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Wireless Institute of Australia


Wireless Institute of Australia

Wireless Institute of Australia
Abbreviation WIA
Formation 1910
Type Non-profit
Purpose Advocacy, Education

Bayswater, Victoria

Region served
Phil Wait - VK2ASD
Main organ
Board of Directors
Affiliations International Amateur Radio Union
Live broadcast on 30 May 2010 of weekly broadcast of Amateur Radio news in Australia, using the special event callsign VK100WIA commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wireless Institute of Australia, conducted at the annual general meeting in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. L-R: Graham Kemp VK4BB (broadcast host), Michael Owen VK3KI (President of the WIA), Peter Young VK3MV (a WIA Director).

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) was formed in 1910, and is the first and oldest national International Amateur Radio Union.[7]


  • Governance 1
    • 100th anniversary 1.1
  • Training and licensing 2
  • Emergency communication 3
  • Contests 4
    • Remembrance Day (RD) Contest 4.1
  • Notable members of the WIA 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


On 16 May 2004, the state Divisions, and the Divisions having membership of the Federal body).[8]

100th anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the WIA was commemorated in 2010.[9] A special event callsign and station was established and used throughout 2010: callsign VK100WIA.

The Annual General Meeting was held in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, over 28–30 May 2010, and included:

Training and licensing

The WIA conducts training sessions and has training materials[13] for people wishing to become licensed Amateur Radio operators, conducts the testing using a system of accredited testers, and issues the authorisations for the ACMA to issue licenses.[14]

Emergency communication

The New South Wales and Victoria, WICEN is separately incorporated. WICEN has been activated for various emergencies, notably in recent years the Black Saturday bushfires on 7 February 2009 in Victoria.[15]


The WIA sponsors or conducts various Australian and Australasian radio contests.

Remembrance Day (RD) Contest

Amateur radio operators in Australia participate in the Remembrance Day Contest on the weekend nearest Papua New Guinea. A trophy is awarded to the state that can boast the greatest rate of participation, based on a formula including: number of operators, number of contacts made, and radio frequency bands used.[16]

Notable members of the WIA

  • Ernest Fisk (later Sir Ernest) - first President of the WIA, founder of AWA: Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) and pioneer of broadcasting
  • Charles Maclurcan - second President of the WIA, pioneer broadcaster through 2CM and the holder of Australia's broadcasting licence No.1[17][18]
  • Rev. John Flynn[19] – founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Alfred Traeger – Australian radio pioneer[19]
  • Florence Vi McKenzie (“Mrs Mac”) – Australia’s first woman electrical engineer, first licensed woman amateur radio operator, and the first female member of the Wireless Institute of Australia[20]
  • Dick Smith VK2DIK – electronics entrepreneur and adventurer


  1. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia Submission to the Productivity Commission Review of the RadioCommunications Acts and the Role of the Australian Communications Authority, 12 October 2001, accessed 30 May 2010
  2. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia (2009). Wireless Institute of Australia official web site. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  3. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia, National Library of Australia catalogue, accessed 30 May 2010
  4. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia, National Museum of Australia catalogue, accessed 30 May 2010
  5. ^ ACMA Glossary (WIA), Australian Communications and Media Authority, accessed 30 May 2010
  6. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia (2009). "About AR Magazine. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  7. ^ International Amateur Radio Union (2008). "Member Societies". Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  8. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia (2009). "Constitution of the Wireless Institute of Australia". Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  9. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia,, accessed 30 May 2010
  10. ^ ] Dinner of Wireless Institute of AustraliasicARISS school contact planned at Centennary [, ON4WF, International Amateur Radio Union Region 1, 27 May 2010, accessed 30 May 2010
  11. ^ "Australia Students Celebrate WIA Centenary with ARISS QSO". ARRL. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  12. ^ WIA News 30 May 2010 (MP3), **warning: large file (MP3)**, WIA, accessed 30 May 2010
  13. ^ Wireless Institute of Australia (training materials), Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia, accessed 30 May 2010
  14. ^ History of Amateur Radio Callsigns in Australia, IEEE Region 10, accessed 30 May 2010
  15. ^ 2009 Bushfire Activation Updates, WICEN Vic, accessed 15 August 2009
  16. ^ "Remembrance Day Contest". Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Bruce Carty, Australian Radio History, Sydney, 2011.
  18. ^
  19. ^ a b John Flynn Timeline, Royal Flying Doctor Service, accessed 30 May 2010
  20. ^ Australia’s women pioneers of telecommunications, National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, accessed 30 May 2010

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