CW Operators' QRP Club Inc.

Professor Malcolm Haskard VK5BA #8 Hall of Fame
Our New Life Member

The Club Committee is delighted to announce that Malcolm Haskard VK5BA has been awarded Life Membership of the CW Operators' QRP Club.

As perhaps readers would guess from his low membership number, Malcolm Haskard VK5BA, Member No. 8, was a founding member of our Club. Prior to this he was Member No. 5 in the VK CW QRPp Club, launched by John Swiney VK6JS (SK) in January 1980. A brief history of each Club has been published recently in Lo- Key.

Malcolm is the author of many articles which have been printed in Lo- Key , and often joined the group assisting with enveloping our Club journal at the QTH of Don Callow VK5AIL. His help and contributions have always been greatly appreciated by the Club Committee and members.
Professor Malcolm Haskard VK5BA, has made significant contributions during his voluntary work in the community, and during his academic life. In addition he is the author of many publications in diverse technical areas and other fields. Earlier this year Malcolm was a South Australian State Finalist for the Award of "Senior Australian of the Year 2014."

Details of the four awards of "Australian of the Year" are listed on the organisation's website. For the "Senior Australian of the Year 2014" award, 31 finalists from all of the States and Territories are listed in the Honour Roll. Four are from South Australia. One of the latter, Dr Barbara Hardy AO, was selected as the "National Finalist Senior Australian of the Year 2014." However, the other three finalists from S.A. include Professor Malcolm Haskard yes, Malcolm Haskard VK5BA, Club Member No.8.

The Honour Roll listing for Professor Malcolm Haskard can be found at the website of the Australian of the Year 

Details of the following are given.

Professor Malcolm Haskard devoted more than 40 years to computer and microelectronics engineering research, and is highly respected for his outstanding knowledge and practical experience in these areas. At the University of Adelaide he was a member of the group which designed one of the world's first micro-programmed computers, the CIRRUS computer. He is now retired, but is the former Head of the School of Electronic Engineering at the University of South Australia and the founding Director of the Microelectronics Centre. His knowledge and skills also contributed to the development of microelectronic sensors used in several areas of medicine. These include microelectronic sensors to aid heart transplants, and to diagnose gastro disorders in babies. During his professional life Malcolm has been an inspiration to many. In addition his voluntary work in the community as a Justice of the Peace, lay preacher, youth camp organiser with the Scripture Union, and volunteer with the Country Fire Service, has been equally valuable.

The Club Committee congratulate Professor Malcolm Haskard VK5BA, and express their thanks for all of his voluntary work and input to the Club.


The image of Professor Malcolm Haskard is courtesy of the National Australia Day Council


Don Callow VK5AIL #75 Hall of Fame
Our New Life Member

The committee is very pleased to announce the on 30th October, 2013, Don Callow VK5AIL #75 was granted Life Membership of the CW Operators' QRP Club in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Club. Don joined the CW Operator's Club in October 1984, ten months after it was formed and about one year after starting in Amateur Radio. Since that time his work in a variety of roles has often been vital for continuation of the Club. His Committee membership has spanned many years. His wok in the role includes the research and putting together of the Club's Constitution which lead to its Incorporation on 31st August, 1993. Don's dedicated work as Editor of Lo-Key can only be described as 'magnificent'.

Congratulations .... Don Collow VK5AIL #75



Drew Diamond VK3XU in QRP Hall of Fame

Concurrently with the 2013 Dayton Hamvention, QRP operators were holding their annual ’Four Days in May’. A highlight was the induction of Drew Diamond VK3XU into the QRP Hall of Fame. Drew is just the second VK amateur ever to be admitted and is well-known for his long-term encouragement of homebrew construction through books and articles, mostly in the WIA’s ‘Amateur Radio’ magazine.
... From Peter VK3YE

Editor’s Note: Drew joined the CW Operators' QRP Club on 6 April 1984 and is a Life Member (see March Lo-Key)


QRP ARCI - Hall of Fame

Our very own, Kevin Zietz VK5AKZ #43 has been exalted to the QRP ARCI(QRP Amateur Radio Club International) Hall of Fame for 2012.


Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary Kevin Zietz VK5AKZ has been given due recognition for his service to Amateur Radio and QRP, specifically the CW Operators' QRP Club Inc.. The award, The QRP Hall of Fame - for services to QRP, was made at the recent Dayton convention when the "Four Days in May" are celebrated. This is held in conjunction with Dayton each year. The QRP ARCI group organises the award.

Kevin VK5AKZ #43, joined the club on 14th March, 1984 and was welcomed in the first issue of Lo-Key dated that month. The earliest Club member was the founder, Len O'Donnell VK5ZF #1 (SK) recorded on 7th December, 1983.

In the March 1997 issue of Lo-Key it was announced that earlier in the year Kevin, then Secretary and Public Officer, had been made the first Life Member of the Club. He was also, by then, the longest continuously serving Committee Member. He had previously been Treasurer, Secretary and Assistant Editor of Lo-Key. Although extremely busy with his family and professional life, Kevin was noted for his dedicated and energetic service to the Club.

Congratulations Kevin!!

The complete QRP ARCI Hall of Fame information can be viewed here.