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WIA 2017 AGM and Weekend Of Activities - Hahndorf

19th, 20th and 21st of May 2017
Inspiring Leadership: the Future of Amateur Radio

The WIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Technical Forum will be held over the weekend of 19th, 20th and 21st May 2017 at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre in Hahndorf.

Hahndorf is a small town in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. An important tourism spot, it has previously been a centre for farming and services. It is accessible from Adelaide, the South Australian capital, via the South Eastern Freeway. Being an easily reached and exceptional location it is expected that this AGM weekend will be very well attended.

About Hahndorf

Established in 1839 Hahndorf is a historic and attractive small township. It is classified as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and a significant tourist attraction only half an hour from Adelaide along the South Eastern Freeway (M1 Highway). There is regular public transport to Adelaide. The township retains many buildings from its early years when it was established by Lutheran migrants fleeing religious persecution. Many were from a small village in Prussia (now in Poland) and most arrived on the 28th December 1838 aboard the Zebra. The township was subsequently named after its influential Danish captain Dirk Meinhertz Hahn and became a centre for farming and services. The small township’s tourist attractions and many food selections reflect its historic roots and include a monument to Hahn.

Tourists in the main street - Photos VK5PAS

Eateries in Hahndorf.

There are many cafes and restaurants in Hahndorf. However, if you are from interstate and visiting for the first time you might like to try one of the genuine German pubs in town: German Arms Hotel and the Hahndorf Inn.


Friday evening
The Haus Café + Bar + Kitchen

The popular Haus Restaurant is located in the heart of the Adelaide Hills

The evening meal is the Haus Pizza & Grazing package at $33 per person

Entre' - The Haus Grazing Board to Share Hahndorf smoked beef, Hahndorf double smoked ham, Coffin Bay natural Oysters (4) with Wakame salad, Barossa duck liver & walnut pate, marinated olives, sweet dill gherkins, aged cheddar cheese & warm pita bread with German mustard

To Follow - Chef’s Selection of an assortment of The Haus Rustic Pizzas and may include..
Margherita [V] Adelaide Hills tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella & bocconcini cheese, fresh basil leaves
Haus Breakfast Pizza Double smoked bacon, free range egg, semidried tomatoes, onion, mushroom, Haus BBQ sauce & mozzarella cheese
The Herbivore [V] Roasted pumpkin, semi-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, pesto & rocket
Haus Hawaiian Hahndorf double smoked ham, Australian pineapple & mozzarella cheese
Tandoori Chicken Marinated tandoori chicken, red onion, capsicum, mozzarella cheese with minted yoghurt & fresh coriander
Haus Supreme Hahndorf gourmet chorizo, Hahndorf double smoked ham, onion, mushroom, capsicum, olives, Australian pineapple & mozzarella cheese
Mediterranean Lamb (ALT GF) Marinated Strathalbyn Lamb, haloumi cheese, onion, dried oregano, minted yoghurt & mozzarella cheese
Flammkuchen A thinly rolled dough with a base of sour cream & mustard topped with potatoes, onions & bacon
Chilli Prawn & Mango Sweet Chilli, lemon & garlic marinated prawn, baby spinach, diced mango, oregano, rocket & mozzarella cheese.

Note : A WIA check in and registration desk will be setup at this venue.

Adelaide Hills Convention Centre

The Adelaide Hills Convention Centre will be the venue for the majority of the activities over the weekend.

Located on Hahndorf’s western outskirts, the recently refurbished Convention Centre has a serene and scenic rural outlook as does the varied adjacent varied accommodation. Being outside a major city, it is easily accessible for those driving to Adelaide from the eastern states. .


The WIA Annual General Meeting

On Saturday morning the 21st May 2017 the Wireless Institute of Australia will conduct its national Annual General Meeting of members. This year’s AGM will be held in the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, commencing at 9:00am.

