WIA and NZART ANZAC 100 actions
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) plans for the ANZAC century in 2015 have been joined by the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters
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(NZART). Both will have commemorative callsigns and awards. The major commemoration will start on April 25, 2015, which is when Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) troops landed at Gallipoli 100 years ago.
The WIA and the NZART are to be heard on air with ANZAC callsigns. Both will have specially designed QSL cards and Award certificates. They will join Telsiz ve Radyo Amat?rleri Cemiyeti (TRAC) of Turkey in the commemorations, with interest also shown in the United Kingdom, Philippines and Malaysia.
The WIA invites club registrations for the callsign use in 2015 between ANZAC Day April 25, when the landing occurred at Gallipoli Cove, and December 20, the day ANZAC troops left Gallipoli.
The NZART has ZL100ANZAC available for a month to clubs, as well as ZL1, ZL2, ZL3, ZL4 ANZAC callsigns. It invites its branches and interested individuals to register.
A special pre-recorded opening 30 minute VK100ANZAC broadcast is to happen (April 24, 1300 UTC), with cooperation of the WIA, NZART and TRAC. It will be heard in at least Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. The WIA hopes to broadcast from a significant place in the Australian capital of Canberra. At each of Australia's three time zones on the day the pre-recorded broadcast will be repeated by the WIA on a rostered basis. There will be plenty of occasions to hear it.
The WIA has already listed some club events on its website including the 75th Anniversary of RAAF Secret Mission, Battle of the Somme, Battle of Kokoda Track, the WIA Remembrance Day, and the Evacuation of Gallipoli.
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