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"Adopt a Mill across Australia" and register your amateur radio group on the "Mills on the Air".

Contact other mills and radio groups in Australia and around the world using amateur radio.

Register your adopted mill at www.mills-on-the-air.net

Email us promotional material about your activation.

Join the Facebook group: Adopt a Mill Across Australia

Tony VK3KKP - tonyfalla@gmail.com

The Amateur Radio activation of Anderson's Mill at Smeaton in central Victoria last May was the first time an Australian mill had registered for the the Mills on Air event, run by the Denby Dale Radio Club through the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and which had registered only European mills up to now - but that was about to change.

The National Trust had its first Anderson's Mill Heritage Weekend in 2017 and Amateur Radio was part of the festivities.


Anderson's Mill is managed by Parks Victoria with the free public event being supported by the Hepburn Shire Council and many others.

The five-storey bluestone flour and oat mill, part of the 19th century gold field region, is on a creek that helped drive its iron water wheel.

The Central Goldfields Amateur Radio Group, VK3BI actived Anderson's Mill on May 13 to 15 2017, using 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m and VHF IRLP and UHF EchoLink.

Behind this ambitious project were locals Alan and Cheryl Just, and Peter Rafferty VK3CC.


Now they invite more mills throughout Australia to join them on air in May 2018.

It is an ideal club or individual project to activate many of the mills throughout Australia. There is plenty of scope with old mills once used for sugar, wool, cotton, flour, and timber.

Is there one near you? The challenge is to join the Mills on Air event in May 2018.

Original story: Jim Linton VK3PC SK

updated: Tony Falla VK3KKP

Thanks to Jim, who in 2016 took a lead in promoting "Adopt a Mill" and registration in "Mills on the Air" through the WIA.