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WIA Radio and Electronics Convention - Beyond 2020

SeaWorld - Gold Coast Queensland
18th, 19th and 20th of May 2018

Hosted by Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society GCARS

The WIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Technical Forum will be held over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th May 2018 at SeaWorld on the Gold Coast.

This years event is being organised by the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Club (GCARC) with most of the weekends activities taking place at the Sea World Resort. Accommodation is available at the Sea World resort as well as a number of hotels, caravan parks and venues within close proximity. As has become the tradition, there will be a Friday night dinner this will lead into a full day on Saturday with a field day on the Sunday and many unique tours. The weekend program is detailed below.


Friday Evening Meal - Fisherman's Wharf Tavern

For those arriving at the Gold Coast on Friday evening the dinner and get together is being held at Fisherman's Wharf Tavern which is located at 60-70 SeaWorld Dr, Main Beach. Occupying one of the best locations in the region, you can enjoy the best of both worlds, the look is new but the traditions remain. Take time out to dine on the deck overlooking the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater. A courtesy bus provided by Fisherman's Wharf Tavern is available from 5pm, further enquiries regarding the bus to Fisherman's Wharf Tavern. Ph: 5571 0566

Note : Friday evening, you will pay for your meal on the night - your choice of meal and budget.


Sea World Resort

Sea World Resort will be the venue for the majority of the activities over the weekend



Sea World is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and theme park located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It includes rides, animal exhibits and other attractions, and it promotes conservation through education and the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. The park is linked to Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast as part of the theme park division of Village Roadshow.


The WIA Annual General Meeting & Open Forum

On Saturday morning the 19th May 2018 the Wireless Institute of Australia will conduct its national Annual General Meeting of members. This year’s AGM will be held at the Sea World Convention Centre, commencing at 9:00am.

The WIA AGM is open for all to attend, however, only those who are members are able to vote, and seating will be given preferentially to WIA members.

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



Light Lunch for Weekend Delegates

Curried chickpeas and eggplant salad with minted yoghurt. Ceasar Salad with bacon, shaved parmesan, anchovies croutons and cos lettuce Corn and coriander slaw.
Fresh green salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, onions and balsamic vinaigrette

A selection of cured deli meats
Marinated and grilled vegetables and bocconcini cheese with pesto
Turkish and flat breads with balsamic glaze, dukkah spice and lemon oil
Marinated capsicum, dolmades, served with crisp bread and pita
Australian Cheeses, dried fruits and crackers and grissini.

Sliced watermelon and rockmelon
Assorted cookies.



Saturday Afternoon
Technical Program



Strategy Workshop - WIA Strategy Committee
An opportunity for members to participate in shaping the WIA beyond 2020.
This workshop will be facilitated by the WIA Strategy Committee and will provide a forum for participants to share their views on a number of issues critical to the long term sustainability of the WIA and Amateur Radio in Australia..


Licence Conditions Determination - WIA Spectrum Planning Committee
The Spectrum planning team will present the ins and outs of the new LCD and other upcoming regulatory news from the ACMA and IARU.


FreeDV - What is it and how does it work - David (VK5DGR)
David Rowe VK5DGR was first licensed at age 14 in 1981, operating a converted CB on 10m. Through the 1980's and high school he progressed to a "full call" license and a TS-520S. In 2009 he became interested in the problem of closed source codecs and digital voice, and started working on FreeDV. David works part time as a senior engineer for a defence signal processing company, and is Dad to three children. He writes a popular blog that is read by 70,000 people each month, drives a home-brew Electric Car, and also enjoys bike riding and sailing (both with a 70cm HT).




Light Talkers - Tim Dixon (VK5ZT)
Tim was first licenced in 1971 as VK5ZTD while still a PMG department trainee. He has had a varied career in the private sector and as a public servant, mostly in defence electronics in technical and managerial roles. He is a keen experimenter in many areas of amateur radio and mostly on frequencies above two metres. Tim’s presentation will be on his experiments in optical communications or “nanowaves” as our English friends refer to 474 terahertz (ie light). What is easiest to build, what will work and what is the current ‘state of the art’. We will look at what can be achieved and prospective future projects.


