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Tasmania learns about amateur radio

Date : 26 / 06 / 2010
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

WIA affiliated club the Radio Electronics Association of South Tasmania did extremely well with its roster slot using the special callsign VK100WIA from the old coastal radio station site, Queens Domain in Hobart. Special Event Manager, Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW reports that nine REAST members ended up with 415 contacts over the three days. IRLP and Echolink on 2 metres, ATV, and HF phone, CW and PSK31.

While the activity would normally be newsworthy it clashed with much bigger news of the week, Australia getting a new Prime Minister. However ABC 936 radio ran an interview with Justin VK7TW lasting five minutes. Announcer Michael Veitch actually did his research before the interview by seeing the VK100WIA station in action. The result was a very interesting, sometimes humorous but also highly informative interview. After it was aired a half a dozen interested ABC listeners visited VK100WIA to learn more.

And Justin VK7TW is likely to have another radio interview during the coming week.

Pictured above
Scott Hutchins VK7FRRT operating the VK100WIA station from Queens Domain. Click the picture for a larger view


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