Amateur radio clubs as regional media networks

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Mason, Andrew. 2021. "Amateur radio clubs as regional media networks." 12th Australian Media Traditions Conference: Exploring the Regions. Melbourne, Australia Melbourne, Australia.
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Amateur radio clubs as regional media networks

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AuthorMason, Andrew
Journal or Proceedings Title12th Australian Media Traditions Conference: Exploring the Regions Conference Abstracts
Year2021
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://mediatraditions.com/2021/
Conference/Event12th Australian Media Traditions Conference: Exploring the Regions
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12th Australian Media Traditions Conference: Exploring the Regions
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Online
Event Location
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.

Keywordsamateur radio; regional, radio clubs, media history
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020439999. Other history, heritage and archaeology not elsewhere classified
470107. Media studies
470102. Communication technology and digital media studies
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Humanities and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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