MMDVM - Lindsay (VK2AMV) - Amateur Radio Central West Group
Join Lindsay (VK2AMV) and the team at Amateur Radio Central West group, as he unravels the mysteries of MMDVM, how it, and the respective networks work. A live demonstration of the technology will be conducted by the Amateur Radio Central West group on the Sunday.




The FT-8 Revolution - Rex Moncur (VK7MO
Rex has been involved in EME experimentation for many years, his experiments taking him to many far flung places around VK setting numerous records including the most recent 2017 World record for EME at 10GHz. His adventures into EME have, in recent times, involved a search for modulation techniques that further improve system gain for more reliable EME. This has led Rex to explore weak signal digitals modes, JT4 and QRA64, and others as tools for reliable communication in weak signal environments. While FT8 is not as sensitive as the modes used on EME it is four times faster in its native form and this speed has led to it quickly taking over as the digital mode of choice for HF and in particular on 6 metres Sporadic E. Rex used FT8 to win the Digital Modes section of the Ross Hull contest this year. A recent FT8 development is a DXpedition version which is able to achieve QSO rates of over 300 per hour. Rex will compare FT8 with other modes in the WSJT-X program and take us through the features of FT8 and its operation.


Meteor Scatter - Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH) - Redcliffe Radio Club
Dr Kevin Johnston is a medical practitioner not a PhD scientist and has been continuously licenced since 1972 as a 14 year old schoolboy in the UK. Holding no formal qualifications in electronics or RF engineering he is entirely self-taught in this field. Dr Johnston has, however, been a ham much longer than he has been a doctor and over the last 45+ years have had a go at most areas of amateur radio operation. He is a member of the Brisbane VHF group, the Redcliffe and Districts Radio club and the WIA. He has been actively involved in Meteor Scatter operation for over six years and is entirely fascinated by this mode of propagation. He has coordinated the Meteor Scatter column in AR magazine for over five years and has authored a number of articles on this subject . In his professional life he works as a Specialist Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Physician at a number of hospitals in Brisbane and has a long-term association with the Heart Transplant Service at The Prince Charles Hospital.



Roger Crofts (VK4YB) – 630m and 2200m DXing
Join Roger as he demystifies DXing on the Low Frequency band. Participants will embark on a journey of discovery as they learn how to get started and the gear required, the facts and fantasy of antennas and propagation characteristics before being provided with the best strategies for making your first DX contact.

Roger was licenced in 1965 as G3UPK, before becoming a professional engineer, working mainly with Microwaves and Satellite communications. The hobby interests were on the low bands. 630m and 2200m were a natural progression. He is currently Managing Director of Monitor Sensors P/L and President of the Caboolture Radio Club.




Telcall+: HF meets 4G in the bush
Since Alfred Traeger introduced the pedal radio in 1929 HF radio has had a place in the Australian outback. Over the years the technologies have evolved and the application of the technology altered but despite this HF land mobile radio continues to play an important role in this vast country. Geoff Peck of Austravel Safety Net will introduce us to Telcall+, a fusion of HF radio and contemporary smart-phone technology that brings puts the communication capabilities of HF in the hands of everyone with a smartphone.


Brian Clarke (VK2GCE) - Electromagnetic Compatibility
As our worlds get filled with pulse-generating devices, such as TVs, computers, mobile phones, switch-mode power supplies, digital modes of communication using Classes D, E, F, and beyond, EMI will increasingly become a fact of life to which we must all learn to adjust.

How do we sort the wheat from the chaff? Brian, VK2GCE will map out the EMI / EMC / EMR field and then focus on a few things we as radio amateurs can do to reduce EMI, to achieve a modicum of EMC and live more happily with EMR.

