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Date 24/12/2017 “A Xmas wish from our Club committee” As we all approach the Christmas-New Year holiday season, there are just so many things we each could look forward to.  Each of us values this time of the year in different ways, and that seems to depend a lot on the way we have each been brought up as a child, plus our longings and beliefs as adults.

“For we VHF-UHF amateur radio types, one thing is universal and for sure – that by on-air activity, respect and friendly rivalry we actually support each other’s varying interests.  Good equipment and good propagation are often regarded as prime considerations but they are really only part of and secondary to those grand goals.

“We, the management committee of the Brisbane VHF Group, sincerely wish all readers a happy and safe holiday season and a healthy and fulfilling 2018 to come.  Throughout the new year, let’s continue to make VHF-and-above amateur radio a really good scene to be part of in South-East Queensland!”

Cheers and 73,

–Doug (and Geoff and Jason).



Date 12/12/2017 “Club sweeps Field Day” VK4 IF(Kevin and Colin Howells Knob),OE(Doug Mt Gravatt ,Border Rangers ),MJF(John RF Island),AMG(George QTH) all have entered the Spring Field Day this year. At todays date we have done very well in the provisional placings. Will  have to wait for for the final results, with thanks to all who assisted on the day .



Date 12/12/2017 “FT817’s new dial” After our report on the update to the Yaesu FT817 face lift one of our club members has taken up the challenge and install the mod.







After comparing the two screens, its a no brainer you could spend the money and configure the screen into the system and see what you are trying to do.







Date 25/11/2017″Voting never stopped VK4IF” It was good to see The Club (VK4IF) call sign activated this weekend from Howels Knob north of Brisbane; by Kevin(VK4UH) and Colin (VK4MIL). There were many other operators out and about ,up and down the east coast as well as VK5;VK6 stations mucking in as well. Several Club members were also heard on a few mountain tops, with all the intentions of assisting each other for points. Openings south as far as Kempsey, Lismore and Grafton some call signs in the VKF—(Foundations call) were heard, gathering points, great to see more enjoyment and involvement. See you all in January 2018 we hope.


Date 22/11/2017 “End Year Meeting” Very productive meeting, all were asked to assist in the Clubs Incorporation constitution and voted accordingly. Thanks to all members and guest how assisted and we will meet again early in 2018. Lots of other juicy matters were discussed mostly on the up and coming 2 field days (in Nov2017 and Jan2018),also 23 on 23. So give it a go see you there. A merry Xmas to all the members and a bite 2018.



Date 15/11/2017 “6 (six)Metres has a great start” If you follow the propagation tree on 6 (six) metres; this season seems to be building too a great one. Lots of activity with the digital modes; FT8, SSB contacts and follow the beacons are all ago too date. Contacts across the pond and further north. 23 on 23 is also coming up pencil this date in, always a fun nite. And not too forget on the 22nd November 2017 our Club Meeting @ the Chermside Library. Topics so far have been Geoff’s 2metre record on Cocos Island, Adams talk on fixing the Thunderbolt GPS and software update and Doug’s show and tell on the overseas Microwave activity etc. Ah yes this is the last meeting until after Xmas so maybe Santa is coming to fill our stockings with microwave goodies, you’ll have to come to see.











Date 10/11/2017″DX Isles a go” VK9MA and VK9AR, VK9AR/6 are all up and operating on there appointed reeves. Have a read at their site jump on the old dipole etc and give em a number, several modes including digital (FT8). Then get out and plan you own.


and VK9AR, VK9AR/6 are all up and operating on there appointed reeves. Have a read at their site jump on the old dipole etc and give em a number, several modes including digital (FT8). Then get out and plan you own.




Date 2/11/2017 “Winter Field day results “ Please take a look  and see how you went in this years Winter field day results for 2017::Check results here.









Date 29/10/2017 “See whats on your ft817 screen” Take a look :here

This is a great mod to your FT8-7, really good functions easier to use than the radio’s  small menu screen.









Date 24/10/2017 “October Meeting” Another great meeting last night with all the members contributing, reporting on their own activities and Projects. VK4UH/VK4KJJ reported on the new 6-2 metre beacons still under test, with hope to be active for the coming summer season. Doug VK4OE returned from his 9 week trip throughout parts of England and some of Europe, give us some insight into micro wave clubs in the UK, ending with sum shots of the Northern Lights from Norway.















Date 23/10/2017 “NSW 23 on 23” Its 19:20 EST already a couple of VK2 are in to the 1296Mhz nite (VK2AZ VK2FLR VK2KYP VK2VL) posting on average about 60Klms great to see. Also @ 20:00 hrs EST a good roll up in VK4 12-14 posting contacts on 1296Mhz and 2.4Ghz longest distance 400Klm to VK2Max thanks to Grant for staying up till late.


Date 22/10/2017″See u @ the Library” Don t forget the October meeting (Wednesday 25th @ 7.00 pm(19:00 hrs)) is at the Chermside Library this month, See U there.

Dateline 22/10/2017 “23 on 23” Monday night 8.00pm ( 20:00hrsEST ( 10:00 UTC)21:00 hrs DLST)) whichever you like, see u there.


Date 21/10/2017″Re invent ourselves” Well off we go again “reinvent ourselves”, says the WIA.  In its latest find ourselves, workshop to find out how to resolve the age old problem of how get new members and re-spark the hobby. WIA has highlighted the Z-call and foundation calls were introduced, to assist in the lack of interest in the tech savvy youth of today. With the help of a proposed new LCD and other school projects such as SARC (School Amateur Radio Club net), STEM (Science technology Engineering and Maths). With this in mind the WIA consulted widely with members and non-members on the future Licence Condition Determination (LCD). A review and reform of the LCD is now expected to begin soon, to be finalised in 2018. Some of the more traditional communication media such as Facebook, twitter etc, are the ones to target to try to integrate the hobby, via or though these other forms. All very interesting reading so take a look. Here.

Also after you have had a read remember the real life of Amateur radio is on the 23 on 23 this month so see you there.




Date 27/09/2017″Thundering Meeting” With thanks to Adam VK4GHZ and his Picaxe upgrade talk on the Thunderbolt GPS upgrade, and Geoffs VK4KJJ boast on a 2 metre Long distance record on Cocos Island, of .9 Klms  (look it up here WIA Site) distance records), being some of the topics. Our September Meeting was a great success at the Chermside Library, Thanks to all that attended. Also finally VK4NEF(Eric) was presented with his Life Membership Plaque.







144 – 148 MHz Distance Record. as at 28/09/2017

VK4KJJ/VK9C 16/09/17 0.9 Klms


Date 25/09/2017″ Theres a meeting common up” 

Hello gentlemen,

Once again this Wednesday is the Brisbane VHF Group meeting night at Chermside Library.

Also Adam VK4GHZ will be there doing firmware updates as well.

We will be starting the meeting at 7.00pm to allow time to update the firmware on the Thunderbolt units.
Please see on site, for the Thunderbolt of what you need to bring and do.
Thank you
Jason Morris

Date 24/09/2017″23 on 23 was off and running” Well this months 23 on 23 was had a great roll up with signal up and down the VK4-VK2 areas. Some aircraft enhancement with a bit of Troppo mixed in.


