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.

Vice President Damian McMorrow VK4FDPM

Damian (or Damo as he is more commonly known around the club) has a long history with BDARS, having been a member since 2012, and previously filling the role of Vice President in 2015. He has background in IT, and currently manages a national team as Adaptive Technology Manager for Vision Australia. A football tragic, he barracks for the Brisbane Lions as well as playing guitar, cooking, and fishing in his spare time.

Damian has a vision for BDARS which sees the club growing as we extend our reach into the community and attract new members.

Secretary  Ben Whitehouse VKFBFW


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.

Committee Members  

 Glenn Dunstan VK4DU 


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!