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Gallipoli ceremonies have Amateur Radio access

Date : 12 / 04 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

Australian and New Zealand radio amateurs traveling to Gallipoli for the ANZAC ceremonies on April 25, ANZAC Day, will have VHF and UHF frequencies available, including Echolink access.

The Türkiye Radyo Amatörleri Cemiyeti (TRAC) has set-up repeater TA3EC at Gokceada Island on EchoLink 433.850 MHz 88.5 Hz CTSS, with Yagi beam coverage to the commemoration areas. TRAC President Aziz Sasa TA1E says the intention is also to be listening nearby on 145.550 MHz and 433.550 MHz, as the VK and ZL visitors disembark from buses and pass through a security check point. He says TRAC has already dealt with the embassy to allow hand-held radios to be taken to the commemorations. Under the CEPT rules the guests can operate freely by identifying as TA1 slash their home call. A little hospitality and international friendship is being shown by TRAC to all radio amateurs from VK and ZL.

Among those attending is June Sim VK4SJ, a first generation daughter of a Gallipoli Veteran, who will be joined by her son Anthony VK8NCS, at the Dawn Service, and the later service at Lone Pine.
There are others attending and we wish them all well during what will be a very respectful observance and commemoration of the WWI battlefield, where the ANZAC and Ottoman Empire soldiers fought during WWI.


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