Despite atrocious weather conditions the RARC team turned out to put on the Airfiields on the Air event yet again. Although 40m was very busy with a lot of contest traffic, we still managed to put in a large number of qso’s. We reached as far as Switzerland in one direction and the Irish Republic in the other.
Thanks are due to John M6GSW, Steve G7AHP, Tom M0TGZ, Ian G6TEQ, Mike M0LOB, Ian M6IDP, Ann M6RWJ, Lobster M6HFD and Alan G2DXU. We could not have pulled this off without your help & support. Pics are on the gallery.
Well done Team RARC.
Left to right:
Mike M0LOB, Ian G6TEQ, Alan G2DXU, Steve G7AHP, Tom M0TGZ
Ann M6RWJ in background at the left.
We are pleased to announce that Riviera ARC has a new club callsign – GX3AH will join our existing callsign MX0RIV – and would we like to take this opportunity to thank John D. Wightman ZL1AH for making this possible.
John was assigned G3AH in November 1937 after taking the Morse test and upgrading from his ‘artificial aerial’ licence 2AOV which he had held since June 1936. Less than two years after first getting G3AH on air, World War 2 put a stop to amateur radio activities, though some young hams found a new role. After volunteering to become part of the Civilian Wireless Reserve (CWR) in response to the appeal by the RSGB, John ended up in France with the RAF within 3 days of war being declared. John’s story about the Civilian Wireless Reserve, nicknamed “Early Birds” by the RSGB makes fascinating reading.
After hostilities ceased, G3AH was back on air, but then John moved to New Zealand in 1950 and G3AH became silent, except for a brief airing in 1974 when he visited England again. John has been active in amateur radio for 76 years and has 370 confirmed ‘DXCC entities’.
During service in the RAF in WW2, John met Bob Lever 2DXU. Bob’s callsign was upgraded to G2DXU in 1946 and is now held by RARC Secretary Alan Wyatt.
GX3AH with the ‘X’ signifying that the callsign is that of an English club, will be active again almost 75 years after first being heard on the airwaves.
Thank you, John ZL1AH MNI TNX DR OM, FB. 73 DE G2DXU ES GX3AH
[Many thanks dear friend, fine business. Best wishes from Alan and all at Riviera ARC]
We shall CQ in France, we shall CQ on the seas and oceans, we shall CQ with growing confidence and growing strength on the air, we shall attend our Club, whatever the cost may be. We shall CQ on the beaches, we shall CQ on the landing grounds, we shall CQ in the fields and in the streets, we shall CQ in the hills; we shall never QRT.
Alan G2DXU (adapted from Sir Winston Churchill, 4 June 1940)