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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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Paul Brock 2E0XVI (1952-2016)

It is with regret that we share the news that Paul 2E0XVI passed away this morning 24th July 2016. He will be missed by all who knew him. A minute’s silence was held on this evening’s club net on GB7TQ.

Paul joined the Riviera Amateur Radio Club in January 2012 at the founding meeting of the club. He was also a member of the Watcombe Radio Club, where he had gained his Foundation and Intermediate licences. ‘Little Paul’ as he was known among fellow hams, was an ever-present listener on local repeaters, particularly GB3TR, and a well-known voice on the airwaves across South Devon. His interests included HF, VHF, UHF and data modes, but he really enjoyed ‘homebrew’ and he spent much of his time constructing and testing antennas. Paul was also known for his love of radio rallies and would attend as many as he could, often picking up the best bargains. He was always willing to help others in the hobby and would assist hams where he could. He also had a habit of monitoring club nets, only to come in if there was a technical question or often just at the close, giving his callsign and saying goodnight. This earned him the nickname ‘John Boy’ after the closing credits of the Waltons tv show. The voice of 2E0XVI will be missed on the airwaves and we shall miss our friend.
“Goodnight John Boy, 73”

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Samuel Bell G0SBI

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It is with great sadness that we announce that Sam Bell G0SBI has passed away. He was 83 years old. Sam joined Riviera ARC in June and attended club meetings during the summer. He had gained his amateur radio licence in 1989 and although he had done some DX’ing, his favourite aspect of the hobby was construction. Sam had been involved in training at his previous club in Lancashire. Although we only knew Sam for a short time, he was enthusiastic about helping others newer to the hobby. Sam had given a ‘Manual ATU’ demonstration in July and showed one of his construction projects, an Elecraft K3 Transceiver, in August. We will miss his cheerful personality at club meetings.

Our deepest condolences go to Sam’s widow, family and friends.

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