Riviera ARC will be operating the special event station callsign GB4ZOO at Paignton Zoo on Saturday 30th March to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Zoo’s opening at Easter in 1923. Paignton Zoo is now one of the country’s leading conservation charities.
GB4ZOO will be active on 40m and 2m and a commemorative QSL card will be available for stations contacting the event as well as SWLs.
We welcome visitors to the radio station so if you’re at Paignton Zoo on the Saturday over Easter weekend come and see what we’re doing.
Riviera ARC now has RSGB-registered Assessors and Exam Centre at the Acorn Centre in Barton, Torquay, which is our usual meeting venue.
Club Vice-Chairman Steve G7AHP will be teaching a Foundation course commencing in Feb 2014. Details of times and prices will be announced nearer the time. An Intermediate level course may be introduced in future.
If you are interested in taking the course and exam for the entry-level Foundation licence or the Advanced exam see the Training and Exams section for more information.
Riviera Amateur Radio club is one year old. The club’s inaugural meeting was held on 2nd January 2012. In the first year, the club has grown from around a dozen members to three times that amount. We alternated weekly get togethers between club meetings and outdoor meetings. We registered two club callsigns. We operated three special event stations, half a dozen radio events including RAFARS‘ Airfields on the Air, Railways on the Air, Torbay Steam Fair and supported the RNLI and the Sarah Jayne Fund. We assisted our local Sea Scouts in getting their communicators badge and club members volunteered with RAYNET to assist with communications for Newton Abbot Carnival and Rowcroft Sleep Walk. When we get the chance, we go up onto Dartmoor National Park and operate from there. We’ve made contact with about 30 different countries in the first year, though we hope to improve that number soon. But we still drink tea and eat biscuits. It’s been a fantastic 1st year. Thank you to all those who made it possible!
2013 is going to be a busy and exciting 2nd year for Riviera ARC. We have a new club venue and lots of activities planned. See you and hear you on air soon!
On Monday 10 December, RARC held their first Xmas Party and the club provided a free buffet for members.
Pictured (L-R): Dawn (XYL of Roger), Dave M6DPG, Denis 2E0DBQ, Steve G6UIM (seated), John M6GSW, Paul M0PBT, Steve G7AHP (seated), Alan G2DXU (seated), Hugh 2E0HOO, Ted G7UGT, Emma SWL (seated), Paul M0PBT (seated), Steph G4XKH, Paul 2E0XVI (seated), Dave G4OTU, Conor M6CON, Roger 2E0GHR (seated). Photo taken by Eddie M0EDY.
In November and December, members of Riviera ARC assisted the 10th (Torbay) Sea Scouts in preparing for their Communicator Activity Badge. The Sea Scouts were given a talk about Amateur Radio and a demonstration of HF radio and logging procedures. Among the requirements for the badge, the scouts needed to be able to recognise UK callsigns, know the phonetic alphabet and some Q codes. Many of the children had the opportunity to pass a ‘greeting’ to another of our club members on VHF.
Riviera ARC are pleased to be able to support community activities such as this and it was rewarding to work with these well-behaved and keen-to-learn youngsters.
73 to Scout leader Nickie and all at the 10th (Torbay) Sea Scouts group from Riviera Amateur Radio Club.