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Australian Communications & Media Authority (AR Licensing &VK5MM Listening VK5RAD Information)

The ACA issues Licenses and Certificates of Proficiency.

ACA AMATEUR INFORMATION PAGE

 

A basic description of Amateur Radio

If you have read the "AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS EXPLORATION" Brochure that you can download from the home page, these site's will give you yet another perspective!  THEIR ARE OVER THREE MILLION LICENSED AMATEURS AROUND THE WORLD!  THREE MILLION OF US CANT BE WRONG - IT'S A GREAT HOBBY!

CLICK ME  AN OVERSEAS EXPLANATION

 

Amateur Radio FAQ'S.  An excellent site

A more in depth look at the many and varied aspects of Amateur Radio.  It is TRULY a hobby that you can make of it what you choose!

CLICK ME

 

NZ LINKS on nearly every aspect of AR

Mouse 1 NZ LINKS (NZ INFO.)

 

NASA - "SO YOU WANT TO BE AN AMATEUR"  VERY COOOOL!

Their are literally thousands of pages on NASA'S Web Site about Amateur Radio.  If you run out of material to read, just do a search for "Amateur Radio" from www.nasa.gov Web Site.

NASA'S "SO YOU WANT TO  BE AN AMATEUR" (US INFO.)

NASA'S AMATEUR RADIO HOME PAGE

NASA'S SAREX (SPACE AMATEUR RADIO EXPERIMENT)

ARRANGE FOR YOUR SCHOOL TO TALK TO THE ASTRONAUTS

ABOARD THE ISS VK5ZAI'S WEB SITE  ARISS

"AMATEUR RADIO IN SPACE" A TEACHERS GUIDE. With activities

in Science, Maths and Technology.  An ARRIS Doc. (3 MEG PDF)

A CONTACT I HAD WITH MIKE FINKE ON THE ISS July 20 2004

  Play in External Windows Media Player - mp3 File MP3 FILEVK5MM this is NA1SS, Recieving Rob

  THE ISS EARTHKAM PROJECT - (FOR SCHOOLS)

 

Just Having Fun & Communicating

Amateur Radio can be simple, cheap and entirely for fun, OR you can follow your dreams and idea's and create and use sophisticated equipment for highly useful, fun and fascinating purposes. "IT'S COMPLETELY UP TO YOU"!

Well we have a lot of it, but not many seem to write about it! Still searching!

 

AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS, NASA and the  INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION Check it out! VERY COOOOL!

Did you know that most Astronauts including Andy Thomas hold Amateur Radio Licenses! Their is an Amateur Radio Station on the International Space Station and the Astronauts regularly talk to other Amateurs and send Packet and APRS (see APRS & Packet) data back to Earth!  The vast majority of Space Vehicles have had some type of AR Equipment aboard!  Check out this site ... MUST SEE WEB SITES

ISS COMMUNICATION RELAYS - VK5ZAI'S EXCELLENT WEB SITE

NASA'S WEB SITE ON AMATEUR RADIO ABOARD THEIR SPACE CRAFT

NASA'S "SO YOU WANT TO  BE AN AMATEUR" (US INFO.)

APRS AND THE ISS (SEE APRS)

THE ISS EARTHKAM PROJECT - (FOR SCHOOLS)

 

Experimenting with Radio

Most Amateurs will do some form of experimenting no matter how simple or complex it is during their life in the hobby.  From experimenting with the many facets of AR, having fun talking all over the World, or maybe exploring the many types of Radio Propagation their is or even building a simple transmitter, - TO - building massive Antenna Systems or even Radio Telescopes and other equipment for the many fascinating and sometimes undiscovered area's of the Hobby.  Amateur's have invented many useful technologies while enjoying their hobby!  It's GOOD FUN!

AREG - AMATEUR RADIO EXPERIMENTERS GROUP

 

DO YOU HAVE A SCANNERVK5MM Listening VK5RAD

Listen to these AR Repeater frequencies to get an idea of the  camaraderie and fun that can be had with everyone sharing a common hobby and interest.

