About the Project

The historical legendary wireless station Goncasuyu played a significant role at the Çanakkale Sea Warfare, followed the radio telegraph messages of enemy naval forces and inform the Turkish bastions. After 101 years, Goncasuyu has been re-engaged by TRAC (Amateur Radio Society of Turkey) to share our peace messages with the world.

Goncasuyu salutes the world with the HAM lingo “73!” meaning “Best regards!”

The project has been planned by TRAC in the memory of Mehmetcik (a poetic term for Turkish soldier) and his epic battle. The story of Goncasuyu will be shared with the visitors at the field and with the radio amateurs of the world on the air. The following, six amateur radio calsigns will be used among the Project:

Callsign Home Location
TC101GS Historical Goncasuyu Station
TC101GP Kilitbahir TRAC Repeater
TC101KT Gallipoli Kocacimentepe
TC101E TRAC Canakkale Branch, @City Center
TC101SO Balıkesir Havran, Home land of Corporal Seyid
TC101GLB Kilitbahir Historical Castle

The HF operations have already been started and will continue up to the end of the year 2016. Activities are planned in four phases separated with the field activities, similar to the previous year. Field activities will be realized with the operations of all TC101 stations, together at the field.

Dates For the memory of 
March 14 – March 19 March 18th, End of Gallipoli War Battle
April 21 – April 26 April 23th, Start of Gallipoli Land Battle
August 6 – August 10 August 9th, End of Gallipoli Land Battle

Although maximum HF activity is expected at the field dates, the operations are continuous among the year. Detailed plans for each field activity will be announced on these pages soon.