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WIA expresses thanks to ARRL on its Centenary

Date : 02 / 03 / 2014
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

It is with great pleasure that the Wireless Institute of Australia acknowledges the 100 year milestone reached this year 2014 by the American Radio Relay League. The consistent leadership shown by the ARRL is well known and admired. However, now is opportune to reflect and record some of the occasions that WIA has benefitted from having a close relationship with ARRL.

These include the Trans-Pacific Tests of the mid-1920s proving that shortwave radio was viable, the introduction of television in 1956, the later roll-out of cable TV, and the trial use of Broadband Over Powerlines (BPL).

Your partnership on these, and in many other areas, has been invaluable, writes the WIA President Phil Wait VK2ASD in a letter. The ability of the WIA to have its own popular DX Century Club (DXCC) Award program is appreciated, and it continues to be a mirror of the DXCC that was introduced by the ARRL. The Australian Novice grade of licence drew on its existence in the USA. Although the WIA had asked for that stepping-stone licence years earlier, its eventual introduction was partly due to the ARRL experience.

The ARRL works with all at global forums including International Amateur Radio Union meetings, and the Word Radiocommunications Conferences by the International Telecommunications Union. A range of publications from the ARRL, stocked by the WIA Bookshop, continue to be a source of knowledge and experience. There are many things to be learned from the ARRL in the way it approaches issues. For example, it has shown a recent growth in the number of radio amateurs that is counter to the worldwide trend.

The WIA notes that the ARRL has announced an exciting program of celebratory events and activities to mark its 100th year. At the same time the League is looking to the future and how to engage the next generation. On behalf of WIA members, a warm thank you for the role undertaken by the ARRL, best wishes for the celebration and the century ahead.


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