Are You Ready for Amateur Radio?
Monday 1:20 p.m.–2:05 p.m.
Target audience: Community
There is a lot of radio spectrum out there, and while some of it is available for use to the public, much of of the spectrum is licensed out to private business, defence and government uses, and is also limited in how you can use what is available. Fortunately you can can access to a significant amount of this RF spectrum by becoming an amateur radio operator! This session will give a brief introduction to the types of Licenses available and the costs with getting a license before taking a look at what you need to know in order to obtain a license with several sample questions, and finishing up with some Q&A at the end. If you've had an interest in radio, but always wondered what the next step may be, then this session is for you!
Ben is a IT Systems Administrator working within the Tasmanian Government and much of his spare time is taken up with the hobbies of amateur radio and electronics. With great changes occurring to the hobby with the commodotisation of electronics modules and compute such as Arduino and Raspberry Pis, Ben has a keen interest in how the hobbies and technology meet, and the importantance of Open Source Software in making this happen. Ben is the President of the Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania, representing the amateur radio and electronics enthusiasts in southern Tasmania.