Australian Military Radio Operators weekend  

        AMRO 2nd year  2019.

        is finished now. It was on  

      27   &  28th   of April   2019

  new photos and blogs adding today

 

        Prior to this event :      ANZAC DAY Thursday  25th April  is

                 also a WW2 radio promotion day and is 2 days    before    this event  

     Australian Military Radio Operators weekend  

             in honour of WINNIE-THE-WAR-WINNER-Wireless of WW2

            

note: the coloured pencils have been busy on a copy of the above sketch. the colour is not original.

            

This Improvided set provided the Much needed and overdue Communication to the mainland

of Australia from Timor by  a large group of Aust Army soldiers that were cut off from re-supply.

We will let the Internet and the Film links below help to fill in the story.

WATCH THE FILMS SHOWING THE WIRELESS SET HERE.....>

Watch the Cinesound newsreel, "The Men of Timor", 1942

Listen to a simulation of the original message sent by Morse Code from  Sparrowforce

Watch the British Pathe newsreel, "The Men of Timor", 1942

Watch the Sparrowforce Doco with the most detail of the Wireless

Watch the Sparrowforce photo album on youtube

 Here are some links for more information about the improvised Wireless set.

Australian War Memorial

Wikki  link

2/2 Commando Association of Australia

 

This is a Weekend is an EXTRA to what was previously just for ANZAC DAY  25th April.

This is the second year of  A-M-R-O  weekend.

NO SET  HF FREQUENCIES for this event,  but a good freq to start on:

Try

  3530 khz, cw    MORSE CODE

  7006 khz cw    MORSE CODE

  7060 khz AM    DOUBLE SIDEBAND AND CARRIER  or SSB and CARRIER

 7125 khz. AM   DOUBLE SIDEBAND AND CARRIER  or SSB and CARRIER

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Your transmission on voice, might sound like this . ...

CQ AMRO WEEKEND  ,CQ AUSTRALIAN MILITARY RADIO OPERATORS' WEEKEND

THIS IS   [CALLSIGN ]  AND I AM USING A [INSERT YOUR RADIO MODEL HERE]  OVER.

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Your Morse Code Transmission might look like this ....

CQ  AMRO DE [CALLSIGN]  [end]   K .

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Teletype stations,  may be in operation, more information closer to the event.  [info soon]

Many Military radios do not originally/normally have Lower sideband, and some have upper sideband. .

The LSB convention for 80m & 40m will be a commericalised 'stretch' for a Military Radio. Please allow for this.Some are modified for LSB, so no problem with those sets.

Clarifying the line above:  Some USB on 80m, 40m may appear during AMRO, this is because Military sets have tobe modified for LSB .

It is likely that some stations will be using WW2 Teletype [RTTY] and some 1950s or 1960s Military RTTY.

New Zealand Amateur radio stations are keen to participate in the ANZAC related event.

NZ is 2 hours ahead of Sydney time, and Sydney is 2 hrs ahead of Perth time.

A-M-R-O   INTERNATIONAL   DATES AND TIMES:

FRIDAY   26th APRIL  1400  Hrs UTC  --  >>            [A-M-R-O ]

SUNDAY 28th   APRIL 1359  Hrs UTC   CLOSURE         [A-M-R-O ]

 

A-M-R-O   SYDNEY TIME     DATES AND TIMES:   [EVENT REFERENCE]

SATURDAY  27th    APRIL  SYDNEY TIME     0000 HRS  ---  2359  HRS

SUNDAY        28th   APRIL     SYDNEY TIME  0000 HRS  ---  2359  HRS

 

A-M-R-O  NEW ZEALAND  TIME     DATES AND TIMES:

SATURDAY  27th    APRIL  NEW ZEALAND TIME     0200 HRS  ---  2359  HRS

SUNDAY        28th   APRIL   NEW ZEALAND  0000 HRS  ---  2359  HRS

MONDAY       29th APRIL     NEW ZEALAND  0000 --- 0159    HRS

 

A-M-R-O   PERTH   TIME     DATES AND TIMES

FRIDAY      26th APRIL   2200  --  2359

SATURDAY  27th    APRIL  NEW ZEALAND TIME     0000 HRS  ---  2359  HRS

SUNDAY        28th   APRIL   NEW ZEALAND  0000 HRS  ---  2159  HRS

 

ADELAIDE   DATES AND TIMES:

FRIDAY 2330 --   2359

SATURDAY  27th    APRIL ADELAIDE    TIME     0000 HRS  ---  2359  HRS

SUNDAY        28th   APRIL ADELAIDE     0000 HRS  ---  2329  HRS

Note: Australia and New Zealand  will be on standard local times by this event

The daylight saving local times are not offset during this event.

An additional MAP of Stations that have been heard on 7125 Khz all year round,

as a clue to who you might tune in to .

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE YEAR TO YEAR 7125 KHZ MAP.

http://www.users.on.net/~tosty/WW2-VK-MAP/vkmap.htm

The Map was not created for this event, but because it already exists, it is a help with recognizing

some of the weaker stations,and to see who is who

This year's  2nd  A.M.R.O. event is in honour of the improvised Radio  named

"Winnie The War Winner" after the WW2 British PM  Sir Winston Churchill

 

Mike has asked to be excused for work this year, so the Flag bearer for this year is

your Webpage Editor: Andrew VK5WT (but only for 2019 )    tosty@internode.on.net  

Should you wish to contact Mike VK4QXM try:   QRZ.COM  https://www.qrz.com/lookup/vk4xqm

You could Google Search:  Winnie The War Winner on the net, and embrace danger they lived with every day and the rudimentary gear they operated.

