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WIA Centenary DVD

WIA Centenary Celebrations
January - December 2010

Historical Information

Untitled Document

VK100WIA Your Booking Details

Dates Booked

Wed 16th, Jun, 2010 - Fri 18th, Jun, 2010

Club Details

Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club
PO Box 1098
Cranbourne VIC, 3977
Contact : Steve, VK3EGD, Secretary
Phone : +61 408 878934
Email :

Event Details

VK100WIA Station operating at Site of 1921 AWA station
Site of 1921 AWA station
Cnr Rossiter Rd. & Sims Lane
Koo-Wee-Rup, VIC, 3977

Operating Times and Frequencies

Various times over the three day period
Multiple bands and Modes incl. 160m Morse

Other Activities

During 2010 the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the WIA, and the very start of organised amateur radio in Australia during 1910. As a part of that celebration, in the spirit of celebrating early radio in Australia, the Gippsland Gate Radio and Electronics Club Inc. (GGREC) will be re-enacting the historically important reception of the very first direct press message sent from the UK to Australia, which was received at an experimental receiving station established at Koo Wee Rup, at 5am on the 5th December 1921. With the highly appreciated cooperation of the Dragon Radio Club in Wales, it is planned that the re-enacted message be transmitted from the original Marconi MUU station buildings at the original Waunfawr location in Caernarfon, Wales, UK, to the original location of the AWA manned Experimental Station site in Koo Wee Rup, Victoria, Australia. This first message and the many that followed it over the next six months proved that direct radio communication between the UK and Australia could be reliable and therefore commercially viable. The reception of this message, and the hundreds of messages that followed it over the next two years, also lead to the crucial discovery of long path transmissions, and then the effect of ionospheric propagation that varied between day and night. These fundamental principles that were discovered in Koo Wee Rup are still used by radio amateurs and professionals to this day to predict the best signal paths for radio transmissions around the planet. The GGREC will be using the special event call sign VK100WIA for the duration of the re-enactment to properly align the activity as part of the WIA celebrations. Contacts and QSL will be made by the station at Koo Wee Rup to all callers, with an concentraion on UK stations. The station will be listening and calling on several bands, and will be coordinating activities through IRLP Node 6794.


GGREC is involving the local Historical Society, the local Council, the regional Library Service, and the community in general, in preparations for the event, and the execution of the event. All local media outlets, regional media, and the amateur community in general, will be kept informed of plans for the event as it draws nearer. Confirmed media involvement will occur closer to the event. It is planned to erect a plaque or permanent sign near the site to mark the site and the commemmorative event.

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