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Remembrance Day Contest 2017
August 12, 2017 @ 09:00 - August 13, 2017 @ 13:00
The annual Remembrance Day Contest takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of August 2017. The contest starts at 1 pm local time on Saturday and concludes at 1 pm local time on Sunday. The club station VK2BOR will operate from the club’s Communications Caravan for the full 24 hours of the contest. The venue this year is the camping ground on the banks of the Camden Haven River at the Camden Haven Airfield.
How to get to the Camden Haven Airfield
Please see the attached map. From Port Macquarie or Wauchope travel south along the Pacific Highway past the Kew exit. A little further south of Kew the Pacific Highway crosses over the Camden Haven River and then crosses over the railway line. As you cross the railway line overpass you will see the Ross Glen turn-off on your right hand side. You will then see the Camden Haven airfield on your left hand side. Approximately 150 metres south of the Ross Glen turn-off there is a small “Camden Haven Airfield” sign at the exit on the left hand side of the highway (marked with a white and orange bulls eye on the map as “Rest Stop”). Note that this is the first exit on the left hand side of the highway after you cross the Camden Haven River bridge. Take care to slow down as you take this exit as the exit road turns left sharply through 90 degrees. The exit road backtracks parallel with the highway and includes an uncontrolled level crossing over the railway line. This is the main north – south railway line and trains travel at high speed on this section of track. Trains do not sound their horns approaching this level crossing. Wind your windows down and listen carefully for trains before crossing the railway line.
Take care crossing the main North – South Railway Line at the uncontrolled Level Crossing on the road to the airfield. There is no gate and there are no lights or bells. Trains do not sound their horns. Stop, Look and Listen before crossing.
The exit road leads to the Camden Haven Airfield hangar and auxiliary buildings which are about 150 metres from the exit point from the highway. There is a clearly marked gate giving airside access to the airfield. On the northern side of this gate is the apron in front of the hangars. There is a concrete taxiway connecting the apron to the grass flight strip. At all times vehicles must give way to aircraft on the movement areas. If you are able to listen to the air band, the CTAF for the field is 118.1MHz. On no account drive across the grass runway. The access to the camping ground follows a perimeter track around the northern end of the runway. The camping ground alongside the Camden Haven River behind the trees that you can see when you look across the runway from the hangars.
If you are not familiar with driving on active airfields, please stop at the gate near the hangars and call VK2BOR on 146.500 MHz simplex and someone will come and escort you to the camping area. Being a weekend there will be aircraft using the airfield during daylight hours.
You are welcome to camp overnight. Cost is $20 per tent, caravan or motor home. There are toilets and showers available. There is no power or water at the camping area itself but water is available from the crew room adjacent to the hangar. For information, please contact me.
When departing from the airfileld you must turn left onto the Pacific Highway as it is a divided road. There is a U Turn bay not far down the highway where you can turn around to get back on the north bound lanes to head north towards Port Macquarie and Wauchope.
Set up time is 9 am on Saturday morning and pack up time is 1 pm on Sunday.
There will be breakfast, lunch and dinner from the BBQ on Saturday and Breakfast and lunch from the BBQ on Sunday. Tea, Coffee and soft drinks will be available from the Communications Caravan.
Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for attending unless you are camping overnight. Come and participate in the RD contest and enjoy a great day out in a restful picturesque location beside the Camden Haven River. Swimming in the river is not advisable though as bull sharks have been reported in this part of the river. Family and friends are most welcome. HF should work well beside the river so we are hopeful that VK2BOR will make many contacts in the RD Contest.
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.
It is preceded by a short opening address by a Guest Speaker transmitted on various WIA frequencies during the few minutes prior to the contest. During this ceremony, a roll call of amateurs who paid the supreme sacrifice during WWII is read.
Aim Of The Contest
Amateurs in VK, ZL and P2 will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK, ZL and P2.
* VK, ZL, and P2 mean any station operating within Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea and their external territories.
* Points are only awarded for valid contacts between VK, ZL and P2 stations.
View full contest rules here.