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Default WIANEWS for week commencing OCTOBER 7 2007

This is WIANEWS for week commencing OCTOBER 7 2007





Richard VK3JFK and his crew are performing miracles with lots of hard work
on the APRS front in VK3

VK3 APRS PATH CHANGE:-

Remember to change your Mobile Tracker or Kenwood radio’s due to the
implementation of the APRS ‘New n-N Paradigm’.

Over time the old RELAY,WIDE and RELAY,WIDE2-2 paths will not longer work in
Victoria. They will be replaced with the path of WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 for mobiles
and [your local digi],WIDE2-1 for home and fixed stations.

To implement the ‘New n-N Paradigm’ all you need to do is edit the APRS path
in your tracker, Kenwood radio or home station and change it to;

- WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 for your mobile.

- [Your local Digi],Wide2-1 for your home station. ( Replace [Your local Digi]
with the closest digipeater to you )

In a few instances you may need to use the path of WIDE1-1,WIDE2-2 for
mobiles.

For the recommended path in your area visit
http://vk3.aprs.net.au/packet_path_guide.htm

The following VK3 area Digipeaters only support the ‘New n-N Paradigm’;
VK3RCV-1, VK3RON-1, VK3RLV-1, VK2RBX-1.

VK3ROW-1 and VK3RMD-1 will be upgraded to support only the ‘New n-N Paradigm’
over the next few weeks.

IF you don’t change your path you may no longer be able to access the VK3 area
APRS RF Network.




WICEN & APRS:-

WICEN is getting ready for the annual Rally of Melbourne Event (10th & 11th of
November) which is held in the Healesville area each year.

This year more use of APRS is expected. You may have noticed a number of
digipeaters with a W overlay on the icon on your map. These are the WICEN
digis that being setup on 145.200Mhz for the Rally.

They will be used for Rally scoring as well as APRS.

During the Rally you should be able to watch the tracked vehicles from feeds
on APRS-IS as the rally APRS data is being fed into an IGate. WICEN may use
ACMA approved operational call signs for the event. Please do not use these
digipeaters for general APRS traffic.


The second rally event to use APRS this year will be the Alpine Rally held on
the 24th and 25th of November. This rally is held in the Bairnsdale area.

It will be using the APRS digipeaters VK3REB-1, VK3VHF-1 as well as 2 portable
digipeaters. The event will operate on 145.175Mhz for scoring and Rally APRS
traffic. During this time all non-local APRS traffic will be removed from the
RF Network and local stations that are not involved in the event are requested
to reframe from using APRS for the period of the event.

This event will also be fed to APRS-IS.

(Richard VK3JFK VK3 APRS Coordinator).




Richard VK2SKY says a US ham taking part in the World Solar Challenge hopes
to be on 30m with APRS so we could follow his progress, www.findu.com
But he needs to borrow a rig, preferably from someone in VK5

The race is Oct 20 through Oct 27, Darwin to Adelaide.

Andrew, KE7ESD ) says "To make it easier on getting/returning
the equipment, we will have team members coming through Adelaide early this
week. They will then be travelling up to Darwin. I will be arriving in
Darwin
on the 16th".

p.s. I'm in the process of getting my Australian license right now!

Now KE7ESD's email address...






Australian D-Star News.

Things are hotting up in the Australian D-Star world.
Since NTAC allocated the segment in the band plan for D-Star operations there
has been a lot of simplex activity in Melbourne particularly on 145.125Mhz.

D-Star simplex contacts have been reported from Box Hill to Murchison, a
distance if approximately 150Kms. Both stations where using base station
antennas however one station was using an ICOM IC-91AD hand held.

Amateurs seem to be embracing the D-STAR technology in a very enthusiastic
way, in fact, one local ham outlet in Melbourne has been so busy, he is
talking about taking holidays!!!


