VK2WI Weekly News, 10 Oct 1993

VK2WI Weekly News, 10 Oct 1993

Post by Dave Horsfa » Thu, 14 Oct 1993 09:08:47

DIVISIONAL NEWS.

IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO BE AT A W.I.A. MEETING?

INACCURATE REPORTS THAT THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL HAD ARMED GUARDS AT THE COUNCIL
MEETING OF FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING ON THE BANDS AND ON THE
PACKET RADIO NETWORK.

ACTING ON ADVICE, THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL DID HIRE SECURITY PERSONNEL FOR THAT
MEETING.

AS EVENTS TRANSPIRED, THEIR PRESENCE WAS NECESSARY.

UNFORTUNATELY, COUNCIL IS UNABLE TO MAKE A FULL REPORT AT THIS TIME AS IT IS
CONTINUING WITH LEGAL ACTION.

THE SECURITY COMPANY HAS WRITTEN A LETTER TO THE DIVISION ADVISING THAT  -  AND
WE QUOTE: "AT NO TIME WERE THE SECURITY OFFICERS PRESENT CARRYING FIREARMS."

FURTHER, THE COMPANY SAID IN THEIR LETTER THAT THEY "HAVE NEVER BEEN, AND NEVER
WILL BE, IN THE HABIT OF CARRYING FIREARMS."

THEY ARE THE FACTS.

JUDGE THEM AGAINST THE SUPPOSED "EYEWITNESS" REPORTS CIRCULATING ON THE PACKET
NETWORK.

NEW MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CAMPAIGN

THE MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN RUN OVER THE THREE MONTHS FROM DECEMBER LAST YEAR TO
THE END OF FEBRUARY THIS YEAR WAS SUCH A SUCCESS, THE COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO
REPEAT THE EXERCISE.

SO, FOR MEMBERS WHO HAVE JOINED THE DIVISION, OR RENEWED THEIR SUBSCRIPTION
FROM 1ST MARCH THIS YEAR, OR THOSE WHO JOIN OR RENEW BETWEEN NOW AND 30TH
NOVEMBER, WILL GO IN A DRAW FOR A DUAL-TRACE, GENERAL PURPOSE OSCILLOSCOPE.

JUST WHAT EVERY HAM SHACK SHOULD HAVE!

THERE ARE NO SPECIAL FORMS TO FILL IN OR CONVOLUTED QUIZZES TO ANSWER.

ALL GRADES OF MEMBERSHIP ARE ELIGIBLE. IN ADDITION, LIFE MEMBERS AND THOSE WHO
HAVE SIGNED UP FOR A THREE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE DRAW.

THE DRAW WILL BE MADE FOLLOWING THE END OF THE PROMOTION CAMPAIGN AND THE PRIZE
WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNER AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY.

SO, IF YOU'RE THINKING OF JOINING  -  DO IT NOW!

AND IF YOUR RENEWAL IS COMING UP  -  GET IT IN!

OR, IF IT COMES UP LATER THAN 30 NOVEMBER AND YOU'D LIKE TO RENEW EARLY, BY ALL
MEANS DO IT AND JOIN THE DRAW.

YOU COULD BE A LUCKY WINNER!

GOOD NEWS FOR COUNTRY MEMBERS

AT ITS MEETING OF LAST FRIDAY, 8TH OCTOBER, COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION THAT IT
WOULD INSTALL ON A TRIAL BASIS TELECOM'S NEW 1-800 STATEWIDE FREECALL SERVICE.

THIS WORKS IN A SIMILAR WAY TO THE NATIONAL 008 FREECALL SERVICE, ONLY IT'S
RESTRICTED TO CALLS WITHIN THE STATE.

COUNTRY MEMBERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL THE DIVISIONAL OFFICES -  TOLL FREE.

THE SERVICE OFFERS FACILITIES TO EXCLUDE STATED ZONES  -  FOR EXAMPLE  -  THE
SYDNEY METROPOLITAN AREA, AND GIVEN TIMES. THAT IS, IT MAY ONLY WORK WITHIN
CERTAIN TIMES.

THE DETAILS WILL BE WORKED OUT IN THE COMING WEEKS. IT WILL BE INSTALLED FOR A
TRIAL PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING TWELVE MONTHS.

THE DIVISION AIMS TO INSTALL IT BEFORE THE END OF NOVEMBER. THERE'S A GOOD
REASON FOR THIS, AS TELECOM IS OFFERING TO WAIVE THE $160 CONNECTION FEE FOR
CUSTOMERS INSTALLING THE SERVICE BEFORE NOVEMBER 30TH.

