Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award Merit, November 2016

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I was pleased to receive the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award at Merit level. It took me over four years to secure the award chasing contacts in Victorian Parks when I had some free time, mainly at weekends. I also secured Parks while operating portable in National Parks in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Many of the Victorian National Parks we have visited both as National Parks or as Crown Land, but what this award did was to encourage me to become familiar with the more recent parks, their history and geography and the reasons for their protection. I congratulate Amateur Radio Victoria and the Awards Manager, Tony Hambling, VK3VTH, VK3XV for sponsoring this award. I recall reading about Keith Roget early in my amateur radio career while living in Melbourne. I have recollections of hearing him in the field and marvelled at the heavy radio transceivers and batteries required for voice activations before minaturisation and solid state technology became common place. Finally, thanks to all of the portable operators who enjoy operating low power radios from Parks, and who all now radio friends!

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2 thoughts on “Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award Merit, November 2016

  1. Hi Andrew
    Thanks for the congratulations. I must say I enjoyed the chase! I have about 20 of the Victorian Parks activated and I would like to get the remaining 25: but it is a big ask! Many of the ones I need to visit are on the Eastern side of Melbourne and the last time I visited French Island was in 1974 (there was no National Park in those days). It would be a fun excursion to try and bag a few more of them!
    Cheers

    John D
    VK5BJE/VK5PF

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