5 July 2013 – A Day to Remember!

Our members get up to all sorts of activities not directly connected with our club.  The following, as you can see, is from his station journal:


(EXTRACT from Station Journal of Victor G3JNB)

 ————–RSGB ‘CENTENARY DAY’ JULY 5th 2013————

 Audrey and I left home for Bletchley Park at 10.15, arriving at 11am to be directed to the VIP parking area not far from the Mansion.  We were in nice time for the 11.30 lecture by Paul Cort-Wright, G3SEM on amateurs in the radio security services which included a remarkable expose on the role of the ‘Voluntary Interceptors’ and the story of how they have been deliberately ignored in the Bletchley story.

Audrey had on her colourful new summer outfit and I wore my panama hat with the light suit. The sun blazed and it was a delightful day.

A light lunch of excellent sandwiches was served to invited guests and we sat with Roger Hall, publisher of ‘Practical Wireless’, and Paul Bigwood of Yaesu UK.

We adjourned to the garden behind the National Radio Centre (Audrey had a brief glimpse of the displays)  where  I was presented to the Lord Lieutenant of  Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher,  the High Sheriff  Sir Stuart Hampson and to Councillor Brian White,  Mayor of Milton Keynes.  The line up of just twelve persons included the Presidents of the IARU, the ARRL and the licencing Director from OFCOM…and me!  The Society’s Patron HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh was to have been our guest of honour but he is presently indisposed.

It seems that I was invited to participate as the ‘Long Serving Member’  (60 years to the day) and my earlier activities and work for the Society.

Sir Henry unveiled two plaques.  The first to the ‘VRs’ and the second to commemorate the RSGB Centenary.  In his speech he fleetingly referred to the Society’s ‘Oldest Member present (me) whom he had just met’!

We strolled to the marquee and saw the children working of their ‘Raspberry Pi’ receiver project and bought a copy of Elaine’s brilliant ‘CENTENARY’ book which, later, together with President Bob Whelan , I had her autograph the title page. An entry on page 49 records the first public demonstration of amateur television on 21st April 1950 at the ‘Shefford & District Short Wave Society’ by Ivan G2DUS. The press were most impressed and the event was followed by a JUNK SALE! Those were the days!

Afternoon tea was served to us in the Mansion where we sat in company with Past President  Hilary Clayton Smith and Paul Bigwood..

The afternoon concluded with a splendid power point presentation by Elaine Richards ,  Editor of  RadCom, on historical aspects of the  Society entitled ‘A Dip into the Archives’.

Moving on the Horwood House, where we stayed overnight for the Centenary Dinner, we found that we had been given a lovely large room, overlooking a garden,  albeit a long distance and tiring walk from the centre.

Arrayed in my dinner jacket and with Audrey in a stunning white silk dress (Greek), we descended at 6.30 and were entertained in the bar by a ‘Table Magician’ before all moving to the steps of Horwood for a group photograph which was intended to reflect similar pictures from the Society’s 1930 events.

Audrey and I were guests at the table named for the scientist ‘Ernest Dawson Ostermeyer G5AR’, hosted by Chris Danby of the Norfolk ARC (RadCom advertising agent).

The special commemorative menus featured the same fare as the first London Wireless Society Dinner.  My copy has eight signatures of the ten present.

Important formal speeches and presentations were made.  Our President gave a rousing address and toasted the ARRL and IARU presidents and our own Society  Then he went on to name me as ‘The member who had joined the Society sixty years ago today!  They gave me big round of applause!

This historical event has meant a great deal to me as it has reflected much of my own experience and pleasure of the sixty five years of my life during which I have enjoyed radio as a hobby and as an advertising  professional.

100th at NRCVictor and Audrey arrive at the National Radio Centre

Victor meets LLofB

G3JNB is presented to Sir Henry by the President of the RSGB  (Photo by Richard Constantine G3UGF)

Victor&AudreyLater, at the Banquet