Tony Hutchison AM

Congratulations to Tony VK5ZAI on his becoming a Member of the Order of Australia. His AM was announced today on the list of  Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients.

Tony is recognised for his twenty year involvement with ARISS and NASA. In this time he has done much to promote Amateur Radio to many young people who had their first experience with Amateur Radio during his many, many school ARISS contacts to the Space Station.

All of this happened at significant cost to Tony and Jill, but that was never a factor in his dedication. Jill was always there alongside Tony and I’m sure Tony would credit  much to her support.

Tony has always represented our hobby in a professional manner and no doubt has prompted young people to further careers in electronics and communication and maybe even an upcoming astronaut or two.

Well done Tony, our club salutes you.

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