The BDARS Team 

Every year the members of BDARS elect the committee to steer the society and set the direction for the year. Below are the committee for 20212 - 2023 and a little about them...

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Mark E. Thompson VK4BBC

Originally from the North East of England, Mark’s been a proud Australian for 21 years, living in Birkdale with wife Teresa.  An experienced IT professional, especially for mission critical systems, Mark currently heads up Technology Services for Queensland Government.  He’s belonged to BDARS for several years  and is a frequent participant in our working bees and ran our Bunnings fundraisers last year.  When not on ham radio, you’ll find Mark presenting on BayFM 100.3

Vice President


Having recently retired, and having spent all of my working life in the Oil & Gas Industry (Electrical Mechanics) 

mainly Overseas. Although a very keen CB Radio operator in my teens, I decided to obtain my Amateur Radio Certificate

when I retired and have enjoyed the hobby ever since. 

On retirement,  I was looking to give back to the community and what a better community to give back to than Amateur 
Radio. I have fully enjoyed my time with the Bayside District Amateur Radio Society and look forward to assisting the 
Club and its Members in any way I can.

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Phil Hutchings VK4PG 

Phil retired as an engineer turned commercial manager some years ago and maintains a part time role in the energy/contracting sector.

As part of a complete DIY renovation of an unloved 80’s house, Phil built his "dream radio shack " and it is already too small! 

You'll find Phil on HF sideband and FT8, together with the club  nets on Monday and Wednesday nights. 

Phil is developing his amateur satellite station and is looking forward to encouraging more activity on the Amsats.

Events Manager and Committee Member Representative

Martin VK4MCU

Martin is an electrical fitter/mechanic by trade.  His 30 years experience in the electrical industry covers industrial, power  and communications electronics.  Martin has been a volunteer Coast Guard member.  He’s an avid ham radio operator who also enjoys  shooting, boating and sailing.  Martin joined BDARS in 2018 and his electrical knowhow has been vital with our Mt Cotton remote HF station

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Committee Member Representative

Eddie VK4TJE

Eddie has been a BDARS member since 1990, actively participating in club events (Lighthouse Weekends and John Moyle Field days), fundraisers and working bee days. He is the Club Examination officer.  Eddie’s amateur radio background started when a ham settled into his street in his native Christchurch. Eddie is an experienced traveller in Australia’s outback.

Station Manager

Russell Walker - VK4DCM

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DX Specialist Group Leader & Digital Media Guru

Scott VK4MGL

Although relatively new to amateur radio (Since 2018),  Scott has embraced the HF bands with enthusiasm.  He leads our DX and Radio group, particularly enjoying portable operation with home made antennas.  Often heard from parks, peaks and silos around SE Qld.  An air traffic controller, Scott is also a basketball technical official, golfer, musician and woodworking enthusiast.

Treasurer & Social Group Leader

Geoffrey Fox  - VK4FK

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Soldering circuit board

Electronics and Makers Group Leader

Dave Hopkins VK4ZF

Project Manager

Abdi Aden

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Photography kindly supplied by Bambi Page (VK4AYL)