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Change of Headquarters Location - Club headquarters is now located in the Longlea Primary School building at 20 Longlea Lane, Longlea. It is near the intersection of Longlea Lane and McIvor Highway.

Open Hours:

Wednesdays - 10am to 1pm for both members and general public.

Saturdays - 2pm to 4pm for training and general information.

The Clubroom may be opened at other times, by arrangement.

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A copy of the Club Constitution is available from the Download Documents section.


WIA - The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club is affiliated with the Wireless Institute of Australia. The WIA provides Club insurance coverage and is the amateur's representative body to the licensing authority - Australian Communications and Media Authority. Members are encouraged to consider membership of the WIA. More information is available from the WIA.


Club Licence - An extract from an ACMA Information Paper states:

"For convenience, a club station is issued an Amateur Advanced licence that allows flexibility of operation for the station. However, the club station operates at the level of the qualified amateur operating the station. If the operator is qualified at a level less than an Advanced amateur, the club station is to be operated at the appropriate level. For example, if a person is a Standard amateur, the club station is to be operated as a Standard amateur station.

Special conditions are attached to licences which authorise the operation of a club station in the amateur bands."

Of course, the official Club callsign must be used and, if the staion is operated at other than the registered address, the portable description must also be used.


Amateur Radio - Amateur Radio is Licensed Radiocommunications Experimentation. There are 3 levels of licensing: Foundation (Entry Level), Standard and Advanced. The licensing authority is Australian Communications and Media Authority. Administration of the assessment process is provided by the Wireless Institute of Australia on behalf of the Australian Communications and Media Authority through affiliated amateur radio clubs and their Assessors and Learning Facilitators.

The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club provides training and Licence Assessment courses for all 3 levels of licensing. If you wish to find out more about entering the fascinating world of amateur radio and gaining the required licence, contact Suitable arrangements can then be made.


The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club began as the Midland Zone of the Wireless Institute of Australia, Victorian Division and serves the Bendigo/Castlemaine area of Central Victoria. An active club that promotes the hobby of amateur radio locally and provides training and assistance for anyone interested in qualifying as a radio amateur.

Membership:

Membership is not restricted to licensed radio amateurs. Any amateurs, short wave listeners or persons with an interest in radiocommunications, electronics or related pursuits are welcome. Currently, Full Membership is $30.00/year, Associate Membership is $15.00/year. A $2.00 surcharge applies to non-WIA members (for insurance coverage) and also for MARCSPACE (newsletter) postage, if required. Subsequent and co-residing family members are half membership rate. There is no joining fee.

Download Documents:

Club Constitution
Membership Application Form
Membership Renewal Form for 2016


Club activities:

* Monthly meetings - with a technical discussion or presentation wherever possible.

* Organizes site visits, social functions and the like.

* Produces information for members through the Club newsletter, on-air nets and this web site.

* Maintains a local repeater (see repeater page).

* Field days and technical demonstrations.

* Electronics Theory classes for prospective amateurs.

Club On-air Nets:

* 80m - 3.655MHz, LSB +/- Thursday evenings at 8pm local time. May change to 8.30pm local time during daylight saving.

* 2m - VK3RCV repeater 147.150MHz FM Tuesday evenings at 8pm local time. Time does not change for daylight saving.


Meetings:

The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club meets the third Friday of the month at the Old Longlea School, 20 Longlea Lane, Longlea at 7:30pm. Note that the entrance is the closest to McIvor Highway. Both members and visitors are welcome. There is usually a presentation with a guest speaker. See the Calendar page for specific details.

Contact Information:

Telephone: Secretary -Bruce Lees - VK3FFF Mob: 0487 681 071

Postal address: PO Box 2058, Delivery Centre, BENDIGO 3554, Victoria, Australia

Email: General Information: vk3cmz@barec.net.au.


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