The MacAlba

A Scot In Australia

About the MacAlba

I (Gordon Smith) have lived in Australia since 1980. Back then, I really only thought of myself as coming here from Scotland for a 2-year working holiday even though I held a permanent resident visa. And I’m still here.

I live near Armidale, in rural New South Wales, with my wife Bronwyn (and three Border Collies) on 40 hectares (100 acres) of Australian bushland. The property is 1020m (3350 feet) above sea level where, in winter, even though we’re “only” 30 degrees south of the equator, it gets cold enough to snow.

An Aberdonian born and bred, I attended Robert Gordon’s College then studied and worked at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology (now the Robert Gordon University).

I have held an unrestricted Australian amateur radio licence, VK2DJG, since 1980. Prior to that, from 1974, I was GM4DSZ, located in Aberdeen, Scotland, where I was almost exclusively to be found on 2m SSB and CW. My first amateur radio licence was a VHF-only licence, GM8IKT, issued in 1973.

A place where I post news and other items as they relate to my dabblings in life. A lot goes on inside my head; here I try to get some of them out out in the open without worrying too much about polishing them up for publication – they are, after all, works in progress.


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Written by macalba

June 13, 2005 at 7:04 pm