Looking Back - 1939 to 2011 - the Autobiography of Robert V. J. Padula, OAM

1964 -Travels

1941 - Bikes and Cars
1943 - Hiking - Hills and Coasts
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 1
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 2
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 3
1945 - Auburn schooldays - Part One
1945 - Auburn Schooldays - Part Two
1945 - Auburn Schooldays - Part Three
1945 - Upwey and the Puffing Billy
1945 - Gramaphones and Record Players
1946 - Flinders St Station
1946 - Astronomy
1946 - Beach and Swimming Adventures
1946 - Going to the Pictures
1947 - Adventures at the Altona Bungalow
1947 -The Listener-In Magazine
1947 - Balwyn WIldlife Sanctuary
1948 - Fishermen's Bend Aerodrome
1948 - Radio Australia QSL cards
1948 - Excursions
1949 - Australian Rules Football
1949 - Radio Monitoring at Auburn
1950 -Trains and Ships
1950 - Radios for Communications
1950 - Radio Listening Clubs in Australia
1950 - World Radio TV Handbook
1950 - Shortwave Radio Propagation Research
1950 - Medium Wave Radio Propagation Research
1950 - Radio and Hobbies Magazines
1950 - Discovering shortwave radio at Auburn
1951 - Photography
1951 - Competitions on local radio stations
1952 - Camp Buxton - YMCA Shoreham
1952 Tennis and Ten Pin Bowling
1953 - Stamp Collectiong
1953 Camberwell High School
1954 - Royal Visit to Melbourne
1954 - Shortwave Radio reception at Auburn
1956 - Melbourne's Olympic Games
1956 - Trainee Telecommunications' Technician
1957 - Trainee Technician - field work
1957 - National Service Registration
1958 - Laverton Air Show
1958 - MOOMBA Parade
1958 - Trainee Technician - field work
1959 - The move to Mont Albert
1960 - Working at Deepdene Telephone Exchange
1963 - Trade Unions, Staff Associations, Industrial Relations
1964 - Senior Technician work in the Melbourne CBD
1964 - Project support for Radio Australia
1964 - Project support for Radio Australia
1964 - Amateur Radio
1964 - Media Writing
1964 -Travels
1964 - Engineering Support for International Broadcasters
1965 - Professional Employment with PMG/Telstra
1967 - Professional Qualifications - Institution of Engineers Australia
1967 - Australian Radio DX Club Photo Gallery (to 1979)
1972 - Wireless Institute of Australia
1972 - Natural disasters in Melbourne
1980 - Australian Radio DX Club Gallery (to 1995)
1981 - Award of the Medal of the Order of Australia
1995 - Padula Books
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Oldtime Australian Radio Drama from the 1930s
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Radio Monitoring Clubs in Australia - 1920 to 1949
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Melbourne Picture Theatres - History - 1906 to 1970

1968 Fiji

1972 New Zealand

Since the beginning of the world, I have always had a keen interest in travelling.
On all of my trips, I take along a small sensitive communications radio, to study propagation conditions in the places visited.
I also met with radio monitoring enthusiasts, where possible, and visited radio stations!
My first overseas trip was in 1964, which was a combined ocean cruise and land tour, on the Greek liner "Ellinis",.
With a mate, we sailed from Melbourne to Sydney, then across the Tasman to Auckland, then all the way north up the Coral Sea to Port Moresby.
We said goodbye to the Ellinis, and then it was a bumpy flight in a DC3 to Lae.
Our return to Melbourne was via Port Moresby and Sydney (on one of the first 727s!)
Since then, I have explored a lot of the world, and my favourite destinations have been the Pacific Islands, Europe,  and the steamy jungles of South East Asia!
You can read about my trips to overseas locations which were associated with radio club meetings elsewhere in this Journey,
Below are a few pix from my albums!

1973 Fiji ( me in red hat!)

1974 Kuala Lumpur

1975 Indonesia

1976 USA

1974 Ayers Rock

1961 Australian Alps

1970 -Vanuatu - our Mini Moke - me in orange hat!

1974 - December - friend Robert Hanner on monitoring trip to Alps

1975 - December - me on monitoring trip to Alps


1997 - My first trip to Laos - Mekong River border

1963 National Geographic magazine

January 1963 - my Nat Geo Membership Certificate


have been a member of the National Geographic Society since 1963.

I have all copies of the Nat Geo magazines, and the maps, from January 1963 until the present, neatly filed in a bookcase in my study.



I have been actively interested in bushwalking, coastal hiking, rockpooling, and swimming since my childhood days!
I have sustained a strong interest in photography, with thousands of images under on-line or physical storage.
I operate my own Internet Broadcasting Station, known as the Australian Internet Radio Service, where I provide weekly 15 minute podcasts of information about high-frequency radio broadcasting and related themes.
Links to my various Websites may be found in the "Links" page, elsewhere in this Autobiography!  
I have many other interests, too numerous to describe here, and perhaps these might be descibed in a possible a sequel to this Autobiography in due course!

Most of the images in this site are thumbnails. Click on any image to see a full size verson in a new window

If you would like to contact me about my Autobiography, you can do this at