Episode 210 - Tony Hutchison - VK5ZAI
Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, who, from his interest in satellite communications, became an important backup communications link in South Australia for the NASA space shuttle missions, the Mir Space Station, and the International space station when crewed by amateur radio operators. Tony is a pioneer in this area of ham radio and has been recognized by NASA for his contributions. VK5ZAI is Eric’s QSO Today.
VK5ZAI River boat, 62 foot, Nov 1984
Video interview with with VK5ZAI on Australia TV -described Tony’s ham shack is “built entirely from scratch from cast off gizmos”
Herb Brown, VK3NN
RSGB Handbook - sample copy
First license: 1960, VK5ZAI, “Z” license, restricted to VHF and UHF bands
SCR522 Aircraft Transceiver
Pye VHF taxi radio converted to 2 Meters
Satellites and Space Vehicles:
2.4 GHz TV transmitter on ISS
Australian Amateur Radio Foundation License
10 MHz GPS Locked Timebase
Excited most by: New surge of interest by young people in Australia entering amateur radio with the Foundation License, and the incorporation of computers and digital electronics into the hobby.
Advice to new or returning hams: Look at the digital modes.
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VK5ZAI Ham Shack
VK5ZAI Tracking Antennas
VK5ZAI home-brew 10 Mhz GPS time base and signal generator
Yaesu FT-411 VHF and UHF Transceivers