VK5FRWF Amateur Radio

VK5FRWF Amateur Radio

Welcome to my new page, dealing with the wonderful world of Amateur radio.

What is Amateur radio, for those who don’t know, well you probably have heard the term “He or She is a Ham, you know they talk on the air”

Well that is what Amateur radio is, you are a licensed person who is legally able to talk on the air with a transceiver. and you are able to talk all around the world to other licensed amateurs on specified  bands or frequencies.

Amateur radio in Australia undertook a major change a few years ago, when the Wireless Institute of Australia, or WIA which is the governing body of Amateur radio in Australia, undertook a major change with the regulations, and removed the requirements for Morse code to gain your Foundation license. This change has seen a resurgence in people becoming licensed operators, which is very good news for anyone wishing to enter this great hobby.

And yes Morse code is still out there, and yes you can still sit for a test for Morse code, after all it is just another language to learn.

One of the great differences with Morse Code, is it is able to break through some pretty poor atmospheric conditions, when other communication systems don’t, and of-course it was our first mode of communication by wireless transmission.

One of the best ways of getting involved in the hobby of Amateur radio is through one of your local clubs.

And who says, Morse code is only for grown ups !

I am a member of North East Radio Club in Adelaide South Australia, and we meet at the Modbury West Community Hall, Capulet Crescent, Modbury.  we hold meetings every 2nd and fourth Friday of the month,  the fourth Friday is tech night, all are welcome, and if you want to gain your Amateur license, come along and the members will show you how to gain it.


We recently held a very successful day at the Tee Tree Gully Library for school children and their parents, and grand parents, which was enjoyed by all.

Do you have an interest in building electronic kits, or would you like to find out more about electronics, you know, all those little bits and pieces that fit on a PCB or (printed circuit board) and make it work. This is the ideal way of finding out about it, and yes learn how to solder, now soldering is not hard to do, but yes you do need to learn how to do it correctly and safely, so we can show you how to do that.

Our club is very active with either practical nights or theory, every fourth Friday, or a guest speaker every 2nd Friday night, and  or social nights, so something is always happening.

So what tools do you need to build a kit:

  • Well the first thing is a kit.
  • Then a bench or table to work at. Even a small temporary fold up table can do, however, you will find you will want a bit of permanent space fairly quickly.
  • Soldering iron, or soldering station.
  • Solder.
  • A sponge to clean soldering tip, even the I prefer the brass wool type.
  • A magnifying lamp is very useful, as you are dealing with small components.
  • Side cutters.
  • Tweezers
  • Safety goggles, to protect your eyes.

Some electronic components

Soldering station

Weller soldering station, temperature controlled
Weller soldering station, temperature controlled