Good Luck  in the 2nd AMRO . Feel free to send in a pic from last year, or this year,including

equipment that you intend to use on air if you would like that to be added to the end of this

website.  I can only edit the website before and After the event, not during the event.

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If you need this website updated, email me , Andrew VK5WT here    tosty@internode.on.net

It is hoped that this event will get bigger and bigger with enough Military sets on the air to be able to have many to choose

from to contact during the Annual  A-M-R-O .  The 2 days allows for setting up, running portable, and having  time to

put up antennas, and take photos of the old gear out in the field or in the radio shack or room .

Hear you on the air !    Andrew VK5WT    running  122 HP, 100 W  cw,    or 40 W of AM

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YOU could win a prize :[Competition is now fully closed ]

answers and results are appearing within 1 hour  from now =  [2215 hrs GMT 1-5-19 ]


MYSTERY  RADIO INTERCEPT PRIZE WINNER ;

PRIZE WINNER HAD TO  LOCATE  AN "AXIS STATION" , RE-ENACTING ,
THE STATION  MENTIONED AMRO DURING ITS TRANSMISSIONS,
YOU  NEEDED TO FILL IN THE DETAILS AS FOLLOWS:

The mystery Intercept band is the 40 CH, 27 Mhz band.  26.965----27.405 MHz 
Attention:  If you can only receive, you will be able to pick up the info to win the competition.
You will be competing against Short Wave listeners also .

This competition was to test initiative, and so the prize will be well earned.
A printscreen of the emails incoming will be saved in case anyone disputes at a later date.
You will not need to pay for postage etc.if you are the winner.
This year the prize is a donation from Andrew VK5WT,  next year it will be someone else.

THE ANSWERS FOR THIS CLOSED COMPETITION WERE:
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FREQUENCY   27 . 135 Mhz  ,  ch =  15
TIME    SAT   GMT   :

0133 , 0135,0155,0201,0312,0400,0412,0500,0505,0508,0600,0604,0611,0615,0620,0625,

0630  LAST TRANSMISSION  0630
APROX LOCATION = set up in the morning at Hazelmere Reserve 10:30 ish  [LOCAL] sa TIME  =0100 UTC  SAT

Hazelmere Reserve is  7 km south West of the Adelaide city CBD South Australia   aprox.  see Google Maps .

OR DF BEARING  [EQUAL VALUE] [n/a now ]
NAME OF THE MYSTERY OPERATOR , = "GASMEYER"
MODEL  OF THE RADIO TYPE      =   FU.D2  German Back pack ,set up as a ground station.
COUNTRY OF THE RADIO TYPE. =  GERMANY 

XTRA: The radio is bandshifted and Calibrated , ref to CH19 [mid band] and CH15 crystal .  AM ,carbon Mic. 1 Watt.

In these photos, you will see not the owner/operator but another Re-Enactor "Matthew" Re-Enacting S.A.

The owner took the photos. Here are the photos.

For the record , an email window from  2-5-19 showing no entries exists . copy available on email request.

Here is a pic of the winner of the 1935 era New Old stock Valve , Chris  .T .   official prize for AMRO - 2019

Photos show Chris with the valve in a 1965 era box, and the contents, on the 2nd photo.

 

Valve  RK20  from the 1935 era.  New old stock, with original receipt.

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The SUBMISSION MUST BE TO     EMAIL    [only] :
--subject--  Webmaster Prize Judging  
Andrew  VK5WT 
and   sent to        tosty@internode.on.net

The computer will then make sure that the true winner is the first email not the 31st email etc.
No prize judging or outcome will be announced until 2 days after the event to allow for delayed server mail.
This will take the pressure off any NBN delayed sufferers.
In the event your emails are not working, please phone a friend to send the email on your behalf.

This Prize is open to New Zealanders as well as  Australians , Short wave listerners ,
If you are outside the AMRO zone and wish to participate for the Prize, please send an email
at the start of the event,

Prize will be mysterious, and worthwhile, not sure if I should say what it is .

Competition officially closes : 2359 hrs SA time, Wednesday the 1st of  May 2019.

I have photos of the Axis station operating, and we know there were more than 10 transmissions

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DOWNLOAD  THE BEGINNINGS OF THE LOGBOOK  [DOING THE DATA ENTRY ]

here >   operating.xls   < here    

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There is a delay with Blogs, sorting out the welding gas account...Back soon,    .Andrew

send in a photo...even  a favourite old photo..

Andrew VK5WT  'operating at night'  122HP from 2011 

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Phil, VK3BRZ    work in progress    - first time on air was 2018 AMRO,  and also on air 2019

VK7BEE    Nic    a   great supporter of this event .

I’m sure that I won’t have my Wireless Set No 19 and Amplifier ready in time for this year!

(Pic taken just before I retired in 2015)

Still wear the uniform on ANZAC Day...

Like last year I will be using an (ex RAAF) Racal Syncal Man Pack 2 to 8 MHz, 12w PEP USB/LSB; AM 3w; CW 5w. I had over 60 QSOs last year. Pic below.

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VK5XA    Ian

ARC-2 (RT- 91) Transceiver which I will be using on the day/s.

Micheal VK2MNR  with   C11 Transmitter -  R210 Receiver - and Power supply.

This Ground or Vehicle mounted station is part of the Larkspur series 1955 - onwards  [Australian Army ]

The C11 is aprox 40 Watts of AM     or  80 Watts of Morse CW .

The Larkspur series was designed in the UK in association with Mullard , Plessey  .