Ian G6TEQ, Steve G7AHP, Steph G4XKH, Debs SWL, Roy M6XDV and John M0JNP. Photo taken by Phill 2E0WZP.
This year we were so lucky to have such gorgeous weather for running the RAFARS Airfields on the Air special event. Contatcts ranged from Eire, Northern Ireland and Scotland in the north and the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Switzerland to the East.
A fantastic time was had by all both as a radio event and as a social & training opportunity. We will definitely be back again next year come rain or shine.
At the 2016 annual general meeting former Chairman, John Perry M0JNP was awarded an
honorary life membership for his contributions to the Riviera club. John passed his M6 at the
Newton Abbot club and then passed his Intermediate & Advanced licences here at Riviera.
John has always been keen on pitching in at the various special events we run and we look
forward to seeing him at future ones. John runs a local Allstar node from his home in Paignton.
Riviera ARC will be taking part in the RAF Airfields on the Air special event in March 2016 to recognise the airfields both historic and current and their roles in protecting the United Kingdom. We will be operating from Little Haldon to activate RAF Haldon.
The club will be turning out despite the weather to put GB4AOA on the air.
Per Ardua Ad Astra !
RARC will be running the AotA event again this year on the 28th/29th of March 2015 to celebrate the work & sacrifices of the Royal Air Force and to commemorate all the current and former airfields used by the Air Force and the Royal Flying Corps.
We will be running from our usual rendezvous point at Haldon just north of the Teignmouth golf course. G4XKH has obtained an NoV for the same special call we used last year GB4AOA.
Hopefully the weather will play nice and we can work as many stations as possible.
For more information contact the club email.
2014’s AotA in April this year brought some interesting challenges. Fog, cold, wind and a pervasive soaking wet mist heralded the start of the day and no one was sure the event would even happen. However, RARCers are made of stronger stuff and John M6GSW, Lobster M6HFD and Steph G4XKH were determined to make the best of it.
Lobster and John battled the elements to get an Off-Centre fed dipole aka the Carolina Windom up at about 35 feet.
Once the antenna was suitable guyed and restrained we set up shop on 40 metres and dove straight into to hunting down some other AotA stations and worked GB4STB (Raf Stanbridge) and sent a number of greetings message to a collection of air cadets at Stanbridge.
Our two Foundation candidates Ian and Ann turned up to show moral support and Ian passed some greetings messages to other stations.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day despite the weather. QSL’s were dispatched to the bureau and we hope to receive some in return. Well done RARCers !