WIA volunteers find 5000 intruders

Wireless Institute of Australia observers looking for intruders on the ‘Primary’ frequencies of the Amateur Service on high frequency bands in 2016 found more than 5,000 intrusions – FIVE THOUSAND !

These were collated and sent to the spectrum regulatory agency in IARU member countries.

A resulting clamp down on the Indonesian ‘village radio’ stations was occurring with the government regulator progressively removing offenders.

The WIA reports intruders to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but due to the itinerant nature of some intruders this can prolong the process for their removal.

Unfortunately, some authorities seem to ignore requests for the removal of interfering services.

Among the observers is the very active John Kirk VK4TJ with monthly reports.

Individual volunteers have also left frequent reports sent via the WIA website electronic lodgement system, in particular ALARA’s Lyn VK4SWE and Col VK4CC.

An increasing number of digital emissions are intruding, and the use of Software Defined Receivers have identified non-amateur digital systems that are frequency hopping. The Manly-Warringah Amateur Radio Society of New South Wales has a five-band SDR receiver system that greatly assists in monitoring activities.

Perhaps other clubs could help too?

For the WIA monitoring system to work volunteers are required.

Information on how to join the WIA monitoring system can be found on the WIA website

The latest The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a STANAG-4285 signal in the 40m amateur radio band probably from the Falkland Islands

They say the signal on 7101.8 kHz was strong in South America, but rather weak in Europe. STANAG-4285 is typically, but not exclusively, used by the military.

Source WIA News