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Program gives fillip to amateur radio

Date : 29 / 11 / 2011
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

Tech Talk Radio is a IT and technology show with a listening audience of thousands of technology enthusiasts and professionals, it is aired weekly across a network of over twenty broadcast stations Australia wide. This weeks show featured an interview with Robert Broomhead VK3DN talking about amateur radio.

Various aspects of amateur radio were covered in a concise fashion through the lengthy interview. Robert VK3DN told how he had visited schools where students chatted with orbiting astronauts, and drew on his experience at this year's IARU Region 3 ARDF Championships held at Maldon. He discussed balloon launches and the hunt for their payloads, digital amateur television and the best way to tune in the VK3RTV repeater, the emergency communication role of radio amateurs and how their skills and knowledge can be benefit to the community.

One myth dealt with during the interview was the cost involved which Robert VK3DN described as very affordable when compared to other hobbies. Never to be forgotten and often the first expose to the hobby for many is the annual JOTA and JOTI, which are like jamborees on the air and through the internet.

He plugged several times the WIA website as the source to find the nearest club running the Foundation Course that has proven to be a popular entry since its introduction in 2006. Another point in the interview was the WIA Centenary Convention held in Canberra last year and how Dick Smith VK2DIK was its patron and invited all to his property. It was interesting to note that during the program a live internet "chat room" with comments received from 50 or so people while he was on air talking about amateur radio.

Tech Talk goes to air and is syndicated to a network of radio stations across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, it also streamed live to the net and available to download as a podcast.

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