Bulletin editorial policy

The RASA Bulletin is primarily a vehicle for providing updates to its members with news items relevant to Amateur Radio. However, we will accept some articles and items from RASA members and radio clubs for inclusion within our fortnightly editions.

The RASA Bulletin is not a magazine in the usual sense, so we don’t reproduce articles in their full form within the bulletin itself, nor do we apply formatting to the articles provided. We rely upon the contributor to do these things before sending them to us.

As the distributor of this content, RASA does have guidelines that we must apply. The details of these guidelines are provided here.

Articles should be related to Amateur Radio or associated activities that have not previously been published in major magazines and forums. Articles previously published in local Club newsletters etc. that merit greater circulation are ok, where they have been provided to us by the author themselves. For reasons of copyright, we won’t post an
article produced by a third party unless we have their written permission provided with the article.

An article should not advertise the sale of equipment or services (Other web sites provide this service) An exception to this is a group or club wishing to publicise an upcoming event of general interest and relevance to Amateur Radio, such as a field event, DXpedition or Hamfest Sale.

All articles must be submitted via an attachment to email to info@vkradioamateurs.org.au

Articles should be accompanied by a 100-150 word description of the article concerned, which should include the name and callsign (if one is held) of the author. This descriptor is to be used within a Bulletin to provide sufficient information to the reader to decide if they wish to click on and follow the link to the body of the article. RASA editorial personnel reserve the right to edit or add to this descriptor if greater clarity is required.

Maximum file size in an article is 8Mb. (Larger file sizes generally indicate that images have been insufficiently resized or compressed before being ported to the article.)

While RASA Bulletins will attempt to utilise acceptable content provided by members in a timely way, it remains up to our editorial personnel to determine if and when any given article is to be released.

It is the responsibility of the author or provider of any article to ensure that they have permission to use images of any people who may be visible within the article, or to pixelate/blur the faces and identifying items of any persons from whom they have not received approval.

This model of providing information to RASA members and readers is intended to keep production and preparation time to a minimum, which in turn allows articles to reach readers in just weeks from their inception. Information on contests, propagation and events can come
fresh from their authors while their relevance is still high.

This Editorial Policy is the framework under which it can happen.

Social media policy

RASA uses social media to encourage exchange of information in an open and transparent environment.  Social Media offers a responsive (real time) informal platform for members to access and share information on their computers, tablets and mobile devices.

We promote open and honest discourse.  In the interests of maintaining harmony and balanced commentary, we ask all users to exercise good judgement when posting comments or replying to a comment.  We encourage open debate and analysis of commentary.

However, we will not tolerate:

* derogatory or obscene posts

* sledging or personal attacks

* potentially defamatory comments

* any form of sexism, racism or vilification

* any postings that are regarded as being in “poor form” or irrelevant to the objectives of RASA

Postings that are inaccurate or misleading may be corrected or deleted by the Administrators.

Proper copyright and reference laws or standards should be observed when posting.

RASA Facebook administrators reserve the right to remove or delete inappropriate postings and block repeat offenders from accessing the page.

Joining Conditions

RASA is open to any Australian Amateur Radio operator or person interested in the hobby of Amateur Radio.  We ask that you provide your full name, callsign (if any) and email address.  We may confirm these details against the ACMA Database.

For our first 12 months joining is free.  An annual fee will be struck on our first anniversary.  During this time, a budget will be finalised and published for public viewing.

Any person who behaves in a manner contrary to our objectives, or in conflict with our Social Media Policy may have their membership cancelled.

Code of Conduct:

It is important that courtesy and good behaviour are maintained at all times.

Unsociable behaviour will not be tolerated.

RASA committee members or their representatives will not consider or respond to disrespectful or offensive correspondence.  Please consider what you are going to say before taking to the keyboard.

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) reserves the right to cancel membership at their sole discretion when a member’s conduct is considered unsatisfactory or inappropriate.

Multi year memberships are not provided.

Pro-rata membership.

Memberships accepted on or after 1 January each year will be valid until 1 September the following year. i.e. 18 months.

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia Privacy Policy

In this Policy ‘personal information’ and ‘confidential information’ has the same meaning as in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)

The RASA respects and values the privacy of information concerning our members and will comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles, in so far as they are applicable.

Collection, use and disclosure of information about persons and members.

The Radio Society of Australia (RASA) will only collect, use or disclose personal information about persons, members and clubs for purposes of:

  • Maintaining the accuracy of the membership register
  • Providing members with news and services
  • Confirming member details
  • Conducting research to support our objectives

Your personal information will not be shared with any third parties unless required by law.

You may, at any time, contact us and request we provide you with the personal information we hold about you.  Should any of your personal details change, please advise us by sending an email to info@vkradioamateurs.org

Anti-harassment, discrimination and bullying policy

RASA opposes all forms of harassment, discrimination and bullying. This includes treating or proposing to treat someone less favourably because of a particular characteristic; imposing or intending to impose an unreasonable requirement, condition or practice which has an unequal or disproportionate effect on people with a particular characteristic; or any behaviour that is offensive, abusive, belittling, intimidating or threatening – whether this is face-to-face, indirectly or via communication technologies such as mobile phones and computers.

Some forms of harassment, discrimination and bullying are against the law and are based on particular characteristics such as age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, political or religious beliefs, race, and marital status.

RASA takes all claims of harassment, discrimination, bullying and cyber bullying seriously. We encourage anyone who believes they have been harassed, discriminated against or bullied to raise the issue with us.

Use of RASA logos

The RASA logo is the copyright logo of The Radio Amateur Society of Australia Inc (RASA). Use of the RASA logo in any form of printed, electronic or online medium requires the written permission of the RASA Management Team. RASA hereby grants pre-approval for individual radio amateurs who are RASA members to show their support for RASA by way of inclusion of a RASA logo on their QSL cards and personal web sites. RASA pre approves the use of the RASA logo under the following conditions: The logo shall only be used on the QSL card or website of a RASA member.

The logo shall be obtained from the RASA website using the link provided below.

The logo and any reference to RASA shall only be associated with a positive message about the member, hobby or activity.

Any negative or derogatory use of the name RASA or logo is prohibited.

The logo shall be used as provided and shall not be modified, recoloured, manipulated, distorted or altered in any way. Other uses of the RASA logo by individuals, clubs or commercial organisations may be considered. Written permission from RASA will be required in each case. Contact RASA for more info. RASA reserves the right to approve artwork containing the RASA logo.

The logo may be downloaded here: