On the weekend of the 14th and 15 March 2020 the Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) with the kind permission of BAI Communications (Broadcast Australia) will connect amateur transceivers to the curtain array and rhombic antennas at the Broadcast Australia site in Shepparton which is located in North Central Victoria Australia. This site was previously a Radio Australia location which was the Shortwave Service from Australia. The Radio Australia transmissions from this site ceased in 2017.

A unique call sign has been issued for the event which is Victor India 3 Radio Australia – VI3RA. All contacts made during the 2 day event will be issued with a specifically designed QSL card. The event commences on Saturday 14 March 2020, 12:00:00AM AEDT(UTC+1100) and will end at Monday 16 March 2020, 12.00AM AEDT(UTC+1100).

Frequencies used for the event will be 7, 10, 14, 18, and 21Mhz.

Local Amateurs will be given the unique opportunity to explore the use of high gain antennas whilst giving Amateurs throughout the world a unique opportunity to contact a station using such high gain antennas.

This is a rare opportunity for amateur radio operators, who are only allowed a peak output power of 400 watts in Australia when compared to 100 Kw of Radio Australia transmitters to hopefully achieve some remarkable communication outcomes. We expect to get a gain of 15dB on the lower frequencies’ and at least 20dB on 21Mhz. More information can be found here.