Peter Hill at Queens Domain console Peter Hill at Queens Domain console Photo: Mark Watson

 

Radio Operators

               

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Jan BEHNKE


Jan Behnke

A Tassie boy who recently retures from Telstra after 42 years, Jan worked mainly in the customer service area, most recently the NBN transition and managing Priority Assistance for vulnerable customers. Now seeking something meaningful to do in retirement, volunteering with Tas Maritime came as a suggestion from a colleague.


Jan is the father of adult daughters who both now live interstate and is a long-time member of the Lenah Valley RSL where he helps out whenever he can.

 

Colin CROWDER


Colin Crowder

Born in the UK, Colin found paradise in Tasmania in 1966 and joined ABC TV in 1967 working as a cameraman and audio recordist and retired 40 years later as a program maker. Past interests include: flying, camping, bushwalking, kayaking, motorbikes and bicycle road racing. In January 2008, he took delivery of his very smart new Jeanneau yacht and sailed it from Sydney to Hobart. You can usually find him around the Channel somewhere. (He doesn't want anyone to know that he once went aground near the Zinc works and had to be hauled off by the police boat Vigilant so we won't mention that).

 

Tony DIX


Tony Dix



Tony sailed dinghies in the 50s and 60s, his first cruise being on the Sir Winston Churchill schooner in 1966. He went to university in NZ in 1967, worked on cray and fishing boats in the early 70s, tried journalism, worked oil rigs in the Suez and North Sea, married in the UK and had son Rowan, and then worked as a Careers Officer until he returned to Sydney in 1981 and to Launceston in 1983.


After that diverse background, Tony settled in Hobart in 1991 and entered the Public Service and studied for a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and was seconded to Environment and Land Management as Derwent Estuary Community Liaison Officer and later to the Alcohol and Drug Service.


Now retired, Tony sails Merlin which he bought in 1992.

 

Peter HILL


Peter Hill



Peter was born in New Zealand where he mucked about in small boats as a teenager. He was transferred across ‘the ditch’ to manage a branch office in Adelaide and later moved to Orange. With limited water on which to float a real boat that move brought an end to boating.


After 30 years in the Central West Coast of NSW where he and wife Janet owned and operated numerous businesses it was time to retire. They moved to Tasmania in 2003 where they purchased a house on the Huon River and began to enjoy the wonderful cruising grounds of Southern Tasmania in Oriole, a 36 foot Huon Pine Motor Sailer.


One of the first priorities was to complete the requirements for the Radio Operators Certificate and become familiar with the wonders of HF and VHF communications, and the great service provided by Tas Marine Radio.


Peter was treasurer of the Huon Yacht Club for 4 years before moving to Sandy Bay in 2010.


I met Barry McCann when he came down to help me set up a new HF radio on my boat”, said Peter. “He has a long memory because I made an off the cuff comment to him that when I moved to Hobart I might like to become a volunteer operator. I won’t say his was the first phone call I received after moving in to the new address in Hobart but perhaps the second. Barry invited me to come and a look at the radio room at the Domain – I was hooked. I have found it to be a rewarding and enjoyable way to put something back into the world of safe boating.


Aside from boating, Peter has a small distribution business, enjoys gardening and is active in the life of St.Johns Presbyterian church in Hobart.

 

Mike JENNER


Mike Jenner



Born and bred in Tasmania, Mike has had several careers, beginning as an electrician, then broadcast technician with the ABC radio station at Lauderdale from 1965 till 1989. A break from 1969 till 1974 as a lighthouse keeper, serving at Tasman Island and Eddystone Point with short relief periods at Cape Bruny and Swan Island was slotted in during this period. Following that, he was Tasmania's softest debt collector for 8 years, and in the final years before retirement, a call centre operator with Vodafone.


Boating experience commenced in 1975 with an 18 foot Hartley which was converted into a mini motor sailer, beginning a long association with Margate Base/Tasmar/Coast Radio Hobart/Tas Maritime Radio. Progressing to a 43 foot ketch rigged motor sailer, bought in Townsville in late 89 and cruised home to Hobart, he lived aboard for 10 years. On retirement in 2010, home became a 38 foot Hartley South Seas motor sailer for about twelve months till meeting his third (and final) wife!


