For many years, Amateur Radio assessments and licensing administration has been provided via a signed Deed between the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA). Scout Radio and Electronics team (SRESU) had a number of WIA approved assessors and this arrangement permitted SRESU to run amateur radio training and assessments.
So what has changed? Following a public tender in 2018 and the outcomes becoming known in early 2019, we now know that the WIA was not successful in continuing the services provided, the Deed between the ACMA and WIA has expired as of the 1st Feb 2019. Changes are in the wind and we congratulate Australian Maritime Collage, part of the University of Tasmania who will provide the services including Amateur Radio Assessments and call sign administration.
On behalf of Scouts both in Victoria (and across Australia) we sincerely thank the WIA and affiliated radio clubs for supporting Scouts to undertake many radio related activities including Jamboree on the Air and Amateur Radio training and assessment activities. We hope to continue our working relationship with the WIA and affiliated clubs. We look forward to positive future activities that may come out of this significant change. This is not the end of a wonderful relationship between Amateur Radio and Scouting.
I also thank all amateur radio operators who have supported radio Scouting activities, including JOTA, Jamboree Amateur Radio stations, activities, training and assessments. We look forward to your ongoing support both though this transition and beyond.
We anticipate several further public announcements in the coming weeks as the work will begin to develop new relationships. We will seek to clarify the future of our Amateur Radio training and assessment.
For the time being, we must postpone our planned Amateur Radio training and assessment activities until the dust settles and we find our way forward. We will however continue to provide our Marine Radio training and various radio related activities. I thank you for your support and understanding while we work through this transition.
State Leader – Radio.
PA – 3 Feb 2019
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Icom Australia have been a supporter of Scouting for many years and again will be supporting the Technology Hub at AJ2019.
Here is an offer to all scout groups. Icom Australia have assembled a special Scout Pack deal and pricing on the robust IC-41PRO UHF CB Radios. For full details download the flyer ICOM_2018_UHF
The deal and pricing will be open until 31 December 2018 and may only be accessed by contacting our secretary via the contact us page.
Scouts from 1st Highton will take SPOT for a walk to Central Australia in July 2017. This will be SPOTs first adventure out side of Victoria. We wish 1st Highton Scouts and their Leaders the best of luck and a great adventure in Central Australia with SPOT.
If you would like to hire SPOT for your next scouting adventure, please contact our secretary via the Contact us page.
Training is available if you are hiring SPOT for your first time.
For more general information about SPOT, please click here
Philip – VK3JNI
What is a Amateur Radio Contest ?
Contests are a popular aspect of the amateur radio scene. Contesting gives you an opportunity to practice and develop your operating techniques, and to see how well your station is performing.
Purpose of Amateur Radio Contests?
Radio Contests have one objective, to get many stations on air and to increase the opportunities for making contacts.
Who takes part in contests?
Contesting is popular both around Australia and worldwide. Though out the year, mostly on weekends, there are a number of local, Australian and international contests. The contests are operated under known rules and suit the various interests of most amateurs.
There are contests for the HF bands, for the VHF-UHF bands, and for all bands. Some contests are designed for restricted power and are ideal for Australian foundation operators. In addition to voice mode, some contests have special sections for modes including CW and other popular digital modes. Most contests have different sections for individual amateurs and multi-operator or club stations.
Where can you find out more information? One good source is the WIA contest pages
If you have not had a go at contesting, talk to other members of the team. They can recommend ideal set up, PC logging software (e.g VKCL) and suggest portable operating sites.
Enjoy, have fun and remember it does not really matter who wins 😉 Philip – VK3JNI
Foundation Amateur Radio Training – Western Victoria
When: 22-24 May 2015
Where: Cooinda Burrong Scout Camp (Grampians)
Costs: From $96 (Excluding Assessment and Licensing options)
Applications Close: Friday 8 May.
More information: http://www.sresu.asn.au/events/406/western-victorian-training-weekend-aocpf
If you are interested in achieving your first Amateur Radio License or just learning a little about radio, this is an ideal training opportunity. The course follows the Amateur Operators Certificate of Proficiency – Foundation syllabus. It includes theory and practical sessions.
The course is ideal for teen-aged Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders. Parents are welcome to attend with their son or daughter. Prior to the course you will need to do some study. We provide all applicants with a training manual and we recommend that you start reading this two weeks prior to the course.
At the end of the training sessions, you have the option of sitting the official assessment including multiple choice questions and practical assessments.
We include catering and bunkhouse accommodation from Friday Night to Sunday.
Interested? Call for more details Philip: 0478708246, Ash: 0427336566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello marine and radioactive scouts,
I am pleased to advise that we now have three (3) approved team members authorised by the Australian Maritime College (AMC) to Invigilate examinations in the following qualifications:
• Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP)
• Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP)
I congratulate Jenny Adams and Peter Chaplin for joining me in this new endeavour to provide valuable skills for Venturers (over 16 years), Rovers and Leaders. With increasing popularity in recreational boating and the extensive VHF radio networks provided across popular coastal waters around Australia, training and assessment in MROVCP is anticipated to prove popular.
This training will be in addition to our established WIA authorised Amateur Radio training and assessment capability.
Please keep an eye on the SRESU web site, MyScout, and Scout Central – Join in Adventures for training dates and further announcements.
Philip Adams – VK3JNI
Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit
Ph 03 94383013
Hello all members and friends
With the Holiday Season just around the corner, it is an ideal time to tryout some portable operation from somewhere different. Many new radio operators are coming on air for the first time. Let their first few CQ’s be answered and welcome them to the hobby.
de VK3JNI – Philip
Looking to set up your first Amateur Radio Station and you are unsure of where to start?
Seen something that may be of interest on the internet?
Have you found the bargain, too good to be true?
We have a number of radio operators who are happy to discuss the options and provide general information. Please use the contact SRESU tab to start the conversation.
Foundation Amateur Radio Training
The SRESU will be facilitating another activity or amateur radio training week end shortly. Please see out Training or Events Tab to confirm dates and location.
The amateur radio training is suitable for teenaged Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders. Parents are welcome to attend, Amateur Radio is a hobby that can be enjoyed across the ages.
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