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Change of Club Name - As from June 5th, 2013, the Club has officially changed its name. This change is designed to provide broader membership appeal.

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.

Coffee Mornings - An informal social coffee morning is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 21 Neale Street, Bendigo at 10am. Visitors welcome.

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 Radiocommunication 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 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 $25.00/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. A once-off setup/joining fee of $5.00 applies to all new members.

Download Documents:

Club Constitution
Membership Application Form
Membership Renewal Form for 2013

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.


The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club meets the third Friday of the month at the 1st Bendigo Scout Hall, Vine Street, Bendigo at 7:30pm. 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 - Heidi Tobin - VK3FHID (03) 5447 9359

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

Email: General Information: vk3cmz@marc.org.au.

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