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  1. Well if your here you probably have heard of me or read some of my facebook posts. Yes im here also, its hard to get away from some people. As a retired photojournalist i am always on the lookout for a subject to comment on. And i do so with great regularity as some of you already know. I try and not be rude or disrespectful but i dont suffer fools well and will call a spade a spade. I have been involved in one aspect or another of amateur radio since 1967 when i was first allowed into my fathers "shack" to listen to the wonder of his radio's. I was an avid SWL for many years never feeling the need to become a "ham" until i retired in 2005 following the boxing day tsunami in Thailand and my subsequent hospitalisation. I have sat all 3 of the current exams foundation, standard and advanced and am an assessor for the WIA also. I frequent the HF bands regularly and you can generally hear me on the 1015 smoko net on 7105 any morning, conditions permitting. I am secretary of the Albury Wodonga amateur radio club and regularly hold classes for those undertaking the foundation exam. You can see my website at www.vk2bfc.info 73 from Frank VK2BFC
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  2. My name is Robert. I am 49 and live in Melbourne. I am a member of the WIA , Amateur Radio Victoria and the EDMRC. I have been a Foundation License holder for many years. I was first licensed over 10 years ago. My father is an Advanced License holder and has been an amateur licensee, first as a Limited since before I was born. I grew up with an interest in electronics and radio and have worked with technology for over 30 years. I am currently aiming for my standard and then advanced license - the only reason I haven't been upgraded thus far has been a lack of time due to work and family commitments. I have recently become semi retired and now have much more time to devote to the hobby both as an upgraded license holder and a volunteer.
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  3. Over the past few years there has been a growing concern about the way the WIA is being run and several people have had successive attempts at gaining 100 signatures to force a General Meeting of members. The most well known of these movements has been the WIA Reform Group who now hold the required 100 signatures in order to request at General Meeting. Unfortunately it has already been signalled in some quarters that the 100 signatures may not be enough as some people claim that there needs to be 5% of members who have signed the letter. As with everything concerning the WIA at the moment the whole truth of the issues at hand is vague at best and there has been a lot of speculation and debate on social media. It's very hard to keep track of the debate on social media and some of the debate has been either censored, restricted or ended up turning into personal attacks and mini flame wars. I started this forum to help consolidate all of the various sources of information concerning the current debate with regard to the WIA and it's current board. What is particularly important is that there is an intelligent and robust discussion about how to shape the WIA going forward. Regardless of whether there is a spill of board directors or not, the WIA is facing challenges and unless these are addressed then the situation may only get worse. Without a functioning body representing amateur radio operators then we are all at threat of losing our bands and privileges as commercial entities with buckets of money would snap up the spectrum we use in a heartbeat. There is a section of the forum for WIA Discussion. Only members of this forum can read posts and reply to posts in that section.Some important points about this forum. Please create a username that reflects your amateur radio callsign. If you are not a licensed amateur please use your name as your username. No posts will be deleted or censored from the forum unless they are deliberately derogatory or offensive. All points of view have a right to be heard and forum members should respect the right of people to have a different opinion. People for and against keeping the current WIA board are welcome on this forum. Everyone owns their posts, so whatever you say is up to you - just be friendly and respectful of differing opinions please. About Me My name is Robert. I am 49 and live in Melbourne. I am a member of the WIA , Amateur Radio Victoria and the EDMRC. I have been a Foundation License holder for many years. I was first licensed over 10 years ago. My father is an Advanced License holder and has been an amateur licensee, first as a Limited since before I was born. I grew up with an interest in electronics and radio and have worked with technology for over 30 years. I am currently aiming for my standard and then advanced license - the only reason I haven't been upgraded thus far has been a lack of time due to work and family commitments. I have recently become semi retired and now have much more time to devote to the hobby both as an upgraded license holder and a volunteer. Please feel free to send me a private message on this forum if you have any questions or concerns.
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  4. I've been licensed for about 4 years now and live in Perth. I've been a member of WIA for the whole time and have just recently renewed for 5 years. I'm not interested in participating in the petty name calling and bullshit personal attacks that have been flying around on facebook. My desire is for WIA to be a well functioning representative body for all of Australia. To that end, the emotion needs to be taken out of things and the facts assessed, then considered and appropriate action taken. I hope this forum will facilitate constructive change for the WIA.
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  5. Hi all, I joined this forum to keep updated with what's going on. I live in Young, but I am a member and Assessor with the Wagga Club. I'm also an online course Facilitator with the Radio and Electronics School. Cheers, Bill.
