Silent Keys

In Memory of Past Members of the Riviera ARC

Robert Medway M6DFY (1952-2017)

Bob joined RARC in 2013 and was the second person to pass the Foundation exam with the club. Bob was an ex-serviceman, having served in the British army. He was a member of the Riviera CB Club in the 1980s and also operated a mobile discotheque in the area, which gave him the nickname ‘Disco Bob’. He was a regular at RARC club meetings and on Club nets with his trademark sense of humour. Bob and his contagious laugh will be missed by all who knew him in the radio hobby.

Our deepest sympathies to Bob’s family.

John D. Wightman ZL1AH (former G3AH) (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. He shared accommodation with Bob Lever, (G)2DXU. John made contact with Alan Wyatt, then G2DXU after Bob became a silent key, 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 in the Club’s name. He had 380 confirmed CW DXCCs.
John 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.”

RSGB News silent keys
NZ Herald – Foundation teacher at Tauranga Intermediate dies
Ham Gallery – Early Birds

Paul T Brock 2E0XVI (1952-2016)

Paul joined the Riviera Amateur Radio Club in January 2012 at the founding meeting of the club. He was also a member of the Watcombe Radio Club, where he had gained his Foundation and Intermediate licences. ‘Little Paul’ as he was known among fellow hams, was an ever-present listener on local repeaters, particularly GB3TR, and a well-known voice on the airwaves across South Devon. His interests included HF, VHF, UHF and data modes, but he really enjoyed ‘homebrew’ and he spent much of his time constructing and testing antennas. Paul was also known for his love of radio rallies and would attend as many as he could, often picking up the best bargains. He was always willing to help others in the hobby and would assist hams where he could. He also had a habit of monitoring club nets, only to come in if there was a technical question or often just at the close, giving his callsign and saying goodnight. This earned him the nickname ‘John Boy’ after the closing credits of the Waltons tv show. The voice of 2E0XVI will be missed on the airwaves and we shall miss our friend.
“Goodnight John Boy, 73”

Samuel Bell G0SBI (1929-2012)

Sam joined RARC in June 2012. Despite limited mobility he was able to attend a few meetings and enjoyed showing some of his construction work to the club. He was licenced in 1989 and enjoyed radio construction. He was also a member of the Widnes and Runcorn ARC where he was part of the training team.