As a youth, Phil travelled South Australia with his father, who was a teacher, his mother and his brother. These wandering years laid a solid foundation for Phil’s future endeavours. These interests consisted of motor sport, electronics and a passion for helping educate others. He had a very successful career working with the students at Westminster College where he built up a solid following. At Phil’s funeral service, many of his past students came from all parts of the world to pass on their appreciation to this respected and intelligent man who was instrumental in guiding them into very successful careers.
Phil’s life-long interest in motor sport and electronics led him towards his Amateur Radio License. This enabled him to provide valuable radio communications at various levels of motor cycle and car events with ACRM Gawler Barossa. He also attended and gave his radio expertise to the World Rally events in New South Wales. As a radio enthusiast, he designed and installed many repeaters for local motor events including the Classic Adelaide Rally.
At his home in Tooperang, Phil had plenty of space for his HF long wires, VHF and UHF antennae farms. His radios were operating 24/7.
Phil will not only be sadly missed by the Amateur World but also by the Westminster College Outward Bound teachers and students. He set up and maintained their land and water-based radio communications.