz from 7.30pm till about 8.30pm. Your host for the evening will be Nic VK7WW.
NTARC Coffee Morning - held every Friday in the NTARC Club rooms. Time is from 10am to noon and we look forward to seeing you all there. So why not pop in and join us for a cuppa, there is endless tea and coffee along with biscuits available for a donation.
NTARC - Club Technical night - The next session will be on Wednesday the 15th of November and will commence at 6.30 pm through to about 10.00 pm, at the Club room Archer Street, Rocherlea.
NW VK7 â€“ Wednesday from 8:00pm local â€“ NW Tassie Amateur Repeater Group Net on VK7RMD
NW VK7 - Thursday commencing at 8:30pm local - N.W. Tassie 2m DX Net 144.190 USB
NW SSTV Nights - 27 November - hosted by Eric VK7EV from 7:30pm using VK7RMD 70cm repeater on Mt Duncan on the 4th Monday in the Month.
NTARC - November 25 - NTARC Shack Clear-out Auction Hosting
WICEN TAS (Sth) - November 26 - Special General Meeting at Queens Domain from 2pm (Zoom & In-Person)
VK - November 25/26 - VHF and Above Spring Field Day Contest
REAST - December 3 - EOY BBQ, Car Boot Sale and Fox Hunt - Queens Domain Clubooms from 11am after broadcast.
NTARC - December 6 - End Of Year Celebration - details to be announced.
NTARC - December 13 - Club General meeting will be held in the Rocherlea club rooms from 7:30pm.
A reminder to those people rostered for next weekâ€Ös broadcast:
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, VK7JH and VK7DC
DMR: Talk Group 5 and D-Star: Reflector 91C VK7ZCR
You can hear this broadcast again on Tuesday night at 8:00pm on repeaters VK7RAA in Northern VK7 and VK7RHT in the South.
A huge thank you to all people and organisations that assisted with this broadcast.
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.
The deadline for items is 21:00 on Friday prior to the Sunday of the broadcast.
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, 73, stay safe from Rick, VK7RI.
(Posted to the packet network courtesy Tony VK7AX)
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