Category Archives: External News

WIA tries out on line trial exams

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 13 / 05 / 2017 
Author : Fred Swainston – VK3DAC

The Wireless Institute of Australia has been working toward some on line assessments for some time and has introduced a trial exam system as a ‘proof of concept’ exercise.

There are currently two trial theory assessments at the Standard level and in future these will include a couple of Advanced theory assessments.  The trials are on the Assessor Information System website or via this link.

As part of the security process, those wanting to see them must first register on that website by clicking on the Amateur Radio tab, then on Amateur Radio Standard Theory Trial Exams, click on request access, complete the form, and then submit it.  The next step will be receipt of a confirmation email advising that the request is being processed, and this is followed by a user name and password so you can log on to the trial assessments.

To access the trial the latest version of the flash player is needed.  Eventually the final version of the theory assessments exams will be put on the WIA website and programmed in HTML5.  This trial is only to prove the process.  However, the assessments are similar in content faced by candidates for the Standard assessment making them ideal practice.

“New” Belize Amateur Radio Club Admitted to IARU Membership

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 12 / 05 / 2017 
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has approved the admission of the new representative of the radio amateurs of Belize in the Caribbean Sea to IARU membership.

The proposal was put to the vote with 77 member-societies being in favour of admitting the Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) with none opposed.

The affirmative votes of 55 member-societies out of the 167 were required for approval.

Belize was previously was represented in the IARU by another organization of the same name.

Once the IARU Administrative Council determined that this earlier organization no longer existed, IARU Region 2 accepted an application for membership from the new BARC and confirmed that it satisfied the requirements of the IARU Constitution and Bylaws.

WIA Open Forum Reports

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 07 / 05 / 2017 
Author : Phil Wait – VK2ASD

Once again we have decided to publish the 2016-2017 WIA Open Forum Reports prior to the upcoming AGM and Conference weekend at Hahndorf.

Very often we hear the question, “what does the WIA do for me?”, and I’m sure after reading the Open Forum Reports for this year, that question will be well and truly answered.

Publishing the Open Forum reports on the website also gives non-members the opportunity to see what the WIA has also done for them over the past year, so hopefully they may reconsider and become a member.

I hope you enjoy reading the Open Forum Reports. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to the WIA over the past year.

Phil Wait
VK2ASD, President 

View the report here.

National Volunteers Week 2017

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 05 / 05 / 2017 
Author : Phil Wait – VK2ASD

National Volunteer Week, May 8-14 is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous voluntary contributions being made throughout Australia.  Its theme, ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’, reflects research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.  Volunteering Australia estimates that more than six million people are volunteers.

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has about 100 key volunteers and there are many more helping out, including those in radio clubs.  Recently the WIA consulted with its 10 committees, and then with the membership, on a Charter for Volunteers.  The aim of that document is to set out the expectations of the volunteer, and that of the WIA.

Volunteers contribute so much to the running of Amateur Radio, spending countless hours on delivering member services, which are mostly taken for granted.  A little of the work being done by our volunteers can be read in the annual reports of committees for 2016 – these will shortly be provided to members.

The WIA Board of Directors are all volunteers who work hard for the membership throughout the year and prepare for the WIA annual general meeting in Hahndorf this month.  Volunteers are the mainstay of the not-for-profit WIA through its operations and services in advocacy, education and support for the Amateur Radio community.

To all our volunteers who through dedication and support continue to make it happen – a very big thank you.

FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio Jammer

From the ARRL, original post here.  Published 17/4/2017.

Police found scanners and radios in the home of one of the suspects (NYPD) – Picture courtesy of, New York News.  Related article here.

The FCC has proposed a fine of more than $400,000 on a Queens, New York, man who has admitted making unauthorized transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously interfering with NYPD officers’ communications.  Jay Peralta, 20, is alleged to have transmitted false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls from purported NYPD officers, and threats against individual NYPD officers.  The unauthorized transmissions began a year ago, according to the FCC.

“Through his actions, as he described them to the NYPD, Mr. Peralta has demonstrated not only a deliberate disregard of the Commission’s authority and rules, but of the safety of NYPD officers and the public that they are called to serve and protect,” the FCC said in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL), issued on April 14.  “Commission action in this context is therefore essential to safeguard authorized operations on spectrum licensed for public safety uses, and, accordingly, a substantial penalty appears warranted.”

The FCC said the NAL addresses nine unauthorized and interfering transmissions that Peralta has admitted to the NYPD that he made on its radio system.  The FCC said Peralta’s unauthorized transmissions included false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, false distress calls from purported NYPD officers, and threats against individual NYPD officers.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, said that with the NAL, the FCC is making it “abundantly clear that it will not tolerate unauthorized and illegal use of the radio spectrum.”  The entire Commission now must sign off on such proposed fines, and Pai said he was grateful to his fellow FCC members for “agreeing to act swiftly and strongly” in the matter.  “This may not be a typical pirate radio case in which an unauthorized operator inflicts damage on a radio broadcaster that is operating with a valid FCC license,” Pai said, “but it does involve unauthorized interference to critical public safety communications systems.”

Peralta was arrested last fall along with two other men suspected of committing several robberies. According to news accounts, police found a cache of scanners and radios in one of the suspects’ homes.

The FCC said it was alerted by a Twitter post about an unlawful intrusion on the NYPD radio system and dispatched an Enforcement Bureau agent to check it out.  On September 30, the NYPD contacted the FCC’s New York Office and advised that it had arrested Peralta and another individual in connection with unauthorized transmissions on NYPD’s radio system.  According to police reports, the other individual arrested — Ricardo Torres, 29, described as “a ham radio enthusiast” in some news accounts — allegedly provided the radios used.

Torres, is said to hold an FCC General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) license but his name does not appear in the Amateur Radio licensee database.  Police said they found 15 portable radios, 9 scanners, roof-top antennas, an amplifier, and assorted other electronics in Torres’s apartment.

Peralta has 30 days to pay or contest the proposed $404,166 FCC forfeiture.

See the related news story from Pix11 News by clicking here.