Remembrance Day Contest
On 13 & 14 August is the Remembrance Day Contest, this Australian radio contest is well supported and is a good opportunity for both new and older operators to have a go at Radio Contesting. You can take part with just a hand held and sit on top of a hill or try and run as many bands as you legally can from home or your favorite location.
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.
Aim Of The Contest
Amateurs in VK, ZL and P2 will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK, ZL and P2.
* VK, ZL, and P2 mean any station operating within Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea and their external territories.
Time: 0300 UTC Saturday to 0300 UTC Sunday
For rules of the contest see http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/
Suggested contesting software:
Suggest you load it before the contest and have a practice.
Lorraine O’Hare (VK2FICQ), National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinator, Girl Guides Australia
has produced a new PR video for JOTA/JOTI 2016. Well done!
The gauntlet is down let’s see what we can do for scouts.
Philip – VK3JNI
Congratulations to Peter VK3ZPF and Kevin VK3KAB for your efforts on a cold wet night at Mt Donna Buang. Your contest score of 761 points won the 6 hour, multi-operator, phone, all-band category of the John Moyle Field Day contest.
“Hopefully next year we can get a couple more operators along and nudge the score over 1000 points” – .Peter VK3ZPF
The full results are available at
The JMMFD contest is on in less than two weeks. (19 & 20 March)
As an introduction for those new to contesting I’d like to suggest a simple VHF/UHF 6 hour station at Mt Donna Buang. If there are many interested we could ad 40m HF as well.
The contest starts at 12 midday but the best time to start a 6 hour entry is 1:30 pm allowing operation across 3 of the available time blocks which means we can contact stations three times on each band and maximize our scoring opportunities.
Mt Donna Buang is a good location as the contest rewards VHF/UHF contacts over 50 km with additional points, however if coming to a hill closer to town attracts more participants then let’s do it.
Could those who are wanting to join in please let me know, on either list, by next Monday so we can finalise the location.
Peter VK3ZPF has shared this interesting blog… Thanks Peter.
Hi, my name is James Stevens and my passion is Amateur Radio. I’m a newly licensed ham (since 2013) but have progressed through the licensing scheme in less than a year to get my advanced callsign M0JCQ.
Here is my blog entry Top 10 Reasons to Take Ham Radio Portable...
Philip – VK3JNI
Many Venturers, Rovers and Leaders around the world combine a little bush walking with Amateur Radio. Here is another good reason to take your light weight radio gear, Summits on the Air (SOTA)
Quite a few Scouting Radio Operators are getting involved in SOTA. Two active Scouting Radio Operators are Kevin, VK3KAB and Peter VK3ZPF.
Here is the link to Peter Fraser’s (VK3ZPF) Blog
Thanks to Peter and Kevin, for providing good information, ideas and many useful links including a good guide to getting started.
What is a Amateur Radio Contest ?
Contests are a popular aspect of the amateur radio scene. Contesting gives you an opportunity to practice and develop your operating techniques, and to see how well your station is performing.
Purpose of Amateur Radio Contests?
Radio Contests have one objective, to get many stations on air and to increase the opportunities for making contacts.
Who takes part in contests?
Contesting is popular both around Australia and worldwide. Though out the year, mostly on weekends, there are a number of local, Australian and international contests. The contests are operated under known rules and suit the various interests of most amateurs.
There are contests for the HF bands, for the VHF-UHF bands, and for all bands. Some contests are designed for restricted power and are ideal for Australian foundation operators. In addition to voice mode, some contests have special sections for modes including CW and other popular digital modes. Most contests have different sections for individual amateurs and multi-operator or club stations.
Where can you find out more information? One good source is the WIA contest pages
If you have not had a go at contesting, talk to other members of the team. They can recommend ideal set up, PC logging software (e.g VKCL) and suggest portable operating sites.
Enjoy, have fun and remember it does not really matter who wins 😉 Philip – VK3JNI
Many new operators find that they start operating their new Christmas or Birthday present over the Christmas Holiday. The new antenna gets installed and we start calling CQ… Don’t forget that a brief message on Twitter including #SRESU or #CQ and including your Callsign, Frequency and time of operation will help people to find you.
Philip – VK3JNI
Did you know that the ocean racing yachts have to carry several pieces of radio equipment including both VHF and HF Radios? Depending on your location, most of our Amateur Radio Equipment is capable of receiving either VHF or HF position reports directly from each yacht taking part.
All boats shall be capable of transmitting/receiving, as a minimum, on the following frequencies:-
VHF – International Marine Channels 16, 72, 73, 80 and 81
HF/SSB – 4483kHz and 6516kHz (Remember all HF transmissions are Upper Side Band)
This is in addition to sat phones and other tracking devices.
All Yachts are required to maintain a 24 hour listening watch for the duration of their race on VHF Channel 16.
The Sailing Instructions will require that boats report by radio when they are in the vicinity of Green Cape and make a declaration confirming their time of passing as well as the following:
- The HF radio is fully operational
- Liferaft(s) are on board
- Engine and batteries are operational
- Boat and crew are in a satisfactory condition to continue
- The skipper has comprehensively considered the most current weather forecast and
- the boat and crew are fully prepared for the conditions forecast.
Regular radio scheduled contacts must be made by all boats. The motor vessel “JBW” will be the Radio Relay Vessel. “JBW” will conduct radio skeds for position reports and listening schedules and monitor the race frequencies. If required, Hobart Race Control will conduct the sked. Hobart Race Control is based at Tascoast Radio at The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. “JBW” will maintain a continuous listening watch on the following frequencies throughout the race:
- 0700 – 2000 hours on 6516 kHz
- 2000 – 0700 hours on 4483 KHz
- VHF Channel 16.
Daily position reports will be conducted as follows:-
- 1905 hours on 26 December 2015 on 6516kHz
- 0005 on 27 December 2015 and on each subsequent day on 4483kHz
- 0735 and 1705 hours on each subsequent day on 6516kHz
A weather report may be issued at this time.
The position report routine will be as follows:
(a) “JBW” will commence transmission on 6516/4483kHz (as appropriate) two minutes prior to the sked time with a long tuning call and contact Hobart Race Control. All boats shall tune their radios during this period and not during the schedule.
(b) Each boat when called shall make a position report on 6516/4483kHz (as appropriate) as follows: its Latitude and Longitude in DEGREES and WHOLE MINUTES (not decimals) as at 1900 on 26 December 2015 and at 0000, 0730, and 1700 as appropriate, on subsequent days (not at the time of reporting). If the position is copied, the boat name and its position will be repeated and the next boat called without a break in transmission.
Information extracted from Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.
Enjoy your Christmas and holidays.
Philip – VK3JNI