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RAF Airfields on the Air 2016

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 !


Riviera ARC commemorates the 75th anniv of the Battle of Britain

The RARC crew at the Battle of Britain event.

The RARC crew at the Battle of Britain event.

Riviera ARC ran a special event GB8BB to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We ran all HF bands as well as 2m & 70 cms.

Despite very poor HF propagation we mamanged to do well on VHF reaching as far as St Austell and Tiverton on 2m simplex. This was a one-off celebration of the service and sacrifices made by all those involved in the defence of our country.


Airfields on the Air 2015

rafars-logoRARC 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.


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.

G3AH QSL card 1938John 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
[Many thanks dear friend, fine business. Best wishes from Alan and all at Riviera ARC]


RAFARSRiviera ARC is now affiliated to the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS), membership No. 4767.

We are pleased to support the aims of the Society and intend to take part in more AOTA (Airfields On The Air) activities by ‘activating’ former RAF airfields.

The RAF has a long association with radio communications. A current RARC member formerly served in the RAF and others know persons or have relatives that did so in the past.

For more information on RARC’s activities with AOTA see our Airfields On The Air page.