Editor: - Mike Bull ZL2VM firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: - Alan Wallace ZL1AMW
NZART Website: www.nzart.org.nz
Special Issue 48S 17 April 2015
Special Commemorative Edition HQ Infoline 48S
Special event call sign ZL100ANZAC has been issued to commemorate this important event.
Radio Spectrum Management have given permission for this extended call sign to be allocated, however due to restrictions in SMART, the call sign only appears as ZL100ANZA. Rest assured it has been allocated and can be used from 26 February until 26 May.
Many articles have been circulating regarding ANZAC day and the role amateurs played, more importantly how you can all get involved with the special event.
To celebrate the ANZAC centenary in New Zealand ZL100ANZAC will be activated by a group of ZL operators, all of whom responded to the call to register interest in operating the callsign. Operation will start on 25 April at midday NZ time and will last of one month. Each operator will determine the time, band and mode they wish to operate - so there can potentially be simultaneous operation taking place in different modes within the same band, or on different bands. A booking system for operators has been implemented by Mark, ZL3AB.
All logs will be collated by John, ZL1ALZ and regularly posted to both Logbook of the World and Club Log to enable other operators to check their QSOs.
The QSL manager is Phil, ZL3PAH. OQRS will be available via Club Log for both direct and bureau cards, and is our preferred QSL method. Cards sent to the QSL manager directly or via the bureau will also be accepted.
A QRZ.COM page will be activated shortly before operations begin.
If anyone is interested in operating please contact Phil ZL3PAH at email@example.com to register interest and for information on the logging requirements necessary for this multi-operator activation."
The ANZAC commemoration takes shape
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART), and the TelsizveRadyoAmatörleriCemiyeti of Turkey (TRAC)have joined together to mark the Centenary of the WWI battle at Gallipoli.
The radio amateurs in these countries particularly remember the heavy losses in war, and pay honour to all war veterans. Throughout the world there will be other related activity, with a major focus beginning on ANZAC Day, April 25.
On that day the three IARU member societies remember the original Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) and the Ottoman Empire soldiers who did battle at Gallipoli in Turkey.
Australia, New Zealand and Turkey recall that battle 100 years ago, with ANZAC troops also leaving a lasting impression on the Western Front of Europe. Born out of that experience was ANZAC Day that commemorates all servicemen and women.
Many radio amateurs played a key role in war-time communications. To show respect, Amateur Radio has a range of events that include the use of commemorative callsigns that will be much sought after on air throughout the world.
In Turkey at least two commemorative callsigns have been allocated. TC100GLB is for Battle of Gallipoli while TC100GP is the Centenary of Gallipoli.
In Australia on ANZAC Day alone there will be eight ANZAC-suffixed callsigns - from each state or territory and the national capital of Canberra. The WIA website www.wia.org.au has nearly 40 events listed.
These include some battles, incidents, recorded voices of ANZACs, museums, memorials, Victoria Cross recipients, and all pay honour to those who served their country.
All VK radio amateurs may also use the alternative callsign prefix AX on April 25-26. The WIA recommends that those who do also have a special QSL card.
Across the Tasman the NZART will have ZL100ANZAC on air for a month.A team of 20 DXerswill be on air in DX-style from ANZAC Day.
While ZL100ANZAC is for one calendar month, the WIA 100 program continues until 20 December. On that day in 1915, Colonel John Paton was in charge of the 'rear-guard' while the ANZACs, after suffering heavy losses, quietly evacuated Gallipoli by ship.
- Jim Linton VK3PC.
Gallipoli ceremonies have Amateur Radio access
Australian and New Zealand radio amateurs travelling to Gallipoli for the ANZAC ceremonies on April 25, ANZAC Day, will have VHF and UHF frequencies available, including Echolink access.
The TürkiyeRadyoAmatörleriCemiyeti (TRAC) has set-up repeater TA3EC at Gokceada Island on EchoLink 433.850 MHz 88.5 Hz CTSS, with Yagi beam coverage to the commemoration areas.
TRAC President Aziz Sasa TA1E says the intention is also to be listening nearby on 145.550 MHz and 433.550 MHz, as the VK and ZL visitors disembark from buses and pass through a security check point.
He says TRAC has already dealt with the embassy to allow hand-held radios to be taken to the commemorations. Under the CEPT rules the guests can operate freely by identifying as TA1 slash their home call.
A little hospitality and international friendship is being shown by TRAC to all radio amateurs from VK and ZL.
Among those attending is June Sim VK4SJ, a first generation daughter of a Gallipoli Veteran, who will be joined by her son Anthony VK8NCS, at the Dawn Service, and the later service at Lone Pine.
There are others attending and we wish them all well during what will be a very respectful observance and commemoration of the WWI battlefield, where the ANZAC and Ottoman Empire soldiers fought during WWI.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
ANZAC 100 program gets world attention
TheWireless Institute of Australia (WIA) ANZAC 100 program detailed on its website (www.wia.org.au/newsevents/anzaccentenary/about/) has numerous commemorative callsigns, awards and events, now being joined by many local and overseas activities.
