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VI8ANZAC very popular

Date : 05 / 03 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The Darwin Amateur Radio Club (DARC) has completed its activation of the VI8ANZAC callsign as part of the reenactment of the journey by Albert Chalmers Borella to enlist in WWI. He went from Tennant Creek to Darwin, then to a sign-up point in Townsville in Queensland. Albert Borella served at Gallipoli in 1915, the Western Front in France and Belgium, and is the only person from the Northern Territory to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

DARC President Gary Gibson VK8GN reports that VI8ANZAC was put to air by 10 operators scattered across Darwin, keeping it on air until midnight local time from February 20 to March 3. There was a concentration on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m using both SSB and CW. The callsign was greeted with plenty of interest on the bands. The total number of contacts was more than 1,000 with the hits about 7,400.

At the end of the journey by his grandson Richard Borella that was on foot, horseback and train, it was announced that Darwin's newest suburb would be named Borella. A series of VK state and territory callsigns are to be used during ANZAC 100 that are prefixed VI, have a state numeral and the ANZAC prefix.


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