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VK4PJ Silent Key

Date : 10 / 05 / 2013
Author : Trent Sampson - VK4TS & Laurie Murray VK4LO

Peter Brown became a silent key on the 8th of May 2013 - He had only recently chalked up the century - he was 100 years old.

Peter was a WIA stalwart, being the national contest manager during the 70~80s.

He was behind the introduction of the WIA Contest Trophy, one that was before its time - these days with results of contests able to be produced much more quickly the trophy has been reintroduced in 2012/13 a fitting tribute to his love of the hobby. The trophy bears his name and callsign and will be awarded at the WIA AGM in Perth this year after an absence of some 25 years.


It is believed by his friends that Peter was first licensed in the early 1950’s. There is evidence that he was issued with Amateur Radio licence QA.244 on 12 May 1963 so we can say with some certainty that he has been licensed for well over 50 years.

He received a Meritorious Service Badge in 1978 from the Queensland Divisional Council of the WIA following a sustained effort to bring the Division into a good financial and administrative position with the assistance of his great friend Al Carter VK4LT, now resident on the Sunshine Coast.

Peter also received certificates from QNEWS in 2001 and 2002 for his assistance in this area of the hobby.

His interest in space communication is evidenced by becoming AMSAT Life Member Number 1130 in 1979.

It is believed by his friends that Peter was first licensed in the early 1950’s. There is evidence that he was issued with Amateur Radio licence QA.244 on 12 May 1963 so we can say with some certainty that he has been licensed for well over 50 years.

He received a Meritorious Service Badge in 1978 from the Queensland Divisional Council of the WIA following a sustained effort to bring the Division into a good financial and administrative position with the assistance of his great friend Al Carter VK4LT, now resident on the Sunshine Coast.

Peter also received certificates from QNEWS in 2001 and 2002 for his assistance in this area of the hobby.

His interest in space communication is evidenced by becoming AMSAT Life Member Number 1130 in 1979.

All in all Peter’s contribution to our hobby has been sustained and substantial.

Vale Peter VK4PJ


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