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Queensland Clubs Meet with WIA President

Date : 24 / 10 / 2005
Author : Chris Jones - VK2ZDD

Members of the Queensland Advisory Committee and representatives of some 13 radio clubs, including one CB club, met with WIA President, Michael Owen, VK3KI at a lunch function on 22 October 2005 in Brisbane.

The clubs came from as far north as Townsville and included clubs from Rockhampton, Dalby, the Sunshine Coast, the Brisbane area and the Gold Coast.

The WIA President briefly outlined the current position of the WIA, and then dealt in detail with the new amateur licence structure and the WIA assessment system, particularly in relation to the Foundation licence. He stressed that everyone was still learning and testing the protocols that had been developed for the WIA assessment system, and the WIA was modifying them in light of experience.

For this reason, a slow approach to conducting Foundation licence training courses and assessments was essential. The Assessor Instructions were again being reviewed and the WIA Foundation licence manual would be published in November.

Michael said that he knew that a number of clubs needed more WIA Assessors qualified and had asked when further assessor training courses would be conducted. The WIA would certainly conduct a further assessor course in the reasonably near future, though he did not know when and where the course would take place.

"I ask all WIA affiliated clubs, who wish to nominate people for qualification as WIA Assessors to complete the forms and send them to the WIA national office, so we can evaluate the best way of meeting this need."

The meeting was extremely successful, with many questions and issues raised.


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