2 Letter Call Ballot – Final Dates Announced
In June 2008 the WIA announced that the timetable for the proposed ballot for two letter callsigns on behalf ACMA published in April had slipped as a result of the need to deal with various contractual and other issues.
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On 15 July 2008 the WIA and ACMA signed a contract that will now allow the ballot to proceed.
On 1 August 2008 the WIA will be publishing on the WIA website a paper setting out the process and times for the ballot that will be followed as a well as another paper setting out a general response to the suggestions that were received in response to the invitation for comment. These will also be published in August “Amateur Radio” and both papers will be placed on the ACMA website.
At the same time, a list of the available two letter callsigns in each state and in the ACT and Northern Territory will be placed on the WIA website, as will the downloadable application form to participate in the ballot. The application form will also be able to be obtained from the WIA national office.
A payment of $59.74 to participate in the ballot, which includes GST, will be required. That charge is reasonably related to the anticipated cost of conducting the ballot. The costs associated with the ballot are considerable and it would not be reasonable for the WIA and its members to meet them.
The closing date for applications to participate in the ballot will be 29 August 2008.
So, if you are interested in participating in the ballot for two letter callsigns, check the WIA website on 1 August or make sure that you read the August issue of “Amateur Radio” magazine.
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