VI3ANZAC in the ‘last hurrah’
During the WIA ANZAC 100 campaign a dedicated team of six from Amateur Radio Victoria signing as VI3ANZAC was on air during December 12-20 working Antarctica, the Americas, Russia, Europe, Asia, and Oceania with plenty of VK & ZL stations.
Opening the VI3ANZAC ‘last hurrah’ was Peter VK3PF who worked on HF. On several days Joe VK3YSP took his turn including the unusual contact with QRP enthusiast Peter VK3YE, who was flying a kite antenna on 40m from Chelsea Pier. The modes digital modes Olivia, PSK31, PSK63 were used, along with the digital television VK3RTV repeater, SSB and CW.
Luke VK3HJ added about 600 CW QSOs to the log. The commemorative callsign had the ‘VI3ANZAC from schools’ initiative by Julie VK3FOWL. On the VK3RTV repeater Peter VK3BFG with the ATV gang joined in. Finally the callsign set-up at the historic Fort Gellibrand with Tony VK3VTH on 40m making 60 contacts in three hours. He had earlier added many DX contacts to the VI3ANZAC log.
A cool, windy and wet change hit the area in Melbourne's inner-west, putting an end to what has been a successful VI3ANZAC activity, for the Centenary of ANZAC. Lest we forget.