The first six months

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.

Riviera ARC members at Gallows GateWe affiliated to the RSGB and RAFARS.

We registered two club callsigns MX0RIV and GX3AH, and also held the NoV callsign MQ0RIV for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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.

3 thoughts on “The first six months

  1. Andy Sherman

    Congratulations for the first 6 months and many years to come well done. I think the membership in the first 6 months is very strong and supportive at 34 members and growing. Being an inter G member and about 200 miles apart, it’s nice to be a part of the club when we come to Torquay for our holidays. Well the communications between everyone is a lot greater than the other clubs I am in, I would like to say you have my support all the way, and I feel I know everyone and a very friendly bunch and very active on the radio and events and a very nice club to be part of. Well done Paul M0PCZ and Alan G2DXU and all members keep up the good work

    Andy Sherman
    North Warwickshire.

    1. G2DXU Post author

      Thanks for the nice words, Andy. It was nice meeting you on your visit to Torbay in May and watching the Olympic flame go past the club that day will make it stick in the memory. In joining us, you helped us achieve one of our aims that we set out with – welcoming holidaymakers to the club. It will be good to see you again when you next visit the Riviera.

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