Member Spotlight – Paul Simmonds
QTH: Mount Barker, South Australia
When were you first licensed? June 2010
How did you become interested in radio? Through my grandfather who was a Short Wave Listener.
Favorite radio activities and locations:
- Portable activities – World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF).
- VK5 Parks Award.
- Summits on the Air (SOTA).
- Working DX.
Future hobby plans or goals:
- Upgrade to an Advanced call.
- Undertake some DXpeditions.
- Learn CW.
Member of any radio organizations or clubs:
- Board of Directors – Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA).
- Vice President – Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Member of WIA Awards Committee.
- ARRL member.
Describe some of your favorite field radio experiences:
- My first ever DX contact.
- WWFF/SOTA activations in Belgium and Germany Meeting hams during my trip to Europe in 2014.
- Operating as VK100ANZAC at Farina in the Australian outback
Transceivers and antennas:
HOME: Yaesu FT2000, Yaesu FT-1000, Yaesu FT-450, Kenwood TS-820S, Yaesu FTDX400, 5 element yagi @ 16 metres, home brew 40m inv vee.
PORTABLE: Yaesu FT-817ND, Yaesu FT-857, linked dipole
MOBILE: Icom IC7000 and Codan 9350 self tuning antenna
Modes: SSB and digital.
Other Information: Card checker for ARRL awards including DXCC Card checker for CQ Awards, e.g. Worked All Zones WWFF co-ordinator in Australia Awards Manager – VK5 National and Conservation Parks Award.
Note from Jonathan VK6JON: I have known Paul for about 3 years and he is a great ambassador for amateur radio. He does much for the hobby and gives much of his time to further the hobby for many via his activities in areas including the WWFF (Worldwide Flora and Fauna) program.