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New Editor of Amateur Radio

Date : 02 / 12 / 2005
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

WIA President Michael Owen, VK3KI, today announced that Peter Freeman, VK3KAI had been appointed by the WIA Board Editor of Amateur Radio, following the retirement of Colwyn Lowe, VK5UE

Peter is a Lecturer in Bioscience and Biology, School of Applied Sciences & Engineering, Monash University. Since moving to the Latrobe Valley in 1987, Peter has been heavily involved in the committee of the Eastern Zone Amateur Radio Club, currently serving another term as President, and initiated in 1998 the very successful annual GippsTech Conference, and is both chair of the Organising Committee and Editor of the Proceedings.

Colwyn has been Editor of Amateur Radio since 2000, when he took over from Bill Rice, perhaps as a “fill-in” for one year. He has been trying to retire for a long time.

Michael said “In welcoming Peter and saying how delighted we are that he has accepted this very important and onerous position, we must also pay special tribute to Colwyn.

We now live in a world where people get WIA information from different sources: the WIA broadcast, the WIA website and the WIA magazine, “Amateur Radio”. But what makes AR different is firstly that it gets to almost every member, and what is published can be more detailed than just a 2 minute grab, and secondly, the magazine can be the source of long value technical information, and we certainly hope that Peter, with his background of technical publication will bring his particular expertise for the long term benefit of amateur radio.”

“I have had the privilege of attending many Publication Committee meetings with Director Ted Thrift, VK2ARA, with Ted on the phone from his home near Wollongong and with Colwyn on the phone from Adelaide.

I therefore know how much work our Publication Committee members undertake, and also, both from attending those meetings and also, as a sometime errant contributor to the magazine, how important the Editor’s contribution really is.

In particular, Colwyn has seen his role as much more than the mouthpiece of the WIA, but contributing to reasonable and rational discussion. Colwyn has wanted to retire well before the new Constitution was adopted, but has given the WIA in whatever form his continuing support.”

“I know that the transfer of responsibility from Colwyn to Peter will be orderly, and I am very pleased that Colwyn will continue to participate in the Publications Committee” said Michael.


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