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When PEACE was brought to the amateur bands

Date : 17 / 12 / 2018
Author : WIA

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice that ended World War 1 with Australian special event callsigns saw a successful turnout on the amateur bands between the 3rd and 11th of November 2018.

To commemorate the work of many radio amateurs who played a key role in wartime communications the WIA secured Special Event callsigns for use across all Australian States and Territories.

VI # PEACE and VI # LWF (for Lest We Forget) were available, the # being for the state and territory call area numerals one through zero. In addition, VI100PEACE was available.

VI1PEACE through VI9PEACE went on air over the nine days of the event, along with VI100PEACE. Operators of these special event callsigns made a total of 1354 contacts.

In addition, VI1LWF through VI6LWF were active on-air, with the operators of these callsigns racking up 1367 contacts in total.

More than 40 countries across the world were worked by the Armistice Centenary special event stations, logging a total of 2721 contacts. Among the countries worked were: Australia (of course!), Algeria, Argentina, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Mexico, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, and Wales.

Twenty three first operators were involved, supported by many helpers in putting the commemorative callsigns to air. Operating conditions were problematic, given that the Sun is entering the minimum period of the current solar cycle, but the operators laboured successfully in accumulating the contacts made and the countries worked.

The QSL card on-line will remain there for a year. Many of the contacts have downloaded their QSL card and contact log information. Submitted logs have been sent to the WIA Office.

The WIA Board thanks Fred Swainston VK3DAC/VK4FE for managing this special event on behalf of the WIA.

Detailed information on the WIA Centenary of the Armistice event is available at this Link.

Page Last Updated: Monday 17 December 2018 at 8:15 hours by Justin Giles-clark


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