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Year-long Centenary celebrations start

Date : 01 / 01 / 2010
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

Celebrating the Centenary of Organised Amateur Radio in Australia has now begun and will continue during the entire year 2010 through a variety of program events and activities. A number of club hamfest-type events have already been registered for the Centenary and these begin this month. For more details check out the WIA website and the weekly VK1WIA broadcast.

The ambitious VK9NA VHF/UHF/Microwave DXpedition to Norfolk Island is another example of a WIA supported event. It runs from 3-14 January and has attracted global interest.

Well done to the Toowoomba and Downs Wireless Group scored publicity for the Centenary through a story in 'The Chronicle' newspaper about the Milne Bay Military Museum plus a photo of curator Barrie Wallis tuning in an RCA radio base station.

To date 45 clubs throughout Australia have accepted the WIA's invitation to take up a three-day roster slot of the commemorative callsign VK100WIA. The callsign will be on air from May, the month in which a program of events will occur around the WIA Annual General Meeting to be held in Canberra, then on a roster basis through WIA affiliated clubs until October. A range of activities and publicity opportunities associated with putting the callsign on air have been planned to make this collaborative effort an outstanding success. Currently only six time-slots for the use of VK100WIA remain vacant. Clubs who are not yet on the roster and want to be, are encouraged to register online. The rostering must be completed by March.

Clubs are also reminded that they don't need to use the VK100WIA callsign to be part of the Centenary celebrations. To register any appropriate event, simply send your information to the WIA Centenary Committee WIA members and clubs are permitted to use the WIA Commemorative Logo on their QSL cards and other publications. Check the conditions of use and the downloadable logo files in various formats on the WIA website.


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