25th Nov 2013
Rowley Walker G3IYT
TRIBUTES have been paid to the oldest qualified electrician still working in England.
Rowley Walker was still signing certificates for Walkers Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Limited the week before he died – at the age of 91.
Born in October 1922, he had three sisters and a brother and was educated at Reynolds Street and Bursar school, in Cleethorpes, and Harold Street school, Grimsby.
He left school at the age of 14 and became an apprentice electrician to his father.
He was featured by Yorkshire Television as the oldest qualified electrician still working in England, prompting an inspection from regulators who couldn't believe that he could still be competent.
Daughter Nadine Waldron told the 130-strong congregation at his funeral at Grimsby Crematorium: "Rowley sent the first inspector away with a flea in his ear for being condescending.
"He offered to have another inspection, which, of course, he duly passed."
Rowley spent many happy years working as the electrical contractor at the Beacholme Holiday Camp in Humberston, where staff hosted a celebration of his life following the service, with a buffet.
Nadine said: "One of the stories I have gleaned about his childhood is that he had an old, large tea chest in the back yard and would regularly go and sit in it and watch the rain come down.
"That was probably good training for sailing and fishing in the rain in years to come."
He was also a tearaway in his teens and 20s, going scrambling on his motorbike and being somewhat fast, shall we say, in the driving of cars and motorbikes."
During the war, Rowley served in the RAF in France, where he met his wife Gisele. They married in Arras, France, in the mid-1940s and he persuaded her to come to England. They had three children, Nadine, Mark and Nicole.
Sadly, Gisele died in 1970 when Mark and Nicole were still young, and he looked after them with help from his sisters.
In the mid-1970s, he met Audrey. They married in 1975 and enjoyed a long and supportive marriage until his death at Hull Royal Infirmary, where he had been transferred to from Grimsby.
Through the marriage he gained two stepchildren.
Rowley was also a keen ice hockey player.
Nadine said: "On the ice he was fast and full of menace – frequently fighting and earning the nickname of the Sin Bin King.
"When that skating rink closed in the 1950s, he took to sailing.
"He was a member of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club and a founder member of the Humber Mouth Yacht Club.
"Rowley continued with his sailing exploits for many years, including climbing the mast of the Sail Training Schooner, The Malcolm Miller, when he was 60."
He was also an amateur radio enthusiast. He knew Morse code, and even spent his time in hospital interpreting the alarm signals from the medical equipment.
Nadine said: "Right up to the end, his mind was still very active."
As well as his wife, children and stepchildren, Rowley, who lived in Humberston, is survived by grandchildren Lucy, Gisele, James and Ben, and great-grandchildren Ella and Jake.
He also leaves stepgrandchildren and a sister.
Article copied with permission from the Grimsby Evening Telegraph
20th Nov 2013
Phillip Norton @phillipnorton 20 Nov
Great line on @looknorthbbc from a woman in London asked if she knows where Hull is: "Oh Hull? It's near Grimsby" #hull2013 #onthemap
17th Nov 2013
Just a quick update on the repeaters GB3GY and GB3GG.
Over the last two weeks I have fine tuned the audio levels on GY both received audio and last Friday the Echolink signal which required an additional audio amplifier between the P.C. and the input to the logic. Please let me have any comments on these changes, good or bad.
I have also monitored the output from GG after some problem with the relayed video this seems to be ok at the moment, but as we are to loose the 13cms allocation for the output I am progressing with an application for a digital TV output on 23cms.
The change to a Digital output and a band change to 23cms should give a much improved coverage and make equipment for reception very cheap.
We will be maintaining the 23cms and 10Ghz analogue input.
The British Amateur Television Club is supporting us with this change and I intend to raise the costs involved with no direct implications to club funds.
73s John G0ATW
14th Nov 2013
Andy G0MNI is selling Rob M1BYQ equipment on behalf of his wife, details below.
For sale Yaesu FT-847 (4m able), MyDEL MP-30SWIII 28-30amp power supply, Yaesu MD-100 a8x Desk Mic & Signalink USB interface
also included is Diamond MX2000 Triplexer £800 ovno Cash only on collection . Andy G0MNI 07752530954
16th Oct 2013
Its with great sadness that I inform you that Rowley became a silent key earlier this afternoon.
He went in hospital for a check up last week, they found several things amiss but were unfortunately unable to remedy them.
He celebrated his 91 birthday on 5th October 2013
He will be sadly missed by many radio ops and other friends.
15th Oct 13
On the 24th of this month the club rules will be discussed by the committee, if you have any comments could you please pass them to a committee member, copies of previous rules can be downloaded on this site, after discussion, the amended rules will be voted on at our main monthly meeting on the 7th Nov.
