BULLETIN: A station signingTM62VIMY has been heard on the bands. This station is not related to TM100VIMY and is not located on Vimy Ridge.
TM100VIMY is the official Canadian commemorative Special Event Station which marks the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought in nothern France in April 1917. On that occasion, Canadian soldiers fighting as a cohesive unit, succeeded in capturing this strategic point, which had resisted previous French and British attempts to take it. The TM100VIMY station is located within the Canada National Historic site on Vimy Ridge, France.
The long term significance of this victory was not a strategic one, but rather one of national identity. At the time, of WWI Canada was a Dominion of the British Empire, with no power to make its own foreign policy. Nonetheless, Canadian men had flocked to recruiting stations to support « Mother Britain ». The Vimy success awakened a sense of national identity in Canadians which has been described as « the moment when Canada leapt in spirit from colony to nation ».
After the Great War, France ceded Vimy Ridge to Canada and this parcel of 107 hectares (250 acres), at the top of the Ridge is now a Parks Canada National Historic site, dominated by the monument pictured above. The centenary of the battle will be marked by formal ceremonies on April 9th, 2017, which will be held at the monument’s base, and be attended by Heads of State.
The shack, located about 1.5 km from the Monument, will go on the air at 1500 UTC on March 31, 2017l and is operating two two stations 24 hours a day until dusk of April 9th. Modes are CW, SSB and RTTY on all hf ham bands. Rigs are K3s, KPA 500s with Spiderbeam yagis, verticals and dipoles. Seventeen operators are covering three shifts per day.
Our Canadian call sign VE100VIMY, was activated 0000 UTC January 1, 2017 from Nova Scotia as « VE100VIMY/VE1 » and continued from each Canadian call area, one week at a time until the end of March. The web-site http://www.ve100vimy.ca is common for both TM100VIMY and VE100VIMY.
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