First WIA Centenary Award issued
Quick off the mark to qualify for the WIA Centenary Award is John Fisher VK3DQ who has been presented with his award certificate personally by the WIA President, Michael Owen VK3KI. The award claim by VK3DQ had three contacts with VK100WIA, one with the WIA during May, then with the Wagga and Midland Amateur Radio Clubs in June, plus 14 WIA members to tally up the required 100 points.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
John VK3DQ was absolutely delighted and considered it a real privilege and an honor to be the very first to receive the award. Michael VK3KI made a surprise visit to the home of John and XYL Jean VK3VIP in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Wantirna South on Sunday to extend congratulations and personally present the award. During afternoon tea served by the couple, John VK3DQ commented on the success of the special call sign and the Centenary Award, observing it was generating a lot of interest and on air activity.
Jean VK3VIP, who is on her way to qualify for the Award too, is looking forward being part of ALARA’s turn at activating the special call sign in a couple of week’s time. The first DX station to qualify is Masami Shinhaze JF6CHY. About a half a dozen other award claims received are now being checked with more certificates to be issued in the coming week.
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