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WELCOME TO THE 50th ANNIVERSARY WEBPAGE of 2011

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Tweedie Svenson VK4TS a member of the original Maryborough club carrying buckets up Mt Goonaneman track.

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The old guard build Mt Goonaneman repeater shack

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Workers atop the tower installing aerials

openingOfficial opening of the VK4RBU repeater site

 

 

The Bundabeg Amateur Radio Club turned 50 on 21st September 2011 and we held our Anniversary Luncheon on Saturday 8th October.

 

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Sunday 9th October we hosted the WIA Qld President's working day

 

As with all events planning is paramount and we left no stone unturned.... Drivers were organised for an early morning visit to Mt Goonaneman to visit our VK4RBU repeater in the Woowoonga National Park.........

We laid out the tables at the Young Australian Hotel so everything would look nice......... Then the storm hit.

A heavy, black sky dominated town and a viscous rain and electrical storm hit, taking down power lines and leaving much of the town without electricity.... including the hotel.

Undeterred, the attendant managed to keep the bar open and the emergency lighting was enough so we could wander about the room and chat with people we hadn't seen for many years.

With a huge round of cheers and applause we acknowledged the power being restored and congratulated Robbie the Chef for his efforts. (Luckily the kitchen had some gas appliances but the juggling act in the kitchen was a mammoth task)

Lunch was served a little late but at the end of the day we only ran 35 minutes over the scheduled times.

Thank you to all those who came to Bundaberg to support our 50th Anniversary celebrations, congratulations to the raffle winners (4 out of the 6 prizes went to out of town visitors).

Thanks also to the invited guests, Michael Owen VK3KI President of the WIA, Ewan McLeod VK4ERM WIA Board member and Margaret McCleod, Mike Charteris VK4QS from the Qld Advisory Committee, Councillors Lynne Forgan and David Batt representing the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bill Daniells Local Controller State Emergency Services and Lesley Daniells.

There are some photos of the Mt Goonaneman trip, the Saturday reunion luncheon and the working President's day below.

Thank you to Ewan VK4ERM and Clive VK4ACC for providing the following memorable photos. There's an additional section at the end with some photos from Anske VK4CAB & Marg VK4FHAM.

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50th Anniversary Photos
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Saturday 8th October an early start in the car park outside the national park
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They head off into the Woowoonga National park on a steep uphill bush track
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Emerging into the clearing on Mt Goonaneman where the club has the repeater VK4RBG
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Fog, fog and more fog! It did obscure the view
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Bundaberg Club President Rusty VK4JM & WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI outside the shack
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How many amateurs can you cram into a small repeater shack?
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Ross VK4JRO is proud to display the club's equipment and explain the various components
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Normally this is a stunning view of the valley below, the visitors had to take our word for it on this day
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The Club maintains an area of 750sq metres for the shack and tower
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Speaking of the tower, it's 50 metres high
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The tower rises into the early morning fog
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Ewan VK4ERM & Ron VK4BRG
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Geoff VK4GI & Bill VK4XZ inspect the guys with Rusty VK4JM in the background
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The weather closed in and it was time to head down the mountain
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The convoy raced home being pursued by this storm which hit town soon after
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It was time to deck the function room at the Young Australian Hotel
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The Sports Bar made a pleasant venue, you can see the heavy rain outside the windows
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We had a display of photographs, old documents and current WICEN equipment
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The photos went back to 1967 & right up to present day
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The ICOM handheld being raffled took centre place
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Linda Sullivan was part of the organising team for the event
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Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM also part of the organising team for the event
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The room soon began to fill up
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We had a private bar for the occasion
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Brett Lane, Belinda & Ray Evans chat about old times
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Don VK4NP & Shirley catch up with Ron VK4BRG & Sue
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Another chatfest in the back corner, not sure if Bob VK4UD is saluting or just wiping his furrowed brow
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Our guests Geoff VK4FK, Lyle VK4LM and Margaret catch up
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Something was making Gary and Mark laugh in the back corner
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Bob Elkin, former club member who returned for the event chats to Bill VK4XZ. Bob VK4FNBL in for foreground is from Maryborough
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President Rusty VK4JM led the guests to the luncheon buffet
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Bill Daniells SES Local Controller and great friend to the club was an invited guest
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The official table including on the left Cr. David Batt, Ewan McCleod VK4ERM, Michael Owen VK3KI, Cr Lynne Forgan. The lady in blue on the right is Margaret McLeod
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Bob Elkin and Anske VK4CAB in the foreground
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George VK4AMG, Bob Elkin & Bob VK4UD
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Ron VK4BRG & Sue Graham
0102We think this was Clive's lunch, a little of everything.... and the food was sensational by the way
0120Rusty VK4JM gave the President's address and recounted the club's achievements through the years
0121Yes, this one does look as if Gail & Rusty are singing the club song!
0123Councillor Lynne Forgan spoke and talked of the Club's commitment to the community
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The CAKE !
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Rusty VK4JM cuts the birthday cake so we could all share a slice or two
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Councillor David Batt spoke regarding the club's WICEN commitment and ongoing preparedness to work with Council in times of natural disaster
0125Rusty presented Cr. Lynne Forgan with Honorary Club Membership in recognition of her assistance at a working bee where she was expected to be a guest, instead she helped clear the Mt Goonaneman site of invading lantana
0127Michael Owen, President of the WIA gave a short address and proposed the toast to the club in honour of 50 years
0128The WIA president then presented Medallions commemorating 25 years WIA membership to Rusty McGrath VK4JM
0129To Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
0130To Bill Sebbens VK4XZ
0131To Anske Beimers VK4CAB
0132To George McLucas VK4AMG
0133To Ron Graham VK4BRG
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A close up of the WIA 25 year membership medallion
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The group of 25 year WIA membership medal recipients with Michael Owen WIA President in the centre
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The raffle was drawn by Michael Owen and Gordon VK4GM from Rockhampton won the ICOM Dual Band handheld
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Shaun VK4NSP from Rocky won second prize
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Kathy VK4KJ from Maryborough won 3rd prize
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Prize winners and medal recipients
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Gail VK4ION won the Art raffle
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Helen McLucas won second prize in the Art raffle
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Graham VK4SR, Bill VK4XZ & Bob VK4FNBL
0139Mike Charteris VK4QS presented Rusty with a book on behalf of the Qld Advisory Committee to commemorate the 50 year milestone
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Ewan VK4ERM & Michael VK3KI
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Sunday 9th October was the working President's day held at the SES HQ
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The group of President's, Executive and interested members met for about 3 hours
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Maryborough President Geoff VK4ZPP presented the report for his club with Secretary VK4KJ looking on
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We managed to cram about 28 people into the lecture room @ SES HQ
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Following the meeting the working group shared a BBQ lunch before departing town
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Amenities were pretty basic in the SES vehicle bay but the food was great and everyone who attended the President's meeting went home content
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Gordon VK4GM & Shaun VK4NSP from Rockhampton
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Some of the Maryborough attendees, Bob VK4FNBL, Dawn VK4FTBA and Geoff VK4ZPP

