Author Archives: Paul VK2ICQ

Icom Remote Station setup

Too much QRM at your QTH?  No room for that monster 80m beam perhaps?  A remote station may be the answer!  All you need is a little place in the country (or a very good friend) where your (modern) transceiver and antenna array can live, some internet and problem solved!

Maybe you’re sick of lugging your rig on holidays with you?  5W from your 718 not enough?  Holiday antenna too much of a compromise?  Assuming you’re holidaying with internet, remote control is the answer!

Here’s how it’s done with the IC-7300 (step by step), courtesy of Bob McCreadie G0FGX at TX Films.  Skip to 17:24 if you’d just like to see it in action (and bypass the software install and setup):

The video addresses:

  • Setting up your computer and radio
  • Installing the RS-BA1 remote control software
  • Accessing the IC-7300 remotely
  • The RC-28 remote controller encoder (remote tuning knob)

To find out more about Icom’s remote control software, visit the RC-28 IP Remote Control System page (at Icom UK) where you will also find a list of compatible Icom HF radios.

For more information about the IC-7300 look here (at Icom Australia).

Volunteers Needed For WIA Monitoring System

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 19 / 03 / 2017 
Author : Peter Young – VK3MV

Wireless Institute of Australia observers looking for intruders on the ‘Primary’ frequencies of the Amateur Service on high frequency bands in 2016 found more than five thousand intrusions.  These are collated into a monthly report before sending to the relevant spectrum regulatory agency in IARU member countries.  A resulting clamp down on the Indonesian ‘village radio’ stations was occurring with the government regulator progressively removing offenders.

The WIA reports intruders to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but due to the itinerant nature of some intruders the ACMA has difficulty in confirming them which draws out the process for their removal.  Unfortunately, some administrations seem to ignore requests for the removal of interfering services.  The observations have included a multitude of Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) systems mainly Chinese, Turkish, Iranian and British systems.  There have also been CODAR systems (oceanographic radars) particularly on the 20m to 10m bands.

With the downward trend in the Solar cycle, there will be increasing numbers moving to the lower HF bands in future years.  Among the observers are the very active John Kirk VK4TJ with monthly reports.  Individual volunteers have also left frequent reports sent via the WIA website electronic lodgement system, including Lyn VK4SWE and Col VK4CC.

An increasing number of digital emissions are intruding, and the use of Software Defined Receivers (SDR) have identified non-amateur digital systems that are frequency hopping.  The Manly-Warringah Amateur Radio Society of New South Wales has a five-band SDR receiver system that greatly assists in monitoring activities.  Other clubs could use SDR systems to not only help their club members but the intruder monitoring system as a whole.

For the WIA monitoring system to work volunteers are required.  Information can be found on the WIA website on how to become an observer and what is involved.  Link If your interested in assisting as a volunteer send a message to Peter Young by email vk3mv @ wia.org.au.

Please note, all applicants should have read and agree with the draft WIA Volunteer Charter. Link

March Oxtales

March Oxtales has been released – and it’s huge with 19 pages of content!

Our regular thanks to John VK2AYQ and Trevor VK2TT for another excellent read – and thank you to all contributors.

Members should now have received their copy by email, but website copies of the current and past editions can always be found here.

John Moyle outing cancelled due to weather

Eeeeeek!

Due to the rather icky combination of continuing horizontal rains, strong winds and expected thunder/lightning, it’s been decided that we have little choice but to call off our outing to Sancrox for the John Moyle Field Day scheduled for tomorrow.

HF is likely to be a write-off with the storm activity, floatation devices have not yet been fitted to the caravan and the BBQ would not light with the strong wind gusts.  I think you’ll all agree that these things would make for a miserable experience (as Henry VK2ZHE pointed out, especially the BBQ).

The Friday Night gathering is still on tonight, so we hope to see you there.

If you have an FT991 with outdated firmware, bring it along!

Lake Boga Flying Boat Anniversary on air

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 13 / 03 / 2017 
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

To commemorate the RAAF No. 1 Flying Boat Repair and Service Depot 75th anniversary an Amateur Radio station VI3FB75 will be at Lake Boga, northwest Victoria.  Thomas VK3EO of Swan Hill and Noel VK3FI from Mildura, will supervise the operation on Saturday March 18, involving other radio amateurs from the Sunraysia Radio Group.  Any operator is welcome but prior contact with the organisers is recommended.

From an underground communications bunker the main frequencies will be primary 7.075 MHz and a secondary of 7.115 MHz, plus or minus QRM.  Operating time is 10am to 4pm (AEST) and maybe later depending on conditions.

A commemorative QSL card is available.  QSL information is via the bureau or a stamped self-addressed envelope care of VK3FI QTH(R) or qrz.com.  The WIA recommended the VI3FB75 callsign and the ACMA issued its licence.

The then WWII secret RAAF Repair and Service Depot had 416 aircraft land to be serviced, repaired, restored, rebuilt or overhauled.

The underground communications bunker has some original equipment, and photographs of it in operation.  Adjacent is a museum with a theatrette with narrated archival footage.

Further information is available via the following link.