Date 14/09/2017 “23 on 23” As September 23rd falls on a weekend (next Saturday), it provides the chance for [non-retired] operators to take full advantage of the extra time, and head for the hills to trial their /P station capabilities, investigate new paths and hopefully complete a contact with a new station or two that they wouldn’t normally work from their home station.

It also, and more importantly provides the time and opportunity to activate other uWave bands and reduce the $:QSO for the investment made in our capabilities. 🙂

The recommendation for a 12noon start in July seems appropriate for the September 23-on-23+MAD, so here’s a suggested schedule:

12:00pm (02:00z) – 02:00pm (04:00z) 23cm + 13cm SSB/CW only
1:00pm (03:00z) – 3:00pm (05:00z) 9cm and above uWave bands

For stations in SE VK4 liaison –
147.000 Repeater
40m – 7.150MHz (for those with /P HF capability)
Mobile/cell phone

For all participants –
VKLogger iChat ’23&Above’

As a number of 23cm Plus operators choose not to participate in this forum, please let those who you know may be interested of the event and ask them to also share their plans. [hard to point the dish to someone if you don’t know they’re there!!]

However to allow others to plan their participation, could you please advise your interest, availability and any suggested enhancements to the schedule in this thread?

And once you’ve shared your intended /P location on here, most importantly update your /P profile on VKLogger to ensure that we know where you are!

Scott VK4CZ.


Date 13/09/2017″Tropo’s IN” Looks like a great start to the season with Hepburn Charts predicting possible contacts to the North, South and East.

















Date 4/09/2017″IC910 has been upgraded”  IC9700 is on its way.






Icom Inc will be showing a prototype of a new VHF/UHF/1.2GHz transceiver called the IC-9700 at the Tokyo Hamfair, taking place on September 2nd and 3rd.

Look here for more:

This radio has been kept under wraps and we don’t know too much about this radio at the moment. What we can surmise is that the IC-9700 will probably be an SDR successor to the popular IC-910H VHF/UHF transceiver.

Also being shown are other forthcoming Icom radio models including:

• IC-7610 SDR HF/50MHz Transceiver (Base Station)
• IC-R8600 SDR Wideband Receiver (Base Station) with updated firmware which is capable of I/Q output
• IC-R30 Communications Receiver (Handheld)
• ID-31PLUS UHF Digital D-STAR Transceiver (Handheld)

As we have mentioned, the IC-9700 is only a prototype version, and we will not be able to confirm final product features, cost and availability. More details will be provided when we have them.

To keep up to date with all Icom news, stay tuned to this website and social media channels or sign up to our Newsletter.

Icom UK Marketing:




 Date 1/09/2017 “Thunderbolt update” VK4GHZ Thunderbolt Display Firmware Fix.

Details to fix the Thunderbolt GPSDO date error for the VK4GHZ Thunderbolt Display can be found at: :  Click here for link.


Date 24/08/2017″Only 3 players” It was a bit light on contestants, 23 on 23 was on last nite and very few operators were available, lets hope the following will front up next month.



Date 23/08/2017 “Tonites the nite” Meeting at Rob’s  place 7:30pm  Edens Landing see you all there.



Date 15/08/2017 ” More 3.6Ghz to be carved off” ACMA has lodged a new Optional paper on the “Future approach to the 3.6Ghz band, which was published in June 2017”. To which the WIA has responded just last week. Need to see more :read more.


Date 14/08/2017 ” Another JT65 Lookalike” 

The digital mode FT8 although still in Beta testing has caught on, luring many using the popular JT65 weak signal mode. The WSJT-X 1.8.0 beta software has the FT8 mode described as fast with an entire QSO taking about a minute, which is four times faster than JT65.

Developed by Steven K9AN and Joe K1JT – the name FT8 stands for its creators Franke and Taylor and 8-Frequency Shift Keying modulation. Using a 15-second transmit and receive sequences it provides 50 per cent or better decoding probability down to minus-20 dB. Like JT65 it requires accurate time synchronisation.

An auto-sequencing option can also respond automatically to a CQ call decoded reply. An excellent HF DXing mode and multi-hop sporadic-E propagation on 6 metres where deep fading may make fast and reliable QSO completion desirable. Some are comparing FT8 use to that of JT65, and believe more are on air trying the new one. Experimenters have a Facebook page available by clickingthe following Link



Date 12/08/2017″ Is it Y2K1.7 !! ,Software Update, Early Start”

 See here VK4GHZ Thunderbolt Display Firmware Fix  

Adam, VK4GHZ, has a firmware fix which corrects for the Thunderbolt date error, which occurred on 31 July 2017.

A number of VHF group members have these units so Adam has agreed to come to the September VHF Group meeting and upgrade the firmware for them. The attached gives more details.

Adam will also give a short talk about the Thunderbolt.

There are at least 12 Thunderbolts in the Brisbane area so to get through all of them the “September meeting will start at 7 PM. “



Date 07/08/2017″ READ THIS MESSAGE” The August Meeting will be at Rob’s Venue due to a booking problem with the Chermside Library. Please amend your calendars. Also don’t forget the Club raffle is on that night.



Date 27/07/2016 “Meeting votes for new venue” After our first over the other side of town meeting, all were happy to give it another go. It was suggested at the first trial meeting at Chermside Library,  that the group would hold meetings at the Library and VK4ZDX’s venue, as detailed in the meeting schedule on the website page. Also a Facebook contact blog will be setup for members only at first (for use as a liaison tool for testing new/old equipment and many other bright and new idea’s.) 








Also a Club raffle has been set in motion for the next meeting in August 7.30 pm Chermide Library, with the prize being donate by one of Doug VK4OE’s suppliers (thanks Doug and his supplier) of a Hand held digital Multimeter. Get in touch with GeoffVK4KJJ if you require tickets before that next meeting.









And if that isn’t enough excitement for one meeting ,” who’s  the lucky life member? “All will be revealed at the August Club Meeting.








Date 26/07/2017 ” JUST A REMINDER” The venue has changed but the meeting is the same.
The next meeting is Tonite the 26th July 2017 @ 7:30 pm.

Chermside Library, address as:

On the corner of
Hamilton Road & Kittyhawk Drive,

Car park is via the Kittyhawk Drive.

instructions on how to get there.
if coming from Hamilton Road, turn into Kittyhawk Drive than turn right after the library and there is parking in that area.
If this car park is full you can park in the RSL car park immediately behind the library.

It has been muted, a lucky door prize has been allocated for some lucky member or visitor.



Date 21/07/2017 “Geoff runs the numbers” Click for the test results for the 10Ghz shoot out. see here:10 GHz Shootout report 2017


Date 16/07/2017″Great 10 Ghz Roll up” We arrived just before 9am,  the activity was abuzz and well underway. Redcliffe personal looking for helpers to erect the marquis and people running around setting up the hole show. Our thanks go out too, Geoff VK4KJJ and other for their enthusiasm here. The dish count was 10 plus one @ home (the Yobo’s from Brisbane City RC left theirs in the club shack) meaning 11 rigs were setup for the shoot out. Most competitors were very happy with the day and the results will be published as the list of winners is available. We also wish to thank the Redcliffe Radio Club for the use of their venue.


