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G.Y. Land: Thoughts about Amateur Radio





During the last weeks and months, I have spent plenty of time to endeavour on a trip on memory lane and had in mind to turn back the time when I was younger and without the excitement, we have nowadays when with ease we are thinking about technology and especially communication. The step forward in technology is tremendous and I think back to my youth when AM was still an adventure, and a crystal receiver and similar equipment excited me when I was a boy. It was fascinating being friends with radio amateurs involved in a hobby that was unusual, expensive, and far too complicated for the average mortal. 


What excitement when TV came, and FM radio became standard. In 1953 when Mr Rhein invented the Fuellschrift recording changing records from 78 rpm to long play 33 and 45 recordings. Forgotten as so many other inventors people think it was invented by USA companies. Philips and Telefunken (Siemens) were the first companies introducing the new technology and I was proud to be some years later involved in the head office of Philips.  


Speaking for myself, I was involved since 1947 in radio work, amateurs call it arrogantly commercial radio. At the time I took into consideration to get an amateur license, but I was far too young, and I would have to wait until I was 18 years of age. Typical me, I could not wait and preferred to stay glamorous and commercial a step I never regretted.


I studied physics and specialised in astrophysics and later anti-gravity propulsion as well as computer sciences. I went back to my work at Philips and became involved in mainframe computers as I saw here the future. As to political and other upheavals in Europe, I decided to migrate to Australia to live more secure. In late 1970 I was again involved in commercial radio (AWA) and TV (ABC and others) but found interest in Amateur Radio and became a member of the Wireless Institute of Australia in Victoria. At the time, the main reason to get a license was to communicate by HAM radio to overseas and to overcome the great distance between my beloved France and Australia without using the expenses of telephony.  Mind you at the time telecommunications in Europe were by cable and rather expensive. Nowadays all this has changed, and it is just a click of a button and free of charge to speak to someone nearly everywhere on this planet and above free of charge.


Stimulated by my friend since about 40 years Greg McCulkin VK2TEQ and loving technical equipment I decided to do an Amateur License in my now rather mature years. I tried and did this as I do with everything in my life propelled by the enthusiasm and overdid my studying without thinking what I was up to. I now see too many complications as to the typical bureaucracy that is flowing everywhere in Australia, and I lost interest. I also found most of the Radio Amateurs not to be the friendliest persons to newcomers.  Nevertheless, I received the Amateur Licence at the begin of 2017. The callsign is VK1GYL.


During the few years, I still have time left in my life I dedicated my time to updating my professional knowledge.  I also must finalise, hampered by three medical strokes, three books I never finished  amongst it a comprehensive autobiography of my life at the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz that will be published after I have passed on and have said my farewell to this planet. Until this time comes, I have in mind to follow my colleague Grote Reber to return to the outback in Tasmania and live there happy ever after with or without a broadcasting license. 


To spend my time better by increasing my knowledge in sciences, I have decided maybe not to participate any longer in amateur radio in the Australian National Capital. I see discrepancies, complications, and bitchiness of minority groups, clubs, interest groups, and last not least one can live without. My Amateur License is still active. - That's life. ;) 73.




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