The Melbourne D-Star team are working hard to have the first Melbourne D-Star
repeater VK3RWN online ASAP. The second D-Star repeater, VK3RMM will be
operational before the end of the year. The VK3RMM analogue voice repeater
will operate in parallel with the VK3RMM digital D-Star repeater.

On Friday night an informal talk was given to the Maryborough (Vic) Amateur
Radio Club by Peter VK2TQ and Richard VK3JFK on D-Star.
At the same time in the Blue Mountains Henry, VK2OM was giving a D-Star talk
to the member of the Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club.

There are a number of new concepts to learn about DStar operations. It’s not
the same as using an analogue repeater, yet it opens up a new range of options
for operators such as DPRS, D-Star SMS and noise free international digital
voice intercommunications through D-Star Gateways and the internet.

To assist operators to gain and share their knowledge, experience and local
information on D-Star the WIA has set up a National D-Star email list. You can
joint the National D-Star list by going to
http://lists.wia.org.au/mailman/listinfo/dstar and fill out the details to
subscribe.

A web site is being developed at www.dstar.org.au

The web site contains some basic information on D-Star and the Australian
D-Star scene. The National D-Star web site is currently being built and will
be on line soon.




HAMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
(4vks)

VK1
vk1 local news email and ask for subscription.



VK2
web service:-
http://www.arnsw.org.au/html/news_vk2wi.htm

CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY

On Sunday 17th February 2008 the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Field Day
will again be held at the Wyong Race Course. This is the most popular field
day in Australia, generally drawing about two thousand interested amateurs
and electronic hobbyists each year.

Major Australian radio and electronic equipment suppliers will be in
attendance with displays of the latest radio and electronic equipment for
sale.

Displays will also be provided by several amateur radio clubs and special
interest groups and throughout the day an interesting lecture program will be
provided.

The Newcastle Embroiders Guild will also be providing craft activities
throughout the day which should be of great interest to the XYL’s.

The extensive car boot sale area will again be very active, providing a wide
choice of goods for sale. As usual the free tea, coffee and chat area will
operate but this time in a new bigger location. The various food outlets
providing hot and cold sit down or take away food will also operate as usual.

As a new feature this year to promote further socialisation by those
attending the field day, an Official Dinner will be held at the venue on the
evening of Saturday 16th February 2008. This will be a buffet style meal
with a guest speaker who will talk on an interesting radio relevant subject.

This Field Day provides the greatest opportunity for the amateur operator or
electronic enthusiast to see and purchase all the latest gear in one location
and meet up with a very wide range of like minded enthusiasts – a great
opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new friends.

More details will soon appear on the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club’s web
site www.ccarc.org.au.

How about you put it in your calendar as a must do event!




OCTOBER 27-28
The Wagga Amateur Radio Club is this year’s host for the Riverina Field Day.

The venue is again the clubhouse in Small St. The usual flea markets, Trade
and other displays will run continuously in the hall from 9am on Sunday.

There will be a Field Day dinner to mark the opening and will be held at
Clubrooms on the Saturday evening. It will take the form of a smorgasbord.
Bookings are essential.

More Field Day information can be obtained from the club’s website
http://wagga.radiocorner.net/

For more information contact John VK2YW on 02 6926 5471 AH or




VK3
web service:-
http://www.amateurradio.com.au/news/



VK4
web service local news:- www.wiaq.com/qnews/upload/qnewsbcast.htm
local news email subscribe in subject
field.

QAC office officers :-

VK4AHW Harvey Wickes
VK4AQ Ross Anderson
VK4BY Don Wilschefski
VK4UH Kevin Johnstone



VK5



VK6
web service
http://www.vk6.net/newswest-index.html



VK7
local area news :- http://reast.asn.au/news.php
your copy of vk7 local news, email


NEW VK7 ADVISORY COMMITTEE

David Potter VK7YUM – WIA Nominee
Clayton Reading VK7ZCR – REAST Nominee
Jason Reilly VK7ZJA - NTARC Nominee
Peter Rumble VK2IY/4KX – NWTARIG Nominee

