CCARC NEWS 15-28
THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ISSUE No 15-28 28th August 2015
In this Issue:
- Meetings Next Saturday
- A message from the WIA President
- ACMA SPECTRA online for licensing
- VI0ANZAC faced weather and propagation
- 156 years ago, a solar superstorm
- Techniques of the Best Operators
- History This Week
- Broke & fixed
1. Meetings Next Saturday
Saturday 5th September 2015, commencing at 1100 hours will be the Field Day Planning Meeting. Following at 1315 hours will be the Monthly Business Meeting.
2. A message from the WIA President
In last months edition of AR, I identified the need to review the way the WIA operated to ensure that it continued to meet the needs of the membership. A review of the operation of the WIA office was recently completed and discussed by the WIA Board. As a result it was determined that the existing office structure did not meet our current and future needs. A decision was made to remove the position of Office Manager and replace it with an Executive Officer. As a result Mal Brooks has left the WIA, we thank him for his past service and wish him well for the future.
The Executive Officer position will take a much more active role in the development and implementation of strategies designed to increase membership and improve member services. An advertisement for this role will be published in due course.
Author : Phil Wait – VK2ASD
Source: WIA News
3. ACMA SPECTRA online for licensing
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has now commissioned the new SPECTRA system for Apparatus Licences, and thanks all for their patience during the recent two week shut-down.
Under its Project Helm the ACMA has now converted Spectrum and Apparatus licensing to the more efficient process of SPECTRA, and Broadcast Licences are due in early 2016. There are a number of changes to the way Amateur Radio licenses are processed and recorded, some are not as obvious while others reflect the new ways of doing things.
Among the changes are that no longer specialised blue licensing paper will be used but these are on plain A4 paper, contact with licensees is through email if provided, and the station location will be recorded in the ACMA licensing database.
The station details, and any special conditions were previously only a condition on the licence itself due to some privacy concerns, but in future are both be on the licence and in the ACMA database.
The ACMA will send a Validation Notice 90 days before licences are due to expire. A Renewal Summary will then be sent for licences it has renewed. Where the ACMA customer elects email as their communication preference, the Validation Notice will be provided as a CSV file.
Project HELM announced earlier this year provides the ACMA with a system and tools to enhance support of its spectrum management activities.
Source: AR Victoria News
4. VI0ANZAC faced weather and propagation
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 QRZ.com 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.
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC
Source: WIA News
5. 156 years ago, a solar superstorm
Sept. 2 is the anniversary of an historic solar storm, the Carrington Event
On Sept. 2, 1859, a CME struck Earth’s magnetic field with such power that telegraph stations caught fire and people in Cuba read their morning newspapers by the red light of the aurora borealis.
If a similar storm struck our planet today, it might cause trillions of dollars of damage to society’s high-tech infrastructure.
Could the Carrington Event happen again? It almost did just a few years ago. Extreme solar storms–past, present and future–are highlighted on today’s edition of http://spaceweather.com .
Source: Southgate AR News
6. Techniques of the Best Operators
This HamRadioNow video is of Mitch Stern W1SJ‘s presentation given at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention
The YouTube description reads:
Mitch Stern W1SJ’s popular talk at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention® will help new hams learn some good habits, and old hams (who are willing to change their ways) break some bad ones. Yeah, right…
First, Gary Pearce KN4AQ must decide if he’s still KING of the Appliance Operators, considering a major technical feat he accomplished (hint: he is).
Watch HRN 216: Techniques of the Best Operators
Previous editions of HamRadioNow
Source: Southgate AR News
History This Week
A look back at events that made history this week – compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW
Monday, 24 August, 2015
55-BC Roman forces under Julius Ceasar invade Britain.
1609 Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers
1831 Michael Faraday demonstrated the first electrical transformer.
1884 First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, SD
1885 Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle.
1907 The Bréguet-Richet Gyroplane No. 1 made what is generally accepted as the first vertical flight, hovering about 2 feet (0.6 meters) off the ground.
1913 Lt Peter Nestrov, of Imperial Russian Air Service, performs a loop in a monoplane at Kiev. (first aerobatic maneuver in an airplane)
1939 Erich Warsitz makes first jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178)
BROKE & FIXED
The Kariong antennas have been damaged and are being repaired.
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Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …