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High fives at VK100WIA contact 10,000

Date : 10 / 08 / 2010
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

Members of the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) in Victoria Australia are thrilled at having logged the 10,000 contact for the special callsign VK100WIA. Club Secretary John Ross VK3BJR reports that at 10.26am local time (0026 UTC) last Sunday the club activating VK100WIA at the Rosebud Scout Hall put the online log of QSO’s into five figures, by contacting Rob Tilbury VK2LOZ at North Nowra in New South Wales.

There was an air of anticipation among club members leading up to the milestone achieved by the contact on the 40m band with 59 signal reports being exchanged both ways. John VK3BJR said, "High fives were the order of the day as the goal of taking the tally beyond 10,000 had been set at the start of our three days of operation. SPARC has forwarded a Special Certificate to Rob prepared by the Club to acknowledge him being logged as contact number 10,000."

The club knew that the 10,000th contact was within its grasp but that it required 274 contacts to be made to achieve the milestone. Setting up the station at the Scout Hall helped take the activity to the public as the location is right beside the beach for which Rosebud is so famous. Over the three day period, SPARC logged more than 500 contacts working from its clubrooms, member's homes and the scout hall.

John VK3BJR said it was a most enjoyable activity for the Club and the level of activity encountered on the bands demonstrated the popularity the Centenary of Organised Amateur Radio in Australia celebration. Most stations contacting VK100WIA indicating they either had, or were working towards the WIA Centenary Award.

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