13Jul/21

VK Shires 2021 Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-HFDXLLJJ/

The survey of entrants resulted in a majority asking for the contest to be expanded to cover ZL local Government regions.

In 2022 we need to increase the footprint of the promotion. As a start can everyone forward photos of their VK Shires setups?

The vast majority will be back in 2022. Sadly one person said they wont be back and we will miss them.

Results will be out next week.

Received Logs are :

FK8IK JE1RRK VK1DD VK2DG VK2GR VK2KDP VK2KJJ VK2MK VK2MT VK2MTM VK2YW VK3BQ VK3GK
VK3LSN VK3MH VK3YV VK4ACN VK4HH VK4JAZ VK4QH VK4SN VK4VO VK5FD VK5LJ VK5RS VK6FLAB VK6WR VK6WU
VK7BO VK7GH VK7HAM VK7JGD VK7ZBX ZL2AYZ ZL3GQ

12Jul/21

Short call signs from the RSGB

UK Contest Callsigns Qualifying Criteria

Qualifying criteria
4. The qualifying criteria are divided into two parts, – one for contest participation and the other for your achievement in the contest. Both parts of the criteria must be met in order for a SCC to be granted.
Participation criteria
4.1. Individual licensees (or the licence-holder in the case of club licensees) must supply evidence of having entered at least five contests from the list in Table 1 within the last five years. Ofcom will also consider results from other contests, not listed in Table 1. In those cases, Ofcom will assess the suitability of the contest for the purposes of issuing an SCC. If you are requesting a variation to an individual licence (as opposed to a Full (Club) licence), you must have entered all of the contests as a single operator. If you are applying on behalf of a club, the contests may have been entered as a single operator or as a multi-operator team.
Achievement criteria
4.2. The applicant must have accrued five achievement points from the contests entered. One point is accrued if the licensee (or licence-holder) makes at least one fifth (20%) of the number of contacts of the leader. Two points are accrued if the licensee (or licence-holder) makes at least one half (50%) of the number of contacts of the leader. Note: If a UK call sign is used to enter a contest, ‘leader’ means the leading station in the UK in terms of the number of contacts made in the section entered (if applicable). If a non-UK call sign is used to enter a contest, ‘leader’ means the overall leading station in the contest in terms of the number of contacts made in the section entered (if applicable).
06Jul/21

WIA Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest 2021

Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest

Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge

Contest Manager

Alan Shannon VK4SN

Contest Introduction

Next contest – 17 JUL 2021

The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July, aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL

Only contest bands 160 80 and 40M are allowed with SSB, CW and Digital (RTTY OR PSK)

From 2018 this contest is an official WIA Contest and will count towards the Peter Brown Contest Champion Awards.

Aim Of The Contest

Work as many VK and ZL Prefixes and as many different stations on 160 80 and 40M in a short evening contest..

https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/transtasman/

06Jul/21

Harry Angel Memorial 80m Sprint 2021 Results released

RESULTS for 2021 posted below

we apologise for the delay in publishing results from this years contest. We were delayed due to a significant number of logs not being sent to the managers as outlined in the rules below or sent in formats that “did not compute”

Rather than disqualification we restarted the entire process again to ensure all entries are captured.

The date for the next Harry Angel Sprint will be
Saturday May 7th 2022. 10:00 – 11:46 UTC.

It is intended to commence electronic log submission only from the 2022 HA Sprint.

No postal logs have been received for the last three years

Full information on log submission will be published in good time

The Harry Angel Sprint is an annual 80m contest event, first established in 1999, to commemorate the life of Harry Angel VK4HA who at the time of his becoming a Silent Key was the oldest licensed amateur in Australia.

The duration of the contest is 106 minutes one minute for each year of Harry’s life.

The “HA” is held on or around the first Saturday in May each year and is open to all grades of licence holder. This contest is structured to suit both seasoned contesters and operators new to contesting.

Place winners in the Harry Angel Contest are eligible to claim points for the WIA Contest Champion (Peter Brown) Trophy.

