Wireless institute of Australia • Equal to ARRL • World's first and oldest National Radio Society • Founded in 1910. • Member of the International Amateur Radio Union • Represents all Amateur Radio Operators in Australia to the various government bodies in this country. • Awards and contests, AR mag, QSL bureau, call book, weekly broadcast
Australian Communication and Media Authority • Equal to FCC • Amateur radio operator licenses, examination, operating procedures • Amateurs visiting Australia • More code signals, spectrum usage
External Territories Suffixes A – Antarctica C – Cocos Island L – Lord Howe Island M – Mellish Reef N – Norfolk X – Christmas Island
Categories of licenceFoundation • can only use a transmitter that has been manufactured commercially • can only use voice, on either SSB, AM or FM or Morse using a manually operated Morse key • not more than 10 watts output power ssb or 3 watts output power AM, FM or CW. • Bands permitted are the 80, 40, 15 and 10 meter bands as well as the 2 meter band and the band 430 to 450 MHz, subject to necessary bandwidth restrictions.
Standard license • can use any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 8 kHz on the 80, 40, 20 and 15 meter bands • any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 16 kHz on the 10 meter band, the band 52 to 54 MHz, the 2 meter band, and the bands 430 to 450 MHz, 1240 to 1300 MHz, 2,400 to 2,450 MHz and 5.650 to 5.850 GHz • output power limits of 100 watts (PEP for SSB) and 30 watts (constant carrier modes).
Advanced licence • can use any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 8 kHz on all bands below 24.990 MHz • any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 16 kHz on the 28.00 MHz to 29.70 MHz band • any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 100 kHz on the 6 and 2 meter bands • any emission mode with no bandwidth restriction in the amateur bands above 420 MHz • limits of 400 watts (PEP for SSB) and 120 watts (for constant carrier modes).
Visitors to Australia • When visiting some countries you don't need to do anything other than bring your equipment and the license issued by your home country. This is due to an international agreement between radio communications administrations. Australia is working towards that situation, but is not there yet. You still need to take out an Australian amateur radio license with a VK call sign, if you want to operate in Australia. However this may change in 2006 so check ACMA's website if it is important to you. • The Australian Communications and Media Authority has published a comprehensive document about this subject. What it says is • Don't just bring a radio and expect to use your foreign license and call sign. To operate as an amateur in Australia you need an Australian license and an Australian call sign VK*xxx. • Apply in person at any ACMA office or in writing at least 3 months before your intended visit.
Visitors to Australia • There is a long list of countries with which Australia has reciprocal licensing agreements - i.e.. Australia recognizes the foreign country's license qualifications and vice versa. Amateurs from those countries will basically have no problem in being allocated a license that corresponds to their qualifications. • There is another list of countries which have license conditions that Australia recognizes as sufficiently similar to ours, that we will grant an Australian license.
Visitor to Australia • Visitor's licenses are not automatically renewable and if they are not issued under the terms of a reciprocal agreement, are endorsed so they cannot be used as the basis of a license issue by another country. However, visitor licenses are normally renewed on request, providing the conditions are still satisfied. • You need to supply ACMA with • your current Amateur license or certificate of qualifications • your passport and proof, egg. a visa, of the duration of your visit; • a completed license application form (RF57); and • the current license fee which is $AUD53.90 (in Australian dollars). • You can do this in person, or by mail. If doing it by mail you can send certified copies of those precious documents instead of the originals. • For more details please consult the ACMA web site.
Activities in Australian Amateur Radio • FM and repeaters • Satellites • Fox hunts • VK ham online swap, local swaps • Home brewing • Mobile and portable operation • Contests and field days
Radio clubs • There are many radio clubs and societies in Australia. Most serve a particular town or region. Typical activities include study courses, examinations, excursions, social events, field day contests, constructional projects and on-air gatherings (or nets). Some fortunate clubs have their own rooms, while others meet in school classrooms or scout halls. Joining a club is a good way of meeting amateurs in your area.
John Moyle, VK2JU • John Moyle was a leading amateur radio personality from the 1930's up to 1950.The contest is held to commemorate his great contributions to radio (and to the use of radar in World War II), and to give amateur radio operators some practice away from the convenience of their homes.