Group sounds out amateurs
ELECTRONIC communication has changed the way people interact across the world, but the power of the internet and telephones are all but lost in times of natural diaster.
However, radio communications can keep people connected.
A group of Maryborough residents are intent on keeping the skills of amateur radio alive and want to show the public what it’s all about at a display at the Maryborough West Scout Hall this weekend.
Ray Stockdale was founding president of the Maryborough Electronics and Radio Group about five-and-a-half years ago.
“I used to be an apprentice to a radio technician and would repair them eight hours a day so I wasn’t interested in playing with them at night,” he said.
“But then I was travelling north in an old Toyota and got talking to a bloke on the CB radio and I became interested in them.
“There used to be an amateur radio club in Maryborough and a CB club in Maryborough but both clubs folded.
“So we formed this group which encompassed both and called it MERG.
“We provide communication for events like the technology challenge, and for groups such as the scouts.
“Most of us have portable or battery-powered equipment so if there is ever an emergency and the internet and phonelines are down, we can still get on the radio and communicate with people all over the world.”
The club will have a working amateur radio station on air on Saturday and Sunday at the Scout hall on the corner of Ariadne and Ward streets.
Entry for the weekend is $5 and the display is open 9am to 5pm both days.