History of the Chifley Amateur Radio Club

Back in 1984, a small group of radio enthusiasts, many of whom were active on the Citizen Bands (CB), decided that they would like to meet personally on a regular basis and share ideas and knowledge on all aspects of Radio Communications, including to study for the Amateur Radio operators license.

The following seven people formed the Chifley Amateur Radio Club on 2 January 1985.

  • Trevor Cook - VK2EC
  • Vince Cottouli - VK2DVC
  • Ralph Simmons - VK2GRS
  • Ray Sparks - VK2FKO
  • Col Stevenson - VK2CS -(Silent Key)
  • John Robinson - VK2YC -(Silent Key)
  • Stewart Thompson

Ray Sparks was appointed as the first President of the club. Over the years, he was followed by Ray Wadey VK2ELO, Terry Noonan VK2KTN, Ralph Simmons VK2GRS, Harry Tyerman VK2BHT, and round again to Ray Sparks VK2FKO. To back up the president over the years, there has been a hard working committee, some members having sat on the committee continuously for several years.

Notable achievements of the club have been the establishment of the club station VK2CRZ, including a HF beam, Repeaters under the callsign VK2RCZ.  2m Voice Repeater (With AllStar), 70cm Voice Repeater (With IRLP node and Echo Link), ATV System, and a sophisticated Packet Network. 

The Packet BBS was running under Ray VK2KKE, Now a silent key, he had it running very well.