Who’s at Eurisko: Wireless Institute of Australia – Your entry into Amateur Radio

A group from the Wireless Institute of Australia are excited to contribute to Eurisko this year. They have a lot to squeeze into two days – courtesy of WIA’s Peter Parker (VK3YE), here’s a snapshot of Eurisko Day 1:

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At Eurisko, WIA will be showcasing;

Amateur Radio

    • Amateur Radio transmitting and receiving equipment.
    • Homebrew Electronic Construction projects.
    • Amateur Television transmitter andreceiver. (live amateur television transmissions from the event)
    • Software defined radios.
    • Amateur Radio and Electronics publications.
    • Information on how to get your licence and get into the hobby.
    • Foxhunting (hidden transmitter) hunts for young children

Find out more on their website / Follow the WIA NEWS BROADCAST RSS feed

Eurisko recently met up with Robert Broomhead, from Amateur Radio, to talk more on what he and the team want to share at Eurisko this weekend.

Amateur Radio – What is it?

“For those involved it is fun, a way to learn and make new friends, a technical communications hobby or recreational activity that provides a true sense of personal achievement. While many talk on amateur radio, across town or around the world, radio amateurs also communicate in other interesting ways.

There is also a serious side to it with radio amateurs providing emergency communications. When disaster strikes the telephone, mobile phone and internet connection often fail or are overloaded.”

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Who are these radio amateurs?

“There are 16000+ radio amateurs in Australia and over two million in nearly every country in the world.

They come from all walks of life – students, retirees, all kinds of professional people, truck drivers, tradespeople, hospitality staff, entertainers and others engaged in creative occupations.”

Why a licence?

“For more than a century those engaged in amateur radio have needed to demonstrate their knowledge in basic technical matters and the rules of the airwaves or regulations. They obtain an internationally recognised certificate, then a licence and their own personal radio callsign to operate.”

What’s the attraction of amateur radio?

“Some are attracted by the ability to generate a radio signal and communicate across town, around the world, and even with astronauts on the International Space Station. Others bounce signals off the moon or communicate via satellites.

Some like to build their own equipment, accessories and antennas or experiment with leading edge technical developments, connecting a computer with a radio to communicate via a keyboard, or send and receive images and amateur television signals.

For young interested in any kind of technical or science career there is no better personal activity than amateur radio to give them hands-on experience and stimulate their minds. It has led many to technical careers, including leaders in their fields who have obtained the Nobel Prize and credit their early interest in amateur radio as a contributing factor to their success.”

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