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Ron Wilkinson Award

About the award

The award is for special achievement in any facet of amateur radio and is only available to amateurs from VK call areas.

History

Ron Wilkinson VK3AKC was a well-known VHF-UHF operator and homebrewer over the 1950s-1980s. He distinguished himself by making the first moonbounce contact from Australia on 1296 MHz, with a 20ft homebrew dish and hand-built transverter and kilowatt power amplifier.

Ron was born in March 1919, and served in WW2. He served in Syria and Palestine, but ended up in Java. He was captured and sent to work on the Thailand-Burma railway. He was then transported to Japan on a "Hell ship" to work in a copper mine.

In 1956 he gained a limited license - VK3ZER. He held several VHF/UHF distance records. In 1968 he gained his full license - VK3AKC. He won the Ross Hull contest 1964/65, 1967/68 and 1969/70.

Ron became SK in March 1977.

Past recipients

1978 - Wally Green VK6WG & Reg Galle VK5QR
1979 - Alfred Chandler (SK) & Winston Nichols VK7EM
1980 - David Wardlaw VK3ADW & Michael Owen (SK)
1981 - Cec Bardwell VK2IR
1982 - Ray Jones VK3RJ
1983 - Dick Norman VK2BDN
1984 - Peter Smith VK1DS & Ken Palliser VK3GJ
1985 - Lyle Patison VK2ALU (SK)
1986 - Doug McArthur VK3UM (SK)
1988 - Eric Jamieson VK5LP
1989 - Arthur Oliver VK6ART
1990 - Graham Ratcliff VK5AGR
1991 - Keith Cunliffe VK2ZZO
1992 - Margaret Iaquinto VK3CFI (SK)
1993 - Gordon MacDonald VK2ZAB
1994 - Eddie Penikis VK1VP (SK)
1995 - Lyle Patison VK2ALU (SK)
1996 - Roger Bowman VK5NY & Wally Howse VK6KZ
1997 - Neil Trainor VK3IJ & Bill Magnusson VK3JT
2001 - Russell Lemke VK3ZQG & Trevor Niven VK5NC & Colin Hutchesson VK5DK
2003 - Doug McArthur VK3UM (SK)
2004 - Rex Moncur VK7MO
2005 - Keith Malcolm (SK)
2006 - Fred Swainston VK3DAC & Ron Bertrand VK2DQ
2007 - Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW
2009 - Stan Bourke VK2EL
2010 - Adam Maurer VK4CP
2011 - Phil Harman VK6APH
2012 - Dale Hughes VK1DSH
2014 - Alan Devlin VK3XPD
2015 - David Rowe VK5DGR
2016 - David Scott VK2JDS
2017 - Phil Moat VK4CDI
2018 - Jim Tregellas VK5JST
2019 - Kaye Wright VK3FKDW (SK)


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