ANZAC 100 logs milestone
The QSOs generated by the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program and now uploaded as digital files has already exceeded 5,000 - but will soon nudge 10,000 contacts. Plenty of activity in the ANZAC 100 program is planned right around Australia with soon to be held commemorations in Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. The timing and details of all events are on the WIA website.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
Meantime, this is the last weekend for the ZL100ANZAC callsign by the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART). Already it has many thousands of contacts. Both the WIA and NZART are running complementary programs, with commemorative events held also in Turkey, Belgium and elsewhere. It honours those Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) soldiers who fought in WWI and since.
On Sunday May 31, the event ‘Our local ANZACs’ take to the bands as VK100ANZAC run by the Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club NTARC. At its club rooms VK100ANZAC will be on air for three days, accompanied by audio visual presentations, photographs and posters. It marks the close of a 3 week period of action on Gallipoli, in which Australia's and the Empire's most decorated soldier, Harry Murray, was awarded his first bravery decoration, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
On June 4-10 the VK100ANZAC callsign will be heard thanks to DXer Tommy Horozakis VK2IR, which is promising to be very active with DX on the HF bands.
VI5ANZAC activated on June 6 by the Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club, iw in honour of Vietnam War Veterans. That club had a successful event in April, but has now been asked by the Elizabeth RSL to set up a similar event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Australian forces at Vung Tau landed by the Royal Australian Navy. Elizabeth ARC will have VI5ANZAC on 80m 3.650MHz and 40m 7.050MHz +/- QRM, 1900-2300 CST.
All logs from ANZAC 100 are being loaded up by eQSL, LoTW and ClubLog by Trent Sampson VK4TS. Some recent events have yet to file logs electronically, but this is expected to happen soon.
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