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My role at the Parkes Radio Telescope which is part of the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) is, as an experimental scientist, to manage the Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) aspects of the observatory. This involves the management, characterisation, and monitoring of on-site, and off-site sources of RFI. Links to the management of RFI at the observatory, can be found here. My original role at the observatory included the day to day running, installation, and management of the various front-end receiver systems, and back-end processing systems, associated with the Radio Frequency (RF), and Intermediate Frequency (IF) operation of the Parkes radiotelescope.

My background, as an Electrical Engineer, is in Microwave Engineering systems, instrumentation, and applications, with some limited experience in Digital Signal Processing systems, and applications. Other areas of expertise, also include Remote Sensing, having completed a Master's Degree of Engineering Science in Remote Sensing, through the University of New South Wales. In previous employment with AUSSAT/OPTUS, I also had the opportunity to be associated with the procurement of Australia's domestic satellite system, from Hughes Aircraft Company (now BOEING SATELLITE SYSTEMS), located in El Segundo, Los Angeles, California.

My professional associations are with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Other memberships include Bicycle Institute of NSW, Australian Film Institute (AFI), National Parkes Association of NSW (NPA), and the Wilderness Society.


In recent years, I have been researching my family history, and have/had family connections in Mudgee, Parkes, Newcastle, Bulli & Woonona, Tommerong (South Coast), Sydney, Adelaide, Moreton Bay (Qld), New Zealand, and England (Cornwall, Devonshire, Yorkshire, Kent, Staffordshire, Northumberland, Warwick, & London) to name a few. Information on my family history, and family trees can be found here.

Another significant venture has been in the world of Model Railways, and the early history of railways in NSW. I am a member of the Wolgan Valley Model Railway group, which is dedicated to the history and modelling of the Wolgan Valley Railway, an industrial railway in the heart of the Blue Mountains. The railway ran for around 30 odd years, commencing in 1906 and ceasing to operate in 1938, connecting the main western line at Newnes Junction (between Clarence and Bell), and the township of Newnes, in the Wolgan Valley.

You can contact me via email at:
email: Mal.Smith@csiro.au

Mal Smith
Experimental Scientist
CSIRO ATNF Parkes Observatory
P.O. Box 276
Parkes NSW 2870 Australia

Phone: +61 2 68611719
Fax: +61 2 68611730