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					Australian amateur radio
    Wireless institute of Australia
   Equal to ARRL
   World's first and oldest National Radio Society
   Founded in 1910.
   Member of the International Amateur Radio
   Represents all Amateur Radio Operators in
    Australia to the various government bodies in this
   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
Australian Call Signs
  External Territories Suffixes
A – Antarctica
C – Cocos Island
L – Lord Howe Island
M – Mellish Reef
N – Norfolk
X – Christmas Island
           Categories of licence
   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
            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
   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
• 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
   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
   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
 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
Misc Australian radio
           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.

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