Qst 05 15

QST 05/15

FM VKCW.NET 122300UTC AUGSEP 2015 TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS = SOURCES ARRL IARU RSGB VKCW WIA =
TOTAL 10 ITEMS =

ITEM 1 =
QST. TWO ADDITIONAL FREQUENCIES ARE BEING USED FOR VK CW QST FROM TODAY. SUNDAY MORNING CW BROADCAST AT 9AM EASTERN IS NOW ON 7022.5, 14022.5 AND 21022.5 KHZ OFFERING VK COVERAGE ON 40 AND 20M WITH POSSIBLE PACIFIC WIDE COVERAGE ON 15M +

ITEM 2 =
EMERGENCY COMMS. IARU REGION 3 RECOMMENDS 3600, 7110, 14300, 18160 AND 21360 AS EMERGENCY CENTRE OF ACTIVITY FREQUENCIES WITH AT LEAST 5 KHZ EITHER SIDE TO BE KEPT CLEAR IN AN EMERGENCY. WIA HAS ADOPTED THE RECOMMENDATION. FOR VK CW EMCOMMS INFO SEE WWW.VKCW.NET +

ITEM 3 =
OLD HAMS. HARRY WOLF, W6NKT LIS SINCE 1936 IS 106 YRS OLD AND MAY BE THE WORLD'S OLDEST HAM. CHARLIE, W2RP IS 105 YRS OLD AND WAS LIS IN 1925 AT THE AGE OF 15 +

ITEM 4 =
NEW 40M BAND PLAN. A REMINDER THAT CW IS NOW EXCLUSIVE 7000 TO 7040 WITH CW AND DATA SHARED 7040 TO 7060. SSB DATA IS SHARED FROM 7053 LSB TO 7060. SSB BAND IS NOW 7060 TO 7300. SEE BAND PLAN ON WIA.ORG.AU FOR DETAILS +

ITEM 5 =
VK CW CALLING FREQ. 7050 REMAINS POPULAR AS VK CW CALLING FREQUENCY. CODE OF CONDUCT WITH 3 SIMPLE RULES FOR 7050 ARE KEEP CALLS SHORT, MAKE NO MORE THAN 3 CALLS PER 5 MIN PERIOD, QSY IMMEDIATELY AFTER ESTABLISHING CONTACT. SEE WWW.VKCW.NET FOR MORE INFO +

ITEM 6 =
ACMA SYSTEM UPDATE. ACMA SUSPENDED LICENSE PROCESSING WHILE UPDATING SYSTEMS. VK HAMS WHO HAD LICENCES NEEDING RENEWAL WHO DID NOT RENEW EARLY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO OPERATE. FCC IN USA ALLOWED HAMS WHOSE LICENSES WERE DUE FOR RENEWAL TO CONTINUE OPERATION DURING A SIMILAR UPGRADE WHILE SYSTEMS WERE OFFLINE +

ITEM 7 =
OCEANIA DX CONTEST. OCEANIA DX CONTEST CW IS WEEKEND OCTOBER 10 AND 11. SEE WIA.ORG.AU FOR DETAILS +

ITEM 8 =
CHESS CHEAT. AN ITALIAN PLAYER WAS KICKED OUT OF ITALY'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS CHESS TOURNAMENTS AFTER ALLEGEDLY USING MORSE CODE AND A HIDDEN CAMERA TO CHEAT. SEE QRZ AMATEUR RADIO NEWS FORUM FOR DETAILS +

ITEM 9 =
VK CW ACTIVITIES. SEE WWW.VKCW.NET FOR DETAILS OF MANY CW ACTIVITIES AROUND AUSTRALIA INCLUDING SLOW AND HIGH SPEED PRACTICE, CW NETS, CW TIPS, FORUMS AND MORE +

ITEM 10 =
PROP FCAST. SF SOLAR FLUX, AP PLANETARY A INDEX, GEOMAGNETIC CONDX Q QUIET, A ACTIVE, D DISTURBED, U UNSETTLED AS FOLLOWS. 14SEP SF105 AP25 Q TO U. 15SEP SF110 AP20 Q TO A OR D. 16SEP SF105 AP15 Q TO A. 17SEP SF100 AP12 Q TO U. 18SEP SF100 AP8 Q TO U. 19SEP SF105 AP20 A TO D. 20SEP SF115 AP10 MOSTLY Q +

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