Author Archives: G2DXU

About G2DXU

I became licenced in 2010 at the Watcombe Radio Club, Torquay. In 2012 I founded Riviera ARC with Paul M0PCZ.

Exam success

Congratulations to club member ‘Lobster’ in Torquay, the first candidate to pass the Foundation exam at Riviera ARC recently, who is now M6HFD.

Congratulations also go to Tom (2E0MGZ) in Dawlish and Denis (2E0DBQ) in Paignton who have passed the Advanced exam. Tom now holds the Full callsign M0TGZ and Denis is M0ZYD.

GB8AFD Armed Forces Day

Riviera Amateur Radio Club are operating a special event station in support of UK Armed Forces Day which ‘raises public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces’.

The club will be providing a demonstration of amateur radio to the public with the special callsign GB8AFD. The event was the idea of Steph G4XKH, who is one of several club members that have served in the military.

The event takes place at Little Haldon, which is the site of a former World War 2 airfield, near Teignmouth in Devon on Saturday 29th June 2013 between 10.00 and 16.00. Visitors are welcome.

Club members will be making contact over the airwaves with other radio hams in the UK and abroad.

Amateur radio appeals to people who have an interest in how things work. Amateur radio is the original social network. To find out more about this technical hobby, see the Radio Society of Great Britain website.

GB8AFD Armed Forces DayA commemorative post card (called a QSL card) is available for those that wish to exchange cards to confirm a contact.

Operating bands will be 40m HF and 2m VHF. WAB square is SX97. QSL via bureau, eqsl or direct to Rivera ARC.

Armed Forces Day
Help For Heroes

GB4ZOO – Zoos on the Air (ZOTA) 2013

On Saturday 25th May 2013 Riviera ARC took part in Zoos on the Air (ZOTA) by running the special event station GB4ZOO at Paignton Zoo.

GB4ZOO QSL cardZoos on the Air aims to raise awareness of wildlife conservation through the use of amateur radio. The ZOTA event is timed to coincide with British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)’s Love Your Zoo Week which runs from Saturday, May 25th to Friday, May 31st.

The QSL card shows Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), Mali, and her daughter who was born in April 2013.

Although the weather was lovely, the radio conditions were less than favourable and it was not possible to contact many Inter-G (UK) stations but several European countries were worked.

This event marked the second collaboration with Paignton Zoo, one of Britain’s leading conservation charities, as Riviera ARC operated the first ever ham radio station at the zoo at Easter to mark the 90th anniversary of its opening.

See also:
Paignton Zoo’s Easter Birthday Transmission
Paignton Zoo
Zoos on the Air (ZOTA)



RSGB Centenary 2013Riviera ARC operated the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Centenary Callsign G100RSGB on 2 dates in April – 1st and 19th – as the year long celebration passed through Region 11 (South West England).

Our operators contacted hundreds of stations in the UK and around the world.

Thanks to all our operators and to all those who called us.

Location data

Grid Square: IO80fl | ITU Zone: 27 | CQ Zone: 14 | IOTA: EU-005 | WAB: SX96


Please note – QSL is only via G100RSGB QSL application