Formed in 1911, Amateur Radio Victoria continues to play an important role in amateur radio affairs.
Since the nationalisation of the WIA, it is now more focussed on state matters, but remains committed constitutionally and through its membership of the WIA to the continued access to radio spectrum by its members.
It has a proud history of advocacy including participation in government inquiries including those on television and radio broadcasting and also a review into the response of the Ash Wednesday disaster and discussions concerning municipal planning laws.
Through its website and voluntary office, it is often the first contact for inquiries from the general public. We are the source of regularly scheduled Foundation licence training and assessments. Occasionally it runs a famous bridging course to enable the upgrading of qualifications. Help is also gives advice on deceased estates.
The state-wide organisation maintains an extensive network of repeaters and propagation beacons, a weekly broadcast and is building a new emergency communication facility following the Black Saturday bushfires.
Amateur Radio Victoria is the licensee for the majority of VK3 repeaters. Our regular spend on repeater maintenance is in excess of $20,000 each year. This includes equipment maintenance, insurance, site fees and licences.
Relayed in VK3 on the VK3BWI network every Sunday 10.30am and 8pm. 80m - 3615KHz, 40m - 7158KHz, 10.133MHz, VK3RML 146.700, VK3RMM 147.250, VK3RMU 439.800 and VK3RBO ATV repeater.
RFI, EMR and mast advice
This has changed over the years as there has been a VCAT ruling that amateurs can use as a precedent to obtain permission for towers.
Most problems amateurs encounter these days are that they do not have engineering calculations for home built or second hand towers.Planning permission is needed
- For a mast more than 3m above the highest point of a building
- Or if a free standing tower NOT attached to a building and height more than 8m above the ground. (Source VBA Practice Note 2016-32)
Amateur Radio Victoria doesn't represent anyone at VCAT hearings but have in the past provided written submissions.
The relatives and friends of a radio amateur no longer able to continue with the hobby as the result of illness, moving into a nursing home or death, often need help and advice.
Over many years Amateur Radio Victoria has provided a service to ensure the appropriate disposal of equipment and other material. Each case is different. It may be a simple amateur radio station, or a room, garage or shed full of miscellaneous items collected over decades.
Knowledgeable people are available to evaluate the equipment and provide advice on whether it can be sold, donated or needs to be discarded. To obtain help email: estates[at]amateurradio.com.au or contact our office.
Historical Victorian Division
A message from the VK3 Council to the VK2 Council during the war in 1944. Due to all the transmitters being confiscated.
The Hams, 1946 ABC program.
Amateur Radio Victoria is not required by law to have a privacy statement, however it voluntarily makes a commitment to the principles of the privacy legislation.
In doing so it considers the relationship with its members as extremely important and is committed to protecting their privacy.It collects information about members including:
- Eligibility for membership
- Postal and email addresses
- assess the eligibility and category of membership
- maintain a proper record of members
- enable the provision of services to members (including a e-newsletter)
- to generally facilitate the normal operations of Amateur Radio Victoria.
The information is securely stored. It is not shared with third parties except as required by law.
Should you have any concerns or questions about the use of your personal information held by Amateur Radio Victoria, contact the Secretary, Ross Pittard VK3CE at vk3ce[at]amateurradio.com.au