Welcome to my resource site

About Me

Motorbikes, Amateur Radio, Travel, Rugby League & My Dog

That about sums it up.
With the Australian Callsign VK4ION you know my hobby is Amateur Radio; Teaching it, Building antennas and working in Emergency Communications.
Motorbikes; I've had a few... a couple of Harleys, a BMW 1100 RT road cruiser, a Yamaha 650 run-about and now a 2015 1130cc Indian Scout.
Travel; I'm still doing it, every chance I get. I never have a plan and rarely make bookings.
There is just nothing like the freedom of being at a crossroads and flipping a coin to go left or right.
So far I've always made it home.


Bikes 1993 to Now

Longest Love

Harley Softail Springer 1993



Yep, some A-Hole stole it from the Gold Coast in 1996.
Being Hot Pink I thought it would be immune from thieves.
I'd travelled a long way on that baby, through cyclones and deserts, crossed Bass Strait and toured Tassie.
It was a 1993 - Harley Davidson 70th anniversary edition.
Thieves broke her up for parts!

Harley Softail Springer 1996

Insurance Paid Out


A new one to replace the stolen bike.
Pink was no longer an option so settled for States Blue Pearl.
Travelled a long way on this one as well, toured NT, SA, Vic & a lot of NSW.
After moving to Qld and living near the coast, the salt air was a nightmare on all the chrome... she had to go!

BMW RT1100 2000

Long-distance touring


Now this was luxury, even if it was quite a tall bike and I'm pretty short!
Big and fast and I rode everywhere.. Darwin. Cairns. All thru' NSW Vic & S.A.
Last ride was 2015 - NSW - rode Mt Panorama for the last time, and some hairy back roads...
She had to go; I was getting older and knew my hips weren't going to keep pushing this heavy bike up for much longer.
Sold it to an Undertaker - cool huh?

Yamaha 650cc V-Star 2001

Town Run-About


Great little bike for trips to town, although it did go on some longer rides around NSW, just for fun.
Yamaha certainly know how to make bikes, it was all grunt and great performer for a 650cc.
Sold it to a young lad who dreamed of a bike that met the LAMS requirements but looked GOOD.

Indian Scout 1130cc 2015

A Lower Bike


They came back into production in 2015, so I got one.
It's lighter, lower to the ground, with great power and good turn of speed.
I've done some great long distance riding on it and I'm amazed at just how comfortable it is.
It sounded a bit like a sewing maching so I fitted some loud "Crusher" pipes, now you hear me coming.
I love it... and guess it'll be my last bike before I retire from riding (or maybe get a step-through scooter??)


Ham Radio the Original Social Network

So tired of computers controlling my work and life I went back to basics. Began SWL-ing [just tuning around and listening to communications from all over the world], but it wasn't until I retired that I had time to devote to study and becoming a HAM.

Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club


I achieved my Amateur Radio Licence in the early 2000's and joined the club. Now I coordinate the training to help others obtain their licence, and enjoy the roles of Webmaster and Child Protection Officer.
Amateur Radio is such a diverse hobby and small special-interest-groups form within our membership to pursue different facets.
You can be as old school as Morse Code, or bounce signals off the moon, it's your choice in this diverse hobby.
You may find what they're looking for in the club, so I recommend checking it out at this BARC Link.

Emergency Communications WICEN


Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network in Bundaberg is a group of trained operators who use 12-volt battery-powered radios to assist emergency groups during natural disasters.
A special-interest-group within BARC who train to be self-sufficient operators capable of being deployed where needed, with a minimum of fuss.
I'm a trainer for the group as we try to keep members at the top of their game.
We're part of the Bundaberg Disaster Managment Plan and you'll find interesting reading at this WICEN Link.

Morse Code My Key

Hand-made, brass and timber


Morse is no longer a requirement in Amateur Radio licencing but interested members formed a mini-group to practice and improve our speeds.
It's actually a fun activity and if you want to give it a try.
We use the training computer program JustLearnMorseCode, which is easy to download and I've put together some training notes which we utilize in our practice sessions in this Morse Page.

Morse Code Oscillator

Fun with Electronics


Not something I thought I'd ever say but.. playing around with Electronics is fun.
When learning Morse Code just tapping on a key doesn't give you the feedback you need so I made this Morse Code Oscillator.
It allows the user to hear how Morse sounds when the key is tapped.
There is a link to a PDF document if you're interested in a project to Build Morse Code Practice Oscillator.

Personal Projects

Never stop learning, sharing knowledge or travelling

Each of these images will link to a dedicated webage where I share my Amateur Radio projects or travel pages.

ENVIS Dipole


Emergency HF antenna for 40 & 80mtrs



Building portable emergency cases



Find specifications & technical data

NextG Yagi


850MHz NextG Yagi project

Digital TV Antenna


Facts about improving Digital TV

Motorcycles & Roadtrips


My Bikes & Trips around Australia

To New Zealand


Driving both islands in search of beer

Time Travelling in Wales


Enjoying Wales & remembering the past

Scotland & city of York


Coast and Highlands travelling in 2022

Then to the USA


In search of good craft beers

Learning to make Cheese


Yumbo, delicious homemade cheese

Next up......................


To be sure..

Dolphins Rugby League

Phins Up


I'm a Dolphins supporter in the NRL competition and have been taking my grandson [7-y-o] to games.
I've created a few pages for Young People so they can follow what's happening on the field.
It's not all the rules of Rugby League, but enough for a youngster to understand the referee, and get excited about the play on the field.
If you have children or grandchildren who you're hoping will become fans, these pages might give you a starting point... and there is an activity booklet to download [free - pdf] as well.
The pages are called KidStuff.

Contact Me

Please email me if I can assist with information about my projects (or if you notice a broken link).