The Eric Jamieson Indian Ocean Awards Announced
The WIA Board, meeting in Melbourne over the weekend of 18/19 February 2012 accepted the offer of Eric Jamieson VK5LP (pictured right) to sponsor awards for the first amateur radio contacts on the two metre band spanning the Indian Ocean between Australia and Africa. There will be three awards, for voice, CW and digital modes and will be known as the Eric Jamieson Indian Ocean Awards.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
In presenting a sum of money to the Wireless Institute of Australia Foundation to fund the Awards, Eric said "I acknowledge that spanning the Indian Ocean will not be easy but one cannot say that it will never be accomplished. The degree of difficulty may be judged from the so far inability to span the much shorter Atlantic Ocean despite concerted attempts in order to win the Brendan Atlantic Ocean trophies."
The very simple Rules for the Award provide that contacts made by EME, or with the assistance of meteor scatter, satellites, aircraft enhancement or the like will not be eligible.
The WIA Board acknowledged the generosity of Eric in making this Award available, and expressed the hope that it will encourage amateurs to attempt a truly difficult challenge.
The Rules are available for download below.
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