In short the functions of the Advisory Committee as defined by the
National WIA include:

Provision of advice and information to the board in relation to
matters identified by the board;

Promote amateur radio, the WIA and membership;

Making available and encouraging others to make available local news
for WIA broadcasts and releases; and,

Liaising with affiliated clubs.

http://www.wia.org.au/news/2007/20070502-02.php




EDUCATION YOUTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO PRESENTED BY KYLEA VK6FXYL

CLUBS TO ADMINISTER ZU EXAMS

The SARL is pleased to announce that the SARL has finalised the arrangement
for affiliated clubs to offer the class B examination for their students.
The new arrangement mean that Class B examinations can be conducted at ANY
time of the year in addition to the South African national examinations held
in May and October.




SARL PRESIDENT ADDRESSED FET TEACHERS

Graham Hartlett, ZS6GJH, addressed a group of teachers who attended a
training course for Further Education and Training arranged by the Department
of Communications. The objective of the course is to train teachers to
take amateur radio into their colleges.

He cited amateur radio not just as a fun activity, but an activity that has a
positive outcome on the further training of young people in the Science,
Engineering and Technology disciplines.

Further Education and Training (FET) colleges strive to provide high-quality
education and training to help learners equip themselves with the
qualifications and skills needed to start out on a chosen career path.

"Amateur Radio can make a valuable contribution in this career choice and in
addition teach basic technical and communication skills that will equip young
people to render services to their community such as disaster communication
and communication during large sporting events.




FUTURE EXAMS

To find out when a club in YOUR area is hosting assessments and/or
training in Amateur Radio go to wia.org.au and check out the club pages.


Participating clubs keep this site up to date and post the latest
information for all to see.

Also check the text edition of each news edition, where we do keep a
secondary listing.

On the audio broadcast we will continue to give new information when
it is received, but just in case you miss it one week, you can always
access our text




Help amateur radio continue to grow

Do you know someone who could be interested in joining our hobby? Then
encourage them to enrol in a Foundation Licence training course.



Next Foundation Licence course, and Standard / Advanced assessments .....


NEW SOUTH WALES

Summerland (Lismore), their next Foundation course/exam will be 10-11 November
If you know of any prospects, advise them of this date and let John VK2JWA or
Duncan VK2DLR of their details.

Summerland Amateur Radio Club. VK2SRC Ph.: +61 02-66247247
Club: 414 Richmond Hill Rd. Email:
GOONELLABAH, NSW. 2480.
http://www.nor.com.au/community/sarc/
Post: PO Box 524 IRLP: 6220



ARNSW regularly holds Foundation Licence Assessments as well as Exams for
Standard and Advanced Licences.
Held on the last weekend of each EVEN numbered month.


Waverley Amateur Radio Society (SYDNEY)
They hold Foundation Licence courses regularly, email the club at

OR visit vk2bv.org or call Simon, VK2UA on 9328 7141.



VICTORIA

At Bendigo classes and licence assessments are conducted by Ross Pittard
VK3FCE who can be contacted via email




The Central Goldfields Amateur Radio Club, Maryborough regularly holds
classes. Contact Peter Rafferty VK3CC on 5460 4387 or email




QUEENSLAND

The Redcliffe Club will be conducting Foundation licence training at the Club
rooms commencing on 8 October. Alan Jenner, VK4KZ, will hold classes
every Sunday for 4 Sundays, commencing 10.30 am and finishing at 3 pm.
If you wish to join these classes please contact Alan by phone, 5497 4634
or email him at
.



On the Gold Coast and want to talk to the world through their IRLP and
EchoLink systems? Or already licensed and wish to upgrade Foundation
to Standard? Well classes are held at the Nerang Clubhouse of the
GCARS, ring Roy VK4IG on 5539 3530 Exams can be taken at a time
to suit you.