Date 15/07/2017″Just a reminder” 10Ghz Shoot out @ Redcliffe Radio Club .10am Sunday 16th, yes thats tomorrow . see u there.



Date 13/07 2017 “Pencil this in “ Next meeting venue has changed, read below for the easy instructions.

Reminder that next week is the next meeting for the Brisbane VHF Group at the new trial location.
The next meeting is on the 26th July 2017 @ 7:30 pm.

Chermside Library, address as:

On the corner of
Hamilton Road & Kittyhawk Drive,

Car park is via the Kittyhawk Drive.

instructions on how to get there.
if coming from Hamilton Road, turn into Kittyhawk Drive than turn right after the library and there is parking in that area.
If this car park is full you can park in the RSL car park immediately behind the library.

Thank you

Date 12/07/2017″Redcliffe  is on this weekend” See you there, 10am start.


Date 11/07/2017″Getting Close”

The Brisbane VHF Group would like to invite all microwavers to a get together on Sunday 16th July at the clubrooms of the Redcliffe and District Amateur Radio Club.

We will be setting up a test range for 10 GHz. So bring along your 10 GHz gear and give it a test. As well as having a weak signal source to compare receivers we are also going to have the facility to compare transmitter signal strength – something new.

This get together will also be a good chance to bring along …your latest project to show others what you have been working on.

The Redcliffe club will have food (BBQ) available. More details will be posted closer to the date.

Geoff VK4KJJ


Date 29/06/2017″A Build is on” Some Club members are interested in building a new version of 2metre (LFA) Antenna’s more to follow.


Date 28/06/2017″From the Meeting” It was suggested that we hold a meeting @ the Chermside Library for the July Meeting more will be posted.


Date 23/06/2017″BIG WEEKEND”Booked as one of the biggest week end on the June radio calendar 23-23 on Friday 23rd with the Winter Field day 24th-25th Saturday  and Sunday. Look forward to seeing you all there.



Date 21/06/2017″BIG WEEKEND”Booked as one of the biggest week end on the June radio calendar 23-23 on Friday 23rd with the Winter Field day 24th-25th Saturday  and Sunday. Look forward to seeing you all there.




Date 20/06/2017″Thinking about Field Day 2017″ Elecraft have published an interesting Ad, to stimulate Field day activity and of course sales in their product. Have a look it does have some interesting remarks about the subject.   see here::


Date 12/06/2017 “Clubs Dying?” It was reported on the WIA news this week,that our club BVHF Group was one of the last Brisbane based groups; still operating,thats according to one Geoff Emery VK4ZPP


Date 30/05/2017 “Pencil in this date”  July 16 th 2017.

The Brisbane VHF Group would like to invite all microwavers to a get together on Sunday 16th July at the clubrooms of the Redcliffe and District Amateur Radio Club.

We will be setting up a test range for 10 GHz. So bring along your 10 GHz gear and give it a test. As well as having a weak signal source to compare receivers we are also going to have the facility to compare transmitter signal strength – something new.

This get together will also be a good chance to bring along …your latest project to show others what you have been working on.

The Redcliffe club will have food (BBQ) available. More details will be posted closer to the date.

Geoff VK4KJJ

Date 25/05/2017 “New Team’s in” The Club AGM has now past and the new team is set for a bright 2017-18 year.

Office bearers are:

President – Doug Friend VK4OE
Secretary – Jason Morris VK4YOL
Treasurer – Geoff Robinson VK4KJJ

We thank the outgoing committee for their timely service during the past year, and to “Paul VK4ZEM “, we give a special vote of thanks for his many years of service donated to the Club, as the outgoing Treasurer.

With the Club improvements and activities of 2016-17, we all look forward to this coming years exciting 2017-18.   Annual Club fees are $20.00 and some club activities have been scheduled, with the first being a Microwave get together on July 16th with the venue to be advised. Hope to see you all there.



Date 24/05/2017″23 on 23″ Good roll up VK4 CZ UH ALF EMS LHD/p KAY KJJ VDX ZL KX/p AMG MIL MJF ADM AND VK2MAX (all were heard by author ), others also making use of the vk logger for the event where VK2FLR MRX ZIW  for some, great roll up, see u all next month.

Date 23/05/2017 “Meeting wednesday 24th” See you there.

Dateline 29/04/2017 “MSHV” No its not the latest naval ship to grace the Australian navy, its the latest digital software for meter scatter,  too date it seems as if it out performs all the past FSK WSJT/65 formats. LZ2HV has developed this new format, with most computer formats accommodated. Give it a go used on all higher bands 6metres up, mostly on week ends with some activity during the week, usually liaised  with the VK Logger.







Anyway give it go see u there. download copy from here:::



Date 28/04/2017 “Trail Exams online” Fore fill all your dreams of becoming an amateur radio enthusiast, and have a look here. ::::



Date 10/04/2017″Red what?” Red Fest the Redcliffe Amatuer Radio Club is running there next hamfest on the 22/04/2017 just after the Easter week break. Check here:   See U there.

Looks like this,no bells here

Date 11/3/2017 “A Story to tell” IC910 a Icom ledgend, a dual receive transceiver suppling 100 watts vhf /75 watts uhf with an optional 10 watts 1296 Mhz/shf . This radio lends itself to be an excellent field day and multi usage in the shack, very versatile has its up and down sides but all in all well worth owning. Then all of a sudden it all goes out the window, low power on one band or another “ah sugar what to do”. Read all the info on the Internet, blogs, user groups etc, with a result of the pockets seemingly to be emptying with every sentence. Well maybe all is not so !.

It all finishes, with a round trip to Wyong NSW 2017 (about 1800 klms) VK4AR,

remove 1 fuse 1.5 metres câble

NE and MJF talking the usual radio stuff, then the subject of the 910 hit the stage. Following is one cure to the above problem: Achieve 13.8 volts seems to be the magic voltage and 22 or + amperes. VK4MV(Alister) had also hinted to its small problem with power, many month previous. So VK4NE, and MJF; set out on the task to prove the solution, first lets see, power the radio with tune 144.155 mhz ssb/FM add a dummy load (not MJF), :result 13.8 volts/30 watts , next 14.5 volts/33 watts and if you keep adding to the voltage/watts increase, (the icom manual suggests 14-15 volts is ok?). First we changed the power lead with no fuses, :result 13.8 volts/24amps Sh:: amazing (MJF nearly fell off is chair), after steadying ourselves we change to another set of leads, this time with 2 fuses as supplied by Icom in the box as new: result 13.8volts/22 amps. Ok, back to the original power cord, clean and squeeze fuse connectors, also the plug to the radio,: result 13.8 volts/20 amps. We then removed 1 fuse cleaned the other with sand paper took away the power poles and added a direct link to the power supply, :result 13.8volts/24 amps (MJF’s jaw dropped), @14.5 volts/26watts. Total gain on our metre with 13.8 volts: 80-90 watts SSB: 100 watts FM, total outlay a hour or so, some solder, and a lunch at the Beachmere Tavern. All figures were taken as read, before our luncheon. Hope this helps others with this small problem.



