WIA Participates in New Zealand Conference
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI and WIA Director Phil Wait VK2DKN attended the NZART Annual General Meeting and Conference held over the New Zealand Queens Birthday weekend, this year at Palmerston North.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
NZART and WIA have for many years exchanged visits on alternate years, leading to significant cooperation and understanding.
Phil Wait gave a presentation on the Australian experience of BPL, and Michael Owen told of the changes in Australia over the last two years since his last visit to a NZART Conference, stressing particularly the increase in the number of amateurs and WIA membership since the restructure of the Australian licences.
The WIA can learn from NZART, as its Conferences have been successful and well supported. A number of affiliated organisations, such as the women�s group, hold their annual meetings over the weekend, and various other seminars and presentations are conducted.
The NZART Council is taking a keen interest in the Australian experience of an entry-level licence, and reviewing the applicability of such a licence to New Zealand.
The offer of the WIA ARISS Coordinator, Tony Hutchinson VK5ZAI to assist in establishing an ARISS contact for a New Zealand school or other young group was accepted.
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