The AGM will be followed by the presentation of awards, after which the Open Forum will commence with reports presented on all WIA activities over the year and the opportunity to raise any issue desired. Morning tea and coffee will be served at 10:30am



Saturday Afternoon Technical Program

Prior to the lunch break you will hear from Doc (David Wescombe-Down) VK5BUG who will introduce a new manual he has prepared on operating on the low bands. This useful publication is very timely, considering the phase of the sunspot cycle we find ourselves in and the heightened relevance low band MF and HF operation will have to the Amateur Service over the next few years.

Following the formal AGM sessions Saturday morning and the lunch break, the radio clubs of South Australia wish to invite you to take a journey of discovery, into the future of the Amateur Service in Australia. We wish to showcase the Amateur Service in a new light, giving you an introduction to a range of advanced modes, fresh activities, new technologies and hopefully leave you with a new perspective on what Amateur Radio can be.

We all need to be thinking collectively about how we as Radio Amateurs can contribute to the future of our hobby. With this in mind, our program has been designed to introduce you to new aspects of the hobby. We want to rekindle the “Magic of Radio” and leave you if not with a new interest, at least with an appreciation of what is out there, so that you can talk about it with people you meet who show any spark of interest in what we do. With these aims in mind, we have brought together some of the best practitioners of the Amateur Radio art in their fields, to showcase their expertise and give you a glimpse of what is possible.

Guest speakers

Wayne VK5APN
Portable VHF Moonbounce Operation – including (with luck) a live Demonstration


David VK5KK and Iain VK5ZD
Live microwave activity demonstration

David VK5DMC
Digital Amateur Television demonstrations

Paul Simmonds VK5PAS
Operating Field portable in the great outdoors

Paul is well-known for promoting and supporting the popular portable activities such as the VK5 Parks Award, World Wide Flora and Fauna (promoting conservation via Amateur Radio) and Summits on the Air (SOTA).

Steve Adler VK5SFA
Operating Low Band HF in confined spaces – Transmitting Magnetic Loop Antennas for 160/80m
Mark VK5QI
High Altitude Balloon Tracking – how to get involved (Project Horus)
David Rowe VK5DGR (of FreeDV fame)
Software Defined Radio – Getting started and practical applications
Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP
Promoting Amateur Radio – where to start – School Amateur Radio Club Network
STEM Practitioners
How we can all get involved in promoting Amateur Radio – Q&A Session with STEM practitioners, Maker Movement Representatives, Hacker Spaces, Science Teachers and more.

So that no one misses out, the day will take on a new form. Don't expect the traditional technical symposium style event. This will be something new! You will be treated to a lively introduction to these facets of the hobby and afterwards be given a chance both on the Saturday and again on Sunday to sit down with the experts and learn much more about your chosen area in detail.


Alternative Program
Saturday Tour For Partners

The WIA hopes that partners will also choose to join in for the AGM weekend of activities. The weekend planning also includes a choice of two Saturday programs of relaxing social activities. The tours will be $80 each and include transport, lunch and any entry fees.
Tour 1. Mt. Lofty Lookout "Cedars" in Hahndorf for morning tea Beerenberg Jams Old Hahndorf Mill for lunch Either Lobethal Markets or Milan Rouge in Stirling, craft place with souvenirs. Melbas and the Cheese tasting place next door
Tour 2. Whispering Wall Barossa Chateau for morning tea then time to wander through antiques section and rose garden Lavender Farm Yaldara Winery with a tour and wine tasting before lunch Opal Shop in Hahndorf (opposite the Old Hahndorf Mill)

Saturday's partners tour will have two pickup points, the first will be from the Convention Centre, the second pickup point will be near the Haus for those staying there.


Saturday Evening Annual Dinner

Saturday Evening Annual Dinner
On Saturday evening the WIA will host it's Annual Dinner on "The Deck" at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. The evening will be a great social occasion as well as providing an opportunity for a few words from some key people.

Buffet Menu
The three course Dinner will be $60 per head. Wine, beer and soft drink will be available for purchase on the night.

