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ATN Antennas, a company operated by
Ray Naughton in the Victorian country town of Birchip designed and manufactured
a large range of specialised amateur radio antennas and accessories. Included in
this range were HF Monoband Yagis, HF Broadband Log Periodics covering 13 to 30
Mhz, VHF and UHF Yagis as well as Baluns, Power Dividers and Power Couplers. GFS
Electronic Imports marketed the ATN Antenna range during the early to mid
1980's, as can be seen from the catalogue page above. ATN Antennas still operate
in Birchip today.
From their initial start in business
in the late 1970's GFS Electronic Imports imported and sold the Japanese
Emotator range of Antenna Rotators. Emotator manufactured heavy, medium and
light duty rotators designed to suit the rotation of such antennas as large as
HF yagis through to small VHF and UHF beams.
Steel lattice triangular cross section galvanised steel towers manufactured by a company in the Victorian country town of Warrnambool were a popular catalogue item for GFS Electronic Imports in the mid 1980's. These towers were easy to install and generally self supporting. Heights ranged from 6 to 11 metres, as can be seen above.
Co-axial Cable and VSWR Meters - GFS
Electronic Imports, by 1984, had for some time been Australian
distributors of a range of low loss double shielded foam dielectric co-axial
cable manufactured by Nippon Tsushin in Japan. The D-FB cable series featured
lower insertion loss than traditional coax for the same cross sectional area. A
number of different types of connectors were also available for D-FB co-axial
Hansen, a Japanese company who specialised in the design and manufacture of SWR and Power meters was represented in Australia by GFS Electronic Imports Their products ranged from a simple HF/VHF SWR Meter to PEP reading Power and SWR Meters, as can be seen from the 1984 catalogue page above.
In the 1980's some amateur radio
operators were experimenting with microwave operation. The catalogue page
above shows Data Service Company's 2.3 Gigahertz low cost receiver and dish
antenna products. A USA based microwave manufacturing business, Data Service
Company was represented in Australia by GFS Electronic Imports through the
Locally manufactured High Pass and Low Pass Filters as well as a USA manufactured 5/8 wave 2 metre handie talkie antenna are also shown on the catalogue page above.
GFS Electronic Imports sold a
number of publications, including the Australian Amateur Radio Callbook, US
& World Amateur Radio Call Books, for short wave listener's a, Shortwave
Frequency Directory and a Great Circle Map centred on Melbourne for
obtaining worldwide beam antenna headings.
The outside back cover of the
GFS Electronic Imports 1984 catalogue featured, as it's background, a line
drawing of the launch of the first US Space Shuttle, Columbia. Other photos
included am shot of the outside front of their 17 McKeon Road premises, a
view of the service area including technician Jak Melia and a view of the
front display area.
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The Author, Greg Whiter, was employed by Bail Electronic Services (see 1974 Bail Electronics staff photo) from the late 1960's through to 1977. Following this period he formed GFS Electronic Imports, GFS Electronics and then in 2012 Portable Masts Australia Pty Ltd, of which he is a director today.
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