World Amateur Radio Day 2013

Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs around the world celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union was founded.

In 1913 there occurred the first recorded instance of amateur radio being used to provide communications in a natural disaster, during severe flooding in the Midwest of the United States.

Accordingly, the theme of the event for 2013 is “Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications.”

Activities on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a great opportunity to spread the word about what the “hams” are doing in the field of disaster communications in the 21st Century.

The 15th IARU Region 3 Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

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Date: 10 November 2012


The 15th IARU Region 3 Conference,

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam


The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3, 15th Triennial Conference was held on 5 - 9 November 2012, hosted by the Vietnam Amateur Radio Club (VARC) in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Viet Nam.

The Conference opened on Monday 5th November, under the shadow of the passing away of the former Chairman Michael Owen VK3KI on 22nd September 2012.


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Tasmanian Bush Fires operations

WICEN in Tasmania was finally stood down after 20 continuous days of operation at the Incident Management Centre at Cambridge, near Hobart airport. Operations have now been wound back.

WICEN was posted by the Tasmania Fire Services to mainly control the busy 80MHz radio traffic during massive fires.

Although those the major fires, which started on the 3rd of January on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley, are still active, one being classified as contained and the other controlled.

The days serviced by WICEN and other southern Tasmanian radio amateurs varied between 12 and 24 hours.


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55th Jamboree On The Air

Every year on the 3rd weekend of October, scouts & guides worldwide attend a camp to communicate with each other all around the world via HF Radio.  

This event, known as JOTA, or the Jamboree On The Air, is an annual event aimed at introducing scouts and guides to the world of HF Radio communication. 

From learning procedures to actually operating the stations, they are given great hands-on experience in communicating with their peers worldwide. The contacts between them are established by Amateur Radio stations . 

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Amateur Radio Worldwide Contests 2013



The major fires in south-east Tasmania, which began last Friday, continue to burn fanned by relentless hot and windy weather.


WICEN Tasmania (South) Secretary, Roger Nichols VK7ARN said operators were at the Incident Management Team headquarters coordinating the fires on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. /



Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded. 

Amateur radio has truly entered the 21st Century. In less than 100 years amateur radio communications has evolved from crude spark-gap technology to digital signal processing and software-defined radios. The amateur's HF choice between voice and CW has been expanded to a broad range of communication choices from television to spread spectrum. 

Amateur digital communications has evolved. At the end of World War II until the early 1980's, radioteletype, also known as RTTY, was the only HF digital mode available to amateurs. In the 1980's, AMTOR made its debut along with the increased popularity and availability of personal computers. AMTOR was the first amateur digital communication mode to offer error-free text transmission. 





WICEN Tasmania (South), assisted by other trained southern region radio amateurs, is providing 24 hour support for firefighting activities as several fires continue to burn.

At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people are left stranded. Towns on the evastated Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea./