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Bob vk7nbf

Club History




Rule 1. The President is always right.

Rule 2. Refer to rule 1.

Objective:- To have FUN

It was 1988, and our late mate VK7NBF, (Bob Jackson) was running the
Tasmanian Devil Net as usual on Tuesday evenings. He was getting sick of
the enquiries regarding the non appearance of VI88TAS, Tasmania's
Bicentennial callsign.  All other states and territories were active,
but not Tasmania.
I enquired at the Dept. of Communications why the callsign was not
active, to be told, "It was up to the Wireless Institute of Australia
(WIA.) to activate it, or authorise any Amateur Radio Club to use it."
Ah ha!
The idea was spoken about on air, and it was decided to form a club, and
it would be called, "The Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club of
A constitution was drawn up, (Hand written on A4) handed over with the
money for a club callsign, and we were on air within 3 days as VK7CHT.
It was decided that no fees were to be charged for membership, but money
would be raised by fining members for indiscretions. The main one being
the use of "Q" code on voice communication. (A pet hate of the late
We started with 4 members, VK7KZ VK7NBF, VK7NDO & VK7KV.
We applied to the WIA. for the VI88TAS callsign for the following
weekend, as we intended to go to the highlands and operate portable from
VK7NDO's shack. We were told that the callsign would be in use that
weekend by the WIA., but we could have it the next. This was to be the
first of many gatherings in the highlands of Tasmania.
We had done the job we set out to do, get VI88TAS active on air, so we
really had no reason to keep the club going, except we had paid money
for the callsign.
It was decided to keep it going for 12 months and abandon it. Well,
that was before we became popular for our friendly get-togethers, and
having put fun back into Ham Radio. Today some 12 years and 120 members
later we are still having fun.
Bob Geeves VK7KZ