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Big Ending to July

The other week I filled out paperwork with the help from my local radio club to become a WIA Learning Facilitator. On the weekend I sat down and did some reading and the online assessment. On Monday 1st August 2016 I received an email from the WIA telling me I've passed the assessment and will be issued with my Learning Facilitators ID. On Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 I received the email with my Learning Facilitators number.

As of today, Tuesday 2nd August 2016 I can now help with the assessments of people wanting to get an amateur radio licence or simply people just wanting to upgrade their current licence. I can't run an assessment as I must have an assessor with me but I can help with setting up and filling out paperwork and marking the assessment.

WIA Learning Facilitator No. LF-090

Also last month as part of my grant plans for my amateur radio station I sent off a licence application into the ACMA. This licence was for an Outpost Non-assigned licence. This licence will allow me to transmit on the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) HF radio network. I don't have to be apart of any other groups like the 4WD HF network, VKS737. I'll be able to call for help and talk directly to the RFDS without going through a third person or network.

What I'm trying to do it build a station that can be used in case of an emergency. When all other communications fail, services like police and ambulance can use my station to get information in or out of the area. We have had in the past had a couple of big radio outages where we've had no emergency services network working and a total mobile phone outage where ALL phone carriers were off line. We've even had where the normal land line services were effected. I want to have a station where any of these service can come too and be able to get information in and out of the town or area. Even if this means just talking to Mildura. Amateur radio operators are always ready to help when all else fails. 

In some parts this will always be a dream but I still want to be ready for the day it happens. I think it's always important to have a place where you can get information in and out of the town and I know my station can do this. It's just getting some of the services to understand this is going to be the hardest part. I've been trying for ages now to get something setup with the NSW VRA (Volunteer Rescue Association) but have hit a brick wall. This is because they use groups like CREST and they don't believe having a backup is important. Plus it's not like the VRA have a state wide radio. They are still playing the game of wait and see.

I now currently hold 5 radio licences which is as follows,

VK2PNH - This is my main amateur licence

VK3PNH - This is my secondary amateur licence

VK2RBL - This is my 2m (VHF) amateur repeater licence

AX2NXR - This is my Scientific Non Assigned licence

AXA046 -  This is my Outpost Non Assigned licence

My Scientific Non Assigned licence allow me to legally allow a radio to transmit on any frequency. To make a radio transmit you must be licensed to operate on any frequency. Even thou this licence only covers me to transmit into a dummy load it still allows me to test a radio after repairs.

My Outpost Non Assigned licence allow me to tranmit on the RFDS HF (working) frequencies without having to be apart of any groups like the 4WD VKS737 network.

My current project of getting an amateur repeater on the air in my town is currently on the back burner. It's been over two years since I got the licence and still nothing has happened so I've decided to put it back in the draw so to speak until I can personally purchase equipment myself. This way I don't have to reply on others and I'll know what's happening at any given time whereas at the moment I have no idea what's happening or what equipment is ready.

Oh and before I forget, I'm still working on the new Music24 playlist. I'm currently looking at updating the playlist but I have ran into some issues. I'm working on finding a fix to the playlist problem. Hopefully I will have the new playlist up live by months end.

 

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