Some History of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club

Established in September 1961 and still going strong FIVE decades on

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If you have any historical photos or material you are urged to contact the club. We can arrange to scan any material you have and return originals to you.

Callsigns mentioned throughout this page were found in the historical records/minute books etc.
The task of researching the records is ongoing and some dates - currently missing will be updated as information comes to hand.

 

We have an extensive collection of photos dating back to the beginning of club activities in 1960s.

 

You will find historical photos in three file areas:

1961 to 1999 at this Photo Archive link

2000 to 2009 at this Photo Archive link

2010 to Present day at this Photo Archive link

They are large photo displays and may take some time to download

**Club members requiring a hard copy of these images should contact the Webmaster

Introduction by John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM

[Written in 2011 for the Golden Jubillee Celebrations]

Little did those twelve people, made up of WIA members, Associate WIA members and interested people who met at the Bundaberg Red Cross rooms on Thursday night, 21st of September in 1961 realise that fifty years later their dream would turn out to be one of the more active clubs in Queensland.

In fact, these twelve interested people had approached the WIAQ for permission to form either a Bundaberg Branch of the WIAQ or a Radio Club.  The answer from WIAQ was to form a club and for that club to be associated with the Wide Bay Branch of WIAQ.

On that night the club was born, named The Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club and the aims of the club were identical to the WIA constitution Section 2, Paras. A to E.. Committee was formed and fees were set at one pound per annum [$2]

The difficulties and triumphs of the next fifty years are a Jacob’s ladder of events with the over-riding premise being the advancement of Amateur Radio in Bundaberg.

History is not a topic which appeals to radio enthusiasts and tomorrow’s circuits and today’s contacts too often take precedence over last years events but the club has lived through many phases of technical change in its time until the present day.

We saw CW and AM give way to SSB and FM. Digital communications was a dream, the early class students were given a little information on transistors to supplement the valve theory. Several members did the Z–call licence and got going onVHF; building valve receivers on 2 metres was a feat and the HF advocates gradually saw there was room in their life for VHF.

Members came to grips with computers and found their way into Packet Radio. We sat around the club rooms all night for couple of weeks waiting for Oscar 1 to show over the horizon so we could track his 'HI' in morse with a beam more like a bofors gun requiring two members to train it.

We built repeaters, VHF, UHF and Packet housed in a concrete block building on top of Mount Goonaneman and on a water tower in Bundaberg.

We lost our beloved Club Rooms to the march of the monied sports wanting more room but we were promised the top floor of the East End Water tower for club rooms until someone on Council realized there was no way out if we set alight to “all that valve radio gear”. But the thought of feeding a 80 metre vertical from the top end was relished for a time.

Our WIA Youth Radio Classes saw many Bundaberg youth get good jobs in both Commonwealth and State Government Departments and industry; and so the list goes on.

One has only to take a good look at this Website to see that the objective of promoting Amateur Radio remains just as focused today as all the preceding years. With our club even more closely aligned with WIA through Associate Membership, Club Insurance, Club members as WIA Assessors and EmComm trainers etc.

Education, training, and supporting the community and SES  with WICEN, maintaining repeaters and all the other technical aspects of club life remain a high priority for the Club.

Today however, not for profit groups must also deal deal with Government Departments and bodies that look after Rents, Rates, Child Protection, Power bills, Risk Management, Insurance etc, and this has necessitated an expanded committee with the appropriate skills.

But even after all that, we still have time to enjoy a club social life and have fun. Which is what its all about isn’t it?

Rusty McGrath VK4JM

Past President

[Written for the Golden Jubilee celebration in 2011]

Office bearers 1961 to 2018

** You will notice some 'blanks' in this information as some old records have not as yet been traced**
    AGM August 2018* AGM 26th August 2017
    President: President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
    Vice President: Vice President: Darrall Harvey VK4FABF
    Secretary: Secretary: David Nebe VK4DN
    Treasurer: Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
    Committee Member: Committee Member: Dan Aitken VK4OH

* Awaiting 2018 information - last updated May 2018

AGM 27th August 2016 AGM 29th August 2015 AGM 30th August 2014 AGM 31st August 2013
President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Darrall Harvey VK4FABF Vice President:
Vice President: Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: **Darrall Harvey VK4FABF Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4HAM Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee Members: Dan Aitken VK4OH and David Nebe VK4HAX Committee Members: Dan Aitken VK4OH : Darrall Harvey VK4FABF: David Nebe VK4HAX Committee Members: Dan Aitken VK4OH Darrall Harvey VK4FABF : David Nebe VK4HAX Committee Member: Darrall Harvey VK4FABF, Peter Gross VK4FPDG

