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...   and books I've written...  

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 Bush property. This 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, Rob, VK5SW.







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 7 minutes.

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.

With the 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


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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


Space  -  Nasa Website     ISS     ARISS     Space X Website     Falcon Rocket     StarTrek Website