With plumbing, it is always a good plan to fix the source of the leak. With EMR, it is not so easy to fix the source of EMI; so, we need to build good defences. Brian’s presentation will address:

  • bonding
  • filtering
  • grounding
  • phasing
  • shielding
  • spacing.


Saturday Alternative Program
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 relaxing Saturday social activities.


  • SeaWorld theme park: $35pp (if staying at the venue) tour opportunities include..

    • Penguin Encounter step onto the ice and into your very own Antarctic adventure in the amazing frozen world of penguins
    • Meet the Dolphin - an exciting Animal Adventure program that allows you to have your very own encounter with a dolphin
    • Polar Bear Shores, have the experience of a lifetime and go behind-the-scenes at Polar Bear Shores.

Full tour details

  • Shopping Centre - Marina Mirage (Free)

A short walk from the venue, Marina Mirage has as collection of boutique shops, dining and lifestyle options, water sports activities, helicopter tours etc.

  • Broadbeach Entertainment Precinct:

Broadbeach is located a 8km south of Seaworld Resort and is the home of Pacific Fair Shopping, Australia’s 4th largest shopping centre and the newly renovated “The Star Gold Coast” Casino.
Participants will be collected by coach from Sea World Resort and taken to the Broadbeach Entertainment Precinct

  • Blues On Broadbeach (Free Event)

    The Annual Blues on Broadbeach festival.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and the opportunity to hear some internationallly acclaimed performers including

  • Robert Cray
  • Jon Stevens
  • Screaming Jets
  • Lloyd Spiegel

The artist program is still under development - check the festival website for up to date details and artist performance times

Participants will be collected by coach from Sea World Resort and taken to the Broadbeach Entertainment Precinct


Saturday Evening Annual Dinner

Saturday Evening Annual Dinner
On Saturday evening the WIA will host it's Annual Dinner at SeaWorld Resort. Catering for a huge local and international following, Shoreline Restaurant at SeaWorld’s buffet offerings are large and diverse. The evening will be a great social occasion as well as providing an opportunity for a few words from some key people.

Seafood Buffet
The Seafood Buffet is $85 per head. Wine, beer and soft drink will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Buffet Menu A selection of salads, condiments, cold meats, bread and dips, prawns, oysters, crabs, smoked salmon soup of the day, seafood ragout, black mussels in wine and garlic, chicken a la king, jasmine rice vegetables, pies and sausage rolls, deserts and cheeseboard.




Saturday Evening Annual Dinner
Guest Speaker


Keynote Speaker - Jeff Johnson (VK4XJJ) on his walk across Australia with Amateur Radio

Jeff Johnson (age 66) has walked from the Spencer Gulf to The Gulf of Carpentaria Raising funds and awareness for the Deaf-Blind Association (NSW) Inc.

He left Port Augusta on the 5th of April 2007 and arrived at Kurumba, Queensland on Sunday, 2nd of September, a walk of approximately five months duration. The journey was planned and researched over a period of 12 months and the planned departure date was the 1st of April (not that walking across Australia would be foolish). He did well to leave within a few days of the planned departure date.

Jeff was in daily contact via short-wave Amateur Radio on the 40 metre band. Many amateur operators talked with Jeff on his regular scheds. Jeff, VK4XJJ was operating a Yaesu FT-817nd into a 1/2 wave dipole which he strung up between a couple of trees every evening. That is, whenever there were any trees. Often it was a couple of bushes several meters high. On several occasions one end of the support venetian blind cord was on a road side sign indicating a bend ahead with the other end anchored to the ground with a rock or three.

Jeff had a regular sched with his brother Bill, VK2FWGJ in Newcastle who was also running the same radio into a 1/4 wave vertical antenna. Daily position reports, conditions and news were exchanged. His other main contact and relay station during the journey was Roger, VK4BNQ, located at Gympie, Queensland.


