The service organisation Rotary International is celebrating its founding 110 years ago with a special event callsign VI 110 ROTARY that will be heard from Australia for three months.
Rotary's signature initiative has been to rid the world of Polio. That aim has almost been reached thanks to Rotary being joined by governments, the World Health Organisation and prominent community people such as Bill Gates.
Rotarians worldwide will use special events to publicise the Polio initiative to help speed the eradication program.
It will also mark the first Rotary Club meeting that saw a group of local professionals including its first President, Paul P. Harris, meet for the first time in Chicago Illinois in February 1905.
Rotarians of Amateur Radio or ROAR will launch the special callsign at the Wyong Field Day on the New South Wales Central Coast on Sunday the 22nd of February, and using hopefully a brand new software defined radio.
President for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, Phil Byrne VK2MCB says that VI 110 ROTARY will then be on 7118, 14295.2 and 21295 kHz from various locations around Australia.
The international fellowship of ROAR and Amateur Radio is long standing. Similar events may also be planned in other countries.