No Special-Purpose Grants Program for 2017
The Special-Purpose Grants Program of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), will not proceed for 2017. The first WIA Special-Purpose Grant was awarded in support of the GPS-Locking of VHF-UHF Beacons Project, proposed by Alan Devlin VK3XPD, and run jointly by Alan and the WIA over 2014-15.
The project added GPS-locking to an additional 23 beacons on the 2m, 70cm, 23cm, 13cm, 9cm and 3cm bands across VK3, VK4, VK5, and VK6, ensuring frequency accuracy and stability to within a few Hertz. And what a success that has been. More recently, the Geelong Amateur Radio Club received a WIA grant to help complete an Amateur Radio educational attraction project at the Queenscliff Maritime Museum. A story on the Marconi hut and antenna mast built by the club has been sent for publication in Amateur Radio magazine.
It is anticipated that the 2017-18 Board will review the Special-Purpose Grants Program in late 2017.
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