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VK7 Amateur Radio News 28Nov21

Text edition: 


FOR SUNDAY 28th November 2021


Welcome to the VK7 Amateur Radio News for the 28th November 2021. At the mike of VK7WI this week is Idris, VK7ZIR.

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

We also 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 Peter, VK7TPE

On 7.140 MHz by Ross, VK7ALH

On 14.130 MHz by Garry, VK7JGD and 

On 28.525 MHz by Dale, VK7DG

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


VK Flora & Fauna News

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November 2021 is the annual VKFF Activation weekend. The aim is simple! Head out to a local National Park or Reserve, setup a portable station and enjoy the fresh air whilst making some contacts.

This is not a contest and at last count there were 33 Amateurs planning to activate 75 parks around the country with all states participating.

If you plan on participating, please register your interest to Paul (VK5PAS) via his email simmopa(at) and more information can be found at the website.

If you have any questions or would like some assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me Andrew (VK7DW) via email VK7DW(at)

I look forward to hearing you on the air.

73, Andrew VK7DW.


Contest News
WIA Spring VHF / UHF Field Day

Well, it’s that time of the year approaching once more, yes it's almost time for the WIA Spring VHF / UHF Field Day. This year the field day will be from 01:00 UTC on Saturday 27th November through to 00:59 UTC on Sunday the 28th November. There are many categories to participate in to suit all. There are sections for either 24 Hours, 8 Hours, Rover and Home station. This is a VHF and up field day so from 6M up to very high frequency microwave bands. There are categories for just 1 band, 4 Bands or all of the VHF / UHF bands.

You don’t have to go portable of course, if you can help support the special kind of weirdo operators that pack heaps of equipment into a vehicle and head off to some place to spend some time making as many contacts as possible that would be appreciated by them I’m sure.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get out and about and play some radio, so why not test out your portable station you may be very surprised at the results.

Logging is performed with 1 of the many fantastic programs that are available on the web. VKCL has been used by many and with its ability to interface to the radio with omnirig this can help eliminate logging errors.

To enable scoring the distances are calculated using 6 digit maidenhead locators. Many of the current phone apps will determine your current locator and with this entered into the logging software your distances and scores will be calculated. Go ahead and download a copy of one of the logging programs and have a bit of a play to become familiar with its functions and even have a bit of a test log / contest to be all over options.

There will be activity on the usual VHF and above.frequencies including 52.525 FM, 146.500 FM, 439.000 FM, 1296.150 FM, 2403.150, 3398.150 and 10,368.150 So keep an ear out.

It would be great to hear as many locals as possible come up and make a few contacts, there is a repeat time of 2 hours too so plenty of opportunities to come up and give out some numbers.

73, Richard, VK7ZBX


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

The current list of QSL Cards held as at 19 November is in the email version of the broadcast.

If you have recently upgraded and/or changed your callsign please contact Herman to advise him  of your old and new callsigns.

Thank you to those amateurs who have already been in touch advising me of new calls and SK information.

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


VK7 Inwards QSL Cards held as at 19 November 2021










JA, JB, JJ (for new CH?), JP, JW













NTARC Club Rooms -



North West Tasmania Amateur Radio Club next Meeting

The next club meeting will be commencing at 1.30pm on the 4th December  at our usual venue, the Scout hall, 73 Alexander Road, Ulverstone. afternoon tea will also be held.

Members are encouraged to bring items for show & tell, and club rooms are open till 6pm for members to socialise.

A small plate of afternoon tea that has been commercially produced would be appreciated, We have single packaged Tea, Coffee and Sugar and disposable cups for members and guests,. Visitors are most welcome to attend. And don’t forget to use the QR code check-in on entry

If you have any cold or flu symptoms , or are unwell , or been in contact with a confirmed COVID case, then do not attend the meeting, please note the new meeting start time from now on is 1.30pm

73, Eric VK7EV, News Officer



The Summits On The Air/World Wide Flora and Fauna parks group is now meeting 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


Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club Incorporated

News is very limited this week. I was unable to attend the coffee session on Friday, so I cannot provide you with any news of what happened on the day, nor any gossip for that matter. I did think about giving you all a rundown of life living on a rural property, the joys and lows but we have done that too often already so decided against that.

As there was no Club Tech night this week we need to move straight to coming events but before we do so a friendly reminder that your 2021 Membership subscription expires on 31 December. A letter advising of the fee payable for 2022 will be forwarded to all members in late November to the email address noted on our records.

We confirm that the 2022 membership fee will see a slight increase to $40 for each voting member with an additional unchanged $5 for each member of the family that the voting member wishes to add to his or her membership.

I have noticed a number of members have already renewed prior to the notice being sent out which is always great to see.


TECH NIGHT – Wednesday 1st December at the NTARC Club rooms, 19:30 hours until whenever. 

