Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society

Brian Thwaites G3CVI - Silent Key
18-Feb-1926  -  3-Jan-2022 , Age 95

Brian Thwaites G3CVI of Great Baddow near Chelmsford passed away on 3rd January 2022 age 95.

Brian was licensed in 1947 and an RSGB member for 75 years. A long-time member of Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, he was a keen operator at club events such as National Field Day, International Marconi Day and special event stations. Brian often participated in club nets as well as the Shaving Cub net.

Over the 25 year period of 1989-2014, Brian served as club Honorary Treasurer, as well as Membership Secretary from 1998 to 2013. For many years Brian manned the door at CARS meetings, welcoming members to meetings. This remarkable service was marked by a presentation and honorary membership in Dec 2014. Brian was also a recipient of the CARS Amateur of the Year Award in 2006.

As a young man he was part of the team, headed by Louis Varney G5RV who were developing the G5RV Aerial. Stationed on Galleywood Common, one of his tasks was to raise or lower the antennas being tested under the command of Louis. These were the days before computer modelling when each variation had to be built, erected and tested for radiation patterns, SWR and radiated power. These tests were repeated over different ground conditions and situations such as the proximity to trees, houses, wire fences and pylons.

Our condolences to his widow Pam, and their daughters Chris and Angie.


Brians funeral was on 1pm Tuesday 1st February at Chelmsford Crematorium.

This was followed by refreshments afterwards at the Secret Garden Tea Rooms nearby in Writtle Road at 2-4pm. The cafe is a short walk across from the Crematorium.

A copy of the service is below:-

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