Welcome to my cyberspace in which I highlight radio activities in my world.
Originally this site provided me with a learning tool for HTML development but lately I have converted to the 21st century and been persuaded to use WordPress as the editor and I am very impressed. My thanks to my good friend Mark Pimperl for “leading me by the nose” and educating me on the finer art of putting this all together. Sometimes I remember, other times not!
So what’s it all about? My ramblings of course! And a smattering of information which I personally use for reference material when I am looking for information. A sort of “URL notebook” in many ways. If I find something worth sharing, even with myself, on it goes to this site.
It’s all about radio of course, something I have dabbled with professionally and personally for 40 years. Ever since “borrowing” my grandparents brand new SONY shortwave radio and working out that by putting this next to the television I could amplify the 5.5MHz IF and listen to VHF police transmissions on television Channel 6.
Yes, that is what started my involvement in radio and emergency services. Who would have thought?
From there radio became a passion, opening up a whole new world of mystique and intrigue. Being able to listen to an aircraft take of from Melbourne and hear the crew chat to local air traffic controllers, then Nandi, Honolulu and San Francisco was and still is remarkable. Then gaining my own “ticket” as an amateur radio operator allowed me to talk to others around the world in morse, by digital means and voice. Still a thrill after all these years!!
When I first gained my licence band conditions on HF were on the rise and 10 metres became a favourite band for QRP (low power) operations, both at home and from the mobile “shack.”
Wind the clock forward and I have developed a very comprehensive kit of portable equipment with LiFePO4 batteries, multiple home made antennae, radio’s in transportable suitcases, lightweight fiberglass squid poles and more robust tripod bases to support VHF and UHF antennae.
I hope you enjoy my ramblings and information on my site.