Keynote Speaker - Craig Edwards VK5CE




The Radio Clubs of South Australia have invited Craig Edwards VK5CE to come and speak about the Islands on the Air program. Craig, who is a prolific island activator and one of the leading advocates of the IOTA program in Australia, will introduce this fantastic aspect of the hobby giving both the practical and humorous side of what it takes to stage a DXPedition on a remote island. Rest assured there are tales to be told and stories to be had from Craig’s many adventures. It promises to be an entertaining yet informative look at this extreme site of Amateur Radio.


Sunday Afternoon - National Motor Museum at Birdwood.

On Sunday mornning we will be visiting the National Motor Museum at Birdwood.

Since 1965 millions of people have enjoyed discovering their motoring heritage and the social history of motoring at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood, South Australia. As an international centre for the collection, research, preservation, education and display of Australian road transport history, the National Motor Museum is much more than a collection of vehicles. It is a social history of the way we were, the way we are now and the way of the future.

We encourage car pooling to assist those without transport attend the Birdwood motor museum activity.

Sunday Afternoon Program.

Following on from the introductions on Saturday, Sunday afternoon will see everyone treated to hands on demonstrations of many of the activities presented. This will take place at the Hahndorf football club oval and will be an ideal opportunity to look up close at the equipment and talk one on one with the presenters about their facet of the hobby.

Live demonstrations of 2m and 10GHz EME, microwave operation, digital ATV, magnetic loop antennas as well as practical applications of simple SDR receivers for tracking balloon systems, including a pico balloon launch will all be available for the curious to come and try. For the more adventurous, there are Parks activation expeditions being planned to at least two locations in the Adelaide Hills.

These opportunities will be available in addition to the non radio related programs already planned.


Sunday Evening BBQ At Hahndorf Football Club.

For those not traveling back to their home QTH on Sunday afternoon and who will be staying in Adelaide Hills on Sunday evening, you are invited to dinner at the Hahndorf Football Club as guests of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Inc. Delegates and partners will be catered for at the dinner.


Conference Programme & Timetable

Friday 19 May 2017
5 pm onward Registration at the Haus Cafe'
6 pm The Haus Pizza & Grazing dinner
Saturday 20 May 2017
8 am to 9 am Registration at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre
9 am to 12.45 pm Annual General Meeting and Open Forum, Adelaide Hills Convention Centre
1 pm to 2 pm Lunch
2 pm to 5 pm Technical Symposium (guest speakersbeing announced)
6 pm to 7 pm Drinks at the Deck at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre
7 pm Annual Dinner, The Deck at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre
Sunday 21 May 2017
11.30 am to 3.30 pm Visit to the Birdwood Motor Museum
5:30 pm For those staying for Sunday night, BBQ At Hahndorf Football Club provided by the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society


2 Meter Repeater Liaison/Net Frequency.

The 2m repeater VK5RAD 147.000 (-600 offset) will be used for regular nets and liaison throughout the AGM weekend.The nets will provide the opportunity for a quick check in and to provide updated news and information on the weekend events. Members are encouraged to bring with them their 2m hand helds.

HF Travelers Net.

A HF travelers net has been suggested by a number of people participating in the AGM weekend who will be traveling by road to Hahndorf. The 40m call frequency of 7070 +/- QRM is recommended for anyone with HF capabilities who would like to establish contact with other travelers during the days leading up to and after the event.

Conference Weekend Registration

Please ensure that you use the online registration form at the bottom of this webpage to register your attendance for the weekend activities. A $15per head venue hire fee is automatically for the use of the Adelaide Hills Conference Facilities (aside from those only attending the AGM and no other activities).

Bookings are expected to fill quickly, so you are encouraged to register early.

The venue hire fee of $15 per head will automatically be calculated when you use the online booking form below. Please note, if you have young children under the age of 12 who you plan to bring to the weekend and these children are not involved in amateur radio, then please do not record them using the online form, instead simply phone the WIA office and speak with Bruce or Petra. For seating and catering purposes we do need to know how many will be coming.