Mike has been an active amateur radio operator for 53 years.

 

Rob JONES


Rob Jones



Born and bred in Tassie at Ouse in the Derwent Valley, Rob spent 27 years as an Infantryman in the Army, including a stint as a UN Observer in Iran in 1989/90. On discharge from the Army he went to work at the AMC in Launceston for 8 years before returning to Hobart in 2005 as Faculty Manager of the Faculty of Health at UTAS.


Rob enjoys fishing both coastal, in his 17ft tinnie, and inland, as well as bushwalking, gardening and time with his family, as well as volunteering with Legacy Hobart. On retirement Rob was looking for another volunteering interest completely different to his other activities and after hearing an interview with a volunteer at TMR felt that being a Radio Operator would fit that bill.

 

Graham KELLAWAY


Graham Kellaway


Born near Dartmoor (not the prison) Graham arrived in Australia in 1960 on the Fairsky. His career included Marine Radio Officer on several ships and later joined QANTAS as aircraft maintenance engineer, then moved into IT, mainly radio work, followed by project management, IT/Comms. In 1973, Graham drove a Sunbeam Rapier from London to India.


Graham's hobbies are Trad Jazz (he plays Tenor Banjo) and wood turning. He retired to Hobart with Judy in July 2004 and enjoys getting away in the motor-home.

 

Tim McDOUGALL


Tim McDougall


Born and Bred in Hobart, Tim started as a Bank Officer (for 15 months) then moved into IT for 38 years, working initially managing and programming the big mainframes at the Bank. When the Bank was taken over Tim moved to TT-Line (Spirit of Tasmania) in Devonport, managing their IT systems, including most systems on the Spirits (except the specialised navigation and engineering management systems). This included setting up the systems and networks when Spirit 1 and 11 came to Tasmania, then later similarly for Spirit 111 for the time she was run by TT-Line.


Tim's yachting interest started in the Sea Scouts, then sailing a Heron dinghy at Lindisfarne for several years. He then got the opportunity to sail on a 46 foot harbour racer and sailed on her for several years before moving to Ocean Racing for two years, but found 24 hours racing was enough so did not do any Sydney-Hobarts. He then moved back to Harbour Racing but then needed to move to Devonport for work. While there Tim was on call 24x7 and so could not do any sailing (bit difficult to get off a boat when needed at work - usually did get called on weekends).


Tim came back to Hobart in 2013 for work (IT at Parks and Wildlife) and volunteered at the Maritime Museum - mainly on the Reception Desk. Retired early in 2019 (38 years in IT is more than enough!) Tim looked for volunteer opportunities - continuing at the Maritime Museum, and joining University of the Third Age - ( helping them with AV and IT), Ten Lives Cat Centre, Rotary, and now at Tas Maritime Radio.

 

Robyn MUNDY


Robyn Mundy

Having spent a total of 10 months on Tasmania’s weather-beaten Maatsuyker Island as a volunteer caretaker and weather observer, Robyn was so inspired by Tas Maritime Radio’s volunteer service to mariners that on her return in early 2017 she asked if she might train as an operator. Robyn is no stranger to big seas and wild weather. She has summered and wintered at Antarctic stations as a research field assistant and, for several months of each year, she co-leads adventure tourism voyages to the polar regions. During her time on land, Robyn writes and teaches creative writing. She is author of the novels Wildlight, set on Maatsuyker Island, The Nature of Ice, set in Antarctica, and co-author of the young readers’ Epic Adventure: Epic Voyages.

 

Karen NELSON


Karen Nelson

Born and bred in Auckland NZ. Karen worked in the printing industry until moving to Tasmania in 1997 with her then husband. She worked in a variety of roles in Tasmania including staff cook at Wrestpoint casino and retired in early 2018. Karen met her partner Craig whilst dog walking in 2010. They not only shared a mutual love of dogs and the country lifestyle, but also a love of fishing and boating. They decided to volunteer at Tas Maritime as a way to give back to a service that they have used over the past years.

 

John PARSELL


John Parsell

Hobart born and bred, John worked in Fire, Accident and Marine Insurance for 27 years, Welfare for 16 years and the Funeral Industry for 5 but he is now retired with his wife.


He has always had an interest in the sea, especially sailing, but no longer has a boat. John enjoys fishing, gardening and music.