ONCE INSTALLED, AMATEURS IN THE COUNTRY WILL BE ABLE TO CALL THE DIVISION'S
PARRAMATTA OFFICE AND  -  FOR EXAMPLE  -  PLACE AN ORDER FOR BOOKS OR OTHER
ITEMS WHICH THE DIVISION SELLS, AND USE THEIR CREDIT CARD TO PAY.

THE SERVICE IS SWIFTER AND CERTAINLY CHEAPER THAN PLACING ORDERS BY MAIL.

THE INITIAL FINANCIAL DETAILS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED AND THE SERVICE HAS BEEN
ADJUDGED TO ULTIMATELY BE OF BENEFIT TO THE INSTITUTE. IT WILL CERTAINLY
PROVIDE A WORTHWHILE SERVICE TO COUNTRY MEMBERS WHO ARE LIMITED BY THE TYRANNY
OF DISTANCE AND THE COST OF CALLS AT PRESENT.

ONCE ADMINISTRATIVE DETAILS ARE DECIDED AND IMPLEMENTED, WE WILL  BE ABLE TO
SETTLE ON WHAT HOURS THE 1-800 STATEWIDE FREECALL SERVICE WILL OPERATE AND
ORDER ITS INSTALLATION.

NATURALLY, COUNCIL WILL PROVIDE FURTHER DETAILS IN THE DIVISIONAL NEWS SEGMENT
OF THE BROADCAST WHEN THEY COME TO HAND.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPERIMENT ON VLF?

IF YOU'VE BEEN READING THE MAGAZINE ARTICLES ABOUT THE EXPLOITS OF SOME
AMATEURS WHO HAVE BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH COMMUNICATIONS ON VERY LOW
FREQUENCIES  - BELOW 200 KILOHERTZ  - AND YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN THEM, HERE'S HOW:

GOT YOUR PENS AT THE READY, OR TAPE RECORDER RUNNING?

RIGHT.

YOU APPLY FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL LICENCE FROM THE SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT AGENCY.

ASK YOUR S.M.A. BRANCH OFFICE FOR A GENERAL APPLICATION FORM, NUMBER RB57.

FILL THAT OUT TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE AGENCY AND YOU MAY BE GRANTED AN
EXPERIMENTAL LICENCE WHICH ALLOWS AMATEURS TO CONDUCT EXPERIMENTS ON THE
165-190 kHz BAND.

HOWEVER, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO USE YOUR AMATEUR CALLSIGN  -  YOU'LL BE GIVEN A
SEPARATE ONE. AND YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY AN ANNUAL FEE FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL
LICENCE, OF $90.

THE 165-190 kHz BAND IS CURRENTLY ALLOCATED TO AERONAUTICAL RADIONAVIGATION
SERVICES. SO, TO CONDUCT EXPERIMENTS, YOU'LL HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN FREQUENCY
AWAY FROM THE AIR NAVIGATION BEACONS.

BROADCAST SURVEY

THE DIVISION CIRCULATED A BROADCAST SURVEY FIRM WITH THE CLUBS POSTING IN
AUGUST, AND SUBSEQUENTLY, ALSO ON THE PACKET RADIO NETWORK.

WE HAVE HAD GOOD RESPONSE TO DATE, BUT WE'D LIKE MORE.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER OF A WIA-AFFILIATED CLUB, ASK YOUR CLUB SECRETARY FOR A
PHOTOCOPY OF THE BROADCAST SURVEY FORM. HAVE A GOOD READ OF IT, FILL IT OUT AND
MAIL IT TO THE DIVISION AT:

P.O. BOX 1066, PARRAMATTA NSW 2124.

IF YOU'RE A PACKET OPERATOR, SEE IF THERE'S A COPY OF THE BROADCAST SURVEY ON
YOUR LOCAL BULLETIN BOARD. IF NOT, LEAVE A SUITABLE MESSAGE AND A COPY MIGHT
BE FORTHCOMING.

QSL BUREAU

MUCH WORK HAS BEEN DONE ON THE QSL BUREAU'S OPERATIONS COMPUTER PROGRAM, WHICH
WILL SOON BE READY, REPORTS COUNCIL'S QSL LIAISON OFFICER, JOHN ROBINSON.

THE BUREAU IS PREPARING FOR ANOTHER POSTING, WHICH WILL BE ADVISED CLOSER TO
THE EVENT.

