Operating an Amateur Radio transmitter requires the appropriate licence before any callsign can be selected and allocated by the authorities.
Full details on how to obtain a licence are given on the website of the Wireless Institute of Australia, http://www.wia.org.au/.
The Wireless Institute of Australia is over 100 years old and is the national body representing Radio Amateurs in Australia. It is also affiliated with other national organizations around the world. Amateur Radio is a truly international network.
The Society can assist prospective, new and older licence holders in all licencing matters.
Amateur Radio licences allocated can be found in any Wireless Institute of Australia Callbook or by searching the ACMA’s Register of Radiocommunications Licences. Call books are available from the Society and the WIA bookshop.
Licence Classes :
In summary there are three classes of Amateur licence, Foundation, Standard and Advanced with examinations of increasing difficulty. The syllabus for all these licences is readily available and members of the Society are available to assist students achieve their goals. The time taken for a training course at entry level, ie a Foundation Licence is typically around 12 hours and the requirements are not onerous. It is not necessary to learn or have knowledge of Morse Code (CW) to obtain any grade of Amateur Radio licence. This requirement was abolished many years ago but CW as it is called is still used by a vast number of operators around the world. There is also recognition for prior learning so more qualified persons need not be deterred.
Modes of operation :
There are many modes of operation including Voice, Image, Text and Data. Activities using these modes include Earth Moon Earth (EME), Internet Radio linking Project (IRLP) , Low Transmitter Power (QRP) and Satellites titled Oscar –Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio . Fast and Slow Scan TV and the many digital modes are also popular. The fact is that any one individual would be hard pressed to accommodate all the modes and activities at any one time. Specialisation is the name of the game if you wish to be at the top of the performance ladder and help is always readily available.