This Years Winners

Harry Angel Results 2021 Final

CW Section
VK1CT 22 1st **
VK2KJJ 20 2nd **
VK2RH 6 3rd **

Mixed Section
VK4SN 55 1st **
VK5GR 53 2nd **
VK5LJ 50 3rd **
VK2GZ 42
VK5SFA 41
VK3CTM 27

Phone Section
VK2MT 54 1st **
VK4DI 45 2nd **
VK2KQB 40 3rd **
VK4YZ 39
VK7GH 32
VK2ZK 32
VK2DG 26
VK3LM 23
VK6WK 20
VK4TAA 18
VK5DT 17
VK4KD 17
VK3BBB 15
VK2MTM 12
VK2BBQ 10
VK6POP 10
VK6HDY 3

** Certificate awarded

Congratulations to all who entered and to those who have been awarded certificates

Logs received 2021 26
Entries received from all VK call areas

https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/harryangel/

30Jun/21

from the WIA Facebook Page – AMC news update re callsigns.

AMC news update re callsigns.
Important Note: The WIA has developed and offered a complete system solution to AMC for the allocation of the class of callsigns mentioned in the AMC news update. This offer, at no cost to AMC, was made in good faith for the benefit of the Australian Amateur Service to expedite the glacial implementation process by AMC. (Refer post on this Facebook page June 11 for more information on the offer).

30Jun/21

ACMA Amateur radio update: June 2021

Amateur radio update: June 2021

In our third amateur e-bulletin for 2021, we provide an update on:

  • the review of non-assigned amateur licensing
  • 2×1 contest call signs
  • consultation on proposed changes to class licences to harmonise EME requirements
  • accreditation arrangements.

Update: review of non-assigned amateur licensing arrangements

In February, we consulted on our review of non-assigned amateur and outpost licensing arrangements, which included proposed changes to accreditation arrangements for amateur beacon and repeater assignment.

We would like to thank everyone who provided feedback. We received over 800 submissions, which we are now considering.

We intend to publish submissions in Q3 2021, along with our response to the key issues raised.

Update: 2×1 contest call signs

Arrangements for issuing 2×1 call signs (for example, VK1Z) to use in contests are currently being developed.

Further information about the proposed application process and how 2×1 call signs will be issued will be provided in an upcoming e-bulletin.

Outcome: consultation on proposed changes to harmonise EME requirements

We have published the outcome of our consultation on proposed changes to how our electromagnetic energy (EME) regulatory framework applies to class licences.

This includes a proposed change to the Radiocommunications (Overseas Amateurs Visiting Australia) Class Licence 2015 (Overseas Class Licence) that would require overseas visiting amateurs to comply with the EME general public exposure limits set out in the Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 kHz to 300 GHz (ARPANSA Standard).

Following consideration of submissions, we have decided not to make this change to the Overseas Class Licence.

We will keep investigating the most appropriate longer-term EME-related requirements for domestic and overseas visiting amateurs as part of our review of non-assigned amateur licensing arrangements.

Outcome: accredited persons scheme

Following our consultation, we have made legislative instruments for the accreditation to issue Frequency Assignment Certificates (FACs) and Interference Impact Certificates.

In general, these instruments continue the arrangements in place under the accredited persons scheme (the AP scheme).

One significant difference is that the AP scheme now allows the ACMA to accredit a person to issue FACs for a single, specified licence type, such as assigned amateur licences (beacon and repeater) and at a lower application charge than for ‘full’ accreditation.

We also intend to publish technical and administrative guidance to improve the efficiency of the assignment process for assigned amateur licences. We’ll provide more information on this in subsequent bulletins.

Instruments for the AP scheme are:

24Jun/21

AMC Refunds anyone who has paid for 2X1 Calls

AMC Refunds anyone who has paid for 2X1 Calls in what looks like a clearing of the decks without any announcements, the AMC has refunded multiple applications for 2X1 Callsigns,


We can only assume this is to prepare for a new system

According to VKCC Facebook pages

DXer VK3MH Brendan Bryant on Facebook..

“My 2X1 application fee was refunded this morning without explanation from AMC that was originally paid 31 july 2020, I dont think I will bother further with this farce of an organisation.”

“Brendan Bryant you should make a formal complaint to ACMA.”

Diane Main

Next excuse will be that it was for “accounting purposes” as the end of the Fin year is upon us and they can’t provide the service by July 1.
Richard Cerveny

Check your bank account for a UTas deposit if you thought you were in the running for a 2X1

24Jun/21

A Bit of VKCC History for the 2X1 and High Power

Here is an interesting article from November 2015 from DXNews, as it shows who were the initial instigators of the 2×1 callsigns and higher power permits way back in 2011, VKCC, VK Contest Club members.