ALSO, THE DIVISION HAS MADE PLANS TO HAVE HF PROPAGATION FORECASTS INCLUDED IN
THE QSL CARD POSTINGS IN FUTURE, PROVIDING AN ADDED BENEFIT TO QSL BUREAU
MEMBERS.

MORE ON THE MELBOURNE COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE

AS REPORTED ON LAST SUNDAY'S BROADCASTS, AN IMPORTANT THREE-DAY CONFERENCE ON
THE DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE OF RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN
AUSTRALIA IS TO BE HELD IN MELBOURNE OVER OCTOBER 25 TO 27.

ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTION OF RADIO AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA, AND
THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AND OVERSEAS SPEAKERS WILL
PRESENT PAPERS COVERING SOME 60 TOPICS.

DIVISIONAL SECRETARY ROGER HARRISON VK2ZTB WILL BE ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE IN
A PROFESSIONAL CAPACITY AND WILL THUS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPORT ON MATTERS
OF POSSIBLE INTEREST TO THE AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNITY.

AT THE CONFERENCE, THE PROFESSIONAL AND COMMERCIAL RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS MARKETS
WILL BE WELL COVERED BY BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS SPEAKERS. THE MOBILE RADIO
MARKET, CELLULAR RADIOTELEPHONES, RADIO EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING, SPECTRUM
MANAGEMENT, INDUSTRY SUPPORT, SATELLITE EARTH STATION TECHNOLOGY AND WIRELESS
PERSONAL COMMUNICATION SERVICES ARE ALL ISSUES WHICH WILL BE ADDRESSED.

EXPECT A REPORT FROM ROGER ON A FUTURE BROADCAST AND IN "WIA NEWS" IN AMATEUR
RADIO MAGAZINE.

                        INTERNATIONAL NEWS

OPERATING IN JAPAN

NO, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BRAIN SURGERY OR KNEECAP RECONSTRUCTIONS, WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT OPERATING AN AMATEUR RADIO STATION.

JAPAN HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR AMATEURS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES TO OPERATE THERE,
REPORTS THE LATEST A.R.R.L. LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE.

BACK IN JUNE, JAPAN REVISED ITS RADIO LAWS TO ALLOW FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO HOLD
JAPANESE AMATEUR LICENCES TO ESTABLISH AND OPERATE THEIR OWN STATIONS IN JAPAN,
 EVEN IF THEY ARE FROM COUNTRIES NOT HAVING A RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT WITH JAPAN.

AMATEURS OPERATING UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT WILL BE ISSUED CALLSIGNS WITH THE
"7J" PREFIX. THEY WILL BE GOOD FOR FIVE YEARS. APPLICATIONS ARE HANDLED BY THE
INTERNATIONAL SECTION OF THE JAPAN AMATEUR RADIO LEAGUE  -  J.A.R.L.

End of Broadcast's summary for Sunday, October 10, 1993.

Posted by Cesar Miranda VK2TCM.
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Post by Gary Coffm » Thu, 14 Oct 1993 20:40:26



>DIVISIONAL NEWS.

>IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO BE AT A W.I.A. MEETING?

>INACCURATE REPORTS THAT THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL HAD ARMED GUARDS AT THE COUNCIL
>MEETING OF FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING ON THE BANDS AND ON THE
>PACKET RADIO NETWORK.

>ACTING ON ADVICE, THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL DID HIRE SECURITY PERSONNEL FOR THAT
>MEETING.

>AS EVENTS TRANSPIRED, THEIR PRESENCE WAS NECESSARY.

Ohhh, *** down under. Give us all the dirt.

Gary

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Destructive Testing Systems | for Jesus, it's good  | uunet!rsiatl!ke4zv!gary
534 Shannon Way             | enough for Uncle Sam."| emory!kd4nc!ke4zv!gary
Lawrenceville, GA 30244     | -Ray Stevens          |

 
 
 

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Post by Richard Murna » Fri, 15 Oct 1993 10:39:31

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>>DIVISIONAL NEWS.

>>IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO BE AT A W.I.A. MEETING?

>>INACCURATE REPORTS THAT THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL HAD ARMED GUARDS AT THE COUNCIL
>>MEETING OF FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING ON THE BANDS AND ON THE
>>PACKET RADIO NETWORK.

>>ACTING ON ADVICE, THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL DID HIRE SECURITY PERSONNEL FOR THAT
>>MEETING.

