New venue for 2018

Riviera ARC are changing our venue to the Precinct Centre, Church Rd St Marychurch.
We will be starting off our sixth birthday meeting, with a meeting on the 1st February 2018.

Our new home is larger, comfier and has more seating as well as room for training.

We hope to meet you all there on the first & third Thursdays of each month.

Gillian XYL

Club members wish to express heart-felt condolences to fellow RARC member Trevor M0XOL in the loss of his wife Gillian who passed away today. Gill attended the club with Trevor on several occasions and enjoyed listening in while Trevor took part in club nets.
Our thoughts are with Trevor and his family.

John D. Wightman ZL1AH (1919-2017)

Reg.No 760384 RAF N0 60 Group (Radar) WW2
John’s interest in radio began in his teens and he held an artificial aerial licence 2AOV which he had held since June 1936. He upgraded to G3AH in 1937 and made his first contact in November that year. He joined the Civilian Wireless Reserve and became one of the Early Birds, being stationed in France within days of Germany invading Poland (see link below for John’s own story).
John was at Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain, where he shared accommodation with Bob Lever, (G)2DXU, a relative of Alan Wyatt’s. John made contact with Alan in 2011 and they corresponded by email. John was made an Honourary Life Member of RARC in 2012 when he allowed Alan to register his 1937 callsign G3AH in the Club’s name.
John had 380 confirmed CW DXCCs.
He wrote in CWOps in 2011,

“I tell my friends that the last trumpet will not awaken me. What will pluck me from my grave will be the sound of a watery CW signal, signing with the call of that rare IOTA that I need.”

John passed away on 1 July 2017

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