Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society

Dave Bolwell G3JCM - Silent Key
1931   -   Feb-2023, Age 91

It is with sadness we report the passing of Dave Bolwell G3JCM in early 2023.

He was born in Bocking in 1931, passed his 11 Plus and went to Braintree Grammar School obtaining a number of GCSE exams.

David was first licensed in1952 as G3JCM. He did his National Service in the RAF and after joined GEC. He obtained a Degree in 1956 when he joined Marconi. He built the "Elizabethan" transmitter designed by Louis Varney, G5RV which is now in the Chelmsford Museum. This was designed not to interfere with the domestic Television service. He did talk to Louis about the "Elizabethan" but at the time he was employed by GEC.

He was member of the 1959 RSGB National Field Day team.

Dave was a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1964 when he was employed by GEC Coventry where he was involved with the design of aerials. In 1976 he had a large team, and they visited many Countries surveying sites for the installation of aerials and transmitters for the introduction of telecommunication schemes.

In 1984 he joined Marconi to be involved with a major project and bought a house in Danbury. Unfortunately, the RAF project was cancelled, and he was offered redundancy which he took and retired.

His amateur licence had lapsed but was re-issued in 2013 when became a regular at Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society meetings. He joined the Danbury Parish Council and the Danbury Society and served as the Footpaths Officer for several years.

Dave is pictured here on a CARS visit to Ofcom Baldock 25 June 2003.

His funeral was on Wednesday 22nd March 2023 at Chelmsford Crematorium.

An early Dave G3JCM QSL card

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