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WIA Annual Conference
Sunshine Coast

May 16th, 17th and 18th 2014

We are pleased to announce details for the WIA 2014 Annual Conference being held on the Sunshine Coast. The host club is the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club, led by Richard VK4RY and Trent VK4TS

Members who register for the event will be able to participate in a range of fascinating and memorable activities.

The Sunshine Coast where you will experience a laid-back lifestyle centred around pristine beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes, subtropical forests and warm sunshine.

From the naturally stylish Noosa, to the family fun of Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, to the cool and creative hinterland villages of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. Any destination you choose for your Sunshine Coast holiday will fill your body, mind and soul with an enduring sense of warmth.

The weekend program will commence on Friday evening at the Alexandra Heads Surf Life Saving Club and there will be several breakout options for like minded amateurs to get together.. On Saturday morning the WIA Annual General Meeting followed by the Open Forum will be held in the Shed at Aussie World with lunch provided for all registered attendees. On Saturday afternoon a technical symposium is being planned. On Saturday evening the Annual Dinner will be held in the Shed at Aussie World. Sunday will feature a visit to the Sunshine Coast base of the RACQ Rescue Helicopter and various rescue venues on the Mooloolaba spit culminating in a visit to Underwater World.. For those not traveling back to their home QTH on Sunday afternoon and who will be staying on Sunday evening, then the host club the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club would like to invite you to a relaxing evening BBQ at SCARC HQ. The cost for the Sunday evening BBQ will be $10 per person, alcoholic drinks will be BYO soft drinks will be available.

As part of the weekend program, the WIA is pleased to offer bus transport to and from the weekend venues for a one off $25 flat fee. The WIA chartered bus will operate on both Saturday and Sunday, the bus will have designated pickup points being Marcoola, Bli Bli, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra. The bus will collect registered weekend attendees from each of these pickup points, please note it will be your responsibility to ensure you are on time at your pickup point. On Saturday the bus will take you to Aussie World for the day's events arriving at Aussie World at 8:00am and returning you to your pickup point around 10:30 pm after the conclusion of the WIA Annual dinner. On Sunday morning the same bus will collect you up from your designated pickup point then take you to Mooloolaba Spit (for the tour of VCP Marine Pilots), then on to the Airport (for the Careflight visit) then to Underwater World, then to the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Clubrooms (for the evening BBQ) returning you to your pickup point around 10:00pm. Please note that if you are planning to arrive at the Sunshine Coast by air, you will need to make your own arrangements for Taxi transport from the airport to your accommodation as the WIA chartered bus does not include transport to and from the airport for weekend participants.

Friday Evening At Alexandra Heads

On Friday night you will have the opportunity to dine at the Alex Surf Club or at any of the wide range of restaurants in the area. The evening is intended for socialising amongst members and you are encouraged to join with your friends and choose a place to dine together. The evening meal will be of your own choice and budget. For those interested in dining at the Alex Surf Club, its worth noting that it has been awarded the Number one Surf Club in Queensland for five years and is reputedly an experience not to miss.


Aussie World Glenview Queensland


The Sunshine Coast's Aussie World will be the venue for the majority of the activities over the weekend. Undoubtedly one of the largest function & event venues on the Sunshine Coast, Aussie World is the only theme park north of the Gold Coast! Aussie World can cater for group requirements from fun to formal, small or large, simple or sophisticated, indoors or outdoors, sit down or stand up.


The WIA 2011 AGM Darwin

The WIA Annual General Meeting and Open Forum

On Saturday morning the 17th May 2014 the Wireless Institute of Australia will conduct its national Annual General Meeting of members. This year’s AGM will be held in the Shed of the Sunshine Coast Aussie World, commencing at 9:00am. The AGM will be followed by the presentation of awards, after which the Open Forum will commence with reports presented on all WIA activities over the year and the opportunity to raise any issue desired. Morning tea and coffee will be served at 10:30am



Technical Symposium - Rescue

The Saturday afternoon Technical Syposium will cover a range of topics about rescue that will be of particular interest to the radio amateur.

VK4EA - Peter Scrader
EmCom interfacing WICEN to the real World

Peter has been Licensed since 2000, currently holding VK4EA. Employed as an Electrical Technologist working at Energex (local electricity distributor) in Metering Systems Engineering. Currently working on upgrading to CPEng and RPEQ membership. Passionate domestic and international traveller enjoying remote area touring, SCUBA diving, cooking schools and learning enough language to get in trouble. Current radio interests are ATV and constructing microwave related equipment for portable activities and the home station. Challenged with a 400 square metre block in surburban Brisbane, and working toward a 160m to 10GHz home station for terrestrial operations and EME on 23cm. Very much like operating portable and am currently in the process of equipping a dual purpose vehicle for remote area 4WD touring or mobile shack.



