Great Report!June 11 2008 at 10:28 PM
Perry Ballinger (Login RadioCentral)
Response to LST 325 on the air
My thanks to Bob for working up the comprehensive summmary
of our log for the Memorial Ships annual On-the-Air weekend. He also coordinated the visits of the Evansville area Amateur Radio operators so we had two to three operators at all times.
One of the highlights of our effort is to talk to the farthest away ship, which no other ship seems to be able to do. It's the Frigate on the lower end of Bob's list:
It's the HMAS Diamantina, (His Majesty's Australian Ship)
Yes, Australia! HMAS Diamantina is the only memorial ship on the air "down under" so he has to contact ships mainly in the northern hemisphere. And the operator there, Colin, tells us we are the only memorial ship he is able to contact during the whole 48 hours! It has been this way for two straight years! He does make contact with Amateur Radio Operators around the world, however. One factor in talking to Australia is the time difference.
And our contact with Diamantina is not with the fancy new radios that we do have, but with our vintage 1942 transmitters and receivers! Diamantina also uses their WW2 equipment. And we use CW, or Morse Code, the principle mode in use in WW2 and up into the late sixties.
For those interested in the time of day we contact Colin, it's from 5-7 a.m. here and 10 p.m.-12 midnight the next day in Brisbane. Our contact was Saturday morning on the 7 Mhz band. (The path between us is then almost totally dark)