Amateur radio clubs as regional media networks

Mason, Andrew (2021) Amateur radio clubs as regional media networks. In: 12th Australian Media Traditions Conference: Exploring the Regions, 29-30 Sept 2021, Melbourne, Australia.


Abstract

Since the earliest days of wireless electronic communication, amateur experimenters have sought to conquer distance, forming networks to extend their communication, and clubs and societies to provide social, technical, and political support. Australia’s national amateur radio society, the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) formed in 1910 as an umbrella organisation linking many local radio clubs across the regions. These clubs continue to flourish, providing a regional local media network, additionally linking nationally through the WIA, they provide nationally networked news and information to their members. Practices that encourage exploration of regions include the affordance of safer travel through regular radio contact, and awards dedicated to visiting national parks, islands, and mountains to practice mobile communications.

Local radio clubs across Australia continue to play a significant social networking role for radio amateurs. Clubs host regular lectures, maker-spaces and construction events, dinner gatherings, trips, and daily scheduled group meeting times for on-air social interactions. This paper surveys the history and function of these radio clubs as actor networks affording connectivity and social engagement across regions.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Virtual conference.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 02:19
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2021 00:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: amateur radio; regional, radio clubs, media history
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4399 Other history, heritage and archaeology > 439999 Other history, heritage and archaeology not elsewhere classified
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470102 Communication technology and digital media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2201 Communication technologies, systems and services > 220105 Network systems and services
22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2201 Communication technologies, systems and services > 220107 Wireless technologies, networks and services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43781

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