TestNet and TECHNET – Wednesday 8th December. TestNet/CW course on 3580 from 7pm till 7.30pm….and a TECHNET on 3567 from 7.30pm till about 8.30pm. Your host for the evening will again be Nic VK7WW.

Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 15th December. Venue Mowbray Hotel, meet time is 6.00pm. Tables have been booked under the name of NTARC. Menu is a-la-carte and there is plenty of parking at the rear. Please RSVP the secretary at either of these email addresses news(at) or ypmaxwell(at) or jot your name down on the sheet next to the sign in register on a Wednesday night session or coffee morning. We will need to confirm final numbers with the Hotel on Tuesday 14th December, so please ensure you get your name on the list before that date. As of Friday we had 28 names listed and the Hotel has been advised to extend seating numbers to 30, so if you are planning to attend please advise so that your name can be added.

Please note there will not be a Club tech session on this night.


January General meeting – Saturday 8th January 2022. Meeting to commence at 14:00 hours (2.00pm). Afternoon tea will follow.

Annual General meeting – the Annual General Meeting of NTARC will take place on Wednesday 9th February 2022 at the NTARC Club Rooms, Rocherlea Scout Hall, Archer Street Rocherlea commencing at 19:30 hours (7.30 pm). More information will be provided in future broadcast news. 

COFFEE MORNINGS – currently held every Friday in the NTARC Club rooms. Catch up time is from 10.00 am to noon and we look forward to seeing you all.

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 abnormal and very trying 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. 

Christmas and New Year closure – the last day the Club will be open in 2021 for coffee mornings will be Friday 17th December. We re-open on Friday 7th January 2022.

This gives all members and especially the team that set up each week some down time to celebrate with family and friends. So plenty of warning on this one folks so note your diaries.

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 me at the following address news(at) all items to be received no later than 17:00 on the Friday prior to the Broadcast.

Your continued cooperation in this regard will be greatly appreciated. 

We will bring you all such contributions next Sunday morning.

73, Yvonne VK7FYMX, Secretary NTARC Inc


WICEN Tasmania (South)
XMAS Lunch

WICEN Tas (Sth) will be holding their XMAS lunch and gathering at the Top Pub (opposite the RSL) at Cygnet from 12 noon on next Sunday the 5th December 2021.

If you wish to come along and haven’t already then please let Chris VK7CDW know at email: chris.webb(at)

73, WICEN Committee


Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania
December Presentation
VK0PD on Antarctic Adventures

We have been fortunate to be able to secure a presentation from Paul VK0PD who has recently come back to VK7 from VK0 - Casey Station.

Paul will be taking us through his experiences in Antarctica.

A huge thank you to Paul for this presentation.

The presentation will be broadcast and streamed on the night.

This Wednesday night the 1st December 2021 in the Queens Domain clubrooms from 7:30pm.

See you there.

73, REAST Committee


REAST Christmas BYO BBQs

REAST will be holding two Christmas BYO BBQs on 15 December 2021. The first at lunchtime for the Wednesday Afternoon Group (WAGs) and the second from 7:30pm for the DATV Experimenter’s Group.

See you there.

73, REAST Committee


REAST Open Day

The REAST committee is holding its Open Day on Sunday January 30th, 2022 from 11am to 3pm.

More details about the day will be in future broadcasts.

See you there.

73, REAST Committee


Training and Assessments

REAST’s next Foundation Licence course and all licence assessment day is on next Saturday the 25th January 2022 from 9am to 3pm.

If you are thinking of coming along then please let Reg Emmett VK7KK REAST Learning Organiser know ASAP that you will be coming along by phoning 0417 391 607 or email assessor(at)

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

Checkout the REAST Facebook page events for further details.

73, Reg, VK7KK


DATV Experimenter's Night

We started last Wednesday’s DATV Experimenter’s night with Hayden VK7HH from Ham Radio DX and Justin VK7TW with recollections of Dick Smith Electronics. We talked about Dick Smith’s recently released autobiography.

Justin and Hayden then moved to showing a 2004-05 DSE Catalogue and some of Justin’s data sections from early DSE catalogues. 

Justin then showed his DSE Commander 2m FM transceiver kit that he and his father built.

The WIA Centenary in 2010 had Dick Smith as a keynote speaker at the Dinner and then Dick invited members to his property called Gundaroo just outside Canberra.  Justin showed the photos he took at the event. Thanks to Hayden for coming along 

Justin then moved to showing what is inside LED light panels which includes the LED light strips - white and cream LEDs that are mixed for colour temperature and the lenticular lenses and diffuser.

Justin then quickly showed his new NANOVNA-F V2 and he will be showing this wonderful piece of cheap RF test equipment in future DTV nights.