>>AS EVENTS TRANSPIRED, THEIR PRESENCE WAS NECESSARY.

>Ohhh, *** down under. Give us all the dirt.

Well, fantasy down under, more like... Basically, a 'bad element' got itself
elected to Council positions a few months back, and they're targetting their
enemies (hard to believe people have enemies in Amateur Radio, but there
you go).

Anyway, some of us decided to go witness the 'trial' of the accused (who hadn't
even been told what he was supposed to have done to warrant having his
membership terminated), and the BadGuys tried to have a closed meeting.
Somebody suggested that it would not be wise 'if they valued their doors'.
This was taken to mean that a mob (complete with pitchforks, torches, KKK
paraphenalia etc) would tear the place down.

They had sense in the end, and allowed us access with minimal impediment.
They hired three security guards (as Douglas Adams would say, "low hairlines,
little piggy eys, and no conversation"), who had very little to do apart
from look menacing.  A couple of observers thought they saw guns under the
leather jackets and said so on packet. I didn't see any myself.

Normally, when attending these meetings, one signs the visitors book, and sometimes
a separate attendees list which becomes part of the record of the meeting.
The meeting in question was different, in that the BadGuys decided to impose a
new ritual: speak thy callsign and have thyself crossed of the computer
printout.

One fellow of about 70 (and a member for 45+ years) objected to this, and just
signed himself in the book, and invited TheOneWithThePrintout to read it.
They argued a bit, then one of the Councillors came out, declared the member
to be no longer a member, set the security guards on him, and had him dragged
out. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt.

After that, the meeting proceeded normally (the BadGuys failed to have the
accused thrown out, because they hadn't followed the correct procedures; that
business was adjourned, and they're still at it).

No doubt, Dave Horsfall (one of the accused) will enlighten you further.  I've
since seen the charges, and not one of them stand up to scrutiny.

The report you read was pretty typical of the person who wrote it: pounce on
any error you can find, and use it to discredit everyone associated with the
person who made the error.

I bet the ARRL doesn't carry on like this...

73 de Richard VK2SKY

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Post by Richard Murna » Fri, 15 Oct 1993 10:56:30


>[Tried to responde by email, but the router couldn't find you...]



>>>DIVISIONAL NEWS.

>The report you read was pretty typical of the person who wrote it: pounce on
>any error you can find, and use it to discredit everyone associated with the
>person who made the error.

For those of you who've just tuned in, I'd like to make it clear that Dave Horsfall
did not write the "NEWS BULLETIN"; he was quoting (from packet) what our esteemed WIA
councillors wrote as part of its weekly propaganda broadcast.

Dave is one of the GoodGuys [tm].

73 de Richard VK2SKY

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Post by David Jewell - Radio and Satellite Networ » Fri, 15 Oct 1993 15:01:12



>>DIVISIONAL NEWS.

>>IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO BE AT A W.I.A. MEETING?

>>INACCURATE REPORTS THAT THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL HAD ARMED GUARDS AT THE COUNCIL
>>MEETING OF FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING ON THE BANDS AND ON THE
>>PACKET RADIO NETWORK.

>>ACTING ON ADVICE, THE DIVISIONAL COUNCIL DID HIRE SECURITY PERSONNEL FOR THAT
>>MEETING.

>>AS EVENTS TRANSPIRED, THEIR PRESENCE WAS NECESSARY.

>Ohhh, *** down under. Give us all the dirt.

>Gary

>--
>Gary Coffman KE4ZV          |"If 10% is good enough | gatech!wa4mei!ke4zv!gary

              ^^^^^

Yes please do tell us, even some of us more local blokes would like to know
of all the scandall "up there". Some of us even thought that the VK3 division
had a few problems but nothing compared to (armed?) guards at the Council Meet.
So why were they thought to be necessary in the first place and what did they
end up doing?
We 'mexicans' enjoy a bit of scandal.
DJ...
VK3DAJ

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Horsfa » Tue, 19 Oct 1993 11:49:55



| No doubt, Dave Horsfall (one of the accused) will enlighten you
| further.  I've since seen the charges, and not one of them stand up to
| scrutiny.

Not much to say, really; Richard summarised it quite well.  Basically,
it's a witch-hunt against those who dared to publically criticise
them.

I can't really comment any further, since our respective lawyers are
engaging in fax-warfare.  The fact that I have retained a lawyer, and
that the WIA dumped their usual law-firm and hired a high-powered one,
ought to tell you something.

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