Craig RICHARDSON


Craig Richardson

Tassie born and bred, Craig worked from a very young age in his parents' family earthmoving business, then gained an apprentiship as a diesel mechanic which over time took him overseas where he also gained qualifications in civil, structural and mechanical engineering and later became bored and had the opportunity to become a paramedic. This entailed another 6 years of study which developed into a career in mining and also as a first responder to natural disasters worldwide. Trips home were spent relaxing by fishing and boating. Craig retired in early 2018 with his partner and decided to give back by volunteering at Tas Maritime.

 

Bryan RUMLEY


Bryan Rumley



A born and bred Tasmanian. Bryan has spent nearly all of his life living and working in the greater Hobart area. A carpenter by trade but worked as a glazier for about 40 years as proprietor of Jones and Rumley Glass in Moonah. During this time Bryan soon become acquainted with many of the personalities that were involved with boats and general boating activities. His first boat was a 14' plywood dinghy and he soon graduated to a 19' Huntsman which was used extensively for cruising the Channel areas and as far north as the Schoutens. He then graduated up to a 32' Cresta (Waireka) which was used extensively for game fishing and further cruising around to such areas as Port Davey, Wineglass etc. The final upgrade was to a DeFever 44 Motor Cruiser (Waireka 11) used mainly for cruising. This vessel was sold only a couple of years ago after 20 years of cruising and exploring this beautiful island we all live in.


Bryan has been a member of the Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania for over 30 years and was a Past Commodore of that club. He has also been a member of the Geilston Bay Boat Club for 35 years.


These days Bryan keeps himself busy playing Lawn Bowls, a bit of kayaking and volunteer work mainly around the bowls club and now at TMR.


As an original member of Tas Marine Radio or Margate Base as it was known back then, Bryan takes pride in the fact that he has been a continuous member since that time and has over the years been able to assist Barry McCann and Les Collis by volunteering when needed.

 

Alan SCHOLTEN


Alan Scholten


Alan was born in Melbourne in 1953 and moved to Tasmania at the age of five. After completing his education he left the Island in February 1971, heading for Woomera SA with his parents. He spent 37 years in South Australia working for the Commonwealth Civil Service and running a couple of small businesses with his wife who he met in Woomera. Alan joined St John’s as a volunteer ‘ambo’ in 1980 and eventually took it on as a job in 1985. He left the SA service in December 2007 and joined the Tasmanian service in January 2008.


Now retired Alan is looking forward to some boating, motorcycling and visiting his daughter who is an archaeologist working in the UK.

 

Craig STOBBS


Craig Stobbs


A Mainlander whose wife recently convinced him to live in Hobart, Craig has worked as a technical officer in the federal public service for over 30 years split between Defence and Foreign Service. Right now he is on a career break keeping an eye out for opportunities in electronics engineering and geospatial science in Hobart. His hobbies include SCUBA diving, Scouting leadership and being a maker of all sorts of things.

 

Mark WATSON


Mark Watson



Mark is a Sydneysider born, bred and mostly resident on the Northern Beaches apart from stints on the NSW Central Coast and in Melbourne. He moved to Hobart in October 2013 for a sea-change.


Originally a secondary maths teacher he has since worked as a technical trainer and documenter, computer systems manager and national data/voice manager in a large insurance company that’s no longer there. Most recently he’s been doing web work: online courses, web maintenance and Tas Maritime's web applications.


Mark has always had an interest in mucking about in boats, mostly of the skiff variety, starting with Sea Scouts. He supported 3 sons who raced B14s from the ages of 14 upwards by towing the boats hither and yon and sitting in an 8-foot rescue rib on Sydney Harbour most Sundays (which can be most exciting at times). The highlight was taking one boat and a 15- and 16-year old who competed in the World B14 Championships at Falmouth in Cornwall in 2007.

 

Kevin WILLIAMS


Kevin Williams

Kevin and his family moved to Tasmania in 1980 after several years flying in the Kimberley and the Goldfields in WA. Understandably, they fell in love with this place and decided to stay. He retired from flying in 1997 and from everything else (to enjoy the grandchildren) in 2006. Kevin enjoys boating and he and his wife are keen bushwalkers and happy campers.