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Alf Webb VK2UC one of Australia's oldest Amateurs now SK

Date : 21 / 07 / 2007
Author : Robert Broomhead - VK3KRB

It is with deep regret we must advise that one of our members is now Silent Key.

Alf Webb was a very long standing amateur and resident of the Lismore area.
Alf Webb was born on 10th September 1905 in the London suburb of Islington. He migrated to Australia in May 1911 and moved to this area. He served in the 15th Light-horse Regiment from 1924 to 1931.

In 1940 he joined the Army Volunteer Defence Corps until entering Army Signals in 1943 where he served until his discharge in June 1946. In the VDC his Section passed Heliograph traffic from Mt Warning to Coffs Harbour, 133 miles. Served as a Signaller and later got his Amateur License in 1947.
In 1990 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to Returned Servicemen and the RSL and the community.

Alf was a foundation member of SARC, about 1969 and also President of SARC in 1984 and later made a Life Member of SARC.

He was Australia's oldest active amateur, being active on air every day on Morse and voice until a few months before his death. He would have been 102 years old next September.
Pic att of Alf, left, receiving SARC Life Membership, 100th birthday dinner. Known, liked and missed by many on the North Coast.

Vale Alf Webb OAM, VK2UC, SK. 73,
John Alcorn. VK2JWA
for SARC


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