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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ham Radio far from over or out!

The Melbourne Age newspaper of July 7 2011 published a long article
"Ham Radio far from over or out" about the amazing rebirth of amateur radio
in Australia.

Reasons cited for this rejuvenation include the growing disenchantment and
impersonal nature of social networking (eg Facebook, Twitter, etc), the
introduction of the no-Morse test for the foundation licence, and the
integration and convergence of digital technologies for amateur radio
communications.

About 20,000 Australians now have amateur licences, with a growing number of
women and younger children having taken up the hobby.

While diehards are lamenting the rapid demise of passive shortwave radio,
perhaps amateur radio might be something to think about?

Read the full article at:

http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/ham-radio-far-from-over-or-out-20110706-1h135.html

Full details about gaining an Amateur licence in Australia are at the ACMA's
website:

http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_1255#ma

Regards from Melbourne!

Bob Padula

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