Australian amateur radio
Wireless institute of Australia
Equal to ARRL
World's first and oldest National Radio Society
Founded in 1910.
Member of the International Amateur Radio Union
Represents all Amateur Radio Operators in
Australia to the various government bodies in this
Awards and contests, AR mag, QSL bureau, call
book, weekly broadcast
Australian Communication and
Media Authority
Equal to FCC
 Amateur radio operator licenses,
examination, operating procedures
 Amateurs visiting Australia
 More code signals, spectrum usage
Australian Call Signs
External Territories Suffixes
A – Antarctica
C – Cocos Island
L – Lord Howe Island
M – Mellish Reef
N – Norfolk
X – Christmas Island
Categories of licence
can only use a transmitter that has been
manufactured commercially
can only use voice, on either SSB, AM or
FM or Morse using a manually operated
Morse key
not more than 10 watts output power ssb
or 3 watts output power AM, FM or CW.
Bands permitted are the 80, 40, 15 and
10 meter bands as well as the 2 meter
band and the band 430 to 450 MHz,
subject to necessary bandwidth
Standard license
can use any emission mode with a
necessary bandwidth not exceeding 8 kHz
on the 80, 40, 20 and 15 meter bands
any emission mode with a necessary
bandwidth not exceeding 16 kHz on the 10
meter band, the band 52 to 54 MHz, the 2
meter band, and the bands 430 to 450
MHz, 1240 to 1300 MHz, 2,400 to 2,450
MHz and 5.650 to 5.850 GHz
output power limits of 100 watts (PEP for
SSB) and 30 watts (constant carrier
Advanced licence
• can use any emission mode with a necessary
bandwidth not exceeding 8 kHz on all bands
below 24.990 MHz
• any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth
not exceeding 16 kHz on the 28.00 MHz to 29.70
MHz band
• any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth
not exceeding 100 kHz on the 6 and 2 meter
• any emission mode with no bandwidth restriction
in the amateur bands above 420 MHz
• limits of 400 watts (PEP for SSB) and 120 watts
(for constant carrier modes).
Visitors to Australia
When visiting some countries you don't need to do anything
other than bring your equipment and the license issued by
your home country. This is due to an international
agreement between radio communications administrations.
Australia is working towards that situation, but is not there
yet. You still need to take out an Australian amateur radio
license with a VK call sign, if you want to operate in
Australia. However this may change in 2006 so check
ACMA's website if it is important to you.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has
published a comprehensive document about this subject.
What it says is
Don't just bring a radio and expect to use your foreign
license and call sign. To operate as an amateur in Australia
you need an Australian license and an Australian call sign
Apply in person at any ACMA office or in writing at least 3
months before your intended visit.
Visitors to Australia
There is a long list of countries with which
Australia has reciprocal licensing
agreements - i.e.. Australia recognizes the
foreign country's license qualifications and
vice versa. Amateurs from those countries
will basically have no problem in being
allocated a license that corresponds to
their qualifications.
There is another list of countries which
have license conditions that Australia
recognizes as sufficiently similar to ours,
that we will grant an Australian license.
Visitor to Australia
Visitor's licenses are not automatically renewable and if
they are not issued under the terms of a reciprocal
agreement, are endorsed so they cannot be used as the
basis of a license issue by another country. However, visitor
licenses are normally renewed on request, providing the
conditions are still satisfied.
You need to supply ACMA with
your current Amateur license or certificate of qualifications
your passport and proof, egg. a visa, of the duration of your
a completed license application form (RF57); and
the current license fee which is $AUD53.90 (in Australian
You can do this in person, or by mail. If doing it by mail you
can send certified copies of those precious documents
instead of the originals.
For more details please consult the ACMA web site.
Activities in Australian Amateur
FM and repeaters
 Satellites
 Fox hunts
 VK ham online swap, local swaps
 Home brewing
 Mobile and portable operation
 Contests and field days
Radio clubs
There are many radio clubs and societies
in Australia. Most serve a particular town
or region. Typical activities include study
courses, examinations, excursions, social
events, field day contests, constructional
projects and on-air gatherings (or nets).
Some fortunate clubs have their own
rooms, while others meet in school
classrooms or scout halls. Joining a club is
a good way of meeting amateurs in your
Misc Australian radio
John Moyle, VK2JU
John Moyle was a leading amateur radio
personality from the 1930's up to 1950.
The contest is held to commemorate his
great contributions to radio (and to the use
of radar in World War II), and to give
amateur radio operators some practice away
from the convenience of their homes.