In February, 2004, I commenced a two year, full time Advanced Diploma of Electronics Engineering course at the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE.

A requirement of the Computer/Electronic Industry Preparation module was to complete a technology research assignment and submit a technological report. It seemed like I might be looking at a considerable amount of work so I decided that I would base my report on a subject in which I had some interest at the time. I decided that if I was going to invest a lot of research time, I would like to get something out of it.

The subject matter that I chose was the impacting technologies that have evolved over the last century or so, culminating in the facilities and technology of the modern HF transceiver. The report ends with a broad overview of whether modern state-of-the-art transceivers are really any better than their predecessors.

Quite a deal of time was spent in research and documentation and the report was eventually finished some months later. It has been read by just a few readers and I had a request to make it available on my web site so that others can read it. It is all over now so I guess there won't be any harm.

If you disagree with any claim in the report, please don't tell me about it. All information sources are properly documented and referenced as required to give credit to those that created them. Internet links are also included. Although quite a number of sources are used, my summation is my summation based on the research conducted. It is included here for general interest purposes - not to reshape the world.

So, if you want to, you can now have a look at The Technological Pathway to the Modern HF Amateur Radio Transceiver in PDF format. Parts of the layout changed during the conversion from the original Word to PDF format but otherwise it's the same.
Created 2004 by Kevin Crockett. Comments and suggestions may be e-mailed to