JULIE VK3FOWL AND JOE VK3YSP WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR

WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA (WIA)

PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR AMATEUR RADIO (PR4AR) EXPO WEB SITE

PURPOSE:

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Public Relations for Amateur Radio (PR4AR) Expo is a community event showcasing the benefits of Amateur Radio.

FORMAT:

A small, self-contained, licenced Amateur Radio station will be set up at the venue. The well-presented station will consist of a single Nissan X-Trail vehicle with roof-mounted solar panels and a side awning for two operators. The station will have its own multiband shortwave antenna some 40m long and 8m high. Amateur Radio stations from all over the world will call in to the PR4AR station during this annual event. They will each receive a "QSL" card identifying their two-way contact with the PR4AR station. The general public may watch and participate too by contacting other PR4AR stations if they wish. This popular event, including the venue's name and its location, is advertised locally and internationally over Amateur Radio web sites and news bulletins. Local Amateur Radio operators will be encouraged to visit the PR4AR station. The operations will also showcase the capability and fun of portable Amateur Radio communications.

STATION OPERATION:

The station will be operated simultaneously on the 80, 40 and 20 metre bands by Joe VK3YSP and on 80 and 40 metres by Julie VK3FOWL. The station will participate with others on a VHF/UHF repeater during a call back after the local Wireless Institute of Australia news broadcast on Sunday morning. In addition there will be a fascinating demonstration of Weak Signal Digital Communications (JT65) on 14.076MHz in the afternoons.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

Members of the public will be greeted and introduced to Amateur Radio through well-prepared presentations, displays, discussions, demonstrations, literature and hands-on activities. Interested individuals will be encouraged to pick up a microphone or a hand-held radio to chat with a participating Amateur Radio station. The children can play with a Morse code practice set. A visitor's book will be provided to record comments and request follow-up information. A list of Amateur Radio's most Frequently Asked Questions will be sure to inform and amuse.

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