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Amateur Repeaters

Their are literally thousands of AR repeaters around the world on hills, mountains, and even on our own Satellites on 28 MHz, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, 420 MHz and 1.2 GHz and above.  Repeaters are located on high hills or mountains and "repeat" the signal so far greater distances can be covered.  Amateurs even experiment by sending voice repeaters up in to the sky on balloons to try and make long distant contacts.  In Amateur Radio, you can do just about ANYTHING - what ever you dream up.  IT'S ABOUT EXPERIMENTING AND HAVING FUN AT THE SAME TIME!

  VK3YE'S AMATEUR REPEATER'S BASICS

 

Mouse 2 All About Propagation

The ability of Radio Signals to travel far greater distances than is normally the case.  Probably one of the most fascinating phenomenon that hook Amateurs to their hobby for life is "Chasing the DX Propagation" (DX=Long Distance). Their are about 10 main types of Radio Frequency Propagation, all with very different characteristics, and particular to certain frequencies or bands.  Some bands like the 6 Mtr band (50.000 MHz) can have around 5 or 6 types of propagation making it fascinating trying to "chase" the long distance contacts.  Just one type is Meteor Scatter, where RF signals scatter off the debris in the tails of meteors entering our atmosphere to return to earth to be received by a distant station. - learn about the basics here.

HF & THE SUN SPOT CYCLE

 

Learn all about VHF (145 MHz) & UHF (430 MHz) FM & SSB Tropospheric Ducting Long Distance Comm's.

One of many types of Propagation allowing signals that normally travel 50-100 KM, to travel thousands of KM's.  This type of propagation comes about when temperature and\or moisture inversion's occur close to ground level.  Don't miss Leigh's excellent explanation and pictures of Inversion Layers, where Tropospheric "Ducts" occur causing the RF signals to get "trapped", to be picked up interstate or overseas!  Check it out at Leigh's - VK2KRR's Excellent Web Site.

LEIGH'S HOME PAGE   All about TROPOSPHERIC DUCTING

CHECK OUT LEIGH'S TEMPERATURE INVERSION PIC'SVK5MM this is NA1SS, Recieving Rob

AUST. NATIONAL VHF DX GROUP

 

VHF\UHF PROPAGATION LOGGER

Click this link and log in using "GUEST" to see the real time text messaging of Amateur Stations while they are working V\UHF "DX", be it voice modes or digital modes from Meteor Scatter to Moon Bounce.  YOU MUST BE AN AMATEUR OR PROSPECTIVE AMATEUR  to "Log" (send) a message to those on-line, as all users are monitored.  PLEASE RESPECT THIS WEB SITE.

VHF\UHF LOGGER

 

Digital Communications

Learn about the many and varied types of Digital Communications Amateurs use.  IF YOU LIKE COMPUTERS, YOU WILL LIKE THIS!

A GREAT SITE FOR ALL AMATEUR DIGITAL MODES

RTTY An Old Digital Mode

WSJT - DX DIGITAL MODES S\W

 

All about IRLP "Internet Radio Linking Project" VERY COOOOL!

IRLP is where Amateurs link FM Voice Repeaters via the Internet to other Repeaters all around the world.  Talk to the world with you Hand Held Transceiver any time!

IRLP HOME

VK3YE's ARTICLE ON IRLP

 

ECHOLINK - A More Internet based Amateur Communications System

Echolink is similar to IRLP and allows Amateurs to communicate from computerVK5MM Listening VK5RAD to computer, and everything in between, to linking repeaters like IRLP.  You can easily set up an EchoLink "Node" at home so you have your own communication's with the world where ever you are!

ECHOLINK HOME PAGE

 

Satellite Communications

Amateurs world wide have launched many of their very own Satellites in to space for their own World Wide Satellite Communication's Systems. Some Satellites allow you to talk internationally with not much more than a 'Hand Held" transceiver!  Their are Low & High Earth Orbit Satellites that relay many Modes including voice and many types of digital data.  Not bad for a HOBBY!