The ANZAC Centenary is a milestone of special significance for Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and other areas throughout the world.
The major commemoration starts on April 25, 2015, which is when Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) troops landed at Gallipoli 100 years ago.
ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, became famous as the site of WWI And helped define us as people and as a nation.
At this time we particularly remember not only the original ANZACs, but the century of service by Australian servicemen and women.
The commemoration encourages all radio amateurs to reflect upon and learn more about Australia's wartime involvement, the costs and its impacts on the nation.
The WIA ANZAC 100 program is in close cooperation with the New Zealand Radio Amateur Transmitters (NZART), the TürkiyeRadyoAmatörleriCemiyeti (TRAC), and IARU member-societies generally.
An official opening broadcast on ANZAC Day from Canberra will primarily involve the WIA, NZART and TRAC.
The VK100WIA broadcast will be heard at 4.30am NZ time on HF if possible, and via the Internet if propagation conditions do not allow a contact. All ANZAC-suffixed callsigns are expected to remain silent until after the broadcast. It will be re-broadcast marking the different time zones in Australia.
In Australia on the ANZAC Day weekend eight different ANZAC callsigns are to be on air. Additionally, radio amateurs are able to substitute their normal VK prefixed with AX on both April 25 and 26.
The New Zealand Amateur Radio Transmitters (NZART www.nzart.org.nz) has made available to its branches and member clubs ZL1, ZL2, ZL3, ZL4 ANZAC callsigns for a month.
In addition, the Kordia National System Award has been themed for the ANZAC Centenary, aimed at war memorials and further encourages ZL-ANZAC station contacts.
In Turkey there are ANZAC event stations including TC100GS, TC100GP, TC100KT, TC100VKZL, TC100A, TC100TC, TC100A, TC100B, TC100E, TC100K, TC100GLB.
To commemorate "Gallipoli" 100 years ago, look for Team Papa TC100GLB that is QRV until April 30, on the HF bands using SSB, RTTY and PSK.
Another is TC100GP (GP for Gallipoli http://www.teampapa.org/archives/316) on air and looking particularly for ANZAC related stations.
Summing up nicely the sentiment of the commemorative activity, TC100GP said that its message is one of ‘peace to the world’.
Dear fellow ANZAC’s & AR colleagues
Given the significance of Australian submarine HMAS AE2 in the unfolding of the Gallipoli Campaign & the Anzac Legend, we are proud to provide early notice that a team has been formed to activate VK4AE2 as a specific centenary commemorative callsign during 25-30 April 2-15.
Multi-mode, multi-band (630-10m) operation has been scheduled across that period & the operators are:
VK4QS Mike: ex-RAN Electronic Warefare Systems operator 40-10m LSB/USB
VK4MIK Mike: ex-RAN Hydrographer 80m CW/LSB 40-15m LSB/USB
VK4SN Alan: ex-RAAF 40-10m CW
VK4RJ Bob: 20m USB
VK4QC Peter: ex-Coast Station operator England & Australia 630m & 20m CW
VK5BUG Doc (as VI4AE2/5): ex-RAN Radio Supervisor & ships' Radio Officer on European Ice-breakers 630m & 160m CW
Please see QRZ.com VI4AE2 for further information & details regarding modes, bands & the projected extensive hours of operation will be posted closer to the event commencement.
Inquiries may be directed to the event organiser VK4QS via firstname.lastname@example.org
War Cemeteries and Memorials
Many who left the shores of Australia to serve in WWI did not return. The same happened during WWII. One of the war graves and memorials for fallen Australians is Polygon Wood in Belgium.
There are many overseas sites of significance including those in France, Malta, The Philippines, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea.
At Polygon Wood a large mound known as the Butte used for training by the Belgian Army before WWI, now stands a memorial to the 5th Australian Division. Polygon Wood was destroyed in the battle. It has been re-built with walking tracks, and to honour those who served the Great War, it has a large cemetery. It contains the graves of many soldiers, in fact 2,103 burials have been conducted with full honours, and 428 are identified.
Work on the cemetery by Australians began at Polygon Wood soon after the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Many Australians now visit Polygon Wood, its 'Brothers in Arms' memorial and stop at the ANZAC Rest Cafe, often tracing the footsteps of family members who served in the area in WWI.
To honour those at Polygon Wood, a commemorative callsign OP0PPY will be activated on April 25, ANZAC Day. Philippe Haverhelst ON8PV reports that a lot of remembrance occurs at that time, that will be joined by OP0PPY using an ICOM 7400 feeding a Hexbeam on CW and Phone.
The memorial at Polygon Wood is similar to that commemorating the Australian 1st Division at Pozieres on the Somme. It is a tall obelisk with the rising sun emblem of the Australian Imperial Force, and underneath a large plaque which reads 'To the Officers Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the Fifth Australian Division who fought in France and Belgium 1916 - 1917 - 1918.' Beneath these words is a list of the battles, which include of course Polygon Wood. At the bottom the main inscription is repeated in French. In 1935, the memorial was visited by the Prime Minister of Australia, Joseph Lyons, when he toured the Western Front.
Prepared By Jim Linton VK3PC