VI0ANZAC faced weather and propagation

V10ANZACFrom the WIA:

Date : 31 / 08 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

Despite adverse winter Antarctic weather conditions the VI0ANZAC event in the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program made it to air last weekend, with poor propagation enabling a total of 56 contacts to be logged. Those who had a QSO with VI0ANZAC were very pleased to be part of the WIA commemoration of the 100 years of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landing at Gallipoli, Turkey. The operator Doug VK0DMV had been eager to use VI0ANZAC, but an earlier plan was postponed much to his disappointment when a storm struck with its high wind, a blizzard cutting visibility and freezing temperatures.

Doug VK0DMV described that storm as having wind reaching 112 knots and a fair bit of damage was caused, including to the antenna. He added: “There is always some damage after these sort of blows – this is the worse to date this year.” However, it did go ahead on August 29-30. Sheltered in the antenna shack with a 50 watt transceiver was Doug VK0DMV. Because of the wind had to first obtain official permission before venturing outdoors. He spent the night there because winds were at 80 knots. Doug said: “Lots and lots of noise … but there were some very clear signals from mainly Queensland (VK4) which was a good break from the noise in the background”.

He expressed sincere thanks to all those who contacted him and for a great couple of days. Many more listened or had signals too weak that could not be heard. Doug sent his apologises for having to leave early on Sunday, but a break in the weather was taken to get out of the antenna shack. “Even then it took me around 45 minutes to get back, as the ice build-up on the windscreen dropped the visibility back to less than 3 metres. Regular stops just to clean the build-up of ice/snow from the windscreen (wipers did not do anything), he said. The wind had started to decrease below 50 knots on Monday with very little snow and wind, appearing to be on the decrease that would allow normal work activities to occur.

There were a number of callers who asked about Doug’s VK0DMV callsign as well, once he started using the VI0ANZAC callsign. The QSL information for both are on VI0ANZAC log sheets will be loaded on to the eQSL system and also submitted to enable verification of contact with Casey Station VKFF 571 by Park Chasers. A special QSL card will be generated for this event.  The WIA expresses sincere thanks to Doug VK0DMV and his sterling effort as part of ANZAC 100, and to the Australian Antarctic Division for their assistance that made it all possible.

While the world is commemorating 100 years since WWI (1914 to 1918), in Australia the WIA has run commemorative stations with a suffix of the protected word ‘ANZAC’. The main activity continues until December 20, this year.

However, at the WIA annual meeting on Norfolk Island (VK9) on May 27, 28, & 29 2016, both VK100ANZAC and VI9ANZAC are to be on air.

Antarctica faces propagation & weather – Saturday report


Date : 30 / 08 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

The much anticipated VI0ANZAC activated by Doug VK0DMV as part of the WIA ANZAC 100 program made a number of first day contacts including those with Australia.

The day was due to start at 0001UTC on August 29, however the wind at Casey Station in the Australian Antarctic Territory was above 40 knots and required under standing procedures Doug to report his necessary outside travel to the Station Commander before progressing.

This resulted in an hour delay. A few early callers had some on air conversations with Fred VK3DAC, who was coordinating the activity.

When finally operating 40m it was not cooperating so a QSY to 20m was necessary. Still nothing in VK, VI0ANZAC did make some ZL contacts, but very poor propagation stopped it again until 0600UTC.

But when Doug came back onto 20m, contacts were very good and free flowing. If weather allows VI0ANZAC will be on air again August 30, it is due to start at about 0600UTC.

The WIA express thanks to Doug for activating the commemorative station from the Antarctic.

Regards, Fred VK3DAC

Antarctica VI0ANZAC on air this weekend – weather permitting


Date : 27 / 08 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

The commemorative callsign VI0ANZAC is planned to be activated at Casey Base and join the Wireless Institute of Australia ANZAC 100 program.

This is to mark the 100 years since the ANZAC or Australian and New Zealand Army Corps first fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during WWI.

VI0ANZAC will be on the air this weekend – weather permitting.

For a schedule and the latest check out and the WIA website VI0ANZAC roster page via this Link.

Government Announces Moves on Spectrum Reform

ACMAFrom the WIA:

Date : 26 / 08 / 2015
Author : Roger Harrison – VK2ZRH

The Australian Government will implement all the recommendations of the Spectrum Review conducted over 2014-15 by the Department of Communications together with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Announced on 25 August, a tight program of changes to legislation and regulations will be carried out over the next two years, commencing in October and running through to mid-2017, when the new regime is intended to start.

A single licensing system is the principal feature of what the Government is calling the “new spectrum framework”. The current apparatus, class and spectrum licensing regimes will disappear, to be replaced with licences that set out the conditions of use for spectrum access detailed in a set of key parameters.

Known as parameters-based licences, the core parameters to be included in a licence will be set out in the proposed new radiocommunications act, with the detail on these parameters to be developed by the ACMA in consultation with users and set out in subordinate instruments. The Spectrum Review recommended that likely core parameters might include frequencies, geographical details, rights to renewal, terms for variation or revocation, together with price and payment methods.

Broadcasters, commercial, defence and other government users, scientific, aeronautical, maritime, private, amateur and other not-for-profit users, as well as type-approved wireless devices, will all be affected by the new spectrum framework.

A review of pricing for spectrum access is to commence immediately and continue until mid-2016. The government foreshadows new pricing arrangements will commence in mid-2017, along with the start of the new licensing system. The next federal election may be held sometime over mid- to late-2017.

The Minister for Communications’ media release is here. Link

The Department of Communications’ implementation timetable can be found here. Link

The original story from the WIA is here.