Mouse 3 AMSAT

 

   How to get YOUR License!  

VISIT HAM RADIO AND IRLP TOP SITES  - CLICK GRAPHIC TO VOTE FOR THIS SITE!

PLEASE VOTE FOR THIS WEB SITE, Thankyou - Don't forget to come back after voting! (-:

 

Meet AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS

John - VK5NJ CLICK ME

 

Building your own Gear

Many Amateurs choose to build a massive range of equipment, including antennas, electronic equipment, computer interfaces, antenna tuners, electronic kits, just about anything to save money, because you cant buy it or just for fun!

VK3YE'S AMATEUR PROJECTS

 

MOON BOUNCE - (EME - Earth Moon Earth)

Moon Bounce is where Amateurs bounce Radio Signals off the moon, where they return to Earth over the other side of the World to be received by distant Amateur's Station's.  Check Out Moon Bounce Here.VK5MM this is NA1SS, Recieving Rob

CLICK ME

 

Check out APRS - "Automatic Position Reporting System"

APRS is where Amateurs use Packet Radio (see Packet Radio) (Like your computer modem, but connected to a transceiver) and GPS units to send digital data over the Radio Waves so you can see travelling vehicle's locations, their speed, altitude and direction,- repeater and  house locations, weather station data, well just about anything - from your local area to all over the world!.  You can even see a pass of the International Space Station in real time on your computer screen APRS maps.  APRS is also "ported" to the Internet so you can get an idea of what it is like by checking out one of the links below! .  You can even send Internet Email from a RF Radio Packet Station!  The possibilities of APRS are numerous!  Like Packet Radio, APRS Signals are "repeated" by other APRS Stations, Packet Repeaters etc. and even the International Space Station.  Being a fairly new innovation, Amateur's are constantly coming up with new idea's and uses for APRS. Don't steal an Amateurs car because it NEVER GETS LOST!  Either does the Amateur! (-:)

  VK5AH - TONY'S APRS WEB SITE   APRS.NET.AU

  vk2.aprs.net.au  vk3.aprs.net.au    vk5.aprs.net.au

APRS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

 

Talking all over the world on HF (High Frequency) VERY COOOOL!

Every Amateur Band - MF, HF, VHF, UHF and SHF have completely different characteristics, and unique and varied propagation types. The HF Bands include (approx) 1.800-1.875 MHz, 3.500-3.800 MHz, 7.000-7.300 MHz, 10.100-10.150 MHz, 14.000-14.350 MHz, 18.068-18.168 MHz, 21.000-21.450MHz, 24.890-24.990 MHz, 28.000-28.700 MHz and mainly rely on the charging of the Ionosphere by the suns rays, causing the RF Mouse 4 signals to reflect off the Ionosphere Layer to return to Earth, allowing far greater distances to be covered than the RF would normally travel.  HF is great for continental and world wide communications. The main modes used on HF are Single Side Band (SSB), Slow Scan TV (SSTV), other Digital Modes and Frequency Modulation (FM) (29.000-29.700 MHz)  Learn about the fun you can have talking to the World with HF here.

  HF EXPLAINED    HF & THE SUN SPOT CYCLE 

 

Amateur TV

Amateurs World Wide transmit Broadcast Quality TV signals, and most City's have their own TV Repeaters allowing their TV signals to be received all over the City and beyond.  Amateurs use TV for "Video Phone" communications,VK5MM Listening VK5RAD broadcasting programmes, experimenting and just for fun. Have you ever wanted your own TV Station?  Amateurs even transmit DX (Long Distant) TV to distant stations, usually portable from high area's.

Gladesville Amateur Radio Club CLICK HERE

 

The 6 Mtr (50 MHz) Amateur Radio Band

Called the "Magic Band" due to the many types of fascinating propagation allowing world wide contacts.

  VK5KK's 50 MEG PAGE  A 6 MTR STORY

 

Wireless Institute of Australia - LINKS

The Wireless Institute of Australia is the main representative body for Amateurs, and is run entirely by Amateur Volunteers.

