New Procedure & Forms For Callsigns On The WIA Website
From Monday 2 March 2009 ACMA will require a WIA Callsign Recommendation before issuing a new amateur station licence or changing the callsign of an existing licence.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
From 2 March 2009 amateurs and others will be able to search a Public List of Available Callsigns on the WIA website, which will be updated daily. This Public List will allow those who wish to choose a callsign to see what callsigns are available. The WIA has now placed on its website full information about how to obtain a Callsign Recommendation, information on the cost as well as the necessary forms which can be downloaded.
The details are on the WIA website, under the tab "Become a Radio Amateur", then "Callsigns and certificates". The forms that can be downloaded include the form to be used in association with an amateur examination conducted by a WIA Assessor. Details are also included of the special arrangements for two letter callsigns in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The WIA will not issue a callsign recommendation for any callsign until seven Working Days have elapsed from when it was first put on the Public list. During that time, if something has gone wrong, it can be returned to its rightful owner. But someone must let the WIA office know there is a problem during those seven working days. So, amateurs are urged, if they see a callsign being listed as available and suspect a mistake, to let the person concerned know, and encourage him or her to immediately contact the WIA office.
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