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Travelling To Adelaide Hills

Travelling By Car
Adelaide Hills is 1,361 km from Sydney (about 14.5 hours), 715 km from Melbourne (about 8 hours), 31 km from Adelaide (about 45 minutes), 1991 km from Brisbane (about 21.5 hours) and 2,710 km from Perth (about 28 hours)
Google maps can provide assistance with directions


Adelaide Hills Tourist information

Tourist information is available from the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre
68 Mount Barker Rd., Hahndorf SA 5245
Phone (08) 8388 1185
Website :
Maps, planning tools, bookings and free advice areavailable.



Amateurs and their partners are responsible for their own accommodation and bookings. There is a variety of accommodation close by in the Big 4 Tourist Park around the Convention Centre and in Hahndorf.

Cottage at Hahndorf Resort

Cottages are available at the Hahndorf resort.

Cottage Features:
Renovated open plan Cottage Sleeps up to 3 Choice of either 1 Queen bed OR 1 Queen and 1 single bed Ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity Dining table and chairs Kitchenette includes microwave, toaster and kettle (no stove/cook top) Small refrigerator (bar fridge) Crockery, cutlery, glasses Reverse cycle air-conditioning Linen included Electric blankets included on all beds Flat screen TV Free Wireless Internet for guests - please ask at Reception Iron & ironing board Initial supply of tea, coffee, sugar and milk Serviced daily All cottages have their own parking Outdoor seating area Baby package available for hire (travel cot and linen, change mat, high chair) - bookings necessary

Rates per night :
All accommodation is Non-Smoking Rates (per night) From $139 **
Rate is for 1-2 people Extra adult 15+ - $25
Extra child (aged 2 to 14 years) - $10
First child under 2 - free
Baby package - $10 per night ** Rates are subject to change without notice and should be used as a guide only.

Special Note : In addition to operating the Haus Café + Bar the AHAG operate a range of accommodation facilities in the centre of Hahndorf all within walking distance of the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. The various options range from three star to four and a half star quality. The accommodation options in the town are about one kilometre from the Adelaide Convention Centre where the AGM and Technical Forum is to be held. The last 400 metres is a gentle climb. We will provide transport from the accommodation in Hahndorf to the Convention Centre for those who don’t wish to walk. Those who wish to take transport will be given a chance to register on Friday evening at the Haus Restaurant.

Hahndorf Motel

Address : 60 Main Street Hahndorf

Motel Features:
Restaurant Facilities Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – 7 Days, Conference / Meeting Facilities sister motel, Wireless Internet complimentary, Smoke Free Rooms, Private Bathrooms, In-room Hair Dryer, Televisions DVD Players Hire, Swimming Pool 100m walk to sister motel, BBQ Facilties 100m walk to sister motel, Heating & Cooling, Ample off-street parking, Guest Laundry at sister motel, Complimentary Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Two-Stove Cook-Tops in Loft Rooms, Refridgerator non-alcoholic mini-bar, Kitchenette mircowave, toaster, and kettle, Cots Hire, All Linen provided, Walking distance to the shops and restaurants

Rates per night from:
Deluxe Room 1 King or 1 Queen or 2 Singles $109
One-Bedroom Loft 1 King or 1 Queen or 2 Singles $129
Two-Bedroom Loft 1 Queen & 1 King or 2 Singles $149
Three-Bedroom Retreat 1 Queen & 1 King or 2 Singles & 1 King or 2 Singles $190

Hahndorf Motor Lodge

25 Main Street, Hahndorf

Motel Features:
19 Rooms - Standard, Family, Poolside, Self- Catering Facilities Rustic Retreat, Restaurant Facilities Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner - 7 Days, Conference / Meeting Facilities, Smoke Free Rooms, Reverse Cycle Air-conditioning, Kitchenette microwave/toaster/kettle, Refrigerator water for purchase, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Flat Screen Televisions Foxtel Complimentary, Free Wireless Internet, DVD Players Hire, Telephone Local & International Dialing, Private Bathrooms In-room Hair Dryers, Swimming Pool & Spa solar heated, BBQ Facilities Guest Laundry Fee, Ample off-street Parking, Coach & Bus Parking, 100m walk to sister Motel - The Manna of Hahndorf, Cots on Request Hire, Disabled Facilities on request.

