Happy 97th Birthday to the Waverley Amateur Radio Society!

Today the Waverley Amateur Radio Society celebrates its 97th birthday!
On the evening of 27th January 1919, a little over two months after the end of the Great War, the Waverley Amateur Radio Club was formed at a meeting held at ‘Altmont’ 13 Macpherson St, Waverley, the home of Frank Geddes Snr in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
Amongst those in attendance were some of the first Australian amateur experimenters, first licensed in 1911; Frank Leverrier KC (XEN, 2BK, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney & first President of the Wireless Institute of NSW), Malcolm Perry (XCP) and Ray Allsop (XCA & founder of the Raycophone radio company). The founding members of the club also included Frank Geddes Snr, Frank Geddes Jnr, Les Holdgrove, Eddie Bowman, F. Swinbourne, R.D. Charlesworth, Alan Burrowes, C. Doyle, Gordon Thompson (2GT, VK2AVT & Hon Life Member until becoming a silent key at the age of 96 in 2001).
The Waverley Amateur Radio Club was formally incorporated in 1920, and issued its first club license, N249 in the same year. The club was based at ‘Almont’ 13 Macpherson St, Waverley until the 1950s. The club was once affiliated with the ARRL and has been affiliated with the WIA since 1926. Apart from the period of World War II, the Waverley Amateur Radio Society has been continuously licensed since 1920, with the following callsigns: N249 (1920-1922), 2BV (1922-1925), A2BV (1925-1927), OA2BV (1927-1929) and VK2BV (1929-1939 & 1946-present).

P 1920


Knocked up a prototype centre console for the car

I’ve been unhappy with the radio setup in the car.  The radios had been installed in a rush and basically left the same way for years.

The start of fixing this was making a prototype console that fits where the unused ash tray is situated in the patrol.

This version needs to be made a little thinner, otherwise I’m happy with the result.  Of course the vinyl application needs a lot to be desired.





Yaesu FTM-100DR Firmware update

If you have one of these delightful radios, you will find that there is new firmware available to update the three on-board systems. It is suggested that you read the instructions at least twice before embarking on the updates.

Note also, there is a glitch in new system:

When APRS Mute is turned on the complete radio is muted and not just the APRS band. So you need to turn off APRS Mute by click on the Setting menu and then Radio Menu Settings menu. Then in the setting screens click on APRS and then change APRS Mute to Off.

Good Luck

AX Prefix on Australia Day

On Australia Day, Australian amateur radio operators are allowed to use the special call sign prefix AX in lieu of the normal VK prefix. For NSW amateurs the special prefix is AX2 followed by letters of your callsign.

Celebrate Australia Day on Tuesday 26th January 2016 by using the AX prefix call sign.

WIA News – 10 January 2016

Wireless Institute of Australia Merit Awards
The WIA Board at its discretion makes awards to members for their contribution to Amateur Radio. These are announced at WIA’s Annual Conference, to be held in May on Norfolk Island.    

Want to know more ?  http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2016/20160110-1/index.php

IARU Region 3 Newsletter issued
A tribute to retired International Amateur Radio Region 3 Director Peter Lake ZL2AZ who has served since 2005 and held other positions earlier has been paid by its Chairman, Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN.   
Want to know more ?  http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2016/20160109-4/index.php

GlobalSET 2015 a great success – lessons to be learnt
The Simulated Emergency Test to measure the disaster readiness of Amateur Radio involved 38 countries and four others who recognised its importance but could not take part this time.    
Want to know more ?  http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2016/20160109-3/index.php

EME or Moon Bounce began 70 years ago
The United States Army was the first to bounce a radio signal off the Moon, and the site is now part of the Information Age Science History Museum and Learning Centre.   
Want to know more ?  http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2016/20160109-2/index.php

WIA supports move on NBN interference complaints
A technical solution to fix spurious emissions that sometimes come from the National Broadband Network or NBN fixed wireless network has been found.   

Wireless Institute of Australia –  http://www.wia.org.au

Approved: Ham Radio ops aboard Holland America Ships


Just got this approval to operate Ham Radio onboard Holland America Ship Zaandam:




Thank you for your recent correspondence with Holland America Line concerning your upcoming ms Zaandam voyage.


The Netherlands in which our ships are flagged, has an agreement with the USA and Canada, where radio amateurs are allowed to operate their equipment for a limited time without any further administrative obligations in respective countries. Amateur Radio Operators have to adhere to the regulations of the country transmitting from, and add identification to their own call sign, in this case PA/(own call sign)/mm. Radio Amateurs are not allowed to operate from HAL ships while inside the territorial waters of countries other than the USA and Canada.


The Amateur’s radio equipment must not obstruct in any way or form the operation of the vessel.  The Master can suspend and/or restrict the use of the equipment at any time, when interruptions occur to the proper operation of ship’s equipment. The equipment should be operated as far away from ship’s aerials as possible.


Amateur Radio Operators while on board shall not transmit within the boundary of any port.


Guests bringing radio transmitters on board must report this to the Front Office upon boarding in order to obtain any special operating instructions from Ship’s Officers prior to use.



Please feel free to contact us if we may be of additional assistance.  Thank you for contacting Holland America Line.



Kind Regards,



Holland America Line

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