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HISTORY of the CLUB

50th
Established in September 1961 and still going strong FIVE decades on
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** This page is currently under construction**

In September 2011 the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club turned 50 years old.
This History is being compiled to celebrate that milestone

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.

Introduction by the PresidentSignificant Events from the Past Office Bearers & Management Committee Photo Gallery through the decades

 

 

 

 

Introduction by John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM

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 forty seven 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 on vhf, 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 they were a way in to 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

President

 

   

Significant Events from the Minutes of Club Meetings

 

**These facts are being sourced from the historical records/minute books etc. The research task is ongoing...***

 

   

Chronological List of Office Bearers & Management Committee

If you have information about 'the missing years' please contact us

   

1961

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1962

President:
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Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1963

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1964

President: John Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1965

President: John Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1966

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1967

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1968

President: Joscelyn   McGrath VK4JJ
Vice President: Lee Downing VK4FX & Roy Spotswood VK4ZWR
Secretary:Don Sparks VK4NK
Treasurer: Geoff Bonny VK4GI
Committee:


   

1969 AGM 5th Feb 1969

President: Don Sparks VK4NK
Vice Presidents: Lee Downing VK4FX & Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Secretary: Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
Treasurer: Geoff Bonny VK4GI
Committee:

1970 AGM 5th February 1970

President: Geoff Bonney AX4GI
Vice Presidents: Don Sparks VK4NK & VK4FX
Secretary: Ray Evans
Treasurer: Clem Steggink   VK4FD
   
Patron:  Mr D. Rattray

Positions allocated; publicity officer, librarian, provider , WICEN officer, club instructor, YRS instructor, Code instructor.


   

1971 AGM 10th February 1971

President: Dave J. McGrory VK4DJ
Vice President: Geoff Bonney AX4GI
Secretary: Lee Downing VK4FX
Treasurer: Clem Steggink VK4FD
Committee:

WICEN officer: VK4JM
Insturctors Dave VK4DJ  Geoff VK4GI
YRS instructor Doug McNeigh

 

1972 AGM 2nd February 1972

President: Dave J. McGrory VK4DJ
Vice President: Geoff Bonney VK4GI
Secretary: Terry Hartnett
Treasurer: Clem Steggink VK4FD
Committee:

Publicity VK4JM, instructors VK4GI, VK4DJ

   

1973 AGM 7th February 1973

President: Clem Steggink VK4FD
Vice President: Dave McGrory VK4DJ
Secretary: John Mcrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX
Committee: VK4JM to also be publicity officer and librarian ; instructors VK4DJ & VK4GI

 

1974 AGM 6th February 1974

President: Clem Steggink  VK4FD
Vice President: Geoff Bonney VK4GI
Secretary: J Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX

Instructors – G Bonney, D Morrish & YRS - John Lemura [previous student!!]

   

1975 AGM 5th February 1975

President: Bob Elkin VK4ZZE
Vice Presidents: Clem Steggink VK4FD & Dan Morrish VK4ZDS
Secretary: Des Albrecht
Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX

Instructors: Dan Morrish VK4ZDS and John Lemura VK4LP

1976 AGM held 4th February 1976

President: Graham Scott VK4SR
Vice President: Bob Elkin VK4ZZE (outgoing President)
Secretary: Des  Albrecht VK4NDA
Treasurer: Lee Downing VK4FX
Instructors: Geoff Bonney VK4GI, D Albrecht, J Smart assistant

   

1977 AGM held 2nd February 1977

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1978

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1979

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1980

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1981 AGM 28th January 1981 TAFE College

President: John Lemura VK4LP
Vice President: Karl VK4AKT
Secretary:  Bob Millgate VK4ADZ
Treasurer: Glen VK4ZLA
Committee: VK4AZE
VK4ACF
VK4ZWN

1982 [no date in book - just June?] Held, Norville State School

President: John Lemura VK4LP
Vice President: VK4AZE
Secretary: Roy Wruck VK4KVT
Treasurer: Glen VK4ZLA / Keith VK4KEB*
Committee: nil

Committee later extended to: Karl VK4AKT, Keith VK4KEB, Bob Millgate VK4ADZ

Jan 1983 Treasurer Glen VK4ZLA resigned, Keith VK4KEB elected to position

   

1983 AGM 22nd June 1983 [AGM now mid year] Held Norville State School

President: John Lemura VK4LP
Vice President:
Secretary:Keith VK4APQ
Treasurer: Keith VK4KEB
Committee: Nil

Limited Committee during process of Incorporation

1984 AGM 27th June 1984 Held, Norville State School

President: John Lemura VK4LP
Vice President: Karl VK4AKT
Secretary:Keith VK4APQ
Treasurer: Keith VK4KEB
Committee: Bill VK4ZWH

   

1985 AGM 24th July 1985

President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President:
Secretary: Elizabeth Billiau VK4YIA
Treasurer: Peter Billiau VK4KTP
Committee:
VK4AKT
VK4ZWH
Keith Baldwin VK4KEB

Notation: John Lemura VK4LP as Past President automatically on the committee
Vice President: none elected

