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Hello! I am 30 years old living in the old gold mining city of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. I enjoy most fields of radio electronics, mainly modifications of commercial radio for amateur use, programming and interfacing radio equipment to PC, CB repairs, mods and alignments etc. I also have a large interest in vintage computing and early digital communication techniques. I am still involved with arcade gaming machine repair and servicing.  I am a TV repair technician by trade and have been in the TV electronics game for about 8 years, but now am working with the latest metal detectors for gold prospecting and treasure hunting.

I have small omni directional verticals up for UHF and VHF and I occasionally enjoy making some contacts using IRLP on 2 meters.

Most of my spare time is spent treasure/relic hunting and gold prospecting in this rich, historic gold mining district. I also really enjoy exploring the vast forests of this region on motor cycle.

My HF Tower:

28 Meter homemade, 4 section (solid one piece) completely Gal dipped

Guyed with Mastrant non-conductive guy ropes (D-F1/D-F2 8mm ,7500daN)


14 MHz 5 element Monobander @ approx 29 meters from ground

7 MHz 4 element dual driven monobander @ approx 34 meters from ground


Prosistel PST71D, using Green Heron Engineering RT-21 Controller


Andrew Heliax LDF4-50


Icom IC-7700, with Heil Pro set Elite microphone.

Feel free to email me, timmy523@hotmail.com


The latest operating room

The old repair station!

The Old repair station!


The HF antennas on tower

This is the small old village of Eaglehawk which is about 3km from my QTH .(just north of Bendigo) 

Me, assembling antennas on the ground before lifting up with crane

Welding tower and installing antennas

View from top of tower at 20m yagi, looking south along boom (Reflector end), approx 30 meters high

Just installed antennas atop tower using 40m high crane

And, My passion, is digging and prospecting for gold nuggets in the Bendigo goldfields district using Minelab metal detectors

Some typical examples of small placer gold found in the creeks of this area using Minelab GPX5000 metal detector

Me holding some beautiful gold nuggets found with metal detectors in the Bendigo area recently. 16 ounce, 48 ounce and 76 ounce nuggets. Sadly, these were not found by myself ! :(

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