There was then a quick review of two articles in the latest DUBUS magazine including the Deep Disk feed for 10GHz and Paul Wade W1GHZ’s great article on visualising Microwaves.

Alan VK7KAJ and Justin then went through their latest 3.4GHz antenna testing with consistently strong 5/9+10 signals off Mt Wellington.

We finished by reminding watchers about the Spring VHF and Above Field Day on 27/28 November 2021 and then reminded the audience of the up and coming REAST events.

The video of the DATV night can be found at the REAST YouTube Channel.

We get back underway with our DATV nights in a fortnight’s time, the 8th December from 7:30pm with some interesting items.

Keep an eye on the REAST Facebook Events for more details. 

And a reminder that 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.

73, Justin, VK7TW 


Contest News
Oceania DX Contest breaks record

From Grant VK5GR…

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who entered the 2021 Oceania DX Contests.

We broke our record for the number of logs that have been received this year with 1174 SSB logs and 725 CW logs being received by the deadline of October 31st 2021! That's a fantastic result.

The Oceania DX Contest committee is also pleased to announce that the raw scores (before adjudication and log checking) are now available at the links on the email edition of this broadcast.

The 2021 SSB Raw scores can be accessed

The 2021 CW Raw scores can be accessed

The full and final results will be available once the log cross checking and validation work is complete. Thank you all for your participation and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2022!

Grant VK5GR

on behalf of the Oceania DX Contest Committee

Sourced to the WIA via the SouthGate AR News


ISS News
Slow Scan

ISS SSTV Dec 1-2 145.800 MHz FM

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to transmit Slow Scan TV images on 145.800 MHz FM using the SSTV mode PD-120

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from the amateur radio station RS0ISS in the Russian ISS Service module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver.

December 1, 2021 (Wednesday) from 12:10 GMT until 19:10 GMT

December 2, 2021 (Thursday) from 11:40 GMT until 17:20 GMT*

Dates and times subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld with a 1/4 wave whip. If your rig has selectable FM filters try the wider filter for 25 kHz channel spacing.

You can get predictions for the ISS pass times at the URL in the email edition of the broadcast.


Useful SSTV info and links

Sourced from the SouthGate AR News Web E-zine.


History News
Radio Caroline - 30 years ago

For those who do not know - Radio Caroline was a free pirate radio station that operated for many years just outside the legal distance limits for British radio stations. It was even taken off by The Goodies in one of their episodes.

Dave Kitteridge takes up the story….

On 19th November 1991, a fierce storm broke the anchor chain on the Ross Revenge. Battered and bruised and without power she drifted 17 miles until she ran aground on the notorious Goodwin Sands. In the early light of the morning her crew was helicoptered off and she was left alone to succumb to nature.

Over the years hundreds of ships and countless lives have been taken by the Goodwin Sands and for a while it looked as if Ross Revenge was destined to become another one. However, she is a remarkable ship, and after four days effort by two tugs she was recovered and taken into Dover Harbour where she was promptly arrested and served with a detention order.

It looked like the end for Radio Caroline, but the station moved to land-based studios, the Ross Revenge was restored and is now used regularly for monthly live broadcasts

Caroline continues ...?

Written by Dave Kitteridge via the Southgate AR News


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 - Tech Night sessions Wednesday 1st December - Rocherlea clubrooms Launceston

NTARC - TestNet and TECHNET – Wednesday 8th December. 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 AEDST.

REAST - 1st December - Presentation on Antarctic Adventures with VK0PD in Queen’s Domain clubrooms from 7:30pm.

NWTARC - 4th December - Club meeting in the Scout hall, 73 Alexander Road, Ulverstone from 1:30pm.

WICEN Tas (Sth) - 5th December - XMAS lunch - Top pub - Cygnet from 12 noon.

NTARC - 15th December - Xmas Dinner at Mowbray Hotel from  6.00pm - let secretary know if coming along.

REAST - 15th December - XMAS BYO BBQs for WAGS at lunchtime and DATV Experimenter’s Night from 6:00pm

NTARC - 8th January 2022 - General Meeting from 2.00pm in the Rocherlea clubrooms with afternoon tea to follow.

REAST - 30th January 2022 - REAST OPEN Day from 11am to 3pm

REAST - 6th February 2022 - Annual General Meeting - Queens Domain Clubrooms from 11am followed by BYO BBQ

NTARC - 9th February 2022 - Annual General Meeting from 7:30pm in the NTARC Club Rooms, Rocherlea Scout Hall, Archer Street Rocherlea


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

Newsreader: VK7FB

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: VK7GS

80m: VK7ALH

40m: VK7JGD

20m: VK7DG

10m: VK7VKT

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 VK7RTC in Southern VK7.

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)

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.

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 from Idris, VK7ZIR.


           (Posted to the packet network courtesy Tony VK7AX)

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