May 25, 2024

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Via Southgate: Australia’s ACMA proposals on Class Licensing and high power – WIA working on response

A Working Group has hit the ground running to develop the Wireless Institute of Australia’s response to the ACMA’s proposal on Class Licensing and high power operation by Advanced amateurs.

Deadline for responding to the ACMA’s proposals is 29 November. The ACMA intends to implement the proposed arrangements from 1 July 2023.

Leading the Working Group is the WIA’s Regulatory Counsel, Peter Young VK3MV.

Peter has been licensed since 1965 and has a background in maritime communications engineering. He is a former Regional Manager with the ACMA in Melbourne and, since retiring, held positions with the WIA as a director in the WIA Board, director with the Region 3 International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and on the Spectrum Strategy committee.

Members of the Working Group come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, but particularly having experience in preparing persuasive responses to government proposals, expertise in RF engineering, in science, and in the machinery of government. Members also have interests in contesting and DX, home design and construction, and propagation.

The first meeting of the Working Group was held by Zoom on Monday 3 October, which identified key issues to be addressed in developing the WIA’s response and setting regular meetings.

Firstly, it is clear that we will have to address the Class licensing questions, and the matter of Advanced amateurs wishing to use high power, as separate issues.

As we’ve done before, a survey of the Australian radio amateur community will be held to gather viewpoints and suggestions from individuals, groups and WIA Affiliated Clubs.

Look out for regular despatches from the WIA Working Group on the ACMA’s Class Licensing proposals.

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