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  6. G'day, First licenced 1978 Callsigns held VK4NPC, VK4KDM, P29VDM, P29MI, Current callsigns VK4DMC, VK4SIX I live in Atherton Far North Queensland not far from Cairns and am interested in HF DX and VHF/UHF DX, Contesting. I currently hold the VK/ZL 2M SSB record along with ZL1CN. (29 December 2007) My other interests include, Photography, Camping, Field operations, Exploring Australia by 4WD and Motorhome, Overseas travel and Spending the Kids Inheritance (SKI) WIA Nominated Assessor NA-017 I use QRZ.com logbook. (136 countries worked so far this decade)
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  7. If you cant afford the ARRL Antenna Bible, here is a link to a good online book on antenna theory, Antenna Practical Handook. Donwload it to your computer or iPad. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F70303586%2FPractical%20Antenna%20Handbook%2C%205%20edition.pdf&h=NAQGLpLq2
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  8. Are you looking for a new challenge? Looking for a new operating location? Want to try operating portable? Do you want to be the DX at the other end of the call that people are looking for? Well here is your chance! Give this a try! It will be one of those once in a lifetime experience! Station Communications Technical Officer, Communications Operator, Communications Rigger or Information Technology Officer. http://www.antarctica.gov.au/jobs/antarctica
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  9. Nice Tripod Robert. You should try making your own baluns for your QRP. It is easy as. Attached pics are what I made for my FT-817ND and it works very well!
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  10. I wasn't using a tuner however if you're stringing it through trees or doing something unusual then SWR could change thus a tuner might be handy. The antenna used in the photo comes is from http://myantennas.com I'm not into parks or SOTA yet but I will be once I perfect set up and pull down of my portable station as it develops. I've got one of these army surplus portable tripod masts that just arrived today and a second one coming.
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  11. Great prize on offer, I bought one of these about 3 months ago, and very happy with.
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  12. A number of club members are enjoying D-Star comms and learning the (new) procedures. As an aid to travellers, Brian VK3CCR has compiled a database listing and DV and all VK FM repeaters including latitude and longitude in the format for an Icom ID-51A/5100A. The data is from the latest WIA Repeater list with lat/log extracted from the ACMA database so most entries should be there although there is no guarantee all stations are on the air. Repeaters with no listed coordinates are not included. The list is searchable by the D-Star radio using the “Select Near Repeater” function, so will be useful for those on the road unsure of the closest repeaters. A copy of this database is found here: repeater-list-all-digital-and-fm 73’s Brian vk3ccr View the full article
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  13. Perhaps the Blow Up model may assist....... http://qrznow.com/inflatable-antenna-towers/ Ho Ho Ho
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  14. Yeah, hard getting those erections up as a retired pensioner. :-)
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  15. Thanks Robert for starting up this forum. Ive been licenced nearly 20 years. I have been openly critical of the performance of the WIA over that time, and its obviously getting worse. Pretty disappointed in the other forum for censoring discussion on this topic. It's too important for the future of AR to just sweep it under the carpet. Anyway well done!
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  16. I have no specific opinion on anyone being removed. There needs to be some transparency and accountability. If that isn't able to be achieved voluntarily with the current board, then the road blocks need to be removed. This is not national security. There is no plausible reason for information to be withheld from members.
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  17. Hi All. Licenced since 1974 and a member since that time. I am a member of Wagga ARC and currently its President. Interests include VHF/UHF, SOTA, Parks, contesting, building stuff. Retired for 5 years but busier now than ever. Joined the forum to keep abreast of what is happening. John VK2YW
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  19. First licensed in 2011, actually on my 60th birthday. Been interested in Radio "forever". Member WIA since 1968, much Swl activity, then hiatus while family and career took precedence.. joined here because "the other place" sometimes gets away, on the very important topic of our national representitive organisation. Most operating is mobile and portable...
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  20. One of the reasons I started this forum was so a cohesive and censorship free discussion could take place. Thanks for joining Colin
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  21. 2016-11-26 / Last updated : 2016-11-26 WebAdmin HamFest Get up, and get to it – The 2017 Annual WANDARC HamFest is once again – on for young and old! The date has been confirmed as Sunday the 19th of February, and once again will be held at our impressive Club HQ in Werribee. For those keen enough, there’ll be a Hot Bacon and Egg Breakfast – and for those still keen, there’s still the Sausage Sizzle for Lunch as well. With tons of ample Parking, and the sea of both Indoor Tables and Outdoor Car-Boot bargains to keep you all enthralled – you won’t find a better time to be had, anywhere this side of the Westgate! Tickets are $6.00 / Tables are $20.00, and Doors open at the Club’s HQ at 10am SHARP! Major and minor Door Prizes are once again up for grabs, and with free Tea and Coffee available all day – you won’t want to leave! Don’t forget to call in on VK3RPS, ( 147.200MHz, with a positive Shift and a 91.5Hz Tone ), when making your way in – For more information, contact our esteemed President, Andy KAY – VK3VKT. View the full article
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