Date 28/2/2017  “Who’s in the Crowd”  We all took to the road last weekend for the annual pilgrimage to Wyong, some to sell their wares and others just to meet up.

The chief wheeling and dealing




























There were lots to be seen and seminars to visit, people to meet and lots of other interesting thing to do and see. We didn’t see you there, maybe next year 2018?


Date 22/2/2017″Wyong Field day” Here is the site to see whats on, Go and see.

Click here  :Take a look.  Maybe we’ll see you all there.


17/2/2017 ” Its 23 on 23 “will go to 2.4Ghz & up” 23rd February 2017. See you there.



Date 23/1/2017 “WIA Board explains” Well we are back from the festive season and we’re sure there is lots to cover in coming 2017 season. In the first news at the start of 2017, is the WIA’s fact sheet site, click here : , to help clear up some issues that seem to dog the hobby administration.

Date 8/1/2017″ Very little change” The latest Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan – ARSP 2017 – was published on the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) website on 3 January 2017. It was registered by the ACMA on 20 December 2016 and came into effect the next day, with a commencement date of 1 January 2017.  Click here : for more.


Date 1/1/2017 “Happy New Year”  To all our supporters and members,  we are looking forward to the next twelve exciting month with all club activities and events.


Date 2/12/2016 “4 Directors rolled WIA” please read below:

Date : 01 / 12 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

Under clause 8.3 (b) of the Constitution of the Wireless Institute of Australia a call was made on Tuesday November 29 for a General Meeting of WIA members.

A letter received had four motions, calling for four Directors of the WIA to be “removed immediately as a director of the WIA.”
The four directors are:
– Phil Wait
– Fred Swainston
– Roger Harrison
– Robert Broomhead

The letter called for a General Meeting on the 9th of December. This date would be not possible; however, it does not make the call invalid.

The call document itself was short of the required 100 signatures, and about a quarter were incomplete. However, identical signed letters were found, including one received on Wednesday November 30, meaning that under clause 8.3 (b) of the Constitution, the call for a General Meeting became valid.

The WIA Board of Directors has begun the process of arranging for a General Meeting.
An estimated cost of at least $10,000 would be incurred by printing the notices, mail house enveloping, distributing them by Australia Post to all members, the venue charge and any other expenses.

WIA members can expect notification details by Australia Post, and anticipate the General Meeting is to be held in late January 2017.

– Jim Linton, WIA Secretary

Date 1/12/2016″ IKW Drama still goes on” Seems the WIA is still working with ACMA on the I kilowatt saga. See below ,

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is keeping alive its advocacy that Advanced Licensees be allowed to use up to 1kW power. The WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee has put to the ACMA the issue of high power beyond the present limit of 400 watts peak, in its “log of claims” after the now-infamous high power trial in 2013.

Many radio amateurs ask why is it that we just can’t have it, like in so many other countries – New Zealand, America, Canada, Japan and so on? Spectrum Strategy Committee spokesman Roger Harrison VK2ZRH says the central issue comes down to that of compliance with electromagnetic radiation standards in Australia. The ACMA uses the term “electromagnetic emissions” – abbreviated EME – but the acronym EMR (for electromagnetic radiation) is also widely used for the same thing. Australia is unique in the world when it comes to radiocommunications regulation, embodied in licence conditions, and compliance with electromagnetic radiation standards. Here, the two things are linked – but nowhere else in the world.

In Australia, our radiocommunications regulator – the ACMA – has the responsibility to ensure compliance, and every licensee (not just radio amateurs) is required to comply. The ACMA has a responsibility to the public, to ensure that electromagnetic emissions from all radio transmitting systems do not present a harmful situation. In fulfilling that responsibility, the ACMA needs to know where possibly harmful transmitter systems are located and that such locations are recorded on a licence. With that understanding, the Spectrum Strategy Committee is working with the ACMA to develop suitable procedures under which radio amateurs interested in running high power can make an application that meets the ACMA’s technical and regulatory requirements.


Date 19/09/216″Beacon Feast” BVHF Group has pieasure to announce. “So, for the first time ever, there are signals on all of the licensed output frequencies for VK4RBB”.


Date 22/08/2016″Winter FD” Below is a list of the results of the 38 call signs used in the winter field day 2016, hope this is a help.













Dateline 14/08/2016″Results are in” Re 2016 Winter Field Day Results are finally in.

see here:

Date 13/08/2016 “A swapmeet is on” Microwave Show and Tell in VK5

Its on again, the Microwave show and tell at the SCARC club at Seaford Meadows. The Seaford Meadows Scout facility on Railway Road is the venue, on Thursday 15th September, from 7.30pm. Looking forward to seeing some of the new gear, and developments from last year. SA is the place to drop in for some of those hard to find microwave goodies. 

see here:



Date 28/07/2016: “Its a bright Trophy” Uwave 2016 achievement  award”,  A Presentation to Doug Friend (VK4OE) for the 2016 Microwavers Achievement Award created by Alan Devlin (VK3XPD). Accepted in absentia by Geoff (VK4KJJ) at Gippstech 2016. It also appears that Doug has or is still holding all the awards for high band operation, except 5.7 Ghz, we think this will be fixed in the very near future.

see here:



Date 24/07/2016 ” 23 0n 23  A Buzz” VK4CZ has  reported lots of contacts by all who participated in July 23 on 23 weekend, if you require some more in-depth reading please use the site below.

see here:



Dateline 8/07/2016″Free Radio based email ” A not well known service, provided by the WIA. 


About The WIA Email Address

What Is The WIA Email Address 

The WIA, though its email server, allows you to establish “” with all emails sent to this address automatically forwarded to either your home or work email account.. See more here:


Date 7/07/2016 “Inland Troppo “ Upon inspection of coming Hepburn charts, there is another chance of tropo paths extending to areas of VK4 from VK5/3/2, possibly beginning the coming Thursday morning, so far. This has followed a good week of VK4 from VK5/3/2.


Date 3/07/2016 “23 on 23 will go to 24Ghz” Great to see more micro wave bands making an entrance. Saturday 23rd July 2016. See you there.



Date 28/06/2016 “Get Booking”  REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON !
Registration for GippsTech will be closing at midnight Friday 1st July (local time) no exceptions , If you haven’t registered yet please do so asap . Raffle tickets will be sold at Dinner Friday and over the weekend and drawn Sunday morning after morning tea.

Gippstech2010 LogoSS







Date 18/06/2016 “23 0n 23 “ Is this the fastest growing side of our hobby? See u there.

