Amateur Radio skills prove useful during Australian Bushfire Emergencies

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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G'day Everyone. This website is meant to highlight the hobby of Amateur Radio and hopefully, fire your imagination. So, if new to it, click 'An Introduction to Amateur Radio' above.

               

 

Where ever you may be on planet Earth, Welcome to this Australian Amateur Radio Website. My name is Rob and I was fully licensed in 1970 when I was 19. My age is now 68. As a young person, I used to rifle through our local rubbish tip with my friend 'Lee' who lived across the road from us looking for discarded radios and electronic bits and pieces. An old short wave radio, found at the tip, was eventually pressed into service with the addition of a beat frequency oscillator which enabled me to listen to Radio Hams talking to each other. By slowly turning a shortened plastic knitting needle protruding from an IF can, the single sideband signals were able to be resolved. It was very exciting for me in those days to tune into a Ham Radio operator from overseas. I asked myself - 'how does the radio signal get here?' At that time, I read a book which I had found in our High School library called 'Adventures in Electronics' which inspired me. With my interest kindled, I pursued the hobby and have now been a Ham for 49 years. The background noise level on radios here where I live in suburbia is horrendous, usually S9. You simply 'can't hear a thing.' So fortunately my Ham Radio station is remotely controlled via the Internet, a distance of 150 klms between the home Qth in Adelaide and our bush block in the country. There is plenty of room for antennas at the block and the background noise level on the radios there is S Zero depending on QRN, static. You can basically 'hear a pin drop.' This is the beauty of remotely controlling your station. The property is isolated and about 10 klms from the nearest town, so a Wireless 4G Internet connection is used at the Radio End. The main station runs an IC-7300 and IC-7600. Antennas include a Ground Plane, 600 foot Vee beam and a 2 element, 5 band Quad antenna. By clicking on the website links on each page, information can be found which may be of help to you. Among other things you can find information about remotely controlling your station and setting it up to run on solar power. Also, a 7 minute video made in 2011 of the main solar station can be seen and an upgraded high energy, high definition video, taken by my drone, from above, shows the 4 solar powered Amateur Radio Shacks on the property. This video was uploaded on 26th January, 2020 which was 'Australia Day' . It runs for about 9 minutes.  Both videos feature a music track sung by Australian country music legend, Lee Kernaghan.