Retiring from Active Service
(Neville) John Butler, VK5NX
At the December meeting of the North East Radio Club (of which John is a founding member) he announced that he was retiring from the Sunday morning Broadcast Relay roster. John has been a participant in the Sunday morning broadcast for many years beginning with driving to the Burley Griffen building to send out the news provided by a reel to reel tape recording and with segments added via cassette tape recordings. For a number of years he organised the roster of amateurs who were relaying the broadcast and call back on 20, 40 and 80 metres.
This was one of the many services John provided to both the amateur and the wider community. He was active in events such as the John Moyle Field Days and Remembrance Day Contests, providing radio communications for scouts and guides on JOTA weekends, assisting with communications for car rallies in the outback, as well as cycling events in the Flinders Ranges. John was a major supporter Of WICENSA, by participating in their many events but also constructing portable repeater equipment, which he often spent hours installing prior to events.
John was instrumental in encouraging many people to take up the hobby of amateur radio, helping them with the understanding of the theory and regulations, then sourcing and repairing equipment to keep them active and enjoying the hobby. For many years he served as a committee member for the North East Radio club and was the dedicated treasurer keeping the club’s finances in order.
The members of the club thank John and his wife, Heather, who accompanied him on many activities for their valuable service to the amateur radio community and to the wider community. John has done much to promote the hobby of amateur radio and his involvement will be greatly missed.