Queensland Clubs Meet in Bundaberg
Representatives of nine Queensland WIA affiliated clubs met with WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI and WIA Director Ewan McLeod VK4ERM on Sunday 9 October 2011 at the SES Headquarters at Bundaberg. Michael Charteris VK4QS, Chair of the WIA Queensland Advisory Committee, also participated. The meeting followed the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club the day before.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
The WIA President briefed the representatives of the nine clubs attending on the current matters the WIA was addressing, and identified a number of issues for discussion.
How to attract younger new amateurs became a theme of the discussion, with useful ideas being exchanged. The representatives of the clubs shared their experiences and collectively JOTA was seen as an opportunity to present amateur radio to potential young new amateurs.
It was agreed that what may have been attractive and interesting in the past may no longer be the best approach and it was agreed that clubs could be helped by a guide, setting out possible approaches to promoting amateur radio to groups of younger people.
The Bundaberg Club undertook to investigate producing a first draft of such a guide.
Other matters discussed included the balance of content in the WIA magazine, the charging requirements imposed on the WIA for the examination services it provided, WIA emergency communication accreditation and the effectiveness of the WIA office.
Michael Owen said that it was a most useful and very constructive discussion.
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