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WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and AGM

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

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 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

Day 1 - Workshops and Speakers

 
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.     

 
Dr Kevin Johnston - Redcliff Radio Club
Dr Kevin Johnston will be taking us on an out of space adventure as he explains the ins and outs or meteor scatter…
{Complete blurb to follow}

 

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.

 

 

 

Saturday Alternative Program
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 relaxing Saturday social activities.


 

 


  • Shopping -  Pacific Fair.  (Free)
    Experience shopping at Pacific Fair, Australia’s 4th largest shopping centre.   Participants will be collected by coach from Sea World Resort and taken to Pacific Fair.
    www.pacificfair.com.au
  • SeaWorld theme park: $35pp (if staying at the venue)
  • Shopping - Marina Mirage (Free)
    A short walk from the venue, Marina Mirage has as collection of boutique shops, dining and lifestyle options and water sports activities.. www.marinamirage.com.au

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

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.


 

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 early in the morning and will return to the field at 10:30AM on Sunday to participate in those exhibitions followed by a late lunch.




  • 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. www.telemuseum.org

  • 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: $35 per person if you are staying at Sea World Resort
     

 

Sunday - Exhibitions and Demonstrations


Microwave Shootout

9:30 to 14:00 - Location to be advised and weekend participants wishing to attend this event will be responsible for their own transport.

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 from to standard or advanced ?   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
 
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.

Bushcomm
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.

More details about times and locations for this event will be released closer to the day.

 

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
11:00 - 11:30 Awards Presentations
11:30 - 12:00 Reports and Open Forum
12:00 - 12:50 Lunch
13:00 - 13:50 Beyond 2020: A view of the contemporary world in which Amateur Radio finds itself and the WIA’s role beyond 2020
14:00 - 14:50 Meteor Scatter Redcliff Club Dr Kevin Johnston (VK4UH)
14:00 - 15:50 WIA Strategy Group: Scope of AR & WIA Beyond 2020, Youth Engagement, Knocking down barriers to entry.
15:00 - 15:50 Light Talkers
16:00 - 16:50 630m and 2200m DXing, Roger Crofts VK4YB
16:00 - 16:50 WIA Spectrum Group: New Licence Conditions Determination. & Spectrum Outlook
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
Time TBA Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast ($280pp)
09:30 – 14:00 Exhibitions and Demonstrations (Location TBA – Delegates responsible for own transport)
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)
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
http://maps.google.com.au/

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.  (https://www.con-x-ion.com)

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 (www.thrifty.com.au) will get you a 10% discount (see https://seaworldresort.com.au/resort-info/getting-here.aspx).

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 : https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/
Email : infosurfers@gctourism.com
Maps, planning tools, bookings and free advice areavailable.

 

Accommodation

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 groups_reservations@vrtp.com.au, 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...
W
e recommend you book early!

 





 

 

Questions about the Radio and Electronics Convention?

General questions

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

Personal

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

 

Reserve Your Place Today

Book Online.

Attendance at the Saturday Morning WIA AGM and Open Forum is freely available for any member to attend at no charge on the day, whilst preregistration to attend the AGM is not mandatory, indicating your intention to attend on the form below will assist us estimate required seating and catering for morning refreshments.

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Fee
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 - Pacifc Fair Shopping Centre. 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 morning Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast $280 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 Evening BBQ at the park provided by GCARS Free

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