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Centenary of ANZAC on air ends soon

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

The WIA ANZAC 100 program commemorating a century of that part of WW1 has entered its ‘last hurrah’ phase, with the ANZAC-suffixed callsigns on air for the next two weeks. The stations will mark the quiet departure of ANZAC forces from Gallipoli on December 20, 1915, after an eight month battle, that gave birth in Australia and New Zealand to the ANZAC legacy.

The multi-mode event by VI3ANZAC has a team of eight operators rostered to maximise contacts. It ends on December 29-20 at the historic Fort Gellibrand at Williamstown in Melbourne’s inner west.

In honour of the Royal Australian Navy Bridge Train, a large team lead by Mike Charteris VK4QS is to be heard through VI4ANZAC. It has a strong team of mainly ex-Navy men at the Morse code key and on the microphone.

In West Australia VI6ANZAC organised by members of the Ham College with major operations this weekend at the RAAF Museum Bull Creek among the Cobra Helicopter display, and next weekend at the club’s new shack in a scout hall. VI6ANZAC will be on HF using SSB and sometimes CW, and plans to activate an FM satellite as well. And don’t be surprised if it too is on air at other times during the ‘last hurrah’.

The Northern Territory is to play its part with VI8ANZAC on air, and to finish next weekend at the Charles Darwin National Park with Stuie VK8NSB and Rowan VK8RD, on HF using SSB & CW.
There have been 50 events in the past eight months, joined by commemorative callsigns in Turkey and Belgium.

The ANZAC-suffixed callsigns 'last hurrah' is on air until December 20, working the world. QSLing is via eQSL. More details on each of these events are on the WIA website Link


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