1986 AGM 23rd July 1986

President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President: Robert Millgate VK4ADZ
Secretary: Elizabeth Billiau VK4YIA / Robert Millgate VK4ADZ
Treasurer: Peter Billiau VK4KTP
Committee:
W. Hal?
Allan Wait VK4MAW
Roger VK4AFT John

**17th March 1987 Robert Millgate VK4ADZ elected Secretary & John Lemura VK4LP elected to Management Committee

   

1987 AGM  24th  September 1987

President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President: John Lemura VK4LP
Secretary: Robert Millgate VK4ADZ
Treasurer: Peter Billiau VK4KTP
Committee:
Anske Beimers VK4JPB
Roger VK4AFT
VK4ZWH

1988 AGM 28th September 1988

President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President: Peter VK4KTP
Secretary: Robert Millgate VK4ADZ
Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP
Committee:
Anske Beimers VK4JPB
Clem Steggink VK4FD
Alan Wait VK4FAW

   

1989 AGM 25th October 1989

President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President: Ken Blatchford VK4BKB
Secretary: Robert Millgate VK4ADZ
Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP
Committee:
Anske Beimers VK4JPB
VK4TDP
Roger VK4AFT

1990 AGM 24th Oct 1990

President: Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Vice President: Ken Blatchford VK4BKB
Secretary: Robert Millgate VK4ADZ
Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP
Committee:
Clem Steggink VK4FD
Roger Linch VK4AFT
Gerry Feerick VK4TGF

   

1991 AGM 24th July 1991

President: Bob Millgate VK4ADZ
Vice President: Ken Blatchford
Secretary: Michael Clarke
Treasurer: John Lemura VK4LP
Committee:
Keith Haverfield VK4APQ
Clem Steggink VK4FD
Gerry Feerick VK4YK

1992 AGM  23rd August 1992

President: Robert Millgate VK4ADZ / Ken Blatchford VK4BKB*
Vice President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Secretary: Michael Clarke VK4ACM
Treasurer: Ann Wise VK4VAW
Committee:
Ken Blatchford VK4BKB, John Garrod VK4EHM, Roger Linch VK4AFT, Ross Orpin VK4JRO, Geoff Porter VK4JGP

* 14Dec1992 Bob Millgate VK4ADZ retired due to Ill health
Vice President Ken Blatchford VK4BKB assumed the role of President and Committee elected Rusty McGrath VK4JM to position of Vice President

   

1993

President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Vice President: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Secretary: Michael Clarke VK4ACM
Treasurer: Ann Wise VK4VAW
Committee:
Bill Beimers VK4KPB
Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Keith Kirchner VK4YET

1994 AGM 24th August 1994 held as SES HQ

President: Michael Clarke VK4ACM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Keith Kirchner VK4YET
Committee:
Trevor Taege VK4BAT
Bill Beimers VK4KPB
Anske Beimers VK4CAB

   

1995

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1996

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1997

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1998

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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1999

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:
Committee:
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2000

President:
Vice President:
Secretary: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ

   

2001

President:
Vice President:
Secretary: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
xxxx

 

2002

President:
Vice President:
Secretary: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
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2003

President:
Vice President:
Secretary: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
xxxx

 

2004

President:
Vice President:
Secretary: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
xxxx

   

2005

President:
Vice President:
Secretary: Rusty McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
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2006 AGM August 2006

President: Robert Wright VK4UD
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ

   

2007 AGM August 2007

President:Robert Wright VK4UD
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Treasurer: Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Committee:
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ

 

2008 AGM August 2008

President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden-Sandford VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee:
Anske Beimers VK4CAB
Kevin Sullivan VK4FKEV
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
Robert Wright VK4UD

   

2009 AGM 29th August 2009

President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden-Sandford VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee:
Kevin Sullivan VK4FKEV
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
Robert Wright VK4UD

2010 AGM 28th August 2010

President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden-Sandford VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee:
Kevin Sullivan VK4FKEV
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
Robert Wright VK4UD

   

2011 AGM 27th August 2011

President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden-Sandford VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee:
Kevin Sullivan VK4FKEV
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
Robert Wright VK4UD

2012 AGM 25th August 2012

President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden-Sandford VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee:
Kevin Sullivan VK4FKEV
Joscelyn McGrath VK4JJ
Darrall Harvey VKFABF

   

2013 AGM 31st August 2013

President: John (Rusty) McGrath VK4JM
Vice President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden-Sandford VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee:
Darrall Harvey VK4FABF
Peter Gross VK4FPDG

2014 AGM 30th August 2014

President: Ross Orpin VK4JRO
Secretary: Gail Lidden VK4ION
Treasurer: Margaret Beimers VK4FHAM
Committee:
Darrall Harvey VK4FABF
Dan Aitken VK4OH
David Nebe VK4HAX

   

2015 AGM 29th August 2015

President:
Vice President:
Secretary:
Treasurer:

Committee:
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**The names and callsigns recorded here have been 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.

 

   

Photo Gallery

The photos were stored here but as the number of club photographs spanning the decades from 1960's to 2010's grew it was time to take them to a separate area.

You will find the photo gallery at this ARCHIVE link

It is a large photo display and may take some time to download

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

 

 

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