WIA survey wants your views

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 07 / 09 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

In a part of the ongoing consultation process the Wireless Institute of Australia wants to measure the views of those in Amateur Radio.

No, you don’t have to be a WIA member, or even give your identity.  The WIA asks a series of simple questions and the answers will be automatically handled by software to come up with the results.

Questions are about how long you have you been in Amateur Radio, what sparked your interest, awareness of WIA services,  Amateur Radio magazine contents, volunteering and social media use.  It’s all about learning of your activity, motivation, and make-up, as the institute sets its path for the future.

Please take a moment to complete the WIA survey found on WIA website www.wia.org.au to and encourage others to also share their opinions.

The WIA Online Survey can be accessed here.

September Oxtales

September Oxtales has been released!

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.

Club Event: 2017 AMSAG Blacksmiths Inn Johns River Car Rally (28/10/17)

ORARC will be providing communications for the 2017 AMSAG Blacksmiths Inn Johns River Car Rally on October 28th, 2017.

Steve VK2ZSW has provided the following information for those attending the rally:

Car Rally Meeting Point (click image for full size view):


Please continue to monitor your email for any further information & changes as the event draws closer.  Any changes or additions will be added to this post as necessary and noted for easy identification.

More heavy rain in monsoonal floods


From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 01 / 09 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

Monsoon rains in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh over the past month has according to the UN affected 41 million people, and left an estimated 1,200 dead.  The latest on the subcontinent was on Tuesday August 29 when the rain, the worst in decades, flooded the Mumbai and Pune areas with immediate action by local HAMS helping out during the adverse weather.  All traffic was disrupted, even local trains and buses were submerged and unable to move.  Children stranded in a school were left hungry and the electricity also went off.

Satish Shah VU2SVS and Ankur Puranik VU2AXN and 50 HAMS involved arranging food and power for the school.  The HAMs of Mumbai were in touch with each other, even those who don’t have a VHF transceiver.  The ‘ZELLO app’ was used to connect those without suitable radio equipment to interface with a VHF HAM radio frequency.  Many workers were stranded in their offices or at railway stations until midnight.  Looking after the central railway in Mumbai were the Bharat Scouts & Guides that had undergone previous disaster communication training.

The recent rain is likely to remain for a while, with schools and offices closed.  All the HAMs are kept on alert by government and local bodies should their communications be needed.

– Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee with Jayu S. Bhide VU2JAU National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India

Historic storm and floods hit Texas

From the WIA, original post here.

Date : 31 / 08 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

Hurricane Harvey began in the Caribbean, watched by the Emergency and Weather Net with radio amateurs activating 3.815 MHz, then it moved to the Gulf of Mexico and intensified into a Category 4 storm to come ashore in Texas.  The weather system arrived with damaging winds in Texas, but also with heavy rain and the flood emergency continues – it has been likened to Hurricane Katrina of August 2005 but some say the disaster is much worse.

In preparation for landfall in Texas the Hurricane Watch Net activated on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, where radio amateurs shared their on-the-spot observations.  The rescue and recovery work continues in Texas with responding authorities hard at work lifting thousands of people to safety.

ARRL South Texas Section Public Information Officer Mike Urich KA5CVH took to a news-talk radio station WGMD to describe the situation.  He also took the time to explain how Amateur Radio is able to provide a public service during emergencies and disasters.  Spending many hours in the Harris County Emergency Operations Centre, he reported that local radio amateurs were able to help the rescue and recovery work by spotting and reporting problems that require official attention.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) found that there had been minimal impact on communications infrastructure, although an Amateur Radio contingency was in place should there be a major communications outage.  South Texas ARES remained on standby as the response phase continues and sheltering becomes a growing need.  Also involved was the radio amateurs attached to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

It had been declared a state of disaster in 50 Texas counties, some 271,000 were without power, while the Red Cross shelters housed more than 3,000 people.  There was also concern that Harvey may cause more damage and weather systems in the Gulf of Mexico are being closely watched.