TARC WIA Exams Information
Exam sessions are held on demand with WIA Assessors and assessment packs
available for all 3 levels of licensing.
Contact theTARCinc WIA Exams Regional Co-ordinator Roger/VK4CD 0417 638366.
www.tarc.org.au/tarcexam.htm



Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club
TREC WIA Exams Information
TREC will conduct exam sessions as required, at a time to suit the
candidate. WIA Assessors and assessment packs are available for all 3
levels of licensing.
Contact the TREC WIA Exams Co-ordinator Dale VK4DMC on 4091 3700 or
for further information.




SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society will run Foundation licence's
at the Aviation Museum, 56 Lipson Street Port Adelaide, November
3rd and 4th. Contact the course convenor, Sasi Nayar on 0417 858 547



Examinations are hosted by South Coast Amateur Radio Club.
Those interested in sitting for foundation or license upgrades,
please contact by email




TASMANIA

Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania

For more information or enrol please contact Reg Emmett VK7KK by
emailing
or calling 0417 391 607


And remember Foundation Licence Manuals and CD's are available for
purchase at McCann's Model World in Elizabeth St. Hobart at $20.

A quick reminder about "Intro to the Standard Licence" sessions
on a Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00pm in the Domain clubrooms.

These sessions are an introduction to the standard licences and
attempt to de-mystify the upgrading process.
(Ken VK7DY/Reg, VK7KK)




INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Marconi Clifden Celebrations

On the 17th of October 1907 Guglielmo Marconi sent his first commercial
message from the then new station at Clifden, Ireland. This October in
celebration of this historic event members of the Galway Radio Experimenters
Club will be running a special event station from Saturday 13th to Wednesday
17th from Clifden. The club has been issued the call sign EI100MFT for the
event, MFT been the last call sign used on the original station.

On the Wednesday they will be making a special linkup with the Marconi sister
station in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Part of this linkup will be an exchange
of greetings between President Mary McAleese and Lieutenant Governor of Nova
Scotia the Honourable Mayann E. Francis. The group will also be honoured to
have Princess Electra Marconi present as she is visiting Clifden for the
festival along with an Exhibit from the Marconi Foundation in Bologna. The
Galway Radio Experimenters Club will also be presenting a display of vintage
equipment.

More details on the festival can be found at
www.clifden.ie. Visitors to the
station are more than welcome and if you would like to participate this can
also be arranged. For further information please contact Enda Broderick
(II2II) on 086-8676410 or email: “enda dot Broderick at lightnet dot ie”.
{irts}




The first commercial transatlantic message was transmitted from Marconi’s
Station in Clifden to his North American complex in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
almost 100 years ago. Marconi’s achievements will be celebrated with a
series of Marconi Centenary commemorative events from October the 12th to the
17th in Clifden, coordinated by the Clifden Chamber of Commerce.

The celebrations include a lecture by Paul Duffy, Chartered Engineer and
historian, entitled ‘Marconi-The Engineering Marvel’. This lecture will take
place at the Clifden Station House Theatre on Sunday the 14th of October at
1 p.m. Michael Sexton, Chartered Engineer and author of ‘Marconi: The
Irish Connection’, will give a lecture on the national aspect of Marconi’s
work at the Clifden Station House Theatre on Monday the 15th of October at
1 p.m.

Professor Peter Kennedy will chair a forum entitled "Whither Wireless
Communications? Marconi's Legacy in the 21st Century” on Tuesday the 16th of
October at Clifden Station House Theatre. This forum will reflect on
Marconi's achievements and the future for wireless communications in an era
of ubiquitous connectivity.
[IRTS]



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NEWS FROM ARNEWSLINE

HAMS HELP NAB FLORIDA BURGLERS

3 Florida juveniles who allegedly used Amateur Radio gear to coordinate at
least one burglary and possibly more have been taken into custody. This,
after two they showed up on a wide area repeater that two hams were
monitoring. One of them was a retired police officer.

