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WIA Merit Award recipient most worthy

Date : 16 / 09 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The prestigious Chris Jones Award for 2016 has been presented to Jenny Wardrop VK3WQ, for consistent support of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association (ALARA), and the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine.

Announced at the Norfolk Island annual general meeting, the WIA Board awarded it and mentioned her latest contributions of articles in 2014 and 2015 for the ANZAC Centenary. The Chris Jones Award is named after the National WIA’s secretary, an inspirational and passionate individual, who passed away in 2006.

WIA Director Robert Broomhead VK3DN made the presentation to Jenny in September at the Mechanics Institute in Prahran. Jenny VK3WQ was very appreciative of being honoured, with her long history of many notable contributions that impressed the WIA Board. She said: "I had the opportunity to research and write about women who contributed to the war effort, and contribute to the ANZAC 100 coverage some of the roles done by them. An important part of our history has been recorded for current and future generations. New parts of the story emerged, it has been a pleasure to be able to share these and put them on record."

Robert VK3DN said it was a great pleasure to make the presentation and share the occasion with her partner Peter Wolfenden VK3RV. The conversation quickly turned to the enormous contribution made by Chris Jones VK2ZDD. While Jenny and Peter had heard a lot heard a lot of his enormous contribution to the hobby, they unfortunately did not meet him.

Jenny and Peter are now in London to attended Amateur Radio events, (YL International Conference and RSGB Conference) visit at least two museums, and undoubtedly continue adding to their knowledge of history.


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