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2020 News Releases



Australian Amateurs can use AX prefix on Australia Day

24/ 01/ 2020   The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) automatically allows all radio amateurs to substitute their normal VK callsign prefix with the letters AX, every Australia Day.
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Kaye Wright VK3FKDW (SK)

23/ 01/ 2020   The Funeral Service to Remember the life of Kaye Wright VK3FKDW (SK) will be held at Nelson Brothers Funeral Services, 51 Devonshire Road Sunshine, on Wednesday 29th January, commencing at 2.00pm.
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ACMA Licence Deferrals in Bushfire Impacted Areas

22/ 01/ 2020   The ACMA has published a page on deferral arrangements for payment of radiocommunications licence fees, for licensees located in bushfire affected areas.
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Now Active Emcomm

13/ 01/ 2020   Due to the Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines yesterday, please keep clear on 7.095 MHz as used by the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) for emcomm.
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WIA DXCC Single Band Awards Now Available

12/ 01/ 2020   The WIA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the expansion of our WIA DXCC Awards program to include Single Band DXCC Awards across all 9 bands, 160 to 10m.
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WIA 2020 Annual Conference Presentations

11/ 01/ 2020   The WIA Annual Conference will be held in Hobart Tasmania over the 8th to 10th May 2020. The conference theme is Antarctic Gateway and we have a range of presentations organised for the Saturday afternoon.
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Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages, Hams on Duty

11/ 01/ 2020   Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) President Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, says the bushfires in Australia have caused significant disruption of telecommunication services in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. Radio amateurs are supporting relief operations and communication.
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Fires hit ABC Radio's Batemans Bay transmitter

11/ 01/ 2020   In an example of radio industry cooperation during adversity, commercial network Grant Broadcasters is working with the ABC on the South Coast of NSW to keep transmissions on air during the fires in that area.
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WIA 2020 Annual Conference Weekend

10/ 01/ 2020   The WIA Annual Conference will be held in Hobart Tasmania over the 8th to 10th May 2020 and registrations are open and selling fast. The conference theme is “Antarctic Gateway” and the weekend is setup to showcase the Antarctic past, present and future for those attending the weekend.
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AMC Callsign Lookup Facility Now Live

06/ 01/ 2020   Today, Monday Jan 6th 2020 the Australian Maritime College (AMC) released news that they have “gone live” to the public with their new Amateur Radio Callsign Lookup facility.
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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY 31st December 2019 through 5th January 2020

01/ 01/ 2020   The WIA has received advice that there are major outages of telecommunications in areas impacted by the bushfires either currently or expected to occur overnight. This disruption advice currently applies to areas of NSW and VIC.
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Office closure for the Christmas New Year holiday period

01/ 01/ 2020   The WIA office in Bayswater will close on Friday December 20th 2019 and re-open in the New Year at 11am (AEDT) on Monday 20th of January 2020.
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