Rates per night from:
Standard Room 1 Queen/Double + 1 Single $129
Family Room [Two Rooms] 1 Queen + 2 Singles $139
Poolside Room 1 Queen + 1 Single $139
Rustic Retreat [Three Rooms] 1 Queen + 1 Double + 2 Singles $185

The Manna

25 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf

Motel Features:
51 Rooms Superior, Executive, and Indulgence Spa Suites, Restaurant Facilities Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner – 7 Days, Conference / Meeting Facilities, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Smoke Free Rooms, Telephone local & international dialing, Private Bathrooms, In-room Hair Dryer, Flat-Screen Televisions Foxtel complimentary, DVD Players Hire, Swimming Pool 100m walk to sister motel, BBQ Facilities 100m walk to sister motel, Reverse Cycle Air-conditioning, Guest Laundry fee, Limited off-street Parking, Coach & Bus Parking, Complimentary Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Refrigerator non-alcoholic mini-bar, Cots Hire, Disabled Facilities on request - Executive Rooms only.

Rates per night from:
Superior Room 1 King or 1 Queen or 2 Singles $149
Executive Room * 1 King $159
Executive Family * 1 King + 2 Single Trundles $179
Indulgence Spa Suites 1 Queen + Balcony + Spa $199
* Inter-connecting on request when two Executive Rooms are booked.
* Single trundles must be requested upon booking.

Haus Studio Apartments

34 Main St, Hahndorf

Apartment Features:
14 self-contained apartments one or two bedrooms, Choose from 1 King or 2 Singles per bedroom, Restaurant Facilities Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, Conference & Meeting facilities, Ample Off-Street Parking, Coach/Bus Parking, 50m walk to sister motel, Self-Catering Kitchen two-stove cook top / microwave / toaster / kettle, Refridgerator non-alcoholic mini-bar, Complimentary Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Smoke-Free Rooms, Reverse Cycle Air-Conditioning, Flat Screen televisions, Foxtel 30 complimentary channels, DVD players hire, Wireless Internet complimentary, Telephone local & international dialling, Private Bathrooms double shower & wall jets, In-Room Hairdryers, Guest Laundry 50m walk to sister motel - fee, Swimming Pool 150m walk to sister motel, BBQ Facilites 150m walk to sister motel, Cots available Hire.

Rates per night from:
One-Bedroom Studio $169
Two-Bedroom Studio $328


Caravan park at the Hahndorf Resort

The Hahndorf resort includes a caravan park.

Sites include:
Power - water - sullage - sites all grassed (some with annex pads) - please note, we do not offer on-site vans or en-suite sites Facilities include - spotless amenities blocks - disabled access bathroom - family bathroom with bath - dump point - complimentary WIFI for guests - small children's playground - complimentary gas BBQs - outdoor summer pool (unheated) - complimentary mini golf - games room - self service guest laundry (charge applies) - jumping cushion.

Rates (per night) from:
Back-In site - from $38
Drive through site - from $42
(Price is for 1- 2 persons) Extra adult - $10
Extra child (up to 15 years) - $5
First child under 2 – free


Reserve Your Place Today

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Please note, a $15 venue hire fee will automatically be added for those attending any of the Saturday programs at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre.

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Friday Evening Dinner at The Haus Cafe $33 per head
Saturday Morning WIA AGM Meeting & Open Forum Only
Saturday Morning & Afternoon Program at Convention Centre with Lunch $45 per head
Saturday Hahndorf Sightseeing Tours For XYL's Partners $80 per head
Saturday Evening Annual Dinner in the Convention Centre $60 per head
Sunday Tour Birdwood Motor Museum $10 per head
Sunday Evening BBQ at Hahndorf Football Club No Charge
Adelaide Hills Convention Centre Venue Hire $15 per head

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