20160711 - Amateur Radio as Social Media

posted Jun 10, 2016, 7:59 PM by Glynn Davies   [ updated Jul 16, 2016, 5:58 PM by News Team ]
Speaking of history – how are your social media accounts going???

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram anyone???

Oh, and for those who watched the webcast of the WIA AGM, do you remember Andrew, VK4NDY, getting up at the end of question time and discussing a survey, regarding Amateur Radio as a social media??

With the explosion in popularity of ‘social media’ providing a great number of people the ability to instantaneously communicate around the globe, it time to investigate where it all began.

This project examines the history of amateur radio and its contemporary status, often neglected by Media Studies researchers.

As such, the research fills a gap in wider literature and challenges some of the repeated stereotypes about media and technology use.

This research will build upon research presented and published in the 2014 Conference Proceedings by the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.


The purpose of this project is to understand social uses of technology and the reasons why people may use amateur radio.

Your participation will involve completion of a questionnaire that will take approximately five (5) minutes of your time.

If you want to get involved and be part of the survey, head to VK6.net and look for this story:

“Amateur Radio as Social Media”.

There are 2 files linked from the story:

1.       The first is the obligatory academic information that you need to know about the survey, along with Andrew’s contact details.

2.       The second is the survey itself, which you can download, print, fill out and then either:

a.       Scan to e-mail, or

b.      Stick in one of those paper envelopes and hand over to your chosen high-speed trusted mail carrier.

It is expected that while this project may not directly benefit you, it may benefit the WIA and in understanding and promoting amateur radio in Australia in the future.



If you have trouble accessing the survey, please e-mail vk6paw@gmail.com

[VK4NDY image from QRZ.com]

News Team,
Jun 10, 2016, 7:59 PM