1980 - commenced short wave listening as a teenager. Held the SWL call sign of VK500001SWL issued by the Wireless Institute of Australia.
1982 - sat for an passed my Morse code exams and the regulations for my amateur licence. Did not get to complete study for the theory as I joined the Police Force and this was 2 years of full time study for me to graduate from the Academy
July 2010 - undertook the Foundation licence course and examination. Passed and obtained the call sign of VK5FPAS.
6th August 2010 - my first ever contact was with VK5BBB
6th August 2010 - my first ever DX contact was with Frank N7EKD in the USA
10th July 2010 - my final QSO with my Foundation call of VK5FPAS was with Steve VK6IR.
15th July 2011 - my first contact after upgrading to my standard call of VK5PAS was with Dave VK3VCE.
15th July 2011 - my first DX contact under my new call was with Bob KC0ZRX
May 2012 - I was awarded DXCC Phone
March 2013 - I commenced the World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) program in Australia.
June 2013 - I became an official QSL card checker for CQ Awards, e.g. Worked All Continents.
October 2013 - I became an official QSL card checker for ARRL DXCC
November 2014 - I qualified for the Merit Award for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award. This is issued for having worked all 45 Victorian National Parks.
May 2015 - I was presented with a WIA 'President's Commendation for 'outstanding achievement in the WorldWide Flora & Fauna amateur radio program, nationally and internationally, drawing attention to the importance of protecting nature, flora and fauna."
June 2015 - I was awarded the inaugural WWFF Certificate of Excellence, which had been forwarded to my local radio club through Pit YO3JW in Romania.
January 2017 - I became a Director on the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Board of Directors.
December 2017 - I resigned my position as a WIA Director.
May 2018 - I was presented with a WIA 'Presidents Commendation' for my 'work with the VK5 parks award, promoting WWFF and opening up an aspect of the hobby to the wider community'.