** 2016 Secretary position not filled at AGM. VK4FABF appointed at subsequent meeting

AGM 25th August 2012 AGM 27th August 2011 AGM 28th August 2010 AGM 29th August 2009
President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee Members: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ: Kev Sullivan VK4FKEV & Darrall Harvey VK4FABF Committee Members: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ :Kev Sullivan VK4FKEV & Bob Wright VK4UD Committee Members: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ: Kev Sullivan VK4FKEV & Bob Wright VK4UD Committee Members: Bob Wright VK4UD Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ and Kev Sullivan VK4FKEV

 

AGM 23rd August 2008 AGM August 2007 AGM August 2006 AGM August 2005
President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM President: Robert (Bob) Wright VK4UD President: Robert (Bob) Wright VK4UD President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO Vice President:
Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee Members: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ : Kev Sullivan VK4FKEV : Bob Wright VK4UD & Anske Beimers VK4CAB Committee Member: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ Committee Member: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ Committee Members: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ & Bob Wright VK4UD

 

AGM August 2004 AGM August 2003 AGM 30th August 2002 AGM 31st August 2001
President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Vice President: Vice President: Vice President: Keith De Serio VK4NQV Vice President: Keith De Serio VK4NQV
Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee Member: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ Don Sparks VK4NK Committee Member: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ Don Sparks VK4NK Committee Member: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ Don Sparks VK4NK Committee Member: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ Don Sparks VK4NK & Warwick Marshallsee VK4NW

 

AGM 25th August 2000 AGM 27th August 1999 AGM August 1998 AGM August 1997
President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO President: President:
Vice President: Keith De Serio VK4NQV Vice President: Keith De Serio VK4NQV Vice President: Vice President:
Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB Treasurer: Treasurer:
Committee Members: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ Ed Roache VK4BR & Keith Kirchner VK4YET Committee Members: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ & Keith Kirchner VK4YET Committee Member: Committee Member:

 

AGM August 1996 AGM August 1995 AGM August 1994 AGM August 1993
President: President: President: Michael Clarke VK4ACM President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Vice President: Vice President: Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO Vice President: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: Michael Clarke VK4ACM
Treasurer: Treasurer: Treasurer: Keith Kirchner VK4YET Treasurer: Ann wise VK4VAW
Committee Member: Committee Member: Committee Member: Trevor Taege VK4BAT: Bill Beimers VK4KPB : Anske Beimers VK4CAB Committee Member: Bill Beimers VK4KPB & Anske Beimers VK4CAB

** Information for 1995 to 1998 has not yet been located

AGM 23rd August 1992 AGM 24th July 1991 AGM 24th October 1990 AGM 25th October 1989
President: Bob Millgate VK4ADZ : Ken Blatchford VK4BKB] President: Bob Millgate VK4ADZ President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President: Ken Blatchford VK4BKB and John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Vice President: Ken Blatchford VK4BKB Vice President: Ken Blatchford VK4BKB Vice President: Ken Blatchford VK4BKB
Secretary: Michael Clarke VK4ACM Secretary: Michael Clark VK4ACM Secretary: Robert  Millgate VK4ADZ Secretary: Robert  Millgate VK4ADZ
Treasurer: Ann wise VK4VAW Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP
Committee Members: Ken Blatchford VK4BKB John Garrod VK4EHM: Roger Lynch VK4AFT: Ross Orpin VK4JRO: Geoff Porter VK4JGP Committee Members: Clem Steggink VK4FD Gerry Feerick VK4YK Keith Haverfield VK4APQ Committee Members: Clem Steggink VK4FD Gerry Feerick VK4TGF : Roger Lynch VK4AFT Committee Members: Anske Beimers VK4JPB: VK4TDP & VK4AFT

**** 14 December 1992 Bob Millgate retiried due to ill health. Vice President Ken Blatchford VK4BKB assumed the role of President and John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM was elected to position of Vice President.

