The AGM for the Riviera ARC will be at the Acorn Community Centre, Barton, Torquay on Sept 4th 2014. We aim to start around 19:30 hours local time.

If you have any committee nominations for the forthcoming year or any business you would like placing on the agenda for discussion, please contact the Secretary, Steph G4XKH in writing via the club email.

The cut-off date is Thursday 14th of August 2014.

Silent Key G1XWT

Sadly, I have been informed that G1XWT from Paignton is now a silent key. A family member of his is sorting through his effects and wishes to dispose of some antennas, 2m and 70cm were specifically mentioned.

All proceeds will be going to the McMillan Nurses.
When I have contact details, members can contact myself or John Perry for more information.

Let’s see if we can raise some funds for MacMillan in honour of G1XWT.

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 http://www.torbaysteamfair.co.uk/

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.