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ANZAC 100 will be everywhere in 2015

Date : 03 / 01 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The WIA has joined the community commemoration of the ANZAC 100 milestone with its own ANZAC Centenary Award, special callsigns and other activities. Also involved are the NZART New Zealand and the TRAC Turkey, with some other IARU member societies showing interest.

The Australian Department of Veteran Affairs has approved the WIA's use of the word 'ANZAC' in its rostered special callsigns. These will be popular with on-air contacts made during the year.

Earlier, the start of World War 1, and the First Shot Fired by Australia movement invited participation on August 5 last year from the Geelong Amateur Radio Club at Fort Queenscliff on Port Phillip Bay, who used VI3ANZAC. Another event was the first ANZAC troop ships in November and Albany's role in Australia's ANZAC history, that had the Southern Electronics Group use VI6ANZAC.

However, the ANZAC 100 event officially opens on April 25 this year with a special WIA broadcast from Canberra. Clubs and groups can register on a
roster basis for the WIA assigned ANZAC callsigns. Already registered are the RAAF Secret Mission, The Somme, Kokoda Track and the Evacuation of Gallipoli - among others.

The ANZAC 100 event in Australia runs until December 20, 2015 the day when ANZAC troops left the Gallipoli Peninsula. Suggested calling frequencies are made for Digital Modes, CW and SSB. An online log is provided to locate ANZAC stations, gauge propagation paths and enable eQSLing.

We remember the sacrifices made by our service personnel over the last 100 years. For details and to register please see the 'About The ANZAC Centenary' panel on the WIA website.


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