GEOFF TAYLOR VK5TY
Geoff Taylor was the longest serving President of AHARS and spent 14.5 years in office
Prepared by Lloyd Butler VK5BR (from a number of sources) on behalf of the AHARS management committee, to be included as part of the AHARS historic record.
Geoff Taylor was the longest serving President of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society (AHARS). He commenced in February 1991 and was still in office when he joined the silent keys on June 21, 2005.
In taking on the task, he continued support some of the well established AHARS yearly events such the November Electronics Sale which was previously set up in the days when Hans Smit and Alan Haines had their days in the chair.
But he also introduced some new events. Geoff and his XYL Christine built their own home away from home on a scrub block near Swan Reach. This he called "Wombaroo" and each year when the John Moyle National Field Day was held, he invited members of the Club to live in (or out) at Wombaroo and operate in the name of the club call sign (VK5BAR) from that location.
He was Unley Council's 2003 Citizen of the Year in recognition of services to Scouting and amateur radio.
Geoff was always interested in teaching and training. Even until his final days, he was still running classes from home to prepare potential radio amateurs for their examinations to obtain an Amateur Radio Licence. He even assembled a set of technical papers which could be used as a reference to study for the exams.
Like many of us, Geoffs interest in amateur radio followed on from a career in the electric and electronic fields. Geoff worked for about 40 years as a technical officer in the Electricity Trust of South Australia (ETSA) where he rose to a senior position in ETSAs Test and Standards Laboratory. Some of his official duties included apprentice training and no doubt this gave him the urge (and experience) to run a training course for radio amateurs.
His experience with ETSA power lines gave him plenty of confidence in climbing radio towers and he was always helping other radio amateurs with the erection or disassembly of their antenna systems.
John Moyle Field Day March 1998
An obituary on Geoffrey Murray Taylor was written by Rufus (VK5YO) and Sandra Salaman and published in the Advertiser, July 23, 2005. A little more information on Geoff, particularly in relation to ETSA, can be found in that article.