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The Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award
The aim is to encourage and recognise portable operation in Victoria's 45 National Parks, and the logging of contacts with those in the parks. The rules are available below include how to qualify for certificates, and the ultimate recognition of 'all parks plaques' that are issued.

A driving force behind this award which dates back to the 1970s is the late Keith Roget VK3YQ (sk), himself a portable operator, and notable figure in WIA Victoria and the federal arena. His widow Jean agreed in the 1980s that it was fitting to rename the award in his memory.

Parks Victoria has assisted with this award and supports the Amateur Radio activity it brings to its parks. At all times please follow the guidelines and instructions of its staff.

Reference material
Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award on Yahoo groups
Parks magazine reported on the KRMNPA in September 1987. The article has some history and what was then required under the Award. Thanks to Warren Brown VK3BYD who provided us the article.

The 6th annual Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award activation period is Friday 11th until Monday 14th November, 2016.

National Parks Award
National Parks Award

Victorian Local Government Award
This operating award has been initiated by Amateur Radio Victoria to encourage on air activity based on communicating with and between the 79 local government areas in the State of Victoria, Australia.

Victorian Local Government Award

Rules and Requirements

Valid Contacts

  1. A radio amateur must be identifiable within a municipality, usually by their announcement during a QSO (see list)
  2. Contacts on or after 10 July 2008 are valid for this award
  3. Repeater, IRLP or Echolink contacts are not valid for this award

To qualify for the award the following contacts are required

  1. VK3 stations with 40 different municipalities
  2. Other VK stations with 30 different municipalities
  3. DX stations with 20 different municipalities

An endorsement is available for those who achieve all 79 municipalities. Requests for mode, QSP or other endorsements should be referred to the Awards Manager.

Submission for Award

  • A log extract or copy of the log showing all claimed contacts, station worked callsign, date, time, band, mode and each municipality by its name or number on the award list
  • The cost of the award is AUD$5, $US5 or 2 IRCs to cover postage and costs

Send to:
Awards Manager
Amateur Radio Victoria
40g Victory Boulevard
Ashburton, Victoria 3147

At the Awards Manager discretion cross-checking and other validity checks will be carried out on award submissions.

This activity will be widely publicised. Inquiries about this award can be directed to the Awards manager
History note
The start of local government in Victoria in 1841 occurred while it was one of the six British colonies, well in advance of the proclamation of the Federation of Australia as a Commonwealth in 1901. In the 1850s and 1860s, encouraged by generous subsidies, local government entities were established to provide local services, achieve community representation and to levy rates.

The 1980s saw strong concerns about the inefficiency of 210 local government areas, a new reform-driven state government, and an economic downturn, amalgamations of groups of them occurred resulting in a reduction to 79 today.