Welcome to my on-line Engineering Research
Project "The History of Shortwave Broadcasting in Australia"
am Robert V. J. Padula, OAM, (Bob) of Mont Albert, Victoria, Australia.
I was one of the first Victorian War Babies of the Second World War, having been born on September 6, 1939, in Melbourne.
On September 3, 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany. Neville Chamberlain broadcast
the announcement that the country was at war.
This History Project
is a Journey, in words, pictures. videos and sound, concerning the history, evolution, and deveopment of shortwave (high
frequency) radio broadcasting in Australia.
The work concerns commercial, governmental, military. and private
broadcasting activity. Amateur radio and "pirate" radio is not included.
I have also included substantial material
which looks at the inventions of land and radio telegraphy, and the progression through longwave and mediumwave telephony broadcasting technologies, in Australia and elsewhere.
The Project includes articles and images from my personal visits
to several shortwave broadcasting and receiving facilities in Victoria, most of which no longer exist.
My interersts ionclude activies linked to my involvement in
electronics, radio technology, the cinema, photography, bushwalking, travelling, swimming, and astronomy. Much of this concerns
my involvement in the monitoring of international shortwave broadcasting and research into high frequency long distance radio
My hobby experiences in electronics and radio communications, which
started back in the mid 1940s, ultimately paved the way for my full-time employment as a Technician, and later a Professional
Engineer, in the Postmaster's General Department (now Telstra).
After 41 years with the Company, I left Telstra in 1997, having
reached the ranks of senior engineering management, and since then I have provided expert professional advice and consultancy
in fhe field of international broadcast engineering.
I am a Chartered Professional Engineer, and
a Life Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
In 1955 I undertook a Vocational Guidance program when I was
in Year 10 at Camberwell High School - the assessment said that I should pursue a "Technical Career" -
they were spot on!
I now invite you to join me on our long journey from the
middle of the 19th century to the present day!
(Bob Padula, June 2012)