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VK100ANZAC to be on air in July

Date : 10 / 04 / 2016
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The Wireless Institute of Australia has proudly assigned VK100ANZAC to the Geelong Amateur Radio Club on July 19-21, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles. Australia sustained 5,500 casualties in that battle, the worst 24 hours in our military history.

Geelong Amateur Radio Club spokesman Barry Abley VK3SY says the event is in recognition of a tragic period which caused loss and grief to countless people and nations.

Supported by the WIA, invitations are extended to other International Amateur Radio Union member societies to consider how to join the event. At Geelong the venue will be historical Osborne House, Australia's first Naval College and in a number of uses was a WWI military hospital.

Some details of the commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles on Western Front are still being finalised, but will be announced as this anniversary approaches. This is part of the Federal Government ANZAC Community Grant program that included VI3ANZAC in August 2014 to commemorate the "First Shot of the Great War" fired by Australia. From Fort Queenscliff the order was given to fire across the bow of the fleeing German merchant ship Pfalz, to prevent it from leaving Port Phillip Bay.

The First Shot campaign commemorated Australia's first action in the war, and taking part was the Geelong Amateur Radio Club.


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