From VK5PAS via rec.radio.amateur.modera@21:1/5 to All on Sat Mar 26 23:33:06 2022
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    Posted: 25 Mar 2022 07:42 PM PDT

    On 22nd March 2022, I was very fortunate to use the special event callsign
    of VK80LAN, celebrating 80 years of the Avro Lancaster aircraft.
    The Lancaster was manufactured by British aircraft manufacturer Avro. It
    is a four-engined heavy bomber adopted by UKs Royal Air Force

    (RAF) during
    the Second World War.
    Lancaster aircraft first saw war service 80 years ago in 1942 for the Royal
    Air Force

    (RAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth nations, such as
    Royal Australian Air Force

    (RAAF), Royal Canadian Air Force

    (RCAF) and
    European countries serving with the RAF.

    The special event callsign was organised by the West Australian VHF Group.

    I made a total of 431 QSOs during the day and this included 43 different
    DXCC entities.

    I operated on 10, 15, 20, 40, & 80m SSB. The vast majority of my contacts
    were on the 20m band.

    The long path in the afternoon to Europe and UK was brilliant. The short
    path in the evening to Europe/UK was not so good.

    But short path across the Pacific to North America that night was very good.

    Countries worked:-

    Asiatic RussiaAustraliaAustriaBelgiumBrunei
    DarussalamCanadaChinaCroatiaCzech RepublicDenmarkEnglandEstoniaEuropean RussiaFederal Republic of GermanyFinland FranceGreeceHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIrelandIsle of ManItalyJapanLatviaNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNorthern IrelandNorwayPanamaPolandPortugalRomaniaScotlandSerbiaSloveniaSpainSwedenSwitzerlandUnited
    I was lucky enough to work the Canadian Lancaster special call of VE80LAN
    on 20m. But did not hear the GB80LAN callsign.
    Below is a short video of me operating on 20m.

    Below are some videos of this amazing aircraft.

    THANK YOU to everyone who called and thanks to the WA VHF Group for the opportunity of using the call.

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