The St George Amateur Radio Society will be undertaking a coverage survey of the VK2RDX 2m repeater, located at Mt Bindo in the Blue Mountains. The purpose of the survey is to obtain data relating to the performance of both the repeater transmitter and receiver system.

SGARS members will be taking call backs following the ARNSW morning broadcast on Sunday 18th December 2016, commencing at about 11.00 AM local time, using the call sign VK2LE.

On 19 November 1941, the Australian Light Cruiser, HMAS Sydney, and the German auxilliary cruiser, Kormoran, engaged in a brief naval battle off Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia. Both ships sank at sea, with all personnel from the Sydney lost, while most of those from the Kormoran survived.

With all 645 sailors on the Sydney perishing, its sinking in 1941 remains the largest loss of life in the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the largest Allied warship lost with all hands during World War II, and reportedly a major blow to Australian wartime morale. The wreck was not found until 2008.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the HMAS Sydney and to honour the courageous sailors of HMAS Sydney and SMS Kormoran, the special event callsign VI2SYD75 has been granted and is available for use from 19th November to 31st December 2016.