Barry Whittle VK3FBDW, Number 1,000
The 1,000th person to have his qualification for an Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency (Foundation) certified by the WIA Exam Service to enable him to obtain a Foundation licence is Barry Whittle of Gembrook, Victoria.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
WIA Director Robert Broomhead VK3KRB and WIA President Michael Owen joined Healesville Amateur Radio Group President Brian Andrews VK3YBJ, Group Leader and WIA Assessor Steve Tregear VK3TSR and WIA Assessor Ken Taylor VK3TKQ at the Group's rooms in Healesville on 17 October 2006 to meet Barry and, on behalf of the WIA, to present him with a certificate and a copy of the ARRL Handbook.
Barry had been interested in radio for many years, and had operated on CB. He had thought that getting an amateur licence was too hard but then he heard about the Foundation licence through G & C Communications, an amateur retailer and AR advertiser in Cranbourne and attended a weekend course conducted by the Healesville Amateur Radio Group to qualify.
Barry had already started the 10 week upgrade course being conducted by the Healesville Group before he received this week his callsign, VK3FBDW.
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