Date 8/06/2016 ” GIPPS TECH 2016″ Just a reminder if you are thinking of going GippsTech 2016
July 9th & 10th 2016Gippstech2010 LogoSS





Date 29/05/2016″New EME Logger” 144 432 1296 logger. see here :



Date 30/04/2016″Icom up in the sherwood” Of course its not the forrest. No its official Icom has finally made the sherwood Engineering top 20. Interesting to note the Elecraft K series of radios are still in the top 10, with the Flex 6700 taking top billing. Something that is shown in the graph, is the larger manufacturers have lifted their game. So if you can afford the cost of their new range, you will get something the rates. See here:

26/04/2016 “HZ Mods 10mhz ref.” Have a look here:



17/04/2016 “WIA has LCD Go”  Have a look here:



12/04/2016 “Winter field day 2016” Winter 2016 – Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.



18/02/2016 “Results are in”   2016 Summer Field Day results have been posted here:

Club members have done well so keep up the good work.

26/1/2016   “See U @ The Meeting”  Tomorrow nite at Robs place. See U There.


24/1/2016 “Results are in ” 2016 Springfield day are here:


26/12/2015 “Results are in” 2015 Springfield day 2015 results are here:


8/11/2015″ Don’t Forget The Field Day” Spring Field Day VHF-UHF Field Day 14th-15th  (not confirmed need helpers), location to be confirmed.

14/09/2015 “A new slant on portable”  Have a look here for a tower that may be for you.

Click here:

9/09/2015″Must read changes” WIA and ACMA have change the licensing arrangements. The SPECTRA system means a number of changes to the WIA Exams Service that will affect both the assessors and candidates. Read more…..

Click here :


4/09/2015 “Web Site Whoo’s” Yes the SCARC Sunfeast is on Pencil in the 12th of this month. A Club official said, “We are having some problems with our web site”.” It is being advertising in AR Mag, (Aug & Sept issue) and on WIA news Broadcast for the past 3 months and on the club news & call backs every Sunday for the past 8 weeks. The event ” Wombye Sunfest ” is still on for September 12th 2015 at the Woombye hall. Doors open at 9am (7am for sellers) Entry is still $5.00 and that includes a ticket in the lucky door prize.

For any extra detail you can contact Warwick VK4NW at secretary



30/08/2015 “An Ad” We are one (A Radio Club) give us a go.











 27/08/2015″Spectrum Review” It’s official.

The Australian Government will implement all the recommendations of the Spectrum Review conducted over 2014-15 by the Department of Communications together with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Announced on 25 August, a tight program of changes to legislation and regulations will be carried out over the next two years, commencing in October and running through to mid-2017, when the new regime is intended to start.

A single licensing system is the principal feature of what the Government is calling the “new spectrum framework”. The current apparatus, class and spectrum licensing regimes will disappear, to be replaced with licences that set out the conditions of use for spectrum access detailed in a set of key parameters.

Get the skinny here: … /index.php



25/08/2015″See U @ The Meeting” Tomorrow nite at Robs place. See U There.


24/08/2015 “Icom  goes SDR” Icom 7300 just released at the Toyko ham feast.

click here:

Also click here:










21/08/2015″Its here 23-23″ Planned 23-on-23 Plus…. so time to get agreement on the operating protocols for the activation event.

Given the feedback from the last 23-on-23 Plus, I think it was agreed that we separate the 23cm from the ‘Plus’ operating so that the 23cm only and ‘home’ stations are able to maximise the opportunity to work as many of the /P stations before we QSY and chase Qs up the bands.

As such, the earlier suggested schedule seems to be the best option:
23cm SSB/CW
10:00am (00:00z) – 11:00am (01:00z)

23cm Plus uWave
11:00am (01:00z) – 2pm (04:00z)

Liaison –
147.000 Repeater (if the RDRC would be happy with that)
40m – 7.150MHz (is that still the recommended QRG?)
Mobile/cell phone
VKLogger iChat ’23&Above’

Unfortunately a few of the 23cm & uWave operators in SE VK4 don’t participate in this Forum, as such it would be appreciated if you could share this information to all interested operators.


20/08/2015 “Forward Thinking”August 23 on 23”.“A Queensland & NTH NSW Field  day excuse”

The August 23-on-23 will fall on a Sunday. That means it’s time we start planning a 23-on-23+Plus! :crazy:

It means that if we hold true to the original intentions for the 23-on-23, being a weekend those who are keen to further explore a new paths potential can make the effort and head for the hills and work others (and the home stations too). It also means that we can also take the time to activate a other uWave bands on the day too. :om3: :om2:

After the last 23-on-23+Plus I received some negative feedback due to the ‘band swapping’ etc. So before we embark on this one we’ll seek opinions on how we optimise the time and maximise the effort and fun. This will probably require us to consider a more structured approach to the day with band slots etc used to to coordinate activation and also ensure that on each band we achieve maximum activation!

If we can aim for a start time of (say) 10AM, we should be able to structure activity on 23cm through to 3cm and beyond and wrap up by mid afternoon to pack-up and start the drive home.

With ‘just’ seven (7) weeks to go, start considering your plans, booking in radio time with family and planning potential portable sites.

20/08/2015″ Win 10 free” Free update windows 10 from window7.

Things that work as they should on Win7
HRD – The last free version
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! USB (FT-857D audio I/O)
G4ZLP interface – FTDI USB chip (Data for 857/817 etc)
Omni Rig



12/08/2015″Silent Key” VK4AAE (VK4ZAE) Alan Simpson

SIMPSON, Alan Montgomery Late of Everton Parkand formerly Mt Nebo. Passed away on 10th August, 2015. Aged 85 Years Family and Friends are respectfully invited to attend Alan’s Funeral Service, to be held at the Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek Memorial Park, 400 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs, on Thursday, 13th August, 2015, commencing at 3.30 p. m.”

See more at: … 7Dfsc.dpuf

Alan was one of the very early VHF pioneers of South-East Queensland and was a keen experimenter in many things, including amateur radio. He may well have been a founding member of the Brisbane VHF Group.

Although his health had of recent years precluded him from active amateur radio, he was always interested in being involved and keeping up to date on what had been happening. He will be missed by all who knew him!VK4AAE








We have been able to trace Alan in the VHF Group back as far as 1967 all the records I have suggest he was an earlier member.
VK4AMG(ZMG), remembers,
Alan was an active member of the VHF Group from founding thru my period as president and early 80’s I guess.
Active in Glorious Repeater committee. Was responsible for nominating me for Life Member.
Active on 6 and 2m.
Always a gentleman’s gentleman.
Dave Laurie VK4DT(ZTL) was also president in those early years. He remembers Alan being very active on 6 metres
12/08/2015 “Results are in” Winter Field Day results have been posted for those interested in their positions. A post on one of the amateur conversation sites has suggested, they would like to see one form of scoring be adopted. Also thanks to Col VK4MIL and Rob VK4ZDB for again activating the club call sign.VK4IF

Quote from the Contest managers “By all reports, the numbers of stations braving the elements at portable locations this winter were down on previous winters.”


Click here:

Its all back to you.











