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WIA Complimentary Reward Membership

Date : 13 / 01 / 2019Author : WIA Board As reported on the WIA National News broadcast the WIA Board has voted to provide a level of complimentary WIA reward membership to all operators who receive new qualifications. During discussion on this matter the issue of “fairness” to those who have recently completed qualifications…
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Australian Amateurs can use AX prefix on Australia Day

Date : 24 / 01 / 2020 Author : Robert Broomhead – VK3DN The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) automatically allows all radio amateurs to substitute their normal VK callsign prefix with the letters AX, every Australia Day. Our national day this year falls on Sunday 26th of January. This gives radio amateurs the…
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AMC Callsign Lookup Facility Now Live

Date : 06 / 01 / 2020 Author : WIA Today, Monday Jan 6th 2020 the Australian Maritime College (AMC) released news that they have “gone live” to the public with their new Amateur Radio Callsign Lookup facility. The service is available by clicking the following Link This is a very welcomed addition to the…
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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY 31 December 2019 through 1 January 2020

Date : 31 / 12 / 2019 Author : Greg Kelly VK2GPK – WIA President The WIA has received advice that there are major outages of telecommunications in areas impacted by the bushfires either currently or expected to occur overnight. The scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage. The WIA kindly…
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WIA announces Future of Amateur Radio program

WIA Board Director Aidan VK4APM brings news of Australia’s Future of Amateur Radio program Howdy, This is Aidan, VK4APM with this week’s board comment. It is is with a heavy heart that we announce the resignation of Dr Harry Edgar VK6YBZ from the Board of the Wireless Institute of Australia and as Editor and Chief…
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Australian Foundation Manual Supplement

Australia’s WIA has released a free PDF supplement to the Foundation training manual following the removal of unnecessary restrictions from the licence On September 12 this year the communications regulator, ACMA, announced wide-ranging amendments to the regulatory conditions for the amateur radio Foundation licence. The amendments increase the flexibility, utility, and relevance of the Foundation…
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Australia: Spectrum management reform

The WIA reports the communications regulator ACMA is changing its approach to modernising Australia’s spectrum management framework WIA News says: If you would like to find out more behind some of our WIA News Broadcast stories over the past few weeks the front page of wia.org.au has them, along with an item by Australians for Australians whereby…
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Changes made to amateur licence conditions

Date : 25 / 09 / 2019 Author : WIA Board The WIA received the following official advice from the AMCA Spectrum Licensing Policy Section today, 25 September, 2019. An analysis of the impact will be the subject of a later news item, once completed. “The Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Omnibus Amendment Instrument 2019…
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New – Islands of Australia Award

The WIA DX Awards Program (Link) is pleased to announce a new award, the “Islands of Australia Award”, will be available shortly. This award recognises contacts with Amateur Radio stations on any of the 56 qualifying Islands of Australia. The WIA Islands Of Australia Award is an award which compliments the RSGB/IOTA Ltd Program. The…
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30 Metres: Proposed AU Band-Plan Change

The “NEWS”: The WIA Technical Advisory committee (TAC) proposal is to change the preferred (core) SSB segment to 10.120 – 10.130 MHz. Background: As FT8 activity continues to increase, there is not much room to move on 30 metres. Back in 2017 the 30 metre band plan was modified to address an interference issue between…
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