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2009 News Releases



Three schools in a single ARISS contact

29/ 10/ 2009   A small school at Sassafras about 40km east of Melbourne is the latest to have an amateur radio contact with a crew member on the International Space Station (ISS) and in doing so achieved a notable first for this activity.
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VK100WIA callsign roster update

24/ 10/ 2009   In the first two weeks of online bookings for the special callsign VK100WIA to celebrate the Centenary of Organised Amateur Radio in Australia next year, some 20 clubs have registered for a rostered three day slot.
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Four Radio Amateurs Killed in Plane Crash While En Route to CQWW Phone Contest

21/ 10/ 2009   Just after take-off, a twin-engine plane carrying four Amateur Radio operators crashed into the woods, only 250 yards off the end of the runway in Jedburg, South Carolina, about 20 miles northwest of Charleston.
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New Conditions for VK9 Callsigns

21/ 10/ 2009   Earlier this year, after it had taken over the responsibility of recommending callsigns, the WIA raised the question whether the conditions imposed by the ACMA on the issue of VK9 callsigns for Australia’s External Territories continued to be appropriate.
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Electromagnetic emission calculations made easier

17/ 10/ 2009   An online tool that has just been released can be very useful for radio amateurs needing to comply with their licence conditions in relation to electromagnetic radiation (EMR), which is now called EME which stands for electromagnetic energy.
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2009 Jota/Joti Address to Scouts and Guides

13/ 10/ 2009   Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of Australia, Chief Scout and Patron of Girl Guides Australia will address Scouts and Guides in a message to be broadcast at 1300hrs local time during the annual Jamboree On The Air and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTA-JOTI).
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Special program of activities for Centenary year 2010

07/ 10/ 2009   This week the WIA is pleased to announce its Centenary celebrations, in recognition of the foundation of the WIA and the very start of organised amateur radio in Australia during 1910.
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Ham radio supports disasters

01/ 10/ 2009   A severe tropical storm in The Phillipines and earthquakes in Indonesia have seen radio amateurs providing emergency communications and other relief and recovery assistance.
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