Dateline 10/08/2015″1.2 & 2.4 GHz” seem to be alive and well in VK4, so well that over the pond groups of ZL’s are talking; building beacons, beams and interest to take part. Great to see, VK Logger seems to stimulate the hobby in the interested and enquiring minds, great too see. Hers a quote:

Hi Guys,
Just to let you know that there are currently a number of 23cm stations on the air down in ZL3-4.
Zl4IV 200+w and good ant at about 300′ ASL
ZL4OL getting 150w amp on the air and has 45 element loop
ZL3NW, Ive got an amp for him something around 150W also a loop beam way up high.
And myself
ZL3RC currently building up 4 x 55 element loop beams and have 4 x XRF286 amps going just need to box them up. Mainly looking at EME long term but would love to work 23cm across the pond.

All we need over this side of the island is a good big E’s cloud over the Tasman and we maybe in business, any sort of ducting propagation isn’t going to work with the Southern Alps in the way 😥

Looking forward to a better session than the one just passed if Im not wrong we only had one very short opening where Geoff ZL3PX worked a VK2 on 2m.

Still haven’t heard your 23cm beacon over there, but listen a lot, one day. (As we the Brisbane VHF Group have just upgraded the 23cm beacon just recently this maybe a dream come true for them).


Roger ZL3RC



20/07/2015 “Theres a meeting on Wednesday” This wednesday is the fourth wed of the month. See You There.


12/07/2015 “ACMA misses the point” It appears that the LCD is in and dusted advanced calls have been the winners and Foundation and Standard call staying as what appears as, no changes. They have missed the chance to elevated a few restrictions and get more use of some of the less used bands. see here:

6/07/2015″ 23 0n 23 “.

Based on the positive feedback from the last 23-on-23, lets run the same approach for the next one…. July 23, 2015! :thumbup:

Format as follows:

Start time: 10:00z / 8:00pm AEST / 9:00pm ADST

Stations in BNE and more southern stations beaming north
08:00pm – 08:30pm / 10:00z – 10:30z
QRG: 1,296.100MHz

Stations in BNE and more northern stations beaming south
08:30pm – 09:00pm / 10:30z – 11:00z
QRG: 1,296.100MHz

Start time: 11:00z / 9:00pm AEST
QRG: 1,296.225MHz (Mode JT65)

27/06/2015″Records GO” The ARRL reports that Wayne Overbeck N6NB, operating from Hawaii, worked Gregory Campbell W6IT in California, over the 4024 km path – the first time SSB contacts were made on these bands over this path.
W6IT was operating N6NB’s home station, near Orange, California.
N6NB/KH6 operated from a rental vehicle using gear covering 144 MHz through 10 GHz – antennas included – which he took with him on the plane to Hawaii.
Full details here:″Records go”


23/06/2015 “A Ham feast” Last nites 23 on 23 netted queit a lot of 23cm activity as reported by Scott VK4CZ

Thanks to everyone who participated…. interesting conditions. Some of the best condx I’ve seen to the south with Grant VK2MAX, but the scatter path to the north well below past 23-on-23 activation events, and no direct path to the north avail.

Worked SSB:
VK4LHD/P – Buderim
VK2MAX/P – Kempsey

Heard SSB:
VK4ADM – Sippy Downs
VK4ZQ – Brisbane
VK4AFL – Birkdale
VK4VU – McDowall
VK4KAY – Warwick

Worked JT65C:
VK4KAY – Warwick

Known to be active:
VK4BG – Hervey Bay (weakly heard SSB on scatter QTF 300 while Glenn was in QSO with VK4VU)
VK4DH – Kilarney
VK2XN – Narrabri

And a big thank you to Robert VK4LHD and Grant VK2MAX for heading our /P…. truly appreciated. :beer:

As for the format… certainly far more appealing to me than just working BNE stations.

My only suggestion I would have is for those that have the ‘easier’ (read as less terra firma) paths to some of the more distant stations, is that they consider assisting others by sustaining contacts longer so a variety of scatter paths can be checked to see if there are definite alternative peaks available other than the direct paths.

Also not listed where VK4JAM, Vk4NE and VK4MJF.

22/06/2015 “EA works IF”.  Great to see VK4IF running on the winter field day thanks to Rob and Colins effort.  Peter VK4EA reported on his time on air, as per the logger below:


Quick wrap up of the activity, I selected Moreton Island as it combines a few of my favourite things, camping, radio and good weather. For those outside of SE VK4 Moreton Is is a sand island with minimal infrastructure consisting largely of National Park. There are no formed roads accessible only by boat, 4WD essential. We normally camp on the Western shore of the island which has a good view to the West toward the Brisbane CBD and all of the high points _normally_ utilised by the local microwave fraternity. Unfortunately microwave activity was very light on this time. Our local beacons were found and peaked soon after setting up on the Friday afternoon, although some ropes were needed as always in our part of the world at this time of the year, the westerly winds picked up cooling things down considerably. For note VK3’s, it never got below 6 degrees at night, and warmed up nicely to about 20 degrees with clear skies throughout the weekend.

I went to considerable effort to have all bands, sacrificing a few things, except for beer (and wine for the second operator -XYL, VK4JNC). Doug, VK4OE, kindly lent me a 47GHz transverter.

– 6 metres consisted of the FT817 with a horizontally mounted mobile whip
– 2 metres, 70cm, IC970 with an Elk log periodic
– 23cm, IC970 with an 8 element yagi
– 13cm, IC970 – grid pack
– 9cm, VK3XDK and patch antenna
– 6cm, DB6NT, 600mm dish
– 3cm, DB6NT, 600mm dish
– 1.25cm, DB6NT, 600mm dish (sharp!)
– 6.5mm, VK4OE, 300mm dish

Activity all during the contest was slow, and I recognise my antenna department was quite compromised so I may not have heard anybody. Having said that I was pleasantly surprised who I could work on low power and small antennas. Best excitement was a small opening on 6m, who would of thought 5W into a mobile whip would work into VK5 and VK3? …. an exceptional moment with very strong signals heard from VK5BC and VK3PP.

A couple of nice 10GHz contacts with Geoff, VK4KJJ/P, located at Clear Mountain confirmed the 10GHz gear was working well.

My contacts to VK4WS/P on 23cm and to VK4IF (Eden’s Landing) on 5.7 and 10GHz made the effort worthwhile.

The best for last, Sunday morning the 24GHz gear gets a workout to Kevin, VK4UH at home, extending our best to 54km. Similar good results with Rex, VK4REX to Howell’s Knob, where sadly the VK4WIS crew had NOT bothered to setup….. Rex and I tried 47GHz next, and while I was able to copy him S9+, I was unable to work out the VK4OE gizmos to TX, not completing the contact.

I’m not sure if I will go to the effort of going to Moreton Island for a contest again, unless I am sure more people will be out and about next time. Not that I was too stressed, wonderful weather ….. VK3’s listening ??


12/06/2015 “Second reminder” The Rules for the Winter VHF-UHF Field Day – happening over 20-21 June – have been finalised and posted to the VHF-UHF Field Day page on the WIA website here:

The page content has also been updated. Read it all carefully. It’s new, and fresh. 🙂

Two Field Day enthusiasts – Lou VK3ALB and Andrew VK3MIX – have developed a useful online application, dubbed “Contest Radar”, where you can post your location and see other stations’ locations. Gotta be better than heading for the hills with little or no idea who’s gonna be out there and where! 8)

Advertise your location/s on the Contest Radar website here:

Posted in the interests of boosting the Winter VHF-UHF Field Day (sponsored by the WIA).