The bank details below have been tried by a local member and am pleased to say worked, when paying your subs or a donation via the HSBC can you please either use your call-sign or name, we have Internet banking so details can be confirmed by email.
Another point raised at a recent meeting was a possibility of our local club applying and installing a 10 metre FM repeater, this is at a very early stage and members of course will be kept informed of progress.
11th Oct 13
After last weeks AGM, this week we had our committee meeting to arrange meetings for the coming months, details will be on the web pages shortly, also to discuss the clubs finances. It was proposed and agreed that the subs for the next 12 months will remain as this year, which are:-
New member £21.00
Existing member £15,00
Associated member £5.00
The above can be paid at our meetings at the Cromwell Club, or you can pay direct to the HSBC.
Account name Grimsby Amateur Radio Society
Account number 32274167
Please note that we have changed banks from the Natwest to HSBC.
Brian Chester G4DXB Treasurer@gars.org.uk
4th Oct 13
At the clubs AGM on the 3rd Oct 13 the following committee was elected
Chairman Adrian G1BRB firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Brian M6LZX email@example.com
Treasurer Brian G4DXB firstname.lastname@example.org
plus committee members
Also during the night the name card that has been running was won by George G4EBK
A reminder that the next Foundation Course will be run in Jan 14, further details can be found on http://g7eog.co.uk/
Latest News 15 Sept 13
Officers of the club have their own designated email address; they are
M S Distribution has recently donated a wireless link equipment to link Nelson House with Thesiger House; this is so Richard’s company can supply the repeaters with free Internet access.
27 August 2013
I have recently completed updating all the members information onto the web site, this has been a lot of work trying to put it altogether in the one place, also on that page I have put a link to local QSL cards, if you any that you make like to be added to the site please contact me on email@example.com
The 40s weekend was a real success, we had a new computer for data that had some teething problems with an not quite sorted out yet but we know what the problem is now, contacts vhf 9 ssb 37 psk31 21 and to our surprise on Sunday George G4EBK arrived with key in hand and spent some 2 hrs and 33 contacts didn't seem to be the amount of people around as the years pervious yearsbut a good weekend was had by all in the shack, the page for GB4CFF has also been updated.
I have been updating the web pages over the last few days, I have changed the link over on the Local Hams link to my new pages, these are many more pages to include and these should be done over the next few days, hopefully.
The web pages as you know are being hosted by Minotaur IT, and in the last few days they have registered our domain name gars.org.uk and I have received notification from Nominet which is the internet registry for all .uk domain names.
11th August 2013
I'm starting updating the local ham pages so you may when looking at the existing pages have a few links missing; this is because of having to move images around. Today I have uploaded another of Barry's cartoons, and will in future change them every weekend.
Also a reminder that the club meetings are held every Thursday evening at the Cromwell Social club in Grimsby, with the first meeting of each month being the official meeting. Shortly it will be the club's AGM which this year will fall on the 3rd October, please try and leave that date free.
As most of you aware the hosting of the site has been moved away from 1and1, and at the moment the domain name gars.org.uk is still hosted by 1and1 but is in the process of being moved, once moved emails in the form of firstname.lastname@example.org will be available to any club members
5th August 2013
I have today added pages for GB4WAW and GB4CFF, both of these sites can be accessed through the galleries page, if there’s anything that needs adding please email me on email@example.com
31 July 2013
Rik who has looked after the GARS website has had to call it a day as he has found full time employment, we wish Rik success. At last month’s club meeting it was decided that I should look after the web site.
After trying my Serif WebPlus X6 programme I have decided to use Microsoft's Expression Web 4 which is like an updated FrontPage but much improved, which also means I will continue with Rik's pages but make mods etc where and when required.
Brian Chester G4DXB now looking after the Website
I would like to thank Rich G7WIZ for organising the web space that we are using, this provided by Minotaur IT
"AN EVENING WITH ROB MANNION - PRACTICAL WIRELESS EDITOR"
Grimsby ARS would like to invite you to an Evening with Rob Mannion. As you may know Rob is the editor of Practical Wireless, and he has agreed to come to Grimsby to give us a talk.
The date of the the event is Thursday the 9th May 2013 from 19:30 pm, and the venue is The Cromwell Social Club, Cromwell Road, Grimsby DN31 2BA.
JUST A REMINDER BOTH OUR REPEATER NET ON A MONDAY AND 2M NET ON A FRIDAY ARE TIMED PRESENTLY IN BST NOT UTC.
FULL DETAILS FOR BOTH FURTHER DOWN THIS THREAD.
A Special Event Station GB4CR celebrating 150 years of the railway coming to Cleethorpes will be operating from the New Sunnyside club Grant Street Cleethorpes between 6th and 7th April starting 08:30 both days until late.