Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club Distance Records

We all enjoy a little competition and
the Club encourages members to compete for contacts

Our members use different Amateur Radio bands and operate from either Home, Mobile or even Handheld.

This contest acknowledges that HF contesting appeals to those who go fishing or travelling; they now have an excuse to also pack their radio gear.

We record the longest distance contacts using HF, VHF or UHF, where club members had a two-way conversation.
Bragging Rights is the only prize... along with being imortalised in our pages.

Club Distance Records

Distance Records - the Rules

  • The competition is designed to foster friendly rivalry for 'Bragging Rights' within the Club. We will update the records when we receive & authenticate a claim.
  • The purpose of Distance Records is to encourage experimentation by club members and to recognise the technical achievement of amateurs who work new record distances.
  • For the contact to be 'recorded' it must be between 2 Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club Members who are financial members at the time of the contact.
  • Contacts must be simplex in nature. i.e. NOT using repeaters etc.
  • Contacts must be a full exchange and acknowledgement of callsigns and signal reports, including some information that cannot be predicted by either operator. This information must be exchanged in full on the air and not by any means of backup such as a different band, telephone or Internet.
  • Distances are calculated from latitude and longitude supplied by the claimant and claimants agree that the Committee's decision on their claim will be accepted as final.
  • Records in the following categories will be recognised:-
    Home Station/ Portable - to include all contacts made by any station, other than those in the categories below.
    Mobile - for contacts made by mobile stations. i.e. BOTH parties must be mobile to claim this category.
    [Vehicle to home or portable station is classified as a 'Home Station/Portable contact'].

How to Claim a record
Use this link to a PDF Claim Form & email it to the club for verification.

HF Distance Records

80m record VK4HAX [portable ZL], David and Graham VK4MOO in Bundaberg 80m record @ 2751 Km - 1-Nov-16

40m record VK4FSTU Stu / VK4MDZ Gary - 2898km 25-Jun-16
Stuart was at the King George River Crossing on the Carson Track in WA, using ENVIS Dipole & FT857D. Gary was at his Buxton Qld QTH.
They had made other contacts from Camooweal 1587 Km, Jasper Gorge, NT 2472Km and Gibb River WA 2848 Km, but this final one broke the previous record by 1000km!

...Previous 40m record was:
VK4MAX / VK4FDJB Joe - 1853.7km - 18-May-12 - Dan at Cadney Homestead Roadhouse 150km Nth of Coober Pedy using mobile whip, and Joe in Bundaberg.

David VK4HAX made a valiant attempt at this record in 2016 with his trip to New Zealand.
Using the callsign "VK4HAX Portable ZL" his best 40M distance from the NZ to Bundy was only a 137km short of the record, so the VK4MDZ/VK4FSTU record from 25/6/16 still stands.

20m record VK4HAX [portable ZL] / VK4JRO
20m (14.127MHz) - 2749km - 31-Oct-2016

VHF / UHF Records

Home Station / Portable

VK4JRO Ross / VK4TZ Rob - 67.19km 16-Apr-09

VK4JRO Ross / VK4TZ Rob - 67.19km 16-Apr-09

VK4JRO Ross / VK4TZ Rob - 67.19km 16-Apr-09


VK4JRO Ross / VK4XZ Bill - 3.05km 19-Apr-09

VK4FAUS Dan (now VK4OH) / VK4ION Gail - 9.68km 1-Aug-09

VK4JRO Ross / VK4XZ Bill - 3.05km 19-Apr-09


VK4OH Dan / VK4JRO Ross - 72.77km 28-Feb-2021.
Ross was on top of Mt Goonaneman and Dan was at Coral Cove QTH
Previous 2m record had been: VK4JRO Ross / VK4UD Bob - 46.7km 7-Apr-2015

VK4JRO Ross / VK4UD Bob - 46.7km 7-Apr-2015
[That was from Mt Watalgan to Bundaberg QTH]

Contact Us

Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 129
Bundaberg Qld 4670
Email: secretary@barc.asn.au
Phone the Secretary;
David VK4DN on 0410 121345
Or use the form below