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John Martin VK3KM Silent Key

Date : 28 / 07 / 2022
Author : Scott Williams - VK3KJ

On behalf of the WIA Board of Directors, it is with great sadness that we report the very sad passing of John Martin, VK3KM.

After a long and courageous battle with ill health, John became a silent key last Saturday 23rd July.
John made an enormous and dedicated contribution to the WIA and to the broader Amateur Radio Community.

A little background on John.
In the early 1970’s with the advent of amateur satellites, the rapid growth of VHF & UHF repeaters and the growth of VHF & UHF in general, drove the WIA to establish a National Technical Advisory Committee.

John became involved in this committee in 1973, producing a report on the draft 70cm band plan published in AR Magazine in October 1974.
He served in several roles until a Federal Technical Advisory Committee was established around 1990 or 1991. He was congratulated for a decade’s service in 2001 by Jim Linton, VK3PC (SK), then the Victorian Division President.

John held three callsigns through his life: VK3ZJC from 1967 when first licensed, VK3KWA from 1993 and then VK3KM from 2005.

John became the VHF-UHF Field Day coordinator in the early 1980’s, publicising and supporting national VHF-UHF field days, developing from one to three events over one year.

John was active on packet radio from the early days as well as chasing terrestrial DX on the 23cm band, working tropospheric scatter and aircraft scatter.

John continued to serve on the Technical Advisory Committee throughout his past years of ill health.

The WIA wish to formally acknowledge the enormous contribution John Martin VK3KM has made to the Amateur Radio community.

We pass on our sincere condolences to Johns family and friends through this difficult time.

Rest in peace John Martin, VK3KM, now silent key.

Page Last Updated: Thursday, 28 Jul 2022 at 21:58 hours by Lee Moyle


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