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 the same 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 10 minute high energy, high definition video,
taken by my drone in January 2020, from above, shows the 4 solar
powered Amateur Radio Shacks on the property.
The Universe is vast and about 13.8 Billion years old. There are at
least 100 Billion stars in our
Milky Way galaxy alone.
The circumference of the Earth is about 40,000 klms.. High
frequency radio waves, being electromagnetic radiations travel at
the speed of light, about 186,000 miles per second, basically being
received instantaneously around the World. Depending on the relative
position of Mars from Earth, radio waves can take up to about 20
minutes to reach the red planet. The space craft Voyager 1 has been
traveling away from Earth for over 40 years, having been launched in
1977. It's currently over 13 Billion miles away and it's radio
signals take something like 19 hours to reach home.. If we can
befriend ourselves and then each other, our destiny
lies out there, discovering while exploring Outer Space.
I've enjoyed building this website, while trying to encourage and
inspire you because I know that Amateur Radio can give you a good
life. The 'key' to this website is that I like doing it. As a young
person, no matter your gender, AR can lead you into
a career in communications and associated fields of employment. The
sky's the limit.
As you progress with your interest, thoughts and feelings will guide
you towards your future. There are so many diverse fields these
days. Perhaps the Air Force may suit you. Follow your feelings.
links on this website, hopefully are able to provide you with interest, information,
and enjoyment. Thank you for rating the pages. I do
appreciate honest feedback as it enables me to learn that which is
needed to improve the website. Also, feel free to sign the
Guestbook. 73/88, Rob. VK5SW.