VK2FMIA.COM is a Blog on some of the interests that I have. From Amateur Radio, 4WDing to Photography and other things.
The name of this blog is my Amateur Radio callsign, VK – Australia, 2 – NSW, F- Foundation, MIA – my own choice ( Missing In Action, as I tend disappear from time to time, seemed appropriate ).
Amateur Radio – The original social network!!.
Born in 1964 and raised in Barraba, NSW, Australia, a small rural town. Our family emigrated from England to the district in the early 1830`s, taking up a small property to the west of town. Descended from English/Irish/German background, our family arrived in Australia as free settlers. I do not know much about my early family history apart from few stories from relatives that still live in the area.
I spent most of my early life in the area, going to school, working with my father who was at different times a Shearer, Trapper, Rural Fencer, Stockyard builder, Jackaroo, Timber feller & Blacksmith. My love of rural life, working with my hands and being out in the bush came from this time with my father.
I finished my formal education at 16, preferring the school of life and began to work full time with dad. I was the youngest of six children, grew up as an only child, being 12 years younger than my elder brother, all of my siblings had left home before I had any memories of them. I thought of them more as uncles and aunts than as siblings. Some stayed in the area, others moved farther afield, one lives in England.
My fathers name was Cobber ( aussie slang for mate of friend ), I did not now his real name was Kevin until I was 13 or so. Dad more or less retired when I was 20, he was 70 at the time, I found that work in my area was becoming harder to find. I moved to Gunnedah, about 90 km away and began working there at an Abattoir for about 10 years until it closed, then on to a Motor Wreckers. The owners also had a small dirt track speedway as well, I soon gained an interest in Motorport photography, taking photos from the tow truck and infield. I also worked at a Tannery there for about 5 years until an injury forced me to find a job that was a little less physically demanding.
It was in Gunnedah that I met my two best friends, one become my partner of 22 years. Sadly she passed away in 2010 from a lifelong illness at 38 years of age. Due to her illness we were not able to have children. I miss her greatly, my true solemate. After her passing I sold just about everything and traveled around Australia for a few years, her spirit accompanying me on the trip that we had always planned.
Peter, who I met through her is still my greatest friend, always there for me. A knockabout sort of fellow, he has kept me on the strait and narrow. Having similar interests to me such as Gold Fossicking and Fishing, we have spent some great times, travelling and camping.
Now I live back in Barraba, looking after Mum along with one of my sisters who is mums primary carer. Pretty quite kind of life, apart from the odd 4WD expedition with a couple of other close friends.
I became involved in Amateur Radio a few years ago after being introduced to the hobby by another great friend. Being able to talk to other people all around the world still fascinates me. The hobby has so many different aspects, it will take a lifetime to experience them all.
Anyway that enough about me, I can hear the Outback calling ………………………….