August Steam Fair

Riviera ARC are planning on running a Special Event radio station at the Torbay Steam Fair this August. The organiser will be Steve Crask G7AHP who has obtained the special call GB6TSF.
The dates planned are 1st to 3rd August 2014.

More details on the steam fair itself are available at

GB8AFD Day 2

John M6GSW, Lobster M6HFD and  Steph G4XKH returned to the Haldon rv site on Sunday to continue the Armed Forces Day special event. We operated both 20m PSK and 40m voice achieving contacts as far away as Iceland, Lithuania, Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

The weather was not as bad as the Saturday although cloud was present mostly the entire day with a handful of minor showers. Steph will be compiling the log and printing labels for those stations who want QSL cards and then sending them via the bureau.

Well done guys, an enjoyable event. Let’s do it all again next year !


GB8AFD Day 1

The day started poorly with copious amounts of rain lashing down and at one point we thought the event might be a wash-out. Thankfully after 1030 ish the dark clouds moved away and we were left with a workable window of opportunity between smaller rain showers.

The club gazebo was erected with the kind help of G7AHP Steve, M6GSW & M6HFD Lobster. John put up the Carolina Windom antenna and Steve put up a HB9CV for VHF.

Despite heavy QRM and QRN, we managed to work a variety of UK stations including a husband and wife M6 couple from John O’ Groats at the end of the day. This just goes to show how dedicated our small team of operators is and the lengths we will go to for an excuse to play radio.

The plan for the 2nd day is to run data modes, most likely PSK and JT65 with an option for Olivia and Hellschreiber should there be the interest.

Gallows restarts 2014

Now that the light nights and good weather are here, RARC will be re-starting meets at
Gallows Gate on Thursday evening that are not club nights. That is, any Thursday that is not the 1st or 3rd of the month.

We hope to see you guys there.

April Foundation Exam 2014

RARC would like to congratulate Ian & Ann for their recent passes at the Foundation Exam held on the 30th April 2014.

Well done for all your hard work, now the fun starts. We all look forward to having that first qso with you. Welcome to the hobby.

Ian is now M6IDP and Ann is M6RWJ