Success at the Timeball Tower

Despite some cold and squally conditions, particularly on the Saturday, the team from Amateur Radio Victoria braved the elements to activate the Timeball Tower at Williamstown for the 20th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

Under the callsign VK3WI at Point Gellibrand, it logged 182 stations on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, which included 26 other VK registered participants in this fun event, including The MV Cape Don Lighthouse Supply Ship VK2AEJ, and 5 Lighthouses in New Zealand.

Western & Northern District Amateur Radio Club members Ian VK3LA, John VK3JNF and Terry VK3TEZ, joined Tony VK3XV, across the weekend. They used an Elecraft K3 Transceiver running 100w with a matching P3 Panadapter, feeding a 40/20m end fed in an "Inverted L" configuration, hoisted up by a 15m tall "Spider Beam" Pole and tied off to a historical display "Fluke" anchor, that was  formerly used to secure one of the Five prison hulks moored off Williamstown in the mid 1800's.

VK3WI worked throughout Australia (except VK9/VK0), with DX on 20m being from the USA, Cook Islands, Dominican Republic, Japan, Italy, New Zealand and  Montserrat. Each will receive a QSL card via the bureau.

Interested visitors to the ILLW event heard what it was all about, talked about the history of the structure and went away knowing more about Amateur Radio and the Timeball.  Another year of success for VK3WI and it has registered to do it again in August 2018.


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