9/06/2015 “Check Field Day Rules” Please read new rules on the next two Field Days.

 8/06/2015 “New Contest Manger hits back” WIA Vhf/Uhf field day’s have been published.

Upcoming Contest Date & Time

Winter 2015 – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.

Spring 2015 – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November.


3/06/2015 “Odd activity on 23cm”  After the last 23 on 23 week end there has been a lot of 23cm traffic all round the state and into NSW.  With luck all this new enthusiasm will continue and transfers to the Winter Field Day and beyond.


31/05/2015 “Gippstech 2015” Its on for 2015 Gippstech.

click here:


30/05/2015 “Update on LCD” It appears the regulators have agreed with the changes to the proposed Band Plan 2014, we await with bated breath. Read about it below.

Here :

28/05/2015 “Fees take a plunge” ACMA has jumped in and lowered the licence fees for all renewals, don’t faint its true have a read.

Amateur licence renewals now cost less

A 12-month renewal for an Amateur licence is now $51, according to a new schedule of Apparatus licence fees published by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on its website on 7 April.

This is a drop of $24 from the $75 that applied to renewals earlier this year. The last time that licence fee renewals were at $51 was 20 years ago!

Read more here :


27/05/2015 “While the cats away” Great meeting last nite, good turn up even if the state of Origin was on. Thanks to all that attended and hope to see you all again soon.

26/05/2015 “Meeting nite” Its come again Rob house 27/05/2015. see you there.

23/05/2015 “Great turn out” Mountain tops were populated by many budding 23cm operators around Brisbane, north south and west. It was the first 23 on 23 all on a weekend day in the time this idea was implemented. Toowoomba to Howels Knob Mt Gravatt to Mt Mee as far down to VK2max Kempsey NSW. Great turn out and not just 23cm, 2.4 -10Ghz contacts were also completed.

Nice field day site

Nice23 0n 23 day site










15/05/2015 “Elecraft new radio” It seems Elecraft has cericum to the prefex letter to denote changes etc, at a new cost. see here:





Greetings to all!

To add to the flurry of similar announcements of recent times, I am happy to advise that, following a grand team effort today at the beacon site, the recently upgraded VK4RBB beacon was put back on air after about three weeks absence.

This is not a one-frequency beacon – the current output frequencies of 432.440, 1296.440, 2403.440 and 5760.440 MHz are all now GPS locked in frequency and timed. And if we obtain ACMA approval for use of 3400.440 MHz, that capability is also ready to be activated.

[Previously there had also been a 10368.440 MHz beacon signal, but that transmitter has temporarily been decommissioned until an extension of the upgrade project is completed which will see similarly GPS locked outputs on 10368.440 and 24048.440 MHz emanating from a mast-mounted amplifying box. The frequency generation stages needed to achieve these extra frequencies are already in place.]

The reason for having GPS-derived accurate timing is that there are two modulation modes, CW with Morse ident., and JT4. All of this beacon’s outputs alternate between these two modes, changing each GPS-defined minute. This is all under the management of a ZL2BKC ‘Multi-Beacon Controller’ (MBC), and we owe a vote of thanks to Wayne ZL2BKC for all his development of the MBC and his help in getting the digital interface part of the ‘show’ on the road. The functioning of the MBC is impressive!

Other acknowledgements due are to Geoff VK4KJJ, Rex VK4REX, Bob VK4XV, Kevin VK4UH, Jason VK4YOL, Eric VK4NEF and Mick VK4NE. I have also been involved in constructing the original beacon hardware and recently interfacing it with the new beacon controller.

Any reports will be welcomed, and several have already been received today from some listeners near and far. A point related to listening for VK4RBB is that, when it is transmitting its Morse ident and associated carrier, the actual frequency is right on the one nominated for the band in question, within ±1 Hz accuracy. Receiver dials will need to be set accordingly.

The beacon listing on the VK-Logger will soon be brought up to date.

Very best 73,

–Doug Friend, VK4OE.

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26/04/2015 “Skin affect is it a myth”


26/04/2015 “Beacons up and running” A morning of mateship and work got all but 10 Ghz beacons (all GPS locked) up and running at the Murarrie site to-day. Thanks go to all that assisted with this task, many others donated time and expertise to the project of such magnitude.IMG_0228









23/04/2015 “Its on again to-nite” Give you 23cm gear a work out to-nite around 8.00pm. Maybe it is the only time to see if your gear works. Hear you there:


 22/04/2015″Odd its a meeting” It’s come around again 4th Wednesday Meeting to-nite @ the same place and the same time. Guaranteed to be a lively nite, bring along some show and tell. See you there: 23 on 23 is on this coming Thursday try to be there, will be 2.4Ghz activity as well, see you there:


10/04/2015 “DON”T LOOK FOR BEACONS” Please read beacon update on right for beac

on updates, service should be completed in a few weeks.


5/04/2015 ″So how much did you pay” Latest Sherwood Engineering figures are out. Maybe worth a look. I have thrown a couple away LAST year, nice too see the ones keeper are in the first page. One outstanding listing is the new Flex 6800, also the K3 re jigging, has assisted it to past all others. see more :


3/04/2015 “Gipps Tech 2015” Mid July 2015 see’s Gipps Tech 2015 under way again. With a troop of guys too venturing down to Victoria for this years festivities, for further information get in touch with Kevin VK4UH and I’m sure he will help.


2/04/2015 “Beacons on track” “Up dates to the suite of club beacons are on track for activation in the next few weeks”, said Doug VK4OE at the last club meeting. We all look forward to the latest technology and locked beacons.


31/03/2015″ 5 month wait” Oddly some smalls animals have a gestation time less than the quoted time it takes the WIA and ACMA to process your application for a repeater or beacon. According to a recent quote from VK2zrh Roger, has told the amateur community these startling facts. Await the next instalment.



21/03/2015 “CRO goes ABC” World radio day was held mid February 2015, Ron cro does the hobby justice with an interview by Terri Begley of the ABC. see more here.

19/03/2015 “ACMA looks for help on the 9cm band”

4/03/2015 “U tube VK7 on 10 GHz” have a look maybe of interest.


1/3/2015 “10.36844 GHz Beacon” Please be patient with our service program to update our beacons, the first being our 10.36844 GHz.




26/02/2015 Show and tell” Meeting last nite was as per normal a very interesting well attended nite new beacons amplifiers and the list goes on. Doug VK4oe had a few relevant videos to fill the end of the nite. Congratulations to all that took VK4IF to air in the Summer Field Day.





25/2/2015 ” Queenslander”  A couple of Queenslanders have scooped the Summer Field day. Also the WIA has decided to keep the dual score system running for the time being.

results here:


24/02/2015″Meeting On” Our club Meeting is on @ Robs place Wednesday 25/2/2015 7.30 pm. SEE YOU THERE.


22/2/2015″Band Plans ready to run” Looks like we will see some changes mid march 2015.

