In Amateur Radio News this week, the Midway and Kure Islands are now Deleted DXCC Entities, effective August 26, 2016. Essentially because they now form part of a national marine park and are no longer separately administered.
Peter VK3YE has launched Amateur Radio Success Education to help you climb the amateur social ladder. If you want a DX station to call you by name in a pile-up, you can get yourself rewards, glory and esteem. You become one of them. See vk6.net for details. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iesX5TUwa7Q]
Mick VK3GGG, Greg VK5GJ, Geoff VK3SQ and Rob VK4AAC are the latest recipients of VKFF awards, congratulations.
The IMD or International Marconi Day is on April 22 from 0:00 UTC for 24 hours. IMD is observed each year on a Saturday close to Marconi's birthday. Many special event stations - some operating from Marconi-related sites - will be on the air. Marconi Award certificates are available for both transmitting stations and short-wave listeners.
The ABC reminded us that in 1967, University Students from the Melbourne University Astronomical Society came up with the idea to build and launch a small amateur radio satellite. Their efforts mark the launch of OSCAR 5 into space. Have a look for Stargazing on the ABC Radio Adelaide website or click the link on vk6.net. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-06/how-uni-students-got-nasa-to-launch-australias-first-satellite/8421480]
The VK Shires QSO party is on again in June. Get your station in order, polish your car and go roving. The contest runs for 24 hours on Saturday June 10 from 06:00 UTC. You'll find a link to the details on the vk6.net website. [http://www.vkcc.com/2017/04/08/vk-shires-qso-party-june-long-weekend/]