*MEET* 43DA148 Peter

The Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) is delighted to introduce to you experienced dxpeditioner and passionate DX Hunter 43DA148 Peter (See pictured above) who joined the club in August 2009.

A former member of the Alfa Tango DX group (43AT148) and still associated with the Nordstrand Friendship DX/QSL club in Norway, Peter is one of 43 Division’s most successful and proficient eleven metre band radio operatives, with an impressive 250 DXCC entities to his name in a hobby career spanning 35 years, the last 10 of which have been with the DA-RC.

Like many DA-RC members, 43DA148 Peter is also a licensed ham who maintains an interest in operating on 27 MHz frequencies, likening it to a ‘beacon’ of sorts for possible openings on 10m.

He has been part of successful DA-RC DXpedition Teams to Christmas Island (217DA0 / VK9) in the Indian Ocean, IOTA hot spots in the Pacific and even in Europe; ventures that have endeared him to the DX Community as one of the most outstanding operators of his time.

Situated some 105 kilometres north-west of the Victorian state capital Melbourne, 43DA148 Peter hails from the city of Ballarat at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, an area famous for its Gold Rush days in the mid 1800’s. 

It is also the third largest inland city in Australia.

Situated on the banks of the Yarrowee River, 43DA148 Peter’s QTH is also notable as the site for Australia’s only armed civil uprising, colloquially referred to as the Eureka Stockade but more correctly titled the Eureka Rebellion, which took place on 3 December 1854.  

In fact, the event, in which 22 miners were killed, is considered to be a defining moment in Australian history!

Other landmarks around Ballarat worthy of a mention include Sovereign Hill, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Kryal Castle, Art Gallery Of Ballarat, Eureka Centre, Creswick Woollen Mills, Gold Museum, The Lake Wendouree Precinct and many more.

Away from the radio communications hobby, Pete is one of his country’s leading aviation fire-fighters and has made some extraordinary achievements in the area of emergency management.

“It’s a good job”, says DA-RC’s most recent recruit in the Pacific Ocean area. 

“I’m travelling quite a bit lately with my work (Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Cairns and Adelaide mainly) due to a large project that I’m involved in but I gotta slow down so I can get some radio time!”

Like a few of the club’s OC-001’s members, Pete is a talented musician and often swaps the dulcet tones of his Kenwood TS570S transceiver for a keyboard piano — especially in his younger days when he jammed with a number of blues bands.

Now mellowed in his ‘old age’ thanks to a ‘hobby accepting’ wife and three kids, 43DA148 Peter looks forward to taking to the stage for DXpedition theatre again in the coming years when Cycle 25 starts to heat up.

Until then, you can catch him around the bands from time to time, chasing log entries or monitoring some of the world’s calling frequencies.


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