Meet the committee

President  David Hopkins VK4ZF

Dave has been active in amateur radio since 1961.  He is a long standing BDARS club member and has been President since 2014.  Now retired, Davids working career spanned 42 years in the electricity distribution industry in Queensland, with 6 years in R & D in a high voltage test laboratory and 36 years in trade training.

Dave lives in Capalaba with a well equipped mechanical and electronics workshop.  His main interest is satellites.


Vice President   Phil Farrington VK4MOT

Phillip started in amateur radio 7 years ago. He has been a member of the BDARS since then and has been Vice President for the last two years.He has worked on tug boats and Customs & Quarantine vessels as master. He has been Officer in charge of the Lytton Quarantine station and Quarantine at Brisbane International Airport.

For the last 25 years, he has worked for Queensland Tug and Salvage, Adsteam Marine and Svitzer. He is now retired doing things he likes including  hobbies of computers and amateur radio.   Phil also looks after the BDARS Member’s Shop and Test Gear.


Secretary  Phil Hutchings VK4PG

 Phil, first licenced in 1981, has recently returned to the amateur radio hobby after raising his family and a period living and working overseas.  After working in the mining, finance and renewable energy sectors, Phil is now mostly retired in Wellington Point, with a role that takes him his native NZ frequently..

In prior ham radio phase (up to mid-1980’s), Phil was active on the low earth orbit satellites.  He is now mostly a user of 40 m  with an off-center fed dipole and his Kenwood TS-2000.  He dabbles in some homebrewing, along with renovating his house and bringing life to his garden.

Treasurer  Geoff Fox VK4FK

Geoff has been an active amateur radio operator since 1965. He was an active member of the CQ Branch of the WIA in Rockhampton before moving to Brisbane in 1973. He then joined the Ipswich Amateur Radio Club & was an inaugural member of the Brisbane Amateur Radio Club. He joined the Bayside Club when he moved to Sheldon in 1991.

Geoff worked in the Insurance industry both in Rockhampton & Brisbane for 23 years. In 1988, he joined the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Brisbane as a communications officer. He subsequently worked for the Qld Fire & Rescue Service at Firecom Brisbane as a Communications Supervisor until his retirement in 2007.


Examination Officer  Eddie Tomes  VK4TJE



VK4PLY – Paul Beet  Paul, a software engineer by day is a jack of all trades who loves hardware/software and various making activities.  Lurking in Thornlands he’s often found dabbling with new tech and wishing there was more time and money to play! 

Although first playing with radios when he was a teen in the UK, he finally got around to getting his licence in 2015 but wished he’d done it a lot sooner!  His IT skills have been put to good use in redesigning and updating the BDARS website.


VK4VY – Peter Black   Peter grew up as a teenager with severe vision impairment and found radio was his way of reaching out to the world. Firstly through CB and then Peter gained his amateur licence in 1983 – both the theory and Morse Code course which was compulsory in those days. After 34 years, Peter loves every minute of it.

Peter found BDARS 20 years ago very welcoming. When not on the air, Peter enjoys daily long walks, fishing, meditation, audio books, thrill-seeking and travel.  Peter uses an FT897 at home and carries a VX6 handheld. He can often be found on 40m or with locals on BDARS’ 2m repeater.


VK4ZG – Peter Egan  Peter has been licensed since 1970, originally as ZL1TKZ. He’s held several calls since including Western Samoa and Brunei. From 1989, Peter operated for 5 years as V85PE with a Kenwood TS140 and home brewed beams and wire antennae. Activity on 20m and 15m at the height of the sunspot cycle lead to much DX.

Peter is a civil engineer with wide experience throughout Australia, NZ and parts of Asia-Pacific. He’s based in Victoria Point.  Peter is active on HF and is a homebrewer. His station comprises a Flex 1500 plus 50 watt linear, a Yaesu FT897D and FTM3200 for touring trips. Antennas are a 20m dipole and a 2m collinear.  He’s looking forward to more time on air as his work commitments wind down.

If you’re interested in helping run the club or think you might like to get involved in any way, come down to the general meetings at the SES building in Cleveland, 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month!