WIA FEDERAL DIVISION - LINKS

 

Antennas

Most Amateurs end up building an Antenna or 20.  It saves a heap of cash and is not quite as hard as you may think!  From a "Rubber Ducky" to a Satellite Dish - You would be amazed at the things Amateurs build!  I'm amazed and I'm an Amateur!!

CLICK ME 

WIRELESS NETWORKING AND ANTENNAS FOR THE SHF (GIGAHERTZ BANDS)

 

Scouts & Guides and Amateur Radio

Every Year, Scouts and Guides of all ages get together for the "Jamboree of the Air", where Amateur Radio Operators set up stations at their camps to allow them to try the many facets of AR for themselves.  THEY LOVE IT!

THE S.A. JOTA WEB SITE

SCOUT RADIO ACTIVITIES GROUP - VK5BP'S WEB SITE

SCOUT RADIO & ELECTRONICS SERVICE UNIT (VIC)

 

Space Communications

Their are many types of SPACE COMMUNICATIONS amateurs get in to.  From talking to the Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, talking and using digital modes on their array of Amateur Satellites, to bouncing signals of the Moon including Voice, Morse Code and an array of Digital Modes decoded by computers.

APRS and the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (SEE SATELLITES, APRS)

 

Amateurs and AstronomyVK5MM this is NA1SS, Recieving Rob

Amateurs use their own Radio Telescopes to search the heavens!  Most Amateurs also have interests in Astronomy and many other types of Science!  THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!

CLICK ME   SOCIETY OF RADIO ASTRONOMERS

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Amateurs and the Community - WICEN & EMERGENCIES!

WICEN stands for the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network.  Amateurs are ready to assist the community in any Emergency's when they are called on to help from varied Government Departments.  As Amateurs have extensive communications systems and skills, and are also equipped to set up remote communication stations at very short notice - wether for local or World Wide Communications, Amateurs are well placed to assist.  Amateurs assistance could be especially vital if our community's "normal" communications systems were disrupted.  When Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin and they were without any communications, it was an Amateur Operator that put out the call for help allowing the outside world to know of the disaster!

Their is a fun side to WICEN too, - to allow them to keep their communication skills up, WICEN Volunteers often assist in supplying the communication system infrastructure and operators for eg. the World Rally Championship, where the "Amateur Rev Heads" get a free ticket to the event and supply the events communication needs.  It's GREAT FUN.

  WICEN 

  CLICK ME   US VIDEO about AR Emergency Assistance during Hurricane "Catrina"    (Widows Video File ... 6 Megs.)

 

Amateurs & their involvement with SETI

Some Amateur Radio Operators are part of the SEARCH for EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE and use their own Radio Telescopes (DISH's) to search for life in our vast Universe.  Check it out here.

CLICK ME

 

Contesting

Exactly as the name implies, contests usually involve the number of contacts we make on certain bands within a specified time limit. The contest type and rules vary greatly, with the main aim having fun and meeting new people . Amateur Radio groups hold hundreds of contests locally and world wide every year.

CONTESTING  RTTY DIGITAL MODE CONTESTING

 

Packet Radio  (Also see APRS)

Packet Radio is similar to the Web where you have your Modem connected to the phone line and your computer, except we connect a Terminal Node Controller (TNC) (which is like a Modem) to our computers, and use a Transceiver instead of the Phone Line.  This allows us to have real time "IRC"  type keyboard chats around the world, use APRS (see above), send messages,VK5MM Listening VK5RAD use message boards, transfer files and even send Email to the Internet and MORE!  This is all done over Radio and repeated by other stations, "digepeaters" (Packet Repeater's), Amateur Satellites and even the International Space Station!  The signals are also ported through "IGates" over the Internet!  Check our Packet Radio here!

SAPUG

 

US LINKS

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   How to get YOUR License!  

VISIT HAM RADIO AND IRLP TOP SITES  - CLICK GRAPHIC TO VOTE FOR THIS SITE!

PLEASE VOTE FOR THIS WEB SITE, Thankyou - Don't forget to come back after voting! (-:

 

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