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    Apologies if this is not the appropriate board for this query but does anyone have old call books that will establish the address(es) of Les Hill - G8KS. He was a prominent radio amateur and based in Eastbourne during the 1960s. As indicated by the call, he was also active before the war ... but where?
    Thanks in advance for any information.
    R

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    You could try contacting the Southdown Amateur Radio Society:

    https://sars.club/contact/

    From the club history page (https://sars.club/about-us/club-history/):
    "... older members can no doubt recall some of our founders G8KS Les Hill, ..."

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    Thanks for the tip but I've already been in touch with SARS.
    They know of him but no address details.
    Living in hope ...
    R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhombic View Post
    Thanks for the tip but I've already been in touch with SARS.
    They know of him but no address details.
    Living in hope ...
    R
    Okey dokey.

    What about contacting the RSGB? They probably have archived copies of old callbooks and might even be able to tell the guy's last QTH.

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    This article originally from 1951 https://archive.org/stream/Spring_19...reign_djvu.txt lists him at "Les Hill, 53 Ravenhill Road, Bristol 3"

    Another call book from the 20's and 30's http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...=firefox-b-1-d lists a similar address "5WI. L. Hill, 53 Ravenhill Rd. Lower Knowle, Bristol."
    Last edited by brandon lind; Sat 13th Apr 2019 at 19:34.

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    Yes and thanks very much indeed. I see that although he was always called 'Les', his first name was 'Samuel'.
    It's now clear that he moved to Eastbourne - sometime after WW2.
    So all is now sorted - excellent.
    He was quite well known and there may be a 'silent key' obit in one of the magazines.
    73 de R

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    I’ll ask on Twitter to see if I can find anything out.

    Kind regards,



    Phil

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    M3HHY kindly replied on Twitter with the following information:-

    S.L. Hill, Redburn Road, Northenden, Manchester. Registered there in Summer 1947.

    Kind regards,



    Phil

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    Very many thanks for the help. The 1947 is no doubt the man in question but he moved to Eastbourne in later life.
    I've found out (via a genealogist) that he died in the last quarter of 1977 ... probably in Eastbourne but this is not at all certain.
    He was prominent in amateur radio circles and I suspect there may have been an note in the 'silent key' sections of something like the RSGB Bulletin.
    Thanks again in advance.
    R

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