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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The RARC Xmas social will be on 7th December 2017 at the Ship Inn. I’d like to remind everyone that there is no meeting at the Acorn Centre.
If you are coming and drinking please remember to car share and never drink & drive. Be safe !
Thank you everyone for making 2017 the fun and successful year it has been. Next year will be our sixth birthday in January.
Stewart M6XXS blew through his Intermediate exam like a whirlwind only getting two questions wrong out of fourty five. Congratulations Stewart. Next stop the Advanced exam ?
This year’s Xmas raffle will be on the 21st Dec 2017, tickets will be on sale from the next club meeting up until & including the draw night. Tickets are a £ 1 per strip.
All proceeds go to supporting the club so please buy your tickets and enjoy the draw.
Ian M0IDP climbing the GB3TR mast to assist in
Riviera ARC & TARS both worked together to perform necessary maintenance on the GB3TR VHF repeater. Ian Nelson M0IDP climbed the very tall mast to help with work on the antenna.
Inter club co-operation like this makes for a much easier operation of the many repeaters around Torbay and creates a sense of community for our local hams.