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2005 News Releases

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The ACMA has frozen the issue of new 2 letter amateur callsigns, across Australia.

31/ 10/ 2005   Under the new amateur licensing arrangements, callsign groups allocated to the Advanced licence include all groups previously allocated to the Unrestricted, Intermediate and Limited licences.
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Jim Linton, VK3PC appointed temporary chairman of IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee

29/ 10/ 2005   Mr. Jim Linton VK3PC appointed as the temporary Chairman of the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.
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First Foundation Licence Issued

24/ 10/ 2005   Some 16 people qualified at the Foundation Training Course conducted by the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society over the weekend of 16 and 17 September 2005
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VK4SS Makes Generous Donation

24/ 10/ 2005   Al Shawsmith, VK4SS, one of the original Australian radio amateurs, and one of amateur radio's greats, now 90 years old, presented the WIA with a cheque for $10,000 on Saturday, 22 October 2005.
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Queensland Clubs Meet with WIA President

24/ 10/ 2005   Members of the Queensland Advisory Committee and representatives of some 13 radio clubs, including one CB club, met with WIA President, Michael Owen, VK3KI.
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First WIA 5 Band DXCC and First WIA 9 Band DXCC Awarded

24/ 10/ 2005   On 21 October 2005, at the Moorabbin and District Radio Club meeting, David McAuley, VK3EW, received both his WIA 5 Band DXCC and WIA 9 Band DXCC certificates from WIA President, Michael Owen, VK3KI.
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A busy weekend for the WIA and much more to come

21/ 10/ 2005   Many people in the WIA and the radio clubs have had a very busy week answering questions about the changes to the amateur service introduced on October 19.
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) issues Australia’s first Foundation Licence.

21/ 10/ 2005   On Friday, October 21 ACMA issued the first Foundation Licence, VK4FRST to Amanda Gray from Brisbane in Queensland.
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A Foundation Licence Manual update

20/ 10/ 2005   Work continues at full speed on the new full color Foundation Licence Manual.
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NERG Open Day 2005

19/ 10/ 2005   Sunday October 16 saw a beautiful Spring Day in Melbourne for the opening of the North East Radio Group's permanent home and opportunity to promote amateur radio in the local community.
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Amateur Radio Bookshop Open For Business

19/ 10/ 2005   The WIA Amateur Radio Bookshop is now open for business. A Catalog (V 1.10) is available and entry is via the bookshop tab on the left hand column on the home page of the WIA website.
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New Amateur Licences Come into Force

18/ 10/ 2005   At the first moment of Wednesday 19 October 2005 the new Australian amateur licence structure will came into force.
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The first foundation licence is a big step closer

17/ 10/ 2005   The Gold Coast Amateur Radio Society hosted the inaugural Foundation License Theory and Regulations training course on the weekend of the 15th-16th October 2005.
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Podcasting a great success for the WIA National News

16/ 10/ 2005   Just on 3 weeks ago Grant VK3HFS announced that the VK1WIA National News is now available as a podcast download each week.
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14,122 active Amateur callsigns in Australia

15/ 10/ 2005   On the 4th of October there were a total of 14,122 active Amateur callsigns in Australia
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Report on meeting between Tasmanian Minister Brian Green MHA

15/ 10/ 2005   Report on meeting between Tasmanian Minister Brian Green MHA, REAST, and the WIA re the Aurora BPL trial in Hobart
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ARRL Calls on FCC to Shut Down Manassas BPL System, Cites Continuing Interference

14/ 10/ 2005   After months of complaints of interference by Amateur Radio operators, the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, today called for the FCC to instruct the City of Manassas, Virginia, to shut down its broadband over power line (BPL) system.
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International Space Station to operate in JOTA

13/ 10/ 2005   Bill McArthur, Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) hopes to make some contacts with JOTA stations this weekend.
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The Latest on the New Licences

13/ 10/ 2005   WIA President, Michael Owen, VK3KI said today that the WIA was very conscious of the imminent release of the Determination
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WIA Appoints Assessors

13/ 10/ 2005   WIA President, Michael Owen, VK3KI, announced today that the WIA Board had formally accredited and registered 5 Nominated Assessors and 67 WIA Assessors
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WIA Releases Revised Assessment Instructions

13/ 10/ 2005   The WIA Board has approved a revised WIA Exam Service Assessment Instructions
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Transpacific reception of Canadian amateur LF signals confirmed.

12/ 10/ 2005   The ARRL reports that low frequency enthusiast Steve McDonald, VA7SL, reports the first confirmed transpacific reception of Canadian Amateur Radio LF signals
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The 6th Region 3 ARDF Championships held September 19 - 24, in the Niigata Region of Japa

09/ 10/ 2005   Nine Countries attended this years ARDF championship, which is similar to Orienteering
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BPL System Shut Down As Uneconomic 300 Customers Sent Back To Dial-Up Speed.

05/ 10/ 2005   A United States power company, PPL Corp., is abandoning it's BPL trial because the technology proved unprofitable.
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Something different for the 2006 Central Coast Field Day

04/ 10/ 2005   This year the Central Coast Field Day Committee is trying something a little different. This year there is to be a section of the Field Day allocated to the Ladies.
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Singapore Amateurs have immediate access to the band 7.100MHz to 7.200MHz

04/ 10/ 2005   Effective October 3, 2005 the Singapore licensing authority has approved the allocation for the 7.1-7.2MHz band for Singapore amateurs
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Space station hook-up to be conducted via Australia

04/ 10/ 2005   Tony VK5ZAI reports that a telebridge linkup over Australia between Ft. Hamilton High School in Brooklyn NY, and the International Space Station
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The National WIA reaches a new milestone

03/ 10/ 2005   October the 3rd saw the one-hundredth radio club apply for affiliation with the WIA.
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