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Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmanian Inc.
Amateur Radio Information
Amateur radio is an experimental radio communications service.
Experimental means we can design, build, operate and modify all the equipment we use to communicate on the frequencies allowed by our licence conditions. This is a definite privilege in Australia that is not the case in other countries like Canada.
It's a form of technical communication. This links with the experimental side of the hobby too. The regulations state that due to the international nature of our hobby all communication in relation to religious, political or of a culturally controversial nature are not to be transmitted on amateur bands. That leaves us with discussions about those technical matters and general conversation that make up most of what you hear on the bands!
Amateur radio is non-commercial, meaning we don't gain any financial benefit, it is an intellectual, leisure and recreational activity. We get other benefits like:
A printable fact sheet on amateur radio is available here.
A promotional presentation is available here (PDF) or here (PPS) Please note these files are large (5Mb). Accompanying ISS MP3 soundfile can be down-loaded from here (400kb). Both PPS & MP3 files need to be on desktop to work.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the world governing body for telecommunications recognises the amateur radio service and amateur satellite service in section 25 of their Radio Regulations:
1.56 Amateur service: A
radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training,
intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by
amateurs, that is, by duly authorised persons interested in radio
technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.
1.57 Amateur-satellite service:
A radiocommunication service using space stations on earth
satellites for the same purposes as those of the amateur service.
Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for issuing
Amateur Radio Licenses and supervising the standards of
examinations. The Wireless Institute
of Australia (WIA) Examination Service is responsible for syllabus
setting, issuing, marking of examinations for Australian amateurs
and maintaining the standards of examinations.
Southern Tasmania there are currently two accredited WIA Assessors
and three Learning Facilitators who
can administer an examination in conjunction with accredited
Reg for details about when the next examination is being held and
the form and fee requirements.
the South examinations
are normally held as required and are held at the clubroom on the
Queen’s Domain Hobart, beginning at 7 pm.
note: If you want to sit a Standard or Advanced examination you must
book and forward the appropriate fee 14 days before the intended
Foundation Licence can be requested at shorter notice.
Amateur radio examinations cover a combination of the following areas dependent on the licence grade:
Not all examination elements need to be taken at the same time. You may focus on the theory and do the examination then focus on the regulation, etc
The following table summarises which examinations need to be taken for each licence grade:
Please check with the examination
officer for confirmation or update on when the next course will be
REAST Foundation course application form can be found here.
Please note that only cash can be used to pay for callbooks and foundation manuals at the Service Station.
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Or they can be ordered through the WIA, see the Foundation Manual Page.
There are a range of options available to study for amateur radio examinations:
Contact our Examination Officer, Reg Emmett VK7KK at for more details.
We recommend the Radio and Electronics School courses. More information can be found at: www.radioelectronicschool.com
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