This page provides links to assist Australian Amateurs find appropriate sites and also showcases our member's projects.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, however we may provide commercial links to Companies which have given exemplary service to our Club, or sites which offer genuine resource materials for our members. Enjoy!

Club and Club Member's Links

We maintain a newsCLUB NEWS Page

Members, friends and family can check the stories and see what we get up to.
The newest articles are at the top and slowly sink down the page.

It's interesting to take a "scroll" down memory lane.

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Meet our Committee

The Management Committee
These are our hard working members who volunteer their time to maintain our Club policies and procedures while planning for the future.

Club Resource Area - Link to Documents and Resources [including Workshop notes]

Club IRLP Node established in 2019 - The full story including Node numbers and easy to follow instructions are on this page.

We are competative The club fosters friendly competition so we do vie for distance records between club members.

Remembering the Past This page is under constant review as we attempt to fill in the gaps in our Management Committees since the club formed in 1961.


VK4ION Wireless internet Yagi - Building a Telstra Bigpond Next G Wireless internet 800mhz Yagi

You can build one too from almost anything in your shed!

VK4JRO TVI Quarter Wave Stub Filter Television Interference article created by Ross with solutions using 50 and 75 Ohm coax... just the thing when you're causing TV interference


The Deltahet Project by Arch Lewis (SK) is a story of a 1964 project.
Inspired by an article in a 1963 magazine, Arch built a unit by hand. We had the priviledge of taking a look at a club event.

VK4AMG at Gipps Tech

GPS Disciplined Frequency Reference at the 2019 Gipps Tech EME Microwave conference. The information is in a PDF document here.

VK4UD Wireless Internet page - a link to an article written by VK4UD

VK4SR's article and photos on overcharging Gel Batteries Myths about gel batteries

Past Club Events


2021: The ARISS Project. We partnered with Avoca State School so that students could speak with Astronaut Colonel Mike Hopkins aboard the International Space Station.
On the night of Thursday March 11, 2021 a group of 12 students had two-way Amateur Radio communication with the ISS for over 11 minutes
Students and the entire school were exhilarated by this out of this world experience
The club certainly learned a lot in bringing this project together


2016 AND 2017 Hi Altitude Balloon Launches... HABE
The group launched and recovered payloads on both projects and learned a lot about electronics, gps and tracking, helium and upper-atmosphere wind patterns.
They also drove a long way to recover it!
They were great learning experiences for members.

Every October we support Scouting Australia at the JOTA


In 2017 We built a new storage shed!
No, this isn't it, but it's what we could have ended up with until some very handy members took over and sorted things out.
Gary and Stu did all the hard work and the rest of us just said Yes Sir, and carried stuff.

2012 Buxton BBQ with Hervey Bay


2011 was a BIG year and the club celebrated it's 50th Anniversary over a weekend in October.
Amateurs came from all over Australia to say Happy Birthday.

We went to Buxton with Hervey Bay club in 2011. Buxton2011 has some photos of the day

Every August we participate in the ILLW. Internalional Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend 2009


The official opening of VK4RBW Mt Watalgan repeater 2010
With the amalgamation of local councils we needed a bigger footprint to cover the region during emergencies, so we build our 3rd repeater site on Double Sloping Hummock, better known as Mt Watalgan.

Bundaberg & Hervey Bay enjoy a BBQ at Buxton in 2010 and Buxton in 2009

August 2010 BARC had an exhibit at the Lifestyle Expo

Workshop - making fox hunting antennas - 10 happy hams make Fox Hunt Yagi's

Let's go Fox Hunting.


2010 our most senior member Keith Haverfield VK4APQ SK left us.
Keith was an inspirational member who brought with him engineering knowhow and was responsible for design, procurement and build of of the repeater tower on Mt Goonaneman.

2017: The club lost a member and a great friend in Ron Graham VK4BRG SK.


The eulogy which was delivered at the funeral service can be found here.


2020: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM (SK). Rusty was a foundation member of BARC in 1961, and has served on the committee for many years.
He was Bundaberg Senior Citizen of the Year, 2010 Award.

The brilliant Diana Eng explains radiowaves

Take a look at this Youtube video of engineer Diana Eng as she builds a yagi and explains the theory.

Hepburn Charts link: William Hepburn's Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecasts
What's the rule about extending VHF communications? Try to pop your signal into a Tropospheric Duct - want to know how to find one?
This is your site.

Want a great mapping tool try AZProject
This mapping tool allows you to build a world map with YOU at the centre...
It gives you an eagle's eye view of where you are in relation to your overseas contacts... once you master the map building parameters

Refresh your mind with the Amateur's Code

[it's American so feel free to substitute Australia and the WIA as you read along]

sw IPS Radio & Space Services - This Australian Government site shows the actual monthly sunspot count since 2000.
You can see what all the fuss is about when we had a months with NO sunspots.

dx DX ZONE - A Ham Radio Guide with thousands of radio related resources.
Beginner's guides, Band Plans, Blogs, DX Clubs, CW Clubs, QRP Clubs, Technical specialty clubs, Famous Hams and even Learning Morse Code

hex Building the G3TXQ Broadband Hex Beam - The new improved Broadband Hex Beam design, this is a magical antenna.

ac6v AC6V Antenna Projects
AC6V's Homebrew Antenna Links include Antenna Theory.
Don't reinvent the wheel, you'll find all the calculations you need right here. You can punch in your frequency requirements and get the element spacing etc. A really handy site for antenna builders.

Ham Universe - Baluns - Build an All Band HF Air Core 1:1 Choke Balun. THE UGLY BALUN, as the name implies it's not pretty but it works.

rarc Riverland A.R.C. - That's the Riverland AR Club in Onalaska, Wisconsin U.S.A.
If you're Looking for some interesting projects and ideas... Check out their newsletters.
A small ARRL Special Services Club, that works with the National Weather Service and their SkyWarn System, ARES/RACES. They also regularly marshal run/walks and bike-a-thons.

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