VK4CZ - Scott Watson
Promoting your Club

Scott Watson VK4CZ was first licenced as an 18yo and was immediately bitten by the DX bug. Nearly 30 years on and Scott remains focused on the challenging aspects of amateur radio as an active DXer (with a specific interest in 6m) and Contester, with the capability to operate from 160m through 13cm from his station located in Brisbane’s North West. Professionally, Scott’s career has been centred on marketing and communications. Throughout his career he has held senior roles in advertising agencies and corporate marketing departments, culminated in a marketing leadership role at one of Australia’s largest financial services groups. Today Scott consults to businesses on building the capability and effectiveness of their marketing functions. Scott will be focusing his discussion on tactics that radio clubs need to employ to build awareness, attract new members and create engagement in the digital age.


VK2ZRH - Roger Harrison
EMR Obligations

Roger Joined WIA NSW Division 1962. Transferred to Victorian Division 1963. First licensed 1964 as VK3ZRY. Joined National WIA 2008. AR activities: 1st VHF-only operator to win any section of the John Moyle NFD (1965, 6m & 2m only). 2nd op. AX0GR at Casey 1970-71; built first 6m Antarctic beacon AX0GR; subsequently convinced IPS to build and operate 6m beacons in Antarctica (VK0MA Mawson; VK0GR Casey – heard in VK2, VK6); established 6UP VHF-UHF newsletter; organised Future Amateur Communications Techniques Symposiums 1978 and 1979; served on WIA NSW Division Council and WIA Federal Council 1991-1998; WIA delegate to IARU Region 3 Conferences 1991 (Indonesia), 1994 (Singapore) and 1997 (Beijing). Four-time winner of WIA Higginbotham Award.


VK4RY - Richard Philp
Fund Raising for Clubs

Richard Passed AOLCP in 1963, and have played on and off with Amateur Radio for the last 50 years. Technical background - ABCTV Tech in Training 1963 - 1970 then 27 years at Swinburne University picking up other qualifications along the way. Retired to a cruising yacht for a few years. Been a member of SCARC for about 14 years since discovering them whilst maritime mobile. Settled on the Sunshine coast in the hinterland and took up antenna farming.



VK4UH - Kevin Johnstone
2M meteor scatter

Kevins occupation is a Specialist Anaesthetist, Royal Brisbane and Woman's Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital. First licenced in 1972, while still at school in UK, as GW8FGC then GW4BCB. Emigrated to Australia (VK3 then VK4 then VK5 then back to VK4) from 1993. Previous Treasurer and Chairman of Barry Amateur Soc. (GW3VKL/GW4BRS) in South Wales. Active 160m to microwaves. Phone & digital modes inc. SSTV. Echolink & Skype active Portable and mobile operating, Island activation, JOTA, Contesting. All-round "Club Man"




Alternative Program
Saturday Tour For Partners

The WIA hopes that partners will also choose to join in for the AGM weekend of activities. The weekend planning also includes an optional Saturday program of relaxing social activities of interest to partners, as an alternative to attending the Saturday AGM, Open Forum and Technical Symposium.Departing from Aussie World at 9am, the tour will include Eumundi Markets, Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina, Sunshine Coast Hinterland,Maleny and Montville, and cottage craft outlets. Morning tea, a light lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.


Saturday Evening Annual Dinner

On Saturday evening the WIA will host it's Annual Dinner in the Shed at Aussie World (pictured above). The evening will be a great social occasion as well as providing an opportunity for a few words from some key people. Roasts Menu served Buffet style the dinner will be $38 per head. Wine, beer and soft drink will be available for purchase on the night.


Sunday Morning – RACQ Care Flight Helicopter Mudjimba Airport

RACQ CareFlight Rescue is a not-for-profit community rescue helicopter service watching over a flight region extending nearly a quarter of a million square kilometres south into New South Wales, north to the town of 1770, west into the Surat Basin and up to 100 nautical miles out to the Coral Sea. Over the past 30 years, the organisation has made a difference in the lives of more than 39,500 people, at no direct cost to those we save. In July 2013 CareFlight and Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service merged under the umbrella company CareFlight Group Queensland. The iconic air medical retrieval services have 64 years of community service between them and have joined forces to streamline their lifesaving work.

