Amateur radio club honours long-time operator

Summerland Amateur Radio Club

Summerland Amateur Radio Club

On the 11th August between 2pm and 3pm , Ms Janelle Saffin M.P will present a Lifetime achievement award to Mr Leith Martin, 90 years old, for services to Amateur Radio.

Mr Martin, a resident in Goonellabah, has been continuously licenced as an amateur radio operator since 1947 and is one of Australia’s longest continuously licenced operators.
Mr Martin will be presented with a plaque and certificate by Ms Saffin and will then be available for interview. His original licences and prior experimental licences will be displayed at the time also.
The presentation will be held at the Annual Ham Radio festival organised by the Summerland Amateur Radio club known as SARCFEST, at the club premises, 414 Richmond Hill Rd. Richmond Hill, Lismore.


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sarcmapMurwillumbah’s museum had a radio museum and operating amateur station, VK2 DMM. Curator Erika Taylor says radios will remain a feature once renovations are complete, although the reactivation of Station VK2 DMM may take some time.

The museum’s radio display was comprehensive – practically a radio museum in itself. It opened on the 18th Feb. 1993 and consisted of pre- and post- War World II equipment, including:

~ Domestic Receivers – some in working order including consoles, table & portable model crystal sets and “Farm” radios.
~ Radio Grams & Acoustic Gramophones- including a 1900 Cylinder gramophone.
~ Military – Communication transmitters & receivers.

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~ Radar Components – Radio Components for receiving and transmitting equipment
such as thermionic valves & crystals – coils – tuning condensers – fixed
condensers & resistors – microphones – headphones – transformers & chokes.
~ Morse Code Keys -Including an “SOS” Morse Code Automatic Alarm System.
~ Radio Test Equipment – including a set made for radio 2MW (now Radio 97(?)).
~ Amateur radio Station VK2 DMM operated by amateur radio members VK4iw Kev &
VK2 AYU Norm. Note 9/Aug/13: VK2 DMM is currently not active.

Amateur radio enthusiasts in the Tweed are encouraged to contact the Summerland Amateur Radio Club and/or Murwillumbah Museum.


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