Dawn Wymer, Steve Reakes, Ilona Reakes and Kathy John prepare for the amateur radio open day in Maryborough tomorrow.
Dawn Wymer, Steve Reakes, Ilona Reakes and Kathy John prepare for the amateur radio open day in Maryborough tomorrow. Nat Bromhead

Public learn amateur radio

AMATEUR radio was the world’s first social media network – years before Facebook and Twitter became part of everyday life.

The skill of connecting through the airwaves is still going strong and the public can learn how to start their own amateur radio station at a public display in Maryborough tomorrow.

Maryborough Electronics and Radio Group said amateur radio was a great activity for young people interested in a technical or science career.

“Specialised techniques include bouncing radio signals off the moon and other radio amateurs enjoy talking through orbiting satellites, making contact with the International Space Station and using digital transmissions by linking a computer to a radio transmitter,” MERG member Dawn Wymer said.

“Everyone who visits the display will learn how they can easily get involved and under the supervision of an experienced radio amateur, get to talk over the radio airwaves.”

The display outside Maryborough City Hall is part of a nationwide display of amateur radio organised by the Wireless Institute of Australia.

It’s on from 10am to 4pm Saturday and entry is free.



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