This site is based on a document originally written by Mark Cheeseman VK2XGK with contributions from many Australian radio amateurs. The document was originally a plain text file distributed via the aus.radio.amateur newsgroup and via an FTP server. A full list of contributors appears at Acknowledgements below.
It was updated in November 1995 by Andrew Davis VK1DA. The main reasons for change were the revised amateur licensing structure in Australia introduced in 1995 by the Spectrum Management Authority (now Australian Communications and Media Authority). It was converted to an HTML document and published in that form. Routine major and minor updates have been made since then, one in June 2001 by Peter Parker VK3YE and further updates were made in 2004 to 2006 to cater for the licencing changes resulting from the removal of the morse code test and the review of the Amateur Radio Service by the licencing authority.
The document was moved to VKFAQ.AMPR.ORG with the assistance and generosity of Carl Makin, VK1KCM, in 2004. This enabled it to have a more appropriate persistent URL and not be dependent on an individual ISP account.
Subjects Covered, Revision Policy
The subjects covered in this document are representative of the questions which are frequently asked by people seeking more information on the fascinating hobby of amateur radio. If you would like to see additional subjects covered, please tell me by using the feedback form. Various pages are updated when I become aware of them being out of date due to changes in technology and other new uses of amateur radio eg. SOTA.
I aim not to publish email addresses in the clear as such addresses tend to receive unsolicited email.
I, Andrew Davis, undertake to protect your name, contact details and email address and never use it for any purpose other than for replying to your emails.
This FAQ is Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995 - 2013 Mark Cheeseman, Andrew Davis and contributors.
This document may be used for non-commercial purposes to further the development of amateur radio. Commercial unauthorised reproduction prohibited. Please ensure that this copyright notice is included in copies made for any purpose.
Many thanks to the following for their assistance in compiling this FAQ: Mark Cheeseman VK2XGK, Carl Makin VK1KCM, Michael Butler, Dave Horsfall VK2KFU, Rod Gamble VK2DAY, Dean Davidson VK2ZID, Paul W. Schleck K3FU, Leigh Baker VK3TP, Doug Rickard VK4ZDR, Peter Parker VK3YE.
Corrections and suggestions for improvements are welcomed and will be actioned asap, provided they conform with site content policies. Please email corrections and additions via the feedback page.
Formatting and Browser Compatibility
This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for almost all formatting, with PHP used for multilevel inclusions for various parts of all pages. Almost no paragraphs have explicit formatting markup. The site has been tested for compatibility with IE6 to IE9, Firefox up to at least release 23 and Apple Safari, on Windows XP, Vista and WIndows7, Safari and Chrome on IOS5-6 on Iphones and Ipads. If you find the site has formatting problems, I would like to know more about what your operating system and browser versions are. My intention is to ensure the site is usable for the broadest range of users. Please use the Contact Me page linked from the foot of this page to send suggestions via email.