Sunday - Tours and Activities

Champagne and Balloon Breakfast ($280pp).
For those who would like an alternate perspective of South East Queensland enjoy a champagne breakfast and a hot air balloon flight through the Gold Coast Hinterland - perhaps take a radio to a great height! Participants will be collected from the Sea World Resort at around 4:00am in the morning and be transported in an air conditioned coach to the Hot Air Balloon launch site. Here you will be able to watch whilst the baloon inflation takes place and board for your ride. After returing to ground you will be transported by coach to O'Reilly's Grand Homestead & Boutique Vineyard for Champagne and a freshly cooked breakfast with pastries, fresh juices, eggs & bacon, cereals & fruit. Relaxing in the serenity of the historic vineyard. Departing at around 9:45 the air conditioned coach will return you to Seaworld by 10:30am



Queensland Telecommunications Museum ($35pp)
See the telecommunications devices of yesteryear in action at the Queensland Telecommunications Museum.    Established in 1952 this museum represents a collection of historical telecommunications devices, teleprinters, exchanges, many of which are in full working order.   Participants will be taken by coach from to Brisbane (Clayfield) and returned to the field on Sunday for a late lunch.




Surf Life Saving Command ($35pp)
It would not be Queensland if there was not some mention of sea and surf.     This two stage tour consists of a visit to the Surf Life Saving Command Centre and a visit to the Rescue Helicopter base before being returned to the field on Sunday for a late lunch.











Sea World theme park: $35 per person (if you are staying at Sea World Resort)

Tour opportunities include..

    • Penguin Encounter step onto the ice and into your very own Antarctic adventure in the amazing frozen world of penguins
    • Meet the Dolphin - an exciting Animal Adventure program that allows you to have your very own encounter with a dolphin
    • Polar Bear Shores, have the experience of a lifetime and go behind-the-scenes at Polar Bear Shores.

Full tour details




Sunday - Demos and Activities

North Pavillion Broadwater

9:30 to 14:00 Sunday
The Sunday program is expected to be held in the North Pavillion of the Broadwater Parklands in Southport.
This newly built facility is a significant Commonwealth Games Legacy project built on 3.5 hectares of land on the Broadwater.

The site contains amongst other things, a 3m high statue of a surfer called the 'Blue Perspective' that was purchased by City of Gold Coast Councillor Dawn Crichlow a long term supporter of Amateur Radio and the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society.




Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society - Field Command Trailer
GCARS will have on display their new field command cabin and will provide background not only on how it was built but how they have successfully funded numerous amateur radio projects for the benefit of the hobby, the club and the community in general without relying on the resources of members.



The black art of duplexers.
Drew (VK4ZXI)

A practical guide to the black art of cavity filters for repeaters and digital TV transmittersCavity filters are a mystery to most, but at a practical level, not that hard to make or tune. Drew has developed an inexpensive way of building filters using common materials.There are three basic types of filter, pass-band, pass-reject and notch. It is down to the coupling design, which again can be modified or home built. Each has particular applications. All three can be used in repeater duplexers at VHF and UHF. Notch can be used to block unwanted signals like paging TX. Drew will demonstrate a unique use for notch cavities for cleaning the spurious skirts of DVB-T television power amplifiers and the use of low cost software defined radios (SDR) as test instruments for general use and cavity/duplexer tuningFinally, low cost software defined radios (SDR) and noise sources as spectrum analysers and "tracking generators" for general use and tuning cavities or duplexers is noted.


Upskill and Upgrade (Ron VK2DQ)
Do you want to upgrade ?  
Or are you new to Amateur Radio and are attending simply to find out more ?
Ron  supported by other assessors will be conducting a foundation refresher coupled with examinations for foundation, standard and advance.







