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Post by VK7PD » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:00 pm

Joe Gelston VK7JG (SK) OAM

A posthumous OAM has been awarded to Joe Gelston VK7JG (Silent Key) in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours for services to amateur radio.

Joe was known to many people in amateur radio in Tasmania and around Australia and was a regular at the Gippstech Microwave Weekends

He was known for his endless energy for the hobby and boundless support and assistance for anyone who showed an interest in amateur radio.

His depth of knowledge and skill in radio was immense. His enthusiasm was infectious and he was the driving force behind getting many radio projects started and completed.

Joe touched and/or was involved in the creation and maintenance of almost every amateur radio repeater and beacon in Tasmania.

He also volunteered his time and skills to keep many volunteer organisations radio repeaters on air - notably Tamar Sea Rescue Services.

It is without a doubt that Joe had been to every hill and mountain-top that has a communications facility on it in mainland Tasmania and surrounding islands, usually to fix something!

This dedication to duty saw many repeaters, beacons and communications facility kept on air even when natural disasters and emergencies happened.

Joe appears on the WIA Tasmanian Division Honour Roll as Secretary of the Division in 1975 and his call sign was VK7ZGJ.

Joe was made a Life Member of the National Amateur Radio representative body, the Wireless Institute of Australia in 1993 in recognition of his huge contribution to the hobby of amateur radio.

Joe sadly died on 29th May 2018.

(Written by Justin, VK7TW for the WIA Website)

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