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We must mention of our Chef Robbie from the Young Australian Hotel. Battling several hours of power blackouts on Saturday he delivered great food using quality ingredients without fuss or bother. It was a credit to him and his kitchen staff.

The staff at the Young Australian Hotel helped make our 50th memorable, thank you.

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Bob Elkin and Anske VK4CAB shared a luncheon table
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Anske VK4CAB & Marg VK4FHAM
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Mike VK4LMB & Gordon VK4GM
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Shirley & Don Sparks VK4NP
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Kathy VK4KJ Secretary of the Maryborough club and Van VK4VAN
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Geoff VK4FK, Lyle & Margaret
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Bob VK4UD with Ned VK4EMU & Anne Fresta
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Ray, Ken Burry VK4MPH & Geoff Bonney VK4GI
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Belinda & Brett Lane with Don VK4DAD
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Carol Orpin chats with Bill Daniells
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Sunday at the President's function there was a quick morning tea
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Gordon & Mary from Rocky
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The "wait staff" wore bright red pinnies!
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Rusty looks happy
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Rusty and Bill chat over morning tea
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Tom Yapp from Brisbane WICEN made the trip
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Brian VK4MBG from CQAR chats with Tony VK4TW from CHARC
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President & Secretary seem happy with the way things are going
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Ewan VK4ERM and Mark enjoy a morning coffee
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That Rocky mob, Gordon VK4GM, Shaun VK4NSP, Clive VK4ACC and Mary VK4PZ
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Would Bill VK4XZ be bending the ear of the WIA President... hmmm something about QTAC perhaps???
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Mike Charteris VK4QS with Maryborough President Geoff VK4ZPP
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Kathy & Van from Maryborough
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Our "dress code" officer ensures the wait staff are neatly presented. Joe VK4FDJB our refreshments attendant gets tidied up by Kev
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The BBQ chef on Sunday was Mark who managed to serve up great Rump Steaks cooked to order. Excellent meat as usual from out butcher... Gin Gin Quality Meats
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We had a fine array of 9 salads to choose from prepared by Club Members Margaret, Linda & Mark
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No complaints about the quality or variety as people got down to some serious eating and free beer to boot! It doesn't get much better than this
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The WIA President Michael Owen really enjoyed his visit also has a break to grab a meal
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One of the hardest workers in the club! That's our Kev VK4FKEV... this time up to his elbows in the washing up water. We had an exceptional team of workers for the weekend and although it was hard work they had some laughs along the way


The weekend came to a close about 4pm on Sunday 9th October.

We believe we've set the bar quite high for other clubs to follow our organisation, quality food [and free beer] and we came in on budget

We loved having all of the visitors in town and showing of our repeater etc.

 

THANK YOU

for helping to make our 50th Anniversary something special

The club history through photos

We have a selection of past photos contained in the following links.

For photos 1961 to 1999 follow this link

For the decade 2000 to 2009 this is the link

For photos 2010 to current day this is the link

 
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