VK2XB (and VK2PUP - my IRLP node callsign).
I have been an Amateur since 1984 (according to my Certificate of Proficiency) and a truckie for a good many years more. My interests are many and varied, including country music, fishing and, of course, ham radio.
I am currently a tipper driver doing interstate wherever the boss sends me.
The Black Stump has drug up a (very) old photo of me besides one of the trucks I drove many years ago (aka about 1988). I am not real keen on having my picture taken as I am frightened of breaking cameras, so this about the only photo I have with me near any truck I ever drove - aside from the "logo" photo on my personal page. This photo was taken when I was carting Naphthalene with John L Pierce Transport.
Anyway, since I am always encouraging you blokes to submit stuff about yourselves, and sending in photos for publication and so on, here it is! Click on the image to enlarge in a new window and close window to return here. I will see if I can rustle up a few more over the coming weeks. They will be of trucks I drove, rather than of me, I can assure you!
|A very young Indy, then VK2PUP beside Naphthalene tanker driven at John L Pierce Tpt||This was a Western Star single that I drove at Pioneer. She had about 300,000 on the clock at this time.||I was allocated this b-double at Pioneer. It was a bit short on in horsepower, but it did the job okay.|
|RTS gave me this old T604 to drive for a while.||Unloading the dog trailer on farm with a load of gypsum paper. I think Rocket still has this photo on the wall of one of his offices as it is the only photo he has of one of his trucks actually "at work"!||This was a photograph taken a couple of days after taking delivery of the new banger. Photo taken at Nevill and Phyllis Jones' yard at Hay.|
|Loading new b-double with fine sand at a quarry in Victoria (I think)||Loading new T408SAR on farm near Hay, NSW. Note multi tap whip on driver's mirror. This Terlin has 2 taps on 80 and 1 each on 75, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 & 6 metres. The truck is a week or so old in this photo and filthy dirty.||Mounting of radios in T408 SAR. At top is the remote head for the Kenwood TS-480 HX, thence UHF CB, 27 Mhz CB and at the bottom is the Yaesu FT-8800 for 2 Metres/70 Centimetres. Note that the HF radio is tuned to the "Truckies Net" frequency.|