AGM 28th September 1988 AGM 24th September 1987 AGM 23rd July 1986 AGM 24th July 1985
President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President: Peter Billiau VK4KTP Vice President: John Lemura VK4LP Vice President: Robert  Millgate VK4ADZ Vice President: John Lemura VK4LP
Secretary: Robert  Millgate VK4ADZ Secretary: Robert  Millgate VK4ADZ Secretary: Elizabeth Billiau VK4YIA and Secretary: John Lemura VK4LP Secretary: Elizabeth Billiau VK4YIA 
Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP Treasurer: Peter Billiau VK4KTP Treasurer: Peter Billiau VK4KTP Treasurer: Peter Billiau VK4KTP
Committee Member: Members: Anske Beimers VK4JPB: Clem Steggink VK4FD & Allan Wait VK4MAW Committee Members: Anske Beimers VK4JPB: Karl VK4AKT  & Bill VK4ZWH  Committee Members: Allan Wait VK4MAW: Bill  VK4ZWH :   Karl VK4AKT: W. Hal??? and John Lemura VK4LP Committee Members: Karl VK4AKT: Bill VK4ZWH & Keith Baldwin VK4KEB

***** 1986/87 year: 17 March 1987 VK4YIA was replaced by Robert Millgate VK4ADZ as Secretary, and John Lemura was VK4LP elected to management committee

AGM 27th June 1984 AGM 22nd June 1983 AGM June 1982 AGM 28th January 1981
President: John Lemura VK4LP President: John Lemura VK4LP President: John Lemura VK4LP President: John Lemura VK4LP
Vice President: Vice President: Vice President: VK4AZE Vice President: VK4AKT
Secretary: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ Secretary: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ Secretary: Roy Wruck VK4KVT Secretary: VK4ADZ
Treasurer: Keith Baldwin VK4KEB Treasurer: Keith Baldwin VK4KEB Treasurer: Glen VK4ZLA
Treasuer: Keith Baldwin VK4KEB
Treasurer: Glen VK4ZLA
Committee Member: Bill VK4ZWH Committee Member: Committee Members elected at later late: VK4AKT, Keith VK4KEB, Bob Millgate VK4ADZ Committee Members: VK4AZE :VK4ACF & VK4ZWH

* 1982/83 year: Jan 1983 Treasurer Glen VK4ZLA resigned, Keith VK4KEB elected to position

AGM 1980 AGM 1979 AGM 1978 AGM 2nd February 1977
: : : :

** Information for 1977 and 1980 not yet located

AGM 4th February 1976 AGM 5th February 1975 AGM 6th February 1974 AGM 7th February 1973
President: Graham Scott VK4SR President: Bob Elkin VK4ZZE President: Clem Steggink VK4FD President: Clem Steggink VK4FD
Vice President: Bob Elkin VK4ZZE Vice Presidents: Clem Steggink VK4FD and Dan Morrish VK4ZDS Vice President: Geoff Bonney VK4GI Vice President: Dave McGrory VK4DJ
Secretary: Des Albrecht VK4NDA Secretary: Des Albrecht VK4NDA Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX

** No committee as such. Jobs were allocated to members as required

 

AGM 2nd February 1972 AGM 10th February 1971 AGM 1970 AGM 5th February 1969
President: Dave J. McGrory VK4DJ President: : Dave J. McGrory VK4DJ   President: Geoff Bonney AX4GI President: Don Sparks VK4NK
Vice President: Geoff Bonney VK4GI Vice President: Geoff Bonney AX4GI 1st Vice President: Don Sparks VK4NK and 2nd Vice President: Lee Downing VK4FX 1st Vice President: Lee Downing VK4FX and 2nd Vice President: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Secretary: Terry Hartnett Secretary: Lee Downing VK4FX Secretary: Ray Evans Secretary: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
Treasurer: Clem Steggink VK4FD Treasurer: Clem Steggink VK4FD Treasurer: Clem Steggink VK4FD Treasurer: Geoff Bonny VK4GI

 

AGM 1968 AGM 1967 AGM 1966 AGM 1965
President: Joscelyn   McGrath VK4JJ : : :
1st Vice President: Lee Downing VK4FX and 2nd Vice President: R Spotswood VK4ZWR : : :
Secretary: Don Sparks VK4NK : : :
Treasurer: Geoff Bonney VK4GI: : : :

***Information for 1965 to 1967 has not yet been located

AGM 1964 AGM 1963 AGM 1962 Innaugural Meeting 21 st September 1961
: : : Club was formed

***Information for 1961 to 1964 has not yet been located

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If your inquiry is of a general nature please email the Secretary:

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David Nebe VK4DN Phone: 0410 121345