Amateur Radio is a world-wide hobby of radio enthusiasts and is the
title of the journal of the Wireless Institute of Australia.. To be an
Amateur radio operator in this country
fees in the form of a spectrum management tax and administration charges
must be paid to permit operation. There are several classes of licence
and different levels of skills that must be acquired with examinations
that must be passed in order to obtain certificates before you can obtain
Unrestricted Amateur radio operators can communication via high frequency
(hf) radio with operators overseas, but we are at the mercy of the ionosphere.
Amateur radio equipment is often portable or mobile and some Amateur
Radio operators belong to organisations such as WICEN,
which provide emergency communications in times of disasters. WICEN
provided the emergency communications during the bush fires in the Sommerton
and Gosford areas - the telstra mobile phone network could not support
the traffic! Amateurs also provided essential communications during the
earthquake in Southern California, where major cities lost their utilities
for many days - my ex boss was over there with his wife and he could not
ring Australia for quite a few days!
I currently hold the unrestricted amateur radio call sign VK1BRH
and formerly held the restricted call signs VK1ZRH and VK2ZZB. Amateur
radio is a hobby and unlike CB radio the user is required to be technically
qualified, licenced and regulated. I operate on 1.825 MHz (160 metres)
and I find it technically challenging to construct antennas that fit in
suburban backyards, and my series of antenna simulations contain studies
where I try to improve the basic wire antenna. I also operate on 160m while
driving - this is a challenge too!
If you want to learn more about Amateur Radio then follow the links:
- WIA Federal,  -
Wireless Institute of Australia, Federal page
- WIA ACT, ACT Division -
Wireless Institute of Australia, (my local) ACT page
- Waverly Amateur Radio Society
- ARRL - The American
Radio Relay League
- RSGB - Radio
Society of Great Britain
- QRZ call sign database-
a place to find other amateur's details including Aust. ones
- QRZ database
- Look up a callsign
- QSL net - a free
email and web site for Amateur Radio operators - register now!
- ITU - Internation Telgraphy
- ACA - Australian Communications Authority (formerly SMA), the regulatory and licencing body
- FCC - the US
- Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network
- IPS - Ionospheric
Prediction Services , an Australian. government site - charts and graphs
- Propagation Study Committee of the RSGB
- Ham Radio Online magazine
- a great US location for Amateur Radio info
- GQRP home page
- G3YCC, interesting items and designs for equipment and antennas
home page - VK1PK
- Rodney R. Dinkins, Antennas and other interesting links.
- Home page of Ilmenau Technical University Amateur Radio club - a large
- Ian Poole, Books on propagation, SWL, Radio and others.
- Jeremy P Boot, Interesting Amateur topics in the U.K.
- (Chuck) Charles D MC Mahan, Interesting construction projects
- Ian Cummings, Rhombics
- K5IDX - Herb, Antennas Links
- Chip, Fractal antennas
- Harry Lythall, Many homebrew projects - a must
- VE2DM Dino
- VK1DA's FAQ for Amateur Radio in Australia
- Andrew Davis
- Carl Makin
- Ian Gilchrist
- Lawrie Brown
- Neville Eyre, links to Astronomy as well as Amateur Radio
- David Simpson, interesting links
Peter Parker (ex VK1PK), QRP, Novice theory, interesting debates etc
- Richard Hosking, home-brew synthesisers, first 80m SSB rig join the design by web cooperation.
- Cecil Moore, home-made "Bug catcher" vertical.
- L. B. Cebik, Antenna simulation and construction
Some programs, including Morse Code trainer
simulation - my and other's antenna simulation publications
publications - some of my other publications
created 16 Mar 97, last updated 10 Feb 1999.