Aimee Sharpe, is the daughter of John Sharpe VK2FR (aka VK2ANT) (picture aside).
She recently sent WAP a touched mail : «I want to thank you for the beautiful post you did after my father died. It meant a lot to me and to know how much he was loved and respected in the HAM radio community, and especially WAP & Antarctica»
VK2FR passed away on, january 12, 2021 at the age of 65 , (see http://www.waponline.it/john-sidney-sharp-vk2fr-sk/) and his memory always alive among us, Antarctic followers!
Aimee Sharpe, would like to keep his father’s call sign VK2ANT (WAP-232) and this decision make us at WAP, very proud and happy!
Aimee wrote: «My father’s original call sign VK2FR has recently been taken over by a new person, which I didn’t realize and I am so upset. It is my fault though, I didn’t see the emails to renew. So now I want to make sure I can keep VK2ANT .
I am also travelling to Antarctica from 4 – 13 January 2023 to scatter my father’s ashes in the sea. He always wanted to visit Antarctica together but we didn’t get to do this, so I will be going there in his memory to honor him»
What a noble gesture!
Aimee said: «I will be in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (King George, Deception and Half Moon) so I am hoping to visit some of the bases in this area that he made contact with.».
She would like to get in touch with some Hams at the Bases down there. It would be an honor to meet and introduce myself to some of the Antarctic HAMS – she said- and eventually anyone interested to know more or maybe wishing to contact me can send me a mail (firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aimee said that the plan is very exciting: « I can’t wait to see Antarctica. It will be an emotional experience, but very meaningful and I know my dad will be there with me in spirit. It will depend on the weather as to which islands/bays we can stop at, but potentially British Port Lockroy, Chinese Great Wall, Argentine Esperanza and Argentine Almirante Brown. However this is a very loose plan that may change. I think I will just have to be flexible and see when we get there».
VK2ANT Aimee Sharpe hope this post on WAP website will help start some conversations with Hams, so anyone who knew my dad John or who will be in Antarctica during January could be able to contact me and arrange for a meeting.
John Sharpe’s logbook have been downloaded as an .adi file for anyone interested can pay a visit (Check ADI File Extension – What is an .adi file and how do I open it? (fileinfo.com))
TNX Aimee Sharpe VK2ANT for sending us some pics of his father John, a great Ham who we will never forget!