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Cream-coloured VK2VN amateur radio QSL card

1986.0095.0004

Cream-coloured VK2VN amateur radio QSL card

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Description

This card was used by Morris Meyers OBE (1917-1975). Meyers was first licenced as an amateur radio operator in the early 1930s. After serving in World War II, Meyers became an active member of the Australian amateur radio community, serving as a member of the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia and the Wireless Institute of Australia. His skill as a CW (continuous wave) operator led to his election to the Fine Operators Club and the AI Operators Club, selective groups representing the world's finest radio operators. Meyers operated under the call sign VK2VN.

Physical description

Cream-coloured card featuring a large red rectangle and black print that reads "VK-2 VN" and "To radio confirming QSO of...".

Statement of significance

The Gweneth Meyers collection consists of material from the radio communications interests of the donor's husband Morris Henry Meyers OBE, and optometrist equipment and a telescope used by Gweneth Meyers' grandfather, Llewellyn Preston Williams, a pharmacist who migrated to Australia from England in 1890. The collection includes a wireless transmitter and receiver used by Meyers in his ham radio work, QSL cards from his radio communications, and photographs of Meyers with the equipment.

Interested in electronics and communications from an early age, Morris 'Morrie' Meyers was licenced as an amateur radio operator from the early 1930s. Meyers' skill and interests lead to his election to the Fine Operators Club and the AI Operators Club, and membership with the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia and the Wireless Institute of Australia, in which he also served as president and executive member. He served with the RAAF Wireless Reserve, and was sent to Borneo, New Guinea and other sites in the Pacific region, being commissioned in 1941 and after rising to the rank of Wing Commander was awarded the Order of the British Empire. After the war, Meyers began a career with Qantas as Communications and Electronics Manager.

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