Although the updated Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan commences on the first of January – the Australian Communications and Media Authority has many T’s to cross and many I’s to dot before we can begin to use the new 60 metre Amateur band at 5.3 megahertz. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), at the WorldRadiocommunication Conference in November 2015 (WRC-15), approved the word-wide allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis. The Amateur Service is not the only one affected, and many otherradiocommunications stakeholders have to wait for the administrative and regulatory details to be updated […]

New Australian 60 metre Amateur band

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) continues with its successfulAmateur Radio accredited assessors program of licence assessments andcallsign recommendations under a Deed with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). However, a lot of mis-information is circulating about the WIA Assessors and Learning Facilitators, and even the validity of the Australian amateur licence exams. Recently, the ACMA Deed that underpins the WIA Exam Service has been wrongly interpreted by some, although it had been explained earlier by the WIA. The Deed with the Commonwealth sets out the conditions of how the WIA manages examinations, the issue of certificates of proficiency […]

WIA licence assessment system complies

The WIA Treasures have expressed their disappointment with the inability of the Board to achieve mediation on Saturday and furthermore have failed to implement the recommendations outlined in the previously leaked Treasurers report. The WIA Treasurer included as recipient of the email the WIA Reform Group who were party to the failed mediation. The letter gives explicit permission to publish the letter “so that WIA members can be made aware of the Honorary Treasurers’ position”. The letter and links to the Treasurers report can be found on the NewsWest website at: http://vk6.net/ Onno Benschop Source link

WIA Treasurers puts Wireless Institute of Australia into ‘care and maintenance’ mode

WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH discusses the issues of high power for Advanced licencees and the need for 50 watts output for Foundation The WIA News story says: This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Spectrum Strategy Committee with another chapter on the WIA’s licence conditions submission to the ACMA. Last week I covered the issue of high power. This week is also about power in relation to the three licence grades. But first, let me complete the subject of high power. It seems that some amateurs have remaining concerns about why the issue of […]

WIA: Foundation holders need 50 watts output

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has submitted a comprehensive response to the proposed update of the Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan (ARSP), prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and released for stakeholder comment in September, with a four-week deadline for submissions. The Australian Radiofrequency Spectrum Plan includes a Table of Frequency Allocations from 8.3 kHz to 420 terahertz (THz) that divides-up the spectrum to show the general purpose of each band, to which services the bands are allocated, and associated footnotes relevant to particular allocations. It was last reviewed in 2013. The WIA’s response to the proposed […]

WIA responds to authority's update of Spectrum Plan

The Wireless Institute of Australia has called for expressions of interestin its STEM Symposium to be held in Canberra. It will be at the Canberra Club, 9am to 3pm on November 19, 2016, with morning and afternoon tea, and a light lunch provided, but participants need to fund their own transport and accommodation. The aim is to develop a role for WIA members and the radio amateur community to use their technological expertise toward Federal and or State Government STEM Programs. The initiative is to enable young Australians to learn technology-based skills and knowledge, rather than being a recruitment exercise, […]

WIA STEM Symposium details announced

10/13/2016 The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has honored past ARRL President and outgoing IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD (ex-KB6ZV), with the Michael J. Owen, VK3KI, Memorial Award. Presenting the award was IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA. The award’s namesake served as IARU Region 3 chair and as President of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA). Although Stafford is stepping down as IARU Secretary, he will continue to represent the IARU to the ITU Development Sector. The presentation took place at a dinner on the opening day of the IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Viña del Mar, Chile. The Owen […]

IARU Honors Past ARRL President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, with Michael Owen, VK3KI, Award

The IARU member society, the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has flagged a general meeting of its members to decide whether a review of the organisation is needed. On Friday evening, 23 September, at a WIA Board meeting, two directors proposed a motion calling for a financial audit and review of operations of the Institute by a registered auditor for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. That proposed motion was amended during the meeting to require at least two fixed quotations that would identify the significant costs involved and that the motion be put to members. The amended motion was […]

WIA members to decide on organisation review

In WIA News, Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH sets out the Wireless Institue of Australia’s thinking on the future direction of the Standard, formerly known as Novice, and Advanced licenses This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA Spectrum Strategy Committee with a further instalment on the WIA’s licence conditions submission to the ACM. Having covered the proposals for the Foundation licence last week, this week will be about proposed future conditions for Standard and Advanced licensees. [Equivalent to UK Intermediate and UK Full respectively] Some amateurs look on the Standard licence as the Cinderella – meaning something given less attention […]

WIA seeks 200 watts for Standard (Novice) holders

05/18/2016 A team of five Australian radio amateurs will activate Norfolk Island from May 20 (1000 UTC) until May 31 (0100 UTC) to coincide with the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) 2016 Annual General Meeting and Conference (AGM), also being held on Norfolk Island. According to the team’s Facebook page, everything is packed — approximately 100 kg of gear and baggage — and they will fly out of Sydney to Norfolk Island on the morning of May 20. According to ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted List, Norfolk Island is number 95. The VK9NT crew plans to operate on 160 through 10 […]

Norfolk Island DXpedition to Coincide with WIA General Meeting