Initially pitched as special callsigns to be used in any contests
Increased power for VK operators was also pitched in late 2010.
It is a very good read to get a proper perspective on the history.

https://dxnews.com/australian_contest-scene/?fbclid=IwAR0vWq_6_Qgx213lDY-2BoplcqfnGAkHjrn8MDqPnfz1cxq5gsjHsDiHHZ8

The Australian Contest Scene is dominated by the VK Contest Club – this club is unique… it was formed by Mirek VK6DXI, Nick VK2DX ,Mike VK4DX , Bernd VK2IA and Sergey VK2IMM.

The club runs as an informal yahoo group – there is no structure, no committee, no dues..but is organised along the lines of the socialist principles. When funds are needed an email is forwarded to all members and they are donated – there is no pressure to contribute – likewise when a project is needed, input from the group as a whole is sort and a steering committee is formed.
The VKCC welcomes members from anywhere but it is a very good way to contact Australian operators when you might like a chair at a VK station for a contest. The club has a website and sponsors several awards in VK.
The club is actively working towards increased power for VK operators and late in 2010 the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) put forward a proposal to the authorities to increase the CW power level from 120w to 500w and the SSB level from 400 to 1000w. This is being viewed favourably and is thought it may be approved in the first half of 2011.
The club has also longed for shorter callsigns and in a similar manner to the power proposal a short callsign similar to the New Zealand model is being sought – this would see callsigns in the 2X1 format – Australia is not just VK – we also have AX, VH, VI, VJ, VL, VM, VN and VX however these alternatives are rarely heard on the ham bands.
It may seem odd for a national organisation but the licensing authorities (ACMA) in VK will not allocate a callsign for competitive advantage. This means for example that even the WIA cannot compete in the IARU Radiosport under a special callsign –

ACMA Rules for Special Event Callsigns

The use of a special event callsign is subject to certain rules imposed by ACMA. In addition, the WIA is bound by the Business Rules in respect of callsign pursuant to the Deed between it and ACMA. Those Business Rules repeat what is published by ACMA on its website in relation to special event callsigns, namely:

“Requests for special event callsigns will not be accepted for the purposes of:
• gaining an advantage in on-air competitions; or
• for use during Islands on the Air (IOTA) competitions, DX expeditions, or fox hunts and the like; or
• annual events.”

Local Contests

Australian Contests, due to the low numbers in VK most contests are very different to Europe or North America. Local contests usually allow multiple contacts during the contest – the most popular splits into three hour segments – so after three hours you can make a contact for the second time without dupe penalties and claim a second QSO –
The most popular are :
John Moyle,
is the principal field Day contest in Australia – it has activity from HF through to Microwave – most operators sepnd the evening portable and as it is usually in Early Autumn the weather tends to be very good. The Field Day will be held over the weekend of the 19 – 20 March, 2011 and run from 0100 UTC on Saturday till 0059 Sunday. The aim is to encourage and provide familiarisation with portable operation, and provide training for emergency situations. The rules are therefore designed to encourage field operation.

Remembrance Day
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.

It is preceded by a short opening address by a Guest Speaker transmitted on various WIA frequencies during the [rd 2010 will run for 30 ] minutes prior to the contest. During this ceremony, a roll call of amateurs who paid the supreme sacrifice during WWII is read.

A perpetual trophy is awarded annually to the Australian state or territory with the best performance. The name of the winning State or Territory is inscribed on the trophy, and that State or Territory then holds the trophy for 12 months. The winning State or Territory is also given a certificate, as are leading entrants.
Amateurs in each VK call area will endeavour to contact amateurs in other VK call areas, ZL and P29 on all bands except WARC bands. On 1.8, 28, and 50 MHz and above, entrants may also contact other amateurs in their own call area.

DX contests from VK
Oceania – The Oceania DX contest is Oceania’s only international style contest where contacts with stations all over the globe are able to participate and enter a winning log. Oceania stations may contact any station for QSO points whilst non-oceania stations are required to contact any station in Oceania for QSO points.

Oceania Stations

The aim of the contest is for stations within the Oceania Region is to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible within the 24 hours of the contest on any of the 160/80/40/20/15/10m amateur bands. Each prefix worked on each band is counted as a multiplier.

