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Brenda Edmonds Award

About This Award

The Brenda Edmonds Education Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding service in the education of the Amateur Radio Community and advancement of licensees.


Although small in stature, the well-humoured and knowledgeable Brenda Edmonds VK3KT (SK) was a giant in many WIA roles. These included being the Federal Education Officer, on the Federal Council, and through the IARU Region 3 STARS (Support to the Amateur Radio Service) program in less affluent nations, and Chair its Harmonisation of Licence Qualifications Committee

As WIA Education Officer during a period of change in the mid-1980s, she pushed the exam and syllabus to closely reflect the emerging modes and special techniques of the day. While this had some support, others disagreed seeing the rest of the world stick to the basics. That role also involved the WIA Exam Service and negotiations with authorities about the future provision of examinations.

Brenda was always focussed on supporting the WIA and was a Victorian Division appointed Federal Councillor. Upon retirement in 2002, the WIA Victorian Division made her a WIA Life Member in recognition of many years of service.

Brenda was the driving force behind the WIA having a booth at the Great Australian Science Show in Melbourne to promote Amateur Radio to the younger generation, and had several clubs combine their resources to make it a success.

When the National WIA began in May 2004, she was a regular office volunteer, making further contributions. She was also a behind the scenes proof-reader for the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine for many years, and Editor of the WIA Callbook until 2008.

Past recipients

2023 Mr Onno Benschop VK6EEN & VK6FLAB

Onno produces a podcast, "Foundations of Amateur Radio" with a library of well over 400 episodes and co-hosts a net called "F-troop" for new and returning amateurs.

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