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Silent Keys

Dedication to Our Silent Keys. Throughout the years, we have unfortunately lost many of our members who have become “Silent Keys”. This page lists those deceased members of the Club for whom we have the details. We have also included a photo and a short biography where available.

We know there are more to be added so if anyone knows of any missing “Silent Keys” or has a photo or more biographical details that we can use, please email us at


No photo yet Stephen Wiltshire, M0GSK


Died 19th December 2009 (aged 53)


Steve was first licensed as M3GSK in February 2003 and within the year had progressed through the Amateur Radio examinations to attain his Advanced call in December 2003. He really embraced the spirit of amateur radio and took pleasure in home construction. He enjoyed interfacing his radio with a computer although he was old enough to remember valves and have a nostalgic affection for them. As a student of the Amateur Radio exams, he was modest and thoughtful comments and expressed a never ceasing wonderment at really being able to transmit, a boyhood dream.

No photo yet Tony Morrow, G7KRP


Died 10th August 2009


Tony Morrow was a member since the early 90s and often appeared at the Club very recently. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

g0gxm (20K) Gerald Munday, G0GXM


Died 14th November 2008 (aged 81)


Former club member Gerald died at his home in Crowthorne on the 14th November, at the age of 81. Gerald was a well-known member of the Club and attended regularly until he moved away a few years ago. He served on the Committee and was also President in 2000. Gerald also won the Construction Contest 3 times in the 1990s.

g3krt (9K) Geoff Hodges, G3KRT


Died 14th October 2008


Geoff will have been a familiar figure to many RSH members as he was a member for almost 40 years. He was a long-standing Committee member, serving as Treasurer for a period of about 10 years in the 1970s and 80s, and he was twice club President. In later years, he was also the Club Auditor.


In addition to amateur radio, Geoff had many and varied interests. He enjoyed all sports, particularly cricket and football; amateur dramatics; and music, particularly jazz.

g6nb (9K) Donald “Bill” Biltcliffe, G6NB


Died 5th July 2008 (aged 95)


Bill obtained his first licence at the age of 14 and remained active in Amateur radio for most of his life. He was one of the longest members of the Radio Society of Harrow and was eventually made an Honorary Member. Although we hadn’t seen him at the Club for many years, he was still enthusiastic about radio and operated on all bands up to 23cms. He was also an avid CW operator.


After a short illness, Bill died in the local community Hospital in his hometown of Bicester on the 5th July 2008 at the grand age of 95.

Deceased Members – no details


We have no details for the deceased members listed on the right. If anyone knows when they became “silent keys” and any other details about them, please let us know.

Bill Kitchen, G4CEZ

Charles Gilbert, G7DYU

Jim Ballard, G0AOT


Died 8th October 2006


Jim sadly died of cancer after a long illness. Before his illness Jim was an active Club member and served on the Committee, latterly as Publicity Officer. He was a professional photographer and aften took pictures of Club events. As well as Amateur Radio, his other hobbies included fishing, rugby and judo in which he was a Black Belt.


Jim will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Brian Hummerstone, G3HBR


Died 16th February 2006


Brian died after a short illness aged 71. He was a former Director of Computing at British Telecom International and was a very keen and active Radio Amateur. He had a long-standing association with our Club and was one of its first members. He was the Club President when he died and had also been President for the previous year. He enthusiastically encouraged newcomers into the hobby and was always ready to give them the benefit of his advice. He will be much missed by us all.

G3LSY Derek Morris, G3LSY


Died 2nd September 2005


Derek was a long-standing member of the Club who had served on the Committee and also as President. He was still a Committee member when he died. Derek was very active in the Club – he came to most meetings and helped out frequently at other events such as the stations we put on at the Harrow Museum. He also participated in our visits to France and joined in the social events when our French visitors came over to see us. He will be sadly missed.

Ian Rundle G4UER


Died April 2005


Ian was a member of the Radio Society of Harrow during the 1980s & 1990s. He was a great 160 metre operator mobile and from home. He spent many an evening and night working DX on top band and eventually was awarded his DXCC certificate for 180 countries on that band. He eventually gave up Ham radio through ill health.

Mike Lewis, G1GUV


Died January 2005


Mike had been a Club member since the late 1990s and had also served on the Committee. He was being treated for acute leukaemia in Northwick Park Hospital when he sadly died.

Ivan James, G5IJ


Died March 2004, aged 93


Ivan was a long-standing member of the Radio Society of Harrow where he served as President in 1986/7. He was also a president of the British Amateur Television Club.


