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The Battle Long Tan commemoration – update

Date : 20 / 08 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The Wireless Institute of Australia has callsigns for all States and Territories for the commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan, for use over 30 days. The callsigns are VI#BLT50, with VI1BTL50, VI4BLT50 and VI6BLT50 now on air. The WIA encourages others to make use of the commemorative callsigns.

There are the usual of requirements:
1. They are full licence callsigns and the operator must hold or of have present a holder of a full licence holder during operations.
2. Only one station can operate at one time but can operate on multiple bands – a roster is required.
3. The operators must advise the WIA Office (with Fred VK3DAC also involved) of their intent to operate so that a roster can be located on the WIA website.
4. A log of stations worked must be kept and submitted to the WIA Office
5. QSL will be the responsibility of the individual stations – a generic QSL card is being developed.

Mal VK6LC has initiated the activities and will co-ordinate the VK6 operators. Ewan McLeod VK4ERM will assist with the VI4BLT50 operation, and Tex Ihasz VK1TX has been rostered to run VI1BLT50. The WIA describes the activity as an extremely important commemoration, and encourages widespread advice on it and encourages participation.

The WIA reminds all that it was not possible to announce the intended callsigns until the ACMA released them just as it was recovering from processing issues with its computer system.


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