Welcome to the Sherbrooke Community Amateur Radio Club Inc. “VK3KID”

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Welcome to the Sherbrooke Community Amateur Radio Club Inc. “VK3KID”

Club meets at 1st Ferntree Gully Scout Group Hall on the first Monday of each month at 1930 (7:30pm)


 Recreation Res (behind Woolworth’s on Burwood Hwy), Brenock Park Drive Ferntree Gully VIC 3156

We are in the small hall on the Melbourne side.

Have a look at the web page about a week before to see if we have moved the meeting for a contest or Jota etc.

The club members use 70cm VK3RAJ 439.750 434.750 Upwey Melbourne 91.5 CTCSS

The Club is hopeful that Hamradio exams will be held again at the club rooms.

Keep an eye on the club web site, I let you know as soon as I know!

WIA Information Update                                                                                  4th March 2019


RE:  WIA Position on outcomes of the Approach to Market for Examination Services. 


Dear Member, 

As you are no doubt aware the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have recently announced the signing of the Deed of arrangement between the Australian Maritime College (AMC) for the provision of examination and other services. 

The AMC have subsequently released their pricing and preliminary information on other processes.

The result of the negotiations between the AMC bid team and ACMA procurement has resulted in the “headline” entry price to the hobby of Amateur Radio rising:

  • $75 to $115 (Foundation Assessment, Practical Assessment & Callsign Recommendation) for adults – an increase of over 140%,  (WIA’s proposal was $49) 
  • $40 to $115 (Foundation Assessment, Practical Assessment & Callsign Recommendation) for youth – an astonishing 285% increase.  (WIA’s proposal was $27)

The WIA board and the Education Group is horrified by the existential risk that this creates for the hobby of Amateur Radio, especially given the widespread community support (at both a local and international level) for attracting younger participants to the hobby.

Not only has the process increased costs and failed to provide continuity (despite solutions to this being offered by the WIA), the processes described by the AMC in their recent release paint a picture of an exam service that, in the opinion of the Education Group, is of a significantly lower standard than that which was previously offered by the WIA and vastly inferior to that which the WIA proposed.

A succession of royal commissions have demonstrated the consequences of decision making that fails to consider the customer. 

The only rational conclusion the WIA can draw is that the AMC, parties to the AMC bid and those involved in the ACMA procurement process have weighted political, commercial and personal factors ahead of their customers’, the community and the hobby of Amateur Radio.

The WIA, as the only Amateur Radio organisation that is demonstrably committed to furthering the hobby, remains committed to resolving this situation for the benefit of our members and the community we represent. 


On behalf of the WIA Board.


Justin Giles-Clark
President & Director



Read the full report via this  – LINK

Regards Jim VK3AMN






Randall has Echolink is up and running VK3RMW 145.350 MHz 97.4 CTCSS

We are small club who believes in helping our fellow hams get on the air and to stay on the air.

 Our group aim is to have fun with the hobby, we don’t have time to sit around talking about how good we are like many Amateurs do!

“We just get up and do it!”

Club Contact Details

Sherbrooke Community Radio Club ‘VK3KID’

Post address C/O 44 Forest Park Road Upwey 3158.

Email Jim McNabb james.mcnabb2@bigpond.com

We are an inclusive amateur radio club that welcomes those who would like to help promote the advancement of amateur radio.

logo-300x300“Without the spirit of hams helping hams the hobby would end”

Jim McNabb 2005

Sherbrooke Community Radio Club ‘VK3KID’

Established 2007.

Last update 05/03/2019

Words of Wisdom:

 Never argue with an idiot!

If you start with an idiot you will finish with a idiot, so what is the point?

Jim McNabb 05-08-2014

The biggest problem with Ham’s today is, there are too many ex CB’ers that know every thing and get a two letter call to prove it.

Jim McNabb 10-01-2017

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