G'day Everyone. Wherever you may be on planet Earth, Welcome to
this Australian Amateur Radio website. vk5sw.com
I really like building website pages and I hope
that you find some of the pages on this website to your liking. it would be about 9 years ago
now, I think, when my friend's brother in law gave me a computer program called
'Front Page', which enables you to create website pages. With no idea of what I
was doing, I played around with it and found out quickly that I liked trying to
improve the page that I was working on. Some 9 years later, I find my mind working unconsciously on
the current page as I may be reading a book, for example, and an idea will butt
in, and suggest to me a way to improve the page. I then come into this computer
room, after having put the book down, and implement the idea. It nearly always
improves the page, in my opinion. At
first the website pages which I made were very basic, usually a little text and
a picture. But as time went on, they appeared to me to becoming better than they
used to be. So, I kept building pages and now this current
website is the latest version. The reason I have spent so much effort in building
this website is because I enjoy it so much. I like the capability of using my
imagination and being able to 'put it into a page' with the idea of adding
enjoyment for others to it, one way or the other. The background pictures on the various pages are
meant to create an appropriate atmosphere and feeling. I hope I have done a good
job of that. Please rate any of the pages if you feel so inclined.
HF Radio waves travel at about the speed of light, 186,000
miles per second. So, radio communication here on earth is basically
instantaneous. When I think of the physical distances involved when having a
conversation with you in say, North America from here in Australia, the fact that our voices are heard
by each other as they are spoken, seems incredible to me. Hardly any time delay
at all, even though the distance between us may be 15,000 miles, on the long way
around the world, for example. Radio
signals can take about 20 minutes to reach Mars, depending on our relative
locations in space, which changes in time. As our
reach throughout the Universe increases, our reliance on radio communications
will be forever more demanded. Without expansion, I don't think that we would be
able to 'find our place in the Universe.' And without that awareness, I don't
think that we can advance, either personally nor collectively. With a more expansive
and less constrictive outlook, and a feeling of greater insignificance in the
scheme of things, I think
would come a greater willingness to work together and expand our reach. We
might, possibly, begin to leave conflict behind. I think that radio
communication is that vital to our well being. I have used some of the
background pictures on this website to bring to mind the fact that we are on one
planet, only one of the innumerable out there.
Ham Radio is a great hobby and
my hope is that this website goes some way towards promoting it. I feel that
building this website is the best way for me to contribute to the hobby and
possibly, 'leave a little of me behind'.
Amateur Radio has been a terrific friend for me for almost 50 years now. Without
it, I doubt that my life would have been as enjoyable. Radio communication for
me and many others is a wonder and an exciting phenomenon founded upon natural, scientific laws. As our reach throughout the Universe expands, so will our
reliance on radio communication become ever more important. This hobby can lead
you to an exciting career in this forever evolving field of electronics and
communications. Whether new to Amateur Radio or not, this website has been built to
introduce you to AR or help
you, and me, for that matter, and hopefully inspire you. Information can be
found here about setting up a solar powered Ham Radio station, remotely
controlling your station, constructing a 20 foot tower, putting together a Cubex
quad antenna as well as building vee beam, ground plane and loop antennas. You
may find the Interactive World Clock useful and you can
also view videos and download Ham Radio Wallpaper. 'Amateur Radio Clip Art',
'Amateur Radio Signs', 'Armed Forces' 'Google Maps for Amateur Radio' and the biography, 'VK5SW' are the latest pages to
this website. The VK3MO page gives information about
'Ian', an inspiring Australian Amateur.
You may also be interested in
my Youtube channel...
If you are a newcomer to Amateur Radio, here is an introduction for you...
Due to nearby radiation from TV's, power lines
and various other sources of electromagnetic interference, the background noise
level on radios at the home Qth here in suburban Adelaide, South Australia is horrendous -
strength 9. Nothing can be heard here. The background noise level on the radios
at the remote location at our property is strength zero. Depending on Qrn and
over the horizon radar, you can basically 'hear a pin drop' on the HF bands. This is the beauty
of remote operating. Also, in this case, there is plenty of room for antennas.
The station is 150 klms away from home, located on our
remote radio link uses the Remote Rig system and a Wireless Internet connection
(4G, 2.4Ghz) at the Radio End as the nearest town is about 10 klms away from the
property. In my case, this has meant being able to operate remotely from the
home Qth as opposed to not being able to operate at all. Thanks to the
information given to me by Matt, VK5HZ, this system is once again operating
properly after having been faced with what I thought at the time, was an
unsolvable problem. For information about setting up remote capability, click on the
'Remote' link. Youtube videos about the system here can be seen below. The Internet has
absolutely revolutionized and transformed our lives and our hobby.
If not for the Internet, you wouldn't be reading this. I hope this
website, in some way, is able to add to your enjoyment of Amateur Radio. 73,
Remotely controlling a Ham Radio station via the Internet is often desirable
nowadays because of electromagnetic interference to radios in the cities due to
power lines, TV's and many other sources.
The 2 videos above show my setup using the Remote Rig system and Ham Radio
Deluxe. The radio station is about 100 miles away from home out in the Bush, in
the middle of nowhere, and about 10 miles away from the nearest town. The
station is unattended and runs on solar power. A wireless 4G Internet connection
is used between the property where the station is located and the town. A fibre
optic Internet cable is used from home here in Adelaide to the town of Morgan in
the Riverland district. These 2 youtube videos were recorded on my mobile phone.
The 4 minute video on the left shows the reception from the IC-7300 remote
radio, and the 10 minute video shows the reception from the IC-7600 remote radio
at the home Qth.
They were made in Dec., 2018.
This Youtube video was made in 2011 before remotely
controlled. It shows the location in the Bush and the main solar system. It runs for
I'm certainly no expert, but these 2 pages may help in setting up
solar power / remote control,
Just imagine this world of ours without Radio Communication. This
world as we know it would be nothing like this. Communications nowadays,
like most things, I think, is taken for granted.
Our worldwide scientists, experimenters and radio predecessors,
through creativity, perseverance, hard work and never say die attitudes,
have given us a hobby which, nowadays, has capabilities beyond their
wildest dreams. Amateur Radio Operators of today stand on the shoulders
of those who have gone before us. Of course, those who have fought for
our countries to give us our way of life, have given us freedom to
follow our interests, like Amateur Radio. We are on the forefront of
expanding our reach into the Unknown. In order to do that, Radio
Communication is vital. Many people who are employed in the scientific,
communication and various other technical industries, can trace their
spark of interest to their hobby of Amateur Radio. Our hobby always has been, and
always will be, I believe, an introduction to radio
communication and a catalyst to its advancement.
relentless march of technology, in this case the Internet, our hobby of
Amateur Radio is becoming more and more sophisticated, but the
fundamentals will always remain the same for us.
The wonder and excitement of radio communication.
73 from the land of the kangaroo - 'Rob', VK5SW. QRZpage
Youtube 'Ham QSL cards'
Youtube 'Radio OP's'
Youtube 'Amateur Radio Antennas'
Youtube 'Amateur Radio YL operators'
'You have to be Odd, to be number One.' Dr.
A 30 minute video of
the launch of a satellite by 'Space X' in California .
A short 5 minute video
tour of a section of the International Space Station