A new amateur on the bands

There is a new amateur on the bands.  In fact a new amateur in our household.

This weekend, my wife Marija undertook the Foundation licence course held by the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society (AHARS).  She PASSED.

So hopefully in 6 weeks time, there will be a new amateur on the bands….VK5FMAZ.

Marija has been a great supporter of my interest in the hobby over the years, and has accompanied me on many SOTA & Parks expeditions.  It will be terrific to share the hobby with her and hear Marija up on air from a SOTA peak or a National or Conservation Park soon.

Well done Marija, and many thanks to AHARS and the exam/course convenors.


14 thoughts on “A new amateur on the bands

  1. That’s terrific, Paul…pass on my congratulations to Marija and I look forward to talking to her on the bands soon! 🙂

    Cheers and 73,

    • Hi Amanda,

      Marija is very excited and is really looking forward to a QSO with you and Julie. Hopefully it will take about 6 weeks to go through ACMA. I’ll take Marija over to Mt Lofty summit within the Cleland Conservation Park, for a SOTA/Parks activation.

      Best wishes,


  2. Congratulations Marija look forward to hearing you out and about in a park soon,looks like you’ll be sharing the radio soon Paul hihi.

    • Hi Col,

      Marija is very excited about the prospect of her first QSO. We are probably going to head over to Mount Lofty for a dual SOTA/Parks activation once her licence comes through.

      Hats off to the instructors at AHARS as 9 new Foundation ops passed the course/exams over the weekend.



  3. Well done Marija, great effort. I expect to hear you on a bit more Paul over the next few weeks, before the keys to the shack are handed over. Gardening is much more fun than playing radio anyway.

    • Hi Mick,

      Thanks for the congratulations. I will pass those on to Marija except for the gardening comment. She doesn’t need any more ammunition to fire at me mate.

      I’m off to work. Cheers,


  4. Congrats to the both of you. Common interests, whatever they may be, is a fantastic way to share life.

  5. Hello Paul, I am very pleased for you both. It will add a new dimension to your portable work and I bet Marija is pretty excited as well. She deserves to be!
    John D

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