It all started back on September 8th . Albert Moreschi, AG4BV, of Jupiter
Farms and John Levey, KI4HTL, of Palm Beach Gardens, were listening to the
repeater when some unexpected transmissions were heard. Some unlicensed
operators showed up and what they were talking about caught KI4HTL's ear.
As a retired police officer, Levey, he knew what it was being discussed. So
he began recording the radio transmissions from the suspects while he and
Morsechi notified local law enforcement. Unfortunately, the would-be
burglars didn’t describe the house well enough to get the exact address.

Then on September 21st the same group of bootleggers again showed up on the
repeater. It was evident to Levey what was happening, so he again began
recording the transmissions while coordinating with Morsechi by cell phone.

Meantime, the owner of the house being burglarized was huddled in her bedroom
closet, calling sheriff’s deputies for help. They arrived on scene and the
hams listening to the repeater knew it because the last transmission from the
suspects was “Code Red, Code Red, Code Red. There are cops everywhere, dude!”

But for Levey, the work didn’t end with the suspects arrest. He then headed
to the Jupiter Farms Sheriff’s Office substation where one of the suspects
had been taken. KI4HTL identified himself as a former police officer and a
ham radio operator. He told the deputy on duty that he had recordings of the
suspects radio transmissions. The Sheriff’s Office is now in possession of
the tapes.

Oh yes. We forgot to mention that the repeater that the suspects chose to use
has coverage Boynton Beach to Port St. Lucie. That’s several hundred square
miles. Its also a Citizens Emergency Response Team Repeater so there is
always someone listening in.




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RSGB NEWS G4NJH

The successful 3B7C DXpedition was extended for a day beyond its initial
target. Operations were finally closed down at 0331z on Tuesday 25 September.
The group managed a grand total of 135,718 QSOs, making it the third
most-worked DXpedition of all time. Like 3B7C, the two most worked
DXpeditions, D68C and 3B9C, were all operated by the Five Star DXers
Association. Congratulations to all those involved.



The JOTA Story

A new publication has been announced to celebrate 50 years of Jamboree On The
Air. The book is co-authored by Les Mitchell, G3BHK, Len Jarrett, VE3MYF and
Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR. A limited edition of The JOTA Story will be
available shortly after the 50th JOTA on 20th and 21st October.

See http://home.tiscali.nl/worldscout/Jo...%20history.htm




OPERATIONAL NEWS -

October 6th to 7th
2007 Oceania DX Contest SSB

The EMDRC will be operating a portable station at Kurth’s Kiln, located near
Gembrook.

The Oceania DX contest has been around for many years in early October and was
known previously as the VK/ZL Contest. Activity has increased over the last
three years due to a huge promotional effort by a joint Australian and
New Zealand Committee.

PHONE: 0800 UTC Saturday 6 October to 0800 UTC Sunday 7 October 2007


The Parks web page for Kurth Kiln is
http://svc015.wic028p.server-web.com...y.cfm?park=238
the friends group is
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~fofkk/




October 13th and 14th of October
Oceania DX CW contest.

This contest is for 24 hour and start 0800 UTC Saturday 14 October to 0800
UTC Sunday 15 October 2007.




Boat Anchor Sprints:
October (13).
Local ZL time: 2000 to 2100 hrs

Section 1: Old radios - all valves - i.e. ZC1, 19 set, Heathkits, any
home brew set, but must have all valves.

Section 2: Any Hybrid transceiver (must have valve finals i.e. FT200,
FTDX400/401, Drake, FT 101s, etc..

Amplitude Modulated signals only.

The overall winner shall be the entrant having the highest points score
which will be published in the following New Zealand "Break-in".
(Jamie Pye ZL2NN, Editor NZART's InfoLine)




From October 6 0000hrs UTC through 7 October 2359 UTC there is a world wide

event promoting PSK31 and studying propogation on the 30 metre band..

The frequency being used 10.139.5Mhz USB

Sponsored by the amateur group PropNet the event will see a world wide net of
automatic beacon like PSK31 stations which will periodically transmit ID
statements.

