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Conference NewsThe Wireless Institute of Australia AGM and National Conference brings together the best of Amateur Radio. With visitors from around the world, you can be part of this exciting event. All announcements, news and updates will be posted here.

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20131102 - QSL cards are being printed

posted Nov 1, 2013, 7:01 PM by Onno Benschop

QSL cards are being printed as we speak. We'll let you know when your card leaves us. Our strong preference is to send QSL cards via the bureau, but we understand that this isn't possible for every ham.

If you want to QSL direct, rather than via the bureau, please send an envelope with your card AND an IRC (or sufficient postage to cover return mail to you from Australia) to:

PO Box 302
Bayswater, WA, 6933
Western Australia

We'll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

73, Bob & Onno

2013 05 16 - Technical Symposium Speakers Announced

posted May 15, 2013, 4:41 PM by News Team   [ updated May 15, 2013, 4:42 PM ]


13:55 Welcome 13:55
Keynote Session 14:00 Software Defined Radio

Phil Harman, VK6APH

14:05 14:05

14:10 14:10

14:15 14:15

14:20 14:20

14:25 14:25

14:30 14:30

14:35 14:35

14:40 14:40

14:45 14:45

14:50 changeover 14:50
Session 1 14:55 New Hams / First Conference

Contest Technical College

Trent VK4TS


15:00 15:00

15:05 15:05

15:10 15:10

15:15 changeover 15:15
Session 2 15:20 Getting Experimenting

WA Repeater Group Network

Anthony VK6AXB / Heath VK6TWO
HAM College

Doug VK6DB / Neil VK6BDO

15:25 15:25

15:30 15:30

15:35 15:35

15:40 changeover 15:40
Break 15:45 AFTERNOON TEA 15:45

15:50 15:50

15:55 15:55

16:00 changeover 16:00
Session 3 16:05 VHF Group Beacons & Propagation

Heath VK6TWO / Terry VK6ZLT
What not to do in a contest

Trent VK4TS
HF Travellers Nets


16:10 16:10

16:15 16:15

16:20 16:20

16:25 changeover 16:25
Session 4 16:30 Amateur Radio Myths

Summits On The Air

How we make Newswest


16:35 16:35

16:40 16:40

16:45 16:45

16:50 changeover 16:50

16:55 Thanks 16:55

17:00 17:00

2013 05 15 - Information Pack available

posted May 15, 2013, 3:41 AM by News Team   [ updated May 15, 2013, 3:44 AM ]

The information pack for registered users is now available for download. Please get your copy while it's still wet. We'll update information as it comes to hand, so check back regularly.

If you did not receive an email with a link to the pack, get in touch now, send us an email to:

2013 05 13 - VI103WIA preliminary station list announced

posted May 13, 2013, 4:16 AM by News Team   [ updated May 13, 2013, 4:16 AM ]

The preliminary station list is now live. Check your station entry if you've submitted a request to operate, or add your station by filling in the form on the VI103WIA call sign page.

2013 05 05 - Conference Repeater

posted May 3, 2013, 9:01 PM by News Team   [ updated May 3, 2013, 9:01 PM ]

During the WIA AGM and Conference we'll be using the Fremantle VK6RFM repeater for conference traffic. Maintained by the WA Repeater Group, you can set your radio up using 146.950 MHz as the output frequency and 146.350 MHz as the input. Thanks to Don VK6DN the repeater also hosts Echolink and IRLP so you can make contact with home base from your hotel room or throughout Fremantle and beyond. The Echolink node number is: 170709 and IRLP node number is 6200. Those numbers can also be found online at where you'll find a full list of repeaters and beacons in VK6.

Check the frequencies online, and if you're consulting this month's AR magazine, the gremlins got in and some of the frequencies there show the input frequency rather than the output frequency for some repeaters, so check online at for details.

In the week leading up to the conference, the Ham College Information Beacon, VK6RIB on 145.575 MHz will be transmitting information relating to the event. The information repeats every hour. You can listen to the beacon right now and you'll find the weekly news and other information there.

2013 04 27 - VI103WIA - register now to operate

posted Apr 26, 2013, 9:47 PM by News Team   [ updated Apr 26, 2013, 9:52 PM ]

Sample QSL card
To promote Amateur Radio and the WIA we've licensed VI103WIA.

If you'd like to operate the VI103WIA call sign which is active during the 2013 WIA AGM and conference you can do so from your QTH or your club station. We welcome operators from around VK, any time of the day or night. You do not need to have a full-call to operate the call sign, though you are required to operate within your own license.

The call sign is intended to promote Amateur Radio and the WIA. Each QSO must be logged electronically and submitted so a QSL card can be sent to the remote station. You're not required to be a member of the WIA to operate the call sign, but we welcome your membership application.

Robert VK3DN is designing the QSL card as we speak, so warm up your radios and have a go.

If you'd like to claim a spot, complete the form and register now.

The call sign is licensed for use on 23 - 27 May 2013.

Finally, if you're an F-call, you too can operate this call sign, so don't be shy, register today.

2013 01 31 - WIA 2013 Annual Conference Registrations Now Online

posted Jan 30, 2013, 5:49 PM by News Team   [ updated Jan 30, 2013, 6:38 PM ]

Registrations are now open for the 2013 Annual Conference. Register Now.

The Conference is on the last weekend of May, 24th-26th, at the Tradewinds Hotel Fremantle. The organisers have negotiated a special room price* for the conference, and you’ll need to mention the WIA Conference at the time of making your hotel reservation with Tradewinds Hotel. Their phone number is (08) 9339 8188 and their website is

* Subject to availability - book now to avoid disappointment.

There is an early bird registration discount of $10 per person for registrations made before April 1st, so do get in early to save a few bucks.

2012 12 06 - Planning to Go

posted Dec 5, 2012, 7:05 PM by Onno Benschop   [ updated Dec 5, 2012, 7:12 PM ]

Travel Guide
We've put together a planning guide with information on how to get to the Conference and what to do in Western Australia once you've arrived here. There's lots to discover and enjoy.

2012 11 27 - Venue Announced

posted Nov 26, 2012, 4:52 PM by News Team   [ updated Jan 30, 2013, 6:39 PM ]

As the new home-page already alerts, the venue for the 2013 WIA AGM and Conference has been announced.

The Tradewinds Hotel has several function rooms, a great restaurant and bar. It features quality rooms, each with its own kitchen. The hotel overlooks the Swan River, close to public transport.

The WIA has negotiated a special rate of $180 per room per night* and a full breakfast for $20 per head. You'll book your room directly with the hotel. Their phone number is (08) 9339 8188 and their website is

Remember to make it clear that you're booking for the Wireless Institute of Australia Conference 24-26 May 2013 to qualify for the discount*.

* Subject to availability - book now to avoid disappointment.

With easy access to transport, near to the historic city of Fremantle in Western Australia, the venue allows you to be on-site near all the activity, including a spacious roof area where we can set-up an event station. More information about that closer to the event.

The hotel is at 59 Canning Highway, East Fremantle WA 6158, just near the Stirling Bridge, on National Route 6.

2012 11 06 - The Venue is about to be announced

posted Nov 6, 2012, 12:51 AM by News Team   [ updated Nov 6, 2012, 12:53 AM ]

We are days away from announcing the venue where we'll host the 2013 WIA conference. You'll have access to local facilities, attractions and most importantly a well stocked bar. Listen to the National News for regular updates, including an outline of the events that are being organised for the 103rd WIA annual conference and AGM, celebrating 100 years of amateur radio in VK6.

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