During World War 2 (1939 to 1945), all amateur radio operation was banned. Some of the men that enlisted for service received technical training in radio and radar. Before the war, in 1938 there were nine amateur radio operators listed in the Geelong area. By the time the war was over and amateur radio operation was once again permitted the number of licensed amateur radio operators in the area had grown to fifteen.
On the 7th of June 1948 a meeting was called, and from there the Geelong Amateur Radio Club (GARC) was formed with weekly meetings drawing 15 to 20 people. On the 7th of December in 1948 the GARC christened it’s new call sign – VK3ATL. The first contact was on 40m between J.S. McNamara, VK2EQ and Dick Heighway, VK3ABK using his Type 3 Mark 2 transmitter. The GARC callsign VK3ATL has been in operation ever since.
There is always something interesting happening at the GARC and visitors are always welcome. The club is open every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 4:00pm and every Friday evening from 6:30pm. All technical talks and activities start at 8.00pm on Friday evening unless otherwise stated in the Syllabus.
Sister Club – W4DOC Atlanta Radio Club
In 2010 Dallas VK3DJ travelled to the US to visit some amateur radio friends he’d met on air. During his travels he visited the Atlanta Radio Club and from all accounts had a great time with the guys. The ARC was established in 1911 and in 2011 they celebrate their 100th Anniversary. The GARC congratulates the ARC on this amazing milestone and wishes them great success for the future. Please click on the logo to visit their site.