WIA Updates Bandplans – (6, 30, 40 and 6 metres)

Date : 21 / 02 / 2015
Author : Phil Wait – VK2ASD

Amateur Radio Bandplans are a voluntary operating code which divides the various amateur bands into segments, in order to minimise interference between often incompatible transmission modes and technologies. As technology progresses, and patterns of usage change, Bandplans need to be periodically reviewed and updated to ensure they meet current needs, and also that, as much as possible, band usage remains internationally harmonised.

Following a lengthy period of public consultation the Bandplan changes are now released as a “Draft for Adoption“. If no serious deficiencies are identified the updated Bandplans will come into effect on the 15th March, 2015. The two metre and 70cm Bandplans are also under review, and are expected to be finalised during the second half of this year. Watch out for new information on those Bandplans in the Hot Issues section of this website.

The WIA would like to sincerely thank John Martin VK3KM and the entire Technical Advisory Committee for undertaking the difficult task of reviewing the Bandplans, and finding a workable solution to satisfy the various competing interests.
Phil Wait VK2ASD.

More info here:




29/01/2015 “Shoot out at VK4zdx’s” Our first 2015 meeting for January went well with a shoot out on 24GHz in Robs dining room, no outright winner was named but the tic tac toe has VK4UH having an advantage. Lots of show and tell items with demo’s on Airscout radar the main topic. It seems our updated paperwork for our beacons was misplaced will being updated. Also with the beacons, the make up of jt4 and cw transmissions will be resolved and ready very shortly.





VK4UH @ 46ghz shootout

VK4UH @ 24GHz shootout

Lots of eyes on Kevin's 6m amp

Lots of eyes on Kevin’s 6m amp how many KW’s
















28/01/2015″ Test and Tune Day” Mid to Late February 2015 is a good time and a Local CBD club, are the main hopes. VK4EA is looking at 22nd and maybe Redcliffe Radio club maybe the venue, nice spot and the people are friendly. Will keep the news up to date on this one.


20/01/2015 “23 on 23″ Keep a diary note” 23 on 23 is a 1296cm contacts about 8.00pm local E S T (yes and the curtains do fade; etc. ) Try out you gear.



17/01/2015 “New 10ghz Record” A bit late but the story was not told till know.

New World Record Claimed on 10 GHz:: Two Amateur Radio microwave enthusiasts in Australia are claiming a new distance record on 10 GHz. On January 5, during a tropo opening across the Great Australian Bight, VK6DZ and VK7MO exchanged reports over a 2732 km path, using JT4f mode as well as SSB. The distance surpasses by 36 km the previous World Record of 2696 km from Southern Portugal to Cape Verde Island.

VK6DZ was portable at Torbay Hill, 24 km west of Albany, Western Australia. He was running 10 W to a 60 cm dish. VK7MO was portable Cape Portland in northeastern Tasmania, running 50 W to a 77 cm dish.

Several other noteworthy 10 GHz contacts were completed the same day. VK6DZ worked VK5KK over a 1920 km path on JT4f mode, and VK5DK over a 2062 km path on SSB. VK5KK was portable at Crafters 10 km southeast of Adelaide, South Australia, running 5 W into a 75 cm dish. VK5DK was portable at Mount Burr, 40 km northwest of Mount Gambier running 5.5 W into a 60 cm dish. All stations were GPS locked. — Thanks to Rex Moncur, VK7MO

12/01/2015 “More VK4IF” Was heard during the Summer field day, what a great location, may figure well in the results with contacts on most bands into lots of new grid squares. Great effort by all members that took part, thanks. We await he results.



10/01/2014 “IF seen on logger” Great stuff VK4IF is on the VHF-UHF Field day thanks to the club members operating from the Beenleigh Station. more later.


08/01/2015 “Results are in “ Spring Vhf-Uhf results are in see em here:

Both Divisions are up on the site, being hours before the next Summer event. A quick look, and it seems VK4OE features well done, good on yu Doug. There is a summary written on the statistics of the last couple with the true reflections of these events being reported. Good read.



01/01/2014″First for the Year”

Summer Field Day VHF-UHF Field Day 2015 – 10/11th January (date confirmed need helpers, location @ a mountain near you, grab your gear and we will hear you there.)


24/12/2014″A Xmas Message from the Boss” Now we’re in the holiday season, on behalf of the Brisbane VHF Group, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your continuing interest and involvement in VHF things around greater Brisbane, and for your support during the year. A happy Christmas time as well, whatever you are doing…..and don’t forget that 6 and 2 metres are usually ‘lively’ with Es propagation around this time!

We at ‘group headquarters’ all hope that your holiday and the coming 2015 year are filled with happiness and success in whatever amateur radio and other ventures you engage in!
Very best 73,
–Doug Friend, VK4OE.


23/12/2014  “23 cm up and kick en”  it maybe very close to Xmas but to-nites good roll up to the event was reassuring. A few new faces using what ever power available, one look at the logger would also confirm this. Great to see 1296cm alive and kicken at least in the South East,


 20/12/2014″23 on 23 “ Tuesday 23rd December 2014, on 23cm (1296.100 mhz )@ 8.00pm EST with a likely hood of 2.4ghz contacts late on that nite @ around 9.00 EST. Look forward to hearing you there.


14/12/2014 ” Seems the Rocks are out” Someone forgot to tell the meteor Scatter that they should be around the last few days. The predicted 2 metre meteor scatter seemed to show up late last week. On  Monday was a small opening to VK7 and that seem to be it for the time being.



3/12/2014 “New Contest Manager” VK4zrh Roger Harrison has taken up the post of Vhf-Uhf Field day Contest Manager, Roger seems to be a little more interested, with blogs being posted on the vklogger. Hopefully he will spark a few more VK2’s up; as well as others for the coming Field days. Keep up the good work Roger.  Update 5/12/14, It appears there is some glitch in the scoring software used for the contest, lets hope we have a solution by January 2015.

VK4oe Border rangers MAD

VK4oe Border ranges MAD











28/11/2014″VK4IF SET TO GOJanuary 2015 Vhf-Uhf Field Day (on the 10/11th January), will be manned and ready for the next field day announced Rob VK4 zdx “we’ll get it going as a team 24 hr site from here” he said “with the help of a few club  members; we can do it”. The club call was used earlier in the year, 23 on 23 session, which fell during a meeting nite.

Some of team Vk4if

Some of team Vk4IF









27/11/2014″Last Meeting” Last nites meeting was represented well by members from all points of the compass, great to see everyone there. Some brought a few projects and other interesting bits to peer over, great to see.

VK4UH 1296 300 watt amplifier

VK4UH 1296 300 watt amplifier

Some of the crowd

Some of the crowd
















24/11/2014″Poor Field day turn up” After several hours doing the Spring VHF_UHF it became clear that the 8 hours on Saturday we were doing was very short on contacts. Sunday seemed to have a few extra call signs but less most which were on Saturday. No one had taken up the club call sign again. We await the results to see just how many had made the effort to contest. Other than the poor turn out on both days Doug OE/P and John WIE/P both report a very interesting time out in the field. Well we might start early and suggest that there is another chance coming up in the summer version in 2015.




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