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Transmitting live television from high altitude via amateur radio!

6 March, 2021 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Transmitting television - live from up to 100,000 feet, will it work?

Check out our live stream right here as Mark VK5QI and the members of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) launch a

high altitude balloon with a digital amateur radio television transmitter as a payload.

For more information on the launch and technical bits, check out the presentation done by Mark VK5QI here:

The launch is scheduled for Sunday March 7th 2021 at 10am ACDT

Saturday 6th March 2021, 23:30 UTC.

Some notes about the launch:

This may or may not work - please be patient. The stream may also be delayed in starting depending on local launch conditions and weather.

Please drop in, leave a comment in the live chat or comments. Check out https://www.areg.org.au/ for more info closer to launch date.

Amateur Radio to be free in VK - But what's the catch?

3 February, 2021 - Reading time: 5 minutes

The Australian Communications and Media Authority -  @acmadotgov  have released their review on the regulatory arrangements that authorise the operation of non-assigned amateur stations.

The objective of our review is to identify the best licensing mechanism that reduces regulatory burden and minimises costs for licensees, while also preserving the current operational utility for licensees.

A new proposal to make amateur radio operators fall under a class license has been proposed. In this video I go over those changes. What is your view? Please let me know in the comments below, and don't forget to make a submission to the ACMA.

For more information:

Review of non-assigned amateur and outpost regulatory arrangements – consultation 01/2021


Apparatus Licences


Class Licences


VK3YE  Videos on the changes

No annual fees for Aussie ham radio? A look at ACMA's licensing proposal (Part 1). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVHhE528Nag

No annual fees for Aussie Ham Radio? A look at ACMA's licensing proposal (Part 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoIZir_mHH0

Proof that Ham Radio Operators are Crazy!

19 January, 2021 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Ever wondered what ham radio operators do when they go portable? Well one of the things is brave the elements. That's exactly what we did when we went out for the annual VHF/UHF "summer" Field Day weekend held on January 16th & 17th 2021. The things we do for ham radio... 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

"Ask an Elmer" - Come Ask Us Your Ham Radio Questions #1

21 December, 2020 - Reading time: 4 minutes

When new hams start out in the hobby, it's important that they receive guidance and assistance along the way, after all we all had to start somewhere!

In today's live stream we have some members of the Ham Radio YouTubers bunch answering YOUR questions live! Come along and ask whatever you like in the chat, perhaps you're new to hobby and not sure where to start. I'll be joined by the following YouTubers, go ahead check out their channel and give them a sub!

Ham Radio 2.0 - https://www.youtube.com/user/kc5hwb

Temporarily Offline - https://www.youtube.com/user/temporarilyoffline

KK6USY Ham Radio Adventures - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbTOS3UcdsFXn_N7RjQGdHA

Red Summit RF - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHriEQX4EK2b0QS7EgSvjmg

Goodgame Ham Radio & Outdoors - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeo_lBRLoYmIxjOGtOr0nKw

K6ARK Portable Radio - https://www.youtube.com/user/Vector511c

SevenFortyOne - https://www.youtube.com/user/sevenforty1

Matt AE4MQ - https://www.qrz.com/db/AE4MQ

Do you want to know what DMR is? Or how does propagation work? What radio should you buy? How do I get my first Ham Radio License? What kind of antennas do you need? Anything related to ham radio, come along and we'll do our best to assist and help you further in the hobby. We are the modern day elmers - the YouTubers bunch!


Listening to the International Space Station (ISS) repeater using a Icom IC-705

30 September, 2020 - Reading time: 2 minutes

The International Space Station (ISS) is equip with an onboard FM repeater in the amateur radio bands.

I tried listening for the repeater to see if I could hear it on my Icom IC-705.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) announcement:

"The ARISS team is pleased to announce that set up and installation of the first element of our next generation radio system was completed and amateur radio operations with it are now underway"

"Initial operation of the new radio system is in FM cross band repeater mode using an uplink frequency of 145.990 MHz with an access tone [CTCSS] of 67 Hz and a downlink frequency of 437.800 MHz".