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Engineering studies

1. Identify a range of responsibilities of a radio engineer.
2. Draw a timeline to illustrate the history of technological change in radio systems.
3. Discuss the impact the BRACS radio system has had on the lives of Aboriginal people in remote locations.

Create a table summarising the components in a basic radio broadcast or electronic circuitry system; the materials and properties used for each, and the advantages and disadvantages of each material.

Components Materials Properties Advantages or disadvantages

5. Explain why each of the materials used in radio systems is appropriate.
6. Discuss the special environmental considerations for the BRACS system.
7. What advantages would the BRACS radio system have for a developing country, for example, East Timor.
8. Discuss why radio is an important aspect in the maintenance and development of culture.

Identify and explain the process of testing required for a radio system.

a. Suggest other groups in the community that may benefit from a system like BRACS.
b. Investigate the radio system used for ethnic radio.
12. Explain the difference between AM and FM radio transmission.
13. Contrast the differences in radio transmission media.
14. Describe the basic principles of satellite communication systems.
15. Graphically represent the BRACS system.
16. Prepare an Engineering Report on the radio engineering profession with reference to:

a. nature and range of work done
b. engineers as managers
c. technologies unique to the profession
d. career prospects
e. training for the profession.

Design and technology

1. BRACS is an example of appropriate technology. Explain why.
2. Critically analyse the ethical issues of provision by the Federal government of the BRACS radio system.
3. Identify the organisations that have been involved in the implementation and maintenance of the BRACS radio system.
4. Discuss how TEABBA has enhanced the acceptance of BRACS.
5. As a class or group plan and present a radio program for presentation at lunchtime over the school public address system. Explain how you would decide on the program content.
6. Discuss why training and education are the key to BRACS continued success.

Further reading
Held, G. (1996) Understanding data communications, 5th edition, Sams Publishing, Indianapolis.


Telecommunications in Australia: 1900-1990
The Australian CRC for Satellite systems
Aussat information
Audio Engineering Society
Sustainable design, Centre for Design RMIT

Community Aid Abroad (1996) Appropriate technology: Caring for people and the environment, Community Aid Abroad, Melbourne.
Department of Communications (1985) Public Radio: Planning Guidelines, August, pp.1, 5.
NSW Board of Studies, (1997) Appropriate Technology: Designing the Future, NSW Board of Studies, Sydney.
Telstra Corporation Ltd (2000) King Island, First to test new technology, Directions, Vol 8, No 4, pp. 8-9.
Wyatt, E. (1996) TEABBA Radio Network, Paper presented at 6th Australian Regional Convention, Audio Engineering Society, 10th-12th September, 1996.

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