Microwave Shootout – Redcliff Amateur Radio Club
Details to be advised


10GHz Moon Bounce (EME) Demonstration
Rex Moncur (VK7MO)
On 9 September 2017 VK7MO and WA3LBI completed a 18951 km EME QSO with QRA64D to extend the existing World Record held by DL7FJ and ZL1GSG, using CW, of 18337 km by around 600 km. The key to this result was to find locations with almost zero degrees take-off which essentially means across water. VK7MO operated from OF76NK00MB at Meelup Western Australia and WA3LBI operated from FM28LO01VE in Delaware on the East coast of the USA. Both stations operated portable to maximize the distance at locations with good take-offs over water. It is of interest to note that “Meelup” is a native aboriginal word meaning “Place of the rising Moon” because they could see the Moon rising out of the water, so the native people were well aware of the potential of this location for EME. Join Rex at 11AM as he demonstrates the theory and practice of EME at 10GHz while seeking to contact the United States at moonrise.

MMDVM – Amateur Radio Central West Group
Lindsay (VK2AMV), Dave (VK2JDS), Terry (VK2MTJ)
See the power of open source development as the team from the Amateur Radio Central West Group will be providing a demonstration of the latest in MMDVM solutions from hotspots to a repurposed T800 repeater. For anyone interested in getting involved in the digital movement or simply looking to update a repeater controller.  With the power to take “ordinary” analog repeater and drag it beyond 2020, to enable P25, DStar, DMR and Fusion on  a single platform, this demonstration cannot be missed.

RF Solutions
RF Solutions will have a live display of the ICOM IC-7610 connected to an SPE Expert 1.5K-FA linear amplifier. A wide range of other high quality amateur radio products, including ICOM, will also be available.


Future Systems
Future Systems will be demonstrating the latest from FlexRadio Systems 





Australian HF Touring Clubs
The Australian HF touring club will be presenting a demonstration of their Land Mobile System scanning 19 HF frequencies that can be used for making phone calls, send SMS, log their location and even talk to the Royal Flying Doctors Service through a remote station in central Australia.



Showcasing Bushcomm antenna systems and the new Barrett 4050 HF SDR Transceiver


VKS-737 Radio Network
The VKS-737 Radio Network is the operating division of the Australian National 4WD Radio Network Inc. - a nationally registered Emergency Service, Charity and Public Benevolent Institution. They will be demonstrating how their network of 19 Base Stations and 26 frequencies provide Australia wide Emergency and General HF coverage Australia wide for VKS-737 subscribers, Outpost Licence (RFDS) holders and many Emergency Service Organisations. The VKS-737 Radio Network owns the HF radio equipment at the RFDS bases in Queensland and Western Australia and provides the facilities to them at no cost. VKS-737 subscribers can contact any RFDS Base and many other Emergency Service Organisations through any VKs-737 Base Station..

Austravel Safety Net Inc
Austravel Safety Net Inc. is a not-for-profit HF radio club established to provide an affordable recreational HF radio network for its members (typically recreational travellers) where vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle to base communications using voice and / or text can be easily accommodated.
75% of the landmass of Australia has no mobile phone coverage; therefore, most of any recreational traveller’s time is spent out of direct contact with family, friends and emergency services. Austravel Safety Net provides its members with the new Telcall+ platform for use with most recreational (type approved) HF radios in conjunction with integrated Out-n-About app:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Emergency Communications Unit



Queensland Ambulance Services
Operations Support Unit



Queensland State Emergency Services
Emergency Communications Unit







Queensland Police Services
Mobile Policing Facility







Queensland Rural Fire Service
Communications Truck and Trailer (known as GC 91 and GC92)



Sunday Evening BBQ Courtesy of Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society.

For those not traveling back to their home QTH on Sunday afternoon and who will be staying on the Gold Cost, you are invited to a BBQ dinner courtesy of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society. Delegates and partners will be catered for at the dinner.


