Riviera Amateur Radio Club passes the half-year mark on 2nd July 2012. Looking back over the first six months, what has the Club achieved?
Membership has grown steadily from around a dozen to over thirty. Two-thirds of our members live locally, while associate members come from quite close by in Devon as well as around the UK and even as far afield as New Zealand.
We have run a Special Event Station, taken part in an ‘On The Air (OTA)’ event and operate a portable station with the Club callsign frequently at local high points as well as a couple of trips onto Dartmoor National Park.
We located a Club HQ and negotiated permission to erect antennas. We raised funds to buy a club radio by selling equipment donated by members.
We launched our own fashion brand with Riviera ARC polo shirts.
We hold a weekly Club net on 2m along with with optional Morse practice as well as occasional HF skeds so we can keep in touch with members further afield.
Occasionally, we just sit and drink coffee (and eat biscuits).
We have, perhaps most importantly, formed friendships and have created opportunities to enjoy our hobby together.
There is much still to do. Watch this space.