In his professional career, Ivan James working at EMI, participated in the development of the colour television camera and he also played a key role in many of EMI’s most important research projects. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society (RTS) in 1973. He will be remembered as both a gentleman and a gentle man.

Ron Ray, G2TA


Died June 2003


Ron was first licensed in 1939 and was one of the earliest members of the Club. He was Chairman for over 20 years and served on the Committee for much longer. He became an Honorary member of the Club. On the air, he was an avid chaser of DX and was very active until December 2001 when a fall caused a cerebral haemorrhage which impaired his speech and put an end to his radio activities.

Norman Joly, G3FNJ


Died April 2001


Norman was a very active radio amateur and a very memorable, larger than life character. He was an active Club member until the last few years of his life and served as President in 1994/95. Norman was instrumental in enrolling King Hussein into the Club as an Honorary Member and also led the arrangements for our meeting with him in 1979. He was fluent in several languages and was the author of “The Dawn of Amateur Radio in the UK and Greece: A Personal View” which was published in Greek and English.

Bill Teale, G3SGT


Died August 2000


From being a short wave listener in the 1950s, Bill became an active Radio Amateur. He started his own club in Ealing and organised many activities including field days. He was also an active member of the Ealing Wine Club. Bill started a successful radio business but had to give it up due to failing eyesight. Known as “Sergeant Bill” he attended our Club until he died.

Hussein King Hussein of Jordan, JY1


Died February 1999


HM King Hussein bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to give him his full title, was our most famous member. Although he didn’t get to meet us very often, he was very generous to the Club and was always pleased to talk to Club members on the air on his frequent visits to London.


Click on the picture for a dedication to JY1

Ken Maplesden, G4EMZ


Died January 1998

Tom Tom Vallard, G3DKB


Died 1997


Tom had a long life and witnessed the birth of broadcasting. He became interested in radio at an early age and was an avid constructor of radio equipment. He had a vast knowledge of valve equipment but also kept up to date with more modern techniques. He also collected a lot of radio equipment some of which was donated to the Vintage Wireless Museum in Dulwich after his death.

Francis Tennant, G4RFL


Died August 1997

Alf Alf Waring, G4DFF


Died March 1996


Alf had been a member of the Club for many years and had been avery active in Club affairs. In fact, he was Club President during our 50th Anniversary year. He sadly died the day before our AGM at which he was due to give his President’s report.

Leo Leo Jelen, G0IGQ


Died January 1997


Leo had been a member of the Club for nearly 10 years and regularly attended until a few months before his death. He was a taxi driver in London for over 40 years and received a commendation for the Metropolitan Police for his good driving record.

Rene Rene Espiau, G4IQN


Died December 1994


Rene was a native Frenchman who came over to the UK from Dunkirk in 1940. He had been a Club member for many years and had served on the Committee. He was Club President in 1992.

Bob Smith, G4FHX


Died 1993


Bob was an active in Club and on the air and for a time served as our Auditor.

Frank Hunt, G3LNQ


Died 1992

Reg, Merrison, G1YYW


Died August 1990


Reg was a member of our Club for many years and a radio enthusiast for over half a century. He was well known for his quick wit and sense of humour.

Maynard Maynard de Borde, G4LKO


Died 1988


Maynard was instrumental in securing a place for us to meet at the Harrow Arts Centre way back when it was located in Harrow Weald. Maynard got his licence quite late in life but enjoyed the hobby until his death. He served as President in 1979.

Peter Close, G1DNW


Died October 1986


Peter had been a Club member for about 2 years before his death. He was a jovial character and was always smartly dressed in his pinstripe suit every Friday at the Club.

Les Les Light, G3KDL


Died 1985


Les was a long term member of the Club and served on the Committee. He could often be heard on the 160m Club net. One of his interests was with the RAIBC (Radio Amateur Invalid and Blind Club) and he could often be seen at radio rallies helping out on their stand.

Don Morgan, G3SM


Died 1984


Don had a long association with the Club and was one if its founder members. He held one of the first subscriptions dated 3rd October 1946.

David Porter, G8LVX


Died 1983


Sadly, Dave died at the young age of 30. He had been a very active Club member: he served on the Committee and was a keen contest participant. He was also very active on the air. He was studying for his class A licence when he died.

Bill Bill Corsham, G2UV


“Uncle Vic”


Died December 1981


One of our longest standing members and lived through many developments in our hobby. He was an Honorary Member of our Club. He was kind enough to remember us in his will and left the Club a sum of money. This is known as the “G2UV Fund” and is used to provide cash prizes for competitions.

Albert Dillingham


Died December 1980


Unfortunately died following an accident outside the Club.