Conference Programme & Timetable

Friday 18 May 2018
14:00 Check In for guests staying at resort
19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Dinner & Registration – Weekend attendees to pay for their meals
Saturday 19 May 2018
08:00 - 08:45 Registration at SeaWorld Resort
09:00 - 10:30 Annual General Meeting and Open Forum, at SeaWorld Resort
10:30 - 10:50 Morning tea.
10:30 - 16:50 Partners tour departs (see tour options on this web page)
11:00 - 11:30 Awards Presentations
11:30 - 12:00 Reports and Open Forum
12:00 - 12:30 Beyond 2020 - the WIA’s role beyond 2020
12:30 - 13:20 Lunch
Afternoon Program #1  
13:30 - 14:05 The FT-8 Revolution Rex Moncur (VK7MO)
14:10 – 14:40 FreeDV What is it - How does it work ? David Rowe (VK5DGR)
14:45 - 15:20 MMDVM How does it work ? Lindsay Harvey (VK2AMV)
15:20 - 15:40 Afternoon Tea.
15:40 – 16:25 Meteor Scatter Redcliffe Club Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH)
16:30 - 17:00 630m and 2200m DXing, Roger Crofts VK4YB
Afternoon Program #2  
13:30 - 14:05 Light Talkers Tim Dixon (VK5ZT)
14:10 – 14:40 HF meets 4G in the bush: How Telcal+ is improving outback communications Geoff Peck (Austravel Safety Net Inc)
14:45 - 15:20 Electromagnetic Compatibility Brian Clarke (VK2GCE)
15:20 - 15:40 Afternoon Tea
15:40 – 16:25 WIA Spectrum Group: New Licence Conditions Determination. & Spectrum Outlook (Presenter TBA)
16:30 - 17:00 WIA Strategy Group: Knocking down barriers to entry. (Facilitator TBA)
Evening Program  
17:00 - 19:00 Free time to explore, go to the beach etc.
19:00 Onwards Annual Dinner, Seafood Buffet at Shoreline Restaurant. Guest speaker Jeff Johnson VK4XJJ
Sunday 20 May 2018 - Tours
Time TBA Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast ($280pp)
09:30 – 14:00

Brisbane Telecommunications Museum (Transport Included)  ($35pp)

09:30 – 14:00 Rescue Radio Tour Surf life saving command centre & rescue helicopter command centre. Transport inc ($35pp)
09:30 – 14:00 Sea World: $35pp (if staying at the Venue)
Exhibitions and Demonstrations.  
09:30 – 14:00
  • Exhibitions and Demonstrations to be held at Broadwater Parklands, North Pavilion, Southport (Delegates responsible for own transport)
  • Microwave Shootout (Redcliff Amateur Radio Society)
  • RF SOLUTIONS demonstrating the ICOM IC-7610 connected to an SPE EXPERT 1.5K-FA linear amplifier, and a wide range of other amateur radio products on display and for sale.
  • MMDVM Demonstration (Amateur Radio Central West Group)
  • GCARS Field Command Centre (Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society)
  • The black art of Duplexers (Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society)
  • Upgrade Assessments & Foundation Training (Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society
  • Moonbounce EME @ 10GHz Demonstration
  • Future Systems demonstrating the latest in SDR by Flex Radio.
  • The Australian HF Touring Club demonstrating coast to coast HF Land Mobile
  • Bushcomm HF Antenna / Showcasing Bushcomm antenna systems and the new Barrett 4050 HF SDR Transceiver
  • VKS737 Radio Network Showcasing the national VKS737 HF radio network for nationwide emergency and general communications.
  • Austravel Safety Net Inc. showcasing SelCal+ bridging the gap between HF and mobile phones.
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Emergency communications centre
  • Queensland Ambulance Service Operations support unit
  • Queensland SES Communications Unit Queensland Police Service Mobile Policing Facility
  • Seventh Combat Signals Regiment
  • Makerspace/Hackerspace demonstrations (Gold Coast Tech Space)
Evening Program  
5:30 pm

Closing BBQ courtesy of GCARS at the park. Cooked by GCARS’s finest … er.. “chefs..”

2 Meter Repeater Liaison/Net Frequency.

The 2m repeater VK4RGC 146.700 MHz -600 kHz (123.0Hz tone) 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 Gold Coast. 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.

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





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 exactly how many people will be attending.


