Editor: - Don MacDonald ZL3DMC email@example.com Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Issue 338 Date Friday 19/06/2016
In this Issue 220 MHz submission Special Event Station: 100th Anniversary of the San Francisco Radio Club MF Down Under Amateur Radio Roundatable – Heard Island recap Official Broadcast
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________________________________________ 1. NZART has put in the response below to RSM’s Band III (174 – 230 MHz) consultation paper in which we are requesting that a 1 MHz segment of the 56 MHz available (222 to 223 MHz, corresponding the Region 2 weak signal area) be allocated to NZ Amateurs. There appears to be plenty of spectrum available in the band for all known current and future demands (including Land Mobile Radio, Digital Audio Broadcasting, Public Protection and Disaster Relief and the ill-defined “Internet of Things”) so we are hopeful that our request will be granted.
________________________________________ 2. Special Event Station: 100th Anniversary of the San Francisco Radio Club Saturday, July 16, 2016 , 16:00 - 23:00Z. W6PW/100 Special qsl card. 28.300 24.945 21.275 18.150 14.225 7.178 MHz. QSL to Tony Dowler, K6BV c/o P.O. Box 1749, Pacifica, CA 94044-6749 with SASE. See http://qrz.com/db/w6pw for additional details.
________________________________________ 3. MF Down Under An edited VK – compilation of articles and projects for the 630m & 160m bands • 44 articles & projects by 15 VK authors • ISBN registration 978-0-9873638-6-2 • Wire spiral binding so it rests flat on a desk
This is intended to be a limited-run, cost-recovery legacy to amateur radio in Oceania and the retail price is AUD$48 plus satchel postage as appropriate. Publication will be on 20 June 2016 and orders are currently being taken via The Editor firstname.lastname@example.org A review/Foreword by Rob Gurr VK5RG, ex-State Manager (SA & NT) Federal Department of Communications is Below
The release of the former 500 kHz International Distress and commercial traffic frequencies has provided amateurs with yet another area for experimentation: the 630m band (472-479 kHz). Many skilled radio operators will tell of the distant signals heard on these frequencies, and their disbelief when decoding the callsigns of these remote stations and the distances involved.
160m has been the MF playground for many amateurs internationally since WW2, and to this day provides a fascinating environment with quirky propagation conditions to fascinate, absorb and occupy many enthusiastic amateurs seeking something more than commercial “black box” operating. Both bands embrace a wide range of modes and the scope for personal customising of one’s amateur station is almost boundless.
“MF Down Under”: An edited VK-compendium of articles & projects for the 630m & 160m amateur bands has been written by amateurs for amateurs, yet has managed to achieve an adventurous blend of professional input and “been there, done that” anecdotal experiences. Doc/VK5BUG has woken a “sleeping giant” by bringing his working lifetime of LF/MF and wireless telegraphy experience to interface with each co-author’s contribution. They contain sufficient data, real-life amateur experience and personal enthusiasm to authenticate and validate the innovative projects for tackling the vagaries and challenges of the spectrum segment below 2MHz. A resulting MF experimentation potential by amateurs has become a new study area of both restricted suburban backyard aerial challenges and the improved earthing techniques required, thus providing excitement, learning and great satisfaction from on-air successes whether local or DX. There are no boundaries other than those which an amateur MF operator determines for herself or himself.
Information contained in this publication has not been freely available in any Oceania press before, with some having only been cited in professional journals and overseas material. Content is appropriate for amateur radio of today, and exploration of the various modes in the MF context is an under-utilised field with real potential. There is much scope for small residential area experimentation and operation without requiring either a tower or large aerial array. The transmission and reception results by all of the contributors are an absolute testimony to their rhetoric. This book is a comprehensive assembly of amateur-savvy advice and information that is very suitable for guiding amateurs into constructing and adapting appropriate MF station equipment, whether solid state or valve-based, and using digital, AM, CW, SSB or any other mode approved for use in the Australian MF bandplans. The articles collected by Doc and his associate authors present the current situation, and with the availability of this volume we anticipate many more readers will become aware of the benefits of the MF bands availability throughout the world.
Doc/VK5BUG and his collaborative co-authors, along with the Wireless Institute of Australia, are to be congratulated for this outstanding contribution to the Amateur Radio press.
Rob Gurr VK5RG Former State Manager (SA & NT) Federal Department of Communications
________________________________________ 4. Amateur Radio Roundatable Subject: Heard Island Dxpedition Recap
This week (May 31), Dr Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, leader of the 2016 Heard Island Dxpedition, will join us. Dr. Bob will share pictures and discuss the Dxpedition; journey, propagation, weather, logistics, overall operation, crew, scientific work, and more. The phone lines will be open for viewers to ask questions later into the interview. You will learn a lot of interesting facts about this Dxpedition.
Amateur Radio Roundtable is a live weekly amateur radio webcast, held every Tuesday night at 8 PM CT (0200 UTC Wednesday) at W5KUB.com. The Tuesday night show is also simulcast on international shortwave station WBCQ on 5130 KHz.
Towards the end of each show, we provide a link and viewers who have a camera, microphone, and a Google+ account, can join the show. Your video and audio will be on the webcast. This part of the show is very informal and up to 10 people can join. We talk about anything the viewers want to discuss.
If you missed last week's Amateur Radio Roundtable you can here here to watch it. Forward this message to a Friend will allow you to share this message with your friends.
Join us for fun and interesting discussions!
Tom Medlin, W5KUB
________________________________________ 5. Dear Colleagues in IARU Region 3,
It is a short notice, but I have received the invitation to YOTA 2016 youth camp from Austrian society OeVSV as attached.
YOTA stands “Youngsters On The Air” which is an amateur radio promotional activities for youngsters.
YOTA 2016 will be held summer camp is to be held near Salzburg, Austria from 16 23rd July 2016.
OeVSV offer is to invite 2 youngsters from IARU Region 3 with free accommodation in Austria while the air travel to Austria is left to the participants.
If anyone of IARU Region 3 Member Societies is interested in participating in YOTA 2016 youth camp, Please get in touch with me ASAP.
More information on YOTA is available at YOTA website: http://www.ham-yota.com/
73 de Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP Secretary, IARU Region 3 email@example.com
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