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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Ham Gallery – Early Birds

Another happy chappie

Mark came all the way back to the UK to take his Foundation licence before returning to the Czech Republic where he lives and works. Nice to get another thumbs up.

Congratulations on passing Mark, and hope you have a great Xmas.

Mark with a big thumbs up

RARC Xmas Social 2017

Riviera ARC Xmas logo

The RARC Xmas social will be on 7th December 2017 at the Ship Inn. I’d like to remind everyone that there is no meeting at the Acorn Centre.
If you are coming and drinking please remember to car share and never drink & drive. Be safe !

Thank you everyone for making 2017 the fun and successful year it has been. Next year will be our sixth birthday in January.