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Travelling To Gold Coast

Travelling By Car
The Gold Coast is 844 km from Sydney (about 9.25 hours), 1710 km from Melbourne (about 17.5 hours), 2061 km from Adelaide (about 22.5 hours), 78 km from Brisbane (about 1 hour) and 4,370 km from Perth (about 46 hours)
Google maps can provide assistance with directions

Getting There

The Sea World Resort is located in Main Beach a few kilometers north of Surfers Paradise, 75km south of Brisbane and 1000km  north of Sydney (by road).

The Gold Coast is serviced by two major airports, Coolangatta and Brisbane with travel times by car from Coolangatta to Sea World Resort being around 45 minutes and Brisbane to Sea World Resort being around 60 minutes.

Other than Uber and traditional taxi, Coolangatta airport is serviced by a shuttle bus that will take you from the airport to the resort for $41 return.  (

Other than driving, the easiest (and most predictable) way of getting from Brisbane Airport to the venue is by catching the Air Train.    The Air Train departs every few minutes from Brisbane Airport and will require a change at Helensvale station to our new tram (sorry, light rail) that will take you to Main Beach.   From there a short Uber or taxi (or for those who are sufficiently fit, a 30 minute walk) down Waterways Drive and left onto Sea World Drive will find you at the resort.

For those who require a rental car, booking with the promo code ‘THEMEPARK’ with Thrifty ( will get you a 10% discount (see

Those seeking to travel by car from Brisbane airport be aware that the M1 motorway (the corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast) flows like treacle in a southbound direction between 1500 and 1830 on most days.   
Those seeking to travel by car from Coolangatta airport should be aware that between about 1600 and 1730 the M1 also flows like molasses in a northbound direction.    

To avoid frustration, we suggest travelling outside these times.


Gold Coast Tourist information

Tourist information is available from the Gold Coast Visitor Information Centre
2 Cavill Ave (Cavill Mall), Surfers Paradise
Phone (07) 5570 3259
Website :
Email :
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 available


Accomodation Options for Gold Coast

The map below shows the venue with respect to the Gold Coast and hotels and prices within a 3km radius. 
The venue, Sea World Resort, is identified by the red circle.

Accomodation Onsite
Accommodation is available at the venue (Sea World Resort) from $159 per night Link and from dozens of nearby providers of lodging services. Sea World have created an accommodation booking form for delegates. Completed forms can be sent though to Sea World by email at, alternatively they can call Sea World Group Reservation on 07 5591 0083 to make bookings direct. Operating ours are 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.


Caravan Park
The closest caravan park is Main Beach Tourist Park.   Link


YHA Accomodation
There are several YHA type facilities the closest being Surfers Paradise YHA, a short stroll south of the venue.   Link


Whichever you choose...
e recommend you book early!




Questions about the Radio and Electronics Convention?

General questions

Questions regarding the weekend program can be emailed to and one of our helpful Radio And Electronics Convention committee members will be pleased to help you out.


Should you have a personal or private matter you wish to discuss regarding your registration please email the office staff or phone on (03) 9729 0400


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Delegate registration fee includes Saturday morning-afternoon tea, Saturday lunch and attendance of Saturday afternoon program. $99 per head
Friday Evening Dinner at Fisherman's Wharf Tavern Pay on the night.
Saturday Morning WIA AGM Meeting & Open Forum Free
Saturday AGM lunch for people who have not registered as a delegate $39 per head
Saturday Partners Tour - Broadbeach Blues Festival & Pacifc Fair Shopping. Free
Saturday Partners Tour - Marina Mirage Shopping Centre. Free
Saturday Partners Tour - Seaworld theme park. $35 per head
Saturday Evening Annual Dinner at SeaWorld $85 per head
Sunday Tour Brisbane Telecommunications Museum $35 per head
Sunday Tour Rescue Radio Surf life saving command centre $35 per head
Sunday Tour SeaWorld theme park $35 per head
Sunday morning Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast $280 per head
Sunday Evening BBQ at the park provided by GCARS Free

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