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John Bishop VK2ZOI SK

It is with great sadness that we share the news that John Bishop VK2ZOI (VK2BK), long-time President of Hornsby And Districts Amateur Radio Club (HADARC), became a silent key in the early hours of Friday, 29th January 2021.

John sadly lost his battle with metastatic melanoma, which was only diagnosed in early December. While suffering through his medical treatment, John withdrew from regular radio operations, although he was able to concentrate on both HADARC matters and the transition of stewardship.

In his final days, he recalled fond memories of family and friends, and in his final over, John spoke of the radio club that was such an important part of his life. John was particularly proud of the teamwork club member displayed at the very successful Wireless Centenary event held just outside Sir Earnest Fisk’s home in Wahroonga on the 22nd September 2018.

John was in his 50th year as an Amateur Radio Operator, and joined the Wireless Institute, NSW Division on 27th July 1962, 58 years ago. While only 75 years of age, he may have been an OM but was definitely not an old man.

John began his working life as a young 17-year-old trainee at Amalgamated Wireless Valve Co, North Ryde, in Jan 1963 in the “Semiconductor Section” where he qualified as a technician. He later became a Technical Officer in the “Receiving Valve Section”. John eventually gained a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked in the specialist area of the “Power Valve and Special (CV) Valve Section”. John was astute enough to see the writing on the wall for AWV, and left in August 1975.

John then moved on to The Department of Defence where he held various positions in Defence - (Navy) Chief Armament, Superintendent Navy Armament Engineering (Naval Support Command), Regional Director Defence Quality Assurance (NSW), and finally, before retirement, Regional Director Defence Acquisition Office Sydney. It was during this time John began a lifelong friendship with Tony VK2BTL.

Click here for more details of John's career.

John has also been actively involved in Hornsby Seniors. He became the Public Officer for Hornsby Seniors and was their go-to-guy when it came to anything involving technology for the group.

Back in 1977, John was involved with establishing training and education courses for those interested in becoming amateur radio operators. As this early intake of students was quite large, John was also among our early trainers. He even encouraged Dot to sit for and successfully obtain her Novice licence. John was also instrumental a few years later in getting three of his sons into amateur radio - Ben and Roger via the Foundation licence and Peter via the Advanced licence.

John remained in the training role into the mid 80s and then continued his activities on the HADARC committee, ultimately being appointed HADARC’s President. John held the position of President very close to his heart throughout his entire presidency, something that can be clearly seen with some of his last words concerning the club. Over the last 30 years as President, John’s has stamped his vision on HADARC, which has both been stable and very involved with all aspects of Amateur Radio. One of the other reasons John enjoyed being President was that he was able to continue to use the managerial skills that he developed during his working life in dealing with various official bodies (Hornsby Council being just one of many examples, hi-hi!)

John was definitely one of a kind. Apart from being an extremely keen amateur radio operator that participated in numerous radio nets during the week, he also participated in nearly every HADARC net, including running his share of nets and encouraging club members to participate in nets online via Jitsi. His large boots will be very hard to fill, and his absence leaves a hole in all our hearts.

John leaves behind his loving YL, Dot VK2DB, who he married on Boxing Day 1966, as well as four sons, many grandchildren, and a legacy of many home-built Flowerpot antennas, not only in Australia but around the world.

John’s Funeral will be held 2:00-2:45pm Friday, 12 February 2021, Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium. After the funeral a wake for John will be held at The Asquith Bowling Club (1 Lodge St, Hornsby NSW 2077) between 3:30-6:00pm.

Please contact the Secretary of HADARC if you wish to attend either the funeral or wake as number are presently limited to 100 for each. Hopefully, this will change before the 12th of February.

The family has asked that you not to send flowers to John’s funeral, but to make a donation to The Melanoma Institute Australia at https://www.melanoma.org.au/get-involved/donate/ instead.

John’s funeral webcast will be available HERE (pin, if required, is 1306) either on or before the day of the funeral.

Vale John Bishop, VK2ZOI / VK2BK (12th Oct 1945 – 29th Jan 2021)

HADARC Name Badges

If you have ordered your Name Badge, and as yet have not collected it, these are now available from Dot VK2DB at $5.50 each. Dot is still taking further orders and if you haven't yet ordered a badge (and want one) contact Dot as soon as possible.