Amateur Radio

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Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club

The Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club (EMDRC) services amateur radio enthusiasts of the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Peter is the club Secretary and continues to provide services that help advance the hobby of amateur radio. He has implemented and maintains the clubs on-line membership system which is continuing to evolve. As well as running many club meetings, Peter provided a presentation to members on the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10. He supports the clubs Raspberry PI enthusiasts and has a weather station uploading local weather data to the Weather Underground site.

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Wireless Institute of Australia

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is the National body that represents the interests of all Amateurs in Australia. Peter provides a number of volunteer services for the WIA. He is on the publications committee responsible for the publication of Amateur Radio magazine (11 copies per year). He is one of 4 that proof read each edition of the magazine before it is approved for publication. He is the editor of the yearly Callbook, member of the WIA special grants committee, and a licence assessor. He was responsible for pre-publication of the third edition of the Foundation Manual.

Yaesu FTM-100DR Review

The FTM-100DR 144/430 MHz dual band transceiver is a compact mobile device that manages to pack a huge amount of functionality into a very flexible package. In addition to the normal functions you would expect from an amateur transceiver of this nature, it supports digital (C4FM) mode, APRS, GM (group monitor), WIRES-X, Bluetooth (option) and comes equipped with built in GPS. In addition, it comes with a programming cable, remote head separation kit (3 m cable and bracket) and a micro-SD card slot for backup, programming and storage of data.

Yaesu FTM-400XDR Review

The FTM-400XDR 144/430 MHz dual band transceiver is a compact mobile device that manages to pack a huge amount of functionality into a very flexible package. In addition to the normal functions you would expect from an amateur transceiver of this nature, it supports digital (C4FM) mode, APRS, GM (group monitor), WIRES-X, Bluetooth (option) and comes equipped with built in GPS. In addition, it comes with a programming cable, remote head separation kit (3 m cable and bracket) and a micro-SD card slot for backup, programming and storage of data.

Yaesu FT2D review

Yaesu FT2D review

The FT2D 144/430 MHz dual band handheld transceiver is one of Yaesu’s latest in the System Fusion range. Complete with GPS, APRS, WIRES-X, C4FM digital and a large 160 x 160 dot LCD screen and touch panel, there is not much more you would want from such a compact handheld transceiver.

INAC AH-1430 Magnetic Loop Review

I would certainly recommend one of these for anyone that has space restrictions or single source noise problems on HF at their location. I found this loop easy to install and operate, although the tuning unit was a little sensitive at times. Portable operation is a breeze as it fits neatly into the car boot and will sit on top of a lightweight tripod without too much worry. The AH-1430 performs well on all amateur bands 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 m (14 to 30 MHz). It has a very narrow bandwidth on 20 m and almost certainly requires retuning if you change frequency. That’s when the remote tuning control comes in handy. It has a much broader bandwidth on the 10 m band. The documentation is good (enough to get you started) and additional information can be found on the INAC web site.