Silent Key – J Arthur Gould – G3JKY

Arthur was always known in the amateur radio community by the name Jakey (sometimes shortened to Jake) which was derived from the letters in the callsign of his radio station. He obtained his license at a time when it was necessary to do Morse Code only for the first year after which the Post Office Inspector came and, if you hadn’t done enough contacts, insisted that you continue for a bit longer before doing other modes. In this way Arthur developed a lasting skill at CW, adept at using a semi-automatic bug key as well as the standard straight key. This should not surprise us considering his other ability as a trombonist in a jazz band that he he should excel at the “one note samba” as CW was called by one of its detractors.

Based at the family home in Beckenham he joined the Clifton Amateur Radio Society in 1957 which met at their own premises in New Cross. At that time there was quite a contingent from the Beckenham area most of whom worked at Muirheads. By contrast Arthur worked for a time at MOD Aquila at Bickley, a top secret testing facility for defense acquisitions.

The radio club went in for a number of contests, direction finding events, National Field days and even Scout Jamboree-of-the-air. Arthur could be relied on to support all these events. He was the auctioneer at club junk sales. He served on the committee and was Chairman for a while. In recognition of this he is the only club member to have had Honorary Life Membership bestowed upon him. He was also a member of RAYNET (Radio Amateur Emergency network) and was on the RSGB contests committee for a while.

He was an enthusiastic constructor and willing to have a crack all manner of contrivances even those that could be thought as a bit off-beat. These were always tested thoroughly and usually worked. He build a self-contained 160/80m CW/SSB Transceiver long before the Japanese imports came to Britain.

Some projects weren’t exactly electronics. He spearheaded a campaign to convert the field day generators to run on propane gas thus obviating the need to fill the tanks in middle of the night with petrol. This was all written up in an article in RadCom.

Later on in his career he worked for the NHS repairing medical equipment. By this time he was based in Lewisham. It was about this time he met his wife Joyce passing of the event in his laconic style of “ I’m marrying my landlady!” He also learnt to drive acquiring the Volvo estate which served as a useful workhorse on field days. Arthur and Joyce kept a caravan at Hastings so it was only natural that as retirement beckoned they chose to come here.

Arthur was mild mannered approachable man not given to cant and histrionics. His knowledge base was considerable and you could rely on him to give advice based on fact or research.

Just to illustrate the breath of his wisdom: on field day the generator developed a misfire giving a cough every so often until finally coming to a grinding halt with four hours left in the contest. Arthur suggested that it might be the plug gap had got too small: he had read somewhere in a book about missionaries flying their plane to Africa having the same problem over the Mediterranean. Sure enough, a week later in the post I received a photocopy of the page from book which was the account of Mission Aviation Fellowship expedition to Tanzania having to reset a wide plug gap at their stopover in Egypt.

Many members have benefited from his advice and guidance over the years. Our lives have been truly enriched by the friendship of this man. Arthur Gould G3JKY our thanks go to you for your contribution.

Martin Brown G0DCG

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