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Radio ham honoured with ARCIA award

Each November, Melbourne plays host to Comms Connect, Australia’s
premier radio and wireless communications industry conference,
during which the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association
– ARCIA – hold their annual Gala dinner and awards presentation.

At the Awards ceremony on Wednesday November 21st, ARCIA honoured a well known member of the VK6 amateur community - Anthony Benbow VK6AXB with the Peter Wallace award for Australian radio communications Industry Professional of the Year.

This was in recognition of his work in ensuring electronics apprentice training remains accessible and relevant to the radio communications industry; and for his general contribution to the industry over three decades, including seven years as Manager of Radio Communications for WA’s fire and emergency service agencies.

Speaking after the ceremony, Anthony said the award came as a complete surprise, and he feels very humbled to have been honoured by his peers with such a prestigious award.

“My journey into the radio communications industry began with Amateur radio, gaining my Novice license as a high school student in the mid-1980s. Having that license as a recognised qualification was instrumental in me gaining my first job in the radio industry, and the innovative, hands-on and problem-solving approach of Amateur radio has served me very well in my career ever since”, VK6AXB said.

“What started with Amateur radio has become a long and interesting journey through the wider radio and communications industry, but I never dreamed it would lead here!”

“I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some fantastic people over the years, many of whom, like myself, are inspired and motivated by their participation in Amateur radio. I would not be here today without everything I have learned from them. I owe all those people a great debt of gratitude for the help they have given me, and I hope I can keep making a worthy contribution into the future, helping others to ensure that RF industry training remains available, and that the contribution Amateur radio can make to the wireless and radio industry is recognised”

Wireless Institute of Australia


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