WIA in Western Australia
WIA President, Michael Owen VK3KI visited Perth to attend a series of meetings with local clubs, in a program organised by WIA director Robyn Edwards VK6XRE.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
On Sunday 23 July there was lunchtime BBQ meeting of the West Australian Repeater Group (WARG), on Monday evening there was a meeting of the WA VHF Group and on Tuesday, at their new premises, the Northern Corridor Radio Group.
The message to each club was the same. Michael outlined recent developments, particularly in relation to the new amateur licence structure
and the WIA's qualification of amateurs relying on WIA accredited and registered WIA Assessors.
He stressed that the attraction, training and qualification of new amateurs, particularly Foundation licensees, depended on a partnership between the clubs and the WIA, as each could do what the other could not do. The relationship must be seen as synergistic, not competitive, and the WIA particularly relied on the support of the clubs in attracting new members.
Since October last year only 34 West Australian Foundation licensees have been issued and the President suggested that this meant that there must be a great opportunity for the VK6 clubs to promote amateur radio and to train and qualify new amateurs.
The WIA will have a presence at the Northern Corridor Radio Group's 2006 Hamfest on Sunday, 6 August 2006 when WIA Directors Robyn Edwards VK6XRE and Glenn Dunstan VK4DU will establish and man a WIA stand. As well as promoting WIA membership, books from the WIA Bookshop will be on display and orders will be taken at WIA members and non-member prices, with the promise that books ordered at the Hamfest on the Sunday will be dispatched by no later than the next Wednesday.
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