Reception of these signals will be logged to produce a report on
propagation... Details can be found on the PropNet Google group site.
The Group encourages listeners to report on reception of the signals...

Events such as this are widening the capability of amateur radio and the
utilisation of the tools provided by PSK31.


Following on from PropNet, all Australian and New Zealand amateurs are
invited to join together in the true Anzac spirit by participating in the
first ever VK/ZL 30 Meter Digital Weekend, October 21.

This is not a contest but a casual affair promoting 30 meter Digital activity
allowing those worldwide to work amateurs in VK/ZL and to see how well
propagation really does work on this band.

So if you have some spare time over the 3rd weekend in October to hop on the
band and work a few stations that would be great. It is lining up to be a
exciting opportunity that may turn into a annual event.


When: Starting at 0500UTC on 21 October and Ending at 2000UTC 22 October

Whe 30 meter Band 10.135 to 10.145 MHZ

Modes: Mainly PSK31 BUT all digital modes welcomed including RTTY.

Objective: To make contact with VK/ZL Stations. This is not a contest but a
casual event in promoting 30 meters Digital activity in conjunction
with the 30 meter PSK Group
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/30meterPSKGroup

Contact: Bill ZL3NB at

Please send all logs to
or by snail mail to
174 Beach Road, North Beach, Christchurch New Zealand 8083




NOVEMBER 17/18 VK Spring VHF-UHF Field Day

John Martin reports that this is a week later than in past years. The change
of dates avoids clashes with some club activities that will taking place
earlier in the month.

There are two minor changes in the rules:

1. Stations may enter both the 24 hour and 8 hour sections, but only if the
station actually operates for more than 8 hours.
2. Changing locations: It is not in the spirit of the contest for
grid-hoppers to set up more than one station and move between them. The
rules now make it clear that not only the operator but also the station
must be moved when operating locations are changed.

The full details are on
www.wia.org.au




NOW ROBERT BROOMHEAD - VK3KRB.

WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- FINAL FRONTIER
VK5ZAI is the Australian Co-ordinator for ARISS.

AMSAT-VK UNOFFICIAL HF Net.
2nd Sunday each month.
November through March 0900 UTC 7.068 MHz
April through October 1000 UTC 3.685 MHz


Sputnik 1 – a world first

Confirmation that the Soviet Union had launched the first man-made earth
orbiting satellite came with a radio signal that was heard half a century ago
last Thursday, October the 4th.

Around the world amateur radio enthusiasts picked up the satellite’s beacon
signal on a frequency of 20.007MHz.

A number of radio amateurs had their five minutes of fame through media
reports of their claims of hearing the satellite.

Its history making orbit of earth had a permanent impact on many of today’s
baby-boomers, whose interest in space and technology was awakened by Sputnik
1,
the true beginning of man’s space exploration.

Now let’s listen to how Sputnik 1’s weak signal was heard in October 1957 as
it orbited once every 96 minutes.

(audio file sputnik1)

We acknowledge the National Aeronautical and Space Administration for that
audio, first reported in Australia, according to the Mercury newspaper, by
VK7YY, OIC, Hobart Radio.

The same edition of the Mercury published pictures of Len Edwards
VK7LE and Crosby Welch VK7CW receiving Sputnik 1 transmissions. It
was claimed that: "Hundreds of the State's hams tuned into the Red
satellite".

Transmissions were on 20.005 MHz. & 40.002 MHz. and received at good
volume.

The professor of physics at Sydney University said ; " the launching
of the Soviet space satellite "means life or death for us… freedom or
the extinction of civilisation"".

That same weekend the Australian Government had planned detonation
of an air blast nuclear bomb at Maralinga.

