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.


The succesful SGARS 80 Metre Contest returns again this year.

Contesting is an excellent way for new amateur radio operators or those returning to the hobby, to gain some operating experiencing without the fear finding something to talk about. In a contest, contacts between stations are very structured with exchange of callsign, signal reports and usually a serial number.

On Saturday 30th July 2016, the contest is open to all SGARS members from 18:00 to 00:00 midnight local time, using SSB, CW and digital modes. The contest is open to all license holders and distance points apply. Special category for Foundation Licence holders.

A copy of the contest rules, flyer and score sheet can be downloaded, click here.

Not a SGARS member, information on becoming a member is available here.