Oliver Prin M0WAG – Silent Key
Essex CW ARC committee member Oliver Prin M0WAG of Heybridge Basin near Maldon sadly passed away on Friday 28th January 2022.
Oliver was an enthusiastic Essex CW ARC committee member always willing to give encouragement to newcomers, beginners and returners alike. Oliver was ever-present at the Thursday evening training sessions at Danbury village hall; always approachable and able to chat to on a wide range of radio related topics. Oliver also helped out with the running of our Essex CW Boot Camp and helped out with teaching newcomers on the Beginners Table and advising on Health and Safety requirements. Oliver was a keen cw and dx enthusiast seeking to gain DXCC awards.
Oliver was also very helpful in facilitating the location of our annual Field Day station at Heybridge Basin; giving us access to a field (owned by a family member) and providing bacon sandwiches for the team.
Oliver first obtained Foundation call M3WPI, then passed CARS Intermediate Course in May-2008 to become 2E0WAA, later passing his Advanced exam to become M0WAG.
One of our club members will always remember Oliver teaching him Morse Code and saying, “An H sounds like the hooves of galloping horses”, but these horses could never catch up with his BMW which he would drive with great enthusiasm. Another member says that Oliver used to be a skydiver with a lot of jumps to his credit. It turns out that he was actually a civilian parachute instructor. Wow, we didn’t know that! This begs the question; did Oliver use a Straight Key or a Paddle when Aeronautical Mobile?