Those were interesting times…………… and that information is from the
REAST Historian also Jim Linton VK3PC


One day shy of a month after Sputnik 1 made history as the world's first
man-made satellite, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2. This time, in
addition to radio transmitters like that of its predecessor, the satellite
carried the first animal into orbit, a dog named Laika

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputnik




WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- INTERNET --- THE HAMS DOMAIN

Word in of a "toolbar" that can be downloaded and installed in web browsers
like internet explorer, opera or firefox.

Once installed it will appear as a tool bar in the browser with links to
tons and tons of information on ham related subjects totally free of cost.

It comes with live internet links to BBC world service, Voice Of America,
Radio Australia, Radio New Zealand and more can be added.


This is a free service hosted by JOHN, G0DPC.

Download from haminfobar.co.uk:80/

(vu3mes satyan chennai)




WW SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS --- RADIO SCOUTING
http://www.scouts.com.au
http://www.scout.org/jota
http://www.wiaq.com/nationalnews/jotahead.htm

SCOUT JOTA HF Voice Calling Frequencies
3590, 7090, 14190, 21190, 28590 kHz
14290, 18140, 21360, 24960, 28390 kHz (DX)


This years 50th JOTA will run from October 19th at 22:00 hours to October
21st at 24:00 hours YOUR local time.

An official start will be given by the World Scout Bureau radio station in
Geneva, Switzerland on October 19th at 21:00 h UTC with a transmission in the
20 and 80 meter bands and on EchoLink.



VK4's Redcliffe and Districts Radio Club will be operating a field station at
the Murrenbong Scout campsite, located at Petrie in the Northern outskirts of
Brisbane, for this years 50th anniversary of JOTA, and the 100th anniversary
of the Scouting Movement.

The Club will be operating QRO HF on, SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 as well as EchoLink
and IRLP via the VK4RRC 2 metre and 70 cm club repeaters.

The club is also offering a crystal radio kit building exercise at the
campsite, along with fox hunting and CW activities.

For bookings, or if you can help, please contact our club secretary,
Peter, VK4TAA, or Peter, VK4TGV,
for more details, or visit the club website,
http://vk4rc.we.net.au for updated news of the event.

The club is already expecting 120 visitors over the weekend, please keep
a listen out for the call sign, VK4SMB, that's VK4, Scouts MurrenBong.




BB's DIARY ROOM - THE FUTURE, IN AMATEUR RADIO

SOCIAL SCENE

OCTOBER 6
Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society Annual Hamfest at Albert Waterways Hall.


October 14
Annual inter-club BBQ in central Victoria.

Members of the Central Goldfields Amateur Radio Club of Maryborough,
Midland Amateur Club from Bendigo, the Ballarat Amateur Radio Group and
Amateur Radio Victoria will attend this event at Laanacoorie next month.

Organiser Peter Rafferty VK3CC explains that it's a BYO meat and drinks
affair, with bread, butter, tea, coffee provided.

Apart from being a really great social occasion, last year's BBQ
resulted in the cooperative venture - the Centre Victoria RadioFest at
Kyneton.

The BBQ will be at the Laanacoorie Hall, the date Sunday the 14th of
October starting at 10am.

Laanacoorie is on the Loddon River on the Eddington side of Bendigo
about one third of the way between Maryborough and Bendigo.


OCTOBER 27-28
The Wagga Amateur Radio Club is this year’s host for the Riverina Field Day.

The Field Day is being held on the 27th and 28th of October. So please
pencil the date into your calendar.

The venue is again the clubhouse in Small St. The usual flea markets, Trade
and other displays will run continuously in the hall from 9am on Sunday.

There will be a Field Day dinner to mark the opening and will be held at
Clubrooms on the Saturday evening. It will take the form of a smorgasbord.
Bookings are essential.

More Field Day information can be obtained from the club’s website
http://wagga.radiocorner.net/

Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in NSW and is well situated halfway
between Sydney and Melbourne. These days it is a very leisurely 4 and a half
hour drive from Sydney’s outskirts with the majority of the trip on dual lane
highway. So why not plan a getaway and join us for the weekend.

