Category Archives: Amateur Radio

Riviera ARC celebrates centenary of Royal Air Force

Riviera ARC are proud to able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. We will be using GB100RAF on the 23rd / 24th June 2018 close to the former location of RAF Haldon.

We will be attempting to run around the clock using a variety of modes, subject to manpower. Special cards will be available for our contacts.

GB4LBW SOS Radio Wk May 2018

John M0JNP, Debs M6IXR, Phill, 2E0WZP and Ian G6TEQ. Photo by Steph G4XKH.

12th May 2018 saw the gang get back together again to set up the station to work in support of SOS Radio Week 2018. HF conditions were difficult before lunch but VHF was lively

John, Phill, Debs, Roy, Trevor, Steph and Big Ian are pulled together to make an enjoyable event with social interactions as well as playing radio.

Debs & Phill pulled a husband and wife double bill. running HF & VHF. Roy M6XDV, also known as the Pileup king, cracked in to try and get as many contacts as possible.

Some of our other regulars were missing due to this weekend also playing host to the Ten Tors event.

 

Airfields on the Air 2018

Riviera ARC will be participating in the RAFARS AotA special event on Saturday 7th April where we will be activating the wartime station RAF Haldon.
We will be starting around 10:00 am, bacon rolls will be available if you are quick !

Ask within the club for the location of the event. Qsl via G2DXU.

John D. Wightman ZL1AH (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, where he shared accommodation with Bob Lever, (G)2DXU, a relative of Alan Wyatt’s. John made contact with Alan in 2011 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 G3AH in the Club’s name.
John had 380 confirmed CW DXCCs.
He 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.”

John passed away on 1 July 2017

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