The Wireless Institute of Australia Board meeting in Melbourne over the weekend of 18-19 February 2012, accepted the offer of Eric Jamieson, VK5LP, to sponsor awards for first amateur radio contacts on the two metre (144 MHz) band spanning the Indian Ocean between Australia and Africa.
There will be three awards, for voice, CW and digital modes and will be known as the Eric Jamieson Indian Ocean Awards.
In presenting a sum of money to the WIA Foundation to fund the Awards, Eric said: “I acknowledge that spanning the Indian Ocean will not be easy but one cannot say that it will never be accomplished.
The degree of difficulty may be judged from the so far inability to span the much shorter Atlantic Ocean despite concerted attempts in order to win the Brendan Atlantic Ocean trophies.”
The Indian Ocean Award is designed to encourage experimentation in propagation and long distance communication techniques in the two metre amateur band.
Source: The South African Radio League