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The original holder of the callsign GW2HPG was Bryn Lear, Geoffrey's father. Bryn was allocated the callsign GW2HPG in 1946 when the General Post Office resumed issuing licences after the second world war. Whilst Bryn was a 'Ham Radio' operator before the war, he was only permitted to transmit his signals into a dummy load, or artificial aerial as they were called at that time. On 20th November 1946, Bryn had his first 'on air' contact with his new call sign. Not a distant station as hoped for, but with GW4NZ, Syd Roberts, a fellow enthusiast from the town of Neath, South Wales. A distance of just 3 miles or so from Bryn's home at Morriston. At this time Bryn and his wife Peggy ran a small grocery store in Morriston, and in his spare time, Bryn repaired domestic radios and charged batteries in a small room at the back of his shop. The small room became smaller and smaller as Bryn's amateur radio toys increased in number. In those days a modest radio transmitter and receiver could be as large as wardrobe, and weigh as much as a modern day deep freeze cabinet. You can see photographs of some of Bryn's home made transmitters in Bryn’s Radio Shack.

It was not until after Bryn's death in 1965 that Geoffrey took an interest in the hobby of amateur radio. Having married and settled down in the village of Clydach in the lower Swansea Valley, Geoffrey met GW4EVJ, George Watson, who at that time was an active member of the Neath and Port Talbot Amateur Radio Club. George was very keen on club field day events, and even today after a well deserved retirement, is a prolific home brew radio and computer constructor.

On 7th October 1976 after much encouragement by George, Geoffrey acquired his amateur radio licence. In memory of his father he successfully applied for his father's callsign, GW2HPG. Geoffrey's first contact, albeit by arrangement, was also with GW4NZ, Syd Roberts of Neath. Unfortunately Syd died on 15th March 2001 and is now a ‘silent key’.

Geoffrey's work as a police officer made him aware of the valuable service that radio amateurs were capable of providing in times of emergency and civil disaster. Being in a position to promote the services offered by RAYNET, (The Radio Amateurs Emergency Network), Geoffrey joined the local group and became involved in their activities. In 1977 Geoffrey was appointed to the national RAYNET committee and became acquainted with members and procedures at a national level. Some years later Geoffrey was appointed the Emergency Planning Officer for South Wales Police, and as such ,was the police liaison officer with the voluntary services. Geoffrey arranged many real time and tabletop major incident exercises involving the emergency services and voluntary services.

Geoffrey retired from the police service in 1995, and is now the office manager for T. Llewellyn Jones, Solicitors, of Guildhall Chambers, Neath. Whilst his new vocation demands much of his spare time he still maintains an interest in amateur radio and television. Some recent projects include 70cm and 23cm television transmitters, and a Remote Imaging Group RX 2 scanning satellite receiver.

Geoffrey would be very pleased to hear from anyone who knew his dad, and particularly from anyone who has had a QSO with him on the amateur bands. Geoffrey con be contacted at, -    geoffrey@gw2hpg.com

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