The Road Ahead : April May 2007
APR/MAY 07 43 GARAGE DAYS STORY BELINDA PETERS Radio recollections Video may have killed the radio star, computers may have made typewriters redundant and mobiles may be on their way to replacing home phones, but not in Frank Hocking's garage in Ayr, nor th Queensland. Frank's passion for radio and telecommunications has manifested itself into a garage that showcases his passion, while also providing a valuable historical record. Amongst the many gems that lie behind Frank's roller door are amateur radio equipment of all vintages and radio receivers dating as far back as 1926. An aerial farm sits on top of the shed, allowing Frank to pick up signals and broadcast his own amateur radio station. The signals picked up from his garage have even helped during emergencies, with Frank relaying messages to Dar win after the city was ravaged by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Frank's garage also holds a collection of ever y standard PMG, Telecom and Telstra telephone issued in Australia, dating back to 1890, as well as many overseas telephones. Other notable items in his collection include morse telegraph stations, restored early business equipment, telephone line construction equipment, historic rifles and office records. Frank said his garage was his favourite place to relax, keep busy and close out the world and its worries. $5OFF* 4 LITRE PAINT Available at your nearest Solver Decorator Centre. *Excludes trade sales, accessories, Hi-Tech, Brite-Glo, Solvermaster, Sunflex and Easy Wash products. Not valid with any other discount or promotional offer. ABN 65 007 527 371 SOL1154 Visit a Solver Decorator Centre for professional advice, friendly service and top quality paint and accessories. Plus, enjoy the savings when you present your RACQ Membership card: $5 off any 4L can of paint or $10 off any 10L can of paint from the interior and exterior premium ranges* only, including advertised specials. $10 OFF* 10 LITRE PAINT WHAT'S THE PROBLEM DOUGIE? PROBLEM SOLVERED BOSS! If you think your garage is special, let us know about it. If your stor y is used, you will win a prize to the value of $100. Email your garage stor y (250-300 words), along with one or two photos (jpeg format, 300 dpi) to roadahead@racq. com.au, with the subject line 'My Garage', or mail your stor y and photos to My Garage, The Road Ahead, PO Box 4, Springwood Hill, Qld 4127. Mailed stories and photos can be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
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