WA Club Meeting
The first meeting since the restructure of the WIA of its affiliated clubs in Western Australia was held on Saturday 18 December 2010. Representatives of the WA Repeater Group, Hills Amateur Radio Group, the West Australian VHF Group, the Scout Communications Team, Ham College, WICEN West Australia and Northern Corridor Radio Group met with members of the WIA Western Australia Advisory Committee, WIA Director Bob Bristow VK6POP and WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
The WIA President outlined the current matters engaging the WIA, including the changes to the production of the magazine Amateur Radio, the success of the Centenary year, the need for ongoing publicity promoting amateur radio, the National Field day and the advocacy/representational role of the WIA both with the Australian regulator and as a participant in the processes of the International Telecommunications Union. He raised a number of issues for discussion.
Each group then reported on its current activities and concerns, responding to some of the issues raised. In a constructive discussion, a number of concerns and suggestions were advanced. Concern was expressed about delays in repeater licensing. Part of the problem was a failure to communicate and the WIA President told the group that as a result of these concerns, expressed in a number of recent meetings, new procedures had been adopted in the WIA office to ensure better communication and follow up.
The President also undertook to investigate the possibility of combining practical assessments with Standard Theory and Advanced Theory assessments as is done with the Foundation qualification.
Michael Owen said that the meeting had been very constructive and useful, and that he hoped it would become a regular event, as it had become in South Australia and Queensland.
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