How you started
From my maker days we wanted to send up an autonomous plane with a high altitude weather balloon.
One of the requirements was we needed some radio contraption called APRS.
We got in touch with a radio club who assisted us with a APRS beacon.
After spending time with them and seeing what HAM radio was all about, 4 of us joined the club and got our Ham license.
Most Memorable Contact
After more than 2 years after having my license I made a HF contact with a station in california with the 40m dipole we made after our RAE, a lead acid battery and 100 watts it blew my mind and I was hooked on HF.
Best part of the Hobby
Without doubt I am an avid field station operator and QPR’er. I enjoy seeing how far I can get off minimal lightweight gear and the least amount of power possible.
Meet Matthew, a dedicated member of the Sandton Amateur Radio Club, where he has actively served on the committee for four years, contributing his expertise and passion to the club’s activities. Matthew is not just a radio enthusiast; he’s a multifaceted individual with a keen interest in technology and innovation. His love for 3D printing reflects his hands-on approach to creating and experimenting with various projects.
When it comes to amateur radio, Matthew is not only fascinated by the intricacies of antennas and technology but also has a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. His love for field stations and participation in Summits on the Air (SOTA) showcases his adventurous spirit within the hobby. Matthew takes the challenge a step further by embracing QRP (low-power) operations, highlighting his commitment to pushing the boundaries of communication with minimal resources.
Adding to his list of accomplishments, Matthew proudly serves as an HF Assessor for the Radio Amateur Examination (RAE) students, sharing his knowledge and experience to guide and assess aspiring radio enthusiasts. His role as an assessor underlines his commitment to fostering the growth and proficiency of newcomers in the amateur radio community.
In essence, Matthew embodies the spirit of exploration, innovation, and community engagement within the Sandton Amateur Radio Club. Whether he’s tinkering with antennas, delving into the world of 3D printing, or guiding and assessing future radio operators, Matthew’s presence adds depth and enthusiasm to the dynamic amateur radio landscape.