The annual International Museums Weekend is an an Amateur Radio community event to promote the educational and cultural significance of  museums in our community and, as always, to foster international good will via the world-wide resources of Amateur Radio. This free event is being conducted for the first time at the Melbourne Museum in Australia with the kind permission of Museums Victoria and with the support of the Wireless Institute of Australia.


A small, self-contained, licenced Amateur Radio station will be set up in the vicinity of the museum. The well-presented station will consist of a single Nissan X-Trail vehicle with roof-mounted solar panels and a side awning for two operators. The station will have its own multiband shortwave antenna some 40m long and 8m high. Amateur Radio stations from all over the world will call in to the museum station during this annual event. They will each receive a "QSL" card identifying their two-way contact with the museum station. The general public may watch and participate too by contacting other museums if they wish. This popular event, including the lighthouse name and its location, is advertised locally and internationally over Amateur Radio web sites and news bulletins. Local Amateur Radio operators will be encouraged to visit the museum station. The operations will also showcase the capability and fun of portable Amateur Radio communications.


The station will be operated simultaneously on the 80, 40 and 20 metre bands by Joe VK3YSP and on 80 and 40 metres by Julie VK3FOWL. The station will participate with others on a VHF/UHF repeater during a call back after the local Wireless Institute of Australia news broadcast on Sunday morning. In addition there will be a fascinating demonstration of Weak Signal Digital Communications (JT65) on 14.076MHz in the afternoons.


Members of the public will be greeted and introduced to Amateur Radio through well-prepared presentations, displays, discussions, demonstrations, literature and hands-on activities. Interested individuals will be encouraged to pick up a microphone or a hand-held radio to chat with a participating Amateur Radio station. The children can play with a Morse code practice set. A visitor's book will be provided to record comments and request follow-up information. A list of Amateur Radio's most Frequently Asked Questions will be sure to inform and amuse.






The following is a transcript of a speech read over the air to Cr Russell Aubrey, the Mayor of Melville, to commemorate the opening of Wireless Hill Telecommunications Museum near Perth:

Good afternoon, Mr. Mayor. We are receiving you readability 5 and strength 5.

My name is Joe and my call sign is VK3YSP. I am here today with Julie VK3FOWL and we are transmitting to you from our portable, solar powered, Amateur Radio station nearly 2000km away in the grounds of the Melbourne Museum.

In this age of satellite communications and broadband mobile networks, we often forget the amazing invention of wireless and its importance in the history of this country. The Wireless Hill Telecommunications Museum is indeed a gem of historical significance in this respect. And the fact that we can communicate today using many of the same principles and techniques pioneered by the original operators of that station in the early 1900s is a reminder to us of their great achievement. Consider, for a moment, that our short-wave radio signals, with no more power than a single light bulb, are reaching high into the sky and there at an altitude of some 200-600km they are being refracted back to the surface of the earth by a very sparse layer of charged particles suspended in the earth’s ionosphere. This extraordinary yet ethereal process is powered entirely by the sun, and hence, our ability to communicate this way is subject to the annual and diurnal cycles of our earth’s orbit.

Over the next 48 hours, radio propagation permitting, we hope to communicate with our colleagues from around Australia and overseas, some of which will be transmitting from other museums for this annual Amateur Radio International Museums Weekend. The purpose of this event is to promote the educational and cultural significance of museums in our community and, as always, to foster international good will, via the resources of the world wide Amateur Radio network.

Julie and I are here today with the kind permission of Museums Victoria and with the support of the Wireless Institute of Australia. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of this country. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the West Australian VHF Group on their outstanding efforts and to join with them in expressing our thanks to you, Mr. Mayor, for your support and participation on this auspicious occasion.

Well that was a very long transmission indeed. I will put it over to you now:

Victor Kilo Six Wireless Hill this is VK3YSP. Over.