Who are we?
We are a new organisation made up of active radio amateurs who want to see progress in our hobby.
Our primary efforts will be focused on improved education and awareness in the areas of regulation and administration, as well as strong evidence based representation with the regulator.
The founding members of RASA are:
Andrew Smith VK6AS
Andrew has only been licenced for a few years but has had a lifelong interest in all things technical and radio related.
Before retirement he was an academic surgeon and a leader in his profession of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This has equipped him with a skill set that includes negotiation with national and international governments and regulatory departments as well educational administration, curriculum development and implementation together with directing national competency and standards in assessment.
On entering the hobby Andrew understood that AR has requirements not just in communication but in competency and compliance with regulations and so became the foundation secretary of WA amateur radio news and producer of NewsWest weekly news programme as well as course coordinator at Ham College and an Assessor.
He is most frequently heard on air on jt65, ft8 and other digital modes.
Andrew was an elected director of the WIA in 2016.
Glenn Dunstan VK4DU
Glenn was first licenced as VK2AFD in 1979. He was a VK1 Division Federal Councilor on the pre-national WIA Federal Council.
Glenn also served as a Director on the inaugural national WIA board.
In his professional life, Glenn was a Merchant Navy Radio Officer, an Australian Government Marine Radio Regulator and latterly operated a company designing and installing marine radio stations internationally. He chairs the Australian Marine Radio Standards Committee.
Glenn has extensive experience in radio regulatory issues and liaison with Government radio regulators.
He is a keen HF CW operator and is also closely involved with VHF/UHF digital mobile radio.
Ian Jackson VK3BUF
Ian was licensed at 16, back in 1977. He taught theory courses for more than 100 students seeking AOCP/Advanced licenses.
Ian has held various Gippsland Gate Radio & Elect. Club inc. (GGREC) committee positions for 18 years, 8 of these as President.
For the past 30 years, he has run a small electronics manufacturing company. Married to Dianne, VK3JDI since 1983. He has hosted Antennapalooza, (an inter-club Antenna Field Weekend) three times at his Drouin West QTH.
Ian Joined the ODXG DXpedition to Vanuatu in 2011. He has travelled extensively around Australia and China. He has submitted many articles to AR.
He is presently serving a third year with Baw Baw Shire Business Advisory Board. Ian enjoys working in a team environment.
His strengths are in technical and administrative writing and documentation.
Ian wants to make amateur licenses more accessible to new participants, without eroding technical standards. He wants to see all radio clubs have a stronger participation in planning for the future of Amateur Radio.
Chris Chapman VK3QB
Chris was first licensed in 1983 at high school. He has always enjoyed the magic of HF, DXing, and in more recent years being on the pointy end of pileups; having operated from Lord Howe Island, Vanuatu, Norfolk Island and Fiji.
His favourite mode is CW but he also enjoys a good rag-chew on SSB. Chris is a frustrated kit builder and likes building antennas. More recently he has started dabbling in digital modes, including WSPR.
He has been President and Treasurer of local clubs and Not For Profit organisations. He enjoys working to progress and improve our hobby.
Chris’ strengths include organisational and business management, governance, and effective and efficient business operations in the 21st century. As a founding member of RASA, he is keen to see greater awareness and education for all amateurs in the areas of regulation and effective lobbying.
There is a lot of misinformation across the Australian population of radio amateurs; properly understanding the regulatory environment will help all radio amateurs better understand the limitations we face and what we can do to improve our enjoyment of the hobby. Chris looks forward to working with all RASA members to further the success of Amateur Radio in general.