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July - August 2022

July - August 2022

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We live in exciting times, once again. With the successful inauguration of Australia’s first commercial space station launch facilities at the end of June, employment opportunities in STEM occupations – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – in a growing industry with global connections is set to take off, too.

While the location of Arnhem Space Centre (ASC), in east Arnhem land in the Northern Territory, may be remote, the jobs that go with everything that surrounds what the Centre does can be located anywhere. The ASC is simply at “the pointy end” of what will become a vast industry that needs to reach into space around the Earth as and when required.

Amateur radio has always been - from the very outset - a STEM interest. Over the decades since the 1950s “space race”, many notable amateurs have been employed in the space industry. It’s a ‘natural fit’. Support for the emerging local space industry will come from the education institutions offering STEM courses to suit the industry’s needs. Concomitantly, the space industry will look to the education sector for support, both for research expertise and facilities and to meet staffing needs.

Looking back over my careers across the electronics and science sectors, I saw many amateur radio colleagues gain employment in the space-related industries engendered by the Man-on-the-Moon and deep space exploration missions. I got a sense that their interest in amateur radio sparked their interest in space-related employment. There’s speculation that the ASC, owned by Equatorial Launch Australia, won’t be ‘the only one on the block’ and new players will emerge in the coming years to take advantage of Australia’s unique features and resources. Activity begets more activity, and I see an emerging window of opportunity from which naturally STEM-interested amateurs can benefit from the developing STEM-related employment opportunities.

Table Of Contents

Technical Articles
  Antenna Modelling using 4nec2 – Part 2 -Michael Barbera and Gregory Mew VK4GRM
  Integrating an automatic antenna coupler to a Codan 8528 HF transceiver - Eric Van de Weyer VK2VE

General Articles
  Goodbye Internet Explorer. You won’t be missed - Paul Haskell-Dowland, M Imran Malik, Mohiuddin Ahmed
  How to succeed with Amateur Radio Open Days - Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW
  Brisbane VHF Group team mounts successful assault on 3.4 GHz digital distance record - Dr Kevin Johnston VK4UH
  Go portable, they said – it’ll be fun! - Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW
  When I was young and foolish, the outdoors led me astray - Andy Keir VK2AAK
  How I scored a turn at the Queen’s Jubilee special event station GB70E - Dale Hughes VK1DSH
  2022 Dorrigo Park-fest Report - Marty Nelson VK4KC and Alan McDonald VK2MET
  Drive-in, drive-out dual-purpose outdoors ham radio can be a family affair - Peter Freeman VK3PF
  John Moyle Memorial National Field Day Contest – 2022 results - Denis Johnstone VK4AE
  How Australia came to rule the RSGB Commonwealth Contest 2022 - Steve Ireland VK6VZ/G3ZZD
  How you can help the QSL Bureau, help yourself and those wanting your QSL - John Seamons VK3JLS

How to succeed with Amateur Radio Open Days

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen many amateur radio organisations across Australia reporting increasing numbers of people studying for and sitting their amateur radio licence exams. To capitalise on this growth in interest, here are a number of avenues for creating a wider interest and engagement with the community by building greater interaction, promotion and awareness.

The Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania Inc (REAST) shares its winning activities and shows how other clubs can do it, too, providing checklists and resources for you to use. Download the article below.


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How to succeed with Amateur Radio Open Days
How to succeed with Amateur Radio Open Days - VK7TW.pdf

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