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Battle of Long Tan commemoration continues

Date : 10 / 09 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The marking the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War is continuing with the three stations reporting difficult propagation at most times. Mal VK6LC reports that operators at VI6BLT50 are averaging only about two hour openings a day mostly to Europe on the 20 metre band.

Phil VK6GX is still pounding away on CW and Martin VK6RC fills the gaps in the evening. The dedicated commemoration by the VI6BLT50 team has tried the weak signal PSK31 mode, with some over 300 contacts made already. VI6BLT50 is this weekend until Monday has VK6LC, VK6OZ and VK6VCK at the low band antenna farm in the west - so look for it on the band.

Mal VK6LC says QSL's are arriving and soon all V I 6 B L T 50 contacts will be on the ARRL Logbook of The World.
In Queensland, VI4BLT50 is on air with poor band conditions although contacts are still being made with VK, ZL and overseas stations.

The operators are VK4ERM, VK4DMC, VK4ZD, VK4CL, VK4KJ, Stu VK4SDD, Merv VK4DV, and Bernie VK4KX.
Dale VK4DMC reports that despite the conditions the response received during QSOs has been very encouraging
Tex VK1TX is also putting VI0BLT50 on air and experiencing the same propagation from Canberra.

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