President  Mark 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 Eddie Tomes VK4TJE

Eddie has been a BDARS member for 27 years, with active participation in club days for Lighthouse Weekends and John Moyle Field days.

He is the Club Examination officer and over the years has conducted 97 exams. This covered the full range of Foundation, Standard, Advanced, Practical and Regulations. Eddie’s youngest candidate so far was 13 yrs and the oldest was 92 yrs, with both genders well represented.

Eddie’s amateur radio background started when a ham settled into his street  in his native Christchurch. In his spare time, Eddie is an experienced traveller in Australia’s outback.

Secretary  Phil Hutchings VK4PG


Mostly retired, Phil is a previous BDARS club secretary.   An engineer turned commercial  manager, Phil still has a part time role in the energy/contracting sector. 

As part of a complete DIY renovation of an unloved 80’s Carindale house, Phil built his “dream radio shack ” last year – and it is already too small!  You’ll find Phil on HF sideband and FT8, together with the club 80 m net on Wednesday nights. 

Treasurer  Geoff Fox VK4FK

Geoff has been a ham since 1965. He was with the CQ Branch of the WIA in Rockhampton before his 1973 Brisbane move. He joined the Bayside Club when he settled in Sheldon in 1991, and has been club Treasurer for most of the time since.

Geoff’s background is in insurance and then in communications with Fire Brigade and Qld Fire & Rescue Service as a Communications Supervisor in Brisbane. Geoff convenes our popular bi-monthly 10.00 am BDARS coffee meetings at Redlands Sporting Club.

Committee Members  

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.

Johan, VK4KR.

Johan is an engineering manager in the mining services sector, sometimes interstate on complex projects. He is an active homebrewer and has a home mechanical workshop we could all envy. His design and welding expertise is on display at our Mt Cotton site. Johan too is a keen 4Wder and is a leader in his church community.

Bob, VK4YA.

Bob is a retired Chartered Engineer qualified in computer and electrical/electronic engineering, teaching and management. Bob’s interests lean to the technology side of our hobby.

He is a keen experimenter, and is often found in front of his oscilloscope and computer screen. Bob’s expertise was vital is setting up the software and hardware to control our Mt Cotton remote HF station. He enjoys mentoring and definitely is a man to turn to for guidance.

Russell Walker VK4DCM (BDARS Station Manager)

First licensed in 1966, Russell spent his whole career as a radio technician and is expert in commercial radio communications.  Russell gained valuable experience as a young radio tech while establishing VHF and HF communication for WA’s remote iron ore industry in the 1970’s.  He recently retired from a 15 year stint in the Queensland Government communications section.

While a young ham, Russell designed and established one of the first VHF amateur repeaters in Australia, with an adaption of an “acquired” valve FM radio base station. He has since worked on several amateur repeater projects in Perth and Brisbane. Mostly active on 6 and 2 meters, Russell’s antenna system is self described as modest – 5 elements on 6 M, 10 elements on 2 M, an HF tri band beam, a 40 meter dipole and a multi band HF vertical.

Inviting new Members

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