Well this is my first attempt at blogging, following in the footsteps of many other Amateur Radio operators. I am not sure how often I will post here, but I hope that some of what I post will be of interest to others, and may help some to get into this fantastic hobby of Amateur Radio.

I have been involved in Amateur Radio for 25 years, gaining my first licence in 1989. I sat for both the novice and full theory on the same day at the Radio Inspectors office in James St, Mount Gambier. I also did regulations, and sending and receiving morse code at 5 WPM. That was fast enough for me back then. On passing all of the above I applied for and received the call VK5KTH, which I held for just over a year.

In Dec 1990 while working on a temporary assignment in Adelaide, I passed the 10 WPM morse code sending and receiving at the Wireless Institute of Australia, South Australia division, in the Burley Griffen  Building (if my memory serves me correctly) in Adelaide (Torrensville I think). From there I applied for and received VK5AV. No special reason for this call, it was available and would appear on the first page of VK5 callsign’s in the callbook, so that seemed good enough for me.

Whilst an amateur I have lived in Millicent, Murray Bridge, Mount Gambier, Carpenter Rocks, and back to Mount Gambier. I have been a member of the South East Radio Group for all of this time, and was a member of the Lower Murray Amateur Radio Club for 2 years while living in Murray Bridge. I am also a member of the Wireless Institute of Australia.

I am an Assessor on behalf of the WIA and also the South East Radio Group. I hope to post here useful information that may assist those wishing to obtain an Amateur Radio Licence, or upgrade there existing one.

That’s enough from me for now, Cheers 73’s, Tim.


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