For more information contact John VK2YW on 02 6926 5471 AH or





NOVEMBER 4
The Ballarat Hamvention at the Great Southern Woolshed located on the Western
Highway on the Melbourne Side of Ballarat. General entry for $6:00 is from
10am. details at the BARG website
www.barg.org.au


NOVEMBER 5
The Gladstone Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual beach BBQ at Millennium
Esplanade, Tannum Sands 12:00 midday. There will be a mystery auction and
games as well as a few refreshing drinks in the shady picnic area by the
beach.
For out-of-towners, just put in a call on 146.500 MHz or the repeater on
146.625 MHz for direction, or look for the clubs distinctive mud-crab banner.
RSVP if you like via


NOVEMBER 11
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Field/Market Day. Gates open 8am, close 4pm.
Boot Sales, Auction, Home Brew Competition, Lee Andrews Stand plus +++




DECEMBER 2
Westlake’s Amateur Radio Clubs Christmas Party will be held Noon at Eastern
Tiger Restaurant, which is located in the Cardiff RSL building, interested?
get in touch with VK2FDNE Diane.


DECEMBER 8
VK4 ALARA get-together, 3:30pm at GOLD COAST AMATEUR RADIO SOCITIES clubroom.
It's a Christmas Spit Roast Buffet and just $23:50 each,
Contact Pam to organise tickets 02 6676 6595


DECEMBER 9
Summerland Amateur Radio Club at Lismore are holding their Christmas Party
Ph: 6624 7247
Club: 414 Richmond Hill Rd. Email:

GOONELLABAH, NSW. 2480.
http://www.nor.com.au/community/sarc/
Post: PO Box 524 IRLP: 6220




JANUARY 20 2008

The Mid North Coast Amateur Radio Group invite all amateurs to attend the
2008 Mid North Coast Radio Expo to be held in Coffs Harbour on Sunday 20th
January.

The Expo is held at the St Johns Church Hall, Mc Lean Street, Coffs Harbour.
Gary VK2ZKT is the Radio Expo Coordinator on 02 66 55 2 990 or visit the
Groups comprehensive web site at www.mncarg.org



FEBRUARY 10

Announcing Centre Victoria RadioFest No. 2.
Second-hand traders, club corner, short-talk lectures, displays and the
popular dipole factory will all return, plus some new exciting activities to
be announced later.
All major commercial traders have already made commitments to be there again
in 2008.
For second hand table bookings that cost only $12.50 please contact Nick
Angelo VK3UCK 0488 653 201, or check out the website
radiofest.amateurradio.com.au


FEBRUARY 17

CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY

On Sunday 17th February 2008 the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Field Day
will again be held at the Wyong Race Course. This is the most popular field
day in Australia, generally drawing about two thousand interested amateurs
and electronic hobbyists each year.

Major Australian radio and electronic equipment suppliers will be in
attendance with displays of the latest radio and electronic equipment for
sale.

Displays will also be provided by several amateur radio clubs and special
interest groups and throughout the day an interesting lecture program will be
provided.

The Newcastle Embroiders Guild will also be providing craft activities
throughout the day which should be of great interest to the XYL’s.

The extensive car boot sale area will again be very active, providing a wide
choice of goods for sale. As usual the free tea, coffee and chat area will
operate but this time in a new bigger location. The various food outlets
providing hot and cold sit down or take away food will also operate as usual.

As a new feature this year to promote further socialisation by those
attending the field day, an Official Dinner will be held at the venue on the
evening of Saturday 16th February 2008. This will be a buffet style meal
with a guest speaker who will talk on an interesting radio relevant subject.

This Field Day provides the greatest opportunity for the amateur operator or
electronic enthusiast to see and purchase all the latest gear in one location
and meet up with a very wide range of like minded enthusiasts – a great
opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new friends.

More details will soon appear on the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club’s web
site www.ccarc.org.au.

How about you put it in your calendar as a must do event!





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