4th February 2019
RE: ACMA Announcement on 1st of February regarding tender for Radio Amateur services.
Dear WIA member,
The WIA congratulates the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) in being selected by
the ACMA as the preferred provider for the delivery of amateur radio examination, callsign management and
associated services. See attachment for details of the ACMA announcement.
The WIA board views this as a watershed moment in the history of amateur radio in Australia. The expedient
delivery of these services by a skilled team backed by a sandstone university promises to deliver a robust,
cost-effective and efficient qualification service for the Australian amateur community.
It is the view of the WIA board and the WIA Education Group that anything other than a smooth transition to the
AMC will damage the already fragile amateur radio community. For this reason, the WIA and ACMA met in
October last year to begin planning for this potential eventuality. We are committed to ensuring that the WIA
does not cause any obstruction to this process.
The WIA National Office is in the process of transferring all callsign applications, assessments and other
activities that were in progress on Friday the 1st of January, 2019 to the ACMA.
The WIA sincerely thanks all WIA volunteers, assessors and learning facilitators that have been involved in the
previous examination systems over the past 20+ years for their incredible contribution to the hobby of amateur
There will be changes and uncertainty in the near term. To ensure a smooth transition and continuity of
services for this great hobby the WIA will work collaboratively with the AMC and trust you will as well.
It is the view of the WIA Board, the WIA education group and many members we have spoken to that the
transition to the AMC will allow the WIA to re-focus its resources on delivering all of the objects of Institute.
The WIA has a 100 year plus legacy of serving the amateur community. It will continue to do so into the future
with your support.
For those that are unaware, the objects for which the Institute was established are:
There are a number of exciting initiatives that are being delivered by the WIA:
few months. If you have a suggestion for a service or service improvement that you would like the WIA to
deliver, please email email@example.com
Until next time.
Wireless Institute of Australia
As you are probably aware the AHARS AGM is being held on Thursday the 21st of February (this month), this also means that membership renewals are now due. The cost has been kept at $20 for those that pay by the end of March and $25 after that, renewals can be paid at the AGM or by transfer to Direct deposit to the following:-
Acc Name: AHARS
BSB: 105 186
Acc no: 036 248 940
Please email the Treasurer with the details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Your membership status will be updated, this will ensure that you will continue to receive Club information and auction notices (new auctions will shortly be circulated), plus any other relevant notices.
There will be two speakers at the AGM, first will be Sasi VK5SN, who will give us a run down on the changes to the training regime now that the ACMA has selected the Australian Maritime College to handle the examinations and assessment process and how the current WIA assessors will be affected, this is important information for all. In consideration of Sasi's other duties as a maritime radio monitor, he will be allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting before the AGM commences so he may be released if required.
The second speaker will be Paul VK5PAS who will speak on how to drive the AHARS web site, this will commence after the completion of the AGM proceedings and the supper break as per normal.
Working Bees !
We are calling for volunteers to assist in completing the GG storage shed. This involves putting up the ceiling furring strips, insulating the roof area above the new ceiling, and lining the walls with insulation material. As the walls are already gyp-rocked, it is intended to remove the outer iron sheeting and old nails, put the insulation in and them Tek screw the sheeting back into position, this solves the problem of loose nails and sheets of iron in one operation.
If we get enough volunteers then this should not take very long to complete, so please come and help all of us.
Regards & 73
Mob 0429 825 590