DX Stations outside Oceania

The aim of the contest for stations outside the Oceania Region is to contact as many amateur radio stations within Oceania as possible within the 24 hours of the contest on any of the 160/80/40/20/15/10m amateur bands. Each prefix worked on each band is counted as a multiplier.
VK Shires
The objectives of this contest are for amateurs around the world to contact as many VK shires as possible in the contest period. around 700 mults per band
VK amateurs are to work the world including VK, whilst the rest of the world can only work VK.

 

73 Trent VK4TI (VK4TS)

VK4CZ VK3TZ W6NV VK4UC VK4TI VK2IA
VK4UC CQWW SSB 2010: The team – Scott VK4CZ, Tony VK3TZ, Oliver W6NV, John VK4UC (host), Trent VK4TI (team ‘captain’), Bernd VK2IA.

VK4TI 15m Yagi VK4KW
VK4TI installing the 15M Yagi at VK4KW – an old Hy Gain that still works a treat, original balun has been replaced with Coax Choke

VK4HAM VK4LAT
Andrew VK4HAM and Peter VK4LAT from St George western Queensland- the Antenna is a 2 element 40M made in Australia by Comantenna

Pechey Tower
Located North of Toowoomba is the location for John Moyle Field Day for VK4TI and team

John Moyle Field Day Contest
typical competitors setup for John Moyle Field Day

 

24Jun/21

Great News 2X1 WIA Pressure pulls programme across the line

Great news for the Australian Amateur Radio Cohort after the WIA’s affirmative call to action results in 2×1 Callsign announcement, after delays in the implementation of the 2X1 Callsigns for a substantial period of time of around 18 months.

The WIA has received advice that the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) is intending to release an E-bulletin concerning the AMC (Australian Maritime College) implementation plans for the issue of this class of callsigns in the very near future. Whilst the WIA has not been privy to the specific AMC implementation details, it is believed they differ materially from the approach that has been originally proposed.

This appears to be as a direct result of the WIA offering to help with the implementation after lengthy delays.

The WIA was able to show within days that a system could be up and going and working,an amazing effort by the WIA IT team.

While the AMC did not take up the WIA offer, the WIA still extends it’s other services when needed to the AMC to help the cause of Australian Amateur Radio, as it does appear they are struggling with the intricacies of the administration of the AR system.

It is in the charter of the WIA to represent all Australian Radio Amateurs and we intend to uphold those high standards set by our predecessors.

VKCC congratulates our team members working on the 2X1 callsign programme implementation.

https://wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2021/20210621-1/index.php

24Jun/21

2X1 The WIA Steps Up to the Mark to help VKCC initiative

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has offered to help the Australian Maritime College (AMC) with the implementation of the 2X1 Contest callsigns.
COVID and other workload related delays have impacted the start and issuing of the new 2×1 callsign block allocations which were announced in December 2020 by AMC as being available “when ready to issue these callsigns”
AMC Callsign template can be found here: Link

For several years, the WIA has conducted an Annual Contesting Champion Trophy and the applicable scoring ranks Australian contest operators as per activity.

Peter Clee VK8ZZ WIA Secretary said, “We (WIA), post the scores on line that show who are the active contesters in Australia, it is posted on the WIA Website.”

Contest Championship rules can be found here: Link

Contest Champion – VK4PJ Peter Brown Trophy.
“The WIA Contest Champion is awarded annually for the best combined effort in WIA Sponsored Contests.”

“If you peruse this list, you can see the active contesters.” said Peter VK8ZZ

Are you on the Contest Champion list?: Link

The WIA has offered to get the 2X1 callsigns up and going in a very short period, owing to the existing robust systems in place from when the WIA implemented the exam system.

The WIA has a fully functioning online 2×1 Callsign availability checker for use running now.
Check for available 2×1 Callsigns: Link

Do you qualify for a 2×1 Contest callsign meeting all the proposed criteria? (currently includes VK and WRTC rankings)
Check here: Link

2×1 Callsign recommendation is literally instantaneous, based on the applicant’s qualification by an inbuilt automatic criteria checklist function within the administration process.

Once approved, it is envisaged that a Callsign Recommendation form will be automatically completed and downloadable as a PDF for direct emailing to AMC by the applicant for swift processing by ACMA.

The WIA looks forward to working together with the AMC in this matter for the benefit of all Australian Amateur Radio Contest operators.