The service’s iconic blue and yellow helicopters and their team of pilots, air crew, critical care doctors and flight paramedics remain on standby 24 hours a day seven day's a week. On any given day, the highly skilled crew winch families from roof tops of flood-stricken homes, transfer premature babies just hours old to specialist facilities, airlift motorists injured in road crashes and fly to the aid of grandparents, families and children in medical emergencies. The service also facilitates the urgent medical transfers of patients from remote and rural areas to Brisbane’s major metropolitan hospitals. RACQ CareFlight Rescue relies on the kindness of the community to ensure its teams can continue to save lives and provide rapid response critical care at times when people need it most.


Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch will be of your own choice and budget, there are a selection of food venues on the Wharf at Mooloolaba, we have negotiated discounted lunches at several venues in the vicinity and these will be in your registration package.


Sunday Afternoon – Underwater World

At UnderWater World it's all about giving you the chance to get up close and personal with our much loved creatures. We will take a Behind the Scenes tour and find out all about SEA LIFE Mooloolaba's rescue, rehabilitate and release program.

As a special feature we will have a one on one with the turtle rescue team and the turtle tracking team with a rundown on how they track specially radio equipped turtles after their rehabilitation


Sunday Evening BBQ At The Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club.

For those not traveling back to their home QTH on Sunday afternoon and who will be staying on Sunday evening, then the host club the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club would like to invite you to a relaxing evening BBQ at SCARC headquarters. This cost for the Sunday evening BBQ will $10 per person, drinks will be BYO.



Conference Programme & Timetable

Friday 16 May 2014
2 pm to 5 pm Registration at the Alexandra Head Surf Club
6 pm Breakout Dinners for various special interests groups - Purchase your own meal
Saturday 17 May 2014
8 am to 9 am Registration at The Shed Aussie World
9 am to 5 pm Partners Tour
9 am to 12:45 pm Annual General Meeting and Open Forum, The Shed Aussie World
1 pm to 2 pm Lunch
2 pm to 5 pm Technical Symposium
6 pm to 7 pm Drinks in the Club Lounge
7 pm Annual Dinner, Hot and Cold Carvery Buffet, The Shed Aussie World
Sunday 18 May 2014
9:30am - 3:30pm

VCP Marine Pilots Mooloolaba


RACQ Careflight Mudjimbah


Lunch at The Spit Mooloolaba - Purchase your own lunch


Visit to Underwater World Mooloolaba

5:30 pm For those staying for Sunday night, a relaxing evening BBQ at SCARC HQ


Conference Weekend Registration

Please ensure that you use the online registration form at the bottom of this webpage to register your attendance for the weekend activities.

Bookings are expected to fill quickly, so you are encouraged to register early.

Please note, if you have young children under the age of 12 who you plan to bring to the weekend and these children are not involved in amateur radio, then please do not record them using the online form, instead simply phone the WIA office and speak with Mal or Dianne. For seating and catering purposes we do need to know how many will be coming.


Traveling To The Sunshine Coast

There are many ways to get to the Sunshine Coast, but depending where you come from, Qantas or Virgin Blue may be a good option. If you are thinking of coming by air, it is suggested that you consider checking with the airlines and booking early.

Travelling By Car
Sunshine Coast is 1,028 km from Sydney, 1,785 km from Melbourne, 2,122 km from Adelaide and 4,444 km from Perth.

Google maps can provide assistance with directions

Travelling By Air
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VirginBlue : 13 67 89

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Car Rental At The Sunshine Coast

Budget : (07) 5448 7455 (Sunshine Coast Airport)
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Avis : (07) 5453 1999 (Sunshine Coast Airport)
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Hertz : (07) 5448 9827
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Thrifty : (07) 5443 1733 (Sunshine Coast Airport)


Sunshine Coast Visitors Information Centre

Tourist information is available from the Sunshine Coast Visitor Information Centre
Maroochydore - Cnr Sixth Ave and Melrose Pde, Maroochydore.

Telephone 1300 847 481
Website :
Maps, planning tools, bookings and free advice are all available.



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Friday evening dinner at Alexander Heads - Purchase your own meal Bookings Closed
Saturday morning WIA AGM meeting and open forum No Charge
Saturday morning and afternoon tea, lunch & technical symposium Bookings Closed
Saturday local sightseeing tours for XYL's or partners - Includes lunch Bookings Closed
Saturday evening Annual Dinner in the Aussie World shed Bookings Closed
Sunday VCP Marine, RACQ & Underwater World - Purchase your own lunch Bookings Closed
Sunday evening BBQ - Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Clubrooms $10 per head
Bus transport between various venues locations throughout the weekend Bookings Closed

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